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Scout Decision Troubles LDS

July 29, 2015 - 4:34pm

Monday’s decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay men and women to serve as Scoutmasters has drawn a variety of reactions. Gay rights advocates called the decision window dressing, since the decision still allows religious organizations to set up their own rules barring gays in church-sponsored Scouting groups. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement indicating it was “deeply troubled” by the decision, warning “the century-long association with Scouting will need to be examined.” The church’s statement has leaders in the Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts awaiting a decision by Mormon leaders in Salt Lake City. Because the very existence of the Council, where upward of 90 percent of the more-than 22,000 of the region’s Scouts are in Mormon troops, could hang in the balance/Idaho Statesman. More here.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.29.15

July 29, 2015 - 4:33pm
  • 4:57 p.m. Stolen Vehicle -- BOSS hit on stolen 2001 white Chrysler being towed by wrecker @ I-90/Spokane St.
  • 4:45 p.m. Police Log -- Coeur d'Alene PD activities for July 28-29 here.
  • 4:38 p.m. Garage Fire -- One of 4 attached garages @ 3385 Lilac Court/Post Falls is on fire, things exploding inside.
  • 4:35 p.m. Stakeout -- Officers are on scene at State Line Walmart, looking for a possible suspect in an armed robbery that occurred elsewhere. They are interested in a vehicle parked in Row 6 at the store.
  • 4:31 p.m. Disabled Vehicle -- Green Ford Taurus @ w/b I-90/Huetter rest area.
  • 4:13 p.m. Non-injury Accident -- Prairie Ave/McGuire Road/Post Falls.
  • 3:56 p.m. Unknown Medical -- Employees @ Big Y Truck Stop, 2301 Sherman Ave/CdA, have helped male they saw lying down across street. Male is dehydrated & disoriented.
  • 3:52 p.m. Abandoned Vehicle -- 5300 block of Fairway Lane/CdA.
  • 3:15 p.m. Unconscious Person -- 210 Sherman Ave/downtown CdA.
  • 3:13 p.m. Unconscious Person -- W. Hughes Lane/Spokane St, Post Falls.
  • 2:33 p.m. Field Fire -- In field behind 906 Tinsmith Lane/Mullan Ave, Post Falls.
  • 2:31 p.m. Unconscious Person -- 1314 Sherman Ave/CdA.
  • 1:42 p.m. Drug Overdose -- 500 block of Neider Ave/CdA.
  • 1:41 p.m. Traffic Stop -- Officer reports female driver (1:28 item) in blue Geo Prism has "freaked out" and is looking at rear-view mirror at him as he prepares to pull over & a female passenger over @ e/b Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 1:39 p.m. Possible DUI -- Male driver @ n/b Lincoln Way/Harrison Ave, CdA, reeked of alcohol before driving off.
  • 1:28 p.m. Fraud -- Hayden WalMart reports female in blue Geo Prism committed unknown fraud before leaving store.
  • 1:17 p.m. Possible Stroke -- Northwest Specialty Hospital, 1593 Polston Ave/Post Falls.
  • 1:09 p.m. Breathing Problem -- 63YO suffering medical emergency @ LaCross Rehabilitation Center/CdA.
  • 1:03 p.m. Shoplifting -- "KCSO report: suspect tries stealing a bag of M&M's in an attempt to impress a girl" -- Taylor Viydo/KREM 2 tweet.
  • AM Scanner Traffic with 17 more items

Street Overlay Work Starts Monday

July 29, 2015 - 3:44pm

The city’s summer overlay program starts Monday. Streets to be overlaid will have temporary closures due to grinding, utility raising and paving. In some cases, traffic may be reduced to one lane during overlay. The city asks for patience from motorists and to please pay attention to signage, observe detours and allow a little extra time to arrive at your destination. The scope of the $460,000 project includes the overlay of approximately 2 centerline miles of city streets. Streets slated for overlay:

  • Kathleen Avenue from Player Drive to Highway 95
  • Kathleen Avenue from Government Way to Honeysuckle Drive
  • Fourth Street from Kathleen Avenue to 500’ N. of Honeysuckle Drive
  • Dalton Avenue from Government Way to 4th Street
  • More here

Obama: If I Ran Again, I Would Win

July 29, 2015 - 3:29pm

President Obama is feeling good about his chances at re-election -- if he could run again. The president went off-script Tuesday during his address before the African Union, as he talked about the importance of term limits. After citing the example of the U.S. presidency, he quipped: "I actually think I'm a pretty good president. I believe if I ran again, I could win." "But I can't," he added/Fox News. More here.

