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Articles from the June 1, 2022 edition

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  • Reverance demonstrated

    Jun 1, 2022

    Scouts in Pack 24 and Troupes 24 and 52 reveal an unfolded American flag before demonstrating the 13-fold process of folding it, with the meaning of each step narrated by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class (retired) Sara Zlateff. More photos of the 46th annual Isle of Flags ceremony on Memorial Day are on page 5. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Congressman would serve better without the misleading rhetoric

    Scott Hunter|Jun 1, 2022

    While he’s right about the diverse energy portfolio the state of Washington boasts, and about the necessity of an all-of-the-above energy solution, for now, Rep. Dan Newhouse would better advance the goals of energy independence by not including the divisive rhetoric he seems to think is necessary at every turn. We include his column on this page because he represents us in the U.S. House of Representatives, but even a piece about his bringing members of Congress to his district to show them local energy solutions obligatorily starts with an a... Full story

  • Covid tests, hospitalizations going up locally

    Scott Hunter|Jun 1, 2022

    With public health agencies now reporting two-week-old covid case rates and home testing widely available, hospital admissions seem a more reliable indicator. Those are trending up, even locally. Coulee Medical Center CEO Ramona Hicks told hospital district commissioners Monday that more tests at CMC for COVID-19 are showing its presence, with the positivity rate rising from 10% last Friday to 18% by Tuesday, including some admissions to the hospital. Statewide, too, hospitals are recording an...

  • Several resign from school leadership jobs

    Jun 1, 2022

    There’s a lot of turnover this year at Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School. The Grand Coulee Dam School District board of directors accepted the resignations of Junior/Senior High Principal Sara Kennedy, Dean of Students Billy Monroe, and Athletic Director Tim Rasmussen, as well as math and drivers’ ed teacher Jeff Piturachsatit. The school board got the news at their meeting May 23. Although they didn’t discuss them publicly following a private executive session that preceded the acceptance of the resignations, Board Director Butch Stange...

  • Updated: TGIF: First "First Friday" happens this Friday

    Jacob Wagner|Jun 1, 2022

    Update: This Friday's June 3 event has been moved to the inside of the former Center School on Spokane Way in Grand Coulee due to the rainy weather. This Friday marks the first First Friday event for the Coulee, with vendors, food, and more to provide a fun time to start your weekend. The first Friday of each month means shopping and entertainment from June through October in a new kind of event for the area. This Friday, June 3, is the first of its kind, and future “First Fridays” will be held on July 1, Aug. 5, Sept 2, and Oct. 7. Vendors and...

  • Grand Coulee City Park getting upgrades

    Jacob Wagner|Jun 1, 2022

    Grand Coulee City Park is receiving upgrades this year including a half-court basketball court, a new barbecue pit area, walkways, and playground equipment. The park, located along SR-174 between a gas station and Mexican food restaurant, is benefiting from a $162,000 grant that the city was awarded last year from the Ephrata-based Paul Lauzier Foundation. Old playground equipment, including swings, teeter-totters, and a slide have been removed to make room for new playground equipment, while a “merry-go-round” device still remains. The cur...

  • "Lucky and Receiving" explains her role at Lake Roosevelt

    Jacob Wagner|Jun 1, 2022

    Ashley Atkins took on the role of Indian Education director this school year at Lake Roosevelt Schools and spoke to The Star recently about the importance of teaching Native American culture and history. "I will introduce myself in my language (Crow) first," she wrote in an email to The Star. "Kahay! Baalaashe' Amiiaxxisesh huuk, baashchiilitaailia, 'Lucky and Receiving' huuk. I am Apsaalooke from the great Crow Nation of Montana. My husband [LR science teacher Derek Atkins] is Psquosa...

  • Laser light show and public tours returned Memorial Day weekend

    Jun 1, 2022

    The Bureau of Reclamation announced last Wednesday that the Grand Coulee Dam “One River, Many Voices” laser light show and the John W. Keys III Pump-Generating Plant public tours would come back on May 28, in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Tours were not allowed in 2020 or 2021 due to restrictions under the health emergency due to COVID-19, and the bureau warned that those could be re-imposed if necessary. The light show will run nightly at 10 p.m. Pacific Time through July 31. Beginning Aug. 1, the show will start at 9:30 p.m., and beg...

