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TGIF Wild Card -- 5.22.15

May 22, 2015 - 4:06pm

I might be anticipating this weekend more, if I didn't have a ha-huge garden project waiting for me. Out with the old wood chips. In with the rock. I tried to tell Mrs. O that I'm getting too old for this stuff. But she merely reached for the whip, cracked it, and said something that sounded like hai-yah. If I'm not back at Huckleberries Central Tuesday morning, check with Kootenai Health. Now for the TGIF Wild Card ...

19YO Mistakes Dog For Wolf, Kills It

May 22, 2015 - 4:00pm

A North Idaho man said his dog was shot on a Forest Service road last weekend by a teen who mistook the husky-malamute cross for a wolf. The dog later died. The same bullet struck Jim Rosauer’s second dog, which survived. “We saw both of our dogs drop to the ground. It was just shocking,” said Rosauer, who lives near Eastport, Idaho. Rosauer said he and his wife, Lisa, were hiking Sunday afternoon on the snow-covered road to Spruce Lake, which is near the Montana border. The dogs had run ahead of them. “We saw the people about 180 yards away with a gun,” said Rosauer, who described them as a couple with their 19-year-old son. “The man said to me, ‘Sorry. It’s my fault. I told him (the son) to shoot the wolf’”/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Thoughts?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 5.22.15

May 22, 2015 - 3:50pm
  • 5:08 p.m. CPD officer en route to report of disorderly male @ Independence Point/CdA.
  • 5:07 p.m. 3 juveniles are climbing a bridge along H41, unknown exact location.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for May 21-22 here.
  • 4:38 p.m. Undisclosed juvenile problem reported @ 4200 block of N. Staples Ave/CdA.
  • 4:27 p.m. Suspicious male parked near Veterans Memorial Bridge, east of CdA, is looking in his trunk.
  • 4:07 p.m. Males almost fight in undisclosed local park as result of one of them smoking too near the other.
  • 3:58 p.m. Physical domestic reported at Al's Welding Road, off Spirit Lake Cut-Across/Bonner County.
  • 3:47 p.m. Driver of blue pickup w/canopy @ s/b H41/Hayden Ave, Rathdrum Prairie, possibly DUI.
  • 3:28 p.m. Female is concerned re: 14YO pregnant granddaughter who is at City Park.
  • 3:08 p.m. Deputy finds male's body in bed, reports suicide by gun shot to head in home near Hayden City Park.
  • 3:02 p.m. Unknown injury accident @ H41/H54, Athol.
  • 2:17 p.m. Vehicle has run red light @ s/b H95/Hayden Ave.
  • 2:14 p.m. Caller reports baby too young to ride in car seat of van, leaving Hayden address.
  • 2:07 p.m. Someone sets off fire alarm while testing it at St. Dominic's Girls School, 20240 Riverview Drive, Post Falls.
  • 1:47 p.m. Deputy tells 911 dispatch that a hayden woman needs to return home ASAP b/c her baby-sitter is in custody.
  • 1:42 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ Mt Carrol St/Hanley Ave, Dalton Gardens.
  • 1:27 p.m. Caller reports possible drug activity at Marabou/Ramsey Ave, CdA.
  • 1:16 p.m. Mother and daughter are arguing @ 2800 block of W. Masters/CdA.
  • 1:06 p.m. Ambulance needed in 30 minutes to transfer patient from Kootenai Health to Hospice House.
  • 12:35 p.m. Transients are causing a disturbance near Idaho Liquor Store on E. Sherman Ave/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

May 22, 2015 - 3:45pm

Shepherd Ruediger Kassuhn and his dogs lead flock of sheep across Iden, Germany, Monday. You write the cutline. (Jens Wolf/dpa via AP)

Thursday Winner: JohnA, with 8 likes: 'No, sir, it is like this: Here's the church and here's the steeple. Open up the doors and see all the people.' You can see Thursday photo and all Cutline Contest photos here.

Idaho Sheriff Rips Military Gear Ban

May 22, 2015 - 3:30pm

An Idaho sheriff is questioning President Barack Obama’s order ending the transfer of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement. Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen said the prohibition is an overreaction to recent events and images of combat-ready police trying to quell violence and looting, first in Ferguson, Mo., and then in Baltimore. An armored personnel carrier owned by Bannock County is on the list of items Obama prohibited from future transfers. “A lot of people are concerned about the militarization of the police, and I don’t know. Maybe part of that is our fault,” Nielsen told the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello. “In most cases, we’ve used the vehicle for rescue and to get officers close enough to negotiate with a suspect that might be shooting at you”/Idaho State Journal. More here.

