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News >  Idaho

Warehouse space fills need for reliable shelter

Homeless people in North Idaho now have a place to stay warm every night of the week. Ground Force Manufacturing, a Post Falls company, is offering an unused warehouse as a warming center through the end of February. In response, St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho closed its Post Falls warming center and shifted its resources to the warehouse at 6001 E. Seltice Way. St. Vincent worked with other agencies, including Dirne Clinic and the state Department of Labor, to spread the word about the new warming center and collect sleeping bags, food and clothing for the guests.
News >  Idaho

North Idaho homeless get new warming center

Homeless people in North Idaho now have a place to stay warm every night of the week. Ground Force Manufacturing, a Post Falls company, is offering an unused warehouse as a warming center through the end of February.

News >  Business

Alligator Diesel Performance anticipates, meets customers’ needs

Alligator Diesel Performance in Coeur d’Alene increased its sales more than 1,200 percent over the past three years, enough to hit Inc. Magazine’s list of the country’s 500 fastest-growing private companies. But earnings reports alone do not tell Alligator’s story. This company’s success is about more than how to sell high-performance parts for light diesel trucks. Or how to manufacture them. Or how to install them, all of which Alligator does.
News >  Idaho

A heart-warming Festival of Trees

Joy Richards has helped out with Kootenai Health Foundation’s signature fundraising event, the Festival of Trees, every year since its inception in 1989. But this year, the event took on added significance after her brother-in-law, Tom Richards, had open heart surgery a few months ago. This year’s event will raise money to add cardiac care services at Kootenai Medical Center.
News >  Idaho

Ski areas to open in time for the holidays

Lines were 10 deep at the ticket window and every chair was full as Lookout Pass opened for skiing and snowboarding Friday morning, maintaining its tradition of being first among the Inland Northwest’s five resorts to launch the season. “I’m here to get my shred on,” said Tanner Puyleart, 22, a snowboarder who came up from Coeur d’Alene with three friends, all North Idaho College students.
News >  Idaho

Ornaments made at Kroc Center to appear at White House

Braydon Rimpau put extra effort into making a Christmas ornament at Coeur d’Alene’s Kroc Center this week. After all, his snowman, with its red felt scarf and black top hat, would be seen by thousands of people.  “When I heard this was going to go to Washington, D.C., and the White House, I couldn’t believe it,” said Braydon, who attends Woodland Middle School in Coeur d’Alene. “It made me really want to do it.” When the 89th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony launches a month’s worth of holiday events in Washington, D.C., next month, two dozen ornaments, created by the youth and staff of the Kroc Center, will adorn Idaho’s tree. One of them will be part of the national Christmas tree in the White House Visitor Center.
News >  Idaho

Road to college gets redo

The transformation of a former lumber mill site into landscaped roadways and a new intersection was celebrated Tuesday as the first step toward a long-envisioned education corridor in Coeur d’Alene. “In 10 to 20 years, I don’t think we’ll believe what this place will look like,” Mayor Sandi Bloem said. “It will be a legacy for the future.”
News >  Idaho

Offers of warmth as chill settles in

Amanda Duke stopped by the Fresh Start homeless drop-in center in Coeur d’Alene on Monday afternoon, glad to find a place she could feel warm and safe for the night. Monday was the first night the center was planning to offer its warming shelter to house people overnight, with temperatures forecast to drop into the low 20s, said Howard Martinson, the executive director. Ordinarily, temperatures below 20 will trigger the center’s opening, he said.
News >  Idaho

CdA mayor still backs McEuen Field remake

Coeur d’Alene’s mayor and three council members say the election Tuesday of three critics of a multimillion-dollar plan to remake a downtown park does not sway their support for the plan. “I’m really committed to the parking and to improving the field,” said Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander of the plan to remake McEuen Field. “That’s what the future holds. We don’t plan for today. We plan for 10 years down the road.”
News >  Idaho

