The gray day in the Inland Northwest just got a little grayer as news emerges of County Clerk Cliff Hayes' passing at his home this morning. Huckleberries joins all those who are praying for peace and strength for Cliff's wife, family and other loved ones. Now for today's Wild Card …
In this June 27, 2007, SR file photo, then Post Falls Police Chief Cliff Hayes, left, Larry Alder, center, general manager of Lamar Outdoor Advertising in Idaho and Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, right, meet the media Wednesday at the site of a new digital billboard on Seltice Way at Huetter Road. at a press conference where Lamar representatives announced that they would immediately broadcast future Amber Alerts on all seven of their digital billboards in Idaho. (SR file photo: Jesse Tinsley)
The Post Falls Police Department issued the following release re: unexpected death of County Clerk Cliff Hayes today: “It is with deep sadness that the Post Falls Police Department family learned of the death of former Chief of Police, Clifford T. Hayes. Hayes served as Chief of Police from 1987 until 2009, which is the longest running tenure to date in the history of Post Falls for this position. Chief Hayes was instrumental in building a very well organized and successful organization that is viewed by many as the most technologically advanced Department within the State of Idaho and a Department that is also highly respected nationally. Hayes’ career with the City of Post Falls spanned 26 years. He began in 1983 providing dispatching services for fire, medical, and police services in Post Falls. He then became a Patrol Officer in 1984, Detective Sergeant in 1986, and Chief of Police in 1987. As a highly competent leader, the City had also utilized him as the Interim City Administrator, in addition to his duties as Chief of Police, on three separate occasions.” Complete press release here.
Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin has agreed to a five-year, $6.5 million contract, according to a material term sheet signed by Harsin and Athletic Director Mark Coyle on Wednesday. Boise State released the term sheet to the Idaho Statesman late Thursday afternoon. Harsin’s salary starts low — at $1 million each for the first two years. It climbs to $1.3 million in 2016, $1.55 million in 2017 and $1.65 million in 2018. He has a $2 million buyout for the first two years of the contract. That drops to $1.75 million in the third year and $500,000 in the fourth year. Harsin will be provided a budget of $2.2 million for his nine full-time assistant coaches. According to USA Today, Boise State’s assistants made $2,436,390 in 2013/Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo of former Harsin at Arkansas State)
Question: Do you consider the amount of money to be paid new Boise State coach Bryan Harsin too much/little/just right?
Christmas is coming, that time of year when the old toys are pushed aside by the new toys. My kids are like I was at that age. The polite term is “collector” but, in truth, it might be bordering on “hoarder.” We save everything. Of course, over the decades things do get lost. And forgotten. I wasn’t overly concerned by that which I couldn’t remember. What toys had I forgotten? I don’t know. Such ignorance is bliss. Until the memory gets jogged. I was browsing some movie website which featured news of the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The author chose to illustrate his post with a photo (inset). I received this model when I was 8 or 9, and it sat on the desk in my room for years. I remember fiddling with it instead of working on my math/Idaho Dad, A Family Runs Through It. More here.
Question: Can you remember a favorite childhood toy?
From city spokesman Keith Erickson: The public is invited to attend a farewell and open house ceremony for three-term Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem Jan. 9 at the Kroc Center. Mayor Bloem served the city for three terms beginning in 2001, and will officially leave office on Jan. 7. Under Bloem’s leadership, the city has welcomed several new community growth projects. The Kroc Center tribute will be Jan. 9 from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room. Refreshments will be served.
A mallard duck's beak is covered in snow after rooting around for food in snow-covered Alton Baker Park in Eugene, Ore., Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Kevin Clark)
Wednesday Winner — Kim Knerl, with 8 likes: “Kyle Campbell and a friend get into the spirit of the season, taking part in the street version of the nutcracker.” You can see the Wednesday Photo and all the Cutline Contest entries here.
In his blog, The Slice, Paul Turner wonders whose side readers would take in the scene on the Saturday Evening Post cover from Dec. 12, 1959 — the teacher's or the parent's? (Illustration: www.saturdayevening post.com)
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Betsy Russell passed along these comments about County Clerk Cliff Hayes from Rep. Frank Henderson:
Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, praised Hayes. “He was by the book, he was rigid, but always fair, and just an outstanding manager of people,” Henderson said. “I had talked to him about running for the Legislature.” In fact, Henderson said, he had planned to go see Hayes next week and urge him to run this year. “Cliff Hayes always wanted to run against Bob Nonini,” Henderson said. “I never knew exactly why, but he wanted to take on Bob. … I think he wanted to run against Bob this year, I really think so.” He said, “Cliff has always been highly respected up here. … He would’ve had a very strong background to be in the Legislature.” Henderson noted, however, “He never stopped smoking. He was at least a pack and a half, two packs a day smoker. And he knew the problem, he knew it. But he was hooked on it. It’s too bad we’ve lost a very important public servant and a really genuinely nice guy.”
