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Washington Man Hospitalized with Serious Injuries Following Single Engine Plane Crash in Whitman County

LACROSSE, WA - A 65-year-old Washington man was hospitalized with serious injuries following a single engine plane crash Friday afternoon in Whitman County. The Whitman County Sheriff's Office, Washington State Patrol and local emergency crews from the Lacrosse area responded to the scene at approximately 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. The crash was reportedly in proximity of a small airstrip near milepost 104 on State Route 26 in Whitman County.
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Corps of Engineers Employee Found Dead Inside of Dworshak Dam

AHSAHKA, ID - A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District employee was found dead inside of Dworshak Dam Thursday morning. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District Public Affairs Office confirmed the report with Big Country News Connection on Friday. As of Friday afternoon, no further...

Asotin County Sheriff's Office to Conduct Emphasis Patrols on Snake River Over Fourth of July Weekend to Stop Boating Under the Influence

CLARKSTON - In an effort to encourage safe and sober boating practices, the Asotin County Sheriff's Office will be on the Snake River conducting emphasis patrols this Fourth of July Weekend. From July 2-4, 2022, the ACSO will participate in the 'Operation Dry Water,' a heightened awareness and enforcement campaign...

Idaho Governor Proclaims July 2 as Wildland Firefighter Day

BOISE - Idaho Governor Brad Little has proclaimed July 2 as Idaho Wildland Firefighter Day. The proclamation recognizes the highly dangerous work Idaho wildland firefighters accomplish in the protection of 6.3 million acres of private, state and federal land. Last year Idaho’s wildland firefighters fought 413 wildfires on 142 thousand...

Fireworks Injuries Were Down Nearly 30 Percent in Washington Last Year, Officials Hope for Another Drop This Year

OLYMPIA – In 2021, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office says it received 180 reports of fireworks-related incidents reported by hospitals, clinics, and fire agencies. These incidents resulted in 70 injuries and 110 fires that occurred across Washington State. Officials say fireworks-related incidents most often occur on the Fourth of July.

Idaho man Sentenced by Yakima Judge to Nearly Five Years for Attempted Child Rape

YAKIMA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Thursday a Yakima County Superior Court judge has sentenced an Idaho man to nearly five years in prison following his guilty plea for charges related to felony attempted child rape. A different Yakima judge earlier this month sentenced an Ellensburg man to nearly six years in prison for his role in a 2019 law enforcement operation in Yakima targeting individuals who sought to rape children.

New Missing Indigenous People Alert System Goes Live in Washington State

A new alert system for missing Indigenous people in Washington goes live early Friday morning. Washington State Patrol will launch the new alert system at the beginning of the day Friday, according to a news release. The agency's Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit will add the new designation to existing alerts, such as Amber Alerts highlighting missing children, Silver Alerts highlighting missing seniors and endangered alerts for missing adults.

Idaho Poised for Another Record State Budget Surplus

The state of Idaho is swimming in an ocean of cash and poised to post its second consecutive record state budget surplus. State budget analysts are projecting that the state ended fiscal year 2022 on Thursday with a surplus of about $1.3 billion, Idaho Division of Financial Management Director Alex Adams told the Idaho Capital Sun on Wednesday. State budget officials will likely know the exact figure on about July 20, after the state closes the books and completes year end transfers and bookkeeping work.

Idaho's 2021 Wages Average $23.05 Per Hour

BOISE - In 2021, the average wage for all occupations in Idaho was $23.05 per hour, according to recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program. The $23.05 average hourly wage rate was an increase of $0.55 over the gem state's...