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Huckleberries: A chance encounter restores woman’s faith in people


Charlotte Mitchell, a certified nursing assistant at Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services, is shown with husband, Roy. Charlotte learned that people are still kind during a chance encounter at a Coeur d’Alene Winco checkout counter. (Courtesy photo from Charlotte Mitchell)
Charlotte Mitchell, a certified nursing assistant at the cancer center, learned two things at the checkout counter of Coeur d’Alene’s Winco. Winco doesn’t take credit cards. And there still are terrific people in this world. She was in distress at Winco when she met one of them.

Cyanide device on U.S. land in Idaho broke agency policy

UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017, 2:55 P.M.

In this March 17, 2017 photo, Canyon Mansfield, 14, holds the collar of his dog, Casey, who was killed March 16 by a cyanide-ejecting device placed on public land near his Pocatello, Idaho, home by federal workers to kill coyotes. The cyanide device, called an M-44, is spring-activated and shoots poison that is meant to kill predators. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in November said it would not put the devices on public land in Idaho. (Jordon Beesley / Jordon Beesley/Idaho State Journal)
A cyanide device for killing coyotes that spewed the poison on a boy and killed his dog was set up on public land in Idaho in February despite a decision months earlier by federal officials to halt use of the devices on all U.S.-owned land in the state, officials said Tuesday.

Huckleberries: Whoa there Pilgrim … Take ’er easy on the squash

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

It’s not every day that you feel betrayed by butternut squash. But David Townsend, communications director of the Coeur d’Alene Library, feels bamboozled after grazing at the swell salad bar at Pilgrim’s Market in Midtown Coeur d’Alene.

Idaho inmates: Prison violations led to amputations, death

UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 8:31 P.M.

Inmates walk to the dinning hall from their cell block at the Idaho State Correctional Institution outside Boise, Idaho, in 2015. Idaho inmates are asking a federal judge to hold the state in contempt after they say prison officials repeatedly violated a settlement plan in a long-running lawsuit over health care, leading to serious injuries and even the deaths of some prisoners. (Charlie Litchfield / ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Idaho inmates are asking a federal judge to penalize the state after saying prison officials repeatedly violated a settlement plan in a long-running lawsuit over health care, leading to amputations and other serious injuries and even some prisoners’ deaths.

Snowmelt, unstable ground leads to northern Idaho mudslides

UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017, 9:33 P.M.

In this file photo against a backdrop of Lake Pend Oreille, an employee of the Sandpoint City Works Dept. runs his loader back and forth along Sandpoint's City Beach Wednesday to replace sand that was washed away by flood events, mainly in 1996 and 1997, and has been retrieved from nearby sand bars and piled onto the shoreline, where it will be sculpted into sloping beach by rising water levels in the spring. (File photo / Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman Review)
SANDPOINT – Mud, unstable ground and debris are causing major issues for roads and homes in North Idaho. Bonner County crews are working to clear multiple roads damaged by mudslides in recent weeks, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported.

Idaho unemployment remains at 3.6 percent

FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017, 12:52 P.M.

Idaho’s unemployment held steady in February at 3.6 percent while the state led the nation in job growth for the sixth consecutive month.

Teacher accused of having sex with student heads to trial

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 1:52 P.M.

A former high school teacher in Idaho will stand trial for having sex with a former student. Nichole Thiel was bound over to district court on Wednesday after the victim testified that the two had sex, The Bonner County Daily Bee reported.

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