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Hecla To Pay $263M To Settle Superfund Lawsuit

After 20 years of legal wrangling, the largest mining company in Idaho's Silver Valley will pay $263.4 million plus interest to settle one of the nation's largest Superfund lawsuits.

Kick-Off Summer With A Free Visit To A National Park!

Kick-Off Summer With A Free Visit To A National Park!

Start summer with a free visit to a national park! 

The National Park Service is waiving all entrance fees on June 21 – the first day of summer.

Additional fee free days in 2011 are National Public Lands Day (Saturday, September 24) and Veterans Day weekend (November 11-13).

High Water Outlook for Bayview, Idaho

Lake Pend Oreille is forecasted to reach flood stage on Sunday morning. The county has placed sand and sandbags in Bayview for residents to who would like to take preventive action to protect their property. You can find sandbags available at the Bayview fire Station. They're stored inside the station, so you'll need to call them to arrange to pick them up. The phone number is: (208) 772-5711. Piles of sand are available at the station as well, but they're being stored outside so you don't need to coordinate with the station to gain access to it.

Route of the Hiawatha Opens Saturday!

Route of the Hiawatha Opens Saturday!

Pump up the bike tires and grab your helmet - one of the Inland Northwest's favorite trail rides, the Route of the Hiawatha, opens Saturday!

The June 11th opening actually marks a delay in the trail's typical season. The route usually opens from May to September, but the cool spring and heavy snowfall delayed the opening. Crews from Lookout Pass, which operates the trail, have been clearing the snow from the trailhead's highest peak to get ready for this weekend.

Mines Fined for Clean Water Violations

The owner of the Coeur and Galena Mines agreed to pay the EPA $87,000 in penalties to settle Clean Water Act violations. Director of the EPA's Office of Compliance and Enforcement in Seattle says discharge violations in the Silver Valley are especially troubling.

The South Fork Coeur d'Alene River and its tributary streams are struggling to recover from a century of mine waste discharge," Kowalski said.

The agreement resolves the U.S.

Flooding Concerns Prompt Meetings

Flooding Concerns Prompt Meetings

Local leaders in North Idaho will hold meetings this week to discuss potential flooding on the Pend Oreille river. The river is expected to reach flood stage later this spring.

Cooler temperatures and above average rain and snow are causing the potential for flooding. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to open the Albeni Falls Dam before Lake Pend Oreille peaks.

The Corps will hold public information meetings in Sandpoint and Cusick next week.

Boat Launch Closes for Repairs

Boat Launch Closes for Repairs

Boating season is here!
 

But, if you're headed to Killarney Lake in North Idaho you will need to use another boat launch for spring and summertime fun. 

The Killarney Lake Boat Launch on Killarney Lake, 20 miles east of Coeur d'Alene near Rose Lake, is closed to the public for repairs and rennovations.

The Bureau of Land Management said the new boat launch will feature a concrete ramp.

Although, repairs can't be made until the water is at a low levels which most likely won't be until next winter.

Alternative boat launches