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Trapped by boulder, climber waited nine hours for rescue

Trapped by boulder, climber waited nine hours for rescue

An experienced outdoorswoman hiking on Chimney Rock near Priest Lake was hit by a boulder and trapped, forced to lay face down for nearly nine hours.

It's the beauty that draws many to the outdoors in North Idaho; the hiking, biking, climbing possibilities are endless, but it comes with certain risks.

"We hiked up crossed the talus field had a lengthy discussion about how dangerous talus is he kept referring to it as like lightning you just never know when it's going to strike and it does," Ammi Midstokke said.

On Friday Midstokke was climbing Chimney Rock when, during her descent, a two-ton boulder shifted, hitting her in the head and as she tried to move out of its path her foot became trapped.

"There was a brief moment from the initial strike, the initial impact and the second roll and I tried to scramble out of the way but I was a little delirious from the first impact," she said.

Luckily her climbing partner was an EMT and a member of search and rescue and, after about 20 minutes of trying to move the boulder themselves, they called for help.

Man recovering after tree impaled him during July 23 storm

Man recovering after tree impaled him during July 23 storm

The July 23 wind storm that tore through Spokane did tremendous damage across the area, and in the case of Chattaroy resident Carl Evans, nearly cost him his life.

The fact that Evans can even walk today is a small miracle. It was exactly two months ago that a wind storm changed his life forever.

"Thing hit me like a tornado," he said.

Evans was driving home when he heard the storm warning on the radio and then saw a tree start falling in his rear view mirror. That tree smashed the roof of his car and tore off his left arm.

"Then I said a prayer to God, 'Dear God, please don't let me die right now, I'm not ready for it,'" he said.

One of the tree branches pierced the roof of the car, pinning Evans to his seat like a butterfly in a display case. Rescuers had to cut the branch down just to get him into the helicopter to fly him to the hospital.

"And so he gets on top of me and he's got that sawz-all cutting through six inches of branch, cutting it shorter, I'm just thinking 'Oh my God,' so he cut that off," he said.

The tree branch hit his groin, missing vital organs and arteries by centimeters.

Washington state woman sues N. Idaho resort

A Washington state woman has filed a lawsuit against a northern Idaho resort contending she suffered severe burns and disfigurement when a mortar shell firework struck her in the face during a Fourth of July display.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports in a story on Tuesday that Alivia Norwood of Spokane filed the lawsuit Sept. 11 against Grandview Resort at Priest Lake and is seeking in excess of $10,000.

A Bonner County emergency response team reported that Norwood suffered third-degree burns to the side of her face.

She was evacuated from the area by helicopter.

The lawsuit also contends that the resort provided alcohol to individuals it knew or should have known were intoxicated but allowed to take part in the fireworks display.

Concrete in I-90 bridge construction testing below standards

The state of Idaho says a construction company that's replacing two I-90 bridges in the Silver Valley is using substandard concrete in portions of the project.

One of those bridges is in Pinehurst and is supposed to be complete before the winter driving season. Fortunately, routine quality controls by the Idaho Transportation Department discovered the problem before it was too late, revealing that the quality of concrete being used on the bridge was only classified as "marginal."

The columns holding up the bridge have all passed inspection, but it's the concrete being used to construct the driving deck that has tested as marginal or failed stress tests altogether.

The contractor, Wadsworth Construction, is now forfeiting 25-50 percent payment on those particular concrete pours.

Engineers to not believe the new bridge will need to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch, but it is possible some load bearing sections will have to be replaced.

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Few things will ever be as cool or awe-inspiring as dinosaurs, and today is the first day you can meet one up close and personal at Mobius Science Museum. Not just any dinosaur either, but Sue – the largest and most complete fossil of a T-Rex ever discovered.

Sue's trip to Spokane began as a whirlwind affair, with an empty stretch in her schedule the options were to either be shipped back to Chicago for storage or find a museum who would be willing to take her.

“Sue is what we call, in the business, a last minute booking,” said Mobius CEO Phil Lindsey. “Some of our board members had been reaching out to the Field Museum in Chicago about her availability and we reached a point where we thought we were going to be able to get her out here. From the booking to the shipping, everything was about six weeks.”

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

A Grant County child has been hospitalized with a severe respiratory that may be enterovirus D68. A test returned positive for enterovirus/rhinovirus, but was unable to distinguish between the two. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control that will determine which it is, with results expected next week.

Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brezny issued a public health advisory to local healthcare providers and schools. The CDC has said this is a rapidly evolving situation. Previously EV-D68 has been rare in the U.S, but in other states the outbreaks are resulting in many children requiring ER visits and hospitalizations, mostly for breathing problems and severe asthma.

The virus spreads from person to person like a cold and has been causing mild to severe breathing illnesses (runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing) both with and without fever. Children with per-existing asthma may suffer worse infections. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for enteroviruses.

Missing person alert: William Weipert

Missing person alert: William Weipert

UPDATE: William Weipert has been found.


The Coeur d'Alene Police Department are asking the public to be on the lookout for 56-year-old William C. Weipert of Spokane. A manager of the Lighthouse, an adult care facility in Spokane, reported him missing Wednesday.

Weipert was originally reported missing on August 23rd, than found and placed into the Kootnei County Jail on August 27. He was released September 9, but hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Weipert suffers from mental disabilities. The manager at Lighthouse is concerned for his safety and says he may be utilizing homeless services in the area.

He's described as 6 feet tall, 165 pounds with hazel eyes, long grey hair and a full grey beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, a blue button up shirt and a white tanktop.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call CDA Police at (208) 769-2320.