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Goodwill Fashions Part Of Show

Zarah Meyer, 14, hesitantly emerged from a changing room and spun in a slow circle. A floor-length salmon-pink evening gown hugged her figure. She smiled as stylist Cheryl Smith clapped her hands and exclaimed, “Now, that’s gorgeous!” Meyer is just one of approximately 30 volunteer models who are scheduled to appear in the Goodwill Fashion Show at the 2014 Spokane Women’s Show this weekend. She and other volunteers recently had fittings at the downtown store. The first-time model said her mom works for Goodwill and that’s how she got roped into helping. “It’s exciting,” she said/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Do you have a problem with wearing hand-me-downs or 2nd-hand clothes?

Wild Card/Thursday — 4.24.14

Is it spring yet? Here's today's Wild Card …

Beauty Bay Beauty

Raindrops gathered on a glacier lily near Beauty Bay in Coeur d'Alene today. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

AM Scanner Traffic — 4.24.14

  • 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for April 23-24 here.
  • 11:06 a.m. CPD officer reports abandoned vehicle @ 1017 E. Wallace Ave/CdA.
  • 10:45 a.m. Female in green car falling asleep, almost hit guardrail @ e/b I-90/MP 22 (H97).
  • 9:07 a.m. EMTs en route to diabetic w/medical problem @ 8500 block of N. Cloverleaf/Hayden.
  • 8:26 a.m. 92YO female having trouble breathing @ 2200 block of Ironwood Place/CdA.
  • 8:15 a.m. 63YO female unconscious after possible overdose of prescription drugs on Mary Lane/CdA.
  • 8:13 a.m. 70ish female having trouble breathing @ 24900 block of Cave Bay Road/Worley.
  • 8:22 a.m. Officers reopen H95/Lincoln Way (1400 block) after early AM fire at Kootenai Family Dental (6:04 item)
  • 6:04 a.m. The Coeur d'Alene Fire Department responded to a structure fire at a two-story commercial building (Kootenai Family Dental) in the 1400 block of N. Lincoln Way at Linden. KXLY story here.

Something Strange In Neighborhood

Arizona has it's Area 51 with strange mysterious things alluded to. Kootenai County has it's counterpart in Area … er, Precinct 52, where strange and mysterious things are happening. It all started when Bjorn Handeen moved to that precinct from Minnesota where he was associated with fringe political groups. He joined the Constitution Party in 2003 and moved to Kootenai County at the same time as several other Constitutionalists and Libertarians also relocated here, 2007. Apparently Idaho was considered the new battleground to save the world through super patriots taking control. Well, they have/Herb Huseland, Bay Views. More here.

DFO: Gadzooks, I live in Precinct 52 Mebbe this explains the strange things that have happened in my 'hood all these years.

Question: Is Precinct 52 Coeur d'Alene's equivalent of Nevada's Area 51?

Cross: Don’t Want To Read It On HBO

From the Coeur d'Alene Press story re: the successful resolution to audit the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee books:

Committeeman John Cross spoke in favor of the resolution, saying the chair always appoints committee members, and that the resolution was fair to everyone on the central committee. Cross said the nondisclosure language was added to prevent finance committee members from leaking information to the public before the committee hears the results. “For instance, let's say the committee is formed and the CPAs are hard at work and the work gets done in a week, but we don't have a meeting for three weeks after that,” Cross said. “I think that is what the nondisclosure is all about. We don't want to read about it on Huckleberries (Online) before it is reported back to the full committee.”

Question: Reading between the lines here, can I assume that Huckleberries Online attracts some blurkers from the local Hard Right?

Poll: Brannon’s Misstep Significant

  • Wednesday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation considers a misstep by County Clerk Jim Brannon's office re: candidates' filing procedures to be significant. Democrats are demanding an apology after Brannon's office unilaterally began requiring candidates for file in person this spring. 137 of 165 respondents (83.03%) consider the switch to be a significant error in judgment by the clerk. 25 of 165 respondents (15.15%) didn't see a problem with the change. 3 (1.82%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you think there's merit in Mary Jo Finney's complaint that CdA trustee violated the open-meeting law during a trip to Boise?

Early Primary Voting Begins Monday

Kootenai County Chief Deputy Clerk Pat Raffee announced that early voting for the May 20 primary election will be available starting Monday, April 28 (through Friday May 16) at the County Elections office, 1808 N. Third Street in Coeur d’Alene.  The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Currently registered voters should bring a photo ID with them to cast their ballot, or they may sign a Personal Identity Affidavit instead.  New registrants, or those who’ve moved or changed names and wish to re-register, must bring a photo ID and proof of residency.  Acceptable proof of residency examples are a utility bill or auto insurance certificate with the voter’s current residence address listed, and that is dated at least 30 days prior to their voting date. Voters who have questions about their proof of residency documents should call the Elections office at 446-1030/Kootenai County Clerk's Office news release. More here.

Question: How many of you enjoy voting at the polls, like I do?

Zombie Series To Offer Good Jobs

The zombies are coming. And they’re bringing work for nearly 200 actors, 1,300 extras and more than 100 crew members. The new SyFy Network television series “Z Nation” will begin shooting in Spokane next month. The network has ordered 13 episodes, all of which will be filmed in the Spokane area this spring and summer and are scheduled to begin airing in the fall. All this, said North by Northwest co-founder Rich Cowan, is a game changer for the Spokane film industry. “We’ve done about 50 feature films, but a television series, 13-episode television series, is 12,000 worker days of employment here,” Cowan said Wednesday. “These are union jobs that pay pension and health care”/Carolyn Lamberson, SR. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: What qualities do you have that would be ideal for working as a Zombie extra in this TV series?

