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Memorial Day Wild Card — 5.31.10

I’ll be back running things again at HucksOnline Tuesday morning after almost a week off in Denver, Colo., where I enjoyed Junior’s graduation from medical school, visiting with the kids, and some other fun events, like a Colorado-Los Angeles baseball game and seeing the renown Body World exhibition. The timing of the UC-Denver medical school graduation forced me to take off the day after election to be in Colorado in plenty of time to enjoy all the pomp and circumstance surrounding it. We still need to break down some of the results — and begin talking about the matchup between Demo Walt Minnick and Republican Raul Labrador in the 1st Congressional District race. That’ll have to wait one more day. Today is time to remember those who have sacrificed much and even all to keep this country free. Now, for your last Wild Card of my vacation …

Memorial Day Weekend Wild Card

Big doings in the Cda area this weekend. Today, the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe will dedicate the  newly constructed Veteran’s Memorial, located at the trailhead of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, just off of U.S. 95, directly north of Plummer. Festivies start at 11 a.m.  Governor Otter will will give the keynote address.

The Coeur d’Alene Marathon takes place on Sunday. And I daresay, there will be and chilling and grilling going on all weekend long.

Feel free to use this Wild Card to post your weekend newsings and musings.

Higher Boardwalk Bridge Open For Business

Photographer Don Sausser writes: “The first time I have seen a tour boat inside the boardwalk made possible by the newly rebuilt bridge which is considerably higher than the original.” Story here.

Question: Which attraction do you usually take friends and relatives to see when they visit the Coeur d’Alene area? The Boardwalk?

Is Phil Hart Taking Control Of Local R’s?

Item: Primary election over, but GOP rift continues: Jorgenson still upset about Rally Right group/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Rally Right takes firm stances on conservative values, including God as the country’s founder, states’ rights that prohibit government intrusion, and low taxation, among others. One of their slogans is: “It’s easier to fix the Republican Party than start a third party.”
They enjoyed success Tuesday night too, one member said, as at least 41 of the 71 precinct candidates who were unofficially supported as being conservative by the group, won.
But others in the Republican Party are concerned about the direction of the party following Tuesday’s results. They said Hart is recruiting candidates to support his ultra-conservative platform for North Idaho politics, and is unofficially supported by Rally Right.

Question: Do you want the local Republican Party to swing more to the right?

TGIF Wild Card 5-28

So, I don’t  get a three-day weekend because I’m working today and then heading back into the wilds of Idaho Sunday night or Monday morning.

But. I guess SOME people get 3-day weekends. If you’re one of those fortunate folks you can tell us how you’ll be spending your extra day off here. Or vent about whatever else is on your mind.

Within reason.

A Piston panini? A Celtics Ciabata?

The NBA, in its infinite wisdom, has recently signed licensing deals with a handful companies to brand various NBA team logos onto toast, pizzas, even outdoor grills. Reportedly, a team logo panini press is also in the works.

“A lot of people watching NBA games on TV tend to eat,” says Sal LaRocca, head of global merchandising for the NBA. And if your rabid Lakers fans are going to order pizza, why not order them emblazoned with purple and gold? Full story.

How long before the NFL follows suit. A Seahawk sourdough? A Donut?
Could you, would you buy these products?

Gas stations challenge Washington’s deal with tribes

ABERDEEN, Wash. — A statewide coalition of service stations has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Chris Gregoire, the Department of Licensing and the state to challenge fuel tax reimbursement agreements with regional American Indian tribes.

The nonprofit Automotive United Trades Organization, based in McCleary, filed a lawsuit in Grays Harbor Superior Court earlier this month seeking a court order to halt tax reimbursements to tribal service stations based on an agreement Gregoire signed in 2007.

AUTO Executive Director Tim Hamilton said he and others representing the approximately 300 service stations in the lawsuit believe the state has improperly paid more than $35 million to tribal service stations, undercutting competition.

“It just guts us,” he said.

Hamilton explained the refund agreements pay tribal stations back 75 percent of state taxes collected on fuel at tribal stations, which amounts to about 28 cents a gallon. He contends some of this money allows tribal stations to operate at lower costs, pricing out non-tribal stations. Full story.


Why 3-D movies make some people sick

Mitsubishi 3D glasses are shown in front of an 82-inch Mitsubishi Home Theater TV with 3D-Ready technology at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Associated Press photos

Nothing can ruin a good movie faster than the sudden feeling that you’re about to throw up. But for many people, the images in 3-D or IMAX movies look so real that they mess up the brain’s ability to sort out the signals coming in from the senses, and trigger that queasy feeling.

Researchers who study this type of nausea call it cybersickness.

Dizziness, headaches and nausea happen while watching 3-D or IMAX movies because the brain receives conflicting information from the senses, said professor Andrea Bubka, who researches cybersickness at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J.  When vivid images play out on-screen, the eyes send signals that tell the brain the body is in motion. Yet inside the inner part of the ear, where the movement of fluid is used to sense motion and balance, no change in the body’s position is detected. Karen Rowan More.

Have you ever suffered from cybersickness?

Pockets of strong support for challengers who lost…

In two races in which the incumbents won handily this week - state Controller Donna Jones by 56.5 percent to challenger Todd Hatfield’s 43.5 percent, and Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick by 58.4 percent to challenger John Bradbury’s 41.6 percent - a look at county-by-county results shows pockets of strong support for the challengers. Hatfield beat Jones in 9 of Idaho’s 44 counties, while Bradbury beat Burdick in 12, including taking 79 percent of the vote in Clearwater County and 75 percent in Nez Perce County./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Tim Wolfe’s killer sentenced for murder

A man who shot and killed a college student home for Mother’s Day after a fight at a Coeur d’Alene bar last year will serve at least 20 years in prison before he’s deported to his native Honduras.  Juan C. Aldana Villanueva, 23, was sentenced today to 20 to 28 years in prison for the murder of Timothy I. Wolfe, 21, on May 9, 2009. Villanueva, who worked at a Post Falls restaurant, had argued with Wolfe (pictured), a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe who was attending college in Montana, at a Coeur d’Alene bar before Villanueva drove to the Post Falls home where he lived with his girlfriend and child to get a gun, according to court documents. More here.

Question: Does the punishment fit the crime?

High Noon: Donuts

Manager Kim Rolli restocks racks of donuts at a Boston branch of Dunkin’ Donuts

I’ve been thinking a lot about donuts today. Specifically, the old-fashioned donut I was unable to resist this morning, despite the fact that it was day-old and someone else had nibbled on it. Those crispy, buttermilky gems are my weakness and my sons say it’s because I’m an old-fashioned kind of girl. Or maybe that was just “old.”

What’s your favorite type of donut and what does that say about you?

‘Judge Judy’ spot leads to more charges

An appearance on the TV reality show “Judge Judy” has brought a Spokane man more than just 15 minutes of syndicated fame.  Joshua J. Mulvey, 26, now faces new criminal charges in an Internet fraud scheme after a Snohomish County man who saw the episode recognized Mulvey as the same person who conned him out of $2,500 last year, police say. Mulvey was arrested at a Coeur d’Alene motel in February. Detectives used a cell phone tower ping triggered by Mulvey’s mobile phone to trace him to the Lake City after they say he escaped from his Spokane apartment during a raid. Read more about the latest twist in the case, and see a video of his Judge Judy appearance, here.

Question: Do you know someone who has ever been on a courtroom TV show? Or any reality TV show?

WaPost: Labrador latest insurgent to buck establishment, then consider joining it

The Washington Post, in its “The Fix” political column today, calls Idaho 1st Congressional District GOP nominee Raul Labrador “the latest insurgent candidate to beat back the establishment and then be faced with joining forces with it,” and reports that Labrador is “going with wholesale changes to his staff and is looking at bringing in more established political team, including possibly some consultants favored by Washington.” It also notes Labrador’s endorsement yesterday by Mitt Romney - who yesterday endorsed Idaho’s entire top GOP slate, including Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Mike Crapo, Rep. Mike Simpson and Labrador - and says that in an interview, Labrador told The Fix that his politics are similar to those of former Idaho Rep. Bill Sali, but his approach is different./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Question: Will Labrador become an ‘establishment’ GOP candidate?

Generation Me?

College students today are less likely to “get” the emotions of others than their counterparts 20 and 30 years ago, a new review study suggests.


Specifically, today’s students scored 40 percent lower on a measure of empathy than their elders did.


The findings are based on a review of 72 studies of 14,000 American college students overall conducted between 1979 and 2009.


“We found the biggest drop in empathy after the year 2000,” said Sara Konrath, a researcher at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.


The study was presented this week at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston. Jeanna Bryer, LiveScience  Read more.


Is “generation me” all about me?



Idaho gas prices way above average

Idaho’s gas prices are at least 20 cents per gallon above the national average, and they’ve been that way for most of the spring, the AAA says, mainly because Utah refineries aren’t producing enough to meet demand. AAA tells the Idaho Statesman prices likely will fall in the next month./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Question: Will you drive anywhere for the holiday weekend, despite gas prices?

Fed audit says millions wasted to avoid sending Hanford nuke jobs to Idaho

An inspector general’s audit says the U.S. Department of Energy wasted $25 million because it didn’t ship certain radioactive wastes from Hanford, Wash. to Idaho for processing, in part because Hanford workers protested that the move would shift jobs to Idaho; Tri-City Herald reporter Annette Cary reports that the Idaho National Laboratory has equipment to compact the waste that Hanford lacked./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Candidate’s tax problems don’t hinder big win in Tuesday’s primary

P. Tom Sullivan, a former Coeur d’Alene restaurant owner and now a businessman in Tetonia, Idaho, won the Democratic primary on Tuesday for a chance to challenge U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo in the fall. The day before the election, Sullivan issued a press release acknowledging that he’s struggling to pay delinquent taxes, after a bank failure erased his business line of credit. “I’ve always been responsible and paid my debts, and I am paying this one,” Sullivan said. “I’m working out of it, like a lot of people.”

Sullivan took 74.6 percent of the vote in the primary, to 25.4 percent for William Bryk, a lawyer from Brooklyn, N.Y. who’s never been to Idaho, but who filed for the seat to ensure Crapo had opposition. Six years ago, Crapo made history when he ran unopposed, but for a write-in challenger, for his second term in the Senate./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Question: Why did the guy from Brooklyn get 25 percent of the vote?

Artest shot gives L.A. the edge

Ron Artest puts up the winning shot as the Lakers defeated the Suns in Game 5 Thursday night.

LOS ANGELES – Ron Artest stumbled into Los Angeles Lakers playoff lore with one remarkable bank shot to beat the Phoenix Suns.

Artest rambled into the lane and beat the buzzer with a wild shot after rebounding Kobe Bryant’s miss, and the Lakers edged the Suns 103-101 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Bryant had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, but the improbable hero of Game 5 is the only new player on the roster of the defending champions, who are one win away from the NBA finals. Read more.

Who do you want to see in the final two?

The Wolving of America

POST FALLS - Jim Beers believes the wolf controversy will jolt urban centers after all.

And, when it does, it won’t be pretty.

Beers, a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and wolf expert from Minnesota, told about 50 people attending his talk on “The Wolving of America” on Wednesday that disease-carrying wolves will wander along recreation paths on the outskirts of cities and the diseases will spread to homes through dogs.

“Sniffing feces is the perfect place to pick up tapeworms,” Beers said, adding that disease can also spread in other ways such as saliva and blood. “That’s what dogs do. They’re always smelling for other dogs and canines.”

Beers spoke at the Greyhound Park and Event Center during an event sponsored by the Spokane chapter of Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights. Brian Walker, Cda Press, Full Story


Casino upgrade to add 100 jobs

Construction continues at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel near Worley on Wednesday

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe decided more than two years ago it wanted its casino and hotel, near Worley, to be known as one of the region’s destination resorts.

It already had a widely prized golf course and a lucrative casino.

The next step was for the tribe’s business managers to commit to spending roughly $75 million to upgrade the accommodations at its Coeur d’Alene Casino.

Last year it started work on the expansion, which will give the hotel more rooms and give guests more recreation and dining choices. Tom Sowa, SR. More.

I’ve never been to the Cda Casino, have you?

