Judge finds StarKist liable for price-fixing, Consumer Protection Act violations

AG Ferguson

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SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a judge ruled that StarKist, a canned tuna manufacturer, engaged in a price-fixing scheme from November 2011 through December 2013. In a prior and unrelated federal case against StarKist, a federal judge sentenced the company to pay a $100 million criminal fine — the maximum allowed by law — for its role in a nationwide conspiracy to manipulate the price of canned tuna to benefit the company and its executives.

US-12 east of Kooskia anticipated to reopen this afternoon under reduced avalanche risk

IDOT

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LEWISTON—Based on monitoring by avalanche specialists and a forecast of colder temperatures, US-12 is anticipated to reopen tomorrow afternoon between Fish Creek (milepost 126) and Saddle Camp Road (milepost 139). Although no avalanches occurred, considerable hazard prompted the closing of the highway Sunday afternoon for the safety of drivers and recreationists.

IDAHO ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN RELEASES NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR IDAHO PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT GRANT

The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children

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Feb. 22, 2021 (BOISE, ID) – The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) announced yesterday the release of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Idaho: Idaho Preschool Development Grant Birth-Age 5 Needs Assessment. The needs assessment is  designed to help Idaho policymakers, administrators and stakeholders understand early learning needs for families and children in Idaho.

NEZ PERCE COUNTY IS SOUNDING THE ALARM

NPC Press Release

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Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office and Nez Perce County Coroner’s Office saw an increase work load in 2020 compared to the three previous years. In 2020, the Prosecutor’s Office saw an 26% increase in Domestic Battery/Assault cases compared to 2017, 2018, and 2019. The cases jumped from an average of 56 per year to 71 cases in 2020. The Coroner’s Office had a rise of 32% in suicides in 2020 from a three-year average of 10 to 14 in 2020.

Walla Walla County berry farm must pay $350,000 over sexual assault, harassment of farm workers

AG Ferguson Press Release

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OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Great Columbia Berry Farms LLC, a blueberry grower in Walla Walla County, will pay $350,000 as a result of his office’s civil rights enforcement action. The lawsuit asserts one of the company’s managers, Jose Luis Contreras Ramirez, raped at least one female worker, sexually harassed several female workers over the course of years and retaliated against those workers who spoke out against his conduct. At least four women were affected by Contreras’s conduct.

Avista prepared for wind forecast to move through the region Monday

Avista Press Release

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Spokane, Wash. Feb. 22, 2021: Strong winds forecast to begin Monday afternoon across Avista’s Washington and Idaho service area will bring the possibility of outages from falling tree limbs or trees, causing downed power lines. Avista is prepared to respond and is urging customers to prepare for potential storm damages and outages. 

Missing Persons Last Seen in Riggins

Idaho County Sheriff's Office

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Everette Vannatta and family left on 02/21/21 to go sledding up Allison Creek off of Big Salmon Rd in the Riggins area. He made a comment about trying to see how far they could make it up Allison Creek. They never returned home. An Idaho County Deputy searched Allison Creek but was only able to make it 3 miles up before having to turn around as the snow was too deep. There were tracks continuing on in the snow.

Both LC State Basketball Teams Named CCC Team of the Week after Capturing Conference Titles

LCSC Press Release

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Both Cascade Conference Championship Tournament trophies handed out on Sunday are coming back to Lewiston. In their first seasons in the CCC, both Lewis-Clark State Basketball teams clinched the conference’s automatic bid into the national tournament after defeating College of Idaho in Caldwell on Sunday to claim the conference titles. In doing so, the two teams were named the Cascade Conference Under Armour Teams of the Week for February 15-21. 

Warrior Volleyball Earns First Victories of the Season with Sweeps of WPU

2/20/2021 | Alisha Alexander | Sports Information Director

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LEWISTON, Idaho – The Warriors got back on the right track on Saturday with a pair of sweeps against Warner Pacific (Ore.). After dropping a pair to a strong Bushnell team on Friday, the squad bounced back well and took the first match 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21), and swept the second (25-21, 25-14, 25-16).

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