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N. Idaho council approves voluntary smoking ban

The Lewiston City Council has approved a voluntary ban on smoking in some public outdoor spaces.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the council voted 5-2 on Monday to approve the ordinance.

Lewiston Parks and Recreation Director Tim Barker says the city's health department will pay for signs asking people to use tobacco away from crowded areas.

Councilor Bob Blakey says there's a problem with people using tobacco in places where people gather.

Councilors who voted against the ordinance say a voluntary ban with no penalties for violators is pointless.

Idaho Meth Project seeks Teen Advisory applicants

Idaho Meth Project seeks Teen Advisory applicants

From The Idaho Meth Project:

Fruit and vegetable grants available for Idaho schools

Fruit and vegetable grants available for Idaho schools

From the Idaho Department of Education:

Idaho elementary schools can apply now to implement the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2014-2015 school year.

 

Beware the swarm!

Beware the swarm!

Warmer temperatures next week are likely to wake up the area's first wave of yellow jackets, so here's what you need to know to help cut back their numbers before they invade your barbecue later this summer.

Right now it's only the queens that are coming out of hibernation and they're looking for a place to nest and start laying their eggs. If you can catch a queen with a trap now you can really cut back on the number of hornets you'll be battling in the warm weather ahead.

Late last summer a lot of us were at war with yellow jackets.

"They got up over the 90's and that allowed the yellow jacket nests to increase in size and then of course they got aggressive going after meat and food at your picnics," Stephanie Cates with Rescue Pest Control Products said.

As it turns out we could have cut down the number of these pesty party crashers if we had gone after the queen.

"They've been hibernating all winter, they're ready to emerge right now and start finding a new nest location," Cates said.

Support dogs bring comfort to mudslide survivors

The dogs of HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response have received hours of training to provide emotional support to people who have experienced a disaster or crisis.

Member of the organization are spread all across the nation, including Spokane. Just days after the mudslide, eight Spokane dogs and their owners went to some of the mudslide's hardest hit areas.

"They just loved all the dogs coming in to help them," said Debbie Wing of HOPE AACR.

They will continue to go back and forth from Oso, Arlington and Darrington, over the course of the next few months to assist mudslide victims who need the most help.

"The child daycare center, they were extremely depressed. They were saying, 'Why go on?' They were so comforted by the dogs. Within 45 minutes, they were singing, playing and talking about all the happy things instead of everything they had been talking about," said Wing

Karen Hathaway, the vice president of HOPE AACR, said the dogs literally take the pain away from those who are suffering.

Local ways to help with mudslide relief

Local ways to help with mudslide relief

The devastation of the aftermath of the Oso mudslide has rocked the entire state of Washington and many are wondering what they can do to help our friends in Snohomish County. Here’s three things you can do locally to help with the recovery.

Silverwood to hire 1,300 employees

Silverwood to hire 1,300 employees

Hundreds of people visited the Kootenai County Fairgrounds on Saturday for the Silverwood Job Fair.

Silverwood Theme Park is hoping to hire a total 1,300 people. Most of the available positions are seasonal, May to October, but they are looking to fill some full-time positions as well.

"It's a great summer job, it's fun, they can earn free tickets for their friends and family, and it's a great first job for those who are looking for a first job," said John Jachim, of Silverwood.

There are still plenty of opportunities to apply to work at Silverwood. Applicants can go online to www.workatsilverwood.com? and fill out an application, or go to one of the two remaining job fairs. Job fairs will be held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds April 5 and 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.