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Post Falls outage caused sewage spill

A power failure Sept. 19 at a Post Falls lift station resulted in somewhere between "2,000 and 10,000" gallons of sewage being spilled on the ground around the city's Fourth Street treatment facility, city officials said Friday. Because the system was down, sewage backed up into the basement of the Family Dental Office in the 400 block of Spokane Street, City Administrator Eric Keck said. It was the only building affected, he said.

Larkin surprised by jail plan

Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin said he was blindsided by a county proposal to build a jail next to a planned new garbage transfer station just outside the city limits. Larkin and Post Falls Police Department officials said they didn't know about the idea to house perhaps 200 inmates near town on the Rathdrum Prairie until they read it in local newspapers Thursday.

Fate of Foxtail goes to commission

POST FALLS – After being rebuffed by a county hearing examiner and the city of Post Falls, the developers of the proposed Foxtail subdivision will now ask Kootenai County commissioners to approve their plans. Hayden LLC, the developer, must first persuade the commissioners to re-zone 280 acres of land – on the Rathdrum Prairie outside Post Falls' city limits – from agricultural to restricted residential.

Show off your skill at skating contest

POST FALLS – Skaters age 4 and up are invited to show off their moves at the first River City Jam Skate Competition on Aug. 19 in Post Falls. The city's Parks and Recreation Department is teaming with Pyramid Skate and Screen to host the event.

New city forester takes root in Post Falls

POST FALLS – The trees in Post Falls are in nurturing hands again. The city has tapped Angel Spell as its new city forester. She replaces Linden Lampman who after seven years in the post resigned in May to take work with the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Post Falls man faces rape charge

A Post Falls man faces felony rape and kidnapping charges after a woman accused him of forcing her into a car and raping her Saturday night. Robert Alan Ashline, 41, pleaded with Magistrate Scott Wayman for leniency during his court appearance Monday, his voice cracking as he asked for time to prove his innocence.

Revvin’ up the rods

Larry Sherman hunted his prey for two years before moving in for the kill. Er, make that sale. He pursued a 1955 GMC Suburban all over Kootenai County, following the giant beast each time he saw it drive by. Sherman pestered its owner until he relented and sold the rusted vehicle.

Post Falls fills vacant development position

The city of Post Falls has hired a new community development director with more than two decades of experience in city planning. Alex Ikefuna, of Salt Lake City, will begin June 18. The City Council is expected to confirm his hire tonight.

Museum has short-term home

POST FALLS – The Post Falls Museum won't be lost to history. The museum has a temporary home after nearly two years of searching for a location to house the city's historical artifacts, according to the Post Falls Historical Society.

Post Falls crime on the rise

POST FALLS – Rapid population growth and rampant methamphetamine use are driving up Post Falls' crime, which increased nearly 14 percent in 2006, according to a recently released annual report. "Crime overall has gone up," said Post Falls Police Lt. Scot Haug. "As you have more people move into the area, you're going to see more crime, more calls for service."

The heart of Post Falls

Try driving through the city of Post Falls and finding the center of town. It's not easy: Interstate 90 bisects the growing city. Seltice Way, one of the busiest thoroughfares, is flanked by businesses and fast-food stops. Railroad tracks crisscross neighborhoods and business areas. And City Hall is shoulder-to-shoulder with the freeway.

First phase complete at Post Falls Landing

Post Falls Landing is continuing to take shape with two more condominium buildings in the works and a marina set to open this spring. This week, developer Harry Green officially will kick off the second phase of the project with the opening of a reception center and the advance release of condo units and marina slips, said Gary Whitman, operations manager for the Spokane developer.

Baby left in vehicle a rare event, police say

Post Falls police sometimes get calls about dogs being left in cars on hot sunny days, but Lt. Scot Haug said reports of children left unattended in cars are rare. A 30-year-old Rathdrum woman was arrested Saturday after leaving her 9-month-old daughter alone in an unlocked van – with the keys in the ignition – while she shopped at the Post Falls Wal-Mart.

New Junior Miss credits others for win

Ilene Thompson doesn't strike you as a pageant winner. The soft-spoken brunette would rather read the latest Clive Cussler novel or head out for a long run than learn about makeup and hairstyling. However, not even the challenge of walking in high heels stopped her from taking the Post Falls Junior Miss title Saturday.

Pick up free tree at annual Plant a Tree Day

Need a leafy addition to your yard? The city of Post Falls is giving away free trees April 7 in the fourth annual Plant a Tree (for FREE!) Day. Residents of Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene and Hayden are invited to Q'emiln Park in Post Falls to select up to three landscape-sized trees per family.

Judge says dam caused some of lake’s woes

The Post Falls dam is partially to blame for the milfoil, the washed-away wetlands and the unearthing of prehistoric tribal artifacts in Lake Coeur d'Alene, according to a recent ruling by a federal administrative law judge in Salt Lake City. Contrary to the claims of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, however, the judge ruled the hydroelectric dam has not been a significant factor in the lake's plummeting native fish populations or the release of toxic heavy metals from sediments resting at the bottom of the massive water body.