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Edit: Taking Care Of Government

August 17, 2015 - 5:10pm

In an editorial Sunday, the Coeur d'Alene Press note that recent raises provided to local government employees ran from 1% to 12% -- and that doesn't count the additional health care benefits. The Press warns that local business should worry about losing good employees to government jobs with better pay and benefits:

"You may have noticed news stories announcing public sector raises from 1 to as much as 12 percent. You may also have noticed that in almost every case, the public bodies - actually, you, the taxpayers - are absorbing increased benefits costs. For instance, Kootenai County is ensuring its employees won't have to fork over the $900 or so additional health insurance dollars in the coming year that the county must pay for every full-time worker. The gist of all this good news for public employees is, in our view, twofold. First, taxpayers in many cases are financing greater increases than they themselves are receiving. Apparently that's OK, because very few taxpayers have complained about the raises teachers, street maintenance workers, sheriff's deputies and many others are receiving. The other point is that private sector employers should be paying close attention. If they're worried about losing good employees to other private sector businesses, they're not worried enough. For many talented employees, those government jobs are looking better all the time." More here.

Question: Would you like to be employed by the local, state or federal government?

Ales For The Trails Attracts 600

August 17, 2015 - 5:07pm

Organizers of the annual Ales to Trails event, which supports the North Idaho Centennial Trail trail system throughout the community, said Saturday’s event at McEuen Park (which attracted 600, was a big success. “It was apparent throughout the entire event that people were smiling, dancing, and vising with friends—all for a great cause,” said Greta Gissel, executive director of the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation. More than $15,000 was raised to support the local trail network, Gissel said. The money will go toward preserving, promoting and developing the North Idaho Centennial Trail network/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Anyone out there attend the Ales for the Trails fundraiser?

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

August 17, 2015 - 4:37pm

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the rough on the 18th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Weekend Winner -- Phaedrus, with 11 likes: Last year, the Patriots' ball attendant could hold 5 balls in his hands. You can see the Weekend photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.17.15

August 17, 2015 - 4:24pm
  • 5:37 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Son runs into Fernan Hill field after verbal fight with father.
  • 5:21 p.m. Wanted Female -- Wanted female from 3rd Street/Worley tried to buy a gun.
  • 5:10 p.m. Unknown Medical -- 900 block of N7th St/CdA.
  • 5:06 p.m. Unconscious -- Male transient passed out under bench outside of undisclosed CdA liquor store.
  • 5:03 p.m. Drug Overdose -- 14YO Hauser Lake female incoherent after taking prescription drugs.
  • 4:51 p.m. Injury Trauma -- Water park @ Silverwood Theme Park/H95, Athol.
  • 4:17 p.m. Structure Fire -- Fire in walls of welding shop of F&G Dept office, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave/CdA.
  • 4:06 p.m. Found Child -- Hayden Discount Cinemas looking for parents of child located by himself.
  • 3:58 p.m. Dog Bite -- Animal control officer checking on dog bite @ Lake City Pet Hospital.
  • 3:50 p.m. Unknown Injury -- F&G officer on scene of single-car crash @ e/b I-90/MP 27 (4th of July summit).
  • 3:44 p.m. Extrication -- Officer asks for extrication for 21YO male (3:33 item).
  • 3:36 p.m. Unknown Medical -- Male w/history of narcolepsy, slumped on scooter in middle of undisclosed field.
  • 3:33 p.m. Injury Accident -- 21YO Male "stuck" in car after Prairie Ave/Carrington Lane/CdA crash, bleeding from arm.
  • 3:32 p.m. Patient Evalution -- 3600 block of Government Way/CdA.
  • 2:02 p.m. Breathing Problem -- Legends Park Assisted Living, 1820 Legends Parkway/CdA.
  • 2:41 p.m. Injury Fall -- 90YO female fell @ Inland Northwest Bank, 8882 Govt Way/Hayden.
  • 2:13 p.m. Suicide Attempt -- 400 block of Ashworth Lane/Post Falls.
  • 1:56 p.m. Vehicle Fire -- Ironwood Place shut while firefighters clean up debris after auto fire (1:39 item).
  • 1:50 p.m. Harassment -- Female who floats Spokane River from Corbin Park/Post Falls reports male who camps along river -- and may have been trespassed from the park -- harasses her as she floats by.
  • 1:39 p.m. Vehicle Fire -- Vehicle fully involved @ 2200 block of Ironwood Drive, near Ivy Court.
  • 1:34 p.m. Possible DUI -- Driver of dark-gray Toyota Camri weaving, changing speeds @ w/b I-90/15th St, CdA.
  • 1:27 p.m. Possible Crash -- Worker @ business along I-90/Spokane St, Post Falls reports crash, cars stopping.
  • 1:21 p.m. Unknown Medical -- Reed Road/Lacey Ave, Hayden.
  • 1:20 a.m. Chest Pain -- 88YO male @ 570 W. Neider Ave/CdA.
  • 1:12 p.m. Wanted Male -- Possibly @ Bumblebee Campground where he regularly hangs out.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Airport Etiquette, Anyone?

