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Hump Day Wild Card -- 7.16.14

July 16, 2014 - 5:12pm

Quite a day at Hucks Central today, launched by Coeur d'Alene City Council discussion and action last night re: the shooting of black labrador Arfee and the BNSF land purchase deal. The report by the Bonner County Sheriff's Department added to the news coverage in the later part of the morning. For a dead time of the summer, news continues to happen. I appreciate that you tune in here every day. Now, as I head out the door, I'll re-post the Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 7.16.14

July 16, 2014 - 5:04pm

In this July 24, 1969, file photo, President Richard Nixon, right, greets the Apollo 11 astronauts in the quarantine van on board the U.S.S. Hornet after splashdown and recovery. The Apollo 11 crew from left are Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. Armstrong and Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after blastoff from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on July 16, 1969. (AP Photo, File)

2013-14 Idaho Surplus: $44.7M

July 16, 2014 - 4:44pm

Year-end state tax revenue figures announced yesterday showed that Idaho ended up with $7.2 million more than expected at the end of the fiscal year June 30, but the state actually has a significantly larger budget surplus than that. Here’s why: This year’s state budget didn’t call for spending all the tax revenue the state expected to collect. Instead, $36 million was transferred to various budget stabilization funds, and another $44.4 million was left unspent, creating a year-end balance or surplus/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Idaho collected $45M more than it spent?

GOP Blocks Anti-Hobby Lobby Bill

July 16, 2014 - 4:35pm

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill that would have reversed the Supreme Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby and required companies to offer birth control coverage to employees. Democrats pushed the legislation in response to the high court ruling allowing employers to decline to offer birth control coverage in health plans if it conflicted with their religious beliefs. Three Republicans, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine) and Mark Kirk (Ill.), voted with Democrats, but the bill fell short of the 60-vote threshold, by 56-43. Democrats have jumped on the birth control issue, believing it will help turn out female voters in November’s midterms/The Hill. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are Democrats right in believing that their opposition to the Hobby Lobby ruling by the Supreme Court will help them at the polls in November?

PM Headlines -- 7.16.14

July 16, 2014 - 4:11pm

Coeur d'Alene's interim Chief Ron Clark called the controversial police shooting of a dog inside a parked van last week "a regrettable tragedy" and said the matter is being fully investigated during the start of Tuesday night's City Council meeting in Coeur d'Alene. Story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.16.14

July 16, 2014 - 4:01pm

Coeur d'Alene police have released this photo of the man wanted in the armed robbery of Jitterz coffee stand, 2800 block of Government Way, between 5:55-6 p.m. last Friday. The suspect is described as a white male, early 20’s, 5’08”-5’09”, very skinny build, white T-shirt, blue jean shorts. More photos & video of robbery on Coeur d'Alene police Facebook page here. (Courtesy photo: Coeur d'Alene police)

  • 4:51 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Candlelight Fellowship, 5725 Pioneer Drive/CdA.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 15-16 here.
  • 4:31 p.m. CPD establishing command post & blocking Rosenberry Drive/Dike Road, unknown reason.
  • 3:47 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 901 W. LaCrosse Ave/CdA.
  • 3:40 p.m. Worley Ambulance called for medial evaluation @ 1-vehicle rollover @ Cottonwood/Lilliwitz roads.
  • 3:39 p.m. Neighbor reports male on bicycle looked into trashcan & then entered unoccupied home w/lockbox.
  • 3:34 p.m. 5 vehicles are parked in no-parking zone @ Johnson Park, Mill River subdivision/CdA.
  • 3:33 p.m. A transformer has blown @ Greensferry/Hayden Avenue, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 3:28 p.m. Citizen dispute reported @ 3016 Government Way/CdA.
  • 3:20 p.m. ISP officer stopping vehicle with "MYIDAHO" vanity plate on H95, unknown reason.
  • 3:05 p.m. Post Falls Police Department Graveyard Shift activities report here.
  • 2:54 p.m. 91YO female suffering upper stomach pain @ Living Springs assisted living, 1603 N. Catherine/Post Falls.
  • 2:40 p.m. Female driver of gray VW Beetle remains at scene of hit-and-run crash, 16th/Elm, CdA.
  • 2:39 p.m. CPR being performed on unconscious male who isn't breathing. Unknown location.
  • 2:32 p.m. Fire in outbuilding @ Interstate Concrete, 8849 Wyoming (cross of H41/Rathdrum), spreading to grass.
  • 2:12 p.m. 35YO male is sitting semi-conscious in chair @ laudromat @ 1714 Sherman Ave/CdA.
  • 2:03 p.m. ISP officer reports disabled Subaru Outback w/Washington plates @ w/b I-90/MP 8 (Huetter rest stop area).
  • 1:41 p.m. ITD tweet: Union Pacific Railroad workers will close track crossing on Garwood Road to make needed repairs from 5 p.m. today to 7 p.m. Thursday.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Bergdahl: Obama Saved My Life

