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Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Monday is the deadline for drivers to remove studded tires.

Drivers with studded tires after Monday could get a $124 ticket.

The Transportation Department wants studded tires off the road because they cause highway ruts and damage bridge decks.

Flooding closes several roads across Inland Northwest

Flooding closes several roads across Inland Northwest

Warm temperatures across the Inland Northwest have led to rapidly melting snow and flooding around the region.

There are reports of water over the roadway in Reardan, Davenport, Odessa, Harrington and Colfax.

The Washington State Patrol is reporting several road closures due to water over the roadway as a result of the snowmelt.

In Lincoln County, SR 231 has been closed between Interstate 90 and SR 2. State Route 23 has also been closed between St. John and Sprague. Between Sprague and Harrington SR 23 is open but flooding has been reported in numerous locations along the road and could be closed at any time as of 3:30 p.m.

Water has undercut part of the roadway on SR 27 five miles south of Oakesdale, with part of the northbound lane washed away, but the road remains open.

SR 25 has one lane open north from Davenport.

In Whitman County, water is also reported over the roadway in Colfax.

In Spokane County, water is reported over the roadway on SR 27 three miles north of Latah; water is also over the roadway on State Route 2 two miles west of Airway Heights.

Three dead in North Idaho crashes

Three dead in North Idaho crashes

Three people have been killed Tuesday in two separate crashes in North Idaho, while there have been multiple crashes and collisions reported across Eastern Washington.

Two people were killed in a two car crash on Interstate-90 near Cataldo. A man and woman were driving in a Nissan Pathfinder westbound around 10:30 a.m. when they lost control, went across the median and slammed into a semi-truck. The truck ended up in the eastbound lanes, while the Pathfinder came to a rest in the median.

The woman in the passenger seat died on impact while the male driver was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The victims have not been identified. The two people in the semi-truck were not injured.

The crash slowed traffic in the westbound lanes while eastbound traffic was diverted off the freeway for about five hours. Idaho State Police say slick roads were a major factor in the crash.

In Nez Perce County, one person was killed in a two-vehicle crash along Highway 12 at 8:11 a.m. In that collision the driver of a tractor trailer crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a pick-up truck.

Tanker spill closes Hwy 17

Tanker spill closes Hwy 17

Highway 17 is closed as crews from the Department of Ecology work to transfer ethanol from a tanker truck that crashed in a bridge over Lind Coulee around 6 am.

No one was hurt in the crash. Ecology reports that less than 100 gallons of ethanol spilled onto the roadway and none of it reached water in a nearby canal. Highway 17 will remain closed as crews work to transfer approximately 6,0000 gallons of ethanol into a new tank and right the truck.

Personalized license plates celebrate 40 years

Personalized license plates celebrate 40 years

From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Train collides with semi-truck

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office Motor Traffic Unit and Columbia Basin Railroad are investigating a collision between a train and a semi-truck that happened on Friday afternoon.

Jamie Veliz of Othello was driving a 2004 Peterbilt pulling two hooper trailers when he tried to cross the train tracks at a private crossing on the El Oro Cattle Company property. A southbound Columbia Basin Railroad train struck the truck and pushed it off the west side of the tracks.

Ephrata auto detailer shines up Air Force One

Ephrata auto detailer shines up Air Force One

Earlier this month an auto detailer from Ephrata joined a team of 35 hand picked detailers to take on the project of a lifetime. The nation's top detailers came together to bring back the shine on the original Air Force One at the Seattle Museum of Flight.


“This is a special opportunity that has arisen at an important point in my career,” said Bill 'The Buff Man' Quinn. “I am honored and excited to be a member of such and exclusive team and to get the chance to use my skills for such an esteemed job—preserving an important piece of U.S. aviation history.”


The Air Force One Special Air Missions 970 flew Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. The plane is now sits on the tarmac at the Seattle Museum of Flight and had not been cleaned in over two years.


The team of 35 worked for five days cleaning the oxidized metals on the plane in sections.