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Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho's food pantries have a crucial need for more milk, and the Great American Milk Drive wants to make it easy to donate a gallon with the click of a mouse.

October is Idaho Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month, and United Dairymen of Idaho is encouraging people across the state to participate by making a $5 contribution for milk to their local food bank.

You can visit www.MilkLife.com/give and enter your zip code to ensure milk is delivered from the farm to a food bank in your community. You can also test “MILK” from your cell phone to 84465 to add a $5 donation to your phone bill.

According to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated.

Memorial stones on sale for new Veterans plaza

Memorial stones on sale for new Veterans plaza

Just in time for Veteran's Day, the town of Hayden, Idaho is installing a lasting memorial to loved ones who have served in the armed forces.

Whether they are deceased, living, missing in action of under prisoner of war status, you can purchast a commemorative 12x12 paver brick to have engraved with their name and installed in the city's new PFC Robert J. Gordon Veterans' Memorial Plaza.

The bricks cost $100 each. To qualify, the veteran must have been discharged under honorable conditions in the United States Armed Forces. A DD-214 or other qualifying identification of honorable service will be required.

You do not have to live in Hayden to purchase a brick, but you must purchase it by next Friday, October 17 to guarantee installation by Veterans' Day.

For more information you can call the Hayden Community Services Department at (208) 209-1080.

Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

If you're looking for a fall getaway without breaking the bank, vacation specialists at TripAdvisor have named Leavenworth one of the top spots in the country to take in some colorful sights.

According to TripAdvisor, 83 percent of those surveyed plan to take a leisure trip this fall, with 31 percent planning to travel for the joy of viewing fall foliage. To help travelers plan, TripIndex compared the cost of a weekend getaway for two in 15 of the most popular leaf-peeping destinations in the US, including the combined average cost of a two-night stay in a bed and breakfast, a full tank of gas, apple picking and a meal at a restaurant.

Leavenworth came in at an affordable $476.89, but you'd better make your reservations now before the winter flakes start to fall.

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.

ID A KID summer push a success

ID A KID summer push a success

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is declaring their summer push to ID A KID a success! They participated in several special events and partnered with multiple businesses to offer their ID services to families.

Events included:

CDA Target Store (x2)

Hayden Super One

CDA Tribal Safety Event

Silver Lake Mall (x2)

Hayden Albertson's

Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County

National Night Out

CDA Costco Safety Week

Convoy of Hope

Panhandle Health Run

ID A KID provides families with safety kits for each of their children including a recent photograph, fingerprints and other identifying features. All kits are given directly to the parents with no information retained by law enforcement.