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Update: Peter Dan Road reopened

Update: The road has reopened, an update from the county said at 2:15 p.m. Peter Dan Road is blocked by mud and rocks about a half mile off SR-155 this morning. At 6:40 a.m., Okanogan County Emergency Management sent out a text... — Updated 1/10/2023 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

District approves proposal for park maintenance

Park district commissioners last month approved a proposal for vendors to address in bidding on the maintenance work for North Dam Park for the year. The Coulee Area Park and... — Updated 1/4/2023


­- 2022 - a year in review -

Here’s a look at the most popular stories in The Star over the last year. January Stolen car found abandoned at Keller Ferry after chase A stolen Cadillac that police stopped following because of a new state law was found at the... — Updated 1/4/2023


Polar plungers feel frigid fast

In 30-degree weather New Year's Day a larger group of intrepid people gathered than at last year's annual Polar Plunge event at Spring Canyon when the temperature was in the single... — Updated 1/4/2023


PUD approves electric rate increase for 2023

New rate will add approximately $3.24 to the monthly household bill In a measure to help Grant PUD withstand the impact of inflation, Grant PUD’s commissioners on Dec. 13 approved a plan for new electricity rates in 2023. The... — Updated 1/4/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Hospital warns of increase in COVID-19 locally

Covid is apparently on the move locally. Coulee Medical Center cautioned community members Monday that although all services are still available, covid-related staffing problems may cause delays in service. “We are now in the... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Grant PUD crews work through cold to restore power

Utility crews for Grant County PUD worked through the extreme weather last week as power outages affected their customers from Royal City to Grand Coulee. With temperatures... — Updated 12/28/2022 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Turkeys blowing fuses make loud noise in Coulee Dam

Several people reported hearing a loud boom Monday night in west Coulee Dam, some speculating an electrical transformer may have blown in the town’s electric system. Not exactly. But City Superintendent Mike Steffens said... — Updated 12/28/2022


Inspired by community response, STCU invests in Almira School District

STCU has committed to a $56,000 investment in Almira School District as part of its recovery from a devastating 2021 fire. In an agreement with the school district, STCU will cover full costs of an external reader board and two... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Councilman: unbalanced budget not acceptable

Grand Coulee’s city council passed its budget reluctantly last week, with one council member warning that the city would need to find another $50,000 by year’s end or layoffs would be necessary. “I wanted to have a balanced... — Updated 12/28/2022 Full story


Ice sculpting dam

With temperatures near 0 last Thursday, two leaks on one drum gate on top of Grand Coulee Dam build ice formations as they spray. Ice built up on much of the dam during recent... — Updated 12/28/2022


Building future memories

Children talk and stare at Santa and Mrs. Claus, who stopped at Mason City Memorial Park in Coulee Dam Dec. 14 in an event arranged by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of... — Updated 12/21/2022


Trees of Sharing delivers gifts to 94 children

Ninety-four children in 43 households had wrapped Christmas packages delivered to their homes Saturday, Dec. 17 thanks to Trees of Sharing 2022 volunteers who supported the project... — Updated 12/21/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Care and Share food bank stable for now

The Care and Share Food Bank last Friday gave out Christmas baskets of food to bout 150 clients, including families and a lot of elderly folks, said manager Carol Nordine. That number indicates need is up from past years. Last... — Updated 12/21/2022


A Claus for wishes

While his mom takes a photo, Josue gets to tell Santa his wishes for Christmas at the Eagles Lodge Saturday afternoon during a party the club threw for kids. - Scott Hunter... — Updated 12/21/2022


STCU honors exceptional staff volunteerism with grants to non-profits

STCU employees once again showed their passion for community service by documenting a record 10,000 hours of volunteerism in 12 months. The volunteers including 18 employees who served at least 80 hours of volunteerism for a... — Updated 12/21/2022


Telling the story

An angel on high delivers a Christmas message to pilgrims through the Coulee Dam Community Church's live nativity scene Dec. 17. It included a brief movie about the Christmas... — Updated 12/21/2022


Wind Chill Advisory issued by National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a wind chill advisory for this region warning that skin should be covered outside to avoid freezing or frostbite. Below is the... — Updated 12/19/2022 Full story


A sign it's time to slow down

A road sign lies on a sidewalk in Coulee Dam after a small car hit it Nov. 28 early on a slippery morning, according to a neighbor who saw it. The sign normally faces drivers... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Federal school aid agency wants money back

Sometimes, if it’s not one thing, it’s another when you’re dealing a federal agency that gives you money. Or takes it back. Nespelem’s school board learned Monday that some of their Impact Aid money was being clawed back.... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Mayors drop cemetery study

Local mayors decided against further studying whether their Regional Board of Mayors could consider taking over the Spring Canyon Cemetery. Meeting as the RBOM Dec. 7, the mayors voted to drop their research into taking over owners... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

School board eyeing graduation requirements

School board directors will study whether to allow weighted grade point averages to be considered for graduation. Considering whether to pass a recommended policy on high school graduation requirements Monday night, Chairman George... — Updated 12/14/2022


NCW Libraries selects design firm for Reimagining Spaces Project

NCW Libraries is planning to upgrade its facilities around its district with a $10 million investment, including the library in Grand Coulee. NCW Libraries has selected Library... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Families lose everything in fire

A trailer housing two families on E Street burned down Thursday on one of the coldest nights of the year so far, burning one man badly. "This is the devastation that no family... — Updated 12/7/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Treatment plant upgrades estimated at $10.5 million

City leaders in Grand Coulee met with their engineers Monday to learn about options being recommended for upgrades to their wastewater treatment plant, estimated to cost $10.5 milli... — Updated 12/7/2022 Full story


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