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Announcement on Facebook wall of St. Maries Gazette Record:
“All Greater St. Maries Youth Soccer games scheduled for tonight have been cancelled after reports of a cougar sighting in the vicinity of St. Maries city park. At least two reports of a cougar sighting were reported to local law enforcement and Fish and Game officials; one at 10 a.m. at the elementary school bus garage and the second at the BMX track an hour later.
Two separate incidents involving motorists and their view of the Constitution landed in magistrate court last week. A 53-year-old man was arrested and charged with five misdemeanors after he was pulled over by a St. Maries City Police officer. William Harold Johnson was charged with driving without privileges, resisting and obstructing an officer, two counts possession of concealed weapon and possession of a controlled substance. According to the police report, Johnson was initially pulled over at 9:02 p.m. July 9 by Officer Eric Bailey near Archie’s IGA because he was driving without headlights after sunset. …Officer Bailey asked Johnson for his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. According to his report, Johnson replied he did not have a driver’s license and stated he did not need one because he was a constitutionalist. He argued he was traveling not driving/Summer Crosby, St. Maries Gazette Record. More here.
Question: And you thought all Constitutionalists in North Idaho had pledge their troth to the Republican Party?
St. Maries recently passed a supplemental levy allowing for extra funding — money our schools desperately need. While this is great news for our educators and students, the levy is merely a Band-Aid over a bigger problem. Education in our state is in need of improvement. But instead, the blame game is hindering progress and dividing all of us who are invested in education. Some blame legislators for not listening, unions for spreading misinformation, nit picking data points or organizations for not stepping in. Pointing fingers is not going to do us any good. My perspective comes from three different views — not only am I a school board member looking out for the good of my district, I’m also a mother and a grandmother who wants the very best for my family. While my experience comes from northern Idaho, this is a state-wide issue where the whole system needs improvement/St. Maries Trustee Margaret Gannon, IdahoED News. More here. (Photo: IdahoEd News)
Question: How has Idaho gone so far off the rails when it comes to the quality of our public education?
A St. Maries man suffered injuries after he guided a runaway snowmobile away from a crowd at the annual Summer Sucks Grass Drags Saturday. Dan Reynolds sustained a broken arm, a broken jaw and lacerations on his leg after a snowmobile crashed into a parked pickup truck. “He started up a snowmobile and it took off at wide open throttle,” Mr. Reynolds’ father, Randy, said. “There was something mechanical that went wrong with it.” Randy said his son saw that the snowmobile was headed toward a group of people and so he tried to jump on it to stop it. “He was drug along the side of it,” Randy said. “It was headed toward a crowd, but he managed to get it to turn and it ended up hitting a pickup.” Dale Hill said the sled was headed toward a group of 10 to 15 people before Mr. Reynolds turned it away/Summer Crosby, St. Maries Gazette Record. More here.
Question: Can we simply call this guy a hero? Saaalute …
Boise State defensive backs coach Marcel Yates (Texas A&M) and special teams coach Jeff Choate (Washington State) will leave the Broncos for jobs in Bowl Championship Series conferences, a source told the Idaho Statesman. Their exact titles are unknown, but Yates is expected to coach defensive backs for new Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin in the Southeastern Conference and Choate is expected to coach a defensive position for new Cougars coach Mike Leach in the Pac-12. Washington State already has hired special teams coach Eric Russell, who like Choate attended St. Maries High in North Idaho. The two departures will cost the Broncos experience and recruiting ties/Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman. More here. (SR file photo: Choate as the Post Falls Trojans coach in the 1990s)
Question: Will Boise State be able to continue its Top 10 performances of the past three years, with the exodus of its offensive coordinator and other assistant football coaches?
