I'm leaving early today — to vote in Precinct 51 and to take a break prior to handling the election results tonight here at Huckleberries Online. Deputy county clerk Pat Raffee has told Huckleberries that the first results will be in by 9 p.m., with the final results expected by 11 p.m. As I mentioned before, the Balance North Idaho supporters are meeting at Fort Ground Grill, while the Reagan Republicans and their candidates will be at Fedora. I'll return to my post around 8:30 p.m. See you back here then …
Lake City High School students watch as senior Jacob Wilkinson is transported to an ambulance during a mock DUI accident near the school in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho this morning. Coeur d'Alene Fire and Police worked along with Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, Idaho State police and Spokane Air 1 to provide graduating seniors a graphic reminder that with celebrations just around the corner not to get behind the wheel drunk. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Huckleberries Online, of course, will be manning HBO Central tonight, to report on Election Day results throughout Kootenai County. Balance North Idaho will be hanging out at Fort Ground Grill on River Avenue in the Fortgrounds area. Reagan Republicans will be gathering at Fedora. Here's your Election Day Wild Card …
Idaho singer-songwriter Carole King poses for photographers before an event to honor her with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, at the Library of Congress earlier today in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Question: Which Carole King song do you like better: “(You Make Me Feel) A Natural Woman” or “You've Got A Friend”? Explain answer.
At Gainsville, Fla., University of Florida staffers provide some idea how long this dead Burmese python is — 18 feet, 8 inches, weighing 128 pounds. It is the longest snake ever caught in Florida. You write the cutline. (AP photo)
Monday Winner — Photoguy/2 likes: “Tejay Van Garderen asked the ladies to help him makeup his mind, although they misunderstood and put makeup on his cheek.” See Monday photo & all 5 cutlines here.
It's Time to Vote ..
A 19-year-old Oldtown woman was killed in a head-on crash north of Blanchard this morning that closed Highway 41 for five hours. According to ISP reports, Anna M. Hurst was northbound in a Ford Stratus attempting to pass another vehicle when she crashed head on into a 2008 Kenworth truck driven by Michael L. Radan, 41, of Newport, Wash. Radan was injured in the crash, which occurred at 8:02 this morning. Full ISP report here.
Let's use this Election Day Roundup post to stay up to speed re: today's School/Hospital board elections:
Facebook Friend Erin Daniels Bangle, former SR colleague and Sandpoint High Cedar Post advisor, posts: “Student Quote of the Day: 'What was Woodstock?'
A river of emotions ran through me on Sunday. Foolishness. Humiliation. Shame. That about covers them. My return to fly fishing after a 30-year absence wasn’t what anyone would describe as triumphant. “It looks like bait,” exclaimed my lovely wife, Sherry, between gasps of laughter at my catch of the day. I can’t understand it. The movie in my head had me hauling a monster trout out of Black Lake after a prolonged, Hemmingwayesque battle. Reality, as you can see from the photograph, turned out to be a sardine that, judging by its stunted growth, was probably a smoker. True, it probably didn’t help for me to yell “Fish ON!!” like an excited little girl/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
DFO: The first and last time I flyfished was during the first week after my arrival in Kalispell, Mont., a guest of the last newspaper publisher C. Patrick King. We did so behind the Hungry Horse reservoir in Northwest Montana. Fun day. Got in some huckleberrying, too.
Question: When did you last flyfish?
Former Democratic Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus called Republican Sen. Jim Risch an “obstructionist” for stopping Republican Rep. Mike Simpson’s Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill. The two men fought regularly when Risch was Idaho Senate Pro Tem and Andrus was governor in the 1980s. So Andrus got personal when he chided Risch for withdrawing his support for Simpson’s bill, describing Risch as “this little short guy” who stopped Simpson’s Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act from getting out of the Senate. “I apologize, not for what I said previously, but that I said he was short,” Andrus said. Because of Risch, he has supported having President Obama designate the 500,000-acre Boulder-White Clouds and Jerry Peak areas as a national monument/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo: Singer and environmental activist Carole King testifies during 2005 Boulder-White Clouds hearings in Washington, D.C.)
Question: Should Boulder-White Clouds be designated as a wilderness area?
Pat Raffee, deputy county clerk, tells Huckleberries that the countywide turnout for the school/hospital board elections is light, 3 percent of the total registered voters so far. But it was better than two years ago. According to Elections Manager Carrie Phillips, the elections office has received 2,450 absentee ballots — 1754 by mail and 496 in person. However, the number represents about 700 more absentee ballots than were cast in 2011. Earlier this month, Raffee told Huckleberries that the first results she come in by 9 p.m. and the last by 11 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, asks: U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: “Are you or is the IRS taking the position that somehow this coalition of audits that focused on people from these political perspectives just happened accidently?”
The man who led the Internal Revenue Service when it was giving extra scrutiny to tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status told Congress on Tuesday that he knew little about what was happening while he was still commissioner. Douglas Shulman, who vacated his position last November when his five-year term expired, told the Senate Finance Committee he didn’t learn all the facts until he read last week’s report by a Treasury inspector general confirming the targeting strategy. In his first public remarks since the story broke, Shulman said: “I agree this is an issue that when someone spotted it, they should have brought it up the chain. And they didn’t. I don’t know why”/Associated Press. More here.
Question: Do you think this targeting of Tea Party groups just happened?
Jennifer Locke: “I had fun sign waving for Brent at different locations this morning with my friend, my little Tucker, and Isabella. It was fun to get a lot of honks on 95 and see how many truck drivers would pull their horns. I love the smell of Freedom in the morning …”
DFO: I'm hoping that freedom is spelled H-A-Z-E-L tomorrow morning …
Question: Have you ever waved a sign on a corner for a candidate on Election Day? Describe your experience.
Local law enforcement agencies kicked off the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt emphasis campaign on Monday and will continue the program through June 2. Local motorists should be prepared for the stepped up program activities that will take place around the clock. If law enforcement finds a driver or passenger on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket, not a warning.
Question: Do you wear your seatbelt 100 percent of the time? When don't you?
… That Mary Souza of OpenCDA.com was told by the Coeur d'Alene School District to remove the district logo from her recent newsletter castigating Balance North Idaho for — and I quote Mary — sending out an emailing “filled with twisted, manipulative information that amounts to nothing but campaign trickery.” At the top of her newsletter, entitled “Dirty Tricks vs. Honest Integrity,” Souza posted three images, including one encouraging readers to vote in today's election and the School District emblem. A check of the newsletter post on OpenCDA.com today shows only the image encouraging school patrons to vote remains today. Seems the district considers use of school property (and that's why it considers unauthorized use of its logo) to be a no-no.