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Area closed during hunt for escapees

Two Forest Service roads and a campground in the St. Joe Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest were closed Tuesday while officials searched for three prisoners who walked away from an inmate work crew Monday.

Red Ives Road and campground and St. Joe River Road will be closed until further notice. The Red Ives historic cabin also will be closed.

The three escaped inmates were part of a 10-person prison detail building and repairing trails. They are: Matthew S. Harris, 26; Garry G. Layman, 36; and Jeffrey A. Whipple, 46.

Anyone with information should contact the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office at (208) 556-1114.

Group will build addition to church

A 29-member team from Builders for Christ will visit New Beginnings Baptist Church in Rathdrum on Thursday to begin construction of the church’s multipurpose building.

The sanctuary and indoor recreation facility will measure 52 feet by 80 feet with 20-foot walls. The exterior should be completed in 10 days by the volunteer team of master builders and their wives from Hattiesburg, Miss., and members of NBBC.

The foundation for the structure at 16218 W. Westwood has been in place since last summer as the church has proceeded on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The Builders for Christ pay their own travel expenses to locations throughout the nation to help construct church facilities.

Agency wants RV park closed

Panhandle Health District wants to close a Hayden RV park until a septic system is installed.

Peggy L. Harriman, the park’s owner, applied for a septic permit in 1999, but didn’t install a system, health department records indicate.

The park on Cedar Grove Lane has 28 RV hookups, plus restrooms and showers. The sewage doesn’t appear to be surfacing, said Dick Martindale, the district’s environmental health manager. But it could pose a public health risk if untreated sewage is infiltrating groundwater or creeks, he said.

In April, Kootenai County and the health district sued Harriman and her husband, Terry Saylor, citing septic and zoning problems.

The park should be closed until the issues are resolved, the lawsuit said.

Harriman did not return a phone message.

Thorpe closed today for paving

Thorpe Road off U.S. Highway 195 south of Spokane will be closed today for paving.

Motorists should take an alternate route from the highway, west of the second tunnel on Thorpe, beginning at 8 a.m. through midafternoon, Spokane city officials said.