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Coulee Cops

Coulee Dam 12/21 - Police responded to a report of a female hitting a pickup truck with a stick on Columbia Avenue. Police spoke to a man standing by his truck who said that nothing happened and there wasn’t any damage to his... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Town of Nespelem gets upgraded water system

Opportunity for growth has opened for the town of Nespelem with an upgraded water system now up and running.  Mayor Darcy Epperson explained to The Star over the phone on Tuesday... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Council approves health district donation

The Electric City council this month approved donating $2 per resident, roughly $2,000, to the Grant County Health District, but not before some discussion.  At their Dec. 8 council meeting, Mayor Diane Kohout read a report from... — Updated 12/30/2020


Demos to meet

Local Democratic Party leadership will meet in early January to elect officers for the 12th Legislative District who will serve for the 2021-2022 biennium. The virtual meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9,... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Ice Age Park project melts

The long, controversial story of the imagined Ice Age Park in Electric City has come to an end, but the potential for a park is still there.  The city council voted at their Dec. 8 meeting to stop the Ice Age Park project and so... — Updated 12/23/2020


COVID-19 local stats update

As of Dec. 22, Grant County had reported 6,466 total COVID-19 cases including 73 deaths, eight deaths since Dec. 15. There have been 23 cases in the Grand Coulee Dam area and 39 in the Coulee City area. As of Dec. 21, the county... — Updated 12/23/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Reservation closure extended

The Colville Tribes extended the closure of the Colville Reservation to non-essential visitors until midnight on May 31, 2021, and started a curfew in the Keller District.  Chairman for the Colville Tribes Rodney Cawston said in... — Updated 12/23/2020 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Vaccines coming to GCD area

With the approval of federal health care authorities for two vaccines, some local frontline workers were inoculated against the virus that causes COVID-19 this week, and more will... — Updated 12/23/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Survey: Playground equipment top priority for park improvements

Locals have a lot of ideas for their North Dam Park, a Star survey reveals, including lights, updated playground equipment, a dog park, outdoor movies, and more.  Last week, The... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

State loosens school Covid guidelines

In-person school is being encouraged by the state, but Lake Roosevelt is limited on space to keep a safe distance between students and staff. The guidelines for when to open schools to in-person learning were loosened up by Gov.... — Updated 12/23/2020 Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 12/5 - A woman said that she confronted two women stealing tires at apartments on Coulee Boulevard, and that she was almost run over by them. She said that when they drove off in a blue Chevy truck with a red... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

School board chairman talks about education

Education looks far different today than when George LaPlace was in school, and he thinks its future is likely to see more amazing changes even though funding inequities currently... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Potential North Dam Park improvements discussed

Would you like it if North Dam Park had new tennis courts, lighted ball fields, new playground equipment, and more flowers? We want to know.  Commissioners for The Coulee Area Parks and Recreation District last week discussed... — Updated 12/16/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Community donates a ton of food

Efforts from local scouts to collect food donations from the community last week brought in over 2,000 pounds of food to the Care and Share Food Bank.  Carole Nordine, who manages the food bank, said they received lots of mac and... — Updated 12/16/2020


All dressed up

A car blurred by a long exposure drives past Coulee Dam's holiday-decorated Douglas Park at the foot of Douglas Street, which leads to city hall. Lighted candy cane ornaments adorn... — Updated 12/16/2020


Colville Tribes enforcing public health rules

Public safety laws on the Colville Reservation will be strictly enforced during the current spike in COVID-19 cases, the Colville Tribes says, including with possible fines and jail time.  “The Tribal Health Department is... — Updated 12/16/2020 Full story


Covid case stats in local counties reported

COVID rates are still high in local counties and the state as a whole, with the state reporting over 35,000 cases in the past 14 days. In local counties, cases among those in the 20-40 age range far outnumber any other age group.... — Updated 12/16/2020 Full story


Colville Tribes Enforces Public Health Rules

Public safety laws on the Colville Reservation will be strictly enforced during the current spike in COVID-19 cases, a Dec. 9 press release from the Colville Tribes says. “The Tribal Health Department is issuing specific orders... — Updated 12/14/2020 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Firefighters douse house and car fires

A car fire in Coulee Dam and a burning house in Grand Coulee kept local firefighters busy this week. Very early Monday, Grand Coulee and Electric City volunteers were dispatched to... — Updated 12/14/2020

 By press release    News

Eleven additional Grant County resident deaths associated with COVID-19

Grant County Health District is reporting 11 additional confirmed COVID-19 associated deaths of Grant County residents. Ten deaths were associated with Long Term Care Facilities (LTC) outbreaks first reported on Nov. 20. All those... — Updated 12/10/2020 Full story


Updated: School board changes own Covid rules to allow older kids back Monday

The return to school for seventh- through 12th-grade Lake Roosevelt students on Monday, Dec. 7 continued under a plan modified in an emergency school board session Friday night that sets a much higher threshold for the number of... — Updated 12/9/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Those were fireworks you heard over the weekend

If you heard loud booms on Friday or Saturday night, it was probably local man Alan Cain lighting them off with about eight of his friends from the Northwest Pyrotechnics Association.  The fireworks were lit on Cain’s property... — Updated 12/9/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Volunteers needed for delivering food to seniors

If you have a drivers license and an insured vehicle, you could help local senior citizens by volunteering to deliver meals to them.  “We are in desperate need of volunteer delivery drivers,” Senior Meals Director Chay... — Updated 12/9/2020 Full story


He'll be back

Paul Stout delivers an empty grocery bag to a doorstep in Coulee Dam Saturday. The Scouts BSA boys and girls troops 24 and 52 will be picking up those bags, which they left all... — Updated 12/9/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

No late fees mean lost revenue for cities and utilities

A COVID-era rule intended to help individuals has meant lost revenue for cities, and utilities. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-23, first issued in March of 2020, doesn’t allow utilities to be shut off for a... — Updated 12/9/2020


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