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Add these 5 astronomical events to your 2012 calendar

Get out your 2012 daily planner, you're going to need it for these neat astronomical events that Inland Northwest neighbors will be able to view from their own backyard - or at least a very tall hill. This is simply a general reminder. When it comes closer to the event, we'll coordinate with your region's astronomy clubs to see where the best place to view them will be.

Fashion experts call Cougar football uniforms one of the worst

Washington State made a top list for something this year, but they may not like it. The Wall Street Journal fashion police collected opinions from a panel of fashion industry experts to give football players the up-down and decide just how garish their uniforms were.Unfortunately, the Cougars made the list of top fashion losers. Don't worry, it wasn't the colors. It was of all things - the font. Typography nuts will appreciate the attention to detail , graphic artist, gives the uniforms.

Will your region have a White Christmas?

Consider this our holiday greeting card arriving just in time for the holiday weekend. It's a map displaying the probability of a white Christmas in areas around the United States using data from the National Climatic Data Center.There's no way to zoom in, but if you look carefully at the Eastern Washington and North Idaho regions, our chances of a white Christmas range from 26-100 percent depending on where you're located.Have a safe weekend and don't forget to email weather photos at .

Spokane Valley Camaro drives with Christmas cheer

Deck the car with reindeers and duct tape. Nicholas Spragg, Spokane Valley resident, has made his 2002 Camaro into a mobile Christmas decoration. He emailed us to say he started decorating his car for Halloween and then Thanksgiving. Why not Christmas?Spragg write, "The car is covered with duct tape and currently has over 26 decorations made completely out of duct tape."Curious minds want to know how Spragg will decorate his car for .

Vehicle crashes into logging truck - killing two sisters

An early morning crash near Desmet, Idaho killed two sisters from Carlin, Nevada after their vehicle struck a log truck along northbound U.S. 95.Alexandria Baysinger, 17, was driving her two younger sisters, Andrea, 14, and Amber, 12, in a Nissan Coupe when she crossed over the center line striking a log truck near milepost 374.Alexandria was found deceased at the scene. Amber was transported to Gritman Hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. Andrea survived the crash, but sustained injuries. Her condition at Gritman Hospital is not known.

Construction continues for two WSU residence halls

Construction on two Washington State University residential halls are progressing quickly for contracted crews. When the $21,600,000 project is complete for Duncan Dunn and Community in time for the Fall 2012 semester, the two halls will be one.Keith Bloom, WSU Capital Planning and Development executive director says the new hall will become a much sought-after location with its complete renovation and modernization."It is location, location, location. It's absolutely the best location on campus, or in Pullman as far as I am concerned, for new students," he said. "It is in the heart of things. It's a couple minutes from Greek Row, it's a couple minutes from the CUB, it's a couple minutes from their classes.

Falcons help keep Fairchild skies clear

When Fairchild Air Force Base needed to keep birds, geese and other wildlife off its runway it took a note from its own play book and looked to airpower. Animal scare tactics are being used to stop birds and planes from colliding.

Thieves Steal 15 Kindles

They might be avid readers, but Pullman Police say they're thieves. They arrested two men for stealing 15 Kindle book readers in two burglaries from the Pullman Wal-Mart. Police arrested 20-year-old Cody Richardson in Pullman Wednesday. Detectives arrested his accomplice, Deandre Johnson, at his home in Spokane Valley Thursday. Police say the two admit to stealing the book readers, a value of $2500. Police have recovered six of the stolen Kindles. The men face felony burglary and theft charges.

Thompson's attorney files motion for new trial

In a wide-ranging memorandum filed in US District Court Friday, Karl Thompson's defense attorney, Carl Oreskovich, has asked the court to vacate the ex-Spokane police officer's verdict and asked for a new trial.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town, but He's Going to Go Skiing First!

Santa wants to get in some turns at our local ski areas before he makes the rounds on Christmas Eve!   Odds are, you'll find St. Nick skiing or riding down the slopes wherever your weekend plans take you, but he's scheduled to be on with Mrs. Claus Friday from 1:00 until 3:00. 

Christmas Comes Early on the Palouse

Washington State University alum Greg Rankich is playing the role of Santa this year, delivering the University Athletics Department the biggest gift it has ever received in the school's history... $3 million.  Rankich made the check out to the Athletic Department but it's a Christmas present tens of thousands of Cougar fans will enjoy for years to come.The donation will go toward the expansion of Martin Stadium.   Today, Athletic Director Bill Moos announced the stadium's new club room will be named after Rankich in honor of his commitment to the University and Cougar Athletics.  Right now, the South Side Seat expansion is underway and is expected to be complete by WSU's season opener against Eastern Washington University September 8th.Rankich is CEO and President of an IT consulting firm in Kirkland, Xtreme Consulting.  He graduated from WSU in 1994 and became the youngest WSU Laureate in 2005, a designation given to people who donate $1 million or more."I believe in the direction Bill and his staff have taken for Cougar Athletics, and I am excited to be able to make this investment in The Cougar Football Project," said Rankich.  "As a proud Coug, this project means a lot to me personally. I hope all Cougars out there will join me in helping to make this and other facility projects in Athletics a reality."Fellow Cougs are already stepping up to the plate.  WSU has raised $500,000 since Moos announced Mike Leach as Cougar Head Football Coach, making it a very Merry Christmas for the University on the Palouse.  Go Cougs! Read WSU's official release .

