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In brief: Couple honored for work on North Idaho forestland

Wed., June 15, 2011

A Coeur d’Alene couple have been honored for their stewardship of private forestland by the American Forest Foundation.

Steve and Janet Funk were named 2011 Tree Farmers of the Year for the foundation’s western region. The winner of the foundation’s national award will be announced at a convention in August. Besides the Funks, there are three other finalists for the national award.

The Funks bought 80 acres in the Wolf Lodge Bay area in 1974 that had been heavily logged. The trees had grown back as a dense thicket.

The Funks worked to improve the tree stands, purchasing and restoring additional acreage over the years. They now manage 374 acres with their daughter and son-in-law.

Their work has resulted in healthier stands of trees, better wildlife habitat and improvements to Wolf Lodge Creek. They also work to educate the public about sustainable forestry management.

Panhandle Health District to offer free HIV testing

The Panhandle Health District will offer free HIV testing in Idaho’s five northern counties later this month.

Results are available within 15 minutes. Appointments are needed for the tests.

Here are the test days and numbers to call to schedule appointments:

• June 23 and June 29 in Hayden, 8500 N. Atlas Road, (208) 415-5270

• June 27 and June 30 in Sandpoint, 1020 Michigan St., (208) 263-5159; and St. Maries, 137 N. Eighth St., (208) 245-4556

• June 27 in Bonners Ferry, 7402 Caribou St., (208) 267-5558

• June 28 in Kellogg, 114 Riverside Ave., (208) 786-7474

An estimated 147 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Idaho’s five northern counties, a news release from the health district said. For more information, visit


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