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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.8.14

July 8, 2014 - 4:23pm
  • 5:15 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Heritage Place, 702 Walnut Ave/CdA.
  • 5:08 p.m. Possible wanted person may be @ 1200 block of Highwood/CdA.
  • 4:35 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 7-8 here.
  • 4:19 p.m. Hayden Lake residents report boys who untied dock tied @ Honeysuckle Beach for week cussed them out.
  • 3:42 p.m. Disabled Honda Odyssey has flat tire @ w/b I-90/MP 7 (H41/Post Falls).
  • 3:31 p.m. ISP officer reports following vehicle w/possible wanted person inside @ H95/H53, Garwood.
  • 3:11 p.m. Driver of red Dodge pickup @ s/b H95/H53 speeding, threw beer can out window.
  • 3:09 p.m. Unknown injury accident reported @ e/b I-90/MP 39 (east of Cataldo Mission).
  • 2:57 p.m. Motorcyclist may have broken foot after crashing into guardrail @ H97/Burma, Turner Bay.
  • 2:54 p.m. Male driver of Chevy w/Washington plates wrote bad check @ Kohls/CdA.
  • 2:34 p.m. Male may have broken female's jaw in domestic fight on Twinlow Road/Rathdrum.
  • 2:03 p.m. Non-injury accident reported @ NW Blvd/Ironwood Drive, CdA.
  • 1:59 a.m. Non-injury accident reported @on 4th Street, south of Appleway, CdA.
  • 1:58 p.m. Female worker @ CdA office has locked door after transient left after yelling incoherently.
  • 1:47 p.m. CPD officer has possession of undisclosed personal item found @ City Park.
  • 1:46 p.m. CPD officer asked to check welfare of 4YO who is in home w/possible drug activity.
  • 1:41 p.m. A full, blown truck tire is lying on road @ H95/MP 442 (Chilco).
  • 1:06 p.m. A tire shred is lying on freeway @ e/b I-90/MP 26 (4th of July Pass).
  • 1:03 p.m. Hit-and-run accident reported @ Coeur d'Alene Casino/Worley.
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PM Headlines -- 7.8.14

July 8, 2014 - 4:01pm

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger is shown patrolling Coeur d'Alene during the 4th of July holiday weekend. Said Ben: "This is my 34th 4th of July." (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Yankee Doodle Chicks

July 8, 2014 - 3:47pm

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson posts: "Yankee Doodle chicks, born/hatched on the 4th of July. Seems like there are always baby birds (these are sparrows) in the backyard nests. They hear us out on the patio and pop out to say hi."

PHD Issues Fernan Lake Advisory

July 8, 2014 - 2:56pm

A health advisory was issued today for Fernan Lake by the Panhandle Health District and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. Water samples confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. The density of blue-green algae in Fernan Lake is likely to be associated with potentially harmful toxin concentrations in water according to World Health Organization guidelines. Therefore, the public is advised to avoid swallowing or inhaling water and to avoid direct contact with water containing visible algae. Drinking water from the lake is especially dangerous and the toxins cannot be removed by boiling or filtering the water. Children and pets are particularly susceptible/Panhandle Health District. More here.

Malloy: No Going Back For UI Football

July 8, 2014 - 2:24pm

University of Idaho officials, from the president on down, have made it clear that the Vandal football program is about making money. Going “back” to the Big Sky Conference is OK for other sports, but not for football. “The financial consequences make it not very attractive,” Idaho’s new president, Chuck Staben, said in a recent article by the Idaho Statesman’s Brian Murphy. Athletic Director Rob Spear said in the same article that returning to the Big Sky level (Football Championship Subdivision) would result in Idaho cutting other sports. Idaho has 975,000 good reasons for opening this year’s season at Florida, which speaks more about the intelligence of Florida than Idaho/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: I understand the financial reasons why UI should stay in the top football division. It'll be interesting to see how well the Vandals do against mid-level top division teams. Mebbe somewhere down the line there will be an opening in the Mountain West. I'm glad to see other sports return to the Big Sky, especially men's basketball. Thoughts?

HBO Blogosphere -- 7.8.14

July 8, 2014 - 2:13pm

Marianne Love/Slight Detour snapped this goose line at Dover Bay. You can see more photos here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, July 7): 6469 page-views/3993 unique views

McEuen Work Unearths Buried Safe

July 8, 2014 - 1:40pm

Bryan Taylor of Contractors Northwest Inc., examines the safe uncovered at McEuen Park this week. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

The reconstruction of McEuen Park lasted nearly two years and involved the excavation of nearly 22 acres of soil for the park and parking structure. After all that, during the final earthmoving event this week, crews uncovered a safe that had likely been buried for several decades. The safe was discovered during excavation efforts to make room for the next piece of public art at the southeast corner of Front Avenue and Second Street. It was buried about 5 feet below the street surface/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here. Question: Where's Geraldo Rivera when you need him?

