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AM Headlines — 9.19.14 Edit

A Ford Bronco is shown after it crashed with five teenagers aboard, after authorities say one of the passengers lit the driver’s armpit hair on fire with a lighter in rural Ada County outside of Boise. All five were hurt in the crash Sunday and had to receive medical treatment. (AP Photo/Ada County Sheriff’s Office)

How Many Voted For These Guys?

If you may recall, Kootenai County Republican Concerned Citizens, a mysterious organization who seemingly was trying to pass off as the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee (KCRCC), circulated this endorsement flyer during the county GOP primary. I suspect that the faux KCRCC had some support within the TeaPublican-dominated local Central Committee. Only one of the statewide candidates of the faux KCRCC succeeded, so far — Secretary of State candidate Lawerence Denney. The three Legislative District 3 candidates endorsed in the flyer above, of course, succeeded. Which goes to show that Kootenai County is far, far more conservative than the rest of this very conservative state.

Question: Anyone heard from Russ Fulcher or Jim Chmelik of late?

TGIF Wild Card — 9.19.14

I quit being a wimp today — and road my bicycle to work again. It looked cold outside. But wasn't (especially since I had a sweat shirt on). I had to turn on my desk fan when I got to work because I was so warm. I love fall weather in Coeur d'Alene. Warm (but not too hot) days. Cool nights. Best weather of the year — and no visitors or tourists to share it with. I know. I know. Visitors and tourists are a necessary evil. We need the varmints to keep the money coming in. But it's also nice when they leave. Now for today's Wild Card …

AM Scanner Traffic — 8.19.14

On Sept. 15, Post Falls Parks Department employees discovered several areas of graffiti in the old irrigation canal in Falls Park. The graffiti appears to have been done in the last month and at this time, there are no suspects. Anyone with information about the individual(s) responsible are asked to contact Det. Moss at 449-2322.

  • 9:30 a.m. KCSO closed lobby to the public at 9am due to construction within the building. It will reopen Monday AM.
  • 9:18 a.m. 98YO male on W. Hubbard/CdA is on front steps, having trouble breathing, clammy to touch.
  • 8:55 a.m. Officer reports wrong-way sign in Dalton Gardens has been busted off pole.
  • 8:48 a.m. Kootenai Fire EMTs are handling 48YO diabetic female who is suffering anxiety attack.
  • 8:45 a.m. Male in brown SUV is possibly taking photos of children @ Mullan Trail School/Post Falls.
  • 8:33 a.m. Non-injury, non-blocking accident reported @ n/b H95/Hanley Avenue, CdA.
  • 8:25 a.m. 74YO male is having undisclosed medical emergency @ Garwood/Dylan.
  • 8:23 a.m. Someone pulled fire alarm @ Lake City High, 6101 Ramsey Road/CdA.

Cutline Contest — 9.19.14

Facts: Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney is shown moments after the M's beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Thursday Winner — Fort Boise, with 6 likes: “A fool and his moto are soon parted.” You can see the Thursday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

A Piece Of My Mind A Day Late

Encountered a rude person during the course of my work day yesterday. Rudeness takes me by surprise sometimes, but at 6 AM I thought of what I wanted to say to Mr. Jerk: “I can certainly be less accommodating.” There. I feel better now — Cindy.

Question: How do you deal with rude people?

SWAT By Any Other Name

In Spokane, the police department has changed the name of its SWAT team to “Emergency Response Unit,” as it seeks to broaden the skills of team members. Assistant Chief Rick Dobrow, who leads the department’s operations, said the switch reflects the increased training in medical rescue and crisis management former SWAT team members will receive in the coming months. But the change was met with skepticism by Councilman Mike Fagan, who told the SR: “My initial thought, when I saw the press release go out, was, ‘Oh my word, are we getting politically correct now?’”

Question: Do you see anything wrong with the name SWAT?

Fishwife: Don’t Let Cops In Your Home

Fishwife (RE: Christie: Yes, We're Your Friend): My advice to my kids if stopped. Be polite. Never admit anything. Never allow a search of your car. Never allow a cop into your home. Never give cops a reason to stop you. If stopped for DUI, always take the test..you'll get a DUI if you refuse, even if sober. Never take our family dogs to downtown CDA.

Question: I have several friends who are police officers. Best of the best. How about you? Are you personal friends with a police officer?

Daily News: Facebook Went Too Far

Writing for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News Editorial Page, Lindsey Trefney says Facebook went too far “when it asked individuals operating personal profiles under pseudonyms, stage names or any name not matching the one on their driver's license, to change it to their legal moniker. As an everyday Joe, that doesn't seem like a big deal, but it is for a portion of the LGBTQA community, specifically transgender people, or drag queens or kings, who now face discrimination because of the forced switch.” Full editorial here.

Question: Do you think Facebook should grant the LGBTQA community an exemption from its new rule?

