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Students will compete at the Invent Idaho State Finals at the University of Idaho on March 6 and 7

Students will compete at the Invent Idaho State Finals at the University of Idaho on March 6 and 7

 

Some of the most creative and imaginative young minds from across Idaho will show off their bright ideas at the Invent Idaho State Finals this week in Moscow. The winners of regional Invent Idaho contests will compete in the two-day finals being hosted at the University of Idaho Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th in the Bruce M. Pitman Center.

 

Invent Idaho challenges students in first through 12th grade to identify real-world problems and then come up with creative solutions. 

 

Student inventors from across the state compete for the grand prize, a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Idaho, and an invitation to display their inventions in the Idaho State Capitol Building for Invent Idaho Day on March 16.

 

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Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be Keynote Speaker at Girl Scouts Leadership Luncheon

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be Keynote Speaker at Girl Scouts Leadership Luncheon

 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (GSEWNI) announced Wednesday that Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be the keynote speaker for their annual Spokane Community Leadership Luncheon. The event will take place on Friday, March 27th at noon at the Spokane Convention Center located at 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

 

GSEWNI Community Leadership events, held in many communities throughout the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho region, feature an engaging leader who is a role model for all Girl Scouts. The annual fundraising event in Spokane celebrates the impact of Girl Scouting on girls and young women in the community.

Washington State Patrol uses latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident

 

The Washington State Patrol released their newest edition of their Good to Know video series (view above), which features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident, ensuring driver and officer safety.

 

According to the WSP, the Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. The machine scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.

 

WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.

 

LUNAFEST Women's Film Festival to take place in Moscow on March 10

LUNAFEST Women's Film Festival to take place in Moscow on March 10

 

The University of Idaho Women’s Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary of hosting the only national touring festival of short films by, for and about women. The LUNAFEST Women’s Film Festival will take place in Moscow on Tuesday, March 10. LUNAFEST, produced by LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, provides a national platform for independent women filmmakers to share their talents and stories.

 

For the second year in a row, the Women’s Center invites submissions of original short films (15 minutes or less) by student and local filmmakers to show at the beginning of the festival, to highlight the work of promising up-and-coming artists. Digital submissions must be received by Friday, March 6 to be included in the festival. Filmmakers whose work is shown at the festival will receive two complimentary tickets to the event.

 

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Shots fired at party on Pullman's College Hill

Police are investigating after someone opened fire at a house party on Pullman's College Hill early Sunday morning. No one was hurt. 

Pullman police responded to the shots fired call at a large house party on Whitman Street around 1:30 a.m.

The incident apparently began when a college-aged woman released pepper spray inside the home where more than 100 people were gathered for a party. A man then fired three shots into the ceiling, causing party-goers to run away, some even jumping out windows. 

Police arrived on scene, but were not able to get much information from anyone who was inside. 

Police are asking anyone who may have information on the shooting to call the Pullman Police Department. 

Hemingway scholar will reflect on writer's enduring popularity during UI's Hemingway Festival

Hemingway scholar will reflect on writer's enduring popularity during UI's Hemingway Festival

 

The University of Idaho will celebrate the legacy of Ernest Hemingway on March 3rd-7th during the sixth annual Hemingway Festival. The Festival is sponsored by the UI English Department.  

 

This year's festival will mark the 90th anniversary of the publication on Hemingway's first book, "In Our Time," a collection of short stories. After almost a century, the University will explore what makes Hemingway's legacy so enduring and appealing.

 

UI Professor Ron McFarland is a Hemingway scholar and aficionado who will help answer this question. In his book, "Appropriating Hemingway: Using Him as a Fictional Character," McFarland examines the phenomenon of writers using Hemingway in works of fiction- his character appears in more than 30 novels, plus short stories, graphic novels, movies, plays, and poems.

 

McFarland will read from his work at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd at BookPeople in Moscow as part of the Hemingway Festival.

Pesticide to be applied to trees in Downtown Moscow

Pesticide to be applied to trees in Downtown Moscow

 

The Moscow Parks and Recreation Department will apply Quil-Pro Imidacloprid 75 WSB insecticide as a soil drench to certain trees in the downtown area in order to control aphids and scale. They'll also apply Surflan at the same time for weed control purposes.

 

These application will be made in the early morning, commencing on or around March 2, 2015, and continuing through the week of March 20, 2015 depending on weather conditions. Trees to be treated will be marked with white flagging tape and areas marked with signs. According to the Park Department, the Quil-Pro Imidacloprid 75 WSB product is mixed with water for application directly into the soil around the tree trunks. The Surflan will be sprayed on top of the same soil. The department said there is no risk of danger to humans or pets after the application is dry, but it is recommended to keep children and pets away from the treated areas until they are dry.

 

Questions or concerns should be directed to Tom Grudin, Parks & Facilities Manager at (209) 883-7098.