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In brief: Monroe, Lincoln to close at Second

Monroe and Lincoln streets at Second Avenue are being closed to through traffic today to allow crews to undertake the second stage of paving on a reconstruction of Second.

The closure begins as early as 5:30 a.m. today and will continue until crews finish about 4 p.m. The intersections should reopen for the evening commute.

Motorists are advised to detour to Walnut, Maple, Stevens or Washington streets.

A continuation of paving next week will force closures of Walnut and Maple streets at Second on Monday or Tuesday. City officials said the contractor is rushing to finish the work before winter weather sets in.

Tuesday was considered the most likely day for closure of traffic at Walnut and Maple.

The project began in August and involved installation of a new water main, drain lines and sidewalk improvements. The street portion of the work is being financed with a 2004 voter-approved bond issue.

Northport beach cleanup complete

A Canadian mining company has finished cleaning industrial waste from a beach near Northport, Wash., that washed down the Columbia River from its smelter in Trail, B.C.

Contractors for Teck Resources Ltd. removed more than 9,000 tons of dirt containing the granular slag from one acre of Black Sand beach. The slag, a byproduct of the smelting process, contains heavy metals.

Excavation work began in September on a popular swimming beach, which is three miles south of the U.S.-Canadian border. The slag was taken to the smelter for recycling, and the beach was rebuilt with cobbles and sand.

For decades, the smelter discharged tons of slag daily into the river. The current deposited the black, glassy slag on miles of beaches and river bottom.

Teck Resources voluntarily agreed to remove the slag through an agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology.

Mother pleads guilty to rape

A Grant County woman accused of sexually abusing her children and broadcasting it on the Internet has pleaded guilty.

The 30-year-old Warden, Wash., woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Grant County Superior Court to four counts of first-degree rape of a child.

Police say she performed various sex acts on her 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son.

The Grant County sheriff’s office says the woman took photos and made videos that she sent to people through an Internet chat program. Authorities were alerted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Each count of child rape carries a possible sentence of 20 years to life in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced in December.

The woman’s name is being withheld to protect the identities of her children.

The Boys & Girls Club of Spokane County has been awarded a five-year, $225,000 grant for its dropout prevention program, Be Great: Graduate.

The grant will allow the organization to expand the program to other areas of the city and help more children, said Alise Delzell, operations director. “This funding will positively affect thousands of Spokane’s most at-risk youth and help the organization spearhead efforts to reduce the county’s high school drop-out rate of 30 percent.”

Be Great: Graduate stresses use of mentors; intense tracking of school attendance, behavior and course failure; partnerships among club, home and school; and communication.

The grant was awarded by the Panhandle State Bank/Intermountain Community Bank through its Trust and Wealth Management Department, Delzell said.

Human rights program offered

The Human Rights Education Institute will hold a four-day long Chautauqua series at North Idaho College next week, highlighting the contributions of historic figures who worked for peace or human rights.

HREI is putting on the program with support from a $4,500 Idaho Humanities Council grant, and from NIC, which is contributing performance space.

The portrayals of historic figures will take place at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. daily from Monday through Thursday with a final performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Chatauqua performers will portray figures including Eleanor Roosevelt, Mother Jones, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln and more.

All but the final performance , will be held in NIC’s Schuler Performing Arts Center. The Thursday evening performance will be held in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of the NIC Edminster Student Union Building. All events are free.

For more information, call HREI at (208) 292-2359, visit or, on Facebook, go to “HumanRightsCDA.”


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