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Wild Card/Tuesday — 4.22.14

As you see below, there is unusual interest in write-in candidates among Democrats this year. I suspect more Democratic candidates will come forth before the filing deadline, possibly one for the county commissioner office that newcomer David Stewart now seeks unopposed. (Am I the only one who wonders why Commissioner Jai Nelson dropped out of her race after the filing deadline, so no other Republican but Stewart had a chance to file for an open seat?) Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 4.22.14

The shadow of Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, is seen on a cloud as it approaches Paine Field Airport today in Everett, Wash., en route to Oso, Wash., the site of the deadly mudslide that struck the community in March. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Write-Ins Complete Candidate Filings

Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon sent the final list of candidates (including write-ins who were allowed to file until 5 p.m. today) to Huckleberries Online. Here are the complete lists:


Local D’s Blast Clerk’s Filing Change

Following is a letter submitted by Chairwoman Paula K. Neils of the Kootenai County Democrats to County Clerk Jim Brannon, criticizing a unilateral change in procedure for candidate filing:

As Chair of the Kootenai County Democrats and a write-in candidate for #7 Precinct Committeeman, I am writing to protest the handling of a recent, unannounced change in procedure for candidate filing by the Elections Department in Kootenai County.  Promulgation of that new procedure has sullied the election process in Kootenai County.  Several candidates for precinct committeemen, both Democrats and Republicans, have or may have been harmed by a recent change of procedure in the Elections Department.   I have sent an inquiry to the Elections Section of the Idaho Secretary of State and consulted a local attorney regarding this matter. Full letter here.

Question: Sounds like a legitimate beef to me. Thoughts?

Cutline Contest — 4.22.14

Time 2 Vote (only 3 entries, really?) …

A Wellesley College student gets a kiss from a runner as the field passes by during the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Monday Winner — Sherlock, with 8 likes: Usually it's the other way around, the politicians blowing smoke up the people's (back sides). You can see Monday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.



Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune sent the following correction to Huckleberries Online (which reposted the editorial Monday): Sunday’s editorial about the 2006 maintenance and operations tax shift noted a theoretical tax savings for Sen. Jim Risch tied to his 2009 financial disclosure form. A separate report estimated Risch saved far less — about $4,000 a year — given that much of his property, worth about $19 million at the time, received a lower tax rate because it was treated as agricultural land.

PM Scanner Traffic — 4.22.14

  • 4:49 p.m. Possible wanted person reported @ Cloverleaf/Kathleen, Hauser Lake.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for April 21-22 here.
  • 3:48 p.m. Montana pickup on side blocking right lane of e/b I-90/MP 26.5 (4th of July), unhurt driver trapped in vehicle.
  • 3:43 p.m. 2 drunk males are s/b on H95 bike path near Farmers Market/Hayden, one peed on path.
  • 3:42 p.m. ISP alerted that 2 males in red Jeep @ e/b I-90/State Line were involved in Spokane drug deal.
  • 3:34 p.m. Vehicle theft reported @ 3300 block of Atlas Road/Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 3:28 p.m. Caller reports female “client” left agency in small car on 4th/CdA drunk or on drugs.
  • 3:16 p.m. Driver of gray 2012 Dodge pickup weaving across rumble strips from e/b I-90/Spokane Street to NW Blvd.
  • 3:11 p.m. Someone @ 1400 block of Coeur d'Alene Avenue/CdA is “tweaking on something.”
  • 2:50 p.m. Semi driver cut off/tailgated motorist @ e/b I-90/NW Blvd, CdA.
  • 2:48 p.m. Drunk male, w/handgun on him & rifle in black Honda Civic outside, made threat at Center Partners.
  • 2:41 p.m. Undisclosed kind of property damage crash reported @ 3200 block of N5th/CdA.
  • 2:25 p.m. Someone has suffered seizure for 6 minutes @ 2600 block of Apperson/Courcelles, CdA.
  • 1:41 p.m. Patrol officer reports undisclosed road hazard @ Prairie/McGuire Road/Post Falls.
  • 1:36 p.m. Hayden WalMart security reports arguing with shoplifter in grocery department.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines — 4.22.14

