North Idaho

3,000 Brains Freeze Simultaneously

My headline is more of a prediction - because the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously licking free ice cream Saturday morning.The current record holder(s) come from Augustana College. In all, 2,694 people lick, lick, licked their way to a world record, beating out Spain's measly 2,500 lickers.

Kids Learn Bike Safety In Hayden

Kids can learn bike safety and have fun at the same time at the Bike Safety Rodeo in Hayden.The event will have bike inspections and safety checks as well as a helmet fitting checks. An obstacle course will also be set up for participants to test their street smart bike skills and learn the rules of the road. As an added bonus, participants can also win prizes.The rodeo will be held at Hayden Meadows Elementary at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Vote for Wallace, Idaho!

The Wallace Chamber of Commerce is trying to earn Wallace, Idaho, the vote for most fun small town in America. It's on their Facebook page. It takes two minutes to register and vote. You get to write a quick reason why you think it's fun and upload a photo of the town. Think of it this way:

Timber Terror, After Shock, Science and Physics

This week, Silverwood Theme Park turned into one of the world's most unique classrooms.  It's the park's 15th Annual Physics and Science Days. Each year Silverwood holds this event where students can test the principles of physics and science for themselves using rides, games, and other attractions. They'll participate in educational competitions like the Amazing Egg Drop or the Coaster Building Contest, watch science-themed Discovery Channel movies, learn about the Aquifer at the DEQ Educational booth or at the new KSPS Public Television booth, and a whole lot more. Each participating class receives a curriculum to use that includes instructions for contests and an engineering and construction skills test. Trophies and ribbons are awarded to the top 3 schools in each category. The best overall school will win $100 in cash. School groups can call or email the park to book a trip now and give students a day they'll never forget.

Victim's Mom Speaks Out

  The mother of the Kellogg High School student bullied on a school bus speaks out, hoping to prevent another child from enduring the pain her daughter has experienced.  "She's hurt, she's devastated and she wants it to end," said Heidi Hershly, whose daughter was bullied last week.

Old Takara Restaurant Building Is Getting A New Tenant And A Face Lift

Takara in Coeur d'Alene Idaho has been closed for awhile, but new life is springing up in its place.The smell of fresh cut lumber greets you at the street and a new tempory sign is up. It appears that the new restaurant will be called Lemon Grass and will feature Vietnamese Cuisine. Will be nice to have another restaurant choice downtown.I noticed the sign and the construction as I passed by on my way to the Downtown Farmers Market that happens every Wednesday from 4-7pm on 5th Street.

Prosecutor Makes Charging Decision In School Bus Incident

Kootenai County prosecutors made a decision Wednesday in the stripping incident on a Kellogg school bus, however juvenile laws prevent the prosecuting attorney from saying whether the girls involved will be charged.The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department previously recommended the girls face battery charges.In the meantime the Kellogg School District said its going to create harsher consequences for students involved in bullying. On Wednesday the district said its anti-bully training will be expanded and improved in both junior and high school.

Weddings, land use and rowdy neighbors, oh my!

Remember that runaway steer? It came from Cable Creek Farm, owned by Beth Tysdal and her husband. They were recently featured on the front page of the. Beth is also our assignment editor in the newsroom. Unfortunately, she's leaving us soon to pursue her farming aspirations. Those dreams, however, are tinged with drama.

Silverwood Gives Students the Chance to Throw First Pitch at Mariners Game

Silverwood is inviting students from middle school to college to its theme park for the opportunity to throw the first pitch at a major league baseball game. Students will compete for the opportunity to open a Mariners game by throwing pitches just like they were at Safeco Field.In addition to throwing the first pitch the winner will receive a complete package to Seattle including round trip airfare, a hotel room and $100.The competion is on Main Street at Silverwood on Saturday, June 4th at noon.

Bike Safety Rodeo

Bike safety is just about as easy as riding a bike, especially when there's a bike safety rodeo to teach kids the ropes.  It's a great way for kids to learn about their bikes and it's free. The city of Hayden will be holding a Bike Safety Rodeo this Saturday from  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Hayden Meadows Elementary.  The School is located at 900 East Hayden Avenue.

"Homeless Osprey Homeless No More"

In most cases, when someone loses their home to fire, the world jumps in to help them and save the day. Recently Avista jumped in to save the day for a pair of homeless Osprey who lost their nest due to a pole fire that knocked the nest to the ground. Kootenai Environmental Alliance wrote how they first reported the issue with the osprey. They explain how this wasn't the first time the pair of birds lost their home.

One dead in crash near Mirror Lake

One person has been killed in a collision with a train this morning near the Mirror Lake Golf Course in Bonners Ferry.The Idaho State Police reports that 77-year-old Richard Kelson was pulling his 2002 Volkswagen Jetta out of his tree farm nursery at a private railroad crossing when his vehicle was struck by a northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train. An investigation into the crash is underway.

Beautiful Bloom, But What Is It?

