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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 …

Parting Shot — 9.19.14

Harry Mayhead, Pearly King of Bow Bells who served in Egypt and France for the Royal Army Service Corp. in WWII, plants poppies at the Tower of London earlier today. 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' is the evolving art installation at the tower, and 888,246 poppies will be planted in the moat by volunteers with the last poppy being planted on Nov. 11. Each poppy represents a British or Colonial fatality in the First World War. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Most Commented Stories — 9.19.14

The posts that attracted the most comments today are: Smile when you say, 'Northern,' pal (20 comments), and: OfCoffee: When is Idaho your state? (13 comments)

Top Comment Today — Espy

Espy (RE: 24% want their state to secede): Of the 4 parts of the United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the most populous by far is England. Guess the only part not to have its own self-government. That means the Scots, Welsh and Irish have a say in what goes on in England, yet the English have little or no say what happens elsewhere. If one country needs independence, it's England. Not Scotland. Karma would see a referendum in England that threw the Scots out of the UK.

Fall Arrives At Priest Lake

At As the Lake Churns, Pecky Cox said she's proud of this photo of autumn beginning to color the trees on Priest Lake. Pecky, like yours truly, considers fall the best time of the year in viewtiful North Idaho.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.19.14

  • 5:32 p.m. Male involved in two-vehicle crash @ Govt Way/Prairie Avenue is complaining of neck, back pain.
  • 5:18 p.m. Smoke reported in the Rimrock area, north of Hayden Lake.
  • 5:14 p.m. Someone is threatening another person on Camp Court/Hayden.
  • 5:05 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report here.
  • 4:55 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 18-19 here.
  • 4:42 p.m. A Kootenai County vehicle is involved in a minor accident @ Finucane Park/Hayden.
  • 4:31 p.m. Firefighters are trying to reach a grass fire in area @ Mundt/Putnam, south of Spokane River.
  • 4:16 p.m. Male driver in his mid-30s hit power pole & 2 parked vehicles @ 9th/Homestead, CdA. Power lines are dangling 6 feet from the ground. Driver may need ambulance.
  • 3:57 p.m. Officers are watching male in parked vehicle @ 12th/Syringa, Post Falls, unknown reason.
  • 3:51 p.m. Post Falls home nurse is having problem with patient's visitor, wants PFPD officers to drive by.
  • 3:38 p.m. A vehicle is on fire on Govt Way, south of Appleway/CdA.
  • 2:51 p.m. Male may have been burned stomping out small grass fire in field @ undisclosed Post Falls location.
  • 2:11 p.m. Male leaving Sanders Beach area in white vehicle may have been drinking.
  • 1:42 p.m. Black Sheep, Govt Way/Neider, CdA, reports shoplifter in store.
  • 1:07 p.m. Tall male, small female are arguing under I-90 overpass @ 15th Street/CdA.
  • 1:03 p.m. Female complains re: her treatment @ local Social Security office.
  • 12:34 p.m. Motorist reports vehicle veered into median @ w/b I-90/Pleasantview, it's still on its wheels.
  • 12:24 p.m. Individual with mental issues may be trying to ride from Shoshone County to Spokane.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Cutline Contest — 9.19.14

Time 2 Vote …

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.

PM Headlines — 9.19.14

Rose Rhoades displays her copy of a check President George H. Bush wrote after having dinner with Tom Foley at Pasty Clark's in 1989. Rose was their server for the evening and Bush's personal check amounted to $140.00 dollars. Story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

A History Of Lake City Sewer Plant

Doug Schoene, left, of Rainier Steel calls for more reinforcing rod for one of the giant tanks under construction in the new advanced treatment facility at the Coeur d'Alene Wastewater Treatment Plant in June. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

From Renata McLeod's draft minutes of the City Council meeting Tuesday: In 1999, Coeur d’Alene wastewater utility superintendent Sid Fredrickson set out to write a brief 3 to 4 page history/profile on the sewage plant.  The project evolved into significantly more than a summary.  Nearly 15 years later, Fredrickson recently completed a Comprehensive History of the Wastewater Department for the City of Coeur d’Alene.  Fredrickson spent countless hours over the years researching old newspaper articles, wastewater department archives, City Council minutes, and old photos and illustrations to compile an 89-page history of the 75-year-old treatment plant.  The treatment plant history can be accessed online at  There are also hard copies at City hall, the Wastewater Treatment Plant, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, and the Molstead Library on the North Idaho College campus.

Question: The only thing I've ever read about sewers is that long section toward the end of “Les Miserables,” in which Victor Hugo describes the sewers of Paris, France, in the early 1800s. How about you?

Gookin: Rainbow Arch Has ‘Em Talkin’

From the council comments section of Renata McLeod's draft minutes of the City Council meeting Tuesday: Councilmember Gookin also commented on the “Rainbow Arch” in McEuen Park.  He said that he voted against it, but it went through the process and was approved.  A lot of people worked on the committee and the art piece is doing what art does – causing people to talk.  In that respect he likes the arch and thinks that it should be left alone.

Question: Is it possible that someday we'll embrace the Rainbow Arch at McEuen Field?

$50-75K Households To Fall In Idaho

Households in Idaho with incomes above $50,000 are projected to decline over the next five years, economist Mike Ferguson told the Idaho chapter of the Association of Government Accountants in Boise on Thursday. He said Idaho’s declining support for education has had a direct impact on its ability to create and hold high-paying jobs. A recent study funded by the Albertson’s Foundation projected that Idaho would see only a 4 percent increase in households, but households with income from $50,000 to $75,000 are projected to decline by 1 percent and households with income above $75,000 are projected to decline by 2 percent/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: And our race to the bottom continues. Thoughts?

