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Bergdahl Platoon Mates Seek Deals

August 13, 2014 - 1:22pm

Six former platoon mates of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, are shopping proposals for a book and movie that is sharply critical of him, Yahoo News is reporting. Bergdahl is now being questioned by the Army concerning the mysterious circumstances surrounding his capture in 2009. The Army is trying to determine whether he merely wandered too far from base or should be charged with desertion. A draft of the book proposal, obtained by Yahoo News, asserts that Bergdahl was a "premeditated" deserter who "put all of our lives in danger"/John Riley, USA Today. More here. (AP File Photo, of Bowe Bergdahl)


DeePee: I Fell In Love w/Patty Duke

August 13, 2014 - 1:16pm

DeePee (RE: Patty Duke discusses Robin Williams' death, mental illness): I fell in love with Anna/Patty as a teen watching The Parent Trap... She gives so much to your community; perhaps she'd be willing to give a reading at our monthly writers' readings at the NP Depot here in Wallace. We've never met, but I kept her boat from sinking one time at the Cd'A Yacht Club. Didn't know it was hers, just that wooden boats need be kept from harm's way.

DFO: I'm dating myself, but I fell in love with Patty Duke when she played the identical cousins on "The Patty Duke Show" (1963-66). Never could figure out which cousin I was most smitten with -- urbane Cathy Lane or Patty. Also, I have Patty Duke's album from those days sitting on my office desk, including her hit single, "Don't Just Stand There." Mike Kennedy got his aunt to autograph it for me.

Question: When did you fall in love with Patty Duke?

Enviros To Sue Feds Over Wolverines

August 13, 2014 - 1:09pm

A coalition of 13 conservation groups has filed notice that it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to withdraw proposed protections for the wolverine. The federal agency announced Tuesday it was reversing course on climate change’s threat to the survival of the members of the weasel family. Wolverines need deep, late-season snow to den, and wildlife officials previously proposed increased protections to keep the animals from extinction. But Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe says predictions about the localized effects of climate change are uncertain/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors blog. More here. (AP/Defenders of Wildlife File Photo, of wolverine at Glacier National Park, Montana)

Question: Do you think wolverines need federal protection?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.13.14

August 13, 2014 - 11:41am

A tree rests on top of a KHQ news vehicle after being blown over in the parking lot near Independence Point Tuesday during a storm that brought heavy winds and rains through Coeur d’Alene. KHQ local news reporter Victor Correa was about to get into the vehicle when the tree toppled over onto it. He wasn't hurt. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

  • 11:41 a.m. Prowler check reported @ 8600 block of Government Way/Hayden.
  • 11:38 a.m. Larry wants KCSDeputy to trespass male who won't leave from property, unknown location.
  • 11:17 a.m. Elderly male is walking on roadway @ w/b I-90/Post Falls area.
  • 10:39 a.m. Ambulance is needed to transfer someone from 9300 block of Finucane Drive to Hospice House.
  • 10:29 a.m. "Strong smell of marijuana' coming from 2001 blue Toyota RAV @ e/b Sherman/15th, CdA.
  • 10:22 a.m. EMTs directed to horse corral @ Red Horse Mountain Ranch (9:36 item) & told to bring backboard.
  • 9:36 a.m. Ambulance called after horse-riding accident @ Red Horse Mountain Ranch, 11077 E. Blue Lake Road/Harrison.
  • 9:07 a.m. Person involved in domestic fight on 10th Avenue now in front of Spirit Lake Police Department.
  • 8:56 a.m. Callers report large tree limb hanging on power lines @ Buckles/Pinetree, Hayden.

Poll: New City Logo OK, But ...

August 13, 2014 - 11:06am
  • Tuesday Poll: Nearly half of Hucks Nation support a new Coeur d'Alene city logo, under consideration now for adoption. 58 of 118 respondents (49.15%) back the proposed logo. Only 20 of 118 respondents (16.95%) side with the old logo. 40 of 118 respondents (33.9%), however, said the city should seek other options. You can see both logos here.
  • Question: Should the pitbull that killed the poodle in a Rathdrum attack be euthanized?

Celebrate Your Right To Be Left

August 13, 2014 - 10:53am

Lefties, today is your day! Aug. 13 marks the 21st annual International Left-Handers Day. Throughout the year, lefties, like me, are dealt a rough hand. We're forced to put up with items such as doors, scissors and computer keyboards — to name a few — that are crafted for right-handers. But today we unite! According to, International Left-Handers Day was first celebrated in 1992 as an opportunity for left-handers everywhere to celebrate their uniqueness in "Lefty Zones" and increase public awareness of the "struggles left-handers are forced to deal with on a day-to-day basis." Right-handers are encouraged to do everything left-handed for the day/Drew Thomas, USA Today. More here. (AP File Photo: Southpaw President Barack Obama is shown signing legislation earlier this month)

Question: No one in my immediate family, including my 5 siblings are lefthanded (although I have a nephew who is somewhat ambidextrous). How about you? Any southpaws in your fam unit?

