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Hump Day Wild Card — 9.17.14

We're experiencing another gorgeous fall day in viewtiful Coeur d'Alene. I haven't been riding my bike to work because it's a tad cold in the mornings. But I regret that decision about this time of the day. I unwind during my ride home from work. I need to toughen up a bit. How deep into the fall do you ride your bike? While you're pondering that question, I'll post today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 9.17.14

A boy shows unexploded hand grenade in the village of Novosvitlivka, eastern Ukraine, Monday. The village was severely damaged during fighting between government troops and the separatist rebels that eventually took control there in late August. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Most Commented Stories — 9.17.14

The posts that received the most comments today are: “Arfee: It ain't over (12 comments),” and: “Coeur d'Alene: Idaho's most dangerous town (11 comments).”

Top Comment Today — Sisyphus

Sisyphus (RE: Speaker: We've taught men to rape): Yup. It's the boys will be boys mentality. Slut shaming. We objectify women and them blame them for men acting out on their urges, like it's the woman's fault. Treating rape victims as perpetrators. We even blame women who were drunk for getting raped, when there's no possible way she can consent in that condition. We ensconce it in public policy, denying birth control for women while making sure viagra is covered by insurance. Worse, society encourages men to have sex as soon as possible yet women must be chaste. I don't think that create's a “man”. A man respects a woman and would never contemplate sex without mutual respect.

Cutline Contest — 9.17.14

Time 2 Vote …

The Facts: Washington Nationals outfielders Steven Souza (21) and Bryce Harper, right, are shown in the dugout before facing the Atlanta Braves Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Tuesday Winner — Wadittman, with 5 likes: “Sen Patty Murray takes an aggressive approach to questioning the Joint Chiefs at today's hearing.” You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.17.14

  • 5:32 p.m. Non-injury accident reported @ Ramsey Road/Kathleen Avenue/CdA.
  • 5:15 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report Sept. 12-17 here.
  • 5:06 p.m. A tree & debris is lying in both lanes of e/b I-90/MP 11 (NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 5:04 p.m. A male has been missing from Summerfield Loop/Hayden for two hours.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 16-17 here.
  • 4:32 p.m. Someone has suffered trauma injury near Mobile station @ 508 Northwest Blvd/CdA.
  • 4:28 p.m. Property owner on Bellerive/Riverstone reports male w/bow hunting on his property w/o permission.
  • 4:18 p.m. Caller reports Road Rager pulled switchblade after he'd followed him to his home on 2nd Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 3:46 p.m. Deputy wants mother to come for boy who was carrying .22 rifle and handgun.
  • 3:02 p.m. Motorist reports truck @ w/b I-90/Stateline smells like fish & wonders if it is carrying the same chemical that caused the freeway to be shut down for hours when it leaked over the weekend.
  • 2:50 p.m. Injury accident reported @ Canfield/Government Way, CdA.
  • 2:35 p.m. CPD officer fields complaint re: Coeur d'Alene man chopping wood in town & wonders if the man is chopping to late into evening — or is currently chopping wood.
  • 2:29 p.m. Possible unattended death on Silverado Street/Rathdrum; 46YO female lying face down, cold to the touch.
  • 2:03 p.m. Possible violation of domestic restraining order reported on Melrose/Hayden.
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PM Headlines — 9.17.14

Gov. Butch Otter, center, huddles with former Idaho lieutenant governor Jack Riggs and Sandy Patano at the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Hagadone Events Center. Otter presented an “Address to the Business Community” during the event. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Otter Addresses Chamber Luncheon

A large Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce audience listens as Gov. Butch Otter gives an “Address to the Business Community” during the lunch hour at the Hagadone Event Center at the Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Burglar Steals Wife’s Ashes From Man

Jimmy Holmes of Coeur d'Alene learned how low someone will go after discovering Sunday that his RV had been burglarized. The thief took a new impact gun, a cordless drill, saws, three batteries, a battery charger, Jimmy's Black Hills gold wedding ring — and his late wife's ashes. The RV had been parked at Coles Towing, 5920 Government Way. Sometime between 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a burglar entered the back door of the RV and stole the items, according to a Kootenai County deputy's report. Adding insult to injury, the thief took Jimmy's size 12 wedding ring (with a purple amethyst stone in the center and green and rose gold leaves surrounding it). From a cabinet, the thief stole a wooden box, covered in bule felt or velvet, which contained a small urn with the ashes of Jimmy's late wife. Also stolen were Jimmy military ID card which had his Social Security number on it. There are currently now suspects in the theft.

