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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 7.21.15

July 21, 2015 - 5:32pm

I'm on a roll. I rode my bike to work again today. If I keep it up for another 3 weeks, it'll become a habit. It's fun riding to work. All down hill. Not so much riding home from work, however. Here's your Tuesday Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 7.21.15

July 21, 2015 - 5:30pm

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Derek Phillips kiss his daughter Leah Phillips, 2, as she gives him a hug at the conclusion of a casing of the squadron colors ceremony today at Fort Bliss' Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas. The unit, which flies Apache helicopters, is being deployed to Kuwait and Iraq as part of a normal rotation. They will be replacing a sister unit. (Victor Calzada/The El Paso Times via AP)

Schools Save Sans State Network

July 21, 2015 - 5:16pm

The savings are continuing to mount after the demise of the Idaho Education Network, the defunct statewide school broadband network that went dark when a judge ruled the state’s $60 million IEN contract illegal. The service, aimed at providing broadband internet service, video conferencing and more to every high school in the state, shut down in February, and state lawmakers set aside $3.64 million for school districts to negotiate their own broadband service contracts with the vendors of their choice, after pulling back $5 million in funding that was to go to the IEN. The final, year-end numbers are in now, and the districts spent only $2.2 million of that amount; the other $1.37 million is being reverted back to the state general fund/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: There's gotta be a moral to this story. Anyone care to figure it out?

Reuter: Why Sandpoint Succeeds

July 21, 2015 - 4:50pm

Earlier this month, New York Times reporter Kirk Johnson penned a story on Sandpoint, Idaho. He wrote about how people there are examples of the grit and individual determination that have shaped the American West for generations. He commented on the passion they have for place, and their willingness to confront long odds with confidence and ultimately persevere. Johnson is right about Sandpoint. It's a town full of hardworking folk who both have character and are characters; each individual striving for a better future for themselves and their families is an essential part of what powers the community. But there's another element that's equally fundamental to Sandpoint's success and just as much a core part of the story of the West: community itself/John T. Reuter, Inlander. More here. (Courtesy Photo: Inlander)

Question: Can you find the same "power of community" that Sandpoint has in -- Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Hayden & other North Idaho towns?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.21.15

