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PM Scanner Traffic — 9.2.14

Sept. 2, 2014 2:02 p.m. - Updated: 2:07 p.m.

  • 1:59 p.m. Deputy reports loose cows on Skyline Drive/Harrison.
  • 1:52 p.m. Caller reports 2nd driver brake-checked & flipped him off @ n/b H95/Appleway, CdA.
  • 1:21 p.m. Individual involved in crash on Blanchard Cut-Off/Bonner County is complaining of shoulder injury.
  • 1:14 p.m. Non-injury crash reported on Blanchard Cut-Off Road/Bonner County, north of Spirit Lake.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

SR News Quiz — 8.2.2014

Sept. 2, 2014 1:57 p.m. - Updated: 2:01 p.m.

How much do you know about WSU football, sales of properties at Priest Lake, silver divorce rates and other items in the news? Take our Spokesman-Review Weekly Quiz and find out. You could win a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel or two movie tickets. Take the Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Last week's winners: $50 Davenport gift card: Jim Eggers from Mead, Wash.; movie tickets: Jason Kirshner of Coeur d’Alene.

Wild Card/Tuesday — 9.2.14

Sept. 2, 2014 1:49 p.m. - Updated: 1:49 p.m.

I attended the final concert of 27 produced by Handshake Productions, at City Park, Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed the Spokane Symphony at Liberty Lake. Attended a birthday party. And drafted 2 Fantasy Football teams that are projected to finish below .500. All in all, a fine Labor Day weekend for the Coeur d'Alene Family Oliveria. Today, we have the filing deadline for NIC trustees. (Which troops will the Tea-Publicans send out in their never-ending quest to take over Kootenai County?) We also have the swearing-in of a new Coeur d'Alene police chief. And the unofficial beginning of fall. Which means the politicians will be courting your vote for the next 2 months. Be careful out there …

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A Resort Town Good For Year Round

Sept. 2, 2014 1:36 p.m. - Updated: 1:48 p.m.

“They call me geranium girl,” said Rachel Johns as she planted geraniums on the grounds of the Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene in May. (SR File Photo: Kathy Plonka)

Guess which local city ranks among the 10 Best American Vacation Towns to Live In Year round, according to the Money Crashers site? Bingo. Coeur d'Alene. Quoth writer Brian Bartucci: Believe it or not, the community is more than just a tourist destination. The massive, old-school Coeur d’Alene Resort is a fixture here, and favorable corporate tax laws have encouraged innovative businesses to set up shop as well. Kootenai Healthcare, a growing hospital system, is the largest local employer. The Pita Pit, a wildly successful food service franchise, is a homegrown success story. Hecla Mining, which focuses on silver deposits throughout North America (and employs dozens of engineers at six-figure salaries), has a growing presence in the region. And despite its apparent isolation, the city benefits from its strategic location at the eastern end of a 40-mile economic corridor that terminates west of Spokane, Washington. Complete list (not in any particular order) here.

Question: The writer describes the Coeur d'Alene Resort “old-school.” What do you suppose he meant by that?

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RRepubs To Hear Green, Sheriff

Sept. 2, 2014 1:25 p.m. - Updated: 1:32 p.m.

Kootenai County Commissioner Dan Green and Sheriff Ben Wolfinger will speak at the evening Kootenai County Reagan Republicans meeting,  6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Avondale Golf Course Restaurant, Hayden Lake. With the recent decision by District Court Judge John Stegner that the County's proposed lease agreement with Rocky Mountain Corrections should not proceed because it violates provisions of the Idaho Constitution, Green and Wolfinger will discuss the County's future options concerning jail operations. “Reagan Republicans have taken no position on this or previous jail proposals but our members are keenly interested in learning about the fiscal impact of all future proposals to build or expand jail facilities.” said KCRR President Jeff Ward. “We are all wondering what will be proposed next”/Reagan Republican news release.

Question: What could the sheriff & Dan Green say about jail expansion that would make local Republicans happy? Tents? Pink jump suits? Joe Arpaio is consulting on the next project? What?


Idaho Families Can’t Make Ends Meet

Sept. 2, 2014 1:21 p.m. - Updated: 1:48 p.m.

