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Man indicted in murder of mother and daughter in Post Falls

A Grand Jury has charged a Post Falls man in the double homicide of a woman and her 6-year-old daughter.�

Angel Morales Larranaga, 24, was handed up an indictment of two counts of first degree murder. He is charged with killing his wife, 24-year-old Facunda Valenzuelaleon and her daughter on July 8.

The Grand Jury said Larranaga willfully killed the two with premeditation.�

A trial will be set for the near future.�

Local game designer looking for success with Kingdoms in Peril

If you're a board game enthusiast who's always on the lookout for a new addition, you may want to check out local Spokane designer Thomas Kaufman and his fast-paced, highly competitive card game Kingdoms in Peril.

I had the chance to sit down and learn Kingdoms recently, and picked it up almost immediately. Set in the ancient middle east (the cards themselves designed with historical carvings from 700 BC, featured in the British museum), each player builds their own kingdom of villages and towns with their capital as the crowning jewel.

Once set-up is complete, players then go to work building a hand of cards that houses their armies, equipment and defensive tactics before turning on each other in an ancient battle royal. To the victor go the spoils, and with a two-hour time limit the winner is declared by either a tally of points (each village, town and city has a numbered value when captured) or when one kingdom emerges victorious.

Large scale watershed restoration in Idaho panhandle

Large scale watershed restoration in Idaho panhandle

The Idaho Panhandle National Forest announced some big improvements to the Moose Drool Watershed Project this year. The project will improve 21 fish passages, 3 miles of in-stream fish habitat and supplement in-stream woody debris with more than 1,000 pieces.

This project is the largest of its kind ever to take place in north Idaho, improving water quality and fish habitat while providing jobs for the local economy.

Significant work on this project will begin this summer and is expected to continue through early October. Contractors will complete the project in summer 2015.

Ongoing work includes rail bed decommissioning and removal, decommissioning of impassable roads, road and trail reconstruction and in-stream improvements.

Forest visitors in the area should be away of several temporary road and trail closures as a result of the work:

Coeur d'Alene boy raises thousands for Type 1 Diabetes foundation

Coeur d'Alene boy raises thousands for Type 1 Diabetes foundation

An young boy from Coeur d'Alene has a disease some might think of as limiting, but 11-year-old Carson Magee is refusing to let Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) hold him back.

Since he was diagnosed four years ago, Carson has helped raise thousands for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through various fundraisers and contests.

Most recently he was invited down to Denver, Colorado as the creator of the winning design for the “Our Everyday Heroes Race Car Design Contest” for JDRF, hosted by Ford Customer Service Division and its brands Motocraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers.

Carson's design honors firefighters, EMTs, police and all branches of the armed forces.

“I have an EMT friend and a firefighter friend who both have T1D so I thought I would put them on the car,” said Carson. “I also have a friend who wants to be in the military and she also has T1D so I put her symbol on there too.”

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.

Two men rescued from truck in Fernan Lake

Two men rescued from truck in Fernan Lake

Two men from north Idaho had to be fished out of Fernan Lake early Tuesday morning after their vehicle left the road.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and Coeur d'Alene Police were both dispatched to the single-vehicle accident call on Fernan Lake Road after a caller reported a vehicle had driven off the road and into the lake.

Law enforcement arrived to find a 2006 Chevrolet pickup in the lake, partially submerged in a few feet of water and resting on the driver's side. Both the driver and passenger were standing on the side of the truck and needed assistance back to shore and up a steep embankment.

The driver was identified as 39-year-old Kristopher Corey of Hayden and did not suffer any injuries. His passenger, 30-year-old Adrian El-Qare from Coeur d'Alene, was taken to Kootenai Health with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and it is unknown if anyone will face charges at this time.

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.