Otter BFF Gwartney Gets Trib Jeers

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune jeers Mike Gwartney, former Idaho Department of Administration director — and Otter BFF. Writes Marty: “Five years ago, he so screwed up the $60 million Idaho Education Network contract by changing the specs, steering it toward one bidder and triggering a lawsuit from the losing side - that you are still paying the bills.In March of 2013, the Federal Communication Commission - which covers 75 percent of the Idaho broadband project's costs - shut off funding. Ever since, Gwartney's successor, Teresa Luna, has issued one assurance after another that the FCC would relent. But the bills are piling up. It could get as high as $21 million by next year. Meanwhile, the FCC Office of the Inspector General just subpoenaed the state for documents related to the IEN. Full Cheers & Jeers column here.

Thoughts?

Widow Spotlights Military Suicides

Jennifer McNulty stands next to the 22 crosses she placed in her yard to bring awareness to soldier suicide in honor of her husband, Wyatt McNulty, who committed suicide in 2012 after 11 years as a Sergeant in the United States Army. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Tess Freeman)

The small American flags flying over the white crosses in Jennifer McNulty's front yard Thursday accompanied photos of 22 servicemen and women who have taken their own lives. She pointed to the picture of a handsome man in a green Army jacket in the front row. “This is my husband,” she said. “He died Oct. 31, 2012.” Jennifer's husband, Sgt. Wyatt McNulty, suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury. He was in the military for 11 years, serving in Kosovo and suffering the brain injury during training before being deployed to Iraq. He was out for seven years before his death. “Ever since he came home from Iraq he wasn't the same,” Jennifer said/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you know someone suffering PTSD?

CdA Man Shoots At Reckless Driver

A Coeur d’Alene man was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly fired a gun at a reckless driver. No one was injured. Daniel Montgomery was booked into the Kootenai County jail on suspicion of aggravated assault and unlawful discharge of a firearm, a news release from the Coeur d’Alene Police Department said. Coeur d’Alene police went to the 1300 block of North Kaleigh Court around 8 p.m. Thursday. They learned that Montgomery had attempted to stop a reckless driver in the neighborhood by pointing a gun at the vehicle, the release said. Montgomery fired multiple rounds at the vehicle as the driver attempted to flee, the release said/SR. CPD news release here.

Thoughts?

Hayden Official Angers Neighbors

City of Hayden building official Robert Wuest has more than ruffled the feathers of neighbors of a home he owns in Dalton Gardens. Wuest, who also happens to be the Dalton Gardens Irrigation District water master, might be abusing his power for financial gain, neighbors are complaining. He didn't return messages seeking comment for this story. For example, the neighbors cite a pole building he is having constructed. The building was being constructed taller than the 25-foot height limit allowed for accessory structures in Dalton Gardens. The building, which is still being finished, had to be lowered. But not without incident. It only dropped below the limit after being “red-tagged” by Kootenai County Fire and Rescue, which performs the duty of building inspections for the city of Dalton Gardens/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (CdA Press photo by Tess Freeman: neighbor Carlyn Dickerson believes Wuest has abuse of power)

Question: Do you see a problem here?

The Lap Dog

Michael Ramirez/Investor's Business Daily

Wild Card/Thursday — 9.18.14 Edit

And so another work day dawns in “dangerous” Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, my home town, where the politicians are conservative, the waterfront is viewtiful, and dogs cower under cars when police are nearby. The weekend is rushing toward us. Here's today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 9.18.14

Southern Columbia’s Mike Klebon, center, jumps in front of Shamokin intended receiver Preston Burns, right, to intercept a pass during the second quarter of a high school football game Friday, near Catawissa, Pa. (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May)

Most Commented Stories — 9.18.14

The posts that received the most comments today are: Espy: Why was I pulled over? (26 comments), and: Arfee: Officer returned to scene (13 comments).

Comment Of The Day — Susan Cuff Edit

Susan Cuff (RE: Espy: Why was I pulled over?): Full disclosure for those who don’t know me: I’m married to a retired law enforcement officer. You might think that makes my opinion biased and no longer relevant. What it actually has been for me is an opportunity to know the human side of law enforcement officers. To know how they struggle with their choices, agonize over decisions, and bear the brunt of what is often - literally - a spat-upon job. They are not perfect but I believe in my heart that the majority of them are in it for the right reasons and do the right thing. I have never worked in a job in which every day that I go to work is a day that someone could potentially look down the barrel of a gun and take a shot at me. It would be hard to do that job for self-centered reasons.

PM Headlines — 9.18.14

Coeur d’Alene Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel said last weekend’s open house at Fire Station No. 3 was by far the best attended event the department has ever sponsored. The theme this year was “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.” Kids especially liked the fire extinguisher demonstration and exploring the fire engines. It was all part of the department’s 125-year anniversary celebration. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

Cutline Contest — 9.18.14 Edit

Time 2 Vote …

Facts: Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi, of Italy, crashes during practice for Sunday's San Marino Moto GOP grand prix in Misano Adriatico, Italy earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Wednesday Winner — Psalm 37, with 10 likes: “You're right Steve, your hair conditioner does make your beard softer and silkier than the brand I use.” You can see Wednesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

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