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Bayview Residents Wait, Worry

July 6, 2015 - 1:27pm

Smoke from the Cape Horn Fire can be seen from MacDonald’s Hudson Bay Resort in Bayview on Monday. (Photo: Kathy Plonka)

Ralph Jones fried eggs and bacon for weary Bayview residents Monday morning, the scent of burning pine wafting in his coffee shop near downtown. “This is our biggest fear come true,” Jones said. The longtime Bayview resident kept his restaurant open overnight as firefighters battled the blaze that sparked Sunday afternoon. Several residents speculated that the fire was caused by an out of control campfire, which Jones called disheartening. “The rest of my life has changed,” he said. Business in the resort community lasts about 7 to 8 weeks, he said, and he worried the fire would move into town as winds picked up in the afternoon/Kip Hill, SR. More here.

Otter Issues Disaster Declaration

July 6, 2015 - 1:09pm

Gov. Butch Otter has issued a disaster declaration for Bonner and Kootenai counties due to the destructive Cape Horn fire, which has destroyed multiple homes, consumed more than 2,000 acres and threatened to force evacuation of more than 200 residents. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and individuals who have lost homes in the area,” Otter said in a statement. “We will continue to support the impacted jurisdictions in protecting lives, property and businesses”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Cape Horn Fire Webcam

July 6, 2015 - 1:01pm

From U.S. National Weather Service in Spokane, a webcam video of the Cape Horn Fire from beginning through 9 this AM: "A video of webcam images of the Cape Horn wildfire near Bayview, ID between noon on 7/5/15 through 9:00 am this morning. Notice how much fire there was during the overnight hours. This was mainly due to persistent northeast winds as well as fairly low relative humidity levels. Typically fire activity dies down during the overnight hours due to light winds and high relative humidity levels. But not in this case. Images courtesy of Mcdonald's Resort." Time-lapse video of fire from National Weather Service here.

At The Parade

July 6, 2015 - 11:53am

State Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d'Alene, points something out to executive director Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation at the Coeur d'Alene 4th of July parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene Saturday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.6.15

July 6, 2015 - 11:45am
  • Noon: Fire command allowing Bayview residents to retrieve medicine from homes.
  • 11:43 a.m. Commissioner David Stewart is touring the Cape Horn Fire area.
  • 11:31 a.m. Drivers of Jaguar & blue sedan collide on Prairie Ave, near Cornerstone Drive, Hayden.
  • 10:57 a.m. 70-80YO male brought unconscious to Timberlake Fire Dept, 5985 H54/Athol.
  • 10:56 a.m. Female asks Cape Horn Fire command if she can return to Bayview to get her cat.
  • 10:48 a.m. 58YO female @ 1400 block of Pennsylvania Ave/CdA, may have suffered stroke.
  • 10:46 a.m. Cape Horn Fire official having trouble w/disorderly male @ Careywood/Perimeter command.
  • 10:39 a.m. Cape Horn Fire commander tells inquiring media that there won't be fire update for a few hours.
  • 10:36 a.m. Someone suffering seizure @ Adult Probation office, 202 E. Anton Ave/CdA.
  • 10:33 a.m. Female is directing traffic away from people fixing flat tire @ s/b H95/MP 441 (Ohio Match Road).
  • 10:29 a.m. Male named Alex threatening to hit another male @ 5200 block of Govt Way/CdA.
  • 10:12 a.m. Possible robbery reported @ 4300 block of Maplewood Ave/Post Falls.
  • 10:07 a.m. Truck & trailer parked along H95/Upriver Drive, CdA, creating traffic hazard.
  • 9:58 a.m. Female wonders where she can take bottled water for first responders to Cape Horn Fire.
  • 9:53 a.m. Chip truck is on fire @ Ramsey Road/Chilco Road, Chilco.
  • 9:35 a.m. Driver of gray Toyota Avalon @ s/b H41/Poleline Ave, Post Falls, appears impaired.
  • 9:33 a.m. Caller reports possible smell of pot coming from area of RV parked along 16th St/CdA.
  • 9:02 a.m. Someone is having breathing problems @ Guardian Angel Homes, 1070 E. Mullan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 8:22 a.m. Someone has suffered "bumps & bruises" in fall @ 2700 block of N. Stoddard Lane/CdA.
  • 8:17 a.m. 68YO female having trouble breathing @ 7800 block of Meadow Lark Lane/Rathdrum.

