… That former Republican county commissioner Rick Currie will file his candidacy papers, perhaps today, to challenge state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, in the House District 4B race for the GOPrimary nomination. Stay tuned.
Can you see former Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus acting in a soft-porn flick? No? How about former Gov. Phil Batt? Not really? Or even the current crop of Idaho politicians? How about Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho? Or Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho? Come on.Such a thing would be so out of character for any of them that Idahoans would be stunned, dismayed and embarrassed. Yet, when it's Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter who turns up playing the role of the corrupt sheriff in an early 1990s Western potboiler, nobody gets all that worked up. When they read in the New York Daily News that Otter is part of a film that is “pure Idaho, complete with rodeos and chases on ATVs and horseback. The cowboy battles get so intense, somebody fires a rocket launcher at a horse trailer,” Idahoans shrug. That's just Butch, they say/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (SR file photo: Otter at a 2010 Tea Party rally in Spokane)
Question: Do you think Butch Otter makes a better governor than he does an actor?
A Duke University freshman starring in pornography films to help finance her expensive education is a 2013 Gonzaga Prep graduate. Miriam Weeks has whipped up a media storm during the past month defending her acting in more than a dozen adult movies under her screen name “Belle Knox.” The 18-year-old Spokane woman said her pornography experience will bolster her plans and hopes of becoming a lawyer and advocating for sex workers. As a student at Gonzaga Prep, she earned accolades for her public service work and volunteerism and top honors in foreign languages. She participated on the debate team while attending the private high school. “She was a good student,” said Gonzaga Prep Principal Cindy Reopelle, who would not comment about Weeks’ decisions since leaving the Catholic high school/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here.
Question: Would you disown a child if s/he starred in porn to pay bills?
A large tree, which was planted in the ’80s, is felled by Specialty Tree Services Inc Tuesday next to the clock tower in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Two trees were removed as part of a city project to widen Centennial Trail. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Gabe Green)
They were literally clearing the path Tuesday to expand the Centennial Trail between City Park and McEuen Park. Starting today, the city, in partnership with the Hagadone Corporation, will break ground on the new $1 million pedestrian-friendly downtown corridor that will connect City Park with McEuen Park. Specialty Tree Service began clearing away 23 trees that stood in the way of the trail project. “We have to get this started on the right foot,” said Kenny Roberge, CEO of Specialty Tree Service. “We got down here and set up around 7 a.m. and we were cutting by 7:30 a.m.” By noon all but two of the trees had been felled, chipped and hauled away/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
JohnA: cutting trees down is never a fun thing to witness but I really believe the end result, including the new plaza square extending from City Park to McEuen will be a nice addition to the city.
Question: Do you believe that the end result of the $1M Front Avenue project will be far better than the trees and landscaping that had to be removed?
Idaho voters approved school funding levies Tuesday in Kootenai and Shoshone counties and rejected one in Bonner County. A two-year levy passed for the Lakeland Joint School District in Rathdrum. Voters approved the measure, which will raise $4.8 million a year for two years, 869 to 384 votes. Lakeland officials said the district of just over 4,000 students would have needed to cut 20 percent from its general fund budget if the levy had failed. Levies also passed in two school districts in the Silver Valley. The Kellogg School District’s levy request of $2.78 million a year for two years was approved 580 to 386, and the Wallace School District’s request of $2 million a year for two years passed by a mere two votes, 261 to 259/Scott Maben, SR. More here.
Question: Is this a good sign that local voters appreciate public school education?
DFO: I'll be following the Kootenai County and state of Idaho Web sites closely, to bring you the latest filings.
Gonzaga's Sam Dower Jr. (35) puts up a shot against BYU's Eric Mika in the first half of the NCAA West Coast Conference tournament championship college basketball game tonight in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Senior Sam Dower Jr. scored 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Gonzaga (28-6) to a 75-64 win over Brigham Young in the West Coast Conference championship game at the Orleans on Tuesday. Gary Bell Jr. scored 14 for Gonzaga and Kevin Pangos scored 11 all on free throws. BYU’s Tyler Haws led all scorers with 24. He win gives Gonzaga the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament, which begins next Tuesday with first-round games at Dayton, Ohio. BYU (23-11) will have to rely on an at-large berth to get into the tournament/AP.
3 Days & Counting (to affiliate with the Republican Party to vote in the closed GOPrimary in May): The time is winding down for partisan Democrats, Libertarians, Constitutionalists to affiliate with the Idaho GOP for the purpose of voting in the likely winner-take-all GOPrimaries this spring. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. That's also the deadline for filing candidacy papers. It'll be interesting to see how the GOPrecinct Committee dance card fills up. The fight for control of the GOP CC may be the most interesting campaign of the spring. Now for your Tuesday Wild Card …
Candidates are continuing to emerge for Kootenai County GOP Central Committeeman spots. Click here. However, candidates for Kootenai County Courthouse offices are still being shy. Click here. Meanwhile, president Jeff Ward of the Reagan Republicans has joined Don Cheatham in the GOPrimary race for state Rep. Frank Henderson's House District 3B seat. Click here.
