We reach what I consider the last herald of spring this weekend — Easter Sunday. Groundhog's Day. Daylight-saving time. Easter Sunday. We're suppose to have a good weekend to herald the coming of spring.. I hope so. I need to do a whole lotta yard work. It'll be interesting to see how much planting Beagle Huckleberry will help me with. I attended an uplifting Good Friday evening service to launch the Easter weekend. And am looking forward to Sunday services to complete it. Then, Easter lunch with friends. Best to you this weekend. We'll meet back here Monday AM. Here's your weekend Wild Card …
I'm glad to see my old pal Herb Huseland busy campaigning for GOPrecinct 4 committeeman. Herb has a lower tolerance for nonsense than I do. If he wins, I doubt that the Powers That Be who control the Rally Right disciples on the Central Committee to such a degree that they could ensure that their choice for County Clerk appointment would skate through. Herb is an independent thinker. More of his kind are needed on the local GOP Central Committee. Now for today's Wild Card …
A Coeur d’Alene man was climbing Mt. Everest on Thursday when the deadly avalanche hit and killed 12 people. Pete Erbland’s wife told KREM 2 News that he was training on a lower section of the mountain when the avalanche took place elsewhere on the mountain. The avalanche killed at least 12 Nepalese guides and left four missing. Four survivors were injured badly enough to require airlifting to a hospital in Katmandu. (At 5 tonight), hear from the Coeur d’Alene man’s wife about what happened during the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Tiffany Erbland spoke to her husband on the phone about the disaster. She sent an email to family and friends saying Pete was alright/KREM2. More here. (Facebook photo)
A cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in Montana greets visitors as they enter the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington recently. The original fossilized bones of this T. rex arrived at the museum Tuesday and will be reassembled for display. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Time 2 Vote …
Young men dressed in traditional Paloc folk costumes pour water from a bucket on a young woman performing an Easter folk tradition, the Easter sprinkling, in Kazar, Hungary, on Good Friday today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/MTI, Peter Komka)
Thursday Winner — DFO, with 9 likes: One small step for Prince William, one giant step up the monarchy line for Prince George. You can see Thursday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
The Idaho Republican Party endorses repeal of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows election of U.S. senators by popular vote – and not the Legislature. I say get ‘er done, because it makes no difference. Election by the people and the Legislature would produce the same results in this Republican state. Idaho has not had a Democrat in the U.S. Senate since Frank Church and, since Democrats are so inept, I doubt if I will see another Democrat in the Senate in my lifetime. So what kind of U.S. Senators would we get if they were elected by the Legislature? We’d have Mike Crapo, for sure. He was a former president pro tem of the Idaho Senate and a member of the House of Representatives before moving to the Senate. Who would fill the second slot? Why, it would be Jim Risch – a former Senate pro tem, majority leader, lieutenant governor and governor/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.
Question: Why are the Tea Party types so worked up about the 17th Amendment when the results would be the same either way?
At Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, Linda Lantzy offers this viewtiful sunset over Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene. You can see more of Linda's scenic Idaho photography here.
HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, April 17): 8356 page-views/4847 unique views
Hundreds of trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses and ground covers (the lowest growing layer of vegetation below shrubs) continue to be trucked into McEuen Park as landscapers plant the greenery at a feverish pace.“We have significantly increased the number of trees in the downtown with this project,” said landscape architect Dell Hatch of Welch Comer Engineers. “Obviously, McEuen Park is going to have a much more lush appearance than previously at McEuen Field.” Upon completion, the park will be home to 202 trees, 2,350 shrubs, 1,922 ornamental grasses, and 366 ground covers, Hatch said/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.
DFO: I don't see a lot of difference among these candidates, even the ones who didn't kowtow to the entire Idaho GOPlatform. Do you?
“As Idaho Loggers and Haulers, we know that Phil understands the importance of active management of the State's forest lands to make sure those lands remain productive and healthy, earn money for the public schools while providing high-quality jobs for hardworking Idahoans,” said Rich Nordstrom, PAC Chairman. Full news release here.
Question: Can you name the 4 men running for the GOPrimary nomination for Idaho secretary of state (without looking)?
Once again Idaho ranks near the bottom compared to the other 49 states. This time, the Gem State is one of three that earned an F for government transparency in how public money is spent. Idaho, California and Alaska all failed in a U.S. Public Interest Research Group study on transparency, according to a Boise State Public Radio report. And the rating occurred after the launch of the Transparent Idaho website. (U.S. PIRG, a private consumer interest group, had given Idaho a C rating in 2013.) The new website just isn't user friendly/Murf Racquet, Moscow-Pullman Daily News Editorial Board. More here.
Question: Hey, at least we Idahoans don't watch much online porn, right?
When he came up with the idea for his campaign signs a couple of months ago, Matthew Townsend III ran it by some friends. “There was a couple people who said it might bring some negative attention,” the 28-year-old candidate for Ada County coroner said. “Everybody loves it so far,” Townsend said of the 8-foot by 10-foot sign, which features the word “coroner” in dripping red paint. Well, not everybody. “When you're driving by, it looks ghoulish,” said Michael Nersveen, a 49-year-old Meridian resident who noticed the sign while driving down Meridian Road on Sunday. He circled back around to take a closer look/Katy Moeller, Idaho Statesman. More (including photo of sign) here.
Question: Do you consider Matthew Townsend's sign for Ada County coroner ghoulish or clever?
Democrat A.J. Balukoff’s snubbing of the NRA’s candidate questionnaire has generated the heaviest response of any issue since he announced his bid for governor in December, says campaign spokesman Mike Lanza. Balukoff’s April 10 Facebook post has generated about 500 “likes” and about 100 largely positive comments. “(T)hat post has generated more responses than anything we’ve done yet, by far,” Lanza said. “My take is that people found it refreshing that A.J. said he wouldn’t let his position on anything be dictated by a special-interest group and that he offered up a moderate position that respects Second Amendment and individual liberties.” That’s not to say Lanza is blithely unmindful of how a snit with the NRA might shape Balukoff’s image in gun-loving Idaho/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Photo: Idaho Statesman site courtesy of Balukoff campaign)
Question: I find it refreshing to find one candidate for Idaho governor who doesn't put his finger in the wind before taking stands on controversial issues. How about you?
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans? No, of course not. So what’s the difference between the fictional loser and Cliven Bundy, the rancher in Nevada who owes the government about $1 million and has been grazing his cattle on public land for more than 20 years? Near as I can tell, one wears a cowboy hat/Timothy Egan, New York Times. More here. (AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal photo: Cliven Bundy, left, and his son Dave talk to a reporter in Las Vegas recently)
Question: Do you consider Cliven Bundy to be a freeloader? Or a hero?