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Stapilus: Dorn Is No Cliff Lee

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, pictured, (first elected not all that long ago, in 2008), evidently isn’t happy about his annual salary of $121,618. (Well, that was before he called it “a good salary,” maybe after rethinking his words.) Speaking to the House Ways and Means Committee a few days ago, he pointed out that he is paid less than 121 local school superintendents around the state – that’s not just larger urban district, but getting down into small rural ones with few kids, teachers or staff. And he compared his pay to the $9 million that Cliff Lee is paid by the Seattle Mariners to play baseball/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Do you get paid what you’re worth?

Parting Shot — 6.30.10

A small fish hangs on the bill of an anhinga after the bird speared it, while fishing underwater in The Anhinga Trail section of Everglades National Park near Homestead, Fla., Wednesday. The anhinga is one of the best fresh water diving bird. It slips beneath the water surface quietly, barely making a ripple and fishes for its food. It eats fish, frogs, eggs, and even small alligators. After spearing the fish it flipped it off its bill and swallowed it. (AP/ Photo/J Pat Carter)

Hump Day Wild Card — 6.30.10

Silly me. I thought the day was extremely quiet, especially on Scanner Traffic … then the Coeur d’Alene police find a little boy in diapers wandering along 3rd Street; a moose decides to go for a stroll in a Post Falls neighborhood, and a VW catches fire, backing up traffic on the freeway, by Huetter rest stop. In other words, another typical news day here at HBO HQ. Dunno what’s ahead. But you can become part of the fun by using this Wild Card to start your own thread …

Scanner Traffic/PM — 6.30.10

  • 6:09 p.m. A baby is locked in a vehicle at Riverstone Starbucks.
  • 6:08 p.m. Officers are looking for male, w/white hat driving a red pickup, who left the scene of an accident w/a bicycle in 8800 block of Davis Circle/Hayden.
  • 6 p.m. Caller reports a wanted female named Audrey is staying at Lake Drive Motel/CdA.
  • 5:48 p.m. Injury accident involving GMC pickup & Chevy Cavalier is blocking Blaylock & Hogan/CdA.
  • 5:42 p.m. Caller reports she was hit in the face w/a cigarette lighter thrown by male @ 2nd & Harrison/CdA.
  • 5:19 p.m. A wanted suspect is waiting to be taken into custody in front of CdA high.
  • 5:11 p.m. Ridge Line Lane/CdA caller reports 3 female dogs were left on her land.
  • 4:59 p.m. Caller reports that a juvenile may have been shot in the back w/BBs by other juveniles @ 10th & Lunceford/CdA.
  • 4:49 p.m. Laura reports that her mailbox has been damaged, an ongoing problem.
  • 4:39 p.m. Female reports that a male in a Subaru spit on the windshield of her vehicle as he passed by in 300 block of Prairie Avenue/Hayden.
  • 4:13 p.m. A white passenger car reportedly ran several vehicles off the road coming out of KMC w/b and later was reported weaving on Seltice Way.
  • 4:05 p.m. Philip reports a vicious dog tried to bite him when he biked past on Hudlow Road/Hayden.
  • 3:59 p.m. Rathdrum police are looking for a 31YO man w/a gun who told a friend he was going to kill himself while driving around.
  • Much more below

PM: Enlisting In Akey’s Army

“Willie came home from a week at the University of Idaho,” posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. “With him came some T-shirts for Mom and Dad. He gave me the yellow one and Bill, the Akey’s Army shirt. After seeing an ad in this morning’s paper for people to come and meet Idaho Vandal football coach Akey at Dover Bay Resort, I said to Bill that I believe the University of Idaho has embraced Rob Akey. And, yes, that’s an understatement.” More here.

Question: Have you enlisted in Akey’s Army?

Plane Crash Kills Reporters, 2 Others

Four young western Montanans were found dead late Wednesday afternoon in the wreckage of the small plane they took on a weekend sightseeing flight. Dead are Sonny Kless and Brian Williams of Missoula, and Erika Hoefer and Melissa Weaver of Kalispell. A Border Patrol helicopter spotted the plane in the Revais Creek area at 2 p.m., but could not land because the terrain is extremely rugged, very steep and heavily timbered. The crash site was very near the last GPS and radar contact the Federal Aviation Administration had with the aircraft on Sunday afternoon, when Kless took his three passengers on a sightseeing flight from the Glacier National Park area to the Bison Range and along the Flathead River/Tristan Scott, Missoulian. More here.

Broadsword On Adam’s RINO List

I use the RINO label sparingly as I thin many people have overused it. With the recent defeats of Senators Schroeder and Coiner, the RINO herd has been culled. I don’t want to use the label as a mindless insult, so I have a fair standard. If you’ve got an Idaho Conservative score of less than 60%, you’re a RINO. If you vote with us more than that, you could weak-kneed, lilly-livered, unimaginatives or any number of things, but I wouldn’t call you a RINO. Here’s my list:Rep. Tom Trail (R-6)-37% conservative voting record.Senator Joyce Broadsword (R-2)-56% conservative voting record/Adam Graham, Adam’s Blog. And: Outrageous outrage of the day: Loyalty oaths. 

  • Rep. Tom Trail (R-6)-37% conservative voting record.
  • Senator Joyce Broadsword (R-2)-56% conservative voting record.
  • Senator Joe Stegner (R-7)-31% conservative voting record.
  • Senator John Andreason (R-15)-46% conservative voting record.
  • Senator Tim Corder (R-22)-55% conservative voting record.

Question: With loyalty oaths, RINO lists, and party purity paramount, can Idaho Republicans say that they have a big tent?

North Idaho Blogs — 6.30.10

Saturday, JeanC (aka Witch with a Gun) stopped at Plummer on the way to Coeur d’Alene to see the Veteran’s memorial that the tribe has built. The statue was created by Colville artist Smoker Marchand. You can see more of Jean’s photos here.

HBO Numbers (for Tuesday, June 29): 9704 page-views/5709 unique views

IFF: Idaho Grads Need Remedial Help

Almost a quarter of Idaho high school graduates attending Boise State University are so far behind on their English and math skills, they’re required to take remedial courses to catch up. In some cases, more than half of the students from an Idaho high school arrive unprepared for basic freshman-level college classes. Data from Boise State University show that in the 2010 class, 388 BSU students less than a year out of high school had to take remedial classes in English, math or both/Erik Makrush, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: What do you make of this report that 25% of high school graduates at Boise State need remedial help to catch up?

Montana Plane Crash Site Found

The small plane missing since Sunday with four people on board may have been found. According to spokeswoman Carey Cooley at 3 p.m.: “The Border Patrol about an hour ago did find a crash site matching the airplane’s description.” She said nobody was on the ground yet, but a rescue helicopter from Malmstrom Air Force Base is heading to the site. Cooley said a pilot with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection spotted the crash site Wednesday afternoon after 1:30 p.m. in rough terrain just inside the Sanders County line. There was no immediate word on survivors/Daily Inter Lake. More here.

Jewel: ‘There’s No Z In Boise’

Pop singer Jewel recently made a concert stop in Boise last week. And, she certainly hit all the right notes while on stage for Boise residents. Fans got to hear all of her latest tunes, including a brand new song. The 36-year-old Grammy nominated artist sang “There’s No Z in Boise,” which received high praise from local resident/KBOI

Question: Do you pronounce the name of the state’s capitol as “Boy-SEE” or “Boy-ZEE”?

Mary Warns Of City Alcohol Tweak

In her latest newsletter, Mary Souza takes aim at a slight change in city code which she fears makes it possible for Coeur d’Alene police to cite individuals who have alcoholic beverages, opened or unopened, on public property. Which, of course, would be a problem, if Mary is analyzing this correctly. Who wants to be cited for inadvertently carrying an unopened six-pack of beer of bottle of wine across a public right of way in front of your house. No where does Mary say that she bothered to contact Mayor Sandi Bloem, city staff, or a council member to see if she is interpreting the slight change correctly. Also, Mary goes onto gush that the Tea Party movement of which she’s an organizer is having an impact. And she issued a call to arms to her followers to join her at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the corner of 19th & Sherman to be part of the 4th of July Parade. You’ve been warned. Souza newsletter here.

Question: Are you going to participate in the annual 4th of July Parade?

Body Found @ Priest River’s ‘Mud Hole’

The body of a Clarkston, Wash., man was found next to his travel trailer at the Army Corp of Engineer Camp Ground in Priest River Tuesday. Robert Blair, 68, had been camping at the “Mud Hole” for the past two days and was preparing to leave the campground. A female coming into the campground alerted authorities after she found Blair on the ground. There were no signs of trauma, and it is believed Blair died from a heart attack. According to relatives, Mr. Blair had a history of heart problems along with other medical problems. Blair’s body was taken to Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home for further arrangements/Bonner County Sheriff’s Department news release.

APhoto Of The Day — 6.30.10

Performance artist Jesse Phillips-Fein, left, and Elana Jaroff perform “SpilLover” Wednesday in New York’s Times Square. During “SpilLover,” created by artist Josephine Decker, six performance artists will spend a couple of hours during the next five days in all white, delicately balancing full buckets of a mixture of water and food coloring resembling oil on their heads. Performed the five days leading up to Independence Day, the piece asks the questions: Will we smile and let ourselves be soaked? Can we achieve our independence from oil? You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

ACLU Protests MSU Graduation Speech

Montana State University’s lawyer says MSU-Northern officials don’t have to apologize for inviting a Christian pastor to give the invocation and benediction at the school’s graduation in May. The ACLU of Montana had filed a complaint and asked for an apology after some faculty members said Pastor Tim Zerger of the Community Alliance Church proselytized during the May 8 ceremony. They say Zerger repeatedly referred to Jesus as a personal savior. Leslie Taylor, chief legal counsel for MSU, says in her response to the ACLU that university officials had no intention of endorsing religion when they invited Zerger to speak/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Is the ACLU right to protest the pastor’s prayer? Or intolerant in doing so?

Missoula Teens In New ‘Twilight’ Film

Like millions of teenagers across America, Jessi Stobart, Madi LePiane and Allison High were all atwitter this week as they waited for Tuesday’s midnight premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the third film in the massively popular “Twilight” series. But if the trio of Missoula friends seemed a little more excited than most, they could be excused: They’re in the movie. And if you see them walking around Wednesday with a glint of I-told-you-so in their eyes, they could be excused for that as well: They’ve finally proven to their friends that they weren’t just making up their silver-screen story/Joe Nickell, Missoulian. More here.

  • Cutline (for illustrative purposes): Alice Griffin, 23, of Las Cruces becomes excited Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Cineport 10 in Las Cruces, N.M., upon realizing she will be seeing the third movie,”The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which premiered at midnight. 

Question: Have you ever appeared on screen in a movie?

H&W Starts Drug Abuse Study

An  official with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) confirmed Tuesday that the department has started work on a controversial drug abuser study commissioned earlier in the year by state lawmakers.  The study, the official confirmed, will likely be completed well before the start of the 2011 legislative session, the date by which lawmakers ordered the study be concluded. … Officials with the department, Shanahan said, will evaluate if there would be any benefit to the state through removing reoccurring drug offenders from public assistance payments like Medicaid or food stamps/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Do you support this study?

Best Of The INorthwest — 6.30.10

A Mineral County Search and Rescue crew maneuvers on the lower Flathead River on Tuesday afternoon, in Dizon, Mont. At least four boats fitted with sonar equipment searched the river between the town of Dixon and the river’s confluence with the Clark Fork River, searching for a missing small plane. The Daily Inter Lake provides profiles of the missing reporters, Coeur d’Alene native Brian Williams, and the pilot here. (AP Photo/Daily Inter Lake, Nate Chute)

High Noon: Speeding Ticket? No Thanks

Timed for 4th of July weekend travel, the National Motorists Association Wednesday issued lists of the states where drivers are most, and least, likely to get tickets. Idaho came in at No. 44 among 51 contenders - the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. And for your holiday traveling planning, Idaho borders the least ticket-prone state - No. 51, Montana - and one of the most ticket-prone - Nevada, tied with Georgia for No. 2/Idaho Statesman. More here. (SR file photo for illustration purposes)

Question: Do you mind that Idaho ranks among the states handing out the lowest number of speeding tickets?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 6.30.10

  • 11:56 a.m. A wanted person who is facing bail of $500 is in the DMV office on Government Way/CdA.
  • 11:41 a.m. ISP officer has stopped to remove debris on I-90 @ M/P 21 (Blue Creek Bay).
  • 11:29 a.m. 2 dogs are fighting and biting people passing by. Dispatcher didn’t give location.
  • 10:56 a.m. A possible stroke is reported at the Loyalton on Anton/CdA.
  • 10:44 a.m. Officers monitoring the loose moose are telling dispatchers to warn public who are calling to stay away from the animal. There’s nothing they can do about it.
  • 10:34 a.m. Officers are tracking a moose that has wandered over to Lincoln & 10th/11th and now toward Spokane/Post Falls.
  • 10:30 a.m. CPD Blues have found a toddler in diapers, with brown hair, hazel eyes, and a cartoon shirt, wandering along 3rd Street. Now, there looking for boy’s parents.
  • 10:21 a.m. w/b traffic is backed up on I-90 as a result of that vehicle fire, reported @ 8:59, near the Huetter rest stop.
  • 10:18 a.m. A deputy is en route to 4th of July Summit to further investigate that ATV accident Tuesday that killed a 74YO Coeur d’Alene man.
  • 10:01 a.m. Lake Coeur d’Alene shoreline owner reports a dock has washed up onto his property.
  • 9:42 a.m. A caller reports that she is being stalked.
  • 9:39 a.m. A black VW is smoking but no flames are showing on w/b I-90 @ M/P 7 or 8 (by Huetter rest stop).
  • 8:59 a.m. Dr. Gibbon’s office on Medical Court/Post Falls has called for ambulance transport for a patient that’s suffering severe chest pain.

CPD Blues Confiscate Nazi Signs

As I mentioned in Scanner Traffic Tuesday, two neo-Nazis (including one with long hair and another in a tan Ford Explorer) put up swastika signs on utility poles along Highway 95, from Neider to Bosanko, yesterday afternoon. Sgt. Christie Wood responded to a HucksOnline inquiry with this: “We took a report for Scattering of Handbills. It falls under City ordinance 8.36.110 and is a misdemeanor. It appears we have good follow-up information with a vehicle and suspect description, as well as the license plate number to one of the vehicles. The report will be forwarded to detectives and we will investigate it.”

HBO Poll: Most Wear Bike Helmets

  • Tuesday’s Poll: Most of you Merry Hucksters protect your gray matter by wearing helmets while riding a bike. 90 of 154 respondents (58%) said they wear helmets when riding a bike. 40 of 154 said they do not wear helmets while riding a bike. 24 of 154 said they don’t ride bikes.
  • Today’s Poll (from Lewiston Tribune): How do you feel about fireworks at the Fourth of July?

Huckleberries Hears …

… that Coeur d’Alene Press Editor Mike Patrick yanked the weekly column by North Idaho College President Priscilla Bell, as a result of that dustup with the college over her pay. Seems Patrick was miffed when college spokesman John Martin complained mildly re: the accuracy of the figures used in a Press story re: Bell’s compensation. Such was Patrick’s outrage that he included this questionable sentence in his editorial today: “At the top of the list is the fact that at precisely the same time so many in the education field are having their financial tulips trimmed, Priscilla Bell’s garden is getting extra fertilizer. It’s not our fault or the public’s that fertilizer smells like, well, you know. It is what it is.” Big boys have big feelings/DFO.

Question: Did you ever read President Bell’s column?

Larry King Plans To Bow Out

Talk show host Larry King is shown on the set of his program ” Larry King Live” at the CNN studios in Los Angeles earlier this year. King, who interviewed statesmen and stars from a prime-time perch at CNN for 25 years but has faded in ratings and influence lately, said Tuesday that he will step down this fall from his nightly show. (AP Photo/CNN, Rose M. Prouser, File)

Question: Are you going to miss Larry King’s interviews when he shuffles off the CNN stage?

Press: For Whom The Bell Tolls

We’re still stunned that at Bell’s urging, the trustees put their seal of approval on the tax increase at the very first reading of the college’s budget. Ron Vieselmeyer and Mic Armon, to their credit, opposed the tax hike. However, trustees did not offer so much as a respectful pause for public comment between reading the budget for the first time and adopting it with the full tax increase included. But that is what we have come to expect of the current regime. We live in an era when college presidents are rented, stay long enough to collect retirement benefits and then move on to the next campus that is eager to give them too much authority and too little accountability. We can’t comprehend why NIC’s trustees would reward their president with more money and a contract extension at a time like this. Unfortunately for Kootenai County taxpayers, it is what it is/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Should North Idaho College trustees have raised President Priscilla Bell’s pay at a time when education budgets are being cut throughout the state?

Hammes: Phil Hart Abused His Power

Phil Hart (pictured) should resign from the Idaho legislature. Of course we know that is not going to happen. But at the very least he should offer a substitute to serve in his place until he has paid his state tax bill in full. That won’t happen either. Instead Rep. Hart will continue to serve in the legislature despite the fact he owes the state a bundle in overdue taxes. Which makes this screed as fruitless as n well, fighting the government with some bogus claims about the Constitution and income taxes. … There is never a shortage of wingnuts who confuse their disagreement with the income tax with patriotism. But it is quite another thing altogether for an elected official to abuse the power of office/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: What do you make of one of the most conservative newspapers in Idaho calling on state Rep. Phil Hart to resign, as a result of his tax problems?

Marty: Tea Party Right Will Overcome

The steady drift of Idaho’s majority party toward ideological purity will drive moderates out. Nominating people who agree with repealing the 17th Amendment and imposing loyalty oaths should play right into the hands of Idaho Democrats, who will pick up legislative seats in competitive districts. But there are neither enough competitive districts nor enough Democratic candidates to make much of a difference. The GOP will retain control of a smaller but even more conservative legislative majority. Don’t expect the people dominating Idaho’s Republican precincts, central committees and state convention to have their way this year. Or even two years from now. But eventually, they will/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (AP file photo: state GOP chairman Norm Semanko)

Question: Do you agree with Marty Trillhaase that the Tea Party Right will take over the Idaho Republican Party in the relatively near future?

Hart Ethics Panel Includes Sayler

House Speaker Lawerence Denney has appointed an ethics committee to investigate the conduct of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol. Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, will chair the seven-member panel, and Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, will be vice-chair. The committee likely will meet in August. … Click here to read Denney’s announcement of the appointment of the committee; the other members are Reps. Dell Raybould, Bert Stevenson, Rich Wills, Bill Killen and George Sayler/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you satisfied with the appointments made to the ethics committee investigating Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s tax problems?

AM: NIC Student Is True To His School

A North Idaho College employee sports one of the new NIC temporary tattoos, which will be given away at various events and promotions throughout the year. The tattoos will debut with the NIC cheerleaders at the Fourth of July parade this weekend. Or school supporters can stop by the NIC booth at the North Idaho Fair in August to get one. (NIC Photo: Stacy Hudson)

Twitter Me This

Twitter Inc. spokesman Sean Garrett smiles in an interview with the Associated Press during his visit to Tokyo Tuesday. Garrett’s company is hiring a Washington D.C. representative to promote Twitter’s use in politics and hopes to expand that worldwide, he said. “Obviously there is a lot of potential for policymakers, government agencies, politicians of all stripes to use Twitter and to connect with their constituency,” Garrett said. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

DFO: I’m using this photo as a shameless ad to promote my own Twitter account. Seriously, if you want important breaking news from news sources around the area as well as HucksOnline, you should follow my Twitter. I often retweet posts from local news sources as well as the three Spokane TV stations and key political candidates to keep my Twitter followers posted on the latest news. End of commercial message. Now, I’ll return you to your regular HBO programming.

Question: Do you follow anyone’s Twitter?


CdA Man ID’d As ATV Crash Victim

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department is able to release more details and the name of the victim in the fatality accident yesterday near the top of Fourth of July Pass. Killed in the single ATV crash was Cleo B. “Bud” Dodge, 74, of Coeur d’Alene. Dodge and three of his friends were in route back to the recreational parking area at the Fourth of July Pass Summit on Trail 800 when Dodge, who was the second of the four ATV’s, failed to negotiate the route around the Forest Service gate and crashed into the gate post.  Dodge was pronounced dead at Kootenai Medical Center from massive chest injuries. It is believed that due to dust in the air from the first machine as well as Dodge’s speed, he was unable to see the gate in time to make the course adjustment that led to the crash/Major Ben Wolfinger, KCSD.

Labrador Isn’t Enamored w/McCain

China Gum, a spokeswoman for Labrador, did little to walk back the candidate’s remarks, noting only that Labrador had voted for the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 while Minnick has supported Democrats for president, including Barack Obama. “Raul Labrador has voted for all Republican presidential candidates as did the overwhelming majority of Idaho voters in the 1st Congressional District,” said Gum. “So who best represents the 1st CD? The conservative Raul Labrador or the smooth Walt Minnick?” Minnick campaign manager John Foster fired back at Labrador’s camp, taking McCain’s side. “Walt would never, as Labrador has done, question the ethics and principles of an American hero who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war,” Foster said/Politico. More here. (AP photo: John McCain in Mesa, Ariz., earlier this month)

Question: Will Raul Labrador’s lack of enthusiasm for former Republican presidential candidate John McCain haunt him in his congressional race?

OTV Lists 4th Of July Activities

At Get Out! North Idaho, OrangeTV has listed a bunch of events that are scheduled to help celebrants enjoy the Fourth of July. My family usually goes to the parade, then barbecues, and finally comes back for the fireworks at City Beach. This year, however, we may skip the parade because it conflicts with church and a church barbecue afterwards. I wonder if the parade will suffer attendance wise because it’s being held on a Sunday morning?

