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Trainers Keep Seniors Healthy

July 7, 2014 - 8:20am

Personal trainer Stacy Benoscek watches her son, Mavrick, try a pull-up at Oz Fitness in Spokane Valley on June 4. Benoscek, 50, specializes in training older clients to keep them healthy. She also helped her son, who is autistic, participate in a pageant to raise awareness of autism disorders. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Marge Holston moved to Spokane Valley from Southern California and somehow left a lot of her activity behind. That’s when she decided to join a gym, hire a trainer and start working out. “I knew I needed to get motivated right away,” Holston said between repetitions on a weight machine pinpointing shoulder muscles. “At 79, I can do everything I need to do. I’m proud of it, man.” She jumped up and headed to the next machine, never missing a stride as she talked about living alone for 30 years after her husband died, mowing the lawn and her love for shoveling snow. Although Holston is fit and active, she was knocked down in February by the shingles virus. The nerve pain was so fierce it kept her from the gym. She lost 15 pounds of muscle and now her regular routine is difficult/Erica Curless, SR. More here.

Question: Do you exercise regularly?

Senator Donates To Rival's Campaign

July 7, 2014 - 8:17am

A week after this year’s primary election, Idaho Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, did something rather unusual: He made a $300 donation to his GOP primary opponent’s campaign. That made Hill the biggest donor to challenger Scott Smith’s campaign other than Smith himself. Hill, a seventh-term senator and retired CPA, defeated Smith 77.1 percent to 22.9 percent in the primary. Smith raised $1,484 for his campaign, including more than $600 of his own money. Hill raised $45,283 in campaign funds since Jan. 1, spent $24,630, and has $35,531 in his campaign fund; his expenditures included multiple contributions to other GOP campaigns. “It’s no big deal – I felt like he ran a good campaign,” Hill said of his donation to Smith. “He stayed on the issues”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Can you imagine a Kootenai County legislative incumbent donating to his/her rival's campaign?

CdA Is 4th Of July Destination

July 7, 2014 - 8:09am

On the way home Wednesday, I listened to the discussion about summer and our national pastime on the ESPN700 radio show, featuring Dennis Patchin, Rick Lukens, Keith Osso and Vince Grippi. One host insisted that baseball remains the national pastime, although football is America’s sport. Baseball, he said, is associated with those carefree days of summers gone by when we were free from school for three months. At one point, one of the ESPN700 team raised the question: Do you know the best place in the world for a young man to be on the Fourth of July? I almost raised my hand in my rig because I knew the answer. He continued: “Coeur d’Alene.” Of course. It’s hard to beat the parade, beach, lake and fireworks on a Coeur d’Alene Fourth of July. The ESPN crew also mentioned the beach eye candy attracted by a Coeur d’Alene Fourth of July. I’ve never been a single, young man in Coeur d’Alene. I was married and 34 when I arrived in 1984. As one who walks along the waterfront at least five days a week year-round, however, I’d say viewtiful Coeur d’Alene is the place to be for men of all ages. On any day. Women, too/DFO, SR Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Other SR weekend columns:

Question: Did you enjoy -- or endure -- your 4th of July holiday?

Do You Known Where The Kids Are?

July 7, 2014 - 8:07am

Lisa Benson/Washington Writer's Group

Wild Card/Sunday -- 7.6.14

July 5, 2014 - 11:43pm

Mrs. O & I checked out the waterfront Saturday morning, after a day of activity in downtown Coeur d'Alene on the 4th of July, ending with the annual fireworks display witnessed by 10s of 1000s of individuals. City Park, City Beach, North Idaho College Beach and . all points in between were messy. But city crews were already busy cleaning up the mess. Our town knows how to throw parties on back-to-back weekends -- and clean up after itself. The work week should begin with a spic-and-span downtown. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Lake City Mayor's All Wet

July 5, 2014 - 11:38pm

Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer helped raise funds for the Lake City High School jazz and concert choirs doing his dunk tank duty on the Fourth of July at City Park. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

Mayor, Council Join 1000s At Parade

July 5, 2014 - 11:35pm

Councilman Woody McEvers laughs as he points to a friend in the crowd of parade goers watching the annual Coeur d'Alene 4th of July Parade. More parade photos here. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

4th Of July Weekend Wild Card

July 3, 2014 - 10:00pm

I'm off for the three-day Fourth of July weekend break, as most of you are, too. The temps will be in the mid- to high 80s for the next week or so. In other words, this is time of year that we dream of when we're up to our arm pits in snow in the middle of January (or February, as the case was this year). Enjoy yourselves. And I'll see you back here Monday ...

