Corps Seeks Public Input For Lower Granite Master Plan Revision; Meetings Scheduled For Clarkston & Pullman

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POMEROY, WA - The US Army Corps of Engineers' Walla Walla District is revising the Master Plan for the Lower Granite Project with public input being taken starting Wednesday.  The guidance document describes how resources will be managed and provides the vision for how the project should look in the future. It is typically updated every 20 years.

Dworshak Dam Discharge Flows Increasing This Afternoon

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AHSAHKA, ID - Dworshak Dam discharge flows are increasing 2,000 cubic feet per second per hour today until flows reach 25,000 cfs at about 10:00 p.m. tonight.  The US Army Corps of Engineers says the flow increases this afternoon and evening will raise the river surface elevation by about one foot. The increase will result in high water levels and very high velocities in the North Fork Clearwater River.

WA Governor Proclaims State of Emergency For Asotin & 19 Other Counties Fighting Flooding

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OLYMPIA, WA - Due to the recent wet weather in eastern Washington, Governor Jay Inslee signed an emergency proclamation to free up state resources in the event of flooding or other weather-related damage.  The proclamation covers 20 counties, including Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, and Whitman Counties.

Atty General Says Proposed Sale of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center May Proceed

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BOISE, ID - The proposed sale of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center can proceed.  That is the opinion of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden regarding sale of the nonprofit hospital to a for-profit subsidiary of Tennessee-based RCCH HealthCare Partners. The opinion concludes the Attorney General’s review of the proposed sale as required under the Idaho Nonprofit Hospital Sale or Conversion Act.

Washington's Wolf Population Continues to Grow

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington State's wolf population grew by 28% last year and added at least two new packs.  That is according to an annual report released today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.  By the end of last year, the state was home to a minimum of 115 wolves, 20 packs, and 10 successful breeding pairs documented by WDFW field staff during surveys.

Dworshak Dam Discharge Flows Lowered to Reduce Flooding Impacts Downstream

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AHSAHKA, ID - Dworshak Dam discharge flows were reduced last night to decrease flooding impacts in Clearwater County and downstream.  US Army Corps of Engineers officials say while discharge was reduced, it may also be increased or decreased again over the coming days and weeks.  Discharge was reduced from 22,500 cubic feet per second to 12,500 cfs. The flow reduction lowered downstream water surface elevation in the Clearwater River by approximately one foot.

Clearwater River Near Orofino Experiencing Low Level Flooding; River Expected to Rise

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OROFINO, ID - There has been some low level flooding of the Clearwater River that is being monitored closely, according to Clearwater County officials.  The river is at 14.91’; flood stage is at 17’.  "We are expecting the river to hit 17’ on Friday, but it is expected to drop back below flood stage on Saturday," according to an update.

Update on Clearwater County Roads, Flooding Situation

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OROFINO, ID - From Clearwater County: Last night sandbagging was done on Flume Creek at Dunlap Road. The creek was over Dunlap Road causing damage. The road is passable as of this news release. Sandbagging was also done in the riverside area of Orofino at 117th and Hartford.  Old Peck Grade is still one lane only.  Yesterday and this morning sandbagging is being done along Orofino Creek in the Orofino area; water over that road may be an issue. Other roads  are still being impacted as well. The Clearwater County Road Department is cleaning up the slide on Dent Road at 1.1 mile. Road crews are monitoring roads at this time and responding to slides and problems as quickly as possible, as they occur. The County has been using private contractors when needed as well.  There is flooding in Weippe on Fords Creek although the City has not asked for assistance at this time.  The weather service has issued a Flood Warning for Orofino Creek in the City of Orofino today.

Convicted Whitman County Murderer Daniel Lazcano Loses Appeal

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SPOKANE, WA - The Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III today affirmed the 1st-Degree Murder Conviction of a 25-year-old Whitman County man.  Daniel Lazcano was convicted of shooting 23-year-old Marcus Schur and then disposing his body in Bonnie Lake.  Schur's body was found by a hiker the following March.  The Appeals Court also affirmed the requirement that Lazcano register as a felony firearm offender.

Free Nitrate Screening Offered to Private Well Owners at Lewiston Home & Garden Show This Weekend

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LEWISTON, ID - Is your well water safe to drink?  The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality will be offering free nitrate screening to private well owners at the Cat-FM Home & Garden Show this weekend at the Nez Perce County Fair Pavilion.  The testing will be from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday; from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday; and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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