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 By Scott Hunter    News 

11 die of COVID-19 in Tonasket

Eleven people in a Tonasket facility have died of COVID-19, Okanogan County Public Health, stated in a press release Monday night. All of the them were residents at North Valley Extended Care, a 42-bed facility where 32 residents... — Updated 11/30/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Supt. updates board on district's COVID stance

As of Monday, school is intended to continue as planned, with high COVID numbers in local counties, but not in the area itself.  At Monday’s Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting, Superintendent Paul Turner presented a... — Updated 11/27/2020 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Hundred-plus Covid infections at county long-term care facilities

Nine people have died of COVID-19 at one Grant County nursing home, and two other long-term care facilities tallied 108 infections among residents and staff, Grant County Health... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Billboards allowed to stay

Billboards along Main Street in Grand Coulee will be allowed to stay, at least until leases for the billboards are over, and a committee will be looking at ways to possibly allow them to stay indefinitely. Following a couple of... — Updated 11/24/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Doctor outlines holiday fears and future hopes

The current wave of coronavirus spread is more ominous than the first in Washington for reasons that give doctors cause to fear the near future, including those at Coulee Medical Center, where “we’ve been pretty lucky thus... — Updated 11/24/2020 Full story


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1. Go to with your browser. 2. To get instant access, click the small ad in the upper right corner, circled in red here. It's linked to a page with a form for... — Updated 11/24/2020 Full story


How to attend public meetings in the Grand Coulee Dam area

With multiple towns, boards, and districts, there are lots of meetings happening in the Grand Coulee Dam area that each offer opportunity to engage in the processes that affect... — Updated 11/24/2020 Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/16 - Police assisted law enforcement officers from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol with a vehicle that was not pulling over for a Grant County officer while heading north... — Updated 11/24/2020


No late fees means lost revenue for city

The city of Grand Coulee has lost revenue from late fees during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-23, first issued in March of 2020, doesn’t allow utilities to be shut off for a resident,... — Updated 11/24/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Birds of many feathers come to the coulee

There are birds aplenty in the world, the country, the state of Washington and in the Grand Coulee Dam area, and if you need something to do, looking for birds is one option.... — Updated 11/24/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Empty wall turns into big, positive art

Robert Fields has been wanting a big piece of art on the side of his garage facing the highway to Bridgeport for more than a decade, and he got it this summer in collaboration with... — Updated 11/24/2020


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/7 - A woman at the Hill Avenue apartments reported a boy threw a bottle at her window. No damage was caused. The boy’s mother said he knew better and isn’t allowed near the other woman’s apartment.... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Elmer City residential sewer rates may go up

Elmer City residential sewer rates will likely go up by about 20% in 2021.  The raise was discussed by the city council during a budget discussion meeting Nov. 12.  A sewage lift station pump replacement in the Lone Pine area... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News

Ritzville wedding spreads disease in Grant County

Public health authorities are asking anyone from multiple communities who attended a large wedding near Ritzville Nov. 7 to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine through Nov. 21. Grant County Health District said it knows of... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News

Garbage fees to climb from a chain reaction

Coulee Dam residents will likely soon pay about another $1 a week to have their trash picked up at the curb. The city council in a Monday budget workshop found that a hike of about $4 a month is likely inevitable, following a... — Updated 11/18/2020


Honoring veterans remotely

From left, music teacher Karen Pace, BrieAnn Whittaker, Skylar Armstrong, Nathan Weldon and Channell Smith gather in the student Hub at Lake Roosevelt High School to sing a few... — Updated 11/18/2020



Anthropologist to speak online Robert Moïse will be the guest speaker at the Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club’s Zoom meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5:15 p.m. and the public is invited. Moïse, a consulting anthropologist, has... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Is winter coming for Electric City's Ice Age Park?

The fate of Electric City’s potential Ice Age Park may be decided at the city’s Dec. 8 council meeting.  At their Nov. 10 meeting, the council discussed the park following the failure of a levy to raise funds for maintenance... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News

New statewide COVID-19 restrictions announced

After Washington families were asked last week not to gather with people outside their households over the coming holidays, the governor added more details and broader restrictions... — Updated 11/18/2020


Most local county COVID rates up significantly

COVID-19 cases are up and down all over the map and the state is seeing record high days.  The Seattle Times reported Nov. 16 that "for the third day in a row, state health... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News

New statewide COViD-19 restrictions announced

After Washington families were asked last week not to gather with people outside their households over the coming holidays, the governor added more details and broader restrictions... — Updated 11/16/2020 Full story


Local county COVID rates are up significantly

All four local counties: Grant, Okanogan, Lincoln, and Douglas, have seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. As of Nov. 10: Okanogan County has had 1,188 total cases, including 13 deaths. There have been 15 cases in... — Updated 11/12/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

LR's grades 7-12 to start returning to in-person school in December

Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School students will start returning to in-person school on Dec. 7 with a phased approach. The Grand Coulee Dam School District board of directors again discussed reopening in person school to... — Updated 11/12/2020

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COVID-19 outbreak reported in Grant County Long-Term Care facility

SOAP LAKE, WA – Grant County is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak in one long-term care facility (LTC), McKay Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Soap Lake, WA, with over 30... — Updated 11/10/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

School levy passes by 2% margin

The Grand Coulee Dam School District's Supplemental Educational Programs and Operation passed with 51% of the vote last Tuesday. Results of the Nov. 3 general election show that... — Updated 11/10/2020 Full story


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