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Archive for July 2009

TGIF Wild Card

Hot and sunny sucks when you’ve got to work. If I had my way it would rain every Friday that I have to sit at my desk. I like working when it’s raining.

This weekend I’ll fling myself at the Highland Games and hope to answer the burning question “what’s under those kilts?” A source told me I may need a shot of whiskey after the haggis tasting, and apparently some Scots carry a flask strapped somewhere ‘neath their kilts. I’ll let you know.

Use this thread to tell us about your weekend plans or anything else that’s on your mind.

APhoto of the Day

Sgt. Kevin Locicero, left, and Capt. Bruce Elliot, of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, examine a truck that drove into a pool in Lockport, N.Y., on Thursday. Police said the driver was juggling two cell phones.

Top Cutlines:

#1. The driver misheard the news on the radio. He thought the government was offering “Cash For Dunkers.” Idaho Dad

#2. I just love these “Crash Text Dummy” commercials! formerlysandpoint

#3. If Bill Gates can’t get Windows to multi-task without crashing, why should we expect more from a tow truck driver. Bayview Bob

How a nice golf course, teen driving helped spur Boise’s high-tech sector

It wasn’t what you might think that made Ray Smelek decide to bring Hewlett-Packard’s printer division to Boise in 1973, launching a high-tech industry in the Idaho capital city that transformed the city’s economy. “From a personal point of view … it seemed like a nice move for our family,” Smelek writes in his new memoir, “Ray Smelek, Making My Own Luck.” There was an attractive golf course. Ski passes were cheap. And the state’s teen driving age of 14, at the time, was highly appealing to Smelek’s kids, who were then aged 7, 10, 12 and 14. (Idaho’s teen driving age is now 15-1/2, still lower than Washington, Oregon and California.) /Betsy Z. Russell, Eye on Boise - more here

Boise Boy Still Missing

“Boise police investigators say new evidence suggests that an 8-year-old boy who has been missing for a week may have been the victim of a tragic event.” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/boise-police-missing-boy-may-be-victim-tragedy/

I’m going to take off early and hug my nine-year-old before he leaves for a sleepover. If you’ve got kids at home, stories like this make you want to hold them extra close.

Michelle’s Garden Not Organic After All

Thanks to the Clintons. It seems the Clintons left the Obamas a little something extra on the White House grounds– gooey sludge. Is this any way to grow a garden? http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/92869?fp=1

Could One Billion Users be Wrong?

So, Firefox is supposed to hit it’s one billionth dowload sometime today:

  http://www.pcworld.com/article/169384/firefox_to_hit_1_billion_downloads_friday.html?tk=rss_news

Apparently, if I want to post the HBO Poll thingie while DFO’s gone, I’m going to need Firefox. But I’m an Explorer gal. It’s been good to me, and I don’t know if I can expand my mind to embrace Firefox

What say you? Which browser do you use?

Toasted

“Coeur d’Alene’s food bank lost its 1989 Dodge van and 500 loaves of bread Thursday when the van caught fire.” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/fire-destroys-food-bank-van-toasts-bread/

Almost Like Being There

“The Rosetta Stone of racial understanding,” that’s what Obama is, according to Jon Stewart.
Stewart simulated the beer summit for those of us who weren’t invited: http://www.indecisionforever.com/2009/07/31/jon-stewart-and-wyatt-cenac-simulate-the-white-house-beer-summit/

But Wait! There’s More!

“The House voted Friday to rush $2 billion into the popular but financially strapped “cash for clunkers” car purchase program, heeding calls from consumers who hope to keep taking advantage of the trade-in incentives.” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/house-approves-2b-more-cash-clunkers/

Thoughts?

What is City of CdA hiding?

Item: City won’t name names on salaries/CdA Press

More info: Coeur d’Alene city officials are refusing to disclose the full identities of city employees, after an Idaho Public Records Act request from the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan group that’s in the process of developing a government transparency Web site. Wayne Hoffman, IFF head, asked for names, titles, departments and rates of pay for each city employee, but the city’s human resources director, Pam MacDonald, sent a list that withheld first names, saying, “First names will not be provided because that would indicate gender.” The Idaho law specifically states that the “public service or employment history, classification, pay grade and step, longevity, gross salary and salary history, status, workplace and employing agency” of a current or former public official is a public record in Idaho, and is available to the public. It does exempt other personnel info, including race, sex, marital status and birth date, but says nothing about withholding names.

Hoffman, a former aide to then-Congressman Bill Sali, said, “So far, the city of Coeur d’Alene is the only entity in the state to use gender identification as a means to hide public information.” Other cities have promptly turned over the info, including Twin Falls, which responded to Hoffman’s request the same day.

Secrecy always prompts this question: What are they hiding?

More on Resort Tragedy

A Louisiana woman visiting the Coeur d’Alene Resort fell 12 stories to her death early Thursday in what the incident’s only witness, the victim’s boyfriend, told police was a suicide but detectives say is still under investigation.” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/woman-dies-in-12-story-fall-at-resort/

How very sad.

Good for What Ails You?

“Americans spend more than 10 percent of their out-of-pocket health care dollars on alternative medicine, according to the first national estimate of such spending in more than a decade.

Chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists and herbal remedies are commanding significant consumer dollars as people seek high-touch care in a high-tech society, the report released Thursday by the government shows.” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/alternative-medicine-booms/

Have you ever been helped by alternative medical treatments such as the ones listed above?

It’s a Dawg Eat Dawg World

 Dog Eat Dawg owner Van Austin hands a plate of food to regular customer Davis Shutts, of Coeur d’Alene, from his mobile eatery on the corner of Seltice Way and Atlas Road in Coeur d’Alene on Thursday. Part of their proceeds are donated to the Kootenai Humane Society.

“Their kids grown, Van and Rebbecca Austin decided to sell their house in Portland, move to Spokane Valley and buy a 15-foot trailer for a mobile hot dog stand, which they’ve parked between Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene. Dog Eat Dawg opened two months ago at Seltice Way and Atlas Road: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/valley-couple-opens-mobile-sandwich-shop/

Has OTV dog a hot dog column? I’m not a big fan of wienies myself, but Philly cheesesteaks and pulled pork sandwiches are yummy, though messy.

What do you put on your hot dogs?

Cash Crop

Garcia

Nearly 2,000 marijuana plants averaging 5 feet tall were uprooted from an irrigated cornfield north of Reardan, the Lincoln County sheriff said Thursday.” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/marijuana-plants-found-in-cornfield-near-reardan/

Wonder what the corn tastes like?

Grownup steals, disguises 5-year-old’s puppy

Item: 5-year-old’s stolen puppy shaved but safe/AP, The Spokesman-Review

More info: A 5-year-old girl was at a park in Chubbuck, Idaho with her 11-week-old Pomeranian puppy when a woman asked if she could hold the puppy - but once she got it, she fled. Little Sadie Austin had only had the puppy, Tippy, for two weeks. When police recovered the puppy from the woman’s home two days later, she’d been shaved and disguised with a false spot drawn in magic marker on her nose. Now the child has her puppy back; police say the suspect could face misdemeanor theft charges. Sadie’s family paid $800 each for the Pomeranian puppy and its brother two weeks earlier.

Question: What’s the right penalty for this adult female, if she’s convicted?

And the Winner is…

It was pretty close, but 36% of voters (28 votes) chose What the Huck as the name for Bent’s new huckleberry beer. Twenty-eight percent  of you (22 votes) liked Purple Gold best. And Mountain Brew edged out Hefleberry, by one vote for number three.

State lawmakers to help choose kids for new NASA program for Idaho students

Item: Online program connects Idaho students, NASA/Betsy Z. Russell, S-R

More Info: Bright, advanced Idaho high school juniors can now compete to get into a new science and math online class and summer academy offered in partnership with NASA - in part by impressing a local state legislator. Or, perhaps, just knowing one. “We would like to get state lawmakers involved in this, in endorsing students from their legislative district,” said Idaho Department of Education spokeswoman Melissa McGrath. “Legislators would be involved in the review of applications and helping to select the students … they’d have a big role in choosing which student goes.”

Question: Is this a good role for elected lawmakers?

Bra-snapping teacher quits

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/30/teacher-history-reprimands-quits/

You know, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to come up with a scenario in which snapping someone’s bra is appropriate. Can’t think of one. Can you?

The View from Here

From my office window I see the DoubleTree Hotel, two Diamond Parking Lots, Glen Dow Academy and a huge billboard that reads: “Kokanee: mmm…Tastes like glacial runoff” Is it just me? When I picture glacial runoff I see dirty melting snow. Bleh.

What’s the view from where you sit today?

Already Out of Gas

Well. That didn’t last long. If you were hoping for the government’s help to buy a new car, it looks like you’re out of luck: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/30/officials-cash-clunkers-set-run-out-gas/

Update: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/no-cash-for-clunkers/

Surprised?

Thursday Wild Card

Three things I learned at HBO yesterday:

We need to keep Herb’s daughter in our thoughts and prayers as she recovers from a serious car accident.

Some folks here should open their own ad agency and specialize in beer promotion.

And most of you bathe and smell good. Most of you.
Who knows what we’ll learn today, but the Wild Card is a good place to start our education.

Huckleberry Festival at Schweitzer

“Enjoy free live music, huckleberry hikes, a huckleberry breakfast, huckleberry treat tent, huckleberry crafts, a huckleberry pie eating contest and more huckleberry fun than you ever thought possible.” http://summer.schweitzer.com/things_to_do/event_calendar.php/huckleberry_festival/

What? No Huckleberry Beer?

Spokane is Smart

Of course, I always knew that and now there’s proof: http://www.smartercities.nrdc.org/cities/spokane-wa#city-category-gb

The Natural Resources Defense Council gives Spokane high marks in green building, air quality and other categories.

Where’s the smartest place you’ve ever lived?

Contractors: Blitz will help industry ‘weather tough times’

Here’s a group that’s certainly not bashing U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick’s upcoming “economic blitz” during the congressional summer break (as is a GOP hopeful for his seat): Idaho businesses who are planning to participate. “Congressman Minnick’s ‘blitz’ is being received positively by my contractor members,” said Mark Dunham, executive director of the Idaho Associated General Contractors. More here at Eye on Boise

Depp Shadows

It looks like Johnny Depp and Tim Burton will team up to make “Dark Shadows,” a movie based on the classic cult TV show: http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/movie-talk-depp-burton-dark-shadows.html

Sounds like a natural collaboration to me. Depp’s a nice guy. Remember when he cleaned the snow off that S-R correspondent’s roof? Er…nevermind.

Do you remember Dark Shadows? Are you a Depp fan?

 

Apparently, I’m Not Invited

Not that anyone would foot the bill to fly me to the beer summit. But I have attended my share of beer summits and feel I could cover the event well. Alas, I’m not invited. And neither are you.

The upcoming “beer summit” between President Obama, professor Henry Louis Gates, and Sgt. James Crowley is only a few hours away and is getting huge media attention.

And it’s being met with some media disappointment as well. That’s because the press isn’t invited to the conversation and the president doesn’t have plans to talk to the press after the event. This despite the fact that Obama has called the incident and the upcoming conversation as a “teachable moment.” More here: http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/07/30/media-barred-from-obama-beer-summit-reporters-sad/

Should the media have been invited?

Tattooed Librarians

Seems like everybody’s got a calendar these days: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/30/photo-calendar-features-tattooed-texas-librarians/

What profession that doesn’t yet have a calendar, would you most like to see come out with one?

Higher Taxes Please

“Upper-income earners who actually want to pay higher taxes have launched a public campaign calling for an immediate rollback of the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush.” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/30/top-earners-ask-to-pay-more/

Thoughts?

Art on the Green

“Art on the Green has been a cultural institution in Coeur d’Alene for four decades – and for good reason.” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/30/picking-up-the-pieces/

Have you ever attended Art on the Green? If so, what’s your favorite part of the weekend event?

Tragedy at the Resort

“A 36-year-old woman from out of town died early today in a fall from the 12th floor of the Coeur d’Alene Resort, police said.”  More here:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/30/tourist-dies-fall-cd-resort/

Old Fashioned Fun

Washington state Girls Junior horseshoe champion Kaiti Reeves aims her toss during a practice at Franklin Park July 22. Chris Anderson

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/30/keeping-an-eye-on-the-prize/

This story brought back a lot of memories of my dad. He loved horseshoe pitching. What’s your favorite backyard game?

* Horseshoes

* Bocce

* Badmitton

* Volleyball

* Croquet

* Lawn Darts (remember when we could have metal-tipped darts?)

* Beer drinking and barbecuing

* Other

Lynne: Door-to-Door Annoyance

 
“Anyone else get that annoying magazine salesman trying to earn money for culinary school the past few days? He zinged one of my elderly neighbors and I’m pissed! I don’t even know who to report him to or what company he’s, supposedly, with.” Lynne
Have you ever purchased anything from someone who came to you door? Are there legitimate door-to-door sales people?

 

 

Let the Games Begin

A 42nd Highlander stands at attention during the  2006 Spokane Highland Games.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/30/scottish-festival-serves-up-fun-and-tradition/

I’m looking forward to attending the Games on Saturday. I may even try haggis. Sounds like the Scots know how to have fun. I wonder why there are no Danish Games or Portuguese Games?

If your ethnic group had its own annual event, what kind of events would be featured?

Cheating on the Rorschach

I thought there were no right or wrong answers. But evidently, the scientific community is abuzz because of possible cheats being listed on Wikipedia: http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/92863/?fp=1

Have you ever taken the Rorschach? Care to share your results?

ID: Welcome To Packrats Anonymous

Last night it took me just over two hours to pick up and put away every toy, game, puzzle, doll, crayon, pillow, blanket, cup, rock, and book strewn about on every floor in every room of the house. This morning it took the kids about 15 minutes to make it look like I hadn’t done a thing. We are suffering from that popular American malady known as Too Much Stuff, and it’s really starting to bug me. There’s a line from a Crowded House song that goes, “My possessions are causing me suspicion.” I keep hearing that in my head as I look around at the piles of toys, books, knickknacks, and things that defy categorization. The clutter gets in the way of my desire for a simpler life. I’m a recovering pack rat, and it looks as though my kids have inherited that particular gene from me/Idaho Dad, A Family Runs Through It. More here.

Question: Are you a packrat?

HBO Poll: Name Bent’s Huckleberry Brew

Cindy launched quite a thread Wednesday by asking you Merry Hucksters for suggestions for a name for Bent’s Huckleberry Brew. You can read the suggestions and thread here. Now, Bent has selected five finalists for his name-that-brew contest. And he wants your help picking the winning name for his huckleberry concoction.

  • Wednesday’s Poll: A plurality of 45% (26 of 58 votes) said that they watch movies primarily through Netflex or some other mail-order services. Full results here.


ÅPhoto Of The Day — 7.30.09

Don Watt peeks over his windshield while pushing a barrel down the length of Wrangler Arena on his motorcycle in Gillette, Wyo., Saturday. Watt won the event called the keg push during the ABATE Motorcycle Rodeo. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Gillette News Record, Nathan Payne)

Signe: Hang Up & Drive

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Wednesday Wild Card

I’m thinking Wednesday might be my new favorite day of the week. After all, someone’s already dropped the “N” bomb here. That can’t happen twice, right? It’s too soon to panic about the four articles I have due for three different publications ‘cause there’s always the hope that I’ll get them all done today, and then coast for the rest of the week. It could happen.

In the meantime, use this thread to tell us how you feel about Wednesdays or anything else.

FS: It’s so hot in Phoenix…

“I live in Phoenix now so when the windows begin to melt on 114 degree days, I flee to this site to cool off a little with Northwoods banter. It’s so hot in Phoenix today, Dick Cheney was in town to waterboard himself!” formerlysandpoint.
Now that’s hot.
 What’s the hottest temp you’ve experienced?

APhoto Of The Day — 7/29/09

A young unidentified boy watches the girl next to him as her hair is blown up by President Barack Obama’s helicopter as it took off at the White House in Washington earlier today, as the president left for a trip to Raleigh, N.C. to speak on health care.  You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Top Cutlines:

#1. Once again, there was electricity in the air following President Barack Obama’s Wednesday appearance. MikeS

#2. A young boy ducks the wind, as his little sister checks out the the leaf blower on the Taryn A. Hecker Photography float from the sidelines during the Spirit Lake Parade. Bent

#3. Poltergeist IV: Obama: “Mom, come quick, Carol Ann is being sucked into the TV by the eloquent black man like the rest of America!”“Grab the rope Carol Ann; for christsake Carol Ann, grab the rope!” formerlysandpoint

HM: Kevin Taylor


 

GOP hopeful bashes Minnick’s ‘blitz’

GOP congressional hopeful Vaughn Ward issued a sharply critical statement today in response to Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick’s announcement of an “economic blitz” across the 1st Congressional District during the Congress’ summer break, in which Minnick will host four events to connect Idaho companies and communities to federal funds in an effort to create jobs; more here at Eye on Boise.

Question: What do you think should be done to create more jobs in Idaho?

Lookout for iPhone Hijackers

Of course, I don’t have one of these either so I’m not too worried: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/sms-hijack-iphone

It seems a text-messaging attack can take control of your iPhone. I don’t even text. Do you? If so, how many times a day to send or recieve a text message?

Name That Beer

Bent’s Huckleberry Brew is coming along nicely: http://bentsbeergarden.blogspot.com/2009/07/huckleberry-brew.html

But he needs help choosing a name for it. Any ideas?

Would this fly here?

“New York City is buying one-way plane tickets for homeless families to leave the city. It’s part of a Bloomberg administration program to keep the homeless out of the expensive shelter system, which costs $36,000 a year per family. More than 550 families have left the city since 2007. All it takes is for a relative to agree to take them in.” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/29/citys-homeless-leave-on-jet-planes/

What do you think?

Death of the iPod

“Traditional versions of the iconic device are a thing of the past, but future iterations will have a long and vibrant future.” http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/107415/the-ipod-is-dead-long-live-the-ipod.html

I still haven’t bought my first i-Pod. Also, I’ve never listened to a podcast, which I guess must be related.

What device to you use to listen to music?

Swimsuits and Speed

So Michael Phelps loses his first major individual race in four years because German swimmer Paul Biedermann had a faster swimsuit? http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/29/phelps-loses-race-and-record/

Now, if they could just make one that makes me look 15 pounds slimmer!

Rusche op-ed: Dems continue to lag in Idaho, despite gains elsewhere

Idaho House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, in an op-ed piece, notes recent Democratic gains throughout the West. “Yet the Democratic brand continues to lag across much of Idaho,” he writes. “We know that our fellow Idahoans will not shift long-held voting patterns unless they have compelling reasons to do so. So here’s my best shot at telling you what Idaho Democrats stand for.” Click here to read his full article.

Question: Are Idaho Democrats misunderstood?

Minnick launches ‘economic blitz’

Item: Minnick launches ‘economic blitz’ in Idaho/Betsy Z. Russell, S-R

More info: Freshman Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick says in his seven months in office, he’s become convinced that creating new jobs in Idaho is the most pressing issue he can address, and there’s federal money, contracts and more that could help - if Idahoans just had a little help to tap into them. Minnick announced that during the five weeks Congress is on its summer break, he’ll launch an “economic blitz” in Idaho, holding four events around the state, with Web access, to bring together businesses, communities, economic development officials and more with federal officials, his congressional staffers and other resources to help them get at the federal funding. “It’s making sure that going forward, that no opportunity goes by because we haven’t made proper effort,” Minnick said.

Question: How do you think congressmen should spend their summer recess?

Can Google be Topped?

“Microsoft Corp. has finally roped Yahoo Inc. into an Internet search partnership, capping a convoluted pursuit that dragged on for years and finally setting the stage for them to make a joint assault against the dominance of Google Inc.” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/29/microsoft-yahoo-agree-long-sought-search-deal/

Which search engine do you prefer? How often each day do you use it?

Seat Belt Saved Him

“An 18-year-old driver whose vehicle plunged end-over-end down a steep embankment west of High Drive on Monday evening survived because he was wearing a seat belt, fire officials said.” Read more:  http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/29/vehicle-went-end-over-end-down-embankment/

Has a seatbelt saved your life or the life of someone you know?

I Smell Good

I know because the fellow waiting in line behind me at the bank (the one with the little, tiny tables) told me so. “Thanks,” I replied. “I showered.” Awkward silence. What I meant  was that I wasn’t wearing any exotic fragrance, but I had showered with Night Blooming Jasmine body wash. I guess it was TMI, but I’m not at my best in the morning. So, I have two questions for you:

Is it ever appropriate to make comments to a stranger about the way they smell?
And what kind of soap is in your shower?

Sounds like Otter’s running…

Here’s Gov. Butch Otter’s response to the news that Idaho Democrats have launched a candidate recruitment committee aimed mainly at the 2010 governor’s race. “Well, you know, I applaud them,” he said. But, he added, “It would be unfortunate if they had to talk somebody into doing it, because these things are tough enough when you do it and you’ve got fire in your belly.” Said Otter, “I’ll tell you we’ve got a committee that is working on candidate recruitment as well - not for the office of governor, I can assure you - but candidate recruitment where we think we can marshal our resources and make a difference.” Doesn’t that little aside of his there sound like a hint? Sounds like Otter’s running. The six lesser-known candidates who already are out campaigning have filed their preliminary paperwork with the state to become candidates and begin raising campaign money. Otter’s paperwork, first filed in 2004, carries over. “I filed that paperwork and I’m raising money,” he said. More here at Eye on Boise

Question: Should Gov. Butch Otter run for a second term? Why or why not?

Poll: Movie Watching

  • Tuesday Poll: 77 of 101 (76%) of the respondents voted that individuals who believe that President Barack Obama was born in another country “need to get a life.” Results here.

Authorities Target Web Prostitution

Item: Authorities target Web prostitution: Police say Craigslist ads ease hookups for changing population of sex workers/Meghann M. Cuniff, SR

More Info: Kootenai County authorities were monitoring local Craigslist postings even before Philip Markoff was charged with murder and with assaulting and robbing women he’d met through the Web site, which offers free classified ads. A month after Markoff’s arrest, Kootenai County authorities took action, occupying two donated rooms at a Post Falls motel, setting up surveillance and calling numbers in ads offering sex. Eventually, a woman arrived at the motel and pocketed $400 she’d agreed to take in exchange for sex. She was arrested on a prostitution charge. Amy L. Davis, 21, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor this month in the only successful prosecution that came out of the sting. She’s to pay $300 and perform 16 hours in a Sheriff’s Department labor program by the end of September

Question: Should law agencies in the region expend money and personnel to target Web prostitution?