The Coeur d'Alene Parks Department is making it easy to identify the trees currently in bloom with a new publication. The Urban Forestry Division puts out the weekly "Bloom Report" in the spring and summer. The report allows readers to identify blooming trees by providing pictures of trees and their blossoms. It also gives common locations where the trees are found. The Bloom Report is online at the . A video copy airs on CDA-TV Channel 19.

Smelterville To Hold ATV Poker Run, Street Dance

The town of Smelterville, Idaho is holding an ATV poker run and street dance to benefit the Shriners Hospital next month. Several hundred people show up each year to support this ride. The ride is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 25th in Smelterville. Written by: Tyler Slauson (News Intern)

Mines Fined for Clean Water Violations

The owner of the Coeur and Galena Mines agreed to pay the EPA $87,000 in penalties to settle Clean Water Act violations. Director of the EPA's Office of Compliance and Enforcement in Seattle says discharge violations in the Silver Valley are especially troubling. The South Fork Coeur d'Alene River and its tributary streams are struggling to recover from a century of mine waste discharge," Kowalski said. The agreement resolves the U.S. Silver Company's permit violations and unpermitted discharges at its mines and mills between 2008 and 2010.

26 Siamese Cats Need a Good Home

Typically, these are stories that make you cringe. Animal hoarding is a sad situation for neighbors, the pet-owners and the animals themselves. A potential cat hoarding situation was called into the Panhandle Animal Shelter. It was reported by a Sandpoint Police officer that 30 cats were living in a single woman's home in the downtown area. A former Siamese cat breeder had fallen on rough times. Recently her water had been turned off and she had to reach out for help.Staff and Volunteers of PAS loaded their cars with cat crates and headed over to the house to meet Sandpoint PD and evaluate the situation. They found thirty cats living in the home; all in very good health and extremely well cared for. The cats in the home were all Siamese she had bred, but she didn't feel she could sell them because they did not meet the sophisticated standards her clientele expected. Rather than give the cats to the shelter, she held onto them.Toni Britton, a volunteer for the Panhandle Animal Shelter said, "These cats are outstanding and beautiful. This lovely lady has been an extremely conscious owner.

Mysterious Disappearances Back In Spotlight

A local organization is offering a cash reward for information on two unsolved cases. Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is asking for information on these missing person cases that were first profiled 25 years ago. Deborah Jean Swanson was reported missing in 1986 after parking her car in the Third Street parking lot in Coeur d'Alene. She was last seen walking onto Tubbs Hill on March 29th. Detectives found her vehicle undisturbed with her purse inside. Swanson was a teacher in the Coeur d'Alene School District. She is a white female, 5'4", 130 lbs. with blond hair and blue eyes. She would now be 56-years-old.

Flooding Concerns Prompt Meetings

Local leaders in North Idaho will hold meetings this week to discuss potential flooding on the Pend Oreille river. The river is expected to reach flood stage later this spring. Cooler temperatures and above average rain and snow are causing the potential for flooding. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to open the Albeni Falls Dam before Lake Pend Oreille peaks. The Corps will hold public information meetings in Sandpoint and Cusick next week. The meeting in Sandpoint is at the Bonner County Administrative Building Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. and at Cusick HIgh School on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

Save the Ta Ta's and More for Susan G. Komen

 Want to help the Susan G Komen Chapter of Coeur d'Alene? Here are some events and other ways you can help. Anyone already have a team for the Race For A Cure in September? ********************************************

Flooding Causing Road and Trail Closures

If you've been hiding under a rock, you've probably noticed that the ground is getting awfully soggy. That's because a lot of areas of North Idaho have been flooding! The warmer temperatures are melting the late snow packs. Plus predicted showers are increasing the potential for flood damages in national forests. Before heading out into the wilderness, it's suggested to call your local forest service district to check the status of current closures of nearby roads and trails.

Off-Roading Education Law In Effect For Idaho

Idaho lawmakers passed a bill that makes changes to the education requirements to operate an off -road vehicle.All un-licensed drivers are now required to take a course to ride on forest service roads while people under the age of 15 must ride under supervision. However, this rule does not apply to designated trails for off-roading.All riders who took the course must now carry their certificate of completion while they are riding or they will be fined.

Coeur d'Alene Symphony Wraps Up Season On Saturday

The Coeur d'Alene Symphony will wrap up its 2010-2011 season this Saturday at the Lake City Community Church located at 6000 N. Ramsey Road in Coeur d'Alene.  Featured music will be Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade conducted by David Demand and Hayden's Farewell Symphony #45 conducted by guest conductor Michael Korpi. 

Pick Wildflowers in North Idaho

With spring finally here and flowers blooming many neighbors in North Idaho will be heading into the back country in search of the perfect wildflowers. According to the Idaho Department of Tourism, there are two great areas in North Idaho to pick a spring bouquet. If you head about 14 miles past Nordman an ancient cedar tree grove features beautiful trees and wide selection of wildflowers.