Question: What food/treat would you describe as “mmm mmm good”?
When I was a teen-ager, I worked all day long in the alfalfa/hay fields for my Uncle Manuel, hauling hay in the California's Sacramento Valley on days when temperatures hit 100-110 degrees. As a 20-something, I played softball all weekend in double elimination tournaments in the Red Bluff, Calif., area, on days that temperatures reached well north of 100. On the day I interviewed for a sports editor job with the Red Bluff Daily News, in June 1972, the temperature reached 118 degrees. Triple digits in Coeur d'Alene. Pfffttt. Here's today's Wild Card …
Marc Johnson/The Johnson Post contends that Congressman Raul Labrador underscored his position as Idaho's most interesting man — and possibly most important politician — by hiring Statesman political reporter Dan Popkey (pictured). In this most-read column, Johnson also explained the blow suffered by Idaho journalism by this hire: “The other thing the Popkey hire illustrates, sadly, is the continuing and steady demise of real political journalism, and not just in Idaho. Dan’s reporting – along with the excellent work of the Spokesman-Review’s Betsy Russell – has long been required reading for anyone in the state who cares about politics and public policy. The kind of perspective, experience and knowledge of the political players that a reporter develops over 30 years can’t easily be replaced. Here’s hoping the effort continues to be made, but the trend lines are hardly encouraging.” More here.
Question: The Statesman has now lost three important journalists in the last year — Opinion Editor Kevin Richert, Outdoors writer Pete Zimowski and now political reporter Dan Popkey. What will the Statesman be like now?
… That the Coeur d'Alene teen scene is aflutter re: news that Harry Styles of One Direction has been hanging out at Gozzer Ranch on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Styles is the front man for the mega-popular teen band. Styles has posted several photos of him and other teen-agers playing soccer at Gozzer Ranch. You can view them here. (AP/Invision file photo: One Direction members, from left, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik perform on ABC's “Good Morning America” on Nov. 26, 2013, in New York)
Two brothers were injured in a collision near Princeton, Idaho, early this morning, the Idaho State Police said. Wesley Orr, 23, was traveling west on State Highway 6 just east of Princeton when he encountered some deer in the roadway around 5:45 a.m., according to a news release. Kiel Orr, 31, was driving east on the highway at the same time. The two collided, closing the highway for two-and-a-half hours, according to the ISP. Neither men was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to the news release. Both were driving Honda Accords. ISP spokeswoman Teresa Baker confirmed the Orrs were brothers/Kip Hill, SR. More here.
Question: Have you ever been to Princeton, Idaho?
While the rest of us sit inside at our air-conditioned desks or do whatever else we can to stay cool today, it's fair to say Elaine K. Howley has the most strenuous plan to beat the heat. The 45-year-old open-water swimmer is attempting a solo, non-stop swim of the length of Idaho's largest lake, Lake Pend Oreille — a total of 34 miles from the southern tip at Buttonhook Bay up to Sandpoint's City Beach in the northwest. If Howley is successful, she'll be the first person to do so. It's expected to take the Boston-based ultra-marathon swimmer between 17 and 20 hours to complete her journey if conditions are fair, but could take as many as 24 hours if the water is choppy. Follow Howley's progress throughout the day via the Sandpoint Online Facebook page/Bloglander, Inlander. More here.
Question: Is there any water in the region colder to swim in than Lake Pend Oreille?
Gene Fadness (RE: Popkey's financial future better — DFO): After 25 years as both an editor and a reporter in Nebraska and Idaho, I jumped ship back in 2001 to become the public information officer for a state agency. I was making decent pay near the end, but had no retirement plan to speak of. Newsrooms were already starting to lay off staff, work hours were increasing and, in my view, newspapers were moving away from in-depth reporting to becoming a print version of TV and radio. Hard-hitting, longer stories were being pushed aside to allow more room for large pictures and graphics in order to get younger readers who seemed to more interested in being entertained than informed. It used to be that newspapers couldn't compete with radio and TV for immediacy, so our niche was more detail and time to check more sources and provide in-depth coverage. With online reporting, the pressure is on to be quicker and be juicier. The result is shorter, quicker reporting and not as careful editing for both accuracy and balance. There are parts of journalism I really miss, but I don't think today's newspaper would take me even if I wanted to go back. I'm too old-school.
