Facts: Tanya Lopez of Fruitland, Idaho, tries to get the attention of Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium Monday. You write the cutline. (AP photo: Kathy Willens)
Monday Winner — Flatlander, with 6 likes: “New spy satellite photos show North Korea missile technology is further behind then first thought.” You can see Monday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
DFO: Idaho: First in beauty, first in hyperconservatism, and last in so many other categories.
Question: Idaho's state motto is Esto Perpetua (“Mayest thou endure forever”). Can you think of something more appropriate for 21st Century Idaho?
In his Business Bits column for the Coeur d'Alene Press, Nils Rosdahl tells of Anytime Fitness opening a 66,770-square-foot Coeur d'Alene exercise club at 370 Kathleen Ave. Seems Anytime Fitness is the largest exercise club in the world with 2,500 outlets & is open 24 hours a day. More here. I've belonged to four fitness clubs in three towns in the Inland Northwest. But haven't been a member of a fitness club for two decades. I exercise on my own — walking, bicycling and lifting weights. How about you?
Question: Do you belong to a fitness club? How often do you go?
Nearly three-quarters of the US. believes religious influence on American life is waning and nearly half think that churches and other houses of worship should play a greater role in the national discourse on social and political matters, according to a new Pew study. The findings by Pew's Religion & Public Life Project show that 72 percent of those surveyed think religion's hold on America is in decline, as opposed to 22 percent who believe that influence is on the rise. Most of those surveyed who said religion was losing influence also viewed that decline as a bad thing/NPR. More here.
Question: Do you believe the influence of religion in American life is in decline? If so, do you consider that a good/bad thing?
Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say they are investigating a Missoula man's anti-wolf claim that he purposefully ran down a pair of wolves near the Idaho-Montana border. Toby Bridges posted on Facebook last week, bragging that he killed two wolves in his wife's van. Capt. Joseph Jaquith said he is trying to determine if the Montana's wildlife law enforcement can do anything since Bridges used social media and he doesn't have any physical evidence. Bridges did not respond to an email seeking comment. “It's very unsporting, regardless of how you feel about wolves or lawful means for harvest of wolves, certainly running them down on the highway is not what we would accept,” Jaquith said. Jaquith added that it is illegal to intentionally run over animals in a vehicle in Montana/Associated Press. More here.
Question: This guy is not only unsportsmanlike. But he isn't very bright either (using social media to brag about his actions). Thoughts?
From Lewiston Tribune editorial: (Secretary of State Ben) Ysursa is retiring at the end of this year. So the major question in the campaign to succeed him is which candidate - Rep. Lawerence (Boss) Denney, R-Midvale, or Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise - would most closely follow his example? Here's one clue: This week Woodings stepped forward and promised to retain the staff that has worked under Republican secretaries of state. Actually, the Democratic candidate is merely continuing a precedent first set in 1967 by Edson Deal. Deal was Idaho's first Republican secretary of state in eight years. He maintained the Democratic staff he inherited - sending the message that he expected his office and staff to stand apart from petty politics. What about Denney? When told about Hollings' idea, he said, me too. “I think for the continuity of the office, I think you should keep the staff intact,” he told the Idaho Statesman. Keep Denney's record in mind/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Kootenai High School senior Lacy Goodson shares a laugh during class at the school in Harrison Wednesday, Sept. 10. The school is ranked 10th in SAT scores for the state of Idaho. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Strong performances on the SAT college entrance exam tend to be dominated these days by charter school students. But a small public school at the south end of Lake Coeur d’Alene is among the SAT standouts in Idaho this year. Nestled in the rolling hills south of Harrison, Kootenai High School is proving it can hold its own among the strongest academic environments in the Gem State, even as it confronts steep enrollment declines and limited resources. Of the Idaho schools that had 10 or more juniors tackle the SAT in mid-April, Kootenai had the largest year-over-year improvement. The average score of 1,526 was up 191 points over 2013. “That just blew me out of the water,” Principal Tim Schultz said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.
Question: How many kids were there in your graduating class at high school?
