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Nethercutt announces Citizenship Tournament

The George Nethercutt Foundation announced on Thursday that they will be holding a Citizenship Tournament in the fall of 2013.


The tournament will feature self-paced activities that test student's knowledge of U.S. history, current events, economics, government and foreign policy. It is open to students in grades four, eight and twelve.


“I wanted to have the input of young people in policy making,” explains George Nethercutt about why he started his foundation back in 1996. He goes on to say that this tournament is a great opportunity to show students what it's like to participate in the civic life.


Nethercutt describes the tournament challenges as being things that will encourage students to be “more immersed in government”. The first round tasks could include things like interviewing a veteran, attending a city council meeting or writing a letter to the editor or to their congressman to see what response they get.

Idaho lawmakers urge Feds to keep air traffic control towers open

Idaho's Congressional members have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in an effort to convince him not to close the state's five air traffic control towers that are targeted under sequestration, including the one at the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration announced its intention to close a total of 173 towers on April 7th.

Pot advocate plans run for Whitman Co. sheriff

Pot advocate plans run for Whitman Co. sheriff

COLFAX, WA - A 51-year-old marijuana advocate says he is making plans to run for Whitman County Sheriff in the 2014 election. Michael Adam Assenberg recently had drug charges associated with a May 2011 drug raid dropped by the Prosecutor's Office, and the property - including marijuana - was returned to him under court order. Assenberg says he is already working on building his office staff and has secured a backer who will pay the filing fee for him to enter the race.

Sen. Murray issues statement about PTSD review


Washington Senator Patty Murray responded to Secretary of the Army John McHugh's completion of the army-wide PTSD examination by saying more still needs to be done for vet mental health.

“Murray pushed for the review after hundreds of service members at Joint Lewis-McChord had their PTSD diagnoses taken away then, in many cases, restored over the past two years,” read a news release.

Read the senator's full statement below:


“While I’m pleased that the Army has announced they have completed this study, it’s far more important that they take quick action to remedy the problem. The Pentagon should also follow through on their commitment to extend this review to all branches of the military so servicemembers aren’t slipping through the cracks. In the coming weeks I will be meeting with Secretary McHugh to get the specific recommendations that came out of the study.

Sen. Crapo asks for contituents' forgiveness

Sen. Crapo asks for contituents' forgiveness


In a lengthy statement released after his court appearance, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo apologized to his constituents for his lapse of judgment that led to his Dec. 23 arrest for drunken driving in Alexandria, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

"I offer my apologies, ask for your forgiveness for my recent failings and I make a firm commitment that I will strive to regain the trust that I have lost,” the statement read.

The senator then explains his actions: "I have on occassion had alcoholic drinks in my apartment in Washington, D.C. It was a poor choice to use alcohol to relieve stress - and one at odds with my personally-held religious beliefs."


See the full statement below:

County jail commander charged with harassment


3.3 million voters' pamphlets in the mail

3.3 million voters' pamphlets in the mail

About 3.3 million voters' pamphlets will arrive to households across the state this week.

According to the Assosicated Press, the secretary of state's office says the pamphlets are being delivered around the same time voters are receiving their ballots for next month's election.

There are 26 editions of the pamphlet to account for races in different counties, plus pamphlets in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. The biggest pamphlets are more than 240 pages.

The pamphlets include information on races for president, governor, Congress, the state Supreme Court and Legislature as well as ballot measures concerning legalizing marijuana, same-sex marriage and authorizing charter schools.