North Idaho

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life

Bark For Life is really not about dogs.  It's an event that the American Cancer Society can raise funds and awareness of their continual fight against cancer.  It's an event happening Saturday, August 20 beginning at 10am and running until 2pm.  Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk where you and your canine friend will have a fun-filled day with a walk, demonstrations, contests and games.  The event takes place at the Life Care Center, 2800 E. Mullan Ave. in Post Falls.  You can call for more information or registration at 208-777-0318 or online at

Bayview House Fire

Pictures from an early morning fire that destroyed a house and several vehicles Thursday.

Family Loses Everything In Bayview Fire

An early morning fire that started in a garage spread to and destroyed a house in Bayview Thursday morning. Firefighters say no one was hurt and they were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other houses.

Spirit Lake selected as the next "Capital for a Day"

Once a month, a rural town in Idaho is "Capital for a Day". It's a program that Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter created to ensure that Idaho communities have a say in determining their future and to make government decision making more available to them. On Wednesday, August 31st, the Governor and his cabinet will travel over 400 miles from Boise to Spirit Lake, Idaho."Spirit Lake is an energetic and cohesive community that in many ways characterizes the Idaho way of life. Like many Idahoans living in smaller towns, the people of Spirit Lake are eager to hang on to their rural quality of life while working to attract new jobs and economic opportunities," Governor Otter said. "I am excited to visit once again with the folks in Spirit Lake, this time spending a whole day with them as my Cabinet members and I hear what they have on their minds."

Eat, Drink and Be Italian!

Oh.... Italian food - doesn't everyone love spaghetti? This weekend you can enjoy all kinds of Italian food including spaghetti at the 7th Annual Italian Festival in downtown Post Falls on 4th Ave. and Frederick Street. There is a lot more than food you can enjoy too! There will be live entertainment, free children's activities, family activities, arts and craft booths and cooking demonstrations. If you have your own delicious recipe of an Italian sauce you can enter it into the Sauce Competition or do you have your own wine or beer recipe? there's the Wine/Beer Makers Competition.The festivities begin on Friday evening, August 19th with an Art Walk and Live Music from 5-7pm. The fun continues Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am and continues throughout the day. Take I90 exit 5 (Spokane St.) go south 1 block to 4th and turn left. Free parking at City Hall. For information you may call 208-777-7400 or

39,000 gallons of reclaimed water accidently released at Post Falls Reclamation Facility

An accidental release of reclaimed water was discovered Monday morning at the Post Falls Reclamation Facility when employees reported to work. A crack in an irrigation pipe released 39,000 gallons said Terry Werner, public services director.Post Falls public information specialist, Kit Hoffer says that the released water was fully treated and disinfected. There is no immediate effect to any drinking water supplies and no health risk to the public.A report was filed to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality by the City of Post Falls. It is not known if any remediation is necessary at this time.

Local Connection: The Allen Telescope Array Has Been Saved

It may not be a local story, but one local man may really enjoy the following announcement. Bruce Noble, wrote to the Coeur d'Alene Press in May describing his emotions regarding the shut-down of the Allen Telescope Array. A follow-up a month later revealed that he wasn't the only one upset and that others were banding together to raise funds to bring it back online. A month after that, they reached that goal with the help of enthusiasts and some celebrities including science fiction author, Larry Niven and actress, Jodie Foster.

Driver Killed When Train Collides With SUV

A Rathdrum man died Sunday when a train hit his vehicle at the Highway 41 and Highway 53 interchange yesterday morning. Rathdrum Police say 33 year old Henry Parent, Junior died when he crossed the tracks and the train hit his SUV. Police say train personnel sounded its horn when it saw Parent crossing, but couldn't stop the train in time. Police say Parent was ejected from the vehicle, was flown to Kootenai Medical Center and died at the hospital last night. Officers are now waiting for toxicology reports to determine if drugs or alcohol played a role in the incident.

