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Avista recap and thanks for Saturday storm

Avista recap and thanks for Saturday storm

Avista once again is expressing their gratefulness for customer patience and support after recovering from the second major storm in just two weeks.

It took only three days to restore power to all 48,000 customers impacted by the August 2 storm, which rolled across the inland northwest just six days after the July 23 storm. The last storm resulted in the worst damage to the system since an ice storm in 1996.

“It's an amazing achievement to restore power to all of our customers within a matter of days following the one-two punch we received from Mother Nature,” said Avista Utilities President Dennis Vermillion. “Given the magnitude of damage from these back-to-back storms, I have the deepest respect for all of our employees who were involved in restoration efforts, especially our Avista crews and the contract crews who worked tirelessly in the heat to turn on the lights and get the air conditioning and fans blowing for our customers.”

National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime

It's National Night Out and we've put together a list of celebrations in and around your neighborhood.

National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Check out the list below to see what's going on in your neck of the woods:

 

Kootenai County, Idaho – Hayden City Park 8930 N. Government Way

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Entertainment
  • Free Food and Drinks
  • Giveaways
  • Crime Prevention and Safety Information

 

Moscow, Idaho – Eastside Marketplate 1420 S. Blaine St.

Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

As the crisis in Gaza and Israel plays out, the world is paying attention online. That's where most of us get our information, and it could be influencing how we view the conflict.

Many of us see the world through an internet filter and that can be dangerous when it comes to forming opinions about major issues such as the conflict in the Middle East.

If you use Facebook, for example, your news is processed through a filter of things you are most likely to "like." It may keep you engaged with the story, but you will only be fed information that agrees with your point of view or that of your friends.

And Facebook isn't the only company that uses these algorithms to filter you news feed.

Eli Pariser, author of "The Filter Bubble," has warned about the dangers of internet customization. He points out that a Google search of a country or conflict will yield completely different results for different users, dependent upon what they have viewed in the past.

Yahoo News also personalizes stories to fit what the company believes is the user's perspective.

California man charged in Idaho after video posted

A California man with a large swastika tattoo on his chest is facing a battery charge in northern Idaho following a video posted on YouTube.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that police in Coeur d'Alene arrested 41-year-old Gary Edwin Dixon of Victorville, California, on Saturday after seeing the YouTube video posted on Wednesday.

Police say the video titled "Crazy guy at Texas Roadhouse" shows a shirtless Dixon raging at another man and his family in a parking lot as they leave a restaurant.

Dixon was booked into the Kootenai County Jail and released the same day on $300 bond. The jail roster lists Dixon as currently living in Post Falls.

Northern Idaho has a history of white supremacy groups but Dixon says he has no ties.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfdw63zhfZM (WARNING: Graphic language)

Large scale watershed restoration in Idaho panhandle

Large scale watershed restoration in Idaho panhandle

The Idaho Panhandle National Forest announced some big improvements to the Moose Drool Watershed Project this year. The project will improve 21 fish passages, 3 miles of in-stream fish habitat and supplement in-stream woody debris with more than 1,000 pieces.

This project is the largest of its kind ever to take place in north Idaho, improving water quality and fish habitat while providing jobs for the local economy.

Significant work on this project will begin this summer and is expected to continue through early October. Contractors will complete the project in summer 2015.

Ongoing work includes rail bed decommissioning and removal, decommissioning of impassable roads, road and trail reconstruction and in-stream improvements.

Forest visitors in the area should be away of several temporary road and trail closures as a result of the work:

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.

Two men rescued from truck in Fernan Lake

Two men rescued from truck in Fernan Lake

Two men from north Idaho had to be fished out of Fernan Lake early Tuesday morning after their vehicle left the road.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and Coeur d'Alene Police were both dispatched to the single-vehicle accident call on Fernan Lake Road after a caller reported a vehicle had driven off the road and into the lake.

Law enforcement arrived to find a 2006 Chevrolet pickup in the lake, partially submerged in a few feet of water and resting on the driver's side. Both the driver and passenger were standing on the side of the truck and needed assistance back to shore and up a steep embankment.

The driver was identified as 39-year-old Kristopher Corey of Hayden and did not suffer any injuries. His passenger, 30-year-old Adrian El-Qare from Coeur d'Alene, was taken to Kootenai Health with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and it is unknown if anyone will face charges at this time.