- 11:46 a.m. Deputy en route to check on someone's welfare @ 1500 block of Skyview Lane/Hayden.
- 11:31 a.m. Smell of natural gas reported in area of 9955 Circle Drive/Hayden.
- 11:30 a.m. Child runs to male hiding behind tree @ McEuen Park, caller is concerned.
- 10:47 a.m. Male w/sledge hammer is demanding that someone get out of parked vehicle @ 7800 block of Baillie St (cross of 4th St)/Dalton Gardens. Angry male has thrown sledge hammer at garage before approaching vehicle.
- 10:42 a.m. Noninjury crash b/n Toyota Matrix & semi reported @ e/b I-90/MP 13 (4th St/CdA), non-blocking.
- 10:25 a.m. Dalton Elementary conducting a fire drill.
- 9:53 a.m. Undisclosed traffic hazard reported @ 1600 block of E. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
- 9:46 a.m. Someone at Center Partners, 1201 Ironwood Drive/CdA, is suffering from chest pain.
- 9:28 a.m. Burn toast triggers fire alarm at undisclosed local middle school.
- 9:16 a.m. Domestic dispute reported @ apartments @ 3700 block of E3rd Ave/Post Falls.
- 9:10 a.m. 911 received call from female local school district who was asking for "Mr. Schultz." Female hung up when told she had contacted 911. Dispatcher called back and talked to a different female who didn't know who made the call.
- 9:08 a.m. PFPD officer looking for "James" whose mother reports is high on drugs.
- 8:47 a.m. Undisclosed trauma injury reported @ 900 block of 15th St/CdA.
- 8:14 a.m. Troubled male reports hearing voices he can't describe @ 5200 block of Valhalla/Kidd Island Bay.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said it's "ridiculous and absurd" to believe there's a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, weighing in on the issue ahead of a landmark Supreme Court case. "It doesn’t exist. There is no federal constitutional right to same sex-marriage. There isn’t such a right," the 2016 hopeful said during an interview this weekend with Christian Broadcasting Network's The Brody File. "You would have to really have a ridiculous and absurd reading of the U.S. Constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex." Rubio's remarks were captured in a blog post Monday by the progressive group's People For the American Way's Right Wing Watch project/The Hill. More here.
Question: Do you agree/disagree with Sen. Marco Rubio?
On a cleanup hike of Tubbs Hill during the weekend, Walkabout spotted this makeshift camp erected by a squatter(s) on Tubbs Hill. She found another one some months ago. She suspects that the camp will be cleaned up soon by city personnel.
Today's Poll: Why hasn't Gov. Otter called a special session to fix Child Support mess, yet?
Canada Goose goslings nesting on the towering north pole at McEuen Park recently to their first perilous steps into oblivion. You can check out their adventure by visiting this link.
George Prentice/Boise Weekly reports:
Idaho got pulled into Washington, D.C.'s so-called "nerd prom" Saturday night. Better known as the White House Correspondents' Dinner—a bizarre mash-up of celebrities, politicos, pundits and the POTUS—featured Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong as the featured attraction. Strong was the fourth woman to perform at the event, following Paula Poundstone in 1992, Elayne Boosler in 1993 and Wanda Sykes in 2009. While Strong targeted Hillary Clinton, CNN and Fox News, she also had a zinger for one particular member of the Idaho Legislature:
"Idaho [House] Representative Vito Barbieri recently asked if gynecological exams could be conducted by a woman swallowing a camera. But they can't. And now Vito and his wife have ruined a perfectly good Go-Pro."
- You can see YouTube of Cecily Strong roasting Rep. Barbieri here
Question: Aren't you proud that an Idaho legislator received a mention at the White House Correspondents' Dinner?
The European Union and more than 30 other nations have ratified a long sought treaty to make it easier to track delinquent parents who flee across foreign borders to duck their child support obligations. Until this month, the treaty, which was painstakingly negotiated at The Hague to improve the lot of needy, abandoned families, had been progressing toward acceptance in the United States. Nineteen states found no problem in signing on. Then it was Idaho’s turn. The Republican-controlled state Senate approved the treaty unanimously. Yet a House committee impulsively refused to send it along for full floor debate in a 9-to-8 vote that featured xenophobic fantasies about Idaho citizens being ordered about by foreign courts and foreign law. Right-wing alarmists raised fears that the good people of Idaho could suddenly find themselves subject to Shariah, the Islamic legal code/New York Times Editorial Board. More here.
Question: Izzit me, or has Idaho's rep-P-U-tation taken a pounding as a result of the work of a few Hard Right alarmists during the 2015 Legislature?
RFJ Auto Partners Inc., a fast-growing new dealership group backed by private equity, acquired two of the highest-volume stores in the U.S. this week when it bought Dave Smith Auto Group. The deal marks RFJ's expansion to the Northwest. The Dave Smith stores, in Kellogg, Idaho, will be a base for further growth in that region, said Rick Ford, RFJ's president. The owners of Dave Smith, led by Ken Smith, now become partners in RFJ and will help the Plano, Texas, dealership group replicate the Dave Smith approach at other RFJ stores going forward. "We're going to really expand the Dave Smith brand throughout the Northwest corridor," Ford told Automotive News. "It's our intention for RFJ to adopt a lot of the operating processes the Dave Smith brand has been so good at developing"/Amy Wilson, Automotive News. More here.
