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School boards meeting tonight

Schools are looking at how to successfully implement changes that will be put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a new Star survey seeks the opinions of local parents, students, and staff members. Tonight's Grand... — Updated 6/22/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News

Casino closed after employee tests positive

The 12 Tribes Coulee Dam Casino said tonight that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19, so the casino has closed for three to 10 days for “extensive sanitizing.” The casino posted the announcement on its website and... — Updated 6/18/2020


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 6/8 - A man from another state working in Grand Coulee told police that a woman he sent personal pictures to on a dating app threatened to show the photos to his family if he didn’t give her $300. Screenshots... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Quarantine motivates people to clean

People are evidently cleaning up, and so is the local dump. Increased business at the Delano Transfer Station has brought in enough extra money this spring to offset much of a projected loss, so rates will rise only slightly. Dump... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News

T-Mobile is down

T-Mobile restored service to its text and voice plans across the country Monday night. CEO Mike Sievert posted the following on the company's website at 8:45 p.m., then announced... — Updated 6/16/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Coulee folks express their views on masks

The people have spoken! Results are in from a Star poll on the topic of wearing masks in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, a controversial topic nationally.  Last week The Star... — Updated 6/15/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Public defends their swim dock

People who spend recreational time at Spring Canyon told the National Park Service their concerns over potential changes for the park.  The NPS collected 83 comments on their Lake... — Updated 6/14/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News

Our shareable graduation section available to all here

The Star has created a special digital issue of this week's special section saluting the Lake Roosevelt High graduates of 2020, one you can easily share online. Special sections... — Updated 6/12/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Okanogan County enters Phase 2 - CORRECTED

CORRECTION: This article has been amended to show the correct graduation date for Lake Roosevelt, which is June 13. Okanogan County enters Phase 2, meaning locally, among other things, that Lake Roosevelt’s modified graduation... — Updated 6/12/2020


Free produce in Coulee Dam on Saturday

Potatoes, apples, and onions oh my! Anyone who’d like some free produce can get a box with a bag each of potatoes, apples, and onions at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, June 13, beginning at 9 a.m.... — Updated 6/11/2020


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 6/2 - An officer pulled over a Pontiac Grand Prix near Federal Avenue for having tabs that expired in 2018. The driver said he had been unable to renew the tabs because of COVID-19. The officer explained that... — Updated 6/10/2020


White House names Grant County a "High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area"

The top federal prosecutor in Eastern Washington said June 4 that it was “great news” that Grant County was named a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy... — Updated 6/10/2020


Peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration held in Omak

Black Lives Matter demonstrations have been taking place across the nation, including in Omak, in response to the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis, Minnesota May 25 from cardiopulmonary arrest resulting from an... — Updated 6/10/2020


Public meetings to continue remotely

Public meetings, including those of city councils, school boards, and various districts, will need to continue to be held telephonically, a requirement that might lead to an... — Updated 6/5/2020

 By press release    News

Grant PUD partners with Columbia Basin Foundation to support local food banks

EPHRATA – Grant PUD, in conjunction with Columbia Basin Foundation, has contributed to eight food banks throughout Grant County this spring with Pay-It-Forward grants totaling $11,000. The services of these food banks are... — Updated 6/5/2020


Reader poll - Wearing masks during COVID-19 pandemic

We created a short survey asking you about your mask wearing habits and what you think about wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take the poll at — Updated 6/4/2020

 By Scott Hunter    News

Deadline today for Star special offer on rates for grad parents

Recognizing that graduation won't be what anyone had planned for the class of 2020, The Star is offering special rates to parents or others wanting to give greater recognition to... — Updated 6/4/2020


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 5/21 - A man was banned from a Burdin Boulevard residence following an argument with another man there.  - A woman reported being a victim in the unemployment scam happening recently.  - A man said his... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Still no camping along Lake Roosevelt

Camping is still closed in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, including at Spring Canyon, and boat launch fees can only be paid by credit card now.  The National Park... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Modified graduation should go on as scheduled

Lake Roosevelt’s COVID-19 era graduation should go on as planned despite Okanogan County currently being in Phase 1 of Washington State’s Safe Start Recovery Plan.  Graduation is scheduled to be held June 13 at 7 p.m. at the... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Hospitals can still treat whatever ails you during COVID

A statewide health care campaign is urging people not to delay getting treated for any other health problems during the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing that hospitals can still treat non-COVID issues. Dr. Sam Hsieh, Coulee Medical... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Distance learning at Lake Roosevelt gets mixed participation

As “distance learning” continues at Lake Roosevelt Schools during the COVID-19 pandemic that has kept students out of classrooms, principals weigh in on students’ participation in online classes.  During the May 26 school... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Masks now mandatory in many public situations

Even before the order went statewide Friday directing widespread wearing of masks in public and requiring business to mandate it for employees not working alone, Grant County health authorities had already decided that protection w... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

City accepts $3.5 million police contract with bureau

The Grand Coulee City Council approved a $3.57 million, five-year contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Thursday to continue to use the Grand Coulee Police Department to provide additional security services at the Grand... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Comments open until Saturday on plans for Spring Canyon

With time running out, people with ideas about plans emerging for Spring Canyon, the popular beach and park on Lake Roosevelt just east of Grand Coulee, should make them known to the National Park Service. You have until the end... — Updated 5/28/2020


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