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Parting Shot -- 5.12.15

May 12, 2015 - 5:22pm

Seattle Mariners' Logan Morrison, left, is dumped on with a trash can by Nelson Cruz as Morrison was interviewed after his walk-off home run against the Oakland Athletics in the 11th inning of a baseball game Friday in Seattle. The Mariners won 4-3 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Idaho AARP Backs Child Support

May 12, 2015 - 5:07pm

Idaho AARP is contacting members to sign an online petition in favor of Child Support Enforcement legislation that will be discussed by a special session of the Idaho Legislature, beginning Monday. In the petition, AARP writes: "Please support Governor Otter’s efforts to preserve Idaho’s child support enforcement program by signing our petition. This program will keep Idaho families strong by holding parents financially responsible for their children. If the Idaho legislature does nothing, more than 400,000 parents and children—or one in four Idahoans—will be negatively impacted." Nine Republican members of the House Judiciary & Rules Committee were responsible for the mess Idaho finds itself in as a result of their 9-8 vote to kill Child Support Enforcement legislation, including North Idaho legislators Kathy Sims of Coeur d'Alene, Don Cheatham of Post Falls, Heather Scott of Blanchard and Shannon McMillan of Silverton. You can see the petition here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 5.12.15

May 12, 2015 - 5:02pm
  • 5:33 p.m. Security at unknown CdA store is trying to get knife off uncooperative female shoplifter.
  • 5:18 p.m. Bald male in mid-20s is throwing rocks at a stop sign at undisclosed location.
  • 4:51 p.m. Lights are out at 4th St/Best Ave & Govt Way/Appleway, CdA (4:16 item).
  • 4:48 p.m. Officer stopping to clear garbage from H53, west of Atlas Road/Rathdrum.
  • 4:48 p.m. Officer requests 911 dispatch to use I-90 readerboard to warn motorist of 4th St/Best Ave mess (4:16 item).
  • 4:39 p.m. Firefighters are checking shingles (possibly at Davis Donuts, to see if they're on fire (4:16 item)
  • 4:33 p.m. Officers directing s/b traffic @ 4th St/Anton Ave & 4th St/Neider Ave, CdA (4:16 item)
  • 4:25 p.m. Firefighter on scene closing intersection of 4th St/Appleway & 4th Street onramp (4:16 item).
  • 4:16 p.m. Transformer blows @ 4th St/Best Ave, wires hanging down.
  • 4:09 p.m. Officers on scene of possible suicide are calling for long glove.
  • 3:36 p.m. Female reports hearing husband shoot himself in bathdroom @ Normandie Lane/Lafayette Lane, CdA.
  • 3:34 p.m. Vehicle hit pedestrian @ Courcelles Parkway/Chateau Drive, CdA.
  • 3:13 p.m. Caller reports employee @ undisclosed Hayden store pushed him to pavement in parking lot.
  • 3:02 p.m. Female is parked in unusual location on W. Riverview Drive, 4 miles west of Spokane St/Post Falls.
  • 2:41 p.m. Vehicle has slid off 3 Forks Road/Hauser, possibly DUI involved.
  • 1:50 p.m. 25YO male, about 170lbs in white T-shirt, seen running from home on Greyridge Road/Athol.
  • 1:49 p.m. Vehicle is out of gas in median @ H95/Bosanko Ave/CdA.
  • 1:48 p.m. 72YO female w/pulled groin can't get out of bed on Baack Road b/n Hayden & Orchard avenues.
  • 1:45 p.m. Undisclosed trauma reported at Coeur d'Alene Resort.
  • 1:43 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ H95/Kathleen Ave, CdA.
  • 1:22 p.m. Someone is suffering uncontrolled nose bleed @ 9400 block of E. Marine Drive/Post Falls.
  • 1:13 p.m. 50ish female unconscious on sidewalk @ Hanley Ave/Mineral Drive, CdA.
  • 1:09 p.m. Pacific Northwest Security wants a male named "Daniel" trespassed from 213 W. Appleway/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

May 12, 2015 - 4:56pm

Britain's Prince Harry, left, mimics a baby as he meets people at a mall in Christchurch, New Zealand, today. Harry has admitted that watching his brother Prince William's family grow is making him wish he had a family of his own. You write the cutline. (Iain McGregor/Pool Photo via AP)

Spokane Pats' Fan Raising $$$

May 12, 2015 - 3:38pm

Poor Robert Kraft. With a net worth of just $4.3 billion, the New England Patriots owner has to be losing sleep over the $1 million fine leveled by the NFL for his allegedly deflated balls. Fortunately, a brave Spokane resident (as posted in Vince Grippi's "A Grip on Sports" blog this morning) has stepped forward to help. Pats fan Michael J. Whitman has set up an online fundraiser on GoFundMe to pay Kraft's bill. According to the page, Whitman is from Spokane/SportsLink. More here.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.12.15

