TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 3.3.15 

It appears that Hindu chaplain Rajan Zed has split the North Idaho senators, with Sens. Vick and Nuxoll opting to boycott. And Sens. Keough and Souza deciding to pay their respects. Sen. Nonini missed the prayer because he was running late as the result of a business meeting ...

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Parting Shot -- 3.3.15 

Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, delivers a prayer from Sanskrit scriptures before the Idaho Senate today in Boise. The Idaho Senate convened Tuesday with a Hindu prayer for the first time since Idaho acquired statehood in 1890, drawing objections from seven lawmakers...

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Ex-NIC Official Bekken Posts Bail 

A judge in Kootenai County lowered the bond for former North Idaho College financial aid director Joseph M. Bekken today, even as a prosecutor said Bekken is suspected of having used federal financial aid funds to buy photographs. Bekken is accused of offering students scholarship...

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Jobs Plus Hires New President 

A former economic development official for the state of Idaho will lead the effort to expand and diversify Kootenai County’s economy and employment base. Gynii Abracosa Gilliam of Boise is the new president of Jobs Plus, Inc., the Coeur d’Alene area economic development corporation. Gilliam...

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 10 

President Barack Obama, right, smiles as outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, left, bows to singer Aretha Franklin as she arrives in a surprise appearance to sing at an event celebrating Holder at the Department of Justice in Washington Friday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn...

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Utah Guv Will Veto Con-Carry 

Utah's governor says he would veto a resurrected bill that would allow anyone over 21 to carry an unloaded, concealed gun without a permit. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he thinks Utah's gun laws work well as they are. A Senate...

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NCAA Lifts UI's Postseason Ban

Idaho says the NCAA has lifted the football team's postseason ban imposed for failing to meet academic standards for the 2009 through 2012 seasons. The school said in a statement Monday that efforts by coach Paul Petrino, who took over in December 2012, resulted in...

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CdA Bank Robber Gets 8 Years 

A Coeur d'Alene man convicted of robbing banks in Oregon and Idaho was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison this week. 35-year-old Ricky Allen Fisher pleaded guilty in December to robbing banks in Ontario, Oregon and Cottonwood, Idaho. U.S. District Court Judge...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 3.3.15 

The local blog roundup today includes Slight Detour's photos of a crispy Tuesday in Bonner County+Democrat Chris Carlson attends Benewah County Lincoln Day+7 Blog looks at Friday's openings including "Chappie"+Outdoors reports on Montana, Idaho wolf hunt ...

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Wanted: Lake City Utility Box Artists 

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is seeking artists for its Utility Box Beautification Project. The utility boxes, which keep lights flashing and communications running, are undiscovered canvases for artists, graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, and other individuals with the imagination to cover them with their artwork.

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Idaho Paid IEN Contractors $29.7M 

Contractors have received $29.7 million under the voided Idaho Education Network contract. Should the state try to get this money back? It’s one of the many legal issues surrounding the defunct statewide broadband system. And it’s one many state officials don’t want to talk about.

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Rainbow Bridge Underwhelms CdA 24 

City leaders in Coeur d'Alene said the signature piece of art at McEuen Park is not as signature as they had hoped. The $100,000 arch into the park was supposed to light up the entrance way and change colors. It is called 'Under the Rainbow.'...

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1 Year Ago: Otter Announces

What were we discussing one year ago? Gov. Butch Otter announced his bid for a third term on March 3, 2014. Otter, of course, went on to beat back a challenge from state Sen. Russ Fulcher in the Idaho GOPrimary and then easily defeat Democrat A.J. Balukoff in the general election.

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Nonini RE: Hindu Prayer 

State Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, didn't boycott the Hindu prayer that kicked off the Idaho Senate session today. But he wasn't overly enthused about it either. See quote below from Betsy Russell report.

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SR Extends Comment Period 

Just as an experiment, the Spokesman-Review is extending the commenting period for stories and blogposts from our current two day window to three days. The reason for this change is because we wanted to give people a longer opportunity to comment on our blogposts, which...

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Yesteryear: Johnson's Boat Works

At Old School North Idaho, Keva Wolfe posts this photo of the old Johnson Boat Works (circa 1890). The boat works was operating from the same area off City Beach where Brook's Seaplane is housed now. BTW, has anyone taken a ride in Brook's Seaplane?

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North Idaho Goes National Again 13 

the national blog Wonkette weighs in on decision by state Sen. Steve Vick to boycott Hindu prayer at Idaho Senate today: "Idaho state Sen. Steve Vick is all in favor of the First Amendment and freedom and stuff, but that doesn’t mean he has to sit and put up with it when a Hindu cleric gives the invocation at today’s session of the state Senate..."

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Poll: Zags Will Reach Sweet 16

A plurality of Hucks Nation predicts Gonzaga will win at least 2 games in NCAA Tournament to reach Sweet 16. Today's Poll: Do you support the decision by Kootenai County Sens. Steve Vick & Bob Nonini to skip Hindu prayer to open Senate today?

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AM Headlines -- 3.3.15

AM Headlines: Spokane police are investigating a package of racist, threatening literature sent last week to the head of Spokane’s chapter of the NAACP. The incident has left Rachel Dolezal, the new president of Spokane’s NAACP, concerned for the safety of herself and her 13-year-old son.

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Senate OKs $2M Prez Primary 

It appears the Republicans in the Idaho Senate want Idaho to pay $2M for a presidential primary in March next year. Our Republican leaders are responsible for depressing voter turnout by closing the May primaries, allowing extreme ideologues to win office. Now they want $2M more out of the public coffers. What chutzpah ...

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Hydro Group To Get Race Permit 

The Idaho Department of Lands today plans to give Coeur d'Alene Silver Cup hydroplane race organizers an important permit for races on Lake Coeur d'Alene near Silver Beach in July. Jim Brady, lands and waterways resource supervisor for the department in Coeur d'Alene, said Monday...

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Vick, Nuxoll Skip Hindu Prayer 37 

Seven senators remained outside the Senate chamber this morning as guest chaplain Rajan Zed delivered today’s opening invocation, a Hindu prayer, then took their seats immediately after it was done. The seven: Sens. Vick, Nonini, Nuxoll, Den Hartog, Rice, Patrick, and Siddoway. Vick had previously announced his plans to walk out ...

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