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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.4.14

September 4, 2014 - 4:31pm
  • 5:27 p.m. PFPD officer writing citation for vehicle parked in handicap spot w/o sticker, undisclosed location.
  • 5:26 p.m. Panhandler approaching vehicles @ intersection of NW Blvd/I-90, CdA.
  • 5:23 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 600 block of N21st Street/CdA.
  • 5:15 p.m. Driver trapped by legs under dash board in vehicle after rollover crash over bank @ 5700 block of S. Stach Road (Cougar Gulch area), complaining of neck pain.
  • 4:41 p.m. Spokane Avenue/CdA resident trying to locate her Winton School child.
  • 4:39 p.m. Male wearing backpack & holding mug was in process of stealing bike from Walgreens lot, H95/Appleway when confronted by a customer. He's now on foot headed toward Burger King.
  • 4:33 p.m. Northern Lakes Fire asked to provide help for undisclosed reason @ 9300 block of Govt Way/Hayden.
  • 4:06 p.m. Coeur d'Alene school bus fight may have involved 6YOs. Mother called to pick up one of them.
  • 4:05 p.m. Jack Buell chip truck has rolled over @ s/b H95/MP 397 (near Plummer's northern city limits).
  • 18 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below

HBO Blogosphere -- 9.4.14

September 4, 2014 - 4:25pm

Wow! Color me envious. Marianne Love/Slight Detour offers several viewtiful photos of her garden, fruit trees & other scenics from her Bonner County homestead today. Also, she mentions in the post that she covered her tomatoes. You know what that means. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Sept. 3): 7486 page-views, 4443 unique views

Rova: Plagiarism Is A No-No

September 4, 2014 - 4:19pm

An article posted by Jennifer Rova of Hayden on the Writing North Idaho blog is more pertinent today than it was when posted Wednesday. It's about plagiarism. Democrat Jana Jones, the Democratic candidate for Idaho Superintendent of Schools, has accused Republican opponent Sherri Ybarra of plagiarizing her campaign Web site. Jennifer Rova offers this definition of plagiarism: "Plagiarism is passing off as your own someone else’s work, ideas, thoughts, opinions, theories, statistics, facts, drawings, or paraphrasing the same." Joe Biden withdrew from the 1988 presidential race, Rova points out, after he was accused of plagiarism. Democratic U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana stepped aside earlier this year in wake of another plagiarism scandal. You can read Jennifer Rova's thoughts on plagiarism here.

Question: The public seems capable of overlooking sex scandals and other shenanigans by repentant politicians. But not plagiarism. Why do you think that is?

UPdate: Foot-Shooting Instructor ID'd

September 4, 2014 - 3:43pm

Update: ISU instructor who shot himself in foot identified, student says it'll happen again/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

KTVB-TV reports today a key new detail about this week’s accidental shooting on the Idaho State University campus: 20 students were present when the instructor, who has an enhanced concealed carry permit, accidentally shot himself in the foot in a chemistry classroom on the campus. The male instructor had a loaded handgun concealed in his pants pocket, the station reports; it went off while he was teaching. KTVB’s full report is online here. Idaho lawmakers this year passed legislation allowing people with those permits to carry concealed guns on Idaho public college and university campuses – over the objections of every one of the state’s public colleges and universities, and at the urging of the National Rifle Association/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.

Question: Will this incident be the poster child for guns-on-campus?

Is Idaho 50th Or 51st In Ed Spending?

September 4, 2014 - 3:33pm

Is Idaho No. 50 or No. 51 in education funding? It depends on what measure you use. But reports of Idaho’s dead-last ranking — and a recent fundraising email from gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff — do not tell the whole story. A May report from U.S. Census Bureau adds to the confusion. But it is clear on at least one point: Idaho spends less than 63 percent of the national average on K-12 education. The Census Bureau looks at two key metrics: revenue and spending. Revenue looks at how much money a state collects for K-12, from federal, state or local sources. By this measure, Idaho does come in at No. 51 for 2011-12 — lagging behind every other state and the District of Columbia — at $7,405 per pupil. Next lowest is Utah, at $7,607 per pupil. The national average is $12,331 per pupil. Spending looks at actual expenditures for 2011-12. Here Idaho manages to escape the basement. Per-pupil spending came to $6,659, beating out Utah’s $6,206 figure. The national average, however, was $10,608/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: Does it matter to you if Idaho ranks No. 50 or No. 51 in education spending?

