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Eye To Eyes

July 10, 2014 - 2:03pm

On his Facebook wall, earlier this week, Robin Loznak of Kellogg, Ore., posted this photo, "Eye to eyes," and comments: "A jumping spider checks me out from her perch on a reed in a small pond on the ranch this afternoon." You can see more of Robin's outdoor photography here.

Big Band To Play In Hayden At 6 PM

July 10, 2014 - 1:55pm

The Coeur d'Alene Big Band will perform a free concert at Hayden City Park tonight from 6 to 8:30. The park is behind Hayden City Hall on Honeysuckle and Government Way. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. The band will also perform a free concert at Coeur d'Alene City Park on Sunday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m./Coeur d'Alene Press.

Question: Any reason you aren't attending these swell free concerts?

Beware Of ... Brigands?

July 10, 2014 - 1:35pm

So, in a cautionary text to my daughter I warned her against brigands. Brigands? The word, giving testament to a childhood with my nose buried in classic stories, just popped up. At least I didn't tell her to beware of knaves and highwaymen -- Cheryl-Anne Millsap, via Facebook.

Question: Do you have a favorite, old-fashion word for brigands and other bad guys?

Could Feds Help w/School Wifi Costs?

July 10, 2014 - 1:22pm

The federally administered “e-rate” funding program — much maligned by state elected officials — could actually provide a boon to Idaho. The Federal Communications Commission is looking at new rules that could free up e-rate money for WiFi in 726 Idaho schools and 143 Idaho libraries. FCC commissioners are expected to vote on the rule changes Friday. If the rules go through, e-rate dollars to offset the state’s cost of hooking up WiFi in high schools and junior high schools, and the state could use the savings to accelerate WiFi installation in elementary and middle schools. “We’re very excited,” said state schools superintendent Tom Luna, who, along with colleagues in other states, has been pushing for an e-rate upgrade/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: What? Idaho asking the feds for help?

DeePee: Batt Was Best Of 'Em All

July 10, 2014 - 1:15pm

DeePee (Stapilus: Evans earned respect): Well, I'm gonna start a food-fight here, but amongst all the governors I've covered over the years, including Cecil(x2), John, Dirk and Butch, Phil Batt, the humble onion-farmer, was the best. No-nonsense; he could be prickly and even school-marmish, but I never met a better man in public service. He knew his place and his time better than his predecessors and successors and was the most apt listener to hold the gov's office in modern times. Evans would be a close second. Cecil and Butch you couldn't help but like, but in the trench, I'd follow Phil Batt anywhere. I'm surprised he didn't trip over his balls once in awhile.

Question: Who do you think was the best Idaho governor of last 35-40 years?

Idaho Jobs: 43% Will Need BA By '18

July 10, 2014 - 1:11pm

The ambitious goal set in 2012 by the Idaho State Board of Education to have 60 percent of the state's 25- to 34-year-olds hold a post-secondary credential by 2020 may not be ambitious enough, according to a survey from the Idaho Business for Education organization. The nonprofit organization conducted a survey of its 85 business members and other affiliated organizations across Idaho. ... Executive Director Rod Gramer presented the results to a group of business and education leaders at a luncheon Thursday. He called the study a “snapshot of what the business community thinks” rather than a scientific poll, and said the organization received 466 responses. Owners, CEOs and senior executives made up the majority of the respondents. The IBE study found that 43 percent of jobs in Idaho will require a bachelor's degree or higher by 2018 — compared to the 34 percent projection by the State Board of Education/Idaho Press Tribune. More here.

Question: Will your kids and grandkids be ready for an Idaho job in 2018?

NIC To Join Rebranded League NWAC

July 10, 2014 - 12:56pm

When he interviewed to become its executive director, Marco Azurdia was full of ideas for improving the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. One of those ideas was improving the NWAACC's cumbersome name. After almost three years in charge of the organization that oversees sports for community colleges in the Pacific Northwest, Azurdia announced on Wednesday that the conference has changed its name to the Northwest Athletic Conference. "When I interviewed for the job, I had talked about branding and looking at that strategy as a whole," Azurdia said. Shortening the name "had been on my mind from Day 1." The new name is three words instead of six. The acronym will be NWAC, which Azurdia noted is still pronounced "En-Wack"/Columbian. More here.

Question: Have you come to grips with North Idaho College playing in the new Northwest Athletic Conference?

Yacht Club Salutes Boat's Purest Form

July 10, 2014 - 11:35am

Ike Bailey sails on Monday, June 16, 2014, off Arrow Point on Lake Coeur d'Alene. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

The wind gust can be seen on Lake Coeur d’Alene before it ever reaches the sails. The wind whips up the channel south of Arrow Point and Ike Bailey cranks the ropes on a winch to position his boat to receive the charge of air. The wind fills the sails and the boat lists 20 degrees to the right. “It’s just my passion to do this,” Bailey says as the boat heels into the waves. “If you are going 8 to 10 knots, it feels like you are hauling ass.” Bailey and several others at the Panhandle Yacht Club ply the ever-changing winds on Lake Coeur d’Alene to feed their passion for boating in its purest form. All their boats have small motors, but it’s the wind that gives them their thrills/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever gone sailboating?

