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Cutline Contest — 7.10.14

Time 2 Vote …

Jody Thomas and her 3-year old daughter, Kailyn Thomas, float around in the mud pit at the annual Wayne County Parks Mud Day at Hines Park- Nankin Mills Area, in Westland, Mich., on Tuesday, Kailyn's birthday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Daniel Mears)

Tuesday Winner — DFO, w/9 likes: Kerry: Now that's the way to protect a border. Why didn't we build one of those things? You can see Tuesday Photo and all Cutline Contest winners here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.10.14

  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 9-10 here.
  • 4:35 p.m. Suspicious package @ North Idaho Museum turns out to be bag of trash.
  • 4:21 p.m. North Idaho Museum, 115 Northwest Blvd/CdA, reports suspicious package on premises.
  • 4:13 p.m. CPD officer calls for backup help for undisclosed reason at Taj quick stop, 15th/Hastings.
  • 3:57 p.m. PFPD officer asks for details re: welfare check on individual w/dementia b/c his computer on fritz.
  • 2:48 p.m. Caller reports to dispatch that right brake light out on PFPD officer patrol car.
  • 2:32 p.m. Animal control trying to catch loose dog @ 8050 2nd Ave/Post Falls.
  • 2:22 p.m. 2-vehicle accident reported @ 4th Street/Coeur d'Alene Avenue, CdA.
  • 2:07 p.m. Resident of Foxborough Court/Hayden has litter complain.
  • 1:50 a.m. DMV worker reports possible wanted person in courthouse office.
  • 1:46 p.m. Commercial alarm sounding @ Arrow Point Homeowners Association, 4797 Arrow Point Drive.
  • 1:36 p.m. Motorcyclist is speeding near Harrison Y on H3.
  • 1:14 p.m. A dock is floating loose on Lake Pend Oreille, near Farragut Park launch.
  • 12:29 p.m. Blocking two vehicle accident at W Seltice Way and N Idahline (just East of Pleasantview).
  • AM Scanner Traffic

SR Provides Guided McEuen Park Tour

The Spokesman-Review has created an online walking tour for the sprawling new McEuen Park downtown. From your phone, tablet or laptop go to spokesman.com/guides and click on McEuen Park, then launch the tour for insights to the park’s many attractions. Saturday would be a good day to use the guide. That’s Coeur d’Alene’s seventh annual Parks Day celebration, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., at McEuen Park and Tubbs Hill. The festivities include free food, activities and entertainment.

Thoughts?

CPD Statement RE: Dog Shooting

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department is currently reviewing the officer involved shooting of a dog that occurred yesterday (July 9th) at 821 Sherman Ave. Animal Control officers originally identified the dog as a pit bull. The Police Department had a veterinarian examine the dog and it has been identified as a lab mix. We understand the grief the family is dealing with due to the loss of their pet. We also understand the distress this has caused for citizens. The officer who shot the dog is also distraught over this incident. The Police Department has received voicemails and emails threatening in manner toward this officer and the other officers that work for the City of Coeur d'Alene. For these reasons the name of the officer that shot the dog will not be released today. Chief of Police Ron Clark has made it clear this incident will be investigated and reviewed for policy and legal compliance/Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

Thoughts?

2 Finalists Remain For CPD Chief

The search for Coeur d’Alene’s next police chief has been narrowed to 2 candidates. Lee R. White, left, assistant police chief in Mesa, Arizona, and Gary R. Jensen, chief of police in Logan, Utah, have both visited Coeur d’Alene and will soon be interviewed in person by a selection committee formed earlier this year by Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. “I’m very pleased that we have two highly qualified individuals who are eager to continue their careers in Coeur d’Alene,” Mayor Widmyer said. “I believe either of these experienced law enforcement officers would do a great job leading our police department”/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that the city of Coeur d'Alene is going outside the department for a new police chief?

HBO Blogosphere — 7.10.14

Melinda George pauses before taking the final few uneven steps to the top of the Great Wall of China. Her husband, Thom, reports: “Sections of the Great Wall appear, from a distance, to meander from peak-to-peak, but once you are up on the wall, the perception of meandering gives way to the hard, steep reality of climbing up and down from tower-to-tower.” More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, July 9): 6987 pageviews/4458 unique views

What Say Officials On Dog Killing?

Sam Crawford (RE: OTV: Are local cops too gung-ho?): Where are our mayor and city council on this issue? Why are they silent? Why haven't any of these officials publicly asked if there might be a problem with the leadership of the police department? Why aren't our elected officials saying that maybe the police department, its policies, its training and it's leadership needs to be reevaluated? It seems like police shootings in Coeur d'Alene have been increasing the past few years. Is it because of training or the types of offices being hired? Where is the community policing where cops walk a beat and get to know the citizens? Most of the officers are great cops but we need leadership to get the department under control.

