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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.19.15

November 19, 2015 - 11:32am
  • 11:55 a.m. Possible DUI -- Driver of silver Mazda @ n/b H95/Hanley Ave, CdA, weaving.
  • 11:51 a.m. Domestic Dispute -- Apartment in 100 block of N Lincoln Way/CdA.
  • 11:36 a.m. Welfare Check -- Doctor's office concerned that 9YO female on War Eagle not responding to calls.
  • 11:26 a.m. Noninjury Crash -- PFPD officer witnesses rear-end crash @ e/b Seltice Way/Spokane St.
  • 11:14 a.m. Trauma Injury -- 40YO female has suffered trauma injury to neck @ 2100 block of Columbine Court.
  • 11:06 a.m. Patient Transport -- North Idaho Advanced Care to LaCrosse Rehabilitation/CdA.
  • 10:56 a.m. Power On -- Lineman says everything north of Pole 9697 was "just energized."
  • 10:49 a.m. Aggressive Driver -- Log truck driver speeding, aggressive @ n/b H95/MP 446 (Bunco/Brunner).
  • 10:10 a.m. Out of Gas -- ISP asks 911 to contact Schafer's Tow to bring gas to motorist on H95. Fee: $65 + gas price.
  • 10:08 a.m. Impaired Driver -- Driver of blue Ford Explorer w/Illinois plates may be smoking joint @ I-90/H41.
  • 9:58 a.m. Malfunctioning Lights -- Left turn arrow burned out @ n/b Ramsey Road/Kathleen Ave, CdA.
  • 9:52 a.m. Psychological -- Female in 30s or 40s asked coffee stand near Hauser Smoke Shop/H53, asking for water and other things. Then, she began to harass customers. The female ultimately left the business and stood on the railroad tracks for awhile, stopping a train, before walking along H53 toward Beck Road.
  • 9:24 a.m. Fire Alarm -- Olive Garden/525 Canfield Ave, CdA, reports faulty heating unit causing smoke in restaurant.
  • 9:01 a.m. Noninjury Crash -- Drivers of Lexus and pickup pulled into Hayden Creek Plaza, 8110 Govt Way, after crash.

Bonner County sheriff urges Gov. Otter to oppose refugee program

November 19, 2015 - 11:16am

In a strongly worded letter to Gov. Butch Otter, Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler said resettlement of Syrian refugees was a threat to the safety of Idahoans -- and asked that Otter take a stand and refuse to allow the program to continue. Wheeler's letter began:

"As the Bonner County Sheriff, I took the oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, the Idaho State Constitution and the laws of Idaho. I am charged with the responsibility to keep this community safe. When I see a potential threat to this community, I am obligated to do everything in my power to expose that threat. The resettlement of Syrian refugees is a plausible threat and must be prevented."


Poll: Most had no damage

November 19, 2015 - 11:05am
  • Wednesday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation said they suffered no damage during Wind Storm 2015. 84 of 220 respondents (38.18%) said they suffered no damage from the huge storm. 71 of 220 respondents (22.27%) said they suffered minor damage. 49 (22.27%) said they lost power. 12 (5.45%) said they suffered major damage. 4 (1.82%) said they hadn't checked for possible damage yet.
  • Today's Poll: The Washington AG reports Planned Parenthood isn't selling fetal tissue or performing partial-birth abortions. How do you feel about this?

Who is still out of power?

November 19, 2015 - 10:21am

Who out there is still out of power? Can you tell Huckleberries Online where you're located and how soon power is expected to go back on. Also, can you tell Hucks Nation how you're coping?

Edit: Fears shouldn't diminish outreach

November 19, 2015 - 9:22am

In an editorial, the Idaho Statesman comments that legitimate fears about terrorist infiltration shouldn't diminish this country's outreach to Syrian refugees. The editorial says in part:

This week Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the entire Idaho congressional delegation called for a pause in the federal process of resettling refugees until authorities can assure states that Syrian refugees have been properly vetted.

We don’t want to see this reasonable request morph into an unreasonable cry by anyone to block the flow of refugees to Idaho or any other state, because that flow carries the heartbeat of this nation. Refugees and many other parts produce the sum of who we are. Though we might need tweaks in the process, more local input and more scrutiny, we should be able to accomplish that without denying entry to an entire class of people.

We have an embarrassing history of singling out certain ethnic groups, religions and even members of our military at times — the shaming of Vietnam War veterans comes to mind — only to recognize later that our fear trumped our values. More here.

