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Articles from the April 14, 2021 edition

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  • Eligibility expands to everyone 16 and older in Washington state

    Press release, Wa St Dept of Health|Apr 14, 2021

    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 4.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the state. More than 2.67 million people have received at least one dose and more than 23% of Washingtonians are fully vaccinated. Opening eligibility to everyone 16 and older will further protect our communities and help us get closer to crossing the f...

  • Pleasant pastime

    Apr 14, 2021

    Ellen Arment, now of Spokane, creates giant bubbles at the overlook just below the top of Grand Coulee Dam Thursday while her sister, Alice Bartley (not pictured), plays the recorder a few feet away. The pair have been doing this in various places for 30 years, offering wonder and beauty with their two pastimes. Cars passing by honked after drivers realized what they were seeing. Ellen said bringing a little joy to someone's day is their motivation. The two grew up in Coulee Dam, and Alice has...

  • School architect to be selected

    Jacob Wagner|Apr 14, 2021

    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 school and middle school. The Grand Coulee Dam School District board of directors voted Monday to interview two architectural firms out of five applicants to a Request for Qualifications to design options for school facilities. The interviews of Design West Architects and NAC Architecture will take place at a special Ap...

  • You can help review the School Improvement Plan

    Jacob Wagner|Apr 14, 2021

    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,” a description on the school’s website reads. The SIP is a document required by Washington State and “includes academic outcomes and action steps that focus on improving school goals, community engagement, equity, and other important factors for school success.” The SIP review will take place sometime from April 26-...

  • Second spring cleaning week approved for May

    Apr 14, 2021

    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 spring cleaning at their Monday meeting. The spring cleaning event will be self-haul only, with no city pickups of yard waste. Having applied for $3,500 in clean air grant money from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the RBOM was approved for $14,000 due to a misunderstanding that they were applying for $3,500...

  • First COVID-19 variants confirmed in Grant County

    Apr 14, 2021

    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 officer is advocating masking up with the highest quality mask you can afford, not just to protect others but also to protect yourself against new variants. The variants, often referred to as “California variants,” were identified in the first and second week of April through genomic sequencing at the Washington State Depar... Full story

  • Kids zone a go for Colorama

    Apr 14, 2021

    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 Park in the upper baseball field on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8, from 12-8 p.m., and on Sunday, May 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. "We found All-Star Jump, a rental company out of Spokane that will be joining us for Colorama," Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rachelle Haven told The Star in an email....

  • Nez Perce kids can raft down Snake River

    Jacob Wagner|Apr 14, 2021

    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 youth from three different areas with Nez Perce residents to go on a 32-river-mile trip along the Snake River July 25-29, which includes two nights camping along the river. The program, paid for with grant money from the Gray Family Foundation, is being conducted in a partnership between the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland Pr...

  • Get ready to shred

    Apr 14, 2021

    The local Rotary Club will be back this month with another mass-document shredding event like those it has been organizing every other year. The event planned for last year had to be canceled due to the pandemic, but the club will organize the drive-through event at a new location this month — North Dam Park. The event provides a big truck equipped to securely shred documents no longer needed. It will be offered free April 17 from noon to 4 p.m., thanks to sponsorships of North Cascades Bank and Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union. Health and s...

  • Microtel hotel still delayed

    Apr 14, 2021

    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 along Midway Avenue was originally intended to start in the fall of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the project. More on the project can be read at ....

  • School board right to pursue plans

    Scott Hunter, editor and publisher|Apr 14, 2021

    The Grand Coulee Dam School District leadership is taking a good step forward by preparing for the day when funding becomes available to entities who already have plans in place for improvements. In fact, that’s exactly how the district got its new school built, by taking the steps necessary to be ready when fortune, or the state Legislature, or Congress, smiles. When the plans were already in place, the day came that a jobs bill was looking for a place to lay in some green. A sharp state legislator we had working for us knew what to do. S...

  • Tailor-made to fit, literally

    Roger S. Lucas|Apr 14, 2021

    P.Y. Yee put clothes on you that fit and were of superior quality. He was one of the infamous tailors in Hong Kong, and I got to know him visiting his tailor shop in Hong Kong during my several visits there. It was like getting new skin, his coats and suits fitting so well. He had a remarkable memory, greeting me by name though my visits were a year apart. I learned of Yee through someone who had used him on an earlier occasion. His shop wasn’t fancy, and I often wondered what he thought of my store-bought clothes. He must have quickly g...

  • Good news from Hanford

    Don C. Brunell|Apr 14, 2021

    It isn’t often we hear good news from Hanford, but the Dept. of Energy recently announced the nation’s first commercial advanced nuclear power reactor would be developed on the massive federal reservation north of Richland. Much of the news from Hanford focuses on radioactive waste cleanup and storing it safely. It has accumulated since the 1940s when nuclear reactors enriched uranium for nuclear weapons. While that tedious work will continue for years to come, Hanford scientists have a new mission — develop smaller and safer nuclear react...