One prison violence case ending, another pending

A major portion of an Idaho prison-conditions lawsuit that stretches back nearly three decades could be closed, as a federal judge weighs whether changing conditions and procedures at the Idaho State Correctional Institution have done away with rampant violence, near-routine brutal rapes of newly arrived young prisoners, overcrowding, limited access to psychiatric and medical care and other problems that were identified there in the early 1980s. But a newer prison-violence case, involving a privately operated Idaho prison, still is pending./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Question: Are private prisons a good idea?

House votes to repeal “don’t ask don’t tell”

WASHINGTON — The House has voted to repeal the 1993 law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” and allow gays to serve openly in the military.

The House vote tonight came several hours after the Senate Armed Services Committee took the same course and approved a measure repealing the policy that prohibits service by gays who openly acknowledge their sexual orientation.

The House was a victory for President Barack Obama, who has pushed for a change in military policy, and for gay rights group who have made an end to “don’t ask, don’t tell” their top legislative priority.

Republicans voted overwhelmingly against lifting the ban, saying Congress should wait until the Pentagon completes a review of the impact of a repeal on military life and readiness.


Why results took all night…

The one county whose election results took the longest to determine - the same county where a prominent longtime state senator, Gary Schroeder, was defeated by his GOP primary challenger - had an 11 p.m. machine malfunction that led to a technician driving from Kootenai County to Moscow to try to fix the problem without success, followed by carting the remaining Latah County ballots off to another county for counting, then returning them to merge the results. The whole thing didn’t wrap up ‘til 6:35 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. The ballot-counting machine was only three years old./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Thursday Wild Card 5-27

Here’s the deal: A  Wild Card is where everyone gets to post their status updates and you don’t have to be a Facebookian to read them. I just wish we had a “like” button around here.

So, what’s your status?

APhoto Of The Day — 5.27.10

Michael Ginsburg, in chicken costume, votes in a primary election at the Rainbow Library in Las Vegas Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

Top Cutlines:
#1 Michael’s hope of starting a grassroot political movement loses all speed when he discovers that while the 1773 Boston Tea Party is etched forever in America’s mind, the 1774 Boneless Chicken Wing Revolt of Scranton, Pennsylvania - not so much! formerly sandpoint

#2 Why did the chicken cross the road? To vote. Duh. Eddie Torreal

#3 A Jim Brannon supporter votes in the primary Tuesday, in a costume appropriate to his character. John A.

Burglar’s unclean record further soiled

Imagine the ultimate cat-burglar in a suit of full-body neoprene, sneaking in and out of homes without leaving a scintilla of traceable evidence behind. Now imagine his polar opposite. That metaphorical non-master criminal is real. And he’s a 39-year-old serial burglar busted for pulling a wardrobe change in Shoreline.

Last October, our hero allegedly stole a laptop and some DVDs, then decided to drop trou for some updated threads. When police arrived, the man was gone but his underwear remained. An artifact which they’ll only describe in the general as “soiled,” leading you to use your imagination as to what exactly that means. Read more.

I love dumb criminal stories.

Don’t touch the tricycle

A 31-year-old Medical Lake man is accused of assaulting a family with pepper spray in a dispute over a tricycle.

Andrew Nelson Evans was arrested after sheriff’s deputies found a couple and their 3-year-old daughter with orange stains on their faces and arms from the spray about 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of North Brower. “It appeared the child’s skin was beginning to blister,” according to the sheriff’s office. “All three said they were experiencing severe pain from the spray and were treated by paramedics.” More here.

Seriously? Assault with pepper spray over moving a tricycle?

It’s not like we’re in Seattle or anything

Raindrops gather on a petal of a peony on Thursday, May 27, 2010, in Spokane’s Manito Park. Colin Mulvany SR photo.

Spokane is about to set a new rainfall record and light rain was still falling late this afternoon.

A total of 0.95 inches of rain was recorded at Spokane International Airport through 4 p.m. today, just shy of the record of .84 inches set in 1898.

The soaking rain is coming from a reinvigorated storm system that developed over the Inland Northwest today, spreading ample moisture throughout the region. Mike Prager, SR. Read more.

I like the rain! I’ve been out in it all day and I’m drenched. All I need is a fireplace and I’d be steaming.
How about you? Like the rain or loathe it?

I-90 Reopens To 4 Lanes @ Post Falls

Interstate 90 from Post Falls to Stateline reopened to four lanes of traffic after closure over the past month to repair bridges along that stretch of freeway. Work on the bridges was completed ahead of schedule, said Barb Babic, spokeswoman for the Idaho Department of Transportation. The reopening will end back ups that have slowed traffic on the freeway through western Kootenai County/Spokesman-Review.

Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much were you inconvenienced by the I-90 road work?

Settlement pending for UI retiree lawsuit

The AP reports that a proposed settlement between the University of Idaho and 268 former employees over changes to their insurance benefits could finish a long-simmering legal fight between the two sides./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Idaho road deaths decline

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say motor vehicle fatalities across Idaho are dropping. The Idaho Transportation Department says there were 40 deaths during the first four months of this year, compared with 62 over the same period last year. Department safety manager Mary Hunter says officials are encouraged by Wednesday’s report, especially because if represents fewer family tragedies. In a yearly look at the situation, highway deaths dropped by 20 from 2007 to 2008. The department says that in 2007 there were 252 deaths, compared to 232 in 2008. And preliminary data for 2009 suggests a continuing drop to 226 fatalities.

Question: Do you see drivers getting better or worse?

Drug firms pay up in Idaho settlement

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has reached a settlement with two prescription drug manufacturers that requires them to pay Idaho more than $1.2 million in a dispute over how much they charged Idaho Medicaid for drugs based on published average wholesale prices. “Where published prices are false or misleading, the taxpayers are significantly harmed by excessive Medicaid reimbursements,” Wasden said.  “This settlement reimburses unfair costs to Idaho taxpayers.”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Question: What’s the most outrageous prescription drug price you’ve encountered?

High Noon: A better shot

Breanna Kimball comforts her 18-month-old daughter, Kylie, as  registered nurse Patty Ewing administers  vaccinations for hepatitis A and diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis on Wednesday at the Kids Clinic near downtown Spokane.

A whooping cough outbreak has worsened in Kootenai County, infecting 43 children as investigators scramble to track down suspected sources of the disease.

The episode underscores a stubborn problem in Idaho: the failure of parents to vaccinate their children against infectious disease.

The outbreak, already five times greater than those in recent years, has not yet resulted in hospitalizations, said Cynthia Taggart, spokeswoman for the Panhandle Health District. Pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, can be treated with antibiotics. And it can be prevented with vaccines. John Stucke, SR. Read more.

How concerned are you about the failure of Idaho parents to vaccinate their kids?

Cindy H: Patriotism on Parade

Boy scouts salute Pearl Harbor Suvivors Warren and Betty Schott during the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade May 15.

When I received an invitation to appear in this year’s Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, I had mixed feelings. My only previous parade experience hadn’t gone well.

In seventh grade I rode on our church youth group’s float in Moses Lake. The theme? Daniel in the Lion’s Den. I had a major crush on the guy chosen to be Daniel, so I agreed to ride on the float. I pictured myself as one of the angels sent by God to shut the lions’ mouths. Instead, they made me a lion, complete with furry suit and painted-on whiskers. My mane was made of cardboard, and I kept poking my fellow feline’s eyes with every turn of my head.

Did you know Moses Lake gets very warm in the spring? I sizzled and sweated through the parade and my black whiskers ran like polluted rain down my cheeks. Then I started sneezing. The “den” was made out of hay bales, those being plentiful in Moses Lake. That’s how I found out I’m allergic to hay. By the end of the parade my eyes were swollen shut, and “Daniel” hadn’t even noticed me growling at his feet. Cindy Hval, Spokesman Review. Full story.

The reponse of the crowd to these Pearl Harbor Survivors was overwhelming and amazing.  Do you consider yourself to be patriotic?

Benewah County: T-Rex country?

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell, the former elk rancher and militia movement backer whose campaign trademark this year was a giant inflatable T-Rex he towed behind his brightly decorated campaign RV, took 26 percent of the vote to incumbent Gov. Butch Otter’s 54.6 percent in the primary, with the remaining challengers in single digits. But in two counties, Rammell beat Otter: Benewah and Idaho counties, while in Boundary County, Otter edged Rammell by just two votes. In Idaho County, Otter got just 40 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Rammell; in Boundary County, both were at 43 percent; and in Benewah County, Rammell made his best showing, winning the GOP primary for governor with 57 percent of the vote, while Otter drew just 34 percent.

So is Benewah County T-Rex country? That’s one possible interpretation. Another: Very few people voted. Rammell got 603 votes there, while Otter had just 358./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

The Coke machine of the future

Rest in peace, oh soda jerk: Coke Freestyle elevates individuals to instant mixologists by using a zesty touch-screen system to mix selections from over 100 choices into a custom beverage, all while delivering a geeky high-tech thrill.

It’s been called “the fountain of the future,” “the most advanced soda fountain ever” and (in a backhanded-compliment kind of way) a path “leading to social ruin.” Even Warren Buffett is a fan. But can this thing really deliver? More here.

I dunno. My kids mix and match beverages at every restaurant that has self-serve soda. Do we really need 100+ flavor options? 

Sis: Labrador Win Continues R’s Rift

The Republican primary yesterday was merely a continuation, if not a deepening, of the Republican rift. Fourteen months prior to the primary, Vaughn Ward was plucked from DC by Dirk Kempthorne, anointed by the Republican establishment such as Phil Batt, and funded by Idaho big business Republicans like Micron. Ward had secured the support of the NRCC who provided labor and promotion labeling him one of their “Young Guns” to take over DC from the likes of Nancy Pelosi. In stark contrast Labrador came to the race late, had sorely anemic fund raising, and secured the endorsement of …Bill Sali, as well as most his colleagues in the Idaho House of Representatives known for its extremism and for bucking the Governor and his moderate cronies in the Senate. This is not to say that Minnick has the general locked up by any stretch. Minnick is still clearly the underdog in a district that gave Bush 68% in 2004/Sisyphus, 43rd State Blues. More here.

Question: Will the Republicans who supported Vaughn Ward united behind Raul Labrador, who is very conservative? Or will they vote for Walt Minnick, who is more middle of the road?

Shedding A Mullet For Marital Bliss?

In this January file photo, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen looks on during football practice in Eden Prairie, Minn. Allen recently cut his trademark mullet for his upcoming wedding. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Question: Do you know someone who still wears a mullet?

TJP: Now It’s Labrador’s Turn For Vetting

Raul Labrador, the new GOP candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First District, is political proof of Woody Allen’s famous phrase - “Eighty percent of life is showing up.” Back in the gloomy cold of winter, with the Idaho Republican establishment in line with the guy Labrador decked on Tuesday, you wouldn’t have found many political watchers in Idaho - this one included - who would have given the very conservative state legislator even a five percent chance to win the GOP primary. You gotta hand it to Labrador. He had the guts to show up and win he did. All politics require measures of luck and timing and courage and Labrador got just enough of each/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here.

Question: Will Labrador hold up under scrutiny now that he’s the standard bearer for Idaho Republicans, who are desperate to reclaim the congressional seat held by Demo Walt Minnick?

Update: Police looking for missing child, mother

Rebecca McDonald

Spokane police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 24-year-old Spokane woman known to use drugs who apparently fled the area with her 4-year-old after missing a court appearance Wednesday.

Rebecca McDonald has a history of drug abuse, and is currently homeless, police said.

Child Protective Services was in the process of obtaining custody of the child, Layton McDonald. Police said Rebecca McDonald fled with her son after missing a court date, and detectives are concerned about his welfare. More here.

Child found and is with relatives. Update.

Memorial Day Flags

Ryan Wahl attaches an American flag to a pole on Tuesday at Fairmount Memorial Park, as crews place 2,240 flags throughout the cemetery. Every flag has a number and is put in the exact same spot year after year.

Each of the 2,240 flags raised in Fairmount Memorial Park is meticulously plotted in the same location each year so families can pay tribute to the veterans they’ve lost.

The flags were displayed with the caskets at the veterans’ funerals. Since 1970, families have donated them for display in one of four cemeteries in Spokane. Between Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Riverside Memorial Park, Spokane Memorial Gardens and Fairmount, about 3,500 flags will fly this year for Memorial Day on Monday. Each flag bears the name of the veteran and a number to track it. Asia Hege, SR. Full Story.