Red Robin To Sell Local Boy’s Burger

Eight-year-old Charlie Beckett of Rathdrum shows off his winning Holy-Peno Burger for Red Robin’s “Kids’ Cook-Off.” Beckett’s burger will be sold at all U.S. Red Robin® restaurants to benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children now until Sept. 13. (Photo: Business Wire)

Question: Charlie Beckett concocted a one-of-a-kind burger that won a national contest. How do you like your burgers prepared and served?

DC: The Joys Of A Speeding Ticket

While flipping TV channels one afternoon, I caught a local reporter interviewing Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick about her getting a ticket. Apparently the chief was clocked doing 13 mph above the speed limit. I didn’t hear all the details. So I’m not sure whether it was just the speed that caught a county cop’s attention or the sight of a car whizzing down a country road without anyone behind the wheel. Whatever it was, the officer wound up giving our diminutive law-enforcer a $154 citation. That seems a little stiff. I really like the chief. She bought me doughnuts once. So I would have probably let her slide with a warning as long she promised not to speed in the future and always sit on at least six phone directories while driving. But what grabbed my attention during the Kirkpatrick interview was the chief’s utter cheerfulness. The last time I got a speeding ticket, my demeanor was downright dour. Chief Kirkpatrick acted like she’d just won “America’s Got Talent”/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: How fast were you driving when you last got nailed for a speeding ticket? When Where? How much did you pay?

Anderson: A Wise Latina, Indeed

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Tuesday Wild Card

“He respects owl because you can’t help respecting anyone who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right.” A.A. Milne

Here’s hoping your spell checkers never fail. I’m not going to tell you how many days we’ve got left in the year, because I just find that depressing. If you want to know about important events that occurred on July 28, Google is your friend ;-) However, I will tell you that today is my mother-in-law’s birthday and I’m taking her to a chocolate tasting event at Chocolate Apothecary this evening.

Feel free to post thoughts about anything and everything on this thread. All comments are welcome, except those speculating on just how much chocolate I will consume, and wagers on whether or not I’ll be able to button my jeans afterward.

APhoto Of The Day — 7/28/09

People’s Liberation Army soldiers take part in a military exercise in Beijing, China, earier today. China took foreign journalists on a tour of the People’s Liberation Army division north of the capital Tuesday, calling it a sign the world’s largest army is improving its openness and transparency. The visit comes ahead of Aug. 1, which marks the 82nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army, which now has 2.3 million members. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)

Top Cutlines:

#1. Crippled by military debt, new Chinese army recruits were informed this week they will not be getting parachutes until the 2nd week of training. Troop Morale was falling fast. formerlysandpoint

#2. Chan learns the basics of flight in his first week of pilot training. Herb Huseland

#3. Scene from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, military style. JeanieS

The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies

Would you pay to see the worst bad movie of all time? According to ABC news, plenty of people are: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8188221

What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?

ID: Staying At Home Suits Me

Hi, I’m a stay-at-home dad. Now, before your eyes glaze over and you slowly back away, let me just tell you why I am one. Most boys don’t spend their childhood dreaming of one day changing diapers, emptying dishwashers, washing pee-soaked bed sheets, kissing boo-boos, and learning to make chicken broccoli casserole. They want to be firemen, baseball stars, soldiers. As they get older, most men strive for career, status, and a lower golf handicap. Me, I had early dreams of a Hollywood career, collaborating with the likes of Spielberg, Lucas, and Coppola. Later, after grad school, there were visions of corporate ladders and hostile takeovers. But once my first child was born, everything changed, and my focus was placed squarely on the infant in my arms. Soon, my wife and I realized that one of us had to be home with him permanently. By financial default (my wife made more money than me), I was the lucky winner/Idaho Dad, A Family Runs Through It. More here.

Question: Do you believe the husband/father should be the main bread winner in a household? Or are you OK with a nontraditional approach like the one that seems to work well in Idaho Dad’s household?

ZK: Lighting Up for the Long Haul

Zelda Krup says, “I read an article this week in Time magazine about an amazing new LED bulb that needs only 6 watts of power to equal the output of a 60W light bulb. It lasts 25 years. It costs $50. …the idea of buying a light bulb that might outlive me is disturbing.”
Would you pay $50 for a light bulb?

HBO Poll: Obama & The Birthers

  • Sixty-two percent (169 votes) believe Michael Vick should be allowed to play in the NFL after serving time for his involvement with dog fighting. Thirty five percent (97 votes) said no way.

‘No, this is Butch’

One of my favorite Idaho reporting anecdotes is the time I called then-Gov. Phil Batt’s press secretary, Amy Kleiner, and a voice that clearly wasn’t Amy’s answered, saying, “Amy Kleiner’s office.” It was Gov. Batt. Well, it just happened again. I put in a call to Mark Warbis, communications director for Gov. Butch Otter, and a voice that didn’t sound like Mark’s answered, “Hello.” “Is this Mark?” I asked. He said, “No, this is Butch - I was just in his office,” and he offered to get Warbis for me. I declined - my question was actually for him, anyway. Asked and answered. I like it!

Question: Have you ever had an unexpected encounter with someone famous?

Coffee Collisions and Soup Smash-Ups

Friends don’t let friends eat and drive. Here’s a list of the most dangerous foods to eat while driving:

http://www.insurance.com/article.aspx/Driver_Distractions_and_Your_Car_Insurance_Rates/artid/140

I’m a guilty coffee sipper, but hot soup? Tacos? Ribs? People actually do this?

Do you eat and drive?

 

One Billion Dollars for Cops

“The Obama administration on Tuesday announced $1 billion in grants to help keep police officers on the beat during the economic downturn — and tried to assure cities not getting aid that they won’t be stiffed.” More here: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/28/only-1-7-agencies-get-police-aid/

Thoughts?

Idaho Dems launch candidate hunt

The Idaho Democratic Party is launching a “special candidate recruitment committee for the 2010 elections,” at a time when, with the 2010 primary 10 months away, the party has had no major candidate step forward to challenge sitting GOP Gov. Butch Otter. State party Chairman Keith Roark said the committee will be headed by former U.S. Attorney for Idaho Betty Richardson. “Betty did an outstanding job with candidate recruitment when she led the Ada County Democrats.  Now she will bring those skills to bear at the state level,” Roark said; you can read the party’s full announcement here. Richardson also was a Democratic candidate for Congress in 2002; she’s now a Boise attorney. More here at Eye on Boise

Question: Who could the Dems put forward?

Found the Monkey

Yesterday Redman asked “Where’s the monkey?” Well, apparently they’re busy invading Cape Town: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/07/090724-southafrica-baboons-video-ap.html

Gotta say I’ve never been a big fan of monkeys. How about you?

No Twits Allowed in the White House

July 24: “White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs mentioned casually to CNN today that Twitter is blocked on official White House computers. Gibbs clearly doesn’t appreciate the value that can be derived from the innovative social network; he jokes about it as if it is a tool for personal exhibitionism.” You can read more here: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/twitter_banned_from_white_house.php

This didn’t seem to go over well with White House staffers. Here’s an update: “On Monday morning, Rachel Sklar at Mediaite reported that some White House staff do in fact have access to Twitter from White House computers and there is work underway to extend that access to a larger group of employees.”

Is Twitter a tool for personal exhibitionism? Or is a vital tool for journalists, politicians and others?

Spend it now or spend it later…

The National Conference of State Legislatures has surveyed all the states to see how quickly they’re spending their federal economic stimulus money - some are spending it all to close their state budget gaps in the current fiscal year, leaving nothing for the following year and prompting fears about state budgets “facing a cliff” when the federal money runs out. Idaho falls in the middle of the pack of the 25 states that have responded to the survey so far, spending 54 percent of its stimulus money in fiscal year 2010, which started July 1. Washington was a bit more cautious, spending 33 percent. Highest on the list was Texas, which is spending 96 percent of its stimulus money in the current year; at the bottom is Alaska, spending only 3 percent. More here at Eye on Boise

Question: If you got a big chunk of money tomorrow, would you spend it now or spend it later?

Killer Tomato

Apparently, it’s not a good idea to locate a research facility for highly infectious pathogens in a tornado-prone section of Kansas: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/27/report-blasts-homeland-securitys-site-pick-for/ Go figure.

I can’t see or hear the word tornado without thinking of my then three-year-old son running indoors on a blustery spring day. “A tomato is coming!” he yelled.

Have you ever experienced a tornado or other natural disaster? (Mt. St. Helen’s doesn’t count unless you lived in the blast zone at the time of the eruption.)

Statesman: Hate Crime Law Important

A nation that cherishes freedom will not tolerate violence that imprisons its people in fear. A hate crime is a cowardly act that invokes a fear all its own: the specter of being targeted because of race or ethnicity. It is a crime that warrants a distinct definition in the law, and careful deliberation in the jury room. Some Idahoans are skeptical of existing hate crime law, and of attempts to expand hate crime language to cover sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability. The criticism invariably loops back to one point: Are not all violent crimes hate crimes by definition? Not when a victim is singled out simply because he or she is different. The Smith case meets that fundamental standard - and offers a compelling argument as Congress debates expanding hate crime protections/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: The Idaho Statesman editorial points out that some Idahoans are skeptical re: hate crimes, reasoning that all violent crimes are hate crimes by definition?

Ramirez: Skip Gates

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Monday Wild Card — 7.27.09

I’ve posted a few things to get you going this morning before stepping aside to let CindyH and Betsy Russell take control of this blog for the next two weeks, while I’m on vacation. I’ll probably post a few other things early in the vacation and then disappear altogether. I plan to hang around Coeur d’Alene, enjoying our waterfront and sunshine — and attacking a list of honey-do’s that has grown this summer. Be good. I’ll see you back here Aug. 10. Now, for your Monday Wild Card …

EOB: Not your average campaign kickoff…

When Ron “Pete” Peterson announced his candidacy for governor today at a Boise bikini bar, there wasn’t exactly a crowd on hand, but the few people there were mostly supportive. “I think it’s wonderful,” said a dancer named Tawni, who slipped off her 8-inch-high stilettos when Peterson marveled at her height, and suddenly became 8 inches shorter. “It’s out here where the normal people would come.”  - Betsy Z. Russell, Eye on Boise - more here

Question: Who do you think should run for governor of Idaho?

APhoto Of The Day — 7.27.09

 Ryan Sullivan crashes near the finish line during the Downhill Mountain Bike Race event at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in Truckee, Calif., on Sunday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Kevin Clifford)

Top Cutlines:
#1.  The crash became known in bike circles as “the banana split” after Ryan “Cherry Garcia” Sullivan stood up and declared “no more rocky road for me, I’m sticking to moose trail.” Mike S

#2.  Kevin took it a bit too literally when his editor said he had to “dig up some dirt and fill the hole.” Kevin Taylor

#3. Ryan Sullivan gains an understanding of why Spirit Lake’s speed limit is 15 mph. Taryn Hecker

Who ya Gonna Call?

To get rid of those rabid bats?
Perhaps this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcONhxo3K2k

But after watching this commercial, the bats don’t seem as scary as the exterminator.

JS: What’s Good About Monday?

 

JeanieS gives us 10 good things here: http://jeaniespokane.blogspot.com/2009/07/ten-things-about-monday.html

Can you add anything to Jeanie’s list?

It’s now officially rabid bat season

A bat in Ada County has tested positive for rabies, prompting Idaho health officials to remind people throughout the state to take precautions around bats and make sure that their dogs, cats and horses are adequately vaccinated against rabies. It’s the first one found this year; last year, there were 10. But here’s the part that’ll drive you batty: “People who wake up from sleeping and find a bat in their room may have had an exposure without realizing it; the teeth of a bat are very small and people are sometimes bitten in their sleep without feeling it,” Idaho Health & Welfare reports. “The bat should be tested for rabies if there is any question that an exposure may have occurred.” More here at Eye on Boise

Question: Ever had an encounter with a bat?

Spank the Spouse?

Oh dear. There’s a moral to be learned somewhere in this story. Perhaps this is one reason married folks should get their own place? http://cdapress.com/articles/2009/07/27/news/news05.txt

“When the mother asked her son what they were doing, he refused to talk about it. The next morning, she again asked her son about the slapping noises and he told her he spanks his wife “when she needs to be punished.”

H/T: Bent

Risch, Crapo both to oppose Sotomayor

Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators - GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch - said today they will vote against confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Differences on 2nd Amendment/gun rights issues were among the top concerns cited by the two. Read more, including both senators’ full statements, at Eye on Boise.

Question: Did you watch any of the Sotomayor confirmation hearings? What did you think?

Idaho mom scares off prison escapees

The Lewiston Tribune is reporting that a Cottonwood woman is being honored by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office after she “showed true courage in the face of danger for fending off two prison escapees who tried to break into her home,” the AP reports. Cassidy Lockett was home with her young children late last month when two men tried to break into her home. She hid the children behind the couch, grabbed a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol and aimed it at a man who was already halfway through a window, climbing into her home. She told him to get out or she’d shoot - and he complied, and left along with another man who was trying to get through the locked front door. The sheriff’s department says the two were Richard Nieves and Ben Westley Perez, who are both facing escape, burglary and other charges.

Question: What would you have done?

Obama and the Mom Jeans

 President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, not pictured, before the MLB All-Star baseball game in St. Louis, Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

The president’s pitch at the All Star Game wasn’t the only thing mocked in the media. His “mom jeans” provided er…ample fodder for fun, too. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/detail?entry_id=44043&tsp=1

How often do you wear jeans? Got a favorite brand or style?

 

Candidate: ‘They took advantage of the fact that I was crazy to commit me’

Now that we’re starting the 43rd week before the next Idaho primary election - yep, it’s way off on May 25, 2010 - the candidates for governor have begun emerging. Six already have filed preliminary paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office (you can read about them all here in my Sunday column in Handle Extra). Today is the day that one of them, 58-year-old Ron “Pete” Peterson, an amateur comedian and retired state employee, will announce his gubernatorial candidacy at a Boise bikini bar, the “Torch 2.” Why there? “Why not?” he asks. “Like everything else in my campaign, it sets me apart.”

So does his arrest record. Back in the ‘70s, he was arrested and convicted for “defrauding an innkeeper” after leaving the Red Lion Riverside without paying for a meal (“I was kind of drunk that night,” he said) and, also in the ‘70s, there was a disturbing-the-peace conviction related to his involuntary commitment to State Hospital South at Blackfoot for four months for “being a danger to myself and/or others.” “I’m a manic-depressive,” Peterson explained. “The way I always phrase it, is they took advantage of the fact that I was crazy to commit me.” You can read more here at Eye on Boise.

Question: If you’re running for governor, does it help to be crazy?

Poll: Michael Vick’s Future

  • Weekend Poll: 58 of 75 (77%) said no in some form when asked if they planned to take advantage of the federal Cash-for-Clunkers program. Results here.

LATimes Revisits CdA’s Aryan Past

Now authorities say the Aryan Nations organization has splintered and dwindled, though some recruitment fliers turned up in April in a Coeur d’Alene neighborhood. The old Aryan Nations compound, acquired by North Idaho College Foundation, has been leveled and is now used for forestry and botany projects. Meanwhile, Idaho-born Internet mogul Gregory C. Carr has bankrolled a Coeur d’Alene-based Human Rights Education Institute, which in 2006 opened a meeting and exhibition space on Mullan Avenue near the Museum of North Idaho. “We’re the direct offspring of the closing of the compound,” said Rachel Dolezal, 31, the institute’s director of education and curator/Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times. More here.

  • Christopher Reynolds also wrote another story for the Los Angeles Times, praising the Coeur d’Alene area for its beauty and recreational offerings. Click here.

Question: What were you doing when you learned that individuals associated with the Aryan Nations had bombed several locations in fall 1986?


In The News: Palin Resignation Speech

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gives a thumbs up during her resignation speech during a ceremony in Fairbanks, Alaska, Sunday, where Gov. Sarah Palin stepped down and turned over power to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

Question: What will Sandpoint native Sarah Palin be doing two years from now?

OTV Review: The Olympia

I knew what I wanted to order, but decided to tour through the menu anyway. The appetizers alone are enough to make one want to pack a travel trunk full of big pants and hop the next flight to Athens to live the good life. Most tempting are the Spanakopita, which is spinach, herbs and feta cheese baked in phyllo dough, and the Saganaki, an intensely flavorful form of fondue, with melty kasseri cheese sautéed in brandy and served with warm pita bread. Or start with a simple delicious hummus dip, or a classic platter of Dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with rice and ground beef and topped with a lemon sauce.) Lunch at Olympia revolves around the gyros, a soft pita containing your choice of seasoned gyro meat, falafel, chicken, pork, lamb, or Souvlaki (meat with a lemon-garlic marinade). Each sandwich includes lettuce, tomatoes, and onions and is topped with creamy Tzaziki (a yogurt-cucumber-garlic sauce)/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: How often do you eat Greek food?

We are Family

The Smith Sisters

Studies suggest that brothers and sisters who stay connected have healthier lives” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/26/the-power-of-siblings/

I only see my siblings a few times a year. However, my husband and his siblings are very close and we see them a couple times a month. Our children are all close in age, and the cousins have formed tight bonds.

Were you close to your siblings growing up? Are you still close?

 

Ramirez: Open? Transparent?

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Sunday Wild Card — 7.26.09

Dunno about you, but I’m headed for City Park this afternoon for the three-hour Coeurimba concert, under the auspices of Chris Guggemos’ Handshake Productions. Then, I’m getting together with a bunch of church friends for an ice cream social this evening. Julyamsh is taking place in Post Falls. And there should be enough sunshine to go around for all of us. Enjoy yourselves in the sun. You can also play this Wild Card to let other Merry Hucksters know what you’re doing — or to launch a thread …

Native Americans Celebrate Julyamsh

The Grand Entry at Saturday’s Julyamsh Powwow becomes a sea of colorful, feathers, ribbons, beads and bells as hundreds of Native American dancers enter the parade grounds at the Post Falls Greyhound Park. More than 1000 dancers, representing hundreds of tribes across the U.S. and Canada are taking part in the 12th Annual Julyamsh Powwow and Encampment this weekend. Story here. (Colin Mulvany/SR)

Question: How much do you know about the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe — or other Native American tribes in the Inland Northwest?

LATimes Falls In Love w/Coeur d’Alene

Tastes are conservative here. The city is about 95% white, and the county, Kootenai, voted 62% for John McCain. Over the years, there have been some whose politics have fallen beyond the Democrat-Republican spectrum. One of the nation’s most notorious white supremacists had his clubhouse just outside town for three decades, until nine years ago, when neighbors and lawyers shut him down. (For more on that, see sidebar: Once home to Aryan Nations, northern Idaho makes progress.) I kept an eye out on Sherman Avenue for hints of those troubles, but in four days I never saw any. Instead, I kept seeing signs that Coeur d’Alene, with its growing trade in tourism and second homes, could begin to look a little bit like Sun Valley, at least in summer. If the clocks around here once seemed stuck in 1959, they’re ticking now/Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times. More here.

Question: Do you enjoy glowing reports about Coeur d’Alene and our region in major newspapers and national magazines — or in other significant media.

Saturday Wild Card — 7.25.09

I’m going to turn the reins of Huckleberries Online over to Betsy Russell and Cindy Hval for the next two weeks, beginning Monday. Cindy did a dyne-oh!-mite job for me in May when I took a week or so off. And most of you know that Betsy’s an accomplished blogger and superb reporter. You may not miss me. I need to burn at least 3 weeks of vacation/furlough before Sept. 1. I have 4 weeks of vacation and at least one furlough week to take before the end of the year. I don’t want to take time off during the city election campaign b/c that will be too much fun to miss (as you can see already with Kathy Sims’ jab at Councilman MikeK Friday). I’ll be a blurker. Of course. Be good to Betsy & Cindy while I’m away. Now, for your Saturday Wild Card …

Cash-for-Clunkers Program Begins

David Lausche of Spokane is thinking of trading in his 1998 Ford Ranger for a new one under Cash for Clunkers program, which kicked off Friday.  Car dealers are hoping the $1 billion federal program helps give their lagging business a boost.  Story here. (Colin Mulvany/SR)

  • Friday Poll: 63 of 114 (55%) of respondents said President Obama shouldn’t have criticized Cambridge police for arresting a Harvard scholar. Another 22% said he shouldn’t have used the word ‘stupidly’ to describe police actions. Results here.

Question: Would you be tempted by a Cash-for-Clunker credit of $3500 or $4500 to turn in your old clunker for a new, fuel-efficient vehicle? Are you planning to do so?

JK: Sticker Shock w/Water Bill

I was brought up to be exceedingly stingy with water. I was raised in the arid West, where a brown trickle of water was styled “the South Platte River.” Water was rationed; neighbors turned in neighbors for gross sprinkling violations. And that’s why I was absolutely appalled to see the following number this week on my city of Spokane water bill: 42,636 gallons. Are you kidding me? How in hell could I have used 42,636 gallons of water during one billing cycle? Me, a guy who turns off the faucet while brushing? Yet there it was, the cold, wet facts, taken right off of my water meter. Then I began to add up all of the ways we use water at our house. There’s the dishwasher, the washing machine and the shower. There’s the hose for spraying the skunk smell off the dog. Not to mention the 12 ounces I use while brushing my teeth. But then, of course, I had to come to terms with the real culprit: My Big Fat Green Lawn/Jim Kershner, SR. More here.

Question: Do you know how much water used by your household? Do you try to conserve? Or do you figure that there’s so much water in the Inland Northwest that we’re not going to run out any time soon?

OTV: 11 Cool Things About Wallace

1. 1.2 billion ounces of silver have been produced in the Wallace area since 1884, placing it near the very top of “Most Silver Rich Places” in all of world history, along with Liz Taylor’s jewelry hutch.
2. Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner was born in Wallace. She was known as “Judy” until she went to Hollywood at age 16 and changed her name to Lana, becoming one of the era’s most famous and glamorous movie stars. During her long career she was known as “the Sweater Girl” and was nominated for an Best Actress Academy award for “Peyton Place”. She had a recurring role in the cheesy 80’s prime-time soap “Falcon Crest”.
3. Literally every building in downtown Wallace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Certain residents worked tirelessly back in the 70’s for to make this happen after discovering tentative plans for the new improved Interstate 90 threatened to raze much of the historic area and run right through the middle of town. This is why I-90 now runs “over” the town instead/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. The rest of OTV’s “11 Cool Things About Wallace, Idaho here.

