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Controversy, conflict no strangers to sheriff candidate Scott Maclay

The man seeking to unseat Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich claims that he helped bring down the Aryan Nations, was a member of the sheriff’s dive team and was the leading real estate agent in Spokane Valley for two decades. Court records and long-time acquaintances tell a different story.

Gary Lee Yarbrough, onetime bodyguard of Aryan Nations founder, dies in prison

A radical racist who once served as the personal bodyguard of Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler has died. Gary Lee Yarbrough, who later joined a neo-Nazi splinter group known as The Order, died of liver cancer early Monday in a hospice center in Pueblo, Colorado, according to his wife, Susan Hillman Yarbrough. He was 62.

Otter condemns violent white supremacy, calls on Labrador to do the same – and Labrador does

Asked about the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virgina, Gov. Butch Otter on Tuesday recalled Idaho’s own experience with neo-Nazi white supremacists, when the Aryan Nations was headquartered in North Idaho – and called on Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who had remained mum, to join the other three members of Idaho’s congressional delegation in denouncing white supremacist violence. On Tuesday evening, Labrador did so.

Redoubter blames media for image

Steve Cameron of the Coeur d'Alene Press interviewed two white Christian veterans re: the controversial American Redoubt movement. Ex-Californian Don Bradway, a local GOP precinct committeeman who was quoted extensively in a Washington Post article about Redoubters, says his cause has no connection to the former Aryan Nations.

Aryan ghost haunts us still

A Press writer opines that Cda is still tainted with an Aryan brush. Agree or disagree? Cindy "...people who have never set foot in North Idaho seem to think we’ve all retreated to bunkers with our racist pals, waiting for war — or the Apocalypse, or collapse of the government, or “progressive traitors” trying to repeal the Second Amendment."

Former wrestler helped take down Aryan Nations

MEDFORD, Ore. – Sitting in the living room of his home in Coeur d’Alene, Rico Valentino listened as two white supremacists hatched a scheme. What was needed, they said, was a smaller group, a specific target and a specific plan. A bomb. Valentino nodded as they spoke. The men trusted the flamboyantly dressed, guitar-playing wrestling promoter who’d endeared himself to the Aryan Nations’ decidedly macho membership. What Robert Winslow and Stephen Nelson didn’t know that day 25 years ago was that within a year, they’d both be in federal prison because of Valentino’s testimony.

Wrestling promoter led double life as informant

MEDFORD, Ore. — Sitting in the living room of his home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Rico Valentino listened as two white supremacists hatched a scheme. What was needed, they said, was a smaller group, a specific target and a specific plan. A bomb.

Lawyer who defended Aryan Nations dies in prison

Edgar Steele, the North Idaho attorney who first gained notoriety for defending Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler and later was imprisoned for plotting to kill his wife, is dead. He was 69. The federal prison in Victorville, California, has listed him as deceased Sept. 4, and officials have notified Steele’s wife, Cyndi Steele, according to news releases.

Edgar Steele’s murder-for-hire conviction appeal fails

A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal from Edgar Steele, the self-proclaimed “attorney for the damned” from North Idaho, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the attempted murder-for-hire of his wife. Steele claimed improper jury instructions and other errors in his conviction, but a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected those claims in a decision issued Thursday.