Washington State Receives $1.35 Million SBA Grant To Boost Small Business Exports

Washington State Department of Commerce

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More than $750 million in sales attributed to State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) since inception

OLYMPIA, WA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded the Washington State Department of Commerce a ninth year of funding to help state small businesses grow through exporting. The $1.35 million grant, part of the SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), is the largest awarded from a total $19 million to 48 states.

Idaho Gas Prices Drop Two Cents, Buck The National Trend

AAA Idaho's 9-28-20 Gas Prices Report

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Slight uptick in overall fuel demand pushes the national average up half a penny

BOISE – (September 28, 2020) – According to AAA, Idaho gas prices dropped two cents this week, even as the national average increased by half a penny.  It’s good news for Gem State drivers who are looking forward to the seasonal savings that normally occur at this time of year.

We’re Adjusting To ‘homeschool’ — Again

by Devin Bodkin, IdahoEdNews.org

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Back to School with the Bodkins

Devin and Nicki Bodkin have three daughters: a kindergartner (Nayvie), a first grader (Emerie) and a third grader (Parlie). Nicki is expecting a baby in December. They’ll be sharing their stories of returning to school during a pandemic. Devin’s a reporter with EdNews and would love to hear what it’s like returning to school for your family. Share your thoughts, ideas and concerns at dbodkin@idahoednews.org.

Next State Parks Free Day Is Oct. 10

News Release | Washington State Parks

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Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass on World Mental Health Day

OLYMPIA – Sept. 21, 2020 – Washington State Parks invites visitors to enjoy a state park for free on Saturday, Oct. 10, in recognition of World Mental Health Day

This free day is the 10th of 12 State Parks free days in 2020, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day-use visits to a park. This free day replaces the second of two free days postponed due to COVID-19 related park closures last spring.

Staff Member At Webster Elementary Has Been Diagnosed With COVID-19


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An message was sent out to parents in Lewiston, Idaho from the local school district:

"Dear Parent or Guardian,

This email is to inform you that a staff member at Webster Elementary has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The individual did not acquire the infection through contact with a student or staff member or while at school. The school and District has been in contact with Public Health and anyone identified as a close contact of the diagnosed individual will receive a separate letter detailing their next steps. School and classes will remain open and appropriate building cleaning/disinfection have been completed within the last 48 hours..."

State Launches Interactive Data Tool To Help Leaders Plan And Track Recovery Efforts Across Regions, Sectors And Demographics

by Washington Department of Commerce.

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OLYMPIA, WA – Leaders worldwide and locally are facing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The trajectory for recovery will be very different depending on where you live, who you are and what industry dominates the regional economy, among other complex factors.


AAA Oregon/Idaho

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But Gem State pump prices swap places with Utah to 8th most expensive in the country

BOISE – (September 21, 2020) – Drivers had plenty to be happy about when they filled up this week – according to AAA, gas prices remained stable or decreased in every state of the Union, a sure sign that fall weather and reduced road trips are beginning to have an effect.

09/19/2020 - Notable Calls For The Day In Kootenai County

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office

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Day Shift handled the following notable calls: Deputies responded to Chase Rd. after receiving a report of found drug paraphernalia. The R/P stated she located used needles while cleaning out her bathroom. Her 16YO daughter, admitted to using them a few days earlier. Deputies completed a report and charging documents for the daughter...


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