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At least 1 dead after Idaho midair collision - Fri, 28 Jun 2013 PST

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 18:10
BOISE — Two small planes collided in midair in central Idaho Friday, killing at least one person. The Federal Aviation Administration reports a single-engine Piper Tri-Pacer and a twin-engine Beechcraft ...

River tests raise health concerns - Fri, 28 Jun 2013 PST

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 07:00
Testing is needed to determine if historic smelter pollution poses a health risk to rural residents and tourists in the upper Columbia River Valley, Washington state officials say. High levels of lead and arsenic were found in soil samples taken from commercial timberlands along the river. A second study found elevated levels of heavy metals in sediments from 10 lakes and wetlands.

Idaho records - Thu, 27 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 07:00
For 06-27-2013

As Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban remains, federal benefits murky - Thu, 27 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions will remain intact. “There really isn’t a direct impact on Idaho law,” said Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday defer to states for regulating marriage. “My job is to defend the constitution and the statutes of the state, and those haven’t changed.”

North Idaho women injured in crash near St. Maries - Wed, 26 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 03:57
Two North Idaho women were injured in a head-on collision on State Highway 3 near St. Maries on Wednesday afternoon.

Idaho's same-sex marriage ban stands despite ruling - Wed, 26 Jun 2013 PST

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 21:33
Idaho’s sweeping ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions won’t change under the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions issued Wednesday morning.

Temperatures to rise to upper 90s - Wed, 26 Jun 2013 PST

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 15:39
The first major hot spell of the summer is moving toward the Inland Northwest today.

Anti-tax activist Norquist touts immigration reform - Wed, 26 Jun 2013 PST

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Grover Norquist is best known as an anti-tax activist – he wrote the no-tax-hikes pledge that’s now been signed by nearly every Republican member of Congress – but he’s also a big backer of reforming the nation’s immigration laws, a cause he’s been pushing for the past 30 years. Norquist came to Boise on Tuesday to tell Idahoans why he thinks conservatives should support immigration reform. A crowd of more than 250 came to the talk sponsored by the City Club of Boise.

Global warming hot discussion topic - Wed, 26 Jun 2013 PST

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 07:00
After two decades as a school bus driver, Ted Baca says he has no doubt that climate change is real. Not only are polar ice sheets melting, Baca said, but there are fewer winter days when he chains up for his Coeur d’Alene School District route.

Norquist: Conservatives should back immigration reform - Tue, 25 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 20:59
Grover Norquist is best known as an anti-tax activist – he wrote the no-tax-hikes pledge that’s now been signed by nearly every Republican member of Congress – but he’s also a big backer of reforming the nation’s immigration laws, a cause he’s been pushing for the past 30 years. Norquist came to Boise on Tuesday to tell Idahoans why he thinks conservatives should support immigration reform, and drew a crowd of more than 400 to the talk sponsored by the City Club of Boise.

Former Boy Scouts file lawsuit claiming abuse in Idaho - Tue, 25 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Four former Boy Scouts, including a Spokane man, filed a federal lawsuit Monday charging that they were sexually abused by Scout leaders during camping trips and other Scouting events in the 1970s and 1980s. The lawsuit, which asks for at least $75,000 in damages for each of the four men, charges that the Boy Scouts of America and the LDS church, which sponsored three of the four Scouts’ troops, failed to prevent the abuse and allowed pedophiles to continue in Scouting roles.

CdA schools to consider more flexible weapons policy - Tue, 25 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 07:00
Coeur d’Alene school leaders hope to change a rigid discipline policy they say is too harsh on students who accidentally bring to school a pocketknife or something similar. Kids as young as 5 who have a small knife, perhaps left in their coat or backpack after fishing or camping with their families, are automatically suspended for five to 10 days and must go before the school board to face possible expulsion. That happens even if the student turns the knife in to a teacher or staff member.

Lawsuit charges Idaho scouts were abused in '70s, '80s - Mon, 24 Jun 2013 PST

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 21:06
Four former Boy Scouts, including a Spokane man, filed a federal lawsuit in Boise today charging that they were sexually abused by scout leaders during camping trips and other scouting events in the 1970s and 1980s.

Forest Service rejects Highway 12 megaloads - Mon, 24 Jun 2013 PST

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 15:05
The U.S. Forest Service has told the Idaho Department of Transportation it can't support an application for a massive shipment to move on U.S. Highway 12 across northern Idaho and into Montana.

Ironman Coeur d’Alene starts with safer swim, ends in records - Mon, 24 Jun 2013 PST

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 07:00
The mad dash into the lake that heralds the start of Ironman was replaced Sunday by an orderly march into the water. In the Coeur d’Alene debut of a rolling start to the long-distance triathlon, athletes self-seeded on City Beach based on their expected swim times and strolled toward the start line, where their timing chips were activated. It’s the same procedure used for Bloomsday and most road races.

Huckleberries: Rasor’s ideas on tutus mystify Moscow man - Sun, 23 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 07:00
Henry Johnston, a Sandpoint High grad, wonders where former Bonner County commissioner Cornel Rasor got the idea that gay men wear tutus to work. Rasor, as you may recall, is part of the Idaho GOP push to ask the 2014 Legislature to void nondiscrimination laws that add gays to human rights protections. Six Idaho cities, including Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene, have approved the ordinances.

U.S. Forest Service opposes Idaho megaload application - Sun, 23 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 07:00
LEWISTON – The U.S. Forest Service has told the Idaho Department of Transportation it can’t support an application for a massive shipment to move on U.S. Highway 12 across North Idaho and into Montana. The Lewiston Tribune reported in a story on Saturday that Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell sent a letter to ITD Chief Deputy Scott Stokes informing him of the federal agency’s decision.

Eye on Boise: Otter favors local control in anti-discrimination fight - Sun, 23 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter didn’t hesitate when asked about the Idaho GOP Central Committee’s new resolution calling on the Legislature to overturn local anti-discrimination ordinances, like those six Idaho cities – including Coeur d’Alene – have passed to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. The resolution, Otter said, runs counter to his views on local control.

Hopes grow for Idaho soldier’s return - Sun, 23 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 07:00
HAILEY, Idaho – The tearful mother of the only known U.S. prisoner of war said Saturday she’s feeling “very optimistic” about his eventual release after his Taliban captors offered last ...

Missing child in CdA has been found - Thu, 20 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 20:12
Coeur d'Alene Police are asking for the public's help in finding a 4-year-old boy who went missing around 12:40 p.m. Thursday.