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Otter: Focus On Education

June 23, 2015 - 1:17pm

Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce today that’s billed as the “Governor’s Address to the Business Community,” had this message: “Our continued focus has got to be on education, because that’s our future, because that’s our economy.” Otter said the reason that this year’s Legislature approved a 7.4 percent funding increase for public schools and a five-year career ladder teacher pay plan was because “we knew that there was a direct correlation between an educated workforce and the health of the economy.” He told the crowd of several hundred, “We know as business people that the next generation of your products, of your services, of your ability to manage your business, is sitting around in a classroom someplace today”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think Gov. Otter can be accused of focusing on education during his two-plus terms in office?

$13.5K Raised For Fam Who Help Moores

June 23, 2015 - 12:11pm
Law enforcement officials from Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls on Saturday collected $13,530 in community donations to support a local family that recently experienced a tragic death. At separate fundraising events in each community, officers in Coeur d’Alene raised more than $10,000 at a lemonade stand at City Park and police representatives in Post Falls raised $3,200.Officers raised the money for Kiahna Kirk, whose father was killed in a traffic accident earlier this month. Kiahna raised $200 in May at a lemonade stand she opened to support the family of Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore, who was killed in the line of duty on May 5/Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Boys Return Wallet, Rewarded

June 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

Nick Martin, center, who lost his wallet with $782 inside, rewarded Post Falls 11-year-olds Zachary Endreson, left, and Michael Williams $50 each for making sure his wallet was returned with all the money inside. Martin had forgotten he left his wallet and cellphone on top of a car after swimming at Black Bay Park. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Doing the right thing can have its rewards. Just ask Zachary Endreson and Michael Williams, the Post Falls 11-year-olds who found a wallet last week on Third Avenue with $782 inside and helped make sure it was returned to the owner with all of the money and credit cards. Nick Martin, the wallet's owner, rewarded the boys with $50 each over ice cream treats at Dairy Queen in Post Falls on Sunday. "He wanted to show them that being honest does have its rewards," said Patty Matthews, Martin's mom. "It's amazing that the wallet was turned in with all the money inside/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I once found a wallet, of a co-worker, in the middle of the street, outside the Lewiston Tribune. I was going home for dinner at the time. I immediately returned it to her. She was amazed that I did. I was saddened that she figured the wallet was lost for good -- and that an unscrupulous person would take it. Question: Have you ever found a lost wallet or something else of value that someone had lost?

Court Uphelds Texas Flag Stand

June 23, 2015 - 11:58am

This image provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles shows the design of a proposed Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas was within its rights to refuse to issue the personalized license plates showing the Confederate flag. The court, in a 5-4 decision, rejected a challenge on the grounds of freedom of speech. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, File)

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court decision to back the refusal by Texas to issue personalized license plates showing the Confederate flag?

Sheriff: No Coast Guard Needed

June 23, 2015 - 11:49am

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger isn't happy that the U.S. Coast Guard insists that it has to issue permits for marine events on Lake Coeur d'Alene, such as the water leg of Ironman Coeur d'Alene. Wolfinger has written letters to members of Idaho's congressional delegation, asking for their help in getting the Coast Guard to cede control to the local sheriff's office in process marine event permits. Wolfinger writes: "The problem is that the nearest Coast Guard station is in Seattle, Washington, more than 300 miles away. Each year that Ironman has competed in Kootenai County, our Marine Deputies have provided the oversight for the swim portion of the event. We have never had a problem that needed the Coast Guard to intervene. If they actually show up for the event, it will be a terrible waste of tax payer dollars." You can read Sheriff Wolfinger's entire letter here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Sheriff Wolfinger's point?

Windshield Hit With BBs

June 23, 2015 - 11:24am

From Post Falls PD Graveyard Shift: "Female rp (reporting party) called to report that she was w/b on I90 approaching mp 6 when she heard 2 loud cracks to her windshield. She advised the first object to hit the window didn’t do anything, but the second object impact caused a chip in the windshield. She advised when she pulled over she found a metal BB lodged in her window and assumed someone had shot her vehicle with a BB gun from the overpass. The area was checked with no luck."

AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.23.15

June 23, 2015 - 11:07am
  • 11:48 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 3900 block of Player Drive/CdA.
  • 11:42 a.m. 3 transients, one w/a machete, are standing under tree @ Les Schwab's, 8860 Commerce Drive/Hayden.
  • 11:29 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 1200 block of N. Idaho St/Post Falls.
  • 11:26 a.m. Officer reports crash site investigated & cleared @ H53/Hauser Lake Road (10:51 item).
  • 11:08 a.m. Ambulance transporting motorcyclist to Kootenai Health w/level-one trauma.
  • 10:56 a.m. Officers @ H53 crash scene diverting e/b traffic onto Beck Road.
  • 10:51 a.m. Motorcyclist remains on ground after crashing w/vehicle @ H53/Hauser Lake Road, fuel leaking.
  • 10:46 a.m. Officer dispatches deer hit by vehicle at unknown Post Falls location.
  • 10:31 a.m. Non-injury, two-vehicle crash reported @ H41/Ross Point Road, Post Falls.
  • 10:28 a.m. Orange Ford Mustang w/California plates @ e/b I-90/stateline almost caused 2 crashes.
  • 10:13 a.m. Residential gas leak causes road closure @ 15th St/Stiner Ave, Coeur d'Alene.
  • 9:41 a.m. Summit Drive/CdA resident cancels animal control call after finding owner of contained dog.
  • 8:39 a.m. Someone injured in fall @ 21100 block of Cochrane Lane/Rathdrum.
  • 8:30 a.m. Fire tender en route to site of Monday's Spirit Lake fire to check on possible hot spots.

Photog Explains Dolezal Shot

June 23, 2015 - 10:51am

"I was working on a story about the closing of Parkside Bistro and Pub on May 7, 2010. The Coeur d’Alene restaurant was slated to be closed and demolished to make way for a park extension. I took a few photographs of then owner Kevin Eskelin inside the restaurant before stepping outside for a few more photos. Rachel Dolezal came by and engaged in conversation with Eskelin, who was an acquaintance. The restaurant was near the Human Rights Education Institute, where Dolezal worked. As the two spoke I snapped a few photos of her, knowing that the photos wouldn’t be used for the story about the restaurant closure"/Young Kwak, Pacific Northwest Inlander. More here.

Inside Story Of The Dolezal Scoop

June 23, 2015 - 10:41am

Earlier this year, investigative reporter Jeff Selle of Idaho's Coeur d'Alene Press learned that Rachel Dolezal had reported finding a package filled with racial threats against her and addressed to her in the post office box of the Spokane, Washington NAACP, of which she was president at the time. It caught Selle's attention since the many alleged hate crimes Dolezal reported while living in Coeur d'Alene were never substantiated, and he believed were not true. "There hadn't been a string of hate crimes until she shows up," Selle tells PEOPLE. "And now with them allegedly happening in Spokane, I said, 'This looks fishy' "/Diane Herbst, People magazine. More here.


AM: CdA Resident Stars In Series

June 23, 2015 - 10:09am

Leepu Nizamuddin Awlia, a 46-year-old Coeur d'Alene resident, is one of the two starts of the History Channel series "Leepu & Pitbull." “Pitbull” is Steve “Pitbull” Tromboli, a master mechanic from New York. Together, Awlia and Tromboli will take run-of-the-mill, mass-produced cars, often junkers, and turn them into what Awlia calls “affordable custom cars for the average Joe.” SR story by Caroline Lamberson here. (Photo courtesy of the History Channel)

Poll: Ignite CdA? Meh

June 23, 2015 - 10:04am
  • Monday Poll: Hucks Nation isn't impressed by the name change of Coeur d'Alene's urban renewal agency from Lake City Development Corp to Ignite CdA. 94 of 179 respondents (52.51%) checked "meh" when asked what they thought of the name change. In other voting, 24 (13.97%) said they don't like urban renewal ... period; 20 (11.17%) said the rebranding is a wise move; and 14 (7.82%) said that it beats "Lake City Development Corp." Also: 21 (11.73%) voted "other" and 5 (2.79%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Should the Harbor House concession stand at McEuen Park be allowed to sell beer and wine?

Canines & Felines, Or DFO vs Cindy

June 23, 2015 - 9:23am

It has been said,
perhaps for laughs,
that dogs have masters
and cats have staffs.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Beer, Wine At McEuen Concession?

