Forest Travel on Wet, Muddy, or Snow-Covered Roads Can Cause Serious Resource Damage & Safety Concerns

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PENDLETON, OR - With the winter snow receding, spring fever has many people excited to get outside and explore the region's forests.  Though snow may have thawed from the foothills, Umatilla National Forest officials are warning that most roads are still blocked by snow or snow drifts.  In addition, traveling on thawing, saturated, and muddy roads can result in resource damage and serious safety concerns, especially if visitors are unprepared.

US Justice Department Warns Dishonest Tax Return Preparers They Face Criminal Prosecution and Civil Injunction

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WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Justice is warning that unscrupulous tax return preparers who prepare false returns will face civil and criminal enforcement.  In the last year, the department's Tax Division filed dozens of civil actions seeking court orders to shut down dishonest preparers who allegedly prepared false tax returns and in collaboration with US Attorney’s Offices prosecuted dozens of returns preparers who prepared false tax returns, including one in Blackfoot, Idaho.

Pursuit Results in Multiple Charges for 21yo Spokane Man

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GENESEE, ID - A 21-year-old Spokane man was taken into custody on multiple charges after he reportedly led law enforcement officers on a pursuit early this morning.  Jaysen Statton, also known as Jaysen Statton-Harper, was arrested for Felony Eluding, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and a felony warrant out of Spokane County.  He was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Driving Without Privileges.  More charges are expected through Nez Perce County.

Colfax Man Injured in Collision North of Colfax

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COLFAX, WA - A 76-year-old Colfax man was injured in a collision at 1:02 p.m. this afternoon about four miles north of Colfax.  According to the Washington State Patrol, Paul D. Bilderback was southbound on US 195 approaching milepost 43 when a northbound 2016 Kenworth semi and trailer swerved across his lane to avoid a collision with another vehicle stopped in a turn lane.  The semi, driven by 27-year-old Christopher L. DeWolf of Athol, struck the ditch.  Bilderback's 2013 Toyota Tundra then struck the semi's trailer in the southbound lane.

Dynamite Cleared From Myrtle Creek Road on Bonners Ferry Ranger District

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BONNERS FERRY, ID - The Spokane Bomb Squad successfully cleared two cases of dynamite from Forest Service Road #633 (Myrtle Creek Road) on the Bonners Ferry Ranger District. The dynamite was discovered yesterday in a section of road that had been washed out; it appeared to have been buried for quite some time.

Culdesac Man Dies in Crash Near Clearwater River Casino

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LEWISTON, ID - A 55-year-old Culdesac man was killed in a one-vehicle collision near the Clearwater River Casino early yesterday morning.  According to the Idaho State Police, Conrad M. Claye was traveling southbound at milepost 307.5 on US 95 when his 2001 Ford pickup left the highway onto the right shoulder and struck a light pole at 12:35 a.m.

Clearwater Man Booked For 2nd DUI Following Crash in Idaho County

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KOOSKIA, ID - A 36-year-old Clearwater man was booked into the Idaho County Jail after allegedly being involved in a DUI crash at the junction of US 12 and Highway 13 at the weigh station.  According to the Idaho County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Sam AuGello responded to the location at about 6:26 a.m. this morning and discovered an unoccupied 1993 Chevrolet pickup that was located in the landscaping.  The pickup was heavily damaged and it appeared that the driver had been injured as there was a broken windshield and blood inside.

Maintenance on Forest Road 41 (Lick Creek Road) Will Result in Travel Delays

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PENDLETON, OR - Maintenance along Forest Service Road 41, also known as Lick Creek Road, is scheduled to begin in mid-April and continue through mid-June.  Travelers can expect to encounter large construction equipment, trucks hauling gravel, and delays of up to two hours in the vicinity of the project.


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