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Crash Injures Harrison Ford

March 5, 2015 - 5:32pm

A small plane, piloted by actor Harrison Ford, lies where it crash-landed on Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles today.  The course is near the Santa Monica, Calif. Municipal Airport, just west of a runway, but there was no immediate confirmation on whether the plane had taken off or was trying to land. Harrison was seriously injured in the crash. Story here. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Kids' Gun Deaths Not Accidental

March 5, 2015 - 5:30pm

It’s been a bad week in the Houston area. On Feb. 27, a 3-year-old boy died after unintentionally shooting himself in the neck with a gun he found in his house. On March 1, a 4-year-old boy died after unintentionally shooting himself with a gun he allegedly found stashed under a bed. On Monday of this week, a 6-year-old boy was unintentionally shot in the abdomen by his 5-year-old brother with a gun the boys allegedly mistook for a toy; the 6-year-old was, at last report, in critical condition at a local hospital. That’s three child shootings in the Houston area over four days. In all three cases, the guns were left out in the open, loaded and unsecured, by allegedly responsible adults who should have known better/Justin Peters, Slate. More here.

Question: Should adults be prosecuted when a child shoots himself or someone else while playing with a gun?

Otter: 'I See (N-waste) Possibilities'

March 5, 2015 - 4:42pm

“The allegation that I am doing anything less than protecting Idaho under the terms of the 1995 Settlement Agreement is simply wrong. No governor has shipped more waste out of the state than me. It seems as if the former governors would be satisfied with cleaning up the INL and shutting it down. Their approach ignores the asset the INL has become to eastern Idaho, the state and nation. Clean up under the terms of the agreement, including removal of ALL materials by 2035, remains our first priority, but it is not our only priority ..." More here.

Question: Who do you trust to make the right decision re: nuclear waste?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 3.5.15

March 5, 2015 - 4:21pm

At Casa Cox on Priest Lake, Pecky Cox/As the Lake Churns provides this bird's-eye view of her front yard. Yes, I'm sure she consider herself lucky.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, March 4): 10,039 page-views/6,197 unique views.

IACI Puts LaBeau On Leave

March 5, 2015 - 3:46pm

The board of Idaho’s most influential business lobby changed course today and placed its president on leave for sending a profanity-laden email that criticized a state senator’s position on taxes and suggested retaliating against him “just to be” difficult. The board of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry took the action involving President Alex LaBeau after hearing from “many of our members.” “At this time, the Executive Committee and Mr. LaBeau have mutually agreed to a temporary leave of absence,” the board said in a statement to members/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Could it happen to a nicer guy?

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How The Other 1% Lives

March 5, 2015 - 2:58pm

During a kayak ride on the Spokane River from Templin's in the middle of last fall, Keith Boe photographed the "Amway House" near Black Rock Park/Post Falls. In a June 10, 2010, column about the house being listed for sale for $20 million, the SR's Shawn Vestal wrote: "Looking for a bigger home? A better view? Ten or 11 more bathrooms? Then this is the deal for you: a 28,500-square-foot manse with 13 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a 10-car garage and three docks on the Spokane River. A saltwater pool. A tennis court. A home theater. An outdoor kitchen area that is larger than most indoor kitchens. The sale listing compares it to Disneyland. Story here.

On The Waterfront -- 3.5.15

March 5, 2015 - 2:43pm

During my walk along the waterfront today, I saw (or heard):

  • That Coeur d'Alene Street Department crews are almost finished with their grading of the Dike Road slopes at the western end of the project. The work was scheduled to end by Feb. 28. But they're almost their. With the stumps removed, the dike banks properly sloped and grass planted on the slope, I suspect that I'll warm somewhat to the project. Despite how you feel about the work, which was forced on the city by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Streets Department has done a fine job limiting costs. It'll be nice to walk along the Dike Road again. It is still blocked off from River Ave to Hubbard.
  • North Idaho College students standing outside the Siebert Building, as a result of a fire alarm that cleared the place out.
  • Rick Rizzs and Shannon Drayer calling a spring training game between the Mariners and the San Diego Padres.

LDS-Backed Anti-Bias Law Advances

March 5, 2015 - 2:21pm

By unanimous vote, a Utah Senate committee advanced a trailblazing bill Thursday that would bar housing and employment discrimination against the LGBT community statewide while also carving out narrow religious-liberty protections. SB296 — endorsed by the LDS Church and gay-advocacy groups — is a compromise measure that grew out of seven years of legislative debate and, more recently, weeks of backroom negotiations involving lawmakers, gay advocates and Mormon officials — all of whom stood side by side when the legislation was introduced. Sponsored by Sens. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, and Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, the bill nows heads to the full Senate for debate after the chamber's Business and Labor Committee cleared it in a 7-0 vote/Salt Lake Tribune. More here.

