Visitors Should Travel With Care on Forest Service Roads

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KAMIAH, ID - The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests would like to remind visitors to travel with care on Forest Service roads as log hauling is still taking place on several timber sales across the forest. Trucks are hauling on Saturdays as well as weekdays due to weather conditions and volume of work.

From the NP-CNF's:
Forest visitors should drive defensively and always be prepared with appropriate knowledge and equipment before heading into the forest.

AAA is Predicting Another Busy Holiday Season

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BOISE, ID - AAA is predicting another busy holiday season, with more than 107 million travelers heading out during the holiday period from December 22nd through January 2nd. This is a 3.1 percent increase over last year.

From AAA:
When applied to the Gem State, AAA expects more than 559,000 Idahoans to take part in the holiday cheer.

Reduced seasonal demand has caused gas prices to drop, but the savings haven’t been as significant as in recent years. Even so, in a year marked by high consumer confidence, travelers are ready to hit the road and take to the sky for another holiday adventure. Substantial airfare savings and a slight dip in hotel prices may entice even more last-minute holiday travel activity.

U of I Architecture Students Were Awarded Top Honors at the 6th annual “Best Use of Idaho Wood” competition

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MOSCOW, ID - University of Idaho students were awarded top honors in the 6th annual “Best Use of Idaho Wood” competition earlier this month. This year’s challenge was to develop conceptual designs for the Idaho Arena, a court sports and events arena planned for U of I’s Moscow campus.

From the U of I:
The contest, sponsored by the Idaho Forest Products Commission (IFPC) and the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Idaho Chapter, encourages the innovative use of Idaho wood in architectural design.

“This collaboration creates a dialogue between the people who provide Idaho wood products and the people who use them,” said Betty Munis, IFPC director. “It is a great opportunity for architect students to consider their perspectives on using wood in design.”

WA State Department of Revenue is Reminding Business Owners to file State Taxes by Jan. 31st

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State Department of Revenue is reminding business owners to file their state taxes by January 31st to avoid penalties. If a business had no activity in 2017 it does have to file a "no business"tax return.

From the WSDR:
January is always a busy time, with tax deadlines converging for monthly, quarterly and annual filers. Taxpayers needing help should contact Revenue as soon as possible. As the Jan. 31 deadline nears, wait times for help from Revenue’s tax specialists get longer.

Weather Brought to You by Nez Perce Express

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Weather for the Lewis-Clark Valley, Palouse, and Camas Prairie brought to you by Nez Perce Express.

Today Rain likely after 1pm, mixing with snow after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 37. Light and variable wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight Rain and snow likely before 10pm, then a chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 31. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sign-ups for Health & Dental Plans Through Washington Healthplanfinder Deadline is Tomorrow

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is reminding customers who have not signed up for 2018 coverage that 11:59 p.m. tomorrow is the deadline to select health and dental plans through Washington Healthplanfinder.

From WHBE:
After Dec. 15, individuals have until Jan. 15, 2018 to secure annual coverage that would start on Feb. 1, 2018.

U of I Library Begins $700,000 Renovation to 2nd Floor of Library

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MOSCOW, ID - The University of Idaho library has begun its $700,000 renovation to the second floor of the library to modernize the facility to meet user's needs and preferences. During the four-month construction period, the floor will remain open.

From the U of I:
The planned remodeling includes new carpet, paint, furniture and electrical upgrades, funded by a combination of donor gifts and public funds. When finished, library users will have an upgraded space aesthetically similar to that of library’s renovated first floor, which was completed in fall 2016.

WSU's College of Medicine Receives $10 Million in Grants

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SPOKANE, WA - Washington State University College of Medicine has received $10 million in new research grants and contract awards this fiscal year.

From WSU:
Just six months into the college’s 2018 fiscal year (which began July 1), the sum is $2.7 million higher than new grants and contracts awarded in the entire 2017 fiscal year, and $3.9 million higher than those awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.

The grants will be used to explore a wide range of health science issues that align with the college’s vision of solving problems in challenging healthcare environments.

U of I's Researcher Greg Moller has Been Honored by the National Academy of Inventors

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MOSCOW, ID - University of Idaho's researcher Greg Moller has been honored by the National Academy of Inventors for his innovative work to clean wastewater in Idaho and worldwide.

From U of I:
Moller, a member of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences faculty since 1990, holds six patents. All of them are licensed by companies that treat wastewater from communities and businesses. Moller also has three patents pending final approval.


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