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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.9.14

December 9, 2014 - 4:25pm
  • 5:04 p.m. 2-vehicle injury crash @ 700 block of Ironwood Drive/CdA, drivers pull into hospital ER lot.
  • 4:37 p.m. Black, disabled pickup is parked in ditch along I-90/MP 10.5 (west of NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 4:30 p.m. KCSDepartment property crimes report for Dec. 8-9 here.
  • 4:16 p.m. Female wants male violating protection order to leave home @ 3900 block of N5th/CdA.
  • 4:15 p.m. Right lane of e/b I-90/Sherman Avenue now open following accident (4:03 item).
  • 4:03 p.m. Non-injury single-car crash has blocked both lanes of e/b I-90/MP 15 (Sherman Avenue/CdA).
  • 3:59 p.m. Disabled van on s/b H95/Kathleen Avenue, CdA, is creating safety hazard.
  • 3:55 p.m. Deputy checking welfare of female @ 100 block of E. Dakota, after male violated protection order.
  • 3:43 p.m. 81YO female hit head in fall @ 10600 block of Honeysuckle/Hayden.
  • 3:36 p.m. ISP watching for male in van headed to Athol who violated protection order.
  • 3:29 p.m. Post Falls Super 1 wants repeat shoplifter trespassed, he's now in deli area.
  • 3:28 p.m. Female slumper over wheel of vehicle behind Hastings is refusing medical attention.
  • 3:24 p.m. 78YO female in & out of consciousness @ 4400 block of Canvasback/Post Falls.
  • 3:03 p.m. Officer reports he's on Boekel, east of Meyer, with a chair that he hit.
  • 2:38 p.m. Officer arrests teen @ Venture High on outstanding warrant & takes him to juvie.
  • 2:34 p.m. 79YO female is suffering chest pain @ 5300 Marina Court/Post Falls.
  • 1:49 p.m. 27YO disabled vet who suffers PTSD is refusing to take her meds.
  • 1:34 p.m. Non-injury, two-vehicle accident @ 4th/Walnut, CdA.
  • 1:23 p.m. 18YO female seized during argument w/boyfriend & hit head on sidewalk @ Best/Appleway, CdA.
  • 1:19 p.m. Someone is suffering cardiac problem @ 2100 block of Ironwood Center Drive/CdA.
  • 1:06 p.m. Motorist @ s/b 3rd/Birch reports seeing power lines arch; Avista crew working in area.
  • 1:03 p.m. Possible wanted male can be found at Sundler Road home/Hayden.
  • AM Scanner Traffic (24 items)

Risch Rips Torture Report Release

December 9, 2014 - 4:13pm

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch talks to Wolf Blitzer of CNN re: release of interrogation report.

Here's U.S. Sen. Jim Risch's statement on the release of the report re: CIA interrogation of war detainees: “It is unconscionable that the Committee and the White House would support releasing this report despite warnings from our allies, the U.S. State Department, and a new coordinated Intelligence Community document assessing the increased risk to the United States the release of this report poses.  We are concerned that this release could endanger the lives of Americans overseas, jeopardize U.S. relations with foreign partners, potentially incite violence, create political problems for our allies, and be used as a recruitment tool for our enemies.  Simply put, this release is reckless and irresponsible.  We have written to the administration reminding them of these concerns." More here.

Question: Do you question the release of this report?

Airport Manager Prospect Wary

December 9, 2014 - 3:56pm

Jeff Jensen, of Federal Way, Wash., has been searching for a job managing a small airport. So when he saw an advertisement for a manager position at the Coeur d'Alene Airport he thought he had found the perfect fit for himself. He pictured all the rich outdoors activities North Idaho would offer. Then he did a little Googling. "Prior to sending in my application packet, I thought I would see if I could find any information in the press regarding the airport manager position," Jensen wrote in an email to Kootenai County's human resources manager on Friday afternoon. He sent copies to a couple reporters at The Press, too. "I was shocked to find out what is really going on there and what will more than likely happen to the new manager when he or she shows up for work in January," Jensen continued/David Cole, Press. More here.

Question: Can you blame Jensen for being wary of the Kootenai County Airport vacancy?

PM Headlines -- 12.9.14

December 9, 2014 - 3:37pm

Idaho real estate attorney Peter Smith, left, and his wife, nurse Anna J. Smith, pose for a photo outside the federal appeals court building Monday in downtown Seattle. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday in Anna Smith’s case challenging the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records; Peter Smith argued the case on her behalf. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)

Vandals Football Now 'Irrelevant'

December 9, 2014 - 3:20pm

From Lewiston Tribune Dec. 1: Hoping to collect an ever-elusive second win that has dodged Idaho coaches for three consecutive seasons, Paul Petrino walked out of Appalachian State's Kidd-Brewer Stadium early Saturday evening with nothing but a measly participation prize. It was the same old, "Thanks for playing, come again," line he's heard more times than he'd care to share in two seasons as Idaho's coach. The way this thing is shaping up, Petrino could be hearing it plenty more in the coming years. Saturday at "The Rock" Idaho was hit with a stone-cold glimpse of the future before the Mountaineers put the finishing touches on a 45-28 win that would send the Vandals to their third straight one-win season -- a mark that has to be unrivaled in the Football Bowl Subdivision. If it isn't, Idaho's five wins in four years must/Theo Lawson, Lewiston Tribune sports. More here.

