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Hump Day Wild Card — 8.27.14 Edit

Another season of free summer concerts is winding down. Mrs. O & visited Sherman Park Square for the first time, last night, to hear Strictly Business for the second time this summer. We heard the band at Hayden City Park earlier. Female vocalist Erika Anderson knocked it out of the park again last night. She's the daughter of Mrs. O's hair stylist, who also sings with the band. This may be the last week of free concerts. The concerts at Hayden and Rathdrum are finished for the year. Smash Hit Carnival will play from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at City Park. See you there? Now for your Hump Day Wild Card …

Why Ask Why?

For the life of me, I can't figure out why Gov. Butch Otter wants a third term. Here's some possibilities:

  • First Lady Lori wouldn't want him underfoot for addition 15-20 hours per week.
  • It's safer than team roping.
  • His first two shots at establishing a decent legacy failed.
  • He's better than Harley Brown and Walt Byers.
  • He won't be happy until Idaho supplants Mississippi at bottom of education ladder.

Question: Why do you think Gov. Otter wants a third term?

Wind Blowing Through Her Hair

On her Facebook wall, Councilwoman KerriT posts: “During the dog days of summer and on National Dog Day, Miss Annie loves the wind in her hair while frolicking at the river. It's a dog's life for sure.

DFO: I missed National Dog Day yesterday. But feel free to give a shoutout to the best dog you've ever owned.

Roundup: W. Ada Bond Falls Short

In the biggest election of the day Tuesday, the state’s largest school district fell short. The West Ada School District’s $104 million bond issue picked up 63 percent support — falling short of the two-thirds supermajority needed to pass a school bond issue. District officials said the bond issue was needed to handle continued enrollment increases and overcrowding, particularly at the middle school level. Over half of the money, $60 million, would have gone to build two new middle schools. (For details about the bond issue, click here.) Superintendent Linda Clark could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning, but on Tuesday night, she indicated that the district may try another bond issue. “We will have to run it again,” Clark told the Idaho Statesman, “and we will have to work harder.” The high stakes did not result in a high turnout. Less than 10 percent of the district’s eligible voters cast a ballot/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: I know that state law sets last August as one of the four dates for this kind of election. But why would anyone hold an election in the last days of summer?

AM Scanner Traffic — 8.27.14

  • 11:38 a.m. Theft reported at Idaho Liquor Store, 2611 N Govt Way/CdA.
  • 11:16 a.m. Someone suffering uncontrollable bleed @ 600 N. Cecil/Post Falls.
  • 11:11 a.m. Elderly female w/gray hair piled on head is trying to hitchhike @ H95/MP 415 (Rockford Bay Road).
  • 10:44 a.m. KCSDeputy is investigating stolen laptop that was found, may be part of heist involving XBox games.
  • 10:28 a.m. Officer on scene wants ITD to check slight damage to barrier under I-90 overpass (10:03 item).
  • 10:21 a.m. Officer on scene reports large diesel spill (10:03 item) & need for extra cleanup material.
  • 10:03 a.m. Driver trapped in dump truck that's on its side after crashing off Potlatch Hill Road under I-90 overpass. Truck is leaking diesel fuel.
  • 9:57 a.m. Someone is on the sidewalk @ 700 block of W. Garden/CdA, complaining of dizziness.
  • 9:42 a.m. CPD officer is running VIN number on possible stolen 2002 black Honda Accord.
  • 9:31 a.m. Male is turning gun in at KCSO HQ @ Govt Way/Dalton Avenue, CdA.
  • 9:14 a.m. Driver of black station wagon driving recklessly @ H41/Twin Lakes, in & out of ditch.
  • 9:11 a.m. Nampa PD is looking for truck driver en route to Kent, Wash., who last checked in with company at Missoula Tuesday. Driver never arrived at destination.
  • 9:06 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Pacifica, 840 E. Dalton Avenue/CdA.
  • 8:58 a.m. Construction crews accidentally set off alarm at Kootenai Health, 2003 Kootenai Health Way.
  • 8:40 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 7700 block of Heartland Drive/CdA.
  • 8:29 a.m. A dog is running loose @ 4th Avenue/Lincoln Street, Post Falls.
  • 8:22 a.m. Possible business burglary reported @5300 block of N4th/CdA.
  • 8:19 a.m. CPD is looking for stolen, black utility trailer with “Salmon River” sticker on it.
  • 8:17 a.m. Transient at Christ the King Lutheran Church wants directions to Fresh Start.

