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Jeers: Labrador's Sunday Date

July 11, 2014 - 8:41am

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune offers Jeers ... to Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. If it's Sunday, it must be "Meet the Press" ( featuring Labrador playing politics with the immigration issue one more time. Here's what he told host David Gregory about the thousands of children seeking refuge in the United States from the drug cartels and gang violence threatening them in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador: "The thing this administration needs to do is immediately deport these families, these children." That so thoroughly misrepresents the situation that even Gregory called Labrador on it. These are not families seeking economic gain. They are fleeing for their lives. They are seeking protection under a 2008 law -- signed by President George W. Bush -- to protect children from exploitation. Full editorial here.

Question: Do you agree with Congressman Labrador re: deportation of immigrant children?


Owner Of Arfee Distraught, May Sue

July 11, 2014 - 8:37am

Craig Jones made the following comments to the Coeur d'Alene Press re: having his dog, Arfee, shot by a Coeur d'Alene police officer in downtown Coeur d'Alene Wednesday morning:

"I was like, 'If my dog's still alive I need to take him to a vet.' No call, no call," Jones said. "Then finally they said, 'Oh your dog is heading to the humane society and he will either be frozen for you to pick him up or we will pay to have him cremated.'" Jones, who is from Coeur d'Alene originally but now lives in Colorado, told The Press that he is in town for a "couple of weeks" due to the death of his mother. Arfee, Jones said, went everywhere with him and was the "smiling face" that made it easier to deal with the loss of his mother. On Thursday, Jones said he hired an attorney to represent him in a lawsuit against the police department. "I won't have peace of mind unless I set this right," Jones said. "There's no way I can just return to Colorado without my dog. I was planning on moving back up here actually and was just going to go back to get my stuff. But something like this is such a catastrophic thing in my life that I don't know where I can go to escape it. There's going to be a cloud over my head for a long time." More here. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press: Craig Jones' daughter, Aaliyah, holds a young Arfee)

Also: Arfee, dog shot by Coeur d'Alene officer, was a lab, not a pitbull/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Question: How do you think this incident will play out?

SR Presents Online McEuen Tour

July 11, 2014 - 8:29am

Six-year-old Chance Seeds spent the day running through the water at the splash pad at McEuen Park in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday. McEuen Park and Tubbs Hill are featured parks for this years 7th Annual Parks Day Celebration with free food and entertainment on Saturday with a movie to follow. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

You may not be able to entirely flee the heat, but you can have a little fun with it by heading to a park, playground, splash pad, lakefront or woodsy retreat this weekend. Or just head to McEuen Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene for the whole sizzling enchilada. Saturday is the first big community celebration in the newly rebuilt urban oasis next to Tubbs Hill and Lake Coeur d’Alene. It’s part of the city’s annual Parks Day, presented by the parks department and Panhandle Parks Foundation, and includes a free breakfast, lunch and dinner with lots of activities and entertainment piled between. Newcomers can explore the park’s amenities and learn some insights on the design concepts using The Spokesman-Review’s new online walking tour of McEuen/Scott Maben, SR. More here.


Embezzlement Suspect May Have Fled

July 11, 2014 - 8:23am

The former Athol city clerk who was fired last week amid embezzlement allegations has apparently fled the area with her husband. Multiple sources say the Athol-area home of Chuck and Sally Hansen is now vacant. Chuck Hansen is a Timberlake Fire Protection District commissioner, and resigned from his Lakeland Joint School District grounds job this week. The Press reported last week that Sally was unanimously fired by the Athol City Council. She had served as Athol's clerk since 2009. Lakeland School District Finance Director Tom Taggart said Chuck resigned from his position as the district's lead grounds person effective Tuesday for personal reasons. "I have no knowledge of his personal situation," Taggart said in an email to The Press/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Burglar Steals CdA Resort Cash

July 11, 2014 - 8:12am

A burglar wearing an elaborate disguise stole a large amount of money from the cash room of The Coeur d'Alene Resort early Monday morning. Coeur d'Alene police detective Jared Reneau told The Press Thursday that between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m., a man entered an employee hallway at The Resort. "The suspect went into that hallway and from that hallway was able to access the accounting office and the cash room," Reneau said. Once inside the cash room, Reneau said the man took a large amount of money. ... The man, who was seen on Resort security cameras wearing sunglasses, a mask and fake beard, may have used keys to get into the employee hallway, Reneau said/Keith Cousins, SR. More here. (Courtesy photo: Coeur d'Alene Resort via Coeur d'Alene Press)