McEuen Field critics win council races

Public discontent over a multimillion-dollar plan to remake McEuen Field, Coeur d’Alene’s downtown waterfront park, appeared to be the deciding factor in delivering City Council seats Tuesday to critics of the plan. “I think McEuen was the big issue,” said Ron Edinger, a 40-year incumbent who was the sole councilman to vote against approving the plan and who repeatedly called for a public vote on the project. “I’ve been the fighter for having a public vote on McEuen and I think the people of Coeur d’Alene said they want a public vote on McEuen.”
News >  Idaho

Crews start scrapping old tracks

A Chicago company this week began tearing out about three miles of a BNSF Railway Co. line that has run through Coeur d’Alene for 100 years. On Wednesday, heavy equipment operators from C&C Track Works pulled up the steel rails and crews followed with long crowbars wrenching up the spikes. When they’re done, said worker Jose Lopez, the rail line will be left a gravel trail.
News >  Idaho

Mother, daughter share autism stories

Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism in 1950 and didn’t speak until she was about 4 years old. But Grandin went on to earn a doctoral degree and to transform the livestock industry with her research on animal behavior. Half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment Grandin designed for meat plants. She became a college professor, a best-selling author and a sought-after speaker on both animal science and autism. An Emmy-winning HBO feature film was made about her life.
News >  Idaho

Former Kootenai County deputy clerk sentenced for embezzlement

A former Kootenai County deputy clerk who embezzled $139,000 over 10 years will begin serving a 90-day jail sentence on Thursday, the day before her 63rd birthday. Kootenai County 1st District Judge Fred Gibler on Monday imposed a 90-day jail sentence on Sandra Martinson, whose actions were discovered after she retired last November. Gibler also sentenced Martinson to pay $49,075 in restitution and to serve five years of supervised probation.
News >  Idaho

Contrast clear in CdA council race

When Ron Edinger began serving on the Coeur d’Alene City Council, Adam Graves had not entered the world. Now the two – the 75-year-old with 40 years of incumbency and the 37-year-old businessman determined to modernize the city – are facing off for council seat 1. The race has been cast both as a battle over the future of McEuen Field and as one of looking to the future rather than being mired in the past.
News >  Idaho

Fundraisers will help teen’s family

An 18-year-old Coeur d’Alene High School graduate is fighting for his life in a Missoula hospital after his car flipped on Lolo Pass on the Montana-Idaho border two weeks ago. Brenden Nichols, salutatorian of the 2011 class, Eagle Scout, church youth leader, track team member and accomplished photographer, has been in a coma since the Oct. 15 accident. His neck also was broken and a lung collapsed, said his mother, Jodie Nichols. The family is researching moving him to a neurological rehabilitation center closer to home, she said.
News >  Idaho

Community help lets shelter reopen

After taking a two-month hiatus to raise money, a North Idaho nonprofit organization that shelters homeless families for up to 90 days will be back in business on Sunday. When Family Promise put out the call that a funding shortfall would close its doors, the community responded. Its annual Cardboard Box City fundraiser, in which community members get a small taste of what it’s like to be homeless by staying overnight in cardboard boxes, raised some $12,000. In addition, an anonymous donor kicked in $10,000, and business partners including Coeur d’Alene Mines, Windermere Real Estate, North Idaho Eye Institute and Pita Pit helped out.
News >  Idaho

Brazen burglars

Jim Smith returned to his Post Falls home late one night last week to find his side door ajar. In the bedroom, he found jewelry scattered on the floor and several Black Hills gold rings missing. He and his late wife, who died 10 years ago from cancer, had collected them together over several years.
News >  Idaho

Bayview victim: ‘I’m just an invalid’

A family is watching TV on a cold Sunday afternoon when a man bursts in, calls them an obscene name and attacks with a hammer, aiming for their heads. One woman is killed. Another suffers a severe head injury that steals pieces of her memory and speech. Two other family members are beaten but escape with minor injuries. It sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, but that’s what Yvonne Wallis, her son, daughter-in-law and grandson experienced last Dec. 19 in Bayview, Idaho. Their next-door neighbor, Larry Cragun, was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder, and is in jail awaiting trial in January. His bail is set at $1 million.