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KCSO Seeks Help In Lake Search

August 7, 2014 - 4:08pm

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from anyone that may have been on Lake Coeur d’Alene or on the shoreline around Stevens Point on Saturday evening, August 2nd at about 7:30 PM and may have witnessed the incident where Gary “Scotty” Shawver went missing into the lake from a boat. We have contacted or have been contacted by several residents and other witnesses in the area, but we are looking for any others that may have witnessed the incident. Currently, the Sheriff’s SONAR boat is on Lake Coeur d’Alene and has been actively searching the area since early this morning. Based on witness accounts, we have expanded our search area, but haven’t been successful in locating the body of Mr. Shawver/Lt. Stu Miller/KCSO.

KEA Project Floats Treatment Wetland

August 7, 2014 - 3:59pm

Kootenai Environmental Alliance Facebooks: "The health advisory for the toxic blue green algae bloom at Hayden Lake's Sportsman Park area has been lifted as of today. In hopes of saving another bay, KEA is out with residents in Sunset Bay launching a floating treatment wetland! Three cheers for advocates for clean water!!" (You can see 4 more photos of the project on the KEA Facebook page here)

Search For Post Falls Man Continues

August 7, 2014 - 3:36pm

Update (from Kerri Thoreson): Thursday update on search for Scott: one of the close friends who's on the vigil boats just texted that the SONAR boat will search for another hour today as the wind is making the lake choppy this afternoon. The search will continue for a few hours Friday morning and then be suspended for the weekend due to increased boat traffic. When the search resumes on Monday, new equipment will be brought in.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office's sonar team planned to return to Lake Coeur d'Alene early today to resume the search for Gary Scott "Scotty" Shawver. Shawver, 57, a well-known Post Falls body shop owner, has been missing since Saturday evening when he jumped from a boat into the lake near Stevens Point to reportedly retrieve a hat that had fallen into the water. Witnesses say the man was unable to make it back to the vessel. According to Lt. Stu Miller, the sheriff's office sonar boat was deployed for a total of 20 hours on Monday and Tuesday, scouring an area of the lake that was targeted using the GPS location taken from where the 911 call was made/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (File photo: Scott Shawver is shown at Post Falls community block party)


NW Tomatoes Taste Like Plastic?

August 7, 2014 - 3:23pm

In today's Slice column: Moscow’s Jane Hess offered this. “As a transplanted Jersey Girl, I will guarantee that the Garden State’s tomatoes are the best in the nation. I have to say that Northwest tomatoes taste like plastic in comparison. As a kid, I loved a thick slice of salted beefsteak tomato between two slices of white bread slathered with mayo. Yum!” More here. (SR file photo)

Question: Plastic? Does Ms. Hess buy her Northwest tomatoes in a store? I eat few store-bought tomatoes -- and then gorge myself on home-grown ones in August-October. How about you? Do you remember the best tomato you have ever tasted?

Just Wonderin' ...

August 7, 2014 - 3:14pm

... How do you deal with a tail-gater? I tap on the brakes (not brake check) to get their attention. If that doesn't work, I'll pull over and let them pass, if feasible. I don't like another driver endangering my family and me with their aggressive driving. I'm not good at simply annoying the invasion of my vehicle's space.

Question: What do you do?

HBO Blogos: August Autumn Preview

August 7, 2014 - 2:50pm

"Ten degrees of separation from the beastly HOT -- I'll take it," posts blogger/photographer Marianne Love/Slight Detour. "The only thing missing in the neighborhood this morning was the yellow school bus coming down the road. Not that I'm trying to hurry that image, but we definitely received a taste of fall this morning. Cool, brisk yet sunny.  Love it!" More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Aug. 6): 7495 page-views/4655 unique views

R's Fear Losing Superintendent's Race

August 7, 2014 - 2:33pm

The race for Superintendent of Public Instruction has Idaho politicos talking, and anxiety is rising for Republicans worried they’ll lose the seat to Democrats. Nearly every Republican I’ve spoken to has said Sherri Ybarra is in real danger of losing, or has already lost. In an Aug. 4 interview with Idaho Reports, newly elected GOP chairman Steve Yates acknowledged many Idaho Republicans have said they’re coming to terms with losing the superintendent race to the Democrats, and said while he’s still confident Ybarra can win, he hadn’t yet spoken with or met her. Ybarra’s absence from the public eye has been an ongoing concern for lawmakers on the two education committees with whom we’ve chatted/Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports blog. More here.

Question: Of the three races involving questionable Republican candidates -- treasurer, secretary of state and superintendent of schools -- which one is the Idaho Republican Party most likely to lose?

