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Cops, firefighters ready for Guns and Hoses hockey game

Cops, firefighters ready for Guns and Hoses hockey game

Local cops and firefighters are ready to battle it out on the ice Saturday night for the 2nd annual Guns and Hoses game in Coeur d'Alene.

They have serious day jobs, and it's not always that much fun, so the chance to get out on the ice and beat each other up a little bit is a welcome respite, especially since the game will support some great causes.

"It's going to be a huge event, even better than last year twice as big, three times ... I don't know it's going to be huge," Troy Speziale said.

Speziale and Taylor Carr hang out together every day in an ambulance.

"We got our minds together one day and over six weeks made this thing happen," Speziale said.

"It's going to be epic. It's gotten bigger and better, more prizes, more charities, the community has really come together," Carr added.

Carr attended the Guns and Hoses game in Spokane and wanted to bring the fun over to Kootenai County.

"We enjoy hockey and we decided lets use it and do some charity," Carr said.

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Controversy over delegates at Idaho GOP convention

A dispute over the number of delegates counties will be awarded is one of the biggest controversies facing Idaho's Republican convention.

Delegate numbers are critical as established candidates face off against tea party members over control of the party's agenda. Each side is vying for supporters as Republicans vote Friday on adding platform amendments, along with voting on a new state party chair.

One area of contention is how much representation Ada County - which holds one-sixth of the state's voters - will get.

Chairman Barry Peterson says he never received the committee assignments, forcing him only to appoint only four Ada County members to the committees, when it is allowed 34 members to participate on the panels. Ada County isn't the only region to be shorted delegates.

In a committee list obtained by The Associated Press, nearly 25 counties were shorted committee delegates. Meanwhile, another seven were given extra delegates.

Huckabee kicks off Idaho Republican convention

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is kicking off Idaho's Republican convention in front of hundreds of state delegates charged with selecting a new state chairman and amending the GOP platform.

The convention is taking place in Moscow, Idaho, over the next three days.

Huckabee received a warm welcome from the GOP delegates attending the event Thursday

The 2008 presidential contender's speech focused on limiting the federal government and strengthening states' rights.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will speak later at the convention. Paul is known for his libertarian views and is rumored to make a possible run in the 2016 presidential election.

Rathdrum man dies in aircraft crash in Montana

A 62-year-old Idaho man died when his small ultralight-style aircraft crashed in northwest Montana.

Authorities identified the victim as Cliff Daniels, of Rathdrum, Idaho.

The crash was reported about 7:15 a.m. Saturday at an RV resort near the Polson Airport. No one else was hurt and no RVs damaged.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Park renovation causes boat launch headache

For years people from all over have traveled to downtown Coeur d'Alene to enjoy everything the resort town has to offer.

Especially the arguably best feature of all, Lake Coeur d'Alene.

"I've been playing on Lake Coeur d'Alene since I was really little," said Rick Williams, Coeur d'Alene resident.

For some, the new addition of McEuen Field adds to the appeal of the area, for others it's a deterrent.

"Basically what they did was make a park out of a park," said Williams

Williams has been against the new park since the beginning, but even more so now since they took away the convenient boat parking at the third street boat launch. Now the closet spots for trailers are more than 100 yards away.

"It's more limited, it's more troublesome it's more time consuming," said Williams.

Williams also says there's fewer spots and the boat parking isn't labeled, so regular cars park in the long spaces. Meaning the only open spots remaining for boat trailers are behind city hall, even further away.

Major Crimes investigates fatal officer involved shooting in Coeur d'Alene

Major Crimes investigates fatal officer involved shooting in Coeur d'Alene

A Couer d'Alene man is dead after an officer involved shooting Friday night.

The shooting happened in the 400 block of East Dragonfly Road around 9 p.m.

A neighbor says he saw Coeur d'Alene Police entering both sides of a backyard and yelling at the man. Shots were fired shortly after.

"When I heard six or seven pop, you know at first it sounded like a gun but I thought it was just the neighboring kids who had graduated," said Kimberly Lucero.

Those who live close to scene can't believe something like this happened in the normally quiet neighborhood.

"It's really sad. I just moved in the neighborhood. Regardless of the situation good or bad, I feel bad for a mother losing her son," said Lucero.

Major Crimes, which consists of multiple agencies including the Idaho State Patrol, took over the investigation from Coueur d'Alene Police and were working well into Saturday morning.

"It is the protocol that they would take over the investigation so we make sure it's a very clean investigation and there is no bias whatsoever," explained Christie Wood with the Coeur d' Alene Police Department.

Working 4 You: Talking to Kids About School Violence

Working 4 You: Talking to Kids About School Violence

Mass shootings and school violence take a toll on all of us. But, imagine being a kid and having to process the idea they could be a target, just by heading to school. There are resources available to help you talk to your kids.

School violence is not new. The 1996 shooting at Frontier Jr. High in Moses Lake woke up a lot of people in Eastern Washington to the fact it really can happen here. But, with shootings happening more often, it's more likely your kids will be talking about the violence and could have some very real fears.

We asked parents on Facebook Friday how they handle these shootings when it comes to their kids. Some suggest arming faculty and staff, which Spokane Schools plan to do with school resource officers. Others suggest educating their kids at home to avoid the threat altogether. No matter what, you have to expect your kids will ask. What you tell them depends on how old they are and what you think they can handle.