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N. Idaho man dies in apparent logging accident

A northern Idaho man has died in an apparent logging accident while working alone clearing trees.

The Bonner County Sheriff's Office tells the Bonner County Daily Bee the accident happened Tuesday north of Kootenai.

Sheriff Daryl Wheeler says the man was a local resident who was working by himself when a branch apparently fell on him.

Wheeler says co-workers found him when they returned to the area.

Bonner County EMS Chief Robert Wakeley says the man was wearing a helmet but appeared to have suffered a fatal blow to the head and died at the scene.

The man's name hasn't been released.

Washington man arrested for beating death at Silver Mountain Lodge

Washington man arrested for beating death at Silver Mountain Lodge

A Port Angeles man has been arrested on voluntary manslaughter charges after a man was beaten at Silver Mountain Lodge and later succumbed to his injuries.

Kellogg Police responded to the lodge for a reported battery on Friday, Feb. 21, the Shoshone County prosecutor's office confirmed Monday morning. When they arrived they found Eric Crouse, 42, had been assaulted.

Crouse was airlifted to Kootenai Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries on Feb. 22.

Brett McCallister of Port Angeles was arrested by police and is being held on a charge of voluntary manslaughter. If convicted, McCallister faces up to 15 years in prison.

An autopsy on Crouse is scheduled for Monday morning and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The Gift of Life

The Gift of Life

Their name is synonymous with both grief and strength. The Swank family in North Idaho has had their faith tested in ways most of us could never imagine. In 2009, they lost their 17-year old son Drew following a football injury.

Now, their faith is being tested again as Drew's older sister fights for her life.

The Swank house in North Idaho is one of those idyllic places. On a recent February day, covered in snow, bathed in sunlight and filled with love. For 43-year old Tara Swank, it has been a refuge in a storm of unthinkable grief.

"Watching my youngest brother and sisters go through the death of their brother has probably hurt me as much as just my own hurt of watching my brother die," said Tara.

Reminders of Drew are everywhere in their home - in smiling pictures, in grieving hearts.

"It's horrendous, really," said Drew's mom, Patti. "There's no word for the heartbreak. I'm still not over Drew."

Drew was just 17 when a football injury ended his life. The oldest of eight and a critical care nurse by trade, Tara helped hold her family together.

Idaho Fish and Game asking for citizen input on animal trapping

Idaho Fish and Game asking for citizen input on animal trapping

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for input on trapping concerns after two recent incidents where families lost their dogs in wooded areas.

A Post Falls family says they lost their dog in a trap last month and said they would like to see more regulations, however, the Idaho Trappers Association is saying no more regulations are needed.

Back in January, the Miller family lost their canine companion while looking for horns in the Kellogg hills.

"I looked over and my dog was just spazzing, is pretty much the best thing and there was this huge metal contraption on his head," Sarah Miller said.

Miller's two-year-old dog, Loyal found himself in a body grip after going for its bait. He died less than a minute later. It was the second incident involving pets getting caught in traps after another dog died from a trap in December. Now others are concerned their dogs will fall victim if they go off the beaten path and are calling for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to do something.

The Idaho Trappers Association, however, said it's already in the process of coming up with their own plan.

Idaho Fish and Game to discuss trapping pet deaths

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is gathering input from lawmakers, recreationists and trappers after reports surfaced that some pet dogs were killed in traps in northern Idaho.

Department regional supervisor Chip Corsi tells The Coeur d'Alene Press the agency is in the process of getting input to address the trapping issues.

Two pet dogs were recently killed in northern Idaho when they wandered off a hiking trail and into a body-gripping trap set for a wild animal. Currently, trappers are allowed to set traps in many public recreational areas as long as they are at least five feet from the center of any trail. Trappers are not required to post warning signs.

North Idaho native ready to hit the slopes for Team USA

North Idaho native ready to hit the slopes for Team USA

Sandpoint, Idaho native Nate Holland is preparing for the race of his life on Monday in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Holland grew up in Sandpoint and still owns a summer business there. He's been to the Olympics twice now, finishing fourth in Vancouver in 2010.

"I made it to finals, but one off of the podium," Holland said. "That's a tough place to be, I'm hungry for this."

On Monday Holland will be on the big stage again as he competes in Snowboard Cross, his dreams on the edge of coming true.

"He wants to do well here," says his mom Rebecca. "He's really dedicated himself to this year, his determination and fighting through a broken collar bone.

She will be watching closely from Sandpoing while his dad Don will be cheering him on in person.

"I tell you, I fell like a jack in the box right now. I'm keeping a lid on the energy so I can move around here and sleep at night," he said.

While Nate has never won an Olympic medal, he's no stranger to awards. He's won eight X-Game golds, and is a 17-time world cup medalist.

Community rallies around injured Bonners Ferry cheerleader

There's been an outpouring of support for a cheerleader from Bonners Ferry High School who was critically injured in a head-on collision over the weekend.

Kelsey Shutes loves to cheer for Bonners Ferry; it's what she lives for. But now, after her accident, the roles have been reversed and she has the whole community cheering for her.

On Saturday night Kelsey Shutes was heading home from a cheer competition when she was involved in a head-on collision with a truck. She suffered head trauma as a result of the crash and is now in the intensive care unit at Kootenai Medical Center.

She's making progress but still has a long ways to go and, thankfully is not fighting to recover alone.

The community is rallying around Kelsey with more than just well wishes. A Go Fund Me account was set up for her Monday morning and in 24 hours raised $5,000.

As of Thursday afternoon, over $8,000 has been raised to help the family with medical bills, donations even coming from complete strangers.

"We weren't expecting any of this, all we asked for is prayers, we never expected it to turn this big," Lexi Wages, Kelsey's sister, said.