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Israeli Ground Forces Invade Gaza

July 18, 2014 - 12:09pm

Israeli ground forces invaded the Gaza Strip because all other means to stop rocket fire from Palestinian militants had failed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday. Hours after Israeli soldiers were ordered into Gaza to destroy tunnels used to smuggle arms into the coastal enclave, the Israeli premier said there was no guarantee of 100% success. But, he added, "We are doing all we can to achieve the utmost." After 10 days of aerial bombardment and a failed Egyptian-sponsored cease-fire, Israel's widening military operation to establish what it described as a new "reality" with the Islamist movement Hamas began at about 10 p.m. local time Thursday/Wall Street Journal. More here. (AP Photo: A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to shoot a stone towards Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against the Israeli military action in Gaza earlier today)

Question: Do you support/oppose what Israel is doing?

Hazy Daze

July 18, 2014 - 11:54am

Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images says of this photo: "I went to the lake a few nights ago when the sky started glowing pink. This is all caused by the wildfires burning in central WA. The novelty of it has since worn off as we are under day three of thick choking smoke. They estimate 80-100 homes have burned so far. So sad. Hope they get the fires under control soon." You can see more of Linda's terrific outdoor photographs on her Facebook page.

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.18.14

July 18, 2014 - 11:49am
  • 11:48 a.m. 59YO male in boat @ Kidd Island Bay lost consciousness after being stung by a bee in the ear.
  • 11:46 a.m. A gun was stolen from a vehicle @ 700 block of River Avenue/CdA.
  • 11:38 a.m. Caller reports dog theft to Coeur d'Alene PD.
  • 11:18 a.m. Caller wants welfare check on 1YO baby after noticing drug dealer leave CdA motel room.
  • 11:08 a.m. Female is suffering breathing problems @ 500 block of Railroad Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 10:31 a.m. Driver of older brown sedan is weaving, speeding @ s/b H95/MP 417 (Bellgrove Creek).
  • 10:27 a.m. 2 coolers were left @ turnout @ Holland/Stateline roads.
  • 10:14 a.m. Vacationing caller tells KCSD that neighbor reports something amiss @ his Hayden Lake home.
  • 10:01 a.m. Male is conscious but not alert in billiards room @ 545 Garden Plaza Center.
  • 9:44 a.m. Male is bleeding from head cut @ Pacific Steel on Aqua Avenue/CdA.
  • 9:23 a.m. PFPD officer en route to upset 24YO autistic male who needs help calming down.
  • 9:12 a.m. 80ish male is missing from Rose Terrace Cottages, may be en route to Miller's, Sherman/CdA..
  • 8:36 a.m. Patrol officer en route to check abandoned 2003 Yukon @ H41/H54, Twin Lakes.
  • 8:32 a.m. Semi pulling 53-foot trailer weaving, driving on shoulder @ e/b I-90/Spokane Street, Post Falls.
  • 8:26 a.m. Jessica is walking down road, crying & screaming for help.
  • 8:22 a.m. Caller from Silverwood reports injured dog on grounds.
  • 8:22 a.m. Caller reports neighbor put nails under his tires following dispute that started last night.
  • 8:13 a.m. ISPer stopped vehicle w/Washington vanity plate, "BOOHOO," !@ e/b I-90/Spokane Street, Post Falls.

PFPD: Drug House Visit Loses Appeal

July 18, 2014 - 11:37am

Facebook post from Post Falls PD Graveyard Shift: "While driving by White Pines Park an officer noticed a suspicious vehicle stalling in the park. The driver told the officer that she was lost and was looking for a residence on West 20th. After explaining that the house she was looking for was the home of a recent drug arrest, the female changed her mind quickly and decided she didn’t want to go there anymore. The driver was not licensed, and the car did not belong to her, so the officer gave her a courtesy ride to a local convenience store. The registered owner for the vehicle was advise -- he reports the vehicle was stolen." (Responding to a Facebook question/comment, the PFPD said the woman wasn't arrested: "There is question if the car is stolen or not. The owner states she purchased the car from him and did not pay for it. So it is not clear yet if the vehicle is actually stolen.") Full Graveyard Shift report here.


The Tour Must Go On

July 18, 2014 - 11:09am

Australia's Richie Porte gets medication from a doctor, left, as he follows teammate Mikel Nieve Iturralde of Spain, after he got distanced by the pack during the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 197.5 kilometers (122.7 miles) with start in Saint-Etienne and finish in Chamrousse, France, earlier today. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Question: What do you suppose is the back story re: that runner on the right?

