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 By Scott Hunter    News    December 5, 2018 

Coulee Dam theater subject of hope

A Grand Coulee woman offered last week to help Coulee Dam work on getting the former Village Cinema up and running. Kimberly Christensen and her husband, Michael, who started their Coulee Kettle Corn business a year ago, moved to the area eight...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 5, 2018 

People may no longer be able to drive on "Geezer Beach"

The Bureau of Reclamation may change rules related to fishing and recreation on "Geezer Beach," a popular spot along the shore behind the Third Powerhouse of the Grand Coulee Dam. People will often...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 5, 2018 

School board approves "enrichment" levy details

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board approved the details of a new “enrichment” levy, at their Nov. 26 school board meeting. The levy will be on the Feb. 12, 2019 ballot for voters to approve or deny. The enrichment levy, also known as the...

 

Newsbriefs

Port district approves levy increase Grant County Port District 7 commissioners Monday approved an increase of $698.01 to their tax levy to be collected in 2019. The 1.5-percent annual increase brings the total amount of taxes the district collects...

 

Regular bus to Ephrata to stop running

The bus between Grand Coulee and Ephrata will only run on request, transit officials have decided. They announced that decision at a meeting in Grand Coulee last week. Grant Transit Authority will remove their regularly scheduled route connecting...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 5, 2018 

UW students do health check-up on coulee

University of Washington students, working for the Grant County Health District, interacted with the community members last week, asking what they think about health in relation to the area. The students, about 15 in total, are in the... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 5, 2018 

Vigil Sunday will remember children who have died

The death of a child is always hard, but every holiday thereafter can be especially tough on the surviving parents. Next Sunday, many of them will gather in mutual support to “honor the memory of all children gone too soon,” as The Compassionate...

 

Town and tribes setting up Christmas trees in Coulee Dam

What better way to express the joy of Christmas than a lighted tree? Two lighted trees, of course, said Barbara Durnil, of the town of Coulee Dam’s Parks and Recreation committee. The town and the Colville Confederated Tribes are arranging just...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 11/25-26 - A disagreement over child custody on Fourth Street was eventually resolved with a temporary custody order and a temporary restraining order. The mother took custody of the child while an officer stood by. - A woman lost her...

 
 By Bob Valen    News    December 5, 2018 

What's your winter favorite - ice or snow?

Each of us can recall severe storms we’ve lived through. Major thunderstorms with crashing lightning and heavy rain and hail. Wind events, not unlike some we’ve had right here in the Coulee ...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 28, 2018

Grand Coulee supports Republic police chief's stance against new gun law

In a symbolic gesture at their council meeting on Nov. 20, the Grand Coulee City Council unanimously came out in support of the chief of police in Republic, Washington, who has announced he will not enforce a new gun law passed by voters in the... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 28, 2018

CMC will end year with $1.5 million gain

After a year of financial nerves and fiscal restraint, Coulee Medical Center officials delivered good news on progress toward a turnaround Monday night. Hospital commissioners passed a budget that comes close to double what it was in 2014 and...

 

Sunshine and symmetry

The symmetry of the arches on the bridge on top of Grand Coulee Dam is reflected in the sunny, still waters of Lake Roosevelt Saturday. For the weekly Weather Watcher forecast, see page 8. - Scott...

 

Newsbriefs

Foundation rumor unfounded A rumor of a crack in the foundation of the new fire station under construction was put to rest by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Tuesday. Lynne Brougher, public affairs officer for the bureau, told The Star in an email on...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 28, 2018

Covington selected for school board

Brenda Covington was chosen Monday night by the Grand Coulee Dam School District directors to join their the board. Covington and Lisa Lyngar were interviewed for about half an hour each to fill the Electric City area spot on the board left vacant...

 

Federal and state money will repair Grand Coulee streets

The state Transportation Improvement Board is covering Grand Coulee’s match in a large grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded to repair street damage from the harsh 2016-17 winter. In late 2017, FEMA awarded Grand Coulee...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 28, 2018

Nuisance dogs could be taken

An owner could have his dogs taken away if he doesn’t address the ongoing issue of the dogs barking. The dogs, located on Grand Coulee Avenue, are constantly barking and running at large, resulting in 20 calls made through Multi Agency...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 28, 2018

Electric City discusses possible drug ordinance

Electric City is looking into adopting a drug nuisance ordinance, similar to one Grand Coulee passed in October, that would allow the seizure of known drug houses for up to a year. State law on the abatement of drug houses, Revised Code of Washington...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 28, 2018

Icy roads at heart of crashes, including three deaths

Vehicle crashes attributed in part to icy roads killed three people in the region in the last week, authorities said. Richard Howe, 62, of Omak, died about 8:35 p.m. Nov. 21 on SR-155 six miles south of Disautel Pass. Howe was wearing a seatbelt in t...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/20 - A Young St. man was cited with animal cruelty after allegedly abandoning his dog, which had reportedly been chained up outside in freezing temperatures and without food and water. A neighbor reported the man, who had left...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 21, 2018

Consolidation topic as charged as ever

The topic of consolidating local towns into one came up at the Electric City council meeting Nov. 13, where councilmembers, the mayor, the city clerk, a lawyer, and a citizen spoke on the issue for roughly half an hour. The Grand Coulee council had...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 21, 2018

State law changed to help local consolidation effort - in 1995

Many of the details on exactly how consolidation of municipalities can happen in Washington were changed to accomodate a Grand Coulee Dam area push in the mid-1990s to do just that. An article in The Star on May 3, 1995, details some of the issues...

 

University of Washington Public Health students invite local participation in Grand Coulee community health assessment

In partnership with the Grant County Health District nine graduate students in the University of Washington Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) program will visit Grand Coulee to learn about important health issues facing the local comm... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 21, 2018

Possibility: Grant might pay for extra plant work, helping Elmer City

The engineer in charge of the new wastewater treatment plant in Coulee Dam says funds may be available to pay for the extra lift station needed to bring Elmer City’s effluent to the plant. With costs estimated at three quarters of a million...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 21, 2018

Decade-old entrance sign idea revived

The Electric City council discussed putting a large sign at their southern limits that would welcome people coming into town from the south on SR-155. The sign would read "Welcome to Electric City," a...

 

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