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A federal lawsuit alleging that the Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger orchestrated the firing of a captain in retaliation for informing the county about the misuse of drug forfeiture money could soon be moving to a settlement conference, according to court filings this week.
As the president of the Western States Sheriffs’ Association, I have the privilege of representing sheriffs from 16 states west of the Mississippi River on a variety of issues. One of the most predominant issues facing sheriffs and their counties in the West is border security. Border security issues do not just impact the few counties on our southern border, they impact every person in this great country. Border security issues drive the problems with foreign cartel-driven illegal drug trade. These cartels are responsible for supplying the vast majority of illegal opiates that are killing thousands of people each year in this country. They are responsible for the surge of methamphetamine that has overtaken our nation. They are also responsible for the human trafficking that is turning girls and boys into addicts and prostitutes.
Kenna Smoot admits it was love at first sight. An unabashed animal lover and vegan, Kenna welcomed the chance to baby-sit a friend’s micro pig for a week. Kenna and porker Luna became so inseparable during the last week that hubby Nick, lamented on Facebook, tongue firmly cheeked: “I think a pig is taking my spot in life.”
The lede item of Huckleberries print today takes us back to 1970 and Anamoose, N.D. In a brief teaching stint, Bob Ely, of the Rathdrum area, remembers the impact of TV idol David Cassidy. Cassidy, now 66, comes to mind because he recently announced that health issues has caused him to quick performing.
Bob Ely is retired and living in the Rathdrum area now. But in 1970 he was a 7th grade teacher in Anamoose, N.D. Among other things, he was required to use the classroom bulletin board. He did by asking his students to decorate it. He soon found out who was the most popular idol among his female students.
Wait times at the only driver’s license office in Kootenai County have prompted the county and state to move to open a second location later this year.
Coeur d’Alene Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor was thinking dark thoughts about his Honda Civic after he got stuck in an unplowed Post Falls street just out of his driveway Monday. But he had no such thoughts for his boss, Coeur d’Alene City Administrator Jim Hammond, who dropped everything to pick up his snowbound assistant and bring him to work.
Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger provides a reality check for Huckleberries readers who are grousing about the small berms Coeur d’Alene snow plows have left across driveways this year.
Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger appeared poised to win re-election Tuesday as he jumped to a big lead in early results over challenger Tina Kunishige of Coeur d’Alene. Wolfinger had 79 percent of the vote in the first returns released late Tuesday night.
In the Monday poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said they celebrated the annual Halloween observance by handing out candy. Today's Poll: Who do you support for Kootenai County sheriff -- Democrat Tina Kunishige or Republican Ben Wolfinger?
"Democrat" Tina Kunishige, a constitutional sheriff candidate, talks to John & Gretchen Renning outside the Kootenai County Democratic Club candidates' forum at the Iron Horse restaurant Friday. Kunishige and Republican Sheriff Ben Wolfinger both attended the candidates debate between Republican Paul Amador and Democrat Tom Hearn.
Law enforcement officials didn't release the cause of death for William "Bo" Kirk, 41, of Coeur d'Alene, whose body was found by the side of a road in the Hayden Creek area. But they said at a news conference Wednesday that the death is being investigated as a murder. Brian Walker, Press, reports.
For over a decade Kootenai County officials have wrestled with how to tackle jail crowding knowing that voters don’t want to raise property taxes to pay for a construction project.
The race for sheriff of Kootenai County has gone well beyond a debate over patrol staffing, deputy pay and jail crowding. Rathdrum attorney John Green is challenging Sheriff Ben Wolfinger’s ideological view on the role of sheriff.
Today, Dave Keyes, of Sandpoint, manages a string of newspapers for a Billings, Mont., newspaper group. But 30 years ago, he was a rookie reporter for the Bonners Ferry Herald in need of a Diet Pepsi. His quest for the pop placed him at the wrong place at the wrong time, as he ended up looking down the barrel of a rifle.
Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Broesch has seen most of the guys hired along with him leave for better pay at other law enforcement agencies in the region. And Broesch admits he too has been tempted to make the jump. Patrol deputies can earn from $5 to $15 an hour more with the Coeur d’Alene or Spokane police departments or the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Benefits like insurance coverage are better, too, Broesch said.
Talk about stealing your thunder. A 100-pound black bear upstaged Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger’s big reveal for his $335,000 BearCat military vehicle Wednesday morning. Spokesman-Review photographer Kathy Plonka was en route to the BearCat unveiling when she got word that BooBoo Bear had climbed 60 to 70 feet up a tree at Woodland Middle School. Real bear? BearCat? Easy call. Kathy and her camera veered off to the Coeur d’Alene middle school, where she witnessed BooBoo climb down the tree. Get tranquilized. And get whisked off to Idaho Fish and Game HQ to sleep it off. Meanwhile, Coeur d’Alene city spokesman Keith Erickson literally ran into the commotion during his daily jog. Keith considered the near encounter with BooBoo “even more impressive than the big moose (he) encountered a couple months ago at nearby Bluegrass Park.” Bear? Moose? Just another day in viewtiful CdA. Parking problems
The turbulent return of hydroplane racing on Lake Coeur d’Alene has met an unmovable obstacle in the path of this summer’s Diamond Cup. Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger gave a firm thumbs down Tuesday to a water event permit for the Labor Day races after Diamond Cup officials failed to meet a list of requirements, including insurance, service contracts and securing other permits.