North Idaho

Sherman Avenue Construction

This week the Coeur d' Alene Public Works department begins water line improvements along Sherman avenue that could affect drivers and shoppers.   On Monday,crews abadonned water lines between Second and Third avenue which closed down a parking lane. The water lines are no longer needed and the city wanted to deactivate the lines so they would not leak in the future. Plans call for repaving Sherman avenue later this spring and engineers did not want have to dig up the new asphalt to plug the leaks as they occur.  On April 12th, crews will dig up the intersection at Fifth and Sherman to perform water main connections there. The work will close the intersection for most of the day and motorist will have to find a detour.

Boy Scout Troop Donates Van To Disabled Veterans

When Casey Brush, a young Boy Scout from Troop 169, needed to complete a community service project to earn his Eagle Scout badge, his father thought Camp Patriot would be an ideal organization to work through. Founded in 2006 by Micah Clark, an Afghanistan Veteran, Camp Patriot is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of fellow soldiers and disabled Veterans. With 2.3 million disabled Veterans living in the U.S., Camp Patriot's mission is to enrich their lives through a wellness program that helps to rehabilitate them emotionally and physically. Camp Patriot also works with the Stars and Stripes program, which takes a van loaded with gear and ammo to celebrity shoots to raise money for disabled Veterans.  Seeing an opportunity in this partnership, Casey and his father Steve Brush found a 1989 Chevy van for $85 at an auction.  They set about restoring the van and getting it up and running.  When it came time to sand and paint the van, the entire Troop pitched in and Steve called his friend Ken Smith of Dave Smith Motors to report on his progress.

24-Hours of Schweitzer Raises BIG Bucks

Skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes non-stop late last week to raise more than $90-thousand for Cystinosis research.  The 3rd Annual 24 hours of Schweitzer featured 120 participants who skied 9,559 runs and 10,245,052 vertical feet in rain, snow and wind.  The race is inspired by adorable Sandpoint resident Hank Sturgis, who suffers from Cystinosis, a rare genetic disease that affects approximately 500 people in the U.S.   Matt Gillis was the leader in the event, and skied 202 laps in 24-hours, raising more than $16-thousand.

Idaho Youth Challenge Program A Step Closer

Idaho is a step closer to creating a program for high school drop outs. Legislation that would add Idaho to the list of states offering military-based programs targeting high school dropouts is on its way to the Senate for debate. The Senate Education Committee unanimously approved a bill Monday that would give the Idaho National Guard the authority and funding to establish a Youth Challenge Program.

Wet Spring in the Silver Valley

A very active weather pattern led to above average precipitation in March across the Silver Valley and down into the Idaho Palouse.  Kellogg had its THIRD wettest March on record, while St. Maries had its fifth.  The region is under a Flood Advisory as the wet weather has continued into April.  It looks like drier weather is ahead for the end of the week. Kellogg

Post Falls Teen Dies in Crash

It's every parent's worst nightmare."I play it over and over in my head when they're out late...how I would react if something happened?"Joanie Rhoades told KXLY on Monday. "But you never think it actually will."But for the Rhoades family it did.

Cigarette Tax Proposal Getting Another Hearing

A proposal to increase the tax on cigarettes in Idaho has all but failed in the legislature, but it's getting another hearing this afternoon.  Right now, there's a 57 cent tax per pack of cigarettes, but house Democrats want to add $1.25 to that tax.  They say it would bring in $50 million a year and help to reduce cuts to Medicaid and education.  Republican leaders argue that there's not enough supoprt and have decided not to introduce the bill this session.  They say that now is not the time to be raising taxes, and they have other ways to fill the budget gap.  This afternoon, though, Democrats are holding their own informational hearing on the issue, hoping to get it introduced before the session ends.

Stranger Danger Town Hall Meeting Tonight In Coeur d'Alene

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department is holding a town hall meeting tonight at 6 in the Community Room of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library to let parents know the importance of educating their children about  "Stranger Danger. There have been several recent incidents of luring in the Coeur d'Alene area. Since January 2010 Authorities Kootenai County have received 18 reports of child enticement, eight in Coeur d'Alene.

Spokane Co. Deputy Arrested For DUI In Coeur d'Alene

A Spokane County Sheriff's deputy was arrested last Sunday in Coeur d'Alene for driving under the influence.Deputy Daniel Knight was arrested over the weekend for DUI. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office confirms an administrative review is underway to see if any policies were violated.Deputy Knight remains on duty until that review has been completed.Knight is a patrol deputy assigned to downtown Spokane.

Milfoil Treatment Plans Taking Shape

Local and federal officials are tangled right now over a plan to treat invasive milfoil on Lake Pend Oreille. The Bonner County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force has about $1.6 million to treat the pesky plant, which can entangle swimmers and hinder boats. The task force has identified more than a dozen treatment areas, which include a few public beach areas. The task force wants the waters treated early to avoid impacting the summer swimming and boating season. But, federal officials say treatments work better when the water is warmer.  

