We remain in the lull between two political storm fronts — the city elections that seemed to go on & on, from the recall attempt of 2012 through Nov. 5 and the next legislative/courthouse/state election cycle that's already beginning. Candidates are jockeying for position in the secetary of state's race. A Tea Party candidate has annonced that she'll serve as roadkill for state Sen. Shawn Keough in the Senate District 1 primary next spring. Soon, we'll be besieged by candidates and political intrigue. At Hucks Central, however, we'll enjoy the respite from round-the-clock political campaigns until we can't avoid it any longer. Now for today's Wild Card …
From Widmyer for Mayor Facebook wall: “Mayor Elect Steve Widmyer will be ringing the bell at Fred Meyer from 3-5 on Saturday Dec 14th. Be sure to stop by. Fred Meyer is going to match all contributions that day up to $5000. This money stays local for the locals who need it. Let's come together and support CdA Salvation Army.”
Question: How often do you give to Salvation Army bellringers when you pass them at the entrance/exit to area stores?
Due to increased expenses of the Federally Mandated Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care, Boundary County is forced to reduce the hours of operation at our monitored solid waste disposal/collection sites. As of January 1, 2014 the Junction, Naples, and Paradise Valley disposal/collection sites will be reducing hours of operation. The new hours of operation will be 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM seven days a week. This is a reduction from our extended hours of operation in the past. The main Boundary County Landfill hours will remain unchanged. As always the collection sites and Landfill site are all closed for National Holidays. Additionally all monitored disposal sites will be closing Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. for our employees.
Question: Do you think Boundary County is making a political statement here?
Lindsey Vonn, of the USA, makes a face as she has a speck of food removed from her cheek during an interview following her run in the second women's World Cup downhill skiing race at Lake Louise, Alberta, Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
Monday Winner — Cindy, with 9 likes: “The Santa Run took on new urgency thanks to the plentiful free servings of Chobani yogurt.” You can see Monday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
A Domino's notice seeking teachers who might want to make extra money delivering pizzas during the Christmas holiday was posted in the Coeur d'Alene High teachers lounge today. The notice prompted a response from a Facebook Friend said he appreciates what former school Trustee Jim Hightower of Domino's is doing by circulating the notice, but I find it sad that professionals, many with a masters, are likely considering doing this.” (Click on photo for better view)
Selling a product is always easier when it’s attached to an unforgettable slogan. “The Most Interesting Man,” we all know, drinks Dos Equis. Likewise, Coke will forever be the “Real Thing.” But what happens when a business is handed a perfect catchphrase that is simply too, um, crappy to use? Such a thing happened earlier this month after a street punk was caught pilfering toilet paper out of the ladies bathroom in the lobby of Spokane’s luxurious Davenport Hotel. … Spokane cops caught the commode criminal in the literal act of squeezing the Charmin and asked why she did it. “I have been told the toilet paper from the Davenport Hotel is like wiping your butt with a cloud,” she replied. Let’s pause a moment so we can all revel in the witless brilliance of this/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
Question: Can you think of a good catchphrase for the Davenport Hotel?
Christmas lights come on in the evening dusk in downtown Coeur d'Alene and at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Sunday, Dec. 1. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)
In an uplifting and inspiring message to nearly 400 people who packed two bays at The Coeur d’Alene Resort on Tuesday morning, Mayor Sandi Bloem delivered her final State of the City address during the Chamber of Commerce’s Upbeat Breakfast.As she wraps up an unprecedented third term at the city’s helm, Bloem reflected on her 12 years in office and the importance of continuing to build a “sense of place” to unite a community and create an environment that fosters growth.“I believe creating membership in a community is the central feature in building prosperity,” Bloem said. “More and more, people are choosing to return here … choosing to live here, to retire, recreate and raise a family here”/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.
Question: What will be Sandi Bloem's legacy?
Facebook Friend Carrie Kralicek was grossed out during a trip to Fred Meyer and then to a coffee shop today. Take it away, Carrie:
Man walking blows his nose into his hand looks at it and promptly flicks his boogers onto the ground. Then he wipes the remainder of the contents hanging from the end of his nose onto his hand and then wipes that on his Texas Napkin (shirt). Thennnnnn: I go into a coffee shop and in the bathroom the employee exits the stall and leaves without washing her hands — no sandwich for me, thank you! Come on people really?”
Question: Have you witnessed something gross recently?
