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Hatch Road bridge to close for daytime maintenance next week

Commuters to and from south Spokane County will notice that their path through Hatch Road will be obstructed starting next week. On Tuesday, August 30th, maintenance work will be performed on the bridge that crosses Latah Creek near Highway 195. The bridge will be closed during morning and early commute hours from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m until Thursday, September 1st. Motorists will need to find an alternate route either through I-90 through the Maple or Division exit or through Smythe Road to Spangle-Creek to Valley Chapel Road. The latter is the long way and by no means a short cut.

U of I Says It Warned Student to "Remain Vigilant" On Day of Shooting

The University of Idaho is releasing more details about its contact with a professor and student involved in a murder-suicide earlier this week. The school is releasing a timeline of their contact with the victim, Katherine Benoit, in the weeks and days leading up to Monday's shooting. RELATED STORY: Moscow Police: Katy Benoit Shot 11 Times RELATED VIDEO: Community Remembers Moscow Murder Victim

Moscow Police: Katy Benoit Shot 11 Times

Six guns and multiple medications for depression and anxiety disorders were found in the hotel room of a former University of Idaho professor who gunned down a student. Moscow Police released new information Friday about what they found in Ernesto Bustamante's hotel room and what contact they had with the victim leading up to Monday's shooting.

Two Women Killed By Single Bullet In Okanogan

Two of the three women involved in an Okanogan shooting Thursday evening were killed by a single bullet, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office. Police identified the shooter as 32-year-old Shelly Payton of Okanogan and the victims as 39-year-old Catrina Fling and 39-year-old Rene Menard.

Fire restrictions issued for BLM-administered land

News of fire restrictions in the area have been quite the popular topic as of late, but here's a new addition to that discussion that might affect your weekend if you're going to spend it camping. A regulated fire closure of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered land in the Spokane District will take place starting August 25th. Spokane County is one of 20 affected counties in the state.* The regulated fire closure prohibits operating any type of motorized vehicle off developed roadways or parking of vehicles off of those road ways. The only exception is the Juniper Dunes Area where camp fires are not allowed.As for other campfires, liquefied and bottled gas stoves and heaters are permitted as long as they are used within an area at least ten feet in diameter that is cleared of flammable material. Campfires are only approved in steel-ring equipped campgrounds at the Yakima River Canyon, Coffeepot, Liberty, Chopaka, Washburn, Pacific Lake and Twin Lakes sites.

U Of I President "Shocked And Saddened"

This afternoon, University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis sent a communication to the institution?s statewide community in the aftermath of a murder-suicide in Moscow.

A new welcome sign will greet visitors to Asotin

A newly installed welcome sign will greet visitors as they drive into Asotin. The sign was created by council member and semi-retired sign maker, John Kirkland, who offered to create the sign on a cost of materials basis."We're certainly very excited about it," Jim Miller, Asotin mayor said. He continued, "We've had a lot of encouragement from the community and everyone that has spoken with us has been pleased with the sign."The sign is phase one of two phases based on a fund that can only be used to promote city tourism. The next phase will include another sign that will feature Asotin businesses directing highway traffic to the business district.

Students React To Woman's Murder

The murder suicide that took place in Moscow is something that shocked a lot of students, and some are still trying to understand what happened. Now, new details are coming out about how a fellow student died.

Sneak peak of the signs featured on the City's welcome sign survey

Starting Thursday through September 8th, you'll be able to have a say in what kind of signs will greet visitors to Spokane Valley. Results will be presented for council consideration after the survey closes on September 8th. The survey will be posted online at the City's website on Thursday and will be re-posted here as well. Print copies are also available at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Avenue, Suite 106.

Spokane Valley to feature survey for community members to vote on welcome signs

Starting Thursday through September 8th, you'll be able to have a say in what kind of signs will greet visitors to Spokane Valley.Spokane Valley City Council is considering placement of signs in locations and on public facilities around the area to welcome visitors. They're asking the community to share their input through a survey that they'll make available on the City's website on August 25th.The choices include six different types of signs selected by the City. They hope the community will choose the one that will best represent Spokane Valley and its citizens.

An American Icon - Dedication of the Exact Replica of the Original Philadelphia Liberty Bell

This Monday, August 29, at 3pm there will be a dedication of the exact replica of the original Philadelphia Liberty Bell taking place at the United States Federal Courthouse in Pocatello, Idaho.Moving the Liberty Bell to the federal courthouse in Pocatello has been in the works for over 10 years.  The federal judges of Idaho, the Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar, and the Pocatello Masonic Building Association will dedicate the Liberty Bell with a reception following the ceremony.  This event is open to the public.It should warm our hearts to see that we still hold the Liberty Bell in such high esteem, and how we honor what it symbolizes, which is well stated on the inscription on the original Liberty Bell;  "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." Leviticus 25:10. The Liberty Bell is one of America's icons with so much history. Here are a few facts about the bell which might be of interest to you: the original bell was cast in London, England,  but the bell was recast several times having cracked the very first time it was rung, twice being recast because it sounded so horrible and finally cast again by the original makers in London, England. The crack that is seen in the bell today has many stories as to when and where it cracked and no one really knows what the true story is, but the crack did happen sometime between the years of 1817 to 1846. If you'd like to do a bit or research on your own, the internet has a wealth of information regarding this great symbol of "liberty" and here is a site that was informative and fun .

Spokane Valley Standoff Ends After Seven Hours

A standoff between police and three men started around 2:30 Tuesday morning. Police say there was a party at a house near Mansfield and Pines where a brawl broke out between two groups of people.

Murder Victim May Have Had Relationship With Killer

Moscow Police are looking into the possibility that the victim broke off her relationship with Ernesto Bustamante, the man who killed her and then himself. That affair may be the reason why Bustamante resigned as an associate professor Friday.

Police Identify Student Victim In Moscow Homicide

Moscow Police have identified a University of Idaho student, shot to death outside her off-campus home last night. A former U of I professor is suspected of killing her; police say he shot himself to death in a Moscow hotel.