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Articles from the April 29, 2020 edition

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  • Nespelem School finds "distance learning" more difficult

    Jacob Wagner|Apr 29, 2020

    Nespelem School is at more of a disadvantage when it comes to distance learning, Superintendent Mary Hall told The Star, explaining that being in such a rural area limits access to the internet, as well as cell phone service. Hall said teachers do put together learning packets that are handed out when the school delivers lunches to students, and that teachers call the families or have the students call them to check in on their learning. Helpful websites are recommended to those with internet access, but many don’t have it, Hall said. “It’s jus... Full story

  • COVID-19 case found in Electric City

    Scott Hunter|Apr 29, 2020

    A person in Electric City has tested positive for COVID-19, the Grant Health District said Tuesday night putting a bit more local emphasis on the national crisis that local governments struggle to address. That person joins at least one other in the local community, in Okanogan County, with the illness. Grant County reports a total of 161 cases so far, including three deaths and the three new cases reported Tuesday, the others in Moses Lake and Quincy. Okanogan County Public Health has recorded 26 confirmed cases, including one death. Twelve... Full story

  • School exploring graduation possibilities with survey

    Jacob Wagner|Apr 29, 2020

    What would a high school graduation ceremony look like under social distancing guidelines in place during the novel coronavirus pandemic? At Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School, Dean of Students Sara Kennedy said that she and Principal Kirk Marshlain have been going through the results of a survey of parents and seniors. The results so far show that most do not want any kind of virtual graduation, but something with some more personal interaction. Kennedy said there is about a 50/50 split between preferring a drive-through graduation, or... Full story

  • Longtime church leaders say goodbye

    Scott Hunter|Apr 29, 2020

    After helping build a community of faith for decades, a longtime local couple recently made the "heart-wrenching" decision to move away to start their retirement. Steve and Janice Archer directed the final effort to load a 24-foot moving van in front of their Coulee Dam home Saturday, as friends, neighbors and Faith Community Church members packed more into the truck than they'd thought could fit. Pastor Steve Archer delivered his first sermon to the young church that recruited him in 1984, on...

  • Newsbriefs

    Apr 29, 2020

    Boaters must “self certify” for Lake Roosevelt To prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species, the National Park Service (NPS) at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area will require that all boaters complete an aquatic invasive species (AIS) quagga/zebra mussel-free self-certification form beginning May 1. It’s the next step of an AIS prevention program introduced in early 2018. The self-certification forms are available through a park website and at each boat launch. If you only boat within Washington state, you will only need to co...

  • State parks, other state lands, golf to open May 5 for day use

    Jacob Wagner|Apr 29, 2020

    You should be able to enjoy Steamboat Rock State Park and other local recreation areas soon, as well as golfing and fishing, but don’t plan on a cross-state camping trip yet. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday that restrictions on fishing, golfing, and access to public lands such as state parks would partially lift on May 5, but the state is still not opening campgrounds and social distancing guidelines are still in force. The Banks Lake Golf Course is set to reopen May 5 but with restrictions in place to follow that social distancing. What those... Full story

  • NPS to take comments on Lake Roosevelt site plans

    Jacob Wagner|Apr 29, 2020

    Do you have some thoughts on how to improve Spring Canyon? Would removing the swim dock be a good or bad idea, in your opinion? During the month of May, people can comment on Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area sites, including Spring Canyon, a part of the National Park Service, which sees a need to address changing visitor interests. “Your input is important and will help shape potential management strategies and improvements at these sites at Lake Roosevelt,” the NPS said in an April 27 press release. “No decisions have been made yet.... Full story

  • Real danger now waits

    Apr 29, 2020

    We’ve had it pretty easy so far. Not much evidence here of the devastation other places have been dealt at the hands of COVID-19. Or even of the level of tragedy the Seattle metro area has suffered, which has been far lighter than it might have been had health authorities pointed out a way to lesten the blow. That strategy was never about keeping everyone safe from the SARS-Cov-2 virus that has sickened more than a million Americans; it was about keeping the healthcare system from collapsing if an overwhelming number of cases came, as they l... Full story

  • A Lucas sea turtle

    Apr 29, 2020

    Somewhere in the Carribean there’s a sea turtle swimming around with my name on it. Let me explain. A number of years ago I was looking for an out of the way place for my wife and me to go on vacation. I had used a travel agent in Kirkland on occasion and asked if he had any ideas of such a place. He said he had just come across something and suggested the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands are made up of three small islands, a British Overseas Territory. The islands are Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, with Grand Cayman the l...