Question: Who is the most famous person to emerge from your hometown? Did you ever meet that person?

The Loves Conquer St. Helens

At Slight Detour, Marianne Love posts this photo of hubby Bill and daughter Annie at the summit of Mount St. Helens. You can read about the Loves’ adventure here.

Question: Have you ever climbed a mountain? What’s your favorite hike?

Napkin Notes: Unfinished Home Projects

When we were preparing to move into our first home, we made a list of things we wanted to do to it.  Big things and small things all went on The List, and it got long quickly.  We got some of the projects done (with help) before we moved in–painting, installing a garage door opener, demolishing the kitchen floor and laying a new one.  Unfortunately, that barely put a dent in The List.  We told ourselves that we would quickly finish the other jobs after the move, but between unpacking and finishing the school year and the drowsy, indolent haze that covers hot summer days like a mosquito net, we haven’t gotten very far. A few projects, like building the deck and fencing in the backyard, will have to wait until funds permit us to hire a professional.  But there’s a nagging list of small, doable home improvement projects that need to be completed before I go back to work in the fall/Katrina, Notes On A Napkin. List of 10 here.

Question: Which unfinished home project bugs you most?

JC: Transplant 101: Givers Vs. Takers

One thing that happened throughout the day was that everywhere I went, one diagnostic room after another, each technician asked “are you a giver or a receiver?” It gave me pause to think about donors. I’ve been thinking about deceased donors - but there are living donors out there too. A lot of them are officially known to the transplant center as “altruistic” donors. Amazingly enough, these altruistic people simply call the transplant center and tell them they wish to donate one of their kidneys, just because. I find that absolutely totally amazing and “altruistic” doesn’t even come close to defining such an extraordinary gift. I also felt kind of selfish when I was asked if I were a giver or a receiver - interpreting the question as “I’m a TAKER.” Take! Take! Take!/JeanieS, Nuts & Nonsense. More here.

DFO: Not only am I amazed by the courage that JeanieS, Chatterbox, & Marmitetoasty show in facing their serious maladies, but also appreciate that they share their experiences with us here. They can teach us much. We, on the other hand, should keep these gracious women in our thoughts and prayers — and encourage them whenever and however possible.

Signe: Concealed Weapons

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

TGIF Wild Card — 7.24.09

As you can imagine from the “Unique Numbers” of this blog, Huckleberries Online attracts a lot of traffic that doesn’t comment. In cyberworld, they’re called “blurkers” (blog lurkers). They truly are the silent majority here, They number in the thousands, while commenters number in the dozens. They’re valuable because they keep the page-views hopping. Which keeps me working almost solely online. However, blurkers are frustrating, too. It’s hard to know what they think and why they hang out here. In the last few weeks, I’ve encountered five blurkers during my off-time. I appreciated the input they gave me re: Huckleberries. I think the blog is tracking fairly well with them. Bottom line? If you’re a blurker, don’t hesitate to send an e-mail or stop me on the street to discuss Huckleberries. Your thoughts and ideas are valuable to me. Now, for your daily Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 7.24.09

Spanish artist Pep Bou performs with soap bubbles during his “Rebufaplanetes” show in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

SR’s Today In Photos

Me: Seeing & Being Seen

We hang out on the CDA river. It’s quiet, there are few people, and to me it is the epitome of North Idaho. Not the touristy one, the real one. I’ve never taken a visitor there. I couldn’t imagine some kind of dinner cruise there. It isn’t about that. We pull up to one of our ‘beaches’ with the warnings about the lead, and listen to music and read, and enjoy the solitude and wave at every boat that goes by. No one cares what you are wearing, who you are with, or what kind of boat you have/Me, It’s Just Me. More here.

Question: Where do you go to get away from the crowds and to enjoy an outdoor experience that attracts mostly locals?

PM Headline — 7.24.09

An Army carry team carries a transfer case containing the remains of Army Sgt. Joshua James Rimer as a transfer case containing the remains of Army Spc. Randy L.J. Neff Jr. sits at the end of a loader Friday at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Rimer, 24, of Rochester, Pa. and Neff, 22, of Blackfoot, Idaho died July 22 in Zabul province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. Story below. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

APhoto Of The Day — 7.24.09

Schoolchildren prepare for a demonstration of sumo wrestling at a beach in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday. You write the cutline.

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. The late Billy Mays Hayes promotes NASA’s bio scrubber designed to filter out harmeful greenhouse gasses that are destroying our planet. Not sold in the Silver Valley. Comes in four fashionable colors — RedMan.
  • 2. (tie) Somehow, I don’t think the Men of Sumo calendar is going to be on Digger’s Christmas list this year — CindyH; and: Thongman takes his show on the road — Taryn.
  • 3. Schoolchildren at yesterday’s hygene day get a demonstration of new butt-floss technology which designers say reduces incidences of undergarment skidmarks — Aliasjax.
  • HM: MikeS

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.24.09

  • 4:49 p.m. 3 drunk boys are staggering across McEuen Field en route to Tubbs Hill.
  • 4:24 p.m. A dog has been locked for an hour in camper shell on yellow-and-white p/u @ Cabela’s.
  • 4:20 p.m. A 60ish woman slipped and hurt her shoulder @ Costco.
  • 4:13 p.m. R/P reports CityLink bus on Ramsey Road is smoking so badly that he is having trouble seeing road.
  • 4:08 p.m. CPD Blue on way to check out shirtless man with tats and a pitbull @ 10th & Mullen.
  • 3:57 p.m. CPD Blue is on his way to check out a male walking up ramp @ I-90 & 15th.
  • Much more below

Are You Aware Of Your Cankles?

The Wall Street Journal devoted an inordinate amount of space to it this morning! Ah, our obsession with our shortcomings. At least Hillary lives with hers! Just look at her cankles compared to Chelsea’s slim, trim ankles! What are they? When the calf meets the foot without a discernible ankle it’s referred to as a cankle. It apparently bothers those so afflicted a great deal in order for an entire month to be devoted to raising awareness! In doing a bit of research on this I find gyms are devising programs with special exercises devoted to reducing calf to foot fat. Even plastic surgeons are preforming liposuction. There’s even a Facebook support group called “Cankels Unite!”/Dogwalk Musings. More here.

Question: Well, ah, do you or one of your loved ones have cankles?

ABM: If I Won The Lottery

At A Butterfly Moment, Jen spells out 10 things she’d do if she won the lottery (which she doesn’t play):

1. Take care of my extended family and a few special friends.
2. Build a building for our little private school.
3. Give the school staff significant raises and a big bonus.
4. Give lots away.
5. Remodel/finish our house.
6. Hire a housekeeper/cook.
7. Adopt a child…or 2…or 3.
8. Travel.
9. Buy my husband a new car.
10. Replace my entire wardrobe.

Question: What would you do if you won the lotter?

HBO Blogos — 7.24.09

“In the latest installment of why I love my husband,” posts Councilwoman KerriT/OnLocation North Idaho, ”Bert and I spent the morning in the Ronald D. Rankin Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Kootenai County Adminstration building. It had to be over 90 degrees before we finished cleaning and then painting the pedestal that the eagle statue rests upon. In 2005 when the plaza was re-named in my late father’s honor, our family gifted the eagle to the citizens of Kootenai County.” More here.

What Should HBO Call ‘Elderly’?

CindyH: I recently visited a church that named their seniors’ group “Keenagers.” Much better than my mom’s church where they’re called “Saints Alive.” I’m guessing the dead saints don’t get out much.

Taryn: I like “Old Fart” or “Geezer.”

Question: I was called on my use of the term “Seasoned Citizen” to refer to an “elderly” person on Scanner Traffic. What term do you think I should use?

‘What A Wonderful World’

Nine-year-old George Orr, of Quincy, Ill., sings along to Louis Armstong’s “What a Wonderful World” during the Quincy Gems’ “Day at the Ballpark” event for area children Thursday at QU Stadium in Quincy, Ill. The Gems are part of the Central Illinois Collegiate League, a wooden bat summer league for college-age players. (AP Photo/Philip Carlson, Quincy Herald-Whig)

Question: Is there anything about today that would make you want to sing “What A Wonderful World”?

Obama Backtracks On Cop Incident

“Because this has been ratcheting up and I obviously helped to contribute ratcheting it up, I wanted to make clear in my choice of words I think I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sgt. Crowley specifically,” Obama said. “And I could have calibrated those words differently” — President Obama. More here.

  • Current Poll: A combined 76% in today’s HBO Poll think Obama shouldn’t have used the word “stupidly” to describe police actions or commented at all. You can still vote in the poll here.

Kyra Wine’s Mom Gets 10 Years, Too

Testimony about Christina Haynes’ mental state didn’t sway a judge today from imposing a 10-year prison sentence on the St. Maries woman, whose child, Kyra Wine, almost died in one of the worst neglect cases in Benewah County. Haynes’ mental-health issues didn’t excuse her from seeking medical help for her 3-year-old daughter, who was discovered by police at Haynes’ home last summer covered in scabs and feces, First District Judge Fred Gibler said. The girl almost died as a result of injuries suffered at the hands of Haynes and her boyfriend Charles W. Smith, who Haynes met online and invited to live with her and her children at a farm north of St. Maries/Ralph Bartholdt, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: Should Kyra Wine’s mother have received a similar sentence as her abusive boyfriend, Charles W. Smith?

Career Criminal Dies In B.C. Jail

A Bonner County Jail inmate who died last month suffered from an enlarged heart, an autopsy ruled. Ward David Coble, 50, was found dead in his cell June 18. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death to be from dilated cardiomyopathy, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office said today. That means his heart was weakened and enlarged and couldn’t pump blood properly. Toxicology reports showed no drugs in Coble’s system, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Coble, who was from Spokane but lived in Blanchard, was in jail on a charge of eluding police, according to court records/Meghann M. Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here.

HBO’s Best Of INorthwest — 7.24.09

On Wednesday, I watched the dress rehearsal for the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre production of “Dames at Sea” at North Idaho College. Then, last night, I saw the first performance. The crowd was clapping the second the spotlight hit Ellen Travolta, who starred as Mona, in the production. I’m not a big fan of this play. But Travolta and Coeur d’Alene’s own Darcy Wright (as Ruby) are well worth the price of admission. The play continues through Aug. 2. (Kathy Plonka/SR)

Question: have you seen Coeur d’Alene’s movie/TV actresses Ellen Travolta or Patty Duke on stage?

 

Davis Donut Readerboard …

… “We have enough youth; we need a fountain of smarts.”

High Noon: Hemingway Days

In this photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, past winners of the “Papa” Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike contest judge this year’s contestants Thursday at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Fla. About 145 entrants are competing in two preliminary rounds Thursday and Friday, with the final round slated for Saturday. The competition is a facet of the island’s annual Hemingway Days festival that honors the Nobel prize-winning author who lived and wrote in Key West during the 1930s. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

Question: Which Hemingway novel or story is your favorite? Why?

AM Scanner Traffic — 7.24.09

  • 11:48 a.m. A Hispanic-looking male w/chipped teeth, wearing a pink polo shirt, is going door-to-door in Emerald Estates/Hayden asking for help to put him through college.
  • 11:31 a.m. H95 construction in Hayden area has caused s/b traffic to back up for miles.
  • 10:59 a.m. A silver Dodge Charger ran a black Ford off the road @ H95 & Lancaster.
  • 10:37 a.m. Firefighters are responding to illegal burn & Brunner & old H95/Athol.
  • 9:42 a.m. PFPD Blue reports street light @ 9th & Henry has burned out.
  • 9:09 a.m. A male Seasoned Citizen is staggering along e/b I-90 @ M/P 11/CdA.
  • 8:49 a.m. Post Falls man reports that his galpal’s daughter is threatening to beat him up.
  • 8:41 a.m. Children found 43YO mother unconscious on floor at Loire Drive/CdA home.
  • 8:36 a.m. Possible dog neglect on 4700 block of Alpine Drive/Post Falls.

Sims Questions City Clerk re: MikeK

A Berry Picker has passed along a complaint that Kathy Sims sent to City Clerk Susan Weathers this morning (and Susan’s response) re: Councilman Mike Kennedy’s possible re-election bid. In it, Sims asked three questions:

  • How can Mr. Kennedy appoint a new treasurer without filing a declaration of candidacy?
  • How can Mr. Kennedy solicit money for a campaign without filing a declaration of candidacy?  See web site.
  • Please respond if this complaint is valid.  Has Mr. Kennedy filied as a candidate?

You can read the City Clerk’s response here.

Question: Don’t you think it’s swell that Kathy’s now concerned re: campaign finance minutiae?

MT: Cheers & Jeers

 At the Lewiston Tribune, new Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase has launched a Friday feature called “Cheers & Jeers.” In it, Trillhaase writes short snippets re: individuals or organizations who deserve a shout out for good work the previous week or a kick in the pants for poor performance. Fox News analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, for example, gets a Jeer for speculating that Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl might be a deserter, giving the Taliban more fuel to torture the Hailey, Idaho, soldier with. The Moscow City Council won a Cheer for unanimously voting to ban cigarette smoking in town taverns and private clubs. You can read Marty’s column here.

Question: Who deserves a Cheer of a Jeer in your Inland Northwest community?

Wheaties Rolls Out New Product

Decathlete Bryan Clay (from left), quarterback Peyton Manning, basketball player Kevin Garnett, triathlete Hunter Kemper and exercise physiologist Dr. John Ivy sit down to breakfast to for a final taste test of the new Wheaties Fuel cereal they helped develop in Indianapolis Thursday. (AP Photo/General Mills, Jack Dempsey)

Question: Anyone out there eat the Breakfast of Champions? Or are you still cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs? Do they still make Cocoa Puffs? Which cereal is your favorite?

NYTimes Spotlights Bergdahl, Hailey

Mr. Bergdahl’s family does not appear to have had a strong connection to the military. Nor, for that matter, does Hailey, whose population is about 6,000. There are craft breweries and bike shops on Main Street, not the empty storefronts and Army recruitment centers found in some other rural towns. The most visible military presence is a small armory for the Idaho National Guard that is not open on a daily basis. While there is an active American Legion post in the area, nearly all of its 215 members are from wars preceding those in Iraq and Afghanistan. Several people said they were not aware of the area’s having lost a soldier in the recent conflicts. Some said the area’s liberal politics have made for a strong antiwar sentiment locally, at least relative to other parts of Idaho/William Yardley, New York Times. More here

Question: Do you think the description by the New York Times of Hailey, Idaho, as a bastion of anti-war sentiment is accurate?

Press: Minimum Wage Hike, Bah!

Thanks to an act of Congress in 2007 and ratification by the Idaho Legislature, today marks the third federally mandated increase in the minimum wage. In our state, the lowest wage earners will see their pay go up from $6.55 an hour to $7.25. If that doesn’t seem like a pretty nice bump, consider that it is a raise of more than 10 percent. Not bad for a recession, is it? A 10 percent raise would be rejoiced in the best of times. But we confess to harboring several regrets. Chief among them is that government mandate rather than the free marketplace is determining wage scales. And yes, even though the mandate directly impacts only the basement wage level, it will be felt throughout the pay scales — and perhaps the job status — of others/Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that the Press opposes the increase in the minimum wage?

AM Headlines — 7.24.09

Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs in Canada, left, greets visitors with John “Jack” Babcock, right, at Rosauers Restaurant in North Spokane Thursday, where Babcock was celebrating 109th birthday. Thompson presented letters and cards from the Canadian government and Queen Elizabeth II. “I don’t know why everyone’s making such a fuss. I didn’t do a damn bit of fighting,” he said. Story here. (Jesse Tinsley/SR)

Poll: Cambridge Police Arrest

  • Thursday Poll: 39 of 78 respondents (50%) said they trust Republicans more than Democrats to handle gun legislation. 18 of 78 (23%) said they trust neither. Results here.

Escapee: To Karaoke Or Not?

Escapee: Gosh, a history of CDA Bars. And in my beer-swilling days, I went to ‘em all. The Back Door, The Blue Tooth, Killer Chillers, 4th Street Tavern, CDA Drinking Company (the old Elkhorn), Sunset Bar, Cotton’s Club, Peabody’s, Lake City Saloon, Fore n’ Aft, CDA Eagles, CDA Elks, TJ Fisher’s, Iron Horse, and a few others whose names escape my memory. I always sang better Karaoke after I’d had a couple of pitchers. At least I think I did …

Question: Have you ever sang karaoke? How many beers did it take to get you to perform? When? Where? ‘Fess up.

Whipper: Some Cops Thin-Skinned

Whippersnapper: Who-did-what aside, this illustrates that if you mouth off to a cop, you will be detained, arrested and later released, often without charges, and there’s no recourse for the inconvenience of the individual or a way to let the cop know it was a mistake. If you challenge a police officer, you can be arrested (sometimes just to teach you a lesson) and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. And cops know it. It’s their trump card for people who are belligerent. Disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest become catch-all charges. That doesn’t mean the cop is always wrong. There are a lot of yahoos that cops have to deal with and they need the right to arrest and protection from frivolous prosecution. But some cops are pretty thin-skinned.

Question: Have you had a close encounter with a thin-skinned cop? Tells us about it.

Ramirez: 47 Million ‘Uninsured’

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Thursday Wild Card — 7.23.09

Dean Bennett of North Idaho College has started a new blog that should be of interest to long-time Coeur d’Alene residents, especially those who have bent an elbow at local taverns. The name of the blog gives you a good idea re: what it’s all about: A History of the Bars of Coeur d’Alene. By way of explanation, Dean posts: “While sitting around having coffee with a friend of mine, Jim Headley, the subject of the Fort Ground Tavern’s remodel came up. We talked about this establishment and how our lives had been touched by its history. One thing led to another and before long Jim was talking about the various bars that had been in Coeur d’Alene, and I began to write them down.” You can read more and see what Dean has so far here. Now for your daily Wild Card …

PS: Just Say No To Birthers

This photo provided by the Honolulu Advertiser shows President Barack Obama’s birth announcement, left column, center, in the Sunday Aug. 13, 1961, edition of the paper. Opinion here. (AP Photo/The Honolulu Advertiser)

Obama, Gates & Cambridge Police

Item: Is This the Instance of Police Misconduct to Obsess About?/Conor Friedersdorb, The Daily Dish, Atlantic Monthly

More Info: Interesting as it is to speculate about Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge Police Department, the attention the case is generating reflects an unfortunate feature of American public discourse: you’ve got someone like Radley Balko who spends the bulk of his career documenting the most grave instances of police misconduct imaginable — including cases that involve the incarceration of innocent people for years on end — and most of even the egregious cases he writes about never break into mainstream conversation, whereas a minor altercation involving a Harvard professor who isn’t even being charged with a crime spawns wall-to-wall media coverage.

Question: Should President Barack Obama have gotten involved in this situation?

‘Outrage’ Exposes Hidden Lives

Outrage focuses largely on three politicians whose sexuality has recently been under public scrutiny: former New Jersey governor James McGreevey, current Florida governor Charlie Crist and Idaho’s own infamous toe-tapper Larry Craig. Using interviews with influential journalists such as The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan and radio host Michelangelo Signorile as well as gay politicians from both sides of the aisle … the film seeks to expose the hypocrisy of policy-makers whose voting records seem in conflict with the lifestyle they secretly live. But the problem lies not just with those who actually cast the votes that ban gay marriage, AIDS funding and employment non-discrimination. Much of Washington, the film asserts, is part of a “brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy” that protects closeted lawmakers, political staffers and news personnel from scrutiny and exposure/Jeremiah Robert Wierenqa, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Is it right/wrong to out politicians who are secretly gay but regularly vote against gay issues?

PM Headlines — 7.23.09

First assistant United States attorney Marc Haws answers questions during a news conference today at the Nampa Police Department re: the convictions of Michael Bullard, 22, of Middleton, and Richard Armstrong, 24, of Nampa, in connection with the racially motivated assault on a black man in July of 2008. Eye On Boise reports here and here. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Greg Kreller)

APhoto Of The Day — 7.23.09

Juan Martinez, 10, leaps off a staircase before slamming the ball into a lowered basketball goal Wednesday at the Boys & Girls Club in Las Cruces, N.M. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Norm Dettlaff)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Front cover of “Hop on cop”, the new Dr. Suess book put out by the Obama Administration to critize the arrest of Henry Gates — RedMan.
  • 2. The “No Child Left Behind” has to lower the standards and raise the launch point to meet its goals.
  • 3. (tie) The youngster wants to be a Marine because he heard they leave no Juan behind — JohnA; and: “… I weesh my uncle Enrique could jump like thees so he could come from dee south of dee border to my birthday party…”
  • HM: Charlie

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.23.09

  • 5:26 p.m. A 2YO on Majestic Avenue/Rathdrum lost the pad on the tip of a finger when she shut a door on her hand. The tip has been recovered and the nail is intact.
  • 5:07 p.m. A male and a female, dressed in camo, are hitchhiking on H53 b/n Maguire Road & Greensferry.
  • 4:43 p.m. R/P reports her brother is being restrained after he got violent in the lobby of KMC’s ER.
  • 3:46 p.m. R/P asks for “commander” to check out city fleet crash @ 9th & Sherman.
  • 3:38 p.m. R/P in mobile home park is worried that cat has been abandoned in a neighbor’s trailer for the last week.
  • More below

NIC Finalizes Ed Corridor Purchase

The North Idaho College Foundation finalized the purchase of the mill site today for $10 million. The NIC Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, secured financing through Mountain West Bank for the purchase of the 17-acre parcel located to the north of NIC’s main Coeur d’Alene campus, the former site of the DeArmond Mill owned by Stimson Lumber Company. A competitive bid process was used to secure financing. Earlier this week, the NIC Board of Trustees approved a resolution authorizing execution of an annually renewable lease agreement with the NIC Foundation. The lease agreement will allow NIC to begin development of the property/spokesman John Martin, North Idaho College.

