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Guns On Campus For Oklahoma, Too? Edit

Two Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing to have college students and faculty carrying firearms, a move they said would enhance safety on campuses but university presidents said is an unnecessary plan that could cause chaos. The state legislators said this week they want to end a current ban on licensed firearms carriers from bringing guns to campuses. “If there were a predator out there whose prey is young college-aged women and he wanted to assault them, where would he go to do that? He would go to a place where they are vulnerable, where they are unarmed … and that is a college campus,” said Republican Senator Ralph Shortey, who is leading the push with Republican Representative John Enns. The move comes after a rash of shootings at U.S. schools and universities has prompted fresh calls to supplement police and university security forces/Reuters. More here. (AP/Statesman file photo: In February, about 300 people showed up to protest a successful bill that allowed guns on Idaho college campuses)

Question: Where have we heard this questionable idea before?

Wild Card/Thursday — 7.31.14

Goodness! Betsy Russell is on vacation. And Dan Popkey has jumped ship. Who is minding the store while the mischievous Idaho politicians plot in their back rooms? We're at the mercy of the dysfunctional politicians who couldn't even conduct a convention properly. Woe is us. Here's today's Wild Card …

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.31.14 Edit

  • 2:09 p.m. Female driving stock has lost trailer wheel, having hard time keeping animals in, unknown highway location.
  • 2:05 p.m. Someone needs help getting up after fall @ 700 block of W. Ironwood Drive, north parking lot.
  • 1:08 p.m. Someone trying to reclaim stolen property on Iron Horse Circle/Post Falls.
  • 1:04 p.m. Deputy is looking for 22-foot pontoon boat off Boothe Park/Lake Coeur d'Alene, unknown reason.
  • 12:59 p.m. Fed Ex truck, red vehicle involved in noninjury crash @ Ramsey Road/Wyoming, Hayden, blocking.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

A Spring Chorus

Don Sausser snapped this photo of “Allium Spring Chorus” last night at McEuen Park. “Allium” is the latest public art work to grace the upgraded McEuen Park.

Quotable Quote Edit

Sharknado? Pfft. What's really scary is Catfishnado — Cindy.

Update: Swimmer 6 Miles From Finish

Tyler Viydo/KREM2 tweet: “Update on @emkhowley's LPO swim: Just 6 miles left! Team says she's starting to get tired but is going strong. ETA 3:30 at city beach.”

Yakety Yak, Don’t Talk Back

On her Facebook wall, Cindy posts: “Caught up with a couple who have been married 68 years. Wife says, “I hate to do all the talking, but he won't, so I HAVE to!” Husband just grins.”

Question: Who does most of the talking in your family?

Idaho College ‘Go On’ Rate Only 52%

Idaho’s go-on rate apparently is going downward. That’s the startling, sobering message from the latest round of numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse. Just under 52 percent of Idaho’s 2013 high school graduates have enrolled in two- or four-year college, according to the current clearinghouse numbers. This represents a drop from Idaho’s lackluster 2012 numbers, when 54 percent of graduates decided to continue their education. The apparent drop comes as Idaho policymakers have made postsecondary attendance a centerpiece education issue/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.


Nugent Responds To Lost Casino Gig

At WorldNetDaily, controversial rocker Ted Nugent responds to the recent cancellation of his concert at the Coeur d'Alene Casino:

They say that if you’re taking flak, you must be over the target. Well, lo and behold, the old Motorcity guitarslayer is not only directly over the target, I am obviously sitting deadcenter in the enemies’ own foxhole, driving them batty with my unstoppable onslaught of self-evident truth, logic, common sense and a tsunami of irrefutable evidence that obliterates their America-hating agenda. And I don’t even put forth any extra effort to do so. When experienced under the proper conditions – driving the enemy batty – flak is indeed a beautiful thang. For the lying freaks over at the Huffington Post, and the scammers at the Southern Poverty Law Center to go to such extremes to constantly lie about me is proof positive that I am not only on the right track doing God’s work spotlighting the current infestation of cockroaches amongst us, but that they are clearly scared to death of me and virtually incapable of debating me one on one. Full response here. (AP file photo)


Soaking Up Rays

People sunbathe on the jetty of the Nice harbour, southeastern France today. Temperatures in the area rose to 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit).(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Question: With all the cautions related to skin cancer, do you spend much time soaking up rays in the summer sun?

IFF: Idaho’s In An Awkward Spot

A federal appeals court ruling issued last week puts Idaho in a bit of an awkward spot when it comes to the state insurance exchange that the Legislature and Gov. Butch Otter opted to create in 2013. If the ruling stands on appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court, Idaho’s insurance exchange will become the catalyst for enforcing the Obamacare individual and employer mandates and related taxes. The exchange will also be the vehicle for running a fairly new entitlement program costing millions of dollars. In other words, had lawmakers not enacted an insurance exchange, the best guard against Obamacare would have been refusal to go along with Obamacare/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Do you still think the Idaho health exchange was a good idea?

City Launches Online Poll

Screen shot of new online poll for city of Coeur d'Alene, which goes live Friday.

Tell us what you think! A new online service encourages city residents to take a simple poll on important city issues, events, services and programs in the community. It will launch Friday, August 1. CityPoll will provide leaders at City Hall with important information on how citizens feel about a wide range of topics. Residents can respond to a monthly poll question by visiting One vote per household per month will be recorded. Notification of the program will be included in monthly municipal utility billing statements. City officials will monitor responses and use the results as a strategic planning tool to assure the city is providing optimum service to its citizens. CityPoll supplements existing opportunities for the public to engage with the city/Coeur d'Alene Today. More below.

  • Poll goes live Friday.