DFO: I agree with President Obama. If he was able to run again, he would win again -- easily. Thoughts?

Idaho Seeks Science Boost

July 29, 2015 - 3:25pm

The State Department of Education wants students to get a jumpstart on science, in kindergarten. The department also envisions science classes that emphasize research, not rote memorization. And the changes could begin to come by 2016-17. The department has rewritten its science standards — a proposal that comes as Idaho is taking the early steps to establish an “action center” focusing on the “STEM” disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. But the proposed standards have been five years in the making. “Now, finally we’re getting some work done,” said Scott Smith, the department’s science and STEM coordinator. “It’s a good time”/Kevin Richert, More here.

DFO: I wonder if Idaho is willing to pay for improvement in science skills at public school? Or is that less important than tax cuts for IACI buds?

Liberty Caucus Loses Standing

July 29, 2015 - 2:24pm

When I described the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho as being affiliated with the Idaho Republican Party in my Phil Hart article on Sunday, I wasn’t aware that an Idaho GOP resolution officially recognizing and welcoming the Republican Liberty Caucus to the state had expired. It turns out that the resolution, adopted by the Idaho GOP Central Committee in January of 2013, expired in January of 2015, as all GOP resolutions have only a two-year lifespan, and it hasn’t been extended. So the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho, whose vice-chair is former state Rep. Phil Hart of Athol and whose slogan is “The Conscience of the Republican Party,” actually has no official sanction from the Idaho GOP/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


UI Football Among 5th Worst

July 29, 2015 - 1:23pm projects the 5 worst FBS teams of 2015 including the University of Idaho (at 5th from worst among 128 colleges):

"The good news for the Vandals is after three-straight one-win seasons (and five wins in the last four), there’s nowhere to go but up. Well, there’s very little to go but up. But any improvements will be incremental. In 2014 the O-line allowed 41 sacks, QB Matt Linehan threw 18 picks and the defense was among the worst (112th scoring defense) in the FBS. None of that will drastically improve in Idaho’s second year in the Sun Belt, where two or three wins seems like the expectation. Bobby Petrino’s little brother, Paul, has his work cut out for him." Worst 5 of the worst here.

DFO: I wonder if Idaho should be given a do-over re: moving up to the top football division in college football?

For JeanieS

July 29, 2015 - 1:17pm

Good healthy kidneys we all need,
upon that point we are agreed,
if they don't work you're in a mess --
let's all pitch in for JeannieS.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Airway Heights Staff Condemns Mayor

July 29, 2015 - 1:02pm

Today the City of Airway heights released a letter signed by 28 of the city’s 45 employees further condemning embattled Mayor Patrick Rushing. Rushing came under fire last week for comparing President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to “monkeys” on Facebook. He subsequently refused to resign after the City Council’s 5-1 vote of no confidence and an informal request for his resignation. The council also passed several resolutions which severely limit Rushing’s role as mayor/Eli Francovich, SR. More here.


Reward Offered For Goat Killer

July 29, 2015 - 11:51am

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the animal abuse that resulted in the death of two goats and the serious injury of a third one.

