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Remnants Of Afternoon Barbeque Spark Fire At University of Idaho

Hot briquettes from a Saturday barbeque likely caused a fire that heavily damaged the Navy ROTC building on the University of Idaho Campus.Moscow Fire Chief Ed Button says staff at the office had a barbeque earlier Saturday and poured water on the briquettes before placing them in some landscaping near the building.Button says the heat next to some dry bushes which spread to the foundation of the building. Flames then moved up a pipe chase into the attic.

University of Idaho Fire Under Investigation

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a fire that damaged the Navy ROTC building at the University of Idaho in Moscow.The blaze engulfed portions of the building before firefighters brought it under control and was discovered by a security guard, but does not appear to be suspicious.A small crowd gathered at the scene shortly before 7 p.m., when flames could be seen coming out of the attic.

Seattle Business' Best Companies to Work For 2011

Seattle Business magazine has released their July issue which features the 100 best companies to work for in the State of Washington. There is quite some representation from Eastern Washington. Check out this Liberty Lake based company that made the list:

Seattle Business' Best Companies to Work For 2011

Seattle Business magazine has released their July issue which features the 100 best companies to work for in the State of Washington. There is quite some representation from Eastern Washington. Check out these Spokane Valley based companies that made the list:

WSU Magazine Earns Three Awards For Content

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has awarded two international gold and one silver medal to Washington State University for its 2011 Circle of Excellence Awards. One gold medal was awarded to the WSU News Service for its excellence in news writing involving a review of a body of work.Another gold medal went to , the assistant curator of the Museum of Art at Washington State University. His work with the Washington State Magazine on two pieces, and , earned him the title, "Photographer of the Year."

Road Construction: Indiana/Sullivan Open House

Road construction in the area of Indiana and Sullivan is expected to begin in late July and last until early September. The $1.2 million project will replace the asphalt of the intersection with more durable concrete and install a new right turn lane from Indiana onto Sullivan. The project is funded by Spokane Transit Authority, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the City of Spokane Valley. To help prepare businesses and community members for the traffic impacts, an open house on the project is scheduled for Thursday, June 30th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Spokane Valley Mall.

Spokane Valley Names A New City Attorney

Cary Driskell has been named Spokane Valley's new City Attorney.  The former Deputy City Attorney was promoted to fill the position vacated in August of 2010 when Mike Connelly resigned to go into private practice. "I welcome the opportunity to expand my role with the City," said Driskell of his new position as the City's chief legal advisor.  "And I remain committed to providing practical, solution-oriented legal advice to protect the municipal interests of our citizens, City Council, and staff." Driskell earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Gonzaga University in 1994.  A member in good standing of both the Washington State and Spokane County Bar Associations, he has been admitted to practice before the Federal District Court – Eastern District of Washington, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Road Construction: Montgomery, University, Bowdish and Grace

The vicinity of Montgomery, University, Bowdish and Grace will be reduced to one lane at varying times between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. starting Monday, June 29th. The utility work on the streets will last through Friday, June 24th. Flaggers will be placed on the streets to direct traffic. A press release from the City of Spokane Valley says to expect brief delays.

Leave the Fawns Alone!

This little girl was brought into SpokAnimal today by some well-meaning folks. SpokAnimal says she was very young and couldn't even support her weight on her legs. Even though she was by herself, it doesn't mean she was alone. Her mother was probably feeding nearby. SpokAnimal will be taking her to Ponti's in Otis Orchards where she will be taken care of. They have a license to care for, rehab and release wildlife. They ask unless you know for certain the animal's mother is dead or disabled, please leave the babies alone.

Central Valley Elementary Schools Raise Money for Ronald McDonald House

Twelve Central Valley School District elementary schools and the Kindergarten Center, rallied in a pop top collection competition amongst schools to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Spokane. The schools raised over 1,150 pounds of pop tops which will cover about 24 nights of lodging at the Ronald McDonald house.  Adams Elementary parent volunteer Doug Cooper has headed this fundraiser for the past 3 years at Adams in the Valley and this year took the competition district-wide, challenging the other 12 schools to see how many pop tops they could bring in.    

Valley Crews Knock Down Liberty Lake Fire

Fire crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department made quick work of a house fire in Liberty Lake Tuesday afternoon.The fire started in the engine compartment of a vehicle parked in front of the garage at 1212 S. Liberty Drive. A neighbor saw the fire coming out from the bottom of the vehicle, spreading to the garage and surrounding shrubbery. That neighbor also went to the front door to alert the homeowners and make sure they got out safely.Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental and estimated the damage at $20,000.

