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Quotable Quote -- Jess Walter

August 19, 2015 - 2:31pm
My theory is that no one has ever missed an item of clothing they've gotten rid of--well, except for my old disco roller skating shorts -- tweet from author & former SReporter Jess Walter.

Question: Have you ever missed an item of clothing that you've gotten rid of?

Fires Threaten Ancient Cedars

August 19, 2015 - 2:26pm

A new fire on the lengthy list of blazes burning throughout the region is threatening the ancient cedars at Settlers Cedar Grove near Prichard and Murray. The latest wildfire update from forest and fire officials notes the South Bobcat Fire is a 60-acre active fire detected Tuesday. The fire spread south to southwest to the west fork road, and near Settlers Cedar Grove. "Point protection is in place for the ancient cedars and crews are assessing nearby residents for structure protection needs," stated the update. The grove - a popular hiking and tourist destination - contains large cedar trees, some thousands of years old/Coeur d'Alene Press.

New Signage For Launch Fees

August 19, 2015 - 1:49pm

I got excited during my noon Walk Along the Waterfront when I saw this signage at the Third Street launch, telling boaters that they owed $5 (Idaho residents) or $10 (out-of-state residents) to launch their crafts for the day. I recall the successful legal battle by Wally Wright, then owner of the Scenic Bay Marina and later an Idaho legislator, against a $10 sticker fee proposed by Kootenai County to launch boats onto Idaho waterways. Later, the late Coeur d'Alene Mayor for Life Ray Stone almost triggered a border war with Spokane residents during a discussion about boater fees when he said, and I paraphrase, let those suckers from Spokane pay their own way. I thought that Coeur d'Alene had quietly instituted a new disparate boater fee for the 3rd Street launch but was assured by a city official via Recreation Director Steve Anthony that the launch fee for Idaho residents was instituted decades ago, while the higher fee for out-of-state boaters came to pass about 5 years ago. Now, however, the city has placed signs that show the different fees. Seems the honor system that has been in place since Diamond Parking removed its ticket booth didn't go so well.

Question: Do you pay fees to launch your boats?

Idaho Math Scores Drop

August 19, 2015 - 1:13pm

Idaho’s SAT math scores dropped in April — and it’s potentially a warning sign, according to a top state education official. The drop in 11th-graders’ SAT scores compounds another round of troubling news. This spring, only 30 percent of 10th graders received proficient math scores on Idaho’s new statewide exam, the so-called SBAC test that is aligned to the Common Core standards. The SAT and SBAC results suggest the state may need to rethink its approach to high school math — and preparing high school students for math assessments, said Pete Koehler, state superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s chief deputy, pictured. “It’s telling us that what we’re doing is not necessarily getting to all of our students,” Koehler told Idaho Education News this week/Kevin Richert, Idaho Education News. More here.

Question: Have we hit bottom yet?

IDEQ Issues State Air Advisory

August 19, 2015 - 1:02pm

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a rare statewide air quality advisory, with smoke from wildfires pushing air quality into at least the moderate to unhealthy range everywhere in the state, and in some areas near the north-central Idaho wildfires, into the “very unhealthy” range. The last statewide air quality advisory was issued in September of 2012/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Have you been affected by the lousy air?

In The 'Clueless Smokers' Dept ...

August 19, 2015 - 11:56am

... former long-time SR co-worker Jeanne Helstrom amused herself by counting cigarette butts in the gutter this AM:

"So, on my early morning bike ride, just for the fun of it, after I noticed a cigarette butt or two in the street/gutters, I decided to count the ones I saw on 15th between Dalton & Margaret, and a block into Margaret. 43. Yep. What's wrong with people? And many of them were lying in dead grass or pineneedles."

Question: Do you think nicotine takes away a smoker's ability to think?

Tango, Anyone?