Flash! ITD To Fix H95 Bottleneck

The Idaho Transportatin Board today decided to give $15.8 million in federal stimulus savings to fund a project to widen US 95 north of Hayden to avoid a bottleneck situation. The project will widen the two-lane section of U.S. 95 between Wyoming Avenue and the Idaho 53 junction to connect with four-lane segments on both sides. Widening the small segment of highway will create four continuous lanes from Coeur d’Alene to north of Garwood when construction is completed. Funneling traffic from four lanes to two lanes in such a short section creates a safety risk/Kootenai MPO. More here.

New Law OKs Public Breast-Feeding

Kim Rechner, left, plays with her sons Logan, 5, center, and Lance, 7, right, at a public park fountain earlier today in Olympia, Wash. Rechner, who says she was once asked to move to a bathroom when she was breastfeeding one of her sons at a tire store, says she welcomes the fact that a new Washington state law that takes effect Sunday will protect the rights of mothers who breast-feed their children in public places like movie theaters, parks and shopping malls. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Question: Should Idaho protect public breast-feeding by adopting a similar law?

Spokane Schools Ban Cell Phones

Item: District bars cell phones: Spokane students can carry them, but policy limits use to lunch breaks/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR

More Info: Spokane Public Schools joined a long list of districts nationwide Wednesday when the school board voted to ban cell-phone use in grades K-12 except during lunch breaks. The policy came after parents, teachers and school administrators expressed concern last year about cell phones disrupting education.

Question: Do you support this action by Spokane Public Schools?

Bonneville R’s Vote 23-3 To Endorse

In a landslide vote (July 16), the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee (BCRCC) voted to begin endorsements of issues as well as non-partisan races. The endorsement policy includes a clause allowing the BCRCC to lend financial support (to the tune of 25% of annual expenditures) to such causes. Those who were anticipating the vote on the endorsement issue worried early-on as Senator Bart Davis (RINO-Bonneville County) embarked on a stall campaign, picking apart Jonathan Haines’ revisions to the by-laws. This, despite knowledge that numerous other counties in the state of Idaho had expressed interest in duplicating what they anticipated would pass in the BCRCC’s by-laws. One representative from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was even attendance to see the historical changes put into place/Idaho Falls Alternative News via Trish & Halli. More here.

Question: Would you be more or less likely to vote for a candidate in a nonpartisan race, like a city election, if the local Republicans or Democrats endorsed that candidate?

PG: I Need Health Care Now

Congressman Minnick, could I borrow your health insurance for awhile? Because I’m an average Idahoan who really needs health care in this country to be reformed and I don’t need it to be reformed ten months from now when you’re running for re-election or even a month from now when all you Washington politicians come back from you break. I need health care reform right now and I can’t just take a month off from that absolute need/Tara A. Rowe, Political Game. More here.

For OTV

Brian Costley, left, and his partner Jim Brady share a kiss, during a Kiss-in outside of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in San Diego on Wednesday. The Empowering Spirits Foundation held the Kiss-in to encourage dialogue between the Church of Latter Day Saints and the Gay and Lesbian community following the recent arrest of a gay couple who was caught while kissing on Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

OrangeTV: I was just joking anyways. Although, in reality there is almost always a double standard there. It’s okay for the ladies to make out because it evokes images of bad soft-focus Penthouse layouts or something but two men snogging is gross! Or if the girls don’t look glamorous and heterosexual, then it’s gross too! That’s just how many folks look at it, for whatever odd culturally conditioned reason …

VH: Should We Require Real Names?

Some newspapers and other bloggers allow comments without an approval process and ask the readers to police/report offending content. We don’t follow that process. We approve the comments and delete posts that are libelous or hateful beyond what we would call a spirited debate. See our posting policy below. It comes down to a judgment call on our end. We don’t have the ability to edit the comments so they can be approved. Sometimes we e-mail the person and suggest changes so they can resubmit their comments. There are some people who refuse to understand the “libelous” policy and we simply delete, delete, delete/Vickie Holbrook, Idaho Press Tribune. More here.

Questions (from IPT M.E. Vickie Holbrook): Would you comment as much if you had to reveal your real name? Why? I commend those who give their full name. Do you think others should? Why do you read the comments? Do the comments bring value to our Web site?

EJS: Too Much Lard In Plane Seats

EJS: Just got back from Denver yesterday and I have a question: When is it OK to say something and what do you say, to the gigantic person sitting in the seat next to you on the plane when they completely infinge on what little space you already have? This is the third trip in a row that this has happened. Man, people are getting way too big. I know there is a difference between a “big” person and a “fat” person but, there sure are a lot of big fat people traveling these days and they seem to have no regard for their neighbors.

Question: What should you do when you encounter a situation like the one EJS faced today?

Hailey Supports Captured Soldier

Roberta Blodgett of Hailey, joins in during the “Star Spangled Banner” at a vigil for Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, who is currently being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan, at Hop Porter Park in his hometown of Hailey on Wednesday night. Story here. And: Idaho Statesman photo gallery of event here. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Joe Jaszewski)

Noon: Monday, Can’t Trust That Day

Something has gone terribly wrong with my favorite day of the week. Magical Monday has turned its back on me, and I’ve discovered why the Mamas and the Papas sang, “Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day …” My preference for the day stems from my years as a stay-at-home mom. After the unstructured chaos of the weekend, Monday descended like an oasis of order. My husband returned to work, the children went to school, and all felt right with the world. But lately, I’ve noticed a change. Instead of calm and structure, my work week descends with a cloud of commotion and confusion. Take last Monday, for instance. While getting ready for work I noticed a strange mark on my neck. I peered into the mirror. Melanoma? An unsightly blemish? No. It was a hickey. A cat-hickey to be precise/Cindy Hval, SR Voices. More here.

Question: Which day of the week is your favorite?

Flash! 2 Convicted Of Hate Crimes

Last year on the Fourth of July, three men, shouting racial slurs, ambushed, chased and beat a 24-year-old African-American man as he left a Wal-Mart in Nampa, Idaho. Now, two of the men have been convicted of hate crimes by a federal jury in Boise. The third earlier pleaded guilty, and testified against the other two; the two just convicted, Michael Bullard, 22, of Middleton, Idaho, and Richard Armstrong, 24, of Nampa, face up to 20 years in federal prison for the attack/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho’s laws are tough enough on hate crimes?

HBO’s Best Of INorthwest — 7.23.09

Participants of rodeo royalty turn their cameras toward the sky while watching a USAF Thunderbirds air show at Laramie County Community College Wednesday in Cheyenne, Wyo. (AP photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)

AM Scanner Traffic — 7.23.09

  • 11:59 a.m. Female Seasoned Citizen suffers face injury in 2-vehicle crash that’s blocking the entrance to U.S. Bank on Government Way, south of Hanley.
  • 11:45 a.m. Coeur d’Alene Dialysis/Ironwood has contained a friendly but frightened dog in the office.
  • 11:42 a.m. Texas vehicle blocking mailboxes on Arrow Point Road, off H97.
  • 11:36 a.m. Woman locked her keys in vehicle @ NIC parking lot.
  • 10:43 a.m. R/P suspects the driver of a dump truck is trying to abandon an old backhoe along Kelso Drive in Spirit Lake area.
  • 10:28 a.m. Woman in e/b vehicle reports an e/b silver 1987 Volvo is tail-gating and running people off I-90. She wants to know if she can drop her daughter off at the doctor’s office before she stops w/patrol officer and signs a complaint.
  • 10:19 a.m. Passerby reports accident b/n vehicle & bike @ 12th & Davis/CdA. A 26YO male has suffered facial cuts.
  • 9:27 a.m. A semi blew a tire on w/b I-90 @ M/P 6, in front of PFPD Blue station, spreading debris all over the roadway and backing up traffic on a H41 ramp.
  • 8:25 a.m. R/P reports a sick cat on Mitch Michael Drive/Worley.
  • 8:10 a.m. A gray Ram pickup and a brown Ford pickup are creating a traffic hazard by the way they’re parked at each end of Sheep Springs Road/Athol.

Bumpersnicker …

… (spotted by SR buddy Pia Hallenberg Christensen recently on an older Buick sedan “in that burgundy color” with a nice little old lady behind the wheel): “Today is such a nice day, don’t (ah, screw) it up.”

When At First You Don’t Succeed …

Interesting factoid from a Berry Picker re: the Post Falls Highway District election Aug. 4. Two of the candidates were wannabes who ran and lost against incumbent county Commissioner Todd Tondee. Tim Herzog lost to Tondee in the 2008 GOPrimary. Bruce Noble ran unsuccessfully against Tondee in the general election. Now, Herzog, Noble and Louis Barten are trying to win a five-year term and unseat incumbent Bob Miller in the Subdistrict 2 election.

3 Serve Only 6 Months In Road Fatals

In a post Wednesday evening, Meghann Cuniff/Sirens & Gavels points out that 3 men involved in fatal highway crashes, as a result of their own negligence, were incarcerated for only six months. Ryan A. Jabaay, 33, (pictured) was placed on probation by Judge Charles Hosack earlier this month after serving six months at Cottonwood Corrections Facility for aggravated DUI in the death of a 10YO boy on Memorial Day 2008. The same thing happened to two 21-year-old men convicted of killing a 14-year-old boy during a Coeur d’Alene street race in 2006. Daniel W. Cutting (left) and Dominick F. Salois (right) were sentenced to seven and eight years in prison with eligibility for parole after two and three, but Judge Fred Gibler released them last month after six months at Cottonwood. You can read Meghann’s post here.

Question: Should there be a mandatory minimum sentence for vehicular crimes of this sort?

Gays Stage Kiss-In For LDS Protest

Two children watch from inside the gates at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints compound while Adriane Bracciale, left, and Lisa Kove kiss during a Kiss-in at the church on Wednesday in San Diego. The Empowering Spirits Foundation held the Kiss-in to encourage dialogue between the Church of Latter Day Saints and the Gay and Lesbian community following the recent arrest of a gay couple who was caught while kissing on Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City. Story here. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

Question: Who do you think of the Kiss-Ins?

Home Sales Push Dow Over 9000

Item: Dow tops 9,000 as home sales rise for 3rd month: Stocks extend rally after jump in home sales; Dow crosses 9,000 for first time since January/Yahoo! Finance

More Info: The Dow Jones industrials are back above 9,000 for the first time since the beginning of January. Investors are snapping up stocks across the market Thursday, sending major indexes up about 2 percent, after a report showed existing home sales jumped for the third straight month. A 3.6-percent increase in June home sales has investors excited that the hard-hit housing market might be improving. The National Association of Realtors said sales came in at 4.89 million last month, above the 4.84 million analysts had been expecting.

Question: Are you more optimistic re: the economy and financial situation now than you were a month ago?

KR: Wannabe Vaughn Has Palin Nexus

Vaughn Ward’s latest fundraising report illustrates something that some insiders are already saying. The relative unknown is serious about his race in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District. The report also suggests that most of the establishment Idaho GOP money is sticking to the sidelines, at least for now. Ward — a former Marine who led a combat tour in Fallujah, Iraq — has raised $120,216 through June 30. With $105,447 on hand, Ward has seized an early fundraising edge for a GOP primary. A few name contributors on Ward’s Federal Election Çommission report: Jim and Faye Palin of Wasilla, Alaska — the father-in-law and mother-in-law of former GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin — kicked in $200 apiece/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Who will the establishment Idaho GOP back in the 2010 congressional election against Demo Walt Minnick?

AM Headlines — 7.23.09

Darcy Wright, will play Ruby and Cameron Lewis will play the part of Dick in the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre production of Dames at Sea. Jim Kershner’s feature story here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)

HBO Poll: Gun Legislation

  • Wednesday Poll: Of 11 choices provided, Merry Hucksters picked “furniture delivery men” as the individuals who shouldn’t get tips, followed by “peeps at Coldstone,” sight-seeing tour guides, coffee baristas, and newspaper carriers. Results here.

The Senate on Wednesday narrowly defeated an effort to allow gun-permit holders to carry concealed weapons across state lines. The 58-39 vote fell short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster. But the vote once again highlighted divisions within the Democratic Party over firearms regulation as 20 Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, joined 38 Republicans in supporting the measure.The measure would have allowed gun owners who have concealed-weapon permits in their home states to carry their firearms into other states that currently prohibit out-of-state gun-permit holders from bringing in weapons/LA Times. More here.

TAH: When Race Is Appropriate

Taryn Hecker (re: “You Be The Blogmeister”): It’s a description of a suspect just like tall, short, fat, bald-headed, freckle-faced or any other adjective, but I’d say only use race as a descriptor when someone is on the loose or authorities are looking for that person. Then, it’s relevant.

JT: All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

JT (re: Chamber’s Coe takes California job): While Mr. Coe will love the winters and overall weather, he’ll face significant challenges. I’ve lived in many places across the country and none has been more pro-business than CdA. The CdA Chamber has deep backing from the city council, Jobs Plus and LCDC. Before moving up here in 2005 we lived in or near Santa Rosa for 22 years - bought our first house there. The “no growth” faction is large. The infighting on the local city councils is legendary. As spokelooneh stated, the housing market collapsed. The high tech industry has largely left - from home-grown OCLI and HP/Agilent to Cisco and similar. Things flat out aren’t good. If he was looking for a real challenge, he found it!

Question: Any of you ex-Californians out there having second thoughts re: moving up here? Would you admit it if you did?

NA: Obama Health Speech So-So

Nick Adams: For what it’s worth, I think that Obama missed his chance to really put forward his case for fixing health care tonight. He made some good points, but when you’re shooting for something as important as health care reform, you need to exceed expectations, not just meet them. I’m for a major overhaul of our health care system. Obama’s presser tonight won’t hurt the effort, but it’ll take more than what he did tonight to defeat the evil we’re up against.

Question: What did you think of President Obama’s health speech last night?

Heller: Socialism? Bah

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Hump Day Wild Card — 7.22.09

Put your hands together for Sam the Reporter. Who has won a major award from Washington Coalition for Open Government. I’ll step aside and let Truly pop her buttons over Sonny Boy: “Breaking news from Bellingham!!! Sam got the Washington Coalition for Open Government’s Key Award. We are so proud, and I know DFO you are too! God he works hard and takes so much flak out their in journalism land. But he keeps on truckin’ and I am bubbling over with pride.” Sam, of course, cut his teeth as an intern/reporter in the SR’s Coeur d’Alene newsroom. Indeed, I am proud of the Local Boy Who’s Done Good. You can add your salutes to Sam or simply start your own threads with this Wild Card …

PS: Naked Cowboy Runs For Mayor

Robert Burck, also known as The Naked Cowboy, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York’s Times Square today. The Naked Cowboy vowed to run a transparent campaign as he tossed his hat into the ring for mayor of New York City. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Question: Have you ever thrown away a vote on an uber-fringe candidate like Naked Cowboy?

Otis G: Learning To Let Go

I couldn’t wait for the day that my son was old enough to try riding his bike without training wheels. To me, it seemed like one of those “father-son” moments that’s imperative to our relationship. One day, I went to pick him up from daycare, and there he was… riding a bike around the playground - without training wheels. Shocked, I asked his teacher, “When did he learn to do that?” She replied, “Oh! He’s been doing that for a couple months now!” I was devastated. Not only did I miss out on that moment, I also felt like a horrible father for not knowing that he was ready for it. At that moment, I pledged to myself that I wouldn’t let that happen again with my daughter/Otis G, Otis G Experience. More here.

Question: Did you miss many of the key moments with your children?

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.22.09

“This was the scene yesterday afternoon,” writes Marianne Love/Slight Detour re: haying at her Lovestead, “as a very nice young man named Zach Johnson baled 185 bales for us. It’s a good amount for the acreage, and it should tide us over, with the other two-plus tons we already have. I rewarded Zach with a couple of fresh-baked brownies, and his boss Harvey will reward him in cash.” More here.

APhoto Of The Day — 7.22.09

Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, watch the solar eclipse through specially-designed viewing glasses in Allahabad, India, Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Members of the Idaho Legislator get their state issued rose colored glasses before next years session — RedMan.
  • 2. Sadhus are sadly disappointed that the latest Harry Potter movie was NOT in 3D as promised — Cabbage Boy.
  • 3. All the Sadhus see is Hillary in an orange pants suit! — Charlie.
  • HM (and Pirate Awards): Phaedrus, KeithinCDA, & Taryn

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.22.09

  • 5:31 p.m. A female is causing a traffic hazard by jaywalking back and forth across Government Way & Ironwood.
  • 5:01 p.m. A woman is complaining of head and neck injuries after hitting the front window during a 2-vehicle crash @ Appleway & Howard.
  • 4:47 p.m. R/P reports that a possible fugitive featured in the newspaper in this week’s outstanding warrant list is n/b on 15 from St. Maries, wearing a large rainbow hat.
  • 4:11 p.m. R/P reports 3 motorcyclists are riding recklessly @ I-90 & H41.
  • 3:23 p.m. Lifeguard reports a bunch of teen boys are jumping off the bridge to Brooks seaplane @ City Beach.
  • 3:37 p.m. Someone has taken an overdose of 28 pills @ Howell & Star Loop/Post Falls.
  • 3:21 p.m. R/P reports a foot is sticking out of the trailer of a aero-transport semi on I-90 @ M/P 3 (Pleasantview area)/Post Falls. It may be a joke.
  • More below

Boater Crashes @ Honeysuckle Beach

Approximately 2:35 p.m., deputies and EMTs responded to the boat ramp area at Honeysuckle Beach to a call that a vehicle, pulling a boat, had crashed into several cars. Responding EMTs were told that the driver may have had a heart attack, and bystanders were performing CPR. Initial investigation does indicate that the driver may have suffered a heart attack while pulling his boat from the water at the ramp. Reportedly, the driver accelerated rapidly, striking at least one car and a mailbox before the vehicle stopped near House Lane, south of the parking area. The driver’s friend, who was at the boat on the time of the incident, was knocked to the ground/Capt. Ben Wolfinger, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Full news release here.

A Is For Ant

An ant can lug 100 times his own weight so this one is hardly stretched to trundle off with a tasty white spider.
I’m guessing this is where we get the term ‘take-out’.

Sue Turner/Tumblewords (w/digital photo)

JS Begins Kidney Transplant Process

JeanieSpokane sent a link to her latest post. Which tells of a scary series of tests she faces tomorrow as she begins the process to get on kidney transplant list. I’ll let her describe it: “I’ll have a marathon bloodletting at dawn, and somewhere in there I will have “tissue typing.” Along with CT scan, ultra sound, chest x-ray, another ultrasound, skin tests, echocardiogram – all in one fun day. I am only worried about the “tissue typing.” I mean – “tissue.” Is that like scraping skin off of me??? What’s the difference between skin typing and skin tests? Or are the skin tests to see what happened with the skin scrapings earlier in the day?” Please keep our fine blog friend in your thoughts and prayers/Nuts & Nonsense. More here.

North Idaho Pontoon Boat

CoeurGenX snapped this photo of an improvised pontoon boat on Lake Coeur d’Alene during the Fourth of July weekend. If you look closely, you’ll see that the camp trailer is sitting on its wheels and the tongue of the trailer is sticking out, for easy handling in launching and pulling the “vessel” out of the water. In the background, you’ll see the Coeur d’Alene Resort. But for some reason I don’t think you’ll see this photo in a resort brochure any time soon.

  • More: KerriT spotted this before launch earlier this month. She tells about it her blog here.

Mini-Flash! MikeK Wants $$$

From Steve Sibulsky: “Well, it’s (semi-)official. … Just got a snail note from (Coeur d’Alene Councilman) Mike Kennedy …asking for re-election $$ Go for it Mike!” Now, back to your regular progamming …

HBO Blogos — 7.22.09

“Two sailboats ‘bookend’ the Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course floating green on Lake Coeur d’Alene,” posts Councilwoman KerriT/OnLocation North Idaho.

Taco Bell Chihuahua, 15, RIP

This undated picture provided by Taco Bell shows part of a Taco Bell advertisement featuring a Chihuahua professing his love for tacos. Handlers say Gidget the Chihuahua, whose Taco Bell commercials made her a star, has died. She was 15. The owner of Studio Animal Services in Castaic says Gidget suffered a massive stroke late Tuesday at her trainer’s home in Santa Clarita, Calif. and had to be euthanized. (AP Photo/Taco Bell)

You Be The Blogmeister

Occasionally, in Scanner Traffic, individuals involved in crimes or other misdeeds are thought to be African-American, Hispanis, Native American or belonging to some other minority group. One of the three males, for example, being sought for throwing fireworks at others on Tubbs Hill was described as “dark-skinned.” I’ve been reluctant to include that information in my descriptions on Scanner Traffic as a result of the region’s fading reputation as a haven for supremacists. Am I making the right call? You be the Blogmeister:

Question: Should I include information re: ethnicity in Scanner Traffic information? Or is in not relevant?

Guv Attends Dover Bridge Ceremony

Rep. George Eskridge, Sen. Shawn Keough, Rep. Eric Anderson, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and First Lady Lori Otter under the infamous 72YO Dover Bridge that is scheduled for replacement. Otter and the other dignitaries attended ground-breaking ceremonies for the new bridge earlier today. Story here. (Bashful Dan photo/Special to Huckleberries.)

Bumpersnicker …

… (spotted by DFO on an older passenger car with Utah license plates @ 3rd & Lakeside recently): “A smoking area in a restaurant is like a peeing area in a swimming pool.”

RB: Go Fish

Dan Mottern hasn’t gone too far this year to look for fish. Been staying close, is how he phrased it. Close means a few miles this or that side of his fly shop in Avery. It’s July and the holes we all remember from last year and the year before haven’t changed a lot. The trails we walked are only slightly trampled. Different tread marks, different line, but the patterns are the same. The fishing, though, is always new. “He broke me off,” he said. “I think it was a dolly.” Mottern has been wrestling trout. The biggest fish he ever caught in this river, his home river: North Idaho’s still pristine St. Joe was a 2-foot long cutthroat and he hasn’t ever topped it. He was 18 and fishing a canyon where the water spilled on one side and you had to use a rope to get there/Ralph Bartholdt, Skookum Photography. More here.

Question: How long was the biggest fish you’ve caught in fresh water?

TAH: Mental Health & Feng Shui

Item: Be a healthy homebody: Look to the East for alternative medicine for ailing homes/Taryn Hecker, InHealthNW.com

More Info: Everything in your home that takes up space, takes up energy, too. Practitioners of the ancient Chinese art of feng shui believe a person’s environment can impact the health of their body and mind. If you’re feeling sapped or sappy, it might be time to clear out some clutter. “Blockages in your environment are no different from blockages within yourself or emotionally and can contribute to illness and poor performance,” says Dr. Maoshing Ni.

