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Sheriff Ben Wolfinger: ICE is doing its job: Enforcing our country’s laws

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 …


Huckleberries: A little piglet produces big smiles everywhere she goes in Coeur d’Alene

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 …


Huckleberries: In the old days, this former TV idol made girls swoon in Anamoose, N.D.

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 …


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Relief in the works for Kootenai County DMV’s long, long waits for driver’s licenses

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.


Huckleberries: Down but not out in Post Falls

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 …


Huckleberries: What’s a little snow berm among friends?

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 re-elected, Bingham will join board of commissioners

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 …


Kootenai County sheriff’s candidates debate need for larger jail

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.


Kootenai County candidates differ on proper role of sheriff

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 …


Huckleberries: Quest for pop ended in Bonners Ferry showdown

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 …


Kootenai officials raise salaries for deputies

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 …


Huckleberries: Nature’s siren is louder than sheriff’s new toy

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 …


Sheriff denies permit for Lake Coeur d’Alene hydroplane races

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 …


Shawn Vestal: Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger gets it right on role of law enforcement

In less remarkable times, it might be less remarkable to hear a sheriff – a GOP sheriff in an ultra-red county, no less – remark that his job is enforcing …


Kootenai County commissioners decline to vote on gun ordinance

Kootenai County commissioners opted against voting Tuesday on a proposed ordinance declaring all federal gun laws invalid and directing the sheriff to prevent enforcement of such laws. “Ultimately it’s not …


Vestal: Beliefs, Bible misinform Kootenai sheriff’s mission

Is sodomy against the law in Idaho? More to the point: If a law in Idaho violates the Constitution – as determined by the constitutionally created Supreme Court – is …


Boy Scout policy change on homosexuality weighs heavily on Kootenai sheriff

Ben Wolfinger, the sheriff of Kootenai County, said he has not decided to keep or drop the Boy Scout troop chartered by the sheriff’s office. But he said his Christian …


Kootenai sheriff may drop Boy Scouts charter

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger says he’s compelled to drop the department’s Boy Scouts of America charter after the organization opened its ranks to gay Scouts. Wolfinger said the organization …


Huckleberries: Wolfinger defends right to miss recent gun rally

An Athol gun lover gave new Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger a razzberry for not attending that Second Amendment rally in Coeur d’Alene on Jan. 19. In a letter to …


Sheriff shares spotlight as he pins on new badge

Ben Wolfinger took the oath as Kootenai County’s new top cop Monday, but he shared the spotlight with Boston Wolfinger, his 5-week-old grandson whose tiny outfit declared, “New sheriff in …


Huckleberries: Breakthrough for common good – imagine that

’Tis nice that warring elected officials in the Coeur d’Alene area could come together, as in times past, to do the right thing for the common good. The tentative deal …


Huckleberries: Family ties run deep for patient sheriff’s deputy

In the “Chip Off the Old Block” department, a Bayview man owes his life to a Kootenai County sheriff’s deputy who didn’t shoot first and ask questions later. Deputy Brad …


Six vie for the job of sheriff

There’s a new sheriff coming to town. Voters in Kootenai County are electing the first new top law enforcer in 13 years because Sheriff Rocky Watson is retiring. Three Republicans …


Kootenai County sheriff candidates

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Kootenai County sheriff to retire

Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson will not seek re-election next year and will leave office after serving a total of 17 years.


Fake bomb found near Kootenai County sheriff’s office

A bomb scare closed part of Government Way in Coeur d’Alene for several hours Saturday, before the Spokane bomb squad was able to determine the device was a fake. The …


Stabbing victim grandson of candidate

A 22-year-old Rathdrum man stabbed to death by his girlfriend’s father Friday night in what investigators say was self-defense is the grandson of Kootenai County Deputy Coroner and Democratic candidate …


200 guns stolen from Kootenai County home

Authorities say more than 200 guns have been stolen from a Kootenai County woman’s home. The woman reported the robbery on Friday. On Monday, Kootenai County sheriff’s officials were still …


Diver found dead near floating green

A diver died near the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course’s Floating Green on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday afternoon. Golf course employees saw Mike McCullough, of Rexburg, Idaho, floating facedown …


Man tossed from canoe found dead

A man whose body was recovered from the Spokane River shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday after he was tossed from a canoe near Post Falls was identified as Michael W. …