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Post Falls Shooting Update Set

July 15, 2014 - 8:50am

The Bonner County Sheriff's Office is holding a press conference Wednesday to provide an update on an officer-involved shooting in Post Falls on June 22. It starts at 10 a.m. at the sheriff's office. The incident began as an attempted traffic stop in Coeur d'Alene, but Marcus Anthony Rael, fled the scene in his pickup truck. Rael's flight from the stop touched off a multi-agency pursuit from Sherman Avenue to Interstate 90. Rael, a 24-year-old from Glendale, Ariz., stopped on the Spokane Street on-ramp in Post Falls and allegedly opened fire on his pursuers. At least 40 shots were fired during the half-hour-long standoff and gun battle, according to a Coeur d'Alene Press report. Rael was injured during the exchange of gunfire and was treated at Kootenai Health/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Bee. More here.

Question: What are you expecting to hear?

ITD OKs Hydroplane Transport Plan

July 15, 2014 - 8:37am

A transportation plan for the 2014 Diamond Cup received approval Monday and the Idaho Transportation Department issued organizers a permit for the Labor Day weekend event. The plan approved by ITD includes the bussing plan to and from the event, signage along the highway in the vicinity of Silver Beach, and the requirements expected of the group for organizing and supervising other aspects of traffic control. "Ironically, the ITD permit is one of the requirements for a marine-event permit set forth by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office," a press release from Diamond Cup organizers said. "Sheriff Ben Wolfinger set a July 1 deadline for the submission of all necessary marine-event permit materials even though he knew that the ITD permit would not be issued until after his deadline." In a letter Monday from Stephanie Hale at ITD to Diamond Cup president Doug Miller, she wrote that the permit is only conditionally approved/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I must be missing something here. Didn't the sheriff say, no? Can anyone figure out what the Diamond Cup organizers are doing by continuing to seek other permits for Labor Day races?

North Idaho Crime Outpaces Boise

July 15, 2014 - 8:31am

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger patrols the streets during recent Coeur d'Alene 4th of July activities. (SR file photo)

North Idaho has the highest crime rate in the state, eclipsing the Boise area, according to the state’s latest crime statistics. It’s a trend that’s been growing in recent years. The Boise area had a much higher crime rate than the Panhandle as recently as 2008, but since then, North Idaho’s rate has surged as the state’s overall crime rates have dropped. “Our guys are working hard and they’re doing a good job, but it’s just trying to keep up is the hard part,” said Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger. One factor: Kootenai County is becoming part of a Spokane-North Idaho metropolitan area, rather than an isolated, more rural area with a seasonal influx of visitors/Betsy Z. Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you feel less safe today in Kootenai County than you did 10 years ago?

Temperatures To Flirt w/100 Degrees

July 15, 2014 - 8:21am

A July heat wave across the Inland Northwest is going to strengthen today through Thursday, keeping temperatures in the 90s and perhaps triple digits. A weak upper-level low pressure area that brought thunderstorms to the region Monday is moving to the east, allowing a persistent high pressure system to rebuild along the West Coast. Monday’s high hit 95 at Spokane International Airport before a thunderstorm cooled the temperature back to the 70s after 5 p.m. ... The forecasted highs for the Spokane airport are 95 today, 98 on Wednesday and 95 on Thursday. ... A high of 100 degrees is expected Wednesday in downtown Spokane. Coeur d’Alene will have highs of 90 today, 95 on Wednesday and 91 on Thursday/Mike Prager, SR. More here.

Question: What do you do to stay cool in heat like this?

Review: 'Planet Of The Apes' Sequel

July 15, 2014 - 8:11am

You'd think that a movie franchise that was born in 1968, had four sequels and a television series, a 2001 reimagining and in 2011 a whole new reboot (featuring James Franco, no less), would have run out of energy by now. Or bananas. Or something. But I have to say, the latest movie version of French writer Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel “La planète des singes” — or, as we have come to know it, “Planet of the Apes” — just may the the best of all. I'll defer the top spot to Franklin J. Schaffner's 1968 original, which worked off a screenplay crafted by Michael Wilson and the great Rod Serling. Yeah, the movie is cheesy, but it has at least two striking moments of originality: when we first see the gorilla on horseback bursting from the thicket, and that finale with Charlton Heston on the beach/Dan Webster, 7 Blog. More here. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp: Andy Serkis portrays Caesar in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes")

Question: Are you a "Planet of the Apes" fan?

