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PM Scanner Traffic — 11.24.14

Nov. 24, 2014 2:03 p.m. - Updated: 2:06 p.m.

  • 2:07 p.m. Rollover crash reported @ H53/Ramsey Road, Rathdrum; hazmat units en route.
  • 1:58 p.m. Parties separated in dispute involving divorce case on Kensington/Hayden.
  • 1:40 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency involving 81YO male @ 5300 block of Spyglass Lane/CdA.

Wild Card/Monday — 11.24.14

Nov. 24, 2014 1:57 p.m. - Updated: 1:59 p.m.

I never know at the start of a week where this blog will take us. We're in the dog days of fall — if there is such a thing — when the strange animal that is Idaho politics is simmering on the back burner. Ambitious politicians are working behind the scenes to enhance their clout in the Legislature or county courthouses. While they plot, the rest of us innocently go about our lives hoping that the anti-government types in control of the local & state GOP and their slightly more moderate brethren & sistern don't mandate any more paranoia or silliness on us. Here's your first Wild Card of the work week …


Multnomah Falls: A Sight To Behold

Nov. 24, 2014 1:46 p.m. - Updated: 1:50 p.m.

People gather to take photos from the bridge in front of Multnomah Falls near Bridal Veil, Ore. The United States' second-tallest year-round waterfall is a huge tourist draw. (AP file photo: Rick Bowmer)

No matter how spectacular the 620-foot double tied waterfall might be, or how fascinating the historic lodge is to visit, the place is so consistently crowded I’ve never been able to view it as anything but a tourist trap. The problem was my parents had seen pictures of Multnomah Falls during their flight into Portland and, once that happens, it’s almost impossible to suppress the urge to view the United States’ second-tallest year-round waterfall in person. Like the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Multnomah Falls is worth jostling through the camera-wielding multitudes to see with your own eyes/Zach Urness, Associated Press. More here.

Question: Have you ever climbed up to the bridge in front of Multnomah Falls?


NI Man Gets 20 Yrs For Kidnap, Rape

Nov. 24, 2014 1:41 p.m. - Updated: 1:58 p.m.

A North Idaho man will spend at least 20 years behind bars for beating, raping and tying up a 13-year-old female relative last year. Michael David Nixon spent most of today’s hour-long sentencing hunched forward with his head down, shaking. His lawyer and a sister described how Nixon and his siblings were severely abused as children. “This is a family that saw horrendous, horrendous things together,” Kootenai County Deputy Public Defender Mayli Walsh said. She asked 1st District Judge Fred M. Gibler to give Nixon a minimum of two years in prison, arguing that with treatment he would pose a low risk to society/Scott Maben, SR. More here.


Letter: An Angry White Man

Nov. 24, 2014 1:36 p.m. - Updated: 1:39 p.m.

As someone already angry in the late 1980s and early ’90s, I used to drive around Portland and Vancouver listening to Rush Limbaugh explain to me what was wrong with this country. I did that for, oh, maybe six months. Then I realized that Limbaugh was limited in his themes and style. He had no solutions, only ways of making me stay irrationally mad. A few years ago, jawing about angry racial minorities he had this to say: “They believe they’ve been cheated; they’ve been discriminated against. They’re taught this country is unfair, unethical and discriminatory. They’re taught that this country is immoral and unjust.” Yep, for years old Limbaugh has worked over his own angry minority: gullible white men/Arthur Ruger, letter to the editor, SR. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you listen to talk radio?


Jesse: He Conned Me But That’s OK

Nov. 24, 2014 1:28 p.m. - Updated: 1:30 p.m.

On his Facebook page, SR photog bud Jesse Tinsley posts: “A 60-something homeless guy asked me for a dollar to buy coffee. I gave him one of the two dollars I had and we chatted. He said he lived at Truth Ministries, a downtown shelter. He gets a shower and a meal there. He doesn't go to Union Gospel Mission because he would have to be drug tested and he's always positive for THC from smoking weed, which helps with his PTSD and depression. I asked him if he was in the military and he said he was in Vietnam but had PTSD long before because his dad sexually abused him until he was 12 when he ran away and lived on the streets. He said Jesus was his friend now and he wanted to start his own ministry for the homeless. He said he had a dream and God showed him Heaven and the streets of gold. We said goodbye and he wandered off. Later, he came back and we chatted again. He said “I just bought a beer. Sorry I conned you.” I gave him my other dollar, in case he still wanted coffee.