My dad’s flag flies here. We’ll visit his grave and see his flag on Sunday. Who will you be thinking of on Memorial Day weekend?

HBO Poll: Labrador Will Beat Minnick

  • Wednesday Poll: 160 of 264 respondents (61%) said Republican Raul Labrador will unseat Demo Congressman Walt Minnick in their race for the1st Congressional District seat now held by Minnick. 104 of 264 respondents (39%) said Minnick would win.
  • Today’s Question: Commissioners-elect Jai Nelson & Dan Green both want to hire an administrator for Kootenai County. Do you support that idea?

Green, Nelson Want County Administrator

Item: Elected Kootenai commissioners align on some issues: Dan Green and Jai Nelson want to hold line on taxes, explore restructuring county government/Alison Boggs, SR

More Info: Dan Green and Jai Nelson both say when they take office in January they’ll push for a ballot measure to restructure county government so daily operations are run by a hired administrator. They also both intend to hold the line on property taxes or decrease them by using money from reserve funds.

Question: Does Kootenai County need to hire an administrator to streamline county government?

Lee DeWyze Wins American Idol IX

Lee DeWyze, winner of Season 9 of American Idol, poses backstage after the finale on Wednesday in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Question: Who were you rooting for — Lee DeWyze or Crystal Bowersox? Why?

Heller: Thinking Summer

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

DEA: Chillers bar tied to cocaine distribution

For 20 years, federal agents allege, a Coeur d’Alene cocaine dealer went undetected by law enforcement, thanks in part to a tight-knit group of traffickers that included his friends and family. 

But James Roy “Slim” O’Neill’s alleged criminal enterprise imploded Tuesday when he and six other suspects were arrested after a months-long drug investigation involving a Coeur d’Alene bar now targeted in a federal forfeiture. 

O’Neill and his wife, 44-year-old Lecia D. O’Neill, were arrested Tuesday, as were Christopher B. McFarland, 48; Stephen J. McCabe, 51; and Debra L. Margraff, 48, and Gary Votava, 51, all of Coeur d’Alene. All are pictured above, left to right and top to bottom.

Read the rest of the story here.


APhoto Of The Day — 5.26.10

Christina Hu, 11 months, from Scottsdale, Ariz. wears hearing protection during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns Tuesday in Phoenix. The Suns won 115-106 to even the series. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. When asked to produce proof of citizenship by Arizona authorities, Baby Christina was heard to coo, “I’m afraid I can’t hear you, could you repeat the question? Nope, still can’t hear you! Go away” — Formerly Sandpoint.
  • 2. Arguing with another lady over the use of the diaper bench in the bathroom, her mother shouted “Hu’s on first”.
  • 3. The Sun’s “baby give-away” night turned out to be a huge success — Gary D. Rhodes.
  • HM: Charlie

Ann Curry’s Oops!

Ann Curry and Matt Lauer

n her role as the co-host of “The Today Show” on NBC, Ann Curry is renowned for her grace and gravitas, reporting stoically on all sorts of calamities from far-flung places like the Congo, Iraq, and Darfur — in between the lighthearted palling around she often does on set with Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Al Roker.

Curry, in short, is a respected television journalist by just about any standard — which is why the gaffe she committed over the weekend while delivering the commencement address at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., is all the more shocking.

After taking the stage to launch into the school’s 175th commencement address, she sought to drive home the inspirational content of her speech by ticking off the names of a few of the school’s more illustrious alums. Among the entries on the Curry honor roll: “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl, evangelist Billy Graham, slasher-film director Wes Craven, and United Airlines Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer. There was just one problem: Apart from Stahl, everyone on that list actually graduated from another Wheaton College, the Christian liberal-arts college in Wheaton, Illinois. More.

Feel free to share your own embarrassing moments here. It might make Ann feel better, because I’m sure she’s a devoted Huck’s online reader.

Wild Card/Wednesday — 5.26.10

I’m pre-posting this Wild Card after a long, eventful day tracking voter turnout out and posting election totals for the HucksOnline crowd. I’m bushed and looking forward to time off this week, to see Junior graduate from UColorado Denver medical school before he heads to the University of Florida for neuro-surgery residency. Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise, Meghann Cuniff/Sirens & Gavels, and HBO favorite CindyH will fill in for me when I’m gone. Betsy’s cross-posting today re: election results should be interesting. A house sitter’s watching the dog and garden. So I’m as prepared as I’ll ever be to take a week off. See you next Tuesday. Now, here’s your Wild Card …

Creator of Ward/Obama video mashup says it was ‘propaganda’

Lucas Baumbach, the Boise Republican legislative candidate who created the widely circulated video mash-up juxtaposing phrases from speeches by Vaughn Ward and Barack Obama, calls himself a “RINO hunter” and a “Tea Party activist” and is blunt about why he created the mash-up: Because he supported Raul Labrador over Ward. His video mash-up gives the impression that Ward, in his announcement speech in the Idaho Capitol on Jan. 26th, parroted Obama’s 2004 Democratic National Convention speech word-for-word, though that’s not exactly the case./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Obama meets “buzz saw of crticism” on Capitol Hill

President Barack Obama leaves Capitol Hill on Tuesday after a meeting with Senate Republicans.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama paid a rare visit to Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday, seeking their support on energy, immigration and other top priority measures. But he hit a buzz saw of criticism and resentment that bodes poorly for the remainder of his legislative agenda.

In the tense closed-door meeting, Obama told Senate Republicans he did not want legislative business to grind to a halt just because an election was approaching, and he asked for their cooperation on ratifying the START treaty, confirming Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court and passing legislation to improve the economy. Full story.

Do you agree that the President’s bipartisan words have been followed by partisan actions?

Labrador: Ward/Obama video mashup was ‘just the icing on the cake’

1st District GOP congressional nominee Raul Labrador, asked by Eye on Boise about the impact of the video mash-up of speeches by opponent Vaughn Ward and Barack Obama that circulated widely online for the last few days before the election and was featured on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on election night, said, “I think it was just the icing on the cake, I don’t think that it made the difference.” Labrador noted that the earliest results that came in, which consisted of absentee votes from Ada and Canyon counties that could have been cast weeks ago, showed him ahead./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Ward: ‘I learned a great deal from this experience’
Labrador: Ward has served honorably
Otter at GOP unity rally: ‘Now we are one team’

RIP Art Linkletter

Art Linkletter

May 26 (Bloomberg) — Art Linkletter, the genial radio and television host who spent more than two decades interviewing children and getting them to say “the darndest things,” has died. He was 97. More here.

THE_Edge: Kudos to Larry Spencer


“Larry Spencer helped Jai Nelson knock off Rick Currie — making it the first time in my memory that he’s actually been directly linked to a candidate (Larry was Jai’s campaign manager) and getting a win.

This is huge and nobody is giving the guy any credit. He deserves to take a bow. Larry is like the little engine that could, chugging up hill. “I think I can, I think I can” and he finally got to the top of the mountain.” More.

Anyone else like to add their congrats to Larry for  backing a winning candidate?

Angels for those with ALS

From left, Fred Marker and his wife Caryl, sit with hospice volunteers Cathey and Pat Priddy, who also have started a local ALS service organization and visit the Markers weekly.

…McDougall said what makes the Priddys so special is that “they understand the disease on an emotional level.” That understanding comes from firsthand knowledge. In 2002, Pat’s sister, Cheran, was diagnosed with ALS. When the Priddys make volunteer visits, they offer the empathy of those who have intimate knowledge of the toll ALS takes. Recently, they visited the home of Fred and Caryl Marker. Caryl has ALS, and the Priddys are her Hospice of Spokane volunteers.

As Pat spoke of his sister and her illness, the room grew quiet. “It’s a bad disease,” he said. “Nobody should have to go through it by themselves.” He paused to pull a red handkerchief from his pocket. After wiping his eyes, he continued, “My sister had longtime friends abandon her – they couldn’t stand to see her like that.”

Though his sister died in 2005, his grief is fresh. However, he and Cathey have channeled their grief into helping others. In 2008, they, along with several others, formed ALSSO (ALS Service Organization).Cindy Hval, Spokesman Review  Full Story.

Hospice is an amazing organization primarily because of volunteers like these. Do you know of anyone who has been helped by Hospice?

Truck from CdA seized in murder case

Closing arguments are happening right now in the trial of a former Spokane man accused of murdering a young woman in Reno, Nevada.

One piece of evidence in the case is a Toyota truck seized from a Coeur d’Alene resident shortly after James Biela’s arrest.

Police believe Biela, a 1999 West Valley High graduate whose mother lives in Spokane Valley, used the truck in the crimes, then sold it to a car dealership up here that then sold it to a Coeur d’Alene resident.

Read coverage of the case at the Sirens and Gavels blog.

Question: Do you ever wonder where your used car has been?


Sarah and the New Neighbor

Sarah Palin greets people at the Qwest Arena in Boise on Friday after giving a speech for congressional candidate Vaughn Ward.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page to complain about her new neighbor – a writer penning a book about her.

Author Joe McGinniss has taken up residence in a house next to Palin’s lakeside home in Wasilla. McGinniss previously wrote a critical expose on Palin and her natural gas pipeline plan for the Conde Nast publication Portfolio last year, and is planning a book about the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate. It’s tentatively titled, “Sarah Palin’s Year of Living Dangerously” and could be on the shelves in the fall of 2011.

“Yes, that Joe McGinniss. Here he is about 15 feet away on the neighbor’s rented deck overlooking my children’s play area and my kitchen window,” Palin posted on Facebook late Monday, hours after returning from a trip to the Lower 48 and learning of McGinniss’ presence. Read More.

How would you feel if you knew your neighbor was writing a book about you? Are you going to read McGinniss’s book?


Steven Benson shows off two of more than 2,200 lake trout he, Mike, left, and Jerry (not pictured) have caught during Spring Mack Days. Their father started the three boys fishing on Flathead in the 1960s. Missoulian

These guys may be in for a surprise. According to Natiional Geographic, nine fish that use handlike fins to walk, rather than swim, have been identified as new species. See pics. Of course the new species live off the coast of Australia, but local anglers might want to be prepared to put up their dukes, just in case.

Do enjoy fishing?

Bad News: U.S. National Debt Clock

The National Debt Clock rolled over to 13 trillion and it’s still going. If you enjoy feeling overwhelmed just click here and watch that baby go. According to this site my taxpayer portion is $117,983.



How About Election Hangovers?

Several beers await microbrew aficionados at Palouse Falls Brewing Co.

More than half a million people are hungover at work on any given day and the figures is set to soar during the World Cup, experts say.

Nearly one in 10 Britons head to the office suffering from the after effects of too much alcohol at least twice a week, a poll of 1,000 people by charity Drinkaware suggests.

This works out as 520,000 fragile-feeling people heading in to work each day. Daily Mail Reporter

Boy those Brits like their booze, but I’ve heard from more than one friend today that they have “election hangovers” from staying up late to follow the results of yesterday’s voting. On behalf of those poor souls, I ask: What’s the best remedy for a hangover— election-induced or otherwise?

Primary brings changes to Legislature

Here’s a link to the final, unofficial statewide results from the Secretary of State. Of interest: Six legislative incumbents lost to their challengers in the GOP primary: Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake; Sen. Lee Heinrich, R-Cascade; Rep. Steve Kren, R-Nampa; Rep. Rich Jarvis, R-Meridian, who lost to the man he replaced, former Rep. John Vander Woude; Sen. Charles Coiner, R-Twin Falls; and longtime Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, the chairman of the Senate Resources Committee who was defeated by Tea Party candidate Gresham Dale Bouma./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Labrador looks forward to November after upset victory in 1st CD GOP primary

State Rep. Raul Labrador issued this statement this morning after his upset victory late last night in the GOP primary for the 1st CD. Unofficial final results show Labrador winning with 47.6 percent of the vote to 38.9 percent for Vaughn Ward. “I’ve received a call of congratulations from Mr. Ward, and I appreciate his graciousness,” Labrador said. “I want to acknowledge his service to this nation and his hard work as a candidate.”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Question: Why’d he win? And why did Ward win in Kootenai County?