Speaker: We’ve Taught Men To Rape

The problem with sexual assaults on college campuses is most people don't realize when they are actually taking place. That is the argument Dr. Keith Edwards, a national speaker on diversity, social justice and college men's issues, and founder the prevention organization Men Ending Rape, made at a presentation Tuesday night at the University of Idaho during the UI Campus Safety Week. “The problem is the miseducation of hook-ups and sexual encounters,” he said. “We have literally taught men how to rape people and not call it that.” According to statistics referenced in his presentation, 1 in 4 college women report surviving rape or attempted rape, and 84 percent of those women knew their attacker personally/Samantha Malott, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the speaker's premises — that our culture has taught men to rape and not call it that?

House OKs Arming Rebels Vs. ISIS

The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic state militants. The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near ceaseless partisanship. Top Republican and Democratic leaders backed the plan seven weeks before midterm elections, while dozens of rank and file lawmakers in both parties opposed it/Associated Press. More here.

Question: So let me get this straight. We train and arm not-to-friendly Syrian rebels in order to fight mega-bad guys ISIS, right? Does that mean USA & Syria will be BFFs should the rebels prevail over ISIS?

Owl Be Seeing You

A great horned owl keeps a watchful eye near the shore of Long Lake just below Suncrest, Washington, on Tuesday. This predator feeds on birds, frogs and small mammals like rabbits and mice. It’s one of the most common owls in North America. (SR Photo: Colin Mulvany)

Restoring Order In Athol

Order is gradually being restored at Athol City Hall, the town's mayor said. “It's nice to have a breather,” said Mayor Darla Kuhman, referring to a series of developments this summer, including an embezzlement case, a recall effort and recent new hires. Lori Yarbrough, who formerly worked at the Idaho Department of Labor in Post Falls, has been appointed as the new city clerk. She replaces Sally Hansen, who was fired in July and is a person of interest in an embezzlement case involving city funds. Hansen had served as Athol's clerk since 2009. … Tamie Cunningham, who served as the clerk while Hansen's replacement was sought, will stay at the city as a deputy clerk/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: OK, that's not my headline. It tops the Press article. And amuses me. It goes to show that you have to be careful writing headlines when dealing with the town of Athol. Correct? (I'm saying this as one who recently wrote the headline on HucksOnline: “Megaload stops near Athol.”

Labrador Against Arming Rebels

Congressman Raul Labrador voted in the minority against legislation to provide aid and training to BFF Syrian rebels in their fight with ISIS. Here's Labrador's statement after the vote:

“Like all Americans, I am outraged and saddened by the murder of two Americans by ISIS. I would support a targeted operation to hunt down the killers and win justice for the victims and their families. Instead, the president has engaged in a broad intervention without congressional approval and sought authority to arm Syrian rebels whose primary interest is removing President Assad. As I warned last year, regime change could lead to a worse outcome for America. While Assad is a brutal dictator, I still believe backing rebels allied with al-Qaeda and on the same side as ISIS in this civil war likely would bring to power even worse elements in Syria. Our focus should not be on resolving an age-old religious civil war, but on bringing to justice those who took the lives of our citizens.”

Question: Do you support/oppose Congressman Labrador's position on arming/training Syrian rebels?

Where Young People Go To Retire

I'm a huge Portland fan. I love to hang out at street fairs or the Saturday market to watch people, esp. the young ones who seem to have been teleported from the 1960s. Amy Dearest and Okie Doke want Mrs. O & me to retire and move their. I'm not sure I could rock the counterculture vibe 24/7/365. The Rose City is great in small doses, as a counterbalance to the Far Right cultural influence in most of North Idaho. Why am I telling you all this? The New York Times has published an article about the town where young people go to retire, including: “The city has nearly all the perks that economists suggest lead to a high quality of life — coastlines, mountains, mild winters and summers, restaurants, cultural institutions and clean air. … Portland also has qualities that are less tangible but still likely to attract young people these days, like a politically open culture that supports gay rights and the legalization of marijuana — in addition to the right of way for unicyclists or the ability to marry in a 24/7 doughnut shop.” More here. (AP File Photo: Actor Fred Armisen, left, and actress Carrie Brownstein from TV series, “Portlandia”)

Question: Do you think you could live in Portland?