California Man Killed In Highway 41 Crash

One person was killed early Friday morning in a crash along Highway 41 in North Idaho. Idaho State Police say the crash happened around 2:30 a.m near Oldtown, Idaho, east of Newport.ISP says the driver of the vehicle was speeding and drove off the shoulder, colliding with several street signs and trees. The vehicle overturned multiple times and landed on its top in the yard of someone's home. The driver, 39-year-old Dwayne Madden of Whittier, California, died instantly. ISP says the crash is still under investigation.

Kootenai Tech Center Clears Another Hurdle

The Kootenai Technical Education Campus is another step closer to reality.  The Idaho Senate approved legislation to fast-track plans for the professional-technical high school, and it now awaits the governor's signature.Local voters approved a 9.5 million dollar levy last year to fund the 50,000 square foot school, which would be built near Highway 41 and Lancaster Road in 2013.  Students would still take core classes at their regular high school, then shift to KTEC for technical skill training.  You can find more details on the , or check out the video above to learn about a similar program in Canyon County, ID.

Coeur D'Alene Tribe Demands Apology From FOX News

Plummer, ID – The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is demanding Fox News employee John Stossel apologize for his on-air remarks regarding Native Americans and why the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs exists. Coeur d'Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan tells KXLY 4 News in a phone interview that Stossel's ignorant and insensitive comments perpetuate the "misconceptions that are out there plaguing our people." Stossel made the remarks during a March 24 broadcast. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe wanted to make sure the statements were "real" before writing a letter voicing their concerns to the President of FOX News channel. Chairman Chief Allan says it's shocking and hurtful that such insensitive comments are made in this day and age. The Tribe doesn't expect a response from FOX but hopes this will raise awareness, combat lies and provide an opportunity to educate the public. Chairman Chief Allan says in an "ideal world", FOX News would invite the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to comment on its network.

Coeur d'Alene Police recognize officers, citizens in award ceremony

On March 24 the Coeur d'Alene Police Department held an award ceremony at the Coeur d'Alene High School. The purpose of the ceremony was to recognize a number of people for the work in the community.Brandi Conklin was presented with the Civilian Humanitarian Award for her role in alerting police to the dangerous conditions the two-year old Crossley twins were in that enabled police to take them into protective custody. Brandi's action contributed substantially to the well being of these two children and significantly to the greater community.Officer Tom Sparks was presented with the Officer Humanitarian Award for his diligent work in the creating a Character Education curriculum for the Coeur d'Alene School District. Officer Sparks was also the DARE officer and for three years he delivered both curriculums to area students. Officer Sparks is highly thought of by the Woodland Middle School students and staff, and continues to be a role model at the Police Department.Officer Winston Brooks (pictured above with Chief Wayne Longo) was also presented with the Officer Humanitarian Award for his continuous community service and overall "Service before Self". Officer Brooks overcame the challenges of growing up in the inner city streets of Richmond Virginia, and rose to fame as a Division One basketball player at Gonzaga University. In his off time Officer Brooks performs one-on-one and group mentoring at the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Facility. He coaches an AAU Girls traveling team at the college level, and is part of the "Read Across America" program. He participates in many different charitable causes in his community and is an asset to this department.Police Chief Wayne Longo was honored with the Lifesaving Award for his act of heroism in 2008. Chief Longo was first on scene of a reported injury accident at US95 and Appleway. The accident stemmed from the woman going into cardiac arrest. Chief Longo immediately initiated CPR on the woman until the Fire Department arrived and took over life saving techniques. After surgery the woman was doing fine. Officer Joshua Schneider was also honored with the Lifesaving Award for his act of heroism in the early morning hours in August of 2008. Officer Schneider responded to call of a male who was not responsive and was unconscious. Officer Schneider immediately began CPR. His life saving actions gave the male a chance of surviving. Today the male is fine and attended the award ceremony to thank Officer Schneider.The department's Officer of the year award was presented to Officer Josh Gilmore for his significantly superior conduct in a variety of disciplines and responsibilities as a Coeur d'Alene Police Officer. Gilmore's focus on being prepared to protect himself, his fellow Officers and the citizens he serves, has been characterized as "courageous and disciplined". His commitment to excellence contributes significantly to the police department's mission.

Teen on track to get degree before diploma

Born addicted to crack and raised in a meth house, a North Idaho teen faced an uncertain future. But today, Samantha Jernstrom is proving that despite the odds she has what it takes to succeed. "It's definitely been a tough road. My mind frame that I'm set in is just do it. Make something of myself," Jernstrom said, while waiting for a class to start at North Idaho College on Wednesday.  Twice a week, she carts around a heavy backpack filled with books on the Coeur d'Alene college campus. At first glance, the 17-year-old looks like your typical student.