July 16, 2014 - 3:44pm

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has a new lawyer to defend him as the Army investigates the circumstances surrounding his kidnapping by the Taliban in 2009. And the former hostage wants President Obama to know that he is grateful the U.S. government traded five Taliban commanders in exchange for his release in May. “Sergeant Bergdahl is deeply grateful to President Obama for saving his life,” Bergdahl’s new lead counsel Eugene Fidell told The Daily Beast in an interview Wednesday, adding that the former Taliban prisoner had personally authorized him to say that/Daily Beast. More here.

Question: Do you think the Tea Party will appreciate Bergdahl for giving President Obama credit for saving his life?

Pot Rules: Brownies Yes, Lollipops No

July 16, 2014 - 3:19pm

Legal marijuana stores won't be able to sell lollipops, gummy bears or other candies infused with the drug, but will be able to sell properly labelled brownies and cookies, a state agency decided today. The Liquor Control Board approved rules for marijuana-infused food products, also known as edibles, designed to limit items that may appeal strongly to children. Banned will be products that could easily be mistaken for candies commonly sold to children. Lollipops, gummy bears and cotton candy can sometimes be found in medical marijuana dispensaries not regulated by the board, but won't be allowed in state-licensed recreational marijuana stores/Jim Camden, Spin Control. More here. (AP File photo: A ladybug crawls on a marijuana plant)

Question: Have you ever eaten a brownie with marijuana in it?

CST Excels With 'My Fair Lady'

July 16, 2014 - 2:45pm

The big question when watching a new production of “My Fair Lady” is always: Are the actors up for it? All those famous songs. The classic story. The pedigree that includes George Bernard Shaw, Lerner and Loewe, Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Audrey Hepburn. Happily for fans of this famous musical and theater in general, the cast of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s production that launched Thursday night are more than up for the task. The strong leads – Greg Stone as Henry Higgins and Allison Standley as Eliza Doolittle – get ample help from a talented supporting cast of local favorites, including Jerry Sciarrio as Eliza’s drunkard father, Alfred; Lanz Edwin Babbitt as the urbane and kind Colonel Pickering; Cody Bray as Freddy Eynsford-Hill; and Tamara Schupman as Mrs. Higgins. Another question, at least for this production, is: How is CST going to fit in its new home, the more intimate Kroc Center theater? The answer? Pretty darn nicely/Caroline Lamberson, SR. More here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka: Allison Standley rehearses during the Kroc Center Theater's production of "My Fair Lady" on Monday)

Question: Do you plan to see a Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre production this year?

Harley Brown To Be Reality TV Star?

July 16, 2014 - 2:28pm

At the infamous May 15 Idaho GOP gubernatorial debate, Harley Brown, far left, Walt Byers, center, and Gov. Butch Otter listen to a question posed by a panelist. (File photo: Idaho Public Television)

Harley Brown, the crazy-as-a-fox candidate who stunned a global television audience with his antics during May's Idaho Republican gubernatorial debate, may well become Idaho's own Honey Boo Boo. He's about to be a reality TV star--and we mean that with all the sincerity it warrants. "We politicians crave publicity like an alcoholic craves his next drink," Brown told Boise Weekly. "This is essentially giving me my own liquor store." Brown has just inked an exclusive talent agreement with Los Angeles-based Mad Jack Entertainment--producers of A&E's Intervention and MSNBC's Chained to My Ex--to star in his own reality show. But running for governor of Idaho is small potatoes. Brown has his eye on the White House/George Prentice, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Which reality show would you be more likely to watch -- one starring Honey Boo Boo or one with Harley Brown?