Question: Do you think the law enforcement agencies in Kootenai County use their military vehicles appropriately?


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/05/22/3816183_idaho-sheriff-faults-ban-on-military.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

New Parking Law In Effect Saturday

May 22, 2015 - 2:42pm

A new Coeur d'Alene city parking law will take effect Saturday, more or less targeted at limiting problems in the new McEuen Park garage along Front Avenue. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

Prompted by concerns with delinquent public behavior at the McEuen Park parking facility, the Coeur d’Alene City Council recently passed an ordinance restricting certain activity at the sub-level parking lot. The new law, which applies to all city parking facilities, goes into effect on Saturday. Bottom line, city officials say, is that parking facilities are meant for parking—not playing. “It’s really loitering and activities not related to parking that are being prohibited,” said Wes Somerton, the city’s chief criminal prosecutor who drafted the new ordinance. Among other things, the ordinance prohibits loitering, skateboarding, roller blading, and racing. The ordinance, Somerton added, gives officers more authority to restrict certain unlawful behaviors/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Do you welcome this change to clamp down on problems at the McEuen Park garage?

CSD Sets Long-Range Plan Meetings

May 22, 2015 - 2:34pm

News release from Coeur d'Alene School District spokeswoman Laura Rumpler:

The Coeur d’Alene School District’s Long Range Planning Committee is gathering input on our district’s future high school growth.  This information will be shared with the School Board this summer as part of the district’s long range planning efforts.  The committee is gathering both facilities data and community opinion on what types of programs and school environments will best serve our high school students for the future. The district is hosting a series of focus groups as part of the public input process.  The focus group sessions will last forty-five minutes.  Below are the focus group days/ times.  The focus group sessions will be held at the district administrative offices, 1400 N. Northwood Center Court.  If you are interested in participating in one of the focus groups, please RSVP to Laura Rumpler, Director of Communications at lrumpler@cdaschools.org

Future High School Growth Focus Groups

  • Wednesday, May 27th – 7:15 am and 12 pm
  • Friday, May 29th – 7:15 am
  • Monday, June 1st  – 12 pm
  • Tuesday, June 2nd – 5:15 pm
  • Wednesday, June 3rd – 7:15 am

Another way individuals can provide input is by answering a three question survey posted on the district’s website, www.cdaschools.org

HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.22.15

May 22, 2015 - 2:27pm

Coeur d’Alene Community Planning Director Hilary Anderson records a public service announcement on East Sherman Avenue. CDA-TV director Jeff Crowe is also pictured. The city and CDA 2030 have scheduled two town hall meetings in June to kick off a visioning and master planning effort for the East Sherman Avenue corridor. Story here. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, May 21): 9,030 page-views/5,934 unique views

Squirrel KOs Post Falls Power

May 22, 2015 - 2:16pm

A squirrel knocked out power to 2,566 Post Avista customers in Post Falls for nearly an hour this morning. Debbie Simock, Avista senior communications manager, said the squirrel took out a transformer around 8:30 a.m. Crews deactivated the system to find out what caused the outage. Simock said customers living in the west Fourth Avenue area south of the Spokane River were affected by the outage, and several traffic signals were also knocked out. Power was fully restored at 9:14 a.m./Coeur d'Alene Press.

Riverstone Pond

May 22, 2015 - 2:04pm

One of the nicest places for a summer concert in North Idaho is the amphitheater at Riverstone Pond. This photo by Keith Boe of North Idaho Life doesn't show the amphitheater. But it makes me think of the concerts, sponsored by the Coeur d'Alene Arts Alliance. The rest of our wonderful concerts during the summer are the work of Chris Guggemos' Handshake Productions. Can't wait for the concerts to start.
 

