Local bookstores to celebrate Indie Bookstore Day 04.28.2016

Many Moscow residents know they can rely on Book People of Moscow to always offer a warm, friendly atmosphere. Hidden amongst stacks of books are oversized beanbag chairs and a community chalkboard. For co-owner Carol Spurling, bookstores are a staple of any community. Spurling said they make downtowns more special. “We have events, author events,

43rd annual Moscow Renaissance Fair celebrates the arrival of spring 04.25.2016

As a child, Whitney Schroeder spent hours walking through the craft booths set up in East City Park for Moscow’s annual celebration of spring: the Renaissance Fair. She listened to the live music, played in the park’s sandbox and ate fried cinnamon dough treats called Nessie Ears. “I was always kind of in awe of

‘Wait and see’ — Local landowners look ahead to 2016 fire season 03.28.2016

In his 47 years in Moscow, Dan Carscallen said there has been only one summer that the roads to Moscow Mountain closed. That was last summer, from early July to early September of 2015. Carscallen, a clerk at the North Latah Highway District, is the one who sent out the press release announcing Moscow Mountain

‘I shot four people’ — Shooting suspect enters Alford pleas to all four charges against him 03.21.2016

Accused Moscow shooter John Lee accepted a plea agreement from the state March 11. Though he initially entered guilty pleas to all four charges brought against him, Judge John Stegner ultimately accepted Alford pleas, changing the initial pleas of not guilty Lee entered August 3. Lee said he decided to change his plea because his

Determined to reach goals — New martial arts studio aims to teach a love of the sport 03.07.2016

Nicolae Cury, head coach and program director of the V7 Martial Arts Studio in Moscow, has a black belt in Judo, started Brazilian Jujitsu in 2006, and has 13 professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights under his belt. Cury tried to make the Brazilian Olympic team twice during his young adulthood, but after the second

Partying down Main Street — Moscow Mardi Gras celebration benefits local youth 03.03.2016

Moscow will get its annual taste of the historic New Orleans tradition of Mardi Gras Saturday. The Moscow Mardi Gras is a non-profit organization that benefits youth organizations in the Moscow-Pullman communities. The celebration for youth and adults takes to the streets the first Saturday in March. “It’s a total family-friendly activity,” said Genevieve Bode,

Reading for a cause — BookPeople’s Blind Date with a Book program supports local book fairs 02.22.2016

Lonely? BookPeople of Moscow may have the cure — with their “Blind Date with a Book” program,  you could go to bed with a new book any night of the week. “So you go up, and the books are wrapped so you can’t see what they are,” University of Idaho freshman Miles Ward said. “They

New to the barbecue business — Martin’s Smokehouse offers a new flavor as old favorites disappear 02.08.2016

When entering Martin’s Smokehouse, the welcoming smell of barbeque wafts out the door to greet you. Martin’s Smokehouse, is a relatively new feature of downtown Moscow. Owner Ken Austin said it has been open since Dec. 21. Martin’s Smokehouse isn’t the only change on the block of Main Street and East Second Street downtown. Two

Questioning coverage — Campus Conversation addresses Oregon militia 02.08.2016

Armed ranchers occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, have demanded the federal government cede its ownership of the refuge since Jan. 2. The occupation, which erupted in violence late last month, has sparked debate about the media’s use of the word “terrorist,” as well as treatment of various ethnic and religious

A local treasure lives on — Howard Hughes Video is transitioning into a cooperatively-owned business 02.04.2016

Howard Hughes Video is a rarity to Moscow, with the disappearance of similar stores over the years. Yet for over 20 years, the film-loving community members of Moscow have rented movies from the Main Street video store. Early last year, however, the owners decided it was time to move on. Yet current manager Ian Pannkuk

New coffee hits the grind — One World takes over as Sisters’ Brew owners move on 01.28.2016

After nine years of being a fixture in both the Moscow and university communities, Sisters’ Brew coffee shop will brew no more. Sisters’ Brew management closed their locations in the UI Administration Building and Janssen Engineering Building at the beginning of the year, handing the reigns to One World Cafe, another Moscow staple, Jan. 19.

