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Blast From Past: Trail Controversy

From my files 25 years ago:

POST FALLS — Retiree Ed Pettis prides himself on the back yard he has carved out of rocky Spokane River frontage. A span of grass and bull pines slopes southward from his double-wide mobile home to the river bank, cut in two by a hog-wire fence. The river flows in easy view of his living room. It's the southern end of Pettis' 300-foot-deep yard that causes him to scowl, the part that has been bulldozed and seeded with rye grass. Kootenai County owns an easement through that part — along the old Spokane River Canal right-of-way, which bisects the Pettis property. “My property could look pretty nice if I were free to fix it the way I want,” said Pettis, fingering a key to the padlocked gate that blocks intruders from his main yard. “They said they're going to have all kinds of stuff through there, and now they've come up with this (centennial) trail business.” (Kathy Plonka SR file photo of jogger using Centennial Trail)

Question: Did you realize that a good number of Post Falls residents fought the proposed Centennial Trail, especially in the Pine Villa area?

PM: Trail Murder Suspect Enters Pleas

Judge Jerome Leveque informs Avondre Graham of his rights during Grahams arraingnment in Superior Court on Thursday in Spokane in Spokane. Graham pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree murder, third degree assault, fist degree assault and first degree robbery. He is accused of killing Sharlotte McGill on the Centennial Trail. Story below. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Man Admits Centennial Trail Murder

Avondre Graham, the 17-year-old suspected of stabbing a woman to death while she was walking her dog in May, has admitted to the murder. Graham claims he was sitting on a rock outside his South Riverton apartment when McGill walked by, made a negative comment about the music Graham was listening to then insulted him by using a racial slur. He told investigators he followed McGill down Tuffy's Trail and threw a baseball-sized rock at McGill, hitting her in the head. The rock knocked McGill to her knees and Graham says he them jumped on top of her and used his folding knife to stab her multiple times/KXLY. More here.


Hero: Just Doing What Was Needed

Joshua Gahl’s adrenaline took over. A woman had just been brutally attacked by a stranger with some sort of mallet as she walked down the Centennial Trail on Thursday near Spokane’s Mission Park. “I hear a woman screaming for help,” said Gahl (pictured), the operations supervisor at the nearby Maplewood Gardens assisted living facility, whose shop is just feet from where the violent attack occurred. “I was kind of unsure what I heard at first. I thought it might have been one of our residents that fell, so I went outside.” That’s where he found the bloodied victim. “There’s a lady standing there with her head in her hand, screaming for help, and I said, ‘Hon, what’s wrong? Is there something I can help you with?’ She pointed down the trail, and about 30 feet in front of her was this man, kind of walking away. “She says, ‘that guy just attacked me’ ”/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Question: Do you consider the Centennial Trail to be safe?

Centennial/Prairie Work Set

Two trails, the North Idaho Centennial Trail and the Prairie Trail, need to be seal coated.  Both seal coating projects will be “rolling projects,” meaning that the seal coating takes about two hours to dry, so the trail will be usable soon after the contractor has sealed it.  The contractor can seal about one mile of trail per day. During the seal coating period, users will not be directed to an alternate route – rather, please be aware of the project, use the shoulder when traveling around the work area, and, when appropriate, walk bikes around the work area.Work on the Prairie Trail begins Tuesday.  It will start where the Prairie Trail intersects the Centennial Trail north of Riverstone and the work will continue to Huetter Road.  The nearly 4 ½ miles of Prairie Trail should be completed by Aug. 3. Work on the Centennial Trail begins Monday, Aug 6/Coeur d'Alene Today. More here. (SR file photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: Do you use the Prairie Trail?

ROTC Student Saves Man In River

Christopher Smith, a Gonzaga University junior from Tampa, Fla., found himself dangling from a ledge over the Spokane River before daybreak Friday in a daring rescue of a suicidal man who had jumped into the river minutes earlier. Smith, 19, shinnied about 12 feet down from a viewing platform on the Centennial Trail’s Kardong Bridge to reach the man, who was partly submerged and holding onto the bridge’s concrete pier. He pulled out the man and tried to keep him warm until firefighters arrived. As they waited, they talked about the man’s reasons for wanting to die. The man told Smith he was out of work and recently divorced/Mike Prager, SR. More here.

Question: Has someone ever saved your life?

BMXer Grabs Centennial Trail Jogger

Another woman has reported being grabbed on the Centennial Trail. The 22-year old victim was jogging westbound on the trail near the 1100 block of East Mission on Tuesday afternoon, when the suspect, like previous reports, grabbed the victim's bottom from behind as he rode past her. The victim described the suspect as riding a silver BMX-style bicycle, wearing high top tennis shoes and denim shorts/Nicole Hensley, KXLY. More here.

Question: Have you ever been bothered by a stranger while using Centennial Trail?

Post Falls Women Survive I-90 Crash

Two women walked away from a car accident that stretched across both east and westbound lanes of I-90 and part of Centennial Trail Friday morning. Idaho State Patrol responded to the accident around 4:30 a.m. between Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene, just west of the Huetter Rest Stop.ISP says the driver was traveling westbound on I-90 when she crossed the center line, went down an embankment and then crossed the eastbound lanes of I-90. The car busted through the guard rail, went down another embankment, across Centennial Trail and through six foot fence before coming to a rest/KXLY. More here.

Question: Have you survived a spectacular crash?

Thank An Architect If You Like Trail

The next time you ride along the Centennial Trail, or take your family out to enjoy one of Spokane’s scenic parks, thank a landscape architect. And if you know Coeur d’Alene’s Jon Mueller, be sure to thank him too. For 27 years, Mueller has been involved in efforts to beautify many parts of the Inland Northwest, including the Idaho portion of the Centennial Trail and Sky Prairie Park in north Spokane. Born and raised in Coeur d’ Alene, Mueller has witnessed great growth throughout the region. “As a child I watched Interstate 90 being built through the city and the initial development of Coeur d’Alene’s McEuen Field,” he said/Cindy Hval, Spokesman More here.

Question: Which part of the Centennial Trail, either side of the state line, is your favorite?

NI Blogosphere: Fog Along The Trail

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, Linda Lantzy offers this photo of sun & fog along the Centennial Trail. I’d guess that it was taken on the trail east of Coeur d’Alene. BTW, Linda is now selling calendars & Christmas cards featuring her North Idaho Scenics.

Hucks Online numbers (for week of Nov. 7-13): 55,754/30280

Atlas, Centennial Trails To Connect

This just in from Coeur d’Alene Ped Bike Facebook page: “The Atlas Trail is being extended under I-90 and will contect to the Centennial Trail. The project is scheduled to be completed by the middle of September.”

Question: How cool is this?

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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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