Patty Duke’s ‘Don’t Just Stand There’

Herb Huseland, the Bayview sleuth, has found video of Coeur d'Alene's favorite actress Patty Duke, as a teen-ager, singing her 1960s hit, “Don't Just Stand There.”

DFO: Gracious! I was listening to Patty (Anna Marie) Duke sing “Don't Just Stand There” 50 years ago. On Thursday, I watched her on an Internet video for Social Security showing Americans how to sign up for Medicare coverage before their 65th birthday. I followed suit. Also, I read her autobiography, “Call Me Anna,” which describes her battle with manic depression. I guess I'm a fan. How about you?

$1B: Voter-OK’d Levy Bill Since 2007

Since July 1, 2007, Idaho’s school districts have backfilled their budgets with more than $1 billion in supplemental property tax levies, Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News report. These short-term, voter-approved levies – property tax increases – have steadily grown over that time period; 91 of Idaho’s 115 school districts had a supplemental levy on the books in 2013-14, up from 59 districts in 2006-07, the budget year that ended on June 30, 2007. Richert reports that the growth of the supplemental levies occurred as the state was cutting K-12 funding, and using money from the federal economic stimulus package to pick up some of the slack; but the locally passed supplemental levies replaced only a fraction of the money cut from state funding/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you see what the governor's office and the Idaho Legislature has done here?

Idaho’s Own Political Dynasty

I’ve been watching the Ken Burns’ series on the Roosevelts. They were the most influential American political dynasty of the twentieth century, which is something when you consider that we also had the Kennedys and the Bushes. But Idaho has had its own political dynasty. A family that, by nearly any measure, has been the most influential political family in Idaho’s relatively brief history. Even those who have heard of it are generally not aware of its extent. It is a family tree that, examined in detail, includes such notables as Governors Robert Smylie and Cecil Andrus and Senator Frank Church. It is also a family that, while heavily Democratic, also includes some influential Republicans. The tree begins with the arrival of Joseph Addison Clark in Idaho in 1885/Martin Peterson, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Where you aware of Idaho's political dynasty?

Pick 6: Shadle Park Vs. Lake City

Greg Lee (pictured), the region's veteran prep sports scribe, and sports director Sam Adams of KHQ/SWX are back at it again this week, as they match wits in predicting this weekend's high school football games. The two see Coeur d'Alene High rolling over Moses Lake. But they're split on the Shadle Park visit to Lake City High. Greg has the T-Wolves winning by 2 in a high-scoring shootout. Sam has Shadle Park winning by 3. Here's what they say about the game:

  • Lee: This could be a donnybrook and the best game in the region the first three weeks of the season. Both teams have skill players, and Lake City has the best speed. It’s Shadle quarterback Brett Rypien vs. the Timberwolves’ speed. Neither team will be able to stop the other. LC 50, Shadle 48.
  • Adams: Lake City has never seen a quarterback like Brett Rypien. Anyone who lives in CdA knows I’ve been on board with LC for the last few years, but for some reason I can’t shake the feeling that the Highlanders will win in a high-scoring shootout. Shadle 52, LC 49.

Greg and Sam offer their predictions for six area games here. You can see a video of them discussing the Pick 6 games here.

Post-It’s For Parking

In her daily post, Marianne Love/Slight Detour writes: “I'm thinking these Post-It Notes for Parking Lots could solve a lot of problems among those of us entering senility and especially those who may have plunged in long ago.”

“Aw, no! I was gonna write down what the aisle where I parked,” the lady announced to nobody in particular as I walked out the door of Wal-Mart yesterday. With a look of confusion and concern, she began walking beside me. I felt empathy for the poor lady but also a sense of inner pride. “I always park near the shopping-cart racks,” I announced smugly, as she continued walking and talking next to me. She mumbled something and then took off to the left as I happily spied my car–-this rare time NOT near the shopping-cart rack/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: How do you keep track of where you park your vehicle in spacious parking lots?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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