Question: Do you have any special plans for the 4th of July?

Parting Shot — 6.29.10

A woman watches blue crabs walk along the main seaside avenue of Cancun, Mexico. According to the city’s environmental agency, more than 200 crabs were rescued and another estimated one thousand are yet to be caught after the crabs came out when ongoing public works along the avenue disrupted their nests. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

Wild Card/Tuesday — 6.29.10

I join Bent in hoping that the two reporters (Melissa Weaver and Erika Hoefer, pictured) from the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Mont., and the other two people with them in the missing airplane are found safe. They’ve been missing since Sunday. Others have survived plane crashes in that rugged country of northwestern Montana. But more haven’t. A job as news editor — and later managing editor — at the Inter Lake brought me to the Inland Northwest 33 years ago. The Inter Lake building was built by John Barlow while I was editor in Kalispell for the Hagadone Newspaper Co. I know that newsroom. It’s a small one. The two empty desks in there today are looming huge. My thoughts and prayers are with the staff and the families of these two women. Now, for your Wild Card …

Scanner Traffic/PM — 6.29.10

  • 5:48 p.m. Deanna reports that a huge bump on 4th @ Wilbur/Hayden caused her to lose a trailer that she was pulling
  • 5:43 p.m. Motorcyclist has taken 4 laps around Stagecoach/Post Falls @ high speeds.
  • 5:42 p.m. Caller is concerned re: shirtless male who fell on some rocks near CdA chamber building @ NW Blvd & Sherman.
  • 5:39 p.m. Road rager has followed caller to PFPD HQ where he’s making a complaint.
  • 5:28 p.m. Caller wants police to check on a male in a walker who has beer cans littered around him at the Jiffy Stop by Super 1/Hayden.
  • 5:12 p.m. Pedestrian reports that a convertible Mustang driven by a male w/2 female passengers zipped past him on Riverview, almost hitting him.
  • 5:06 p.m. Belligerent female is arguing w/bartender and refusing to leave Lakers on 2nd/CdA.
  • 4:54 p.m. Caller reports a large, refrigerated van parked on Lyle Loop/Hayden is too noisy. He wants it moved.
  • 4:41 p.m. Possible grass fire reported at 4400 Brentwood/CdA.
  • 4:36 p.m. KREM is reporting 74YO ATVer in 1:49 p.m. accident, just off 4th of July pass, has died.
  • 4:20 p.m. A bed liner has flown out of the back of a pickup & is blocking w/b I-90 @ M/P 41 (4 miles east of Cataldo Mission).
  • 4:04 p.m. A vehicle has hit a pedestrian on Lacey/Hayden, west of H95.
  • 3:50 p.m. Juveniles in a blue vehicle are throwing out fireworks on H95 @ Spokane River bridge/CdA.
  • 3:19 p.m. A 2nd male is putting up swastika signs along H95 in a tan Ford Explorer, n/b from Appleway, on H95.

PM Headlines — 6.29.10

Don Sausser e-mails this photo to HucksOnline, with the comment: “Saturday night a full moon dumped its sheen over Tubbs hill and onto Lake Coeur d’Alene. Only nine hours later the same waters were thrashed by Ironman swimmers.” I wonder if the full moon had an effect on people this afternoon. A lot of weird stuff on Scanner Traffic.

74YO Man Killed In ATV Wreck

As reported on Scanner Traffic earlier today, a 74YO male was fatally injured in an ATV crash, near the Fourth of July Pass summit. He was riding with three others when he failed to make a turn, crashing into a gate, according to a Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department press release. He was unconscious when medical help arrived. But he quit breathing shortly afterward and was later pronounced dead at Kootenai Medical Center. The identity of the victim is being withheld until next of kin have been notified. You can read Ben Wolfinger’s new release here.

Free Sherman Square Concert Tonight

I can’t say that it’s been so busy that I look forward to hanging out with Mrs. O at Sherman Park tonight for the first of the free downtown concert this afternoon/evening. But it has been busy enough. And I’m definitely looking foward to the music and mood downtown. I don’t have a clue re: the music that Healthy Scratches plays. I do know, however, that Chris Guggemos’ Handshake Productions usually books good shows to its various venues.

Question: Do you attend any of the Handshake Productions concerts in City Park, Sherman Square, Hayden, or Rathdrum, or the Riverbend concerts on Thursdays?

KHQ: CdA Man On Montana Plane

A Coeur d’Alene man has been identified among the passengers on a missing Montana plane. 28 year-old Brian Williams is originally from Coeur d’Alene and is currently a law student at the University of Montana/KHQ. More here.

Alex Makes Vow Renewal Dicey

Dan and Grace Eaton are splashed by waves as they pose for a wedding photo earlier today in South Padre Island, Texas. Despite Tropical Storm Alex heading to the Texas coast, the couple celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows on the water. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Question: Have you renewed your vows with your long-time love?

Supremacists Busy Along Highway 95

Huckleberries is hearing via Scanner Traffic that 2 males have plastered swastikas and racist material on every light standard and telephone pole along Highway 95, between Neider and Bosanko. One male, described as a white man with long hair and a gray shirt, is on foot. The other is in a tan Ford Explorer. As you may recall, Fast Lane Quick Lube, at Highway 95 & Bosanko is the business where a worker found that pipebomb under a vehicle, owned by former Aryan Nations lawyer Edgar Steele and driven by Steele’s wife, Cyndi. Steele is now in jail facing murder-for-hire charges involving his wife and mother-in-law.

Benson: WAC Won’t Expand For Now

WAC commissioner Karl Benson (pictured) announced today that the WAC will delay any expansion of its membership until July 1, 2012 at the earliest. This means that for the 2011-12 season, the WAC will operate as an eight-team league that consists of Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State. “The WAC and its eight member schools remain well positioned for the future,” said Benson. “Over the past few weeks, the WAC’s Board of Directors and athletics directors have explored several membership options. We believe it is in the best interest of the WAC to operate as an eight-team league for the 2011-12 season. We will now take several months to ‘drill down’ on the various membership options before making any decisions that would impact the 2012-13 season”/via Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is this decision not to expand the WAC before July 1, 2012, a good one?

Swab Summer Begins With Tempest

First Class Cadet Ryan Schmid, left, yells at members of Foxtrot Company as members of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2014 start their indoctrination at the start of Swab Summer on Reporting-In Day at the academy in New London, Conn. Monday. (AP Photo/The Day, Tim Cook)

Question: Who was the toughest teacher/drill instructor that you ever had?

Letterman’s 10 Great Things About West

  • 9. Alaska - I wonder if their new governor can see Russia from his house.
  • 8. Nevada - 24-hours-a-day-gambling, fabulous entertainment, and free cigarettes for the kids! (Shows the much-watched Internet clip of a Sumatran toddler smoking).
  • 7. Montana - I never get tired of Gov. Schweitzer’s old joke about helping that sheep over the fence.
  • 6. Arizona - Gov. Jan Brewer couldn’t be here, she’s too busy rounding up gardeners.
  • 5. Idaho - Home of the endangered species Butch Otter.
  • More here (via Twitter from Shea Andersen)

Question: What would you add to Letterman’s Top 10 list (re: Top 10 Great Things About the West)?

Joe: Fireflies Better Than Toll Booths

On Facebook, SR colleague Joe Butler, who was wandering through Illinois at the time, mentioned that he has gone through a toll booth for the first time in his life and he’s seen fireflies for the first time. He prefers fireflies to toll booths any day. Now, I’ve visited a toll booth or two in bygone days, in California. But I’ve never seen a firefly.

Question: What is something that you’ve never seen or done that is fairly common place elsewhere in the United States?

Deanna: Humans Produce Phosphates

Deanna Goodlander: The largest (by far) provider of phosphates in sewer systems is the human body. Every time you flush, you are adding phospates to the system. You will be seeing much more about phosphates in the systems in the future dealing with the TMDL (total maximum daily load) of phospate limitations placed on all cities on the Spokane River by the State of Washington. Total cost estimated at as much as 2 billion dollars to meet those standards, presently unattainable with todays technology. Anybody ready for a 500 per month sewer bill???????

DFO: So, if we all agree to stop pooping & peeing and/or flushing, we can keep our dish soap w/phosphates?

Question: Are environmental agencies demanding too much of communities that dump treated wastewater into waterways?

Dustin: Reject Avatar-less Comments

Dustin Hurst: I would like to object on the grounds of HBO etiquette. I think it is improper for someone who has yet to put an avatar beside his/her name displayed on the front page of HBO. I think posters should show proper respect to other Hucksters and put up an avatar before being given the spotlight at HBO nation. Anyone with me on this? … Also: I think we should have an HBO constitution or something … or at least some rules to be considered a legitimate commentator. I don’t want to see jokers with no avatars running around with Phaedrus, Sis, Spoke, or MM. In the words of Mayweather, “step yo game up.”

DFO: Usually, I don’t front-page nonavatar material … unless it’s particularly good or ludicrous. However, the idea that we adopt a constitution at HucksOnline scares me. One of you guys might suggest making “Jedi” the official religion of the blog or repealing the 17th amendment. And then nobody would take us seriously. ;-)

Question: Should commenters w/o avatars be banned from HBO’s front page?

P-I: GOP Confab Was 1 Giant Tea Party

The state convention of Idaho Republicans turned into a big Tea Party last weekend, with a platform that calls for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for direct election of U.S. Senators. The platform also calls for state legislators and the governor to “nullify any and all existing and future unconstitutional Federal mandates and laws, funded or unfunded, that infringe on Idaho’s Tenth Amendment sovereignty.” … “If the state’s Senators had to be accountable to the State Legislators instead of to the people at large, Senators by and large would be much more in tune to the interest of the states as opposed to interest of people,” Bryan Smith, a GOP legislator from Bonneville County, told the Idaho Falls Post-Gazette/Seattle P-I Blogs. More here. (AP photo of GOP convention: Jesse L. Bonner)

Question: Who would you rather have the Idaho Legislature pick Idaho’s U.S. senator or Idaho voters?

Best Of The INorthwest — 6.29.10

The Old Folks team takes the lead during the Toilet Race Saturday in the Rudyard park at the Rudyard 100th Celebration in Rudyard, Mont. (AP Photo/Havre Daily News, Nikki Carlson)

High Noon: Japanese Food Porn

At the Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, OrangeTV offers this photo and a bunch of others from Syringa Japanese Cafe & Sushi Bar under his regular “food porn” postings. Although it’s close to lunch, this is one photo album that I can resist (although the shot of the octopus is pretty cool). Will you hate me if I tell you that I don’t like Japanese food all that much? How about you?

Question: Do you enjoy Japanese food? Which entree is your favorite? Which Japanese food place is your favorite? What would you say to those of us who don’t share your taste for Japanese food?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 6.29.10

  • Noonish: A caller reports he’s watching 3 blond-haired boys (11 to 13), one dressed all in gray, vandalizing property w/a Sharpie and roll of cut tape in Post Falls area.
  • 11:59 a.m. Off-duty Bonner County deputy has been following a suspected DUI driver s/b on H95 from county line to Hayden Avenue.
  • 11:39 a.m. Terry, @ Holiday on Cornerstone/Hayden, reports another driver leaving w/o paying for gas, in a white SUV.
  • 11:27 a.m. A juvenile has been missing from Spirit Lake Road home since Monday.
  • 11:03 a.m. 2 large dogs are running loose in e/b lanes of I-90 @ top of 4th of July Pass.
  • More below

Twilight’s ‘Eclipse’ Best So Far

Actress Kristen Stewart, right, poses with a fan after she talked about her new movie “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” on the “Today” show, in New York earlier today. The Dallas Morning News entertainment section calls the third movie of the “Twilight” series the best one so far here. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

Question: Do you plan to see “Eclipse”?

MikeH: Minnick & Pelosi Bogeyman

Mike H: Minnick comes across as moderate or even conservative on most issues. However, his first vote will be in the Democrat caucus. That vote will be to select Pelosi as their leader in the Democrat Party in the House. That vote alone makes it impossible to support him.

DFO: First, I must say that I’m not a fan of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She’s much too liberal for my taste. But I consider the mantra by the Republican Right that Minnick will support Pelosi’s re-election as a nonstarter for me. Unless the numbers in Congress change dramatically, Minnick has to support Pelosi as a matter of common sense. He’ll lose much of his current clout if he doesn’t support her and she continues to hold the speaker’s chair.

Question: What do you think re: the Pelosi argument against Minnick?

HBO Poll: GOP Purity Test Is Turn Off

  • HBO Poll: A whopping 75% of you Merry Hucksters (106 of 142) said you’d be less likely to vote for a candidate who took a loyalty oath, pledging to support the platform of the Idaho Republican Party. Only 20 of 142 (14%) said you’d be more likely to support a candidate who took such an oath. 16 of 142 (11%) were undecided.
  • Elena Kagan Poll: 59 of 109 (54%) said you don’t want to see the U.S. Senate confirm Elena Kagan as the next Supreme Court justice. 42 of 109 (39%) said you do want to see her confirmed. 8 of 109 (7%) were undecided.
  • Militia Poll: 93 of 162 (57%) said they didn’t want to see the state of Idaho form an all-volunteer militia (an idea supported by a committee at the GOP convention last weekend in Idaho Falls but not endorsed by the full group). 66 of 162 (41%) said they would like to see Idaho form a militia. (I forgot to give the results for this poll Friday).
  • Today’s Question: Do you wear a helmet while riding a bicycle?

APhoto Of The Day — 6.29.10

A woman struggles with  Basque riot police during a clash in the  Basque city of Bilbao northern Spain, earlier today. Thousands of  Basque workers took part in a one-day general strike against the economic crisis of Spain where more than four million people are unemployed. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Did Shooting Give Hoopfest Black Eye?

Spokane’s biggest Hoopfest in history is behind us but not before a gang-related shooting gave the event a black eye. Luckily the shooting happened right in front of an off-duty policewoman who played an integral role in bringing the incident to a swift conclusion. Detective Stacey Carr had volunteered for a charity event in the park along with her 11-year-old daughter when she saw the shooting happen. Carr discretely followed the suspects until she could guide other officers to the scene on her cell phone. “I saw his hands out like he’s holding a gun, but I don’t see the gun … [and] he turns around and he looks like he’s firing but again I don’t see the gun and I hear the pop, pop,” Carr said. The bullets intended for a rival gangster ended up hitting two innocent bystanders who did not want to be identified/Jeff Humphrey, KXLY. More here. (SR Photo)

Question: Did the shooting really give Hoopfest a black eye? Or will most people simply shrug it off as something that can happen anywhere that crowds gather today?

Purist Idaho GOP Tells Repub To Scram

New rules, courtesy of the Idaho GOP: From now on, elections are strictly advisory. If those know-it-alls at the state Republican convention disapprove of the results, they’ll just call a do-over. That’s what party faithful said last weekend. Delegates to the state convention voted to send a letter urging Republican Vern Bisterfeldt (pictured) to abandon his race for Ada County commissioner. Because Bisterfeldt has publicly supported Democrats, the GOP wants to exile one of Ada County’s best-known and longest-serving public officials, a former policeman, former county commissioner and current Boise City Council member. The politics of partisan purity have gone statewide, having flopped on the local level/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: What do you make of the Idaho GOP telling a respected Ada County political candidate to abandon his race for commissioner because he supported Democrats in the past?

Where To Park, Sit For Fireworks Show?

A colleague asked me this morning what’s the best place to park and to watch the Fourth of July fireworks show along the north shore. I have a system that generally works, in which I arrive late — sometimes 15 minutes before the show begins — and get home without much hassle from the number of vehicles leaving on Northwest Boulevard, Government Way, and Fourth Street. I also sit on City Beach. Which, as crowded as it appears, always has room for Mrs. O and me. How about you?

Question: Can you offer any tips for newbies wanting to see the fireworks show — in terms of where to park and where to view it?

AM Headlines — 6.29.10

Gov. Butch Otter performs at the Daniel Dopps Memorial PRCA Rodeo in Mountian Home Idhao Saturday. The govenor and his wife were in the grand entry and then he was in the team roping event with partner Dave Dopps. (AP Photo/WT Bruce) 

Question: Is Butch Otter a better team roper or governor?

Hagadone Montana Reporters Missing

A search for a missing aircraft that was carrying two Daily Inter Lake staff writers and two men from Missoula shifted sharply late Monday from the Flathead Valley area to Sanders County and the National Bison Range. A command post for the search was set up Monday night at the National Bison Range Visitor Center, far from the original search area that extended from Kalispell as far as Glacier National Park and Canada. The plane had been missing since Sunday afternoon. … On board were Melissa Weaver (pictured), 23, a police and courts reporter with the Inter Lake, and Erika Hoefer, 27, a business reporter and page designer who also writes for the Flathead Business Journal.

DFO: The Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Mont., is another Inland Northwest newspaper owned by Coeur d’Alene’s Duane Hagadone. It’s a newspaper about the same size as the Coeur d’Alene Press. I worked for five years there.

Do You Wear A Bike Helmet?

Be careful when transporting fragile goods,” reads the copy. This Publics Service Announcement (PSA) comes from a Berlin-based campaign to advocate using bicycle helmets. Apparently over there, PSA’s still go for the jugular but it’s located a bit higher on the spinal column/Consumerist. H/T: Down To Earth.

DFO: Last evening, in the bike ride home, I counted about 20 bicyclists. I was the only one wearing a helmet. My son, who is now a resident of the UFlorida neurosurgery department, persuaded a family member to wear one recently after she told him that it’s hard to look good wearing a helmet. He responded: “Do you know what looks worse — having your brain matter splattered all over pavement. As an added note, there were four vehicle-bike wrecks in Kootenai County last week.

Question: So do you wear a helmet when bike riding?

U.S. Chamber Backs Demo Minnick

Democratic incumbent Rep. Walt Minnick won the backing today of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “On issues ranging from competition in the health care industry, to lowering taxes, to reducing energy costs, Idaho’s businesses and workers have a tireless advocate in Walt Minnick,” said (chamber official) Bill Miller. It’s another business vote of confidence for Minnick, who recently drew praise from the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, the state’s preeminent business lobby. A first-term lawmaker, Minnick will face state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, in a general election that figures to draw national attention. As for the chamber’s endorsement, consider this: The group endorsed 265 candidates in 2008, and 213 were elected (an 81 percent success rate)/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: How significant is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsement and IACI support for Demo Congressman Walt Minnick?

Volunteers Made Ironman CdA Go

When athletes would run by an aid station during Sunday’s Ironman Coeur d’Alene and ask for water, Gatorade, a cold sponge or bananas, they got it. When they needed sunscreen, someone put it on for them. When they needed encouragement, they heard it. When they needed to be held up after finishing, they were. Say thanks to the volunteers of Ironman, all 3,600 of them. “From the beginning at the time you dropped your clothes off to the time they were putting a wrap around your shoulders to stay warm at the end, there was not a step missed,” said Jim Smith of Hayden, who completed the daylong race in 13 hours, 28 minutes/Bill Buley, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Were you an Ironman Coeur d’Alene volunteer? Tell us about your experience.

Just Say No To Panhandlers

I can’t guess how many times I’ve thought of asking a Coeur d’Alene police officer about our panhandling laws in Coeur d’Alene — only to forget when an officer was around. I rarely see panhandlers in town, although I’ve been hit up a time or two by them. Occasionally, panhandlers hang out around the intersections at Highway 95 and Fourth Street, until someone complains about them. Today, I finally remembered my panhandler question when Sgt. Christie Wood called about a press release. Indeed, Coeur d’Alene has a law against panhandling, and, judging from Scanner Traffic, enforce it quickly. Which I appreciate. How about you?

Question: Are you glad that the Coeur d’Alene area enforces its laws against panhandling? Or do you think we should take a hands-off approach and allow panhanlding, as cities like San Francisco and Portland do?

Parting Shot — 6.28.10

And here’s one final photo by Christa Hazel of Sunday’s Ironman, showing the checkpoint at Silver Beach with an hour and half remaining in the race. Posts Christa on Facebook: “The moon rise was spectacular!” Now, we’ll officially put Ironman to bed for another year.

They Jam Up Our Waterfront, Too …

In the “Kids Say The Darndest Things” department, Ryan Brodwater tells of a conversation that he had with son, Bailey, Saturday night: “Bailey asked me why tourists want to do bad things to us,” begins Ryan. ”I said they don’t, and he replied, ‘Then why did they crash into those skyscrapers?’ It’s crazy to me that he even thinks about that, considering it happened about two weeks before he was born.”

Question: What other bad things do “tourists” do?

Wild Card/Monday — 6.28.10

Dunno if I was inspired by the Ironman Coeur d’Alene competition or not. But I rode my bike to work today. 2.5 miles mostly downhill isn’t exactly 112 grueling miles around Kootenai County But it’s a start. Actually, I try to bike, lift weights, or ride my bike 4 to 6 times per week. My wife rode down to City Park this morning. And said the place is a mess in wake of Ironman Coeur d’Alene. I expect Parks Director Doug Eastwood will have things shipshape by this afternoon. It was fun to watch the winners come in yesterday. All participants deserve a monster Hat Tip. Now, for your Wild Card …

Phosphate Dish Soap Ban To Begin

Item: Statewide ban of phosphate-laden dish soap to begin: Limit becoming law in Washington, Oregon, 13 other states/Associated Press

More Info: A ban on the sale of phosphate-laden dishwasher detergent is going statewide (in Washington) Thursday. Familiar brands are still available but they will have lower levels of phosphates to meet the limits that first began in Spokane and Whatcom counties in 2008. Experts say phosphates promote plant growth and may degrade water quality in lakes and streams.