July 21, 2015 - 4:45pm
  • 5:45 p.m. Injury Accident -- Female injured in airbag deployment @ H41/Prairie Ave, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 5:30 p.m. Activities Report -- Coeur d'Alene Police Department for July 20-21 here.
  • 5:22 p.m. Injury Accident -- Northwest Boulevard/Mill Ave, CdA.
  • 5:20 p.m. Unknown Medical -- 700 block of E12th Ave/Post Falls.
  • 5:10 p.m. DUI -- Drunk male in red Ford Ranger trying to buy beer @ Safeway, 3016 Govt Way/CdA.
  • 5:06 p.m. Arrest Warrant -- Wanted male in Misdemeanor Probation Office.
  • 4:46 p.m. Disabled Vehicle -- w/b I-90/MP 13 (4th St/CdA).
  • 4:33 p.m. Road Rage -- Angry drivers of red van & silver sedan leave Post Falls Super 1 w/b on Seltice Way.
  • 4:22 p.m. Unknown Medical -- Sylvan House, 660 W. Honeysuckle Ave/Hayden.
  • 4:12 p.m. Lockout -- Child is locked in vehicle @ McEuen Park, 504 E. Front Ave/CdA.
  • 4:02 p.m. Unattended Death -- 70YO female may be deceased on Stafford Road, b/n Dalton Ave/Ramsey Road, CdA.
  • 3:37 p.m. Welfare Check -- Quarter'Lane Car Wash, 3665 Govt Way/CdA.
  • 3:30 p.m. Stomach Pain -- 800 block of Siony Lane/Post Falls.
  • 3:26 p.m. Panhandler -- Male w/tin can begging for money @ e/b offramp I-90/Pleasant View, Post Falls.
  • 3:08 p.m. Heat Stroke -- Female on ground @ 300 block of E. Hayden Ave.
  • 3:08 p.m. Welfare Check -- Passenger in green Nissan appears unconscious @ 200 block of W. Ironwood Drive/CdA; caller reports occupants of vehicle may be doing drugs.
  • 3:01 a.m. Patient Transport -- Kootenai Health to Hospice House.
  • 3:01 p.m. Suspicious Male -- Male wearing heavy coat walking @ w/b Ironwood Drive/NW Blvd, CdA.
  • 2:57 p.m. Disabled Vehicle -- Car blocking offramp of w/b I-90/Sherman Ave exit, CdA.
  • 2:49 p.m. Submerged Car -- CPD officer asks re: pickup driven into lake @ 3rd Street launch/CdA last night.
  • 2:45 p.m. Non-injury Accident -- Prairie Ave/Ramsey Road, CdA.
  • 2:36 p.m. Chest Pain -- 600 block of E19th Ave/Post Falls.
  • 2:30 p.m. Trespassed -- Lean Bean manager @ 1820 NW Blvd/CdA trespasses male named Daniel.
  • 2:24 p.m. Unknown Medical -- Guardian Angel Assisted Living, 1136 E. Mullan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 2:18 p.m. Emergency Transport -- Kootenai Health to Life Care Center/Sandpoint.
  • 2:13 p.m. City of Coeur d'Alene PSA: "Crews on Thursday morning will be detouring traffic to perform roadway repairs at the intersection of Hanley Avenue and Ramsey Road. The work is expected to be completed by the afternoon."
  • 1:57 p.m. Suicide Threat -- Caller reports friend in Rathdrum has texted photos of her bleeding from wrist to elbow.
  • 1:48 p.m. Life Assist -- Needed @ 1400 block of E. Lakeside Ave/CdA.
  • 1:39 p.m. Angry Motorist -- Caller from east Fernan Lake boat launch reports he awoke male sleeping in blue Dodge Durango & was cussed for his efforts. Angry man drove off. But caller is worried that he will return.
  • 1:33 p.m. Allergic Reaction -- 56YO female @ Silverwood first-aid station suffering allergic reaction to bee sting.
  • 1:21 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- 28000 block of H41/Spirit Lake.
  • 1:10 p.m. Unknown Medical -- 3300 block of E. Jenalan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 1:03 p.m. Injury Accident -- Female complaining of back pain after crash @ H95/Garwood Road.
  • AM Scanner Traffic (19 items)

Labrador Rips Planned Parenthood

July 21, 2015 - 4:34pm

Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, issued this statement after watching videos showing Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of fetal organs:

“I am sickened and disgusted by the inhumane attitude Planned Parenthood officials displayed as they discussed the sale of aborted fetuses over lunch. Their attitude towards human life should be condemned. I believe that all life is sacred, and should not be for sale. The fact that these officials view aborted fetuses as mere commodities is a sad commentary on our society. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I will participate in a vigorous investigation into whether Planned Parenthood is illegally profiting from the sale of organs and body parts from aborted babies. Nothing is more sacred than human life. Indifference to these grotesque practices demeans every American, regardless of their view on abortion." More here.

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

July 21, 2015 - 4:25pm

Chile's Felipe Miranda is interrupted by a goose during the men's waterski slalom preliminary round at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Monday. Miranda was able to re-do his run as the geese interfered with his run. You write the cutline.

Monday Winner -- Nic, with 22 likes: "Donald Trump unveils his plan for a border wall between the USA and Mexico." You can see Monday's photo and read all the Cutline Contest entries here.

J-Locke To Sing At Talent Show

July 21, 2015 - 4:19pm

Jennifer Locke on Facebook: "The Hayden talent show is coming up this Saturday, July 25. The first act goes on at 2:30. I 'm the 4th one up. They have me slotted for 2:57 to sing. It will right behind the Hayden City Hall on Government Way, in the park area. They said there will be a crowd vote incorporated in the judging. I guess the crowd vote counts for possibly 1/5 of the vote. So if you have nothing to do on Saturday afternoon, come and check it out. There will be about 13 acts."

