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Safety Fair honors fallen officer

Safety Fair honors fallen officer

The Officer Newbill Kids Safety Fair will be Saturday, June 1st, and will have lots of fun activities and helpful information to keep your children safe.

 

The event is named in honor of Officer Lee Newbill who was killed during a shooting spree on May 18th, 2007. He was the first officer in Moscow's history to be killed in the line of duty. Newbill was always involved in the fair and performed safety checks there every year.

 

Event organizers wanted to honor Newbill's service and renamed the fair to carry his name shortly after his death.

 

This year, the activity booths include free bike helmets and fittings for kids under 16, as well as bike inspections and a bike rodeo. There will also be child I.D. Kits and emergency contact cards available for families to keep in their records.

 

Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Many families take to the open road over Memorial Day to take advantage of the long weekend and to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Idaho State Police wants to remind all drivers to remain safe.

 

Last year there were 129 crashes in Idaho with 81 injuries and two fatalities. Idaho State Police has provided these safety reminders which are great for both Idaho and Washington drivers:

 

Wear Your Seatbelts: Police in both Idaho and Washington will be strictly enforcing seat belt laws and drivers with children are reminded to make sure all children are in age appropriate safety seats and that children under 12 are in the back seat.

 

Designate a Driver: Nearly 30 people a day die in an alcohol related crash. Make sure to designate a driver before anyone in your party drinks.

 

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

In last two weeks Eastern Washington and North Idaho have seen over five ATV accidents including one death in the LC Valley last week. While ATV riding is fun, it's important to learn proper technique to remain safe.

 

“We think it takes special skills to ride an ATV,” says Dale Stevens, a licensed ATV safety instructor with the ATV Safety Institute. ASI is a non-profit sponsored by the all the major ATV manufacturers. Instructors like Stevens teach regular safety classes to educate riders on proper technique, safety skills and the responsibilities that come with owning and riding ATVs.

 

After taking his course many riders tell Stevens that they didn't know what a work out riding is and that they expected it to be easier. Stevens says that a lot of people expect ATVs to be like riding a couch on wheels but it that it takes a lot of physical effort and knowledge of how ATVs operate to remain safe while riding.

 

Girl Scouts asking for support during Idaho Gives

Girl Scouts asking for support during Idaho Gives

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho is hoping the region will jump on board and donate during the first ever Idaho Gives campaign.

 

Idaho Gives is a 24 hour giving campaign sponsored by the Idaho Nonprofit Center. The event gives donors the opportunity to give to any of the 531 participating non profits across Idaho. For every $10 donation made groups will be entered to win a Golden Ticket prize. The more donors that GSEWNI gets, the more chances they have to win prize money.

 

Groups have also been divided by size into three separate scoreboards. Each scoreboard carries an additional $5,000 worth of prize money that will be divided between the top five money raisers at the end of the day. Idaho Gives also features an Everybody Wins Award, this award takes a general pool of money and divides it by the percentage if the total raised. For example, if Girl Scouts raises one percent of the total for the entire campaign, then they receive one percent of the Everybody Wins Award.

College Bound Scholarship Available for WA Students

College Bound Scholarship Available for WA Students

A state funded scholarship program is making the burden of affording higher education easier for low income families. Students apply for the program in the eighth grade and this year's dead line is on the horizon. Applications for the College Bound Scholarship Program are due on June 30th.

 

To qualify for the program, the student's family must meet one of four income standards and still be in the required income bracket when they file their FAFSA their senior year of high school. The income standards include students who are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program, if their family receives basic food or TANF benefits, or if the family makes below a certain income depending on size. Students who are in foster care are automatically eligible.

 

Family Seeks Community Help in Treatment for Daughter

Family Seeks Community Help in Treatment for Daughter

LEWISTON, ID - Family and friends of a Lewiston toddler are asking for the public's help in raising money to help send the young girl outside of the region for specialized treatment for a rare type of brain tumor.