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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008

Stay home, police chief warns

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo is telling citizens to stay home due to hazardous road conditions."The roads should be utilized for emergency vehicle travel only," Longo said in a news release.Police and Fire units are responding to an overwhelming number of stranded motorist calls...

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Check vents and meters, Avista says

Due to the heavy snowfall, Avista is asking its customers to clear snow and ice away from electric and natural gas meters and from appliance vents outside their homes. That will help prevent damage to the meters and will help ensure that appliances, including furnaces,...

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More snow Saturday-Sunday 

A winter storm warning remained in effect until 4 p.m. today, and more snow is on the way Saturday night and Sunday, said Mike Fries, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Spokane.On Friday and Saturday, a new blast of arctic air comes into the...

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County offices closed

All Spokane County departments, including courts, are closed today. Law enforcement personnel and jail officers should report for their work shifts, however. The county has 44 snow plows, 36 graders, 10 loaders and four de-icing trucks working on county roads. Crews are working around the...

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CdA official: 'Off the Richter scale'

In Coeur d’Alene, where two feet of snow fell in 24 hours, city street crews have plowed all arterials three times and have begun clearing neighborhood streets, Deputy City Administrator Jon Ingalls said Thursday morning."We’re going to keep at it and keep at it and...

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Panhandle Health closed

Panhandle Health District offices throughout the five northern Idaho counties it serves will be closed today due to heavy and drifting snow, said Cynthia Taggart, the district's public information officer. Weather permitting, the offices will reopen Friday for regular business hours -- 8 a.m. to...

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Cancellations, closures

Spokane County offices, including Superior Court and the Sheriff's office, were closed today.The IMAX theater and all other Riverfront Park attractions are closed until further notice, the Spokane Parks department said. A public meeting in Hayden on access to U.S. Highway 95 was cancelled for...

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Senior lunch programs cancelled

All senior lunch programs in the Spokane Valley are closed today, including Spokane Valley Senior Center, Opportunity Senior Lunch Program and the Edgecliff Senior Lunch Program. Valley Meals on Wheels will be providing home-delivered meals to seniors who need food, but put out a call...

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No police response in CdA except emergencies

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department said officers will not respond to call in residential areas, except in emergencies.Police officials advised residents to stay home until roads have been cleared."We've got so many disabled vehicles and slideoffs and traffic hazards now," said Natalie West, a report...

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Two men who were apparently involved in a crash on I-90 in Coeur d'Alene wait for tow trucks on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. KATHY PLONKA The Spokesman-Review (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Interstate 90 moving

Traffic on Interstate 90 through Spokane was moving in both Spokane and North Idaho this morning, but Idaho State Police spokeswoman Natalie Allred said, "It's just treacherous driving conditions."Trucks are required to chain up at the bottom of the Sunset Hill at the westbound side...

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Police say stay home

Law enforcment agencies are asking people to stay home.The ISP put it this way: "Due to extreme road and weather conditions the Idaho State Police requests that all non emergency traffic stay off the roadways."Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller, police spokeswoman. urged employers to make...

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Street crews open arterials

Spokane city street Director Mark Serbousek reported that arterials and snow emergency routes within the Spokane were opened by daybreak, but needed another pass by plows to improve conditions.The city remained on a "condition red" snow emergency, and will continue plowing 24-hours-a-day until the city's...

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