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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.

"Rolling Video Games" Trailer = Awesome!

It's official, I wish I could be 13 years old forever. Today I had the opportunity to dilly dally around in a "Rolling Video Games" trailer. When they first showed up Robyn Nance insisted I come and check it out (it was a setting place for a Wednesday Child shoot). At first i was hesitant for some reason, it took two invites to get me out there and let me tell you I'm glad I did!The trailer is 100% mobile, they come to you! It's loaded with 6 flat screen HD TV's, multiple X-Box 360's, Playstation 3's and Wii's. Each gaming hub is setup with it's very own surround sound speaker and subwoofer. There are two TV's built into the side of the trailer for more interactive types of gaming, such as X-Box Kinect and Guitar Hero games. The trailer is nicely air conditioned, very comfortable and very clean.Let me make this clear, this trailer is not just for kids its for people of all ages! I was the youngest one in the trailer and I'm 24. No matter your age, you will LOVE this thing!  They have a bunch of games that are suitable for all ages.  You can have 16 player Halo tournaments or just do heads up racing with some of your closest friends.

University of Idaho receives grant funding to improve natural resources on croplands

University of Idaho is receiving almost $173,000 in grant funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service for four agriculture projects that will help improve technology and agriculture methods to reduce natural resource loss on croplands. Projects included an on-farm composting trial of grape pruning, insecticide application on dry bulb onions, zeolite dairy operations and subsurface drip irrigation. Below is a description of each project (via Natural Resources Conservation Service):

Red Flag Warning issued for Spokane and Stevens County for majority of afternoon and evening

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Spokane and Stevens County. The highest threat according to the National Weather Service is south of Fruitland to Deer Park.Dry and breezy conditions will affect other parts of Eastern Washington and North Idaho. From late morning until late evening, sustained winds from 15 to 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph are expected in the area. Drought conditions with low humidity and high winds are ideal for wildland fire ignition and propagation. Fires could spread quickly with dry vegetation as fuel.The Red Flag Warning is also a critical statement for firefighting agencies who often alter their staffing and equipment resources to accommodate the risk for fires.

Cigarette Left On Couch Causes Pullman Apartment Fire

Firefighters contained an apartment fire to one unit around 10 p.m. Sunday at the Pioneer Hill Apartments. The fire was caused by a cigarette left on the couch, according to Pullman Fire Prevention Officer Rich Dragoo.Pullman and Whitman County crews saw smoke pouring from the building upon arrival.Captain Eric Reiber said the manager's apartment, located on the ground floor of the 4-story building, was the only unit that burned.  Nobody was home at the time of the fire.