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Boat Fire Hurts Grandfather, 8YO Boy

July 29, 2014 5:01 p.m. - Updated: 5:22 p.m.

A boat on Lake Pend Oreille burst into flames at a Bayview marina this afternoon, burning a man and boy on board. The victims jumped into the lake at MacDonald’s Hudson Bay Resort and were rescued by bystanders on the dock, while another witness pushed the burning boat away from the marina in Scenic Bay, Timberlake Fire Protection District Chief Kevin Kleinworth said. Richard Wagner, 70, of Idaho Falls, and his 8-year-old grandson both suffered severe burns. The boy was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. The boat – a 1966 Tollycraft cabin cruiser – had just backed out of a boat house around 2 p.m. when the fire broke out, Kleinworth said. “They were about 20 feet from the boat house when apparently there was some sort of initial explosion, according to the bystanders, and fire,” he said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

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PM Headlines — 7.29.14

July 29, 2014 4:52 p.m. - Updated: 5:04 p.m.

Kameron Freiday takes a drink from a hose while battling temperatures in the high 90s as he laid pipe on a construction project in Coeur d'Alene today. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: Can you think of a job that you wouldn't want to be doing in this heat?

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Malloy: A Reason To Watch Pageant

July 29, 2014 4:49 p.m. - Updated: 5:22 p.m.

Don’t look at me to handicap the Miss America Pageant in September. I do a lousy enough job picking winners of sporting events and political elections and I can’t remember the last time I saw a Miss America Pageant. I will make an exception this year and make a point to watch the competition on television on Sept. 14. And I will go out on a limb and say that Miss Idaho, Sierra Anne Sandison of Twin Falls, has a decent shot at winning. No, she does not hail from the South, or Midwest, which produce long lines of past winners. A Miss Idaho has never won. But Sierra has something that few others have – a compelling story. And all she had to do was walk on stage during the swimsuit competition of the Miss Idaho Pageant with an insulin pump attached to her side/Chuck Malloy, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo: Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison during a portrait session near Centennial Waterfront Park in Twin Falls)

Question: Do you plan to watch the 2014 Miss America Pageant to see Miss Idaho perform?

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PM Scanner Traffic — 7.29.14

July 29, 2014 4:40 p.m. - Updated: 5:33 p.m.

Post Falls Police Department Facebook: “A woman’s wallet was stolen at the Post Falls Walmart (Westside) on 07/25/14 at approximately 6:00pm. The suspect in the case is pictured in the attached photo. If you know who she is, contact Detective Gunderson at 208-773-3517 reference case # 14PF14326 LLS”

  • 5:19 p.m. Pickup pulling large fifth-wheel broken down on w/b I-90/MP 30 (4th of July).
  • 5:14 p.m. Noninjury crash reported @ Ramsey Road/Diagonal, Rathdrum.
  • 5:07 p.m. Eastbound I-90 at standstill between CDA and Post Falls as crews battle brush fire east of rest area.
  • 4:31 p.m. Bag fell from vehicle pulling boat, dropping money @ H95/MP 422 (near Kidd Island Bay Road).
  • 4:29 p.m. 2 small grass fires reported @ I-90/MP 10, one mile west of NW Blvd/CdA.
  • 4:10 p.m. CPD officer searching for panhandler who has been bothering people on Sherman Avenue/CdA.
  • 3:46 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 3200 block of N4th/CdA.
  • 3:15 p.m. Utility problem reported @ Atlas Road/Robison Avenue/Hayden.
  • 3:07 p.m. 73YO female w/suicidal tendencies is having problems in Post Falls.
  • 2:24 p.m. Life Flight may try to set down at Farragut Park traffic circle.
  • 2:20 p.m. Life Flight can't land at Farragut Park naval base b/c too many power lines.
  • 2:19 p.m. Medics on scene report that 8YO boy & 70YO man have 2nd degree burns to lower extremities and minor burns to upper body, including singed eyebrows.
  • 2:18 p.m. Herb Huseland reports that fire boat is spraying large, burning cabin cruiser, about 100 yards from McDonald's Hudson Bay Marina. The fire is dying down. Boat is completely destroyed.
  • 2:12 p.m. A boat is on fire on or near dock. Pilot may have been trying to refuel. Man in water. 8YO boy also involved.
  • 1:56 p.m. Dock fire reported at McDonalds Hudson Bay Resort, 17813 Hudson Bay Resort/Bayview.
  • 1:24 p.m. Driver of black SUV backed into Ford Mustang & then drove off @ 925 E. Polston/Post Falls.
  • 1:22 p.m. Saleswoman is trying to talk her way into homes in Post Falls neighborhood.
  • AM Scanner Traffic
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HBO Blogosphere — 7.29.14

July 29, 2014 4:06 p.m. - Updated: 4:38 p.m.

