Local Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Grants to Hire Additional Officers

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LEWISTON, ID - Two local law enforcement agencies have received funding to hire two additional officers each.  The United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services awarded the Nez Perce Tribe a total of $779,401 for two new officers, equipment, and training; and the Lewiston Police Department received a COPS grant of $250,000 to hire two new officers.

191,000 Pikeminnow Removed From Snake & Columbia Rivers; Fishermen Earn More Than $1.5 Million

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PORTLAND, OR - Fishermen taking part in the annual Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program caught and removed more than more than 191,000 northern pikeminnow from the Snake and Columbia rivers this past year, protecting young salmon and steelhead from predation.  Approximately 1,100 people registered to be part of the Northern program.  In return for the fish, they were paid nearly $1,542,000 for their efforts. The program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, runs from May 1st through September 30th. 

Federal Trade Commission has Advice on How to Protect Privacy if Giving a DNA Test as a gift

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CLARKSTON, WA - If you are giving a DNA test as a gift during this holiday season, the Federal Trade Commission has some advice on how to protect the privacy of the information that the DNA tests reveal.

From the FTC:
Although most tests require just a swab of the cheek, that tiny sample can disclose the biological building blocks of what makes you you. The data can be very enlightening personally, but a major concern for consumers should be who else could have access to information about your heritage and your health. If you’re thinking about buying an at-home DNA test kit, you owe it to yourself – and to family members who could be affected – to investigate the options thoroughly.

Cost Outweighs Benefit of Premium Fuel for a Vehicle According to Recent Study by AAA

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BOISE, ID - AAA has done a recent study about when engine designs only 'recommend' premium fuel for a vehicle that the cost outweighs the benefit.

"When premium is only recommended, the vehicle’s engine has to accommodate lower-octane fuels, which means that from a design standpoint it isn’t optimized to get the full benefit of higher-octane gas,” Public Affairs Director Matthew Conde says.

From AAA:
It’s a clear-cut case when premium fuel is required, but AAA wanted to explore the gray area surrounding “premium recommended” vehicles. How big of a benefit could drivers get for the extra expense?

New Medicaid Vendor Chosen For Non-Emergency Medical Transportation in Idaho

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BOISE, ID - The State of Idaho has chosen a contractor from among four bidders to handle the non-emergency medical transportation needs of Medicaid patients.  Approximately 100,000 trips are provided each month for patients who need transportation to access their Medicaid-covered services.

Rescue Personnel Respond to Collision on US 195 North of Colton

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COLTON, WA - UPDATE: Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on US 195 about seven miles south of Pullman.  The Washington State Patrol says 26-year-old Markous Kelp of Pullman was northbound in a 2004 Toyota Camry when he attempted to pass another vehicle in heavy fog conditions at 6:06 p.m.  Kelp's car collided head-on with a 2011 Toyota Prius driven southbound by 53-year-old Wanda Nuxoll of Lewiston.

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BREAKING NEWS: Rescue personnel have responded to US 195 and the Johnson Cutoff Road for a collision that was reported at about 6:09 p.m.  Heavy fog is reported in the area.  Life Flight is unable to fly due to weather conditions.  No further information is available at this time.

Idaho Governor Signs Disaster Declaration for City of White Bird

Well failure in Idaho County community leaves residents without potable water

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BOISE, ID - A disaster declaration has been signed for Idaho County on behalf of the City of White Bird.  Governor Butch Otter signed the declaration because the small north-central Idaho town has been without water since late last month.  White Bird residents are on a public water system served by two wells but that system depressurized, cutting off water completely.

BOISE, ID - UPDATE: The DEQ has advised that the boil water advisory for White Bird has been lifted. Residents are now free to drink the water.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Wants to Remind Visitors to Stay Safe During the Winter Season

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KAMIAH, ID - the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests want to remind forest visitors how to stay safe during snowmobiling and other winter recreation as snow starts to accumulate. Snowmobile users are reminded to register their snowmobiles before heading out to the forest and recreationists should also use caution when traveling, as timber sales are still taking place.

 
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