On July 28th, 2015 at 9:38 am Coeur d’Alene Police officers and animal control officers responded to an animal abuse complaint in the 600 block of Kathleen Ave at the Honeysuckle water well owned by the City of Coeur d’Alene. Officers were informed three small goats had been stabbed by unknown suspect(s). They discovered one small goat deceased at the scene and two other small goats with serious wounds. The deceased goat was nearly decapitated. The owner of the goats, Quintin Forte, was on scene and took custody of the rest of the goats that were still there. Forte has a contract with the City of Coeur d’Alene for weed control on some city properties. The goats are the Bore breed. They were approximately 2 ft. in height and weighed between 30 to 50 pounds. Forte had placed a total of sixteen goats at the site on 072715 at 5:00pm. The City water well is an approximate four acre site that is fenced and has a locked gate. Suspect(s) would have had to climb the fence to gain access to the site.

Anyone who has information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest at 1-800-222-TIPS. Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to give their own name to be eligible for a cash reward.

Dentist Who Killed Cecil Speaks

July 29, 2015 - 11:39am

Here's a set of photos involving the clueless killing of a prize Zimbabwe lion, allegedly by American dentist Walter Palmer of Bloomington, Minn.

A Minnesota dentist being sought by Zimbabwean police on poaching charges for killing a beloved lion named Cecil said yesterday he was unaware of the animal’s protected status until it was too late. “I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt,” Walter James Palmer, 55, of Eden Prairie said in a statement. “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt”/Boston More here.

Question: Do you believe dentist Walter Palmer -- that he didn't know he was poaching a beloved lion? Does it matter?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.29.15

July 29, 2015 - 11:29am
  • 12:06 p.m. Chest Pain -- Walk-in @ Timberlake Fire Dept @ 5th St/H54, Athol, needs ambulance.
  • 11:45 a.m. Breathing Problem -- North Idaho College beach, Rosenberry Drive/CdA.
  • 11:44 a.m. Unknown Injury -- Accident in front of Taco Bell, H41/Vernon St, Rathdrum.
  • 11:41 a.m. Chest Pain -- 100 block of 4th Ave/Post Falls.
  • 11:29 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Couple fighting in front of 3 small kids @ Parkridge Loop home/Post Falls.
  • 11:04 a.m. Suicide Threat -- PFPD officer en route to check @ 2200 block of Baldy Way.
  • 11:01 a.m. Welfare Check -- Father reports drunken son is walking across Walgreens lot/Post Falls.
  • 10:51 a.m. Injury Accident -- Highway 41/Highway 53, Rathdrum.
  • 10:36 a.m. Wrong Way -- Driver of blue Legacy speeding, going s/b on n/b H41, near Clagstone Road/Athol.
  • 10:04 a.m. Reckless -- Driver in e/b SUV w/bike on back speeding at 90 mph @ e/b I-90/H41, Post Falls.
  • 9:49 a.m. Vehicle Fire -- Jeep fully engulfed in flames @ unknown Seltice Way/Post Falls location.
  • 9:41 a.m. Suspicious Person -- Transient in cowboy hat checking doors @ 2123 Govt Way/CdA.
  • 9:37 a.m. Chest Pain -- Athol Community Center, 3055 3rd St, reports medical emergency.
  • 9:36 a.m. Loitering Transients -- CPD officer contacting 2 transients @ Ironwood Square Albertson's/CdA.
  • 9:26 a.m. Suspicious Male -- Man on bike watching children @ John Brown Elementary/Rathdrum w/binoculars.
  • 8:47 a.m. Water Search -- Fire boat requested at Arrow Point to continue search for missing teen, Reggie Nault.
  • 8:48 a.m. Domestic Fight -- Male is carrying female over his shoulder @ Frederick Ave/Park Ave, Harrison.

DC Beauty List Leads To Fight

July 29, 2015 - 11:21am

The Hill’s “50 Most Beautiful” list has sparked controversy, instant fame and more than a few date nights on Capitol Hill. This year, it’s also leading to a fight. In a profile for the latest annual list of government staffers, influencers and hangers-on, 23-year-old Yusuf Parray said that he would “love to get in the ring or get on the mat” with Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), a former professional mixed martial arts fighter and honoree on the 2014 Most Beautiful list. "Tell him I’ll take him down,” Parray, a longtime wrestler and aide to Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), joked. Mullin, 38, heard the challenge and accepted/The Hill. More here.

