$100 million in Rental Assistance is Headed to Washington Communities

News Release | Washington State Department of Commerce

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The Washington State Department of Commerce is distributing approximately $100 million in state Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding through its existing network of homeless services grantees and organizations serving homeless youth to operate a new rent assistance program launched Aug. 1. The program will focus on preventing evictions by paying up to three months of past due, current and future rent to landlords for eligible participants.

Active Driving Assistance Technology Isn’t Ready to Take the Wheel

News Release | AAA Idaho

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Active driving assistance technology combines adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance to help drivers maintain their lane position and a safe following distance, but AAA’s new research shows that vehicles with these systems need considerable improvement before they can take the place of an engaged human driver.

Friday Evening Two Vehicle Accident on State Highway 8

News Release | Idaho State Police

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On August 7, 2020 at approximately 5:08 pm, a crash occurred eastbound on State highway 8 at approximately milepost 32.  The crash occurred when a 1979 Dodge Motorhome driven by Andrew J. Jackson, drove left of center and collided with an unloaded Lowery Log Truck, driven by Cody R. Lockman.  JACKSON and the passenger Jeremy Frye were transported to Gritman Medical Center where they were treated and released for their injuries.  The Crash is still under investigation.  The eastbound lane was temporary closed and is now back open.

Irrigation Pump for Lewiston Levee Breaks; Corps Makes Plans for Replacement

News Release | Army Corps of Engineers

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Clarkston, Wash. -- Maintenance staff from the Lower Granite Natural Resources Management Office, part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District (Corps), have discovered that the irrigation​ pump responsible for operating the irrigation system along the Snake River section of the Lewiston Levee, has stopped working.

Whitman County Currently Falls in High Risk Category Which Would Prevent In-Person Instruction this Fall

News Release | Whitman County Department of Public Health

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As of today, Whitman County falls in the High Risk category for in-person classes as defined by the State Department of Health and released by the Governor on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.  Whitman County has had 84 new cases/100K population/last two weeks, to be classified as Moderate Risk they need to be at or below 75. As their population is approximately 50,000 that equates to approximately 19 new cases a week

Deer Creek Motorized Closure in Unit 10A North of Pierce Now in Effect

Press Release | Idaho Fish and Game

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Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) in cooperation with Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) and PotlatchDeltic Corporation recently revisited a long-standing agreement for a motorized closure surrounding the Deer Creek Reservoir in game management unit 10A north of Pierce, ID. Approximately 4,820 acres are included in the road closure agreement originally signed in the late 1980’s.

USDA Offers Annual Installment Deferral Option for Farm Storage Facility Loan Borrowers

News Release | United States Department of Agriculture

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To assist Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) borrowers experiencing financial hardship from the pandemic and other challenges in production agriculture, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is offering a one-time annual installment payment deferral option. No fees or prepayment penalties apply for borrowers who choose this FSFL loan flexibility option.

Inslee Announces Education Recommendations for 2020–2021 School Year

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

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Gov. Jay Inslee announced this week new recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health for resuming in-person instruction in public and private K-12 education for the upcoming 2020–2021 school year. Similar to the state’s county-by-county phased approach to reopening, the plan allows local health departments and school districts decide if and how they will allow students back in the classroom.

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