Occasionally my dear departed mother would turn and say “quit dwelling in Beulah land.” It means get out of your fantasy world and start dealing with reality; work with facts, not fantasies. There’s a major disconnect between the real and the surreal is another way of stating it. If ever there is a walking personification of this it is Idaho’s charming but terribly out of it governor, C.L. “Butch” Otter. Perusing a copy of the North Idaho Business Journal’s December issue recently, I came across a “no coincidences” juxtaposition of an article and an ad. The top of the page was a headline from a speech to a business group by Governor Otter. It said “Otter: D.C. Can Learn from Idaho.” The bottom half was an ad by the “Don’t Fail Idaho” campaign financed by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation/Chris Carlson, Carlson Report. More here.
Question: I keep asking — Has Gov. Otter done anything — anything! — for this state in the last 7 years, especially for public education, except for acting charming?
Trish Gannon, editor-janitor of the River Journal, knew what to do when temperatures dropped below zero at her place in Clark Ford over the weekend — invite the chickens inside. Here, one is checking out the wood stove that made everything toasty & helped everyone survive. Unfortunately, reports Trish, she didn't have time to house train her feathered friends.
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Question: When did you last have a wild animal in your yard?
Republican leaders in Boise have drafted a resolution calling for Rep. Mark Patterson's resignation. Officials in District 15, which Patterson represents, are planning to meet next Tuesday on the matter. They're taking this step after Patterson's concealed weapons permit was revoked by Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney for not disclosing his 1974 guilty plea in a Florida rape case on his application. Patterson couldn't be reached Tuesday. But District 15 leaders including Sen. Fred Martin have planned next week's meeting to resolve uncertainty over Patterson's political future with one month to go before the 2014 Legislature. Martin said he's hopeful Patterson will resign voluntarily/Associated Press. More here.
Question: So have GOP leaders in this state developed a backbone re: ethical lapses of elected officials in their party — or is Patterson's missteps too far even for them?
US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro as Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff looks on at centre at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela today. The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony that's focused on Mandela's legacy of reconciliation. Hundreds of foreign dignitaries and world heads of states gather Tuesday with thousands of South African people to celebrate the life, and mark the death, of Nelson Mandela who has became a global symbol of reconciliation. U.S. News & World Report story here. (AP Photo)
Question: This handshake has created some controversy. Do you see anything wrong with it?
On his Slice blog, Paul Turner posts today:
A friend was in her car the other day with her young son. I can't remember if he is 8 or if he is 9. They saw a train on a rail line my friend had come to regard as all but dormant. “I wonder where that came from,” she said, referring to the locomotive. Her son, who apparently can be quite the wise guy, had an answer. “Well,” he said. “There's a daddy train and a mommy train and…” At that point, my friend indicated she wanted to hear no more.
Question: Do you recall something cute that your kid said recently?
On her Facebook page, Cindy posts: First phone call of the day and I misdialed. “Sorry, I've got the wrong number,” I said. “No,” replied the gentleman. “You've got the right number at the wrong time. I love your cheerful voice. You can call me back any time.” Oh my gosh! Turns out it was a fellow I interviewed last week. Looks like Tuesday's going all Monday on me.
Question: Have you ever had a nice conversation with someone you misdialed — or who misdialed you?
In the days leading up to the 2014 legislative session, groups are coming out in support of Gov. Butch Otter's task force for reforming education. Monday's entry was the Idaho Education Association, which mixed its praise with finger-wagging at lawmakers, who educators and some politicians said have hurt wages and economic growth in Idaho by their failure to put more money into schools. “The Legislature needs to step up and adequately fund our schools,” IEA President Penni Cyr told a group of 50 gathered on the Capitol steps in Monday's cold. “(We) can no longer allow ourselves to settle for mediocrity”/Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Does the Idaho Legislature adequately fund schools?
The story of a Montana wolf hunter shooting a pet malamute romping with its owner near Lolo Pass in November is a long way from being as dead as the dog. USA Today has just posted a story rehashing and updating the Nov. 18 reports that an unnamed hunter in camouflage shot one of three malamutes being exercised on a closed forest road as its owner, Layne Spence, cross-country skied with them. While law enforcement officials still contend no laws were broken, Spence of Missoula contends state law prohibits hunters from shooting on or across roadways an that hunters should always identify their prey before shooting/Rich Landers, Outdoors. More here.
Question: Do you think the slob who shot the Malamute & then didn't apologize for his mistake gives all hunters a black eye?