That purple thumb above belongs to Walkabout, who is using it to demonstrate the size of the huckleberries that she's picking this year..

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, July 28): 7732 pageviews/4706 unique views

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Polls: Risch Up Easily Over Mitchell

July 29, 2014 3:59 p.m. - Updated: 4:01 p.m.

Real Clear Politics has combined the results of two polls — Rasmussen & CBS News/New York Times/YouGov — to estimate that Republican U.S. Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, holds a lead of 29-30 percent over Democratic challenger Nels Mitchell. Results here.

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Polls: Otter Up 18% Over Balukoff

July 29, 2014 3:56 p.m. - Updated: 3:58 p.m.

Real Clear Politics has combined the results of two polls — Rasmussen & CBS News/New York Times/YouGov — to estimate that Republican Gov. Butch Otter holds an 18 point lead over Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff. Results here.

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Temperature: Lake City Hits 102

July 29, 2014 3:42 p.m. - Updated: 3:48 p.m.

NW Coeur d'Alene hits 102 degrees. Fernan Lake was 103. 99 in Hayden.

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Tongue Firmly Cheeked …

July 29, 2014 3:08 p.m. - Updated: 3:09 p.m.

“As an idaho ex-journo pointed out, it's just a matter of time before @BetsyZRussell announces she's working for the Harley campaign” — Kimberlee Kruesi tweet.

H/T: Duane Rasmussen

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Huckleberries Talks To Nels Mitchell

July 29, 2014 2:36 p.m. - Updated: 3:30 p.m.

Nels Mitchell, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, was featured at a Minimum Wage Rally at Riverstone Park Monday. With him are fellow Democrats Idaho House candidate Anne Nesse, center, and U.S. House candidate Shirley Ringo. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

  • Huckleberries: How do you gain traction as a Democrat in Republican Idaho when your opponent is considered the most conservative U.S. senator?
  • Nels Mitchell: People are fed up with what's going on in Washington. They're tired of the gridlock and the ideologues like my opponent doing stunts like shutting the government down. The people that I've talked to around Idaho want functioning government. And they want their U.S. senator to be part of the solution and not the problem.
  • Huckleberries: You were in town Monday at a minimum wage rally. Is that a popular idea in Idaho?
  • Mitchell: Raising the minimum wage to a living wage is popular in Idaho. There are over 175,000 people who would receive a raise if the federal minimum wage was raised from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. That's more than 25 percent of the workers in Idaho.
  • Huckleberries: Are the Democrats in position to make gains as a result of GOP dysfunction in the state? Or will people simply keep voting straight ticket Republican?
  • Mitchell: We are in a position to make gains this year. The Democrats are unified, and we have a great slate of candidates. We are focused on representing the people in the middle. I'm a centrist. In Idaho over 55 percent have elected not to affiliate with the Republicans or the Democrats. That creates an opportunity in my race as well as other races.
  • Huckleberries: What do you think of Raul Labrador's announcement about Dan Popkey joining his staff?
  • Mitchell: I'm not surprised that Raul would ask Dan. But I am surprised that Dan would accept. Dan has had a distinguished career in Boise and is well respected by both Democrats and Republicans.
  • Huckleberries: Republican candidates love to tie Democrats to President Obama. How do you avoid that in a state that's so red?
  • Mitchell: Like a lot of other people in Idaho, I have been disappointed with some of the president's performance. At the same time, I will be going back to Washington and representing the interests of independent Idaho. I'm not receiving any support nor am I working with the president, Harry Reid or any of the Democratic leadership, in part because I want to be an independent voice for Idaho in Washington.
  • Also: You can read more about Nels Mitchell on his campaign Web site here.
  • Also: Mitchell responds to Risch fund-raising letter that referred to him as a Democratic agent here.
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