Road Work Ahead

July 11, 2014 - 8:10am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.10.14

July 10, 2014 - 5:21pm

I appreciate Cindy subbing on short notice while I took care of some personal business Wednesday. It's a comfort to have her out there able to back stop me, even with her incredibly busy schedule. Seems as though a lot of news happened for her Wednesday, too. We may run low on cat photos today. But we'll soldier on nonetheless. Here's your Thursday Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 7.10.14

July 10, 2014 - 5:17pm

Lifeguards from the region compete in the South Atlantic Lifesaving Association regional lifeguard competition on Thursday at the Horseshoe in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan)

Mayor Pledges Review Of Dog Killing

July 10, 2014 - 5:00pm

Moments ago, Mayor Steve Widmyer of Coeur d'Alene released the following statement re: the officer-involved shooting of a black labrador named Arfie in downtown Coeur d'Alene Wednesday:

Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer said there will be a complete and thorough review of the officer-involved shooting of a dog on Wednesday near downtown Coeur d’Alene. “The city takes incidents like this extremely seriously and will examine all aspects of what happened and if correct procedures were followed,” Widmyer said. “When the review is complete, the findings will be made public.”


AFL-CIO Backs 51 D's, Keough, Malek

July 10, 2014 - 4:48pm

The Idaho State AFL-CIO announced its endorsement of federal, statewide and legislative candidates Wednesday, leaning heavily toward labor's traditional allies in the Democratic Party. Of the group's 54 endorsements, three went to Republicans: Sen. Shawn Keough of Sandpoint, Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d'Alene and Rep. Clark Kauffman of Filer. Only Keough has an opponent in the Nov. 4 election, Constitution Party nominee Christian Fioravanti/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you think it's a good thing in Tea Party North Idaho for Sen. Keough and Rep. Luke Malek to get the AFL-CIO endorsement?

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CPD's Communication Gap

July 10, 2014 - 4:47pm

PatrickH (RE: OTV: Are local cops too gung-ho?): Sorry if it sounded like I was swiping at you DFO. That wasn't the intent. Right now we have a situation that is going national, and from all appearances we have a dept that is either unwilling to address public concerns, or unwilling because they don't have systems in place for when their PIO is unavailable. Either way it is concerning.

DFO: Patrick brings up good point re: communication gap that occurs when Sgt. Christie Wood, the PIO for the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, is on vacation or otherwise unavailable. Events, like this dog shooting, happen all the time. Rather than circle the wagons in Sgt. Wood's absence, at times like this, the CPD should have a backup communications plan to better serve the curious community. Thoughts?

Cutline Contest -- 7.10.14

July 10, 2014 - 4:44pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Jody Thomas and her 3-year old daughter, Kailyn Thomas, float around in the mud pit at the annual Wayne County Parks Mud Day at Hines Park- Nankin Mills Area, in Westland, Mich., on Tuesday, Kailyn's birthday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Daniel Mears)

Tuesday Winner -- DFO, w/9 likes: Kerry: Now that's the way to protect a border. Why didn't we build one of those things? You can see Tuesday Photo and all Cutline Contest winners here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.10.14

July 10, 2014 - 4:35pm
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 9-10 here.
  • 4:35 p.m. Suspicious package @ North Idaho Museum turns out to be bag of trash.
  • 4:21 p.m. North Idaho Museum, 115 Northwest Blvd/CdA, reports suspicious package on premises.
  • 4:13 p.m. CPD officer calls for backup help for undisclosed reason at Taj quick stop, 15th/Hastings.
  • 3:57 p.m. PFPD officer asks for details re: welfare check on individual w/dementia b/c his computer on fritz.
  • 2:48 p.m. Caller reports to dispatch that right brake light out on PFPD officer patrol car.
  • 2:32 p.m. Animal control trying to catch loose dog @ 8050 2nd Ave/Post Falls.
  • 2:22 p.m. 2-vehicle accident reported @ 4th Street/Coeur d'Alene Avenue, CdA.
  • 2:07 p.m. Resident of Foxborough Court/Hayden has litter complain.
  • 1:50 a.m. DMV worker reports possible wanted person in courthouse office.
  • 1:46 p.m. Commercial alarm sounding @ Arrow Point Homeowners Association, 4797 Arrow Point Drive.
  • 1:36 p.m. Motorcyclist is speeding near Harrison Y on H3.
  • 1:14 p.m. A dock is floating loose on Lake Pend Oreille, near Farragut Park launch.
  • 12:29 p.m. Blocking two vehicle accident at W Seltice Way and N Idahline (just East of Pleasantview).
  • AM Scanner Traffic

