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Colleges Scramble To Boost Security

August 26, 2014 - 8:49am

Gather up these pieces of the guns on campus jigsaw puzzle. See what you can make of them. At Boise State University, President Bob Kustra is spending $1.39 million getting ready for the law that allows anyone 21 and older who has the appropriate paperwork to carry a concealed firearm around campus -- including classrooms -- with the exception of venues serving more than 1,000 people and residence centers. Kustra says he needs metal detectors at BSU's Albertsons Stadium -- even though patrons now are subject to having their accessories searched. There's been no history of illegally armed people detained at these events. And BSU is employing a level of security more in line with the NFL than the NCAA/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Will Idaho colleges be safer/same-o/less safe this fall as a result of the new guns-on-campus law?

Osteoporosis Common, Dangerous

August 26, 2014 - 8:41am

Osteoporosis doesn’t just happen to old ladies. Rather, it’s a disease that can weaken anyone’s bones, regardless of age or sex, putting them at higher risk of fracture – which can lead to pain, deformities and a loss of mobility. But osteoporosis can be prevented through diet or exercise, or detected early through testing. About 54 million people in the U.S. have or are at risk of osteoporosis or low bone mass. It’s “a silent disease,” according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, “because you can’t feel your bones getting weaker.” The biggest concern with osteoporosis is breaking bones. The National Institutes of Health estimates that four in 10 women and one in 10 men older than 50 will break a hip, spine or wrist/Margaret Cowles, SR. More here. (Photo: McClatchy-Tribune)

Question: Any of your family suffer from this malady?

Teachers, Board Can't Settle

August 26, 2014 - 8:34am

Trustees Dave Eubanks and Christa Hazel, left, listen to a comment from the audience during negotiations with the Coeur d'Alene Education Association (five people sitting behind table to the right). The negotiations were conducted at Woodland Middle School Monday afternoon (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Teachers in Coeur d'Alene will start the school year without a contract. Negotiations between the school district's board of trustees and the Coeur d'Alene Education Association -- the local chapter of the state teachers union - broke down a week ago. There was a glimmer of hope that a settlement might be reached at the 11th hour when both sides agreed to return to the bargaining table for one last meeting. The session, held Monday at Woodland Middle School, attracted about 100 observers, mainly teachers. It ended without resolution of the contract, and with an agreement to seek a settlement through mediation/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR photo by Shawn Gust: Board negotiator Kelly Ostrom listens to a case by the Coeur d’Alene Education Association representatives)

Question: Are you concerned that the teachers and the school board were unable to reach an agreement?

McEuen Garage Attracts Problems

August 26, 2014 - 8:18am

A discarded alcohol bottle rests in a flower bed in the McEuen Park parking garage Monday in Coeur d'Alene. The parking area has been prone to continuing misuse such as littering and drinking. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Jake Parrish)

McEuen Park's 450 covered parking spaces in downtown Coeur d'Alene have also provided cover for troublesome activities. Coeur d'Alene Police have been called to the garage more than 100 times in the past five months, fielding complaints of graffiti, vandalism, speeding, drag racing, and large groups of partyers. Transients have been sleeping and camping in the garage and using it as a bathroom, according to a city attorney. "(The garage) has provided shelter from the elements and screened from public view activities that are not conducive to its intended use as a vehicle parking facility," Chief Criminal Deputy Attorney Wes Somerton wrote in a report to the city council's General Services Committee/Taryn Thompson, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think the proposed laws will be effective?

High-Flying Flag To Remain

August 26, 2014 - 8:16am

The U.S. Forest Service says a U.S. flag with a light shining on it that someone attached to the top of a large ponderosa pine tree on Fourth of July Pass will remain because it’s too dangerous to remove. Idaho Panhandle National Forest spokesman Jay Kirchner tells the Coeur d’Alene Press in a story on Tuesday that the agency has no idea who put the flag atop the tree next to Interstate 90 in North Idaho. Kirchner says the agency sent professional tree climbers to remove it but the flag is so high and attached to such a skinny part of the tree an attempt was deemed too risky/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Do you admire the flag planters zeal to fly the stars & stripes?

O Canada! Here Comes Burger King?

August 26, 2014 - 8:13am

Burger King may be the home of the Whopper, but Canada may be the new home of Burger King. The restaurant operator said on Sunday that it was in talks to buy Tim Hortons, the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain, in a potential deal that would create one of the world’s biggest fast-food businesses. If completed, the deal would mean Burger King’s corporate headquarters would move to Canada, raising the specter of yet another American company switching its national citizenship to lower its tax bill/New York Times. More here. (AP photo: A Burger King sign and a Tim Hortons sign are displayed on St. Laurent Boulevard in Ottawa, Canada, on Monday)

Question: Does it matter to you whether Burger King has corporate headquarters in the USA or Canada?

