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Keller Ferry closes for 19 days

A temporary closure of the Keller Ferry begins today, Dec. 4, making travelers between Keller and Wilbur follow an hour detour. They ferry will be closed until Dec. 23, while the Washington State Department of Transportation performs repairs on it....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 4, 2019 

In pursuit of daycare: grain elevators

The local hospital has an acute need to provide daycare for its employees, a circumstance that has led to the purchase of nearby grain elevators. Coulee Medical Center asked employees in a survey...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 4, 2019 

Tribal education leader dies in crash

A woman who helped generations of members of the Colville Tribes pursue their educations died in a crash Friday night just north of Coulee Dam. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 4, 2019 

Grant Transit Authority buying new buses

Grant Transit Authority, which provides bus services through Grant County, will be buying four more buses with federal grant money. The acquisition of those buses will not add any routes to the Grand Coulee Dam area. Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 4, 2019 

Smartphones: a distraction or a tool?

Are smartphones a hindrance to learning in the classroom, or an asset? A recent article in The Star reported on smartphone-related discussions at a recent Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting. That article directed readers to a poll on the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 4, 2019 

Mystery hole still draws interest

An unexplained phenomenon took place 35 years ago on a farm on a plateau west of Omak Lake in which a three-ton piece of earth was lifted out of the ground, landing some 73-feet away. It's still a...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 11/26 - A man was taken to jail on a burglary charge. He was pulled over as he drove near the skate park at North Dam Park because his vehicle matched the description of one that may have been involved is a possible burglary that had...

 

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Cold blaze

As temperatures begin to dip Monday night, firefighters douse a fire along the Elmer City Access Road Monday night that burned what was beleived to be a mobile home unoccupied for years. Okanogan...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 27, 2019

Smartphone access at school discussed by board

With an ever-growing presence of smartphones and tablets in our lives, how do they fit into the school system? The topic of smartphones, and therefore social media, came up multiple times at the... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

$5K offered for arsonist info The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for arsons of several haystacks around Grant County this year. To be...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 27, 2019

B Street closure extension granted for USBR fire station

The Grand Coulee City Council voted last week to extend their contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to keep a portion of B Street closed for up to another year during construction of the bureau’s new fire station. The council discussed some...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 27, 2019

Deadline set for sale of golf course

The local port district set a formal deadline of Dec. 31 for the sale of Banks Lake Golf Course to Rattlesnake Ridge to be completed. Grant County Port District 7, which manages the local airport and Banks Lake Golf Course, signed a purchase and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 27, 2019

Girlfriend beater sentenced to 40 months

An Idaho man will spend 40 months in prison for an assault that took place on the Colville Indian Reservation, a federal judge decided Monday. Roberto Lewis Doran, 40, an enrolled member of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe, was sentenced after...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 27, 2019

Pioneer Museum acquires some old tools

A local museum focused on honoring the people who make the community's history now has a collection of tools from a worker on display. Antique hammers and wrenches were donated by Robert McClure this...

 

Grand Coulee funds requests

The Grand Coulee City Council voted Nov. 19 to partially fund several requests from other organizations. From the city’s “stadium tax fund,” also known as lodging or hotel/motel tax fund, the city agreed to donate $8,000 to the Grand Coulee...

 

PUD skips rate increase in 2020 budget

EPHRATA — Grant PUD commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a $291 million budget for 2020 with no electric-rate increase for any customer group except the approximately 25 cryptocurrency mining operations classified as “evolving...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/18 - A shed at Sunbanks Lake Resort had been broken into where a truck, and about $5,000 worth of tools, including leaf blowers, an air compressor, propane tanks, and others were stolen. The truck was later located, having...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 27, 2019

Fatality closing highway

Authorities have closed SR-155 just north of Coulee Dam for a fatal collision tonight. Anyone traveling between Coulee Dam and points north should take the Lower River Road. The Washington State... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 27, 2019

Local woman dies in crash

A 70-year-old Nespelem woman died Friday night when the car she was driving rolled on the highway just north of Coulee Dam. Gloria Atkins, 70, was headed north on SR-155 when the wheels of the Chevy... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 20, 2019

Electric City picks new engineering firm

At the same meeting in which their public works director described the “dilapidated” state of some of Electric City’s water and sewer system, the city council voted to change the firm that plans and engineers major upgrades on those systems...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 20, 2019

CBH: Huge hydropower project now far more likely here

A proposed $1.4 billion hydropower project is looking more likely to happen in the area, its promoters say, and would bring in 1,000-1,500 workers during construction and create 100-150 permanent...

 

Newsbriefs

Tribes buy Pasco land The Colville Tribes have bought 184 acres of land in Pasco and plan on developing it, the Tri-City Herald reported Friday. The land is east of U.S. 395 and north of the King City Truck Stop. The tribes are considering a casino...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 20, 2019

Small earthquake felt in region

If you felt a little shaking Monday morning, that wasn't just a big truck passing by. The region felt an earthquake at about 10:49 a.m. Monday, centered about 15.5 miles southwest of Coulee Dam. The...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 20, 2019

Miller selected as new Electric City Fire Chief

Justin Miller has been selected as the new fire chief for the Electric City Volunteer Fire Department. Miller’s appointment to chief was approved by the Electric City Council at their Nov. 12 meeting. Miller has served on the department for 16...

 

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