DFO: I thought it was improper in this day & age to notice the looks of another person, especially in a political environment. Anyone?

Jeb's Secret Visit To Idaho

July 29, 2015 - 11:12am

It says something about the declining interest in politics as well as the media’s declining interest in substance, prefering entertainment instead, that the still presumptive Republican nominee, Jeb Bush, could fly into Boise in late April, meet with 35 prominent Republican activists, depart and not one media outlet was aware of the visit. The long-time alpha wolf of the Idaho press corps, the Idaho Statesman’s John Corlett, must have rolled over in his grave. The April 20 visit was confirmed by Emily Baker, a product of the Bush 43 White House and Nampa native who returned home and today is the Boise managing partner of Gallatin Public Affairs (Full disclosure: I am the founder of Gallatin but no longer have any ties to the firm). Ms. Baker helped put the event together on a volunteer basis, but she is squarely in the camp of largely mainstream, moderate Republicans who support the Bush candidacy/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: How could Bush get in and out of Idaho without anyone beyond the invitees noticing?

Poll: We Own Foreign Cars

July 29, 2015 - 10:49am
  • Tuesday Poll: Almost a supermajority of Hucks Nation owns a foreign car. 130 of 201 respondents (64.68%) own a foreign vehicle. 71 of 201 respondents (35.32%) don't.
  • Today's Poll: Do you want Congress to protect Boulder-White Clouds as a wilderness area?

I-90 Shooter Accepts Plea Deal

July 29, 2015 - 10:03am

Marcus Rael accepted a pretrial settlement in connection with allegations that he instigated a shootout with officers on Interstate 90 last year. On Friday, the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office presented a judge with an amended set of charges that came as the result of mediation with the Arizona native's public defender. Rael, 25, was charged with 10 felony counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and pleaded guilty to four of the counts. He submitted an Alford plea -- a plea where the defendant maintains their innocence but admits that the state has enough evidence for a conviction - to the remaining six counts. Each count of aggravated assault carries a punishment of up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, or both/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the plea deal in this case?

Liberty Lake Firm Eyes NIC Land

July 29, 2015 - 9:52am

It's back to the negotiating table for a Liberty Lake manufacturer looking to relocate and buy North Idaho College's vacant land in Post Falls. The NIC board on Tuesday unanimously authorized the development of a proposal to sell NIC's 11.4 acres in Riverbend Commerce Park to AccraFab for $2.15 per square foot or $1.069 million. Greg Konkol - president of AccraFab, which serves the aerospace, industrial, electronics and energy industries -- declined to comment on the board's decision after the meeting, "because of the sensitive nature of the ongoing negotiations," he said. Chris Martin, NIC's vice president of finance and business affairs, said the company currently employs 165 people and expects to have more than 250 over the next decade. The size of the facility would be 100,000 square feet or more/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Gushing About An Idaho Summer

July 29, 2015 - 9:04am

Opinion Editor Robert Ehlert of the Idaho Statesman admits he's gushing when he writes about his 2nd summer in Idaho:

Warning: I am going to gush about living here with the force of the Payette River rapids above Horseshoe Bend in the Boise National Forest. We’re talking the level of gushing whitewater from Smiths Ferry to Banks and beyond. You will just have to endure this Class IV rapid of praise and humor a guy who has begun to inhale Idaho. Two summers ago I was finding my way around and getting acclimated to dealing with dusk at 10 p.m. and living with the temptation of Goody’s confections that beckoned from my above-garage apartment in Hyde Park. Last summer my wife and I were coming off a bumpy health crisis and were just glad to be here, taking short Foothills walks, venturing out on bike rides up to the Bench and contemplating the spectacle of folks on ice blocks navigating Simplot Hill beneath that majestic sky and flag. This year, we were ready, and the charms of spring and summer came like nonstop ripples kissing the banks of the Boise and the shores of Quinn’s Pond. More here. (Photo: Idaho Statesman)

Question: What about Idaho summers makes you gush?

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