An increase in the number of students attending Coeur d’Alene public schools this fall prompted the school board Thursday night to approve an emergency tax levy of $450,000.
Daily attendance averaged 10,173 this week, up from 10,046 in the first three days last year. The district’s K-12 enrollment is 10,337.
The board voted unanimously for the one-time levy, which property owners will see on their tax statements in December and next June. The levy rate may come in at 6.9 cents per $1,000 of taxable property.
Such emergency levies are allowed without voter approval.
The money will be used to hire more teachers and classroom aides and buy curriculum materials, Superintendent Matthew Handelman said.
Interstate fair offers variety of events
Here’s a sampling of what’s happening today at the Spokane Interstate Fair:
9:30 a.m. – Grand opening ceremony at main gate.
10 a.m. – All exhibit buildings open. Various demonstrations and musical performances throughout the day.
11:30 a.m. – Racing pigs; additional heats at 2 p.m., 3:30 and 7:15. North Lawn.
Noon – Carnival rides and amusements open.
1 p.m. – Kids’ mutton bustin’; additional competitions at 2:30, 4:30 and 6. North of Grandstands.
2 p.m. – Antique tractor parade.
6 p.m. – Youth beef and goat judging.
7 p.m. – PRCA rodeo; tickets $5 to $8 in addition to fair entrance fees. Grandstand Arena.
Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for kids and seniors. The fair runs through Sept. 15 at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center at Broadway and Havana in Spokane Valley.
Passenger jet makes emergency landing
A passenger jet made an emergency landing Thursday in Spokane after the flight crew smelled smoke.
No fire was discovered, authorities said, but all 105 passengers and five crew members were evacuated from the Boeing 737-800 as a precaution. The jet, operated by Minnesota-based Sun Country Airlines, was bound for Seattle from Minneapolis but diverted to Spokane International Airport for an emergency landing because of the smoky smell, said airport spokesman Todd Woodard. It landed about 4:10 p.m.
Maintenance crews were requested for an inspection, but the airline also was considering bringing in a replacement aircraft, Woodard said.
(Editor’s note: an earlier version of this news brief incorrectly identified the jet as a private charter.)
Fingerprints link suspects to Belton
Investigators discovered fingerprints linking two teenagers to an 88-year-old World War II veteran killed two weeks ago.
Police say Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, both 16, beat Delbert “Shorty” Belton to death Aug. 22, while he sat in his car, according to an affidavit.
Investigators found what they believe to be Glenn’s prints on the exterior rear driver’s side door and the interior of the rear driver’s side passenger door. What appeared to be Adams-Kinard’s prints were on the exterior driver’s door and the interior of the rear driver’s side passenger door.
Friends said Belton was in his car near the Eagles lodge, waiting to meet a friend for a game of pool. Adams-Kinard reportedly claimed in a letter that the teens were planning to meet him there to purchase crack cocaine, but Belton “tried ripping them off.”
Glenn and Adams-Kinard face charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.
Woman accused of animal cruelty jailed
A woman facing 21 felony charges of animal cruelty and five charges of illegal animal confinement was jailed Thursday on $50,000 bail.
Jan Hickerson, 48, appeared in Superior Court on Thursday after dozens of sick horses were found on her property July 20, according to an affidavit. Animal protection officers seized 26 horses from the West Plains ranch, 21 of which were emaciated.
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service investigators reported they found two dead horses on the property, one of which was in the same pen as five living horses, exposing them to a parasitic infection.
Hickerson faces separate charges of operating an unlicensed private kennel by keeping seven dogs at her residence.
The felony charges carry maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.