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Hells Canyon Visitors Bureau gets new name

Hells Canyon Visitors Bureau gets new name

The Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Board of Directors has voted unanimously to change the name of the organization to "Visit Lewis Clark Valley" as part of a rebranding initiative.

Northwest Media Productions is developing the organization's initiative to rebrand itself. The revised name and logo have already appeared in print advertising, while the complete transformation will coincide with the launch of the redesigned website in January.

Snake River search for missing mom finds nothing

The latest search of the Snake River for the body of a Washington state woman whose former husband is charged with killing her has come up empty.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the search that ended Saturday included the U.S. Coast Guard and officials from Washington state and Idaho.

Rachael Anderson, a 40-year-old mother of four from Clarkston, Washington, was in the process of getting a divorce when she disappeared April 16, 2010.

Authorities said 52-year-old Charles A. Capone lured her to a Moscow auto repair shop he owned, where he drugged and killed her.

Capone's attorney contends there's no evidence of Anderson's death in Idaho, leaving authorities with speculation and conjecture.

Capone has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. His trial is scheduled to start June 23.

Second suspect arrested in Idaho murder investigation

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the Kyle Anderson Second Degree Murder investigation.

On Thursday, June 13, at approximately 4:30 pm, Ernest Ruiz III, of Eugene, OR, was arrested on Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in connection to the murder investigation.

Ruiz was arrested by Idaho County deputies and is currently being held in the Lewis County jail. Bond has not yet been set on this charge.

Ruiz is also being held on a no bond warrant for Parole Violation issued by the Oregon State Parole Board.

The first suspect, Jason A. Godwin of Kooskia, Idaho, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with Second Degree Murder.

Controversy over delegates at Idaho GOP convention

A dispute over the number of delegates counties will be awarded is one of the biggest controversies facing Idaho's Republican convention.

Delegate numbers are critical as established candidates face off against tea party members over control of the party's agenda. Each side is vying for supporters as Republicans vote Friday on adding platform amendments, along with voting on a new state party chair.

One area of contention is how much representation Ada County - which holds one-sixth of the state's voters - will get.

Chairman Barry Peterson says he never received the committee assignments, forcing him only to appoint only four Ada County members to the committees, when it is allowed 34 members to participate on the panels. Ada County isn't the only region to be shorted delegates.

In a committee list obtained by The Associated Press, nearly 25 counties were shorted committee delegates. Meanwhile, another seven were given extra delegates.

Huckabee kicks off Idaho Republican convention

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is kicking off Idaho's Republican convention in front of hundreds of state delegates charged with selecting a new state chairman and amending the GOP platform.

The convention is taking place in Moscow, Idaho, over the next three days.

Huckabee received a warm welcome from the GOP delegates attending the event Thursday

The 2008 presidential contender's speech focused on limiting the federal government and strengthening states' rights.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will speak later at the convention. Paul is known for his libertarian views and is rumored to make a possible run in the 2016 presidential election.

Deputies recapture escapees from N. Idaho prison

Deputies recapture escapees from N. Idaho prison

Authorities have recaptured two inmates who escaped from the North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood.

The Idaho Department of Correction says 23-year-old Tyler Dean Davis and 23-year-old Dylan James Ames were found near Clarkston, Washington, Saturday evening and taken into custody without incident.

DOC spokesman Jeff Ray says Asotin County sheriff's deputies located the men, acting on a tip.

The inmates had fled late Wednesday morning while unloading a delivery truck.

Davis' criminal history includes a felony conviction for grand theft, while Ames' history includes felony convictions on drug related charges. Ray says they now face the possibility of escape related charges.

The North Idaho Correctional Institution primarily houses offenders under a retained jurisdiction sentence.

That's a sentencing alternative for offenders who might be viable candidates for probation rather than incarceration.

Wildfire weather in Eastern Washington

Wildfire weather in Eastern Washington

A combination of gusty winds and low humidity is raising the wildfire danger Monday afternoon and evening in parts of Eastern Washington.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday in the Columbia Basin, including the cities of Wenatchee, Ephrata, Moses Lake, Waterville and Ritzville.

Forecasters expect 15 to 25 mph winds with gusts to 40 as a front blows across the state. With a relative humidity in the 20s or lower, there's a danger any fire would spread rapidly.

The Weather Service says the system will bring a chance of light rain Tuesday to Western Washington and showers and thunderstorms to Eastern Washington.