The Salvation Army has issued this statement in denying allegations that it discriminates against gay people:
In the last week, we have received calls and emails to our offices, as well as comments on our Facebook page and through Twitter, about The Salvation Army and LGBTQ discrimination. There are two issues about which most people are generally concerned. These include:
The kettle workers photo is a complete and utter fabrication. It is false witness. And, those volunteers don’t deserve to be icons of hate. The radio comments, however, are of greater concern. More here.
Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont., Tuesday. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry)
A federal judge accepted a guilty plea today from a newlywed after she reached a surprise plea agreement and said she pushed her husband from a cliff in Glacier National Park. The development came before a jury was set to begin considering the case against 22-year-old Jordan Graham of Kalispell. In exchange for the plea to second-degree murder, prosecutors agreed to drop a first-degree murder charge and a count of making a false statement to authorities. First-degree murder means a crime is premeditated. Graham could face a maximum sentence of life in prison on March 27/Associated Press. More here.
Question: How would you like your son to bring home someone like this to “meet the parents”?
Republicans in West Boise have set a meeting Tuesday to consider a one-page resolution calling on Rep. Mark Patterson to resign immediately. The District 15 GOP Committee agenda sets aside time at the start to “discuss his intentions regarding his legislative seat.” But it’s been almost four weeks since Patterson has spoken to the media and an unanswered question remains: Will Patterson show up to defend himself? In the immediate aftermath of a Nov. 10 Idaho Statesman story about his twice having been charged for rape, the freshman Republican reacted aggressively with criticism of the Statesman and Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney for revoking his concealed weapons license/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
The Kootenai County commissioners issued the following statement re: the unexpected death of County Clerk Cliff Hayes today:
“We were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our Clerk, Cliff Hayes this morning. We would like to extend our sympathy to his wife, Jeanne and to his family. Cliff passed away this morning at home. Cliff brought an objective and comprehensive perspective to his position at the county. He championed transparency and integrity. His focus was doing what was best for the citizens of the county. We enjoyed working with him and we will miss him very much.”
Idaho Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, broke a hip while vacationing in Hawaii this week, but he says he’ll be up and going in time for the start of the legislative session on Jan. 6. “Oh, absolutely – I won’t miss it,” Henderson said from the hospital on the island of Kauai, where he’s awaiting surgery. “What I’ve got is a minor fracture of my right hip. … The surgeon this morning said about five days after the surgery, you’ll be able to walk.” Henderson, who celebrated his 91st birthday last Friday, said, “I was in a condo I wasn’t familiar with, walking around in the middle of the night. I tripped on a chair leg and fell.” He added, “I should’ve turned the lights on”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Marc Johnson/The Johnson Post tells an interesting story re: how respected, long-serving Judge Edward Lodge caught a political break that led him to the federal bench in Idaho:
In 1965, Lodge was laboring in relative obscurity as a probate judge in Canyon County, Idaho – Idaho did away with probate judges during judicial reorganization years ago – when a vacancy came open in the state District Court bench in Canyon County. It dawned on a couple of young, northern Idaho legislators – Ed Williams from Lewiston and Cecil Andrus from Orofino, both Democrats, that they might be able to use the Canyon County vacancy to engage in a bit of political mischief at the expense of Republican Gov. Robert E. Smylie and also help create a new judge at the same time. Complete story here.
Question: Are you much of a student of Idaho history?
Question: Are you a morning person?
In this photo provided by Really Big Coloring Books Inc. is the front of a coloring book featuring Texas tea party darling U. S. Sen. Ted Cruz. The publisher said today that the book's in its third printing in six days. The first run of around 10,000 sold out in barely 24 hours, and the second went nearly as fast. Cruz didn't cooperate in the publishing of the book. Story here. (AP Photo/Really Big Coloring Books Inc.)
Question: Would you buy this coloring book for your children/grandchildren?
The city of Coeur d’Alene provides visual evidence that “progress” and “conservative” are not mutually exclusive. If you doubt it, take the Northwest Boulevard exit off of Interstate 90 and head south. Or better yet, pedal a bike along the Centennial Trail. Soon you’ll arrive at the modern Riverstone development, with shops, restaurants, offices, movie theaters, apartments, condominiums and a park. Further south, you’ll enter the education corridor, with a campus that serves North Idaho College, the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College. Both areas occupy an area along the Spokane River that used to service the timber trade. From there, you’ll transition into the resort section of town, which is also getting a major facelift/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.
Question: What do you think about the statement in the first sentence of the editorial that “progress” and “conservative” are not mutually exclusive?