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Walk-Up Call For Sleeping Driver

September 3, 2014 - 1:36pm

Jamie Dilley, business manager for the Findlay Nissan auto dealership in Post Falls, assesses crash damage on Monday. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Brian Walker)

Four new Nissan vehicles with a combined value of $105,000 were smashed Sunday morning by a driver who apparently fell asleep at the wheel. John Gervais, the general manager of the Findlay dealerships in Post Falls, said it could have been much worse. "If this would have happened in Vegas, the person probably would have fled and there would have been a shooting," said Gervais, who recently moved here from Las Vegas. "The driver apologized and said, if his insurance wouldn't cover it, he would. He couldn't have handled it any better - other than the driving part." Kootenai County resident Brady J. Hansen told police he was eastbound on Polston Avenue at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday at the Findlay auto dealerships and next to the Post Falls police station when he fell asleep and crashed into the new vehicles in Nissan's overflow lot on the north side of the street/

Question: What do you do to avoid falling asleep at the wheel when you're tired?

Food Porn: 'Plato El Patron'

September 3, 2014 - 1:31pm

OrangeTV posted this just photo before lunch (which should be against some local ordinance) posted this dyne-oh!-mite dish from Las Chevalas on his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook wall. Cliff Notes: "The 'Plato El Patron' (if my Spanish is correct that means The Boss's Plate') is described like this: 'Biztec ala Mexicana 5 oz top sirloin sliced and broiled with special sauce, two tortillas, guacamole, rice and beans, shrimp sauteed in light butter with garlic, spicy serrano peppers, mushrooms, smothered with red sauce and melted cheese.'"

Question: What is your favorite Mexican dish?

Kalae's Law

September 3, 2014 - 1:19pm
Lip Gloss 101: once you break down to buy a new one, the 5 lip glossi (plural) that have been missing for days reappear!  -- Kalae Chock/KHQ tweet.

Question (for women of HBO): Is this true?

Say Cheese: Idaho Crown Jewel Food

September 3, 2014 - 1:12pm

We’ve all know how much Philly loves its cheesesteaks. But you know what the data tells us? The most distinctive menu item in Pennsylvania restaurants isn’t the cheesesteak. It’s actually the hoagie. Co.Design teamed up with food industry analytics firm Food Genius to mine its database of 88,000 menus and 59 million menu items and build this map of the each state’s true crown jewel food. What you’re looking at isn’t the most popular food by state. It’s the food that most distinguishes them from the rest of the pack/Libby Nelson, Vox. More (including USA map of states) here. (Wikipedia photo)

Question: Idaho's most distinctive menu item is ... cheddar cheese!? Are. You. Kidding. Me?

Otter Sets CdA Debate, 3 Others

September 3, 2014 - 1:06pm

Gov. Butch Otter has announced that he’ll participate in four debates with his general election opponents, including the “Idaho Debates” on Oct. 30 to be broadcast statewide on Idaho Public Television, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Idaho Press Club. Otter also will participate in a KTVB NewsChannel 7 debate on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. in Boise; a City Club of Idaho Falls debate at noon on Oct. 9 in Idaho Falls, to be rebroadcast later on KISU; and a Coeur Group debate Oct 3 in Coeur d’Alene, for which the time and location have not yet been announced/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: I think it's sweet that Otter & Balukoff will debate in Coeur d'Alene. How about you?

CdA, Sandpoint Not On Idaho Best List

September 3, 2014 - 1:01pm

Coeur d'Alene may be one of the top 10 resort towns in the USA to live in year round ... but it doesn't even make Movoto Real Estate's list of top 10 places in Idaho to live. In fact, all but one of Movoto's top 10 places is in southern Idaho. Do you see a bias? I don't see a bias. No Coeur d'Alene. No Sandpoint. But Lewiston is on the list. I've lived in Coeur d'Alene and Lewiston. And Lewiston is no Coeur d'Alene. Laura Allan of Movoto Blog writes: "While Idaho may be known to most of the country as “that potato state,” you can bet that it’s a whole lot more than that. The birthplace of both Sacajawea and the first Albertsons, Idaho is eclectic, homey, not Iowa, and naturally beautiful. Its cities are nothing to scoff at either, ranging from massive metropolises to tiny towns. But which place tops the list? We here at Movoto Real Estate decided it was time to decide what locations were the top-taters and which were just small fries. More here.

Question: What am I missing here?

