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Kootenai County Sheriff's Office going pink

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office going pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is proud to participate this year.

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger has authorized his staff to wear pink for the duration of the month. Specifically, deputies and civilian staff are encouraged to wear pink t-shirts, ribbons and wristbands not only to raise awareness about the early detection of breast cancer, but to also encourage our community partners, organizations, families and individuals to get involved.

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. An average of one in eight women born today in the United States will be diagnosed at some point. The good news is that many women can and do survive if the cancer is found and treated early.

Update voter registration ahead of Nov. 4 elections

Update voter registration ahead of Nov. 4 elections

Kootenai County election officials want to make sure everyone's information is current ahead of the November 4th elections.

“Voters are busy people, and everyone gets frustrated waiting in line,” said Kootenai County Chief Deputy Clerk Pat Raffee. “By registering ahead of November 4, Kootenai County voters can have a faster, easier experience at the polls.”

Registration is required for new registrants or voters who have had a name or address change since their original registration. Voter registration cards are available at the following locations:

Working 4 you: Why you should fix your pets

Working 4 you: Why you should fix your pets

America grew up hearing Bob Barker's reminders to spay and neuter your pets, and veterinarians agree, sterilization is important. But why?

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated six to eight million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. About half of those get adopted, but sadly the other half have to be euthanized.

The primary reason for spaying and neutering your pets is population control. Every year around one million dogs are euthanized, simply because they have no place to go.

And vets say you should get your pets fixed, whether they play inside or outdoors.

But spaying and neutering doesn't only help the population of unclaimed kitties and puppies, most research finds that pets who get sterilized at a young age actually live longer, healthier lives.

Vets say that by spaying or neutering your pets, you can avoid a lot of costly medical complications in the future caused by infections.

Veterinarians say you should get your pets fixed when they are two to six months old.

Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Fall is here and that means retailers and shoppers are turning their attention to Halloween. But will consumers be willing to spend as much this year on costumes and candy?

Stores like Target and Walmart are already gearing up for the Holiday. And if you feel like it's just a little too early to get ready for Halloween, you may be surprised to hear that one-third of Americans say they'll be making their holiday purchases before October 1st.

Halloween is the last major retail event before the big holiday rush. It can offer retailers clues on how willing Americans will be to open their wallets, and how stores should approach holiday inventory, discounts and deals.

Many shoppers say the U.S. economy is still weighing heavily on their minds. one in five people say it will make an impact on how they approach holiday spending.

But it may not affect it as much as you'd think.

New numbers from the National Retail Federation show most consumers won't be afraid to spend on Halloween this year.

So, how much will the average American be spending?

Telephone scammers impersonating Idaho State Police

Telephone scammers impersonating Idaho State Police

Idaho State Police are issuing a warning after receiving multiple reports from various parts of the state of people receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be from ISP.

The number that appears on caller ID will show up as an accurate ISP phone number, but is being deliberately falsified by the caller to disguise their identity.

The scammer appears to be targeting mainly students and professors along with foreign nationals, and is telling the person they have an arrest warrant requiring they pay a fine or face arrest and/or deportation.

The Idaho State Police wants to remind the public they will never call anyone on the phone to inform them a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Additionally, ISP does not collect money or any financial information over the phone for any reason.

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Two Central Washington Seniors are launching a campaign this fall to honor the memory of the teen who made their best friend duo into a trio.

Three years ago this October, Josh Martin took his own life. It was a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

“There were no signs or anything,” said Donnie Santos. “He was going to be a shortstop for the Spokane Falls baseball team. We had everything going for us. We think he was afraid to come out and ask for help.”

That fear is what Donnie Santos and Dean Neilson are trying to get rid of with the Bread Tie Challenge.

It was Martin's father Joe who came up with the campaign to memorialize his son, then handed it off to Donnie and Dean to run.

The Bread Tie Challenge draws its inspiration from the Ice Bucket Challenge, an easy and visible way to show that your life has been impacted by someone struggling with mental illness or depression, and that you support ending the stigma of shame and weakness that can be associated with it.

Kootenai County Sheriff unveils new Bearcat

Kootenai County Sheriff unveils new Bearcat

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department unveiled the newest addition to its fleet Wednesday, a $320,000 Bearcat bought with drug seizure money.

The Bearcat, which will be a shared resource between the sheriff's department and the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, seats 10, is equipped with infrared sensors to help in situations like search and rescues and is much lower to the ground, making it easier to get in and out of.

Because it was purchased using drug seizure money the Bearcat didn't cost taxpayers a dime.

"We've wanted this piece of equipment to keep our teams safe for years, but it just wasn't in the cards. It's a big chunk of money, and being able to use drug seizure money is a great asset for that," Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said.

The Bearcat replaces a 1989 GMC coin hauler with nearly 300,000 miles on it.