SR Provides Guided McEuen Park Tour

July 10, 2014 - 4:11pm

The Spokesman-Review has created an online walking tour for the sprawling new McEuen Park downtown. From your phone, tablet or laptop go to and click on McEuen Park, then launch the tour for insights to the park’s many attractions. Saturday would be a good day to use the guide. That’s Coeur d’Alene’s seventh annual Parks Day celebration, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., at McEuen Park and Tubbs Hill. The festivities include free food, activities and entertainment.


CPD Statement RE: Dog Shooting

July 10, 2014 - 3:23pm

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department is currently reviewing the officer involved shooting of a dog that occurred yesterday (July 9th) at 821 Sherman Ave. Animal Control officers originally identified the dog as a pit bull. The Police Department had a veterinarian examine the dog and it has been identified as a lab mix. We understand the grief the family is dealing with due to the loss of their pet. We also understand the distress this has caused for citizens. The officer who shot the dog is also distraught over this incident. The Police Department has received voicemails and emails threatening in manner toward this officer and the other officers that work for the City of Coeur d'Alene. For these reasons the name of the officer that shot the dog will not be released today. Chief of Police Ron Clark has made it clear this incident will be investigated and reviewed for policy and legal compliance/Coeur d'Alene Police Department.


2 Finalists Remain For CPD Chief

July 10, 2014 - 3:11pm

The search for Coeur d’Alene’s next police chief has been narrowed to 2 candidates. Lee R. White, left, assistant police chief in Mesa, Arizona, and Gary R. Jensen, chief of police in Logan, Utah, have both visited Coeur d’Alene and will soon be interviewed in person by a selection committee formed earlier this year by Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. “I’m very pleased that we have two highly qualified individuals who are eager to continue their careers in Coeur d’Alene,” Mayor Widmyer said. “I believe either of these experienced law enforcement officers would do a great job leading our police department”/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that the city of Coeur d'Alene is going outside the department for a new police chief?

HBO Blogosphere -- 7.10.14

July 10, 2014 - 3:05pm

Melinda George pauses before taking the final few uneven steps to the top of the Great Wall of China. Her husband, Thom, reports: "Sections of the Great Wall appear, from a distance, to meander from peak-to-peak, but once you are up on the wall, the perception of meandering gives way to the hard, steep reality of climbing up and down from tower-to-tower." More here.

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What Say Officials On Dog Killing?

July 10, 2014 - 2:54pm

Sam Crawford (RE: OTV: Are local cops too gung-ho?): Where are our mayor and city council on this issue? Why are they silent? Why haven't any of these officials publicly asked if there might be a problem with the leadership of the police department? Why aren't our elected officials saying that maybe the police department, its policies, its training and it's leadership needs to be reevaluated? It seems like police shootings in Coeur d'Alene have been increasing the past few years. Is it because of training or the types of offices being hired? Where is the community policing where cops walk a beat and get to know the citizens? Most of the officers are great cops but we need leadership to get the department under control.

Question: I suspect Mayor Widmyer and council members are hamstrung in saying too much about this incident because it is under investigation and a lawsuit is possible. Thoughts?

Dog Shooting Makes NY Daily News

July 10, 2014 - 2:30pm

An Idaho police officer shot what he thought was a lunging pit bull, but the owner says it was a black Lab named Arfee. The owner, Craig Jones, was eating lunch at a nearby restaurant in Coeur d'Alene when the shooting happened and can't believe his best buddy is gone. "This cop left a hole in both that can't be fixed," Jones wrote on Facebook. "If it wasn't for my desire to face him in court and strip him of his badge, I would probably be at the bottom of the lake." Loud barking spooked a Coeur d'Alene police officer on Wednesday morning into shooting a dog sitting in the driver's seat of a parked van after a caller reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the area. The officer walked right up to the white van with his gun drawn because he believed the driver may have been watching children in the area and trying to lure them, according to a Spokane TV station, KREM-TV/Nicole Hensley, New York Daily News. More here. (Photo: Craig Jones Facebook page)

Question: It appears that this dog shooting incident is going viral. Thoughts?