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Beware the swarm!

Beware the swarm!

Warmer temperatures next week are likely to wake up the area's first wave of yellow jackets, so here's what you need to know to help cut back their numbers before they invade your barbecue later this summer.

Right now it's only the queens that are coming out of hibernation and they're looking for a place to nest and start laying their eggs. If you can catch a queen with a trap now you can really cut back on the number of hornets you'll be battling in the warm weather ahead.

Late last summer a lot of us were at war with yellow jackets.

"They got up over the 90's and that allowed the yellow jacket nests to increase in size and then of course they got aggressive going after meat and food at your picnics," Stephanie Cates with Rescue Pest Control Products said.

As it turns out we could have cut down the number of these pesty party crashers if we had gone after the queen.

"They've been hibernating all winter, they're ready to emerge right now and start finding a new nest location," Cates said.

Save big bucks in online auction

Save big bucks in online auction

KXLY Radio is partnering with businesses across the Inland Northwest to bring you an online auction that you won't want to miss.  Here are just a few of the deals you'll find on the Bid on Spokane website.

  • A McCulloch 27" Snow Blower, retail value $799, with a starting bid of $180
  • A $100 Blush Beauty Bar gift certificate with a starting bid of $20
  • A Flexsteel Sofa, retail price $2,190, with a starting bid of $440.

There are more than 50 items to bid on, including furniture, sporting goods, and family entertainment.  You can see pictures, descriptions, and bid on the items on bidonespokane.com.  

The auction closes on March 31st, so take advantage while you can!

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.

Power outages scheduled for Clearwater Power members

Power outages scheduled for Clearwater Power members

Members of Clearwater Power Company Company in the Moscow area will experience scheduled power outages on Thursday night.


Avista will have transmission lines down for maintenance and the Clearwater Power substation will be down during that time. The power will be out from 10 pm to midnight.

Western life lives on at Hooper Crossing

Western life lives on at Hooper Crossing

Hooper Crossing could be the best kept secret in the West. Keith and Carla Danielson have carved out a niche in the Western lifestyle department with their ranch near the town of Hooper, west of Colfax off of Highway 26 in Whitman County.


In addition to horses, the couple has started an online store to sell a variety of items, including Carla Danielson's photography, which she calls "just a hobby." Friends and family urged her to expand her hobby, which she has in the form of the 2014 "Ranch Girls" calendar and other items.

Bill assistance provided for Avista customers

Bill assistance provided for Avista customers

From Avista Utilities:


Winter has landed in the northwest and with it comes cold temperatures. The bitter temperatures alone can cause rising energy use and costs, but combined with the holiday season bringing visiting friends and family, more showers, cooking and other energy using activities, many customers will see higher utility bills in January. Knowing this, Avista wants to remind customers of the bill assistance tools available to help them.

Avista gets green light for rate increases in Idaho

Avista gets green light for rate increases in Idaho

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has approved rate adjustments for Avista’s residential and small commercial customers. According to a news release, customers will be paying about 6.8% more for natural gas and about 0.4% more for electricity as a result of the adjustments, which are effective October 1st. They do not increase Avista earnings. 

From IPUC:
The gas increase is Avista’s annual Purchased Gas Cost Adjustment (PGA), which is adjusted up or down at least annually to reflect that portion of gas rates that change from year to year, due to changing market prices and fuel and transportation costs.