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Road rage in Post Falls

November 7, 2014 - 8:41am

POST FALLS - Idaho State Police officers are seeking information on a road rage incident in which two vehicles were damaged on westbound Interstate 90 in Post Falls on Thursday morning.

According to ISP, the incident involving a silver 2002 Dodge Stratus and blue 2010 Chrysler 300 occurred around 6:15 a.m. on a three-mile stretch between the Seltice Way overpass and McGuire Road.

Both male drivers said their vehicles came into contact multiple times," said ISP Trooper Andy Hodl. "It was a back-and-forth altercation."

Hodl said the drivers have given conflicting reports about other details regarding the incident. "We're looking for witnesses to confirm or deny who was the aggressor," he said. Neither of the drivers were injured. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage, but were drivable afterward. More here. Brian Walker, CdA Press

What makes you angry when driving?

Graduation Day at Drug Court

November 7, 2014 - 8:24am

Kootenai County Mental Health Drug Court graduate Jordan Fox gets a hug from District Court Judge John Mitchell during a ceremony at the Justice Building in Coeur d’Alene on Thursday. Kathy Plonka, photo

North Idaho resident Anna Pearce has inspired many in her long struggle with mental illness and substance abuse. On Thursday morning the Oscar-winning actor found inspiration in the company of criminal offenders working to overcome similar problems.

“I certainly didn’t expect to be so moved by your fight, by your willingness to get healthy,” Pearce, better known as Patty Duke, told a group packed into a courtroom to mark the 10th anniversary of Kootenai County’s Mental Health Drug Court.

Pearce wiped tears from her eyes after speaking with participants in the program, which has had 84 graduates since 2004.  Scott Maben, SR

Have you had a friend or family member struggle with substance abuse?

Mark Vaught, Vandals’ football operations director, dies

November 7, 2014 - 8:15am

Mark Vaught, assistant athletic director of football operations at the University of Idaho, died Wednesday night after a battle with cancer.

He was 31.

Athletic director Rob Spear revealed the news Thursday over Twitter, calling it a “very sad day for the Vandal family … Mark was a fighter to the end.” More here. John Blanchette, SR

Wild Card/Thursday -- 11.6.14

November 6, 2014 - 5:39pm

The Thursdays after a big election are usually the days when the adrenalin wears off -- and I'm spent. I'm also left searching for ways to fill the subsequent weeks until the winners are sworn into their new offices. We have a lot to look forward to in January when we send Vito, Nonini & Co back to Boise to, ahem, represent us. I'm sure they'll keep us entertained until the Coeur d'Alene School Board campaigns begin in earnest. Then, there's next year's City Council campaigns when Adams, Gookin & Edinger will be up for re-election. Be still my beating heart. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 11.6.14

November 6, 2014 - 5:29pm

President Barack Obama is applauded by the crowd as they stand during his remarks to veterans at an “In Performance at the White House” series event, part of the Joining Forces initiative, an event with musicians, members of the U.S. military, military veterans, and their families inside a tent on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday in Washington. Performances are expected by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, and Romeo Santos. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Butte Man Killed Bin Laden

November 6, 2014 - 5:09pm

The retired Navy SEAL who says he shot al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in the forehead publicly identified himself Thursday amid a debate among special operations brethren about whether they should break silence about their secret missions. Robert O’Neill, 38, told The Washington Post in an interview that he fired the two shots that killed bin Laden. He first recounted the story in February 2013 to Esquire magazine, which identified him only as “the shooter.” One current and one former SEAL confirmed to The Associated Press that O’Neill was long known to have fired the shots that killed the leader of the international terror group responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks/Associated Press. More here. (Photo: Walter Hinick)

Question: Is it a good idea to let all the Friends of bin Laden know that you killed their fearless leader?

