North Idaho

Boat Owner Watches Thieves Take Off In His Boat, Run Out Of Gas

COEUR D'ALENE--  A Coeur d'Alene man watched two men take off in his fishing boat Sunday morning, said a Kootenai County Sheriff's Department news release.  It happened on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive west of Higgins Point. Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, Coeur d'Alene Police and Idaho State Police responded to the call.

Friends Remember Miner Larry Marek

The worst fears of Silver Valley residents were realized Sunday when Hecla Mining company announced miner Larry Marek did not survive the ground fall. KXLY4's Jeff Humphrey reports.

Breakfast With The Easter Bunny To Help Morgan

The Easter Bunny is hopping in a day early to help spread Easter cheer to a Rathdrum 1st grader recently diagnosed with leukemia.  Saturday's "Breakfast with the Bunny" is a fundraiser to help Morgan Haskell with medical expenses.   She was just diagnosed this month.  The breakfast is from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23rd at John Brown Elementary in Rathdrum.  The cost is $5 per person.    

Rally, Boat Parade Planned To Keep Boat Ramp In Downtown CDA

COEUR D'ALENE-- A group opposed to a multi-million dollar project to redevelop McEuen Park is taking advantage of the beautiful weather forecasted for Saturday with a rally and boat parade. A member of the group "Friends Of McEuen," Julie Clark, says it's an opportunity for community members to send a message that they do not want the boat ramp moved from downtown Coeur d'Alene.  Moving the boat ramp to Silver Beach is just one of many proposed changes.  Under the plan the revamped park would have everything from an amphitheater to a dog park, a new parking garage, a skate park, ice skating and a sledding hill for the winter months. Some say it's a huge opportunity for Coeur d'Alene while others argue it's unrealistic even overindulgent.

CDA Arbor Day Celebration

Coeur d'Alene will be having a community-wide Arbor Day Celebration at East Tubbs Hill Park on Saturday, April 30th.  It will start with a pancake breakfast sponsored by Sun Valley Tree Service at 9:00 a.m., followed by a ceremony and tree planting at 9:45 a.m.  There will also be a display of Arbor Day button and poster art, door prizes, and tree care information.  Free tree seedlings will be given to all attendees by Cub Scout Troop 210 and the Idaho Department of Lands.  At 10:15, guided hikes of Tubbs Hill will be offered, highlighting native trees, wildflowers, and the native vegetation restoration project.  Hike leaders will be from the Urban Forestry Committee, Tubbs Hill Foundation, and the Native Plant Society. At this event, Coeur d'Alene will be presented with a Tree City USA award, as well as a Tree City "Growth" award.  This will be the 27th consecutive year of Tree City USA recognition for Coeur d'Alene. 

Do the Robot in North Idaho This Summer

Enrollment is underway for a series of summer camps in North Idaho, aimed at kids ranging in age from 3rd grade to 12th grade. The robotics camps, sponsored by Discover Technology, will be held in Post Falls in June and July. Here's more information from Discover Technology:--

Help Clean Up Sandpoint

Spring cleaning is in the air in Sandpoint as the town prepares for its annual street cleaning event. Shake The Sand Out of Sandpoint will take place Saturday, April 30th at 8:30 a.m at Jeff Jones Town Square on Main and Oak in downtown Sandpoint. The annual event is sponsored by Mountain West Bank and the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association.

Coeur d'Alene High Principal Tapped As Freeman Superintendent

The Freeman School District in Rockford,WA announced today that they have offered current Coeur d'Alene High School Principal Randy Russell the position of Superintendent of the district.  They are in the process of negotiating a contract.  The school district says that Russell will be introduced at their April 28th school board meeting, at which time his contract is expected to be approved.  If all goes as planned, he would begin his new position on July 1st. Russell has degrees from Whitworth College and the University of Idaho, and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree.  He is married and has 4 children.

Kellogg High School Golfers Go For The Green In The White

The Kellogg Wildcats Golf Team has been practicing in some WILD weather lately.  With a fresh blanket of snow on the greens and fairways, Monday night's practice at Pinehurst Golf Course required the kind of special putting skill you'll only find in hearty Inland Northwest golfers.  "We had cancelled practice, but a few of us die-hards stuck around and played a hole in the snow.  If you can't laugh at this Spring's weather, you'll cry!" said KHS golf coach, Simon Miller.  Go Wildcats!

Purple Passion Mother's Day Poker Ride

Kootenai County, ID - Grab your saddle and riding shoes on Mother's Day weekend. The Inland Empire Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder's and Exhibitors Association is hosting an all breed trail ride and pot luck lunch at Farragut State Park in North Idaho on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.Organizers say make sure to wear " purple and bring your hairy horses out for a day of fun with other horse enthusiasts for the benefit of less fortunate horses" in the community. A suggested $10 donation will go towards the Panhandle Equine Rescue.  

