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Coeur d'Alene to address McEuen vandalism problem

McEuen Park is a popular spot to hang out, but lately it's been getting a lot of vandalism, specifically in the parking garage, and now Coeur d'Alene is looking at ways to address the problem.

City staff say they're seeing a lot of vandalism at the parking garage from large groups of people just hanging out, so they've drafted an ordinance that would give police the ability to ticket people who loiter.

According to the city there have been more than 100 police calls for service in that area since opening in March, many of them for disruptive behavior within the parking structure like car break-ins, graffiti and drag racing.

?We're kind of dealing with the aftermath, if there's a mess made or vandalism,? Coeur d'Alene Police Sergeant Christie Wood said.

Police say right now they can only encourage people to leave who aren't using the structure for what it's intended for, but if the ordinance passes they could fine offenders.

Wood said its a good move however she wants to see one major change in the ordinance being proposed.

Leave the firewood at home to keep forests safe

Leave the firewood at home to keep forests safe

The Idaho Department of Lands is reminding outdoor enthusiasts who are planning to camp this Labor Day weekend to leave the firewood at home!

As millions of Americans head into the wilderness for a weekend of fun, many bring their own firewood, not realizing that they put the nation's forests at risk by potentially spreading tree-killing pests. While most of these pests can't travel far on their own, many can hitchhike undetected on firewood, later emerging and starting infestations in new locations hundreds of miles away.

The Don't Move Firewood campaign began in 2007 as a response to the rapid spread of the emerald ash borer, an Asian beetle brought to the US in pre-packaged wood and responsible for killing 100 million ash trees since the early 1990's.

More than 450 other non-native forest insects and diseases are also established in the United States, many spread the same way.

Five dollar gun lock could have prevented accidental shooting

Five dollar gun lock could have prevented accidental shooting

A seven-year-old Hayden, Idaho boy is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, and there was a $5 fix available that could have protected him.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said the boy was with another child playing with a gun when it went off.

Neighbors said Sunday that the family was getting ready to move and so the gun was likely being packed away but, regardless, the staff at Sharp Shooting in Spokane said the gun shouldn't have been in an area where the kids could get it. If there was any problem with keeping the gun safe Jeremy Ball at Sharp Shooting said there are little to no cost ways to keep them locked up.

"It's definitely a sad case and it's something that could have easily been prevented," Ball said.

When Ball heard that a boy had been shot in the head from playing with a gun with another child he wondered why the gun was accessible in the first place.

"You can't leave it lying around. You need to do something to keep that gun secure and preferably out of sight as well," he said.

Police arrest suspect in shooting outside CDA bar

Police arrest suspect in shooting outside CDA bar

Coeur d'Alene Police have arrested a man suspected of firing a gun at the Corner Bar on Saturday night.

Officers responded to the scene at 1628 North 4th Street just after 10 p.m. for reports of a disturbance.

An officer was told that a man had a gun and had fired it in the north parking lot of the bar. That officer chased after the suspect to the area of 5th and Spruce, where Coeur d'Alene K9 Officer A.J. Winstead and her partner Pecco were deployed to track the suspect. They were unable to locate him.

One man suffered a minor leg injury due to the discharge of the gun. He was not transported for medical treatment.

Just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, police arrested Erik Henninger, 32, of Coeur d'Alene for felony Aggravated Assault and felony Aggravated Battery.

Police looking for suspect in Zip Trip robbery

Police looking for suspect in Zip Trip robbery

Police are searching for a suspect after a Coeur d'Alene Zip Trip was robbed just before midnight Sunday night.

Coeur d'Alene police say the man entered the Zip Trip on the 700 block of East Sherman and demanded cash. He then fled the scene.

Police and Kootenai County sheriff's deputies were unable to locate him.

He's described as at least six feet tall and was dressed in dark clothing with lighter colored pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coeur d'Alene police at 208-769-2320.

Kootenai Electric takes the ALS Ice Bucket plunge

Kootenai Electric takes the ALS Ice Bucket plunge

Water and electricity aren't supposed to mix, but that didn't stop 20 employees of Kootenai Electric Cooperative from participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this morning.

All KEC employees made their own donations, which are being matched by KEC.

The company also nominated Avista Utilities, Clearwater Power, Northern Lights Electric Cooperative and Vera Water and Power to follow in their footsteps.

Avista hosting fall energy fairs

Avista hosting fall energy fairs

Avista is hosting a free energy fair to help homeowners manage their home energy bills, including demonstrations and free energy-saving materials to help keep homes comfortable and safe for the winter ahead.

It will be held Tuesday, August 26 from 3 pm until 6 pm at the Avista Pavilion in Coeur d'Alene's McEuen Park. People who attend the Avista Energy Fair will find the following benefits:

Demonstrations of how to install energy efficiency materials like rope caulk, window plastic and v-seal. Then receive free samples of these and other materials to install at home.

Complimentary food and beverages, door prizes and activities for the kids.

Speak with Avista staff and learn about low-cost and no-cost energy effiency tips.