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Daily North Idaho wildfire report

Huckleberries Blog - August 27, 2015 - 4:07pm

You can read the latest information from the USFS, Dept of Lands & Coeur d'Alene Tribe re: North Idaho wildfires here. The excerpt for the Tower Fire in the Priest Lake area is below:

Tower Fire (Kansu Complex includes areas in Washington and Idaho.  Complex= 13,854 acres. Includes Baldy, Grease Creek, Onata Creek and Tower) ICT (Kurth) Tower Fire is 12,921 acres on the Idaho Panhandle NF and is all within Washington state. 10% containment.  The fire started on the Colville NF and is visible from Priest Lake. Area Command is in place for fires in the Colville National Forest (NF). Colville NF is managing the fire with guidance from Idaho Panhandle NF fire management. Fire personnel:701 on complex. The Tower Fire has reached, but not crossed, the Cee Cee Ah Road. South of Brown’s Lake, The Tower Fire was very active yesterday. The containment percentage increased despite fire activity. Some of the more active areas were on Pyramid Pass and around Brown’s Lake. Firefighters made significant use of retardant drops in these areas late in the day.  Closures and evacuations remain in effect.  Fire Information is 907-750-1639. towerfireinfo@gmail.com Kaniksu . Community Meetings: Friday, Aug. 28, 2015-7:30 pm at Camas Center Gym  and Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 7:30 pm at Priest River Elementary School.

Renfro referenced white supremacists in interview after arrest in shooting of CdA officer - Thu, 27 Aug 2015 PST

The Spokesman Review - August 27, 2015 - 3:59pm
Jonathan Daniel Renfro told police detectives he was out looking for a car to steal and “to collect money on behalf of white supremacists from Native Americans” the night he allegedly fatally shot Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore, according to testimony in court today.

Paul blames feds for region's wildfires

Huckleberries Blog - August 27, 2015 - 3:55pm

When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) landed in (Spokane) eastern Washington yesterday, a light brown haze and a smell of smoke permeated the air. His plane landed with the warning that the raging forest fires of the Pacific Northwest had limited visibility. Signs along the roads warned of the fire danger, or thanked the firefighters who'd come from as far as Australia and Massachusetts to battle the blazes. Paul saw the heavy, stumblebum hand of government at work. "Justice Brandeis said that the most cherished of rights among civilized people is the right to be left alone," Paul said to an audience of around 700 people in Spokane. "I think if you were left alone, you might manage your forests a little bit better"/David Weigel, Washington Times. More here.

Seriously?

Tweet: Renfro tied to racists?

Huckleberries Blog - August 27, 2015 - 3:42pm
  • 3:34 p.m. Jonathan Renfro preliminary hearing wraps up for day. To resume Wednesday for closing arguments and judge's decision.
  • 3:33 p.m. "I was feeling scared, trapped and concerned" Renfro told detectives, and said he acted without thinking.
  • 3:31 p.m. Renfro's lawyer asks about part of police interview where Renfro states he shot #SgtMoore only after officer put his hand on service gun.
  • 3:25 p.m. Renfro also told detectives he found #SgtMoore to be "nice and respectful" during their interaction, before the officer was shot in mouth.
  • 3:23 p.m. When asked why he shot #SgtMoore, Jonathan Renfro told detectives "Fear" of "having a gun in my damn pocket," records state.
  • 3:21 p.m. At first Renfro denied shooting #SgtMoore, but admitted doing it when detective told him a body cam video captured the act, records state.
  • 3:18 p.m. Renfro also said in police interview he was out looking to steal a car, and had a ski mask and gun on him when #SgtMoore stopped him.
  • 3:17 p.m. Jonathan Renfro told police he was out night of #SgtMoore shooting to "collect money on behalf of white supremacists from Native Americans."
  • 2:08 p.m. Jonathan Renfro's interview with investigators lasted about 2 hours morning of #SgtMoore shooting. Renfro waived Miranda rights, police say.
  • 2:04 p.m. Judge allows Jonathan Renfro's police interview video and transcript to be entered into evidence in #SgtMoore homicide hearing.
  • 11:59 a.m. Morning testimony in Jonathan Renfro preliminary hearing details severity of trauma to #SgtMoore and recovery of 2 guns and ammo near arrest.
  • 10:55 a.m. Dr. William Ganz says #SgtMoore had little neurological response in ER and was confirmed brain dead by 2:30 pm on day of shooting.

