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Training for the worst in Idaho backcountry

It's one of the most beautiful places in the world to explore the great outdoors. But, when disaster strikes in the Idaho backcountry, finding your way out can be treacherous. That's why rescue crews�train year-round to help save those who find themselves in trouble.

The Priest Lake Search and Rescue team invited kxly4 cameras to their intense winter training in late January. That group is made up of 200 men and women who work without pay and at a moment's notice just to help someone in need.�

One of those people�they've helped is�Ammi Midstokke of Sandpoint. In September, she was climbing near Chimney Rock with a friend. As the experienced outdoors woman made her descent down, the unthinkable happened:�a boulder rolled, hitting her and pinning her ankle.

"There was a brief moment from the initial strike, the initial impact and the second roll and I tried to scramble out of the way but I was a little delirious from the first impact," Midstokke said.

She laid on the cold granite for nine hours waiting for help.�The search and rescue team hiked�hours in some of the most rugged terrain to find her.

N. Idaho man facing charges after moose left to rot

A northern Idaho man authorities say shot and killed two moose and left one to rot is facing felony charges of taking and wasting wildlife.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports in a story on Sunday that 59-year-old Richard L. Bolin Jr. of Dalton Gardens is scheduled to appear in Bonner County Magistrate Court on Feb. 27.

Authorities say that hunters reported to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in September 2012 that Bolin shot and killed two moose in the Lost Creek drainage.

Authorities say Bolin later told a conservation officer he mistook the second, larger moose for the smaller moose he shot first. The first moose was left to rot, as was part of the second.

Bolin faces civil penalties of up to $20,000.

North Idaho dog featured in Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl XI

One of the starting pups in Sunday's Puppy Bowl XI is from the Inland Northwest.

You can see Chicklet, a 7-month-old Australian Shepard mix, playing in Animal Planet's latest Puppy Bowl.

Her new parents Crystal and Brian Migliore say she's a blessing, but her life hasn't always been as glamorous. Before Chicklet was adopted into a loving family, the real blessing was Double J Dog Ranch.

Founder Cristene Justus, said she came to Double J Dog Ranch from Tennessee.

"She was found on the side of the road at 7 weeks of age," Justice said.

Justice said despite Chicklet's hardship, when she came to the shelter she was full of so much personality.

"She's got the 'It' factor, she's adorable," Justus said.

Justice decided to send Chicklet's information to the Animal Planet casting call.

"They accepted her and she's going to be starting tomorrow on the Puppy Bowl," said Justus.

It's hard to imagine why someone would toss her to the side of the road, but unfortunately it happens more than we think to dogs like Chicklet. Dogs who are deaf.

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.