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Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

For many Tuesday means back to work after the Labor Day weekend. But for many full-time employees, they may still be clocking in close to 40 hours this week.

A new study suggests most full-time employees are logging more than 40 hours per week. Gallup's annual Work in Education Survey shows that many people could be working a full workday longer each week.

Some experts believe the reason for this is some people might be more resourceful, while for others, it may be part of their pay structure.

Employees paid by the hour are sometimes restricted in the amount of time they can spend on the job because of limits on overtime. That's typically not an issue for salaried employees, so they are more likely to log more hours at the office.

Gallup's survey found about half of the adults it surveyed say they work 47 hours a week, on average. Nearly one in ten say they work even more, at least 50 hours a week. And 18 percent they work 60 hours a week or more.

So, if you're a full-time employee but actually work less than 40 hours a week, you're in the eight percent minority.

Avista begins dam construction project

Avista has begun work on the Post Falls Dam, which is in need of some much-needed repairs.

The southern spillway on the dam was built in 1906 and holds back the water that keeps Lake Coeur d'Alene at its summer elevation. However more than a century of raging spring runoffs have taken their toll on the dam.

Before work can begin on the southern spillway Avista has to to build a coffer dam, which will require diving to the bottom of the 30 foot channel and welding steel in place to hold back the water so workers can get to the dam.

?Well after we dredge and prepare the foundation we have to start setting up the sheet pile and the template structure, the steel template structure,? Avista project manager Mary Jensen said.

In the middle of the coffer dam, which is being built by Kunney Construction, there's a platform for the crane that will do the heavy lifting on the project, including lifting into place the 2,500 sandbags that will help hold it in place and keep most of the water out.

Annual Lake Coeur d'Alene drawdown begins Tuesday

Annual Lake Coeur d'Alene drawdown begins Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday, September 2 Avista will being its annual fall drawdown of Coeur d'Alene Lake.

The lake will be gradually lowered approximately a foot from full pool by the end of September, with an additional one and a half feet per month until it reaches it's winter level. Property owners and boaters should take measures to secure docks and boats for the winter season during this period.

The slow drawdown will increase flows in the Spokane River downstream of Post Falls, and will slightly decrease river levels between the lake and Post Falls' Spokane Street Bridge. Spill gates at Post Falls Dam will not be open for the drawdown, and the river should remain open until November; however, river users should be aware that water levels can fluctuate at any time.

New Chief of Police being sworn in Tuesday

New Chief of Police being sworn in Tuesday

Coeur d'Alene's new Chief of Police will be officially sworn in next week at a public ceremony at the police station.

Lee R. White formerly served as assistant police chief in Mesa, Arizona. He was among a pool of 85 candidates from across the country who applied for the job.

“I'm thrilled that Lee White has accepted the position,” said Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. “He is a respected police officer with a high degree of integrity and proven leadership.”

White moved to Coeur d'Alene with his wife Christie, son Jared, and daughter Jordan. Also attending the event will be several of Lee's colleagues from the Mesa Police Department: Chief Frank Milstead, Assistant Chief Heston Silbert, Commander Dave Hagar and Deputy Chief Deanna Cantrell.

The ceremony is this Tuesday, September 2 at 4:30 pm at the police station, 3818 N. Schreiber Way.

Marshals hunting felon who fled Spokane halfway house

Marshals hunting felon who fled Spokane halfway house

US Marshals are searching for a convicted felon who walked away from a Spokane halfway house after he was released from federal prison.

Merced Jose Zamora was a large scale methamphetamine dealer who was wrapping up a 13 year sentence when he escaped a re-entry center near the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.

Zamora was months away from being a totally free man but early Monday morning around 1:30 he left his halfway house. That facility is run by a private company that has a contract with the federal government to house and prepare ex-cons for a legal and productive life back in society.

Even though Zamora was convicted of multiple methamphetamine deals in Wyoming he was released to Spokane because he has family here.

Now marshals are looking for him and Deputy US Marshal Bob Doty said Zamora, 33, has a very unique tattoo on his neck that should make him east to spot.

Public woodcutting areas opening near Sandpoint

Public woodcutting areas opening near Sandpoint

We're still in the midst of a nice, toasty summer but cold temperatures are closer than you think and for anyone with a wood burning stove that means stocking up on firewood now.

To help, the Sandpoint Ranger District in north Idaho is opening up three “preferred” fuelwood areas, which will be available to the public for gathering firewood for personal use. The required Personal Use Firewood Cutting Permit can be purchased at the Sandpoint Ranger District Office in Sandpoint. Maps and driving instructions can also be picked up there. You can call (208) 263-5111 for more information.

The locations are as follow:

 

Grouse Mountain Sagle 1051

This preferred fuelwood area is located approximately 4.5 miles east of Sagle, Idaho off of Sagle Road. Road 1051 will be open to the public for wood gathering from Tuesday, September 2 through Friday, September 19.

Boy in critical condition after accidental shooting

Boy in critical condition after accidental shooting

A 7-year-old boy remains in critical condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center after being shot while he and a friend played with a pistol Saturday.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the Midtown Mobile Park in Hayden, Idaho around 7:00 am Saturday after receiving reports of a shooting.

When they arrived they were told two unsupervised juveniles had been playing with a .22 caliber pistol when the gun discharged and the boy was struck in the head.

The injured boy was transported to Kootenai Health for medical care and later transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.

Sheriff's Detectives are continuing their investigation.