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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2015

Shawn Offield carefully cleans steamed Dungeness crabs to fill special orders in the back room at Williams Seafood, which is owned by the Offield family, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. The price for crab products is up this year with a shortage of some types of crabs. Owner Mike Offield said they’ve kept their margins the same, but raised their prices according to their costs. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Xmas crab arrives, it won't be cheap

Fresh Dungeness crab is a Christmas feast tradition for many, but this year Northwest residents will pay a premium for the crustaceans – if they can find them at all. West Coast crab fisheries have been on hold because of a large algae bloom that increases levels of domoic acid in shellfish and can make them unsafe to eat.

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Storm KOs power, causes light show

The most productive snowstorm to hit North Idaho since 2009 wiped out power to thousands Monday night. And as the storm was dumping 12.8 inches of snow in Kootenai County, some residents observed spectacular yet eerie flashes of light. “It was so bizarre. I kind of just saw something out of the corner of my eye,” said Jimmy McAndrew.

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Coeur d'Alene police vehicle hit 

When two Coeur d’Alene police officers stopped Tuesday night to investigate a downed tree on Seltice Way, their patrol vehicle was hit from behind by a passenger truck. Both officers were evaluated at Kootenai Health and treated for minor injuries, a news release from the police department said.

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