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)
Time 2 Vote …
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.
The House has voted 46-21 in favor of granting $10 million a year in tax credits for donations to scholarships to private schools, after much debate; similar legislation narrowly passed the House last year, but died in the Senate. HB 507 now moves to the Senate side/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
More Eye on Boise posts today:
Question: Do you think precinct committeemen/women should be allowed to carry concealed weapons without obtaining a concealed weapons permit?
Northerner (RE: Man held in Bonners Ferry bombing, family apologizes): They (parents and family) are more than frustrated. Many in the (Bonners Ferry) community are. Nobody saw this coming. He (Allen Jeffrey Avery, pictured) was a downward spiral for about a year. His parents are very nice people. They weren't so much dissing on him as they were apologizing to the community for his actions. He left their home when he turned 18 because he didn't want to follow the rules there. I let him live in my house with my family for the rest of his senior year and tried to motivate him to find a path that better suited him. Everyone is heartbroken that he did these things and at a loss as to why.
Question: Have you ever tried to help someone, only to see them crash & burn?
Following message was sent from Coeur d'Alene School District to parents: “Idaho State Patrol is handling a crash on the Spokane River Bridge on Highway 95, at the south city limits of Coeur d'Alene. Both directions of travel are completely blocked. This closure may last an additional 2-3 hours. Bus Routes 23, 24, 25 and 27 are impacted. We will pick up students who ride the bus and live South of the Spokane River Bridge from LCHS and Lakes Middle School at the regular end of school day time at 2:30 p.m. Those buses and students will go to Winton Elementary School and stay in a brief holding pattern until they can pick up the Elementary students at 3:30 pm. All students will be transported home after that but we do anticipate delays, (1 to 2 hours). If you are a parent or guardian who wishes to make other arrangements to pick up your child today, rather than having them ride the school bus home, please pick your High School or Middle School student up by 2:30 p.m. or your elementary student by 3:30 p.m. The students and schools impacted are LCHS, Lakes, Winton and some students from Fernan.”
Laura Stockton, center, gets a hug from teammate Otiona Gildon, standing, during a school assembly Monday to honor the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups girls basketball team for the state tournament win over the weekend in Tacoma. Stockton and Gildon were both first team all-tournament selections. At left is Hannah Caudill. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)
Question: Obviously, David and Laura Stockton are chips off the old block — the “block” being NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, their father. Did you follow in your father's foot steps in any way?