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100s Back East Sherman Renewal

June 26, 2015 - 8:07am

After two public workshops, a clearer picture is coming together for plans to revitalize the East Sherman area. More than 230 people attended the two workshops, which took place at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library and the Harding Family Center, and participated in exercises that will help the city form a collective vision. Community Planning Director Hilary Anderson told The Press Thursday that input from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. "There was no one that said 'We don't want revitalization.' Everyone is really excited about revitalizing the corridor," Anderson said. "It was really nice to have that reassurance from the community and know that they're on board." Anderson said close to 300 online surveys have been completed about the revitalization efforts/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Matt Weigand's Press photo: Kim Jolicoeur writes "No Department of Corrections Subsidized Housing" on a board reading "Other Ideas" at the East Sherman Planning Workshop on Thursday Evening)

Obsession

June 26, 2015 - 8:01am

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 6.25.15

June 25, 2015 - 5:20pm

Every year, I plant something new in my garden, simply to watch it grown -- and to see what it looks like. This year? Tomatillos. My son-in-law introduced me to the tomatillo/hot pepper/chilantro trifecta to encourage me to make my own salsa. The tomatillos and chilantro are doing swell in the June heat. Peppers? Not so much. Can you use tomatillos for anything else but salsa. That'll be the question I ponder as I try to avoiod the heat this weekend. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 6.25.15

June 25, 2015 - 5:11pm

Karl-Anthony Towns hugs friends and family after the Minnesota Timberwolves selected him with the first pick during the NBA basketball draft this afternoon in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Wide Gaps In Idaho Teacher Pay

June 25, 2015 - 5:02pm

When it comes to paying and keeping teachers, there are wide gaps between Idaho’s haves and have-nots. Idaho’s new five-year plan to boost teacher pay will not solve this problem. In fact, it could even get worse. The $125 million career ladder law is designed to narrow the teacher pay gap between Idaho and neighboring states. Within Idaho, teacher salaries are set locally, and results vary widely from district to district. Some districts rank high because they have retained a more experienced and better-educated faculty. Some districts can pay more because they have the property tax base to do it. Some pay more in order to compete with neighboring schools/Kevin Richert, IDEDNews.org. More here.

Average teacher salaries in Kootenai County:

  • Coeur d'Alene Charter: $50,860
  • Coeur d'Alene School District: $49,559
  • Lakeland School District: $48,060
  • Post Falls School District: $47,222
  • Kootenai School District: $44,808

Biggest Blight In Lake City?

June 25, 2015 - 4:56pm

FishinJay (RE: How Wild Waters went to ruin): This place is the biggest blight in CdA today, and it's right next to I-90 for everyone to see. If it can't be a water park again I hope somebody does something productive with it soon, although I imagine the costs of tearing it apart and building anything else would be incredibly prohibitive.

Question: Can you think of a property in Coeur d'Alene that's a bigger blight? And/or: What could be done w/Wild Waters property?

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

June 25, 2015 - 4:47pm

Eliza Shirazi of Washington, a "college associate" with Fox Business, runs to report the Supreme Court opinions outside of the Supreme Court in Washington Thursday. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. You write the cutline. (AP photo)

Wednesday Winner -- DFO, with 9 likes: From the bowels of the HucksOnline cooler, one of the long banished denizens cries out for another chance to comment. You can see Wednesday photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.25.15

June 25, 2015 - 4:40pm
  • 4:30 p.m. Dog is locked in vehicle along Garden Ave/CdA.
  • 4:28 p.m. Someone suffering cardiac problem @ Affinity, 3594 Cedarblom St/CdA.
  • 4:17 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 400 block of Max Loop/CdA.
  • 4:15 p.m. EMTs needed to treat person hurt in fall @ Spirit Lake boat launch.
  • 3:56 p.m. Disabled vehicle parked along e/b I-90/MP 11 (NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 3:50 p.m. 57YO male has cut ankle w/chainsaw @ Red Tail Trail/E. Hayden Lake Road, near Windy Bay.
  • 3:30 p.m. ISP office stopping to remove tire lying on I-90/MP 12.5 (b/n H95 & 4th St/CdA).
  • 2:24 p.m. 2-vehicle, blocking crash in turn lane of Govt Way/Appleway, CdA.
  • 2:14 p.m. Ambulance needed to transfer patient from Kootenai Health to Hospice House, 2290 W. Prairie Ave/CdA.
  • 2:14 p.m. Disabled semi is blocking highway @ s/b H95/MP 425 (Presley Road, so of CdA).
  • 2 p.m. Unattended green backpack left against traffic light pole @ H95/Appleway, CdA.
  • 1:57 a.m. Non-injury, non-blocking, 2-vehicle crash @ H95/Hanley Ave, CdA.
  • 1:50 p.m. Disabled mini-van is parked in median @ I-90/MP 7.5 (b/n H41 & Huetter rest stop/Post Falls).
  • 1:45 p.m. Male broke window of blue Ford pickup w/ax on Plymouth Circle/CdA; 2nd male has tire iron.
  • 1:39 p.m. Transient has been trespassed from liquor store, 2611 Govt Way/CdA.
  • 1:38 p.m. 72YO female suffering medical emergency @ 100 block of Cosgrove Road/CdA.
  • 1:30 p.m. Officer reports southern end of water line below H95 bridge/CdA is leaking a lot.
  • 1:26 p.m. Suspicious male @ Jimmy Johns, 2626 Govt Way, is carrying a gun.
  • 1:14 p.m. Male driver of red Ford pickup possibly DUI @ 4th St/Appleway, CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Millennials Outnumber Boomers

