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August 17, 2015 - 2:11pm

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Effluent Ups Spokane River Flow

August 17, 2015 - 1:29pm

The drought-parched Spokane River is getting about 14 percent of its water from sewage treatment plants this summer. Industrial and municipal treatment plants discharge about 60 million gallons of treated water daily into the river. The discharges start near the river’s headwaters in Lake Coeur d’Alene and continue downstream to the city of Spokane’s treatment plant. By the time the river passes through Riverside State Park, nearly a sixth of the flow is made up of water recycled from people flushing toilets, taking showers, running dishwaters, doing laundry and using water for industrial applications. “A lot of people call it ‘wastewater,’ ” said BiJay Adams, general manager of the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District. “We refer to it as reclaimed water – we’re not wasting it, we’re recycling it”/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.


Too Many Fires, Too Few Names

August 17, 2015 - 1:11pm

It was bound to happen -- after naming 56 wildfires in North Idaho over the past few days, fire officials struggled to name number 57. One of the latest fires, which erupted near the junction of Interstate 90 and Highway 3 near Cataldo early Friday morning, was dubbed the "Not Creative Fire" for a reason. "The person in charge of naming the fire was not feeling really creative at 3 in the morning," said Sharla Arledge, a public information officer for the Idaho Department of Lands. "Sometimes you have to find some humor in all of this." The Idaho Panhandle National Forest issued a fire update Friday morning that gave details on 57 wildland fires that are burning in the Idaho Panhandle, stretching from St. Maries to Bonners Ferry/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Gay Scout Leaders Split Readers

August 17, 2015 - 1:04pm

Boy Scout executives looking for a mandate from the public didn't get one from the most recent poll on Asked, “How do you feel about the Boy Scouts’ formal acceptance of openly gay troop leaders?”, here’s how readers responded.

  • Sad or angry, 44.6 percent (718 votes).
  • Satisfied or delighted, 41 percent (661 votes).
  • I don’t feel anything, 14.4 percent (232 votes)


Seahawks Inspire UI Vandals' D?

August 17, 2015 - 11:48am

 Looking to make a big push this year, 3rd year Vandals’ Head coach, Paul Petrino sees big improvement in defense, team toughness. “We’re tougher. There’s no comparison.” said Vandal’s head coach, Paul Petrino about team development. “We’ll always think we’re great if we compare ourselves to the last couple years. We’ve just got to keep improving, we’re a lot better and we’ve got to continue to improve and make sure we can beat Ohio in the first game. “The two biggest things I wanted to see today is for us to run the ball well and to tackle, and we did that.” Petrino said after yesterday’s scrimmage. Petrino credits new found push on defense to great talent on the defensive line and the tackling techniques taught by the Seattle Seahawks/Keith Boe, Idaho Panhandler. More here.

Question: Do you expect the Vandals to win more than 1 game this year?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.17.15

August 17, 2015 - 11:30am
  • 11:59 a.m. Road Debris -- Pieces of couch fell from back of pickup @ I-90/MP 32 (east edge of 4th of July Pass).
  • 11:51 a.m. Suicide Attempt -- Post Falls female blows house breakers by trying to electrocute herself.
  • 11:36 a.m. Fall -- 67YO female injured in fall 2 feet down bank @ Scenic Mobile Home Park, 28128 H41/Spirit Lake.
  • 11:24 a.m. Fall -- 80YO female fell @ North Star Retirement, 2340 W. Seltice Way/CdA.
  • 11:11 a.m. Possible Stroke -- 68YO female @ 2000 block of Palisades Drive/Post Falls.
  • 11:05 a.m. Welfare Check -- Female calls KCSO concerned that she hasn't heard from relatives and is concerned that they may have lost their home in a wildfire.
  • 10:33 a.m. Tubbs Hill Patrol --- CPD officer will be out of service, patrolling Tubbs Hill.
  • 10:21 a.m. Road Hazard -- Caller reports dirt falling from dump truck @ n/b Huetter Road/Seltice Way.
  • 10:11 a.m. Seizure -- 56YO male @ 100 block of W19th Ave/Post Falls.
  • 9:53 a.m. Abandoned Vehicle -- 1300 block of N5th St/CdA.
  • 9:39 a.m. Courtesy Ride -- CPD officer giving someone ride from Reed St/CdA to St. Vinnys.
  • 9:14 a.m. Waterway Hazard -- Dead head reported on Spokane River, undisclosed location.
  • 9:13 a.m. Counterfeit Money -- Post Falls Exxon worker reports male in tank top tried to pay for gas w/fake $50.

