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Kootenai County Sheriff's Office thanks 911 dispatchers

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office thanks 911 dispatchers

Press Release from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office:

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank their 911 Center dispatchers for a job well done on the 4th of July.

Throughout the year, the 911 Center receives and dispatches thousands of calls for service. Typically a summer day can produce an average of 350 calls for service, 160 911 calls and 400 non-emergency calls.

This 4th of July, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s 911 Center dispatched 551 calls for service, received 216 911 calls and received 663 non-emergency calls.

Even though one day produced an average of 60% more work for the dispatch center, they handled the extra load flawlessly and ensured the safety of the first responders and citizens alike.

The hard-working staff of the 911 Center are truly an asset to the county and deserve recognition for their service and dedication.

Ben Wolfinger, Sheriff

By: Lieutenant Stu Miller  

North Idaho 4th of July Celebrations

North Idaho 4th of July Celebrations

Looking for 4th of July celebrations in your community? Check out the list we've compiled for you:


Bonners Ferry – Parade at 5:00 pm on Main Street, activities all day and fireworks at dusk at Boundary County Fair Grounds.

Clark Fork – Fourth of July Celebration, 7:30 am, fireworks at dusk at the baseball field.

Coeur d'Alene - 4th of July Festival, 10:00 am at City Park, fireworks at dusk.

Harrison – Fourth of July Fireworks, dusk on the waterfront.

Hope – Fireworks at dusk over the lake.

Laclade - 32nd Annual Family Days Fourth of July, 7:00 am at the Community Center, fireworks at dusk at Riley Creek Recreation Area.

Moscow – Independence Day Celebration, Noon at Friendship Square.

Fourth of July Festival in Coeur d'Alene

Fourth of July Festival in Coeur d'Alene

Fourth of July festivities in Coeur d'Alene kick off in less than 24 hours, with all-day fun for kids and kids at heart.

The 4th of July Festival presented by Numerica begins at 10:00 am with vendors, live music and activities lasting all day at City Park and the Band Shell.

The American Heroes Parade starts at 11:00 am, so make sure you get there early to claim your favorite spot along Sherman. The parade begins at Sherman Ave and finishes at Government Way just outside the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

And make sure you don't miss North Idaho's largest fireworks display downtown over Lake Coeur d'Alene. The show starts at dusk and can be seen for miles along the lake shore.

And while you're down there, keep an eye out for the roller derby girls! They'll be collecting donations all day for the pyrotechnics. The city says they're about $10,000 short on this year's show, so make sure to show your appreciation by dropping a couple bucks in the bucket.

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.