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Top Comment: Joker RE: Mud Pit

July 17, 2014 - 5:10pm

Joker (RE: What's up -- with McEuen Park mud pit?): Negative? This is great news. Obviously somebody didn't get the latest press release. McEuen's latest feature: outdoor spa mud baths. When you're feeling stressed or like you need a little "me" time, simply visit the Harbor House and ask for your complimentary LCDC bathrobe and a refreshing glass of champagne. Then slip your body gently into the mud and feel like $20 million bucks. Revive, refresh and reinvigorate your soul.


Peterson, 6 Others Sue GOP Officials

July 17, 2014 - 4:58pm

Embattled state GOP Chairman Barry Peterson (pictured in AP file photo) announced today that he and six backers have filed a lawsuit in state district court in Twin Falls County, challenging the state GOP central committee meeting that's been set for Aug. 2 by petition of several counties' delegations to pick new state party leaders. The lawsuit targets Mike Mathews and Cindy Siddoway, whom Peterson termed “the two party members who illegally issued a call for a special meeting of the State Central Committee while unilaterally declaring that all state party offices were vacant”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: If the Idaho GOP wants to come back together, someone needs to tell Barry Peterson to go away. Thoughts?

PM: Vik Coach To Mentor Team USA

July 17, 2014 - 4:49pm

Linda Lanker, head coach of Coeur d’Alene High School’s track and field program, was recently selected as a mentor for the Team USA coaching staff at the Junior World Championships in Eugene, Oregon next week. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.17.14

July 17, 2014 - 4:37pm
  • 5:19 p.m. Spokane Co deputy on scene reports 3-vehicle, injury crash @ H53/Prairie Avenue, Rathdrum.
  • 5:17 p.m. CPD officer tells drunk male @ Appleway business to find somewhere else to rest in shade.
  • 5:15 p.m. Father reports possible sexual assault of daughter and injury to her dog @ Corbin Park/Post Falls.
  • 4:50 p.m. PFPD Day Shift report: Officers also responded to an assault with a knife, a shed burglary, numerous medical calls, abandoned vehicles and an ex-employee spending a large amount of time watching the business that let him go.
  • 4:35 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 16-17 here.
  • 4:26 p.m. 7 juveniles are running across traffic @ 1st/Spokane Street & jumping off bridge.
  • 4:19 p.m. Deputies are trying to catch shoplifter in camo shorts running out Hayden WalMart garden center.
  • 4:16 p.m. Someone has fallen in Bestland assisted living center, 606 Best/CdA.
  • 3:51 p.m. 80ish female @ 515 Garden Plaza Center/Post Falls is suffering back pain.
  • 3:43 p.m. Drunk 50ish female in red vehicle w/Bonner Co plates is leaving Rathdrum Super 1 lot.
  • 3:38 p.m. Post Falls resident reports 2 men in red van are stipping metal from signs on his property.
  • 3:12 p.m. Rider w/black shirt, orange harness speeding @ 100 mph on black motorcycle in I-90, near NW Blvd/CdA.
  • 3:04 p.m. Female was yelling @ male to get out of vehicle @ Arby's on Appleway/CdA.
  • 2:28 p.m. Caller on land line wants to speak to county animal control about a lost cat.
  • 2:10 p.m. Fully engulfed structure fire @ E 12th Avenue & N Cecil Rd (Townsend Loop)/Post Falls.
  • 1:59 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ 3600 block of Fernan Hill Road/Fernan.
  • 1:33 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Today notice: Front Avenue between Eight and Ninth streets will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, while Coeur d'Alene street crews perform paving work.
  • 1:21 p.m. Driver of pickup on I-90/Coeur d'Alene area weaving, while 2 passengers appear to be passed out.
  • 1:09 p.m. A large, metal sign is lying on freeway @ I-90/MP 5 (Spokane Street/Post Falls).
  • 1:02 p.m. Coeur d'Alene police Facebook: Wanted subject Nicole McMillan, 23, of Post Falls, was arrested on 7-16-2014 in Post Falls. She was wanted on felony warrant charging her w/failure to appear on drug possession charges.
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About Those Smoky Skies Out There

