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Hump Day Wild Card -- 8.20.14

August 20, 2014 - 5:29pm

I don't know why, but I decided to re-read Ian Fleming's James Bond series in the order that he wrote the books -- "Casino Royale," "Live & Let Die," "Moonraker," "Diamonds Are Forever," and now "From Russia with Love." Bond is evolving into the ruthless Daniel Craig killer as I move my way through the books. He's survived so far because he has been lucky. No tricky gadgets have cropped up yet. I suspect "From Russia with Love" will advance the character quite a bit. He needs to cut back on smokes though (about 70 per day). Have you ever re-read a series? With that thought, I'll post today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 8.20.14

August 20, 2014 - 5:25pm

Autumn Jolly of Power of the Paw booth at North Idaho Fair offers Justice 4 Arfee stickers and magnets to help support Craig Jones, owner of the 2YO black lab that was shot earlier this summer by a Coeur d'Alene police officer. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Top Comment -- Randy Myers

August 20, 2014 - 5:11pm
The Ice Bucket Challenge is swiftly overtaking sports as a leading cause of concussions -- Randy Myers.

LCDC OKs $1.55M For River Side Buy

August 20, 2014 - 5:04pm

The Lake City Development Corporation has voted to provide $1.525 million to help acquire railroad right-of-way property along the Spokane River between the Riverstone development and Huetter. Calling it an “enormous opportunity” to enhance public access to the river, the board voted unanimously to fund more than half of the $2.5 million price tag that Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad put on the property. “If we don’t buy this now, this opportunity for public access is gone forever,” said LCDC board chairman Denny Davis. The purchase agreement, which will also include city funding, involves about four miles of property roughly from Riverstone east to Huetter Road. The LCDC’s Lake and River districts encompass the east and west ends of the property. The city will pay for purchase of the central section. Last month, the City Council voted unanimously to tap utility savings for the city’s portion of the purchase/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.


Cutline Contest -- 8.20.14

August 20, 2014 - 4:42pm

A bird takes flight as Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jeff Beliveau delivers to the Detroit Tigers during the 11th inning of a baseball game Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Tuesday Winner -- Eman, with 7 likes: "After years of training by her father, Cami launches a 'one cheek sneak' to ward off a stray varmint." You can see Tuesday Photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.20.14

August 20, 2014 - 4:41pm
  • 4:57 p.m. 2-vehicle, head-on accident reported @ H95/Orchard Avenue, Hayden.
  • 4:53 p.m. Post Falls male who has been drinking for 6 days threatens to slit 2nd man's throat.
  • 4:39 p.m. 2-vehicle accident reported @ H95/Neider Avenue, CdA; unknown injuries.
  • 4:35 p.m. Non-injury accident reported @ H95/Spokane River bridge.
  • 4:34 p.m. Young male is shooting BB gun in area of Winschester/Juniper, Rathdrum.
  • 4:18 p.m. BOSS hit on stolen license plate on vehicle that turned s/b from I-90 onto NW Blvd/CdA.
  • 4:05 p.m. You can read report re: Tuesday PM crash that tied up traffic @ e/b I-90/MP 9.8 here.
  • 3:44 p.m. Alarm sounding in house @ Fairmont Loop/Spokane River, CdA.
  • 3:21 p.m. EMTs from Kootenai Fire dealing w/29YO male who overdosed by trying to get high on cold medicine.
  • 2:52 p.m. Possible juvenile problem reported after car crash @ 4300 block of Maplewood/Hayden.
  • 2:51 p.m. Officer wants backup as he enters woods @ 190 E. Wyoming/Hayden to check on 2 men.
  • 2:39 p.m. Someone is suffering uncontrolled bleeding @ 300 block of Cederbloom/CdA.
  • 2:04 p.m. Someone has been injured in a fall @ 11400 block of Crystal Bay Road/Post Falls.
  • 1:38 p.m. Female in light-blue Mercedes is gesturing and talking to herself on 14th Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 1:05 p.m. 2 ex-employees are harassing manager @ Coeur d'Alene Super 8 on Appleway.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

DOTC: More Courthouse D's Than R's

August 20, 2014 - 4:23pm

Dan of the Community (RE: Kootenai County observes 150th anniversary): OK, and this is from the election records online. Since 1932 there were 272 persons elected to county office. Of that number 164 or 60% were Democrats and 108 or 40% were Republicans. The Coroner was heavily tilted towards Republican office holders while same was true for the Democrats with the Clerk's office.

