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I'm not confident Idaho could handle a pinkeye epidemic — S.L. Fisher (re: Idaho confident in Ebola response)

Democrats To Hear Chief White

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White will be at the Democratic Club on Friday. Open to all. Noon at the Iron Horse on Sherman Ave — Kootenai County Democrats via Facebook.
DFO: OK, chief, repeat after me … if a Democrat at the luncheon asks about the Arfee case, I will say nothing about “beating a dead horse …

Burrito Incident Makes CNN

That guy at Harmony House who got arrested for throwing a burrito at an employee has made national news. At CNN Headline News (HLN), Stacey Newman writes about the incident in the regular feature, “Craziest Arrests of the Week!” Quoth: “A 52-year-old Idaho man was arrested Sunday for allegedly attacking a female employee with a burrito at an assisted living home in Coeur d’Alene. Travis Micho allegedly threw his dinner burrito from his plate at the female victim during a dispute as she stood across the table from him at Harmony House Assisted Living, according to a Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office report.  Police arrived to find what was left of Micho’s burrito on the wall. Micho was booked on a battery charge.” More here.

Question: Don't you love living in a community that regularly makes natinoal news?

Ybarra Dismisses Controversies

At Boise State Public Radio, Scott Graf writes: Republican Sherri Ybarra says her at-times bumpy campaign for Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction is a result of increased public scrutiny on a political newcomer. But the school administrator from Mountain Home says she understands the focus that's on her comes with a run for public office. Ybarra won the GOP primary in May after raising just a few hundred dollars. She's running against Democrat Jana Jones to replace Tom Luna, who decided not to seek a third term. “I think that [controversy] all relates back to what we know as campaign rhetoric,” Ybarra says. More here.

Question: Are the media being too hard on Ybarra?

SR: Idaho Needs A New Leader

The Editorial Board of The Spokesman-Review endorsed A.J. Balukoff for governor this morning: “Idaho needs new leadership at the top. The educational system suffers from neglect. Job growth beyond the minimum-wage variety has been poor. A scandal has marred the corrections system. And the state has made national headlines for its refusal to even hear proponents of expanding human rights for gay, lesbian and transgendered citizens. During this period of stagnation, Butch Otter has served two undistinguished terms as governor. At times, his head has been in the right place, but he hasn’t demonstrated the fortitude to press forward. His go-to solution has been to form task forces, or to call for studies. When the facts have come in, he’s been too tentative.” More here.


Hall: Skinflints & The Holy Bicycle

In the Lewiston Tribune, Bill Hall writes: “People who live in glass bodies shouldn't throw stones. In fact, people who live in fragile glass bodies worn with age should throw a little money now and then into the schools of their own grandchildren. What good are elders if they aren't good to the education system? Unfortunately, many people in my gray generation are skinflints. Oh, these big spenders give a dollar now and then to a favorite grandchild, but they vote nay to a new high school or a new grade school. A part of me understands (the wallet part of me). When you are 50, you hang a little looser. You contribute to good causes, most especially including support of public schools and public health. But when you retire, your new job is mostly about not working. More here.

Question: Are most Seasoned Citizens you know skinflints?

AM Scanner Traffic — 10.21.14

  • 8:25 a.m. CPD stopping to question male outside Fred's Appliance, H95/Haycraft, unknown reason.
  • 8:21 a.m. Boater on Hayden Lake reports possible fire b/n Hayden Lake Road & Lancaster.
  • 8:16 a.m. EMTs en route to hospital w/40YO female who is suffering chest & back pain.
  • 8:13 a.m. Officer reports stoplights @ Canfield/Govt Way, CdA, are flashing red, not recycling.
  • 8:05 a.m. Someone has attempted suicide by taking pills @ Lakeland Junior High/Rathdrum.

