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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.

 

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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.

 

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.

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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.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author to keynote Ethics Symposium at U-Idaho March 5

Pulitzer Prize-winning author to keynote Ethics Symposium at U-Idaho March 5

The University of Idaho announced Thursday that Jacqui Banaszynski, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and internationally recognized writing coach, was named the 2015 Oppenheimer Ethics Symposium keynote speaker.

 

Banaszynski will speak about the ethics of intimate, narrative storytelling at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5th, in the courtroom of the Menard Law Building, 711 S. Rayburn St. in Moscow. Her free presentation is open to the public.

 

Her talk, “Dare to Care: The Ultimate Ethics,” will describe, as she puts it, “what 40 years as a journalist have taught me about being a human being, and what trying to remain a human being has taught me about being a journalist.”

 

Moscow Art Theatre (Too) finds a home at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre

Moscow Art Theatre (Too) finds a home at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre

 

Moscow Art Theatre (Too) has become a resident theater group at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre located in Moscow, Idaho. This arrangement gives the theatre company a fixed base of operations in downtown Moscow. The agreement includes plans for at least three theatrical productions per year - though four are planned for 2015.

 

“Having a home in a historic theatre in the heart of downtown is a huge step for us,” says David Harlan, Artistic Director of Moscow Art Theatre (Too). “We’ve put on eight productions since 2011, but patrons have consistently requested a centrally-located, top-tier venue. The Kenworthy meets both wishes. The partnership lays a strong foundation for our future.”