Read more here:

Paper explains reason for Yantis' story

November 19, 2015 - 9:16am

David Staats, Business Insider editor for the Idaho Statesman, explains why the Statesman decided to publish the family's account into the shooting death of Adams County rancher Jack Yantis at the hands of two Adams County deputies. The Statesman published the story before the internal investigation was complete. It's still not complete:

The death of lifelong Adams County rancher Jack Yantis in an encounter with two sheriff’s deputies is an extraordinary story, a tragedy that has divided Adams County and raised fresh worries about police shootings. Authorities have reported scant facts: A car struck one of Yantis’s bulls Nov. 1 on U.S. 95 near his ranch near Council, injuring the occupants. Emergency responders, including the deputies, went to the scene. So did Yantis and his wife, Donna. The deputies’ and Yantis’ guns went off. Yantis, 62, was killed. His wife, Donna, had a heart attack. Family members blame the deputies. “I saw them murder my husband,” Donna Yantis said. They and their lawyers approached Statesman reporter Cynthia Sewell to tell their story first, because of her watchdog reporting on problems within the Idaho State Police. They wanted to be heard, and they did not want to wait for months for results of an official investigation. More here.

Question: Has law enforcement lost the battle for public opinion re: this story by remaining mum?

Read more here:

AM Headlines -- 11.19.15

November 19, 2015 - 9:04am

In this Aug. 23, 2011, SR file photo, Lea Anne Scott works in her outdoor studio at her south hill home. Scott, also known as LeaAnne Scott Lake, lost her life late Tuesday afternoon when the windstorm was just beginning to accelerate. The top snapped off a tall pine in Scott’s backyard at 14th and Walnut Street and came crashing down, striking Scott and taking out power lines and a fence. SR story here. (Jesse Tinsley/SR file photo)

SR: Report clears Planned Parenthood

November 19, 2015 - 8:58am

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Washington do not sell fetal tissue and do not perform partial-birth abortions, according to an investigation by the Washington attorney general’s office. These findings should be repeated as often as the baseless allegations that the clinics in this state and around the country were breaking the law. Other states have conducted probes that also have failed to uncover illegal activity. Congress held a widely watched hearing and also came up empty. The allegations themselves, however, have done considerable damage/Spokesman-Review Editorial Page. More here.

Question: Have the Washington attorney general's investigation and report changed your views about Planned Parenthood?

The old Butch wouldn't act this way

November 19, 2015 - 8:53am

American life has its dark undercurrent. You see it whenever reason, compassion and "a decent respect for the opinions of mankind" yield to hysterics. Such was the case during World War I, when German-Americans were spied upon, harassed and even lynched in the name of fighting the Kaiser. Such was the case during World War II, when American citizens of Japanese ancestry were rounded up from their homes and interned in concentration camps. Such was the case during the early days of the Cold War when people were forced to take loyalty oaths - and those merely accused of being Communists saw their lives and careers wrecked. And such was the case in the days following the 9/11 attacks, when the people and politicians alike cared little about trampling on America's tradition of civil liberties if it interfered with restoring a sense of security/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Death Row inmates down to 9

November 19, 2015 - 8:45am

Idaho’s Death Row is down to nine offenders, one woman and eight men, now that Gene Francis Stuart has had his sentence reduced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Stuart pleaded guilty to murder by torture in the 1981 beating death of 3-year-old Robert Miller, the son of Stuart’s then girlfriend, and was sentenced to death, but after appeals, was granted a new sentencing hearing in 2013. The Lewiston Tribune reports he’s now agreed to a plea bargain in which he will never be released from prison and he gives up all rights to appeal/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Falling tree badly injures 2 friends

November 19, 2015 - 8:27am

Two young men were seriously injured Tuesday night when a large tree fell on the truck they were driving during the wind storm. Jordan Simon, 22, and his best friend, Sheldon Cole, 22, were driving on Twin Lakes Road Tuesday evening around 5 p.m. According to Sheldon's mother, Shelley Cole, the friends were going to look at a truck that was for sale. “They were just driving down the road and a tree fell from behind them and hit the cab of the truck,” she said. “They were five minutes from home and both of them were injured.” A Kootenai Electric employee, Cole said Sheldon was in the passenger seat and sustained a concussion, but Simon’s injuries were much worse/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Most Avista users 3-5 days from power

