Russ Connole has been named as the new Public Services Director for the City of Post Falls. He will oversee the department’s two divisions, the Public Works Division and the Community Development Division. The Public Works Division consists of Streets, Water, Water Reclamation, Surface Water, Fleet Services and Facility Maintenance. Community Development Division consists of Building, Engineering and Planning. He will begin work Jan. 20. Connole is now the community development director for West Richland,
Wash., and has over 21 years of experience in local government. He will replace Terry Werner, who retired in October after 29 years with the city of Post Falls/Kit Hoffer, city of Post Falls. More here.
Chuck VanGuilder with Specialty Tree Service trims limbs Thursday morning on Government Way. A number of trees in the median of Government Way near Forest Cemetery were pruned on Thursday, helping to enhance branch structure, promote healthy growth and improve their overall appearance. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)
DFO: I don't know what to ask.
Eric Nail, a Priest Lake summer person from Seattle, surprised girlfriend Clarisa Peralta by dropping to a knee and popping the question on the bridge overlooking the Spokane Falls Saturday. Eric and Clarisa were involved in one of those "meet-the-parents" deals when he surprised her with the proposal. She said, yes. Pecky Cox/As the Lake Churns sends along the photo.
- T is for tidings/Faithful Geek
- Planning for failure/Fort Boise
- Soapbox & lights/Simple Mind
- Putting their Brett foot forward/On Tap
- Eagles, eagles 'n dead fish/Bay Views
- Great moments in package mailing/Slice
- Thursday throwbacks & grace/Slight Detour
- Ending 50 years of embarrassment/Martin Peterson
- Nordic skiing gets boost at Chief Joseph's Pass/Outdoors
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From Coeur d'Alene Police Dept Facebook: In reference to yesterday’s SCAM ALERT the Coeur d’Alene Water Department has provided us with some additional information to share with the public. The Water Department is currently doing meter change-outs so they are interacting with City customers more than usual however it is important to note that they never ask for personal information (the exception is that Utility Billing will get some when an account is first set up) and they are always happy to provide proof that they are, in fact, City employees. Here are procedures implemented for City employees when a customer wants verification that we are who we say we are.
State Rep. Brent Crane, the House assistant majority leader, Wednesday became at least the third state leader to predict hearings early next year on legislation to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s anti-discrimination laws. "It will be taken up and given a hearing in the 2015 session," Crane, R-Nampa, told the Nampa Chamber of Commerce yesterday. He did not say which committee in the Senate or House would hold hearings. In his re-election campaign this fall, Gov. Butch Otter also predicted hearings on the so-called “add the words” legislation and said he would sign it if passed by the Legislature. House Speaker Scott Bedke also has expressed support for formal hearings/Bill Dentzer, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Do you expect Add the Words legislation to pass in the 2015 Legislature?
Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/12/18/3548870/another-state-leader-predicts.html?sp=/99/101/&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co#storylink=cpy
The state has opened its first community center designed to help people facing a behavioral-health crisis and keep those who don’t need to be hospitalized or incarcerated from being sent to emergency rooms or jails. Behavioral Health Crisis Center of East Idaho, at 1650 N. Holmes Ave. in Idaho Falls, will listen and talk to adults with mental illnesses and substance-abuse problems, help them set goals and connect them with additional community services, said Brenda Price, the center's coordinator. The center will provide assessments, stabilization services and plans, case-management assistance and referrals to other agencies/Kendra Evenson, Idaho Statesman. More here.
- Archives: Opposition from Kootenai County legislators cost Coeur d'Alene mental health center/Jeff Selle, Press
Question: Anyone want to join mean in sending a big razzberry to county legislators Sims, Barbieri, Nonini, Mendive, et al, for the clueless opposition that cost Coeur d'Alene first dibs on this mental health center?
I got more than one chuckle from the Post Falls Police Department activities report this morning here (click on link). Dunno who wrote it up. But I appreciate a police(wo)man with a sense of humor. I'll probably post the "cat burglar" (2nd item) entry later this morning. How about a H/T to all the officers of goodwill who maintain their humor and devotion to the local communities despite all the nasty stuff they see daily? Now for today's Wild Card ...
