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This Fourth of July season is the 18th under a fireworks ban that affects Spokane and surrounding areas. Since the ban was implemented, fires from fireworks dropped from 1,043 in the 10 years before the ban to 46 in the 10 years after. Fire-related injuries dropped from 290 to 37. Brian Schaeffer, assistant chief of the Spokane Fire Department, has some suggestions about fireworks and holiday safety. Q.Is the Fourth of July a firefighter’s least favorite holiday?
Organizers of a Fourth of July fireworks show in this lakeside town say the economic downturn will force them to scale back on the 30-minute spectacle of lights.
That “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in 2006 involving a Sandpoint family has been spotlighted by the Wall Street Journal as one of the show’s all-time flops. Remember? The town celebrated and joined hands when Eric Hebert was picked as the worthy owner of a house that needed TLC. Hebert was raising his sister’s young twins after she died unexpectedly in 2004. The three were living in a house best described as a basement with a roof over it. Hebert’s original mortgage was for $110,000. After the mega-makeover by the popular show, Hebert refinanced it twice, for $250,000 and then for $382,500. And later became the first Extreme Makeover beneficiary to suffer foreclosure. Hebert wouldn’t comment for the WSJ article. But Century 21 RiverStone realtor Sydney Icardo did. Icardo, who cut down aspen trees used to decorate Hebert’s former bedroom, said: “It’s kind of like we have egg on our face. It cuts deep. We’re a tight community.” The Wall Street Journal offers four other tales of extreme makeovers gone wrong and this spin from a show spokeswoman: “Like many homeowners in the nation ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ families aren’t immune to the current state of the U.S. economy.” P’haps “Extreme Makeover” should offer some extreme financial counseling to ensure everyone lives happily ever after? Gringos, beware
Parking will soon be banned on some narrow roads around Liberty Lake that were laid out in horse-and-buggy days. Spokane County commissioners unanimously approved the parking restrictions this week, and “no parking” signs are expected to go up early next month.
A Kingston, Idaho, man was killed when a tree he was felling broke and hit him around noon on Saturday. Sonny Von Scherrer, 34, was cutting wood in the forest near Fourth of July Pass when the accident occurred, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office reported. Friends of Scherrer’s told deputies that they had been cutting trees about three miles from Interstate 90 off of Forest Service Road 614.
Who says that marching bands and stodgy uniforms go together? For 32 years, the Perfection-Nots have entertained crowds at Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July parade with rousing patriotic songs and outrageous attire.
Happy Independence Day. If you’ve put out the flag, packed the cooler and bought the fireworks, only one question remains: Just how much do you really know about the American history you’re about to celebrate?
Fourth of July celebrations around the country
Hordes of campers who had piled into North Idaho campgrounds for the Fourth of July weekend packed up soggy clothes and damp spirits Monday to make an early departure. "We stuck it out until today and finally decided we've had it," said Coeur d'Alene resident Dave Grant.