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Silver Mountain named top bike park in the Northwest

Silver Mountain Resort was recently named the Northwest's best bike park by a survey conducted by MTBparks.com. The website is a North American mountain bike website that provides a guide to mountain biking across the continent.

Over 3,000 people participated in the survey voting on the best parks of 2014. This year, Silver Mountain jumped up three spots on the list, from its number four spot in last year's survey.

“We are excited to have earned the top spot in our region,” said Willy Bartlett, Silver Mountain Marketing Coordinator. “We have come a long way in the last two years, but we see this as the foundation for our future plans. We have been working hard to ensure that Silver Mountain Bike Park continues to grow and encourages riders of all abilities to try out lift served mountain biking.”

The resort's bike park built three new trails in 2014, and has continued to make improvements to its existing network of trails and services.

According to Silver Mountain Resort, a partial opening will be held on Memorial weekend for experienced riders. A full opening for summer operations is set to take place on June 13th.

Man arrested for fleeing from rollover crash

A driver fled from a rollover crash in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest resulting in an extensive search and his eventual arrest.

On Friday at about 10:30 p.m., Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a single vehicle rollover collision in the forested area about three miles due east of Chilco, Idaho and about five miles southeast of Athol, ID.

A 911 call came into the Sheriff’s Office from a woman reporting that she, her boyfriend, and her three juvenile sons were driving in the National Forest looking for an area to camp in when they came to the end of a narrow road. The female and the juveniles had exited her Chevrolet Suburban so her boyfriend could turn the truck around. Unfortunately the rear tires slid over the edge of the road and the truck went down the hill about 50 feet, rolling several times.

1 dead in semi truck collision

An elderly woman is dead after her vehicle collided with a commercial semi-trailer.

It happened Saturday afternoon at about 3 p.m. at the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Pleasantview Road, near Hauser, Idaho.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputies found that a 1995 Aerostar van being driven by an 85-year-old woman was westbound on Prairie Ave., when it appears that she failed to yield from the stop sign and drove into the path of a northbound conventional semi truck pulling a 53-foot box trailer.

The van struck the side of the semi trailer. The woman, who was the only occupant in the van, was found dead at the scene.

The Sheriff's Traffic Investigation Team responded to the collision and will determine the cause of the crash.

The woman's name is being withheld pending notification to her next of kin. Investigators are having difficulty locating her family as she was known to be living a transient lifestyle. Autopsy and toxicology results won't be available for several weeks.

Sandpoint man arrested in cold case murder of California boy

An Idaho man has been arrested for the strangling death of a Southern California boy after DNA testing linked him the slaying 33 years ago.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1a46Pu7 ) Kenneth Rasmuson was arrested Friday and taken to the Bonner County Jail in Sandpoint, Idaho. He will be extradited to California to face murder charges in the 1981 killing of 6-year-old Jeffrey Vargo.

The boy went missing while bicycling around his Anaheim Hills home. His strangled body was found at a construction site about 25 miles away in Pomona.

Rasmusson was convicted twice of sexually assaulting children in California. He relocated to Idaho in 2010, and has no criminal history there.

Vargo's mother told the Register she hopes justice will be served so he can't hurt anyone else.

Kellogg firefighters battle large apartment fire

Firefighters battled a large structure fire Friday morning in Kellogg, Idaho. 

According to the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office Dispatch, the fire was at an old apartment complex. They reported there were no known injuries. 

Six fire vehicles were sent to the scene to battle the flames. 

The Kellogg Police Department is now handling the case. 

PHD's Nurse-Family Partnership Program expanding to help more first-time mothers

PHD's Nurse-Family Partnership Program expanding to help more first-time mothers

 

The Panhandle Health District (PHD) announced Tuesday its plans to expand the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program to serve more vulnerable, first-time mothers and their children in northern Idaho. NFP is an evidence based program that pairs low-income, first-time mothers with a Registered Nurse who empowers them to become confident parents and strong, self-sufficient women in our community. These nurses visit the mothers at home, starting from pregnancy up until the child's second birthday.

 

As a result of local success and demand, PHD's program has been named an independent implementation site for NFP. This distinction provides increases funding for nurses and potential clients served in the area.

 

Former Wallace High School teacher arrested in AZ for drug, sex offenses with students

Former Wallace High School teacher arrested in AZ for drug, sex offenses with students

 

A former Wallace High School teacher was arrested in Bullhead City, Arizona for engaging in illegal conduct with several students.

 

Bullhead City Police arrested Joseph James Pagel, 33, on Friday, March 13th when a 17-year-old Mohave High School (MHS) student told school officials Pagel had been sending explicit text messages and nude photos to her.