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Moscow Mayor's 2015 Earth Day Awards now seeking nominations

Moscow Mayor's 2015 Earth Day Awards now seeking nominations

 

The City of Moscow is seeking nominations for the Mayor's 2015 Earth Day Awards. The awards recognize Moscow residents for activities conductive to environmental sustainability.

 

Categories include individuals, businesses, students/schools, non-profits/service, organizations/government, building/development, green visionaries (long range environmental objectives), and green neighbors (from nearby communities.

 

The concept of the Mayor's award was set forth in 2006 to acknowledge and encourage sustainable practices throughout the city. Earth Day has been celebrated throughout the world on April 22nd each year since its inception in 1970.

 

Nominations should include the names of both the nominator and nominee, contact information for both, and a brief description of why the nominee is worthy of the recognition.

 

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Best of British theatre to be broadcast on the Kenworthy's big screen

Best of British theatre to be broadcast on the Kenworthy's big screen

 

The Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow will soon host some of the best British theatre performances on the big screen. The National Theatre Live Series is a groundbreaking project by London's National Theatre to broadcast the best of British theatre from the London stage to cinemas across the United Kingdom and around the world.

 

National Theater Live (NT Live) is a successful initiative that takes performances from the National's stages in London to cinemas and performing arts centers worldwide. Since its first season, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phedre starring Helen Mirren, over half a million people have now experienced the National acclaimed work on movie screens around the world.

 

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

 

In a resounding bipartisan vote on Wednesday, the Washington State Senate gave final approval to a bill paving the way for a new medical school in Spokane to be operated by Washington State University.

 

The Senate approved House Bill 1559 by a vote of 47-0. Gov. Jay Inslee has five days to act or it becomes law without his signature.

 

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, sponsor of an identical bill that passed the Senate earlier this month said the measure heralds a new era of economic development for Spokane and will go a long way toward relieving a statewide shortage of physicians.

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

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Palouse Habitat for Humanity receives $70,000 from Thrivent Financial

Palouse Habitat for Humanity receives $70,000 from Thrivent Financial

 

Palouse Habitat for Humanity has been awarded $70,000 from Thrivent Financial under the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program, an ongoing multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial. This program helps create safe, decent, affordable housing across the globe.

 

These funds will cover half the cost of construction of the Palouse Habitat for Humanity home to be built in Moscow this year.

 

Garfield Palouse Singers to perform at Mariners' game April 22

 

A group of Garfield and Palouse girls that came together as a choir a year ago under the direction of Rebecca Hemphill will sing the National Anthem before the Seattle Mariners’ game against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field on April 22nd.

 

The dream began in the spring of 2014, when the girls, who were then all at the Garfield-Palouse Middle School, showed up for volleyball game days dressed in school colors. Hemphill suggested that they consider presenting the National Anthem at middle school sports activities. The girls were all exceptional singers, and at one time or another had been featured soloists in concert, so confidence was not an issue.

 

The idea was met with a unified groan except by Desi Brown, who said, “Yeah, you guys, we should!” That was the only nudge they needed; when the girls heard how good their multi-part harmony sounded, they were hooked.

Washington State University president puts moratorium on new construction

Washington State University president puts moratorium on new construction

 

Washington State University is halting plans for any new construction projects. University President Elson Floyd issued a moratorium on February 10th suspending the introduction of any new capital projects that involve taking on additional debt. That moratorium was revealed to University leaders  through an internal memo.

 

Over the past few years following the depths of the great recession, WSU has initiated and completed several major building projects. Construction on unfinished projects will continue. However, according to the moratorium, new projects involving debt will not be pursued until at least July of next year. In the meantime administrators will examine WSU's financing capacity.

 

However, exceptions to the moratorium will likely be made. In fact, three projects were approved by the regents the day after the moratorium was issued; a new multicultural center, a new campus police station, as well as a digital classroom project have all been approved for construction.