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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 6.30.15

5 hours 45 min ago

The heat might have us all panting. But my garden is growing gloriously this year. Picked my first zucchini Saturday, the earliest that has happened since I don't know when. I might have picked garden produce early during my two years living on Normal Hill in Lewiston (1982-84). I can't remember. Better yet, I already have a recipient who has asked for my excess zucchinis this year. So I don't have to put a bag full of them on my neighbor's door step in the middle of the night this year -- and run. Here's your Tuesday Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 6.30.15

5 hours 45 min ago

U.S. keeper Hope Solo watches as a Germany shot goes wide of the net during the second half of a semifinal in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Tuesday in Montreal, Canada. The US leads 1-0 in the 81st minute. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lake City Native Ridnour Traded 4 Times In Week

6 hours 3 min ago

In this Feb. 20, 2015, file photoo, Orlando Magic guard Luke Ridnour dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in Orlando, Fla. Ridnour, who was born in Coeur d'Alene, has been traded 4 times in the last week.(AP file photo)

Everything about Luke Ridnour’s N.B.A. career was fairly nondescript until a week ago. Over 12 seasons, he was gainfully employed by five organizations, averaging 9.3 points and 4.5 assists for the likes of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Minnesota Timberwolves. A steady-handed point guard, he was also capable of shooting from beyond the 3-point line. He was a player who rounded out rosters, a backup vocalist to more famous stars. Nothing about his game screamed for attention. But on the eve of the N.B.A.’s free-agent period, Ridnour has become someone else altogether, through no fault of his own — the league’s most famous basketball vagabond/New York Times. More here.

Question: Did you know Ridnour was a Coeur d'Alene native? And/or: Had you heard of Ridnour before now?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.30.15

6 hours 26 min ago
  • 5:19 p.m. 78YO male may have suffered stroke @ 14900 block of Heather St/Rathdrum.
  • 5:18 p.m. PFPD officers now checking Qemiln Park area for suicidal woman (5:01 item).
  • 5:01 p.m. 43YO suicidal woman in Nissan may have driven to Corbin Park/Post Falls to drown herself in Spokane River.
  • 4:56 p.m. Carbon monoxide problem reported @ 6800 block of Rude St/Dalton Gardens.
  • 4:45 p.m. Adult Probation requests officer to arrest Jeremy on warrant at courthouse.
  • 4:34 p.m. Someone has fallen at Sylvan House, 660 W. Honeysuckle Ave/Hayden.
  • 4:17 p.m. Porcupine on H53, near H95, is creating a traffic safety issue.
  • 4:05 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 29-30 here.
  • 3:50 p.m. Propane gas leak reported @ Chinook Medical Building, 980 W. Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 3:34 p.m. A dog is locked in a hot vehicle @ county courthouse parking lot.
  • 3:12 p.m. Someone has fallen @ 1500 block of N9th St/CdA.
  • 3:02 p.m. Officer en route to check report of dog in car at county courthouse/CdA.
  • 2:57 p.m. Someone suffering seizure @ 14100 block of Lauren Loop/Rathdrum.
  • 2:51 p.m. Officer en route from Probation & Parole officer to jail w/cooperative male.
  • 2:48 p.m. Found child reported @ Peterson Foods, 12th St/Sherman Ave, CdA.
  • 2:33 p.m. Female convulsing on S. Sandpiper Loop/Post Falls.
  • 2:31 p.m. Female driver hits 2nd vehicle in American Legion lot/Post Falls after donating blood.
  • 2:22 p.m. 1 male is yelling at another behind blue-and-white apartments @ 917 Lakeside Ave/CdA.
  • 2:06 p.m. 19YO female tearing up house in dispute w/father @ 900 block of N19th St/CdA.
  • 1:23 p.m. Officer reports 2-vehicle crash just south of Lincoln Way/Ironwood Drive intersection.
  • 1:09 p.m. Re-po man reports being blocked in by male in BMW who was trying to prevent him from taking vehicle @ 600 block of S14th St/CdA. Resident is yelling at re-po man to get off his property.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

6 hours 42 min ago

Erie Animal Enforcement Officer Rob Culbertson chases two young male turkeys through a public housing neighborhood after the birds wandered near traffic in Erie, Pa., Monday. You write the cutline. (Erie Times-News via AP photo: Andy Colwell)

Monday Winner -- JMRusche, with 4 likes: Cowboy sumo returns as a rodeo sport. You can see Monday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Advisory Issued For Avondale Lake

7 hours 4 min ago

A health advisory was issued today for Avondale Lake by the Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Water samples confirmed the presence of the blue-green algae, which can produce potentially dangerous toxins. People recreating near Avondale Lake are advised to avoid swallowing or inhaling water and to avoid direct contact with water containing visible algae. Drinking water from the lake is especially dangerous and the toxins cannot be removed by boiling or filtering the water/Melanie Collett, Panhandle Health District. More here.

