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North Idaho College Foundation plans to sell former site of Aryan Nations compound

The former site of the Aryan Nations compound near Hayden Lake will soon be put up for sale. The North Idaho College Foundation plans to sell the undeveloped 20-acre property …


How to respond to racist robocalls from North Idaho: Accordion-playing clowns, says Virginia man

Justin Beights has sought a permit to stage a whimsical, extremely annoying demonstration outside the Sandpoint-area home rented by Scott D. Rhodes – a man who appears to be responsible …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

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 …


Investigation of Kevin Harpham’s 2011 planned MLK March bombing in Spokane turned terrorism into an FBI case study

Hundreds of marchers gathered in downtown Spokane on the morning of Jan. 17, 2011, for speeches and a show of solidarity as part of the the Martin Luther King Jr. …


Doug Clark: Marshall Mend first taught himself how to succeed, then taught Coeur d’Alene how to do it, too

Marshall Mend, a self-made millionaire, says helping drive Richard Butler and his Aryan Nations from the region never gave him a sleepless night.


Coeur d’Alene exhibit shows downfall of local white supremacists

Human rights activists in North Idaho have opened an exhibit detailing the downfall of the white supremacists movement that tainted the region’s image nationally for decades.


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 …


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, …


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 …


North Idaho attorney Edgar Steele, convicted for plotting to kill wife, dead at 69

Edgar Steele, the North Idaho attorney who first gained notoriety for defending Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler and was later imprisoned for plotting to kill his wife, is dead. He …


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 …


New Aryan compound dimly run

The headline in the latest Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report looks like cause for alarm: “Neo-Nazi Builds North Idaho Compound to Replace Defunct Aryan Nations”


N. Idaho sheriff candidate defends cross burning

A white power activist campaigning to be the next Bonner County sheriff hosted a cross burning last week with fellow Ku Klux Klan members and is defending the ceremony as …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2012, 11:53 a.m.

N. Idaho sheriff candidate hosts cross burning

SANDPOINT — A white power activist campaigning to be the next sheriff of Bonner County hosted a cross burning last week with fellow members of the Idaho Ku Klux Klan.


N. Idaho white supremacist runs for county sheriff

SANDPOINT, Idaho — A white supremacist in North Idaho wants to be the next Bonner County sheriff, saying federal overreach motivated him to run for the office.


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 …


Tried and convicted, Steele now has plenty to say

Edgar Steele is taking off the muzzle. He’s writing. Talking to the press. Setting the record straight.


Huckleberries: As fortune would have it, they’re basking in presence of children

Most of us enjoy reading fortune cookie messages. They’re fun and generic like horoscope predictions. But Coeur d’Alene water superintendent Jim Markley and his wife, Debbie, don’t take the fortunes …


Near-victim takes devotion to a whole new reality

Edgar Steele, former Aryan Nations shyster, was found guilty late last week of hiring some thug to blow his wife, Cyndi, (and her mother) to smithereens. Can’t say I didn’t …


Man says brother victim of setup

The man who boasted online about taking part in racist protests of taco trucks in Coeur d’Alene and now faces an illegal weapons charge was the victim of government entrapment, …


Taco truck protester was set up, brother says

The man who boasted online about taking part in racist protests of taco-trucks in Coeur d’Alene and now faces an illegal weapons charge was the victim of government entrapment, his …


Arrested felon posted to racist website

A Whitman County man who bragged online about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County was arrested on a federal gun charge Wednesday. Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, who …


Felon arrested on gun charge linked to taco stand protests

The FBI has arrested a Whitman County man on a federal gun charge. Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, who describes himself as an anti-race mixing activist on the racist website Vanguard …


Shawn Vestal: Taco can be the way to answer region’s racists

Matt Anderson grew up not far from the old Aryan Nations compound. He’s seen all the haters have to offer, but he didn’t necessarily expect them to come out against …


Aryan Nations denies role in downtown bomb placement

A leader of the Aryan Nations on Saturday issued a statement denying involvement with a bomb left at Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March on Monday. Morris Gullett, a …


Verner: ‘This is not who we are’

The Spokane-area community joined this morning to discuss the attempted bombing along the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March on Monday.


Aryan Nations condemns use of terror

A leader of the Aryan Nations on Saturday issued a statement denying involvement with a bomb left at Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March last week.


Downtown bomb linked to hate crimes

The hunt for the person who left the bomb targeting marchers in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. parade will focus on two aspects: forensics and the region’s violent history with …