August 12, 2007 in City

In brief: Shuttle visible from right at home

The Spokesman-Review

Fans of McCall, Idaho, teacher Barbara Morgan can keep an eye on her while she orbits the Earth during her 14-day space shuttle mission.

The shuttle Endeavour and International Space Station can be spotted in the night sky one to three times each day.

The spacecraft will appear fairly low in the northwest sky on each of the orbits and then traverse into the northeast sky over a period of less than one minute to three minutes from tonight through Monday. A schedule of the potential sightings is on the NASA Web site at sightings/index.html. The next appearances will be at 9:42 and 11:15 tonight and 10:04 p.m. Monday.

– Mike Prager

Orofino, Idaho

Man trapped, killed between truck, trailer

A 31-year-old Orofino, Idaho, man died late Friday after he became pinned between a truck and a loaded trailer as it was backed into a driveway.

Stephen Fagley, 31, was helping guide a 2004 Chevy Blazer with a loaded vehicle dolly into the driveway of his residence, 270 118th St. in Orofino, at 10:12 p.m. Friday. The driver of the Blazer, Richard Fagley, 67, who lives at the same home, missed on one attempt and tried again, according to an Idaho State Police report.

The older man did not realize that Stephen Fagley had become trapped between the truck and the loaded trailer, suffering fatal injuries, police said. The relationship between the two men could not be confirmed.

Local and state police agencies are investigating the incident.

– JoNel Aleccia


Governor wants felony charges for dogfights

Gov. Butch Otter wants the penalty for staging dogfights to be increased from a misdemeanor to a felony, his spokesman said.

“He strongly opposes any kind of animal fighting, whether it’s dogs or cocks or anything,” Jon Hanian said.

Attempts by Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, to change the law with the backing of the Idaho Humane Society have been resisted by fellow Republicans. He welcomed Otter’s support, he told the Lewiston Tribune.

Jeff Rosenthal, director of the Idaho Humane Society in Boise, said other Republicans are also behind the move.

“We did have the announcement from Sen. Brad Little (R-Emmett) that he would work on dogfighting legislation,” Rosenthal said. “And a number of folks now, including Sen. Denton Darrington (R-Declo) who kind of has a reputation as a hard-on-crime kind of guy, are now solidly on board.”

Pro football star Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons is facing federal charges related to dogfighting, and that has put more attention on the crime elsewhere. Trail said Vick’s case is causing Idaho officials to reconsider how the state deals with dogfighting.

In the past, lawmakers with ranching backgrounds have been suspicious of legislation backed by the Humane Society, and argued that a maximum jail sentence of six months and a $5,000 fine was sufficient.

– Associated Press

Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email