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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.17.15

March 17, 2015 - 10:51am
  • 11:42 a.m. 35-40YO male in Washington Subaru Outback has been watching people for 2 hours @ H41 trailer park.
  • 11:09 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 900 block of E. Trinity Court/CdA.
  • 10:31 a.m. PFPD officer reports that flames often show from chimney when pet crematorium fired up (10:26 item).
  • 10:26 a.m. Flames showing from chimney of Emergency Pet Care crematorium, 2700 Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 10:21 a.m. Deputy investigating possible rape report in chain lakes area in route to Kootenai Health.
  • 10:15 a.m. Male wants to talke to KCSDeputy re: threatening text messages.
  • 10:14 a.m. 85YO male needs help getting up after fall @ 2900 block of 4th Street/CdA.
  • 9:58 a.m. Male in gray Toyota pickup has been driving slowly through 3500 block of W. Flatwood Drive/Rathdrum.
  • 9:52 a.m. Worker fixing oven hood system sets off fire alarm @ Pita Pit, 271 Prairie Shopping Center/Hayden.
  • 9:39 a.m. Ambulance needed to transfer patient from Kootenai Health to Hospice House/Hayden.
  • 9:34 a.m. Several vehicles have stopped in 1100 block of E. Ezra Ave/Hayden, disbursing people.
  • 9:12 a.m. Male is not supposed to be @ 300 block of E. Orchard Ave/Hayden.
  • 9:08 a.m. Connie @ Hayden City Hall directs deputy to stop order @ 1300 block of Hayden Avenue.
  • 8:51 a.m. Debris reported on Ramsey Road in front of Kootenai County transfer station.
  • 8:23 a.m. Male staying @ Coeur d'Alene Casino reports he work up to find friend had taken $600 in cash from him.
  • 8:21 a.m. High School student reportedly ran stop sign, drove recklessly @ French Gulch/Galena Drive, CdA.
  • 8:08 a.m. Red semi w/box trailer driving on I-90 through Post Falls with unsecure trailer tarp.
  • 8:11 a.m. Female in BMW having panic attack on e/b I-90/MP 24 (western edge of 4th of July).

North Idaho Crisis Center OK'd

March 17, 2015 - 10:30am

HB 263, the mental health services appropriation bill for the Department of Health & Welfare, which includes the crisis center funding, passed the House on a 58-9 vote. Here are the nine No's: Barbieri, Crane, Dayley, Harris, McMillan, Mendive, Nate, Nielsen, and Sims.

Question: Can you believe the audacity of Sims, Barbieri, McMillan and Mendive voting against this much-needed facility when they know that their communities support it? These four are not representing their constituents. In fact, I don't know whom they think they're representing. Thoughts?

Quotable Quote

March 17, 2015 - 10:02am
"The Tater State is aimin' to raise a generation of tough kids! They'll have a gun on one hip, a Bowie knife on the other, and no immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, polio or TB. If they make it past single digit age, watch out!" -- ExInkWretch (RE: Knife bill compromises schools)

Resolution Targets Gay Marriage

March 17, 2015 - 9:40am

Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, won support on a 12-4 party-line vote in the House State Affairs Committee this morning for his non-binding memorial, HJM 4, calling for Congress to support impeachment of federal judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage. “All the people in the United States seem to be just rolling over with whatever the Supreme Court comes down with, so we need to do something about the Supreme Court,” Shepherd told the committee. He said there will be “impact on my grandkids ... if the United States is going to condone something that I think is very immoral. … I can’t lay down, I gotta stand up and take it serious”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Poll: Revamped Gun Bill Worrisome

March 17, 2015 - 9:32am
  • Monday Poll: Hucks Nation is worried that Republican legislative leaders have written a bill that revamps Idaho's concealed-carry law. 105 of 139 respondents (75.54%) are worried about the unilateral action by the legislative GOP to overhaul the concealed-carry law. 24 of 139 respondents (17.27%) aren't concerned. 10 (7.19%) are undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you support the Idaho Senate approved bill that bans local governments, including school districts, from regulating knives?

Edit: Mike Cleans Up Raul's Messes

March 17, 2015 - 9:05am

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, is tired of cleaning up the messes his seat mate, 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador, keeps leaving behind. Case in point was last week's Department of Homeland Security debacle. Seeking leverage against President Obama's executive order sparing 5 million undocumented workers from deportation, Labrador's House Freedom Caucus deprived Speaker John Boehner of the votes needed just to keep the agency afloat for three weeks. It was left to Simpson not only to cast a responsible vote, but to serve as floor manager for the measure ultimately shoring up America's first line of defense against terrorism. But this weekend, Simpson broke his silence. Well, sort of/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think the 1st Congressional District would swap us Simpson for Labrador, if we agree to throw in the entire Kootenai County legislative delegation, too?

