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AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.29.14

September 29, 2014 - 11:39am
  • 11:53 a.m. Friends find 66YO female unconscious on floor after she failed to respond to calls, unknown location.
  • 11:50 a.m. Deputy checking on tree, for unknown reason, east of 18836 Old H95, 1/2 mile south of Hill Street/Athol.
  • 11:48 a.m. Post Falls Missing Person -- Taylor Rebecca Carpenter: 17 YOF, 5’8, 125 lbs, black shoulder length hair.
  • 11:40 a.m. Deputy on scene reports fire along I-90 is controlled slash fire @ Wolf Lodge Campground.
  • 11:39 a.m. Rathdrum officer reports engine of vehicle driving past Mountain View Alternative has exploded.
  • 11:37 a.m. 911 dispatch is contacting USFS to send someone to fire along I-90 (11:30 item).
  • 11:32 a.m. PFPD officer is stopping at Post Falls Pita Pit, 900 H41, unknown reason.
  • 11:30 a.m. Grass fire reported on north side of w/b I-90/MP 23, flames reported 15-20 feet high.
  • 11:19 a.m. Deputy has stopped Bonner County vehicle in front of Athol Library, unknown reason.
  • 10:51 a.m. Female driver & passenger able to push disabled vehicle off I-90/MP 21 (Wolf Lodge).
  • 9:30 a.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report Sept 27-29 here.
  • 8:42 a.m. Several large trash bags are lying on w/b I-90/MP 23 (west side of 4th of July approach).
  • 8:39 a.m. Utility trailer being pulled by tan pickup is dragging on ground @ n/b H41/Post Falls area.
  • 8:24 a.m. Citizen asking for help from PFPD @ 1300 block of H41/Post Falls.

USFS Rules Gone Wild

September 29, 2014 - 11:22am

Federal agencies heavily involved in regulation and rule making aggravate enough people in the normal and proper course of their work that the last thing they need is to go out of their way, in an incompetent fashion at that, to aggravate even more. Meet the U.S. Forest Service, and its rules on photography in wilderness areas. The Forest Services regulates wilderness areas around the country – many of them in the Northwest – and are supposed to do that with the purpose of wilderness in mind: Preservation of lands in a natural state, where people can visit but not stay and not leave behind traces of their visits. That means no human goods left behind, and no damage done to the areas. The USFS has managed this job in many ways, some sound and some questionable. But restricting photography – the taking of still or video pictures with the use of hand-held camera equipment – in those areas wouldn’t realistically occur to most people as damaging to the wild character of wilderness/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Anyone out there ready to defend the USFS restrict wilderness photography?

Statesman Endorses Labrador

September 29, 2014 - 11:15am

Rep. Raul Labrador's style in Congress is an acquired taste for some, a bitter bite for others and a banquet for those who believe the federal government needs to go on a life-changing diet. The Eagle Republican's challenge as he runs for a third term is to give more consideration to the diversity of his constituency at home and his colleagues in Washington -- while remaining true to his core beliefs. He's got that second part down. We admire Labrador's candid, consistent and transparent approach to his job. He is a champion when it comes to casework on behalf of his constituents and engaging his district with frequent no-holds-barred Town Halls. We prefer to see less of that shut-down-the government swagger and more of Labrador-The-Leader, who this past year has gotten behind bipartisan bills and negotiated with factions in his Republican Conference to allow Speaker John Boehner and his party to unite on some immigration matters/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Labrador gets points for "remaining true to his core beliefs"?

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HBO Blogosphere -- 9.29.14

September 29, 2014 - 11:09am

A young member of the "King's Court," the rooting session for "King" Felix Hernandez, were awarded with another fine performance from the star Seattle Mariners pitcher Sunday afternoon. But M's fans were disappointed that they fell one game short of the playoffs, in a seasion that holds much promise for the future. Marianne Love/Slight Detour & fam were on hand for the final game. You can read all about it and see more photos here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Sept 21-27): 35,297 page-views/22,488 unique views

Oktoberfest In Downtown CdA

September 29, 2014 - 10:35am

Here's what the scene looked like in downtown Coeur d'Alene Saturday night. Don Sausser and his handy camera were on hand to document another Oktoberfest. This photo was taken at 2nd & Sherman. You can see more of Don's Oktoberfest photos on his Facebook site here.

Question: Did you attend Oktoberfest?

Poll: Hucks Nation Backs Jana Jones

September 29, 2014 - 10:31am
  • Weekend Poll: Hucks Nation overwhelmingly supports Democrat Jana Jones in her race against Republican Sherri Ybarra to become supertintendent of public schools. 124 of 171 respondents (72.51%) supported Jones. Only 28 of 171 respondents (16.37%) supported Ybarra. 19 (11.11%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you support the fact-finding mission of the Idaho Legislature Federal Lands Interim Committee?

