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Wild Card/Thursday — 8.21.14 Edit

I didn't plant my tomatoes/squash/cucumbers/basil, etc., until I returned from a California vacay in June. Yet, I'm harvesting a bumper crop now. Tomatoes galore. Ditto for cucumbers. I may need to make pesto this weekend. The garden harvest adds spice — literally — to the dog days of summer. Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 8.21.14 Edit

Participants struggle to reach the prizes during a greased-pole climbing competition held as a part of the Independence Day celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Top Comment — Big Mac

Big Mac (RE: City share 4 corners report): I am very concerned with what happens to the (North Idaho Museum). It has a good operating budget, but cannot afford a new, modern building without some help. If we spent $20 million on McEuen, surely we can afford to help the museum?

Question: When did you last visit the North Idaho Museum?

Live-Blogging A Ride-Along?

Sgt. Christie Wood (RE: Arfee shooting still haunts Lake City): I would like to invite you to do a ride-along with our patrol division and ask you to “live blog” it. If DFO thinks it is something he would approve I would appreciate you considering it. I consider you to be a very caring individual toward our community so it pains me to read your distrust toward police. I am sincere in my offer and I hope you will take me up on it. If you want to have a conversation about it please contact me at the police department.

Question: Christie directed her note to Randy Myers. However, Randy or anyone else who is willing to live-blog a ride-along with a Coeur d'Alene police officer can apply. What do you think of this offer? Are you interested in trying a live-blog of a ride-along?

Cutline Contest — 8.21.14 Edit

Time 2 Vote …

President Barack Obama, right, smiles as he and former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, left, prepare to ride in a golf cart while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Wednesday. Obama is taking a two-week summer vacation on the island. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Wednesday Winner — KeithinCDA with 11 likes: And when his boyhood dream came true, he played in the majors and became known for pigeon his heart out. You can see Wednesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 8.21.14 Edit

  • 5:29 p.m. 54YO male lost consciousness after taking prescribed meds @ 2900 block of Sand Trap Way/Post Falls.
  • 5:05 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Aug. 20-21 here.
  • 4:40 p.m. Driver still in cab in semi tractor & trailer rollover on Pleasantview @ I-90, blocking roadway. Driver was carrying load of hay. Officer says driver exited w/b ramp too fast & flipped truck. Injuries unknown.
  • 4:21 p.m. Female w/child in front seat, in gold Acura, may be DUI @ e/b I-90/MP 1 (Beck Road/Post Falls).
  • 4:14 p.m. Elderly female suffered cut on arm from door @ Shopko, 217 Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 4:10 p.m. Male needs lift assistance after fall @ 1000 block of N8th/CdA.
  • 4:01 p.m. Child custody workers are taking children away from fighting couple at CdA motel (3:24 item).
  • 3:24 p.m. A couple is fighting in presence of children @ Lake Drive Motel/316 Lake Coeur d'Alene Drive.
  • 3:17 p.m. A dog is running loose @ 400 block of Coeur d'Alene Avenue/CdA.
  • 2:43 p.m. 53YO male is suffering intense stomach pain @ Silverwood Theme Park/Athol.
  • 1:44 p.m. Business workers @ 308 Sherman Ave/CdA reports smell of burning in building.
  • 1:41 p.m. Trucker carrying containers has stopped along I-90, blocking undisclosed I-90 onramp.
  • 1:41 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 6600 block of E. Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 1:38 p.m. Citizen dispute reported @ 3300 block of Pine Hill Drive/CdA.
  • 1:18 p.m. Female is waiting in Row 1 of Post Falls Walmart East after driver hit her gray Scion & drove off.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Man Pleads Not Guilty To 2 Slayings

A judge entered not guilty pleas today for a man charged with murder in the strangulation of his wife and her little girl in their Post Falls apartment July 8. Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga, 24, chose to remain silent when 1st District Judge Fred Gibler asked for his plea. Gibler then entered a “not guilty” plea to both counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Facunda Velenzuelaleon, 24, and Dayana M. Valencia, 6. Morales-Larranaga, who is from Mexico, is being held in the Kootenai County Jail on $2 million bail. An interpreter translated Thursday’s court proceeding for him/SR. More here.

PM Headlines — 8.21.14

State Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d'Alene (center), his son, Dirk (left) and another man watch the fireworks outside the Kootenai County Republican Party's booth during the first day of the North Idaho Fair Wednesday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Balukoff Rolls Out Another Ad

This is the latest ad for A.J. Balukoff, the Democrat challenging two-term GOP incumbent Butch Otter.

Question: Do you consider the ad to be effective/ineffective?

Popcorn, Anyone

A popcorn vendor waits for customers at the North Idaho Fair Wednesday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Sandpoint — The Best Place In Idaho

I am back in my hometown of Sandpoint this week. I wasn't born here, but it's the place that most defines me. It's where I truly fell in love with my wife and where we got engaged. It's where I first went to work after college at a small weekly newspaper I started with a couple of friends. It's where I learned who I am and what I'm willing to fight for. Sandpoint is home. Sandpoint also happens to be the best place in Idaho. Trust me. My job over the last two and a half years since leaving my hometown has had me traveling to every corner of Idaho, and while this state is filled with beautiful places and amazing people, nothing beats that first drive across the Long Bridge, a local production at the historic Panida Theater or just watching sailboats race from City Beach/John T. Reuter, Inlander. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree that Sandpoint is the best place in Idaho?

