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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt signed a final decision this week to construct and maintain a system of up to 11,000 miles of strategically placed fuel breaks to control wildfires within a 223 million-acre area in portions of California, Idaho, Nevada, Orego…

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BOISE, ID - There are now at least 894 confirmed COVID-19 cases across Idaho. Yesterday alone, Idaho's case count climbed by 222. There have been 9 deaths in the state, 2 among Nez Perce County residents. 56 have been hospitalized. Test results have been reported for 8,000 total Idaho residents.

MOSCOW - The University of Idaho is rallying in different ways to help the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Some of the ways U of I students, faculty and staff are answering the call include the production of 3D-Printed respirator masks, and cloth masks for hospitals among …

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COTTONWOOD - On or about Tuesday, March 31, two White-tailed deer were shot and left to waste near American Bar, just east of Cottonwood, ID, close to the banks of Main Salmon River. The area is a popular recreation site. Local residents are extremely concerned by this senseless act; especia…

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NEW MEADOWS, ID - According to the Adams County Sheriff's Office, a man suspected of shooting at two deputies on Sunday is still at large. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police are seeking information leading to the arrest and capture of William “Bill” Pearle James, for th…

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OLYMPIA, WA - As of the week of March 30, some Washington residents who receive food benefits will have additional funds available for March and April of 2020. Congress approved extra benefits up to the maximum allowed for each household. In Washington state, this means DSHS is giving additi…

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BOISE, ID - Health officials say Idaho now has 672 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Including the first case for Latah County reported Wednesday. There are now 13 known cases in the Public Health Idaho North Central District, including 10 in Nez Perce County and 2 in Idaho County. 9 have died in Id…

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MOSCOW, ID - An 18-year-old student who moved out of the University of Idaho residence halls on Sunday, tested positive with COVID-19 on Wednesday in Canyon County. According to the university, he was on campus last week. The student is experiencing mild symptoms and is recovering at home. T…

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PULLMAN, WA - Whitman County Deputies responded to a vandalism complaint at the Nisqually John Recreational Area on Wawawai Road, approximately 25 miles southwest of Pullman on Wednesday. Shortly before 8:00 p.m., the deputy responding to the call observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate …

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BOISE, ID - Idahoans will vote in the May primary exclusively from home using absentee ballots. If you want to vote in the election, you will need to request your ballot online at Idahovotes.gov or contact your local county clerk.

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MOSCOW, ID - The Idaho North Central District of Public Health has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Latah County. There are now twelve confirmed cases of COVID-19 in north central Idaho district, which covers five counties in the region.

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COLFAX, WA - Whitman County has received 2 more positive COVID-19 test results, which brings the total to 10 within the County. One new positive is a female aged 18-44 and the other is a male aged 18-44. All patients are stable and self-isolating. Local health officials are investigating clo…

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BOISE, ID - In response to the Tuesday evening earthquake, centered in Southern Idaho, the Idaho Department of Lands Division of Minerals, Public Trust, and Oil and Gas has conducted initial checks on oil and gas wells in Payette County, near the quake epicenter. No initial problems have bee…

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LEWISTON, ID - Idaho North Central District health officials have confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in Idaho County. There are now eleven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the five counties that make up the north central Idaho health district.

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State Attorney General's Office is warning Washington residents about scams related to stimulus payments from the federal government to help people get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LEWISTON, ID - At 3:28 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Lewiston Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 420 Preston Avenue. First arriving fire crews found an unattached shop fully involved with fire and were able to knock down the fire within 15 minutes. The shop and all contents …

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LEWISTON, ID - Reports from all over the region began to pour into Big Country News just before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  People from Boise to Canada say they felt the 6.5 magnitude quake that was centered in southern Idaho, about 45 miles west of Challis, at 4:52 p.m.

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LEWISTON -  The Lewiston School District has announced that in addition to the “Grab & Go” Meal Sites already operating at Jenifer Junior High, Sacajawea Junior High and McGhee Elementary, beginning on Thursday, April 2, the district will be delivering meals to various bus stops.

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ASOTIN - Asotin County's Controlled Burning season for the spring of 2020 will begin Wednesday, April 1 at 9:00 a.m. and run through May 31. Burning hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with fires needing to be completely out by 4:00 p.m. Burn pile sizes are restricted to 4' x 4' x 3' high.

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BOISE, ID - Governor Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Monday there will be no change in Idaho’s primary election date of May 19. The election will be conducted by mail pursuant to the existing laws for absentee voting due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

OLYMPIA - Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced guidance on Monday for state and local enforcement of his recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Washington State has created a one-stop online form for reporting businesses potentially violating orders and is providing guidance to local la…

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WHITMAN COUNTY - Whitman County has now received a total of 8 positive COVID-19 test results, after recently receiving two more. All patients are stable and self-isolating. Patient 7 is a female aged 50-59 years, and Patient 8 is a female aged 30-39 years. The Washington Public Health Depart…

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LEWISTON - On Monday, March 30, the Moneysaver of the Lewis-Clark Valley announced in a statement that this week's issue will be their last. At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, the Lewis-Clark Valley Moneysaver and Printshop will close their doors. 

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LEWISTON, ID - As you may have heard, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho has suspended the sale of their famous cookies at booths in front of grocery stores and events. But you can still get your fill of the legendary treats. Sales have been moved to a digital store, wh…

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