M's Fall Short, Show Promise

September 29, 2014 - 10:29am

The 2014 season felt like a breakthrough in a long rebuilding process for the Mariners, who have wiggled back into the hearts of many who have abandoned them during their 13-year playoff drought. For a franchise that came so close this time, it should fuel their passion to finish the task. The consolation arrived within seconds of the disappointment. After a Safeco Field scoreboard changed to show Oakland’s 4-0 victory over Texas — an outcome that eliminated the Mariners from playoff contention — a crowd of 40,823 groaned. Then a most amazing thing happened. The fans stood and cheered, long and loud. The Mariners were halfway through their season finale, and hope had expired in the 11th hour, but there was a celebration anyway/Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times. More here. (AP photo: Felix Hernandez raises his cap to fans during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday)

Question: Are you back on board the Seattle Mariners bandwagon after a season in which they missed the playoffs in the final game of the season?

Ybarra Isn't Basque,Hubby Is, Sorta

September 29, 2014 - 10:24am

When little-known candidate Sherri Ybarra won a four-way GOP primary race for state superintendent of public instruction in May, some speculation focused on her Basque-sounding last name as an advantage in the race. Basques are one of Idaho’s more colorful longtime ethnic minorities; they're also known for winning Idaho elections, as Basques have held the Idaho Secretary of State’s office for the last half-century, in the form of current Secretary Ben Ysursa and predecessor Pete Cenarrusa. Asked about it, Ybarra said she’s not Basque, but her husband’s ancestors were, way back/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you have a surname that identifies your nationality?

KCSOffice Goes Pink For October

September 29, 2014 - 10:08am

From Lt. Stu Miller/Kootenai County Sheriff's Office: "This October, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is proud to participate in the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early. To show our support, Sheriff Ben Wolfinger has authorized his staff to wear pink.  Specifically, deputies and civilian staff are authorized to wear pink t-shirts, ribbons and wristbands throughout the month of October to not only raise awareness about the early detection of breast cancer, but to also encourage our community partners, organizations, families and individuals to get involved." (Photo: KCSO)

Question: Good for Ben & Co. Thoughts?

Federal Lands Panel Lawyer: $420/Hr

September 29, 2014 - 9:43am

The bill for outside legal fees for the Idaho Legislature’s Federal Lands Interim Committee has now swelled to $61,375, according to documents obtained by The Spokesman-Review under the Idaho Public Records Act. The law firm Holland & Hart has submitted invoices to the Legislature for work from April to August totaling $19,613; that’s on top of the $41,762 the firm already had been paid before then. The joint interim committee, which is looking into how Idaho could demand to take over federal public land within the state, hired Holland & Hart lawyer Bill Myers, former solicitor for the U.S. Department of Interior, to advise it. Myers’ most recent charges to the state, at $420 an hour, include charges for a phone conversation and email with Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood in July/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (Idaho Legislature photo: state Rep. Lawerence Denney is co-chair of the federal lands interim commission)

Question: I guess it's OK to waste money in a futile cause as long as the futile cause is supported by the state's noisy/angry Tea-Publicans, right?

AM Headlines -- 9.29.14

September 29, 2014 - 9:29am

The HUB Sports Center hosted a Bubble Ball Jam event Sunday, at Liberty Lake, where people, encased in a blow- up clear plastic bubble, played a game of soccer while bouncing off each other. Story here. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Poll: Less Interest In Obamacare

September 29, 2014 - 9:12am

The public is less interested in buying health insurance from ObamaCare's exchanges in their second year, according to a new poll. Forty-seven percent of voters told the Morning Consult that they are "not at all likely" to purchase coverage in the marketplaces this year, up from 28 percent last year. The decline in interest, seen across the board, could present challenges to the White House and insurance companies if exchange enrollment stagnates. It also points to complicated public perception of the ObamaCare marketplaces, which stumbled out of the gate last fall but rallied to register more than 8 million people by May 1/The Hill. More here.


A New Federal Judge For Idaho

September 29, 2014 - 8:56am

It would be difficult to overstate the importance to Idaho of the various political and judicial decisions that will be made over the next few months at the White House, at the Justice Department, and in the United States Senate. These decisions will be made almost entirely behind closed doors. We’ll likely have to speculate about why the decisions that we eventually hear about were made and who influenced them. Lots of politics, partisan and personal, will be involved. Chances are some deals will be cut. In the end, the decisions will impact the state – and arguably all of its residents – for a generation. As Joe Biden might say – nominating and confirming a federal judge is a pretty big deal/Marc Johnson, Johnson Post. More here.