Bill Iffrig, 79, runs across an old footbridge, which enters Forest Park over Mukilteo Blvd, early Friday morning in Everett, Wash. Iffrig is conditioning for an upcoming marathon in Spokane. A photo of a stunned Iffrig after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is one of the best known from that tragedy. Story here. (AP Photo/The Herald, Dan Bates)

Labrador Launches Re-election Effort

Idaho Republican Rep. Raúl Labrador is kicking off his campaign to hold on to his District 1 Congressional seat this week even though he has no serious competition in the primary. He’s holding several campaign kickoff events and then heading the Salt Lake City Thursday to speak with western Republicans. I’m covering the race so we spoke briefly Monday. Meanwhile Democratic Idaho State Rep. Shirley Ringo, of Moscow, was campaigning in Lewiston Monday. The former teacher, who Labrador i expected to face in the Fall,  spoke to students at Lewis and Clark State College and 5th graders. Labrador said he would run on his record of keeping the promises he made when he first ran in 2010 and was reelected in 2012. He called on repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting the federal deficit and sought to stop the healthcare law implementation by shutting down the government/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: If you voted for Raul Labrador two years ago, do you plan to vote for him again?

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HBO Blogosphere — 4.22.14

A two-day-old bald eagle chick stretches on a nest about 150 feet above the ground near Lake Coeur d'Alene. You can read all about it in Rich Landers' Outdoors blog post today. (Photo: Craig Goodwin)

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, April 21): 8182 page-views/4736 unique views

Sherpas To Boycott Climbing Season

In this May 18, 2003, file photo, mountaineers pass through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall on their way to Mount Everest near Everest Base camp, Nepal. The Khumbu Icefall is a river of ice, a kilometer or so of constantly shifting glacier punctuated by deep crevasses and overhanging immensities of ice that can be as large as 10-story buildings and can move six feet in just one day. Crossing it can take 12 hours. On Friday, a piece of glacier sheared away from the mountain, setting off an avalanche of ice that killed 16 Sherpa guides as they ferried clients’ equipment up the mountain. Story here. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)

Many of the Sherpas mountain guides — whom climbers depend on to scale Mount Everest — have decided to boycott the rest of the climbing season, which was set to run through May, leaving mountaineers at base camp uncertain about what will happen next. The move comes in the wake of the mountain’s deadliest disaster last Friday where 16 Sherpas were lost in an avalanche. Thirteen bodies were recovered and three Sherpas still missing are presumed dead/NBC News. More here.

Question: Have you ever climbed a significant mountain?

Update: Judge Closes 14YO’s Hearing

A judge agreed to close the preliminary hearing for the 14-year-old accused of murdering his father and younger brother, after his public defender argued that sensitive information disclosed at the hearing could prejudice Eldon Gale Samuel III’s right to a fair trial and affect his chances for rehabilitation. “The court never lightly excludes the public,” said Magistrate Judge Clark A. Peterson, when announcing his decision this afternoon. Peterson said he considered the rights of “a very unique defendant” against the need to preserve public access to the courts. However, Peterson said he wasn’t sealing Samuel’s court record or future hearings. The Kootenai County public defender’s office intially asked the judge to seal the entire court record and proceedings/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Is this a reasonable request for 14YO double murder suspect Sheldon?

Update: Missing Hayden Man Found

Update: Missing person John Tyler Isringhausen has been located in Spokane.

At 8:52 p.m. Monday, Coeur d’Alene Police Officers took a missing person report on John Tyler Isringhausen, 24, of the Intercept House in Hayden. John was last seen when he was dropped off by his guardian at 10:30am at North Idaho College to attend class.  His guardian learned that John did not report to his noon class. John has not been seen or heard from since. His guardian stated that John is considered to be an endangered person due to his disability. He is known to frequent Hastings Book Store, basketball courts, the Kroc Center or anywhere kids hang out. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of John Isringhausen contact the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 769-2320.

