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U-Idaho announces winners of 2015 Avista-Waters of the West Scholarship

U-Idaho announces winners of 2015 Avista-Waters of the West Scholarship

The University of Idaho Environmental Science & Water Resources Program is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Avista-Waters of the West Scholarship.

Doctoral student Becky Rittenburg will receive $3,000, and Patrick Johnson, a concurrent master’s and JD student, will be awarded $2,000. Avista awards the scholarships in recognition of Rittenburg and Johnson’s accomplishments and in support of their studies in the Waters of the West – Water Resources Program. Avista contributes $5,000 each academic year to fund a scholarship for one or more graduate students in the program whose research project is in one of the watersheds in Avista’s service territory.

“We are a hydro-based utility, so we rely on water for about half of our power generation,” said Paul Kimmell, Palouse-area regional business manager for Avista. “Because of that reliance, Avista’s legacy of environmental stewardship, commitment to social responsibility and sound management of our watersheds are essential parts of our role as a community partner.”

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WSU graduate killed in Sydney siege

The deadly standoff in Sydney, Australia hit home in the Palouse, after it was confirmed Tori Johnson, one of the two hostages killed in the standoff, was a Washington State University graduate.

Johnson, 34, and Katrina Lawson were killed by an Islamic terrorist in the 16-hour standoff at a Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, which ended when police stormed the shop, killing the gunman. And it turns out Johnson, 34, the man who is being hailed as a hero for helping bring an end to the standoff, was a Coug.

Johnson earned a bachelors degree in hotel administration in 2003, graduating magna cum laude. University officials said he studied abroad in the WSU Cesar Ritz College's Switzerland degree program. On Tuesday the Carson College of Business released a statement about Johnson's death, saying "our deepest condolences to the family of fallen Cougar alumnus Tori Johnson," adding that he was "a source of pride for WSU."

WSU President Elson Floyd also recognized Johnson's sacrifice in a tweet Tuesday morning: ?Our prayers go out to the alum Tori Johnson's family and friends. He was selfless and incredibly brave. #ToriJohnsonHero.?

WSU Football wide receiver Vince Mayle named All-American Honorable Mention by Sports Illustrated

WSU Football wide receiver Vince Mayle named All-American Honorable Mention by Sports Illustrated

Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle received All-America honorable mention from Sports Illustrated Tuesday.

 

Mayle, an All-Pac-12 Conference second-team selection, tied for the national lead with 106 receptions and posted a Pac-12-best 1,483 yards, both WSU single-season records. The Natomas, Calif. native caught nine touchdowns, led the Pac-12 with six 100-yard games and was the only player in the country with two 250-yard games (263-Cal, 252-Arizona State), the only player in conference history to own two such games.

 

Mayle, a redshirt-senior and Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, also led the Pac-12 with 123.6 yards-per-game and was third in the league in all-purpose yards-per-game (138.3). He finishes his career tied for seventh in school history with 148 receptions for 2,022 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Pullman Police to swear in two new police officers

Pullman Police to swear in two new police officers

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins will be swearing in two new police officers on
Thursday, December 18, 3:00 p.m. at the Pullman Police Department.


Steven Perez was hired to fill the last of the police officer vacancies. Joshua Bray will fill the
additional police officer position recently approved by the Pullman City Council. The two will
spend the next few weeks at the police department in orientation and police academy
preparation before beginning the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy class
#713 in Spokane on January 6. They are due to graduate from the academy on May 13, 2015.
When they return, both officers will receive intensive training from Pullman Police training officers
for a period of about four months before they can be deployed as a fully functioning police
officers. This is the first increase of commissioned police officers in Pullman since 2001 and will
bring the number of Pullman officers to twenty-nine.

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Latah County Sheriff's Office investigating mail thefts

Latah County Sheriff's Office investigating mail thefts

The Latah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of mail from at least 17 rural residences. The mail was stolen from roadside mailboxes sometime between December 12th and December 14th. Some of mail was discarded by the suspect(s) and has been recovered by the Sheriff’s Office. The thefts appear to involve some residences on Central Grade, Genesee – Juliaetta Road, Lenville Road, and Wallen Road.

 

Idaho Watercolor Society's traveling show comes to Moscow Dec. 16

Idaho Watercolor Society's traveling show comes to Moscow Dec. 16

Third Street Gallery in Moscow, ID announced its newest exhibit titled Idaho Watercolor Society Traveling Show. The exhibit will feature work from the 2014 IWS Traveling show and will run December 16, 2014 through January 30 2015.

 

The reception for the exhibit will take place January 8, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Every year, the Idaho Watercolor Society sponsors an annual juried competition for its members throughout the state.  From all the entries received, only a select few were chosen for a show which was exhibited at Boise State University.  The paintings exhibited are those from the North Region of IWS that were shown in Boise and a few works from the Palouse Watercolor Society.

 

Cougar Soccer freshman selected for U-20 Camp

Cougar Soccer freshman selected for U-20 Camp

Washington State soccer’s Chelsea Harkins is currently participating in Canada’s Women’s National EXCEL camp.

 

Harkins is part of a group that arrived in Vaughan, Sunday with training beginning, Monday. A variety of sessions will take place through, Friday, December 19.

 

A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Harkins will be eligible for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2016. A site for that event has yet to be determined. There are 20 players at the camp and Harkins is one of five forwards.

 

“Chelsea is a very talented young player in the Pac-12,” Cougar Head Coach Steve Nugent said. “She earned significant minutes for us this season and made an immediate impact, especially offensively. I am excited for her, not only for this opportunity, but for her future at Washington State.”

 

Harkins played in each of the Cougars’ 19 matches in 2014 as Washington State reached the postseason for the fourth-straight year. She recorded two goals as a freshman, including the game-winner in a 1-0 victory at then-No. 9 California.