University of Montana students visit Big Mountain Jesus in 2011. Federal appeals court justices are hearing arguments that the 6-foot-tall statue needs to come down. (AP file photo)
The home for a 6-foot statue known as Big Mountain Jesus rests with a three-judge appeals panel after a lawyer representing a group of atheists asked for it to be removed from U.S. Forest Service property in Montana. A federal district judge in 2013 said the Flathead National Forest could reissue a 10-year permit for the statue that has stood at the Whitefish Mountain Resort since 1954. The judge, Obama appointee Dana Christensen, said no reasonable observer would conclude the Forest Service was endorsing Christianity by permitting a private party to place it on land it leases from the government. Hoping to get the decision reversed, attorney Rich Bolton told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel Tuesday that the statue violates the constitutional prohibition on Congress making any law regarding an establishment of religion/Associated Press. More here.
Question: You be the judge. How would you rule in this case?
- 11:50 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Creekside Inn, 240 Kathleen Ave/CdA.
- 11:32 a.m. Resident reports natural gas smell @ 8400 block of Rude St/Hayden.
- 11:27 a.m. Older female lying on ground in Kmart parking lot after being hit by vehicle.
- 11:26 a.m. Caller reports talking on phone to mom while mom's boyfriend is yelling at her in background.
- 11:15 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 7-8 here.
- 10:31 a.m. Employee at prosecutor's office frantically trying to get ahold of officer.
- 10:11 a.m. Small grass fire reported along H97/MP 64 (Bell Canyon Road).
- 9:58 a.m. A male, a female, & a small boy trying to hitchhike @ e/b I-90/Pleasant View onramp.
- 9:53 p.m. Homeowner @ Bingham St/Rathdrum has extinguished fire & is baby-sitting it (9:46 item).
- 9:46 a.m. Resident of 7800 block of Bingham St/Rathdrum is burning debris in back yard.
- 9:33 a.m. ISP officer helping motorist of disabled vehicle @ e/b onramp of Huetter rest stop.
- 9:27 a.m. Resident @ 4700 block of Foothill Drive/CdA reports lawn-care company using his driveway to work on neighbor's lawn despite his no-trespassing signs. Workers said they would continue to do so despite his protest.
- 9:10 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 545 Garden Plaza Center/Post Falls.
- 9:05 a.m. 77YO male falls in shower @ Martha Loop/Goldleaf Lane, CdA.
- 8:59 a.m. 2 dogs are funning loose @ McGuire Road/Seltice Way, Post Falls.
- 8:30 a.m. A male & a female are involved in ongoing, multi-day verbal fight @ 2400 block of N8th St/CdA.
- 8:21 a.m. Semi-conscious 77YO male has suffered injury to his hands after his car hit tree in median of Seltice Way b/n Huetter Road & Seeley St/Post Falls.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is sticking with his plan to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman. Lew announced last month that as part of a redesign of the $10 note, he hoped to put a woman on the bill. The department called for the public to weigh in on who should be honored. He said he expects a final decision soon. "I think we have waited long enough," Lew said of the move to put a woman on U.S. paper currency for the first time in 100 years. He made his remarks Wednesday during an appearance at the Brookings Institution. The initial announcement to remove Hamilton triggered a public outcry/AP. More here.
Question: Which woman in American history should have her face on the $10 bill?
Idaho’s real per capita personal income moved up from 49th in the nation in 2012 to 47th in 2013, the Idaho Department of Labor reports; that reflected a jump from $35,476 in 2012 to $36,340 in 2013, a 2.4 percent increase, compared to the national average of 0.1 percent, according to figures compiled by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That means Idaho led the nation in real per capita income gains from 2012 to 2013/Eye on Boise. More here.
DFO: Yeah, yeah, I noticed that the small jump meant that Idaho led the nation in per capita income gains from 2012 to 2013. But some how the news doesn't prompt me to do back flips. Thoughts?
- Tuesday Poll: Hucks Nation is split re: its view of the Confderate flag, with a plurality saying it is a "symbol of racism." 118 of 304 respondents (38.82%) took that position. However, 99 of 304 respondents (32.57%) said if was "A piece of history" and 69 (22.7%) said it was "a symbol of southern heritage." Also, 13 (4.28%) said it was "just a flag," and 5 (1.64%) checked "other."
- Today's Poll: Do you agree w/Obama strategy that eschews use of U.S. military in fight against ISIS?
