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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 9/28/2022 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 9/28/2022 Full story



Evacuation alert issued in Okanogan County A wildfire in Carlton warranted a level 2 (be ready to go) evacuation alert Tuesday afternoon that was still active by early evening. The Leecher Fire near 188 Vintin Road was about 30... — Updated 9/28/2022


Mastodon jaw found along Columbia River

It can be hard to imagine mastodons roaming around in Eastern Washington, but they did, and a Grant PUD pulled a bone from one out of a bag last week. Back in March, the jawbone of... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Engineer: City sewer revamp will cost millions

The wastewater treatment plant that takes care of all the sewage from Grand Coulee and Electric City has been in operation continually since 1985, treating 127 gallons a minute on average. The two cities have not grown out of it... — Updated 9/28/2022


Scarecrow trail planned to liven up fall

The Coulee area looked so festive last year with scarecrows that another Scarecrow Trail is planned this year by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce. During the scarecrow trail, residents and businesses display... — Updated 9/28/2022


Ended pandemic or not, Covid is here to stay

After a nice break for a couple weeks, the infection control nurse at Coulee Medical Center had to get back in the saddle the third week in September with three employees out with Covid-19. And as of Monday night, reported CEO... — Updated 9/28/2022


Winning spirit

Raider football fans cheer at last Friday night's game against the Liberty Lancers, the LR defeat of whom boosted the Raider rating to second in the state after four games this... — Updated 9/28/2022 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Two school levy meetings coming up

by Jacob Wagner Those who have an interest in the education of local youth will have two opportunities to learn more about an upcoming school levy that will be on the ballot for the November election.  The Grand Coulee Dam School... — Updated 9/28/2022


Grant County government emails compromised

Don’t open any recent emails from Grant County government entities or respond with any data as they aren’t actually from Grant County officials. “Grant County government has had several email accounts compromised,” a... — Updated 9/22/2022 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

School leaders outline goals in strategic plan

A school’s vision and mission will inevitably affect the success of the education of the children who go there, and the Grand Coulee Dam School District is working on updating their strategic plan. The current strategic plan orig... — Updated 9/22/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Kiosk officially dedicated

It was constructed nearly three years ago, but people behind putting up an informative kiosk at North Dam Park, delayed by circumstances, decided to hold a ceremony to officially... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Nespelem opens big, new ball field

People in Nespelem opened up a new ball field Friday, complete with dugouts, fencing all around, bleachers, a tall backstop, and synthetic turf. The baseball/softball field can... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Consolidation discussed briefly in Electric City

Although the idea of consolidating local towns wasn’t popular during a brief discussion in Electric City, the idea of consolidating local fire and EMS services does have support.  During their Sept. 13 council meeting, the... — Updated 9/21/2022


Elmer City starts own website

Elmer City has entered the digital age with their own website found at, which includes helpful information for residents.  Recently hired City Clerk Kelly Ross designed the website, which includes a few... — Updated 9/21/2022


2022 Run the Dam Festival in the books

For the complete results — Updated 9/21/2022


GCDSD Levy Committee meet

There will be a levy committee meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 5:00 pm in the HS HUB. Community members interested in helping with the levy are needed. Karen Depew will be running the meeting so come with your thoughts and ideas.... — Updated 9/19/2022


Not a mosh pit, but hopping

Junkyard Jane plays at Sunbanks Lake Resort's music festival Saturday night, where they had the crowd jumping after being a presented a banner on their 25th year of playing music.... — Updated 9/19/2022


Easy listening

Music fans float just offshore behind the stage to listen to the music at Sunbanks Lake Resort's music festival Saturday night. A dozen or so floaters, including a contingent of... — Updated 9/14/2022


Smoke affecting activities locally

The wildfire smoke in the air, which may come from this or that fire depending on which way the wind is blowing, is unpleasant and unhealthy to breathe, and has an effect on local events. Grand Coulee Dam School District leaders... — Updated 9/14/2022


Confirmed case of monkeypox in Grant County

  There is a confirmed case of the Monkeypox Virus (MPV) in Grant County. The Grant County Health District said Sept. 13 that they are investigating the case.  “The patient is in good health and is currently in home... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Event planned to connect youth to careers

Do you know who’s going to need a career to make a living someday? High school kids. And do you know who could use some employees? The local hospital. Put two and two together, and you’ve got Coulee Career Connection. The... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Run the Dam Festival starts Friday

Time to lace up your sneakers because the Run the Dam festival takes place this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, and includes fun and activities for people of all ages in addition... — Updated 9/14/2022


First Friday

People at last week's "First Friday" market shop from various vendors at North Dam Park as a couple talk with a candidate running for sheriff. The park, a center of community... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Federal funding should keep park open through 2027

Local park district commissioners have secured funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to help keep North Dam Park alive for several years to come, provided matching funding can be secured for a park that is the center of... — Updated 9/7/2022


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