Friday, July 31
Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence
A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying the judge who oversaw the case didn't adequately screen jurors for potential biases
COVID-19: Community spread in Boundary, Shoshone Counties
Panhandle Health District (PHD) has identified community transmission of COVID-19 in Boundary and Shoshone counties.
US: Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon
The U.S. government says four huge dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean
Florida teen charged in massive Twitter hack, Bitcoin theft
Authorities say a Florida teen hacked the Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls to scam people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin
Portland, Oregon, protests relatively calm after US drawdown
The first nightly protest in Portland, Oregon, since a deal was struck for federal agents to withdraw from the city was largely peaceful after state troopers took over protecting a federal courthouse
Idaho Democrats cancel in-person convention because of coronavirus
The Idaho Democratic Party has canceled next month’s in-person platform convention in Boise, citing the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Treasure Valley.
Woman who walked away from prison arrested in Rupert
BOISE — A woman who walked away from the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center was arrested in Rupert Thursday afternoon, the Idaho Department of Correction said.
THE CHEAP SEATS WITH STEVE CAMERON: Can’t dodge all these great Giant memories
Sometimes The Boss is right.
LEGION BASEBALL: Powell, Vandever help Northern Lakes bounce back
RATHDRUM — Louis Powell and Tanner Vandever drove in two runs each for Northern Lakes in the nightcap, leading the Mountaineers past the Spokane Crew 11-6 in the second game of a Legion baseball doubleheader at Lakeland High’s Gorton Field on Thursday.
Need a driver’s license update? Get in line
Backlog grows, and so does extension
Shape, encourage, inspire
Mark Kuhnhausen named executive director for Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County
First COVID-19 death in Shoshone County
White House report puts Kootenai County in ‘red zone,’ calls for masking at all times outside the home
Water woes at Chateau
Mobile Home Village residents says faucets running dry this summer
Bette hears sweet music of retirement
Coeur d’Alene Librarian Bette Ammon had planned to cook with her 8-year-old grandson, Max, and play her kazoo in retirement long before now.
MASKS: Trust the doctor
I read with great interest the story in Friday’s paper regarding the PHD voting for the masking mandate and the protests that were generated by the vote. My husband is one of the many immune compromised people in our community so, although I am politically conservative (and I am sorry this has become politicized when it is actually a health issue), I have real concerns for his safety as well as all our citizens.
‘Just holding Hayden’s Got Talent was a win’
Participants, organizers reflect on a virtual talent show in a COVID world
COVID: Trust these sources
The mindless mendacity of politicians, the media and bureaucrats at every echelon is mind-boggling.
MASKS: Same as seat belts
Regarding the article titled “ISP Troopers remind motorists to buckle up.”
MASKS: Wisdom to our kids
I’m hearing a lot from friends and even my own kids (all in their 50s) telling me they don’t like the government, city, state or federal, mandating masks. They say it’s unconstitutional, don’t have to do it, and they are right, they don’t. But there are consequences.
Get down to LakeTown Sound on Sunday
Free Summer Concert Series performance will be from 1 to 4 p.m.
Judith ‘Judi’ Turley Weadick, 83
Judith “Judi” Turley Weadick, of Coeur d’Alene, passed away peacefully at home on May 24, 2020, with her husband and daughter at her side.
MASKS: Question of choice
Both the reporting on the Panhandle Health District decision to mandate the wearing of masks in Kootenai County nor the letters to the editor in the Friday, July 24 edition of The Press have me reeling about a question which I have yet to hear addressed. The question is this: What danger is posed by those choosing to not wear a mask to those who choose to wear one?
Clarification: Brooks says he did not call for executive session
In the Thursday edition of the Coeur d’Alene Press, a story entitled “Pros bear brunt of new COVID politics” reported Kootenai County Commissioner Bill Brooks added an executive session item on the agenda to discuss the process for changing representation within the Panhandle Health District board.
AUTO RACING: Full speed ahead at Stateline
Post Falls track to host 21st annual Idaho 200 starting tonight
Man arrested for assault; being held without bond
A man was arrested by Coeur d’Alene police on Monday after allegedly assaulting an ex-girlfriend and trying to steal government stimulus money from her.
Thursday, July 30
Cd’A Police searching for person of interest in stalking case
The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is asking for your help to identify this man. He is described as a male 30’s 40’s, white, 5-foot-10, “chubby” build. He is a person of interest in a stalking case.
Idaho suspect in pursuit, shootout appears in court
A former participant in an armed occupation in 2016 at an Oregon wildlife refuge appeared in court this week
1.4 million seek jobless aid as virus keeps forcing layoffs
More than 1.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, further evidence of the devastation the coronavirus outbreak has unleashed on the U.S. economy
Oregon reports 416 new coronavirus cases, 5 new deaths
State officials reported 416 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Oregon on Thursday
Canada imposes stricter rules for Americans going to Alaska
Canada’s border agency is announcing stricter rules for Americans travelling through Canada to Alaska amid the coronavirus pandemic
First COVID-19 related death in Shoshone County
COEUR d’ALENE - Panhandle Health District (PHD) has reported the first death related to COVID-19 in Shoshone County.
Montana announced 2 COVID deaths as unemployment declines
Montana health officials announced two additional deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 57
Idaho inmate with COVID-19 dies at Boise hospital
BOISE — The Idaho Department of Correction "with great sadness" on Wednesday reported the death of an incarcerated man hospitalized in Boise with COVID-19.
Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies at 74
Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after battling the coronavirus
LEGION BASEBALL: Lums split twinbill
COEUR d’ALENE — Coeur d’Alene pitcher Troy Shepard struck out nine over six innings in a complete game shutout as the Lumbermen beat the Spokane Cannons 10-0 in the first game of a Legion doubleheader on Wednesday at Thorco Field.
Bloomsday now virtual only in 2020
SPOKANE — After months of holding out hope that race organizers would be able to hold an in-person Bloomsday on Sunday, Sept. 20, COVID-19 has clearly not abated to the point where that will be possible.
Back to school
Post Falls School District drafts plans for in-person classes this fall
Pros bear brunt of new COVID politics
Drive for removal targets appointed board members
Council boss sours on out-of-staters
Call growing to give preference to locals
Property values up, tax appeals down
Kootenai County property values and taxes continue to climb, yet the rate of property tax appeals is going down.
All heart and elbow grease, too
Volunteers scrub Sanders Beach wall to remove graffiti
Watch out for heat stroke
Come on, summer lovers, admit it: Triple digits is too much, even for you.
NIC trustees to meet
The North Idaho College Board of Trustees has scheduled a workshop for review and discussion of a board member general conduct policy and the college budget.
Teachers union, it’s all about the product
I am a customer who wants my money’s worth when I pay a high price for a product, and I know a lot of Idahoans relate to me. I know a lot of Idahoans appreciate school choice.
Amazon Prime customers, you’re being targeted
I’ve received calls from readers who are receiving text messages that their Amazon Prime account is going to be closed and their order history will be deleted unless they click on the link to reactivate their account.
No over-the-counter, nonresident deer, elk tags available this year
No over-the-counter nonresident deer, elk tags available this year Controlled hunt tags must be purchased this week or forfeited
Three more Kootenai County deaths attributed to COVID-19
COEUR d’ALENE — Three more Kootenai County residents have died due to the coronavirus.
Swan tags available for first time this week
Idaho hunters will be able to purchase swan tags when they go on sale this week.
Fair return of adult Chinook salmon to Idaho expected
The Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers will have a fall chinook season after all.
Anglin with Anglen: Aug. 1, 1974
As I write this, I just wonder how many of us take the time to thank the good Lord for the things we have in Boundary County. We can raise almost anything we want to in our gardens; we can raise all kinds of fruit most years; our hunting and fishing is good, and we have all kinds of wild berries for the picking.
Wednesday, July 29
Post Falls School Board of Trustees moving forward with reopening plan for 2020-21
Post Falls School District Board of Trustees voted to move forward with a reopening plan for the school year 2020-21 on Wednesday night.
Epstein's ex-girlfriend tries late bid to seal testimony
A British socialite charged with recruiting three girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse is making a late bid to stop the public release of her testimony in a civil case
Federal court to review 'protest bans' in Portland arrests
U.S. court officials in Oregon are reviewing bans on future protesting that were placed on some people arrested during demonstrations in Portland after some raised concerns that the prohibitions violated the First Amendment
FAST FIVE Dr. Mia Grothman: The art of natural healing
Dr. Mia Grothman: The art of natural healing
Meet Dr. Mia Grothman, local naturopathic medical doctor and Coeur d’Alene native. Dr. Mia practices at Coeur d’Alene Healing Arts, founded in 1986, working alongside Dr. Hunter Peterson and Dr. Karin Duncan providing individualized person-centered medicine. Dr. Mia graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore. and holds a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University. After rigorous education in the medical sciences, Dr. Mia is skilled in holistic primary care practicing general family medicine, with special interests in women’s health, pediatrics and oncology.
For a good time, drink this: New tap room in CDA brews alcoholic tea
Coeur Voice Contributor
Easy, affordable meals to boost your immune system during COVID-19
We’ve all heard it – an overwhelming amount of information, much of it conflicting, regarding everything surrounding COVID-19. We’ve come up with or heard others asking question after question as to what’s the best approach to keep things at bay.
Efficient thrills in Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound’
The term “Dad Movie” continues to build steam in the film world, referring to a certain type of movie anchored by action, adrenaline and a likable everyman.
US agents to pull back in Portland but will stay on standby
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says federal agents who have been guarding the U.S. courthouse during violent protests in downtown Portland, Oregon, will begin withdrawing in the next 24 hours
Bloomsday goes virtual
Spokane, WA — Unless runners defer entry, all current Bloomsday 2020 registrants are now signed up for Virtual Bloomsday.
Montana announces 2 more COVID-19 deaths
Montana has announced two more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths related to the respiratory virus in the state to 54
Kellogg to require masks
The city of Kellogg has adopted an ordinance requiring face masks be worn in public within the city.
THE CHEAP SEATS WITH STEVE CAMERON: Use your brain when in public
First of all, let me make one thing clear ...
NORTHWEST NOTES: July 29, 2020
Area golf courses named to Golfweek’s Best of 2020
Fire season heating up
Hot, dry conditions expected to continue, caution urged
‘He was the person you always wanted to fly with’
Friends and family remember Neil Lunt
Heading south? U.S. 95 is open
U.S. 95 is once again available to travelers after a major rockslide blocked a 4-mile strip of highway south of the Riggins area.
Hayden approves tentative $26 million budget
In a move consistent with the town leaders’ fiscal conservatism, the Hayden City Council on Tuesday night tentatively adopted its $26.3 million projected budget for the 2021 fiscal year.
Be kind, unwind and extend grace
It’s been four months since the March 25 stay-at-home order sent everyone into a tailspin. Late winter turned to spring which has turned to summer and we’re still navigating life during a pandemic.
Decision nears on maritime project
A preliminary decision on North Idaho Maritime’s proposed construction on Wolf Lodge Bay could come within the next 30 days.
Who looks out for the shafted homeowner?
Idaho Farm Bureau President Russ Hendricks defends the current property tax system.
MORTALITY: Beware fuzzy math
Sandra Boynton in her July 26 letter to the editor seems to base her whole premise on fuzzy math when she accuses President Trump of a “huge lie.” I think the mortality rate is not just the total number of deaths per country. Common sense should tell you the U.S. with about 330 million people will have more deaths than, for example, the U.K. with 68 million. The U.K. has about 45,000 total deaths and the U.S. about 140,000 based on her letter.
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — GEORGE BALLING: Consumption patterns
Consumer wine consumption has a natural rhythm to it. Varietals come and go in popularity, as does winemaking style. All but the most die-hard varietal loyalists will change their preferences with the seasons. There are also clearly times of the year when all of us will consume a bit more wine or add to our stock, as it is our prime time for entertaining. Add in how most every palate evolves as we go through life and sure enough, as a wine industry professional you can pick out the changes.
Ronald ‘Ron’ G. Kaeslin, 87
Ronald “Ron” G. Kaeslin, 87, had resided in Fargo, N.D. and slipped the surly bonds of earth on June 28, 2020, at Riverview Place in Fargo. Ron had moved to Fargo to be near his daughter after living in Elk Grove, Calif., for approximately 35 years. He was in hospice care and was surrounded by his daughters and Riverview staff at the time of his passing.
Lois (Haack) Wenig, 86
Lois Wenig died on July 25, 2020, at the age of 86. She was born Jan. 3, 1934, on a farm near Williston, Ohio, and graduated as valedictorian from Genoa Ohio High School.
LunchboxWax opens salon in Coeur d’Alene
LunchboxWax welcomed its seventh Idaho salon — this one in Coeur d’Alene — on Monday for its grand opening. LunchboxWax Coeur d’Alene is the first of the franchise located in North Idaho.
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — HOLLY CARLING: Hot days rick dehydration
As we get into the really hot days of summer, the risk of dehydration also gets up into high numbers. We spend more time outdoors, enjoying the fun of summer. But dehydration isn’t anything fun and can be quite serious. You don’t have to be a victim of dehydration. Here’s what you can do.
TRUMP: Rise up, support him
Regarding a letter from Sandra Boynton entitled, “Trump: Rise up against him,” Boynton displays her ignorance of what a COVID-19 mortality rate is. She lists a number of countries along with their total number of deaths. These are not mortality rates.
Reopening on the agenda
Post Falls School Board has special meeting tonight at 5
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — DR. WAYNE M. FICHTER: Masks-beneficial or harmful, you decide
After writing last week’s article I started looking up studies to see if wearing a mask is detrimental to our health. What I found was perplexing. Post COVID-19 all the literature said masks are not harmful to wear. However, pre-COVID-9, most of the literature was saying how wearing masks can be detrimental to our health. Strange? The news media keeps telling us that there are no harmful side-effects by wearing a mask for six to eight hours a day, but I found studies that say otherwise.
MORTALITY: Re-ranking nations
Sandra Boynton in her rant against President Trump uses deaths from COVID-19. It is far from instructive on the subject.
Tuesday, July 28
Northern Lakes has 12 hits, rolls past Coeur d’Alene ‘A’ Lumbermen
RATHDRUM — A few days off didn’t affect the Northern Lakes hitters, as the Mountaineers bashed out 12 hits, scored five in the first inning and rolled to a 9-1 victory over the visiting Coeur d’Alene “A” squad on Monday evening at Gorton Field.
Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene canceled
This year’s Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene has been canceled.
Source: US, Oregon in talks about pulling agents in Portland
A senior White House official says the Trump administration has started talks with the Oregon governor’s office and indicated that it would begin to draw down the presence of federal agents in Portland if the state stepped up its own enforcement
Idaho inmate becomes 2nd in US to receive gender surgery
An Idaho inmate has become the second incarcerated person in the nation to undergo gender confirmation surgery while in prison following a legal dispute that went to the U.S. Supreme Court
Montana man hospitalized after being mauled by grizzly bear
A Montana man is hospitalized after being mauled by a grizzly bear in an abandoned barn
Oregon police say man with COVID-19 coughed, spit on police
Tigard, Oregon, police say a DUI suspect purposefully coughed on and spit at an officer after he was found passed out in a car
Montana announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths
Montana has announced five more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths due to the respiratory virus to 52
Sorry, but you’ll love this
It’s never good to open a new issue with an apology, but we owe you one already.
The Paulsen Center: Historical elegance meets modern prestige
It’s like coming home.
Drive up to home-cooked goodness
Massive sandwiches, homemade goodies, warm hospitality are specialties at Midtown Drive Up Deli
Dynamic duo develops Midtown dining scene
Opening a restaurant is hard enough. Try opening four with all different menus.
Washington kills 1 member of wolf pack preying on cattle
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed one of the three members of an endangered wolf pack in the northeastern corner of the state, hoping that deters the pack from attacking more livestock
Summer living on Lake Cd’A: Rockford, Windy and Cave Bay
Neighborhood of the Week is spending summer vacation on Lake Coeur d’Alene. It’s July, which means the water might finally be warm enough to enjoy.
Factors beyond numbers influence COVID spread
Thursday will be six months since first case reported in the United States
Push begins to replace PHD’s pro-mask board members
Four days after the Panhandle Health District’s board voted to issue a mask mandate for Kootenai County, county commissioners addressed the process for removing board members.
Rapist gets six years
Judge Cynthia Meyer last week sentenced 21-year-old Nathan Tyler Granger to six years incarceration and 20 years of supervision for multiple sex offenses, including rape.
Set up to be a Spartan
Rewers, rising senior at Lake City High, verbals to play at Michigan State
Coeur d’Alene Express Employment office hiring now
COEUR d’ALENE — Express Employment Professionals of Coeur d’Alene is ramping up hiring and seeking qualified candidates immediately for several available positions.
MASKS: Keep this in mind
I am tired of the whole mask debate. I recently received this from a friend and I thought I would share with our wonderful community. Please take heart.
MASKS: The right choice
I just want to say I am so proud of Panhandle Health for voting to mandate face coverings for Kootenai County. I am a very very big supporter of Pro-Choice and this is the right thing to do to protect people in our communities. I am just betting that all the people who are against this are not pro-choice and they will tell every woman she does not have a right to have the say in what she does with her own body. That by the way does not affect any other person in this world.
