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Man tossed from canoe found dead

A man whose body was recovered from the Spokane River shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday after he was tossed from a canoe near Post Falls was identified as Michael W. Blankartz, of Spirit Lake. His body was recovered by a Kootenai County Sheriff’s dive rescue team downstream from Corbin Park, which is about two miles west of Post Falls Dam.

Avista to open Post Falls dam gates

Avista Corp. will open additional gates at the Post Falls Dam today after heavy rains have caused the water level on Coeur d'Alene Lake to rise. The utility won't open the biggest gate until this afternoon to give boaters time to move their equipment, since the water level on the river above the dam will drop quickly.

Malcolm Colbert shines as student and athlete despite injury

For Malcolm Colbert, pain had become an everyday part of his young life. It was the constant reminder of an injury he suffered in middle school, a dislocated right kneecap that followed him on the basketball court, where the 6-foot-1 guard shined despite the tendon damage in a four-year varsity career that culminated in a state title this year. And it followed him around the classrooms and hallways of Post Falls High School, where the 18-year-old had built a reputation as a leader.

Masters wins coin flip for Kootenai County seat

A week after Idaho’s primary, Kootenai County’s final Republican contest was decided Tuesday with the flip of a coin. In the race for Precinct 8 committeeman, both incumbent Ralph Noyes and challenger Jimmie Masters received 123 votes. As dictated by Idaho code, county Clerk Dan English tossed a coin and Noyes called “heads” in the air.

Know a Pro: Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston, Head Professional and General Manager at The Highlands since 2005, has 17 years experience in golf management and teaching in the Inland Northwest, including five years as First Assistant under Gary Lindeblad at the award winning Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane.

Schools’ budget reality strikes hard

Consecutive years of belt-tightening are leaving Inland Northwest school districts with fewer notches available to further cinch up their spending. Temporary federal funds for education in the 2009-’11 biennium helped prevent the most drastic cuts during the current school year, but continued weakness in the economy has forced state officials to further slash budgets for 2010-’11.

Spokane River plan moving ahead

Ted Sturdevant, director of the Washington Department of Ecology, said Wednesday that he stands behind his agency’s ambitious plan to reduce phosphorus flowing in the Spokane River. Parts of the plan remain controversial, Sturdevant acknowledged. But he said many of the concerns raised last month during a formal dispute process can be resolved as the plan moves forward.