Demo Ringo Wins Pinehurst Ribbon

August 7, 2014 - 1:55pm

Shirley Ringo, the Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Raul Labrador, visits w/ Princesses Sydney, Kadence, and Kelly (little girls w/their grandma who rode in front of her and threw out candy at the recent Pinehurst Parade).

State Rep. Shirley Ringo (D-Moscow), the Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional District, received an award for her entry in the Pinehurst, Idaho parade on Saturday. "Getting the call that we won a ribbon for the pedal cart was a pleasant surprise," Ringo said. "I try to make sure that my entire campaign is people-powered, and it's always nice to be recognized for it." Ringo and her husband pedaled in a Roadster pedal cart that she borrowed from Latah County native Earl Aldrich. Ringo has participated in a number of parades throughout the state this summer, while campaigning for the 1st Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Eagle). She plans to collect her award ribbon during her next visit to Pinehurst/Campaign to Elect Shirley Ringo news release. (Photo: Shirley Ringo Web site)

Question: Do you like to see politicians in community parades?

Repub Ybarra Denies Confab Snub

August 7, 2014 - 1:38pm

Sherri Ybarra spent Thursday in training sessions with Idaho school superintendents — and took issue with the suggestion that she had snubbed school administrators earlier in the week. The Republican state superintendent’s candidate was criticized by Democratic opponent Jana Jones — and by one prominent district superintendent with Republican credentials — after she declined an invitation to speak at the Idaho Association of School Administrators’ annual meeting in Boise. The decision came down to scheduling conflicts, Ybarra said at a news conference Thursday. “Snubbing was not a term I used,” said Ybarra, in reference to an Idaho Education News headline on the flap. Ybarra said she had a doctor’s appointment on Monday, the day Jones spent a half hour fielding questions from an audience of 460 school administrators/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here. (IdahoED News Photo: Sherri Ybarra talks to reporters)

Where's That Smell Coming From?

August 7, 2014 - 1:29pm

Yes, Virginia, the street to the Post Falls sewer plant really is called Brown Trout Drive. Props to Post Falls for a sense of humor -- and to Kerry Thoreson for snapping this photoand posting this on her Facebook wall.

"In my role as a city councilor," Facebooks Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson of Post Falls, "I receive a number of calls and emails on just about every topic under the sun. This week I have the short answer to a question posed by residents in south Post Falls regarding an unpleasant aroma in recent days. With temperatures well into the nineties for an extended period, waste traveling from the lift stations in Riverside Harbor, Ponderosa and Greensferry all the way to the treatment plant on Seltice between Chase Road and McGuire can get a little odorous. Sometimes even those small holes in manhole covers can allow the aroma to escape. Terry Werner, Post Falls Public Services Director, tells me that their crews have been out the past few days making adjustments. This is the layman's explanation of a very complex process. And for those of you who doubt we have a sense of humor in Post Falls, I took a photo of the street sign in front of the wastewater plant."

Question: I lived in Lewiston for 2 years. I haven't smelled anything in Coeur d'Alene remotely as bad as the stink coming from Potlatch on any given day. How about you? Ever lived in a stinky place?

Sir Paul Rocks Missoula

August 7, 2014 - 1:20pm

Front page of Wednesday's Missoulian.

I headed to Missoula earlier this week to check out Paul McCartney at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Worth. Every. Penny. Sir Paul still rocks. Sir Paul still puts on a great show. Sir Paul still impresses. When your catalog is as deep as his, I can only imagine how difficult it would be to plan a set list that ticks every box with fans. Sure, there were a few tracks from his latest record, “New,” and they sounded pretty good. He hit the highlights of his Wings years with “Band on the Run,” “Listen to What the Man Said,” “Live and Let Die” and “Maybe I’m Amazed.” He touched upon a range of Beatles material, from “I Saw Her Standing There” to “Let It Be.” Things got fun with “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “All Together Now,” more subdued with “Blackbird” and yes, he did “Yesterday,” “The Long and Winding Road” and “Hey Jude,” too/Carolyn Lamberson, 7 Blog. More here.

Question: Which old rocker provided the best performance that you've seen live?

Athol Days: Show Must Go On

August 7, 2014 - 1:11pm

As the shadow of the abrupt firing of popular city clerk, Sally Hansen looms over the city of Athol, the old Broadway adage applies. The show must go on. Many hold Sally in an affectionate place in their hearts including this writer. But it will all play out with many still hoping that this is all a mistake. Having said that, here are some of the events that will take place Saturday, August 9 in Athol, Idaho. Line up for the parade is Davis Lane and starts at 9:00 am. Every year we have a great turnout of antique cars, neighborhood and church entries and those just there to have fun/Bay Views. More here.

Question: Have you attended a major community event in Bayview, Athol or any other small North Idaho community?