June 23, 2015 - 9:08am

In a post that occurred during my vacation, Coeur d'Alene Today announced that the concession at Harbor House (new building at foot of 3rd Street entrance to Tubbs Hill at McEuen Park) will begin selling beer and wine around the 4th of July. I'm not sure that the sale of beer and wine in a public Coeur d'Alene Park is a good idea. It may send the wrong signal. Then, I might be an outlier here. What do you think?

Question: Should the city of Coeur d'Alene have allowed the Harbor House concession stand to sell beer and wine at McEuen Park?

Sis: What A Huckleberry Is

June 23, 2015 - 8:57am

Sisyphus (RE: Breaking down a huckleberry): A huckleberry contains the perfect mixture of tart, almost citrus, berry flavor which simultaneously summons the rich tones of deep roots in the neighboring old growth cedars and bringing down from their towering canopy the tingling starlight from overhead summertime constellations which capture our imagination as we witness the waning embers of a July campfire. When the sun light engorges the fruit to an almost black hue, the sweetness plumps them to provide a delicate waft of scent that permeates the surrounding forest and can make the most vicious grizzly quiver with delighted anticipation.

Question: What's your favorite way of eating a huckleberry?

Labrador Defends Forest Idea

June 23, 2015 - 8:43am

In the laboratory of ideas, results should count. Recently, I introduced the Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act, House Resolution 2316, which would set aside up to 2 percent of the 193 million acres in the national forest system for state and local management. Sadly, some critics seem uninterested in whether local management of federal lands might restore forest health, reduce catastrophic fires and revive rural economies.The Lewiston Tribune's Marty Trillhaase recently wrote that the bill "might sound appealing" to those living in one of Idaho's struggling timber communities. Indeed it does -- the idea came from a bipartisan group of county commissioners in the 1st Congressional District. Idahoans are alarmed by our forest crisis. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose Labrador's Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act?

Clearing Out A Transient Camp

June 23, 2015 - 8:38am

The property being cleared north of Silver Lake Mall to prevent transient camps is not planned for immediate development, property owners said Monday. A city building permit coordinator confirmed Monday that there are no plans under review at the city for that property. She said there is no address assigned to the property, which is the first thing the city would do if a building permit application is filed. Harlan Douglass, of Douglass Properties in Spokane, owns the property. Deanna Malcom, Douglass' assistant, said the property is being cleared because of its history of harboring transient camps. "There was a transient problem up there," she said. "We had it cleared so that won't happen anymore"/Press.

Question: Do you support the move to clear out the transient camp behind Target?

Grain Elevator Workers Hurt Badly

June 23, 2015 - 8:32am

A stretcher is lowered Monday morning from the top of a Uniontown grain tower (top left) by the Pullman Fire Department ladder truck as a Life Flight helicopter lands to transport a man who became stuck in the elevator. The man was taken to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center at Lewiston with injuries. Lewiston Tribune story here. (Lewiston Tribune photo: Steve Hanks)

Question: Have you ever suffered a workplace injury?

Record Heat Faces Ironman

June 23, 2015 - 8:23am

At what point does an Ironman melt? This weekend could reveal the answer. Record heat is expected to roast the region as tens of thousands of people head outside for two of the biggest community events of the year. The National Weather Service forecast calls for triple-digit highs, including 104 on Sunday – the final day of Hoopfest in Spokane and the day about 2,000 triathletes hit the Ironman course in Coeur d’Alene. Event organizers are bracing for health problems such as dehydration, cramps, sunburn, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and hyponatremia, or low sodium in the blood/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

ANesse: "I am seriously worried from a medical standpoint that the heat this year in particular will be far more lethal than the cold? All of this exercise is at the breaking point of the human body. I am really worried that this year the heat will be dangerous and reflect badly on our city, unless officials are monitoring all the participants for signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration?"

Question: Do you expect Ironman to run into health problems this weekend?

Digger: Why No Floyd Coverage, DFO?

June 23, 2015 - 8:15am

Digger (RE: Influential WSU president Elson Floyd dies of cancer at 59): Full day of blogging and no post dedicated to the passing and legacy of Dr. Elson Floyd. You're living in a CDA centric bubble again DFO. You have more readers than just CDA. And Floyds legacy will be felt by the region for years to come via the new WSU school of medicine.

DFO: Sorry, Digger; I'd like to blame the oversight on post-vacation lethargy. But I simply missed the story.


June 23, 2015 - 8:10am

Lisa Benson/Washington Writers Group