November 19, 2015 - 8:19am

Most customers who lost power in Tuesday night’s massive windstorm should be prepared for a three-to-five day wait before their electricity is restored, Avista Utilities said Wednesday. Scott Morris, Avista’s chairman and CEO, said crews are heading to Spokane County from the Bonneville Power Administration, and utilities in San Francisco and Reno, Nevada, to aid efforts, because other Northwest power companies are busy with their own post-storm work. “We’ve reached out, and crews are on their way,” Morris said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “Unfortunately, they’re coming from a far distance. The crews from San Francisco, it’s going to take them 18 hours to get here”/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

All CdA public schools open today

November 19, 2015 - 8:15am

This is the message that spokeswoman Laura Rumpler of the Coeur d'Alene School District sent to parents and families early this morning:

ALL CdA Public Schools have power restored and all CdA Public Schools are open today, Thursday, November 19th. This includes a change for Hayden Meadows Elementary. Due to the tireless and amazing work of Avista Utilities overnight we are able to make this unexpected change and open Hayden Meadows today.

ALL schools now have power and all schools are open today. Busing is occurring as normal. SchoolPlus is open. We understand if your family has made alternate plans and cannot attend school.

For all our families please know you always have the choice to make the best decision for your unique family situation. Our schools have power again and are open, but our parents can make their own choice if they do not think it is safe for their student to get to school/ go to school; you have the choice to keep your student(s) home.

We want to offer our schools as safe and warm havens for our students (and staff) and create the best educational environment that we can during this extremely stressful and high-impact community crisis.

Superintendent Handelman personally apologizes to the Hayden Meadows families for canceling last night and then making the change announcement this morning, but we are doing so to best serve our families. This is one reason why we take cancelations seriously and work throughout the night to gather the most up-to-date information and make decisions in the early morning hours. So much can change overnight and it has.

If your student will not be at school today please call your school’s office to report them absent.

​We know many families and staff are still without power. Take care. Remain safe. We will get through this together!

Again, thank you to Avista & Kootenai Electric for getting all our schools’ power back on.

War on terror?

November 19, 2015 - 8:08am

Lisa Benson/Washington Post Writers Group

Hump Day Wild Card -- 11.18.15

November 18, 2015 - 5:30pm

I'm trying to keep up with all the reports of big trees taking down power lines throughout Kootenai County. They're coming in every couple of minutes. Amazing no one on this side of the state line was hurt. Meanwhile, I have 2 last tickets to the St. Vinny's Soup-Off at the fairgrounds at noon Thursday. You can sample up to 40 soups with the entry ticket ($10 value). The two tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 11.18.15

November 18, 2015 - 5:26pm

Neighbors survey downed powerlines caused by falling trees along Arthur St. near 28th Ave. on Spokane's South Hill Wednesday, the day after a record-setting wind storm caused widespread power outages and traffic problems caused by falling trees. (Jesse Tinsley/SR photo)

Paris massacre mastermind dead?

November 18, 2015 - 5:24pm

The suspected mastermind of Friday evening’s terror campaign across Paris was reportedly killed in an early morning raid on an apartment in a northern suburb of the French capital on Wednesday. François Molins, the Paris public prosecutor, said he could not confirm The Washington Post report and that the body of one of two people killed in the seven-hour siege has yet to be identified. If confirmed, however, the death of Abdelhamid Abaaoud would be a major coup for French law enforcement officials, who have conducted a manhunt in the days following Friday's attacks, which killed 129 people across the city and wounded scores more. “The state of the body does not allow for identification,” Molins said at a Wednesday news conference hours after the raid in St. Denis/The Hill. More here.

CSI backs refugee vetting review

November 18, 2015 - 5:06pm

The College of Southern Idaho’s board and administrators say they support Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s call for a federal review of the refugee vetting process. But in a statement issued Tuesday, the college doesn’t specifically take a stance on halting refugee resettlement. It’s the first time CSI officials have issued a public statement about the Refugee Center — outside of comments at board meetings — since controversy broke out in April over the possible arrival of Syrian refugees. CSI isn’t supporting a halt to refugee resettlement, CSI President Jeff Fox told the Times-News Tuesday. “I don’t think CSI’s position has changed at all. “I think everyone is aware that governors don’t have legal authority to halt the Refugee Center,” Fox said, since it’s a federal issue. But he said he supports the governor and his concerns/Julie Wootton, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.18.15

