WA Secretary of State Testifies on Presidential Primary Bill

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman testified Wednesday before the House State Government, Elections and Information Technology Committee in favor of Senate Bill 5333, urging its passage. The measure would move the state's Presidential Primary to a more nationally relevant date, as well as allow voters to declare no party affiliation when voting in the primary.

Idaho House Passes Higher Ed Budget

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BOISE, ID - Idaho’s four-year universities will see a nearly 3% jump in funding next year.  The Idaho House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 1152 by a vote of 56 to 14, approving a $565 million budget to fund Lewis-Clark State College (1.4% increase), the University of Idaho (2% increase), Boise State University (3.5% budget increase), and Idaho State University (3.0% increase.

Clarkston Couple Arrested on Drug Charges

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CLARKSTON, WA - A Clarkston couple was arrested yesterday following an investigation by the Quad Cities Drug Task Force.  32-year-old Charles M. McClain was booked into the Asotin County Jail on four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Distribute and 29-year-old Haley K. Buckley was booked into jail on three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Distribute.

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Lead to Suspension of Asotin County Licensed Practical Nurse

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CLARKSTON, WA - The nursing license of a 43-year-old Lewiston man accused of having sexual contact with an elderly nursing home patient has been suspended by the Washington State Department of Health.  According to a press release, licensed practical nurse Brian J. Turner's license was immediately suspended pending further legal action.

Badly Decomposed Body Found Along Snake River West of Clarkston

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CLARKSTON, WA - A badly decomposed body was discovered on the bank of the Snake River near Chief Timothy Park at about 11:17 a.m. this morning.  Asotin County Sheriff John Hilderbrand says the body was found by a Washington State Department of Transportation employee about a quarter of a mile west of the park, which is located along US 12 west of Clarkston.

Flooding, Landslides, & Avalanches Lead to State Disaster Declarations for Seven Idaho Counties

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BOISE, ID - Idaho Governor Butch Otter has signed State Disaster Declarations for seven north-central and northern Idaho counties currently managing flood-related issues associated with continued rainfall and snowmelt.  The declarations include Clearwater, Latah, Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone Counties.

Man Sentenced to Nearly Five Years in Prison For Child Molestation

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ASOTIN, WA - A 26-year-old man was sentenced today in Asotin County Superior Court to a mandatory term of life in prison with a minimum sentence of 59 months for molesting an 8-year-old girl in December of 2015.  Damon Eley had reportedly spent two separate nights on the couch at the girl's home after drinking and during that time officials say he acted inappropriately with her.

Lower Granite & Lower Monumental Dam’s Navigation Locks Reopen Early

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POMEROY, WA - Lower Granite and Lower Monumental Dam's navigation locks returned to service at 2:30 p.m., this afternoon following a scheduled maintenance outage that began December 12th.  The US Army Corps of Engineers says some work on the tainter valves at both locations, that could not be accomplished during the recent extended lock outage, will continue.

Final Record of Decision For Lower Joseph Creek Restoration Project Released by USFS

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BAKER CITY, OR - Wallowa-Whitman Forest Supervisor Tom Montoya signed a Final Record of Decision authorizing implementation of the Lower Joseph Creek Restoration Project on Friday.  The long term goal of the project is to increase forest resiliency and reduce the risks of uncharacteristic wildfire.  The decision implements Alternative 2 of the Final Environmental Impact Statement with modifications.

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