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Guard unit gears up for war

ALEXANDRIA, La. – It's only a matter of hours before the 4,300 soldiers in the Idaho National Guard's 116th Brigade Combat Team leave for Iraq. Spc. Gary Bough spent some of them Wednesday packing his personal belongings, including a gift he received while on leave earlier this month from his wife of two years.
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Show and tell

Did a camel spider ever chase you? Pfc. Issac Barnhart has been asked a lot of questions about Iraq, but this one flung out by a fourth-grader stopped him in his tracks for a split-second.
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Group questions design of bypass

A Sandpoint community group said two recent studies it commissioned show the proposed design for a highway bypass that sweeps along the city's waterfront is flawed. It has asked state and federal agencies to reconsider granting permission to construct the project. Liz Sedler, executive director for the North Idaho Community Action Network, said Thursday that studies commissioned by NICAN show two main concerns:

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Meth-lab bust sparks school lockdown

The elementary school on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation was briefly locked down Wednesday morning after a burglary suspect barricaded himself in a house across the street where police later discovered a methamphetamine lab. Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies arrested 35-year-old Scott Waddell of Worley, Idaho, on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property. Tribal Police Chief Tom Cronin said Waddell, who is white, has long been sought by area law enforcement who suspect he is a major meth cook and distributor of the drug.
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Mom tried to free kids from car

A young mother and her two children were trapped in a car that had landed upside down in the cold and fast-moving Spring Creek near Clark Fork, Idaho, on Saturday afternoon The accident took the lives of a 2-year-old boy and his 8-month-old brother.
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Mother tried to free kids trapped in car

A young mother and her two children were trapped in a car that had landed upside down in the cold and fast-moving Spring Creek near Clark Fork, Idaho, on Saturday afternoon The rollover wreck took the lives of a 2-year-old boy and his 8-month-old brother.
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Soldiers’ next stop is war

Mike Kish was sitting on a couch – a nice couch with matching cushions and pillows – trying as hard as he could to appear relaxed and at ease, just another North Idaho homeowner kicking back in the living room. It wasn't working.
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One man found; another missing

Searchers in Shoshone County on Friday discovered the body of a man who had been missing for two days, even as other efforts were still ongoing to determine the whereabouts of another missing man in North Idaho. In Sandpoint, family and friends of Dan Clune, a 29-year-old software programmer who has been missing since the weekend, are coming cross-country to help in the search.
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Police find illegal slots in CdA bars

Idaho State Police raided 13 bars across the state on Wednesday morning – including three in Coeur d'Alene – to seize illegal electronic gambling machines. Fifty of the electronic slot machines were seized, including 15 from the three Coeur d'Alene taverns. The local taverns raided include the 1210 Tavern, 1210 E. Sherman Ave., and the Time Out Tavern, 5785 N. Government Way. Owners or staffers reached by telephone declined to comment Wednesday evening.
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Questions over girl’s death linger as Whittle leaves jail

Just two years after Elizabeth Goodwin was found dead in a bathtub, the woman who had been the autistic child's guardian has been released from the Kootenai County Jail on probation. Denise Whittle, 35, originally charged with manslaughter in the drowning of 6-year-old Elizabeth, had reached a deal last spring in which she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of felony injury to a child and was sentenced in May to 10 years in prison. She served about 15 months since her arrest in late February 2003.
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Dead man apparently a transient

A woman out walking her dog Saturday morning discovered the body of a man believed to be a transient near railroad tracks that slice between the Spokane River and busy Northwest Boulevard in Coeur d'Alene. Police said preliminary autopsy results Monday morning showed no obvious signs of trauma and the man – who has not yet been identified – most likely died of natural causes.
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Extended GI duty targeted

In cases that could affect soldiers locally and across the nation, soldiers suing the military over involuntary extensions of their active duty service had a mixed day in court Friday: A U.S. Army Reserve captain won an honorable discharge in New York, but a California National Guard soldier, currently stationed at Washington's Fort Lewis, had a request for a preliminary injunction tossed out by a federal judge in Sacramento. "We are disappointed by the ruling," said Joshua Sondheimer, a San Francisco attorney representing the Guard soldier, known in court papers only as John Doe. "We still believe the order that our client is being deployed under is an illegal order."
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Recount sought in Bonner County sheriff’s race

