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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2013

3% Patriots Plan Benewah 'PatCon' 

The people behind the Citadel, a compound-like community being planned in Benewah County, are holding a "PatCon" next month on property they recently purchased near St. Maries. They call themselves "III Percent Patriots," and are part of a movement they claim is dedicated to restoring...

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Close Encounters w/Constitutionalists 

Two separate incidents involving motorists and their view of the Constitution landed in magistrate court last week. A 53-year-old man was arrested and charged with five misdemeanors after he was pulled over by a St. Maries City Police officer. William Harold Johnson was charged with...

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FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

The Citadel: Will They Come? 15 

They call it III Citadel, and they say they’ve already lined up “hundreds” of extreme-right gun lovers to join them in the walled city they’re planning for a lonely tract in northern Idaho. The end game, they say, is an ideologically pure settlement of 7,000...

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Carlson: In Praise Of Jack Buell 12 

It is often said “power corrupts,” and “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” There are exceptions to that rule and one exists in Benewah County. For almost 40 years one person has worn lightly with grace and humility the crown of absolute political power in this north...

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McCall To Run In Benewah After All 

Bud McCall has decided to run. Last month, the county commissioner was unsure whether he would seek reelection. He has announced, however, that he will run for another term. “There are still a couple of projects that I want to continue to work on,” Mr....

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012

Constitutionalist Eyes Sheriff's Post 13 

Sheriff candidate Dave Resser thought he understood the sworn oath of office for elected officials. After attending a conference in Las Vegas last month, he said he has a clearer picture of what it means to be a constitutional sheriff and what that would look...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

Buell To Run Again, McCall Unsure 

Will the long-serving county commissioner duo of Jack Buell and Bud McCall be broken by departure? Followers of the Benewah County Commissioners pondered the question last week following a statement by Mr. McCall indicating he was unsure whether he would seek re-election. The two have...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2011

Christmas Killing Brings Murder Count 

Joseph Herrera was charged with 2nd Degree Murder Tuesday for the Christmas Day killing of Stefanie Comack of St. Maries. Herrera made his first appearance in court Tuesday where his bond was set at $200,000. Herrera claims that he was unloading his gun when it...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011

Olson: Negotiate Tribe Hunting Rights 

Native and non-native residents of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation are going to have to work out a local solution to their latest conflict over the right of tribal members to hunt on private property if they want to avoid a drawn-out court battle, a...

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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

SR: Education Can Ease Fear, Bigotry 

The cultural tensions in Benewah County, Idaho, are long-standing and problematic. The western portion of the rural county is dominated by the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe, where economic opportunities are expanding, thanks largely to the successful tribal casino. But the eastern portion is struggling. Add...

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Benewah Deputizes 5 Tribal Officers 

The long-running dispute between Benewah County and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe was partially resolved earlier this month. Sheriff Robert Kirts deputized five tribal police officers. The action came two months after an effort by the tribe to pass a state law that would give tribal...

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Benewah Human Rights Group Starts 

Item: Human rights panel prepares for action: Benewah County Group in process of incorporation/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: A fledgling human rights group is preparing to move into action in Benewah County. The Benewah Human Rights Coalition, led by former county commissioner Christina...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 19, 2011

MikeK: Teaching Kids To Respect Tribe 

Mike Kennedy (re: "Marc: Tribe police have other options"): If the good people of Benewah County want to cast their lot with the likes of Dick Harwood and Larry Spencer, they are free to do so and theoretically I do wish them the best. But...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

Rednecks Target Tribe Bill Backer 11 

Betsy Russell of the Spokesman Review reported that (Rep. Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, pictured) “said he’s received hundreds of calls and e-mails threatening him and questioning his integrity for backing the bill. “I’ve had threats I’d better never go into the county again,” he said....

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Marc: Tribe Police Have Other Options 19 

Marc Stewart: All of the Tribal Police Department has been to Idaho Peace Officers and Standards and Training and graduated. They are in good standing and you could verify this easily by talking to the Idaho POST. As a result, they are able to enforce...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011

Panel OKs New Tribal Police Bill 

A new version of a tribal policing bill to replace HB 33 was introduced today on a unanimous vote in the House Judiciary Committee; it's mostly similar to the earlier measure, but makes a couple of changes suggested by the Idaho Sheriff's Association and a...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 20, 2011

Tribe Police Bill Back Before Solons 

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is back before Idaho lawmakers this year, after Benewah County reneged on a deal last spring that prompted the tribe to drop legislation on policing that lawmakers were on the verge of passing. “Obviously we were extremely disappointed,” said Helo Hancock,...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2010

Benewah Voters Boot Crawford 

Christina Crawford, the Benewah County commissioner who supported Democrat Keith Allred in the general election, was shown the door by voters Tuesday night, according to Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. Phil Lampert easily defeated incumbent Crawford in the race for county commissioner, 2080-892. Another incumbent...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18, 2010

Christie: St. Maries Stand Disappoints 

RE: St. Maries rejects Coeur d'Alene Tribe offer of police help/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-RecordSgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene police spokesman and Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations member: "This is so disappointing and sure to be a discussion topic at our next KCTFHR...

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St. Maries Rejects Tribe's Offer 19 

The matter is closed. That is the decision by Mayor Tami Holdahl relating to an offer by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to the city of St. Maries to assist with law enforcement when needed. “After review of the contract between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and...

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Stewart: Tribe Pays Fair Share & More 15 

For the first time in decades, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has made a decision to place property into trust (tax exempt status) for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Once the process is finalized, Benewah County stands to lose about $15,000 from the property tax rolls....

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

MT: Deputy Deal Unravels In St. Maries 

Finding a cop may be a problem for tourists on some parts of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Boaters who put others at risk - like those who drink excessively - may not be held accountable. Elsewhere in Benewah County, Coeur d'Alene tribal cops may stop but...

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HBO Poll: Benewah Co, Kirts To Blame

Monday Poll: 108 of 136 respondents (79%) voted that Benewah County and Sheriff Bob Kirts, not the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, are to blame for the cross-deputization deal falling apart. Only 8 of 136 (6%) said the tribe was to blame. And 12 of 136 (9%)...

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MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

SR: Kirts, Benewah County To Blame 

SR Opinion: "But Benewah County Sheriff Bob Kirts (pictured) has canceled the agreement, gutting tribal officers’ authority in areas ranging from boating infractions to domestic violence on the reservation, where six out of seven residents are nonmembers. It shouldn’t take the Legislature to solve this....

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