A 22-year-old Davenport, Wash., man suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the foot Friday afternoon at the Rock Lake public boat launch south of Spokane.
Investigators with the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday afternoon that the man was treated at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport and released.
The victim told officials in neighboring Lincoln County that he had been shot by an unknown person by accident at 4 p.m.
He also said shooter then drove away, and the victim gave chase.
He provided no descriptions of the shooter or the vehicle.
Deputies are investigating other possibilities, too, including whether the gunshot may have been self-inflicted, or if the man may have been shot in the foot by his 18-year-old girlfriend.
“We need to get official statements from them,” said Deputy Jim Pelissier, noting that Whitman County has jurisdiction in the matter.
More details – including the name of the victim and the type of firearm – may be released today, Pelissier said.
There have been no arrests.
Juvenile center decision near
Bonner County commissioners say they are close to deciding on a design and layout for a new juvenile detention center.
The county has not decided how to pay for the project, which is expected to cost between $6.4 million to $7.8 million, but commission Chairman Joe Young said a decision on how to proceed could be reached by May 26.
County commissioners have considered going to taxpayers and raising money for the facility with a property tax levy.
County Clerk Marie Scott told commissioners last week that time is running short if they want to get the project on an Aug. 4 ballot.
Professor urges concrete roads
An engineering professor at Idaho State University says the state could save money on transportation costs over time by using more concrete to build roads.
Habib Sadid completed a study for the Idaho Transportation Department earlier this year and said concrete, while more expensive to pave with than asphalt, is more durable and would require less maintenance.
Sadid said a reaction in concrete, which is made of water and cement, does make the material susceptible to cracking.
But concrete is also more rigid and resistant to heat than asphalt, Sadid said, and would achieve transportation savings for the state in the long run.
Pendleton Mills marks centenary
Pendleton Woolen Mills has launched a marketing campaign to tout its 100th anniversary.
Highlights included how popular culture embraced Pendleton shirts through the rock ’n’ roll era of the early 1960s.
Back then, a California band, the Pendletones, would set the sound for a generation. They later changed their name to The Beach Boys.
The Pendleton East Oregonian said surfers used to wear the shirts as a jacket to keep off the chill during nights on the beach.
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