3 Days & Counting (to affiliate with the Republican Party to vote in the closed GOPrimary in May): The time is winding down for partisan Democrats, Libertarians, Constitutionalists to affiliate with the Idaho GOP for the purpose of voting in the likely winner-take-all GOPrimaries this spring. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. That's also the deadline for filing candidacy papers. It'll be interesting to see how the GOPrecinct Committee dance card fills up. The fight for control of the GOP CC may be the most interesting campaign of the spring. Now for your Tuesday Wild Card …
How inconsiderate of us to fail to recognize that six members of the Senate State Affairs Committee are special and ought to be exempt from associating with the unwashed and unanointed when securing an Idaho permit to carry a concealed weapon. Our gross error of expecting a level playing field for elected officials and the people who elect them was slapped down by a 6-2 vote in the committee Monday. The uppity HB 514, which passed the House 62-7-1 earlier, was, we have learned, only a temporary and inexcusable lapse in judgment corrected by these omniscient members of State Affairs. No one could have said it better than Sen. Russ Fulcher, (pictured) R-Meridian and a gubernatorial candidate: “We do not need to relinquish our privileges”/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here. (File photo: Duane Rasmussen)
Question: How badly has state Sen. Russ “Special Gun Privileges” Fulcher hurt himself with his vote to keep his special gun privileges?
High school golfers armed with umbrellas blanket the Clarkston Golf and Country Club Monday, where boys from many schools north of Clarkston play the snow-free Clarkston Invitational. (Lewiston Tribune photo: Barry Kough)
Dallas Seavey gets a kiss from one of his dogs after winning the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen)
Monday Winner — DFO, with 7 likes: Marie kept having the same dream: She's leaning on the balcony rail of her beautiful oceanfront home, enjoying a beautiful Miami sunset, when she hears a thunk and a dark, handsome stranger named Benson runs in and out of her life. Over and over, she wondered: Who's Benson? Is this some kind of a sign? You can see Monday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
Rep. Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa, is plenty steamed about the demise of his bill, HB 514, in a Senate committee today; the measure would have removed state elected officials’ exemption from the requirement for a concealed weapons permit. “I guess I’m surprised that a senator would say he should maintain special privileges over the people who put him into office,” Youngblood said, referring to comments in the committee by Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian. “Isn’t that kind of odd?”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
DFO: Next time you see state Sen. Russ “Special Gun Privileges” Fulcher in the area schmoozing for votes in his bid to unseat Gov. Butch Otter, you might ask him why he deserves special gun privileges that his constituents don't get.
The rule of 45, the airlines called it. When flying, you needed to add up all the dimensions of your carry-on suitcase — length, width and thickness — and if they came to more than 45 inches, you needed to check the bag. Except the rule was seldom enforced. Then in 2008, when airlines started charging for checked luggage, carry-on luggage really started to swell. The first passengers who push their way aboard airliners today get to stuff their fat bags into overhead bins, eating up space rightfully due meeker travelers who follow the rules and stay in line. Now, United Airlines says it is going to crack down on those trying to get overloaded suitcases into the passenger cabin of its jets/Lee Rozen, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
Question: Do you think airlines should crack down on passengers with over-sized carry-ons?
If you like Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's corporate cronyism, you'll love what Otter's Commerce Director, Jeff Sayer, has in store. Under Sayer's Idaho Reimbursement Incentive Act, companies would get a 30 percent cut in income taxes, sales taxes and payroll taxes for 15 years - in exchange for creating at least 20 jobs in a rural area or 50 jobs in an urban setting that pay at least the average wage in the county where it's locating. For the company, it's easily worth millions. How much good it does you, however, is very much in doubt. Unlike other Idaho tax incentives, this one is refundable - which means the company actually can get a check from the state. There is no limit on the size of the a project's tax credit. There is no limit on the aggregate amount of all tax credits/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
It's a tribute to the American worker, who Dean Haagenson said is very much underappreciated. “You don't appreciate the electrician until the electricity goes out, and you don't appreciate the plumber until the sewer backs up,” he told the city of Coeur d'Alene's General Services Committee on Monday. “Those are the people who make this country work and we need to appreciate them.” Haagenson, CEO of Contractors Northwest, Inc., is donating the $50,000 statue titled “American Worker” to the city, and wants the piece to be located in McEuen Park, which his firm is in the process of constructing. He hired local artist Terry Lee to sculpt the bronze statue, which should be completed within the next few months/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust CdA Press photo: Dean Haagenson, right, is donating a $50,000 life-size bronze statue made by artist Terry Lee to be placed at McEuen Park)
Question: Hey, I like the idea. How about you?
