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Idaho election results by county

Idaho election results by county


State Senator District 5

  • John Carlson (R) - 579
  • Dan Schmidt (D) – 216

State Representative, Position A, District 5

  • Lucinda Agidus (R) - 612
  • Paulette Jordan (D) – 213

State Represenative, Position B, District 5

  • Caroline Troy (R) - 537
  • James Minser (D) - 145



State Senator District 1

  • Shawn Keough (R) – 2,413
  • Laura Bry (D) – 387

State Representative, Position A, District1

Stage 3 evacuations along Snake River

Stage 3 evacuations along Snake River

A Stage III evacuation is in effect this morning in the area upriver from Captain John on the Snake River due to safety concerns as Department of Lands helicopters dip water from the river to combat the Big Cougar Fire.

Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office Waterways deputies are enroute and will advise all boaters, rafters and other recreationists of the evacuation.

The Sheriff's Office along with the Department of Lands appreciate the cooperation of the public with this matter.

Washington fourth in nation for reducing uninsured adults

Washington fourth in nation for reducing uninsured adults

A new Gallup poll puts Washington state fourth in the nation for reducing the number of uninsured adults since the new healthcare law took effect at the beginning of the year.

Washington dropped from 16.8 percent in 2013 to just 10.7 percent in the first half of 2014.

Governor Jay Inslee released a statement about today's report saying, “Gallup has confirmed what we know from our experience here in Washington: expanding coverage for working people in Washington by effectively implementing needed reforms makes a huge difference in getting people insured so they can get the health care they need. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act we enrolled more than 600,000 people in health coverage through our exchange, the Washington Healthplanfinder. We have a lot to be proud of, and will continue doing everything we can to make the ACA work for the people and businesses of Washington.”

Big Cougar Fire grows to 5,000 acres

Big Cougar Fire grows to 5,000 acres

The Big Cougar Fire is now at 5,000 acres and zero percent containment after it was sparked by lightning Saturday.

Burning about 24 miles south of Lewiston, Idaho, 34 firefighters from the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Nez Perce Tribe and the Nature Conservancy are all on scene.

Fire crews are using a combination of helicopters, dozers and hand crews to prevent the fire from spreading, focusing mainly on the North and South sides where growth is most likely. Today crews are battling high temperatures and erratic winds, with more wind in the forecast for Tuesday.

So far no evacuations or closures have been announced, but residents and recreationalists living or visiting in the area are encouraged to stay informed of conditions if anything changes.  

Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

As the crisis in Gaza and Israel plays out, the world is paying attention online. That's where most of us get our information, and it could be influencing how we view the conflict.

Many of us see the world through an internet filter and that can be dangerous when it comes to forming opinions about major issues such as the conflict in the Middle East.

If you use Facebook, for example, your news is processed through a filter of things you are most likely to "like." It may keep you engaged with the story, but you will only be fed information that agrees with your point of view or that of your friends.

And Facebook isn't the only company that uses these algorithms to filter you news feed.

Eli Pariser, author of "The Filter Bubble," has warned about the dangers of internet customization. He points out that a Google search of a country or conflict will yield completely different results for different users, dependent upon what they have viewed in the past.

Yahoo News also personalizes stories to fit what the company believes is the user's perspective.

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.

Woman pleads guilty in Elk City beating death

A north-central Idaho woman has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge for causing fatal injuries during an argument with a woman over cosmetics, a necklace and a compact disc.

The Lewiston Tribune reports 27-year-old Tara R. Mendenhall of Elk City pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter for a Sept. 24 fight with 45-year-old Lora K. Vandenburg. Vandenburg died on Oct. 8 from bleeding in the brain.

Mendenhall was initially charged with second-degree murder. She testified that she and two others had stopped at a house in Elk City and when they returned to the car, Vandenberg was holding some of her belongings.

Mendenhall says she punched Vandenburg and pulled her out of the car, causing Vandenburg to fall to the ground.

District Judge Michael Griffin scheduled sentencing for Sept. 22.