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Wolf tracks Sheriff Deputy while on abandoned vehicle call

Wolf tracks Sheriff Deputy while on abandoned vehicle call

A Nez Perce County Sheriff's Deputy had a little extra company late Thursday morning when he responded to an abandoned vehicle call.

Senior Patrolman Kevin Messelt says he was up in the Soldier's Meadow area about a half mile north of Country Rose Lane dealing with a vehicle that was off the road due to someone joyriding a couple of days ago. The area has about a foot of snow and was 2°, he says.

Dog recovering after encounter with beaver

A local dog is recovering after an encounter yesterday with a beaver near Couse Creek south of Asotin.

Kootenia was spending some time on the Snake River with his family at around 5:00 yesterday afternoon when they discovered the beaver swimming in the water. Kootenia received about about eight lacerations on his groin area and hind legs, according to owner Amber Larreau.

"I would love to give props to Orchards Pet Hospital too. They were so kind and took such good care of Kootenia," she says.

Dirty Dash registration opens

Dirty Dash registration opens


The popular Dirty Dash opened registration today for the 2013 “race” to be held at Riverside State Park on July 13.

Loyalty registration, which runs until Jan. 30, costs only $35. After that the price to sign up steadily rises the closer we get to the event.

“Resolve to make 2013 your dirtiest yet and we guarantee to make that happen for you in one unforgettable morning of feasting on filth, groveling through grime, delighting in dirt, and wallowing in mud rather than self-pity,” a news release from Dirty Dash said.

Sign up at thedirtydash.com.

Lightning causes 9,500 acres to burn along Snake river.

Lightning causes 9,500 acres to burn along Snake river.

A wildfire caused by a lighting strike on Monday near the Oregon-Washington Border has grown to 9,500 acres in three days.

The fire started around 4:30 p.m. in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area on Monday. The fire is now burning adjacent to the Snake river.

As of Wednesday, firefighters said the fire continues to grow but is expected not to reach Idaho.

The fire has burned in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Vale BLM lands and have hurt Washington Fish and Wildlife.

Fire officials said multiple crews and helicopters are working on the fire. The Central Oregon Incident Management Team will be assuming fire managment efforts 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

A moose visits the Bantams

A moose visits the Bantams

I'm no wildlife expert, but I've noticed that moose have a curious habit of wandering into urban areas more so than other large, wild animals in the Northwest.

In recent years, we've seen moose trotting along Spokane streets, sunbathing in a city park, breaking into a home, canceling recess at Colbert Elementary School, and hurdling fences in the Spokane Valley.

Via Comments: Turkeys Herding Cows

Via Comments: Turkeys Herding Cows

A commenter on Spokane's South Hill page shared a neat story about turkeys. They were near Lewiston playing kickball in the snow when they saw a few turkeys.

Halloween 'Thriller' Flashmob Takes Over Palouse Mall

A flash mob took over Palouse Mall in Moscow to celebrate Halloween. Dancers boogied to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' to shoppers' surprise.

Take a look!

Video courtesy of Jonathon Frantz