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Wild Card/Tuesday — 8.31.10

Jim Brannon’s never-ending lawsuit to undo the 2009 Coeur d’Alene City Council election goes to court again today, where Judge Charles Hosack will hear a number of motions, including attorney Scott Reed’s request for summary judgment. We’re rapidly approaching the trial date for this case, in mid-September. Also, I’ll be keeping tabs on filings for North Idaho College trustee spots. Ronald ‘The Dragon Slayer’ Johnson of Rathdrum has filed so far to take on incumbent Christie Wood. Huckleberries hears that Johnson is a placeholder of sorts, willing to step aside should someone like Ron Nilson throws his hat in the ring. Now, for your Wild Card …

P.S. Obama Marks End Of Iraq Combat

President Barack Obama reads his speech for photographers after delivering a primetime televised address marking the the end of combat mission in Iraq from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday. Los Angeles Times story here. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Question: Was Iraq worth it? Is our growing military presence and casualties in Afghanistan worth it?

Brannon Case Going To Trial

Sisyphus: “Any chucklebunnies know what’s going on in Hosack’s courtroom? I’m still confused how this thing ain’t dismissed yet.” Also: “HolyMarymotherofGod, I just checked the repository and I can’t recall ever seeing such a lengthy file. They’ve opened up nine of ten different court files. And Kelso filed three Amended Complaints, the last one yesterday, alleging fraud and corruption. Trial is in two weeks!! This is ludicrous. Taxpayers should be incensed that they’re footing the bill for this.”

DFO: Judge Charles Hosack is allowing this lawsuit to go onto trial Sept. 13 because he wants to be sure that there’s no question that Jim Brannon’s long-running case gets a fair hearing of six impartial jurors. However, in hearing motions today, Hosack made it clear that Brannon and his attorney, Starr Kelso, need to produce in court six individuals who voted illegally to win their case. Also, the judge denied a motion by Kelso to compel individuals living elsewhere to be in the courtroom for the trial. The judge also denied a motion by Mike Kennedy’s attorney Scott Reed for summary judgment, to dismiss the case.

Nilson, Ketchum To Seek NIC Seats

As reported her via Rumorama last week, Ronald Nilson, president of Ground Force MFG in Post Falls (pictured left), and Robert Ketchum are running as a tandem to seek North Idaho College seats in this falls trustee elections. Nilson, who led the successful campaign for the Kootenai Technical Education Campus levies, and Ketchum, the former workforce training director whose contact wasn’t renewed, filed today. Ketchum will run against incumbent Christie Wood for Seat B, while Nilson will face Coeur d’Alene attorney Ken Howard for the open Seat A being vacated by retiring Rolly Williams. In another expected move, place holder Ronald “The Dragon Slayer” Johnson dropped out of the race against Wood.

PM: Hayden Neighbors Defend Cop

The remnants of a helicopter crash, which killed two Fish & Game biologists and a pilot, are shown Tuesday morning. The helicopter came down in a driveway near the intersection of State Highway 64 and State Highway 162, just blocks from Kamiah’s Main Street and the public school complex. Idaho Fish and Game news release here. And: AP story here. (AP Photo/The Clearwater Progress, Dave Medel)

Scanner Traffic/PM — 8.31.10

  • 5:21 p.m. A baby is locked in a vehicle @ 715 Sherman Avenue/CdA.
  • 4:16 p.m. A vehicle is driving n/b in s/b lanes of H95 past Fighting Creek landfill.
  • 4:37 p.m. Overdose of prescription drugs reported in 2700 block of Fruitland/CdA.
  • 3:56 p.m. Caller reports a downed power line in parking lot of Specialty Cut Meats, 7397 Government Way, Hayden.
  • 3:54 p.m. Caller reports possible drug activity in vehicle parked in 3500 block of Government Way. The driver may have put out his marijuana by sitting on it.
  • Much more below

Report: BYU Joining WCC For BBall

BYU will go independent in football and join the West Coast Conference in other sports in 2011-12,, the Salt Lake Tribune and the San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday afternoon. BYU will be leaving the Mountain West Conference just as Boise State joins, leaving the league with 10 long-term members. The Mountain West may have to play football with eight teams in 2011 if Nevada and Fresno State can’t get out of the WAC until 2012. and the Mercury News reported that a formal announcement will be made later today. The Mountain West now has lost Utah and BYU since Boise State joined in June/Chadd Cripe, IStatesman. More here.

Question: Can you imagine the basketball games between Gonzaga & Brigham Young beginning in 2011-12 season? Wonder what Boise State, Fresno State, & Nevada are thinking now. Is new Mountain West any better than old WAC?

F&G IDs Chopper Crash Victims

A helicopter carrying two Idaho Fish and Game fisheries biologists and a pilot crashed in Kamiah between 9:30 and 9:45 Tuesday morning, leaving three dead. “I am heart broken to report that this morning we had a helicopter accident near Kamiah,” Fish and Game Director Cal Groen said. “Two employees and the pilot were on board. All three were killed. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and to all employees as we go through this difficult time.” Two were pronounced dead at the scene, the third was taken to a hospital but was later pronounced dead. Dead are Larry Barrett (pictured above), 47 of Lewiston, who worked for Fish and Game since 1985, and Dani Schiff (below), 34 of Lewiston, who worked for Fish and Game since 1997. “This is a sad day for Fish and Game and our families,” Deputy Director Jim Unsworth said. Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise report here.

Dylan, Mellencamp, Nugent To Perform

What do you do when three titans of classic rock descend upon Spokane simultaneously  during the dog days of August to slay boredom and annihilate complacency? What else but declare a Super Rock Week! That’s just what we’ve done. Bob Dylan, Ted Nugent and John Mellencamp will burnish their respective reputations for inspiring showmanship this week (Nugent at the Knitting Factory on Sunday night, and Dylan and Mellencamp at the Greyhound Park on Wednesday). Yes, the Super Rock Trio’s power is compelling, its entertainment value is unmatched, its influence on rock as an institution overwhelming and unquestioned. Yet much like superheroes on the same team (the X-Men, the Avengers, Super Friends, etc.), Dylan, Nugent and Mellencamp each possess a singular super power that defines him as an individual/Mike Corrigan, Inlander. More here. (AP file photo from July 3: Bob Dylan performs at Hop Farm Festival in England)

Question: Got tickets?

KCSD Blasts KREM’s Bagg, Backs Off

Seems Spokane County Sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan has had to eat his words re: a visit by KREM report Marissa Bagg, pictured, to the Hayden home of Deputy Brian Hirzel. Hirzel is the deputy who shot 74YO Pastor Wayne Scott Creach to death at his Spokane Valley nursery last week. Reagan accused Bagg of trespassing and scaring the children in the home in an attempt to interview the family. Bloglander, the Inlander blog, provides Reagan’s first release, ripping Bagg here. Then, the Bloglander offers a follow-up post in which Reagan admits that Bagg had not trespassed as he’d been told. “The reporter, Marissa Bagg, walked to the front door of the home and knocked while her videographer filmed from the end of the walkway.  Marissa received no answer at the home and interviewed a neighbor instead.  Based on what the children told Kootenai County deputies, the kids were obviously shaken and may have overstated the event in recounting it to deputies.”

Question: Should KCSD spokesman Dave Reagan have publicly apologized to Marissa Bagg?

Keith Allred Talks To Huckleberries

DFO: Do you still think you’re a better cowboy than Butch Otter?
Keith Allred (Web site here): I’ve certainly stayed on my horse more consistently. I actually worked as a real cowboy. In 1981 the cattle market had plummeted, which meant I was the lone hand on my grandpa’s 1200-acre, 400-head cattle ranch. We wondered if we were going to lose the ranch. He had to focus on his real estate business. And asked me to run the ranch. That wasn’t dressing up and playing cowboy. The family business was on the line.

  • DFO: You are an unusual mix of cattle rancher/Mormon/Harvard prof. How do those things help in an election like this?
  • Keith Allred: It goes to heart of my approach to governing which is based in the founding father idea that broad and diverse support is the best indicator of wisdom. We live in this highly partisan era where we draw lines and say I’m one thing of the other. That’s never what the founders intended. They intended for us to take the best from all sides. That’s what I tried to do in my life. I absolutely loved running my grandpa’s cattle ranch on my own. I learned so much re: practical problem solving. I loved my experience as professor of public policy at the Kennedy School of Government. My specialty was conflict resolution.
  • See more below

New ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Lineup

The new lineup of  stars, from left, Brandy, David Hasselhoff, Jennifer Grey, Kurt Warner, Margaret Cho, Kyle Massey, Audrina Patridge, Rick Fox, Florence Henderson, co-host Brooke Burke, Bristol Palin, and host Tom Bergeron, pose for a photo in Hollywood, Calif., Monday. The two-hour season premiere of ” Dancing with the  Stars,” airs Monday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on the ABC Television Network. (AP Photo/ABC, Craig Sjodin)

Question: Bristol Palin?

JohnA: Montana Dreamin’

JohnA: Montana was always a fun place to visit back in the old days. Growing up a few miles away in the Silver Valley, we’d take advantage of their hospitality on more than one occassion. Seltice was a short drive away, especially when their drinking age was 18 (officially, anyway). The 10,000 Silver Dollar bar was another great place (the old one, not the commercial gag at Haugen) and for a longer trek there was St. Regis and the nearby hot springs. It was cool cruising along at whatever speed felt right, which when you’re a teenager is as fast as the old beater could go.

DFO: My family has strong ties to Montana from my 5 years there. My wife & I were the first O’s to migrate. Eventually, three siblings & my mother followed. My son was born there. Two of my siblings married Montanans. Two nephews were born there. I’ll always have a fondness for the rugged Rockies out of town to the east and the independent characters that I met there.

Question: Do you have Montana ties and/or fond memories of The Big Sky state?

CdA Wannabe Campaigns On Bike

Mike (Bullard, legislative candidate for Coeur d’Alene House District 4A seat) started out walking, but that wasn’t fast enough, so he reached down into his roots for a better way. As a youth he did not have a car through high school or college. Mike traveled by bike, even dating by riding girls on his handlebars. (Not many agreed to that, but they were the best ones). Now, with a little outfitting from one of our great local bike shops, he is rolling through the precincts. So far he has knocked on doors of 2500 voters. Five precincts down, sixteen to go by November/Coeur d’Alene Ped/Bike Committee. More here.

Question: What do you make of a legislative candidate campaigning on a bicycle?

KBOI Poll: 60% Say Obama Muslim

Sixty percent of listeners who responded to an online survey by the Boise radio station say President Barack Obama is a Muslim, more than twice the figure in a recent national poll. Fifty-five percent of respondents to the non-scientific poll said Obama is a foreign-born Muslim and 5 percent said he is a native-born Muslim. Another 5 percent said Obama was Christian, but foreign born. KBOI host Nate Shelman said Tuesday afternoon that 716 respondents replied to the online poll Monday and Tuesday. During Monday’s show, Shelman discussed a Newsweek poll that found 24 percent of respondents said Obama was a Muslim/Follower of Islam/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: What do you make of this Boise area poll?

INW: Montana DUI Culture Under Fire

People are shown outside Red’s Bar on a late Friday night in Missoula, Mont., earlier this month.  Montana has long been a state where you could crack open a beer and drive down the interstate just about as fast as you liked. Drinking and  driving  was legal until 2003, when it was changed only under heavy federal duress, and there was no specified speed limit on major highways. But spurred by the high-profile death last year of a highway patrolman at the hands of an intoxicated driver,  Montana’s Old West drinking and  driving culture is in retreat. Story here. (AP Photo/Mike Albans)

Question: Do you miss the days that you could drive as fast as was “reasonable & prudent” in Montana?

High Noon: Moving Furniture

On Sunday, Cindy posted this exchange between her boys on her Facebook page: “Zack: ‘Stay away from Mom.’ Sam: ‘Why?’ Zack: ‘She’s moving furniture.’ Sam: ‘Ohhhh, man!’ And then: “Some folks spend a lot of money on therapy. Me? I just re-arrange my living room. Moving pianos, sofas and entertainment cabinets by myself is theraputic. By the time I’m done, I’m so exhausted I can’t remember why I was upset to begin with. You cope your way. I’ll cope mine.”

Question: What do you do to cope with stress?

Summer’s Over

At As The Lake Churns, blogmistress Pecky Cox says she knows summer’s over when she sees sights like this at a Kalispell Bay cabin on Priest Lake.

Scanner Traffic/AM — 8.31.10

  • Noonish: Black Labs (11:59 report) are now in front of KMart, headed toward Costco.
  • 11:59 a.m. 2 black Labs are running n/b in s/b lanes of H95, north of Kathleen/CdA.
  • 11:44 a.m. Female on Pinetree/Hayden reports that a neighbor’s Husky “did damage” to her cat Monday.
  • 11:37 a.m. 2 males are sitting in a blue Honda Civic that’s stuck in a ditch on Charlie’s Place/Rathdrum.
  • 11:04 a.m. A truck hauling hay is 10% on fire as it enters Spirit Lake, s/b on H41.
  • 10:06 a.m. Curley’s reports that someone left a message in feces on the bathroom wall.
  • 10 a.m. A male, wearing a corduroy jacket, is passed out in a white Subaru @ Walgreens.
  • 9:59 a.m. Caller reports a dog attack at Hayden City Park.
  • 9:57 a.m. A female has locked herself in a vehicle after a physical fight w/a male in 4100 block of Player.
  • 9:32 a.m. A tan car that’s partly blocking Diamond Bar/Rathdrum has been marked. Owner who lives on road has 48 hours to move it.
  • 9:19 a.m. A person is having trouble breathing on B Street/Plummer.
  • 9:06 a.m. CPD Blue patrol officer can’t respond to call because he’s stuck in traffic as a result of road construction @ Appleway & H95.

UI Column: Obsessive Relationships

But, falling for a guy after a party, dating for a few weeks and becoming completely infatuated is not my idea of love. Classic case: Significant other is fallen for, priorities become messed up because every waking minute “needs” to be spent with them and teenage hormones kick in. But then guess what? You get sick of spending every second with each other, and the inevitable break-up comes. Then all you’re left with are bad grades, an empty wallet after all those dates because it wasn’t “romantic” enough to stay home and maybe a bad taste in your mouth after all that making out — or a cold sore. How can someone become so infatuated with another person that fast?/Dara Barney, University of Idaho Argonaut. More here.

Question: Do you mind seeing public displays of affection?

Keough Declares Conflict Of Interest

As the governor’s transportation funding task force opened its meeting this morning, one member, Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, took the opportunity to formally disclose a possible conflict of interest. She both made a statement and submitted a written notice, noting, “My private sector employer is the Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho. My employer may be impacted by the work of this committee. I want to formally and publicly disclose this potential conflict of interest and uphold the state Senate rules and my oath of office”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Should more political figures in local and state offices declare conflicts of interest?

HBO Poll: Football Turf: Red Or Blue?

The Eastern Washington Eagles are hoping their red turf proves to be as advantageous as Boise State’s blue turf has been to the Broncos. (SR file photo: Christopher Anderson)

  • Monday Poll: 60 of 102 respondents (59%) said political debates involving statewide candidates like Gov. Butch Otter & U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo aren’t important. 41 of 102 respondents (40%) said they are. One person was undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Which Inland Northwest college has a more attractive football field?

Spokane Recovering, Kootenai Isn’t

Spokane’s economy is recovering, Coeur d’Alene’s remains in recession, according to a new analysis of June data released Monday by Moody’s But the Kootenai County city’s ranking for cost of doing business and cost of living are slightly better than those for Spokane, as is projected employment growth through 2011, the noted economic research firm concluded. Offseting Coeur d’Alene’s the positives are retreating home prices, which significantly exceeded national levels three years ago, says Moody’s, which looked at 392 urban markets. Spokane was ranked 149th for job growth, compared with 41st for Coeur d’Alene. Cost of business in Spokane was 81 percent of the national average, Coeur d’Alene’s was 76 percent/Bert Caldwell, SR Office Hours. More here.

Question: How will you know that the recession is over in the greater Coeur d’Alene area?

Minnick Sidesteps Guilt By Association

Sessions says his party will try to convince voters that casting a ballot for Minnick helps Pelosi and the Democrats. “We’re trying to change the agenda,” Sessions said. “Minnick had a chance to vote for John Boehner.” But so far, the GOP’s “guilt by association” tactic doesn’t appear to be working on Minnick. Which is ironic, considering how successful Republicans appear to be elsewhere as they try to lace the speaker’s agenda around the neck of incumbent Democrats like an albatross. So this may be a good year for the GOP. But at least one Democrat who appeared quite vulnerable last year could emerge victorious in one of the country’s most Republican-leaning districts/Chad Pergram, Fox News. More here.

Question (for mainstream Republicans): Are you tempted to vote for Congressman Walt Minnick this year?

Robber’s Bag: ‘Freedom Is Not Free’

The robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen riding a gray, three-speed bicycle south on Government Way. He wore a black mask, a black bike helmet, denim shorts, a long-sleeve button-down shirt and white shoes with red “squiggly” lines.  He was carrying a white cloth grocery bag with an American flag on it and the phrase “Freedom is not free,” and was described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, police said/Meghann Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More photos and info re: robbery here

Question: Have you ever had a gun held on you?

Close OK w/Grenades, Not Skunks

The struggle against skunks is nothing new. Twin Falls resident Dennis Haynes recalled an encounter when he worked for former Twin Falls County Sheriff James Benham, who served from 1954 to 1967. While on patrol in the evening, Haynes noticed a baby skunk wandering into the courthouse through an open door. Haynes quickly caught the baby, then decided to take it home to surprise his wife and daughters. Haynes’ wife wouldn’t let him into the house with the skunk (which bit his finger after his barking dog startled it). He put the baby in a sack and took it to his in-laws, where they put it in a wire potato basket. When Haynes tried to stop the skunk from escaping, it sprayed his uniform and shoes/Melissa Davlin, Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (SR file photo for illustration: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Have you ever been sprayed by a skunk?

Dennis: Glenn Beck’s America?

I’m glad Glenn Beck felt the need to put on this rally. I’m glad people came to it. Such a rally, again, shows the desire for people to have their voice heard. That’s a good thing, isn’t it? You know what a “better” thing is? Love your neighbor. As yourself. Every neighbor. But you gotta start by loving yourself. And only God’s hand on us will allow us to do that. Patriotism doesn’t move God’s heart, loving my neighbor does/Dennis Mansfield. More here.

Question: Do big rallies in Washington, D.C., like the one just staged by Glenn Beck, have a lasting impact?

Phishing Scammer Hits

I found a scam in my e-mail this morning, involving some online cad who is trying to pass himself/herself off as a friend. This is the second time that I’ve gotten something like this from a friend or acquaintance. The e-mail says: “I’m writing with tears in my eyes, I and my family came down here to (Cardiff, Wales) United Kingdom, for a short vacation unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed,all cash,credit cards and cell were stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our passports with us. I have been to the embassy and the Police here but they’re not helping issues at all and our flight leaves pretty soon from now but we’re having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills. your contribution will go along way here. Please be so kind to reply back so i can tell you what to do and how to get some cash to us …  Am freaked out at the moment.” Be careful out there. (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

Question: Have you received a scam e-mail like this one?

AM Headlines — 8.31.10

Restaurant workers from Anthony’s at Spokane Falls watch from a back service entrance Monday as a robot carries a black case that was found just south of the business on the Post Street Bridge. The case was later determined to contain a video camera. Story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

‘Monster High’ Dolls Cut In On Barbie

Mattel has come out with a new product line, “Monster High,” that is proving popular. The line includes dolls, diaries, clothes and purses. Story here. (Courtesy of Mattel/MCT)

DFO: I’m going to change this post to one inviting comment rather than cutline suggestions.

Question: Would you rather buy your daughter a Barbie or one of this line of Monster High dolls?

KootCon: Confederate Flag Not Racist

Kootenai Conservative: All my relatives on my father’s side are from the South, and they would tell you it would be a grave mistake to interpret a display of the Confederate flag as a gesture of racism or sympathy with slavery. It’s a symbol of Southern pride that those of us from the North or West can have trouble understanding because there’s nothing analogous to it in our own regional cultures. A lot of people in Texas fly Texas flags for the same reason.

Question: Do you consider the display of a confederate flag to be a racist statement?

Bent V. Don: Alcohol In Public Places

Bent: While I am sure there are a few incidents, I cannot recall reading about any problems with people and alcohol at Post Falls City Parks … Alcohol is leagl in Post Falls Parks and Beaches… Didn’t see any problems at the fair this weekend either… I see more trouble in the police bar report on Sherman Avenue, where bars are allowed to sell the evil drug to people.

Don Sausser: I have nothing against anyone enjoying beer but the effects of alcohol are well demonstrated. … I don’t “buzz” and find life really good without it. Not much buzz in a diet pepsi but it taste good on a hot day. I’m glad that it works in Post Falls Park. But while I was on the NIC Board we allowed alcohol on the NIC beach. It caused so many problems that we reversed the policy after one season.

Question: Would you like to see alcohol allowed in city parks and more public events like the North Idaho Fair?

ilovecda: Fair Money Doesn’t So Far

Alright, so what did $55 buy you at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo in Coeur d’Alene this past weekend? As it turns out, not much. Here’s the Lovely Family’s tally:

  • 1 Lemonade (to share)
  • 1 kid’s sized hotdog, minus the bun
  • 1 gyro with too much lettuce and not enough meat
  • 2 corn dogs
  • 12 tickets for the kiddie rides

Forget the fact that the folks at Huckleberries Online agree that MB is the cutest kid in North Idaho (wink, wink) and we got tickets to get in for free, the Lovely Family is still down $55. Yowza! I remember the days when I could go the fair with little more than $0.25 in my pocket and walk away with a giant stuffed animal, two dead goldfish, cotton candy, puke on my clothes from all the rides, passing out on Dad’s shoulder as he carried me into the house/ More here.

Question: How much did you spend at the North Idaho or Bonner County fairs? Do you consider it to be too much?

Ramirez: Striving For Perfection?

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Wild Card/Monday — 8.30.10

Ready or not, we’ve moved past the North Idaho Fair & Bonner County Fair. Which means that the fall campaigns for county, legislative, statewide, & congressional offices are officially upon us. If you didn’t realize that, you weren’t paying attention to the political ads last week from Spokane television stations. I flinched the first time I heard an attack ad in the Murray-Rossi campaign. Unfortunately, we’re also subject to Washington’s mudslinging as a result of our proximity to the Washington state line. Sigh. While I go in search of covering for protection from mud splatter, I’ll play this Wild Card …

P.S. Up, Up, & Away

Jordan Hooton, of Daingerfield, Texas, gets thrown from  Smoke  Signal during the  Kitsap County Fair & Stampede in Silverdale, Wash. (AP Photo/ Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall)

McGregor: Enlightenment Tax

Maybe people are simply adjusting. Anecdotes about the high cost of education are everywhere — a recent New York Times Magazine story details the plight of 20 somethings too broke to move out of their parents’ basements. Young people — and, often, mom and dad — are finishing college with unprecedented debt loads. To put it in the visceral parlance of contemporary politics, it’s like a tax on trying hard. By choosing not to fund higher ed, our leaders are over burdening the newest recruits to the working class — and potentially crippling our economic future. Some are giving up. According to a recent Delta Project report on higher ed, more college students today are abandoning their education, and low-income applicants are finding it particularly hard to take those first steps toward realizing the American Dream/Ted S. McGregor, Inlander. More here.