1964 CdA Murder Remains Unsolved

On the Saturday morning of Aug. 22, 1964, Coeur d'Alene's fire chief was walking with his family on Tubbs Hill when he spotted bloodstains on the ground. He followed the trail of blood about 60 yards through brush and rocks to the shore, to a scene he surely hoped it would not lead: the naked body of a teenage girl floating face down in the shallow water of Lake Coeur d'Alene. The summer she was 17, Susan Stewart came from Missouri with her mother and brother to spend a few months in the resort town on the lake. Her parents were from the area, and her father was an Army sergeant stationed in Okinawa. The family planned to join him overseas when the season ended. On the evening of Friday, Aug. 21, Coeur d'Alene was sunny and still summer-warm/Lisa Wanaanen Jones, Inlander. More here.

Question: Do you remember this case? I've never heard of it before.

HBO Blogosphere — 8.21.14

Brad Harrison anxiously stares downward some 25 feet to the shallow water of Lake Coeur d'Alene below, catching his breath and gathering the courage and focus necessary to make his next jump a success. And even though he’s made this leap of faith many, many times, he never rushes it. He knows that one slip, one brief lapse in concentration, will lead to disaster – or worse yet, death. Watch a video montage of people jumping from the rocks at Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene: http://www.spokesman.com/video/2014/aug/13/jumping-rocks/ Story & SR photos by Jesse Tinsley here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Aug. 20): 7027 page-views/4366 unique views

Poll: Target ISIS Killers w/Air Strikes

  • Wednesday Poll: Hucks Nation says President Obama should target the ISIS murderers responsible for the slaying of American journalist James Foley via air strikes and other means. But that he shouldn't seek to widen current military operations in Iraq. 69 of 160 respondents (43.13%) said air strikes targeting ISIS troops involved in Iraq fighting should be the first course of action for the USA in wake of the brutal murder. 66 of 160 (41.25%) said the USA should “run to ground” the responsible killers. 8 of 160 (5%) said the USA should do nothing in retaliation. 6 (3.75%) supported expanding our military operations in response. 11 (6.88%) opted for the category “other.”
  • Today's Poll: Would you support naming the dog park at McEuen — Arfee Memorial Dog Park?

Mitchell Targets Risch’s INEL Votes

(Political cartoon provided by campaign of Nels Mitchell for U.S. Senate)

In a news release, Democrat Nels Mitchell, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, writes: “It is fascinating to watch my opponent, Sen. Jim Risch, attempt to airbrush his record, or as some have observed, mislead voters about his record on the Idaho National Laboratory, one of Idaho’s largest employers. Last January, Risch voted against funding the INL when he voted against the budget bill.  And, a few months before that, he was one of the Senators that shut down the government for 16 days.  A move that resulted in INL furloughs and which ultimately cost taxpayers more than $24 Billion. No one in Idaho can question the importance of the INL.  Its workforce has more than 6000 government and contractor workers.  A BSU study found that the INL creates more than 24,000 Idaho jobs.” More here.

Thoughts?

Silly Song Titles From WW2

On her “War Bonds” Facebook page, Cindy posts: Each chapter of War Bonds features a song title from the WWII era. Some of these titles are a hoot! For instance: “Stalin Wasn't Stallin,” “The Frim-Fram Sauce,” “The Honeydripper,” “Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well,” “Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me),” “King Size Papa” and “I'm Throwing Rice (At The Girl That I Love)!”

Question: Can you remember silly song titles from your g-g-generation?

GAO: Bergdahl Swap Broke The Law

The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, according to a GAO report submitted to Congress today, the AP reports. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the Defense Department failed to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange — a clear violation of the law — and used $988,400 of a wartime account to make the transfer. The GAO said the Pentagon's use of funds that hadn't been expressly appropriated violated the Anti-deficiency Act/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Are you bothered that the Bergdahl swap broke the law?

Jones Touts Experience in CdA Visit

Jana Jones, the Democratic Party candidate for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, said the winner of November's general election won't have time to learn on the job. “We need to get right back on track and start moving forward again,” Jones said Tuesday in an interview with The Press. Jones, who ran and lost to current Idaho Superintendent Tom Luna in 2006, said she has the experience to jump right in and get to work. She has an educational doctorate in educational leadership, and bachelor's and master's degrees in special education. Jones was a classroom teacher in Idaho Falls. She founded and operated Progressive Day School, one of the first early childhood centers in the state to include children with special needs/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you made your mind up RE: who gets your vote in race for state superintendent of schools?

Small-Business Group Backs Otter

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB/Idaho), comprised of over 4,500 small businesses throughout the state, has endorsed Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter in his re-election campaign for Governor. In the organization’s endorsement, NFIB/Idaho praised Governor Otter for his stewardship of the state through one of the toughest economic times in the nation’s history. “True to his word, Governor Otter held the line on taxes and spending during the most difficult economy in many decades,” said Suzanne Budge, Idaho state director of NFIB. “In the face of strong criticism, especially from the education establishments, he refused to raise taxes and forced government to live within its means. As a result of his steadfastness, Idaho is better positioned to reap a bigger harvest from an improving economy”/Kaycee Emery, Otter4Idaho. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with this endorsement?

Huckleberry Pie, Anyone?

Morgan Heglie serves huckleberry pie at the Mica Flats Grange food booth at the North Idaho Fair Wednesday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: Which North Idaho Fair treat is your favorite?

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