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In brief: Idaho Gives event encourages charitable giving Thursday

Idaho nonprofit groups are preparing for a statewide day of charitable giving Thursday.

Called Idaho Gives, the event aims to drive donations to more than 660 causes. Participating nonprofits and details can be found at

Dozens of North Idaho groups are participating, including the Panhandle Autism Society, Parents Reaching Out to Parents, and Birds of Prey Northwest. Last year, Idaho Gives raised nearly $600,000 for more than 500 causes.

“We expect people around the state to be celebrating nonprofits, giving to their favorite causes, telling their friends about Idaho Gives, and checking throughout the day to see just how generous Idahoans can be,” said Janice Fulkerson, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center.

Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint and other communities will have activities related to Thursday’s event.

Man pleads guilty to aiding illegal hunting

A North Idaho man has pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in the illegal hunting and transportation of a mountain lion in 2012.

Tod S. Navarro, 49, of Naples, entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene. His son, Jacob R. Navarro, 22, also of Naples, entered a similar plea in December, as did a third man, Christopher B. Wilson, 33, of Elgin, Ore.

The three men admitted that in January 2012 they aided and abetted the unlawful hunting and transportation of three mountain lions. Each admitted he allowed his Idaho tag to be put on a mountain lion taken by a hunter from North Dakota, knowing that it was going to be transported to that state.

The cases were investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Idaho Fish and Game.

Geoduck diver in critical condition

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said a commercial diver found unconscious 50 feet below the surface of the water off Washington’s Dungeness Spit was airlifted to a Seattle hospital.

Sgt. Lyman Moores said Samuel Silverstein, 24, of Bremerton, was reported in critical condition on life support Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center.

Moores said Silverstein and another man had been diving for geoduck clams. The second man brought Silverstein to the surface.


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