Question: Can you afford to send your children to college?

Scanner Traffic/PM — 8.30.10

  • 6:02 p.m. Caller reports a black-and-silver boat racing on Fernan Lake.
  • 5:47 p.m. A pack of alpacas are standing on H97 & M/P 91 (Beauty Bay Hill grade).
  • 5:09 p.m. A female who had been unconscious in a vehicle in front of McDonalds on H41/Rathdrum now is awake and screaming.
  • 5:06 p.m. Possible structure fire @ 10176 Cliffhouse/Hauser Lake.
  • 4:56 p.m. Female reports that she took home a jacket that was left on a bike near Hancock Fabrics, Prairie Shopping Center/Hayden, when she couldn’t locate the owner.
  • 4:14 p.m. Oak Crest Park on Ramsey Road/CdA reports unwanted salesman of cleaning supplies in mobile home park.
  • 4:03 p.m. A vehicle has hit a pedestrian @ 4th & Locust/CdA.
  • 4:02 p.m. Motorcyclists are popping wheelies on I-90 @ Spokane Street/Post Falls.
  • 4:01 p.m. Juveniles are causing problems in Head Start alley, 821 Spokane/Post Falls.
  • More below

PM: Mourners Recall Valley Pastor

North Idaho Fair manager Chris Holloway, left, is shown with the winner of the quilt raffle: Anita Price.  The reversible quilt measures 5-foot-2 wide and 6-foot-7 tall. It was handcrafted by members of the P’s & Q’s Quilt Group from Community United Methodist Church of Coeur d’Alene. And you can find the name and photo of the dollhouse raffle winner here. (Courtesy of North Idaho Fair Facebook page)

Reward Offered In Fair Bomb Incident

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for placing an explosive devise inside of a briefcase. The briefcase was discovered at 4:30 p.m. Friday in a grassy swale on 2nd Street, south of Kathleen Ave. It later was detonated by the Spokane County Bomb Squad. A note was attached to the briefcase that said “Warning, do not touch, boom.” The briefcase was located about one block south of the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, off of Kathleen Avenue, where thousands of people were attending the North Idaho Fair. Any fair goers parked in the area are asked to report any suspicious activity they saw. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 667-2111, toll free at 866-667-2111. Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to use their own name to be eligible for a reward.

APhoto Of The Day — 8.30.10

A supporter of Gustavo Rojas wears a pin depicting Rojas in Caracas,  Venezuela. Rojas, a candidate for for  Venezuela’s National Assembly Sept. 26 elections, is using an unusual campaign fundraising technique: raffling off a  breast enlargement surgery. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Cecilia Serrano)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. As a show of support from the dairy industry, A Rojas fan quells rumors that he’s “Lactose Intolerant” — Soaf.
  • 2. With his motto “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them both”, Rojas keeps constituents largely abreast of his campaign donations — JohnA.
  • 3. A supporter of Gustavo Rojas, does a little amateur pole dancing in the streets of Caracas, while keeping the crowd abreast on the issues and milking the routine for all it was worth — Kage Mann.
  • HM: Charlie & Herb

The Hill: R’s Conceding Minnick Win?

In a story in The Hill evaluating the growing strength of the Republican Party in this fall’s elections, reporters Shane D’Aprile and Sean J. Miller write that the race between Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, and Republican Raul Labrador has moved from “toss-up” to “lean Democratic.” The report continues: “Minnick has taken to Twitter to highlight the National Republican Congressional Committee’s reluctance to buy TV ad time in his once-targeted district. After party-favorite Vaughn Ward lost the primary to Raul Labrador, Republicans seem to have abandoned their ambition of unseating the conservative Democrat.” The rest of the story here.

DFO: A person in the know in Kootenai County Republican politics tells me that s/he’s thinking about voting for Minnick — as are a number of his/her Republican friends — thinking they’d rather have the incumbent for 2 more years than risk having a Bill Sali-like representative for the foreseeable future. Dunno if this person has ever voted Republican in a 1st Congressional District race. But it doesn’t bode well for Labrador.

NIdaho Blogs: Pumpkins Herald Fall

“We still have a fair amount of summer left but you know Fall is approaching in North Idaho when the pumpkins are maturing and the corn crop is ready to harvest,” posts Sunny/Bent’s Beer Garden. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Aug. 22-28): 50,923/31,020

EOB: Court Expedites Big Rig Appeal

The Idaho Transportation Department has joined ConocoPhillips in appealing to the Idaho Supreme Court a local judge’s decision to revoke its permits for four huge truckloads of oil refinery equipment to travel winding U.S. Highway 12 from Lewiston to Montana, saying the decision could “end up restricting commerce and limiting business opportunities.”    Meanwhile, the high court granted a motion from ConocoPhillips to expedite the court appeal, rather than take the usual time - averaging 450 days - to hear a civil appeal. However, it set oral arguments for Oct. 1. That’s expedited for a Supreme Court appeal, but it’s not quick enough to allow Conoco to move the four giant shipments before paving starts on the second lane of the Arrow Bridge on Highway 12/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you pleased that the Idaho Department of Transportation has joined ConocoPhillips in appealing judge’s decision banning its rigs on scenic Highway 12?

Idaho Scenics: ‘A Little Pink Sky’

I’ve wanted to post this terrific photo by Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images since I first saw it last week. Post Linda: “It felt good to get out tonight. It seems like it’s been awhile. Just a little pink sky over the lake.”

Quotable Quote — ‘Rapiscan’

Idaho state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint via Twitter: “Decided that the name of the airport’s new full body scanner ‘Rapiscan’ is Freudian given what it shows!”

Question: Have you endured the new full body ‘Rapiscan’ at an airport?

Johnson Files Against NIC Trustee Wood

Ronald G. Johnson of Rathdrum, who calls himself “The Dragon Slayer,” has filed to run against incumbent Christie Wood in the North Idaho College trustee election for Position B, according to County Clerk Dan English. Wood has already filed for re-election. Also, Coeur d’Alene attorney Ken Howard has filed for the vacant trustee seat being vacated by Trustee Rolly Williams. Filing deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Ex-KCSDeputy Hirzel Shot SV Pastor

The Spokane Valley Police officer who fatally shot a pastor and greenhouse owner last week was identified Monday as Deputy Brian Hirzel. Spokane Police spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe said Hirzel has been with the Spokane Valley Department for two years. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office contracts with the city of Spokane Valley to provide deputies to serve as police officers. Previously, Hirzel had worked at the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho and as an officer in Cathedral City, Calif., which is near Palm Springs. DeRuwe – who is handling news releases because of a critical incident protocol between departments – offered no new information about why Hirzel shot Pastor Wayne “Scott” Creach outside his business, the Plan Farm at 14208 E. Fourth Ave/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here.

Toad @ 7: An Inland Northwesterner?

Toadman: This is why we generally come to hike Stickman’s hill in the fall. It’s quiet. Also, though we’re from Spokane, and have only lived in the area for seven years this September, we don’t feel like outsiders anymore. We feel we’ve become locals. What do you think? Seven years = Inland Northwest local, or no?

Question: Do you become a native Inland Northwesterner in 7 years?

Road Kill, Mink Style

A mink runs past dead animals on a road in Hiliodendro, near the northern Greek city of Kastoria earlier today. More than 50,000 minks were set loose in the area on Friday and Saturday, after raids by suspected animal rights activists on two fur farms. Greece’s The National Fur Breeders’ Association said most of the released animals are likely to die, adding that the cost to the farm owners could pass Euros 1 million ($1.27 million) despite an effort to recover the animals. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

JohnA: Out, Out Damn Tourist

JohnA: I’m a Chamber of Commerce guy when it comes to tourists, as I know the economic impact they provide to the area. It’s just that by the end of August we’re ready for a break from the hordes. We don’t mind sharing paradise but it’s great when we finally get our peace and quiet back. That’s our September reward, and like many locals, we look forward to it.

DFO: I’ll confess that I’m tired to death of having tourists all over our waterfront and downtown. Mrs. O & I drove thru downtown Cda en route to our customary walk along the north shore. I’d thought that the deluge of tourists had subsided because we were turning the corner to fall. But downtown was packed. The waterfront less so. We’ll have to wait for Labor Day.

Question: Are you tired of tourists and visitors overrunning the waterfront?

Hedberg: 1 Plump Human = 2 Skinny 1s

Scientists report that a favorite food of many bears, nuts from whitebark pine cones, is scarce. So as grizzlies look to put on some major pounds in preparation for the long winter ahead, they will be looking for another source of protein - meat - and running into trouble along the way. Wildlife managers already report bears coming down off the mountains and into areas frequented by hunters, berry pickers and hikers. “Pack your bear spray,” said grizzly researcher Chuck Schwartz with the U.S. Geological Survey. “There’s going to be run-ins.” The reason to lose weight? If bears are looking to make a meal of a human it stands to reason the fatter you are, the more bear cubs you would be able to feed. Any intelligent grizzly would know that one plump human is worth at least two skinny ones/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Have you ever carried bear spray while camping, hunting, or hiking in bear country? Or do you prefer a handgun?

Hall: Don’t Be Put Off By Accents

We socially twitchy human beings tend to judge other people not only by the color of their skins but by the weird accents of their voices. For instance, I know a man who speaks upper crust English in the same accent as former English Prime Minister Tony Blair. But that’s misleading. My friend is a man of ordinary interests no smarter than most of us. But when you hear him speak, the accent tends to make a person think the speaker has some giant brain. We don’t often experience that accent around here. But when we hear it on television, it is often some brainy British politician, philosopher or scientist. So we tend to equate that accent with smart people, whether they are or not. On the other hand, President Lyndon Johnson and President George W. Bush - two men with down-home Texas accents - sound like uneducated hicks to my bigoted ear/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

DFO: My father-in-law was a sharp man who taught math and science in high school. However, he had an accent that made him sound as though he came from the streets of Brooklyn. Which he did — and an orphanage, to boot.

Question: Do you form opinions of others as a result of their accents?

INW: WTC Beams Arrive In Silverdale

Bulls riders leave the arena as steel  beams from the World Trade Center from Sept. 11, 2001, lie on a trailer behind during the  Kitsap County Fair & Stampede in Silverdale, Wash., Sunday. The beams, which were put on display in two or three Kootenai County locations earlier this month (see Kerri Thoreson’s photos here), will become part of a Kitsap County, Wash., memorial. (AP Photo/ Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall)

High Noon: Idahoan Paul Wins Emmy

Aaron  Paul, left, a graduate of Boise’s Centennial High School and native of Emmett, holds his award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series and Bryan Cranston holds his for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, both for their work on “Breaking Bad,” during the 62nd Primetime  Emmy Awards Sunday in Los Angeles. Story here. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Question: Did your favorite actor or show win an Emmy last night?

Wright: Nothing Yet On UI Vs. WSU

Rumor has it that the University of Idaho and Washington State University are discussing a renewal of football games in 2013. But Josh Wright (follow his Twitter here), who covers the Vandals for us, reports: “Vandal AD Rob Spear told me, ‘Nothing is set.’ The series was suspended after ‘07.”

Question: Would you like to see the football teams of the University of Idaho and Washington State University renew their football rivalry ASAP?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 8.30.10

Coeur d’Alene police provided the media with a series of photos re: the suspect in the robbery of Wells Fargo Bank that occurred around 6 p.m. Friday, including the one above. KREM2 has other photos of the individual who got away on a three-speed bike here.

  • 11:52 a.m. Caller reports that two pieces of wood fell out of an unsecured load in a trailer pulled by a pickup that entered the Ramsey Road transfer station. Also, an item from the load hit his vehicle.
  • 11:31 a.m. A driver talking on a cell phone swerved all over road before pulling into 3120 Ironwood Place.
  • 11:02 a.m. Resident @ 8785 Hillview/Hayden reports that someone in a green Jeep hit his mailbox and drove off.
  • 10:57 a.m. Someone at U.S. Bank call center @ Seltice Way & old Atlas/CdA is suffering chest pains.
  • 10:50 a.m. Hayden man has questions re: his son wrestling w/his roommate’s daughter.
  • 10:41 a.m. A suspicious female in a green Pontiac Grand Am is parked in Athol city park, along 3rd, apparently watched children.
  • 10:19 a.m. Maintenance worker at North Idaho College reports “everybody’s triple parked and nobody can get out of here” @ sewer plan overflow parking lot.
  • 10:18 a.m. Brad has questions re: how many ducks & chickens his neighbor can have.
  • 10:11 a.m. Dalton Gardens resident reports neighbor’s 2 dogs killed some of her chickens over the weekend.
  • 10:02 a.m. A child has his foot caught in a bicycle frame (no location given).
  • 10:01 a.m. Student needs a jump start for his red Toyota in NIC library parking lot.
  • 9:53 a.m. An irrigation sprinkler is spraying onto H41 @ Wyoming/Rathdrum.
  • 9:39 a.m. Caller has spotted a Ford Torino rolled on its top off road @ Hidden Valley & Starrina roads/Hauser.
  • 9:19 a.m. H&W worker reports that mother and two teen children — 18 & 16 — are missing.
  • 9:19 a.m. Graffiti reported @ I-90 & Government Way/CdA.
  • 9 a.m. A Subaru station wagon has rolled over @ H95 & Garwood.
  • 8:30 a.m. Hazmat team has been called to gas spill @ Chevron station, Government Way & Kathleen/CdA.
  • 8:17 a.m. CPD Blue is checking on transient @ H95 & Northwest Blvd underpass.
  • 8:16 a.m. Caller reports theft of irrigation equipment off Idaho Road/Post Falls.
  • 8:11 a.m. Caller reports that a pickup is pulling a trailer that is leaking raw sewage onto road (unknown location). Pickup & trailer has just pulled into gas station.

HBO Poll: Lake City To Win IEL

  • Weekend Poll: 31 of 87 respondents (35.6%) predicted that Lake City High will win the 5A Inland Empire League football championship this year. 30 of 87 (34.5%) guessed that rival Coeur d’Alene High would capture the title. 20 of 87 (23%) picked Post Falls to emerge as champs, while only 8 of 87 (7%) said the Lewiston would.
  • Today’s Question: Are political debates involving statewide incumbents like Butch Otter & Mike Crapo important to you?

Jeanne: Bigotry Mars Nice Lewiston Day

I was walking up and down Lewiston’s Main Street Saturday afternoon, having a great time looking at all of the (Hot August Nights) custom cars and wishing one or two of them were mine. Then a bigot opened his mouth, and a nice day was instantly downgraded. While I walking along looking at cars, a man seated along the curb pointed at the T-shirt worn by another man who was looking at cars. The seated man made a comment of approval about the Raiders. That was his team. Then he said, loud enough for everyone in the nearby crowd to hear, “Now that they got rid of that watermelon carrier, they’re going to the Super Bowl.” The guy was referring to former Raiders quarter JaMarcus Russell. Russell was, by all accounts, a total failure at the job. Indeed the Raiders dumped him. Russell is black, which is why the guy said what he said. But Russell isn’t bad because he’s black; he’s bad because he’s bad/Jeanne DePaul, Virtual Deadlines, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

DFO: I had a similar experience Sunday. My wife & I were walking along the north shore, west of City Park, when that guy a U.S. flag and a confederate flag flapping from his beater pickup bed drove past. A half hour later, we saw an African-American female running along Locust Avenue. I hoped that she would never see the jerk in the pickup.

Question: When did you last encounter racism on the street?

Richert: Good News On Debate Front

Before the May GOP primary, I took Gov. Butch Otter and Sen. Mike Crapo to task for skipping out on debates aired statewide on Idaho Public Television. The prospects are looking better this time around. Crapo’s campaign has tentatively agreed to an Oct. 19 debate — although the Senate’s adjournment date could pose a potential glitch. Otter’s camp has agreed to an Oct. 28 debate, just five days before the Nov. 2 election. According to the conventional wisdom, debates (help) a challenger by providing a shared podium with an incumbent. This is why incumbents often have considerable incentive to limit the number of debates — since the office holders already hold the edge in name identification and, generally in fund-raising/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question Why do you think incumbents Butch Otter & Mike Crapo are willing to debate this year?

Ex-Vandal Komar Catches 6 Passes

Tennessee Titans cornerback Ryan Mouton (29) shakes hands with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver  Max  Komar (18) at the end of NFL football practice last week in Nashville, Tenn. The Cardinals and Titans held a combined practice two days after playing a preseason game against each other. On Saturday night, Komar, a former University of Idaho Vandal, made six catches for 76 yards, including big catches on the final drive as Arizona beat Chicago 14-9. More here. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Iupati Gets Rave Reviews In Preseason

Throw all the small-school talk out the door. Niners left guard Mike Iupati is as NFL-ready as any rookie offensive lineman in the league. Just ask Raiders coach Tom Cable, who went out of his way to congratulate Iupati after the 49ers’ 28-24 victory over the Raiders in Saturday night’s exhibition game at the Coliseum. “He’s going to be a good one,” said Cable, a former Idaho offensive lineman, just like Iupati. Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore agrees, citing the monstrous hole Iupati forged on his 49-yard carry up the middle on his first touch of the preseason/David White, San Francisco Chronicle. More here.

Question: Are you going to follow the 49ers this year to watch ex-Vandal Mike Iupati play?

Ex-Zag Turiaf Happy With Knicks

When the Knicks, not unpredictably, lost out in the LeBron James me-stakes, Turiaf came into play. New York launched its latest rebuild with a sign-and-trade of forward David Lee to the Warriors, bringing Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Turiaf in return. Earlier, the Knicks had signed free agent Amar’e Stoudemire, and since have added guards Raymond Felton and Roger Mason to the makeover. “I feel fantastic about people wanting me to be part of their organization,” Turiaf said, “part of the movement. I can’t wait to get started on the East Coast. I’m not looking forward to the weather, but the basketball side is something else. I thank the Warriors for what they did for me and the fans and wish them nothing but good luck – and I can’t wait to play them twice. “This has brought happiness to my life”/John Blanchette, SR. More here.

  • Former Gonzaga men’s basketball standout  Ronny  Turiaf  acknowledges the audience and fellow 2010 graduates May 9  in Spokane.  Turiaf received his degree in sports management. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, J. Bart Rayniak)

Question: Who is your all-time favorite Zag?

Doug Clark Sings ‘Stand By Your Klan’

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“Stand by your Klan” by Doug Clark

“No matter what you hear, no matter what you think, no matter what you feel, you have to say the following: ‘No, that is not my husband’s voice,’ ” Steele said. “Then, like a rhinoceros in the road, you have to stand your ground and refuse to say anything but that.” That paragraph prompted one of my editor pals to suggest a makeover of the old Tammy Wynette hit “Stand By Your Man.” Well, you know me. When my editors say, “Jump,” I say, “Show me the cliff!” Steele was back in the news this week over a lovey-dovey birthday card he sent to his wife. Allegedly. The card violates a no-contact order, according to a federal prosecutor. So Friday found me in a recording studio with Joe Brasch, my bandmate and musical co-conspirator/Doug Clark, Spokesman-Review. More here.

Question: What do you think of Doug Clark’s latest spoof song, “Stand By Your Klan”?

AM Headlines — 8.30.10

Sunday evening, reports photographer Don Sausser, a major float party assembled at City Docks. Hundreds, with some people in tuxes, crossed the bridge to board the Coeur d’Alene and Mish-an-Nock coupled together while on the other side were three additional tour boats tied together. Before the first bunch boarded in came 18 school buses with another throng of folks loading. A banner said: “Gonzaga Student Association.

Trish: Wolf Spider That Wouldn’t Die

On her Facebook page, Trish Gannon writes: “Worst thing you can hear while your son is killing a monstrous wolf spider for you? “My god, how come you’re not dead yet?” I’ll have nightmares that a truly ticked off spider is determined to get in the house for revenge.

Question: My wife spotted the first of the wolf spider invasion this weekend — an arachnid that had gotten into our garage. Have you found any wolf spiders in the house yet?

Maggie’s Ghost Still Haunts Jameson

Maggie the Ghost needs to get busy throwing plates and shattering coffee cups. Legend has it that a woman named Maggie checked into Wallace’s Jameson Inn decades ago and never really checked out. Apparently, she waited patiently in her room for months and months for her rich suitor to return from a trip back east, and he never did and though she finally gave up and left the hotel in life, in death she has returned to wait it out for eternity. I can’t blame Maggie for being in a rotten mood, but unfortunately her bad vibes seem to have put a curse on the service level and quality of food in the old Inn’s restaurant/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: OTV had a bad experience trying to get a hamburger and then nachos at the Jameson in Wallace. Have you had a better experience eating at the Jameson?

Hucks: Beer Overrules Stink Eye

The assignment was simple: Go to Costco and buy a gray cooler on wheels so your husband could carry your 4-year-old while rolling the device, with his brewskis chilled to a perfect 45 degrees inside, to the Festival at Sandpoint this month. Only Maryellen Garasky hadn’t figured on a close encounter with Costco’s “The Cooler Nazi.” The problem started when she discovered that the coolers were blue instead of gray. So Maryellen whipped out her cell phone to text a photo to her husband, to see if the color mattered to him. Only to hear the Cooler Nazi shriek: “You can’t take pictures in Costco!” Maryellen said she tried to explain her dilemma, but was admonished twice more: “You can’t take pictures in Costco!” So Maryellen backed off, bought a $10.26 bottle of Columbia Valley wine and munchies, and headed to the checkout counter – only to see Cooler Nazi, stationed by the blue coolers, giving her the stink eye/DFO, Huckleberries Online. More here.

Question: When did you last have a bad experience shopping at a local store?

Athol Motorcyclist Dies In H95 Crash

An Athol motorcyclist was killed after he crashed and rolled his bike along Highway 95 @ Homestead Road/Bonner County at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Mason L. Justin, 36, was northbound on his Harley Davidson when dor an unknown reason he crossed both southbound lanes and crashed off the west side of the road, rolling his motorcycle. Justin was not wearing a helmet and was deceased at the scene. This crash is still being investigated by the Idaho State Police.