MASKS: Intrusion unwelcome
OK, enough of this mask mandate crap. Ms. Anderson (Tuesday Press article), I’ve got a couple of questions for you. 1. Is the ICU 100% Chinese virus patients? 2. Is your demand for masks a guaranteed cure to stop the Chinese virus? The biggest of all: 3. Were you and the hospital not given two months of lockdown so you and the hospital would be prepared for exactly what is going on now (the virus progression)?
MASKS: The unfiltered truth
Kelly Green, in response to your letter to the editor, “Masks: The Case against them.”
ISP troopers remind motorists to buckle up
Through Friday, Aug. 7, the Idaho State Police will join partner law enforcement agencies and the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety in providing extra focus on seat belt education and enforcement during traffic stops.
Snowshoe hare: A combination of stealth, speed
Cats, bears, birds of prey, foxes, wolves and even weasels stalk the forests of North America on the lookout for prey. If you’re a small fluffy critter with no teeth, claws, or noxious scent to keep such predators at bay, you’ve always got to be on the alert. One option is to be really fast and simply outrun attacking predators. Another is to be well-hidden so the predators don’t spot you. Or you can be like the snowshoe hare and be prepared for either scenario!
HERO: Tribute hits the mark
Thank you to Dennis Doyle, an American hero and a Marine. Mr Doyle shared some of his life’s story which included his caregiving to his wife and his belief that mask wearing is important.
California man arrested on murder warrant
An Idaho State Police traffic stop in Coeur d’Alene resulted in the arrest of a California man wanted for a murder that took place in 2011.
Masks: Yes, PHD can do that
Since Panhandle Health District joined the swelling ranks in the U.S. with a mask mandate last week, some unhappy with the decision have questioned that authority.
A pilot’s Yukon dream
Author/pilot Larry Whitesitt will sign books during event in St. Maries on Saturday
Vandals land eight on Phil Steele Preseason All-Big Sky football team
MOSCOW — The annual Phil Steele Preseason All-Big Sky teams have been released and there are a lot of familiar faces for Vandal fans. Idaho football placed eight, including thee who earned first team recognition.
No masks? No tickets, either
Law enforcers across the county agreed last week that they favor education over enforcement of the freshly declared countywide mask mandate, and they were true to their word.
MASKS: Responsibility rules
You have a driver’s license. Why? So the state knows you have adequate training in the operation of a potentially lethal weapon on our public streets. With your right to drive comes the responsibility to do it safely within the laws. Why? To protect ME.
Monday, July 27
NASA's next Mars rover is brawniest and brainiest one yet
NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover headed to Mars
More US agents may go to Portland; mayors want limits
The mayors of six U.S. cities are appealing to Congress make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized federal agents to cities that don’t want them
The Portland strife is just another photo-op for the Trump campaign
The May 25 death of George Floyd at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer presented a dilemma for Donald Trump. Shortly after Floyd’s death, Trump called it a “grave tragedy.” As protests spread across the country, the President appeared to be standing back, trying to decide how to play his cards--whether to take meaningful steps to address racial justice and police accountability, or whether to exploit the growing Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement to his political advantage. We now know he chose the anti-BLM course.
House OKs bill protecting Massachusetts tribe's reservation
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that would prevent the Trump administration from rescinding a Native American tribe’s contested reservation in Massachusetts
Poles split over govt plan to exit domestic violence treaty
Poles are bitterly divided over steps being taken by the right-wing government to exit the Istanbul Convention, a European treaty against domestic violence, claiming it promotes gender “ideology” and links violence to religion
Daisy the St. Bernard recovers from her mountain ordeal
Don’t worry: Daisy is fine
Montana has more than 350 COVID cases, 1 death over weekend
Montana testing confirmed more than 350 cases of COVID-19 over the weekend while the state reported its 47th death due to the respiratory virus
US agents use gas, flash bangs to clear Portland protesters
A peaceful protest morphed into an intense early morning confrontation between demonstrators and law enforcement in Oregon's largest city
Several hundred calves reported stolen from Idaho ranch
Law enforcement agencies are investigating after several hundred calves were reported stolen from a cattle feeding operation in southern Idaho
Hungry for a new home
Post Falls Food Bank in search of bigger facility to meet growing needs, population
Verizon gives back(packs) to students
Locations in Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene celebrate students with giveaway
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: Adams could return the ‘Boom’ to Seahawks’ defense
The question is obvious.
B&B business blossomed, kids grew at Greenbriar Inn
COEUR d’ALENE — People sometimes ask me if this house was “in the family” and I say no, as we did not inherit it. However, it has certainly been our family home.
Scorchers aplenty headed this way
Coeur d’Alene finally reported 90-degree temperatures last week as we’re now in a period of extended warmth and dryness. The warmest temperature so far this summer has been 93 degrees, which occurred last Tuesday. It’s going to be hot through Friday as temperatures will be well into the 90s in Coeur d’Alene and surrounding areas. A few locations may even challenge the 100-degree mark this week.
LEGION BASEBALL: Lums battle against three college-bound pitchers in sweep by Expos
COEUR d’ALENE — They played well against a strong Spokane Expos team, but the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen fell twice to the Expos, 8-6 and 8-4 on Sunday at Thorco Field.
Here is this week’s list of suspected lawbreakers sought by Kootenai County police agencies and the Sheriff’s Office:
Occupants injured in two-vehicle crash
Occupants of two vehicles were injured Sunday in a crash on State Highway 41 at milepost 34, south of Oldtown.
Sunday, July 26
FROM THE AP: New Idaho GOP chairman seeks unity among party, outreach
BOISE (AP) — Republicans in Idaho have an opportunity to unite by focusing more on what they have in common and less on their differences, new state GOP Chairman Tom Luna said.
FROM THE AP: Tropical Storm Hanna drenches South Texas amid virus crisis
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A day after roaring ashore as a hurricane, Hanna lashed the Texas Gulf Coast on Sunday with high winds and drenching rains that destroyed boats, flooded streets and knocked out power across a region already reeling from a surge in coronavirus cases.
FROM THE AP: Maui braces for impact as Hurricane Douglas nears Hawaii
HONOLULU — Hawaii prepared for the onslaught of Hurricane Douglas on Sunday, with predictions of high winds, rain and storm surge.
Real estate rising
Inventory short as demand goes up for homes in North Idaho
Old St. Joe Lodge on the market for $550,000
CALDER — Cradled in the embrace of evergreens between St. Maries and Avery, a rustic lodge that epitomizes North Idaho quietly sits on the shores of the rushing, shadowy St. Joe River.
Giving the ‘Good’ some gear
SPIRIT LAKE — Sometimes, you need a hand up instead of a hand down.
Auto Zone, P1FCU among businesses coming to Athol
LunchboxWax opens Monday at The Northern Coeur Vitality opens Aug. 3. downtown And now the Tidbits
THE FRONT ROW with MARK NELKE: With first PGA Tour event on the horizon, Bayley stays in the present
What Derek Bayley gets to do this coming week — play in a PGA Tour event for the first time — is something the rest of us can only dream of.
MOMENTS, MEMORIES AND MADNESS with STEVE CAMERON: From Day 1, McCovey took us on quite the ride — school or no school
This really is a two-part story.
MANDATE: Right call, PHD
We so appreciate approving the mandate to wear a mask. Kootenai County reported 1,427 cases and three deaths. People who won’t comply are selfish and negligent for their fellow man/family/friends.
Christopher James Copstead, 71
Chris Copstead, of Bothell, Wash., former Coeur d’Alene resident, IRONMAN triathlete, proud father of five and even prouder grandfather of eight, passed away July 13, 2020, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Chris bravely battled chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLC) for more than 15 years. Chris contracted COVID-19 in May while seeking treatment for hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare immunodeficiency and a complication from chemotherapy for CLC.
MASKS: Patriots, put ‘em on
We are all vectors of disease. Wearing a mask helps keep me from spreading COVID-19 to you. I take it personally when you put me at risk of infection by not wearing a mask. An essential element of Patriotism is caring for the well-being of our fellow Americans. Not wearing a mask is unpatriotic. So, put on a mask.
MANDATE: Good, but wishful thinking
The Panhandle Health District just issued a mask requirement for Kootenai County. Likely based on science and good public health policy.
MASKS: Resistance unwarranted
Now that President Trump himself, as well as his Surgeon General, have publicly announced their support for wearing masks, I would hope many of those who have been reluctant might come on board. But I still hear a lot of misconceptions in their arguments against masking. Many cite scientific studies that say cloth masks do very little to reduce your chance of contracting a virus. That may be true, but THAT’S NOT THE PURPOSE OF THE MASK.
Martin G. Iverson Sr., 78
Martin passed into the loving arms of God on July 11, 2020. He was born July 16, 1941, along with his twin brother, Marlan, in Conde, S.D., to Clifford and Thelma Iverson. The family moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 1947.
MASKS: Avoid unnecessary risks
I keep reading Lynda Putz’s letter re: masks and equating it to Hitler and his tactics. If she believes the use of masks is a government infringement on her rights then in the same way seat belts, speed limits, etc., are also.
HOSPITAL: The kids need one
This is about a seed, not the kind to grow tomatoes, but a seed to grow an idea. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to take care of our children? With the growth of this area, children are being put into hospitals full of adults and exposed to sights they should not see, things that scare even adults.
TAXES: Don’t hike them, PF
I read in disbelief that the City Council in Post Falls plans on a 3% property tax increase. Are they completely unaware of what has been going on this year? How many people are out of work, how many business have been shut down, some for good. And they want to raise taxes.
COVID: Clarify ICU stats
ICU is at capacity. If that’s the case, there should be concern. But questions arise based on The Press article and answers to those should be considered in any mandate decision.
TRUMP: Rise up against him
After watching Chris Wallace’s interview with Donald Trump, I was not at all surprised to hear yet one more huge lie from the “Liar in Chief.” Trump says our mortality rates from COVID-19 are very low. Not true in the least!
NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE WEEK: Midsummer selling: Addressing airflow, outdoor spaces and refreshments
Selling a home in the summer offers distinct advantages over other seasons. There’s typically more interest, especially from families looking to settle their housing plans before the start of a new school year.
Roger Evans Salisbury, 83
Captain Roger Evans Salisbury, “Snake,” flew west on June 3, 2020. The sun was shining over Hayden Lake, he was home with family and the stock market was high! We’re sure he planned it that way. He fought a valiant battle with cancer and had a strong will to live. He was a trooper to the end.
Sharon Kay ‘Sherry’ Willits, 74
Sharon Kay “Sherry” Willits, age 74, of Coeur d’Alene, passed away at Kootenai Health on July 16, 2020, after a long series of illnesses over the past several years. A Denver native, she was born to Leslie Harold Bankson and Mildred Howard on Aug. 18, 1945. Her father passed away while she was just an infant and she was raised by her mother and close relatives. She attended Teller Elementary and graduated from East High School in Denver, Colo.
Making your soundtrack
Sometimes when we cannot find the right words, music can speak for us. We all have a song or song-style that speaks to our soul in ways we cannot verbally describe. Music is a strong trigger for memory as well as emotion.
OPINION: HARVEY MACKAY — Happiness is a way of thinking
A group of 50 people was attending a seminar. For a group activity, the leader gave each attendee one balloon and asked each person to blow it up and write his or her name on it with a marker. He collected all the balloons and put them in another room.
Saturday, July 25
BIG SKY FOOTBALL KICKOFF: Vandals, Eagles, former Eags and respect
Idaho senior linebacker Christian Elliss is continuing the Elliss connection in Moscow.
THE FRONT ROW WITH JASON ELLIOTT: Looking ahead, but with a lot of caution
With the Idaho High School Activities Association opting to move forward with plans to start the fall sports season on time — at least for now — you can’t help but look forward a few months to see what could be at stake on the field if and when things get rolling in a few weeks.
Prairie ends abbreviated season with losses, but experienced gained
POST FALLS — The Prairie Cardinals were one out away from ending their season on a winning note on Friday.
Chambers of commerce support PHD decision
Health is top priority, leaders agree
No surprise: Parties see mandate differently
While the local population has split over Panhandle Health District’s board issuing a county-wide mask mandate, the head of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee criticized the requirement as a textbook example of government overreach.
Barriere, Elliss, Walker among preseason All-Big Sky football selections
FARMINGTON, Utah — Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere was named Big Sky football preseason MVP on Friday, in voting by media and others.
‘We’ll dust ourselves off’
Risch talks COVID-19, China, rule of law at Rotary meeting
Gov. Little extends Stage Four two weeks
Gov. Brad Little hoped his state of Idaho would exit the fourth and final stage of his Rebound Idaho plan on June 29, which would essentially free businesses of health protocols implemented in May when he launched his plan.
Northwest Notes July 25, 2020
Big Sky to start Olympic sports later, still mulling football
Don’t let politics kill the music
The Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance organizes free summer concerts at Riverstone Park. These evenings of music feature the best local and regional performers, and are sponsored by community groups and businesses. The Kootenai County Democrats have sponsored them for three years. However, this year the concert was canceled because a splinter group of people objected to the sponsorship coming from Democrats.
Swerving car nets meth bust
A routine traffic stop resulted in the discovery of 1.45 pounds of meth and 59 grams of marijuana extracts.
Free school supplies on Sunday
Verizon Authorized Retailer, TCC to give away backpacks at Cd’A, Post Falls stores
A Biblical worldview and the popular culture
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2
‘Kids and Rigs’ today
Candlelight Christian Fellowship is holding “Kids and Rigs” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Silver Lake Mall.
Nelvina Cuperus Marshall Matthews, 83
Nelvina Cuperus Marshall Matthews was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, last week at the age of 83. She was born to Pete and Nellie Cuperus in rural northwest Iowa, on Nov. 23, 1936, and died at her home in Coeur d’Alene, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, of natural causes.
David Lee Whiteman, 77
Dave passed away on June 28, 2020, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Friday, July 24
‘Kids and Rigs’ on Saturday
Candlelight Christian Fellowship is holding “Kids and Rigs” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Silver Lake Mall.
Wallace City Council unanimously passes mask order
WALLACE – The Wallace City Council unanimously voted in favor of a mask order during an emergency meeting Friday morning.
Montana care home sees 15th death; more virus tests pending
A senior home in Montana pummeled by a coronavirus outbreak that infected nearly every resident has seen another death
Mask mandate: KCSO to favor education
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office will deal with violations of the mask mandate approved by Panhandle Health District’s Board of Health “on a case by case basis.”
Kootenai County mask mandate — read the full order
Panhandle Health District’s Board of Health approved on Thursday a face covering mandate for Kootenai County.
Trial for suspect in school shooting pushed back to 2021
The trial of accused Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe has been pushed back to next June, nearly four years after the deadly incident, because of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
MASKS: Mandates are enforceable
Regarding the argument put forth by our local mayors, police chiefs, and all those of the opinion that a mask mandate is unenforceable, unconstitutional, unhealthy, etc. Currently, 28 states have mask mandates. Are they smarter than us? More constitutionally aware? Prettier?
MASKS: Not asking much
COVID-19 has killed more than 140,000 people, both young and old, in the U.S. in six months. Surviving COVID-19, even without having had symptoms, does not necessarily mean going back to normal. Doctors are reporting health effects due to lung and nervous system damage. No one knows yet how long these effects will last. But young people should not assume they are impervious to the effects of the virus.
MAYOR: Couple of questions
After reading Mayor Widmyer’s comment, “I’m going to be honest with you: I think this has been dropped in the city’s lap,” I had to wonder two things:
Idaho picked to finish eighth by media, ninth by coaches in Big Sky football
FARMINGTON, Utah — Idaho was picked to finish eighth by the media, ninth by the coaches in the 13-team Big Sky Conference in football, the league office announced Thursday.
BIG SKY FOOTBALL KICKOFF: COVID-19, social injustice hot topics with coaches
They grouped the league’s coaches in pods of three or four for Thursday’s first day of the Big Sky Fooball Kickoff, done virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Panhandle Health District approves mandate for Kootenai County by 4-2 vote
‘We will not comply’
Deputy urges calm to unhappy crowd after mask mandate approved
Man accused of videotaping boy undressing at McEuen
Reports of a man surreptitiously taking video of a minor in the McEuen Park restroom led to the arrest of Robert Conrad Sizemore on multiple felony charges of child exploitation.
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: This season’s a sprint, but M’s looking at the long haul
Food bank meets growing demand
Rathdrum Chamber hears about programs to help those in need
Long spring leaves trees with nuisance disease
While Coeur d’Alene — along with the rest of the country — grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the city’s trees are fighting off a less-serious but noticeable disease of their own.
LEGION BASEBALL: Tanner Vandever caps sweep by Northern Lakes
RATHDRUM — Tanner Vandever’s two-run single capped a seven-run sixth inning and ended the game on the 10-run rule as the Northern Lakes Mountaineers class “A” team beat the Spokane Crew 14-4 to complete the sweep in American Legion (independent) baseball Thursday at Lakeland High’s Terry Gorton Memorial Field.
MASKS: The case against them
There is no doubt that during this pandemic most people want to do the right thing. They want to do something. So wearing a mask for them seems a simple step in the right direction for doing good for the community. I can clearly tell you it is NOT. I have been a respiratory therapist licensed in Idaho and Washington for 35 years and dealing with infectious diseases and respiratory pathogens isn’t anything new to me.