TeeHee Shirt Message

July 18, 2014 - 11:06am
"Don't rush me -- I'm paid by the hour" (in Spokesman-Review building)

HMO: Return Hydros To City Docks

July 18, 2014 - 11:04am

HMOffsuite (RE: Hydro races would help Coeur d'Alene): If the races had the support and cooperation of the City, they could be held with few problems and great benefit. Other venues like the Tri Cities and Seattle do well with them and have minimal problems. Beer gardens and better crowd control make things much different now than in the past. It could be a great event and considering the appeal of the lake, as well as the heritage of the races in Cda, would be something I would like to see the City entertain. I applaud the efforts of those that have attempted to bring the races back as they have had little cooperation or support on their behalf from the City. Tough challenge.

Question: Would you support the hydroplane races, if they returned to city docks in Coeur d'Alene?

Riverstone To Get CityLink Center

July 18, 2014 - 10:40am

Citylink will soon have a permanent presence in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone development. Citylink began services with three buses in November 2005. The bus service has been operating out of a gravel lot in Riverstone since 2005. Over the past couple of years, Citylink has paid rent to Riverstone for use of the lot, but the transit service has been overdue for a permanent home. At the beginning of this month, Kootenai County and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe completed their purchase of two lots in Riverstone for a Citylink transit center. The lots are located at 2548 and 2476 West John Loop and bounded by Riverstone Drive and Seltice Way/Heather Keen, Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe. More here.


Spokane Saves 48 Dogs In Hot Cars

July 18, 2014 - 10:24am

Animal Control officers with SCRAPS said they responded to 48 calls in four days of dogs left in hot cars. Officers said cars could quickly exceed the outside temperature by 50 degrees. They said they were responding to 12 calls a day on average of dogs abandoned inside hot cars. “Just today we responded to a dog in a car that was 120 degrees inside,” said SCRAPS officer Nicole Montano. SCRAPS also received a call on Wednesday about two dogs stuck inside a truck at Fred Meyer. Officials said the windows of the truck were rolled up and the dogs were panting inside and looked exhausted/Hayley Guenthner, KREM2. More here.

Question: What should be the penalty for a nitwit who leaves his dog(s) in a vehicle on a hot summer day?

Gettin' Dirty For A Good Cause

July 18, 2014 - 9:31am

Youth racers at the Muddy Miles obstacle course and fund raiser for the Dirne Community Health Center play in the mud pits even after they have finished the race in 2012 at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. This year's event is Saturday afternoon. (Coeur d'Alene Press: Gabe Green)

Good, clean fun while covered in mud? Yep, that's the fourth annual Muddy Miles, and it's taking place at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds Saturday from 3:30-7 p.m. An arena will be set up with a two-mile, mud-soaked course including a multitude of obstacles: a Slip 'n Slide, tire balance beam, Lake Mukamuka, a "concrete wall of terror," spectators spraying Silly String, throwing Wiffle balls and water balloons and much more. About 400 yards of extra dirt and gallons upon gallons of water have been brought into the arena, with fire hoses and sprinklers that will continue to flood the area for 12 hours before the race. "We've got water for folks, we've got sticky mud, we've got friendly mud that reminds you of a mud puddle," said Heritage Health volunteer Alan Brockway. "The sticky mud is so sticky it will pull the shoes right off your feet." The event is a collaborative effort to raise funds for Heritage Health and the Salvation Army Kroc Center/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Is this something you're interested in?

GOP Incumbents Have Huge $$$ Edge

July 18, 2014 - 9:26am

Former Idaho Democratic Congressman Richard Stallings reports raising just over 1 percent of the campaign war chest accumulated by eight-term incumbent 2nd District Republican Rep. Mike Simpson. In the 1st District, Democratic state Rep. Shirley Ringo fares considerably better, having raised over one-third of the amount garnered by GOP Congressman Raul Labrador through June 30. Reports for the Senate race aren't yet available on the Federal Election Commission database, but as of April 30 Democrat Nels Mitchell had raised about 11 percent of the total accumulated for the 2014 election by incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Risch/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: How can Dems compete in congressional races without money?

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Obama Outraged By Plane Downing

July 18, 2014 - 9:20am

U.S. President Barack Obama says the deaths of the 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that went down over eastern Ukraine are an "outrage of unspeakable proportions." Speaking at the White House Friday, Obama said evidence indicates the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists. He called for an international investigation into the incident saying Russia and the separatists must adhere to an immediate cease-fire. The U.S. leader said the event underscores " it is time for peace and security to be restored in Ukraine"/Voice of America. More here.

Question: What should President Obama do at this poinit?

David: Cop Haters Out In Force

July 18, 2014 - 8:57am

David (RE: Dog shooting attracts nasty remarks): there is a movement afoot to hate all government, police agencies, etc. It is all right to love the soldiers, except those from Viet Nam of course. Most of the people calling for the police officer to be shot or physically harmed suffer from too many anti-government movies and magazines. Most are not law enforcement and have absolutely no idea of what the officer went through. The officer may be held accountable and if that is what the investigation shows, fine.

