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In brief: No injuries following Coeur d’Alene plane crash

Two men escaped injuries Wednesday in a plane crash at the Coeur d’Alene Airport near Hayden.

The small plane was piloted by Spokane resident Terry Holman, 73. His passenger was his son Brian Holman, 28, of Arizona. Holman was flying from Felts Field in Spokane, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Stu Miller said. Holman was attempting to line up with the runway when his engine stopped shortly after 5 p.m., Miller said. One of the plane’s floats clipped the exhaust pipe of a parked and unoccupied road grader.

“After he clipped that, he just pile-drived into the ground,” Miller said.

The plane came down on the north end of Reed Road. Holman said he had been flying since 1960 without a crash, Miller said. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Nina Culver

Sorority president apologizes for students’ public urination

The president of a Washington State University sorority has apologized for the behavior of students who urinated in a Coeur d’Alene park during a sorority-sponsored outing May 3.

Megan Taylor, president of Kappa Kappa Gamma, also said sorority members would spend a day next fall doing community service for the city.

“We just feel awful and really want to give back to the community to express how much we regret our actions,” Taylor said in a statement released by the city Wednesday.

Mayor Steve Widmyer said he accepted the apology and will help find a full day’s worth of community service for the sorority to complete.

Witnesses said students who appeared to have been drinking alcohol got off several charter buses and immediately vomited in City Park that Saturday afternoon before the group of about 300 got on a Coeur d’Alene Lake Resort cruise boat. Several also urinated against the back wall of the Museum of North Idaho, and one witness snapped a photo of young women squatting to relieve themselves in view of families with children.

The sorority, which organized the trip, appeared Wednesday before a student conduct board on charges filed by WSU. The hearing was closed to the public.

Scott Maben

Water releases intended to encourage sturgeon migration

Water will be released this week from the reservoir behind Libby Dam to provide flows for white sturgeon spawning in the Kootenai River.

The first release begins Friday, when flows will increase to about 24,500 cubic feet per second. The flows will remain at that level for about one week before decreasing to 18,000 cubic feet per second. A second weeklong pulse of high flows is expected to start at the end of May.

The flows are intended to mimic pre-dam conditions that trigger upstream migration of the endangered sturgeon to better spawning and egg-rearing habitat. The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho has increased the number of young sturgeon through hatchery-aided spawning.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will monitor the Kootenai River’s elevation in Bonners Ferry during the sturgeon flows, with the goal of staying below flood stage.

A public meeting on the dam operations takes place from 6-8 p.m. May 29 at the Kootenai River Inn, Bonners Ferry.

Becky Kramer



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