Commerce Awards Over $12 Million to Add Facilities for Behavioral Health Care Statewide

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OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $12.4 million in grants to 10 successful applicants from across Washington to serve people with a wide variety of behavioral health issues. The funds will help create 150 additional beds, including local community alternative places to stay for people leaving Eastern and Western State Hospitals.

Genetic Testing Confirms First Case of White-Nose Syndrome in a Fringed Myotis Bat

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OLYMPIA – White-nose syndrome, an often-fatal disease of hibernating bats, has been confirmed for the first time in a fringed myotis () in King County, Washington. This finding brings the total number of bat species confirmed with the disease in North America to 13.Myotis thysanodes

Moscow Ranks #3 in the Best Places to Live in Idaho, Lewiston Comes in at #8

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Chris Kolmar from Homesnacks ranked the 10 best cities to live in Idaho, Moscow came in at number three and Lewiston came in at number eight. Kolmar used the recently released cenuss in December of 2019 and FBI crime data in October of 2019. Here's what he had to say about Lewiston and Moscow. 

Study: U.S. Would Lose Over $2.3 Billion by Breaching Lower Snake River Dams

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 The removal of four lower Snake River dams would cost the U.S. over $2.3 billion over the next 30 years, lead to significant additional carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, and jeopardize health, safety and livelihoods in already economically fragile local and regional economies, according to an independent evaluation commissioned by the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.

Tim Trottier Named Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center

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LEWISTON, IDAHO – St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) announced today that Tim Trottier has been named chief executive officer (CEO), effective January 13. Trottier replaces Mike Poore, who has been serving as interim CEO while the hospital conducted a search to find its next permanent leader.


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