Question: Do you expect the pendulum to swing away from GOP office holders at the Kootenai County Courthouse any time soon?

PM Headlines -- 8.20.14

August 20, 2014 - 4:09pm

Zach Petersen, 13, of Post Falls, shows his 289-pound Yorkshire x pig, Malcomb, during the opening day of the North Idaho Fair today at the Kootenai County Fair Ground in Coeur d'Alene. Petersen and Malcomb won first place in this round and were headed to the finals. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)


Elephant Poo Produces Pricey Coffee

August 20, 2014 - 3:53pm

I s#&% you not: The world's most expensive coffee is now being produced in Thailand's Golden Triangle, a region better known for another high-priced, if illegal, export: opium. Canadian entrepreneur Blake Dinkin, 44, is betting his life savings he can turn his idea into, well, gold. Here's the catch: His Black Ivory Coffee is made by passing coffee beans through the not insubstantial stomachs of elephants and then picking the beans out of, well, yeah, that. It's similar to Kopi Luwak, the civet coffee that was all the rage a few years back; Dinkin has just supersized the idea. He knows Kopi Luwak's image has been trashed because of concerns over counterfeiting, disease and animal abuse. But he insists there's nothing fake — or frivolous — about Black Ivory Coffee/Michael Sullivan, Boise State Public Radio. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes)

Question: Would you drink a cup of Black Ivory Coffee, made from beans found in elephant poo?

Showing The Boys How To Throw

August 20, 2014 - 3:28pm

Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis delivers a pitch against Nashville during her team's 4-0 win in a U.S. pool play baseball game at the Little League World Series on Friday in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/, Sean Simmers)

Mo’ne Davis, the ace of the Taney Dragons in the Little League World Series, spoke fluently about “release points” and the art of confronting batters who are uncomfortable hitting the ball to the opposite field. It was advanced stuff for any pitcher, let alone one who is 13 years old. Davis, having captured much of the nation’s attention in recent days with her blazing fastball and her waist-length braids, was preparing to take the mound Wednesday night for her Philadelphia-based team against a team from Las Vegas, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s United States championship game/New York Times. More here.

Question: Have you been following the exploits of Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis in the Little League World Series?

Effort To Curb Panhandling Working

August 20, 2014 - 3:12pm

A month long campaign to redirect money usually given to panhandlers is helping non-profits assist the local homeless community. City leaders launched the campaign at the start of August to stop panhandlers on the roadside. On Tuesday, organizers of the Give Real Change campaign said the movement is making a difference. In the past few weeks, the program has helped get some panhandlers off of the street and working with non-profit groups according to organizers. Former panhandlers told KREM 2 News that most of the money they collected went to feeding their addictions. “It went to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes,” admitted Jeff Chambers who used to ask for money on the roadside/Shawn Chitnis, KREM2. More here.

Question: When & where did you last encounter a panhandler in North Idaho?

Crapo's Message To Labrador

August 20, 2014 - 2:42pm

Republican Senator Mike Crapo, and his political advisors, lost little time this past week in reading and reacting to First District Congressman Raul Labrador’s hiring of Idaho Statesman ace political reporter Dan Popkey as his press secretary. Some pundits speculated the move indicated Labrador was contemplating a possible run for the United States Senate. The next Senate election is in two years with Senator Crapo presumably standing for re-election to a fourth term, but there has been additional speculation that Crapo might retire and stay in D.C. to earn some big bucks like his former Senate colleague, Dirk Kempthorne. The message to Labrador was unequivocally clear: “If you think this is going to be an open seat you can just waltz into, you’re whistling past the graveyard”/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Do you think Labrador could beat Sen. Crapo in a 2016 U.S. Senate race?

HBO Blogosphere -- 8.20.14

August 20, 2014 - 2:34pm

"When Goosie showed up at the Tibbs farm and started following my sister Laurie everywhere she went, even the usual chores got backed up a bit more," posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. "Turned out to be "Goose for a Day" for Laurie and anyone else who happened to be around." More here.

HucksOnline numbers (from Tuesday, Aug. 19): 6697 page-views/4181 unique views

Triple Boat Float

August 20, 2014 - 2:00pm

On his Facebook wall, Don Sausser refers to this corporate outing on Lake Coeur d'Alene as a "Triple Boat Float." Three Coeur d'Alene Resort boats are linked together for the Sunday outing involving employees of Bozzi, a Spokane Media/News/Publishing company.

Question: It has been quite awhile since I've been aboard one of the resort's boats. When did you last sail on one of them?