Question: Do you feel sapped because you live among clutter?

Finish This Sentence …

… I wonder how different life would be if I hadn’t …

High Noon: Akey Visits Afghanistan

Robb Akey, University of Idaho head coach, shakes hands with U.S. Army Sgt. Nathanael Buschmann, from Oregon, Wis., at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, July 5. “I’m a big college football fan,” said Buschmann. “During the season, I try to watch every game — even the ones that come on at 2 a.m.” Akey traveled overseas to show support for military installations in the Middle East with four other National Collegiate Athletic Association head football coaches: Bobby Hauck, University of Montana; Chris Smeland, West Point, The U.S. Military Academy; Mickey Matthews, James Madison University and David Bailiff, Rice University. You can read Doug Bauer’s editorial in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News re: Akey’s trip here. (Official Army Photo/ Lakia Clarke-Brown)

Question: In the editorial, Baer points out that football teams regularly describe their games in terms of war. Now, he maintains, Akey knows better. Are you bothered by the war analogy used by footballers and the media to hype games?

HBO’s Best Of INorthwest — 7.22.09

This undated photo provided by Bergdahl family spokesperson Sue Martin shows Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl during a motorcycle ride through central Idaho’s backcountry. Bergdahl was captured on June 30 in Afghanistan, and appeared in a video released by the Taliban on Saturday. Hailey is planning a candlelight vigil for him here. (AP Photo/Bergdahl family via Sue Martin)

AM Scanner Traffic — 7.22.09

  • 11:59 a.m. A young woman is lying alongside Ramsey Road, a block north of Appleway.
  • 11:13 a.m. An e/b vehicle has been clocked at speeds over 100 mph on H53 from M/P 7 to Atlas Road.
  • 11:06 a.m. A Plummer woman is suffering an allergic reaction to an ant bite.
  • 10:31 a.m. A man may have broken a leg in a fall from a trailer @ Coeur d’Alene Electric.
  • 10:22 a.m. 14YO bicyclist is lying on Ramsey Road and complaining of general pain after being hit by a vehicle in front of Lake City High.
  • 10:11 a.m. Woman calls 911 to report that a cat is in her dryer vent.
  • 9:50 a.m. A man launching a pontoon boat at Spirit Lake is extremely upset at the way other boaters are launching their crafts.
  • 9:12 a.m. A n/b Blue Bird Recycling truck is dropping boxes @ H95 & Canfield.
  • 9:05 a.m. A Salmonberry Loop man claims his daughter is pawning items stolen from him.
  • 8:48 a.m. A trucker is experiencing extreme stomach pain @ Flying J/Post Falls.]
  • 8:47 a.m. A medium-sized brown dog is running loose in the Prairie Shopping Center/Hayden

BW: Boise Needs Bigot-Be-Gone

Last Wednesday, in the basement at Red Feather Lounge in downtown Boise, one of the most well-known anti-Semitic neo-Nazis alive today held a book signing. News editor Nathaniel Hoffman and I crashed the party and were escorted out, but before I left, I videotaped everyone in the room. The dozen people who paid money to hear David Irving (pictured) speak looked just like the kind of people you’d expect to see sitting at the table next to you on the restaurant’s patio. Or the kind of people sitting next to you in church. Hoffman had the only shaved head in the room. No swastika bearing T-shirts. Young, old and in between, they were Holocaust deniers and white supremacists who looked just like every other white person in Boise/Rachael Daigel, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Which Idaho town is the most liberal?

Roundup: Legion Honors Rez Cop

Rob Wienclaw might not want anyone to know it, but he has a shiny new plaque. The longtime officer with the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police Department was recently named Policeman of the Year by the Idaho American Legion. “I was kind of embarrassed,” Wienclaw, a sergeant going on his 13th year with the department, said. He thought some of his coworkers deserved the award more than he did. Coeur d’Alene Tribal spokesman Marc Stewart did some talking for Sgt. Wienclaw. “It definitely shows that the best law enforcement officers in the state are working right here on the reservation,” he said. Mr. Stewart added that he hoped Sgt. Wienclaw’s honor would allay the idea that tribal cops aren’t trained/Rebecca Thomas, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: The Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s annual Julyamsh celebration will begin Friday. Have you ever attended the event. Do you plan to attend the event this year?

Huckleberries: Have It Your Way

Kris McIlvenna, owner of Greenbriar Inn talked about the many huckleberry products available, including their huckleberry topping that was drizzled on top of cheesecake in Coeur d’Alene. Story here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)

Question: I can think of no way to serve huckleberries better than Kris McIlvenna is doing above — on top of cheesecake. How about you? What’s your favorite treat involving Idaho’s state fruit?

Bergdahl’s Capture Fuels Speculation

Item: Captured Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl in national spotlight: Bowe Bergdahl’s plight sparks speculation, but ‘he deserves our support and our belief’/Kathleen Kreller, Statesman

More Info: An Idaho soldier is at the center of a local and national media frenzy after his capture last month by the Taliban in Afghanistan. But one Idaho Air Force chaplain with experience counseling military families says the debate over how Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl became a hostage is “useless.” “You just have to wait for the truth,” said retired Chaplain Maj. Tom Westall of Mountain Home. “He is still an American soldier and he deserves our support and our belief.”

Question: Is it best to withhold judgment re: the events surrounding the capture and imprisonment of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho?

Popkey: Kempthorne Reflects

Item: Catching up with Idaho’s former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne: The former governor and Cabinet member reflects on 23 years in public office and what to do next/Dan Popkey, Statesman

More Info: Kempthorne reminisced about his 1974 election as student body president at the University of Idaho, the first step on a long journey. Elected Boise mayor in 1985, he went on to serve six years as a U.S. senator, 7 1/2 years as governor and 2 1/2 years as U.S. secretary of the interior, a post he left in January.

Question: How would you rank Kempthorne in terms of the governors who have served Idaho over the last 25 years (John Evans, Cecil Andrus, Phil Batt, Kempthorne, Jim Risch, and Butch Otter)?

AM Headlines — 7.22.09

American League’s Jason Bay of the Boston Red Sox hits a single during the first inning of the recent MLB All-Star baseball game in St. Louis, Tuesday. Bay, a former member of the defunct North Idaho College Cardinal baseball team, is one of the top players in Major League Baseball. You can read about his exploits here. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

HBO Poll: Who Shouldn’t Get Tips

  • Tuesday Poll: A plurality of 46% (31 of 68) respondents said that Duane Hagadone’s new Casco Bay digs are “gaudy and overbuilt.” Complete poll results here.

AD: Press Sports Needs Spellcheck

Arch Druid: Needed, spell checker for the CDA Press. Above the fold in the Sports section:: “Painful loss for Mariners Seattle falls in Detroit after losing Gutierrez to elbow INURY in second inning” Yep, got it in front of me and typed it in word for word.

Question: OK, which one of you guys is going to be the first to say: “DFO, when are you going to quit picking on the Press?”

Spoke: 20s Indeed Roared

Spokalooneh: The 1920’s were a remarkable time in history, Escapee. Much financial shenanigans, widespread use of the horseless carriage, and mass market entertainment came into fruition, with the demise of Vaudeville and the rise of movies and radio. Huge population shift from rural to urban. Explosion of numerous cultural phenomena. The Jazz Age. The age of modernity. The Roaring Twenties indeed.

Question: Which decade of the 20th Century was the most (searching for word) … interesting?

J-MAC: Those Who Are Tipworthy

Wow, has this thread gone on and on. Reminds me of the good old days. One thing to add-has anyone else noticed that more and more places that traditionally were not in the tipping category have tip jars out? Tip worthy: sit down restaurant staff to go food (I always tip when it’s ready on time, hell I even tip when it takes a while, just can’t bring myself not to), coffee baristas, bellmen, concierge, valet, caddies, furniture delivery people, cabbies and shuttle drivers, hair stylists, masseuse, fishing guide, sightseeing tour guides, the peeps at Coldstone.

DFO: Caddies? Masseuse? Fishing guides? Young JimmyMAC’s already living the good life.

Question: More and more people have jars out for tips. Who shouldn’t get tips?

Heller: How Green Are You?

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Tuesday Wild Card — 7.21.09

First, put your hands together for Ryan Collingwood/Collingwood Corner, a Coeur d’Alene native who was picked from a stack of 92 applications to join the Lewiston Tribune as a sportswriter. Ryan has worked for a small weekly in Oregon and a small daily in southeast Idaho. Before that, he compiled sports blogs in North Idaho and beyond. Saaalute. … Also, ThomG wants you to know that monitors are available free from the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy. Which doesn’t want to dispose of them at the landfill. You can see a list of monitors available here. … Finally, Shannon has e-mailed a photo of Duane Hagadone’s Casco Bay digs, for those who have indicated in today’s poll that they haven’t seen it. I’ll post it around noon. Now, for your Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 7.21.09

Justin Hatheway of Hot Springs, S.D. is thrown from a bull while competing at the Cheyenne Frontier Days outdoor rodeo and western celebration Monday in Cheyenne, Wyo. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)

SR’s Today In Photos

JSON: Things Not To Trust Me With

At Just South Of North, Brandon Hansen lists five things he can’t be trusted with (scroll down):

  • 1. Live animals with sharp claws and a hunger for human flesh
  • 2. A suitcase nuke.
  • 3. Money.
  • 4. Directions.
  • 5. Responsibility.

Question: What is something that you can’t be trusted with?

Chamber’s Coe Takes California Job

Jonathan Coe is leaving the Coeur d’Alene Area Chamber of Commerce to become CEO of the chamber in Sata Rosa, Calif. Coe spent 10 years as the Coeur d’Alene chamber’s general manager. Before that, he spent 14 years at the Sandpoint chamber. “It’s another top-notch chamber in another beautiful area. It’s in the heart of the wine country,” Coe, 56, said of the Santa Rosa job. Coe said he’ll wrap up his work in Coeur d’Alene in late August or early September. He starts the Santa Rosa job on Sept. 14/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

PM Headlines — 7.21.09

A sign of support for U.S. Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl is seen at Zaney’s Coffee earlier today. The establishment has become the headquarters of community support for Bergdahl following his capture in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Dev Mukh Khalsa)

APhoto Of The Day — 7.21.09

This Dec. 11, 2008, photo provided by Kelly Carl Hildebrandt shows Kelly Katrina Hildebrandt, 20, left, and Kelly Carl Hildebrandt, 24, in South Florida. In October 2009, Kelly Hildebrandt will vow to share her life with a man who already shares her name, after she was curious and bored one night last year, so she plugged her name into the popular social networking Web site Facebook just to see if anyone shared it and found him. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Kelly Carl Hildebrandt)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. The Hildebrandts already have one child with a second on the way. Number one is named Kelly Version 3.1 Hildebrandt. Number two will be named Kelly Vista Hildebrandt. The middle name affectionate coming from the edition of Windows they were using at the time of conception — Poolman. 
  • 2. (tie) Kelly Carl Hildebrandt and her fiance Kelly Carl Hidebrandt had their first lovers quarrel after she insisted on keeping her maiden name — Taryn Hecker (and similar post by Charles Dixon).
  • 3. Kelly Carl has a better understanding of his strange fiance’ when he meets Kelly Kat’s brother Darrell, and then her other brother Darrell — John Austin.
  • HM: Cabbage Boy

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.21.09

  • 5:12 p.m. A bale of hay is in the road @ H95 & M/P 426 (Cougar Creek Bridge).
  • 5:07 p.m. A dryer exploded on Gilbert Avenue, causing a small fire that the home owner extinguished.
  • 4:39 p.m. A 25YO female has overdosed on unknown drugs @ Coeur d’Alene Casino.
  • 4:18 p.m. A tenant at Tamarack RV Park/Government Way reports another tenant threatned him with a sword.
  • 4:17 p.m. A dog is locked in a vehicle @ Midtown Safeway.
  • 4:07 p.m. One vehicle is on its top against the median after a two-vehicle crash @ e/b I-90 @ M/P 15 (Potlatch Hill). A steel barrier has suffered significant damage. Update: (4:30 p.m.) EMTs are transporting 4 patients to KMC. ISP has asked that the electronic highway sign @ M/P 8 be activated to warn of the crash.
  • Much more below

Hagadone Stanley Hill Home For Sale

The Wall Street Journal offers a cyber tour of Duane Hagadone’s 26,000sf home on Stanley Hill. Which is available for sale for $27.5 million, now that the newspaper/hospitality industry kingpin has moved onto his Casco Bay digs. You can begin the cyber tour here (and add a comment, if you wish).

RR: Leaving News Biz After 19 Years

Regardless, I’m out. After 19 years in the business, I’m leaving it to go to work for the state insurance commissioner’s office. The reasons are the same ones that have cut the Olympia press corps in half in less than 18 months. We and our families have sweated through round after round of layoffs, a pay cut, and a furlough, while watching health insurance costs bleed dry whatever raises we once got. I ended up working two jobs, doing Web site stuff on nights and weekends. In the end, I chose to leave for a job that seemed like a good fit and a new opportunity/Rich Roesler, Eye On Olympia. More here.

Question: How many times have you changed careers? From what to what?

Name That Church …

Eagle-eyed photog Kathy Plonka called a few minutes ago to say that she spotted this message on a readerboard on a Coeur d’Alene area church: “If you think it’s hot now, just wait.” Which of the following churches posted that message?

  • Emmanuel Baptist
  • Lutheran Church of the Master
  • Lake City Community
  • Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene
  • Coeur d’Alene Bible
  • St. Pius X

Otis G: What Do You Call A Lover?

Otis G: Digger refers to his significant other as his “partner”. I work with a lady who was always referring to her “partner”, and I assumed her as being a lesbian. One day I finally talked to her about it, and turns out… she’s lived with the same guy for several years, and they have kids together. She feels the relationship is deep enough that she doesn’t want to call him her boyfriend, but he’s also not her husband. She’s fairly conservative, and was horrified that I thought she was gay… and then was worried about who else might think the same thing. Now she REALLY struggles with how to refer to him.

Question: Otis G brings up a point that I’ve pondered since hearing advice on a radio program in which the host suggested that the S.O. be called a “lover” — no matter what the age. What do you think? 

Too Many Dogs Left In Cars

I’m trying to figure out whether come pet owners are clueless or simply don’t understand the consequences of leaving their dogs in cars in this heat. Remember Charles Eschenbacher? He’s the Post Falls man whose Black Lab “Crossfire” died in his Ford Mustang in a Spokane Valley Mall parking lot while he watched a movie. Eschenbacher spent a week or so in jail for underestimating the danger to his dog. You can read about it here. Why am I bringing this up? Today, there have been three reports of individuals leaving their dogs in vehicles @ Shopko, Las Chevalas, and Fred Meyer (to be reported when PM Scanner Traffic is posted). Now, I’m sitting in an air conditioned office. But it appears to be too hot outside to leave a child or an animal in a parked car, especially in this age of the cell phone when an officer can easily be called.

Question: Would you call the cops if you saw an animal left in a parked car on a day like this?

2 Boise Stations Go Catholic

Item: Two Treasure Valley AM stations sold; oldies music to be replaced by Catholic programs/Idaho Statesman

DFO: Obviously, no one but the most devout Catholic would want to see KVNI, Coeur d’Alene’s lone AM station, go to Catholic music and programming. For some time, KVNI has offered a local news format in the early mornings and oldies tunes the rest of the day. In the days of John Rook’s KCDA, Coeur d’Alene had the alternative AM option of bristling political commentary and country music.

Question: Are you satisfied with the current KVNI programming format? If not, what changes would you like to see?

Summer Camp

“For thousands of children and families Camp Sweyolakan on Lake Coeur d’Alene has been the place of summer memories for 82-years,” posts Councilwoman KerriT/OnLocation North Idaho. “The rack of well-worn canoe oars stands in the ready for the current campers.”

Question: Did you attend any sort of summer camp as a child?

High Noon: The Tipping Point

Last week, my partner Alex and I went out for a nice dinner at a local restaurant. It was a lovely evening and the food was spectacular. Our server did exactly what is prescribed in his job description - he took our order, delivered our meal, checked in on us a time or two and recommended dessert. The final check for that dinner out came out to roughly $70. The prevailing social convention states that 15 percent to 20 percent is an appropriate tip for a restaurant server. So, at 20 percent, an appropriate tip would be $14. Fourteen dollars for a collective 30 minutes of work? Fourteen dollars for what I would consider the most basic of service? Fourteen dollars because we chose to order expensive entrees and consume copious amounts of alcohol? I don’t think so/Henry Johnston, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Do you begrudge tipping restaurant servers?

HBO’s Best Of INorthwest — 7.21.09

A great blue heron holds a small fish after catching it in a pond at Stewart Park in Roseburg, Ore., on Monday. (AP Photo/The News-Review, Robin Loznak)

My 2 Cents — Book Series

In way of apology, I will start by saying that I’m a sucker for escape fiction with mythical creatures, such as werewolves and vampires. I get enough who/what/why/when/where/how writing at work. Stephen King is a favorite. I’m also the type that can’t/won’t put a book down when I begin one. As I case in point, I read Greg Maguire’s dreadful “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” hoping with each chapter that it would improve. Happily, it became a great play. Why am I telling you this? I just finished reading Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, with its happily ever after ending. (Yeah, it picks up after a slog through the first book and a half.) I began the series to see what all the hubbub was about. Overall, I don’t think it was as interesting as the Harry Potter series. Which I also read to keep up with kids today. I’ve also read Stephen King’s gunslinger series, C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, “Lonesome Dove,” and am waiting for third in Dean Koontz’s  Frankenstein series. As a kid, I read almost all of Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz books. Dunno what this all says about me. Mebbe I’ll be a fantasy writer when I pull the plug on this career.

Question: Which types of books do you enjoy more — fiction or nonfiction? Which series of books have you read recently?

AM Scanner Traffic — 7.21.09

  • 11:58 a.m. Possible illegal fire @ Fernan Road and Forest Service Road 434.
  • 11:55 a.m. 2 hoses are “squirting and gushing” on North Idaho College campus.
  • 11:30 a.m. A dog has been left in a car parked at Las Chevalas/Sunset Center for the last half hour.
  • 11:22 a.m. R/P reports that 3 dogs are locked in a car at Shopko.
  • 11:04 a.m. A man, described as being 6-foot-2 wearing short blue shorts and a red tank top, is yelling at customers from the Walgreen’s lot re: misuse of phones.
  • 10:04 a.m. A 25YO female is experiencing dizziness and can’t stand @ Coeur d’Alene Fiber Fuel, 16620 W. Prairie/Hayden.
  • 9:52 a.m. A troublesome man has been thrown out of Cricket’s, Baskin-Robbins & Walgreens.
  • 9:44 a.m. A resident has questions re: roadkill meat.
  • 9:38 a.m. A medical child care facility on Ironwood/CdA reports a suspicious man hanging around nearby.
  • 9:26 a.m. An unattended death of an 87YO female is reported on E. 1st Ave./Post Falls.

Hagadone’s New ‘Cabin’ @ Casco Bay

About half of you have indicated in today’s poll that you haven’t seen Duane Hagadone’s new digs on Casco Bay. I saw it up close and personal midway through construction last fall. Shannon provides a better idea re: Hagadone’s digs, from a recent cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene. You still have plenty of time to respond to today’s poll question: “What do you think of Duane Hagadone’s new Casco Bay mega-mansion?”

Anchor Mommy: What Tantrums?

There has been no Attack of the Killer Tantrum — at least not yet. (I was nervous that by making this admission, the crying sessions would return. Hopefully knocking on wood will prevent such a change in luck. I also have my fingers and toes crossed, just for good measure.)  I don’t know what happened. A few short days ago, it seemed anything and everything would set off a screaming session — a dropped spoon, dressing Kellan in plaid shorts instead of red ones…even snacktime. I couldn’t even turn his mood around with the promise of swimming at a local pool. It was that bad. Lately, nearly every response I get from Kellan is “Okay, Mommy” or “Ohhhh! Okay!”/Shannon, Anchor Mommy. More here

Question: How do/did you handle your children’s tantrums?

In The News: Health Care Reform

President Barack Obama talks about his plan for health care reform following a roundtable discussion with health care providers Monday, during a visit to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. The teddy bear in the background is the hospital logo. Meanwhile, Republicans are doing all they can to link health care reform with what they maintain is a failed stimulus package. Story here. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Question: Do you think health care reform will pass this year?

Ex-Senate Demo Leader Faces Big C

A renovated track at Lewiston High School has been named for Bruce Sweeney, one of the genuine good guys in Idaho politics. The track also will carry his wife Marilyn’s name. I covered Sweeney for a dozen of the 20 years her served in the Legislature. He was Senate Democratic Leader when the minority party had larger numbers and more influence. Sweeney was the best of the breed: kind, careful, curious, fair, thoughtful and honest. I learned this week from KLEW-TV in Lewiston that Sweene, 77, has terminal bone cancer. Sweeney was a track star at the University of Idaho. His love of the sport prompted him to give $50,000 for improvements to the track/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. KLEW-TV story here.

Question: Who is your favorite legislator, current or past?

Moscow Bans Smoking In Bars

Item: Moscow smoking ban passes: No more lighting up for bar patrons, amendment to allow designated smoking rooms is dropped/David Johnson, Moscow-Pullman Daily News

More Info: Members of the Moscow City Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban smoking in bars and private clubs. The prohibition will go into effect probably within a couple of weeks, City Attorney Randy Fife said. The ordinance will allow smoking outside bars and clubs in designated areas at least 20 feet away from main entrances.

Question: Would you like to see other North Idaho towns ban smoking in bars and private clubs?

AM Headlines — 7/21/09

“On a day when temperatures soar towards the century mark, there are no shortage of places to cool off in North Idaho,” posts Councilwoman KerriT/OnLocation North Idaho. “This youngster at Post Falls’ Q’emiln Park on the Spokane River is happy as a clam in his shark flotation vest.”

Question: What plans do you have to beat the coming heat?

HBO Poll: Hagadone Casco Bay Digs

  • Monday Poll: 58 of 111 respondents (58%) to the poll opposed universal health care. Full results here.

HMOffsuite: Dennis told me the house was patterned off a very old, stately and well know house on the East Coast. It is somewhat famous and Dennis had his architect duplicate it, in a sense. In my mind, it is the most beautiful on the lake. Not only because of the architecture of the home, but because it is built on a lot that can accomodate it without looking like the lot is overbuilt, as many of the trophy houses do.

