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TGIF Wild Card -- 1.23.15

January 23, 2015 - 5:00pm

We're moving toward February -- and the beginning of the end of winter. If that's not enough to make you smile, we're also moving toward another Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks. So there's reason to hang in there, no matter how gloomy it is outside today. Also, in about a month, we have another blogfest (Feb. 21) planned at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill. I'll leave you with these happy thoughts, as I post the last Wild Card of the work week ...

PM Scanner Traffic -- 1.23.15

January 23, 2015 - 4:56pm
  • 5:01 p.m. Head-on collision reported @ H95/MP 395 (Seltice Ave/Plummer).
  • 4:45 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report Jan. 22-23 here.
  • 4:26 p.m. PFPD officer investigating parking problem involving Subaru Impresa, 1515 E2nd Ave.
  • 4:12 p.m. Young male in Chevy 2-door, from Spirit Lake, used turn lane to pass @ H41/16 Ave, Post Falls.
  • 4:04 p.m. 1998 white Buick, from Liberty Lake, left after crash with red Pontiac @ Seltice Way/Baugh, Post Falls.
  • 3:54 p.m. Driver of blue KIA Maxima is traveling 15 mph below speed limit @ e/b I-90/H41, Post Falls.
  • 3:51 p.m. Hayden caller reports male in dark-red jacket who is smoking crack may be asking girls for rides in store lot.
  • 3:32 p.m. Patient ready to be transported from Kootenai Health of Hospice House.
  • 3:25 p.m. Male walking w/b on Miles Avenue/Hayden to H95 is bleeding from head.
  • 2:44 p.m. Auto burglary reported @ 2200 block of W. Appleway/CdA.
  • 2:17 p.m. Animal caught @ Lone Mountain Trail/Seasons Road, Spirit Lake.
  • 2:14 p.m. Male wanted on a felony warrant calls CPD re: animal problem.
  • 1:52 p.m. Officer stopping to talk to male & female @ 14th St/Sherman Ave, CdA, unknown reason.
  • 1:48 p.m. Neighbor on W. Linda Way/Post Falls reports back door of nearby house kicked in.
  • 1:30 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 1500 block of Clagstone Road/Athol.
  • 1:24 p.m. Non-injury crash b/n semi & passenger car blocking Ohio Match Road/Ramsey Road, Rathdrum.
  • 12:29 p.m. CPD officer stopping to check suspicious car w/broken window behind Coeur d'Alene Inn/CdA.
  • 12:18 p.m. Driver of small, red car is revving engine in field behind Post Falls apartment complex.
  • 12:16 p.m. Noninjury, nonblocking accident reported @ intersection of Highways 41 & 53/Rathdrum.
  • AM Scanner Traffic (18 items)

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

January 23, 2015 - 4:51pm

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, 75, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday for the first time since he suffered an eye injury and broken ribs on New Year's Day, when a piece of exercise equipment he was using broke and sent him smashing into cabinets at his new home. You write the cutline. (AP photo)

Thursday Winner (tie with 8 likes apiece): "I will not be taking any questions today. We have a busy schedule ahead deflating footballs and reviewing illegal videotapes of the Seahawks practices" -- No Comment, and: "Bill Belichick smiles leaving the podium after he wasn't disciplined by the NFL for deflating balls, while Marshawn Lynch was fined $20,000 for grabbing his" -- JohnA. You can see the Thursday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Headlines -- 1.23.15

January 23, 2015 - 4:26pm

Miles McQuesten, 5, gazes upon his work of art, Jack the Evil Snowman, at his home on west 16th Avenue in Spokane today. The boy and his father, Rick, built the snowman Friday morning, and the legs are constructed from branches and newspapers. The idea the evil snowman came from the internet. (AP/SR photo: Dan Pelle)

She Brought Prez Obama To Idaho

January 23, 2015 - 3:25pm

How many students can say they did a classroom assignment that helped bring the president to their hometown - and then got a selfie with the guy? Meet Bella Williams, a 13-year-old from North Junior High. Her assignment last spring, when she was in sixth grade at Washington Elementary, was to write a letter to one of her heroes with an invitation to visit Boise. She wrote to Michelle Obama. "I told them I admire them as a happy, healthy family," Bella told the Statesman. The Obamas hung on to that letter, and when the president came to Boise on Wednesday, he invited Bella and her mom, Davette, to his speech. He met with Bella backstage. "He said he really liked my letter," Bella said/Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Idaho Statesman/AP photo: Darin Oswald)

Question: Do you really think that Bella's letter was the only thing that brought President Obama to Idaho?