Pitbull To Be Euthanized After Attack

August 13, 2014 - 10:13am

A pitbull attack in Rathdrum has left a dog dead and the aggressor in quarantine at the Kootenai Humane Society. The incident happened Saturday morning in the 15000 block of North Stevens. Tessied Edelblute took her dog Simon outside around 9 a.m. and won't forget what happened next. “She was like wait, no it might not be a good idea to go up on the porch so she stayed down on the grass and she looked at my like you stay up there, you're safe. I'm going and I then just watched it happen. 12 seconds,” Edelblute said. Tessie watched as her toy poodle Simon was viciously attacked by their neighbor's pitbull after it escaped through the back door. “It latched on to my dog and I'm like huh, what do I do now,” she said. Tessie yelled for her father and the two found Simon nearly ripped in half and after being drug to the neighbor's front porch/Alec LaFriec, KXLY. More here.

Question: Should the pitbull involved in the deadly Rathdrum attack be put down?

Patty Duke Discusses Williams' Death

August 13, 2014 - 10:07am

The impact of Robin Williams' death can be felt around the world, as fans mourn the loss of one of our nation's favorite entertainers. In North Idaho, the actress who rose to fame as Patty Duke can relate to Williams and his battle with mental illness in the spotlight. "It's a gray day, in more ways than one," says Anna Pearce, which is Patty Duke's legal name. Visiting her home in Hayden is like visiting your favorite aunt. She makes you smile and feel at ease and you almost forget you're in the company of Hollywood royalty. Looking back at clips from her incredible career, you see the smile and success. She won an Academy Award at 16 and played the two starring roles in the Patty Duke Show. But, the actress was hiding the demons inside/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here. (2011 SR File Photo, of Patty Duke)

Question: Have you ever read Patty Duke's book, "Call Me Anna"?

AM: Avista Fixing Post Falls Dam

August 13, 2014 - 9:44am

Project manager Mary Jensen of Avista answers a question during a tour of a cofferdam at Post Falls Dam on Monday. The 108-year-old Post Falls Dam is undergoing renovations that will allow Avista utilities to respond faster to changing flows in the Spokane River. SR story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Hereford: Saved By Fam Intervention

August 13, 2014 - 9:11am

Hereford (RE: Blogger: My fight with depression): I suffered from several months of intense depression a couple of years ago. It manifest in intense feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of suicide. Fortunately my family intervened and got me the care I needed and I'm alive today because of them. That state of intense depression was the scariest thing I've ever endured. Don't buy it when a chronically depressed person tells you they're okay and they will get over it. Get that person help. It's a matter of life and death.


IACI Launches Anti-Balukoff Effort

August 13, 2014 - 9:08am

The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, a lobbying group that represents the state’s largest businesses, announced today that its political action committee, the Idaho Prosperity Fund, is launching an independent campaign against A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor. “A.J. Balukoff wants Idahoans to think he’s some kind of level-headed moderate,” said Alex LaBeau, IACI chief. He said his group will seek to counter that impression and tie Balukoff to Democratic President Barack Obama, drawing on everything from Balukoff’s voting record as a Boise school board member to his campaign website/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Is this an indication that Balukoff is scaring Gov. Butch Otter & the Idaho political establishment?

Constitutionalists Reject Guv Pick

August 13, 2014 - 9:03am

Two months after the Idaho Republican Party's state convention ended in a dispute over party leadership, the Constitution Party of Idaho went one better by rejecting its own gubernatorial candidate. At the party's recent state convention in Cascade, delegates voted against endorsing Steve Pankey (pictured in campaign Web site photo) for governor. Pankey, 63, describes himself as a celibate, born-again Christian and Idaho's first openly gay gubernatorial candidate. He lives in Shoshone and has his own property management business, managing commercial properties in Idaho and California. He ran for Lincoln County sheriff as a Constitution Party candidate in 2008, then ran for lieutenant governor as a Republican in 2010. He shifted back to the Constitution Party earlier this year when he filed to run for governor/William Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think this is an unabashed attempt by the Idaho Constitution Party to gain attention by out-doing Idaho GOP crazy?

