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Service outage impacts telephone and internet customers in Whitman County

 

A fiber cut near Colfax, WA has impacted approximately 300 telephone customers and 1760 internet customers in Whitman County.

 

911 calls have been rerouted to the local Sheriff's office. According to Century Link, technicians are on-site determining the cause and commencing repair work. At this time, there is no estimated time of restoration.

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Creation kits give kids another reason to visit local libraries

Creation kits give kids another reason to visit local libraries

 

Parents in many Washington communities will soon have another reason to take their kids to the local library.

 

More than 30 local libraries throught Washington will receive educational invention kits for children to use for a limited time, courtesy of the Washington State Library.

 

The State Library will send the libraries 32-piece Cool Creations challenge kits by Lego and Makey Makey in late April.

 

Area libraries that will benefit from the program include Davenport, Palouse,  Ritzville,  Spokane County, Sprague, Stevens County, St. John, and Whitman County.

 

State Librarian Rand Simmons said the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and STREAM (science, technology, reading and writing, engineering, art, math) educational kits will benefit librarians that don't have the resources to buy and provide for their own youth patrons.

 

Idaho Brewers Trail Map Brochure now available

Idaho Brewers Trail Map Brochure now available

 

The craft brewing industry has seen remarkable growth in Idaho with new breweries opening their doors at record numbers. The new Idaho Brewers Trail Map makes it easy to find information on all these breweries in one location. Visitors and locals now can sip their way around Idaho and learn more about the state’s craft brew industry. The collaborative effort between the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and Idaho Brewers United features information on 51 breweries and an additional six breweries scheduled to open this year. 

 

In 2013 Idaho had only 34 operating breweries. Idaho Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould said, “Many of Idaho’s craft breweries go beyond just brewing beer in Idaho and include many Idaho ingredients in their brews, such as locally grown grains, hops, and berries. The craft beer industry is important to Idaho’s economy and the agriculture industry.”

 

The brochure was created not only to show the locations of Idaho’s craft breweries but also to teach about the ingredients grown in Idaho that are used in the brewing process.

 

WSU Grad students to host community outdoor science day April 25

WSU Grad students to host community outdoor science day April 25

 

Washington State University's Department of Entomology and Biology Graduate Student Association will co-host a free science education event for all ages on Saturday April 25 at Virgil Phillips Farm Park north of Moscow Idaho.

 

The free event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will include bird, mammal, and insect displays, nature themed crafts, catch and release for birds and amphibians, and wild yeast collection for brewers and bakers.

 

Hikes will also be led around the park, where participants will have the opportunity to identify local plants and collect insects. Everyone is welcome to join, and more information can be found on the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1643062295923157/.

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Update: WSU student recreation center evacuated

 A Washington State University student was arrested Saturday afternoon for allegedly issuing threats which led to the evacuation of the student recreation center.  

The WSU Police Department reports the incident began around noon when Dmitry Dementyve walked into the SRC.  Witnesses told officers he was acting odd and playing loud music on his phone when he told some students that 'we are all going to die today and that WSU is going to die today.'  

Dementyve then allegedly went to the basketball courts and starting tossing items around when SRC staff called 911 and evacuated the building.  Dementyve then ran out of the building and was arrested by WSU police after a short foot pursuit.  Dementyve was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and will likely to undergo a mental evaluation.  The SRC is back open.



Snake River spring Chinook fishery starts April 19

Snake River spring Chinook fishery starts April 19

 

Two sections of the Snake River, below Ice Harbor Dam near Pasco and below Lower Granite Dam, will open to fishing for spring Chinook salmon Sunday, April 19th. Two other sections of the river – below Little Goose Dam and Clarkston – will open Thursday, April 23rd.

 

Each section of the river is scheduled to be open three days per week. Waters below Ice Harbor Dam and below Lower Granite Dam are scheduled to be open Sunday through Tuesday each week, while the Little Goose Dam and Clarkston area sections will be open Thursday through Saturday each week.

 

All four sections will remain open until further notice.

 

Jeremy Trump, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the fishery will likely remain open from four to six weeks.

 

“We have a strong run-size forecast for Columbia River spring chinook this year, so we will likely be able to sustain fishing into late May,” Trump said.

 

Moscow Rolling Hills Half Marathon to cause road closures April 12

Moscow Rolling Hills Half Marathon to cause road closures April 12

 

A marathon hosted by the Moscow Parks and Recreation Department will cause road closures this weekend.

 

The first-ever Moscow Rolling Hills Half Marathon will take place on Sunday April 12th. To ensure runner safety on the route, a portion of Mill Road, north of Highway 8 will be closed from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Those out traveling are asked to use an alternate route for any transportation that day.

 

The Full route for the event includes the official start on Mill Road, continuing north to Robinson Park Road, east on Robinson Park Road to Wallen Road then east to Teare Road, south on Teare Road to Kasper Road, east on Kasper Road to Larson Road, north on Larson Road to Wallen road, west on Wallen Road to Robinson Park Road to Mill Road, and south on Mill Road to the finish.