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Parting Shot -- 9.2.14

September 2, 2014 - 5:29pm

Laura Schmid, who joined Marianne Love/Slight Detour and other friends in attending Fall Fest on Schweitzer Mountain over the weekend, snapped this photo of two canine buds as they walked their masters down the street. Marianne's full blog post and more photos here.

Top Comment -- S.L. Fisher

September 2, 2014 - 5:28pm

I expect what the Tea Party really wants is for Gov. Otter to come hat in hand begging for their support. This reminds me of when my daughter was three and the big threat in her circle was, "And you can't come to my birthday party!" -- S.L. Fisher.

Most Commented Post -- 9.2.14

September 2, 2014 - 5:25pm
The post that attracted the most comments today was: "Judge Rejects Jail Lease Language (25 comments)."

Beachouse Gone With The Wind

September 2, 2014 - 5:18pm

In his Get Out! North Idaho! Facebook page, OrangeTV posts: "Nils has news: Today is the last day ever ever ever for the Beachouse restaurant on Lake CdA Dr, it will soon be reduced to rubble. Will you miss it terribly? Also, CdA is finally getting a Chipotle Mexican Grill near Walgreens on Appleway? Thrilling or meh?" More here.

Question: Will you miss the Beachouse? Are you ready for a Chipotle to open?

Cutline Contest -- 9.2.14

September 2, 2014 - 4:53pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Handlers release the dogs at the start of the Championship race Monday at Canterbury Park, in Shakopee, Minn. Canterbury Park hosted their annual Labor Day Wiener Dog Wars in which dogs competed in seven races on the horse track for the title of Grand Champion. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler)

Weekend Winner (tie, 3 likes apiece): JohnA: "When Mohamed was asked 'who's the leader here?' and he replied 'I's is', the others brought out their real guns." And DFO: "It was all fun until someone invited a suicide bomber."

PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.2.14

September 2, 2014 - 4:32pm
  • 5:34 p.m. PFPD officer reports all lights @ Spokane Street/Seltice Way are out, flashing red.
  • 5:05 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept 1-2 here.
  • 4:59 p.m. Car fire reported in median @ H95/Dalton Avenue, CdA.
  • 4:57 p.m. Holdup alarm sounding @ Buffalo Wild Wings, 407 Neider Ave/CdA (proves to be false).
  • 4:42 p.m. ISP officer handling barrel that's lying against concrete barrier @ I-90/Idaho Street underpass.
  • 4:30 p.m. Male with face & clothes dyed blue is walking w/b @ H95/Hayden Avenue.
  • 4:29 p.m. Motorist reports construction zone @ I-90/MP 1 (Beck Road) not marked, cars almost crashing.
  • 4:10 p.m. Caller reports gun fell out of vehicle as it turned corner @ Appleway/Govt Way; officer asks permission to use overtime to retrieve gun since he was suppose to be off at 4 o'clock. Permission granted.
  • 4:05 p.m. Suspicious person reported @ 2000 block of N9th/CdA.
  • 4:01 p.m. 3YO child found unconscious in pool 45 minutes ago is now conscious at local hospital.
  • 3:58 p.m. Officer reports 2 crashes on Seltice Way, within short distance of each other; unknown exact location.
  • 3:03 p.m. Man reports his 94YO mother tried to commit suicide by taking pills.
  • 2:36 p.m. Man suffered severe chest pain @ Ironwood Family Practice, 910 W. Ironwood/CdA.
  • 2:19 p.m. Diamond Parking reports sawdust on fire in McEuen Park lot behind Crickets/CdA.
  • 1:59 p.m. Deputy reports loose cows on Skyline Drive/Harrison.
  • 1:52 p.m. Caller reports 2nd driver brake-checked & flipped him off @ n/b H95/Appleway, CdA.
  • 1:21 p.m. Individual involved in crash on Blanchard Cut-Off/Bonner County is complaining of shoulder injury.
  • 1:14 p.m. Non-injury crash reported on Blanchard Cut-Off Road/Bonner County, north of Spirit Lake.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Malloy: Running Against Elvis

September 2, 2014 - 4:06pm

People in Meridian don’t attend city council meetings and only 10 percent of school district voters bothered to cast ballots in the last bond election. But when Congressman Raul Labrador comes in for a town hall meeting, a standing-room-only crowd waits for him at city hall – which poses a big problem for State Rep. Shirley Ringo of Moscow, Labrador’s Democratic opponent for the 1st District congressional seat. She is running against a political rock star. He’s a Puerto Rican version of John F. Kennedy. He has a quick wit and his humor often is self-depreciating, which is a big hit with the audience. He asks the crowd not to boo questions they might not like, “but if you don’t like my answer, then you can boo me – as long as it’s with love and kindness”/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Are you star-struck by Congressman Raul Labrador?

