First-Ever Railroad Oil Spill Response Plan Approved in Washington

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LACEY, WA - The Washington Department of Ecology has approved the state's first oil spill response plan for the largest freight railroad company in the state, BNSF Railway Company.  The company owns 1,332 miles of track in Washington and delivers oil to refineries at Cherry Point and Ferndale, truck racks in Seattle and Spokane, and terminals in Pasco and Anacortes.  Locally, 1.93 million gallons of oil have been transferred in Asotin County since 2012.

First Annual Volunteer & Partner Appreciation Banquet Held Last Month

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KAMIAH, ID - The Upriver Youth Leadership Council and Youth Advisory Board held their first annual Volunteer and Partner Appreciation Banquet last month. The banquet was for coalition members, partners, and volunteers to celebrate accomplishments over the past year.

There were 18 awards given out to those who show great dedication for the mission of the coalition and go out of their way to help create a drug-free community in Kamiah.

WSU Team Using Recycled Carbon Fiber to Improve Permeable Pavement

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PULLMAN, WA - A Washington State University research team is using recycled carbon fiber to improve permeable pavement. They are working to address stormwater run-off.

From WSU:
Their recycling method, described in the March issue of the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, doesn’t require using much energy or chemicals — a critical factor for recycling waste materials.

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 Scattered showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight A chance of rain before 10pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 10pm and 5am, then a chance of snow after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Nominations Open for Educational Support Personnel of the Year Award

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LEWISTON, ID - Nominations are open for the Lewiston School District Educational Support Personnel of the Year Award. Nominations close March 16th.

From the Lewiston Independent School District No. 1:
Don’t miss your chance to nominate that exceptional employee within the District and recognize them for their outstanding performance! That person may be the maintenance worker who carefully maintains your building, the instructional assistant who positively impacts our students, the bus driver who keeps our students safe and greets them with a friendly face, or the secretary who skillfully functions as the hub of their department or building.

U of I Law Professor Sues Prison Officials Over Lethal Injection Records

Lawsuit seeks disclosure of records she says are needed to determine whether executions in Idaho are safe and legal

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BOISE, ID - University of Idaho law professor Aliza Cover filed a lawsuit against the Idaho Board of Correction over its alleged refusal to disclose public records about the source and safety of drugs used in state executions.  The State of Idaho has carried out two executions in the past decade, both by lethal injection.  Cover says the public still does not know where the drugs came from, or anything about the safety record of the drug’s suppliers.

AAA & MADD Officials Propose Legislation to Address DUI Crashes & Fatalities in Idaho

HB551 and HB553 offer a toolkit to reduce drunk driving on Idaho roads

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BOISE, ID - Officials with AAA and Mothers Against Drunk Driving held a press conference yesterday on new drunk driving legislation.  Idaho House Bills 551 and 553 are proposals which combine to create an expansive toolkit to address the number of impaired-driving crashes and fatalities in the state.

Last Day to Apply for IDFG's Spring Turkey Controlled Hunt is Tomorrow

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LEWISTON, ID - The last day to apply for Idaho Department of Fish and Game's spring turkey controlled hunt is tomorrow which is also the same day that the agency will be launching a new license and tag sale system.

From the IDFG:
“For the first time since 2007, the department is upgrading its license issuance system, which is a major undertaking,’ said Michael Pearson, Fish and Game administration bureau chief.

WA State Parks Boating Program Reminds Boaters About Safety Education Courses

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State Parks Boating program would like to make sure that boaters are prepared for the upcoming season by taking a safety education course.

The Spring Aboard campaign, which is March 18th through 24th, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators along with state, federal, and nonprofit partners, are coordinating efforts that aim to get boaters educated and certified in boating safety before boating season begins.

New Signs Near the Lewiston Port of Entry

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LEWISTON, ID - The Idaho Department of Transportation has installed new signs near the Lewiston Port of Entry.

These new signs are part of an updated system designed to improve the mobility of freight in the area, save time on the road, safeguard taxpayer money, and support economic opportunity in the region.

From the ITD:
Signs are now used to signal commercial rigs to bypass the port if the truck's weight, height, length, safety rating and credentials are in adherence with the law.

LCSC's 10th Annual Women’s History Month

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LEWISTON, ID - Lewis-Clark State College's 10th Annual Women’s History Month will have a variety of presentations on the past, present, and future of women’s activism.

From LCSC:
The events are sponsored by the Social Science and Humanities divisions at the college.
There are three events planned for the past, including an exhibit on “Women Redefined: Women’s Activism in History,” which is on display in the upstairs gallery of the LCSC Center for Arts & History, located at 415 Main Street in Lewiston.

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