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Deadline today for $900k in scholarships

Deadline today for $900k in scholarships

Today is the deadline to apply for a scholarship for North Idaho College, and with more than $900,000 being offered you don't want to wait.

Today's deadline is for the fall 2014 semester and allows students time to attend an orientation session, register for classes, purchase books and pay for classes prior to the start of school on August 25.

New students can click here to download an application. Awarding criteria of each scholarship varies and all students are encouraged to apply.

Recipients also include traditional credit students who can click here for information on how to apply. NIC Foundation scholarships are also available for Workforce Training and Dual Credits students with applications available through those respective programs.


DNR bans all outdoor burning

DNR bans all outdoor burning

The Washington Department of Natural Resources has expanded the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands, with no exceptions.

“All indicators are that we'll continue to have high heat, low humidity and storm systems with winds and lightning. That means huge potential for wildfires,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “We need to do everything we can to minimize danger to people, homes and habitat.”

Hot and dry conditions since early summer have caused very high fire hazard conditions throughout the state. These conditions have caused fires to spread rapidly and challenged firefighting efforts. More than $91 million has been spent so far battling wildfires in 2014, and more than 350,000 acres have burned across the state. There are many weeks to go in this year’s fire season, which usually runs into October.

Idaho's biggest wildfire to face extreme weather

Firefighters have made progress suppressing Idaho's largest wildfire but anticipated extreme fire weather conditions could make putting it out the difficult in the next few days.

The lightning-caused Big Cougar fire is burning on the Idaho side of the Snake River near the Oregon and Washington border and has burned more than 101 square miles.

Firefighters have contained nearly half of the flames since the fire first erupted Aug. 2.

Fire officials say triple-digit temperatures are expected to challenge firefighters Monday and high wind gusts will drop into the fire region later this week.

Overall, wildfires are burning currently nearly 123 square miles throughout Idaho.

Firefighters battling rugged terrain to knock out Big Cougar Fire

Five structures have burned and firefighters are battling rugged terrain to stop the Big Cougar fire, which has burned 41,000 acres south of Lewiston along the eastern shores of the Snake River.

On Thursday helicopters lifted bucket after bucket of water from the Snake River and raised them hundred of feet up the canyon walls to the Big Cougar fire.

?This morning it was about 41,000 acres and we anticipate that to grow a little more today,? Incident commander Mike Almas said. ?Things are going well we expect a lot of progress today."

The lightning sparked blaze has ripped across steep grassy land posing problems for firefighters.

?It's steep, grassy, fast moving fire are some of the challenges, communication is a challenge because we do come up the canyon bottom up to high elevation and, you know, rattlesnakes,? Almas said.

Crews on the northern side of the fire lit a back burn Thursday in hopes of slowing the fire's progress.

"The fire is going really well, like I said earlier it's just, we're just setting up for a couple of big operations that hopefully if they go well we'll catch this thing," Almas said.

Level II evacuations in place for Big Cougar Fire

Level II evacuations in place for Big Cougar Fire

Current Size: Approximately 41,000 acres Containment: 10%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: 160
Structures Lost: 5 Structure Protection: Ongoing

Yesterday’s Activities: The Big Cougar Fire is burning in extremely rugged terrain. Crews completed indirect fireline (containment line) north along Wapshilla Ridge and then to the west along a ridge to Captain John rapids on the Snake River. In the past 24 hours, the fire moved north into Chimney Creek but crews successfully kept the fire from advancing east of the northern section of Wapshilla Ridge. The fire expanded into China Creek: Crews are assessing the best route for a dozer line for containment southeast of the fire. Structure protection occurred along the Snake River for threatened properties. Helicopter bucket work continued from dip sites on the Snake and Salmon Rivers to support firefighters. It was confirmed that five structures were lost along the Snake River.

Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 319. Resources assigned include nine crews, four helicopters, four engines, three dozers and support personnel. 

Conservation groups plan lawsuit over airstrip

Two conservation groups have filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the federal government over a plan to expand and repair a backcountry airstrip in northern Idaho.

Wilderness Watch and the Friends of the Clearwater sent the notice Monday to the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and two other agencies.

The groups tell the Lewiston Tribune that the expansion of Fish Lake Airstrip in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area will harm threatened bull trout.

The groups say habitat degradation and increased fishing pressure at Fish Lake will result from lengthening the runway by about 350 feet.

The groups say federal agencies need to do a biological assessment before doing the work, and that airstrip improvements could affect the area's wilderness character.

Eastern Washington election results by county

Eastern Washington election results by county


US Representative District 4

  • Clint Didier (R) - 1,051
  • Estakio Beltran (D) – 153

State Representative, Position 1, District 9

  • Susan Fagan (R) - 1,722

State Representative, Position 1, District 9

  • Joe Schmick (R) - 1,709

County Assessor

  • Sherri Brewer (R) - 1,800

County Auditor

  • Heidi Hunt (R) - 1,801

County Clerk

  • Susan Kirkendall (R) - 1,792

County Commissioner