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Dog Shooting Still Irks Web Activists

August 12, 2014 - 9:11am

Anonymous, a group founded in 2003 by loosely organized international activists, released a second video during the weekend condemning the shooting of a black Lab by a Coeur d'Alene Police Department officer. The investigation into the July 9 shooting, which is being conducted by the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, is "not acceptable" according to the group. Arfee, the 2-year-old black Lab that was shot in the parking lot of Java on Sherman, was owned by Craig Jones, a resident of Colorado. "Anonymous nor the citizens of Idaho and many others affected by this via internationally reported incident, will not stand by idly," the video states. The video continues by stating that the group is prepared to start "phase two" of its "Justice for Arfee" campaign/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (File Photo: Duane Rasmussen)


Megaload Passes Moscow w/o Incident

August 12, 2014 - 9:02am

The megaload haul containing a huge piece of equipment used to refine crude oil left its resting spot off U.S. Highway 95 Monday evening and resumed its path north, passing through downtown Moscow on the way to a point south of Plummer. Dozens of protesters and onlookers from the Moscow-based environmental group Wild Idaho Rising Tide demonstrated against the transport at Third and Washington streets as it passed through shortly before midnight without incident. City police officers were much in evidence, as well as City Councilors Wayne Krauss and Walter Steed. Protesters unfurled large banners protesting the megaloads and the tar sands oil, which the equipment is intended to process. Cass Davis, from Moscow, said if people knew of the destruction caused by this sort of oil extraction there would be more people out protesting/Terry Harber, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Why do you suppose there has been little to no protest re: megaloads in Coeur d'Alene area?


Tough Town Names For New Idahoans

August 12, 2014 - 8:49am

Here's one way to find out if someone is from Idaho: ask them to pronounce Boise, Coeur d'Alene, or Pend Oreille. If there’s one thing that trips up folks from outside Idaho, it’s our weird and wonderful place names.  Counties, cities, and rivers in Idaho can be hard to pronounce, if you don’t know them well. These 10 words can be tough for new Idahoans (special thanks to the Idaho Press Club’s Idaho Pronunciation Guide).

  • Boise (BOY-see) though most outsiders say (boy-ZEE). It’s Idaho’s capital city and the county seat for Ada County. Boise is a French word that means "wooded." The Idaho State Historical Society says in the 19th century, French-Canadian fur hunters used the name for the Boise River.
  • Coeur d’Alene (kore-duh-LANE ), another city, and county seat, this time Kootenai County. Coeur d'Alene is the name of an American Indian tribe who lived in the area and called themselves the Schitsu'umsh. They got the name Coeur d'Alene, which means "heart of an awl," from French-Canadian fur traders. More here.

DFO: I'm surprised the list doesn't include Moscow, Clarkia & Kooskia. Can you think of any other towns that belong on the list?

City Unveils Proposed New Logo

August 12, 2014 - 8:47am

Proposed new logo above. Old logo inset below. (Courtesy of Coeur d'Alene Today)

It’s not official yet, but the city is moving forward with plans to update its logo. A City Council subcommittee on Monday was presented with the proposed logo and forwarded the issue to the full council, which will have an opportunity to offer feedback on the design at its regular meeting August 19. The city worked with North Idaho College's graphic design class to create the logo. The students spent their own time this summer to do the work and submitted more than 40 logos. The proposed logo was designed by graphic artist Darcy Gross, who called the logo “simple, clean and modern.”

Question: Which logo do you like better -- new one or old one?

Red: How Transplants Took Control

August 12, 2014 - 8:36am

Red Cedar (RE: Stage Left: Newbies don't understand): Then came the "Californians" -- the wave of conservative refugees from the big cities that had been taken over by stridently-leftist Democrats. These people, as near as I can tell, came to Idaho and Western Montana not just with money (usually from selling their houses) but with a cowboy-movie fantasy that they were going to find a refuge amongst like-minded folks. The worst of them were the racists who thought that because everyone around them was white, they all wanted a white homeland -- they mistook the traditional North Idaho rural tolerance of weirdos for overt support of their ideology. Most weren't nearly that bad, but many of the ones I met surely were more religious, more concerned about "moral" issues, and more suspicious of government than the locals. Much more here.

Question: How much does the strength of Evangelical churches in the area contribute to the strength of the dominant Tea-publican wing of the GOP in North Idaho?

CdA Wants Boys & Girls Club, Too

August 12, 2014 - 8:28am

Seven-year-old Colton Gookin, right, jumps after tossing his miniature parachute along with Alejandro Flores, 8, left, and Andon Brandt, 9, at the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County Jordan Johnson Center in Post Falls on Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

The Boys & Girls Club is extending its reach in Kootenai County with a plan to build a club on the east side of Coeur d’Alene. The nonprofit organization already expanded its club in Post Falls, and the popularity of after-school programs there has surged since the building opened early last year. The Coeur d’Alene School Board voted unanimously Monday night to move forward with a proposal to lease vacant land next to Lakes Magnet Middle School for construction of a new club there. The school district will ask a judge to confirm its legal authority to lease three-tenths of an acre to the Boys & Girls Club for $1 a year. “This couldn’t happen fast enough for me,” school board member Tom Hamilton said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Would you like to see a Boys & Girls Club in Coeur d'Alene, too?