Question: If Idaho banned phosphate-laden dish soap, too, would you find a way to get a supply from states where the product was legal, to use at home?

PM Headlines — 6.28.10

At Bloglander, the blog of the Inlander, Joel Smith posted this photo, tongue firmly cheeked, and this cutline: “Motorists heading south on Market Street in Hillyard on Saturday knew exactly where to go if they were having gastrointestinal problems.”

Photo Of The Day — 6.28.10

On her Facebook page, Christa Hazel, who was covering Ironman Coeur d’Alene for Huckleberries Online, posted this photo of the beginning of Sunday’s great race, with the caption: “This guy looked like he had second thoughts.” I thought it was a perfect photo of Coeur d’Alene Ironman for our weekdaily photo contest. You write the cutline. (Also: you can see more of Christa’s photos of the competition here.)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. I said no splashing, everybody out of the pool! — Charlie
  • 2. Where’s Waldo? — JeanieS.
  • 3. “Think I’ll just stay here in this very warm spot for a while …” — BrentA.
  • HM: Pecky Cox

Scanner Traffic/PM — 6.28.10

  • 5:46 p.m. A utility pole is smoldering after it’d been on fire @ Spokane & Warner/Post Falls.
  • 5:45 p.m. A green Suburban has a flat tire on I-90 @ M/P 11 (NW Blvd)/CdA.
  • 5:41 p.m. A silver bumper is lying across 2 lanes of e/b traffic on I-90, near Atlas overpass.
  • 5:38 p.m. A female who teaches a class near Q’emiln City Park/Post Falls pavillion reports a storage facility has been broken into.
  • 5:03 p.m. A female, @ Mullan & 18th, reports that her husband broke out the car window to prove that he could do it, and there’s no domestic dispute involved.
  • 3:43 p.m. A disorderly male is reported in 9900 block of Maple/Hayden.
  • 3:35 p.m. A motorist is suffering a diabetes episode on I-90 @ M/P 22, east of Blue Creek Bay.
  • 3:21 p.m. 2 Jetskis are illegally parked on the Q’emiln City Park docks/Post Falls. No motorized vehicle is suppose to be west of the Post Falls Bridge.
  • More below

David: Why I Don’t Attend Hoopfest

The biggest reason we have studiously avoided Hoopfest all these years, however, is that I develop a severe rash of a most private nature when I am in a vast warbling mass of unwashed people, regardless of their intentions or why they came together. Yes, I admit it. I get a severe rash on the forefront of my brain just thinking about 30,000 plus strangers in close proximity to me and mine. Give me a quiet afternoon sitting out back in the Virtual Garden watching the Garden Gnomes and a few closely-held friends celebrating the ripening strawberry plants and the serenity of the rose bushes/David Laird, Community Comment. More here.

  • Cutline: Former Gonzaga standout David Pendergraft of Team Tonix is guarded close as he drives to the basket by Clint Hordemann of Team Bam Jam of Boise. Team Tonix defended their Hoopfest Men’s Over 6’ championship with a convincing 20-11 win. (SR Photo: J. Bart Rayniak)

Question: Do you enjoy/avoid attending events that attract a lot of people, like Hoopfest, Ironman Coeur d’Alene, and the Coeur d’Alene 4th of July fireworks display?

NIdaho Blogs: Stickman’s Ironman Salute

Don Sausser e-mails: “Stickman’s grotto is adjacent to the busy Ironman route. He and Walkabout formed a perfect Ironman logo on his lawn using the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s floating golf balls that she collects on her Tubbs Hill cleanup rounds.” Also: you can see Kerri Thoreson’s shot of the same scene for More Main Street here. And Kerri’s Ironman photos here.

HBO Blog No. (for week of June 20-26): 47,057 page-views, 29,605 unique views

OTV’s Food Porn — Chunky Pizza

For the second week in a row, OrangeTV has struck on his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page w/a photo of “food porn” — at just the time I was starting to get hungry. It was eggs benedict last week. Now, it’s the Chunky Supreme Pizza at Sandpoint’s Second Avenue Pizza (after 30 minutes in the oven).

Question: Where’s your go-to place for pizza? And what type of pizza do you buy (describe)?

Idaho Crossover Doesn’t Help RINOs

When two professors, Washington University law professor and political science department Chair Andrew Martin and Colorado State University political scientist Kyle Saunders, analyzed every vote cast in the Idaho Legislature, they found no evidence that Democratic crossover voting in Idaho’s primary elections has resulted in the election of “Republicans in name only” who actually vote like Democrats. Instead, they found that all of Idaho’s GOP lawmakers voted more conservatively than the state’s Democratic lawmakers/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you surprised by this result?

Kagan Confirmation Hearings Begin

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., swears in  Supreme  Court nominee Elena  Kagan on Capitol Hill in Washington today during her confirmation hearings before the committee. (AP Photo/WinMcNamee, Pool)

GOP OKs Semanko For 2nd Term

When Norm Semanko was elected as chairman of the Idaho Republican Party in 2008, a deep division was created within party membership. The divide may have been closed Saturday as Semanko was unanimously re-elected to the post. Semanko faced no opposition in his re-election bid, even though delegates from each county in the state had the opportunity to nominate someone of its own choosing. Delegates had only good things to say about Semanko, who some referred to as a person who has bridged the divide between those who supported him in 2008 and those who supported former chairman Kirk Sullivan/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Has state GOP chairman Norm Semanko brought together the factions of the Idaho Republican Party? Or have the Tea Party/Libertarian/Rally Right elements united after they drove off the moderates?

Bill Hall: Old Bird Saw Beauty In Mate

He talked rapidly in the repetitive, staccato rhythms of a man who was completely sure of himself. His movements were bird-like but they were not so much like the cardinal or the sparrow as like a feisty little banty rooster. But Harry was a monogamous old bird, a one-hen rooster all the way. And as for beauty, how true it is that such judgments are in the eye of the beholder. He lived in a time of Lena Horne, one of history’s great beauties, but he only had eyes for Bess. She was his childhood sweetheart, a woman who appeared a bit sparrowish to others. But until the day he died, Harry Truman looked at Bess and saw a woman so adorable that the birds in the trees envied the song in his heart/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: At which anniversary do you consider a married couple to be lovers who have beat the odds to be loving lifetime mates?

Crump: Men Lie More Than Women

You’re right, ma’am. He’s a big, fat prevaricator. Look it up yourself. Britain’s Science Museum recently commissioned a poll on gender and truthfulness and found — hope you’re sitting down, ladies), that the average guy tells three lies a day, or 1,092 a year. (By contrast, the typical woman lies just twice a day, which works out to 728 falsehoods annually.) But there’s worse. The most likely person for a man to lie to is his mother. One-fourth of men say they’ve misled mom — compared with 20 percent of women. “I didn’t have that much to drink” is men’s most popular fib/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Do you lie more than 3 times a day?

INW: Idaho’s Leonard Wins Nat’l Jr. Miss

Distinguished Young Women’s winner Idaho’s Madison Leonard is congratulaled by her parents Denise and Paul Leonard after being named winner Saturday in Mobile, Ala., at the Mobile Civic Center. The Leonards are from Hayden Lake. Story here. (AP Photo/Press-Register: Victor Calhoun)

High Noon: Ironwomen & Kennedy Girls

“Linsey Corbin and the runner-up Meredith Kessler came back between 10 pm and midnight to hand out medals to finishers coming in under the wire,” posts Councilman MikeK, on his Facebook page. “Very classy ladies and great fun - they took a picture with my daughters (Nora & Maggie) which will be a keepsake for my girls. Amazingly, they were dancing and grooving as though they hadn’t just swam, biked and ran 8,000 miles in the heat, while I was winded from walking up and down Sherman Ave cheering finishers. Amazing.”

Question: What do you do for exercise daily? Weekly?

Court Extends Gun Ownership Rights

The Supreme Court held today that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, expanding the conservative court’s embrace of gun rights since John Roberts became Chief Justice. By a 5-4 vote, the justices cast doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but signaled that some limitations on the Constitution’s “right to keep and bear arms” could survive legal challenges. Justice Samuel Alito said for the court that the Second Amendment right “applies equally to the federal government and the states.” The court was split along familiar ideological lines, with five conservative-moderate justices in favor of gun rights and four liberals opposed. Roberts voted with the majority/Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo for illustration purposes)

Question: What limitations, if any, do you think should be imposed on gun owners?

AM Scanner Traffic — 6.28.10

  • 11:41 a.m. 2-vehicle accident is blocking 3rd & Wallace/CdA intersection.
  • 11:26 a.m. A dog is in distress in a red Ram pickup in Row No. 4 of WalMart.
  • 11:17 a.m. Scott reports that 2 boats have been left in Bayview marina for several weeks.
  • 10:34 a.m. Resident reports that a black-and-white goat has wandered into his yard @ Yukon & Corbin/Post Falls.
  • 10:02 a.m. A motorist is locked out of her vehicle at Wells Fargo/Appleway lot.
  • 10:01 a.m. Rathdrum woman reports that a neighbor pointed a firearm at her this morning. The two are involved in an ongoing dispute.
  • 9:58 a.m. An unwanted female is trying to take items from a home on 1100 block of Stiner/CdA.
  • 9:49 a.m. David, on Apache Trail/Athol, wants to talk to police re: a card left on his door.
  • 9:07 a.m. Female reports a theft of her wallet from her vehicle while she was at Corbin Park Sunday.
  • 8:56 a.m. A parent has locked her baby inside her vehicle on Lundy Blvd/Post Falls.
  • 8:44 a.m. A county building supply company reports that an employee showed up for work acting strange and then left.
  • 8:36 a.m. Darrell wants to talk to police re: a Carlin Bay incident Sunday.
  • 8:24 a.m. Caller reports a trespassing incident at 1950 W. Canfield/CdA.
  • 2:28 p.m. Sunday: 72YO Coeur d’Alene woman hurt when vehicle crashes down embankment @ H97 & M/P 66 (Skyline Drive)/Harrison area. ISP report here.

Christa: Lipstick Or Not For Ironwomen?

On her Facebook page, Christa Hazel has a photograph of this pensive Ironman triathlete as she faces the swimming portion of the big race Sunday. Christa comments: “The Lipstick Lady makes me ponder whether or not I would wear lipstick if I were to compete one day.”

Question (for the ladies of HucksOnline): Would you wear lipstick or not, if you participated in Ironman Coeur d’Alene?

Kiki: How Do Iron(wo)men Recuperate?

On my Facebook page, Kiki Miller asks: “What do you hear Iromen do the morning after? Is there like an Ironman hangover cure? Group therapy? Moan and sleep? After so much training and then the emotion of the day, it must be very unique time.”

Question: Anyone have answers to her questions?

U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, 92, RIP

Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., is pictured with American bald eagle “Challenger” on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the announcement of a resolution for American Eagle Day, which would celebrate the recovery and restoration of the American bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States. Byrd, a fiery orator versed in the classics and a hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to the state of his Depression-era upbringing, died today. He was 92. (2007 AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Question: Should there be a mandatory retirement age for U.S. congressmen?

Christian Group Can’t Bar Gays, Get $$$

An ideologically split Supreme Court ruled Monday that a law school can legally deny recognition to a Christian student group that won’t let gays join, with one justice saying that the First Amendment does not require a public university to validate or support the group’s “discriminatory practices.” The court turned away an appeal from the Christian Legal Society, which sued to get funding and recognition from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. The CLS requires that voting members sign a statement of faith and regards “unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle” as being inconsistent with that faith. But Hastings, which is in San Francisco, said no recognized campus groups may exclude people due to religious belief or sexual orientation/Jesse J. Holland, AP. More here.

Question: Do you agree with this decision?

HBO Poll: Ax Hart From Rev & Tax

  • Weekend Poll: Overwhelmingly, you Berry Pickers want House GOP leaders to remove state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, from his position on the Revenue & Taxation Committee. 174 of 209 respondents (83.3%) said Hart should be removed from the committee as a result of his problems paying state and federal income taxes. Only 30 of 209 (14.4%) said he should be left on the panel. 5 of 209 (2.4%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Would you be more/less likely to vote for a candidate who took a loyalty pledge to support the Idaho Republican Party platform?

ICB: GOP Needs More Grand, Less Old

Over the last year I have gotten to know many of our Representatives and many in the Republican Party. I have greatly enjoyed much of the interaction, but over the last few weeks and months I have noticed that the Idaho “Grand Old Party” seems at times to be more Old than Grand. I am not talking about age demographics. I am talking more about presentation and more importantly the way the party handles the media and dare I say “marketing” of the state party. Many may not want to hear this but marketing is a huge part of the battle and the Idaho GOP better figure this out fast/Idaho Conservative Blogger. More here.

Question: Which party is more media savvy in Idaho — Republicans or Democrats?

Complete Ironman Coeur d’Alene Results

After crossing the finish line with a new women’s Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene course record of 9:17:54, Linsey Corbin goes back to be congratulated by spectators Sunday afternoon in downtown Coeur d’Alene. (Photo: Bruce Twitchell, special to The Spokesman-Review.)

Ironman Proposes At Finish Line

Andrew Hill of Spokane, Washington was about 140.5 miles into his second Ironman triathlon when all of a sudden he stopped short of the finish line along Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to engage in a warm embrace with his girlfriend, Chelsea. What happen next came as a total surprise to Chelsea. Young Andrew Hill dropped to one knee, opened a little white box and asked Chelsea to marry him. She of course said yes/Dave Erickson, KXLY. More here.

Question: Was your wedding proposal creative?

Report: Open Primaries Engage Public

Closed primaries lead to more-extreme candidates, the two professors wrote, with old-fashioned party “machine” politics the most-extreme example. “Open primaries produce less ideologically extreme candidates than closed primaries, and produce candidates that are more representative of the party in the electorate as well as the overall electorate,” they wrote. “Open primaries increase citizen engagement as well as voter turnout in primary and general elections”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you prefer primaries the way they’re currently run in Idaho? Or would you prefer that they be closed to party members only?

Hayden Lake Teen Wins Nat’l Jr. Miss Title

Originally posted Saturday night.

Named America’s first Distinguished Young Woman, Idaho’s Madison Denise Leonard looked both dazed and ecstatic as she received her winner’s medallion with the class of 2010 squealing and crowding around her, showering her with tight hugs and uplifting chatter. “I can’t believe I was chosen from all of these winners,” said a flabbergasted, shiny-eyed Leonard. “All of these girls qualify to be where I am. I’m so honored.” She walked away from Saturday night’s newly renamed Distinguished Young Women finals competition, formerly America’s Junior Miss, with $41,000 in scholarship from the national competition and $9,100 from her state and local competitions. For her talent, the Hayden Lake resident serenaded an enthralled crowd Friday night while playing piano and singing a soulful, sincere rendition of “The Nearness of You” by Hoagy Carmichael/Daniela Werner, Press-Register. More here (with photos). H/T: Alison Larkin McArthur

Question: Amy Dearest participated with three dozen other girls in the Coeur d’Alene Junior Miss in 2003. Great experience for her and her parents. Has any of your kids taken part in the local Junior Miss competition?

AM: Coloradan Tops Ironman CdA Field

Andy Potts celebrates as he crosses the finish at the Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene with an official time of 8:24:14 Sunday afternoon in downtoiwn Coeur d’Alene. Complete results of Ironman Coeur d’Alene here. (Bruce Twitchell/special to The Spokesman-Review)

2 Victims Discuss Hoopfest Shootings

Item: Victims talk about Hoopfest shooting/Erik Loney, KXLY

More Info: As five suspects sit in jail for their involvement in Saturday’s shooting at Hoopfest, the two women who were shot in the leg are talking about the experience. “We were walking away and that’s when we heard the gunshot,” said one of the victims, who don’t want their identities revealed in fear of retaliation. The other victim, a 19-year-old woman said Sunday that she was still hurting and scared.

Question: What do you make of the Hoopfest shootings — a random act of violence? Or more evidence that Spokane is becoming too violent?

Idaho R’s Adopt Loyalty Oath

The Idaho Republican Party approved its new platform Saturday, but it almost didn’t happen. Several delegates opposed much of the content of the newly-written platform and tried to kill all changes. The move was unsuccessful and the new platform, which calls for the repeal of the 17th Amendment and instills what amounts to a loyalty oath for Republican candidates, was adopted after several hours of discussion. Delegates began work on the platform Friday in an open committee meeting/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Would you want a candidate, including those for nonpartisan offices, to pledge loyalty to an Idaho Republican platform that includes among other things repeal of the 17th Amendment?

Hucks: Kennedy Shifts Jobs For A Spell

You missed the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre stage debut of Councilman Mike Kennedy & Son, if you hung out at Car d’Lane rather than attending “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” production June 19. I was center stage, fourth row, when Mike, Will and two other audience members were called to the stage to spell words for the mock bee along with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre cast members. Mike and Will bounced, danced (term loosely used here), and spelled as part of the fun play based on – as the name indicates – a spelling bee. Mike nailed his first two words, including “Mexican,” before he tripped up on “muntjac” (a small jungle deer of Southeast Asia and the East Indies). Will outlasted his dad by a coupla words, including “cow”/DFO, HucksOnline. More here.

Question: Have you ever participated in a spelling bee? How did you do?

Ramirez: Fired!

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Ironman CdA Wild Card — 6.27.10

Christa Hazel snapped this photo of triathletes beginning the day with the playing of the National Anthem. You can see more of Christa’s photos on her Facebook page here. And she should have a bunch for us tomorrow. Mrs. O & I applauded the first 10-12 men and two women to finish the race before packing it in downtown. Great fun. You can use this Wild Card to discuss the big race. Or you can discuss the gang shootings that injured three bystanders at Spokane’s Hoopfest Saturday here. Or you can start your own threads …

Hayden’s Allie Ukich Finishes Ironman CdA

Hayden Lake resident Allie Ukich crosses the finish line after a grueling day on the Ironman Coeur d’Alene course/Christa Hazel photo, special to Huckleberries Online. You can see more of Christa’s photos on her Facebook page here.

Ironman Coeur d’Alene Dawns

The crowd waits at Independence Point to watch 2300+ athletes start a long day of 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run/Christa Hazel, special to Huckleberries Online. See more of Christa’s photos on her Facebook page.

CdA Doc Drury Transitions To Bike

Dr. Brad Drury, Coeur d’Alene, finished the swim in 1:31:18 and the bike portion in 5:57:11/Photo Christa Hazel, special for Huckleberries Online. See more of Christa’s photos on her Facebook page.

Walk Before You Wave, Jump

Christa Hazel provides this cutline: “Note To Self: Celebratory arm waving and jumping after exiting 61 degree temp water WILL result in falling down in front of thousands of people. It happened almost every time.” See more of Christa Hazel’s photos on her Facebook page.

Weekend Wild Card — 6.26-27.10

Weatherman Tom Sherry gave this weekend a Perfect 10 score last night on his weathercast, as he predicted perfect weather for Hoopfest in Spokane and Ironman Coeur d’Alene in the Lake City. I may see some of you downtown Sunday afternoon as the first of the triathletes finish the grueling course. Enjoy yourselves this weekend, and I’ll see you back at Hucks Central Monday. Now, for your Wild Card …

Ghana 2, United States 1

Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan, right, controls the ball to score the winning goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the United States and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, today. Ghana won 2-1. ESPN report here. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Idaho R’s Consider Loyalty Oath

Friday, Dan Loughrey, a candidate for the Idaho Legislature, proposed that members of the platform committee support a plan to require Republican candidates for public office at all levels – local, state, and national – sign a pledge stating that they will govern and serve according to the party platform. If the party as a whole decides to adopt the measure, it would also require the party chairman to release a list of who signed – and who didn’t – 40 days before elections/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: What do you make of a loyalty oath that would require candidates to govern by the platform of a political party?

APhoto Of The Weekend — 6.26-27.10

A deer picked up an extra member of the gallery, as it watches the young golfers compete in a golf tournament at the Green Valley Country Club in Fairfield, Calif., as it looked for food near the 17th green Thursday. (AP Photo/The Vacaville Reporter,  Joel Rosenbaum)

Adam: Idaho Doesn’t Need A Militia

Even if you believe in militias, this is a stupid move that will be misinterpreted. The term “militia” has become synonymous in the minds of quite a few voters as a bunch of crazy folks who want to overthrow the government. You pass that resolution and Democrats will be out in the streets telling all their friends, the Republicans want to violently overthrow Obama. Now, I know many people will say, “Who cares what the left says?” I’m not someone who worries that liberals don’t like us. That’s not the issue. The issue here is not whether people like us, or whether they’re saying nice things, but whether we’re handing them a stock of ammunition, standing in front of them in our skivies and saying, “Fire when ready”/Adam Graham, Adam’s Blog. More here. (SR File Photo of North Idaho militia exercise)

Question: Would the Idaho GOP become a national laughingstock, if it passes a convention resolution in support of establishing a state militia?

Spencer, Ron Paulers Control Idaho R’s?

One conservative delegate said that only Ada and Twin Falls counties brought with them to Idaho Falls members of the old-guard Republican establishment. “Other than those two counties, I’d say conservatives have been successful getting their (delegates) here without a fight,” said Larry Spencer, from Bonner County in northern Idaho. Spencer went further: U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, due to speak Saturday, “is not much of a Republican,” he said. Simpson has fallen out with hard-core conservatives over his stances on the 2008 Wall Street bailout - he backed it - and a wilderness plan for central Idaho/John Miller, Associated Press. More here. (2006 SR File Photo: Jesse Tinsley: Larry Spencer, left, and Jess Goetz)

Question: What will become of moderate Republicans, if they don’t bow to the Ron Paulers, Tea Partiers, and Libertarians who now seem to control the state GOP?

