May 23, 2013 in City

In brief: Mountain lion kills dogs in backyards

 

BOISE – Three next-door neighbors in east Boise have had their small dogs attacked by a mountain lion in their fenced backyards in the past two weeks, and two of the dogs have died.

The attacks happened in Surprise Valley, a neighborhood on the city’s eastern edge that backs up to native sagebrush land. This is the first mountain lion incident reported in Boise this spring, but the city has had plenty in recent years.

“We have mountain lions in Boise all the time,” said Evin Oneale, Southwest Idaho regional conservation educator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. “It’s when we have a lion like this that exhibits this kind of behavior that our awareness of the situation becomes heightened.”

Authorities didn’t learn of the attacks until Tuesday morning when a resident saw the mountain lion leap off her fence into her yard and attack her Yorkshire terrier. That dog survived, but the lion already had killed and carried off a second one. Two adjacent neighbors on Wednesday reported earlier attacks in which one dog survived and the other died.

Betsy Z. Russell

Thefts of brass fittings pose fire safety risk

A rash of thefts of brass fittings on the sides of buildings in Spokane Valley is threatening fire crews’ abilities to fight fires in those buildings, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

A release said the brass fittings are used “for the fire department to connect to and charge the interior sprinkler system in the event of a large-scale fire.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for anyone providing information leading to an arrest in the thefts.

“Without these exterior adapters, not only the integrity of the building but the safety of people inside the building is put at extreme risk,” the release said.

Anyone with information, or anyone who sees someone other than a firefighter working on the fittings, is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Staff reports

Whitworth degree available in Moses Lake

Starting in August, Whitworth University will offer a bachelor’s degree at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.

This is the first program Whitworth University is offering at the community college, but “it’s expected we will offer more,” said Christie Anderson, Whitworth director of evening business programs.

Students who have already earned an associate’s degree or completed two years of general requirements will be eligible to complete a Bachelor of Arts in organizational management.

The courses will be taught by Whitworth instructors over six weeks in an accelerated, hybrid format, college officials said. Students will attend classes three times per week and engage with instructors and classmates online between class sessions.

“Coursework will involve a blend of theory and practical application in a business setting,” said Whitworth spokesman Lucas Beechinor.

Tuition for the new program will be $520 per credit and includes books, course materials and related fees.

For more information call (509) 777-3222, or visit www.whitworth.edu/evening.

Jody Lawrence-Turner


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