Vehicle Owners Jam Post Falls DMV

7 hours 9 min ago

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson posts: "Long line at DMV in Post Falls on the last day to renew before tax increase jacks up the fee." Registration and state gas taxes increase Wednesday, to help pay for road and bridge repair.

Kiko's Grill Opening At McEuen

7 hours 13 min ago

Kiko's Harbor House Grill is scheduled to open July 4 at the newly developed McEuen Park overlooking Lake Coeur d'Alene near the Tubbs Hill west entry. Kiko's will feature an Asian-American cuisine served on a casual open-air patio with beautiful lake views. Seating is for 60 under umbrellas. The menu consists of a variety of healthy Asian salads, rice bowls, tacos, sandwiches and wraps with an outside barbecue of Korean meats and signature burgers. Owners Randy and Akiko Folk, owners of Tiki Hospitality, say they are excited to be one of the few dining establishments on the lake/Nils Rosdahl, Business Bits, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Is this an eatery that you're likely to check out?

How Bad Are Fireworks In Your 'Hood?

7 hours 56 min ago

For several years, we've had a bozo in our neighborhood who has a signature move re: annoying his -- it's always a male isn't it -- by setting off a single loud firework at 10 o'clock. Just one. He might have moved because the signature pop wasn't heard last year. In fact, last year was the best in years re: annoying fireworks launched weeks before and weeks after the 4th of July. Why am I telling you this? A Coeur d'Alene PD Facebook post prompted me to think about the long fireworks season in the hood: "Police activity in the 1800blk of east Lakeside Ave. Officers responded to a neighborhood dispute over illegal fireworks which escalated to the brandishing of a firearm. Officers arrived quickly and gained control over the scene. This issue has been resolved. The area is safe and the scene is clear once again."

Question: Do you experience a fireworks problem in your neighborhood, one in which neighbors shoot off fireworks way before and way after the 4th of July?

Gay Marriages Are Legal, Now What?

8 hours 46 min ago

Gay weddings are legal. You do not like it. So now what? To begin, I ask that everyone – both supporters and opponents of gay marriage consider the tone of anything they post about the topic. There is a point where celebratory remarks become gloating. There is also a thin line where voicing dissent morphs into disparaging criticism. However, this request is more for those who share my faith than those who do not. As a Christian, the stamp of love should be the impetus of everything we do. I know this is not easily done and it is something that I struggle with every day. Regardless, this is what God has asked of us. Jesus told his disciples “All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.” The way we treat those within our own community should be an example that reflects the love that God has shown us. If we can’t get that right, how can anyone outside the church expect to be treated any differently?/Faithful Geek. More here.


Blogos: Cindy Wows 'Em In Leavenworth, WA

9 hours 3 min ago

Cindy takes a break in the action during a book-signing event at A Book for All Seasons store in Leavenworth, Wash. The book store noted: "Thanks Cindy Hval, for sharing your wonderful WWII love stories!" Cindy, of course, has penned "War Bonds: Love Stories of the Greatest Generation."

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, June 29): 11,459 page-views/7,306 unique views

Schweitzer To Build Summit Lodge

9 hours 52 min ago

This rendition shows the 8,000-square-foot summit lodge that Schweitzer Mountain Resort plans to open next year. (Schweitzer Mountain Resort)

Schweitzer Mountain Resort plans to build a new lodge at the top of its Great Escape Quad lift. Work on the two-story, $3.8 million lodge will begin in early July and be completed by fall 2016, Schweitzer said today.  The resort’s board of directors approved the plans this week. “We are excited with the board’s decision to move forward with this project, especially following such a challenging winter,” CEO Tom Chasse said. “It’s great to have such strong support from our owners, allowing us to improve the resort’s infrastructure and deliver a better experience for our guests”/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors blog. More here.

Question: Is this something that interests you?

DFO: Why Beer, Wine In Parks Now?

9 hours 56 min ago

I'm not a teetotaler. I like an occasional beer or glass of wine and very occasional sip of bourbon, if the company is right. But I'm not sure that it's a good idea to open Coeur d'Alene's waterfront parks to beer and wine sales. I'm sure that most who will partake of the offerings at McEuen Park and (for Sunday free concerts) at City Park will be orderly. But I'm not sure all will be. Especially on the 4th of July. Alcohol is a scourge on our society. For every 7 or 8 people who can handle alcoholic drink there's one who can't -- someone who drives drunk or becomes abusive to family members. I suspect such abuse was behind the prohibition against alcohol in city parks for all these years. So I wonder why the city of Coeur d'Alene is loosening the rules on alcohol sales now. As a regular concert goer to the City Park series, I'll watch with interest to see how the beer and wine sales affect the crowd and nearby park and City Beach goers. I'm hoping for the best.