A sobering report, titled “Families Out of Balance,” published this morning, confirms what too many Idaho middle- and lower middle-class families know all to well: They are struggling more than ever to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. In the first of what will be a series of reports produced by the Alliance for a Just Society, 10 states, including Idaho, were examined to compare jobs, wages and the cost of living. “Our reality is that we can't even afford to live in our own house because rent is out of our budget on what the two of us earn,” said Idaho husband and father of one Deejay Henry. “I have had two raises since I began working here, and now I make $12 an hour. Henry is not unlike thousands of Idahoans whose household budgets hover way too close to their income, leaving no room for savings, emergencies or higher education for their children/George Prentiss, Boise Weekly. More here. (AP File Photo for illustrative purposes, worker wipes his brow in Canyon County field)

Question: Isn't it too bad that you can't eat Idaho's beauty?


Mudgy & Millie To Celebrate Birthday

Sept. 2, 2014 1:08 p.m. - Updated: 1:12 p.m.

How old are Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse? No one knows for sure. What we do know is that they were born out of a love of books, active living, public art and the community of Coeur d'Alene. Every year since 2008 their birthday has been celebrated at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. “Mudgy & Millie” fans of all ages are invited to the party at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 in the Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave. The book is the brainchild of children's author Susan Nipp — nationally known as the co-creator of the Wee Sing books and music — and was illustrated by Charles Reasoner. Nipp, who is a member of the Library Foundation Board, signed over all royalties from the sale of the book and related merchandise to the foundation/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press Photo: Jordan Thielman, 8, and her sister Katie, 7, from Cottage Grove, Orgeon, pose for their family with Mudgy and Millie at Indepence Point in Coeur d'Alene Sunday)

Question: Have you ever taken the Mudgy & Millie tour of five statues, all around the town? Who with?


Californian Dreamin’ Of Sandpoint

Sept. 2, 2014 11:41 a.m. - Updated: 11:46 a.m.

In the American Spectator, conservative columnist Ben Stein writes: I have been going to Sandpoint since 1992 on a regular basis. In all of that time I have only had one person honk her horn at me and she had a Coeur d’Alene license plate. I have literally been too absent-minded to go through a green light in Sandpoint and yet the people behind me did not beep. In Beverly Hills or West Hollywood, if I even slow down at a stop sign, the people behind me beep and give me the finger. When I walk along the street in Sandpoint, every person, young, old, man, woman, boy, girl, smiles and says, “Hey, Ben.” We’re all family. In Los Angeles when I walk down the street, giant drunken hipsters will mow me down if I don’t get out of their way. Don’t get me wrong. Rockers are fine with me, but they do not have that homey Sandpoint touch, at least not to me. More here.

Question (for ex-Californians): Have you ever wanted to move back to the Golden State?


Embers Rise From Chef In Forest

Sept. 2, 2014 11:26 a.m. - Updated: 12:10 p.m.

Chris and Jane Hammons at Embers by the Lake. (Inlander Photo: Carrie Scozzaro)

Tell Jane Hammons that Embers by the Lake in Hauser, Idaho, reminds you of the Catskills resort from the movie Dirty Dancing and she'd be pleased, says her husband Chris. Assisted by family and friends, the two transformed the former upscale Chef In The Forest eatery into a popular, casual pizza place more in keeping with this landmark's 1960s origins as the Woodland Beach Resort. They're also renovating the adjacent cabins, calling that business Mr. Hammons' School's Out Resort. It's a nod to the couple's longtime careers in education: he retired after 32 years while she spent 19 years teaching, another seven as Pita Pit's director of training, and is returning to the classroom this coming year (at Woodland Middle School, where Chris used to be principal)/Carrie Scozzaro, Inlander. More here.

Question: Any of you former Chef in the Forest fans ready to try out Embers by the Lake?


AM Scanner Traffic — 9.2.14

Sept. 2, 2014 11:24 a.m. - Updated: 12:10 p.m.

  • 11:04 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ H95/Ohio Match Road, Athol.
  • 10:57 a.m. Undisclosed animal problem reported @ Leisure Park/CdA.
  • 10:20 a.m. Dump truck dropping gravel on w/b I-90/MP 2 (Beck Road/Post Falls).
  • 10:17 a.m. Dentist office in 9900 block of Govt Way/Hayden reports male & female in car in front of business have tried to attract customers to them all morning. They appear to be “on something.”
  • 8:38 a.m. Traffic lights are malfunctioning @ 11th Avenue/Spokane Street, Post Falls.
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