Wheels: HMOF’s reference to Hagadones lake home being overbuilt, not fitting on the lot and being an eyesore is spot on.

CindyH: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

CindyH: I do believe I lost a lucrative magazine gig when I encountered the wife of a publisher and a party and asked when their baby was due. “I had him 3 weeks ago,” she replied. Ahhhh! I’m a woman. i know better. (I really should have turned down that third glass of wine!) Ah well. Given the state of the industry, the mag will probably soon go belly up. No pun intended.

Question (for mothers): What is the worst thing anyone has said to you during or immediately after pregnancy?

Digger: Minimum Wage Hike Hurts

Digger: Just a question, how many of you here actually own and/or run your own business? How many of you have to write those paychecks each month? How many of your livliehoods depend on the success or failure of your businesses? My store (that I am officially now 25% partner in and do all the aforementioned tasks, including payroll) had to eat the $0.48 cent an hour raise in minimum wage. This went across three employees. Take this fact - it takes 80 “man hours” to run my store outside of my 40 hours. At 48 cents an hour, that MW wage increase is costing my store an extra $38.40 per week. That might not seem like a whole lot but then add my portion of the FICA contribution, unemployment insurance, workers comp and all the other fees Washington tacks on to business owners and we’ve started eating away at our already slim profit margin. Full post below.

Question: Do you agree with the point Digger makes — that minimum wage increases hurt small businesses?

Ramirez: New Doc

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Moon Landing Wild Card — 7.20.09

Today is Monday, July 20, the 201st day of 2009. There are 164 days left in the year. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after landing their lunar module. As he set foot on the lunar surface, Armstrong spoke his famous line, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Aldrin, who followed, described the scene as “magnificent desolation.” Rock musician Carlos Santana is 62. Today is National Lollipop Day. In the news today: 2008 surge in black voters nearly erased racial gap here. And your Moon Landing Wild Card is in play …

Parting Shot — 7.20.07

Rockland County Sheriff’s Dept. Offiicer Gerrett Clapp lies over his horse Coughlin, after the horse fell when he stepped on a metal plate, Saturday in Stony Point, N.Y.. They were on the East Main Street bridge in Stony Point on their way to the Waldron Revolutionary War Cemetery re-dedication ceremony. Officers at the scene thought Coughlin broke his leg. The distressed Officer Clapp pushed him to the ground to avoid further injury. It turned out only to be a stretched muscle. He will get further examination later, but is expected to return to his duty shortly. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Seth Harrison)

Poll: Obama, Romney Even For ‘12

Item: 2012 Match-ups: Obama, Romney Tied at 45%; Obama 48%, Palin 42%/Rasmussen Reports

More Info: If Romney secured the GOP nomination and Palin chose to run as an independent candidate, Obama would win the resulting three-way race with 44% of the vote. Romney is the choice of 33% of the voters under that scenario, with Palin a distant third with 16% support. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Question: Will Mitt Romney be the Republican standard bearer in 2012?

FHB: Hubby Inviting ‘Misery’

If you’ve been following Hauser Thoughts, you know that Frum Helen Back’s hubby, Dave, suffered a back injured when he crashed while taking his evening bike ride around Hauser Lake. He hasn’t been an easy patient. But he reluctantly followed doctor’s orders after the pain proved to be too much. FHB wrote today: “Dave actually obeyed the doctor and stayed inside yesterday. I don’t know if it had anything to do with my threat to use a hammer if I couldn’t find a Michael Jackson doctor. It may have also been my reminder that if he permanently injures himself he may end up living the movie ‘Misery.’ These old guys can be so stubborn and so can old women.”

Question: Who are worse stay-at-home patients — men or women?

PM Headlines — 7.20.09

Jerry Horton shows off one of his plants at his apartment in Coeur d’Alene. When he moved into his own place with the help of a Coeur d’Alene outreach program, he was granted one wish for the apartment: he said he wanted houseplants. He was used to living among foilage — he’d been homeless before the first of this year. The plants came, via a network of people who help the poor. Story here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)

APhoto Of The Day — 7.20.09

Mutton buster Justin Uribe, from Soledad, competes during the California Rodeo Salinas, Saturday in Salinas, Calif. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Monterey County Herald, Orville Myers)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1.  Sheepishly showing why Montana is in ‘Mountin’ ‘ Time Zone, Justin makes a ewe turn — John Austin.
  • 2. It was at this second that Justin regretted discounting the advice from the little Montana cowpoke who had suggested the velcro gloves — Taryn Hecker.
  • 3. (tie) Dating: Montana Style — Moscow Minidoka; and: Justin auditions for the role of “sheep tick #1” in the school play — Dan Hansen.
  • HM: Brent Andrews

Actor Dennis Franz Sues Over Mishap

Actor Dennis Franz and a 72-year-old family guest have both filed lawsuits in Kootenai County against the manufacturer and installer of a mechanism that apparently failed and caused a light fixture at Franz’s North Idaho house to fall in 2007, injuring the guest and a toddler she was holding.Franz, known for his role as Detective Andy Sipowicz on the TV drama “NYPD Blue,” owns 82 acres of waterfront property near Kidd Island Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene. According to the suit, 72-year-old Marlene Schraut and her husband were guests of Dennis and Joanie Franz on July 18, 2007. On that day, Dennis Franz for the first time attempted to operate a mechanism designed to raise and lower a chandelier in Franz’s great room. The lift failed and the chandelier crashed down on to Marlene Schraut and a toddler she was holding in her arms. Schraut suffered serious injuries and the toddler suffered lacerations. As Schraut lay “bleeding in the hospital,” the defendants entered the Franz home without permission and disabled the mechanism and potentially compromised the evidence in the case, the suit alleges/Tom Clouse, SR. More here.

 

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.20.09

  • 5:19 p.m. A 15YO male was knocked unconscious for a short time when he hit his head on tree while trying to swing out into the Spokane River @ Black Bay Park/Post Falls.
  • 4:43 p.m. R/P is concerned re: a vehicle with dark-tinted windows that has been driving through the Fairway Forest area, near the CdA golf course, all day.
  • 3:15 p.m. A van has suffered minor front-end damage after being hit by tire debris from a semi @ I-90 & M/P 30 (just east of 4th of July Pass summit).
  • 2:45 p.m. A large dump truck is speeding through Fernan Village to a construction site.
  • 2:23 p.m. A man is unconscious and possibly not breathing @ Inland Renal Care.
  • 1:59 p.m. ISP officer warns woman on I-90 re: “her children’s body parts hanging out the window.”
  • 1:08 p.m. A vehicle went 20 feet over an embankment on Watson Road, 2.5 miles of Rockford Bay Road. Driver is refusing medical treatment.
  • 12:37 p.m. R/P reports that neighbors on Magic Trail, south of Kidd Island Bay Road, are blocking the entrance to his property with a chain.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

DFO’s Animals: 5-Legged Puppy

Allyson Siegel of Charlotte, N.C. holds Lily, a Chihuahua terrier mix, that has five legs. The Charlotte Observer reported Saturday that Allyson Siegel, 45, of Charlotte bought the puppy last week because she couldn’t bear for the Chihuahua-terrier mix to be sold to a Coney Island, N.Y., sideshow that features disfigured animals. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Jeff Siner)

Shannon: Whither The Smoke?

Shannon: DFO; any word where all the smoke is coming from? No info on local news sites and it seems a little early for the tribe to be burning fields.

DFO: Spokesman Marc Stewart of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe called a few minutes ago to say that the smoke isn’t from field burning on the rez. It’s from wildfires in British Columbia.

HBO Blogs — 7.20.09

At Remember the Roxy, OrangeTV dug out this 1971 poster of “Barber’s Coast at Playland Pier.” Dunno what you were doing in 1971 (if you were onboard on Planet Earth). But this might bring back memories.

Moon Landing — 40 Years Later

In this July 20, 1969, file photo, Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, descends steps of Lunar Module ladder as he prepares to walk on the moon. He had just egressed the Lunar Module. Story here. (AP Photo/NASA, file)

Astronaut Neil Armstrong: “The regret on our side is, they used to say years ago, we are reading about you in science class. Now they say, we are reading about you in history class.”

Question: In a Reuters story today, Apollo astronauts lamented the state of this country’s space program. today. What would you like to see the United States do next in space exploration?

Troop Deaths Mount In Afghanistan

Item: Clinton regrets rise in US deaths in Afghanistan/AP

More Info: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday the surge in U.S. and allied deaths in Afghanistan this month is “regrettable and tragic,” and that the Obama administration believes it has no choice but to continue the fight. Four more Americans were killed in Afghanistan on Monday, making July the deadliest month for U.S. troops since the war began in October 2001. … The U.S. has about 56,000 troops in Afghanistan and the number is due to rise to about 68,000 this fall.

Question: What do you make of the increasing number of American losses in Afghanistan and the fact that we’re going to increase troop levels by 12,000 this fall?

Idaho Allows Memorials, Others Don’t

Question: Idaho allows highway memorials; Oregon, other states don’t/Mike Butts, Idaho Press Tribune

More Info: While Idaho allows highway memorials for those killed in traffic accidents, others states, such as Oregon, do not. The private, makeshift memorials are prohibited within the boundaries of incorporated cities in Idaho, according to the Idaho Transportation Department. Other states have seen controversy arise about the memorials because of what some see as a dangerous traffic distraction and others see as promoting religion on government property.

Question: Should highway memorials to those killed in traffic accidents be removed because they’re a hazard or promote religion?

Up, Up, And Away

“The parasail concession at Independence Point does a brisk business in the summer months,” posts KerriT/OnLocation North Idaho. “It’s a colorful addition to the beautiful blues and greens of the Lake Coeur d’Alene landscape. After living in North Idaho for as many years as I have, I don’t know why I’ve not taken a ride above the waves yet.”

Question: Have you ever parasailed on Lake Coeur d’Alene? If so, what was it like. If not, why not?

High Noon: Oodles Of Okra

When I went out on the patio Thursday afternoon, I found a bag of okra from my neighbor Sam. “That’s part of the first pick,” Sam told me later.  “But it looks like we’re going to have a bumper crop.” The promise of more to come sent me scurrying for some recipes for one of my favorite summer vegetables/Vera White, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Name a vegetable that you absolutely refuse to eat (besides okra)?

GOP Blames Minnick For Job Loss

Rep. Walt Minnick’s support for Nancy Pelosi and his Democrats leaders’ agenda is looking worse and worse by the month. With today’s release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics pegging June projected unemployment in Idaho at 8.4?%, voters across the state are rightfully asking: Where are the jobs? The Democrat agenda that Minnick has helped pushed through Washington has created mountains of new debt while creating none of the promised jobs. While Americans struggle to pay the bills, the nation’s unemployment situation has grown dramatically worse since Democrats in Congress began pushing through their reckless spending agenda/Republican Party of Idaho. More here.

Question: Is Walt Minnick to blame for the growing jobless rate, as the Idaho GOP contends?

HBO’s Best Of INorthwest — 7.20.09

Walter Breuning of Great Falls, Mont., 112, is pictured Sunday. Breuning, born Sept. 21, 1896, became the world’s oldest living man when 113-year-old Henry Allingham of England died Saturday, July 18. Story here. (AP Photo/Great Falls Tribune, Karl Puckett)

AM Scanner Traffic — 7.20.09

  • 11:28 a.m. Electronic highway signs are still warning of the accident that occurred @ 8:49 this morning @ 9th Street underpass.
  • 11:16 a.m. Lindsey, on Harolow Point Road, reports that her docked neighbor’s boat is sinking. And her neighbors aren’t home.
  • 10:52 a.m. Disabled truck on e/b off-ramp @ Exit 7 (H41).
  • 10:49 a.m. A wire has been knocked down by a truck @ 3rd & Harrison, preventing east/west traffic lights from working. North-south lights remain green.
  • 10:24 a.m. Elderly man on Vera/Rathdrum experiencing cardiac problems after being shocked twice by his pacemaker.
  • 10:19 a.m. R/P reports green vehicle didn’t stop after hitting deer @ H95 & M/P 422 (near Mica Creek Bridge).
  • 10:07 a.m. R/P reports that an elderly man in a white Centra ran a stop sign and almost hit her @ Boekel & Meyer/Rathdrum. She ordered him to stop @ Boekel & Ramsey.
  • 9:56 a.m. Grass fire reported @ Maine & 5th/Spirit Lake.
  • 9:07 a.m. EMTs are responding to an unknown medical problem @ Moon’s Mongolian Grill/1901 Seltice Way.
  • 8:51 a.m. R/P doesn’t know what to do with the 8 kittens a feral cat birthed on her property.
  • 8:49 a.m. 2-vehicle, rear-end accident under 9th Street Bridge is blocking I-90 @ Exit 14. 40ish male remains in one of the cars, “fairly shook-up.” ISP is diverting traffic around crash via 4th Street exit. Update (9:08 a.m.): One lane of I-90 now reopened.

NR: Garlic Jim’s Pizza To Open

Item: Garlic Jim’s pizza store coming to Coeur d’Alene/Nils Rosdahl, SR Handle Extra

OrangeTV: We need another pizza place almost as bad as we need some more coffee huts. In other words, not at all. Still, I;m interested to see if Garlic Jim’s can rise to the top of the heap. I really wish more places served pizza by the slice. … Doesn’t appear that this new one does either …

Question: Do you agree w/OTV that there’s too many pizza joints now? And that one or two of them could get an edge by offering pizza by the slice?

Trib Poll: Universal Health Care

  • Friday Poll: In a multiple-choice poll, with 435 selections, Duane Hagadone (76) easily was designated as the most influential VIP in Coeur d’Alene. Of course. He was followed by 2. Marshall Chesrown, 3. Charlie/Susan Nipp, 4. (tie) Tony Stewart & John Stone, 6. John Beutler, and 7. Tom Addis. Full results here.

Minimum Wage Works, Ask Wal*Mart

For years, critics of raising the minimum wage have maintained it hurts business and reduces the number of jobs available. Some contend the marketplace sets wages, and government can no more do that than it can impose terms on physical laws. Remember how one-term Congressman Bill Sali, R-Idaho, so famously likened the 2007 three-tiered boost in the national minimum wage to repealing the law of gravity and then proposed to do precisely that? Yet, Walmart is expanding one of its operations into Clarkston, where Washington has the nation’s highest minimum wage. In doing so, it is leaving behind a store in Lewiston, where Idaho has one of the lowest minimum wages. Pegged to the federal minimum wage, Idaho pays $6.55 an hour. That’s set to rise to $7.25 an hour this week. But Washington sets its minimum wage at $8.55/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you believe that an increase in the minimum wage hurts business much?

Wrestlers Can’t Wear Bikini Tops

Item: Centennial High wrestling team banned from wearing bikinis for car-wash promotion/KREM

More Info: The Centennial Wrestling team was told they could not wear bikini tops to try and get attention at their car wash, even though the cheerleaders across the street can. GF several, Saturday’s the day the Centennial Wrestling team has been dedicating it’s time to washing cars.  But their method to raise money is being called controversial and offensive. The district put a stop to it, and now the team is trying to find another way to be creative.

Question: Are the wrestlers being discriminated against?

Author Frank McCourt, 78, RIP

In this Oct. 18, 2005, file photo, author Frank McCourt gestures during an interview at his apartment in New York. In his latest memoir, “Teacher Man,” McCourt shares his memories of being a public school teacher in New York for 30 years. Brother Malachy McCourt says Frank McCourt died Sunday afternoon at a Manhattan hospice in New York City at age 78. Story here. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Question: Have you read McCourt’s masterpiece “Angela’s Ashes”?

OTV: Sushi Available @ Market

Local sushi lovers are relatively spoiled when it comes to finding top-notch dining-out options, but it wasn’t always that way. Takara introduced the idea to downtown Coeur d’Alene in 1992, and it remained the area’s sole provider of sashimi and maki rolls until about midway through this decade when sushi bars began popping up faster than you can say “Domo Arigato Mr. Maguro.” Bonsai Bistro, Syringa, Fisherman’s Market, Japan House and Sandpoint’s Oiishi are all great sushi spots, but there are times when a formal dining affair isn’t really feasible and that yen for sushi just won’t cease. Perhaps insomnia has you up in the wee hours toying with the idea of ordering a Ped Egg when suddenly you’re stricken with the urge for unagi eel. Or maybe you just want to emulate Molly Ringwald in “The Breakfast Club” and impress your lunch break pals with your flair for the exotic/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: How often do you eat sushi?

AM Headlines — 7.20.09

Katie Hardy sits at her home in Coeur d’Alene, with a picture of orphaned children from Africa. Hardy is a communications major at Lewis-Clark State College-CDA and is an activist dedicated to helping children in Africa known as the Night Commuters. The orphaned children travel by night in an effort to evade being kidnapped and forced to serve by killing or becoming sex slaves in the Ugandan Lord’s Rebel Army. Story here.

Taliban Capture Idaho Soldier

This video frame grab taken from a Taliban propaganda video released Saturday, July 18, 2009 shows Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Hailey, Idaho, who went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan June 30. The Pentagon on Sunday confirmed that the American soldier who went missing from his base in Afghanistan has been captured and identified him as a private from Idaho serving with an Alaska-based infantry regiment. The Defense Department released the name of Pfc. Bergdahl one day after he was seen in a video posted online as saying he was “scared I won’t be able to go home.” Story here and here. (AP Photo/Militant Video)

Question: The military has condemned the release of the video by captors of Pfc. Bowe r. Bergdahl. What do you think about it?

ZK: Things That Screech In The Nite?

Zelda Krup: I have a deep woods mystery. I live on a heavily wooded lot but it’s still suburbia. I was awakened about 2:30 a.m. by unearthly, blood-curdling shrieks and screams coming from the woods below my backyard. At first I thought it was coyotes. Then I thought it might be a cat or maybe a dog being torn apart by a predator. The shrieking lasted about 30 seconds — long enough for my dog to alternate between trying to jump out the window and searching for a place to hide. When the shrieks stopped, the strong odor of skunk came through the open window. Took me a long time to get back to sleep. I’m not positive what was screaming, but I think it was more predator than prey.

Question (from Zelda Krup): Has anyone else out there in Huckleberry Land heard forest noises like this? Was it a great-horned owl or its owlets? A cougar? Big Foot?

Toad: Texas Is Great — To Visit

Coming back, we pulled a small UHaul trailer with pretty much the last of our stuff out of my parents attic in Boyd, TX. We drove through two blue states and three red states on the way (not counting Texas, which is so red they’ve almost outlawed MSNBC and CNN in favor of Fox news 24x7). New Mexico was friendly and unique, Colorado was congested and smoggy along the front range, Wyoming was big, wide, and completely empty, Montana was dry and empty at first, then more interesting as one got closer to Idaho. The Idaho panhandle was beautiful, but on the way back, thankfully small. Texas was, well, hot. It was over 100 degrees and over 40% humidity where we were EVERY single day we were there. We’re glad to be home where the nights are cool, and the summer days are temperate. This is home now, for us, I think.

Question (for all but Coeur d’Alene natives): How long did it take for you to feel that you belonged in the Inland Northwest?

Ramirez: One Small Step …

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Sunday Wild Card — 7.19.09

July 19 is the 200th day of the year. There are 165 days remaining in the end of the year. On this day in history: In 1879Doc Holliday kills for the first time after a man shoots up his New Mexico saloon. Don Henley, former singer for The Eagles, is 62. Today is Flitch Day (From an old custom from long ago whereby bacon was given to married couples who could prove they had lived in harmony and fidelity for one year. Very few “took home the bacon.”) In the news this morning: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” has brought in $107M in 3 days here. And your Wild Card is in play …

TV News Anchor Walter Cronkite, 92, RIP

This undated photo provided by CBS, shows CBS television newscaster Walter Cronkite. Famed CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, known as the ‘most trusted man in America’ has died Friday. He was 92. Story here. (AP Photo/CBS, File)

Question: In a Community Comment blog post, David Laird points out that Walter Cronkite was considered in his time to be “the most trusted man in America. Who would wear that title today?

Spokane Country Club Faces Sexism Suit

Item: Lawsuit alleges sexism at Spokane Country Club/Meghann M. Cuniff, SR

More Info: When a Spokane businesswoman joined the Spokane Country Club nine years ago, she drew curious looks when she played in a members-only tournament dominated by men. The next year, she claims, the pricey private club changed the tournament to a men’s-only tournament, previewing years of alleged gender discrimination that Laura Skaers’ lawyer outlined in a lawsuit filed this week in Spokane County Superior Court. A mediator tried working through the dispute last year, but talks failed. Schultz said her plaintiffs were moved to file a lawsuit when about 90 male club members signed a petition complaining they were the ones being discriminated against. Schultz called the allegation “ludicrous.” A club official denied the discrimination and said women organize more events at the club then men.

Question: Who do you want to see win this lawsuit?

Salem Kroc Center Fees Questioned

Item: Columnist questions fees to be charged when Salem (Ore.) Kroc Center opens/Carol McAlice Currie, Statesman Journal

More Info: So as a donor, it is with some reluctance that I hold up a mirror to the membership rates recently announced by Salem’s Kroc Center. Some of Salem’s membership fees are noticeably higher than at other established Kroc Centers across the country, including the newest 123,000-square-foot facility that opened in May in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Salem’s 92,000-square-foot facility, which sits on almost 11 acres on the northeast side of town, will be the second Kroc Center to open this year. The Salem Kroc youth rate is $15 per month or $180 annually. An adult membership is $25 per month, and the household membership is $100 per month or a maximum of $1,200 per year for a family of up to eight (grandparents included). It’s a little less for smaller families.

Question: Are you OK with the fees charged at the Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center?

Roxy: Fort Grounds Grocery

At Remember The Roxy, OrangeTV has posted this calendar from the old Fort Grounds Grocery. The River Street address puts it on River Street (the street where Steve Widmyer’s Fortgrounds Tavern is located).

Question: Anyone know anything about the old Fort Grounds Grocery?