- 3:59 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 1800 block of Meyer Road/Rathdrum.
- 3:11 p.m. Male caller left @ 3700 block of Scarcello Road/Rathdrum, after female punched him in face in front of kids.
- 3:03 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ Ugly Fish, 1927 W. Riverstone Drive/CdA.
- 3:01 p.m. Driver of gold, late-90s car almost rear-ended cop car @ Spirit Lake before speeding off.
- 2:50 p.m. Driver of gold 2-door car possibly DUI @ n/b H41 from I-90/Post Falls.
- 2:30 p.m. Possible battery suspect on bike (2:09 item) stopped by CPD officer @ Riverstone.
- 2:27 p.m. Blue Freightliner @ n/b H95/Neider Avenue, CdA, is leaking fluids.
- 2:20 p.m. 83YO female having cardiac problems @ 600 block of Windsor Court/CdA.
- 2:18 p.m. Semi truck is stopped on highway @ I-90/MP 31 (near eastern edge of 4th of July Pass.
- 2:09 p.m. Female on Ferrel Street/Post Falls said male head-butted her and left on a bicycle e/b on Seltice Way.
- 1:24 p.m. Rathdrum police officer delivering eviction notice to Clovis Road address.
- 1:13 p.m. Female named Stephanie suffered back, neck pain in crash @ H95/Haycraft, now en route to hospital.
- 1:04 p.m. Male trying to drag female out of vehicle, w/kids in it, @ Interlake Pharmacy, 700 W. Ironwood Drive/CdA.
- 1:02 p.m. One in custody & one on the run near Quizno's/Ironwood Drive, unknown reason for arrest.
- 12:58 p.m. Mazda 6 & Toyota Camri involved in noninjury crash @ e/b I-90/MP 18 (Sunnyside/CdA).
I spotted tree specialists removing this tall pine at the edge of the leftfield foul line @ Memorial Field, during my walk along the waterfront at noon today. They had to be 50 to 60 feet above the ground. I don't envy them their job. Jake at Skyline_Production.com snapped this photo for his Facebook page, commenting: "Always sad to see a nice big tree come down." Also, the work continues along the Spokane River side of the Dike Road. Most of the small trees and all of the brush have been removed from the northern half of the stretch, leading toward the sewer treatment plant. It has opened up the river vista almost completely. But I suspect some won't like all the tree removal.
North West Property Owners Associaton and Kootenai Shoshone Farm Bureau are hosting a townhall with Kootenai County legislators and county elected officials. According to Jennifer Locke's Facebook page, Commissioner Dan Green and the two incoming commissioners, Marc Eberlein and David Stewart, have agreed to come. The meeting is scheduled for the Reach America building, 602 W. Lee Court, off West Appleway, across from Lowe's, in Coeur d'Alene.
Idaho’s state Board of Education today voted unanimously to endorse proposed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in big pay increases if teachers meet performance standards. Funding for base salaries for beginning teachers would rise from $31,750 to $40,000 over five years, and for top-level teachers, from $47,000 to $58,000 for those at the top level. There also would be pay increases for attaining higher levels of education, at three levels: Bachelor’s degree plus 24 credits; master’s degree; and doctorate/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Long overdue?
Last month, we wrote about Spokane maintaining its bronze-level bicycle-friendly status, as judged by the League of American Bicyclists. At the same time, Washington state was named the most bicycle-friendly state in the country - for the seventh year in a row. A lot goes into that designation, but it comes down to support from lawmakers, sound statewide bike policies and good efforts to encourage Washingtonians to ride a bike. The good folks at Washington Bikes put together a list highlighting another area where Washington leads the cycling pack: trails/Nick Deshaies, Getting There blog. More here.
Question: Wouldn't you say that Idaho should rate fairly high in bike friendliness and use of rails of trails, too?
From Post Falls Police Dept activities report via Facebook: 911 call where a female stated she needed help and then hung up. Officers responded as Dispatch re-established communication. Female told them that she and her roommate were frightened by what they thought was a burglar trying to break into their apartment. Females conducted their own investigation and determined that a “cat” burglar had, indeed, tried to break in but was unsuccessful. This is most likely due to the absence of opposing thumbs. PFPD activities report here.