This Land Ain't Your Land

July 15, 2014 - 8:01am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Wild Card/Monday -- 7.14.14

July 14, 2014 - 5:22pm

I'm going to suspend the daily Cutline Contest. Seems not many are participating and few are voting for winners. I enjoy it. But I don't want to spend time looking for photos if there isn't much interest in the contest. I appreciate all who have participated. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 7.14.14

July 14, 2014 - 5:21pm

Two men take in a scenic overlook off Trail Ridge Road, above tree-line at Rocky Mountain National Park, west of Estes Park, Colo., earlier today. Lightning killed two people last weekend just miles apart in the popular park, where summer storms can close in quickly with deadly results. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Andrus Recovering From Lung Cancer

July 14, 2014 - 5:12pm

Malignant tumor removed, the former governor says there are no plans for chemotherapy or radiation. Former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus is recuperating at home in Boise after surgery but says he plans to make his annual elk hunt in October. “I’ll be strong enough by then,” Andrus told the Statesman on Monday. “I’m at home recovering, feeling fine. I’m going to be around for a long time.” Andrus said surgeons and a pathologist found no sign of any other cancer after a surgery that lasted over five hours on July 3. “They say it doesn’t look like it’s going to require any further treatment,” he said. Andrus will be 83 on Aug. 25/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: How would you compare Cecil Andrus as governor to Butch Otter?

Study: Biking Tied To Prostate Cancer

July 14, 2014 - 5:08pm

This study analyzed data on 5,282 male cyclists, 16 to 88 years old (average age, 48). All were described as habitual cyclists; some commuted to work on their bikes, some raced as amateurs and others cycled recreationally. About 8 percent reported having erectile dysfunction, 1 percent had an infertility diagnosis and 1 percent had prostate cancer. (The rate was 2 percent among men 50 and older). The more hours a week a man spent cycling, the more likely he was to have prostate cancer. Among men 50 and older, those who biked four to 8.5 hours a week were three times as likely to have prostate cancer as were those who biked less than four hours a week. They were six times as likely if they biked more than 8.5 hours a week. However, time spent cycling was not linked to erectile dysfunction or infertility/Washington Post. More here.

Question: Is this a bike deal breaker for the Men of HBO?

PM Headlines -- 7.14.14

July 14, 2014 - 4:51pm

"She thinks she's a Labrador," said Summer Eddings of Hayden, Iaho as she walks with Ellie, her Teacup Poodle in Hayden earlier today. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Kathy Plonka)

PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.14.14

July 14, 2014 - 4:45pm
  • 4:56 p.m. Resident @ 1600 block of E16th Avenue/Post Falls wants individual trespassed.
  • 4:46 p.m. Post Falls female reports ex-boyfriend cut off power & is refusing to leave her home.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activties report for July 13-14 here.
  • 4:16 p.m. ISP officer is w/driver of semi that has overheated @ H95/Neider (near Holiday station).
  • 4:15 p.m. Clerk @ Exxon quick stop, 1720 NW Blvd, reports 6 young males in tank tops harassed him, using racist language, before leaving in silver vehicle s/b on NW Blvd toward downtown CdA.
  • 3:26 p.m. Road rager on H95/Coeur d'Alene area honking, flipping others off, passing in no-passing zone.
  • 3:18 p.m. Officer on scene on two-vehicle, non-injury accident @ Prairie/Atlas, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 3:14 p.m. Female reports male in red pickup w/Arizona plates grab her in argument over CdA parking spot.
  • 3:07 p.m. Paul Bunyan's on Government Way/Hayden wants drunk male trespassed.
  • 2:45 p.m. 80ish female has been hurt in fall @ 5800 block of Harbor Drive/CdA.
  • 2:26 p.m. 3 injured in T-bone crash near Mountain West Bank, Idaho/Seltice Way, Post Falls; 1 needs ambulance.
  • 2:20 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 17200 block of North Shore Lane/Bayview.
  • 1:57 p.m. Juvenile on ATV is kicking up gravel @ Driftwood/Greensferry, Post Falls.
  • 1:55 p.m. Woman tells CPD that she spent night @ motel after male lover tried to strangle her.
  • 1:48 p.m. Officer asks dispatch to stop train on Rathdrum Prairie, reason unknown.
  • 1:45 p.m. Male @ apartments in 100 block of Miller/CdA reportedly pushed female.
  • 1:32 p.m. Vehicle w/2 flat passenger-side tires disabled near Tireorama/Post Falls after being forced off road.
  • 1:04 p.m. Caller has questions re: lights on boat for night piloting.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Treasurer Crane: Facts Matter

July 14, 2014 - 4:30pm

Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane wrote the following op-ed article for the Lewiston Tribune: "A recent editorial by the Tribune included making false accusations about my service in the Idaho treasurer's office. These claims by my Democrat opponent and the fact that the Tribune's editorial page editor didn't bother to check the facts before he put them in print give those charges no credibility at all. My opponent and her friends in the media keep repeating that the state treasurer lost $19 million of taxpayer money. Not true. Unrealized losses do not amount to realized losses. They only become realized losses when you sell the security/securities in question. A certified public accountant should know that, especially if she is running for office. A biased editorial writer may not know this, but he should at least seek the truth before making unfounded statements. Facts matter." More here.