City Dedicates Police Substation

September 3, 2014 - 11:45am

From left, Sgt. Christie Wood, Mayor Steve Widmyer, Interim Chief Ron Clark, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White, and Lt. Mike Calderwood cut the ribbon for the substation. (Coeur d'Alene Today Photo: Keith Erickson)

After months of preparation, Coeur d’Alene now has its second police station. Local law enforcement officers, city officials and residents attended an open house and ribbon cutting on Tuesday for the Sherman Avenue substation.Interim Police Chief Ron Clark said the increased police visibility in the south part of town is something that’s been talked about for years. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to really have an impact downtown,” Clark said before joining the mayor and new Police Chief Lee White in cutting the ribbon and officially opening the substation at 1424 Sherman Avenue. The 1,000-square-foot building will be staffed by officers and non-sworn police personnel from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Officers will have access to the substation 24/7/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here. Question: Do you think the substation is a concrete example of police dedication to keep a closer eye on East Sherman Avenue and the older part of Coeur d'Alene?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.3.14

September 3, 2014 - 11:30am
  • 12:06 p.m. EMTs en route to Hayden Meadows Elementary/Hayden Avenue for patient evaluation.
  • 11:57 a.m. White van & gold Chrysler in Shell station lot after rear-ender @ H95/Appleway, CdA.
  • 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 2-3 here.
  • 10:38 a.m. Someone is suffering seizure @ Avista building, I-90/15th Street, CdA.
  • 10:25 a.m. A man hole cover is poking aware into traffic @ unknown Post Falls location.
  • 9:50 a.m. Someone on Ichabod/CdA needs help getting to car for doctor's appointment.
  • 9:18 a.m. 59YO female unresponsive @ 700 block of Dundee Drive/Post Falls.
  • 9:09 a.m. A male on foot @ 3rd/Spokane Street, Post Falls, is suicidal after his girlfriend dumped him.
  • 8:57 a.m. Coeur d'Alene crossing guard asks parent chaperoning child to call police because motorists aren't stopping.
  • 8:53 a.m. A dog is running loose @ H58/MP 1 (near Coeur d'Alene Casino).
  • 8:15 a.m. Male @ 3700 block of Ramsey Road/CdA needs help getting to car for doctor's appointment.

Beachouse: An End Of An Era

September 3, 2014 - 11:21am

On her Facebook wall, Councilwoman KerriT (pictured above) posts: "Up on the deck of the Beachouse for dinner on the last night before the building is torn down." You can see more photos of Kerri's last great adventure at the Beachouse here.

On Sunday morning we read in Nils Rosdahl's Press business column that the Beachouse Restaurant at Silver Beach would close for good that evening, the building slated for demolition. So we decided to go there for dinner, a last opportunity to enjoy the signature huckleberry ribs. It was a nostalgic evening on the patio overlooking the lake and marina at sunset, with other like-minded locals and long-time customers, including Glenn and Jodi Lauper and their family. We took photos of the restaurant, which I later posted on my Facebook page. An outpouring of commenters shared their memories of the Beachouse and earlier businesses on that location - Jackson's and INNtrepid/Kerri Thoreson, Main Street, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Which waterfront restaurant in the Inland Northwest do you like best?

Poll: Media Bias Rampant

September 3, 2014 - 11:11am
  • Tuesday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation sez the media try to influence stories they cover. All. The Time. 87 of 177 respondents (49.15%) believes the media always shows bias in coverage. 78 of 177 respondents (44.07%) said the media occasionally try to influence viewers and readers about stories or issues. Only 9 (5.08%) said the media are objective. 3 (1.69%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: What should Kootenai County do to address overcrowding in the jail?

Court To Hear 3 Gay Marriage Cases

September 3, 2014 - 10:57am

On Monday, the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in three cases involving state laws banning same-sex marriage in
Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada. The arguments will begin at 1 p.m. in Courtroom One of the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse, 95 7th St., San Francisco. The court will be providing a live video stream of the proceedings to viewing areas elsewhere in the courthouse. Internet users also can access the video stream by visiting the court website – – and clicking on the link under the beige-colored bar labeled “Live Oral Arguments.” Streaming will commence a few minutes prior to the start of the proceedings. The court permits limited use of electronic devices in the courthouse/Media Advisory, 9th U.S. Court of Appeals.

Question: Do you plan to tune in online?

Letter: Record Police Stops

September 3, 2014 - 10:43am

I might have missed this article (“I’m a cop” by Sunil Dutta) if it was in The Press. Seems to me to be very well written by somebody in the “business” today. The only flaw I see (and I agree with body and car cameras being used by the police) is that the police and prosecutors hardly ever let the public see their videos UNEDITED, but edited to their personal choices, and that may cause the public at large to distrust the police, and our court system(s). I know that today a lot of people have smartphones, and when dealing with the police, it wouldn’t hurt a thing to start recording the happenstance. That way, should things go awry, you either convict yourself, or you MAY have the ability to refute any allegations. You don’t have to shove the phone/camera into the officer’s face, just prop it up on the steering wheel or dash as examples, and let it run/Terrance DeGrood, of Hayden, Coeur d'Alene Press letter to the editor. More here.

Question: Is this a good idea -- videotaping an encounter with local police, whether it be a police stop or something else?

