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Idaho businesses caught selling alcohol to minors

Idaho businesses caught selling alcohol to minors

The Idaho State Police says an alcohol age compliance check in north-central Idaho over the weekend resulted in 9.46% of the businesses failing to comply with the state law.


ISP's Alcohol Beverage Control, with the assistance of the Lewiston and Moscow Police Departments, conducted checks on Friday and Saturday nights at 74 businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in Nez Perce, Latah, Clearwater, Lewis, and Idaho counties.

Bar burns day after grand opening

Bar burns day after grand opening

A small-town bar and grill held its grand opening Monday in Palouse. By dawn Tuesday the restaurant, housed in a century-old building, was a smoldering ruin.

The Brick Wall Bar & Grill was open for less than 24 hours before it burned to the ground.

When fire crews arrived early Tuesday morning, smoke was billowing out of the iconic downtown building which had been recently renovated.

Like just about everyone in Palouse, Fire Chief Mike Bagott was at the Brick Wall Bar & Grill for the opening party, hosted by owners Adam and Olivia Barron.

"The awesome thing about these small towns is that everybody mobilizes when something like this happens," Bagott said. "Everybody is just trying to stay alive out here and the thought of a new business and some activity to help build the community is such an exciting thing. To have it not last 24 hours is just very frustrating."

The early-morning fire burned with an incredible amount of energy.

"You could see all of the smoke in the windows and coming out of all of the crevices at first, just billowing out of the building," Palouse resident Chris Vanharn said

WSU to name new building for major donor

WSU to name new building for major donor

From WSU News:


Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd announced today that the College of Engineering and Architecture will name its newest building in recognition of PACCAR’s major donation to the school.

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

The number of retailers in Washington that illegally sell tobacco to minors is high for the second year in a row. An annual report that tracks illegal sales shows about 15% of tobacco retailers sold tobacco to minors in 2013, which is about the same as it was in 2012. As recently as 2009, the rate was much lower, at about 9%.

Building boom underway in Pullman

There's a building boom in Pullman, with the college town on track for another record year in new construction.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that Pullman set a record last year with more than 500 building permits and more than $75 million in construction.

Through February, construction activity is higher this year than last.

Pullman planning director Pete Dickinson says many big projects are still in the review stage, including apartments and housing subdivisions.

Submissions wanted for 2014 Moscow Farmers Market poster

Submissions wanted for 2014 Moscow Farmers Market poster

Three days until spring, and the City of Moscow is already getting ready for the Moscow Farmers Market to get underway. The Farmers Market Commission is seeking submissions for the 2014 Moscow Farmers Market poster.


The call for submissions is open to everyone, regardless of age or art experience. The deadline is Friday, March 21st at 5 pm. The winning entry will be awarded a $100 prize.

Inslee poised to sign legislation restricting teens from tanning salons

Inslee poised to sign legislation restricting teens from tanning salons

Governor Jay Inslee is expected to sign a bill that will make Washington State the sixth in the country that would prevent minors from using tanning beds, which has owners of local tanning salons, who rely on teen business, concerned.

Cindy Herring owns Jamaica Me Tan in Spokane Valley. Many of her clients are high school students and this legislation would stop most of them from tanning altogether.

"It's going to be difficult," she said.

Herring said she understands the health concerns but says educating young people is better than an all-out ban and that a better solution would be to regulate tanning for minors.

"Many other states have addressed, okay we need to have the signatures of children who are under 18 tanning and I agree with that, that's not going to hurt our business. It's going to let mom know that we're safe, it's going to let mom know the rules, the teenager know the rules, and that's the best thing you can do. Through education it's about safe tanning not risky tanning," she explained.