City Asks Hitching Post To Quit Suit

The city of Coeur d’Alene has asked the Hitching Post to withdraw its religious freedom lawsuit in the wake of gay marriage becoming legal in Idaho. City attorney Michael Gridley wrote to the wedding chapel and pointed out that two weeks ago the business took steps to become a nonprofit religious corporation. Thus, the Hitching Post is exempt from the city’s ordinance that outlaws discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Gridley said the city will not prosecute legitimate nonprofit religious corporations, associations and other organizations exercising First Amendment rights. The Hitching Post sued the city in anticipation that the city would use its anti-discrimination policy to force the chapel to perform same-sex weddings over its religious objections/SR. (SR file photo: Owner Don Knapp stands in front of the Hitching Post)


Designer De La Renta, 82, RIP

In this Sept. 11, 2012, file photo, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta watches as the final model walks the runway during the presentation of his Spring 2013 collection at Fashion Week in New York. The designer de la Renta, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Question: Are you a fashionista?

When Council Members Grow Pot

This is a historic moment for Spokane government. It came with news that City Councilwoman Karen Stratton is running a marijuana grow operation with Chris Wright, her hubby and park board member, plus others. It’s unprecedented having a member of city government so cannabis-connected. So openly, I mean. Half the council members I’ve met over the past 30 years seemed like they were on something. That, of course, may have had more to do with my overall jaundiced view of politicians. But what makes Stratton’s involvement so history-making is that ganja wrangling is now as legal as can be thanks to the passage of I-502. Providing you fill out all the proper paperwork, that is/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: If it was legal to do so in Idaho, would you want a council member to be in the business of growing marijuana?

Clerk: Brannon, Belmont Square Off

Not long ago Jim Brannon was alleging Kootenai County voting irregularities in a lawsuit contesting an election loss. Now he oversees the elections division and is running to keep his seat as county clerk. His opponent, Larry Belmont, is a former longtime director of the Panhandle Health District who says he wants to give Democrats a reason to vote in a state dominated by the GOP. Brannon was appointed clerk in December after the sudden death of Cliff Hayes, the former Post Falls police chief who was elected county clerk in 2010, defeating 15-year incumbent Dan English. Brannon in 2009 narrowly lost election to the Coeur d’Alene City Council, and he sued the city, the mayor and City Council, English and the county elections manager, alleging various voting irregularities. He lost on appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court in November 2012/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Do you think Brannon's legal fight to overturn his election loss to Mike Kennedy resonates at all any more?

Ebola Crisis

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Wild Card/Monday — 10.20.14

I'll be stacking 2 cords of wood tonight as I'm listening to the Monday night football game b/n Pittsburgh & Houston. Wood. That means I'm beginning to give in to the notion that winter is on the way (although I have no complaints after the glorious fall that we've been having this year.) I'm beginning to think that winter goes from Thanksgiving to Easter. Then, there's a brief period through the end of June that we can call spring. Which is followed by 2 months of summer and another 2 months of fall. Am I tracking right here? You can explain your version of the 4 seasons or use this Wild Card to start a new thread …

Parting Shot — 10.20.14

President Barack Obama delivers doughnuts and pastries to Democratic campaign volunteers on Monday in Chicago. Obama is in Chicago campaigning for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Top Comments — 10.20.14

Psalm 37 (RE: A road less traveled): I love the small town I live in. When I go out on walks with my son almost every car beeps a greeting or the people in the vehicles wave. If residents are outside when we walk by they always call out “How are you two doing?” or shout out words of encouragement for my son. I just appreciate all the friendly and kind people who live here.

City: Hitching Post May Be Exempt

Keith Erickson, spokesman for city of Coeur d'Alene, provided the following statement re: the Hitching Post controversy to Huckleberries Online:

“A federal lawsuit filed against the city of Coeur d'Alene late last week on behalf of the Hitching Post marriage chapel alleging the city would require the business to perform same-sex marriages requires clarification. The anti-discrimination ordinance passed by the Coeur d'Alene City Council excludes religious corporations. The Hitching Post appears to fall under this category due to recent action filed by the business. Several days before the Hitching Post filed the lawsuit against the city on October 17, 2014, it filed with the Idaho Secretary of State as a religious corporation on October 6, 2014. This may exempt the business from the city's anti-discrimination ordinance.”