August 17, 2015 - 3:32pm

On her Facebook wall, Cindy writes: "Getting excited for Houston! It's Sam's first airplane trip. He asked, "Is there some kinda airline etiquette I should know?" Well?

Question: What advice would you give Sam re: airplane etiquette?

Triple Boat Float

August 17, 2015 - 3:25pm

A triple boat float heads for open water from the Independence Point dock Sunday evening -- and Don Sausser is on hand, high above Sherman Avenue, to capture the event. It appears as though people onboard are prepared to party. (See other two photos)

Question: When did you last take a cruise of Lake Coeur d'Alene on a Hagadone Hospitality cruise boat?

Armed & Damned Dangerous

August 17, 2015 - 3:06pm

Big stories and hot topics don’t always burst on the scene in a recognized way so we’re all suddenly aware of them. Often, they creep up on us a little at a time and the “watchful” national media look right past ‘em. One such story is moving under our feet at the moment – apparently out-of-sight of that “watchful” bunch. And it scares the Hell out of me. Two words. “Oath Keepers.” If you haven’t heard of ‘em or don’t know much about ‘em, I strongly advise you do your research and get familiar with this band of armed misfits. Because they’re here – from coast to coast. If you believe the “official” website, they’re just former military fellas out to have a good time or – more realistically – here to see to it the federal government is kept in its place. By force. The founder has written “The greatest threat we face today is not terrorists; it is our federal government”/Barrett Rainey, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Does the rise of the Oath Keepers concern you?

Carlson Pens 'Eye On The Caribou'

August 17, 2015 - 2:52pm

Eye on the Caribou tells the inside story of the critical role played by former four term Idaho Governor Cecil D. Andrus in securing the historic Alaska lands legislation while serving as President Jimmy Carter’s Secretary of the Interior. “I’ve long thought that Governor Andrus has never been given the full credit he deserved for the critical role he played in leading the way to passage of the greatest single piece of conservation legislation in American history,” author Chris Carlson stated, adding, “So I set out to make sure the history books properly reflect this excellent piece of his legacy.” Carlson, the long-time former press secretary to Andrus, produced a popular biography (Cecil Andrus:  Idaho’s Greatest Governor) on the governor in 2011, followed by a book of 13 essays (Medimont Reflections) in 2013 that covered other issues and political figures he had worked with during his 40 years of public involvement/Serena Carlson, Carlson Strategic Communications. More here.

Military Troops To Fight Fires

August 17, 2015 - 2:17pm

For the first time since 2006, active-duty military personnel are being mobilized to assist with wildland firefighting. The National Interagency Fire Center announced the mobilization today, with roughly 95 large wildfires burning about 1.1 million acres in seven western states including Idaho. Aitor Bidaburu, chair of the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group, called the current situation “the most challenging wildfires we’ve experienced in several years.” NMAC requested the Department of Defense to provide 200 active-duty military personnel to join the firefighting ranks; the request was immediately approved, and the soldiers are being mobilized from Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


HucksOnline Blogos -- 8.17.15

August 17, 2015 - 2:11pm

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Aug. 9-15): 56,327 page-views/36,202 unique views

Effluent Ups Spokane River Flow

August 17, 2015 - 1:29pm

The drought-parched Spokane River is getting about 14 percent of its water from sewage treatment plants this summer. Industrial and municipal treatment plants discharge about 60 million gallons of treated water daily into the river. The discharges start near the river’s headwaters in Lake Coeur d’Alene and continue downstream to the city of Spokane’s treatment plant. By the time the river passes through Riverside State Park, nearly a sixth of the flow is made up of water recycled from people flushing toilets, taking showers, running dishwaters, doing laundry and using water for industrial applications. “A lot of people call it ‘wastewater,’ ” said BiJay Adams, general manager of the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District. “We refer to it as reclaimed water – we’re not wasting it, we’re recycling it”/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.


Too Many Fires, Too Few Names

August 17, 2015 - 1:11pm

It was bound to happen -- after naming 56 wildfires in North Idaho over the past few days, fire officials struggled to name number 57. One of the latest fires, which erupted near the junction of Interstate 90 and Highway 3 near Cataldo early Friday morning, was dubbed the "Not Creative Fire" for a reason. "The person in charge of naming the fire was not feeling really creative at 3 in the morning," said Sharla Arledge, a public information officer for the Idaho Department of Lands. "Sometimes you have to find some humor in all of this." The Idaho Panhandle National Forest issued a fire update Friday morning that gave details on 57 wildland fires that are burning in the Idaho Panhandle, stretching from St. Maries to Bonners Ferry/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Gay Scout Leaders Split Readers

August 17, 2015 - 1:04pm

Boy Scout executives looking for a mandate from the public didn't get one from the most recent poll on Asked, “How do you feel about the Boy Scouts’ formal acceptance of openly gay troop leaders?”, here’s how readers responded.

