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Getting into shape

Earth movers reshape the hillside above Peter Dan Road Thursday. Peter Dan Road is open to traffic now, but with delays during construction. A small fire on the downhill side of the road reportedly...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 8/28 - Coulee Medical Center requested police assistance with a combative patient being brought in by Colville Tribal Corrections. The patient was cooperative upon arrival in an ambulance, and police assistance was not needed. -...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 29, 2018

District considers lowering standard for substitute teachers

The Grand Coulee Dam School District may change the qualifications for a substitute teacher so that more people would qualify. According to the Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction, Washington state requires a substitute teacher to have a...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 29, 2018

Teachers present case for higher pay

More than a dozen teachers attended Monday's Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting, where Pamela Johnson and Carrie Derr spoke on behalf of their union to make a case for higher pay to keep...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 29, 2018

Impasse between Coulee Dam, Elmer City prompt notice to EPA

In a special meeting Wednesday, Coulee Dam decided it would would notify the EPA of the potential of sewage in the streets of Elmer City because of a dispute between the towns. Adivsed by the city attorney that it cannot make a gift of its...

 

Art in the park

Ric Gendron dips his brush for more color on a painting he's working on at Saturday's Plateau Native American Art Show in North Dam Park. Gendron won first place in the show sponsored by the at...

 

Newsbriefs

B Street closure could last another year Grand Coulee City Council decided to wait another month before approving a time extension for the closure of the east end of B Street during the construction of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s fire...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 29, 2018

CMC finances turning around

Coulee Medical Center has been making remarkable strides toward digging its way out of debt, is heading toward profitability, and is even expanding its services, unlike many rural hospitals,...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 29, 2018

City may just let state issue business licenses

Due to complications from a new state law, the city of Grand Coulee is considering no longer issuing business licenses. The new law requires a lot of extra work for the city to coordinate with the state and the businesses, work that City Clerk Lorna...

 
 By Jim Brakebill    News    August 29, 2018

Community support of vets appreciated

Once again, we come to the community to thank everyone for a fantastic summer season at the VET Center. Our American Legion Post appreciates everybody who came by and shopped with us during our sale season. Although it seemed like a really long...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 29, 2018

Landlord's water bill keeps business from operating

Red tape, protocol, and a failure to communicate is keeping the Grand Gallery of Arts from reopening. Faran Sohappy owns a business called Music and Beyond. First located off of Midway Avenue across from Safeway, Sohappy was selling CDs, music...

 

City sets fund amounts in August

At last week’s Grand Coulee City Council meeting, the beginning fund balances for 2018 were set, numbers that would typically have been approved in January. “I have spoken with the state auditor’s office and they agreed to allow us to draw a...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 8/20 - A King Street man noticed that an unoccupied home he owns has had people inside. A door had been pried open, boxes packed, and someone had been sleeping in the guest bed there. He said a computer, pans, silverware, a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 29, 2018

Missing man's body found in Soap Lake

The body of a Colville tribal member who went missing late last month was recovered from the waters of Soap Lake on Friday evening, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday morning. Kayakers found the body of Michael Edwin Clark, 60, and... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 22, 2018

New federal fire help makes a difference

The federal Bureau of Land Management’s recent agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation and local fire districts has already paid off this fire season. The USBR turned over 200,000 acres to the BLM to manage. With Grand Coulee’s fire district alr...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 22, 2018

Which cell phone carrier should you choose?

Depending on where you live and work in the area, it can be hard to choose a cell-phone service provider that has service where you are. Who better to ask about where they have coverage than local citizens? Responding to an August 9 post on the Star...

 

Lake Roosevelt Raiders welcome back BBQ Thursday

Lake Roosevelt Raiders will be hosting a welcome back barbecue Thursday, August 23 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. This is for students kindergarten through 12th grade. Sponsored by the GCD PTA this event is for elementary students to find out who their teacher... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Backup plan not needed On the heels of the Aug. 7 voter approval of its Capital Projects Levy, the Grand Coulee Dam School District board last week rescinded its earlier resolution to hold another election for the same levy in November. That plan...

 

Major disaster declared for Colville Tribes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced this week that federal disaster assistance has been made available for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to supplement the tribe’s recovery efforts in the areas affected by...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 22, 2018

Engineering expert to give talk about Grand Coulee Dam

Those of us who look at the Grand Coulee Dam and think “how in the hell did they manage to build that?” will have the opportunity to have that question answered in detail by an engineering expert. Raymond “Paul” Giroux will be making a free...

 

Wildland fire contained

Firefighters head up a road to attack a wildfire suspected to have started in a well house on Pendell Road, also known as Red Road. The fire started about 1 p.m. Tuesday near the road to the Crown...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 22, 2018

Run the Dam will add to Harvest Festival

Lace up your running shoes, Run the Dam 2018 will be held on Sept. 15. Participants can walk or run a 5k, 10k, or half-marathon distance, beginning on the east side of the Grand Coulee Dam, running...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 8/12 - A man pulled on Alcan Road near the rodeo grounds was cited for driving with no valid operator’s license, no insurance, an expired registration, and a disfigured plate. Complicating matters further, the vehicle had been...

 

Rotary offers help to fire victims

The Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club is offering cash assistance grants of up to $500 to those affected by the Grass Valley Fire. Assistance is available to those in need due to fire loss or emergency evacuation expenses. If you or someone you know...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018

Huge, rapid blaze consumes Douglas County landscape

Whipped by wind, a fire that started near the turn to Mansfield Saturday morning sped over grass, sage and stubble, burning one firefighter and threatening homes and property, on its 20-mile race to m...

 

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