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Pullman police warn locals of phone scammers posing as high school representatives

A phone scam in the Pullman area is targeting businesses and individuals.

Pullman Police say several commercial businesses in the Pullman area have received phone calls requesting money in exchange for advertising space on a Pullman High School sports calendar. Callers have identified themselves as representatives of Pullman High School and/or Sports Media. However police say this is not a legitimate fundraiser.

While an official fundraiser for PHS football uniforms is scheduled to occur soon, police have confirmed that solicitors will not ask for monetary exchange over the phone.

Pullman PD warns citizens to be cautious anytime a caller asks you for money, and to never provide personal or financial information over the phone.

Grant will fund free health literacy workshops for seniors

A $15,000 grant will help fund a new Pullman Regional Hospital community health literacy program for seniors.

The one-year grant was awarded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region.

The outreach program this grant will fun is called Technology as a Pathway for Better Senior Health Access. It will offer free workshops throughout the year to help participants learn steps for “medical inquiry” using the Internet, technical computing skills, and National Network of Libraries of Medicine health research skills.

“Through guided workshops and training, older adults will be exposed to resources and skills to improve computer literacy,” said Noel Nicolai, Education Coordinator at Pullman Regional Hospital.

These workshops will be held at Pullman Regional Hospital and in other community or senior centers around Whitman County starting June 5, 2015. Those who would like to register or learn more can contact Noel.Nicolai@pullmanregional.org or call 509-336-7404.

WSU veterinarians seek puppy volunteers in exchange for ice cream

Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital have come up with the perfect study for those who love puppies and ice cream.

Cardiologists in the program need up to 100 puppy volunteers for a 24 hour cardiac study. Thanks will be given to the puppies' owners in the form of Ferdinand's Ice Cream.

“The goal of the project 'Puppies and Cream' is to determine the normal cardiac values for puppies between the ages of 3 to 11 months when they wear a non-invasive Holter-type cardiac monitor for 24 hours,” said Pamela Lee, a WSU veterinary cardiologist. “There is currently no standard data for normal healthy puppies that age even though the Holter monitor is commonly used as a diagnostic tool for adult dogs.”

A Holter monitor is a battery-operated device that can measure and record the heart's electrical activity (ECG) continuously for 24 hours or more. It has wires with small conductive pads that attach to the skin.

Puppy volunteers will receive a complete physical examination free of charge, and will need to have five spots shaved to allow the monitor's conductive pads make good contact.

Beaverton man arrested after allegedly stabbing bouncers at Pullman bar

A Portland-area man is in the Whitman County Jail in Colfax for allegedly stabbing two bouncers at a College Hill bar over the weekend.

Pullman Police responded to the incident at Stubblefields early Sunday morning. Staff at the bar told police that 25-year-old Timothy Thomas of Beaverton pulloed out a box knife as they were trying to escort him from the bar.

Two bouncers sufferend minor injuries, one was cut in the hand, the other in the upper arm. Thomas also cut his own hand in the scuffle.

Officers located Thomas nearby on foot and was taken to the Pullman Regional Hospital where he received 13 stitches to his right thumb.

Thomas was arrested for two counts of felony assault. Officers say he was highly intoxicated and was being thrown out of the bar for fighting with the staff.

Service outage impacts telephone and internet customers in Whitman County

 

A fiber cut near Colfax, WA has impacted approximately 300 telephone customers and 1760 internet customers in Whitman County.

 

911 calls have been rerouted to the local Sheriff's office. According to Century Link, technicians are on-site determining the cause and commencing repair work. At this time, there is no estimated time of restoration.

Update: WSU student recreation center evacuated

 A Washington State University student was arrested Saturday afternoon for allegedly issuing threats which led to the evacuation of the student recreation center.  

The WSU Police Department reports the incident began around noon when Dmitry Dementyve walked into the SRC.  Witnesses told officers he was acting odd and playing loud music on his phone when he told some students that 'we are all going to die today and that WSU is going to die today.'  

Dementyve then allegedly went to the basketball courts and starting tossing items around when SRC staff called 911 and evacuated the building.  Dementyve then ran out of the building and was arrested by WSU police after a short foot pursuit.  Dementyve was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and will likely to undergo a mental evaluation.  The SRC is back open.



Snake River spring Chinook fishery starts April 19

Snake River spring Chinook fishery starts April 19

 

Two sections of the Snake River, below Ice Harbor Dam near Pasco and below Lower Granite Dam, will open to fishing for spring Chinook salmon Sunday, April 19th. Two other sections of the river – below Little Goose Dam and Clarkston – will open Thursday, April 23rd.

 

Each section of the river is scheduled to be open three days per week. Waters below Ice Harbor Dam and below Lower Granite Dam are scheduled to be open Sunday through Tuesday each week, while the Little Goose Dam and Clarkston area sections will be open Thursday through Saturday each week.

 

All four sections will remain open until further notice.

 

Jeremy Trump, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the fishery will likely remain open from four to six weeks.

 

“We have a strong run-size forecast for Columbia River spring chinook this year, so we will likely be able to sustain fishing into late May,” Trump said.