Megaload 25 Miles North Of Moscow

August 13, 2014 - 8:58am

A megaload that left the Port of Wilma Sunday is taking a break after encountering peaceful protests in Moscow and Lewiston. The hydrocracker section bound for a Calumet refinery in Great Falls, Mont., is at the Latah/Benewah county line, about 25 miles north of Moscow, said Idaho State Police Capt. Lonnie Richardson. It will wait to resume its trip until at least this evening so that its movements can be coordinated with construction farther north along U.S. Highway 95, Richardson said. The state police officers are being paid by Bigge Crane, the contractor hauling the megaload, to travel with the shipment. Richardson said troopers are there to coordinate emergency responses, make sure other vehicles on the road don't face significant delays and to prevent protesters from blocking its progress/Elaine Williams, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Photo: Moscow-Pullman Daily News)


Vestal: In Praise Of The Corndog

August 13, 2014 - 8:48am

If there is any food more estranged from this culinary moment than the corn dog, it would be hard to find. The corn dog is not local and organic. It is not, usually, hand-crafted and artisanal. There is nothing farm-to-table about the corn dog – though there’s plenty that is nose-to-tail – and you absolutely should not sprinkle it with a chili salt or drizzle it with an infused oil. Salty, greasy, fried, processed, packaged, cheap, convenient, probably carcinogenic: the corn dog is the archenemy of the superfood. As such, it seems like something that should be made and served by someone else. A fair vendor, ideally, but also a lunch lady. In a pinch, you can heat a frozen one in your oven. But as for actually making one from scratch? By hand, sort of? What in the world for? It seems like a fool’s errand. I was that fool. Call me Corn Doggy Dog/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here. (SR Photo: Adriana Janovich)

Question: I love corndogs. But I don't eat them, for obvious reasons. How about you?

Lauren Bacall, 89, RIP

August 13, 2014 - 8:39am

Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in “To Have and Have Not,” has died at the age of 89, according to her family. Details of the location and the cause of her death were not immediately available. Her death was confirmed by Robbert de Klerk, the co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate. Her daughter, Leslie Bogart, said no other information was available. Bacall launched her career with the 1944 film that turned “Bogie and Bacall” into one of Hollywood’s legendary couples on screen and off. She was born Betty Joan Perske on Sept. 16, 1924, in New York/Los Angeles Times. More here. (AP File Photo: Bogie & Bacall in "The Big Sleep")

Also: YouTube of Bertie Higgins' "Key Largo" song, which contains the line: "We had it all/Just like Bogey and Bacall."

Question: Which old-time actress did you admire most?

Arfee Shooting Probe Nearly Done

August 13, 2014 - 8:25am

Lieutenant Turner measures Craig Jones’ van for his investigation regarding the shooting of Jones’ dog Arfee on July 9. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Tess Freeman)

An internal investigation into the July 9 officer-involved shooting of a dog is close to completion, authorities said Tuesday. Arfee, a 2-year-old black Labrador, was shot by a Coeur d'Alene Police Department officer in the parking lot of Java on Sherman. At the time of the incident, the dog was inside its owner's van. The window was rolled partially down. Sgt. Christie Wood said the department hopes to have the internal investigation completed very soon. The next step in the process, according to Wood, is a shooting review board/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Dog Shooting Secrecy Suspicious

August 13, 2014 - 8:18am

When cops shoot human beings, they are named publicly within days. This is as it should be. We grant police officers extraordinary authority, not the least of which is the right to carry and use guns. When they do so, the level of public scrutiny should be high and early. Even as larger questions are investigated, the initial facts should come out early – not late and after a bunch of massaging – and the process of evaluating those facts should, as much as possible, unfold in a manner that the public can examine. Should it be different for cops who shoot dogs? Should basic, initial information considered public under the law be withheld? To be more specific: Should an extraordinary, even unique level of secrecy be extended to the cop who shot Arfee the black lab in Coeur d’Alene? Of course not. Dumb questions, easy answers. A harder question is: Why don’t the folks at Coeur d’Alene’s City Hall get this?/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.


Edit: Chief White Looks Right

August 13, 2014 - 8:16am

He's been a Press reader for two years, but that isn't the only reason we're keen on Coeur d'Alene hiring new Police Chief Lee White. Let us count some of the other ways.

  • White has done just about every cop job in Mesa, Ariz., over the past 21 years, from patrol officer to his current duties as assistant police chief. When Coeur d'Alene Police Department employees bring their problems and suggestions to him, there's a pretty good chance White will have some first-hand experience with many of the situations.
  • Speaking of hands-on, his proven willingness to do anything he'll ask of any of his employees should help ease any outsider-coming-in discomfort.
  • "Transparency" isn't just a buzzword with White. We spent a little time on the Mesa Police Department's website and easily found several proofs of a transparent department. One was published crime reports going all the way back to 1991. Another was a clear, easy-to-fill-out public records request. Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you have an initial impression of Coeur d'Alene's next police chief, Lee White?

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

August 13, 2014 - 8:13am

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

We Laughed Til We Cried

August 13, 2014 - 8:11am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons