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Coeur d’Alene boys open 5A State with convincing win; Borah upsets Post Falls

NAMPA, Idaho – It took a couple of quarters for the Coeur d’Alene boys basketball team to shake the jitters, but once the Vikings got going, they looked very much like contenders at the 5A State tournament. Senior guard Jake Matheson scored 20 points, junior Chad Chalich added 11 and Coeur d’Alene rolled to a convincing 59-41 opening-round victory over Eagle on Thursday afternoon at the Idaho Center.

CdA, Post Falls districts hope to levy voter approval

North Idaho’s two largest school districts will ask voters on March 8 for more money to help maintain operations at basic levels following two years of state budget cuts. “Just about everything that could be labeled discretionary is now gone,” said Hazel Bauman, superintendent of the Coeur d’Alene School District, which has cut $8.9 million from its budget over the past two years. “We’re really down to people at this point.”

Thaw runoff forces utility to level flows

The huge runoff from recent thaw prompted Avista Utilities to open all of its spill gates at Post Falls Dam on Wednesday The utility also canceled a planned drawdown of the reservoir behind Long Lake Dam because of high flows in the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe rivers and a higher pool in Lake Coeur d’Alene. The 14-foot drawdown was intended to help control invasive Eurasian milfoil and allow property owners to perform shoreline work.

Ward a leader in hospital fight

BOISE – Eight months after his 2010 U.S. House campaign imploded, Vaughn Ward has re-entered the fray of public debate. Ward, the U.S. Marine Reserve lieutenant colonel upset in last spring’s GOP primary election by Raul Labrador, is now chief executive of the private Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls.

Rathdrum single mother second jackpot winner

When Holly Lahti found out she won $190 million in the Mega Millions Lottery, she kept her cool. For a moment or two. At first, “she was very quiet about it,” said Leasa Moore, night manager at Ady’s Convenience Store & Car Wash on Seltice Way in Post Falls, where the winning ticket was sold.

As funding wanes, school districts look to levies

Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene school districts, like most in the nation, have made tough cuts in the past two years because of a declining economy. Education officials expect the money problems to get worse as federal stimulus dollars go away and districts deplete their savings.

Fire in outbuilding investigated as suspicious

Investigators are calling a fire that damaged an outbuilding in Post Falls early Thursday suspicious in nature. Upon arrival at 10937 W. Prairie Ave. shortly before 6 a.m., firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the eves of 2,500-square-foot barn-type building, said Jim Lyon, a Kootenai County Fire & Rescue spokesman. A second alarm was issued and crews from Coeur d’Alene and Northern Lakes also responded.

State champ Ost joined extended list of relatives

That James Ost became a state wrestling champion last year for Post Falls as a callow sophomore shouldn’t have been too surprising. It’s in the blood. He’s the latest in a successful Post Falls family wrestling lineage that dates back decades.

Dryer fire cancels classes at Post Fall High School

A small fire in a clothes dryer forced evacuation Tuesday morning of Post Falls High School as well as cancellation of classes for the day, officials said. The fire began about 7:45 a.m. and quickly was extinguished, but it filled the school’s gymnasium with smoke, said Jim Lyon, fire information officer for Kootenai County Fire and Rescue in Post Falls.

New leaders revive once-dying grange

Yellow lights shone from the Cloverleaf Grange’s windows on a recent snowy evening, and the parking lot was full of vehicles.    Two dozen people gathered inside for a Christmas potluck. They also were celebrating the comeback of Idaho’s oldest grange. Not too long ago, the Cloverleaf Grange’s future was in doubt. Membership in the grange in Post Falls had shrunk to 22 members – only a handful of whom were still active.

Third child enticing reported in N. Idaho

Post Falls police and school officials are on alert again after a man in a blue van pulled up and frightened two girls who fled safely into a neighbor’s home on Wednesday morning.