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Idaho Briefs April 22, 2010

| April 22, 2010 9:00 PM

Coroner primary debate at noon today

COEUR d'ALENE - A debate among candidates for Kootenai County coroner is set for noon today at the Song Bird Theater, 315 N. Fourth St.

The debate is hosted by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans and will be moderated by KCRR President Jeff Ward. All three Republican candidates for Kootenai County coroner, Tom Cronin, Douglas R. Stafford and Debbie Wilkey, will participate.

Current Coroner Dr. Robert West is retiring. The May 25 Republican primary will decide who will face Democrat Jody DeLuca Hissong in November.

"We were astonished by so many qualified Republican candidates for the coroner's post. This will give our organization and the citizens attending the debate a chance to hear the candidates and make educated decisions on primary election day," Ward said.

Traffic delays until May 5

COEUR d'ALENE - Seventh Street between Wallace and Indiana avenues will be closed to traffic for two weeks because of sewer line replacement.

Traffic signage will guide vehicles through the detours, but drivers may wish to take another route.

Information: 769-2281

Timberlake to hold 'Difference Walk'

Timberlake High School in Spirit Lake will hold the second "You Can Make a Difference Walk" from 1-3 p.m. Friday.

The event promotes awareness of resource use and conservation. There will be games and educational activities. The community is invited to join the student body to raise awareness and funding for the school's outdoor activities area.

Anyone interested can bring money to donate to the cause, or aluminum cans, cardboard, plastic bottles, paper and newspaper. They will also be collecting unwanted musical instruments for the music department.

Information: Mike Anderson or Jacqui Duran, 623-6303

DAV convention May 5-9 in Worley

Members of the Disabled American Veterans from throughout Idaho will hold their annual convention May 5-9 at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley.

The highlight will be a banquet at 6 p.m. May 7 when Garry Augustine, deputy service director, will speak.

Jeff Sugai, DAV department commander, said convention business sessions will include adoption of resolutions to be submitted to the DAV's National Convention in Atlanta this summer.

"Several of the mandates are expected to concentrate on improvements in the rights and benefits earned by some 1.2 million veterans disabled in wartime service to their country," a press release said. "DAV leaders are deeply concerned about this issue because many federal cost-cutting issues proposals would harm disabled veterans."

Local veteran Graham Crutchfield will accompany Charles Buck when they present knives to disabled veterans at the dinner.

Elections of the DAV and auxiliary state officers will also be held May 7.

Information: Robert Hunt, 773-1074

Woman killed when vehicle struck by train

BOISE (AP) - Idaho State Police say a 52-year-old Marsing woman was killed when her minivan was hit by a train about four miles south of Weiser.

Police say Eileen Bezy failed to yield when she tried to cross the tracks at about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Her vehicle was struck by a northbound train and she died at the scene.

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