June 25, 2015 - 4:09pm

It's finally happened: Millennials are taking over the country. Millennials, or those born from 1982 through 2000, now make up more than one quarter of the U.S. population (83.1 million), exceeding the 75.4 million Baby Boomers who were born from 1946 through 1964, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday. They're also more diverse than any generation before them – 44.2% of American Millennials are part of a minority race or ethnic group, according to the estimates/USA Today. More here.

Question: Does the fact that there are more millennials than Baby Boomers concern you?

HucksOnline Blogos: NIC's Wood Enters Elephants' Den

June 25, 2015 - 3:29pm

Christie Wood, chairman of the North Idaho College Board of Trustees, listens to a question from her audience at the weekly Reagan Republican luncheon, while club found Jeff Ward stands in the background. Wood discussed budget, taxes and career technical education during her speech today. At 7 a.m. Friday, Sheriff Ben Wolfinger will address the North Idaho Pachyderm Club at IHOP, just north of I-90/4th St, CdA. (Photo Duane Rasmussen)

PSA: No Pets At Hoopfest

June 25, 2015 - 2:51pm

"If your heading to #Hoopfest2015 leave your pets at home! No pets allowed except for service animals" -- Alyssa Donavan/KXLY tweet.

Question: Should Coeur d'Alene ban pets at major downtown events?

Update: New Sun Dial Placed At McEuen Park This Morning

June 25, 2015 - 2:49pm

Photo Set (3 photos): Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation Director Steve Anthony, right, chats with two kids admiring the new sundial at McEuen Park Thursday. The long-anticipated 21-foot-tall sundial near Fifth Street on Front Avenue was installed Thursday. The art contribution is courtesy of Parkwood Business Properties, which donated $50,000 for the piece. Allied Weldery helped to create the sundial, which was designed by Miller Stauffer Architects. Parks Superintendent Bill Greenwood said signage will soon be place at the site providing a history of sundials and an explanation of how to read the giant time piece/Coeur d'Alene Today. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

CdA Man Faces Manslaughter Count

June 25, 2015 - 2:42pm

A 34-year-old Coeur d’Alene man faces a criminal charge of vehicular manslaughter for the June 7 crash that killed his passenger on a service road north of Athol. Investigators have determined that Dustin W. Harrison was in the driver’s seat of his SUV when it flipped in the forested area of Bonner County, killing his passenger, Damian C. Johnson. Idaho State Police initially reported it was unclear who was driving/Chad Sokol, SR. More here.

Ironman Triathletes To Meet Public

June 25, 2015 - 1:44pm

In this June 30, 2014 Press file photo, the 2014 Ironman Coeur d’Alene champion Andy Potts presents a speech after the top professional male triathletes receive awards. (Coeur d'Alene Press file photo)

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center will host a free Ironman meet and greet event featuring Ironman triathletes from 6-7 p.m. tonight. The public will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Andy Potts, Trevor Wurtele and Heather Wurtele while hearing about their journeys as triathletes. Athletes will gain tips for their next races and will receive personally autographed posters. Experienced athletes and beginners are welcome. Potts is an Olympian who has been a regular podium World Cup winner since 2005. He's won the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 70.3 Ironman World Championship, and more recently added Ironman Champion to his accolades. Trevor has been a consistent podium finisher, winning his first Ironman 70.3 in New Orleans in 2012 and his first full distance Ironman in 2013. Heather has won six Ironman titles and set three course records. She has also won 11 half-Ironman distance races, four of those in 2014 alone, with course records at the Monterey and Oceanside 70.3s. She ended 2014 with a podium finish at the Ironman World Championships/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you met any of the Ironman champs of years past?

IFF Rips Idaho Solons After Ruling

June 25, 2015 - 1:30pm

The Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman on Thursday released the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare: “While many of us today are angry about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare, Idaho lawmakers who supported the insurance exchange are overjoyed. They gave up fighting Obamacare long ago, so they feel vindicated by the court’s ruling. When President Obama says his health care law is here to stay, he can now can thank the Supreme Court, the Idaho Legislature and Gov. Butch Otter for helping with that.” More here.

Question: Did Idaho lawmakers aid and abet today's Supreme Court ruling in favor of Obamacare, by voting to support a state exchange? Or did they see the handwriting on the wall and opt for a palatable solution?