Edit: Banned Ignorance

September 29, 2014 - 8:46am

Now that Banned Book Week 2014 has concluded, we've got something to say. Thanks. Thanks to all the parents who have communicated openly and effectively with their reading children. Rather than be scared by controversy or difficult subjects presented in books, these parents have taken the time and demonstrated the love to ensure their children understand what they're reading. That's no small feat for small feet. Or bigger ones. Thanks to all the librarians and other library employees who ensure that the whole wide world is open to anybody willing to come in and check out books. We suspect that there remains some pressure, subtle or overt, to get "disgusting" or "inappropriate" materials off the book shelves. Thank you, library staff, for standing guard at the gates of intellectual freedom/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Are/were there times when you guided a child away from a book because you thought it was inappropriate for his/her age?

Detailing Ideas For Four Corners

September 29, 2014 - 8:37am

Welch Comer engineers detailed new ideas and concepts for the "Four Corners" master planning process Friday morning at Coeur d'Alene City Hall. Dell Hatch and Phil Boyd, of Welch Comer Engineers, briefed the steering committee with a list of ideas they have gathered after meeting with several stakeholders who will eventually be affected by the project. The master plan is part of a federal process the city is going through in order to lease and eventually acquire a two-mile piece of old railroad right of way owned by the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM parcel starts at Memorial Field and goes all the way into Riverstone, ending just before the Hampton Inn. In order to lease 29 acres of railbed, the city must provide BLM with a master plan for the area/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you expect any controversies to surface for the Four Corners project?

Edit: Staben Sets UI On Right Path

September 29, 2014 - 8:33am

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben put himself and his institution on the right path last week. Formally taking over as the 18th president of Idaho's land grant university, Staben challenged the state to judge his success or failure by two quantifiable benchmarks:

  • "Within 10 years, I anticipate a student body 50 percent larger than the current one, that represents all of Idaho."
  • By 2020, Idaho will meet its goal of having 60 percent of young adults, ages 25 to 34, with some kind of post-high school education, either a degree or a certificate.

"We could be better than we ever could have imagined," Staben told the audience gathered for his inauguration. No goal could better serve the needs of Idaho's young people. The difference between a high school diploma and something more could not be more stark/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you optimistic re: future of the University of Idaho?

CdA Enjoys Ocktoberfest, Fondos

September 29, 2014 - 8:29am

Racers in the 2014 Coeur d’Fondo mount their bikes at the start on 2nd Street and Sherman Avenue on Saturday morning. Racers had the option of participating in five different races ranging from 108 miles to 15 miles. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Tess Freeman)

Brandy Anderson anxiously waited at the finish line Saturday afternoon, her 4-month-old daughter, McKinley, strapped to her chest. She knew her husband, James, would be whirring through on his bike any moment, making him one of the early finishers of the third annual Coeur d’Fondo. “My husband has a group of guys that rides together all summer long at like 4:30 in the morning, all summer,” she said. “This is the culminating event of the year.” More than 1,200 people hopped on their bikes in the early morning to ride the gran, centro, medio, piccolo or family fondo in the fresh, early-autumn air around Lake Coeur d’Alene, beginning at Second Street and Sherman Avenue/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you amazed how many downtown events Coeur d'Alene has during the summer/fall?

Many Youth Eschew Voting

September 29, 2014 - 8:27am

Jeremy Gerhardt, a sophomore at North Idaho College, said he often uses a quote commonly attributed to Pericles, a leader of ancient Greece, when attempting to get his colleagues at the college involved in the voting process. The quote, "just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you," is one that Gerhardt, 20, and other students are hoping will make an impact on their peers. But the historical lack of youth involvement when it comes to voting and the political process makes it an uphill battle. "I don't find a lot of young people that are interested in it (politics) in order to help their community," said Reina Rodriguez, 18, president of the North Idaho College Young Republicans/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Who was the first president that you voting for, when you reached voting age?

BooBoo Upstages Sheriff's New Toy

September 29, 2014 - 8:11am

Talk about stealing your thunder. A 100-pound black bear upstaged Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger’s big reveal for his $335,000 BearCat military vehicle Wednesday morning. Spokesman-Review photographer Kathy Plonka was en route to the BearCat unveiling when she got word that BooBoo Bear had climbed 60 to 70 feet up a tree at Woodland Middle School. Real bear? BearCat? Easy call. Kathy and her camera veered off to the Coeur d’Alene middle school, where she witnessed BooBoo climb down the tree. Get tranquilized. And get whisked off to Idaho Fish and Game HQ to sleep it off. Meanwhile, Coeur d’Alene city spokesman Keith Erickson literally ran into the commotion during his daily jog. Keith considered the near encounter with BooBoo “even more impressive than the big moose (he) encountered a couple months ago at nearby Bluegrass Park.” Bear? Moose? Just another day in viewtiful CdA/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

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Question: Have you ever encountered a bear?

Where's The Good Guy?

September 29, 2014 - 8:03am

Joe Heller/Hellertoon