LEADERS: Really must choose wisely
The following is a quotation from a recent Sierra Club letter:
Spokane Symphony moves entire 75th season to 2021
Due to ongoing health concerns about the COVID-19 virus and official guidance and restrictions on large public gatherings, the Spokane Symphony Board of Trustees decided at the July 21 meeting to transplant the entire upcoming 75th season of the Spokane Symphony to September 2021.
Take a scroll through virtual Art on the Green
Art on the Green’s Virtual Festival 2020 has officially begun.
Famous local case: The Dollar fraud
On Oct. 29, 1907, The Coeur d’Alene Press announced the United States District Court in Moscow had started the trial of Coeur d’Alene resident William Dollar, who was the owner of the Exchange National Bank in Coeur d’Alene. Along with Mr. Dollar as defendants were St. Maries residents George E. Preston and A.F. Swisher, land locators for those seeking to file homestead claims.
PHYSICIANS: Please protect most vulnerable
As the health care providers for our community, we care for those who are most at-risk for contracting COVID-19 and are asking our residents and visitors to do the same.
Wolf Lodge Bay permit discussion hears from both sides
The Idaho Department of Lands held a public hearing Thursday on the proposed construction of a 150-by-10-foot dock, two 100-foot mooring stations, and a 120-by-80-foot work area on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Wolf Lodge Bay.
MASKS: Don’t be jellyfish
This letter is in response to all the people who will not wear a mask in public. The largest group of people you are negatively impacting are health care workers. I think it would be justice if next time you or your family need surgery, the health care workers do not wear masks. After all, they are Americans and they don’t like to be uncomfortable either. Amazingly, they survive breathing their own germs for hours with no ill effects. In my 43 years of working in the medical field, I NEVER heard anyone complain about wearing a mask.
ILLNESS: Compassion a casualty
I am an 80-year-old woman who had a cough for a week or so. I was in Coeur d’Alene on July 16 with my daughter, so we stopped at my doctor’s office and all was well. I was going to see a doctor, then I told the man about my cough and we were asked to wait in the car and do a video visit because they thought I had the virus COVID-19. I was disgusted so I went home.
CDA seeks input on future vision
The city of Coeur d’Alene and CDA 2030 want to hear from the people.
Glad she held onto that name
First, you should know that Blythe Templin makes a variety of body care and pain management products from hemp oil.
OPINION: CORNELL W. CLAYTON — Masks and rights: Who trumps whom?
“My body, my choice!”
One Street Over releases video
It’s a song that makes any American’s eyes glisten with pride.
Thursday, July 23
Inslee shuts indoor service at bars, restricts indoor dining
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he is tightening restrictions throughout the state in restaurants and bars, for weddings and funerals, and at gyms in a further effort to stem a surge in COVID-19 cases
Critical habitat proposed for rare southwestern Idaho plant
Environmental groups are reacting with mixed responses to a Trump administration plan to create critical habitat for a small, flowering plant found only in southwestern Idaho that was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2016
Three arrested after woman reports being held hostage and tortured
IDAHO FALLS – On Wednesday, June 22, Idaho Falls Police Dispatch received a call from a person who stated that a woman had stopped them on the street and asked them to call 911. The woman appeared to have been severely beaten and had cuts on her face and told the person she had been held hostage and had just escaped.
Mayor of Portland, Oregon, tear gassed by federal agents
The mayor of Portland, Oregon, was tear gassed by federal agents late Wednesday as he stood with protesters at a fence guarding a federal courthouse
Fish and Game stocks 30,000 catfish across the state, many in eastern Idaho
Lots of cats — as in catfish — are being dumped into Idaho lakes and ponds this month to give anglers some action on those warm days when trout go into hiding.
Washington to kill member of 2nd wolf pack for predations
The state of Washington has authorized the killing of an endangered wolf in a second pack because of repeated predations on cattle
Another virus death tied to Montana care facility outbreak
Montana is confirming 97 more cases of COVID-19 and another death related to an outbreak at a memory care facility in Billings
Release the Kraken: Seattle unveils name for NHL franchise
The NHL’s newest team finally has its name: the Seattle Kraken
Idaho restrictions to remain as coronavirus infections rise
Gov. Brad Little says there are too many coronavirus infections and Idaho will remain in the fourth and final stage of his plan to reopen during the pandemic for at least another two weeks
THE FRONT ROW with MARK NELKE: Have a followup question? Never mind
Thursday and Friday will feature a bizarre Big Sky Conference football media event where all the questions were asked in advance, by media and by fans.
LEGION BASEBALL: Taylor lifts Northern Lakes in opener
RATHDRUM — Jaret Taylor doubled to score Louis Powell with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Northern Lakes rallied to beat the Spokane Expos 19U 2-1 in the first of two games at Lakeland High’s Gorton Field on Wednesday.
KH adds COVID-19 unit
Six rooms converted to critical care; Kootenai County launches a campaign to ‘Stop the Spread’
Black Bay Depot jumps the track
New Post Falls recreation center doubles original budget
The greatest job in the world
Bob Hamilton retires after 21 years with Coeur d’Alene Fire Department
Police and the public: Two longtime cops speak out
Today’s is a thorny topic. But it shouldn’t be.
Gas prices nearing 2020 high
COEUR d’ALENE — After the lowest gasoline demand in April since 1968, AAA says continued COVID-19 uncertainty and abundant gasoline stocks throughout the spring and early summer may keep pump prices from returning to where they were at the beginning of the year.
Anglin with Anglen — July 25, 1974
I just finished a good week and almost got my six days in one week of fishing, but I played out Saturday and did not make it. I have wanted to fish six days a week just once for the last ten years and have not done it yet.
Virus chops down Paul Bunyan Days
ST. MARIES — For the first time in its 51-year history, Paul Bunyan Days has been canceled due to public heath concerns.
Here are hand sanitizers you’ll want to avoid
If you’re using hand sanitizer to avoid getting COVID-19, you need to be aware of a recent Food and Drug Administration warning to avoid several hand sanitizers because they contain a toxic chemical.
Barely discernible bears
Early discovery of possible grizzly tracks haven’t led to more sightings
IBE launches new phase to connect students to web
Idaho Business for Education, a nonprofit of nearly 250 Idaho businesses, is launching a new phase of its Close the Divide campaign to get computers and internet service to students who lack these learning tools at home.
Doctor cleared to examine murder suspect
SANDPOINT — Arrangements are being made for Judith Marie Carpenter to be examined by her personal physician while awaiting trial for first-degree murder, 1st District Court records show.
Lois Ann Stensland, 73
Lois Ann Stensland was born June 17, 1947, to Elmer and Lienna (Williams) Drapeau, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She grew up in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls. Lois was baptized at First Baptist Church in Coeur d’Alene. On Oct. 11, 1965, she was united in marriage to Laverne “Vern” Stensland at First Baptist Church. Their union was blessed with three sons, Steve, Rob and Greg, and 37 years of marriage together. They raised their family in Rathdrum and Post Falls.
Jack White, 87,
Jack White, 87, a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved God, passed away peacefully in Coeur d’Alene on July 16, 2020. He was born Feb. 28, 1933, to Clarence and Stella White, in Kentucky.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game to decide Cd'A River land purchase
Idaho Department of Fish and Game will decide Cd’A River land purchase IDFG considers chinook fishery Controlled tags must be purchased Aug. 1
Robert Gordon Boyd Simpson, 85
It is with profound sadness that his daughters announce the death of Robert Gordon Boyd Simpson, on July 19, 2020. He passed peacefully in the presence of family from a longtime illness.
Wednesday, July 22
AP PHOTOS: Facing federal agents, Portland protests swell
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night for nearly two months, protesters have taken to the streets of Portland, Oregon, for demonstrations against racial injustice that have devolved into vandalism and clashes with authorities.
Oregon expands virus mask order to children, lowers venue size
Anyone 5 years or older will now be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces and outside where physical distancing is difficult, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday
Idaho court rules people have right to a jury trial for evictions
An Ada County judge ruled on July 20 that Idaho tenants have a right to a jury trial in eviction proceedings, a reversal of law that has been on the Idaho books since 1996.
Supreme Court asked to allow online initiative signatures
A group that wants Idaho to count online signatures during the coronavirus pandemic for an education funding initiative for the November ballot says the U.S. Supreme Court should reject Gov. Brad Little’s request to put signature-gathering on hold
Montana reports 2 more deaths, 104 new cases of COVID-19
Montana health officials reported two more deaths related to COVID-19 and confirmed another 104 cases
State on virus: 'Washington’s numbers aren’t looking great'
Health officials are reporting 838 additional COVID-19 cases and 12 more deaths in Washington
Health advisory issued for Fernan Lake
Panhandle Health District and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality have issued a health advisory for Fernan Lake after water quality monitoring confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria, also known as harmful algae bloom.
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: Don’t worry, Zags fans, GU will be just fine without Petrusev
Whoa, who’s that crazy guy way out there?
Finally, it’s 90
Hottest day of the year sees crowds jumping from Tubbs Hill rocks into Lake Coeur d’Alene
Masks: If Panhandle Health won’t, Coeur d’Alene might
The Coeur d’Alene City Council voted Tuesday night to approve a special meeting on Friday to debate — and possibly decide upon — a mask mandate.
PHD urges calm at Thursday meeting
Panhandle Health said Thursday’s board of health meeting at the county administration building in Coeur d’Alene must remain orderly.
O’Malley’s rallies for injured pilot
Slay it for Jay fundraiser brings in about $15,000
COVID-19 still choking Idaho’s economy
But economist says state might emerge strong faster
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Jack McDonald, Northern Lakes American Legion
The lefty throwing McDonald struck out seven and scattered three hits in a complete game, and drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Mountaineers to a 2-1 victory over the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen in American Legion (independent) baseball last Friday at Lakeland High. “He’s my big-game guy; he lives for those moments,” Northern Lakes coach Bryce Johnson said. “I knew if we got to him, he’d give us a chance to win it.”
Twenty-two currently in hospital
COEUR d’ALENE — The Panhandle Health District reported 60 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Kootenai County commissioners approve probation fee increase
COEUR d’ALENE — A pandemic-safe ventilation system for the Juvenile Detention Center and adult probation fee increases were among topics addressed when Kootenai County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday to vote on a variety of proposals.
THANKS: Article catalyst for support
We were so surprised that The Press published an article about our need to provide a service dog for our daughter, Evie. Your article was the catalyst in spreading the word to a community full of wonderful people who care.
TRADE: Pact unconstitutional, immoral
The headline on page 4 of Western AG July 9 was indeed disheartening. It read AG organizations applaud the implementation of the USMCA. So what is it they are applauding? And why is it disheartening?
Third annual report on western civilization initiative
As the third year of my initiative to restore the coherent teaching of Western Civilization to our schools dawns, I am happy to report real progress thanks to several partners. Thanks to Les Atchley and Beverly Guenette, I have had several opportunities to speak about this to, among others, Syd Albright’s History Club, the North Idaho Pachyderms, and the Reagan Republicans.
The rest of the Finney Faulkner story
In the July 13 edition of the Coeur d’Alene Press was an interesting article written by my friend, Marlo Faulkner, on the topic of her historic family home going on the market. Interesting history and anecdotes about the grand house at 207 Park Drive in the Fort Grounds, but I knew it was missing something.
Heritage Health offers COVID-19 testing
Heritage Health is now offering coronavirus testing for patients at its medical clinics.
OPINION — SECOND CHANCES: Masked Patriots, unite
My wife has had a tough time the past few weeks. She had two major surgeries and has been in the hospital twice. When she has been home, like now, I have been her nurse, clerk, cook and majordomo, or all-around servant. I am very happy to have her home, recovering. Today, as I left the house to pick up some medications for her at the pharmacy, it occurred to me just how nice a feeling it is being needed, at least until she can fend for herself once again and we can continue with our lives and love on an equal basis.
Jackson Briggs Connolly, 72
Jackson Briggs Connolly went to heaven on July 14, 2020, at home in Post Falls, Idaho, after a long and courageous battle with liver failure caused by primary sclerosing cholangitis. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and son, James. He was preceded in death by his older brother, William, and sister, Corrinne.
PROTEST: Article lacked balance
It is the responsibility of the press to present fair and balanced viewpoints to expose the truth and spark debate. In so doing, it is essential that the press be factually accurate. The Coeur d’Alene Press has failed in its responsibility to the people, with the publication of “No masks, no way” on Saturday July 18.
MASKS: Mandate now overdue
I just read James Crowe’s letter Sunday concerning the need to mask up. It’s the letter I’ve been thinking about writing for several days now.
MASKS: No mandate wanted
Did you know masks don’t prevent the spread of any viruses? It’s time to use common sense and logic, people!
Hearing set on re-entry facility
COEUR d’ALENE — Kootenai County’s Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. Aug. 27 to accept public testimony on a draft ordinance addressing re-entry facilities.
United Way funding available
Applications for Community Care Fund grants will be accepted through Sept. 30
Man dies in accident
OLDTOWN — Tyler Vance Watson, 29-year-old male and Priest River resident, died Tuesday night after jumping into Pend Oreille River from Oldtown Bridge.
RLM opens new Pinehurst building
Kootenai County’s largest church keeps growing
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — GEORGE BALLING: What I did on my summer vacation
When I got this assignment in elementary school I always dreaded it. But after just returning from a week off, I felt excited to write this column. Mary and I are very grateful to get a week away. We spent our week off at a friend’s lake cabin on Hayden Lake. We had family visit a couple of days and had dinner with dear friends who have a home on the lake. It was a wonderful time, very relaxing and we did enjoy some great wine. Here is the rundown of some of the standouts. Some of the wine we enjoyed were vintage bottlings from our private stash, while others are store favorites. I have omitted prices from this column altogether, since some of these are unlikely to be found. Stop by the shop or send along an email if you would like more details including prices.
ADVERTISING — Advertorial: HOLLY CARLING: Hair loss: Are you losing it up there?
Losing your hair can be quite a distressing thing. Whether your hair is slowly thinning, you are losing it in clumps, or you have patches that are totally bald, continued hair loss can be devastating. As with all things that can go awry in your body, there is a reason, or reasons, why you are losing hair. Finding the causative factors is necessary to stop the progress of hair loss.
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — DR. WAYNE M. FICHTER: Mask or not to mask?
Right now we can’t go to Costco without a mask, or even to Washington State for that matter. So I started looking into it more and I found an article from the New England Journal of Medicine. For those of you who don’t know, this is probably the most prestigious medical journal in the world.
Chris Gilbert Cook, 63
Chris Gilbert Cook, age 63, passed away peacefully at home on July 9, 2020.
Tuesday, July 21
The Latest: Trump says he's 'getting used to' wearing mask
President Donald Trump says he’s “getting used to” wearing a mask as he showed off his from the White House briefing room podium
Power outage affects more than 1,000 people
About 1,000 Kootenai Electric Cooperative members are without power in the Post Falls/Hauser area.
Idaho Land Board eyes building a prison as an investment
The Idaho Land Board is considering building a prison as a possible investment with $130 million it has accumulated through the sale of commercial and residential properties
Oregon residents hoping to join Idaho need signatures, judge says
A federal judge has denied a petition to bypass state-required signatures to qualify as a ballot measure its proposal for 17 counties to divorce from Oregon and become part of Idaho
FAST FIVE: History is alive and well with Mike Fritz
History is alive and well with Mike Fritz
‘Palm Springs’ a clever, thoughtful spin on ‘Groundhog Day’
“Groundhog Day” endures as one of cinema’s all-time great comedies. It’s the reason so many movies (especially Hallmark Christmas movies, it seems) try to recreate the premise of a character forced to relive the same day over-and-over again.
Environmental group sues feds over grizzly bear decision
An environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for failing to release public records on the termination of a program to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington state
Walmart to close its stores on Thanksgiving Day
Walmart will close its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs on Thanksgiving Day this year, saying that it wants to have its employees spend time with their families during the coronavirus
13th person dies at Montana memory facility with outbreak
The Yellowstone County health department is reporting that a 13th person has died because of a COVID-19 outbreak at a memory care facility in Billings
Idaho suspect in shootout, pursuit ID'd as Ammon Bundy ally
The Idaho State Police has identified a man injured during a police pursuit and shootout in northern Idaho on Saturday
Trump to send federal agents to Chicago, maybe other cities
President Donald Trump is planning to deploy federal agents to Chicago and possibly other Democrat-run cities as he continues to assert federal power and use the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented ways
Debate over masks lingers in the air
Monday was first day Walmart required customers to wear face coverings
Distance, barriers ‘are your friends’
Cd’A School Board hosts workshop with Panhandle Health on reopening plans
Delivering ‘peace of mind’
Kootenai County’s Eric Mescher heads up USA Security’s new office
Kootenai Health: ICU at capacity
Hospitalizations rise to 19; mayors say they don’t support issuing mask mandate
Idaho Department of Lands conducts fire mitigation along Interstate 90
CATALDO — Even with the fire danger level currently sitting at an unseasonable “moderate” level, the local Idaho Department of Lands crew from Cataldo sees no reason to dial back the training.
Post Falls City Council to consider budget, annexations
The Post Falls City Council will discuss its tentative fiscal year 2021 budget, five land annexations, and the Black Bay Depot development in its meeting at 6 tonight at Post Falls City Hall.