  • Sad or angry, 44.6 percent (718 votes).
  • Satisfied or delighted, 41 percent (661 votes).
  • I don’t feel anything, 14.4 percent (232 votes)


Seahawks Inspire UI Vandals' D?

August 17, 2015 - 11:48am

 Looking to make a big push this year, 3rd year Vandals’ Head coach, Paul Petrino sees big improvement in defense, team toughness. “We’re tougher. There’s no comparison.” said Vandal’s head coach, Paul Petrino about team development. “We’ll always think we’re great if we compare ourselves to the last couple years. We’ve just got to keep improving, we’re a lot better and we’ve got to continue to improve and make sure we can beat Ohio in the first game. “The two biggest things I wanted to see today is for us to run the ball well and to tackle, and we did that.” Petrino said after yesterday’s scrimmage. Petrino credits new found push on defense to great talent on the defensive line and the tackling techniques taught by the Seattle Seahawks/Keith Boe, Idaho Panhandler. More here.

Question: Do you expect the Vandals to win more than 1 game this year?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.17.15

August 17, 2015 - 11:30am
  • 11:59 a.m. Road Debris -- Pieces of couch fell from back of pickup @ I-90/MP 32 (east edge of 4th of July Pass).
  • 11:51 a.m. Suicide Attempt -- Post Falls female blows house breakers by trying to electrocute herself.
  • 11:36 a.m. Fall -- 67YO female injured in fall 2 feet down bank @ Scenic Mobile Home Park, 28128 H41/Spirit Lake.
  • 11:24 a.m. Fall -- 80YO female fell @ North Star Retirement, 2340 W. Seltice Way/CdA.
  • 11:11 a.m. Possible Stroke -- 68YO female @ 2000 block of Palisades Drive/Post Falls.
  • 11:05 a.m. Welfare Check -- Female calls KCSO concerned that she hasn't heard from relatives and is concerned that they may have lost their home in a wildfire.
  • 10:33 a.m. Tubbs Hill Patrol --- CPD officer will be out of service, patrolling Tubbs Hill.
  • 10:21 a.m. Road Hazard -- Caller reports dirt falling from dump truck @ n/b Huetter Road/Seltice Way.
  • 10:11 a.m. Seizure -- 56YO male @ 100 block of W19th Ave/Post Falls.
  • 9:53 a.m. Abandoned Vehicle -- 1300 block of N5th St/CdA.
  • 9:39 a.m. Courtesy Ride -- CPD officer giving someone ride from Reed St/CdA to St. Vinnys.
  • 9:14 a.m. Waterway Hazard -- Dead head reported on Spokane River, undisclosed location.
  • 9:13 a.m. Counterfeit Money -- Post Falls Exxon worker reports male in tank top tried to pay for gas w/fake $50.

Poll: Butch Made Right Decision

August 17, 2015 - 11:22am
  • Weekend Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation agreed with the decision by Gov. Butch Otter not to launch an investigation into Planned Parenthood practices in Idaho, in the wake of a national controversy re: the organization's sale of fetal tissue from abortions. 166 of 239 respondents (69.45%) agreed with Otter's decision. 69 of 239 respondents (28.87%) disagreed. 4 (1.67%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Has the extreme fire danger this summer prompted you to change or postpone camping plans?

Vanity Plates

August 17, 2015 - 10:56am

I just ran my bike to the Vertical Earth on East Sherman Avenue for some TLC. On the way back, I spotted a young woman in a gray RAV/4 with a vanity plate, "YNGLOVE," which made me wonder about her back story. Back at the office, I spied a gray Element parked in a visitor's space with the vanity plate, "FLYME," and I wondered what a vanity plate would say if I owned one. How about you?

Question: What would your vanity plate say, if you owned one? And/or (for those who own a vanity plate): What does your vanity plate say & why did you think it was worth the extra money to own a vanity plate?

In Case Of Fire, What Would You Grab?

August 17, 2015 - 10:17am

I've never had a deputy knock on my door and tell me I needed to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice because forest fires are licking all around. But plenty of people in this area have lately. It doesn't take a personal experience to make one consider how he or she would act in such a situation. Leave immediately and take your chances your property won't be vandalized? Or stick around and fend off the inferno? I like barbecues as well as the next guy, but I think I'd take the first option and just hope the vandals have asthma and wouldn't want to deal with the smoke. When you've got the safe distance to ponder these scenarios, it's interesting to think about what you'd take with you if you had to leave your home immediately. What to save? What to leave behind?/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: If you were forced to evacuate, as the result of a fire, what would you grab on the way out the door?

Walkabout: Clueless Smoker

August 17, 2015 - 10:00am

Walkabout: "Yesterday (Sunday), I told a smoker that smoking on Tubbs Hill was not allowed. His response,"It's a public place", followed by several words of a foul nature. I did explain about the firemen currently on the hill and the recent fire. You would think he would have a clue with all the smoke in the area and the most of the west on fire."

Question: Why are so many smokers so clueless?"