“The Three Stephanies” are down to two after one was shot Christmas Day. Stefanie Comack was one of three St. Maries girls in the class of 2011 named Stephanie. Stephanie Mills, Stephani Brede and Ms. Comack adopted the moniker when they became friends in middle school. Ms. Comack was shot Dec. 25. She was airlifted to Kootenai Medical Center where she later died. Her boyfriend, Joe Herrera, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. … Her friends described her as the “life of the party” and a “tomboy.” … One of the Stephanie Trio, Ms. Mills, met Ms. Comack in the sixth grade. “We called her “Bugs” because she used to put bugs in her pockets and bring them inside when she was little,” Ms. Mills said. “She was upbeat, all smiles and when she did get mad, she was over it in a second”/Mary Orr, St. Maries Gazette Record. (Gazette Record photo)
Joseph Herrera was charged with 2nd Degree Murder Tuesday for the Christmas Day killing of Stefanie Comack of St. Maries. Herrera made his first appearance in court Tuesday where his bond was set at $200,000. Herrera claims that he was unloading his gun when it accidentally discharged. Benewah County Prosecutor Doug Payne says, however, that the evidence shows that when the gun discharged it was very close to Comack's head. Friends and family members close to Stefanie claimed Monday that Herrera had a history of abusive behavior and threatened to shoot her a week before she was killed/KXLY. More here.
By any measure, he was an extraordinary man. That he had a winning bedside manner is incontestable. Besides being a beloved “family doctor” who for 28 years delivered most of the babies born in Benewah County, he was an active community leader, a man of many interests, especially in political and public affairs. Dr. C.A. “Doc” Robins, Idaho’s 22nd governor, was the right man in the right place at the right time in Idaho history. The first of the modern, post World War II governors, he set Idaho on a solid course into the future, shepherding through the Legislature new laws that created the State Building Fund, the Tax Commission, the Department of Labor while revamping Idaho’s antiquated prisons, revising its workman’s comp program, removing the highway department from the patronage system and forcing consolidation of Idaho’s 1,100 school districts into less than 200. Yet today one can travel the length and breadth of Benewah County and not find a single public reference to one of Idaho’s most accomplished governors ever having lived and worked in St. Maries/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.
Question: Who is your favorite Idaho governor? Why?
A St. Maries woman is convinced she’s spotted wolves within city limits. Two others are sure they’ve heard them. While deer-watching one evening Brittany Odekirk caught a glimpse of more alarming wildlife. “We have a calico deer that is white from the mid-side back and I’ve been sitting and watching for it to take some pictures and I saw the wolves instead,” she said. “I’ve been watching them now for three weeks.” The wolves run through the field on the hill across from her home at Second Street and Dakota Avenue. “I’ve seen them twice on two different days and heard them twice on two other days,” she said. “We believe it is a mom and her pups, because several of the howls are more like yips”/Mary Orr, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here. (St. Maries Gazette photo: Brittany Odekirk and her daughter Madison stand on their back porch.)
Question: How concerned would you be about wolves if they were this close to your home?
Kootenai County Sheriff deputies responded to an explosives call near St. Maries on Thursday evening. 1,000 pounds of explosives were found on a property recently reclaimed by land owner, Verne McIlree. For the past year, McIlree says renters had been squatting on his land without any payment. The renters, Eric and Lisa Kelly are owners of the company, Advanced Explosives Demolition. They are behind the building demolitions such as the Spyglass Hotel, 1515 Tower in Florida, Qwest Tower in Arizona and the Lake Champlain Bridge between New York and Florida. Ben Wolfinger, Kootenai County Sheriff Office's public information officer, said they are explosive rights contractors: “They had the right to have explosives, but it was not legally stored.” McIlree recalled that a few months ago one of his buildings on his property blew up/Nicole Hensley/KXLY. More here. (KXLY photo)
RE: St. Maries rejects Coeur d’Alene Tribe offer of police help/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record
Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d’Alene police spokesman and Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations member: “This is so disappointing and sure to be a discussion topic at our next KCTFHR meeting. It is a issue that need not be. But it appears that years of hatred toward the tribe has fueled this. No doubt the Mayor faced incredible poticial pressure. I am sorry for her that she was put in this position, but the citizens are the losers here. It does appear that she is open to future discussion with all parties involved so good for her. My experience is that when a person needs the help of law enforcement they are very grateful to see an officer arrive. They do not care what agency they represent. I guess it is different in Benewah. However if the Sheriff’s Department and local government would put aside their differences, and embrace the help of the tribal officers the citizens would begin to feel comfortable with them assisting.
