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North Idaho man convicted in girlfriend’s death - Thu, 20 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 14:19
COEUR D’ALENE — A North Idaho man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the Christmas Day 2011 shooting death of his girlfriend.

New jail solution offered in Kootenai County - Thu, 20 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 07:00
A Ketchum, Idaho, company wants to build a 621-bed jail in Kootenai County in the next two years and lease it to the county to give the sheriff’s office the relief it long has sought from jail crowding and the cost of housing inmates in neighboring counties. The county likely would spend less on jail operations than it does now with a more efficient building and extra cells to rent to other jurisdictions, according to a pitch Facilities Management LLC/Rocky Mountain Corrections made Wednesday to county commissioners.

Idaho records - Thu, 20 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 07:00
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Rabid bat incidents prompt warning - Thu, 20 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 07:00
Three rabid bats have been found in the Coeur d’Alene area in recent weeks – an unusually high number so soon after the mammals have emerged from hibernation. “Generally we only see maybe three the whole year, sometimes not even that,” said Dave Hylsky, an epidemiologist with Panhandle Health District.

Columbia hatchery opening set for today - Thu, 20 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 07:00
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will celebrate the opening of a $50 million salmon hatchery today on the Columbia River. The Chief Joseph Hatchery will raise chinook salmon for sport fishing and for consumption by tribal members. The hatchery is adjacent to Chief Joseph Dam, which is as far north as salmon can swim up the main stem of the Columbia.

Three rabid bats found in CdA area - Wed, 19 Jun 2013 PST

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 18:56
Three rabid bats have been found in the Coeur d’Alene area in recent weeks – an unusually high number so soon after the mammals have emerged from hibernation. “Generally we only see maybe three the whole year, sometimes not even that,” said Dave Hylsky, an epidemiologist with Panhandle Health District.

Board of Correction puts contract up for bid - Wed, 19 Jun 2013 PST

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Idaho prison leaders are looking for a new company to run the state’s largest prison after Corrections Corporation of America admitted to understaffing and overbilling for its work ...

Idaho records - Wed, 19 Jun 2013 PST

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 07:00
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Idaho works on prison reform - Wed, 19 Jun 2013 PST

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Idaho has some of the nation’s lowest crime rates, but its prison population is growing quickly at a time when most states are seeing declines. In response, the three branches of state government in Idaho – the governor, the Supreme Court and the Legislature – are coming together to launch an intensive effort to find out what’s going wrong and fix it. The effort will be aided by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center.

Vacant Priest Lake lots will be put up for auction - Wed, 19 Jun 2013 PST

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Idaho will auction off three undeveloped cabin sites on Priest Lake in North Idaho this year, partly to get a sense of land values on the lake as the state moves toward divesting itself of numerous state-owned lots there. The state Land Board approved the auction plan Tuesday; the auction will take place in late August or early September. The three contiguous, waterfront lots will be marketed nationwide.

Idaho launches justice reform push - Tue, 18 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:10
BOISE – Idaho has some of the nation’s lowest crime rates, but its prison population is growing quickly at a time when most states are seeing declines. In response, the three branches of state government in Idaho – the governor, the Supreme Court and the Legislature – are coming together to launch an intensive effort to find out what’s going wrong and fix it.

Idaho to auction off 3 bare Priest Lake lots - Tue, 18 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 19:34
Idaho will auction off three new undeveloped cabin sites on Priest Lake this year, partly to get a sense of the true bare-land values as the state moves toward divesting itself of the numerous state-owned lots there on which renters have built and owned cabins for years.

Inland NW thunderstorms could fire up again this afternoon - Tue, 18 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 18:21
A new round of thunderstorms is possible across the region after 2 p.m. today as a large Pacific storm moves through the Inland Northwest.

Judge nixes mining activity along Clearwater River - Tue, 18 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 15:01
LEWISTON, Idaho — An administrative judge has rejected plans by hobbyist miners to set up suction dredging operations along a prized cutthroat trout stream in North Idaho.

Idaho GOP wants to void local laws banning sexual orientation discrimination - Tue, 18 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 07:00
Idaho Republican Party leaders want state legislators to wade into city affairs and invalidate local laws that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation such as the one Coeur d’Alene passed after an emotional community debate two weeks ago. Six Idaho cities have passed nondiscrimination ordinances in the past year and a half, and a seventh, Idaho Falls, is looking into one now. The Idaho GOP wants the efforts stopped.

Former Coeur d’Alene Mayor Ray Stone dies - Tue, 18 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 07:00
Former Coeur d’Alene Mayor Raymond L. Stone, a World War II veteran, teacher and jazz musician, died Monday. He was 89. Stone served on the City Council from 1971 to 1979 and two terms as mayor, from 1986 to 1994.

Idaho GOP wants non-discrimination ordinances voided - Mon, 17 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 01:07
Idaho Republican Party leaders are calling on the state Legislature to invalidate local city ordinances that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation - like the one Coeur d’Alene passed after an emotional community debate just two weeks ago.

Ray Stone, former Coeur d'Alene mayor, dies - Mon, 17 Jun 2013 PST

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 19:14
Former Coeur d’Alene Mayor Raymond L. Stone, a World War II veteran, teacher and jazz musician, died Monday. He was 89.

Juliaetta farmer dies, was run over by tractor - Mon, 17 Jun 2013 PST

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 14:22
LEWISTON, Idaho — A North Idaho farmer has died of injuries suffered when he was run over by a tractor.

Man denies ski resort’s claims - Mon, 17 Jun 2013 PST

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 07:00
SANDPOINT – A man accused in a lawsuit of slashing dozens of chair lift seat cushions at a North Idaho ski resort is denying the allegations and claims instead he’s the target of a vendetta by resort executives. Lawyers for Schweitzer Mountain Resort filed a lawsuit in April accusing David Markwardt, 62, of intentionally damaging more than 60 cushions on five of the resort’s lifts during the last two ski seasons. The resort says it cost $9,000 to replace the seat covers.