Glenn McDonald walks near a cabana owned by Roger Anderson on Thursday. McDonald is concerned about two community docks proposed by Anderson near his waterfront property on Lake Coeur d’Alene. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
A developer’s proposal to sell ownership in a private beach and community docks on Lake Coeur d’Alene is getting attention as a potential precedent-setter for real estate sales on the lake. Roger Anderson, of Boise, owns the Estates at Black Rock, a gated upland development, and also owns waterfront property north of Rockford Bay with two other relatives, Travis Anderson and Christopher Anderson. Last year, the Andersons built a 1,755-square-foot beach cabana on the 360 feet of lakeshore they own through limited liability companies and a partnership. They’ve also applied for a state permit to install two community docks with a total of 12 slips/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.
Question: Would you be upset if you owned a Black Rock property?
Lifelong Coeur d'Alene resident Randy Cayko didn't find any moose antlers while riding his dirt bike on Yellowstone Trail. Instead he found something far more valuable: a large bronze statue of a 1920s-era woman on a bicycle. “It was just sitting on the ground with a noose tied around her neck attached to a black bobsled,” Cayko said. “I had no idea what it was at first, so I called my friend and he told me what it was.” What it was, was the popular “Kate” statue that, up until it was stolen in January, was on display at Riverstone Park. After finding out from his friend that the statue was stolen property, Cayko contacted the police. When the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office concluded its initial investigation of the scene, they contacted the city's parks department/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)
February 12 in a still-snow-buried Spokane passed quieter than the Denver Broncos locker room after Super Bowl XLVIII. Did you notice? Did you care? I did. I’ll admit I even held my breath a time or two as the Big Day approached because, well … You never know. Which is the point, naturally. Nobody can know – especially the boobs who put out that titillating and trashy online tale last fall that began like this: “The next mass shooting will take place on February 12, 2014, in Spokane, Washington.” Remember? I forgive you if you don’t. Memory loss, I’m convinced, is an unavoidable side effect of our so-called Information Age. Day-by-day. Hour-by-hour. Minute-by-minute/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
4 Days & Counting (to affiliate with the Republican Party to vote in the closed GOPrimary in May): I've got Karen Carpenter on the mind this morning — you know, “Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down.” Actually, I don't know if I'm up or down this morning. The coffee hasn't kicked in yet. One thing I do know, however — you partisans registered Democrat, Libertarian or Constitutional Party have until 5 p.m. Friday to switch your affiliation to Republican if you plan to vote in the important, closed GOPrimary this spring. Now for the first Wild Card of the week …
Motorcyclists have their own gang: baby boomers. On a nice, sunny day this spring, when you hear a bike rev, it’s more likely to be an older white man who is a doctor or lawyer, not a young rebel outlaw with skull tattoos and a rap sheet. The sweet spot for the U.S. motorcycle industry is white men in their late 40s and 50s. They are older, wealthier and a lot more mainstream than those freewheeling hippies riding choppers, selling drugs and practicing free love in the iconic 1969 film “Easy Rider.” Thousands of local bikers or potential bikers will show up this weekend for the 11th annual Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show and Sale at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Last year 10,000 people attended the show and most – 68 percent – were older than 40/Erica Curless, SR Boomer U. More here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka: Lilac City Wings chapter directors Mary Grose and Wally Youmans talk about the club while sitting on a 2006 Gold Wing at Coeur d’Alene Honda)
Question: Have you dreamed of owning a motorcycle?
A Bonners Ferry man was ordered held on $300,000 bond Monday in a case involving a pipe bomb exploding at a home early Sunday, injuring two other men. Allen Jeffery Avery, also known as Allen Jeffery Stafford, faces charges of unlawful use of a destructive device or bomb, a felony, and malicious injury to property, a misdemeanor. Avery, 19, a 2013 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, was arraigned Monday before 1st District Magistrate Judge Justin Julian and waived his right to an attorney. The bomb was placed outside the front door of a house in the 7300 block of Apache Street, which is within a block of Boundary Community Hospital. The two residents opened the door just after 1 a.m. Sunday, saw the bomb and closed the door as the device exploded, injuring them both, investigators said. The victims were taken to the nearby hospital for treatment and were released. The Idaho State Police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted Bonners Ferry police in the investigation/Scott Maben, SR.
Question: What do you think of the parents and family going on Facebook to denounce the suspect, before this case has barely begun?