Campbell's Mama's Boy? Sherman

September 4, 2014 - 3:24pm

To kick off the NFL season, Campbell’s Chunky soup celebrated its newest Mama’s Boy -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman -- by creating a statue lined with Campbell’s Chunky soup cans and labels outside CenturyLink Field in Seattle today, prior to the home opener against the Green Bay Packers. The structure commemorated Sherman’s iconic defensive play during the 2014 NFC championship, which helped punch Seattle’s ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII. In this photo, Richard’s mother, Beverly, poses with Seahawks fans that co-star in the new Chunky Mama’s Boy commercial. Story here. (Ron Wurzer/ AP Images for Campbell's Chunky)

Question: Is Richard Sherman a good pick for the Campbell's Mama's Boy commercial?

Poll: Expand Jail

September 4, 2014 - 2:56pm
  • Wednesday Poll: Hucks Nation recommends that Kootenai County forget about a private contract for space to address jail overcrowding and ... expand the jail. 70 of 234 respondents (29.91%) said the best way to relieve overcrowding at the jail is to expand the current site. 68 of 234 (29.06%) said the county should quit jailing minor offenders. 55 (23.%) said the county should run a jail bond. 23 (9.83%) said the county should do nothing -- and continue to pack in prisoners like sardines. 15 (6.41%) said commissioners should try to win judicial confirmation approval again. 3 (1.28%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Has Sherri Ybarra's campaign for state superintendent been hurt by duplication of verbiage on opponent's Web site?

Jones Accuses Ybarra Of Plagiarism

September 4, 2014 - 2:39pm

From Clark Corbin and IdahoED NEWS: (Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Schools Jana Jones) is upping the ante in this flap, accusing Ybarra of plagiarism. Here is Jones’ statement, also in full:

"I appreciate my opponent taking responsibility for plagiarizing content from my website, but the fact that it happened at all is troubling. Integrity matters in this office, and so does attention to detail. Idahoans have had enough of a superintendent who is not open, honest, and accountable, and my opponent seems to be cut from the same cloth. I will be a superintendent who will provide leadership Idahoans can trust." Full story here.

Question: Do you think this is a case of plagiarism?

Fall Is In The Air

September 4, 2014 - 1:55pm

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, Linda Lantzy posts of this photo at Big Creek near Osburn: "There's a definite feeling of fall in the air today. This is one of my favorite autumn pieces." You can see more of Linda's scenics on her Facebook page here.

DFO: Fall is my favorite time of the year (except for those few weeks in the summer when the weather isn't that hot -- August -- or two rainy -- June). I would like autumn that much better if winter didn't come next. How about you?

Question: Which season is your favorite time of the year?

Poll: Put Baggage Fee In Ticket Cost

September 4, 2014 - 1:19pm

Seventy-one percent of recent fliers want U.S. airlines to include extra fees for checked baggage and specific seat assignments in ticket prices, according to a poll released on Thursday by a passenger advocacy group that was reported by USA Today. The poll comes at a time when airlines have been pushing Congress to undo federal rules that require them to include fees for things like airport security in ticket prices they advertise to potential passengers. Airlines have argued that the regulations make airfare advertising less "transparent" because it makes it hard for passengers to determine which part of their airfares are going to the cost of flying and which part is being used to pay federal taxes/The Hill. More here.

Question: Do you want to see airlines include baggage fees in ticket cost?

Why Isn't Butch In A World Of Hurt?

