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Coeur d'Alene Police reviewing cold case disappearances

One of the most scenic and popular locations in Coeur d'Alene ? Tubbs Hill ? will always have the shadow of a cold case it. Twenty-seven years later though police still believe someone out there knows something that can help find two women.

Disappearing without a trace is impossible. There's always a clue, a person of interest or a hint that in hindsight will reveal what happened to a missing person. But for nearly three decades now, that's never been the case for Deborah Jean Swanson and Sally Anne Stone.

"We have vowed that we will never give up hope, we will keep looking," Sergeant Christie Wood with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department said.

Every year, Wood tries to dredge up clues in this very cold case. She's hoping interest in the recent story out of Ohio, where three missing women were found alive in a home near where they were abducted, will lead to a break in Swanson and Stone's case.

"The Ohio women are in the news and we certainly hope that spurs the public interest to remember back in 1986 what did they see? What did they know? Was there somebody suspicious?" Wood said.

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"Race the Joe" is a Go

Jet boat races are a go for St. Maries Idaho. 'Race the Joe' jet boat committee members received an email confirming the United States Coast Guard is confident it will issue a permit for the race scheduled for May 17 through 19 on the St. Joe River in St. Maries.

The race was in jeopardy after a small group of people requested an environmental impact statement weeks before the race date. That statement usually takes 135 days to complete.

"I think the small towns like this look at little events such as the jet boat races to drive people, tourism, into the community," said St. Maries grocery store owner Brian McGregor.

The permit will allow the board to obtain race insurance. Without insurance the race would not have been sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association. There was concern about the impact the boats would have on eagles in the area.

NIC hosts free Mother's Day Concert in the park

NIC hosts free Mother's Day Concert in the park

The weather will be warm this weekend and as you're looking for ways to celebrate your mom on Sunday afternoon you may want to stop by Coeur d'Alene City Park for the North Idaho College Wind Symphony and Chamber Singer's annual Mother's Day Concert. 

The concert will feature music from the days before shopping malls and moving pictures when city parks were the place to gather for holiday entertainment. Band Director Terry Jones and Choral Instructor Max Mendez will conduct songs from the Sousa era as well as songs like "America" from Westside Story among others.

The annual Mother's Day Concert is Sunday, May 12th at 2pm in Coeur d'Alene City Park. The concert is free to the public. 

Kyra Wine defies the odds

Kyra Wine defies the odds

In 2008, three-year-old Kyra Wine became the victim of the worst case of child abuse in Benewah County history, her injuries so severe doctor's amputated her feet. Now, five years later, she's an active, happy eight-year-old girl.

The abuse Kyra and her sister Amanda endured is heartbreaking and unimaginable but now they are thriving.

"Every birthday, yeah, every birthday is special," Kyra's grandma, Deanna Wine said.

For her eighth birthday, Kyra didn't ask for anything special.

"I just let them get whatever they want," Kyra said.

Making the gifts on her grandma's kitchen table an even bigger surprise; a birthday is always a big deal when you're a kid, but when you're Kyra, each candle carries more than a wish. They're a symbol of survival, a light of hope.

"When this all happened with Kyra the doctors said that basically she had hours," Deanna said. "If she hadn't been taken to the hospital she had just hours to live."

On June 17, 2008 Benewah County Sheriff's deputies responded to a home for a welfare check on Kyra, then three-years-old, and her six-year-old sister Amanda. They couldn't have found them any sooner.

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Women come together for Kootenai County Habitat for Humanity project

Habitat for Humanity is building its 37th home in Kootenai County and they have a special group helping out on the big project.

"Today we are building a house ... I am so excited," Holly Forshe said.

The house that Holly is working on is being built by a group of 70 women who volunteered as part of Women's Build Week.

"Women built the house; we can do it ?a little Rosie the Riveter," Forshe said.

Holly Forshe means business.

"I don't have any experience with power tools and I thought how fun would that be and already I'm great with a nail gun and I feel powerful," she said.

They may not have had any experience when they started, but as their work progresses they're mastering all the tools of the trade to build a house from the foundation up to the roof.

"Someone is going to own this house and they are going to love it," Forshe said. "We came out as a community and did something special for other community members."

These ladies building this home love giving back to their community.

St. Maries community fighting to 'Race the Joe'

'Race the Joe,' a highly anticipated racing event in St. Maries, Idaho, is in danger of being cancelled if organizers can't get a permit in the next week and a half. The organizers are saying that, permit or not, the show will go on.

This would have been the first time St. Maries hosted the 'Race the Joe' here on the St. Joe River. Last year they held a leg of the world races for the first time and based on that experience many people in town was excited to see the return of the jet boats.

"It was all just a plus, plus for the area. We had everybody from old grandmas to little kids jumping up and down on the shores and enjoying the heck out of the day," area resident John Walters said.

"They use the river for part of the day, for two days, in exchange it brings suitcases full of money to this broke town," he added.

He was also planning on attending St. Maries' first ever 'Race the Joe' jet boat race to be held May 17 through 19 but the permit for the race was just denied by the Coast Guard because a small group asked for an environmental impact study at the last minute.

An environmental impact study takes 135 days to complete.

Upcoming events at CDA Public Library

Upcoming events at CDA Public Library

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library has a great line up of programs over the next two weeks for every one from kids to teens and adults. 

Wednesday, May 8th: Folk Singers Hank & Claire are presenting two concerts, one for youth, "Every Song a Story," at 11:00 am, and a family concert, "Heart of the Matter," at 7:00pm. Both are in the Community Room and are made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, May 9th, 7pm: "The Road to Statehood", a lecture series marking the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Idaho Territory, will feature regional historian Robert Singletary's lecture, "Trails to Train Tracks," on the role of transportation.

Monday, May 13th, 4pm: The Young Adult Book Club will meet in the Gozzer Room

Thursday, May 15th, 4pm: Teen Gaming Tournament, Call of Duty 2, Black Ops in the Gozzer Room

Saturday, May 18th, 1pm: Teen volunteering information session in the Jameson Room. 

For information on Young Adult and Teen events contact the Young Adult Coordinator, Laura Jenkins, (208) 769-2315 Ext. 469 or by email ljenkins@cdalibrary.org