  • Very proud of LR alumnus

    John and Lori Adkins|Jun 1, 2022

    Andy Clark is an LR alumnus and was a very talented Raider and UW Husky track athlete. At LR he was coached by Randy Spotts, who was the best high school distance coach around. Randy was very organized, methodical, expected the best from his athletes and coached several state champions and medalists. Coach Spotts always kept things fun with his bizarre sense of humor. Even when his runners were tops in the state he would yell at them to run “Faster, faster, faster.” Then when their events were over he’d tell the coaches jokingly, “Boy, could I...

  • On mass shootings in the United States

    Jack Steveson|Jun 1, 2022

    “Mass shooting” is defined as four or more people shot. A list of the number of those mass shooting events by year is cited below. 2022: 249 as of May 24. In all of 2021: 671; in 2020, 611; 2019, 416; 2018, 336; 2017, 346; 2016, 381; 2015, 335; 2014, 269. The number of people who were shot and the number who were killed is given by the following website, and it also reports the date and location of each event. On Oct. 1, 2017, one individual shot 471 peo...

  • It means more than going to the mall

    Roger Lucas|Jun 1, 2022

    Memorial Day can be a special occasion. It is meant to be a day of remembering family members and close friends who have passed on. It is a time when you can reflect on the good times enjoyed with those who have been closest to you. When I return home to Palouse, which I plan to do in a few weeks, the first place I always go is to the cemetery where my parents and grandparents are buried. There are a number of others that were close to me buried there. How fortunate we are that our society sets apart a special day to do this. At my parents’ g...

  • The power of Central Washington's all-of-the-above energy portfolio

    U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse|Jun 1, 2022

    Over the past year and a half — under the Democrats’ one-party rule — rural communities like ours in Central Washington have been harmed by the failed, anti-energy policies coming out of our nation’s capital. Gas prices have hit all-time highs, and American families are facing high inflation and supply chain interruptions thata threaten our way of life. It is more critical than ever that our nation establishes a strong, reliable, all-of-the-above domestic energy portfolio. Fortunately for us in Central Washington, we have a prime example...

  • Neddo shatters own record, takes sixth at state track meet

    Jun 1, 2022

    Carly Neddo represented Lake Roosevelt statewide in the shot put and javelin, earning a medal by shattering her own personal record in the shot put. Neddo competed at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s 1B, 2B, 1A state track and field championships held May 26-28 at Eastern Washington University. “On her third attempt,” Head Coach Lori Adkins said, “Carly busted a big ‘PR’ throw of 33 feet, 6.75 inches. This was a better mark than she brought into the tournament by two feet plus. The throw secured Carly’s appearance in...

  • LR softball team competes at state

    Jun 1, 2022

    The Lady Raiders suffered a pair of losses at the state tournament in Yakima last week, closing out a successful season that included winning the District 6 championship. At the state 2B tournament in Yakima, LR lost 14-8 to Colfax Friday, then 19-8 to Forks, effectively ending the Lady Raiders' otherwise successful season. "It was a disappointing weekend in Yakima," Head Coach Jaci Gross said. "The mental and physical errors made were not a reflection of the team's ability." Against Colfax, LR...

  • Bush ends season at state

    Jun 1, 2022

    Terek Bush competed at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's state 1B/2B golf tournament in Deer Park May 24, scoring 93 strokes, just one above the 92-stroke maximum to make the cut to continue the following day. "Terek missed the cut by just one stroke, unfortunately," Head Coach Steve Files said. "He really played well, though, and for his first State appearance he handled himself extremely well. Bush shot his best round of the season and really "hit his stride" on the back...

  • Coulee Cops

    Jun 1, 2022

    Grand Coulee Police 5/24 - A King Street man complained that a black dog comes to his yard each morning and pees in his yard and sometimes on his tractor. Police said they needed to see the dog in his yard in order for them to do anything. - A road construction sign was blown by the wind into a woman’s car on Main Street. Police observed scratches on the car with the damage estimated to be under $1,000. - A Cardinal Road man reported his daughter’s bicycle had been stolen, and described it for police. A neighbor said he saw a man with a bic...