Weekend Wild Card — 8.28-29.10

Looks like all hell broke loose as I was leaving work last night. I recorded that a suspicious device was found at 5:50. But I didn’t realize at the time that it was that briefcase near the fairgrounds, that tied up things for fair goers who parked nearby for hours afterward. And I turned off the scanner a few minutes after 6 o’clock, so I didn’t hear about the bank robbery at Wells Fargo — my bank — until I saw Christie Wood’s news release a couple of hours later when I checked my e-mail. Then, there was that attempted robbery allegedly by a gang of thieves that was thwarted by a couple who live near Coeur d’Alene High earlier this week. What’s this town coming to? We’re getting as bad as Spokane, as far as crime goes. With that happy thought, I’ll post the Wild Card …

Christa: A Blue Ribbon The Hard Way

Hazel Christa came home with several ribbons from the North Idaho Fair, including one for this black-and-white portrait. But she had to work for it. On Facebook, she explains: “We noticed in the B&W Child category, there was a 1st and 3rd place but no 2nd place awarded. My picture did not have a ribbon on it. We asked about the 2nd place ribbon. The attendants came and reviewed the cards and determined that A) no 2nd place had been awarded (possibly due to oversight) and B) the picture wi…th the 1st Place ribbon had been misidentified. The actual 1st Place entry? My picture of my son. I actually kissed Ken Cook the Superintendent. As he stood in front of his wife, Elaine Cook, the other Superintendent.”

Denise: Rekindling Friendships At Fair

On her Facebook page, Denise Durflinger writes: “went to the NI Fair yesterday. What a gorgeous day…partly cloudy with temps around 70. Saw so many old friends — Don & Kathy, Amy, Sandy, Linda. Ate so much, thought I was going to burst! German dog with fried onions, garlic french fries (from the Lions Club booth - YUM!!!) funnel cake. Orange julius, diet pepsi, huckleberry shake!!! Hey - the fair only comes around once a year!

Question: How important to you is going to the fair to run into old friends that you haven’t seen in awhile?

Kershner: I Really, Really Do Like Canada

We were talking with a nice couple from Calgary last weekend when the husband asked, “Do you really like Canada or are you just saying that to be polite?” Awww. That’s so Canadian. We don’t say things to be polite. We’re Americans. So for me, at least, the answer is yes, I really do like Canada. And I am particularly enamored of that entire country right now, having just returned from a trip to Cranbrook, Fernie and Waterton Lakes National Park (the park that sits atop Glacier National Park like a tuque)/Jim Kershner, SR. More here.

Question: Do you really like Canada — and Canadians — or are you just being polite?

SR: Delaying Info On Tragedy Ill-Advised

Law enforcement leaders tell us that officers don’t get special treatment. Some tell us that they ought to be held to a higher standard. But the rules are clearly different when one of them is involved in a fatal incident. It is department policy to forgo an interview with an officer for the first 48 hours. Policy also dictates that an officer not be named for the first 72 hours. That’s why the details are sketchy. But Spokane police Maj. Scott Stephens said no further information will be released until next Thursday, which is more than a week after the incident. This only raises more questions. When will the shooter be interviewed? Will he or she be named once the 72 hours has passed? If not, what’s special about this case? What about witnesses? Are there any witnesses?/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Is the officer involved in the shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor/nursery owner getting special treatment by investigating agency?

Richert: Mormon Crapo’s Brewery Tie

A s we roll into one of those precious last weekends of pre-election-season summer, there is something fitting about an item that blends politics and beer. Sen. Mike Crapo will tour a Pocatello craft brewery today, as he touts his bill designed to give a tax break to small breweries. On May 11, the Idaho Republican was one of four original co-sponsors of a bill to cut the breweries’ federal excise taxes in half. The bill now has 24 co-sponsors, which improves its prospects of making its way onto the Senate docket. Eight co-sponsors come from the West’s barley belt, but it’s still a curious bipartisan coalition. How else can you describe a bill that brings together the likes of Crapo and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.? Crapo is an unlikely champion for microbreweries, as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which disapproves of drinking. But - as Crapo explained in May to Statesman reporter and beer blogger Patrick Orr - he sees the issue as “a business, not a moral, decision”/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: What do you make of U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, who is a Mormon, leading the charge to win a tax break for small breweries?

Transient Jailed In Dragon House Fire

A Coeur d’Alene Police Department officer was on routine patrol when he noticed flames in height of excess of 50 feet coming from behind the Dragon House at 512 East Appleway.  When the officer pulled into the parking lot, he found 36-year-old transient Andrew McLean Wanczak standing in the parking lot staring at the flames.  Wanczak told the officer he set the fire because he was cold. Coeur d’Alene Fire Department put out the fire to prevent further damage. The fire set by Wanczak caused damage to landscaping/fencing of the Coeur d’Alene Inn, three vehicles of hotel guests, overhead wires for phone and cable which caused interruption to the hotel and a small amount of flame damage to an adjacent building.  Estimated damage cost at this time of in excess of $20,000 dollars. Wanczak was arrested and transported Kootenai County Jail where he was charged with 1st degree Arson/Christie Wood, Coeur d’Alene police spokeswoman.

Ramirez: Miss Universe/Druglordville

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T-Wolves, Viks Dominate Openers

Throughout preseason camp, Lake City football coach Van Troxel emphasized starting fast. Troxel’s Timberwolves provided the fresh beginning Friday he desired after back-to-back miserable starts. Lake City rolled to a pair of touchdowns in the first two quarters, cruising to a 41-7 win over Lakeland in a season opener at Corbit Field in Rathdrum. The Timberwolves piled up 456 yards total offense and the defense was equally effective. A 50-yard interception return by safety Beau Martz put LC up 14-0 barely 5 minutes and 31 seconds into the game/Greg Lee, SR. More here./Christian Caple, Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Gunman Robs CdA Wells Fargo

Coeur d’Alene Police and FBI agents are investigating the robbery of Wells Fargo Bank, Appleway & Government Way, that occurred at 6 o’clock today. Witnesses stated a male suspect entered the bank and threw cloth re-usable grocery bags at the tellers. The suspect demanded they hurry up and fill them. The male suspect waived around a large caliber handgun. He then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen riding a grey three speed bicycle, south on Government Way. His description is as follows: Male, late 20’s to early 30’s, wearing a black mask, a black bicycle helmet, jean shorts, a long sleeve button up shirt, white tennis shoes with red squiggly lines. His white grocery bag had an American flag design on it/Christie Wood, Coeur d’Alene police spokeswoman.

Possible Bomb Found Near Fairgrounds

A suspicious briefcase found near the Kootenai County Fairgrounds this evening contained some kind of explosive device. The briefcase was reported at 5:50 p.m. by passersby who spotted it while they were heading to the North Idaho Fair a couple blocks away, said Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood. The case had the words “Warning do not touch” and “Boom” written on it in black ink. It was left in a grassy area near the sidewalk on Second Street, south of Kathleen Avenue and behind the Great Floors store on Government Way. The Spokane County Bomb Squad safely detonated the device shortly after 10 p.m., Wood said. No one was injured and no property was damaged, she said/Carolyn Lamberson, SR. More here.

TGIF Wild Card — 8.27.10

Signs that summer’s ending — North Idaho Fair. Last free concerts @ City Park, Fort Sherman Square, and Riverstone Park. Cool edge to night breeze. High school football returns to local football fields. As you can see below, our old buddy Dick Haugen will launch his new on-line broadcast of high school football tonight w/the game between Coeur d’Alene & Moscow. Dick, I believe, will also launch a midweek news broadcast focused on the Coeur d’Alene area. I may make some appearances on that. I’ll keep you posted. For now, I’ll play the Wild Card … and get on with posting …

Parting Shot — 8.27.10

It’s a very red field for EWU at the Cheney campus Friday. New bright red turf and a rename to Roos Field have given the Eagles a new look. (SR photo: Christopher Anderson)

Question: Which football field do you like best — Boise State’s blue? or Eastern Washington’s red?


Huckleberries hears … that unsuccessful congressional candidate Vaughn Ward will be relocating from Eagle to Kootenai County soon — to become CEO of Northwest Specialty Hospital, 1593 Polston in Post Falls. His job begins Wednesday.

JohnA: September Is King Of Summer

John Austin: Actually, DFO, the end of August means that the best month of summer is upon us.  It’s that magical time for locals when we get our lakes back, our roadways back and our sanity back. Now, of course, July and August are exceptional in north Idaho with their long, hot days and cool if short nights.  But September is the king of summer for Deena and I as we navigate the south end of the lake without much competition, and meander the St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene rivers, gorgeous in their changing-to-fall colors.  We also have the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes to ourselves, mostly, to witness the moose, deer, elk and bears in our chance encounters. No, the visitors to our area can have the rest of summer as long as they leave September, in all its majesty, to the rest of us.

Question: Which season of the year is your favorite in Inland Northwest?

Scanner Traffic/PM — 8.27.10

  • 5:53 p.m. PFPD Blue asks dispatch to tell Knife River to remove a 2 1/2-foot-high pile of asphalt chips from road @ 11th & Idaho.
  • 5:51 p.m. ISP officer warns of a car full of people traveling 92 mph on I-90 to football game in Kellogg or Wallace.
  • 5:49 p.m. Caller reports a suspicious package @ Kathleen & 2nd/CdA.
  • 5:07 p.m. A sprinkler from a farm operation is creating a water hazard on H41 & Wyoming/Rathdrum.
  • 5:06 p.m. Resident reports a kitchen fire in Silver Lake Apartments, 698 Wilbur/Dalton Gardens. She left without using extinguisher.
  • 4:59 p.m. Off-duty officer is following a possible drunken driver in a red Lincoln Continental across Spokane River on H95.
  • 4:42 p.m. Caller has spotted a vehicle that rolled down an embankment, off Marie Creek Road in Wolf Lodge area. No one appears to be around the vehicle.
  • 4:28 p.m. A duelly pickup is on fire near Tesoro holding tanks @ end of Sherman.
  • 4:12 p.m. Someone is suffering an allergic reaction in 8400 block of Sunnyside/CdA.
  • 3:44 p.m. Manager of Guest House Inn asks CPD Blue to kick unwanted female out.
  • More below

PM: Bartender Saves Wedding Guest

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told the media earlier today that his department wants to “express to the family of Wayne (Scott) Creach our sorrow for their loss.” A press conference was held outside the Spokane County Courthouse. A Spokane County Deputy shot Creach Wednesday night in the parking lot of Creach’s Plant Farm in Spokane Valley. Thomas Clouse/SR story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

APhoto Of The Day — 8.27.10

Laura Meske, right, an employee at The Fox Hole strip club,  protests  against New Beginnings Ministries Church as Debi Durr, a member of the church, talks with her before the morning worship service in Warsaw, Ohio. You write the cutline. Story here. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Laura recruits Debi’s family to be in the Fox Hole’s Christmas pageant because they’re having trouble finding a virgin and three wise men — JohnA.
  • 2. Debi: “You don’t say! I’m working my way through medical school too! How much money did you say you make a night? Because, this church secretary job just isn’t cutting it…” — Toadman.
  • 3.  “I don’t think ‘Naughty Choir Directors’ is going to go over very well at the club, Debi. But first, let’s find a good stripper name for ya…” — Kevin Taylor.
  • HM: Frum Helen Back.

GOP Pooh-Poohs CNN Minnick Report

In an updated post, Kevin Richert/Idaho Statesman provides the Idaho GOP reaction to news that Walt Minnick’s effort to retain his seat in the 1st District appears ‘rosy’: “Idaho GOP Executive Director (Jonathan Parker) today reacted with general hilarity to a news report from which, among other things, proclaimed Spokane to be part of Idaho and commended the state on miraculously avoiding a downturn in the property market. Parker states, ‘It is truly depressing to see the downfall in the standards of journalism in our country today, I am sure that even Walt Minnick is embarrassed to be mentioned in an article with as many errors and even fewer facts. Idaho is suffering during this crisis and whitewashing its condition to try and build up Walt Minnick won’t fool anyone.’” More here.

Question: Sour grapes? Or does Jonathan Parker make a good point?

Nic: Judge By Contents Of Pockets

Judge people not for the content of their character, but the contents of their pockets. Just kidding. But what if we were judged by the contents of our pockets? What would the contents of my pockets say about me? There are currently five items in my pocket:

  • 1. A single poker chip. Red.
  • 2. Two guitar picks. One orange and one green. Both are medium gauge, but the green one is slightly thicker.
  • 3. A dime. I usually carry coinage of some varying quantity, but today it is ten cents. One lone coin.
  • 4. My iPhone. Also known as the Swiss Army Knife of the digital age. 
  • 5. Keys. My wife’s keys to be specific as my keys are in her purse.

DFO: BTW, check out Nic’s new and improved Web site here.

Question: What’s in your pockets?

North Idaho Blogosphere — 8.27.10

“While wading in the Spokane River at Corbin Park, on what was likely the last 90-plus degree day of summer,” writes Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho, “I watched a solitary golden leaf float by. Summer may be brief in northern Idaho but it’s truly spectacular”

Hux Numbers (for Wednesday, Aug. 25): 8943/5437, and (for Thursday, Aug. 26): 9024/5335

NCH: Just Say No To H12 Shipments

When it came out earlier this year that Conoco Phillips wanted to ship this equipment, it sounded like the needle scratching across a record. Because people were thinking “Hey this might not be the best Idea” then it was announced “Hey we want to do it in the Late Fall early winter.” In the high mountains of Idaho winter does hit early. In fact sometimes it hits so early that kids go trick-or-treating in their snow suits to stay warm. … Like I said earlier, Highway 12 is a beautiful drive in the summer, lazy river, lots of shades with some hot springs you can easily hike to. In the winter however it becomes one of the gnarliest, hair raising, spine tingling adventures you can imagine. It is narrow, windy, and sometimes when it is snowing you don’t know where the edge of the road ends, and the beginning of the high canyons start. I have been opposed to this little idea ever since it was announced because if anything went wrong it could seriously damage the canyon/No Cannot Have! More here.

Question: Have you ever traveled Highway 12?

Ex-UI Vandal WNBA’s Most Improved

New York Liberty’s Leilani  Mitchell, right, drives past Phoenix Mercury’s Temeka Johnson during the first quarter of a WNBA basketball game in Phoenix in June 2009.  Mitchell, an ex-University of Idaho basketball star (2003-06), has been voted the WNBA’s most improved player on Thursday. Story here. (AP file photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Sam: And Baby Makes 3

Sam Taylor: We welcomed Wesley Allen Taylor into the world at 4:23 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26. He was 6 pounds, 11 ounces and he was 19 and 3/4 inches in length. And he was three weeks early! Boy howdy was he a surprise! Unfortunately, because he’s early he’s having a bit of a tough time breathing on his own, so he’s in the nursery in an isolette where they’re giving him 33 percent oxygen (we breathe 21 percent normally) so his O2 levels are in the acceptable range.

DFO: Please join me in congratulating Sam & the lovely Kate on the birth of Wesley.

DOTC: Busy Providing Brannon Papers

Actually, I’m not sure if you’re offer is tongue in cheek, Kage, but yes all records have been provided and examined starting very early in the process through today. Both myself and my election staff have spent significant time just this week providing requested documents to both attorneys and their associates. I’m honestly not aware of anything that hasn’t been provided and in as quickly a timeframe as the legal process allowed. Like everyone involved I’ll be very happy to see this come to some final closure, whatever the Court decides, in a few weeks so my office and I can focus on our primary responsibilities for the soon to be here General Election.

Question: Has Dan of the County’s re-election chances been hurt by Jim Brannon’s lawsuit against the city of Coeur d’Alene and Councilman Mike Kennedy?

Sheriff: No Cop Intends To Hurt Public

Sheriff (Ozzie) Knezovich, shown in Dan Pelle/SR photo, acknowledged the concerns of Spokane Valley residents and the outrage many feel about what happened that night. Creach was a 74-year old pastor at Greenacres Baptist Church. But, Knezovich also says it’s important to let the investigation play out before citizens jump to conclusions. He also acknowledged the feelings experienced by the police officer who fired the shot, saying “We do our best our there to protect the public. No police officer goes to work intending to hurt one of the citizens they’re sworn to protect”/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.

INW: Slain Pastor’s Family Forgives Cop

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich,  (front leads a group of city police and sheriff deputies to tell the media at noon today outside the Spokane County Courthouse that his department wants to “express to the family of Wayne (Scott) Creach our sorrow for their loss.” A Spokane Valley officer shot Creach Wednesday night in the parking lot of Creach’s Plant Farm in Spokane Valley. See story links below. (SR photo/Dan Pelle)

Question: Could you pray for, let alone forgive, a police officer who accidentally killed a loved one of yours?

High Noon: Beer At The Fair, Anyone?

“After the Friends of the Fair dinner on Thursday night I spent a few hours strolling around the fairgrounds,” writes Kerri Thoreson/More Main Street. “ I ran into my friends, Tom Messina and Robert Cliff, who were enjoying a beer with their German sausages. I saw a few more people with beer in hand during the evening and they, too, were consuming food at the time. As I mentioned on the air on KVNI this morning, hopefully people will reserve judgement on the impact of the new rules until this year’s fair is in the books. More here.

Question: Do you plan to drink a beer at the fair this year?

IB: End Is Near for UI Law School?

The University of Idaho announced that they received a $1 million grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, to help start a U of I Law School in Boise. … The plan is to eventually be housed in a remodeled Ada County Courthouse, and to be co-located with the Idaho Supreme Court Library. They still need to raise another $6 million to achieve that dream. I dunno about all this, though I’m not sure the U of I has much choice. If they don’t get a Boise presence, the new Concordia Law School is going to siphon off a bunch of their students. And if they do get a three year Boise program, it will pull students from the Moscow campus. Either way, it’s difficult to see how the Moscow law school stays viable, or at least, stays in anything like its current configuration/IdaBlue. More here.

Question: Do you agree with IdaBlue that a law school branch in Boise eventually will undercut that main one at the University of Idaho campus in Moscow?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 8.27.10

  • 11:58 a.m. Resident wants extra patrol in 400 block of E. 4th Ave./Post Falls b/c drivers are speeding through area today.
  • 11:48 a.m. Caller on Hardy Creek Road/Cataldo reports that a drunken male who goes by nickname “Geronimo” is refusing to leave property.
  • 11:46 a.m. Someone @ 1st & Bennett/Athol has suffered trauma resulting in back pain.
  • 11:13 a.m. Anonymous caller reports loud music @ park @ 3rd & Bennett/Athol is keeping him awake.
  • 10:53 a.m. A CdA female wants an officer present to tell her of her rights while her vehicle is being repossessed.
  • 10: 30 a.m. Caller reports that a baby is unrestrained in a Jetta on Seltice Way & Corbin/Post Falls.
  • 10:11 a.m. A full-size garbage can is lying in left lane of e/b I-90 @ M/P 7.5 (near H41).
  • 9:17 a.m. Pastor of Real Life Ministries/Post Falls reports that someone messed with the utility meter and turned off power to church.
  • 9:02 a.m. Utility wires are down @ 110 Cosgrove (& Cornflower Loop/CdA, creating a safety hazard.
  • 9:02  a.m. Caller reports that a neighbor in 9800 block of Meadow Way/Hayden has 9 cats in residence.
  • 8:41 a.m. Caller reports seeing smoke at Q’emiln Park/Post Falls.
  • 8:29 a.m. A pickup pulling a trailer is on fire on I-90 @ M/P 26 (4th of July Pass).
  • 8:19 a.m. Rosemary, @ Rose Lake gas station, reports a gas drive-off.

5th Anniversary Of Katrina Sunday

Singer Charmaine Neville, background left, and actress Shauna Rappold, center, playing the role of a grieving woman, participate in a symbolic jazz funeral to honor  Hurricane  Katrina victims, ahead of the fifth  anniversary of the storm, in downtown New Orleans, Wednesday. The actual anniversary of the day Katrina reached shore, devasting New Orleans, and other Gulf Coast areas is Sunday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Question: Have you visited New Orleans or other Gulf Coast areas that were devastated by Katrina in the last five years? Observations?

Marc: John McCain No Longer Maverick

There once was a time when Arizona Sen. John McCain warmly embraced the label “maverick.” He seemed to delight in taking positions at odds with his party - or even his state’s - orthodoxy. He had established himself firmly in the tradition of some of the great Senate mavericks of the past - LaFollette, Borah, even Goldwater. But just as BP’s “Beyond Petroleum” brand washed away in the Gulf oil spill, so has McCain’s maverick brand forever vanished thanks to his presidential election run and his ugly, but still decisive, victory yesterday in the GOP primary in Arizona. McCain, by all odds, will be back in the Senate post-November, but not as a maverick and likely not ever again as an interesting, important American political player/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Which national politician today best exemplifies the label “maverick”?


OrangeTV, via Get Out! North Idaho Facebook: “Rumor has it that a certain recently evicted brewery in Cd’A has found a new location in a recently closed Christian performing arts center on 4th St. near downtown. If that’s not enough of a hint, can’t help ya …” (Hint: Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co. BTW, you can refresh your memory why Coeur d’Alene Brewing is looking for a new home and former Coeur d’Alene Press business reporter Rick Thomas is looking for a new job by clicking on this Coeur d’Alene Press story here.)

HBO Poll: Otter Budget Hurt Education

  • Thursday Poll: 96 of 154 (62%) respondents said Gov. Butch Otter hurt Idaho education by offering & approving a budget that was too conservative. 55 of 154 (36%) said he wasn’t. 3 of 154 (2%) were undecided.
  • Weekend Poll: Which talented team will emerge as football champion of the 5A Inland Empire League?

Muslims (Heart) Obama, Mormons Don’t

A Gallup survey indicates that in the first half of this year, 78 percent of Muslims approved of the job the president’s doing in the White House, while just 24 percent of Mormons give Obama a thumbs up. According to the poll, the president’s approval rating among Protestants and other Christians was 43 percent, it stood at 50 percent for Catholics, 61 percent among Jews, 63 percent for Atheists, Agnostics and those with no religion, and 64 percent for those from other non-Christian religions. The president’s approval among all Americans stood at 48 percent/Paul Steinhauser, CNN. More here.

  • Cutline: President Barack Obama, and daughter Malia, ride bicycles in Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in West Tisbury, Mass., while the first family vacations on Martha’s Vineyard today. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Question: Any surprises here?

Haugen Launches NIWebsports Tonite

Hey Dave, A reminder to all High School Football fans. Tonight marks the start of my new business adventure I’ll be in Moscow bringing you the Coeur d’Alene vs Moscow FB game. We take to the net at about 6:45. I’ll try to send shout-outs to those who e-mail me at during the game. Thanks for the support!/Dick Haugen, President/CEO and chief bottle-washer,

Question: How about joining me tonight by tuning in online to Dick Haugen’s inaugaral broadcast of — Coeur d’Alene versus Moscow?

DOTC Meets Friends, McCrory @ Fair

Dan of the County: To follow up on the original post, I had several friendly folks including Republicans stop by the D’s booth and visit yesterday. Tom Malzahn was working his booth during the same time and we both went to each other’s “territory” to say hello. I even had Bill McCrory stop and take my picture! Although I did jokingly tell him that I wondered if he should read me my Miranda rights before he took my picture … All in all a good time and good company, I’ll be out there again most of the afternoon and evening.

Question: Do you think the Kootenai County clerk’s race between Democrat DanOTC and Republican Cliff Hayes will be the nastiest one locally?

