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Two teens injured when ski lift derails

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Two teenage boys were injured and one remained in the hospital Tuesday after they fell from a chairlift when it derailed at 49 Degrees North ski resort last weekend.

It was unclear how the chair became derailed Saturday, but owner John Eminger said the lift has been closed since then, awaiting inspection by lift engineers. Three other lifts remain open.

“We’re not a great big ski area, so when something like this happens, we take it very seriously,” Eminger said.

Chairs can come loose from lifts by either mechanical or human error, Eminger said. A part could come loose, though Eminger said early inspections could not find any problems with the lift. Chairs also can come loose from the towers when riders bounce or swing the chairs, he said.

The chair was rebuilt two years ago and didn’t see any action last year due to lackluster snow accumulation.

The two boys fell around 1 p.m. and were taken by helicopter to a hospital. The victims’ identities were being withheld. One left the hospital Saturday, but the other was still there Tuesday, Eminger said. The extent of their injuries was unknown.

Arrests made in string of residential burglaries

About $50,000 worth of property stolen during several recent Shoshone County burglaries has been recovered, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The sheriff’s office partnered for the past week with the Idaho State Police, county prosecutor’s office, and Osburn and Pinehurst police to investigate a string of residential burglaries, according to a sheriff’s press release.

Arrested in connection with the burglaries were Steven G. Faith, 49; Jason L. McKinnon, 30; Brittany L. Stroud, 20; and a juvenile. Additional arrests are pending.

Investigators believe that some stolen items were sold or traded for drugs in the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane areas, the sheriff’s office said.

Two groups to provide free holiday meals

The following is a list of free holiday meals in North Idaho.

Holiday Dinner at St. George’s Church on Thursday, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the church basement at 2010 Lucas Street in Post Falls; 773-4715.

Christmas Dinner by the Bonner County Gospel Mission, Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. at the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave.; call Corky at 263-6698.

First day of winter brings break from cold

Spokane’s freezing streak likely will end today – the first day of winter.

The official temperature at Spokane International Airport on Tuesday stayed at or below 32 for the 22nd day in a row, the National Weather Service reported. Today, however, the high is expected to reach 39 degrees.

While temperatures remained below freezing on the ground, the atmosphere was warmer, with temperatures above 32 degrees up to 9100 feet Tuesday afternoon, said Milt Mass, weather service meteorological technician.

Wind power site feasible near Pocatello

Pocatello, Idaho

Devices that have been measuring wind speed since last spring indicate at least two sites would be good places to erect wind-powered generators near this southeastern city, officials say.

Greg Lanning, director of public works in Pocatello, said information from the anemometers needs to be further evaluated. He said if officials confirm the two sites still look good for wind power, two taller anemometers will be built to gather more information.

When details about the project were first released, it was estimated each turbine would cost about $1.5 million, would have a life span of 20 years, and would take seven years to turn a profit.

Pocatello currently generates electricity to sell to Idaho Power by burning methane gas from its sewage treatment plant.

“There’s still some interest in generating some electrical power,” Swindell said. “But it will have to compete for capital investment with all the other things the utilities have to do.”

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