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Wild Card/Monday — 9.22.14

I don't know how many more fantastic weekends that we have before the chill sets in. But the waterfront was fabulous Saturday morning and Sunday evening when Mrs. O & I took Huckleberry for a walk. Seems as though more & more bicyclists are out. All ages. I enjoy the development. Who knows? Maybe one day we'll be as bike-friendly as Portland. Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 9.22.14

Nominees for Washington state's annual Teacher of the Year award look on at a video about the highlights of the previous year's winner, Katie Brown, Monday in Seattle. Lyon Terry, of Seattle's Lawton Elementary School, was named Teacher of the Year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Top Commented Stories — 9.22.14

The posts that received the most comments today are: Candidate: Why wasn't I invited (13 comments), and: Final tab on McEuen Park: $20.2M (12 comments).

Top Comment Today — JBelle

JBelle (RE: Final tab on McEuen: $20.2M): I went to the park yesterday, again, and remain sadly disappointed. I think the design by committee diluted the entire project. The parking garage is an eyesore; the boats create great confusion; and in the end, everybody got a little bit of what they want which all adds up to just about nothing. So I think the one line item where Coeur d'Alene got hosed is Professional Services; the design is just flat awful. And apparently, the engineering needs a nip and tuck to get the water out of “the basement”?

Cutline Contest — 9.22.14

Time 2 Vote …

Facts: North Korea's synchronized swim team performs at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, earlier today. You write the cutline.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Weekend Winner — Psalm 37, with 7 likes: Seattle is dumping the wave for the 'Fernando Shuffle. You can see Weekend Photo with all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.22.14

  • 5:15 p.m. Fire alarm triggered by something burning in stove @ 300 block of Stoneriver/Post Falls.
  • 4:56 p.m. Piece of metal lying on freeway @ w/b I-90/MP 3 (McGuire Road/Post Falls.
  • 4:46 p.m. Driver in older Ford Bronco left scene of crash on Kathleen/CdA.
  • 4:32 p.m. Domestic dispute reported on Corral Road/Athol.
  • 4:31 p.m. Vehicle loaded w/teens speeding at 60 mph from Seltice Way onto 4th/Post Falls.
  • 4:30 p.m. 911 fields call in which dispatcher can hear male cussing at child in background.
  • 4:19 p.m. Female texts from area of 1st/Wallace, CdA, that she's considering suicide.
  • 4:07 p.m. Non-injury accident reported @ s/b H95/MP 444 (Corbin Hill Road/Athol).
  • 3:47 p.m. Accident reported in front of Best Tire, 2030 Govt Way/CdA.
  • 3:08 p.m. Caller claims gravel trucks are speeding on H97/Beauty Bay area.
  • 3:01 p.m. Coeur d'Alene resident reports male lying on grass on neighbor's front lawn.
  • 2:36 p.m. Smoke reported in area of Papoose/Bailey Jorgens Trail/Worley.
  • 2:27 p.m. Someone is using bucket to try to stop undisclosed spill behind 200 block of E. Ironwood/CdA.
  • 2:05 p.m. Female driver is reckless, weaving @ e/b I-90/MP 7 (H41/Post Falls).
  • 1:33 p.m. A dog is running loose @ 1700 block of Kathleen Avenue/CdA.
  • 1:25 p.m. Someone is suffering a seizure @ Advanced Custom Cabinets, 9896 Chelsea, Hayden.
  • 1:08 p.m. CdA man w/taser, wasp spray is depressed, possibly suicidal.
  • 1:05 p.m. Outside agrency is asking for welfare check on female staying on Colfax/Dalton Gardens.

PM Headlines — 9.22.14

“A community project that has been a long time in the making came to fruition last weekend when a new playground was dedicated at Person Field off 15th Street,” reports Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. “Dozens of people attended the event, many lending a hand to shovel wood chips onto the playground.” More here.

Woman Accused Of Gnawing Seat

A Bonner County woman arrested on a host of misdemeanor charges on Thursday added a felony to the pile after allegedly gnawing through the upholstery of a sheriff’s patrol vehicle while being taken to jail. Staci Anne Spence is charged with malicious injury to property at the felony level because replacing the seat exceeded $1,000, according to court documents. Spence is also charged with battery, battery on a law officer, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. Judge Debra Heise set Spence’s bail at $32,000 and appointed a public defender to represent her, court records show. Spence, 42, was arrested Thursday morning at her north-side home after allegedly dousing a couple with pepper spray as they slept in a van parked off Grouse Creek Cutoff Road/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Bee. More here.


Idaho Women Last In Median Income

Idaho women and individuals have the lowest median incomes in the country, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Women's median income in Idaho — or the income at which half of women earn more and half earn less — was $21,908 in 2013, 51st among the 50 states and Washington D.C. Idaho women's median income rose 2.9 percent from 2012. Delaware women had the highest median income at $49,563. Idaho individual median income was $27,932, also ranked 51st. Washington, D.C. had the highest individual median income at $56,619/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Anyone keeping count re: how many times Idaho comes in last in national rankings? Motto: Idaho: the Mississippi of the West — and proud of it. Thoughts?

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Coming To A Mailbox Near You

Mailers from state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, arrived in mailboxes in my neighborhood over the weekend. Rep. Sims has the red-white-and-blue working for her campaign literature. I consider everything on her list of accomplishments fairly boilerplate. But I did pause when she described herself as a community supporter and an “urban renewal watchdog.” As a leader of the failed movement to recall former Coeur d'Alene mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members, I wouldn't call Rep. Sims a “community supporter.” And I'm not sure I would use the term “watchdog” to describe her eyes-rolled-back-in-her-head opposition to urban renewal. Other than that? No problems.