Concealed Gun Permit To Change

9 hours 59 min ago

From Lt. Stu Miller/KCSO: "Effective (Wednesday) Idaho’s concealed weapons permit laws have been changed and, as such, the State has updated the (concealed weapons permit) license application form. Anyone applying for a concealed weapons permit after (today) will need to use the updated application form. Changes to the form are minor, but have some clarification on age, citizenship and eligibility requirements. The updated application form can be found online here or in person at the Sheriff’s Office.

California Bolsters Vaccination law

10 hours 9 min ago

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday signed a strict new vaccination law, eliminating exemptions for people citing personal beliefs. The move follows an at-times fierce debate over mandatory vaccinations and parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, in California and around the country. The issue briefly entered the presidential race in February after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that parents should have some choice as to whether they vaccinate their children.  Christie later walked back those remarks, saying that children should be vaccinated "no question"/The Hill. More here.

Question: Should Idaho follow suit?

Middle Schoolers Form Book Club

11 hours 17 min ago

Pierce Duncan, 12, engages in a book discussion at Hayden Public Library on Thursday. The middle school book club meets every week online and are now meeting once a month in person. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Kristen McPeek)

Middle school members of a new book club got fired up about "Cinder." The youngsters read the book during the first month of the new club organized by the Hayden Community Library Network and Coeur d'Alene school district. Of the 50 middle school students who signed up, 27 attended a first face-to-face meeting of club members Thursday at the Hayden Public Library. They ate pizza and participated in a very animated discussion about the book. Prior to Thursday's meeting, the club - which the students agreed to call "Newfangled" - met online each week through the school's virtual blackboard program called Edmoto. The students will continue to meet online and once a month in person at the library/Mary Malone, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: What book(s) are you currently reading?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.30.15

11 hours 36 min ago
  • 11:57 a.m. Officers looking for male on undisclosed bridge finds number of transients under bridge.
  • 11:51 a.m. Caller reports contained dog @ 19th St/Shadduck Lane, CdA.
  • 11:44 a.m. Possible suicidal male w/no shirt, red hair, appears ready to jump from undisclosed bridge.
  • 11:39 a.m. Harrison City Council reports suspicious "ticking" bag @ H97/Thompson Lake Road.
  • 11:30 a.m. Someone is unconscious @ 400 block of W. Helen St/Hayden.
  • 11:18 a.m. Someone suffering chest pain @ 5800 block of Hayden Lake Road/Hayden.
  • 11:17 a.m. BOSS hit on white 2004 Windstar w/Washington plates that might contain distraught female.
  • 11:07 p.m. 73YO male suffering medical emergency @ 1800 block of E. Park Lane/Post Falls.
  • 11:01 a.m. ISP officer stopping to help stranded motorist @ n/b H95/MP 421 (Mica Creek area).
  • 10:34 a.m. Someone has a head injury @ Post Falls Police Department, 1717 Polston Ave/Post Falls.
  • 9:58 a.m. Child left in hot vehicle in Ironwood Square Albertson's/CdA.
  • 9:42 a.m. 39YO female fell down 8 stairs onto concrete @ 1400 block of Baker Lane/Post Falls, hurt shoulder.
  • 9:13 a.m. Someone has fallen @ 3700 block of N4th St/CdA.
  • 9:07 a.m. Someone is suffering seizure @ Kootenai County Courthouse, 501 Govt Way/CdA.
  • 8:34 a.m. CPD officer has trespassed 2 males from North Idaho College campus.
  • 8:28 a.m. 86YO female feeling faint @ 900 block of E11th Ave/Post Falls.

Do You Want Heroin w/Your Burger?

11 hours 44 min ago

From Post Falls PD Swing Shift (RE: Drug call at Wal-mart east): "R/P (reporting party) called 911 to report a female was sitting in a black Monte Carlo and was getting ready to use drugs as she had a spoon/syringe in her hand. Officers made contact and discovered the female who owned the vehicle had a confirmed warrant for her arrest of out Washington. After she was taken into custody, PSD Andor and officer Robertson discovered drugs (heroin) inside the car. A second female in the vehicle tried to hide the heroin inside a hamburger she had purchased. This female was also arrested and booked in to PSB."

NIC To Charge For 4th Parking

12 hours 4 min ago

For the first time, patrons parking on the North Idaho College campus while enjoying Fourth of July activities will be assessed a parking fee. Parking on the college campus for major events has always been free, but this year there will be a parking fee assessed as vehicles enter campus to park. The college is taking several steps to ensure that the public recognizes the cost is minimal compared with other lot fees in town, and will help offset costs of portable restroom rental, custodial costs, and security during major events such as the Fourth of July/Tom Greene, NIC Press Room. More here.

AM: Loose Moose Laps Track

12 hours 38 min ago

Rich Landers/SR Outdoors blog reports: "A yearling moose apparently was trying out as a walk-on for the North Central High School track team this morning. A moose would be be hard to beat in the hurdles. The moose was tranquilized and transported out of Spokane for release by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff." (Special to the SR: Mark Vandine)