High Wind Watch - Expires: 8:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - August 27, 2015 - 3:30pm
High Wind Watch for Kootenai County in effect until 8:00 PM PDT on August 29, 2015

ADA accessible ramp dedicated at Independence Point

CdA City Blog - August 27, 2015 - 3:22pm

from left: Jon Ingalls, Panhandle Kiwanis, Dave Kilburg, Kiwanis president, Virgil Edwards, of the Disability Action Center, Coeur d’Alene parks and recreation director Steve Anthony, Jeffrey Mahon with the Sunrise Rotary. Seated, Michelle Porter, left, and Don Waddell.
Thanks to generous donations from the Panhandle Kiwanis, Sunrise Rotary and Avista Utilities, a wheelchair-accessible ramp leading to the water at Independence Point will soon be installed. Project cost is $14,000 and made possible by these organizations.
“This will allow people that couldn’t get into the water to enjoy the lake with the families to have access,” said Virgil Edwards of the Disability Action Center. “It provides another level of independence.”
Two ramps will provide access to the lake, according to parks and recreation director Steve Anthony. One will run into the water and the other along the shoreline.
Top, from left: Jon Ingalls, Panhandle Kiwanis, Dave Kilburg, Kiwanis president, Virgil Edwards, of the Disability Action Center, Coeur d’Alene parks and recreation director Steve Anthony, Jeffrey Mahon with the Sunrise Rotary. Seated, Michelle Porter, left, and Don Waddell.
Bottom: Michelle Porter.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 8.27.15

Huckleberries Blog - August 27, 2015 - 2:55pm

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City recognizes 610 years of public service

CdA City Blog - August 27, 2015 - 2:53pm


Steve Anthony, right, is congratulated by Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. Center is city administrator Jim Hammond. At left is the city’s human resources director Melissa Tosi.
From 5 years to an impressive 40 years, city of Coeur d’Alene employees on Thursday recognized the milestones of numerous public servants who dedicate their time to make the city a better place to live. During a lunch at the Avista Pavilion at McEuen Park, long-time employees were recognized for their service. The city’s longest-serving employee, parks and recreation director Steve Anthony, was congratulated for his 40 years of service with the city.

Thursday as of Aug. 27 2:49 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - August 27, 2015 - 2:49pm
Thursday - Mainly clear. Lows overnight in the upper 50s.

Thursday Night as of Aug. 27 2:49 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - August 27, 2015 - 2:49pm
Thursday Night - Clear to partly cloudy. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low 58F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday as of Aug. 27 2:49 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - August 27, 2015 - 2:49pm
Friday - Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High 87F. ESE winds shifting to SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Review: Bobby Kennedy Vs Hoffa

Huckleberries Blog - August 27, 2015 - 2:40pm

As the smoke filled Windy Bay on Lake Coeur d’ Alene this week, allergies, the likes of which I have not yet experienced, came along with it. It soon became clear that going outside made the condition about a thousand times worse, and that my best bet was to stay indoors with the doors shut. Along with the continuing work on my novel in progress, I sought escape in the pages of Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa, by James Neff. While fiction fills most of my days, I switch to non-fiction often. I am drawn to history and the history of the sixties and seventies, has always been of particular fascination. For one thing, the period is dramatic, and for another, I have been intrigued by the players/Elizabeth Smythe Brinton. More here.

Question: Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction books? Please explain your answer.

Eighteen miles of Salmon River closed due to wildfire, rafters being pulled off river - Thu, 27 Aug 2015 PST

The Spokesman Review - August 27, 2015 - 2:30pm
Rafters are being pulled off the Salmon River in Idaho in an unprecedented nearly 18-mile river closure upstream from Riggins due to the approaching Tepee Springs Fire.

Current Conditions : 86.0F, Clear - 2:22 PM PDT Aug. 27

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - August 27, 2015 - 2:22pm
Temperature: 86.0°F | Humidity: 20% | Pressure: 30.03in (Rising) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: SSW | Wind Speed: 1.3mph

UI footballers steal from VandalStore

Huckleberries Blog - August 27, 2015 - 1:57pm

Multiple University of Idaho football players took nearly $400 worth of clothing from the UI VandalStore on Aug. 16, but bookstore officials declined to press charges after UI football coach Paul Petrino returned the items the same day, according to a report from the Moscow Police Department. According to the report, received through a Daily News public records request, VandalStore manager Scott McDonald contacted police following the incident, which took place when the bookstore was closed to the public and open only to the football team. McDonald told police “he noticed several clothes hangers empty” and “watched video of the area of where the hangers were located and saw approximately three males stealing clothing”/SR. More here.

Question: Are you still proud of the Vandals?

At the Fair

Huckleberries Blog - August 27, 2015 - 1:54pm

Fairgoers watch trainer Xania Alexandra and a seal lion performing at the North Idaho Fair Wednesday, the first day of the fair. The three seal lions, kept in two large pools by the stage, performed for the standing-room-only crowd. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Paul: Gummint should mind own biz

Huckleberries Blog - August 27, 2015 - 1:32pm

Rand Paul told a crowd of just over 300 at Boise State University today that at a recent barbecue, the guy ahead of him was taking two plates of food, so he advised him he wasn’t going to live long eating like that. “He said well, my granddad lived to 105,” Paul said. Paul said he responded that he didn’t live to 105 eating like that. “He said, ‘No, he lived to be 105 by minding his own business.’” Amid laughter, Paul said, “Sometimes I think we could sum up our political philosophy by saying we want a government that minds its own business”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

A book in need of a title

Huckleberries Blog - August 27, 2015 - 1:22pm

On Facebook, Cindy announces the start of a second book:

Drumroll please! I did it! Last night I officially started writing my second book. Can't remember the last time I was so excited about a project! The book will be a memoir-ish collection of my Front Porch columns and other pieces I've written over the years. Sections include: Me vs. Technology, Loss and Life Lessons, So Many Babies, Furry Friends, Living With Men, School Daze, Holiday Magic, Family Fun, The Terrible Teens, Growing Up etc. What I need is a TITLE! Suggestions so far:

  • Put the Seat Down! (And other things I've said 1,345 times)
  • Boy Crazy
  • Queen of the Castle
  • No Girls Allowed (Except Me)

What do you think? Please feel free to offer your suggestions. David Townsend came up with War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation! Hoping for another great title.

Question: Anyone have a good idea for a title for Cindy's 2nd book?

Doctor describes Moore's injury, death

Huckleberries Blog - August 27, 2015 - 12:39pm

Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore was given a series of neurological tests in the Kootenai Health emergency room after he was shot in the mouth May 5. Almost all of the exams showed him unresponsive, according to this morning’s testimony of Dr. William Ganz, a neurological surgeon called to the hospital that morning to examine Moore in the trauma room. “He didn’t respond at all” to some of the initial tests, Ganz said, except for a few spontaneous breaths and a little gagging on his breathing tube. Ganz, of Neurosurgery and Spine Northwest, was the first witness to take the stand in the second day of Jonathan Daniel Renfro’s preliminary hearing. Renfro, 27, is charged with first-degree murder in the early morning shooting of Moore, who was on patrol in northwest Coeur d’Alene/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Thursday as of Aug. 27 11:50 AM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - August 27, 2015 - 11:50am
Thursday - Plentiful sunshine. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High 89F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.