Dems Seek More Education $$$

March 17, 2015 - 8:53am

Two Democratic members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee have released an analysis they requested from legislative staffers of what it would take to fund Idaho’s schools at the same level as in 2009-09, taking into account the anticipated 18,800 increase in students between then and next fall. “Without including inflation, legislative staff concluded that $29.5 million above the governor’s proposed FY 2016 budget would be needed to match FY 2009 spending plus student population growth,” said Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise. “Discretionary funding, for example, would have to increase from the proposed $23,660 to $25,696 per support unit”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think the Idaho Legislature adequately funds public education?

School District Opposes Knife Bill

March 17, 2015 - 8:45am

Spokeswoman Laura Rumpler sent this statement re: knives to the Idaho Legislature last night on behalf of the Coeur d'Alene School Board:

"The safety and well being of our students and staff are a top priority. Our district administration is very concerned with the potential impacts of SB 1092 and the unintended consequences of a school district not being able to prohibit knives on our school grounds. One of our key areas of focus in our district’s strategic direction is ensuring we have safe, supportive and vibrant learning environments. A knife can often be used as a weapon.  We have spent years crafting school board policy, that is adopted at the local level, to keep our school children safe.  We have school policies in place that prohibit students from possessing knives on school grounds or at school events. We are concerned SB 1092 will take our school safety efforts backwards.  We encourage the state legislature to revisit the language of this bill to protect our school children and our weapons-free school environments."

Question: Has the Idaho Legislature compromised the safety of our school children with their bill regulating knives?

Knife Bill Compromises Schools

March 17, 2015 - 8:40am

The Idaho Senate is endorsing legislation banning local government regulations on carrying or using knives. Instead, the bill would give Idaho primacy over enacting regulations concerning knife possession. The Senate voted 25-10 Monday to send the bill to the House. However, according to an opinion from the Idaho Attorney General's Office, the proposed bill conflicts with current state laws that permit public schools to regulate knives on campuses and during events. Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, who is backing the bill, pulled out his folding Buck knife on the Senate floor to argue against cities that have conflicting knife ordinances. Heider added that the Idaho Legislature has the ability to pass legislation next year that would help clarify school involvement in regulating knife usage/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Bill Brooks, Seaplane Pilot, RIP

March 17, 2015 - 8:27am

In this April 2003 file photo, Bill Brooks and his son Grant, right, are shown with their seaplane at City Dock in Coeur d'Alene. Bob has been flying from that spot since 1946. (Panhandle Pieces photo: Mike Kincaid)

Just days before his 95th birthday, Bill Brooks took flight for the last time - never to land on the crystal blue waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene again. Brooks died Feb. 27 after spending more than a half-century flying fishermen to remote mountain lakes in Canada and taking thousands of tourists on sightseeing flights over North Idaho. He was an icon on Coeur d'Alene's waterfront. Brooks came to Coeur d'Alene in 1946 and went into business with Lowell Wallace, who had an established flight training and charter business. Prior to that, Brooks entered the Navy in 1940, where he got his wings and became a flight instructor. He brought that experience to Coeur d'Alene, where he taught several World War II and Vietnam veterans how to fly/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Did you ever fly with Bill Brooks in his seaplane?

New Gaming Commission Proposed

March 17, 2015 - 8:24am

At the urging of Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, the House State Affairs Committee has agreed this morning to introduce legislation to do away with the state Racing Commission and the state Lottery Commission, and instead create a new Gaming Commission that would oversee all gambling in Idaho, including horse racing, the state lottery, and Indian gaming on reservations. “This is something that a lot of discussion has been centering around now for the last few weeks,” Loertscher told the committee. “Recognizing that probably we need to enhance somewhat the regulation of the various forms of gambling there are in the state”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you support combining the Racing Commission and the Lottery Commission into a new Gaming Commission?

City Delays BNSF Land Purchase

March 17, 2015 - 8:17am

A city of Coeur d'Alene plan to purchase land owned by BNSF Railway Co. in the Spokane River corridor has been postponed until May. City Attorney Mike Gridley told The Press Monday that the purchase, originally scheduled for completion on March 5, is being delayed while the Department of Environmental Quality completes an analysis of the property. The 20-acre piece of land is a critical part of the city's plan to further develop the corridor - which runs from Riverstone to Huetter Road - into a community centered around the Spokane River. "There's no harm in delaying it and the railroad is committed to the sale," Gridley said. "Since the city is buying the land and much of it will likely be used by the public, we want to make sure that we know exactly what we are getting and that it's as safe as possible." The assessment is part of a DEQ program that assists various agencies in handling "brownfields"/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you support this purchase?


