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Manure pond deaths raise concerns about farmworker safety

In this March 11, 2009 file photo, a line of Holstein dairy cows feed through a fence at a dairy farm outside Jerome, Idaho. A string of worker deaths related to dairy farm manure ponds has many calling for an overhaul of safety standards. . (Charlie Litchfield / AP)
BOISE, Idaho – It was still dark the morning Ruperto Vazquez-Carrera began his shift at Sunrise Organic Dairy. It was mid-February 2016. A winter heat wave had melted snow and ice overnight, flooding part of the rural Jerome County farm. A foot of standing water made it hard to tell where the feeding area ended and the deep pond that held the farm’s manure began.

Idaho sonar team to search for Washington state man’s body

The view from Bayview Shuttle during a bald eagle cruise on Lake Pend Oreille in Bayview, Idaho on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Officials say a sonar team is looking for the body of a Washington state man believed to have drowned in the lake earlier this month. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
SAGLE, Idaho – Northern Idaho officials say a sonar team will look for the body of a Washington state man believed to have drowned in Lake Pend Oreille earlier this month. Officials say 67-year-old John Key of Newman Lake, Washington, disappeared July 2, and friends found his unoccupied boat idling on the lake.

Coeur d’Alene tribe brings dance, culture and cardio to Washington, D.C.

Margie Morris, a Tlingit, shows  her handmade elk-skin drums and  raven tattoo: symbols of her tribe. (Ritu Prasad/Medill News Service / Ritu Prasad/Medill News Service)
Dressed in a traditional “jingle dress,” a multicolored outfit covered with silver ornaments that clink when she moves, Imani Antone and other members of the tribe’s PowWow Sweat dance group visited the nation’s capital this week to teach visitors to the National Museum of the American Indian how to perform tribal dances, and – more important – the cultural significance of those dances to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

Huckleberries: We knew way back when that Shawn Keough would be a good state senator

Idaho Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, talked about local politics in Coeur d'Alene in spring 2016. (Kathy Plonka/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)
That groan you heard from North Idaho was the sound of lovers of good government reacting to news that respected state Sen. Shawn Keough will retire after she ends her current 11th term. Good legislators are hard to come by in North Idaho. And Shawn is one of the state’s best. We knew she was going to be good in 1996 when we endorsed her for the first time.

Huckleberries: 1971 Wallace High grad startles brother with free copy of Branstetter’s ‘sex book’

The cover of Heather Branstetter’s “Selling Sex in the Silver Valley: A History Doing Pleasure” startled one of Sheila Barnes’ brothers. (Book cover photo from The History Press)
Sheila Barnes of Ponderay, Idaho, refers to Heather Branstetter’s book as “that sex book,” rather than “the Wallace book.” People know what she means, Sheila told Huckleberries. Branstetter's “Selling Sex in the Silver Valley: A Business Doing Pleasure.” Sheila graduated from Wallace High but didn’t share the community's tolerant attitude toward the sex trade. Still, she wanted to read what Branstetter had to say.

Idaho maps public access to endowment lands

The Idaho Department of Lands has released a map detailing recreation accessibility on the state’s public endowment lands despite earlier political resistance from Idaho lawmakers.

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DFO Day in CdA

I was completely surprised at the Huckleberries Farewell-fest when Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor asked for the mic (even though we had no mic) and read a proclamation from Mayor ...

It ain’t me, babe

Received three or four emails from readers today, commiserating about my retirement. The thing is, I'm not retiring. But a number of my colleagues are. And a great deal of ...