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EPA gives tribe $165,000 environmental grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted $165,000 to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to pay for recycling, environmental and energy efficiency programs.
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The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the tribe has been receiving the federal grant program since 1997.
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Nationwide, EPA has awarded $31.8 million to the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program this year.
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Tribe spokeswoman Heather Keen says the funds have been used in the past to write grants for projects for wetlands planning and safely removing household hazardous waste.
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An EPA official says the grant program is critical for tribes to protect public health and the environment on their lands.
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More than 200 tribes received the federal grant dollars in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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Coeur d'Alene police thwart liquor store burglary

Coeur d'Alene Police officers thwarted a burglary in progress at a liquor store on Friday night.

It happened around 6 p.m. Officers responded to multiple alarm trips at 1201 Sherman Ave. They arrived and found the front glass door had been smashed. Believing the suspect may be inside, officers established a perimeter around the building.

Officer A.J. Winstead and K-9 Pecco arrived and spoke with a witness who stated the suspect was hiding inside. Officers could not see the suspect. Officer Winstead gave verbal commands ordering the suspect to surrender. The suspect remained hidden and would not comply with commands. After a brief standoff, the suspect asked officers not to send the dog and surrendered.

Kyle E. Moore, 23, of Coeur d'Alene was taken into custody and booked into the Kootenai County Jail for Burglary.

1,000 gun private collection hits auction block

Premier Auction Center in Post Falls is locked and loaded this weekend, auctioning off 1,000 guns in the largest event it has ever held.

Over 1,000 guns from a private collection will�be unloaded to buyers from all over the country. From an 18th-century Russian army handgun to an extremely rare Colt Saur .30-06 rifle, this epic auction has just about everything.

"A lot of times when someone has a collection it's all Winchester, it's all Remmington, it's all 22's, it's all their favorite something, and he has such a large variety here," says Premeir co-owner Kym Nagel.

Two weeks ago the auction center got a call from a couple saying they had around 200 guns they wanted to sell, but 200 quickly turned into 1,000.

"He has such a great collection from all different things. He knew what he was doing," says Nagel.

Gun enthusiasts seem to agree, snatching up rifles, shotguns and pistols faster than a speeding bullet.

"I've got 2 and I'll be back later this week," says Chris Merkley, an avid outdoorsman and hunter.

Meridian woman sentenced for bank robbery

Jennifer Lillian Balfe, 19, of Meridian, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 27 months in prison for bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Balfe was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene on May 20, 2014.

U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered the defendant serve three years of supervised release, and to pay restitution to the three banks she robbed with her accomplice, Ricky Allen Fisher. Balfe drove the get- away vehicle during a robbery of the U.S. Bank in Cottonwood, Idaho and two banks in Ontario, Oregon.

The case was investigated by the Cottonwood Police Department, Lewiston Police Department, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Deputy receives Life Saving Award

Deputy receives Life Saving Award

On November 19, 2014, Deputy Matt Edmunds was awarded the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Life Saving Award.

On November 1, 2014, while working his assigned duty at the Kootenai County Administration Building, Deputy Edmunds radioed he needed medical with lights and siren for a 72 year old male who was in the Recorder’s Office. The male was in town with his fiancée acquiring a marriage license when he suffered a major cardiac event.

Shortly after calling for medical, Deputy Edmunds advised he was starting CPR on the male. A little over a minute later, Deputy Edmunds advised the male was again conscious, but still in distress.
Medics arrived on scene and transported the male to Kootenai Health with lights and siren where he was prepared for emergent cardiac surgery.

A paramedic from the scene stated the male was in such a “significant cardiac arrhythmia” that there was no way Deputy Edmunds could have detected a pulse. It was the belief of the medics on scene that Deputy Edmunds’ actions were directly responsible for saving the man’s life.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort to open November 22

Schweitzer Mountain Resort to open November 22

Schweitzer Mountain Resort will open for the season this Saturday, November 22 at 9am. The resort will operate Saturday and Sunday with 150 acres of open terrain.

Limited terrain will be available on Midway, with the Basin Express chair lift open. The Basin Express is scheduled to operate from 9am to 3:30pm during opening weekend.

“Even though we’re only opening with limited operations, we’re very excited to get the season started in the Inland Northwest,” said President/CEO Tom Chasse.  “The fact that we have anything to offer is a direct result of pre-season brush cutting, our snowmaking capability, and our dedication to the skiers/boarders of the region.” Schweitzer will close down mid-week and then re-open on Friday, November 28th for the weekend.  With new snow in the forecast over the weekend, they hope to expand the terrain and add the Musical Chairs lift for Thanksgiving weekend.

Story update: Stolen Komatsu excavator found

On October 23, 2014 a yellow Komatsu excavator, Model GC25 was discovered stolen from 31079 N. Caravelle Road in Athol, Idaho

On Friday November 17, 2014, Kootenai County Detectives received a telephone call from a citizen of Kootenai County advising the location of the stolen Komatsu excavator in Bonner County, north of Spirit Lake. The Komatsu excavator was recovered and returned to its owner later that afternoon. At the present time the theft is an ongoing investigation with no one in custody.