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PISTOL-WHIPPED PARTYGOERS

Coeur d'Alene man accused in party pistol-whipping

(Information in the following story is from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com)

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - A 25-year-old man has been arrested on accusations that he pistol-whipped several people during a weekend party south of Athol.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Terry Clark of Coeur d'Alene was taken into custody Wednesday at a residence near Priest Lake just south of Coolin.

Kootenai County Sheriff's detectives obtained a felony warrant for Clark's arrest on four counts of aggravated battery.

Authorities say Clark became violent during the outdoor party last week and used a handgun to beat and injure partygoers.

HATCHERY-ENERGY

Dworshak hatchery recognized for energy upgrades

AHSAHKA, Idaho (AP) - The Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is being recognized for making improvements that cut its energy use by 30 million kilowatt-hours per year.

Federal, state and tribal officials presented the hatchery with the U.S. Department of Interior's Environmental Achievement Award on Friday.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the hatchery updated pumps, changed the way fish are incubated and raised, and installed new pipes.

The resulting energy savings are enough to power 3,000 homes in Clearwater County.

The hatchery was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after the Dworshak Dam wiped out the steelhead run on the North Fork of the Clearwater.

It raises salmon and steelhead and is run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nez Perce Tribe.

SILVER CREEK-RESTORATION

Restoration mostly done on part of Silver Creek

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) - A $1 million restoration project on a portion of famed Silver Creek in central Idaho is mostly finished.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the project started last fall to restore Kilpatrick Pond to more natural conditions is done except for replanting, which is set for the next two growing seasons.

The work is intended to lower high water temperatures and reduce sediment buildup at the pond by moving a channel and creating adjacent wetlands.

Silver Creek is a nationally renowned destination for fly fishers trying to catch trout in the crystal-clear spring water that produces many insect hatches.

MINIDOKA SPILLWAY

Water begins flowing through $30M spillway

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Water has started to flow from a new $30 million spillway at Lake Walcott State Park.

The new Minidoka dam spillway replaces a 100-year-old spillway made of wood.

The new section includes gates that can be operated remotely to control the water in the reservoir.

The new spillway began operating Friday. With all 12 gates open, tens of thousands of cubic feet of water per second can flow to the thirsty agricultural communities in the Mini-Cassia region.

Dan Davidson of the Minidoka Irrigation District says it's a huge improvement.

KMVT-TV reports there are still finishing touches to be done, but the work should be completed within the year.

PLANT FIRE

Idaho plant worker injured in flash fire

MALAD CITY, Idaho (AP) - Officials say a worker was injured when a flash fire ignited at a Malad City white pumice extraction and refining facility.

The Idaho State Journal reports the worker received second-degree burns late Thursday at the Hess Pumice plant and was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital.

A vaporizer that converts liquid propane into vapor had a small leak and caused the brief but intense fire.

The worker was in a three-man crew about to leave the plant. The other two men were uninjured.

General manager Brad Hess says the worker is coherent and talking and is expected to be released.

Hess says a safety valve popped off, causing the propane leak.

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