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Whitman County Parks warns of possible cougar activity

Whitman County Parks warns of possible cougar activity

Whitman County Parks and Recreation is warning the public about possible cougar activity on the Colfax Trail. While there hasn’t been an actual cougar sighting, there is evidence along the trail suggests one might be in the area.


Whitman County Parks Director Tim Myers said that a hiker reported seeing animal remains at the west end of the Colfax Trail a couple of times over the last few days. Myers said that no one has reported a cougar sighting but they want hikers to be careful in the area as precaution.

Palouse Falls named among best in the world

Palouse Falls named among best in the world

A travel website has included the Palouse Falls in a list of the top waterfalls in the world. The Palouse Falls was listed as number 10 on the list of 15 of the World's Most Amazing Waterfalls by Thrillist.com.

 

Thrillist.com releases daily emails highlighting entertainment, food and travel in large cities including Seattle, Austin and Las Vegas. The website includes a travel section which features fun articles about anything ranging from the best camping gear, new travel apps and even an article on the smelliest cities in the world. The site often produces best of lists, such as the best swim up bars, best travel photos of the year, and the world's most amazing waterfalls.

 

Spokane Arts Commission announces 2014 Chase Gallery season

Spokane Arts Commission announces 2014 Chase Gallery season

With the fresh new year comes a fresh set of locally produced artwork displayed at the Chase Gallery. The gallery, located in Downtown Spokane, will present four exhibitions in 2014.

The first exhibition, titled “Drawing,” will run from January 8 through March 28. It will include drawings, installations and other gestures. The local artists with works displayed are John DeRoulet (Spokane), Rachel Dolezal (Spokane), Noel Fountain and collaborators (Moscow) and Dennis Smith (Medical Lake). An artist reception will be held on Friday, February 7 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Next, starting April 2 and running through July 3, the Chase Gallery will exhibit a collection dubbed “Very Carefully.” This set will display works including woodcarving, metal assemblage, painting and mosaic. The exhibit will house pieces by Hank Chiapetta (Spokane), Sarah Fagan (Portland), Patricia Franklin (Woodinville) and Rik Nelson (Liberty Lake). An artist reception will be held on Friday, April 4 from 5-8 p.m.

Moscow and Lapwai hoping for votes to win community grant

Moscow and Lapwai hoping for votes to win community grant

Moscow and Lapwai are both finalists for grants that would fund programs geared at reducing the rate of childhood obesity in the cities. The High Five Children's Health Collaborative will give out grants to three winning cities that are between $50,000 and $300,000 over the course of three years.

 

The High Five Children's Health Collaborative is funded by the Blue Cross of Idaho and focuses on programs to lower the rate of childhood obesity throughout Idaho. One in three children in the state are currently obese. Communities that applied for one of the grants had to present an action plan that addressed the following in their community:

Moscow residents invited to review Parks and Rec master plan

Moscow residents invited to review Parks and Rec master plan

The City of Moscow and the Moscow Parks and Recreation Commission are holding three open house events for the public to review and comment on the Moscow Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

 

The purpose of the master plan is to determine the community's current and future needs from a parks and recreation system and to establish a systemized approach to the park planning and development. The open house events will give residents a chance to look at the plan through static displays. No formal presentation will occur, but Commission members and City staff will be at the events to answer questions and discuss plan content.

 

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Open House Events:

New restrictions remain in place at Illia Dunes

New restrictions remain in place at Illia Dunes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reminding residents in the region that the popular Illia Dunes, located on the Snake River about three miles downstream of Lower Granite Lock and Dam, continues to be limited with the number of visitors that are allowed.