Millinneals Ending Boomer Dominance

Right now in the United States, there are more 23-year-olds than people of any other age. This seemingly trivial fact of demographics is an anomaly more than 50 years in the making. According to U.S. Census data, since 1947, the most represented age in the United States has always been a member of the group born in the 20 years after World War II, the baby boomers. In 1950, it was age 3. In 1990, it was 29. In 2010, it was 50. The rise of the boomers, a group forged into adulthood during the social and political upheaval of the 1960s and ’70s, has been chronicled and teased apart since their conceptions. Boomers collectively were named Time’s Man of the Year in 1966. … But, as the Bob Dylan song goes, “The times, they are a-changin’”/Alexis Wilkinson, McClatchy-Tribune. More here.

Question: Isn't it about time a new group challenged the Boomers as most influential?

Pot Outlook Divides Idaho, Washington

JohnA (RE: Pot smoker dials 911 for help): We have a friend with a license to grow medical pot near Clarkston. He says it's funny to look across the Snake River from his property to Idaho and realize the huge philosophical divide between the two states. I've only tried pot once so I'm certainly no expert but I agree with our friend that there can be no other neighboring states so diametrically opposed to each other on such a big issue. And, if anyone down south believes it is only a north Idaho issue, folks in Boise will soon begin to experience that divide, as Oregon voters are favored to approve the recreational use of pot in November. I'm guessing Montana won't be too far behind, virtually surrounding us with the legal use of marijuana. It should get interesting.

Question: Have you ever tried pot?

Tillamook Vehicles Invade Lake City

I noticed these three mini-buses on the waterfront, during my daily walk along the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene at noon. They all have the Tillamook brand. I wonder if any of these vehicles was part of the batch that was stolen in California earlier this summer? And found again. Dunno what's going on here. But Don Sausser snapped a few photos of the vehicles while parked near the Hagadone Corp HQ.

Pot Smoker Dials 911 For Help

From Swing/Night shifts Saturday/Sunday at the Post Falls Police Department: “(Reporting Party) called 911 (from N. Adkins) to report he had smoked marijuana and was feeling really high and wanted to be checked by medical. Officers arrived on scene and after the male was checked by medical and cleared, his marijuana was found by officers. A citation was issued for Possession of Controlled Substance.

  • H/T: Taryn Thompson

Question: Does the guy think he's in Washington, or something?

Idaho’s Signature Food?

On Mental_Floss, you can find a list of each state's favorite/signature food, according to viewers of the Cooking Channel. Idaho's fave/signature food? Finger steaks. Washington's? Cedar-planked salmon. Montana's? Huckleberry pie. You can find a map with the entire list here. (Wikipedia photo of a finger steak)

  • H/T: Patrick Jacobs (via Facebook)

Question: Do you agree that Idaho's fave/signature food is … finger steaks?

Be Kind To Elephants, Hobbits

Today is Elephant Appreciation Day. It's also Hobbit Day. So get out there and hug an elephant. Or a hobbit. Or something — Facebooks Cindy.

Question: Which Oddball “Day” do you like most?

SR News Quiz For 9.21-26.2014

You don't have to be an expert in current events to win our weekly quiz, but it can't hurt. All entrants in the weekly Spokesman-Review News Quiz are eligible to win two movie tickets, and our overall champ — drawn from among the top scores — will score a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: A building in the School of Communication.
  • Last week's winners: Steve Sibulsky from Coeur d’Alene (gift card), and Misty O’Brien from Spokane (movie tickets).

Chilco Dump Site To Replace 2 Others

The Kootenai County Solid Waste Department is pleased to announce the opening of the Chilco Rural Residential Solid Waste Collection Site on Oct. 1. A ribbon cutting ceremony with the Commissioners is planned for next Monday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m., at the site. The Chilco Rural Collection site, located at 20835 N. Ramsey Road, Rathdrum, will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.  The site will be staffed seven days per week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The Garwood and Twin Lakes sites will close permanently at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. The new site is on county-owned property and consolidates  the existing Garwood and Twin Lakes collection sites/Kootenai County news release. More here.

Question: What do you think of this garbage consolidation move?

Alaska Reporter Quits On The Air

Some people just give their two weeks' notice when they quit their job. Others give a notice that will be remembered for much longer than two weeks. An Anchorage, Alaska, news reporter quit with a memorable sign-off Sunday night, announcing that she was the driving force behind the pro-pot organization she had just finished a segment on. Then she shrugged and said, “(Expletive) it, I quit.” Charlo Greene was reporting for KTVA 11 News about the Alaska Cannabis Club, a collective that aims to raise support for a November ballot initiative on legalizing recreational marijuana/NBC News. More here. (Photo:

Question: Have you ever abruptly quit a job? Why?

Treasurer Crane Can Run, Can’t Hide

Ron Crane (pictured) has been the Idaho State Treasurer for 16 years.  Most voters don’t have a clue who he is or what he does. That’s a shame because his inexpertise at shifting investment accounts has cost the taxpayers at least $20 million dollars according to an independent audit.  He is trying to cloud the picture by citing a legislative audit of office management that gives him a “clean” bill of health and included reviews of his questionable personal use of a state issued gas credit card and expense account reimbursements.  However, he continues to refuse to disclose all the documents related to his inept management of the known $20 million loss. Fortunately, for Idaho voters, there’s a lady bulldog after him, a tough minded, no nonsense accountant from Twin Falls named Deborah Silver who knows numbers and can keep the books balanced/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Here's another Idaho race in which the best candidate doesn't have an R after his name. Thoughts?

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