A super-sized re-cycling project on a ranch near Clarkston Washington may prove to be a winner for fish and cattle. The problem for Ranchers Dick and Levi Luhn was how to keep their cattle from stomping through steelhead spawning grounds - and destroying the fish nests - in a small creek that runs between spring and winter grazing grounds. No only how to do it - but just as importantly, how to pay for it.
Washington State taxpayers who claim local and state sales tax deductions on their federal income tax filing could be in for a rude surprise next year. The short version is, Congress hasn't done anything about extending so-called tax extenders this year. And the sales tax deduction provision, along with many other such tax breaks, expired at the end of last year.
Railroad officials say they want to eliminate a bottleneck for rail traffic in the Inland Northwest. They have plans to build a second railway bridge in Northern Idaho. Scenic Sandpoint, Idaho is situated adjacent to Lake Pend Oreille. Currently there is one railroad bridge crossing the lake and heading into Sandpoint, but BNSF says the time has come to build a second adjacent bridge.
Gus Melonas: “We're looking at fifty trains a day and they funnel through this area on the bridge, and if there is an issue with this bridge, that means trains back up in both directions.”
The US House gave a shout-out for Washington Congressman Dave Reichert this week - literally, a shout-out. Reichert, a west-side Republican and former county sheriff, wrote a bill to prohibit government welfare cards for being used to buy marijuana. Supporters called it the "no welfare for weed" bill.
The man known as Spokane's notorious South Hill Rapist has struck out again in his latest bid to go free. Kevin Coe, now 67 years old, is locked up indefinitely at Washington State's McNeil Island facility for sex criminals.
Idahoans will have a chance to weigh in on the state's controversial ban on same-sex marriages in a special statewide panel discussion sponsored by the University of Idaho. The televised debate Wednesday afternoon will feature lawyers on both sides of the contentious issue - two attorneys for same-sex couples who sued last year to overturn Idaho's law against same-sex marriages, and Governor Butch Otter's lawyer who argued to uphold the ban.
Washington State University leaders announced plans Wednesday for a medical school in Spokane. School leaders approved the idea last week, which has the University of Washington on edge about its own Spokane program.
In light of security hacks at major retailers this year, local organizations have ramped up efforts to protect citizens. Among them, Spokane’s largest credit union will order ‘smart’ credit-cards for members. Over the next year STCU will roll out more than 62,000 credit cards with a special micro-chip.
After some major financial problems, the board of directors at Interplayers is merging operations with the Lake City Playhouse of Coeur d’Alene. The merger, announced Monday, gives operational control of Interplayers to Lake City. The playhouse’s artistic director George Green will oversee both companies.
A Boise high-tech company thinks it can help solve an old, low-tech problem - road collisions between vehicles and wildlife. The Sloan Security Technologies Company is talking with Idaho Transportation Department and Blaine County officials about installing mobile animal radar detection systems on a bad stretch of highway near Ketchum.