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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.26.15

March 26, 2015 - 11:32am
  • 11:31 a.m. Deputy stops female in red pickup after possible attempted break-in @ Falkirk/Wyoming (11:24 item).
  • 11:24 a.m. Resident reports her roommate is trying to kick down door @ 11000 block of Falkirk St/Hayden.
  • 11:15 a.m. Transient bothering Hayden Walmart customers for money @ stoplight entering business.
  • 11:13 a.m. CPD officer en route to handle disorderly person at Coeur d'Alene High.
  • 10:26 a.m. Resident chased possible burglar from garage on Coeur d'Alene Ave/CdA.
  • 10:12 a.m. 2 brown pigs are running loose @ Prairie Ave/Atlas Road, CdA.
  • 10:09 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 1100 block of Autumn Crest Court/Post Falls.
  • 10:01 a.m. 3 males in white Dodge pickup are hanging out window, taunting other drivers @ H95/Hanley Ave, CdA.
  • 9:35 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing in 300 block of Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 9:04 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 545 Garden Plaza Court/Post Falls.
  • 8:57 a.m. Suicide threat reported @ 2200 block of W. Oxford Circle/CdA.
  • 8:56 a.m. 2 dogs are running loose @ s/b 95/MP 377 (Martin Road/Tensed area).
  • 8:48 a.m. Witnesses say male was convulsing (8:40 item) @ intersection of Govt Way/Honeysuckle Ave.
  • 8:40 a.m. Male driver is unconscious after hitting a tree at the Hayden post office, 109 Honeysuckle Ave.

Salamander Wins Final Test

March 26, 2015 - 11:28am

The Senate has voted 33-1 in favor of HB 1, to designate the Idaho giant salamander as the official state amphibian. The vote sends the House-passed bill to the governor’s desk, and marks a big victory in a five-year effort by Boise 8th grader Ilah Hickman, who drew support for her bill from school children and experts around the state. “She has become a role model to kids around the state,” Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, told the Senate. “This young lady is just amazing.” The new state symbol would join others including the state bird, the mountain bluebird; the state insect, the monarch butterfly; and the state fruit, the huckleberry/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.

Question: Only one state senator, Curt McKenzie, voted against this bill. Mebbe it was professional jealousy?

'Downton Abbey' To End Next Year

March 26, 2015 - 11:22am

Elizabeth McGovern is shown as Lady Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, from the TV series, "Downton Abbey." (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)

The next season of ITV's period drama "Downton Abbey" will be its last, its makers have announced. "Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception," said the programme's executive producer Gareth Neame. Created by Julian Fellowes, the show follows an aristocratic family's fortunes from 1912 to the mid-1920s. Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern have played the Earl and Countess of Grantham since the show began in 2010. The drama has won a string of awards since its inception, including two Baftas, three Golden Globes and 11 Primetime Emmys/BBC. More here.

Question: "Downton Abbey" is a guilty pleasure of mine. I enjoy the period drama, the costumes, the focus on the different stories in the house below and above, etc. I'll miss the show. How about you?

Instant Racing Repeal Debate Starts

March 26, 2015 - 10:29am

The House has opened its debate on SB 1011, the bill to repeal authorization for “historical horse racing” in Idaho, which led to the installation slot machine-like “instant racing” terminals at three locations around the state. “Two years ago, the race horse people came to us and said that they were involved in a dying industry and they needed help,” Rep. Ken Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs, told the House. “We are here today because it has gone a direction that we did not intend to go”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Also by Eye on Boise this AM:

Did Co-Pilot Deliberately Crash Jet

March 26, 2015 - 10:20am

The Germanwings co-pilot appears to have deliberately crashed his aircraft into the southern French Alps, but terrorism seems to have been all but ruled out. Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin says German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was alone in the cockpit when he deliberately took the Germanwings craft off autopilot and activated the descent that led to crashing into a mountainside on Tuesday. At a press conference in Marseille, Robin said that at this point in time, the most plausible explanation was the copilot wanted to deliberately destroy the plane/New York Times. More here.

Question: Are you more hesitant to fly now?

Poll: It's CDA, Then CdA

March 26, 2015 - 10:15am
  • Wednesday Poll: Hucks Nation prefers to abbreviate Coeur d'Alene by using CDA, followed closely by CdA and Cd'A. 91 of 249 respondents (36.55%) said they prefer CDA for the Coeur d'Alene abbreviation. Another 75 (30.12%) use CdA, followed by 57 (22.89%) who use Cd'A. Also, 23 (9.24%) use Cda. And only 3 (1.2%) don't abbreviate Coeur d'Alene at all.
  • Today's Poll: Did the USA do the right thing in bringing home Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is now facing charges including desertion?

