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Arfee: Officer Returned To Scene

September 18, 2014 - 10:40am

Leaders with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department released video on Wednesday showing what happened hours after an officer shot and killed a dog in July. Officer David Kelley opened fire on the dog after it lunged out of a partially opened window near 8th Street and Sherman.  (Authorities originally stated that the officer had killed a pit bull. However, the owner later corrected that statement by releasing a photo of the two-year-old black lab named Arfie.) Kelley along with another officer was investigating a possible child enticement call outside of a coffee at the time. The video released shows what happened when the officer returned to the scene hours after the deadly dog shooting. Kelley can be heard speaking with the owner of the coffee shop about the van the dog was in earlier in the day/KXLY. More here.


AM: Marketing Church To Youth

September 18, 2014 - 10:16am

A religious billboard is seen Wednesday in downtown Spokane. The Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is responsible for the billboards that target social media savvy young people. The billboards appear only in the Spokane area. SR story by Wilson Criscione here. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

Deep Thoughts

September 18, 2014 - 9:38am
If an area is attractive to retirees," asks Paul Turner/The Slice blog, "does it automatically follow that the resulting influx makes a city and surroundings more conservative politically?"


JohnA: You Can Have Overcast Skies

September 18, 2014 - 9:25am

JohnA (RE: Where Young People Go To Retire): Portland, like Seattle would be a great place if it didn't rain all the time. There's a reason the city has one of the highest rates of suicide in the nation and it is not its overabundance of sunshine. Yeah, an hour to the coast and an hour to year-round skiing is cool, but I couldn't take the constant cloudy skies. I'll live and someday die in north Idaho, thank you very much.

Question: Have you ever lived in a place that you thought had near perfect weather year round? And/or: Describe a perfect day, temperature wise, in North Idaho?

Espy: Why Was I Pulled Over?

September 18, 2014 - 9:14am

Espy: I was heading south on Ramsey on my way to the Kroc (Wednesday) morning. As I turned onto Golf Course Road, the cop car behind me flashed his lights and stopped me. I knew I hadn't been speeding as I'd followed a front loader down the road, doing no more than 30 mph. The cop told me I had been stopped as my plates had expired, although he acknowledged that the tags were up to date. It turned out that I was somehow in the system twice, once with my license plate showing expired, and once as up to date. I can't help but wonder though why I was being checked out at all. I had done nothing wrong, my tags were current, but he had still run a check on the vehicle. Is this normal, do they check everyone in front of them as they drive along just on the off-chance? Now if they had everyone in the system twice, they can pull anyone over for no real reason at all. Am I over-cynical?

Question: Have you ever been pulled over by a patrol officer for no reason?

Coeur d'Alene? Dangerous? Hahaha

September 18, 2014 - 9:09am

A study conducted by a national law and policy group names Coeur d'Alene the most dangerous city in Idaho, but there are only 72 safer metropolitan areas in the nation. Law Street Media released a study last week based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's most recent Uniform Crime Report: "Crime in the United States 2012." In its study, Law Street details the violent crime statistics for every city in the United States with a population greater than 25,000 -- 1,583 cities in all. ... Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White said statistical reports should be taken with a grain of salt because there are several contributing factors to the level of crime in the community. First of all, he said, the statistics are based on 2012 data and much has changed since then, including a major factor: the economy/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Jeff Selle's article breaks down the study released by Law Street Media, claiming Coeur d'Alene is the most dangerous town in Idaho. Some of you commented on an abbreviated story from KREM2 Wednesday. Any further comments?

