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Clarkston man rides 2,000 miles for archery program

Clarkston man rides 2,000 miles for archery program

Long-time Clarkston archery volunteer, David Hudson, will begin a 2,810-mile bicycle ride along the Lewis and Clark Expedition Trail on May 14th. As part of his 70th birthday present to himself, he is raising money for the Clarkston School District's Archery Program.

Deadline for guaranteed Hoopfest entry Monday

Deadline for guaranteed Hoopfest entry Monday

If you want to one of the over 7,000 teams hitting the court for Hoopfest this year, you better register now. The registration deadline for guaranteed entry is Monday, May 5th.


Guaranteed registration for Hoopfest ends at midnight on May 5th. After that, teams will be accepted on a space available basis.

Elk numbers look good in SE Washington

The elk population in southeastern Washington looks to be at healthy levels.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently completed aerial surveys of the Blue Mountains and estimated the elk population at 5,774 animals.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that number is 500 to 600 higher than in recent years. That should translate into good opportunities for hunters next fall.

Biologists for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game were largely stymied in their efforts to count elk in the Elk City Zone last winter. Biologists say snow was late to arrive, and when it did start the storms were frequent and kept aircraft grounded. By the time the weather cleared it was too lake to conduct the counts.

Washington 911 calls got stuck in Colorado

Washington 911 calls got stuck in Colorado

A report to regulators on the statewide 911 outage in Washington says emergency calls failed because they were stuck in a processing center in Colorado.

In the report last week to the state Utilities and Transportation Commission, CenturyLink says an estimated 4,500 calls over a six-hour period early on April 10 were stranded at the center in Englewood, Colo., operated by the database manager Intrado. It ran out of capacity to route the calls.

The News Tribune reports the outage affected 127 dispatch centers in Washington until calls were re-routed.

A state 911 project manager, Andy Leneweaver, says the outage also affected six-to eight call centers in North Carolina and about 11 in Minnesota.

Century Link and Intrado say changes have been made to prevent another such 911 outage.

Lime prices causing consumers to pucker up

Lime prices causing consumers to pucker up

Lime, the little fruit that causes some to pucker, is causing that same reaction when consumers look at the price lately.

"The price of limes has been crazy," Casa De Oro owner Enrique Torres said.

Torres owns Casa De Oro in North Spokane. He said he's squeezing out hundreds of dollars each week on limes to keep the restaurant running.

"You can't go to a Mexican restaurant and order a margarita or beer without the lime," he said.

Torres just put in a $150 order Tuesday for a case of 140 limes.

"Like four months ago they were $20 a case," Torres said.

It's going to be an expensive week for the restaurant, with their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration coming up on Saturday. Torres said they'll need up to six cases of limes for Cinco de Mayo alone.

"It's going to be $700 for the limes," he said.

At grocery stores, customers are seeing the same thing. Limes that usually only cost a couple dimes are now pushing a dollar. Some stores haven't even had them because of the shortage.

Early cherry blooms promise good Washington crop

The cherry trees are still in bloom but growers say the 2014 crop in Washington looks promising.

Dan Kelly of the Washington Growers Clearinghouse in Wenatchee says weather has been cooperating. The bloom is nearly a week ahead of usual.

The first cherries should be picked in early June. Growers hope the harvest will last three months, which would give them better sales than with a crop that ripens all at once.

The Columbia Basin Herald reports cherries are grown from the Tri-Cities to Omak and the harvest starts in the south and moves north.

Idaho County Sheriff's Office sued after deputy has relationship with minor

Idaho County Sheriff's Office sued after deputy has relationship with minor

A federal civil lawsuit has been filed in connection with a sexual relationship between a former Idaho County Sheriff's Deputy and a 16-year-old girl.


According to documents in US District Court, Sheriff's officials knew about the relationship between 32-year-old Daniel Funderburg and the girl but failed to record it and took efforts to cover up the relationship, among other things. The lawsuit names Funderburg, the Idaho County Sheriff's Office, Idaho County, and several John Doe's, and demands damages in an amount to be determined at the time of trial.