Organ samples from a yearling doe have been collected for testing to determine if the animal was possibly poisoned. The organ samples will be taken to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game wildlife health lab in Caldwell for analysis, said Laura Wolf, a regional wildlife biologist for Fish and Game in Coeur d'Alene. “We have received reports of several dead does in Dalton Gardens over the past week,” Wolf said Monday. “The wildlife health lab may be able to determine if this death was due to poison, disease, or other potential causes of death.” She expects to have results sometime next week, but possibly by the end of this week. Lt. Stu Miller of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said the deer being tested was shot by a deputy Sunday afternoon/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you live in an area overrun by deer?
The man who carried a concealed weapon onto the North Idaho College campus without a permit has been sentenced to jail time. Michael Dan was sentenced last week in Kootenai County District Court to serve nine days in jail for charges stemming from the February incident on the NIC campus. Dan, 38, pleaded guilty on July 18 to two misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possession of paraphernalia. After serving his time in jail, the Rathdrum man will serve two years of supervised parole. On Feb. 10, a witness contacted college administrators and told them he thought Dan would come to class with a gun. Police were contacted and took Dan into custody without incident/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Some people would want to give Dan a medal rather than jail time. Thoughts?
I don't know how many more fantastic weekends that we have before the chill sets in. But the waterfront was fabulous Saturday morning and Sunday evening when Mrs. O & I took Huckleberry for a walk. Seems as though more & more bicyclists are out. All ages. I enjoy the development. Who knows? Maybe one day we'll be as bike-friendly as Portland. Now for today's Wild Card …
JBelle (RE: Final tab on McEuen: $20.2M): I went to the park yesterday, again, and remain sadly disappointed. I think the design by committee diluted the entire project. The parking garage is an eyesore; the boats create great confusion; and in the end, everybody got a little bit of what they want which all adds up to just about nothing. So I think the one line item where Coeur d'Alene got hosed is Professional Services; the design is just flat awful. And apparently, the engineering needs a nip and tuck to get the water out of “the basement”?
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Facts: North Korea's synchronized swim team performs at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, earlier today. You write the cutline.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Weekend Winner — Psalm 37, with 7 likes: Seattle is dumping the wave for the 'Fernando Shuffle. You can see Weekend Photo with all Cutline Contest entries here.
“A community project that has been a long time in the making came to fruition last weekend when a new playground was dedicated at Person Field off 15th Street,” reports Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. “Dozens of people attended the event, many lending a hand to shovel wood chips onto the playground.” More here.
A Bonner County woman arrested on a host of misdemeanor charges on Thursday added a felony to the pile after allegedly gnawing through the upholstery of a sheriff’s patrol vehicle while being taken to jail. Staci Anne Spence is charged with malicious injury to property at the felony level because replacing the seat exceeded $1,000, according to court documents. Spence is also charged with battery, battery on a law officer, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. Judge Debra Heise set Spence’s bail at $32,000 and appointed a public defender to represent her, court records show. Spence, 42, was arrested Thursday morning at her north-side home after allegedly dousing a couple with pepper spray as they slept in a van parked off Grouse Creek Cutoff Road/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Bee. More here.
Idaho women and individuals have the lowest median incomes in the country, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Women's median income in Idaho — or the income at which half of women earn more and half earn less — was $21,908 in 2013, 51st among the 50 states and Washington D.C. Idaho women's median income rose 2.9 percent from 2012. Delaware women had the highest median income at $49,563. Idaho individual median income was $27,932, also ranked 51st. Washington, D.C. had the highest individual median income at $56,619/Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Anyone keeping count re: how many times Idaho comes in last in national rankings? Motto: Idaho: the Mississippi of the West — and proud of it. Thoughts?
Mailers from state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, arrived in mailboxes in my neighborhood over the weekend. Rep. Sims has the red-white-and-blue working for her campaign literature. I consider everything on her list of accomplishments fairly boilerplate. But I did pause when she described herself as a community supporter and an “urban renewal watchdog.” As a leader of the failed movement to recall former Coeur d'Alene mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members, I wouldn't call Rep. Sims a “community supporter.” And I'm not sure I would use the term “watchdog” to describe her eyes-rolled-back-in-her-head opposition to urban renewal. Other than that? No problems.