Post Falls Police Department Facebook: “The Post Falls Police Department, with the assistances of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, conducted a drug dog search at Post Falls High School this morning. K-9 Koda (PFPD) and K-9 Max (CDA PD) were the dogs involved. We assist the school periodically by conducting these searches to keep drugs off of campus. We are proud to say that nothing was found at the school! Way to go Trojans!”
Question: Are you OK with police conducting a drug search of school lockers?
Two downtown Coeur d'Alene restaurants are listed among the 10 Best Restaurants in Idaho by the CultureTrip, an online site dedicated to providing information on “the best of art, food, culture and travel for every country.” You can see why CultureTrip included Beverly's and The Cellar at 317 Sherman among the best restaurants in Idaho here.
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Question: How many of CultureTrip's 10 best Idaho restaurants have you eaten at?
Joker (RE: Coeur d'Alene OKs guns at parades): The gun debate is silly. Let's talk about something that matters: People who bring their dogs to the Fourth of July parade. There needs to be an ordinance outlawing canines at the parade.
Question: Should Coeur d'Alene adopt at ordinance outlawing dogs at parades and other large public events?
If you thumbed through the latest edition of the Borah Senator, the paper for Borah High School in Boise, you might have noticed the editorial looked familiar. Student writer Harmony Soto plagiarized the piece from Boise Weekly writer George Prentice. But there's a catch: She acknowledged the plagiarism with a biting editorial note. “You may find parts of this article similar to previous articles written by George Prentice for the Boise Weekly,” Soto wrote. “We could apologize and say this is a mistake on part of the Borah Senator Staff, but if our new state superintendent (Sherri Ybarra, pictured) was able to get away with it, is it even worth it?” Soto added “To our State Leadership: Remember, the students of Idaho do pay attention to the examples you're setting”/Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports. More here.
Question: Out of the mouths of observant teen-agers?
Question: Would you smoke a Cuban cigar if you could do so legally?
Huzzah. We can now arm ourselves to the teeth to watch the 2015 Coeur d'Alene Fourth of July Parade, thanks to uber-con Councilman Steve Adams and the unanimous vote of the Coeur d'Alene City Council. I suspect that most city residents opposed the change. But the noisy minority has spoken. So be it. Here's your Wednesday Wild Card …
The United States and Cuba exchanged prisoners Wednesday as part of a deal to expand trade, increase travel, and normalize relations between the U.S. and its six-decade communist foe, government officials said Wednesday. “We will end an outdated approach that has failed to advance our interests,” Obama said in making a formal announcement at the White House. “These 50 years have shown isolation has not worked.” The biggest shift in the American-Cuban relationship since formal ties were severed in 1961 — the year the president was born — includes new rules for banking and financial dealings as well as a general easing of the U.S. embargo against Cuba and the opening of a U.S. embassy in Havana, said Obama and other officials/USA Today. More here. (AP photo)
Question: Do you agree/disagree with the president that it's time to normalize relations with Cuba?
Shirley Braswell, 85, recently retired from her post as volunteer greeter at the Lake City Center in Coeur d’Alene. See story below. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
A man dressed as Santa Claus looks at Monaco Chief of staff Luc Fringant, left, and an unidentified Monaco's military officer during the traditional Christmas tree viewing and present receiving session at Monaco palace Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Tuesday Photo: DFO, with 19 likes: “A Green Bay Packers fan indulges himself in a little whine to go with his cheesehead,” and Runnerup: Fort Boise, with 13 likes: “Packers fans got the wrong kind of wedgie in Buffalo.” You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter believes the state’s arguments against gay marriage are so compelling and comprehensive that the U.S. Supreme Court should wait until it gets Idaho’s case before deciding on the issue. In arguments filed with the nation’s highest court, lawyers for Otter said waiting for Idaho’s case would help Supreme Court justices resolve “the marriage-litigation wave in all respects.” Attorneys Gene Schaerr and Tom Perry filed those arguments in a friend-of-the-court brief for a petition to have the Supreme Court hear a same-sex marriage case out of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; you can read Otter’s 31-page brief here/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Do you agree that the U.S. Supreme Court should hear Idaho's case against gay marriage?
Public health officials explain the importance of the influenza vaccine and what to do if you get sick. Q. Should I get vaccinated? A. Short answer: yes. Everyone older than 6 months should get a flu shot. And there are a variety of reasons. There are three strains covered by the vaccine (some include a fourth). So this year’s vaccine is still very effective against the strains included, and somewhat effective against the drifted strain. “Even though it’s not a perfect match, it still might reduce the severity of it” Panhandle Health District’s David Hylsky said, and could protect a sick individual enough to keep her out of the hospital, and even from dying. Plus, it’s still too early to know if the drifted H3N2 virus will continue to dominate/Kimberly Lusk, SR. More here.