A weekend investigation by Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control in collaboration with Emmett, Nampa and Caldwell police found that nearly half of 12 adults who were approached agreed to illegally buy alcohol for a minor. However, only a little more than 10 percent of the businesses approached sold alcoholic beverages to minors, according to an Idaho State Police news release. The agencies conducted “alcohol age compliance checks” on Friday and Saturday nights at 93 businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in Canyon, Owyhee, Payette and Gem counties. Ten of those businesses sold to a minor, and misdemeanor citations were issued/Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Has a minor ever asked you to buy alcohol for them?
When candidate Dom Gelsomino speaks about his views on government, you can understand why he's running as Republican for a House seat in District 18. But there's one thing about Gelsomino that is unique when it comes to Idaho Republicans. “Idaho is in for quite a treat,” Gelsomino tells On Your Side. “Idaho gets to see its first openly gay Republican run for office, and a conservative Republican, too.” With gay rights as one of the hottest issues at the Idaho statehouse, many have viewed the issue as partisan - that “adding the words” went down party lines. Gelsomino says, not if he's elected. “I would support add the words where religious institutions, organizations and businesses would be exempt, as would be the federal and state-owned businesses, buildings or organizations,” he says/KIVI. More here. (Photo form Dom Gelsomino Facebook page)
Question: What will the Idaho Republican Party do with this one?
Officers investigate scene of fatal head-on crash that occurred on Highway 95 bridge over the Spokane River at 11:22 this morning. ISP identified driver in the fatality here. (KHQ photo: Gabe Cohen)
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Dallas Seavey gets a kiss from one of his dogs after winning the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen)
Monday Winner — DFO, with 7 likes: Marie kept having the same dream: She's leaning on the balcony rail of her beautiful oceanfront home, enjoying a beautiful Miami sunset, when she hears a thunk and a dark, handsome stranger named Benson runs in and out of her life. Over and over, she wondered: Who's Benson? Is this some kind of a sign? You can see Monday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
A 60-year-old Coeur d'Alene man was killed this morning in a head-on collision on the Highway 95 bridge over the Spokane River, on the eastern edge of Coeur d'Alene. According to Idaho State Police reports, Stephen L. Pedersen was northbound in his 1997 Jeep Wrangler at about 11:20 a.m. when he crossed the center line and hit a southbound Ford F25 pickup driven by Leonard G. Hammrich, 74, of Hayden Lake. Pedersen died at the scene. Hammrich was taken to Kootenai Health with a head injury. Hammrich's vehicle also hit a northbound GMC pickup driven by Adam D. Jacobson, 35, of Coeur d'Alene. Jacobson was not injured. The crash closed the busy highway for about 3 1/2 hours. The ISP reopened the highway at 3:01 p.m. The accident remains under investigation.
Dusten Nohrman, 18, of Spokane descends from a position under the Monroe Street Bridge where he was taking cell phone pictures of the Spokane River runoff at the Lower Falls in downtown Spokane today. Nohrman emailed the photographs to his girlfriend in Federal Way, Wash., telling her, his viewing the river made him think of her. He said the river is beautiful, spectacular and on of God's creations. He added, like the river, she could be calm or torrid. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)
A message from House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston: “No Idaho parent asked me to come to this Legislature and underfund Idaho’s public education system. That, however, is the action endorsed last week by the House of Representatives when the majority party passed a $126 million tax cut for businesses and the wealthy. Bills like this one make it hard for me to go home to my constituents and tell them that my peers in the majority party share their values of opportunity and educational success. It is hard for me to offer Idaho
families hope that Idaho’s elected leaders are prepared to bridge the gap between promises and actions. After 20 years of this kind of flawed policy, Idaho ranks 50th in family wages, first in percentage of minimum wage jobs and near-last in per student investment.
These poor outcomes are interrelated.” More here.
Question: Do you agree with Minority Leader Rusche that Idaho legislators don't share the value of their constituents?
Gonzaga's Keani Albanez, right, blocks a shot by BYU's Kim Beeston in the first half of the NCAA West Coast Conference women's tournament championship college basketball game in Las Vegas today. Gonzaga whipped BYU 71-57 to win the WCC tournament and a spot in the NCAA tournament. Story here. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
DFO: But, but, but … I thought newspapering was a real job.