Parting Shot -- 7.3.14

July 3, 2014 - 5:31pm

Waitresses Ashlee Saenz, left, Lauren Boebert, Jessie Spaulding, and Dusty Sheets pose for a photo with their sidearms in front of the Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo. A western Colorado restaurant doesn’t just allow open gun carrying. Its waitresses carry loaded weapons right on their hips. At Shooters Grill in Rifle, open display of firearms is encouraged. A sign on the front door reads, “Guns are welcome on premises. Please keep all weapons holstered, unless the need arises. In such cases, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.” The restaurant also hosts concealed carry training that qualifies customers for Colorado and Utah permits. The $75 price tag includes dinner. (AP Photo/Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Christopher Mullen)

Question: Is this a place you'd visit if you were driving through Rifle, Colo?

Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.3.14

July 3, 2014 - 5:13pm

The 4th of July and hot temperatures are upon us as we approach a three-day holiday. I don't have anything on the agenda for tomorrow, other than the parade (probably) and hanging with friends for a barbecue in the late afternoon and evening. Some fool began shooting off bottle rockets behind our house last evening. But Huckleberry the Beagle seemed to handle it in stride. So all's good. I won't be here tomorrow. Then, you probably won't either. But as Scarlett said: "I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow." Meanwhile, I have the blog maw to feed now. So here's your Wild Card ...

Why Won't KCSD Release 1st Names?

July 3, 2014 - 4:54pm

On her Facebook page, T. Thompson of the Coeur d'Alene Press expresses her annoyance (the SR shares it) with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department: "Weirdest public records battle to date: KCSO refusing to release first names of two publicly paid officers who were involved in a shooting. Three other agencies released FULL names of officers from those agencies who were involved in the same shooting. I'm not sure when this "policy" went into effect because the KCSO just released full names of officers who received promotions."

D. Oliveria: Don't look at me. It doesn't make sense to me either.

On Twitter: D. Walters/Inlander tweets: Maybe one of their first names is Nickelback.


Democrats To Roast Kennedy

July 3, 2014 - 4:36pm

Seems a fellow named Mike Kennedy is going to be the subject of a roast to help raise funds for the Kootenai County Democratic Party. The roast is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the home of Dave and Roberta Larsen, 2530 H95/Coeur d'Alene. On his Facebook page, Mr. Kennedy posts: "In a testimony to how charming and lovely I really can be, in a moment of weakness I unwisely allowed myself to be turned into a pinata of rude (and mostly true) stories and comments for one night in service of raising money for crass politicians (of which I am no longer one, of course). David and Roberta Larsen's home in Coeur d'Alene is one of the most gorgeous places to spend an evening, so please join us. Roasters are being assembled, and there will be no recording devices allowed so as to protect the guilty."

Question: Anyone remember this fellow, Mr. Kennedy? Is he a former local big wig?

Cutline Contest -- 7.3.14

July 3, 2014 - 4:31pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Prospective plebe Jay Delaney of Arlington, Va., second from left, waits in line before a series of medical examinations during Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy earlier this week in Annapolis, Md. More than 1,200 young men and women reported for "I-Day," where they received haircuts, new uniforms and instructions on how to salute before taking an oath of office to become members of academy's newest class. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Wednesday Winner -- CDAJim, with 7 likes: Idaho GOP's trying to kiss and make up without looking at each other. You can see Wednesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.3.14