Sims Seeks 3rd House Term

September 18, 2014 - 8:50am

State Rep. Kathy Sims has announced she is seeking a third term in the Idaho House, touting her record of fighting for less government and lower taxes. The Coeur d'Alene Republican, from District 4, currently serves as vice-chair of the Local Government Committee. She said it's important voters in North Idaho have someone in Boise representing them on a committee leadership level. Sims has promised to work for the elimination of sales tax on groceries. Taking millions of dollars out of the economy at the grocery store and returning it in April is dumb, she said. "Everybody seems to be looking for more money all the time, but taxpayers' pockets are pretty well cleaned out," Sims said/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I agree with Rep. Sims re: need to eliminate sales tax on groceries. But she was wrong in opposing a mental health center for Kootenai County. I don't think she pays much attention to those who disagree with her. Thoughts?

Putting Faces To Vietnam's Fallen

September 18, 2014 - 8:45am

A dozen Kootenai County men were killed while serving in Vietnam. Their names, birth dates and the dates they became casualties of war are etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. A virtual memorial also bears those names and dates. The Wall of Faces - a digital gallery found at - also includes photos of the men whose names grace the physical, national memorial commonly known as The Wall. "Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of The Wall," said Janna Hoehn, a Maui, Hawaii, resident and volunteer for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and its Faces Never Forgotten program. "It keeps these soldiers alive and will honor them. Our heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten." But images of many of the men are missing. Four of the Kootenai County residents who perished while fighting in Southeast Asia remain faceless on the virtual wall/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press courtesy photo)

Question: Do you know someone who died in Vietnam?

Pickleball, Anyone?

September 18, 2014 - 8:30am

Letha Rodrigues watches her partner Selina Hoit returns a long ball during a pickle ball match on Saturday afternoon. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Tess Freeman)

Pickleball players know to only hang out in the "kitchen" if they happen to be "dinking." "Dinking" refers to hitting the larger-than-average whiffle ball softly over the net and the "kitchen" is the 7-foot, no-volley zone near the net where players cannot enter until the ball has bounced. Players remind themselves and others to "stay out of the kitchen." "The reason for that whole area is so you cannot just stand up at the net and slam it back at people," United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) ambassador Ken Heydon of Post Falls, said Wednesday. "It's part of the strategy of the game." Pickleball is presently known as the fastest-growing sport in the country/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you played pickleball on the new McEuen Park courts?

Midtown Rallies Against Proposal

September 18, 2014 - 8:26am

Midtown residents have formed a new neighborhood association and they want to have some say in how the urban renewal district is developed. Greg Johnson, speaking on behalf of the Midtown Neighborhood Association, gave a presentation on Wednesday to the board of the Lake City Development Corp., which is considering a workforce housing development on the corner of Fourth Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Johnson said the association is not happy with that proposal and wants to work with LCDC and The Housing Company, the developer of the project, to resolve some issues they have. "We are looking for a good fit," he told the board/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Press photo by Tess Freeman: Meg Sullivan, owner of Kelly’s Irish Pub, speaks to the Lake City Development Corporation Board of Commissioners)

Question: What type of project would you like to see in Midtown?

Clark: I Don't Care Who You Are

September 18, 2014 - 8:14am

I’m announcing my write-in candidacy for president today on a one-issue campaign guaranteed to win over all right-thinking Americans, be they Republicans, Democrats or members of parties Green and Tea. Put me in the White House. I won’t start a war. I won’t raise your taxes. But I WILL pass judgment on every jerk celebrity who dares utter “Do you know who I am?” during moments of drunken duress, ego excess or impending arrest. Same for all boorish variations, such as: “Don’t you (#^$%)-ing know who I am?” Or, “Don’t you recognize me? I’m Miley Cyrus.” Are you as sick of these self-inflated saps as I am? Shia LeBeouf. Tara Reid. Lindsay Lohan. Kanye West … I feel like my head will explode when one of these idiots plays the fame card/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Has someone ever played the fame card on you ("Don't you know who I am?")?

