Coeur d'Alene's Dennis Cooke writes in Press Letters to the Editor: "I am responding to the article, “Dirt bike track dispute revs up,” published on Aug. 6. I was the only one interviewed of the 34+ rural property owners who are unable to have the full use and enjoyment of their land. Many have lived peacefully for decades.
FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2016
An Idaho legislative group is meeting to figure out how to extend health care coverage to residents in the “gap,” meaning they earn too much for Medicaid and too little to qualify for subsidies offered through the health care exchange established under the Affordable Care Act. Approximately 78,000 Idahoans fall into the gap.
Macy’s will be closing about 100 stores in an attempt to trim its footprint as more customers shop online, the department store announced Thursday. “This country is overstored given evolving customer shopping habits,” Macy’s Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet said. (Question: When's the last time you shopped at Macy's?)
Jonathan Glover/SR reports on a service dog being trained for a somber and special purpose: "But one dog – aptly named Paddy after Chuck “Paddy” Hennessey, the late owner of Hennessey Funeral Home – was at the training to learn how to comfort people in times they need it most.
A woman who owns a house on Lake Coeur d’Alene has caught the attention of lake goers for her reactions to cruise boats. Judy Moore owns the prominent house on top of a massive rock along arrow point on Lake Coeur d'Alene. "It's fun. I wave at all the boats, if I'm out there,” Moore said.
Katy Lightfield expected she and her husband would take a pay cut when they moved early last year to Meridian from Austin, Texas. And they did — a $30,000 cut. But it was worth it to be back in their home state, closer to family. What she didn’t expect was that child care in Idaho would cost as much as it did in Austin.
Happy Friday, HBO! Well, we have ALMOST survived another week here together. I'm going to call it right now: Today is going to be a good day. The skies are blue, the birds are singing and the weekend will soon be here. I've got that old Sunday School song stuck in my head, "I've got the joy, joy, joy down in my heart."
After Pita Pit's national headquarters offices caught fire Wednesday evening, the store employees were quick to whip up some pitas of appreciation. "The director of training was in the middle of franchisee training and he said, 'Let's feed all these firefighters,'" Coeur d'Alene Pita Pit general manager Lauren Casey said Thursday.
Paul Turner/The Slice has a question that is sure to be a hot-button for some: What Olympic event would you eliminate because you do not consider it a sport? If you aren't sure, here's the list to pick from. I'll start: Ryhthmic gymnastics and curling. Ready, go!
The federal agency in charge of arresting people for drugs says it won’t reclassify marijuana as something that has medical uses. In a notice to Gov. Jay Inslee published Thursday in the Federal Record, the Drug Enforcement Administration turned down a request to take marijuana out of Schedule I, a classification for dangerous drugs.
This year, Athol will celebrate a fresh chapter during its annual Athol Daze town festival on Saturday. With the theme "Athol: A New Direction," city clerk and treasurer Lori Yarbrough said the 2016 Athol Daze will mark a new era for the small town. "The committee came up with it," Yarbrough said Wednesday. "Our city's gone through a lot."
A fishonista like me can't ever resist a good fish story. I'm not a pike fisherwoman, but a big fish is a big fish. The CDA Press reports: Landing a hefty fish is always exciting, but for Tom “Bruno” Peebles it was particularly special. The Coeur d’Alene man caught a 19-pound, 32-inch northern pike Tuesday while fishing at Fernan Lake.
Rathdrum’s Patricia Jenson calls her work commute on Highway 41 to Post Falls an “adventure.” “There’s an interesting mix of commuters with farm and commercial traffic,” said Jenson, who has been making the drive for eight years. “I’ve seen it all — accidents, near-misses, people stranded along the road causing a traffic mess.”
Early in my career, editors drummed this into my head: Save and save often. It's good advice, particularly when the weather is afoul. I learned this morning, though, to heed their caution even on pretty, sunny days like this. I'm not sure what caused the power to blink, but blink it did and I lost all I'd been working on.
The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners proposes spending about $14 million in the coming fiscal year to expand the county jail, expand vehicle and drivers license services, build shared parking with the city of Coeur d’Alene, and improve evidence storage. The spending is part of a proposed $96.3 million budget for fiscal year 2017.
THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2016
Here's a swell shot of some of our gold medal-winning gymnasts: Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman. I haven't caught much of the Olympics, but enjoy catching bits and pieces via the blogosphere and facebook.
In early July, Betsy Davis emailed her closest friends and relatives to invite them to a two-day party, telling them: “These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness.” And just one rule: No crying in front of her. (Question: Thoughts?)
Arpie sent me this pic of the super cool and still-standing sand castle, a remnant of last weekend's Art on the Green at North Idaho College. I've never had much luck with sand castles. Pretty amazing to see this creation take shape at the festival each year. Question: What's the coolest thing you've ever made?
Anglers should be excited about what was discovered during the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s recent kokanee survey of Dworshak Reservoir — fish are stacking up in the upper reservoir and their size is quite appealing. The larger fish have begun their migration up the reservoir as they prepare to spawn.
Paul Turner/The Slice offers up a trivia challenge in honor of retiring SR Editor/Hoosier Gary Graham: Name the 1977 movie in which a Ball State pennant can be seen in the home of an understandably crazed utility worker. What city claims "Johnny Appleseed"? In "A Christmas Story," what's the name of the neighbors with the unruly hounds?
The North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation is holding its fourth annual Ales for the Trail Microbrew Festival on Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. at McEuen Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The Ales for the Trail Festival draws more than 25 of the region’s finest craft brewers. (Question: What's your favorite brew?)
At Trailhead 65, which leads to the top of Scotchman Peak, is a foreboding sign announcing to hikers that they're entering "Bear Country" and should take care to neither attract nor antagonize the potentially ferocious omnivores. But the animal that people around here are more concerned about isn't a large mammal capable of mauling hapless hikers.
Publicity about the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service may have contributed to Glacier National Park having its busiest month on record in July, with more than 818,000 people visiting the Montana gem. (Question: What's your favorite National Park and why?)
On Saturday, the Coeur d'Alene Public Library will be transformed into a world where hobbits, ewoks, Gotham villains and many more will intertwine. Enter the universe of Coeur d'Con, where art, literature, science fiction and fantasy unite with endless imagination. Coeur d'Con is the Lake City's version of Comic-Con. (Question: Are you a geek?)
Coeur d’Alene teachers and the school board reached a tentative agreement Wednesday on a contract for the next school year. The agreement includes a 2 percent salary increase for all employees and no changes in health insurance benefits. It’s the first time since 2014 the board and teachers have reached an agreement without third-party mediation.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.