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Walcy V. Ngirngotel (Bonner County Sheriff’s Office / Courtesy photo)

Driver arrested after three morning pursuits in North Idaho 

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 25-year-old man Sunday morning in Coeur d’Alene after he allegedly fled from officers in his truck in three separate pursuits, attempted to ram a patrol car and ran on foot armed with a rifle. Walcy V. Ngirngotel, 25, whose last known address is in Olympia, was lodged in the Kootenai County Jail on felony eluding, aggravated assault on a peace officer, resisting/obstructing, driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and other charges. He also had a warrant out of Bonner County for failing to appear on a DUI charge.

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Eye on Boise: Idaho county assessors stunned by House panel vote

BOISE – County assessors, in town for an Idaho Association of Counties meeting, were stunned to hear the House tax committee vote to remove the annual indexing of the homeowner’s exemption from property taxes. “It’s like Groundhog Day – déjà vu all over again,” said Kootenai County Assessor Mike McDowell. “If they fix it again at $100,000,” as a bill sponsored by Rep. Janet Trujillo, R-Idaho Falls, would do, “we’re putting ourselves back into the position we were in in 1982.”

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Huckleberries: Idaho man’s Confederate flag complaint falls on angry ears 13 

During a dump run on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a Silver Valley man wasn’t expecting to see two Confederate flags on a pickup belonging to a transfer station employee. But Jon Ruggles did. He protested to a Solid Waste Department official who sent the complaint to the Shoshone County prosecutor. All Ruggles has gotten for his trouble so far is grief from neighbors and the letters to the local newspaper that side with the Confederate flag-loving employee.

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Orofino High School mascot, for the “Orofino Maniacs” (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho lawmakers told specialty license plate for Orofino “Maniacs” would be offensive 10 

After hearing from advocates for the mentally ill and people who suffer from mental illnesses that an “Orofino Maniacs” specialty license plate would be offensive, Idaho’s House Transportation Committee on Thursday backed amending the specialty plate bill to remove its four references to the word “maniacs,” but still authorize a special plate with the emblem. Orofino is the location of State Hospital North, the state mental hospital; Orofino High School has had “Maniacs” as its school mascot since the 1920s.

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Public safety
Driver arrested after three morning pursuits in North Idaho  
Feds bust alleged drug trafficking ring with ties to North Idaho  
Post Falls man arrested for ramming ex-girlfriend’s car 
Idaho woman killed, husband hospitalized from burns 
Jury convicts Coeur d’Alene teen of murdering brother, father  33 
Government
Idaho House panel backs tax-cut bill 
Rep. Scott fails to kill tax bill despite gay marriage issues  14 
Ybarra calls for 7.5 percent increase in Idaho education spending  
Idaho bill would make aircraft-parts tax break permanent; backers say it’s worked as promised 
Idaho still has backlog in nursing home inspections 
Education
University of Idaho battling enrollment decline 
University of Idaho opens new cybersecurity training center in Post Falls  
Otter wants boost for Idaho schools, higher education  
Novel too sexual for high school seniors, Coeur d’Alene school committee says  73 
Police aim to slow drivers near schools  124 
Transportation
Idaho Senate approves extra-heavy trucks on freeways  
No extra funding for Idaho roads next year 
Eye on Boise: North Idaho road projects make the cut 
Police aim to slow drivers near schools  124 
Plans for second rail bridge across Lake Pend Oreille put on hold  
Community
Aging vans threaten Kootenai County food bank’s ability to feed the hungry  
Lake Coeur d’Alene home designed by fans of ‘Blog Cabin’ hits the market 
More than 15,000 without power in North Idaho and Eastern Washington 
Hagadone pulls plans for new Coeur d’Alene Resort tower  13 
Ski areas move past poor season, cheer forecasts  16 
Politics
House panel introduces Girl Scout sales tax bill 
Rep. Raul Labrador at forefront of gay marriage clash  
Ada County to use upgraded voting system for 2016 election 
Idaho Democrats target economic expansion with focus on six areas  
Bill would change Idaho college board elections, boot some current trustees 





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