AM Headlines -- 3.26.15

March 26, 2015 - 9:50am

In this June 4, 2014, file photo, flags and balloons marking the release from captivity of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl adorn the sidewalk outside a shop in the soldier's hometown of Hailey. The Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Story here. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff, File)

Sho-Con: Mormons Were In Wallace

March 26, 2015 - 9:32am

Shoshone Conservative (RE: Wallace street prayer miffs Bond) Well, I CAN say that there were Mormon missionaries about in Wallace around that time and date. I saw them myself, backpacks, white shirts, ties, name tags and all. Perhaps these were a couple of young, overly-enthusiastic types?

Question: How do you deal with missionaries from the Mormon or Jehovah Witness or any other church, for that matter, when you don't want to speak to them?

March Brings Emotional Mix

March 26, 2015 - 8:59am

Saturday’s wind swirled through our neighborhood rattling gates, shaking windows and snapping flags. In the afternoon a few chilly drops of rain sprinkled the sidewalks, but by early evening brilliant sunshine warmed the house and I opened windows to let in the fresh spring air. That’s the way March is in the Inland Northwest. Sometimes winter makes a last gasp and snow blankets my brave crocuses. But every so often it’s actually warm enough to wear sandals and roll the car windows down. In March my emotions are often as changeable as the weather. That’s because the month brings a mixture of happy things to celebrate and sad things to remember. My mom’s birthday is the 21st, our wedding anniversary is the 22nd, my dad’s birthday is the 25th and he passed away on March 29, 1995/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.

Do certain months have especially happy or sad memories for you?

Edit: Highway Bill Going, Going ...

March 26, 2015 - 8:41am

When lawmakers convened on Jan. 12, it sure looked like they were prepared to finally do something about Idaho's crumbling highways and bridges. Not since 1996 had any governor or Legislature raised Idaho's fuel tax. And not since the defeat of his 2009 transportation package had Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter even broached the topic. A 2010 task force headed by Lt. Gov. Brad Little had established the state was falling short of meeting maintenance needs by $262 million a year - to say nothing of the $280 million a year buildup in needed construction, safety enhancement and improvements.

Transportation Director Brian Ness had won over legislative skeptics by squeezing his budget free of wasteful spending. The economy had cooperated by producing some of the cheapest gasoline in years. Consumers may not have even noticed a nickel or dime boost in Idaho fuel taxes. Even the political calendar was friendly. Any lawmaker who voted to raise transportation fees would not face the voters until 2016.Yet, 11 weeks have passed by with little to show for it/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you amazed that the 2015 Legislature hasn't done anything so far to find revenue to fix Idaho's road-bridge infrastructure?

Clueless Statements: Vito v. Paul

March 26, 2015 - 8:31am

“Slave owners were very good Christians and good people,” (Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins) said, adding he was against slavery. “I totally disagree with that.” This fight, Shepherd told me, is an example of good people who have the wrong idea about moral convictions. I asked Shepherd to clarify, and he reiterated the connection he saw. “They (slave owners) weren’t terrible rotten horrible people,” he said — just people who made terrible decisions. “And that’s how I see gay people.” Full story here.

Question: Who uttered the more clueless statement this Legislature -- Shepherd or state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens (gynecological exams by swallowed pill)?

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

March 26, 2015 - 8:20am

"Working alongside the food bank is an honor for us, " said Kim Washko, owner of Hands to Art in Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday. She donated 250 hand painted bowls for 4th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for Post Falls Food Bank on Thursday, March 26 from 4:30-6:30 at the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls. Eleven area restaurants will provide specialty soups for Empty Bowls. Admission is $15, which includes soup, roll, a drink and a hand painted bowl. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

ISP Major Faces DUI Charge

March 26, 2015 - 8:18am

Idaho State Police have placed Major Clark Rollins on administrative leave following his arrest Wednesday evening for misdemeanor driving under the influence and misdemeanor unlawful transportation of an alcoholic beverage. The arrest was made by the Meridian Police Department after Rollins was pulled over for a traffic violation. Rollins was stationed in Coeur d'Alene from 2002 to 2010. He was the Region 1 Commander before joining the ISP command staff in Meridian/Press. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that Meridian police would cite a high-ranking fellow officer?

