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Animal Sanctuary Still Needs Donations and General Items

Other than cash, Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is still in need of items to recover from last week's fire. They've distributed a list of general items they may need.Items can be dropped off at Davis Auto Shop, located at 1165 S. Main St., during business hours. Cash donations can be mailed to 1250 N. Highway 395, Box 266, Colville or made through their website at .

Weather Forces Closure Of Colville Schools Tuesday

The Colville School District announced an unprecedented school closure based on the recommendation of the transportation department.Transportaion officials contacted the school district and recommended they close school for Tuesday due to dangerous weather conditions, according to the office of the superintendent.The combination of melting ice and snow with rain in the forecast will cause extremely dangerous road conditions, they said.

Via Comments: Turkeys Herding Cows

A commenter on Spokane's South Hill page shared a neat story about turkeys. They were near Lewiston playing kickball in the snow when they saw a few turkeys.

Sasquatch 2012 Passes Go On Sale Friday

Next year's line-up for Sasquatch has yet to be announced, but there will be some sets of tickets available for sale on November 25th. They're four day passes for the Memorial Day weekend event at The Gorge. Oh, and they're a bit pricey -- clocking in at $1,000 or more.

Jobs Still Available At New Moscow Walmart

The new Moscow Walmart is still hiring full and part-time positions. When hiring is complete, they would have hired about 170 associates. An exact number of positions still available is unknown, but the Walmart media relations says there are some still available.The majority of associates that are hired will begin work in December to prepare for the store's grand opening in January.The temporary hiring center opened in October and it's open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's located at 672 W. Pullman Road.

Board of Regents Approves Martin Stadium Construction

The new $80 million construction project at Washington State University's Martin Stadium has been approved by the Board of Regents. They voted to support the project at their Friday meeting at WSU Spokane. The project would add premium seating and a new press box on the south side of the stadium.Construction on the privately-funded project will begin Monday following the final home game of the season against Utah. Revenue from premium seating and a recently completed Pac-12 television contract will help pay for it as well.WSU expects to bring in $3 million annually in net revenues at current projected price levels for the premium seating, but only if they're fully occupied.

Man Dies From Hypothermia After Vehicle Accident

(Updated 5:44 p.m.) - A man died this morning in south Latah County when he tried to walk for help during last night's snow storm. The Sheriff's Office says his vehicle crashed into a ditch around 2 a.m. on Genesee Julietta Road. The man left his female passenger in the vehicle while he left to get help. Hours later, the female left the vehicle to find him and found him along the road suffering from hypothermia. He was taken to Gritman Medical Center in Moscow where he was later pronounced dead. Deputies believe alcohol was involved.

WSU Staff Critically Injured During Bicycle Accident

A bicyclist run over by a Pullman Transit bus this morning, has been confirmed by WSU Police as a staff employee of WSU's history department.The man was riding his bike along Stadium Way near Wilson Road on campus when he slipped off the sidewalk and into the street.He suffered significant injuries to both legs and has been transported to a Spokane hospital. Officials are describing his injuries as potentially life-threatening.

Officer Involved Shooting Victim Identified

The investigation of last week's officer involved shooting in Colville continues to progress. An autopsy was completed on the suspect identifying him as 21-year-old, Sean J. Bergstrasser.Stolen property was recovered from the scene at Benny's Colville Inn off of Main Street. Property included a loaded handgun.Little information is known about what exactly happening. Colville Police say Ofc. Spring was called to the scene to investigate a vehicle prowling case. He's an 11-year veteran of the Colville Police Department and remains on paid administrative leave.

Spokane Humane Society Takes In Animals Displaced By Arden Fire

A fire destroyed one facility at the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary in Arden Wednesday morning.The Spokane Humane Society were there at their side ready to help. The took in five dogs displaced by the fire that had killed one puppy and two cats in the fragile animal facility."We transfer animals from them frequently when they have overflow," Jenna Carroll, Spokane Humane Society explained.

Animal Shelter Needs Donations After Morning Fire

A Wednesday morning fire destroyed a facility at Colville Animal Sanctuary killing two dogs and one cat.The fire started around 11:30 a.m. in a shelter housing puppies and fragile animals. Sanctuary staff say the fire started in the chimney of the wood stove and quickly consumed the building in minutes. As the kennel manager, Nancy Rose, and a volunteer, Sandy Bedford, rushed to the building. They said they could hear the animals screaming.Lisa Gallagher shared in an email:

Outdoor House Pets At Risk During Cold Temperatures

According to the news, winter is practically here. It's supposed to start snowing in the Inland Northwest, but as of 4:37 p.m., Spokane is still snow-free.Even without snow, we're still about to experience cold temperatures. Regional warming centers are opening to keep humans warm and SCRAPS is warning pet owners-- they need to keep their pets warms too."Each year at this time, when the mercury starts to drop, SCRAPS receives countless calls to check on the condition of a dog left in his back yard without shelter," Animal Protection Ofc. Nicole Montano, said. She continued: "We answer each check-on condition call we receive. Sometimes a dog is in a dire situation."

High Voter Turn Out in Lincoln and Pend Oreille County

It's for sure that the majority of voters in two Eastern Washington counties did not leave their ballots on the kitchen counter. Lincoln and Pend Oreille County are in the top ten for voter turn out in Washington State.More than 60 percent of voters cast their vote for their favored candidate and state initiatives.Lincoln County elections deputy, Tina Brown says they've always had high voter turn out.

Daily Evergreen Reports Blues Brothers Rocking Pullman

Daily Evergreen Editor-in-Chief Kari Bray and staff reporter Kaitlin Gillespie compile the week's best stories published in the Washington State University student-run newspaper. For more, see their website at dailyevergreen.com or follow them on Twitter at @Dailyevergreen.

Just In: Chess Club Going To State

Chess Grandmaster Bobby Fischer would be proud. Members of the Northwest Christian Chess Club have already qualified for the state tournament.The club earned 2nd place as a team which qualified the club for the state championships this April in Pasco.

Juror: Thompson Case Was Police Cover-Up

The woman who led the jury in the Karl Thompson case has broken her silence, saying the jury saw through the defense team and classified the case as a police cover-up. RELATED VIDEOS: Juror: Thompson Case Was Police Cover-Up Raw Interview With Jury Forewoman Diane Riley

Spokane County Releases Tuesday's Ballot Count

Spokane County Elections announced today there are another 1,100 ballots remaining to be counted. Today they counted 3,639 ballots. Their next update will be Wednesday at about 5 p.m. Spokane County officials added that the results from the November 8th general election are not final until certified on November 29th.  Check out the released this evening at Spokane County Elections

Appleway Bridge Opens Thursday Morning

It took two construction seasons to complete work on the bridge at Appleway Road over the Spokane River. Spokane County announced today the bridge, west of Stateline Village, is opening ahead of schedule and under budget. It will be open for traffic on Thursday at 9 a.m.The 72-year-old bridge reached the end of its service in 2010 when the county began its work on replacing the bridge. The bridge was estimated to cost about $17,500,000 to repair, but the county says it only cost $8 million to complete.When they began service the old bridge, they found several broken supports and abutments scoured away.