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Multiple firearms stolen during September burglaries

Multiple firearms stolen during September burglaries

During the month of September, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has responded to six different residential burglaries with numerous firearms stolen. All but one of the burglaries was a forced entry into the home, with the weapons being taken from a bedroom. Only half of the reported firearms listed on the crime reports were listed with their serial numbers.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to please do the following:

Keep your homes locked and secured when not at home.

Place firearms in a secure and locked location if possible.

Make a list of your property (including firearms) listing all the serial numbers. For jewelry and other items, photograph the items and burn the photos to two CD's kept in separate locations.

Report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood to your local law enforcement agency.

Working 4 you: More hospitals ask for payment upfront

Working 4 you: More hospitals ask for payment upfront

If you're planning any future trips to the hospital, you may want to get your credit card ready before heading into the operating room. That's because hospitals are increasingly asking patients to pay for procedures either upfront, or before they're discharged.

Traditionally, neither patients nor providers knew the exact price of procedures until after the insurer processed the charges, but that's all changing.

New technology is now allowing hospitals to determine a patient's responsibility in advance of treatment.

Hospitals say it's important to discuss the cost as early as possible because patients are facing higher deductibles and larger payments for services. Administrators say many people don't even know what their deductible is.

Officials say Americans are shouldering a greater portion of their health care bills, and medical centers don't want to get stuck paying what their patients can't.

But for those who are worried about footing the bill early, hospitals are providing several options.

New residential waste collection site opens Wednesday

New residential waste collection site opens Wednesday

Kootenai County is proud to announce the opening of a new residential solid waste collection site on October 1. The Chilco Rural Collection site is located at 20835 N. Ramsey Road in Rathrdum and will be staffed seven days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. Chilco replaces both the Garwood and Twin Lakes sites, which will closer permanently at 5 pm on September 30.

The new site is on county-owned property and is designed to handle the capacity of the two former sites.

Prior to the opening of the Chilco site, there were 14 rural collection sites with only three on property owned by Kootenai County. In order to provide permanent collection sites, construct improvements and allow for the expansion of services, such as recycling, it was determined that property should be acquired and four sites should be consolidated. The next sites being considered for consolidation are located in the Rose Lake area.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Chilco site with the board of County Commissioners early this morning.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office going pink

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office going pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is proud to participate this year.

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger has authorized his staff to wear pink for the duration of the month. Specifically, deputies and civilian staff are encouraged to wear pink t-shirts, ribbons and wristbands not only to raise awareness about the early detection of breast cancer, but to also encourage our community partners, organizations, families and individuals to get involved.

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. An average of one in eight women born today in the United States will be diagnosed at some point. The good news is that many women can and do survive if the cancer is found and treated early.

Update voter registration ahead of Nov. 4 elections

Update voter registration ahead of Nov. 4 elections

Kootenai County election officials want to make sure everyone's information is current ahead of the November 4th elections.

“Voters are busy people, and everyone gets frustrated waiting in line,” said Kootenai County Chief Deputy Clerk Pat Raffee. “By registering ahead of November 4, Kootenai County voters can have a faster, easier experience at the polls.”

Registration is required for new registrants or voters who have had a name or address change since their original registration. Voter registration cards are available at the following locations:

Working 4 you: Why you should fix your pets

Working 4 you: Why you should fix your pets

America grew up hearing Bob Barker's reminders to spay and neuter your pets, and veterinarians agree, sterilization is important. But why?

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated six to eight million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. About half of those get adopted, but sadly the other half have to be euthanized.

The primary reason for spaying and neutering your pets is population control. Every year around one million dogs are euthanized, simply because they have no place to go.

And vets say you should get your pets fixed, whether they play inside or outdoors.

But spaying and neutering doesn't only help the population of unclaimed kitties and puppies, most research finds that pets who get sterilized at a young age actually live longer, healthier lives.

Vets say that by spaying or neutering your pets, you can avoid a lot of costly medical complications in the future caused by infections.

Veterinarians say you should get your pets fixed when they are two to six months old.

Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Fall is here and that means retailers and shoppers are turning their attention to Halloween. But will consumers be willing to spend as much this year on costumes and candy?

Stores like Target and Walmart are already gearing up for the Holiday. And if you feel like it's just a little too early to get ready for Halloween, you may be surprised to hear that one-third of Americans say they'll be making their holiday purchases before October 1st.

Halloween is the last major retail event before the big holiday rush. It can offer retailers clues on how willing Americans will be to open their wallets, and how stores should approach holiday inventory, discounts and deals.

Many shoppers say the U.S. economy is still weighing heavily on their minds. one in five people say it will make an impact on how they approach holiday spending.

But it may not affect it as much as you'd think.

New numbers from the National Retail Federation show most consumers won't be afraid to spend on Halloween this year.

So, how much will the average American be spending?