Question: Would this compromise pass in Idaho?

$393M School Election Looms

March 5, 2015 - 2:08pm

Across the state, a high-stakes school election day looms on Tuesday. How high are the stakes? There are at least $393.3 million in bond issues and school levies on the ballot next week. And this may not be a complete figure — but Idaho Education News canvassed districts, county elections websites and news reports from across the state (from The Times-News in Twin Falls, the Post Register in Idaho Falls and the Lewiston Tribune). The unofficial tally: At least seven bond issues and 35 levies are on Tuesday’s ballot. And several larger districts — Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Pocatello-Chubbuck — have upped the ante on their supplemental levy proposals/Kevin Richert, More here.

Question: Do you plan to vote in your local school levy/bond election Tuesday?

Student: Bekken Sought Sex Photos

March 5, 2015 - 2:01pm

A female college student told a Coeur d’Alene police detective that she received financial aid money in exchange for giving photos of a sexual nature to former North Idaho College financial aid director Joseph M. Bekken. Bekken already is facing five felony charges in his alleged scheme to entice students to have sex in exchange for college aid. A Kootenai County prosecutor said this week that additional charges may be filed in the case. Bekken, who posted bond and was released from jail Tuesday, will appear March 19 before 1st District Court Magistrate Clark A. Peterson. Coeur d’Alene Police Officer Gus Wessel, who is assigned to NIC as a school resource officer, met with and interviewed the female student who claims Bekken paid her for the pictures using financial aid funds/Scott Maben, SR. More here.


F&G Suspends Wolf People License

March 5, 2015 - 12:56pm

State officials have suspended the commercial license of a North Idaho company that exhibits 23 live wolves for among other things, violating a requirement that people can’t touch the wolves. The Bonner County Daily Bee reported today that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game suspended Wolf People’s license last month. Documents obtained by the Sandpoint newspaper say the yearlong suspension is because the company failed to comply with a 2012 agreement prohibiting visitors from having physical contact with the wolves and failing to get a $50,000 bond. The agreement sought to resolve 43 violations brought against the company but primarily cited violations of the hands-off clause/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Has anyone here stopped to see the Wolf People exhibit?

School Board Supports Levy

March 5, 2015 - 12:54pm

On her Facebook wall, Coeur d'Alene School Board Chairwoman Christa Hazel (second from right) posts this photo of the five trustees supporting the coming levy election. The post includes the information: "Our School Board encourages all patrons to educate themselves about the upcoming Levy & to exercise their right to vote Tuesday, March 10th. Levy facts & information may be downloaded from the district website at" Once the levey election is over, we'll turn our attention to the trustee elections in May. Trustees Tom Hamilton (beard) and Terry Seymour (second from left) are all that remain of the takeover of the board almost four years ago by a Far Right faction of the community. It'll be interesting to see if they seek re-election. If they do, it'll be interesting if they're re-elected.

AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.5.15

March 5, 2015 - 12:38pm
  • 12:09 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ Prairie Family Medicine, 1130 Prairie Ave/Hayden.
  • 11:52 a.m. Someone is suffering a seizure @ Advance Input Devices, 600 W. Wilbur Ave/CdA.
  • 11:45 a.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report for March 4-5 here.
  • 11:23 a.m. 94YO female suffering undisclosed illness at Premera Urgent Care, 315 W. Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 10:54 a.m. Undislcosed medical emergency @ 300 block of Corbin Road/Post Falls.
  • 10:53 a.m. Driver is speeding up @ down Storm King Drive; resident willing to sign complaint against him.
  • 10:28 a.m. Resident @ Dawn Ave/McGuire Road, Post Falls, wants fire dept to check damage after he extinguished electrical fire in home.
  • 10:01 a.m. 91YO female experiencing chest pain @ 700 block of Walnut Ave/CdA.
  • 9:49 a.m. Male in dark clothes running along e/b I-90 toward Memorial Bridge, east of CdA.
  • 9:42 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 1400 block of N1st St/CdA.
  • 9:31 a.m. Driver of disabled Dodge Ram wants flares b/c several cars almost rear-ended him @ H95/Bellgrove Creek.
  • 9:25 a.m. A dog is running loose @ Northwest Blvd/Garden Ave, CdA.
  • 9:07 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Meadow St/Valley Ave, Athol.
  • 9:01 a.m. Male in red Dodge pickup pushed his way through door @ Marion Court/Post Falls, before leaving.
  • 8:47 a.m. Driver of sedan @ s/b H95/MP 464 (Cocolalla) is aggressive, flipping off other motorists.
  • 8:37 a.m. Water flow alarm sounding @ BNSF HQ, 11787 Burlington Road/Rathdrum.
  • 8:35 a.m. Male walking in front of house @ Nicklas Drive/Trevino Drive, CdA, kicking rocks, talking to himself.
  • 8:21 a.m. Business alarm sounding @ ISP HQ, 615 Wilbur Ave/CdA.

