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ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

In last two weeks Eastern Washington and North Idaho have seen over five ATV accidents including one death in the LC Valley last week. While ATV riding is fun, it's important to learn proper technique to remain safe.

 

“We think it takes special skills to ride an ATV,” says Dale Stevens, a licensed ATV safety instructor with the ATV Safety Institute. ASI is a non-profit sponsored by the all the major ATV manufacturers. Instructors like Stevens teach regular safety classes to educate riders on proper technique, safety skills and the responsibilities that come with owning and riding ATVs.

 

After taking his course many riders tell Stevens that they didn't know what a work out riding is and that they expected it to be easier. Stevens says that a lot of people expect ATVs to be like riding a couch on wheels but it that it takes a lot of physical effort and knowledge of how ATVs operate to remain safe while riding.

 

Moscow prepares for Main Street project

 

Official press release from the City of Moscow: 

In preparation for the Main Street Grind and Inlay Project later this summer, City Water and Street Department crews will be performing utility repairs on Main Street between 6th and “A” Street beginning on Tuesday, February 12.

The Main Street Grind and Inlay Project, to occur this summer, will consist of milling the top 2 inches of the existing asphalt in the travel lanes only, sealing any existing cracks, applying a geotextile fabric to inhibit reflective cracking, and replacing the 2 inches of asphalt. The project will be followed by a slurry seal applied to the full width of Main Street, including the parking lanes. The base project will run from 6th Street to 3rd Street, with additional alternatives extending the project north to 2nd or “A” Street depending on bids received.

Major traffic expected for Inland Northwest

The Washington State Patrol is expecting a major traffic impact due to two events this weekend for Eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle.

Troopers said motorists should first expect delays all over Eastern Washington for the opening home game for Washington State University. They said fans from all over the state will be heading to Pullman and are expected to cause major back ups.

Then on Sunday, the Idaho Transportation Department will close down eastbound I-90 at the Washington-Idaho border due to a construction project. The closure will start Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. and last through 5:00 a.m. Monday morning. All traffic will be diverted to State Line Exit 299 at that time and drivers should see back-up from Liberty Lake to state line.

In order to delay with both traffic delays, Troopers will have all available units working this weekend.

WSU offers game day parking alternatives

Due to the increased population of visitors expected for this year’s football season, some parking facilities will not be available due to campus construction and expansion.

WSU is putting together a new parking plan to accommodate visitors including an interactive map showing possible parking options. Might be be useful if you’re making the trek onto campus for a home football game.

Pullman Police has a list of parking details you'll  need to know as well including where to find disability parking and designated Cougar Athletic Fund member parking. 

For alternative transportation, there’s also Pullman Transit who will be operating a park and ride on game days.

The first home game is scheduled for September 8 at noon against Eastern Washington University.

Planned closure for parts of Paradise Path for electrical work

Due to electrical work, parts of Paradise Path will be closed starting July 16 through the 20.

Park officials say the trail along Berman Creekside Park and Styner Avenue will be closed while Avista Utilities upgrades poles and wires connected to the city’s substation.

This upgrade is part of the company’s plan to replace 22 miles of electric transmission lines between the substation to Lewiston. They’re replacing old wooden poles with steel poles with fiber optic connections that will require less maintenance in the future.

The new transmission lines will also have a higher clearance area for safety.

Post Falls motorcyclist injured near Potlatch

A Post Falls motorcyclist was injured near Potlatch Sunday morning. John Ryan, 70, was traveling with a group of other motocyclists on State Highway 6 westbound when he failed to maintain his lane and went off the road. He was thrown 15-20 feet from his motorcycle.

Ryan was taken to Gritman Medical Center with injuries in Moscow. His condition is not known at this time.

Idaho State Police say Ryan was wearing his helmet and alcohol is not suspected.