Question: What are your thoughts re: the city of Coeur d'Alene polling citizens re: a variety of topics?

AM Scanner Traffic — 7.31.14

  • 11:56 a.m. Female @ assisted living place @ 52 N. Ceder (& Seltice Way) unconscious, not breathing.
  • 11:46 a.m. PFPD officer locates possible stolen Washington vehicle @ Qemiln Park boat launch.
  • 11:31 a.m. Yellow lab is locked in Pontiac Grand Am at Trading Company/Post Falls lot.
  • 11:19 a.m. F150 Ford pickup & larger truck w/trailer crashed @ Greensferry/Hayden, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 11:14 a.m. Suspicious suitcase lying on sidewalk outside DMV courthouse office, 451 Govt Way/CdA.
  • 11:13 a.m. Super 1/Hayden employees are holding large, loose dog that entered store.
  • 11:10 a.m. Someone left a bicycle by side of e/b I-90/MP 14 (15th Street/CdA).
  • 11:01 a.m. Male stole doughnuts & Gatorade from Peterson's grocery & headed n/b on 10th Street/CdA.
  • 10:51 a.m. Undisclosed theft reported @ 940 W. Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 10:48 a.m. A white car is parked along w/b I-90/MP 19 (Yellowstone Trail).
  • 10:39 a.m. 19YO tells PFPD officer that the traffic stop for speeding was his 2nd in 3 days.
  • 10:37 a.m. A&D Mini Mart, 356 Appleway, reports refusing service to drunk male in green Mercedes.
  • 10:21 a.m. Undisclosed suspicious circumstance reported @ H95/Marina Court/Post Falls.
  • 10:20 a.m. CPD
  • 10:03 a.m. Male w/briefcase stole doughnuts, other items from Ironwood Square biz, walking toward hospital.
  • 9:55 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 400 block of E15th Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 9:25 a.m. A baby is in seizure @ 14500 block of Treehouse Court/Rathdrum.
  • 9:02 a.m. Male is unconscious/breathing, lying on back on sidewalk near Mini Mart/3rd & Frederick, Post Falls.
  • 8:16 a.m. Officer orders that old Caddie be tagged as abandoned after owner has turned himself into jail.
  • 8:11 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 2200 block of W. Canyon Drive/CdA.

AM: Flagpole Painter Recuperates

Flagpole painter Warren Hinrichs, 73, holds his dog Stitch and rests up at home in Spokane on Wednesday. He started climbing and painting flagpoles and water towers more than 50 years ago with his dad, Bill Hinrichs, seen in many photos in his home office. He was rescued after passing out on a Yakima flag pole Monday. Story here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Poll: Labrador’s Gain, Idaho’s Loss

  • Wednesday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation said decision by Dan Popkey of the Idaho Statesman to become Congressman Raul Labrador's spokesman was: “Labrador's gain, Idaho's loss.” 40 of 141 respondents (28.37%) voted that way. 31 of 141 (21.99%) said Popkey joined Labrador's staff because he saw no future in newspapering. 28 (19.86%) said Popkey made the jump for financial reasons; 25 (17.73%) said he “sold out”; 14 (9.93%) said Popkey's politics don't mesh with Labrador's Tea Party politics; and 3 (2.13%) marked “other.”
  • Today's Poll: Do you think Congressman Raul Labrador is “going places,” that he will become major player on national political scene?

Adler: Why Did Popkey Jump?

Talk about role reversal. For the past 30 years, Dan Popkey, the widely admired, prize-winning political reporter for the Idaho Statesman, who often led coverage of some of the state's biggest political stories, suddenly found himself the subject of one when he announced his resignation from the Statesman to become press secretary for Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. The news caught so many by surprise that, for a least a moment, it overshadowed the story of who would lead the Idaho Republican Party, the GOP's version of “Who's on First?” Popkey is not the first reporter who has exchanged a press pass and the job of asking questions for the job of answering questions. Career changes are often the function of complex reasons, but readers will be left to wonder at his reasoning/David Adler, director, BSU Andrus Center for Public Policy. More here. (Photo: Andrus Cener for Public Policy)

Question: Are you surprised that this story has overshadowed the leadership struggle of the Idaho GOP?

‘Huckleberry Road’

Tweet from Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images: “Today I deliver this piece, 'Huckleberry Road,' to the juried show at #ArtontheGreen here in Coeur d'Alene. This is one of two pieces I submitted and had selected for the show. Come by the #NorthIdahoCollege lawn this weekend and check out all the art.

Poll: Hydros? Good Riddance

Readers on were asked how they feel about the death of the Diamond Cup hydroplane races that were supposed to take place over Labor Day Weekend. More than 1,000 voters weighed in, and here's how it came out:

  • Glad: 51 percent (686 votes)
  • Sad: 16 percent (207 votes)
  • Mad: 11 percent (150 votes)
  • None of the above: 22 percent (294 votes)

Question: It appears to me that there remains strong sentiment against hydroplane racing in Coeur d'Alene? Am I reading the tea leaves correctly?

Edit: Idaho GOP Broken … So What?

In a memorable “Saturday Night Live” parody of the 1988 presidential debate, Dana Carvey portrayed Republican George H.W. Bush as too tongue-tied to say more than: “Stay the course. Stay the course.” At which point Jon Lovitz, the actor playing Democrat Michael Dukakis, sighed: “I can't believe I'm losing to this guy.” Anything sound familiar? Here we have the Idaho Republican Party. Once known as the epitome of organizational discipline and brand loyalty, it has squandered both/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Marty goes on to make a terrific point. The Idaho GOP is broken & dysfunctional … yet it continues to win at all levels. So what does it matter?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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