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Will your region have a White Christmas?

Will your region have a White Christmas?

Consider this our holiday greeting card arriving just in time for the holiday weekend. It's a map displaying the probability of a white Christmas in areas around the United States using data from the National Climatic Data Center.

There's no way to zoom in, but if you look carefully at the Eastern Washington and North Idaho regions, our chances of a white Christmas range from 26-100 percent depending on where you're located.

Have a safe weekend and don't forget to email weather photos at news4@kxly.com.

Could the Palouse Become Bike-Friendly?

Could the Palouse Become Bike-Friendly?

Does the Palouse have a cyclist-friendly potential? It’s full of muscle grinding hills and a winter season that makes conditions icy and dangerous. Maybe things could be different.

Mia Birk, author of "Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet,” will be speaking at Washington State University next week to educate how Portland, Oregon was made into an active bicycling community.

Earlier this year, she told The Billings Gazette advice on how to change a community.

“Build it, tell people about it, get people to use it,” said Birk, who regularly bikes to work. “Plan big, car-free, fun, family events.”

City of Moscow plans to flush fire hydrants to reduce sediment

City of Moscow plans to flush fire hydrants to reduce sediment

Starting Sunday night, Moscow city crews will be out and about flushing your neighborhood fire hydrant.

It’s a state requirement that helps remove iron and manganese sediment. The city is doing this at night to minimize the public use of the red or dirty water. That’s the sediment that even with a filtering system, develops over time. It’s actually called ‘floc’ and looks like reddish-colored fluffy particles.

If you experience water discoloration, run your cold water for ten minutes or until it clears up. If your water remains dirty, you’re asked to call the city’s water department, because that means more localized flushing may be needed.

Residents are also advised to delay their laundry until after the water is clear.

Hang gliding above the Palouse

KXLY reader, Tom Tabbert, sent us this video he recorded on Saturday night south of Spokane and Cheney. Check out the beautiful sunset over lakes and wheat fields. 

Have you ever been hang gliding? Continue to send us awesome video and pics to new4@kxly.com.

Fish and Wildlife asks hunters to submit tissue samples from their season harvest

Fish and Wildlife asks hunters to submit tissue samples from their season harvest

For those of you hunting this season, Washington Department of Fish Wildlife asks a tiny favor of you. They’re hoping hunters will submit issue samples from their harvest.

WDFW is looking for tissue samples from animals harvested east of the Columbia River specifically from deer and elk. They’re hoping to continue the ongoing effort by WDFW to watch for Chronic Wasting Disease.

The disease has not been detected in Washington, but it has occurred in 15 other states and some Canadian provinces. In the 15-years of monitoring, WDFW has tested over 5,000 animals.

To submit a tissue sample, you’ll need to provide four inches of neck tissue attached to the head. The lymph nodes are then removed from the neck.

Deer and cougar hunting season begins Saturday

Deer and cougar hunting season begins Saturday

Deer hunting season kicks off on Saturday in Washington state, but that’s not the only hunting season that begins.

According to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, this year’s modern-firearms deer season includes cougar hunting. Hunters with a valid cougar license and transport tag, can hunt cougars during the season in all 39 counties.

Originally, cougar hunting in Okanogan, Chelan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille and Klickitat was delayed because of a 2004 pilot program that allowed hunters with special permits to track cougars using dogs. The program expired in August restoring full general hunting seasons in those counties.

Moscow schools invite students to walk to school

Moscow schools invite students to walk to school

The city of Moscow is just one of thousands across the nation -- and world, planning for International Walk to School Month. Moscow is planning for their day of focus next week on October 12th.

The city’s program, Safe Routes to School is encouraging all students to walk or bike to school to celebrate the advocacy for healthier living.

Schools will receive help from parents, college students, athletes and even local police who will monitor school zones like they do every day for students.

The group behind Walk to School Month started in 1997 as a way to bring together community leaders and kids to build awareness of walkable communities.