Question: Is your cat sneaky, too?
Here's the other of the two winners in the city of Coeur d'Alene's recent photo contest -- Bryan Varney's photo of Allium Spring Chorus, which is located at the 3rd Street entrance to the McEuen Park lot. Huckleberries posted the other winner Wednesday. You can view it here.
- Wednesday Poll: Cuban-Americans in South Florida might not like it, but a supermajority of Hucks Nation approves of the move by President Obama to stabilize relations with Cuba. 165 of 219 respondents (75.34%) support the president's action. Only 47 of 291 respondents (21.46%) oppose the move. 7 (3.2%) were undecided.
- Today's Poll: Do you think Gov. Butch Otter will fulfill campaign promises to better fund public education?
Just got word from KeithinCDA that North Idaho Cider is thisclose to distribution in the local area. Keith & Bent are putting their cider in kegs at their Kootenai County airport industrial park site today and tomorrow. And they should have product ready for distribution to local outlets within a week. The boys are planning some sort of launch party for North Idaho Cider at the Fort Ground Grill after Christmas. They are also putting cosmetic touches on a tasting room that should be open soon, with growlers, caps, T-shirts, etc., also available. Stay tuned.
- 11:54 a.m. Dog running loose @ 1400 block of Reeves St/CdA.
- 11:37 a.m. 2-car, non-injury crash blocking 900 block of Ironwood Drive in front of Kootenai Health.
- 11:28 a.m. 2-vehicle, non-injury accident reported @ H41/Westwood Drive, Rathdrum.
- 11:02 a.m. PFPD officer checking suspicious blue vehicle parked @ Corbin Park/Post Falls.
- 11:01 a.m. Health & Welfare official contacts KCSD re: undisclosed sex offense.
- 10:56 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 19000 block of Ella Road/Rathdrum.
- 10:32 a.m. Ambulance needed to transport patient from The Courtyard, 2100 Sherman Ave/CdA, to Hospice House.
- 9:41 a.m. CPD officer reports tires stripped from green Ford Taurus in Golden Corral parking lot.
- 9:32 a.m. Domestic dispute reported in driveway @ 1200 block of N11th St/CdA.
- 9:31 a.m. Father (9:15 item) dropped 4YO off at Coeur d'Alene day care 2 hours ago, other sibs safe in school.
- 9:27 a.m. Ambulance called to Camp Court residence (9:15 item) to evaluate 33YO male who is in de-tox for alcohol.
- 9:15 a.m. 4YO girl has been missing for 20 minutes from Camp Court/Miles Avenue, Hayden. She is described as having short brown hair, hazel eyes, and wearing a pink jacket. Father says that she was in the car seat in vehicle after he bought groceries. But she was missing from car seat after he took groceries in house.
- 9:01 a.m. Father tells officer by phone that his daughter is only one who should be driving car. But male is doing so.
- 8:59 a.m. Someone has been injured in a fall @ 300 block of Knotty Pine Lane/CdA.
- 8:34 a.m. CPD officer checking theft report @ 200 block of E. Garden Ave/CdA.
In this 2009 SR file photo, Gonzaga's Josh Heytvelt scores over a Loyola Marymountplayer at the McCarthey Center in Spokane. Heytvelt is averaging 18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds with the Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo. Ira Brown, another member of the Zag class of 2009, is a teammate on the Hitachi Sunrockers who recently married a Japanese woman. Story here. (SR file photo: Christopher Anderson)
- Idaho Records/Coeur d'Alene Press
- Today's Obituaries/Coeur d'Alene Press
- Ybarra names special ed chief/Eye on Boise
- Group wants griz re-intro in Selway-Bitterroot/AP
- Neighbor's saddened by Notus clerk's killing/KTVB
- Mystery 4th of July Pass flag gone/Jeff Selle, Press
- Resort light show rates as USA Today's 4th best/Press
- Is Kellogg High 'hit list' suspect making threats from jail?/KREM
- Grip on Sports: The South gives college football 2 thumbs up/SportsLink