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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.

Lightning strike kills 4 cows, calf in N. Idaho

Four cows and a calf died in northern Idaho after being hit by lightning.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the lightning strike on Wednesday killed the livestock owned by Hayden-area rancher John Symons.

Symons estimates the loss at $4,500.

Silverwood Theme Park spokesman Mark Robitaille says numerous trees fell in the recreational vehicle park and that some damaged RVs.

No injuries were reported.

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

The fur was flying Tuesday night at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse as one of the final dress rehearsals got underway for this Friday's opening of Avenue Q.

The smash hit first debuted on Broadway in 2003, taking home Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, and the cast of Lake City's production does their best to keep up the wild spirit of the show.

With a large cast, but only three human characters, many of the actors take a back seat to their puppet partners – providing a voice, but blending into the background.

“The biggest challenge is just finding the balance between the people and the puppets. If the actor is pushing too hard, you're focusing on them and not the puppet. So it's finding the right balance where you feel like you're watching the puppet but getting emotion from the person. It's a tricky little thing, but when it's right it's lovely,” said Director Troy Nickerson. It's an art form that took weeks to perfect.

First responders rescue dog from irrigation ditch

First responders rescue dog from irrigation ditch

Police and firefighters in Post Falls took a break from chasing criminals and fighting fires to rescue a golden retriever that was injured and unable to move from an old irrigation ditch near Falls Park.

"People don't realize that a police officer is a jack of all trades; we respond to a variety of different calls for service," Post Falls Police Chief Scott Haug said.

Monday night's call for service found officers responding to Falls Park, where a golden retriever mix was trapped in an irrigation ditch. Post Falls Police and Kootenai County firefighters responded to the scene where the dog had been injured and left in the ditch.

First responders were able to stabilize the dog and carried him out of the ditch.

"The dog was obviously dehydrated, if i were to guess, at least a day, it's really hard to tell how long," Haug said.

"Not only was the dog put into a basket and it was carried out of the channel it was put on a stretcher and transported to the pet hospital and that's the first time I have seen that happen," Haug added.