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Wild Card/Thursday — 7.31.14

July 31, 2014 5:23 p.m. - Updated: 5:24 p.m.

Goodness! Betsy Russell is on vacation. And Dan Popkey has jumped ship. Who is minding the store while the mischievous Idaho politicians plot in their back rooms? We're at the mercy of the dysfunctional politicians who couldn't even conduct a convention properly. Woe is us. Here's today's Wild Card …

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Parting Shot — 7.31.14

July 31, 2014 5:20 p.m. - Updated: 5:21 p.m.

A jumper raises sand during the women's long jump final at Hampden Park Stadium during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland earlier today. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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Woman Swims Pend Oreille In 20 Hrs

July 31, 2014 5:03 p.m. - Updated: 9:14 p.m.

A Massachusetts woman made history on Lake Pend Oreille on Thursday when she completed a 43-mile swim around 4 p.m. It took Elaine Howley 20 hours and 25 minutes to make the journey from end-to-end of the Lake Pend Oreille. Howley dived into the water Wednesday in an attempt to become the first person ever to swim the length of the lake solo. On Tuesday, she estimated the swim would take 18 hours to swim the 34-mile swim from Bayview to Sandpoint. Howley's started in Button Hook Bay and end at City Beach in Sandpoint/KREM2. More here.

Thoughts?

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Review: Uva Trattoria — 2 Thumbs Up

July 31, 2014 4:50 p.m. - Updated: 4:54 p.m.

People sometimes talk about this particular building at the corner of 4th and Appleway in CdA as if it's had a zillion occupants throughout its history, but the story is actually surprisngly brief. Built in 1984, it was Godfather's Pizza for 20 years (and OMG do I still miss a good taco pizza every day, always). Fast Mexi Los Sanchez lasted about two years until Fiesta Mexicana cha-cha'd in, where it stayed until last fall. So, unlike several other buildings in town, I don't believe this one has THE CURSE (*cough* 1801 Sherman). After remodeling the interior to the point of being utterly unrecognizable, owners Steve Van Zeveren, his wife Crystal, and his sister Lisa opened Uva Trattoria to the public in May. Steve has an extensive background in Italian cuisine, having studied at the California Culinary Academy and residing as head chef for many years at Napoli Pizza in Vallejo, CA/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: Have you tried Uva Italiana Trattoria yet?

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PM Scanner Traffic — 7.31.14

July 31, 2014 4:45 p.m. - Updated: 5:30 p.m.

PFPD Facebook: Kal’s Auto Sales, located on Seltice Way in Post Falls, reported that two vehicles had been burglarized sometime between 8:50 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Friday. The male suspect pictured below was wearing darker shorts and a light-colored t-shirt with an unknown design on the front and back. The suspect arrived on what appears to be a smaller female’s bicycle, possible white frame and seat. After he steals a stereo from one of the vehicles, the suspect heads west out of the lot. These burglaries were committed while it was still daylight and moderate traffic on Seltice Way. Also, La Cabana was still open.

