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Burglar takes gun, watches, cereal from Cd’A house - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 14:25
COEUR D’ALENE — Maybe he’s a serial cereal burglar? Police in Coeur d’Alene are investigating after someone took a loaded nine millimeter semi-automatic gun, two $500 watches and three boxes ...

Rep. Raul Labrador to still work toward immigration reform - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 07:00
MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho’s U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador pledged Monday to keep working on immigration reform, despite having walked away last week from a bipartisan group working to write a House bill. “I promise you, this does not delay the process,” he told a dozen members of the Coalition for Immigrant Rights of Idaho who stood chanting in the foyer of his office for nearly 40 minutes before Labrador emerged from a conference call. Labrador then talked with the group, answering questions in both Spanish and English for the next 45 minutes, in a conversation that was sometimes friendly but occasionally heated.

Derr’s work advanced gender equality - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Allen Derr, an Idaho lawyer who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling to bolster anti-discrimination protections for women, died Monday in Boise. He was 85. Derr grew ...

Labrador pledges to continue immigration reform push - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 00:34
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador pledged Monday to keep working on immigration reform, despite having walked away last week from a bipartisan group of eight members working to craft a House bill.

Idaho attorney Allen Derr dies at 85 - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 PST

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 23:59
Allen Derr, an Idaho lawyer who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling to bolster anti-discrimination protections for women, died Monday in Boise. He was 85.

Huckleberries: Though the end is near, he’ll meet it his way - Sun, 09 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/09/2013 - 07:00
Larry Justus, who operates the Lakeland RV Park on Bayview Creek with wife, Liz, has a lung disease with a name that friend Herb Huseland of Bayview can’t pronounce. The disease is killing him. Larry, who is in hospice care, informed Herb as cheerfully as possible that there’s nothing anyone can do for him health-wise. It’s the end of the line. But he asks one thing of his many friends in and beyond picturesque Bayview, on Lake Pend Oreille.

Farming’s shifting future: Fewer ag graduates returning home - Sun, 09 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/09/2013 - 07:00
REXBURG, Idaho – The agriculture industry is growing rapidly and, increasingly, young adults and teens are considering careers in agronomy, agribusiness and animal sciences. Enrollment in agricultural programs at both the University of Idaho and Brigham Young University-Idaho has nearly doubled in the past two decades. Yet, agronomy instructors said there still aren’t enough graduates to meet industry demands.

Man knocked out, robbed on Centennial Trail - Sun, 09 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/09/2013 - 07:00
A 59-year-old Coeur d’Alene man was knocked unconscious and robbed on the Centennial Trail on Friday night, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. David Dill was walking along the trail south of the Coeur d’Alene Public Golf Course just after 10 p.m. when a man on a mountain bike rode up behind him and hit him on the head with an unknown object. Dill was unconscious for about 20 minutes before he called deputies. The thief took cash from Dill and was not found. Dill was treated for minor injuries.

Activists kick off initiative to raise Idaho minimum wage - Sun, 09 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/09/2013 - 07:00
As a health teacher at Lakes Middle School in Coeur d’Alene, Warren Ducote saw firsthand the effect of poverty on students’ emotional and physical well-being. “You see the depression, the anger that’s built up inside, the kids acting up and being unable to focus on school,” Ducote said.

Wolf ban could be lifted - Sat, 08 Jun 2013 PST

Sat, 06/08/2013 - 07:00
Ending federal protections for gray wolves could hinder dispersal of the keystone predators west of the Cascades, slowing or halting them from recolonizing suitable habitat in Western Washington and Oregon, Northwest conservation groups said Friday. They were reacting to the Obama administration’s proposal to lift federal protections for wolves in the Lower 48 states, with the exception of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. With more than 6,000 wolves roaming the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said the species nearly exterminated during the last century has successfully rebounded.

Blowing dust likely with dry cold front today - Fri, 07 Jun 2013 PST

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 17:24
A dry cold front crossing the Inland Northwest today is likely to kick up gusty winds and dust this afternoon.

Labrador pulls out of immigration talks - Thu, 06 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 07:00
WASHINGTON – Rep. Raul Labrador, one of Congress’ strongest conservative voices in the fight for an immigration overhaul, is walking away from bipartisan talks over disagreements on providing health care coverage to those in the United States illegally. The other seven members of the bipartisan group said they have reached an agreement in principle on most of the legislation and will continue working without Labrador. But the departure of the Idaho Republican, who is a rising star in the party, strikes a serious blow to the momentum for finding a solution to the nation’s immigration problems and could jeopardize future legislation.

New CdA law opens rift over equality - Thu, 06 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 07:00
Coeur d’Alene is the fifth Idaho city to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation following a heated community debate that exposed a deep divide on the issue. Human rights advocates, religious leaders, business owners, students and educators dug in Tuesday for a long night of testimony before the City Council. Shortly before midnight, councilors voted 5 to 1 to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.

Sandpoint woman competes for national Huntress title - Thu, 06 Jun 2013 PST

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 07:00
Amanda Lowrey pulls the string of her hunting bow back and aims at a 2-foot target behind her Sandpoint home. With a sharp twang, she releases the arrow. Her aim is true; the arrow lands just centimeters from the center of the target.

Idaho records - Thu, 06 Jun 2013 PST

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

CdA council expands discrimination ordinance - Wed, 05 Jun 2013 PST

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 07:12
Coeur d’Alene, a community that stood up to the racist Aryan Nations and has established a tradition of celebrating human rights, is the latest Idaho city to extend legal protection from discrimination to gay people.

Idaho church drops Boy Scouts over decision on gay youth - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 PST

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 00:04
Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene has decided to end its charter of Boy Scouts Troop 291 because of the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to end the organization’s membership ban on gay youth.

Prison guard unravels con’s alleged mail fraud - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 PST

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 07:00
Longtime Idaho prison inmate Mark Anthony Brown had only been at the Idaho Correctional Institution in Orofino for five months when suspicions were aroused. In March 2012, a mail room officer mentioned to Cpl. Wesley Heckathorn, a guard at the Orofino prison and a former investigator for the U.S. Navy, that Brown seemed to be receiving “a large amount of mail that’s marked ‘legal mail.’ ”

Rain delaying Northwest fire season - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Rain and cooler temperatures mean the wildfire season in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana will start later than initially predicted, officials with the National Interagency Fire Center said ...

Burned cub returned to the wild - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 07:00
MCCALL, Idaho – An orphaned black bear cub that suffered second-degree burns on its paws during an August fire in eastern Idaho has been returned to the wild, healthy and 70 pounds heavier. Officials with the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary in McCall say the bear, dubbed “Boo Boo,” was released into the forests of central Idaho on Wednesday.