AM Headlines — 4.24.14

Newspaper Association of Idaho Executive Director Jeremy Pisca, left, speaks at the Wednesday news conference where Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, right, introduced Cally Younger as the Open Records Ombudsman for Idaho. Otter signed an executive order creating a public records ombudsman in his office to review disputes over requests for disclosure of state government documents and information. Story here. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune: Greg Kreller)

Cutline Contest — 4.24.14

An Indian man displays the indelible ink mark on his finger after casting his vote in Mumbai, India, Thursday. The multiphase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament expected on May 16. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Wednesday winner — CindyH, with 13 likes: Gentlemen, start your turtles! You can see the Wednesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

UI Enrollment Hike Will Take Time

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben has already begun taking steps toward boosting enrollment, but by how much is still undefined. “It will take a number of years for the university to significantly boost enrollment,” Staben said during a reception Wednesday night at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston. Staben told the crowd of about 50 people that an enrollment management consultant visited UI's Moscow campus Wednesday to discuss what the university could do to increase its numbers. He said that person is someone UI will continue to work with and that he thinks it will take about a year to develop a clear plan/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you have a family member currently enrolled at University of Idaho?

Finney Levels Another Complaint

Police officers in Coeur d'Alene have completed an investigation into a citizen's complaint that three school board members may have violated the state's open meeting law. The complaint, lodged March 27 by Mary Jo Finney, was emailed to Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh. Finney claims that during a trip to Boise, school trustees Tom Hearn, Christa Hazel and Dave Eubanks — three members of Coeur d'Alene's five-member school board — broke the state law that prohibits the formation of public policy in secret. “There was an article in The Press with a picture showing them meeting together as a quorum in Boise,” Finney wrote, in her email to McHugh. “Paragraph 9 of the open meeting manual gives me reason to believe a violation has occurred. I believe this discussion took place in this quorum in Boise about the GLBT 'add the words'”/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


North Idaho Boy Allegedly Terrorized

A 12-year-old boy found Tuesday in a Spokane Valley home raided by police reportedly had been hit, shoved, made to pick up dog feces with his bare hands for hours and threatened with a chain saw. According to court documents, Robert D. Pearson admitted to police he threatened to cut the boy into pieces and “make him disappear,” causing the boy to curl up in a ball on a couch in terror. Pearson told police he was trying to “spook” the boy, who had been brought to him by the boy’s father to be disciplined for stealing. Police raided the home at 14323 E. Longfellow Ave. looking for stolen property. The boy’s father allegedly assaulted him in Idaho and is now being held in the Kootenai County Jail on $10,000 bond facing a charge of cruelty to a child. Police officers saw recent bruises on the boy’s chest and neck, according to court documents/Nina Culver, SR. More here.


In Praise Of Cutthroat Trout

The westslope cutthroat trout is like chicken soup for the fly fisher’s soul. Angling for this native of the mountain streams in Idaho and Montana has been passed down through generations. It’s a go-to species for anglers whether they’re on top of their game or down on their luck. Few fish are as willing as a cutthroat to take a fly. Some people call them dumb, but that’s naïve talk. “They’re opportunistic because they’re so well adapted to cool, clean waters,” said Jim Fredericks, Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle fisheries manager. “They don’t see that much good food coming at them during the day, so they can’t be too picky. That’s what makes them so popular with people learning to fly fish, and experienced anglers, too”/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors. More here.

Question: Do you enjoy fly fishing?

Captors Ready To Release Bergdahl?

The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release. Critics of the release effort blame disorganization and poor communication among the numerous federal agencies involved. An ever-shrinking U.S. military presence in Afghanistan has refocused attention on efforts to bring home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. About two dozen officials at the State and Defense departments, the military's U.S. Central Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Special Operations Command, the CIA and FBI are working the case — most of them doing it alongside their other duties, a defense official said/Associated Press. More here. (AP/IntelCenter file photo)


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Rancher Bundy Seems Pro Slavery

Defiant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy discussed race with a reporter Saturday:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do. And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.” Full New York Times story here. (AP file photo of Cliven Bundy)

Question: And this is the hero of the Ron/Rand Paul wing of the Republican Party? Seriously?

KMart Gets Bomb Threat

Kmart employees Verl Albert, far left, Ian McArthur and Mary Smith wait in the parking lot after being evacuated from the Coeur d’Alene department store Wednesday following a bomb threat. Coeur d’Alene Police Department officers swept the store after the threatening phone call. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Question: Have you ever been evacuated from a building as a result of a bomb threat?

Candidate With Record Drops Out

Canyon County GOP legislative candidate Greg Chaney announced Wednesday that he’ll suspend his campaign, after news surfaced that the candidate, unopposed in the primary, hadn’t revealed his past domestic violence and multiple-bankruptcy record. An initially defensive Chaney said he’d reformed, found God, and he and his third wife now live frugally. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports today that Chaney issued a press release yesterday making the announcement, but it’s already too late to remove his name from the ballot; that deadline was 45 days before the election, and Chaney’s announcement came just 27 days before Idaho’s May 20 primary/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: So what happens if Chaney gets more votes than the write-in candidate in the GOPrimary?

Local GOP To Audit Books

Kootenai County Republican Central Committee members agreed Tuesday to have the committee's financial records audited after more than a year of refusals. Earlier this month, Precinct Committeeman Matt Roetter, who has tried repeatedly for the past year to have the party's books opened for committee members' review, requested an audit be discussed during the group's meeting this week. “I was outmaneuvered,” he said in an interview Wednesday. Roetter went to the meeting prepared to make a motion to have the party's books audited for free by a licensed, certified public accountant. However, Precinct Committeewoman Jennifer Locke beat him to it by presenting a resolution that put some restrictions on the audit/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think this audit will bring healing in the local GOP Central Committee?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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