Question: If you were forced to perform in a talent show, what would your act be like?

Obama Orders Flags Lowered

July 21, 2015 - 2:55pm

The White House and U.S. Capitol both lowered flags to half staff by Tuesday afternoon, after they were out of sync Tuesday in their tributes to the five U.S. service members who were slain by a gunman in Chattanooga last week. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky announced Tuesday that flags at the Capitol would be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims. "Out of respect for their courageous service and sacrifice to our nation, flags at the U.S. Capitol are being lowered to half-staff," Boehner said in a statement. But at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the flags at the White House noticeably remained at full-staff. Aides to the president have repeatedly declined to discuss whether the flags at the White House would be similarly lowered/CNN. More here.

Question: President Obama is being criticized for taking too long to lower U.S. flags to half-staff. What do  you think?

 

Trump Soars To Big Poll Lead

July 21, 2015 - 2:30pm

Donald Trump’s still going up. His poll numbers keep rising: A new Washington Post/ABC News survey shows The Donald now leads the rest of the GOP presidential field by a healthy margin. Trump’s the choice of 24 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters, according to the Post/ABC numbers. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is second with 13 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is third with 12 percent. What’s going on? Mr. Trump hands out insults like Santa dispensing presents on Christmas Eve. Is a quarter of the GOP electorate really happy with a guy who’s able to offend Hispanics, John McCain, Mr. Bush and his wife, Univision, NBC, and last year’s Miss Universe, without breaking a sweat?/Christian Science Monitor. More here.

Question: Can anyone explain why Trump is beginning to break away from the GOP pack?

HBO Blogos: Loonie Mail

July 21, 2015 - 2:13pm

Photo Set (2 photos): Simple Mind and other Bonner County residents received this mysterious postcard in the mail recently. Writes Simple Mind: "It looks like there is a new group of loonies out there in never never land. I got this post card in the mail. It has an Internet site to go to, but not going to do that. Don't want anything come close to me in this bunch. Don't want it on my computer that I went to their site. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, July 20): 9,806 page-views/6,132 unique views

Shoutout

July 21, 2015 - 1:57pm

AmericanByBirth offers this shoutout: "Knowing how difficult it has been to keep my own alive, I am impressed by how nice (the hanging baskets in downtown Coeur d'Alene) look. No easy feat by whomever is in charge of their care."

Question: Do you want to give a shoutout to someone?

Razing Desert Hotel

July 21, 2015 - 1:45pm

On the Old School North Idaho Facebook wall, Heather Heber Callahan posts this Museum of North Idaho photo in which an old crane razes the remainder of the old Desert Hotel in downtown Coeur d'Alene on June 25, 1972.

Question: Anyone remember the old Desert Hotel?

Armed Men Guard Idaho Recruitment

July 21, 2015 - 1:10pm

An armed group calling itself the 3% of Idaho is voluntarily guarding military recruiting centers around the state. Chris McIntire, a spokesman for the group, told KBOI 2News that he and several other members are guarding military recruiting centers throughout Idaho in response to last week's deadly shooting in Tennessee which left four Marines and one Sailor dead. The group has volunteers, usually in teams of two, manning stations in Boise, Nampa, Kuna, Coeur d'Alene, Twin Falls and Lewiston. All told, about 800 members belong to the group and have been active for about a year, McIntire said. McIntire said the group is protecting those who can't protect themselves in an effort it's calling "Operation Guardian Angel"/KBOI. More here.

Question: What do you think of "Operation Guardian Angel"?

Poll: Punish Fire Starters

July 21, 2015 - 1:02pm

Red hot. That's a fair description of cdapress.com readers who were asked this question: What should be done with people who accidentally start forest and wildland fires? Here's how they answered:

  • A stern lecture - 56 votes (6.4 percent)
  • A steep fine - 289 votes (33.2 percent)
  • Jail time - 34 votes (3.9 percent)
  • All of the above - 490 votes (56.4 percent)

Question: Do you agree with the results of this poll?