HBO Poll: Didn’t Vote Absentee

  • Tuesday Poll: 60 of 92 respondents (65%) said they planned to vote at the polls rather than absentee in the spring primaries. 32 of 92 (35%) said they’d voted absentee already.
  • Cross-over Voting: 36 of 74 respondents (49%) said they planned to cross-over to vote in the other political party’s primary. 35 of 74 (47%) respondents said they would not cross over. 3 of 74 (4%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Who will when the 1st Congressional District race between Walt Minnick and Raul Labrador this fall?

Right Winger Loves Idaho Sight Unseen

In an article aptly headlined “The Rage Machine,” (5-24-10) right-wing Internet entrepreneur and Fox News darling Andrew Breitbart confides to New Yorker magazine staff writer Rebecca Mead, “I just feel like one of these Idaho guys saying, ‘You’re not taking my land,’ — with a gun, on my porch.” Under further questioning, Breitbart reveals he has never gotten closer to Idaho than his browser when he was recently looking up properties in Coeur d’Alene, attracted by the Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course and perhaps fantasizing about a life of rugged LibertarFox ian individualism only with nice shoes and sand wedges. “I saw the golf course there and it had a really cool island,” he says in the article. “You do not want to live there. I’ve been there,” his friend, former MTV anchor Kurt Loder says/Kevin Taylor, Pacific Northwest Inlander blog. More here.

Question: What would you tell Fox News darling Andrew Breitbart re: Idaho?

Green, Nelson Sweep Out Incumbents

One challenger in a Kootenai County commission race was holding a solid lead Tuesday over a first-term incumbent, but the other contested Republican primary was too close to call. The races are winner-take-all because no Democrats entered the races. Dan Green, chairman of the county’s planning and zoning commission and a retired lumber industry executive, had 56 percent of the vote to Commissioner Rich Piazza’s 30 percent with 43 of 71 precincts reporting. The third candidate, businessman Kevin Ratigan, had 14 percent. Piazza was running in his first race for re-election after winning a four-year term in 2006. The winner will serve a two-year term/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: Green (final vote here) and Nelson (final vote here) both won their three-way races Tuesday, ousting the two Republican incumbents. Why did the voters turn on the incumbents?

Vick, Barbieri To Join Hart In District 3

Steve Vick had little trouble dumping multi-term state Sen. Mike Jorgenson in the District 3 race, after Jorgenson fought to keep him off the ballot over a procedural matter. In the other contested Republican primary in District 3, Vito Barbieri bested a four-person field, defeating GOP stalwart Duane Rasmussen and Hayden Councilwoman Geri DeLange. Vick and Barbieri will join state Rep. Phil Hart to form the new District 3 legislative delegation.

Question: What was Mike Jorgenson’s undoing?

Leno Mocks Vaughn Ward In Monologue

On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight, Leno played the entire video mashup that juxtaposes clips of Barack Obama’s 2004 Democratic national convention speech with similar turns of phrase in a speech by Idaho GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward at the Idaho state capitol this spring, a mashup put together by Idaho GOP legislative candidate Lucas Baumbach. Leno’s kicker: “When they asked this guy if he thought he could get away with this, he said, ‘Yes we can! Yes we can!’”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.

Question: Which was your favorite Ward misstep?

Heller: Citations Pile Up

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Labrador Defeats Ward (848 of 936)

REPHarley D. Brown2,6203.6%
 REPMichael L. Chadwick4,4146.0%
 REPRaul R. Labrador35,65848.6%
 REPAllan M Salzberg1,9982.7%
 REPVaughn Ward28,63239.0%

Ward wIns Kootenai County:

Vaughn Ward.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     5,935   46.66
Raul R. Labrador .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     4,716   37.08
Michael L. Chadwick .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,074    8.44
Harley D. Brown  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       529    4.16
Allan M. Salzberg.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       465    3.66
Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    12,719

Jai Nelson Unseats Rick Currie (71 of 71)

Jai Nelson .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     4,684   36.10
Elmer "Rick" Currie .  .  .  .  .  .  .     4,212   32.46 
Chris Fillios .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     4,079   31.44
Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    12,975

Green Claims 55% Of Vote (71 of 71)

Dan Green  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     7,086   55.33
Rich Piazza.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,958   30.91
Kevin Ratigan .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,762   13.76
Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    12,806

HD3: Barbieri Wins Clark Seat

Vito Barbieri .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,047   39.40
Duane Rasmussen  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,298   24.98
Jeri J. DeLange  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,057   20.34
Fred Meckel.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       794   15.28
Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     5,196

SD3: Vick Stomps Sen. Jorgenson

Steve Vick .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,132   59.50
Mike Jorgenson.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,132   40.50
Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     5,264

SD5: Hammond Pulls 51% To Win

Jim Hammond.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,048   50.63
John Green .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,511   37.35
Jack Schroeder.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       486   12.01
Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     4,045

Wilkey Cruises To GOP Coroner Nod

Debbie Wilkey .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     5,065   42.97
Tom Cronin .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,503   29.72
Douglas R. Stafford .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,219   27.31
Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    11,787

It’s Show Time, Polls Are Shut

Let’s use this post for general discussion tonight re: the elections results. Locally, the big races we’ll be following are the two commissioner ones, the GOP coroner’s primary, state Senate races in Hayden and Post Falls, as well as the state House race in Hayden. Statewide, the two big races are the ones for the 1st Congressional District, to see which Republican takes on Demo Congressman Walt Minnick, and the Idaho Supreme Court race.

  • The Kootenai County Elections Department will have live results locally here
  • Betsy Russell’s coverage of election night from Boise can be found here
  • Live Twitter from Idaho’s many news sources can be found here. (It’s definitely the night to follow HBO Nation Twitter in the righthand rail below my photo.)
  • KTVB provides easy access to congressional race results here
  • The Secretary of State provides statewide, congressional, & legislative races here
  • Kevin Richert/Idaho Statesman will be live-blogging in Ada County here

Burdick Winning Justice Seat Easily

Supreme Court Justice
 NONJohn Bradbury17,68137.8%To succeed Roger Burdick
 NONRoger Burdick29,14362.2%To succeed Roger Burdick

Otter Winning Easily (182 of 938)

REPWalt Bayes1,0372.9%
 REPC.L. “Butch” Otter20,43856.6%
 REPRon “Pete” Peterson2,0295.6%
 REPRex Rammell8,31423.0%
 REPSharon Margaret Ullman3,2008.9%
 REPTamara Wells1,0893.0%

Ysursa: ‘It Was Kinda Quiet’

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa has made his victory speech - he was unopposed in the GOP primary. “I’ve been on pins and needles all night,” Ysursa joked, joined by his wife Penny. Asked about the turnout in today’s primary election, Ysursa said, “We hear there are pockets of good turnout, but … it’s hard to tell. I hope I’m wrong - I hope we’re higher than 26 percent. We’ll see.” Ysursa has been predicting a 26 percent turnout of registered voters in today’s primary, a typically low Idaho primary election turnout. “The calls were it was kind of an uneventful day,” Ysursa said. “It was kinda quiet”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

FBI Raids Chillers, CdA Home

An FBI SWAT Team executed several early morning raids across Coeur d’Alene Tuesday morning as part of a federal drug bust of a ring that was trafficking marijuana and cocanie. A home at 9th and Homestead was one of the properties raided by federal agents Tuesday. FBI agents also served a search warrant at Chillers, a night club located in the 1900 block of Sherman Avenue. Witnesses there say the agents seized a number of items from the night club as evidence including gambling equipment. As of Tuesday afternoon Chillers remained closed/Jeff Humphrey, KXLY. More here.

  • H/T HMOffsuite

DOTC: Very Light Turnout, 20%?

Dan of the County: Still looking quite light…even by late afternoon some Post Falls precincts were still in single digits…hoping the after work and dinner crowd will bump up the numbers plus when the absentees get added in…still, I fear it will be closer to 20% turnout than the mid-twenties.

Question: Any predictions re: election turnout in Kootenai County tonight? Statewide?

Chatterbox: Got My Palin Call @ Work

Chatterbox: Several of you Berry Pickers received a robo-call from Sarah Palin on behalf of Vaughn Ward today in his 1st Congressional District race against state Rep. Raul Labrador, including Chatterbox, who posts: “We received the Sarah Palin robocall at work this afternoon. Some of you know, I work for a local government office. Seems kinda silly to program a robocall to the county.”

Question: Did any of you not receive a robo-call from Sarah Palin today (besides Sisyphus & Phaedrus)?

Parting Shot — 5.25.10

If you haven’t figured it out, I thoroughly (heart) public art. The Feathers on Northwest Boulevard are two of my favorite pieces of public art. That’s why I’m running yet another photo by Marc Stewart, PRmeister for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, of that veterans memorial that will be dedicated Saturday at the trailhead of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.

Wild Card/Election Day — 5.25.10

I need to get out of here in a few minutes to vote at the Assembly of God church on 7th, then grab a bite and water the garden, before returning here around 8 o’clock to continue the election coverage. I predict that the two incumbent commissioners will fall tonight — and that Duane Rasmussen & Vito Barbieri will duke it out for the seat now held by Rep. Jim Clark. Tonight, we’ll see how much clout the Tea Party has. Now, I need to find a Parting Shot — and part. Feel free to continue to use this Wild Card to start your own threads …

Musburger: Griz Should Stay In Big Sky

As the NCAA gets ready to lift a moratorium on schools moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision, Griz football fans are debating the pluses and minuses. Montana native and ABC and ESPN sports broadcaster Brent Musburger says such a move would be “economic suicide.” Musburger was in Bozeman for a fundraiser for the Montana State women’s golf team. Musburger says moving Montana up to the FBS would be a horrendous mistake and that the state could not support a FBS team/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Do you think the Montana Grizzlies should move up to Divison I or stay in the Big Sky Conference, which they dominate in football?

APhoto Of The Day — 5.25.10

Paris Humfrey, from High River, Alberta, comes off her mount as she competes in the 3-5 year-old Mutton Bustin’ event at the Little Britches rodeo in High River, Altberta, Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Interviewed later, the sheep said this was the best work she’s ever had - less dangerous than roaming wolf-infested mountains, and certainly far easier than the sad lot of her cousins down in Enumclaw. To those who suggest sheep rodeos are inhumane, “Baaaa,” she said — Brent Andrews.
  • 2. Paris sheepishly addresses the media after she rammed into the ground, explaining that she didn’t see the ewe turn — JohnA.
  • 3. Life Is a Britch! — Pecky Cox.
  • HM: JeanieS

Scanner Traffic/PM — 5.25.10

  • 5:39 p.m. A female in a black vehicle whose seems very drunk has pulled into liquor store @ Seltice & Spokane/Post Falls.
  • 5:13 p.m. CPD Blue officer checking out hitchhikers who are e/b @ I-90 & H95.
  • 5:01 p.m. Damaged vehicle is parked along H95 & Garwood after hitting a deer.
  • 4:53 p.m. Pitbull from trailer park running loose on Chateaux/Hayden.
  • 4:52 p.m. H&W office reports a sex offense that occurred in Cataldo.
  • 4:33 p.m. Coeur d’Alene police are looking for a student who hasn’t been seen since he left Coeur d’Alene High early this afternoon.
  • 4:15 p.m. A panhandle w/black hair and wearing blue jeans is bothering Walmart customers.
  • More below

Salon, TPM Name Ward Worst Candidate

Meet Vaughn Ward. He’s running in today’s Republican primary in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District. He’s an Iraq War veteran. A former CIA operations officer. A fourth-generation Idaho native. Heck, Sarah Palin supports him. And after this spring’s disastrous, gaffe-filled primary campaign — during which Ward declared that Puerto Rico was a country, apparently plagiarized fellow candidates and Barack Obama, campaigned on cutting federal spending while his wife’s gig at Fannie Mae allowed Ward to go without an income, and re-released a six-month-old endorsement — Ward may be able to add another title to his resume: Worst candidate ever/Ben Frumin, TPM. More here.

  • H/T: Sara Anderson & BPoole

Question: C’mon, Ward isn’t even the worst candidate in the 1st Congressional District race. Harley Brown’d take those honors. What do you think of TPM’s assessment?