Idaho Among Low-Energy-Price States

July 8, 2014 - 1:24pm

Idaho is listed among by the U.S. Energy Information Administration among the ten states where energy prices are the lowest. Writes Sam Becker of the Wall Street Cheat Sheet: "The folks in Idaho are fortunate to live next to a prime resource for energy: the Snake River and its tributaries. There are 17 hydroelectric power plants that use the river to generate electricity, providing over 1.7 million kilowatts of energy to Idaho residents. With the help of all of that hydroelectric infrastructure, the EIA’s numbers indicate Idaho spends $19.87 for every one million BTU. As of 2013, 78 percent of the state’s electricity generation saw its genesis in renewable sources, and also had the fourth lowest average electricity prices in the entire country." More here.


Rowling Returns w/New Potter Story

July 8, 2014 - 1:18pm

Seven years after his last appearance, Harry Potter has returned. Like his original adoring fans, the boy wizard is all grown up in this new 1500-word chapter from author J.K. Rowling, which was published on the site on Tuesday. The new story finds Harry and his wife, Ginny, attending the Quidditch World Cup, accompanied by the married pair of Ron and Hermione. The article is written in the voice of vicious Daily Prophet gossip reporter Rita Skeeter, who doesn't always have the nicest (or substantiated) things to say about the beloved heroes of Dumbledore's Army/Chicago Tribune. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are you or children or your granchildren ready for a new Harry Potter story?

Barker: The Great EPA Divide

July 8, 2014 - 1:13pm

Near Riggins last week, 40 miners violated the law against suction-dredge mining on the Salmon River to protest the Environmental Protection Agency. At nearly the same time, Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson was praising the federal agency for working with the city of Boise and farmers on an innovative plan to clean phosphorous pollution in the Boise River. These two events demonstrate how wide the divisions are in Idaho and across the nation when it comes to regulating and managing natural resources. On Tuesday, six dredges pumped Salmon River gravel from Island Bar east of Riggins, which protesters said posed no threat to the endangered salmon and steelhead that spawn there. The miners face fines of up to $30,000 for the violation they committed as part of a peaceful protest. "That's what Rosa Parks did," said Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik, who helped the hobby miners put the protest together/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is it right to compare the dredging protest near Riggins to Rosa Parks' famous protest?

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Germany 5, Brazil 0 (1st Half)

July 8, 2014 - 1:08pm

You realize, of course, that the FIFA World Cup didn't end when Belgium defeated USA in the Knock Out round of 16. In the semi-final match going on right now, Germany scored in the opening minutes to take a 5-0 lead over Brazil. Boxscore here.


Which semi-finalist do you want to win the World Cup?

2 Dead In Deaconess Shooting

July 8, 2014 - 11:47am

Sara Lavigne, right, and her mother, cancer patient Jana Lavigne, leave Deaconess Health and Education Center after witnessing a domestic shooting in the Rockwood Cancer Clinic, Monday, July 8, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. Initial reports indicate the gunman opened fire inside the clinic, killing his wife, then turned the weapon on himself. The wife reportedly worked at the clinic. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Two people are dead in an apparent domestic dispute on the Deaconess Medical Center campus, authorities said. Initial reports indicate the gunman opened fire inside the Rockwood Cancer Clinic this morning, killing his wife, then turned the weapon on himself. The wife reportedly worked at the clinic. Details remain sketchy but after initially evacuating the building, authorities now are letting workers return. Police in tactical gear searched the building earlier. Fifth Avenue between Lincoln and Monroe remains closed, however/SR. More here.


AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.8.14

July 8, 2014 - 11:41am
  • 11:58 a.m. 2 elderly females are bleeding after 2-vehicle crash @ Echo/Corbin, Post Falls.
  • 11:49 a.m. Male is unconscious after ATV crash @ 13812 Spirit Lake Road, 2 miles past Silver Beach.
  • 11:32 a.m. A large, cardboard box is lying @ e/b I-90/MP 11 (NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 11:31 a.m. Bearded male is lying in shade along e/b I-90/MP 12.5 (b/n H95/4th Street, CdA).
  • 11:29 a.m. 2-vehicle, non-injury crash is blocking H41/Wyoming, Rathdrum.
  • 10:31 a.m. Dog is running loose @ 1144 E. Gilbert Ave/CdA.
  • 9:34 a.m. Residential burglary reported @ 6300 block of Warrior Street/CdA.
  • 9:31 a.m. Someone broke into unoccupied Coeur d'Alene rental and is sleeping in it.
  • 9:24 a.m. Small mini-van is s/b in n/b turn lane on H95/CdA area.
  • 9:22 a.m. Red passenger car w/taped back window is speeding/reckless @ e/b I-90 from stateline.
  • 9:20 a.m. East & west signals are not cycling @ H41/Mullan, Post Falls.
  • 9:09 a.m. Female being chased by 2 males is trying to stop traffic @ H41/Seasons, Twin Lakes.
  • 9:08 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 1800 block of Havichur Loop/Post Falls.
  • 8:43 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Taxi reports customer refusing to pay @ 200 block of Eastwood/Post Falls.
  • 8:22 a.m. 2 black dogs are running loose @ H95/Lancaster Avenue, Hayden.