Nic: Jedi, 17th Amendment, & Idaho R’s

This morning, Governor Butch Otter told the delegation that the convention is where “magic” happens. He also rambled about the evils of big government. Here are five magical resolutions approved by the state’s GOP committee.

  • 1. They denied “Jedi” as an official religion.
  • 2. They want to repeal the 17th amendment. Keep in mind that Idaho’s GOP delegation is claiming a desire for smaller government. Repealing the 17th amendment would mean the Idaho State Legislature (big government) would select US Senators (big government) instead of letting us little people vote for them.
  • 3. They’re rejecting the federal health care bill.
  • 4. They passed a measure to support Arizona’s immigration reform law.
  • 5. The passed a resolution to define marriage. And I get what they’re trying to do - they’re trying prohibit trans-gendered individuals from getting married.
  • You can read Nic Casey’s full post here. (Also: You can read Randy Stapilus’ comment about a proposed state militia here.)

Question: My favorite action by the Republican convention delegates so far is rejection of “Jedi” as an official religion. What’s your?

Otter Denies Labrador Snub

Some GOP insiders were left wondering where Butch Otter stood in the 1st Congressional District race for a few hours Friday afternoon after he failed to mention his party’s nominee for the race, Raul Labrador, in a keynote address to delegates gathered at the state convention in Idaho Falls.  Late Friday night, in another speech to Idaho Republicans at the Melaleuca ranch, Otter said that he didn’t mean to intentionally snub Labrador. A report appearing in several media outlets, including Huckleberries Online and the Idaho Statesman Friday afternoon speculated about the snub, questioning if there is still bad blood between the two men due to Labrador’s clashes with the governor during the 2009 legislative session over Otter’s proposal to raise the gas tax and car registration fees/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here. (AP/Post Register Photo, at Republican state convention: Monte LaOrange)

Question: Butch Otter denies that he purposely snubbed congressional candidate Raul Labrador by failing to mention him in his GOP convention address (even though his written speech, provided to reporters, had a line acknowledging Labrador). Do you believe the slight was unintentional?

Ramirez: Missing In Action

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Christa: How About IronMom Contest?

Christa Manis: I think there should be a competition for moms. Like IronMOM that would include maternal feats of strength, multitasking, schedule juggling, and racing through stores. I think I could be competitive depending on the day and my diet.

Question: Which feats of maternal strength would a mother have to perform to be designated an IronMom in the competition suggested by Christa?

Parting Shot — 6.25.10

Nine-year-old Myron King and his six-year-old sister Lucy Anne enjoy a laugh while eating lunch and caring for their pretend baby in Louisville, Ky., Thursday. The Mennonite children from Union Star, Ky., were waiting for their mother and sisters to finish selling farm products at a farmers market. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

TGIF Wild Card — 6.25.10

Christa Hazel is roaming around somewhere out there as special Ironman Coeur d’Alene correspondent to HucksOnline. She plans to snap photos of the Ironman competition — and can get up close and personal b/c she has press credentials to do so for this blog. In other words, Christa becomes the first Merry Huckster to graduate from commenter to special correspondent with blog press credentials. Then, she earned her spurs here, as far as I’m concerned, with the behind-the-scenes photo coverage of Sarah Palin’s visit (when no regular media was able to get candid shots). While we’re waiting for Christa’s photos and commentary, I’ll post the Wild Card …

Did Otter Snub Labrador @ Convention?

Huckleberries hears … that Gov. Butch Otter may have stiffed state Rep. Raul Labrador in his lunch speech at the Idaho GOP convention in Idaho Falls today. According to my sources, Otter was supposed to bring Raul Labrador to the stage and endorse him.  But he didn’t.  He didn’t even mention Raul’s name.  Later, state GOP executive director Jonathan Parker was observed being fairly steamed about the snub. In its report, the Associated Press mentioned that Otter had mentioned U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, who are also facing an election challenge, and thanked them for their service to the state. But said nothing of Labrador. You can read that report here. (AP/Post Register Photo, at Republican state convention: Monte LaOrange)

Question: What do you make of Butch Otter’s failure to mention Labrador in a luncheon speech calling for state party unity?

APhoto Of The Day — 6.25.10

Melissa Koopman, of Carlyle, Ill., keeps her cool despite the Chilean rose hair tarantula making its way down her face. “Serengeti Steve” Ceriotti, of St. Louis, Mo., owner of the arachnid, was at Messiah Lutheran Church in Carlyle with his “Reptile Experience” program. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Centralia Sentinel, Bryan Hunt)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Melissa thought it was time she had her hairy eyebrow mole looked at as made grown legs overnight — Marmitetoasty.
  • 2. Ms. Koopman vows to never visit the expensive foreign hairstylist ever again. I asked for the ‘beehive’, not the ‘spider web weave’ — Formerly Sandpoint.
  • 3. Instantly, Melissa regretting being from the ‘Show Me’ state — JohnA.
  • HM: Pecky Cox

Scanner Traffic/PM — 6.25.10

  • 5:20 p.m. A male driver is unconscious behind the wheel of an SUV that’s blocking Grand Mill & Seltice Way/CdA.
  • 5:18 p.m. About 20 teens, both boys and girls, are involved in fights @ 6th & Lakeside/CdA.
  • 4:47 p.m. Officer asks dispatch to contact Bank of America on Appleway to see if anyone tried to pass counterfeit $20 there today.
  • 3:52 p.m. An occupied, red Ford is stalled in the median of I-90 @ M/P 6 (Seltice Way).
  • 3:45 p.m. Motorist reports that a male in an e/b dark-blue Honda w/Washington plates appears to be fixing a marijuana pipe on I-90/Post Falls.
  • 3:42 p.m. A shirtless 2YO boy is wandering along Mcguire near a boat shop.
  • 3:33 p.m. A fire in an empty lot is spreading toward houses @ 2311 N 13th/CdA.
  • 3:28 p.m. 2 males ran from a rollover accident @ Boekel & Forestdale/Rathdrum.
  • Much more below

A Thriller From Beyond The Grave?

OK, this is the photo I almost published to run with the post re: the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. But I chickened out b/c it’s too irreverent. Only to post it on my Facebook page, where Digger correctly pointed out that HucksOnline is all about irreverence. Hilerie & D.J. also thought it shoulda been the one I used. And John said he’d like me to post it here “with a bit of Vincent Price narration. In the photo: Michael Jackson impersonator Carlo Riley of Denver, Colo., strikes a pose outside Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, Calif., today, to recognize the first year anniversary of Jackson’s death.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

GOP Rejects Jedi As Party’s Religion

Idaho Republicans won’t be adopting the Jedi religion or pushing for it to becoming the official state religion. A committee at the GOP’s convention on Friday unanimously rejected a resolution recognizing the religion popularized by the Star Wars movies.  The resolution was submitted by Taso Kinnas of Boise, who didn’t speak to the committee and would not comment on the plan/Brad Iverson-Long. More here.

Question: Would Idaho Republicans make good Jedis?

Semanko: Fire Minnick, Pelosi

Via HBO Nation Twitter (in righthand rail), Idaho Reporter reports these actions at GOP convention in Idaho Falls:

  • 3:19 p.m. GOP convention events in recess for a couple hours. Dinner sponsored by Melaleuca begins around 6:45. Rich Galen to speak there.
  • 3:12 p.m. GOP adopts resolutions critical of federal government.
  • 2:58 p.m. (via Idaho Conservative Blogger): Semanko says we need to fire Walt Minnick so Nancy Pelosi can get fired.
  • 1:47 p.m. ID GOP chairman Semanko just said Hawaii is @BarackObama’s home state “supposedly.”
  • 1:09 p.m. Governor Otter speaking to the delegates at the state convention.
  • 12:57 p.m. Embattled Rep. Phil Hart is in the house in Idaho Falls.
  • 11:43 a.m. Interesting diff between GOP and Dem conventions: GOP candidates give out free lunch … Dems required donations to eat.
  • 10:17 a.m. Larry Spencer is now speaking in the platform committee at the GOP convention. I (Dustin Hurst) hear he’s a divisive guy.
  • 9:55 a.m. IDGOP committee approved resolutions supporting AZ immigration law and rejecting federal health care mandate.
  • 9:53 a.m. Idaho GOPers support language calling for the repeal of the 17th Amendment in platform committee.

Question: Is this the magic that Gov. Butch Otter was talking about?

North Idaho Blogs — 6.25.10

Kerri Thoreson/More Main Street provides a photo of her press credentials for the 2010 Ironman Coeur d’Alene. She promises to provide Ironman stories and volunteer info each day.

HBO Numbers (for Thursday, June 24): 7986 page-views/4756 unique views

GOPanel OKs Idaho Marriage Definition

Idaho doesn’t recognize gay or lesbian marriage, but some Republicans want the state to go a step further. A panel of GOP delegates at the state party’s convention passed a measure Friday to define marriage as a bond between a “naturally born” man and woman, effectively barring transgenders. Bannock County delegate Ralph Lilling says his amendment to the state party’s platform will help further protect the traditional family unit. But Donna Montgomery, a delegate from Kootenai County, argued that the additional language was unnecessary because people from Idaho understand man is a man and a woman is a woman. The measure still has to go before the full convention for approval/Associated Press. More here. (2008 AP File Photo)

Question: Do you want Idaho Republicans to define marriage for the state?

African Lion Burgers On Arizona Menu

Kate Barnes, of Tempe, Ariz., tastes a lion meat burger at Il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa, Ariz., Thursday. Il Vinaio owner Cameron Selogie was trying to honor the World Cup soccer tournament and drum up business got a whole lot more attention than he hoped, some of it unfriendly, for serving burgers made with African lion. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Question: Would you eat a lion burger?

Beware: Ironman Crossing

First, I need to say that I (heart) the fact that Coeur d’Alene hosts an Ironman event each summer. Now, let’s discuss the crazed triathlete that we must endure for weeks up to the event. On my Facebook page, one commenter had this close encounter w/a rude triathlete this morning: “Driving onto (North Idaho College) campus this morning, I rolled down my window and reminded a jaywalking Ironman that it was safer in the crosswalk he was ignoring … got a less than pleasant response — so much for the runners high!” Another recommended: “During the weeks prior to Ironman, drivers need to ramp up their bike watch game. Realize these stealth athletes are in camo and travel at 3 times the average biker speed. Look 6 times at the intersections.” (SR File Photo: Dan Pelle, from 2009 Ironman Coeur d’Alene)

Question: Have you had a close encounter w/a crazed Ironman contestant this month?

Best Of The INorthwest — 6.25.10

Doug Chadwick checks for signs of wolverines and snow leopards during an assignment in the mountains of northwest Montana. Chadwick, a biologist and science writer, has rambled the four corners to uncover wonders for National Geographic magazine and for a growing collection of books, the latest of which is titled “The Wolverine Way.” (AP Photo/Provided by Doug Chadwick, Karen Reeves)

High Noon: Kellogg Recalls Cereal

This is the inside of a box of Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., this morning. Kellogg Co. said Friday that it is voluntarily recalling about 28 million boxes of popular cereals including Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks due to an off smell and flavor coming from the package liners. Wall Street Journal story here. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Question: What kind of cereal do you eat?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 6.25.10

  • 11:52 a.m. Male was driving white BMW in circles erratically around a female and young child in Idaho Veneer/Post Falls parking lot. Female and child then got into the car.
  • 11:47 a.m. Jerry has found a cell phone and wants officer who retrieves it to park @ car wash next door instead of in front of his barber shop.
  • 11:22 a.m. Resident of Diagonal & Hunters Grove/Athol reports neighbor’s dog is killing her chickens.
  • 11:20 a.m. Officer has located Conor’s parents (11:17 a.m. incident)
  • 11:17 a.m. CPD Blue and Ironman crew has found a 6-7YO named Conor wandering by himself at City Park bandshell. No one has reported boy missing yet.
  • More below

‘Teenage Dirtbag’ Captures Honors

A small film shot in North Idaho won big at its first film festival, the Playhouse West Film Festival in Los Angeles. “Teenage Dirtbag,” written and directed by Regina Crosby and shot in Coeur d’Alene in 2005, took home Grand Jury Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Noa Hegesh), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Bradley), Best Supporting Actress (Crosby) and the Audience Choice Award for Best Actress (Noa Hegesh)/Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Has anyone seen ‘Teenage Dirtbag”?

Idaho GOP Panel Wants State Militia

Could Idaho get an all-volunteer state militia that’s out from under any federal control? A Butte County delegate to the state Republican Party convention in Idaho Falls on Friday got his compatriots on a committee to go along with the plan - at least on paper. The idea must still win full convention approval Saturday. Butte County delegate Guy Mongan says such a force could assist in the event of natural disasters and wouldn’t be subject to a military call-up, such like the Idaho National Guard/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Would you like to see the state of Idaho form an all-volunteer militia? Why? Why not?

HBO Poll: GOP Gift To Brannon Not Right

  • Thursday Poll: 117 of 155 respondents (75%) said it isn’t proper for the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee to donate $2500 to loser Jim Brannon’s legal challenge of his 5-vote loss to City Councilman Mike Kennedy in the 2009 Coeur d’Alene elections. Only 31 of 155 (20%) said it was proper to do so. 7 of 155 (5%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Should House GOP leaders remove Rep. Phil Hart from the Revenue & Taxation Committee?

Michael Jackson Recalled On Anniversary

A hat and glove once worn by Michael Jackson, mark his name plaque in the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame today in Harlem, New York. Jackson, who first performed at the theater with his brothers in the late 1960s, is being remembered with tributes on the anniversary of his death. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Question: Do you remain a fan of the late Michael Jackson? Or do you wonder why many fans are still crazy about him?

Richert: Remove Hart From Tax Panel

The preponderance of evidence points to a less colorful and more troubling conclusion. Hart seems to believe he can live by a different set of tax rules — different from the rules he helps to craft as a member of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. Philosophically, Hart fits right into a conservative legislative killing field for tax reform. That’s how representative government works, and I get that. But there’s more where Phil Hart came from. House leadership can easily find another conservative for this committee, one who actually respects the rule of law. A House ethics committee will look into Hart’s tax problems. Regardless of the outcome, House leadership should relieve Hart of his seat on Revenue and Taxation/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: At a minimum, should GOP House leadership remove Rep. Phil Hart from the House Revenue & Taxation Committee as a penalty for his income and property tax problems.

Couple Tries To Sell Baby For $25

This combination photo provided by the Salinas Police Department, shows Patrick Fousek, right, and Samantha Tomasini. Fousek and and 20-year-old Samantha Tomasini face child endangerment charges after police say they tried to sell their 6-month-old baby for $25 outside a Walmart store. (AP Photo/Salinas Police department via the Salinas Californian)

Question: I don’t know what bugs me most re: this couple — that they tried to sell their 6MO baby or that they tried to sell the baby for only $25. What do you think?

Daily News: A Pox On Both Parties

Move over Democrats, Republicans and tea partiers, the Bull Moose Party is on the rise. Well, probably not, but thanks to Washington’s unconventional “top-two” primary system, parties like the BMP are becoming all the more common and replacing the donkey and elephant on the ballots. Around 30 candidates on the state’s Aug.17 primary ballot have bucked the nation’s two traditional power parties and, instead, are identifying themselves with small, or even invented parities like the BMP, “Lower Taxes Party” and the “Neither Party.” The trend is just the latest example of the growing discord between the electorate and Democrats and Republicans in power. Voters are tired of the corruption, scandals, spending, bailouts, wars and mishandling of disasters/Devin Rokyta, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Are you tired of the “corruption, scandals, spending, bailouts, wars, and mishandling of disasters” of both major political parties, too?

Guv: GOP Confab Where Magic Happens

“This is where the magic happens,” Idaho Butch Otter said as he got up on stage during the first day of the Idaho Republican State Convention Thursday in Idaho Falls for an event honoring GOP volunteers. He told the crowd that the goal of the convention, which lasts through Saturday, is to put together a game plan for the November general election.  “Here’s where we go forward with the principles of our party, of less government, more personal responsibility, the free enterprise system, and for gosh sakes Washington, stay out of our state,” he said/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: What kind of “magic” do you expect to happen at the Idaho Republican convention in Idaho Falls?

AM: No 4th Of July Events @ Post Falls

A beetle perches on a wildflower growing along Highway 138 near Kellogg, Ore., on Thursday. (Credit Image: © Robin Loznak/

Question: Do you plan to watch the 4th of July fireworks show on Lake Coeur d’Alene?

ICB: Idaho’s Conservative Women

In his latest post, Idaho Conservative Blogger writes: “Here in Idaho we also have our share of strong conservative women, Lori Otter, Sharon Ullman, Donna Jones, Joyce M. Broadsword, Shannon McMillan, Kathleen Sims, Sheryl L. Nuxoll, Judy Boyle, Melinda S. Smyser, Patti Anne Lodge, Christy Perry, Julie Ellsworth, Debra S. Miller, Sharon Block, Maxine T Bell, Janice McGeachin, JoAn E. Wood, and others.” More here.

Question: Who do you consider to be the top conservative female in North Idaho?

Minnick, Labrador Each Want Apology

Wednesday, John Foster, campaign spokesman for Rep. Walt Minnick … called on (Republican challenger) Raul Labrador … to apologize for sending out a campaign e-mail that, Foster said, denigrated Idaho businesses.  Thursday, China Veldhouse Gum, acting spokesperson for the Labrador campaign, fired back at Foster, saying that Minnick has much more to apologize for than does her candidate. The controversy was due in part to a line of text in a e-mail message the Labrador campaign sent out to supporters earlier this month/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here. (AP Photo).

Question: Did Labrador denigrate Idaho businesses?

Bouldin To Join Bulls As Free Agent

Former Gonzaga guard Matt Bouldin didn’t hear his name called during the NBA draft on Thursday, but there was plenty of activity behind the scenes. Late in the second round, Chicago Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson phoned Stu Lash, Bouldin’s agent. “They were very excited Matt was available to them and for John to call at the tail end of the draft is a strong indication of how they value Matt,” Lash said. Lash said Bouldin has agreed to a free-agent contract and will join Chicago’s summer league team. The Bulls’ first summer league game is July 13 in Las Vegas/Jim Meehan, SR. More here. (AP Photo)

Question: Do you think former Zag Matt Bouldin will make the NBA as an undrafted free agent?

Building Named After Worley’s Oliver

A Coeur d’Alene man was honored this week for his lifetime of improving highway management in Idaho. Ray Oliver was one of the first Worley Highway District commissioners and held the position for nearly two decades. He also worked with the state legislature to get more funds distributed to local highway entities. So what did he get for his efforts? A gold watch? A plaque with his name on it? Nope, how about a building?/Staci Lehman, Kootenai MPO. More here.

Question: Which building in North Idaho would be appropriate to be named after you?

Parting Shot — 6.24.10

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella stands on the baseline as a fan holds a sign welcoming him back to Seattle during an interleague baseball game against Piniella’s former team, the Seattle Mariners this afternoon in Seattle. The Cubs defeated the Mariners 3-2 in 13 innings. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Wild Card/Thursday — 6.24.10

A couple of unfortunate news events underscores that summer is finally arriving in the Inland Northwest, the drowning of a canoeist on the Spokane River this morning and the sinking of a boat in Hayden Lake last evening. With all the activity and fun we have in the Coeur d’Alene area, the specter of tragedy or misfortune hangs in the background. A year ago, a neighbor on my block lost his teen daughter in that Jetski accident near the Boardwalk. I regularly think of her when I’m on the north shore. And wonder who’s next to endure suffering of such kind in our summer paradise. Be careful out there. Now, for your Wild Card …

Hart Late On Property Taxes Since 2002

Idaho State Rep. Phil Hart, who’s currently facing a House ethics review over his ongoing fight over unpaid federal and state income taxes, has paid his property taxes late on his Kootenai County home every year since 2002 and had to pay hundreds in interest and penalties. Tax records kept by the Kootenai County Treasurer’s Office show that Hart currently owes $1,011.23 for the 2009 taxes on the home, plus $55.04 in interest and $18.74 in penalties. Over the past eight years, he’s been as much as 16 months late on the property taxes on the home, and has paid $1,527.05 in interest and $325.64 in penalties and fees/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: What do you think? Now that he’s dating a future Kootenai County commissioner, Jai Nelson, who will be responsible for divvying up the county’s share of property taxes, will Hart become more prompt in paying his property taxes?

PM Headlines — 6.24.10

David Townsend of the Coeur d’Alene Library isn’t going to catch anything, dipping his line in the library’s water feature. But he’s doing so to illustrate a program open to all ages set from 1 to 4 p.m. July 22 in the library’s community room, in conjunction with the American Fisheries Society are teaming up for a special program on Thursday, July 22, 1-4 p.m. The program will focus on fish in the Northwest and include live fish tanks, a hydrology/fish habitat station, a movie, and Fish Bingo with prizes. More here.


APhoto Of The Day — 6.24.10

Bryan Jones, of Elko, Nev., holds on as a bucking horse flips over Tuesday during the Reno Rodeo in Reno, Nev. The horse flipped over, slamming the cowboy against the ground, got up, and fell on him again. Jones suffered bruising to his hip and back but no serious injuries. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Liz Margerum) 

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Small letters in Coors ad on wall “.. if you can read this you have flipped over” — Pecky Cox.
  • 2. (tie) When the bronc returned to the paddock, his trainer said “You threw him off! Why the long face?” — JohnA; and: Butch Otter remembers when campaigning was easier on his body — Phaedrus.
  • 3. (tie) Bryan learned first hand why the horse was named “Piledriver” — Charlie; and: Bryan Jones demonstrates why Mama’s shouldn’t let their babies grow up to be cowboys — Soaf.
  • HM: Nic, Formerly Sandpoint, and everyone else. Good job today.

