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Ed corridor piece closer

The BNSF Railway Co. is asking the federal government for permission to abandon 6.23 miles of rail line stretching from downtown Coeur d’Alene to Post Falls. The railroad company is applying to expedite the process and must show that no rail traffic has moved on the line for two years and that there are no outstanding complaints about the lack of service on the line, said Gene Fadness, a spokesman for the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, which will conduct a hearing on the matter Tuesday.

Larkin, Bloem face challengers

The mayors of Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, as well as three incumbent city council members in each city, face challengers in the November election. Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin faces two political newcomers: private investigator Steven De Gon and Matthew Behringer, a 24-year-old who recently moved to this area. Larkin started as a councilman in 1996 before becoming mayor in 2001.

Post Falls police chief stepping down

When Cliff Hayes joined the Post Falls Police Department, the city had fewer than 6,000 people and a single stoplight that switched to a blinker at midnight. The department had about 14 people in 1983. On a typical week, a patrol officer might break up two or three bar fights, typically involving guys and their fists. Well, maybe a pool cue now and then, he said, but never knives or guns.

Post Falls police chief will retire

Clifford Hayes, the police chief of Post Falls for more than two decades, is retiring, the city announced today. Hayes has worked for the Post Falls Police Department since 1983.

Outlet mall makeover

Driving past what were once prosperous outlet stores, the Post Falls Factory outlets look more like a ghost town. Mike King and Paul Bielec with Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty recently took over marketing the portion of the campus owned by Cotter Ranch Properties of Houston called the Post Falls Factory Stores, and are hopeful that by repositioning the property and offering “screaming deals,” they will attract tenants and bring the place back to life.

Wal-Mart seeking larger Post Falls store

The Wal-Mart store planned for the west side of Post Falls will be larger than originally envisioned, according to updated plans received by City Administrator Eric Keck.

Grad takes it step by step

For many students, high school is all about drama. For Stephen Sloniker, a Post Falls High School graduate, school was where he could leave the drama of his family life behind and find success. Sloniker, 18, was born in Eastern Washington but spent most of his childhood in Missouri. He relocated to Post Falls two years ago to be with extended family after his father was convicted of burglary and sentenced to five to eight years in a Kansas prison.

Mac sellers see bright future

For most of 2008 the Spokane area had just one in-store retail seller of Apple Inc. products: Best Buy, the national entertainment chain that carried a limited array of Apple gear or software. In 2009 the scent of Apples has filled two new area stores, prompting the question: Can this area support two competing stores devoted to selling and servicing Apple computers and entertainment products?

Post Falls to adopt ‘SmartCode’ development design

As one of Idaho’s fastest-growing communities, Post Falls is looking to the future with a focus on the design of future development rather than use. The city has adopted “SmartCode,” with a few details to be worked out such as putting the code into ordinance form. Colin Coles, senior planner, said Post Falls is the first community in the Northwest to adopt SmartCode, a method of developing land that he said is similar to a planned unit development (like Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene), but with less commercial use.

Post Falls to adopt ‘SmartCode’ development design

As one of Idaho’s fastest-growing communities, Post Falls is looking to the future with a focus on the design of future development rather than use. The city has adopted “SmartCode,” with a few details to be worked out such as putting the code into ordinance form. Colin Coles, senior planner, said Post Falls is the first community in the Northwest to adopt SmartCode, a method of developing land that he said is similar to a planned unit development (like Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene), but with less commercial use.

Sportsmanship tops code of conduct

Imagine a sports program where winning isn’t the emphasis, but good sportsmanship, building relationships, having a good attitude and a good time is. Pretty neat, huh? That’s the philosophy at Post Falls Parks and Recreation. When a youngster signs up for soccer, baseball, basketball, flag football or volleyball, the parents and child together must sign a code of conduct. The parents “vow to provide positive support, care and encouragement at all times for their child,” display good sportsmanship, put the emotional and physical welfare of the child above their own urge to win, support coaches and officials, keep the events drug, alcohol and tobacco free, prompt their child to treat other players, coaches, fans and officials with esteem regardless of race, sex, creed or ability, and much more.

North Idaho schools bracing for cuts

Administrators in Post Falls and Lakeland school districts say they hoping to make ends meet by pinching pennies before cutting teachers.

Gardening lessons

Near the corner of Seltice Way and Greensferry Road in Post Falls, there are a bank, a tire store, a pawnshop. There’s also a one-acre residential lot dotted with towering cherry trees and apple trees in serious need of pruning.