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CdA Semi Crash Kills 2M Bees

June 29, 2015 - 4:47pm

About 2 million honeybees perished in Sunday’s semitruck wreck on Interstate 90 in Coeur d’Alene, the Idaho State Police said. The truck, from Belleville Honey and Beekeeping Supply in Burlington, Washington, was hauling about 400 hives to Montana when the rear trailer swayed and overturned in the eastbound lanes near East Sherman Avenue interchange, ISP Sgt. Jonelle Greear said. The hives spilled onto the freeway, releasing swarms of agitated bees in 105-degree heat. State police and Spokane Fire Department responders were stung repeatedly, and firefighters sprayed water on the bees to try to calm the swarm, Greear said. Firefighters then sprayed the hives with foam to kill the remaining bees so the mess could be loaded for disposal, she said. “There’s some in the wind out there,” Greear said. “They’re still flying around today.” The wreck happed at 1:46 p.m. and blocked one eastbound lane until 9 p.m. The driver was not cited. Belleville lost an estimated 10 million bees in April when a semitruck overturned on Interstate 5 north of Seattle/Scott Maben, SR.

DFO: As a gardener, I ♥ bees. This is sad.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.29.15

June 29, 2015 - 4:45pm
  • 5:40 p.m. Small grass fire reported @ Sundown Drive/Lookout Drive, CdA.
  • 5:36 p.m. Small grass fire reported near 15th St/Woodland Drive, Dalton Gardens.
  • 5:35 p.m. CPD officer trespasses troublesome male from Kroc Center.
  • 5:28 p.m. 2 males in dark clothes spinning brodies at undisclosed business before entering store to use rest rooms.
  • 5:17 p.m. Resident @ N. Tudor/Hayden reports 2 males in dark clothes are carrying rifles in nearby field.
  • 4:59 p.m. 2-vehicle crash is blocking  both lanes of n/b H95/Lacey Ave, Hayden; one injury; fluids leaking.
  • 4:47 p.m. Dog locked in light-green Ford Escort near Spirit Lake boat launch.
  • 4:17 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 29700 block of Red Fish St/Athol.
  • 3:50 p.m. Possible intoxicated male injured in fall off sidewalk @ Govt Way/Walnut Ave, CdA, taken to hospital.
  • 3:49 p.m. Drunk male pushing undisclosed items along e/b Appleway sidewalk from Winco/CdA.
  • 3:46 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Silverwood Theme Park/Athol.
  • 3:41 p.m. Victim of hit-and-run crash is in KCSO lobby to see deputy.
  • 3:32 p.m. Responders are approaching possible Orvis Court/Hayden Lake overdose by boat; patient unconscious.
  • 3:25 p.m. Driver of Ford Taurus runs out of gas, partly blocking w/b I-90/H41 offramp.
  • 3:21 p.m. Mazda SUV is broken down & blocking turn lane @ H95/Prairie Ave, Hayden.
  • 3:19 p.m. Resident in Corbin Park area reports that neighbor is calling her children names.
  • 3:18 p.m. 86YO male having breathing problems @ 545 Garden Plaza Center/Post Falls.
  • 3:15 p.m. 20YO male reports his heart "feels weird" (2:32 item).
  • 2:52 p.m. Someone is suffering allergic reaction @ 5800 block of Vermont St/Rathdrum.
  • 2:46 p.m. CPD officer en route to welfare check on someone @ 200 block of E. Harrison Ave/CdA.
  • 2:32 p.m. KCSDeputy checking on shirtless, shoeless male @ Croofoot Park, 1500 W. Lancaster Ave/Hayden.
  • 1:53 p.m. Driver of white sedan reckless in E/R parking lot of Kootenai Health.
  • 1:48 p.m. Bicyclist @ undisclosed CdA location almost hit by female driver who ran stop sign.
  • 1:16 p.m. CPD officer stopping for eviction follow-up on E. Fairway Drive/CdA.
  • 12:08 p.m. Unwanted person reported @ on M/P 14 of Kootenai County Centennial Trail.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

June 29, 2015 - 4:30pm

Tanner Learmont of Cleburne, Texas, gets a head butt from bull Frankenstein after getting thrown off during the Xtreme Bulls event at the Reno Rodeo, in Nev. You write the cutline. (Reno Gazette-Journal/AP: Andy Barron)

Weekend Winner -- HFHayden, with 10 likes: "In a controversial hazing tradition, new recruits are forced to smell their commanding officers' breath and guess what they just had for lunch." You can see Weekend photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Ready For 7 Cents More At Pumps?