Scanner Traffic/PM — 6.24.10

  • 5:33 p.m. EMTs are responding to the report of a trauma at BMX track on Cherry Hill.
  • 4:54 p.m. A male, with a child in the vehicle, went through Jack in the Box drive-up on Ironwood & Government Way with open container.
  • 4:52 p.m. Animal control officer reports that a person on Miles/Hayden was bitten by a dog.
  • 4:46 p.m. Caller is following a 1990s white Chrysler that has left the scene of a crash @ I-90 & Sherman Avenue.
  • 4:43 p.m. 1 person is complaining of back pain after 3-vehicle crash @ Huetter & Poleline/Post Falls.
  • 4:35 p.m. EMTs are responding to report of injury from fall @ Camp Easton/H97.
  • 4:12 p.m. A 91YO woman is in the middle of road @ Reed & Hayden, refusing to return to nursing home.
  • 4:08 p.m. Kathleen, on Midtown Lane/Hayden, reports items taken from her storage unit @ 9494 Government Way/Hayden.
  • Much more below

OLNI: Corbin Park Currents Deceptive

“Corbin Park (where photo above was taken) is one of my favorites in the area, but not for swimming,” posts Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho. “The currents can be deceptive and the park is posted to use extreme caution when entering the water. One young man died this morning when the currents overturned a canoe he and a friend we riding in just after sun-up downriver from the wide-open Post Falls dam. I urge everyone to be careful on the rivers, including the north fork of the Coeur d’Alene.

Christa’s Ironman Report No. 2

I covered 40 miles on my bike this morning. The tone on the Centennial Trail between 9 & 10 am out to Higgens Point was more serious. I saw numerous Ironmen with the carbon fiber bikes and the pointy helmets out today. I did not see any up around Hayden Lake, which is different from my previous riding days up north lately. The Prairie Trail was home to quite a few runners today but I can’t differentiate runners from Ironmen so I’m not sure if it is related. On my way back through town, it appeared to be packet pick up day for racers. The downtown corridor was heavily congested with foot traffic that all had the same blue Ironman bag full of info and a Wheaties sample. Between the athletes, the cyclists and the car traffic, you really need to drive slowly through downtown right now/Christa Hazel, special correspondent for HucksOnline.

Drowning Victim ID’d As Spirit Lake Man

Michael W. Blankartz, 28, of Spirit Lake, has been identified as the victim of the Spokane River drowning this morning near Corbin Park in Post Falls. Blankartz and Danny J. Richison, 29, of Post Falls had put a canoe in the water at the East end of Corbin Park in an attempt to float to the old Pleasant View Bridge area. Shortly after pushing out from shore, the canoe flipped, tossing both men from the canoe. Richison reported that he was able to hang on to the canoe for a short period of time and get back to shore. He last saw his friend floating in the river just below the first set of rapids. The victim’s body was recovered in 4 feet of water, about 1 mile downstream from Corbin Park, by KCSD Dive Team/Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Ex-Police Chief Finds Racist Graffiti

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the vandal(s) who painted a 2-by-2-foot swastika in front of a retired Coeur d’Alene police chief’s home. Robert Nuttleman, who served as the Coeur d’Alene chief in the 1970s, said he found the swastika and the words, “white power,” painted at 11273 Avondale Loop (Avondale Lake) at 6 o’clock Wednesday morning. Nuttleman told a Kootenai County deputy that the vandalism happened between 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. He also said he didn’t know if the graffiti was directed at him, because he’s a former police chief, or someone else. The deputy asked that the Lakes Highway District remove the racist graffiti. Earlier last week, a Garwood area resident found a swastika sign hanging on her door in the morning. Also, Rachel Dolezal, director of Coeur d’Alene’s Human Rights Institute, found a noose hanging from her carport in the last week.


On The Inside Looking Out

At Get Out! North Idaho’s Facebook page, OrangeTV posts this 1986 photo from inside the old Cafe Coeur d’Alene @ 4th & Sherman (maybe where the Pita Pit is now). Tom Taggart, I believe, had a restaurant in the building for awhile before he beat incumbent Shirley Deitz to become county clerk and, of course, before he became county administrator.

Question: Which bygone, local restaurant from the 1980s do you miss most?

Statue Highlights Plummer Pilgrimage

Cyclists on the Trail of the Coeur d’ Alenes have a new viewpoint at the trailhead just north of Plummer, Idaho. On May 29, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Veterans Memorial was dedicated. Gov. Butch Otter gave the keynote address and tribal veterans from across the U.S. attended the event. After seeing photos of the magnificent steel sculpture created by Virgil “Smoker” Marchand of Omak, I knew I had to see it in person. So, last Friday I made a pilgrimage to Plummer. And it didn’t disappoint. Visible from U.S. Highway 95, the exquisitely crafted warrior astride a horse holds a peace pipe aloft and gives testament to the proud Coeur d’Alene heritage of military service. Granite columns flank the sculpture, and behind it a semicircle of stones are engraved with the names of tribal veterans from every branch of the armed forces/Cindy Hval, Washington Voices. More here.

Question: Do you have a favorite monument or memorial?

Otter Exhaustion: Is Guv’s Number Up?

The “throw the rascals out” mood of the electorate is so strong that any incumbent has to face the November general election with fear and trepidation. Gov. Butch Otter is no exception. As lieutenant governor, Butch Otter presided over the Idaho Senate during 10 of the 12 years I served in Boise. He wielded a quick gavel and knew his Robert’s Rules, but I never considered him a visionary. His record in office has proven me right on that score. If you ask any Idaho resident to name one thing Butch Otter has done for Idaho, chances are they can’t come up with anything. And the Idaho Statesman, generally an Otter supporter, stated it is “fair to describe Otter’s record as lackluster”/former state senator Mary Lou Reed, Inlander. More here.

Question: Can you name one thing that Butch Otter has done for Idaho since he’s been in the governor’s office?

More Idaho Guvs Come From Iowa

Here we have Idaho — ranked No. 50. According to an exhaustive study at the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics blog, Idaho has had 30 governors in its 120-year history. Only four are Idaho natives, a 13.3 percent rate. No state has a lower percentage of home-grown governors, although five other Western states came in under the 25 percent rate. Only one of Idaho’s first 24 governors was a native: Charles Ross, who served from 1931 to 1937. Here’s a kicker (and further evidence of that bizarre, fabled Idaho-Iowa nexus. While four Idaho governors are Idaho-born, five were born in Iowa) — Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Are you surprised so few Idaho governors were born in Idaho?

Best Of The INorthwest — 6.24.10

A pair in a canoe enjoy paddling around Winchester Lake Wednesday, near Winchester, Idaho.(AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune Barry Kough)

High Noon: Eggs Benedict & Food Lust

On his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, OrangeTV writes: “Eggs Benedict at the Backwoods Grill, Cd’A. Makes my eyeballs salivate with lust.” I couldn’t agree more. I had some sort of low-fat granola that my wife found at the supermarket Wednesday. Chewy. But not nearly a breakfast that would cause the food lust that Backwoods Grill offers.

Question: What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 6.24.10

  • Noon: A vehicle has crashed into a smoke shop on F Street in Plummer.
  • 11:57 a.m. Female on Breezy Way/Post Falls wants juvenile arrested for stealing $24 from her.
  • 11:48 a.m. A dog in a vehicle in Row 10 at WalMart appears to be in distress.
  • 11:37 a.m. Driver reports that her vehicle has hit a bicyclist in park-and-ride area, south of offramp, @ I-90 & Northwest Boulevard. Bicyclist is up and walking.
  • 11:34 a.m. Panhandle Equine Rescue is concerned for the welfare of horse, off H95, near Bonner County line.
  • 11:02 a.m. 55YO male from Bonner County who’d threatened suicide (9:03 post) has been found safe.
  • More below

UI: Give Big And Go To Nebraska Game

A Facebook friend sent this message from the University of Idaho re: spare tickets to the Sept. 11 game in Nebraska: “In order to comply with Nebraska’s ticketing policies and to ensure an equitable distribution of tickets; awarding of this new allotment of seats will be based on your LIFETIME GIVING TO U of I ATHLETICS. Requests for orders will be placed in rank of LIFETIME GIVING TO U of I ATHLETICS and tickets will be awarded until the allotment runs out or orders are fulfilled. Orders that are filled will have their credit cards billed immediately. Tickets will be shipped upon receipt of allotment from Nebraska.” Complete UI ticket announcement here. H/T: Sharkey Harrison

Question: Should UI allot tickets to the Nebraska game on a “lifetime giving” basis? How many Vandal fans do you think will be willing to travel to Nebraska to see this 9-11 contest?

HBO Poll: No To Non-USA Soccer Games

  • Wednesday Poll: Two-thirds of you (84 of 127, 66%) said you aren’t interested in World Cup games that don’t include the United States. 43 of 127 (34%) said you are interested in soccer games between other countries.
  • Today’s Poll: Is it proper for Kootenai County Republicans to donate $2500 to back Jim Brannon’s legal challenge to his 5-vote loss in the 2009 city elections?

Boat Catches Fire, Sinks In Hayden Lake

A Liberty Lake man and his 17YO son escaped serious injury Wednesday evening when their boat caught fire and sank in Hayden Lake. The incident happened after the man fueled up his boat at Hayden Lake Marina and then had trouble started the engine. KREM report here. And: Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department report here. (KCSD Photo)

Question: Do you own a boat? What kind? How often do you take it out on the water?

Summer Theatre Takes ‘Bee’ To Moscow

In what is hoped to be just the first of many co-productions with Idaho Repertory Theatre, the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre will present five performances of the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in Moscow next week to open the IRT season. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Hartung Theatre on the UI campus. Kelly Quinnett of the University of Idaho theatre department, who will be co-creative director of IRT next year, said she and “Spelling Bee” director Roger Welch had talked about doing a co-production for years and that things finally fell into place/Alan Solan, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (SR Photo/Kathy Plonka: Scene from “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” with Reed McColm and Yvonne Same)

Question: Are you a fan of the theater?

Statesman: Obama Did Right Thing

RE: The Runaway General: Stanley McChrystal, Obama’s top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House/Michael Hastings, Rolling Stone

President Obama had no choice. Then he made the best possible choice. That was the prevailing reaction from Idaho political leaders Wednesday, as Obama booted Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the insubordinate U.S. commander in Afghanistan, who turned Rolling Stone magazine into his own personal millstone. The delegation also supported the president’s choice of a successor: Gen. David Petraeus, a former leader of U.S. operations in Iraq, and most recently McChrystal’s superior as head of the Central Command/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

  • Cutline: President Barack Obama, accompanied by Gen. David Petraeus, announces in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Wednesday that Petraeus would replace Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as the commander of Western forces in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Question: Have you read the Rolling Stone article that got General Stanley McChrystal fired? What did you think of it?

3 Men Rob Pedestrian @ 4th & Garden

A 53YO man was robbed at 4:38 this morning as he was walking by three men in a vehicle who passed him and stopped at the intersection of Fourth & Garden. Two of the men approached the pedestrian. One said: ”Sorry I have to mess with you” and pushed the victim backward. Then, the robber told the victim, “I want your stuff,” according to police reports. The victim was scared he was going to be beat up and handed over an undisclosed amount of money, and some personnel items. At that point, the robber’s companion told the victim to “run away” or he would be shot. Suspect #3 was the driver of the vehicle, but never came over to the victim/Coeur d’Alene Today. More here.

Question: Are you afraid to walk at night in Coeur d’Alene?

AM: Suspicious Envelope Left @ SR

Coeur d’Alene police checked out a suspicious envelope left this morning on the Nickel’s Worth rack outside the Spokesman-Review building on Northwest Boulevard. It turned out to be nothing. You can’t be too safe nowadays. 

Crews Recover Body Near Post Falls

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department has recovered the body of a man who had set out this morning to canoe the Spokane River near Corbin Park/Spokesman-Review. Sheriff’s news release here.

Brannon May Not Disclose Donations

RE: GOP mulls $2500 Brannon donation

A new, sticky question could emerge Jan. 30, 2011, if seat 2 challenger Jim Brannon doesn’t disclose the financial contributions he’s rounded up since the election went from the campaign trail to the courtroom. Brannon, challenging his five-vote loss to City Council incumbent Mike Kennedy, dodged answering questions about whether he intends to file that annual report or not last night before the Kootenai County Republican Party’s central committee meeting. “One never knows,” he said when asked. Brannon went on to say he didn’t think he had to disclose the sunshine report that tracks all the donors who’ve contributed $100 to $1,000 to his campaign because the money’s no longer going toward an election but rather to a court battle, so the sunshine laws don’t apply/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think Brannon has to disclose the names of individuals who have contributed $100 to $1000 to his legal defense?

Court Won’t Protect Petitioner IDs

Item: Court refuses to keep petitioner IDs private/Spokesman-Review

More Info: The Supreme Court says people who signed a petition to repeal Washington state’s gay rights law do not have the right to keep their names secret from the public. The high court on Thursday ruled against Protect Marriage Washington, which organized a petition drive for a public vote to repeal the state’s “everything-but-marriage” gay rights law. Petition signers wanted to hide their names because of worries of intimidation.

Question: Do you agree with this decision?

Signe: No Matter Who’s General

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Homeschool Mom: What About College?

I don’t believe a college education is mandatory to being a better person.  I do think it is a necessary evil to getting a better job.  … My question is … if your daughter chose to be a (stay at home mother) and stay home until marriage is that a bad thing?  If she feels called to be ‘just’ a wife and mom will you encourage her?  Are you training her to be the BEST helpmeet she can be? Or will she go to college ‘just in case’ or as a backup plan for a failing marriage?/Crazy Homeschool Mama. More here.

Question: Is there anything wrong with a girl desiring to be a stay-at-home mom who stays home until she’s married? Or should she consider going to college while she waits for her Prince Charming?

Parting Shot — 6.23.10

Seattle Seahawks center Chris Spencer walks with his son Jaxon, 11 months, following drills earlier today at an NFL football voluntary minicamp in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

MikeK: My Kingdom For An Orthodontist

Mike Kennedy asks (in Twitter and Facebook): “Anyone in Kootenai County want to make a reference for a good orthodontist? It’s braces time in Casa Kennedy and while I have met one or two over the years, it was never in the context of needing their services for kids.”

Question: Which orthodontist would you recommend to the Kennedy family? Why?

Hump Day Wild Card — 6.23.10

It’s not even noon and we can all relax because the United States has advanced to the elimination round of the World Cup by beating Algeria 1-0. Pecky has already e-mailed Huckleberries HQ a coupla times to express her excitement about the game. She’s rooting for two teams: USA & Mexico. I guess I should be pulling for Portugal and Brazil as well as USA, given my Portuguese heritage. Are you pulling for any other team besides USA? You can answer that question of start your own thread with this Wild Card …

PM Headlines — 6.23.10

Graduate Stacie Brown, center, shows her enthusiasm as she gets ready to hug a classmate after the recent commencement ceremony at the North Kitsap High School Stadium Friday night. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall)

APhoto Of The Day — 6.23.10

Gen. Stanley McChrystal arrives at the White House in Washington this morning for a meeting with President Barack Obama. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Apparently, McChrystal didn’t listen to his mama when she said, “Always tell the truth. Just not to Rolling Stone — Cindy.
  • 2. In the inevitable Hollywood movie version of BHO’s time in office, Gen. Stanley McChrystal will be played by Kevin Bacon — Nic.
  • 3. “I’m sorry sir, but you’re not on my list. Nobody gets in if there name isn’t on the list” — Sisyphus
  • HM: JohnA

Scanner Traffic/PM — 6.23.10

  • 5:44 p.m. A male on a yellow motorcycle w/a flag on the back is tailgating a female in a vehicle from Hauser Lake past Rathdrum Park in a road-rage incident.
  • 5:24 p.m. Daniel has questions re: his landlord accusing him of stealing.
  • 5:15 p.m. A motorcyclist is down and unconscious on NW Blvd & Davidson/CdA. (Update: Biker suffered head, shoulder and wrist injuries and can’t recall the crash.)
  • 5:10 p.m. A female @ Meyer & H53/Rathdrum has a shower curtain stuck in her ribs.
  • 5 p.m. Caller is concerned re: an incoherent male under a tree @ Rainy Hill and Medimont who doesn’t appear to be drunk.
  • 4:28 p.m. Kidd Island Bay volunteers are being called to Camp Sweyolakan @ Lutherhaven for some sort of environmental concern.
  • 4 p.m. A 7YO girl, who has blond over pink hair and is wearing red-white-and-blue basketball shorts, left home in 1700 block of E. 3rd/Post Falls on a purple bike w/o permission. (Update: PFPD Blue spotted her later on Centennial Trail.)
  • 3:28 p.m. 2, suspicious-looking, 20ish males w/long hair are selling magazines on Grandview/CdA.
  • More below

GOP Mulls $2500 Brannon Donation

Seems the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee is mulling a $2500 donation to challenger Jim Brannon in his never-ending attempt to overthrow his 5-vote loss to incumbent Mike Kennedy in the 2009 City Council elections. This, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press. At this point, the R’s are split on the propriety of the move, with some wondering if it’d set a bad precendence. The Press reports that the R’s are waiting for an opinion from counsel Jason Risch re: whether they should do so. The money was raised at the central committee’s Lincoln Day fund-raiser in February.

Question: Do you think it’s proper for the GOP Central Committee to contribute $2500 to the legal fund of a nonpartisan, City Council race?

North Idaho Blogs — 6.23.10

At Bent’s Beer Garden, Sunny reports that she’s too pooped to write (as a result of starting a new job and handling the Mostly Sunny Farmer’s Market booth). So she posted a bunch of swell photos of plants growing in her greenhouse and beyond. More here.

HBO Numbers (for Tuesday, June 22): 8500 page-views/5235 unique views

Idaho Delegates OK w/McChrystal Ouster

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, in an interview: McChrystal had appeared to be the right person at the right time in Afghanistan, but his critical remarks constitute a “serious, serious error.” “(Obama) didn’t have much of a choice,” Risch said. Petraeus probably will be confirmed swiftly by the Senate, as Obama wants, and he has Risch’s vote. “He’s probably the best choice the president could have made”/via Kevin Richert’s blog. More here.

Question: What do you make of our current presence in Afghanistan?

Christa’s Ironman CdA Report, No. 1

Berry Picker Christa Hazel will be representing Huckleberries Online (full press credentials, and all) at Ironman Coeur d’Alene through Sunday. She just e-mailed this: “I was down (at Ironman Village at City Park) this morning.  Tents are going up and a lot of worker bees seem pretty busy. I’m also noticing quite a few out-of-town plates with extremely fit drivers/passengers exploring CdA and the surrounding area.  The Centennial Trail out to Higgens Point is fairly congested between families walking and tri-athletes training.  I’ve started using the road instead of the path because the walkers with little kids are making it more dangerous on the trail while cyclists are trying to move along.”

Question: Anyone else notice anything unusual pertaining to Ironman Coeur d’Alene in your ‘hood this week?

Ex-Trib Publisher Lands In Cold Water

Butch Alford, our esteemed former publisher, recently took an unexpected dip in Payette Lake at McCall. During the Payette Cup Regatta, Alford was aboard his sailboat, the Nancy Ann, when he was knocked into the 48-degree water by the boom. A nearby sailor threw him a lifeline and pulled Alford from the frigid lake. His left leg smacked a winch during the mishap, but he was able to race the next day. Unfortunately, this sailing-gone-awry story doesn’t end there. When it was time to get his San Juan 21 sailboat ready for the trip home, the mast fell 3 to 4 feet, striking the Lewiston semi-retiree. “A falling mast is a sailor’s nightmare,” he told the Tattler. “It missed my head, but it hit my left leg”/Tribune Tattler. More here. (SR file photo for illustration purposes: Kathy Plonka)

Question: What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you aboard a sailboat or motorboat on Idaho waters?

A Coeur d’Alene Ped Bike PSA

Here’s another of the Coeur d’Alene Ped Bike public service announcements with city trails coordinator Monte McCully:

17 North Idaho Towns Lose Population

Here are the North Idaho towns that lost population from mid-2008 to mid-2009: Bonners Ferry, -29; Clark Fork, -2; East Hope, -1; Kellogg, -33; Kootenai, -1; Mullan, -12; Oldtown, -1; Osburn, -22; Pinehurst, -23; Plummer, -18; Ponderay, -3; Priest River, -7; Smelterville, -10; St. Maries, -41; Tensed, -2; Wallace, -13; Wardner, -3. You can read all the gains and losses for Idaho’s 200 towns in the Idaho Department of Labor census report here.

Question: What size would you say is a perfect population for a town?

SC: All Fun ‘Til Someone Loses Eyebrow

I sustained the most serious grilling injury of my long and illustrious barbecuing career over the weekend when a chicken tender flared up and singed my hair. I needn’t tell you that this near-tragedy really brought home the dangers of gas grills and tequila-based marinades. So naturally I went to George Mason University’s website — the oracle of indispensible statistical information on the Internet — to find out how close I came to losing an eyebrow. Here’s what I learned: Your risk of being involved in a nonfatal grilling accident is 1 in 86,830 — but 1 in 66,191 if you’re a guy. Kids 9 and under are at the greatest risk — 1 in 41,239, or 1 in 33,509 for boys alone/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (SR file illustration)

Question: Have you ever been injured while BBQing?