She's Got Rhythm

July 21, 2015 - 11:51am

Mexico's Karla Diaz performs during the rhythmic gymnastics clubs competition in the Pan Am Games in Toronto Monday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Question: How flexible are you?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.21.15

July 21, 2015 - 11:44am
  • 11:55 a.m. Unknown Medical -- River View at Mill River Apartments, 4635 W. Idewild Loop/CdA.
  • 11:49 a.m. Dangerous Situation -- Small kids hanging out of black Honda pickup @ n/b H95/Boekel Ave, Hayden.
  • 11:22 a.m. Fire Alarm -- Triggered by broken sprinkler head @ Knutsen Chevrolet, 1900 E. Polston Ave/Post Falls.
  • 11:03 a.m. CPD officer reports catching suspect in recent vandalism @ Fresh Start, 15th St/Sherman Ave, CdA.
  • 10:49 a.m. Disabled Vehicle -- Elderly male w/overheated vehicle @ e/b I-90/MP 28 (4th of July summit).
  • 10:42 a.m. Illegal Activity -- Questionable logging/fire activity @ 1100 block of Outback Loop/Bonner County.
  • 10:34 a.m. Traffic Hazard -- Semi pulled onto shoulder @ w/b I-90/MP 30 (4th of July Pass, east side).
  • 10:32 a.m. Seizure -- 700 block of River Heights Drive/Post Falls.
  • 10:13 a.m. Unknown Medical -- Center Partners, 1201 W. Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 10:12 a.m. Unknown Medical -- 401 W. Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 9:54 a.m. Traffic Hazard -- Semi parked in bad spot near construction zone @ w/b I-90/MP 22.5 (H97).
  • 9:39 a.m. Lift Assist -- Someone needs help getting up @ Woodlawn Drive/Linwood Drive, Hayden.
  • 9:35 a.m. Cardiac Problem -- @ 700 W. Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 9:32 a.m. Trespassed -- Male named Brian has returned to Corbin Park/Post Falls after being trespassed last night.
  • 9:19 a.m. Fall -- @ North Star Assisted Living, 2340 W. Seltice Way/CdA.
  • 9:18 a.m. Fire Alarm -- @ Young Construction Group, 660 Capstone Court/Hayden.
  • 9:17 a.m. Fire Alarm -- @ Sysco Foods, 300 N. Baugh Way/Post Falls.
  • 9:05 a.m. Patient Evaluation -- For occupant of 2-vehicle crash @ H95/Hayden Ave.
  • 8:36 a.m. Possible DUI -- Driver of green mini-van @ w/b I-90/MP 48 (Kellogg).

Sun Belt Backs Off Money Games

July 21, 2015 - 11:25am

Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson wants the league's football programs to work on shedding their "addiction" to big-money, non-conference matchups with heavily favored, Power Five programs. More non-league games with "peer conferences" would improve the chances of a Sun Belt team going unbeaten and getting a bid to one of six prestigious New Year's Day bowl games, the commissioner said at the conference's media day Monday. "As nice as it is and as great as it is to win a game against one of the 'Big Five' - I don't want to minimize that - but right now, in the system that we have, competition with our peer conferences is so important," Benson said. "Those are the games that we really need to focus on"/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Would you like to see UIdaho back away from money games against Big Five competition?

Poll: Supreme Court Split Politically

July 21, 2015 - 11:14am

The majority of Americans think the Supreme Court is split politically, according to a new C-SPAN poll released Tuesday. The online poll, conducted by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) for C-SPAN from July 1 to July 6, found that two in three Americans believe the recent decisions demonstrate that the justices are split on political grounds. More Americans this time around also voiced support for cameras in the courtroom. In the poll, 76 percent said that the Supreme Court should allow television coverage of its oral arguments, 15 percentage points up from a PSB poll in June 2009/The Hill. More here.

Question: Do you believe the U.S. Supreme Court makes its decisions based on law or politics?

The Drawbacks Of Human Cloning

July 21, 2015 - 10:49am

Take Uncle Joe,
for sure we love him,
but we don't need
a dozen of him.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue