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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017

Idaho State Police find missing 73-year-old man dead in car wreckage

A 73-year-old man was killed when his vehicle left the roadway near the Kootenai County and Benewah County line. Robert R. Westbrook, of Smelterville, Idaho, was reported missing at about …


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017

Lake Coeur d’Alene may reach highest level since 1997; St. Maries levee gets emergency help from the Army Corps of Engineers

St. Maries levee gets emergency help from Army Corps of Engineers as water levels rise in St. Joe River and Lake Coeur d’Alene


All but 1 Idaho county asks for public defender grants

All but one county in Idaho has applied for additional state money to help pay public defenders.


100 years ago in Benewah County: Relatives suspect foul play in man’s disappearance

From our archives, 100 years ago Authorities in Benewah County were investigating the mysterious disappearance of Oscar Olson, a young man who lived alone on farm on the St. Maries …


N. Idaho counties to get federal disaster aid

Local governments in North Idaho will get federal aid to help with damage from last month’s windstorm.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 10, 2015

Huckleberries: Chairwoman ready to bare shoulders, teeth if necessary

Chairwoman Christa Hazel of the Coeur d’Alene School Board bared her shoulders for proms and homecoming dances back in her Glory Days at Coeur d’Alene High and sees no reason …


Oil spill closes St. Joe River; origin sought

An oil sheen on 1 1/2 miles of the St. Joe River is restricting boating traffic on the river and at the Aqua Park beach and boat launch in St. …


Attempted murder suspect thought to be in Spokane

The U.S. Marshal’s Office says Britton Michael Hanson, 31, is likely in the Spokane area. Those who think they see the attempted murder suspect are asked to call 911.


Care personified

PLUMMER, Idaho – Gary Leva joked that employee productivity would drop with the opening of the new Benewah Medical Center. With its rooftop gardens, open atrium and sweeping mountain views, …


Inmates take easy way out

ST. MARIES – A sign behind the front desk of the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office wryly cautions visitors: “No whining, crying, outright blubbering or the likes thereof … whatsoever! This …


Benewah jail escapees arrested near Worley

After escaping just after midnight, two Benewah County jail inmates were arrested following a multi-departmental search near Worley, Idaho.


Five rivers at flood stage in region

Emergency management officials in North Idaho on Friday said the rush of water from mountain rain and snowmelt was stopping short of serious flooding. Levees and sandbags were holding at …


St. Maries woman, 18, shot to death on Christmas

An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed on Christmas Day in Benewah County, Idaho, officials confirm.


Unemployment in Idaho drops

Idaho’s jobless rate went down two-tenths of a point to 9 percent in September, the first time it’s been below the national rate since last November, the Idaho Department of …


Tribe, county battle over hunting rights

The Benewah County prosecutor was incorrect to say the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in North Idaho does not have the right to hunt or fish on reservation land owned by non-tribal …


Federal officials giving tribal police more authority

BOISE – Law enforcement is being hampered in Indian Country by what federal authorities describe as jurisdictional gaps. So they’re working with three Idaho tribes, including the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, …


Benewah coalition promotes tolerance

A fledgling human rights organization in Benewah County has formed with a goal of promoting better relations between members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and nontribal residents. “If you live …


Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s casino expansion honors land, tradition

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has spent about $75 million on a major upgrade of its resort and casino in Worley, Idaho. Most of the investment went into a 15,000-square-foot spa …


Romantic tie figures in murder case

Jealousy may have led to the fatal stabbing of a Spokane man in Plummer, Idaho, on Sunday, a friend said. Victim Antowyn D. “Tony” Swiney, 37, was with his girlfriend …


Deputies arrest four in connection with North Idaho homicide

Sheriff’s deputies seize and hold four on suspicion of North Idaho murder


Idaho House kills tribal policing bill by one vote

The Idaho House has rejected the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s policing bill by one vote, after a tense debate that stretched for two hours.


Idaho panel endorses tribal policing proposal

BOISE – After a six-hour hearing that stretched long into the evening, an Idaho House committee on Wednesday endorsed the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s legislation to let its police officers enforce …


Woman trapped overnight in car

A 72-year-old woman is recuperating at Kootenai Medical Center after spending the night trapped in an overturned car along a North Idaho highway.


Survivor of crash pleads not guilty

A North Idaho man is in federal custody on a manslaughter charge for a crash last summer. Joseph Michael Matt Jr., a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, was charged …


Policing dispute flares in North Idaho

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe on Wednesday accused Benewah County of reneging on an agreement, backed by state lawmakers, to cross-deputize tribal police officers. Tribal officials said they received this week …


Rural Idaho counties see population decline

The number of people moving out of rural Idaho increased between mid-2008 and mid-2009 as the recession reached into every corner of the state.


Benewah, tribe solve policing stalemate

BOISE – Benewah County and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe have reached a deal on policing on the reservation, just in time to head off state legislation that was up for …


Lawmakers want county, tribe to negotiate

Idaho lawmakers are stepping up the pressure on Benewah County and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to reach a cross-deputization agreement, after a four-hour hearing Thursday that left some appalled. “I …


Counties oppose tribal policing bill

County commissioners throughout Idaho’s Panhandle unanimously agreed Monday to oppose legislation that would give Idaho’s tribal police officers the right to arrest nontribal members and deliver them to state courts …


Benewah Co. sheriff’s office, tribe tangled in policing rift

The call came in Tuesday at 12:36 p.m. Some men had been yelling and screaming for about an hour across from the Tensed post office. Four Coeur d’Alene Tribe police …