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AM Scanner Traffic -- 10.28.14

October 28, 2014 - 10:31am

From PFPD Graveyard Shift, a reminder why parents should monitor their children's online activity: "A report was taken when a mother called in advising that her 15 year old daughter had taken nude photos of herself and sent them to a female friend. That friend posted the photos on Facebook and Instagram."

  • 10:35 a.m. Resident on Dragonfly/CdA reports stranger is in garage, entering through open door.
  • 10:31 a.m. Post Falls EMTs en route to child who has regained consciousness after passing out.
  • 10:01 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Oct. 27-28 here.
  • 9:31 a.m. Extrication needed in crash @ 7200 W. Seltice Way (near Washington line), car wedged under pickup.
  • 9:23 a.m. Business alarm sounding @ 2400 block of Old Mill Loop/CdA.
  • 9:14 a.m. ISO officer has female for driving w/o privileges; she's been arrested for violation before.
  • 8:41 a.m. Suspected animal abuse reported on Diagonal Road/Rathdrum.
  • 8:26 a.m. Driver wandering around scene of accident @ e/b offramp for I-90/NW Blvd, CdA.
  • 8:17 a.m. Someone has been injured in fall @ Coeur d'Alene Homes, 624 Harrison Ave/CdA.

Warming Centers Half Way To Goal

October 28, 2014 - 10:19am

Jeff Conroy of St. Vinny's Facebooks: "A couple of weeks ago my friend, Rose Backs, sent out a plea to the community. She asked that people donate to help open St Vincent de Paul North Idaho's second Warming Center in Post Falls. Just this morning we crossed over the $9,000 mark! The 2 SVDP Warming Centers are open when the temperature falls below 25 degrees. Between the centers we average between 60-80 people getting out of the cold nightly, all receive a warm meal and a safe, warm place to spend the night. Each night we staff it with 2 people and are open an avg. of 75 nights between Nov. 1-Feb 28. It costs $18,750 over the 4 months for staff, food, and utilities. Because of a gracious community we're able to prepare the opening of the PF Center but we're only half way there. If you'd like to help please contact our Social Service Director Matt Hutchinson at 664-3095."


Pastor Has Plan For Evicted Transients

October 28, 2014 - 10:14am

In her story about the eviction of transients from camp in woods behind Target, SReporter Becky Kramer posts about plans by Pastor Gar Mickelson of Kaleidoscope Community Services to house homeless temporarily at airport industrial park: "Volunteers from local churches will arrive with pickups and trailers early Wednesday to help people move out of the camp. By that time, Mickelson hopes to have permission from the Hayden City Council to provide temporary housing for about 20 people at an industrial park within the city limits. '“We have a piece of land and a willing property owner to get us through the winter,' he said. The site has room for storage and dog kennels. But city permits would be required." Full story here.

Question: Would you like to see the Hayden City Council OK this proposal tonight?

AJ's Unusual Political Ad

October 28, 2014 - 9:52am

A.J. Balukoff has rolled out his latest political commercial, one in which he appears in a hockey goalie's uniform blocking "cheap shots."

Melissa Davlin posts in the Idaho Reports blog: It takes a lot for a political ad to catch the eye of this cynical journalist, but this one featuring AJ Balukoff playing goalie in a Steelheads jersey is a bit unusual. (Impressive skills, by the way!) So is this an endorsement from the Idaho Steelheads? Not quite; Balukoff is part owner of the Steelheads. "(Endorsements) never came up in conversation," said Mike Lanza of the Balukoff campaign, adding Balukoff didn't ask individual management or athletes for support. "I would say, though, that it's a safe assumption that the Steelheads are big fans of AJ Balukoff... He's a big fan of the Steelheads and I believe that the feeling is shared." More here.


Quotable Quote

October 28, 2014 - 9:03am
I was self-employed as a writer/editor for 11 years, and named "Employee of the Month" a total of 132 times. Top that, Ms. Ybarra -- Kevin S. Wilson (from comment on swell thread about Sherri Ybarra).

AM Headlines -- 10.28.14

October 28, 2014 - 8:49am

Seven year old Reyna Rodriguez, dressed as Maleficent, peeks out at the prairie dogs during Boo at the Zoo held at Zoo Boise in Julia Davis Park in Boise Saturday. (Idaho Statesma/AP photo: Kyle Green)

Centrists ♥ Boise, Spokane Valley

October 28, 2014 - 8:42am

Blue girl, red state. Red girl, red state. Purple city, red state? According to a new study by, Boise is No. 6 on a list of the country's "Best Cities for Centrists." The top five: Spokane Valley, Wash.; Bend, Ore.; Indio, Calif.; Gainesville, Fla.; and Albany, Ga. The site's writeup of Boise includes this opening: "Residents of Boise, Idaho, tend to lean towards the right of the political spectrum, but this city has pockets of liberalism and most voters tend to choose politicians who take more centrist views." Read the full writeup here. It says Boise residents are likely to drive a Subaru, eat at Qdoba, shop at REI, watch "The Newsroom" and read "Good Housekeeping"/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is Coeur d'Alene a good place for a centrist?