Letter: No Problem w/Beer @ NI Fair

From Karleen Meyer/Rathdrum letter to the editor in Coeur d’Alene Press: “I spent Wednesday from 9 a.m to 10 p.m at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo. As one of four superintendents in the Draft Horse barn I was out and about on the grounds and visiting with the fair patrons as they came through our barn. I did not encounter any drunks! And it wasn’t until around 8 p.m that I saw the first glass of beer being carried around, when three very pleasant women came through the barn.” More here.

Question: Have you encountered anyone carrying around beer at the North Idaho Fair? Did you see any problems?

Marty: Cheers For Guv Debates

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune writes: “CHEERS … to Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter. He’s the incumbent Republican in a Republican state. He’s ahead of Democratic challenger Keith Allred by, depending on the poll, at least 11 points. So the prudent thing for Otter would be to dispense with Allred in one obligatory debate. Not this time. Otter has agreed to share the stage as many as five times in this campaign:

  • Aug. 19’s debate at the Idaho Falls City Club.
  • Sept. 15 at the Boise City Club.
  • Oct. 7 at Lewiston, sponsored by the Tribune, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and KLEW. (Otter’s people say this is tentative. They’re still working out the schedule.)
  • Oct. 13 at Caldwell, presented by Boise’s KTVB, Spokane’s KREM and Idaho Falls’ KIFI television stations.
  • Oct 28 at Boise, broadcast statewide over Idaho Public Television and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Idaho Press Club.” More here.

Question: I join Lewiston Trib opinionator Marty Trillhaase in applauding Butch Otter for his series of debates against Democrat Keith Allred. But there be one debate in North Idaho?

AM Headlines — 8.27.10

Howard and Teresa Martinson enjoy corn on the cob in the Food Court at the North Idaho Fair Wednesday. Mutton Bustin & the Little Wrangler Rodeo are on tap at the fair today. The North Idaho Fair Web site provides the rest of today’s events here.

Question: What is your favorite North Idaho Fair food?

OTC: Just Say No To Journalism

One of my professors this week told us how bleak the future looks for journalism students. Basically, if I manage to find a job after graduation, I’ll make a laughable salary. Can I just stay in college forever, please? At least here, it’s considered normal to live off tuna fish and Ramen Noodles/Kelli, University of Idaho Argonaut. More Off The Cuff here.

Question: What would you tell your child, if s/he expressed a desire to go to college to become a journalist?

Lee: Local 5A IEL Teams Well Matched

A playoff-caliber football team will not qualify for the state playoffs in the 5A Inland Empire League this season. The conference shapes up as the most balanced in years. Lake City, which qualified for the playoffs for a 13th straight year and captured the league championship last fall, returns most of its skill players, led by senior quarterback Mark Smyly. Coeur d’Alene, which lost to LC in the regular season but bounced back to avenge the defeat and advance to the state semifinals, returns practically its entire team. The key hole CdA must fill is at QB. Junior Chad Chalich has been tabbed the starter. Post Falls, which continues to close the gap on the traditional powers, returns its backfield led by senior quarterback Matt Lickfold, and the Trojans are seen by some as the preseason favorite after a solid summer camp. Something will have to give/Greg Lee, SR. More here. (SR file photo/Kathy Plonka, of Lake City High football coach Van Troxel)

Question: Do you follow a local high school football team? Which one? Why?

CNN: Outlook For Minnick Rosy

Last cycle, Minnick’s war chest was nearly double Sali’s, thanks in part to a $900,000 infusion of his own money. This time around, he hasn’t yet had to open his wallet: as of the most recent FEC filing, he had more than $1.1 million cash on hand, to about $69,000 for his Republican challenger. The remaining wild card is outside spending: Minnick’s been a top GOP target since his win, and conservative groups like Freedom’s Watch and the Club for Growth spent big here last time around. But recent indications that Minnick may have built up a daunting lead — combined with more-competitive races in bordering states that drove up the price of local advertising this summer — may move this race even further down the GOP’s priority list than it already seems to have sunk, in a year rich with Republican pickup opportunities/Rebecca Sinderbrand, CNN. More here.

Question: Is incumbent Walt Minnick reaching the point that re-election is his unless he stumbles badly somewhere in the next 2 months?

Signe: Glenn Beck Show

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Macauley Culkin Wild Card — 8.26.10

I ran into Dan English last night at the Democrats booth at the North Idaho Fair. He was surprised that most folks who’d ventured by were fairly civil, given the uncivil nature of local politics. I wasn’t too surprised. Most people are in a good mood at the fair, even Democrats and Republicans. The nasty stuff will start next week when candidates officially launch their fall campaigns. A date worth watching is Sept. 1, the deadline for North Idaho College trustee filings. It’ll be interesting to see who emerges to take on incumbent Christie Wood and file for a board vacancy. Until then, I’ll play the Macaulay Culkin (in honor of the ‘Home Alone’ star’s 30th birthday today) Wild Card and wait with the rest of you …

Parting Shot — 8.26.10

A mountain rescue team walks down from Mount Hood after recovering two sets of human remains today, near Timberline, Ore. The remains of two people have been found near the summit of Mount Hood and could be a pair of climbers who went missing last year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Cindy: I Don’t Like The Fair!

Oh alright, I may as well say it.
I don’t want any fair photos at all.
I don’t like the Fair.
I don’t like the Food (I get my elephant ear fix at Silverwood and once a year is enough.)
I don’t like the rides.
I don’t like the stinky animals (piglets are ok, but not worth the smell).
I don’t like looking at vegetables or quilts.
I’d rather look at photos online or in a gallery.
I don’t like the crowds.
The only thing I’ll go to the Fair for is the Demolition Derby, which I LOVE.
There ya have it — Cindy.

Question: Anyone else out there who also doesn’t like fairs?

Scanner Traffic/PM — 8.26.10

  • 5:26 p.m. Caller reports that 3 males and 3 females on a CityLink bus threatened to kill her boyfriend and her — and now may be in Cabela’s buying a knife.
  • 5:15 p.m. I-90 driver reports 2 motorcyclists — one male & one female — racing and popping wheelies.
  • 5:13 p.m. Business at 119 Appleway reports an unwanted person on grounds.
  • 4:46 p.m. Resident reports that female built a possibly illegal campfire on the beach behind his property @ 14368 Samhill Trail/Hayden Lake.
  • 4:30 p.m. Caller reports a domestic dispute on Wolf Lodge Creek Road in which male is holding a pair of scissors he claims to trim his mustache.
  • 4:32 p.m. Horses are loose on H95 @ M/P 445 (near Bunco Road/Athol).
  • 4:18 p.m. Bag of concrete fell out of bed of white pickup on I-90 & M/P 3/Post Falls.
  • Much more below

PM: Food Network Fieri Visits Capone’s

Capone’s Pub and Grill in Midtown Coeur d’Alene was a flutter with excitement on Monday afternoon when Guy Fieri of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” stopped in to film an upcoming segment. The spiky-haired, bleached-blond Fieri was also spotted at Jimmy’s Down the Street on Sherman Avenue that afternoon. More from Kerri Thoreson’s Main Street column here.

Cross: Iupati Headed For Failure

Randy Cross, who went to multiple Pro Bowls playing for the greatest 49ers teams, thinks rookie first-round guard Mike Iupati is headed for a disappointing career — unless Iupati follows Cross’ advice to stop engaging defenders so aggressively. “Every time I’ve seen this potential annual All-Pro approach a defender, he engulfs defenders with his arms, with his hands, ending up in hugging position,” Cross writes. “Mike, embrace the term ‘within the frame of the defender’s body’ and get those hands on the numbers at the defender’s chest at ALL times”/Mike Sando, More here. (AP file photo)

Question: What do you expect of rookie 49er lineman Mike Iupati this year?

Required: Kids, Animals In Fair Photos

I noticed with amusement the 7 fair photos published in this morning’s Coeur d’Alene Press. All 7 had children in them. 4 of the 7 had children with animals. Back when I was the editor of The Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Mont., I was told by the late Publisher C. Patrick King to fire my best news photographer because he’d taken a bunch of artsy fartsy photos of the Northwest Montana Fair carnival rather than ones with children holding animals. Indeed, King was so incensed that he wanted the hard-working man, who had several children to support, to get the boot. Not only did I succeed in saving the guy’s job, but also got him a dime per hour raise for the good job he did. Which was a big deal in that tight-fisted Duane Hagadone newspaper. Probably still is. Then, I made an error in judgment and told the news photographer about his close scrape. He quit a short time later to move to the Missoulian and later the Wichita Eagle.

  • Cutline: Sydney Graczyk, then 7, tries to hang on while a mechanical bull spins and bucks, In this 2008 North Idaho Fair photo by Jesse Tinsley.

Question: Do you want kids and animals in all your fair photos?

Napkin Notes: Dynamic Marriage

Paul and I had been married for a glorious eleven days before we had our first big fight.  It was over something silly, of course, but it didn’t seem like it at the time.  I felt like all our future happiness and self-respect was hanging in the balance, teetering on the outcome of our fireworks.  There was a great deal of shouting, a little theatrical crying, a dramatic exit, and a stony silent treatment that would have made Clara Bow proud.  Thankfully, it didn’t last long.  Within an hour, the clouds had blown over.  Our newlywed hearts went predictably mushy, and we approached each other sheepishly, full of regrets and apologies, ready to work out an adult solution to our impasse. And from that day to this, we’ve never had another argument. Okay, okay.  If you’re married, you already know that last line is laughably untrue/Katrina, Notes On A Napkin. More here.

  • DFO: Kristina e-mails: “Paul and I were trained this summer to facilitate an awesome course called Dynamic Marriage; it’s a powerful 8-week course that helps hurting marriages heal and makes good marriages great, and we’re offering it to the community as well as church members.” If you’re interested in joining Katrina & Paul for the 8-week course, there’s an informational link at the end of the blog post above.

Question: Can you remember one of your first fights with your mate after exchanging vows?

KHQ Poll: Spokane Isn’t Safe

Interesting findings in KHQ poll re: the fatal shooting of a security officer earlier this week (and before the officer shooting of the Spokane Valley pastor/nursery owner last night): “Poll Question: Do you feel safe in Spokane?” 38% of the respondents marked “Yes, I do.” 15% marked, “I’m not sure.” And a near majority, 47%, said: “No, I don’t.” We discussed this issue at times here.

Question: What should Spokane do to address the growing perception that it’s a dangerous place?

Reprising 1st Idaho Flight

Longtime aircraft builder Dean Wilson makes the first flight at dawn Wednesday in Lewiston. There were no problems flying the ancient but updated pusher design, making it ready for a centennial celebration in September of the first flight in  Idaho at Lewiston, made in 1910. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune, Barry Kough)

Cindy: My Life Is A Work In Progress

On Facebook, Cindy writes: “My life is a work in progress, but the teamsters keep walking off the job, the mental health professionals won’t take my insurance, my spiritual advisors are always on vacation, my editor red pens the sections I like best, and I can’t make up my mind about the color-scheme and decor.”

Question: How can you tell that your life is a work in progress?

Spence: Iraqi Voters Shame Us

In the seven years since the U.S. invasion, there’s been little to make me think the average Iraqi citizen might be better than us Americans. No doubt that has a lot to do with the selective news coverage: Mostly what we hear about is somebody blowing themselves to pieces, killing and maiming their fellow countrymen. That’s hardly something that could earn our admiration. Flailing away in random violence - it smacks of hopelessness, the very antithesis of the American spirit. In at least one regard, though, Iraqi behavior puts us to shame. That would be in the voting booth. For the most part, voting in America is about as difficult as signing up for a free refrigerator. We may have to stand in line for a bit, but with the vote-by-mail movement, even that’s quickly becoming a thing of the past. For us this basic duty is a minor inconvenience. In Iraq, by contrast, people die for the privilege/William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Why do we have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the polls, while Iraqis willingly will risk their lives to vote?

Voltron: Let’s Resolve 2009 Election

In the comments section, Voltron has proposed a contest between Councilman Mike Kennedy and challenger Jim Brannon, with a North Idaho Fair theme, to end Brannon’s long-running lawsuit from 2009 council elections.There’s seven rounds to the contest, with each round progressively harder. The Third Round tests, for example, “is about having a strong stomach. It consists eating an elephant ear, one cotton candy, an ice cream bar, a corn dog and a rasberry flavored snow cone in the fastest time possible. During the eating portion, Mike Kennedy will be forced to listen to a Mary Souza rant on tape. Jim Brannon will be forced to listen to Phaedrus rant on tape. Any vomitting is an automatic loss for the round.” You can read the entire contest proposal here.

Question: Can you suggest other fair-oriented tests to resolve Brannon’s legal challenge?

INW: Cop Kills Spokane Valley Pastor

Police block off the driveway of The Plant Farm in Spokane Valley this morning. Wayne Scott Creach, 74, pastor and owner of a plant nursery, was shot and killed by a Spokane Valley police officer late Wednesday night. Erik Loney/KXLY talked to son of Pastor Creach on camera here. Mike Prager/SR story below.(AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review)

High Noon: Macaulay Culkin Turns 30

People magazine reports today: “It may not happen to Peter Pan but it has to Macaulay Culkin – he’s all grown up. Forever known for his starring role as the abandoned 9-year-old Kevin McCallister in 1990’s Home Alone – the highest-grossing live-action comedy in Hollywood history – and its subsequent 1992 sequel, the former child star turned the big 3-0 (today).” More here.

Question: Feeling older?

New Doctors Chambers Save Passenger

There wasn’t a doctor in the house, but there were two freshly minted ones on that flight from Seattle to New York when a female passenger passed out and quit breathing. Drs. Kyle (pictured, from Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary residency program) and Lili Chambers were en route to the World Cup in South Africa when they heard the S.O.S from the flight attendant. Less than 24 hours before, the Chamberses had graduated from UWashington medical school — Kyle as an ears, nose, & throat doc; Lili, as a pediatrician. (Kyle, a 1999 Coeur d’Alene High grad, is the son of Dr. Dave Chambers of Nettleton Gulch.) So Kyle & Lili rang their buttons and were escorted to the patient who was turning blue. Complicating the matter, the family of the stricken passenger couldn’t speak English, which made it impossilbe to figure out if she had been ill, eaten anything, allergies, or heart problems. In spite of this, the Doctors Chambers quickly helped the woman to breath again and stabilized her. Ultimately, they made their connecting flight in New York, enjoyed the World Cup, and now working at residencies in Boston.

Scanner Traffic/AM — 8.26.10

  • Noonish: Female complains that a male is regularly driving by her home and texting her.
  • 11:42 p.m. Grass fire of 1 acre reported along H95 @ M/P 421 (Mica Creek Bridge).
  • 11: 23 p.m. ITD asks for extra ISP patrols on I-90 b/n M/Ps 24 & 32 (4th of July Pass) where road crews will be re-striping.
  • 11:07 a.m. North Idaho Family Physicians @ 700 Ironwood reports a patient suffering a stroke.
  • 10:27 a.m. Officer reports pulling over a yellow dune buggy that was speeding @ Government Way & Hanley.
  • 10:16 a.m. 2 callers report that a dog is running into traffic @ H41 & 16th/Post Falls.
  • 10:05 a.m. Female at Shore & Doyle/Cataldo reports that neighbor has blocked private road w/boulders and told her to take him to court when she asked him to leave her land.
  • 9:51 a.m. A disoriented female, dressed in black, is standing in median @ I-90 & H41.
  • 9:46 a.m. Tow truck accidentally dropped a damaged vehicle in H95 construction zone.
  • 9:20 a.m. Connie has problems with her neighbor’s cat.
  • 9:19 a.m. Caller reports a possible illegal burn on S. Lakeside Drive/Harrison.
  • 8:37 a.m. A disabled, white vehicle is partly blocking H41 @ M/P 24.
  • 8:34 a.m. Caller reports wood chips are smoldering @ Seltice Way & Post/Post Falls.
  • 8:20 a.m. Les @ Rose Lake Conoco reports finding a briefcase in the Dumpster.

HBO Poll: Blue-Collar Kids OK w/Us

  • Wednesday Poll: 126 of 172 respondents (73%) said they wouldn’t be disappointed if their child opted for a blue-collar job rather than go to college. 38 of 172 respondents (22%) said they would be. And 8 of 172 respondents (5%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Did Gov. Butch Otter hurt Idaho education by being too conservative with his last budget?

Wake-Up Call

On her Facebook page, Cindy reports: “So I open the shower curtain and see Milo (pictured) sitting on my towel with my bra around his neck. It’s an interesting way to start the day.”

Question: Can you tell of an interesting start to your day that happened recently?

Seattle Diner Unhappy w/The Porch

I, after tiresome delays at SeaTac, needed a drink and so picked up the cocktail menu on the table to see what house libations were on offer. Apparently, rather than offer cocktails developed for mature and discriminating palates, the management at the Porch has decided to cater to what I can only describe as frat boy culture — uneducated “bros” who buy sickeningly sweet drinks to get their unsophisticated girlfriends blotto so they can get them in the sack. Despairing, I set the menu aside and ordered a pink Tanqueray and tonic. While the staff didn’t know what the devil a pink gin is, it’s easily made and not beyond the skills of even the most inept bartender. Weirdly, I had to ask for limes as these were not included with my drink/BrianH, Yelp reviews (via Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page). More here.

Question: The Porch received rave reviews here during the short run of the HBO Grub Club. What do you make of Yelp reviewer BrianH’s complaint re: the popular Hayden eatery?

Allred: Otter Botched Budget, Hurt Ed

Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor, says the latest official state revenue forecasts shows “Otter cut schools unnecessarily,” and said in a news release this morning, “New information about Idaho’s budget once again underscores one point: Idaho school kids shouldn’t have to pay the price for Butch Otter’s botched budget.” Idaho lawmakers and Otter cut funding for public schools this year by $128 million, 7.5 percent. The latest state revenue forecast suggests the current fiscal year, which began July 1, could end with about $80 million more in state tax revenue that lawmakers predicted/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Did Butch Otter act responsibly by taking a conservative approach to the education budget? Or did he hurt education by being too cautious?

North Idaho Fair Comment Thread

I saw Don Sausser and Mrs. S walking around the fairgrounds last night, by the exhibition barns. Later, he must have spotted this teen getting her face painted and pulled out his handy camera. Please feel free to send in your photographs of the fair — and post any comments about the fair. BTW, I saw that several regulars here had entered various items at the fair, including Christa Hazel, Arch Druid, & Shannon.

Question: Do you have any observations re: the first day of the North Idaho Fair? You can use this thread to post them.

Philly To Charge Bloggers $300/Year

The Philadelphia City Paper is reporting that Philly is requiring bloggers to get a $300 business license in order to operate their blogs. This seems kind of outrageous to me but may be a sign of things to come for the world of blogs.  I’m actually surprised at how many small readership blogs have advertising. I can’t imagine most of them are making more than a couple bucks a year. In my opinion, blogging makes a terrible business but it makes a great avenue for community involvement, personal discipline and just all around fun/Down To Earth. More here.

Question: Would you blog if you had to pay your city $300 — or a lesser amount — to do so?

Inlander: CdA Politics Stuck in 2009

Spokane just finished its primary elections. North Idaho’s were back in May. But Coeur d’Alene is still stuck in 2009 thanks to its city council election, a five-vote squeaker has created a frenzy of legal issues and cries of small-town corruption. Last November, incumbent Councilman Mike Kennedy beat challenger Jim Brannon (pictured). A few weeks later, Brannon filed a lawsuit challenging the results. Idaho law allows the loser a free recount if the victory is within one-tenth of a percent — but using the same ballots and the same machines wouldn’t do, Brannon announced, demanding careful analysis of the election. In the following months, that analysis has devolved into taunts and insults on competing websites (the Spokesman-Review’s Huckleberries Online and the conspiracy-minded and allegations that North Idaho’s civic leaders are as power hungry as North Korea’s dear leader. How did a city council race ever come to this?/Heidi Groover, Inlander. More here.

  • DFO: Reporter Heidi Groover is a summer intern for the Inlander from Hayden.

Question: Has Jim Brannon’s lawsuit against the city of Coeur d’Alene and Councilman Mike Kennedy prevented the city from moving ahead in any way? Or is it simply a distraction?

Mary Lou: Pleasures Of NIdaho Swims

As August wanes and the summer nights begin to cool us down, let’s stop a moment and say thank you to our deliciously swimmable North Idaho lakes. Although summer dawdled in June in turning the heat up, July brought the hot days it takes to warm the waters and turn our thoughts to getting wet and staying wet. There are lots of us who love to swim and believe all water — Coeur d’Alene Lake in particular — exists for us to swim in. Not everyone agrees. Recently, in a discussion about the future of Cougar Bay, Jim Aucutt, chairman of the Kootenai County Parks and Waterways Advisory Board, was quoted in the Coeur d’Alene Press as saying, “The waters of the state of Idaho belong to the boaters.” Grrrrrrrr/Mary Lou Reed, a former Idaho senator, Inlander. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Jim Aucutt of the county Parks and Waterways Advisory Board that the ‘waters of the state of Idaho belong to the boaters.’?

AM Headlines — 8.26.10

Charlotte Pegoraro and her son Luke Pegoraro, 4, of Harrison, wait for their vegetables to be checked in for competition at the North Idaho Fair Garden Building on Monday/Kathy Plonka, SR.

Elin: ‘Been Through Hell’

Elin Nordegren is shown on the cover of People magazine’s Sept. 6 issue. Tiger  Woods’ ex-wife said she has “been through hell” since her husband’s infidelity surfaced but she never hit him, according to an interview released Wednesday. Nordegren told People magazine she and  Woods  tried for months to reconcile the relationship. In the end, a marriage “without trust and love” wasn’t good for anyone, she said. (AP Photo/People Magazine)

Question: Who do you feel most sorry for in the break-up of Tiger Woods’ marriage — Tiger or Elin?

These Hospital Gowns Part On Side

Two Treasure Valley medical professionals have come up with a design to help make hospital stays a little easier on patients. Registered nurse Carleen Egbert, from Meridian, and Dr. Brian Kerr, of Boise, have developed a new hospital gown that parts at the side and thus covers the patient’s body more thoroughly. A source of embarrassment for many, the traditional gowns part and tie at the back, leaving the patient’s backside often uncovered/Christoph Kober, Idaho Press Tribune. More here.

Question: Should Kootenai Medical Center order these gowns?

Cop Kills Valley Pastor, Biz Owner

RE: Officer shoots Southern Baptist pastor, business owner in Valley/Mike Prager, SR

Community Comment: It will be interesting to see how the spin-moguls manage to make it sound like Pastor Creach is at fault for his own death. it. More here.

Question: What’s wrong with the police departments in Spokane County?

Otter Enters Spokane River Dispute

Item: Otter gets involved in bi-state river dispute: Governor: New technology may help solve problem/Brian Walker, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has been enlisted to help shake the bi-state Spokane River cleanup plan controversy. Otter and Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss how Idaho agencies that discharge wastewater to the river can avoid a costly court battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Question: Do you want to see Gov. Butch Otter be involved in the cleanup controversy involving the Spokane River?

