Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update

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KAMIAH, ID - Despite the dense smoke and poor air quality settling over the area in the last 48 hours, fires across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests experienced minimal growth as the inversion has helped keep temperatures relatively low.  Fire managers continue full suppression tactics on fires where potential risk to life and property is greatest.

Avista CEO & Wife Make $1 Million Pledge to Foundation to Support Employee Engagement

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SPOKANE, WA - A longtime Avista employee and his wife have pledged $1 million to recognize and encourage Avista employee contributions to communities in which they live and work.  The Scott and Liz Morris Employee Engagement Fund pledge will be fulfilled upon the successful completion of Avista’s merger with Hydro One.  Morris, a 36-year Avista employee, serves as the company’s Chairman, President, and CEO.

Auditions This Evening for Two Local Theatre Shows

Half the proceeds from one show will go to those affected by Hurricane Harvey

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LEWISTON, ID - The Lewiston Civic Theatre is partnering with Lewis-Clark State College's theatre department to produce two shows this season, "The Odd Couple" and "Hands on a Hardbody (A Musical)."  Half of the proceeds from one of the shows will go to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Auditions are open to the community and take place this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Silverthorne Theater at LCSC.
 

Public Health Officials Recommend Limiting Time Outside Due to Poor Air Quality

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LEWISTON, ID - Smoke from several wildfires in Idaho and surrounding states is affecting the air quality for residents in nearly every Idaho community and is expected to continue to do so for the next several days. Public health officials are advising people to limit their time outside as much as possible to reduce their exposure to smoke.

Pullman Regional Hospital Board to Consider Recommendation to Provide Gender Reassignment Surgeries

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PULLMAN, WA - Gender reassignment surgeries may be offered at a Palouse hospital in the near future.  The Pullman Regional Hospital Board of Commissioners will consider at its regular meeting tomorrow a recommendation to provide gender reassignment surgeries, specifically vaginoplasty procedures (male to female).

Air Quality Diminished by Wildfire Smoke

Air quality listed as "hazardous" in the region; officials say to limit outdoor activity

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CLARKSTON, WA - Officials say wildfire smoke has diminished the air quality in the region.  The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Forecast and Caution for residents of Nez Perce, Latah, Clearwater, Lewis, and Idaho counties, river corridors, and surrounding areas off the Nez Perce Reservation due to degraded air quality. Burning restrictions are in effect.

Clarkston Man Found Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder

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ASOTIN, WA - A 66-year-old Clarkston man has been found guilty of shooting and killing another man two years ago at a residence in the 1400 block of 5th Street.  Officials say Melvin O'Rourke shot 53-year-old Duane Hettinger on the night of July 30, 2015.  A jury found O'Rourke guilty today of 2nd-Degree Murder following a trial this week in Asotin County Superior Court. 

Sentencing has been set for September 18th.

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