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Coeur d'Alene pub becomes community Thanksgiving table

A Coeur d'Alene pub put the alcohol on hold Thursday to serve up free Thanksgiving meals. The Fedora Pub and Grille�had more than a thousand people from all walks of life come through the door�for dinner.

"Whoever needs a place to go on Thanksgiving, we just invite them in," Owner John Malee said.

Malee and his wife, Mallory started the tradition four years ago.

?When we started it, everyone was in trying times,? Malee said.

It's an intimate, yet communal event. Each person has their own chair, no benches. The tables have linens. Servers take drink orders and bring out food. Live music plays in the background while football is on television.

"It's been really nice,? Debbie James said.

At the James family household, Thanksgiving is usually a big event.

"We usually get together with my family and we have about 40 or 50 people," James said.

However, this year the family was scattered. Instead of making dinner for five, the family headed down to The Fedora to spend Thanksgiving with the community.

?I think I will do this from now on," James said.

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Silver Mountain Resort to open Nov. 29 and 30

Silver Mountain Resort to open Nov. 29 and 30

Silver Mountain Resort will open for skiing, boarding, tubing, snowshoeing and scenic rides Saturday, November 29th and Sunday, November 30th. The first gondola will load at 8:15 a.m., skiing and tubing will start at 9:00 a.m. and go until 4:00 p.m. The resort is currently evaluating a possible opening for Friday, November 28th and will have an update on that plan in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day, pending weather conditions.

This will be a limited opening for skiing and boarding with select runs open along with chairs 1, 2 and the carpet lift. We will be offering reduced price lift tickets for skiers and boarders with adult tickets at $29.95 and youth tickets at $27.95.

According to Silver Mountain there is currently a 16 inch base at the Mountain House and 24 inches at Kellogg Peak. They also noted that NOAA is forecasting another storm system for Friday, the 28th and they will be opening more terrain as conditions permit.

For more information visit their website http://www.silvermt.com/.

Sheriff's Deputy promoted to Sergeant

Sheriff's Deputy promoted to Sergeant

On November 26, 2014, Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Wagar was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Jail Bureau.


Sergeant Wagar was hired by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in July of 2010 and assigned to the Jail Bureau as a Deputy Sheriff . Duties while assigned as a Jail Deputy included coordination of daily court transportation of inmates, floor deputy, and being a POST Certified instructor in Reporting Writing, In-Custody Death, and Instructor Development.


Coeur d'Alene prepares for the holidays

If you need a little help getting into the holiday spirit this year, take a trip to the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

Staff have been working since September to get everything holiday ready with 255 displays, a 60 ft. floating Christmas tree, and over 1 mil. lights. Some might even say that in Coeur d'Alene, it's the most wonderful time of the year.

Phillip Graham is one of the men responsible for decorating the hotel, he said the decorations help make the hotel feel warm and homey.

"It just provides a lot for our guests and even our passersby, our local community," Graham said.

With it being the 28th year of the Holiday Light Show and Journey to the North Pole Cruise, decorators continue to put themselves to the test. Hoping one time visitors will leave with an unforgettable experience, and long time residents will continue to be surprised by the creativity.

"This holiday lights show is wonderful, due to the fact that this community comes together," said Graham.

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Lookout Pass Ski Area to open Friday

Opening day at Lookout Pass is scheduled for Friday, November 28th.  The majority of the front side of the mountain will be open with top to bottom skiing and riding off Chair #1.


The beginner triple chairlift, Chair #4, will also operate.  Lodge and rental shop open at 8:00 a.m.  Lifts will operate from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. PST.  Ski School ski, snowboard, and telemark lessons will be offered every day beginning at 9:00 a.m.


Lookout Pass received 7 inches of new snow overnight, and 15 inches since Saturday.  The base currently has 14-22 inches, and according to the pass it’s still snowing.


Reduced ticket rates will be in effect and will be announced later this week, as more terrain openings are probable. Lookout Pass says they will operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this week,  then reopen on Thursday, December 4 and resume their regular December operations, of Thursdays through Mondays.  


Updated information can be found at www.skilookout.com.

Holiday DUI emphasis in North Idaho

Holiday DUI emphasis in North Idaho

North Idaho law enforcement will be stepping up patrols in an efforts to reduce alcohol and drug related crashes, and get impaired drivers off the road. These patrols will take be put in place by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Idaho State Police, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Post Falls Police Department, Rathdrum Police Department, and Spirit Lake Police Department.


EPA gives tribe $165,000 environmental grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted $165,000 to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to pay for recycling, environmental and energy efficiency programs.
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The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the tribe has been receiving the federal grant program since 1997.
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Nationwide, EPA has awarded $31.8 million to the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program this year.
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Tribe spokeswoman Heather Keen says the funds have been used in the past to write grants for projects for wetlands planning and safely removing household hazardous waste.
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An EPA official says the grant program is critical for tribes to protect public health and the environment on their lands.
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More than 200 tribes received the federal grant dollars in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.