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 1.23.15

January 23, 2015 - 2:59pm

Pecky Cox/As the Lake Churns blog and Priest Laker Facebook page, caught some of the action at the recent annual Priest Lake Snowshoe Softball Tournament. See more of the tournament here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Jan. 22): 8731 page-views/5748 unique views

Edit: GOP Officials Acted Like 12YOs

January 23, 2015 - 2:51pm

In an editorial, the Twin Falls Times-News lambasts the Idaho GOP legislators and leaders for acting like juveniles when the president visited Boise Wednesday: "Obama’s visit was a coup for BSU, each and every alumnus, and the taxpayers and students who paid for the science and technology build-out that Obama flew in to laud. Idahoans built something the world’s most powerful man wanted to promote. And yet, Republican state lawmakers refused to step outside their self-constructed echo chamber. “I couldn’t go if I wanted to,” said House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, before the Wednesday event. But Bedke holds the gavel and easily could have called for a three-hour adjournment. He just didn’t want to go. Other lawmakers were too busy impersonating junior high kids and spewing venom on social media." More here.


Thinning Opens Dike Road Vistas

January 23, 2015 - 2:43pm

City engineer Gordon Dobler, left, discusses the Dike Road project with Bill McEluer, plant facilities manager for North Idaho College. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

If you haven’t visited the Dike Road on the North Idaho College campus lately, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The removal of unhealthy and dead trees has opened up beautiful views to one of the most popular pieces of waterfront property in the city. The work, mostly being done by the city’s street department, is necessary to bring the levee into compliance with federal regulations as part of the recertification process with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. City engineer Gordon Dobler said thinning the trees and trimming limbs has significantly improved vistas along Rosenberry Drive, commonly known as Dike Road/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Have you checked out the tree thinning along Dike Road, yet?

M's Strut New Sunday Uniforms

January 23, 2015 - 2:20pm

Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz waves as he walks onto a stage to help show-off the team's new alternate Sunday uniforms during an unveiling today in Seattle. The uniforms are a classic cream color, with lettering and logo the same as current uniforms but in the original Mariners' colors. The Sunday cap is a royal blue and the socks are royal blue with gold stripes. More here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Question: Do you like the new Sunday uniforms for the Seattle Mariners?

Jill: Good Bathrooms Needed, Too

January 23, 2015 - 1:49pm

In a Spokesman-Review column, correspondent Jill Barville (pictured, from her 3Rs blog) writes that restaurants must have good food -- and good bathrooms, too: "In today’s age of entertainment sections, online review sites, five-star rating systems and old-fashioned word-of-mouth, there are a plethora of ways to prejudge a restaurant before taking the first bite. But nobody seems to mention the unmentionable. Bathrooms. Something so simple yet important shouldn’t be overlooked, especially when establishments seem to be trending toward trendy with lavatory design. An uncommon topic, our conversation turned to commodes at our recent girls’ night gathering after one of my friends returned from the restrooms, a perplexed look on her face." More here.

Question: How important is it to you that a restaurant maintain good bathrooms, as well as provide good meal at reasonable prices and ambience?

Kasich Brings Budget Pitch To Idaho

January 23, 2015 - 1:08pm

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wrapped up a six-state stump tour in the Idaho Capitol today, pressing for state legislatures to consider joining Ohio in calling for a constitutional convention to enact a balanced budget amendment. Kasich, who spent an hour with Idaho lawmakers before a noon press conference, “noodling this idea,” in House Speaker Scott Bedke’s words, said he’s not telling other states what to do, and they can decide for themselves. But he wants to get the discussion going. Twenty-four states have passed resolutions calling for a convention; under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, it takes 34 states to convene one, and 38 to ratify whatever comes out of it/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Would you like to see a Constitutional Convention called for the purpose of enacting a balanced budget amendment?

Raul: President Still Campaigning

January 23, 2015 - 11:56am

Congressman Raul Labrador offers his views of President Barack Obama's call for common ground, in Boise this week: "In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama pointedly noted that he’d run his last campaign. Yet he’s having a hard time letting go. Wednesday he flew to Boise and held what the Washington Post called 'something of a pep rally' at Boise State. The president reminded listeners of his 2008 campaign stop and how winning the Idaho caucus helped propel him to office. As many have written, the president seems determined to set the stage for his party to retain the White House in 2016. That’s his call. But it flies in the face of promises to work with Republicans in his final two years. The president’s State of the Union was peppered with veto threats." More here.

Question: Aren't presidents on the stump, of either party, always campaigning in some form or other?

Deflategate: Brady Denies All

January 23, 2015 - 11:40am

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady faces members of the media at a news conference in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday. Brady said Thursday that he did not know how New England ended up using underinflated balls in its win Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday that he has not yet been contacted by the NFL about its investigation into underinflated footballs, adding: "I didn't alter the ball in any way." In a news conference that lasted a little more than 30 minutes, Brady detailed how he selected 24 footballs for referees to inspect before Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. "When I pick those footballs out, at that point, to me, they're perfect," he said. "I don't want anyone touching the balls after that. I don't want anyone rubbing them, putting any air in them, taking any air out. To me, those balls are perfect, and that's what I expect when I show up on the field"/ESPN. More here.