Waiting To Buy Pot

July 8, 2014 - 11:32am

A man waiting in line to buy recreational marijuana displays his pot-leaf tattoo outside of Top Shelf Cannabis this morning in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Ding-Dong & Run

July 8, 2014 - 11:26am

From Post Falls Police Department swing shift log: "Some juveniles were caught by a citizen and contacted by an officer 'ding-dong-ditching' in the area of Osprey Dr. Their parents were contacted and notified of their actions." More from Swing/Graveyard shifts here.

Question: Ding-dong-ditching? Have you ever done that?

Quotable Quote

July 8, 2014 - 11:23am
I have never smoked pot. After watching news footage last night of the guy who was SO STOKED to be the first person in Spokane to buy pot legally, I don't think I've missed out on much -- Cindy Hval, via Facebook.

Stein: North Idaho's Hot, But Viewtiful

July 8, 2014 - 11:13am

"Still here in Sandpoint, Idaho, and it is too darned hot," writes conservative commenter Ben Stein ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off") for the American Spectator. "It’s often hot in the middle of continents in summer and this is no exception. The real problem is the humidity though. We left D.C. to escape the humidity. It was unbearable, like being in a steam room with your suit and tie on. We do not have much humidity in L.A., but we sure have plenty of it here in North Idaho this summer. However, it’s all fine. There are hundreds of friendly people out on City Beach, many wanting to say hello and pose for pictures with this old fellow. There is incredibly tasty kettle corn. And there is Lake Pendoreille, limitless cool blue expanse of water, blue sky, clouds, and mountain forests. My brilliant, world-traveling sister, called me to report on her just concluded trip to Tanzania. She generously noted that while it was beautiful, it was no more beautiful than North Idaho, and then added, 'No place is.'" Stein, pictured, goes on to praise Pat Buchanan's new book. More here.

Question: Is there any place more beautiful than North Idaho?

Ex-Idaho Governor Evans, 89, RIP

July 8, 2014 - 11:04am

From left to right, Governor John Evans, Governor Cecil Andrus, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, and Governor Phil Batt. (Courtesy photo, via Idaho Statesman: Governor's Office)

Former Idaho Gov. John V. Evans has died at age 89. Evans, a Democrat, served as Idaho’s governor from 1977 to 1987, first moving up from lieutenant governor to succeed Cecil Andrus when he was named U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and then winning election twice in his own right in 1978 and 1982. He was the first, and thus far only, LDS church member to be elected governor of Idaho. Evans was the grandson of the founder of Idaho-based D.L. Evans Bank and served as the bank’s president, still attending board meetings until his death, the Twin Falls Times-News reported/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you remember Gov. Evans?

Read more here: ad more here: left to right, Governor John Evans, Governor Cecil Andrus, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, and Governor Phil Batt.
Read more here: John V. Evans, who grew up in Malad City and represented that area in the Idaho Legislature, was the state's 27th governor. He served from 1977 to 1987. His death Tuesday morning was confirmed by Summers Funeral Home. Evans, a Democrat, was lieutenant governor when then-Gov. Cecil Andrus was picked to become interior secretary under President Jimmy Carter. Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican, said he remembered Evans as a professional/Idaho Statesman. More here.
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AM: Spokane Pot Store Opens Today

July 8, 2014 - 10:30am

Frank Schade, The Green Surfer, grows some of his marijuana plants inside the vegetative room of his grow operation on the Peone Prairie on June 27. One Spokane marijuana store, Spokane Green Leaf, plans to open today. Story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Poll: Let Partners Be Buried Together

July 8, 2014 - 10:14am
  • Monday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation says gay Navy veteran Madelyn Lee Taylor should be allowed to be buried with her partner in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. 134 of 167 respondents (80.24%) said the state should relent and allow the two women to be buried together in the Veterans Cemetery. Only 28 of 167 (16.77%) oppose the move. 5 (2.99%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Should the city of Coeur d'Alene allow alcohol in public places, like city parks, by repealing its open container law?