Anderson: Resurgent Insurgency

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

North Idaho Fair Wild Card — 8.25.10

I’ll be at the North Idaho Fair after work this evening to enjoy the usual fare of exhibits, huckleberry ice cream, and entertainment. (See fair schedule here.) I’ll be with Mrs. O and my 85YO mother. So we probably won’t get much farther than the exhibit area of the fair. Mom doesn’t walk that well any more. But she enjoys the fair nonetheless. I hope to see you there. Now, for your Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 8.25.10

Twelve-year-old Madison Gallus registers for seventh-grade classes at Canfield Middle School in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday.(SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

KREM: Fair Goers Now Can Tote Beer

The North Idaho Fair kicked off Wednesday with one controversial change. Alcoholic beverages bought at the Fair will be allowed throughout the fairgrounds instead of only in designated areas like beer gardens. Fair promoters argue it will help promote a family atmosphere during the event by allowing parents to stay with their children, but not everyone agrees. “I think it’s a huge mistake,” says Cammie Hastings from Coeur d’Alene. ” I think the fair is a family place and I don’t think it’s the place for alcohol.  If they want to have their own area especially in the evenings, a beer garden but not where all the kids are all day.  It’s just not right”/KREM. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes)

Question: Are you looking forward to packing a beer around the fairgrounds this week?

Scanner Traffic/PM — 8.25.10

  • 5:54 p.m. Possible suicide attempt on Dodd Road/Hayden.
  • 5:37 p.m. A male w/long gray hair rode off on a bike toward KFC after he allegedly pulled a knife and possibly stabbed another male in 100 block of East Borah/CdA.
  • 5:21 p.m. An extremely drunk female is walking in front of Tim’s Meats on Government Way.
  • 5:09 p.m. A juvenile has run away after taken prescription drugs from 900 block of Lincoln Way/CdA.
  • 5 p.m. Patrol officer hit guardrail after his vehicle suffered a blowout on 4th of July Pass.
  • 4:59 p.m. At 1:41 p.m. today, Bicyclist Russell W. Irby, 14, of Coeur d’Alene, was knocked unconscious & taken to KMC after he was hit by a vehicle driven by Marty D. Frantz, 59, of Post Falls, that was entering Government Way. ISP report here.
  • 4:21 p.m. Oregon welfare worker wants CPD Blues to check on 21YO mother w/3YO son who might be staying in Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive motel. She left state w/o approval.
  • 4:01 p.m. 3 females in front of the Iron Horse b/n 4th & 5th on Sherman are darting back and forth into traffic.
  • Much more below

PM: Bonner County Mulls Layoffs

This isn’t part of OrangeTV’s Food Porn program. Rather, it’s from the Web page of Seems Blogmistress and her husband were concerned that one of their parents would introduce their child to Hudson’s Hamburgers before they had a chance to do so. Click here to see why that’s no longer an issue.

Question: When did you last eat a Hudson’s hamburger?

Ex-Hayden Hopeful Faces Race Count

In this October 2003 AP file photo, Aryan Nations founder Richard G. Butler, left, displays his new campaign signs, along with Aryan follower Zack  Beck, right, outside Butler’s home in Hayden. Butler, who has since died, was running for mayor, and  Beck for a City Council position. Now, Beck is indicted in a racially motivated attack on a patron in a Vancouver, Wash., bar. See story here. (AP Photo/Jeff T. Green)

Idaho GOP Reins In Labrador Help

The AP reports today that the Idaho Republican Party has shifted gears and isn’t using one of its “victory” staffers to work to elect Raul Labrador to Congress after all, instead spending most of his time on other state GOP campaigns. Jeff Ward, head of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, was hired to work in Coeur d’Alene and head up a push for Labrador against incumbent Congressman Walt Minnick, but state GOP executive director Jonathan Parker told the AP today that he’s now being used as “a traditional Idaho GOP employee”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Does this move spell retreat from the Labrador campaign by Idaho GOP? Or is it simply a reorganization?

North Idaho Blogs — 8.25.10

At the Cat House & Shooting Gallery, JeanC continues to enjoy the new camera that her husband surprised her with. You can see more of her recent work here.

Hucks Online numbers (for Tuesday, Aug. 24): 8986/5517, and (for Monday, Aug. 23): 10,016/5872.

Food Porn: Cricket’s Shrimp Stir Fry

Among the dinner specials at Crickets in downtown Coeur d’Alene is this plate of shrimp fry, which OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho presents to us on his Facebook page as the latest dish of “Food Porn.” And I had a can of low-fat Amy’s minestrone for lunch.

Question: Are you a seafood or stir fry fan?

DanG: ‘People Will Die’ In Attack

At the Coeur d’Alene Press online site, Dan Gookin of and a poster pseudonymed RadRevD are discussing the city’s decision to buy insurance against terrorist attack. RadRevD wonders if the insurance will make Coeur d’Alene whole, if there’s some sort of attack against a chemical source that could pollute the Spokane River and Rathdrum aquifer. Gookin responds by returning to an old complaint that the city has refused to show a disaster plan for meltdown of some sort at the wastewater treatment plan on national security grounds. Continues Gookin: “My guess is that they don’t show the plan because FEMA gave them a D or an F on it. That’s most likely because PEOPLE WILL DIE (his caps not mine).” (SR 2007 file photo: Then Coeur d’Alene wastewater superintendent Sid Frederickson points out how dead bacteria settle in treatment tank.)

Question: Are you concerned re: a terrorist attack that would target the wastewater treatment plant in Coeur d’Alene?

Jesuit Calls Out Anti-Indian NICA

Retiring Jesuit priest Tom Connolly wrote the following form St. Maries Gazette-Record: Unfortunately, those like (North Idaho Citizens Alliance) who want to continue to keep tribes down have organized to seek to prevent them from exercising their long-suppressed rights. In a simple recent instance, Benewah County might need additional law enforcement for its civic events. If fully trained and certified enforcement officials were to be temporarily used from Kootenai County, nothing would ever be said. But if there’s a possibility of temporarily using equally fully trained and certified enforcement officials from the nearby Coeur d’Alene Tribe, a huge uproar is raised by NICA against any possible recognition or cooperation with an Indian tribe. … NICA bullies and threatens Benewah County with their anti-tribal diatribes to prevent any harmonious relationships between the tribe and the county. More here.

Question: Do you think a Jesuit priest with the gravitas of Father Tom Connolly can talk sense to the North Idaho Citizens Alliance?

Another Day, Another Mariner Loss

Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki strikes out against Boston Red Sox starter Josh Beckett during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Wednesday. Boston won 5-3. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Question: Are you still following the Seattle Mariners this year?

Kiki Swings My Vote At 11th Hour

Here’s the Facebook argument from Kiki Miller that ultimately tipped the balance in my mind to vote for the Kootenai Technical Education Campus: “Still confused about KTec a bit. But…for my simple mind it’s….. a.) kids & education (yes, tech training is education!) = money well spent b.) districts rarely cooperation with each other, good to support that effort c.) it’s less tax than dinner with a friend outta my pocket and 30min to go vote. so.. yes it is!”

Question: What ultimately swayed your KTEC vote?

Future Generations Will Dis Golf Shirts

When German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann dug up the remains of ancient Troy in 1872, he discovered objects that contained images of what we’ve come to believe ancient Greeks looked like: Men wore tunics — basically knee-length T-shirts — and women sported togas. But what if that was just a fad of the 12th century B.C.? In normal times, maybe Greeks actually wore tie-dye, board shorts and Skechers. The question arises because the golf shirt (actually, polo shirt is the proper name) has become the unofficial work uniform of the early 21st century/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: I’m wearing a polo shirt as I type this. How often do you wear a polo (golf) shirt? And do you think they’re a passing fad?

EOB: Board Rejects Hart’s Tax Appeal

Idaho’s state Board of Tax Appeals has rejected Rep. Phil Hart’s bid to appeal an order to pay $53,000 in back state income taxes, penalties and interest, saying his appeal wasn’t timely. Hart argued that he should have months extra to file his appeal because of the state Constitution’s provision granting freedom from arrest or civil process to state legislators during legislative sessions; the appeal period ran out 10 days before the start of this year’s legislative session. You can read the decision here/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

Factoid: 88 percent of Huckleberries Online voters consider Rep. Phil Hart to be a “habitual tax scofflaw” while only 9% consider him to be a “principled tax resister.” What would you say to the 9% who are standing by their man?

Lynne: Need Help With Dog Problem

Lynne: Are non-stop barking dogs a ticket-able offense in CDA? These dogs bark non-stop all day and night. Neighbors have talked to the owners. To no avail. I don’t want to start calling the cops every . single . night. But at 12:30 in the morning, when I have to get up at 5:00, and I have the window closed, fan on and TV on and I can STILL hear them … I’m going to lose it!

DFO: We had the same situation a few years ago, with neighbors and myself calling the cops several times on a pack of mutts in a yard that backed up to our street barking and fighting much of the day and into the night. One neighbor finally signed a citation and tuck the guy to court. End of ruckus.

Question: Do you have a dog problem in your neighborhood? What have you done to handle it?

INW Headlines — 8.25.10

Josh Kuntz maneuvers his paddle board in Hyalite Reservoir in Bozeman, Mont. Stand up paddle boarding is gaining popularity on lakes and rivers across the west. (AP Photo/The Bozeman Chronicle, Erik Petersen)

High Noon: Is FB ‘Places’ For You?

In this file photo taken Aug. 18, 2010, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, talks about the social network site’s new localization services called Places during a news conference in Palo Alto, Calif. Facebook has rolled out its long-awaited location feature, Facebook Places, an application that lets users “check in” on their mobile phones so friends know where they’re hanging out and what they’re doing. Story here. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Question: Do you plan to sign up for Facebook “Places” feature? Or do you consider it too intrusive?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 8.25.10

  • 11:42 a.m. A dog is wandering along I-90 freeway @ M/P 8 (near Huetter).
  • 11:19 a.m. EMTs are responding to report of an injury fall at North Idaho Fair.
  • 11:14 a.m. 2 underage males are racing on dirt bikes on city streets (unknown location).
  • 10:33 a.m. A large, white dog that tried to attack a neighbor Tuesday on Bald Eagle/Athol is out again.
  • 10:01 a.m. Caller reports she received a text from a female who said she was threatened by another female in 2800 block of Julia/CdA.
  • 9:49 a.m. Male who reported that his dog had been stolen calls to say the dog has returned.
  • 9:42 a.m. A male who isn’t suppose to be on the grounds of an apartment complex @ 184 Spokane/CdA is walking on the sidewalk out front.
  • 9:13 a.m. A disabled vehicle is blocking the intersection of 2nd & Wallace/CdA.
  • 8:43 a.m. A pitbull is running loose @ 16th & Hanley/CdA.
  • 8:32 a.m. 2 twentysomething hitchhikers with long hair and beards, wearing camo, are trying to get a ride @ Ramsey & Diagonal/Rathdrum.

HBO Poll: Repeal Death Penalty

  • Tuesday Poll: 103 of 157 respondents (66%) said they support the permanent repeal of the ‘death penalty’ tax. 54 of 157 respondents (34%) said the tax should continue.
  • Phil Hart Poll: By 80 votes to 8, respondents said they consider Rep. Phil Hart, R-Idaho, to be “a habitual tax scofflaw” rather than a “principled tax protester.”
  • Today’s Poll: Would you be disappointed if your child opted for a blue-collar job rather than go to college?

EOB: Crapo, Risch Web Challenged

There was a time when then-Idaho Sen. Larry Craig was dubbed the “cybersenator” because he was the first U.S. senator to send out podcasts. Now, it seems, our digital edge in the U.S. Senate has slipped. George Washington University and New York University’s Stern School of Business have completed a joint study that evaluated and ranked every senator for what it dubbed their “digital I.Q.,” or “online competence” based on presence on websites, social media following and sentiment, digital marketing aptitude and search engine optimization skills. Idaho’s results? Sen. Mike Crapo ranked 64th among the 100 senators, and Sen. Jim Risch ranked 93rd/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you more online competent than a U.S. senator from Idaho?

McCain Thwarts GOPrimary Upset Try

Sen.  John  McCain, R-Ariz., left, waves to supporters at an election victory party with his wife Cindy  McCain, Tuesday in Phoenix. McCain survived his toughest Republican election primary in years, beating former congressman J.D. Hayworth. Story here. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Question: McCain survived an election challenge from a Tea Party favorite in Arizona, while Lisa Murkowski appears to have lost to another Tea Party candidate in Sarah Palin’s Alaska. How would you rate the Tea Party’s impact on elections held so far this year?

Arpie: ‘How Lucky I Am’

Via Facebook, Arpie writes: “My normal bike ride last evening past the moss covered stone and around Round Lake State Park ended with a zip through the campground. To see these people from all over the country working so hard to enjoy a bit of a vacation a few minutes from where I live is always a reminder of how lucky I am.”

Question: What makes you realize how lucky you are to live in North Idaho?

CdA Insures Itself Against Terrorism

Item: Coeur d’Alene covered in case of terrorist attack/Tom Hasslinger, CdA Press

More Info: The city of Coeur d’Alene has, opting to include for at least the second straight year insurance that would cover its assets in the unlikely event of a Lake City terrorist attack. But the city’s urban renewal agency, Lake City Development Corp., turned the same opportunity down last week, declining to pick up the $5,000 premium that would cover against covert strikes. It’s the second straight year LCDC said no.

Question: Is the city of Coeur d’Alene wasting money by insuring itself against terrorist attacks?

Voltron: College Isn’t For Everyone

Voltron: I saw a lot of Hucksters opposing the KTEC based on who was behind it the campaign (Ron Nilson and Mary Souza) and letting their personal feelings about the anti-government group get in the way of much needed project. The outcome shows there is a push from society for an alternative to the college education path that is so commonly pushed by parents and the public school system. College isn’t for everybody. Just look at the drop out rates of college kids. How many millions of dollars are wasted by students who go to college simply because their parents have hammered into their brains — you will go to college

Question: Voltron goes on to say that many parents would be horrified, deep down, if their own kid decided to balk at college and the fine arts for welding and machine work. Would you?

Hard Over Eggs Are Safest To Eat

A sunny side up egg, background, and an over hard  egg are shown in this AP photo by Larry Crowe. For safety sake, an  egg  cooked on both sides to 160 degrees, foreground, is a better choice than sunny side up, where the yolk is runny. About a half billion eggs have been recalled as a result of a salmonella outbreak here.

Question: How do you like your eggs served?


I’ve been hearing a rumor for a few days now that Ron Nilson, fresh from victory in the Kootenai Technical Education Campus, will now challenge Christie Wood in the North Idaho College trustee elections. And that Robert Ketchum, the former Work Training Center director who was down-sized out of a job by the NIC trustees, might also run. Stay tuned.

IS: Assignment For School Parents

As a new school year begins, things are anything but old school. Teachers will likely have more students, more tests to grade - and less time for one-on-one attention. Bus routes may be more circuitous and less convenient. Field trips? Don’t get your hopes up. After two years of budget cuts, this is the school year when reality hits. It’s too early to gauge the effects. After all, classes are starting today in Boise and will start Monday in Meridian, while Nampa begins its second week of school today. Meanwhile, Idaho’s colleges and universities have just started fall semester. However, it is high time to issue a challenge - or assign some homework/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: How involved are you with your children’s education and with helping out in your children’s schools?

AGs: CraigsList Should Drop Adult Ads

Craigslist should remove its adult services section because the website cannot adequately block potentially illegal ads promoting prostitution and child trafficking, attorneys general in 17 states demanded Tuesday in a joint letter. “Only Craigslist has the power to stop these ads before they are even published,” said Kansas attorney general Steve Six in a statement Tuesday. “Sadly, they are completely unwilling to do so.” The joint letter acknowledged Craigslist faces the prospect of losing revenue if it were to remove the adult services section/KXLY. More here.

Question: Should Craigslist remove the adult services section from its Web site in an effort to block potentially illegal ads promoting prostitution and child trafficking?

AM: Voters OK 3 KTEC Levies

Nathon Akin of Lewiston keeps cool under the shade of his umbrella during his son’s football practice Tuesday in Lewiston. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune, Kyle Mills)

APhoto Of The Day — 8.25.10

Revelers play with tomato pulp during the annual ” tomatina” tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, near Valencia,  Spain, Wednesday. Bunol’s town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away as Japan and Australia, took up arms Wednesday with 100 tons of tomatoes in the yearly food fight known as the ‘ Tomatina’ now in its 65th year. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. (only entry): No more ketchup for me! — Lew2nl

Gambling, Lottery Expansion Fails

Some state legislatures across the country reacted to downturns in tax revenue by trying to raise more money from lotteries and other forms of gambling.  The Idaho Lottery doesn’t support that idea, and efforts in other states have been largely unsuccessful. More than half of all states considered changes to their gambling laws, but just four enacted changes so far, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).  Attempts in 17 statehouses failed, while five states’ actions are undetermined, according to the NCSL. Among the changes, Ohio and New York both are now selling tickets for Powerball, the multi-state lottery Idaho already participates in.  New York estimates that it will raise $134 million in the next year from Powerball/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Do you think the current level of gambling in Idaho is enough? Would you like to see more gambling opportunities? Would you like to see no gambling at all?

Phaedrus: Will OpenCDA Protest Vote?

RE: “The Lakeland District’s $940,900 two-year levy received 1,007 “yes” votes, representing 55.27 percent of the 1,822 votes cast” — Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

Phaedrus: Curiouser and curiouser. The Lakeland levy won by just 5 VOTES, Will Dan Gookin and Mary Souza be hysterically demanding a recount? Will he and his cohorts want to examine the ballots? Will they sue to have the election thrown out? Why do they trust that the school board running their own election — hardly a neutral third part — did everything EXACTLY right? Did any of the voters who supported the levy vote absentee? Was every envelope time stamped? C’mon Mary Souza and Dan Gookin inquiring minds want to know. Or doesn’t any of this matter because you BFF Ron Nilson got his beloved taxpayer funded, employee training center?

Question: Does anyone want a recount of 5-vote victory in Lakeland School District levy election?

Christa: Hats Off To KTEC Organizers

RE: KTEC passes in all three districts/Alison Boggs, SR

Christa Hazel: KTEC supporters should be commended for the job well done. Passing any levy in our area is not an easy task. Add to that the hurdle of our uncertain economy and the uphill climb gets even longer. Additionally, it was an August levy ran against conventional wisdom. The Consortium folks (Ron Nilson in particular) and district administration made themselves available at many different functions county wide for months. Time spent in meetings was time not spent with loved ones. While I was not supportive, I can respect the outcome. Hopefully now we can begin to build KTEC and look to the future beyond KTEC to address the myriad of issues that affect our public education. Most importantly, I am appreciative for those who took the time to vote.

Question: Were you surprised by the outcome of the levy elections for the Kootenai Technical Education Campus?

Signe: Just End The War

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

KTEC Passes In All 3 Districts

Voters in three North Idaho school districts Tuesday said yes to a levy that will raise property taxes for two years to build a $9.5 million professional-technical high school on the Rathdrum Prairie. Voters in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls overwhelmingly supported the measure with 65 percent and 66 percent approval, respectively. In the Lakeland School District, the measure squeaked by, earning 55.27 percent, just above the 55 percent approval rating required. “I couldn’t be happier,” said Post Falls Superintendent Jerry Keane. “It is certainly a project that will serve Kootenai County kids for a lot of years”/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

MM: Crocs, Sweat Pants Are A Sign

Moscow Minidoka: Crocs are as stupid as sweat pants. I wouldn’t be caught dead in either. To paraphrase an episode of Seinfeld, they both signal to everyone that the wearer has simply given up.

Question: Have you ever worn sweat pants in a public place, other than for the purpose of working out?

P.S. Hung Up In Arlington, Texas

A member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team gets hung up on a flagpole during a jump into the ballpark before the baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday. No one was reported injured in the minor mishap. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

KTEC Vote Wild Card — 8.24.10

Today’s the big vote day for the proposed $9.5M levy proposal for the Kootenai Technical Education Campus. It needs 55% approval in the three different school districts to pass — Lakeland, Post Falls, & Coeur d’Alene. Many of you don’t think the levies will get 50% approval. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it passed in the Lakeland School District (where campus will be located) and failed in Post Falls & Coeur d’Alene. There’s been quite a push by business interests to pass the levy. But it’s also a bad economic time. We’ll see. While we wait for the votes to be counted, I’ll post this Wild Card …

You Can Be A Racist For Doing Anything

In way of explanation, Charles Dixon comments inside: “You can say that anyone is racist for doing anything. The way the racist charge is getting thrown around these days it would make for a good Dr. Seuss book. It has become that nonsensical.” Then, he offers:

I’m a racist for tying my shoes in a knot.
I’m a racist for dotting my I’s with a dot.
I’m a racist for driving a purple and green car.
I’m a racist for driving that car way too far.
I’m a racist because my name’s Harry O’Leary.
I’m a racist for running and not being weary.
I’m a racist because I like blueberry jam.
I’m a racist because I hate green eggs and ham.
I’m a racist for using the made-up word Uppityville.
I’m a racist for thinking our president’s not civil.
I’m a racist because I don’t hate Sarah Palin.
I’m a racist cause I complain that my 401k is ailin.
I’m a racist for thinking the country’s going the wrong direction.
I’m a racist cause I deny I’d love Obama with more introspection.

Question: Do you agree w/Charles Dixon that the word “racist” is bandied about too freely today?

PM: Long Butte Fire Is USA’s Largest

An employee of the Half Moon Ranch moves cattle on Monday, southeast of Hagerman. The Long Butte Fire ignited Saturday in a lightning storm in an area 35 miles south of Glenns Ferry. But strong winds Sunday and Monday fueled its growth, making it the nation’s biggest active wildfire. Twin Falls Times-News story here. (AP Photo/The Times-News, Ashley Smith)

APhoto Of The Day — 8.24.10

An unidentified  fan is struck by a foul ball during the baseball between Minnesota  Twins and Texas  Rangers at  Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Tx., Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Brandon Wade)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. There’s no crying in baseball. Even if you’re a dork and totally blow catching a foul ball in front of your girlfriend. Even if you get a huge black eye and lose your vision in that eye and your girlfriend leaves you for a guy who can catch. Even then, there’s no crying in baseball — CindyH.
  • 2. Why do you look at the marble in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the baseball in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the marble out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a baseball in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the baseball out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the marble from your brother’s eye — Nic.
  • 3. In an unexpected place, the Mariners find their new left fielder — JohnA.
  • HM: Charlie & Soaf

Scanner Traffic/PM — 8.24.10

  • 5:47 p.m. Female from Fairway area/CdA threatens to commit suicide if she doesn’t get her prescription drugs from WalMart.
  • 5:40 p.m. 2 extremely drunk males are trying to get their boat out of water @ Q’emiln Park/Post Falls
  • 5:22 p.m. Caller reports that an extended pickup w/a Denver Broncos sticker may have taken off w/goods from Goodwill on 4th/CdA.
  • 5:19 p.m. A vehicle w/Washington plates spun brodies @ Hauser Lake boat launch area before leaving.
  • 4:59 p.m. Caller reports finding a bicycle @ 724 1/2 11th/CdA.
  • 4:49 p.m. Caller is concerned that a Jeep w/o doors is being driven while children are riding in the back.
  • 4:48 p.m. Caller reports that a neighbor is creating a hazard by spray-painting his vehicle on the street @ Glacier Peak Drive/Post Falls.
  • 4:47 p.m. Upset boy at Falls Park/Post Falls reports his bike was stolen 10 minutes ago.
  • 4:27 p.m. Caller reports a possible illegal burn along Red Fir Lane/CdA.
  • 4:02 p.m. A large group of drunks is using a dock w/o permission on lower Twin Lakes.
  • Much more below

Judge Revokes Permits For Huge Loads

An Idaho judge has revoked special permits issued by the state to allow ConocoPhillips to ship four oversized loads of oil refinery equipment along a highway that follows a winding, federally protected river corridor in northern Idaho. Second District Judge John Bradbury ordered the Idaho Transportation Department to study the permit request again and take action to ensure the safety and convenience of the public. Last week, Bradbury put a temporary halt to the oil company’s plans to ship the massive coke drums along the 175-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 12. He issued his opinion today, after hearing testimony on the case on Monday/Betsy Russell, SR. (Courtesy photo from Judge John Bradbury’s Supreme Court run)

Question: Did Judge John Bradbury make the right call?

