After a school year disrupted by a global pandemic, 164 Moscow high school graduates received their diplomas, celebrating success in the face of uncertain and changing school schedules and teaching methods, among other challenges. Ahead of the ceremony, graduate Ashlin Havelin, who was born and raised in Moscow and plans to attend the University of Idaho in the fall, said the whole thing was “overwhelming, but in a good way.” . “I’m super excited. I feel like I’m going to be very emotional just saying goodbye to people I’ve been to school with forever but – new beginnings, so it’s really exciting,” Havelin said. … The Pullman-Moscow regional airport is set to become the main hub for commercial passenger flights in the region. The airport offers three daily roundtrip flights to Seattle and is moving closer to expanding service to Boise and Denver. “When we pursue a service opportunity, we’re trying to pursue something that our region doesn’t already have,” said Tony Bean, executive director of Pullman Airport.
Jonathan Matteson’s niche is that he has none. And that’s how he likes it. Currently in the University of Idaho’s MFA program, Matteson fully embraces the interdisciplinary aspect of the program, as well as his roles as an instructor and artist. Matteson, now 40 and residing in Pullman with his family, said he lived all over the country growing up. His parents played music and were involved in academia. As he continued to expand his creative horizons, Matteson found value in his role as a teacher. … Eleven-year-old Grace Donner realized something was wrong before she and her grandfather, Buck Wright, even pulled out of their driveway to start a trip to Genesee. Donner had looked up from his passenger seat to find his grandfather clutching the steering wheel in a daze, staring at the dashboard, his breathing heavy. For his actions in the minutes that followed – which may have saved his grandfather’s life – Donner received an award during the Genesee Community Day celebration ahead of the town’s annual parade, a day after his grandfather’s release from the hospital.
Some know him by the logo attached to the cart on Third Street. Some know him from photos of friends holding hot dogs in the dark on Facebook. But most know him by the Brooklyn accent you rarely find on the Palouse, telling the next person in line to try a “fuhgeddaboutit” hot dog. Johnny Saltarella, 41, is better known to the Moscow and Pullman communities as New York Johnny. His hot dog stand, NY Johnny’s Hot Dogs & Sandwiches, has been a nightlife marker almost every weekend since Moscow’s Mardi Gras in 2009. Saltarella originally launched the business in Boise, where he has lived for a time to help his brother work on a house.