Cropduster Pilot Crashes In Palouse

A 23-year-old pilot lost control of his cropduster and it became tangled in powerlines along Viola Road in Palouse, Washington Tuesday evening.Michael Meines told Whitman County Deputies he lost airspeed around 7 p.m. and struck a power line. The aircraft's propeller became tangled in the lines and caused  it to cart-wheel when its wheels hit the ground. The plane came to rest in an upright position.Meines was able to climb from the wreckage and walk to a nearby house for help. He was transported to Pullman Regional Hospital and treated for minor cuts and bruises.

RoadCheck 2011

Washington State patrol troopers and inspectors checked nearly 12 hundred commercial vehicles during last week's three-day "RoadCheck 2011." The patrol says they issued nearly 18 hundred tickets for violations, took 214 vehicles out of service for safety violations and removed 43 drivers from behind the wheel, mostly for record of duty violations. One driver was arrested for drunken driving and two had suspended licenses.

DNR Expands Comment Period for Trombetta Canyon Proposal

The Department of Natural Resources is expanding their comment period regarding the expansion of the proposed boundary for the Trombetta Canyon Natural Area Preserve. Public comment began on May 14th and citizens now have until June 30th to submit their comments."Only one comment has been received so far and it was in support of the proposal," said Curt Pavola, program manager for Natural Areas Program. He continued, "We're looking for more local involvement."The Trombetta Canyon lies two miles south east of Northport. DNR's Natural Areas Program describes the Trombetta Canyon as a dry cliff-sided canyon carved into a raised limestone formation, with no apparent source of flowing water to have formed it. The limestone cliffs provide habitat for rare limestone-dependent plant species.

Complete Breakdown of Recent Spokane County Patrols

The results from a recent night time seat belt enforcement patrol in Spokane County were released today. The patrols occurred between May 23rd and June 5th by extra law enforcement patrols on Spokane County roads funded by a grant from the Washington State Safety Commission. Statewide, Washington State Patrol wrote 6,681 tickets. 2,995 of those tickets were seat belt violations. In Spokane County, patrols had the following results:

Spokane Tribe Firefighters Headed to Arizona

The local Arizona communities are exhausting all of their own resources while helping fight the large wildfires in Arizona. The Arizona Regional Firefighting office put a call out to neighboring agencies for assistance. Local firefighting offices responded. The Spokane Tribes of Indians Fire Management office is preparing to send two fire trucks and six firefighters to Fort Yuma Agency, Arizona today.The Spokane Tribe's firefighting team are calling their dispatch, "fire severity detail". The detail responsibilities will be to support the local community in case a fire is reported within the communities along the Colorado River near Fort Yuma. This local response is due to all of the Arizona local resources working to control the wildfires.

New Sunscreen Rules

Next time you go to buy sunscreen, there may be more to read on the label! Federal regulators will soon require sunscreen manufacturers to test their products' effectiveness against sun rays that pose the greatest risk of skin cancer. They also will have to follow stricter guidelines when describing how well their products block ultraviolet B rays.

Fairchild's Future

Representative Cathy Mcmorris-Rodgers has been meeting with military and state leaders to discuss efforts to bolster Fairchild Air Force Base. One of the key topics at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois yesterday was replacing the aging K-C 135's. Boeing was awarded a 35-billion dollar contract to build the next generation of tankers and McMorris-Rodgers says she wants to make sure those new tankers are based at Fairchild as quickly as possible.

WSU's Visit To Fairchild

Washington State University plays Utah in college football November 19th as part of W-S-U Armed Forces Day....and yesterday, the coach and athletic director rewarded some of fairchild's airmen with complimentary tickets. Paul Wulff and Bill Moos also received a tour of the air base and tried their hands at flying in a stratotanker flight simulator. They had lunch with WSU alumni in the Warrior Inn dining facility on base and hung out in hummers with the Army National Guard.

WSU Veterinary Hospital Reopens

The outbreak of equine herpes virus has ended, and the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is again accepting horses. The university says the hospital underwent a major cleaning and sanitation process. Horses will also be examined before they are admitted as an extra precaution. The university said Yesterday that since there have been no new cases they are able to reopen ahead of schedule. There have been no new cases of the virus in Washington in two weeks.

Bloody Rampage Ends After Dog Pack Killed

After months of bloody attacks and more than 100 farm animals dead the Stevens County Sheriff's Office says the suspects have been killed.Three dogs, identified as members of a pack of killer dogs, are dead. Two were killed this last weekend by a landowner whose animals had been attacked.  A third was shot when it charged a hunter.Relief is the best way to describe how people are feeling. For the past three months folks living in the area have been on edge, never knowing when or where this pack of dogs was going to strike next.