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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.

Stuff the truck for Kootenai Humane Society

Stuff the truck for Kootenai Humane Society

The Kootenai Humane Society is hoping for a big turnout at their Stuff the Truck event this weekend!

Anyone who brings a donated item for the humane society will be eligible for great prizes. You'll also have a chance to mingle with the shelter dogs, and maybe even find your new best friend.

The event runs from 11 am to 5 pm at Hayden Creek Plaza at 8158 North Government Way.

The Kootenai Humane Society is especially looking for the following items:

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.

Fundraiser Saturday for 7-year-old injured in accidental shooting

Fundraiser Saturday for 7-year-old injured in accidental shooting

A seven-year-old boy from Hayden, Idaho is still on the path to recovery after an accidental shooting left him in critical condition last month.

Today Anthony Best is still in the hospital, but awake and alert. Family members say he can read and write and is keeping everyone positive with his bright personality.

He still has a long way to go, however, and that's where you can help. This Saturday, September 27 is a fundraiser to help cover Anthony's growing medical bills.

It starts off with a motorcycle ride from Cruiser's Bar & Grill at Stateline, Idaho. Registration is at 10 am with kickstands up at 11, following a route that ends at CJ's Family Tradition Restaurant & Lounge in Rathdrum. Registration is $10, or $20 if you want an “I Helped Anthony” t-shirt. The fun continues at CJ's after the ride with food and a fundraiser auction.

If you can't make it to the fundraiser but still want to help, a fund has been set up in Anthony's name at America West bank. Donations can be made at any branch.

Heath's Haven in Post Falls wins $800 in rescue contest

Heath's Haven in Post Falls wins $800 in rescue contest

Heath's Haven animal rescue in Post Falls has one an $800 prize in Tractor Supply Co.'s national Rescue your Rescue contest, an online competition to recognize groups working to find forever homes for adoptable animals.

Founded in 2010, Heath's Haven is dedicated to rescuing and improving the lives of special needs animals, specifically those with neurological conditions and mobility issues.

Around the country, Tractor Supply will present a total of $25,000 worth of checks to prizewinners on Saturday, September 20 during Pet Appreciation Week events at local Tractor Supply stores. The event will also feature pet adoptions through a partnership with Petfinder.com, demonstrations on pet nutrition, discounts on pet food and supplies, free giveaways and valuable in-store prize drawings.

Bike MS Northwest kicks off Saturday

Bike MS Northwest kicks off Saturday

One of the premier cycling events in the Northwest is kicking off in north Idaho this Saturday.

Bike MS Inland Northwest features multiple route options for all levels of experience along with a festival atmosphere, great food, music, a beer garden and a Saturday evening rally.

Participants must be at least 12 years old and commit to raising a minimum of $200, not including the $65 registration fee.

This year's goal is to raise more than $151,000 to be used for research, programs and services provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter for the nearly 15,000 people living with multiple sclerosis across Idaho, Washington, Montana and Alaska.

So far over 200 cyclists have have signed up to cruise courses ranging from 20 to 150 miles through the Idaho panhandle on a “Rails to Trails” path that's nearly all off roadways. Full meals, generous amenities, fully stocked rest stops and spirited festivities are all included.