HBO’s INW Headlines — 5.25.10

Zelika Erickson from Southside Elementary gingerly trades parasols with her partner during the tight-rope walk as teacher Christie Landwehr watches as Powell kindergartners perform for family and friends in the annual kindergarten circus at Northwest College’s Cabre Gym in Powell, Wyo., recently. (AP Photo/Powell Tribune, Don Amend)

Checking Out The New Visitor Digs

You can find this info on the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce Facebook: “Members of the Chamber’s Tourism Committee met in the new building and checked out the new visitor center.” Megan Ownbey of the Post Falls chamber provides the IDs: (L –R): Vicki Kunz (Idaho Dept of Labor), Pete Marion (Cabelas), Kater Danford (Shilo Inn), Nancy DiGiammarco (Silverwood), Jennifer Ross (Triple Play), Christina Petit (Holiday Inn Express), Jame’ Davis (Post Falls Chamber), Jeanine Huntington (Buck Knives), and Kerri Thoreson(OnLocation North Idaho)

Question (from Post Falls C-of-C Facebook): What are some of your favorite things to do here in the summer?

AP: Obama To Send Troops To Border

President Barack Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment. Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities, according to lawmakers and administration officials. The moves come as chances for action on comprehensive immigration reform, Obama’s long-stated goal, look increasingly small in this election year. But Obama is under pressure to do something with the issue front and center after Arizona’s passage of a tough crackdown law/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Do you support this action by President Obama?

A Boat At The Bottom Of Priest Lake

At As The Lake Churns, Pecky Cox pulled this photo from video of that boat that was discovered at the bottom of Priest Lake w/a skeleton that may be several decades old nearby. You can read a dozen stories or so re: the discovery here.

Nordstrom Rack Packs For Valley

Nordstrom Rack is moving east, to be closer to the highway and closer to North Idaho. Those are the reasons given by the Seattle-based clothing retailer for leaving the NorthTown Mall and taking up a 30,000-square-foot space in the Spokane Valley Plaza. It expects the Rack, Valley version, will open in October. It’s taking space last used by Linens ‘n Things, in a triplex flanked by Sportsman’s Warehouse and Old Navy, west of the Spokane Valley Mall. The Rack is the off-price division of Nordstrom that offers merchandise from other stores at significant discounts/Tom Sowa, Office Hours. More here. (SR File Photo: Shoppers pack the Nordstrom Rack in Northtown Mall as it opens in 2000.)Question: Are you more likely to go to Nordstrom Rack now that it has moved from North Town Mall to Spokane Valley Plaza?

RR Chief Ward Invites Poll Predictions

Jeff Ward, president of the Reagan Republicans, has a fun brackets-type poll going on for his group and anyone else who wishes to participate. Jeff sent me this note: “Just thought my fellow political junkies on Huckleberries might want to join the fun on KCRR’s May Madness Primary Election Brackets Contest.  You pick winners just like a sports pool. No prizes just political bragging rights.  Players can see if they are more accurate than Huckleberries’ or KCRR’s online polls.  Entries accepted until 8 pm tonight, when the polls close.

DFO: If the early polling on the KCRR poll are right, Dan Green and Chris Fillios are going to be our two new commissioners. Also, the poll shows the race for coroner is between Deb Wilkey and Doug Stafford and the race for Jim Clark’s seat is between Duane Rasmussen and Vito Barbieri. Check it out.

Election Day Roundup

Let’s use this post to report on what’s happening at voting places around the area. You can use this link to find out where you’re suppose to vote here.

  • 2:47 p.m. Allison Stam: I VOTED! I was #189 at Ramsey Elementary.
  • 2:37 p.m. BPoole: 51 people at precinct 58.
  • 1:58 p.m. Steve Sibulsky: Voter # 69 at Prec 52 at 1:20 PM…the folks there are bored…
  • 12:36 p.m. Dan of the County: It looks pretty light all over so far. It always picks up in late afternoon as people start getting off work and vote on the way home or after dinner.
  • 12:20 p.m. BPoole: 33 people at precinct 58 since 8 this morning.
  • 11:30 p.m. Lew2nl: We also had a cheery call from Sarah this morning. Didn’t know she was running. :)
  • 10:45 a.m. Steve Sibulsky: Got the Palin Robocall for Ward about 9:45.
  • 10:04 a.m. Christa Hazel: My mother received a robocall from Sarah Palin urging her to vote for Vaughn Ward this morning.
  • 10 a.m. JimmyMac: I was one of three voting at Hayden City Hall at about 915. Gave the thumbs up to Duane and his crew on 95 and Prairie this morning. Saw the Vito posse out as well on the south side of the intersection.
  • 8:57 p.m. Brother Frito Ray calls asking for information re: some of the races.
  • 7:45 p.m. I showed up 15 minutes early to vote at Precinct 52 (Assembly of God Church). I decided not to wait until the polls opened. So I’ll have to go back at noon or after work tonight. There was one guy smoking a cigarette who was waiting for the polls to open.

Precinct 53 Write-In Causes Flap

Huckleberries has heard from a Berry Picker that a man holding a sign for a write-in candidate created a flap at Precinct 53 polling place (7th Day Adventist Church, 111 Locust). Someone called the Elections Department to see if a supporter of write-in candidate Tim Silva was violating election law by holding a sign too close to the polling place. Silva is challenging Kelly Chadderdon, nephew of state Rep. Marge Chadderdon for the precinct No. 53 committee spot. Everything was copasetic because the sign holder was outside the restricted area for campaigning on election day.

  • You can find a list (scroll down) of precinct committee men & women for D’s & R’s in Kootenai County (courtesy of Cabbage Boy) here

High Noon: SR Street Q Makes Leno

Our man-on-the-street question made Jay Leno’s show recently. When asked by SR staffer Rainey Coffin what she learned from her mother (for Mother’s Day question), Britnee Heuett of Spokane Valley (far right) responded: “She taught me how to hold my liquor.” Leno showed the man-on-the-street feature during a time when he was reading funny headlines. Video here.

Question: What have you learned from your mom?

Allreds Have Voted, How About You?

Via Twitter: Idaho democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred, his wife Christine, with their 2-year-old daughter, Cate, walk out of their precinct after casting casting votes in the Idaho primary election earlier today in Eagle. (AP Photo/Charlie Litchfield)

Scanner Traffic/AM — 5.25.10

  • 11:57 a.m. Thomas wants extra patrol b/c logging trucks are speeding by his place.
  • 11:34 a.m. A male described as 6-foot & 250 pounds is refusing to leave a residence in 9800 block of Riverview/Post Falls.
  • 11:10 a.m. Jerry on Claim Court/Athol reports his stepson didn’t attend school today after spending the night with his father.
  • 11:04 a.m. Caller from Shoshone & Caribou/Athol reports that a neighbor’s dog bit his daughter Monday and wouldn’t allow a census worker in the yard today.
  • 10:49 a.m. An unconcious 8YO girl has suffered some type of trauma on 900 block of Willow Lake Loop/CdA.
  • 10:42 a.m. A mother is screaming at her 2YO and throwing him against the wall in 15000 block of Meyer/Rathdrum.
  • 10:29 a.m. An employer has gone to Fernan Lake Road to check on an employee who hasn’t reported to work in a week.
  • 10:04 a.m. Caller reports that she saw a Coeur d’Alene day-care working treating children roughly, including grabbing one by the arm.
  • 9:59 a.m. Two pitbulls have a woman cornered on top of her vehicle near Big Al’s Country Club/Stateline.
  • 9:27 a.m. A wanted male that has eluded Post Falls police for 2 days may be at 2nd & Madison.
  • 8:32 a.m. Caller reports that a Toyota that narrowly missed wiping out a family on a blind curve is now parked at Lakeland High.
  • 8:15 a.m. Diagonal Road resident reports that a stallion is on her property. She said she knows the area is open range but the stallion is “big and scary.”

KREM: No Resolution Yet In Flag Flap

Veterans in Kellogg say they are still no closer to ending a fight over a Veterans’ memorial there, even after a city council meeting on Monday night. Those veterans are upset after the city stopped flying the American flag over the memorial and then moved both. Those vets were hoping to hear a decision one way or the other about moving the small memorial about 100 yards. Those veterans say 100 yards is a very big deal. One veteran says he was happy with the little plaque because of what it stands for and he says what it stands for is bigger than the vets.The plaque dedicated a piece of land as Memorial Park/ More here. (SR File Photo/Kathy Plonka: Vietnam Veteran Joe Wallace stands near the empty flagpole in Memorial Park in Kellogg on Friday)

Question: Are you surprised this has dragged on as long as it has — and that the council didn’t make a decision last night?

All-Star Catcher Attends Rassley Event?

Not only has Rich Piazza hit 427 less home runs, knocked in 1912 less RBIs, and played in 1,912 less games than former star catcher Mike Piazza, but he’s never been named to an all-star game. But that didn’t stop MC Andy Finney from introducing the Kootenai County commissioner as Mike Piazza. Now, you have to give Andy allowances for the mistake. The county commissioner was also listed as Mike Piazza in the program honoring Father George Rassley at Holy Family Catholic School for his many years of service to his faith and the local community. Some 200 to 250 parishioners attended the event. Councilman John Bruning, subbing for ailing Mayor Sandi Bloem, announced that the city is naming the men’s homeless shelter and warming shelter in Rassley’s honor. Piazza, Rich not Mike, BTW, had a good chuckle re: the mixup. (2006 AP File Photo of San Diego catcher Mike Piazza)

H/T: Cabbage Boy

Question: Have you ever been mistaken for a celebrity?

HBO Poll: HBO Leans Tea Party?!

  • HBO Poll: By a slender majority, respondents to Monday’s HBO Poll said they generally support the agenda of the Tea Party. 146 of 286 respondents (51%) said they support the Tea Party agenda. 134 of 286 (47%) said they didn’t. Only 6 of 286 (2%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Question (in lefthand rail): Did you vote absentee in this year’s Idaho spring primaries?

Prom Night On Priest River

At As The Lake Churns blog, Pecky Cox provides this photo of girls from Priest River Lamanna High School preparing to celebrate prom night with dinner at Priest Lake’s Hills Resort.

  • Question: Do you remember the person who went with you to your prom night?

Scootermom: I Crossed Over To Vote

Scootermom: I generally vote Democratic, but I “crossed over” today. Why? Because it’s the only chance I have to vote for County Commissioners. I think as a resident, I should be able to cast my ballot for the best candidates. In other races, if I know there’s a Democrat I will support in the general, I leave my ballot blank. The Republicans are afraid that Dems cross over to mess with their elections, and get the weakest candidate to win. That’s not why I do it, and I’ve never talked to anyone who crosses over to intentionally get the weakest R’s on the November ballot. We cross over because we want the R’s that most closely represent out interests to win.

Question (for Demo crossover voters): Do you pick the weakest candidate on the Republican side or the one who most closely represents your view?

UI Drops Speech Complaint Vs. Student

After FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) intervened, the University of Idaho (UI) abandoned disciplinary charges of “harass[ment]” and “discrimination” against student Alexander Rowson relating to political statements he made at two campus events. On or about March 30, during César Chávez Day at UI, there was a musical performance in the food court in UI’s student union building. The music was loud enough that, in Rowson’s opinion, it was disrupting his class nearby. Between songs, Rowson went to the microphone and made a political statement about “how illegal immigration destroyed my home state of California.” His impromptu protest lasted roughly thirty seconds, he says, and then the performance continued/Peter Bonilla, FIRE. More here.

Question: Should the University of Idaho have brought student Rowson up for disciplinary action in these situations?

Idaho R’s Warn Of Crossover Voting

The Idaho Republican Party is using the threat of crossover voting to encourage conservatives to vote in Tuesday’s primary election.  In a message on its website, the state GOP said that groups of non-Republicans are planning to vote in Republican primaries. “The Idaho Republican Party has been made aware of organized efforts by liberal interests to promote crossover voting to influence the outcome of our primary elections,” said Norm Semanko, the party chairman.  “We must turn out our Republican voters to counter this wrong-headed plot and to reaffirm our core Republican principles”/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Can you really blame a Democrat in Kootenai County from crossing over? After all, the races for county commissioner and 3 legislative races will be decided today because there’s no Dem opposition in November.

AM Headlines — 5.25.10

Marc Stewart, spokesman for the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe, has several swell photos of a veterans memorial that will be dedicated this Saturday on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation, including the one above. Virgil “Smoker” Marchand made the warrior riding the horse. His website is You can read about the dedication here.