The matter is closed. That is the decision by Mayor Tami Holdahl relating to an offer by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to the city of St. Maries to assist with law enforcement when needed. “After review of the contract between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the city of Plummer and the county of Kootenai, I am tabling any further discussion regarding the “mutual aid” and “cross deputization” agreements. The city is willing to meet and work with Benewah County and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to come to an agreement that will be beneficial for all parties,” Mayor Holdahl wrote in a memo last week. Keith Hutcheson, chief of the tribal police department, met with the city council last month and offered the help, at no cost to the city. The offer was consistent with a previous agreement the tribe had with the city/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.
Question: Are you surprised that St. Maries backed away from the free police help offered by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe?
Last night, KHQ followed Kyra Wine, of St. Maries, to camp and provided this video that shows she is rebounding from the horrible abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother and her horrible boyfriend.
The North Idaho Citizens’ Alliance (NICA) threatened to recall St.
Maries Mayor Tami Holdahl if the city signs a mutual aid and
cross-deputization agreement with the tribe. In a broadly
distributed email, NICA head Peg Carver wrote, “We have some grave
concerns that Mayor Holdahl is attempting to throw us under the bus once
again.” we think it may be time to initiate petitions for her recall as
mayor.” The dispute started two weeks ago. Tribal Police Chief
Keith Hutcheson offered to help the St. Maries city police during Paul
Bunyan Days and the 1910 fire memorial when the city’s force might be
overwhelmed by the number of people in town. The St. Maries city council
and mayor are considering the proposal/Connor DeVries, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.
Question: What do you make of this development?
In late May, Rammell said that he was done with Idaho politics for the foreseeable future and that he had no plans to run for elected office. He might be changing his tune slightly, though he points out that he hasn’t made any firm decisions. ”My supporters in District 2, the St. Maries area, are wanting me to run there,” said Rammell. “And I’m considering it. But I am waiting until they draw the districts up next year to see what happens”/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.
Question: Could Rex Rammell when a seat in the Idaho Legislature by moving to District 2 (southern Bonner County, Shoshone County, and St. Maries)?
Honest George: Including St. Maries on this list is an example of ‘government gone wild’. The total amount of creosote-laced soil from the old Carney pole site is small in comparision to the total amount leeching from the thousands of piers and bridge pilings spread throughout the Coeur d’Alene Lake, Coeur d’Alene River and St. Joe River. Why isn’t the EPA concerned about them? The pilings that comprised the quarter-mile city levee, constructed by the Corps of Engineers and now replaced by a steel-sheet levee, leaked twice the amount of creosote into the river than what slopped out of the pole soaking-pan of Carney’s pole site.
Question: Does it bother you that much of this region is in a zone that the EPA considers a Superfund site (although a chunk of it doesn’t have that designation)?
This is one of those times when you don’t feel so good about being in the top 5. Inspired, so to speak, by the ever-morphing-but-consistently-disgusting saga of the gulf oil spill, The Daily Beast decided to find America’s most toxic communities. Idaho’s very own St. Maries community ranks third based on a couple of factors and some college-level math. St. Maries sits on the banks of the St. Joe River, renowned for its world-class fishing. Recently, it was discovered that a harmful pollutant had been slowly spilling into the river and surrounding soils for decades. Over 200 tons of contaminated soil had to be removed. Is there good news? Kinda. The private companies responsible just signed a cleanup agreement in February 2010. Could there possibly be more bad news? Yeah. Remember this last legislative session when the state cut all funding for water quality monitoring?/Sara Cohn, Idaho Conservation League. More here. (SR File Photo of couple on water by St. Maries)
Question: Aren’t you proud to have this almost in our back yards?