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TGIF Wild Card -- 7.24.15

July 24, 2015 - 4:55pm

If you missed Jadd Davis & his Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre friends singing show tunes at Riverstone Pond last evening, you missed something special. Jadd & Co. delivered on song after song as the sun set on Riverstone, my favorite summer music venue. Tunes were selected from "Phantom," "Man of La Mancha," "Titanic," "Gypsy," "Evita," and more. 2 1/2 hours, almost non-stop. Between the Riverstone concerts (staged by the Coeur d'Alene Arts & Culture Alliance) and Chris Guggemos' Handshake Production ones, there's still a lot of free music left in the summer. Now for your TGIF Wild Card ...

UI, BSU Cagers Won't Meet In '15-16

July 24, 2015 - 4:49pm

Barring a major change of heart on both sides, the Boise State and Idaho men's basketball teams will not meet this season, the first time the two won't face off in 45 years. Multiple sources close to the discussions told the Idaho Statesman the Broncos and Vandals had considered continuing the rivalry, but both sides have cooled for varying reasons. The Gem State rivals have met 89 times in a matchup that dates back to Jan. 9, 1971. Boise State has won the last six meetings, most recently an 86-75 victory on Nov. 25, 2014, at Boise's CenturyLink Arena. The last four meetings were all at neutral sites, with a two-year agreement at CenturyLink ending with last year's game/Dave Southorn, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Would you like to see the 2 schools play each other regularly in the two sports?

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.24.15

July 24, 2015 - 4:36pm

From St. Maries Gazette re: (crash reported on Scanner Traffic at 10:18 this AM): "Members of the Utah Miata Club were traveling through the area, when one of the drivers over corrected on a curve, landing approximately 20 feet down the same embankment, according to witnesses at the scene. The vehicle was destroyed trapping a man and his wife inside.An extrication crew was called to the scene and both victims were transported to the hospital by ambulance. Witnesses at the scene reported both victims to be conscious and alert directly following the incident."

  • 4:45 p.m. Police Log -- Coeur d'Alene PD activities for July 23-24 here.
  • 4:28 p.m. Serious Wreck: Scott Malone/KHQ tweets: "@IdahoStPolice told me they can't say anything yet about injuries/cause of bad crash on U.S. 95/Rte. 2 north of Sandpoint." (This may be 1:10 item).
  • 4:26 p.m. Citizen Dispute -- Spirit Lake woman worried neighbor w/chainsaw will ignite fire.
  • 4:01 p.m. Uncooperative Resident -- Firefighters extinguish Kelso Lake Road fire in field despite being denied access to property by householder, w/5 aggressive dogs; Spirit Lake fire marshal & Bonner County deputy requested. (3:41 item).
  • 3:42 p.m. Found Property -- Post Falls Gas Mart, 211 E. Seltice Way.
  • 3:41 p.m. Grass Fire -- Kelso Lake Road/Bonner County.
  • 3:22 p.m. Gas Leak -- Apartment building evacuated as result of gas leak @ 1000 NW Blvd/CdA.
  • 2:57 p.m. Suicide Threat -- 33YO female on Dove Crest Lane/CdA threatening to harm herself.
  • 2:56 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Officer checking on couple in front of Julio's Tattoos/East Sherman Ave.
  • 2:43 p.m. Speeding/Reckless -- Driver of silver Honda Accord @ e/b I-90/MP 3 (McGuire Road/Post Falls).
  • 2:29 p.m. Protection Order Service -- 900 block of Teton Road/Athol.
  • 2:10 p.m. Grass Fire -- Resident uses water hose to extinguish 20-by-50-foot fire @ 2263 Garwood Road.
  • 1:57 p.m. Help Sought -- Officer on scene wants Streets Department contacted to remove tree (1:40 item).
  • 1:40 p.m. Fallen Tree -- Tree falls across 2 lanes of traffic hitting vehicle @ s/b NW Blvd, north of Hubbard St/CdA.
  • 1:10 p.m. Possible Fatality -- Not much info, may involve crash north of Kootenai Co, Life Flight sent.
  • 12:58 p.m. Fire Call -- Smoke coming from shed on property @ 6th Ave/Post St, Post Falls.
  • AM Scanner Traffic (w/24 items)

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

July 24, 2015 - 4:26pm

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump remarks about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's glasses at his South Carolina campaign rally in Bluffton, S.C., this week. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Thursday Winner -- JohnA, with 6 likes: "Denied poker by the Ninth Circuit, the CDA Casino tries out a new, but ultimately unsuccessful, game of chance." You can see the Thursday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Idaho Guard To Protect Recruiters

July 24, 2015 - 3:53pm

Idaho’s governor has called on the states National Guard to protect military recruiting stations. Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter made the announcement on Top Story with Bill Colley Thursday morning during an interview. The move comes after five service men were killed after a gunman opened fire July 16th while at their recruiting stations in Chattanooga, Tennessee/Fox News. More here.

Poleline Will Be More Bike Friendly

July 24, 2015 - 3:13pm

A one-mile stretch of Poleline Avenue will become more user friendly for bicycle and pedestrian travel next week. The scheduled chip sealing, beginning on Monday has been revised to include bicycle lanes. The new configuration, on Poleline Avenue from Chase Road to Idaho Road, will consist of two vehicle travel lanes and two bicycle lanes. The existing two-way center turn lane will be removed. “Bicycle and pedestrian traffic has increased along Poleline due to its proximity to several schools and parks,” said Rob Palus, Assistant City Engineer. “The changes to the lane alignment on Poleline will provide a better and safer road for all users”/Kit Hoffer, city of Post Falls.

Theater Gunner Kills 3, Wounds 7

July 24, 2015 - 3:01pm

The picture that emerged Friday of the gunman who killed two women and wounded nine other people in a theater here was one filled with instability and rage, from a history of mental illness, to vandalizing and booby-trapping a house, to venting his fury at women’s rights, minorities and liberals. The gunman, John Russell Houser, 59, of Phenix City, Ala., who had a history of mental illness, took his own life in the theater here Thursday night, after gunning down the others during a screening of the comedy “Trainwreck,” the police said/New York Times. More here.

Question: Why do you think these mass shootings becoming more common?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 7.24.15

July 24, 2015 - 2:25pm

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, July 23): 10,320 page-views/6,920 unique views

Nirvana Behind The Wheel -- The Bard

July 24, 2015 - 2:00pm

The paradise
for which I yearn:
they signal first
and *then* they turn.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Exotic Car Show Set At McEuen

July 24, 2015 - 1:24pm

Ferraris, Lamborghinis and a smorgasbord of flashy supercars will be cruising into town this weekend for the third annual Cavallinos in Coeur d'Alene Weekend event. Starting around 5:30 this evening, members of the Northwest Region of the Ferrari Club of America and other exotic car owners will arrive at The Coeur d'Alene Resort where the community can get a sneak peek at the sweet rides that will be on display Saturday and Sunday. The Ferraris in the Park event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Coeur d'Alene City Park will be filled with Ferraris and other high-end automobiles that fall into the $300,000-or-higher price range. This free event welcomes families, children, grandparents and curious citizens to get up close and personal with these eye-catching cars and the people who drive them. Visitors will also be able to vote on their favorites in the people's choice award contest/


Donald Trump's Idaho?

July 24, 2015 - 1:16pm

Is Idaho Donald Trump’s kind of place? We now have a pretty clear idea of who all the major contenders for president will be in 2016: At this point all or nearly all have announced. (The New York Times declared the field unofficially closed after the announcement last week of Ohio Governor John Kasich.) So who’s the Republican now most likely to pick up support in the Gem State? The last couple of nomination contests weren’t good normal case studies, because Mitt Romney had unusually strongly connections to the Idaho area, between his ties to Utah and his Mormon religion, which he has in common with about a third of Idahoans, the bulk of that third being Republican. Romney aside, the hearts of many Idaho Republicans seem traditionally to go toward insurgent and anti-establishment contenders, and candidates who match up with the Idaho self-image/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Do you think Donald Trump can win in Idaho?