Question: Do you believe that Brady didn't know anything about the deflated footballs in the AFC Championship game?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.23.15

January 23, 2015 - 11:35am
  • 11:53 a.m. CPD officer tells animal control officer that she has a better chance of catching 2 mid-sized, playful dogs running loose at Honeysuckle Ave/Lunceford Ave, CdA: "They run faster than me, but you probably run faster than them."
  • 11:45 a.m. This week's Kootenai County Sheriff's Office warrants roundup here.
  • 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Jan. 22-23 here.
  • 11:15 a.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report Jan. 22-23 here.
  • 10:44 a.m. Unknown medical emergency for 91YO male @ 21400 block of Circle Road/Rathdrum.
  • 10:32 a.m. Dog running loose @ Roberts Road/Arthur Road, Athol.
  • 10:31 a.m. 3YO locked in vehicle @ 1500 block of Front Ave/CdA.
  • 10:18 a.m. Distraught Post Falls female reports son who is driving black Honda has warrant for his arrest.
  • 10:18 a.m. Gittel's Grocery clerk reports elderly male dialed 911 and then left store s/b on Govt Way @ Harrison Ave.
  • 10:11 a.m. 74YO male suffering unknown medical emergency @ 700 block of N. Syringa St/Post Falls.
  • 10:03 a.m. Diabetic suffering unknown medical emergency @ Urgent Care, 566 Prairie Ave/Hayden.
  • 9:41 a.m. False fire alarm sounds @ Guardian Angel assisted living, 1136 E. Mullan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 9:37 a.m. Resident @ Warm Springs Ave/Stoneybrook Loop, Post Falls, reports shotgun blasts in field nearby.
  • 9:36 a.m. Unknown medical emergency @ 3300 block of Park Ridge Loop/Post Falls.
  • 9:27 a.m. Disorderly male reported @ 1325 Riverstone Drive/CdA.
  • 9:25 a.m. Chimney fire, with flames showing & smoke in house, @ 925 Estates Loop/Priest River.
  • 9:12 a.m. Unknown medical emergency @ Urgent Care, 1300 E. Mullan Ave/Post Falls, doctor on scene.
  • 9:03 a.m. A dead deer is lying on highway @ H95/MP 422 (near Kidd Island Road, south of CdA).

Idaho Poll: Don't Expand Medicaid

January 23, 2015 - 11:31am

A new poll finds Idahoans are decidedly opposed to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Idaho, and that almost two-thirds of voters would be less likely to re-elect a legislator who supports Medicaid expansion. The poll was commissioned by the Foundation for Government Accountability and the Idaho Freedom  Foundation. The survey found that, when first asked about Medicaid expansion, 46 percent of voters say they’re opposed to Medicaid expansion, 39 percent are supportive and the rest are undecided. “Idahoans don’t want Medicaid expansion. They don’t want more Obamacare and they don’t want to enact another program that competes for precious taxpayer resources,” said Wayne Hoffman, president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation/Idaho Freedom Foundation news release. More here. And: Poll results here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the poll results? Do you want to see the Legislature expand Medicare?

PFPD Gets Facebook High Five

January 23, 2015 - 11:16am

A comment left on the Facebook wall of the Post Falls Police Department applauds an act of chivalry by Officer Pat Eisemann. It read: "Just a quick note to thank Officer Pat Eisemann (I believe) for helping out the two girls on Spokane Street today. The girls were in a car that had stopped working and Officer Pat was helping the two young girls push the car out of the way, in the pouring wet snow. It was definitely an act of chivalry and one of care. Definitely proud to say that he is one of our finest! Way to go officer! I've known you since we were young teenagers and I'm proud to say you've grown up to be such a wonderful example for our youth and our community"

Question: Do you think most officers consider themselves "peace officers" or "law enforcement" officers?

AM: FBI Contacts Area Activists

January 23, 2015 - 10:28am

Helen Yost, an anti-megaload activist, posed for a photograph in downtown Moscow Jan. 8. She said she was contacted by the FBI in December, but refused to talk to them. Activists around the Northwest say they had been contacted by FBI agents. Story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

IFF: The Netflix Tax

January 23, 2015 - 10:16am

State lawmakers like to talk about how they’re opposed to higher taxes; now they have an opportunity to put their money where their mouths are. All they have to do is reject a questionable regulation that has Idahoans unnecessarily paying sales tax for streaming video services like Netflix. If lawmakers don’t act, they’re potentially exposing Idaho residents to even more taxes on video and audio subscription services that are a product of the digital age/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Would you mind being taxed for your access to Netflix?

Poll: Protect Executioners' Names

January 23, 2015 - 10:01am
  • Thursday Poll: Two-thirds of Hucks Nation agree with proposed legislation that would protect the names of those involved in Idaho executions, as well as those who provide the drugs for the execution. 158 of 236 respondents (67%) supported the legislation that would protect the identities of executioners. 69 of 236 respondents (29%) say the names should be made public. 10 (4.22%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Should Idaho accept any more spent nuclear fuel from the U.S. Department of Energy?