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Mom asks community to remember daughter with acts of kindness

Mom asks community to remember daughter with acts of kindness

On July 10th, 2012, Jovie Sloan Preston died of SIDS at just 16 weeks old. This Sunday would have been her second birthday, and to celebrate her mom is hoping the community will spend March 16th spreading random acts of kindness in honor of her little girl.

Last year, Molly Preston celebrated Jovi’s birthday by thanking the first responders and doctors who helped her the day that she found her daughter dead in her crib after laying her down for a nap. Preston brought them cookies, but this year she wants to honor her daughter’s short life on a grander scale.

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.

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.

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.

Silver Valley residents searching for missing teen

Silver Valley residents searching for missing teen

Friends, family, and entire towns are searching for a north Idaho teen. 18-year-old Dylan Parker was last seen at a party on Two Mile Road in Osburn on Saturday night.

Dylan Parker's mother Mona Rupp told KXLY she received a text message from her son that asked she meet him at the 76 gas station in town. She showed up, and there was no sign of him. Rupp then searched throughout the night, but still no luck.

"His phone wasn't going straight to voice mail, it just wasn't being answered. It didn't go to voice mail until about four in the morning," Rupp said.

Rupp drove up and down the road towards their home, and she immediately started asking questions around Osburn.

"He just disappeared. Nobody knows anything right now. Nobody's saying (anything), nobody's talking. Somebody's got to know something out there," she said.

Rupp says Dylan was in a great mood that day and night, nothing was out of the ordinary.

"We talked all day long. From 9 o'clock to midnight we probably talked to each other 12 times," she added.

Authorities searching for missing Silver Valley teen

Authorities searching for missing Silver Valley teen

The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing 18-year-old.

Dylan Parker of Kellogg was last seen by friends leaving a home near Osburn Saturday night. His mother got a call from him at about midnight asking her to pick him up at the Osburn Shell station. When she arrived he wasn't there.

The store clerk says a person matching his description got into a white car with Kootenai County plates.

Parker is described as 5'10", 150 pounds with brown hair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call investigators at 208-556-1114.

Sandpoint Mayor Marsha Ogilvie passes away

Sandpoint Mayor Marsha Ogilvie passes away

Marsha Ogilvie, the mayor of Sandpoint, passed away Wednesday morning following a long illness.

Ogilvie had been getting treated for cancer and was ill for more than a year.

Born in Riverside, Calif., she moved to North Idaho in 1994 and ran several successful businesses before becoming active in the Sandpoint community, first as a court appointed special advocate, working to represent children's rights in the court system, and later with Kinderhaven, a community home for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

More than 1,000 children were sheltered in Kinderhaven during her 13 years as president of the organization.

In 1999 Ogilvie founded "Women Honoring Women" which annually celebrates local women who have been inspirational role models in the community.

Ogilvie served on the city council for two years before she was elected mayor.

She and her husband celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2010.

The City of Sandpoint issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon regarding Ogilvie's passing: