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Idaho family's pet dog killed in animal trap

A northern Idaho family says their dog was killed after it was caught in an unmarked large animal trap in a forest near Kellogg.

Post Falls resident Sarah Miller told the Coeur d'Alene Press that her family was hiking Sunday when their dog, Loyal encountered the body-gripping trap about 20 feet off the road.

Miller says she tried to release the jaws of the trap but it wouldn't budge, and her 12-year-old son watched as their pet died.

Miller says she called Idaho Fish and Game but the agency said there was nothing they could do because the trapper's name wasn't on the trap. Miller says trappers aren't required to post warning signs.

Another northern Idaho family reported their dog died in a similar trap last month.

New study warns root rot could get worse

New study warns root rot could get worse

A new study warns that a fungus that devours the roots of Douglas fir trees in the Northwest could become a bigger killer as the climate changes.

Laminated root rot occurs from Montana to the Pacific Ocean and already costs the timber industry millions of dollars each year.

The Spokesman-Review reports that if the disease doesn't kill the fir trees outright, it leaves them weakened and susceptible to bark beetle attacks and uprooting during wind storms.

The study was overseen by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

The first woman to lead an Idaho National Guard battalion

The first woman to lead an Idaho National Guard battalion

Idaho National Guard has it's first female battalion leader.  Major Kimberly R. Tschepen has become the first woman to lead an Idaho National Guard battalion; the 145th Brigade Support Battalion.

The battalion has 500 men and women in Lewiston, Orofino, Kamiah, Moscow, Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Post Falls.

How to cope with SAD during the winter months

How to cope with SAD during the winter months

These gray skies can sure bring on the winter blues. But is it just that or perhaps something more? Winter months in the Pacific Northwest are often known to bring on Seasonal Affective Disorder.

With the weather we've been seeing in Spokane it's not a huge surprise that people often experience SAD. Doctors say it is a real thing and is classified as a modifier to serious depression.

Even in the most beautiful of cities, gray skies can make people feel, well, kind of blue.

"It only affects me when we have low light and the less light we have, like right now, the more depressed I can get," said Spokane Valley resident Midge Stumm, who has SAD.

"I'd love to go to Palm Spring and spend the winter but it's a little cost prohibitive," she added.

Instead she uses several methods to beat the blues.

"Chocolate is probably the best one but the worst on my hips," she said with a smile.

While some attribute the winter blues to just plain old grumpiness, doctors say SAD is a condition.

"And we know it exists. We tend to see it more in the northern areas like here," said Dr. Jeff Wirthlin.

2 teens arrested in Idaho in Lacey fatal shooting

Two teens were arrested Thursday night at a Pinehurst, Idaho, gas station and held for investigation of a fatal shooting Wednesday night in Lacey.

The Olympian reports one is a 17-year-old accused of firing the shot that killed 34-year-old Daniel L. Smith of Lacey during an attempted marijuana rip-off. All five suspects are now in custody. Three are jailed in Thurston County.

Police say a license plate reader identified the suspects' car, and the two are held Friday at the Shoshone County Detention Center in Wallace, Idaho.

Lacey police say the group arranged to buy marijuana from Smith but tried to rob him instead. He was shot as he tried to drive away in an apartment parking lot.

ISP commemorates 75 years of service

ISP commemorates 75 years of service

The Idaho State Police are embarking on their 75th year of service in 2014, and to celebrate they’ve gone old school with new badges. ISP Troopers will be wearing a special commemorative badges this year that were designed to resemble the badges worn by the earliest officers of the Bureau of Constabulary, ISP’s predecessor.

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Inmate lawsuit against major beer makers thrown out

Inmate lawsuit against major beer makers thrown out

The $1 billion federal lawsuit that inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution filed against national beer and wine companies alleging that alcohol led to their crimes and "caused them to become incarcerated for a great portion of their lives" has been thrown out.