August 19, 2015 - 11:50am

A couple competes in the salon category at the World Tango Championship first round in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday. More than seven hundred couples from 43 countries around the world are competing in the championship's two categories: salon, and stage. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Question: Do you have the dance moves to be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars"?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.19.15

August 19, 2015 - 11:26am
  • 12:02 p.m. Bicycle Crash -- PFPD officer requests patient evaluation for 13YO female who fell off bike.
  • 11:40 a.m. Panhandler -- Taco Bell, 15545 Vernon St/Rathdrum reports problems w/repeat panhandler.
  • 11:36 a.m. Wanted Person -- Department of Motor Vehicles reports wanted male in office.
  • 11:35 a.m. Vehicle Fire -- Car involved in non-injury crash in front of Kootenai Co Jail is smoking.
  • 11:03 a.m. Stolen Vehicle -- BOSS hit on 2013 gray Volvo stolen in Spokane @ I-90/Post Falls area.
  • 10:55 a.m. Battery -- Rathdrum female w/small child afraid for her life after male threatens to kill her.
  • 10:37 a.m. Injury Fall -- 79YO female @ Old Highway 95/Hayloft Road, Athol.
  • 10:20 a.m. Domestic Dispute -- W. Garden Ave/Northwest Blvd, CdA.
  • 10:07 a.m. Citizen Dispute -- Downstairs neighbor banging on female's door @ 600 block of W. Wilbur Ave/CdA.
  • 10:04 a.m. Domestic Dispute -- Washington couple in Buick sedan @ Hayden Super 1 store.
  • 9:32 a.m. Stomach Problem -- 91YO female @ Sienna Loop Road/Clagstone Road, Athol.
  • 9:24 a.m. Breathing Problem -- 30YO female w/asthma @ 600 block of W. Wilbur Ave/CdA.
  • 9:14 a.m. Suicide Threat -- CdA caller reports ex-wife wanted him to get their child b/c she planed to "blog her brains out."
  • 9:01 a.m. Patient Evaluation -- 85YO male @ North Star assisted living, 2340 W. Seltice Way/CdA, ailing.
  • 8:47 a.m. Chest Pain -- 83YO female @ Emerald Drive/Buckles Road, Hayden.
  • 8:31 a.m. Unconscious -- 76YO male near Warm Springs Ave/Post Falls, CPR in progress.
  • 8:22 a.m. Diabetes Problem -- 59YO male on High Side Drive/Worley.

Raul, Denney To Help Land-Transfer Group

August 19, 2015 - 11:02am

Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik’s crusade to press the federal government to transfer federal public lands to the states is arriving in the Treasure Valley next week, when Russ and Kara Fulcher will hold a fundraiser at their home for Chmelik’s new corporation, the Western Landmark Foundation, with special guests Chmelik, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, and 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador. Labrador’s spokesman, Dan Popkey, confirmed that Labrador will take part in the Tuesday evening event, at which, according to an emailed invitation, “We will ‘pass the hat’ for donations to Western Landmark Foundation.” “Yes, the congressman plans to attend,” Popkey said in an email. “He looks forward to a discussion on more effective ways to protect and manage our federal lands and natural resources.” The event is billed as "an evening with friends in support of the Western Landmark Foundation"/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Should Congressman Labrador and Secretary of State Denney be involved with the Western Landmark Foundation?

PFPD Log: An Honest Young Man

August 19, 2015 - 10:52am

PFPD Swing Shift Log (Thursday) spotlights a good deed:

Found Property RP, a juvenile male, brought in a $20 bill that he located in his front yard. He advised that the money did not belong to him and wanted to turn it in. (Kudos goes out to this young man!)

Finish This Sentence ...

August 19, 2015 - 10:42am

In the comments section, Herb sets up a good "finish this sentence" by posting: "The one good thing that the candidacy of Donald Trump brings to the table, is that we will finally get an accurate count of the nation's Wackos." So how about finishing this sentence ...

The good thing that candidacy of Donald Trump brings to the table is ...

Poll: Global Warming In Effect

August 19, 2015 - 9:48am
  • Tuesday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation believes that global warming is at least partly responsible for the number and severity of wildfires in the region this summer. 122 of 248 respondents (49.19%) finger global warming as a culprit in this year's wildfire season. 58 of 248 respondents (23.39%) say global warming isn't to blame for the wildfires. 48 (19.35%) say they don't believe in global warming. 20 (8.06%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Is the Obama administration trying to take guns from returning veterans and Social Security recipients?

Crapo: Stop Obama Gun Grab

August 19, 2015 - 9:03am

Guest column by U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo:

"The Administration is stepping up efforts to restrict Second Amendment rights.  There have been a number of initiatives to restrict expression of Second Amendment rights.  This includes U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs efforts to label our nation’s returning service members as “mentally defective” solely on the basis that they have an appointed fiduciary to help them with their benefits.  It is clear this Administration is determined to deprive American citizens of their constitutional rights—even the rights of those who took an oath to put their lives at risk to uphold the Constitution.  I have also written about a U.S. Department of Justice-led initiative, known as Operation Choke Point, through which the Administration has undercut the ability of firearms and ammunition businesses to access banking services.  Now, reports have surfaced that the Administration is planning to restrict the Second Amendment rights of certain Social Security beneficiaries.  Current attacks on Social Security beneficiaries and our returning veterans is as outrageous as it is illegal." More here.