Question: Do you consider Idaho Vandal football to be "irrelevant"?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.9.14

December 9, 2014 - 2:41pm

Workman, silhouetted against sky, lay blocks in the rain this morning. An addition to the Triple Play amusement park and bowling alley in Hayden is under construction. Emails photographer Duane Rasmussen: "I liked the patterns created by the scaffolding.  You can see their work from Highway 95."

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Dec. 8): 6039 page-views/3792 unique views

2 Views: Mullan Avenue Stays Open

December 9, 2014 - 2:27pm

Spokesman Keith Erickson for the city of Coeur d'Alene has sent Huckleberries to artist renderings of the possible new look for the Mullan Avenue/Memorial Field area under preliminary "Four Corners" project plans. This is what the area might look like, if Mullan Avenue is kept open. (Click on photo for larger view)

2 Views: Mullan Avenue Closed

December 9, 2014 - 2:25pm

Spokesman Keith Erickson for the city of Coeur d'Alene has sent Huckleberries to artist renderings of the possible new look for the Mullan Avenue/Memorial Field area under preliminary "Four Corners" project plans. This is what the area might look like, with Mullan Avenue closed -- and City Park melding into Memorial Field. (Click on photo for larger view)

Edit: Corrupt Idaho Needs A Bath

December 9, 2014 - 1:49pm

Good old boy politics has a certain stink, and Idaho reeks to high heavens. Lawmakers must toss aside decades of neglect, do their jobs and grab the deodorant stat. Over the past few months, sweetheart deals surfaced that were orchestrated by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s administration with Correction Corporation of America, which bilked taxpayers out of millions, and CenturyLink, over the Idaho Education Network. They’re merely the most recent examples of small-town-style politics run amok at the state level. Lawmakers, Cabinet members and plugged-in political staff for years have reinvented themselves as lobbyists. Neither lawmakers nor executive officials report their personal finances. There’s not even a state ethics panel to create the appearance that corruption isn’t tolerated. Rectifying these shortcomings would be a much-needed start to what’s broken/Twin Falls Times News Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Seems to me that Idaho is OK with corporate cronyism and possible corruption. Thoughts?

Walden Pond Going Solar

December 9, 2014 - 1:44pm

Collette Royer, of Cambridge, Mass., left, sits on the edge of Walden Pond, in Concord, Mass., with her parents Harvey, center, and Floyce Royer, right, both of Fallbrook, Calif. The simple, serene place that inspired Henry David Thoreau's work the most is going solar. Officials are building a new visitor's center at Walden Pond State Reservation featuring a solar canopy and two electric vehicle charging stations. Story here. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Question: Do you have a favorite line or thought from Thoreau's "Walden Pond"?

Byron Wesley

December 9, 2014 - 1:28pm

He missed a couple at the end
but that means not a lot, my friend --
I'll gladly wager eight to one
he'll save some wins before he's done.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

KT: PFPD Follows Cliff's Vision

December 9, 2014 - 1:23pm

KT (RE: Mag: Cop cameras work in Post Falls): Credit for Post Falls' vision in this goes to the late Cliff Hayes, who as chief embraced innovation. His #2 in 2007 was former Captain, now Chief Scot Haug. What both Hayes and Haug knew was that documentation of interactions between the public and public safety staff benefits both the citizenry and the officers. Our police department has been on the leading edge of technology and community policing for more than a decade.

DFO: The social media presence of the Post Falls Police Department is second to none. Other law enforcement agencies should be beating down the doors of the PFPD to see how it's done. Major H/T from Huckleberries to Chief Haug & his troops. Thoughts?

Ex-Ferris Teacher Hosts TV Series

December 9, 2014 - 1:19pm

Former Ferris High school science teacher, survival instructor, naturalist and artist Hazen Audel is spotlighting the skills of indigenous people in remote niches of the world for the National Geographic Channel TV series, Survive the Tribe. My Sunday Outdoors story describes how Audel’s childhood fascination with snakes and spiders put the Spokane native on the path to hunting with bald eagles in Mongolia, dodging stampeding elephants in Kenya, hunting with blowguns in the jungle of Ecuador and learning to spear seals from a kayak in the icy waters of Nunavik/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors blog. More here. (National Geographic Channels photo: Hazen Audel holds a honeycomb he harvested from a beehive in Kenya)

Question: How long could you last on a show like "Survivor"?

Friday's Openings: 10C's Redux

December 9, 2014 - 1:07pm

Seems when directors age, they turn curiously religious. That would explain why Darren Aronofsky (45) made “Noah” and why Ridley Scott (77) has made his version of “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” which is the only major mainstream opening this coming weekend. Then again, things in the Old Testament did blow up pretty good. ... Welsh-born Christian Bale plays Moses, and Australia's Joel Edgerton steps in as Rhamses in Scott's version of the Bible story. So, does that make Edgerton The Joker to Bale's biblical Batman?/Dan Webster, 7 Blog. More of Friday's openings here. (AP photo, of Christian Bale as Moses)

DFO: I've wondered a few times what Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" might have been like with today's special effects. We're about to find out.

