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

Constructing an all-inclusive brewery— Rants and Raves Brewery plans to open in December 10.26.2015

A nasty Craigslist ad is behind the name of Rants and Raves Brewery, a new brewery under construction in Moscow. Founder Neil Attebury said Rants and Raves Brewery got its name after he received an anonymous negative Craigslist review toward himself. Attebury thought it was funny, and decided to name his brewery after it, he

ASUI to host Town and Gown Soiree next month 10.22.2015

ASUI President Max Cowan invited members of Moscow City Council to the ASUI Town and Gown Soiree during a city council meeting Monday evening. The ASUI event will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Bruce Pitman Center. “The goal of it is to provide student leaders an opportunity to engage with members

A new center for recovery, support — Latah Recovery Center opens in downtown Moscow, available to entire community 10.22.2015

Downtown Moscow has seen many new storefronts open up in the past year, but the Latah Recovery Center aims to have a unique impact on local citizens. The Latah Recovery Center opened Sept. 1, but Program Director Darrell Keim said the creation of the center was about a year in the making. The center is

Planned Parenthood debate continues on the Palouse 10.11.2015

Planned Parenthood demonstration draws hundreds in support and in protest Though the heated conversations were kept at a minimum, the signs told another story as Planned Parenthood protestors faced off with the organization’s supporters in Pullman Saturday morning. “Babies betrayed,” read one sign held by a pro-life supporter. “Killing your baby is bad parenthood,” read

Running after hours — ‘You have the city to yourself in a way’ 10.08.2015

Lauren Heryford isn’t being chased — she just likes running at night. “I don’t like running into people I know — they see you and are like, ‘Wow, you’re really struggling up that hill,’” Heryford said. “It’s just quieter. You have the city to yourself in a way.” The University of Idaho psychology major said

Protesters hand out flyers denouncing local religious leader Douglas Wilson 10.08.2015

University of Idaho student Jessy Forsmo-Shadid and a small group of activists stood in Friendship Square Sept. 29. “Are you guys scared?” Forsom-Shadid asked the five women surrounding her as they waited in anticipation to start protesting. Nearly every woman was holding white flyers and wearing plaid or flannel, a nod to the words of

Agreeing to disagree — Campus Conversation facilitates debate about Planned Parenthood 10.01.2015

After the event’s promotional materials kept getting torn down, Outreach Coordinator Courtney Stoker was worried no one would attend the first monthly Campus Conversation to discuss Planned Parenthood. But by the time the event began Wednesday afternoon, every seat in the Idaho Commons Aurora room was filled. Overflow attendees even milled around the tables University

Facing a felony — Moscow man arrested in connection with Wells Fargo bank robbery 09.28.2015

Moscow resident Ebrahem Arar, 31, faces one count of felony robbery in connection to an alleged Sept. 18 bank robbery at the Moscow Wells Fargo on Blaine Street. Arar made his first appearance at the Latah County Courthouse Friday. His bond is placed at $100,000 and a preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Oct.

Time with dad — Crowds filled Main Street as dads enjoy time with their students 09.28.2015

University of Idaho students and their parents crowded Main Street Friday for an evening of food and live entertainment as part of the Moscow Block Party. In a blocked off section of Main Street, students and their dads sported UI shirts and sweaters to show their Vandal pride. Darin Lindig, who drove up from Boise