Neighborhood dispute leads to shooting
Montana man was transported by helicopter to Kootenai Health
Following the data with COVID-19
When President Trump ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all COVID-19 data to a non-public, privately contracted database at the Department of Health & Human Services beginning July 15, health experts and others reacted with alarm.
Cd’A wells to start pumping with rising temperatures
The mild temperatures and wet conditions that have delayed summer weather this year haven’t gone unnoticed by Terry Pickel.
Gary John Guglielmo, 64
Gary John Guglielmo (“Gman”) passed away unexpectedly from heart failure on July 15, 2020, at his home in Post Falls, Idaho. Gary was born April 26, 1956, in San Jose, Calif., to parents, George W. Guglielmo and Madeline M. (Sordello) Guglielmo. He grew up in Morgan Hill, Calif., at his family’s winery and vineyard. He was in the first graduating class of St. Catherine Elementary in Morgan Hill, and later attended Bellarmine Prep High School in San Jose. He graduated college at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1984, with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Legion Baseball: Northern Lakes 4, Cd’A Lumbermen 3
RATHDRUM — Trevor Vandever’s bases-loaded walk forced in the winning run, leading the Northern Lakes Mountaineers to a 4-3 win over the visiting Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen on Monday evening at Gorton Field in Rathdrum.
Wolf Lodge Bay development questioned
Idaho Department of Lands holds meeting on Lake Coeur d’Alene construction
Monday, July 20
Idaho lawmakers seek options for calling special sessions
Idaho lawmakers concerned that Republican Gov. Brad Little has too much power following his emergency declaration because of the coronavirus pandemic want a way to reconvene after the regular legislative session has ended
NFL players to be tested daily for COVID-19 first 2 weeks
NFL players will be tested daily for the coronavirus for at least the first two weeks of training camp, per the league’s new testing protocols
St. Louis couple charged for pulling guns at protest
St. Louis’ top prosecutor has charged a white husband and wife with felony unlawful use of a weapon for displaying guns during a racial injustice protest outside their mansion
Federal agents asked to leave as Portland protests continue
The federal government is coming under scrutiny for the activities of agents trying to clamp down on protests in Oregon’s largest city
Washington tribes get nearly $6 million for COVID relief
Nearly $6 million in federal grants have been approved for five Washington tribes to pay for programs to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus and give financial help to tribal members for rent and utility bills
Playing whack-a-mole with the coronavirus has been a losing plan
America is being treated as an international coronavirus pariah by much of the developed world. We can’t travel to Europe because of our raging Covid-19 infections. We are not allowed into Canada and many local governments in Mexico do not want U.S. visitors. Why is our country being treated like a leper colony?
Workers protest racial inequality on day of national strike
Hundreds of workers are rallying outside the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan and the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest systemic racism and economic inequality
Another day of 500-plus new cases in Idaho
BOISE — Idaho reported slightly fewer new coronavirus infections on Sunday than it has in recent days, though the number of new cases jumped in places like Canyon and Kootenai counties.
2 more COVID deaths tied to Montana care facility outbreak
Two more deaths have been tied to an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Montana care facility
2 arrested as Seattle protests turn violent
Authorities say two people were arrested and some police officers were injured Sunday afternoon when a large protest turned violent
DISC GOLF: Person nabs pro title at Farragut State Park event
The inaugural Project Cutthroat disc golf tournament at Farragut State Park ended with a wire-to-wire winner.
Don’t sweat the Small stuff
Lake City Center director leaves with pride over teamwork, improvements
Still with the Smith’s, a century later
Family Tree Farm in Hayden honored by Idaho Historical Society
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: ‘The beautiful game’ as a cure for this @#$%&* virus
You know what?
Five injured in bus crash
Five people were injured when a private bus transporting family crashed late Sunday afternoon on Asbury Road off Highway 97 near Carlin Bay, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said.
The summer heat dome
The weather will certainly feel like summer this week. High temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s across many areas here in the Inland Empire. Up until this point, there hasn’t been a 90-degree day for the 2020 season at Cliff’s station in Coeur d’Alene. However, Spokane did hit 90 degrees last Thursday.
LEGION BASEBALL: Lums fall to Expos
COEUR d’ALENE — The Spokane Expos rode an 11-run third inning to a 17-3 victory over the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen “AA” squad on Sunday at Thorco Field.
Here is this week’s list of suspected lawbreakers sought by Kootenai County police agencies and the Sheriff’s Office:
Sunday, July 19
FROM THE AP: Governments around world eye tougher steps to fight virus
Signs of governments reassessing their coronavirus response were scattered around the world Sunday, with the mayor of Los Angeles saying the city was reopened too quickly, Ohio’s governor warning his state is “going the wrong way,” Hong Kong issuing tougher new rules on wearing face masks and Spain closing overcrowded beaches.
FROM THE AP: Facing uncertain fall, schools make flexible reopening plans
Administrators in the Parkway school district in suburban St. Louis spent the summer break crafting a flexible reopening plan, with options including full-time classroom learning, full-time online instruction and a hybrid system.
FROM THE AP: Fires set, fences moved: Police call Portland protest a riot
Protesters broke into a building, set it on fire and started dumpster fires late Saturday night in Oregon’s largest city, police said, as demonstrations that have been taking place since the death of George Floyd intensified for another night in Portland.
She’s looking on the bright side
These words — "Stay strong. Make them wonder why you're still smiling." — are written on a chalkboard in 12-year-old Tammi Hite's bedroom.
A day to feel good about
Community turns out for annual Rathdrum Days celebration
THE FRONT ROW with MARK NELKE: Behind the plans to return to high school sports this fall
One year, because of a snowstorm, NCAA Division III schools Wheaton College of Wheaton, Ill., and Carthage College of Kenosha, Wis., were unable to get together for a dual swimming meet.
Giorgi’s Restaurant to open on Neider
David James Ice Cream & Snack Bar opens 32 Below Frozen Yogurt & More opening soon Haberdashery & Tailor Shop opens on Fourth And now the Tidbits
MOMENTS, MEMORIES and MADNESS with STEVE CAMERON: Golf is good for what ails you — even for a Marine vet paralyzed from the chest down
This is something different.
Person leads pros after first day of Project Cutthroat event
A crowded leaderboard has five people within three shots of the lead at the Project Cutthroat disc golf tournament at Farragut State Park.
Gamboa captures Northstar tourney
A local disc golf tournament in Farragut State Park finished competition Saturday afternoon.
Post Falls man injured in I-90 rollover crash
SPOKANE — A 41-year-old Post Falls man was injured Saturday afternoon when his vehicle was involved in a rollover crash on Interstate 90 west of Spokane, Washington State Police reported.
BAYVIEW: ‘Bad for business’ rebuttal
David White says: “This has been out there for 13 years now and just now people are saying anything.”
Our Gem: How safe is your drinking water?
Protect your drinking water When should water be tested? Water testing
Madie Jane Pray, 92
Madie Jane Pray, age 92, of Coeur d’Alene, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at her home. She was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Quincy, Ill., to James and Madie (Bacon) Johnson. The family moved to Arlington Heights, Ill., in 1942. Madie graduated from Arlington Heights Township High School in 1945. She then attended Purdue University and graduated with a B.S. degree in bacteriology in 1949. Madie was a member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity at Purdue.
Carol Byrdene Wheeler, 78
Carol Byrdene Wheeler was born Dec. 20, 1941, in San Bernardino, Calif., to Guy Harry and Frances Byrdene Spears. She passed away on July 4, 2020, in Athol, Idaho.
MASKS: Ignore, and prep for shutdown
Most Americans under the age of 50 are the most undisciplined, whiny crybabies in the world. I bet most of these people who refuse to wear masks will be the first ones to protest and complain if or when there is another shutdown.
PETS: If I had a tiger…
If I had a tiger for a pet, I would name him Benny. Then, I would teach him to dance in public. Next, I would train Benny to celebrate when anything good happens. I would also teach him to jump on a trampoline and dunk a basketball. Finally, I would teach him to shoot T-shirts to people in crowds. After all his training, Benny and I would go south to Pocatello, Idaho, and make Benny the new mascot for the Idaho State Bengals!
MASKS: Rights — and responsibilities
Are you kidding me? Wearing a face mask is interfering with your constitutional rights?
OPINION: HARVEY MACKAY — Perception vs. reality
A friend was flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles. After a 45-minute delay in taking off, they then had to make an unexpected stop in Sacramento. The flight attendant announced there would be another 45-minute delay, and if they wanted to get off the aircraft, they could re-board in 30 minutes.
Dale M. Rohlf, Jr., 79
Dale M. Rohlf, Jr., age 79, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital, in Yakima, Wash., with his daughter at his side. He was born on March 15, 1941, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to Dale Sr. and Elinor (Erickson) Rohlf.
Pamela ‘Pam’ Olsen
Pamela “Pam” Olsen, of Post Falls, Idaho, died suddenly on March 29, 2020. Pam was born in Ogden, Utah, on April 29, 1944, to Edwin Carl Olsen, Jr. and Anita Ruby Hargis. She attended Polk School and Central Jr. High, where she studied German. Her knowledge of German made it possible for her to spend her junior year of high school in Switzerland, as an American Field Service student. She lived with a Swiss family, whom she remained friends with until her death. Her parents moved while she was away, so she graduated from Highland High in Salt Lake City, in 1962.
ELAINE CERNY: MY GARDEN PATH — Lots of growing going on
This has been one crazy growing season, at least so far. We just seem to keep getting “yo-yo” weather. It’s cold, then hot, wet, then dry, etc., etc. Programming the lawn sprinklers is a lesson in futility. Whine …
NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE WEEK — Summer living on Lake Cd’A: Part 5
Waterfront town of Harrison
Saturday, July 18
THE FRONT ROW WITH JASON ELLIOTT: Vesser: On top of the world, for a little while at least
In a perfect world, the July training sessions for Tia Vesser at Coeur d’Alene CrossFit might be considered fine-tuning for her bid to be a world champion.
No masks, no way
Crowd rallies outside PHD board meeting to protest possible mandate
Recovery has begun with pain aplenty
July is here, but rather than being the first month of the 12th year of an expansion, it may turn out to be the first or second month of a recovery from the most dramatic downturn since the Great Depression.
Northern Lakes edges Lums
McDonald throws complete game, drives in winning run
Grand grants from great gals
Women’s Gift Alliance awards $100,000 in grants to area nonprofits
Band cancels concert
A Spokane band canceled a July 16 Riverstone-area concert, citing what their leader said was concern for bandmates and fans.
Northwest Notes July 18, 2020
Idaho football home opener vs. Western Oregon canceled
Kodiak owners warned of cracks in landing gear
Aircraft which cannot meet requirements will be grounded
Rathdrum resident seeks sheriff spot
Justin Nagel announced Friday he is running for Kootenai County sheriff as a candidate of the Libertarian party.
The arts and our worldview
I would hope that our column last week on creation versus an evolutionary beginning laid the groundwork for a Theistic worldview. For instance, the Christian worldview affirms the existence of an ordered, physical universe created by an eternal, transcendental, personal God, who is inherently benevolent, loving and thoughtful. This God has instilled in people the ability to engage in rational or logical thought and empirical observation. We reject the pessimism of philosophers and theologians from the 19th and 20th century that gave us a worldview that said life is meaningless. Nihilism says everything is meaningless. It denies the possibility of any objective truth or knowledge.
Turf at War Memorial Field nears completion
SANDPOINT — The project to install artificial turf at War Memorial Field has been years in the making, but is now finally starting to take shape.
Doing our part for our schools
I want my kids to walk through the doors of their school on Sept. 8 as badly as anyone else, but in watching the COVID-19 cases Kootenai County numbers rise, that possibility is dwindling away.
Friday, July 17
Panhandle declines mask mandate, tables vote
A motion by the Panhandle Health District board of health to mandate masks failed to come to a vote, as no other member would second the motion to require residents and visitors to wear the protective coverings under the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic.
Navy chief: US warship's fate uncertain; damage extensive
A naval chief who visited the charred USS Bonhomme Richard has found extensive structural, electrical and mechanical damage
Oregon reports 307 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths
The Oregon Health Authority reported 307 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the state Friday, as officials continue to urge residents to stay apart to slow community spread of the disease
Unemployment falls in Montana but infections keep rising
Montana’s unemployment rate dropped in June as many businesses reopened
COVID-19 outbreak linked to 2 tournaments at Meridian golf course
MERIDIAN — Twenty-two people tested positive for COVID-19 after golf tournaments on consecutive weekends in late June at The Club at SpurWing, a private club in Meridian.
Idaho adds 25,000 jobs in June, unemployment rate drops
Nearly 25,000 people returned to work in June as Idaho's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6%
Former Spokane coach who raped teens sentenced to 22 years in prison
A former Spokane assistant football coach who raped two teenage girls in 2018 has been sentenced to more than 22 years in federal prison
CDC extends US ban on cruise ships through September
The federal ban on cruise ships operating in U.S. territory is being extended through September
UI details COVID-related changes for fall term
The University of Idaho plans to offer in-person classes this fall, but will switch back to a remote delivery of education after Thanksgiving.
IHSAA to let local school districts decide how to deal with COVID-19 cases
52-page guideline released to address return of sports in fall
IEL comes up with ‘Plan B’ football schedule
Uncertainty with Washington schools forces adjustments
One smart cookie
Post Falls Girl Scout sells more than 23,000 boxes of cookies to help others
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: Sammie is fine, and so, to, will be the Mariners
Cruising in calendar competition
Picture of ISP patrol cruiser in the running for cover of national calendar
Investigating hunters’ and anglers’ needs
UI and IDFG partner to improve Idaho’s wildlife management
LEGION BASEBALL: Manzardo, Childers lead Lums past Cannons
POST FALLS — Marcus Manzardo went 3 for 5 and drove in two runs, and Payton Childers was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored as the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen beat the Spokane Cannons 12-6 in Legion baseball Thursday at Sportsman’s Park.
SHERIFF: Oversteps bounds
Shame on the sheriff’s office for issuing citations of any type for “isolation” violations. The sheriff is supposed to be a protector of the people against a tyrannical government, and the fabricated dangers of a virus to instill fear into the population is nothing short of indoctrination. Hitler used the same fear tactics to get the Germans to do things they would never have done otherwise.
Gary W. Reber, 75
The family of Gary W. Reber sadly announces his passing on July 10, 2020, after a courageous 17-year battle with metastatic renal cell cancer. Gary was larger than life and had an indomitable spirit that brought joy to all who met him.
‘Remember My Name:’ Toy Matinee on cassette
The best Father’s Day gifts are ones the whole family can enjoy. And by “enjoy,” I mean poke fun at Dad for being such an old-fashioned analog man.
Teen lends talent to Art on the Green
For the second year in a row, the Art on the Green poster contest was won by a teenager.
IRONY: No extra charge, folks
Thanks Coeur d’Alene Press for printing letters to the editor. It’s a never-ending source of laughs. The irony of David Burkle’s LTE of Sunday, July 12 is so thick you can cut it.
POLICE: Defunding no real option
We are in a crisis like nothing seen before in my lifetime (eight decades and counting). And all because one evil cop chose to hold his knee on defenseless George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, 46 seconds — a cop with 18 prior infractions of abusive behavior — and still a cop!
IN THIS HOUSE: Right at home
Loved Monday’s front-page story by Mrs. Faulkner! What a beautiful Fort Grounds home and equally lovely history!
IN THIS HOUSE: Fine work, Marlo
Thank you for the delightful In This House article by Marlo Faulkner. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it (it even cheered me while waiting for a room at Kootenai Urgent Care!). What a lovely home and wonderful memories.
David Richard Edwards, 59
David Richard Edwards passed away in his home in Las Vegas, Nev., on May 8, 2020, at age 59. David was born at Fort Belvoir, Va., on Sept. 26, 1960, to Linda (Carlson) Wombolt and Jack Edwards. After his father completed military service, David spent his childhood in his parent’s hometown of Wardner, Idaho, where he developed his love for the outdoors — camping, skiing, fishing, shooting and hiking whenever he could.
The story behind the Obama sticker
Regular readers of the Coeur d’Alene Press Opinion page know that letter writer Marvin George Miller of Coeur d’Alene is a red-meat conservative. He eats liberals for breakfast. And considers President Donald Trump to be one of our nation’s greatest presidents.
Gov. Little meets with President Trump
Talks about regulatory innovation, COVID-19
U.S. 95 remains closed for monitoring of slide south of Riggins
Detour route will be open to traffic from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
When catastrophe strikes, remember these names
If you’re expecting to read a fervent plea that Idaho Gov. Brad Little impose a statewide face mask mandate, you’ve come to the wrong place.
Three arrested on meth charge
Three Hope men were arrested on July 15 on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced Thursday. The charges stem from a June 16 indictment filed in U.S. District Court by a federal grand jury in Coeur d’Alene.