Yesteryear: Playland Pier

March 5, 2015 - 12:33pm

From Old School Coeur d'Alene, Kimi Coles provides this Ross hall photo of the old Playland Pier at what is now Independence Point, east of Coeur d'Alene's City Beach. Of special interest is the boy on the bike at the lefthand edge of the photo. He went on to become an Idaho legislator. Can anyone guess who he is?

Question: What can you tell us about Playland Pier?

Poll: Don't Allow Invocations

March 5, 2015 - 12:25pm
  • Wednesday Poll: A near supermajority of Hucks Nation sez Idaho should eliminate invocations at the beginning of meetings of elected bodies. The question was asked in wake of a protest staged by three Idaho senators to a Hindu prayer at the beginning of Tuesday's Idaho Senate session, including Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens. 131 of 199 respondents (65.83%) oppose official invocations. 52 of 199 respondents (26.63%) support the traditional prayer. 15 (7.54%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Which religion are you?

1 Year Ago: Council OKs Project

March 5, 2015 - 12:15pm

A final agreement between the city of Coeur d'Alene and the Hagadone Corporation to convert a portion of Front Avenue to a pedestrian corridor was approved by the city council on Tuesday. The agreement essentially details what each entity will be responsible for when construction begins on the project later this month. It's scheduled to be completed by mid-March. According to city engineer Gordon Dobler, the city will contribute $150,000 toward the project, and the Hagadone Corp. will contribute the remainder of the associated costs. Dobler said the exact amount the Hagadone Corp. contributes has not been finalized because some details are still being worked out, but the number will equal the final cost of the total project -- less the $150,000 the city has committed/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you like the new pedestrian plaza between the Resort parking garage and shopping mall?

AM Headlines -- 3.5.15

March 5, 2015 - 11:17am

Susan Tyler-Babkirk, Women’s Hearth program director, on Wednesday stands by a front window displaying the artwork of Stephanie Meier on the inside glass in downtown Spokane. Meier, who drew the images with markers last week, was hit by a city truck Tuesday morning as she slept on the ground near a construction site on the West Plains. “We were always really amazed by her creative energy,” Tyler-Babkirk said. SR story by Rachel Alexander here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Andrus, Batt Threaten N-waste Suit

March 5, 2015 - 11:07am

Former Idaho Govs. Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt fired off a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Energy this morning threatening a federal lawsuit over a deal between the Otter Administration and the Department of Energy to allow a shipment of commercial spent nuclear fuel into Idaho under a waiver of the 1995 Batt Agreement on nuclear waste. Otter has maintained it’s a small amount that’s to be used in research, but the two former governors said regardless of the amount, the move violates the public notice requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Good for Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt. Thoughts?

Why Idaho Kids Skip College

March 5, 2015 - 10:57am

During a tech tour at North Idaho College, Diesel Technology Instructor Tony Christiansen shows a group of high school students options at the institution. (Inlander photo: Young Kwak)

The first advertisement a shopper notices when entering Coeur d'Alene's Silver Lake Mall isn't one for spring fashion or Cinnabon. It's the one painted across an entire wall in big, brash deep red, telling shoppers to go to college. "CARDINAL RED LOOKS GREAT ON YOU!" the ad proclaims, with the North Idaho College cardinal mascot peeking out. "Apply now at" Nearby, in a bright pink Payless ShoeSource aisle, Geoffrey Hess says he actually did apply to North Idaho College, back in 2013. "I had the acceptance letters, I had taken the [ACT] Compass test, had everything squared away," he says. But then his parents kicked him out their house: "I didn't have access to the Internet. I ended up living out of my vehicle." In the chaos, he missed his financial aid deadline. Instead of school, he ended up working odd jobs, mostly manual labor, often getting paid under the table. His friend next to him didn't make it to college either/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here.

Question: What percentage of your nuclear family went to college?

Study: Hard To Scare Anti-Vaxxers

March 5, 2015 - 10:37am

As measles outbreaks in the U.S. continue to grow, new research from Washington State University finds that scare tactics aimed at vaccine skeptics may actually make the problem worse, not better. Emotional appeals about the health risks of skipping shots and heart-tugging photos of unvaccinated kids sick with measles or whooping cough appear to backfire among those most suspicious of medical experts. That’s according to a forthcoming study by Graham Dixon, an associate professor with the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU/Seattle Times. More here.