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Man admits to offering 3-year-old girl for sex - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – A 41-year-old Boise man who offered a 3-year-old girl for sex on Craigslist has pleaded guilty to felony sexual exploitation of children and felony distribution of sexually explicit images of minors. The Idaho Statesman reported that Jason Lloyd Schaber made the plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Boise.

Idaho state hospital installs headstones - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 07:00
BLACKFOOT, Idaho – An effort to place headstones on the graves of former patients at State Hospital South in southeastern Idaho is moving forward with another 120 set in the cemetery that holds more than 1,000 people. The Idaho State Journal reported that hospital staff, residents and others took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the State Hospital South Cemetery on Tuesday.

Huckleberries: Kennedy claims career is marked by ‘nontroversy’ - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 07:00
Coeur d’Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy thought he’d struck gold Thursday when he conjured the word “nontroversy.” According to Mike’s definition, “nontroversy” means roughly “a ginned up scandal, controversy or otherwise politically inspired nonsense by some political partisan (from either side).” In jest, Mike was busy on his Facebook wall calling for a lawyer to help him copyright the word when a buzz-killer noted that “nontroversy” was already defined in the “Urban Dictionary.”

Eye on Boise: Fewer DUI arrests made over long weekend in Idaho this year - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – The Idaho State Police reported 31 DUI arrests statewide over last weekend’s Memorial Day holiday, from Friday night through early Tuesday morning. ISP also reported 23 crashes, including one fatality and five causing injuries. There were also 35 drug-related arrests, 28 of those misdemeanors and seven felonies. The stats are for ISP only and don’t include incidents handled by local law enforcement agencies. So how does that compare to last year?

Idaho inmate accused of continuing fraudulent ways in prison - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 PST

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 07:00
It’s clear that Mark Brown is a smart guy, maybe even borderline brilliant. But what’s astounding is the way he apparently pulled off a major, yearslong financial fraud, taking in big corporations, courts and attorneys across the nation, all from behind bars in an Idaho prison cell.

Idaho agencies scramble to reward workers - Sat, 01 Jun 2013 PST

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – As University of Idaho President Duane Nellis leaves this summer to become president of Texas Tech University, his parting advice to the state is to invest in its workers by raising their pay. That’s something Idaho Gov. Butch Otter declared a priority early in his first term, noting the gap between state worker pay and market rates. But since the economic downturn hit, Idaho hasn’t funded state employee raises in four of the past five years.

Idaho scrimps on state employee pay - Fri, 31 May 2013 PST

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 18:33
As University of Idaho President Duane Nellis leaves Idaho this week to become president of Texas Tech, his parting advice to the state was to invest in its workers by funding raises for state employees. That’s something Idaho Gov. Butch Otter declared a priority early in his first term, noting the gap between state worker pay and market rates. But since the downturn hit, Idaho hasn't funded state employee raises in four of the last five years. Now the state is relying on agencies to find budget savings in order to give some workers pay boosts.

Sentence upheld in Bayview hammer attack - Fri, 31 May 2013 PST

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 18:02
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Court of Appeals has upheld the sentence for a north Idaho man convicted in a violent and fatal rampage in Bayview nearly three years ago.

Initiative seeks gaps in Idaho’s online coverage - Fri, 31 May 2013 PST

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 14:05
BRUNEAU, Idaho — Look at a map showing broadband Internet access in Idaho and you’ll see broad swaths of online nothingness. Add that to the many Idaho communities that have ...

Bonners Ferry man injured in collision with train - Thu, 30 May 2013 PST

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:38
A Bonners Ferry man was injured after he stopped his pickup on railroad tracks and it was hit by a train.

Idaho records - Thu, 30 May 2013 PST

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 07:00
For 05-30-2013

Spokane man's passenger killed in Idaho rollover crash - Wed, 29 May 2013 PST

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 02:16
A vehicle driven by a Spokane man south of Lake Coeur d'Alene crashed Wednesday morning, killing one passenger and wounding four others.

Farragut park shooting range to reopen Saturday - Wed, 29 May 2013 PST

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 16:04
The shooting range at Farragut State Park will reopen Saturday after a prolonged legal fight over noise and safety concerns.

Group forges plan for Idaho forest - Mon, 27 May 2013 PST

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 07:00
LEWISTON – An advisory collaboration of environmentalists, lumber companies, the Nez Perce Tribe, and local and state officials has reached an agreement intended to restore wildlife habitat and protect pristine ...

Huckleberries: Mack won’t be held up by vote this time - Sun, 26 May 2013 PST

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:00
Sheriff Richard Mack, the tea party darling from Texas/Arizona, will return to North Idaho in July – and he didn’t need an invitation from the dysfunctional Kootenai County GOP Central Committee this time. Mack will be a headliner at the Northwest Patriots and Self Reliance Rally at Farragut State Park July 26-28. As you recall, controversial Mack was invited to speak at the 2012 Lincoln Day banquet by the Kootenai County GOP. Then he was disinvited on a split vote of the Central Committee. Finally, he was re-invited when Mack fans in Central Committee leadership threatened legal and criminal action over questionable proxy votes. We’ll see if the second coming of Mack is less eventful than Proxygate.

Kootenai sheriff may drop Boy Scouts charter - Sun, 26 May 2013 PST

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:00
Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger says he’s compelled to drop the department’s Boy Scouts of America charter after the organization opened its ranks to gay Scouts. Wolfinger said the organization is promoting a lifestyle that’s against Idaho law. The sheriff said he sent a copy of the state law banning sodomy to the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts, according to a Coeur d’Alene Press report.

Eye on Boise: Crapo addresses losing campaign funds - Sun, 26 May 2013 PST

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo is defending his former campaign manager who lost $250,000 in campaign funds in a risky investment, while also calling the incident “discouraging” and “distressing.” Crapo’s then-campaign manager, Jake Ball, loaned $250,000 in campaign funds in 2008 to a longtime friend’s now-defunct investment company, Blueberry Guru LLC, which invested it into real estate ventures in Nevada and California that promised a quick profit. Instead, the money disappeared.

Woman dies after falling into a hole near Copper Creek - Sat, 25 May 2013 PST

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 04:27
A woman in her late 30s apparently drowned after falling in a hole near Copper Creek in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest on Saturday afternoon, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Cheaper state parks passports selling in Idaho - Fri, 24 May 2013 PST

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Idaho has sold more than $500,000 of new, lower-priced state parks passports in the first six months of the program, giving parks officials hope that the program will take off big and help fund the park system. “The process is a little more complicated, but I think Idahoans have been so receptive,” said Jennifer Okerlund, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation spokeswoman. “I think sales are on track.”

Stormwater work to close downtown Coeur d'Alene streets - Thu, 23 May 2013 PST

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:58
A major intersection in downtown Coeur d’Alene will be closed to traffic for about three weeks beginning Monday night for a stormwater construction project.