Thursday, July 16
Post Falls DMV closed after virus exposure
The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Post Falls is closed until further notice after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
List of national retail chains requiring masks is growing
Target, CVS Health and Publix Super Markets on Thursday joined the growing list of major retailers that will require customers to wear masks as cases of COVID-19 spike
Montana reports two more deaths due to COVID-19
Health officials in Montana announced two deaths due to COVID-19, one connected to an outbreak at a nursing home in Billings and the other in Lewis and Clark County
UK, US, Canada accuse Russia of hacking virus vaccine trials
Britain, the United States and Canada are accusing Russian hackers of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine
US judge rejects challenge to Inslee's emergency powers
A federal judge in Spokane has firmly rejected a water park’s challenge to Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency powers as the state responds to the coronavirus pandemic
Montana reports 9th death tied to nursing home outbreak
Montana reported a ninth death tied to an outbreak of COVID-19 at a nursing home in Billings
Hawley seeks civil rights probe in case of St. Louis couple
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley is urging Attorney General William Barr to launch a federal civil rights investigation of St. Louis’ elected prosecutor
Bonner County sues state over coronavirus rescue money
A lawsuit filed by an Idaho county against Republican Gov. Brad Little and other state officials could upend plans for distributing $1.25 billion in coronavirus rescue money
Girl, 9, killed by falling tree at Hayden Lake
Tragedy struck along the shores of Hayden Lake Tuesday afternoon when a tree fell on a 9-year-old girl, killing her.
THE FRONT ROW with MARK NELKE: Football murmurs, and a spring sports do-over for state
Talk that the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is considering shuffling some of its seasons around in the 2020-21 school year doesn’t look like it’s going to affect the Idaho High School Activities Association’s plans to return to athletics — hopefully — this fall.
LEGION BASEBALL: Lums knock off rust to beat Missoula
COEUR d’ALENE — Stepping onto the field for the first time since June 23, Coeur d’Alene ‘AA’ coach Paul Manzardo wasn’t quite sure what to expect with Wednesday’s game at Thorco Field.
Idaho athletics announces new football seating, season ticket plans
Games to be limited to 5,100 fans at 2020 home games
It takes two, baby
Post Falls Highway District director buys two tickets, wins house in NIC's Really BIG Raffle
COVID concerns in the classroom
Feelings are mixed about how to go back to school this fall
Wishing Star partners with City Thrift
Donations will fund wishes for children with special needs
The clear, cold trickle is summer’s refreshment
The first one was green and s-curved into the yard like a rubber snake between the cement slab at the bottom of the cement steps and along the cracked cement sidewalk that wound from the front door to the garage. The faded garden hose lay in the yard with the dandelions, sputtering water that made the lawn soggy because the faucet was left on.
Kroc Center theater remains active
The Kroc Center Theater is active at this time.
Property tax relief plan gains strength
North Idaho cities, one county among those submitting letters of intent
Apps that inappropriately advertise to kids
There are dozens of apps out there that are very enticing to children. Many of these app developers know how to get kids hooked on their games and are touting their games as being educational in nature even if their real motivation is to manipulate children with deceptive ads they are forced to watch by not allowing them to skip through the ad.
Virtual hearing tonight on projects
RLM eyes facility to be hub of north campus
Study: Nearly half of Americans password-stressed
Forty percent of American computer users find coping with passwords as stressful as worrying about retirement. The same percentage forget their email passwords.
Angler nets reward fish
A Priest River angler won $1,000 after catching a walleye in the Priest River that was tagged as part of Idaho Fish and Game’s angler incentive program.
Jesus statue at Whitefish Mountain Resort vandalized
The Jesus statue that sits atop Chair 2 at Whitefish Mountain Resort recently was vandalized.
Dancers take stage Friday
COEUR d’ALENE — Dancers will take over the bandshell at Coeur d’Alene City Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Wednesday, July 15
Idaho appeals ballot initiative ruling to U.S. Supreme Court
Idaho Gov. Brad Little is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put on hold a court order forcing the state to count online signatures for an initiative backers hope to get on the November ballot
Montana requires masks in counties with 4+ active COVID cases
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has issued a directive requiring face coverings at indoor public spaces and at larger outdoor gatherings in counties where four or more people are known to be currently infected with COVID-19
PHD reports 43 new coronavirus cases
Scam Alert: False Positives for COVID-19
‘I’m not a bad guy’: Police video captures distraught Floyd
Newly public body-camera video from two Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest shows a panicked and fearful Floyd pleading with the officers in the minutes before his death
Montana reports record 145 new virus cases, 37 hospitalized
Montana reported a record 145 additional coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including 72 in Gallatin County
Scam Alert: False positives for COVID-19
Recent rumors circulating on social media claim that a person planned to get tested for COVID-19, never completed the test because the wait was too long, then received a letter indicating that they had tested positive for the virus.
Walmart to require customers to wear masks at all its stores
Walmart has become the latest major retailer to require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam’s Club stores
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: There’s classy franchises — then there’s Washington’s NFL club
Let’s say you owned an NFL franchise.
Disc golfers determined
Disc golf tournament this weekend aims to improve area’s largest disc golf complex
District superintendents talk schools reopening
But many challenges remain before students can be brought back into the classroom
Even a lockdown can’t knock the Kroc down
Kroc Center makes changes to keep members, community healthy and safe
Hayden says no to risky federal funding
HAYDEN — The city of Hayden decided not to claim its share of federal funds aimed to help its property owners, choosing to preserve its guaranteed 3% increase option instead.
Jail time for isolation violation
Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office issued 16 quarantine citations
OPINION — Memory care centers: Lockdowns equal death
I’m writing to call to your attention to an urgent situation regarding visitation at memory care and all senior living facilities in Idaho and around the country. And I’m not just complaining. I have ideas, and I want to help and have communicated that to Gov. Brad Little and Director of Health and Welfare Dave Jeppesen.
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — DR. WENDY CUNNINGHAM: Four reasons to add cupping for wellness
Cupping is popular because it is effective and feels great. Traditional Chinese medicine is all about balancing the body internally. Cupping promotes the free flow of Qi (energy) and blood by removing blockages and stagnation along the meridians that cause pain.
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — HOLLY CARLING: IBS and IBD — turn off the faucet!
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD — which primarily consists of colitis and Crohn’s disease) continue to rise. There are an estimated 1.6 million people in the U.S. that have IBD according to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders states that 10 to 15% of people worldwide have IBS, with 25% of them classified as severe. Females make up 60 to 65% of sufferers, with 47 to 55% of those previously having had a hysterectomy or ovarian surgery.
SENIOR: Seeing, and fearing
I’m a senior citizen, turning 80 this fall. I was taught civics in junior high, understood and retained its principles. Civics hasn’t been taught for years and that’s a shame. Because most people under 50 have no idea at all of what makes our Constitution great. Our Constitution isn’t great just because of what it says. Our Constitution is great because of the way it says it!
TAX RETURNS: Follow the money
I just watched a story on the news about the recent Supreme Court decision regarding giving Congress access to the president’s tax returns. The stated reason for needing them was to help write ethics legislation.
SANITIZE: Shoppers, compare
This is one more letter about the lack of masks and sanitizers in local commercial establishments. A popular food store on Fourth has no sanitized cart handles, has no sanitizer by the door for customers, no sanitizer anywhere in the aisles, and doesn’t seem to require its employees to wear masks. When a checker was asked about this, he shrugged his shoulders and said he didn’t know.
POLITICAL SCIENCE: What a change
As a pre-law student at UCLA in the early ’60s, I majored in political science. That curriculum was primarily how our government works and the Constitution.
CDA superintendent outlines reopening plans
Coeur d’Alene School District Superintendent Steve Cook chose not to participate in Tuesday’s Upbeat Breakfast with the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, but he did respond in writing to a request from The Press regarding the district’s fall reopening hopes.
Russell W. Thomas, 74
Russell W. Thomas was born April 22, 1946, in Hanford, Calif. He passed away on July 5, 2020, in Coeur d’Alene.
COVID: Ease up on hysteria
Imagine, if you will, a virus so dangerous you must be tested to even know that you had it.
Carol Anne Tavares, 76
On Saturday, July 11, 2020, Carol Anne Tavares, of Rathdrum, Idaho, passed away at age 76.
Miracle atop a mountain for father, son
Last Wednesday Eric English and Keith Richardson headed out for a dirt bike ride. Eric’s 75-year-old dad, Bruce English, was joining buddies on ATVs for a ride. Neither Eric nor Bruce knew where the other was planning to ride. Eric and Keith left from Bear Creek, east of Kellogg and Bruce’s group left from Pine Creek near Pinehurst.
Hazel Elvira Badger, 73
Hazel Elvira Badger, 73, loving mom, sister, aunt and grandma, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2020, at North Idaho Hospice Schneidmiller House, surrounded by her children.
Keegan Blake Woods
When someone looks up #livinforkeegs, I want them to see posts about Keegan, and just how awesome he was. For those of you who never got to meet Keegan, let me tell you about him.
Donald R. Kilian Sr., 90
On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Donald R. Kilian Sr., a lifelong resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Schneidmiller Hospice House.
OPINION: CHUCK MALLOY — Jordan hopes for boost from ‘Bountygate’
Here we go again. More talk about what the president knew and when he knew it in relation to news reports saying that Russia offered bounties to militants in Afghanistan for the killing of U.S. soldiers.
Tuesday, July 14
Autopsy confirms Naya Rivera's death was accidental drowning
Officials say an autopsy has confirmed that “Glee” star Naya Rivera died from accidental drowning, and gave no indication that drugs or alcohol played any role in her death
Washington officials release new COVID-19 death data report
Washington officials on Tuesday released a new death data report that includes different categories of deaths related to COVID-19
Idaho man charged with 5 felonies after deputy shot, wounded
An Idaho man has been charged with five felonies after he allegedly fled from authorities and shot a police officer twice after being pulled over on what was believed to be a stolen motorcycle
Coronavirus hospitalizations rise to 9
COEUR d’ALENE — The Panhandle Health District reported there were 47 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday. That brings PHD’s total cases to 914, with 359 no longer being monitored.
Maxwell denied bail on Epstein-related sex abuse charges
Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend has been denied bail and will remain behind bars on charges she recruited girls and women for the financier to sexually abuse more than two decades ago
Navy sees progress against blaze on warship in San Diego Bay
The fight to save a burning Navy warship docked in San Diego has entered a third day with indications of improvement
Deputy shot twice while searching for stolen motorcycle
The Ada County Sheriff's Office says a deputy is in critical condition after he was shot twice Monday morning while trying to arrest a suspect in connection with a stolen motorcycle
Nurse practitioner dies from COVID-19 complications
BOISE — A nurse practitioner with St. Luke's Children's Pediatrics in Caldwell died Monday from complications related to COVID-19.
Report: Man threatened group before shooting
Bail set for $500,000 after two were wounded in Saturday night incident
Statewide COVID hospital numbers shrink while local numbers rise
Early Saturday morning, an unknown Idahoan got back unfortunate test results, becoming the 10,000th state resident to test positive since the pandemic began in mid-March. That number eclipsed 11,000 on Monday.
‘Never give up’
Frank Bybee planning to run across the country to celebrate two decades of sobriety
Committed to the cause
3Cs reports more than 4,000 face masks sold, donated; $16,000 of sales gifted to local food banks
Northwest Notes July 14, 2020
Former WSU star Hristova signs pro deal in Poland
Eight tips to prevent collisions
In 2019, there were more than 664,000 licensed pilots in the U.S. according to the Federal Aviation Administration. From military hotshots and retired commercial captains to student pilots and off-and-on again recreators like me, their range of skills and experiences are as broad as the shared skies above.
Really Big Raffle on Wednesday
The winner of a brand new $394,000 Coeur d’Alene home will be announced Wednesday during the North Idaho College Foundation Really BIG Raffle drawing.
Idaho is home to many experienced birders, some of whom will be able to take one look at a bird and say, “Aha! That’s a mountain bluebird!” Or “Ooh! A pileated woodpecker!”
Movers and Shakers
Williams promoted to manager at Welch Comer & Associates, Inc. Horizon Credit Union and Icon Credit Union plan merger
ZAG TRACKER: NBA draft deadline day looms large for Gonzaga
Zags fans need two things.
Mary Damiano, 87
Mary Louise Howell Damiano, 87, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, died on July 7, 2020. Mary was born on Dec. 27, 1932, in Yakima, Wash., to Thomas W. and Margaret Koempel Howell. Mary graduated from Davis High School in 1951 and attended Washington State College, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Mary met her husband, Gary Damiano, at WSC and they were married on Feb. 12, 1955, in Yakima, Wash. They settled in Kellogg, Idaho, and were blessed with three daughters: Debbie, Susan and Michele.
Monday, July 13
Remaining occupants of plane crash identified
COEUR d’ALENE — The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has identified the remaining occupants of the July 5 mid-air collision over Lake Coeur d’Alene
Seattle mayor seeks to reform police with transfers and cuts
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan ï¿½is blasting the City Council's plan to cut the police departmentï¿½s budget by 50% and instead proposed transferring a list of functions out of the police budget
‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera found dead at California lake
Authorities say “Glee” star Naya Rivera has been found dead at a Southern California lake
The space-changing magic of getting rid of crap
I’m not on Twitter or Instagram or whatever social media is “in” these days.
California shuts bars, indoor dining and most gyms, churches
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has extended the closure of bars and indoor dining statewide and has ordered gyms, churches and hair salons closed in most places as coronavirus cases keep rising
Masks outside part of new Oregon COVID-19 safety measures
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced two new statewide COVID-19 safety mandates — a ban on indoor social gatherings of more than 10 people and a requirement that people wear face coverings outside if they can not socially distance
OPINION: Freedom Is the Cure?
Carrie: Have you seen the “Freedom Is the Cure” event promoted by an Idaho legislator on Facebook?
New unemployment claims drop 9% last week
New initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Idaho were down 9% last week.
Montana sees 3 new virus deaths as confirmed cases rise
Montana health officials have reported three additional deaths related to the coronavirus over the weekend, bringing the state’s total number to 32
Body found in search of lake for ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera
Authorities say a body has been found at a Southern California lake during the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera
Washington's NFL team drops 'Redskins' name after 87 years
Washington's NFL team is shedding the “Redskins” name and logo after recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans
Deputy shot, Idaho authorities search for suspect
A sheriff’s deputy was shot and injured Monday morning and law enforcement officers warned some residents near the rural town of Star to shelter in place while they searched for the suspect
Whitefish man taken into custody following Saturday shooting
COEUR d’ALENE — A Whitefish, Mont., man is in custody following a reported shooting late Saturday near the back entrance of the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, according to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.
The tax day cometh
Taxes due on Wednesday, accountants ready for ‘never-ending tax season’ to be done
Summer heat and sizzling lightning facts
Our summer season in the Inland Northwest has started off to be cooler than normal. Our warmest day was Saturday as high temperatures approached the 90-degree mark in some areas, but cooled down once again on Sunday.
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: Pals Lewis, Dunn among key pieces in Mariners’ rebuild
The rookie pitcher.
That face mask exemption card? It’s fake
As businesses and cities continue to discuss making face masks mandatory, fake cards are showing up online that claim to exempt people from covering their faces. The cards are yet another unfortunate reminder that you shouldn’t believe everything you see right now, no matter how legitimate it looks.
LEGION BASEBALL: Legion shut down in North Idaho, but teams still plan to play as independents
The on-again, off-again American Legion baseball season in North Idaho appears to be off again — this time for good.
Here is this week’s list of suspected lawbreakers sought by Kootenai County police agencies and the sheriff’s office:
Family remembers seaplane pilot
The family of Neil Lunt, the pilot of the 1956 Brooks Seaplane that collided with a Cessna 206 over Lake Coeur d’Alene on July 5, is remembering him as father, husband and all-around family man in a statement released over the weekend.
Two injured in Rathdrum crash
Idaho State Police responded to an injury crash on eastbound Pine Street in Rathdrum on Sunday at 10:43 a.m.
Sunday, July 12
FROM THE AP: Mass celebrated after fire damages centuries-old church
By MARCIO SANCHEZ and CHRISTOPHER WEBER
FROM THE AP: 2 killed, 1 in critical condition after fight in Bellevue
Two men are dead and another man is in critical condition after a shooting and stabbing Saturday night in Bellevue, authorities told KING TV.
FROM THE AP: Judge: Petition to recall Seattle mayor can move forward
SEATTLE (AP) — A King County Superior Court judge has approved a petition for an election to recall Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.
Whitefish man taken into custody following Saturday shooting
Austin L. Sherper, 24, of Whitefish, Mont., was booked into Kootenai County Jail early Sunday morning on two counts of aggravated assault stemming from a shooting late Saturday night, a release from Coeur d’Alene Police said.
Wildlife lovers enjoy osprey cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene
One of the perks of summer in North Idaho is enjoying a cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Car enthusiasts come out for annual Flames of the Spirit Car Cruise despite COVID-19 concerns
POST FALLS — Michael Brooks likes showing off.
THE FRONT ROW with MARK NELKE: In search of answers, COVID-19 or otherwise
Anything happen this week?
MOMENTS, MEMORIES and MADNESS with STEVE CAMERON: The night Rush Limbaugh forgot to pack a baseball to the mound
Would you really want to wake up at 4:47 a.m. when it really wasn’t necessary?
Carl’s Jr. will open soon
Fern Plant Shop opens downtown Aqua Gem Jewelry opens near Costco New York Pizza Dept. opens in Post Falls And now the Tidbits
Bayley ties for fourth at Dakotas Tour event
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Derek Bayley of Rathdrum tied for fourth, one stroke out of a playoff, in a Dakotas Tour golf event which concluded Saturday.