Napkin Notes: Opening Nite w/Harry

There’s nothing quite like opening night of a big blockbuster film. This is the second time this year we’ve stood in line to be among the first to see a highly anticipated movie.  The release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in May saw us huddled against the cold with a few hundred Marvel comic book fans, some attired as their favorite X-Man, waiting for the theater doors to open.  Howls and laughter pierced the night as the caffeine-fueled masses thrummed with excitement. But that crowd was nothing compared to the crush of humanity that turned up last night to see the sixth cinematic installment of the much-lauded Harry Potter series.  The movie was showing on 13 screens at midnight, and all the tickets were sold out well before lunchtime/Katrina, Notes On A Napkin. More here.

Question: When a blockbuster movie comes out, do you stand in line for a midnight showing? Wait until the next day? Wait until the next weekend? Wait until the crowd’s thin out? Wait until the video comes out at Hastings?

FHB: Exercising Can Be Hazardous

This summer he’s been riding his bike around the lake every evening that the weather permits. Tuesday night he had a bike wreck on the east side of the lake. Poor Dave ended up going over the embankment and landing on his back next to a tree down by the water. Thank goodness for cell phones so he could call and ask for a ride for himself, his dented helmet, and the broken bike. I found my bloody husband walking his bike home. Now he is recovering from a very sore back and will be walking for exercise for awhile. It makes me wonder if it’s a good idea to try to stay healthy so we can live longer/Frum Helen Back, Hauser Thoughts. More here.

Question: Frum Helen Back raises a good point here: Is it worth it to ride a bike to stay in shape when the exercise makes you vulnerable to possible serious injuries and maybe death (in the case of three recent Boise area accidents?

ML: A Lot Of Water Under The Bridge

Marianne Love/Slight Detour: In some ways it’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years, but when I take into account that I’d never heard of Bill Love or envisioned a day when my kids would be writing sports news for a Nampa newspaper or setting foot on the top of Mt. Rainier, I guess there’s been a lot of water under the bridge. More here.

Question: What are some of the unexpected paths that life has taken you on since man first set foot on the moon?

Disneyland Wild Card — 7.17.09

Today is Friday, July 17, the 198th day of 2009. There are 167 days left in the year. On this day in history: In 1955, Disneyland had its opening day in Anaheim, Calif. TV personality Art Linkletter is 97. Comedian Phyllis Diller is 92. Thought for Today: “Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose.” — Billie Holiday, American jazz singer (1915-1959). Today is National Peach Ice Cream Day. In the news this afternoon: Court officials postponed a guardianship hearing for Michael Jackson’s children here. And the Disneyland Wild Card is in play …

Parting Shot — 7.17.09

Wearing his own Batman cape, Peter Drake, 3, of Utica, N.Y. meets Adam West today in the Center of Progress building at Syracuse Nationals car show at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. Adam West, 81, is best known for his lead role in the 1960s TV series Batman. (AP Photo/The Post-Standard, Gloria Wright)

Question: Who is your favorite Batman?

AJ: Singer Gets Even w/Airlines

By now, half the Internet has heard of the fact that United Airlines broke Dave Carroll’s guitar. The musician was traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour in spring 2008 when United baggage handlers tossed around his $3,500 guitar and broke it. After wrangling with customer service for nine months, and getting no help, Carroll promised a United representative that he and his band, the Sons of Maxwell, would make three song videos about the frustrating incident. Carroll’s message to United is: “Song two has been written and video production is underway. Song three is coming. I promise.” (Read Carroll’s full explanation. Good luck if you can get through the whole thing. United gave him the very definition of the runaround)/Andrea James, Aerospace News, Seattle P-I. More here. YouTube here.

Question: Has an airlines ever broken or lost something or yours?

PM Headlines — 7.19.09

This is an artist’s rendition of what the Coeur d’Alene Casino complex will look like when the expansion is finished in 2011. Indian Country story here. (Photo courtesy Coeur d’Alene Casino)

APhoto Of The Day — 7.17.09

Houston Police Officer Miguel Rodriguez poses with a dummy he confiscated from an accident he was investigating. Rodriguez said he was startled when came across the dummy at the accident Thursday morning and thought it was an injured person. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Housotn Chronicle, Nick de la Torre)

Top Cutlines:

League Of His Own — Chief: “Hey, Rodriquez, is that man a kin of yours?”
Cop: “No sir, just some guy who made a half-azzed attempt to flee the scene”. Chief: “Good, he looks like he didn’t have a leg to stand on against you” — John Austin.

  • 1. Oh man, this is never going to get me on COPS — Nick Adams.
  • 2. Houston Police Officer Miguel Rodriguez took advantage of Macy’s One-Day Sale on Thursday: All men, half off — Taryn Hecker.
  • 3. Why is it in this job I get stuck with all the dummies?” Ofc Rodriguez asks himself. “I oughta go into journalism” — Kevin Taylor.
  • HM: Charles Dixon

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.17.09

  • 5:31 p.m. Shotgun shells are scattered on the roadway @ the beginning of the H95 construction zone.
  • 5:10 p.m. A 21-month-old girl is suffering a seizure near Independence Point fight.
  • 5:08 p.m. A large crowd is gathered at Independence Point for a possible fight involving a 7-foot male wearing a red visor and white ballcap.
  • 4:38 p.m. Female on boat near Templin’s may be smoking marijuana.
  • 4:36 p.m. Shirtless male is pouring water on cigarette smokers @ Independence Point.
  • 4:35 p.m. Lights not recycling @ Government Way & Kathleen, causing a back-up.
  • 4:24 p.m. Someone in black Chevy now parked at Hayden HiCo tossed a bottle out the window @ Hayden & Atlas.
  • 4:21 p.m. R/P reports that a large silver truck & a white Hyundai are parked in no-parking zone @ the boat launch @ Squaw Bay Road & Eddyville.
  • 4:06 p.m. A Colorado woman reports she read on her ex-boyfriend’s MySpace page that he plans to kill himself by jumping off a bridge. He lives in Hayden.
  • More below

Close Encounter w/Wienermobile

An Oscar Meyer Wienermobile crashed into the home and outdoor deck of Nick Krupp in Racine, Wis. on Friday morning. According to a witness, the vehicle was parked in the driveway. The driver lurched the vehicle forward instead of backing out of the driveway, hitting Krupp’s deck and cracking the foundation of his house. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Tom McCauley)

ZK: Idaho’s Cows Get Better Care

Zelda Krup: There’s something I want to know, so help me out fellow HBOers. I read the article about Idaho’s immunization rates thoroughly. But it didn’t answer the most obvious question: Why does Idaho trail the nation (and many 3rd-world countries) in immunization rates? Yes, there are a lot of poor people in Idaho, but there are many more in Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma, not to mention Botswana, Pakistan, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. This is shameful. Idaho’s livestock has better health care than its kids.

Question: Anyone out there able to answer Zelda’s question? 

Minnick, Other Frosh Oppose Tax Hike

Item: Minnick, 20 other freshmen Dems sign letter opposing Pelosi’s tax increase on wealthy to pay for health care expansion/The Hill

More Info: Twenty-one freshman Democratic House members have signed a letter opposing their leadership’s plan to raise taxes to finance a healthcare overhaul. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) circulated the letter, saying that the income surtax on the wealthy would place an undue burden on small businesses, some of which pay taxes in the same way as an individual. The letter had 22 signers, all freshmen except for Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), who is in his second term.

Question: Is Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick representing your interests by taking a stand against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s proposed tax increase to expand health care?

Top VIP Vote Getters So Far …

  • 1. Duane Hagadone
  • 2. Marshall Chesrown
  • 3. John Stone
  • 4. Charlie/Susan Nipp
  • 5. Tony Stewart
  • 6. John Beutler

Pleaz cast your vote in today’s HBO Poll for Coeur d’Alene’s most influential VIP. I plan to use it in my print Huckleberries a week from Sunday. Click here.

HBO Blogos — 7.17.09

At As The Lake Churns, Pecky Cox snapped this photo of Sadie Wagoner picking huckleberries — and is looking for individuals to send her blog site photos of their huckleberry picking. See here.

Roxy: Remember Playland Pier

Recognize City Beach? In this photo posted by OrangeTV @ Remember the Roxy, you see the way things were at City Beach, looking back toward what is now the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Playland Pier sits on Independence Point. Dunno about you, but I prefer the way things are today, rather than then, minus the tens of thousands of out-of-area visitors. Oh well, the natives get the waterfront to themselves, once Labor Day hits.

Question: Anyone out there remember Playland Pier?

Brand X: Motorcycle Madness

I used to ride, my last bike was a beautiful States Blue HD with an almost obscene amount of chrome. It was wonderful! As I was strapping on my helmet one day, a small voice in my head or heart or from somewhere said no. I had always told myself that I would quit when I heard that voice. I have taken care of trauma patients that told me they had heard it, but didn’t listen….. they wanted that last ride. I listened then; be it wisdom or fear, and I never took the bike out again. How many of these accidents have happened when folks did not heed a warning or premonition of some sort. I’ll never know, of course, but I do believe there are guardian angels, or the like, out there that will protect us… or try to… even when we aren’t protecting ourselves/JanTri, Brand X Ranch. More here

Question: Do you believe in guardian angels?

Crusaders Target Prosecution Law

Item: Should Idaho stop allowing minors to be tried as adults? Two Canyon County cases raise questions about the prosecution of children/Kristin Rodine, Idaho Statesman

More Info: No formal effort to change Idaho law has begun, and local lawmakers say they haven’t been contacted yet. But Tucker and others are setting their sights on a legal system that requires adult prosecution of youths age 14 and up who are accused of certain serious crimes including murder, rape and first-degree arson. Children younger than 14 also can be tried as adults if a judge approves. National advocacy groups have embraced the case, and a local criminal justice professor says the issue is ripe for review.

Question: Do you think children as young as young as 14 who commit violent crimes should be prosecuted as adults?

TH: Barbie’s Feeling The Pinch, Too

“You know kids hear plenty of adult-talk about outrageous gas prices when their pretend play consists of making Barbie ride-share and carpool,” posts Taryn/Taryn A. Hecker’s Photography. “If the Barbie VW Bug wasn’t topless, there’s no way Faith could have fit all of her Barbies, a Bratz doll, the Little Mermaid into one car. There’s a lucky Ken in there, too. I think she crammed him in the trunk.”

Question:  Are you kids aware that there’s a recession on?

High Noon: Wrenchin’ In St. Maries

When Ed saw me coming he strolled with his cup of coffee into the big underground shop in a building that was once a car dealership and part of the local Gazette newspaper, or the Daily Record, one or the other. They combined into the hegemony of a news weekly that exists in this town now. What you got for me, guy? Says Ed because he knows the car work I need done was due in part to ineptitude and my lack of patience and good sense. I tell him. Ouch, he says. There was the manifold leak that sounded like a bull moose fighting a chain saw. I busted the stud. Not a problem, said Ed. The brake light switch that hadn’t worked since that day in Butte when a guy on a Harley pulled up alongside and told my passenger, you ain’t got a break-light on that thing. That was more than a year ago/Ralph Bartholdt, Skookum Photography. More here.

Question: Do you go to a vehicle repair shop that you trust?

HBO’s Best Of INorthwest — 7.17.09

Ritchie Cross, of Sugar Hill, Georgia, show his gratitude to the people of Spokane, for their generosity to the athletes participating the the 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Says Cross “the community opened up their doors and arms”. Cross spent Thursday afternoon displaying his sign to motorists outside the Spokane Convention Center on Spokane Falls Blvd. (Dan Pelle/SR)

AM Scanner Traffic — 7.17.09

  • 11:42 a.m. R/P reports that 20ish male w/blond ponytail on a mountain bike is playing w/ninchucks and “twitching” on Hayden Lake’s Dike Road.
  • 11:20 a.m. R/P reports another motorist shot at him at 7:30 this morning @ bottom of Fourth of July Pass.
  • 11:18 a.m. Woman reports a drunk man is driving a pickup pulling a trailer load of wood n/b @ H95 & H53.
  • 10:57 a.m. Woman on Emma/CdA reports her husband is sitting in his pickup in the driveway after taking an overdose of pills.
  • 10:46 a.m. R/P on Camas Court/CdA reports that kids are throwing rocks at a dead dog in the bed of her neighbor’s pickup.
  • 10:36 a.m. Lakeview Lodge/Harrison reports that Gateway Marina & Restaurant played loud music until 4 this morning.
  • 8:50 a.m. A drunk man is walking among the heavy equipment in the road construction project in the Fernan Lake area. Meanwhile, another possible drunk in a gray GMC Sierra is driving through the construction zone.
  • 8:34 a.m. A bale of hay is lying on I-90 @ M/P 21 (Blue Creek Bay area).
  • 8:28 a.m. R/P complains that motorists are parking in the bike lane for a garage sale in the Canfield Middle School area. Also, R/P complains that gardening trucks are blocking the bike lane @ 4th & Honeysuckle.

Before And …

“These signs are posted at Avondale Golf Course in Hayden Lake,” posts MamaJD. “Of course, you just can’t pass it up without some hijinks.” (See next post)

After

Question: Do you recognize these guys?

KR: Upgrading Bicycle Laws

Werk is promising to push two bills that will play well with fellow cyclists. He is backing a bill requiring motorists to maintain a three-foot buffer when they pass cyclists — an idea that has been adopted in several other states, and has been embraced by local cycling enthusiasts such as Boise attorney Kurt Holzer. Werk also wants to push a bill making it illegal to harass or throw objects at cyclists. By the same token, Werk wants to slap an additional $50 fine on cyclists who violate the rules of the road. A tough medicine, and yes, it’s punitive. But as a cyclist and occasional cycle commuter, I have no problem with it/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you want to see bicyclists fined $50 for violating rules of the road?

In The News: Pope Breaks Wrist

Pope Benedict XVI greets hospital staff as he leaves the Regional Hospital after a surgery on his right wrist, seen in a cast, in Aosta, northern Italy earlier today. Benedict XVI emerged smiling from the hospital Friday after undergoing surgery for a broken wrist due to a fall at his Alpine vacation chalet. Doctors said his right arm would be in a cast for a month. Story here. (AP Photo/L’Osservatore Romano)

Question: Are you concerned re: Pope Benedict’s age and health?

Gissel: CdA Mayor Wannabe Lacking

Norm Gissel: As an aid to Mr. Arnold’s pursuit of his goal of becoming mayor I want to mention that with the same sort of logic he apparently uses to do away with the 14th Amendment, he could simply declare himself a citizen who is not bound by elections. Free of elections and unburdened of those pesky Coeur d’Alene voters, he can just declare himself mayor and begin governing immediately. (Full Coeur d’Alene Press post here)

Jim Hollingsworth: You might also want to point out that you are a lawyer here in Coeur d’Alene, that you were the chief counsel that sued the Aryan Nations, and that you have supported many activities that limit our freedom.

Question: Is suing the Aryan Nations into bankruptcy a bad thing, as Hollingsworth seems to suggest?

Trib: Rammell’s Book Gets A Jeer

JEERS to Republican gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell. His book, “A Nation Divided: The War for America’s Soul,” reads like a biblical text. And that’s OK for a segment of the market. But somewhere in his soul, Rammell believes socialism is the tool of the devil: “… And the capitalists fought back for their freedom and vowed to save the Constitution. And God was on their side. And the armies of socialism led by Satan began to fear. And good men and women rallied to the cause. …” You get the idea. Here’s some scripture for Rammell to ponder: “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God”/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think socialism is of the devil?

AM Headlines — 7.17.09

“Driving down my neighborhood street I heard a small engine overhead,” posts Councilwoman KerriT/OnLocation North Idaho. The camera was on the seat and the top was down on the car so I snapped this shot of a motorized glider. The pilot must have seen me … he made a turn and flew directly over my car again before heading northeast towards the Rathdrum prairie. Wistfully, I wished for a moment that we could trade places. It was a beautiful night for a glide above the rooftops.

HBO Poll: 5 Most VIP/Influential

Stickman: Where Huckleberries Are

Stickman: I think three bloggers called me last year and now of course they know where to go. It’s fairly close and it always has (huckleberries). You surely don’t want to waste your time looking for them, you need to save your energy for picking. It really starts in about two weeks, and I will go up next week and scout the area as I do each year. We usually pick everyday for about a month, then they are done. Then we spend the next year or so giving them all away in Jam and other assorted things. Like huckleberry cheesecakes. That is the true delight in life.

Question: When did you last pick huckleberries?

Sam: KerriT’s Gotta Be On The List

Sam: I refuse to eliminate elected officials. They’re generally some of the most prominent people in a community (Kerri is one, and I don’t care). They also were elected because they are prominent before hand for the most part. Many elected leaders had a huge local follow, many friends, were influential and generally well liked before throwing their hat in the ring. That shouldn’t be forgotten. Other than that, Kerri is also fun and a writer who communicates with the local community. I don’t think it’s fair to pigeonhole via the question. So I ignored it. The freedoms of bloggings!

Question: Yesterday, Huckleberries Online asked for a list of non-elected, non-government individuals who could be considered the community’s VIPs. Today, let’s go for a Top 10 list of government VIPs, elected or otherwise.

Ramirez: A New Target

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Apollo 11 Wild Card — 7.16.09

Today is Thursday, July 16, the 197th day of 2009. There are 168 days left in the year. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins, blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon. Actor-comedian Will Ferrell is 42. Thought for Today: “What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that man set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth.” — Norman Cousins, American author and journalist (1915-1990). In the news this afternoon: A Southern California teen becomes the youngest person to sail solo around the world here. And the Apollo 11 Wild Card is in play …

Parting Shot — 7.16.09

Double hand transplant recipient Jeff Kepner, 57, of Atlanta, Ga., left, lifts one of his transplanted hands while wife Valerie, center, and Dr. Joseph Imbriglia look on during a news conference at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh on Thursday. Story here. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

SR’s Today In Photos

EOB: Ousted ITD Director May Sue

Ousted Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe says her performance evaluations and feedback from the state Transportation Board about her performance as director have all been positive, and she’s not been given any indication why they wanted to get rid of her. “Darrell Manning asked me to resign May 11th, and … that came out of the clear blue sky,” she told Eye on Boise. “I had no warning that they were unhappy with my performance, in fact I was completely blindsided”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Should ITD Director Pam Lowe fight her firing?

2C Etc: Jogging Is A Bore

One of the good things about this time of year is that the warm weather provides us with a wider array of opportunities to get exercise. During the cold months, my options are much more limited. I’m not the kind of person who wants to shell out a bunch of money each year to join a gym. Besides, when you factor in the time it takes to drive there and back, your daily workout can require a time commitment that can get in the two-hour range. So when it’s cold, my exercise bike at home is about my only option for a lower-body workout. I can watch TV or listen to the radio at those times, but when it gets warm, I’m anxious to get outside and do something other than pedaling. Jogging is too boring, so my outdoor workouts usually involve a ball of some sort — basketball, tennis ball or football/Phil Bridges, 2C Etc. More here.

Question: Do you exercise regularly during this time of year? Doing what?

PM Headlines — 7.16.09

Western States CAT has opened a 55,765-square-foot Caterpillar sales and service facility on North Highway 95 in Hayden. The building cost $10 million. Story here. (Courtesy of Western States CAT)

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.16.09

  • 5:19 p.m. Post Falls police arrest hit-and-run suspect. PFPD Blue report here.
  • 4:49 p.m. Officers are pursuing a fugitive wanted on a U.S. Marshal’s warrant (for battery on an officer) who was picked up by 2 females in an Intrepid at Plummer and then ran from the car when an officer stopped it @ H95 & Conkling Road/Worley. Plummer officers arrest females.
  • 4:41 p.m. BNSF reports that a number of juveniles are putting rocks that are so large on its tracks that trains will have to stop to remove them.
  • 3:56 p.m. A shirtless male w/red hair and sandals and partner in a black T-shirt and shorts have stolen a computer from a parked car on 3rd Street and is now walking toward Coeur d’Alene Resort. Update: Both males caught in museum parking lot.
  • 3:53 p.m. An unwanted person is attempting to turn off propane @ Terry’s Cafe in Bayview as a result of a landlord-tenant dispute.
  • More below

Briefs: Neighbors Dispute Over Cat

A Coeur d’Alene man made a horrible discovery in a neighbor’s trashcan during a recent search for his missing cat, Molly. According to CPD Blue police reports, Ron Moultrie of Fruitdale Avenue was looking for his pet in the area of 15th Street and Davis & Davis when he noticed a bad smell coming from a trashcan in the 3200 block of 15th Street. Upon investigation, he found the body of his cat in a plastic grocery bag. The animal had been shot to death with a pellet from a gun. Prior to calling police, he confronted a neighbor he’d seen shooting a pellet gun in his yard. The neighbor denied shooting and cat and later told police he didn’t know how Moultrie’s dead pet had gotten into his trashcan. He also denied shooting his pellet gun in his yard.

Pecky: Huckleberries Are Everywhere

For some reason, Pecky Cox/As The Lake Churns can’t remember precisely where she snapped this photo. But she said huckleberries are everywhere in her neck of the woods (Priest Lake) this year.

Question: Who’s going to tell us where the huckleberries are this year — besides No-Tellum Creek?

Al French’s North Idaho Connection

Item: The French Connection: Al French led the fight to keep ads on the city’s bus benches — and, in turn, he may have violated the very ethics code he put in place/Nicholas Deshais, Inlander

More Info: French and Hamilton — an architect and a developer, respectively — go way back, and their relationship has had some setbacks. Like the time in 2004 when they were working together on a 200-foot channel into the Spokane River behind Hamilton’s Post Falls house without any permits. Authorities found out, and after all was said and done, the episode cost Hamilton about $100,000 and left a smear on French’s reputation. But overall, things have been good. In fact, Hamilton donated some $6,800 worth of outdoor advertising in 2003 to one of French’s unsuccessful campaigns. And the two are currently working on the designs for an apartment complex in Airway Heights.

Question: What do you make of Councilman French’s relationship to developer Hamilton?

Flash! ITD Fires Director Pam Lowe

The Idaho Transportation Board just voted unanimously to fire director Pam Lowe. Deputy Director Scott Stokes was named the interim director while a new director is sought, with the search focusing both inside and outside ITD. Board Chairman Darrell Manning said, “The board determined this change was necessary to help the department continue improving customer service, economy of operations, accountability and our relations with the Legislature.” Lowe’s termination is effective July 31, but she’s been placed on paid administrative leave until then and is immediately off the job. Manning said, “It’s a decision that affects many people, and cannot be made lightly”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

31 Days Hath November?

A Rathdrum man pulled over for speeding Tuesday gave a Spokane Valley police officer good reason to be suspicious: he claimed to have been born on Nov. 31. Knowing that “30 days hath September, April, June, and November,” (Officer Jack) Rosenthal arrested the man for giving false information and failing to cooperate,” according to a news release prepared by Sgt. Dave Reagan. Brian Lloyd Measel, whose real birth date is March 18, 1985, was booked into Spokane County Jail after police found a scorched metal spoon and a syringe with morphine in his pocket/Meghann M. Cuniff, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever encountered an American adult who didn’t know how many days each month has?

