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WSU introduces hybrid buses

WSU introduces hybrid buses

From WSU News:

Three hybrid buses will hit the streets as Washington State University students hit the books on Monday, Aug. 19, the first day of classes. Wrapped in the familiar Go Cougs design with a twist of green, the Pullman Transit gas-electric hybrids will be cleaner and quieter - and welcomed by neighbors and bus drivers alike.


"These buses are amazing, the easiest I’ve ever driven,” said Rod Thornton, manager of Pullman Transit. "They’re clean, quiet and smooth.”


Moscow Police focusing on pedestrians and cyclists in new campaign

Moscow Police focusing on pedestrians and cyclists in new campaign

The Moscow Police department will be focusing efforts to make sure that cyclists, pedestrians and motorists are all complying with Idaho State law when it comes to roadways, crosswalks and traffic control devices. Police hope that this campaign will encourage positive interaction between the three groups when on the roads.


For cyclists, police will be looking to make sure that they are using hand signals to make their intended movement known. In addition to hand signals, police are reminding riders to stay close the right side of the lane to allow traffic to pass them safely. While cyclists have all the same right of ways as a pedestrian within crosswalks and on sidewalks, they must yield to pedestrians while on sidewalks.


Police are asking that pedestrians be aware of their surrounds and obey all control signals. While pedestrians have the right of way in a crosswalk, Moscow Police would like to remind them that sudden entry onto a roadway or crosswalk is prohibited and dangerous.

WSU lowers campus speed limit to 20 mph

Courtesy of Matt Haugen, WSU News:

PULLMAN, Wash. – Students returning here to the main campus of Washington State University next month for the start of fall semester will find they need to adjust to a slightly slower pace than last year – at least when it comes to driving on and around campus.

WSU Assistant Chief of Police Steve Hansen said this week that, effective August 2, his office will begin enforcing a 20-mile-per-hour speed limit on all campus streets as part of an ongoing effort to promote pedestrian safety.

Idaho 4-H working toward specialty license plates

Idaho 4-H working toward specialty license plates

Do you want to show your support to the State of Idaho's 4-H program by sporting a 4-H themed license plate? Well now you can help make that happen.

A volunteer fund raising group, Idaho Friends of 4-H, is asking supporters of the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development program to participate in a survey about adding a green clover to special Idaho license plates.

The group is offering an online survey to get opinions and collect signatures. It is five questions and takes about two minutes to complete.

Crimson plates bring in major scholarship money

Crimson plates bring in major scholarship money

High sales of the crimson Washington State University specialty license plates means good news for scholarship seeking Cougs this year. The crimson plates have brought in nearly half a million for scholarships.

While WSU has had specialty plates for alumni for many years, the solid crimson plates were introduced in the spring of 2012. There are 17,200 Coug alum flashing their colors with the updated plates across the state. That is more than all the other available collegiate plates in the state combined.

“With more crimson plates on the road, the Alumni Association can help provide more scholarship support for WSU students,” explains WSU Alumni Association President, Ken Locati.

For every Coug plate, $28 a year goes directly to student scholarship funds. So far, the plates have brought in nearly $500,000 in scholarship aid.

“There is a huge potential to see even more crimson plates on the road,” says Locati.

4-H Members Pledge Not to Text and Drive

4-H Members Pledge Not to Text and Drive

Area teens were reminded of the dangers of texting and driving at the 4-H Teen Conference at Washington State University on Monday afternoon.

WSU 4-H and the Washington State Patrol gave a distracted driving presentation as part of the conference. Teens who have been negatively impacted by distracted driving shared personal testimonies and encouraged their peers to take a pledge not to talk or text while driving.

“We think it's terrific that the 4-H program is helping to spread the word among young people about the dangers of texting and driving, and that 4-H is dedicated to the effort to save lived and prevent injuries,” said Jonna VanDyk, Washington State Traffic Safety Commission Program Manager.

Due to a rise in distracted driving fatalities, the Washington State Patrol has been giving educational presentations in an effort to raise awareness. The WTSC and State Farm Insurance has provided funding for programs focused on preventing distracted driving.  

Man Robbed at Gunpoint While at Rest Stop

Man Robbed at Gunpoint While at Rest Stop

The Whitman County Sheriff's Office is looking for anyone who may have witnessed an armed robbery at rest stop along highway 195 on Friday morning.

Aron M. Taylor, of Lewiston, was stopped at the Horn School Rest Area, near Rosalia, when a white male approached him with a gun. The suspect pointed the gun at Taylor and demanded money and took Taylor's cell phone.

The suspect took off in a white, older model, Pontiac traveling southbound on 195. Taylor followed the car for about five miles and reported that there appeared to be three passengers in the car and that one of them struck and cracked the front windshield.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 25 years old, heavyset with dark hair and scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a heavy winter jacket and hat.

Whitman County Sheriff's Deputies are still investigating and ask that if anyone witnessed the incident or has any other information that they contact the Sheriff's Office at (509) 397-6266.