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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Railroad should reopen on Saturday after rock slide; 1 locomotive still in Kootenai River

Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF Railway Co., said the rock slide measured about 50 feet wide and 10 feet deep and fell onto the track from a 150-foot embankment. …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Coeur d’Alene manufacturer honored for waste reduction efforts

Advanced Input Systems of Coeur d’Alene was honored Monday for reducing water consumption and lead waste at its Coeur d’Alene facility.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017

Idaho DEQ issues rare statewide air quality alert; bans all open burning

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a rare statewide air quality advisory, running through 10 a.m. Thursday, banning all open burning statewide, including campfires.

Crews plant native shrubs at Fernan Lake to battle algae problems

Native shrubs will become the front line for keeping phosphorous out of Fernan Lake. The erosion control project aims to improve water quality in the lake east of Coeur d’Alene, …

Decadeslong Silver Valley heavy metal cleanup program winding down

More than 7,000 Silver Valley properties have had contaminated soil replaced to protect children from lead exposure. Superfund managers are encouraging remaining property owners to get their parcels tested before …

Lake CdA’s declining oxygen levels worry scientists

Oxygen levels are declining in Lake Coeur d’Alene, raising concerns about the heavy metals buried in mud at the bottom of the lake.

Chesrown’s former ranch could be returned to wetlands in proposed land swap

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game wants to acquire a 1,000-acre ranch along the Coeur d’Alene River through a land swap. The ranch has high wildlife habitat and recreation …

Grant will address wood smoke pollution in Silver Valley

Reducing pollution from wood smoke in Idaho’s Silver Valley is the focus of a $2.48 million federal grant.

Large or small, wildlife captures attention at North Idaho Fair

Under a microscope at the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo, a drop of water from Lake Coeur d’Alene teemed with life. A Daphnia galeata, one of the zooplankton in the …

High temperatures at area lakes a threat to aquatic life

Wear a wet suit or skip it? That was the dilemma facing swimmers at the Steve Omi Memorial Swim at Sanders Beach on Saturday morning. With surface water temperatures reaching …

‘Play Clean’ reminds North Idaho lake users of lead danger

Andy Helkey recently took his 10-year-old daughter kayaking at Killarney Lake. Afterward, father and daughter ate a picnic lunch. But first, they washed their hands to reduce their risk of …

Kootenai County looks at easing shoreline rules

Kootenai County is considering relaxing shoreline regulations, giving Lake Coeur d’Alene property owners more flexibility to clear native trees and shrubs and plant lawns near the water. Current regulations require …

DEQ monitors Lake Coeur d’Alene’s water quality

Aside from a noisy pair of mallards, it was a tranquil morning at Neacham Bay on the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Mellow strains of jazz drifted from an …

Conference focuses on Lake Coeur d’Alene pollution, solutions

Five years ago, officials from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the state of Idaho shook hands on a deal to address historic mining pollution at the bottom of Lake Coeur …

Algae advisory lifted for Hayden Lake

A health advisory has been lifted for the sportman’s access on the northeast end of Hayden Lake.

Fernan Lake algae bloom prompts health advisory

People recreating at Fernan Lake east of downtown Coeur d’Alene are being advised to avoid a bloom of blue-green algae. The naturally occurring bacteria can produce toxins harmful to humans …

Idaho panel split on field burning

BOISE – Possible changes to Idaho’s field burning regulations still are up in the air after an advisory panel of farmers, health advocates and regulators agreed that some weekend burning …

Limits on field burning targeted

Idaho officials want to modify a ban that prohibits farmers from burning their fields on weekends and holidays. They also recommend allowing burning when ozone readings are higher than current …

Contractor pays workers back wages

A Silver Valley contractor has paid back wages to some of his employees after an investigation revealed that he wasn’t complying with prevailing wage laws. Stewart Contracting paid less than …

Residents near Rose Lake wait out flooding

Instead of tending his backyard garden this spring, Bob Carver is kayaking through 3 to 4 feet of water lapping up against his Rose Lake home. The standing water surrounding …

Public murky about Lake CdA quality

When it comes to water quality in Lake Coeur d’Alene, local residents are pretty savvy. They think the lake is cleaner now than it was 40 years ago. That’s generally …

Hazardous dumping site debate raised

A hazardous waste repository built two years ago near Old Mission State Park has stirred debate among archaeologists about whether federal and state officials complied with historic preservation laws on …

BNSF resists more aquifer funding

Each year, BNSF Railway Co. pays about $100,000 for programs that protect the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. The money is funneled through the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, where it …

Hauser Lake warning lifted

A health advisory issued last week for the Hauser Lake shoreline has been lifted.

Harmful algae blooms found in Hauser Lake

Blue-green algae blooms have been detected in Hauser Lake, and people should avoid areas of algae growth along the shorelines.

Comments sought on Priest River landfill cleanup

A draft plan for cleanup of a former Priest River landfill is open for public comment.

Idaho cities say river plan poses risk to their growth

A plan to reduce the amount of phosphorus flowing into the Spokane River would strangle growth in Kootenai County, Idaho municipalities said Monday. During a five-hour dispute resolution hearing, the …

Waste storage a toxic topic

CATALDO, Idaho – A blue heron rose from behind a screen of cattails near Old Mission State Park, while a redwing blackbird let out a raspy call. East Mission Flats …