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PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.22.14

August 22, 2014 - 4:35pm
  • 5:11 p.m. 2-vehicle accident reported @ I-90/4th Street, CdA.
  • 5:05 p.m. Someone is choking @ Garden Plaza Center/Post Falls.
  • 4:48 p.m. CPD officer is investigating report of grand theft from Lowe's/Appleway.
  • 4:35 p.m. Vehicle w/lights flashing is stalled in median near intersection of H95/Aqua Avenue, CdA.
  • 4:21 p.m. Drunk male named Cody threw rocks at caller, is walking w/b on 8th/Wallace, CdA.
  • 4:15 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Aug. 21-22 here.
  • 4:01 p.m. Someone is suffering alcohol overdose @ 2100 block of W. Rosseau Drive/CdA.
  • 3:48 p.m. Vehicle slammed into back of Toyota Tacoma pickup on H41/Spirit Lake area at high rate of speed; officer on scene reports there's a rifle & handgun visible on seat of pickup. Also, someone in accident may be wanted.
  • 20 more items & AM Scanner Traffic link below

PM Headlines -- 8.22.14

August 22, 2014 - 4:25pm

Democrat Anne Nesse must have partially disarmed photographer Duane Rasmussen, as she looks at his camera with its telephoto lens while (wo)manning her party's booth today at the North Idaho Fair. Nesse is running against incumbent Republican Kathy Sims in a House District 4 race.

See Dog-Handling Videos CPD Saw

August 22, 2014 - 3:49pm

Bloglander, the blog for the Pacific Northwest Inlander, provides the five videos that the entire Coeur d'Alene Police Department was required to watch five videos re: handling dogs, in wake of the shooting of a 2YO black lab by a CPD officer earlier this summer. Daniel Walters/Inlander reports: "About a week and a half after the Arfee shooting, Interim Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Ron Clark estimates, he sent out a link to his entire department, mandating they watch five training videos about how to handle dog shootings non-lethally. The videos cover how to read canine body language, how to distract dogs with food or air horns, and how to use common items, like umbrellas or clipboards, to deflect bite attempts." You can see the videos here.


HBO Blogosphere -- 8.22.14

August 22, 2014 - 3:13pm

Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images found these two old vehicles up the North Fork. She wonders if anyone can name the make & model. You can see more of Linda's terrific scenic photography here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Aug. 21): 6694 page-views/4210 unique views

Poll: Don't Name Park After Arfee

August 22, 2014 - 2:45pm
  • Thursday Poll: A near supermajority of Hucks Nation reject the idea of naming the new dog park at McEuen Park after Arfee, the black labrador that was shot by a police officer earlier this summer. 117 of 184 respondents (63.59%) reject the suggestion. 58 of 184 respondents (31.52%) support the idea. 9 (4.89%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you think most Off-Road-Vehicle riders respect the environment & no-trespassing signs?

Fair Offers Variety Of Food, Treats

August 22, 2014 - 2:13pm

Jessica Esposito carried a package of pastel-pink and blue cotton candy as she and her husband, Anthony, wandered toward the exit of the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo Thursday afternoon. The Post Falls couple pushed a stroller that carried their 6-week-old daughter Gianna, who was sleepy after a big day. It was Jessica's goal to snag a bag of the fluffy treat to take home when they left the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. The fair's theme this year is "Summer's Best Tradition," and one tradition that completes the experience for many fairgoers is the adventure in tasty eats. "We came for the food," Jessica and Anthony both said, laughing. "I just had the frozen, chocolate-dipped cheesecake," Jessica said. "It was good. I probably should have shared it"/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press Photo by Tess Freeman: Skeet Peloza, 4, enjoys a snow cone at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo on Thursday afternoon)

Question: OK, I went with an old standby -- in terms of treats -- at the North Idaho Fair Thursday -- 2 scoops of huckleberry ice cream in a waffle cone, for $4.50. How about you?

NIC Wrestlers To Hand Out Supplies

August 22, 2014 - 1:20pm

In this 2013 photo, North Idaho College wrestlers give away school supplies to area children in grades K-12. (Photo: NIC Press Room)

The North Idaho College wrestling team will give away school supplies to K-12 students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Village at Riverstone across from Aeropostale. Supplies will be given out while they last on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the effort is asked to drop off donations such as school supplies or money at Escape Outdoors retail store and Well-Read Moose Bookstore in Riverstone during working hours Aug. 25-26. Donations will also be accepted in the Christianson Gym lobby or Gym Office 123. This is the second year for this event, which attracted hundreds of families last year. The NIC wrestling team raises funds through T-shirt sales and donations for its “We Care” program. Members and coaches of various NIC athletic teams will be on-hand to pass out school supplies. Free Dominos pizza donated by Jim and Missy Hightower will also be given away.