Enquirer: Gore Attacked Masseuse

A supermarket tabloid that recently exposed Sen. John Edwards’ affair with a documentary filmmaker is now reporting that former Vice President Al Gore attacked a Portland masseuse at a local hotel. In a bold headline next to a photo of Gore, the current issue of the National Enquirer claims Gore assaulted a Portland masseuse in October of 2006 while staying in town at an “upscale hotel”. Gore recently split with his wife, Tipper, after 40 years of marriage. The reasons for the split have not been made public but the Enquirer claims Tipper “suspected her husband was involved with “a gorgeous massage therapist”“/KATU. More here.

Question: Do you believe this National Enquirer report has any credibility?

Best Of The INorthwest — 6.23.10

Young Sydney Cobb of Weiser, wears her lucky tutu during the pole-bending competition at Jake Clark’s Mule Days in Ralston, Wyo. (AP Photo/The Powell Tribune , Kevin Kinzley)

High Noon: Is Casino Good Or Bad?

Eagle Eye: While I am on the side of the Tribe in their dispute with Benewah county, I still have a problem with the manner that the Tribe generates all of its profits. Generating millions of dollars from gambling profits from alot of people that cant afford to be throwing their money away is an issue for me. I understand that no one is forcing these people to gamble the grocery money away but I am not a gambling fan. Yes, the Tribe does do some good things. But I dont think we should turn a blind eye to the negative impact that gambling has on some people.

Question: Eagle Eye brings up a great point. I know two respected women in the community whose lives have been destroyed by a gambling addiction contracted at the Coeur d’Alene Casino. Do you consider the Coeur d’Alene Casino to be a good thing or bad thing for the area?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 6.23.10

  • 11:47 a.m. Unconscious person reported at 515 Garden Center Plaza/Post Falls.
  • 11:29 a.m. Chad reports he has run out of gas and doesn’t know his location on Fernan Lake Road.
  • 11:10 a.m. Robert reports a beagle has been stolen from Beach Drive/Hayden.
  • 10:57 a.m. 2 black Labradors are running loose on Methow Court/Post Falls.
  • 10:50 a.m. Officer reports that a vehicle he stopped in Auto Zone parking lot has a concealed weapon in the glove box.
  • 10:05 a.m. An ISP officer reports that a 4-wheeler he stopped for illegally using the right-of-way on H95 @ M/P 448 (Athol area) has made “a run for it.”
  • 10 a.m. Brandi has lost her golden retriever and doesn’t know where to find it.
  • 9:31 a.m. A downed power line on Church, near Wench, Hauser/Rathdrum, has caused a small grass fire.
  • 8:56 a.m. A fire is out but the home is filled with smoke at 5785 Government Way, across from park, Dalton Gardens.
  • 8:42 a.m. Robert reports that a swastika is painted on Avondale Lane/Hayden Lake. Officer is calling for a street crew to remove the swastika.
  • 8:34 a.m. A patrol officer is looking for someone, possibly from the trailer park near KMart, who was shooting debris w/a slingshot at s/b cars on H95 b/n Bosanko & Neider.

Initiatives Put Liquor Sales On Ballot

Item: Initiatives would close Washington state liquor stores: Two measures privatizing spirits sales likely to go on Nov. 2 ballot/Jim Camden, Spokesman-Review

More Info: Washington state’s continued control of liquor sales may be in doubt. Sponsors of one ballot measure to turn the sale of all liquor over to private stores, Initiative 1100, say they will turn in nearly 350,000 signatures today, a number that practically guarantees the proposal will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Question: If Idaho voters were given the chance to decide the matter at the polls, do you think they’d vote to privatize liquor sales?

U.S. Soccer Fans Celebrate

U.S. soccer fans celebrate as they leave the stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, earlier today. The United States defeated Algeria 1-0 in the Group C World Cup soccer match and qualified for the next round. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Question: Can you offer a guideline for men re: what shape they should be in, before they take their shirt off in public?

Listen To Steele’s Calls To Wife, Son

Federal murder-for-hire suspect Edgar Steele will stay in jail pending trial after a judge found he had attempted to intimidate potential witnesses in the case – his wife and son. In a detention hearing Tuesday, federal prosecutors played two tapes of phone conversations Steele had with his wife, Cyndi, and his son, Rex, while being held at Kootenai County Jail on June 13. (Links to calls here)

Question: Did your opinion of Edgar Steele change, after you listened to his calls from jail to his wife and his son?

Obama Boots McChrystal To Curb

A source tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama has decided to oust Afghanistan commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal over inflammatory remarks he made about Obama and other high administration officials.

Question: Did Obama have any other choice in this situation, other than to relieve McChrystal of his command? Or is he being thin-skinned?

HBO Poll: Judge Right About Drilling

  • Tuesday Poll: 79 of 145 respondents (54.5%) agreed with the federal judge’s decision to block the Obama administration’s six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling projects. 60 of 145 (41.4%) disagreed with the decision. 6 of 145 (4.1%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Are you interested in World Cup matches beyond those that involve the United States?

Donovan Boots US Into Next Round

United States’ Landon Donovan, left, scores a goal past Algeria goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi, right, during the World Cup group C soccer match between the United States and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday. The United States won 1-0 to advance to the elimination round. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Sack-Happy Tim Bush Had ‘Best Heart’

The sack-happiest man in Montana Grizzly history wasn’t the biggest or the strongest, and as a walk-on he certainly wasn’t the most highly recruited. But Tim Bush was the best, and not just on the gridiron. “Tim was a leader, always,” said Dave DeCoite, a strong safety from Truckee, Calif. “He’d get everybody amped up for games, and he was just a dominating defensive end. Not the biggest or the baddest, but he had the best heart I’ve ever seen.” DeCoite is saying this Tuesday, four days after Bush, 29, died in a mining accident near his hometown of Pinehurst, Idaho. Of all the Griz who played alongside Bush, DeCoite might’ve been the closest, and he knows more about Bush than the 34.5 sacks and 50 tackles for loss most of us remember him for/Fritz Neighbor, Missoulian. More here. (Missoulian File Photo: Michael Gallacher)

Question: A relative was surprised that Tim Bush didn’t have life insurance for his family. Do you have life insurance?

Cope: End Of The Line For Idaho Ed?

“But seriously, graduates, you’re getting out just in time, did you know that? Especially you band and choir kids. You may well be the last of your kind. Maybe at some point in the future, you can sit your little brothers and sisters down and tell them what a bittersweet blessing it was to have played the last Sousa march or sung in the last spring concert ever performed in Melba. Or maybe it’s better they never find out what they missed. And let us pray there is no nascent Mozart or Wynton Marsalis or Joan Sutherland coming up through the Melba school system. What a tragedy that is, eh? Talent with no place to go? It was nothing personal, kids. The school board was only doing what it was told had to be done. The State Legislature informed them—along with every other school district in Idaho—that sacrifices had to be made”/Bill Cope, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: What would you say to a graduating group of Idaho high school seniors, if you were invited to give a commencement address?

Stewart: Tribe Pays Fair Share & More

For the first time in decades, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has made a decision to place property into trust (tax exempt status) for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Once the process is finalized, Benewah County stands to lose about $15,000 from the property tax rolls. Instead of working with the tribe, Benewah County officials opposed and apparently will now appeal the tribe’s request, primarily on the grounds that such a transaction would cause severe and irreparable financial harm to the county and its residents. This reckless and unfounded claim is toxic for everyone in Benewah County because it perpetuates misguided hostility toward the tribe/Marc Stewart, Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe. More here.

Question: Do you agree w/Marc Stewart that the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe pays its fair share to help the non-Indian community?

AM Headlines — 6.23.10

Gov. Butch Otter cuts the ribbon during a ceremony at the new Correctional Alternative Placement Program (CAPP) treatment facility in Boise Tuesday. Inmates at the facility, who will start arriving next month, will undergo a rigorous 90-day substance abuse treatment program in an effort to ease Idaho’s growing prison population. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Joe Jaszewski)

United States 1, Algeria 0 (Final)

United States’ Michael Bradley, second from right, competes for the ball with Algeria’s Anther Yahia, right, and Algeria’s Rafik Halliche, third from right, during the World Cup group C soccer match between the United States and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, this morning. ESPN game story here. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

You can follow the World Cup match between the United States and Algeria on ESPN’s Gamecast here. The U.S. will advance to the elimination round if it can beat the Algerians.

Question: Are you following World Cup closely?

Woman Admits Shooting Cow w/Pellets

A woman in the southern part of Spokane County is facing possible criminal charges after she tells KREM 2 News she shot her neighbor’s cow at least 8 times with a pellet gun. The woman says she was tired of it coming onto her property. KREM 2 talked with the woman as well as the man who owns the cow/KREM. (Video here)

Question: Who’s wrong here — the woman who shot the cow with a pellet gun? Or the owner who allowed his cow to wander onto her property numerous times?

10 Cool Things Re: Rainy Weather

Christy Woolum/Gathering Around The Table posts: While all of us are wondering if we will see sunshine two days in a row this summer, I have to say there are advantages to this cooler weather that has gripped the inland empire.

  • 1. I have seen the most spectacular rainbows ever… even some double rainbows.
  • 2. Weeding and deadheading have been postponed way too many times.
  • 3. Photos turn out better on cloudy days.
  • 4. The roses have never had more buds or bigger blossoms than right now.
  • 5. I figured out my back windshield wiper on my car needs replacing. How would I have known?
  • The rest of Christy’s top 10 list here

Question: Can you think of any other cool things about the rainy weather that continues to hang around?


Wild Card/Tuesday — 6.22.10

This is a month of milestones for my family and me. My sister, who runs 5 miles a day, celebrated her 65th birthday on Flag Day. My mother, who takes no prescription medicine, celebrates her 85th birthday tomorrow. My wife and I celebrated out 35th anniversary yesterday. And I reached the end of my 40th year in the news biz mid-month. I began my career in June 1970 with the Chico (Calif.) Enterprise-Record. I made career stops in Red Bluff & Stockton, Calif., before moving to Kalispell, Mont., where I managed Duane Hagadone’s Daily Inter Lake for 5 years. Then, onto the Lewiston Tribune, where I worked as the news editor. In September 1984, I joined the SR (to become a courthouse reporter, then column writer, editorialist, and now blogger). I continue to enjoy my career. Now, I’ll play the Wild Card & quit reminiscing …

Parting Shot — 6.22.10

Here’s a closer look at that noose that Human Rights Institute director Rachel Dolezal found hanging from her carport this week. You can read about the repugnant incident here. Also, you can read about the move by Rachel’s organization to combat the one or two neo-Nazi flags flying in one Coeur d’Alene neighborhood here. The photo was provided by Rachel.

Black Bear Bites Tent, Man’s Ear

Food and garbage abandoned at a campsite in Mineral County likely attracted a black bear that bit a Washington man on the head early Monday, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Rob Holmes, of Ellensburg, Wash., required 21 stitches on his earlobe after the bear bit him through his tent around 4:30 a.m., as he and a friend slept up Little Joe Road just southwest of St. Regis. Holmes’ injuries were not life-threatening, and he and his friend had left for home by Monday afternoon. After the bear bit Holmes, the man screamed. He then grabbed a flashlight and tried to follow it before driving to a Missoula hospital/Jamie Kelly, Missoulian. More here. (Illustration: AP File Photo)

Question: Do you tent-camp in bear country?

PM Headlines — 6.22.10

Brandon McMullen of Spokane came early to Avista Stadium for opening night to get autographs from players like pitcher Ben Henry, left. (SR Photo: Christopher Anderson)

Question: Do you have an autograph from a famous athlete, entertainer or politician?

APhoto Of The Day — 6.22.10

Raegan Peters, 7, of Chandler, Ariz., dives into a pit of mud as she runs through the obstacle course of water and mud at the 35th annual Mighty Mud Mania Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. (tie): Raegan Peters asks Governor Jan Brewer, “Do I look illegal?” and: The IRS starts digging for Phil Hart’s constitutional income. and: This is how I feel after reading the openCDA blogs — all Nic.
  • 2. Raegan Peters fell for the old phony chocolate pudding dunking challenge when the last thing she heard was “here’s mud in your eye!” — JeanieS.
  • 3. A fearless young girl perilously swims near a Biloxi, Mississippi beach — JohnA.

Scanner Traffic/PM — 6.22.10

  • 5:17 p.m. An Ironman triathlete reportedly is swimming too close to the Post Falls Dam.
  • 5:12 p.m. A large, black Labrador is standing in middle of 2nd & Spokane/Post Falls. (Later, he follows a woman on 1st toward Templins).
  • 5:05 p.m. A lot of glass from crash reportedly is on n/b Idaho, south of 10th/Post Falls.
  • 4:56 p.m. Elizabeth S. on Blaine/Athol has found 2 cats.
  • 4:37 p.m. Passenger is reportedly puking out the window of a red passenger car that’s weaving all over the road on H95 & M/P 400 (Conkling Road/Worley).
  • 4:31 p.m. Hayden resident on Melrose reports her neighbor’s boxer-pitbull mix acted aggressive toward her 15 minutes ago.
  • 4:07 p.m. A heavy-set female is seen running down Lakeside/CdA after a report of two sisters fighting @ Lakeside & 21st.
  • Much more below

Tribe Member Jailed In Fatal Crash

A man who has survived three one-car crashes on the same road near Plummer, Idaho, is in federal custody on a manslaughter charge for crash last summer. Joseph Michael Matt, Jr., a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, was charged in connection with an Aug. 18 crash on Lovell Valley Road in Benewah County that killed William “Sonny” A. Davison, 22, of Desmet. Davison died after the 1997 Jeep Cherokee Matt was driving left the road and vaulted nearly 250 feet, taking off the tops of two trees/Meghann Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here.

Developer Seeks NI Timberland Swap

Item: Developer proposes swap for N. Idaho timberland: M3 Companies offering up 12,000-acre ranch in Boise Foothills/Becky Kramer, SR

More Info: Hinson said he’s heard concerns that the land swap is a “North Idaho giveaway” to benefit residents of southern Idaho. To address those concerns, Idaho Forest Group is willing to put an easement on the land requiring public access in perpetuity, said Bob Boeh, a company vice president. State Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, said she supports the swap for its economic development potential. Idaho Forest Group estimates that the BLM ground contains 80 million to 100 million board feet of timber.

Question: Do you think this proposed land swap gives away North Idaho public land? Or is a good deal because it puts that land on tax rolls and public access will be guaranteed?

Update: McChrystal Tenders Resignation

President Barack Obama, joined by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at right, tells reporters during a Cabinet meeting that he thinks Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of Western forces in Afghanistan, used “poor judgement” in speaking candidly during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday. Christian Science Monitor story here. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Question: What do you make of this flap?

CdA Gains 719 People, Post Falls, 594

Coeur d’Alene gained an estimated 719 new residents between 2008 and 2009 to move from the seventh to the sixth largest town in Idaho. Meanwhile, Dalton Gardens gained 15 people in the same time period; Hayden gained 268; Post Falls (9th largest town), 594; Rathdrum, 165; and Sandpoint, 13. Other changes include: Athol, 3 new residents; Fernan, 1; Hauser, 3; Hayden Lake, 7; Huetter, 1; Spirit Lake, 27; State Line, 0; and Worley, 57. Several Shoshone County towns lost population. Overall, Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise reports that a quarter of Idaho’s 200 towns lost population between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009. Idaho’s official population is now 1,545,801, or an increase of 18,295, for a 1.2% increase. You can read Betsy’s report (and find a link to the population change of Idaho towns) here.

Question: Are you comfortable with your community’s population?

Judge Orders Edgar Steele Held ‘Til Trial

Federal murder-for-hire suspect Edgar Steele on Tuesday was ordered held pending trial after a judge found he had intimidated potential witnesses in the case — his wife and son. In a detention hearing today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office played two tapes of phone conversations Steele had with his wife, Cyndi, and his son, Rex, while being held at Kootenai County Jail on June 13. On the tapes, Steele tells his wife that she will be contacted by the attorney general’s office the following morning and will be asked to authenticate his voice on recordings that he says are doctored to sound as if he’s hiring a hitman to kill her. He pleads with her to say that it’s not his voice she hears on the tapes/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: Should Judge Candy Dale have allowed Edgar Steele to post bail? 

The One That Didn’t Get Away

On As The Lake Churns (and her Facebook page), Pecky Cox posts this photo of a 28 pound Mac caught by Rod Moffitt of Outlet Bay on Sunday. That photo was taken by Keith Currie. Also: Jim Luby gives a State of the Priest Lake Fish address here.

Question: How big and what kind was the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?

Nic Embraces ‘Vuvuzela’ In Regular Talk

On Facebook, Nic Casey admits he’s ”trying to find ways to slip ‘vuvuzela’ into my normal every day conversation. Let me know how it works” ======<()))))))

Question: Have you used “vuvuzela” in an every day conversation since the World Cup began? Can you use it in a sentence now?

NW Poll: Illegals Take Jobs Away

A new public radio survey shows a majority of Northwest residents believes illegal immigrants take away jobs from native-born Americans. Is that perception based on fact? Some experts say, right or wrong, people’s beliefs are sometimes driven by their fears about their own economic well-being. … Pollster Adam Davis says most of the people included in the recent public radio survey think highly of immigrants, even those who are here illegally/Doug Nadvornek, OPB News. More here.

Question: Have you lost a job to an illegal immigrant, hired one, or been the victim of a crime committed by one?

Judge Blocks Offshore Drill Moratorium

A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling projects that the Obama administration imposed in response to the vast oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The White House swiftly said the administration would appeal the decision. In a 22-page ruling, United States District Judge Martin Feldman issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of a May 28 order halting all floating offshore drilling projects in more than 500 feet of water and preventing the government from issuing new permits for such activity/Charlie Savage, New York Times. More here. (AP Busiiness Wire)

Question: Do you agree with this decision by Judge Martin Feldman? 

49ers Blog Evaluates Iupati, Rookies

(Former Idaho Vandal Mike Iupati is) the most difficult rookie to evaluate in the spring because so much of a guard’s job centers on power and overwhelming an opponent at the line of scrimmage. Like Davis, Iupati definitely is quick. And he had no issues as far as his conditioning. Iupati’s biggest task may be pass blocking. The Idaho product was soundly beaten during the Senior Bowl game in January, especially by quick Georgia defensive tackle Geno Adkins. Iupati also seemed to struggle with quickness in one-on one battles in the minicamp. Both Justin Smith and Demetric Evans beat him, which you would expect a cagey veteran to do against a rookie. But Derek Walker also was running by the rookie/Matt Barrows, 49ers Blog. More here. (AP Photo)

Question: Are you expecting big things from former Idaho Vandal Mike Iupati in the 2010 season? Or do you think it’ll be awhile before he makes an impact in the pros?

Best Of The INorthwest — 6.22.10

Veterinarian Scott Smiley, right, watches as four wild horses make their way onto Wild Horse Island in Flathead Lake in northwest Montana recently. The mares were ferried to the island by barge where they joined two geldings already inhabiting the island. Seventeen years have passed since any horses have been placed on the island. Lyle Heavy Runner, of Great Falls, and State Sen. Brad Hamlett, of Cascade, donated the horses and Robert Lee donated use of the barge. Flathead Beacon story here. (AP Photo/Flathead Beacon, Lido Vizzutti)

High Noon: Daddy Was A Sports Writer

My father was a sports writer for our city’s newspaper; he also taught high school English for a while. I can’t remember submitting a homework paper that wasn’t first reviewed by him. I remember a lot of lessons he taught my siblings and me. I learned a simple rule for using ‘me’ vs ‘I’; I learned his fondness for the ‘comma’ and the ’semicolon’. It brings a smile to my face to remember his work with us as we learned to communicate clearly. His lessons, often, would end with all of us kids laughing and rolling on the floor. He would say to my mother “Marjorie, are you sure these children are mine? They don’t seem to take this seriously.” And we’d start laughing all over again.

Question: Do you have any journalists in your family?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 6.22.10

  • 11:32 a.m. Patrol officer reports that the w/b green, traffic light @ 4th & Sherman/CdA isn’t working.
  • 11:22 a.m. Pet owner @ Huetter & Poleline believes his dog may have been poisoned.
  • 11:20 a.m. Motorist reports a large rock in s/b lane of I-90, just south of Chilco mill.
  • 11:21 a.m. Driver in 11 o’clock rollover refuses medical treatment. Dive team also canceled.
  • 11:14 a.m. Driver asks if he can leave his stalled vehicle at Seltice Way & Huetter, while he gets a fuel pump to fix it. Officer responds that he has 48 hours to remove vehicle.
  • 11 a.m. Motorist reports a rollover accident into creek @ I-90 & M/P 34 (Bentley Creek). Driver appears to be out of vehicle.
  • 10:45 a.m. Resident, @ Hudlow & Rimrock/Garwood area, reports finding a swastika sign on her door this morning.
  • 10:13 a.m. A female slept in her vehicle in a local Super 1 parking lot after arguing with her husband last night. Now, she is unable to contact him.
  • 10:01 a.m. Female reports an ongoing problem w/a neighbor’s dog attacking her sheep.
  • 8:36 a.m. Caller reports a vehicle fire @ 5000 Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive.
  • 8:35 a.m. Pet owner reports that a neighbor’s pitbull attacked his cat and that he’s going to take matters into his own hands if police don’t respond quickly.
  • 8:30 a.m. City workers are removing a tree that fell near Memorial Field last night.

Otter Hosts ‘Women’s Day At Capitol’

Otter has 32 female state agency officials lined up for the event, for which KTVB-TV anchor Dee Sarton will serve as MC and at which people can ask questions of the governor and his administration on state government issues or the role of women in policy-making and state government. Here are some stats on women in the Otter Administration, based on state payroll records from the state controller’s office as of Jan. 7, 2010:  Of the 77 state agency heads on the state’s payroll on that date, 50 were men and 27 were women. Average pay for the male state agency heads was $109,658; average pay for the female state agency heads was $88,681/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Can Gov. Otter be serious re: a “Women’s Day at the Capitol” when he bypassed two qualified women in fall 2007 to appoint Joel Horton to the now all-male Idaho Supreme Court?

