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Oct. 11, 2016, 5:25 p.m.
The daughter of an accused drug trafficking ringleader operating out of North Idaho pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to conspiracy to launder money from illegal drugs sold across five states.
Oct. 10, 2016, 5 p.m.
A proposed increase in Washington’s minimum wage would widen the gap with starting wages in neighboring Idaho and may force businesses in Kootenai County to raise wages. If Washington voters approve Initiative 1433 next month, the starting wage gap between the two states will grow to $3.75 next year and could be as much as $6.25 by 2020, if Idaho’s minimum wage remains locked at $7.25 an hour.
Oct. 9, 2016, midnight
Idaho state leaders remain dubious of switching to a vote-by-mail system for elections, as Washington and Oregon have done. But voters in Idaho are growing more comfortable with the concept of voting at their own pace, away from the polls, as a steadily increasing share of them embrace absentee voting.
Oct. 3, 2016, 9:44 p.m.
The Coeur d’Alene School District will reopen a shuttered, 80-year-old elementary school next year to relieve crowding on the fast-growing north end of the district. But what educational emphasis it will have remains up in the air.
Sept. 29, 2016, 1:12 p.m.
Two junior high school students in Rathdrum were arrested Wednesday for threatening violence on school property.
Sept. 27, 2016, 7 p.m.
A homeless outreach coordinator in Coeur d’Alene wants to build a village of tiny houses to serve as temporary crisis shelter for people who desire to emerge from homelessness. They may include seniors, military veterans, single moms and others struggling to find housing options.
Sept. 25, 2016, midnight
Steve Gibbs, owner of The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene and a fixture of the Lake City’s arts scene, has ALS, the terminal neuromuscular disease. He is working to ensure his gallery lives on after he is gone.
Sept. 23, 2016, noon
Coeur d’Alene stage producer Laura Little is part of the team behind “Come From Away,” a popular musical about what happened after 38 commercial flights were diverted to a remote town in Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001. It’s playing now at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., and will debut next March on Broadway.
Sept. 21, 2016, 4:16 p.m.
As a former P.E. teacher, Idaho First Lady Lori Otter had no trouble motivating about 200 Coeur d’Alene elementary students to shout and rise in a bleachers wave inside their school gym Wednesday. It was a fun way to share a serious lesson on how to keep each other safe at school.
Sept. 21, 2016, 4:06 p.m.
Gary Schneidmiller, the founder and owner of Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty, has given $1 million to Hospice of North Idaho in memory of his parents, Mannie and Gladys Schneidmiller.
Sept. 21, 2016, 2:45 p.m.
The man wanted for killing a 2-year-old Spokane girl last week told a Kootenai County judge Wednesday he would not waive extradition to Spokane County on a second-degree murder charge.
Sept. 19, 2016, 8:59 p.m.
Twenty-one restored railcars arrived Monday in Spokane in a rolling museum celebrating the splendor and elegance of vintage passenger trains. The owners are attending the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners annual convention.
Sept. 19, 2016, midnight
Ten years into his career, Pepper is nearing retirement from the Spokane County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. Replacing the black Lab with a newly trained police dog will cost the county $9,000 to $10,000. To help cover the expense, a crowd of a couple hundred turned out Sunday for the third annual Canines for K9s event.
Sept. 14, 2016, 12:54 p.m.
Federal prosecutors have their first guilty plea in a multi-state drug trafficking ring involving at least 20 people, including a Coeur d’Alene gastroenterologist, his wife and her children.
Sept. 12, 2016, 2:56 p.m.
A nonprofit group working to boost voter registration in Idaho has left some Kootenai County residents angry or suspicious – and blaming the county elections office, which had nothing to do with it.
Sept. 12, 2016, midnight
SAGLE, Idaho – A photo of a premature baby girl on a respirator is displayed inside a glass case on the second floor of the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center, a treasury of artifacts and gadgets on a wooded ranch near Lake Pend Oreille. “It’s actually yours truly, me,” said Rachel Schwam, pointing to the fragile newborn in the exhibit.
Sept. 9, 2016, 1 p.m.
No one trains to dive into a burning building without any protective clothing or breathing apparatus. But when he saw his wheelchair-bound neighbor trapped inside her smoke-filled house last year, veteran firefighter and EMT John Ward did just that.
Aug. 29, 2016, 4:19 p.m.
Miners in the Silver Valley picketed Monday outside the Wallace office of Hecla Mining Co. to protest lack of progress on a new contract for about 250 employees at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan.
Aug. 29, 2016, 1:55 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene police are investigating a report of a sexual assault on the North Idaho College campus.
Aug. 26, 2016, 10:33 a.m.
A group of kids in Coeur d’Alene found a way to make a lasting impression on their elementary school – and make some enduring friendships as well. Last winter the 5th grade advanced reading class at Fernan STEM Academy set out to open up their play area to everyone, including students who use wheelchairs.
Aug. 18, 2016, 4 p.m.
If the mix of entertainment seems eclectic at the North Idaho State Fair next week, that’s no accident. Fair organizers went looking for attractions representing different corners of the globe to fit the theme, “The World of Fun.”
Aug. 18, 2016, 3:12 p.m.
Zach Ukich is a skier, volunteer firefighter and skilled woodworker. In April he added diaper changer to his repertoire.
Aug. 15, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Hundreds of Catholics gathered Monday under the shade of linden, elm and maple trees next to Idaho’s oldest building for a culturally rich and reverent ceremony honoring the Virgin Mary and celebrating the bond between the church and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.
July 31, 2016, 4 a.m.
Fourteen weeks after an arsonist burned the church to the ground, St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bonners Ferry is pressing on with prayer and song and hopes of rebuilding next year.
July 28, 2016, 4:53 p.m.
A former marina manager for the Coeur d’Alene Resort was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Hagadone Corporation.