November 18, 2015 - 4:37pm
  • 5:47 p.m. Unattended Fires -- Unattended slash tires are burning into trees @ Thompson/Cougar Gulch.
  • 5:45 p.m. Hot Meals -- Spirit Lake Baptist Church is offering hot meals to anyone who needs one until 9 p.m.
  • 5:39 p.m. Malfunctioning Lights -- H95/Garwood Road.
  • 5:33 p.m. Chest Pain -- Kroc Center/Golf Course Road, CdA.
  • 5:16 p.m. Malfunctioning Lights -- @ w/b I-90/MP 15 Sherman Ave/CdA offramp.
  • 5:11 p.m. Citizen Dispute -- Male in 4600 block of Ferrel St/CdA reports male drove pickup across his field.
  • 5:05 p.m. Possible DUI -- Male driver of vehicle n/b @ Govt Way/Hayden Ave.
  • 4:52 p.m. Malfunctioning Lights -- @ Sherman Ave/I-90 on and off ramps/CdA.
  • 4:49 p.m. Unattended Fire -- Tree stump is on fire @ Burma Road/USFS Road No. 439, Harrison.
  • 4:30 p.m. Unknown Medical -- Hayden Country Guest Home, 10585 Reed Road/Hayden.
  • 3:52 p.m. Possible Gas Leak -- 2340 E. Honeysuckle Ave/CdA.
  • 3:47 p.m. Threatening Male -- Caller reports sister's ex-boyfriend is threatening to kill Post Falls family.
  • 3:37 p.m. Noninjury Accident -- 2 vehicles crash as result of lights being off @ H53/H95, Garwood.
  • 3:26 p.m. Boat Accident -- 911 reports no boat accident. Boat being towed from 11th St Marina to 3rd St Docks.
  • 3:22 p.m. Boat Accident -- Dive team called to scene of sinking boat (3:17 item).
  • 3:21 p.m. Boat Accident -- Citizen ferrying marine deputies from 3rd St Dock to sinking boat (3:17 item).
  • 3:21 p.m. Boat Accident -- County reports marine boat unavailable because boat house where it's moored was damaged by Wind Storm 2015 & there's a live electric wire blocking nearby.
  • 3:17 p.m. Boat Accident -- Boat appears to be sinking in Tubbs Hill area, about 100 yards from 3rd St Dock (3:17 item).
  • 3:17 p.m. Boat Accident -- Coeur d'Alene Lake, near 3rd Street Docks.
  • 3:14 p.m. Slow Driver -- Caller reports vehicle going to slowly @ s/b Govt Way/Hanley Ave, CdA.
  • 2:45 p.m. Police Log -- Coeur d'Alene PD activities report for Nov 17-18 here.
  • 2:15 p.m. Deer on Move -- Crews working on downed trees and power lines in Dalton Gardens area report deer on the move today. One said: "Did you see that 6-point buck? It was a dandy."
  • 1:58 p.m. Breathing Problem -- 1300 block of S. Breezy Way/Post Falls.
  • 1:53 p.m. Trees/Lines Down -- Several fallen trees have brought down power lines on Good Hope Road b/n Nunn/Parks.
  • 1:31 p.m. Disorderly Son -- Mother on River Ave/CdA reports adult son entered house thru window, being abusive.
  • 1:17 p.m. Wildfire -- Fire burning along Cougar Gulch Road, near Miller Road, south of CdA.
  • 1:19 p.m. Trespassed -- Jennie & Angelo have been trespassed from Coeur d'Alene Library.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Firemen have heroes, too

November 18, 2015 - 4:18pm

Herb Huseland provides a swell story re: all those Kootenai Electric and Avista linemen and employees working 24/7 to get our power back on:

"We lost power in Bayview at 6:15 yesterday afternoon. After a chilly night, I drove to cda twice. Once to get a book at Hastings and a cup of coffee there also.

"Then just after returning, my neighbor, Yvonne knocked on the door. Her care taker didn't show up to take her into cda for a medical appt, so I drove in the second time. When we returned we had great hopes that our power was back on, based on two KootenI Electric trucks headed for Bayview as we left the other direction. Bingo, turning at three the lights were back on, after 20 hours. Having left my freezer door shut, I lost no frozen food. I now have a new appreciation for electricity.

"Driving north on hwy 95 I stopped at a light. The rig in front of me had a sign on the back window. Firemen have their heroes, too. It depicted a lineman up a power poll. How timely was that?"

Question: We applaud police officers and firefighters for the terrific job most of them do. But we don't think about the fast response of power company lineman who have to venture outside in all kinds of weather to fix the messes causes by inclement weather. Thoughts?