Cutline Contest — 10.20.14

Facts: Members of the Indian army motorcycle display team perform in Bangalore, India, earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Weekend Winner (tie w/5 likes apiece) — JohnA: “Mainstream Republicans jump off the GOP platform when they can no longer stomach the Tea Party intrusion,” and: “Here, hold my beer!” — KeithinCDA. You can see Weekend Photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.

2 Creepers Caught Peeping

Coeur d’Alene Police officers responded recently to two different reports of window peeping. On Thursday, at approximately 8:50 p.m., a resident in the 3700 block of Beehive reported seeing a male’s face pressed up against the living room window. A suspicious male was located by her husband in their backyard. The male was identified and detained by law enforcement. In a separate incident, a female resident in the 3800 block of Ramsey Road reported seeing a male standing outside her bedroom window. The victim’s husband confronted the male and discovered he had a camera. He believes the suspect was taking pictures or video of his wife. The male fled as soon as he was confronted by the victim’s husband. The suspect is described as:

A White male, approximately 6'00”, 180 pounds, stocky (former body builder style stature), short “cropped” hair, mid 40's, wearing a light silver colored jacket and pants.  Carrying a smaller style silver colored digital camera.

If anyone has information on these crimes please contact Coeur d’Alene Police at 208-769-2320.

PM Scanner Traffic — 10.20.14

Tips Needed: PFPD detectives are asking for assistance to identify the male shoplifting suspect pictured below. The suspect entered the Walmart on W. Pointe Parkway in Post Falls and pepper sprayed an employee while fleeing with a 48-inch Vizio television. Suspect is believed to have left in a blue sedan. If you have any tips or information, please contact Det. Mason via email at or call .

  • 5:08 p.m. Female w/Bible is sitting on Lake City sidewalk, yelling that the street belongs to her.
  • 4:36 p.m. Wanted person w/black tank top & short mullet is @ Station #4 of DMV.
  • 4:28 p.m. Animal control is en route to animal bite @ undisclosed Lake City location.
  • 4:21 p.m. Female reports male took gun into bedroom & said he was going to kill himself after talk of divorce.
  • 4:06 p.m. Passenger in red station wagon pointed gun out window @ motorist @ Seltice Way/Greensferry, Post Falls.
  • 3:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Oct. 19-20 here.
  • 3:27 p.m. Hunter reports male in orange never moved as he leaned on tree stump in woods, he's concerned re: welfare.
  • 3 p.m. Business alarm sounding at Post Falls City Hall.
  • 2:55 p.m. Suicide threat reported @ Honeysuckle/Gilbert, CdA.
  • 2:53 p.m. Employee is texting employer that he has taken pills and wants to “end it all.”
  • 2:48 p.m. A male and a female are pushing each other @ CityLink stop near East Sherman liquor store.
  • 2:20 p.m. CPD handles false alarm @ undisclosed Coeur d'Alene bank.
  • 1:59 p.m. CPD officer warns man riding bike with gas motor in downtown Coeur d'Alene.
  • 1:42 p.m. 80YO male on Wright Street/Rathdrum is suffering general weakness.
  • 1:40 p.m. 47YO female o@ 2000 block of Echo Glen Lane is suffering back spasms.

Ybarra Clarifies Marital History

Sherri Ybarra, Republican candidate for Idaho superintendent of schools, and her son, Matthew, are about to board the Idaho GOP bus in Athol Friday. Ybarra joined the North Idaho tour for stops in Hayden, Athol and Sandpoint, before flying in a plane with Congressman Raul Labrador back to Boise. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

In his blog, In the Classroom/Idaho Statesman, Bill Roberts reports: “Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for Idaho superintendent of public instruction, is clarifying her marital history after an interview she did with me in which she said she and her husband came to Mountain Home in 1996. Ybarra now acknowledges that she and her husband, Matthew Ybarra, were married in 1999 after she and her previous husband were divorced following their move to Mountain Home in 1996.” More here. (Duane Rasmussen photo from GOP bus tour of North Idaho)


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