My new friend Sally wanted to give a shoutout to a co-worker during North Idaho Fair week last week. But I forgot to post this new feature for a second week. I'll try to remember in the future. Today is Shoutout Friday. It's goal is to allow you to give a shoutout to someone you know who deserves praise for any of a number of things.
Question: Is there someone that you want to give a shoutout to?
U.S. Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, does not like being on the same debate platform with former Congressman Larry LaRocco, D-Idaho. After the pair clashed three times - in 1986 for the state Senate, in 2006 for lieutenant governor and six years ago for the U.S. Senate, the tension between them is conspicuous. All of which may explain why Risch ran away from Idaho Public Television's statewide debates in 2006 and 2008. Of course, Risch is the odd man out. Sen. Mike Crapo and Congressmen Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson, all R-Idaho, have debated their most recent opponents on these statewide forums. Risch can argue he showed up at a Boise television station's debate with LaRocco. Perhaps, the format and the audience was more to his liking. In any event, LaRocco is not running this year/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: How important to you are political debates?
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter told an audience of business people in Treasure Valley earlier this week that when it comes to education, “it's not how much you spend, it's how you spend the money.” When asked during a 10-minute phone interview Wednesday with the Daily News to elaborate on his comments and how they relate to Idaho's education system, he said the state's reading and mathematics levels are good even though not as much money is spent per pupil than in such places as Vermont and the District of Columbia. The nation's capital and other large cities have additional concerns that increase expenses, such as security, that aren't costly for schools in smaller and even rural areas -- including metal detectors and substantial levels of targeted law enforcement/Terri Harber, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News Photo by Geoff Crimmins)
Question: I agree with Gov. Otter to a point — that education isn't all about education spending. However, when you rank as low as Idaho does in education spending, you have to think that more money should be spent. Right?
From left, Judy Nail, son Ryan Nail and Nancy Bettesworth hug after Ryan entered the winning bid for the Priest Lake cabin that has been in their family for 50 years Thursday at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. The state of Idaho auctioned off long-leased cabin sites, many with cabins or houses on them, forcing the longtime cabin owners to buy the land under their rural vacation homes. Most lots ranged from $200K to $650K. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)
Nearly all of the 60 cabin owners whose Priest Lake cabin sites were auctioned by the state of Idaho on Thursday were able to purchase the properties at the appraised value, with no competitive bidding. For most, the auction provided relief after years of controversy about the appropriate rent the state would charge cabin owners. While the land under their cabins was owned by the state, they built and owned their cabins. There were tears of joy and high-fives from relieved cabin owners. There also was some continuing anger from those who resented the long process they’ve endured dealing with the state over their family cabin sites, and disputed the values the state set for the ground, which served as the minimum bidding price. That ranged from $200,000 to $665,000, for the land only. The take for Idaho’s public school endowment on Thursday: $26.9 million/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Fishwife (RE: Stransky: Vito erred in mental health clinic stand): Definition of tragic irony: North Idaho Republicans vote NO for a facility to house and treat the mentally ill in lieu of jailing them, while two Republican Commissioners and Sheriff push for a mega millions private jail to ease jail overcrowding which includes incarcerated mentally ill persons.
Question: Is Fishwife the only one who sees the disconnect?
JimmyMac (RE: CEA rains on school district's breakfast): I was there this am. It was awkward. I took some lit from the CEA and plan to dig into it this weekend. I will tell you that a super majority of the general population would gladly trade places with the teachers on the hikes they are looking at pertaining to insurance and deductibles. The premiums looked pretty on par with much of the better private sector plans that I see but it is the deductibles that are ultra attractive. I believe the proposed change was a $100 hike to the annual deductible for individuals and $200 for families ($400 to $500 and I believe $800 to $1,000). Most hikes that I have seen in the private sector over the past few years have gone from $500ish to $2000 on the individual side and $1,000 to $4,000 for families…and those are amongst the very best. More here. (Inset Photo: Flyer handed out by teachers association Thursday AM)
Question: Who do you think provides better benefits — the private sector or the public sector?
This week's delivery of the Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck, or BearCat, to the sheriff's office, makes it the second such vehicle now owned by Kootenai County law enforcement agencies. Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug told The Press that his department's ballistic vehicle, the MaxxPro Plus, is very similar to the BearCat. “Our vehicle is about the same length, but it sits up a little bit taller than the BearCat,” Haug said of the vehicle, which was obtained in 2013. “But it's going to be very similar in what it offers as far as ballistic protection.” The department received the $658,000 vehicle at no cost through a federal program that has transferred more $5.1 billion in military equipment from the United States Army to local law enforcement agencies since 1997. The sheriff's office BearCat was purchased entirely with drug forfeiture funds for $335,000/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Press Photo by Tess Freeman: Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug watches as Police Captain Pat Knight wipes a spot off their Navistar Maxx Pro at the Post Falls Police Department)
Question: Post Falls received their MaxxPro Plus free, while KCSO paid $335K for its via drug money confiscated. Should Coeur d'Alene get one of these, too?
