Kootenai County officials went back to the drawing board Tuesday after failing in their first attempt to hold planning commission hearings on the controversial Unified Land Use Code proposal Monday evening. “The meeting didn't go exactly as planned,” Community Development Director Scott Clark told the board of county commissioners. “We had a big crowd, bigger than expected. It was a pretty busy place.” Coeur d'Alene Fire personnel interrupted the hearing Monday night to inform the county planning commission that it was over capacity in its meeting room and said that many of the attendees would have to leave. Planning Commission Chairman Wes Hanson opted to adjourn and continue the Monday hearing “to a date uncertain” rather than asking half the attendees to leave. There will be no more hearings this week/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.'
Question: Obviously, organized opposition is going to greet every meeting held to discuss the Unified Land Use Code. At this point, are these hearings an exercise in futility? What would you do if you sat in a county commissioner's seat?
U.S Speaker of the House John Boehner will visit Coeur d'Alene Friday for a private fundraiser in Congressman Raul Labrador's 1st District. According to organizers, Labrador is not attending the private event, and he's not talking about it either. “Sorry it's taken me awhile to get back to you,” said Labrador's spokesman Todd Winer, responding to repeated inquiries about the event. “We don't have any comment on the story you're working on.” Ron Nilson, CEO of Ground Force Worldwide, is helping to organize the event at the local level. He said Ed Schweitzer, CEO of Schweitzer Engineering in Pullman, is hosting the event/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: How much would you pay to attend a fundraiser with House Speaker John Boehner?
Yes, I'm well aware that Disqus has knocked our popular “recent comments” feature sideways. But I'm determined to soldier on by front-paging good comments and snippets of comments. Sorry for the inconvenience. Now for today's Wild Card …
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium staff biologist Kadie Burrone offers her head as a climbing toy for an endangered clouded leopard cub, Tien, during his afternoon feeding time in Tacoma, Wash., on Monday. The 4.6 pound cub, born May 1, can be viewed during feedings at daily in the zoo's Cub Den. (AP Photo/The News Tribune,Janet Jensen )
Facebook Friend Katrina Swaim posts: “I scratched my arm on the garage door yesterday, so I decided today was a good day to get my tetanus booster. Now I'm good for ten more years. Come at me, rusty nails!”
Question: When did you last have a tetanus shot?
Chris Malloy spotted a man snooping around his property in Spokane Valley this morning morning, Malloy held the prospective thief at gunpoint until officers arrive. Story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)
Time 2 vote …
A woman, left, reads a book as cyclists have a bath in a public fountain after riding naked trough Madrid, Saturday. Cyclists demonstrated against cars and to promote the use of bicycles and to highlight the danger due to lack of cycling lanes in the capital. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Monday winner — DFO/with 11 likes: “DFO provides Cindy with a little treat for doing another swell job blog sitting during his recent vacay.” You can see Monday photo and read all cutlines here.
From position paper As the “mom and pop” rural folks and business owners who live and work upon our rural lands, NWPOA (Northwest Property Owners Alliance) would like our elected officials to understand that we are now organized and we are here to stay. We have to admit our own failure in not diligently participating, rather just trusting, those we elect to do the right thing. We invite our elected and appointed officials to make this right. And they should know this about rural folks, we know how to work. To that end, in the future we will be holding candidate forums, we will establish a candidate survey, and establish a candidate rating system with regards to rural property owner interests. We also intend to establish a PAC to financially support those candidates who value and strongly support our rural property rights. As we say in the county when we’ve built a fence down the wrong line, “just gotta pull em out, fill the holes and build it right the next time.” You can read comment by Jennifer Locke (pictured) and see entire NWPOA position paper on ULUC here.
Question: Are you beginning to believe, as I am, that the USS Unified Land Use Code is taking on a lot of water?