Question: Have you ever attended a North Idaho College wrestling match?

Huckleberries Hears ...

August 22, 2014 - 1:13pm

... That contract negotiations between the Coeur d'Alene School District and Coeur d'Alene Education Association are back on -- at Woodland Middle School, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Ex-Coach Files Claim Versus Legion

August 22, 2014 - 1:09pm

Former assistant coach Tyler Shelton has filed a small claims action against the Post Falls American Legion, for the remainder of his salary this summer. In a document submitted to the 1st District Court, Shelton said he was fired during the season and not paid any further, despite a contract agreement with the American Legion. Shelton is seeking $1,250 from the Post Falls American Legion, plus $69 to cover his filing fee. Shelton filed his small claims action Wednesday.

Because You Asked ...

August 22, 2014 - 1:02pm

... About the Idaho BBQ championship scheduled this weekend at McEuen Park. "Smoke on the Water" has attracted at least 26 competitors, including Huckleberries Online favorite Jeff Selle, who doubles as a reporter for the Coeur d'Alene Press when he's not BBQing or brewing hard apple cider. The two-day evening will include food, entertainment and more, according to the city of Coeur d'Alene web site. The event opens to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday. (BBQ samples will be available to the public around 1 p.m. Sunday.) Prize money totaling $5,000 will be given away. Categories are brisket, pork butt, ribs and chicken. For information, contact the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, 664-3194, or visit You can also read this Coeur d'Alene Press story from earlier this year. (Facebook photo: Jeff Selle handling BBQ with wife, Susan, by his side at annual St. Vincent de Paul's Steak Fry)

Birds Not Of A Feather

August 22, 2014 - 11:53am

On her Facebook wall, Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson posts: "Outside my office window ... a baby sparrow rests from Friday morning flight school, finding new friends on the weather vane. Birds of a feather, you know."

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.22.14

August 22, 2014 - 11:45am
  • 12:09 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ 800 block of E. Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 11:59 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 22100 block of Twinlow Road/Rathdrum.
  • 11:57 a.m. 18YO male in Intercept program jumped from moving Highlander @ Rimrock/Ohio Match, Garwood area, suffering cuts to arm & possible twisted leg. Victim fell about 10 feet down enbankment.
  • 11:52 a.m. Vicious dog is trying to kill cat in Coeur d'Alene neighborhood.
  • 11:40 a.m. ISP report re: 2 trucks crashing on e/b I-90/4th of July Pass shortly after noon Wednesday here.
  • 11:30 a.m. ISP report re: crash of truck carrying 2 trailers of hay @ I-90/Pleasantview @ 4:40 p.m. Wednesday here.
  • 11:21 a.m. 70ish male w/history of heart problems is slumped over wheel in Post Falls apartment complex.
  • 11:18 a.m. Officer is stopping to check an illegal burn along Greensferry (undisclosed exact location).
  • 11:14 p.m. Someone has fallen & needs help getting up @ 4400 block of Greenchain Loop/CdA.
  • 10:45 a.m. Someone reports to KCSD suspicious activity at North Idaho Fair on Thursday.
  • 10:10 a.m. Someone is suffering intense back pain @ 2200 block of Crestline Drive/CdA.
  • 9:59 a.m. 97YO female is suffering chest pain @ 1100 block of Sherwood Court/Hayden.
  • 9:36 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ Lacrosse Health & Rehab, 210 Lacrosse/CdA.
  • 9:23 a.m. Vehicle debris is lying on e/b I-90/MP 6.5 (b/n Seltice Way & H41/Post Falls).
  • 9:03 a.m. Driver w/WSP (e/b I-90/MP 283, Spokane Valley) reports male in green coat driving blue Ford Contour w/Montana plates) fired several handgun shots at him. ISP is watching I-90 for suspect to pass them.

Burned Boy Finally Returning To CdA

August 22, 2014 - 11:11am

Facebook Friend Jeanne Helstrom reports: "Happy News!! Joshua and his parents are heading home from Seattle today, after 2 months in the burn center and rehab hospital.Thank you ALL so much for your faithful prayers and support. I'm sure we'll have some pictures and updates later! God is good!!" Joshua Emerson is the 8-year-old boy badly burned, along with 4YO Brooklynne White, in a backyard gas-can explosion earlier this summer. Brooklynne has already recovered enough to return to her Coeur d'Alene home. A benefit for the two children and their families is planned today at The Grail, 4720 W. Seltice Way/Huetter, beginning at noon.