March 17, 2015 - 8:12am

Michael Ramirez/Investor's Business Daily

Wild Card/Monday -- 3.16.15

March 16, 2015 - 4:59pm

We had quite a discussion on TWolf's call for a "word cooler" for individuals who insist on leveling such words as "bigots, homophobes, idiots, & racists" at other commenters on Huckleberries Online. You can read that thread (215 comments) here. I deleted about a dozen comments. But, overall, the discussion was a good one. I don't like hard & fast rules here. But I would suggest that you find somewhere else to post if you can't stop using names like "bigots" and "racists" to smear other commenters. And it's not a matter that's open for debate. Here's today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 3.16.15

March 16, 2015 - 4:55pm

Zoe O'Brien peers out the window of the back seat of this vintage vehicle during the 10th annual Downtown Association St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene Saturday. Zoe's grandmother, Susan O'Brien (who rode in the front seat), was named Irish Woman of the Year. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Q&A With Well-Read Moose Owner

March 16, 2015 - 4:48pm

"Being an avid reader," posters Jennifer Rova of Writing North Idaho, "my dream job has long been to own an independent bookstore. That was until I met the real owner of a new indie bookstore. I decided it was not the life of sipping tea and reading all the New York Times best sellers that I envisioned. In May 2014, Melissa Demotte opened The Well-Read Moose, a delightful, well-stocked bookstore in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Running a successful small bookstore has many more facets than appear on the surface and not all of them have readily available answers." Jennifer offers a Q-and-A with Well-Read Moose owner Melissa Demotte here. (Illustration: Writing North Idaho)

Question: Have you ever dreamed of owning a bookstore?

Sis: Why I Cling To My Pseudonym

March 16, 2015 - 4:39pm

Sisyphus: "Jon Alexander, the (opinion) editor of the Times News, had the tires slashed on his automobile and motorcycle this weekend. While Republicans cling tightly to their guns and Bibles here, the rest of us cling tightly to our pseudonyms."

DFO: I contacted Jon Alexander via email. He has written some swell, moderate editorials in the last few weeks before his departure to another newspaper. But he think the tire slasing was random and not targeted. In my days as editor of the Kalispell Daily Inter Lake (Montana), I had all four tires of my VW Rabbit slashed while Mrs. O & I attended a concert of Barbershop Quartets. It was random since the punks that did it (and they were caught) also slashed tires of a dozen or so more vehicles. They didn't have money, of course. So I had to pay for new tires.

Question: Have you ever had your car tires slashed?

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

March 16, 2015 - 4:22pm

Players battle in a scrum during a Six Nations rugby union match between Italy and France, at Rome's Olympic Stadium Sunday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Weekend Winner -- ThomG57, with 11 likes: "You get a ride on Air Force One, and you get a ride on Air Force One, You all get a ride on Air Force One!" You can see Weekend photo and all the Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.16.15

March 16, 2015 - 4:02pm
  • 4:45 p.m. Driver speeding @ 85-90 mph @ w/b Lancaster Ave/Hayden headed toward Rathdrum.
  • 4:41 p.m. Driver is trying to fix disabled Ford pickup F150 in slow lane of s/b H95/Lancaster Ave, Hayden.
  • 4:29 p.m. Possible structure fire reported @ 17th St/Front Ave, CdA.
  • 4:24 p.m. Female struck by vehicle in parking lot of Post Falls Walmart East.
  • 4:16 p.m. Power is out in the area around Wyoming & Barlett (3:56 item), power line down on ground.
  • 3:56 p.m. Large, orange dump truck hit & leveled Avista power pole @ Barlett Ave/Wyoming Ave, Hayden.
  • 3:45 p.m. Driver of gray ATV is speeding in area of Spokane St/21st Ave, Post Falls.
  • 3:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for March 15-16 here.
  • 3:07 p.m. Driver of semi is swerving @ s/b H41/MP 21 (Spirit Lake Road) & won't wield to ISP behind him.
  • 2:53 p.m. Post Falls PD en route to Ponderosa Elementary, where mother and daughter are arguing.
  • 2:12 p.m. Something is standing in back of black pickup driving on fog line @ s/b H95 from I-90/CdA.
  • 1:57 p.m. Hayden Meadows reports suspicious person nearby.
  • 1:51 p.m. Male w/beard & cane & dressed in tan is unwanted @ 200 block of E. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 1:45 a.m. Welfare check asked for person @ Ramsey Road/Wilbur Ave, CdA.
  • 1:44 a.m. Domestic dispute b/n male & female reported @ 1400 block of W. Hyacinth Lane, CdA.
  • 1:35 p.m. Driver of white Ford Explorer hit concrete barrier @ w/b I-90/Sunnyside Road before exiting @ Sherman Ave.
  • 1:34 p.m. CPD officer stops 2 boys on motorized bikes @ 19th St/Wallace Ave, unknown reason.
  • AM Scanner Traffic