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Firefighter Dies Unexpectedly At Lake

August 6, 2015 - 1:44pm

Kerri Thoreson Facebooks: "In the blink of an eye life can change. Capt. Steve Hatcher, a Spokane Valley FD firefighter/paramedic, died early this evening while vacationing at his cabin on Lake Coeur d'Alene with his wife Mindy and two daughters. Steve was one of those every day heroes and just a really good guy. Mindy owns Awards Etc. and has been such a big part of our Post Falls community for two decades. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers." More here.

Early Birds

August 6, 2015 - 1:37pm

Don Sausser posts: "At 6:15 AM an exercise group works out on the Resort's grass near Independence Point."

Cindy's CINDY Awards

August 6, 2015 - 1:18pm

When I received an email notifying me that a local media group had won a silver CINDY award, I was puzzled. I didn’t know I had an award to give, let alone one for “programming that achieves the highest levels of excSellence in production value and message effectiveness.” Turns out the CINDYs (Cinema in Industry) have been around since 1959 – a lot longer than I have. Still that got me thinking, if I did give out my own awards who or what would be the recipients? So without further ado, I present the Cindy Awards/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.

Question: Can you think of any award recipients that Cindy missed?

Patriots Descend On Mining Town

August 6, 2015 - 1:12pm

Members of armed groups that call themselves constitutional advocates have arrived in a Montana town to support an owner during an ongoing dispute with the U.S. Forest Service concerning a federal mining claim. Members of the groups Oath Keepers, Pacific Patriot Network and 3% of Idaho — which gets its name from the 3 percent of Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War — have come to Lincoln to begin a security operation at the White Hope Mine east of the town, according to the Helena Independent Record. The groups say that the mine claim held by George Kornec predates the 1955 regulations that granted surface rights to the Forest Service and instead falls under an 1872 law that would grant both surface and subsurface rights to Kornec/Associated Press. More here.

Arpie: Scott Going Off Half-Cocked

August 6, 2015 - 1:00pm

Arpie (RE: Scott protests for vet's gun rights): "My wife does home health. She has been in many homes of people that have suffered "mild strokes," and scared for her life because of the presence of guns and unstable people. It sounds like this may be the case here. I don't know the details in this case, but wish Scott would investigate more and let us know what is going on before she calls for a protest. I have a feeling she has not talked to the VA yet and that is certainly a part of her job."

Scott Protests For Vet's Gun Rights

August 6, 2015 - 11:31am

Idaho Representative for District One, Heather Scott, is planning a protest Thursday in Priest River. The protest has to do with an assessment letter Representative Scott says she received about a veteran being stripped of his right to own a gun. This is a message Rep. Scott posted on her Facebook page:

Time to Stand against Gun Confiscation in North Idaho! Based on an assessment of a letter I received, I believe that the Department of Veterans Affairs is coming to a veteran’s home in Priest River today to check for and confiscate his guns based on nothing more than a stroke which has left him with some mild physical impairment. If you feel, as I do, that our veterans should not be treated like 3rd class citizens or common criminals, please join me between 9am and noon at the Congregational Church parking lot on HWY 2 to stand with this Veteran and show that the citizens of Bonner & Boundary County will stand firm on this issue. More here.

Question: Does Rep. Scott make a good case for protest here?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.6.15

August 6, 2015 - 11:28am
  • 11:34 a.m. Hit-and-Run -- Driver of white Honda left scene of crash @ Aqua Ave/H95, CdA.
  • 11:13 a.m. Injury Fall -- 60ish female complains of knee injury after fall @ Gooddog, 3115 Govt Way/CdA.
  • 10:41 a.m. Reckless -- Driver of gold Buick Enclave w/Wyoming plates @ e/b I-90 from stateline.
  • 10:28 a.m. Illegal Burn -- Couple was camping along power lines @ Greensferry/Ridge Line, Post Falls, last night; they were still present around campfire 15 minutes ago.
  • 10:18 a.m. Unconscious Person -- Aspen Way/Cedar St, Post Falls.
  • 9:51 a.m. Noninjury Accident -- Silver Dodge backed into Camri on Alder Road/Fighting Creek area.
  • 9:33 a.m. Breathing Problem -- 53YO male @ Premier Urgent Care, 315 W.Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 9:27 a.m. Transient Problem -- 4 transients & dog loitering at parked train car @ 11787 W. Burlington Road/Rathdrum.
  • 8:36 a.m. Suspicious Person -- 9000 block of Rockford Bay Road.
  • 8:26 a.m. Burglary Suspect -- Described as being athletic 18-20YO male, dressed in black with black bandana and baseball cap word backward. (8:17 item)
  • 8:17 a.m. Residential Burglary -- Male jumped back fence of home @ 5800 block of Magellan Court/CdA.
  • 8:15 a.m. Seizure -- Kootenai County Courthouse, 324 Garden Ave/CdA.

Poll: Keep Funding PParenthood

August 6, 2015 - 10:18am
  • Wednesday Poll: A slight majority of Hucks Nation wants the federal government to continue to send funds to Planned Parenthood. 138 of 266 respondents (51.88%) took that position. 113 of 266 respondents (42.48%) wants the federal government to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. 15 (5.64%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Should the state of Idaho appeal the court ruling striking down its ag-gag law?

Landers: Why All The Outrage Over A Lion?