Trish (Hearts) Sandpoint’s Roundabout

My friend Ward, whose house fronts on Sandpoint’s new traffic circle, would disagree with my support (for the new roundabout at Boyer and Larch). He’s been quite fond of saying he’s willing to sell tickets for seats on his lawn to watch what a disaster this will be. And I can’t blame him for being less than positive about it. No one likes to be a guinea pig, and given the high truck traffic at the intersection of Larch and Boyer, this might not be the location I would have selected for our first traffic circle. (Division and Pine, that’s where we need one! Just sayin’, Kody)/Trish Gannon, Politically Incorrect, River Journal. More here. (Idaho Conservation League photo)

Question: Who do you think has the right-of-way in a roundabout?

Park Building Isn’t Named After Christie

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve checked in with the antics of the crowd. But a Berry Picker sent me an e-mail from one of the blog’s zanier posts. Which I couldn’t resist. Seems Mary Souza read in the Press that the small safety building at City Park was named after CPD Blue spokeswoman Christie Wood (pictured). Huffs Mary: “This is a slam against poor Christie because the “building” named after her is really a utility shed!  It’s a small, cheap, concrete structure that looks like a hot dog stand.  It is rarely used, has no heat, no bathroom, no telephone, no amenities and it’s closed most of the year, except around Ironman.” ‘Tis nice to see Mary defending Christie for a change. But none of this ‘tis true. Christie weighed in on the Press story to say the building wasn’t named after her. The fun continues in the comments section of the as Dan Gookin lectures Christie re: dangling a participle in her post. link here.

Question: Have you ever dangled a participle?

A Close Encounter With Seagulls

Cassie Nelson, of Coeur d’Alene, is bundled in fleece as she feeds lunch leftovers to seagulls at a downtown Seattle restaurant Monday in Seattle. The unusually damp, dark weather this month is testing even the most die-hard Northwest native accustomed to rain and clouds. It’s not the coldest or wettest June that Seattle has seen, but it’s edging close to it. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Overheard: Scanner Refocuses Reality

On the Overheard in the Newsroom Facebook page: “After a call came over the scanner for a man with rectal bleeding, just minutes after the call for a man with his eye out of the socket: ‘If you think you’re having a bad day, just remember what you heard on the scanner.’”

Question: Does HBO Scanner Traffic help you realize that you’re better off than many of your fellow residents in North Idaho?

HBO Poll: Bush Had Better Response

  • Monday Poll: 159 of 269 respondents (59%) said the response by President Bush’s administration to the Hurricane Katrina disaster was better than the current response by President Obama to the BP oil spill. 110 of 269 (41%) said Obama’s response was better.
  • Hydroplane Poll: 216 of 288 respondents (75%) said they’d like to see unlimited hydroplane racing back on Lake Coeur d’Alene. 64 of 288 (22%) said they don’t want the thunderboats back on Lake Coeur d’Alene. 8 of 288 (3%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Do you agree with the judge’s decision to block the 6-month moratorium on deep-water drilling projects?

Statesman: Hart Besmirches Legislature

These antics reflect badly on Hart, and besmirch Idaho’s citizens’ Legislature. In an age of viral cynicism about politics and politicians, Hart’s conduct suggests that public servants are out first to serve themselves. So if ever an elected official has invited the harsh glare of an ethics review, it’s Hart. House Speaker Lawerence Denney said late last week that he would convene an ethics committee. … The allegations against Hart - conflict of interest and possible abuse of his elected position - deserve a thorough, public review. Both the outcome and the process will say something, good or bad, about the Legislature/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you expect something positive to happen when the ethics committee reviews Hart’s tax problems?

Idaho PERSI To Hang Onto BP Stock

An Idaho investment manager said the state’s retirement fund has a small amount of stock holdings in BP, the oil company linked to the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and that they’re unlikely to sell the stock owned for the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI). PERSI Investment Officer Bob Maynard said the fund that pays retirement benefits for state workers has historically underweighted BP, meaning it holds less of BP stock than an average investment portfolio would/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the decision by the Idaho retirement fund to hang onto its BP stock?

AM Headlines — 6.22.10

Isaac Ballew, 7, checks out the view of the Post Falls Dam in Post Falls on Monday. Heavy rainfall caused Lake Coeur d’Alene to rise so Avista Corporation opened the dams large spillway gates to let more water through. Once the gates are opened river levels above the dam will drop .The Spokane River is already running at 15,500 cubic feet per second below the dam. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Kathy Plonka)

Institute Targets Supremacists’ Flags

Human rights activists in Coeur d’Alene have decided to fight flags with flags. For months, people have been walking into the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene asking what they can do about two nearby residences flying white supremacist flags, said Rachel Dolezal, the institute’s education director. The institute’s staff and volunteers brainstormed a response and decided to create a flag of their own, this one emblazoned with a human rights message. They are encouraging residents to fly the flags in their neighborhoods and use them to establish “hate-free zones” throughout the region/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: Would you be interested in flying a human rights flag at your home in an attempt to establish a ‘hate-free zone’ in your neighborhood? Or do you think this idea will fly?

Vandal Scratches Handicapped Vet’s Car

Two Sunday ago Kurt and his wife went to the Chili’s Restaurant in Hayden, parked in a handicapped spot and walked inside to eat. An hour later they came out to find Kurt’s car had a nice scratch across the hood. Then he saw the note, tucked under his windshield wipers. “[It] said that they thought I was too mobile to be issued a handicapped placard and that I should be ashamed of myself.” “I read the note and that made me mad,” he said. The Coeur d’Alene Police have the note and is now investigating the vandalism done to Kurt’s car/McKay Allen, KXLY. More here (including video).

Question: Rather than vandalize a handicapped veterans vehicle, what should the creep behind this crime have done?

Signe: NRA’s Loophole

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

No Bail For Murder-for-Hire Suspect

Via Meghann Cuniff’s Twitter: “Judge orders Larry Fairfax, who told FBI about Edgar Steele’s alleged murder plot but didn’t mention already-placed pipebomb, held w/o bail.” Full story here.

Keith Comes Up Big On Father’s Day

Dunno what you fathers got for Father’s Day. But it might not compare to the gift that Keith Erickson received. For those of you keeping score at home, Keith (a former Coeur d’Alene Press reporter) and I were rival local government reporters back in the day. Now, fast forward to Sunday when Keith’s wife gave him a $5 Aerosmith-“Dream On”-themed, Idaho lottery ticket. Which turned out to be worth $500. Coincidentally, Aerosmith’s “Dream On” was playing on Keith’s head set when he turned it in at a local convenience store for the cash.

Question: Do you give lottery tickets as gifts to friends and family? Any of your recipients ever won much money on one?

Parting Shot — 6.21.10

I thought I’d leave you with one of the breath-taking photos of Lake Coeur d’Alene taken by Linda Lantzy @ Idaho Scenic Images. You can view her work on her Facebook page here.

Powers To Replace Newby As Trustee

In a secret ballot today, the Coeur d’Alene School Board voted 4-1 to appoint Stephanie Powers to succeed retiring Trustee Vern Newby. The other vote went to Angie Phillips. This, according to a well-connected Berry Picker.

Summer Wild Card — 6.21.10

It might not look like it outside, but today is the first official day of summer. Which means it’s also my 35th wedding anniversary to my sweet bride and best friend, Mrs. O. We met at a church Valentine’s banquet in which I was the guest speaker. She and a friend were giggling about something as they came around a corner and we saw each other. I don’t know if it was love at first sight. But there definitely was a spark there. That’s still there. Jack Nicolson summed up my feelings about Mrs. O in a line from “As Good As It Gets,” when his character sez: “You make me want to be a better man.” Now, for your Wild Card …

Phil Hart: Fighting IRS Is Taxing Process

In 2004 I filed 1040 returns to get caught up. Suddenly I found myself in an IRS audit. I had to sue the IRS to avoid turning over the names and addresses of those who purchased my book, “Constitutional Income.” I was represented by the Center for Individual Rights, a Washington, D.C., public interest, freedom of speech law firm. The Center for Individual Rights won these lawsuits for me. The IRS audit report denied all my legitimate business deductions totaling $300,000. Why? An IRS employee told me “When you don’t give us everything we ask for, you get all of your deductions denied.” For them, this isn’t about the liens or the money; it’s about getting the names/Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol. Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Do you think Rep. Phil Hart makes good points re: his long fight against the Internal Revenue Service?

APhoto Of The Day — 6.21.10

Kate Allen, 7, holds a reticulated python at the Emerald City Reptile Expo at the Lake City Community Center in Seattle on Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Alan Berner)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Tragedy strikes at the petting zoo when keepers accidentally release the reticulated python before Katie Allen had finished petting “Mr. Whiskers,” the popular lop-eared rabbit. Although she escaped injury, Katie said the “up-close-and-personal” lesson on the food chain left her shaken — DCR.
  • 2. Kate Allen reveals her third leg for show & tell — Nic.
  • 3. Using the movie “Snakes on a Plane” for inspiration, Kate arm wrestles a python, don’t do this at home kids — Arch Druid.
  • HM: Marmitetoasty

Scanner Traffic/PM — 6.21.10

  • 5:56 p.m. Oil Can Henry’s on 3rd/CdA reports a male is going thru Dumpsters and yelling at customers at business.
  • 5:47 p.m. A male, who’s possibly diabetic, is unconscious at a business @ 703 E. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 5:29 p.m. A female who admits falling asleep and sideswiping a vehicle on the freeway is waiting for an officer in Flying J parking lot.
  • 5:12 p.m. 30ish female in Hauser Lake reports she’s having thoughts of suicide.
  • 4:45 p.m. A stalled, blue pickup is blocking the right lane of the onramp @ Spokane Street & I-90/Post Falls.
  • 4:41 p.m. Patrol officer has stopped 2 juveniles on dirt bikes @ Brunner & Diagonal/Rathdrum.
  • 3:58 p.m. Unknown medical problem called in at 4400 block of W. Fairway & Augusta/CdA.
  • 3:30-3:35 p.m. EMTs are responding to as many as three suicide attempts, involving pills, a scalpel, and consumption of turpentine and other chemicals.
  • Much more below

Black Bear Attacks St. Regis Camper

A man camping near St. Regis had to go to the hospital after a black bear bit him through his tent.  Rob Holmes of Ellensburg, Washington needed 21 stitches to close the injury to his ear lobe.  The animal ran off before anybody saw it.  Wardens found similar bite marks in canned food at a nearby abandoned camp site. “He did everything right,” Jeff Darrah, FWP Warden Captain in Missoula, said.  “He kept a clean camp and did not place himself at risk.  Unfortunately, food and other attractants that were abandoned at another nearby camp likely drew the bear in”/Mark Holyoak, KPAX. More here.

Question: Have you had trouble with bears around a camp site?

MT: Deputy Deal Unravels In St. Maries

Finding a cop may be a problem for tourists on some parts of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Boaters who put others at risk - like those who drink excessively - may not be held accountable. Elsewhere in Benewah County, Coeur d’Alene tribal cops may stop but not detain an intoxicated driver if he’s not a member of the Coeur d’ Alene Indian Tribe. Same goes for nontribal members accused of domestic abuse. If a representative of the Benewah County sheriff’s office doesn’t show up, tribal cops have little recourse but to release the suspect. All of which was supposedly resolved months ago, long before the summer tourist season began/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Anyone surprised that the cross-deputization deal cut with the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe unraveled once lawmakers adjourned and the pressure was off the Benewah County?

Report: Boulder Crushed Idaho Miner

The falling slab of rock that fatally injured a worker at the Galena Mine Friday was 4 ½ feet long by 2 ½ feet wide and 2 feet thick, federal investigators said. The Mine Safety and Health Administration continues to investigate the rock fall that claimed the life of Timothy A. Bush. Bush, 29, and his partner were working around loose rock when the accident occurred Friday morning. Bush was a former All-American defensive end for the University of Montana’s football team. He worked as contract miner at the Galena Mine near Silverton, Idaho, for United Mine Services/Becky Kramer, SR.

NI Blogs — Kellogg To Tumblewords

“This is the view just after sunrise on Monday morning as I headed into the KXLY studios on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene”/posts Kerri Thoreson/More Main Street.

NI Blogs — Butterfly To JeanC

Bent did Hucks Nation proud over the weekend at the big Smokin’ the Coeur d’Alenes BBQ at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Bent’s Rub ‘Em Raw BBQ team won 9th overall out of 29 teams, first in best of show, and 6th in the chicken competition. You can read Bent’s report on the event in the comments section of the 8:28 a.m. post: “Arpie: How did Smokin’ CDAs BBQ Go?” Above, Bent passes some barbecue ribs to Bert Thoreson for Father’s Day fare. Kerri Thoreson caught the passing of the ribs.

HBO Numbers (for week of June 13-19): 53,643 page-views/33,003 unique views

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet An Execution

I just received an interesting Twitter message from Ron Callari, who discussed the recent decision by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (pictured in AP pool photo) to use Twitter to cover the execution by firing squad of Ronnie Lee  Gardner Friday. Writes Callari: “A lot of controversy has been cyber-ventilating the collective blogo-and-twitterspheres today as the result of Utah’s attorney general need to provide a blow-by-blow lead-up to a firing squad execution via Twitter. Some have labeled it a ‘tweet too far.’” Among the last tweets of the event from Callari was this one: “I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner’s execution. May God grant him the mercy denied his victims.” You can read Callari’s report on Inventor’ here.

Question: Would you consider this a “tweet too far”?


At Priest Lake, Pecky Cox/As The Lake Churns watched for hours as these dragon fly babies hatched. E-mails Pecky: “Very sad some did not make it b/c wind broke their wings.”

Hydroplane Exhibition Set On Lake CdA

Posts Kerri Thoreson/More Main Street: “This morning on the air (for KVNI), I announced the return of the hydroplanes to Lake Coeur d’Alene for an exhibition to benefit the Museum of North Idaho. For anyone who lived here back in the 1960s, the races were an exciting event for the community, definately part of the Lake City’s colorful history. The museum is currently featuring Hydro Fever displays and the vintage unlimited hydroplanes will appear in Coeur d’Alene August 20-22 in conjunction with the display.” (AP File Photo: Miss Budweiser and Miss Elam Plum in action on Lake Washington.)

Question: Could this be a back-door attempt to bring unlimited hydroplane racing back to Lake Coeur d’Alene?

Crump: A North Dakota State Of Mind

Summer, which is to say temperatures consistently above 80 degrees in the daytime and tomatoes consistently without frost damage at night, is what makes south-central Idaho livable. Without it, we’d just all best move to North Dakota. In North Dakota (state motto: “Winter can kill you here any time of year”), life runs on spec. Summer may come, or it might not, but Nodaks understand there’s not a darn thing they can do about it. Folks in Fargo spend their Aprils sandbagging the flooding Red River in the midst of a blizzard. In that kind of environment, you can never really count on anything good happening/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Anyone out there ever lived in North Dakota? Care to tell us what that was like?

Could Minnick Help Dethrone Pelosi?

Item: Rep. Mike Simpson says Rep. Walt Minnick could help oust House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Idaho’s GOP congressman speculates the House leader might lose her power no matter which party wins the majority/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman

More Info: Freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick won’t discuss a conversation he had with Idaho GOP colleague Mike Simpson about the role Minnick might play in removing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Simpson says he told Minnick that members of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition of Democrats will hold the balance of power if Democrats retain control in the November election and could deny Pelosi re-election in January 2011.

Question: Would you like to see Congressman Minnick involved in an attempt to overthrow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi?

Best Of The INorthwest — 6.21.10

Linda Lantzy of the superb Idaho Scenic Images Facebook site caught this unexpected action Friday night during the crusin’ portion of Car d’Lane. Writes Linda: “At one point this car stalled and every older gentlemen in the vicinity jumped out of his chair to go help. I think they all just wanted to touch it … It was very nice of them, but also quite hilarious.” You can see Linda’s Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page here.

High Noon: Kennedys Make CST Debut

Those of you lured away by the sights and sounds of Car d’Lane Saturday night missed the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre debut of Councilman Mike Kennedy and his son, Will. The Kennedys were two of the four audience members invited on stage by the thespians to join in the antics of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Papa Kennedy survived three rounds, spelling “Mexican” and “boulia” correctly before stumbling on “muntjac.” Young Will survived 4 or 5 rounds before being eliminated before intermission on a word that the enunciator made up, something that started with hippo and continued on for another 15 or so letters. Good fun. Good play.

Question: Have you ever performed on stage?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 6.21.10

  • 11:47 a.m. Caller reports that a male in a truck is towing off a motor home w/o permission from Settlement Trail/Post Falls residence.
  • 11:32 a.m. Californian looking to relocate to North Idaho has questions re: area.
  • 11:31 a.m. Resident reports hearing a gunshot near her Howard/CdA apartment.
  • 11:25 a.m. Motorist reports a suspicious male tried to panhandle him on Spokane Street/Post Falls bridge over river.
  • 11:21 a.m. Caller reports 2 vehicles passing each other and drivers stopping to yell at each other n/b on Reed/Hayden from Cheyenne.
  • 11 a.m. Jill has lost her steer and doesn’t know where to find it.
  • More below

HBO Poll: Yes To Capital Punishment

  • Weekend Poll: 193 of 266 respondents (72.6%) said they are in favor of capital punishment (on the morning Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad in Utah). 63 of 266 respondents (23.7%) oppose capital punishment. 10 of 266 (3.8%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Which administration had a better response to a disaster affecting Gulf Coast States — George W. Bush (Hurricane Katrina) or Barack Obama (BP oil spill)?

KREM: Human Rights Leader Finds Noose

Coeur d’Alene Police are investigating a possible hate crime in which a noose was found hanging at a woman’s home. The house belongs to Rachel Dolezal, Executive Director of the Human Rights Institute in Coeur d’Alene. Dolezal tells KREM 2 News her brother found the noose hanging from rafters on her property on Tuesday, June 15/KREM. More here.

D’s: Where Do Pols Stand On Hart Woes?

The Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee issued a press release today calling on Idaho elected officials to say where they stand on Rep. Phil Hart’s tax woes, which are the subject of pending House ethics committee; the committee will look into whether Hart had a conflict of interest in serving on the House Revenue & Taxation Committee while pressing his legal fight over unpaid state and federal income taxes, and whether he abused legislative privilege by citing it in seeking delays in his tax cases/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Would you like to know where your legislators stand on state Rep. Phil Hart’s tax woes?

Crawdads, Anyone?

First, I need to say that the local Freeman family has deep roots in Louisiana, where jumbalaya reigns supreme. And crawdads are a delicacy. Now, onward. On Facebook, Linette Freeman has a coupla photos of her cousin, Mike’s, 41st birthday celebration in Post Falls this weekend, an event that included 75 pounds of crawdads purchased from the Louisiana Crawfish Co. Mike, for those keeping score at home, is co-owner of  Caruso’s Deli in Post Falls. Some call these lobster-looking critters “mud bugs.” Seems you pull the meat out of the tails. And then, the true Louisianan sucks the heads. Linette, who was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, couldn’t go the second route.

Question: Have you ever eaten a crawdad?

Law Affects Idaho’s End-of-Life Care

Item: Law affects end-of-life care: AARP spokesman says policy does not respect rights of Idahoans/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Idaho’s Medical Consent and Natural Death Act was passed in 2005 just days after the death of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman whose feeding tube was removed after a lengthy, high-profile right-to-die legal battle. The act grants individuals the right to dictate which medical procedures should or should not be used to prolong their lives and allows them to name those who can make those decisions for them in the event they cannot.

Question: Do you support/oppose this Idaho’s Medical Consent and Natural Death Act?

SR: Hart Should Use ‘Common Sense’

Last Oct. 2, when Hart got word of his $53,000 obligation, he had 91 days – until the new year – to appeal. The deadline arrived “during the ten days next before the commencement” of the 2010 Legislature, so he waited until the session was over to submit his notice of appeal. The commission wants that appeal dismissed on grounds that not only did Hart miss the deadline, he failed to submit the full deposit required to be paid at the time of appeal. This is the fourth time Hart has invoked the legislative exemption during his six years in office. A strict reading of the Idaho Constitution may secure his right to do so. But for an elected official interested in maintaining his status as a citizen legislator, common sense would argue against it/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: What should Phil Hart do?

Analysis: Entire Ward Speech Plagiarized

KTVB-TV, in a special “Viewpoint” program entitled “Plagiarism in Politics” that aired yesterday, did extensive analysis on unsuccessful GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward’s January announcement speech and reached a startling conclusion - the whole speech was plagiarized, not just the final paragraph in which Ward echoed Barack Obama’s 2004 Democratic convention speech. According to the station’s analysis, while other parts of the speech also repeated Obama’s words, the entire meat of the speech echoes an announcement speech given by a Pennsylvania congressional candidate, Pat Meehan, four months earlier/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (AP Photo)

Question: Do you think some/most politicians crib from other speeches?

AM: Tornado Touches Down In Billings

Main Street Casino staff members watch a second thunderstorm approach after they just survived a tornado in Billings, Mont., Sunday. Buildings were heavily damaged after a tornado touched down near the corner of Main Street and Lake Elmo Drive. Billings Gazette coverage here. And: link provided by Trish Gannon of a motorist who encountered the tornado while driving through Billings here. (AP Photo/ Billings Gazette, Larry Mayer)

Question: Have you ever been near a tornado?

