Clearwater Paper won the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency for reducing its annual energy consumption by 7.7 million kilowatt hours at its Lewiston manufacturing complex.

The power savings Clearwater Paper achieved would be enough to power 740 homes in the United States for a year.

The tissue and paperboard maker deserves recognition for pioneering smart, cost-effective energy practices, said Gov. Brad Little said in a prepared statement. “Improving energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption are the foundation of a secure future for Idaho and our country,” he said.

Clearwater Paper’s innovations involved changing how machines at the plant operate. The company replaced fan pump motors in a tissue machine with ones that consume less electricity. It retrofitted a fixed-speed water pumping system with one that had variable speeds.

It also adjusted paper machine pulper agitators so they could run at lower speeds 40 percent of the time when the pulper is idling. It altered a tissue machine pressure roll vacuum box so it can operate operate with one zone not two. That made it possible to eliminate a pump and a motor.

“Sustainability has always been woven into the fiber of our culture,” said Shannon Myers, a spokeswoman for Clearwater Paper. “We work each day to reduce our environmental impacts without compromising the quality of our products.”

Pullman High School project focuses on head injury prevention

PULLMAN — A $10,000 grant from the Pullman Chamber of Commerce will help medical experts limit head injuries in football and soccer players at Pullman High School.

The money went to Pullman Regional Hospital’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence to pay for sensors made by Athlete Intelligence, a Kirkland, Wash., company. They will be installed in the helmets of football players and the headbands of soccer players.

The data the sensors gather will be reviewed by the high school’s athletic trainers, who are hospital employees, as well as Dr. Ed Tingstad and Dr. Steven Pennington. The men are orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians.

“Student safety is the highest priority at Pullman High School,” Chris Franklin, Pullman High School assistant principal for athletics and activities, said in the news release. “Monitoring and tracking head impacts will give the athletic (trainers) and coaches real data to better understand and potentially prevent head trauma for our young student athletes.”

Pullman food hall and Juliaetta-based winery win accolades

A Pullman business and a Juliaetta winery that opened a Moscow tasting room have been honored by the Palouse Knowledge Corridor.

The Lumberyard Food Hall in Pullman was recognized for converting a 1950s Quonset hut into a venue where more than 50 people work in eateries that sell pizza, burgers, coffee, ice cream, salads, fried chicken and Puerto Rican-style meats. The renovation, which included installing patio seating and a children’s play area, took three years.

Colter’s Creek Winery in Juliaetta opened a tasting room in the repurposed Hattabaugh Building on Main Street in downtown Moscow. The venture backs events such as Art Walk and Downtown Block Party.

The Palouse Knowledge Corridor is a collaboration of the University of Idaho, Washington State University, the cities of Moscow and Pullman, Latah and Whitman counties, the Moscow and Pullman chambers of commerce, the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association and local businesses.

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