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News >  Idaho

Football star’s $5,000 mountainbike stolen in CdA

It’s getting so a famous football player just can’t visit Coeur d’Alene anymore. Drew Bledsoe was in town over the Labor Day weekend, visiting friends with his family, and his $5,000 mountain bike was stolen off his car’s bike rack.
News >  Idaho

Autopsy results consistent with drowning

Preliminary autopsy results are consistent with drowning in the case of a 5-year-old boy who was trapped underwater following an Aug. 28 car accident on Fernan Lake Road.
News >  Idaho

Nurse program expands to Idaho

A program proven to improve the lives of low-income, first-time mothers and their babies will be offered in Kootenai and Shoshone counties within the coming year, thanks to a cross-state collaboration. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is contracting with the Spokane Regional Health District to bring the state’s first Nurse-Family Partnership to the two North Idaho counties.

News >  Idaho

Schools to instruct staff, students on how to help suicidal youths

Before they dove into discussions about technology updates and special education, administrators and principals in the Coeur d’Alene School District began a Wednesday morning management retreat with training in suicide-prevention techniques. The session was a grim reminder of four suicides by district students within the past 15 months. Two were by juniors at Lake City High School who died within about three weeks of each other. Another, last June, was by a middle school student. The fourth, this past June, was by a student who had recently withdrawn from a district middle school.
News >  Idaho

Fun times three for kids at Kootenai Health triathlon

Joey Bonacci is only 5 years old, but he’s training for his second triathlon. He asks his baby sitter to time him as he sprints across his Hayden lawn. He took swimming lessons this winter so he’d be more comfortable in the water. And he packs milk in his lunch because it’s better “fuel” than soda.
News >  Idaho

County leaders offer ’12 budget

Kootenai County commissioners are proposing a 2012 budget almost $3 million higher than this year’s, but they say property taxes won’t increase because $4 million will be used from reserve funds. Several county reserve funds have risen to levels well beyond what is needed, said Commissioner Dan Green, who took office in January. “We are going to draw them down to prudent levels,” Green said. “Right now we have extra money.”
News >  Idaho

Ex-Kootenai clerk pleads guilty

A former Kootenai County deputy clerk accused of embezzling $139,000 over 10 years pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of grand theft. Sandra Martinson, 62, retired in November from her career with the county, which spanned more than three decades. The embezzlement is alleged to have occurred for 10 years, ending in October.
News >  Spokane

Fast-track teen

By the time Nicole Behar slid behind the wheel of her No. 38 Ford Mustang on a recent Wednesday night, her family was getting a little nervous. Three other top racers at Stateline Speedway had turned in strong performances during time trials. The time to beat was 15.399 seconds, and Behar had been running closer to 15.60 on the quarter-mile track.
News >  Idaho

NIC program helps students gain GED while in college

Blaine Hahn, of Hayden, officially began dreaming again this week. He enrolled at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene in hopes of becoming a mechanical engineer. After dropping out of high school in ninth grade due to bullying, the 19-year-old studied on his own but never thought he’d be able to attend college.
News >  Idaho

Baby’s injury leads to arrest

A baby boy is fighting for his life in a Spokane hospital and his 19-year-old Coeur d’Alene father is accused of causing the bleeding in the infant’s brain by repeatedly handling him too roughly. James Blanchard has been charged with felony injury to a child. Bond was set Monday at $100,000 during Blanchard’s first appearance before Kootenai County magistrate Judge Clark Peterson. A preliminary hearing is expected within 14 days.
News >  Idaho

Hospice residence to open in Coeur d’Alene

Landscapers on Monday were planting maple trees outside Idaho’s first residential Hospice House in anticipation of a community dedication of the Coeur d’Alene facility tonight. Following a year of construction, Hospice House at Hummingbird Fields will welcome its first patients in mid-August. The 14,000-square-foot building at 2290 W. Prairie Ave. offers 14 patient rooms, two of which adjoin other rooms and can be used by family members wishing to stay with loved ones.
News >  Idaho

Kootenai County bringing back paratransit service

Joe and Lydia Sokol say it might be nice to visit downtown Coeur d’Alene from time to time to do a little shopping, then sit outside and have a snack. It’s not far – only about three to four miles from the Coeur d’Alene home they share with their daughter and son-in-law – but it may as well be 100 miles away. At 82 and 91, respectively, Joe and Lydia no longer drive due to health problems. Family members help out, but the Sokols hate to impose.
News >  Idaho