Poll: R’s Oppose Health Care Reform

Item: Mason-Dixon poll: Likely GOP voters oppose health care reform: 82 percent of likely GOP voters in Idaho oppose the legislation passed by Congress/Colleen LaMay, Idaho Statesman

More Info: Fewer than one in five respondents favored the legislation, which eventually will require nearly all Americans to have health insurance. Nearly 75 percent support Idaho leaders’ decision to join a lawsuit to stop it.

Question: Are you in the supermajority or superminority in Idaho when it comes to support/opposition of health care reform?

Paper Doesn’t Report On Op Editor DUI

Item: Oregonian editorial page editor blows 0.10 in DUII after ‘two drinks’: paper has yet to report on the incident/Willamette Week Online

More Info: Robert Caldwell, who has been at The O since 1983 and is arguably the most important opinion shaper in the state, told police he’d had two glasses of wine two hours before his arrest early on the morning of May 20. He said he’d dined earlier that evening on steak and potatoes. He was arrested for driving under the influence at 12:24 a.m., after backing his pickup truck into another vehicle while trying to park near a strip club. The call to police came from a bouncer at the club who witnessed the incident.

Question: What would be your impression of a newspaper if it failed to report on a DUI citation issued to the editor of opinion page editor?

Christa: It’s Time To Vote

On Facebook, Christa Hazel reminds her friends to vote today, saying that she: “wonders how many of her friends will have voted in the Idaho primary election by the time the polls close tonight. Have you voted yet?” I tried to vote 15 minutes before the polls opened. I hadn’t checked on the time that the polls would be open. I was hoping that they’d be opened at 7. I’ll either vote at noon or after work. BTW, if you don’t know where to vote, use this link to find out here. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise has links to profiles in major races, if you’re still undecided re: whom you’re going to vote for.

Question: When and where do you plan to vote today?

Bent: My Sister, My Best Friend

Bent: On Facebook, Bent points out that this is Sisters Week, a time to remember the great things your sister(s) has meant to you and done for you. Writes Bent of his sis: “She has been my best friend ALL my life. She’s always giving, ready to listen, a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with, good times and bad. She has always acknowledged every single moment important in my life, no matter how small or how large.” How about you?

Question: Feel free to use this thread to celebrate the impact your sister(s) have had in your life.

Heller: Incumbent Lament

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

  • (tune sung to “Henry the 8th I am”)

David: Been Enjoying CdA For 20 Years

On Facebook, David Townsend noted that Friday was the 10th anniversary of his going to work for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Quoth David: “That means we are coming up on 20 years in Coeur d’Alene — newcomers by some folks’ standards. But a milestone in my reckoning. I have never lived continuously anywhere as long. Not even in my hometown.” I beat David to Coeur d’Alene by 5 years. However, I, too, have never lived in a community this long. In fact, I’ve lived in Coeur d’Alene twice as long as I’ve lived anywhere else.

Question (for all but natives): How long have you lived in your Inland Northwest town? Where have you lived the longest in one place?

Parting Shot — 5.24.10

A participant of the wave gothic festival poses in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on Saturday. (AP Photo/dapd/Sebastian Willnow)

Wild Card/Monday — 5.24.10

We’re going to have an exciting but short week this week. I’ll be here through Tuesday night to handle the primary election results. Then, it’s off to Denver to watch my son get his medical degree for the remainder of the week before heading to the University of Florida for his neuro-surgery residency. My only instructions to my house-sitter is to keep the dog and plants alive. Things might be quiet here. Cindy is slammed w/her book project. So I’ll see if Betsy can cross post and rely more on wild cards than I’d like. Sorry. But medical school graduations don’t come along that often. Now, for today’s Wild Card …

Crapo Wants Correction From Ward

PM: Tribe To Dedicate Memorial

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe will dedicate a new Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m. Saturday to honor all veterans who served and protected the United States. Story here. (Tribe Photo: Marc Stewart)

APhoto Of The Day — 5.24.10

Filipino boys use straw to blow out powder inside a plastic cup during a game at a town fiesta to celebrate the feast day of their patron saint, St. Rita, in Baclaran, Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines, Sunday. The contestant who clears the cup first wins. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Contestants compete in the first annual “Lindsey Lohan” contest — Gary D. Rhodes.
  • 2. Vaughn Ward’s campaign outsources blowing smoke to child labor in the Philippines — Nic.
  • 3. Soon, an odd powder envelopes Manila — JohnA.
  • HM: Bent

Scanner Traffic/PM — 5.24.10

  • 5:56 p.m. A vehicle has crashed thru a fence @ H41 & Poleline/Post Falls.
  • 5:48 p.m. Caller reports that an iPod was stolen from his vehicle on Packsaddle/CdA.
  • 5:35 p.m. Caller reports that a runaway male and a runaway female are in the woods at Black Bay/Post Falls.
  • 5:21 p.m. A 13YO male is out of control in 900 block of Miles/Hayden.
  • 5:17 p.m. Son reports that his parents are following him in their vehicle as her tries to leave their house on foot @ Government Way & Miles/Hayden.
  • 5:08 p.m. Caller reports that she is trying to return a horse to Panhandle Equine Rescue, but the organization won’t return her adoption fee.
  • 4:27 p.m. A 20YO male is stuck on the roof of a house @ Coronation & Wilbur/CdA.
  • 4:09 p.m. A loose pitbull is growling at residents of the Lucky Pines subdivision.
  • 3:52 p.m. Female reports that a male is stalking her family on Atlas & Poleline.
  • 3:49 p.m. Rebecca on Rainbow/CdA believes an individual who has come onto her property twice is impersonating a census worker.
  • Much more below

HBO Poll: Sarah’s Right, Media ‘Lame’

  • Weekend Poll: By a bare majority, HBO poll takers said that Sarah Palin was right on Friday when she referred to the media as ‘lamestream’ during a campaign stop for congressional candidate Vaughn Ward in Boise. 129 of 257 respondents (50%) said Palin was right. A combined 48% either said Palin’s Fox News was lame (95 of 257, 37%) or that Palin was wrong (28 of 257, 11%). 5 of 257 (2%) were undecided.
  • Kellogg Recall: 101 of 151 respondents (67%) favor a recall of the Kellogg mayor and City council for not showing respect for veterans in that U.S. flag/Flag City USA controversy. Only 41 of 151 (27%) opposed a recall as a result of that issue.
  • Today’s Question (in lefthand rail): Do you generally support the agenda of the Tea Party?

DFO: I’m re-posting this because I forgot to add in the results of the Kellogg Recall poll from the weekend

Voters Not Locking Into Primary Races

I just got off the phone w/County Clerk Dan English, who reports that the absentee ballots are coming in steadily today. But he shares my opinion that there’s widespread apathy this year, despite key races that will be decided in the primary election — Idaho Supreme Court, two Kootenai County commissioner seats, and two of the three seats in state District 3. I didn’t get one question from another church member re: the races Sunday, which has to be a first for the Sunday preceding an election. Dan predicts that the final turnout total will be lucky to top 25 percent. I’d say a low turnout will make it easier for a dedicated group of partisans (like Tea Party sympathizers) to grab some seats that they might not otherwise get (read: Steve Vick over incumbent Mike Jorgenson in Senate District 3). Also, the Tea Party might be disparaged elsewhere but not here in Idaho. Where Tea Party Boise has endorsed Raul Labrador in the 1st Congressional District race w/former frontrunner Vaughn Ward. Which would be a gauge of the clout Sarah Palin has in her state of birth. I’m predicting close races will go to diehard conservatives Tuesday.

Question: What percentage of the voters do you predict will turn out in your county Tuesday? Who will pull the upsets?

Bob Wire: Let’s Look At Comic Strips

Let’s examine those comics, shall we? I’ve noticed that a few of the strips in the Missoulian have not only lost their edge over the last couple years, but have become cutesy to the point of making me violently ill. The worst offender is Rose Is Rose. I don’t know, wasn’t it more edgy, more gritty at one time? It’s like a Doberman who’s been neutered, and now just sits on the porch with little rainbows and hearts and ice cream cones where his balls used to be. I no longer read Peanuts because it just seems so lightweight to me now. I know that Charles Schulz died ten years ago, and that the strips are selected reruns from the last 40 years or so. But I read the comics to make me laugh and/or think, not to be gently tickled with an occasionally amusing feather. Peanuts, due to its inherent time capsule status, has fallen victim to our cynical times/Bob Wire, New West. More here.

Question: Which comic strip is your favorite?

Did Ward Crib Obama’s Speech, Too?

Did Vaughn Ward crib Barack Obama’s speech, too? Listen for yourself.

Group Spent $28K Vs. Judge Bradbury

The unregistered political group “Idaho Citizens for Justice” has now filed an independent expenditure report with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office showing it’s spent $28,000 in the past two weeks against Judge John Bradbury and in favor of Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick, whom Bradbury is challenging. “They still didn’t file the C1 and the PAC report yet,” said Chief Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst. “We called them about that. They said they’ll be getting that in. But that one will list where the money came from”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Stuck In The Middle

Anne Kosel, 1, center, sits between her brothers Alan, 3, left, and Tim, 5, as they are pulled by their father, Zach, in East Bremerton, Wash. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall)

Question: I’m the second of 6 children and the 1st boy among my siblings. Where do you fit in, age-wise, among your siblings?

OTV Review: Safeway Deli

One of the most unfortunate aspects of Safeway’s recent remodel of their Midtown Coeur d’Alene store was the sudden disappearance of the old sign at the corner of 3rd and Miller which proudly proclaimed “Serving Coeur d’Alene Since 1938”. Still, Judgment Day must eventually come for all things, and the sign had most likely been in use since the last time the store had a facelift around 40 years ago. In other words, the place was in desperate need of an update, and the replacement sign’s modern, minimalist rendering of the Safeway’s latest corporate logo is an accurate representation of the store’s slick interior improvements/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: Where do you shop for groceries? Why?

Kellogg Vets Move Ahead w/Recall

An empty flagpole standing in the middle of Kellogg’s Memorial Park symbolizes a months-long dispute between veterans and city leaders that has escalated into recall petitions being filed against the mayor and all six City Council members. The flagpole formerly displayed both the American flag and a Tree City USA flag, until the commanders of Silver Valley veterans groups informed the city in August that flying both on the same pole was improper. The flags flew above a veterans’ memorial dedicated to the city more than 50 years ago. The stone memorial embedded with a plaque honored veterans of the two World Wars and of the Korean War/Alison Boggs, SR. More here. (Photo by Kathy Plonka/SR: Vietnam veteran Joe Wallace stands near an empty flagpole in Memorial Park in Kellogg on Friday.)

Question: I can think of few controversies that a local government can bungle into that are goofier than elected officials battling a veterans’ group over placement of a U.S. flag. Can you think of anything?

Bill Hall: New Way Of Spinning Yarns

Likewise, today you hear people dismissing the new electronic book readers, saying things like, “I’ll never use one or those. I like the touchy feely tactile sense of a substantial book in my hand with my fingers fondling paper.” Yes, and people way back in history hated it when parchment scrolls became forerunners of Gutenberg’s books and helped destroy storytelling around the fire. But hardly anybody is reading scrolls anymore, and they would be whining if they had to. However, in one sense, the electronic book is nothing new. It is merely a redesign - an electronic version of a paper book. But it is an improvement on the whole when you’re traveling because each half pound electronic reader holds hundreds of books weighing nothing at all/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Have you started reading books on Kindle yet?

HBO’s Best of the INorthwest — 5/24/10

Chuck Bryant handles a deer skull and antlers as Jason Simonsen makes the rounds with him at the annual Elk Fest and antler auction in Jackson Hole, Wyo. on Saturday. The gathering draws buyers who bid on shed antlers collected by boy scouts from the nearby National Elk Refuge and independent vendors also sell a variety of antlers and skulls on the side. (AP Photo/Jackson Hole News&Guide, Angus M. Thuermer Jr.)

