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Idaho 4-H working toward specialty license plates

Idaho 4-H working toward specialty license plates

Do you want to show your support to the State of Idaho's 4-H program by sporting a 4-H themed license plate? Well now you can help make that happen.

A volunteer fund raising group, Idaho Friends of 4-H, is asking supporters of the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development program to participate in a survey about adding a green clover to special Idaho license plates.

The group is offering an online survey to get opinions and collect signatures. It is five questions and takes about two minutes to complete.

Inland Northwest 4th of July Celebrations

Inland Northwest 4th of July Celebrations

Communities across the Pacific Northwest have fun, family oriented Independence Day celebrations planned for Thursday. Events include parades, fun runs, BBQs, live music and of course fireworks.

Here is a list of all the great events going on in our communities tomorrow:

Spokane and West Plains

WIC Participants Urged to Use Checks ASAP

 WIC Participants Urged to Use Checks ASAP

The Washington State Department of Health is urging WIC participants to use any WIC checks they have sooner rather than later. If a budget agreement isn't passed in Olympia, the checks will be unusable as of July 1st.

Retailers who accept WIC checks are reimbursed by the government and if there is a temporary government shut down, the state will not be able to reimburse them. In addition, if a budget agreement is not reached by July 1st, WIC clinics will be closed.

The Department of Health says that any WIC participants who intended to use their checks next week should plan on using them this weekend just to be safe. Clients with any questions can visit www.spokanewic.org for up to date information about the state budgeting process and its potential impact to WIC.  

4-H Members Pledge Not to Text and Drive

4-H Members Pledge Not to Text and Drive

Area teens were reminded of the dangers of texting and driving at the 4-H Teen Conference at Washington State University on Monday afternoon.

WSU 4-H and the Washington State Patrol gave a distracted driving presentation as part of the conference. Teens who have been negatively impacted by distracted driving shared personal testimonies and encouraged their peers to take a pledge not to talk or text while driving.

“We think it's terrific that the 4-H program is helping to spread the word among young people about the dangers of texting and driving, and that 4-H is dedicated to the effort to save lived and prevent injuries,” said Jonna VanDyk, Washington State Traffic Safety Commission Program Manager.

Due to a rise in distracted driving fatalities, the Washington State Patrol has been giving educational presentations in an effort to raise awareness. The WTSC and State Farm Insurance has provided funding for programs focused on preventing distracted driving.  

Idaho WIC Changes Income Guidelines

Idaho WIC Changes Income Guidelines

In order to compensate for increases in cost of living expenses one Idaho resource is redefining the financial guidelines that determine qualification.

New income guidelines for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will go into effect on July 1st. Under the new guidelines, an applicant's gross income must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.

For example, a family of three making $36,131 or less will now qualify when previously the limit was an annual income of $35,317. Families that currently receive Medicaid, food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or the Children's Health Insurance Program are automatically eligible for WIC.

WIC provides healthy food options and heath services for woman who are pregnant, breast feeding or have recently had a baby. Services are also available for children under the age of five. Food coupons from WIC can be used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, juice, and peanut butter.

Free summer meals for kids

Free summer meals for kids

Summer is such a great time for kids to spread their wings and regroup for the next school year. It is, unfortunately a really difficult time for some families, trying to make ends meet.

During the school year, students are guaranteed a nutritious meal or 2, but summer doesn't have to mean kids go hungry. A federal nutrition program called “The Summer Meals Program” provides free meals and snacks.

Summer Camp Helps Children Cope With Loss

Summer Camp Helps Children Cope With Loss

The Willow Center, located in the LC Valley, provides counseling to help children cope with the loss of loved ones. This summer, the center is hosting Camp Erin, a free weekend camp to help kids deal with their grief while enjoying traditional summer activities.

 

The Willow Center was founded in 2000 and holds support groups to help kids, teens and their parents deal with grief. Four years ago, the center partnered with the Moyer Foundation for Camp Erin, a free national camp that combines a traditional camp experience with counseling to provide a memorable and healing summer experience.

 

“They get to know other kids who are grieving,” said Mary Lou Franzese, the Camp Director, “Often times their world view isn't large enough to know that other kids are grieving.”