A long-time blurker called to object to the run-around she received when she called Waste Management to ask about the difference in cost for a bigger garbage can. She was bounced around to two different states and four transfers before getting the information 26 minutes later — a few bucks. She was miffed that someone beyond the Coeur d'Alene area has the job of answering her question about such a routine matter when jobs are needed here — not in Texas or Arizona, where she was transferred. “Every job we get here is precious,” she told Huckleberries Online. Now, she wonders whether she'll save herself the convenience of paying for a bigger garbage can. She may simply continue to go to the Ramsey Road transfer station in protest.
Question: Have you tried to contact a company that operates locally but has phone contact in another state?
I need to cut out a little early today for lunch, about 11:30 — for personal business. But I'll be back early from lunch, too. So hang in there. And I'll be back before you know it. Now for today's Wild Card …
Jake at Skyline-Productions.com provides this eye opener of downtown Coeur d'Alene in the early morning. I'm a night owl. I don't do mornings. But the few times I have, I've enjoyed seeing what downtown Coeur d'Alene looks like before people and cars arrive. How about you?
Question: When is your favorite time of day to be in downtown Coeur d'Alene?
Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane left an erroneous impression on his audience Thursday at the University of Idaho during a press conference touting the benefits of the state's higher education savings plan, IDeal. Crane was in Moscow with Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and first lady Lori Otter to share thoughts on the plan, as well as to introduce UI junior Kim Davenport, who was able to finance her four-year degree with the help of the plan and remain, as she said, “debt free.” In introducing Davenport, Crane showed his apparent confusion at her presence on the stage. “The first person we are going to ask to talk is Kim Davenport. She, what was it? She won some award? She was selected as … oh, we haven't given it to her yet,” he said/Shannon Quinn, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
Question: You need to open the pdf to understand the full extent of the confusion. After you do, please tell us your thoughts?
Four candidates for governor have confirmed that they’ll debate this Friday in Coeur d’Alene – GOP Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff, Libertarian candidate John Bujak and independent candidate “Pro-Life.” Jimmy McAndrew of the Coeur Group, which is organizing the noon Friday debate at the Coeur d’Alene Library’s downstairs community room, said the group invited all the candidates on the ballot; all but two, independent Jill Humble and Constitution Party candidate Steve Pankey, accepted. “So we’ve got four,” he said. “Humble declined, I just don’t think she could make it work. We never heard back from Pankey”/Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: I don't think fringe candidates should be invited to debates for major offices like governor (think: Harley Brown, Walt Bayes). They gum up the debate. What do you think?
“I noticed something this morning on my walk to work that some of my liberal friends find it hard to understand. Just about every other pickup that went by had an arsenal of weapons hanging on the gun racks in their back windows. Young adults, high school students, business men and farmers. All armed to the teeth. It made me smile and thankful this is where I live. The seasons are changing and hunting season is coming upon us. This is classic, beautiful North Idaho and its very hard to beat” — former Bonners Ferry mayor Darrell Kerby, via Facebook.
On Thursday, Spokane’s “best and the brightest” – and I use that term very loosely – will converge at the Bing Crosby Theater to reveal just how much useless knowledge is rattling around the old noggin. That’s right. It’s the first Spokane Trivia Championship, to benefit STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs at the Spokane Public Library. The event, sponsored by the Spokane Public Library Foundation, will feature teams showing off their cultural, historical and geographical knowledge. The teams represent such august organizations as Witherspoon Kelley attorneys at law, Avista, the Inlander, Lewis & Clark High School and The Spokesman-Review/Carolyn Lamberson, SR. More here.
Also: For those keeping score at home, Super Blog Sub Cindy will be keeping score for this event.
Question: Are you good at trivia?
Hayden resident Aubrey Hegreberg walked with her children Brody Raynor,6, left and Bailey Hegreberg, 2, after fishing at Falls Park in Post Falls Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Facts: Organizer Jonathan Ferrara oversees the installation of the upcoming “Guns in the Hands of Artists” show at his gallery in New Orleans. You write the cutline. (AP photo)
Monday Winner — Lost in Boise, with 11 likes: “My Mom can whip your Dad!” You can see Monday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
Question: Do you rely on an alarm clock to wake you up?
Spokane writer Shawn Vestal won the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction on Monday evening for his collection of short stories “Godforsaken Idaho.” Vestal’s stories, printed by Amazon’s publishing unit Little A/New Harvest, “dare to charge into the well-trodden arena of the hapless male and make that subject fresh again,” according to judges. Vestal’s column is published three times a week in The Spokesman-Review. On his way to a reception in New York after winning, Vestal said he was shocked. “I was very certain, and I didn’t feel that I was going to win,” he said. “I didn’t prepare a speech”/SR. More here.