June 29, 2015 - 4:15pm

Six states are scheduled to increase their gas taxes on July 1 to help pay for transportation projects, according to the Citizens for Tax Justice and Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). The groups said Monday that drivers in Idaho, Maryland, Rhode Island, Nebraska and Vermont will be charged more at the pump beginning on Wednesday as a result of laws taking effect at the start states' new fiscal year. A seventh state, California, is decreasing its gas tax by 6 cents, according to the group/The Hill. More here.

Question: Now that you're about to pay more for gas, are you still in favor of this legislation?

Out Of Gas

June 29, 2015 - 3:58pm

Despite assurances from her husband, Cindy learned that you can't make it from Leavenworth, Wash., on half of a tank of gas. Over the weekend, Cindy was in Leavenworth conducting a book signing for her "War Bonds: Love Stories of the Greatest Generation, back to Spokane.

Question: Have you ever run out of gas? Where? When?

Ironman Nixes Boise Contract

June 29, 2015 - 3:45pm

According to a statement on, the organization has opted not to renew its contract with the city of Boise. “We appreciate the efforts and support of the city, volunteers, sponsors and everyone else involved in putting on this triathlon over the past eight years,” the statement said. “We would also like to thank all of the athletes who have raced with us in Boise.” The Ironman 70.3 Boise consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run/Idaho Statesman.

Question: So Ironman decides not to re-up with the city of Boise for a half Ironman, but agrees with Coeur d'Alene to move full Ironman to August and stage a half-Ironman on the final Sunday in June. Do you suppose the two moves are connected?

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Court Emboldens GOP On Climate Regs

June 29, 2015 - 3:39pm

The Supreme Court emboldened opponents of the Obama administration’s environmental agenda Monday with its ruling against a major air pollution rule. Republicans and others who have railed relentlessly against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recent years are touting the decision as a validation of their accusations of executive overreach — and vowing to keep up the battle. While the ruling only directly affects the EPA’s limits on mercury and other toxics air pollutants from coal-fired power plants, opponents see it as a major win that would also hamper Obama’s most significant environmental rule, setting carbon limits for power plants/The Hill. More here.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 6.29.15

June 29, 2015 - 3:06pm

Marianne Love/Slight Detour posts: "On one brief but very warm stop (up Chimney Rock Trail/Pack River area), I plucked a branch from a huckleberry bush.  Yup, they're ripe at the end of June.  Avid huckleberriers had better head to the mountains soon before the berries all shrivel up from the heat and month of dry weather ahead." More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of June 21-27): 57,239 page-views/36,406 unique views

New Idaho Laws Start Wednesday

June 29, 2015 - 2:53pm

Summer in Idaho brings not only plenty of outdoor cookouts and floats down the river, but also state laws ready to go into effect. July 1 marks the start of a new fiscal year in Idaho, meaning the state will begin implementing a new budget and plenty of new policies. The biggest new laws focus solely on education and transportation, but other new policies include getting a new official state amphibian and allowing concealed weapons outside city limits without a permit. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed 342 pieces of legislation this year, while lawmakers amended 660 different sections of Idaho law. What did Idaho get? Here's a look at the key laws you may notice/Idaho State Journal. More here.

Question: Which new law do you welcome most? Least?

Hudson's Makes 'Roadfood' Book List

June 29, 2015 - 2:14pm

Hudson's Hamburgers has made another list of prominent eateries throughout the United States. This time, the venerable burger shop in downtown Coeur d'Alene is listed in the "Roadfood" book by Jane and Michael Stern of 900 best regional eateries in the nation. Hudson's makes the Top 100 list and is one of only 3 in the "Great Plains" states. Great Plains? In an article for The Splendid Table, the Sterns said that there list is about more than just good-tasting food: "What makes it really delicious is all of its connections – connections to the people who grow it, cook it, serve it, and eat it; connections to the places that have nurtured it and given it a regional identity; connections to the history from which it arises, which in America's case is an adventure of immigration, adaptation, invention, and audacity. Just as one man's diet can give you a vivid picture of who he is, America's diet is a grand national portrait." BTW, Hudson's Hamburgers is one of three eateries listed in the "Great Plains" states. More here.