A prescription drug take back program hopes to protect citizens and environment

Beginning Friday, August 19th, Sandpoint residents will be able to drop off expired or unused prescription medications at the Sandpoint Police Department station at 1123 Lake Street. In partnership with Idaho Conservation League and Bonner General Hospital Foundation, the Drug Drop Off Program is being implemented for the health of the community, protection of the environment and the safety of citizens.Only law enforcement agencies can accept prescription drugs from the public and before they're dropped off, personal information on the bottles should be removed using a permanent marker. The program is anonymous and donors will not be questioned. The officer on duty will oversee disposal into a secure bin.The Program does not accept liquids, syringes or Epipens, but liquids can be mixed at home with coffee grounds, kitty litter or put in a sealed container before being put into household trash.

Broken sewer valve spills 7,500 gallons of raw sewage in Hayden

A broken sewer line valve spilled about 7,500 gallons of raw sewage in a residential area near Ramsey and Honeysuckle today. Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board says they contacted a hydro-geologist to evaluate and the determine the impact of the release on groundwater and near-by water wells. Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has also been contacted and Ken Windram, sewer board, says they have been informed of all the findings and will receive a written follow-up following an investigation.Windram says there are no immediate threats to any drink water supplies from this incident at this time.

ATF Calls Lucky Friday Mine Fire Arson

The ATF has determined that the July 26 fire at the Lucky Friday mine in Silver Valley was an act of arson. The fire started in a scrap pile at the end of a dead-end tunnel and burned for 16 hours.On July 26 Hecla reported to the Mine Safety and Health Administration that they "had a fire on the 4900 level in the 51 ramp. We suspect arson, but we are not sure yet. There was nothing in the area to ignite a fire. We have brought in the sheriff's office as well as the state fire marshal."

Kootenai County Shows its Colors

To honor all those serving in the military, the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners has designated every Friday as "Red Shirt Fridays." The hope is all county employees will wear a red shirt every Friday until all troops return from war. Darryl Heisey, the County Veteran Service Officer came up with the idea as a way to support soldiers serving our country.

CDA: Most Dog Friendly City

Life in Coeur d'Alene isn't just good for people, apparently it's good for dogs too! The City just won the title of 'Most Dog Friendly City In the Nation'. Dog Fancy Magazine will crown Coeur d'Alene with the title in it's October issue, which actually comes out August 23rd. Readers nominated Coeur d'Alene with the honor. And as a result the get a check from the magazine. Honor, prestige and cash!

Time capsule to be sealed inside the Firefighter's Memorial

Memorabilia from the 2010 Commemoration of the Great Fire of 1910 are being packed away inside a time capsule to be opened a hundred years from now. On Saturday, August 20th, that time capsule will be placed and sealed inside a hollowed area of granite inside the Firefighter's Memorial at the Wallace Visitor's Center.It's an effort to communicate with future generations. In 2110 when it comes time to open the time capsule, they'll find objects commemorating a fire that occurred 200-years prior.The Great Fire of 1910 was one of the largest fires ever in history. It burned about three million acres in Washington, Idaho and Montana. It almost destroyed the town of Wallace, then a population of 3,000. The east side of the city was leveled. Fifty homes were lost.

The sweet sound of accordions will fill the air in Wallace this weekend

You might get some strange looks when you explain to colleagues that you're headed to Wallace, Idaho this weekend for the first ever Accordion Festival at the center of the universe. The weekend will be filled with parades, workshops performances and dancing! You could learn the polka and be that couple that dances the polka at a wedding.Concerts will be held all throughout Saturday and Sunday starting at 2 p.m. on the 12th. The downtown Gazebo will feature a performance by Eileen Webber. Later that evening featured accordionists, Big Lou and Bruce Gassman will perform at Wallace High School starting at 6 p.m. The party will then spill out into the street surrounding the Gazebo area.The Shoshone County Press says the Saturday morning parade at 9 a.m. will be lead by a restored WWI military jeep driven by Scott Hall, a Silver Valley resident. The Parade Marshal is Kathryn Robison, a Post Falls octogenarian, who was an USO entertainer during World War II and the Korean War.

Corsair Flying In To Boyington Field

AN F4U Corsair will be flying in to Boyington Field on August 13, giving community members a glimpse of one of the famous warbirds that flew during WWII.The Corsair, owned by Ray Thompson and piloted by Steve Bakke, will be flying in around noon on Saturday and will be available for viewing at the southeastern end of the field.The significance of the Corsair? The F4U was a fighter used during WWII by Navy and Marine squadrons, including VMF-214, the "Black Sheep", led by Coeur d'Alene native and Medal of Honor recipient Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, for whom the airfield is named.

