Back Story: Erica left area for Billings at 5:30 a.m. for a heifer sale. Earlier she'd written than Montana temperatures “make here look tropical. Coveralls packed. Sorrels packed. Wool everything packed. Why do I like pretending I'm a rancher? Because it's the best, even when arctic air hits cow country.” She couldn't find tire help in Thompson Falls. So she limped to Missoula Les Schwab minus a trailer tire. Posts Erica: “At least it's a balmy 9 degrees.” She eventually made it to Manhattan (minus-4) and then to Billings.
Question: When did you last have a road trip in which you had vehicle problems?
My son in Florida told me yesterday that the temperatures at his ranchette hovered around 79 degrees. However, it gets a little chilly when a breeze kicks up. Yeah, he had read about the arctic blast that will officially chill us to the bone Friday night and Saturday morning — and was rubbing it in. Then, I visited him in August when the temperatures in Florida were 90 degrees with 95 percent humidity. You can always put on another sweatshirt. But you can only take off so much clothes before being hauled off by the gendarmes. With that happy thought, I'll post today's Wild Card …
Aerial view of Four Corners area, with Memorial Field, City Park and Coeur d'Alene North flanking three sides.
Armed with input from more than 30 user groups, officials are poised to take the next step toward transforming the western gateway into Coeur d’Alene along Northwest Boulevard into a more pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically pleasing corridor. Following a series of community meetings over the past several months involving state, federal and local entities, the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission next month will hold an open house to share the ideas gathered to improve the so-called Four Corners area. Though not yet clearly defined, Four Corners generally stretches along Northwest Boulevard from Riverstone on the north end nearly to Independence Point near downtown/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.
Question: Can anyone tell me where the name Four Corners came from?
From coordinating producer Debbie Lamb of C-SPAN:
“C-SPAN’s Coeur d’Alene Weekend is here! Highlighted below is the programming that will air throughout this weekend. Mayor Bloem’s segment will kickoff Coeur d’Alene Weekend this Friday—airing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal (between 4-7 a.m. PST). In addition to having the below pieces sprinkled in throughout the weekend on the respective networks, both AHTV and BOOK TV will have a block of programming where ALL of the respective Coeur d’Alene pieces for their networks will air. C-SPAN2’s Book TV (9 a.m. Saturday) and C-SPAN3’s American History TV (AHTV) (2 p.m. Sunday PST). We have created a special “Coeur d’Alene” city web page at www.c-span.org/LocalContent/CoeurdAlene You can also visit www.c-span.org/LocalContent. The website will be live Friday, giving you an opportunity to view the segments before they air!” C-SPAN schedule/segments on Coeur d'Alene here.
Question: It's nice to have media heavy hitters paying attention to Coeur d'Alene.OTOH, it attracts more people here. That's why I have mixed emotions about this exposure. How about you?
In this May 8, 1996, AP file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, center, applauds along with his two deputy presidents, Thabo Mbeki, left, and F.W. de Klerk, after a new constitution was approved by the Constitutional Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma said today that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Argus, Leon Muller, File)
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died on Thursday, the government announced, leaving the nation without its moral center at a time of growing dissatisfaction with the country’s leaders. “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” President Jacob Zuma said in a televised address on Thursday night, adding that Mr. Mandela had died at 8:50 p.m. local time. “His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him our love”/New York Times. More here.
Michael D. Morehead, a Coeur d'Alene man who was previously listed as a missing person, was found dead today by a Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office’s Volunteer Search & Rescue K9 search team. He was found a short distance from his truck. At this time, the case is being investigated as a suicide. Next of kin were notified/Lt. Stu Miller, Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.
Long-time city employee Melissa Tosi has accepted an offer to serve as Human Resources Director (HR), effective immediately. Melissa has been serving as Coeur d’Alene’s interim HR Director since September 30th. For the past 13 years, she has been the department’s Human Resources Assistant. “I’m thrilled for the city to have someone with the experience and knowledge that Melissa has lead our Human Resources Department,” said Mayor Sandi Bloem. “HR plays a huge role in the selection process of new employees and this is an especially important time for the city with many important positions to fill”/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.