  • Hope, Love, Pray

    Jess Utz|Apr 29, 2020

    I don’t know if you noticed the signs near the bridge and other places since our social distancing started, but rumor is they are all over the entire Colville Indian Reservation. The three signs I have seen say Hope, Love and Pray. Such a simple message for a stressful time. I don’t know who put them up or how many are out there, but you have inspired me and many others in the area because of your appropriate simple four-letter words. Hope. A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing...

  • Governor's proclamation unconstitutional

    Rob Coffman, Lincoln County Commissioner|Apr 29, 2020

    Since Governor Inslee issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation last month, Lincoln County has been scrambling trying to determine how to best balance our paramount duties to provide for Public Safety, Public Health and County Road functions. While we all want to stay safe and avoid viruses, we want to do so in a manner that is the “least restrictive” to our constitutionally protected rights. While the Governor’s Proclamation is aimed at protecting the public, I believe it does so in a way that, in most aspects, is the “most res... Full story

  • Legals for April 29, 2020

    Apr 29, 2020

    PUBLIC NOTICE (Grant County-Steamboat) Pursuant to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 854 File Number A1164101, WEIS Towers LLC proposed to construct a 195’ lattice tower located at 53658 Road W, NE., being a portion of Section 21, Township 28 North, Range 30 East, W.M., Almira, Grant County, WA, with NAD 83 coordinates of 47-54-14.37 degrees North by -119-2-55.22 degrees West, and has requested an antenna structure registration from the FCC. No lighting is required by the FAA. Interested persons may review the application by g... Full story

  • Coulee Cops

    Apr 29, 2020

    Grand Coulee 4/21 - A man on Goodfellow Avenue reported that someone attempted to kick his back door in. He believes it was a certain man. Photos were taken of the damage and the man repaired his door. - An overdose was reported on King Street. An officer assisted in getting a man to the hospital. The man calmed down while at the hospital and fell asleep, the police report noted. - A person reported animal cruelty on Continental Heights, where a dog reportedly had been locked in a van day and night. No dog was found in the van. 4/22 - A woman...

  • Virgil "Roy" Moon

    Apr 29, 2020

    Virgil "Roy" Moon, 79, passed away Friday evening, April 10, 2020, in East Wenatchee, Washington, with his family by his side. Roy entered this world on Friday, June 14, 1940, in Fortuna, California, to the home of James J. and Margaret Moon. A proud member of the Bear River Nation, following high school, Roy joined the US Army, serving in Germany and receiving an honorable discharge in October 1964. On Friday, November 27, 1970, Virgil R. Moon's life changed forever when he married Jeannie... Full story

  • It's a girl for the Billups

    Apr 29, 2020

    Neshia and Jesse Billups of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Liberty Lee, born Monday, April 20, 2020, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 6 lbs., 2 oz., and was 18-3/4 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Cairo Sage Billups, age 2. Maternal grandparents are Sameh Farag, of Moses Lake ,Washington, and Sasja Farag, of Coulee City, Washington. Paternal grandparents are Casey Billups of Wilson Creek, Washington, and Terrie Billups of Grand Coulee,... Full story

  • Food Bank hours change

    Apr 29, 2020

    The food bank will be open on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 2 - 4 p.m. This will be in effect until the Stay Home order is lifted. This will be drive through style to maintain social distance. For those wanting to donate to the local food bank send checks to: Care & Share Food Bank, PO Box 671, Grand Coulee, WA 99133.... Full story

  • Scholarship deadline is Friday

    Apr 29, 2020

    Time is running out to submit applications for Grand Coulee High School Alumni Association scholarships. The applications must be postmarked by Friday, May 1, 2020. The awards are open to high school graduating seniors and college students who are direct descendants of former students who attended any of the Grand Coulee School District 55 schools. College students must have successfully completed at least one year of college. Also eligible to apply for the scholarships are all Lake Roosevelt High School graduating seniors from the class of...

  • No flag dedication ceremony this year

    Apr 29, 2020

    Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the annual dedication of flags at Spring Canyon Cemetery is canceled for this year. Those that were to be dedicated will be in the ceremony next year. For more information contact Ben Alling at 633-0663....