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$3 million in technology grants available for Idaho schools

$3 million in technology grants available for Idaho schools

From the Idaho State Department of Education:


For the second year, schools across Idaho will have the opportunity to submit their ideas for what the next-generation classroom looks like and put them into action. It’s all part of the Idaho Technology Pilot Program, which received a second year of funding from the Idaho Legislature.

 

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Local adult spelling bee in need of contestants

Local adult spelling bee in need of contestants

Epic spelling bee showdowns have captivated the nation this year, and now’s your chance to spell your way to the top. The Kootenai County Adult Spelling is looking for teams to go head to head in a war of words.


The Coeur d’Alene branch of the American Association for University Women uses the spelling bee as fundraiser for scholarships. After years of book sales and yard sales, the AAUW decided to throw a spelling bee in 2012. Over the last two years it’s raised $5,000 in scholarship money.

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

President Obama announced Thursday eight million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, while enrollment numbers in Washington and Idaho have been relatively high so far,

According to Washington's insurance commissioner, 146,000 people signed up for private insurance in the first six months. In Idaho, 44,000 people signed up, making the Gem State second in the nation per capita. So why has it been so successful in our two states? Washington and Idaho created their own state-run exchanges, while many states didn't and rely on the federal government.

Washington and Idaho have their own online marketplaces for families to shop for insurance and, despite some challenges like website issues, they've proven to be effective in enrolling people for health care.

Deanna Davis with Better Health Together said sign-up numbers in eastern Washington were higher than expected.

"We did triple enrollments than what we projected to do in our 14 country region," Davis said.

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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Idaho State Board of Education approves tuition hikes

Idaho State Board of Education approves tuition hikes

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved tuition increases.

The board on Wednesday approved an increase of 4 percent at the University of Idaho and Boise State University.

Idaho State University will see a 3.5 percent increase and Lewis-Clark State College a 2 percent increase.

The increases mean full-time students at the University of Idaho will pay $6,784 a year and Boise State students will pay $6,640.

Idaho State University tuition rises to $6,566, while tuition at Lewis-Clark State College jumps to $5,900.

Boise State had asked for a 6.1 percent increase, while UI had asked for a 4.7 increase.

But the board said it wanted to hold increases to no more than 4 percent.

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.