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Kootenai County Sheriff's Office patrol sergeants embody true service to the community

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office patrol sergeants embody true service to the community

Sergeant Jon Brandel was patrolling in the City of Dalton Gardens on December 12 when he saw a small sedan heading eastbound on Hanley Ave., just after 5:00 p.m. The car was traveling at a very slow pace with several other cars following.


Sergeant Brandel reported it appeared the driver of the car was having some difficulty, and kept pulling into the bicycle lane. He stopped the car and contacted the driver, who turned out to be an 89 year old Dalton Gardens resident.

 

The driver told Sergeant Brandel she couldn’t see well, and was just trying to get back to her house. She went on to say she had gone to the store for groceries because she had been out for a few days and was starting to get hungry. She said she hadn’t planned on being out so long and when she started for home, it became dark and started to rain, so she was having difficulty locating her residence.


As Sergeant Brandel was attempting to locate a family member to assist her, Sergeant Ward Crawford arrived on scene and stayed with her.

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Cd'A Public Library to host Open Mic Night as part of new program aimed at Millennials

Cd'A Public Library to host Open Mic Night as part of new program aimed at Millennials

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library is working to create programs that appeal to the 20 and 30 somethings in the community.

On Thursday, January 8th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., the library will host is debut event for Millennial Meetups, which is geared toward people in their 20s and 30s.

The kick off event will be an Open Mic Night. Participants can share a song, a poem, their writing, a stand-up routine, or whatever other forms of performance they'd like to share. The library will provide microphones, an audio hookup with standard 1/8th inch stereo plug, coffee, and other refreshments. Participants just need to bring their talent.

Sign ups will begin at 5:45 p.m. on January 8th, and will be located in the library Community Room at 702 E. Front Ave.

The library expects to host monthly Millennial Meetups programs in the immediate future. People can share their own suggestions for what they'd like to see the library offer. To submit these suggestions, or to receive more information, contact the library at info@cdalibrary.org or call 208-769-2315.

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


 

"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

STCU awards total of $5,000 to help teens make a difference

STCU awards total of $5,000 to help teens make a difference

A group of students from Mead High School will receive $2,500 through STCU’s Hundred Dollar Project, for making blankets for foster children at the Hutton Settlement.

 

Another Mead group received $1,500 for a separate project to help kids at Sally’s House, while a group from Coeur d’Alene’s Lake City High School received $1,000 for a literacy project.

 

See videos produced by the three winning teams at hundreddollarproject.org.

 

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The Christmas Light House will brighten N. Idaho Dec. 15-22

The Christmas Light House will brighten N. Idaho Dec. 15-22

 

People in Hayden, Idaho can enjoy some Christmas cheer by visiting The Christmas Light House, located on 1473 W. Cardinal Ave., now through December 22. The free event promises Christmas lights, carolers, treats, and pictures with Santa each night.

 

According to event coordinator, Jeremy Morris, decorations have been going up on this house since September. Morris also said a live camel, named Dolly, will be present this at the event Thursday through Saturday.

 

Additionally, each night at the 7:45 p.m., candles and Christmas song books will be distributed for community-wide candlelight caroling.

 

The event will run each night from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Visitors are asked to park their vehicles at North Star Baptist Church parking lot at 8415 Ramsey Rd. Hayden, Idaho 83835

 

Flu vaccine still effective, and available in N. Idaho

Flu vaccine still effective, and available in N. Idaho

Panhandle Health District and Kootenai Health are urging northern Idaho residents to get their flu shots.

 

Last season, the CDC estimated around 35 million Americans got the flu — 1 out of every 9 people. Of those, over 50,000 died. This season is predicted to be more severe, likely affecting millions more.

 

“It is still too early to know exactly how many people will be affected by the flu this year,” said Walt Fairfax, M.D., Kootenai Health’s chief medical officer. “But what we do know is that flu vaccinations have prevented millions of illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths across the country.”

 

According to the Panhandle Health District, there is false information going around that because of a mutated strain of H3N2 influenza circulating, the flu vaccine is no longer effective. Regardless of the strain, Dr. Fairfax said the flu vaccine is still the single best protection.

 

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office disperses funds from No Shave November campaign

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office disperses funds from No Shave November campaign

During the month of November, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office participated in the “No Shave November” campaign to raise awareness and funds to prevent cancer, save lives, fund research, educate, and aid those with cancer.


Sheriff’s Office employees, with assistance from the Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, successfully raised $2000.00 during the campaign.


The funds were divided between two families that have been afflicted with cancer; $500.00 was donated to the mother of KCSO Emergency Communications Officer (ECO) Kayla Asher. Kayla’s mother was recently diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. The remaining $1500.00 was donated to “Shalena’s Breakfast with Santa” to support seven year old Serina Robles in her battle with leukemia.


Now that the month-long campaign has ended and the grooming standards at the Sheriff’s Office have been reinstated, the sheriff's office asks that everyone continue to support research, education, and those afflicted with the disease.