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Bonner County deputy hit by semi in critical condition

A Bonner County sheriff's deputy in northern Idaho has been critically injured after being struck by a tractor-trailer while attempting to make a U-turn on U.S. Highway 95.

Idaho State Police say 29-year-old Alexander Hughes was transported to Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene. A hospital spokeswoman says Hughes is listed in critical condition.

Bonner County deputy injured after vehicle struck by semitrailer

A Bonner County sheriff's deputy in northern Idaho has been critically injured after being struck by a tractor-trailer while attempting to make a U-turn on U.S. Highway 95.

Idaho State Police say 29-year-old Alexander Hughes' 2011 Chevy Tahoe was struck at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Hughes was transported to Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene. A hospital spokeswoman Wednesday morning said Hughes was listed in critical condition.

Authorities say Hughes' vehicle was struck by a 2013 Volvo tractor-trailer driven by Adil Naib of Calgary, Alberta. Police say Naib wasn't injured.

Police say both vehicles were southbound when Hughes attempted the U-turn.

DEQ award drinking water planning grant to Southside Water and Sewer District, Bonner County

Today, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced the award of a drinking water planning grant in the amount of $40,100 to the Southside Water and Sewer District in Bonner County.

The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental information document. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the existing drinking water system and identify alternatives for needed improvement.

The total eligible cost of the project is $80,200. The remaining $40,100 will be funded by the Southside Water and Sewer District.

2015 Specialty Crop Grant applications being accepted in Idaho

2015 Specialty Crop Grant applications being accepted in Idaho

Applications are currently being accepted by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  Funds are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture and are allocated to the state to be awarded through a competitive grant process.  

 

Projects must solely enhance the competitiveness of U.S.-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets and must provide a benefit to more than just the applicant.  Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. 

 

Governor calls for statewide moment of silence for Moscow shooting victims

Governor calls for statewide moment of silence for Moscow shooting victims

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is asking Idahoans to take a few minutes on Wednesday, January 13th, at 12:00 p.m. PST, to remember the victims, their families and friends, and the community of Moscow after a series of shootings last Saturday by a lone gunman.

“It is important that everyone in Idaho take time in the wake of this horrendous act to remember those who have lost their lives and offer our support to the families, friends, and Moscow community as they mourn this tragedy,” Governor Otter said. “I ask that all Idahoans observe a moment of silence... to let our friends and families in Moscow know they are in our thoughts and prayers, and that they are not alone in their grief.”

Logging truck accident on Grangemont Road

Logging truck accident on Grangemont Road

An accident involving a loaded log truck occurred at mile post 21.3 on Grangemont Road at approximately 6:05 a.m. on Monday. The driver of the truck, Richard P. Broneske, 55, of Lewiston Idaho, was wearing his safety belt and was uninjured. 

Broneske drove off the right hand shoulder of the road as he was negotiating a curve. The roadway was icy and slick at the time of the accident, and according to the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, speed may have been a factor. The westbound lane of travel was blocked for approximately 3 hours. The truck is owned by Whitco incorporated out of Kamiah, Idaho.

 

 

Man wants reduced sentence in northern Idaho killing

A former northern Idaho man who entered a plea agreement in a January 2007 shooting death is seeking a reduced sentence.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports in a story on Friday that 54-year-old Keith Allen Brown filed the request for post-conviction relieve in 1st District Court last month.

Brown is serving a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and accessory to grand theft. Brown is seeking to have his sentenced reduced to 10 years.

Brown confessed to Florida police that he killed Leslie Carlton Breaw.

Brown says he was denied due process in 1st District Court, given ineffective legal counsel, and that evidence supporting his claim of self-defense was destroyed by the state.

Brown is acting as his own attorney.