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Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista released a big thank-you today to all their customers impacted by last Wednesday's wind storm for their patience during repairs, and to their crews for working non-stop to get everyone back online.

Avista says last week's storm caused the worst damage to their system since a massive ice storm in 1996, nearly 20 years ago. This time around it took nearly 96 hours to restore power to the nearly 40,000 customers left without.

Now that all the power is back on, Avista is getting a better look at the damage. Preliminary numbers show that more than 120 poles had to be replaced after high winds toppled trees onto power lines and snapped poles. That's double their initial estimate.

Dispatchers worked around the clock to prioritize work and dispatch crews to areas of highest need, organizing nearly 14,000 outage reports from customers.

City of Moscow seeking art instructors for 2015 workshops

City of Moscow seeking art instructors for 2015 workshops

The city of Moscow, Idaho and the Moscow Arts Commission are seeking enthusiastic instructors for art workshops in the upcoming year.

All workshops will take place in the Arts Room at the 1912 Center from January to April 2015.

Instructors in all art media are encouraged to apply. You can download an application here.

The Art Workshops are sponsored by the City of Moscow, the Moscow Arts Commission and the Heart of the Arts, Inc. The workshops are for young adults and the young at heart and provide not only a day of fun but an opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience in a variety of art fields.

The deadline for applications in September 10 by 5 pm.

Washington unemployment drops to lowest in six years

Washington unemployment drops to lowest in six years

Thanks to a boost in June, Washington's unemployment numbers have dropped to their lowest levels in six years to 5.8 percent – that's according to the state's Employment Security Department.

Industry sectors saw the largest growth with 2,600 jobs. Retail grew by 2,200, leisure and hospitality by 1,900 and wholesale trade by 1,400. Professional and business services, information, manufacturing, financial services and mining also saw growth in the hundreds.

“After a hiring lull in May, Washington employers really picked up the pace in June,” said Paul Turek, an economist with the department. “The state's economy is picking up momentum and the near term job outlook is good.”

During the one-year period ending in June, Employment Security estimates that employers created 84,700 jobs.

Incoming Cougar named to Greece National Team

Incoming Cougar named to Greece National Team

An incoming freshman and basketball player for Washington State University already has an international reputation for her sport.

Pinelopi Pavlopoulou has been selected to play for the Under-18 Greece National Team this summer.

The U18 European Championship will be held July 17-27 in Matosinhos, Portugal. Greece will fave off against Belgium, Lithuania and Serbia before the top three teams in each of the four groups moves on to the next round.

Pavlopoulou, from Athens, Greece, has played for the Under-16 Greece National Team in 2011 and 2012.

She's due to arrive in Pullman for school in August.

A first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana

A first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana

Legal marijuana sales kicked off Tuesday across Washington, including at one of three confirmed stores here in Spokane, with enthusiasts in line hours before opening.

But what about the curious among us who have never taken a puff in our lives, but are ready to give it a try now that it's legal and easily accessible?

“It can be a little alien if it's their first time,” said Green Leaf customer service representative Chad Welsh. “To walk in here and think 'What are these devices?' and 'What is your product all about?'”

A big part of Chad's job is to help guide first-timers through the experience, with tips on the product, how to smoke and what to smoke with. I also spoke with Daniel Wendling, general manager at Piece of Mind and assistant manager at the licensed pot shop Satori just next door, and put together a how-to of sorts for the first time smoker.

 

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City of Moscow taking suggestions to name new park

City of Moscow taking suggestions to name new park

The City of Moscow Parks and Recreation Commission wants your help naming their soon to be completed park at the Indian Hills 8th Subdivision.

All community members and immediate neighbors of the park are being surveyed specifically, but anyone interested in suggesting a name can do so until July 22.

The Commission will review all suggestions at their meeting on July 24 before submitting their recommendation to a 60-day public comment period. After that, any necessary adjustments will be made and a final recommendation will be passed on to the City Council for consideration and approval.

Suggestions can be submitted in the following ways:

 

In Person

Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center

1716 East F Street

 

By Mail

Indian Hills 8 Naming

PO Box 9203