Bill Introduced by State Lawmaker to Remove NE WA Gray Wolves From Endangered List

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OLYMPIA, WA - A Washington State lawmaker has introduced legislation that would remove gray wolves from the Fish and Wildlife Commission’s endangered species list in four eastern Washington counties. House Bill 1872 would prohibit the agency from designating or maintaining a designation of the gray wolf as an endangered, threatened, or sensitive species in those counties along the Canadian border - areas of the state hit the hardest by predatory actions.

Donation Made to Cold Water Rescue Fund From Kamiah Kiwanis Club

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NEZPERCE, ID - A donation of more than $2,800 was made to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office Cold Water Rescue Fund today by Kamiah Kiwanis Club members Dawn Marie Johnson and Bob West.  The Kamiah Kiwanis Club received $2,837.13 in donations in memory of two special individuals from the Kamiah area, Dave Kreis and Roger Ward.

Avista Presents U of I With Rebate For $1,044,365 Following Completion of Energy-Efficiency Project

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MOSCOW, ID - Avista today presented the University of Idaho with a rebate for $1,044,365 following the university's successful completion of an energy-efficiency project to replace nearly 67,000 lights across campus with LED lamps. The switch, which took place during the fall semester, is expected to save the university approximately $355,000 annually.

New Information Released on Lake CDA Fatal Boat Crash; Charges Could be Filed

Three people were killed when a speedboat ran over a stationary boat on July 30, 2016

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COEUR D'ALENE, ID - The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has completed its investigation of the July 30, 2016 boat crash on Lake Coeur d'Alene that claimed the lives of Cottonwood-born Caitlin A. Breeze, age 21 and a Spokane resident, along with 21-year-old Justin T. Honken of Post Falls and 34-year-old Justin M. Luhr of Medical Lake.  Their bodies were recovered four days later.  The investigation found that on the night of July 30th, 2016 a 2011 Mastercraft X25 owned and operated by 50-year-old Dennis D. Magner of Spokane and occupied by four other individuals, was southbound on Lake Coeur d’Alene when it struck a stationary 1989 Formula 223LS occupied by Breeze, Honken, and Luhr, all of whom were fatally injured.

Judge Dismisses Former Asotin Police Officer's Lawsuit Against City

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ASOTIN, WA - "The City is happy to have the case finalized."  Those are the words of City of Asotin Mayor Vikki Bonfield regarding the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a former city police officer.  Danny Vargas, who is an Asotin County Sheriff's Deputy, had alleged wrongful termination and misconduct.  Walla Walla Superior Court Judge M. Scott Wolfram signed an order Tuesday granting the City of Asotin's motion for summary judgment.  The case was dismissed with prejudice, which means it cannot be brought back to court ever again.

Clarkston Woman Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison For Vehicular Homicide

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ASOTIN, WA - A 59-year-old Clarkston woman who had been found guilty of driving drunk and running over a 90-year-old man as he crossed 6th Street on a motorized scooter last summer has been sentenced to prison.  Asotin County Superior Court Judge Scott Gallina sentenced Tana Jo Chavez to 10 years in prison for Vehicular Homicide, the exceptional sentence which Prosecutor Ben Nichols had asked the court for.  The state's applicable standard range was 78 to 102 months in prison.

Lewiston Fire Department Responds to Record Number of Calls in January

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LEWISTON, ID - The Lewiston Fire Department responded to a record number of calls last month.  Officials say crews responded to 702 EMS calls and 56 fire calls in January, totaling 758 calls. This is the first time in the department’s history that crews have responded to more than 700 calls in one month.

Clearwater Paper Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

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SPOKANE, WA - Clearwater Paper Corporation today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016.  The company had net sales of $425.6 million, down 1.4% compared to net sales of $431.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $9.3 million compared to $11.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.


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