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Kootenai Electric takes the ALS Ice Bucket plunge

Kootenai Electric takes the ALS Ice Bucket plunge

Water and electricity aren't supposed to mix, but that didn't stop 20 employees of Kootenai Electric Cooperative from participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this morning.

All KEC employees made their own donations, which are being matched by KEC.

The company also nominated Avista Utilities, Clearwater Power, Northern Lights Electric Cooperative and Vera Water and Power to follow in their footsteps.

Priest River teacher receives grant for class library

Priest River teacher receives grant for class library

A Priest River teacher is excited to fill her classroom bookshelves this fall with the help of a $2500 grant from Farmer's Insurance.

First-grade teacher Jessica Randolph was one of just 30 teachers to be honored in this round of Farmer's “Thank A Million Teachers”initiative, inviting America to offer heartfelt thank to teachers for their positive impact on students and communities across the United States.

Jessica says it was her Farmer's agent who nominated her for Thanks a Million, then asked clients to vote for her proposal and even garnered support in the local newspaper.

“My proposal was for books for my classroom library,” Jessica said. “It was really tough last year and I had to borrow books. My students loved to read, and by the end of the year they even wanted to take books with them out onto the playground.”

While this grant is being used exclusively for her class library, Jessica says her ultimate goal is to put more technology into her students hands.

Avista recap and thanks for Saturday storm

Avista recap and thanks for Saturday storm

Avista once again is expressing their gratefulness for customer patience and support after recovering from the second major storm in just two weeks.

It took only three days to restore power to all 48,000 customers impacted by the August 2 storm, which rolled across the inland northwest just six days after the July 23 storm. The last storm resulted in the worst damage to the system since an ice storm in 1996.

“It's an amazing achievement to restore power to all of our customers within a matter of days following the one-two punch we received from Mother Nature,” said Avista Utilities President Dennis Vermillion. “Given the magnitude of damage from these back-to-back storms, I have the deepest respect for all of our employees who were involved in restoration efforts, especially our Avista crews and the contract crews who worked tirelessly in the heat to turn on the lights and get the air conditioning and fans blowing for our customers.”

National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime

It's National Night Out and we've put together a list of celebrations in and around your neighborhood.

National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Check out the list below to see what's going on in your neck of the woods:

 

Kootenai County, Idaho – Hayden City Park 8930 N. Government Way

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Entertainment
  • Free Food and Drinks
  • Giveaways
  • Crime Prevention and Safety Information

 

Moscow, Idaho – Eastside Marketplate 1420 S. Blaine St.

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

The fur was flying Tuesday night at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse as one of the final dress rehearsals got underway for this Friday's opening of Avenue Q.

The smash hit first debuted on Broadway in 2003, taking home Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, and the cast of Lake City's production does their best to keep up the wild spirit of the show.

With a large cast, but only three human characters, many of the actors take a back seat to their puppet partners – providing a voice, but blending into the background.

“The biggest challenge is just finding the balance between the people and the puppets. If the actor is pushing too hard, you're focusing on them and not the puppet. So it's finding the right balance where you feel like you're watching the puppet but getting emotion from the person. It's a tricky little thing, but when it's right it's lovely,” said Director Troy Nickerson. It's an art form that took weeks to perfect.