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NIC holding free Spring Choral Concert

NIC holding free Spring Choral Concert

North Idaho College will present its Spring Choral Concert on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at NIC's Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Cardinal Chorale will perform songs from musicals Phantom of the Opera and Man of LaMancha, as well as arrangements from The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The Chamber Singers plan to perform Guiseppe Verdi’s “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” or “Va, pensiero” from the opera, Nabucco and "Evening Prayer" from Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretl.

For more information, check out the press release below.

Press release:

North Idaho College will present its Spring Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center.

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N. Idaho tribe says state poker ban doesn't apply

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe in northern Idaho plans to offer poker after deciding Idaho's constitutional ban on the game doesn't apply to the tribal-owned casino.

The Spokesman-Review reports the tribe has announced plans to open a poker room on May 2.

The tribe says it will offer Texas Hold' Em and Omaha.

Tribe spokesman Helo Hancock says several legal opinions have led the tribe to conclude that poker is exempted from state regulation under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

But Jeff Anderson of the Idaho State Lottery Commission says poker isn't exempt.

Anderson has asked the National Indian Gaming Commission to make a determination.

Commission spokesman Eric Shepard says the commission is working through an analysis.

Meanwhile, the tribe has hired poker dealers.

N. Idaho kidnapper gets life sentence

N. Idaho kidnapper gets life sentence

A 58-year-old homeless man who kidnapped a Rathdrum woman in northern Idaho has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Mitchell Lee Walck received the sentence Tuesday in 1st District Court and must serve 20 years before being eligible for parole.

Walck in February pleaded guilty to robbery, second-degree kidnapping and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

In late 2012 Walck shot at Idaho police and eluded them during a car chase. He kidnapped a northern Idaho woman, using her vehicle, and traveled to Montana, where he released her unharmed.

He was taken into custody in North Dakota after pulling a gun on a trucker and being found hiding in a tractor-trailer.

He received a 10-year sentence for his crimes in North Dakota.

Suspicious item found in Spirit Lake

Suspicious item found in Spirit Lake

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday morning in the Middle Avenue area of Spirit Lake.

The Spirit Lake Police Department and other agencies are investigating the incident. Police are asking all area residents to stay in their homes unless contacted by law enforcement and asked to evacuate.

A reverse 911 message was sent to all residents east of 12th Ave. between Blackwell and Delaware to notify them of the situation.

All outside traffic is advised to avoid that area of town.

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McEuen Park construction on track for May grand opening

McEuen Park construction on track for May grand opening

It's been a decade in the making, with the last year and a half filled with closures and construction, but there's light at the end of the tunnel for Coeur d'Alene as McEuen Park is set to open in a matter of weeks.

Construction workers shifted over to a seven day schedule back in March to stay on track for the May 24 grand opening.

The park is 20 acres in the middle of Couer d'Alene, so businesses are obviously looking forward to the construction zones giving way to cars, pedestrians and most importantly customers.

"When this street is open we will be for sure busy because when the people who pass here will not have another option," Robson Kallai at Grille From Ipanema said.

"I know there's a lot of customers that are excited about getting up on Tubbs Hill again from both sides. Plus, just the parking alone we'll be nice in and out access," Andrew Pigott and Bakery By The Lake said.

The city anticipates opening the east side of the park on May 2 but city officials say some people are getting a head start on the fun.

Post Falls Library welcomes acclaimed Turkish vocalist

Post Falls Library welcomes acclaimed Turkish vocalist

From the Community Library Network:

Acclaimed Turkish folk vocalist Aysenur Kolivar will perform at the Community Library Network at Post Falls on Monday, April 21 at 6 p.m.

Poisoned eagle recovers, returns to the wild

A young poisoned bald eagle on the brink of death has made a full recovery thanks to a North Idaho group.

It's not uncommon to find eagles at the Kootenai County Fighting Creek Farm Landfill. Employees say they see them all the time. However last week when one of the employees saw one that looked injured he did the right thing; kept people away and then called in the experts.

Usually when Eric Reis approaches eagles they fly away. This one didn't.

"And we got within a couple feet of it, so I thought something's wrong with that eagle, you know," said Kootenai County Landfill employee Eric Reis.

The young eagle made a few failed attempts to get airborne but another eagle started to attack the immature bird, so Reis called wildlife officials.

"It really was kinda acting drunk. It flipped on its back and then it stooped forward," said Reis.

Wildlife officials then called in raptor biologist and Birds of Prey Northwest executive director Janie Fink.