Electrical malfunction at chlorine plant creates critical supply shortage in Oregon

Oregonians are asked to limit outdoor water use for things like watering lawns and filling swimming pools to extend the state’s chlorine supply. PORTLAND, Ore. — A major electrical failure at a chlorine manufacturer in Longview, Wash. has created a critical chlorine shortage in Oregon that could affect the state’s water supply, the Oregon Office … Read more

Oregon’s eviction moratorium is set to expire June 30

Under a proposed bill, Oregonians with pending applications for rental assistance could get a 60-day extension. PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s renters have been protected by a state-imposed moratorium during the pandemic. When it expires on June 30, landlords can evict those who can’t pay.   State lawmakers are considering whether to extend the state’s eviction … Read more

Three more arrests made in connection with Memorial Day death in Coeur d’Alene

Five suspects have now been arrested in connection to the death of 20-year-old Gabriel Casper in Coeur d’Alene. He was found lying unconscious in the road. COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Three more people have been arrested in an ongoing investigation into the death of a 20-year-old man on Memorial Day in Coeur d’Alene.  Coeur d’Alene … Read more

Catalytic converter thefts: Where are thieves selling the stolen goods?

Some recycling centers in western Washington are taking steps to stop thieves from trying to sell stolen catalytic converters. SEATTLE — Police in western Washington are warning that thefts of catalytic converters are skyrocketing, but where do those stolen goods end up? Thieves are after catalytic converters to recycle the precious metals that are inside, … Read more

Malheur County among 11 Oregon counties to stay at high COVID risk level

Any county in Oregon can move to the lower risk level once 65% of its residents have received at least one dose and the county has submitted an equity plan. PORTLAND, Ore. — Editor’s note: During a press conference on June 11, Gov. Kate Brown announced Clackamas County is likely to pass 65% of its residents … Read more

Here’s where Spokane, North Idaho colleges stand on requiring COVID-19 vaccines

WSU is requiring COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff. Other local colleges are still weighing the decision while others have decided against a requirement. SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State University has joined a handful of higher education institutions that are requiring COVID-19 vaccines in the fall of 2021, including others in the state.  WSU students … Read more

Joints for Jabs: Washington cannabis retailers can provide incentive for vaccination

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board approved the incentive for June 7 through July 12. WASHINGTON — The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LBC) announced they will temporarily allow cannabis retailers to offer incentives for vaccinations. State licensed cannabis retailers can provide one joint to adult consumers who receive a vaccination at an … Read more

Lawmaker faces expulsion over breach of Oregon Capitol; House Republicans call for resignation

Rep. Mike Nearman was seen on security cameras opening the door to the Capitol and allowing violent protesters into the building. SALEM, Ore. — Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek wants to expel a Republican lawmaker who allowed violent protesters into the state Capitol in December. Kotek introduced a resolution that says if two-thirds of the … Read more

Man shot by police in Post Falls after reportedly threatening to kill deputies

In a recording obtained by The Coeur d’Alene Press, the man told a 911 dispatcher that he was armed with a handgun and intended to shoot or be shot by police. POST FALLS, Idaho — Police shot a man Thursday night who reportedly expressed suicidal thoughts and threatened to kill deputies, KREM 2 news partner … Read more

‘Ticking time bomb’: Kootenai County fentanyl overdoses continue to increase

Local law enforcement are worried that the opioid epidemic will continue to get worse if it’s not addressed by the community in Kootenai County. COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Fentanyl-related overdoses continue to increase in Kootenai County, law enforcement said.  In late May, five people died from suspected fentanyl-related overdoses in eight days. Now, ten days … Read more

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