Question: Have you read Shawn's “Godforsaken Idaho”?
The New York Times reported recently on a little noted aspect of Barack Obama’s legacy that will have lasting impact for the country. As the paper’s Jeremy Peters wrote earlier this month, “For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees.” Peters was writing about Obama’s appointments at the the federal Court of Appeals level, but the same impact applies more broadly to federal District Courts. In fact, the U.S. Senate has virtually eliminated the old back log of judicial nominations, so much so that earlier this summer there were few pending judicial nominations in the confirmation pipeline/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here.
Question: Do you consider federal judicial appointments important?
The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception. The league's rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that “the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.” The flag thrown in the fourth quarter of Kansas City's 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots on Monday night led to criticism on social media, with many wondering how it was different from players such as former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow dropping to one knee in Christian prayer/AP. More here. (AP photo: Husain Abdullah returns a Tom Brady interception for a touchdown Monday night)
Question: Should the NFL penalize end zone celebrations at all?
“If we had a time-machine, we'd go back to the swingin' 60's. What about you?” — Dave, Ken & Molly (92.9 KZZU) tweet:
Six out of 10 people polled thought there was an optimism then that is missing today. And a third believed the standard of living was higher, despite the huge technological advances that have taken place since. The first manned moon landing in 1969 was named by 63 per cent of people to be the major milestone of the decade. But other key moments mentioned included the first single by The Beatles in 1962, the assassinations of President John F Kennedy in 1963 and civil rights leader Martin Luther King in 1968, England’s 1966 World Cup win and approval of the contraceptive pill in 1960. The period was also remembered for Marilyn Monroe’s death in 1962, the arrival of the miniskirt in 1965, the fi rst Bond movie Dr No in 1962 and the fi rst Doctor Who in 1963/Sunday Express. More here. (AP file photo: Front cover of the Nov. 19, 1968, edition of Newsweek)
DFO: I enjoyed coming to age in the '60s. But there is a down side. If you came to age in the 60s, you're old now.
Question: Would you want to live back in the '60s if you could?
Heather Riviere, who owns Coeur de Breizh, sees the possibility of an ordinance regulating businesses like hers as a positive, as evidence that the city is embracing the burgeoning industry. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)
Concerns about safety, public health and business competition have city officials considering the creation of an ordinance to regulate the growing food truck industry in Coeur d'Alene. The city is hosting a public workshop on the issue Wednesday morning from 8:30-9:30 in the Old Council Chambers at City Hall, 710 Mullan Ave. A new ordinance would apply to all food vendors doing business in the city, regardless of where they are parked. The city's existing law applies to mobile concessions doing business on city property only, mainly ice cream trucks which sell their wares on public streets. Councilman Dan Gookin said since he took office, he has received many calls from citizens who are concerned about the proliferation of mobile businesses in the Lake City/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
DFO: My son-in-law Okie Doke is a connisseur of food trucks in the Portland area. We inevitably eat at a food truck at least once when we visit the Rose City. They add to Portland's cultural ambience. I hope Coeur d'Alene doesn't do anything to discourage food trucks.
Question: When did you last eat at a Coeur d'Alene food truck? Which one?
Kootenai County cut the ribbon on a new rural solid waste collection site near Rathdrum on Monday, but not everyone is happy about it. The new facility was built to consolidate two collection sites located on property the county did not own: the Garwood and Twin Lakes collection sites. … The new site near the intersection of Chilco Road and Ramsey Road will open 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, and be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The Garwood and Twin Lakes sites will permanently close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mayer said. … Garwood resident Don Bradway isn't happy about the move. He said his neighbors aren't happy either. “We've been using this site for decades and now they just decide to move it five to six miles up the road,” he said. “It's not as accessible for us”/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: How often do you visit the dump in a year?
By the end of the week, teachers in Coeur d'Alene will likely be working with a contract in place for the first time this school year. Members of the Coeur d'Alene Education Association met after school Monday at Lake City High School to consider a tentative agreement reached last week - with the help of a federal mediator - between the negotiating teams for the teachers union and the school board. The teachers ratified the agreement. Now, the school board must do the same. A school district spokeswoman, Laura Rumpler, said the trustees plan to meet late Thursday afternoon to consider ratification of the mediated agreement. (Among other things) the new contract includes a 0.5 percent base salary increase (and) no change to the health insurance co-payment amount or the co-insurance responsibility/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you consider the agreement fair/unfair?