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Family, friends mourn loss of Scott Shawver

Family, friends mourn loss of Scott Shawver

Post Falls is mourning the loss of a popular businessman after Gary "Scott" Shawver lost his life on Lake Coeur d'Alene Saturday afternoon.

Shawver jumped into the lake to retrieve another person's hat that had blown off in a passing storm but wasn't able to get back to the boat.

The lake is about 160 feet deep where Shawver was last seen struggling in the waves. It's too deep off of Stevens Point for divers but not a side-scanning sonar that scans the bottom. Searchers will cruise a well marked out grid path until they are able to find him.

Lake Coeur d'Alene was placid Monday but Saturday, when a powerful storm plowed through, it looked more like the open sea.

"All of a sudden, a wave of wind just came down the lake and stared driving the water," Logan Hendricks said.

From his cabin, perched above Stevens Point, Hendricks watched the drama unfold.

"I saw two gentlemen in the water try to, I'm not quite sure what they were trying to do, and now that I've heard the story, that's what they were trying to do is help the individual," Hendricks said.

Deputies search for missing man in Lake Coeur d'Alene

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is looking for reported drowning victim in Lake Coeur d'Alene.

On Saturday at about 7:30 p.m. the Kootenai County Sheriff?s Office responded to the area of Stevens Point, in Lake Coeur d?Alene, due south of Tubbs Point, for a reported drowning.

The victim has been identified as Gary S. ?Scotty? Shawver, 57 years old of Post Falls, ID. Shawver is a well-known businessman in the Post Falls area.

Once marine and dive units arrived, they learned that Shawver had jumped into the water after an item that fell from their boat. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time and was unable to make it back to the boat.

The Sheriff?s Dive Rescue Team deployed divers into the water, but they were not successful in locating the male. The water depth in the area is approximately 130-140 feet.

Once the weather clears, the Sheriff?s SONAR team will respond and attempt to locate the male.�

Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

As the crisis in Gaza and Israel plays out, the world is paying attention online. That's where most of us get our information, and it could be influencing how we view the conflict.

Many of us see the world through an internet filter and that can be dangerous when it comes to forming opinions about major issues such as the conflict in the Middle East.

If you use Facebook, for example, your news is processed through a filter of things you are most likely to "like." It may keep you engaged with the story, but you will only be fed information that agrees with your point of view or that of your friends.

And Facebook isn't the only company that uses these algorithms to filter you news feed.

Eli Pariser, author of "The Filter Bubble," has warned about the dangers of internet customization. He points out that a Google search of a country or conflict will yield completely different results for different users, dependent upon what they have viewed in the past.

Yahoo News also personalizes stories to fit what the company believes is the user's perspective.

California man charged in Idaho after video posted

A California man with a large swastika tattoo on his chest is facing a battery charge in northern Idaho following a video posted on YouTube.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that police in Coeur d'Alene arrested 41-year-old Gary Edwin Dixon of Victorville, California, on Saturday after seeing the YouTube video posted on Wednesday.

Police say the video titled "Crazy guy at Texas Roadhouse" shows a shirtless Dixon raging at another man and his family in a parking lot as they leave a restaurant.

Dixon was booked into the Kootenai County Jail and released the same day on $300 bond. The jail roster lists Dixon as currently living in Post Falls.

Northern Idaho has a history of white supremacy groups but Dixon says he has no ties.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfdw63zhfZM (WARNING: Graphic language)

Man indicted in murder of mother and daughter in Post Falls

A Grand Jury has charged a Post Falls man in the double homicide of a woman and her 6-year-old daughter.�

Angel Morales Larranaga, 24, was handed up an indictment of two counts of first degree murder. He is charged with killing his wife, 24-year-old Facunda Valenzuelaleon and her daughter on July 8.

The Grand Jury said Larranaga willfully killed the two with premeditation.�

A trial will be set for the near future.�

Large scale watershed restoration in Idaho panhandle

Large scale watershed restoration in Idaho panhandle

The Idaho Panhandle National Forest announced some big improvements to the Moose Drool Watershed Project this year. The project will improve 21 fish passages, 3 miles of in-stream fish habitat and supplement in-stream woody debris with more than 1,000 pieces.

This project is the largest of its kind ever to take place in north Idaho, improving water quality and fish habitat while providing jobs for the local economy.

Significant work on this project will begin this summer and is expected to continue through early October. Contractors will complete the project in summer 2015.

Ongoing work includes rail bed decommissioning and removal, decommissioning of impassable roads, road and trail reconstruction and in-stream improvements.

Forest visitors in the area should be away of several temporary road and trail closures as a result of the work:

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.