Question: Did you get a flu shot this year?
Guns are now allowed at public events in Coeur d'Alene after a unanimous vote on the issue by the city council. During Tuesday night's regular meeting of the council, City Attorney Mike Gridley (pictured) presented the proposed amendment, which addresses a city municipal code regarding weapons at public events such as parades. The resolution adopted by the city council amends the code by removing the word “firearm” from a list of weapons not permitted at public events. “I think one of the goals of the original ordinance, as I understand it, was to avoid conflict in the community,” Gridley said. “Right now we live in a time where this issue regarding firearms is an issue that may lead to conflict and confrontation if our ordinance stays the way it is”/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Feel safer?
The Rev. Peter F. Christensen, Idaho's next Catholic bishop, has set an assignment for himself even before he assumes his office: Learn Spanish. “Be patient with me,” he told more than 600 people gathered for an evening service Tuesday at St. John's Cathedral on the eve of his formal installation as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise. “I will do all I can to learn Spanish.” His commitment immediately resonated with Jessica Gallegos, a Spanish teacher at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Pocatello. She came to Boise for both the Tuesday and Wednesday services. Hispanic Catholics make up between 25 percent to more than 50 percent of the religion's followers in Idaho, depending on the region of the state. “I think he can do it,” Gallegos said. “I feel it is a really good thing for him to do”/Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Statesman/AP photo: Rev. Christensen at Tuesday evening service)
Question: Can you speak Spanish?
They might be young, but with a bit of research, students found connections to Kootenai County's past that inspired them to write winning essays. The Kootenai County Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday night announced the six winners of the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) Essay Contest. The essay writers were required to address one of four broad categories of Kootenai County history: structures or sites, current or potential archaeological sites, a person or group, or an event or movement. Local historian Robert Singletary told the winners, who gathered at the county administrative building downtown, that history is what makes us who we are today/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Press photo: Erin Hauge, first place winner of the high school 2014 Kootenai County Historic Preservation Commission Essay Contest, receives her award)
Question: Do you know much about Kootenai County history?
From left, Kyra Dean, Dyllan Rasco, Ashley DeWit, Kekoa Porter and Brad Richter provide guitar music during the “Back in Black” dinner and auction fundraiser for the nonprofit Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)
The operations at a historic cultural gem in Post Falls are back on solid ground thanks to the community putting on its rally cap. The nonprofit Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center accumulated around $17,000 in debt in two years during leadership changes, said Randy Oaks, a Post Falls Chamber of Commerce board member who is also an interim JACC board member. The Post Falls Chamber of Commerce took over temporary leadership of the JACC next door this fall to help the center get back on its feet. Oaks said there was no criminal wrongdoing by the previous leaders, but the nonprofit fell behind on bills during changes at the helm. Leaders set $60,000 as the goal for the recent Back in Black dinner and auction fundraiser for the JACC/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Have you attended any events at the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center?
Many Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been busy patting themselves on the backs this past week after supposedly compromising and passing a $1.1 trillion spending bill. The good news is that we avoided another petty and costly government shutdown. The bad news is that Congress has essentially put up a new For Sale sign. (Breaking news: The price just went up.) Two late additions to the 1,603-page bill are a direct slap in the face to 99 percent of Americans and only favor the nation's ultra-wealthy, who already have much too loud a voice in our nation's capital.The first addition dramatically increases the amount that individual donors can contribute to political committees. Once signed into law by President Barack Obama, the provision will allow an individual to give more than $776,000 a year to political parties, eight times the current statutory limit/Devin Rokyta, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
Question: Izzit just me — or do congressmen always — always! — think of their best interests first?
Former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr.’s legal battle to overturn his conviction in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm ended at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The nation’s highest court declined to hear Thompson’s appeal, which argued that the Yakima jury that convicted him of civil rights violations heard evidence that legally should have been withheld. That evidence concerned the crime Thompson suspected Zehm of committing before the fatal encounter. The decision ends a two-year appeals process for Thompson, who is scheduled to remain in a low-security facility in Safford, Arizona, until July 2016. He is serving a four-year sentence after the Yakima jury found him guilty in 2011 of using excessive force and attempting to conceal evidence in Zehm’s death/Kip Hill, SR. More here. (SR file photo: Karl Thompson on way to 2012 sentencing)
Factoid: Thompson was a captain under former Kootenai County sheriff Pierce Clegg.
Question: Justice served?