Izzit Just Me, Or ...

July 16, 2014 - 2:11pm
... Is the boat launch at Third Street used far less since McEuen Park reopened? Seems to me, as one who walks through McEuen Park 3-4 times a week that there's little launch activity at the end of 3rd Street. Anyone?

Ex-Trustee Regan Rips Common Core

July 16, 2014 - 1:49pm

With all the rhetoric touting the imagined benefits of the looming Common Core Standards, perhaps it is time to apply a little critical thinking and examine some of the claims made about Common Core. 'Idaho Core Standards are better than Common Core Standards.' No, Idaho Core Standards are Common Core Standards with the word "Common" scratched out and "Idaho" written in its place. This makes them easier to market to Idahoans but functionally, there is no difference. In fact there is a legal requirement that the state standards cannot vary more than 15 percent from the national standards. 'Common Core Standards were developed by the state governors using a 'grass roots,' bottom-up effort.' No. Imagine Butch and Bobby, Gary and 47 other governors sitting down with their crayons and crafting the new standards. Ridiculous. Furthermore, if it was a communal effort by government employees (politicians and teachers) then the standards produced would be the property of the taxpayers who paid for the effort and the standards as written would be in the public domain. But they aren't. The copyright for the standards is owned by a private company; the company that wrote them/Brent Regan, Coeur d'Alene Press op-ed column. More here.

Thoughts?

HBO Blogos: Truckin' Art

July 16, 2014 - 1:25pm

"It's not every day you happen to be driving behind David Govedare at Priest Lake," writes Pecky Cox/As the Lake Churns to Huckleberries Online. "He was driving his truck and Art to Entree Gallery at Priest Lake." Govedare is the sculptor of the famous horses on the ridge above the Columbia River near Vantage, Wash. And the feathers on Northwest Boulevard at the western entrance to Coeur d'Alene. And the runners at Riverfront Park in Spokane. (Photo: Pecky Cox)

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, July 15): 8087 page-views/5277 unique views

SR News Quiz -- 7.13-18.2014

July 16, 2014 - 1:22pm

How much do you know about Idaho politics, beer gardens at Spokane community events, marijuana sales in Washington  and other news of note? Find out in the weekly Spokesman-Review News Quiz, where you could win two movie tickets or a $50 Davenport Hotel gift card simply by entering. You can take SR News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: All of the above
  • Leaderboard: SFredrickson & RaynTim are the only HBO readers among the 19 current finalists this week.

Johnson: Onboard The Orient Express

July 16, 2014 - 1:18pm

I understand perfectly what Proust meant when he referred to ‘‘the most intoxicating of romance novels, the railway timetable.’’ And what more exotic destination than Istanbul or, better yet, Constantinople. From the 1880′s until the 1970′s you could head for the exotic city that straddles Europe and Asia onboard a train, perhaps the most famous train of all, the Orient Express. From its earliest days until after World War II the Orient Express was a gleaming luxury train, all cut glass and mahogany. For a few weeks this summer the Orient Express, at least four cars and one of the original locomotives, is back on rails in Paris. Because I love trains and figuring this might be my one chance to actually be onboard the train that sparked a thousand stories I trotted down to the World Arab Institute in Paris one recent rainy day to have a look. It was stunning/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here. (Wikipedia photo: Poster advertising the Winter 1888-89 timetable for the Orient Express)

Question: Have you ever taken a long train trip?

Mom's Surveillance Fight Gets Boost

July 16, 2014 - 1:12pm

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho have joined Anna Smith’s legal team in her challenge of the government’s bulk collection of the telephone records. Smith, an emergency neonatal nurse and pregnant mother of two, filed her suit against President Barack Obama and several U.S. intelligence agencies shortly after the government confirmed revelations that the National Security Agency was conducting bulk collection of telephone records under a section of the Patriot Act. Smith, a customer of Verizon wireless, one of the companies that was ordered to disclose records to the NSA, argued the program violated her First and Fourth Amendment rights by collecting a wealth of detail about her personal and professional associations. “When I found out that the NSA was collecting records of my phone calls, I was shocked,” said Smith, who is represented by her husband, Coeur d’Alene attorney Peter J. Smith, and Idaho state Rep. Luke Malek, of Coeur d’Alene/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Glad to see Rep. Luke Malek involved in this. Thoughts?

