North Idaho en North Idaho Sheriff's Office Drops Boy Scouts Charter <p>A charter the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office in northern Idaho had with Boy Scout troop 911 has expired following the Boy Scouts of America opening its ranks to gay scouts.</p><p>Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger last spring said he would be compelled to drop the charter because the organization is promoting a lifestyle that's against Idaho law.</p><p><a href="">The Coeur d'Alene Press reports</a> the charter the sheriff's office had with the troop expired at the end of 2013.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:53:58 +0000 Associated Press 41423 at North Idaho County Taps Emergency Money For Lawsuit <p>Bonner County commissioners have declared a financial emergency to allow the county to use money from a contingency account to fend off a federal lawsuit.<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">The Bonner County Daily Bee reports</a> the commissioners made the decision Wednesday so the county can use money in the county's justice fund.<br /><br />The county budgeted $400,000 in the current fiscal year and will now have another $450,000 for a total of $850,000.<br /> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:48:33 +0000 Associated Press 34217 at Idaho School District Looks For Answers After Multiple Bomb Threats <p>A small school district in north Idaho is trying to figure out who's behind 10 bomb threats made since the beginning of the school year. The series of hoaxes has rattled the community, and caused huge disruptions in school.</p><p>Boundary County schools superintendent Richard Conley says mostt of the threats were made on bathroom stalls. Conley says the last four threats alone came in March.</p><p>“I've been in education for 41 years and I've never seen this," Conley says.</p><p>Police believe multiple students are responsible. None of the threats, however, turned up an actual bomb.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:41:10 +0000 Jessica Robinson 23315 at Failed Compound Illustrates Disarray In White Supremacy Movement <p>Shaun Winkler’s beliefs are no secret in north Idaho. The 34-year-old was a protégé of Richard Butler, the former leader of the Aryan Nations, once headquartered here. More recently, Winkler has picketed Mexican restaurants and a Martin Luther King Day event in Coeur d’Alene.</p><p>So when Winkler announced he was running for county sheriff, photojournalist Matt McKnight asked to meet with him.</p><p>“I met him there at his property … It was pretty obvious to me that what he’s after is building a compound, having that compound for people to live on," McKnight says.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:36:20 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17499 at Failed Compound Illustrates Disarray In White Supremacy Movement One Housing Sector That’s Booming: Survival Realty <p>The housing market in the Northwest is finally showing signs of recovery. But there&rsquo;s one sector of real estate that never let up during the economic downturn. Real estate agents who sell what&rsquo;s known as &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">survival realty</a>&rdquo; are experiencing boom times. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 04:14:31 +0000 Jessica Robinson 10868 at One Housing Sector That’s Booming: Survival Realty Court Decides Idaho Property Rights Case On Narrow Grounds <p>Mike and Chantell Sackett imagine a rustic, three-bedroom A-frame, with views of Priest Lake and the rugged landscape that surrounds it. But the EPA told them in 2007 that because their plot is designated as a wetland, they could face steep fines for building.</p><p>The coupled hired engineers who dispute that finding. But they never had a chance to argue that point. In an interview last fall, Chantell Sackett said the case comes down to this exchange with a EPA manager.</p><p>&quot;I said, &#39;So, why would I stop building my house? She said, &#39;Because we told you to.&#39;&quot;</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:23:46 +0000 Colin Fogerty 2844 at Court Decides Idaho Property Rights Case On Narrow Grounds North Idaho Couple Celebrates Property Rights Victory <p>A north Idaho couple is celebrating a major legal victory at the nation&#39;s highest court. Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that <a href="" target="_blank">Mike and Chantell Sackett</a> have the right to challenge a decision by federal regulators that their property is a protected wetland.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:46:19 +0000 Colin Fogarty 2816 at North Idaho Couple Celebrates Property Rights Victory