Asotin County Burn Ban Lift

Asotin County Fire Marshal

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The Asotin County Burn Ban Lift was approved by the County Commissioners this morning.  Please note that this is not the approval to begin burning approved yard waste debris, as that opens Thursday, October 15, 2020.  This Ordinance is strictly to allow for recreational fires, agricultural, and prescribed burns.

Please call if you have any questions:

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Asotin County Fire Marshal



Campus Coronavirus Update, 10.12.20: Cases, Testing Ramp Up At U of I

by Kevin Richert,

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Coronavirus cases increased on several Idaho campuses last week, as colleges and universities continued to try to provide face-to-face instruction.

At the University of Idaho, professors will still have the option of teaching classes online this week.

Last week, a White House coronavirus task force report recommended moving U of I, Boise State University and BYU-Idaho classes online, due to high coronavirus cases among college-aged students.


AAA Oregon/Idaho

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Nationwide demand just six percent less than this time last year

BOISE – (October 12, 2020) – Despite a prolonged hurricane season and increasing demand for fuel nationwide, Idaho gas prices dropped two cents this week, while the U.S. average held steady. But as states ease the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, more drivers are hitting the road. According to AAA, overall fuel demand is now just six percent less than it was a year ago.

Decades of Improving Pathways for Women: Justice Barbara Madsen Receives National Award

Washington Courts: Press Release Detail

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In recognition of her decades of work encouraging and supporting women in the legal profession, Washington State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen has been named the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Joan Dempsey Klein Award by the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ). Madsen will be presented the award during the association’s annual conference — held remotely this year — starting October 14.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – October 3, 2020

USDA Forest Service News Release

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KAMIAH, Idaho (October 3, 2020) – The Bryan Mountain fire, located six miles southwest of Pollock, Idaho, continues to burn between the West Fork and the main Rapid River.  On Saturday, Oct. 3, the fire is estimated to be approximately 20 acres with no growth.  While the fire is visible from the Rapid River Canyon, officials report that no values at risk are threatened by the Bryan Mountain fire, and do not anticipate any closures or area restrictions in the near term.

Tips for a safe and fun Halloween from the Department of Health

News Release | Washington State Department of Health

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OLYMPIA – Halloween will look and feel a little bit different this year because of COVID-19, so it will be important to identify safer alternative activities to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

The Department of Health wants Washington residents to have a fun Halloween while remembering a few key actions you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions in Eastern Washington


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Spokane, WA – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District has lifted the regulated fire closure on public lands administered by the BLM and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in eastern Washington. The termination of the regulated fire closure will be effective Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. in the following counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima.

State’s 2021 Minimum Wage Reaches $13.69; Impacts OT, Salaried Execs

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

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TUMWATER — The state’s minimum wage will increase to $13.69 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2021. The change is significant this year because it also impacts wages paid to some salaried employees exempt from overtime and other protections under state law.

ICYMI: : Crapo To Receive Woodrow Wilson Award For Public Service

Crapo News Release

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Washington, D.C. -- On September 30, 2020, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Chaired by Governor Bill Haslam, will present The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service to Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).  Senator Crapo, as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, will be recognized for helping craft the bipartisan legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, that provided relief to those suffering from hardships during the pandemic.

Lenze To Present On U.S. Foreign Policy In Middle East During Moore Honorary Lecture

Official News Release | Lewis-Clark State College

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LEWISTON, Idaho – Paul E. Lenze, Jr., a senior lecturer at Northern Arizona University, will discuss American Grande Strategy in the Middle East through the decades virtually on Oct. 19 at noon for the 4th annual Moore Honorary Lecture.

Federal Agencies Decide The Columbia River System Operations Environmental Impact Statement Balances System Purposes


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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration signed a joint Record of Decision on Monday that commits the agencies to implementing immediate and long-term actions related to the ongoing operations, maintenance and configuration of 14 federal dams that compose the Columbia River System.


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