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Wolf Watch
12:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Wolves Suspected in Whitman County Sheep Death

File photo of gray wolf.
Credit Flickr user USFWS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq/sets/72157644568160740/

Washington State Fish and Wildlife officials say they believe a wolf or wolves are responsible for the death of 3 sheep in Whitman county. The killings happened north of the Town of Lamont near the Whitman/Lincoln county line. This marks the first time wolf attacks have occurred in this region in decades.

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Regional News
12:02 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Approaching Holidays Bring Most Stressful Time

Stress free zone sign.
Credit Flickr - thornypup: https://flic.kr/p/2emXS4

It's the time of year when people feel pressure to spend extra money on gifts, travel to meet with family, attend social events, and have a change to the daily routine. This can often be a recipe for severe stress.

Psychiatrist Dr. Joe Hullet says it's important to try to schedule down time, and stick with your normal routine. He says "really remember to put your health first."

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Regional News
11:59 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Atmospheric River Promises Rain, Not Snow

December in Spokane has been wet with unusually high temperatures.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

An atmospheric Christmas Grinch is lurking over the Inland Northwest. University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass says a strong atmospheric river is developing over Oregon, Washington and Idaho just in time for the weekend - but it'll be in form of rain, not snow.

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Thursday, December 18
11:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Guitar Hour Christmas Special 2014

Students from Sandpoint High School warm up with director Jon Brownell.

With Christmas one week away, Leon Atkinson invites the Sandpoint High School Choir and the Powell Brothers back to the studio for the annual Guitar Christmas Party.

Audio coming soon

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Regional News
4:23 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Senator Blasts DOE for Stalling on Hanford Tank Problems

A new government watchdog report on continuing troubles at the old Hanford Nuclear Reservation drew a demand for immediate action from Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. The Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday faulted the Department of Energy schedule for managing leaking storage tanks at Hanford.

The government auditors found that the older single-shell underground tanks and even the newer double-shell tanks filled with radioactive waste continue to deteriorate. 

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Regional News
4:21 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Energy Council Finds Federal Report Unrealistic

A wildly optimistic estimate of new hydro power potential released last spring by the US Department of Energy has been hung out to dry by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

Members of the four-state power council - it includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana - were amazed to read a report commissioned by the Energy Department. It found that un-dammed rivers in the Pacific Northwest could produce upwards of 25-thousand megawatts of new, clean, non-carbon-emitting energy. That's equal to nearly three-quarters of the existing hydropower capacity in the region.

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Military Stories
4:02 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Fairchild Mission to Return Captives ‘With Honor’

Col. Jonathan Duncan, commander of 336th training group.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

In a rare move, media were invited to Fairchild Air Force Base on Friday to learn about Fairchild’s survival school. It came after the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, which reminded people that contract workers developed many of the harsh interrogation techniques. Two of those contractors, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, were former psychologists at Fairchild.

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Moving to a Sound Future
4:06 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Building Update: Warmer Winter Helps with Construction

A worker installs wallboard in the future SPR lobby.

Unseasonably warm months have been a help for the work crews preparing Fire Station No. 3 for its new life as SPR's studios. Crews from Walker Construction and its subcontractors are framing in new studios and offices. A new concrete floor is about to be poured in the Performance Studio. Electrical wiring, plumbing pipes, and heating/cooling ducts snake about the wall joists and high ceilings. It's possible the basic construction work could be completed not long after the start of 2015.

Click the image above to see a slideshow of construction from December 2014.

Regional News
3:16 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Upstart BC Port May Swamp Puget Sound Ports

The people who manage Washington's major ports and highway systems see a growing threat to their import business - a tiny port far to the north in British Columbia. Asian shippers have learned the fastest route to move their goods to the U-S midwest and east coast is the rapidly growing port of Prince Rupert in northern BC.

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Regional News
3:15 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Failing Old Bridges to be Torn Out and Replaced

A couple of shaky old deteriorating bridges in Spokane County will be torn out and replaced. Good news for drivers, but it means the dilapidated old spans are among the worst in the state. Under a state-managed part of a federal highway bridge program, the Ritchey Road bridge over Deep Creek and the Monroe Road bridge over Dragoon Creek will both be replaced.

Replacement of the Ritchey Road bridge should cost about $1.5 million; the Monroe Road structure about $1.2 million.

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