LEGION BASEBALL: Prairie suffers pair of hard-luck losses
POST FALLS — The Prairie Cardinals led in both games, but faltered late in 9-5 and 7-5 losses to the Moscow Blue Devils in nonleague American Legion baseball Saturday at Post Falls High.
15 new COVID-19 cases reported in Kootenai County
A total of 15 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kootenai County according to numbers released by Idaho Health and Welfare on Saturday afternoon.
Recording the stories of loved ones without the stress of a formal interview setting
Lawrence R. Jones, 79
Lawrence R. Jones, 79, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 27, 2020.
Bill Toliver, 90
Bill Toliver, 90, passed away on July 4, 2020. Bill was born in October 1929, just before the stock market crash. He left high school when supporting himself with two jobs and going to school became too much for the young man, and joined the U.S. Navy. He proudly served in the Navy for 20 years, retiring in 1968.
Robert ‘Bob’ M. Braukus, 79
Robert “Bob” M. Braukus peacefully passed away on June 2, 2020 in Kirkland, Wash. He was renowned for his gregarious attitude, infectious smile and boisterous laugh. His regular demonstrations of kindness, joy, love, integrity, generosity, strength, mentorship and philosophy will be sorely missed. His heart was always three sizes too big.
OPINION: HARVEY MACKAY — The necessity for velocity
“Pushing the envelope” is a phrase that gained popularity with American test pilots such as Chuck Yaeger and John Glenn in the 1950s. Each aircraft they flew was said to have an “envelope” of performance. In other words, it was designed to fly safely up to a certain speed for a certain distance at a certain altitude. The job of test pilots was to “push the envelope” by making the plane go faster, farther and higher.
Jerry Gene Sheldon, 83
Jerry Gene Sheldon, 83, of Laurel, MT, passed away June 19, 2020, from leukemia. He was born to Lela and Walter Sheldon on July 28, 1936, in Valentine, NE. His family moved to Laurel, in 1948, where he graduated from Laurel High School in 1953 at age 16. Jerry attended college before joining the Army Airborne in 1955, and he served until 1959.
June Ann (Meschke) Bloskey, 79
June Ann (Meschke) Bloskey was called home to be with our Lord on June 3, 2020, after a long, courageous battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s. For the last 22 months of her life on earth, she was a resident of Creekside Inn Memory Care, in Coeur d’Alene. June Ann was born Sept. 5, 1940, in Hutchinson, Kan., to Janet and Addison Meschke.
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KILMER: Outstanding writer
Thank you so much for the wonderful featured special you ran on Thursday, July 9 by David Kilmer entitled, “Tears for a Plane Crash.” It was so moving and made the readers feel like they were living that experience right along with him — and with those who loved those who lost loved ones. What a beautifully written article.
FLAK: Bring it on
I’m sure I’ll catch some flak for what I’m about to say but that is OK. Coming from a very liberal state I saw many times where people made laws or tried to make laws restricting people’s rights or freedoms over concerns.
Citizenship: A precious perspective
Thank you for publishing the article in today’s (July 8) Press simply entitled “Citizen.” It expressed the feelings that only someone living outside our great country could express, the desire for opportunity and personal freedom to pursue his/her dreams and goals.
SUICIDE: Prevention is top priority
FYI Jim Korver. Having returned from two years in California, it is obvious you lack specifics on suicide statistics in the state of Idaho. Please refer to healthandwelfare.idaho.gov and many other sites for these factual stats.
GUNS: Responsible ownership
Mayor Widmyer, I was thoroughly impressed by the July 7 article in the Coeur d’Alene Press that addressed our city’s approach to mixing firearms and alcohol.
KILMER: Tribute in tears
I was so very touched by the article on the tragic plane crash submitted by David Kilmer.
DISCRIMINATION: Today’s targets
A few years ago there was a common phrase, “Liberals lie.” They try to keep conservative views from being expressed. In America, atheists, homosexuals, abortion advocates and liberal politicians do this.
DRIVING: And white privilege
Mr. Barry Sellers, thank you for your reply to my letter in Sunday’s (July 5) Coeur d’Alene Press, but I am afraid you missed the point. I never doubted what Keven told me because I knew him. I knew the kind of person he was … his honesty and integrity. Besides, if he had been the sort of driver you suggested, he surely would have received a ticket or at least a warning. He was never even given a reason as to why he was pulled over.
BAYVIEW: Re-open East Gate
The people of Bayview have spoken, “Open the East Gate at Farragut State Park.” In one week over 350 people have signed a petition demanding the reopening of the East Gate.
Saturday, July 11
FROM THE AP: Fire destroys much of 249-year-old church in California
By MARCIO SANCHEZ and DAISY NGUYEN
FROM THE AP: Official: ‘Critical to understand long-term nature of virus’
SEATTLE (AP) — COVID-19 isn’t going away soon, so people need to learn to make protecting each other’s health part of daily life, King County’s top public health official said Friday.
FROM THE AP: Oregon officials urge limiting social gatherings to 10 due to virus
By SARA CLINE
FROM THE AP: Pistons’ onetime home, the Palace of Auburn Hills, torn down
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — One of Michigan’s most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions.
Welcome to the gun show
Lewis Clark Trader puts on its annual event in Post Falls
Phillip Cummings retires after 29 years with the Coeur d’Alene Airport
With Bailey, a better life for Evie
Yard sale today will raise funds for service dog for 11-year-old girl
I-90 westbound ramp at Sherman to close Monday
Work continues on freeway bridges built in 1960
IEL ADs in scramble mode with fall sports schedules
Winger: It’s likely 5A IEL teams will play each other twice in football — if anybody plays
LEGION BASEBALL: Northern Lakes gets bats going late in loss
WHITEFISH, Mont. — Northern Lakes was hitless until the seventh inning before finally breaking through in a 6-2 loss to the Spokane Crew on Friday at the Sapa-Johnsrud Memorial Tournament at Memorial Field.
Sun Road opens Monday to Rising Sun
Glacier National Park resumed collecting fees at the gate this week
Schools looking to parents, PHD for input
Officials planning to open in the fall according to Gov. Little’s proclamation
A creationist worldview
One of the most basic questions every person is confronted with is, “Where did I come from?” A sense that the universe and our world was designed is an intuitive awareness that is found in virtually all cultures around the world. Colossians 1:16 says, “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.” Students in our schools, however, are taught that chance and time brought about this highly complex world we live in.
ISP charges 56 drivers with DUI
Idaho State Police joined law enforcement partners throughout the state in having extra patrols looking for impaired drivers over the recent July Fourth holiday weekend. Between July 1 and July 7, ISP located and charged 56 drivers with violations related to impaired driving.
Six North Idaho students shine at Invention Convention U.S. Nationals
Friday, July 10
2 New Orleans statues toppled, 1 vandalized with red paint
‘The destruction and vandalism of City property will not be tolerated’
Kootenai River Days events canceled
BONNERS FERRY — Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Kootenai River Days events are being canceled for 2020 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Hikers survive hair-raising close call at 10,000 feet
‘we needed to get out of there’
Search finds zero wolves in South Cascades
Washington had at least 145 wolves at the end of 2019
Turkey’s president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque
The decision threatens to deepen tensions with neighboring Greece
Amazon’s homeless shelter faces Seattle crisis, criticism
Mary’s Place offers private rooms and is expected to house 1,000 people a year
NIC’s basketball, volleyball, soccer seasons pushed back to early 2021
Revised wrestling season remains intact, as does NWAC golf season
Governor to let IHSAA handle return of high school sports
Governor Brad Little’s 34-page “framework” for reopening Idaho’s schools this fall contained this lone sentence regarding his suggestion for the possible return of high school sports in Idaho:
Little: Schools to open this fall, stay open
Gov. Brad Little said his administration will do everything in its power to assist local school districts to prepare for the coming school year, and that he fully expects K-12 schools to open this fall for in-person education.
We’re bringing the Parade to you
Press to offer Parade Magazine starting Sunday
PHD director: Take COVID-19 more seriously
97 new cases in one day; count reaches 689
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: Watching big-leaguers bunt could require a laugh track
Let’s say the major league baseball season opens on time…
Cruisin’ for a good time
Post Falls church plans socially distanced event for community
LEGION BASEBALL: Northern Lakes falls in opener of tourney in Whitefish
WHITEFISH, Mont. — Northern Lakes managed just one hit and committed four errors in a 9-1 loss to the host Glacier Twins in the Mountaineers’ opening game of the Sapa-Johnsrud Memorial Tournament on Thursday night.
Cd’A Bed Bath & Beyond stays open — for now
The local Bed Bath & Beyond along U.S. 95 is still open after surviving what the home goods retailer’s corporate office promised would be initial cuts of 40 stores within the first six months of 2020.
Tennessee panel favors removing Confederate bust in Capitol
Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate cavalry general who amassed a fortune as a plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War
Ninth Circuit: Reclaim Idaho signature drive can move forward
SANDPOINT — Reclaim Idaho can collect electronic signatures for its education initiative following denial by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of Idaho’s request to halt a district court ruling allowing the group to collect signatures online.
Super CNA does it again
When we last visited Charlotte Mitchell, of Athol, she was removing litter along Ramsey Road, near her Athol home.
Donor names to be engraved on wall
COEUR d’ALENE — Panhandle Parks Foundation will be engraving new donor names on the Donor Wall in McEuen Park in two weeks.
Milestone decision upholds claim to Native land
Tribes can feel ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Supreme Court ruling
Final victim, fuselage of plane recovered
COEUR d’ALENE — The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office sonar team located the last two victims of Sunday’s plane accident. Their bodies, along with the main portion of the second aircraft, were recovered Wednesday evening and Thursday from Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Blake Shelton drive-in concert coming to Hayden Cinema July 25
Encore Drive-In Nights is launching a must-see concert feature experience of the summer at drive-in and outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada.
TRUMP: Off-the-cuff wisdom
President Trump is quite famous for just speaking off-the-cuff, without giving any thought to his remarks. Lots of folks like that about him, I guess. I opine that it wouldn’t be so bad if he were, maybe, just a senator or lowly politician. But he’s the recognized leader of the Free World, for crying out loud!
GOD: Still issuing tickets
In a previous letter, I said it seems to me God’s just sitting this one out. I’ve given it some thought, and I was wrong. I have faith in God, I believe Satan exists, and I’m afraid for our nation.
MASKS: The life you save
Early on, those more at risk had several places to shop for groceries, if they had no access to online methods.
TRAPS: A little sanity, please
I would like to add to what my friend Linda Sorensen wrote July 1 about wolf traps being a threat to domestic dogs, just off the trail in places like Cougar Gulch.
FLAGS: No call for offense
Regarding the article in the Sunday paper about the People’s Rights Parade, although well written about an event that I and my family and friends participated in (and thoroughly enjoyed), I felt that the second to last paragraph of the story was completely uncalled for. It left me feeling that the writer apparently feels that flying a flag in support of the current president, or honoring one’s heritage with a flag that some see as a sign of racism, is somehow divisive. Personally, I don’t see it that way.
TERESA GRAHAM: Grand Dame of North Idaho
Teresa Graham was one of the most prominent and influential women in North Idaho during the first half of the 20th Century.
Mica Bay Boat Launch closed July 14
Mica Bay Boat Launch will be closed for maintenance from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14.
Thursday, July 9
Little pushes for in-person instruction in Idaho schools this fall
‘expectation is that schools will not be closed’
Late Seoul mayor was outspoken liberal who eyed presidency
Park was criticized for pushing ahead with aggressive redevelopment projects
Tennessee panel favors removing Confederate bust in Capitol
Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate cavalry general who amassed a fortune as a plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War
Layoffs stuck at high level as 1.3 million seek jobless aid
Total number of people who are receiving jobless benefits dropped 700,000 to 18 million
The Fourth, firecrackers and growing up
Come Fourth of July, growing up in Seattle, our neighbors did not appreciate me and my brothers.
FAST FIVE Sara Houser: Promoting patriotism, preserving history
Sara Houser: Promoting patriotism, preserving history
New streaming picks - ‘Clemency,’ ‘Crawl’
The film distribution company Neon ran a brilliant Oscar campaign earlier this year for its Best Picture-winning masterpiece, “Parasite.” Unfortunately, it also meant a couple of their other excellent movies from 2019 received less attention.
Low profile, high impact: USPS gets the job done
After 27 years of work (so far) Eric Stanley is passionate about the United States Postal Service.
The stay-at-home dad Hoop Dreams and selfish parenting
Hoop Dreams and selfish parenting
Seattle urged to see a ‘world without law enforcement’
Mayor Jenny Durkan last month proposed about $20 million in Police Department cuts
Two remaining bodies from plane crash found
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office sonar team located the last two victims of Sunday’s plane accident and the main body of the second aircraft Wednesday evening. They were located in about 124 feet of water.
THE FRONT ROW with MARK NELKE: Former Post Falls swimmer Mabile fights to save her program at Boise State
Imagine getting some big news out of the blue, and having to sit on it for some 36 hours without telling anybody else?
LEGION BASEBALL: Limited travel takes Lums from state tourneys
Season will continue, but with no overnight trips, no bus rides
PHD endorses community wide masking
COVID count at 592; five currently in hospital
‘We knew so little’
Hayden woman feels fortunate to be strong again after three-week scare
Coeur d’Alene opts into COVID property tax relief
Brad Little introduced $200 million plan on June 8
Feds scrap plans for grizzlies in North Cascades
SPOKANE — The federal government on Tuesday decided to scrap plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington.
Trail fans can help hiking, biking, horse trails
BOISE — Residents who want to chip in to support the state’s hiking and bike trails can pick up a trail sticker for a $10 donation.
Avista Foundation provides more than $500,000 in assistance
The Avista Foundation’s latest grant cycle totals $503,250, benefiting 37 different organizations throughout our region. In the first two quarters of 2020, donations totaling more than $1,500,000 have been provided to help those in need.
37 arrested for DUI over Fourth weekend
While this year’s Fourth of July in Coeur d’Alene was much quieter than last year’s, not all went smoothly for those who fell under the watchful gaze of law enforcement.
A century of excitement
Pearl Harbor survivor Charlie Imus shares a few stories on his 100th birthday
Journalist follows chinook from salt to Idaho for upcoming documentary
Kris Millgate has been traveling like crazy lately. Her schedule is relentless, similar to the migrating fish she is following.
Study: Life, a white dwarf
There probably has never been a person who hasn’t gazed up at the stars in wonder. It must be instinct.
Do negative interest rates impact consumers?
If you are a saver and have any money in a savings account at your bank, you have probably noticed that in a low-interest-rate environment you are earning next to nothing on your money. But what happens when interest rates go negative? Some countries like Denmark, Japan and Sweden have already seen negative interest rates and some believe that it is only a matter of time before the U.S. sees this trend as well.
Task Force seeks fugitive
The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking information leading to the arrest of Cory Michael Galloway.
More growth in Post Falls
City administration looks at possible 665-acre annexation
Seats available for osprey cruise Saturday
COEUR d’ALENE — A few recent cancellations have opened seats on the 20th annual Coeur d'Alene Chamber Osprey Cruise on Saturday.
Wednesday, July 8
PHD endorses communitywide masking
The Panhandle Health District 1 Board of Health, in a press release Thursday, endorsed communitywide masking to fight the spread of the coronavirus, and is recommending that businesses require customers to wear masks.
Casino pushes large-scale events to next year
WORLEY — The Coeur d’Alene Casino announced Wednesday that upcoming large-scale events scheduled for 2020 will be rescheduled for next year due to concerns for the ability to safely host a large gathering during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID count at 592; five currently in hospital
PHD: 56 new cases on Wednesday
Idaho Supreme Court rejects age-related death row appeal
James Harvey Hairston was sentenced to death in 1996 in connection with the shooting deaths of an elderly couple
Court OK’s limiting free birth control on religious grounds
Ruling is a sizable, election-year victory for President Donald Trump
US, Wyoming urge rejection of ruling that blocked bear hunts
Ruling means federal wildlife officials will have to do more to justify their proposal to lift protections for bears
`A hot mess’: Americans face testing delays as virus surges
Some sites are running out of kits, while labs are reporting shortages of materials and workers to process the swabs
Serbian leader backtracks on lockdown amid chaotic protests
Government will decide on new measures that could include shortened hours for night clubs and penalties for those not wearing masks
Local restrictions in place as COVID-19 cases increase
Montana reported 44 more cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday
A HUGE thank you to Wendy Werner, Karen Gardy, Peggy Lemm and Kersten Brinkworth, Silver Angels, who helped make our May 30 Classic Car Cruise a success!
LEGION BASEBALL: Northern Lakes sweeps Prairie
RATHDRUM — Scott Pote, who helped finish off a no-hitter in the opener, drove in four runs in the second game as the Northern Lakes Mountaineers class A Legion team swept the Prairie Cardinals “AA” squad 13-3 and 12-0 in nonleague play Tuesday at Lakeland High’s Terry Gorton Field.
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: Who’s my GOAT? You’ll flip when you find out
When I was 4 years old, Grandma used to take me to this little enclosure in Golden Gate Park.