Smile When You Say ‘Northern’, Pal

In a news release, Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff announced that he's resuming his listening tour in “North Idaho” today and Saturday. He stopped at the Rotary Club in Orofino at noon, before heading to Spalding and then Lewiston this afternoon and tonight. Late Saturday afternoon, he'll meet with the Benewah County Democrats in Princeton. Why am I telling you all this? Balukoff doesn't seem to know “North Idaho” from “northern Idaho.” When I worked at the Lewiston Tribune 30 years ago, the editors called the 10 panhandle counties “northern Idaho” — and scoffed at the notion that many of the residents of the five northernmost counties refer to our region as “North Idaho.” What do you think?

Question: Do we live in North Idaho or northern Idaho?

Priest Lake Drawdown

At the Priest Lake Facebook site, cartoonist Samantha Gomez draws her concept of the proposed Lake Pend Oreille drawdown that's scheduled to begin Oct. 4. The water level at Priest Lake is expected to drop three feet to reach its winter level by early November.

BTW, here are some of the responses at, when someone asked: “Why do the draw the lake down?”:

  • So we can find our lost items.
  • (It) allows many docks to be high and dry which minimizes ice damage from the lake freezing.
  • For spring run off to prevent flooding!
  • It's really more of a letting it go to its natural level. During the summer they keep the dam closed so we don't have to deal with a constantly dropping lake level all summer. Then, like mentioned by Darla, it's ready for the spring runoff.
  • To kill off kokanee roe

Poll: Abuse Hasn’t Touched Family

  • Thursday Poll: 127 of 158 respondents (80.38%) said no one in their family is currently a victim of abuse. 20 of 158 respondents (12.66%) say they know of a family member who is in an abusive relationship. 11 (6.96%) were uncertain.
  • Weekend Poll: Do you think President Obama has a coherent policy for dealing with ISIS?

OfCoffee: When Is Idaho ‘Your State’?

OfCoffee (RE: 24% want their state to secede): How long do you have to live in a state (Idaho or any other) to call it “your” state and have a legitimate say in a matter like this? Idaho has quite a few people moving here for the politics, and many of them of the type to yell “Secede!” So, hypothetically (not literally due to law), when do we count their “vote?”

Question: How long did you live here before Idaho became “your state”?

Labrador Explains Syria Rebels Vote

Like all Americans, I am outraged and saddened by the murder of two Americans by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) last month. After those barbaric acts, I called for President Obama to come to Congress, present a coherent plan to deal with ISIS, and – if he believed military action was necessary – request authorization for it. The president failed on all counts. Instead, he has simply asserted to the country that he already has power to commit the U.S. military to a prolonged conflict without Congress’s approval, while requesting our permission to provide weapons and assistance to “moderate” Syrian rebel groups whose primary interest is removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. I voted against the president’s request this week because it did not represent a coherent strategy. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Do you think President Obama has a coherent strategy for dealing with ISIS?

Bond: Death Of Newspapering

A friend sidled up to me the other day and said his daughter wanted to get a journalism degree and become a newspaper reporter. My response was that he should just loan her his Smith & Wesson. The consequences would be the same and she wouldn’t be stuck with all that college loan debt. Newspapering used to be robust fun. That’s because we used to be a two-newspaper-town country. One paper would be the calm, conservative, business-community oriented rag; the other would be the fire-breathing, liberal-bent, crusading rag. They went head-to-head every day with their coverage, and whether liberal or conservative, there would be an editor at each who said to his or her reporters, “Chill out and check your facts.” Get it first and get it right – that was the rule – because if you blew it the competition would clean your clock/David Bond, Wallace Street Journal (via Ridenbaugh Press). More here.

DFO: It's nice to see my old buddy Dave Bond join the stable of fine writer's at Randy Stapilus' Ridenbaugh Press.

Question: Do you miss old-time newspapering? (I do)

Goodell: NFL Got It Wrong

Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning. “Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong,” he said. “That starts with me.” The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases. The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case/Fox News. More here. (AP photo: Roger Goodell at press conference today)

Question: As horrible as the events were that led to the NFL's mea culpa, I see a big silver lining. The high-profile abuse cases have prompted soul-searching in a sports empire closely followed by a lot of people. These cases have shined a bright spotlight on domestic abuse. Maybe our society will become less tolerant of it. Thoughts?

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.

  • 12:02 p.m. 2 females have been trespassed from home @ 5900 block of Washington Street/Spirit Lake.
  • 11:59 a.m. White chip truck @ s/b H95/Sagle area has smoke coming out of the bed.
  • 11:48 a.m. 1st Man: Did you hit that snake? 2nd Man: Unintelligible. 1st Man: Jerk!
  • 11:31 a.m. Female worker @ Hayden business reports parked car on fire, engine had been shut off. Police en route.
  • 10:54 a.m. PFPD officer reports “significant debris” @ Spokane/Seltice Way intersection after crash.
  • 10:42 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 1400 block of E. Mullan/Post Falls.
  • 10:17 a.m. Female reports strange male in shed behind house @ undisclosed county location.
  • 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.

HBO Blogosphere — 9.19.14

At Slight Detour, Marianne Love offers several photos of horse washings at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, including the one above. More photos and story here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Sept. 18): 7129 page-views/4415 unique views

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