Bill to Protect Columbia & Snake River Dams Passes House Committee

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Committee on Natural Resources today voted to approve a bipartisan bill to restore multiple-use management of the Columbia and Snake Rivers, bring relief to electricity ratepayers, maintain navigation, and prohibit potential court-ordered destruction of four dams they say are crucial to Idaho’s economy. Washington Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and Idaho Representative Raúl Labrador, voted for the bill, which is expected to get a vote on the House floor soon.

Weekend Events for the LCSC Warriors

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LEWISTON, ID - The annual Dollar Auction to benefit Lewis-Clark State men’s basketball will take place at the Ketch Pen at the Lewiston Round-Up Grounds on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 each and include dinner and beverages.

From LCSC:
On Saturday, Warrior women’s basketball has a 3-on-3 basketball tournament open to players of all ages.

Idaho State Tax Commission Will Open Lewiston Office to the Public on Tuesday

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LEWISTON, ID - The Idaho State Tax Commission will open its Lewiston office to the public on Tuesday, April 17th, for Tax Day. Usually the office is open on the 20th of each month. The office is located at 1118 F Street.

From the ISTC:
Visit the office to drop off completed Idaho tax returns, make payments, have tax-related questions answered and get state tax forms. You can also call (800) 972-7660 toll-free to get answers to tax questions and make payments.

“Ahsahka Restoration Timber Sale”

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AHSAHKA, ID - The Walla Walla District, US Army Corps of Engineers, along with the US Bureau of Land Management, are inviting interested parties to bid on the sale of approximately 701 acres of timber on forest lands surrounding Dworshak Dam and Reservoir. Sealed bids will be received until Friday, April 20th, by 4:30 p.m.

From the US Army Corps of Engineers:
The timber for sale is located in the immediate vicinity of Dworshak Dam, Big Eddy, Bruce’s Eddy and Merrys Bay recreation areas. The sale is designed to thin the dense forest stands creating openings for wildlife, reduce forest fuels and return the forest to a more natural condition.

Car Tip of the Day Brought to You by Clarkston Auto Sales

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Car Tip of the Day Brought to You by Clarkston Auto Sales

National Car Care Month
April is the perfect time to get your vehicle ready for spring and summer, when most road travel occurs. Not only does April mark the end of winter, but it’s also National Car Care Month While many focus on oil changes, brake pads and tire pressure checks, there’s one safety element that’s critical yet often overlooked – vehicle headlight maintenance.

Weather Brought to You by Nez Perce Express

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Weather for the Lewis-Clark Valley, Palouse, and Camas Prairie brought to you by Nez Perce Express.

Today A slight chance of thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Tonight Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then rain between 8pm and 11pm, then showers likely after 11pm. Low around 41. West wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Idaho State Tax Commission is Warning of Tax Refund Fraud

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BOISE, ID - The Idaho State Tax Commission is warning the public of tax refund fraud and what to do if you become a victim.

From the ISTC:
Tax agencies across the nation continue to see tax refund fraud from identity theft. That’s where criminals use stolen personal information from data breaches, phishing and malware incidents to get a false refund.

WSU Landscape Architecture Students are Working With the City of Pullman Parks Dept.

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PULLMAN, WA - Washington State University landscape architecture students are working with the City of Pullman parks department. They are working to develop a wetland mitigation interpretive garden at Mary’s Park.

From WSU:
The five-acre park, located at 1570 SE Johnson Rd., is under development and was created in 2010 with a donation from the Herb Neil estate. The students will be working on the project through May 1.

As part of their third-year class, nine students developed an interpretive theme and designs for a wetland mitigation garden and interpretive trail. The students worked in pairs to develop conceptual designs, and then city officials chose their preferred theme of “Mary’s Wetland Neighborhood.” The theme was inspired by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a popular children’s show that is an offshoot of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. The new park also is going to include a fully accessible playground.

Orange Traffic Barrels Line the East Lawn of the Capitol Campus This Week

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OLYMPIA, WA - There are 60 orange traffic barrels lining the east lawn of the Capitol Campus in Olympia this week. These barrels represent Washington State Department of Transportation workers killed on the job since 1950.

From the Washington State Governor’s Office:
They’ve been placed as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, but the need for work zone safety exists all year long.

Olympian Kristin Armstrong Will Speak at U of I Tomorrow

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MOSCOW, ID - Olympian Kristin Armstrong will speak at the University of Idaho tomorrow. Her lecture "Committed to Excellence” is part of the Margaret Ritchie Distinguished Speaker Series.

From the U of I:
A University of Idaho alumna, Armstrong won gold in the cycling time trial in three consecutive Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Answers Outdoor Burning Questions

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BOISE, ID - The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality recommends finding alternatives to outdoor burning whenever possible to protect air quality and public health. But as the department receives numerous questions regarding outdoor burning, here are some frequently asked questions and answers to help you out.

From the DEQ:
Q: What are some alternatives to burning?
A: DEQ encourages residents to use cleaner and safer alternatives to burning, such as composting, mulching, or curbside recycling of yard waste where available.

10th Annual Safe Digging Month

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SPOKANE, WA - Avista celebrates the 10th Annual Safe Digging Month this month. They would like to remind residents to call 811 two business days before any digging project.

From Avista:
National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and has traditionally earned the support from nearly every state governor across the country.

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