July 17, 2014 - 4:06pm

Air quality has worsened dramatically this afternoon after the National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for much of the Inland Northwest as winds drive Central Washington wildfire smoke eastward. The air quality index in Spokane went from good this morning to moderate early this afternoon to unhealthy for persons with health problems by 3:30 p.m. The index stood at 145 with 150 being unhealthy for the general population. Local agencies also issued burn bans for most recreational fires. Spokane County, the city of Spokane and the Spokane Valley Fire Department announced burn bans, including the cities of Liberty Lake and Millwood/Mike Prager, SR. More here. (Mike Siegal photo: Plumes of smoke from the Leavenworth wildfire arc in the sky as seen from Highway 2 at Highway 207, west of Leavenworth, Wash., today)

Question: Are you having any trouble breathing today?

McEuen Swale Problem Under Review

July 17, 2014 - 3:50pm

Here's an updated photo of the swampy area at the southwest corner of McEuen Park, taken by city spokesman Keith Erickson this afternoon.

The swale area that remains to be hydroseeded unexpectedly started to fill with water earlier this year. What happened was the water recycling system (the 60,000 gallon holding tank below the Harbor House used to irrigate the park) was overflowing into the swale area. Basically, there is a lake pump that would turn on in the morning to fill the tank, then the splash pad would kick on and water from that would also go to the tank. The tank overloaded, resulting in water flowing into the swale area. Those pumps are being adjusted to alleviate the problem. Additionally, we are working to improve soil permeability. We hope to have the situation resolved soon/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.


Wellness Bar Opens In Downtown CdA

July 17, 2014 - 3:46pm

At Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, OrangeTV gives 2 thumbs up to new Wellness Bar in downtown Coeur d'Alene area: "The Wellness Bar is now open at 312 4th St in Cd'A. Serving healthful juices and smoothies, infused waters, and soon to be serving organic foodstuffs. A friend popped in yesterday (opening day) and brought me an orange-carrot-ginger concoction that was just the refreshing thing I needed on a hot summer's day." (Photo: Get Out! North Idaho)

Question: Is this something that interests you?

Bjorn Mulls Dog Protection Resolution

July 17, 2014 - 2:49pm

Bjorn Handeen, the GOPrecinct committeeman for my Precinct 52, is planning to present this resolution to the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee Tuesday evening (patterned after Colorado Dog Protection Act):

  • Whereas, there are multiple instances every year of dogs being shot by law enforcement officers, and;
  • Whereas, these shooting tragedies cause profound grief to the dogs' owners, trauma to families and neighbors witnessing the incidents, great physical suffering to the dogs, and undermine the confidence that communities have in their law enforcement to protect and serve in an appropriate and humane manner, and;
  • Whereas, increasing such officers' knowledge of, and comfort with, interactions with dogs will better protect the local law enforcement officers in the course of performing their duties; and
  • Whereas, the State of Colorado recognized the need for further training, and last year signed into law Colorado’s Senate Bill 13-226, known as the Dog Protection Act, and;
  • Be it resolved, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee urges our state legislators to examine Colorado’s Senate Bill 13-226, known as the Dog Protection Act, and;
  • Be it resolved, the KCRCC urges our state legislators to develop similar legislation.

Question: Do you have any constructive criticism of the resolution for Bjorn? He still has time to make some changes before Tuesday.

HBO Blogosphere -- 7.17.14

July 17, 2014 - 2:22pm

At Slight Detour, Marianne Love calls this photo, "Dancing with the Garlic." More photos here. And: here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, July 16): 8367 page-views/5181 unique views

What's Up -- With McEuen Mud Pit?