A.J. Balukoff's first campaign ad in his head-to-head race against Gov. Butch Otter.
So odd, the randomness of who has followed me on Twitter recently: Party 101. Supermodel Niki Taylor. 44 North Vodka. Kelly Osbourne News. Boysmutty. อุดม ประเหมือน. Move2Boise. KHQ's Stephanie Vigil. Performance Artist Kayvon Zand. KISS 98.1. Not sure what this says about me — OrangeTV.
Question: Who are some of the random individuals/companies that follow you on Twitter? Do you have a Twitter account?
President Barack Obama on Wednesday continued to slam Republicans for moving to sue him over his use of executive actions, calling the move a “political stunt” and urging Congress to “stop hatin' all the time.” “They have announced that they are going to sue me for taking executive actions to help people,” he said during an event in Kansas City. “They’re mad because I’m doing my job.” Calling the vote a waste of valuable taxpayer dollars, Obama said Republicans are also taking time away from important legislation they should be addressing/NBC News. More here.
Question: Do you think Obama is correct — that GOP opposition is hatin' all the time?
Local legend has it that the first lilac bush was planted at a homestead near Hillyard after traveling by trunk from Minnesota in 1882. Another story puts the city’s first lilacs in the yard of J.J. Browne, a lawyer and developer who planted them in 1906. Whichever the case may be, civic leaders started promoting Spokane as the Lilac City. And this spring, those tiny fragrant purple and white springtime petals inspired Chef Bob Rogers, executive chef at Northern Quest Resort & Casino, to make his own lilac ice cream. He experimented in May, cutting big clusters of lilac blossoms early in the morning, getting them wet, then shaking off the excess water and trimming the stems. He used lilacs that are “the in-between color. Not white but also not very dark”/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here. (Courtesy SR file photo from Blair Becker: A butterfly lands on a lilac bush)
Question: Is lilac ice cream something you'd like to try? Any unusual ice cream flavors you like?
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch today told the U.S. State Department’s Undersecretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman that the United States should cut off all funds to Iran until Idaho Pastor Saeed Abedini and two other Americans who are imprisoned in Iran are released. Abedini, of Boise, has been imprisoned in Iran since 2012 on charges related to Christian evangelizing. Risch said he’s sure the move would work. At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today on the topic “Iran: Status of the P-5+1,” Risch told Sherman, “I have urged that you do something about getting Pastor Abedini and the other two Americans released. As you know, I was incredibly critical of you guys because you cut billions loose without demanding this tiny, tiny little thing as far as Iran is concerned. I wanna ratchet that up again – you did it again”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (Photo of Pastor Saaed Abedini by Be Heard Project)
Question: I'm glad that U.S. Sen. Risch is applying pressure to force the release of Pastor Abedini of Boise, who has been imprisoned in Iran for alleged crimes related to his Christian faith. You?
Christ Troupis talks with reporters outside the Twin Falls county courthouse on Tuesday. “We don’t want to preserve a conflict,” he said, noting that no appeals were contemplated. Troupis, who unsuccessfully challenged GOP Attorney General Lawrence Wasden in the primary this year, said the party needs to unify. Reaction to judge's ruling here. (SR photo: Betsy Russell)
“I promise we won't have bobbing for Baby Ruth candy bars.”
— Sid Fredrickson, wastewater treatment director re: games planned for department's 75th anniversary.
H/T: Taryn Thompson, Coeur d'Alene Press
Question: Remember the swimming pool scene in “Caddy Shack”?
DFO (RE: 007: Popkey's now a flack): There may be another angle at play here. Popkey is 55 years old — an age in which he's facing an uncertain future as far as newpapering goes. I know several individuals in the 45-55 range who are wondering if it's time to bail for another career because they don't know how long their newspaper will hold out. I'd guess Popkey's salary increased significantly when he signed on the dotted line with Labrador. Also, I'd guess that his benefits and retirement packages improved significantly. This could be a situation where a good reporter saw the writing on the wall and jumped for a signicantly better financial situation.
Question: Is this about money, bottom line?