Cindy Needs Help With Bloomsday

Cindy is looking for help in preparing a Bloomsday story for the SR. Quoth she: “Crowd sourcing for an upcoming SR story: Does Bloomsday er, run in your family? Do you or anyone you know make Bloomsday an annual family event? If so, send me an email at or reply here or via FB msg. Feel free to share this on your Facebook page, too!

Mayor Establishes Hot Line

Following through on a commitment to be readily accessible to all citizens, Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer has established a direct telephone line for callers to leave a comment, idea or concern. “I value input from the public on all city matters,” Widmyer said. “I believe access to my office should be as straightforward and simple as possible.”To leave a message 24/7 with the mayor, call 769-2220, extension 503. The mayor will check messages frequently. “I maintain an open-door policy at City Hall and that philosophy extends to the entire community,” Widmyer said. Citizens may also leave a message for the city after hours by calling 769-2300/Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: This is a good deal, right?

Regan Questions Herzog Qualifications

In response to the Coeur d'Alene Press article (RE: Commission candidate Herzog files for bankruptcy), Brent Regan comments on the Press Online: Mr. Herzog; You have applied for the position of County Commissioner, a job that requires a long list of skills including budget management, integrity, honesty and sound judgment. You claim to have the assets to cover you debts yet you did not take steps to liquidate them in a timely fashion to avoid bankruptcy. You knew this fact would have a negative impact on your candidacy and yet you failed to disclose it. You admit to having poor judgment with respect to due diligence. You have demonstrated that you will breach a contract, and your word, to protect your assets. What is most stunning is that you apparently still believe you deserve the public trust and are qualified to run a $70+M enterprise that is Kootenai County.”

DFO: The Berry Picker who sent me this link said: “Perhaps Hell has frozen over as Hucksters may agree with Brent Regan for once? “ Thoughts?

Quotable Quote

In honor of Earth Day I've decided not to have any more children. You are welcome — Cindy.

Question: Do you have a resolution for Earth Day?

Happy Earth Day

A Greater Adjutant Stork flies by a ragpicker looking for recyclable items at a garbage dump on Earth Day, on the outskirts of Gauhati, India on Tuesday. People across the globe hold events to celebrate the Earth's environment and spread awareness on how to conserve its natural resources on Earth Day, observed annually on April 22. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Earth Day is celebrated every April 22, though some events take place on the weekends before or after. The first Earth Day was in 1970. It was created in the U.S. to increase public awareness of environmental problems. Now, it's celebrated every year by more than a billion people in 180 nations. Earth Day is credited with starting the environmental movement in the U.S. Governor Pat Quinn says he wants Illinoisans to get outdoors and involved in conservation and sustainability efforts in the state. He says every day should be Earth Day in Illinois and residents should work to make Illinois the greenest state in the nation. He says “everyone should do their part to help preserve, sustain and beautify” Illinois/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Are you greener today than you were 10 years ago?

Justices OK Affirmative Action Ban

The (U.S.) Supreme Court dealt another blow to affirmative action programs Tuesday, upholding the right of states to ban racial preferences in university admissions. The 6-2 decision came in a case brought by Michigan, where a voter-approved initiative banning affirmative action had been tied up in court for a decade. Seven other states – California, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Hampshire – have similar bans. Now, others may seek to follow suit. But the ruling, which was expected after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Michigan law, does not establish a new precedent because the justices splintered in their reasoning/USA Today. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the decision?

Petitions Seek To Save Idaho Ravens

More than 20,000 people have signed an online petition aimed at Idaho Fish and Game to stop the killing of thousands of ravens. The point of the raven population control, though, is to protect another bird close to becoming endangered: the sage grouse. Don Kemner’s job at the Idaho Fish and Game Department is to safeguard the sage grouse. “They’re a really iconic bird of the west,” Kemner says. “They are tied to the sage brush steppe and have a lot of meaning to a wide variety of the public.” California conservationist Michele Anna Jordan is fighting on behalf of the ravens/Jessica Murri, Boise State Public Radio. More here. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Question: Do you think a California-based online petition drive will have much impact on Idaho officials?

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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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