Classic '36 Ford Vanishes From Valley Home

Dr. Robert Clark has put 21 years of blood, sweat, and tears into the restoration of his beloved 1936 Ford five-window Coupe. Not to mention a few bucks.Yesterday, his pride and joy vanished from his home in Veradale. As far as Dr. Clark can tell, there's only one clue: a set of tire tracks that appear to be from a dual-wheel pickup. He theorizes a thief pulled up in the dually around noon Wednesday, hooked up his Ford, and simply towed it away.Aside from being a beautiful vehicle, the Ford holds many special memories for Dr. Clark and his wife, Diane. It was the first car their grand kids ever rode in, each newborn riding shotgun in a baby seat on the trip home from the hospital. Dr. Clark and his Ford have taken part in their share of local parades, too.

Dress your baby in "purple" Cougar pride

Let's play the game: what's wrong with this picture? It's a baby onesie proudly supporting Washington State University's mascot, the Cougars. But wait - it's in purple - the color of University of Washington's Huskies. The faux-pas is featured at the Pullman Walmart and has been for sale there for quite awhile.Speaking of school colors, during a chat with WSU's archivist, Mark O'English, he shared that crimson and gray has been the official school colors for more than one-hundred years.O'English says a Daily Evergreen issue from the year 1900 featured a story on WSU's student body holding a special election on November 13th to select new colors for the school. The student body voted between three different color selections - selecting crimson and gray as the winner.

Celebrating the holidays - the Cougar way

Dedicated Cougar fans take every opportunity to show off their team spirit for Washington State University. These samples of holiday decorations are in households across the state of Washington, most are all graduates of the school or at least have a family member who bleeds crimson. Photos Courtesy:

Winter Birdwatching in Colville

Downy woodpeckers, flickers, juncos, red and white-breasted nuthatches, house finches, California quail and even pigeons are the featured performers at Karen and Gordy Struves lunch-time bird show. The Colville couple watch their feathered friends through their dining room bay window while they enjoy their noon-time meal each day.  The Struves have lured the birds to their backyard with suet feeders and wild bird seed. Gordy says, "with the sun shining through the trees on the newly-fallen snow (that you predicted, thank you), I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get a 'Kodak Moment.'"

Construction scheduled in January for Sullivan Road Bridge

The Sullivan/Indiana intersection just re-opened after a few months of construction to improve the section leading up to the sixty-year-old Sullivan Bridge, but now the bridge will be going under the knife for improvements. Don't worry - it's only temporary.In early January, the City of Spokane Valley authorized $358,000 for construction that will allow for increased bridge weight in late February. City council is concerned that decreased weight limits will impact local businesses.Traffic will be shifted onto the northbound bridge and reduced to one lane in each direction.

Webcam shows Martin Stadium construction

Former and current Pullman residents may be familiar with the webcam that's looked over Main Street for years. It's had the same view from Brused Books looking at The Daily Grind for what seems like forever.

Fish and Wildlife biologist spots rare arctic bird in Okanogan County

This bird was spotted a little ways out in the world, but bird watchers will love what a Fish and Wildlife biologist saw in Okanogan County last week.It looks a bit like your typical seagull, but this one is very special to Jeff Heinlen, Omak biologist.  comes from the East Siberian arctic, wintering at sea. One was spotted at Palmer Lake on December 15th and 16th, resting and flying over the water. Biologists think it may remain in the area for a few weeks.

Husky Stadium falls to its doom - kind of

None of you Cougs had anything to do with this did you? Though this video was distributed for publicity purposes, we'll share this so you can watch it on repeat. Think of it as a vision of future football games versus the Huskies.Go Cougs.

Constructions wraps up on Moscow's new Walmart

Construction is wrapping up on the new Walmart planning to open in Moscow at 2074 W. Pullman Road. Store employees are now working on making the inside of the building complete and ready for the line of groceries and other merchandise.The store plans on employing about 200 associates - and are still hiring. Some have already begun work preparing the store for its January opening next year.To apply for work with Walmart, .

Toddler improving after being hit by father's truck

A detective with Spokane County Sheriff's Office has provided an update about the 18-month-old toddler that was run over by her father's truck last Friday in Liberty Lake.Detective David C. Thornburg stopped by the hospital Tuesday morning to check on her status. Thornburg says she's improving. She sustained a fracture skull and bleeding on the brain. She has been in ICU since the incident, but is expected to be transferred to a regular patient room today.Parents says she's expected to remain in the hospital for about a week before she can go home.

Keeping your North Idaho holiday safe and fun

The Idaho Division of Building Safety has their list of safety tips to keep your home free of Christmas hazards - specifically holiday lights. They recommend the typical tips like keeping an eye on extension cords, keeping your tree watered and keeping water and snow out of plug connections. One thing is missing. What about the hazards from pets? We've already heard of ruined Christmas' by pets launching themselves at the tree knocking them over and let us not forget Christmas Vacation. Some cats do like to chew on cables. Keep an eye on your prized tree and pet and protect them from disaster.