Tax Bill Will Extend Session

March 26, 2015 - 8:16am

Idaho House Republican leaders introduced complicated legislation Wednesday to make big changes in Idaho’s tax system – lowering the top income tax rate, removing the sales tax from groceries and raising the gas tax by 7 cents a gallon.

The sweeping proposal was introduced just two days before lawmakers had hoped to adjourn their session this year. They acknowledged it will go at least into next week.

House Speaker Scott Bedke said the tax bill, along with other measures that are now moving forward, matches his initial goals for this year’s legislative session: to make significant improvements in education and in transportation infrastructure, and to make Idaho more attractive to businesses. The House already has endorsed a $125 million, five-year plan to boost teacher pay; that measure won unanimous support from a Senate committee Wednesday afternoon. Also, several other bills to boost road funding have been introduced/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


March 26, 2015 - 8:09am

Jim Morin/Miami Herald

Hump Day Wild Card -- 3.25.15

March 25, 2015 - 5:21pm

My morning began at 4:45 with a rush across town to the Kootenai Health ER, where my 89YO mother was getting patched up after banging her head in a fall in her assisted-living apartment. She received a good gonk on the head and was sore. But otherwise OK. Thank God. The efficient docs, nurses and techs of the ER did a bang up job analyzing the situation and making sure she was fine to return home. Which is my way of saying that I may be a little cranky -- crankier -- than usual today, esp. as the day wears on. Here's today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 3.25.15

March 25, 2015 - 5:18pm

Pope Francis is driven through the crowd under pouring rain as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican today. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Toy Gun Spurs Lakeland High Arrest

March 25, 2015 - 5:11pm

Two boys were arrested at Lakeland High School in Rathdrum after carrying a realistic-looking toy gun into the school. One of the boys was carrying the gun in his sweatshirt pocket with only the handle sticking out, according to the Rathdrum Police Department, which responded to the incident. After being detained by the vice principal and searched for additional weapons, the other boy was found to have marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his pocket. The boys, age 13 and 12, were from Post Falls. They were allegedly at the school to deliver the marijuana and paraphernalia to one of the boy’s 15-year-old sister, who is a Lakeland student, according to police reports. The sister confirmed their story, police said/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.


PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.25.15

March 25, 2015 - 4:25pm
  • 4:10 p.m. 2-vehicle accident is blocking s/b Govt Way/Honeysuckle Ave, cars are using other lane to pass.
  • 3:58 p.m. Female driver suffering leg pain after blocking crash @ Atlas Road/Industrial Loop, CdA.
  • 3:42 p.m. Driver of semi truck has backed into sedan @ s/b H95/Neider Ave, CdA.
  • 3:37 p.m. Gray VW, red Cadillac have crashed in front of O'Reilly Auto Parts, Seltice Way.
  • 2:44 p.m. Someone injured in a fall @ Lacrosse Rehabilitation Center, 817 W. Lacrosse Ave/CdA.
  • 2:41 p.m. Agitated 59YO male on dialysis wants to be taken to ER from Post Falls Dialysis, 1300 E. Mullan Ave.
  • 2:39 p.m. SR photog Kathy Plonka says confiscated gun at Lakeland High was a plastic gun that looked like a real one. And that police believe 2 males from Post Falls brought the fake gun onto campus. This, according to Rathdrum police. A press release about the situation will be issued soon.
  • 2:30 p.m. CPD officer en route to help juvenile diversion w/issue @ 3300 block of Thorndale Loop/CdA.
  • 2:14 p.m. 43YO female having trouble speaking, moving her hands @ 13500 block of W. Hayden Ave.
  • 1:53 p.m. Strong smell of electrical burning @ 1800 block of E. Grand Tour Drive/Hayden.
  • 1:43 p.m. KCSDeputy asks what kind of gun was confiscated -- airsoft, toy or weapon that shoots projectiles.
  • 1:28 p.m. Rathdrum police are looking for 2 male juveniles who brought a gun onto the Lakeland High grounds. The principal has the gun. The two males have left the Lakeland High campus on foot. Police have deemed the campus safe.
  • 1:02 p.m. 42YO female is having trouble breathing @ Coeur d'Alene Casino/H95, near Worley.
  • 1:01 p.m. Animal control is looking for black lab with white spot on its chest in alley behind 821 B St/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

March 25, 2015 - 4:22pm

Two women look at the 1952 artwork titled "Blue Nude, The Frog" by French artist Henri Matisse (1868-1954) during a press preview of the exhibit "The Oasis of Matisse" at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Tuesday's winner -- FunGirl, with 4 likes: "More Cowbell!" You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.