Palouse Mall Macy’s among 36 national locations to close 01.24.2016

The Palouse Mall Macy’s will be one of 36 locations nationwide to close its doors this spring, according to an announcement released by Macy’s earlier this month. The announcement cited dropping sales in 2015 as the reason for the closures. Gina Taruscio, executive director of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, said decisions such as these

Supporting a sisterhood — Annual fundraiser for Moscow’s sister city will take place Friday night 01.21.2016

The first time David Barber went to Villa El Carmen, Nicaragua, was in 2007, and he stayed for two months. “It was so unlike what I was used to here in Moscow,” Barber said. “It took some getting used to, but it was a great trip.” Villa El Carmen and Moscow have been sister cities

Eight miles of organic food — Moscow Food Co-op owners look to Pullman for growth 01.19.2016

About two years ago, the Moscow Food Co-op’s owners decided two of their highest priorities were supporting local food producers and growth of the cooperative. Since the second-highest number of co-op owners are from Pullman, General Manager Melinda Schab said she began looking west. She said she began researching options and discovered that opening a

Moscow Alehouse turns three — Employee-turned-entrepreneur celebrates three years in business 01.14.2016

When Wendy Smiley Johnson first came to the Moscow Alehouse 10 years ago, it was simply called the Alehouse. The business originally opened in 1999 and was run by the Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company until 2010, when they lost the lease. With that, the remaining surplus of beer was sold, the brewery shut down and

It’s for the animals — Humane Society offers opportunities to adopt, volunteer 12.10.2015

Winter brings new challenges to the Humane Society of the Palouse every year. In response, some University of Idaho students are doing their part to lighten the load. Trina Pickett, cattery manager, said volunteer times are usually booked this time of year by students trying to fulfill volunteer hours they are required to clock by

Helping for the holidays — Palouse community members will volunteer time to collect donations for local food banks. 12.03.2015

A one-to-two hour commitment on a Saturday morning can go a long way to reducing hunger on the Palouse, said Palouse Cares Board of Directors President Rick Minard. “The more doors we can knock on, the more people will open their doors and give us food,” Minard said. Palouse Cares will hold its 10th food

UI researcher plans innovative techniques to fight disease 11.30.2015

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a research grant to University of Idaho research scientist Haiqing Sheng, to research a novel approach to fighting E. coli. “The Gates Foundation is very innovative in the kinds of projects that it chooses to fund and so it’s a great funding agency to work with,” said Bill

ASUI Senate election draws record turnout 11.30.2015

ASUI Sen. Cruz Botello and running mate Rachael Miller will continue their presence on ASUI Senate, along with five other candidates elected Nov. 18. The running mates took the first two spots in the election, with Botello receiving 542 votes and Miller receiving 470 votes. Along with Botello and Miller, University of Idaho students elected

For the kids — Toys for Tots expands throughout the Palouse 11.27.2015

Before Julie Latrell took on the job of improving the Toys for Tots program on the Palouse as part of her master’s program, participation in the area was minimal. In 2013, the results for the program shattered previous records, said Julie’s husband Edwin Latrell. “We collected 350 toys and 2,500 plus dollars in that 72-hour

Safe driving for break—Winter weather conditions can impede a safe trip home 11.16.2015

As students leave Moscow for the holidays, reaching their destination can prove to be difficult during cold weather conditions. With fall break coming up, Moscow Police Lt. David Lehmitz said students driving home to celebrate Thanksgiving should take precautions for a safer journey. Lehmitz said some drivers make the common mistake of not allowing enough

Wisescaping winners — City promotes sustainable landscaping through contest 11.05.2015

On the eve of the elections, Moscow City officials turned their attention away from their debates to focus on ways to promote voluntary water management. Moscow City Mayor Bill Lambert presented the Wisescape Awards Monday, which are meant to both encourage and demonstrate sustainable landscaping. “I got excited about this,” Lambert said. “It’s becoming more

Moscow Police Lt. David Lehmitz plans to retire, leave UI in December 10.29.2015

Lt. David Lehmitz has filled a lot shoes in his career, spending time as a patrol officer, detective, officer trainer and narcotics investigator. But to his colleagues, Lehmitz’s shoes as commander of Moscow Police’s Campus Division will be the biggest to fill as he plans to retire in December. “I’ve always enjoyed this work,” Lehmitz

Promoting with pink — Gritman celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 10.29.2015

From NFL football fields to popular food packaging, pink was the color of choice in October as organizations supported National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Debi Dockins, director of Volunteer Services at Gritman Medical Center, said this month holds a lot of importance for the staff at the Gritman Medical Center. “We all have a cancer

Halloween happiness — Local children will come to campus for annual Tower Trick or Treat 10.29.2015

Trick-or-treaters will navigate a vertical neighborhood this weekend as University of Idaho Housing and Residence Life hosts its 37th annual Tower Trick or Treat event from 2-4 p.m. Saturday in the Theophilus Tower. The event serves as an opportunity for local children and their families to trick or treat throughout the building as well as