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Medical issue causes car crash in Lewiston

Medical issue causes car crash in Lewiston

A medical issue is believed to be the cause of a two-vehicle collision this morning in Lewiston on Thain Grade near the entrance to Shopko.

According to the Lewiston Police Department, 65-year-old Richard Hansen of Lewiston was traveling northbound in a 2002 Ford Ranger when he drifted across the double yellow lines and into the southbound lanes at about 9:43 a.m. He then struck a 2001 Ford pickup driven by 47-year-old Kenneth Martin of Lewiston. Martin had just pulled out of the Shopko parking lot.

Inslee appoints Superior Court Judge to Hells Canyon Ciruit

Inslee appoints Superior Court Judge to Hells Canyon Ciruit

Washington Governor Jay Inslee today appointed Lewiston attorney Scott Gallina to Superior Court Judge of the Hells Canyon Circuit which represents Asotin, Garfield, and Columbia Counties. Gallina replaces William Acey who retired at the end of April, with more than two years left on his term.

Columbia County District Court Judge Scott Marinella and City of Asotin Attorney Jane Richards were also considered for the appointment.

Burn permits required in Idaho starting May 10th

Burn permits required in Idaho starting May 10th

From the Idaho Department of Lands:

Nez Perce Tribe grant $200K for Bighorn sheep restoration

The Nez Perce Tribe will receive $200,000 for the continued restoration of Bighorn sheep populations and their habitat along the Salmon River. The US Fish and Wildlife Service today announced more than $4.6 million in Tribal Wildlife Grants that will fund a wide range of conservation projects by Native American Tribes in 17 states.

These grants provide technical and financial assistance for development and implementation of projects that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat, including non-game species. Of the grants awarded for the 2014 cycle, $819,241 will be given to tribes in Idaho and Washington.

79th Annual Junior Livestock show underway at fairgrounds

79th Annual Junior Livestock show underway at fairgrounds

The 79th Annual Junior Livestock show, a great event that teaches kids discipline and responsibility, is underway at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.

Long before the fairgrounds was known for its carnival rides and cotton candy it was a marketplace and this weekend, children as young as third graders are working hard to sell their livestock.

When other kids may be trying to score the latest video game the kids participating in 4H and FFA are focused on raising healthy food for your family.

"Well there's a lot of feed you have to buy and you have to get up early and feed and water him and wash him before the shows," Abby Davis from Bonner's Ferry, Idaho said.

While Davis, who is 15-years-old, already owns her own cattle herd, Savannah Chadwick is raising prize-winning pigs.

"They may be dirty animals but you learn to love things. That's what makes kids passionate and that leads to sports or whatever they want to do college someday, a job. They learn to love it," Chadwick said.

Competitors also learn the meaning of an honest day's work and gain some very grown-up outlooks on life.

Unicorn awards catch on in LCSC classroom

Unicorn awards catch on in LCSC classroom

The awards that Jill Thomas-Jorgenson started giving out to her students in Lewis-Clark State College's Strategic Management capstone class for graduating Management and Business Administration students have become coveted items. A few years ago, she started giving out pink unicorn (innovative) and purple squirrel awards (research = nut gathering) thinking that her students would believe they were silly. But, she says, students love the awards and actually compete for them.

N. Idaho judge dismisses former principal's appeal

An appeal filed by a fired northern Idaho high school principal contending racism in her termination has been dismissed.

The Lewiston Tribune reports in a story on Tuesday that 2nd District Court Judge Michael J. Griffin dismissed former Kamiah High School Principal Veneice Guillory-Lacy's appeal after ruling the school board didn't have to allow irrelevant evidence at the termination hearing.

Guillory-Lacy's attorney argued she was fired because she tried to implement race-neutral policies at the school.

School officials say she was fired because she didn't receive her administrator certification in a timely way.

Guillory-Lacy says she will take the matter to the Idaho Human Rights Commission where issues of discrimination are addressed.

Guillory-Lacy has also filed a notice to sue the school district seeking $500,000.