North Idaho

Lakeside Students Practice Bus Evacuation Drill

Students at Lakeside School District walked out of their schools this morning to prepare for the worst case scenario. They were transferred by bus to an off-site location in less than a hour. But it was only a drill.Their Bus Evacuation Drill started at 9 a.m. and students were transferred to their undisclosed emergency location and returned back to school."As you might expect, student safety is our first priority and security is tight even during a practice," Karyn Stockdale, district clerk, said.

Coordinator Helps Search For Mustelids (Weasels)

A researcher is heading to North Idaho to study a rare carnivore. Kelsey Brasseur will work with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to help track data from bait stations across North Idaho and Western Montana.Brasseur is leaving the south shore of Lake Superior to live in Sandpoint where she will help coordinate volunteers for the program.

Fire Department is Hosting Food Drive with Santa

Don't freak out or anything, but Santa will be in Coeur d'Alene on December 3rd. Mark your calendars because he's partnering with the town's fire fighters at Station #3 for a photo opportunity with local kids.They're also taking this special holiday opportunity to feed hungry families by featuring a non-perishable food drive. If you bring a donation, you can have your photo taken with Santa for free. Talk about a great idea for self-printed Christmas cards.: Fire Station #3 is located at 1500 N. 15th Street. Santa will only be around on December 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Marcello the Cat Loves North Idaho Snow

Is your cat an outdoor cat? It may be okay hanging out in the backyard chasing squirrels and smelling flowers, but check out this cat in Priest Lake. His name is Marcello and he's the ultimate outdoor cat. Marcello was photographed with his friend, Richard Bohn, out in Friday's snow.The snow kitty is not phased at all by the heavy snow fall while Bohn shovels snow near his Priest Lake cabin. Marcello is embracing the elements like a yeti. He's braver than most cats who merely sniff the snow and run back inside.Cat photos! What makes your cat epic and awesome?

G.I. Holiday Jukebox

Set during WWII, Christmas time, the show features four fictitious Hollywood stars who put together a string of 1940's hits and Christmas music to entertain "the boys" at the front.  Filled with great holiday music and comedy, the show is reminiscent of the USO shows. The cast sings some of the best music of the twentieth century, including tributes to The Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby, Spikes Jones and many more.The show is being presented by the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, 115 South 2nd Street, Coeur d'Alene. The show runs from November 23 to December 25 with performances on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm with a matinee show on Sundays at 3pm. 

20th Annual Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sale

On November 26th Boy Scout Troop 3 from Coeur d'Alene will open their annual Christmas Tree Lot.  It is located on the corner of Canfield and Government Way, next to Michael's.  The hours of operation are 4pm to 7pm weekdays and 10am-7pm on the weekends.  The sale of the trees will run until December 18th. For your selection, trees will be in the 5 to 8 foot range with a few from 11 to 12 feet tall.  There will be Frazier Firs and Grand Firs with prices from $35 to $75 depending on their height.  All trees are grown locally, using local transport and keeping the benefits here.Scout Troop 3 is learning the basics of retail and customer service by serving you.  They will help you pick a tree, carry it to your ear and even help you tie it on.  The proceeds they earn will pay for their program for the following year.

Public Meeting to Discuss Hayden Lake's Strahorn Road

Opinions and ideas are needed for an upcoming community meeting to decide what to do with traffic along Strahorn Road. Earlier this year Hayden Lake directed traffic one-way going southbound between Miles Ave. and Hayden Ave.

Two Inland Northwest Natives Named Rhodes Scholars

Rhodes just announces 32 scholars for 2012 and two of them are from right here in the Inland Northwest. University of Washington students Byron Gray and Cameron Turtle were both selected from a pool of 830 candidates nominated by their colleges.The University of Washington is the only public university in the country to have more than one new scholar.Gray, of Post Falls, is majoring in political science, law and Asian studies. He wrote his thesis on family law, human rights and religious sectarianism in India, according to the Rhodes Trust.

Job Opportunity: Coeur d'Alene's Santa Claus

It's a Christmas emergency and we're not even to Thanksgiving yet. Apparently the Journey to the North Pole event aligned with the Coeur d'Alene Resort's Holiday Light Show has yet to hire a Santa.They're now setting up auditions for the role and hopefully they can get somebody in the suit in time for their December 1st starting date.Here's the information potential Santas need to know for this role. They'll have lines to memorize for interacting with children and other patrons at the North Pole. A slip of words could ruin the ruse of the North Pole.

Author Francis Chan Speaks at Real Life Ministries

Francis Chan, author of the books Crazy Love, Forgotten God and Erasing Hell, spoke at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls on Sunday. Over 8,000 people turned out to hear Chan speak."My life is a speaking tour," Chan says. "I travel a couple places every week."Before speaking, Chan spoke briefly to KXLY:

Snow Covers Hauser Backyard

North Idaho got its share of snow overnight and in some areas it continues to fall. Curt Nead sent us a photo of his Hauser backyard covered in snow early this morning around 6:40 a.m.Weather near Post Falls is expected to continue with more snowfall through the afternoon and possibly decline in the evening. Temperatures could reach as low at 16 degrees. 

Second Annual Winter Wine Rodeo

It was such fun last year - they decided to do it again!  This Saturday, November 19th from 3-7pm at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Building 1, there will be a 2nd Annual Winter Wine Rodeo.  The cost to attend is $18 in advance or $22 at the door. Come sip, sample and shop with your friends but to a bigger and better Winter Wine Rodeo!  It is a great opportunity to try new wines or buy wines for your holiday meals or parties. 

