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Silver Valley native Nick Rounds killed in Sunshine Mine accident

Silver Valley native Nick Rounds killed in Sunshine Mine accident

It's a tough way to make a living and Monday night hard rock mining has claimed another life in Idaho's Silver Valley.

Monday afternoon Nick Rounds was cleaning a mineshaft at the Sunshine Mine near Kellogg when he was trapped between a rock wall and an elevator and was crushed to death.

Rounds, a 1996 graduate of Wallace High School, comes from a mining family and, in fact, he followed in his dad's footsteps to become a miner.

His dad was with him in the mine when he was killed.

An elevator called a skip travels up and down the 3,500 foot mineshaft and that's where Nick was working with his father when the accident happened.

"I don't know what the circumstances were but Nick was a very safety oriented person as was his dad," Lenny Hoiland said.

Hoiland was a hoist operator at the Sunshine mine until last January and said Nick was a hard-working, competent miner.

"He loved the outdoors, lived family, he was just a big lovable teddy bear," Hoiland added.

Silver Valley man killed in Sunshine Mine accident

The Silver Valley is in mourning Tuesday as one of their own was killed in a mining accident at the Sunshine Mine Monday afternoon.

A family friend confirmed to KXLY the miner killed was Nick Rounds, a 1996 graduate of Wallace High School. They also confirmed that Rounds' dad was at the mine at the time of the accident.

The Mining Safety and Health Administration reports around 2 p.m. Monday Rounds and another miner were on top of a skip while working in the mineshaft. They were getting ready to move the skip but it moved before Rounds was clear and he was caught between the skip and the mineshaft.

Rounds was killed while the other miner was uninjured.

At the mine Monday afternoon employees congregated in small groups before leaving the mine. In Kellogg, news traveled fast as those who knew miners or had family members at the Sunshine Mine were lamenting the loss of one of their own. The mood was somber at local establishments as word spread of the tragedy that happened underground.

MSHA officials have been dispatched to the mine to investigate the incident.

One miner killed in incident at Sunshine Mine

One miner killed in incident at Sunshine Mine

The Mining Safety and Health Administration confirms one person was killed Monday in an incident at the Sunshine Mine in Kellogg, Idaho.

The MHSA says around 2 p.m. Monday, two miners were on top of a skip while working in the shaft of the mine. They were getting ready to move the skip, but the skip moved before one of the miners was clear, and he became caught between the skip and the shaft.

The trapped miner was killed, while the other was uninjured.

Mine Safety and Health Administration officials have been dispatched to the mine.

In 2012 a fire broke out inside the mine. The mine was evacuated after a sensor in a vent shaft detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide inside and 12 people who were underground at the time were safely evacuated.

The fire burned for several weeks and was extinguished after the mine was pumped full of nitrogen to reduce oxygen levels.

In May 1972, 91 miners were killed in the Sunshine Mine fire, one of the worst mining disasters in American history.

After five years in captivity Bergdahl faces long recovery

After five years in captivity Bergdahl faces long recovery

Long time Spokane resident Dale Storr remembers what its like to come home after being a prisoner of war, and said that Bowe Bergdahl has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

In 1991, Storr was an Air Force A-10 pilot who was shot down and held captive by Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard for 33 days. During his captivity he endured torture and even bombing by American warplanes. Lt. Col. Storr, who retired from the 141st Air Refueling Wing after 28 years of service in 2011, remembers the savage and brutal treatment he received at the hands of his Iraqi captors.

Throw in five years Bergdahl's been held prisoner and no one expect him to make a speedy recovery.

Storr was on his 17th mission on February 2, 1991 when his aircraft was hit during a strafing run. The strike severed the control cables of his plane as well as damaged his radio.

"Fortunately for me I ejected just in time, just before the plane hit the ground, got the chute. I landed without injuries and as soon as I was on the ground I could see the truck with the Iraqis coming to get me," he recalled.

Are lawmakers looking to end the war on cannabis?

Lawmakers in Congress voted to restrict DEA funding so that the feds wouldn't go after medical marijuana operations in states where it's legal. It's one of the first signs U.S. lawmakers are looking to end the war on cannabis.

Basically this legislation would mean medical marijuana growers following the rules wouldn't have to fear being raided by the DEA. The DEA would have to focus their resources elsewhere.

"It's come about and we're still going to keep pushing forward until we get the results we want, that's why we vote," Joseph Harrison at Kouchlock Productions said.

That's what the U.S. House of Representatives recognized in its vote, passing a measure to block federal agents from pursuing legal medical marijuana operations.

"They're not going to be singled out and targeted and they're not going to be arrested and that's definitely the key point to this," Harrison said.

Sandpoint couple behind viral solar road project

A Sandpoint engineer and his wife are behind a social media buzz after word about their solar roadway panels went viral.

When most people want to help prevent global warming they choose to drive electric cars or use LED light bulbs, Scott Brusaw and his wife Julie came up with the idea to develop solar roadways.

Not only are the solar roadways environmentally friendly, Brusaw says they provide an extra means of safety and will boost the economy in many ways.

Brusaw says that to replace a panel it would take less than five minutes, thus keeping traffic clear.

The economic factor alone made the City of Sandpoint want to get on board with the concept.

By next summer, Brusaw said they will have their first prototypes on sidewalks, parking lots and the Amtrak train station platform.

However in order to expand their invention they need money. To raise capital they started an Indiegogo fundraiser to raise $1 Million to hire more engineers to help with production. With around $300,000 in the first week the couple was initially discouraged.

Safe holiday driving tips from Idaho State Police

Safe holiday driving tips from Idaho State Police

From the Idaho State Police:

Memorial Day weekend is not only a time to reflect and honor our veterans, but also a time when many Idahoans take to the road to enjoy the unofficial kick-off of summer.   During Memorial Day weekend in 2013, there were 137 crashes on Idaho roads with 79 people injured and 2 fatalities.  The Idaho State Police offer some safety reminders to drivers to ensure that this holiday is safe for everybody on the road.