Six bodies recovered
Federal investigators arrive to try to determine cause of mid-air collision over Lake Coeur d’Alene
Kootenai County sees crime decline
Idaho State Police shows 8.83% decrease in offenses, but some towns still seeing crime climb
Safety protocols, ‘blended learning’ main topics for Cd’A School Board
COEUR d’ALENE — This fall will introduce a school year unlike any of its predecessors.
DISEASE: Spread the word
I had lunch at a popular restaurant here in Coeur d’Alene and by accident I discovered that two days after I was there the restaurant was closed for “cleaning” which, of course, means one or more staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
Joseph Andrew Whitaker, Sr., 77
Joseph Andrew Whitaker, Sr., was born on June 24, 1942, in Tacoma, Wash. He passed away on June 16, 2020, in Coeur d’Alene, with his granddaughter, Kerstie, by his side. He is survived by his mother-in-law, Ina Willis; his granddaughter, Kerstie (Jesse) Boone, and their children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cindy, and his brother, Edward Goodwin.
Terry Burnes was born April 19, 1936 at Sioux City, Iowa, coming into this world two months earlier than expected and weighing in at a mere 3lb 8ozs to Evelyn Nora (Roeder) and John Walter Burnes. Terry was raised in Kasson and Tracy MN. Graduating from Kasson High School in 1954. Terry enlisted in the US Navy in September of that same year along with his longtime friend Dennis G. Wilson. Terry attended Radar and Electronic Countermeasure School at Treasure Island, San Francisco.
Ralph Gordon Nyhus, 83
Ralph Gordon Nyhus passed away April 11, 2020, with his son, David, beside him, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Ralph was born March 11, 1937, to Harry and Eveleth (Winger) Nyhus, in Bagley, Minn. He was raised and went to grade school in Debs, Minn. He went to high school in Bemidji, Minn. He left home at an early age, chasing his dreams. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis, in 1962.
Lawrence A. Jewett
SFC Lawrence A. Jewett was born Sept. 10, 1943, in Mount Vernon, Wash. As were his wishes, he died at his home in Spirit Lake, Idaho, on May 30, 2020. He was surrounded by his family and friends, and his beloved animals.
Bobby J. Robinson, 90
Bobby J. Robinson, 90 years old, went to be forever with Jesus Christ his Savior on April 18, 2020. Bobby was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Gorman, Texas, to Troy Dewitt and Addie Robinson. He was the third of three children.
No picnic in the park
HARRISON — For the first time in nearly seven decades, there will not be a Harrison Old Time Picnic.
Speaker to address ‘Anarchy’
POST FALLS — A presentation, “Anarchy: An Eye Witness Account,” is scheduled 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion, 1138 E. Poleline Ave.
Cd’A Police, Fire to get funding for COVID sanitation
The Coeur d’Alene City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to ratify the emergency purchase of six new sanitation systems designed to clean vehicles and equipment of COVID-19.
Taking an Rx break on editorials
It’s said that if you live long enough, you’ll get cancer.
Tragedy and trauma: No one’s immune
For the majority of us, five months into navigating a much different life and world, emotions seem magnified and intensified. But with the sun shining and the promise of the welcome diversion of summer, we didn’t imagine the heartbreaking tragedy that’s visited the idyllic life we enjoy here in recent weeks.
PREVENTION: Priority puzzler
Having just returned from two years in California, I noted a recent headline in The Press: “$3.6 million marked for suicide prevention.” And then it goes on to say “For the first time, the Sources program will be extended to younger children through an elementary curriculum.” And then the superintendent of public instruction adds, “I’m particularly excited that we are extending this proven approach to ELEMENTARY schools…”
Joseph K. Harvey, 80
Joe Harvey passed peacefully from this life on May 8, 2020, at his home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We are thankful he lived a fulfilling life for 80 years and passed peacefully.
RACISM: White privilege parameters
In reference to Jane Dunkin’s letter, “Racism: All Men Are Created Equal.”
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — GEORGE BALLING: Updates
It is that time of year when much is happening and changes are rapidly occurring in the wine industry. The growing year is in full swing, restaurants in many parts of the country and some here at home are still closed or are reclosing, and wine supplies are still facing challenges. With so much up in the air it seemed a good time to bring wine consumers up to date on all that is going on.
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — DR. WENDY CUNNINGHAM: Preventing tick bites
Summer means spending time in the great outdoors…and exposure to all the creepy crawlies, like ticks. The concern with getting a tick bite is the risk of a tick-borne illness like Lyme disease, Babesia and Bartonella, which can be devastating. Preventing a tick bite includes the following key steps:
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — HOLLY CARLING: Your Hormonal Puzzle: Crucial for health and energy
We have an amazing substance in our body called hormones. Hormones are regulatory substances that cause specific cells or tissues to do a prescribed function in the body. When most people think of hormones, they think of sex hormones (such as estrogen, progesterone or testosterone), brain hormones that effect moods (such as serotonin, norepinephrine/noradrenaline, GABA and dopamine) and hormones that affect blood sugar levels (such as insulin, cortisol, glucagon and others). These are only a few of the many hormones that control how healthy we are and how much energy we have. Often neglected is the quality of function of the glands and brain that produce or regulate these hormones.
Tuesday, July 7
US government launches campaign to reduce high suicide rates
About 20 veterans, guardsmen and reservists die by suicide each day
Feds scrap plans to reintroduce grizzlies to North Cascades
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has been the primary focus of grizzly recovery efforts to date, and grizzly populations have increased to about 700 bears there
Wall Street follows solid stock market rally with pullback
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 396.85 points
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — GEORGE BALLING: Wine tricks
Over the years working in the wine industry, like any industry really, you learn tricks. Tricks for everything from opening wine bottles to preserving wine, to even resealing it when you put it back in the wine rack or refrigerator. Some seem so simple once you know them, but unless you work in the business of wine day-in and day-out, you might not ever discover these short cuts. Here are some of our favorites and most useful.
ADVERTISING: Advertorial — HOLLY CARLING: How do you sleep during times like this?
Sleep issues plague millions of Americans, resulting in lack of productivity, relationship stressors and more. Add to this the stress of all that is going on in the world today and we just keep looping through sleeplessness and being in our head. How do we sleep during times like this?
A HUGE thank you to Wendy Werner, Karen Gardy, Peggy Lemm and Kersten Brinkworth, Silver Angels, who helped make our May 30 Classic Car Cruise a success!
Chicago’s holiday weekend ends with 17 dead, 70 wounded
Police Superintendent: Major hurdle is the failure of the county’s criminal justice system to keep violent offenders behind bars
Dutch police arrest 6 men, uncover makeshift torture chamber
Criminal underworld involved in the large scale production and trafficking of drugs
Hiring soared in May as mass layoffs eased
It wasn’t nearly enough to offset the roughly 19 million layoffs in March and April
At libel trial, Depp blasts Amber Heard’s ‘sick’ abuse claim
A three-week trial over his libel claims opened Tuesday at the High Court in London
Trains collide head-on near Czech-German border; 2 dead
Number of injured could reach 30
DeVos rejects part-time reopening for schools amid pandemic
‘A choice of two days per week in the classroom is not a choice at all’
Montana virus infections hit new high as nursing home hit
Studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick
KCSO recovers three more victims from plane crash
KCSO recovers three more victims of the plane crash
Father, children among victims
Investigation continues into Sunday’s mid-air collision over Lake Cd’A that claimed eight lives
Man looks to address gap in firearm laws
Seeks ordinance about carrying weapons while drunk
Giving ‘Fate’ a hand
Dr. Leffler gifts treasured book to grad who gave up new car
Fire damages Heritage Health office building
No injuries reported; investigation will continue
COVID-19 testing offered in Kellogg
Heritage Health is offering coronavirus testing at its clinic in Kellogg.
Charter graduate honored by Merchant Marine Academy
Former Coeur d’Alene resident and 2016 Coeur d’Alene Charter graduate Robert J. Gaines has been named valedictorian of the United States Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2020.
Survey: Fewer Americans planning vacations
Most of us are skipping the usual vacation this year. An online survey of 22,000 people released in June by the American Hotel & Lodging Association found only 44 percent of Americans are planning leisure travel in 2020, even for just one night.
Monday, July 6
Air collision recovery will take time, KCSO says
Officials from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said that recovering both the planes and the bodies of those who died in Sunday’s mid-air collision over Lake Coeur d’Alene requires an operation that will be neither quick nor easy.
Some victims of the plane crash identified
No survivors after Sunday afternoon collision; as many as eight were aboard
Patriotism on display
Spirit Lake Independence Day parade all about red, white and blue
Taking care of Tubbs
Volunteers clean up treasured hill the day after Fourth of July
Health, scheduling, academic catch-up top priorities as schools plan to be back in session Sept. 8
Health, scheduling, academic catch-up top priorities as schools plan to be back in session Sept. 8
Cd’A council to explore rotating liaisons
The Coeur d’Alene City Council will take some time Tuesday night to discuss how its members interact with the different departments that drive the day-to-day operations within the city.
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: To this Fresno fan, trimming the minors would be a MAJOR mistake
So now minor league baseball is on the chopping block.
It looks like we’ll have another wet year in North Idaho
It’s starting to feel more like summer here in the Inland Northwest as temperatures finally warmed up over the holiday weekend. On July 1, there was a record low maximum reading of 55 degrees at Cliff’s station. The old record was 60 degrees in 1955. The 55-degree reading was close to 25 degrees below average as the normal high in early July is 79 degrees.
BBB Advisory: Cyber and Legal Issues of Tracking and Contact Tracing
Agency reminds businesses about privacy and data security in collecting personal data
Here is this week’s list of suspected lawbreakers sought by Kootenai County police agencies and the sheriff’s office:
Richard E. Sarratt, 71
Richard E. Sarratt, 71, passed away on April 16, 2020. Richard was born on Oct. 5, 1948, in Coeur d’Alene, to Clifford and Jamie Sarratt.
Sunday, July 5
FROM THE AP: Montana town holds holiday events in spite of coronavirus
LINCOLN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana town held its annual Independence Day events, one of the few celebrations in the state not curtailed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Marine Units, Coast Guard respond to report of plane crash near Black Bay
Kootenai County Marine Units and the United States Coast Guard are responding to a report of a plane crash in the area of Black Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene according to a Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page post.
FROM THE AP: Coronavirus testing a stress threat for athletic budgets
By ERIC OLSON
FROM THE AP: Second Metro bus driver dies of COVID-19 in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — A second bus driver has died from complications related to COVID-19, according to a public transportation agency in Washington state.
FROM THE AP: 6 men sentenced for poaching 19 animals in east Idaho
PRESTON (AP) — A judge has sentenced six men in eastern Idaho after they pleaded guilty to poaching 16 elk and three mule deer, authorities said.
FROM THE AP: Debates turn emotional as schools decide how and if to open
School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children the new norm.
FROM THE AP: Sheriff: 2 dead, 8 hurt in South Carolina nightclub shooting
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A shooting at a nightclub early Sunday left two people dead and eight wounded in South Carolina, a sheriff’s official said.
FROM THE AP: Former officer charged in Floyd’s death posts $750K bond
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd has been released from jail, according to Hennepin County jail records.
Huge turnout for ‘Peoples Rights’ parade
Hundreds of cars drove through downtown Coeur d’Alene on Saturday morning in a flag-waving, horn-honking, liberty-loving procession, as the Peoples Rights parade rolled down Northwest Boulevard and Sherman Avenue.
Patriotism on display
Spirit Lake Independence Day parade all about red, white and blue
Wine House CDA to open on East Sherman
Gelato by the Lake opens downtown Monet Floors moves north to Hayden Interlake Pharmacy joins Kootenai Health And now the Tidbits
THE FRONT ROW with MARK NELKE: OK to triple the fun at a Spokane Indians game
Years before I would have any reason to be interested in the Spokane Indians, I was introduced to the Spokane Indians.
MOMENTS, MEMORIES and MADNESS with STEVE CAMERON: The night a hurdler’s world record was denied by an imaginary wind
Perhaps you remember Thomas Hill.
ELAINE CERNY: MY GARDEN PATH — Remember to give trees plenty of water in July
With the crazy weather we’ve been having — hot and then chilly — it’s hard to know when to water. Watching the forecasts is about the only thing we can do.
Independence Day 2020: We have much to celebrate
We are celebrating our nation’s birthday again. This year the good ol’ United States of America is 244 years young. So, happy Independence Day, everyone! It’s certainly a year for the books.
PROTESTERS: We won’t be fooled again
In response to Konrad Larson’s pertinent letter to the editor (“It’s Easy to Abuse” 1 July 2020) I have just one comment, taken from the music group The Who’s song, “Won’t Be Fooled Again (which in itself it quite spot-on). The last nine words of the song: “Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss.”
COVID-19: Tests shouldn’t be so testing
Line ups at Panhandle Health for COVID-19 tests are obviously becoming untenable. In particular IF you do have the virus the patient and/ or their driver are trapped in an automobile for 2-6 hours. This is not acceptable and a situation rife with complications, restrooms and gas tank levels not withstanding.
RACISM: ‘All men are created equal,’ let’s treat them that way
Years ago I lived in a large city in Virginia. I worked with two men, one white whom I will call John and the other black whom I will call Keven. Both men were very good workers and fun to work with. They were about the same age, in their late 20s, and both men owned Jeeps. There the similarities ended.
Charlotte E. ‘Lottie’ Capaul
Charlotte E. “Lottie” Capaul, of Coeur d’Alene, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2020. Lottie was born in Wansdorf, Germany, on Jan. 29, 1928. She worked as a telephone operator in Berlin during World War II.
POLICE: Major overhaul not needed
Most entities can always use fine tuning and careful discipline. A few individuals, in most any group, need “high maintenance” and all of us need a bit of discipline (change of attitude) now and then.
OPINION: HARVEY MACKAY — The ABCs of success
Success is a journey, not a destination. You may take a few detours, hit some roadblocks and arrive at a different place from what you planned.
Why you’re yawning, texting and driving
Did you ever benefit from a friend who tossed an arm over your shoulder, and muttered something mundane that proved monumental 20, 50, maybe 75 years from now?
Saturday, July 4
Fire near Spirit Lake burns 40 acres
SPIRIT LAKE — A fire estimated at 40 to 45 acres near Spirit Lake is expected to be contained this afternoon, according to the Department of Lands.
OPINION: The unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
On July 4, 1776, America’s Founding Fathers, who were gathered in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence, casting off the shackles of British rule. The 56 men who signed that remarkable document proclaimed it to be obvious that “all men are created equal” with “unalienable Rights” to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
FROM THE AP: Ex-MLB pitcher Tyson Brummett, 3 others die in plane crash
AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — A former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher and three others died in a plane crash in rural Utah.
FROM THE AP: Montana State Prison inmate dies amid harassment lawsuit
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An inmate serving a life sentence in Montana State Prison and who filed sexual harassment complaints by a corrections officer to the Montana Supreme Court has died, court documents said.
FROM THE AP: US holiday weekend adds to virus worries as case counts grow
Florida reported a record number of coronavirus cases on Saturday, the latest sign that the virus is surging in many parts of the United States, casting a pall over Fourth of July celebrations.
FROM THE AP: Montana adaptive recreation program marks 35 years
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Many people flock to Northwest Montana for the great outdoor recreation opportunities abound — but for some it’s not as simple as stepping outside the front door and charging out to the surrounding mountains, lakes and parks.
FROM THE AP: Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college
By COLLIN BINKLEY and LARRY FENN
FROM THE AP: Police: 2 women hit by car on Seattle highway amid protests
SEATTLE (AP) — A 27-year-old man drove a white Jaguar onto a closed freeway in Seattle early Saturday and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, injuring two women, officials said.
THE FRONT ROW WITH JASON ELLIOTT: Missing more than just a few live games
Today is the Fourth of July.
Mask mandate in Cd’A?
Mayor Steve Widmyer says city would follow health district’s lead
COVID count climbs; 5 currently in hospital
COEUR d’ALENE — The Panhandle area has a total of 421 COVID-19 cases, including 36 new cases, as of Friday.
LEGION BASEBALL: Pote comes through again as Northern Lakes splits
RATHDRUM — Reliever Scott Pote struck out the final batter with the tying run at third as the Northern Lakes Mountaineers class A squad edged the Spokane Cannons 3-2 to earn a split of their nonleague doubleheader Friday at Lakeland High.
PF teen receives Diana Award
Ability App founder Alex Knoll honored for work promoting inclusion, accessibility
A conflict of worldview this Independence Day
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5
Bicyclists have rights, responsibilities
I have ridden a bike for the past 45 years plus. From New Haven, Conn., to Olympia, Wash., to Coeur d’Alene and places between. Bike races, the Seattle-to-Portland in a day rides, triathlons, biking vacations and commuting in a busy city (way before it was an “in” thing) as well as out on country roads (where some truck drivers are allergic to sharing the road with a bicycle) — I love it all! I am gratified to see the changes that have come about and how many more people are riding as well as teaching their children the love of biking. Bike lanes and biking trails have made biking a lot more appealing as well.
The unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
By JIM JONES
Friday, July 3
This Independence Day, unite for thriving future
The celebration of Independence Day this year will be unlike any other.
STATUES: Pulling down common sense
We all want simple solutions to complex issues.
