The circle of life put Coeur d’Alene Avista customers in the dark Thursday afternoon, when an osprey building a nest knocked out power to more than 2,000 homes.
The osprey apparently dropped a stick on a power line by the Coeur d’Alene resort, Avista spokeswoman Debbie Simock said. The outage was reported at 1:57 p.m., and power was restored at 2:37 p.m. Avista reports 2,281 customers were without power.
Crews were working on the line when the bird dropped the stick, Simock said. Otherwise the system should have quickly recovered from the impact.
“Because the crew had been working on the line, they had to go out and visually inspect the line to see what the problem was,” she said.
Monroe bridge opens today
The Monroe Street Bridge will open at 5 a.m. today for the morning commute, three days ahead of schedule, according to a news release from the city.
Sidewalks and motor traffic in both directions were closed starting June 3 on the north-south span that feeds into downtown Spokane. Road crews installed manholes and rerouted stormwater drainage pipes to an underground storage facility designed to capture runoff from the nearby Kendall Yards development. Workers also repaired signals and lighting on the bridge and patched the roadway.
“We appreciate the patience during construction and are pleased to be able to reopen the Monroe Street Bridge ahead of schedule,” city Business and Development Services Director Jan Quintrall said in a statement.
Car seized; suspect missing
Spokane County sheriff’s deputies have impounded a vehicle belonging to the suspect in Wednesday’s drive-by shooting that killed a man in north Spokane. The suspect is still at large.
Deputies found the vehicle on 1529 E. Sanson Ave., according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. Issiah L. Schauman, the 19-year-old suspected of shooting and killing Fabian McBride, 27, was not with the vehicle.
Deputies were monitoring the vehicle Thursday in hopes that Schauman would return. The attempt was compromised, however, after photos of the car were posted on social media.
Police believe Schauman killed McBride outside McBride’s home on the 7000 block of North Atlantic Street. He is considered armed and dangerous.