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Blogos: Athol meat pie? No thanks

The daily roundup of links from HucksOnline blogosphere begins with Christa Hazel's photograph of a lunch menu in Edinburgh, Scotland -- one that includes something called Athol Meat Pie. Also: Wintry weekend/Slight Detour, Openings: Lots to choose from/7 Blog, Driving in winter Wonderland/Faithful Geek, Simpler times, even in movies/Simple Mind...

Manslaughter charges expected in fatal Athol collision

A Hayden man will face three counts of vehicular manslaughter for causing a head-on collision Saturday that killed a Spokane man and his two young daughters. Investigators believe Ryan J. Turner, 27, had been drinking before he got on U.S. Highway 95 driving the wrong way in the southbound lanes, Idaho State Police Sgt. Ron Sutton said Monday.

Driver in crash near Athol faces manslaughter charge

A 34-year-old Coeur d'Alene man faces a criminal charge of vehicular manslaughter for the June 7 crash that killed his passenger on a service road north of Athol. Investigators have determined that Dustin W. Harrison was in the driver's seat of his SUV when it flipped in the forested area of Bonner County, killing his passenger, Damian C. Johnson. Idaho State Police initially reported it was unclear who was driving.

Ex-clerk in Athol sentenced to prison for stealing $418,000 from city

Athol’s former city clerk will serve four years in prison for embezzling nearly $418,000 from the small North Idaho city’s budget over five years. Sally R. Hansen, who served as the clerk from 2009 to 2014, was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday and ordered to pay nearly half a million dollars in restitution and fines.

Developer loses eminent domain fight in Idaho

BOISE – The Idaho Supreme Court last week ruled against a developer in a long-running eminent domain dispute in North Idaho, even ordering the company to pay some of the state’s legal fees. The developer, H.J. Grathol Co., was “shooting for the moon” and seeking much more money from the state than its 16 acres were worth, Justice Jim Jones wrote.

Huckleberries: WSU sorority members make amends

You probably heard about that splash the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority of Washington State University made May 3 at Coeur d’Alene City Park. Literally. Several of the young women were caught on camera urinating against the back wall of the North Idaho Museum. Four bus loads of young women and invited friends took part in a wasted weekend that included a cruise tour on Lake Coeur d’Alene and a whole lotta Jose Cuervo. But did you know that the sorority has made amends, in a big way?

Animals up for adoption following cruelty case

Nearly 100 rabbits and guinea pigs will be up for adoption June 14 after four people pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges last week. In January 139 animals were seized from a home in the 17000 block of East Pend Oreille Divide Road where they were housed in “unsanitary and unhealthy” conditions, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Most of the animals were in cages with no water and large amounts of feces. The home had no running water or electricity and was filled with animal feces, rotting food and garbage, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Service members get break at Silverwood

Military veterans and personnel along with police officers, firefighters and EMTs can get in free this three-day weekend at Silverwood Theme Park. Their children and spouses get in for half price during the North Idaho park’s American Heroes Weekend.

Getting There: Highway 95 upgrade slated for major work

A long-term effort to widen and improve U.S. Highway 95 north of Coeur d’Alene will take a major step forward this year. Two important segments will undergo construction in the vicinity of Silverwood Theme Park and Athol.

Judge rejects Hart’s state tax appeal

An Idaho district court on Wednesday tossed state Rep. Phil Hart’s attempt to appeal a state Tax Commission order that he pay more than $53,000 in back state income taxes, including penalties and interest.