Lake City Picks White As New Chief

August 7, 2014 - 11:53am

Lee R. White, an assistant police chief in Mesa, Arizona, has been named Coeur d’Alene’s next chief of police. He will assume the post September 2. “The biggest thing I’m planning on doing is going on a listening tour,” White said Thursday. “I want to listen to the community and to the officers and open the lines of communication and basically find out how the police department can better serve the community and the residents of Coeur d’Alene.” White was among a pool of 75 candidates from across the country who applied for the job. During his police career, he worked in or supervised nearly every area of police work, making his way through the ranks of the Mesa Police Department from patrol officer to assistant chief/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: What should be the first order of business for the new Coeur d'Alene police chief?


SR Seeks Arfee Shooting Documents

August 7, 2014 - 11:48am

Following is a letter sent to City Attorney Mike Gridley of Coeur d'Alene re: his denial of SReporter Scott Maben's request for incident report by officer and all documentation into the controversial police shooting of pet black lab Arfee at Java on Sherman this summer. The request was made by our attorney Joel Hazel. It begins: "This letter constitutes a second request, valid as of today's date, for a copy of the incident report and all documents related to the July 9, 2014 shooting of the dog Arfee.' This request includes any account of the shooting written by any officer who witnessed the shooting as well as any witness statements related thereto." Complete request here.

Question: Do you want the city to provide the SR with the requested documents in this incident?

Eyes On The Prize

August 7, 2014 - 11:37am

Avista Utilities CTR (commuter trip reduction) coordinator Catherine Cooper tries to catch a flying disc through her hoop during the company's lunch hour health and wellness activities Wednesday at Mission Park in Spokane. Games also included golf chipping and coconut bocce ball. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Question: When did you last cross your eyes?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.7.14

August 7, 2014 - 11:29am
  • 11:58 a.m. 77YO male having breathing problems @ 200 block of W20th Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 11:39 a.m. EMTs @ medical emergency on Mullan/Post Falls request PFPD b/c patient won't answer questions.
  • 11:35 a.m. Officer re: male along H53/Rathdrum: "Don't know if he's stealing copper wire."
  • 11:33 a.m. Northwest Urgent Care requests transfer of cardiac patient to Kootenai Health.
  • 11:12 a.m. Vehicle & motorcycle involved in accident @ H2/MP 23 (near Dover); Bonner County asking for help at scene.
  • 11:11 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 1100 block of E3rd Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 11:10 a.m. Female walking around Radiant Lake/Rathdrum acting suspiciously.
  • 11:06 a.m. Caller reports that Post Falls female may be suicidal after losing mother.
  • 11:04 a.m. 84YO male in Cape Horn area/Bayview area is having trouble speaking.
  • 11:02 a.m. Elderly male needs help from getting from vehicle to house on N5th Street/CdA.
  • 10:45 a.m. Crash b/n motorcycle/vehicle reported @ H95/MP 530 (Hellroaring Creek/Boundary County. Officer on scene requesting help from other agencies.
  • 9:12 a.m. Firefighters investigating report of smoke in basement of 2-story house @ Onyx/Clubhouse, Harrison.

Drink S'More

August 7, 2014 - 11:03am

From As the Lake Churns & our favorite Priest Lake blogger Pecky Cox.

Poll: US Made Right Ebola Virus

August 7, 2014 - 10:41am
  • Today's Poll: Hucks Nation supports move to bring two Americans infected with ebola virus back to USA. 82 of 130 respondents (63.08%) support the move. 41 of 130 respondents (31.54%) oppose the action. 7 (5.38%) were undecided.
  • Wednesday Poll: What will be the impact of new Chairman Steve Yates on the Idaho GOP?

Quotable Quote

August 7, 2014 - 10:33am

"It is a strange day when my fellow Ron Paulers support a member of Dick Cheney's foreign policy team" -- Bjorn Handeen, a Coeur d'Alene libertarian and a delegate at the failed convention in Bloglander/Inlander article re: new state chairman Steve Yates. Click here (3rd item)

Judge OKs Returning Samuel To Juvie

August 7, 2014 - 10:24am

A north Idaho teenager accused of killing his father and brother is no longer being held in solitary confinement at an adult county jail. A judge Tuesday approved an agreement allowing 15-year-old Eldon Samuel to be moved back to juvenile detention – overriding a previous judge’s decision. Samuel’s return to a juvenile lock-up is a victory for his attorney and the ACLU of Idaho. They had argued Samuel’s confinement in a medical holding cell in the Kootenai County Jail violated his constitutional rights. Even the jail staff acknowledged it was not ideal. But in early July a judge said he wasn’t willing to risk having Samuel around other youth given the violent nature of his alleged crimes/Austin Jenkins, NW News Network. More here.

Question: Does this agreement prompt you to worry about the safety of other juveniles held at the county facility?