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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Deputies and suspect in Blanchard, Idaho shooting named

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday identified the two Bonner County deputies who were shot and wounded attempting to serve a warrant Monday morning in Blanchard, Idaho, as Michael Gagnon and Justin Penn.

County wants to close damaged road on Mount Spokane

Deep in the forest on the north side of Mount Spokane is a rugged county road that has become a magnet for people who want to access state park and private timber land. It’s also been a source of trouble.

‘Kitchen Masterpieces’ author Steve Geving accomplishes his mission

Quick look: There’s a little bit of a lot of worldly things in this spiral-bound cookbook, a collection of recipes from local Master Chef Steve Geving and a fundraiser for Mammas on a Mission. Formed in 2009, the small group raises money for organizations and projects that benefit children in the Blanchard community, particularly students at Idaho Hill Elementary School. What’s inside: Some of the recipes sound fancy: chicken liver pâté, catfish with almond and pecan dust and spicy rémoulade, or escargot with pepper bacon, wild mushrooms and glace de viande. But Geving writes in the introduction that he aims to provide user-friendly recipes that make it easy to switch out meats or herbs as desired. There are appetizers, sides, mains, desserts and a “This & That” chapter featuring three items: stuffed French toast with maple bourbon peach syrup, Peking scallion pancakes with soy sauce and pickled jalapeño, and “Redneck Eggs” on biscuits with bacon and sausage gravy.

Spokane man acquitted in stabbings

He stood crying, embraced in the arms of his girlfriend just moments after a Spokane County jury gave him most of the rest of his life back. The jury deliberated just over a day and acquitted 52-year-old Tommy J. Villanueva of two counts of first-degree assault after he plunged a knife into the necks of two men during a fight on June 20, 2010, that was instigated by erroneous rumors that he was a wife beater.

Baby’s injury leads to arrest

A baby boy is fighting for his life in a Spokane hospital and his 19-year-old Coeur d’Alene father is accused of causing the bleeding in the infant’s brain by repeatedly handling him too roughly. James Blanchard has been charged with felony injury to a child. Bond was set Monday at $100,000 during Blanchard’s first appearance before Kootenai County magistrate Judge Clark Peterson. A preliminary hearing is expected within 14 days.

Girl leaves Aryan past behind

Kelty Walker grew up in an isolated trailer house in the woods outside Blanchard, Idaho. “We took five dirt roads to get to the trailer,” she said. “It was out there.”

Rich in history but weathered; grange imperiled

Avery Bright remembers when the Cloverleaf Grange was the hub of a close-knit community focused on farming and family values. Couples waltzed across the wooden floor on Friday nights, or gathered during election season to listen to candidates debate the issues. Over the past century, the grange hall on McGuire Road in Post Falls also hosted 4-H meetings, rummage sales, wedding receptions, potlucks and cowboy-themed church services.