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Greater Spokane League girls soccer teams showed their greatness Saturday in State 4A elimination games. Central Valley, Gonzaga Prep and Mead all won and advanced to the state playoffs.
Latasha Lofton had 18 digs and Courtney Wold added 18 assists, 13 digs and three aces as West Valley upset Pullman 13-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-18 in a Great Northern League volleyball thriller Saturday at West Valley. Wold, usually the Eagles’ leading hitter, stepped into the setter role to cover for a teammate who didn’t play due to an illness.
The state’s apple and pear growers have voted to donate $27 million over the next eight years to support tree fruit research at Washington State University, the largest single gift in the Pullman school’s history.
The Pullman City Council will vote next week on adopting a moratorium on medical marijuana community gardens. City Attorney Laura McAloon advised the council to take that action Tuesday, saying many other Washington cities, such as Issaquah and Tacoma, have passed such moratoriums. The action would temporarily ban medical marijuana growing operations, she said. Cities and counties are not allowed to pass permanent ordinances that would prohibit the gardens outright.
A smoldering cigarette is being blamed on a fire that damaged an apartment house in Pullman on Sunday.
About 13,000 homes and businesses in Pullman are the guinea pigs in a smart grid project involving the Inland Northwest’s largest utility and the region’s largest energy technology manufacturer. The five-year Pullman smart grid test will equip Avista Utility customers with the latest generation of advanced electric meters developed by Liberty Lake-based Itron Inc.
Bill Peterson, the former Pullman High School football coach who helped oversee the Greyhounds’ program during a prosperous six-year stretch, died Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident in western Washington. Peterson, 43, was killed when his 1989 Ford Bronco rolled over on a rural road outside of Chehalis, where he was an assistant basketball and football coach at W.F. West High.
Former Washington State University starting forward DeAngelo Casto is in the clear after Whitman County District Court Judge Doug Robinson today suppressed evidence necessary to prove possession of marijuana charges filed against Casto.
An appeals court on Tuesday upheld vehicular homicide convictions against Frederick Russell, who killed three Washington State University students and seriously injured three others in a drunken crash a decade ago on the highway that connects Moscow and Pullman. However, the Division III Court of Appeals will return the case to Superior Court Judge David Frazier so that Russell can be given credit for the time he was jailed in Ireland as he fought extradition to the U.S. to stand trial. Russell, whose father was the head of WSU’s criminal justice program, had fled to Ireland to avoid prosecution.