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  • Idaho panel endorses tribal policing proposal

    BOISE – After a six-hour hearing that stretched long into the evening, an Idaho House committee on Wednesday endorsed the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s legislation to let its police officers enforce …


  • Cross-deputization bill will be introduced

    BOISE – Benewah County reneged on a policing deal with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe last spring, the tribe told lawmakers Thursday, so it’s time to just let tribal police officers …


  • Benewah County, tribe reach deal on policing

    Benewah County and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe have reached a deal on policing on the reservation, just in time to head off state legislation that was up for a vote …


  • Comments on Benewah sheriff brought Payne to surface

    Prosecutor Doug Payne didn’t appreciate the criticism leveled at Sheriff Bob Kirts and Benewah County by outsiders including me recently. In a Handle Extra comment, I said the issue of …


  • Benewah sheriff’s take on tribal cops wrong

    In a reasonable world, a public-safety measure like one the Idaho Legislature should see in the coming days would not be necessary. But sometimes the world is decidedly unreasonable – …


  • Sheriff’s tribal policy protested

    BOISE – A Kootenai County human rights group sent an open letter to the Idaho Legislature on Thursday saying criminals are going free in Benewah County because the sheriff there …


  • Benewah sheriff calls rights group’s letter ‘stupid’

    BOISE - A Kootenai County human rights group sent an open letter to the Idaho Legislature on Thursday saying criminals are going free in Benewah County because the sheriff there …

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