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City of Moscow announces holiday closures

City of Moscow announces holiday closures

All non-emergency City of Moscow services will close on Wednesday, December 24 at noon and will reopen on Monday, December 29 for regular business hours. 


All emergency police and fire services will continue business as usual during that time and the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center will be open on December 26th as well.

Whooping cough confirmed in northern Idaho

School district health officials have confirmed that three children from northern Idaho have been diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough.

The cases come less than a month after a report of a mumps outbreak in the same area.

Moscow School District Superintendent Greg Bailey says students at both an elementary school and high school were diagnosed with the disease.

Bailey is urging parents to make sure their children's shots are up to date.

At Lena Whitmore School, the district's elementary school, roughly 7 percent of the student body is not immunized.

WSU graduate killed in Sydney siege

The deadly standoff in Sydney, Australia hit home in the Palouse, after it was confirmed Tori Johnson, one of the two hostages killed in the standoff, was a Washington State University graduate.

Johnson, 34, and Katrina Lawson were killed by an Islamic terrorist in the 16-hour standoff at a Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, which ended when police stormed the shop, killing the gunman. And it turns out Johnson, 34, the man who is being hailed as a hero for helping bring an end to the standoff, was a Coug.

Johnson earned a bachelors degree in hotel administration in 2003, graduating magna cum laude. University officials said he studied abroad in the WSU Cesar Ritz College's Switzerland degree program. On Tuesday the Carson College of Business released a statement about Johnson's death, saying "our deepest condolences to the family of fallen Cougar alumnus Tori Johnson," adding that he was "a source of pride for WSU."

WSU President Elson Floyd also recognized Johnson's sacrifice in a tweet Tuesday morning: ?Our prayers go out to the alum Tori Johnson's family and friends. He was selfless and incredibly brave. #ToriJohnsonHero.?

Pullman Police to swear in two new police officers

Pullman Police to swear in two new police officers

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins will be swearing in two new police officers on
Thursday, December 18, 3:00 p.m. at the Pullman Police Department.

Steven Perez was hired to fill the last of the police officer vacancies. Joshua Bray will fill the
additional police officer position recently approved by the Pullman City Council. The two will
spend the next few weeks at the police department in orientation and police academy
preparation before beginning the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy class
#713 in Spokane on January 6. They are due to graduate from the academy on May 13, 2015.
When they return, both officers will receive intensive training from Pullman Police training officers
for a period of about four months before they can be deployed as a fully functioning police
officers. This is the first increase of commissioned police officers in Pullman since 2001 and will
bring the number of Pullman officers to twenty-nine.

Gov. Inslee appoints Don Barbieri to WSU Board of Regents

Gov. Inslee appoints Don Barbieri to WSU Board of Regents

Don Barbieri, a lifelong community development advocate in the Pacific Northwest, is the newest member of the Washington State University Board of Regents. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment today.


“Don Barbieri has spent the majority of his professional and personal career working to improve the quality of life for Washingtonians and other residents of the Pacific Northwest,” Inslee said. “He will be a great addition to the board of regents of our state’s land-grant research university.”


Barbieri’s five-year term begins immediately. He succeeds Regent Connie Niva of Everett, who completed her second five-year term in September.


“Regent Niva served Washington State University and the state of Washington with great distinction during her time on the board, and I thank her for that,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “I welcome Mr. Barbieri to the WSU family and look forward to working with him.”


Moscow High School evacuated due to bomb threat

The Moscow Police Department says Moscow High School has been evacuated due to a bomb threat.�

Police say the students were sent home for the day.�

Police are currently searching the building. More updates to come.�

UI to demolish vacant fraternity house on campus

The University of Idaho has purchased a vacant fraternity house on campus and the building will be demolished to make way for use by a new student organization.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity moved out of the house in 2007. Though a few student organizations temporarily used the home afterward, it has been vacant since 2011.

UI purchased the house from the fraternity's national organization in September for $75,000. The university's real estate officer Gerard Billington said the 1960's-era home contains asbestos; school officials expect to pay about $200,000 for demolition.

Once the demolition is complete and the lot is restored, UI will make the property available to another fraternity or sorority.