Parlez-vous Français?

Via Twitter, from Jamie Lynn Morgan: “When someone yells at their screaming child in French it sounds way sexier than when it happens in English.”

Question: Can you speak or yell in French?

Bar Report: What Pitcher, Ossifer?

How drunk do you have to be to deny to police that you have a pitcher of beer while you’re still holding it. Here’s another of my favorites from the latest Downtown Coeur d’Alene Bar Report: “Officers cited a 34 year old male for open container after catching him walking down the street with a pitcher of beer in his hand. At first the suspect denied having the pitcher, and then would not say what bar the pitcher was from, but when the officer gave him the ticket he told the officer he was “not the person who walked out of the Torch with a pitcher.” Full report here (the 4 females who set fire to a napkin at the Torch is pretty good, too).

Question: What is the dumbest thing you’ve seen a drunk do?

John McCain Faces Challenge Today

U.S. Sen.  John  McCain, R-AZ., leaves his polling station earlier today in Phoenix after casting his vote in the Arizona primary election.  McCain is being challenged by former Congressman J.D. Hayworth. An AP story reports that McCain and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, are poised to win bitter primary fights against Tea Party opponents today here. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Question: Any predictions re: surprises in primary elections around the nation today?

Risch, Crapo Want Fed Help On Wolves

Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo have sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar urging him to appeal a federal court decision placing wolves back on the endangered species list, which they call a “most unfortunate decision.” The two ask Salazar to “vigorously” appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, adding, “It is imperative that the Department of the Interior put forth any and all necessary resources in order to successfully appeal and overturn the District Court’s decision.” Click below to read the full letter. Idaho’s top fish and game officials already have called for the state to appeal the ruling; as a named defendant, Idaho can appeal on its own, but the lead defendant in the case is Salazar/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Should the Obama administration get involved on the side of Idaho and Montana in seeking to restore wolf hunts?

Did Steele Violate No-Contact Order?

A federal prosecutor alleges in court documents that former Aryan Nations lawyer Edgar Steele appears to have violated a no-contact order with his wife, a woman he is accused of trying to have killed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci J. Whelan recently filed a notice in federal court saying that Steele mailed a birthday card from the Spokane County Jail with a plea for help to his wife, Cynthia. “I know how to say ‘I Love You.’ though they won’t let me say it, they can’t stop me from loving you … nor you from loving me, of course — which I hope you still do, Sweetheart,” the card reads. “I need you more now than I ever have — more than I ever have needed anything. “Never, in a million years, would I do anything to knowingly harm you. Please understand how much you mean to me. Help me-and-our family-to weather this crisis do-whatever it takes to be able to stand by my side and to continue to be my partner in life. You never will regret it, I promise you”/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here. (SR 2002 file photo of Edgar Steele)

Question: What would be an appropriate message on a greeting card that Edgar Steele could send to his wife?

A Look At KTEC Ballot

Here’s a photo of the ballot measure from the proposed $9.5M levy in three school districts for today’s Kootenai Technical Education Campus levies. Kerri Thoreson provided the photo on her Facebook page.

Kerri Predicts Big KTEC Turnout

On Facebook, Kerri Thoreson writes: “By 9:15 a.m. nearly 60 people had already voted at Frederick Post Elementary in Post Falls in the KTEC election. I’m predicting a huge turnout by 8 p.m. today. Earlier this month there were only about 300 votes cast TOTAL throughout the entire Kootenai Fire & Rescue Protection District in their bond election. VOTE!”

Question: Use this Wild Card to report how the vote is going at your polling place — and to report any interesting situations that you encounter while voting?

KTEC Flyers @ LCHS Polling Place

A Berry Picker dropped by a flyer that he found with others at the Lake City High polling place for the Kootenai Technical Education Campus. The flyer is informational and doesn’t explicity urge a “Yes” vote on the proposed $9.5M levy proposal being voted upon in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, & Lakeland school districts today. But it does have such sections as “What benefit is this to me if I don’t have children in school?”

Question: Is it appropriate for the informational flyers to be placed at polling places for the KTEC levies vote?

Tanya: Tip Your Waiter 20 Percent

Writing for Off The Cuff (a University of Idaho column), Tanya says: “Saturday night I said goodbye to my career as a waitress. Now that I am no longer a member of the serving community, I would like to request a few things from the public. Please tip your server 20 percent since 10 percent is what they were tipped in 1980, do not say you are ready to order unless you really are, if you know you will need 15 cups of extra ranch then please give your server a heads-up, and remember servers are human too, and make mistakes sometimes.”

Question: Have you ever served as a waiter or waitress? What would you like to say to the dining public?

Ilya: Computer Images Killing Cinema

Also at the University of Idaho Argonaut, Illya Pinchuk laments that computer generated imagery is killing the movies: “Summer was a bad time for movies this year. Between ‘Iron Man 2,’ ‘Robin Hood’ and, God help me, the latest installation in the ‘Twilight’ saga, it’s not hard to see why many shunned theaters like they were the plague. To get my movie fix, I turned to Netflix and TV, catching up on ‘popular’ movie offerings I had missed out on. I was not impressed. Somewhere between the flashy-but-hollow ‘Avatar,’ the braindead-made-for-12-year-olds ‘Transformers 2,’ and the trying-too-hard ‘Star Trek,’ a realization hit me — I hadn’t seen a good movie in ages. What happened to the days of real-life action, of true comedy via social commentary, to the intelligent scrip-writing and the raw, masterful directing? Three letters: CGI.” More here. (AP file photo/20th Century Fox: Neytiri and Jake are shown in a scene from “Avatar.”)

Question: Which movie was the last good one that you’ve seen on the big screen that didn’t rely on computer generated images for action sequences?

Columnist: Real Men Don’t Wear Crocs

Everyone has that friend they like to grab a beer, watch a game or go on a road trip with him is some of the most fun you have ever had. You have stories about drinking so much one night that neither of you can believe you didn’t puke the next day. You have been close for years and will be for many more. But he has one habit that you cannot get past, and he knows it all too well. Your best friend has a pair of sky-blue crocs that appear whenever a trip to the beach is mentioned. Crocs, the rubbery combination of shoes and sandals, have been around for some time. They are perfectly acceptable in our society for little kids and old ladies, but grown men of reasonable intelligence should know better. Though crocs may have a certain level of comfort, they scream “lazy” and “haven’t grown up yet” to the rest of the world/Steve Carter, University of Idaho Argonaut. More here.

Question: Do real men wear Crocs?

INW: Iupati ‘Destined For Greatness’

Standout lineman Mike Iupati is shown hugging University of Idaho coach Robb Akey in the final moments of the Vandals victory over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl last Dec. 30. Now, Iupati is not only a San Francisco 49er lineman. But he also was selected by Bleacher Report as No. 4 of 15 NFL rookies this year who are destined for greatness. Click here.

High Noon: Gookin Lauds HBO Debate

In one of those rare even-a-broken-clock-is-right-twice-a-day moments, Dan Gookin of applauds Huckleberries Online for the discussion re: the Kootenai Technical Education Campus that has gone on here for a coupla days. Sez Gookin: “While I support the concept of KTEC, and welcome vocational education, I must applaud those in our community who have the courage to stand up and be against something.” You can read the rest here.

Question: Do you have the ability to disagree with people without developing a disagreeable attitude toward them?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 8.24.10

  • Noonish: Post Falls officer is checking on panhandler @ I-90 & Spokane.
  • Noonish: Rathdrum juvenile has run away from N. Mill Street home.
  • 11:51 a.m. A fat male w/a bald head, driving a 1990 Nissan pickup, has stolen a purse from a vehicle @ 7th & Lakeside/CdA.
  • 11:31 a.m. Elderly male driving a brown pickup ran a stop sign @ Seltice Way & Cedar/Post Falls & may be drunk.
  • 11:30 a.m. Caller reports that a female in home @ Dalton & Valley has been yelling at a male for about a week.
  • 11:08 a.m. Male @ KCSD HQ reports daughter-in-law has stolen his mother’s credit card and may try to use it to bail out of jail.
  • Much more below

Julie: When’s Best For College Visits?

On her Facebook account, Julie Fanselow writes: “With my daughter starting her junior year at Boise High this week, we want to know: When’s the best time for college visits? Spring of junior year? Fall of senior year? Before she applies? After she’s admitted? Weekdays instead of weekends, I’m guessing? Any and all advice welcome and appreciated!” I’ve gone through the drill twice — and both my kids ended up in Portland area schools (Linfield College and University of Portland). That made it easier for us than those of you who have had to traipse all over the country, helping a child find the right college.

Question: When’s the best time for college visits?

Marc: Good Bye, Sweet Lou Piniella

Piniella, always worried about his pitching staff, hit upon the notion of going with a four-man rather than a five-man rotation. His next comment was priceless. ”Now at four in the morning it seemed to work for me,” Piniella said. “Whether it works at 7 o’clock at night or 1:30 in the afternoon, I’m not sure.” Exactly. What seems like gold at 4:00 a.m. often looks like something a lot less valuable in the cold light of day. In any event, we may never know if another of Lou’s middle-of-the-night brainstorms is a keeper, since he vows he is done with the dugout and, finally, really going to hang it up/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here. (AP file photo: Paul Beaty — On his next-to-last game as a Major League manager, Chicago Cubs Manager  Lou  Piniella yells at home plate  umpire  Dan Iassogna after Atlanta Braves Saturday.

Question: What do you remember fondly re: former Seattle Mariners manager Lou  Piniella, who retired from managing the Chicago Cubs Sunday?

Java Has Save Cougar Bay Petitions

On Twitter, Terry Harris of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance posts: “Not just because we got a great deal on an Americano this morning, we encourage everyone to head over to Java on Sherman and check out the Save Cougar Bay display they’ve allowed us to put up. Petition-signing is going very well there.”

Question: Which cause prompted you to last sign a petition?

HBO Poll: Exhibits Attract Fair Goers

  • Monday Poll: Berry Pickers go to the North Idaho Fair mainly to see the exhibits (43 of 136, 32%), eat the food (33 of 136, 24%), and to enjoy the entertainment (21 of 136, 15%). To a lesser extent, they also go to the fair to see the motorcycle races (9 votes), go to the carnival (8 votes), attend the rodeo (7 votes), and attend the Demolition Derby (6 votes). 9 of 136 respondents said there was yet another reason why they go to the fair.
  • Today’s Poll: Do you support the permanent repeal of the ‘death tax’?

Most Beautiful Woman Is From Mexico

Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete is crowned Miss Universe during the Miss Universe pageant, Monday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Question: Are you surprised that the most beautiful woman in the world isn’t a blond?

Statesman: A Test For Phil Hart

Howard Griffiths, a registered Republican, is stepping in where Idaho Democrats couldn’t. The Hayden businessman has launched a write-in campaign to challenge GOP state Rep. Phil Hart — a six-year lawmaker who is, depending on your point of view, either a principled tax protester or a habitual tax scofflaw. Said Griffiths, who leans toward the latter school of thought: “Some politicians forget who they are working for and think they’re above the law.” One thing is certain. Before Griffiths announced his late challenge, Hart, of Hayden, was untouchable at the polls. He was — and still is — one of 46 Republicans who face no Democratic opponent in the Nov. 2 legislative elections. Democrats waved the white flag in 17 of 35 state Senate races, and 29 of 70 House races. Do Democrats remain the state’s minority party because they can’t recruit candidates, or do Democrats fail to recruit candidates because they’re a historic minority party? It doesn’t matter/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: How much do Democrats matter in Idaho?

Labrador Pledges To Repeal Death Tax

Republican candidate for Congress Raul Labrador has signed onto a pledge to repeal the estate tax.  The pledge request came from the American Family Business Institute (AFBI). … The estate tax, often called the death tax by its opponents, taxes the assets of deceased people passed down to from one generation to the next.  The federal estate tax is repealed for 2010.  Unless Congress acts, the estate tax will return next year, taxing all estates worth more than $1 million at a 55 percent rate. Labrador and other want to repeal it permanently.  The “Death Tax Repeal Pledge” is backed by more than 20 current members of Congress, including Rep. Mike Simpson and Sen. Mike Crapo, and more than 400 candidates for Congress this year/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Should the death tax be permanently repealed?

Marianne: Blame Insomnia On Parsnips

One of the rules for judges at the Bonner County Fair this year suggests that good judges should come rested and ready to concentrate on their jobs.  Must be my subconscious zeroed in on that rule last night cuz I have to judge the creative writing entries this afternoon. Whenever something important is happening the next day, my subconscious and possibly my brain conspire to keep me awake the night before. Something important happened every day when I was teaching school, so the insomnia card flashed across my mind virtually every night of my last 20-plus years as a teacher. ‘Twasn’t fun, as any insomniac will tell you/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: How often do you have trouble sleeping? Why?

AM: Ex-Vandal Komar Catches TD

Arizona Cardinals (& former Univeristy of Idaho) wide receiver  Max  Komar  (18) scores a touchdown on a 22-yard pass play in the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game on Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Trying to stop  Komar are Titans defenders Nick Schommer, left, and Myron Rolle, right. (AP Photo/Frederick Breedon)

Poll: Palin-Obama Gap Melts To 1 Point

Obama’s new Gallup Poll job approval number is 47%. Last month it was 53%. Regular Ticket readers will recall how in this space in late November we pointed out that Obama’s closely watched job approval slide was coinciding with Palin’s little-noticed rise in favorability. And it appeared they might cross somewhere in the 40s. Well, ex-Sen. Obama, meet ex-Gov. Palin. The new CNN/Opinion Research Poll shows Palin now at 46% favorable. [A previous version of this post said that, at 46%, Palin was “just one point below her fellow basketball fan”/Los Angeles Times. More here

Question: What do you make of these polls that show favorability rankings of President Obama and Sarah Palin nearly identical?

KTEC Vote On Ballot Today

Item: KTEC levy voting takes place today: Polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Lakeland, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene/Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Polls are open today from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland school districts. Voters in each of the three districts are being asked to approve a share of the financing to build a $9.5 million, 50,000-square-foot professional-technical high school. The building will be situated on land, already secured at no cost to taxpayers, on the Rathdrum Prairie, and will serve students from the three districts.

Question: Do you plan to vote today?

Task Force To Celebrate 2000 Verdict

The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations on Sept. 7 will mark the Sept. 7, 2000, day when a civil jury in Coeur d’Alene returned a verdict of $6.3 million against the white supremacist group after its guards attacked two people. The verdict forced Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler to give up his compound and the group eventually withered away. Butler died a few years later. Other groups have cropped up around the country that use the name Aryan Nations. The ceremony will be outside the Kootenai County Courthouse, near the downtown area where the Aryan Nations for years held public parades that drew a handful of supporters and large numbers of opponents/Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo: Richard Butler & his followers rally in July 1999.)

Question: Did you ever encounter Richard Butler or one of his hirelings during the heyday of the Aryan Nations?

Anderson: Party Of No

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Ground Zero Mosque Local Issue, Too?

We rallied together as Americans, Many from right here in Idaho traveled to New York and volunteered with clean up and the search for our brothers and sisters.  Many donated money to 9-11 charities or donated blood to the Red Cross for the injured.  To many the attack on New York was an attack on all of us.  It did not matter where in America you lived, this was personal. It’s still personal for many Americans. This is why the idea of building a Mosque so close the Ground Zero IS a local and a National issue/Idaho Conservative Blogger. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Idaho Conservative Blogger that the proposed mosque/Islamic center near Ground Zero is both a local and national issue?

P.S. Seattle, Boston Play Amid Rain

Seattle Mariners left fielder Ryan Langerhans can’t make the play on a single by Boston Red Sox Jed Lowrie, which bounced into the stands for another base, during the fifth inning of their baseball game in Boston today. Langerhans was charged with a fielding error on the play. The rain-hampered game is tied 3-3 in the seventh inning. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Wild Card/Monday — 8.23.10

Cindy just sent an e-mail warning me that she’s going to have to do some work, if I don’t post the Wild Card soon. We can’t have that. So I’m posting it now. I’ve still have a couple dozen North Idaho Fair tickets to give away that’ll get you into the fair free on Wednesday (a savings of $7 or so). I awarded 18-20 tickets on Friday to individuals who bribed me with sweets, jokes, and other things in the comments section. But only one person has been by to pick them up. If you can think of a good reason why you should get tickets to the fair, feel free to use this Wild Card to plead your case …

Scanner Traffic/PM — 8.23.10

  • 6:10 p.m. Signal light @ Mullan & Cecil is malfunctioning, according to PFPD Blue who sat thru 3 light cycles trying to turn.
  • 5:44 p.m. Caller reports that a runaway juvenile is en route from Albertson’s/Hayden to a mobile home park in 9400 block of Government Way.
  • 5:28 p.m. PFPD Blue is stopping to check 3 males @ Covington & Regal/Post Falls who may be involved in stealing fishing equipment.
  • 5:13 p.m. Caller reports disorderly male @ I-90 & 4th/CdA.
  • 4:51 p.m. Candy has questions re: trailer lights.
  • 4:23 p.m. Captain Apartments @ 1201 Lincoln Way/CdA reports panhandler in parking lot.
  • 3:45 p.m. Super 1/Hayden reports that a panhandler refuses to leave the store parking lot b/n Wells Fargo & Exxon station.
  • Much more below

PM Headlines — 8.23.10

The Idaho 2nd District courtroom at Lewiston was full today as Judge John Bradbury heard arguments on both sides of permitting large truckloads of oil refining equipment to traverse scenic, winding U.S. Highway 12 from Lewiston across Lolo Pass to Montana. Bradbury says he will take a day before deciding whether ConocoPhillips can begin hauling massive loads of oil equipment along U.S. Highway 12 in northern Idaho. Story below.  (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune photo: Barry Kough)

APhoto Of The Day — 8.23.10

Idaho governor C.L. “Butch”  Otter reacts after missing the back legs of a calf while  team  roping  with the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association commissioner Karl Stressman at the Caldwell Night Rodeo on Friday in Caldwell. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Aww, man! Semanko promised I’d always win if I kept wearing Republican Red!! — DCR.
  • 2. The Governor reacts when he’s informed that Sarah Palin is planning to endorse his next reelection campaign — JohnA.
  • 3. Governor Butch Otter reacts to being told his roping score will not be counted as bonus points in the next debate against Democratic candidate Keith Allred — Voltron.
  • Nic

NIdaho Blogosphere — 8.23.10

You can find Linda Lantzy’s Idaho Scenic Images art in the Gallery at the Cedar Street Bridge in Sandpoint. Says Linda of this shot: “I love to see this great landmark being revitalized.” You can see photos from Linda’s recent trip through Montana and Wyoming on her Facebook site here.

Hucks Online numbers (for week of Aug. 15-21): 51,674 page-views/32,293 unique views

Idaho Docs, AMA Endorse Minnick

In campaign news today, Democratic congressman Walt Minnick was endorsed by the Idaho Medical Association and the American Medical Association, the groups that represent doctors in Idaho and nationwide. “IMA appreciates Congressman Minnick’s extensive efforts to reach out to the medical community on an ongoing basis,” said Susie Pouliot, CEO of the Idaho association. “He consistently reflects the values of his constituents and has shown the courage to vote accordingly.” Click here to read the full announcement/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Polling Places For KTEC Levies Tuesday

Via Facebook, Kerri Thoreson posts these polling places for the big vote Tuesday on the $9.5M levy elections in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Lakeland school districts (all polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.):

  • Post Falls School District — Frederick Post, Ponderosa or Prairie View Elementary Schools.
  • In Lakeland School District — Athol, Betty Kiefer, Garwood, John Brown Spirit Lake Elementary Schools and Hauser Fire Station and Bayview Community Center.
  • In Coeur d’Alene School District — Ramsey and Hayden Meadows Elementary Schools, Lake City, Project CDA and Coeur d’Alene High Schools, and Lakes Magnet Middle School.

Question: Do you intend to vote Tuesday? How do you plan to vote?

Jeanie: Close Encounter w/Hobo Spider

JeanieS: The scanner report always entertains. This didn’t make the scanner report, but yesterday at 5:15 pm, Mechanic Man was busy sorting through garage sale tool box finds, when he spied a very large spider (e.g., hobo spider? our 6th or 7th in a row) and aimed the first thing that came to his hand - lighter fluid. The spider ran off and hid and then when he thought Mechanic Man was preoccupied, made a beeline directly at him, limping and jiggling (probably doped up on lighter fluid) whereupon MM smashed him on the spot. It appears he was a drunk, hit and run. end of scanner report from this household.

Question: Have you had a close encounter w/a hobo spider?

ID Blogs: NYT WSJ Notice Guv’s Race

The New York Times took notice of Idaho’s governor’s race on its political blog today, referencing a Wall Street Journal story over the weekend headlined, “In Idaho, GOP Incumbent Sees Wide Lead Erode.” That story, datelined Idaho Falls, where the WSJ reporter caught the first debate between Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred, reported, “Thanks in part to anti-incumbent sentiment, Democratic challenger Keith Allred has been steadily chipping away at Mr. Otter’s wide lead in the polls. … While few pundits expect Mr. Otter to lose, they say his opponent is proving surprisingly strong in a state that last elected a Democratic governor 20 years ago”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: What odds do you think Las Vegas would give re: Demo Keith Allred knocking off incumbent Gov. Butch Otter?

Jumping For Joy & Free Fair Tickets

Facebook friend Denise Durflinger posted a photo that she has entered in the North Idaho Fair photography contest — the bride and her bridemaids jumping for joy following a picture-perfect wedding at Riverstone Park in Coeur d’Alene Saturday afternoon. From left to right, Laura (Engelbrecht) Carter, Kimi Slonaker, blushing bride Alisha Engelbrect Parson, Tracie Foreman, and Amber (Durflinger) Engelbrecht. Denise earns fair tickets for giving Hucks permission to post this photo here.

Question: Do you need tickets to North Idaho Fair Wednesday? All you have to do is tell me why you deserve them.

Mom Buys Vodka For Son, Girl Raped

Spokane police are investigating what they believe is the stabbing and the rape of a 14-year-old girl last week at a party fueled by a half-gallon of vodka supplied by the suspect’s mother.The girl was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where she was treated for at least 10 cuts on her leg. While at the hospital, investigators learned that she had a blood alcohol content of 0.4 percent (five times the limit of 0.08 at which adults are considered legally drunk) according to court records. The mother, 41-year-old Andrienna L. McDaniel, told The Spokesman-Review that she felt it was safer to supply the teenagers with alcohol at home. She pointed out several times that they already had the money for the purchase/Tom Clouse, SR. More here.

Question: What would you have done if you were this teen’s parent?

Tiger Woods, Wife Officially Divorce

Tiger  Woods, his daughter, Sam, and wife Elin Nordegren, are shown before a NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., last November.  Woods and his wife are officially divorced. The lawyers for  Woods and Nordegren said in a statement that the  divorce became official today in Bay County Circuit Court, in Panama City, Fla. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Question: Do you hope that Tiger Woods returns to being a premier golfer now that his marital troubles are behind him? Or do you care at all?

Lola Hagadone In Minor Accident

For those keeping score at home, Lola Hagadone, 69, of Casco Bay, was cited for an unsafe lane change that resulted in a two-vehicle crash @ 3rd & Coeur d’Alene in downtown Coeur d’Alene area at4:30 p.m. last Wednesday, according to Coeur d’Alene police reports. Neither driver was injured. Hagadone’s Lincoln Navigator sustained $2500 damage, while the other driver’s 2001 Subaru station wagon suffered $3000 damage. This was first reported on Scanner Traffic.

CdA Woman Finds Bear On Porch

Fish & Game officers are en route to 953 Rutledge/Potlatch Hill, where a home owner reports there’s a black bear on her porch. Officers have asked if it’s OK to use bean-bag guns and other scare devices to chase bear off. A Coeur d’Alene police officer is wary re: exciting the bear, despite the anxiety of the female yelling at him from the window. Officer says he’d rather have Fish & Game officers handle the problem, as they did at his house a few weeks ago. A second officer said that the bear appears to have been attracted to the home by the smell of barbecue and may now be wandering off on his own. (Update: A Berry Picker called Huckleberries to report that the bear in this instance is a young one who is seen regularly foraging for food before winter sets in. And it hasn’t been causing any problems.)

Cis: Reaching Your Breaking Point

Who of us of the work force, hasn’t thought that (“Take This Job and Shove It”) at least once and actually many times. … Even housewives have thought it. Some have actually ran away … I sent a friend many years ago, into fits of laughter when he caught me talking to myself. I was on the floor scrubbing with a brush some extra heavy dirt or stains. And mumbled aloud … “I am going to break out of this joint one of these days”. So when we see in the media that some one has finally reached the breaking point, we understand. … We all have different breaking points. Some of them (are) stretched to the max due to survival. Some who can’t take it anymore but can’t put their families in jeopardy. Or in this day and age, are so grateful for a job in a jobless market, that endure all kinds of abuse in the workforce. Sadly some bosses know that.

Question: Have you ever gone Johnny Paycheck on a boss and told him to “Take This Job and Shove It”?

Federal $$$ Won’t Result In Levy Cuts

Several school districts set to receive thousands of dollars in federal education money likely won’t undo levies approved by taxpayers earlier this though one school district in eastern Idaho is considering reducing its levy because of federal education dollars. School districts across Idaho, facing cuts due to large gaps in state funding for education, asked voters for levies in the spring and summer months, and the majority of district requests were approved.  Two districts (Jerome and Preston) will receive more federal money than local money approved for them this year.  Others, including American Falls and Shelley, are receiving chunks of federal dollars that equal only a portion of levy amounts approved by voters.  One district, the Sugar-Salem School District, has plans to consider reducing its levy, but others likely won’t because they say such a move would be illegal/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Should Idaho school districts that receive federal education dollars reduce levies, if legally possible?

INW Headlines — 8.23.10

Nurse Tashi Haarsma removes an IV from Brent Cordie, 17, Sunday, in Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville, Ore. All but three of the 19 players who suffered muscle damage during preseason practice at McMinnville (Ore.) High School are expected to be out of the hospital today. Dr. Craig Winkler says the results of blood tests due this week will determine whether any of the players ingested a supplement such as creatine that could explain what happened to them. See story below. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Brent Wojahn)

High Noon: OK To Spy Via Facebook?

On Facebook, Sidekick Cindy confesses to checking out her son Alex’s date’s Facebook profile page to get some idea re: the girl his boy was going to date. And she admitted feeling a little guilty that she had. But other moms responded she had done no wrong. Said one: “Oh, I am definitely going to cyberstalk all of my kids’ dates. That’s just good parenting!” And another: “You only have to feel guilty if you post her name and get everyone to also go check her out… And then allow everyone to discuss her flaws…” And still another: “No, I have three girls and it does not seem unreasonable to me.” I noticed that no men responded to the inquiry.

Question: Is it OK to check out the Facebook pages belonging to someone who is going to date a child of yours?

Jumping In A Lake

Via Pecky Cox’s Facebook page … John Crowley snapped this photo of three youngsters taking a plunge into Priest Lake.

Question: Have you been swimming in a North Idaho lake or river this summer? How many times?

Big Mac: Teaching Isn’t That Easy

Big Mac: When my son was born, I quit my teaching job and became a stay-at-home dad. With my wife working full time, I just didn’t think I could teach and have a young child at the same time. That’s because I spent 60-70 hours a week on my job, leaving me little spare time to be a father. When my kids go to school, I’ll go back to the classroom. Almost all of the teachers and administrators I’ve know have been extremely dedicated people. There are a few who just don’t care, as there are in any profession, but I would say that 95% of educators were as committed as I was to the job and worked the same hours. Of the eight hours of the school day, I spent six hours in direct instruction. During the other two hours I was busy supervising lunch and working with students one-on-one. I ate my lunch standing up, on duty, keeping students in line during their lunch. I had no breaks at all during those eight hours. Each night I spent 2-3 hours either correcting papers or preparing for the next day’s classes.

Question: Do you have a positive view or negative view toward public education?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 8.23.10

  • 11:54 a.m. Caller reports hearing someone shooting in campground @ 9397 H97.
  • 11:42 a.m. Teen boys are riding dirtbikes on Lennox Loop/CdA w/o helmets in reckless manner.
  • 11:35 a.m. Caller reports landlord trapping cats under home on Cranston/Hayden.
  • 11:32 a.m. Ambulances are transporting 3 patients to hospital from head-on crash on H95 & Chatcolet/Worley area.
  • 10:44 a.m. Caller reports to Kootenai Electric Coop that he’s found two spools of utility’s wire.
  • More below

Remember The Roxy: Ratskeller Inn

How many of you remember the Ratskeller Inn? One of the bylaws on this “membership card,” photographed in the 1960s, is that all members were entitled to unlimited credit — “as long as it is accompanied by cash.” OrangeTV has posted a bunch of new photos of old Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho on his old Remember the Roxy Web site here.

HBO Poll: No To Ground Zero Mosque

  • Weekend Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Online readers don’t support construction of a proposed Mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero. 253 of 412 respondents (61%) said they do not support the project. 147 of 412 respondents (36%) said they did. 12 of 412 (3%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Question (multiple choice): Why do you attend the North Idaho Fair?

Jorgenson, Blocks ‘Discontinued’

Dunno why the individual selling these blocks used a campaign sign belonging to state Sen. Mike Jorgenson to prop up his advertisement: “Discontinued block $1 each.” But it amused a Berry Picker who provided Hucks Online with the photo. After all, Jorgenson also was “discontinued” in the GOP primary in May when relative newcomer Steve Vick upset his bid for re-election. You can find the discontinued pile of blocks about a block north of Hayden City Hall on Government Way.

Kevin: UI, BSU Garb Mix Occasionally

On Facebook, Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman opinion editor, tells of moving his first son into his first college apartment over the weekend, at the University of Idaho. Then, he mentions seeing a strange sight from the back-to-college weekend: “At a Moscow restaurant, we saw a kid wearing a Vandal hoodie and a BSU camo baseball cap. Not sure what to make of it. Maybe he’s a born mediator. Maybe he lost a wager.”

Question: What statement do you think the kid was trying to make?

OTV Review: Iron Horse Surprises

Whether my comment was funny or not is arguable, but it wasn’t entirely based in humor. My prior experiences at the Iron Horse hadn’t been so fantastic. Lackadaisical service, questionable cleanliness, and unremarkable cuisine were the main issues, and really, what’s left to love after that? Perhaps they were just having a bad day or two, perhaps a bad year or two, but I can’t say I was too broken up about getting 86’d for good. So when I decided recently that enough time had passed and hopefully I wouldn’t get beat up or be asked to leave, I arranged to meet a friend at the Iron Horse for lunch. After one of the most enjoyable and relaxing experiences I’ve had dining out in recent memory, I’m happy to finally eat my words and retract anything rotten I’ve said about the downtown landmark in the past/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

  • SR photo: Jesse Tinsley snapped those photo last Dec. 29, two days before my wife & I enjoyed a wonderful New Year’s Eve meal at the Iron Horse, my mother-in-law’s favorite place in town.

Question: What has been your dining experience at the Iron Horse?

Downtown CdA Bar Report (Aug. 12-18)

At 1:55 Saturday morning, Aug. 14: Officers responded to a fight call at the Icon involving three females fighting (pulling hair and punching) and approximately 50 people standing in front of the bar watching the fight. The fight had started earlier on the dance floor in the Icon when the suspect female hit another female in the face with a beer bottle. The suspect was asked by bouncers to leave. Later on, outside the bar, the suspect threw another bottle at the victim hitting her in the face, and the fight ensued. The suspect female (19 yrs) was arrested for battery.

Question: Which incident is your favorite in the latest Downtown Coeur d’Alene Bar Report?

Mike: Jack Sensitive Re: ‘Pirates’

On Facebook, Councilman Mike Kennedy tells of a new family euphemism for part of the male anatony. It all started when Jack, 3, declared: “Don’t touch my pirates!” after his little brother accidentally “hit him in the part of the anatomy that makes all men cringe,” according to his father. He meant to say “privates,” of course. But, pop says, “I like his new word better.”

Question: Do you have any funny family euphemisms?

Mike: Huey Lewis Aging Better Than Us

On Facebook, Councilman Mike Kennedy reports that Huey Lewis & the News were near the top of their game at the weekend concert in Spokane. Writes Mike on Facebook: “The band sounded great and there was only one replacement in the core band from 25 years ago. Fun night.” In a separate post, Mike adds that “Huey Lewis has aged better than the rest of us.”

Question: Which favorite rocker of yours has aged the best?

AM Headlines — 8.23.10

David Williams pilots the “Miss Wahoo” in front of the Coeur d’alene resort Sunday, the first time any  hydroplane  has been on the lake in 42 years. “Emotionally, it felt amazing to be driving a hydro on Lake Couer d’alene,” he said. Pia Hallenberg’s SR story here. (SR photo: J. Bart Rayniak)

Hucks: Docs Saved NFL Star’s Career

If it weren’t for the work of three doctors way back when, Jerry Kramer might not have become a star for the Idaho Vandals and Green Bay Packers. Nor would he have received his first game ball without playing a down during his junior year at Sandpoint High. I discovered how Kramer almost missed his sterling career as a pro footballer by picking up a garage sale special in Hayden recently – Kramer’s 1969 book, “Farewell to Football.” For $1, hardbound. Among other things (including his start in football at Farmin Elementary), Kramer describes how he was laid up when he was awarded the game ball following Sandpoint’s 45-0 victory over Bonners Ferry. Seems he’d nearly blown his arm off with his grandpa’s double-barrel, 10-gauge shotgun while duck hunting with Bulldog running back George Kom four days before. Kramer’d used the wrong end of the gun to poke a ball of moss into the water from his perch on a two-story-high rock/DFO, Huckleberries, SR Handle Extra. More here.

Travelogue: Bring Back Hydroplanes

Travelogue: Growing up I attended numerous Hydroplane races. I’ve been to some where the crowds were very unruly and out of control. Over the years and at the last few races I attended I noticed the promoters had things well in hand. There were no more A-Holes during those events than you’d find at any other event like Car d’ Alene etc. In the late 60’s CDA didn’t have the infrastructure to handle the crowds, and the promoters didn’t provide their own crowd management. Drinking wasallowed everywhere. Now a days CDA has grown. Hotels, Restaurants and facilities to handle large crowds as we do with the many other events hosted here. The Hydroplane events today are very well organized and the potentials our few old fuddy duddy’s worry about are kept very well in check. (SR photo: J. Bart Rayniak)

Question: Do you think crowds watching hydroplane races on the Lake Coeur d’Alene north shore and it downtown Coeur d’Alene would be easier to handle today than they were in the 1960s?

509IYL: Always Vote No On Schools

509ifyourlucky: Its not like the past school years past when some supplies were provided by the school districts. I never support any school levies I always vote NO on any and all ballot issues that say school in them. Here’s why. 1 Teachers only care about when their next smoke break is. 2 Teachers never really do the job they are hired to do. 3 Teachers as well as Administrators always want more of your hard earned money and not do anything to earn it. 4 I never support any school fund raises like for uniforms or class trips. Everyone’s school tax dollars should be better spent on teacher / performance test scores not teachers and administrators who just show up and do nothing.

Question: What do you make of 509ifyourlucky’s outlook toward schools?

Ramirez: Only Place To Build It?

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Weekend Wild Card — 8.21-22.10

The only definite plans I have this weekend is to hear Kelly Hughes and his band play at the bandshell in City Park from 1 to 4 Sunday. For some reason, I’ve always missed the Sunday that Hughes was on the Handshake Productions docket. I plan to go early and stay to the end. Also, I have about 20 of the 50 tickets to the North Idaho Fair Wednesday given away. We’ll give the rest away Monday and Tuesday. Now, for your Wild Card …

Venomous Vixens Face Rolling Hills Next

Inked Envy has just produced this poster for the next Roller Derby game involving the local Snake Pit Venomous Vixens. The Vixens will be taking on the Rolling Hills Derby Dames of Moscow at Skate Plaza Sunday, Sept. 19. The Vixens are 1-1 after beating the Hellgate Rollergirls recently. Huckleberries Online will remind you of the next bout as it nears. (BTW, Inked Envy, the tattoo shop at 1510 Northwest Blvd, designed the poster)

Question: What would be your pseudonym of your were a member of the Snake Pit Venomous Vixens?

School Supply Drives Falling Short

Item: School supply drives are falling far short: Need is even greater this year, organizations say/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR

Spokesman-Review Editorial Board: These lists ought to be turned over to local school boards. Before they decide on administrative expenses, such as the thousands of dollars in annual raises for top administrators, they ought to ensure that students will have basic supplies. It’s true that levy money ought to be spent on the advertised items, but perhaps it’s time to run a levy for school supplies. Financing enrichment programs before covering basic supplies is backward. More here.

Question: Would you support money to be included in a levy to provide basic school supplies for students in your school district?

Boise State No. 3 In AP Preaseason Poll

The Boise State football team is No. 3 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 — the highest ranking in any major poll in school history. The poll was released Saturday morning. The Broncos even received a first-place vote. Defending champion Alabama is No. 1. Ohio State is No. 2. Florida is No. 4. Texas is No. 5. Virginia Tech is No. 10. The Broncos open the season Sept. 6 against Virginia Tech at FedExField in Landover, Md. Boise State was No. 5 and Virginia Tech No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The opener is the fourth matchup of Top 10 teams in Boise State history. The Broncos lost to Louisville in the 2004 Liberty Bowl and beat Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. Oregon State, the Broncos’ opponent for the home opener, is No. 24/Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo of BSU coach Chris Petersen)

Question: Will Boise State finish the season ranked in the Top 5?

TV Crew Helps Cops Nab CdA Fugitive

A Seattle television crew helped police nab a Coeur d’Alene fugitive who failed to report back to North Idaho authorities following a day-long furlough. Seattle Police say they arrested Ferrell David Arnold, 32, in a park where people were setting up for an outdoor festival called Hempfest. Minutes before the arrest, KOMO 4 News photojournalist Peter Mongillo and reporter Lindsay Cohen spotted who they believed was Arnold walking with a group of friends along a bicycle trail in Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park. As police officers rode by on bicycles, Mongillo recorded Cohen as she asked Arnold a few questions. As the interview concluded, Cohen asked Arnold for his name and where he was from, which he replied, “David Arnos” and said he was from Coeur d’Alene/Jared Richardson, KXLY. More here.

Rossi Won’t Accept Tea Partier’s Demands

Tea Party favorite Clint Didier said Friday he won’t endorse fellow Republican Dino Rossi in the Senate race against Patty Murray until Rossi agrees to take strong positions against abortion, taxes and government spending. Rossi’s campaign promptly replied that he won’t submit to “demands made by anyone, even people with whom he agrees.” Didier, who was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Ron Paul, said that while he dearly wants “to send Patty Murray home with her pink slip in her hand,” he couldn’t make a halfhearted endorsement of Rossi and still remain true to supporters who gave him 12.5 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that the Tea Party candidate for U.S. senator in Washington pulled only 12.5% of the vote, even with Sarah Palin’s endorsement?

Cartoonist Retiring ‘Cathy’ Strip

Cathy Guisewite doesn’t know what the last four panels of her “Cathy” comic strip will look like when they run in 700 daily and Sunday U.S newspapers in early October. In fact, even after a nearly nonstop, 34-year run of putting words in the mouth and anxieties in the mind of her alter ego, she’s hard-pressed during an interview to say what the next four panels will look like – even though a deadline looms in less than 24 hours. “Quick, give me ideas!” Guisewite says as she sits behind the desk of her Studio City, Calif., home office/Los Angeles Times. More here.

Question: Which currently running comic strip is your favorite? Why?

Signe: Dealing With Summer Pests

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Shock Capture ArenaBowl XXIII 69-57

The best team in the Arena Football League saved its best for last. The Spokane Shock, despite losing two defensive starters in the first 5 minutes, put together their most complete performance of the season, punctuating their inaugural AFL campaign with a convincing 69-57 ArenaBowl XXIII victory over the Tampa Bay Storm on Friday in front of a franchise-record 11,017 at the Arena. The No. 1-ranked Shock (16-3) will hang another championship banner on the Arena walls, to go along with the two Spokane earned in four seasons as a member of arenafootball2. Tampa Bay (13-6), the most successful franchise in the AFL’s 23-year history, was denied as it tried to add to its league-record five titles/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.

Question: Did you watch any Spokane Shock games at the Spokane Arena this year?

Cindy: No Crying In Baseball, Unless …

On Facebook, sidekick Cindy posts: “Whoever said “There’s no crying in baseball,” has never been beaned by a fastball.” That started an e-mail exchange between Cindy and me during which I mentioned that I had once, as a Babe Ruth League (13-15) pitcher, tried to hit a kid with a pitch. Cindy asked: “What did he do to you?” I then told her he hadn’t done anything to me. But my buddy at shortstop didn’t like me. So he asked me to hit the batter for him. I didn’t want to hit him hard. So I threw a curveball at his head and missed. The ump who knew something was up then threatened to kick me out of the game if I ever tried that nonsense again.

Question: Have you ever been hit by a baseball,soccer ball, hockey puck, volleyball, golf ball, etc.?

P.S. Performing Bear Mauls Caretaker

In this March 18, 2006 file photo, during an exhibition wrestling match at a sportsmen’s show in Cleveland, Lance Palmer takes on Ceaser, a 650-pound black  bear owned by Sam Mazzola. On Thursday, another  bear  owned by Mazzola fatally mauled its caretaker at Mazzola’s animal sanctuary. Mazzola accumulated dozens of dangerous, exotic animals despite past convictions and losing his license after animal rights activists complained he was making money by letting people wrestle  bears. Story here. (2006 AP file photo/Jamie-Andrea Yanak, File)

Fair Ticket Giveaway WC — 8.20.10

Update: I’ve given out 14 to 16 tickets today (although TLPoelstra is the only one to actually pick some up. Will continue to give them out Monday & Tuesday.

Gotta lot of good ideas re: contests to use to give away tickets to the opening of the North Idaho Fair next Wednesday. Blogmistress suggests that we have a cutest kid in North Idaho contest — and declared her family the winner. Stacy said we should have the a cookoff featuring the best chocolate chip cookie or some other baked good or treat that I might suggest (strawberry rhubarb). KevinT suggested several contests, including one that involves adverb rolling against KageMann. (BTW, each of the aforementioned people wins 2 tickets, if they contact me by e-mail today, to claim them. I’ll think of other ways to give out the 50 extra tickets I have. Now, for your Wild Card …

Scanner Traffic/PM — 8.20.10

  • 5:52 p.m. Males on Jetskis are turning circles around boater on Hauser Lake who doesn’t appreciate their stunt.
  • 5:18 p.m. Homeowner @ 7067 Heritage/CdA reports lost 3YO boy knocked on his door.
  • 5:17 p.m. Target officials reports loiterers at the Coeur d’Alene store.
  • 4:50 p.m. Caller reports that 3 teen males and 2 teen females threatened him with a knife in Black Bay parking lot. He doesn’t want to get tires of red Jeep slashed.
  • 4:38 p.m. Firefighters are involved in mopup operations @ Hauser Lake & H53.
  • 3:57 p.m. Signals are malfunctioning on n/b H41 to get onto w/b I-90.
  • More below

PM: Shock, Storm Battling @ Arena

Spokane  Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley gets solid protection from his line as he throws a touchdown to Shaun Kauleinamoku in first half action against the Arizona Rattlers at the  Spokane Arena last month. Rowley is facing a stiff Storm rush afternoon as they began ArenaBowl championship play at 5 o’clock against the visiting Tampa Bay Storm at Spokane Arena. Jim Meehan’s SR story about today’s game here. And: Folo Ryan Pitts’ Twitter from game here. (SR file photo: Christopher Anderson)

Question: Anyone dare to predict final score?

APhoto Of The Day — 8.20.10

Fans watch Matt Buyten fly through the air during the Boost Mobile Tour event on the first day of the Lane County Fair in Eugene, Ore. Wednesday. Buyten was doing a backflip. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Kevin Clark)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Matt finds out the hard way what happens when bikers see you in Sturgis on anything other than a Harley — JohnA.
  • 2. During a mandatory Idaho parenting class, Matt watches how not to let his 4 year old ride his bike — Phaedrus.
  • 3. Shortly after this picture was taken, Matt was escorted to the Emergency Room to have a kickstand removed from his sphincter — Soaf.
  • HM: Charlie

NI Blogs: FHB Touches 9/11 History

Check out this moving photo of Frum Helen Back touching the World Trade Center beams at Cruisers. She writes on her wall: “Yesterday was a busy day with a wonderful evening event. I saw on the news that two beams from the Twin Towers was at Cruisers. My chauffeur drove me there so I could touch a piece of what survived that terrible attack on our Country, our flag, and our way of life.”

Hucks Online numbers (for Wednesday): 9775/6014 and (for Thursday) 9758/5830

Shock Invite To Rossi Upsets Tribe

Here is a little-known fact about the Spokane Shock: Their playing field has a name. That name honors one of their major sponsors. The name is Spokane Tribe Field, and the Spokane Tribal leadership is not pleased that the Shock have invited Dino Rossi, the Republican challenger to U.S. Senator Patty Murray,  to take the field as honorary captain for tonight’s sold-out ArenaBowl game against the Tampa Bay Storm. In addition to an inappropriate mixing of politics and sports, the Tribe says in a press release this afternoon that Rossi has been particularly unfriendly to Indian Country issues. Two years ago, during his second failed run against Gov. Christine Gregoire, Rossi said the Spokane and other Washington tribes “laundered” casino money by contributing to Gregoire. The Rossi campaign ran attack ads on the issue all fall in 2008, calling the money “a payoff” and a “quid pro quo”/Kevin Taylor, Inlander. More here. (SR file photo of Shock owner Brady Nelson)

DFO: Beth Bollinger/Accidentally Rabbit Trails contacted me today re: this. She exchanged e-mails with Shock Owner Brady Nelson this morning to express her anger. You can read those exchanges in descending order here.

Question: Should sports franchises be extra careful in inviting politicians to serve as an honorary captain for the team or throw out a first pitch?

Lake City Area Joblessness Hits 10%

The state’s second largest metropolitan area, Coeur d’Alene, broke a three-month run of single-digit rates, edging up a third of a point to 10 percent. The rate was in double digits from August through March.  The rate in Canyon County, the second most populous county and part of the Boise metro area, dropped slightly from June but remained at 11.1 percent – the 15th straight month of double digits.  Overall, a dozen counties had July rates over 10 percent, two more than in June when declining rates in a majority of the counties drove the statewide rate down two-tenths to 8.8 percent. Eight counties had double-digit rates in July 2009.  Shoshone County had the highest rate in July at 12.6 percent. Teton County was the lowest at 4.7 percent, the only county under 5 percent in July/Idaho Labor Department. Idaho Reporter story here

Question: Do you know of people who have recently been laid off? Or who are still struggling to find work after a long time looking for it?

WSU Students Return To School

For the untrained ear, the sound of thunder might have been heard over an otherwise sunny campus. But really, it was the sound of rumbling wheels bouncing on concrete and asphalt, as thousands of Washington State University students returned to residence halls for the new school year/WSU News Service.

Question: Did you live in a dorm during your underclassmen years? What was that like?

Living With ‘The Bare Necessities’

On The Mouse That Roars blog, North Idaho resident Patrice Lewis discusses what it’s like to live a coupla miles from the nudist Sun Meadow Resort, near Worley. She includes a tongue-in-cheek observation that North Idaho nudist must be heartier than most of their peers, given the weather here in all but the midsummer. And this: “Our local parcel delivery guy, a friendly chatty fellow, makes frequent deliveries to the nudist resort, and boy howdy does he have some stories to tell.  And one of those stories is: if your vision of a nudist colony is a collection of gorgeous, toned, six-pack-abs kinda people, think again. But if this newspaper article is to be believed, that’s the whole point of a nudist resort.  It doesn’t matter what you look like.  It is – quite literally – the great equalizer.  And I guess therein lies the appeal.” More here.

  • Cutline: Sun Meadow Resort developers Linda and Tom Janson are shown in this 2007 SR file photo by Jesse Tinsley.

Question: So what vision do you have of a nudist colony — “gorgeous, toned, six-pack-abs kinda people”? Or ordinary flabby ones that you wouldn’t want to see in a fitness club lockerroom?

Blog: Things Still Looking UP For UI, USU

The best part of this is for The University of Idaho and Utah State who are poised to take over where Boise State and Fresno Left off. The University of Idaho in football after the momentum we had last year and the stability we have finally achieved with our leadership and program directors. After so many years of struggles and trials it is nice to see upward progress being made Utah State is a player in basketball. They are unarguably the top dogs when it comes to hoops and their football program is on the upswing with Gary Anderson at the helm. They could be atop the WAC. If BYU still manages its master plan of independence, with all other sports in the WAC, and the possibility of bringing SDSU with them, it could turn the WAC into a 2 Bid NCAA Tournament overnight in Basketball/Shon, No Cannot Have!. More here.

DFO: This post enables Hucks Online to introduce you the blogger No Cannot Have!, a big-time Idaho Vandal fan, living in Salt Lake City, who has been all over the conference ralignment via blog & Twitter.

Question: What do you think of the bottom line of No Cannot Have! that University of Idaho and Utah State University are in a good position to become the powers of a new Western Athletic Conference?

Idaho Blogs: A Weighty Issue For Otter

The shipments controversy exposes some of Otter’s potential weaknesses. An uninspiring record on environmental issues. A cozy relationship with business, such as the trucking industry. It also plays into one of Democratic challenger Keith Allred’s recurring themes — the suggestion that Otter makes snap decisions without vetting things out. Allred didn’t take a position for or against the shipments at a recent town hall meeting in Boise, but has criticized Otter for consulting only with shipping supporters/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much concern do you think Gov. Butch Otter has for the environment?

INW: KTC Beams Impact Lake City

Eight-year-old Hannah Mears of Spokane took a moment to touch one of the World Trade Center beams that was on display at Lone Wolf Harley Davidson in Coeur d’Alene this morning. The beams are being transported from New York to Silverdale, Wash., A for the Kitsap 9-11 Memorial Project in Kitsap County, Wash. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

High Noon: A Purr Never Hurt Anyone

Several years ago, local author Niki Anderson wrote a best-seller titled “What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life.” I thought about that title as our own kitty, Milo, recently celebrated his first year of owning us. We had set out to adopt an older female feline, so I wouldn’t be the only girl at home. We ended up with another hyperactive baby boy. Go figure/Cindy Hval, Washington Voices/SR. More here.

Question: Have you learned anything about life from your pet?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 8.20.10

  • 11:58 a.m. PFPD Blue asks for firefighter “to break a window for me.”
  • 11:40 a.m. Silverwood Theme Park reports an accident involving a semi at entrance.
  • 11:37 a.m. 2 children about 3YO & 4YO are walking unattended past Lakeland High.
  • 11:35 a.m. CPD Blues are looking for 16YO male, with pierced ears and lip, who’s run away after stealing 2005 Honda.
  • 11:17 a.m. A Rathdrum woman has locked the keys & baby in vehicle in driveway.
  • 10:54 a.m. Someone has been hurt in a fall in Bank of America lot/Appleway.
  • 10:03 a.m. Caller reports a driver is reading a book @ H41 & M/P 3 (Hayden Avenue)
  • 9:47 a.m. A father has taken his 18MO daughter who has blue eyes and a purple bow in her hair and her diaper bag from Post Falls day care w/o permission.
  • 9:32 a.m. A male in a tie-dye shirt, with a black dog, is hitchhiking @ I-90 & Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 9:35 a.m. A vehicle is stalled on Spokane Street/Post Falls onramp.
  • 9:17 a.m. Firefighters are checking out a possible illegal burn @ 3728 Sky Harbor/CdA.
  • 8:42 a.m. A mattress is hanging from a guardrail on H95 @ M/P 427.5 (Cougar Gulch Road)
  • 8:34 a.m. Todd from the bailiff’s office reports a battery on 3rd floor of old Kootenai County courthouse.
  • 8:31 a.m. Caller reports a small, dead animal on road @ I-90 & Northwest Boulevard. To which a patrol officer responds: “There was a raccoon there earlier. It’s no hazard.”
  • 8:21 a.m. E/b traffic light is out @ 3rd & Lakeside/CdA.
  • 8:13 a.m. Caller reports a wanted male was at his brother’s house last evening in 1600 block of 3rd/Post Falls.

Marshals Capture Arizona Fugitive

John McCluskey is shown being taken into custody Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 by U.S. Marshals in eastern  Arizona. McCluskey and his fiancee Casslyn Welch have been on the lam since July 30. They’d been sought in the Inland Northwest and Northwest Montana and Canada. Both were apprehended at an eastern  Arizona campground on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Story here. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Office)

Question: Does this photo meet Cindy’s never-ending demands for beefcate?

Celebrating Birthday @ NIdaho Fair

Mary Jo Moore has a daughter whose birthday always coincided with the Kootenai County Fair. When that child turned 4, the family went to the fair and the little girl thought it was swell that so many people turned out to help celebrate her birthday/Paul Turner, The Slice/SR. More here.

Question: Does your birthday land on an important day?

Atlas, Centennial Trails To Connect

This just in from Coeur d’Alene Ped Bike Facebook page: “The Atlas Trail is being extended under I-90 and will contect to the Centennial Trail. The project is scheduled to be completed by the middle of September.”

Question: How cool is this?

Semanko Wins Debate Spin Contest

Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko used 408 words to tout the success of Gov. Butch Otter in Thursday’s debate with Democrat Keith Allred, the first of four between the pair. Asked whether he wanted to reply, Allred spokesman Shea Andersen managed only 64 words of praise. In this case, at least, the Democrat proved more economical/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you have a reaction to the governor debate in Idaho Falls Thursday?

Working Mother Mag Lauds Crapo

The publisher of Working Mother Magazine has named Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo among 29 members of Congress in its “Best of Congress” list. Working Mother Media calls itself the largest multimedia company in the country focused on diversity and the advancement of women. The magazine reaches 2 million readers. Crapo is one of eight Republicans and 21 Democrats chosen for supporting families and family-friendly work practices. Crapo and other recipients “practice what they preach — employing family-friendly policies in their own offices,” said Working Mother. Of Crapo’s 41 staffers, Working Mother says nine are working moms. Idaho’s other lawmakers were not recognized/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is your workplace family-friendly?

Trillhaase: Jeers To Larry Craig

JEERS … to former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho. If the disgraced Republican wants to hide in a bunker, fine. But don’t expect the thousands of Idahoans whose trust he betrayed three years ago to elevate him to elder statesman status. Not when he refuses to level with them. Case in point: Craig’s three-hour appearance on a Boise talk radio program Monday. Craig and Idaho Freedom Foundation Executive Director Wayne Hoffman were filling in for KBOI’s conservative host Nate Shelman. Hoffman is a former Idaho Statesman political reporter who also served as former Congressman Bill Sali’s press secretary. Wouldn’t you think at some point they’d get around to discussing how Craig got arrested in a gay sex sting operation at the Minneapolis airport?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: If other politicians, past and former, can rehabilitate their images, why can’t Larry Craig? Will he ever be able to do so?

WSU Students Move Back To Campus

At Washington State University, the WSU News Service provides a number of photos from around campus on the college’s Facebook page, including this one of freshmen moving in this week.

Question: Have you ever helped a freshman child move there stuff into a college dorm? Any interesting experiences that you want to share?

HBO Poll: Stimulus Package Failed

  • Thursday Poll: 79 of 135 respondents (58.5%) consider the 2009 federal stimulus package to be a failure. Only 20 of 135 respondents (14.8%) consider it to be a success. 36 of 136 respondents (26.7%) placed the impact “somewhere in the middle.”
  • Today’s Poll: Do you support the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero?

WTC Beams Draw Crowds, Anger

Their latest stop on their journey is Cruiser’s at State Line.“People have been thanking us, everywhere we go, for us bringing it through. Of course all we’re doing is transporting it,” Lee said. But not everyone is happy about what they’re seeing. Cruiser’s owner Sheri Herberholz has received threatening calls and e-mails about the beams being draped by the American flag. So has, the behind the project. Critics say that draping the American flag over the beams is in violation of flag etiquette. The National Flag Foundation says it should not be used as a covering for a monument, statue, or car. The situation has gotten so bad the owners of Cruiser’s have called the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office to report the harassment and local members of the Patriot Guard are recruiting volunteers to watch over the beams/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Do you have problems with a U.S. flag being used to wrap the World Trade Center beams that are being displayed at 3 Kootenai County locations this weekend?

Murphy: UI Happy Among WAC Dwarfs

Members of the WAC Lite confronted their new realities Thursday morning — the left-behinds taking various approaches to their suddenly depleted conference. Utah State bragged about having the integrity to turn down advances from that dirty Mountain West Conference, which snagged Fresno State and Nevada on Wednesday, leaving the WAC in its current shambles. The Aggies let everyone know they were the first school to be contacted. Louisiana Tech boasted about its lack of ties to any one conference or rival, as if sending a signal to any league with a potential opening. “Louisiana Tech has never been defined by its association with any one or two schools,” athletic director Bruce Van De Velde said. “We have positioned ourselves to be a strong and proud member of any conference.” Hawaii, isolated and left behind again, pondered independence from its conference of more than 30 years, having seen this scene play out too many times. And then there was Idaho — Happy among the remaining WAC dwarfs/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Disney illustration: Happy the dwarf)

Question: What should Idaho do now?

AM Headlines — 8.20.10

On Facebook, Kerri Thoreson writes of the two beams from the World Trade Center that are being transported through Kootenai County this weekend: “You wouldn’t think that simple steel beams could evoke such emotion.” Story here. More photos here.

Press: Vote For KTEC Proposal

“The financial crisis is not a good reason to oppose KTEC. It’s the best reason to vote for it. We understand that many Kootenai County residents are suffering from the recession and ridiculous tax increases, and that every purchase and investment has to be scrutinized thoroughly. Along with some needs, most wants are being rejected. We submit that on Aug. 24, the proposal to fund a new Kootenai Technical Education Campus is not a wish; it’s a need that will repay Kootenai County residents and taxpayers many times over”/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Wasn’t it just the other day that the Press opinionator was lecturing local governments about not raising taxes at all because we’re in hard times. Why the change of heart on the KTEC proposal?

Palin: It’s ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) called out The Associated Press on Twitter Thursday for its decision to avoid the term “Ground Zero mosque” in its coverage. She also knocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for suggesting Wednesday that the funding for the project’s opponents merits scrutiny. “Pelosi’s investigation of Harry Reid&Howard Dean&others who oppose Ground Zero Mosque will be enlightening, we’re sure,” Palin began, noting a comment made by Pelosi during a radio interview that just as the public should know about the mosque’s backers, so should they know who is funding its opponents. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean are two high-profile Democrats who oppose the mosque in its proposed location/Elise Viebeck, The Hill. More here

  • Cutline: Pedestrians stop to argue with Abu Rahman, right, Matt Sky, second from right, and Julia Lundy, third from right, as they stand in front of the site of a proposed  mosque near  ground  zero in New York on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Question: What do you make of the policy by the Associated Press to avoid the term ‘Ground Zero mosque’ in discussing the controversial proposal?

Outside: Boise Best Town In West

Boise, to put it mildly, has been on a roll. Government, education, and health care remain core industries, but dozens of high-tech startups have moved to town, joining behemoths like Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology. And while its population has more than doubled in the past 30 years and jaded locals bemoan the sprawl, Boise has managed its growth impressively well: The city is home to nearly 2,000 acres of parks and a 25-mile greenbelt. The outlying areas feel a bit bland, but the older neighborhoods have that Boulder vibe—cruiser bikes, farmers’ markets, and prayer flags—only with reasonably priced homes/Outside. More here.

  • Cutline: Hundreds turned out to witness the rededication celebration for the Idaho  capitol building on Jan. 9 in downtown  Boise. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)

Question: Do you agree with Outside mag that Boise is the best town in the West?

Ramirez: Build It Anywhere?

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Trentwood Man Jailed For Mooning Cop

A Trentwood man earned himself a one-way ticket to jail after making the grave mistake of mooning a passing driver who happened to be an off-duty Benton County deputy sheriff Saturday evening. Deputies were called shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday after getting reports that Ryan Lee Martineau was at Plantes Ferry Park swearing at people as well as spitting and hitting cars. Martineau left Plantes Ferry Park and was walking to the vicinity of McDonald and Rich when he mooned a passing vehicle driven by an off-duty deputy from Benton County. That deputy kept his eye on Martineau until Spokane County Sheriff deputies caught up with him/Rob Kauder, KXLY. More here. (AP file photo of 30th annual “moon” event in Laguna Niguel, Calif., in July 2009)

Question: Have you ever mooned someone? C’mon, admit it.

Parting Shot: Woolworth’s Menu

At Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, OrangeTV posts the photo of the old Woolworth’s menu and this note: “Woolworth’s was where Sherman Square Park is now, burned down in the late 1970s/early 1980s.” Woolworth’s, I believe, was gone when I got here in 1982. I applaud Don & Bob Johnston for transforming the vacant lot into Sherman Square Park, where Handshake Productions holds those nifty Tuesday evening concerts during the summer.

Question: Do you remember when you could buy a giant banana split for 39 cents?

MWC Power Grab Wild Card — 8.19.10

I’m headed to Riverstone Park this evening to see the next-to-last freebie concert, sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance, featuring bluegrass music by Panhandle Polecats. The entertainment runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Food is available, too. If you haven’t seen an outdoor concert at Riverstone, you are missing one of the highlights of summer living in the Lake City. Trust me on this one. Now, for your daily Wild Card …

Scanner Traffic/PM — 8.19.10

  • 5:41 p.m. Customer in black Dodge pickup just left Sowers Bookstore on Government Way/Hayden after yelling at other customers and employees.
  • 5:13 p.m. 2 males and a female were fighting @ 8200 Meadow Brook Circle/Rathdrum. After one male left, the female began hitting the other one.
  • 4:52 p.m. Prisoner in patrol vehicle is trying to kick the cage out behind officer, who is n/b on H95 @ Cougar Gulch.
  • 4:49 p.m. 2 males are punching each other in 3600 block of Camrose/Rathdrum, in fight over cat. One is bleeding from cut on the head.
  • 4:37 p.m. Female on Ponderosa/Post Falls who was arrested for drunkenness last night has returned to trash home and threaten suicide.
  • 3:58 p.m. Hitchhiker is in middle of I-90 onramp @ M/P 7 (H41) trying to slow traffic.

PM: Vandals Steal Idaho Vandals Gear

Democratic candidate for governor  Keith  Allred shakes hands with incumbent Idaho Gov.  Butch  Otter  after their debate at The City Club of Idaho Falls luncheon Thursday afternoon in Idaho Falls, Idaho. David Adler, left, of Idaho State University moderated the debate before a capacity audience. Associated Press story here. (AP Photo/The Idaho Post-Register, Robert Bower)

APhoto Of The Day — 8.19.10

Hillary, a  Border  Collie, herds several ducks dressed for the occasion during a demonstration inside the new Purina Event Center in Gray Summit, Mo. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Elie Gardner)

Top Cutline:

  • 1. Met at the door by a bouncer, (pictured at top) six guests were turned away after finding it was a black tie event — Herb Huseland.
  • 2. Hillary makes sure that she has her tux in a row, while her herd prepares to get ‘down’ at the show — JohnA.
  • 3. If Hillary thinks “duck herding” is easy, wait till she tries cat herding — Charlie.
  • HM: Kage Mann

Nick: Hoffman Lets Craig Off Hook

Reminder: Idaho Freedom Foundation transparency workshop begins at 6 at CdA Library

Nick Adams: Wayne Hoffman spent three hours on the air with former Senator Larry “wide stance” Craig earlier this week and didn’t allow one question about why Craig is now a former Senator. Also, not one comment on two of the biggest breaking news stories of the day: 1) The 9th Circuit Court’s ruling on gay marriage in CA and 2) the Idaho Lt. Col.’s case against the military for “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Hoffman would give Dr. Harold Hill a run for his money. Transparency, indeed.

Question: Should Larry Craig be allowed to limit the kinds of questions he can be asked in public forums here in Idaho?

ICB: Is Minnick A Gimmick?

minnick4.jpgSo I ask, Is Minnick a gimmick?  And, what does that mean? What would Minnick’s gimmick be? Is it that Minnick being labeled a “Blue Dog” is the gimmick? Is it that Minnick is a Conservative Democrat? Is it that Minnick is a Liberal in Blue Dog clothing? Is it that Minnick is a Liberal pretending to be a Conservative Democrat? To be honest, I don’t know, mostly because Walt Minnick is hard to figure out.  He seems to jump from one camp to another with inconsistent votes.   Some say when Pelosi needs his vote he’s with her, when she gives him a pass he votes with Republicans in effort to keep his seat.  ICB is not so sure.  Call me naive but that seems a bit of a stretch, but I could be wrong/Idaho Conservative Blogger. More here

Question: How would you describe Congressman Walt Minnick?

$1.5M For Corridor, $500K For McEuen

LCDC exec Tony Berns tells Hucks Online that the $2M budgeted for next year by the agency for the Education Corridor ($1.5M) and McEuen Field upgrade ($500,000) is a guesstimate. The values “may be amended once the planning efforts for both initiatives are completed later this calendar year.” Also, he said, LCDC may look to borrow funds “to partner on both initiatives,” If the two planning efforts come in with big price tags. Bottom line, he said, “it is still too early to know how much the two projects will cost to complete, and thus too early for LCDC to clearly define its financial partnership role in each.” (No Coeur d’Alene Press reporters were fired in the making of this post.)

Question: Do you support LCDC’s financial involvement in McEuen Field/Education Corridor upgrades?

Storm Unhappy w/Shock Vuvuzelas

From In the Huddle with JD: “With the game being played in Spokane, the Shock are trying to do whatever they can to increase their home field advantage by selling vuvuzelas. For those not in the know, vuvuzelas are obnoxious horns that are all the rage in South Africa at soccer matches. The horns made the soccer events almost unwatchable. Distributing the horns is tip toeing on a gray area in the rules. The AFL does not allow mechanical noise makers. There is debate whether or not the vuvuzelas fall in that category/Jason Dixon, Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football League Web official Web site). More here. (AP file photo of World Cup vuvuzela, for illustrative purposes)

Question: Should vuvuzelas be allowed at the Arena Football League championship in Spokane Friday afternoon?

Twitter: Idaho Committed To WAC

In a press conference now under way in Moscow, Idaho AD Rob Speer sez: “Idaho’s AD: Idaho disappointed in Fresno St.’s, Nevada’s move… but committed to WAC”/KHQ

Last U.S. Combat Troops Leave Iraq

U.S. Army Capt. Mark Fisher, left, leans down to kiss his daughter Madeline, 2, as he sits to have lunch with her after arriving at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord Wednesday evening in DuPont, Wash. Fisher had just returned from a nearly one-year tour in  Iraq, his second there. Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was leaving  Iraq, well ahead of President Barack Obama’s Aug. 31 deadline for ending U.S. combat operations there. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Question: Mission Accomplished?