Back issues: Excerpt from the pages of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News | Local

The annual Thunder in the Mountains fireworks show draws thousands to Elk River for a weekend of fireworks, food, drink and ATV riding through the woods to celebrate the Day of Independence. It can be fun for tourists, but for 19-year-old resident Diana Olson and her husband, Dave, it can be a stressful event. Deputies from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office and officials from the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Fish and Game are there to make sure people stay safe and abide by the law. The Olsons appreciate the presence of law enforcement so much that for the third year in a row, the couple invited them to their home for free food and a place to rest.

A ramshackle-looking CNN; nine smiling basset hounds; candidates for Pullman City Council; it was the 50th anniversary of Johnson’s annual parade, and entries ranged from small-town traditions to nods to national news. Families watching from Johnson Road admiringly pointed out a red Farmall McCormick-Deering tractor pulling a working miniature Ferris wheel, the tractor covered in a simple piece of white paper that read, “1944 Not! Made in China.” The parade began in 1967, co-founder Kathy Druffel Wolf told the Daily News as she operated a “flag machine” her father had built in 1988. … While Day L Bassett was walking on the tarmac at Lewiston Airport, his World War II aviation career was on display.There was a Boeing Stearman Primary Trainer, a biplane in which he learned to fly and which “he would later use to mentor others in search of their wings. Next came the fast and aerobatic advanced trainers, including the AT-6 which he remembers with special fondness. “It was my favorite plane “, he said. “It was a great plane.” Finally, there was the huge B-17 bomber.

The Moscow Mutt Strut 1st place winner didn’t just circle the ring – the Shih Tzu-Maltese sat up nicely, danced and slammed his way into the hearts of the judges. Roxy, 3, is owned by Moscow resident Shelly Werner, who has trained her since she was a puppy. Gloria, 9, was another favorite at the annual Mutt Strut. She lost one of her front paws to cancer last fall and was supporting American veterans with her appearance on the 4th of July show. … Two new Moscow patrol cars could be a vision of the future for the city’s police fleet if the Moscow City Council lets the department change color. Changing the familiar white Crown Victorians with blue and yellow stripes on the sides into a traditional black and white patrol car was considered as early as 2008, Chief Constable David Duke said. When production of Crown Vics was discontinued, Duke said it worked with Public Works and Streets/Fleet Departments to tune the 2013 Ford Police Interceptor for future fleet replacements – in black and white.

Calvin W. Soper