Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman, AP
John Bertram, poses recently in Boise. Bertram is planning a memorial to the late Gutzon Borglum that will be placed in St. Charles, Idaho, where Borglum was born. Borglum is most famous for carving four presidents into Mount Rushmore.
1. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Shea refused to grant Ford Motor Co. motion to dismiss a civil suit involving a Ford Bronco II crash, which would have gutted damage claims brought by 21-year-old Crystal Bear of Colville here/SR.
2. The tragic head-on accident that killed five children of a Mennonite family on U.S. Highway 395 was caused not by negligent driving but by a fainting spell suffered by Deer Park businessman Clifford Helm, his lawyer told a Spokane jury in opening statements today here/SR.
3. The man who allegedly extorted money from a Washington lawmaker has been sentenced in a separate case for stealing money from a woman at the Coeur d'Alene Casino here/KXLY.
4. IMHO: Rays of light pierce dense Iraq darkness/Jamie Tobias Neely, SR; They squealed on us is not much of a defense/Tom Henderson, Lewiston Tribune; Sierra Club throws a sucker punch/Joel Connelly, Seattle PI; and Restaurateur recognizes hot commodity/Doug Clark, SR.
5. Blogosphere: Lobbying Idaho from all over/Randy Stapilus; Once a parents, always a parent/Dogwalk Musings; Nags & Zags/Slight Detour; For Idaho D's, future starts March 10/Red State Rebels; and Mathematically impossible/Adam's Blog.
6. News Roundup: Micron to build new Boise plant/Idaho Statesman; Surveillance video shows illegal search/SR; 2-alarm fire rips through NW Nazarene sports facility/KTVB; Idaho meth ads graphic, make point/KXLY; and Gym dispute escalates to riot/KREM2.