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Arming teachers idea sparks recall effort

A recall effort has been launched against a Lake Pend Oreille School District trustee who introduced a plan to arm teachers.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that supporters have about 70 days to collect the necessary 105 signatures to cause a special election on whether to recall Steve Youngdahl.

Other trustees say they were surprised by Youngdahl's proposal earlier this month because there was no prior discussion.

Backers of the recall say Youngdahl presented faulty information in his initial policy proposal having to do with mass shootings stopped by police and those stopped by civilians.

Tom Bokowy is one of the recall leaders. He says arming teachers creates more problems and greater risk than not arming them.

Youngdahl contends the information he supplied is valid.

Former north Idaho man faces a judge for sex trafficking charges

A former north Idaho man who made national headlines for his fight against the EPA was in a North Dakota court room Friday on sex trafficking charges.

Prosecutors say Sackett and another man tried to lure an underage girl across state lines into North Dakota to engage in a commercial sex act.

Friday a judge ordered Sackett to turn over his passport, but he will not have to spend time in jail before his trial. Instead, Sackett is required to stay within the city limits of Willison where he has been living, and can not have contact with girls under age of 18.

Sackett found himself in the media spotlight last year when he fought the EPA over property rights in Priest Lake, Idaho. He became a hero of sorts for people who believe the agency has too much power.

Court: Former EPA crusader arrested for sex trafficking

Court: Former EPA crusader arrested for sex trafficking

A former North Idaho man who made headlines nationwide in a battle with the Environmental Protection Agency is now under arrest, charged with sex trafficking in North Dakota.

Forty-seven-year old Michael T. Sackett was booked into the Burleigh County Detention Center in Bismarck. Though most of the case is sealed, court documents filed in federal court allege Sackett and another man, 23-year old Jordan Christiansen, of Montana, were arrested for attempting to entice an underage girl across state lines to "engage in a commercial sex act."

Sackett made an initial court appearance in Bismarck Tuesday and will be back in court Friday.

Sources close to the investigation confirm Sackett is originally from North Idaho but works and lives in Williston, N.D.

Shoshone County Sheriff's Office searching for missing child

Authorities are searching for a child who was taken by his biological, non-custodial father from a campground in the Bumblebee area in late August and has not been seen since.

The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office said that they received a report from a woman on August 24 that she and her sons were camping in the Bumblebee area when that William Shedd, 63, the biological father of her two sons, visited the campsite.

Shedd got into an argument with his 15-year-old son and then he and his 11-year-old son, Elan Shedd, got into his white van and left the campsite. They have not been seen or heard from since.

The sheriff's office reports that during their initial investigation into the incident they could not confirm whether or not William Shedd had custodial or visitation rights with his children, however they have since developed probable cause to charge Shedd with first degree custodial interference and a warrant was issued on Sept. 19 for his arrest.

Idaho offers unemployment benefits to furloughed workers

Idaho offers unemployment benefits to furloughed workers

The Idaho Department of Labor is prepared to help all federal workers in Idaho furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.

From Idaho Department of Labor:
Federal and contract employees laid off due to the government shutdown are eligible to file for unemployment benefits under the same conditions as all other workers. But should Congress approve back pay for federal employees, those receiving back pay will need to repay any benefits they received.

Officials mull making Scotchman Peaks wilderness

A draft forest management plan is recommending making more than 25,000 acres of the Scotchman Peaks area in northern Idaho part of a protected wilderness zone.

The recommendation is part of a draft record of decision developed for the Kootenai and Panhandle national forests.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the new draft updates the existing 1987 plan and will guide management of the forests for the next 15 years.

The old plan recommended 23,900 acres of the Scotchman Peaks area be designated wilderness. The new plan simply adds 2,000 more acres to that total.

The draft plan and accompanying environmental study were released for public review last month. The forest is accepting public comments on the proposal until late November.







Spokane bomb squad responds to suspicious package in Post Falls

The Spokane bomb squad responded to a suspicious package at the Post Falls Police Department Monday evening.

Officials say someone found the device along the road in Spokane county, then loaded it into their car and drove it to the police department to notify them around 5 p.m.

The building was evacuated and a two-block area cordoned off while the bomb squad moved in. They removed the device from a car and took it to a nearby field to render it safe.

The remnants of the device will be taken to a lab for identification.

Police say they do not consider the person who brought the device in to be a suspect. They will release a statement on Tuesday with more information on the investigation.