  • 5:20 p.m. Contained dog reported @ 2507 N15th St/CdA.
  • 4:57 p.m. Fireman seeking source of smoke in attic @ 205 N. Park/CdA (opposite City Park in Fortgrounds neighborhood) reports temperature of 120 degrees.
  • 4:49 p.m. Someone injured in a fall @ 6900 block of Legacy/CdA.
  • 4:40 p.m. Driver of black Toyota @ e/b I-90/stateline, w/Bonneville County plates, is driving recklessly.
  • 4:26 p.m. Driver of Peterbilt truck @ w/b I-90/MP 21 (Vets Memorial Bridge) has driven 2 motorist off freeway.
  • 4:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 30-31 here.
  • 4:06 p.m. Deputy en route to domestic fight told multi-calls from address, which usually involve verbal disputes in which male tells female to leave residence.
  • 3:51 p.m. Someone injured in a fall @ 700 block of Sherman Avenue/downtown CdA.
  • 2:58 p.m. Motorhome has run out of gas @ w/b I-90/MP 16 (Sherman Avenue), blocking lane on blind corner.
  • 3:50 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ 2100 block of Sherman Avenue/CdA.
  • 2:40 a.m. Timberlake Fire EMTs responding to unconscious person @ Silverwood.
  • 2:09 p.m. Female driving stock has lost trailer wheel, having hard time keeping animals in, unknown highway location.
  • 2:05 p.m. Someone needs help getting up after fall @ 700 block of W. Ironwood Drive, north parking lot.
  • 1:08 p.m. Someone trying to reclaim stolen property on Iron Horse Circle/Post Falls.
  • 1:04 p.m. Deputy is looking for 22-foot pontoon boat off Boothe Park/Lake Coeur d'Alene, unknown reason.
  • 12:59 p.m. Fed Ex truck, red vehicle involved in noninjury crash @ Ramsey Road/Wyoming, Hayden, blocking.
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PM Headlines — 7.31.14

July 31, 2014 4:23 p.m. - Updated: 5:12 p.m.

Matt “Batman” Cutter, 20, braves high temperatures in his rubber-hooded crime fighter outfit in downtown Spokane. Cutter was on his way to Riverfront Park to entertain children at a Shriners gathering Wednesday. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

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Malloy: The New Press Secretary

July 31, 2014 3:47 p.m. - Updated: 3:51 p.m.

Popkey will become a “real” press secretary the first time he has to write a news release, or commentary, that defends a position contrary to Popkey’s personal views. In this case, it could be a monthly occurrence. The hiring of Popkey provides some adjustments for Labrador. Listening to advice is not one of Labrador’s strong points, but in this case it will pay for him to listen to somebody who has been around as long as Popkey. But Popkey’s success will not be determined by how much Labrador accepts advice. It will be how he helps improves accessibility with the media. Labrador is treated like a king with the national media, but often is trashed by the Idaho media – and not just the editorial writers. Reporters can attest that getting interview time with Labrador is next to impossible/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Did you know that Idaho media has a rough time gaining access to Congressman Labrador?

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HBO Blogosphere — 7.31.14

July 31, 2014 3:35 p.m. - Updated: 4:01 p.m.

In her post below, “The heat goes on,” Marianne Love/Slight Detour includes several photos of her fine garden, including this one of a growing pumpkin.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, July 30): 7547 page-views/4569 unique views

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Boundary Co Inmate Hangs Himself

July 31, 2014 3:14 p.m. - Updated: 3:21 p.m.

A Boundary County Jail inmate hanged himself in his cell sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning. On Wednesday, David Lee Ericson of Boundary County was arrested in Bonners Ferry on an outstanding warrant from Bonner County. according to the Boundary County Sheriff's Department. Also, he was charged with resisting arrest. Ericson, who had no apparent injuries and was in good health, was then confined by himself in the Boundary County Jail. During the night, Mr. Ericson died of an apparent suicide by hanging.  There is no suspected foul play. All subjects in confinement are checked every 30 minutes within the Boundary County Jail for their own safety as was Mr. Ericson. CPR was performed on Ericson before he was transported to the Boundary County Hospital. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.  Reports on toxicology and a full autopsy are proceeding. The Idaho State Police is investigating the matter/Boundary County Sheriff's Department news release.

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USA Cat-Dog Divide Leans … Dog

July 31, 2014 3:07 p.m. - Updated: 3:31 p.m.

We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too. Here in the U.S., slightly more households own dogs than own cats. But Euromonitor’s numbers show that in terms of raw population, cats outnumber dogs to the tune of 2 million (the number is closer to 4 million, by the American Veterinary Medical Association's estimate). Why? One simple explanation is that cats are more compact. You can fit more cats in a house than you can, say, golden retrievers/Washington Post. More here. (AP file photo, for illustrative purposes)

  • H/T: Okie Doke.

Question: I hate to admit it but Washington & Idaho lean cat. Thoughts?

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