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Man that killed wolf choosing to face jury

A Rathdrum man who shot and killed a wolf at the end of last year and ticketed for it is leaving it up to a jury to decide if he's guilty or not. Forrest Mize, 53 went to a pre-trial conference on Tuesday and said he passed up a plea deal offered by the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.

?I don't say I'm guilty when I'm not,? Mize said.

The retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander was cited with unlawful possession of an untagged animal at the beginning of the month. Mize was on one of his daily walks on his property on Rathdrum Mountain with his three dogs when he came across an animal crouching in the woods. Because there's been mountain lions in the area, Mize said he carries a rifle around whenever he's outside. Mize said the dogs were about 100 feet in front of him and notice the animal in the woods. Mize said it looked like the animal was getting ready to make a move, so he didn't take any chances and shot and killed it right there.

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Silver Mountain Resort celebrates the 12th Man with $12 lift tickets Sunday, Feb. 1

Silver Mountain Resort celebrates the 12th Man with $12 lift tickets Sunday, Feb. 1

Silver Mountain Resort said they are "deflating" the price of their lift tickets down to $12 Sunday, February 1st in honor of the Seahawks Superbowl appearance. The resort's lifts will operate from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. so skiers and snowboarders can get a full day of mountain fun in before the big game.

Those who come to Silver Mountain on Sunday for the game will also have the chance to win a season pass for the 2015-2016 season.

This is also the resort's 9th year running a special promotion in Noah's Canteen in the village. Here is how it works: If the second half kickoff is returned for a touchdown everyone present in the bar with an open tab at that time will receive a free season pass for the 2015-2016 season.

Although that seems unlikely, the resort noted that a kickoff return for a touch down has happened at the beginning of the second half for the last two years. First by Baltimore Ravens speedster Jacoby Jones returning the ball 108 yards for a touchdown setting an NFL postseason record, then last year Percy Harvin did it for the Seahawks.

Officers justified in Marcus Rael shooting in Post Falls

Twelve officers have been found justified in their exchange of gunfire with Marcus Rael over the summer in Post Falls.�

Police say the 24-year-old led them on a high-speed chase on interstate 90 through Kootenai County. Police say Rael fired multiple shots at them. No officers were hit.

Officers say they resisted shooting at Rael at first, even after he had fired several shots at them.�

The Bonner County prosecutor found the 12 officers were justified in their use of force. Rael was shot multiple times.

Rael's trial is set for March 31.

Snowshoes and shovels, area mountains become classroom for a day

Local high school students are ditching the classroom and heading to the mountains to learn about snowpack and its effect on water quality and drought. The Confluence Project takes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to the next level, exposing students to the applications of science as it relates to the watershed and their community through field-based experiments.

On Wednesday, January 28, students from Post Falls High School will travel to Mount Spokane and snowshoe a couple miles up the mountain to the Bald Knob shelter. Working in teams, they will dig large snow pits, collecting data about the snow pack and moisture levels.

On Friday, February 6, students from Lake City High School will conduct similar experiments at Lookout Pass, as will students from St. Maries High School on Wednesday, February 11.

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North Idaho College to hold play auditions Jan. 26 & 27

North Idaho College to hold play auditions Jan. 26 & 27

The North Idaho College Theatre Department is holding open auditions for the play “The Misanthrope,” at 6:00 p.m. January 26th and 27th in Boswell Hall Room 001.

“The Misanthrope” was written by Moliere and adapted by Timothy Mooney. This comedy focuses on the games people play with each other in order to increase their status.  

Production dates are April 16-19 and April 23-25. Rehearsals will be Monday-Friday from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. beginning February 2nd. Scripts will be available in Boswell Hall Room 214.

There are openings for five to eight men and three to six women of various ages – mostly 20s and 30s. The play will be directed by NIC Theatre Instructor Joe Jacoby.

The CD'A Public Library will host a magical night of events for Harry Potter fans

The CD'A Public Library will host a magical night of events for Harry Potter fans

Members of the Wizarding Community in North Idaho will gather Friday, February 6th, at 6:00 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library to celebrate the stories and characters created by J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter book series.

However, the library did note that muggles are also welcome to attend this event.

The Harry Potter Book Night, in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., will feature costume contests, crafts, games, and special wizarding snacks based on the popular seven-book series. A Harry Potter movie will be shown on the big screen beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free, but participants are asked to register in advance at the Seagraves Children’s Library so the staff can plan to have enough craft and other materials on hand.

Bavarian Fest at Lookout Pass Jan. 25

Bavarian Fest at Lookout Pass Jan. 25

Lookout Pass will host a Bavarian Fest on Sunday, January 25th.

The ski are promises everything from live Bavarian music, beer tasting from local breweries, and classic brats that will be grilled outside.

Tri-State Outfitters will also be in attendance for a ski and snowboard demo at the bottom of chair 1.