30 Years Of Leadership CdA

May 22, 2015 - 1:22pm

It's hard to believe that 30 years have gone by since I attended the first class of Leadership Coeur d'Alene, a group of up-and-comers in the community who learn about the community by attending monthly meetings on given local topics: Government, transportation, media, etc. It's a Chamber of Commerce activity launched by then chamber manager Sandy Emerson. I can't remember much about that first year, other than we imposed the Media Rule, which bans anyone from reporting the frank discussions of the class in the local newspaper. The media rule occurred because we had representatives of the two, local rival papers in class: Editor Bill SomethingOrOther from the Press and me. It was fun. It was the only civic organization that I've joined in my 31 years here in Coeur d'Alene. I may be the only one of my class still living and working in Coeur d'Alene. Why am I telling you this? The 30th Reunion Party of Leadership Coeur d'Alene is being held June 11th at Elk Point from 5-8pm. The event will be catered with plenty of light hors d’oeuvres, microbrews and ample wine. We are asking for a $20 donation and proceeds from the party will be going towards the Toni Sayler Scholarship Fund, Family Promise, Trinity Homes, and St. Vincent de Paul. Contact people are 2014 class President Ann Thomas (208-4150-5372) and 2010 class President Dustin Ainsworth (208-659-6685)

Question: Have you been a member of Leadership Coeur d'Alene or Leadership Post Falls?

ICL Head Makes Wilderness Pledge

May 22, 2015 - 1:10pm

Idaho Conservation League Executive Director Rick Johnson told the opponents to his own Boulder-White Clouds National Monument proposal what they wanted to hear when he testified Thursday. Wyoming Republican Rep. John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining, pressed Johnson on what his organization wants. Monument or wilderness? “At the end of the day we want whatever gets done,” Johnson said. Then Barrasso cut to the chase. “Is it fair to say then you’d be satisfied if Congress designates these areas as wilderness and would oppose the monument idea and get others to do the same?/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you want to see Boulder-White Clouds declared as a wilderness area?


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/05/22/3815924/icls-johnson-says-hell-drop-efforts.html#storylink=cpy

PSA: KCSO Warns Boaters

May 22, 2015 - 1:01pm

A public service announcement from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Marine Division:

As the Memorial Day holiday weekend is upon us, our Marine Patrols will be in full swing on area lakes and rivers. As numerous boaters hit the water over this holiday weekend, here's a few tips to remember so that your boating experience is both enjoyable and safe:

  • Check the condition of your boat front to back, inside and out, ensure all the drain plugs are in and the required safety equipment is on board.
  • Check the condition of your battery/batteries and ensure they are still operational.
  • Check that you have sufficient and serviceable life jackets on board for all occupants, especially for the kids that might have grown a bit since last boating season.
  • Check your fire extinguisher and ensure it is still operational and accessible.

By doing a few preventive measures before you go out, you will reduce the risk of having issues later.

Question: Do you plan to boat this weekend? Where?

Please feel free to flag down one of the marine teams at the launch ramps or on the water for a free safety inspection.

Memorial Day

May 22, 2015 - 12:07pm

Earlier today, Horace Mann Magnet School student Jennifer Song places flags at Little Rock National Cemetery in recognition of Memorial Day in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Question: You do recall that Memorial Day isn't just about a three-day weekend off, right?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 5.22.15

May 22, 2015 - 11:57am
  • 12:14 p.m. CPD officer is stopping to investigate suspicious male in truck of vehicle at Memorial Field/CdA.
  • 12:10 p.m. Extrication unit needed for motorist trapped in vehicle after H95 rollover in front of Fightin' Creek Smoke Shop/Worley. Unknown injuries.
  • 11:39 a.m. Someone is unconscious at the end of Hellroaring Road, Athol.
  • 11:30 a.m. PFPD officer en route to Post Falls Middle School re: tobacco violation.
  • 11:24 a.m. Shopko security has detained female shoplifter but her male companion fled.
  • 11:23 a.m. Domestic dispute reported @ 7000 block of Heartland Drive/CdA.
  • 11:22 a.m. Hayden Walmart security reports fighting with male shoplifter.
  • 11:19 a.m. Disabled white Ford creating road hazard @ n/b H95/MP 421 (Mica Creek Bridge).
  • 11:12 a.m. Reckless driver of yellow pickup @ e/b Prairie Ave/H95, CdA, is texting.
  • 11:08 a.m. Female hurt in CdA domestic this morning is en route to Kootenai Health for exam.
  • 10:56 a.m. Large gray dog is running in median of I-90 b/n H95 & 4th St overpasses.
  • 10:47 a.m. Angry female walking from vehicle on 1st St/CdA threatening to get someone to kill male companion.
  • 10:48 a.m. Female reports engine compartment on fire & flat tire near home @ 6600 Tiger Ave/Post Falls.
  • 10:28 a.m. A two-tone, older Ford Bronco is disabled @ w/b I-90/NW Blvd, CdA, not blocking.
  • 9:38 a.m. Undisclosed trauma injury reported @ 7th St/Spokane Ave, CdA.
  • 9:13 a.m. City of Post Falls alert: "Power and phones are back on at City Hall. An Avista power outage affected more than 2500 customers in the area."
  • 9:12 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 1000 block of Mullan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 9:01 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 100 block of Homestead Ave/CdA.
  • 8:52 a.m. Suspicious person in vehicle reported @ 1300 block of Fairmont Loop/CdA.
  • 8:47 a.m. ISP officer wants readerboard alerting s/b H95 traffic that there's a lane blocked @ Wyoming Ave/Hayden for an arrest and EMTs provided medical attention in a traffic stop.
  • 8:46 a.m. PFPD alert: "The traffic signals are out in several areas throughout the city. Streets Department has been advised and is working on getting traffic control."
  • 8:43 a.m. ISP wants female @ Hanley Ave business to get her children following arrest at traffic stop (8:27 item).
  • 8:31 a.m. ISP able to pull over elusive male and arrest him (8:27 item). He has cuts on face, needs medical attention.
  • 8:30 a.m. Traffic lights @ Seltice Way/Greensferry, Post Falls, and at least one other location not working.
  • 8:27 a.m. Male, with children in the vehicle, is trying to elude traffic officer @ s/b H95, approaching Wyoming Ave/Hayden; unknown reason for traffic stop. Second officer asks if a traffic strip is needed to stop vehicle.

