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Off-road trail to temporarily close next week

By JOSH MCDONALD Staff Reporter The narrow, fenced in, dirt trail located between Interstate 90 and the north side of the Central Impoundment Area (CIA) in Kellogg will be closing this coming Monday. The popular ATV trail will be closed from Sept. 11, until approximately Nov. 15. Closure of the trail is required for construction work related to the groundwater collection system monitoring wells. Those who use the trail between Kellogg and Smelterville will have to travel McKinley Avenue if using a motorized vehicle. The Trail of the Coeur d?Alenes will not affected by this construction and is open for walkers and bike riders, however no motorized vehicles are allowed on that trail. The groundwater collection system will capture water that flows through metal-rich tailings from mining activities that are contained within the CIA (or more commonly referred to as the ?slag pile?) between Kellogg and Smelterville. The CIA is the biggest single source of dissolved zinc pollution to the South Fork of the Coeur d?Alene River. The system will consist of a series of extraction wells and an underground retaining wall between the CIA and I-90. See TRAIL, A6 Photo by JOSH MCDONALD The Central Treatment Plant in Kellogg. The plant has been in operation for more than 40 years, it was initially built exclusively for use of the Bunker Hill Mine, but will now be used to treat any contaminated groundwater that gets pumped to it. The plant can treat up to 5,000 gallons of water per minute. 2017




Best-in-show baked goods eaten during masked Ohio burglary: Authorities have identified a suspect in an Ohio county fair burglary who took a bite out of best-ofshow baked goods during the heist. The Plain Dealer reports that officials say whoever broke into an exhibit at the Geauga County Fair in northeast Ohio last week has a masked face, soft fur and walks on four legs. Wanted posters are now on display for a raccoon or raccoons that left paw prints on baked goods judged to be the best in show among the more than 1,000 entries submitted at the 195-yearold fair. Fair Board Director Paul Harris says the raccoon took ?a little sample here and a little sample there? from seven of the 11 best-of-show entries, including breads, muffins, scones, pies and a chocolate cake. ? Associated Press


Silver......................$18.03/oz. Gold...................$1,345.00/oz. Lead..............$2,320.50/tonne Zinc...............$3,086.00/tonne TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS- PRESS, CALL (208) 752-1120 © Copyright 2017 News-Press Vol. 33, No. 46 Web: Photo by JOSH MCDONALD Kellogg School Board vice-chairman Bonnie Farmin, chairman Art Krulitz, and superintendent Woody Woodford smile after cutting the ceremonial ribbon in the new Kellogg Middle School.

New start, new hope, new school

By JOSH MCDONALD Staff Reporter KELLOGG ? The staff and students at Kellogg Middle School had a ceremonial ribbon cutting assembly on Tuesday in the gymnasium of their new (sort of) facility inside the former Sunnyside Elementary School. By CHANSE WATSON Managing Editor OSBURN ? Following two separate investigations by local officials and an independent consulting company, the house fire that occurred in the Sunny Slopes area of Osburn on Aug. 16 has been officially declared an accident. According to Aaron Cagle, Shoshone County Fire District No. 1 Chief, the structure caught fire when a five-gallon propane tank on the home?s backyard deck exploded because of a smaller fire underneath it, raising its temperature. This type of explosion is what firefighters refer to as a BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion). The propane tank was connected to a grill/smoker combination unit that was sitting on top of a ground level wooden deck. Principal Jan Bayer along with Kellogg School District superintendent Woody Woodford and school board chairman and vice-chair Art Krulitz and Bonnie Farmin discussed the importance of the school and what it means for the district to have the building open again. ?When this building was closed three years ago, we immediately began thinking about how he can repurpose the building,? Krulitz said. ?When we got down to looking at possibilities, we got really excited about this and are excited for you guys to be the first group of students in the new Kellogg Middle School.? See SCHOOL, A6 Underneath the deck were other combustibles, including old pallet wood. Cagle said the smaller fire was caused by an accumulation of grease under the deck catching fire. The smaller grease fire then smoldered for hours until mother nature gave it a boost, he said.

Autopsy clears Rickets of manslaughter

By JOSH MCDONALD Staff Reporter WALLACE ? After receiving autopsy results, the Shoshone County prosecuting attorney?s office (SCPAO) will not be upgrading Ryan Rickets? charges from battery to manslaughter. The entirety of the results are still not being released, but a representative from the office did confirm that the charges were not going to be upgraded. The prosecuting attorney?s office had been working with the Kellogg Police Department on an investigation of Rickets following the death of local resident, Gerad Crawford. Crawford, 49, of Smelterville, passed away on July 26 after succumbing to existing medical issues. What was in question before the autopsy was whether or not those issues had been accelerated by Crawford?s involvement in a fight that happened on July 9 in Kellogg between Crawford, Rickets, and Heather Therrian. Initially, Rickets was See RICKETS, A7

No foul play suspected in Sunny Slopes structure fire

?With weather conditions the way they were... it?s very easy for a fire like that to smolder as a small ember until the right wind conditions pick up ? which they did that afternoon,? Cagle said. See FIRE, A6

Kid?s Health Fair 2017

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from10:00 am to 1:00 pm SMC Health & Wellness Center, Outdoor Track, 858 Commerce Drive, Smelterville, ID 83868

?Building Healthy Bodies?

Enjoy A really FUN Day Including: Food ? Bouncy Houses ? Prizes ? Education ? Snacks ? Games ? Outdoor Activities ? Child & Family Resources

* Free Children?s Coat Give-Away*

New and gently-used coats will be available for children in need. Please note: The child must be present to receive a coat. One coat per child.

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