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Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Dorms are filling up fast around Washington State as students begin or continue their college education, and the state Fire Marshal wants to make sure everyone has a safe school year.

“Fire safety should be reviewed as students settle into their new places,” said State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy. “Understanding the safety features of a building and knowing your escape routes can significantly increase your personal safety.”

The United States Fire Administration reports an estimated 3,800 university housing fires occur each year. The leading causes include cooking, intentionally set fires, careless smoking, unattended candles and overloaded electrical wiring. Marshal Duffy suggests the following tips to reduce the risk of fire and increase safety:

Cooking should only be done in a location permitted by the school’s policies. Never leave your cooking unattended. If a fire starts in a microwave, leave the door closed and unplug the unit.

Working 4 you: How to crave healthy foods

Working 4 you: How to crave healthy foods

Could it be possible to rewire your brain so that it wants, even craves healthy food? New research suggests it could be possible.

So how do you do it?

Researchers suggest all you have to do is eat healthy. They say by following a healthy diet, a person can actually change how their brain reacts to high- and low-calorie foods. It could be the difference between deciding to snack on carrots or cookies.

Researchers divided the participants of this study into two groups.

The experimental group was offered healthier meals for six months and asked to reduce their calorie intake by 500 to 1,000 calories per day. The meals in the second group, the control group, were not adjusted.

The experimental group ended up losing about 14 pounds, on average during that period.

Then, at the end of that six months, both the experimental and control groups were shown photos of healthy and unhealthy foods.

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

For many Tuesday means back to work after the Labor Day weekend. But for many full-time employees, they may still be clocking in close to 40 hours this week.

A new study suggests most full-time employees are logging more than 40 hours per week. Gallup's annual Work in Education Survey shows that many people could be working a full workday longer each week.

Some experts believe the reason for this is some people might be more resourceful, while for others, it may be part of their pay structure.

Employees paid by the hour are sometimes restricted in the amount of time they can spend on the job because of limits on overtime. That's typically not an issue for salaried employees, so they are more likely to log more hours at the office.

Gallup's survey found about half of the adults it surveyed say they work 47 hours a week, on average. Nearly one in ten say they work even more, at least 50 hours a week. And 18 percent they work 60 hours a week or more.

So, if you're a full-time employee but actually work less than 40 hours a week, you're in the eight percent minority.

Officer-involved shooting probe nears completion

Authorities say the investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting outside a Sandpoint hospital is nearing completion.

Bonner County sheriff's Detective Gary Johnston tells The Daily Bee he expects the investigation to be completed by the end of the week and forwarded to prosecutors for review.

Authorities say officers Skylar Ziegler, Michael Valenzuela and Garrett Johnson were involved in the July 8 shooting near Bonner General Hospital that killed 35-year-old Jeanetta Marie Riley.

The officers say Riley approached them and refused their commands to drop a knife.

Annual Lake Coeur d'Alene drawdown begins Tuesday

Annual Lake Coeur d'Alene drawdown begins Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday, September 2 Avista will being its annual fall drawdown of Coeur d'Alene Lake.

The lake will be gradually lowered approximately a foot from full pool by the end of September, with an additional one and a half feet per month until it reaches it's winter level. Property owners and boaters should take measures to secure docks and boats for the winter season during this period.

The slow drawdown will increase flows in the Spokane River downstream of Post Falls, and will slightly decrease river levels between the lake and Post Falls' Spokane Street Bridge. Spill gates at Post Falls Dam will not be open for the drawdown, and the river should remain open until November; however, river users should be aware that water levels can fluctuate at any time.

Marshals hunting felon who fled Spokane halfway house

Marshals hunting felon who fled Spokane halfway house

US Marshals are searching for a convicted felon who walked away from a Spokane halfway house after he was released from federal prison.

Merced Jose Zamora was a large scale methamphetamine dealer who was wrapping up a 13 year sentence when he escaped a re-entry center near the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.

Zamora was months away from being a totally free man but early Monday morning around 1:30 he left his halfway house. That facility is run by a private company that has a contract with the federal government to house and prepare ex-cons for a legal and productive life back in society.

Even though Zamora was convicted of multiple methamphetamine deals in Wyoming he was released to Spokane because he has family here.

Now marshals are looking for him and Deputy US Marshal Bob Doty said Zamora, 33, has a very unique tattoo on his neck that should make him east to spot.

Public woodcutting areas opening near Sandpoint

Public woodcutting areas opening near Sandpoint

We're still in the midst of a nice, toasty summer but cold temperatures are closer than you think and for anyone with a wood burning stove that means stocking up on firewood now.

To help, the Sandpoint Ranger District in north Idaho is opening up three “preferred” fuelwood areas, which will be available to the public for gathering firewood for personal use. The required Personal Use Firewood Cutting Permit can be purchased at the Sandpoint Ranger District Office in Sandpoint. Maps and driving instructions can also be picked up there. You can call (208) 263-5111 for more information.

The locations are as follow:

 

Grouse Mountain Sagle 1051

This preferred fuelwood area is located approximately 4.5 miles east of Sagle, Idaho off of Sagle Road. Road 1051 will be open to the public for wood gathering from Tuesday, September 2 through Friday, September 19.