Benewah County Jail escapee caught

A convicted burglar who escaped Friday from Benewah County Jail has been recaptured, thanks in part to Kootenai County’s cross-deputization agreement with the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police. Tribal officers made the arrest working with Plummer city police and the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said Wednesday.
News >  Idaho

Kootenai County revising land-use codes

Kootenai County on Monday launched what is expected to be a two-year process to revise its land-use regulations. The county has hired a nationwide planning firm that aims to create an extremely open public process. Draft code sections will be posted online for public comment. An online “webinar” will be held that will be open to anyone. And dozens of people have been appointed to committees and focus groups to solicit public input and discussion.
News >  Idaho

Crowds honor soldiers as remains come home

More than 400 people lined the streets of Coeur d’Alene Friday afternoon to pay their respects to Spc. Nicholas W. Newby, one of two Coeur d’Alene soldiers killed recently in Iraq. They started showing up more than two hours before the military procession escorted Newby’s remains to a downtown funeral home. They ranged in age from babies to a World War II veteran. By the time the procession passed the street outside Lake City High School, Newby’s alma mater, it was a tunnel of American flags, signs with good wishes, and veterans saluting.
News >  Idaho

CdA, Spokane processions to escort soldiers’ remains

Law enforcement representatives in Spokane and North Idaho will join members of the U.S. military in processionals today to deliver to funeral homes the remains of two Coeur d’Alene soldiers killed in Iraq. A procession around 11:30 a.m. will escort the remains of Army Sgt. Nathan R. Beyers from Spokane International Airport to Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home on North Division Street in Spokane. A second procession, around 1:15 p.m., will escort the remains of Army Spc. Nicholas W. Newby from the Coeur d’Alene Airport/Pappy Boyington Field to Yates Funeral Home on Fourth Street in Coeur d’Alene.

Funeral processions planned for two soldiers

Law enforcement in Spokane and North Idaho will join the U.S. military in processions today to deliver to funeral homes the remains of two Coeur d’Alene soldiers killed in Iraq
News >  Spokane

Homeless numbers decline in Idaho

A statewide count indicates 2,199 people are homeless in Idaho, a 6 percent decrease from the 2,346 people counted as homeless in 2010. Of those, 1,310 were single and 889 consisted of at least one adult and one child, according to a news release from the Idaho Housing and Finance Association, which conducted the count with regional housing coalitions.
News >  Idaho

Picturesque lakeside trees could fall victim to the ax

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is calling for the city of Coeur d’Alene to remove hundreds of trees from its levee, which separates North Idaho College and the Fort Grounds neighborhood from Lake Coeur d’Alene. Rosenberry Drive, otherwise known as the “dike road,” draws thousands of people year-round as a place to park when headed to the college or the beach or events like Art on the Green. A section of North Idaho’s Centennial Trail also stretches along the road and is popular with walkers, joggers and bicyclists.

Army Corps wants CdA to cut down ‘dike road’ trees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is calling for the city of Coeur d’Alene to remove hundreds of trees from its levee, which separates North Idaho College and the Fort Grounds neighborhood from Lake Coeur d’Alene.
News >  Spokane

Homeless drop-in center causes problems for Coeur d’Alene neighbors

Dozens of neighbors who live near a downtown Coeur d’Alene homeless drop-in center say in the two years the center has been there, they’ve been subjected to panhandling at their homes, urine and feces in alleyways, trash thrown over their fences and drug dealing on their street corners. “My neighborhood is not anti-homeless,” said Cherie McCabe, who lives near Fresh Start, the drop-in center at 1524 E. Sherman Ave. But, she said, “It’s like we’re in jail. I literally do not want to go into my backyard.”
News >  Business

Ground Force to expand in Post Falls

A Post Falls manufacturer of above-ground mining equipment is planning a $6.5 million expansion that should create at least 50 jobs as it starts making equipment for underground mining. Ground Force Manufacturing’s sister company will be called Underground Force, the company’s vice president, John Chambers, told the Idaho Economic Advisory Council on Thursday as the city of Post Falls applied for federal community development block grant funds to assist the expansion.