Question: Do you predict any changes in the way Dave Smith Auto operates?
Sid Fredrickson accepts his award from KEA Board President, Tiffany Heiss.
Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Superintendent Sid Fredrickson was recently awarded with the Art Manley Lifetime Conservation Award for his efforts to conserve, protect and restore the environment in North Idaho with a particular emphasis on the Coeur d’Alene basin. The award was presented by the Kootenai Environmental Alliance.
Sid has worked in the wastewater, water quality and watershed fields for more than 40 years and has served as the superintendent of the Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Department since the late 1980s.
Sid’s award-winning career in Coeur d’Alene has been a continuous quest for more efficient and effective technology and treatment to keep the Spokane River clean. Sid also implemented a variety of programs to deal with the city’s waste in more environmentally friendly ways, like: creating the Coeur d’Green Compost to remove biosolids from our landfill, the first facility of its kind in the Inland Northwest. Before retiring, Sid is ensuring that Coeur d’Alene will provide maximum phosphorus reduction by implementing a world class tertiary treatment facility.
Sid served as the Idaho delegate for the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association, Water Environment Federation, and the Coeur d’Alene School District Board. He has received numerous awards for outstanding performance and professionalism because he has always worked to progress and improve the City of Coeur d’Alene’s treatment and meet the most stringent wastewater discharge standards in the country. Thank you Sid for your years of service to this community and environment!
New artwork is coming soon to the North Idaho College campus. Among several entries submitted, the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission unanimously selected “Chief Morris Antelope,” by local artist Cheryl Metcalf. Approval of the piece is contingent on City Council approval. All entries for the site were open to public comment in recent weeks and were displayed at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, North Idaho College and Coeur d’Alene Tribe Reservation. The overwhelming favorite was “Chief Morris.” The city previously approved a $45,000 expenditure for the art, which will be located just west of Rosenberry Drive along the Centennial Trail near the wastewater treatment plant/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Any grumps out there who don't like this selection?
More than a dozen community volunteers, including a group of local Girl Scouts, dedicated their time on a brisk and rainy Saturday morning to plant trees in the Landings subdivision.
Katie Kosanke, urban forester for the city of Coeur d’Alene, said nine Katsura trees and five Tulip trees were planted within the public right-of-way in the neighborhood. The tree planting was initiated by Landings resident Tucker Marcheso.
Volunteers included more than a dozen Girl Scouts from Coeur d’Alene Troop 3003. The tree planting was followed by a free hot dog barbecue at Landings Park sponsored by Sun Valley Tree Service. Among those in attendance at the lunch was City Councilmember Dan Gookin.
During the event, Coeur d’Alene was presented with a Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation. This is the 31st consecutive year the city received the recognition.
Photos: Members of Girl Scouts Troop 3003 planting trees and pictured in these photos include Crista Falk, Abby Quigley, Emily Osborne, Syranie Kinsey, Ruthy Winton, and Hannah Raschke.
Earthquakes around Lake Pend Oreille Thursday and Friday could signal the area may experience a swarm of them or that a big one might be on the way. It could also be decades before the area shakes again. "I would be warning people to take their grandmother's precious crystal off the shelves and put it on the floor for a few days," said Ken Sprenke, a professor of geophysics in the University of Idaho's geological sciences department. "I think there's a good chance we'll continue to get little temblors like that." Earthquake swarms are common in Idaho, he said Friday. "I wouldn't be surprised if this turns into a swarm up there," he said. It's also possible the quakes are foreshocks for a larger event, he said. The first earthquake struck at 7:32 p.m. Thursday and registered magnitude 4.1, with an epicenter north of Granite Creek on the east side of Lake Pend Oreille/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: How were you affected by the shake, rattle & roll of last week's small North Idaho quakes?
Rob Reed of Spirit Lake holds Daisy, Tom McTevia’s dog that was found Saturday near the site where McTevia died when his ATV rolled off a cliff. Reed’s son, Logan, 15, looks on. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)
As the people closest to Tom McTevia spent the last week grieving his loss, they also worried what had become of his dog, Daisy. The little dachshund was with McTevia and his friend, Tina Hoisington, a week ago, when the ATV they were riding rolled off a steep cliff in the mountains overlooking Lake Pend Oreille, killing them both. No one had seen the dog since. "We knew she was out there; we just didn't know if she was dead or alive," said McTevia's sister, Laura Bess. On Saturday, six days after the crash, five men - McTevia's friends and family members - used ropes to scour the rugged terrain below the cliff the ATV had plummeted from. Others waited at the top, communicating with the searchers below by two-way radio/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Idaho Falls attorney Steve Taggart, in a column in the Idaho Politics Weekly newsletter that’s published by Zions Bank this week, takes on the main arguments raised against SB 1067, the child support enforcement bill, by Reps. Kathy Sims, Ron Nate and Lynn Luker in recent newspaper op-ed pieces. Going point by point, Taggart finds the arguments misplaced, concluding, “The best public policy debates occur when both sides of the issue make arguments grounded in fact." Among them: Taggart writes that Sims’ contention that the bill could compromise Idaho’s sovereignty by requiring the state “to enforce ill-gotten Child Support Enforcement (CSE) orders made in a foreign country” simply “reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the how the legal system works”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: I've been gone on vacation for a week. Has there been any movement by Gov. Otter to call the Legislature back into session to fix the mess created by Sims & Co.?
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