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Schweitzer welcomes first snow of season

Schweitzer Mountain got its first measurable snowfall over the weekend, which means the clock is ticking to get the slopes ready for the winter sports season.

"We always love to see snow in October,? Sean Mirus, market director said. ?Everyone starts getting excited, it's cooling off. Even though it may be raining down town, it's definitely nice to look up from the valley and see the white stuff in the hills."

For staff, that white stuff means something else, work. Mirus said it's all hands on deck to get the mountain ready for their anticipated opening around Thanksgiving.

?A lot of it has to do with how much brush cutting we can do and really, what type of snow falls,? Mirus said. ?The actual wetter, heavier snow is really good early in the season, it helps the brush and the foliage on the ground really lay over and so we don't need as much snow.?

Shoshone Deputy shoots, kills dog

A Shoshone County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed a dog after being bitten twice on Friday.�

Just after noon, the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office responded to an animal complaint in the Burke Canyon Area of Wallace, Idaho. An animal described as a "large dog" and a "pit bull" was running at large. The reporting party stated the dog at large was aggressive, keeping her from leaving her home.

Once the deputy arrived on scene and began to investigate the call, the dog that was reported as running at large advanced toward the deputy in an aggressive manner and bit him on the lower leg. As the deputy retreated from the dog, the dog advanced a second time, biting the deputy on the thigh.

The sheriff's office says that since retreating from the dog was an ineffective measure to neutralize the threat of danger the dog posed to the deputy, the deputy was forced to discharge his firearm, shooting the dog once. The dog died as a result of the gunshot wound.

The deputy went to Shoshone Medical Center, where he was treated for the bite wounds and released.

Only you can help stop the zombie apocalypse

This year the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser used an experimental fertilizer on the corn and during the off season there was a zombie outbreak. Now its up to you to stop the zombie apocalypse.

Luckily, there is room for more than thirty on the newest attraction at the corn maze, the zombie slayer bus.

The bus gets rolling around dusk, when the zombies are most active, and the leader of the fight against the army of the undead is Zach Barret, president of the Spokane Zombie Squad, a guy you want in your corner when dealing with a situation like this.

?What we have found is that it is a bacterial infection and it's infecting the lungs and not the brain so we have had to change our tact a little bit. We have got the antidote loaded into this gun and we are ready to take them on,? Barret said.

With guns ? actually paintball markers ? loaded with paintballs filled with 'antidote' it's time to rid North Idaho of the zombie menace. The fight's on, the living pitted against the undead and, after a few hundred rounds, the zombie slayers won the day.

Emergency stay puts Idaho same sex marriages back on hold

An emotional roller coaster for couples across Idaho Wednesday as hundreds of same-sex couples thought they would be getting married only to have a last minute stay put their nuptials on hold.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued the stay, at the request of Governor Butch Otter, blocking same sex marriage in the Gem State just one day after the 9th Circuit Court of of Appeals made a ruling that essentially lifted the state's roadblock against same sex marriage.

While some are in agreement with Otter's quick action, others say this is a waste of time and resources and its just a matter of time before same-sex marriage will officially be allowed.

It's really sad to me that our governor wants to continue to put money towards this effort denying people their rights and essentially legalizing discrimination by doing so," PFLAG board member Juli Stratton said.

Stratton and her partner did not want to wait for Idaho to legalize same sex marriage so they went somewhere else to tie the knot.

Justice Kennedy blocks gay marriage ruling

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada.

The order came minutes after Idaho on Wednesday filed an emergency request for an immediate stay. The state's request said that without a stay, state and county officials would have been required to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at 10 a.m. EDT.

Kennedy's order requested a response from the plaintiffs involved in Idaho's gay marriage lawsuit by the end of day Thursday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage in 30 other states.

Sandpoint residents concerned about cougars

Sandpoint residents concerned about cougars

Part of the reason people live in our corner of the world is to be close to nature, steps away from the outdoors, but for families in Sandpoint nature - or rather a cougar - is getting a little too close for comfort.

The latest cougar sighting was on Lower Syringa Road, not the the most populated part of Sandpoint, but was near a bus stop where children frequent, so the sighting isn't sitting well with residents.

"Obviously they're predators, with little kids like this it's very intimidating and scares us to know they're in our yard," Darin Gruber said.

At the Gruber family home outside is play time but that's changed since they found out a cougar has been lurking around.

"I don't let them get more than a few feet away from me at all," Gruber said.

Gruber didn't report the cougar sighting on Saturday but did have an encounter of his own that very same night.

"I came out about 9:30 to close up the car and had a funny feeling I was being watched," he said.

A quick flick to turn on his flashlight to see what was up the hill and, "Low and behold there was a pair of yellow eyes staring me down," Gruber said.

Manhunt underway after fugitive fires shots at officers during pursuit

Officers from two law enforcement agencies are scouring an area along the Benewah/Kootenai County line after shots were fired during a traffic stop.

At approximately 11:20 this morning, tribal officers from the Coeur d'Alene Reservation attempted to stop a white Chevy pickup believed to be driven by John Crispin. Crispin is wanted by the U.S. Marshals and has a history of offenses, including firearms violations, multiple aggravated assault, battery and resisting a police officer.

Crispin failed to stop and after being pursued north on Highway 95, he exited his vehicle about two miles north of County Line Road, fired multiple shots at officers and ran on foot into the surrounding countryside. At least one Tribal Police officer returned fire, but it is unknown if Crispin was injured.�

Tribal police and officers from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Departments along with K-9 units are searching the area.

The sheriff's office asks that members of the public avoid the area and, if they see the suspect, call their office at (208) 245-5555. Crispin is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.