CHEWELAH NEWS (MAY 28): Churchs can reopen, Chewelah graduation plans change and Browns Lake is opening
Churches can now begin holding worship services
In Wednesday’s statewide press conference, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said that Washington churches and religious centers are now allowed to hold outdoor services for up to 100 people.
They also can allow inside services if their county is in the second phase off re-opening but have to cap attendance to 25 percent capacity or less than 50 people while following social distancing guidelines and good cleaning practices.
Weather scrubs SpaceX’s first manned flight
Sadly, bad weather thwarted the much-anticipated launch of SpaceX’s first astronaut crew Wednesday, a flight that would have marked the return of human spaceflight from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade.
Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were scheduled to lift off aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station on Wednesday afternoon but cloudy conditions forced launch operators to stand down less than 20 minutes before launch. Operators had been closely monitoring weather reports at the launch site after Tropical Storm Bertha formed early Wednesday off the coast of South Carolina. SpaceX and NASA will now attempt the test flight to the International Space Station on Saturday at 12:33 p.m.
The historic launch will be the first time that NASA astronauts have flown to the orbiting lab in a commercially built spacecraft. It will also be the first time that human passengers are launched into orbit from the U.S. since NASA retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011.
Jenkins Junior Senior High School having graduation on June 6
Major changes have been made to the normal Jenkins High School graduation ceremony to follow the state’s social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The graduation ceremony will be live-streamed over the internet, whereas the live ceremony can only have five people at a time: the graduating student, two guardians or parents and the superintendent.
The graduation ceremony will take place on June 6, beginning at 10 a.m. Students will be able to walk across the graduation stage for video and a photo.
Parents and students will be asked to line up in their cars outside of the school and groups of five students apiece will be led into the building. Cleaning practices and social distancing will still be observed.
Americans worried about their corona bod
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, exercise regimen, and diet is difficult in the best of times, and it’s become that much harder in the wake of COVID-19. With gyms shut down, many Americans have turned to junk food and late night snacks to calm their viral nerves over the past few months.
While college students have long fought to keep off the infamous “freshman 15,” adults of all ages are now swearing off the newly-dubbed “COVID-15.” In fact, according to a new survey of 2,000 U.S. citizens, one in two (49%) are afraid they’ll never get their pre-quarantine body back.
The average American has put on an extra five pounds since the pandemic started, and close to two-thirds said that COVID-19 has completely messed up their plans for a healthy lifestyle in 2020.
A full half of respondents have already given up on their hopes of achieving an attractive summer body this year.
Smoking causes genetic mutations
Sure you know smoking is bad for you, but are the words “genetic mutation” powerful enough to get you to quit?
Researchers say heavy smokers who get lung cancer may have tens of thousands of genetic mutations. In one case researchers (at Genentech in California) compared all the genetic changes in a single patient’s lung tumor with healthy tissue from the patient.
What they found were as many as 50,000 genetic mutations. Smoking is the biggest single cause of lung cancer, and studies suggest mutations occur with each cigarette smoked.
Chewelah’s Browns Lake will open for 2020 Summer
Chewelah will have one part of summer back as the Browns Lake Recreation Association (BLRA) announced that the popular private watering hole will be open for the 2020 summer.
The BLRA Board is still working hard to make sure we have a plan in place to meet all the phased guidelines from the state and CDC.
Browns Lake is a members-only lake, but many locals do purchase memberships to enjoy summers there. Browns Lake does not allow motorized boats on the lake, which is out of town a few miles.
Browns Lake will open on June 13. Memberships can be purchased at Quartzite Brewing Company starting June 11 during their business hours or at the lake starting opening day.
There will also be a membership drive on June 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the swim side.
There will be no lake clean up day, but people are asked to contact the BLRA board if they are interested in helping throughout the season.