4000 Holes Celebrates 25 Years

July 10, 2014 - 11:23am

Everywhere you turn in 4000 Holes, the Beatles are grinning back at you – from posters hanging around the store, cardboard cutouts in the corner, vintage memorabilia behind the counter, a Fab Four clock shaped like a gold record on the wall. It seems perfectly appropriate, since the store basically owes its genesis to John, Paul, George and Ringo. Bob Gallagher, pictured, the longtime owner of the Spokane record store, says he became obsessed with the Beatles sometime in the ’70s, and in his quest to get his hands on anything and everything related to the band, he fell unassumingly into the record business. “In the ’80s, I started wheeling and dealing a little bit and found I was good at it,” Gallagher said. “I went to a Seattle record swap with a stack of records in my hand, and the trade was so good toward me that I realized I was on the wrong side of the table”/Nathan Weinbender, SR. More here.

Question (for those who still have vinyls/LPs at home): Which musical style dominates your collection?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.10.14

July 10, 2014 - 11:19am
  • 11:46 a.m. Someone is having breathing problems @ 1100 block of North Idaho/Post Falls.
  • 11:38 a.m. CPD officer is needed to serve warrant on girl already incarcerated at juvenile detention.
  • 11:29 a.m. Rest stop transient (10:13 item) tells ISP officer that he left disabled van in Smelterville last week -- also that he has money for bus ticket. Caretaker said he would return shopping cart to Post Falls WalMart.
  • 11:07 a.m. Coeur d'Alene rental company reports squatter inside one of its units.
  • 10:51 a.m. Terminal cancer patient on Lookout Drive/CdA is barely conscious.
  • 10:26 a.m. Grass fire reported in median of I-90/MP 1 (Beck Road/CdA)
  • 10:13 a.m. A transient w/a shopping cart is refusing to leave w/b I-90/Huetter rest stop; ISP en route to trespass him.
  • 10:10 a.m. Resident of Walrose Loop/Hayden reports males cutting trees on her property.
  • 10:02 a.m. CPR being performed on unconscious person @ 11 E. Lakeside Ave/CdA.
  • 9:46 a.m. Officer reports front & back door open, dogs running loose, at home where he is trying to serve papers @ 6900 block of Heritage Street/Rathdrum. No one is around. Rathdrum police en route to check out situation.
  • 9:25 a.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for July 8-10 here.
  • 8:56 a.m. (Via Taylor Viydo/KREM): Alert: Landline phone service is out in the areas of CdA Lk Dr, east to the Wolf Lodge area due to theft of phone cable.
  • 8:56 a.m. A domestic dispute is reported in 300 block of S15th Street/CdA.
  • 8:53 a.m. Caller reports a lot of braking going on as a result of an ISP officer in an I-90 turnout.
  • 8:35 a.m. Male in red Toyota Corolla, w/Washington plates, may be smoking meth from tinfoil @ e/b I-90/H41, Post Falls.

Poll: Leave Open-Container Law Alone

July 10, 2014 - 10:41am
  • Tuesday-Wednesday Poll: A strong majority of Hucks Nation opposes any move to repeal Coeur d'Alene's open-container law. Action on the open-container law is a possibility after a council subcommittee voted 2-0 earlier this week to exempt a bike bus from it. 126 of 218 respondents (57.8%) opposes repeal of the open-container law, which would allow alcohol to be served and/or consumed in public places, like Coeur d'Alene's parks. 83 of 218 respondents (38.07%) support repeal. 9 (4.13%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you think the shooting of black labrador Arfie by Coeur d'Alene officer Wednesday was justified?

OTV: Are Local Cops Too Gung-Ho?

July 10, 2014 - 10:33am

OrangeTV (RE: Shooting of labrador dog inside 'suspicious' vehicle): The whole thing sickens and saddens me and I am seeing an internet firestorm about this. Look at the many posts to the CdA PD facebook page in the last 24 hours (where, in a bit of sad irony there is a photo of a black lab in their cover photo). People are angry as can be.and are demanding some answers and accountability. The story has already begun to go national, and yet again our police department is looking irresponsible and gung-ho to the extreme to locals and to the rest of the USA. More here.

Question: Do you think the shooting of the labrador Arfie was justified?

