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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 …

AM Headlines — 9.17.14

Upper Columbia Academy a secondary boarding school operated by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Spangle, Wash., each year brings their senior class to Camp Mivoden on Hayden Lake.  Part of the program includes team-building exercises.  The students are asked to figure out a way to get their team over a vertical wall.  Here, some senior boys lower the school chaplain Fred Riffel from the top of the wall to other students. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Cutline Contest — 9.17.14

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.

AM Scanner Traffic — 8.17.14 Edit

  • 10:33 p.m. Deputy investigating suspicious situation @ 8700 block of N. Meyer Road/Rathdrum.
  • 10:20 a.m. Caller reports adult male chasing approximate 10YO girl in undisclosed county location.
  • 9:49 a.m. Male driving white 1998 Chevy pickup on Hayden Avenue is possibly wanted.
  • 9:33 a.m. Officer is rousting 2 trespassers from old Stimson Lumber property, Seltice Way/Atlas, CdA.
  • 9:32 a.m. Dispatcher tells CPD officer that cat trap will arrive in about 30 minutes.
  • 9:25 a.m. Auto burglary reported @ 400 block of W. Mill Avenue/CdA.
  • 8:58 a.m. Caller @ 6100 block of H54/Athol reports fraud.

Letter To IDOT: Thanks For Nothing

Dear IDOT (Idaho Department of Transportation), I just want to express my sincere thanks for a job poorly done on the freeway closure Monday morning. I’m pretty sure that there was ample time for more roadside notification than merely posting uninformative guards at the on-ramps. After arriving an hour late for work, I learned that the spill happened Sunday. The only indication I had of the closure was as I approached the on-ramp. I utilize Highway 53 for part of my commute to Spokane Valley from Garwood. “Why didn’t I know about it from the televised alerts?” you may ask. Well, you may be surprised to learn that in the information age there are still people out there who are not “connected”/James French, Hayden. More here.

Question: On a scale of 1 to 10 (with one being “lousy” to 10 being “superb,” how would you rate the job performed by responding agencies and IDOT in handling the chemical leak at state line?

Dietitian: Watch That Cholesterol

In the Coeur d'Alene Press, registered dietitian Kimberly Young of Panhandle Health District tells us all we need to know about cholesterol. She begins:You've probably heard that high cholesterol levels in the blood raise the risk for heart disease and stroke. What are high cholesterol numbers and what makes them high? September happens to be National Cholesterol Education Month, so now is the time to provide education about what cholesterol is, what your numbers mean, and how to maintain cholesterol in the normal range. It's also a reminder to get screened.More here.

Question: I rarely pay attention to which cholesterol number is which, until Doc Chisolm tsk-tsks me and says one is too high or too low. Or both. I exercise. Try not to snack too much. And get regular eye, teeth & medical checkups. What's your strategy for staying away from heart disease & stroke?

Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says the team “made a mistake” in bringing back Adrian Peterson following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. The Vikings had benched Peterson for last Sunday's loss to New England. But the next day, the team said they would bring him back and sponsors reacted swiftly. The Vikings had at least one major sponsorship suspended. Several NFL advertisers, including Anheuser-Busch, expressed concern about the league's recent off-the-field problems. The governor said it was embarrassing. Early Wednesday, the team said Peterson would be barred from all activities. Co-owner Mark Wilf said the decision was “absolutely not” related to sponsor concerns/Associated Press. More here. (AP File Photo, of Adrian Peterson)

Question: You be the Minnesota Viking owner. What should be done with Adrian Peterson now?

Eggplant Can Shine As Main Dish Edit

With the gradual shift from summer to fall, breezy mornings and brisk evenings invite us to eat more warming and hearty meals. Eggplant, one of summer’s last harvests, gracefully eases us into autumn. There is something magical that happens to eggplant when cooked with a little care. The bitter sponginess in its raw state is transformed into a silky meatiness that can make even hard-core carnivores forget all about asking where the beef is. Rich, earthy and complex, eggplant can hold its own next to a big bold tannic red wine and easily replaces meat as a main course, making it especially desirable to vegetarians and vegans. It can also sublimely mimic a starch, replacing noodles in lasagna or cannelloni, making it a vital tool for those who are gluten free/Sylvia Fountaine, SR. More here. (Photo: Sylvia Fountaine)

Question: If I'm eating at an Italian restaurant, the chances are 50-50 that I'll order eggplant parmesan. How often do you eat eggplant? What type of dish? And/or: What's your favorite Italian dish?

DFO: Not Bothered By BearCat

I'm trying to get worked up RE: local police owning military equipment (like KCSD's new BearCat) and gear, but I can't. I trust Sheriff Ben & Co. to use the equipment sparingly and wisely. Also, I want the good guys — yes, I consider the local police to be good guys (call me old-fashion) — to have the best equipment possible when tracking down the bad guys, some of whom wouldn't hesitate to take an officer's life. That's why I'm bothered that our ambitious 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador has co-authored a bill to limit the “militarization” of the local police. I know, I know. Everyone's up in arms about Ferguson and the dog shooting at Java on Sherman — the so-called straw that broke the camel's back. But I think our local police have performed admirably for a long time. The dog shooting was a mistake. We all make mistakes, including the crowd with rocks who are ready to stone the local police. Raul's has succeeded in grabbing headlines again. But I wonder whether he took time to confer with local police before making his legislative move. (File Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Thoughts?

BNSF Wants 2nd Bridge Over Lake

Marianne Love/Slight Detour snapped a number of photos during a recent walk along the Sandpoint area bike path, including this one of a BNSF train on the tracks at a marina.