HBO Blogosphere -- 9.2.14

September 2, 2014 - 3:47pm

Jennifer Locke, Bjorn Handeen (center) and OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho pose for what may be a selfie at Mik 'n Mak's over the weekend. Bjorn, who is GOPrecinct Committeeman for my Precinct 52, termed his 40th birthday celebration to be an "epic" event.

HucksOnline numbers (for year to date): 1,436,674 page-views/862,022 unique views

County Music Wholesome? Not

September 2, 2014 - 3:22pm

I've been listening to country music radio for the past 30 minutes. Something I never do. But the kids that I grew up with always insisted that country was more wholesome than the grunge and punk rock that I listened to. So ... Why not. Breakdown of songs are as follows. One song about the need to call the cops because some girl is that hot. Two songs about one night stands - the second of which extolled the merits of moonshine over red wine. One song with a chorus that repeatedly told me to drink a beer. A song promising that breaking up with a significant other will help you feel better. And finally a song about a guy who fell in love with a strange girl he never met because they got arrested together. Wholesome? Yeah ... About that/Nic Casey, Faithful Geek.

Question: What kind of music is the most wholesome (not counting religious music)?

3 Idaho Counties Among Most Armed

September 2, 2014 - 3:17pm

Idaho has three counties listed among the most heavily armed counties in the USA, according to the Reddit site: No. 3 Nez Perce (Lewiston), No. 10 Canyon (Nampa) and No. 24 Ada (Boise). Believe it or not, the Lone Star State has no counties among the Top 30. Zach Nobel of The Blaze writes: "The state with the most gun-having counties appears to be a state that doesn’t have counties at all: Louisiana. Six Louisiana parishes rank in the top 30, with Idaho, Utah and Vermont also boasting healthy figures." You can see a map of the most-armed counties as well as a listing of the top 30 here.

Question: How armed do you think North Idaho counties are?

Putting On Quite A Show

September 2, 2014 - 3:12pm

On Schweitzer Mountain, a dreadlocked singer from Seattle's Hell's Bells entertains the multitude who attended the annual Fall Fest activities. Posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour: "We enjoyed a great afternoon on the mountain, taking pictures and watching the oodles and oodles of people, doing everything people do at Fall Fest---walking their dogs, visiting, rockin' to the music, sipping some micro brews and just plain enjoying the scenery and the fun of a very eclectic gathering. I'm not the kind who would spend money to go to a rock concert, but I must admit that watching and listening to Hell's Belles from Seattle was both invigorating and highly entertaining." More photos and full post here.

Helpless Without Tech Savvy Son

September 2, 2014 - 3:09pm

Well, it happened. The first back-to-school disaster of the year. Sam went off to high school without showing Zack or I how to work the Wii. We are technologically helpless without him and Wii Fit workouts have been suspended until his return -- Cindy.

Question: Would you be technologically incapacitated without a young person nearby?

On The Waterfront -- 9.2.14

September 2, 2014 - 2:43pm

McEuen Park continues to be a popular place, post-Labor Day. During my noon walk today, I counted 134 people in McEuen Park, with most of them -- parents and children -- hanging out at the playground/splash pad. The splash pad wasn't turned on. That compares to 21 people at City Beach and about that many on the sidewalk from Independence Point to West Lakeshore. About 12 children were playing at Fort Sherman Playground. The usual southerly wind was blowing off the lake, whipping up the waves and blowing the eight flags at Memorial Plaza at McEuen Park straight north. I counted only 4 boats on the lake, including two sailboats. The marshy area at the southwest corner of the park is filling in nicely with grass, now that the engineers have addressed the problem. I counted 10 bicyclists peddling along the waterfront. And two parking tickets under windshield wipers in the McEuen Park lot. I also noticed a home for sale along West Lakeshore Drive, west of Military. It's all yours for $2 million/DFO.

Tea Party Could Hurt Otter's Chances

September 2, 2014 - 2:39pm

Idaho's red state roots haven't faded, the AP reports, but political infighting inside its Republican Party has left many feeling disenfranchised with the so-called traditional GOP candidates who will appear on this year's election ballot. Tea party voters, who showed to be a powerful voting bloc in the May GOP primary election, are threatening to stay home or vote for a Democratic candidate rather than vote for the Republican, writes AP reporter Kimberlee Kruesi, meaning GOP Gov. Butch Otter, who is seeking a third term, could face a tighter race against Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff. Rep. Vito Barbieri (pictured), R-Dalton Gardens, said of Otter, “Voters are still very upset at the governor for abandoning previously articulated principles. They are very much in the mood to punish him in this election”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think the Tea Party is angry enough at Gov. Butch Otter that it would desert him?