Question: I suspect Mayor Widmyer and council members are hamstrung in saying too much about this incident because it is under investigation and a lawsuit is possible. Thoughts?

Dog Shooting Makes NY Daily News

An Idaho police officer shot what he thought was a lunging pit bull, but the owner says it was a black Lab named Arfee. The owner, Craig Jones, was eating lunch at a nearby restaurant in Coeur d'Alene when the shooting happened and can't believe his best buddy is gone. “This cop left a hole in both that can't be fixed,” Jones wrote on Facebook. “If it wasn't for my desire to face him in court and strip him of his badge, I would probably be at the bottom of the lake.” Loud barking spooked a Coeur d'Alene police officer on Wednesday morning into shooting a dog sitting in the driver's seat of a parked van after a caller reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the area. The officer walked right up to the white van with his gun drawn because he believed the driver may have been watching children in the area and trying to lure them, according to a Spokane TV station, KREM-TV/Nicole Hensley, New York Daily News. More here. (Photo: Craig Jones Facebook page)

Question: It appears that this dog shooting incident is going viral. Thoughts?

Eye To Eyes

On his Facebook wall, earlier this week, Robin Loznak of Kellogg, Ore., posted this photo, “Eye to eyes,” and comments: “A jumping spider checks me out from her perch on a reed in a small pond on the ranch this afternoon.” You can see more of Robin's outdoor photography here.

Big Band To Play In Hayden At 6 PM

The Coeur d'Alene Big Band will perform a free concert at Hayden City Park tonight from 6 to 8:30. The park is behind Hayden City Hall on Honeysuckle and Government Way. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. The band will also perform a free concert at Coeur d'Alene City Park on Sunday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m./Coeur d'Alene Press.

Question: Any reason you aren't attending these swell free concerts?

Beware Of … Brigands?

So, in a cautionary text to my daughter I warned her against brigands. Brigands? The word, giving testament to a childhood with my nose buried in classic stories, just popped up. At least I didn't tell her to beware of knaves and highwaymen — Cheryl-Anne Millsap, via Facebook.

Question: Do you have a favorite, old-fashion word for brigands and other bad guys?

Could Feds Help w/School Wifi Costs?

The federally administered “e-rate” funding program — much maligned by state elected officials — could actually provide a boon to Idaho. The Federal Communications Commission is looking at new rules that could free up e-rate money for WiFi in 726 Idaho schools and 143 Idaho libraries. FCC commissioners are expected to vote on the rule changes Friday. If the rules go through, e-rate dollars to offset the state’s cost of hooking up WiFi in high schools and junior high schools, and the state could use the savings to accelerate WiFi installation in elementary and middle schools. “We’re very excited,” said state schools superintendent Tom Luna, who, along with colleagues in other states, has been pushing for an e-rate upgrade/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: What? Idaho asking the feds for help?

DeePee: Batt Was Best Of ‘Em All

DeePee (Stapilus: Evans earned respect): Well, I'm gonna start a food-fight here, but amongst all the governors I've covered over the years, including Cecil(x2), John, Dirk and Butch, Phil Batt, the humble onion-farmer, was the best. No-nonsense; he could be prickly and even school-marmish, but I never met a better man in public service. He knew his place and his time better than his predecessors and successors and was the most apt listener to hold the gov's office in modern times. Evans would be a close second. Cecil and Butch you couldn't help but like, but in the trench, I'd follow Phil Batt anywhere. I'm surprised he didn't trip over his balls once in awhile.

Question: Who do you think was the best Idaho governor of last 35-40 years?

Idaho Jobs: 43% Will Need BA By ‘18

The ambitious goal set in 2012 by the Idaho State Board of Education to have 60 percent of the state's 25- to 34-year-olds hold a post-secondary credential by 2020 may not be ambitious enough, according to a survey from the Idaho Business for Education organization. The nonprofit organization conducted a survey of its 85 business members and other affiliated organizations across Idaho. … Executive Director Rod Gramer presented the results to a group of business and education leaders at a luncheon Thursday. He called the study a “snapshot of what the business community thinks” rather than a scientific poll, and said the organization received 466 responses. Owners, CEOs and senior executives made up the majority of the respondents. The IBE study found that 43 percent of jobs in Idaho will require a bachelor's degree or higher by 2018 — compared to the 34 percent projection by the State Board of Education/Idaho Press Tribune. More here.

