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N. Idaho sheriff's office drops Boy Scouts charter

Published March 9, 2014 9:33 pm

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Coeur D'Alene, Idaho • A charter that the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office in northern Idaho had with Boy Scout troop 911 has expired after the Boy Scouts of America opened its ranks to gay Scouts.

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger last spring said he would be compelled to drop the charter because the organization is promoting a lifestyle that's against Idaho law.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the charter the sheriff's office had with the troop expired at the end of 2013.

Tim McCandless, CEO of Boy Scouts of America-Inland Northwest Council, says Northwest Backcountry Rescue is now chartering the troop.

He says the troop is as strong as it has ever been, with 22 active Scouts and 15 volunteer adults.

A dispatcher told The Associated Press on Sunday that Wolfinger was unavailable.

The Associated Press