New LC State Schweitzer CTE Center Is Like A Living Textbook

Official News Release | Lewis-Clark State College

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LEWISTON, Idaho – At first glance, the inside of the new Lewis-Clark State College Schweitzer Career & Technical Education Center building appears far from finished.

Ceilings are open, exposing the ductwork in several rooms. Computer cables, boxes and wiring are visible throughout rooms. The list goes on.

The key, as the old saying goes, is that there is more than meets the eye with this 86,000-square foot structure that will serve the needs of both students and industry in the region. The inside of the building was designed with many things exposed on purpose so it can be used as a living textbook, allowing students to both see how things operate and how to work on them.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Christmas Tree Permits Available Online This Holiday Season

News Release | United States Department of Agriculture

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KAMIAH, Idaho (October 16, 2020) – Harvesting a Christmas tree on National Forest System lands is a popular annual tradition which, for many, marks the beginning of the holiday season. This year, the Forest Service is offering permits to harvest Christmas trees online through Recreation.gov. Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Christmas tree permits are now available to purchase online at http://bit.ly/NPCChristmasTrees.

IDL Fire Burn Permits Not Required After Oct. 20

News Release | Idaho Department Of Lands

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(BOISE) – State burn permits from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) are no longer required for burning activities outside of city limits beginning Oct. 21.

The burn permit from IDL is required for any burning (excluding recreational campfires) outside of city limits during closed fire season, from May 10 through Oct. 20 annually.

Staff Member At Camelot Elementary Was Diagnosed With COVID-19

A message from LEWISTON IND SCHOOL DIST 1

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"This email is to inform you that a staff member at Camelot Elementary was diagnosed with COVID-19. Public Health is currently conducting contact tracing and anyone who has been determined to have been in close contact with this individual will be provided additional infomation.

School and classes will remain open in the green phase and appropriate building cleaning/disinfection has been completed."

Robert M. Donaldson, Ph.D.

Superintendent | Independent School Disrict No.1 | Lewiston, Idaho

Twelve Quilomene Bighorn Sheep Test Negative For Lethal Bacteria

NEWS RELEASE | Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

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ELLENSBURG – This week’s tests showed no signs of the bacteria that causes pneumonia among members of the Quilomene bighorn sheep herd according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologists.

The department lethally removed and tested 12 bighorns from a remote area of the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, where a domestic ewe infected with a pathogen known to cause pneumonia in bighorns was seen amongst them. The domestic ewe was lethally removed a week prior.

Kreidler Extends Emergency Order On Telehealth To Nov. 13

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order again, directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to aid consumers during the coronavirus pandemic. His order is in effect until Nov. 13 and requires health insurers to:

  • Continue coverage for providing telehealth via methods including telephone and video chat tools such as Facetime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangout video, Skype and Go-to-Meeting. 
  • Cover all medically necessary diagnostic testing for flu and certain other viral respiratory illnesses billed during a provider visit for COVID-19 with no copay, coinsurance or deductible. 
  • Treat drive-up testing sites for COVID-19 as provider visit with no copay, coinsurance or deductible.

Fish And Game Taking Uncommon Action To Trap And Translocate Elk Responsible For Costly And Repeated Crop Damage

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

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In mid-October, Fish and Game will conduct a trapping and translocation project on private property to remove elk responsible for ongoing depredation issues in the Little Camas region of southern Idaho. Elk in this area have a long history of expensive damage to crops on private property at night, and then retreating to adjoining private property during the day. Because all activity will be on private ground, there will not be any disruption to ongoing hunting seasons.

Up to 70 cows and calves will be trapped and transported to central Idaho. Any bulls captured in the trapping effort will be anesthetized, ear-tagged and released on-site.

State Provides Funding To Help Thousands More People In Washington State Access Behavioral Health Care Closer To Home

Washington State Department of Commerce

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State grants are part of Inslee plan to add capacity and serve a wide variety of needs locally, including intensive behavioral health facilities, dementia care, and other specialized needs.

OLYMPIA, WA –Today the Washington State Department of Commerce awarded 22 projects a total of $33.8 million in grants to support 395 new beds and outpatient services that will assist people with a wide variety of behavioral health needs and offer local community placements for people leaving Eastern and Western State Hospitals.

Transport Of Oversized Windmill Loads Through North Idaho To Begin Thursday Night

Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)

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Approximately 300 oversized loads will travel from the Port of Lewiston to Alberta, Canada over the next two months, with the first load scheduled to leave Thursday night (Oct. 15) at 7 p.m. NexGen Transportation is in the process of delivering the blades and tower sections for 43 windmills, with the largest loads measuring up to 270 feet long and weighing 240,000 pounds.

The loads will depart from the Port of Lewiston every night, except Friday and Saturday nights, to travel north on US-95 to Coeur d’Alene before heading east on I-90 into Montana. Weather conditions may impact the schedule.

Idaho’s Unemployment Continued Claims Decrease for 23rd Consecutive Week

Idaho Department of Labor

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The number of Idahoans who filed a continued claim for unemployment insurance benefits fell for the 23rd consecutive week, dropping 8 percent for the week ending Oct. 10 to 8,386. The four-week moving average for continued claims also fell by 8 percent – down from 10,314 for the week ending Oct. 3 to 9,533. 

Nampa Research Fish Ageing Lab: Adaptive Working Through COVID-19

By Tyler Zumwalt, Fisheries Technician, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

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Uncertain times call for a certain adaptability. During COVID-19, the adaptability of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has enabled staff to effectively work throughout the pandemic’s uncertainty. The Nampa Research Anadromous Ageing Lab (NRAAL) is one example that exemplifies IDFG’s successful efforts of adaptability.

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