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Parting Shot — 8.26.14

Aug. 26, 2014 5:32 p.m. - Updated: 5:36 p.m.

Earlier today, I posted a Coeur d'Alene Press story about a U.S. flag that someone posted at the top of a ponderosa at 4th of July pass. Photographer Duane Rasmussen drove to the site, located north of I-90, west of the summit. I can see why the U.S. Forest Service doesn't want to risk the safety of anyone RE: taking it down. I'll post a second photo by Duane in the comments thread to give you a better idea re: positioning of the flag.


Top Posts Today: Garage, BearCat

Aug. 26, 2014 5:31 p.m. - Updated: Aug. 27, 12:12 a.m.

The two posts that received the most comments today were: McEuen garage attracts problems (27 comments), and: BearCat arrives at KCSO (26 comments).


Top Comment (Tie) — OTV & Jaime

Aug. 26, 2014 5:25 p.m. - Updated: 5:47 p.m.

Jaime Lynn Morgan (RE: McEuen Park garage attracts problems): I am curious why we need to have a new ordinance put into place. Graffiti, public urination, etc. are actionable items by law enforcement in all other public areas of the city. Why is it different for the parking garage? Is it not a public area?


OrangeTV (RE: BearCat arrives at Kootenai County Sheriff's Office): “Totally sickening. First they ruin people's lives over non-violent crimes and send them away indefinitely to overcrowded facilities, then they put the dirty money they glean in the process toward further militarization of the police force. Does anyone actually believe the KCSD really needs an 8 ton tank? Couldn't this money have been used toward a desperately needed mental health facility instead?”


Nelson Explains Jail Lease Opposition

Aug. 26, 2014 5:12 p.m. - Updated: 5:36 p.m.

I have recently filed in opposition to the Judicial Confirmation proceedings for a lease for a new jail facility. The citizens of Kootenai County have spoken loud and clear with a “No” vote on jail bonds in 2005, 2008 and 2009. I’m filing in opposition to this private-public business arrangement to represent the citizens whose voices are being circumvented by this process. The lease concept and expanded facilities require a tremendous amount of new resources and funding without the corresponding income. The plan includes an additional 300 beds with a future pad for another 192 for an overall total capacity of 817 beds. Housing more inmates will cost county taxpayers for additional food, medical expenses, added transport deputy’s to take them to court and back, more staff to keep track of their hearing schedules, attorney meetings and family visitations. There are new insurance requirements and a new jail campus and buildings to maintain along with the current facilities/Commissioner Jai Nelson. More here.

Question: I view the county as being between a rock and a hard place. Voters won't approve a new or expanded jail. And more jail space has been needed for years now. Judicial confirmation appears to be the only option to meeting this legitimate county need. Thoughts?


Cutline Contest — 8.26.14

Aug. 26, 2014 4:57 p.m. - Updated: 5:19 p.m.

Time 2 Vote …

Ball persons attempt to swat away a bee from Kimiko Date-Krumm, of Japan, during the opening round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament against Venus Williams, of the United States, Monday, in New York. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Monday's Winner — Nic, with 4 likes: When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When life hands you earthquake damage, you make a skate park. You can see Monday Photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.


PM Scanner Traffic — 8.26.14

Aug. 26, 2014 4:50 p.m. - Updated: 6 p.m.

  • 5:28 p.m. Driver of dark Chevy pickup had short-barreled rifle pointed out window @ w/b I-90/Sherman Avenue.
  • 5:23 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 9000 block of Neufeld Road/Hayden.
  • 5:22 p.m. Disabled vehicle reported @ roundabout on Kathleen Avenue/CdA.
  • 5:21 p.m. Extra patrol requested for McEuen Field tonight.
  • 4:45 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Aug. 25-26 here.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Aug. 25-26 here.
  • 4:22 p.m. County resident Ruth asks KCSD to handle transients who are living in her neighborhood.
  • 3:38 p.m. Transient tells CPD officer that he has permission to use shopping cart from nearby grocery store.
  • 3:29 p.m. Male is loitering on sidewalk in front of Iron Horse restaurant/downtown Coeur d'Alene.
  • 3:16 p.m. 2 hitchhikers along w/b I-90/MP 1 (Beck Road/Post Falls) are holding up signs.
  • 3:11 p.m. Coeur d'Alene office worker reports smelly transient from nearby field used building restroom.
  • 3:09 p.m. Unconscious motorcyclist is lying on back in ditch, w/blood coming from mouth, after crash w/car on Brunner.
  • 2:50 p.m. Teen female on E. Spruce/CdA threatening to hurt mother and herself.
  • 2:37 p.m. Someone injured in a fall @ 2000 block of N7th/CdA.
  • 2:29 p.m. Passerby w/knife dispatched injured deer along road, unknown location, now waiting for officer.
  • 2:27 p.m. Driver of small, black vehicle speeding, passing unsafely on e/b H54/Athol area.
  • 2:02 p.m. Male in 1995 Blazer w/Washington plates was trying to take parts from under vehicle in Post Falls neighborhood. He left when confronted by owner of parked car.
  • 1:30 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report Aug. 22-26 here.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines — 8.26.14

Aug. 26, 2014 4:42 p.m. - Updated: 5:06 p.m.

In this 2008 AP file photo, Idaho players (from left) Barrett Brown, Sebastien Taulbee, head coach George Pfeifer, Jordan Brooks and Phillip Thomas watch the final minute from the bench against New Mexico State during the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament quarterfinal in Las Cruces, N.M. Pfeifer has just been named head girls' basketball coach at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. Greg Lee's story here. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Too Bad, So Sad

Aug. 26, 2014 4:39 p.m. - Updated: 4:41 p.m.

A brassy thief left behind this note in a plastic bag stapled to a tree on Tubbs Hill as he was preparing to ride off on a stolen bike. Walkabout spotted the note and sent this photo to Huckleberries Online.


Boise Cops Unveil Military Equipment

Aug. 26, 2014 4:16 p.m. - Updated: 4:21 p.m.

Amid concerns about police militarization arising from events in Ferguson, Mo., the Boise Police Department rolled out some of its SWAT and repurposed military gear to media gathered at City Hall West (off of Emerald Street) to discuss the need for armored vehicles and tactical equipment. Standing before the Boise Police Department's mine resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP), Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson said that the heavily armored truck—a piece of repurposed military equipment procured for free through the Department of Defense's 1033 program—is a purely defensive piece of equipment that would not be used on demonstrations like they have been in Ferguson/Harrison Berry, Boise Weekly. More here. (Boise Weekly photo by Harrison Berry: Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson with department's mine resistant ambush protected vehicle)

Question: Where have I heard this one before?


HBO Blogosphere — 8.26.14

Aug. 26, 2014 3:19 p.m. - Updated: 3:42 p.m.

R. Lindsey snapped this photo of two bears mixing it up north of Nordman a couple of weeks ago. Pecky Cox/As the Lake Churns posted it on her Priest Lake Facebook page. Pecky invited her readers to write a caption for the photo.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Aug. 25): 6530 page-views/3957 unique views

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