The bitterly contested race for Bonner County Sheriff has not ended. Democratic candidate Tony Lamanna, who lost by 36 votes to Undersheriff Elaine Savage – in a turnout of more than 17,000 – will be asking the state attorney general to conduct a recount in at least four precincts, Lamanna campaign manager Ann Bruce said Thursday evening.
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Deeply divided North Idaho voters united in their anxiety

The mood was positively bipolar Wednesday. For most Idaho voters – namely the 68 percent who backed President George W. Bush – the morning dawned brighter than ever. But the rare, perfect fall day was lost on a good number of others, who saw only darkness following the Republican sweep.
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Passions, turnout high in North Idaho

In back rooms and shopping malls, from Indian Country to remote trading posts, North Idaho residents kept an ear cocked for election results on a night when steady rain dripped from an inky November sky. People shared thoughts on jobs and wages, wars in distant lands, abortion and the environment in voices mixed with fervor and prayer and cynicism.
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Savage holds edge for Bonner County sheriff

The crackling, three-way race for sheriff in Bonner County was tight right from the start, with Undersheriff Elaine Savage holding the early lead, and challengers Tony Lamanna and James "Bean" Johnston not far behind. With 10 of 33 precincts reporting, Savage was running in front with 1,313 votes to Lamanna's 1,201. Johnston was not far back with 1,086.
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Complaints against sheriff are rejected

Accusations that Bonner County Sheriff Phil Jarvis and his top two administrators made vindictive criminal complaints against a search and rescue agency are "totally without merit," Bonner County Prosecutor Phil Robinson said in a memo issued Monday. A week ago, Mike Nielsen, president of Priest Lake Search and Rescue Inc., presented a complaint to the Bonner County commissioners in which the search and rescue group's board of directors demanded the FBI investigate Jarvis, Undersheriff Elaine Savage and Capt. Jim Drake for criminal misuse of their powers under "color of law."
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Man found crushed to death

Workers at a Coeur d'Alene recycling yard made a gruesome discovery Friday morning when they found the body of a man who was crushed while taking shelter in a trash bin full of cardboard that was picked up by a garbage truck and compacted, police said. Preliminary autopsy results showed the 42-year-old man died from being crushed in a load of cardboard, Coeur d'Alene police officials said Friday afternoon.
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Man accused of failing to tell sex partner of HIV infection

A former North Idaho man was summoned to court on Wednesday on the felony criminal charge of having sexual intercourse and not disclosing that he is HIV-positive. The court filing by Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas charges Mark Arnold Crawford, 36, with "transfer of bodily fluids which may contain the HIV virus."
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Man allegedly failed to tell partner of HIV

A former North Idaho man was summoned to court Wednesday on the felony criminal charge of having sexual intercourse and not disclosing that he is HIV-positive. The court filing by Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas charges Mark Arnold Crawford, 36, with "transfer of bodily fluids which may contain the HIV virus."
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Rescue group seeks FBI probe

SANDPOINT – The head of a search-and-rescue group demanded an FBI investigation into the leadership of the Bonner County Sheriff's Office, telling county commissioners Tuesday afternoon that his group has been falsely accused of fraud and theft by top sheriff's officials. The accusations were politically driven harassment, said Mike Nielsen, president of Priest Lake Search and Rescue, who points a finger at outgoing Sheriff Phil Jarvis, Undersheriff Elaine Savage and Capt. Jim Drake for sending two criminal allegations to the Idaho State Police investigations office in Coeur d'Alene in September.
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Kirkuk base a slice of Americana

Just four days after the front lines reached the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk in April 2003, Lt. Col. Tracey Walker led a wave of military engineers attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade into the mix. The last thing she expected to see were roses in bloom. The northern divisions of the Iraqi army, backpedaling toward Kirkuk for weeks, had vanished abruptly rather than dig in for a fight with Kurdish peshmerga fighters – 30,000 strong with their own tanks and heavy weapons – and U.S. Special Forces and paratroopers.
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Sheriff’s races

Judging by this year's races, running for county sheriff in North Idaho seems to be one of those things where the journey is at least as exciting as the destination. A quick review:
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Driver kills Rathdrum woman

A 47-year-old woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver early Wednesday while walking along the shoulder of state Highway 53 in Rathdrum, police said. Rathdrum police Lt. Alex Carrington said Deborah McBride was seen leaving the Shady Bar shortly after midnight, apparently to walk home.