September 4, 2014 - 1:12pm

If you measure the common metrics of politics – the strength of the economy, support for education, party unity among them – the incumbent governor of Idaho, C.L. “Butch” Otter, ought to be in a world of hurt in 2014. Otter, a fixture of Idaho politics since the 1970′s, has been in the middle of a nasty intraparty feud that produced a virtually unknown challenger who gave him a run for his money in the May primary. The challenger ended up beating the two-term incumbent in some of Idaho’s largest counties, including Otter’s home base of Canyon County. Those party wounds are likely scabbing over as the election nears, but some deeply disenchanted Tea Party-type Republicans still say they would like to “punish” the governor for, among other things, embracing a state-based health care exchange. Many who have know him for years find it amazing that Butch can be attacked as being too liberal, but such is the state of Republican politics these days/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.

Question: Do you think Butch Otter is a liberal?

Ybarra Accepts Blame ... Sorta

September 4, 2014 - 1:03pm

Sherri Ybarra, Republican candidate for superintendent of schools, has issued the following statement re: language or her campaign site that duplications language on site of Democratic opponent Jana Jones:

“I was surprised to learn of the similarity in language on the websites on the contact pages.  The contact copy page was posted 6 months ago for the primary election in March. I sent my web managers copy regarding issues and positioning statements. They wrote other copy points on the contact page; however, I take responsibility for final copy content.   My focus is, and will continue to be, how we best provide a strong future for Idaho's children.  That future begins with the very best education and preparation we can offer them.  As an educator working every day within Idaho's system, I have the experience and ideas to bring meaningful reforms and work closely with members of the Idaho Legislature and stakeholders to move Idaho education forward.” More here.

  • Clark Corbin, of IdahoED NEWS, who broke the story, tweets: "Ybarra has updated her website since I first called Wed., but the passages in question remain up. In fact, those passages now appear twice."

Question: How much damage will this misstep do to Ybarra's campaign?

Chatting With New Police Chief

September 4, 2014 - 12:08pm

My ap-hollow-gies for suspending activity at Huckleberries Online for the last half hour. New Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White dropped by Huckleberries Central for a chat. A good chat. First impression? Coeur d'Alene has a chief that is plugged in re: social media. Open. And ready to tackle tough job of restoring public confidence in the Coeur d'Alene Police Department. Stay tuned.

ABC News: Joan Rivers, 81, RIP

September 4, 2014 - 11:49am

In this Sunday, July 26, 2009, file photo, Joan Rivers greets the audience at the "Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers" in Los Angeles. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died today. She was 81. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

The world just got a little less funny. Joan Rivers has died at 81. "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother." Melissa Rivers added that she and her son, Cooper, who is Joan Rivers' grandson, "have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon"/ABC News. More here.

Question: Are you going to miss Joan Rivers?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.4.14

September 4, 2014 - 11:28am
  • 11:26 a.m. Loose dog reported @ 3000 block of Fairway/CdA.
  • 11:25 a.m. Coeur d'Alene apartment manager believes couple doing meth in parked car behind building.
  • 11:11 a.m. Oil is leaking from crane involved at Honeysuckle Beach boat launch (10:14 item).
  • 11:02 a.m. Deputy en route to investigate possible illegal burn on Menser/Athol.
  • 10:49 a.m. 31YO male in black coat, @ 2nd window of DMV, is wanted on warrant.
  • 10:45 a.m. Hayden city administrator arrives at Honeysuckle boat launch to check out problem.
  • 10:24 a.m. 911 dispatcher asks deputy on scene if tow is needed to pull barge out of Honeysuckle Beach launch area.
  • 10:14 a.m. Man with truck having trouble at Honeysuckle Beach, pulling barge out of water, blocking boat ramp.
  • 10:06 a.m. Officer needed to serve warrant at Adult Misdemeanor Probation, 501 Govt Way/CdA.
  • 9:08 a.m. Someone @ 100 block of Anton Avenue/CdA needs lift assistance.
  • 8:53 a.m. CPD officer alerts fellow officer that male driver in pickup posted 33 mph through school zone.

