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McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

 McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she will seek her sixth term in the U.S. House from Washington's Fifth Congressional District.

McMorris Rodgers on Monday announced the kickoff of her re-election campaign. The Fifth District includes Spokane and the eastern third of the state.

McMorris Rodgers is a member of House Republican leadership and is the highest ranking GOP woman in Congress.

She says her top priorities have been to control federal spending and stop needless regulations.

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Coeur d'Alene man accused in party pistol-whipping

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on accusations that he pistol-whipped several people during a weekend party south of Athol.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Terry Clark of Coeur d'Alene was taken into custody Wednesday at a residence near Priest Lake just south of Coolin.

Kootenai County Sheriff's detectives obtained a felony warrant for Clark's arrest on four counts of aggravated battery.

Authorities say Clark became violent during the outdoor party last week and used a handgun to beat and injure partygoers.

CDA man alive, safe after deadly avalanche kills 12 on Mount Everest

CDA man alive, safe after deadly avalanche kills 12 on Mount Everest

Pete Erbland is a climbing junkie, he has been preparing for the clime of his life for months.

"He's been climbing over 10 years and he's been really almost just obsessed with Everest, it's the top of his list of things to do in his life," said Tiffany Erbland, Pete's wife.

On Friday Pete saw first hand the block of ice come crashing down the mountain.

"He said that they saw the chunk of ice like a city block big, just fall off and crash down," said Tiffany Erbland.

Tiffany received a call around 1:30am her time, when her husband broke the news to her.

"He was definitely upset, shocked, just glad to be safe, but it was as he said shell shocked. They all were," said Tiffany Erbland.

Pete left the Coeur d'Alene at the end of March and won't be returning until May. In the time he has been there he has grown exceptionally close to his own Sherpa. He told Tiffany many of the Sherpa were friends and family, and everyone is grieving.

"What he had told me about the Sherpa people before just how warm and wonderful they are and hard working," said Tiffany Erbland.

Five sherpa in Everest avalanche employed by Seattle guide service

Five sherpa in Everest avalanche employed by Seattle guide service

An avalanche on Mt. Everest has claimed the lives of 13 sherpa from Nepal, some of whom were working for a Seattle-based climbing company, in the single deadliest disaster on the tallest mountain in the world.

Witnesses said the deadly avalanche came out of nowhere during the early morning hours as the guides had gone to set up ropes for hundreds of climbers gathered at base camp.

Among the dead were five sherpa who were contracted through the Seattle guide company Alpine Ascents.

Local climber Kay Leclaire summated Everest in 2009, used Alpine Ascents before and has been to the exact spot where the sherpa were killed.

"They were wonderful strong people," Leclaire said.

When she summited Everest in 2009, Chhewang Nima Sherpa was by her side. The next year he was killed while climbing.

Sherpa are native mountain people who are extremely fit. Many have climbed Everest multiple times.

"Most climbers, the majority of us, would not be able to summit Everest without their help," Leclaire said.

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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.

 

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.