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Shoshone County Sheriff launches blog about the way things work

Shoshone County Sheriff launches blog about the way things work

If you've ever wanted to get a peak behind the scenes into the inner workings of your local law enforcement agency, here's your chance.

Shoshone County Sheriff's Office launched their own blog last Friday, written by none other than Sheriff Mitch Alexander himself.

“We get a lot of questions from citizens about various aspects of our job, and most of the time they're so complicated,” said Sheriff Alexander. “It's my dream to take one of these issues every week and give my opinion on it. On why these things work and try to educate people on the happenings of the county and how the sheriff's office works.”

Sheriff Alexander says he's already come up with a list of about 40 different topics he wants to cover.

“The issues I'll write about will cover our budget, jail, communications, civil, patrol, drivers license, search and rescue and courts amongst others,” he announced in the first official blog.

Local Idaho schools to receive grant funding for technology programs

Local Idaho schools to receive grant funding for technology programs

Fifteen Idaho schools will receive part of a $3 million technology grant, according to State Superintendent Tom Luna, four of them right here in the inland northwest.

The goal is for the schools to pilot innovative technologies that, if successful, can be duplicated in schools across the state to give teachers the tools they need to help raise academic achievement.

Currently Idaho has the lowest rate of high school graduates heading directly to college, at just over 45 percent. A study also found that over 60 percent of fourth grade students are not proficient in math and reading.

The Idaho State Department of Education reviewed applications from 99 schools across the state, totaling over $26 million in requests for grant funding. The applications covered a broad cross section of schools, made up of varying grade levels, demographics and regions of the state.

Hollywood producer debuts his short film about Priest River

Hollywood producer debuts his short film about Priest River

Hollywood producer Scott Gardenhour will screen his short film about Priest River, Idaho to the people of Priest River tonight.

Gardenhour says he grew up in the small town of Smithsburg, Maryland and loved the energy, decency and integrity of small town America and wanted to give his family the same experience. He had searched through parts of Montana, Oregon and Washington before his accountant suggested Sandpoint, Idaho. It didn't take long for him to fall in love with the nearby Priest River and settle in on an old dairy farm.

As he learned more about the town Gardenhour was touched by the town's struggles since the the decline of the timber industry and closure of the saw mills, and impressed by their attempts to revive the local economy with modern infrastructure.

Firework sales blast off this weekend

Firework sales blast off this weekend

The Fourth of July is just a week away, and firework sales begin this weekend!

Washington State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy wants to remind residents to know the local laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks, and to make sure you are only using legal fireworks. This year, 937 licenses were issued for retail firework stands.

A fireworks ban has been in place in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County for 21 years, as well as Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney and Liberty Lake.

Fireworks are legal on private property in Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Deer Park.

Bottle rockets, missiles and firecrackers are illegal anywhere in Washington state.

In Coeur d'Alene, non-aerial fireworks are allowed on private property but not in public places like Tubbs Hill or City Park.

If you do find yourself in an area where fireworks are allowed, there are some guidelines you to keep in mind to make sure your family has a safe and fun Fourth.

Clothing drive benefits area foster children

Clothing drive benefits area foster children

There are more than 20,000 foster children living in the Northwest and Sleep County wants to help make life a little easier for those kids. Now through July, all area Sleep County locations are accepting clothing donations that will go straight to foster children in need of new clothes to call their own.

Student teams awarded $5,000 for giving back

For the third year, Spokane Teachers Credit Union is encouraging students to give back to their communities through the Hundred Dollar Project. Votes from the community have selected three groups to continue their projects with a total of $5,000 in additional awards from STCU.