Top Comments -- 11.6.14

November 6, 2014 - 4:47pm

JeanieSpokane (RE: Wild Card/Thursday): So glad the elections are over; no more ads wiping each other out; no more befuddled brain trying to burrow through all the conflicting statements of the opposing candidate while trying to remember the name of the complainant (my definition of any politician that blasts an opponent so all I hear are the other guy's name, over and over and over and that's what sticks in my head). And then there is the deal at the kitchen table where domestic bliss rides a thin line as we sit side by side and vote against each other and then toss the ballots in the ballot box like they really will count. (sigh)

Most Commented Stories -- Ybarra has to hit the ground running (18 comments), and: She wants to be sheriff (16 comments), and: Yates: Great day to be a Republican (14 comments), and: Why do we talk about gas so much (14 comments).

Cutline Contest -- 11.6.14

November 6, 2014 - 4:40pm

Time 2 Vote ...

A Sotheby's employee shows the Graff ruby, weighing 8.62 carats, and one of the finest rubies of its size in private hands, which is estimated to sell between 6.8 million to 9 million US dollars during a preview at Southeby's in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini)

Wednesday Winner -- Doctor Watson, with 9 likes: "I'm so excited! Let's get gay married!" You can see Wednesday Photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.6.14

November 6, 2014 - 4:31pm
  • 4:57 p.m. CPD press release: 14YO boy arrested for grand theft after being source of possible lockdowns this morning at Lakes Middle School and Venture School (formerly Project CDA). Information here.
  • 4:30 p.m. Post Falls Police Department graveyard shift for Nov. 5-6 here.
  • 4:05 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Nov 5-6 here.
  • 3:30 p.m. Driver of blue Subaru hit another vehicle @ 1700 block of Boysenberry/CdA & then drove off.
  • 3:20 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 1356 H41/Post Falls.
  • 3:15 p.m. Deputy is stopping to check guest's welfare @ Silver Lake Motel.
  • 3:13 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 400 block of N2nd Street/CdA.
  • 2:23 p.m. Officer helping move disabled vehicle from intersection of Honeysuckle/Govt Way, Hayden.
  • 2:15 p.m. Deputy wants owner of dead cow @ Rimrock/Ohio Match Road, Garwood, contacted to move the animal away from road. Officer is concerned that the cow will "start gathering animals."
  • 1:48 p.m. Driver of dark-blue pickup @ w/b H53 from H41/Rathdrum, weaving & possibly DUI.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Kootenai County Elected Ybarra

November 6, 2014 - 4:31pm

Factoid: Superintendent-elect Sherri Ybarra won her race with Democrat Jana Jones by 5,667 votes statewide (unofficially). She beat Jones by 9,016 votes in Kootenai County.

Question: What does this say about Kootenai County?

The Otter Message

November 6, 2014 - 3:48pm

Judging by his margin of victory, Gov. Butch Otter sealed the deal on this election long before the Oct. 30 debate on Idaho Public Television. But if there were any doubts about Otter in rural Idaho, where Otter practically is a political folk hero, they were quickly dashed in the debate. From a rural perspective, Otter, the rodeo cowboy, was going against all the forces of evil. There was a Democratic egghead, a smooth-talking lawyer and a liberal media panel that peppered him with questions about issues that didn’t amount to a jar of tobacco spit – mainly, the prison scandal and settlement amounts. Otter, the smart politician he is, turned the situation in his favor. He fought back, putting the rich Democrat, the lawyer and the liberal press in their place. A few times, he stood toe to toe with John Bujak, looking him straight in the eye – which, given Bujak’s physical stature, was like staring down Mean Joe Greene/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here. (Duane Rasmussen photo, of Butch Otter)

Question: Why is Idaho smitten by Butch Otter?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 11.6.14

November 6, 2014 - 3:37pm

"After the last couple of dreary, wet days, we awakened a beauty this morning," posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. "I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  Whenever we put up with weather-related misery, Mother Nature rewards us." More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Nov. 5): 9953 page-views/5976 unique views

Lake City Installs 'American Worker'

November 6, 2014 - 3:20pm

Local artist Terry Lee examines his sculpture, American Worker, as a worker installs the artwork. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

The latest piece of public art at McEuen Park was installed on Thursday at Sixth Street and Front Avenue along the promenade adjacent to the park. "American Worker," created by local artist Terry Lee, was donated to the city by Dean Haagenson, owner of Contractors Northwest, Inc., general contractor for the McEuen Park project. Haagenson donated $50,000 for the bronze sculpture, which stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 300 pounds. The next piece of public art, "The Explorers," is expected to be installed next month. It depicts three children playing on a log and will be located near the base of Tubbs Hill at the trail confluence.