August 6, 2015 - 9:41am

The public is numb to kids being killed in Syria. Mouths water as a sultry TV model opens her mouth wide as a whale around a monster beef burger. Viewers giggle when grinning weathercaster Tom Sherry grills a formerly cute chicken on the grill outside the KREM studio. Photos of anglers proudly holding big fish are so universally accepted in our culture they’re often selected to honor a loved one in a published obituary. Yet an archer’s silent arrow aimed at an African lion is a shot heard around the world. The impact of Walter Palmer’s broadhead into a tourist-- attraction lion known as Cecil smacked the social and mainstream media so shockingly loud last week that hunters themselves have become prey to an international witch hunt/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors editor. More here.

Question: Why do we react so strongly to the killing of Cecil the Lion when there are more outrageous things out there?


Voluntary Water Cutbacks Urged

August 6, 2015 - 9:24am

As a drought measure, John Osborn has cut his daily shower to two minutes. He’s installed low-flush toilets in his home and replaced his lawn with low-water landscaping. Now, he and his wife are considering tearing out their vegetable garden, which isn’t performing well in the heat, to further curtail their water use. There’s no water shortage in Spokane, which gets its water from the massive Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, the source of drinking water for more than 500,000 of the region’s residents. But each gallon of water drawn from the aquifer reduces the recharge into the Spokane River, which is running near historic lows this year/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (SR photo: John Osborn, left, talks about conserving water. Holding signs are Jora Gleason, 14, and Samarra Salcido, 11)

Question: Have you cut back on water usage as a result of the current drought? Do you plan to?

Stewart Ends 'Daily' Routine Tonight

August 6, 2015 - 8:52am

After 16-plus years and nearly 2,600 episodes as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has his final Moment of Zen (tonight). He's been media critic, news provider, political scold, truth-teller and guiding spirit (though he'd never admit it) to baby boomers and their millennial offspring. And throughout, his love for Bruce Springsteen and the New York Mets has been matched only by his distaste for Fox News Channel, Arby's and deep-dish pizza. Not to mention the hypocrisy of media outlets and politicians, whose hypocrisy he expertly eviscerated with well-researched video clips/USA Today. More here.

Question: How are you going to get along without Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show"?

Ehlert: GOP Deserves 'Hair Apparent'

August 6, 2015 - 8:26am

In politics, especially in presidential races, a kind of vacuum is created when a party has no heir apparent, no leadership, no vision, no consensus — or all of the above. What can happen — actually, what did happen — is that a floundering Republican Party has been off-balance and without a succession-like plan since virtually the last days of the Ronald Reagan era. That’s when we knew Vice President George H.W. Bush was the heir apparent to Reagan. That’s the last time the party seemed to manifest consensus around who was going to run, who was going to back the candidate and how it was all going to play out. Because the GOP leadership has been basically adrift for a quarter of a century since — except when somebody named Bush comes on to the scene — the political vacuum has delivered a bad patch, which this year has led to the rise of Donald Trump and a collection of 16 other contenders looking to head aloft in the hot air of the GOP political chaos/IOpinion Editor Robert Ehlert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: How close will billionaire Donald Trump come to winning GOP nomination for president?

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Ag-Gag Ruling Upsets Legislators

August 6, 2015 - 8:22am

Some Eastern Idaho legislators are upset by a recent federal ruling that a 2014 state law — called the “ag-gag law” by critics and the “ag security law” by supporters — violates constitutional protections for free speech and equal protection under the law. The law, making it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities, was passed after after Mercy for Animals, a Los Angeles-based animal-rights group, released a video showing workers at Bettencourt Dairies in Hansen stomping, beating, dragging and abusing the cows. On Monday, District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that the 2014 law is unconstitutional because it attempts to silence critics of agricultural industries and violates the First Amendment. On Wednesday, Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone, seemed to think that the ruling somehow leaves farmers with few protections/Bryan Clark, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that some legislators are surprised at this ruling?

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Debate Night In Cleveland

August 6, 2015 - 8:21am

The 10 leading Republican presidential candidates enter Thursday night’s face-off hoping to impress primary voters and contributors, while avoiding the sort of missteps that often make for the most memorable moments of a debate. It is not always evident who has won these debates, but it is often abundantly clear who has lost. Yet in a race with no traditional front-runner, none of the contenders will be able to get by with a “do no harm” approach. Campaigns are rarely decided by a single debate — particularly those held months before any votes are cast. But the Cleveland forum offers the Republicans their first high-profile opportunity to create impressions that could shape the race for weeks or months to come/New York Times. More here.

Question: Who would you like to see do well in the GOP debate tonight in Cleveland? Why?

CdA Merges Culture, Fitness

August 6, 2015 - 8:15am

New brochures detailing multiple walking and biking trails that offer opportunities to explore public art in Coeur d'Alene are now available. The city's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, in cooperation with the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission, announced the publication of the documents. The walking brochure has two different trails. One is 1.7 miles and takes 60-90 minutes to complete. The second trail is 2.2 miles and takes from 90 minutes to two hours to complete. The biking brochure features a 13-mile trail that takes two to four hours to ride. Electronic versions of all the brochures are available at d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you ready for a culture walk?

SR: Don't Appeal Ag-Gag Ruling

August 6, 2015 - 8:09am

A federal judge stood up for free speech in striking down an Idaho “ag-gag” law that criminalizes the undercover recording of farming operations. Six other states – Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa – have such laws. North Carolina adopted one that goes into effect next year. Some legislators in Olympia expressed interest last year, but this ruling ought to be seen as a death knell. U.S. District Judge Lynn B. Winmill cited violations of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. The state hasn’t decided whether it will appeal, but overcoming those constitutional concerns won’t be easy. It shouldn’t be, Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho will appeal the ag-gag ruling?


August 6, 2015 - 8:02am

Jim Morin/Miami Herald