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Schools looking for legislative fix to stay afloat

Even if a new “enrichment” levy passes next February, the Grand Coulee Dam School District is set to lose $800,000 per year the way things are currently budgeted, the result of recent changes in state law. If the levy doesn’t pass, that loss...

 

Fire and ambulance service recognized

The Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department/Ambulance Service and the Grand Coulee Police Department members and spouses met Saturday night to honor and thank them for their service to the area. The...

 

Union reaches agreement with school district

The local chapter of the Public School Employees union voted 28-8 to ratify a 6-percent raise in the Grand Coulee Dam School District late last month and the school board approved the change last Thursday. After months of deliberations, the PSE Nov....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 12, 2018 

Mayor to resign

Coulee Dam’s mayor is resigning due to health concerns, he told The Star in a text message Sunday. Mayor Larry Price was elected in November 2017 and took the helm of the town at the start of this year. Price had told The Star last month he had... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Grand Coulee approves senior meals donation Grand Coulee will donate $3,500 to the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Meals Program, the city council decided at their Dec. 4 meeting. The program donated over 16,000 meals to the Grand Coulee Dam area from...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 12, 2018 

Locals voicing strong opinion on Geezer Beach issue

Hank Wiebe and his friends are raising hell against the United States Bureau of Reclamation’s recent announcement that they are considering no longer allowing people to drive onto “Geezer Beach” behind the Third Powerhouse at the Grand Coulee...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 12, 2018 

Grand Coulee eyes $4.4 million budget

It will take nearly $4.4 million to run the city of Grand Coulee next year, according to a budget prepared for the city council, which took a look at it last week. That’s just about a break-even...

 

Bureau proposes major work on generator units

The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking comments on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed modernization project for generating units 19–21 (G19–G21) in the Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam. The proposed modernization project...

 

Fate of POWER project to be decided

The volunteer group that has fed and nurtured hundreds of thousands of fish in Banks Lake may come to an end Dec. 19, its longtime leader Carl Russell said this week. The Promoters of Wildlife and Environmental Resources will meet at the senior...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 12/4 - A man appearing to be heavily intoxicated urinated on himself at Safeway and was given a courtesy ride by an officer. - A student was caught with marijuana at the former middle school in Grand Coulee. Possession charges were...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 5, 2018

Coulee Dam theater subject of hope

A Grand Coulee woman offered last week to help Coulee Dam work on getting the former Village Cinema up and running. Kimberly Christensen and her husband, Michael, who started their Coulee Kettle Corn business a year ago, moved to the area eight...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 5, 2018

People may no longer be able to drive on "Geezer Beach"

The Bureau of Reclamation may change rules related to fishing and recreation on "Geezer Beach," a popular spot along the shore behind the Third Powerhouse of the Grand Coulee Dam. People will often...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 5, 2018

School board approves "enrichment" levy details

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board approved the details of a new “enrichment” levy, at their Nov. 26 school board meeting. The levy will be on the Feb. 12, 2019 ballot for voters to approve or deny. The enrichment levy, also known as the...

 

Newsbriefs

Port district approves levy increase Grant County Port District 7 commissioners Monday approved an increase of $698.01 to their tax levy to be collected in 2019. The 1.5-percent annual increase brings the total amount of taxes the district collects...

 

Regular bus to Ephrata to stop running

The bus between Grand Coulee and Ephrata will only run on request, transit officials have decided. They announced that decision at a meeting in Grand Coulee last week. Grant Transit Authority will remove their regularly scheduled route connecting...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 5, 2018

UW students do health check-up on coulee

University of Washington students, working for the Grant County Health District, interacted with the community members last week, asking what they think about health in relation to the area. The students, about 15 in total, are in the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 5, 2018

Vigil Sunday will remember children who have died

The death of a child is always hard, but every holiday thereafter can be especially tough on the surviving parents. Next Sunday, many of them will gather in mutual support to “honor the memory of all children gone too soon,” as The Compassionate...

 

Town and tribes setting up Christmas trees in Coulee Dam

What better way to express the joy of Christmas than a lighted tree? Two lighted trees, of course, said Barbara Durnil, of the town of Coulee Dam’s Parks and Recreation committee. The town and the Colville Confederated Tribes are arranging just...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 11/25-26 - A disagreement over child custody on Fourth Street was eventually resolved with a temporary custody order and a temporary restraining order. The mother took custody of the child while an officer stood by. - A woman lost her...

 
 By Bob Valen    News    December 5, 2018

What's your winter favorite - ice or snow?

Each of us can recall severe storms we’ve lived through. Major thunderstorms with crashing lightning and heavy rain and hail. Wind events, not unlike some we’ve had right here in the Coulee ...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 28, 2018

Grand Coulee supports Republic police chief's stance against new gun law

In a symbolic gesture at their council meeting on Nov. 20, the Grand Coulee City Council unanimously came out in support of the chief of police in Republic, Washington, who has announced he will not enforce a new gun law passed by voters in the... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 28, 2018

CMC will end year with $1.5 million gain

After a year of financial nerves and fiscal restraint, Coulee Medical Center officials delivered good news on progress toward a turnaround Monday night. Hospital commissioners passed a budget that comes close to double what it was in 2014 and...

 

Sunshine and symmetry

The symmetry of the arches on the bridge on top of Grand Coulee Dam is reflected in the sunny, still waters of Lake Roosevelt Saturday. For the weekly Weather Watcher forecast, see page 8. - Scott...

 

Newsbriefs

Foundation rumor unfounded A rumor of a crack in the foundation of the new fire station under construction was put to rest by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Tuesday. Lynne Brougher, public affairs officer for the bureau, told The Star in an email on...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 28, 2018

Covington selected for school board

Brenda Covington was chosen Monday night by the Grand Coulee Dam School District directors to join their the board. Covington and Lisa Lyngar were interviewed for about half an hour each to fill the Electric City area spot on the board left vacant...

 

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