Poll: Butch Made Right Decision

August 17, 2015 - 11:22am
  • Weekend Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation agreed with the decision by Gov. Butch Otter not to launch an investigation into Planned Parenthood practices in Idaho, in the wake of a national controversy re: the organization's sale of fetal tissue from abortions. 166 of 239 respondents (69.45%) agreed with Otter's decision. 69 of 239 respondents (28.87%) disagreed. 4 (1.67%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Has the extreme fire danger this summer prompted you to change or postpone camping plans?

Vanity Plates

August 17, 2015 - 10:56am

I just ran my bike to the Vertical Earth on East Sherman Avenue for some TLC. On the way back, I spotted a young woman in a gray RAV/4 with a vanity plate, "YNGLOVE," which made me wonder about her back story. Back at the office, I spied a gray Element parked in a visitor's space with the vanity plate, "FLYME," and I wondered what a vanity plate would say if I owned one. How about you?

Question: What would your vanity plate say, if you owned one? And/or (for those who own a vanity plate): What does your vanity plate say & why did you think it was worth the extra money to own a vanity plate?

In Case Of Fire, What Would You Grab?

August 17, 2015 - 10:17am

I've never had a deputy knock on my door and tell me I needed to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice because forest fires are licking all around. But plenty of people in this area have lately. It doesn't take a personal experience to make one consider how he or she would act in such a situation. Leave immediately and take your chances your property won't be vandalized? Or stick around and fend off the inferno? I like barbecues as well as the next guy, but I think I'd take the first option and just hope the vandals have asthma and wouldn't want to deal with the smoke. When you've got the safe distance to ponder these scenarios, it's interesting to think about what you'd take with you if you had to leave your home immediately. What to save? What to leave behind?/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: If you were forced to evacuate, as the result of a fire, what would you grab on the way out the door?

Walkabout: Clueless Smoker

August 17, 2015 - 10:00am

Walkabout: "Yesterday (Sunday), I told a smoker that smoking on Tubbs Hill was not allowed. His response,"It's a public place", followed by several words of a foul nature. I did explain about the firemen currently on the hill and the recent fire. You would think he would have a clue with all the smoke in the area and the most of the west on fire."

Question: Why are so many smokers so clueless?"

Letter: Cop Gratuity Not Proper

August 17, 2015 - 9:32am

I mailed a receipt from one of the local sandwich shops to Police Chief White asking to meet with me at his convenience. This receipt showed a “Police & Fire” discount of approximately 50 percent for the police officer who ate there. I feel that law enforcement should not accept a gratuity from anyone. First I called the PD and left a message with the Chief’s secretary, asking for a few minutes of his time. I did not get a call back so I called again a week later. I did finally get a call and was advised that he did not have time to discuss what I termed another bad perception of law enforcement. I waited some more and finally wrote a letter to the Chief and enclosed the receipt showing a huge discount. Some days later I finally had a telephone call from one of the officers of the PD. He advised the Chief did not have time to meet with me but he had been directed to make contact instead. During the conversation with this officer, I learned that this particular chain authorizes this discount at all of their establishments. This officer stated that “most” of the officers in CDAPD refuse to take the discount by leaving a large tip instead. I understand and agree with this action. I have done the same while in KCSO uniform/Dusty Rhoads, veteran. More here.


Officials: Fire Danger Extreme

August 17, 2015 - 9:08am

The onslaught of fires continues to ravage areas in Idaho as the fire danger rating is elevated to the highest level of "extreme." According to the daily wildfire update issued Sunday by the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Stage II fire restrictions are in effect within Coeur d'Alene and Grangeville Dispatch Restriction areas as fires are starting and spreading rapidly, quickly increasing in intensity and are extremely difficult to control. The days will be smoky and cloudy as agencies strive to control the wildfires.

Stage II fire restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or wood stove; smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated smoking site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials; and operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails in accordance with existing travel management plans for non-commercial purposes including ATVs, UTVs and pickups.

The following acts are prohibited from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.: operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building, woodcutting or any other off-road activity during industrial operations; blasting, welding or other activities that generate flame or flammable material; and using explosives/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Anyone out there who can't understand what this is saying?

Fighting Diabetes Takes Leadership

August 17, 2015 - 8:51am

More than 26 million people in America have diabetes, and it’s projected that by 2050, one in three people in the United States will have this disease. Washington has little clue how to deal with this national health crisis, even though the political implications are long. Ask 10 presidential candidates what to do about the diabetes epidemic, and you’d see 10 blank stares. The grunt work on this issue comes, not from politicians, but from people with big hearts, such as the late Don Scott. More about him later, but first, I’d like to discuss an event that bears his name – and one that children with type 1 diabetes and parents should not pass up/Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly. More here.

Question: Are you or anyone in your family battling diabetes?

Dealing w/Public Lands Gangsters

August 17, 2015 - 8:35am

Bonnie and Clyde. John Dillinger. Donnie "Ma" Barker. George "Baby Face" Nelson. They may have been flattered by how a Depression-era public pictured them as anti-heroes. But they knew better. They robbed banks. They broke the law. They were gangsters. Now, we have a new breed of gangster. A public lands gangster. The most notorious of this breed is Nevada deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy, who treats the public grazing lands as his own and threatens any Bureau of Land Management agent with armed rebellion. Not willing to shed blood, federal officials have backed away. You can see Bundy's influence at work among suction dredge miners. Last year, the Southwest Idaho Mining Association set up shop along the Salmon River near Riggins. Now it's Shannon Poe and the American Mining Rights Association of Coulterville, Calif., working a portion of the South Fork of the Clearwater River near Golden, Idaho/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: I suspect there might be blood shed if law enforcement confronts the modern public lands gangsters of today. Thoughts?

Stoners ♥ Milepost 420

August 17, 2015 - 8:24am

You won’t find it in Washington anymore. Idaho either. The mile marker, popular among stoners for its drug culture double-entendre, gets stolen so frequently that highway crews now are replacing it with a less-tempting designation: milepost 419.9. “It was a decision we made based on what was happening,” Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Adam Rush said of that state’s recent switch to the 419.9 signs. Over the past year alone, Idaho has had to replace two of the 420 signs along U.S. Highway 95 just south of Coeur d’Alene, and officials worried the rate of thefts could worsen. The number “420” has long been a popular subculture code for marijuana, though there are differing explanations for why/David Wasson, SR. More here.

No Suspects In Goat Stabbing

August 17, 2015 - 8:22am

Police have no suspects in the animal-cruelty case in which three goats were stabbed late last month in Coeur d'Alene. "We were hoping the Crime Stoppers reward (offer) would generate tips," Sgt. Christie Wood said Friday. The three goats were stabbed while doing weed-reduction work within a fenced-in 4-acre water well site along Fourth Street. The site is across the street from Coeur d'Alene High School. One goat died after having its head nearly cut off by the person or people responsible for the attack. Another goat had to be put down because of its injuries. Shortly after the attack, Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest offered a cash reward for information leading to an arrest/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Hucks: Post Falls Boring? No Way

August 17, 2015 - 8:14am

Online reporter Chanse Watson of the Idaho Panhandler didn’t appreciate a website that ranked his hometown of Post Falls as the second-most boring one in Idaho. How can Post Falls be boring? That’s what Chanse wondered last week in a column. After all, he said, it’s near two towns that rank high on national lists of amazing mountain communities – Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint. So Chanse conjured a list of places to prove that Post Falls isn’t Dullsville. Spokane River. Check. River City Lanes. Cabela’s. Check. Check. Later: “State Line Showgirls.” Um. Chanse defends his pick: “The purpose of this list is to highlight popular establishments and locations in Post Falls that are noteworthy and unique to the city (or more simply put – places that don’t make us boring).” The entry prompted a response on my Huckleberries blog from Post Falls spokeswoman Kit Hoffer. Kit wasn’t bothered all that much that a strip joint was listed as a community asset. She was miffed that Stateline Showgirls was on a Post Falls list at all because – (drum roll, please) it does business at State Line, an incorporated town. Hence, the name/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Question: Do you live in a boring town? Why is it boring?

Just Keep Dumpin'

August 17, 2015 - 8:13am

Jim Morin/Miami Herald

Weekend Wild Card -- 8.15-16.15

August 15, 2015 - 12:18am

Unlike last weekend, I don't have much on the agenda today and Sunday. Maybe some hanging with friends. Maybe some catching up on sleep. Maybe catch "Man from UNCLE" on the big screen. Maybe just read a book. I haven't done that in awhile. I'm looking forward to down time. I'll catch you back here Monday.