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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 6/16/2021 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 6/16/2021 Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 6/6 - A man reported things stolen from his unattended campsite at Osborn Bay. The man had observed some shady looking men in an orange/yellow work truck near his campsite looking around his vehicle. They left... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Jeff Piturachsatit    News 

Thoughts about my father for Father's Day

Being a father of three, I understand how important fathers are to their kids. My three amazing children - Emmaline (10), Malyala (8), and Callaway (6) are a tribute to my... — Updated 6/16/2021


Graduates make it through extra-challenging years

Lake Roosevelt High School graduates took deep breaths of fresh air at their graduation ceremony Saturday after two school years boxed in by a global pandemic. The class of 2021,... — Updated 6/16/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Members to vote on credit union fate Monday

In its 80th year, Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union is in the process of merging with a larger credit union, a process that has been repeated across the country many times over the last couple years. A special members’ meeting is... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Wildfire brings scrutiny of illegal shooting range

With a recent wildfire started by a ricocheted bullet adding to safety and noise issues, target shooting at Osborn Bay is a concern for some, and the federal agency that owns the area says it is illegal to target shoot on their... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Firefighters defeat flames at Osborn Bay

A fire at Osborn Bay in high winds Saturday forced two people there to stay in the water for hours as flames came near enough at times that they could feel the heat.  The fire... — Updated 6/10/2021


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 5/29 - Police drove to Osborne Bay for a noise complaint of loud music playing. Police heard music playing somewhere in the area upon arrival, but then it stopped. Police waited to see if the music started again, but... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

New librarian looks forward to your stories

The Grand Coulee Library has a new librarian, Catherine Matthews, and she's excited to meet you.  Matthews moved to Electric City by way of Whidbey Island and started work at the... — Updated 6/9/2021


Appreciation & thanks on Osborn Bay fire

THANKS to ALL the local FIRE Responders and Response Teams from surrounding communities for the quick and professional RESPONSE to the Osborn Bay Fire last Saturday.  Under the dry, windy conditions this could have been... — Updated 6/9/2021


Boat-in campsites at Steamboat Rock converted to day-use only

A dozen boat-in campsites at Steamboat Rock State Park in the Ponderosa Campground are now closed to camping as the area becomes designated for day-use only.  Washington State... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Hotter and drier climate "normals" are here

Hotter and drier summers seem to be the trend in climate changes locally as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the new U.S. Climate Normals for 1991-2020.... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Koulee Kids Fest and new car show coming June 19

Get your passports ready; Koulee Kids Fest is taking place on June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lots of free activities for kids to participate in around the town. The “passports” are used by the kids to go to various... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Covid case at LR cancels games, quarantines students

A Lake Roosevelt student-athlete testing positive for COVID has led to students quarantining and basketball games being cancelled, but an outdoor graduation ceremony is still planned for Saturday. Basketball games on June 4, 5, 7,... — Updated 6/9/2021 Full story


Fire burning at Osborne Bay

A fire near Osborne Bay south of Electric City is burning sage brush and other vegetation in high winds. Helicopters from the Department of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Land... — Updated 6/5/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Federal and state legislators hear local needs

A congressman and a state legislator met with several local leaders last week to hear about local needs and ambitions, leaving with a list of to-dos. Congressman Dan Newhouse and... — Updated 6/5/2021


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 5/18 - Police located the owner of a vehicle abandoned along SR-155 where a new fog line was being painted. The owner moved the vehicle.  - A man thought a trailer hitch was stolen off of his truck, but later... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

City has a couple questions for USBR regarding B Street

The City of Grand Coulee would like a couple of questions addressed before extending their B Street closure agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  One end of B Street has been blocked off near the bureau’s fire station... — Updated 6/2/2021


Dedicated service

Families gather around the flags about to be dedicated in the name of their loved one, each a veteran being remembered on Memorial Day at the annual Isle of Flags dedication... — Updated 6/2/2021


Electric City residents can help fund major sewer repair by taking survey

Electric City residents, by participating in a confidential income survey as soon as possible, can help the city pay for its deteriorating main sewer line.  “The main sewer line running along Hwy 155 in Electric City is... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

New social media policy addresses school employee use

Social media has become such a big part of modern life, to the point that now the Grand Coulee Dam School District has an employee policy about it. The district’s board of directors approved a social media policy during their... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Candidates file for election to local councils, boards

Voters will decide on about 30 positions up for election in the 2021 elections for local town councils, school boards, and more. The primary elections will take place in August, while the general election will take place in... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

County health officials want masks left on for now

Grant County health officials are asking people to still wear a mask, even if you’re vaccinated, because too few have gotten vaccinations. The recommendations came Tuesday evening with a list of reasons for the decision.... — Updated 6/2/2021 Full story

 By press release    News

Colvilles lift COVID-related public safety measures

(Nespelem, WA) — The Colville Tribes announced today that it is immediately lifting all public safety measures previously instituted to protect the community from COVID-19. A Resolution first passed on March 25, 2020, which... — Updated 5/26/2021 Full story


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