Court Strikes Pharmacist Objection

July 24, 2015 - 1:01pm

Washington pharmacists who have religious objections to abortion or birth control can be sanctioned by the state if they send customers to another store for emergency contraception, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. In a case watched closely by advocates of personal religious freedom and women’s rights, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a trial court ruling against a state regulation that pharmacies must make Plan B and other emergency contraception available. A pharmacist with a religious objection to the drug can refuse to fill a prescription only if another pharmacist at the store is available who will, the state had said/Jim Camden, SR. More here.

Labrador: Borders Not Secure

July 24, 2015 - 11:48am

In his latest letter to constituents, Congressman Raul Labrador argues to eliminate federal grants for sanctuary cities, like San Francisco, that ignore U.S. immigration laws:

The last words Jim Steinle heard from his daughter were, “Help me, Dad.” Kathryn Steinle was walking arm-in-arm with her father on the San Francisco waterfront when she was killed by a gunshot to the chest. Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez is charged in the July 1 shooting, a preventable tragedy that has captured worldwide attention. Sanchez was on Pier 12 because of lax border security. He’d already been convicted of seven felonies, including heroin possession, manufacturing narcotics and illegal re-entry. Five times, Sanchez was deported to Mexico. There should have been a sixth. Instead, Sanchez was released from jail in April, after the city ignored a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) request that he be detained for pickup. San Francisco is among over 200 “sanctuary cities” refusing to cooperate with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration law. Thursday morning, I listened to Mr. Steinle tell the horrific story of his 32-year-old daughter’s death at a hearing of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. More here.

Question: Should the US abolish federal grants to "sanctuary cities," like San Franciso, that refuse to observe immigration laws?

'Sharknado' Anyone?

July 24, 2015 - 11:46am

In this image released by Syfy, Ryan Newman as Claudia Shepard, left, and Jack Griffo as Billy appear in a scene from "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" which premiered Wednesday on Syfy.

Question: Are you willing to admit that you've seen "Sharknado" or any of its two sequels? And/or: Which movie is the worst you've ever seen?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.24.15

July 24, 2015 - 11:43am
  • 12:38 p.m. Auto Fire -- CPD officer reports everyone OK in H&W auto fire call (12:28 item).
  • 12:28 p.m. Auto Fire -- Auto w/a child inside is smoking @ H&W Dept, behind Days Inn, 1250 Ironwood Drive/CdA. One child got out of the vehicle. Parents are on scene. Call made by Days Inn employee.
  • 12:24 p.m. Psychological Episode -- 9YO boy having problems @ Lakeland Junior High/Rathdrum.
  • 12:10 p.m. Wanted Person -- Woman who left Staples/Ironwood Square is wanted by Spokane police.
  • 12:06 p.m. Trauma Injury -- Resident @ 2700 block of Fernan Hill suffered compound fracture in fall from ladder.
  • 11:56 a.m. Noise Complaint -- Kidd Island Bay resident complains of noise coming from boat on lake.
  • 11:27 a.m. Injury Accident -- 9YO hurt in fall from mountain bike @ Farragut State Park/Bayview.
  • 11:26 a.m. Auto Fire -- Smoke coming from old RV @ H41/MP 9 (west of Athol city limits).
  • 11:16 a.m. Illegal Burn -- Fire pit smoldering in back yard @ 700 block of N11th St/CdA.
  • 10:28 a.m. Warrant Arrest -- ISP officer stops motorist wanted on warrant for driving w/o privileges.
  • 10:18 a.m. Rollover Crash -- Convertible is on its top after rolling over bank near Harrison Y on H3/MP 94. Ambulances needed for 2 occupants, but Life Flight not needed.
  • 10:11 a.m. Motorist Assist -- Disabled white Ford @ H54/Howard Road/Athol.
  • 9:30 a.m. Speeding -- Responder transporting patient asks ISP to stop motorists trying to keep up @ I-90/Huetter.
  • 9:23 a.m. Protection Order -- Deputy trying to serve order to male in mobile home near Cruisers bar/State Line.
  • 9:09 a.m. Possible Stroke -- 86YO male on E. North Shore Lane/Bayview.
  • 9:07 a.m. Citizen Dispute -- Campers disputing site charge w/host @ undisclosed camping area.
  • 9:01 a.m. Utility Problem -- 4700 block of W. Palmwood Lane/Post Falls.
  • 8:52 a.m. Smoke Check -- Tubbs Hill resident reports possible flare-up in one-acre area burned this week.
  • 8:45 a.m. Road Hazard -- Tire on road @ s/b H95/MP 440.5 (Garwood Road).
  • 8:43 a.m. Disabled Vehicle -- White Toyota pickup out of gas @ H95/MP 441 (Garwood Road).
  • 8:39 a.m. Unconscious Person -- CPR started on elderly female @ 22900 block of Covey Lane/Twin Lakes.
  • 8:38 a.m. Motorist Assist -- s/b H95/MP 442 (Chilco Road).
  • 8:35 a.m. General Health -- 67YO female suffering stomach pain @ Kaleb Lane/Spirit Lake.
  • 8:32 a.m. Traffic Hazard -- Stop sign down @ Cliffhouse/Hauser Lake Road.

Poll: Spend Surplus On Education

July 24, 2015 - 11:24am
  • Thursday Poll: The tax cutters are slobbering re: the $108M surplus remaining in the 2014-15 state budget. But Hucks Nation says the money should be used for more important things than a tax cut, ranking the state's underfunded public education system at the top. When asked how to use the surplus, Hucks Nation voted this way: 1. Public Education (119 of 376 votes, 31.65%), 2. Transportation (77 of 376, 20.48%), 3. Higher Education (53, 14.1%), 4. Rainy Day Fund (41, 10.9%), 5. Social Programs (40, 10.64%), 6. Tax Cuts (28, 7.45%), Buildings (13, 3.46%), and Other (5, 1.33%).
  • Today's Poll: Should Idaho require motorcyclists to wear helmets?

4 Of 5 Magnuson Siblings Engaged In Legal Fight

July 24, 2015 - 10:04am

A son of the late Silver Valley mining magnate Harry Magnuson is suing three siblings for allegedly writing him out of their mother’s will and misusing money from the family’s trust account. Harry Magnuson died in 2009 at age 85, leaving behind a large fortune in mining companies, banks, hotels and shopping malls throughout the Inland Northwest. He’s often credited with revitalizing the town of Wallace, Idaho, and helping save Gonzaga University during financial struggles in the 1970s. His widow, Colleen Magnuson, died in March, and now four of their five children are embroiled in litigation. Thomas Magnuson, the second-youngest, filed two lawsuits Thursday, in Spokane County Superior Court and U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene/Chad Sokol, SR. More here.


Drive Through?

July 24, 2015 - 9:21am

As I biked to work today (that's right, 4 of 5 days this week), I noticed the vehicles piled up at the coffee hut in front of Runge's -- 4 on one side, 6 on the other. I figured the guy in the pickup with the boxer in back was going to wait a long time. He was last in line. I don't like drive throughs. I avoid them at all costs, unless Mrs. O is riding shotgun. She likes them. So I mutter and defer. Left on my own, I always -- always -- parked the vehicle at a fast food joint or coffee shop and order at the counter. I figure it saves gas. And I'm more aware of time passing as the engine idles. How about you?

Question: Do you prefer drive-throughs? Or do you order at a counter when given the choice?

Bergdahl Nabbed In California Pot Raid

July 24, 2015 - 9:17am

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who faces desertion charges for leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009, is making headlines this week for reasons unrelated to possible military court-martial. Bergdahl, 29, was at an illegal California marijuana farm Tuesday when it was raided by Mendocino County sheriff’s investigators, according to the Anderson Valley Advertiser. Bergdahl was visiting friends and had no connection to the operation, the Advertiser reported. Military authorities were notified, and an Army official came to transport Bergdahl to his duty station. The Hailey native left his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban-alligned Haqqani network in June 2009. He was released in May 2014 in a prisoner exchange for five Taliban commanders/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Bergdahl certainly doesn't seem to be doing Idaho proud. Thoughts?

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