ISU Instructor Shoots Self In Foot

September 3, 2014 - 10:36am

An Idaho State University instructor was shot in the foot yesterday after a concealed, loaded handgun he was carrying accidentally discharged in a classroom around 4 p.m., the Idaho State Journal reports. The wounded instructor had an enhanced concealed carry permit, the type of permit required to carry a concealed weapon on an Idaho public college campus under a controversial new law passed by the Legislature this year. “It was in his pocket,” Pocatello Police Department Lt. Paul Manning told the newspaper. After the shooting in the Physical Science Complex on the ISU campus, the chemistry instructor was treated and released from Portneuf Medical Center. ISU President Arthur Vailas called the shooting “unfortunate,” and said, “I’m sure the incident was scary and embarrassing”/Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: It appears our college campuses are safe already as a result of new guns-on-campus law, right?

AM Headlines -- 8.3.14

September 3, 2014 - 10:29am

Kristi White pins a badge on her husband, new Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White, while photographers and media form a scrum to document the event at the Coeur d'Alene Police Department Tuesday afternoon. Coeur d'Alene Today story here. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)



September 3, 2014 - 9:32am

The yellow bus came by today
and carried summertime away.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Joker: Senator Souza, Senator Souza

September 3, 2014 - 9:25am

Joker (RE: No challengers for NIC seats: They realized being an NIC board trustee is hard work and that its a thankless task. I am worried about DFO"s lack of a clarion call during the election. No orcs charging the gates of Helms deep. My guess is that he's going to practice saying, "Senator Souza" a lot.

DFO: Joker, you actually think I mind that Mary Souza will soon be a senator in the Idaho Legislature (given the lack of a Democratic opponent in the general election)? We'll have to pass on good government in her case. But she regularly provide blog fodder. That's not a bad thing.

Question: Are you ready to join me in saying, "Senator Mary Souza"?

City Keeps Ban On Parade Firearms

September 3, 2014 - 9:07am

On a 3-2 vote, the Coeur d'Alene City Council voted to keep their current ban on firearms and parades and other public assemblies. Councilman Steve Adams and Dan Gookin were the two voting against the ban. Of course. Gookin pleased a small crowd that had gathered for the discussion, according to the Press, by saying: "When I was elected I swore an oath to uphold the constitution, and I believe one of my highest duties here as an elected official is to protect people's rights and one of those rights is to keep and to bear arms." Veteran Councilman Ron Edinger, on the other hand, said he thinks the city's ordinance makes good sense and he doesn't believe the ordinance should be changed. The Press quotes him as saying: "At the time that we passed the ordinance, we were having problems with Aryans, and everybody that was on the council at that time - including myself -- felt it was the right thing to do. Personally, I think the ordinance has been a good thing for the city of Coeur d'Alene." Full story here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the council's vote?

Green Tries To Resolve Jail Issue

September 3, 2014 - 8:56am

The problem of jail overcrowding is not going away in Kootenai County, so ways to address the problem must continue to be explored, said Commissioner Dan Green. "In my opinion, there are at least four options available at this time," Green said Tuesday. He said he isn't endorsing any of the options, but one is to appeal last week's decision by District Court Judge John Stegner. Stegner decided a lease agreement with Rocky Mountain Corrections, of Ketchum, should not proceed because it violates the Idaho Constitution. Green and Sheriff Ben Wolfinger supported the lease agreement, which would have had Rocky Mountain building and owning a new and larger jail facility that the county would lease and operate. Green said revisions to the language in the non-appropriation clause within the lease agreement could address the judge's concerns/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Is the answer to Commissioner Green's dilemma re: jail expansion alternatives simply the statement: "No!"?

Air Passengers To See More Conflict

September 3, 2014 - 8:49am

Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability to recline their seats. Disputes over a tiny bit of personal space might seem petty, but for passengers whose knees are already banging into tray tables, every inch counts. “Seats are getting closer together,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents 60,000 flight attendants at 19 airlines. “We have to de-escalate conflict all the time.” There are fights over overhead bin space, legroom and where to put winter coats/Associated Press. More here. (AP file illustration)

Question: Have you ever had problems with a fellow passenger on an airlines flight?


IACI AD Brands Balukoff 'As Liberal'

September 3, 2014 - 8:42am

The harshest political ad on the air in Idaho’s governor’s race goes after Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff, branding him a “liberal” and attempting to tie him to President Barack Obama. Balukoff, a Boise businessman and longtime chairman of the Boise School Board, says the ad is full of “lies and distortions,” particularly for attempting to tie him to Obama – when he was a supporter of Mitt Romney for president. The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, a business lobbying group, put out the ad as part of its independent campaign against Balukoff. The group maintains each of its claims is backed up by a citation to a news article or other source. “It’s a critical part of our mission to inform voters about the true positions of someone running for our highest office,” Alex LaBeau, IACI president, said in a statement/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think "liberal" is a dirty word?