Labrador Calls For ISIS Debate

September 4, 2014 - 11:26am

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) called for an open debate and a public vote before pursuing further U.S. military engagement against the Islamic State (ISIS). With Congress set to return to Washington next week, Rep. Labrador issued the following statement: “The acts committed by ISIS are abhorrent and should be condemned by all civilized people. Under our Constitution, the president needs congressional authorization to engage in war. As members of Congress, we must be more than a rubber stamp for the president’s military actions. Before we commit additional U.S. assets and lives to this fight, Americans deserve an open debate and public vote/News Release, Raul Labrador's Office. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Congressman Raul Labrador that President Obama should seek an open debate/public vote before pursuing further military involvement against ISIS?

JohnA: Remembering J.R. Simplot

September 4, 2014 - 11:09am

JohnA (RE: Happy Birthday, Duane Hagadone): Duane's birthday reminds me of that other 'larger than life' Idahoan, J.R. Simplot. Both enjoyed long lives and even had one joint partnership. A young cost accountant at the time, I was asked to accompany J.R. on a tour of the Bunker Hill Mine in 1982, after he and Duane and Jack Hendrick had an option with Gulf Resources to keep it open. I remember it was his birthday and even at 73 he nearly walked the legs off of those of us fifty years younger. He was not going to commit his millions to anything he hadn't thoroughly researched. It was the last time I was ever underground. In the end, the partnership failed when the United Steelworkers Union bosses in Pittsburgh rejected an 'advisory' vote overwhelmingly approved by the local Steelworkers to accept wage concessions while the mine was being reorganized. They pulled out, the mine closed and those of us remaining from 2,400 others were laid off.

Question: Have you ever been underground in a mine?

Best 5 Prep Football Games This Fall

September 4, 2014 - 10:18am

Greg Lee (pictured), the dean of Inland Northwest high school sports writers, picks the 5 best high school football games on tap this fall, including:

Coeur d’Alene vs. Ferris, Sept. 12, Albi Stadium: You don’t have to be a diehard fan to know this is perhaps the one matchup many have wanted to see for the last four years. In that span, Ferris captured a state championship and Coeur d’Alene has earned three state titles and played in four straight finals. So when Greater Spokane League administrators decided to open up their schedules, this was the one game I wanted to see come together. Both Ferris coach Jim Sharkey and CdA coach Shawn Amos wanted this matchup. Sure enough, the Saxons and Vikings will finally face off. Neither team is as strong as it was at its respective peak in the last four years, but this should be an entertaining game nonetheless. More, including the other 4 games here.

Question: Do you plan to watch local high school football teams play this fall? Which team is your favorite?

AM Headlines -- 9.4.14

September 4, 2014 - 10:16am

Miss America Pageant contestants, from left, Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison, Miss Hawaii Stephanie Steuri, Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges, Miss Florida Victoria Cowan, and Miss District of Columbia Teresa Davis watch arrival ceremonies Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. Miss America contestants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will appear Wednesday afternoon at the traditional welcoming ceremony across from Boardwalk Hall. Miss Idaho is the young woman who made national headlines by wearing an insulin pump in Idaho swimsuit competition. Earlier story here. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Happy Birthday, Duane Hagadone

September 4, 2014 - 9:26am

In this 2004 SR file photo, Duane Hagadone is shown after announcing the purchase of the Yacht Club, a marina/boat sales business on Blackwell Island south of Coeur d'Alene.

On Councilwoman KerriT's Facebook page, posted Wednesday: "Received a phone call this afternoon with a wonderful story about Silver Beach that's the perfect addendum to today's (Wednesday's) Main Street column. It was 82 years ago today (Wednesday) that a local couple were attending a Labor Day barbecue at Silver Beach. About 6 p.m. the woman tells her husband it's time to get to the hospital, the baby was coming! Off they go and at 10 p.m. their son Duane came into the world. What a delightful conversation with Mr. Hagadone, on the 82nd anniversary of his birth."

Question: Anyone want to give a shoutout to Coeur d'Alene's Favorite Son -- a day late?