My SR buddy Betsy Russell is in town to cover the auction of the Priest Lake Cabin sites at the Coeur d'Alene resort today. She was also running around yesterday trying to make heads or tails or our zany legislative politics here in Kootenai County. We've worked together for decades. With Popkey now peddling Labrador, I'd say Betsy has no rival as top political reporter in the state. I'd glad she's on our team. Now for today's Wild Card …
Orientation: (from left) Eighth-grader Caroline Wade, sixth-grader Bella Dick, eighth-grader Olivia Haakenson, behind, eighth-grader Kathryn Murray and sixth-grader Alayna Louden take a tour of Canfield Middle School in Coeur d'Alene during sixth-grade orientation today. Sixth-graders participated in ice-breaker activities, then took tours and found their locker assignments. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)
Every time someone mentions “corndogs,” I get hungry. I might have to add “corndogs” to the list of banned words here @Hucksonline — DFO.
Question: Does the mere mention of the word “corndog” make you hungry? If not, what word does?
FishinJay (RE: CEA rains of school district's breakfast) : I generally support the concept of unions and have worked in some great union situations, but this flyer is exactly the kind of thing that makes me hate some unions. This flyer is not pro-employee, it is fiercely anti-management. If management tried to undermine the union's meeting, the union would have a fit, and they would be right. But the union see's nothing wrong with trying to undermine management's completely legitimate desire to hold a meeting to encourage and motivate employees for the school year.
On 8/22/14 at approximately 03:12 hrs, an unknown person took a Schwinn bicycle from the bike rack in front of the library. Security cameras caught the suspect as he cut the lock from the bike and proceeded to leave the premises. If you recognize the subject in these photos please contact Det. Moss with PFPD reference case 14PF16430.
Question: Do you think your bike is safe when locked outside?
Tom Wielgos (cq) celebrates after entering the one winning bid for the Priest Lake cabin site where he has a home this afternoon. The state of Idaho auctioned off long-leased cabin sites, many with cabins or houses on them, forcing the longtime cabin owners to buy the land under their rural vacation homes. Most lots ranged from $200K to $650K. See story below. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)
Time 2 Vote …
A woman lays in a puddle of tomato juice during the annual “tomatina” tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual “Tomatina” battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Wednesday Winner — JDanMike, with 8 likes: “told you i could do this blindfolded!” You can see Wednesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
The Editorial in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News argues that police need to armed themselves with cameras, not more military gear, using the mess in Ferguson, Mo., as an example. Another example may be the controversial shooting of a 2-year-old lab by Coeur d'Alene police this summer. The editorial says in part: “What we find confusing is how many of the nation's police forces are equipped with military-grade equipment and not these relatively inexpensive cameras. All that high-tech equipment, best suited for places like Iraq and Afghanistan, has done little to keep the peace in Ferguson, and likely only increased tensions. Who wouldn't be a little on edge at seeing officers decked out in camouflage and armed with assault rifles? Those armored personnel carriers and other vehicles don't help.” More here. (File Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
Question: Do you agree/disagree that local police should arm themselves with cameras instead of military gear?
The community is invited to an open house and ribbon cutting at the new police substation at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The substation is located at 1424 Sherman Avenue. There will be tours of the facility and city officials, along with representatives of the police and fire departments, will be in attendance. The substation will be “fully functional” and manned by officers and other support staff Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Officers will have access to the substation 24/7 to file reports and conduct other police business. Locating a substation in this district will provide for increased visibility, quicker response times in the south part of town and act as a deterrent to crime, said Interim Chief Ron Clark. “Not only will this provide a visible police presence, the citizens now have a location in that part of the city to contact police,” Clark said/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.
One of the photos from Marianne Love's corner of the world at her beloved Lovestead in Bonner County. Today's Slight Detour post here.
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(KHQ Photo: Tim Martin)
The first dozen-plus Priest Lake cabin sites to be auctioned today all have sold for the appraised value to the existing lessee, with no one else bidding. Each time, when the auctioneer declared, “Sold!,” the crowd, which now includes lots of people standing up in back and along the sides along with hundreds seated in rows, erupted into cheers and applause – and occasionally whistles and shouts, too. The auctioneer noted that the auction is moving along quickly. Slides of the cabin sites, the homes and their views of the lake are being projected on large screens up front during the bidding/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Sounds like a good outcome, after all the fuzz, right?
