NE WASHINGTON WEEKEND IN REVIEW: Trump extends social distancing guidelines until April 30, Joe Diffie dies and Idaho biologists county 50+ mountain goats in Selkirks

NE WASHINGTON WEEKEND IN REVIEW: Trump extends social distancing guidelines until April 30, Joe Diffie dies and Idaho biologists county 50+ mountain goats in Selkirks

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

Alysia Erickson took this photo off of Huffman Road over the weekend with a rainbow in full view!

NATIONAL NEWS
Trump announces extending distancing guidelines until April 30

President Donald Trump announced Sunday that he’s extending his administration’s guidelines on social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak until April 30. Click here for the full story. 





LOCAL NEWS
Statesman Examiner offering Christmas Lights contest
The Statesman Examiner in Colville is offering a Christmas Lights contest: “Time to get crazy Stevens County. Let’s light up our community and show our solidarity. We want you to bring out those Christmas lights and string them up at home. The ugly, the good, the crazy just have fun. Starting April 11, send photos of your best decorating effort at home. We will accept photos for the contest starting April 11 through April 20th. Voting will then start April 21. Stay tuned here for more information. Prizes will be awarded.” Click here for the original Facebook post.


ENTERTAINMENT
Country music Joe Diffie passes away from complications of coronavirus
Joe Diffie, a country music singer known for his lighthearted odes to country life that reached mainstream success in the 1990s, died Sunday from complications of coronavirus, his publicist said in a news release. Diffie, a 61-year-old native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, made 13 albums and had more than 20 Top 10 hits to his credit, his publicist said. Sporting a mustache and mullet, his boot-scooting crowd-pleasers included the hits, “Pickup Man,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)” and “Honky Tonk Attitude.” Click here for the full story. 


AREA NEWS
Idaho Biologists counted 57 mountain goats in Idaho Selkirks

Idaho biologists counted 57 mountain goats in the Idaho Selkirks in February, the first survey of the sure-footed bovids in that range since 2001. In the winter, the goats head to steep and bare, rocky areas where snow has slid off, making it possible to spot them from the air. Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists took to the skies. Click here for the full story.