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 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019 

School discipline explained, progress reported

Faced with critics who question discipline policies at Lake Roosevelt Schools, officials Monday presented data and studies behind a direction they said is not only working better locally, but also mandated statewide. Ready with a raft of statistics...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019 

Council changes rules on firing chief

Electric City quietly changed the rules Tuesday night that govern the process by which it could fire its fire chief. The vote happened moments after Electric City’s fire chief told people waiting outside city hall during a closed session of the...

 
 News    May 15, 2019 

High tension

High voltage power lines cross North Dam Park and a section of the Colorama carnival, as seen from a helicopter Saturday. The placement of one of the taller rides offered by the carnival became an...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019 

Local politics warming up

Four of the five Electric City Council seats are up for election this year, as is the mayor’s office, and interest is running higher than usual. It’s filing week in Washington, and people interested in running for elected office have until...

 

Out with "archaic," in with new tech tools at Lincoln County dispatching center

As Sheriff Wade Magers, several of his staff, two county commissioners and computer personnel held their collective breath on the morning of April 23, the Lincoln County Sheriff's dispatching...

 
 News    May 15, 2019 

Correction

Cody Leonard was referred to with the wrong gender pronoun in a story about Geezer Beach last week. She is a woman....

 
 News    May 15, 2019 

Governments join forces vs. northern pike in lake

Tribal, state and local governments have joined forces at Lake Roosevelt to combat the spread of northern pike, recently recorded just two dams away from critical Columbia River salmon habitat. The lake’s co-managers at the Confederated Tribes of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019 

Flood watch issued for this area this afternoon through evening

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood watch for areas in North Central Washington and Eastern Washington, including around Grand Coulee Dam. NWS is warning of showers and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 8, 2019

Feral horse team assembled to address issue on reservation

The Colville Tribes have formed a horse management team to help manage the feral horses on the reservation. The tribes have, in recent years, paid money to remove portions of the feral horse population via controversial roundups using helicopters to...

 
 News    May 8, 2019

Full speed ahead

From left, Vernon George, Aaron Andrews, Zane Bjorson, Macy Paslay, Tanner Lauseng, Jamie Dobson, Harper Wahpat, Tony Cantrell, Javon Lewis-Torres, Roamen Picard, Dy Mnd Friedlander, and Eva Connor...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 8, 2019

Large crowd shows up for fire chief disciplinary meeting

A peaceful, but angry, group of about 40-50 people gathered outside of city hall in Electric City Wednesday afternoon in support of Mark Payne, the city's fire chief, who is facing disciplinary...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 8, 2019

PUD officials come to listen

They came to listen and understand what has some Grand Coulee and Electric City customers upset enough to start a petition. Grant County PUD officials held a listening session and dialogue with people at last Thursday’s Grand Coulee Dam Area...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 8, 2019

Bureau releases draft regarding possible Geezer Beach restriction

Locals overwhelmingly oppose a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation proposal to ban cars from driving on “Geezer Beach,” a beach named after the elderly who frequent the spot because of its easy accessibility. The issue is a hot topic among locals...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 8, 2019

Park commissioners meet … at the park

Commissioners from the Coulee Area Park & Recreation District met at North Dam Park April 30 to walk around the park and discuss aspects of it, future plans, and talking points for an upcoming...

 
 News    May 8, 2019

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 4/12 - An employee at the Hi-Co station on SR-174 reported a counterfeit $20 bill, checked with a special pen. The customers were an identified man and unknown woman. The woman was said to have tried to get the bill back, which...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 1, 2019

Electric City fire chief facing disciplinary action

Electric City Fire Chief Mark Payne received a letter from the city regarding disciplinary action being considered against him for illegal burning practices. Payne, who forwarded The Star the letter, believes the action is directly related to his rol...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 1, 2019

For Sale: Banks Lake Golf Course, good condition

Banks Lake Golf Course and surrounding land have been declared surplus items, opening up the possibility of them being sold. Grant County Port District 7 commissioners, who manage the golf course as...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 1, 2019

School board hears deep concerns on a class

It’s hard for a child to learn in a classroom if other students are being disruptive, even violent. A conversation about this took place at the Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors’ meeting April 22. Clarissa Cawston addressed the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 1, 2019

Construction resumes on fire station

Construction has resumed on the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation fire station off SR-155, with completion anticipated for March of 2020. The $13.6 million contract was originally awarded to Innovative...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 1, 2019

From LEGOs to drones

The classic toy LEGO has evolved over the years to incorporate robotics, and students at Nespelem Elementary are using LEGO robots to learn coding and robotics, skills that will be more and more...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 1, 2019

Coulee Dam restaurant lease OK'd for new owners

The city of Coulee Dam has OK’d a lease for the Melody Restaurant space in its community building, the city council Wednesday voting unanimously to approve it and promising cooperation on certain maintenance issues for the new operators. Jon...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 1, 2019

Colorama comes next week

It’s Colorama time next week, when the carnival comes to town, runners lace up those shoes, cowboys ride into town and people line the streets of Grand Coulee for the parade. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect. We’ll get into more detail...

 
 News    May 1, 2019

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 4/23 - A man who lives in an apartment on Main Street was upset that a man moving into the apartment upstairs was making so much noise he couldn’t hear the TV, and also that his mirror had fallen off the wall and broken while they...

 

Rotary dinner will raise funds for local efforts

The local Rotary club will offer a spaghetti dinner this Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School cafeteria. The club’s annual fundraiser will support club efforts, including raising money to replace the now...

 

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