From Post Falls PD Facebook: “A dog escaped from a yard on Spokane St. and attacked another dog that was walking with its owner. When the owner tried to break up the fight he was bit.”
Question: Have you or your dog been attacked while out for a walk?
In WalletHub's 2014 Best & Worst States for Women's Equality, Idaho ranks … 48th. Only Wyoming and Utah rank lower. Idaho ranks 49th in the categories of workplace environment and health and education. However, it ranks 28th in the category of political empowerment. Overall, the state of Washington was ranked 27th for women's equality. Hawaii, New York and Maryland rank one-two-three in this survey. You can read it for yourself here.
Question: Do you agree/disagree that Idaho should be ranked so low in women's rights?
Today is the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Did you know that in Idaho today more women are likely to vote than men? We still do not have any women elected to statewide office, though. Will you help me change that statistic on November 4th? I’ll need your vote! — state Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise, candidate for secretary of state, via Facebook. Story here.
Question: Why, if voting women outnumber men, are there no women holding a statewide Idaho executive or congressional office?
On her Facebook wall, Cheryl Stransky, a Democrat running against state Rep. Vito Barbieri in House District 2, posts: “In response to the August 21 Nickels Worth article signed onto by a group of local legislators who voted NO on the establishment of a Mental Health Crisis Center for our area, this is a demonstration of why these folks need to be replaced. A question is posed by these legislators about what the appropriate level of care is and who decides. Obviously these legislators decided by voting no, and they are clearly not qualified. Furthermore, the local agencies these legislators claim to be protecting with their no votes are the very same agencies who recommended a yes vote on the legislation- law enforcement, the judicial system and the emergency health facilities in our area. More below.
Question: Do you think the opposition to a mental health clinic in the Coeur d'Alene area, by Barbieri and similar-minded politicians, will be an issue in the fall elections?
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office crime prevention section will be at the Target store in Coeur d'Alene this Friday to create ID-A-KID kits. From 11 am until 2 pm, Sheriff's Office personnel will fingerprint and photograph your children will all information given back to the parent for safe keeping. No information will be retained by the Sheriff's Office. The photographs, fingerprints and other identifying information like height and weight can be a valuable tool for law enforcement if the child is every missing. The Sheriff's Office is offering this service for free, and, if you still have back to school shopping to do, Target is offering a 5% discount to parents on purchases over $50/KXLY 4.
Question: When my kids were little, Mrs. O had them videotaped explaining who they were, height, weight, parents, etc. I'm glad that we never had to use the video for identification purposes. We get a kick out of watching it now. How about you? Did you ever do anything official like ID-A-KID to help in case they ever went missing?
In this Aug. 25 image made from video provided by the Mohave County Sheriff Department, firing-range instructor Charles Vacca, left, shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in Arizona, south of Las Vegas, when the girl squeezed the trigger, causing the Uzi to recoil upward and shoot Vacca in the head. (AP Photo/Mohave County Sheriff Department)
“All right, full auto,” the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed. The death has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle an Uzi. The shooting has also revived the story of the 2008 death of 8-year-old Christopher Bizilj of Connecticut, who died when he accidentally shot himself at the Westfield Sportsmen's Club during a machine gun shoot. Bizilj was firing at pumpkins when the Uzi kicked back/Associated Press. More here.
Question: Do your children know how to handle a gun?
On her Facebook wall, Chairman Christa Hazel of the Coeur d'Alene School Board posted her speech from the Back To School Breakfast rally this morning: “I’ve been asked about the status of contract negotiations from many concerned parents. They ask, 'What does this mean for my child?' I am unwavering in my assurance: School will start on time. Our teachers are professionals and they place the interest of the student above all else. Your child is going to have a great school year. I believe this isn’t an opinion, but fact based on a track record. We are a resilient and strong school district. Just as you see in a large family, one where two figureheads, each equally passionate in their love for the family, have a disagreement. Life doesn’t stop and wait. There isn’t a time-out while disagreement is resolved. The family carries on. Eventually, things work out. I believe this will be true for us.” More here.
Question: How do you expect the teacher negotiations to turn out?