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Avista, BNSF join list of donors seeking refunds from Shea campaign

Avista Corp. and the BNSF Railway Co. on Friday joined the list of organizations requesting refunds from state Rep. Matt Shea’s re-election campaign. Both companies this year donated $2,000 to Shea’s campaign, the maximum allowed under state law. They want that money back now that the Spokane Valley Republican is under fire for distributing a document titled “Biblical Basis for War,” which spells out how a “Holy Army” should punish those who flout “biblical law.”

Getting There: Overpass freeway project’s next step

The next phase in development of the North Spokane Corridor will begin later this year with construction of a new overpass for Francis Avenue in Hillyard. Money saved on construction of the northern segment of the freeway is being used to finance the overpass, estimated to cost $38 million.

Crews start scrapping old tracks

A Chicago company this week began tearing out about three miles of a BNSF Railway Co. line that has run through Coeur d’Alene for 100 years. On Wednesday, heavy equipment operators from C&C Track Works pulled up the steel rails and crews followed with long crowbars wrenching up the spikes. When they’re done, said worker Jose Lopez, the rail line will be left a gravel trail.

Bistro building near city park demolished

A bar and restaurant at the edge of Coeur d’Alene City Park was demolished this week after the city reclaimed land once used for a rail line. BNSF Railway Co. abandoned the land beneath the Parkside Bistro in 2006, but owner Kevin Eskelin had a lease that lasted through April 2010. City Attorney Mike Gridley said the city gave Eskelin until May 28 to “wind down affairs” and remove equipment.

Two CdA businesses face uncertain fate

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Kevin Eskelin’s bar and restaurant hops with activity. Located at the edge of City Park in Coeur d’Alene, the Parkside Bistro opens at 11 a.m. and doesn’t close until midnight, all summer long.

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.

In briefs: Two train accidents occur within hour

Trains hit vehicles on the west and east sides of Spokane County within 30 minutes of each other Tuesday. The first incident, at Trent Avenue and Idaho Road near the Idaho state line about 5:15 p.m., killed a man in what appeared to be a suicide, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.