RATHDRUM, Idaho -- The Lakeland Joint School District could lose critical programs like after-school sports and armed officers in schools if two proposed levies fail.

Officer John Hatcher keeps Lakeland High School secure and safe, while also building meaningful relationships with students.


Vanessa Perez joined the 4 News Now team as a Multimedia Journalist and producer in August 2021. Previously, she worked for an NBC affiliate in Kalispell, Montana where she covered winter storms, education, local government and the pandemic. Vanessa grew up in Chino, California. She earned a degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University. She enjoys being out in the community and learning about people’s stories each day. When she’s not working, you can catch her listening to podcasts, cooking, trying new food/coffee spots, and hanging out with her cat, Milo.