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Rock slide blocks Hwy 12

Rock slide blocks Hwy 12

A rockslide has reduced Hwy 12 at milepost 22 to one lane reports Big Country News Connection.


The slide occurred just after 11 am, and no injuries have been reported. Flaggers are on scene directing traffic between Cherry Lane Road and Amos Beach Road. No word on when the debri is expected to be cleared.

Proposed bill could mean headache for medical marijuana dispensaries and patients

The business of medical marijuana has largely gone unregulated. Soon, that could all change.

A new bill passed by the Washington Senate on Saturday (SB5887) lays out how medical pot shops will work in the new system. Dispensaries will have the same guidelines as recreational marijuana stores, so medical stores will have to apply for a license. Five percent of stores would be allowed to stay only medical. If they don't, owners will have to shut down by September 2015.

"A whole lot of people are thinking medical cannabis is going to go away, it isn't. It isn't what the state is looking for," said Paul Lugo, who owns the medical marijuana dispensary The Herbal Connection near the Garland District.

Lugo plans to apply for a license to keep his medical marijuana dreams alive, and says he's for some state oversight.

"We've got to be able to sit back and say, 'ok, even though we don't personally agree with this, or whatever, it may be best for the industry. We can't go completely unregulated," Lugo said.

Lewiston announces street sweep schedule

The City of Lewiston's Street Maintenance Division has announced its 2014 Designated Street Sweeping Schedule.


The schedule was developed to provide residents with an opportunity once a year to know when street sweeping will occur in their neighborhood, so they can remove their cars from the roadway in advance of the sweeping operation.

Students invited to Doodle for Google

Students invited to Doodle for Google

Google is calling all kids to enter the 2014 Doodle for Google competition. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to enter their doodles interpreting the theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…”

Court rejects appeal of man serving 2 life terms

The Idaho Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a man serving two life terms with no parole for killing a Moscow woman.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the court earlier this week upheld David Meister's first-degree murder and conspiracy convictions in the 2001 shooting death 21-year-old Tonya Hart.

Meister argued that 2nd District Judge Carl B. Kerrick erred by limiting the testimony of an expert witness for the defense.

But the court ruled that the information on the expert's theories was presented to the jury during closing arguments.

Meister was convicted in 2003 but received a new trial and was convicted again in 2010.

In sentencing Meister after the second trial, Kerrick noted that Meister killed for money as a reason to deny Meister a chance at an early release.









Soggy Washington weather forecast into next week

Soggy Washington weather forecast into next week

Washington residents can expect the rainy weather to continue into next week, after a possible sunbreak Friday.

Forecasters say more Pacific storm fronts are headed to the Northwest to add to recent rainfall.

The Weather Service says this has been the wettest start to March on record in Seattle. On Wednesday, 1.84 inches fell at Sea-Tac Airport, making it the seventh-wettest March day on record. March precipitation at Sea-Tac as of 4 a.m. Thursday is 3.73 inches. Normal for the entire month 3.72 inches.

By Friday morning another .25-to-1 inch of rain is forecast in the Western Washington lowlands and 1-to-3 inches in the mountains.

Showers and snow-melting mild temperatures are forecast across the state through the weekend.

Forecasters say drier weather is possible by the middle of next week.

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

The National Weather Service says the Spokane area will see more snow Monday morning before it turns to freezing rain and just rain later in the day.

The Weather Service recorded nearly 5 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport from the storm.

The city of Spokane declared a Stage 1 snow event over the weekend and asked residents to move parked cars off arterials and bus routes to help snow plows.

Significant snow also fell elsewhere in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho with amounts varying by location and elevation.

Forecasters warn that roads will remain icy and slushy before warmer air moves into the region Monday.