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

August 26, 2014 - 8:03am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Wild Card/Monday -- 8.25.14

August 25, 2014 - 5:18pm

We're entering the last week of summer. Which means my Fantasy Football League draft is rapidly approaching, as is another fall election. (Izzit just me -- or are we always in one election cycle or another?) I suspect I'll enjoy the Fantasy Football season more than the approaching election one. It's hard to get thrilled over some of the local courthouse & legislative candidates who are likely to win in November, in a county that puts ideology before good government. With that happy thought, I'll post today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 8.25.14

August 25, 2014 - 5:17pm

An Indian villager walks through flood water to collect drinking water from a hand pump in Burhaburhi village in Morigaon district of north eastern Assam state, India, earlier today. Monsoon season brings rains vital to growing crops in India, but floods and landslides each year kill thousands of people and submerge hundreds of villages. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Top Comment -- Marc Stewart

August 25, 2014 - 5:07pm

Marc Stewart (RE: Highway 95 projects off table due to lack of funds): My family was involved in an accident on US 95 earlier this month. Thankfully nobody was injured, but it was scary for the kids. The other driver was cited for rear ending us. Its my view the freeway is at max capacity and the drivers are crazier than ever this summer. It's not just 95 that's dangerous. On the way home from the Kootenai County Fair last night, I was on Dalton waiting to cross Government Way and I saw a pickup coming fast against a red light. He didn't even slow down. He must have been doing 70 mph in front of the sheriff's building. Be careful out there.

Question: Summer driving in Coeur d'Alene isn't as bad as driving on an L.A. freeway. But it gets stressful during summer tourist season. Do you have a game plan for surviving tourist traffic without crashing?

City To Unveil Public Art In September

August 25, 2014 - 4:57pm

From draft minutes of Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting last week: "Councilmember Evans stated that the Arts Commission has announced that two installations will take place in September; the “American Worker” and “The Explorers.”  The “American Worker” piece will be located between 5th and 6th Street on Front Avenue and “The Explorers” will be installed south of the splash pad at the base of Tubbs Hill at the trail confluence." Dean Haagenson (on right in inset photo from CdA Press), of Contractors Northwest (the general contractor for the McEuen Park makeover) is donating the $50,000 "American Worker" to the city of Coeur d'Alene. Terry Lee (on left in inset photo) is the artist who is creating the bronze statue. More here.

Question: Are you ready for 2 more pieces of public art to decorate McEuen Park?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.25.14

August 25, 2014 - 4:51pm

On Post Falls Police Department Facebook: "Here is a picture of Andor with his body armor on. The vest was purchased with donations received from the community. Thank you Post Falls for your support of your K9 Program over the years. This vest will help Andor stay safe while catching the bad guys."

  • 5:14 p.m. Pitbull is chasing a puppy @ 13th Street/Hattie Avenue, CdA.
  • 5:09 p.m. PFPD officer asks dispatch to send coroner to his (undisclosed) location.
  • 4:49 p.m. 90YO has broken arm in fall @ North Star Retirement Center, 2340 W. Seltice Way/CdA.
  • 4:45 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Aug. 24-25 here.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Aug. 24-25 here.
  • 4:25 p.m. KCSDeputy has caught 2 suspects in recent Rathdrum Prairie backhoe theft.
  • 4:24 p.m. Ambulance will transport 2 of 3 occupants of vehicle that rolled over on I-90 (4:13 item).
  • 4:19 p.m. Vehicles are backed up 2 miles on w/b I-90 as result of rollover (4:13 item). Also backing up e/b.
  • 4:13 p.m. 3 occupants are out of vehicle that flipped several times @ w/b I-90/MP 8 (Huetter rest stop) median.
  • 4:08 p.m. Possible suspects in recent backhoe theft reported leaving Hern Ironworks/CdA.
  • 3:40 p.m. 57YO male in pain due to kidney stone @ Hayden Super 1 parking lot/Hayden Avenue.
  • 3:23 p.m. Doberman reportedly running loose @ 27000 block of Twin Lakes Road.
  • 2:44 p.m. Boy 12 to 15 years old is walking in I-90 median near w/b Huetter rest stop.
  • 2:20 p.m. 43YO male bleeding uncontrollably from head after being hit by pole on Mill Street/Rathdrum.
  • 2:11 p.m. Young male & 2 young females shoplifting @ Post Falls WalMart East, Mullan.
  • 1:59 p.m. PFPD officer reports finding abandoned vehicle belonging to Dale's Used Cars/CdA, near Treaty Rock.
  • 1:30 p.m. Post Falls EMTs en route to 77YO female who broke her ribs in a fall, unknown location.
  • 1:24 p.m. Male in KCSO lobby is requesting to see the watch commander immediately.
  • 1:16 p.m. KFD EMTS en route to female who suffered quarter-inch foot cut, unknown location.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines -- 8.25.14