July 3, 2014 - 4:02pm
  • 5:38 p.m. A truck & trailer is on its side @ s/b H95/MP 412 (Sun-Up Road).
  • 5:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 2-3 here.
  • 4:47 p.m. Post Falls golfers report 20 shots or so from Hayden/McGuire area, one bullet may have grazed cart.
  • 4:31 p.m. Undisclosed trauma injury reported @ McEuen Park.
  • 4:30 p.m. Driver uninjured after swerving off H95 near Plummer, going thru fence & hitting brick wall.
  • 4:23 p.m. Two deers are waiting to cross H95/Dalton Avenue, CdA.
  • 3:48 p.m. Driver of green Chevy Camero needs tow after car overheats @ e/b I-90/MP 16 (Sherman Avenue).
  • 3:46 p.m. Female in black car pulled into ditch @ H95 b/n Worley & Plummer is beating child inside.
  • 3:33 p.m. ISP officer asks dispatch to activate readerboard @ I-90/MP 9 b/c freeway traffic is bumper-to-bumper & drivers are limited to speeds of 35-40 mph.
  • 3:28 p.m. Logs on truck appear to be smoking @ w/b I-90/MP 18 (Sunnyside/CdA).
  • 3:20 p.m. Driver of blue Ford pickup speeding @ 80mph, weaving, @ H95/MP 442 (Chilco).
  • 3:02 p.m. Pinegrove/CdA resident has returned home, asking animal control to pick up contained dog.
  • 2:48 p.m. Marine deputy stopping sailboat on Lake Coeur d'Alene b/c it doesn't have bow number.
  • 2:36 p.m. Caller reports children in school bus tossed items out window @ him @ w/b I-90/H95, CdA.
  • 2:29 p.m. Officer needed to serve 3 warrants on juvenile already in custody at detention center.
  • 2:18 p.m. Motorcyclist complaining of arm pain after crash w/logging truck @ I-90/H95, CdA.
  • 2:13 p.m. Driver of white pickup driving wrong way @ s/b H95/Prairie, possibly DUI.
  • 2:04 p.m. Unattended death @ 100 block of E. Coeur d'Alene Avenue/CdA.
  • 1:51 p.m. 2 females & a male are fighting in the parking lot of a Post Falls counselor.
  • 1:46 p.m. Tim who lives off Hayden Lake reports undisclosed theft to sheriff's office.
  • 1:27 p.m. Resident @ 111 E14th Ave/Post Falls reports sparks & smoke coming from outlet.
  • 1:26 p.m. Motorcyclist has crashed near e/b onramp @ I-90/MP 2 (Pleasantview), unknown injuries.
  • 1:04 p.m. Non-injury accident reported @ H95/Canfield Avenue, CdA.
  • 12:03 p.m. Male stole items from a Carlin Bay store & left thru back to vehicle that drove off on Timber Lane.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Crash Shuts H41, Injures Passenger

July 3, 2014 - 3:57pm

A crash between a motorhome and a logging truck at Highway 41 and Scarcello Road/Twin Falls left a passenger injured and the highway closed this morning. According to an ISP report, trucker Jared J. Isbell, 37, of Rathdrum, was turning onto Highway 41 from Scarcello Road when he hit the northbound motorhome, driven by Ralph A. Wheeler, 82, of Spirit Lake. Neither Isbell or Wheeler were injured. But Wheeler's wife, Lila, was injured and taken by ambulance to Kootenai Health. The motorhome was destroyed by the crash, which left a diesel spill 55 to 100 yards long. The accident is still under investigation.

McEuen Concessions To Open On 4th

July 3, 2014 - 3:52pm

Fourth of July revelers who visit McEuen Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene can purchase snacks at the Harbor House concession stand beginning at 11 a.m. It will be the first day of business for Hinderer Concessions, which will remain open 7 days a week throughout the summer. Treats initially available include Tropical Snow Hawaiian Shaved Ice, ice cream, soft drinks, cotton candy, iced coffee, hot coffee and Italian sodas. Austin Hinderer, part-owner, said the stand will soon offer hot dogs, Italian sausage and candy. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. depending on business/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.

PM Headlines -- 7.3.14

July 3, 2014 - 3:44pm

A girl jumps from Tubbs Hill cliffs today to escape summer heat approaching 90 degrees. (Photo:

Question: Have you ever jumped from a cliff into water?

Christie: CPD Has 4th Covered

July 3, 2014 - 3:39pm

Sgt. Christie Wood tells Huckleberries how Coeur d'Alene Police Department will handle big crowds expected for 4th of July & weekend beyond, with several officers on unpaid leave as a result of recent shootouts: "Some of the officers are back from admin leave but I do not know the exact count. There are 94 sworn positions in the PD. All of us have uniforms, have worked patrol many times, and are accessible to fill in where needed. We are using admin, and special team positions to fill in. It is actually not out of the norm for us on the 4th of July. All of those same people put on a uniform anyway and help out. I will be in the park building for about 12 hours. I handle all the missing children calls and miscellaneous issues."


Burn Victims Recuperating In Seattle

July 3, 2014 - 3:34pm

Joshua Emerson, 8, and Brooklynne White, 4, both of Coeur d'Alene, are recuperating at the University of Washington burn center in Seattle after being badly injured when a gas can used to start a backyard fire exploded. You can see how to contribute to funds set up for each child by reading this story by Taryn Thompson/Coeur d'Alene Press here.

HBO Blogsophere -- 7.3.14

July 3, 2014 - 2:16pm

Former Kootenai County coroner Bob West and his wife, Martha, were on hand at the Kootenai County Republican Women's luncheon today to sign the doctor's book, "It Can (And Does) Happen Here." West was the guest speaker. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

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