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Bayview Deal With Cell Dead Zone

Bayview resident Alan Rebeck uses his cell phone in Ralph’s Coffee House on Wednesday. “In an emergency, you’d be up the creek,” said Rebeck of the lack of cellular service in Bayview. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Gabe Green)

Locals call it the “dead zone” or “the hole.” Cuddled into a geographic bowl on the southwest shore of Lake Pend Oreille, Bayview is one of the few remaining places in Kootenai County with no - or extremely limited - cell phone service. “Depending on who your carrier is and which direction you stand, you can sometimes get bars,” Bayview resident Norma Jean Knowles said. Knowles and more than 300 of her neighbors in Bayview have signed a petition asking Verizon Wireless to build a cell phone tower to improve coverage. For the people who live there, the lack of cell coverage poses an inconvenience. Many still use landline phones. Tourists who visit Bayview — the population swells in the summer months — are often caught off guard and out of luck. Not only is there no cell coverage, there isn't even a pay phone/Taryn Thompson, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are there other cell phone “dead zones” in the county?

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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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