Poll: No To Polygamy

July 6, 2015 - 11:40am
  • Weekend Poll: After the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in this country, a polygamous Montana trio asked to be married. In its 4th of July weekend poll, HucksOnline asked: "Do you support legalizing polygamy?" 199 of 306 respondents (65.03%) of Hucks Nation voted "no." 83 of 306 respondents (27.12%) said "yes." 24 (7.84%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: How are you surviving hot summer?

Sara: 2nd Resort Tower Will Destroy View

July 6, 2015 - 11:32am

Sara Meyer (RE: Hagadone seeks street vacation): From what I've read and heard I'm opposed to the city vacating the air rights above the resort sky bridge. If a 19 story tower is built above the current sky bridge it will block all mountain views looking down Front and it will create a huge wall between City Park, McEuen Park and the rest of downtown. I know that the pedestrian walkway will remain but the feel will be completely different. Instead of walking in the open air you'll be walking through a tunnel instead. I'm all for economic development and job growth but there has to be a better way in my opinion. I really hope the council takes their time on this and doesn't make a quick decision. (Above) is a picture I took this morning looking down Front. If a tower is built, you can kiss this view of the mountains goodbye forever.

Idaho Statutes Ban Gay Marriage

July 6, 2015 - 11:23am

Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court struck down all gay marriage bans nationwide last week, making Idaho's constitutional marriage definition unenforceable. However, removing the language will likely be an uphill battle. Amending the Idaho Constitution first requires approval from the Republican-dominated Legislature. The proposal must then win a simple majority in a voter referendum —a tough task for even lesser politically-charged initiatives. Idaho is one of 30 states that amended their constitutions to ban gay marriage that have not yet take steps to repeal their amendments, even though they have been rendered unenforceable by the Supreme Court's gay-marriage decision/Associated Press. More here.


At The Parade

July 6, 2015 - 11:15am

In this first of several Photo Set pictures from Duane Rasmussen: Dan English, who has announced his candidacy for the City Council seat now held by Steve Adams, prepares to mount the small bicycle that he rode in the 4th of July Parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene Saturday. (Click arrows above for more photos from the parade)

Question: Which entry did you consider to be the most interesting?

Can't Force Evacuations In Idaho

July 6, 2015 - 10:40am
"From - evacuations can't be forced in the state of Idaho without an ok from the governor's office" -- @caseylundkxly re: Cape Horn Fire.

Question: Is this a good law?

Athol Mayor Offers Fire Help

July 6, 2015 - 9:46am

At 8:57 a.m. today, Mayor Kuhman of Athol posted the following message on the city's Facebook page:

"Athol City Hall Plan is: We will coordinate to send people to the below listed areas: People can wait at the Community Center 208-683-2101, or the Athol Baptist Church 208-683-2802, has room: We are still on standby.

"Again if evacuation is necessary -- Red Cross Station 509--842-0584 is at Timberlake High School and they have a large gym with cots and facilities & supplies.

"If you have animals -- Kootenai County Fairgrounds have facilities for large and small animals and people can tent or bring campers. 925-872-6472 If you need help transporting animals Equa Dance Meadows Farm 208-651-9639 Athol Community Center can be a waiting area, but we do not have showers, it is best to go Timberlake High School.

"Heritage Health in CdA is bringing up their Mobile Medical Clinic for those who need a med tech, and it will be at the Athol Community Center.

"Second Harvest Foods will be bringing water and supplies up the Athol Community Center shortly.

"For fire updates check and go to the Idaho search or call 208-765-7243. The other numbers I were given do not seem to be working, so please rely on the news and check with them and keep from swamping the phone lines of emergency hotlines, unless it is an emergency. Please do not drive down to Bayview to look, stay out of Fire & Police way, they are doing their job and need our support to let them do it.

"If you want to bring in donations of towels, blankets, personal supplies,drinks & food, you can drop them off at the Community Center, and whatever is not used after this is over, we will donate to those who have lost homes. Thank you everyone!"

IFF: Idaho Raised Gas Taxes Most

July 6, 2015 - 9:19am

If you’re angry about Idaho’s new, higher fuel taxes, here’s a reason to be a tad angrier: The start of a new month brought gas tax increases to six states. But one state raised its tax the most, and you’re living in it. That’s right: Idaho, with its so-called “conservative Legislature” jacked up the tax on fuel the most of any state in the nation. Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska, Rhode Island and Vermont also imposed new, higher fuel taxes, but not as much as the Gem State, according to the Hill newspaper, citing tax policy watchdog organizations. In Nebraska, a gas tax increase totaling six-cents-a-gallon took effect after lawmakers overrode their governor’s veto/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Are you upset in any way re: higher state gas taxes?

