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News >  Idaho

Both sides mystified by upsets

Neither the winners nor the losers could offer any sweeping explanation for the series of upsets in Tuesday's primary election. Each race was unique, the candidates said. But there was a common question: Where were the Democrats?
News >  Idaho

Bonner County commission candidates eliminated

Bonner County voters knocked 11 candidates out of crowded county commission and sheriff races Tuesday. The race was packed, candidates say, because so much is at stake in the county. A growing real estate boom is expected to strain county services. And the county also is revising its comprehensive plan, which governs all aspects of planning, zoning and growth.
News >  Idaho

Voters toss lawmakers Meyer, Bailey

A winner-takes-all battle in Kootenai County's District 3 spilled a lot of old blood Tuesday. Incumbent Republican lawmakers Sen. Kent Bailey and Rep. Wayne Meyer both lost races in the district that includes Hayden, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake, Athol and Bayview. With 47 out of 75 precincts reporting, one-term incumbent Bailey was being beaten by upstart Mike Jorgenson. Eight-term former Sen. Clyde Boatright had hoped to regain his old seat.

News >  Idaho

Proposed logging road called a ‘giveaway’

Environmental groups are trying to stop a lumber company from bulldozing a road across public land to access 558-acres of private forest. The groups recently appealed a U.S. Forest Service decision granting Stimson Lumber Co. permission to construct about 4,000 feet of road to access its timber holdings in the Kaniksu National Forest in the northeast corner of Washington. The area is important habitat for a variety of endangered and threatened species, including grizzly bears, said Mark Sprengel, executive director of the Selkirk Conservation Alliance, of Priest Lake.
News >  Spokane

Gold miners walk in pay dispute

PRICHARD, Idaho – About 25 North Idaho gold miners walked off the job recently, saying they haven't been paid for finding the pay dirt. Many of the miners gathered at the front gate of the Alterra Mine 40 miles northeast of Coeur d'Alene Thursday morning after hearing rumors the owner would be at the site. The men were there to demand a month's worth of back pay. Some of the miners said they were being evicted from their homes.
News >  Idaho

Candidates vie for spots in rural areas

The Founding Fathers may have imagined Bonner County when they proposed a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Because in this place where the children of loggers and children of the counterculture can hit the drive-through espresso stand on their way to a chain-saw carving contest, people by the score are running for office. A state high of 22 hopefuls have filed to run for office this year, including 14 for the County Commission and seven for sheriff. Tuesday's primary offers a number of contested races in North Idaho's rural counties.
News >  Idaho

Republicans face choice in primary

Last time around, the Republicans emerged from the primary race for Coeur d'Alene's District 4 with nearly three times as many votes as the Democrats. Yet the Republican primary winner, Jim Hollingsworth, went on to be narrowly beaten by upstart Democrat Bonnie Douglas. Hollingsworth lost by 27 votes. Some blamed a Libertarian spoiler candidate for stripping away 418 votes that could have otherwise boosted the Republicans into office. Others said Hollingsworth shot himself in the foot with his positions on topics ranging from AIDS victims to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (he has professed contempt for both).
News >  Spokane

Air tanker loss a big blow

Regional wildfire managers are nervous at the prospect of a fire season without their most powerful firefighting weapon, heavy air tankers capable of draping vast stretches of forest with fire retardant. Last week, the federal government canceled all contracts for the planes because of safety concerns stemming from a pair of crashes in 2002. The news is coming at the dawn of a potentially catastrophic fire season – forest conditions already are at Julylike moisture levels.
News >  Idaho

French defends dredging

Spokane City Councilman and architect Al French defended his role in a controversial river dredging operation that took place near Post Falls over Mother's Day weekend. During Monday's Spokane City Council session, French lashed out at The Spokesman-Review's recent account of the project, calling the story "one-sided and inflammatory."
News >  Idaho

Health-care costs take toll on uninsured

Dennis Danielson can't remember the last time he could afford a routine teeth cleaning, much less a regular doctor's check up. Like more than a quarter of North Idaho residents, Danielson's only health insurance is hoping and praying.