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LDS To Spruce Up Rathdrum

A North Idaho town will soon get a boost from a bunch of friends it probably never knew it had. Led by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but including folks from many other walks of life, Rathdrum will be the beneficiary of more than six community service projects all in one day: Saturday, Sept. 14. It's called, "Working together to make things better." Majestic Park, the community's recreational centerpiece, will be the primary focus as volunteers construct a concession facility with restrooms — from start to finish, top to bottom, countertop to wash basins - all in one day. Among the other high priority projects is painting the Masonic Lodge in the heart of the community's historic district. Windows that now are boarded up will be examined and, if possible, repaired or even replaced/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you been part of a community project to spruce up your town?

KTEC Enrollment Already At Capacity

Kootenai Technical Education Campus is already full - and it hasn't even opened. Director Mark Cotner said KETC enrollment is at 900 students, exceeding enrollment capacity, so the need for certified instructors is great. Industry experts will be hired for all KTEC programs and University of Idaho will provide the teacher training. "This agreement will serve as a model for public school and university cooperation in professional-technical education," said KETC director Mark Cotner. Cotner said the University of Idaho will provide courses in Coeur d'Alene for KTEC faculty seeking professional-technical teacher certification/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you support the KTEC concept?

PM: Skunked In Louisiana

Brandon Palaniuk, 24, of Rathdrum, lands his first of three fish totaling 5 pounds 15 ounces on the Red River of Louisiana in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic. But that total just moved him up to 48th place among the 49 anglers who competed Saturday. He was the only angler in the competition to get skunked on Day 1. Rich Landers of SR Outdoors reports on the event here.

Rathdrum Street May Honor Officer

The Rathdrum City Council tonight will hold public hearings on a street name change request to honor a fallen city police officer and a proposed law banning minors from having e-cigarettes. Mayor Vic Holmes and council members Fred Meckel and Debbie Holmes - all re-elected during November's election — will be sworn in. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 8047 W. Main. John Franco, father of former Rathdrum Officer Jonathan Franco who died in September at 27 due to a motorcycle crash while off duty, is requesting to change the name of Lauren Loop near Betty Kiefer Elementary to Jonny Franco Loop in honor of his son/Brian Walker, Press. More here.

Question: Should the Rathdrum street be named after police officer Jonathan Franco, who was killed in an off-duty 2011 motorcycle crash?

Program Helps NI Woman Buy Home

A 49-year-old Rathdrum woman is enjoying her first holiday season in a home she owns thanks to an Idaho Housing and Finance Association program that helps people bridge the gaps to homeownership. Lauri Moore is the first graduate of the HOPES program – Homeownership Promotes Economic Stability – offered by IHFA’s Home Partnership Foundation. The foundation offers a 200 percent match on people’s savings of up to $2,000, giving them a total of $6,000 for down payments or, in Moore’s case, paying down the principal to make the mortgage more affordable. “It’s a dream come true,” Moore said. “Owning a home was when you made it. Now I feel a little more equal”/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: How special was the first home that you purchased?

PM: Fire Destroys Rathdrum Home

Northern Lakes Fire District fireman Erin Sorenson fights to extinguish flames and to protect outbuildings this afternoon after being called at about 12:35 to a fully engulfed house fire at 3427 Scarcello Road/Rathdrum. According to a fire district news release, firefighters found the house fully involved with the homeowner outside the home with no other occupants.  The adult male homeowner was later transported to Kootenai Health. No more information on his condition is available. Story here. (Northern Lakes photo)

Idaho visitors gone wild

For the second time in a week an Idaho resident has been arrested for pleasuring himself in public in Spokane Valley. Is it a full moon or something? Why the sudden migration? Anyway, a Post Falls man was arrested Sunday while masturbating in the Spokane Valley Mall parking lot. His escapades were caught on tape and the man was quickly tracked down. And last week a Rathdrum man was arrested after he was caught with his pants down in a coffee shop drive through. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here.

Sea’s The Limit For Rathdrum Man

Bruce Jones lives in landlocked Rathdrum but that isn't stopping him from following his dreams below the surface of the ocean."When I was in high school I would sketch the underwater habitats and write out letters to Jacques Cousteau," he said.Jones built his first submarine in the early 90s. Today Jones and his team at Triton Submaries are working on building what they feel is a one-of-a-kind submarine. Dubbed the Triton 36,000 3, it will be the deepest diving multi-passenger submersible ever built/Anusha Roy, KXLY. More here.

Question: Have you been scuba or deep-sea diving? Can you describe the experience?

AM: Rathrum Man 4th At Bassmasters

Brandon Palaniuk, 23, of Rathdrum, fishes in Lake Cataouatche during the final round in Jefferson Parish, La., Sunday. Palaniuk finished fourth in the Bassmaster Classic after the final weigh-in Sunday for the three-day “super bowl” of bass fishing. Palaniuk, 23, was the youngest of the 50 anglers to qualify for the competition. He also was the only angler from the West.  Rich Landers/Outdoors blog tells you all about it here. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Question: How often do you fish? Are you good at it?

P.S. Local Fisher #11 @ Bassmaster

Kevin VanDam, left, and Aaron Martens, right, fish nearby one another during the first day of competition of the Bassmaster Classic today on the Louisiana Delta new Westwego, La. Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum is in 11th place out of 50 anglers today after the first day of fishing at the Bassmaster Classic near New Orleans . The three-day “Super Bowl” of bass fishing runs through Sunday at the Louisiana Delta. Rich Landers Outdoors story here. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Brett Duke)

GOP Leaders Lunch In Rathdrum

Here’s another Crazy Homeschool Mama Twitter photo of the state’s top elected GOP officials stopping at Spirit Lake City Park to address about 100 people on hand to rally with them. At last report, they’d stopped for lunch at the Golden Spike in Rathdrum, where Rally Right holds its meetings.