High Noon: A Good Samaritan Sunday

CindyH: Found a small boy wandering down the middle of Lincoln Road (on Sunday). Some guys had stopped but the boy kept running. We stopped and the boy ran to me. He was autistic and couldn’t tell us his name. Called 911— he’d been reported missing. He held my hand and we walked to a nearby church where he and I stayed busy high fiving and looking at trees. 25-minutes later his mom finally arrived. The cops never showed

Question: Have you ever found a lost person? Or helped someone in distress?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 5.24.10

  • Noonish: A mother, her daughter, and her daughter’s boyfriend are arguing in 2200 block of Spokane/Post Falls.
  • 11:59 a.m. Female is in KCSD lobby to report a battery.
  • 11:48 a.m. Juvenile probation reports that a teen boy has run away rather than show up for an appointment this morning.
  • 11:30 a.m. Sherry reports that a Post Falls area tavern isn’t paying its vendors.
  • 11:25 a.m. Jennifer reports an older male in a Cutlass is driving slowly past her place @ Cutlass & Wyoming/Hayden. He may be the ex-owner of the re-po place she bought.
  • 11:02 a.m. Caller reports another driver tossed a cup out of his window on I-90 @ M/P 8 (Huetter rest stop area).
  • 10:46 a.m. A stray dog appears to be ill @ 4392 Daybreak/Coeur d’Alene.
  • 9:59 a.m. Officer reports that everyone is riding legally in the Montana vehicle (9:46 a.m.) — the child in the front is in a booster seat and the other 2 children are secure.
  • 9:46 a.m. Caller reports that 3 adults in a silver Dodge w/Montana plates, stopped @ Seltice Stop & Go/Post Falls have failed to secure 3 children in the vehicle.
  • 9:41 a.m. Caller reports an ongoing problem w/neighbor in 17000 block of Rice/Hauser.
  • 9:19 a.m. Ashley has a complaint re: neighbor’s yard.
  • 9:07 a.m. A 14YO male w/disabilities has gotten “physical” w/CdA high staff.
  • 8:28 a.m. Caller in green 1997 Honda Civic reports that driver in white Grand Prix who got off the freeway @ Pleasantview tailgated her and motioned her to follow him.
  • 6:50 a.m. A Montana trucker lost one of the two trailers he was pulling this morning on H3, north of St.Maries. The trailer then overturned and struck a telephone pole. ISP report.

North Idaho Blog Roundup — 5.24.10

“I was pleasantly surprised when I checked on the broccoli plants today…some are beginning to form heads. Granted, we only have a few plants that are mature but still it’s exciting to see the garden begin to shape up”/Sunny, Bent’s Beer Garden. More here.

HBO Numbers (for week of May 16-22): 54,159/34,171

Hubby Dustin: What To Do In NIdaho?

Dustin Hurst (re: words of advice as he launches into the “happily ever after” of his marriage): Thanks for the advice everyone! We are two days in and still standing. I should be on my honeymoon right now, but due to the primary elections, we had to delay it. We will be coming to Spokane next week for the vacation (Julia fell in love will Spokane on our first visit). We have a myriad of activities planned, including a visit to Silverwood and Saturday night’s Spokane Shock game. Any other suggestions for fun things to do in Spokane?

Question: Any suggestions re: things Dustin & his new bride should do when they visit viewtiful Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area next week on a delayed honeymoon?

‘League Of Their Own’ Star, 84, RIP

This image provided by the National Baseball Hall of Fame shows Rockford Peaches’ Dorothy Kamenshek. Kamenshek, a former star of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who helped inspire the lead character in the movie “A League of their Own,” died last Monday, May 17, at her home in Palm Desert, Calif.. She was 84. (AP Photo/National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown)

Question: Do you follow any female sports?

OTV: What’s Happening To Bella Rose?

On Facebook, OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho reposted this from Bella Rose Cafe on Sherman/downtown Coeur d’Alene Saturday: “Thanks for 5 great years of business. Today will be the last day in business. We are looking forward to the new owners opening June 1.” Adds OTV: “I’m curious to see what’s happening in there next.”

Question: Anyone got the scoop re: what’s going to become of Bella Rose?

No Longer ‘Lost’, But Still Searching

But when the entire island story line we had been following for six seasons turned out not to matter very much within the internal organization of the show’s narrative — to be largely disconnected from that final quasi-religious resolution of the plot — it was deflating, despite the warm feelings the finale otherwise inspired. Most of the post-mortem discussion of the finale will involve parsing and grading that final 10-minute sequence. Before conducting our own analysis, however, let’s talk about the previous 140 minutes of “The End”/Mike Hale, New York Times. More here. (Cutline: Matthew Fox is shown in a scene from the series finale of “Lost”/AP Photo, ABC, Mario Perez)

Question (for fans of the TV series, “Lost”): Were you satisfied with the ending of the series?

At Long Last, Graduation Day

Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., celebrate Saturday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Question: Do you have someone near and dear graduating in the next few weeks? Or already graduated this spring? Wanna brag?

Group Launches Attack On Bradbury

The mailer and newspaper ad both call Bradbury “a very wealthy liberal judge” and note that he funded his own campaign for the high court two years ago. However, this time around, both candidates are accepting campaign contributions, and Burdick has a substantial fundraising edge. Bradbury has raised $59,789, according to his campaign finance report, including $32,600 of his own money, with the rest coming mostly from individuals. Burdick has raised $80,378, according to his report, including contributions from individuals, law firms and PACs/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you suppose this race is so close that those who are backing Burdick are desperate to taint Bradbury? Or is this simply a precautionery attack?

Religious Conservatives Target Churches

Rex Rammell for governor? Steve Pankey for lieutenant governor? Todd Hatfield for controller? John Green for the Senate District 5 seat now held by Jim Hammond? What’s up with those endorsements? A group that calls itself Citizens in Action put flyers on the vehicles during services at my church Sunday morning. So I’d guess that these are the choices of a group of religious conservatives in the local area. To underscore the conservative bent of the group, it also picked Steve Vick (over Senate District 3 incumbent Mike Jorgenson), Vito Barbieri (for House District 3 Jim Clark’s seat), and Jai Nelson and Dan Green for county commissioner.

Question: Do you think a flyer drop at local churches will have an impact in local elections?

Jesse: Drat! The Frost Got My Plants

On Facebook, photog partner Jesse Tinsley laments that last night he lost all the plantes he’d purchased and planted for Mother’s Day. Of which, gardening/barbecue/beer-brewing expert Jeff Selle offered this advice: “Put some water on them right away … they may come back … give them a good soaking … If that doesnt work come see us at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday and we’ll hook you up with some new plants.” I covered the freshly planted petunias, flower baskets, and baby roses in my garden last night. All pulled through. How about you?

Question: Have you lost any plants as a result of the unseasonable freeze of the last few days? 

AM Headlines — 5.24.10

A fresh dusting of snow covers the grass around a small tree in Boise, Idaho on Saturday. Record low temperatures for this time of year crept into the area causing heavy rainfall to turn into snow in some areas. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)

Handle Extra: Kennedy Bides His Time

I can’t figure out why state law allows the loser of a close election to directly sue the winner. Then, has any losing candidate ever followed the steps taken by Jim Brannon after his five-vote loss to incumbent Mike Kennedy, sidestepping a recount in favor of a lawsuit to overturn the entire election? That fact hasn’t been lost on Kennedy. Who posted this comment at HucksOnline last week: “Writing as a private citizen being sued, here, regardless of whether he loses or wins this court case, because of this willful and admitted plan of suing me individually first without pursuing all legal steps in the process, I would assume that Mr. Brannon has been preparing himself personally for the time when I as a private citizen seek to recover every penny of all applicable legal costs, personal costs, and damages in this lawsuit through full discovery in the courts …”/DFO, SR Huckleberries. More here.

Question: When the smoke finally settles in Jim Brannon’s attempt to overthrow his 5-vote loss to Mike Kennedy in last fall’s City Council elections, who will laugh last?

Mark Twain Papers To Be Published

Item: After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all: The great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now/Guy Adams, The Independent

More Info: Scholars are divided as to why Twain wanted the first-hand account of his life kept under wraps for so long. Some believe it was because he wanted to talk freely about issues such as religion and politics. Others argue that the time lag prevented him from having to worry about offending friends. One thing’s for sure: by delaying publication, the author, who was fond of his celebrity status, has ensured that he’ll be gossiped about during the 21st century.

Question: Why do you think Mark Twain sealed his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now?

Poll: Tea Party Popular In Idaho

SR, Statesman, IPT Back Labrador

A late arrival to the race for Congress, state Rep. Raul Labrador (pictured) has demonstrated competence, composure and a command of nuanced policy. Despite more than a year of full-time campaigning, decorated Marine Major Vaughn Ward has proven himself untrustworthy. Labrador has earned the support of Republicans in Tuesday’s primary. He has earned the opportunity to present his case to 1st Congressional District voters in the fall, in a heated race likely to carry national implications. Let’s be realistic. Should a Republican win in November, the victor will be a newcomer in what will probably be a deeply split House. No first-termer will be a phenom. Labrador has the better chance to make an impact/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Will the Statesman and Idaho Press-Tribune also endorse Labrador in the general election, if he beats Ward Tuesday?

Heller: An Eternal Debt

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

APhoto Of The Weekend — 5.22-23.10

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton points out that she is wearing the same color as the mascot of the Shanghai World Expo 2010, named Haibao, while touring China’s Pavilion in Shanghai, China, earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

  • 1. Tareq and Michaele Salahi find another creative way to have their picture taken with a political figure after security was increased after they crashed President Obama’s first State Dinner — Shannon.
  • 2. “Hey, my eyes are down here!” says the condom shaped mascot to Secretary of State Clinton — Gary D. Rhodes.
  • 3. You’re kidding, I came in third for the mascot contest. Hillary demanded a recount! — Charlie.
  • HM: Formerly Sandpoint

Wild Card/Weekend — 5.22-23.10

I wondered aloud on the Weekend Wild Card Saturday re: Raul Labrador’s future should he lose to Vaughn Ward in Tuesday’s GOPrimary. Some have speculated that he might run for Congress as an Independent candidate. But Raul weighed in at HucksOnline yesterday w/this comment: Just for the record. All internal and external signs show that we are going to win on Tuesday. Nonetheless, if we are unsuccesful, I will spend my time electing Republicans in Idaho. I am a Republican and would never consider splitting the vote and running as an independent in this race.” So there. Now, I’ll replay the Wild Card …

Post Falls Wins Idaho 5A Softball Title

 Post Falls softball coach Jack Foster always thought if he could get a team to the state tournament, it would fare well. The difficult part was getting out of the intensely competitive Inland Empire League. Foster’s Trojans finally got to state this week and got the most out of the experience. Post Falls cruised to the 5A state title Saturday, handling the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies 12-2 in a run-rule shortened six innings at College of Southern Idaho/Greg Lee, SR Sportslink. More here.

DOTC: Any Negative Flyers Out There?

Dan of the County: Has anyone gotten a really negative campaign mailing today? We’ve had several out in the Rathdrum area that concerns the Vick race but nothing really over the top like you see some days or appears to be happening with the congressional candidates. I wonder if people have less funds to do those nasty attack jobs or if we maybe are going to be so lucky to experience some positive growth and maturity on the part of our candidates and their supporters…and maybe I’ll wind a big ‘ol Powerball jackpot too…probably more likely to win the Powerball than that the politicians have decided to “just all get along.”

Question: Anyone receive a negative mailing so far during the primary season?

Poll: Ward, Labrador In Dead Heat

Marine reservist Vaughn Ward and state Rep. Raul Labrador are in a statistical tie in the Republican primary race to represent western Idaho in Congress, says an Idaho Statesman/KBOI TV Channel 2 poll. The snapshot of the electorate, taken a week before the vote, shows Ward backed by 31 percent of voters and Labrador by 28 percent, putting the race within the plus or minus 5 percent margin for error. Undecideds topped each candidate with 37 percent. Harley Brown had 4 percent. Ward had big leads in fundraising and advertising, but Labrador has gained momentum in recent weeks as Ward suffered a series of setbacks culminating in the resignation of his campaign manager last week/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman.  More here.

DFO: It appears Labrador has the momentum, erasing an 18-point deficit from the last poll of substance,  and will benefit from cross-over voting. My guess? Labrador’s going to win.

Question: Which of these two candidates would have the best chance against Walt Minnick?