JeanC: Goodbye, Mrs. Doubtfire

August 12, 2014 - 8:25am

JeanC (RE: Robin Williams dead at 63): I remember participating in a March of Dimes walkathon when I lived in Fairfield CA. The halfway point was a school track/football field in Vacaville. We beat feet and boogied and got there in in time to see the special guest arrive by helicopter. It was Robin Williams and it was during his first year as Mork from Ork. The marks from the chain link fence I was up against and pressed into by the crowd of people behind me didn't go away for days, but it was a wonderful time, he had the crowd laughing and cheering and we were so amped up, made it back to Fairfield with energy to spare.I can't watch any of his comedy specials unless I have my inhaler on stand by. I will guarantee to stop breathing as he has me laughing so much. I love Ms Doubtfire and was wonderfully surprised when he took on and nailed dramatic roles.He will be missed.

DFO: I feel like curling up on the sofa & watching a Robin Williams marathon this weekend, starting with his voice-over for the Genie in "Aladdin." How about you?

JohnA: Females Enabled Video Dude

August 12, 2014 - 8:18am

JohnA (RE: Skater Mom unloads on Walkabout): I challenge people all the time. I guess I've become bolder because Deena doesn't let anything slide. Something as innocuous as seeing someone exit the women's room without washing their hands has Dee up in arms. She'll call them on it every time. Recently I observed a 20-ish kid walking into a store with his girlfriend and probably her mother, or his. He waited for the girl to open the door for him and then just waltzed right in, never thinking to hold the door for the girl or the older woman. I told him I thought he was a little rude, if not lazy for acting that way. I got no response from him, but his girl and the older woman took me to task: "Oh, he's just tired today, give him a break". What was he 'tired' from, I asked "Playing video games all day?". I didn't suspect he'd been working in the woods or laboring underground, after all. In the end, they enabled the guy to be what he is, so I guess they are to blame. But, really? Is there no manly code to live by anymore?

Question: I regularly open doors for females. And am amazed when they express surprise and delight for the gesture. Is it still OK to open doors for females?



August 12, 2014 - 8:15am

Michael Ramirez/Investor's Business Daily

Wild Card/Monday -- 8.11.14

August 11, 2014 - 5:30pm

I went for my first swim of the summer Sunday, in the Spokane River, following the annual baptisms of my church at the Ross Point Camp in Post Falls. The water was better than fine. I probably should have put on sun screen. But I can't stand the oily stuff. I picked weeds in the sun Tuesday afternoon, too -- sans sun screen. I can't remember all the fuss about suntan lotion when I was a kid. Maybe an olive complexion is the equalizer. We'll see. All in all, a wonderful weekend. Now for the first Wild Card of the work week ...

Parting Shot -- 8.11.14

August 11, 2014 - 5:24pm

Nearly 100 brave individuals rappelled down the 40 stories and 490 feet of Seattle’s 1000 2nd Avenue Building as part of the Over The Edge fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Washington Saturday in Seattle, Wash. Participants are guaranteed a spot as long as they raise a minimum of $1,000 dollars -- the amount it costs to support nearly two Special Olympics athletes for an entire year. The event continues Sunday. (AP Photo/, Jordan Stead)

Top Commenter -- EagleKeeper

August 11, 2014 - 5:13pm

EagleKeeper44 (RE: Editorial: Loaded guns aren't child's play): This article brings back memories that have haunted me all of my life. My sister an I (6 & 4 years old) were playing in my grandparents home and found a small pistol they kept in their bedroom. Playing cops an robbers, I shot at my sister with it...fortunately I missed. The look of horror and pain on my grandfathers face I remember vividly for 64 years now...

Skater Mom Unloads On Walkabout

August 11, 2014 - 4:57pm

Walkabout: Last night as my husband and I were enjoying a beautiful evening, we watched in stunned silence as a woman carrying a baby went past on a skateboard. I have let things like that go before and felt like I should have said something, so this time I did. She had gotten back to her car and as I pulled up in mine I politely said ,"Please don't carry your child that way, it is very dangerous." I'm not really sure of my exact words but I know I said please and I never raised my voice. I was expecting her to tell me to mind my own business or something like that but she unleashed a screaming tirade that I have only ever seen on "reality TV". I was called lots of thing but "b*tch" was the most frequently used word, she got right up next to my open window and yelled in my ear. I calmly listened as she told me where to go and then when I had enough I drove away. I was kind of rattled after that so I didn't get her plate number. More here.

Question: Would you have said anything?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.11.14

August 11, 2014 - 4:45pm

PFPD tweets: "Officers assigned to Bike Patrol are spending more time in the parks to ensure they are safe and an enjoyable asset to the community. We have seen a drastic increase in the number of calls for service in the area of Falls Park, commonly known as the "One Way", which is the bridge that leads to the island beyond the park. People can enjoy the area of the park downstream from the bridge but should be certain to adhere to the signs posted by Avista."