A Resort Town Good For Year Round

September 2, 2014 - 1:36pm

"They call me geranium girl," said Rachel Johns as she planted geraniums on the grounds of the Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene in May. (SR File Photo: Kathy Plonka)

Guess which local city ranks among the 10 Best American Vacation Towns to Live In Year round, according to the Money Crashers site? Bingo. Coeur d'Alene. Quoth writer Brian Bartucci: Believe it or not, the community is more than just a tourist destination. The massive, old-school Coeur d’Alene Resort is a fixture here, and favorable corporate tax laws have encouraged innovative businesses to set up shop as well. Kootenai Healthcare, a growing hospital system, is the largest local employer. The Pita Pit, a wildly successful food service franchise, is a homegrown success story. Hecla Mining, which focuses on silver deposits throughout North America (and employs dozens of engineers at six-figure salaries), has a growing presence in the region. And despite its apparent isolation, the city benefits from its strategic location at the eastern end of a 40-mile economic corridor that terminates west of Spokane, Washington. Complete list (not in any particular order) here.

Question: The writer describes the Coeur d'Alene Resort "old-school." What do you suppose he meant by that?

SR News Quiz -- 8.2.2014

September 2, 2014 - 1:31pm

How much do you know about WSU football, sales of properties at Priest Lake, silver divorce rates and other items in the news? Take our Spokesman-Review Weekly Quiz and find out. You could win a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel or two movie tickets. Take the Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Last week's winners: $50 Davenport gift card: Jim Eggers from Mead, Wash.; movie tickets: Jason Kirshner of Coeur d’Alene.

RRepubs To Hear Green, Sheriff

September 2, 2014 - 1:25pm

Kootenai County Commissioner Dan Green and Sheriff Ben Wolfinger will speak at the evening Kootenai County Reagan Republicans meeting,  6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Avondale Golf Course Restaurant, Hayden Lake. With the recent decision by District Court Judge John Stegner that the County's proposed lease agreement with Rocky Mountain Corrections should not proceed because it violates provisions of the Idaho Constitution, Green and Wolfinger will discuss the County's future options concerning jail operations. "Reagan Republicans have taken no position on this or previous jail proposals but our members are keenly interested in learning about the fiscal impact of all future proposals to build or expand jail facilities." said KCRR President Jeff Ward. "We are all wondering what will be proposed next"/Reagan Republican news release.

Question: What could the sheriff & Dan Green say about jail expansion that would make local Republicans happy? Tents? Pink jump suits? Joe Arpaio is consulting on the next project? What?

Idaho Families Can't Make Ends Meet

September 2, 2014 - 1:21pm

A sobering report, titled "Families Out of Balance," published this morning, confirms what too many Idaho middle- and lower middle-class families know all to well: They are struggling more than ever to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. In the first of what will be a series of reports produced by the Alliance for a Just Society, 10 states, including Idaho, were examined to compare jobs, wages and the cost of living. "Our reality is that we can't even afford to live in our own house because rent is out of our budget on what the two of us earn," said Idaho husband and father of one Deejay Henry. "I have had two raises since I began working here, and now I make $12 an hour. Henry is not unlike thousands of Idahoans whose household budgets hover way too close to their income, leaving no room for savings, emergencies or higher education for their children/George Prentiss, Boise Weekly. More here. (AP File Photo for illustrative purposes, worker wipes his brow in Canyon County field)

Question: Isn't it too bad that you can't eat Idaho's beauty?

Mudgy & Millie To Celebrate Birthday

September 2, 2014 - 1:08pm

How old are Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse? No one knows for sure. What we do know is that they were born out of a love of books, active living, public art and the community of Coeur d'Alene. Every year since 2008 their birthday has been celebrated at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. "Mudgy & Millie" fans of all ages are invited to the party at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 in the Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave. The book is the brainchild of children's author Susan Nipp -- nationally known as the co-creator of the Wee Sing books and music -- and was illustrated by Charles Reasoner. Nipp, who is a member of the Library Foundation Board, signed over all royalties from the sale of the book and related merchandise to the foundation/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press Photo: Jordan Thielman, 8, and her sister Katie, 7, from Cottage Grove, Orgeon, pose for their family with Mudgy and Millie at Indepence Point in Coeur d'Alene Sunday)

Question: Have you ever taken the Mudgy & Millie tour of five statues, all around the town? Who with?

Californian Dreamin' Of Sandpoint

September 2, 2014 - 11:41am

In the American Spectator, conservative columnist Ben Stein writes: I have been going to Sandpoint since 1992 on a regular basis. In all of that time I have only had one person honk her horn at me and she had a Coeur d’Alene license plate. I have literally been too absent-minded to go through a green light in Sandpoint and yet the people behind me did not beep. In Beverly Hills or West Hollywood, if I even slow down at a stop sign, the people behind me beep and give me the finger. When I walk along the street in Sandpoint, every person, young, old, man, woman, boy, girl, smiles and says, “Hey, Ben.” We’re all family. In Los Angeles when I walk down the street, giant drunken hipsters will mow me down if I don’t get out of their way. Don’t get me wrong. Rockers are fine with me, but they do not have that homey Sandpoint touch, at least not to me. More here.

Question (for ex-Californians): Have you ever wanted to move back to the Golden State?