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Hump Day Wild Card — 4.16.14

I'm beginning the first day of the rest of my career in our new digs on the first floor of the SR's Coeur d'Alene office. I parked in the usual place. But I went straight to the new office space without heading upstairs to the second floor. I've unpacked all but one box. I notice it's easier to pay attention to the police scanner, now that the sounds of the office are blocked by walls. Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 4.16.14

Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted is framed in a camera viewfinder at EA Sports in Burnaby, British Columbia, today. Players on the MLS soccer team were at EA Sports get get their heads scanned for a soccer video game. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

How Will Bankruptcy Hit Sandpoint?

Beyond the dollars and cents, Coldwater Creek's bankruptcy is a blow to the local identity. As one of the community's largest local employers, the company was an integral part of the local economy and a consistent supporter of local education and charities. However, the company was also woven into Sandpoint's character, making it a cultural loss as well. “Coldwater Creek has been an employment, philanthropic and cultural mainstay in Sandpoint for 30 years,” said Dave Gunter, who retired as the company's divisional vice present of corporate communications and investor relations in June 2007. “This latest chapter takes nothing away from the power of the original vision of Ann and Dennis Pence and the fact that they put literally everything on the line when they founded their company in our community back in 1984”/Cameron Rasmusson, Bonner County Daily Bee. More here.

Question: How do you think Coldwater Creek's bankruptcy will affect the Sandpoint area?

PM Scanner Traffic — 4.16.14

  • 5:23 p.m. 2 males in older vehicle shining laser at oncoming vehicle on e/b I-90/Washington state line.
  • 5:11 p.m. A part of a tree is lying on s/b H95/MP 438 (Highway 53/Garwood area).
  • 4:54 p.m. ISP officer tags vehicle w/blown rear tire along I-90 freeway for 48-hour removal.
  • 4:48 p.m. Caller @ 8500 block of Salmonberry Loop/Hayden reports 2 males in pickup checking out work site.
  • 4:45 p.m. KCSDeputy requests extra patrol for 4600 block of Ferrel Street/Huetter.
  • 4:44 p.m. Domestic dispute reported @ 500 block of W. Aqua/CdA.
  • 4:29 p.m. Caller reports friend in white van along Coeur d'Alene street, threatening suicide.
  • 10 more items + AM Scanner Traffic below

PM Headlines — 4.16.14

State Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, who has been subject to nasty Tea Party attacks at Senate District 1 candidate's forum, attended the North Idaho Political Action Committee lunch in Coeur d'Alene Saturday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Cutline Contest — 4.16.14

Time 2 Vote …

At the North Idaho Political Action Committee luncheon at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Events Center Saturday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter auctions off cookies baked by Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's wife, Tracey. You write the cutline. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Tuesday Winner — JohnA, with 8 likes: “Darn, missed it by a hare.” You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Ward To Address Reagan Republicans

Jeff Ward, president of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans and a candidate for the House District 3B seat currently held by retiring Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, will speak to the group's weekly lunch meeting at noon Thursday at Fedora Pub & Grille. Ward will discuss: “Truth during political campaigns.” Fedora's is located at 1726 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d'Alene.

2 Or 4 Super Wannabes Missed Vote

Two of the four Republican candidates for state superintendent of public instruction did not vote in the Republican primary two years ago. And according to county voting records, one candidate didn’t cast a ballot in the November 2012 general election, when Idahoans overturned three far-reaching education laws advanced by state superintendent Tom Luna. In May 2012, for the first time in decades, voters were required to register as a Republican to participate in the GOP primary. Those registrations and voting histories are public records. Here is how the four GOP candidates voted in May 2012, according to records in Elmore, Power, Canyon and Idaho counties:

  • Sherri Ybarra of Mountain Home voted absentee. She filled out an unaffiliated ballot, meaning she could not have voted in contested Republican primaries.
  • Randy Jensen of American Falls didn’t vote at all.
  • John Eynon of Grangeville and Andy Grover of Melba voted in the Republican primary.

More by Jennifer Swindell/IdahoED NEWS here.


Fulcher OK w/17th Amendment Repeal

Sen. Russ Fulcher is offering lukewarm support for a divisive tea party tenet — repeal of  the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratified in 1913, the amendment provides for the direct election of senators by the people rather than by state legislatures. “I see the argument of that and I’m sympathetic to it,” the challenger to GOP Gov. Butch Otter said in an interview with the Statesman editorial board Tuesday. “I’m a little bit cautious in trying to make that a priority.” Earlier, Fulcher affirmed his support of repeal as part of his wholesale agreement with the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Fulcher attached a note to the survey, adding, “I believe there is room for legitimate debate regarding repeal of the 17th amendment.” Returning the power to elect senators to legislatures is a key issue among some tea party followers, a wing of the GOP Fulcher counts on for upsetting the two-term governor. Otter opposes repeal/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

DFO: I simply can't think of a loonier plank than the one in the Idaho GOP platform that calls for the repeal of the 17th amendment. That may play in Tea Party circles. But you will never — ever — get a single state to OK the repeal of this amendment. Take the vote away from the people in the election of U.S. senators. Absolute nonsense. Thoughts?

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Pistol-Whipping Suspect Caught

At 2:40 p.m. today, members of the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF) and Bonner County Sheriff’s Office captured fugitive Terry Andrew Clark at a residence just south of Coolin, near Priest Lake. Clark is wanted in the pistol-whipping attack of four people at a party in Athol earlier this week. Story here. No one was injured during Clark’s capture. Over the past 48 hours, Kootenai County Sheriff’s detectives had developed information from a variety of sources that Clark may have been hiding from law enforcement with a family member.  KCSO detectives who are members of NIVCTF were asked to bring the task force’s multi-jurisdictional authority to this search which led from Coeur d’Alene to Newport and ended in the Priest Lake area.

