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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016

Jon Larson votes in the Idaho Primary Election at St. Thomas Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Wolfinger fends off challenge for Kootenai County sheriff 

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger survived a challenge from the hard right of the Republican party in Tuesday’s Idaho primary. Wolfinger prevailed with 63 percent of the vote to defeat Rathdrum attorney John Green, who is part of the “constitutional sheriffs” movement that pushes back against federal government overreach.

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Runoff set in Idaho Supreme Court race, with Brody in the lead

A rare contested race for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court appears to be headed for a runoff in November, as none of the four hopefuls was polling over 50 percent in early returns Tuesday night – though Rupert attorney Robyn Brody was clearly out in front, with the other three neck-and-neck.

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Warrant issued for North Idaho doctor guilty of selling narcotics

A federal warrant has been issued for a North Idaho doctor found guilty Tuesday of selling prescriptions for narcotics, including oxycodone and hydrocodone. Rafael L. Beier, 62, an osteopathic physician in Kingston, was present for his trial but failed to appear in U.S. District Court for the verdict. A jury found him guilty of all 66 charges, including conspiracy to dispense a controlled substance and four counts of distributing drugs to people under 21 years old.

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Idaho jail no longer requires federal oversight

BOISE – Seven years after the American Civil Liberties Union sued over overcrowding and other conditions, an Idaho jail is no longer required to have federal oversight. The Canyon County Jail has been overseen by a federal court since the ...

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Idaho wolf control actions draw crowd in Coeur d’Alene 19 

Paying government sharpshooters to kill wolves from helicopters in Idaho’s backcountry drew passionate testimony at the state Fish and Game Commission meeting in Coeur d’Alene this week. Many speakers said they didn’t support the use of taxpayer dollars to kill ...

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016


Coyote in Zoo Idaho exhibit killed, another injured 

Officials at an eastern Idaho zoo are investigating after a coyote inside an exhibit was killed and another injured. Zoo Idaho officials told the Idaho State Journal that workers on Saturday morning found Odie dead in the exhibit and Ky injured.

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North Idaho homeless count up 5 percent

The number of homeless people in North Idaho increased 5 percent from 2015, new data shows, with service providers attributing the increase to more participation in this year’s count. The Idaho Housing and Finance Association figures indicate 450 homeless people ...

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SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016

Nine-year-old Ryan Durbin of Protect My Idaho handed out flags and urged everyone to vote before a candidates forum at Priest River Junior High School sponsored by the Bonner County Republican Central Committee on  May 4. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Redoubt movement helps push North Idaho politics to extreme right 237 

In Idaho’s northernmost legislative district, Republican Party politics has been pulled farther to the right in recent years with the rise of the tea party. But now a new element is pushing the party farther still: the arrival of conservative Christian “preppers” fleeing more-populated states, who see the region as a “redoubt” – a place to settle and defend themselves when the whole country goes bad.

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016

Idaho politicians criticize Obama’s transgender directive 

BOISE – Three of Idaho’s top elected politicians are blasting the Obama administration directive that public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said Friday that the recent announcement was another example of federal government overreach and disregard for states’ rights.

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THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016

Land use, property rights top issues for Kootenai County commissioner candidates 

Kootenai County voters in Tuesday’s Republican primary are considering six names for two of the three county commissioner seats. Their backgrounds and experience may be what separates them most, as all six share fairly similar views on the issues that come up most, especially the steady push by the Board of Commissioners to strengthen the hand of property owners in rules governing land use and development.

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