Guv's Race: 2 Different Views RE: Ed

August 22, 2014 - 11:05am

Gov. Butch Otter says Idaho is on a continuing “journey to education excellence.” His Democratic opponent, A.J. Balukoff, called Idaho’s bottom-ranked per-pupil spending “downright shameful.” That’s the split that was underscored Thursday. In a guest opinion sent to Idaho newspapers, and posted on his state website, Otter hailed the work of his education reform task force. “The product of their work was a slate of 20 visionary recommendations that now serve as our path forward on improving education,” said Otter. “It is the first time in Idaho history that we have a school improvement plan supported by teachers, administrators, patrons, the business community, and leaders of both political parties”/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho is on a continuing "journey to education excellence"?

Woman Reports Rape Try At Fair Lot

August 22, 2014 - 10:24am

At just before 10 p.m. Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an attempted rape that occurred in the parking lot of the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. The 26-year-old female victim said she had just finished working at a vendor booth at the fair and was walking alone to her vehicle at just after 8 p.m., when two males attacked her from behind, taking her to the ground. As she was being pinned down by the males, they made statements and actions that led her to believe they were trying to rape her. The victim said she fought back, screaming and kicking at the males, which caught the attention of five people in the lot that came to her aid. As the five were running to her, the two suspects fled on foot/Sgt. Stu Miller, Kootenai County Sheriff's Department. More here.

Question: Should the fair install lights in the parking lot -- and possible emergency call boxes?

Day Of Hope Set Sept. 6

August 22, 2014 - 10:17am

For those who need a lift, there's hope. The free North Idaho Day of Hope will be Saturday, Sept. 6, starting at 10 a.m. at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d'Alene. The event will run until 2:30 p.m. Attendees can receive food, shoes, a haircut, health and dental services, job services, lunch, family portraits. There will be kids activities and live music. The National Breast Cancer Foundation will provide free mammograms to women, and health and dental screenings will be available. "The Day of Hope is an opportunity to connect the community," said Deb Ayers, co-coordinator for the event. Items will be available while supplies last. No identification is required. The event will be held rain or shine/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: This may be the most worthy of a whole bunch of worthy causes, an attempt to give hope to the hopeless via all kinds of free services. Do you know anyone who needs these services and some hope?

AM Headlines -- 8.22.14

August 22, 2014 - 10:13am

I don't want to overwhelm you with photos of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter at the North Idaho Fair from the opening day Wednesday. But I liked this one. First, there's a couple of kids (Mary & Arthur) in the photo. Secondly, the baby's father is Ryan Woodings, husband of state Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise, who is running for Secretary of State. You Republicans can take this as a sign that it's OK to split your ticket. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Why Ask Why?

August 22, 2014 - 9:35am

I've often wondered why weather forecasters don't follow-up on an errant report by saying: Hey, I goofed. Take last night, for example -- puh-LEEZ. Mrs. O checked the weather online several times before we left for the North Idaho Fair. Zero percent chance of rain. Zero. Not 1%. Or 2%. Or 5%. Zero. I looked at those ha-huge clouds to the west last night, as we were leaving home, and said: Yeah, right. But I'm not a weatherman. So we headed to the fair. We were in the photo/arts barn when the first rain drops began falling on others' heads. Of course, that was simply a warning shot over the bow to the drenching rain that came 45 minutes or so later. Zero percent?

Question: How accurate do you consider weather reports, percentagewise?

Birchers Out In Force

August 22, 2014 - 9:17am

So, the John Birch Society is manning a booth at the North Idaho Fair this year, to warn people about the, ahem, dangers of Common Core and other conspiracy theories. The Constitution Party is also present, as are the Reagan Republicans and the Kootenai County Republican Party. (But then I repeat myself.) 'Tis nice to know that there are still Constitutionalists and Birchers who are willing to stand for their party and beliefs, rather pretend that they're Republicans.

Question: Do you stop to chat with individuals at the poltiical booths at the North Idaho Fair?

Tax Commission Needs Non-Repub

August 22, 2014 - 9:05am

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is looking for someone who's not a Republican to serve on the state Tax Commission. The commission has a vacancy due to the departure of Commissioner David Langhorst to become the new chief of the state Department of Parks & Recreation. By law, no more than two of the four commissioners can be of the same party; current commission Chairman Rich Jackson and Commissioner Ken Roberts both are Republicans, while Commissioner Tom Katsilometes is a former Democratic county commissioner/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Are there enough Democrats in the state to find one qualified enough to fill this spot? (Before Sisyphus' head explodes ... I'm just joking. I know there's more than one Democrat in Idaho because I saw several manning the Democrat Party booth at the fair last night)