Question: Do you give money to panhandlers often?


Gonzaga Reaches Top 10

Nov. 24, 2014 1:12 p.m. - Updated: 1:45 p.m.

Gonzaga men’s basketball climbed to No. 10 in the Associated Press poll this week after dismantling SMU and St. Joseph to secure a 4-0 start. Meanwhile, top-ranked Kentucky consolidated its standing atop the list after routing Boston and Montana State, earning all but three votes from the 65-member media panel. Those three went to Wisconsin, which was tied for second with Arizona. Duke and North Carolina round out the top five. Louisville, Texas, Virginia and Wichita State join Gonzaga in rounding out the rest of the top 10. Gonzaga was at No. 13 a week ago/Associated Press. More here. (SR file photo: Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer, left, chases a ball in 94-42 win over St. Joseph's last Wednesday at the McCarthey Center)

Question: How long do you think it'll take Gonzaga to reach the Top 5? And/or: Will Gonzaga reach No. 1 again, as it did 2 years ago?


Mine Proposals Threaten Cabinets

Nov. 24, 2014 11:49 a.m. - Updated: 11:57 a.m.

Rich Costello pauses during a hike into Rock Lake, near Noxon, Mont. (SR Outdoors photo: Rich Landers)

Hiking the 4-mile trail into Rock Lake from the Noxon, Montana, area weighed heavy on Jim Costello, especially after he met a budding family from Spokane. The couple were packing their toddler along the soothing rumble of Rock Creek for his first wilderness experience. He asked Jim and JoJo Lindenfelser if they’d heard of the Rock Creek Mine. They said no. He suggested they check into it. “Have a good day,” said Costello, who with his wife, Mary Crowe Costello, form the foundation of the Rock Creek Alliance and “This is the most popular route into the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness,” he said later. “Yet most people have no idea they could soon be driving past a huge mining operation to get here. They don’t know about the noise, or that the creek could be dry and the lake could be much lower”/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors.

Question: Are planned mining operations in the Cabinet Mountains on your environmental radar?


Solon: Emperor Otter Has No Clothes

Nov. 24, 2014 11:44 a.m. - Updated: 11:47 a.m.

An op-ed column penned by a far-right member of the Idaho House, and reprinted in several Idaho newspapers, has triggered quite a bit of conversation. In her guest editorial, titled “Is Idaho As Corrupt as DC?” Midvale Republican Rep. Judy Boyle, who was recently re-elected to her fourth term in the Idaho House, has particular ire for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. his staff, and a culture of what she calls “crony capitalism.” Boyle points to what she calls “a rigged contract” between the Idaho Education Networks of America and Qwest/CenturyLink to manage the state's education broadband network. Fourth District Court Judge Patrick Owen ruled that the Idaho Department of Administration broke the state's procurement law when it struck the deal, voiding the contract in spite of the fact that Idaho has paid ENA millions of dollars since 2009. “When it becomes illegal and corrupt, I must speak out,” wrote Boyle/George Prentice, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Too little, too late?


AM Scanner Traffic — 11.24.14

Nov. 24, 2014 11:41 a.m. - Updated: 11:55 a.m.

  • 11:39 a.m. Officer stopping to check on welfare of male in red vest walking along H41/Lancaster, Rathdrum.
  • 11:37 a.m. Officer stopping driver of vehicle @ Govt Way/Lancaster, Hayden, for having no license plates.
  • 11:35 a.m. 78YO female injured in fall @ 5300 block of 4th Street/Dalton Gardens.
  • 11:29 a.m. ISP officer making safety stop on vehicle w/Tennessee plates @ e/b I-90/MP 9.5, west of NW Blvd.
  • 11:08 a.m. ISP officer en route to county jail w/cooperative female prisoner.
  • 10:48 a.m. Driver of white 2005 F-150 cut off 2nd motorist @ Spokane/Poleline, Post Falls, before entering apartment lot.
  • 9:49 a.m. Someone injured in fall @ 700 block of W. Ironwood/CdA.
  • 9:07 a.m. Spirit Lake officer is transporting adult male to county jail.
  • 9:02 a.m. Residential burglar alarm sounding @ 4900 block of S. Carpenter/Post Falls.
  • 8:15 a.m. Deputy reports stop sign has been knocked down @ Hayden intersection, unknown location.
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