Naked People Invade Butte, Montana

Police were inundated with an abundance of naked and partially undressed people over the weekend. Officers are not sure what caused the mass disrobing. One of the naked men told police God told him to take off his clothes. Just after getting off the bus in Butte, a 20-year-old Utah man got naked. Justin Allen is accused of then kneeling within view of many people with a large stick in his hand Saturday evening. “He said he was talking to God, who told him to be naked. God said not to cooperate with police,” Undersheriff George Skuletich said while reviewing the report. Allen would not let police dress him. He appeared to be under the influence of some substance, officers noted/Montana Standard. More here.

Question: If this happened in Portland, it wouldn't be a big deal, esp. about the time of the annual Naked Bike Ride. But Butte? Have you ever encountered a naked person unexpectedly in a public place?

High Times Sues Pot Shop Owner

An Ephrata, Washington, marijuana retailer is the target of a media empire that labels itself as the biggest brand name in pot. Trans-High Corp., parent company of the publication High Times, has sued shop owner Richard Reimers and his business, previously known as High Time Station, for trademark infringement. The lawsuit filed Monday in Spokane follows letters and a proposed written agreement to change the retailer’s name sent by the New York-based publishing company earlier this summer. It is not the first time the company has sued in what it calls bids to protect trademarks that have been held since the 1970s. But it is the first time such a legal action has been taken against a seller under Washington’s legalization of recreational pot/Kip Hill, SR. More here. (Wikipedia photo: High Times cover)

Question: Can't we all just hug one another & sing kumbaya?

Idaho Cops ♥ Big Military Equipment

Idaho law enforcement agencies have received at least 2,905 pieces of donated military equipment worth more than $9.3 million, mostly during the past three years, the Idaho Statesman reports today, according to data from the Idaho State Police. They range from $1 pliers to MRAPs - mine-resistant ambush protected armored vehicles - worth anywhere from $412,000 to $733,000. Last September, the Idaho State Police requested a cargo plane. The MRAPs went to six police departments: Boise, Caldwell, Nampa, Pocatello, Post Falls and Preston. The Statesman’s full report is online here. Reporters John Sowell and Audrey Dutton report that the military trappings are in high demand among Idaho agencies/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (File Photo by Duane Rasmussen, of new Kootenai County Sheriff's Office BearCat)

Question: So is bigger better when it comes to police agencies with military equipment?

Local GOP Rejects Arfee Resolution

On the Justice for Arfee Facebook wall, Precinct 52 Committeeman Bjorn Handeen describes running into a brick wall last night when he submitted a resolution to protect dogs to the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee. Handeen's resolution urges Idaho Legislature to adopt law similar to one in Colorado: “It was time for another supporter of the resolution to speak, but no one rose. Therefore, the chairman of KCRCC called on another opponent of the motion, Balance North Idaho board member Tom Cronin. He began his remarks with a joke about how we shouldn’t want to emulate Colorado. He spoke about how the Colorado bill is a poor one, how it is an unfunded mandate, and that it expands government by creating a statewide panel. It wasn’t a bad idea, he said, and suggested this problem should be handled in the licensing and education side. All in all, it was a reasoned and serious speech. His last sentence, contemptuously asking 'couldn’t I find anything better than Colorado?' I found unnecessary. I appreciated his serious research and presentation debating the issue.” More here.

Question: Do you agree with the local GOP action/inaction toward the proposed dog resolution?

AM Headlines — 8.27.14

Some of the over 4,000 participants in the Color Run Boise 5k celebrate near the finish line by simultaneously throwing colored powder in the air in Boise on Saturday. (AP/Idaho Statesman Photo: Kyle Green)

Poll: Half Say GOP At War w/Women

  • Tuesday Poll: Exactly half of Hucks Nation say House Democrats are right — that the Republican Party is at war with women. 79 of 158 respondents (50%) took that position. However, 75 of 158 respondents (47.47%) disagreed with the notion. 4 (2.53%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you support Commissioner Jai Nelson's attempt to stop a lease agreement for a new jail by judicial confirmation?

Cutline Contest — 8.27.14

A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle on the occasion of the weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Tuesday Winner — JohnA, with 5 likes: When it is suggested by her playing partner Ms. Williams, the maneuver becomes known as the Venus Bee Trap. You can see the Tuesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Tee-Hee Shirt …

… Sighted on middle-age male at Handshake Productions Summer Concert Series at Sherman Park Square Tuesday evening: “If you can read this, please turn my 4-by-4 right side up.” The lettering was upside down on the back of a brown Tee-Hee Shirt.

Quotable Quote — 8.27.14

Every year I grow the “Legislature” beard. I hope that the ratty follicle mess on my face will help accelerate their work towards Sine Die. The gavel drops on adjournment and I pick up the razor — MBrowning.

DFO: I expect the 2015 Legislature to provide the biggest circus atmosphere of my 30 years in Coeur d'Alene. First, there's a good chance that 8 or our 9 Kootenai County legislators will be vocal Tea-Publicans. Second, we're in an off year. So lawmakers don't have to worry about facing voters in November 2015 after a misstep or sponsorship of bad legislation. Actually, I'm looking forward to the train wreck. How about you?

