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Expect delays on highway 17

Drivers on SR-17 can expect delays Monday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as a crew collects road core samples near Leahy Junction, where 17 meets SR-174, the highway from Grand Coulee to Bridgeport. Traffic will be flagger... — Updated 4/18/2021

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Eligibility expands to everyone 16 and older in Washington state

OLYMPIA – Starting today everyone 16 and older who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can receive one in Washington. The eligibility expansion marks the four-month anniversary of vaccine rollout in our state. Since mid-December, nearly... — Updated 4/15/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

School architect to be selected

The school district will be interviewing, then selecting, an architect who could eventually design new athletic facilities, as well as options for what to do with the former high sc... — Updated 4/15/2021


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 4/6 - A city employee reported the seats had been broken on the seesaws at Shane Proctor Park on SR-174. The employee believes someone broke the seats using rocks. She also reported that at an earlier time... — Updated 4/14/2021


To read The Star online, do this:

1. Go to with your browser. 2. To get instant access, click the small ad in the upper right corner, circled in red here. It's linked to a page with a form for... — Updated 4/14/2021 Full story


How to attend public meetings in the Grand Coulee Dam area

With multiple towns, boards, and districts, there are lots of meetings happening in the Grand Coulee Dam area that each offer opportunity to engage in the processes that affect... — Updated 4/14/2021 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Positions up for election this year for local councils, boards

Voters will decide on about 30 positions up for election in the 2021 elections for local town councils, school boards, and more. Candidate filings of intent to run for these offices are open from May 17-21. Grand Coulee Three... — Updated 4/14/2021 Full story


Microtel hotel still delayed

A 65-room hotel or “Microtel” planned to be built in Grand Coulee is still delayed until further notice according to Caleb McNamara, a partner in the project. Construction on the multi-million dollar Microtel to be located... — Updated 4/14/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Nez Perce kids can raft down Snake River

Nez Perce descendents who are currently in fourth through eighth grades have until April 27 to apply for a free rafting trip down the Snake River in their ancestral Nez Perce homelands.  The rafting trip program seeks to have 15... — Updated 4/14/2021


Kids zone a go for Colorama

This year, Colorama will give kids the opportunity to ride a blow up mechanical bull, ride a 34-foot long slide, and more.  The "Kids Festival Zone" will be staged at North Dam... — Updated 4/14/2021


First COVID-19 variants confirmed in Grant County

Grant County Health District confirmed cases of B.1.429 variants of COVID-19 in three Grant County residents Monday, and lists 103 new Covid cases in the last week, including from the Grand Coulee area. The district’s health... — Updated 4/14/2021 Full story


Second spring cleaning week approved for May

A second community spring cleaning week will take place from May 1-8, when residents can haul yard waste to dump at the Delano Regional Transfer Station free of charge.  The Regional Board of Mayors approved the second week of... — Updated 4/14/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

You can help review the School Improvement Plan

Lake Roosevelt Schools are seeking a community review panel for their School Improvement Plan.  “We are in the process of finalizing the LRHS School Improvement Plan (SIP) and would like feedback from our community stakeholders,... — Updated 4/14/2021


Sno-Park fees to increase this fall

The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program announced today that the price of Sno-Park permits will increase when they go on sale again Nov. 1. This will be the first increase since 2009. The price increases reflect the... — Updated 4/7/2021


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 3/25 - An officer responded to a barking dog complaint on Roosevelt Drive. Police observed a tan colored dog barking. The dog wouldn’t allow the officer onto the property, so he sprayed it with a half second... — Updated 4/7/2021


Grant PUD notes increase in late payments

Grant Public Utility District has seen a large increase in overdue accounts since the COVID-19 pandemic started.  In January of 2020, before the pandemic, Grant PUD had just 39 residential customers in the 90-days-or-more overdue... — Updated 4/7/2021


Tribal council primary candidates announced

Twenty-six candidates will vie for six seats in the primary runoff for the Colville Business Council coming in May. There are seven out of 14 total positions up for election to the Colville Business Council, the governing body of... — Updated 4/7/2021


Grand Coulee man sentenced for stealing bus

After stealing a bus and leading officers on a chase across Grant County, a Grand Coulee man has been sentenced to just over three years in prison.  Richard Manley, 62, stole a... — Updated 4/7/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

McClure works for Congressman Newhouse

Having grown up on a cattle ranch in Nespelem, Rachel McClure now finds herself working for a congressman, striding two worlds connected by legislation with a large influence on... — Updated 4/7/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Haley Proctor to trick ride at rodeo

A woman standing on two horses and jumping through a hoop of fire is something you have to see, and can see, at this year's Colorama Rodeo.  Haley Proctor, wife of Grand Coulee's... — Updated 4/7/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Grant PUD enters next-gen nuclear partnership

Grant PUD announced last week that it would join in a partnership with two other entities to pursue building a nuclear power project.  The county-based utility that already... — Updated 4/7/2021


Grant PUD goes nuclear

Grant PUD, along with Energy Northwest and X-energy, announced they would be partnering on a nuclear power project. An April 1 press release from Grant PUD explained that the TRi Energy Partnership is “a mutual partnership to... — Updated 4/2/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

Local health authorities: Too soon, we're "getting used" to COVID

As public health authorities track cases of COVID-19, they worry that just as vaccines are rolling out faster, spring, sunshine and the yearning to breathe free could undermine... — Updated 4/2/2021 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Grand Coulee seeks park grant

If awarded a grant, Grand Coulee’s Shane Proctor Park could have new playground equipment, a half-court basketball court, and more.  The city of Grand Coulee applied for a $162,000 grant from the Ephrata-based Paul Lauzier... — Updated 3/31/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Local COVID-19 data stated

The area comprising the Grand Coulee Dam School District has a 14-day COVID-19 incident rate of 263 cases per 100,000 population. The district’s website,, includes a link to a Covid report compiling data from the... — Updated 3/31/2021 Full story


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