Question: Do you have misgivings re: performance of four-term Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane?

Task Force Denounces Hate Crime

July 14, 2014 - 2:49pm

Spokeswoman Heather Keen of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe reports that the Idaho Department of Transportation has already replaced the historical market contaminated with racist graffiti. She encourages anyone with information about this incident to call the Idaho State Police or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477. (Courtesy photo: Coeur d'Alene Tribe)

Tony Stewart of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations sent the following letter to the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe re: racist vandalism found on the DeSmet Mission historical marker over the weekend: "It is with great sadness and concern that we have learned about the hate message scrawled on the Coeur d’Alene Tribal historical sign. It is obvious that the perpetrator or perpetrators have engaged in the most hideous form of racism that has emerged from their deep seated bigotry and prejudice. This is clearly a hate crime with the intent to promote anger and hatred directed at the good people of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. It is unfortunately another example to remind us that we still have a challenge in eradicating racism from the world’s society. We condemn and denounce in the strongest terms this act of hatred." Full letter here. (Courtesy photo of vandalism: Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe)

Question: Do you consider the vandalism to the DeSmet Mission historical marker to be a hate crime?

SR News Quiz -- 7.13-18.2014

July 14, 2014 - 2:44pm

How much do you know about Idaho politics, beer gardens at Spokane community events, marijuana sales in Washington  and other news of note? Find out in the weekly Spokesman-Review News Quiz, where you could win two movie tickets or a $50 Davenport Hotel gift card simply by entering. You can take SR News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: All of the above
  • Last week's winners: Joy Jelsing of Mead, Wash. (gift card), and Ken Hee of Spokane (movie tickets).

HBO Blogosphere -- 7.14.14

July 14, 2014 - 2:37pm

Smokey Bear was on hand to pose for photos with participants in the 7th annual Coeur d'Alene Parks Day at the new McEuen Park Saturday. You can see more photos and read more about Parks Day here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of July 6-12): 39,326 page-views/24,615 unique views

Edit: Solons Whiff On Mental Health

July 14, 2014 - 2:22pm

Kootenai County missed out once. If local legislators can briefly trade ideology for reality and follow through with practical solutions, maybe we won't miss out next time. Lack of strong legislative support was instrumental in the state overlooking Coeur d'Alene in funding its first mental health crisis center. The clear front-runner all along, Coeur d'Alene missed out; Idaho Falls will be home to the first such facility. The competition between Boise, Idaho Falls and Coeur d'Alene shouldn't have happened in the first place. At the outset of the 2014 legislative session, Gov. Butch Otter made a strong appeal for $5.1 million to build and staff three such centers, modeled after a highly successful facility in Billings, Mont. There, a center opened in 2006 and, with 20 beds, has proved to be an effective safety net to treat at-risk mentally ill people whose symptoms often land them in hospital emergency rooms or jail cells/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.



July 14, 2014 - 1:45pm

They spread out from the garden
and quiet as a mouse
stretched across the whole backyard --
I fear they'll take our house.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

King Felix To Start All-Star Game

July 14, 2014 - 1:35pm

This combination made from file photos shows Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, left, and St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright. Hernandez will start Tuesday night's All-Star game for the American League and Wainwright will open for the National League. (AP Photo)

Question: Do you plan to watch any part of Major League Baseball's All-Star game Tuesday?

CPD Seeks Jitterz Coffee Hut Robber

July 14, 2014 - 1:32pm

Coeur d'Alene Police Detectives are investigating a robbery of The Jitterz coffee stand in the 2800 block of Government Way on Friday between 5:55 p.m. and 6 p.m. The suspect is described as a white male, early 20s, 5-Foot-8 to 5-foot-9, very skinny build, white T-shirt and blue jean shorts. The suspect male entered the coffee stand through the entrance/exit door. Once inside the coffee stand the suspect male ordered the two female employees to the ground and stated "this is a robbery, I have a gun." No weapon was displayed as the suspect had a black shirt over his right hand and was pointing it toward the female employees. The suspect attempted to open the cash register, but was unsuccessful. He then took an unknown amount of cash from the tip container/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene police photo)