Sandpoint's Survival Amazes NYTimes

July 6, 2015 - 8:43am

A replica of the Statue of Liberty attracts at Sandpoint's City Beach attracts visitors. (SR file photo: Kathy Plonka)

The New York Times visited Sandpoint to see why it is holding its own while economic forces today are turning other small western towns into ghost towns:

"But for some reason the center here is holding. Sandpoint, 400 miles from Boise, and 70 miles from Canada, is bucking a major demographic trend: In an era when many rural places are bleeding out, this one is holding its own. In the all-important sweepstakes of the West — where are people going, and staying — Bonner County, population 41,000, beat out Denver, Seattle, Silicon Valley and other booming urban hot spots, according to census figures. Only 13 other counties in the West did better last year in the net measure of drawing newcomers and holding on to the ones it had." More here.

Question: How small was the smallest town that you've lived in, population wise?

Edit: Obamacare Here To Stay

July 6, 2015 - 8:29am

The moment a 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court ruling removed all doubt that Obamacare was here to stay, it became inevitable that Idaho would extend Medicaid coverage to working poor adults. Because of that ruling, the last threat to Obamacare's core premise has been removed: One way or another, Americans will get health insurance coverage -- through private carriers, subsidies offered through exchanges or from government programs such as Medicare, Veterans Administration or Medicaid. Idaho's state-based exchange, YourHealth Idaho, extends coverage to more than 84,000 Idahoans. But the state continues to drag its feet about helping the 78,000 Idaho adults who make too little to qualify for the subsidies. How long will that continue? Here's a bet: Until the day Idaho lawmakers look at the map and see themselves as the last holdout/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: When do you think holdouts among Idaho Republicans will figure out that they've lost this battle?

Bayview Fire Destroys 6 Homes

July 6, 2015 - 8:23am

The Cape Horn fire on Lake Pend Oreille broke out Sunday and quickly spread up the hill, prompting officials to order mandatory evacuations for residents east of Bayview. (SR photo)

At least six homes along with other structures have been destroyed in a wildfire near Bayview that grew to more than 3 square miles Monday and forced about 200 residents to evacuate. The blaze that started Sunday afternoon was being fought by about 100 firefighters on the ground, four aircraft and a U.S. Navy boat dousing expensive homes near shore on the south end of Lake Pend Oreille. Fire spokesman Jim Lyon says the fire is burning through timber in steep terrain. No injuries have been reported. He says firefighters worked overnight to put in a fire line on the west side that they hope to defend on Monday. State officials are managing the fire but a federal team is expected to take over on Monday/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Hagadone Seeks Street Vacation

July 6, 2015 - 8:15am

The Coeur d’Alene City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening on businessman Duane Hagadone’s request to vacate portions of two downtown streets for a second hotel tower at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. A preliminary design shows a narrow tower rising 19 stories above Front Avenue and over a portion of Hagadone Hospitality Corp.’s Resort Plaza Shops. Hagadone Hospitality is asking the city to vacate a portion of Front Avenue between Second and Third streets and Second Street south of Sherman Avenue. The City Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the community room of the Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave/SR.

Question: Do you support/oppose the street vacation?

Herb Among Bayview Evacuees

July 6, 2015 - 8:09am

Bay Views blogger Herb Huseland tells of his experience of being forced to evacuate Bayview as a result of the Cape Horn fire:

"I am writing this from a motel room in Coeur d'Alene. Bayview is under emergency evacuation orders due to an uncontrolled wild fire near the East end of Cape Horn. The fire started around Noon to 12:30. I looked up and the Farragut Peninsula was hidden in dense smoke. None of this has been verified except I did call 9-1-1 who verified the evacuation order. I went from business to business like a modern day Paul Revere telling everyone that they needed to leave. Nobody believed me, but I flagged down a deputy Sheriff who promised to deliver the message personally." More here.

Question: Have you ever been forced from your home as a result of a disaster, natural or otherwise?

You're Fired!

July 6, 2015 - 8:01am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2015 - 10:51pm

Happy 4th of July!