Missing Bonner County Man Found Dead

The Bonner County Sheriff's Office says a missing 43-year-old man was found dead on Monday.Detectives say Dennis Hooper disappeared on his way home after leaving a group of friends on Saturday night. A concerned citizen noticed suspicious tire tracks leading into a pond on Colburn Culver Road.Members of the Bonner County Sheriff's Office Dive Team responded to the scene and discovered Hooper's body inside his truck which was submerged in approximately 10 feet of water. Idaho State Police has taken over the investigation.

Sanders Beach Settlement

40 years of disputes over Sanders Beach on Lake Coeur d'Alene may have finally been resolved.  The City of Coeur d'Alene and the owners of eight homes along East Lakeshore have come to an agreement on what is private and what is public property on the beach, settling six lawsuits against the City. In the agreement, the City has acquired the homeowner's rights to build docks and over 60 feet of beach frontage.  In exchange, the City paid homeowners $278,500.  It also amended the Shoreline Ordinance to allow fences between public and private property at 12th and 15th streets.  The agreement upholds a 2006 ruling by the Idaho Supreme court that the beach below 2,128 feet is public, above is private. Ultimately, the agreement means no docs and that the city swim area will be preserved.

Spokane Medical School Could Create Jobs in Idaho

Greater Spokane Incorporated just returned from their very successful trip in Washington D.C. How does that affect you? According to , after various meetings with elected officials, they learned, "there is vast support for " Some of that support comes from Idaho delegations as well. They met with Rep. Raul Labrador, U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.  They all expressed their support for the four-year medical school. 

Job Fair at Kootenai County Fairgrounds

A job fair will be held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, April 20, from noon to 6pm. The Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce says this is the largest job fair in Kootenai County, with 44 local businesses attending. Admission is free. Employers include:

Kootenai County Announces 10 Layoffs

10 Kootenai County employees are losing their jobs, in a budget-cutting plan that will save about $415,000 a year.  The cuts affect:The Building and Planning Department is also being restructured, and has been renamed "The Kootenai County Department of Community Development."  More details about the changes in a news release from the County Board of Commissioners:

'You're Holding Your Breath Hoping They Find Him'

Residents of the Silver Valley continues to wait anxiously for any word on miner Larry Marek's condition. The veteran miner has been trapped inside the Lucky Friday Mine since Friday afternoon after a stoke collapsed.

Sand Creek Clean Up Results

The results are in from Saturday's annual Sand Creek Clean Up in downtown Sandpoint. Downtown Sandpoint Business Association and Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper teamed up with 37 local volunteers to remove a truck full of garbage in record time: just over an hour. Volunteers met at Arlo's on First Avenue at 9 a.m. and proceeded to fan out along the creek between the Cedar Street Bridge and the Powerhouse to pick up 10 full bags of trash. Representatives from local businesses, community organizations and area residents showed up to volunteer including Leadership Sandpoint, Sandpoint High School Key Club, Idaho Conservation League, Friends of Scotchman Peaks, Sandpoint Title, Seasons at Sandpoint and Mayor Gretchen Hellar and the dozens of other local residents who pitched in to help with the spring cleaning effort. 

What Did We Do to Deserve this Weather?

This is all kinds of yuck. Apparently eight miles north of Bonners Ferry was a big cloud that dumped around 3.5 inches of snow on the Kitchen residence.Laura Kitchen emailed us and said, "Didn't snow three miles north or three miles south of us. Just a big cloud over our house."You have our sympathy. 

Missing Person

  The Bonner County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding Dennis K. Hooper.  He was last seen at 11 Alpine Place in the Samuels area of Bonner County on Saturday, April 15, 2011.  Mr. Hooper is 5'10," 190 lbs. with brown/grey hair and brown eyes. He has a scar on his forehead. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, a grey zip up sweatshirt, blue jeans, green and blue windbreaker and white tennis shoes. Mr. Hooper may be driving a gold 1991 Toyota 4Runner, license plate 7BB5361.

Event Raises Awareness About Organ Donation

Cheers to Life! 1st Annual Marty Smalley Organ Donation Awareness 5k Walk/Run• 19 people die each day waiting for organ transplants.• 101,000 people are waiting today for transplant surgeries.• Each day approximately 77 people receive an organ transplant.Saturday, April 23 at 9:30am along the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene in Coeur d'Alene, IdahoOff I-90 take Exit 15, Sherman Avenue. Race will start near the corner of Sherman Avenue and Lakeshore Drive behindMichael D's Eatery (corner of 23 St. and Lakeshore Drive) and will continue along Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive.T-Shirts and Refreshments! Fun for the whole family.Prior to the race those who have donated an organ and organ recipients will be recognized.

Idaho Community Prays, Awaits Word On Miner's Fate

Mining is a brotherhood and when one brother bleeds, they all bleed. That's how a Pinehurst, Idaho resident put it and the pain of not knowing Larry Marek's fate in the depth of the Lucky Friday Mine is painful for this tight-knit community.