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Fire burning on "Wilbur Hill"

A wildfire burning in the "Wilbur Hill" area, near mile post 27.5 on SR-174, is mostly contained, fire fighters say. The fire, which started roughly at 11 a.m. today, July 24, had... — Updated 7/27/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News

Fire threatening Nespelem area

Update 3 p.m. 7/24/20: Level 3 evacuations have been lifted in the Nespelem-to-agency area today, but Level 2 Evacuation has been issued for the area north of Nespelem from the Cath... — Updated 7/24/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Tax foreclosure sale cancelled in tough year

Okanogan County’s treasurer Tuesday said she will not be selling real estate in foreclosures this year. “After everything the County Treasurer’s office had to consider regarding this year’s Real Estate Tax Foreclosure Sale... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Grand Coulee discusses use of federal CARES funding

The Grand Coulee City Council is looking into upgrading their tech with federal coronavirus relief money.  At their July 21 council meeting held via Zoom, City Clerk Lorna Pearce presented the idea of using some of the city’s... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News 

How do you feel about masks in businesses?

We're wondering how our readers feel about going into stores that don't require customers and employees to wear masks. (function(t,e,s,n){var o,a,c;t.SMCX=t.SMCX||[],e.getElementById(n)||(o=e.getElementsByTagNam... — Updated 8/5/2020


The best of times...

Plenty of boaters on Banks Lake play on the water Tuesday evening and show a summer activity often coupled with camping, both of which can be safe and fun, even amid a pandemic, if... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Electric City voters will decide on park funding

Electric City voters will be asked on November’s ballot whether they support an extra tax to go toward funding maintenance of the planned Ice Age Park, the city council voted last week. After a brief special council meeting held... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Local COVID-19 cases hit 20

The local area has now seen more than 20 cases of COVID-19, according to statistics offered by local county health authorities. Okanogan Public Health reports two in Coulee Dam and 11 in Nespelem. Grant County Health District... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Public health pleads for unity on virus fight

A frustrated Okanogan Public Health official Tuesday pleaded with county commissioners to present a unified message to the public on fighting the COVID-19 epidemic in the county,... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Hospital staff test positive amid "alarming growth" of virus

Two Coulee Medical Center employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now isolated and recovering at home, the hospital announced Monday as the coronavirus continues to spre... — Updated 8/5/2020


Unofficial Primary Election results

Here are the unofficial election results as of Tuesday night after the 8 p.m. close of voting. Grant Okan. Lin. Doug. State Governor Tim Eyman in Grant Co: 832; Okanogan Co.: 356; Lincoln Co.: 246; Douglas Co.: 420; Statewide:... — Updated 8/5/2020

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NPS seeks public help preventing wildfires at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

According to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 85% of all wildfires in Washington State are caused by humans. Already this summer the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area has had five wildfires started on... — Updated 8/5/2020


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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 8/5/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

New school levy on November ballot

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is asking for more money as they enter the uncharted territory of beginning a new school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The district board of directors Monday night approved a budget for the... — Updated 7/31/2020


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 7/18 - A man reported that someone had spun “brodies” in the parking lot of his Coulee Boulevard storage units, leaving marks in the gravel.  - A 21-year-old man was reported to be overdosing at Coulee Play... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News

Fire still burning in Nespelem area

A fire that started Thursday afternoon near the tribal greenhouses near the Columbia River east of the Colville Indian Agency moved rapidly over dry hills to Schoolhouse Loop Road... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Wheat saved from fire near Wilbur Hill

A fire in the "Wilbur Hill" area, called the Neal Canyon fire, burned about 70 acres of  grass brush and light timber on July 24. The fire, the cause of which is still under... — Updated 7/29/2020


Covid-19 cases counted

Grant County Health District has seen 168 new cases of Covid-19 since July 21. The county as a whole has had 1,177 people get the illness, 10 of whom have died. The Grand Coulee area of Grant County has six confirmed cases.  State... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Short-term rentals will be allowed in Grand Coulee

Grand Coulee residents can now rent out their homes for a weekend if they want to.  The Grand Coulee City Council approved an ordinance July 21 allowing short term rentals in residential zones within the city.  The ordinance... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News

Grand Coulee woman dies in crash

A Grand Coulee woman died last week when the car she was driving crashed in Douglas County. Maureen K. Horrobin, 63, was found deceased at the scene of the collision when local emergency personnel responded to a reported injury... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Grand Coulee/Electric City to update computer for arsenic treatment plant

Even cities have to deal with electronics becoming obsolete.  The cities of Grand Coulee and Electric City need to buy a new computer for their arsenic treatment plant, which treats the water that comes from Electric City wells... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Weekly Q&A's to focus on upcoming school year

The superintendent of the Grand Coulee Dam School District will answer your questions related to reopening school for the 2020-21 school year during the COVID-19 pandemic in weekly question-and-answer sessions held online.... — Updated 7/29/2020


Enjoying the water safely

A family of kayakers paddles past the beach at Steamboat Rock State Park. This is Washington State Parks' "Paddle Safe Week," emphasizing safe practices in paddle sports, which are... — Updated 7/24/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Schools working on mix of online, in-school plan for fall

The upcoming school year will be a hybrid mix of online and in-school learning for most students, if plans in development at Grand Coulee Dam School District come to fruition amidst current uncertainties about timing and COVID-19.... — Updated 7/22/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Local COVID cases go up again

The Grand Coulee Dam area has had an additional three cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the past few days.  A July 20 update from the Grant County Health District said they received an additional 59 cases between the evening of July... — Updated 7/22/2020


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