Idaho News

Friday, February 15, 2019

RV fire on edge of the Moscow city limits kills 3 cats, 1 dog

Three cats and one dog died in a recreational vehicle that caught fire Thursday afternoon off Carmichael Road on the eastern edge of the Moscow city limits. Moscow Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brian Nickerson said the woman who lived in the roughly 20-foot RV suffered minor smoke inhalation but was not transported to the hospital. Nickerson said the fire is believed to have sparked from an electrical issue. He said the woman was the only person inside when the fire started and she was able to rescue one cat before exiting the vehicle. Nickerson said the Moscow Volunteer Rural Fire District was dispatched to the scene at 4:54 p.m. The fire took about 10 minutes to get under control but firefighters stayed on scene for about two and a half hours.
Moscow-Pullman Daily News Blogs

Bonner County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council Revived

The comatose Bonner County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council was revived on Wednesday. The council, which advises county commissioners on EMS operations and policy, had been in a vegetative state for 33 months, after the panel resolved to meet on an as-needed basis. The council’s revival comes as county commissioners mull whether privatize Bonner County EMS by turning the service contract over to a new entity whose nucleus is the Boundary Ambulance Service. The potential move blindsided Bonner EMS employees heading into the holidays and sparked fear that they might no longer have jobs. It also raised open meeting law questions as the change was concealed in closed-door talks involving the resignation of former Bonner EMS Chief Bob Bussey.
Bonner County Daily Bee

Gas leak started as crews demolished East Lewiston home that went up in flames in 2018

Crews were continuing to demolish a three-story home that burned up in October when the house shifted and hit a gas line, causing a leak Thursday morning. The Lewiston Fire Department says this all started some time around 10:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of 6th Avenue. A fire engine with three firefighters, multiple Avista Utilities trucks and Lewiston Police vehicles responded all responded to the incident. Cpt. Chris Jacks with Lewiston Fire says they contained the leak well and turned the gas off by 11:30 a.m. "Now it's going to be pretty safe because they've capped that line so they have no gas going anywhere near that so it'll be very safe to remove the structure now,” Jacks says.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

New law will make overdose reversal drug naloxone more available

Gov. Brad Little has signed into law legislation aimed at reducing the number of opioid deaths in Idaho by making more readily available naloxone overdose reversal medication. Little on Thursday signed the bill that alters wording in Idaho law to make it clear emergency responders, family members and others can administer the medication. Language in the law being replaced led to some interpretations that allowed only a medical professional with the authority to prescribe to distribute naloxone. Little says the new law gives Idaho one of the broadest naloxone access laws in the United States. He says his administration is committed to fighting the scourge of opioid abuse head on. Officials say Idaho had 116 known opioid overdose deaths in 2017, up from 44 a decade earlier.

Follow Up: Building use offered to Sandpoint businesses hit by fire

The owners of the building at 317 North First Ave. are offering up their space free of charge to businesses displaced by the destructive fire that claimed two downtown buildings early Monday morning. The building formerly housed Zany Zebra and Great Stuff, both of which ended their runs as retailers on First. Hair Unlimited, which remains in business, bisects the building. “I have both of those spots open,” Lauren Adair, a local real estate agent who represents the building’s owners, said of the former locations of Zany Zebra and Great Stuff. The building lacks commercial kitchen spaces that would be needed by The Hound restaurant, the China Kitchen restaurant and Sandpoint Chocolate Bear.
Bonner County Daily Bee

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