Question: Do you like it?

Gay Marriage Bans Upheld In 4 States

November 6, 2014 - 3:08pm

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld anti-gay marriage laws in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard arguments on gay marriage bans or restrictions in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Aug. 6 split 2-1, with Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton writing the majority opinion. The ruling creates a divide among federal appeals courts, increasing the likelihood the U.S. Supreme Court will now take up the issue. The ruling concluded that states have the right to set rules for marriage and that such change as expanding a definition of marriage that dates "back to the earliest days of human history" is better done through political processes/Associated Press. More here.


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CPD Seeks Endangered Runaway

November 6, 2014 - 2:35pm

On Tuesday, Coeur d’Alene police took a report of an endangered runaway by the name of Rachel Adria-Lorrain Brink, 15. Her mother said Rachel left her residence in the early morning hours and is traveling with 18YO Jared Matthew Carey. Carey has two outstanding warrants for probation violation. They were last known to be in Sheridan, Wyo.' at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Jared Carey is driving a dark blue 2004 Anniversary Edition Subaru Legacy Idaho plate number K561421. Their destination is unknown but her mother believes they may be driving to Colorado or Mississippi. If anyone has contact with Rachel Brink or information on her whereabouts, please contact the nearest local law enforcement or Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 208-769-2320. (Photo of Jared Carey & Rachel Brink)


November 6, 2014 - 2:23pm

Electing's all done,
the votes have been cast --
how long will those signs
around the town last?

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

She Wants To Be Sheriff

November 6, 2014 - 2:09pm

Tina Kunishige, right, chats with former state legislator Marge Chadderdon after the monthly Republican Women's lunch today. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Seems a Coeur d'Alene woman who was openly carrying a firearm at the monthly Kootenai County Republican Women's luncheon today announced that she wants to run for sheriff in 2016. This, with Sheriff Ben sitting in the audience. Tina Kunishige, 42, made the announcement. She told Duane Rasmussen afterward that she wanted to challenge the good old boys system at the sheriff's office. She specifically is against what she calls "the militarization of the sheriff's department." She told Duane that she hasn't been to law school, which she considers to be a plus. And that she's not a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus.

Question: I suspect that Ben's going to have his hands full should he run for re-election in 2016. Thoughts?

20YO Arrested In Urn Desecration

November 6, 2014 - 1:40pm

Police in Kellogg, Idaho have arrested a 20-year-old man for two counts of Grand Theft and two counts of Desecration of a Place of Burial after urns were stolen from the Greenwood Cemetery. Police say sometime between Friday night on Oct. 31 and Nov. 3, someone broke into the cemetery and stole urns from two niches. Ashes from the urns were found scattered all over the cemetery. As part of the investigation, police asked for help on Facebook and even offered up a $5,000 reward for information leading up to the arrest. Police have announced that they did find and arrest 20-year-old Robert McCool in connection to the crime/KHQ. More here.


City Poll: Do You Watch Woody TV?

November 6, 2014 - 1:35pm

Jeff Crowe of CDA TV at work in the control room. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

The November CityPoll question is ready for your vote: "Do you watch Coeur d'Alene TV, Channel 19?" Last month, nearly 70 percent of respondents said they take advantage of the city’s annual free leaf pick up. To vote, simply click on the “CityPoll” button on the city’s homepage ( Responses will be carefully reviewed by city staff and used in leadership strategic planning as guidance to assure we are offering the best possible services to our citizens. If you have questions or suggestions for future CityPoll topics please send an email to:

Question: Do you watch Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19?

Ward: Let's Celebrate GOP Victory

November 6, 2014 - 1:33pm

From Jeff Ward's Facebook page: "Reagan Republicans invite all members and friends to join us tonight at Avondale Golf Club Restaurant at 6:30pm (6:00pm social) to celebrate and discuss the historic Republican victories on Election Day."

Question: The Reagan Republicans still exist?