Executive Tony Berns of LCDC responds to comments made by Councilman Dan Gookin earlier this month:
At the City’s June 6, 2013, strategic planning session, Councilman Gookin shared that a key strategy of his to address the City’s budgeting challenges would be to terminate the LCDC, thus resulting in more revenue to the City (link to his comments: http://youtu.be/h-oOmNDmq0). As you know Wendy, LCDC has two redevelopment districts; the Lake District which sunsets in 2021, and the River District which sunsets in 2027. Councilman Gookin shared that via his analysis, it would take about 3 years to “unwind the debt” of the LCDC, which he shared would then result in an additional $3 million/year of revenue for the City. There will not be $3 million in revenue per year to the City of CDA in three years by terminating the LCDC in 2014. The City will not experience a windfall of new revenue if the LCDC is terminated. Here is why: More here.
Question: Would it be foolish/wise to terminate LCDC in 2014?
Here's another photo by Duane Rasmussen of the annual Car d'Lane show in downtown Coeur d'Alene during the last weekend.
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Idaho has some of the nation’s lowest crime rates, but its prison population is growing quickly at a time when most states are seeing declines. So now all three branches of state government in Idaho – from the governor to the Supreme Court to the Legislature – are coming together to launch an intensive new effort to find out what’s going wrong and fix it, with the help of grant funding and aid from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Talk about re-packaging at old idea. In the 1990s, then Gov. Phil Batt proposed to greatly reduce criminal justice funding by not imprisoning low-risk individuals caught for small offenses like low-level drug crimes, bad-check writing or driving with expired license or without insurance. Do you suppose something substantive will get done under Otter?
In less than a decade, Idaho will likely join the ranks of states with more than one area code. That’s right, Idaho’s 208 area code is quickly becoming an endangered species. This isn’t a new story. Back in 2007, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission said the state would run out of 208 phone numbers within five years. That’s when number conservation and consolidation kicked in. The amount of phone numbers available expanded when the state changed the way it assigns them. According to the North American Numbering Plan, Idaho has approximately 820,000 208 telephone numbers available. Today, there are about 3.4 million 208 numbers assigned to Idaho/Emily Ritter Saunders, StateImpact. More here.
Question: Would you be willing to give up your 208 Idaho area code without a fight?
Chuck Gamache’s wisdom tooth was impacted, growing sideways in his jaw. It had to come out. This was terrifying, considering Gamache’s dental history: the pain of a childhood in-line skating accident that broke his front teeth, a young adulthood marked by soda pop and neglect that made him self-conscious. “When I got to the dentist, regardless of the situation, it would get to where I was almost hyperventilating, going into shock,” said Gamache, 31, of Spokane Valley. “I mean, I was freaking myself out.” Before getting his wisdom tooth out, he asked his dentist, Dr. James Hood, about “conscious sedation” – the use of drugs to ease anxiety before and during dental procedures. They settled on a three-pill plan, two to be taken the night before his procedure and one in the morning/Adrian Rogers, SR. More here. (SR photo: Sedation has eased dental procedures for Danyel Swenson, wearing an “elephant nose” delivering nitrous oxide and accompanied by her doll Grace at KiDDS Dental in Liberty Lake)
Question: How nervous are you before a dental appointment?
… What color would it be? (Please explain color choice)
A company based in Dalton Gardens have created “Jihawg” ammunition. The concept is to defend against Islamic extremists and create “Peace Through Pork”. According to Islamic law pork is unclean. Anyone who is considered unclean must go through a cleansing ritual. No unclean person will be accepted in to paradise after death. Jihawg claims to get to the root of extreme Islam & Jihad by putting the idea of paradise in doubt of extremists/Dylan Wohlenhaus, KHQ. More here. (KHQ photo)
Thoughts about 'Jihawg' ammo?
From Post Falls Police Department Facebook: “Registered Sex Offender Awareness – According to our local sex offender database that is maintained by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, there are 358 Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) in Kootenai County with 77 of those residing in Post Falls (see attached map).
When it comes to preparing teachers for the classroom, Idaho colleges and universities get a “D” grade, according to a Washington, D.C.-based group. The new National Council on Teacher Quality report found Idaho teacher education programs lacking in several areas. Among the findings:
Not all the news is bad, however/Kevin Richert, IdahoED News. More here.
Question: Do you have a teacher in your family?