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?
Saint Mary's Gaels forward Danielle Mauldin, left, and Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Haiden Palmer (3) chase a loose ball during the first half of a WCC tournament semifinal woman's college basketball game earlier today in Las Vegas. Gonzaga won to advance to the tournament finals. See below. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)
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Miami Marlins center fielder Joe Benson chases a ball as it is hit off a real estate advertisement on an outfield wall for an RBI-double by Houston Astros' J.D. Martinez during the seventh inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Monday in Jupiter, Fla. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
Weekend Winner — Phaedrus, with 8 votes: “Darn that chili sauce is hot!” the young man said. “Just be glad you burped and didn't fart,” replied his companion. You can see the Weekend Photo and all the Cutline Contest entries here.
“Kate” will ride again. The popular bronze statue stolen from a Coeur d’Alene park in January – and assumed sold for scrap – has been found, dirty and dinged but still in one piece. David Clemons, the Coeur d’Alene artist behind the nostalgic depiction of a woman pedaling a bicycle, didn’t think he’d see her again. “It sounds like a situation which somebody decided it was too hot to try to get rid of it and they just dumped it someplace,” Clemons said Monday. A man looking for antler sheds Saturday on vacant property southeast of Coeur d’Alene stumbled upon the muddy statue, a rope tied around Kate’s neck. He called authorities, who determined it was the missing piece/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Courtesy photo: City of Coeur d'Alene)
Check & Go Armed Robbery: At about 10:50 a.m. today, Post Falls officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at Check & Go, 740 N Cecil Road, No. 114 Post Falls. PFPD news release here.
Here's updated legislative filings for North Idaho:
With a DVD of “Ender's Game” in hand, I approached the checkout counter of Hastings last evening to ask if any copies of “Catching Fire” had been turned in. Sometimes, you can get a hot movie up front when they're all checked out on the shelf. But none were to be had. “They've cleaned them out,” explained the clerk. “They were like zombies.” Apparently, he confided in me because he didn't think I was acting too zombie-like. (Otherwise, I might have gotten a stake through the head.) Later, in the evening, I peeked in the living room as my wife was watching “Walking Dead.” I didn't see any copies of “Catching Fire” in the hands of the zombies who were being slaughtered by Daryl and the gang. “Ender's Game” provided a decent evening of movie viewing anyway.
Question: What's your strategy for snagging a hot new release, like “Catching Fire,” from Hastings or another video store?
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Josie Birchmier, center, gets help from Lisa Galster-Gilder, as Ashley Bull, left to right, Kaye Girard and Blazie Gilder during a prom dress swap Saturday at Troy High School. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo: Dean Hare)
Weight bars and exercise equipment provided hanging space for dozens of dresses Saturday, while mirrors gave girls a chance to see how they fit in the weight room of Troy High School on Saturday. It was a strange juxtaposition, but one that seemed to work for the school's inaugural prom dress exchange.“A lot of the dresses came from past students who went to school here, and there are some from students currently in school,” said Troy High School senior Ashley Bull, who organized the event for her senior project with her mentor, Rhonda Case.Bull said Case, who has bought more prom dresses than she likes to think about, helped her come up with the idea/Bill McKee, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
Question: How many prom dresses have you had to buy from your daughter(s)?
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There is good news if the recent 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics got anyone pumped to try curling. On Wednesday, the Coeur d'Alene Curling Club is offering up its Learn to Curl event at the Frontier Ice Arena. “Once you figure out how to throw the stone, what gets people hooked is the strategy,” said Corey Gorham, one of the club founders and a Rathdrum resident. “I've heard it called 'chess on ice.'” Learn to Curl is free and open to the public from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Veteran curlers will be on hand to teach anyone who is eager to learn techniques and strategy. “We're trying to drum up some interest in the sport,” Gorham said. The club wants to continue growing, he said. The club had 12 teams last season, and with the second season starting March 17 there are 16 formed and ready to compete, with four to six players on each, he said/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you have what it takes to be a curler?
Tuesday's column by Jack McNeel surmised that NIC's best option for its athletics is to take the ball and go home. What a stunning miscalculation to think shutting down a program for any length of time is beneficial. The SMU Mustang football program is a perfect example of how a “death penalty” or multi-year hiatus affects a program - they've never recovered. Mr. McNeel has somehow missed the best lessons that are derived from athletics - the striving and toil for greatness. The point of athletic programs is the enrichment of the academic setting and not an ego stroking exercise so fans can strut around town like barnyard roosters. Furthermore, the idea that moving laterally to the NWAACC would be a step down is flat wrong and insulting to the thousands of athletes who chose to attend these member schools as an overall part of their academic and athletic coursework/Brendon Hill, Coeur d'Alene Press “My Turn.” More here.
Chris Bessler of Keokee publishing talked about his business in Sandpoint recently. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Chris Bessler grew up loving books. “We lived out in the sticks near Glide, Ore., a little logging town between Interstate 5 and Crater Lake,” Bessler said. “We didn’t get television reception, so every week my mom would take us to the library and we’d load up as many books as we could carry.” Having worked his way through Walter Brooks’ Freddy the Pig series, Bessler moved on to Steinbeck and Twain. Yet it was a book of a totally different nature that has played a major role in the survival of Keokee Co., Bessler’s Sandpoint media and marketing business/Michael Guilfoil, SR. More here.
Question: Did you grow up with a love of books?