AM Headlines -- 7.10.14

July 10, 2014 - 10:02am

Second Harvest Mobile Food Bank volunteer Lowell Nelson hands Arlene Nelson of Coeur d'Alene a bag of bagels at the food bank's distribution on Tuesday at Christ the King Lutheran Church. "I get a nice selection of food here, from apples to bread to coffee," Luskin says. "It's more than I can ask for." The mobile food bank distributed food to over 200 families. Coeur d'Alene Press story here. (Press photo: Jake Parrish)

Police Gave Shooter Gun Back

July 10, 2014 - 9:23am

The man who killed his wife and then himself at Deaconess Hospital on Tuesday had been evaluated by law enforcement as a potential suicide risk less than 24 hours earlier. Spokane Valley police officers cleared Christopher P. Henderson after determining he was not a threat to himself or others. On Monday, Henderson had alarmed a co-worker at West Corp. when the 37-year-old said “his life wasn’t worth living,” because “his wife wanted to leave him for another woman,” according to a police report. Three hours after deputies cleared him, Henderson retrieved a gun from Spokane police that had been confiscated in May during an earlier suicide attempt/Jody Lawrence-Turner & Kip Hill. More here. (Facebook Photo: Christopher and Sheena Henderson in a photo from her Facebook page)


Suspect: 'I Had To Kill (Girl), Too'

July 10, 2014 - 9:16am

The man accused of strangling his wife and her little girl in their Post Falls apartment Tuesday first removed his own two young daughters from the household before returning to commit the killings, authorities said. Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga, 24, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Facunda Velenzuelaleon, 24, and Dayana M. Valencia, 6, in the apartment he shared with them. He is being held on $2 million bail. Morales-Larranaga may have been distraught over his wife’s infidelity, and he had self-inflicted cuts on his wrists when taken into custody, according to court records. A family friend informed police that Velenzuelaleon, also known as Rhianna, told her husband last week that she had cheated on him during a recent trip to California/Scott Maben, SR. More here.


From Wish Recipient To Wish Intern

July 10, 2014 - 8:54am

Carissa Outen, pictured, wanted to swim with the dolphins. Diagnosed with follicular lymphoma at 16, she endured six months of chemotherapy and desperately needed a break from doctor visits, blood draws and grim news. Enter Make-A-Wish. The nonprofit foundation sent Outen, her mother and her sister on a Caribbean cruise. “It was incredible,” she recalled. “It was like the whole cruise was put on just for us.” Shortly after they returned from the cruise in 2009, she found out her cancer had returned. “It came back faster and at a higher stage,” Outen said. “It’s chronic – not curable.” She underwent aggressive chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant in 2010. The following year, Outen started college at Gonzaga University. She is not currently in treatment/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Question: Izzit just me -- or does it seem more and more young people are fighting cancer?

Stapilus: Evans Earned Respect

July 10, 2014 - 8:46am

For a while after he became governor in 1977, John V. Evans became known among some Idaho political writers as the Rodney Dangerfield of governors: He couldn’t get no respect – and that was the headline of a column at the time. Anecdotes flew around. He was the lieutenant governor who put gas in his car tank, forgot his wallet at home, and promised the attendant he would run right back and get it and pay. Not good enough: The lieutenant governor had to leave his watch as collateral. (Evans had a good enough sense of humor that none of this seemed to bother him.) As governor, there was an optics issue too. He took the office not by election but by elevation, after the charismatic Cecil Andrus had been named interior secretary. Evans had a lot to live up to, and he lacked Andrus’ magnetism. But by the time of Evans’ passing this week, perspectives changed – a lot. He gets a good deal of respect now and for good reason/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.


'My Fair Lady' Opens CST 47th Year

July 10, 2014 - 8:36am

Call it Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, version 2.0. The 47th year of this nonprofit organization's season of plays is going to feel a little different than the 46th installment. First off, there's a new venue. Then there's a new front office and philosophy. Regardless, professional theater, just as it has every summer since 1968, will hit the stage in North Idaho. "We have a lot at stake here. We're letting people know that we're still open," says Laura Little, who was hired as the summer theater's executive director in October after the organization's board laid off its executive staff. A seasoned theater producer who still works on Broadway productions when not consumed with the summer theater, this is Little's second time around on the staff of the organization. "People are going to see the quality of these productions and remember why they love this," she says, just a few days prior to the opening night of My Fair Lady, the first show of a pared-down season/Mike Bookey, Inlander. More here. (Inlander photo by Mike Weigand: Allison Standley (center) and Greg Stone (right) in Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s production of "My Fair Lady")

Question: Do you plan to see a Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre show this year?

'Fifi' Keeps WW2 Aviation Alive

July 10, 2014 - 8:28am

Dr. Wilbur Lyon, 89, of Coeur d'Alene watches as the B-29 "Fifi" prepares to take off Wednesday at Pappy Boyington Field at the Coeur d'Alene Airport. Lyon was an Army Air Force navigator on B-29s during World War II and served with the group that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

As lead navigator for the group that ended the war with Japan by dropping two atomic bombs, Wilbur Lyon was a witness to one of the most momentous turns of the 20th century. On Wednesday, he sat in a wheelchair at the Coeur d’Alene Airport and gazed upon the silver hulk of “Fifi,” a Boeing B-29 Superfortress like the bomber Lyon flew seven decades ago with the Army Air Forces. “It wasn’t until we dropped the first bomb that they told us what we were doing,” Lyon, 89, said at Pappy Boyington Field. Secrecy was paramount to the operation of the 509th Composite Group, which deployed the nuclear weapons developed in the Manhattan Project at the end of World War II. “I know what I had to do to do my job,” he said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Have you studied any of the great wars in world history?