Brief power outage hits KMC

Fire crews and Avista responded to Kootenai Medical Center this afternoon to try and figure out what caused some of their power systems to fail this afternoon.Kim Anderson, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said that some of their systems went down around 3:30 and were down for about 5 minutes before the hospital switched to backup generators. Anderson said that life-saving systems are connected to emergency power outlets that never go down.

Police investigating weekend luring incident

All across Kootenai County, from Athol to Rathdrum to Post Falls, there have been 18 attempted luring incidents in the last year. The latest case was Sunday in Coeur d'Alene where two girls, ages 6 and 8, were riding their bikes in a neighborhood on Young Avenue when they were suddenly approached by a man who had been sitting in a van.

Multiple candidates on slate for May 17 election

Voters will have plenty of choices May 17 as  several highway commissioner and school district trustee races have multiple candidates vying for office.  Here are the offices being contested: East Side Highway District:

Authorities to run Operation Lifesaver March 31

City, county and state law enforcement agencies will run an Officer On A Train and Crossing Enforcement operation in North Idaho on March 31. Dubbed Operation Lifesaver, the purpose of the event is to increase public awareness of the dangers that exist at train crossings. An officer will be placed on the lead locomotive of a train to act as a spotter and will observe traffic at rail intersections. Other officers will be parked at different locations near the train intersections. When traffic infractions are observed, the spotter will call the other officers parked nearby to stop the driver and issue a citation for the traffic infraction.

Police: DUI Suspect Arrives In Court Drunk

A northern Idaho judge ordered an Oldtown man taken into custody after authorities say he arrived in court intoxicated for a pretrial hearing involving a drunken-driving case.   Forty-six-year-old Todd Lynn Glockner on Friday was ordered held in jail over the weekend after he arrived at the Bonner County Courthouse with what authorities say was a breath-alcohol concentration of .20.   First District Judge Justin Julian told Glockner that arriving in court in such a manner amounted to failure to appear.   Glockner was arrested on Jan. 23 on suspicion of drunken driving when police say his breath-alcohol concentration measured .16, twice the legal limit.   The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that his pretrial hearing has been rescheduled for Monday.

Charges dropped for 3 men charged in poker game

Three north Idaho businessmen accused of taking part in an illegal poker game are no longer facing criminal charges.The Sandpoint prosecutor's office dismissed charges against all three last week in exchange for each defendant agreeing to forfeit $200 cash bonds posted in their cases.In December 2009, police arrested 30-year-old Dustin Jacob Koril, of Sagle, 29-year-old Gary Lee Solis, Jr., of Oldtown and 37-year-old Lex Andrew Sparks of Wrenco. They were each charged with violating state law prohibiting gambling in an establishment where liquor is served, a misdemeanor.The arrests came after police officers discovered a poker tournament at the Spar Bar during routine checks.Defense attorney Doug Phelps told the Bonner County Daily Bee said the dismissal shows prosecutors were having trouble making their case against the three men.

Wolfinger Announces Bid For Kootenai Co. Sheriff

Major Ben Wolfinger with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department announced Monday morning that after 28 years with the force he'll make a run for Sheriff in 2012. Wolfinger filed paperwork at the Kootenai County Elections Office designating a political treasurer in preparation for the campaign. In a written statement to the media, Wolfinger said he's looking forward to the challenge of becoming the next sheriff and will continue to improve upon the level of law enforcement service provided by the sheriff's department. His announcement comes less than two days after

Reverse job fair features $5,500 in scholarships

A record 300 high-school seniors are expected to participate in this year's reverse job fair in Post Falls. Ten of them will walk away from the March 23 event with scholarships donated by area businesses and colleges. The event "turns the tables on the traditional-job fair format (where) businesses sit at tables and jobseekers browse," said Debra Wunderlich, who leads the team of judges that awards prizes and scholarships. "The reverse job fair places local high-school students at the tables, promoting themselves to members of the business community, who browse and ask questions." Now in its fifth year, the reverse job fair moved three years ago into the Real Life Ministries auditorium because it had outgrown other venues. It is hosted by the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce Business, Education and Workforce Development Committee, comprised of business owners, educators and representatives from the Idaho Department of Labor.

Woman Dies After Driving Into Hayden Lake

People living on Hayden Lake in North Idaho say they've seen it too many times before: Late Thursday night a woman drove her SUV into the lake and by the time rescue crews got her out, she couldn't be revived. Kootenai County deputies say 34-year-old Jennifer Gonzalez of Hayden may have been drinking before driving down the boat launch. Gonzalez's death is the 9th deadly crash at the boat launch since 1997. In most of those crashes the drivers were drunk.