July 17, 2014 - 2:02pm

Here's what the backed-up water at McEuen Park looked like earlier this year, before the park opened. (File photo: Duane Rasmussen)

I don't want to give Joker & Right Girl fodder for another day of comment bombing runs, but ... what's up with that mess in the southwest corner of the green space at McEuen Park -- the one nearest the Harbor House. It's a mud pit with water pooling in the ruts today, after several days of intense sun. Did someone miscalculate the runoff from the grassy area? Was there some sort of engineering miscue involving the splash pad and holding tank? Inquiring minds want to know.

Update: City working on McEuen Park swale problem/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today

Question: What should we name the McEuen Park "lake"?

A Sampling Of NIdaho Happy Hours

July 17, 2014 - 1:46pm

Crab cakes at the Seasons in downtown Coeur d'Alene. (Photo: Inlander)

Happy hour in the panhandle doesn't have to mean all-fried or totally unhealthy (not that we don't love a good basket of crispy chicken strips and jo-jo's with a heaping helping of ranch dressing). Asian duck, salmon satay, hummus and veggies... for under $5? Totally doable. And once you've sampled some of what the area's restaurants have to offer, we think you'll be back for more. (Carrie Scozzaro of the Inlander goes on to give quick reviews of happy hour offerings at Oval Office, Bardnay, Bonsai Bistro, Seasons of Coeur d'Alene, and Capones.) More here.

Question: Which North Idaho happy hour appeals to you most?

Why Ask Why?

July 17, 2014 - 1:28pm

Here's one for retired Seasoned Citizens who are received Social Security/Medicare benefits. As I approach Birthday No. 65 (in November), I've been receiving letters and postcards from various insurance companies who want to provide Medicare coverage. Only thing is ... I don't plan to retire at 65. Hey, as long as I'm having fun here, why should I? So here's the question:

Question: Should I be paying attention to such notices?

Microsoft To Lay Off 18,000

July 17, 2014 - 1:19pm

Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut up to 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its staff as it works to cut down on management layers and integrate the Nokia cellphone business it bought in April. The news sent Microsoft’s stock up 2 percent in morning trading. Although the job cuts had been expected, the extent of them was a surprise. It’s the boldest move by CEO Satya Nadella since he took the reins from Steve Ballmer in February. In a public email to employees Thursday, he said the changes were needed for the company to “become more agile and move faster”/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Is the bloom off the rose in the high-tech industry?

Marc: Harmed Pets Get Attention

July 17, 2014 - 11:56am

Marc Stewart (RE: dog shooting attracts nasty remarks): People are mad at the police. Real mad. This stuff is a reflection of that pent up anger toward law enforcement and authority figures. Is right? Of course not. This dog shooting is still the talk of the town. There's also a strange societal regarding pets. In my journalism days, we'd call it animal porn. You could write about important budget issues and nobody cared. The stories got little play in the community. However, if you wrote about cat or dog being harmed, people would come unglued and want to do something.

Question: Why do we, as a community, go bonkers hen a pet cat or dog is harmed?

It's Mine, No It's Mine

July 17, 2014 - 11:52am

In the good ol' days, this would have been a candidate for the Cutline Contest: Two feral monk parakeets fight over a blade of grass after a thunderstorm on Tuesday in Cooper City, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Former Solon To Lead Parks & Rec

July 17, 2014 - 11:50am

Current Idaho state tax commissioner and former state Sen. David Langhorst, D-Boise, has been named the new director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Charles Correll, state parks board chairman, said, “The Board selected David Langhorst based on his experience, management skills, and proven ability to lead through times of change.  He also has a strong desire to ensure access to Idaho’s many outdoor parks and recreational opportunities for future generations.” Langhorst will start Aug. 4, replacing Nancy Merrill, who has served as director since 2009. Idaho has 30 state parks, in addition to numerous recreational programs and trails/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: What? A Democrat named to oversee a significant Idaho state department. Is that constitutional?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.17.14