May 12, 2015 - 3:11pm

Marianne Love/Slight Detour provides this photo of periwinkle, along with several other scenics, from her part of paradise in Bonner County. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of May 5-11): 86,021 page-views/59,426 unique views; for Monday (10,305 page-views/6820 unique views

Taco Time Sets Moore Fundraiser

May 12, 2015 - 3:06pm

Former Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander writes:

The Callihan family (my daughter and her husband),  owners of  the Fourth Street Taco Time on North Fourth, are giving 50% of Wednesday's proceeds to the Moore family.  They wanted to help in some way and this was the best thing that they could do.  My granddaughter Shelby was nine when Officer Kralichek was shot, and she baked cookies and sold them to the neighbors to raise $20 to give to the Kralicek fund.  She is very involved in fundraising to help the Moore Family also.   They will all be working tomorrow.   So go have a taco on Wednesday and support the fundraising."

Crapo To Seek 4th Term

May 12, 2015 - 2:48pm

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo announced today that he’ll run for re-election in 2016, seeking a fourth six-year term in the Senate. Crapo named Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Jim Risch and Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador as his campaign co-chairs. In a statement from Washington, D.C., Crapo said, “It’s an honor to have the support of these tremendous Idaho leaders who I have worked closely with over the years as we have served the people of Idaho and together fought for conservative values and policies”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Crystal Clear

May 12, 2015 - 2:45pm

At North Idaho Life, photographer Keith Boe reminds us of the crystal-clear waters of Lake Pend Oreille.

ANesse: Wage Issue Not Dead At All

May 12, 2015 - 2:42pm

ANesse (RE: Bid to raise Coeur d'Alene minimum wage dead): This issue is NOT DEAD AT ALL. The Attorney General's Office just called me and states it is legal to proceed with request of CDA City Council for Advisory Vote on Nov. 3 for minimum wage to increase in city. The Assistant Attorney General stated only a judge can make a ruling on this type of city law, not even the Attorney General's Office can decide. Dustin Hurst represents the IFF and I have already challenged them to a controlled setting, televised debate on this subject in Coeur d'Alene and he accepted the challenge at one point. Dustin Hurst is only correct in that the initiative process cannot proceed until the winter of 2016, when it would be legal to begin initiative for another odd numbered year of Nov. election. McCall, Idaho already collected their signatures before May 1 so they can lead the process.

Question: If Coeur d'Alene runs an advisory vote to increase the minimum wage, would you support the concept?

Red Hot Mamas' Stevens To Address NIC Grads At NICollege Ceremony

May 12, 2015 - 1:36pm

NIC commencement speaker Mikki Stevens leading the Red Hot Mamas in this courtesy file photo.

The North Idaho College 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be held in Christianson Gym at 10 a.m. Friday. About 340 graduation candidates are expected to walk this year out of about 1,000 eligible for graduation. This year's speaker at the commencement ceremony will be former NIC Communication instructor Mikki Stevens. In addition to her teaching career at both Highline Community College in Washington State and NIC, Stevens' career accolades include a variety of television, stage and film roles, dancing the lead with the American Film Institute, and providing the voice of the cartoon character Pebbles in The Flintstones. She is universally known as the originator of Mik's Red Hot Mamas, the musical comedy performance group we've all seen in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. More here.

Question: I didn't attend my community college or four-year college graduations. Did you?

CdAIndie: Foolish 9 Have Support

May 12, 2015 - 1:31pm

CDAIndependent (RE: Edit House GOP 9 are 'fools'): Go to these Representatives Facebook pages and websites. They hardly think they are "fools" and they are getting a huge amount of support in their foolish thinking from the hard core group of followers that works hard to successfully get these people elected because the moderate middle is lazy or uniformed or will vote for any R no matter how foolish they are. I predict these Representatives will go to Boise and vote again the same way they did the last time they were down there and it wouldn't surprise me if the child support legislation struggled for passage. Republicans, Independents and Democrats need to support moderate candidates for the legislator in 2016 regardless of party affiliation, otherwise the foolishness will continue.

City Connects Centennial Trail

May 12, 2015 - 1:27pm

When the Centennial Trail was rerouted through McEuen Park as part of the park redevelopment, if left many trail users confused on the east end of the park because the trail stops. It picks up again two blocks to the north on Mullan Avenue along Eighth Street. To alleviate confusion and maintain a continuous trail flow, city street crews this week striped both sides of Eighth Street between Young and Mullan avenues. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

Washington OK'd Child Support Bill

May 12, 2015 - 1:16pm

Washington's Legislature passed its version of the same child-support bill that's prompted a special session in Idaho with little fanfare; the bill passed both houses unanimously and was signed into law on Friday. Spokane Valley legislators proposed amendments to ensure foreign law wasn’t imposed in the state and to ensure due process, but those weren’t put into state statutes that involve the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, so that law contains the unaltered language of the international agreement. Instead, the amendments are put into a separate section of state law that lays out special rights and immunities for court actions/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

SR Weekly News Quiz -- 5.10-14.2015

May 12, 2015 - 1:09pm

How much do you know about royal baby names, the Spokane Chiefs, fast-food advertising and other items in the news? Find out in The Spokesman-Review weekly interactive quiz, where you could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question #2: The activists aren't being prosecuted for violating it
  • Last Week's Winners: Roy Wickstrom of Spokane, who won the gift card, and Conrad Kovash of Spokane, who won the movie tickets.