Question: Will your kids and grandkids be ready for an Idaho job in 2018?

NIC To Join Rebranded League NWAC

When he interviewed to become its executive director, Marco Azurdia was full of ideas for improving the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. One of those ideas was improving the NWAACC's cumbersome name. After almost three years in charge of the organization that oversees sports for community colleges in the Pacific Northwest, Azurdia announced on Wednesday that the conference has changed its name to the Northwest Athletic Conference. “When I interviewed for the job, I had talked about branding and looking at that strategy as a whole,” Azurdia said. Shortening the name “had been on my mind from Day 1.” The new name is three words instead of six. The acronym will be NWAC, which Azurdia noted is still pronounced “En-Wack”/Columbian. More here.

Question: Have you come to grips with North Idaho College playing in the new Northwest Athletic Conference?

Yacht Club Salutes Boat’s Purest Form

Ike Bailey sails on Monday, June 16, 2014, off Arrow Point on Lake Coeur d'Alene. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

The wind gust can be seen on Lake Coeur d’Alene before it ever reaches the sails. The wind whips up the channel south of Arrow Point and Ike Bailey cranks the ropes on a winch to position his boat to receive the charge of air. The wind fills the sails and the boat lists 20 degrees to the right. “It’s just my passion to do this,” Bailey says as the boat heels into the waves. “If you are going 8 to 10 knots, it feels like you are hauling ass.” Bailey and several others at the Panhandle Yacht Club ply the ever-changing winds on Lake Coeur d’Alene to feed their passion for boating in its purest form. All their boats have small motors, but it’s the wind that gives them their thrills/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever gone sailboating?

4000 Holes Celebrates 25 Years

Everywhere you turn in 4000 Holes, the Beatles are grinning back at you – from posters hanging around the store, cardboard cutouts in the corner, vintage memorabilia behind the counter, a Fab Four clock shaped like a gold record on the wall. It seems perfectly appropriate, since the store basically owes its genesis to John, Paul, George and Ringo. Bob Gallagher, pictured, the longtime owner of the Spokane record store, says he became obsessed with the Beatles sometime in the ’70s, and in his quest to get his hands on anything and everything related to the band, he fell unassumingly into the record business. “In the ’80s, I started wheeling and dealing a little bit and found I was good at it,” Gallagher said. “I went to a Seattle record swap with a stack of records in my hand, and the trade was so good toward me that I realized I was on the wrong side of the table”/Nathan Weinbender, SR. More here.

Question (for those who still have vinyls/LPs at home): Which musical style dominates your collection?

AM Scanner Traffic — 7.10.14

  • 11:46 a.m. Someone is having breathing problems @ 1100 block of North Idaho/Post Falls.
  • 11:38 a.m. CPD officer is needed to serve warrant on girl already incarcerated at juvenile detention.
  • 11:29 a.m. Rest stop transient (10:13 item) tells ISP officer that he left disabled van in Smelterville last week — also that he has money for bus ticket. Caretaker said he would return shopping cart to Post Falls WalMart.
  • 11:07 a.m. Coeur d'Alene rental company reports squatter inside one of its units.
  • 10:51 a.m. Terminal cancer patient on Lookout Drive/CdA is barely conscious.
  • 10:26 a.m. Grass fire reported in median of I-90/MP 1 (Beck Road/CdA)
  • 10:13 a.m. A transient w/a shopping cart is refusing to leave w/b I-90/Huetter rest stop; ISP en route to trespass him.
  • 10:10 a.m. Resident of Walrose Loop/Hayden reports males cutting trees on her property.
  • 10:02 a.m. CPR being performed on unconscious person @ 11 E. Lakeside Ave/CdA.
  • 9:46 a.m. Officer reports front & back door open, dogs running loose, at home where he is trying to serve papers @ 6900 block of Heritage Street/Rathdrum. No one is around. Rathdrum police en route to check out situation.
  • 9:25 a.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for July 8-10 here.
  • 8:56 a.m. (Via Taylor Viydo/KREM): Alert: Landline phone service is out in the areas of CdA Lk Dr, east to the Wolf Lodge area due to theft of phone cable.
  • 8:56 a.m. A domestic dispute is reported in 300 block of S15th Street/CdA.
  • 8:53 a.m. Caller reports a lot of braking going on as a result of an ISP officer in an I-90 turnout.
  • 8:35 a.m. Male in red Toyota Corolla, w/Washington plates, may be smoking meth from tinfoil @ e/b I-90/H41, Post Falls.

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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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