Arpie: How Did Smokin’ CDAs BBQ Go?

Arpie: I hope to hear a complete and thorough accounting of the (Smokin’ the Coeur d’Alenes) BBQ event this weekend. I didn’t make it. Anyone know how things went? How did Bent do? My favorite home brew Laughing Dog was there. I hope Bent got to spend some time with Fred. I heard of the possibility of tens of thousands of people. That seemed high. How many folks were there? I heard people that paid to get in didn’t get to eat the good stuff. What did they eat?

Question: Bent, do you have a report about the big barbecue at the fairgrounds, for you HucksOnline fans?

MoonDollars: ‘A Right To Brag’

This minor incongruity was one of many pleasant revelations uncovered during a recent mid-afternoon visit to MoonDollars in Post Falls. The location itself is somewhat unexpected, sitting on the corner of Polston and Syringa Streets, the only eatery in a neighborhood consisting primarily of insurance offices and medical facilities. … Tucked inside the substantial menu is a somewhat boastful printout of “Great Facts to Know About MoonDollars Restaurant”, but as we would soon learn, they have every right to brag. Everything seems to be undertaken with an organic, back-to-basics approach that adds an element of personality that makes the Red Robins and Pizza Huts of the world seem like utter fakery/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: Which restaurant in town provides the largest portion of hamburgers and fries for the best price?

Hucks: Spencer Gets Out (Of) The Vote

Larry Spencer enjoys stirring up things in North Idaho, whether he’s fighting to stop the Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene or Timberlake Fire District officials closer to his Bonner County home. The uberconservative gadfly spent some of his spring stumping for successful Kootenai County commissioner candidate Jai Nelson. He spent part of primary election day with a person holding a sign in support of a write-in candidate for a GOPrecinct post near the Seventh-day Adventist polling place. So you’d think that Spencer woulda taken time to vote. But he didn’t. When I called him on his oversight on my Huckleberries Online blog, Spencer offered this excuse: “Well, for one thing, the polls weren’t open when I left in the morning, and I worked in CdA until nearly 8 p.m. going door to door in CdA getting people driven to the polls down here. By the time I was done, there was not time to make it back to vote before the polls closed”/DFO, SR Huckleberries. More here.

Question: Does a person who failed to vote in the spring primary or general election have the standing to complain about candidates and issues?

Ramirez: Oil Crisis Response

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Wild Card/Saturday — 6.19.10

The docket’s full today. Some yard work. Early celebration of my mother’s 85th birthday (w/a pinch of Father’s Day thrown in during a family get-together). I don’t think I can get to Car d’Lane until Sunday. But I plan to be in row No. 4, center stage, tonight when the curtain goes on in the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Season tickets, baby. And I have just the date lined up … my bride of 35 years (as of this coming Monday). It doesn’t get much better than that. Now, for your Wild Card …

Pheasant Population Gets Helping Hand

A sea of week-old pheasant chicks huddle in the incubator. They’ll be released at four weeks in hopes of spurring the wild pheasant population in north central Idaho. (Steve Hanks/The Lewiston Tribune)

Question: Have you ever tasted pheasant?

SK: Heart Goes Out To Tim Bush’s Family

Smith Kennedy (re: Former Montana all-American Tim Bush dies in mine accident): He was one hell of a Man. I worked with his mom, and the day he was named to the Montana Grizz all Decade Team, i have never seen anyone so proud. Her office suddenly became Grizz Central. But it was more than that, any time she talked about him she would light up it was awesome the love she had for her son. My heart goes out to their family right now …

Question: Have you known a gifted person who died much too young?

Garrison, Joyce’s Bloomsday, & Thou

Most people miss the link between the June 16 Bloomsday, which was coined 88 years ago in the James Joyce novel “Ulysses,” with Spokane’s Bloomsday, which involves 50,000 people running 12 kilometers around town on the first Sunday in May. Garrison Keillor is no exception. Keillor, a nationally acclaimed oral storyteller, led the cast and musicians of his National Public Radio show as they performed two hours of skits and songs to the obvious delight of 5,300 people who nearly packed the Arena’s Star Theatre. Midway, Keillor devoted 4 minutes to a monologue highlighting Spokane life. But he made an error that begs to be corrected. In mentioning the city’s signature events, such as Hoopfest, he noted that “Bloomsday does not refer to James Joyce’s novel, ‘Ulysses,’ but to the lilacs” that bloom in spring. Wrong/Rich Landers, SR. More here.

Question: What do you like most re: Garrison Keillor’s show, “A Prairie Home Companion”?

Little Brothers Are Watching You

I’ve been thinking about that incident on Ross Point Road that happened just before closing time on Friday — the one in which 3 delinquents in a red Geo hit a jogger with a water balloon as they passed him. The minor assault isn’t what caught my attention. Rather, I was impressed by the fact that the Post Falls police had a description of the vehicle, the license plate number, and the registered owners of the car before the three punks hit Seltice Way (via the local 911 dispatch center, illustrated by a SR file photo by Jesse Tinsley). In this era of cell phones, it’s easy for any of us to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Or to record news as it happens when we turn our cell phones into cameras as happened in that incident in which a Seattle officer punched the teen-age jaywalker after she assaulted him. Regularly, motorists with cell phones report suspected drunken drivers. Much of Scanner Traffic occurs as the result of mobile people using their cell phones.

Question: Do you feel comfortable in a society that’s capable of recording your actions at almost any time and any place?

Spark Ignites Fireworks In Worley Stand

Worley residents got a free impromptu fireworks display tonight after a child ignited a firework that caused a fireworks stand to go up in flames. The fire, which started about 8 p.m., burned two vehicles and caused Highway 95 to shut down for a short time, authorities said. According to a Coeur d’Alene Tribal spokesman, a minor was playing with fireworks near Adeline’s Smoke Shop, near the old Worley Fire Station, when one firework accidentally shot into the stand causing the building to ignite along with the fireworks inside. The stand burned to the ground, and two vehicles parked nearby were destroyed, authorities said. The highway was shut down for safety reasons. No one was hurt/Spokesman-Review. (Illustrative SR file photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Do you ever go to the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation to buy illegal fireworks? And/or: How much do you spend on fireworks each year?

Father’s Day Began In Spokane In 1910

Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day, a holiday now celebrated in 50 countries around the world but whose origins are from right here in Spokane. Sonora Smart Dodd, the woman who founded Father’s Day, was one of six children raised by her father, Civil War veteran William Smart, who was left a widower after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. It was her appreciation and love of her father that spawned the idea and on this centennial of the holiday her family is in town to share her story. Father’s Day started as a quiet reflection inside Central Methodist Church/Sally Showman, KXLY. More here.

Question: How important is a father in today’s family?

Daily News: Utes, Buffs Upgrade Pac-10

The last two weeks saw a virtual hurricane blow through college athletics. Nebraska left the Big 12 to join the Big 10, the Pac-10 nearly destroyed the Big 12 by taking four schools and Boise State left the WAC to join the Mountain West Conference. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott had a hand in most of it, and he nearly changed the landscape of college athletics. A week ago many football fans throughout the Palouse had visions of going to Martin Stadium to watch the Cougars take on the Texas Longhorns in conference play. It was an intriguing idea, and one that nearly came to pass, but last-minute wrangling by the old guard of the Big 12 halted Scott’s vision of a super Pac-16 conference. Now Coug fans can look forward to playing Colorado and Utah instead of Texas and Oklahoma, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing/Sandra Kelly, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

  • Cutline: University of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, left, attends a news conference to announce the acceptance of an invitation to join the PAC-10 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday. (AP Photo/Deseret News,Mike Terry)

Question: Is the Pac-10 that much better with the addition of Utah & Colorado?

TGIF Wild Card — 6.18.10

The mild-mannered Coeur d’Alene Press editorial page is calling for Rep. Phil Hart to step aside until he handles his tax problems. Mild-mannered Dan English by the minions who really believe that skullduggery runs rampant in the Coeur d’Alene City Hall and the county courthouse. And you thought you were going to get a break from local politics until this fall. Oh well, it keeps things hopping here. So let’s play the Wild Card and see how things play out today …

P.S. Horse Eye Lense

At Slight Detour, Marianne Love calls this up-close-and-personal photo of her horse: “Horse eye lense, self portrait.”

EOB: Hart Welcomes Ethics Investigation

Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart on Friday defended his long tax fight against the IRS and the state Tax Commission, and said he looks forward to telling his tale to a House ethics committee.    ”I would welcome the opportunity to tell my story,” said Hart, R-Athol, a third-term state lawmaker who’s unopposed for re-election in November/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Tim Bush, Former Montana Grizzly All-American, dies in Galena Mine Accident

A former All-American football player at the University of Montana died this morning of injuries he received in an accident at the Galena Mine near Silverton, Idaho. Tim Bush, 29, sustained internal injuries in a rockfall in the underground mine, which occurred about 8 a.m., family members said. He was taken to Shoshone Medical Center. Bush was a standout wrestler and football player at Kellogg High School who later played football with the University of Montana Grizzlies as a defensive end. During his football career he was named an All-American and set the school record with 34 sacks and tackles, past news reports show/Spokesman-Review. More here. And: KREM2 video here. (Photo courtesy of 2003 University of Montana media guide)

PM Headlines — 6.18.10

Arch Druid, who spotted this curious llama during a recent trip out and about in the Dalton Gardens/Hayden/Hayden Lake area, e-mails: “These people used to raise sheep at this place on the corner of East Hayden Lake Road and Honeysuckle Avenue. Now they have turned to raising Llamas.  Had to talk this fellow into giving me a portrait look instead of profile.”

APhoto Of The Day — 6.18.10

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria gets help with her dress from Daniel Westling on arrival at the Swedish Government’s dinner, at the Eric Ericson Hall in Stockholm, Sweden, earlier today. The two will marry Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Leif R Jansson, Scanpix)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Daniel soon found himself on thin ice when he attempted to seriously answer the question, “Does this train make my butt look fat?” — Kevin Taylor.
  • 2. “Now, honey, that one diamond on your dress, right there, would buy me a Porsche Carrera GT. Can I just pluck it off, pretty please?” — Idaho Dad.
  • 3. c’mon Quasimodo! we’re late! — Pecky Cox.
  • HM: Nic
  • 3.

Scanner Traffic/PM — 6.18.10

  • 5:59 p.m. Jogger reports 3 teens in a red Geo Metro hit him w/a water-filled balloon as they passed him on Ross Point Road/Post Falls.
  • 5:33 p.m. Someone’s suffering an allergic reaction on H95 & Lincoln Way/CdA.
  • 5:25 p.m. A large transient w/a back pack is yelling at people and threatening to fight them @ Wallace & 7th/CdA.
  • Motorist reports that 4 transients are arguing on hillside along I-90 & 4th/CdA.
  • 5:17 p.m. Patrick reports that another male threatened to fight him over a female.
  • 5:11 p.m. Injury accident involving vehicle & bike reported @ Lincoln Way & Walnut/CdA.
  • 5 p.m. F&G doesn’t have personnel to dispatch a deer that’s dying after being hit moments ago by a vehicle @ Parkside & Bellavista/Worley.
  • 4:55 p.m. Possible road-rage incident involving red Dodge Strata @ H41 & Seltice Way.
  • 4:49 p.m. Cassandra reports her landlord is harassing her roommate & her re: apartment damage.
  • 4:41 p.m. Caller, from Westwood Saloon, reports seeing a shirtless 4-5YO boy walking on the street toward a residence.
  • Much more below

DOTC: A Demo Who Walks Softly

Dan of the County: When I was appointed county clerk for the Democrat Party back in ‘95 I always appreciated the advice that the out-going clerk, Tom Taggart, gave me. He said that if he had it all to do over again he would have taken a lower partisan profile, particularly because of the county clerk’s role as chief election official. Therefore, while I certainly have never made it a secret that I’m an elected Democrat and do many things to support my party in general, I’ve also been careful not to become overly partisan for any particular candidate. In fact, the only yard signs I put up in my yard are my own. I’ve also chosen not to even hold a precinct committee position because of my election responsibilities.

Question: Who do you consider the most partisan elected official now holding an office in Kootenai County? The least partisan?

Local Blogs: Free Concerts Galore

At, Blogmistress provides a calendar of all of the free concerts scheduled at Coeur d’Alene’s City Park (Sunday afternoons), Sherman Square (Tuesday evenings), and Hayden City Park (Wednesday evenings) by Chris Guggemos’s Handshake Productions this summer. You can see the schedule here. Now, if someone can find out when the free concerts start at Riverstone Park, my summer schedule will be set.

HBO Numbers (for Thursday, June 17): 8956 page-views/5374 unique views

Teen Apologizes To Cop Who Hit Here

Late yesterday evening, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle contacted the Seattle Police Department on behalf of Angel Rosenthal, the 17-year-old teen who was involved in the officer assault incident, Monday, June 14th. The incident was caught on tape and the video has been seen around the world. The teenager and her legal team, along with Mr. James Kelly, President and CEO of the Urban League approached the Seattle Police Department regarding the young woman’s desire to meet with Officer Walsh and apologize for her role in the unfortunate incident/Seattle Police Department Blotter. More here.

Question: Do you agree w/me that this is a nice turn of events in a situation that might have continued to escalate?

Lake Questions Hart’s Privilege Claim

Asked about Rep. Phil Hart using executive privilege during legislative session to hold off the tax man, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune writes in his Cheers & Jeers column today, (Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot) said: “I know other legislators have claimed similar exemption in years past. I know of one that claimed he was not subject to traffic fines while he was in session … that was proved to be erroneous. He ended up being liable for them. They can have those fights. They’re entitled to their own opinion, but when they’re proved wrong, they need to step up to the plate and pay the bill.” Full Cheers & Jeers comment (to 4th item) here.

Hart Defends His ‘Brilliant’ Work

Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, in his first public comment since House Speaker Lawerence Denney said yesterday he’d appoint an ethics committee to investigate Hart’s conduct, sent a guest opinion to newspapers this afternoon defending his fight against income taxes, but making no mention of his use of legislative privilege in his fight, his service on the House Revenue & Taxation Committee while he pressed his fight, or the pending ethics action, which is aimed at those two matters. Hart’s op-ed piece (click below to read it in full) focuses on his legal challenge to the federal income tax, including a quote from a lawyer who he said called his challenge “brilliant legal work;” his subsequent problems with an IRS audit; and his concerns about revealing the names of those who bought his book, “Constitutional Income”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here

Question: What do you make of this latest development?

Labrador Didn’t Show Immigration Biz

Republican congressional hopeful Raul Labrador failed to include his past role as president of a company that sold self-help kits on legal immigration to America in a U.S. House of Representatives filing this year. The financial disclosure form, required of all congressional candidates, also doesn’t list Labrador Properties, LLC., according to a review of campaign and public records by The Associated Press. The form requires candidates to report any position held in the current calendar year and past two years/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: An oversight?

Car d’Lane Kicks Off Tonight

Back in the spring of 1959, Cliff Fender wrapped his 1951 Mercury around a tree just north of downtown Coeur d’Alene. After he healed from injuries , Fender moved to California, where he found work, married and raised a family. But he retained a fondness for his hometown, and for classic cars. Tonight, Fender’s 1965 Mustang will be among about 800 classic cars expected to parade through downtown Coeur d’Alene for the kickoff of the 20th annual Car D’Lane. Alison Boggs’ SR story here.

Question: Which type of vintage vehicle do you want to see most at Car d’Lane this weekend?

Daily News: Hart Sets Bad Example

Hart’s latest problem with the Idaho Tax Commission has brought another creative excuse for nonpayment to the surface. The time limit for Hart to pay a $53,000 tax bill ran out in December. He said he ignored the deadline because the Idaho Constitution exempts lawmakers from civil process during the Legislative session. Never mind that the tax bill was due a full 10 days before the 2010 session started. We don’t buy the use of an exemption he twists to suit his purpose. And we hope the Idaho Tax Commission doesn’t either/Murf Raquet, Moscow-Pullman Times-News. More here.

Question: What would you do if you were in Rep. Phil Hart’s shoes right now?

Marty: Jeers To D’s For Booting Dustin

JEERS … to Idaho’s Democratic Party. Meeting in Worley last weekend, the state Democratic Convention voted - with only one dissenting vote - to complete its platform in private. Say it ain’t so. Tell us the champions of openness and transparency, the party that condemns Republicans for conducting business behind closed doors, didn’t just do exactly that. According to’s Dustin Hurst — and there’s no reason to doubt it — delegates decided he was an unfriendly observer. Hurst works for Idaho Freedom Foundation Executive Director Wayne Hoffman. So what? Even if Hurst worked for the GOP, what’s the difference? Out went Hurst, along anyone else who wasn’t a delegate/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Did Idaho Democrats compromise themselves at their state convention in Worley by excluding the media and other public from the platform discussion?

Foster Objects To Canyon Clerk’s Blog

An aide to U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick questions whether Canyon County Clerk Bill Hurst’s online campaigning for 1st District Republican challenger Raul Labrador is ethical, considering his position as chief elections officer for the county. Hurst has a pro-Labrador logo displayed on his Facebook page and also authors a blog called “Weeding Out Minnick Myths” that is critical of the Idaho Democrat. Hurst was defeated in May’s Republican Primary and will give up his elected seat in January to successful GOP challenger Chris Yamamoto. The clerk is the chief elections officer for the county and ultimately oversees the elections process of county, state and national elections/Sharon Strauss, Idaho Press-Tribune. More here.

Question: Does Foster have a good point re: Canyon County Clerk Bill Hurst using his blog to promote Raul Labrador’s candidacy?

Best Of The INorthwest — 6.17.10

Brian Golisspins the south-facing clock face after a crew removed it from the Bryan Hall Clock Tower on the Washington State University campus Wednesday in Pullman. According to Doug Lopes, WSU public works construction manager, this is the first major renovation ofthe four clocks in the campus landmark since the early 1970s. Each clock face is 10 feet 4 inches in diameter and weighs roughly 700 pounds.

High Noon: Loving Father Or Bomb Maker?

Authorities know him as the man arrested for building two pipe bombs in a murder for hire plot for former Aryan Nations attorney Edgar Steele. Close friends of Larry Fairfax however describe him as a family oriented, loving husband. Family friends Susan and John Crump still can’t believe Fairfax is being linked to a murder for hire plot. “People do strange things, they do things they wouldn’t normally do when their family is involved,” Susan Crump said. The couple described the 49-year-old father of two as a family man who cares about his friends and community. “This guy would give you the shirt off his back and give you money if you needed it,” John Crump said/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Are you still capable of being surprised by the illegal actions of someone that you know and respect?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 6.18.10

  • Noonish: PFPD Blue stops for stalled motor home w/Alberta plates @ Creative Way & Seltice Way.
  • 11:58 a.m. Caller reports theft of mower last night from 15043 Atlas/Rathdrum.
  • 11:49 a.m. Local police are looking for 87YO male in ‘99 Chevy Ventura who suffers from dementia, bad eye sight, and falls asleep every 10 minutes. He was last seen @ 7 a.m.
  • 11:38 a.m. Jesse has now dialed 911 accidentally 3 times in 3 weeks from cell phone in his pocket.
  • 10:50 a.m. H&W asks for a welfare check @ Two Lakes Motel/Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive for a 10YO girl whose mother was arrested for meth last night and whose sister has been put in foster care.
  • 10:42 a.m. Summerfield Loop/Hayden resident wants to discuss a dog bite that happened a few days ago.
  • 10:29 a.m. Beverly reports that he dock was stolen sometime this winter.
  • 10:26 a.m. Kelly reports that a disabled boat at Templin’s/Post Falls is taking on water.
  • 10 a.m. Molly and neighbor Allen are arguing over a boat that’s on her beach in 5600 block of Mica Shore Road.
  • 9:57 a.m. A Fairfield, Wash., rancher and his wandering steer are about to be reunited. Steer has been found along Senkler Road/Worley after being missing 2 days.
  • 9:25 a.m. Possible child abuse reported in 900 block of West Ironwood/CdA.
  • 9:21 a.m. Driver of an e/b mini-van is tailgating & gesturing wildly @ I-90 & Spokane Street/Post Falls.
  • 9:18 a.m. Possible heart attack occurring in 1000 block of West Orchard.
  • 9:07 a.m. A Hayden woman wants her 53YO daughter to move out of the house.
  • 8:20 a.m. Patrol officer spots a street sweeper behind a building and wants to know if Coeur d’Alene Paving is missing one.

MK: Does Cliff Hayes Condone Attack Ad?

MikeK: I haven’t seen this ad yet, as I’ve been out of town. Cliff Hayes said he wouldn’t stoop to using this frivolous lawsuit himself and thus I presumed he wouldn’t condone its use as an election tool either. Thus I’m surprised that he and his treasurer Fred Ostermeyer have started down this path using other people to cast false aspersions on Dan English. I would have expected it from Ostermeyer, a known extreme conspiracy theorist, but I’ll be very disappointed in my friend Cliff Hayes if this is how he is going to allow his campaign to be waged.

DFO: Many of us know and like both County Clerk Dan English and his challenger, former Post Falls police chief Cliff Hayes. Indeed, it’ll be interesting to see if Cliff remains mum while ill-informed attack ads target English.

Question: What should Cliff Hayes do?

Mower Accident Kills Cemetery Worker

A 44-year-old cemetery worker was killed this morning when a lawn tractor he was riding dropped down an embankment and landed on top of him, authorities said. The man, who was not immediately identified, was mowing grass in an area of Greenwood Memorial Terrace that was only supposed to be mowing with a push mower, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office/Spokesman-Review. More here.