- With warmer weather on the horizon, soon thousands of people will flood
local rivers and lakes in the next few months. KHQ Local News previously
reported on Bonner County Marine Deputies preparing for the upcoming summer
boating season. On Thursday, KHQ Local News Reporter Cristy Aranguiz spent the
day with Kootenai County Marine Deputies as they too prepare.
KCSO's Marine Deputies spent the past four weeks in the North Idaho Marine
Academy before practicing what they learned in the classroom on the
One of the scenarios they practiced included making an arrest, but their
responsibilities go much further than that.
Before deputies go out on the water for Memorial Day weekend, they will
have to pass a written examination.
Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Lt. Stu Miller says water temperature is
one of the most important things to be aware of this summer, especially in the
next few weeks. Just because the sun is out doesn't mean you're safe from frigid
temperatures, he told KHQ Local News.
He also mentioned that Kootenai County issues the most citations each
summer for marine violations out of all the counties in the entire state of
Idaho. Whereas a few counties only issue one or two citations, Kootenai County
has issues hundreds in the past in a single summer.