A Coeur d'Alene Police Officer was shot in the line of duty at 1:30a this morning in the 2800 block of Wilbur Avenue. Officers say the incident was not a planned assault on the officer, but instead "a bad guy doing bad guy stuff." It started as a traffic stop when Sgt. Greg Moore called in the suspect, Jonathan Renfro, as a suspicious person to dispatch, then was shot. In a press conference at Kootenai Medical Center, it was revealed that a call for help did not come from Sgt. Moore, but from a concerned citizen who heard the shot and saw the officer's body in the street.
Officers say that after the shooting, Renfro stole the officer's patrol car and used it to escape the scene. He sped down Interstate 90 at up to 125 miles an hour through Post Falls. Police say Renfro then left the vehicle and was located two hours later by Post Falls police officers hiding under a semi trailer west of the Post Falls Walmart.
The suspected shooter is in custody. Renfro was on felony probation at the time of the shooting. Post Falls Police have asked employees of Walmart and Cabelas in Post Falls to enter through the Seltice Way entrance as the investigation continues this morning.
The Coeur d'Alene area is expected to be treated to another blanket of snow today with accumulations of up to three inches. Snow is not unheard of in the area through April, or even a few light dustings as late as the opening days of June in the surrounding mountains. However, as the area warms up, spring snow doesn't stick around for long.
Most of the snow that falls today is expected to melt quickly in the face of rain later in the day and a high temperature above 40o.
Rain showers are anticipated through the next few days with temperatures remaining cool, and the weather improving to "mostly sunny" for Thursday and Friday before returning to more rain for the coming weekend.
The text of today's full winter weather advisory is below.
... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM PDT THIS MORNING...
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... BRIEF ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO 1 INCH BELOW 2500 FEET AND 1 TO 3 INCHES ABOVE 2500 FEET.
* TIMING... SNOW WILL START TO ACCUMULATE AS TEMPERATURES DROP TONIGHT. HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED EARLY MONDAY MORNING. ANY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ON ROADWAYS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO LINGER FOR VERY LONG... LIKELY ON THE ORDER OF MINUTES OR AN HOUR.
* IMPACTS... BRIEF AND SUDDEN WET SLUSHY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS TRAVEL. THE MOST INTENSE SNOW SHOWERS MAY SIGNIFICANTLY AND SUDDENLY LOWER VISIBILITIES ON ROADWAYS IN ADDITION TO SLICKENING THEM. MOTORISTS TRAVELING HIGHWAY 95 AND I- 90 SHOULD PREPARE FOR THIS BRIEF RETURN OF WINTER TRAVEL CONDITIONS.
* LOCATIONS... MOSCOW... PLUMMER... POTLATCH... GENESEE... COEUR D'ALENE... POST FALLS... HAYDEN... WORLEY... PULLMAN... ROSALIA... OAKESDALE... TEKOA... UNIONTOWN... SPOKANE... CHENEY... ROCKFORD.
... SNOW TO RETURN TO PORTIONS OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST FOR THIS MORNING...
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North Idaho isn't well known as a gardener's paradise. Long, harsh winters, early frosts in fall, heavy snowfall, late spring frosts and less than desirable soil conditions can make growing a garden challenging. With this year's unusually early spring weather, it is inevitable that many people's thoughts will turn to gardening.
The Coeur d'Alene area is largely a zone 6b area with outlying areas, primarily to the east, being Zone 6b. The immediate CdA area typically sees approximately 120-130 frost-free days and winters often reach lows between 0o to -10o Fahrenheit.
The University of Idaho offers this information about soil conditions and growing plants in Idaho's northern region. "The frost free growing season is about 90 to 150 days in the valleys and 60 to 90 days in the mountains. Soils in the region are generally slightly to very acid and range from sandy to heavy clay soils. Silt loam soils are common and poor soil drainage is often a concern. For this region, cold hardy, early ripening fruit and cool-season vegetable varieties perform best."
Despite the challenges of growing a garden in our area, it can be done very successfully with proper planning and a careful choice of the plant varieties.