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In brief: Suspected car in hit-and-run impounded

The Washington State Patrol has impounded a vehicle that may be connected to a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian.

Evonna A. Hyde, 20, of Springdale, was walking on state Route 231 on Tuesday when she was struck by a green vehicle that then fled the scene, according to the WSP. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said Thursday they have identified a possible suspect and impounded the suspect’s vehicle but would not release more details because the crash is still under investigation.

It is unknown whether intoxicants were a factor in the crash.

Sign-up under way for workshop for rural journalists, bloggers

The Spokesman-Review and the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University will provide a one-day training workshop in February for qualified rural journalists and citizen bloggers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

The free workshop, which will be held at Spokesman-Review offices, is open to 20 citizen journalists or bloggers interested in increasing their knowledge of writing, reporting and photojournalism, as well as to network with other writers and journalists.

To be considered for the one-day training, please submit a short essay and work samples to Benjamin Shors, clinical assistant professor of journalism, at, by Dec. 15.

Suit seeks decision on petition to lift protections on caribou

A North Idaho county and a snowmobile group sued the U.S. Department of Interior in federal court, the latest step in their bid to have Endangered Species Act protections lifted on woodland caribou that roam the U.S.-Canadian border region.

Bonner County and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association filed the complaint Thursday in U.S. District Court.

They’re being represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group.

The complaint contends U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has failed to act on their petition lodged earlier this year contending the caribou were improperly given ESA protections in 1983.

They want Salazar to make a decision on the petition and to pay for their lawsuit.


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