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Parlette named “Friend of


State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette was awarded the “Friend of Children” award, based in part on her role in securing funding to build the new Lake Roosevelt School.

The North Central Educational Service District bestowed the honor on Parlette last Thursday in Wenatchee.

Parlette called seeing the new school open last September “one of the highlights of my years as a legislator.”

She was nominated for the award by Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson and by Stehekin head teacher Ron Scutt, whose school district she spared from involuntary closure with a bill that passed this year.


office closed for holiday

The Star newspaper office will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. The deadline for news and advertising for the May 27 issue is 5 p.m. Friday, May 22.

Cemetery lawn dry due to pump

Spring Canyon Cemetery officials said this week that they are working to replace a faulty pump that is the reason the lawn is somewhat dry. The officials also reminded people that the Memorial Day flag raising is coming soon and that no flowers are to be placed at gravesites before May 22 and must be removed by June 3. The cemetery is owned by the Lions Club and the Isle of Flags will have about 500 flags featured this year. The flags go up May 23 at 1 p.m. and volunteers are needed to help raise them and take them down.

Fish released in Rufus Woods

The Colville Tribal Fish and Wildlife Department released 21,041 rainbow trout into Lake Rufus Woods May 11 and 12.

Nearly 3,000 of them are tagged, and anglers are encouraged to report the tag at or 634-2110. The information helps biologists managing such releases.

Deputy in wreck

A Grant County sheriff’s deputy was injured in an accident Tuesday as he was on his way to investigate a 911 hangup call, the sheriff’s office said. Deputy Allan Sleeper, 61, was driving a patrol car west on SR 262 East and passing another vehicle when that driver turned left.

Sleeper’s 2013 Dodge Charger collided with the 2008 Ford pickup. The patrol car hit several trees in an orchard and was totalled.

The pickup was towed, its driver unhurt. Sleeper was taken by ambulance to a hospital with “non-life-threatening injuries.”

The Washington State Patrol is investigating.

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