Kootenai County Water Supply In Good Shape

June 25, 2015 - 1:09pm

Despite low snow pack and precipitation along with higher-than-normal temperatures, water usage in the area are not likely to be rationed. (Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Despite a warm, dry winter and spring, water providers in Kootenai County are not too worried about the region's water supplies. Like most cities and water districts throughout the region, Coeur d'Alene draws water from the Rathdrum Prairie -- Spokane Valley Aquifer, which flows at the Idaho/Washington border at a rate of 650,000,000 gallons a day. The city provides water to residents primarily within city limits, and according to Water Superintendent Jim Markley, the city has 18,000 water accounts. "And that's a carefully chosen word," he said. "It includes irrigation accounts - The Coeur d'Alene Resort is one account, and the little old lady down the street living by herself is one account. Basically it's the number of hook-ups we have." The number of accounts translates to approximately 45,000 people. Rationing of water in the Lake City isn't on the radar, he said, and with the condition of the aquifer there is no need to be concerned about that changing anytime soon/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Thoughts?

Aryan Nations Applauds Murders

June 25, 2015 - 1:01pm

The Aryan Nations, whose messages of hate and white superiority have fueled violent crimes and domestic terrorism for decades, is applauding the murderous acts of accused racist killer Dylann Storm Roof. Only hours after the 21-year-old was arrested for brutally shooting nine people at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., Aryan Nations leader Morris Gulett (pictured) offered praise and urged others to follow Roof’s example. “I, for one, am very glad to see young people like Dylan Roof acting like men instead of the old 60’s era hippies stoned on weed and interracial love,” Gulett posted on his web site. “We had better see much more of this type of activism if we ever expect to see our America return to it’s [sic] rightful place in the world and our children grow up in a clean safe healthy enviroment [sic],” Gulett wrote/Bill Morlin, SPLC Hate Watch. More here.

Question: And you were wondered where the Aryan Nations went?

How Wild Waters Went To Ruin

June 25, 2015 - 11:52am

For years, Wild Waters worked to bring people in. Now, the challenge is keeping vandals out. (Inlander photo: Daniel Walters)

The sun bakes the concrete roof of the La Quinta hotel in Coeur d'Alene, where 19-year-old maintenance worker LJ Waldvogel is standing, looking down on the Wild Waters water park below. Nostalgia floods past. A half-dozen years ago, this was where he spent his summers. Back then, his agenda was simple. "Hang around," Waldvogel says. "Chill. Probably sit in the sun for a bit, get a suntan." From here on the roof, you can see the entrance to the "Drop Off" slide he loved, the one that ended in a sudden, stomach-yanking dive. It's been six years since anyone has taken that plunge/Daniel Walters, Pacific Northwest Inlander. More here.

Question: Do you remember hanging out at Wild Waters?

Health Leaders Launch Partnership

June 25, 2015 - 11:16am

Panhandle Health District, Kootenai Health and Heritage Health have announced a joint project called Idaho Health Partners. Through Idaho Health Partners, the three organizations are working together to enhance and expand access to health care for the people in northern Idaho. The partnership is designed to connect patients with primary care providers and community resources. The partnership will officially launch with the opening of a Heritage Health clinic in Post Falls. Starting July 1, the clinic will offer primary care through a Kootenai Health and Heritage Health partnership as well as expanded services including WIC benefits from Panhandle Health District/Idaho Health Partners news release. More here.

AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.25.15

June 25, 2015 - 11:11am
  • 11:44 a.m. Female who is freaking out on cell phone re: threat gets into white Corolla on w/b Sherman Ave/CdA.
  • 11:43 a.m. Child has left day care @ 9600 block of Govt Way/Hayden on foot.
  • 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 24-25 here.
  • 11:16 a.m. Caller reports smell of pot in undisclosed apartment @ 8551 N. Govt Way/Hayden.
  • 11:03 a.m. Driver of silver sedan going w/b in e/b lanes of Northwest Blvd onramp/CdA. Caller was almost hit head on by female driver who was quickly stopped by KCSDeputy.
  • 10:59 a.m. Victim of battery of Westwood Drive last night in KCSO lobby to see deputy.
  • 10:54 a.m. Older male carrying backpack @ s/b H95/Lancaster Ave, Hayden, acted suspicious when offered ride.
  • 10:34 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Heritage House, 1090 W. Park Place, CdA.
  • 10:23 a.m. Caller wants to talk to PFPD officer re: car seats.
  • 9:58 a.m. 9YO male complaining of back pain from rear-end crash @ H41/Prairie Ave, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 9:48 a.m. KCSDeputy stopping to assist pedestrian @ H41/McWilliams Road, Spirit Lake.
  • 9:46 a.m. KCSDeputy stopping to investigate adult male near Garwood Elementary.
  • 9:27 a.m. Officer has female in custody as result of domestic battery case from Wednesday night.
  • 8:37 a.m. Noise complaint called in from 5900 block of Rhode Island St/Spirit Lake.
  • 8:10 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 300 block of Bay St/Post Falls.