Air Quality Advisory in Effect for Clearwater County and North Sections of Lewis and Nez Perce Counties on the Nez Perce Reservation

Nez Perce Tribe Air Quality Program

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Due to wildfire smoke from local and regional wildfires, an Air Quality Advisory is issued for Clearwater County and the northern sections of Lewis and Nez Perce Counties on the Nez Perce Reservation including the cities of Orofino, Peck, and Lapwai.

Avista Crews Make Progress Overnight, Continue Restoration Efforts Today

News Release | Avista

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Spokane, Wash. Sept. 8, 2020: Avista crews made great progress overnight and continue to work throughout the day Tuesday to restore service to all customers who lost power during the Labor Day wind storm that impacted Avista’s Washington and Idaho service areas. As of 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Avista has restored power to approximately 26,000 or 72% of the more than 36,000 customers who lost power at the height of the storm. About 10,000 customers are without power.

Malden Fire Update

News Release | Whitman County Sheriff's Office

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Fire crews from around the region continue to battle the Malden Fire which is still burning in North Central Whitman County.  The Whitman County Sheriff’s will be working closely with Fire Incident Command and Urban Search and Rescue Teams from Spokane City and Spokane County over the next 24 to 48hours to search for potential survivors and assess the extent of the damage.  At this time the Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with concerns about unaccounted for friends or family members to contact Whitcom Dispatch Center at 509-332-2521.

Those who have been displaced or have lost a home in the towns of Malden and Pine City are urged to contact the American Red Cross at 509.670.5331.

Asotin County Library Career Catalyst Center Open

Asotin County Library

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The library’s Career Catalyst Center is resuming service four days a week.   Debbie Romesburg is serving as temporary Career Coach and is available from 8am to noon Monday through Wednesday and noon to 4pm on Thursday.  She offers help in creating resumes, conducting job searches, helping people prepare for interviews, and other aspects of job searching.  People can register for a session at www.asotincountylibrary.org; after registering, they will be contacted to set up a Zoom appointment. 

Labor Day Firestorm Devastates Whitman County Towns

News Release | Whitman County Sheriff’s Office

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COLFAX, WA- At approximately 11am fire crews, EMS and law enforcement from around the county responded to a large fire in Colfax, WA which consumed several hillsides and threatening structures before consuming 2 homes.  Winds of 45mph and dry ground fueled the flames at an alarming rate of speed.  At around the same time, a fire was reported in the areaof Green Hollow Road near the Manning Bridge just west of Colfax (The Manning Fire).  That fire also reportedly damaged several structures before being mostly controlled later in the afternoon.

Clarkston School District to Offer Free Meals for All Kids 1-18

News Release | Clarkston School District

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Clarkston, WA - Clarkston School District would like to announce that starting Tuesday, September 8th, we will be providing FREE meals for ALL kids ages 1-18.  The USDA announced just this week that they are extending funding on emergency feeding programs (like the Emergency Summer Food Service Program) through December 2020 to help schools get food to kids.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update

Fire Update | Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

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KAMIAH, Idaho (September 4, 2020) – The Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center reports no new fires on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests for Friday, Sept. 4. The Forest Service continues to make progress managing fires within the National Forest boundary while also assisting federal, state, tribal, and local partners with fires in other jurisdictions. The safety of the public, communities and all front-line responders remains the highest priority for all wildland fire agencies.

(LEWISTON) Food Box Distribution on September 9th

The Idaho Food Bank

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Are you struggling to feed your family in these difficult times? The Idaho Foodbank with Twin County United Way is hosting a Free Food Box Distribution at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds this Wednesday, September 9th starting at 10am. Distribution is while supplies last so make sure to get there on time. For more information visit idahofoodbank.org/northcentral.

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