North Idaho

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.

N. Idaho man shot in shootout charged with assault

A Bonner County man shot twice in a shootout with a neighbor last month has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault.Prosecutors charged 59-year-old Richard Allen Larson this week following an investigation into the Feb. 9 shootout with 58-year-old John Bilsky.Bilsky was arrested after the shooting, but the Bonner County Daily Bee reports prosecutors held off filing charges until detectives had a chance to investigate.Testimony from a court hearing this week suggests Bilsky fired at Larson in self-defense. Authorities say the argument ensued after Larson assaulted his ex-girlfriend, who was dating Bilsky at the time.Bilsky told police he then pulled his gun and ordered Larson to leave. But police say Larson refused, pulled his own gun and fired first, prompting Bilsky to fire back.

Skogen Gets 13 Years For Child's Death

 A packed courtroom Friday greeted Amanda Skogen, the 26-year-old Post Falls babysitter facing sentencing for the death of a 3-year-old toddler last fall.For nearly six hours family and friends on both sides of the courtroom gave testimony on behalf of both 3-year-old Cohen Johnson and the defendant, Amanda Skogen, which culminated with Skogen giving a prepared statement to the court.

'Tough Little Cookie' Stands Up To Carjackers

 An 89-year-old Wallace, Idaho, woman is proving she is tougher than she looks, recovering from a broken arm she suffered when two thieves stole her car right in front of her.Ione Halkowiez left her car running in a parking lot while she dropped off her key to the Wallace Visitors Center, where she had just finished working as volunteer, greeting and meeting people from all across the country.

Historic Inn Renting Rooms For $25 Per Night

There's a new place to sleep in the Silver Valley, where you can lay down your head for as little as $25 a night. Closed for years, Kellogg's historic McKinley Inn is back open, resurrected as a hostel.

North Idaho Guitar Hero Has Stars In His Eyes

Caden Davis steps off the stage as the crowd cheers. The singer/guitarist, along with his band, are at the end of a particularly aggressive set: AC/DC, Ted Nugent, ZZ Top, plus an original or two thrown in for good measure. They've traveled to Smelterville to play a pre-Superbowl show at a small, smoky lounge. It's their first real gig together, the first time Caden and the band have traveled out of town and played a real show for a real audience. "Ugh," he says, when asked about how he felt on stage. "Just ... AHHHH! That's ugh."

Emergency Landing on I-90

A small single-engine plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 90 near Coeur d'Alene on July 4, 2010.

SUV Parking Fail in Hayden

Here's an example of how not to park your SUV, shared with us by insurance agent Melissa Sauter in Hayden, Idaho.

Deadly shooting in Hayden

Two men are dead after a shooting at the Lakeview Village Apartments in Hayden, Idaho where one man killed another before fleeing to the woods north of Hayden Lake and killed himself.