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April 21, 2006, midnight
For some convicted batterers in Kootenai County, a year of domestic violence treatment isn't enough. After 52 weeks of required regular meetings, some offenders are leaving group counseling – only to be arrested soon after for new crimes against their intimate partners, experts said.
April 20, 2006, midnight
For nearly 5,000 parents in Idaho and Washington last year, failure to keep up with state-mandated child support payments cost them more than just the respect of their kids. They also lost their legal right to hunt and fish through state license suspension programs aimed at hitting child-support scofflaws where it hurts, officials said.
April 20, 2006, midnight
A North Idaho United Way director credited with expanding donations, participation and allocations to local agencies has resigned to take a position with a for-profit adolescent treatment center. Jeff Conroy, executive director of the United Way of Kootenai County, told board members Wednesday he plans to leave the agency May 17. He has accepted a position as administrative director of Innercept, a residential school and center in Coeur d'Alene.
April 15, 2006, midnight
At least a dozen patients of Tarek L. Haw plan to seek criminal charges against the former Coeur d'Alene doctor poised to lose his medical license for actions that include misuse of prescription drugs, insurance fraud and sexual misconduct, a lawyer representing the women said Friday. Rami Amaro, a Coeur d'Alene lawyer, said she initiated a police complaint that could lead to felony charges of sexual exploitation by a medical care provider. Ron Clark, a Coeur d'Alene Police Department detective, confirmed that an investigation has been opened but said he could not discuss the ongoing case.
April 15, 2006, midnight
As construction commences on Coeur d'Alene's new library, Kootenai County officials said they might be interested in acquiring the building that houses the old one. Preliminary conversations between city and county officials have pondered the possibility of relocating the county elections office to the nearly 40-year-old building at 201 E. Harrison Ave.
April 14, 2006, midnight
To tell the truth, Robby Kelley doesn't remember what he meant when he splashed bright paint across a white page and then topped it with a splotch of black. He knows it was a painting project last summer for kids with – and without – mental illness.
April 12, 2006, midnight
It's been a year since Dr. Tarek Haw last injected Ed Whidden with massive doses of testosterone, but the Coeur d'Alene man said he's still coping with the aftermath. The powerful hormone was supposed to correct a testosterone deficiency sparked by surgery. Instead, it propelled Whidden into a second puberty, complete with severe acne and wild mood swings that the 39-year-old said cost him his marriage.
April 11, 2006, midnight
Several city streets and a public parking lot will close next week as construction of Coeur d'Alene's new $7.2 million public library project begins. Starting Monday, city workers will permanently close Seventh Street between Front and Mullan avenues. The upper parking lot at the Coeur d'Alene City Hall also will close during construction, which is expected to last about a year.
April 9, 2006, midnight
Hopes of providing one-stop services for Medicare clients in North Idaho moved closer to reality this week, when a Coeur d'Alene doctor merged her private practice with the Dirne Community Health Center. Susan Melchiore, an internist who specializes in geriatrics, said creation of the SAGE Center Medicare Clinic realizes a dream of providing comprehensive medical, social and prevention services for up to 3,000 patients.
April 8, 2006, midnight
A Coeur d'Alene mother has been cited for negligent driving and not properly restraining her children in connection with a March car accident that critically injured her 4-month-old daughter, Spokane police said Friday. Eileen Jensen, 21, will face fines of nearly $640 for the infractions, police spokesman Cpl. Tom Lee said – $101 for the restraint violation and $538 for negligent driving.
April 6, 2006, midnight
Concerns about faulty airplane parts linked to a 2004 crash that killed a Coeur d'Alene man didn't rise to the level of mandatory replacement, a Federal Aviation Administration official said this week. But parents of Eric Dvoracek, the 28-year-old pilot who died in the Arizona crash, vowed to press the agency to issue a directive that would force owners to fix the problem on as many as 16,000 small planes.
April 1, 2006, midnight
Nearly 16 months after their son's airplane slammed into an Arizona mountain ridge, Jim and Carla Dvoracek know why. Just as important, the Coeur d'Alene parents know now that 28-year-old Eric Dvoracek didn't cause his own death scouting the skies above the Grand Canyon.
March 30, 2006, midnight
When Coeur d'Alene Homes opens its $6 million Alzheimer's and dementia center this fall, finding clients should be no problem, said Director Mike Grabenstein. Waiting lists are forming already for up to 70 spots in the North Idaho assisted living and "memory care" programs.
March 27, 2006, midnight
As tiny Chloe Jensen struggled to recover from severe head injuries at a Spokane hospital on Sunday, child safety advocates urged parents across the Inland Northwest to take a look at their own car seat precautions. The 4-month-old Coeur d'Alene girl was critically injured in a Wednesday auto accident near downtown Spokane. Police are investigating whether the baby and her two siblings, ages 2 and 4, were properly restrained when their mother's 2001 Honda Accord rear-ended another vehicle in traffic.
March 24, 2006, midnight
Most days, 10-year-old Jakob Sears is more interested in video games and fishing than in influencing the workings of the U.S. Senate. But next week, when the Post Falls fourth-grader arrives in Washington, D.C., he'll join the ranks of unlikely government lobbyists.
March 24, 2006, midnight
A 4-month-old Coeur d'Alene girl remained in critical condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center Thursday, a day after a three-car collision near downtown Spokane, according to a hospital spokesman. Chloe Avah Jensen suffered severe head injuries in the Wednesday accident, said her grandfather, Mark Jensen, also of Coeur d'Alene.
March 23, 2006, midnight
Coeur d'Alene's urban renewal agency agreed Wednesday to borrow up to $500,000 to grade and level the former gravel pit designated as the site for the proposed Salvation Army Kroc Community Center. The move is the latest effort to woo decision-makers in charge of choosing where to locate the proposed $65 million project.
March 22, 2006, midnight
The Coeur d'Alene community has deep pockets and plenty of them, more than enough to build and sustain a $65 million Salvation Army Kroc Center, a consultant's report released Tuesday revealed. But if project backers want to raise the $5 million in community contributions needed to clinch the deal, they'll have to come up with about 140 donors – including three willing to part with nearly $1 million apiece.
March 15, 2006, midnight
It won't be called "Ida-Opoly," but if Ron Gill has his way, an Idaho edition of a classic capitalist board game could be coming to a card table near you. Gill is heading an effort by a regional Lions Club foundation to create an Idaho-centric version of Monopoly to raise money for eye and ear surgeries for the poor.
March 14, 2006, midnight
A Coeur d'Alene doctor who abruptly closed his practice last fall could lose his medical license after more than 20 new complaints of actions ranging from improper prescriptions and fraudulent insurance billings to sexual misconduct, documents showed. Dr. Tarek L. Haw did not appear at a February hearing called by Idaho Board of Medicine officials to consider whether his already restricted license should be revoked, suspended or further curtailed because of new allegations. A hearings officer is expected to rule on the matter by the end of March, according to Nancy Kerr, the medical board's executive director.
March 12, 2006, midnight
It looked like a piggy bank exploded in Kathy Zinkgraf's fifth-grade classroom. Stacks of small bills piled up on the front table. Columns of quarters, dimes and nickels rose on every desk. Pounds of pennies filled the plastic bag the Freeman Elementary School teacher toted from student to student. At the front of the room, 10-year-old Dylan Corbin watched weakly as his classmates conducted a lesson in basic addition – and community compassion.