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N. Idaho couple face vulnerable adult charges

A northern Idaho man and woman police say took advantage of a vulnerable adult who died in their care of prolonged malnutrition are facing charges.

The Lewiston Tribune reports in a story on Thursday that 21-year-old Lindsay M. Winter and 24-year-old Charles W. Wright are each charged with principal to neglect of a vulnerable adult, principal to exploitation of a vulnerable adult, and principal to a fraudulent act to obtain public assistance.

Police say that 67-year-old Lee Pohrman died after being found Nov. 3 on the kitchen floor of a trailer in Moscow. Court records say he was covered with dirt and bedsores.

Police say Pohrman lived with Winter and Wright, his caretakers.

Winter and Wright are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on July 31.

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CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

As wildfires continue to burn across the state, 911 services in Omak, Okanogan, Oroville and Mallot are being stressed to the point that some callers are receiving busy signals when they call.

CenturyLink is asking customers to be patient and limit their calls to true emergency situations. Calls are going through, but it may take several attempts – and the few people calling, the greater the chance.

Meanwhile, CenturyLink says all 911 services along with local and long distance phone lines and internet services remain down in Mazama, Pateros, Twisp and Winthrop due to extensive fire damage in the area.

With destroyed fiber cables and equipment CenturyLink says they are unable to provide an estimated time for restoration and say customers should expect them to remain down for an extended period of time.

Fatal bike accident involving Clearwater County deputy

Fatal bike accident involving Clearwater County deputy

A 61-year-old Orofino woman died this morning after her bicycle was struck by a pickup on US 12.

According to the Idaho State Police, Theresa Grossklaus was traveling in the far right eastbound lane of travel near milepost 43.5 when 51-year-old Mitchell Jared of Pierce, who was also traveling in the far right lane, allegedly struck her with his 2011 Dodge pickup at 10:18 a.m.

Grossklaus, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene. Jared, who was on duty at the time as a Clearwater County Sheriff's Deputy, was not injured, according to ISP.  

FEMA funds authorized for Carlton Complex fire

FEMA funds authorized for Carlton Complex fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Carlton Complex Fire, burning in Okanogan County, Washington.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the Carlton Complex Fire threatened enough destruction to constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state's request for federal Fire Management Assistance Grant on Thursday.

When the request was submitted on Wednesday, no homes had burned. Today, dozens of homes and businesses have burned to ash as the fire moved through the small town of Pateros. Nearby Brewster is also under a level three evacuation order, meaning residents must leave the area immediately.

A Red Cross shelter has been set up in the town of Chelan for anyone who needs assistance, including cots, meals and water.

City of Moscow seeking art instructors for 2015 workshops

City of Moscow seeking art instructors for 2015 workshops

The city of Moscow, Idaho and the Moscow Arts Commission are seeking enthusiastic instructors for art workshops in the upcoming year.

All workshops will take place in the Arts Room at the 1912 Center from January to April 2015.

Instructors in all art media are encouraged to apply. You can download an application here.

The Art Workshops are sponsored by the City of Moscow, the Moscow Arts Commission and the Heart of the Arts, Inc. The workshops are for young adults and the young at heart and provide not only a day of fun but an opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience in a variety of art fields.

The deadline for applications in September 10 by 5 pm.

Washington unemployment drops to lowest in six years

Washington unemployment drops to lowest in six years

Thanks to a boost in June, Washington's unemployment numbers have dropped to their lowest levels in six years to 5.8 percent – that's according to the state's Employment Security Department.

Industry sectors saw the largest growth with 2,600 jobs. Retail grew by 2,200, leisure and hospitality by 1,900 and wholesale trade by 1,400. Professional and business services, information, manufacturing, financial services and mining also saw growth in the hundreds.

“After a hiring lull in May, Washington employers really picked up the pace in June,” said Paul Turek, an economist with the department. “The state's economy is picking up momentum and the near term job outlook is good.”

During the one-year period ending in June, Employment Security estimates that employers created 84,700 jobs.