Question: Do you think Hollywood can make a movie today that rivals with "The Ten Commandments," starring Charlton Heston?

4 Corners: Shut Mullan, Expand Park?

December 9, 2014 - 11:48am
Video courtesy of KREM2

Some big changes could be coming to a popular part of Coeur d'Alene. The city is looking at remodeling a two mile stretch of land along Northwest Boulevard, including Memorial Field and Independence Point. The changes could also include some roads in the area, too. This intersection is now being called the "Four Corners", the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Government Way near Downtown Coeur d'Alene. One of these proposals could do away with Mullan Avenue and connect City Park and Memorial Field/Taylor Viydo, KREM2. More here. (Taylor Viydo provides video with this story. Click on link)

Question: I hadn't paid attention to a proposal that calls for closing Mullan Avenue and connecting City Park to Memorial Field. But I like it. What do you think?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.9.14

December 9, 2014 - 11:40am
  • 11:40 a.m. Possible animal abuse reported on Hillview Drive/Hayden.
  • 11:39 a.m. Female driver has suffered leg injury in 2-vehicle crash @ H95/Dalton Avenue.
  • 11:29 a.m. Local women's shelters being contacted for 21YO abuse victim from Post Falls.
  • 11:08 a.m. 2 dogs are running loose in Ziggy's parking lot, 170 W. Wyoming/Hayden.
  • 10:47 a.m. Child locked in car returned safely to mother (10:35 item).
  • 10:36 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Casino security has detained male suspected of having drugs.
  • 10:35 a.m. 2YO is locked in running vehilce @ 16100 block of Mountain View Road/Rathdrum.
  • 10:27 a.m. Driver of white Nissan sedan going slow, smoking pot @ w/b I-90/MP 9 (Huetter area).
  • 10:22 a.m. No injuries from crash b/n semi & green Subaru @ s/b H95/MP 427 (Cougar Gulch Road).
  • 10:19 a.m. 70YO female fell unconscious 20 minutes into dialysis @ INW Renal Care on Ironwood/CdA.
  • 14 more items below

The Way We Were -- 2014

December 9, 2014 - 11:10am

In this Sept. 5 file photo, Principal Randy Thompson of Idlewild Elementary School pours a bucket of ice water over Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson as part of the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" in Memphis, Tenn. The Ice Bucket Challenge placed fifth on Facebook's list of most popular topics worldwide in 2014, based on the number of posts, comments, likes, photos and videos shared. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Brad Vest, File)

Question: How many of you out there took the Ice Bucket Challenge this year?

Chair: Alcohol Privatization Dumb

December 9, 2014 - 10:45am

When Sharon Foster retires in January, she plans on travelling and has no plans to stay involved with state government. That's allowing her to say what she wants about her term as Liquor Control Board Chair. On the privatization of liquor sales, Foster said, "I think it's the dumbest thing we ever did in our state." Foster blames higher prices and increased shoplifting of alcohol, especially by minors, on the voter-approved move. "We've heard stories there may be alcohol brokers in every high school," said Foster/KING5. More here.

DFO: I'm publishing this story as a warning to any politician who might have the idea that privatization of alcohol sold in Idaho would be a good thing. Thoughts?

Thoughts Re: CdA Neighborhoods?

December 9, 2014 - 10:28am

And now a word from Joe Butler of the SR marketing department: "Hi Huckleberries readers! We welcome any assistance from you for a project we’re beginning to plan next year that will offer a closer look at the flavor of some of the more interesting neighborhoods throughout Spokane and Kootenai County. Before we start making our list, we need help defining what makes a neighborhood: is it just homes? Do you need some kind of retail component, an established community gathering place, a neighborhood association, advocates/individuals pushing the positive and reducing the negative? Stuff for kids? Is there potential for future growth? Using these factors, what are some suggestions of interesting Kootenai County neighborhoods?  How does an older established neighborhood like Fort Grounds differ from a big newer development like Coeur d’Alene Place? Does East Sherman qualify as a unique neighborhood? (It has homes and history, and nothing but potential). Thanks!"

DFO: You can comment to Joe's questions on this thread or you can comment directly to

Mag: Cop Cameras Work In Post Falls

December 9, 2014 - 10:17am

In The Atlantic, reporter Robinson Miller turned to Post Falls, Idaho, to tell readers how well police body cameras can work:

In most big American cities, body-worn cameras are new and fledgling additions to police officers' toolkits. New York City planned to outfit 50 cops with the devices over the weekend. Chicago hopes to start testing them in two months. Even departments comparably well-versed in the technology—like the one in Oakland, California—began seriously installing them last year. In Post Falls, Idaho, however—at population 30,000, the state’s 10th largest city—body-worn cameras are practically old hat. Officers in the department started wearing the cameras in 2007, and they were made mandatory for all uniformed activities in 2011. So I talked to Scott Haug (pictured), Post Falls’s police chief. More here.

Question: Should police officers wear cameras?