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WSU eyed for hotel, convention center

A hotel and convention center could be built on the Washington State University campus in Pullman if negotiations between a California developer and the university are successful. WSU’s board of regents approved a plan Friday to begin negotiations with Sonnenblick-Del Rio Development for the sale of 7.5 acres of WSU property, according to a news release. The Brentwood, Calif., company wants to build a 125-room Hilton hotel and 10,000- to 12,000-square-foot convention center on the site, which is at the northeast end of campus, east of the Student Recreation Center.

Are we REALLY running out of water?

The other day, walking with an intelligent, well-informed friend, I happened to mention that Washington is having real water supply problems. She was dumbfounded, unaware that all the talk about water conservation was actually more than just environmental rhetoric.

Avista plans to show off ‘smart grid’ in Pullman

Avista Corp. will lead a $38 million “smart grid” demonstration project in Pullman that will upgrade the electric distribution system to the city of 27,600 people. Smart grids make the distribution system more reliable and energy efficient, said Hugh Imhof, an Avista spokesman. If a car hits a power pole in the middle of the night, for example, switches on the smart grid can reroute the electrical flow within seconds so that a minimum of homes and businesses lose power.

Flag Retirement

From 2007 video archive: On Flag Day in Pullman, Wash., two generations of men and boys came together to honorably retire about 50 old, torn and weathered American flags. Members of the American Legion Post 52, Boys Scout Troop 477 and about two-dozen onlookers gathered around a bonfire in a field. Kind words about the flag's service were said and taps was played. After the solemn ceremony, each flag was then committed to the fire by teams of Boy Scouts who saluted their ashes.

Wal-Mart wants smaller Pullman store

Wal-Mart will cut 68,000 square feet from its planned south Pullman superstore, the retailer announced today. Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart last year received approval for a 223,000-square-foot structure on Bishop Boulevard. Today, the company filed plans with the city reducing the size to 155,000 square feet.

Arrest warrants issued in Pullman shooting

The Latah County prosecutor today issued warrants against two Moscow men arrested earlier in the day in connection with an overnight shooting involving a shotgun at an apartment in Pullman.

Pullman loses game of a different stripe

YAKIMA – Free-throw shooting – the thing that propelled the Pullman boys one day further into the consolation bracket on Thursday – abandoned the Greyhounds Friday in a 43-34 loser-out loss to Quincy in the State 2A boys tournament at the SunDome. The loss eliminated the Greyhounds from the tournament, ending Pullman’s season with a record of 18-9.

Shadle boys draw No. 1 Franklin

Shadle Park’s boys basketball team insisted on taking the hard road to state, and now the Highlanders are facing a hard road at state. The Highlanders (20-5), who lost to Rogers in the Region 3A championship game and had to come back in consolation to earn their second-straight state trip, have drawn top-ranked Franklin in the 9 a.m. state opener Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome.

Pullman boys, girls advance

For one night the Palouse stretched all the way to Veradale. The Pullman Greyhounds swept a pair of games at Central Valley High to clinch the final two State 2A berths in the District 7 boys and girls basketball tournaments.

Woman hurt escaping fire

A young woman fractured her pelvis Tuesday morning when she and a friend jumped about 12 feet to escape flames at a Pullman apartment complex, Pullman Fire Department spokesman Glenn Johnson said. The call came in just before 7 a.m. When fire crews arrived, four of the eight apartment units at 151 N.W. Terre View Drive were on fire; they sustained heavy damage.

Rural shopping center closer

A proposed 714,000-square-foot shopping center in rural Whitman County has cleared two major hurdles, paving the way for a complex county officials envision as a regional draw. Boise-based developer Hawkins Companies LLC expects national home-improvement chain Lowe's will be an anchor tenant for the center, to be located north of state Route 270 just across the border from Moscow, Idaho. Whitman County commissioners last week gave preliminary approval to use as much as $9.1 million in bonds to pay for roads and other infrastructure at the site, and Moscow is dropping its opposition to Hawkins' requests to tap groundwater.

Watching the game in Pullman

Stuck in Pullman, hundreds of Cougar fans flocked to sports bars to watch WSU play UCLA in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008.

Post game with Tony Bennett

Post game Q&A with Tony Bennett after WSU beat EWU 68-41, Friday, Nov. 11, 207, in Pullman.

Cities won’t fight Time Warner

In an attempt to avoid a costly legal battle, Pullman and Moscow city officials say they won't challenge a recent attempt by Time Warner NY Cable LLC to eradicate the cities' ability to review and regulate basic cable rates. But they criticized Time Warner's petition to the Federal Communications Commission, which contends the company shouldn't be subject to city oversight because it faces "effective competition" from national satellite-TV services. That competition partly stems from a dispute between Time Warner and a local Fox affiliate that resulted in the cable company dropping Fox and upset customers switching to satellite, officials contended.