Question: Do you think some of the more heated reaction to the police shooting of a 2YO black lab coming from people who oppose police and government?

Op-Ed: Hydro Races Would Help CdA

July 18, 2014 - 8:49am

As a native North Idaho resident, and columnist/manager for a national veterans group, I attended a recent Kootenai County Commission hearing on permitting for special events to see if I could determine the hold-up on the Veterans Diamond Cup Race for 2014. The race would greatly benefit veterans groups that work with our military heroes all across America. But the evening raised more questions than answers. There were 30 people in attendance who marked themselves FOR a smooth permit process, one "neutral" and one opposed. It appears that the majority of citizens are being railroaded by a minority. Local businesses stand to benefit to the tune of at minimum $5 million from the Diamond Cup Race. As one of the speakers in favor of a quick and smooth permit process said, "We want to show our community in a positive light." Sorry, it's anything but at this point/Fay Higbee, op-ed column, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How much would the Diamond Cup hydroplane races benefit the Coeur d'Alene area?

In Praise Of Lemonade Stands

July 18, 2014 - 8:36am

At The Slice blog, Paul Turner points out one of the benefits that city dwellers enjoy that county dwellers don't:

We all know the list of pros and cons for each choice. To each, his own. But let me add one more in favor of living in the city — lemonade stands. I have a little experience with urging people to seek therapy, but I am not actually a counselor myself. However, if I were a therapist, I would urge my clients to patronize kids' lemonade stands at every opportunity. It never fails to lift my spirits, and I'll bet many others feel the same way. OK, it's not a long-term solution to chronic problems. But what would you expect for 50 cents?

Question: When did you last buy a drink at a lemonade stand?

'Hawks, Young Fans At Center Stage

July 18, 2014 - 8:33am

Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette and DeShawn Shead smile as 9-year-old Taylor Gilstrap reacts to joining them on stage to ask questions and try on Lockette's Superbowl Ring during a on Thursday at Fairchild AFB in Airway Heights, Wash. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

The 12th Man turned out in force Thursday evening at Fairchild Air Force Base for a visit from the Super Bowl champions and the Lombardi Trophy. Seattle Seahawks players Ricardo Lockette and DeShawn Shead came to the base as part of the team’s “Heroes of 12” military appreciation tour, accompanied by several Sea Gals cheerleaders, the Blue Thunder drum corps and Taima the Hawk. The crowd, wearing a mix of military uniforms and Seahawks jerseys, packed into Miller Park to hear the players speak and answer a few questions. One man asked about Lockette’s catch during the Super Bowl game when he got up from the turf, brushed himself off and pretended to pick up a suitcase and walk off. “I just treated it like a regular day at the office,” Lockette said. “I just caught it”/Nina Culver, SR. More here.

Question: Will the Seahawks repeat as Super Bowl champions?

Letter: Don't Stifle Robotics

July 18, 2014 - 8:24am

These newly proposed laws regulating robotics are going to stifle growth in the robotics industry. Far from showing people that Coeur d’Alene is on the “cutting edge of robotics,” (as the Mayor said ), instead these dumb laws show everyone who actually knows anything about robotics (unlike the men who made up these laws) that Cd’A is going to regulate, license (charge money for) and use random laws to keep innovation down. Who would want to bring their robotics company to the one city in the USA that has these laws? There are already laws in place that say we can’t kill or harm or spy on other people. It doesn’t matter how you do it, by using a gun or a periscope or a robot. Why regulate the tool?/S. Brodsky, Kootenai County, letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Which side are you on in the great robot debate in town -- regulate? Or not?

Edit: 1 School Board, 5 Leaders

July 18, 2014 - 8:20am

Three of them are liberals. Two, conservatives. One thing you should know about the Coeur d'Alene School Board is that both of those statements are false. Another thing you should know - perhaps the most important thing - is that no matter who's chair or vice chair of the board, every member has exactly one vote. All five are equal. When the board selected its leaders last week, politics got in the way. It's as if the race for two school board seats next spring began last Monday. Tom Hamilton, left, and Terri Seymour, right, the two board holdovers, are largely supported by people identifying themselves as conservative or staunchly conservative. Because the three newest board members - Christa Hazel, Dave Eubanks and Tom Hearn - were swept into office more than a year ago on a wave of voter dissatisfaction with challengers who were deemed too conservative, the trio has been lumped together under an umbrella of alleged liberalism. Last week's election of officers put titles in front of the names of two competent individuals, leaving three other competent individuals without titles but with everything else needed to lead/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: The editorial goes on to say: "We could identify traits considered both liberal and conservative in most school board members." What liberal traits do you see in Hamilton and Seymour?

The Killing Of Innocents

July 18, 2014 - 8:16am

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle