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Local Footballer’s Death Brought Life

Fletcher didn’t know at the time that the boy she was reading about in the news is the same boy that would save her 15-year-old son Austin. Austin had battled Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a liver disease, for years. While his mom was reading the article about Drew Swank, Austin’s transplant coordinator called to tell him she had found a perfect match for him. The transplant was a success and Austin says his new liver brought him back to being a normal 15-year-old boy. “It means life, I got a second chance at life,” he said/Sally Showman, KXLY. More here.

Question: Are you an organ donor?

P.S. Mike Iupati Gets Helmet Adjustment

San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati, a first-round draft pick from Idaho, is helped with his helmet during rookie football mini-camp at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., earlier today. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

TGIF Wild Card — 4.30.10

I definitely see the benefits of adding Twitter (breaking news and interaction w/other new organizations and newsmakers) and Facebook (social interaction w/many of you who frequent HucksOnline). I’m as connected as I’ve ever been at HBO HQ. The two new cyber tools have made posting interesting things on the front page here as easy as it has ever been. I still need to put in time learning to blend blog/Twitter/Facebook/e-mail into a manageable combo. I’m enjoying the challenge. You can use this Wild Card to share thoughts on cyber space or anything else you desire …

Hosack Takes Over Brannon Lawsuit

Huckleberries has learned from Councilman Mike Kennedy that Judge Charles Hosack has been appointed to take over the case and preside over any trial that might result from challenger Jim Brannon’s lawsuit. Hosack will replace Judge Benjamin Simpson, who stepped down from the case earlier this month w/o giving a reason.

Herb: We Protesteth Too Much

Some from our community have decided that this park bench caper is so important that they should do a sixties era sit-in. Some were quoted as officials from the Bayview Chamber of commerce, lending that reputation to this comical stunt. One can only wonder how many folks out there in newspaper land are spitting out their coffee laughing after reading of this vital world crisis.With our economy in the tank, unemployment high and behavioral issues out of control, that such a petty cause would engender such activism/Herb Huseland, Bay Views. More here.

DFO: Herb brings up an interesting point. Every day brings another protest, whether it’s against Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, Arizona immigration law, or toplessness in Maine.

Question: Do we protest too much in this country?

PM Headlines — 4.30.10

Don Sausser, HucksOnline’s Eye Above Sherman Avenue, provides this bird’s-eye view of the storm clouds from earlier this week.

APhoto Of The Day — 4.30.10

Recently rescued elephant seals explore their temporary home at SeaWorld San Diego Wednesday. The young seals were rescued from San Diego area beaches and will be returned to the wild once they have been rehabilitated. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/SeaWorld San Diego, Mike Aguilera)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Hopefully, said Sam the elephant seal to his friends; they don’t put a drilling rig in here and really screw the place up — Arch Druid.
  • 2. Rival donkey seals attempt to break up the group, fearing a tea party will ensue — JohnA.
  • 3. The angry mob gathers at an exit after hearing they will be transferred to the Gulf of Mexico thus sealing their sad misadventure at the hand of humans — Formerly Sandpoint.
  • HM: Pecky Cox.

PM Scanner Traffic — 4.30.10

  • 5:53 p.m. An empty, white canoe is floating midway down the channel @ Twin Lakes.
  • 5:42 p.m. Eric has questions re: his daughter’s boyfriend taking the battery out of her car.
  • 5:35 p.m. Customer at Toro Viejo, Government Way & Hayden, reports his wife took his Social Security check w/o authorization.
  • 5:29 p.m. A pickup ended up in a field after a 3-vehicle accident @ H41 & Prairie. One person reportedly is hurt.
  • 4:45 p.m. Caller reports strong smell of natural gas in house @ 1412 Hattie/CdA.
  • 4:41 p.m. 2-vehicle blocking accident reported @ H95 & Canfield/CdA.
  • 4:30 p.m. A 16YO Post Falls girl is barely coherent after taking an overdose of Ibuprofin.
  • 4:29 p.m. A mother is en route home to Yellowstone Trail after being told her son was bitten by a neighbor’s dog.
  • Much more below

Palin Hacker Guilty On 2 Counts

In this April 23 photo, David Kernell, right, leaves the Federal Courthouse with his mother, Lt. Col. Lillian Landrigan, left, for a lunch break in Knoxville, Tenn. Kernell, the son of a Democratic Tennessee lawmaker, was convicted today on two charges in the hacking of Palin’s e-mail account while she campaigned on the Republican presidential ticket in 2008. He could face 20 years in prison for his felony conviction of obstructing justice. Story here. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Question: Do you agree w/the verdict?

OTC: Dumocrats, Rethuglicans? C’mon

It just kills me to read the ridiculous names people have been coming up with for the opposite political party within debate. Dumbocrats, DemoRATS, Obamacrats, ReTHUGlicans and Repugnicans are just a few that come to mind. Let’s quit the grade-school name-calling and focus on the issues/Photo Editor Jake Barber, UI Argonaut. More Off The Cuff here.

DFO: I agree w/Jake. I’ve gotten to the point that almost all name-calling in blog comments is a turnoff. I stop reading when I see some of the juvenile swipes that some here take at the other side. It might play to the choir. But it loses the desired effect of swaying support.

Question: How about you. Do you mind the dismissive jargon that some partisans use for the other side?

Crapo Backs Term Limits, But …

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo has posted his responses to a “Tea Party Boise” candidate survey on his campaign website, including this oddity: Crapo told the group he “strongly agree(s)” with the statement, “I support term limits for Senators (2) and members of the House (3).” Here’s what’s odd: Crapo is currently seeking election to his third term in the U.S. Senate. If he strongly supports a limit of just two terms, does that mean he opposes his own re-election?/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

DFO: Although I prefer to have good Idaho congressmen stay in office as long as possible, to build up seniority and clout, I still chuckle when I see one of them back term limits (knowing it ain’t gonna happen) while running for more than two terms.

Question: It’s been a long time since I asked this one: Do you support term limits?

Betsy: Ward, Labrador Tangle On TV

“Wow,” posts colleague Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise, “on tonight’s ‘Idaho Reports’ program on Idaho Public Television - the last show of the season - 1st District GOP congressional candidates Vaughn Ward and Raul Labrador appear together and take questions from a panel on which I join Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, Steve Crump and host Thanh Tan - and things get pretty hot.” More here.

Question: How often do you watch “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television?

Topless Maine Students Stage Protest

University of Maine at Farmington student Andrea Simoneau, left, is videotaped during a topless protest Friday in Farmington, Maine. The demonstration called attention to the double-standard that it’s acceptable for men, but not women, to go bare chested. In Maine, it’s perfectly legal for women to go topless in public. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Question: It’s legal for women to go bare chested in Maine. Should it be legal for women to do the same in Idaho? Or Washington?

Closing Book On Juvenile Indescretions

What if the stupidest things you did at age 14 came up now during a job interview? If the application form included a box asking if you’d ever driven drunk in your parents’ car? Plagiarized an essay on Huck Finn? Set fire to bags of dung and left them on doorsteps? That’s sort of the situation facing Starcia Ague when she graduates from Washington State University, only her stupid things were a lot more serious: three felonies associated with a break-in robbery she participated in back in 2003. It was a bad call, for sure, and she was locked up for the rest of her childhood. But to make that the end of her story would be a mistake/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here. (SR Photo: Jesse Tinsley: a junior at Washington State University, started life with teenage parents and dire poverty.)

Question: Well, are you glad that some of the dumb things you did as a kid don’t crop up during job interviews?

Ryan: Yes, Brent, SROnline Is Profitable

Ryan Pitts (Assistant Managing Editor in charge of SROnline): Without getting into hard numbers, The Spokesman-Review *is* making profits from what we do online, and honestly our investment of resources is not that huge. We work hard to avoid duplication of effort, and as much as possible we fit online publication into the workflow of all the journalists here. We only have a few specialized online folks in the newsroom (two developers and a producer), and we own some servers, but really our online costs are just a fraction of what we spend to provide a print publication. Not investing in the web would never have made a measurable difference in print. I’d argue, rather, that it would have absolutely killed us. Ryan’s full statement to Brent re: SR Online here.

DFO: Brent suggests that he’d charge for a product like HucksOnline. But I’m almost certain that such a move would kill what we have here. I’m with Ryan (check .pdf) when he says that journalists get into the business to inform and empower the public. I’d hate to see a limitation to my work here, created by a pay-only firewall. What do you think?

High Noon: Don’t Call Before 10 AM

CindyH via Facebook: “Dear Friends of Small Streams, Praying People, Anti Chewing Tobacco Leaugue and People Who Love Bacon, etc: I’m delighted to be asked to attend your monthly breakfast meetings. However, morning and I do not get along. Especially the hour between 6 and 7. If you ever have a breakfast meeting at say, 10 or 11, you can count on my attendance. Thanks much for asking.”

Question: I’m with Cindy. I get up early on weekdays, only because I have to. I still go to bed fairly late — 11:30 to midnight-30. How about you? Would you be coherent enough at 6 in the morning to attend a breakfast meeting?

AM Scanner Traffic — 4.30.10

  • Noon: Caller has questions re: concealed weapons.
  • 11:19 a.m. John reports he’s receiving harassing e-mails.
  • 11:16 a.m. A vehicle is broken down on a blind curve 5 miles up on East Hayden Lake Road, creating a hazard.
  • 11:06 a.m. Rebecca @ Prairie/Government Way business reports she refused service to 2 females who have caused trouble before, but they refuse to leave the property.
  • 10:57 a.m. Tammy reports possible embezzlement & identity theft.
  • 10:40 a.m. Sprinkler alarm has activated at Rite Aid/Ironwood Drive.
  • 9:41 a.m. A mechanic accidentally set the alarm off at the Idaho Forest Industries hangar at the Kootenai County airport.
  • 9:18 a.m. Officers are checking out a disabled vehicle @ Seltice & Idaho.
  • 9:13 a.m. Officer reports that he pounded in loose railroad nails (9 a.m. incident) two days ago. And that BNSF should have taken care of the problem by now.
  • 9 a.m. Railroad bolts coming loose at the crossing of Pleasantview & Prairie/Post Falls are creating a safety hazard for passing vehicles.
  • 8:55 a.m. A 38YO male is unconscious in 32000 block of 8th/Spirit Lake.
  • 8:51 a.m. A silver Pontiac is on fire @ Park & Ramsey/CdA.
  • 8:46 a.m. Caller in 1300 block of 1st/CdA reports a possible forgery.

INW: Kalispell Protests Separatists

Jordan Carpenter and Mariah Hurd, center, gather with other protesters around the Flathead County Library to protest a pro Nazi film being shown by a white separatist group called Kalispell Pioneer Little Europe on Thursday in Kalispell, Mont. The residents held signs reading “No Neo-Nazis,” and “No Hate in My Backyard,” to protest the showing of the film, “Epic: The Story of the Waffen SS,” which takes an admiring view of the combat arm of the Nazis during World War II. Missoulian story here. (AP Photo/Flathead Beacon, Lido Vizzutti)

1st Graders Enjoy GI Joe Launch

From left, Amanda Arroyo, Brady Moran, and Kiley O’Brien, first-graders at Cumberland Hills Elementary School, wrap up G.I. Joe figures that were launched with parachutes from the rotunda of the Rhode Island Statehouse in Providence, R.I., to open the 2010 International G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention today. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Question: What kind of toys, action figures, dolls, etc., did you play with as a child?

Sandpoint Restaurants Fit Every Taste

At Stella Mannino blog, poster EuroJoshCoxRun published the following re: Sandpoint restaurants: “Sandpoint restaurants come in all shapes and sizes, with almost every cuisine style and ethnicity imaginable. From sushi to creole to Thai to Italian, with a healthy dose of good old fashioned American food thrown in the mix, Sandpoint’s restaurants will fulfill your every culinary desire. With price points from cheap to uber-spendy, Sandpoint restaurants cover every wallet size as well as appetite.” You can read the rest of the comment here.

Question: We don’t talk much about Sandpoint eateries. So this comment provided via Google offers just that opportunity. Which Sandpoint eatery would you recommend to friend w/an average budget?

HBO Poll: Cowboy Up, Butch

  • Thursday Poll: 92 of 125 respondents (74%) said Gov. Butch Otter should cowboy up and debate GOPrimary foes Rex Rammell and Sharon Ullman. 29 of 125 respondents (23%) support his decision to dodge the debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters/Idaho Press Club. 4 people were undecided.
  • 3rd Tankovich Trial: 49 of 91 respondents (54%) said it wasn’t worth the time and effort by the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office to try two Tankovich brothers for a third time on hate-crime charges, after a mistrial and a hung jury. 40 of 91 (44%) want to see a third trial. 2 people were undecided.
  • Weekend Question (in lefthand rail): Do you look at Facebook and post notes or comment to your friends while you’re at work?

Brent: Papers Give Away Too Much

Brent Andrews: Call me a curmudgeon if you will, but I’d go a step further and say Hucks should not be free, either. To me “free” means dead, for the old newspaper. If the S-R has made any real profits off its Web enterprise - now, what, a decade or more old? - I’d be shocked. Think of all the money that has gone into this, that could have been spent on writers and a thicker print product that everyone has to have. That does not even address the cost to corporations of the new FB addiction raging in everyone from gradeschoolers to grandmas but seemingly more widespread among young adults who are ditching work and family to check and post. We were addicted enough to the Internet already, before FB came along as the new AOL.

Question: Do you waste time looking at Facebook and corresponding w/Facebook friends while at work? C’mon. Be truthful.

Suspected Poisoning Kills Athol Dog

Kathleen Callahan with her dog Charlee at her home in Athol on Thursday. She worries for the safety of her two other dogs after the apparent poisoning of her dog Paddee. Alison Boggs’ SR story here. (SR Photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: What would be an appropriate penalty for someone found guilty of poisoning someone else’s dog?

Randy: It’s Them Liberals Again

Remember those Family circus cartoons showing a broken vase on the floor and a frantic-looking toddler telling mom: “It wasn’t me! It was Mr. Nobody” – while the ghost of a mysterious Mr. Nobody scampers past … This being campaign season, well, here we are in Facebook from the Vaughn Ward congressional campaign: “Over the last few days the liberal media has begun attacking us. Please donate today to ensure the we have the resources to combat these liberal attacks. A $5 dollar donation goes a long way in helping us fight the liberal media.” Liberal, liberal, liberal: One per sentence. A piker (Kevin Richert notwithstanding): Surely Ward can up his booga-booga rate to two per sentence next time/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Is it possible to tell whether a Republican candidate in Idaho is in trouble by the number of times he mentions “liberal” in a statement or press release?

Newby To Pull Plug After 21 Years

Vern Newby is giving up his seat on the dais at the Midtown Center. After 21 consecutive years on the Coeur d’Alene school board, Newby will resign from the Zone 2 trustee position at the end of June. “This decision wasn’t based on the economic times or a particular issue that’s haunting the board right now, but on a commitment I made to my wife three years ago,” Newby said. Before he entered and won the last election, Newby said he and his wife, Kristine, decided this would be his final three-year term. He wouldn’t seek re-election in 2010. The passage of election consolidation legislation in 2009 added a year to Newby’s term extending it to 2011. But he’s keeping his word to his wife/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: How many members of your local school board can you name? Do you pay attention to the school board at any time other than when there’s a controversy?

Oprah, Idaho: Hang Up, Drive

Oprah Winfrey and Idaho traffic safety officials are asking drivers to make a commitment today to hang up and drive. The day, dubbed the “No Phone Zone Day,” is an awareness campaign about texting and driving. Digital message signs along Idaho highways will carry the safety message, “Driving/texting? Hang up. Arrive alive,” according to the Idaho Transportation Department. Idaho does not yet have a law against driving and texting/Spokesman-Review. More here.

DFO: I did something I’ve never done before, Thursday: I carried on a cell-phone conversation from the office after work all the way home and beyond. I rarely talk on a cell phone while driving. I wanted to see how distracted I’d be. I tried to be extra alert. But I wasn’t as alert as I usually am while driving. I won’t do it often.

Question: How often do you talk on the cell phone while driving? Have you ever had any close calls, driving-wise, as a result?

Political Sandbox — 4.30.10

Juan Pena, of Las Vegas, Nev., holds up a sign in protest as he attends a news conference where it was announced that the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, who were supported at the event by other groups, had filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction preventing authorities from enforcing the new Arizona immigration law, at the Arizona Capitol Thursday in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Wild Card: The Thursday Wild Card has received 204 comments and counting — and resulted in one casualty. One commenter has checked himself into the cooler for awhile to get away from a certain othr commenter. Meanwhile, HucksOnline goes on and the Sandbox is open for more political play …

Randy: Don’t Sign Questionnaires

One of the touchier issues candidates for office have to deal with is the interest group questionnaire – not the kind of questions that newspaper usually will ask, which generally allow for open-ended explanations, but rather the yes/no type: “Do you agree or disagree with this?” Back when advising candidates, our usual counsel was: Don’t answer those, even those of your allies. It’s an invitation to allow other people to put words in your mouth. Better (even safer) to insist, generally, to explain your own views in your own way/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: How should a candidate decide which questionnaires to fill out?

Cis: Can’t Afford Silverwood Now

Cis: Tickets is $41.99??!!! FOR THE DAY??? HOLY COW… When I started going there in 1989 I got a season pass for $36 and we paid $96 for a Gold pass. Which allowed my husband to take two others with him. Which was handy when my kids came up with the grandchildren. We got season passes for about 5 years. I think it was $39 for the season and the Gold pass had went up to $129. We loved the air show and the train. We weren’t too happy with the carnval side of it … But we love to sit and listen to Rod put his show on in the saloon. And Rex Castle was great show too. So we got good shows for the buck. And Gary’s son was working the popcorn stand in the puppet show of Rex’s. Last time we went was some time in the 1990’s I think my grandson was about 8 (he is 19 now) Wow, $41.99, guess I won’t be going anymore…. Do they still have half prices or less after 5pm? Use to be $8.

Question: Can you still afford to go to Silverwood? If so, what feature do you like most?

Arpie: Who Is David Larsen?

Arpie: From Betsy’s blog: “Democrat David Larsen of Coeur d’Alene filed for the District 5 House seat now held by Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who is otherwise unopposed.” Anyone know anything about this guy?

DFO: David Larsen is a legitimate candidate who has run for legislative office before from District 5. He wasn’t successful, of course. District 5 has morphed into one of the most dependable Republican districts in North Idaho. If David qualifies for the ballot by getting enough — 50? — write-in votes, he’ll ensure that someone is available during debates to question Rep. Bob Nonini’s tenure as chairman of the House Education Committee and voting record.

Question: Any other thoughts re: David Larsen’s write-in candidacy for the position now held by Rep. Bob Nonini?

Meghann: Twitter, Facebook Help SR

Meghann Cuniff: I used to be a big believer that it wasn’t worth the SR using Twitter and Facebook because all we’re doing is promoting websites that aren’t ours. BUT think about it this way –- Twitter and Facebook are great for linking, and they’re where a lot of web traffic is already. Most everything we post ends up being a link back to our website. Facebook and Twitter overall don’t care about North Idaho and Spokane news, but the people who have added the SR’s page certainly do. Lots of people are on Facebook everyday. Why not try to get them to read news through

Question: Does Facebook & Twitter help or hinder the mission of a newspaper to survive the recession and the industry’s common woes?

Can’t Afford To Get Sick Like Governor

“Had it been me who showed Otter’s signs of illness, my better half would have pumped me full of Gatorade and water, made a batch of chicken noodle soup and tried to convince me to go to the doctor. I would have considered it, because after all, I do have health insurance. Then I would start doing the math. No co-pay. A $5,000 deductible. Coinsurance at 30 percent. Nope, I wouldn’t be going anywhere near a hospital”/Rachael Daigle, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Given your insurance situation, what does it take to force you to seek medical attention at a doctor’s office or emergency room?

P.S. Runway IOU — 4.29.10

“3Cs Spring Fashion Show choreographer, Amy Bartoo, did double duty as a model for Silhouettes Lingerie Boutique,” posts KerriT/More Main Street. ”She had a message for event chair, Angela Cross that was a real hit with the crowd.” You can see a whole bunch of other photos take by Kerri here.

Question: Have you ever modeled clothes on a runway?

Wild Card/Thursday — 4.29.10

I realized last night that I’m now fairly fluent in 4 cyber languages — internal Spokesman-Review/CCI/Merlin photo wire-ese, blogosphere, Twitter, and Facebook. The latest two languages are a work in progress. I’m getting better each day of my crash course. How about you? How many cyber languages do you speak? You can answer that question. Or use this Wild Card to start a thread on any subject …

Cindy: Best To Face Life w/Clear Head

One of the many unwritten rules of motherhood is that moms are not allowed to get sick. Ever. Another one is: If you go away for a “girls-only” weekend, you will pay for leaving your family to fend for themselves like wild savages. Even if fending for themselves includes Dad treating them to dinner at their favorite Mexican restaurant and taking them to a movie about dragons. Last week, these two rules collided when I returned from a women’s weekend at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. I brought home an unwanted souvenir: the World’s Worst Cold. You may think I’m exaggerating, but that would violate an unwritten newspaper columnist rule. Trust me when I say I was afflicted with an Uncommon Cold of Epic Proportion (UCEP)/Cindy Hval, Washington Voices. More here.

Question (for fathers): Do you handle the kids well when your wife is away for a “girls-only” weekend?

PM Headlines: Rex’s Inflatable T-Rex

It turns out that GOP gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell’s 16-foot green T-Rex is an inflatable, like the big balloons you see in parades. Asked where he got it, he said, “I don’t know, New York or someplace. We got him online.” The big dinosaur, with its big, pointy teeth and claws, clutches something white in its right paw could perhaps be a submachine gun, or then again could be a movie camera (it’s looking for publicity?). Rammell wasn’t sure what the dinosaur’s holding/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: You have to admit that the T-Rex is a pretty decent attention grabber for long-shot gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell. Or do you?

APhoto Of The Day — 4.29.10

Tiger Woods looks for his ball under a tree on the 14th hole during the first round of the Quail Hollow Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., this morning. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Frustrated, Tiger wishes he would have just followed his old mans advice, “Focus only on golf and screw everything else” — KeithinCDA.
  • 2. Tiger searches for lost IHOP napkin he had written a phone number on — Gary D. Rhodes.
  • 3. “I could have sworn I left my dignity around here somewhere” — Token.
  • HM: JohnA

PM Scanner Traffic — 4.29.10

  • 4:46 p.m. A disorderly male is standing outside the Coeur d’Alene Bingo Casino, bothering people.
  • 4:32 p.m. Angie is in the KCSD office to report that other driver in a crash in the Subway lot wouldn’t give her insurance info.
  • 4:20 p.m. A female is going door-to-door on Siony Lane/Post Falls., asking for water and use of the telephone.
  • 4:14 p.m. A 7YO girl is complaining of neck pain after a 2-vehicle crash in the Hospice Thrift Store lot.
  • 4:13 p.m. A white mini-van w/a load of juveniles is stalled on w/b onramp @ I-90 & Spokane/Post Falls.
  • More below

Labrador Campaign Taps Crane, Denney

Cis: To Befriend Or To Ignore

That is the question on Facebook. Well, it says to “confirm” … or one of your friends will send someone else’s Facebook address and tell you, you should befriend them … So when should you? And when should you Ignore? And what are the consequences of an ignore? I guess I will find out, as I did hit the Ignore button … It wasn’t that this person was not a nice person. It is just this person has not been in my life for over 30 years. And only then as an ex of a friend of mine/From A Simple Mind. More here.

Question: So when do you choose to befriend and to ignore?

Blogs: Potatoes & Ponderings — Sunny

“My dad and I spent most of yesterday planting potato seed in the family garden,” posts Sunny/Bent’s Beer Garden. “We utilized the potato planting tools that were passed down from both of my grandpas. They still work like a charm…..the only problem was that the newly tilled soil still has a lot of sod pieces in it.” More here.

HBO Numbers (for Wednesday, April 28): 8119/4771

  • Much more to come

$8000 Credit Spurs Home Buying

Joann Weber, of Midtown Realty, changes the sign from “Sale Pending” to “Sold” at a home that just sold in Palo Alto, Calif. Real estate agents are working seven days a week. Homebuilders are staying open until 10 p.m. All of this frenzy is to make sure first-time homeowners can qualify for an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers that expires tomorrow. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Question: How did you come up with the money to buy your first home?

Who Makes Best Reuben Sandwich?

Few sandwiches inspire passionate opinions like the Reuben. People love them; people hate them. Yet if you tally up how many appear on menus around Spokane, you are forced to admit that there must be a great multitude in our midst that are deeply in love with these massive and often goopy sandwiches that pack corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing between slices of toasted or grilled rye bread. Other sandwiches certainly represent much safer menu choices: sandwiches like chicken clubs, French dips, or BLTs. Yet for some reason none of these more mainstream choices capture our collective imagination quite like Reuben, this New York deli classic/Kevin Finch, SR. More here.

Question: Kevin’s story in the SR feature section this week focused on Reuben sandwiches in Spokane. We had a discussion re: reubens at HucksOnline about 6 - 8 weeks ago. Can North Idaho Reuben sandwiches compare to those in the Spokane area?

Mark: Immigration Policy Will Bite R’s

No matter your feelings regarding the merits of a single state - Arizona - taking action on immigration, there can be no doubt that what the state legislature and governor have done in the land of the Grand Canyon has set off another raging national debate. Boycotts are threatened. Lawsuits are planned. Makes you wonder, as Linda Greenhouse wrote, what the ol’ libertarian Barry Goldwater would have thought about a bill that requires police to ask a person they only suspect of immigration violations for their papers. The Arizona law has also, I suspect, firmly cemented the partisanship of immigration politics to the long-term detriment of the GOP/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here.

Question: Is Marc Johnson right? Will Republicans live to regret that day they took a hard-nosed approach to immigration, as the state of Arizona has done?

Trustee: Don’t Threaten w/Levy Issue

A Coeur d’Alene school patron has provided HucksOnline w/a letter she sent to Trustee Bill Hemenway (pictured) re: the proposal to start the school week w/a one-hour teacher collaboration. (See her letter here.) Hemenway responded in part: “Why always threaten us with the levy issue? We sit on that board and try to do the best we can with the resources given us. To hold us hostage with levies is to sabotage our mission in this District. I personally sat in on the Leadership team that has met during the course of this school year. They are the ones who crafted the job-embedded collaboration being purposed and teacher input was a component part of the process so it isn’t fair to say teachers had no input”/Coeur d’Alene Trustee Bill Hemenway. Full response here. CSD website profiles of Hemenway and other school trustees here.

Question: At this point, it’s obvious that the public has some major reservations re: the proposed collaboration process. Do you think trustees will ignore the uproar and approve the changes Monday night?

High Noon: Graffiti

At the Get Out! North Idaho blog, OrangeTV has a series of photos of graffiti around town, including the one above. You can see the others here (if you have access top Facebook).

Question: Let’s be honest now. Have you ever written or painted graffiti on a bathroom wall, picnic bench, fence, etc.? Even to proclaim your undying love to another bubblegummer when you were a kid? The statute of limitations has run out. Tell us about it.

HucksOnline INW Roundup — 4.29.10

Bill Ayers, right, embraces his former family pastor Dr. D. Curtis Minter of Loveland, Colo. prior to Ayers’ speech at the University of Wyoming Wednesday in Laramie, Wyo. Ayers pursued a court order allowing him to speak at the University of Wyoming after initially being denied. Earlier story here. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)

Question: Would you want to hear controversial Bill Ayers speak?

AM Scanner Traffic — 4.29.10

  • 11:53 a.m. Michael reports he didn’t get the title when he exchanged vehicles w/another male.
  • 11:36 a.m. Daniel reports someone broke into his chicken coop @ Atlas & Vantage/Hayden.
  • 11:25 a.m. Anonymous caller wants officer to put note on neighbor’s door re: his barking dog.
  • 10:31 a.m. Officer calls for a drug dog to check on home on Spaulding Lane/CdA.
  • 10:18 a.m. A male is bleeding from the arms & back after a 1-vehicle rollover on Spirit Lake Cut-Across Road.
  • 10:03 a.m. H&W reports that a male is hearing voices and threatening to kill himself w/a kitchen knife. His wife is trying to prevent him from doing so.
  • 9:33 a.m. Gwen reports an ex-tenant is harassing her re: plans to sell her property.
  • 9:18 a.m. A pickup w/a flat tire is parked on a Fourth of July Pass curve and may be a traffic hazard.
  • 8:54 a.m. A 2YO female is having trouble breathing in 4900 block of Palmwood/Post Falls.
  • 8:49 a.m. A 21YO female w/no history of heart problems is having stabbing chest pain after taking medication for back pain in 3000 block of 5th.
  • 8:37 a.m. Ambulance is transporting a 19YO male w/multiple injuries, including a spinal one, who crashed down a 50-foot embankment, hit a tree, and was pinned in his vehicle for two hours while extrication took place. Med-Star is on way. No place of crash so far.
  • 8:08 a.m. A 4MO boy who was born several months premature is having trouble breathing on Tiger Avenue/Post Falls.

Unopposed Jones To Debate Bradbury

Second District Judge John Bradbury has managed to get an Idaho Supreme Court justice to offer him exactly what he wants: a debate. Bradbury is seeking to unseat incumbent Justice Roger Burdick in the May 25 judicial election for an Idaho Supreme Court seat that’s also drawn attention from Justice Jim Jones, who sits alongside Burdick on the bench. Jones on Tuesday sent out a statement to the media on his Idaho Supreme Court letterhead, taking exception to Bradbury’s campaign statements about the courts system and calling them inaccurate. Bradbury, for his part, stood by his statements and told the Times-News: “If Jones thinks I’ve got my facts wrong, I’ll meet anytime, anywhere for a debate.” After Jones read Bradbury’s comment about a debate in Wednesday’s Times-News, he decided to accept the offer and sent Bradbury a letter telling him so/Ben Botkin, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Izzit me, or is it weird that unopposed Justice Jones is going to debate Judge Bradbury? Has Bradbury gotten that much under the skin of the Idaho Supreme Court? Do you think Jones would mind filling in for Otter, too?

McHugh Wants 3rd Hate Crime Trial

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said today that he will re-try two Coeur d’Alene brothers on malicious harassment charges. Frank J. Tankovich, 46, and William M. Tankovich, 49, will be tried on charges of conspiracy to commit malicious harassment and malicious harassment related to an incident that occurred last August. The brothers were accused of making racially motivated threats toward Kenneth Requena, who is Puerto Rican. The brothers were tried earlier this month in Coeur d’Alene, along with a third brother, Ira G. Tankovich, 48, in the first hate-crime case to go to trial in North Idaho in recent years. A Coeur d’Alene jury deadlocked on the counts of malicious harassment and conspiracy to commit malicious harassment against Frank and William Tankovich, while convicting Ira Tankovich of the lesser charge of conpiracy to disturb the peace/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Question: Why do you think Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh is pursuing this case?

Most Ignore Tea Party Boise Survey

Question: Do you expect candidates to respond to surveys from special interest groups?

Dave Barry Produces More Laughs

In this book cover image released by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, “I’ll Mature When I’m Dead: Dave Barry’s Amazing Tales of Adulthood” by Dave Barry is shown. (AP Photo/G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Question: Who’s the funniest humor writer that you’ve read?

Herb: Buttonhook To Reopen Soon

The Buttonhook Inn Restaurant will open very soon, possibly this week-end, but for sure next. The lease is signed, we are looking for help in several areas and as soon as we are staffed, we’ll be open. The Buttonhook for you that aren’t familiar with Bayview is the finest restaurant for miles. It has enjoyed some ups and downs since Sandy Fiscus gave up the reins but that is about to change/Herb Huseland, Bay Views. More here.

Question: Have you ever eaten a meal at a Bayview restaurant? Which one? Would you recommend the place (if it still exists)?

Dustin: Questions For Raul, Vaughn?

Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter: I will be interviewing both Ward and Labrador tonight. Does anyone on HBO have anything they would like me to ask the two gentlemen?

Question: Feel free to post questions you want Dustin to ask the GOP congressional candidates at tonight’s debate in Nampa?

Silverwood To Open This Weekend

Silverwood Theme Park is offering discounted tickets of $19.88 this weekend as it opens for the season. Seems the regular price for adult tickets is $41.99. Season passes are $139.99. You can read all about prices and the park here.

Question: How often do you go to Silverwood each year? Do you buy season passes? Is your experience worth the money you pay?

NIC Cheerleader Can Handle Money

Meet Carissa Kuchenski, a North Idaho College cheerleader, who’s the cover girl of the latest Numerica magazine. Carissa talks about starting a checking account in 2007 and learning to budget because a lot of her classmates were spending their money on frivolous things. Quoth Carissa: “I always had to be really responsible (with my money) because I had to pay for all of my sports.” You can read the entire “member profile” here.

Question: How old were you when you started managing your own money? And/or: Who balances the checkbook in your family?

KCRR Prez: Quit ‘Non-Issues’ Already

In the latest Kootenai County Reagan Republicans newsletter, president Jeff Ward lists the five top “non-issues” in the GOPrimary race between Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward:

  • Labrador is an Immigration Attorney
  • Ward’s wife works for Fannie Mae
  • Ward campaign spreading text message rumors
  • Labrador supporter Sali called Ward a Boy Scout
  • Labrador did not attend the F-35 hearing

Ward concludes by saying: “Let’s demand that this campaign get back on the real issues we face in Idaho.” You can read Ward’s entire comment here.

Question: Do you consider any of the issues mentioned by Ward to be “real issues” rather than “non-issues”? Which one(s)? Why?

Commissioners Mull Impact Fees

Item: Kootenai County to consider impact fees/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: After a year of retooling, Kootenai County is ready once again to consider impact fee-funded improvement projects to help taxing districts accommodate new growth. “If you go back and look at the amount of growth in the last 10 years, there’s been a tremendous financial burden on every fire and highway district in Kootenai County,” said Larry Clark, commissioner of the Northern Lakes Fire District. “It is imperative that we have some way of passing these costs on to the new homeowner.”

Question: Why are Kootenai County commissioners bringing this forward now? Is it an election ploy to placate taxing districts?

The Political Sandbox — 4.29.10

President Barack Obama, left, watches as Poet Maya Angelou, right, is escorted back to her seat after speaking during Dorothy Height’s funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington this morning. Story here. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari )

Wild Card: You can comment on the life of civil rights leader Dorothy Height or any other political issue today by stepping into the sandbox …

HBO Poll: No To Monday ‘Collaboration’

  • Wednesday Poll: 96 of 133 respondents (72%) said the Coeur d’Alene School District shouldn’t schedule teachers to have an hour of collaboration first thing Monday mornings? Only 26 of 133 (19.5%) respondents agree with the proposal to start the school week with an hour of teacher collaboration. 11 of 133 (8%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Question (in the lefthand rail): Should Gov. Butch Otter cowboy up and consent to a League of Women Voters/Idaho Press Club debate w/Rex Rammell and Sharon Ullman?

Dennis: No Labrador Stuff On My Blog

“I saw some of the threads about Dennis the Blogger becoming Dennis the Press Secretary…and I thought you guys had some great points. Thanks for spending the time to even discuss the obvious conflict of using my blog as a “Labrador organ” … (wow, that sounds weird … ha). Tonight’s probably my last posting on 1st Congressional District “happenings”. I’ll continue to post on TONS of other stuff, but I probably won’t post much (if anything), on the race until the next 30 days are done. It just wouldn’t be cool”/Dennis Mansfield. More here.

Question: Are you satisfied with the approach that Dennis Mansfield is taking for his blog while he acts as press secretary for GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador?

Greatest UIdaho Football Player Ever?

The Lewiston Tribune Online is running a poll to pick the best all-timer Idaho Vandal football player ever. The list of 21 includes: John Friesz, Ken Hobart, Mike Iupati, Jerry Kramer, Mark Schlereth, David Vobora, Wayne Walker, and Mark Yarno. I won’t tell you which two players are dominating the vote after 244 ballots. You can see for yourself by making your pick in the poll here.

Question: Who do you think is the greatest University of Idaho Vandal football player of all time?

Bent: No Need For GOPrimary Debate

Bent: DFO, I would agree that incumbent candidates should debate in the general elections. But in the case of a primary election, Otter and Crapo are the incumbent candidates for their party, the assumption is the party already understands the incumbent positions clearly. Like it or not, this is the party’s election to decide the candidate they will put up in the general election. It is the job of a primary challenger to turn the party against the incumbent. Why then would the incumbent give any statewide face time, media attention or name recognition to a primary challenger who polls less that 10% of the vote?

Question: Would you like to see Butch Otter debate GOPrimary challengers Rex Rammell, Sharon Ullman, Tamara Wells, etc.?

MamaJD: Don’t Need No ‘Collaboration’

MamaJD: Teachers currently practice collaboration on a scheduled basis. Privately, teachers I have spoken with will tell you that this is a system that does not need to be fixed. Collaboration currently takes place outside of school hours and DOES NOT IMPACT children or their families. I have heard repeatedly of the “vote” taken in a survey where the two choices are Monday or Wednesday morning. Parents at Hayden Meadows were allowed input for the test piloting at their school – their majority preference of Friday early release was overridden for Wednesday early release.

DFO: Daily poll from Thursday is now running 72% against schools starting late on Mondays to give teachers an hour of “collaboration” time.

Question: If the public is solidly against the new “collaboration” proposal and teachers are saying privately that the system doesn’t need to be fixed, who’s behind the push to start the school week with an hour of teacher collaboration?

Get Out! & Sing Karaoke

On his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, OrangeTV writes: “Wednesday is a good night for karaoke hopping with Jerry at Mik-n-Mac’s, Yvonne at Icon, Marj at the Corner Bar and who-knows-who at the Shanty. If karaoke freaks you out, there’s the big open jam at the Iron Horse, Motorboat live at the Bistro on Spruce, Latin night at Baja, and the lovely ladies of the Torch gyrating around to DJ Brentano.” Which brings up the obvious question:

Question: Have you ever sung karaoke? How did you do?

Parting Shot — 4.28.10

Jerry Gilbert stands next to Big Jake, the Guinness World Record-holder for world’s tallest living horse at nearly 6-foot-11, at the Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette, Wis., Tuesday. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

Question: Do you now or have you ever owned a horse? Tell us about it.

Hump Day Wild Card — 4/28/10

I’m beginning to get into the flow w/Twitter — not only my own posts (or tweets) but also the re-posting (re-tweeting) of links and items of interest from the many news sources I follow in the Inland Northwest. You’ll now find a lot of things there that you won’t find here. So I’m hinting that you may need to get aboard the USS HucksOnline Twitter. I’m not nearly as up to speed on Facebook. But I’ll get there. Once I do, I’ll start pushing it and provide a link to the right. Now, for your daily Wild Card …

Top Story: Parkside Bistro Battles On

OrangeTV offers this update from Parkside Bistro owner Kevin: “There is some confusion about what is going on with the bistro and some facts. 1. I own the building and all fixtures. 2. I have looked at buying the land and doing a land swap for another piece ..( a good example is the shell station on NW blvd ). 3. The city has doesn’t have to buy the building or offer some compensation. Other situations cities have given some $ so that a business can be moved .. for example 1/3 it’s value. 4. the idea that the city allow parkside to stay open for the summer is an easy proposition if the city wants to allow this. as long as the city doesn’t jeopordize grant $. Which seems to be the case/Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: Do you care for the Parkside Bistro enough to be at the Tuesday council meeting?

APhoto Of The Day — 4.28.10

A couple of toddlers, Rintaro Doi, left, and Hiyori Tsuchiya, right, held by college sumo wrestlers, compete in the baby screaming contest, known as Naki Sumo (Crying Sumo), a traditional ritual performed as a prayer for the good health of children, at Senso-ji temple in Tokyo Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Afraid they were going to become an afternoon snack, Rintaro and Hiyori began kicking and screaming — CoeurGenX.
  • 2. Panic ensues when the public hears that ‘Little Boy’ and ‘Fat Man’ are again heading for Japan — JohnA.
  • 3. Judge (black hat) declares the baby ready, at the start of the ‘infant eating’ segment of the new “Fear Factor Sumo” reality program — Gary D. Rhodes.
  • HM: Formerly Sandpoint

Otter Skirts GOPrimary Debate

Gov. Butch Otter today declined to participate in the gubernatorial debate, which will feature GOP challengers Rex Rammell and Sharon Ullman, and will take place on May 18. Otter, in a letter from his campaign manager, Debbie Field, said he objected to criteria limiting the debate to those candidates who are actively campaigning and would prefer that all those listed on the ballot be present, though at an earlier GOP Lincoln Day event attended by candidates, when Otter was asked by Rammell if he’d debate him, Otter responded with a flat “No.” Click below to read Field’s letter/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: How can concerned members of the public get a message to Otter and other heavily favored Repub office holders that refusal to debate opponents publicly is not OK?

PM Scanner Traffic — 4.28.10

  • 4:47 p.m. Caller reports a 13YO foster child who has been in detention for threatening to stab other children now is threatening to kill him.
  • 4:18 p.m. Caller reports 2 males, one w/a mustache, are trying to sell something on Julia.
  • 4:08 p.m. Officer reports railroad nails are loose @ the BNSF crossing @ Pleasantview/Post Falls. He borrowed a trucker’s hammer to pound them back in.
  • 4:01 p.m. A male in 11500 block of Stinson/Hayden hit his head in a fall after suffering a seizure in his garage.
  • Much more below

Mansfield Joins Labrador Campaign

State Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, looks to have a more lively campaign in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, as he announced Wednesday that he is bringing on blogger and political expert Dennis Mansfield to serve as his press secretary.  Labrador’s campaign went silent for over a month, from March 23 to April 26, when he sent out a press release accepting the endorsement of a statewide pro-life group. Mansfield, who, in 2000 ran for the seat that Labrador and fellow Republicans Vaughn Ward and Harley Brown now seek, endorsed Labrador on his blog early Wednesday morning because he believes Labrador stands “head and shoulders” over Ward/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: How do we handle Dennis’ blog posts until the primary race is over?

HucksOnline Best Of INW — 4.28.10

A small dog checks out large spring Chinook salmon are seen through the viewing glass at the Winchester Dam fish ladder on the North Umpqua River near Roseburg, Ore., on Monday, April 26, 2010. The fish ladder allows the ocean-going salmon to bypass the Winchester Dam on their way upstream to spawn in fresh water. (Credit Image: © Robin Loznak/

FOIA: Marine Letter To Ward Aired

The U.S. Marine Corps has released its letter asking Idaho GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward to comply with Department of Defense regulations regarding campaign activity by members of the armed forces. The Marine Corps questioned a $2,500 click ad that pictured Ward in uniform and appeared on the Drudge Report on March 31 and April 1. See the letter from Brig. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, II. Simcock leads the Office of Legislative Affairs for the Marine Corps. Ward is a Marine major, assigned to 28 days of duty at the office. Also, read the Statesman story about Ward’s violation of the Defense directive, “Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.


Office Hours: 30% Afraid Of Job Loss

Nearly a third of Washington residents are concerned about job security amid signs of a slow recovery, according to a new survey for Everest College. When asked about the high unemployment rate, 29 percent of workers in the state said they were concerned about losing their job. Meanwhile, 36 percent of survey respondents say they are considering returning to school. Of those, 24 percent are employed and would like to enhance their careers, and 22 percent want to train for a new career, according to the second annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey conducted by Harris/Decima/Scott, SR Office Hours. More here.

Question: Are you still afraid that you might lose your job this deep into the recession?

Bumpersnicker …

… spotted by Beth Bollinger/Accidental Rabbit Trails while driving south on Grand Avenue, at about 2 p.m. Tuesday: “The buck doesn’t even slow down here!”

Poll: Pets Listen Better Than Husbands

Husbands, if you end up in the doghouse, consider it a promotion. A third of pet-owning married women said their pets are better listeners than their husbands, according to an Associated poll released Wednesday. Eighteen percent of pet-owning married men said their pets are better listeners than their wives. Christina Holmdahl, 40, talks all the time to her cat, two dogs or three horses - about her husband, naturally/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Can you verify these poll results as a result of your personal experience with pets and husbands?

Visiting Mariners Edge Royals 6-5

Seattle Mariners’ Chone Figgins, right, is tagged out by Kansas City Royals catcher Jason Kendall as Figgins tries to score in the fifth inning of a baseball game this afternoon in Kansas City, Mo. Figgins tried to score from third on Jose Lopez’s grounder to third. The Mariners are leading 6-5 in the ninth. Running boxscore here. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

OTV: A Salon Of A Different Name

On Facebook, OrangeTV published an oldie but goodie post: “Years ago, at the Cd’A intersection where 3rd and 4th separate into one way streets, there used to be a beauty shop named “Salon de Chevaux.” In High School, I took four years of French. That place used to drive my classmates and I totally bananas. See, the French word for hair is “cheveux”, but whoever established the business didn’t bother to spell-check or whatever and used the word “chevaux” instead, which means “horses.” Salon of Horses. We prank called them frequently, asking how much would it cost for old Nelly the Mare to get a perm and mani-pedi. They seemed blissfully oblivious to the problem, but it couldn’t have helped much either, since they closed after just a few whinny-ful years in business.” More here.

Question: Which North Idaho/Inland Northwest name is your favorite for a beauty salon?

Expert: ‘Quad Cities’ Means Nothing

A business consultant says the “Quad Cities” moniker used by four northcentral Idaho and eastern Washington cities as an economic development tool is falling flat and should be abandoned. David Leland, a Portland, Ore.-based consultant, told leaders from Lewiston and Moscow in Idaho, as well as Clarkston and Pullman in neighboring Washington, that the name may be too generic to really capture the imagination of those who could help the local economies. Leland, who owns Leland Consulting Group, calls the cities a “well-kept secret,” adding many people know very little about what the Quad Cities really are/Associated Press. More here.

Question: I happen to know that “Quad Cities” means Lewiston, Clarkston, Moscow, & Pullman b/c I worked in Lewiston for two years. But I’ve never heard that region referred to as Quad Cities since I moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1984. What would you call it? Have you ever lived in the “Quad Cities”?

High Noon: Sushi Anyone?

On Facebook, Jay Baldwin got my curiosity up with this post: “No offense to Idaho & Arkansas but sushi is better here in California. Much better.” I asked him to expand on that comment. And he rated three sushi places in Coeur d’Alene for me: “1. Syringa on 4th is the best of the local fare. Fresh, well prepared and fairly priced. 2. Fishermman’s Market is okay, a little pricey given its environment/decor, and order at the counter service; and 3. the Bonsai Bistro which is over priced and overrated. The food is average, at best.” He also rated Spokane sushi eateries, ranking Raw as best, followed by near Riverfront Park. And: “There’s also a little dive (and I mena dive) place called Suki Yaki Inn, which is surprisingly good, inexpensive, and it’s ridiculously retro ‘70s decor is nostalgic if somewhat worn.” (SR File Photo/Dan Pelle: A combo sushi plate from Suki Yaki Inn includes octopus, shrimp, tuna albacore, salmon and tuna roll and fly fish roll.)

Question: Do you eat sushi? Do you agree with Jay’s rankings for Coeur d’Alene area and Spokane sushi?

No Public Last Words For Condemned

Corrections officials said Tuesday they won’t allow any media to interview Ronnie Lee Gardner in prison before he is scheduled to be put to death — a departure from past practices. Gardner’s defense attorney and free speech advocates criticized the move. A Department of Corrections letter sent to media said allowing such interviews would “defeat the legislative intent in eliminating the firing squad as a way to limit the attention that is focused on the condemned, while victims are forgotten.” Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Patterson told The Salt Lake Tribune he is also concerned about the risks Gardner poses because of his two prison escapes and disruptive behavior behind bars/Sheena McFarland, Salt Lake Tribune. More here. (AP File Photo)

Question: Do you support this departure from routine policy that allows the media to interview a condemned person? After all, a book was written re: Gary Gilmore, the last person to be executed by a firing squad.

AM Scanner Traffic — 4.28.10

  • 11:44 a.m. Teresa has lost her Lab mix.
  • 11:31 a.m. An 80YO male fell out of his chair & was temporarily unconscious @ Post Falls Senior Center, 1215 3rd Ave.
  • 11:12 a.m. A disorderly male is behind Fasteners b/n 4th & 5th, near Locust.
  • 10:27 a.m. A blue van parked on the street by the NIC soccer field has a dead battery & needs a jump.
  • 10:47 a.m. Officer reports that a “contained horse” has been “reunited.”
  • 10:28 a.m. Christie reports that a company moved w/o paying for services.
  • 10:27 a.m. Jennifer @ RDI Heating, 9443 Government Way, reports found property.
  • 10:14 a.m. Business in 3-story downtown Coeur d’Alene building @ 408 Sherman Ave. reports strong smell of electrical fire.
  • 9:58 a.m. ISP reports that 88YO Edward J. Spitzer, 88, of Spirit Lake has died from injuries from a head-on crash that involved five vehicles at Chilco April 6. ISP report here.
  • 9:49 a.m. A female reports that her dog has died and that a male had threatened to harm it.
  • 9:10 a.m. A stolen, commercial backhoe has been found along H54/Athol.
  • 9:02 a.m. A Hauser Lake Road resident has caught a loose horse.
  • 8:48 a.m. A 60YO female is vomiting near checkout stand No. 1 @ Hayden’s Albertson’s.
  • 8:47 a.m. A vicious dog is reported running loose @ Lodge Pole & Appaloosa/CdA.
  • 8:39 a.m. Jacqueline reports that her neighbor has several cats w/mange.
  • 8:27 a.m. Carla has lost her Akita.
  • 8:26 a.m. Kootenai County authorities are told to be on the lookout for a stolen Sandpoint vehicle that has a sticker that says: “Proud parent of a Midshipment.”
  • 7:45 a.m. Deputies will try again to make contact w/a Hayden couple that may be cooking meth w/2 children in the residence.
  • 7:44 a.m. Timothy, on Holiday Lane/Athol has contained a loose Lab since Friday.

What Time Is It?

Protestor Paul Bodin, from Eugene, Ore., displays Sarah Palin alarm clocks outside the hotel before Sarah Palin, former vice presidential candidate and Alaskan governor, spoke to a gathering of Lane County Republicans in Eugene, Ore., Friday, April 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Question: Some have said that computers and cyberspace have been the death of wrist watches. Do you wear a wrist watch. What kind of clock do you usually use — wall, electric, cell phone, computer, etc. — to provide the time?

Rammell Campaign To Use T-Rex

GOP gubernatorial challenger Rex Rammell, who’s campaigned for office in the past by driving a giant, decorated RV around the state that doubles as a rolling campaign billboard, plans to unveil a new gimmick tomorrow: A giant model of a 16-foot tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur, “which will be pulled behind the Rammell for Governor RV throughout Idaho,” the Rammell campaign said in an announcement. The large model will “be used to communicate his states’ rights message about stopping the federal government from usurping state authority,” according to an announcement of tomorrow’s press conference/dinosaur unveiling/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Is there any possibility at this point that you’d vote for Rex Rammell in the GOP race for governor?

Another View: Local GOP Wasn’t Afraid

Another Berry Picker at the local GOP CC meeting last night offers this: “After Starr’s presentation, which he emphasized a number of times the suit is to contest the handling of the election, a committee member made a motion to donate $2,500 to the legal fund (again emphasized not a campaign fund) on the basis that the proper handling of the election process affects all citizens and all candidates in future elections.  After much discussion, including a few members who pointed out that the committee would be beat up on the blogs because it would have the appearance of partisanship, the point was made that the role of a central committee (for both parties) is to work for the election of their party’s candidates in county and state elections. The central committee is not a PAC and that’s why the motion failed, not because of fear.”

Question: If local Republicans had contributed to Brannon’s legal fund, what would have been the fallout among regular R’s and the rest of the community?

Blogs: Mansfield Endorses Labrador

“After the events of this past few days, I have decided that I’m going to volunteer to help Raul Labrador in his run for US Congress - even if it’s only in these last 30 days till the election. The momentum is shifting. Here’s why: I was once a voice for sorta-angry evangelicals in Idaho. “As mad as hell and not going to take it anymore”, seemed to be my motto…a motto that lasted over a decade. After an exhausting run at that, I realized that there was more to life than passion-fueled politics. There was life - and life abundantly. It took the death of my oldest son and my earlier absence - for years - from politics to help me speak in a whisper and be heard clearer than I ever had been in the past”/Dennis Mansfield. More here.

  • DFO: Dennis’ statement hits home w/me. Not too long ago, I was passionate re: politics, siding w/conservatives. But this blog has pushed me to a place of neutrality. The political anger from both main sides of the spectrum — and the ongoing push by the extremes to take over the levers of power — is a turn off. I hope that this place will evolve into a place where passionate people can disagree agreeably. We may get there. Who knows?

Question: Do you agree w/Dennis that a person can influence politics more by speaking in a whisper rather than shouting passionately?

The Political Sandbox — 4.28.10

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, left, looks on as Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed talks with media outside the Supreme Court in Washington Wednesday, after a court case on whether the names on a petition asking for the repeal of Washington state’s domestic partnership rights should be kept secret. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Wild Card: You can jump in the Political Sandbox today, to discuss the squabble in Washington over signers of the petition to repeal domestic partnership rights, or any other political subject you’d like …

HBO Poll: Fabulous Shadows Rule

  • Best Local Band All-time: 61 of 118 respondents (52%) said the 1960s “Fabulous Shadows” is the best all-time local band, followed by the Kelly Hughes Band (31 of 118, 26%), and Black Happy (24 of 118, 20%). Two respondents chose other groups.
  • Tuesday Poll: 58 of 88 respondents (66%) said they would vote for Justice Roger Burdick, if the Idaho Supreme Court election occurred today. 30 of 88 respondents (34%) would vote for challenger John Bradbury.
  • Today’s Question: Should the Coeur d’Alene School District schedule teachers to have an hour of collaboration first thing Monday mornings?

FYI: Blogs Make Politicians Nervous

Huckleberries hears from a Berry Picker … that Starr Kelso gave a rundown re: his version of Jim Brannon’s Coeur d’Alene City Council election lawsuit against Councilman Mike Kennedy at the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee meeting last night. I’ll let my Berry Picker take it from there: “A motion to support the Election Contest court case was introduced.  Got the wimpy GOP all riled up. They were afraid of the perception and how they would be ‘brutalized on the blogs.’  Even some prominent ones that are running for state office were afraid of sticking their neck out.”

Question: Do you understand the politicians’ reluctance to be ‘brutalized on the blogs.” Is the local blogosphere that intimidating? Or are the politicians that wimpy?

Is School District Hiding Something?

A Berry Picker provides evidence that the Coeur d’Alene School District may be trying to rush this teacher “collaborative” idea through the process. The Berry Picker e-mails: “The Press article stated that the District will be voting on this new schedule next Monday.  School District 271 sent home the attached news release, dated April 19, 2010.  You will see that it does not provide any information regarding a vote at the Trustee meeting — which would allow for public comment.  In fact, the memo just announces that this “will be” the schedule.  Additionally, the school district website does not have a copy of this news release in the news release section, which apparently is only as up to date as those release in 2009. Many patrons are upset that there never appeared to be the opportunity to offer input.  Yet, the Press states that this isn’t a done deal yet.  What happened to that promised transparency?” (Superintendent Hazel Bauman photo/Coeur d’Alene School District)

Question: Should this proposal be given a well-publicized public hearing?

Boredom Led To Craigslist Hoax

Selling your son on Craigslist sounds like the work of a depraved father or a bored teen. Fortunately for Spokane police, it’s the latter. Last month, a Spokane woman saw an ad from a man named Rick Obelophy offering his son Gavin to anyone who could cough up $5,000. “He doesn’t fuss very much, but when he does he just screams for hours,” read the ad. “I usually just put him in his closet until he stops and that usually works.” The woman called police who then went looking for Mr. Obelophy and his discounted brood. An investigative trail that led to the computer of a bored 17-year-old teenager in Sandpoint, Idaho/Seattle Weekly Blogs. More here. (Illustration: AP)

Question: What kind of punishment would be fitting for the Sandpoint 17YO who posted the bogus ad offering a 4YO child for sale? And/or: What do you tell your kids when they say, “I’m bored”?

AM Headlines — 4.28.10

North Idaho College student Kim Plucker, a medical billing specialist major from Coeur d’Alene, looks on as her daughters 10-year-old Autumn and 7-year-old Alexandra try on her cap and gown in preparation for NIC’s commencement ceremony May 14. Nearly 700 students are eligible for graduation at NIC this year. (Photo: Stacy Hudson, Press Room)

Health Advocates Target Happy Meals

Craig/Year of Plenty blog writes re: a possible ban on toy giveaways w/McDonalds Happy Meals in a California county: “I have mixed feelings about this. My kids love for a cheeseburger and fries does not seem to be too swayed by toys. It’s more of a bonus than a deal breaker. I’ve never heard them say, “Oh I can’t get the toy. Then I think I’ll have the salad.” (The irony at McDonalds is that the salad has more calories than the Happy Meal.) The good thing about a Happy Meal is that the portions are small and when we used to get them we’d get the apples and plain milk instead of fries and soda. I don’t think a food police state is the answer to our current food dilemmas.” More here.

Question: Do you support a move that would ban toy giveaways with food, like McDonalds famous Happy Meals, that are otherwise unhealthy for children?

Schools Look @ Later Monday Start-Up

Item: School bells will ring later: Teachers getting extra time for ‘collaboration’/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Monday mornings won’t be the same in Coeur d’Alene schools next year. Beginning in September, the first bell of the day will ring later on Mondays if the school board approves a new schedule devised to give teachers time during their workday to meet, discuss lesson plans, instruction methods and goals. …Trustees are expected to vote on the new schedule during their regular meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at the Midtown Center, 1505 N. Fifth St.

Question: This one doesn’t make a lick of sense to me. This suggests taking an hour from the beginning of the school week, so teachers can hobnob? This is going to upset the schedule of working parents. Why can’t they put this hour on the end of a day, if it’s really needed? Anyone?

Kevin: Burdick Not Taking Foe Lightly

(John) Bradbury has run as an outsider and a reformer, and he has a personal history with the Supreme Court; last year, justices rebuked the Grangeville-based district judge for failing to live in Idaho County. (Justice Roger) Burdick, pictured, a seven-year court veteran, is an unabashed advocate for a court system, and has little patience for Bradbury. Asked about a frequent Bradbury complaint — the suggestion that the court system is out of the price range of the everyday Idahoan — Burdick doesn’t hide his exasperation. “We throw these things against the wall,” Burdick told the Statesman editorial board. “I have no idea what is meant by that statement”/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Were you paying attention to this Idaho Supreme Court race before we started talking about it here?

Signe: Holes In Immigration Law

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Kellogg Passes $2.78M School Levy

The two-year, $2.78 million levy for Kellogg Joint School District 391 passed Tuesday. There were a total of 1,079 votes in favor the levy, passing it through by 61.27 percent. … More than 1,700 people turned out for the election between noon and 7 p.m. at the four open polling sites - Canyon Elementary, Pinehurst Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary and Smelterville City Hall - where all places posted votes to pass the levy/Sarah Rose Fredlund, Shoshone News-Press. More here.

Dedicated To The One I Love

Again, I need to turn to Cindy for a comment idea that she posted on Facebook (and allowed me to cross-post here at HucksOnline) re: song dedications. Cindy: (‘Babe’ by Styx) was on the radio when I took Sam to school this morning. Sigh … my first boyfriend called KJRB to dedicate this song to me. ‘Cuz, uh. She’s my babe.’ Subsequent boyfriends may have been more eloquent, but they never called any radio stations.”

Question: Did you ever call a radio station to dedicate a song to a sweetheart? Did you ever have a sweetheart call a radio station to dedicate a song to you. Either way, what was the song? And do you still remember who your love interest was then?

Parting Shot — 4.27.10

Participants in an early-release art workshop at Plaza Diane Community Center for the Arts studied artist Jackson Pollock on Wednesday in Powell, Wyo. After students painted two canvases in Pollock’s style, it was hard to tell if more paint was on the artists’ feet or on the canvases. (AP Photo/Powell Tribune, Yancy Bonner)

Question: Are you a decent artist of any kind? Tell us about it.

Wild Card/Tuesday — 4.27.10

I’m still acclimating myself to Facebook while trying to keep up with Twitter — and keeping the insatiable blog fed. Sometimes, I feel like Seymour Krelborn trying to keep Audrey II fed and satisfied … in a cyber space since. But Blogmeister Andrew has provided a Facebook primer to address the how-to questions. And there’s always Cindy in the background with her cattle prod to make sure that I handle Facebook properly. I should be up to speed in a coupla weeks. So I’ll post this Wild Card and check out what’s happening over there …

It’s Going To Be A Good Day When …

On Facebook, Cindy commented that she knew she was going to have a good day when she dropped a piece of bread w/peanut butter on it … and the bread ended right side up. As proof, she later posted a coupla things that proved the peanut butter toast side up test was a valid predictor, including: 1. Only two cars ahead of me at Starbucks this morning. 2. Delightful interviews with handicapped adults still have me smiling. 3. The gentleman in front of me in line at Fred Meyer insisted on unloading my groceries for me. and 4. Just interviewed an ER doc about meditation practices and I UNDERSTOOD what he said (mostly).

Question: Finish this sentence: I know it’s going to be a good day when …

PM Headlines — 4.27.10

In this photo provided by the University of Idaho, an adult giant Palouse earthworm stretches nearly to its full length of 10 to 12 inches in the laboratory at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, Monday, April 12. Two living specimens of the fabled giant Palouse earthworm have been captured for the first time in two decades, University of Idaho scientists revealed on Tuesday. My ol’ Lewiston Tribune buddy Bill Loftus has the UIdaho version of the story here. (AP Photo/University of Idaho, Kelly Weaver)

APhoto Of The Day — 4.27.10

Ukrainian opposition and pro-presidential lawmakers fight during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday. Ukraine’s parliament has voted to extend Russia’s lease of a Crimean naval port for the Black Sea Fleet in a chaotic session during which eggs and smoke bombs were thrown. You write the cutline.

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Jim Brannon gains 6 votes in court challenge, loses 4 teeth at first city council meeting. “Her Sandiness throws a mean left,” he says — Kevin Taylor.
  • 2. At the weekly SR Editorial meeting, the other editors became enraged and tackled DFO when they found out he ate the last donut — CoeurGenX.
  • 3. Man, lower right: “Ural mountin’ quite a head of steam, you know. Just Kiev it up and I will sock Ukrainium” — JohnA.
  • HM: Phaedrus & Gary D. Rhodes

Scanner Traffic/PM — 4.27.10

  • 5:31 p.m. Juveniles are causing problems in alley behind 1500 block of 13th.
  • 5:10 p.m. H&W wants an officer to check on 2 children who may be in a Hayden household where meth is being cooked.
  • 4:41 p.m. Scott reports he has been bitten by a dog.
  • 4:08 p.m. A 58YO male in a white Buick Skylark is have difficulty breathing in front of Rite Aid/CdA.
  • 4:01 p.m. Reynard on Yellow Pine/Athol believes he’s received fraudulent mail.
  • 3:19 p.m. 3 stocky males in hoodies, in late teens to early 20s, are being disorderly @ 407 20th/CdA.
  • Much more below

IFF: Capital For A Day

In Fiscal Year 2010, Idaho taxpayers have spent an average of nearly $8,200 per month to bring the government to the citizens … literally.  Between July 2009 and February 2010, Gov. Butch Otter’s “Capital for a Day” program had a price tag of more than $65,000, and not all state officials believe it’s a good use of money. Capital for a Day is a town-hall style meeting, conducted at a selected small town each month.  Last July, Gov. Otter and the state contingent travelled to Mackey to get some face time with citizens there.  In August, Ririe was Capital for a Day, followed by Kendrick in September, Dubois in October, Lava Hot Springs in November, Carey in December, Shoshone in January, Hazleton in February, Nezperce in March, and Oakley in April/Jay Howell, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Is the reach-out-and-touch aspect of the Capital for a Day program, worth $8,200 per month to the Idaho taxpayers?

17YO Traced To Craigslist Ad Hoax

A Craigslist ad offering a 4-year-old boy for sale has been traced to a 17-year-old Sandpoint boy. The Sandpoint Police Department linked the boy to the ad after the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office obtained Internet Provider address information indicating the ad was posted from a computer in that area, Sgt. Dave Reagan said today. Investigators believe the ad was a hoax. “That’s all we wanted to do - find out how posted it and if it was a hoax,” Reagan said. The boy is being investigated for possible criminal charges, said Sandpoint police Lt. Corey Coon/Meghann M. Cuniff (pictured), Sirens & Gavels. More here.

HBO Blogosphere — 4.27.10

“Saturday was the official Kootenai County Farmer’s Market work day,” writes Sunny/Bent’s Beer Garden. “Basically, working members of the market volunteer their time to set up booths, paint them and clean up the surrounding area. It was a very chilly and blustery day but everyone seemed determined to move forward and get the tasks done.” More here.

Question: How often do you go to a Farmer’s Market during the growing season? Which one? What do you usually buy?

City Of Coeur d’Alene’s Hiring

The City of Coeur d’Alene is currently accepting applications for the following Temporary Seasonal positions:

  • Parks Grounds Maintenance Worker
  • Street Maintenance Worker

For applications and job information,  please visit our website at or call the human resources department at 769-2205.

Question: If you had a chance to work in local government — city, county, schools, road districts, etc. — which job would you most like to have?

Dem Senators To Facebook: Back Off

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., left, and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., are taped on Capitol Hill in Washington today, during a news conference to discuss Facebook’s new information policy. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Question: Are you concerned w/privacy changes that Facebook is making?

Ex-Bronco Celebrates In Big Apple

Page Six: Kyle Wilson celebrated being drafted by the New York Jets at Greenhouse with 10 buddies, eight bottles of champagne and Zico coconut water. The Jets picked the Boise State cornerback in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday. “The group was going around telling people, ‘You’re partying with the No. 1 Jet,’ ” reports a spy/via Idaho Sports Guy Twitter/KTVB.

Question: Could you survive living in New York City?

Lizard: Then We’re All Sorta Terrorists

Lizard People: I read “extremist site” article and found it interesting. These people typically have unusual ideas about how to get out of parking tickets, but I wouldn’t go so far as the article did in calling them “paper terrorists.” If there is such a thing as “paper terrorism”, then terrorism has lost all real meaning. I’m a “blizzard terrorist” when I go to DQ and get the two for one deal and eat them both without sharing. DFO is a “Headline Terrorist” when he writes a headline I feel is partisan against PaleoCons. OTV is a “Smart Alec Terrorist” when he makes me laugh in spite of myself.

Question: Do we tend to use the word “terrorist” too loosely? In the loosest sense of the word, what kind of a terrorist are you?

Charlemagne: Circumventing Elections

Charlemagne: the vast majority of Idaho’s judges are initially appointed as opposed to elected. This is gives such judges the tremendous advantage of incumbency when they do face their retention elections. This is clearly contrary to the spirit of the Idaho Constitution. Looking at the remarks then Justice Linda Copple Trout made to the Idaho Statesman on June 25, 2007 as well as the Idaho Judicial Council’s advocacy of appointment (they refer to it as “merit selection”) in their annual reports should leave no doubt that many of these early resignations are politically and strategically motivated. Second Justice Roger Burdick (pictured) has been intimately connected with the Idaho Judicial Council which is one of the worst if not the very worst of the various states’ judicial disciplinary organizations. Full comment here.

Question: Would you rather see Supreme Court justices appointed or elected?

HucksOnline Best Of INW — 4.27.10

Tamera O’Leary, 7, talks to a telephone operator on a 1904 silver dollar pay phone during the Hands on History event at the Holiday Village Mall in Havre, Mont., Saturday. (AP Photo/Havre Daily News, Nikki Carlson)

High Noon: DFO Gets New Avatar

As the headline suggests, I’ve finally ditched my the avatar of Batman pointing a gun in favor of something a little less frightening, a lion yawning. I spotted the big yawn while trolling through the AP photo wire in search of a subject for the daily cutline contest. I almost published it there. But I liked it so much that I decided it was time to quit putting off my switch to a new avatar, only my second since we began posting avatars in December 2008 when Blogmeister Ryan switched us over to the new blog ware. I like the new avatar because it shows the friendly, almost human side, of the lion. But folks still have to remember that it’s a lion w/big teeth.

Question: How often do you switch your HucksOnline avatar? And why do you do so?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 4.27.10

  • Noon: Jack reports that someone from Arizona is threatening him.
  • 11:56 a.m. A male is in the police lobby to report someone hit him in the head w/a bat.
  • 11:36 a.m. Evan has lost his yellow Lab.
  • 11:33 a.m. A silent alarm has gone off in the freezer area of Applebee’s on Hanley. (Update: Applebee’s call to say everything was OK at the restaurant.)
  • 10:58 a.m. Disabled vehicle is blocking Ramsey Road in front of Lake City High.
  • 10:25 a.m. No injuried were reported from a vehicle-pedestrian collision @ 101 E. Appleway.
  • 9:37 a.m. Kathleen claims her dog has been abused by a neighbor.
  • 8:50 a.m. A tree has fallen across the road @ Ramsey & Appleway.
  • 8:47 a.m. Willy reports that his neighbor’s horses are in his pasture @ 13688 Hauser Lake Road. The area is closed range.
  • 8:38 a.m. A stalled semi is blocking the i/s of Highways 41 & 53.
  • 8:32 a.m. Motorist reports that debris is blowing for an uncovered semi trailer @ I-90 & H41.
  • 8:22 a.m. A disoriented, 20ish male is sitting in a red Subaru @ the Hauser Market, H53.
  • 8 a.m. Caller reports he saw a female screaming from a doorway. She told him she was being abused before she either shut the door or was pulled inside.

Jesus, Take The Wheel

Dillon Earl, 8, of Fruita, Colo., stands on North Cherry Street on Monday. Dillon was on his way to Fellowship Church in Grand Junction on Sunday when his grandmother, Lisa DeKruger, had a seizure while driving the two to morning services. Dillon grabbed the steering wheel and guided the truck onto the side of Interstate 70 near the 24 Road exit. Another driver helped moved the truck onto the exit ramp and called 911. DeKruger said she doesn’t remember the seizure, but was told later by a paramedic that Dillon was picking grass nonchalantly when help arrived. (AP Photo /The Daily Sentinel, William Woody)

Question: How old were you when you started driving?

Ward Delinquent On Property Taxes

Dennis: Marines, Uniforms, My Family

Dennis Mansfield posts: Since the news hit earlier today about the action by the USMC against Vaughn Ward for his unwarranted use of the Marine Corps uniform in his campaign literature, etc, I’ve been thinking … Why was I so taken aback? Why was I so angry? Well, I spelled out part of it in my frustration with his inattention to detail in a way-early post last night before I hit the sack. Then, The Idaho Statesman piece hit this morning. Now, as the late morning moves toward noon, I think I “got it”. My folks, that’s why. More here.

Question: Did either of your parents serve in the military during war time?

The Political Sandbox

Jennifer McCreight, left, talks with Matt Kerns (who’s spoofing protests by the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.), as students gather for “boobquake” Monday on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. According to the Journal & Courier, McCreight, a senior at Purdue, started “boobquake” after comments by Iranian cleric Kazem Sedighi, who said promiscuous women were responsible for earthquakes in Iran. “As a scientist I had to challenge it,” McCreight told the Journal & Courier. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune)

Wild Card: You can comment further on “Boobquake” or any other political idea by playing in The Political Sandbox today …

HBO Poll: Benewah Co, Kirts To Blame

  • Monday Poll: 108 of 136 respondents (79%) voted that Benewah County and Sheriff Bob Kirts, not the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, are to blame for the cross-deputization deal falling apart. Only 8 of 136 (6%) said the tribe was to blame. And 12 of 136 (9%) said both sides are to blame.
  • Today’s Poll Question (in lefthand rail): If you had to vote today, who would you support in the contested Idaho Supreme Court race?

Justice Jones Says Bradbury’s Wrong

Unopposed Justice Jim Jones blasts Judge John Bradbury (pictured), who’s challenging Justice Roger Burdick: “The candidate’s materials make inaccurate accusations against the Idaho judiciary,” Jones says in the statement. “As a member of the court, it is appropriate to address these misstatements because they cast the Idaho judiciary in a false light. A candidate for judicial office may put forth whatever proposals he may wish to improve the judicial system, but has no right to make unfounded claims that target the courts.” You can read Jones’ full statement here; and see Bradbury’s campaign Web site here.

Question: Does it concern you that all five Supreme Court justices are from the Boise (three) and Twin Falls (two) areas?

Statesman: Ward Ad Ticks Off Marines

The Idaho Statesman has a front-page article by reporter Dan Popkey today about an ad that congressional candidate Vaughn Ward placed on the “Drudge Report” Web site that got him in trouble with the U.S. Marines, who told Ward the ad violated military regulations about the use of the military uniform in campaigns. The ad features Ward in full combat gear, with the wording, “With your help I will vote to repeal Obamacare! Vaughn Ward for Congress,” accompanied by a button link for contributions headed “I will help! Contribute now!” Popkey reports that after the Marines objected, Ward pulled the ad. Then, Ward sent out a postcard mailing that also featured a prominent photo of him overseas in full combat gear, next to the slogan, “Vaughn Ward - Fighting for Idaho Values”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. Photo: The Drudge Report

Question: Do you see anything wrong with Ward emphasizing his role as a military defender of this country?

AM Headlines — 4.27.10

Pat Hough, left, and Tom Carroll, who are both retired, sit on a bench and watch the activity around the “Liberty Belle”, a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress Monday, April 26, 2010 at Felts Field. The visiting bomber is one of 14 B-17s still flying and visitors can pay a fee to fly in the historic plane Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2. (SR Photo/Jessie Tinsley) 

Boobquake: Women Step Out Of Norm

Kelsey Samuels/UI Argonaut columnizes: “The importance of “Boobquake” is that women feel free to shake what their mamas gave ‘em. It’s a day, rooted in jest, to encourage women to step out of the cultural norm and show a little skin, whatever it may be — maybe a particularly conservative woman wearing a pair of pants instead of a full-length skirt, or another rebelled by “forgetting” to wear the lace-trimmed tank top under a low-cut top. “Boobquake” creator McCreight said on the Facebook event Web site she hates the idea that “big boobs are always better,” and that’s not the point of “Boobquake.” She also said it’s not meant to be serious activism, but juvenile humor and light-hearted mockery. More here. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune: Megan Murphy holds a sign as students gather for “boobquake” Monday at the Bell Tower on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.)

Question: Do you think women should be encouraged to show more skin? Or are they showing enough or too much already?

Liz: ‘Nothing Like A Chick Fight’

Item (from 3:37 p.m. Monday Scanner Traffic): 2 females in a green Honda Accord are following and beating a 3rd female @ Independence Point lot. One assailant has a white hoodie, the other, a blond ponytail.

Liz (on Twitter): “Am I a bad person because my first thought was ‘There is nothing like a chick fight’?”

Question: In a “Seinfeld” skit, one of the characters explains that men love “cat fights” b/c there’s a chance that the two women involved might kiss. Dunno about that. But it’s obvious that “cat fights,” “chick fights,” or whatever you want to call them get our attention. Why?

MarkR: Black Happy’s Loss, Our Gain

Jimmy Mac, the (Black Happy) boys (now men I guess :) tried HARD to get their CDs reprinted/reissued, especially in light of the reunion shows this summer, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen. The story is long and complicated, but from what I understand, it turns out it would cost them > $30,000 just to be allowed to have new CDs printed (not including the CD manufacturing costs) … the only upside is that same process is what made the music FINALLY available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. I’d been pushing them to do that for a few years.

K-Mama: Slobs Ruin Mushroom Outing

(Recently) my family and I went hunting for morel mushrooms, first up Wolf Lodge, then over Fernan. … What sucked was all the friggin’ GARBAGE! We ended up using our bags to stuff them full of empty beer cans and old shotgun shells and rotted out plastic crap … the list went on and on, with unmentionable atrocities included. It was utterly gross. So our nature trip ended up turning into a rescue mission … yuck. I would’ve posted the pictures of the seven huge bags of trash we accumulated over the course of an hour or so, along with some empty plastic buckets we found and made good use of — that may have been flower pots in a previous incarnation — they got filled too, with the shards of glass we didn’t want poking through the plastic. Anyway, has anyone else experienced similar depressing episodes while trying to commune with nature?

Question: Has one of your nature walks or outings been ruined by the litter or dog poop left behind by others?

Bill Hall: A Tilted Fence Of Then & Now

Bill Hall/Lewiston Tribune columnizes: “My parents were farmers in their younger lives in an era before power equipment had arrived in that line of work. Their power equipment was horses, the strong back of my father and the pure unmitigated fortitude of that generation. And while I have had to sweat for a few hours over replacing three fence posts, my father probably averaged that many each month on the farm. He did hard farmer labor day after day, year after year. He dug rocks out of fields. He repaired steel wheels on farm implements. He spent hours tilling and planting and harvesting. And in summer, my father would get up in the middle of the night and go divert the irrigation water from one field to another. My mother worked as hard in her realm of the kitchen and garden, harvesting and canning and cooking on a wood stove in the oppressive summer heat. For good measure, she and my father hand-milked a dozen cows twice a day.” More here.

Question: Do you work as hard at manual labor as your parents did? 

P.S. Twins Dating Twins — 4.26.10

Adrian, left, and Hannah McInnes, seniors at Jamestown High School and identical twins decided to make a custom of their own by asking identical twin brothers, Jerimiah, left, and Josh Dockter, to prom at Jamestown, N.D., Friday. (AP Photo/The Jamestown Sun, John M. Steiner)

Question: Are there any sets of twins in your family?

Wild Card/Monday — 4.26.10

Sgt. Christie Wood tells HucksOnline there were no incidents Sunday afternoon involving that supremacist protest on the sidewalk of the Coeur d’Alene High parking lot (Fourth Street). Seems the Human Rights Institute was staging an equality race on the track to the west of the Aryans (w/the football field between the two groups). Christie told me that one Aryan in town has promised to protest whenever the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations stages an event. Which it wasn’t Sunday. While you wait for more answers, you can play this Wild Card to start your own threads …

Top Thread: Looking For ‘Peghead’

JimmyMAC: OTV’s review of The Long Ear reminded me to post something I’ve been meaning to forever but keep forgetting. Does ANYONE know where I can get a copy of Black Happy’s Peghead? I would think someone on here would have one available that I could burn or something. In case some of you are not familiar, Black Happy was a killer band from CDA in the 90’s. My last copy broke about a year ago and I have check everywhere including the Long Ear but haven’t been able to find a copy. If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it.

Question: Was Black Happy the best Coeur d’Alene band ever? Or was “The Shadows,” featuring Dexter Yates and Jim Frame back in the ‘60s better? (You can answer that question or tell JimmyMAC where he can get a copy of Black Happy’s “Peghead.”

PM Headlines — 4.26.10

OrangeTV (via Facebook) spotted the new bit of public art/bike rack in Midtown, 4th & Coeur d’Alene. What do you think of it?

APhoto Of The Day — 4.26.10

Mary Atkinson of Arizona State hits the vault during her exercise in the individual event finals during the NCAA gymnastics championships in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday. Mary was not injured in the fall. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Some days it just it just feels like all you do is bang your head against a vault — CindyH.
  • 2. Something odd seems to happen to blondes when they are near Tiger Woods’ Florida neighborhood — JohnA.
  • 3. Though the Obama administration’s attempt to fix the economy wasn’t a thing of beauty, Democratic judges found that because the administration had actually made some physical contact with the economy the effort deserved a perfect 10 score — Charles Dixon.
  • HM: Herb Huseland

Scanner Traffic/PM — 4.26.10

  • 5:39 p.m. A boy has wiped out on his bike after hitting a rock behind Subway restaurant on Primrose/Post Falls.
  • 5:19 p.m. A motorist has stopped to pick up debris in roadway @ I-90 & M/P 14/CdA.
  • 5:16 p.m. Richard wants to see an officer re: a stolen stereo.
  • 4:40 p.m. Dispatcher is talking to a female in a black 1996 Ford Taurus (see 4:30 entry) who says she is near water and is going to kill herself by driving into it.
  • 4:30 p.m. 911 dispatchers are trying to run down the source of a suicide threat.
  • 3:59 p.m. S. @ gas station @ H95 & Appleway wants to see an officer re: a runaway.
  • 3:38 p.m. A one-inch gas line has ruptured @ Versailles & La Rochelle/CdA.
  • 3:37 p.m. 2 females in a green Honda Accord are following and beating a 3rd female @ Independence Point lot. One assailant has a white hoodie, the other, a blond ponytail.
  • 3:34 p.m. H&W personnel have 2 students from Dalton Elementary in custody.
  • Much more below

Super 1 Robbery Suspects Caught

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of two robbery suspects from a robbery that took place on Oct. 17, 2009, at the Super 1 Foods in Hayden. Information received from a tip led investigators to Kalispell, Mont. One suspect, Philip Paul-Richard Luedcke, 22 years old from Kalispell, MT was taken into custody on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 in Coeur d’Alene by a KCSD member of the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force. He is charged with one count of Robbery and being held at the Kootenai County Jail; his bail is $75,000. The other suspect, Nathan Wayne Hunt, 19 years old from Kalispell, MT was arrested today in Kalispell, MT on a warrant obtained by a KCSD member of the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force/Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. More here.

DanG Pooh-Poohs LCDC Online Worry

At the “Open Session” post today, Dan Gookin points out that he watched the Lake City Development Corp meeting last night. And was particularly interested in the discussion about online records. Seems LCDC members were pretty concerned about individuals altering the records. “What the LCDC does is ridiculous enough,” posts Gookin. “No one needs to alter their records.” If someone at LCDC has proof that records have been altered, continues Gookin, then they should let the public know about it — and name names. You can read the entire comment here.

Question: Have you ever wished you could go back an expunge something you’ve written online, at HucksOnline or elsewhere? Have you ever done so?

Dennis: Of Corvettes & Proms

“Watching my son, Colin, drive his prom date, Kona Estes, around the city in our friend’s Red Corvette yesterday reminded me of a post I did a while back on ‘Vettes,” writes Dennis Mansfield. ”So I had to revisit it … and repost it. Driving a Corvette (or watching your son drive a Corvette) does that to a guy …” More here.

Question: Dennis presented me with a tough choice. Do I ask a question about Corvettes or proms? Since I probably already asked one about Corvettes when he originally posted the bulk of this item, I’ll go with prom. Can you remember your senior prom? Tell us about your date that night. (Or you can tell us about a Corvette you used to drive, if you didn’t go to the prom.)

Kathy: Gas Prices Are A Crap Shoot

Kathy Hedberg/Lewiston Tribune columnizes: “A person could be tempted to become skeptical about why gas prices jump up and down with such wide variations from one part of the country - or the state - to another. Last week we were told the reason gas prices in Idaho are up nearly 20 cents a gallon more than in the rest of the country is because of financial troubles at a Utah oil refinery. Some guy in Salt Lake City bounced a check and now we here in Idaho have to pay the price. I never realized the petroleum business was that fragile. But, then, I began to wonder the last time there was a big bump in price and we were told the oil company manager’s grandma had died and he shut down the plant to attend her funeral. Oil distribution, it seems, is like a virus. Somebody sneezes and everybody within hundreds of miles comes down with the flu. More here.

Question: If you were to make an educated guess, how do you think that gas prices REALLY are set in the various parts of the state, region, and country?

Romenesko: Dump Unsigned Editorials

Jim Romenesko posted this on Poytner Online Forums: ” … the letters to the editor page is a far more honest feedback forum than anything ever conjured up on radio, TV or the Web. (Yes, the Web. The wingnut bloggers always have an echo chamber who’ll shout down anyone who comes in with a different point of view.) But they’ve had the appearance of such conceit, and one aspect of that is the unsigned editorial, an anachronism dating back to the days of partisan presses in which one could really say an editorial’s point of view was “in the opinion of this newspaper.” Today, of course, there’s no such thing — ask your friends on the Wall Street Journal staff how often they agree with the edit page. Getting rid of the unsigned editorial should be the first thing newspapers do to keep up with the times. They’re only 80-100 years late.” More here.

Question: Should a newspaper’s editorial be signed with the writer’s name?

HucksOnline Best of INW — 4.26.10

In this March 2006 AP file photo, Creighton coach Dana Altman expresses his displeasure with a blocking call with two seconds remaining in their NIT basketball game against Miami. At a press conference that began at 1 o’clock today, University of Oregon officials will announce that Altman is their new basketball coach. See Orbusmax Special below. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)

High Noon: Anyone For A Scooter?

Jesse Tinsley aboard his Scooter is ready for summer.

With his permission, I pulled this photo of SR photog buddy Jesse Tinsley on his Scooter onto the blog to celebrate nice days and the coming of summer. Also, I wanted to mention that Scooters interest me. They don’t take up much space. They seem ideal for driving around Coeur d’Alene, Dalton Gardens and Hayden/Hayden Lake. Where the speed limits don’t go higher than 35 mph. However, they still seem a bit dangerous in a world where vehicle drivers aren’t looking for Scooters. Also, I wouldn’t know how to act if a monster Harley-Davidson pulled alongside at a traffic light, and the driver gunned his engine.

Question: Have you ever been interested in buying a Scooter? Did you? Why haven’t you?

Scanner/AM: Grandparents, Kids Found

  • 11:55 a.m. Scott @ Linx Trail & Puma/CdA reports his neighbor’s Schitzu is loose again. He has been bitten before, trying to catch the dog.
  • 11:23 a.m. A female needs medical help after a fight with a male who left in a van on 4th/CdA.
  • 11:14 a.m. An old vehicle has fallen off a car carrier, west of Rathdrum.
  • 10:31 a.m. A female found the garage door open when she arrived at her White Sands/Post Falls home, and she’s afraid to go in.
  • 10:27 a.m. At a caller’s request, CPD Blue checks on a panhandler and reports that he’s a transient who regularly frequents offramp corner of I-90 e/b at 4th/CdA.
  • Much more below

Idaho Blogosphere — 4.26.10

Sisyphus, on 43rd State Blues: The supremacist cancer is back, taking root in north Idaho, and starting to venture forth in an effort to propagate. The hate filled rhetoric from the right wing noise machine has consequences. One consequence is emboldening these guys to come out from under their rocks. Exhorting tea baggers to “take America back” references our government, the face of which is decidedly black. Teabaggers struggle to revert to a time when they knew who they were better than. As an example blogger Tim Wise suggests this little exercise, imagine a role reversal each time you hear events like this. Imagine if tea baggers were black. More here.

Question: Do you think the increase in supremacist activity in North Idaho is tied to the strong emergence of the Tea Party in the region? Or is it simply the activity of the usual handful of racist individuals who have been active before?

Chadwick Withdraws, Backs Labrador

Michael Chadwick withdrew from the Republican primary over the weekend and threw his support behind state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle (pictured).  He pointed specifically to the 2006 primary race as the reason for withdrawing.  ”We don’t want a repeat of the 2006 congressional race where one candidate won the primary election with less than 26 percent of the votes,” said Chadwick. The Republican from Post Falls also had critical comments about Vaughn Ward, the Marine reservist seeking the GOP nomination.  Chadwick made a myriad of accusations against Ward, calling him a neo-conservative, a stealth candidate, and said that Ward is too moderate for some Republicans, like former presidential candidate John McCain, R-Ariz.  Chadwick even went so far as to claim that those around Ward embellished his accomplishments in the military and the Central Intelligence Agency/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Does Michael Chadwicks’ withdrawal from the 1st Congressional District race and support of Labrador mean anything significant, sense he was a long-shot candidate?

Family Survived By Singing, Drawing

Press release from Sgt. Christie Wood (pictured)/Coeur d’Alene Police Department: Coeur d’Alene Police detectives interviewed Neil and Connie Bigelow after they returned to the Coeur d’Alene residence of their grandchildren this morning. Neil stated they took a drive to the Hayden Creek area, and his vehicle became high-centered in the snow near the top of road 206. Neil said it was near dark, and he was not sure how far they were from Coeur d’Alene. They decided to wait out the night in the vehicle. Connie Bigelow sang songs with the children and helped them draw pictures. At daybreak they were able to dig themselves out and drive back to Coeur d’Alene. Detectives reported the children are in good condition and happy to be home. More here.

Question: Have you ever been lost or stranded in the woods?

OTV: Ignore Aryan Nations Protesters

OrangeTV: I’m friends with some of the folks that worked on the event, and I don’t have any details, but from what I’ve gathered there was no real drama. I heard the Aryan loon-goons only stuck around for about a half-hour of the four hour event, eventually leaving after being successfully heckled away by certain pleasingly obnoxious participants of the event. There seems to have been really no news in that regard, and I HOPE the stupid CDA Press continues to ignore the subject, rather than make a big deal out of nothing and give these morons the publicity they’re craving. The Race for Equality event itself, however, was an enormous success and that DOES deserve some publicity.

Question: If the Aryans continue to show up at events sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, should they be mentioned or even spotlighted in local media coverage?

The Political Sandbox

President Barack Obama meets with Billy Graham, 91, at his mountainside home in Montreat, N.C., Sunday. Obama concluded his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting of the ailing evangelist, who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)

Wild Card: You can discuss evangelist Billy Graham’s amazing ability to be a spiritual adviser to decades of presidents, Republican and Democrat alike, or any political topic you’d like in today’s Political Sandbox …

HBO Poll: Kirsten Ward’s Job Matters

  • Weekend Poll: GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has a public relations problem. When asked, “Does it matter that GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward’s wife works for Fannie Mae?” 174 of 399 respondents (44%) said “yes.” 162 of 399 (41%) said “no.” And another 55 of 399 responded: “Who’s Vaughn Ward?”
  • McEuen Field Design: (I forgot to provide results of a secondary poll from Thursday): 55 of 97 respondents (57%) said it doesn’t matter to them that the Lake City Development Corp. is helping fund a potential design for a McEuen Field upgrade. 42 of 97 (43%) said it does matter.
  • Today’s Poll: Who’s to blame for the cross-deputization deal falling apart between Benewah County and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe?

I-90 Road Work Thru Post Falls Starts

Construction work on Interstate 90 through Post Falls begins today and could cause traffic delays until work is completed in mid-June. Workers will be repairing freeway bridges over the Spokane River, Pleasant View Road and Spokane Street. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction today through May 3 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The reduced lanes will involve the entire 4.4-mile stretch between the river and Spokane Street. Starting on May 4, the lane closures will run all day and continue for about a month, said Barbara Babic, public involvement coordinator for the Idaho Transportation Department/Mike Prager, SR Getting There. More here.

Question: How do you pass the time while stuck in traffic as the result of road work?

OTV Review: The Long Ear

Founded in 1973, Coeur d’Alene’s the Long Ear, 2505 N. Fourth St., is undeniably the top bunny with area music shoppers. Store owners Terry and Deon Borchard have managed to survive and thrive in an era when both mom-and-pop record shops and massive chains like Tower Records are shuttering their doors for good faster than you can say “iTunes.” The Long Ear’s sizeable cult of regulars return time and time again for not only their impressively broad selection of new and used CDs and vinyl (along with an assortment of posters, incense and gifts), but for the royal treatment the Borchards and their knowledgeable staff have always given their customers. More here.

Question: How many vinyls do you still own? Do you ever play them?

DOTC: ‘Illegal Canadians’ Don’t Vote

Kootenai County Clerk Dan English in CdA Press guest opinion: We do not have “a bunch of illegal Canadians” voting in our elections. What we do have is a federal law that protects the voting rights of U.S. citizens living in other countries, whether they are military, missionaries, retirees, or whatever. By federal law, American citizens living abroad retain their voting rights, and their voter registration is tied to a specific place: city, county, state and nation. This law gives no time restrictions. We do not have multiple classes of voters in Idaho. If someone is a registered voter then they get to vote in any local election they are qualified for, not just the federal elections. More here.

Question: Does anyone out there really believe that Dan or anyone in his office intentionally tried to skew election results?

AM Headlines — 4.26.10

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo talked at his office on Wednesday. Information on the web site includes crime maps that can be sorted by date, crime type and location. Jacob Livingston’s SR Handle Extra story here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)

Sightem: Neo-Nazis On 4th Street

  • Originally posted 1:28 p.m. Sunday

I just saw (1:15 p.m.) a group of about 10 neo-Nazis, men and women, on a 4th Street sidewalk adjacent to the Coeur d’Alene High parking lot (south of Coeur d’Alene Bible Church), waving two large red-white-and-blue flags with swastikas. A couple of women were holding signs with too much print to read on a drive by. But one close-cropped blond male had a sign that said: “If diversity wins, we all lose.” He waved. But I didn’t wave back. All in all, it wasn’t the type of think you’d want to see returning home from church. Or any other time in Coeur d’Alene. However, I wondered why they’d choose that location instead of one with higher traffic, like Sherman Avenue or Northwest Boulevard. Or somewhere near City Park. BTW, I did notice what happened to minorities and the world and Germany when Nazism won out for a decade of so. (AP File Photo)

Rocky: Tea Party Isn’t Sagebrush II

Rocky Barker/Idaho Statesman: “Arguably, President Obama is even less popular than Clinton was then, at least in Idaho. But people are mad about health care, bailouts and deficits. They aren’t organizing shovel brigades to protest endangered species road closures. They aren’t forming a “freedom cavalry” to cut the locks off of headgates. Thousands of paperworkers aren’t marching through the streets of Lewiston to protest endangered-salmon restrictions on dams. “I don’t hear a tea party conversation about federal land arrogance,” said John Freemuth, a Boise State University political science professor and senior fellow at the Andrus Center for Public Policy. “That tells you a lot.” So while Obama faces many of the same issues that Clinton faced, Western land anger isn’t one of them. That could make the difference between him holding Congress for the Democrats in 2010.” More here.

Question: Who do you think Idahoans, as a whole, like less — Bill Clinton or Barack Obama?

SR: Kirts, Benewah County To Blame

SR Opinion: “But Benewah County Sheriff Bob Kirts (pictured) has canceled the agreement, gutting tribal officers’ authority in areas ranging from boating infractions to domestic violence on the reservation, where six out of seven residents are nonmembers. It shouldn’t take the Legislature to solve this. It shouldn’t take mediators and arbitrators. It should take nothing more than the same kind of goodwill and respect for public safety that has worked well between the tribe and Kootenai County. As the minutes from that March 17 legislative committee meeting so hopefully put it, ‘Bringing the parties together was in everyone’s interest.’ Someone tell that to the Benewah County commissioners.” More here.

Question: Do you agree with the SR editorial board that Benewah County commissioners and Sheriff Bob Kirts are to blame for the cross-deputization agreement falling apart?

Signe: Enforcers Of Radical Idiocracy

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Wild Card/Weekend — 4.24.10

I did a soft launch on Facebook Friday. Just got my feet wet a little. I need to toy with the system until I’m comfortable enough to launch a Facebook Fan Club for HucksOnline. I’ve allowed some friends in who spotted the soft launch. But the purpose isn’t to build the thing yet. So don’t be miffed if I’m not adding friends or soliciting friends right away. That’ll come soon enough. Meanwhile, I got one story idea for a Friday afternoon post and one bit of political insight I found intriguing. I’ll keep you posted how the experiment is going. But I don’t intend to do any Facebooking this weekend. Now, for your weekend Wild Card …

Defense Shines In Silver And Gold Game

As Idaho running back Corey White dives for the end zone, he is denied six points by linebacker John McKinley who tackled White out-of-bounds during the  Silver and Gold game in the Kibbie Dome in Moscow Friday. Josh Wright reports that the defense shined in the annual Silver and Gold game here. (SR Photo: Colin Mulvany)

Question: Are you optimistic that the 2010 Idaho Vandals will do better than the team that just won the Humanitarian Bowl?

Is A Government Job A Real Job?

Ward also has said, “A government job isn’t a real job. True wealth creation comes from small business.” (Dan Popkey article w/quote here.)

This is a flat out Fox News talking point, oft repeated by wingers, so let’s unpack it a bit. A government job is not a real job. Well. I guess, then, no one in Ward’s family has a real job, preferring to feed at the government trough, while dissing it. Talk about biting the hand that feeds it. Also, given that our military is now all volunteer and the troops work for pay, those are government jobs. Not real ones, though. Please, Vaughn, keep telling our troops that they don’t have real jobs. Police? Not a real job? Firefighters? Not real? Coast Guard rescue swimmers who will drop from a helicopter into an icy and stormy sea to rescue a fisherman? Not real? The helicopter pilot who fights to keep the aircraft aloft in a storm to help the rescue? What a bunch of pussies, the lot of them/IdaBlue. More here.

Question: Is a government job a real job?

KXLY: Hauser Area Crash Kills 1

Idaho State Police says at least one person has died in a crash at Highway 53 and McGuire Road. The crash happened at about 9:00 Friday night. Troopers say a man in his 30’s was driving east on Highway 53 in a red sedan when he crossed the center-line and slammed head-on into a pickup truck carrying a man and a woman in their 60’s. The man in the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say the two victims in the truck were cut from the vehicle and taken to Kootenai Medical Center by ambulance. Investigators say neither of them were wearing their seatbelts/KXLY. More here.

Snuggies In San Francisco

Jenna Landry, left, of Pleasant Hill, Calif., and Ricki Radanovich, right, of Danville, Calif., wear their new Snuggies while watching the San Francisco Giants take batting practice before their baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco on Friday.  Giants Snuggies were given away to the first 20,000 fans at the game. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Question: Do you own or wear Snuggies? Are they as wonderful as advertised?

Ender: A Battle Of Lightweights

Ender: Labrador is a true Idahoan with experience in the Legislature, but his campaign is lacking. No one has heard anything from his camp in weeks; his twitter and facebook have been close to silent. I don’t call that gaining on Ward. Rather, I think Ward’s crappy candidacy is starting to show through and that people are starting to figure out who this guy really is.

Question: Ender seems to be saying that the race for the 1st Congressional District GOP nomination is a battle between political lightweights. Do you agree? Or do you think Ward or Labrador has what it takes to knock of Demo Walt Minnick in November?

Marmitetoasty: Worm Omelettes & Grubs

Marmitetoasty: I have eaten a worm omellete and a 2 inch white, fat as ya thumb grub before, as a adult helper on a survival camp for kids, we found this grub whilst doing a bit of science work on a rotten tree, and I made the mistake of telling the kids (14 year olds) that the grub was edible … go on miss go on miss prove it lmfao … so I did … the street cred I got around the school the following week was worth the ‘hiding behind a bush and lobbing me guts up’ LOL. Now, if only I had had a jar of marmite on me and not back at camp in me tent, then I would of sat and feasted on the grubs all afternoon lmao

Question: What is the worst thing you’ve ever swallowed?

Curmudgeon: Teacher, Books Best

Old Curmudgeon (re: Lee: Kellogg shouldn’t slash sports): Reality is that no one in the district wants to cut sports or any of the other dozen plus items that are on the list of things that are going to be dropped. But, the patrons of the district in their wisdom have decided that they don’t want to dig into their pocket books. I don’t agree with that decision, but we have a democracy, district patrons voted not to support all of the programs that they had last year and IMHO “stuff” happens once in a while. As a result of that decision, something had to be cut and the school board decided (with input from a lot of district patrons) that the pain should be shared. Cuts were made to academics, administration AND sports. That $50,000 cut to the sports that you mentioned just happens to be about the price of one more teacher or the cost of new text books for this year’s rotation which also were cut. Am I to assume that you would cut another teacher or other academic “frill” like books to keep those sports you mentioned?

Question: Which would you rather have for $50,000 (the amount Kellogg School District is cutting from high school sports): 1. A teacher? 2. New text books? or 3. wrestling, baseball, softball, girls soccer, cross country, and cheerleading?

Jorgenson Wants Immigration Reform

It’s an Arizona law that one Idaho senator wants to copy. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law the nation’s toughest legislation against illegal immigration Friday, a measure that supporters said would take handcuffs off police but which opponents said could violate people’s civil rights. Among the bill’s proponents is Sen. Mike Jorgenson, who has worked with the bill’s sponsor, Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce, on immigration legislation for Idaho. The Hayden Lake Republican has unsuccessfully pitched local immigration legislation but said Arizona’s law could create enough momentum to push those proposals through next year/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Why hasn’t a conservative state with an overwhelmingly Republican Legislature not embraces Jorgenson’s attempt to rein in illegal immigration?

Ramirez: Nuclear Arms Accord

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Bonner General Workers Win $200K

Recipients of a $200,000 winning lottery ticket have no plans to quit their jobs at Bonner General Hospital. The 12 people who pitched in 10 bucks apiece as part of a co-op ticket heard Thusday morning that their Idaho Powerball ticket was a prizewinner. It was not the jackpot, the pie-in-the-sky utopia of shining tickets, but it worked, said Dave Flatt, one of the Sandpoint ticket holders. “I’m a little richer,” Flatt said. He was chosen as spokesperson for the group of hospital workers who each won $11,200 after taxes, he said. Many of the winners did not want to be identified/Ralph Bartholdt, Bonner County Bee. More here. (Illustration credit: KTVB)

Question: Do you pool your money with others in your office or family to play Idaho Powerball or the other lotteries? Or do you go it alone? Or do you even play the lottery?

P.S. Oregon Protestors Greet Palin

Looks like Sandpoint-born Sarah Palin got a less-than-warm reception from demonstrators today. Protestors hold signs outside the hotel where Sarah Palin, former vice presidential candidate and Alaskan governor, is scheduled to speak to a gathering of Lane County Republicans in Eugene, Ore. on Friday. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

YouTube Wild Card — 4.23.10

It’s hard to believe but YouTube turned 5 years old today. I’ve posted several videos on HucksOnline from YouTube. And, of course, watch them when I’m trying to catch up on something I didn’t see. I’ve never posted a video on YouTube. Have you? You can answer that question. Or start your own thread with the daily Wild Card …

Idaho Pro-Lifers Endorse Labrador

Idaho Chooses Life (ICL), a pro-life group, has thrown its support to state Rep. Raul Labrador in the Republican primary election for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.  Labrador is facing Vaughn Ward, a Marine reservist, for the right to face Democrat incumbent Walt Minnick in the general election in November.  The primary will be held on May 25. ICL chose Labrador because of his work on the Idaho Health Freedom Act, a bill passed into law during the 2010 legislative session, which gave Idaho the right to sue the federal government over recent federal health care reforms/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here. (Idaho Reporter Photo)

Question: How important is this endorsement in the Idaho GOPrimary? And does it seem to you that the Labrador is starting to get some traction against Ward?

PM: Iupati To Wear No. 77 — 4.23.10

San Francisco 49ers first-round draft picks Mike Iupati, left, a guard from Idaho, and Anthony Davis, right, tackle from Rutgers, pose in the locker room at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

APhoto Of The Day — 4.23.10

Christopher Shaw, 29, winner of the $258.5M lottery, smiles while talking with reporters following a ceremony at the Missouri Lottery offices Thursday in Jefferson City, Mo. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. View from the left: what the average Tea Party member looks like. View from the right: what the average Democratic incumbent will look like on November 3rd — Charles Dixon.
  • 2. I just knew if I believed hard enough, that the tooth fairy would come through for me! — JeanieS.
  • 3. All the girls seem to love my smile now! Wonder why? — Charlie.
  • HM: Arch Druid

Scanner Traffic/PM — 4.23.10

  • 5:29 p.m. 2 blue heelers are chasing cats around Stateline Showgirls/Stateline.
  • 5:17 p.m. A 10YO boy has suffered an open, compound leg fracture in an accident at the Rathdrum Skate Park, 7917 W. Main.
  • 5:13 p.m. Off-duty Post Falls officer sees someone toss a beercan from Grand Am on I-90 @ M/P13 (9th Street/CdA).
  • 5 p.m. A possible DUI driver is stopped @ Jiffy Stop @ I-90 & 4th/CdA.
  • 4:55 p.m. Caller from Rickle Ranch Road/Athol reports a suspicious male drove a white Jeep Cherokee onto his property and then bolted into the woods.
  • 4:51 p.m. Dennis reports a neighbor who was caught for burglarizing his home last year is now in his back yard.
  • 4:41 p.m. 5 juveniles are riding bikes in a way to block traffic @ Hauser Lake Road & Cliffhouse.
  • 4:36 p.m. Off-duty Spokane County deputy reports a male tail-gated him and flipped him off @ H95 & Garwood. Car is registered to a Hayden man.
  • 4:11 p.m. Michelle has lost her Beagle.
  • Much more below

HBO’s Blogosphere — 4.23.10

“Many of you have read of the trials and tribulations of Howard White and the Saddle-Up Cafe in Athol,” posts Herb Huseland/Bay Views. “It burned a couple of years ago which I covered both in the blog and in the Spokesman-Review. Fortunately, the kitchen survived, with just the dining area destroyed. Howard can be seen daily rebuilding the dining area, plus adding a basement and a second story for a banquet room.” More here.

HBO Numbers (for Thursday, April 22): 9047/5661

Mike Iupati Meets 49er Press

San Francisco 49ers first-round draft pick Mike Iupati, a guard from Idaho, smiles during an NFL football news conference at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday. See: Draft Day profile here. Bleacher Report: Grading the 49ers 1st-round picks here. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Question: Do you plan to follow the 49ers next year, now that Mike Iupati will be playing on the offensive line?

A Nurse, A Doctor, A Cop, & Stiffs

At the Coeur d’Alene Press, reporter Tom Hasslinger began a story re: the forum for GOP coroner candidates with this line: “A nurse, a doctor, a law enforcement officer, dead people and Republicans. Quite a mesh Thursday afternoon.” As a former City Hall beat reporter, I know how tough it is at times to come up with an interesting lead particularly for a tough subject as a coroner’s candidacy debate. How do you think Tom did? Story here.

Question: If you had covered the same meeting, how would you have begun the story? (Anyone know the actor in the photo? Can you guess why I posted him?)

Rally For Haiti Missionary Silsby Set

Moscow Mulls Law Change For WalMart

Moscow city leaders are considering reversing a zoning ordinance created in 2005 to halt the expansion of Walmart into a super center. The new motive? Keep Walmart in town. As it stands, no building 65,000 square feet or larger may expand more than 10 percent of its current size or more than 10,000 square feet. The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold its second hearing Wednesday to consider removing the square-foot expansion restriction and allow 65,000 square foot buildings to expand within 30 percent of their size/Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Would you be fighting to save WalMart, if you sat on the Moscow City Council or P&Z commission?

Shiver Me Timbers, Matey

Model Portia R. DeCordova shows off her hair design by Ben DeCordova of Salon DeCordova in Tampa Bay, Fla., during the International Fantasy Hair & Modeling Competition at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., Thursday. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Question: When did you last have a bad hair day?

Kerri: Fatal Crash Still Reverberates

I know exactly where I was and what I was doing and every minute detail of Friday, April 23, 1971. Actions on that date impacted three generations of my family. When Larry Oleson and his friend, Rod Hart, were killed in an alcohol-related crash on East Sherman Avenue about 10:30 p.m., life as I knew it was changed forever. The driver survived. Larry was 22, a Vietnam combat vet with a Purple Heart, and a student at NIJC. We had found out just three days before that a baby was on the way. By the end of the day on April 23, 1971, Larry was dead. On April 23, 2010, I can’t help but walk down that path of wondering what could have been in the thirty-nine years since. Our daughter, Melani will turn 39 in November and our grandson, Jared turned 13 this past December. Neither ever knew their father/grandfather. A lifetime lost/Kerri Thoreson, More Main Street. More here.

  • DFO: My father was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Oct. 19, 1976. I know what Kerri means. A sudden death of a loved one can have long-range repercussions on a family

Question: Has an automobile accident had a major impact on your life?

HucksOnline Best Of INW — 4.23.10

“Bergonias bloom beneath the marble murals of epic US military battles in the Ronald D. Rankin Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Kootenai County Courthouse in Coeur d’Alene,” posts Kerri Thoreson, OnLocation North Idaho. 

Steve: Filer Cook Now Femme Icon

Like Joan of Arc, Peg Bracken was a sister who really cooked. And 2 1/2 years after her death, the reputation of the author of the 1960 mega-bestseller “The I Hate to Cook Book” is still rising. But not just in the culinary world. Bracken, who was born in Filer 92 years ago, is hailed as a groundbreaking feminist. “Although Peg Bracken did not suggest that husbands take over the family meals, she certainly did not urge women to ‘be pretty, be cheerful and be a good cook,’” wrote Jessamyn Neuhaus in “Manly Meals and Mom’s Home Cooking,” a history of gender and cooking in America. “Indeed, she satirized and openly scoffed at that ideal, perpetuated in other cookbooks.” Bracken had little patience with the elaborate cookbooks/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Do you hate to cook?

High Noon: Brits Face Marmite Hubbub

The maker of Marmite is threatening legal action against the British National Party to stop it from using a jar of the spread in a party broadcast. Unilever said it had not given the BNP permission to use its product and was looking into taking out an injunction. The BNP’s online broadcast was removed from its website, but it can still be seen on video hosting website YouTube. The party initially said the clip was a spoof, but then claimed it had not been responsible for adding the Marmite jar/BBC. More here. H/T: Kevin Taylor

  • RDunlap (to Marmie): Is there some Yank delicacy that you personally find revolting?

Question: Has anyone other than Marmitetoasty ever eaten Marmite?

AM Scanner Traffic — 4.23.10

  • 11:47 a.m. Jess @ Gateway Marina/Harrison wants police to permanently kick someone off the business’s property.
  • 11:29 a.m. A male, w/a pitbull, has retrieved his sister’s purse from a suspect who took it from a vehicle parked in the 4th & Appleway area, after a foot chase. Coeur d’Alene police then caught the suspect as he was running toward Hastings.
  • 11:28 a.m. Gunning Road/Rathdrum resident wants to know if his rifle was stolen.
  • 11:08 a.m. Glass is all over the roadway @ an Indiana Avenue/CdA intersection.
  • 10:06 a.m. A male in a pickup w/a black Lab hanging out the window is driving the wrong way on H95 @ M/P 425 (Presley/Dower roads).
  • More below

Court: Bloggers Aren’t Journalists

A blogger sued for defamation because of her writings about a Freehold software company is not a journalist and is not covered by a law that protects them from revealing confidential sources, an appellate court ruled today. In a decision that attempts to better define who is protected by New Jersey’s shield law, the court said Shellee Hale’s writings about Too Much Media LLC, which supplies software to online pornography websites, amounted to nothing more than a letter-to-the-editor in a newspaper/ More here.

Question (for local bloggers): Have you ever used an anonymous source in a post?

Local Archery Team Scores Bull’s-Eye

Several years ago, Mark Phillips, physical education teacher at Mead’s Evergreen Elementary school, discovered a unique way to get kids active. Think Robin Hood and William Tell. That’s right; Phillips introduced archery to his fifth- and sixth-grade students. He’d heard about the National Archery in the Schools Program and was intrigued. “Archery is one of those things that every single kid can participate in,” said Phillips. … Students enthusiastically embraced the program and Phillips soon formed an after-school archery team. On March 20, the Evergreen Mustangs won first place in the elementary division in the statewide competition/Cindy Hval, Washington Voices. More here. (SR file photo for illustration: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Have you ever shot a bow-and-arrow? Are/were you good at it?

Utah Execution: Needle Or Firing Squad?

Convicted murderer Ronnie Gardner, center, sits with his defense team, Andrew Parnes, right, and Megan Moriarty in Judge Robin Reese’s courtroom at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday. Judge Reese is being asked to issue a warrant setting an execution date for Gardner. Under state law Gardner, 49, would be allowed to decide whether he would be killed by lethal injection or be shot by a five-man team of executioners firing from a set of matched rifles, a rarely used relic that harkens back to Utah’s territorial history. (AP Photo/Francisco Kjolseth, Pool)

Question: If you were facing the executioner, would you pick lethal injection or a firing squad? Or some other means of execution?


At 10:27 a.m., Mrs. O spotted this Bumpersnicker on a gold  Ford Explorer w/a vanity plate that said, “AVYATOR” (at H95 & Kathleen/CdA): “God bless our troopers, especially the snipers.”

Question: Have you seen a good bumpersnicker lately? What did it say? Where? When? (I’m always looking for good bumpersnickers to publish @ HucksOnline.)

Flag Removal Steams Kellogg Vets

A group of veterans is up in arms in Kellogg over how a memorial honoring those that have served in the military has been mistreated. The issue? Two flags flying high above the Veterans memorial plaque and one of them has gotten local vets steamed. …“I have a huge passion for the American flag,” veteran Casey Duncan said. “When I signed up for the Army I wrote a blank check saying that I would defend that flag.” Local veterans informed the City of Kellogg that flying the “Tree City, USA” flag with the American flag was in violation of U.S. Code, Title 36, Chapter 10. The city however says the two flags have flown together for at least 13 years/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Do the Kellogg veterans have a legitimate gripe? Or are they late in complaining in view of the fact that the two flags have flown together for 13 years?

Political Sandbox — 4.23.10

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin leaves the Federal Courthouse with her husband Todd Palin after court recessed for lunch Friday in Knoxville, Tenn. Palin testified in the hacking case against David Kernell who was a University of Tennessee student majoring in economics when prosecutors say he hacked into the Yahoo! account Palin sometimes used for state business. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

  • Wild Card: You can continue to discuss the case in Tennessee involving the University of Tennessee student accused of hacking then veep candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! account, or any other political issue in the Sandbox …

HBO Poll: Earth Day Loses To NFL Draft

  • Thursday Poll: 58 of 168 respondents (33%) said the NFL Draft Thursday was a more important event to them than Earth Day. 40 of 168 (24%) picked Earth Day over the draft. However, 63 of 168 (38%) said neither event Thursday was important to them. Only 9 of 168 (5%) said both days were important.
  • Today’s Question (in left hand rail): Does it matter that GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward’s wife works for Fannie Mae?

Otis: Connectivity Disconnects Us

Otis G: When we were in Mexico, I really enjoyed seeing one aspect of the community: people talk to each other. At night, everybody goes downtown to socialize, play sports, and play music. There were mariachi bands everywhere, playing happy music and providing a relaxing, pleasant atmosphere. Now that we’re home, I watch couples at coffee shops sit and stare at their laptops. I see groups of kids after school all sitting around staring at their cell phones. In the grocery store, everybody is walking around talking on their bluetooth. It kinda seems the more “connected” we are, the less we have to do with each other.

Question: Are you more or less connected with others today as a result of the Internet and all the spin-off gadgets it has brought into your life?

Kevin: Where Ward’s Wife Works Matters

Yes, it does matter where Vaughn Ward’s wife works. It is not the campaign issue. But it is a campaign issue. Ward opened the door. The 1st District congressional candidate tried to hone his conservative chops by railing about federal government bailouts. All the while, Kirsten Ward supported the family — bankrolling Vaughn Ward’s full-time campaigning — by working for bailed-out lender Fannie Mae. Having consciously decided to keep that salient detail from voters, Ward’s response has been defensive and utterly predictable. Blame the messenger, Statesman reporter Dan Popkey. I don’t buy it/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Does it matter to you, in most instances, where the mates of politicians work? How about this instance?

AM Headlines — 4.23.10

Deborah Kirk and her son Noah, 7, of Hauser Lake participated in the clean up of Independence Point in Coeur d’Alene on Earth Day on Thursday. The event was organized by Cub Scout Pac 293. (SR Photo: Kathy Plonka)

Mike Iupati Returns To California

Former Idaho guard Mike Iupati will be trading in one gold helmet for another this coming season after being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the 17th pick in the NFL draft Thursday. Iupati, who was at home in California with his family, said he knew moments before the nationally televised announcement that his name would be next. “Right when I got the call, I was so excited,” said Iupati, who looked the part during ESPN coverage of the draft that showed him awaiting the announcement then hugging his parents and other family members. “It was very emotional.” It marked the end of a long day for Iupati, who said his Mom woke him at 6:30 a.m. to make sure everything was in order for the arrival of the television crews and a house full of company/Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (AP File Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, charlie Litchfield: Vandal Mike Iupati visits with Jerry Kramer, a former NFL player and All-American at Idaho, before Idaho’s 2009 Humanitarian Bowl win over Bowling Green.)

LCDC To Help Fund McEuen Design

The possibility of revamping McEuen Field keeps moving forward. The project’s latest hurdle was cleared this week, as Lake City Development Corp. said it would pitch in for the latest conceptual design initiative on the downtown park. The board agreed Wednesday to pay 75 percent - up to $100,000 - of the new planning project. The price on the study is yet to be determined, but the city will pitch in $25,000/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Daily News: Yes To Medical Marijuana

Idaho patients coping with chronic pain should be able to choose how best to manage their condition. If that choice is marijuana, they should be allowed to legally obtain and use it. Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, recently announced plans to introduce medical marijuana legislation during next year’s session, provided he’s re-elected to an eighth term in November. We applaud Trail’s efforts, but doubt any bill promoting the legitimate medical use of marijuana will go far in a statehouse dominated by regressive leaders who’d rather challenge the federal government’s authority to reform health care than enhance the medical options for the state’s patients. That’s a shame, especially when you consider the potentially dangerous alternatives Idahoans have in trying to control their pain/Doug Bauer, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Is the Idaho Legislature Libertarian enough to support medical marijuana?

Sam: UI Sports Disses Vandal Nation

Sam: Tonight, the Vandals saw both a win and a loss. Mike Iupati is an amazing athlete and a mature young adult who deserves the accolades and should be a standard bearer for what it means to be a respectful college athlete that kids can look up to. But also tonight, the Vandal athletics department showed up petty and unprofessional they can be by denying an interview with coach Robb Akey to Vandal Nation, the blog run by Travis Mason-Bushman, a University of Idaho Argonaut reporter who also happens to have nearly 5,000 (you read that right) people following his coverage of all things Vandal Sports at any given time. Full comment here.

Question: Does Robb Akey and the UIdaho sports department owe loyal Vandal Nation an apology for refusing an interview after Mike Iupati was drafted by the 49ers?

Anderson: Deep Drilling

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

49ers Pick Iupati In 1st Round, No. 17

The San Francisco 49ers picked Idaho Vandals lineman Mike Iupati with the 17th pick in the first round, making Iupati the first UIdaho football player to be drafted in round No. 1 in 43 years.

Iupati was just on the conference call and he said he spent three hours with (new 49er coach Mike) Solari when he came out on his visit. “I learned a lot from him,” Iupati said. “Just talking about plays, learning the defense. He’s (Solari) a great coach and he knows a lot” — Niner Insider blog.

Bent: Focus Less On Twitter, Quantity

Bent: I have to say cross promoting it on this blog isn’t doing much for my experience here at HBO. I have tried following you over there, and that’s not working for me either. (that’s probably just me, though. I can see where others may like it.) I just felt the need to tell you that I liked HBO more when you used your limited time to generate content from local sources… The old content didn’t seem like you were stretching tweets for mariginal content just to promote the new twitter endeavor. I guess I am trying to say, I prefer quality of old HBO over what appears to be a focus on tweets and quantity.

Question: Huckleberries Online has never been an exact science. It has been reinvented a half dozen time during the six years of its existence. The addition of Twitter a month ago was the latest addition. I appreciate Bent’s opinion above. That it’s getting in the way. What do you think re: how things are going at HucksOnline?

P.S. 2010 Priest Lake Logger Days

At As The Lake Churns, blogmistress Pecky Cox provides this photo of the 2010 Loggers Days @ Priest Lake. And many more here.

Mike Iupati Wild Card — 4.22.10

The Oakland Raiders took Orlando McClain, a linebacker from Alabama, instead of UIdaho Vandal lineman Mike Iupati as had been expected in some quarters, with their No. 8 pick. Now, it’ll be interesting to see where Iupati falls in the first round. You can follow the Iupati sweepstakes for yourself or stay tuned here later. Meanwhile, you can use this Wild Card for your own posts …

Lee: Kellogg Shouldn’t Slash Sports

Please don’t take this as me being insensitive in these belt-tightening times. When it comes to funding athletics and assorted activities, I wish school district officials from Brewster to Bonners Ferry would use more common sense. Take for example Kellogg, which is located about 30 miles east of Coeur d’Alene. A levy to maintain funding for athletics failed last month. So the Kellogg School District has decided to cut about half its sports so it can save – brace yourselves for this – one-half of 1 percent of its total budget. Or roughly $50,000. Kellogg is eliminating wrestling, baseball, softball, girls soccer, cross country and cheerleading next year. In the big picture, they’re saving pennies/Greg Lee, SR. More here.

Question: Is Kellogg making the right move by slashing wrestling, baseball, softball, girls soccer, cross country, and cheerleading to save $50,000?

PM Headlines — 4.22.10

Katie Givens, 11, of Hayden participated in the clean up of Independence Point in Coeur d’Alene on Earth Day earlier today. The event was organized by Cub Scout Pac 293. (Kathy Plonka, SR)

AM Headlines — 4.22.10

As long as it’s not raining, spring field work continues on the Palouse, as farmers race to get crops planted before the next storm rolls in. Foggy weather near the top of the Lewiston Hill didn’t deter this farmer from working on Wednesday. (Lewiston Tribune Photo)

Scanner Traffic/PM — 4.22.10

  • 5:20 p.m. Motorist reports that a silver car swerved, then plowed into the median and stopped @ I-90 & 15th Street/CdA. Driver may be drunk or ill.
  • 5:13 p.m. Caller reports seeing a wanted male riding bikes w/2 males dressed in black @ 16th & Spokane/Post Falls.
  • 4:57 p.m. A maroon Montana SUV left w/o paying for gas @ Holiday station/Hayden.
  • 4:51 p.m. Lewd and lascivious act reported on 13th/CdA.
  • 4:47 p.m. A dog is lying in the middle of Idahline/Post Falls, chewing a dead bird.
  • 4:34 p.m. A white dump truck is losing load of styrofoam and insulation on I-90 @ the stateline.
  • 4:31 p.m. Caller reports 2 motorcycles are racing behind 2700 block of Evening Star/Post Falls.
  • 4:07 p.m. A child is penned in his mother’s vehicle after T-bone crash @ H53 & Westwood Drive/Rathdrum. 2 children and possibly mother hurt. 2 ambulances en route.
  • Much more below

NFL Draft: Rams Pick Bradford No. 1

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford looks for a receiver against Washington during an NCAA college football game in Seattle in September 2008. Bradford was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the NFL Draft moments ago. ESPN is providing live coverage of the draft. (AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

  • DFO: I want UIdaho’s Mike Iupati to be picked in the top 10 (while I’m at work), so we can all enjoy watching Coach Robb Akey go cuh-razy on national TV.

Question: Which NFL team is your favorite. Who — or what type of player — do you want your team to pick?

Deanna: Parks Dept. Can Save Bear

Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander: It looks like the Parks Department has figured out a way to save the statue. It will take some rebar and a lot of work, but they are pretty sure it is repairable. There will always show some damage, but the Parks folks are darn good at repairs. They do a great job of keeping those wooden statues in good repair all over town. Hopefully the neighbors will keep an eye on what it going on around the Bryan Bear. Citizens are the best protection for our public art and keeping the vandals from winning.

Question: Am I the only one who thinks that the Coeur d’Alene Parks & Cemetery Department is one of the best if not the best in the Inland Northwest and probably beyond?

Bailout Helps Vaughn Ward’s Family

Crapo Refuses To Debate Primary Foe

Arizona Birthers Seek Certificates

Arizona Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, left, and Warde Nichols, R-Gilbert, confer during a special session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Arizona lawmakers who still aren’t convinced President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. are pushing a bill through the Legislature that would require the president to show his birth certificate to get on the state’s 2012 ballot. “We’re becoming a national joke,” Campbell, a Phoenix Democrat who opposes the measure, said today. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Question: Forget about the Birther claim re: President Barack Obama for a minute. Is this legislation that a state should pursue?

In The News: Oil Rig Burns, Sinks

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning in this Wednesday photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip. The oil platform that burned for 36 hours after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico today. Eleven workers are still missing. Story here. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Question: Have you ever worked in a dangerous job? Tell us about it.

Extra! Ed Board OKs Petersen Pact 8-0

Idaho Reporter Twitter: (State Board of Education) unanimously approves (8-0) new contract for BSU Head Football Coach Chris Petersen. Post by Chadd Cripe/Statesman here.

BroncosoverVandalsofcourse: I just want Vandal fans to know they are right, Boise is a different world than the sadder parts of Idaho, however it’s ignorant to think that 18 year old football fans wouldn’t be immature enough to choose a school based on the football team. Who knows how often this happens now that there is constant national exposure, a full decade of dominance, and the unique blue field on which to watch the beatdowns. I hope coach pete is the new face of idaho, as opposed to the bathroom toe-tapper, or to be fair, the bsu cheerleaders exposed to the world at the last fiesta bowl.

Question: If Chris Petersen is worth $1.2M next year to the Boise State Broncos, what is UIdaho’s coach Robb Akey worth? (I know Akey has a new contract but I couldn’t find the new numbers. His old contract of $1.2M over 5 years was the highest in UIdaho history when awarded in 2007.)

Montana Offers Restraining Order Cards

Montana has become the first state to offer the “Hope Card,” a wallet-sized card that will be carried by someone who has been granted a restraining order. The card contains information about the person who has been granted the permanent order of protection and who is restrained by it. It will include the restrained person’s photo, name, birth date and other identifying information along with details on those who are protected, including children. Local law enforcement and victim advocates joined Attorney General Steve Bullock today to announce the new program/Angela Brandt, Helena Independent-Record. More here.

Question: Should Idaho also offer the “Hope Card” for individuals who have been granted a restraining order?

Republican Minnick Site Taken Over

At MountainGoat Report, the blogmistress is enjoying the alignment of the stars that placed the old “Republicans for Walt Minnick” Web site into the hands of someone who offers Russian women and “Lucullus Aliment Offering Basket - A Savory Treat In compensation Any Chance.” If you follow MGR at all, you know that the blogmistress would give her eye-teeth to see Minnick defeated in his re-election bid this year. Still, MGR considers this annexation of an unused Web site by an opportunistic Web crawler “befitting” of the crazy race for the 1st Congressional District seat. You can read her post here.

Question: Is it right that opportunistic Web denizens can take over use abandoned Web sites for their own purposes? And/or: Do you think more Republicans support Walt Minnick today than they did two years ago?

HucksOnline: Best of INW — 4.21.10

In his Wednesday photo, Jessica Robinson stands next to her dead llama named Curly, which was killed last week at her home near Buhl, Idaho. This was the second of Robinson’s llamas killed by a gunshot on her property in the last month. The two llamas were used to keep watch over the family’s sheep and scare off coyotes. See story below. (AP Photo/Times-News, Ashley Smith) 

Dennis: Dissed By Vaughn, Raul

Raul Labrador has not responded to my comments regarding his immigration-bidness “Achilles heel”. I stand by my comments. It’s a ticking time-bomb, unless he deals with it soon. Why so quiet? People want to know. Come forward and let us know, Raul. Apparently, my two observations meant a great deal to one candidate and very little to the other. So, it got me thinking … some more. What if this were a job interview? How would I handle responses/non responses by both candidates? Well … it IS a job interview and I DO think that certain questions are key. So, I have proposed some additional questions/Dennis Mansfield. More here.

Question: Should candidates in Idaho grant interviews to non-media bloggers?

High Noon: Broken Bones

Britain’s Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in wheelchair,arrives at the Polish Social and Cultural Association in London to sign the book of condolence for the Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash, today. The Polish President, his wife and some of the country’s most prominent defence and civilian leaders died April 10, along with many others when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for landing in thick fog at Smolensk in western Russia. Camilla is in a wheelchair because of her broken left leg which she sustained on April 7 during hill walking in Scotland.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Question: How many bones of your body have you broken?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 4.22.10

  • Noon: A small green car drove away from a 2-vehicle crash on NIC campus and may now be parked at a dental office on Northwest Boulevard.
  • 11:53 a.m. R in 6800 block of Davenport/Dalton Gardens reports identity theft.
  • 11:39 a.m. Female in a domestic violence hearing says her ex has bought a gun.
  • 11:33 a.m. Caller reports 2 aggressive panhandlers @ 356 E. Appleway/CdA.
  • 11:27 a.m. Female reports that a young male is trying to get into her house through a back door in the 2600 block of Broadmore/Hayden. She is locked in a bedroom.
  • 11:20 a.m. Humane Society reports possible abuse to a horse and a mule.
  • 11 a.m. Multi-vehicle, injury accident reported @ H95 & Bosanko.
  • 10:42 a.m. Caller reports a bear sighting in Spirit Lake area.
  • 10:22 a.m. Ed wants to report a battery “somewhere in Kootenai County.”
  • 10:20 a.m. A 20ish female fears she has taken an overdose of Tylenol for back pain.
  • 9:27 a.m. G reports that his 10YO daughter was harassed by a parent @ Atlas Elementary.
  • 9:12 a.m. A stray dog is going through the garbage @ 3551 Hudlow Drive/Post Falls.
  • 9:12 a.m. Joe @ 1477 Thimbleberry & H97/Harrison reports a stolen political yard sign.
  • 9:03 a.m. Jim on Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive reports that a black Honda Accord has been tagged since Monday but no one has removed the vehicle.
  • 8:50 a.m. Caller reports found drug paraphernalia @ east end of Sherman Avenue.
  • 8:17 a.m. G has found some drug paraphernalia @ Woodland & Cedar/Post Falls.
  • 8:05 a.m. M wants officers to check her ex-husband’s driver’s license. Officer responds: “Is the license suspended, of is this a case of people not playing well with others?”

Arpie: Recession Stopped Fancy Dancers

Arpie: Stickman’s comments make me realize how the recession has (at least temporarily saved Sandpoint. The “Fancy Dancers” were just starting to take over town when the recession hit. Now one can drive by mothballed developments, half built marinas and a 15 hole golf course knowing those people won’t be here for a few more years. It’s been refreshing to go out on the town these days- say to a movie or a concert at the Panida and see people you know and people dressed north Idaho style instead of the fancy dancers.

Question: Does it bother you that developments such as John Stone’s Riverstone expansion are on hold as a result of the recession? Or are you relieved that the recession has slowed down the onslaught of the fancy dancers?

Bradbury: Court Botched Schools Suit

Judge John Bradbury of Idaho/Clearwater counties offered good answers to the five questions that I asked him turning a half-hour interview this morning. Here’s the answer he gave to my question re: the worst court decision of the last five years: “It’s the school funding case. Over 18 years of litigation, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled that thorough education required by the Constitution means the state has to adequately fund education. Once they made that decision and came time to send decision back to the trial judge to enforce it, the Supreme Court refused to send it back and wouldn’t give a reason. So the lawyers moved for a hearing and the justices had the clerk of the Supreme Court call the lawyers into the basement of the Supreme Court and tell them orally and without any record that the case was over. So today we have no explanation by the highest court in the state why it declined to have the trial judge enforce the court’s decision.” You can read the entire interview here. And: Judge Bradbury’s Web site here.

Question: Do you know enough about the Idaho Supreme Court race between incumbent Roger Burdick and challenger John Bradbury to vote intelligently?

Hayden Woman Proposes 17 Initiatives

The Idaho Freedom Initiatives are a set of 17 initiatives that a volunteer group wants to get on the November ballot.  Two of the 17 proposals are similar to measures approved by lawmakers this year.  Supporters are no longer gathering signatures on a plan comparable to the Idaho Firearms Freedom Act, which would block federal regulations on guns made in Idaho.  Signatures are still being collected for a plan similar to the Idaho Health Freedom Act, which requires the attorney general to sue the federal government to prevent a mandate to buy health insurance.  The other initiatives currently circulating include plans that could thwart the federal government’s ability to regulate greenhouse gasses in Idaho and require presidential candidates to show their birth certificate to the Idaho secretary of state. The 17 initiatives are sponsored by Alanna Grimm of Hayden, who also is a state coordinator for the conservative organization Campaign For Liberty/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Would you be interested in signing Idaho Freedom Initiatives, including one that requires presidential candidates to show their birth certificates to the Idaho secretary of state?

Political Sandbox — 4.22.10

First lady Michelle Obama walks with the family dog Bo down the Cross Hall to an event to welcome children of Executive Office employees at the White House’s annual take our daughters and sons to work day this morning in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Have you ever taken your son or daughter to work with you on a designated day? You can tell how things turned out that day or discuss political topics with this Wild Card …

HBO Poll: Vick Clobbers Jorgenson

  • Wednesday Poll: 90 of 125 respondents (72%) said they’d rather see challenger Steve Vick when the GOPrimary for the Senate District 5 seat than incumbent Sen. Mike Jorgenson. 35 of 125 (28%) preferred Jorgenson. Jorgenson is disputing Vick’s qualification as a North Idaho voter in trying to keep his opponent off the ballot.
  • Today’s Question: Which event today is more important to you — Earth Day or NFL Draft Day?

Vandals Attack Bryan Public Art

Vandals in Coeur d’Alene took the ‘Right to Bear Arms’ way too literally recently when someone used a saw to cut a wooden Grizzly Bear statue off at the ankles at a neighborhood park. Around Coeur d’Alene there are a half dozen wood carved statues including a majestic nine-foot tall Grizzly standing watch at Bryan Field. “Everybody likes it, I don’t know why somebody would want to cut it down,” neighborhood resident Jean LaForge said/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Which acts of vandalism bug you most?

Minnick, Simpson To Skip Tea Partyfest

Tea Party Boise co-founder Brendan Smythe says 11 candidates seeking Idaho’s two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives have committed to appear at a May 1 forum in Eagle. Absent, however, will be the two incumbents, 1st District Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick and 2nd District Republican Rep. Mike Simpson. “We are not going to ask your usual questions,” Smythe said. “This will be different.” Minnick spokesman John Foster said Minnick had already been scheduled to be in Coeur d’Alene on May 1. Simpson’s office did not immediately reply to a request for comment/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is there anything wrong with major candidates like incumbents Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick to appear at a debate sponsored by a Tea Party?

Earth Day 2010 Arrives

A Canada goose shares a log with two turtles at the Shaker Lakes Nature Center in Shaker Heights, Ohio on Wednesday. The Nature Center was founded in 1966 in a grassroots effort to protect the Shaker Parklands, which would have been destroyed at the time by a proposed freeway linking downtown Cleveland to its eastern suburbs. Today is the 40th celebration of Earth Day.

Question: Is Earth Day important to you?

Developer Wins One, Faces Another

A Las Vegas developer acquitted by a federal jury in a North Idaho marijuana distribution case remains jailed without bail, now accused of conspiring to kill the prosecution’s key witnesses, including a Post Falls couple who testified against him. Kelly J. Polatis (pictured), who worked with the company still fighting Kootenai County’s rejection of the proposed Chateau de Loire lakeside development, waived extradition Wednesday to Utah, where he’s been charged in U.S. District Court with using interstate commerce for the commission of murder for hire. He’s also suspected of plotting to kill a federal prosecutor. Polatis, 40, was charged through a sealed complaint filed Friday, the same day a federal jury acquitted him of marijuana charges that carried a five-year minimum prison term/Meghann M. Cuniff, SR. More here.

Question: This guy is represented by Gabriel Grasso, a Las Vegas litigator whose past clients include reputed mobsters and former NFL player O.J. Simpson. Impressed?

APhoto Of The Day — 4.22.10

Models wear creations by Mexican designer Alexia Ulibarri at the Dfashion show in Mexico City, Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. The unfortunate truth: “Hair today blonde tomorrow” — JohnA.
  • 2. Recently transmitted photos obtained from an exploratory probe seeking the origins of mankind in the universe provide a stunning look at what appears to be the final stages of blonde-splitting. These photos confirm what many scientists have long believed: that the strong similarity between blondes is not coincidental, but rather due to a very fundamental biological connection between them — Charles Dixon.
  • 3. Dr. Vidal suffered a setback in his initial trials on his brain transference device until he tried using it on subjects who were not blond — Sisyphus.
  • HM: Steve Sibulsky

NFL Draft: Iupati Could Go No. 8

Only hours from the start of the NFL draft, University of Idaho guard Mike Iupati can rest assured he will be drafted in the first round, but just where he’ll end up is anyone’s guess. Iupati will be watching the draft live on ESPN today at 4:30 p.m. in California and waiting for his name to be called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell with his family and an ESPN film crew. “I’m just excited. I can’t wait to find out where I’m going, put on the pads and start playing,” Iupati said in a news release issued by the UI. It could be a quick night. The latest rumors have Iupati coming off the board at No. 8 to the Oakland Raiders. ESPN’s Michael Smith tweeted, “The Mike Iupati to Oakland @ #8 talk is picking up steam. Two league sources who know the Raiders well tell me that’s who they’re targeting”/Devin Roykyta, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Greg Kreller: Mike Iupati embraces Coach Robb Akey after Idaho defeated Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl Dec. 30.)

Question: Will you be following Vandal guard Mike Iupati and the NFL draft today?

‘Truckgate’: Much Ado About Nothing?

Seems Vaughn Ward’s “truck” ad in his congressional primary race with Raul Labrador has stirred up Boise. Quoth: Statesman columnist Dan Popkey: “Ward, of Eagle, then gets in the Dodge Ram with the radio tuned to a news station at AM 570, which is not a station in Idaho. Ward’s Campaign Manager, Ryan O’Barto, said the sound is a special effect and that the ad was filmed in Eagle. A Ward supporter provided the truck and the film was digitally altered to obscure the license plate, O’Barto said.” Idaho Conservative Blogger dismissed the flap as “another round of the Much Ado About Nothing issues that have plagued this race.” ICB notes, “The valley was all abuzz because the truck wasn’t Wards and the Radio station and voice were fake.” Then: “So What! My friends, Ward is not the first candidate to use props in commercials and will not be the last. Though, this might be the first time the press has pointed it out”/Idaho Conservative Blogger. You can see the full ICB post and Vaughn ad here. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Greg Kreller)

Question: Do you see any problem w/Vaughn Ward’s first ad, which features a borrowed truck and music from a non-Idaho station?


Signe: Just Unplug One Gadget?

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Stickman: Tourists Bug Me

Stickman: Money doesn’t always equal good. I hate them in a sense. I love the winter months, when no one is around. This time of year, they all come out of the woodwork and want to look good. I call them ‘fancy dancers’, it’s all for show and how much they have. This town has become a rich man’s environment and will continue to do so. I doubt many locals like this time of year. I sure don’t. Many say growth is progress, but I strongly disagree. I will take the Coeur d’ Alene of the late 80’s and early 90’s over what we have today. Of course it was a depressed town and people were struggling, but what we have today is far different from what I envisioned when I first moved here. I still love it here and always will, but I surely don’t like where it’s heading.

Question: What do you think of tourist season in North Idaho? And/or: Do you prefer 21st century Coeur d’Alene to the 1980s/1990s version?

Parting Shot — 4.21.10

A couple shares a kiss near blossoming colors of a magnolia in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday. The temperature in the Ukrainian capital is about 11 Celsius (52 F) on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

Mad Mary’s Wild Card — 4.21.10

I was sorry to hear of the recent death of Aree “Mad Mary” Cameron, 62. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, she made a mark on Coeur d’Alene cuisine by opening Mad Mary’s Thair Food Restaurant on Sherman Avenue and later Northwest Boulevard (near the old Pines), featuring Asian food including a hot, hot, hot dish, called “Light My Fire.” You can read her obituary here. And use this Wild Card to comment on this colorful woman or anything else you’d like …

Top Story: Benewah Breaks Deal — Tribe

Benewah County officials have apparently gone back on their word to sign the cross deputization agreement reached with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe that was presented to the Idaho House Judiciary and Rules Committee in March. Instead, earlier this week, county officials sent the Tribe a signed copy of a new version of a cross deputization agreement that contained more than 50 changes to the original and revived disagreements over key provisions that had already been settled in prior discussions. Repeated requests by the Tribe to be informed of any proposed changes were ignored by the county. “I am extremely disappointed with this new document in front of me,” Coeur d’Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan said. “It is not what we agreed to”/Spokesman Marc Stewart, Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe. More here.

Question: Anyone surprised that Benewah made so many changes to the proposed agreement before sending it to the tribe? And that the tribe is miffed? Were legislators foolish to not force Benewah County to act in goodwill?

PM Headlines — 4.21.10

Saint Martin’s University civil engineering student Jennifer Hatfield volunteers as a practice target before a group of department professors took the stage for a pie tossing fundraiser for Haiti earthquake relief Tuesday on the Lacey, Wash., campus. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom)

Question: Have you ever been in a food fight?

APhoto Of The Day — 4.21.10

A bullfrog peeks out from the surface in a water hazard on the 18th hole during the final round of the girls’ regional golf tournament at Eagle Pointe Golf Course in Mont Belvieu, Texas, Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Karen Warren)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Lonely, Bud cries out for Wei and Ser — JohnA.
  • 2. (tie) “One more golf ball hitting me in the head and we are going to have issues and that’s no Bull — Herb, and: Desperate to attract lady friends, Bull had his eyes done, in cloisonne — FlorineD.
  • 3. The Frog Prince saw double after not receiving the re-e-e-bate he asked for — Mavis.
  • HM: Gary D. Rhodes

PM Scanner Traffic — 4.21.10

  • 5:38 p.m. 2-vehicle crash is blocking offramp @ I-90 & H41/Post Falls.
  • 5:33 p.m. Alaska caller reports he has info re: girl who ran away from Kyler/Hayden home 30 minutes ago.
  • 5:29 p.m. A German shepherd has bitten a child @ H41 & Stevens/Rathdrum.
  • 5:14 p.m. A bag of garbage lying is causing vehicles to swerve on Seltice Way in front of the Post Falls theater.
  • 5:08 p.m. A man cuts his arm badly w/a knife and now Howard Johnson workers are in the lobby trying to control the bleeding.
  • 4:51 p.m. LeeAnn reports that a neighbor threatened to hurt her animals when she complained about his barking dog.
  • 4:50 p.m. Caller reports that 2 horses are running loose @ Tamarack & River and doesn’t accept the explanation that it’s open range.
  • 4:23 p.m. PFPD Blues have located 2 teen girls in tie-dyed T-shirts who got separated from the rest of the Post Falls High girls’ track team @ 3rd & Lincoln/Post Falls.
  • 3:51 p.m. A 60YO drunken male in Twin Lakes area has been talking to the suicide hot line for last 15 minutes re: killing himself.
  • 3:29 p.m. Caller says a “hippy looking” male w/long gray hair and a great dane is hanging around near a bus stop on Huckleberry/Post Falls.
  • 3:19 p.m. An 18YO female with a hammer is chasing a 16YO male near the Post Falls post office toward the Centennial Trail.
  • 2:51 p.m. 2 male youths are shooting pellet guns at marmots @ Falls Park, by the one-way bridge. Caller said they dropped a marmot and ran toward Centennial Trail when they saw him. (Update: Officer has spotted boys under bridge near Treaty Rock.)
  • Much more below

2nd National Blog Finds Harley Brown

Harley D. Brown, a congressional candidate in the Republican primary for Idaho’s 1st district, represents the best (or worst) of far-right, anti-government politics. He demands that President Obama produce his birth certificate, and professes “an intense burning desire to destroy all the works of those Progressive Liberal Politicians in Washington D.C. whom I brand as vile domestic enemies to the country,” He has also apparently adapted as his campaign slogan: “Harley D. Brown — A real man for Congress.” Described as a “perennial” candidate by The Idaho Statesmen, Brown ran for mayor of Boise in 2001, and managed to scrape together 2.88% of the vote — 964 votes total/TPM (Talking Points Memo). More here. Dan Popkey/Statesman post here.

Question: Did you know anything re: 1st Congressional District candidate Harley D. Brown before he surfaced in posts here, from national blogs?

Suspected Palin Hacker Faces Court

David Kernell, center, returns to the Federal Courthouse with his attorney’s Wade Davies, right, and Anne Passino after a lunch break Wednesday in Knoxville, Tenn. Kernell was a University of Tennessee student majoring in economics when prosecutors say he hacked into the Yahoo! account Palin sometimes used for state business. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Question: How serious of an offense do you consider computer hacking?

Mike: Uncle Appeared On ‘Quincy’ Show

Councilman MikeK: True story - my uncle Raymond Duke had a small and occasionally recurring role on the TV series “Quincy” with Jack Klugman. Everything I need to know about autopsies I learned from Klugman and Dick Van Dyke. So I’ve got that going for me.

Question: Mike’s aunt, of course, is actress Patty Duke. Is there a member of your family who has appeared on either television or in the movies?

HBO Blogosphere — 4.21.10

See why Larry Sanders (who pitched for years on my Church League softball team in days gone by) is holding several gift cards to Cabela’s by reading Kerri Thoreson’s More Main Street 3-fer below.

HBO Numbers (for Tuesday, April 20): 8374/4994

Tankovich: Not A Racist, Moves A Lot

In the jailhouse interview with KXLY, though, Tankovich insisted that he’s not a racist. But what about your Aryan Pride tattoos, asked reporter Sally Showman. His response? “I know its ties and what other people assume it means … In California it doesn’t have that meaning … I looked it up in the dictionary and it said ‘nomadic tribesman’ and it applied to my nomadic lifestyle with my wife Connie.” Right, and “Kill Whitey” just refers to a disdain for former Kansas City Royals manager Whitey Herzog. Tankovich says he intends to get the tattoo removed. “I started regretting this tattoo,” he said. “I thought ‘Wow, I better get this removed’”/Joel Smith, Pacific Northwest Inlander. More here. (KXLY video below)

Question: What do you make of Ira Tankovich’s explanation of his Aryan Pride tattoos?

OK Corral Inquest Transcripts Found

GladysAnn Wells, Director, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, uses gloves to show off a page of original court transcripts from the 1881 Coroner’s Inquest in the Gunfight at the OK Corral, during a news conference before the documents are handed over to the Arizona State Archives Wednesday in Phoenix. The 36-page hand-written account of witness testimony given after the shootout that left three men dead in Tombstone, Ariz., had been missing for years, until found by two court clerks cleaning out storage space at the Bisbee, Ariz., courthouse in March. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Question: Do you consider Wyatt Earp to be a good guy or a bad guy?

Cabbage Boy: Of One-Room Schools

Cabbage Boy: I went to a one room country school back in elementary. We had a simple kitchen we were allowed to use. But we didn’t have indoor plumbing for the first four years. The outdoor biffy was great for the boys, it meant a trip outdoors. I don’t think the girls used theirs during the winter months.

DFO: I attended a two-room school in the first and part of the second grade, along the Sacramento River, between Sacramento and Woodland, Calif — 4 grades were in one room, 4 grades in the other. Mrs. Pellow was my teacher.

Question: Can you remember your first-grade teacher?

Steve: School Lunches Of Yore

You’ve heard a lot of whining lately about how unhealthy school lunches are supposed to be. Heck, a group of retired military officers recently labeled cafeteria fare a national security threat because it’s making young adults too fat to enlist. Those veterans have probably forgotten what they were served at school. I came across some of my old school lunch menus while cleaning out a closet recently: Biscuits and gravy, chile gravy, prune bread sandwiches, buttered rice cup, chipped beef on toast, creamed salmon on roll, egg sandwiches, custard, dates stuffed with peanut butter, cream cheese sandwiches. Of course, most of us look the way we do today because of Golden and Nephi Grigg, who invented the Tater Tot in 1953/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Can you describe the dishes in your favorite school lunch?

HucksOnline: Best Of INW — 4.21.10

J.R. Zazweta, Idaho Fish and Game senior wildlife technician at the Steling Wildlife Refuge, left, and volunteer Dale Azevedo, of Preston, Idaho, carry two fledgling American white pelicans from the colony’s creche to be banded on Idaho’s Gull Island in the Blackfoot Reservoir. Idaho Department of Fish and Game managers released three badgers and two skunks in April 2010 on the island in its fight against pelicans that are eating too many sport fish and hurting sensitive populations of Yellowstone cutthroat trout. (AP File Photo/Bill Schaefer)

High Noon: Portland 6th For Pot Use

Marijuana smokers gather at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Tuesday. Marijuana legalization advocates lit up across the country during the annual observance of 4/20, the celebration-cum-mass civil disobedience derived from “420” - insider shorthand for cannabis consumption. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

In a ranking by The Daily Beast for 4-20 (or Holiday High Day Tuesday), Portland ranked No. 6 in the nation for pot smoking, one behind San Franciso and one ahead of my old college town, Chico, Calif. Seattle ranked No. 8. And the town that leads the marijuana-use pack? Eureka, Calif. You can find all the rankings here.

Question: How can Portland rank tops when it comes to depression and No. 6 when it comes to getting high on grass?

AM Scanner Traffic — 4.21.10

  • 11:28 a.m. Spencer has questions re: tobacco and juveniles.
  • 11:16 a.m. Tow truck driver reports that a Cedar Street/Post Falls resident has threatened to harm him after refusing to let him leave.
  • 11:11 a.m. A Willow Lake Loop/CdA resident is fighting over a vehicle issue w/his homeowners association.
  • 11:08 a.m. A loose dog is causing a road hazard @ Northwest & Lakewood/CdA.
  • 10:38 a.m. An officer is out w/an individual who said he’d contracted w/several companies to chase away birds with a BB gun (unknown location). Officer tells dispatcher: “Obviously, he can’t do that.”
  • 10:36 a.m. Renee @ Habitat for Humanity on Wyoming/Hayden reports that building supplies were taken from the premises last night.
  • 10:28 a.m. Richard @ H53 & High Prairie/Hauser reports a vehicle tore out a portion of his fence during the night, leaving several parts behind.
  • 10:05 a.m. NIC security has caught one dog and is trying to catch a second on campus.
  • 10:02 a.m. Clinton reports that he loaned band equipment to friends who won’t give it back.
  • 9:41 a.m. A dead deer is reported @ H41 & M/P 4 (near Wyoming)/Rathdrum.
  • 9:20 a.m. A BNSF engineer reports that a small blue pickup is hidden in the trees @ Grange & Guy/Post Falls.

HBO Poll: ‘Coach Pete’ Pay Too High

  • Tuesday Poll: 81 of 138 respondents (59%) said that the pay of $8M over 5 years for Boise State football coach Chris Petersen is too high in these tight economic times. 81 of 138 (38%) said it was a proper amount for someone w/Petersen’s record.
  • Jorgenson-Vick Poll: 75 of 104 respondents (72%) said state Sen. Mike Jorgenson is either being a baby (51, 49%) or boosting challenger Steve Vick’s profile (24, 23%) by fighting to keep him off the ballot. 24 of 104 respondents (23%) said Jorgenson is just following the law (12, 12%) or they wouldn’t vote for Vick because he’s supported by legislators Phil Hart and Jim Clark.
  • Volunteer Poll: 68 of 96 respondents (71%) said they spend more than 54 hours (the average amount in Idaho) doing volunteer work. 19 of 96 (20%) said they spend less than 54 hours volunteering. And 9 of 54 (9%) said they don’t volunteer at all.
  • Today’s Question: Who do you support to win the GOPrimary nomination in the Senate District 3 race — Mike Jorgenson or Steve Vick?

Geezer Bandit Strikes Again

This image provided by the FBI shows a suspect in the process of robbing a bank. The FBI says the elderly, gray-haired bank robber nicknamed the “Geezer Bandit” has struck again in San Diego County. The FBI and local police say the man, who wears prescription glasses and appears to be in his 70s, has robbed seven banks, including one on Tuesday. (AP Photo/FBI)

Question: Do you admire this guy … just a little … for still being able to rob banks at his age?

DFO: Unwise To Dis Paper Interviews

At Adam’s Blog Tuesday, blogger Adam Graham says he understands one of the reasons why state Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, refuses to meet with the Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. Palmer doesn’t expect to win the Statesman endorsement. Seems several Republican candidates are bailing out of endorsement interviews this year. As the point man on Spokesman-Review editorial board interviews involving Idaho candidates for 13 years, I believe that Palmer and other R’s who ignore a chance to talk to the newspaper are being short-sighted. Sure, they might not win an endorsement the first time or the second time. But eventually they might. More importantly, candidates who eschew meetings with an Editorial Board miss a chance to make a personal connection with key opinion makers in his area. They also miss a chance to dispel stereotypes — that opinion writers and publishers may have of them and vice versa. I can think of several individuals I eventually supported personally after meeting with them face-to-face. If successful in their candidacies, the politicians will need their connections with the editorial board, endorsement or not, to push ideas and legislation. Someone like Palmer who disses an opinion editor or Editorial Board opportunity merely reinforces a stereotype that he isn’t willing to tackle tough questions or talk with people who might disagree with him. I certainly wouldn’t vote for him/DFO.

Question: Can you think of other reasons for a candidate not to accept an invitation for an Editorial Board endorsement interview?

Repubs Schedule Coroner Debate

The three Republican candidates for Kootenai County coroner — Tom Cronin, Douglas R. Stafford, and Debbie Wilkey — will participate in a debate Thursday, sponsored by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. The event is scheduled for noon at the Song Bird Theater, 315 Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. The current Coroner, Dr. Robert West is retiring and the May 25 Republican Primary will decide who will face Democrat Jody DeLuca Hissong in November.

Question: How will you decide which coroner candidate gets your vote?

Political Sandbox — 4.21.10

New design of the $100 bill is shown after it was unveiled at the Treasury Department in Washington this morning. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • You can use this wild card to discuss the new design on the $100 bill or any political issue you want …

Prime Beauty: An Embarrassing Pratfall

Blogger Cindy of Prime Beauty tweets today: ”Had 1 of my most embarrassing moments today … Fell while walking to a meeting in a dress & heels in front of 2 men+3 women-ugggg

Question: Describe an embarrassing pratfall or moment that you’ve had this month?

Kevin: In Praise Of Betsy Russell

It is unusual for us to use this space to praise one of our competitors. When it comes to open government, though, the media should be allies. And we’re glad to have Betsy Russell on our side. The Spokane Spokesman-Review Statehouse reporter is a passionate, proven - and persuasive - advocate for the public’s right to know. Idaho has a better open meetings law, one that’s more enforceable and more clear for local agencies, thanks in part to Russell’s work as longtime president of the Idaho Press Club/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Does anyone but the media care about open government in Idaho?

Murrow Winners: Tweet With Care

Pintak asked the journalists if they have a Twitter account and how they avoid giving their personal bias in their tweets. (Judy Woodruff/PBS “News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” pictured) said she has a Twitter account, but admitted she is still learning how to tweet. “(The) News Hour feels (Twitter) is something important, frankly, to bring attention to what we are doing,” she said. Woodruff said other media networks also are using social media. Pintak cited the New York Times reporter who tweeted “Toyota sucks” and asked the journalists if they thought that was right to do. Fields said sometimes people forget that Twitter, Facebook, and e-mails are publications. She said she personally doesn’t have a Twitter account.  “Maybe I’m behind the times, but I don’t like that,” she said. Still, she said, ProPublica does blog often/Yesenia Amaro, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. Also: Joel Mills/Lewiston Tribune story of event here.

Question: Would you like to see more reporters, editors, newscasters involved in blogging, Twitter, and Facebook?

Dennis: ‘Coach Pete’ New Face Of Idaho

Coach Pete’s salary was disclosed today. I’m certain many will balk at his million+ salary. I’m also certain that few of the complainers will take into consideration that his effort and the effort of his coaches to make BSU the premier football program that it is HAS indeed translated into dollars into many more dollars within our state’s economy. The PR on behalf of Idaho is amazing. Just two decades ago, Idaho had a skin-head-close brush with infamy. Now, Idaho is a destination haven for college kids, their parents and businesses that know success when they see it. All because of Coach Pete? C’mon please. The fact IS that Coach Pete’s image represents a “new” Idaho … and his smiling, positive face is more recognizable across the US than is our Governor’s mug … or our Senators’ mugs … or, well you get the idea/Dennis Mansfield. More here.

Question: Is Dennis right? Is wildly successful Boise State football coach Chris Petersen changing the image of Idaho nationwide?

AM Headlines — 4.21.10

Don Sausser, the Eye On Sherman Avenue @ HucksOnline, snapped this photo this morning of work crews reinstalling the bridge at the galaxy’s longest floating boardwalk @ the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

Me: Winning At Craps w/Safe Bets

Me: I have a ‘virgin craps’ story - I had the dice for 45 minutes in the Casino Royale. My friend bought in for $100 and I bought in for $40. He cashed out at $777 (YES) and I cashed out at $120.00 I haven’t played craps since - that was my one time but it was such a rush! Everyone was making money the beers kept coming - all our other friends were waiting for us at dinner, but when we called and said we were winning they understood. I know it was only $80 for me, but the excitement was worth more. I bet all the safe bets - my friend bet all the exotic stuff that I couldn’t even keep up with.

Question: What game of chance do you prefer when gambling at Vegas? Any good stories to go with it?

Escapee: Salt Abounds In Our Food

Escapee: It’s all about reading the labels and looking at the sodium content. Whether it’s pork and beans, chili, V-8 juice or even in that fake-seafood in the meat cooler, sodium is everywhere. The salt’s the thing that allows a can of, say, tomato paste to sit on the shelf for weeks before someone buys it. I don’t know if Salt Kills, but there’s probably more of it in the food you eat than you realize.

Question: Do you check the labels on cans on the grocery shelf? What are you looking for?

Arpie: Name That ‘Contract w/America’

Arpie: Speaking of right on schedule: “(CNN) - House Republican candidates will be encouraged, but not forced, to sign on to the policy blueprint being crafted by GOP leaders for the midterm elections that’s being compared to the 1994 “Contract with America.” I propose a naming contest. What will the 2010 CwA be called? I’ll by a beer to the entry closest to the actual winner and the funniest.

Question: Can you suggest a name for the 2010 equivalent to the 1994 “Contract with America”?

Ramirez: Win, Show … Place

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Kevin: Dissed By A ‘Busy’ Solon

Following is a response that Opinion Editor Kevin Richert/Statesman got from the campaign of Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian (pictured), who had been invited to an Editorial Board interview: “Joe is extremely busy running several companies and doesn’t have time to meet with media. He apologizes and appreciates your willingness to post his answers to the questionnaire. Though he doesn’t often meet with media, he always makes time for his constituents.” That’s his prerogative, and with more than 30 contested races in May, it’s not like we’re hurting for candidates to interview. I just don’t understand the distinction between making time for constituents and making time for constituents who can listen to an interview, unedited. Sounds like a copout/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question (from Kevin Richert): “Do you think differently of public officials who decline (media) interviews (especially ones offered by newspaper editorial boards)?

Parting Shot — 4.20.10

A demonstrator smokes a marijuana joint on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today. Thousands of people gather annually on April 20 (4-20) on Parliament Hill to call for the decriminalization of marijuana. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit)

Question: Have you ever smoked pot?

Wild Card/Tuesday — 4.20.10

Today is the 11th anniversary of the Columbine High/Colorado slaughter. Since then, of course, there have been worse slaughters. And the specter of mad men and boys — the killers are almost always male, aren’t they? — haunts us today. You can use this Wild Card to discuss Columbine and its aftermath or anything else you want …

Cis: Who Let The Tourists Out?!

We have gone to town about 3 times in the past 3 days … and I got to ask, did someone let the tourist loose … if not where did all these people come from? Now only that, but I think all the Sunday drivers are out as well … We followed one guy whose head was like a swivel. He was looking everywhere but in front of him. And in order to do this well, I guess, he had to be a slow driver as well. We were doing 30 in a 45 mph zone. Then there was the guy who has watched too much NASCAR races, as when we were getting to the slower part, he started to swerve back and forth across the yellow lines. Enough where we were debating on his sobriety/Cis, From A Simple Mind. More here. (SR File Photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: I figure the tourist season has begun when I see an out-of-state license plate going the wrong way on 3rd of 4th streets. How do you know the tourists have returned for the year?

PM Headlines — 4.20.10

A sign reading “LEVITICUS 20:13, TO BE GAY = DEATH” is shown on the outside of a homeowner’s fence in Casper, Wyo., Monday. Casper officials say the anti-gay sign painted on Chris Trumbull’s fence near a high school will be allowed to remain because there’s nothing the city can or should do about it. Story here. (AP Photo/Dan Cepeda, Star-Tribune)

APhoto Of The Day — 4.20.10

A 120-pound Vermont black bear is seen with its head stuck in a milk can in Reading, Vt. It took a state biologist, firefighters and police about 45 minutes to free the bear’s head from the can after the animal was found late Sunday morning off Vermont Route 106 in Reading. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, Forrest Hammond)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. A shocking picture showing the use of enhanced interrogation techniques by Idaho Fish and Game officials. Tragically, the bear would not divulge the location of the stolen garbage can — Hereford.
  • 2. It might look like a bear, and act like a bear, but it’s still from Vermont! — CoeurGenX.
  • 3. Winnie the Pooh muffles softly, “I am truly a Bear of No Brain at All” — JeanieS, and: Hey Boo-Boo, I shoulda stuck with the pic-a-nic baskets — Soaf.
  • HM: Moscow Minidoka

Scanner Traffic/PM — 4.20.10

  • 4:19 p.m. Caller reports seeing a male driver of a white pickup scratch his head w/a gun before entering F&G lot on Kathleen.
  • 4:06 p.m. Landlord of Nicklaus/CdA reports chasing off ex-tenant w/a baseball bat.
  • 4:03 p.m. Caller reports chasing off 7YO who was fishing on his neighbor’s property on Cliffhouse/Hauser Lake.
  • 4:02 p.m. 3 males are riding ATVs recklessly on 3rd and behind 300 block of Promenade/Post Falls.
  • 3:56 p.m. Mother reports that a teen female is en route to beat her daughter up at Post Falls Library.
  • Much more below

Tim Lewis: Las Vegas Is Amazing

At one point an older guy posted up at the end of the table with two of his friends. He started playing stacks of $500 chips. I was rolling at the time and I kept hitting numbers for him. I don’t know how much I really made him, but my dad and I guessed anywhere from $25,000 to maybe $50,000. He grabbed his chips and walked away from the table the second my roll ended (I’m guessing 20-30 minutes after it started). As he walked by, he gave me a “thank you” nod and kept walking (I thought he might give me a little something for the effort, but he didn’t). That’s when one of the workers told me who he was. It was Celine Dion’s husband Rene Angelil (pictured)/Tim Lewis, KREM2. More of “The Las Vegas Chronicles” here.

Question: What do you enjoy doing most in Las Vegas?

Should Government Rein In Salt Use?

The Morton Salt distribution facility is seen in Chicago today. Too much salt is hidden in Americans’ food, and regulators plan to work with manufacturers to cut back, but the government isn’t ready to go along with a major new recommendation that it order a decrease. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Question: Should the federal government order a decrease in the amount of salt that’s used in Americans’ food? And/or: Do you use too much salt in your food?

Wonkette Spotlights Odd 1CD Wannabe

At the popular Wonkette blog, 1st Congressional District candidate Harley D. Brown is getting some of his 15 minutes of fame. In a “Meet your candidates” section, the DC gossip blog shows a mug shot of 76YO Brown, along with one of his mottos: “Nuke their ass, take their gas.” Then, Wonkette posts a link to Brown’s material and this comment: “GAH! So. Can we safely assume that Harley D. Brown, this thick anger-monster running for Congress in Idaho, is familiar with the one and only Super Tuber (a recipe from ‘Gay Larry Craig’)?” The Wonkette link takes you to Brown’s Web site and a number of sound bites: “Combat is no place for women,” “NEVER send a Marine where you can send a bullet and ALWAYS send the BIGGEST bullet you’ve got,” and “If the government wants to take my guns, I’ll give them the bullets first!” Wonkette post here. (Sisyphus, who provided the link in the comments section, comments: “Look for him to be asked on to Colbert next.)

Question: Have you ever voted for an odd, long-shot candidate? Who? Why?

US Mint Unveils 1st Park Coin

In this photograph taken by AP Images for US Mint, Miles Brantley, 10, of Hot Springs, Ark., holds one of the America the Beautiful quarters honoring Hot Springs National Park, after a Ceremony in Hot Springs, launching the first coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters program Tuesday. (Mike Wintroath / AP Images/ US Mint)

Question: Have you collected many of the US Mint Beautiful Quarters series so far? How many? Which one do you consider the nicest?

DFO: Getting A Jury Duty Pass

I don’t mind getting called for jury duty. But I do mind serving on a jury, at least at this point in my life, when I’m so busy. That’s why I was delighted over the weekend when I checked in with the recording to Bailiff Peter Barnes’ photo and learned that my panel had been dismissed for the next two weeks. And that I wouldn’t be called again for jury duty for two years. In fact, I raised my arms in the air as though I were a football official signaling a touchdown. Does this kind of reaction make me a bad person? I wouldn’t mind serving on jury duty, once I retire. In fact, I’ll have all the time in the world to do just that.

Question: How do you react when you get a summons for jury duty?

Idaho Blogosphere — 4.20.10

When things happen to us we aren’t shocked, and we don’t live each day expecting a perfect outcome. It isn’t a surprise that car accidents happen, so we are ready in case it happens to us. Tires go flat, so we are prepared to fix that. Fires too, but if you have a fire extinguisher you’re ready for that. Everyone gets rained on, but it’s your own fault if you get wet. And banks fail, even the ones we have our own money in (as I found out myself this weekend). A little cash tucked away ensures a much easier outcome. Being prepared is not a crime, or paranoid, it is simply common sense/BillH, Free In Idaho! More here.

Question: How prepared are you to deal with the world and the unpredictable people you share it with?

Hart, Clark Back Vick Over Jorgenson

(Steve) Vick told Eye on Boise he was recruited to run against Jorgenson by the two state representatives from Jorgenson’s District 3: Reps. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, and Phil Hart, R-Athol. “They just felt like their district there would be better represented by somebody else than Sen. Jorgenson,” said Vick, a former four-term Montana state representative/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

HucksOnline: Best Of INW — 4.20.10

Pam Martin with Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network examines a dead gray whale that washed ashore in the Arroyo Beach neighborhood in West Seattle April 15. It’s reportedly the fifth dead gray whale found this month _ four in Puget Sound waters and the fifth near Vancouver, British Columbia. See Orbusmax Special below to see what biologists found when it opened this one up. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)

High Noon: Older Idahoans Dominate

In Idaho, according to, 56 percent of the population is 50 or older. Of that group, 37% identify themselves as Independents, 29% as Republicans, and 17% as Democrats. In other findings, 60% of the 50-and-older crowd said they always vote, 23% that they vote most of the time, and 6% sometimes. Also, 53% of the 50-and-older population say they lean conservative, 26% moderate, and only 8% liberal. Full results here.

Question: How would you describe your political leanings: conservative? Liberal? Moderate? And/or: How often do you vote?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 4.20.10

  • Noon: A half-acre grass fire is reported @ 11700 Nunn Road/Athol.
  • 11:58 a.m. Officers are checking on a suspicious male loitering in front of Borders and Bath & Beyond/Coeur d’Alene.
  • 11:50 a.m. A 14YO foster child named David is angry and kicking a fire extinguisher outside after breaking things in his home.
  • 11:33 a.m. A female, with a dog, is driving on the wrong side of road from Bayview toward H95.
  • 10:58 a.m. A female on Happy Trail/Rathdrum reports that a motorcycle was stolen.
  • 10:47 a.m. A 52YO male is complaining of chest pain after a rear-end crash involving a Napa Auto Parts delivery truck @ Idaho & Prairie/Post Falls.
  • 10:42 a.m. KMC wants to see an officer re: a threat made.
  • 10:31 a.m. A lanky male was using a monument at City Park as a skateboard prop.
  • 10:12 a.m. A boat came off a trailer and hit a tree on H53 @ Cloverleaf, just north of Curley’s tavern/Hauser.
  • 10:09 a.m. Warren is bothered by barking dogs in the Grouse Meadows subdivision.
  • 9:33 a.m. Homeowner @ Nettleton & Maple Leaf wants extra patrol after a maroon pickup drove past his place recklessly @ 4:53 this morning.
  • 9:20 a.m. Caller reports trespassing on her property in 2800 block of Julia/CdA.
  • 8:42 a.m. A vehicle has been parked for a week in an overflow area in 8900 block of Heather Way/Hayden.
  • 8:18 a.m. A Subaru lost control on I-90 & Spokane/Post Falls, did a 180, and ended up in the median w/its right tires deflated.
  • 7:52 a.m. St. Vinny’s wants police to remove a battery suspect who threatened a person with a belt.

Chris Peck: On Hiring J. Todd Foster

Foster grew up in a hard-scrabble household in Tullahoma, Tenn. He was a sports editor for a weekly newspaper and then went on to Middle Tennessee State University in 1982. At another newspaper, I hired Foster as a reporter. He was a bulldog. When he bit into a story, particularly one that had a whiff of impropriety or governmental ineptitude, he wouldn’t let go. Still won’t. ”I think David-versus-Goliath stories give us a niche that will help newspapers survive,” Foster explained as he thought about being the editor of a small newspaper that had just won a Pulitzer Prize. ”It’s not the easiest or sexiest kind of story, to write about mineral rights. Doing this story required heavy lifting and intellect. But it was unanimous in our community that this was the sort of work we should be doing”/Chris Peck, Memphis (Tenn.) Commercial Appeal. More here. (AP Photo/Bristol Herald Courier, David Crigger: Bristol Herald Courier Publisher Carl Esposito, left, and Editor Todd Foster toast the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service won by the Bristol Herald Courier.)

  • DFO: As I mentioned last week, J. Todd Foster was a reporter in the Coeur d’Alene newsroom of the Spokesman-Review in the 1980s. Chris Peck, of course, is a former editor of the Spokesman-Review.

Question: Do you pay attention to the prizes won by newspaper reporters, photographers, columnists, etc.?

The Political Sandbox — 4.20.10

Women dressed as clowns hold signs offering free hugs at the opening of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Tiquipaya on the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia, earlier today. (AP Photo/Dado Galdieri)

  • You can use the political wild card to discuss climate changes, the rights of Mother Earth, or any other political topic you desire …

HBO Poll: Don’t Cover Playboy @ WSU

  • Monday’s Poll: 83 of 121 (69%) of the respondents said that the regional media shouldn’t cover Playboy magazine’s appearance on the Washington State campus to recruit females for its “Girls of the PAC-10” photo spread. 31 of 121 (26%) said local media should report the event. And KREM2 did here.
  • Today’s Question (in lefthand rail): Should Boise State pay football coach Chris Petersen $8M over 5 years, during these hard economic times?

BSU’s Peterson Gets Big Pay Day

86YO Woman Scores Hole-In-One

Some golfers spend a lifetime – or in many cases, longer – in pursuit of that ultimate stroke that results in a hole-in-one. Virginia Lemmer, as it turned out, spent only a little over 45 years on such a noble quest – which might not seem that unusual, until one factors in the fact that she didn’t take up the sport until her early 40s. Then suddenly, the ace the 86-year-old Lemmer recorded Monday morning on the 109-yard fourth hole at Painted Hills Golf Course, becomes, well, in her own words: “Unbelievable”/Steve Bergum, SR. More here.

Question: How close have you come to a hole-in-one?

Idaho Ranks 3rd In Volunteerism

At Idaho Facts, blogger Boise Diva points out: “This is National Volunteer Week, and according to, Idahoans volunteer almost 54 hours per person, per year. That ranks the state third nationwide in terms of most time served. Almost 375,000 of us volunteer each year.” What types of things do you volunteer for?

UIdaho Athletes Average GPA 3.1

The average GPA for all University of Idaho student-athletes is a 3.1!/Idaho Vandals, via Twitter

Question: Are you smarter than the average University of Idaho athlete? What was your gpa in high school/college?

County Wrestles w/Duncan Trial Costs

The death penalty trial of Joseph Edward Duncan III already has cost Riverside County more than $167,000, and legal experts say the murder trial could total several million dollars by the time it’s completed. Since January 2009, the Riverside County district attorney’s office has been prosecuting Duncan, who has already been sentenced to death for murders in Idaho, in the 1997 killing, torture and sexual assault of 10-year-old Anthony Martinez of Beaumont. The district attorney extradited Duncan, 47, to face murder charges in Indio for Anthony’s death after Duncan was convicted of murdering a family of four in Idaho. He was sentenced by an Idaho federal and state court to three death sentences and nine life terms/John Asbury, Press Tribune. More here. (H/T: Melissa Luck/KXLY).

Question: I consider the death penalty trial for Duncan in Riverside County, Calif., to be a waste of money, since he’s already facing the death penalty for the Groene-McKenzie murders. Do you?

OTC: He Was Cute Until He Spat

Yesterday I went to the library to print some pictures for a class. I was in a hurry because I had the class in 20 minutes, so I wasn’t paying close attention, but when I looked up the guy diagonal from me was spitting his chew in a Dr. Pepper bottle. Say whatever you want, but that is disgusting, and my instant reaction was to gag. The sad part is he was cute until I saw him do that/Elizabeth Rudd, FrontRow Editor. More Off The Cuff here.

Question: Have you ever chewed tobacco? Or dated someone who did?

AM Headlines — 4.20.10

Gonzaga University Business major, Evan Bull, 20, relaxes in a hammock strung between to birch trees outside of Desmet Hall on campus Monday. “Everyone is skipping class today to have fun in the Sun,” said Bull. With temperatures in the high 70s, the campus lawns were indeed full of sun bathing students. (Colin Mulvany/SR)

KXLY: Playing Hooky In Coeur d’Alene

From sunbathing at the beach to boating on Lake Coeur d’Alene and hiking on Tubbs Hill, it felt like a sunny summer day in the Lake City Monday and a lot of people played hooky to take advantage of the weather. (See below.)

Question: When did you last play hooky (from work or school)?

Marty: Minnick @ Home In Tea Party

The Tea Party likes Minnick because he voted against the Obama health care and cap-and-trade packages. He’s also ruled out taking earmarks. And embracing a conservative Democrat gives the Tea Party at least the ability to claim it’s not shilling for the Republican Party. Minnick didn’t seek the Tea Party endorsement. He completed no candidate questionnaire obligating him to the party’s positions. Neither did he distance himself from an organization the New York Times/CBS News poll found to be largely Republican, white, male, middle-aged and angry. He could have welcomed the support of individual Tea Party members while reminding everyone that he is the Idaho Democratic Party candidate for Congress. He didn’t/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: What would you have Minnick do? Reject the Tea Party endorsement?

Annual Tubbs Hill Jump United Buddies

Item: Rite of spring: Fate helps friends take annual leap into Lake Cd’A/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Monday marked the fifth year that Cuentas, a Coeur d’Alene native, has recruited his pals to kick off the season with an intrepid leap into the depths of Lake Coeur d’Alene - measured Monday at a chilling 45 degrees. … The sacred event wouldn’t have taken place this year, he added, but for the serendipity of an Icelandic volcano erupting just in time for its ash to delay his flight back to his Army station in Schweinfurt, Germany.

Question: Have you ever jumped off the rocks at Tubbs Hill?

Seattle OKs Panhandling Law, But …

A divided Seattle City Council on Monday took action on one of the most controversial proposals to come before it in years, voting five to four to approve an ordinance that allows police to give tickets to aggressive beggars. But Mayor Mike McGinn says he’ll veto the bill. Since it takes six votes to override his rejection, the panhandling ordinance appears to be going nowhere/Seattle P-I. More here.

Question: When were you last hit up for money by an aggressive panhandler?

P.S. Tankovich Verdict

Brothers (from left) William, Ira and Frank Tankovich await their verdicts in a Kootenai County courtroom Monday. The jury hung on all counts except for one count of conspiracy to disturb the peace against Ira. At far right, is defense attorney Dan Cooper. Alison Boggs’ SR story here. (SR Photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Given the verdict in this trial and the previous mistrial, was this case an example of the prosecutor using limited manpower resources to pursue a long-shot case?