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UPDATED: Sun., May 3, 2020

North Idaho churches reopen for in-person services for the first time Sunday amid coronavirus pandemic

“I’m excited and cautious,” said Paul Van Noy, pastor of Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene. “We just want to serve the community to the best degree we can. I …


UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

Idaho congregations will be able to return to church this weekend, but not all are going back yet

While some pastors have rushed to create a social distancing protocol and make masks available for their congregations to attend church this weekend, others have decided to wait, worrying that …


North Idaho golf courses crowded with Idahoans and Washingtonians

Eastern Washington golfers have been crossing the border to get their swings in with Spokane city and county courses likely shuttered through May 4.


UPDATED: Fri., April 3, 2020

Idaho surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 cases; Panhandle reports 2 new positives in Kootenai, Bonner counties

After confirming no new COVID-19 cases in the Idaho Panhandle on Thursday, public health officials reported a new case in both Kootenai and Bonner counties early Friday afternoon.


UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

Idaho governor taps disaster account for $39M; Nez Perce County reports 1st COVID-19 death, Kootenai confirms 11th case

Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed an executive order Thursday to use $39.3 million from the state’s Disaster Emergency Account for its COVID-19 response, as Kootenai County confirmed one new case …


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Idaho reports first 3 COVID-19 deaths, nears 200 cases; Kootenai County confirms 10th case

Kootenai County confirmed one new COVID-19 case Thursday afternoon, bringing the local total to 10 patients. Shoshone, Benewah, Bonner and Boundary remained without confirmed cases.


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

Spokane city, county golf courses anticipating two-week closure due to coronavirus concerns

The four city and three county golf courses are expected to be shut down for at least two weeks under Gov. Jay Inslee’s order as the state tries to slow …


UPDATED: Mon., March 23, 2020

North Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame banquet canceled; 2019-20 nominations announced

The 58th annual North Idaho Hall of Fame banquet was canceled by organizers due to safety recommendations by the CDC for social distancing during the pandemic.


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Washington regulators deny Avista request for ratepayers to cover additional power costs after Montana coal plant closure

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission issued a 2-1 ruling Friday that prevents the utility from charging its customers $3.2 million in additional power costs after a coal plant in …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Reader photo: Taming the Lion

Ben Read and Hobie Hiler spent Super Bowl Sunday climbing the 7,293-foot Lions Head in the North Idaho Selkirks. The duo approached via Lions Creek up into the South Bowl. …


Shawn Vestal: John O. Green is not a fool nor an Idaho legislator

Idaho Rep. John O. Green’s expulsion from the Legislature is well-deserved.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Avista customers bills in Idaho will fall by 1%

The region’s 133,000 customers of the public utility will see their monthly energy bills drop 1% this winter, according to a news release from the public utility commission.


Huckleberries: Library vigilante strikes again, attracts international media attention

Someone is protesting what she or he believes to be a library bias against Trump and conservatives by hiding books critical of them.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Critics cry foul over moratorium on sewer hookups in Spirit Lake, saying it stymies growth

The economic forces of construction and development that drive many North Idaho communities has come to a halt in Spirit Lake because of a basic public service: the sewers.


Idaho’s Bees to Bears project hopes this simple idea can combat climate change

As heavy machinery shunted earth, dug pits and generally disturbed a sunny September day, Michael Lucid explained how all this commotion may combat the worst effects of climate change.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Back-scratching grizzly spotted north of Upper Priest Lake

You know the feeling. When your back itches, you’ve gotta scratch it.


Change or perish: Hill’s Resort at Priest Lake transitions to next generation

“Our family goal, stated at all our meetings, has been to see Hill’s Resort stay in the family.”


Blue Cross announces opening of new office in Coeur d’Alene

Blue Cross of Idaho announced Monday the opening of a new office in Coeur d’Alene that will employ about 40 people when fully staffed.


Reader photo: Mountains in sight

Bruce Cunningham took this photo of Gunsight Mountain in the foreground, with Hunt Mountain to the right and Hunt Lake below, in North Idaho’s Selkirk Mountains earlier this month.


Storm-detection radar shutting down for upgrade

Spokane’s National Weather Service office will rely on satellite and lightning detection to forecast rain and thunderstorms while its radar is out of service from June 24 to July 5.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Thunderstorms drench Spokane and flood roads and businesses

A flood watch was in effect across Eastern Washington and North Idaho as heavy rain and thunderstorms began Thursday afternoon.


Liberty Lake police honor fallen officers with special tribute patrol car

The Liberty Lake Police Department is honoring fallen police officers, including those who died by suicide, in Washington and North Idaho with a special patrol car. Through sponsor donations, an …


Racist propaganda targets diversity event at North Idaho College

Postcards and flyers espousing racist conspiracy theories were distributed at North Idaho College and at least one nearby neighborhood in Coeur d’Alene, with some materials targeting the college’s fourth annual …


Judge reverses jury’s decision regarding massive Christmas display in Hayden

A court decision that should have netted North Idaho couple Jeremy and Kristy Morris $75,000 after a jury found a Hayden homeowner’s association engaged in religious discrimination is looking a …


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019

All lanes of I-90 near Lookout Pass reopened after semi truck crash blocked westbound traffic for several hours

All lanes of Interstate 90 are reopened after a semi truck crash blocked westbound traffic for about three hours.


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

North Idaho man recovering in hospital after reportedly being shot in the face during domestic dispute

A north Idaho man is recovering in the hospital after Shoshone County Sheriff’s deputies say he was shot in the face during a domestic violence incident.


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019

Hayden elementary school teacher accused of molesting children in late 1990s and early 2000s

A Hayden Meadows Elementary School teacher accused of molesting three children in the early 2000s appeared in court Monday afternoon on two felony charges of lewd conduct and one of …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019

North Idaho 13-year-old arrested after allegedly leading deputies on 100 mph chase near Athol

A 13-year-old was arrested early Monday morning under suspicion of leading Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase near Athol.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019

100 years ago in North Idaho: Plans for highway move to Lookout Pass; new road to connect Harrison with Coeur d’Alene

The “North Pacific Highway” route over the Bitterroot Range was about to be moved several miles south, so that it would cross the divide at Lookout Pass. This was the …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019

Michael ‘Topher’ Clark, ex-pot smuggler who inspired movie ‘Kid Cannabis,’ killed in Hayden shooting

Michael “Topher” Clark – who gained notoriety in the early 2000s for his role in a Canadian marijuana smuggling ring that inspired the film “Kid Cannabis” – has been identified …