My cherry red Pontiac LeMans veered erratically as Derek studied the map, while steering with his knee. Finally, he tossed it in the backseat. “We’ll figure it out,” he said.
“OK,” I replied. “But if we don’t see Mickey by nightfall, you’re going to regret not taking that left at Canada.”
That was 26 years ago. I’m pleased to tell you that road trips have changed. My husband is even more pleased.
Recently, we traveled to Olympia for a wedding. Somewhere outside of Ellensburg, I programmed our destination into my GPS.
Longtime readers of this column may remember that Derek bought me my first GPS five years ago. Prior to that when lost out on an assignment, I’d call his office and ask questions like; “I’m on the Moran Prairie. Am I in Idaho?” Or, “What happened to the rest of F street?” Read more. Cindy Hval, SR
How often do you use a GPS?
Bloom, Groat and the child were inside Groat's Hattie Avenue home when Thomas Heinbaugh's vehicle drove through the walls of the house.
Heinbaugh, now 29, was found guilty in court of leaving the scene of an injury accident, for which he was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. He was also found guilty of aggravated DUI and sentenced to 8 years, six months, with 18 months fixed.
According to the Idaho Department of Corrections online offender search, Heinbaugh is currently an inmate at the Nampa Community Work Center. He will be eligible in September for parole for the aggravated DUI charge. Full story. Maureen Dolan, CdA Press
“Based on the intelligence that we had obtained at the time, including hundreds of hours of surveillance, we believed that this was an al-Qaida compound, that no civilians were present and that capturing these terrorists was not possible,” Obama said in remarks from the White House. “And we do believe that the operation did take out dangerous members of al-Qaida.”
Among the al-Qaida operatives believed killed in the strike was American Ahmed Farouq, who the White House says was an al-Qaida leader. U.S. officials have also concluded that Adam Gadahn, an American who had served as a spokesman for the terror network, was killed in a separate operation in January. Read more.
The dog fight occurred between the woman's female husky and her granddaughter's female German shepherd/heeler mix in the 100 block of West Crestview Drive.
The grandmother and her granddaughter tried to pull the German shepherd's mouth off of the husky's neck, and the German shepherd bit the grandmother's thumb and the granddaughter's fingers, the police report states.
The granddaughter, who suffered cuts on her left thumb and right ring finger, then separated her dog from the husky and put it in the garage.
The granddaughter told police on Wednesday that her grandmother's thumb could not be reattached, so the skin had to be pulled over the knuckle area where it was removed.
It is unknown what caused the two dogs to fight, the report states.
The husky was taken to a veterinarian to be treated for its injuries. The German shepherd was taken to the Post Falls animal shelter for quarantine. There's no record of rabies vaccination on either dog, the report states. CdA Press
Have you ever tried to break up a dog fight?
RATHDRUM – After her daughter was born, Cory Campbell had lots of questions.
Baby Arya was crying. Was she hungry or just fussy?
She was running a fever. Should Campbell take her to the doctor?
Was she eating enough? Gaining the right amount of weight?
Through the Panhandle Health District’s Nurse-Family Partnership program, Campbell has a confidante and mentor to help guide her. Becky Kramer, SR
The Federal Aviation Administration recently began to permit commercial drones, creating a large opening for industry to start taking advantage of the systems for farming and other uses.
In Star, Idaho, Advanced Aviation Solutions – known as ADAVSO – is providing such services for local businesses in partnership with Empire. The companies have started to contract the service out to agricultural entities. Personal use of drones is still allowed, but farmers and others cannot use drones for commercial purposes unless they have the special permit obtained by companies like Empire. It is the only company in Idaho and the 13th nationally to obtain the permission. Full story.
OUTDOOR SKILLS -- Idaho college students have proved they can shoot, call game and find their way with the best of them.
The University of Idaho Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society brought home top honors from the Western Student Conclave, one of five regional events held annually across the U.S. and Canada.
The event, held recently at Texas A&M in Kingsville, Texas, is a three-day competition of skills in telemetry, orienteering, plant and animal identification, fly fishing, skeet shooting, game calling, photography and more. Read more. Rich Landers, Outdoors Blog
Their decision comes after Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter vetoed legislation that would have banned all instant horse racing machines in Idaho and instructed the commission to enforce the suspension. Known as instant horse racing, the machines allow bettors to place wages on prior horse races with no identifiable information. Idaho lawmakers approved legalizing the machines in 2013. However, some lawmakers and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe have since argued that that the machines are cleverly-disguised slot machines. Roughly 250 machines are currently installed at three race tracks in Idaho. Otter has also requested an investigation of the legality of the machines.
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