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Quotable Quote

October 28, 2014 - 7:56am
"I wonder if you outlaw marriage licenses then only outlaws will have them...?" -- Dan English.

Poll: 62% Don't Trust Feds

October 28, 2014 - 7:48am

A week before Election Day, more than six in 10 likely voters, 62 percent, say they do not trust the federal government to do the right thing, according to a new poll. Republicans edge Democrats, 42 to 37 percent, as the party likely voters trust to do a better job handling the main issues facing the country over the next few fears, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll, released Tuesday. The GOP is preferred among independents by a 17-point margin for the midterms, though both parties show strong support among their base – 92 percent of Democrats and 96 percent of Republicans plan to vote for candidates who share their party affiliation/The Hill. More here.

Question: Do you trust the federal government to do the right thing?

Young People (59 & Under) Don't Vote

October 28, 2014 - 7:43am

As someone who helps run elections in this state, I'm concerned about the future of voting in Idaho. We all should be. Young people don't vote. Now you're thinking, "I've heard this before." But, when I refer to young people I mean anyone 59 or younger. Not just folks in the late teens and 20s. We made this unsettling discovery while looking at voter history to estimate turnout for the upcoming mid-term election on Nov. 4. Despite efforts to make voting more accessible, such as same-day registration, early voting, and easier access to absentee ballots, people are voting less. Some might point to controversial issues like voter ID and party registration as hurdles to voting, but when you look at the data, the trend away from voting began well before those issues ever surfaced/Phil McGrain & Anthony Lock-Smith, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

DFO: If you're over 35, tune in here, and don't vote, you're a slacker. Period. Thoughts?

House District 4: Sims Vs Nesse

October 28, 2014 - 7:41am

One is touting her experience in government as a two-term representative and state senator. The other is campaigning on promises to advance Idaho. Republican Kathy Sims and Democrat Ann Nesse are both seeking the District 4 Idaho House of Representatives seat on Nov. 4. Incumbent Sims told The Press she is seeking re-election to continue work on legislation she started during last year's session, as well as to continue being a strong Republican voice in Boise. "We need some good conservative representation from North Idaho," Sims said. Nesse told The Press she is running for the House seat in order to help move Idaho from being "last place in wages, economic recovery, lowest disposable income in the U.S., lowest investment in living-wage jobs and education for these jobs/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Sims or Nesse?

Lewiston Bans Discrimination Vs Gays

October 28, 2014 - 7:39am

The city of Lewiston joined eight other Idaho cities Monday by adopting an ordinance that bans discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. The ordinance also bans discrimination based on familial status. It passed along the same 5-2 lines that emerged over three readings, with Mayor Pro Tem Ryan (RJ) Johnson and Councilor Clinton Daniel voting no. The Lewiston City Council's final vote on the matter drew a standing-room-only crowd to the Lewis-Clark State College Library. Residents of Lewiston and the surrounding area lined up for an hour and a half to offer their opinions on the controversial ordinance, with people speaking about 2-1 in favor/Joel Mills, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think the 2015 Idaho Legislature will address this issue?

County Fires Airport Manager Delavan

October 28, 2014 - 7:37am

After 20 years as Kootenai County's airport manager, Greg Delavan was handed his walking papers on Friday. "The commissioners wanted to go in a different direction," said County Commissioner Todd Tondee (pictured) on Monday, adding that Delavan was not fired for cause. "He is no longer a county employee." Tondee said the airport is involved in many controversial issues and the commissioners wanted to change course and take the airport in a different direction. Tondee and Commissioner Jai Nelson are lame duck commissioners. Their replacements will be elected next week, but Tondee said the timing of Delavan's termination was not due to the election/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Commissioner Tondee said Delavan was fired because the commissioners -- two of whom are lame duck -- want "to go in a different direction." Does anyone know what a statement like that even means?

