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New Golden Corral bringing 125 jobs to Coeur d'Alene

New Golden Corral bringing 125 jobs to Coeur d'Alene

Golden Corral Buffet and Grill will open a new Coeur d’Alene location on Thursday morning. The 8,000 square foot restaurant is expected to bring 125 new jobs to the community.


The franchise is owned by Larry Leavitt, Paul Henderson, Russell Fotheringham and Gary Henderson. Paul Henderson will also serve as the restaurant's General Manager.

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Police: Suspicious package, threat was prank

A suspicious package left outside a northern Idaho apartment was likely meant as an April Fools' Day joke, Rathdrum police say.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports residents were evacuated and the Spokane Bomb Squad was called in to investigate Tuesday evening.

Writing on the outside of the package -- a shoebox taped shut -- warned it was filled with a poison that would kill anyone who opened it.

But when the bomb squad used an X-ray to look at the box's contents, it was empty.

N. Idaho police push for crisis center

A northern Idaho county sheriff and four area police chiefs have signed a letter written by a state senator requesting that Coeur d'Alene get a behavioral-health crisis center.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger, Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Ron Clark, Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug, Rathdrum Police Chief Kevin Fuhr, and Spirit Lake Police Chief Keith Hutcheson signed the document.

Republican State Sen. John Goedde of Coeur d'Alene wrote the letter.

The Idaho Legislature has approved money for a facility but Boise and Idaho Falls are also being considered for the $1.52 million approved by lawmakers for the facility.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare requested money to operate three crisis centers, but lawmakers only passed funding for one.

NIC accepting Alumni Awards nominations

NIC accepting Alumni Awards nominations

From North Idaho College:


The NIC Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations for its annual alumni awards. Nominations are due May 15.

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Silverwood to hire 1,300 employees

Silverwood to hire 1,300 employees

Hundreds of people visited the Kootenai County Fairgrounds on Saturday for the Silverwood Job Fair.

Silverwood Theme Park is hoping to hire a total 1,300 people. Most of the available positions are seasonal, May to October, but they are looking to fill some full-time positions as well.

"It's a great summer job, it's fun, they can earn free tickets for their friends and family, and it's a great first job for those who are looking for a first job," said John Jachim, of Silverwood.

There are still plenty of opportunities to apply to work at Silverwood. Applicants can go online to www.workatsilverwood.com? and fill out an application, or go to one of the two remaining job fairs. Job fairs will be held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds April 5 and 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.





Vietnam vet receives medals 44 years later

Vietnam vet receives medals 44 years later

A Coeur d'Alene man who participated in two combat tours in Southeast Asia with the 101st Airborne Division finally received awards for valor Thursday he earned more than 40 years ago in the jungles of Vietnam.

It was due to a paperwork mistake that former Army Sgt. Leon Strigotte had to wait 44 years to receive several medals he earned in Vietnam. The Idaho Army National Guard made sure to thank him for his service, with the state's Guard commander, Brig. Gen. John Goodale, on hand to present Strigotte his awards.

Guardsman and fellow combat veterans manned the hallways of the Idaho Army Guard armory in Post Falls Friday to welcome Strigotte, who served two tours in Vietnam between 1967 and 1969. During his service, he was wounded three times -- once during the Tet Offensive in March 1968 and in the Central Highlands in August and again in December of 1969.

During Tet, Strigotte was injured in a land mine explosion, was rehabilitated and then asked to go back. After his second wound in late 1969 he was sent home. He was later awarded three Purple Hearts for being wounded in combat, but the other medals he had earned were lost due to a clerical error.

Kootenai County Fairgrounds building new entryway

Kootenai County Fairgrounds building new entryway

The Kootenai County Fairgrounds broke ground on a new project this week. In honor of the County’s 150th Anniversary, the Fairgrounds is getting a new grand entryway.


So far, 10 public sponsors have raised over $100,000 for the upgrade. Donors include: