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Tamara Sevao, Staff Reporter

Staff Reporter - Winter 2020

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Avalanche kills off-duty state patrolman

February 17, 2021

Steve Houle, a Washington State trooper, was killed in an avalanche on Monday, February 8th. Houle was snowmobiling recreationally in Cle Elum near the French Cabin Creek area when the snow crumbled underneath...

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CWU Grad Turned Tik Tok Star

February 6, 2021

All it took was one Tik Tok video for CWU alum Mackenzie Adams to get on national television. A video that started as a way for Adams to see how her virtual lessons would look and sound.  Adams said...

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[Video] Winter quarter COVID-19 plan includes mandatory testing

November 10, 2020

While many students can not wait to get home and eat a big Thanksgiving feast, some still worry about catching the virus.  In an effort to put student’s minds at ease, CWU will be offering free pre-break...

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[Video] One of the country’s largest flag will rise in Thorp

November 3, 2020

Shree’s Travel Plaza recently implemented one of the largest U.S flags in the country. The process to put it up took over a year.  The Saini family, owners of Shree’s Travel Plaza, had to get approval...

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Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame officially opens to public

October 7, 2020

The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame (ERHOF) has been a non-profit organization since 1997. For years they have been residing in a small corner in the Western Culture and Art Center. When it finally worked...

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[Video] The Patch Reopens during Pandemic

September 29, 2020

Many businesses are currently struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local pumpkin farm, The Patch, is staying afloat with the approval of Gov. Jay Inslee and every department in Kittitas County. Some...

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Swarm season in Ellensburg

May 6, 2020

Notice more bees around? That's because bee swarm season has arrived in Ellensburg. This is a natural phase and is completely harmless as long as the right people step in to help. Local beekeeper...

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The Palace reopened for takeout and delivery

The Palace reopened for takeout and delivery

April 28, 2020

  From deals and specials to delivery and pick-up, one local Ellensburg restaurant is doing everything it can to safely keep customers in.  The Palace Cafe is just one of the several local...

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Riel Hanson

Behind the scenes of the cosplay club

March 11, 2020

Imagine walking through a venue, shoulder to shoulder with your favorite television show characters. Well, comic conventions (comic cons) are a place where various characters come to life.  The cosplay...

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Paneal Holland

Parkour athlete jumps his way around town

March 4, 2020

Flipping off ledges and jumping from statue to statue may seem dangerous to some people. However, one person in particular uses parkour as a coping mechanism. Niko Selski, a CWU Sophomore and an Ellensburg...

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Riel Hanson

Electropolis Live: From your radio to the SURC

February 26, 2020

About 100 people crowded into the SURC ballroom. Some students are headbanging while others are dancing. The lights are choreographed to flash to the music and CO2 cannons are being fired.   Every...

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Teagan Kimbro

Dance deserves recognition

February 20, 2020

Imagine that you are back in elementary school. You wake up, go to school and get picked up by your parents. You scarf down your on-the-go dinner while heading to the dance studio. You have five hours...

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Safe sex is always in fashion

Safe sex is always in fashion

February 19, 2020

Imagine sitting in the SURC ballroom while watching models strut down the runway. As models start walking closer, the view of condoms on clothing became more clear.  Well, CWU students utilized a fashion...

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Paneal Holland

Going green one salon at a time

February 12, 2020

If a customer goes up the stairs into Mangos Salon to get a haircut, they may wonder where the hair goes. If it were a year ago then the hair would have just been thrown into the garbage without a thought....

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Paneal Holland

CWU student uses poetry to tell his story

February 6, 2020

It is Open Mic Night and students are waiting for the first performer. A male with brown curly hair and glasses walks up to the microphone. After reciting an emotion-filled poem, the audience can see his...

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Paneal Holland

Pilot Flying J brings new Arby’s and Cinnabon

January 29, 2020

If you are a fan of cinnamon rolls, then this new development will be the place for you. Pilot Flying J, a travel center company, just opened up on North Dolarway Road near the west I-90 roundabout.  The...

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Courtesy of Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame

Rodeo Hall of Fame welcomes the new year with a new home

January 22, 2020

The old downtown pharmacy on Pearl Street will soon be turned into a permanent home for an organization special to Ellensburg. Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame (ERHOF) is in the process of moving into the...

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Tamara Sevao