Schweitzer Mountain Is Opening Saturday

Groomers have been working this morning to prepare the mountain for its season opener on Saturday. It's the earliest the resort has ever opened for the winter season since 1984. The early season conditions are a product of their snow making system and 23 inches of natural snowfall this season.The man-made snow was converted from 3.7 million gallons of water collected from a spring runoff and stored in a mountain-top reservoir. When converted to snow, it equated to about 18 inches on Midway and Happy Trails.Sean Briggs, Marketing Coordinator says they're running the Basin Express and Musical Chairs double for the weekend.

City Officials Cut Ribbon on New Traffic Signal

City officials were on hand to help cut the red ribbon at the new traffic signal at Northwest Boulevard and Hubbard. They started the $3.6 million project in June. It's one part of the Education Corridor that they'll continue to work on through the winter and spring.Their next phase involves connection River Avenue with Northwest Boulevard next year.

Post Falls Police Honored

A group of Post Falls Police are being honored by the Department with the Life Saving Award. They rescued people inside the Falls Park Apartments when it caught fire in late September. No one was injured and everyone got out safely. The Post Falls Police Department got help from Rathdrum Police, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department and Fire and Rescue.Sergeant Pat Leonard wrote: "With the work that was provided, I believe that several lives were saved before the fire department was able to arrive on scene. After everyone was taken to safety, you did not stop working; you carried air tanks for the fire department, you helped them pull fire hose from the trucks and you even found time to supply warm blankets for most of the displaced families on scene. Laurie and Amanda, you two did an excellent job keeping patrol informed of what was going on and assisted patrol in getting other units from outside agencies on scene to assist in the evacuation. This was truly a great display of teamwork and all of you should be very proud of the job each of you did."

Coeur d'Alene Holiday Gift & Food Faire

The Coeur d'Alene High School gym and commons area will be filled with over 100 booths this Saturday, November 19, from 9am to 5pm.  Admission is just $1 per person.There will be a variety of handmade candles, jams, etched glass, clothing items, jewelry, cookware, pet accessories, local artists and authors, scrap booking items, baby items, woodworking, skin care, Angus beef and much much more.  There are many new and unique sellers this year, and this Faire will be a great place to start your Christmas and holiday shopping. There will also be entertainment and raffles through out the day and vendors available for lunch.  The Coeur d'Alene High School is located at the corner of Dalton and 4th. 

North Idaho Families Recall Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

It's about time to start thinking about holiday decor if you're a household that likes to seasonally decorate. Regional forest service agencies are opening the outdoors for Christmas tree hunting. Some will make the trek into the wilderness for the perfect tree. Some gave up years ago and take up the task of dragging the fake tree from the basement. To each their own.A few neighbors shared their Christmas tree traditions -- heading into the wilderness a la Griswold familia. They recall the cold and wet weather, as well as the fathers wielding chain saws.Matthew Gardner, Coeur d'Alene resident, remembers his parents bickering of what tree was best. The Gardner family had a big decision to make. Was the tree full enough and could it fit in their Post Falls home?

Coeur d'Alene Teacher Named National Award Finalist

A Coeur d'Alene teacher at Canfield Middle School is Idaho's finalist for the Mathematics and Science "Presidential Award for Excellence." This comes less than a week after another local teacher was named Idaho's Teacher of the Year.Katie Pemberton is up for the national teaching award which is the highest honor a K-12 math or science teacher could receive in the country.

Back Country Safety

As the snow starts to fall on the Inland Northwest, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department is reminding people to be safe when they head outdoors, specifically in the mountains and back country.Here are some of those reminders. First, make sure you let someone know where you are going, what route you are taking, and when you'll be back. Second, make sure you take along the appropriate gear, including food, water, extra warm clothing, fire starting materials and something to build a shelter. A flashlight and extra batteries is also a good idea.The Sheriff also reminds outdoor enthusiasts to know their limitations, stay in areas where you are familiar, and don't test the limits when it comes to handling your vehicle in the snow.

Coeur d'Alene Warming Center Opening Doors Tonight

North Idaho warming centers are expecting very low temperatures tonight and Tuesday morning. Fresh Start Emergency Warming Center, located at 16th and Sherman, is opening their doors for overnight stays at 7 p.m.

Lookout Pass Opens Friday For Skiing

The winter season is upon us. Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation is planning their opening day for Friday, November 18th. A weekend storm dropped 21" of snow on the ski area. They're expecting more snow on Wednesday. "Our groomers are busy packing down the weekend snowfall and conditions should continue to improve throughout the week," said Phil Edholm, Lookout Pass CEO. "We anticipate open powder, packed powder and freshly tilled corduroy on Friday."Their doors will open at 9 a.m. for skiers to access the majority of the front side of the mountain from Chair 1. Additional lifts and terrain will open as conditions allow.

Holiday Lights Spread Across Coeur d'Alene

The Lake City is well on its way to becoming a holiday wonderland! Crews have been working since October to make sure people are dazzled by the lights and decorations. Workers have been busy putting up lights on trees along Sherman Avenue and in and around the resort.

Idaho State Police Offer Winter Driving Safety Class

Perhaps your winter driving skills are not up to par. One popular test for vehicles is the moose (or elk) test. It's just how your vehicle acts when you evade a suddenly appearing obstacle. Add snow to that formula.

Coeur d'Alene Prepares for Snowy Streets

Coeur d'Alene's street superintendent, Tim Martin, is preparing the city for winter. He's planning on snow fall, predicting it in early November. saying he's already started planning the names for the upcoming storms with the help of students from Bryan Elementary.