Suspect In I-90 Shootout Fired First

July 16, 2014 - 11:39am

Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, center said the Arizona man injured during a gun battle with North Idaho police on Interstate 90 last month fired first with one of the two semi-automatic weapons in his possession. Marcus A. Rael of Glendale is being held at the Kootenai County jail on $1 million bond. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

An Arizona man injured during a gun battle with North Idaho police on Interstate 90 last month fired first with one of the two semi-automatic weapons in his possession, Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler said Wednesday. Marcus A. Rael of Glendale, Arizona, is being held at the Kootenai County jail on $1 million bond. Police began pursuing Rael in the early morning hours of June 22 when he fled police’s attempt to pull him over in Coeur d’Alene on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police pursued him west on I-90. When Rael saw a police spike strip near the Spokane Street exit in Post Falls, he began to pull off at the exit and simultaneously began firing on police, Wheeler said. An FN 5.7 carbine rifle with a 50-round magazine and an AK-47 with a high-capacity drum magazine were later found in Rael’s possession, Wheeler said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Thoughts?

CPD Investigate Child Enticement

July 16, 2014 - 11:23am

Coeur d'Alene police are investigating a possible child-enticing incident that occurred at about 3:15 p.m Tuesday in the 100 block of East Appleway. A heavy-built white male in his late 50s or early 60s attempted to lure a 16YO female pedestrian into his vehicle by trying to give her a ride home. The suspect pulled his late-1990s/early 2000s red/maroon four-door sedan in front of the girl, insisting that she get in. The suspect had medium length, gray-born hair and was wearing a blue shirt and sunglasses. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Coeur d'Alene police.

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.16.14

July 16, 2014 - 10:40am

Here's a Post Falls Police Department video of a punk spray-painting graffiti on equipment located at 317 E. Seltice Way Tuesday eveing. You can view a photo of the graffiti in the comments section.

  • 11:52 a.m. Idaho employee reports driver of black Ford Ranger possibly DUI @ n/b H95/MP 381 (DeSmet Road/Tensed).
  • 11:30 a.m. Stolen bike (10:38 item) recovered from pawn shop.
  • 11:24 a.m. Stolen bike (10:38 item) located @ pawn shop, near Corner Bar, on 4th; it'd already been pawned.
  • 11:21 a.m. 56YO female has swallowed half bottle of pills; she threatened suicide by firearm last week.
  • 11:07 a.m. CPD officer spots possible bike thieves, w/red bike, s/b on 4th Street/CdA.
  • 10:50 a.m. CPD officer searching 4th/Sherman for stolen red bike w/pearly handles (10:38 item).
  • 10:38 a.m. Resident reports 2 males stole a bike from a neighbor's place @ 1700 block of Lakeside Avenue/CdA & are heading toward Peterson's grocery on Sherman Avenue. One male is bald, the other has on white tank top, ballcap.
  • 10:22 a.m. Someone has been hurt in fall @ Ivy Court, 2200 Ironwood Place/CdA.
  • 10:21 a.m. AutoZone, 317 Seltice Way/Post Falls, reports female shoplifter left in black Honda Accord.
  • 10:09 a.m. Female caller has photos re: possible Coeur d'Alene child enticement incident from Tuesday.
  • 10:02 a.m. A tree branch is obstructing stop sign @ 4th Street/Miller Avenue, CdA.
  • 9:47 a.m. Silverwood Theme Park has no knowledge of 911 call hangup from premises.
  • 9:08 a.m. Life Care/Post Falls reports patient w/fire extinguisher set off fire alarm.
  • 8:38 a.m. EMTs from St. Maries en route to one-car rollover @ H3/MP 75 (Soldier Creek Hill grade).
  • 8:20 a.m. Patrol officer finds possible stolen Ford Explorer, w/Texas plates, in alley @ 1400 block of Govt Way/CdA.

AM Headlines -- 7.16.14

July 16, 2014 - 10:08am

Nancy Benton, associate director patient care services at the Spokane VA Medical Center, explains the patient waiting time issues, on Tuesday. See Shawn Vestal's column here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)