TRAFFIC: Flow teaches students
I do not know who in our city government makes the decisions on the flow of traffic but they need to take Flow of Traffic 101!
SCHOOL: Depend upon yourself
If anything good has come from being locked in our homes with our kids for the past few months, it concerns their education. First off, public education lacks quality, and second, it has a character that is contrary to the principles of America.
SCHEDULE: Fourth of July with neighbors
It is too bad that all activities, including the North Idaho Fair, have been canceled. Here is an idea for all of you who won’t know what to do on the Fourth of July. Have a block party in your community. Have neighbors gather in their own front lawn areas. BBQ, desserts and of course fireworks. Combine all fireworks and share. Guess what? You will enjoy the evening.
EVENTS: Make them better, safer
A golf tournament, reported this week in the Cd’A Press, is for a good cause, raising $15,000. The seven players in the photo with the check are without masks and not social distancing.
COMMON SENSE: In back seat again
Am I living in an alternate universe where everything is upside down and nothing makes sense? Every day the Coeur d’Alene Press publishes news about the alarming increase in COVID-19 cases around the country, and more pertinent to us all, here in North Idaho. And every day the Press packs the paper with pictures of volunteers, community members and front-line workers doing their duty for the community by donating and volunteering.
FLAG: A pledge proposal
Many people object to athletes taking a knee during the national anthem, saying it disrespects the flag regardless of the cause. We know the American flag can serve as a hallowed sign honoring a dead warrior, and it can be burned to symbolize a political grievance. We normally respect each other’s rights of expression and protest, but when the flag gets involved why do we hold such rigid and passionate beliefs?
Cop who stopped Elijah McClain fired over chokehold photos
One of the three white officers who stopped Elijah McClain has been fired over photos showing colleagues reenacting the chokehold used on the Black man before he died last year
Investigation underway over police officers' TikTok videos
A newspaper reported that three police officers in Washington state are under investigation over videos posted to their personal social media accounts, including one that criticized a protest about defunding police
Rock slide blocks Highway 95 near Riggins
RIGGINS — A large rock slide has blocked Highway 95 at MP 188 near Riggins.
UK scraps quarantine for some visitors as pubs set to reopen
Britain is scrapping a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from 73 countries and territories deemed ï¿½low riskï¿½ for the coronavirus, including Japan, Australia, France, Spain, Germany and Italy
Union: Colorado officer fired in Elijah McClain photo probe
A suburban Denver police union says an officer has been fired amid an internal investigation into photographs showing officers near where Elijah McClain was put in a chokehold and later died
COVID-19 spikes in IDOC, with more than 100 inmates testing positive
KUNA — Mass testing for COVID-19 in an Idaho prison just south of Boise revealed more than 100 inmates have the disease — and none of them are showing symptoms.
Redskins to have 'thorough review' of name amid race debate
The Washington Redskins are having a “thorough review” of their name
Montana sees 23rd virus death, 45 new cases reported
Montana health officials have confirmed 45 additional cases of COVID-19 and counted the 23rd death related to the coronavirus
Surge in state COVID-19 cases driven by eastern Washington
While the coronavirus first pounded the greater Seattle area, the epicenter has moved east across the Cascade Range
Boise mayor to issue order making face coverings mandatory
The mayor of Idaho's largest city says she will sign a public health emergency order requiring face coverings
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: Sure, we’ll have a college football season ... but probably not until 2021
“When you wish upon a star,
Bar, restaurant owners brainstorm with mayor, Panhandle Health over COVID
Bar, restaurant owners brainstorm with mayor, Panhandle Health over COVID
Chris Arnold named Numerica’s Veteran Honoree of the Year
Chris Arnold named Numerica’s Veteran Honoree of the Year
Americans turning to the bottle
Unemployment, COVID drive unemployed workers to drink
Shoshone County gets first COVID-19 case
Despite recent rise, Kootenai County’s infection number remains less than .25 percent of population
PFPD and American Legion honor award winners
PFPD and American Legion honor award winners
New laws now in effect in Idaho
By the end of March, Gov. Brad Little signed 341 bills from the Idaho Legislature into law. Some made national headlines, such as H 500 and H 509, which curtailed the abilities of transgender Idahoans to change their birth certificates or participate in women’s sports.
Boise State cuts hit close to home
Broncos cut baseball, women’s swimming and diving programs for budget reasons
Maryann (Smar) Conklin, 90
Maryann (Smar) Conklin, aged 90, a resident of Post Falls, Idaho, passed to her rest on May 12, 2020, in Coeur d’Alene. Maryann was born April 1, 1930, in Manhattan, N.Y., to Anthony and Mary Smar.
Be sure to respect the Spokane River
Due to recent and past events, I feel obliged to tell you a story about the day my junior high friends and I nearly drowned in the Spokane River.
Mary L. Smith, 89
Mary passed away peacefully on June 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 89. She was born Oct. 25, 1930, in Roosevelt, Utah, to Charley Joseph and Leah Pearl Baldwin Langer. She lived her early years in the wilderness of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.
Cyclist dies after being hit by Coeur d’Alene driver
SPOKANE — A Spokane woman who was hit by a suspected intoxicated driver from Coeur d'Alene has died.
Rep. Heather Scott to lead class
BONNERS FERRY — Heather Scott, District 1 state representative, will be in Bonners Ferry on Thursday, July 9, to conduct a “civics class” with representatives from the Center for Self-Governance.
Employee from Cd’A WinCo tests positive for COVID-19
The Coeur d’Alene Press confirmed Thursday that an employee at the local WinCo Foods grocery store on the corner of Appleway and Ramsey has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mayor’s Awards in the Arts seeks nominations
The city of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 25th annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts. Nominations may be submitted by art organizations, individuals, businesses or students and must be received by Aug. 31.
‘Carnival Girl’ living the dream
Phyllis Horne has lived a life made for movies.
One reschedule, one cancellation in downtown Summer Concert Series
COEUR d’ALENE — The Handshake Productions free summer concert that was planned for Sunday has been rescheduled, and another concert has been canceled, because of COVID-19.
Idaho ranks last in student funding. Again.
Idaho ranks last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in per-student funding, according to the annual Rankings and Estimates released by the National Education Association.
Drama camp to feature ‘The Greatest Showman’
COEUR d’ALENE — Now, more than ever, kids need to be kids.
Thursday, July 2
US issues guidelines but no new rules for safe air travel
The government is recommending that travelers wear face coverings during air travel and says airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing
New Idaho unemployment claims jump 26% to 5,500
Idaho officials say new unemployment claims jumped 26% last week to about 5,500
Selah city lawyer: Family could be prosecuted for chalk art
A city attorney in a small town near Yakima says a family who put Black Lives Matter chalk art on their street could face prosecution if they do it again
One officer shown in Elijah McClain photos resigns
Police in Aurora, Colorado, say one of the police officers investigated over photographs connected with the death of Elijah McClain has resigned
McCall makes masks mandatory
As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase throughout Idaho, the city of McCall joins two others in making face coverings mandatory in public places.
Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before
Court documents show the white St. Louis couple who became internationally famous for standing guard with guns outside their mansion during a protest have pulled a weapon before in defense of their property
Suspect at large following Nuchols Gulch stand-off
OSBURN – Officials continue to search for an Osburn man who was responsible for a tense standoff with police Wednesday night.
Missing Idaho professor found dead in Glacier National Park
Authorities say the body of a professor missing since last week was found in the Hidden Meadows area of Glacier National Park in Montana
US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway
The U.S. government says unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs
80 UW students in frat houses test positive for coronavirus
At least 80 students living in a dozen fraternity houses near the University of Washington campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19, with hundreds of results pending
Visitor access restricted to North Idaho fire lookouts
The U.S. Forest Service says visitors to six active fire lookouts in northern Idaho won't be able to access the top level of the lookouts due to the coronavirus pandemic
Richmond removes second Confederate statue as crowd cheers
Work crews have removed a second Confederate statue in Richmond, a monument to Navy officer Matthew Fontaine Maury
The Latest: Florida reports 10,000 daily coronavirus cases
Florida has reported 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time
Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested
The FBI says a British socialite who was accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in New Hampshire
Body of south-central Idaho man recovered in Snake River
The body of a man who moved to south-central Idaho to train as a BASE jumper has been found in the Snake River several weeks after he went swimming following a successful jump
THE FRONT ROW with MARK NELKE: Young Prairie Legion squad battling through a trying summer
First it was the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sales skyrocketing at fireworks booths in wake of Fourth of July cancellations
LEGION BASEBALL: Rain washes out twinbill
Wednesday’s Class A Legion baseball doubleheader between the Spokane Expos 18U and Northern Lakes at Lakeland High was postponed due to rain.
Really, summer will arrive
Cold, rain expected to give way to sunshine by the Fourth
Rathdrum looks to combine City Hall, police, parks
Targets 30 acres on Lancaster Road
‘Peoples Rights Parade’ to swing downtown
Event begins Saturday in the WinCo parking lot
Betty is Queen of the Century
For her 90th birthday, Betty Lundy Evans went on a motorcycle ride for the first time.
Nonresident deer tags selling out fast
Nonresident hunters who plan to hunt whitetail deer in the Panhandle should purchase tags now, as the regular non-resident whitetail tags sold out last week, and nonresident elk tags sold out earlier this month.
A crippling situation
Elk hoof disease moves farther into Idaho; hunters asked to report abnormalities
Old school applies to pizza, fishing
She heats her cold pizza in the stove and yesterday’s coffee in a saucepan on the burner.
Tax-Aide offices closing
AARP Tax-Aide offices will be closed effective Friday due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the community.
Census takers to follow up with nonresponders
The U.S. Census Bureau said it will begin following up with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census in a small number of locations in July.
$3.6 million marked for suicide prevention
Funds will support programs across Idaho for five years
Sundays back on schedule for Cd’A Public Library
COEUR d’ALENE — Beginning July 5, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will resume Sunday hours — noon to 5 p.m. — for the first time since it was closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
PHD: Coronavirus cases reach 341
COEUR d’ALENE — The Panhandle Health District reported 26 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing PHD’s total to 341.
Phony Roku set up websites are a scam
As more and more consumers are getting away from traditional cable TV service and moving to devices like a Roku that streams media content for various online services, it is important to know that you are not charged to activate your Roku account.
Vets with a Disabled American Veteran license are eligible for discount hunt permits
Beginning this month only disabled veterans who have a Disabled American Veteran license are eligible for the discounted archery and muzzleloader permits.
Wednesday, July 1
Officials: Oregon could reach 900 new COVID-19 cases a day
Oregon had a record 281 new confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, but officials predict that the increase may become much steeper during the next month, potentially reaching 900 new cases per day
Black Lives Matter, counter-protesters argue in Boise
Boise Mayor Lauren McLean has condemned the actions of counter-protesters after they used physical violence to interrupt a Black Lives Matter demonstration on Tuesday at Boise City Hall
Russian voters agree to extend Putin's rule to 2036
Russian election officials say a majority of voters have approved amendments to constitution that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036
UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers
The U.K. government says it is extending residency rights and a route to citizenship to up to 3 million Hong Kongers who are eligible for a special category of British passport by virtue of Hong Kong's status as a former British colony
Health experts slam US deal for large supply of virus drug
Some public health experts are criticizing the U.S. for securing a large supply of the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19
Rabid bat discovered in Twin Falls County; health District urges residents to take precautions
TWIN FALLS COUNTY — A bat caught in Twin Falls County tested positive this week for rabies, the South Central Public Health District announced Wednesday. The agency says it urges residents to be extra careful and avoid all contact with bats because rabies can cause a fatal viral illness in both people and their pets.
Moscow mayor issues mask requirement
MOSCOW — Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert issued a public health emergency order Tuesday requiring face coverings to be worn in indoor and outdoor public settings where 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained with non-household members.
Seattle cops clear 'occupied' zone, more than 20 arrested
Police in Seattle have cleared out protesters and torn down their camping sites in the city's so-called occupied protest zone after the mayor ordered it cleared
Police say missing kids' mom helped keep their bodies hidden
Prosecutors say the mother of two children who were found dead in rural Idaho months after they vanished had conspired with her new husband to hide or destroy the kids’ bodies
Work can continue on central Idaho trail crossing ranch
A federal judge has ruled that work can continue on a public trail on an easement crossing private land that connects the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley in central Idaho
BEHAVE: ’Tis the season
OK people! Time to get over the “smelly” stuff and act like grown ups! We will never agree 100% on stuff, but respect others’ point of view and pray for them, because we all need God’s guidance in these days. It’s OK to disagree but do it nicely.
POWER: It’s easy to abuse
An abuse of power by a policeman took place in Minneapolis a few weeks ago. As a result of that abuse many people chose to use their power of the right of assembly to protest that abuse. Unfortunately, power was then transferred from those people to another group to abuse that power. That transfer of power allowed the second group to hurt innocent people physically and economically.
When there was a shooting in the idiotic area in Seattle where unknown people have decided to take over, why on earth did police respond? Those people should be (and seem to want to be on their OWN?) so let them be!
DUKE: Dems digging deep for dirt
History is history! You can’t erase it or change it by protesting, destroying monuments, burning or removing books from libraries. Hitler tried, look what happened to him.
MASKS: A community effort
At a time when COVID-19 infections are spreading through Benawah, Kootenai, and Bonner counties, I am more concerned now than ever about the grave risk to our vulnerable populations and my own family. Most people are not wearing masks in public, and many public spaces are packed with people not taking appropriate precautions to prevent spread of the virus. When we were all being cautious, we flattened the curve. Now, we are seeing more cases locally than ever.
GRATEUL: Visited by blue angels
I am an 88-year-old handicapped widow. I don’t want to leave my home of 60 years. On Saturday I was overcome with emotion when several members of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department showed up with their families and spent several hours cleaning up my large neglected yard and hauling loads to the dump.
JULY 4: Protest — with smiles
Instead of a Fourth of July fireworks “celebration,” let’s have a Fourth of July fireworks “protest.” Those are fine. Somehow the virus knows the difference.
TRAPS: You’ve been warned, dog owners
This is to say thank you to Kevin Brown for his My Turn article, “Beware of wolf traps in Idaho on Public Land.”
THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: Here comes major league baseball, like it or not
The Mariners officially resume spring training today.
JULY 4: Families, step right up
I would like to challenge the community for a call to action. We are not going to find leadership in city hall and we don’t need it from the chamber of commerce. We can unite and celebrate within our own neighborhoods.
Indians done as plug pulled on minor league season
Indians vow to return in 2021 — but with who as a parent club?
LEGION BASEBALL: Zeller helps Prairie notch first victory
POST FALLS — Spencer Zeller went 3 for 5 and drove in six runs, leading a comeback that lifted the Prairie Cardinals class AA Legion team past the Moses Lake Spuds 15-13 on Tuesday night at Post Falls High.
COVID test traffic jam
People waiting hours outside Kootenai Health’s drive-thru testing site
CDA man arrested on drug charges
A Coeur d’Alene man was recently arrested for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine, destruction and concealment of evidence, and the introduction of major contraband into a correctional facility.
Grateful recognition and thankful hearts
Bad Dawg Inc. thanks law enforcement for service
Judge orders extension for signature gathering
Reclaim Idaho’s Invest in Idaho Education initiative is back.
Jim Andrew Cysewski
Jim Andrew Cysewski passed away on June 27, 2020. Jim was born in Renton, Wash., on Aug. 29, 1961, and was the fourth son of 12 children born to John and Magdalene Cysewski. He grew up in the North Idaho area on the family farm.
Debra Kay Reed (Barney)
Debra Reed (Barney), a long-time resident of Spokane and Lewiston, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at Schneidmiller Hospice House of North Idaho in Coeur d’Alene.
Robert L. ‘Bob’ Finley, 78
Robert “Bob” L. Finley, 78, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a retired Navy Veteran and a retiree of the Lucky Friday Mine in the Silver Valley, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2020, at the Schneidmiller Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene.
Idaho Democrats elect delegates for National Convention
BOISE — The Idaho Democratic Party held a virtual convention from June 12-14 and elected 22 national delegates who will represent Idaho at August’s virtual DNC National Convention.
Avista makes annual price adjustment filings in Idaho
Overall reductions in electric and natural gas prices would take effect in the fall
Moving forward despite impact of virus
Last Thursday afternoon I felt like a little kid who dropped their ice cream cone on the sidewalk when the decision was made to cancel Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July parade. My disappointment should not be interpreted as disagreement with the difficult decision made by the Chamber of Commerce and the city. It’s simply disappointment that a lifelong tradition for my family and hundreds maybe thousands of people is not to be in 2020.
No go for first Riverstone show
Arts and Culture Alliance cancels Thursday concert, will be monitoring COVID situation weekly
Marc William Grubham, 29
Marc William Grubham, 29, of St. Maries, Idaho, passed away on March 28, 2020. He was born to Rob and Tracie (Totten) Grubham on Sept. 9, 1990, in St. Maries.
River access at Post Falls to open Thursday
Avista is advising Spokane River users that river recreation will be permitted in the area between the Spokane Street Bridge and the boater safety cables located just upstream of the Post Falls Dam beginning Thursday. River flows have dropped sufficiently to allow summer operations at the hydroelectric facility.
Tubbs Hill cleanup scheduled for Sunday
The public is invited to the annual July 5 Tubbs Hill cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.