President Barack Obama talks every day about defeating the Islamic State militants, but advisers say one option never surfaces for serious consideration – bringing the U.S. military in more directly to save the fledgling Iraqi security forces from their failures. Obama doubled down on his approach this week in a meeting with top generals, who later stood with him at the Pentagon as he explained his conviction that a large-scale investment of U.S. troops in another fight in the Middle East is a bad idea. He insisted that his military leaders agreed. “In every one of the conversations that we’ve had, the strong consensus is that, in order for us to succeed long term in this fight against ISIL, we have to develop local security forces that can sustain progress,” Obama said, using an acronym for the extremist group/Tribune News Service. More here.
Question: Do you agree w/Obama strategy that eschews use of U.S. military ISIS fight?
Bayview resident Linda Greco watches the Cape Horn wildfire burn on Monday. The wildfire in northern Idaho has destroyed six homes and forced hundreds of residents in the lakeside community to evacuate as it ballooned to more than 3 square miles. Latest here. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review, via AP)
- Donations should cover fireworks costs/Press
- Boise-based Albertson's going public/Statesman
- Appeals court mulls 'Big Mountain Jesus' case/AP
- Woman accused of shoplifting, abandoning children/SR
- Rescuers save hiker near Scotchman summit/CdA Press
- Gonzaga men's basketballers visit Camp Goodtimes/KHQ
- Business Bits: New bike shop opens in CdA/Nils Rosdahl, Press
- AG manual shows changes to records, meetings laws/Eye on Boise
- Vestal: Projects to ease car dependency will stimulate economy/SR
Visitors feast on hot dogs at last year’s Parks Day event held at McEuen Park.
Free food, activities and entertainment will be provided during the Eighth Annual Parks Day Celebration this Saturday at City Park.
The event begins with a free pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. cooked by the Panhandle Kiwanis. Kids Day in the Park activities will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The North Idaho Association for Education of Young Children and the Coeur d’ALene Childcare Commission hosts this part of the event, which features booths with activites for kids. Mudgy the Moose and Smokey Bear will also be there. A free bounce house will be available from Jump N 2 Fun. The Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis will provide a free hot dog lunch starting at noon.
All day entertainment includes music from the Alliance Band and Michael Morris, the Sorensen Jugglers, The Angela Marie Project, the Youth Marimba Band and the Powell Brothers featuring Arvid Lundin. There will also be a special presentation from Birds of Prey Northwest at 11 a.m.
A hot dog dinner will be provided at 5 p.m. courtesy of the Coeur d’Alene Lion’s Club. There will be many on-going activities during the day including basketball, volleyball, educational booths and much more. Just for attending the event, stop by the parks booth for a free balloon and a chance to win amazing prizes including a CDA Parasail ride, Texas Roadhouse giftcards and more.
Parks Day put on by the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department and the Panhandle Parks Foundation. Sponsors include Avista, Waste Management, Greenstone Homes, the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association, Contractor’s Northwest, and the Hallock family.
For more information go to cdaid.org/parks or call the Parks Department at 208-769-2252.
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has halted trading today, leaving investors unable to buy and sell securities. A technical issue has triggered a system-wide halt, officials said, and all open orders will be canceled. "We're currently experiencing a technical issue that we’re working to resolve as quickly as possible," a spokeswoman for the NYSE said in a statement. "We will be providing further updates as soon as we can, and are doing our utmost to produce a swift resolution, communicate thoroughly and transparently, and ensure a timely and orderly market re-open"/ABC News. More here.
Question: Does financial news like this worry you?
Jerome’s City Council is expected to discuss, at its next meeting, whether to start opening its meetings with a prayer. Mayor David Davis said at the end of Tuesday’s meeting that he had had city attorney J.B. Lothspeich research the topic and that he wants to put it on the agenda of the next meeting in two weeks. “That’s something that I’ve thought about the past few months,” Davis said after the meeting. Davis said he started to think about it when the state Legislature’s practice of starting meetings with a prayer ended up in the spotlight earlier this year. Generally, its invocations are from a Christian pastor, although it occasionally brings in people of other faiths. This drew nationwide media attention during the 2015 session when a handful of state senators refused to attend an invocation given by the Hindu religious leader Rajan Zed/Nathan Brown, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.
Question: Do you support prayer to open meetings, if all religions are allowed to participate?
Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer will honor former Post Falls Community Development Director Gary Young during a ceremony on Friday at McEuen Park. The event will take place at 4 p.m. near the playground.
In memory of Young, an oak tree and was recently planted alongside the Centennial Trail, accompanied with a memorial stone donated by the Panhandle Parks Foundation.