My SR buddy Betsy Russell is in town to cover the auction of the Priest Lake Cabin sites at the Coeur d'Alene resort today. She was also running around yesterday trying to make heads or tails or our zany legislative politics here in Kootenai County. We've worked together for decades. With Popkey now peddling Labrador, I'd say Betsy has no rival as top political reporter in the state. I'd glad she's on our team. Now for today's Wild Card …
Orientation: (from left) Eighth-grader Caroline Wade, sixth-grader Bella Dick, eighth-grader Olivia Haakenson, behind, eighth-grader Kathryn Murray and sixth-grader Alayna Louden take a tour of Canfield Middle School in Coeur d'Alene during sixth-grade orientation today. Sixth-graders participated in ice-breaker activities, then took tours and found their locker assignments. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)
Every time someone mentions “corndogs,” I get hungry. I might have to add “corndogs” to the list of banned words here @Hucksonline — DFO.
Question: Does the mere mention of the word “corndog” make you hungry? If not, what word does?
FishinJay (RE: CEA rains of school district's breakfast) : I generally support the concept of unions and have worked in some great union situations, but this flyer is exactly the kind of thing that makes me hate some unions. This flyer is not pro-employee, it is fiercely anti-management. If management tried to undermine the union's meeting, the union would have a fit, and they would be right. But the union see's nothing wrong with trying to undermine management's completely legitimate desire to hold a meeting to encourage and motivate employees for the school year.
On 8/22/14 at approximately 03:12 hrs, an unknown person took a Schwinn bicycle from the bike rack in front of the library. Security cameras caught the suspect as he cut the lock from the bike and proceeded to leave the premises. If you recognize the subject in these photos please contact Det. Moss with PFPD reference case 14PF16430.
Question: Do you think your bike is safe when locked outside?
Tom Wielgos (cq) celebrates after entering the one winning bid for the Priest Lake cabin site where he has a home this afternoon. The state of Idaho auctioned off long-leased cabin sites, many with cabins or houses on them, forcing the longtime cabin owners to buy the land under their rural vacation homes. Most lots ranged from $200K to $650K. See story below. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)
Time 2 Vote …
A woman lays in a puddle of tomato juice during the annual “tomatina” tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual “Tomatina” battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Wednesday Winner — JDanMike, with 8 likes: “told you i could do this blindfolded!” You can see Wednesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
The Editorial in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News argues that police need to armed themselves with cameras, not more military gear, using the mess in Ferguson, Mo., as an example. Another example may be the controversial shooting of a 2-year-old lab by Coeur d'Alene police this summer. The editorial says in part: “What we find confusing is how many of the nation's police forces are equipped with military-grade equipment and not these relatively inexpensive cameras. All that high-tech equipment, best suited for places like Iraq and Afghanistan, has done little to keep the peace in Ferguson, and likely only increased tensions. Who wouldn't be a little on edge at seeing officers decked out in camouflage and armed with assault rifles? Those armored personnel carriers and other vehicles don't help.” More here. (File Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
Question: Do you agree/disagree that local police should arm themselves with cameras instead of military gear?
The community is invited to an open house and ribbon cutting at the new police substation at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The substation is located at 1424 Sherman Avenue. There will be tours of the facility and city officials, along with representatives of the police and fire departments, will be in attendance. The substation will be “fully functional” and manned by officers and other support staff Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Officers will have access to the substation 24/7 to file reports and conduct other police business. Locating a substation in this district will provide for increased visibility, quicker response times in the south part of town and act as a deterrent to crime, said Interim Chief Ron Clark. “Not only will this provide a visible police presence, the citizens now have a location in that part of the city to contact police,” Clark said/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.
One of the photos from Marianne Love's corner of the world at her beloved Lovestead in Bonner County. Today's Slight Detour post here.
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(KHQ Photo: Tim Martin)
The first dozen-plus Priest Lake cabin sites to be auctioned today all have sold for the appraised value to the existing lessee, with no one else bidding. Each time, when the auctioneer declared, “Sold!,” the crowd, which now includes lots of people standing up in back and along the sides along with hundreds seated in rows, erupted into cheers and applause – and occasionally whistles and shouts, too. The auctioneer noted that the auction is moving along quickly. Slides of the cabin sites, the homes and their views of the lake are being projected on large screens up front during the bidding/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Sounds like a good outcome, after all the fuzz, right?