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Northern Idaho reservoir filling up early

It may be counterintuitive, but water managers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say low snow levels last winter mean Dworshak Reservoir will fill sooner than normal.

Steve Hall with the Corps' Walla Walla District tells the Lewiston Tribune newspaper that because the snowfall was so far below average, water managers haven't lowered the reservoir this spring as much as normal. They typically lower the reservoir to prevent flooding when warm spring weather melts the mountain snowpack.

Since they haven't lowered it as much, spring runoff is expected to fill the reservoir by the end of May, about a month ahead of schedule.

The reservoir sits behind the 717-foot Dworshak Dam on the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

Early morning crash injures 3 in Lewiston

Early morning crash injures 3 in Lewiston


Lewiston Police responded to a report of an injury collision at the corner of 17th Street and 17th Avenue on Tuesday April 21st at about 12:45 a.m.


According to Police, the collision involved two vehicles and resulted in three subjects transported from the scene by Lewiston Ambulance services.


The initial investigation showed that a silver 2008 Scion driven by 26 year old Jordan Fuller of Lewiston had failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a 1993 Honda Prelude that was Southbound on 17th Street. The crash caused the Red Honda to spin and end up in the yard on the Southeast corner of the intersection. The passenger in the Honda, a 19-year-old of Lewiston needed to be extracted from the vehicle. The driver of the Honda was another Lewiston 19-year-old.


All above mentioned individuals were transported to SJRMC by Lewiston Ambulance.


A 23-year-old passenger in the Scion of Lewiston walked from the scene.


The Lewiston Police Department Major Collision Investigation Team is investigating the crash. Alcohol is considered a factor in this incident.


Snake River spring Chinook fishery starts April 19

Snake River spring Chinook fishery starts April 19


Two sections of the Snake River, below Ice Harbor Dam near Pasco and below Lower Granite Dam, will open to fishing for spring Chinook salmon Sunday, April 19th. Two other sections of the river – below Little Goose Dam and Clarkston – will open Thursday, April 23rd.


Each section of the river is scheduled to be open three days per week. Waters below Ice Harbor Dam and below Lower Granite Dam are scheduled to be open Sunday through Tuesday each week, while the Little Goose Dam and Clarkston area sections will be open Thursday through Saturday each week.


All four sections will remain open until further notice.


Jeremy Trump, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the fishery will likely remain open from four to six weeks.


“We have a strong run-size forecast for Columbia River spring chinook this year, so we will likely be able to sustain fishing into late May,” Trump said.


Life Flight helicopter to participate in LCSC's disaster drill April 13

Life Flight helicopter to participate in LCSC's disaster drill April 13


The Lewis-Clark State College Nursing and Health Science Division will simulate a disaster drill on Monday April 13th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the LCSC Administration Building lawn just east of the Library.


A Life Flight medical helicopter is scheduled to participate in the drill. The helicopter is expected to touch down at 2:00 p.m. After a demonstration of the equipment on board is given to students, the helicopter will simulate the transport of a patient as it heads back to Life Flight headquarters.


The semiannual drill, which has occurred once per semester for the past 16 years, is part of LCSC's Community Health Nursing course taught by Dr. Tracy Flynn and Susie Blunt, professors of nursing at Lewis-Clark State.


"It's meant to prepare students to respond to any disasters that may occur in the region and it's a terrific experience for the students," Flynn said. "They generally enjoy the drill and it gives them a good idea of what to expect in a mass casualty situation."


Police investigating Wrangler Bar shooting in Lewiston

Police investigating Wrangler Bar shooting in Lewiston


Lewiston Police officers responded to a shooting at Wrangler Bar at approximately 10:53 p.m. Thursday. It was reported that one person had been shot. When officers arrived they determined an adult male was suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the stomach or chest area. According to police, the subject was being assisted by fellow bar patrons.


As soon as the scene was determined to be safe, Lewiston Fire Department Medics were summoned to the scene. The medics immediately transported the victim, identified as 49-year-old Benjamin F. Phares Jr. of Lewiston, to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center for treatment. The suspect remained on scene and was immediately contacted by officers inside the bar.


Lewiston police investigate shooting in Wrangler Bar

Lewiston police have arrested a man for shooting another man inside the Wrangler Bar. 

Police were called to the bar around 11 p.m. Thursday for reports of a shooting. Inside, they found a man who had been shot with a small caliber pistol. The other man involved was still on scene and taken into custody for further questioning. 

Police are now reviewing cell phone footage captured of the incident by someone who was in the bar at the time. 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open


Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!


Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 


This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.


Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.