Transients Being Forced To Move

October 28, 2014 - 7:28am

Dawn Cooper smokes a cigarette Monday in front of her encampment off of Government Way in Coeur d’Alene. The property’s owner is preparing for development of the land where homeless people live year-round. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

For the past year, a campsite under a blue tarp in the wooded area behind Coeur d’Alene’s Target store has been home for Dawn Cooper. But on Monday morning, Cooper was packing up. She and her wife, Dawn Garvin, want to be off the site well in advance of police coming to clear the private property of trespassers. The two women were told they have to be gone by Wednesday. “We don’t want to be here when they start arresting people,” said Cooper, a 40-year-old construction worker. Cooper and Garvin aren’t sure where they’ll go next, a dilemma for many in one of North Idaho’s largest homeless camps. Douglass Properties of Spokane, the landowner, has asked the city of Coeur d’Alene to dismantle the camp and evict trespassers/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Are you happy/unhappy that the authorities finally have permission to evict transients from the camp behind Target?

JBelle: Good Night, Sweet Prince

October 28, 2014 - 7:19am

JBelle (RE: Patrick Jacobs, RIP): The thing that I admired the very most about OTV was that he was authentic; always, he was himself and he was genuine. His ambition nor his art never overtook his character, which in my opinion, was platinum grade. The other thing about Patrick that I think he'd blush about if I brought it up is that he was humble. At the basis of his opinion, his humor, his outlook, was humility. A few weeks ago he had a dust up with Duane Rasmussen here on HBO and at a point, out of nowhere, Patrick apologized to Duane, saying something like I have gotten way too worked up over this; my bad. Sorry dude. Exquisitely sweet; purely humble; completely genuine and original. Authentic. I will not forget Patrick; I will not forget the outpouring of grief here for him. And I surely will keep his family in my heart, as I know he'd want me to do. Good Night, Sweet Prince. May the angels fly to greet you.


Remembering Patrick

October 28, 2014 - 7:08am

SrJoeB pulled this Sunday Huckleberries post about Patrick Jacobs, who died Sunday, from the archives (Jan. 29, 2007). I'll continue to post remembrances of Patrick this week leading to his service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church:

OrangeTV is one of the many treasures who hang out at Huckleberries Online. He’s the twentysomething who posts superb reviews of music, the Coeur d’Alene night scene and eateries on his Making Flippy Floppy blog. His local restaurant reviews are my personal faves. Of the Sherman IGA Deli last week, he raved about the Chester Fried chicken, barbecue spareribs and jo-jos, while recalling when he was about 12 that he and his mother “hid shivering behind a mayonnaise display as the store was being robbed.” What separates OrangeTV from other reviewers are observations like this: “Evening and night at the store is a whole different vibe – it turns into a edgy hotspot for welfare moms on meth, drunk college boys on meth, and extremely munchie-afflicted emo kids. Oh, and Hagadone honcho Jerry Jaeger. I’ve seen him shopping there a dozen times, late into the night, and I just know he can afford to upgrade to at least Super 1 or something. Maybe he does it to show us wee villagers that really, he’s just a regular guy after all – just one of the folks.” In another post, he praised the new Breakfast Nook as a decent addition to Midtown, but he wasn’t crazy about the hostess who waited on him: “The hostess coldly wrote our names on a list and still offered no clue as to when we might be seated. She was too young to be so frowny-faced and bitter.” Fiesta Mexicana. Panda Express. Paul Bunyan Famous Hamburgers. OrangeTV reviews places where most North Idahoans can afford to eat. You can find a link to the Making Flippy Floppy reviews on my blog

DFO: Obviously, Patrick was a thirtysomething at the time, not a twentysomething. But the rest was accurate. I had the privilege of helping him land a job as a reviewer with The Spokesman-Review, until newspaper cuts sent other contract columnists & him to the sidelines.

Or Not

October 28, 2014 - 7:03am

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Wild Card/Monday -- 10.27.14

October 27, 2014 - 4:35pm

I'm feeling my way today, after the shocking loss of one of the blog's commenting favorites here, Patrick Jacobs. Mike Kennedy and Sisyphus have providing eloquent statements in the comment section re: what Patrick, whom we knew as OrangeTV here, meant to this online community. I will simply say that he made my life richer with his reviews, offbeat Get Out! North Idaho observations and comments here. We will feel his absence in a big way as we go forward. When we gather at Blogfest 2015, we'll toast his memory as we continue to miss him. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 10.27.14

October 27, 2014 - 4:32pm

Four of the Blue Angels F/A-18s roar past the crowd in a tight formation on the final day of the 2014 NAS JAX Air Show at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday. The show saw the return of the Navy flight demonstration team the Blue Angels as the climax of the show filled with acrobatics, history and pyrotechnics for the thousands of fans in attendance. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack)

Top Comments -- 10.27.14

October 27, 2014 - 4:12pm

Top Comment -- Sam: (RE: RIP, Patrick Jacobs): I haven't been able to hang out with Patrick for a long time, the last time being a HBO blog fest several years ago. He carried a snark stick around on here to bat down trolls and his voice was one that absolutely was needed in North Idaho and still is.

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