  • Politicizing Violence for Political Gain

    Congressman Dan Newhouse|Apr 14, 2021

    We all agree that senseless acts of violence are unacceptable, and in our nation of law and order, there is no room for gun violence. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration is utilizing heartbreaking crimes to push its agenda. Manipulating tragedy for political gain is just wrong. The recent shootings in Colorado and Georgia were absolutely devastating for the families and loved ones affected by these events. Now, instead of being allowed to grieve in peace, their lives have been turned into a political circus. And rather than offering viable...

  • Why reforming the filibuster matters

    Lee Hamilton|Apr 14, 2021

    As Washington turns its attention to infrastructure and other matters of policy, the Senate filibuster isn’t commanding quite the same headlines as it did a few weeks back. But that’s only because the issue is percolating behind the scenes. At some point, it will return to the limelight. And when it does, you should understand what’s at stake. Because as obscure as it seems, it actually goes to the heart of how we operate as a democracy. The key point to remember is that as the country’s population has shifted, a growing number of senator...

  • Amy Lou Mahoney

    Apr 14, 2021

    Our beautiful mom, Amy Lou Mahoney passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at the age of 82, at the Vista Manor Assisted Living Facility in Wilbur, Washington. She was an amazing wife, mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, aunt and friend. She was a fiery red head who was lively, fun, full of spirit, quick to smile and slow to anger. She would do anything for her family and friends. Amy was born in Beaumont, Texas on March 11, 1939, to Lula Beatrice Dewil Ewbank and Francis Maunde Lawrence... Full story

  • Richard N Elkins

    Apr 14, 2021

    On Sunday, March 21, 2021, Richard N Elkins, 84, peacefully passed away with his wife Elizabeth and his son Jon by his side at Aegis in Kent, Washington. Richard was born February 28, 1937, in Indio, California, to Ruth and Nuton Elkins. The family moved to Grand Coulee in 1949 where he graduated from high school in 1955. He retired from Boeing after 35 years in 1995, "The Golden Handshake". He was an active member of SPEEA and later became part of management. While attending Washington State... Full story

  • Richard Rooney

    Apr 14, 2021

    Richard Rooney, 73, passed away on Friday March 23, 2021, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Richard was born and grew up in Pueblo, Colorado, graduated from East High School, enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam era and later received a BS in Industrial Arts and another in Natural Resource Management / Geography from the University of Wyoming. Over the years he lived and worked in various places that included Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Somalia (East Africa), Arizona, Nevada and Washington. His... Full story

  • Gerald "Jack" E. Thune Jr.

    Apr 14, 2021

    Jack Thune Jr. came into this word in southwest Minnesota and left this word in Wenatchee, Washington. He served three years I the Army doing his tour of duty in the U.S. and Korea. He was a member of American Legion Post 157 in electric City and a member and employee of the Grand Coulee Moose Lodge 504. He also worked part time at the Spring Canyon Cemetery. Jack volunteered at the care and share food bank on a weekly basis. Having never been married he leaves behind many friends a lot of memories. A memorial service will be held for Jack...

  • Clean up at the gravel pit planned

    Apr 14, 2021

    There will be a cleanup of the gravel pit behind Osborne Bay Electric City this Saturday, April 17 at 9 a.m. Bring gloves and garbage bags. For more information contact Carl Russel 509.633.0648.... Full story

  • Upcoming library events

    Apr 14, 2021

    Virtual Author Visit: Cristina Henríquez Author of The Book of Unknown Americans, an experiential story about a community of immigrants from Central and South America. This event is in partnership between Wenatchee Valley College and NCW Libraries. This will be held Thursday, April 15th at 7pm. Register online at Join us for a Virtual Earth Day Experience Use household materials and recyclables to design your own sculptures in this live, virtual event led by our STEM staff. Thursday, April 22nd at 6pm Outdoor Adventure Starts At The Library...

  • Considerations for planting a garden

    Apr 14, 2021

    Spring is typically the time to plant a garden. Temperatures are warming and the earth is bursting with new growth. Garden centers are well stocked and the excitement for colorful flowers and the tastes of summer are in the air. There are a few things to know before you grow. Planting and growing a garden can help with food sovereignty, food security, and food access. Knowing where your food comes from and how it is produced is important for health and safety. You can produce your own healthy food sources and off-set your monthly food cost by...

  • Coulee Cops

    Apr 14, 2021

    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 someone had broken into a shed in the same park. - A driver was pulled over near Midway and Federal avenues for having studded snow tires on past the April 1 deadline to remove them. She was cited for that, as well as for driving with a suspended license and no insurance. - Police looked inside a Hill Street apartment...

  • Notice of Special Meeting Of the Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors April 19, 2021

    Apr 14, 2021

    The Grand Coulee Dam School District board of directors will be holding a special Zoom board meeting on Monday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. At this meeting, the school board will be interviewing two Architect firms for on-call architectural services for potential facility upgrades.... Full story

  • Expect delays on highway 17

    Apr 14, 2021

    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 controlled, the Washington Department of Transportation says....