August 25, 2014 - 4:40pm

Danielle Read puts her hand on her mother, Vicki Normington's shoulder as Capt. Ricky Walsh with the Richland Fire Department and International Association of Fire Fighters 7th District leader salutes, after presenting Vicki with the IAFF Fallen Firefighter's Medal of Honor on Friday, during a memorial service for her husband, Capt. Mark Normington at Hennessey Valley Funeral Home in Spokane, Wash. Normington was a long-time Coeur d'Alene resident. Story here. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

Cutline Contest -- 8.25.14

August 25, 2014 - 4:31pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Skateboarder Chris Young, 22, launches himself off a buckled sidewalk in Napa, Calif., following an earthquake Sunday. Officials in the city of Napa say 15 to 16 buildings are no longer inhabitable after Sunday's magnitude-6.0 earthquake, and there is only limited access to numerous other structures. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Weekend Winner -- Randy Myers, with 12 likes: "Santa's elves wish the Portugese child had only wanted a pony." You can see Weekend Photo and read all the Cutline Contest entries here.

DanOTC Supports His Local Police

August 25, 2014 - 4:17pm

From draft minutes of last week's Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting: Dan English, Coeur d’Alene, wanted to share a recent experience with Coeur d’Alene Police Department.  Approximately 6-7 weeks ago he had discovered his GPS was stolen from his vehicle, and he reported the crime to make sure it is not a part of a larger pattern.  He provided the serial number but had no hope of getting his item back.  A few weeks later he received notice that the GPS was recovered, as the Police Department compares serial numbers with items turned in to local pawn shops, which is where his item is located.  He wanted to note that there are more incidents of beneficial work done by the police personnel than not, and wanted to share something that went right.  He encouraged the community to report crimes when they happen.

Question: Do you support the local police more/same/less than you did before the Arfee shooting?

2014 Utility Box Program Ready To Go

August 25, 2014 - 4:06pm

Draft minutes from the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting last week: "Recreation Director Steve Anthony stated that the utility box project continues to be a success.  Over the next couple of weeks the installation of the 2014 art will begin.  Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, Linda Lantzy Photography, Tom Hanson, Julie Clark, Lynn Hanley, Debbie McCulley, Joe McGee, Jason Sanchez, Mary Dee Dodge, Charles Reasoner, and Kenneth Jungjohann, provided art for this year’s project.  Additionally, historical photographs will be used this year.  This artwork lowers maintenance costs, as it prevents the need to repaint the boxes for at least 7 years.  A new Art Currents piece was installed in the place of the Blue Heron piece that was purchased and donated to the City." (City of Coeur d'Alene Photo: Tugboats & an old-time clock decorate utility boxes at street corner near North Idaho Museum parking lot)

Question: What do you think of Coeur d'Alene's utility box public art project?

Quotable Quote

August 25, 2014 - 3:53pm
I get flak for submitting agenda items, but if I didn't carjack it, the KCRCC would remain parked in the yard. On cinderblocks -- Bjorn Handeen, GOPrecinct 52 Committeeman, via Twitter.

DFO: For those keeping score at home the county GOP meets tomorrow night at the courthouse. Now that the mainstreamers have been vanquished, Bjorn may be our only hope for interesting dialogue.

HBO Blogosphere -- 8.25.14

August 25, 2014 - 3:03pm

"We had a relaxing but productive weekend around here," posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. "Bill tended to brush hogging and forestry projects while I put a new shine to several sections of board fence, hence the photos this morning with fences in the background." This "wolf crossing" was one of the areas that got a fresh coat of pain. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Aug. 17-23): 35,391 page-views/22,785 unique views

H95 Projects Off Table, No Funding

August 25, 2014 - 2:53pm

As Don Davis has monitored the traffic and crash statistics along U.S. 95 in Coeur d’Alene and Hayden, he has noted some relief in recent years. But the Idaho Transportation Department senior planner is also not taking his eyes off the data. Davis has watched traffic and crash statistics taper in recent years since the 2005 boom and he said that’s a good thing, especially with highway project funding still difficult to come by. “We are watching closely to see if something out of the ordinary happens or if we get a hot spot,” Davis said. “But we’re at 2,000 less vehicles per day than we were in 2005. It’s a pretty static situation right now.” Davis said no major projects are planned in the next five years in the corridor due to the lack of funding/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you had a close call on Highway 95, between Appleway and H54?

Wrestlers To Provide School Supplies

August 25, 2014 - 2:20pm

Pat Whitcomb describes annual school supply giveaway provided by his North Idaho College wrestlers.

The North Idaho College wrestling team is giving away school supplies to K-12 students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Village at Riverstone across from Aeropostale. Supplies will be given out while they last on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the effort is asked to drop off donations such as school supplies or money at Escape Outdoors retail store and Well-Read Moose Bookstore in Riverstone during working hours Aug. 25-26. Donations will also be accepted in the Christianson Gym lobby or Gym Office 123/Tom Greene, North Idaho College. More here.

Question: Is this something you would be interested in supporting?