The online alerts have been buzzing this week with news of a northern hawk owl hanging out out around Moscow — a rare sighting that's attracting life-listing birdwatchers from around the region. The hawk owl was still there this morning, according to this post from Kirsten Dahl: The Northern Hawk-Owl is still present as of 7:30 am this morning. It is perched on top of a bush just east of the Hwy 8/Blaine intersection, along the bike trail.
The photo above is by Moscow birder Terry Gray. More from Rich Landers/SR Outdoors blog here.
Question: Do you like watching birds? Which type of bird is your favorite?
After my meeting Wednesday morning in Coeur d'Alene, Kerri Thoreson drove out to Higgens Point on Lake Coeur d'Alene to see if any eagles were out and about. Kerri posts on Facebook: “The thick fog on the lake made it a challenge for them to see the salmon from the air and for me to see them fishing. But I did get one of a low flying eagle who came from behind where I was standing on the shore. In the 15 minutes or so I watched there were 8-10 eagles soaring off in the distance.”
Question: Have you been out to see the eagles yet?
JohnA: Today we said goodbye to our good friend, George, who passed away earlier in the week. As I posted a few weeks ago his health has been in decline for the past year, as he battled the effects of the Agent Orange he suffered from Vietnam, and now both Deena and I are without our friend. In the end, George paid the last full measure of devotion to his country, some 40 years after his service. Rest in peace, buddy.
Question: Do you know someone who is suffering from the effects of Agent Orange after being exposed during the Vietnam War?
Question: Care to fill in the possible back story?
On his Facebook wall, Bruce Twitchell posts: “After exercising this morning at the KROC, while waiting for a cabana, I overheard one guy tell another that he was feeling stupid for leaving socks at home, and he was wearing a suit to work with no socks. I laughed to myself, a little schadenfreude. Although things were not so funny when I finished my shower and realized I forgot a towel. DOH! Paper towel, paper towel, paper towel, etc.”
Question: Have you experienced something similar?
A baby of palm cockatoos, also known as the Goliath Cockatoo, is presented at the Zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, earlier today. It is the first of its kind that was born in Czech Republic and the first baby palm cockatoo in Europe since 2010. It was born on Oct. 1 and remains nameless until the gender is known. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Question: What is the oddest pet that you've owned?
Two Priest Lake cabin owners have been outbid for the right to keep their leases on the state land under their lake cabins, meaning they’ll lose them, and the successful bidders will have to pay them for the appraised value of the improvements. Denver resident Peter Mounsey was the successful bidder for a cabin site that had been held by Jan Nunemaker in the Powerline subdivision; he bid $2,000, while she bid only the minimum $1,000 to keep the lease. Mounsey will have to pay Nunemaker the $38,500 appraised value of her cabin. He also had to pay the first year’s rent for the ground, $22,880, to the state in advance/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Too bad, so sad?
A 47-year-old Vancouver man was killed in a collision on I-205 Northbound Wednesday afternoon. The man's wife, who follows scanner traffic with her Twitter account, happened to be live tweeting about the crash as she learned that her own husband was the one who died. According to police, Craig Johnson died when his Honda crossed the grassy media near Padden Parkway and entered the southbound lanes of I-205 and collided with a Toyota pickup. The driver of the pickup, a 50-year-old woman from Tacoma, was transported to SW Peace Health with serious injuries/KGW. More here (including live tweets of wife).
As Christmas nears, two local school districts find themselves being drawn unwillingly into the battle against religion in the public square — but both districts maintain that allowing students to participate in traditional Christmas concerts does not violate anyone’s rights. Choirs from Glacier, Flathead and Whitefish high schools will perform as planned today and Friday during the “Peace on Earth Community Christmas Celebration” despite receiving requests from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Montana to cancel. The event in question is billed as a celebration of “the birth of our savior Jesus Christ,” featuring hundreds of nativity displays. The school choirs are listed among more than 10 musical performances at the two-day event at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kalispell/Hilary Matheson, Kalispell (Mont.) Daily Inter Lake. More here.
Question: Do you see anything wrong with Christmas choirs singing in a church Christmas concert?