“Gary’s roots ran deep in Coeur d’Alene,” said his wife, Sandy. “The military took his family to other countries and states but he and his family always returned to the Lake City to spend summers here.”
Young was a former city planner in Post Falls and later became community development director. He left public service and started in private practice as a consultant and landscape architect in 2007. He and his wife started Verdis, a planning and design firm, where he worked until his death on January 10, 2015.
“Gary always found a way to give back to the community he loved so much,” Sandy said. “He served on CDA’s 2020 Visioning Committee, Kootenai County’s Citizens for Balance, and was a member and past President of the Post Falls Rotary Club.
Phil Stephan and Patti Bolstad believe they might have been able to prevent the Cape Horn Fire if they had just acted mere hours earlier. “It’s one of those hindsight kind of things,” Bolstad said, as she explained how she and Stephan believe the fire got started. “But what can you do about it now?” Stephan, who manages all but two of the eight marinas in Bayview, said he and Bolstad were approached by Timberlake Fire personnel on Sunday about 10 a.m. in the morning — roughly two and half hours before the fire erupted. “They said another boater spotted a couple of people who were stranded on a beach around the cape,” Stephan said. “They asked us if we could go and pick them up because technically the beach was in Bonner County.” Bolstad said they were told the people were fine, but their boat had been swamped by large waves stirred by Sunday’s wind storm. “We had a couple of hours before we could head over there,” she said, with Stephan adding that had they just gone and picked up the people at that time, the fire might not have started/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press: This photo was taken by Phil Stephan and Patti Bolstad, of Bayview, on Sunday just after the fire started and moments after two stranded boaters were rescued from the beach)
After a week of inactivity, someone started another small ground fire along the northeast border of Dalton Gardens near Hayden. On Tuesday afternoon, firefighters from Northern Lakes Fire District and Kootenai County Fire and Rescue responded to a human-caused fire, bringing the total number of fires to nine since June 27. Northern Lakes spokesman Jim Lyon told The Press that the most recent fire occurred on top of a previous blaze in the area where 15th Street turns into Lookout Drive. "It didn't just burn the same area either, it enlarged the previously burned area," Lyon said. Like the previous fires, Tuesday's flames happened alongside the roadway. However, Lyon said the firefighters were paged to the scene around 1:15 p.m., which is hours earlier than last week's fires were reported/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
The Coeur d’Alene Resort will move ahead with the design for a second hotel tower following a Tuesday vote by the Coeur d’Alene City Council to vacate two downtown streets. The council voted 5-1 for the street vacations, which Hagadone Hospitality officials said are needed for the construction of a narrow, 19-story tower rising above Front Avenue and extending over a portion of Hagadone’s Resort Plaza Shops. All of the rooms in the new tower will face west. Councilwoman Amy Evans cast the dissenting vote, saying she didn’t have enough information about how the tower will affect downtown, including the views and the shadows cast by the building. “I would like more information on the impact on views and vistas,” she told other council members. “We know the community values those”/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.
- City vacates part of Front Avenue for new tower/Keith Cousin, Press
Question: Do you agree/disagree with the 5-1 decision by the Coeur d'Alene City Council?
Bayview-area residents who fled ahead of a wildfire Sunday are being escorted back to their homes today for brief visits to see the damage and grab essential items like medication. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and the Timberlake Fire Protection District in Athol planned to escort evacuees to their properties in the Cape Horn area east of Bayview starting at 8 this morning. Six homes and two other structures were destroyed by the fire, which blew up Sunday and swept through timber and brush in steep terrain. “Time is very limited, so residents will only have a few minutes at their homes,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Tuesday night. On Tuesday night, the fire’s size was revised to 1,380 acres, down from an earlier estimate of 2,000 acres. Officials said it was 35 percent contained, including the portion bordered by Lake Pend Oreille, and the cause remained under investigation/Jim Camden & Eli Francovich, SR. More here.
Question: Have you ever lost anything as a result of a fire?
Last week we took our first Tubbs Hill hike of the summer. It was a beautiful day and the views of the lake were spectacular; however, one view was disturbing. Scattered along the trail were lots of cigarette butts. This was very upsetting to us, especially since there already has been one fire this season on Tubbs Hill and the entire area is very dry. We hope that common sense will prevail and smokers will smoke before entering Tubbs Hill and wait until they leave before smoking again. Let’s all protect our beautiful Hill and keep it safe/Al and Teresa Underword, Coeur d'Alene, letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor.
Question: Why do so many cigarette smokers simply discard cigarettes on the ground when they're done with their nicotine fix?