A train glides across the water at Sandpoint about every half-hour on average, making it one of the busiest bottlenecks on Northwest rail lines. BNSF Railway Corp. says it’s time to add a second bridge there, where Lake Pend Oreille meets the Pend Oreille River, to relieve pressure on the original, 109-year-old span and absorb anticipated growth in rail traffic, including loads of coal and crude oil bound for West Coast ports. Some Sandpoint officials, however, are concerned a second bridge could slow auto traffic and increase the threat of a train accident polluting the water/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Is this a good idea?

Arfee: It Ain’t Over

OK. Yes, enough is enough, but this is the way it is! Arfee is the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. I am for keeping it on the front page until justice is done. We are fed up with the officer’s excuses and getting away with murder! It’s time they were held accountable for their actions. And not just a slap on the hand and a paid vacation until things cool off. What is there to deal with? The officer blatantly shot and killed a defenseless dog through a car window. There is no excuse for that. He should have been fired on the spot/Dolores Welch, Post Falls. More here.

Murder?

Edit: Abuse Goes On All Around Us

Yes, the photo on A1 Sunday was objectionable. It was insensitive. Hopefully, it also was effective. To countless viewers and readers, footage and still photos of Ray Rice (shown in AP file photo) knocking out the woman who now is his wife made a distant, somewhat surreal topic sickeningly real and timely. Words can't adequately describe what happened in that elevator. The video, on the other hand, was devastating in its ability to immediately drive the point home. It was an uppercut to the lethargy afflicting many Americans who are ignorant or in denial about abuse. One of the tragedies in this ongoing, pathetic saga of man's inhumanity to man — and particularly to woman — is that it takes a celebrity beating to wake us up to a much larger harsh reality. The truth is, physical abuse goes on all around us/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Have you ever helped someone get out of an abusive relationship?

Adrian Peterson

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Wild Card/Tuesday — 9.16.14

I forgot to cover my veggies in the garden Thursday night/Friday morning — and so I'm moving forward without squash, basil or peppers. The tomatoes are hanging on by a thread. I feel mocked by the warm fall days that came on the heels of the two frosts last week. Oh well, the roses and most of the flowers are still blooming. So I'm still enjoying a good garden season. How about you? Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 9.15.14

Four-year-old Laney Allen gets some llama cuddling in during a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Books from Birth program at the Collierville Burch Library in Collierville, Tenn. Monday. Llamas from Roxywood Farms and Reading Education Assistance Dogs were on hand at the event to sweeten the deal as free books were passed out Monday morning. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Jim Weber)

Top Commented Stories — 9.16.14

Stories attracting the most comments today are: Sims launches re-election bid (27 comments), and (tied at 12 apiece): Labrador wants to demilitarize police, and: Cantwell demands mascot change.

Top Comment Today — Merica

Merica (RE: Whippings part of Peterson childhood): I'm tired of Adrian Peterson being the jumping off point for a discussion on corporal punishment. Adrian Peterson used a switch that lacerated a 4 year old boy on his buttocks, the back of his legs, his thighs and his scrotum. The lacerations broke the skin and caused the boy to bleed. If you want to discuss spankings — okay let's discuss it. But acting as though the case of Adrian Peterson is a case of treading on parental rights or is a situation of political correctness run amok is wrong. Google the pictures of the child, then let's chat about whether or not this truly is an issue of a loving dad disciplining his child.

Thoughts?

PM Headlines — 9.16.14

Mayor Steve Widmyer, right, joins Alliance Data corporate officials at the ribbon cutting Monday. Widmyer welcomed Alliance corporate leaders and dozens of staff members during a ceremony at their 44,500-square-foot call center at 745 W. Hanley Ave., in northern Coeur d’Alene. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

Cutline Contest — 9.16.14

Time 2 Vote …

Facts: Protester from activist group CodePink appears at Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today to discuss strategy against ISIS.  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are in the foreground. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Monday Winner (tie, w/4 likes apiece): “Beauty pageant contestants show their vicious side as they attempt to rip apart Miss Massachusetts” — NoComment, and: “When Miss Mass. missed Mass she was forgiven by the Abbott Costello, making Lauren hardy” — JohnA. You can see Monday photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.16.14

  • 4:59 p.m. 14YO CdA boy twisted mother's arm, now threatening to jump out 2nd-story window.
  • 4:58 p.m. Patrol officer stopping to roust 2 panhandlers @ H41/MP 7, Post Falls.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 15-16 here.
  • 4:19 p.m. 92YO female may have suffered stroke on Bighorn Canyon Street/Rathdrum.
  • 4:18 p.m. Caller reports strong chemical smell b/n Wright/Stevens, Rathdrum.
  • 3:58 p.m. 32YO female suffering chest pain after day of illness @ Jonathan Avenue/Hayden.
  • 3:44 p.m. Fernan Elementary reports strange male in black ballcap hiding in nearby field.
  • 3:37 p.m. Deputy has contacted walkaway dementia patient @ Reed/Honeysuckle, Hayden.
  • 3:31 p.m. Deputy providing extra patrol @ Hayden Meadows Elementary, Hayden Avenue.
  • 3:15 p.m. Driver of dark-blue Jeep Cherokee passed on double yellow near Post Falls High/Poleline.
  • 2:54 p.m. Field has been burning unattended near Arthur/Roberts, Worley area.
  • 2:15 p.m. Male in blue Subaru bleeding from face after 2-vehicle crash on Govt Way, south of Hanley.
  • 2:09 p.m. Disabled vehicle is partly blocking traffic @ H41, north of Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 1:12 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 11700 block of Hidden Valley/Rathdrum.
  • 1:10 p.m. Responding fire personnel are having trouble locating fire on Lone Mountain Road/Athol.
  • 12:48 a.m. Timberlake firefighters responded to one-acre blaze on Lone Mountain Road/Athol area.
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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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