  • 5:27 p.m. Female driver on Huetter texting, swerving.
  • 5:23 p.m. Driver of Hyundai flew off freeway ramp toward river @ e/b I-90/MP 1 (Beck/Post Falls).
  • 5:21 p.m. Male driver of red Ford F350 speeding @ 95 mph @ e/b I-90/stateline.
  • 4:45 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities for Aug. 9-11 here.
  • 4:37 p.m. Male is sitting on ground next to blue car on n/b shoulder of H95/Lancaster, Hayden.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Aug. 10-11 here.
  • 4:17 p.m. PFPD officer reports 2 unoccupied vehicles w/engines running @ Poleline/Idaho turn lane.
  • 3:45 p.m. Dog locked in hot vehicle @ 6200 block of W. Maine St/Spirit Lake.
  • 3:31 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 600 block of Wilbur Avenue/Hayden.
  • 3:18 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 15800 block of Alturas/Rathdrum.
  • 2:53 p.m. Male in Ford Escape is drinking Bud Lite beer @ e/b I-90/MP 1 (Beck Road/Post Falls).
  • 2:28 p.m. Elderly couple hits tractor alongside H95/Putnam Road, CdA.
  • 2:26 p.m. 83YO female suffering chest pain @ 4800 block of Portside Court/Post Falls.
  • 2:21 p.m. Someone has regained consciousness after blacking out near waterslides @ Silverwood/Athol.
  • 2:06 p.m. Resident @ 1675 Lookout Drive/CdA has caught a loose dog.
  • 1:40 p.m. Driver of red Ford pickup w/camper trying to change trailer tire @ e/b I-90/Spokane Street, Post Falls.
  • 1:26 p.m. Firefighters have re-set fire alarm @ Athol Elementary after it sounded today.
  • 1:15 p.m. 70YO male faell in building @ 300 block of E. Mullan/Post Falls.
  • 1:09 p.m. Vicious dog reported @ 17th Street/Hanley Avenue, Dalton Gardens.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines -- 8.11.14

August 11, 2014 - 4:37pm

A small patch of soggy soil and swampland at the southwestern end of McEuen Park near Harbor House has been transformed into green space with the addition of hundreds of lineal feet of sod. Officials recently dug open the area and re-engineered that corner of the park to allow for better drainage. They do not expect the puddling problem to persist. Crews also placed fresh sod near the wild onion art feature at Third and Front and on a section near the Harbor House/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

Robin Williams Dead At 63

August 11, 2014 - 4:29pm

Sarah Michelle Gellar, left, and Robin Williams participate in "The Crazy Ones" panel at the CBS Summer TCA on July 29, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn’t confirm that it was a suicide, they did issue this statement. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.” Williams, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum this December. He had recently signed on to reprise his beloved role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to be directed by Chris Columbus and was last seen opposite Annette Bening in the indie film The Face of Love/Entertainment Weekly. More here.

Question: Am I the only one who remembers Robin Williams as the extraterrestrial on "Mork & Mindy"? Which Robin Williams' role was your favorite? Moi? "Good Morning, Vietnam" and voice of Genie in animated "Aladdin."

Cutline Contest -- 8.11.14

August 11, 2014 - 4:16pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Bullfighter's banderillero Vicente Cabanes is tossed by a Guardiola Fantoni ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Weekend Winner -- Dennis, w/12 likes: "After taking the picture, AP Photographer remarked that she didn't think it was "That Cold" out today." Runnerup -- DFO, w/7 likes: "George Davis substantiates the Seinfeld Theory of Nudity: You know "bad naked" when you see it." You can see Weekend Photo and all 16 Cutline Contest entries here.

Will Lazy Risch Coast To Win?

August 11, 2014 - 3:20pm

Senator Jim Risch, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, and Representative Raul Labrador all remain favorites to win re-election given the heavy Republican bent of the Idaho electorate. Risch and Otter though are showing evidence of an ability to lose their race. Though recent polling shows each with a double-digit lead, the polls also indicate the proverbial mile wide but inch deep support. A Risch upset would be especially surprising whereas few would be surprised if Governor Otter’s bid for a third term was rejected by an electorate that recognizes he has done virtually nothing to warrant it. Risch’s problem remains his arrogance and, candidly, his laziness/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Are you satisfied with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch's performance in Washington?

HBO Blogosphere 8.11.14

August 11, 2014 - 3:00pm

Fifty years ago today, a little movie called “A Hard Day's Night” opened in New York City. It had premiered a month before in London, which is only natural because the movie's stars — as everyone born on Earth and older than middle-school age knows — are four young lads from Liverpool who called themselves The Beatles. And: 7 Blog story here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Aug 3-9): 40,736 page-views/26,170 unique views

Howley's Historic Pend Oreille Swim

August 11, 2014 - 2:50pm

Check out this YouTube video of Elaine Crowley's historic swim of the entire distance of Lake Pend Oreille recently. (Scott Rulander of Gem Vision Productions