Question: When did you last eat a Hudson's Hamburger?

Stickman Greets Iron(wo)men

June 29, 2015 - 1:38pm

Don Sausser was busy taking photos during Ironman Coeur d'Alene Sunday. Here, he provides a photo of the annual Ironman Coeur d'Alene display constructed by Stickman & Walkabout from floating golf balls from the Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course. Walkabout retrieves thousands of such golf balls that wash up in the Tubbs Hill area, during her daily litter patrols.

Smith, Rep. Malek Form New Attorney Company

June 29, 2015 - 1:22pm

Attorney Luke Malek, left, the state representative from Coeur d'Alene (despite the best efforts by Teapublicans to unseat him), has launched a new law firm with Peter Smith. In a Facebook post, SmithMalek describes the firm's goals:

"Smith + Malek, PLLC provides exceptional legal services at affordable rates. We are constantly developing new ways to more efficiently serve our clients while providing outstanding legal services. Though we may practice law, we are different than other law firms. Our focus is on solutions - not billable hours. If you are looking for a traditional law firm with traditional rates, you won't find them here. We do things differently. How? We pride ourselves on the ability to find solutions, not create bigger problems. We also provide you with a budget before we start working on a project. It is only fair to both you and us to know and understand what it costs to complete a task. If the cost is too high, we will work with you to find another solution. We constantly look for ways to keep costs down. We will even tell you do some of the work yourself, so you don't have to pay us to do it." More here.

Question: Have you ever hired a lawyer?

Same-Sex Couples Get VA Bennies

June 29, 2015 - 1:12pm

Same-sex married couples will now be able to share veterans pensions, home loans, medical services and similar benefits previously unavailable to them, department officials announced Monday. On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all states and that those unions must be recognized. Gay rights advocates hoped the measure would drop the last obstacles in getting benefits through the Veterans Affairs Department for same-sex couples with military ties/Military Times. More here.

Truck Crashes, Unleashes Bees

June 29, 2015 - 1:12pm

A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honey bees jackknifed on a freeway entrance near the Ironman Coeur d’Alene triathlon course this afternoon, spilling its load and blocking all but one lane of traffic. The eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 were backed up for miles after the second trailer of the truck tipped over around 2 p.m. on the Sherman Avenue on ramp, just a few hundred yards from the marathon course on South 23rd Street. Idaho State Police advised people to keep clear of the area while firefighters sprayed cool water on the swarms of bees, which became agitated in the 105-degree heat. A tow truck crew donned beekeeping suits to work on removing the truck and trailer/Chad Sokol, SR. More here. (SR photo: Beekeepers look on as firefighters spray cool water on swarms of honey bees emerging from a tractor-trailer that tipped over Sunday afternoon)

Question: When were you last stung by a bee? Or wasp?

Ironman CdA Security

June 29, 2015 - 11:53am

From his vantage point above Sherman Avenue, Don Sausser snapped this photo of security at Ironman Coeur d'Alene, noting: "High security for this Ironman event; Sheriff personnel with appropriate arms on the Johnson building's roof above the finish line."

AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.29.15

June 29, 2015 - 11:52am
  • 11:53 a.m. 71YO male is unconscious @ 2800 block of Blackberry Loop/Hayden.
  • 11:43 a.m. 13YO male reportedly hiding near Gates of Praise Assembly Church, 30300 N3rd St/Athol, may be missing, disabled child that's focus of Bonner County search.
  • 11:41 a.m. Resident of 1500 block of Skyview Lane/Hayden, wants daughter removed from property.
  • 11:40 a.m. Off-duty CPD officer reports drunk transient refusing to leave garden center area of Hayden Walmart.
  • 11:27 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 3000 block of N Govt Way/CdA.
  • 11:09 a.m. PFPD officers stop 63YO male who is having diabetic issues @ Idaho St/Prairie Ave (10:58 item).
  • 11:03 a.m. PFPD officer reports driver of Jeep Cherokee appears to be "making a run for it (10:58 item).
  • 10:58 a.m. Driver of Jeep Cherokee, with 2 flat tires on passenger side, still moving @ w/b Poleline Road/Post Falls.
  • 10:48 a.m. 66YO male not acting himself @ 300 block of N. Ramsey Road/CdA.
  • 10:37 a.m. Female motorist has run out of gas on H95, near Silverwood/Athol.
  • 10:26 a.m. Smoke reported in area of Woodland Beach/Cliffhouse Road, Hauser Lake.
  • 10:24 a.m. Firefighters on scene report problem w/Avista power pole, no fire (10:12 item).
  • 10:12 a.m. Power transformer blows causing possible grass fire @ Boekel Road/Ramsey Road, Hayden.
  • 10:07 a.m. Possible stroke reported @ 300 block of W. Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 9:50 a.m. 54YO female at Fresh Start, 1524 Sherman Ave/CdA, suffering medical emergency.
  • 9:47 a.m. Drivers of 2 Subarus, one green & one brown, racing @ s/b H95/Bottle Bay, Bonner County.
  • 9:33 a.m. 53YO male suffering hypertension @ Parkwood Business Properties, 7600 Mineral Drive/CdA.
  • 8:50 a.m. 30s-35YO male slumped over wheel near North McGuire Mini Storage, 14225 W. Stone Ave/Post Falls.
  • 8:47 a.m. BOSS hit on stolen, blue Subaru Legacy, w/Kootenai plates, on e/b Seltice Way/Baugh Way, Post Falls.
  • 8:11 a.m. 80YO female suffering medical emergency @ North Star Retirement, 2340 Seltice Way/CdA.

376 Ironman Entries Didn't Finish

June 29, 2015 - 11:48am

Ironman officials said twice the average amount of competitors did not finish Sunday's race in Coeur d'Alene. Officials said 376 athletes did not finish the race. Health officials at Kootenai Health said eight athletes had to be taken to the hospital due to the heat. Temperatures on Sunday reached the triple digits. Health crews said only two of those people were admitted. Ironman officials said 1,300 people finished the swim, bike and marathon/Taylor Viydo, KREM. More here.

Question: Do you know someone who finished the race?

Obamacare Politics Shifting

June 29, 2015 - 11:32am

The politics of ObamaCare are shifting. A law that helped Republicans sweep into the House majority in 2010 and contributed to Democrats losing the Senate four years later might be becoming a bigger political problem for the GOP than it is a liability for Democrats. The Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday virtually guarantees that the law will remain in place for the rest of President Obama’s tenure, further entrenching ObamaCare as a new entitlement to stand alongside Medicare and Social Security. While conservative Republicans insist they will keep working to repeal the law and that the Affordable Care Act will be an issue in next year’s presidential election, the White House and its supporters are growing more confident it will stand the test of time/The Hill. More here.

Question: Is it time for Republicans to throw in the flag on Obamacare?

Group Rips Idaho 'Proficiency Gap'

June 29, 2015 - 11:10am

Idaho’s “cut scores” on standardized tests are far out of line with student performance, contributing to a “proficiency gap,” an education nonprofit group said Monday. The Foundation for Excellence in Education compared states’ grading criteria with their students’ performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. The foundation dubbed the difference in scores the “proficiency gap,” and said Idaho had some of the largest gaps in the nation. For example, 90 percent of Idaho fourth-graders received a proficient score for reading, but only 33 percent replicated this performance on NAEP. This 57 percentage point gap ranked No. 48 in the nation. Idaho had similarly large gaps on fourth-grade math and eighth-grade reading (both ranked No. 49 nationally), and in eighth-grade math (ranking No. 43 nationally)/Kevin Richert, More here.

AM Headlines -- 6.29.15

June 29, 2015 - 10:01am

Kevin Rushton, 4, of Baker City Oregon volunteers for the Ironman triathlon by carrying bottles thrown away by Ironman participants Sunday. Kevin’s father raced in Ironman while his mother and siblings spend their day volunteering together at the event. See Ironman Coeur d'Alene stories below (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Kristen McPeek)