A Spreading Concern

September 18, 2014 - 8:11am

Lisa Benson/Washington Post Writers Group

Hump Day Wild Card -- 9.17.14

September 17, 2014 - 5:30pm

We're experiencing another gorgeous fall day in viewtiful Coeur d'Alene. I haven't been riding my bike to work because it's a tad cold in the mornings. But I regret that decision about this time of the day. I unwind during my ride home from work. I need to toughen up a bit. How deep into the fall do you ride your bike? While you're pondering that question, I'll post today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 9.17.14

September 17, 2014 - 5:28pm

A boy shows unexploded hand grenade in the village of Novosvitlivka, eastern Ukraine, Monday. The village was severely damaged during fighting between government troops and the separatist rebels that eventually took control there in late August. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Most Commented Stories -- 9.17.14

September 17, 2014 - 5:18pm
The posts that received the most comments today are: "Arfee: It ain't over (12 comments)," and: "Coeur d'Alene: Idaho's most dangerous town (11 comments)."

Top Comment Today -- Sisyphus

September 17, 2014 - 5:13pm

Sisyphus (RE: Speaker: We've taught men to rape): Yup. It's the boys will be boys mentality. Slut shaming. We objectify women and them blame them for men acting out on their urges, like it's the woman's fault. Treating rape victims as perpetrators. We even blame women who were drunk for getting raped, when there's no possible way she can consent in that condition. We ensconce it in public policy, denying birth control for women while making sure viagra is covered by insurance. Worse, society encourages men to have sex as soon as possible yet women must be chaste. I don't think that create's a "man". A man respects a woman and would never contemplate sex without mutual respect.

Cutline Contest -- 9.17.14

September 17, 2014 - 4:52pm

Time 2 Vote ...

The Facts: Washington Nationals outfielders Steven Souza (21) and Bryce Harper, right, are shown in the dugout before facing the Atlanta Braves Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Tuesday Winner -- Wadittman, with 5 likes: "Sen Patty Murray takes an aggressive approach to questioning the Joint Chiefs at today's hearing." You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.17.14

September 17, 2014 - 4:45pm
  • 5:32 p.m. Non-injury accident reported @ Ramsey Road/Kathleen Avenue/CdA.
  • 5:15 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report Sept. 12-17 here.
  • 5:06 p.m. A tree & debris is lying in both lanes of e/b I-90/MP 11 (NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 5:04 p.m. A male has been missing from Summerfield Loop/Hayden for two hours.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 16-17 here.
  • 4:32 p.m. Someone has suffered trauma injury near Mobile station @ 508 Northwest Blvd/CdA.
  • 4:28 p.m. Property owner on Bellerive/Riverstone reports male w/bow hunting on his property w/o permission.
  • 4:18 p.m. Caller reports Road Rager pulled switchblade after he'd followed him to his home on 2nd Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 3:46 p.m. Deputy wants mother to come for boy who was carrying .22 rifle and handgun.
  • 3:02 p.m. Motorist reports truck @ w/b I-90/Stateline smells like fish & wonders if it is carrying the same chemical that caused the freeway to be shut down for hours when it leaked over the weekend.
  • 2:50 p.m. Injury accident reported @ Canfield/Government Way, CdA.
  • 2:35 p.m. CPD officer fields complaint re: Coeur d'Alene man chopping wood in town & wonders if the man is chopping to late into evening -- or is currently chopping wood.
  • 2:29 p.m. Possible unattended death on Silverado Street/Rathdrum; 46YO female lying face down, cold to the touch.
  • 2:03 p.m. Possible violation of domestic restraining order reported on Melrose/Hayden.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines -- 9.17.14

September 17, 2014 - 4:35pm

Gov. Butch Otter, center, huddles with former Idaho lieutenant governor Jack Riggs and Sandy Patano at the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Hagadone Events Center. Otter presented an "Address to the Business Community" during the event. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Otter Addresses Chamber Luncheon

September 17, 2014 - 4:21pm

A large Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce audience listens as Gov. Butch Otter gives an "Address to the Business Community" during the lunch hour at the Hagadone Event Center at the Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)