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News >  Spokane
April 1, 2009, 1:35 p.m.
Sherwin-Williams Co. will close its Columbia Paint and Coatings manufacturing facility in Spokane, eliminating 37 jobs. The paint-making plant on Haven Street opened 36 years ago. No retail paint stores are closing, said company spokesman Mike Conway. Sherwin-Williams acquired Helena, Mont.-based Columbia Paint in 2007.

News >  Spokane
March 15, 2009, midnight
A new community center is always a hit. Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are about to score a grand slam. Three nonprofit organizations with deep local roots are finishing three landmark developments that combine fitness, recreation, education and support services. The first two open in May, the third in July.

News >  Spokane
March 15, 2009, midnight
A joint effort by the YWCA and YMCA to build two big community centers in Spokane is emerging as a model of collaboration for nonprofits, especially in lean times when groups compete for fewer donor dollars. For more than a century the two organizations pursued distinct missions and operated separate facilities. Now they’ll share buildings in central and north Spokane and cooperate on services for kids and families.

News >  Business
Aug. 2, 2008, midnight
Unemployment shot up in North Idaho last month as construction continued to slow and more wood products jobs disappeared. The jobless rate in Kootenai County hit 4.4 percent in July, up sharply from 3.8 percent in June and 2.6 percent in July 2007, the Idaho Department of Labor said Friday.

News >  Spokane
July 19, 2008, midnight
The long winter has ended in Wallace. The last of a big pile of snow on the edge of town was reduced to a wet spot on the ground Friday, more than five weeks after the last snowfall in the Silver Valley.

News >  Idaho
Aug. 2, 2007, midnight
The ghosts came out Tuesday night for the first in a series of free movies under the North Idaho skies. Next up are greasers, munchkins, clownfish and fighter pilots. The Outdoor Cinema Festival began with a showing of "Ghostbusters" in the Montrose development in Post Falls. It will continue each Tuesday this month near Bluegrass Park in Coeur d'Alene Place.

News >  Idaho
July 28, 2007, midnight
Visitors to a wolf education center and store in Bonner County had an unexpected demonstration of the animal's hunting instinct. Four tourists from Charlotte, N.C., were at Wolf People on U.S. Highway 95 across from Lake Cocolalla on Wednesday when a pair of domesticated arctic timberwolves chased down and killed a deer right in front of them.

News >  Idaho
May 15, 2007, midnight
The Fort Sherman Symphonette, barely half a year old, is preparing to take its audience back to the late 19th century with a little Dvorak, a little Strauss and a new composition based on themes from military bugle calls. The 50-member community orchestra, conducted by music director and historian Robert Singletary, will perform Wednesday night in a concert that will bring to a close the month- long Fort Sherman Days celebration in Coeur d'Alene.

News >  Spokane
April 26, 2007, midnight
All parents, regardless of income or experience, can benefit from the support given by programs such as Parents as Teachers. The idea is to help mothers and fathers help their children learn to eat, sleep, walk, talk, read, share – any number of important developmental skills leading up to kindergarten.

News >  Idaho
April 17, 2007, midnight
Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff Charles Sciortino was justified in shooting Victor Leon in the chest and right arm during a confrontation March 14, county Prosecutor Bill Douglas said in a report released Monday. Douglas said the officer, who fired his .45-caliber pistol four times at Leon, was justified in using deadly force when Leon, driving a Dodge pickup truck, allegedly drove in a manner that could have harmed bystanders.

News >  Idaho
April 14, 2007, midnight
Long before Coeur d'Alene was a retirement, resort and recreation hot spot, the town revolved around a military fort on the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene. This early chapter in city history will be remembered with Fort Sherman Days, a monthlong series of events starting Monday at North Idaho College. The lineup includes a "Review of Troops at Fort Sherman," walking tours of the old fort grounds, an old-fashioned ice cream social with the Fort Sherman Band, and a concert by the Fort Sherman Symphonette.

News >  Idaho
Feb. 21, 2007, midnight
Several days of heavy snowfall in the mountains of North Idaho have raised the avalanche danger. The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center issued a special advisory Tuesday morning saying the danger had increased since Friday morning, when the hazard was rated as moderate. At least two feet of new snow fell in higher elevations over the weekend and Monday.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 15, 2007, midnight
Time Warner Cable threw a football party for its North Idaho customers Sunday, and more than 100 showed up at Sunset Bowl in Coeur d'Alene to watch the Seattle Seahawks fall short of upsetting the Chicago Bears. They watched the NFC divisional playoff game on television sets throughout the crowded lounge. And it was a satellite dish, not the cable company, delivering the broadcast.

News >  Idaho
Nov. 7, 2006, midnight
If the Idaho governor's race or the showdown in the 1st Congressional District are as tight as polls suggest, the campaigns may turn to one North Idaho county before they claim victory or concede defeat. Final results from Bonner County will be delayed because of an active write-in campaign that may require election workers to hand-count thousands of ballots. The job probably will stretch through the night and into Wednesday, Bonner County Clerk Marie Scott said.

News >  Idaho
Nov. 4, 2006, midnight
David "Coon" Merritt, the Post Falls man who killed a 14-year-old runaway in July 2000, has died of natural causes while serving a life sentence in an Orofino, Idaho, prison. Merritt, 53, died Oct. 27 at an Orofino hospital.

News >  Idaho
May 24, 2006, midnight
Boundary County voters picked a longtime county employee as the Republican nominee for county treasurer, according to Tuesday night election results. Jennifer Fessler, chief deputy treasurer for 6 1/2 years, easily beat two other challengers to clinch the nomination. In final, unofficial results, she had about 70 percent of the votes.

News >  Idaho
May 19, 2006, midnight
Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy soon will start looking for its fourth principal since it opened in August 1999. The school's board of directors has decided not to renew the contract of its third principal, Nels Pitotti. Joe Fabiano, chairman of the board that oversees the public school, said Pitotti was hired for a transition period of three to five years.

News >  Idaho
May 12, 2006, midnight
Pat Mott's father was awarded a Carnegie Medal more than 80 years ago for trying to save a boy from drowning. Now Mott, a retired logger in Rathdrum, is a Carnegie hero himself. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced Thursday that Mott is one of its newest medal recipients. He was honored for attempting to save a 74-year-old man from drowning last year in the icy waters of Lower Twin Lake, near where Mott lives with his wife, Cathie.

News >  Idaho
April 1, 2006, midnight
Why waste it? Boiled down, that's the message the city of Coeur d'Alene wants to share with residents on the municipal water system. And to help promote a new conservation campaign, the city's water department is offering a financial incentive to save water starting today.

News >  Idaho
March 25, 2006, midnight
The Coeur d'Alene School District has tapped a Spokane school administrator to be the next principal at Coeur d'Alene High School. Randy Russell, 39, assistant principal at North Central High School, accepted the position Thursday night. He will replace Steve Casey, who will retire at the end of the school year after 13 years as principal.

News >  Idaho
March 11, 2006, midnight
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington lived hard and battled his demons, but his courage and skill as a fighter pilot in World War II are legendary and worth recognizing by naming Coeur d'Alene Airport for him, say a group of retired Marines. Marine Corps League Detachment 966, itself named for the Coeur d'Alene-born ace, hopes Kootenai County officials will reconsider a previous suggestion to name the airport for Boyington – a figure whom detachment members revere as a genuine hero. The idea last surfaced about a year ago, but county and airport officials were unenthusiastic about it.