9YO Girl Firing Uzi Kills Instructor

An Arizona gun range instructor was accidentally shot dead by a 9-year-old girl he was showing how to fire an automatic Uzi, police said. The little girl’s parents were using cell phones to film the tutorial when tragedy struck around 10 a.m. Monday, Sam Scarmardo, the manager at the Arizona Last Stop gun range, told the Daily News. Charles Vacca, 39, was shot in the head when the Uzi recoiled in the girl’s hands, sending “the weapon over her head,” the Mohave County Sheriff’s Officer said. The Lake Havasu City resident died at a Las Vegas hospital around 9 p.m. Monday/New York Daily News. More here.

Question: What is a 9-year-old girl doing with an Uzi?

Trib: Otter Has Led Idaho Into Ditch

Want to see where Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter would take Idaho in a third term? It's not a pretty picture. Commissioned by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation and the Idaho Charter School Network, ECONorthwest of Portland, Ore., made news last week by projecting an Idaho student body that will be more ethnically and racially diverse, more urban and more impoverished by 2019 than it is today. The economists looked at Idaho's history since the turn of the century and extrapolated the trends forward. But within the report was a disturbing portrait of Idaho. By the decade's end, the state will have a growing underclass — people actually living in poverty or just above it/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: What would you expect from a third gubernatorial term from Butch Otter?

Nelson Sues To Stop Jail Lease Plan

Kootenai County Commissioner Jai Nelson has filed court documents in opposition to a proposed lease of a new jail facility. “The citizens of Kootenai County have spoken loud and clear with a 'No' vote on jail bonds in 2005, 2008 and 2009,” Nelson said in a statement Tuesday, announcing her legal challenge. “I'm filing in opposition to this private-public business arrangement to represent the citizens of whose voices are being circumvented by this process.” She said she understands the goal of a leased, privately owned jail - operated by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office - is to solve overcrowding in the current jail. The county has been paying to transport inmates to other counties and paying other jail operators to house the prisoners. But she said the costs of leasing a brand-new jail built by Rocky Mountain Corrections, of Ketchum, Idaho, are “exorbitant”/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think the county has a need for a bigger jail?

Adams Takes Aim At City Gun Laws

Coeur d'Alene's law against discharging weapons in city limits doesn't grant an exception to people using a gun in self-defense. State law does, though, and — according to legislation passed in 2008 — all of the state's firearms laws supersede any passed by local government. An effort by Coeur d'Alene City Councilman Steve Adams to bring city law in line with state law didn't garner any support Monday at a meeting of the city's General Services Committee. Councilwoman Amy Evans and Councilman Ron Edinger also voted against Adams' attempt to overturn the city's ban on weapons at parades, festivals or any public assembly in Coeur d'Alene. Despite the committee's lack of support, Adams said Monday that he will take both issues to the full city council for consideration. The council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday/Taryn Thompson, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you want guns at parades, festivals and public assemblies in Coeur d'Alene?

Tribes Protest Coal Export Terminal

Totem pole painter and carver Lucy London, touches up the paint on a traveling 19-foot long totem pole that made a visit to Spokane Tuesday. The Totem Pole Journey is trying to unite opposition to fossil fuel projects by native and nonnative communities. The 2,500-mile bi-national trip includes stops in cities and towns impacted by increased coal and oil rail traffic. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Members of a Western Washington tribe stopped Tuesday near the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, part of a “totem pole journey” to protest plans to build a coal export terminal north of Bellingham. The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal would be located at Cherry Point. According to the project’s website, it would be the largest shipping and warehouse facility on the West Coast, sending dry bulk commodities such as coal, grain and potash to Asian markets. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and congressional candidate Joe Pakootas both spoke out against coal exports at the event, which included Native American songs and a 19-foot totem pole. Stuckart said the companies and politicians advocating for more coal export terminals are “addicted to fossil fuels”/Wilson Criscione, SR. More here.

Question: Are you “addicted to fossil fuels,” too?

CoeurGenX: In Defense Of BearCat

CoeurGenX (RE: BearCat arrives at KCSO HQ): Reading all the comments its easy to see why everyone loves living in peaceful Mayberry, however, 10 minutes out of town in the massive rural areas surrounding Mayberry, something like this could provide cover (safety) and possibly strike fear into a criminal hiding in a remote cabin or house. In our own jobs safety is preached by fire alarms, emergency exits and evacuations. Why can't our first responders have the same ability to execute their job safely?!?

Question: CoeurGenX make a good point. The BearCat offers added protection for officers trying to root out Randy Weaver wannabes in the back-country. If it saves life or serious injury to one officer, it would be worth it, right?

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