Question: Is Sen. Crapo simply playing politics here? Or does the Obama administration really have a goal to reduce 2nd Amendment rights?

Farm Gal: Bikers Should Pay, Too

August 19, 2015 - 8:56am

Farm Gal (RE: 4 bicyclists hit by cars in July): As soon as bicyclists pay for tags which pays for roads, they can have dedicated bicycle lanes. I am all for them having a safe place, including lanes, to ride and commute on, but they never are willing to pay their way and expect motorists to pay for these lanes which slows down and clogs vehicular traffic.

Question: In responding to this under another thread, Arpie pointed out that most bikers also drive cars and are paying their way in two ways -- taxes through the vehicles and gasoline purchases and by reducing cars on the roadways. Thoughts?

Wanted: ignite cda transparency

August 19, 2015 - 8:46am
Note from Coeur d'Alene Press editor: Ignite cda's public hearing on its 2016 fiscal year budget is today at 4 p.m. in the Coeur d'Alene Library Community Room. The public is invited to attend.

Tens of thousands of tax dollars don't buy much goodwill when the public is treated like a pain in the tax increment. In a letter to the editor Sunday, Coeur d'Alene resident Amy Lyons expressed her frustration with ignite cda -- Coeur d'Alene's urban renewal agency, formerly known as Lake City Development Corp. - when her request for specific information about the agency's proposed budget was given the runaround. Amy learned something The Press and others, including City Councilman Dan Gookin, have known for a long time. LCDC/ignite cda is the region's most reluctant public body when it comes to real transparency/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you consider transparency a problem for ignite cda?

What Will Lawrence Say To Jeff?

August 19, 2015 - 8:35am

You don't have to be clairvoyant to know what Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is going to tell Commerce Department Director Jeff Sayer when the two get together soon. Wasden wants a sit-down with Sayer after the commerce chief fingered him as the culprit behind possibly disrupting the Idaho National Laboratory's ability to work on spent nuclear fuel. This may concern a nuclear research lab 500 miles away, but there's no taking your eyes off the political train wreck/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you trust the Otter administration to deal with N-waste issues for Idaho?

About That Eye In The Sky

August 19, 2015 - 8:25am

Some Kootenai County drivers might be surprised to learn the cameras pointing down at them at many local traffic intersections are not for policing. The devices are generally used to help maintain the steady flow of traffic. In Kootenai County, there are two distinct camera styles attached to traffic lights. Both are owned by the Idaho Transportation Department and have similar but separate purposes. The cameras that are single units attached to the tops of traffic signal arms are used for vehicle detection. They do not produce an image. The cameras constantly scan an area to determine when a vehicle is approaching an intersection. Through the detection cameras, ITD is able to keep the traffic flowing and signal patterns changing according to traffic conditions at the time/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Does it make you nervous to live at a time when cameras are recording some of your public activities?

Fires, Shut Roads Will Affect Hunting

August 19, 2015 - 8:23am

Hunting season will open in two weeks, but hunters should expect road and trail closures all over North Idaho this year. "Hunting season is definitely going to be affected this year," said Jason Kirchner, a spokesman for the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. "It is definitely having an impact on scouting." With hunting season about to open, Kirchner said hunters should be aware that they may encounter fires that fire officials have not spotted yet/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you plan to hunt this fall?

Council Finalizes Deal w/Hagadone

August 19, 2015 - 8:17am

On Tuesday, the Coeur d'Alene City Council finalized an agreement granting Hagadone Hospitality portions of Front Avenue and Second Street. The council decision, which was initially approved after a public hearing in July, allows Hagadone Hospitality to begin designing a new 200-room tower adjoining The Coeur d'Alene Resort. Prior to the vote, Councilwoman Kiki Miller explained to her colleagues and constituents that she conducted an in-depth study to answer her questions about giving a portion of Front Avenue right-of-way between Second and Third Streets -- and a portion of the Second Street right-of-way south of Sherman Avenue -- to the company/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.