Ouch!

Aiden Rodriguez, 2, of Hayden,gets comforted by his mother Alysha Rodriguez while getting his immunization shots at Panhandle Health in Hayden on Thursday. Immunization programs have suffered losses due to budget cuts. Administering the shot is Mareva Kammeyer RN. Stories by Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise here, here, here, and here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)

Question: Are you afraid of needle shots?

2C Etc: Lost Near Home

I never thought I could get lost in Canyon County, but last summer it happened. After getting into flatwater kayaking for the first time in the lakes around Stanley, McCall, and Bend, my dad, brothers, and I decided to try out the Caldwell-to-Notus stretch of the Boise River. We put in at the north end of Caldwell and enjoyed a calm paddle a couple miles down the river. But then the river forked, then forked again, with no indication of which waterway was the main course. Apparently, we chose the wrong fork, and ended up in a densely vegetated section of river where fast-flowing water and low-hanging branches threatened to (and in one case, did) flip our kayaks over/Randy Lavorante, 2C Etc. More here

Question: Have you ever gotten lost? What happened?

Review: ‘The Half-Blood Prince’

There were a lot of good things about the movie. They made a smart decision when they decided to aim the movie strictly at people who had seen the previous films and read the books, so they didn’t bother explaining things for “newbies”; this gave them more time to tell the story. The performances were generally very good. The young actors are really growing into their craft, and the adults were, as usual, outstanding. The special effects were good, as were the set design and camera work. Overall, the technical portions were great; it was the screenplay adaptation from the book that caused a problem/Bubblehead, The Stupid Shall Be Punished. More here.

HBO Numbers (for Wednesday, July 15): 7926/4657

OTV’s Top 10 Coeur d’Alene Songs

Top 10 Coeur d’Alene Pop Songs, week of July 19, 2009/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho

  • 1. “Just Can’t Hold it Anymore” by John Beutler (limited edition version on yellow vinyl).
  • 2. “How’s My Hair?” by Woody McEvers
  • 3. “My View-tiful Dyn-o-mite Bumpersnicker” by Dave Oliveria.
  • 4. “LCDC, LCDC, LCDC, LCDC, LCDC, LCDC, LCDC” by Mary Souza (limited edition version on special broken record format).
  • 5. “Baby, Let’s Have Five More Kids” by Mike Kennedy
  • 6. “Condos Nobody Wants” by Duane Hagadone
  • 7. “Riverstone Blues” by John Stone
  • 8. “Liz Claiborne Cougars” by Sandi Bloem & Priscilla Bell
  • 9. “Love is Like the Dewey Decimal System” by Bette Ammon
  • 10. “Chasing Wild Geese” by Dan Gookin

Question: Any other song dedications?

USS Stout Drops Anchor

Officer from the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Stout, wearing white service cap, and Georgian Navy sailors, wearing black caps, salute during a welcome ceremony for the USS Stout anchoring in the Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi this week. USS Stout dropped anchor Tuesday in Georgia’s Black Sea waters ahead of a joint naval exercises widely seen as a show of American support for the former Soviet nation that was crushed in last year’s war with Russia. (AP Photo/ Shakh Aivazov)

Question: Did you serve in the military? When? Which branch?

High Noon: First Kiss

The enamored couple decided to escape the family and take a walk. “We ended up in Grandad’s car in his garage, because it was cold,” said Roger Imes. “We exchanged a passionate kiss.” There probably would have been another if her father hadn’t discovered them. “Her dad came and hauled me out of the car,” said Imes. That’s when the 20-year-old Welshman discovered the vivacious beauty who’d caught his eye was only 16. Forty years would pass before they saw each other again/Cindy Hval, SR Voices. More here.

Question: Do you remember your first kiss with your future spouse?

HBO’s Best Of INorthwest — 7.16.09

A northern spotted owl sits on a tree in the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon. The Obama administration is withdrawing the Bush administration’s last attempt at increasing logging in Northwest forests occupied by northern spotted owls and salmon. Assistant Interior Secretary Ned Farquhar told a conference call of attorneys today that they had determined the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s decision not to consult federal biologists over the logging’s effects on spotted owls and salmon violated the Endangered Species Act. Story here. (AP Photo/File)

AM Scanner Traffic — 7.16.09

  • 11:56 a.m. R/P reports a dog has been left in a car @ Fred Meyer parking lot.
  • 10:15 a.m. R/P reports hearing a crash and then seeing a blue car on its top near her Mullan Trail Road home, off I-90, east of CdA.
  • 9:51 a.m. KCSD has an active warrant for a work-release inmate working @ the wastewater treatment plant.
  • 9:31 a.m. R/P reports motorcyclist is carrying a child on his bike @ 95 & Prairie.
  • 9:25 a.m. Pickup dropped sheets of plywood @ 95 & Dalton.
  • 9:21 a.m. R/P @ 16th & Greensferry/PF reports that former tenants believed to be involved in a burglary returned to his property last night.
  • 8:59 a.m. 80YO male suffers a head wound after he was ejected from his mobility scooter @ 4th & Prairie.
  • 8:43 a.m. A white Toyota p/u is e/b on Prairie, from Ramsey, @ 60 mph in 35 mph zone.
  • 8:40 a.m. A male is sleeping in an older brown car @ Freddi & Winch/Rathdrum.
  • 8:35 a.m. Golfers @ a course along Idaho are trying to hit passing vehicles w/golf balls.

My 2 Cents: Who’s On Local VIP List?

In my mind, there’s no question that Century 21 owner John Beutler is one of the most prominent individuals in the Coeur d’Alene area. The crash that he was involved in Tuesday night was unfortunate. But it prompts me to wonder who else in the community — besides elected officials and high-profile individuals in government jobs, like Police Chief Wayne Longo and NIC President Priscilla Bell — are so prominent that they’d be considered local public figures. Duane Hagadone, of course, would top that list. Developers Marshall Chesrown and John Stone, too. I’m not sure that Hagadone’s partner Jerry Jaeger would be part of a Top 10 list today. He’s been low-profile for quite awhile. Tony Stewart and Marshall Mend would be good candidates for a Top 10 list, too. What about it?

Question: Eliminating those mentioned above, as well as elected officials and prominate government employees, who would fill out your Top 10 list of community VIPs?

Lewiston Teen Game Draws Gunfire

An elaborate late night game in which teens run through back yards and down city streets has drawn the attention of police after a report of gunshots fired at participants. Dozens of teens have been dividing into teams as part of a physical game of cat and mouse dubbed “Fugitive,” that Lewiston police said begins in the Lewiston Orchards on weekend nights and ends when a winner makes his or her way downtown on foot. But Lewiston police are asking the game come to a halt before someone gets killed or arrested for traipsing through back yards. The warning comes after the game’s danger level escalated Friday night, when a nearby resident fired three to five shots in the area of juveniles on Hillcrest Road/Brad W. Gary, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are Lewiston police over-reacting to the teen’s ‘Fugitive’ game?

Pet Airways Gets Off Ground

Pet Airways Co-founder Alysa Binder’s dog, Zoe, walks by one of the upstart airline’s aircraft in Omaha, Neb. On the first-ever all-pet airline started by husband-and-wife team Alysa Binder and Dan Wiesel, dogs and cats will fly in the main cabin of a Suburban Air Freight plane, retooled and lined with carriers in place of seats.  Story here. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)

Question: Do you wish this service was available in the Inland Northwest?

Sis: 17.2% Of D-1 Uninsured

Nate Silver is a numbers guru who was uncannily close in his polling predictions in the last election cycle. Today he posts a breakdown of the uninsured in McCainocrat districts. Idaho’s District One has 17.2% of its constituents uninsured, a hefty amount. And while Nate correctly observes the district is rural and largely blue collar, he does not take into account the fact these same voters reflexively vote against their self interest. But how would a numbers guy factor that in? Blue dogs like Minnick will have to figure it out before casting their vote/Sisyphus, 43rd State Blues. More here.

Question: Do you support the move by President Obama and congressional Demo leaders to significantly expand health care coverage?

Daily News: Idaho Made Wrong Call

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare vaccinated the state’s children for years against a number of diseases. The shots were free for every child regardless of ability to pay. The program was a good thing. This month, the state changed the program to exclude those children whose immunizations would be covered by their parents insurance. The policy change is not a good thing. The Legislature, which approved the change, did so to save the state an estimated $2.8 million. They should have looked elsewhere to make cuts. A healthy populace is vitally important to the state. The state also did a poor job of informing parents about the changes/Murf Raquet, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Should the state of Idaho continue to provide free immunizations for all children, including those whose parents have insurance to cover part or all of the cost?

AM Headlines — 7.16.09

Josh Ritter, an internationally known folk singer from Moscow, is headlining Saturday’s show at Rendezvous in the Park in East City Park in Moscow. Local musicians in the Hog Heaven Big Band will provide back up. Ritter is still on a high from his July 4 show in Cork, Ireland, where he was backed up by a full orchestra. Moscow-Pullman Daily News story here. (AP Photo)

Question: Have you heard of folk singer Josh Ritter?

APhoto Of The Day — 7.16.09

A group of barn owls is seen at the Wildlife Rehab and Education center in Houston, Texas. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Sharon Steinmann, File)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Kevin Taylor
  • 2. (tie) Obama’s newest governmental creation: The Department of Homespun Wisdom — CindyH; and: Al Gore and the commission on climate change unviels new slogan: “Give a hoot, don’t produce” — Aliasjax.
  • 3. Despite smooth dance moves, white faces, and pointy beaks, the Houston Four never took off like the Jackson Five did before them — BillH.
  • HM: Charlie

Poll: Too Old To Have Kids?

  • Wednesday Poll: 51 of 97 (53%) oppose the House Demos proposal to tax millionaires up to 5.4% more to pay to expand health care. Full results here.

Whippersnapper: Arrogance Reigns

Whippersnapper: Sotomayor has enough votes to be confirmed, yet Democrats are demonstrating how they are able to excuse any behavior and ignore any hateful remark from their chosen ones, and find all kinds of phantom behaviors to blame on their enemies. Their sense of justice is skewed now by their arrogance. It seems that Democrat political allegiances demand that you fall in line, blame faceless people for unspecified racism to defame people who disagree with you. Someday, the Republicans will look better than the party in power and the pendulum will swing and we’ll end up with the same overspending, sometimes corrupt, glad-handing, insincere and arrogant government we have now, where those in power try to bribe us into oblivion with trillions we haven’t even made yet to prove how compassionate they are.

Question: Do you think this country is headed in the right direction now?

OTV: VIP Fits Beutler

OrangeTV: The term “Very Important Person” is a bit much perhaps, for those who DO live in Cd’A John Beutler is a pretty big name and VIP fits. He is very ubiquitous here, his name and face seem to pop up in the CDA Press for various reasons constantly as well as on Real Estate signs and ads all over KootCo. If someone created a Top Ten Pop Chart for well-known Cd’A business big-wigs he would probably land somewhere between numbers 5 and 8. Outside of town? Ya, probably just another Joe Blow.

Question: We published this story in a brief. The Press did not run this story. Who made the right decision?

Heller: Harry Potter Still Rocks

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Gummi Worm Wild Card — 7.15.09

Today is Wednesday, July 15, the 196th day of 2009. There are 169 days left in the year. On July 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon startled the country by announcing he would visit the People’s Republic of ChinaSinger Linda Ronstadt is 63. Thought for Today: “There are two kinds of worries — those you can do something about and those you can’t. Don’t spend any time on the latter.” — Duke Ellington, American jazz artist (1899-1974). Today, we’re observing Cow Appreciation Day and Gummi Worm Day. In the news this afternoon: The space shuttle Endeavor was struck by debris as it lifted off into orbit today here. And the Hump Day Wild Card is in play …

Parting Shot — 7.15.09

Amanda Younkin-Franklin wing walks on a stunt plane piloted by her husband Kyle Franklin and performs an acrobatic flight during the Prairie Air Show at the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport in Peoria, Ill. (AP Photo/Peoria Journal Star, Ron Johnson)

Question: Would you trust your spouse/SO to be out on the wing while s/he flies the plane?

JS: I Just Can’t Say No

JeanieS: How do you say no???? I need to learn this. I am a people pleaser big time. I want to please everybody around me, be it at home or work or in the store or, well, all the time. I never say no. Most times it’s a good thing and I walk away feeling just a little taller or kinder or gentler. It’s my little self boost. But sometimes, I should just say no. Full post here.

Question: Are you a people pleaser like JeanieS who doesn’t know how to say no?

Century 21 Owner Faces DUI Charge

A prominent Coeur d’Alene businessman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence following a two-car accident north of downtown Tuesday night. John A. Beutler, owner of Century 21 Beutler and Associates, did not stop at a stop sign while headed west on Walnut Avenue around 9 p.m. in his Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department reported. A Geo Metro headed south on Third Street T-boned the Jeep as it travelled through the intersection. The Metro’s driver and his young son told police they were not injured but were going to the hospital to be checked out, the report said. “I feel terrible there was an accident. I never thought this would happen to me,” Beutler said. “I got in a hurry and made a mistake I will regret for a long time”/Alison Boggs, SR. More below

PM Headlines — 7.15.09

Police are asking for help finding a man who robbed a Northtown Mall store at knifepoint Tuesday night. Anyone with information about the suspect or incident should call Crime Check at 456-2233. Courtesy of SPD The man was trying to steal clothes from Kohl’s when store security tried to stop him about 8 p.m., according to the Spokane Police Department.

APhoto Of The Day — 7.15.09

In this photo taken with a cell phone, a girl timidly approaches a 20-foot-long basking shark on Gilgo Beach on New York’s Long Island earlier today. The basking shark, estimated to weigh 2,000 pounds, washed ashore on the town beach a few miles east of Jones Beach. You write the cutline. Story here. (AP Photo/Sophia Hall)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. The political remains of Sarah “Barracuda” Palin — Blockhead.
  • 2. Shark dies after eating a steady diet of PETA models. Marine Biologists say the shark simply starved to death — Aliasjax.
  • 3. (tie) Cindy considers wading into another political thread — Cabbage Boy; and: Mary Souza contimplates jumping the shark this early in the election cycle — Bent.
  • HM: JohnA & everyone else

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.15.09

  • 5:39 p.m. Two males, including one who is drunk, and a female are fighting physically in the parking lot of Memorial Field/CdA.
  • 5:34 p.m. A woman repeatedly is striking 3 children in the back seat as she is e/b on I-90 from 15th/CdA in a vehicle with Nevada plates.
  • 4:16 p.m. R/P is concerned that a large piece of machinery is operating w/o flaggers @ 6th & Front/CdA.
  • 4:01 p.m. 2 juveniles are drinking in a moving car @ Seltice Way & State Line.
  • 3:25 p.m. The Department of Lands reports that one of its vehicles has broken down on H95 @ Mica Creek.
  • 3:23 p.m. R/P reports that suspicious individuals are giving away free heavy equipment in the Silverwood Theme Park area.
  • More below

O Deer, What Can The Matter Be?

“It was an interesting day with the pasture critters yesterday,” posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. “We first saw the “aggressive” doe in the early morning down by the Ponderosa pine tree in the hayfield. Bill pulled out the binoculars and reported that she had her fawn with her. A few minutes later, they went to the woods. Later in the day, she returned to the second pasture where the horses have been grazing for the past couple of weeks.” More here.

Mary Meets Bumblebee

Newby Bumblebee and Mary Souza are going at it in the thread under the Coeur d’Alene Press editorial today. Seems to me that Bumblebee has the upper hand. Example:

” Mary “Correction” Souza was indeed shown the door for undisclosed reasons. Since then, she’s been on a crusade to topple the Mayor and her other “enemies” on the council. Watching Ms. Correction operate in the public arena for a while I have learned a some things.

1. She’s never wrong.
2. If she’s proven wrong, she’ll claim she said something else.
3. She believes pointing out is errors or questioning her is a personal attack.
4. She will never answer questions that address real issues or her motives.
5. She believes in conspiracies. ”

You can read the full thread (starting from the bottom) here.

Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Yoga

Breast cancer survivor Alison Rubin is starting a series of yoga classes for women with breast cancer. Story here. SR story by Virginia de Leon here. (Dan Pelle/SR)

Question (for cancer survivors): What is the best advice you can give to someone who has just been diagnosed with cancer?

AM: No Longer An Option

I’m not gonna lie. One of the greatest perks of my job as a news anchor was the station’s partnership with a fantastic hair salon. I got a cut and color every six weeks or so, and all I had to pay was a gratuity. Now? My locks have not come in contact with scissors or foils since mid-April. Three months of sheer inattention. (Or should I say, shear inattention?) I don’t really mind the loss of haircut privileges. It hasn’t been long since college, so I think it’ll be fun to grow it out. But I’ve quickly come to realize that hair color is no longer an option. It’s a necessity/Shannon, Anchor Mommy. More here.

Question: Is hair color an option? Or a necessity?

Idaho Dad: Dirty Magazines

My house is filled with dirty magazines. No, not those kinds. I mean, Smithsonian, Time, National Geographic, Discovery For Kids, and Real Simple. The kids grab hold of them as soon as they arrive in the mail, and the next thing I know there are dirty, ripped-up magazines on the floor, behind the couch, on the stairs. And sometimes they actually read them. One time I caught my son engrossed in a Time article about health-care reform. I asked him, “Do you understand what you’re reading?” He answered, “Sort of.” I’ve long been disappointed by the magazines that are specifically geared toward kids. Highlights was good when they were younger, but for pre-teens Discovery For Kids seems to be the best of a very small bunch/Idaho Dad, A Family Runs Through It. More here.

Question: Which magazines did you read as a kid?

Roxy: Remember Hydroplane Races

At Remember the Roxy, OrangeTV has posted a score form of the 1964 Diamond Cup. The unlimited hydroplane races were a hit until the late to mid-60’s when they led to rioting in downtown Coeur d’Alene and were suspended. Duane Hagadone tried to resurrect the races in the late 1980s and again in the 1990s, without success. More Remember The Roxy here.

Question: Would you like to see hydroplane races return to Lake Coeur d’Alene?

Flash! Fire Chief Orders Cafe Shut

Terry’s Cafe was ordered closed today by Timberlake Fire Chief, Jack Krill. Along with the closure of Terry’s two other premises owned or operated by Chan Karupiah received citations relating to fire and safety codes, but were allowed to continue operations. The Buttonhook Restaurant along with JD’s Bar were both inspected, then reinspected failing both times from numerous alleged code violations. JD’s was given until July 30 to comply while the Buttonhook Restaurant was given until July 16. Fines have been levied against Mr. Karupiah which according to code, start at $10 per day for the first week, $50 the second week, $100 the third week and so on/Herb Huseland, Bay Views. More here.

Noon: Obama Throws Out 1st Pitch

President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, not pictured, before the MLB All-Star baseball game in St. Louis Tuesday. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Question: Obviously, President Obama is a lefthander. Are you? Has being lefthanded created any problems for you?

Nominee Explains ‘Wise Latina’ Quip

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor said Wednesday that her controversial statement that a “wise Latina” could reach a better decision than a white man was a poorly expressed but valid point about the value of differing perspectives in applying the law. Sonia Sotomayor answers questions from senators on Wednesday, the third day of her confirmation hearings. Under questioning from Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on the third day of her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sotomayor said the remark she made in several past speeches was never intended to mean that one gender, ethnic or racial group was better than another. “It is clear from the attention that my words have gotten and the manner in which it has been understood by some people that my words failed,” Sotomayor said. “They didn’t work”/CNN. More here.

Question: What do you make of the hubbub surrounding Sotomayor’s ‘wise Latina’ statement?

AM Scanner Traffic — 7.15.09

  • 11:37 a.m. Traffic hazard: Wire in e/b I-90 roadway b/n MP 30-31 (4th of July Creek).
  • 11:22 a.m. Silverwood Theme Park security has detained a drunken man.
  • 10:50 a.m. Hayden woman reports her 16YO son who has a history of suicide attempts may have taken an overdose. He’s unconscious.
  • 9:41 a.m. R/P reports his neighbor @ McGuire & Cannon/Post Falls has threatened to kill him if he talks to the neighbor’s wife again re: their wandering dog. R/P says he’ll kill the dog next time it enters his yard.
  • 9: 17 a.m. R/P reports that a large chain is lying on e/b I-90 @ MP 11 (NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 9:10 a.m. Upon inquiry, officers discover that a helicopter hovering over the Spokane River is involved in an osprey count.
  • 8:57 a.m. Local officers are investigating the report of a large animal hit on H41 (unknown precise location) — possibly a wolf.
  • 8:53 a.m. Perfection Tire reports a theft of services.
  • 8:52 p.m. R/P reports a dead cat in the w/b lane of Mullan @ H41/Post Falls.

HBO’s Best Of INorthwest — 7.15.09

Pryor Mountain wild stallions playfully fight in Bridger, Mont. earlier this month. The Pryor Mountain wild horses are just a small part of an estimated 33,000 wild horses that roam across 10 Western states, the majority of them in Nevada, where Bybee used to work. (AP Photo/The Billings Gazette, David Grubbs)

Stapilus: ‘10 Guv Race Filling Up

Idaho’s governor race for 2010 is beginning to fill, after its fashion. We don’t know for sure if the incumbent Republican, C.L. “Butch” Otter, will run (though the weight of opinion is that he will), and there aren’t any Democratic contenders emerging (some being talked about quietly, but no serious movement yet). But. There’s independent Jana Kemp, who has previously served as a Republican legislator (albeit a relatively moderate one). And among the Republicans Rex Rammell, who ran for the Senate last cycle as an independent, and (apparently) Pro-Life Richardson, who has run for office before too. Not a crew of political giant-killers, but an interesting gumbo. And now, some added spice: Sharon Ullman (pictured), the Ada County commissioner, who told the Idaho Statesman today that she plans to run/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here. Adam’s Blog comment here.

Question: Do you want Repub governor Butch Otter to seek re-election?