HBO Blogosphere — 4.16.14

Quilter friends of Marianne Love/Slight Detour present their idea of “writer's block” in the form of several patterns on a beautiful quilt, including the one above. You can see more, as well as the completed quilt, here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, April 15): 6510 page-views/4009 unique views

Idaho Has USA’s 5th Best Outlook

For the seventh consecutive year, Utah has been ranked as the state with the best economic outlook by the authors of Rich States, Poor States, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council. New York was ranked 50th, or worst in the nation for economic outlook. Rounding out the top 10 for best economic outlook are South Dakota (2), Indiana (3), North Dakota (4), Idaho (5), North Carolina (6), Arizona (7) , Nevada (8), Georgia (9) and Wyoming (10). Rounding out the bottom 10 for worst economic outlook are Vermont (49), Illinois, (48), California (47), Minnesota (46), New Jersey (45), Connecticut (44), Montana (43), Oregon (42), and Rhode Island (41)/Steve Stanik, Heartland Institute. More here.


Militia Leader Avoids Bundy Tangle

In his Letters from the West blog, Rocky Barker/Idaho Statesman explains why an Idaho militia leader is staying clear of the Bundy mess in Nevada: Jeff Stankiewicz, a former commander and now liaison for the Idaho Lightfoot Militia, said in a Facebook post last week calling for militia to help the Bundys that he was doubtful they could legally justify it as an Idaho militia under the Idaho Constitution. “I told people not to go, it would just inflame things,” Stankiewicz said. He said only if the governor of Nevada, or perhaps the local sheriff, had called in the militias could the Idaho Lightfoot Militia respond. “Philosophically I’m on (Bundy’s) side,” said Stankiewicz, a production manager at a steel manufacturing plant from Bonners Ferry. “I think the states should be running that land in our state. “If they want to make their stand, more power to them,” he said. “But I don’t live in Nevada.” More here. (AP file photo: Cliven Bundy talks on the phone at his ranch near Bunkerville Nev.)

Question: Do you think this standoff will lead to blood shed?

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Hillman Enjoys NIPAC Lunch

Shauna Hillman, of Wallace, who is challenging incumbent Shannon McMillan, of Silverton, in the House District 7A race, enjoyed herself at the North Idaho Political Action Committee luncheon, featuring Gov. Butch Otter as speaker. Hillman is shown with friend David Bond, the publisher of the Wallace Street Journal. The event was held at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Events Center Saturday.

KCSO Denies Diamond Cup Extension

Diamond Cup Update: KCSO has denied a deadline extension of a month for the group to apply for a permit. Deadline remains July 1st — Taylor Viydo/KREM2 tweet.

Poll: Idaho Repubs Have Small Tent

  • Monday-Tuesday poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation sez the Kootenai County Republican Party doesn't have a big tent. 146 of 188 (77.66%) said the local party doesn't have a big tent (in other words, it doesn't accept people beyond a narrow range of conservative ideology). Only 23 of 188 (12.23%) said the local party has a big tent. 19 (10.11%) weren't sure.
  • Today's Poll: Do legislative candidate Jeff Ward's tax problems matter to you?

Toy Grenade Shuts Down Spirit Lake

Wednesday morning, the Spirit Lake Police Department responded to the area of Middle Ave. in Spirit Lake where a suspicious device was found in a mailbox. SLPD and other agencies were called to the scene to investigate and once bomb squad inspected the mailbox they determined it was possible the device was a grenade. A robot was brought on scene to retrieve the device and it was then determined that the device was only a toy. The scare did cause a lock down in the town of Spirit Lake and some people in the immediate area were asked to evacuate/KHQ. More here.


LBJ: A Flawed Giant — Johnson Post

One of the best biographers of Lyndon Johnson, the presidential historian Robert Dallek, has often said that it takes a generation or more once a president has left office for us to truly begin to assess his presidency. Historians need access to the papers. Those in the presidential supporting cast, the aides, the associates, the enemies, need time to write and reflect on the man. Once those pieces start to come together, we can begin to form history’s judgment. LBJ’s time seems more and more at hand. Dallek titled one of his volumes on Johnson – Flawed Giant. That, I suspect, will be the ultimate verdict of history. A big, passionate man with supremely developed political skills and instincts who was, at the same time, deeply, even tragically, flawed/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: What do you think of LBJ's presidency?

A Pat On The Head

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, pats a police dog during a visit to the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington, New Zealand, earlier today. Britain's Prince William and Kate are on the last day of their official visit to New Zealand before traveling to Australia with their son, Prince George. (AP Photo/Mark Mitchell, Pool)

DFO: Point of order … if you're going to pet a strange dog, it's best to do so from the side and not from the front, like Prince Kate is doing. It's easier to avoid the teeth in case Bowser decides s/he doesn't want to be petted.

Channeling Gov. Otter

Tongue firmly cheeked, commenter Sherlock offers this SPOOF:


The following post on your gossip blog was brought to my attention. The comments are obviously made up entirely and untruthful. The interaction involved no discussion about education, jeans, children, political favors, or steaming piles. You should know we do not consider your handling of these cookies very ethical. We would ask that you change your cutline photo to one of puppies or firemen.

Regrettably, Jon Hanian

Question: Have I made it clear enough that this is a spoof? Or should I run a border around the entire post offering some sort of disclaimer, like: “For the Funny Bone Impaired, this post is not an actual communique from the governor's office. It's a spoof (fuhcryinoutloud)”?

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