Twin Falls Struggles To Pay Staff

May 12, 2015 - 11:49am

The Twin Falls School District will get more state funding to pay teachers next year, but it is struggling to retain classified employees due to low wages. With an increase in funding, it’s an exciting time, finance director Bob Seaman told school trustees Monday night. “I’m not used to being able to report fairly significant increases in funding.” But state money to pay classified employees – such as custodians and school secretaries – is dismal, he said during a preliminary budget presentation. “If we want a continuation of services, we’re going to have to look at what we’re paying,” he said/Julie Wootten, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

AM Scanner Traffic -- 5.12.15

May 12, 2015 - 11:35am

From Post Falls Police Department Facebook page: "The bikes (above) were left at a residence as abandoned property. To claim any of these bikes you will need the serial number, a picture of the bike or a detailed description of the bike advising of any identifiers. If any of these are your bikes or you know who they may belong to, please give us a call at 208-773-3517.

  • 11:41 a.m. CPD officer checking suspicious, occupied red Subaru behind Target, off Canfield Ave.
  • 11:20 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for May 11-12 here.
  • 10:55 a.m. Post Falls Police Department graveyard shift this AM here.
  • 10:30 a.m. CPD officer trying to find suicidal person on Lyon Court/CdA.
  • 10:20 a.m. ISP reports tree has been removed, H97 open in both directions (9:43 item).
  • 10:06 a.m. ISP officer stopping for disabled logging truck @ w/b I-90/MP 13 (7th St/CdA).
  • 10:05 a.m. Disorderly male in stocking cap in median @ w/b I-90/MP 13 (7th St/CdA).
  • 9:52 a.m. 20YO male bicyclist down & unconscious @ 11th St/Sherman Ave/CdA, after being hit by red Pontiac.
  • 9:51 a.m. Hastings, 101 Appleway/CdA, reports that someone is unconscious on premises.
  • 9:43 a.m. A fallen tree is blocking one lane and partially a 2nd one @ H97/MP 73, near Powderhorn Bay Road.
  • 9:08 a.m. Suspicious situation reported @ 6th St/Lakeside Ave, CdA.

Bid To Raise CdA Wages Dead

May 12, 2015 - 11:33am

An effort to raise Coeur d’Alene’s local minimum wage led by a former Democratic legislative candidate is dead for 2015, City Clerk Renata McCleod confirmed. The effort, part of the progressive movement’s push for so-called income equality, died after Democrat Anne Nesse failed to submit the required signatures by the April 30 deadline. “They have missed that deadline,” McClead told Monday. Nesse’s plan would have hiked the local wage to $10.25 an hour through a two-year process. After that, local wage hikes would be indexed to the consumer price index. Raising wages at the city level would likely have been in vain anyway, or so warned a Coeur d’Alene city attorney in an April 20 letter/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: The bid to raise Coeur d'Alene's minimum wage may be dead, but do you think the need is still there?

Sgt Moore's Final Resting Place

May 12, 2015 - 11:24am

Coeur d'Alene Today reports:

"Fallen Coeur d'Alene Police Officer Greg Moore was put to rest in Forrest Cemetery off N. Government Way. There has been an outpouring support for Officer Moore's family and also many citizens have asked where he was laid to rest so they could pay their respects. Here are directions: Enter Forest Cemetery through the south entrance. After passing the first right hand turn, look to the left towards the Soldier Statue. Sgt. Moore's headstone can be found just northwest of the foot of the statue."

Critics Protest 'Hookerville' Ban

May 12, 2015 - 11:02am

Spokane city leaders got an increasingly testy earful tonight from critics of last week's decision to ban "Bridge to Hookerville" from use during council meetings. Two audience members used the term anyway while addressing council members during the open forum portion of the meeting, with one urging Council President Ben Stuckart to have him arrested so he could file suit against the city. Civic gadfly George McGrath, whose repeated use the term is what prompted the ban, avoided using it tonight, instead calling it the $20 million footbridge to a "high prostitution activity area," which is the phrase the city uses on signs posted around a section of East Sprague Avenue. Several audience members accused the council of trampling on their free speech rights/David Wasson, Spin Control. More here.

Question: Has the Spokane City Council brought unwanted attention to the term "Hookerville" by banning the word from council meetings?