4:23 p.m., Phone question from Larry Spencer: Has Bob been banned? Short answer: No. UBob has decided to put some distance between HBO and himself this week. He is as welcome here as ever.
12:52 p.m., Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim called from Spokane en route to Orient, Wash., to present an educational program, “A Study of Heroes,” on behalf of the Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States. I met Rachel 19 years ago in New York when she and her group honored the city of Coeur d’Alene with its first human rights community award. Two of the four members of our group, Bill Wassmuth and Larry Broadbent, are gone now. But the happy memory of that cross-country trip lingers.
11:39 a.m., Colleague Kathryn Scaletta sent a Fox News link to HBO, with a note, “scroll down to “A Little Bit Country” (lower right corner), and: “We need this here.” You can view a 2-minute segment about the rural handbook that Jackson County, Ore., provides city slickers here.
10:47 a.m., Steve Smith is telling Editorial Board (as I type) that the news staff in Logan, Utah, tuned in on our newsroom Webcast this morning. Among the bugs we found on the shakedown cruise: Editor Smith drums his fingers too much and the femme editors are hard to hear.
10 a.m., We’re on live with our first Webcast, which began with City Editor Carla Savalli giving CDA reporter JoNel Aleccia props for her front-page story re: tatoos. Tune in.
9:03 a.m., A Bonner County resident called to say he saw a bailiff stealing the entire stack of newspapers out of the Spokesman-Review newsstand in front of the Bonner County Courthouse yesterday — possibly in response to the SR’s story re: alleged sheriff’s office corruption. The caller said it wasn’t the first time he has seen a bailiff empty out the paper box in front of the Bonner County Courthouse. Last time, though, the bailiff was apparently pulling out a stack of Bonner County Daily Bee papers that had a headline about the county clerk.