July 17, 2014 - 11:45am
  • 11:46 a.m. Hydrant test sets off fire alarm @ Seltice Elementary, 1101 N. Chase/Post Falls.
  • 11:16 a.m. Female driver weaving into traffic @ n/b H95/MP 423 (Kidd Island Road) is texting "aggressively."
  • 11:11 a.m. Undisclosed Coeur d'Alene bank wants officer to confront customer involved in possible fraud.
  • 11:05 a.m. 22YO female on N. State Street/Rathdrum hit head in fall from bed during lengthy seizure.
  • 9:49 a.m. Someone suffered injury in fall @ 1800 block of W. Legends Parkway/CdA.
  • 9:26 a.m. Owner of business on 3rd Avenue/Post Falls reports a man pulled a knife on him during a dispute.
  • 9:05 a.m. PFPD report for swing/graveyard shift July 16-17: "We handled 53 calls for service with nothing major to report."
  • 8:18 a.m. Drunk female has been sitting in white Ford Focus outside Cornerstone/Hayden gas station for 15 minutes.
  • 8:15 a.m. Caretaker at undisclosed campground reports argumentative camper won't pay for site.
  • 8:12 a.m. Officer is checking on driver sitting in vehicle at east end of Corbin Park/Post Falls.
  • 8:05 a.m. A "rabbit issue" is reported on W15th Avenue/Post Falls.

Dog Shooting Attracts Nasty Remarks

July 17, 2014 - 11:23am

The Spokesman-Review has obtained copies of emails and phone messages sent to the city of Coeur d'Alene in wake of the dog shooting by a police officer at Java on Sherman parking lot. Some are nasty. Some even threaten police. Here's an example:

  • "Ron H. Clark looks like a 'Dog.' We all know what happens to Dogs in Coeur d'Alene. Watch out Ron, Obama hasn't taken our guns yet!"
  • "Here's a tip, don't murder innocent dogs. Congratulations in joining an ever growing list of police departments in this country that fee it's perfectly fine for their officers to murder dogs with no justification."
  • "A man with a receding hairline and no morals known as Chief Clark is currently aiding aqnd abetting the murderer, hiding him from the public. Pathetic, and the citizens are not going to continue allowing violent trigger happy goons to continue these abuses any more."
  • "Nothing would make me happier tonight than to hear that your 'distraught' officer, who will undoubtedly be cleared because he reasonable feared the dog would jump through car glass, was gunned down in the line of duty in the same cowardly way he treated that dog."
  • Why do you shoot innocent dogs? You should be disgusted with yourselves. That (expletive deleted) needs to be fired immediately and charges should be fired. The scum needs to go to prison for such sadistic behavior.
  • Fire the cowardly, untrained, officer that shot the '(NOT PitBull). Pathetic police work, I hope all the worst for your department."
  • I hope your cop friend rots in jail an loses his job, but we both know a promotion is in order. If he had actually killed an unarmed human, he would be promoted to Chief of Police tomorrow.
  • How can some idiot be trusted with a gun if they go around killing a family member?
  • A barking dog is generally no threat to anyone but a (expletive deleted) pig.

Question: Many, many emails have this same tone. I can understand the public anger over this shooting. But the response in some of the emails is way over the top. Why do you think that is?

Whitecaps & A Sail

July 17, 2014 - 11:13am

A sailboarder works his way through 18 mph winds and whitecaps along the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene this morning (Photo: Don Sausser)

Lake City Teacher Wins Award

July 17, 2014 - 10:23am

Tracy Obermayer, an advanced learning teacher at Skyway Elementary School was honored as the 2014 American Legion Idaho Educator of the Year.  Obermayer received the award at the American Legion, Department of Idaho’s annual convention held this past week in Fort Hall, Idaho. Obermayer gave a speech at the American Legion convention outlining the role of educators teaching children the importance of respect and appreciation of the freedoms they have as Americans. Obermayer is a veteran of the United States Air National Guard and her father served in WWII.  Educators were nominated through an application process. Obermayer was chosen, in part, by her application that explained how she integrates American History, pride in her country and integrity into her school day/Laura Rumpler, Coeur d'Alene School District. (Courtesy photo: Coeur d'Alene School District)

Question: Do you enjoy reading about American history?