Clark House in Hayden Lake Piano Bar Night

If you have not had a chance to experience the piano bar at the Clark House on Hayden Lake ID you should definitely put it on your to-do list. A big Thank you must be given to my good friends Tim and John of Stevens & Williams for their hospitality and for taking me to the Clark House Piano evening for the first time. I first met John via Twitter and we started chatting there. Eventually I was able to meet them both when they attended the North Idaho Tourism Summit (of which those who participated in this evening are all volunteer members of the Summit committee). The business relationship was further cemented when we all attended the Idaho Conference on Tourism that was held in Lewiston ID earlier this year.We started out with cocktails at their beautiful home on Hayden Lake and then out for a ride on their boat around the lake. The weather cooperated and there was a nice breeze and it had cooled down from earlier in the day.John and Tim shared with us history about the area and let us in on the fact that a movie named "Hayden Lake" would start filming around August 15th here in Hayden and other places in the Inland Northwest. The story is an interesting one and involves scandal, murder, and redemption. (But it must also be noted that there were families that lost loved ones, so it is not a happy subject and will probably open up old wounds.)After the boat ride we drove to the Clark House to enjoy the rest of the evening. The food was amazing, service was spot on, and the piano player kept the crowd entertained throughout the evening. It was also great to see so many locals and visitors alike enjoying this beautiful place. If you get the chance while enjoying your evening ask to have a tour of the House and hear the great history that it holds.Pictured above are from left to right: Katherine of the , Christina of the me of , John of Stevens & Williams, Tim of , and last but not least Wendi of .All of us are passionate about travel and tourism in the area and all contribute a great deal to promoting the North Idaho region. (Note: If you are a tourism related business and want to get into the Winter Wonderland insert for Seattle Magazine contact for more information. Or, if you want the contact information, or just more info, for the Coeur d'Alene Visitors Bureau, the Coeur d'Alene Inn, Framework Meetings, or my internet marketing services email me at or call me at 208-740-1449.)Here is the info on the piano bar and how to make reservations: Clark House is proud to present Ron Pass live on the piano.

Brush Fires at two Post Falls parks deemed suspicious

Recent fires in Black Bay Park and Treaty Rock Park are being treated as suspicious to the Post Falls Police Department and Kootenai County Fire & Rescue.During peak visitation, brush fires were set in Black Bay Park in Post Falls on July 11th and 29th. On August 1st and 5th, brush fires were set in Treaty Rock Park near the Spokane Street exit. The park features commemorative markers that showcase the historical founding of Post Falls.

The Maid in the Shade takes flight over North Idaho

The B-25 Mitchell Bomber ‘Maid in the Shade' is a veteran aircraft with 15 combat missions flying out of Corsica during WWII. The restoration to bring "Maid in the Shade" back to flying condition took 28 years and was completed May 2009. The Arizona Wing Aviation Museum and its restored aircraft and artifacts span over 90 years of aviation history. For more information about the plane and its United States tour, visit AZCAF. 

The Maid in the Shade takes flight over North Idaho

It's not the biggest plane sitting at Pappy Boyington Field, but it's one of the oldest. The Maid in the Shade, built in 1943, saw 15 missions out of Corsica, Italy during World War II. It routinely bombed targets in northern Italy including bridges and caves used for the transport of German goods. For two of those missions, it flew over Yugoslavia to bomb rail lines.The Maid in the Shade retired early after its 15 missions. Most aircraft during the war could make 40-120 missions before they were retired, except for the thousands that were damaged and went down over sea and land.Dave Baker, co-pilot, is flying with the aircraft for the next few weeks. It's his vacation. He's actually a retired test pilot for Boeing rotorcraft. He's volunteering with the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force to tour the Maid in the Shade across the country, stopping in 60-cities. He's one of many volunteers whose backgrounds include federal beef inspectors, bank tellers, doctors and a lot of current and retired aviation focused individuals.