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Latah County bat tests positive for rabies

Latah County bat tests positive for rabies

Public Health-Idaho North Central District has received positive laboratory results for a rabid bat in Latah County. While "there hasn't been any evidence of bite marks," there was potential human and animal exposure, according to Environmental Health Director Ed Marugg. He says they were notified of the bat last Friday and received the test results today.

From Public Health – Idaho North Central District:
Rabid bats have been identified in almost all regions of Idaho over the years, and north central Idaho is no exception. 

Rabies is a rare disease in humans; however, one or more fatal human cases do occur almost every year in the United States, predominantly from rabid bat exposures. Rabies is essentially 100% fatal; however, it is nearly always preventable by reducing exposures to wild and unvaccinated animals and medically managing animals and individuals who may have been exposed to rabid animals early after an exposure. 

New restrictions remain in place at Illia Dunes

New restrictions remain in place at Illia Dunes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reminding residents in the region that the popular Illia Dunes, located on the Snake River about three miles downstream of Lower Granite Lock and Dam, continues to be limited with the number of visitors that are allowed.

WSU tests find no genetically modified herbicide resistance in Northwest wheat

WSU tests find no genetically modified herbicide resistance in Northwest wheat

From WSU News:

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University researchers have tested all the university’s wheat varieties, as well as others around the Northwest, and found none with the genetically modified herbicide resistance discovered in an Oregon crop this spring.
 
WSU’s tests involved wheat varieties developed at the university, at sister universities and by two of the three largest commercial wheat seed companies in the Pacific Northwest. Among them were nearly 50 commercially grown varieties from WSU, the University of Idaho and Oregon State University, including new WSU varieties such as Otto, Puma, Sprinter, Glee, Diva and Dayn and 24 varieties from Westbred/Monsanto and Limagrain Cereal Seeds.

WSU travels to Paris Air Show

WSU travels to Paris Air Show

Professors from Washington State University will share their expertise on developing alternative jet fuels with 150,000 representatives of the aviation industry at the 50th International Paris Air Show on June 17. 

 

"WSU was invited to come to Paris as a result of our growing international reputation as a leader in the development of biofuel technologies,” said Ralph Cavalieri, Associate Vice President for Alternatve Engery at WSU. He added that the Paris Air Show gives WSU the opportunity to show their research leadership and allows them to work with others in the aviation industry.

 

Michael Wolcott, Regent’s Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and James Petersen, Director and Professor of the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, will be joining Cavalieri in Paris. 

 

Reminder to install or test backflow protection

Reminder to install or test backflow protection

May 15, 2013 (Moscow, Idaho) — As irrigation season approaches, typically scheduled for after the 1st of June each year, the City of Moscow Water Department wants to remind residents that irrigation systems require backflow protection.  The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Rules, IDAPA 58.01.08, “Idaho Rules for Public Drinking Water Systems” and Moscow City Code Title 7, Chapter 9 require that all irrigation systems, existing or new, shall be equipped with an approved backflow prevention assembly, and shall be inspected and tested annually by a State of Idaho licensed backflow assembly tester.  It is recommended that the test be completed during the initial start-up of the system each spring.

 

A backflow assembly installed on your system is necessary to help prevent contaminates from entering your public water supply through what is known as backflow.  Backflow is defined as, “the flow, other than the intended direction of flow of any foreign liquids, gases, or substances into the distribution system of a public water supply.”

 

WSU cashes in on efficient lighting

WSU cashes in on efficient lighting

WSU Spokane's campus goal to use more efficient lighting has earned them $20,000.

The effort to lower energy costs at their Innovate Washington building qualified them for the Avista energy rebate. WSU installed more efficient ballasts and lamps in the building.

"This is really the right work for the university to be doing,” campus facilities operations director Jon Schad said. "It’s great that Avista provides the cash incentive to help us make it happen.”

According to WSU News, Schad said the project is part of a bigger effort to increase the energy efficiency of buildings on campus. The university partnered with McKinstry in 2010 and 2011 to upgrade lighting, heating and air conditioning systems.

Other buildings on WSU's Spokane campus are also getting the new lighting. Both the pharmacology and medical education building under construction are getting the upgrades. WSU Spokane hopes the two new buildings will get LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building efficiency certification and will get them more rebates from Avista after construction is finished.

Using competition to promote math and science in students

Using competition to promote math and science in students

The U.S. Government is using competition to get America's youth interested in math and science.

Several middle school students from around our area are participating in a regional competition for the 23rd Annual National Science Bowl, put on by the Department of Energy.

In the regional competitions, teams of four are asked "tough mathematical problems and tested on their knowledge of a vast number of areas including astronomy, biology, Earth science and physics."

Middle school students from Centennial, Chase, All Saints, Kettle Falls, Creston, Lincoln and Moscow will all be part of the competition.

For the past 23 years, more than 225,000 students have participated in what has become one of the nation's largest science competitions. For 2013, about 9,500 more high school students and 4,500 middle school students are expected to participate.