Hayden Mayor Rips NIBCA Ad

May 22, 2015 - 11:47am

In an op-ed column in the Coeur d'Alene Press, Hayden Mayor Ron McIntire takes the North Idaho Building Contractors Association to task for a recent ad re: Hayden's sewer capitalization fees:

In the business world it is often said that if influence is social currency, then integrity is gold. I appreciate that this is an election year. I'm aware that some organizations will resort to misleading the public to gain an advantage. I hope we can rise above such tactics and recognize that civil discourse and honesty will win the day. I hope I'm not so old-fashioned that I've become obsolete in my attitude. NIBCA recently took out a full-page ad claiming the city's sewer capitalization fees on developers are an illegal tax. There are so many blatantly false and misleading statements in their "ad" that it is difficult to know where to begin. More here.

Thoughts?

Worst Food Smell Ever?

May 22, 2015 - 11:40am
MJHartid (RE: Flash! Crash dumps cat food): Reporter on scene this morning for KREM said it smelled bad now and they weren't expecting it to get any better as the day warmed up. MMMMM Seafood Medley.

Question: What is the worst food related smell that you've encountered?

Poll: Most Aren't Kroc Members

May 22, 2015 - 11:18am
  • Thursday Poll: 62% of Hucks Nation isn't a member of the Coeur d'Alene Kroc Center -- or have ever been a member of The Kroc. 111 of 180 respondents (61.67%) said they're not members. However, 30 respondents (16.67%) said they are members, and another 27 (15%) said they used to be members. Also: 7 (3.89%) said they want to join The Kroc, and 5 (2.78%) checked "What? Me exercise?).
  • Today's Poll: Do you consider the actions of the Far Right wingers of the Idaho GOP to be laughable?

Actions Of GOP Fringe Not Funny

May 22, 2015 - 11:06am

Writing for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News editorial board, Devin Rokyta comments:

The paranoia permeating the far right of the Republican party in Idaho is usually more laughable than anything. We know their bills trying to advance measures like those calling for the carrying of concealed firearms without any permit or training, "taking back" of federal lands that have never belonged to Idaho, nullifying federal gun control laws and Environmental Protection Agency regulations, and forcing high school students to read Ayn Rand will go nowhere. And if such bills somehow make it past the governor's desk, we can normally be sure a court somewhere will call their nonsense out for what it is. But we can't exactly call those on the fringe harmless. Unfortunately, they have loud and powerful voices in Idaho - and throughout the nation - and their hate and neurosis isn't always escapable. More here.

Question: Do you consider the actions of the Idaho GOP fringe to be laughable?

AM Headlines -- 5.22.15

May 22, 2015 - 10:37am

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell walks in the Boise Foothills, Tuesday, in Boise. Jewell has released a plan for a wildfire-fighting strategy intended to protect a wide swath of intermountain West sagebrush country that supports cattle ranchers and is home to a struggling bird species. Story here. (AP/Statesman photo: Darin Oswald)