Vets Threaten Kellogg Council Over Flag

“We had a veteran or two that threatened to shoot the council and the mayor. Now we kind of took that personal. That’s above and beyond. I would like to express the old adage, ‘you can’t fight City Hall.’  But that adage is completely untrue. You can fight City Hall but you cannot do it in this manner threatening to shoot somebody,” said (Councilman Dennis) Norris.  People upset about the flag have signed a recall petition in an effort to remove the City Council and the Mayor. The council is expected to have a meeting on Monday to make a final decision about what will fly on the flagpole/KREM2. More here.

Dustin: Getting Married Today, Help!

At 10:30 Friday night, Dustin Hurst, a newshound for the Idaho Reporter and regular commenter at HucksOnline, posted this on Facebook: I’m “getting married in less than 20 hours. Wow. Scary. Anyone care to pass on some good marital advice?” Among the advice he received was: “Happy wife. Happy life.” And: “Say thank you a lot.” And: “No matter the argument she’s right.” Also: “Love the way you want to be loved. treat each other the way you want to be treated. Always be honest with the one you love. Always put eachother first.” How about you?

Question: Do you have good marital advice for Dustin or any other young man on the brink of marriage?

Carrie: Would You Tell Her Parents?

On Facebook, Carrie Kralicek asked for advice re: a situation that she faced recently. I’ll let Carrie set up the question below: “Okay scenario: your kid comes home from a concert telling you so-and-so was not allowed in the concert because she couldn’t pass security’s tests for being drunk. Would you inform the parents of this 15/16 years old? Just curious. Btw if it was my kid I would hope to be informed. Drinking and driving kills.”

Question: What would you do in Carrie’s situation?

Nic: One Too Many Strawberry Desserts

My hometown was in strawberry country. Picking those berries was a first job for many of my peers. In fact, the City of Marysville throws an annual festival about this time of year - The Strawberry Festival. (I know - creative, right?) … My family was involved with the festival for a few years. My dad, brother, and I all worked the vendors market and volunteered as parade security. It came with perks. … Oh the free food. The food vendors understood that we were in control of their power supply and their access to ice. So they repaid us with goodies. This was greatly appreciated, but as it was a benefit it was also a curse. … After eating nothing but a variation of strawberries for five consecutive days, at the end of May, every year, you suffer something akin to strawberry burnout. At least that’s what happened to my brother and me. For years, neither of us could stand to eat that infernal fruit/Nic, via Facebook. More here.

Question: What is your favorite dessert involving a berry?

Signe: XXX Abstinence Only

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

George: We Need To Protect Animals

re: Today is Endangered Species Act Day/HucksOnline

Honest George: Today I found the carcass of a beautiful golden-buff common barn-owl. Not a feather out of place, not a mark on its body — but it had died within just a few hours before I found it. Possibly it had eaten a poisoned mouse. The barn-owl isn’t on the endangered list but I’ve never had the experience of holding such a beautiful bird-creature in my hand before. Its heart-shaped face and extremely soft feathers and down is unlike anything in any of my previous experiences. The thought of a species being wiped out forever is a sobering thought. I would rather that we, as the dominant species, over-reacted in protecting all-species from a careless extermination rather than under-reacting.

Question:  Do you agree/disagree w/Honest George re: caring for wild creatures?

Parting Shot — Sarah Palin Visits Boise

Sarah Palin greets people at the Qwest Arena in Boise this morning on after giving a speech for Republican Vaughn Ward who is running for a seat in congress. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had to quickly buy a new outfit before a rally in Idaho on Friday because her luggage got lost. Republican congressional hopeful Vaughn Ward introduced Palin before about 1,500 people and said she and her family arrived on time in Boise but their bags did not. (AP Photo/Times-News, Ashley Smith)

TGIF Wild Card — 5.21.10

We’re down to the final weekend before primary election day. I’ll try to get around to breaking down some of the campaign finance reports for more legislative races, including those in the 1st & 2nd districts. The Coeur d’Alene Press reported that Sen. Jim Hammond raised $21,234 during the most recent reporting period. But it failed to mention that Hammond already had raised more than $22,000 coming into the reporting period for a total warchest of $43,945. All the state senator incumbents are sitting on nice warchests. You can see for yourself by clicking on this finance disclosure link from the Secretary of State’s office here. Now, I’ll play the Wild Card …

Pac-man Turns 30 Saturday

Pac-man 30th Anniversary is commemorated today, May 22! Can you still recall the early years of Pacman game where you have to insert coin on the slot machine to start playing the Pacman game?  Insert coin is one of the earlier means to play Pacman game. Now, we can enjoy Pacman free online… that’s how Pacman game reached its Pac-Man 30th anniversary! As a matter of fact, as the technology advances and in the existence of internet, enjoying Pacman free online is one of the trends. To cite, “Google Pacman” is a Google logo that allows one to play pacman in remembrance of Pac-Man 30th anniversary. Try visiting a Google site/Seven-Sided Cube. More here.

Question: Did you play Pac-man as a kid? What is your favorite video game today?

PM Headlines — 5.21.10

HBO Blogosphere newby snapped a number of shots of the Farmer’s Market and other downtown Coeur d’Alene sites Wednesday. You can see more of them here.

APhoto Of The Day — 5.21.10

School children show off their new $1 coin in Concord, N.H., Thursday. The U.S. Mint released the coin in honor of New Hampshire’s only president, the nation’s 14th, Franklin Pierce. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Children show off their expected future salaries on completion of college — Cartoon Duck.
  • 2. Girls demonstrate what happens when you make a tooth fairy pact — JeanieS.
  • 3. It used to be a penny for your thoughts but due to inflation it’s now a dollar — Charlie.
  • HM: Idaho Dad

PM Scanner Traffic — 5.21.10

  • 5:53 p.m. A re-po man trying to seize two tra ilers for of heavy equipment on H95 & Menser/Athol is being prevented from leaving property by owner blocking driveway.
  • 5:14 p.m. Individual involved in Setters & Old Highway 95 suicide attempt (reported here earlier today) apparently had died during the night
  • 4:58 p.m. Eric on Peridot Drive/Hayden reports his neighbor’s dogs are trying to break down his fence.
  • 4:35 p.m. A female reports that her new boss asked for money after she accepted a job on Craigslist.
  • 4:25 p.m. A gold Saturn cut off a semi-truck in the I-90 construction zone, a mile east of the state line, and is trying to pass others traveling slowly.
  • 3:57 p.m. Motorist reports 2 pickups are driving up a mound of dirt and another is on top of the mound near K-Mart.
  • 3:52 p.m. John has a cat problem.
  • 3:43 p.m. 4 boys about 6 years old are playing in the street @ 1st & Idaho/Post Falls.
  • Much more below

North Idaho Senators Raise Big $$$

The 5 North Idaho incumbent state senators have raised tens of thousands of dollars in their bids to capture the GOP nomination and win re-election:

  • Shawn Keough/District 1 has raised $30,121 total, spent $5242, and has $24,879, in her primary race with Steve Tanner, who reports raising or spending anything. Keough report.
  • Joyce Broadsword/District 2 has raised $25,620 (report here) in her 3-way race w/Dennis Englehardt, who has raised $11,367 (report here) and James Stivers, who has raised $3,766 (report here)
  • Mike Jorgenson/District 3 has loaned himself most of the $25,661 he has for his campaign (report here) with Steve Vick, who has raised a total of $7,596 (report here).
  • John Goedde/District 4 has $12,098 (report here) in his 3-way race w/Independent Jeremy Boggess, who has raised $376 (report here), and Constitutionalist Raymond I. Writz, who has raised $210 (report here).
  • Jim Hammond/District 5 has raised $43,945 total (report here) in his 3-way GOPrimary race against John Green, who has raised $1,500 (report here), and Jack Schroeder, who has raised anything but has spent $2,958 (report here).

Crapo, Risch Oppose River Regs

U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voiced their strong opposition to a plan by the Washington Department of Ecology to require new discharge standards that are more stringent on Idaho dischargers than those in Washington. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region X has announced their approval of the department’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan to reduce the amount of phosphorus discharged into the Spokane River/U.S. Sen. Jim Risch news release. More here.

Question: Should Crapo and Risch fight against stricter wastewater standard for Kootenai County than Spokane County?

ICB: Sarah Palin Did Not Disappoint

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Idaho GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward wave to the crowd during a rally for Ward at Qwest Arena this morning in Boise. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Chris Butler)

As you know Sarah Palin was the star attraction today at Quest Arena in Boise stumping for Idaho 1st CD GOP hopeful Vaughn Ward. I want to extend a thank you to the Ward Campaign for giving ICB press credentials. It was fun tweeting during the event and irritating the print press with my presence at their table. As you know ICB is a huge Palin fan and today she did not let me down. I have some pictures and a video below/Idaho Conservative Blogger. More here.

Question: The Idaho Press Tribune/Nampa posted a story today, saying that mainstream Republicans are staying w/Ward despite his missteps. Will Palin’s appearance on behalf of Ward today shore up his credentials among undecided conservatives in this race?

HBO Poll: Avista Too Heavy-Handed

  • Thursday Poll: 97 of 174 respondents (56%) said Avista too quick and too hard-nosed when it comes to shutting off power to customers behind in payments (a question asked after John Hough of The Roosevelt Inn threatened a utility worker who tried to turn off his power Wednesday). 35 of 174 respondents (35%) voted that Avista reacts properly in such situation. 16 of 174 (9%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: What do you make of Sarah Palin’s swipes at the ‘lamestream media’ during her speech at the Ward rally?

Kiki: Broken Stove Turns Into Overhaul

New Facebook friend Kiki Miller tells of a problem that should have a familiar ring to it, for many of you. Sez Kiki: “Replacing a broken stove turned into a kitchen overhaul that has lasted for three months. I know, I know… ‘can’t you do anything that doesn’t turn into an event!!!!’ I want to move out of my garage now. Please.” How about you?

Question: When is the last time that you tackled a fairly simple project and wound up turning it into a major overhaul of an area of your house?

Today Is Endangered Species Act Day

Did you know that Idaho is home to 15 animals that are on the Endangered Species List, including grizzly bear, caribou, limpet, lynx, 3 kinds of salmon, 4 kinds of snail, northern Idaho ground squirrel, Snake River steelhead, sturgeon and bull trout. You can see the full list here. Washington has 29 animals on the list. Also, did you know that today is Endangered Species Day?

Question: Do you think the Endangered Species Act needs to be toughened, loosened, or is just right?

Realtors Back Currie, No One Else

A spy sent me this e-mail he received from commissioner candidate Chris Fillios:I learned this morning (circuitously), that the Gov’t Affairs Committee of the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors (CAR) voted to endorse Currie in my race, and no endorsement for anyone running for District 3. … This does not surprise me — even considering that once again Currie and Piazza were the last to respond to CAR’s questionnaire. I think you can understand the impetus behind this endorsement given the recent decision by Currie and Piazza to scrap the designations and densities from the Comp Plan. Why endorse Currie and not Piazza? Perhaps to blunt the argument that the commissioner’s vote to scrap the Plan was politically motivated, and secondly, because they feel my race is tighter than Dan Green’s. … To add to the drama, the Committee decided to award $999 (vs. the $1000 limit) PAC money to Currie; this way they don’t need to disclose on the Sunshine Report (or the most recent version).

INW: Protecting Wuss Plants From Freeze

“I’ve learned which plants are hardy and which ones are wusses with cold weather,” posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. “Zinnias are wusses bigtime. So, I was trying to figure out how I was gonna cover my two dozen zinnias, planted in various outdoor beds.” See what Marianne did to save her plants from the freeze last night in Sandpoint here.

Question: Did you cover your plants last night? Do you plan to do so tonight? Have you ever had a bunch of seedlings or flowers wiped out by a late-spring freeze?

Hi-Noon: Sarah & ‘Lamestream Media’

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had harsh words for the “lamestream media” and the liberal left as she gave an enthusiastic speech rallying voters for GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward in Boise today. “The left and some of the lamestream media, they can really play dirty sometimes, trust me on this one, I know this one,” Palin told a crowd of about 1,500 at the Qwest Arena in downtown Boise. Ward, who headed the McCain-Palin presidential campaign in Nevada in 2008, is facing state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, in Idaho’s primary election on Tuesday for a chance to challenge freshman Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (Joe Jaszewski photo for HucksOnline)

Question: Do you think the media is ‘lamestream’? And/Or (from Idaho Reporter): When has the media reported false info re: Vaughn Ward?

Gone With The Wind

Me, of It’s Just Me blogging fame, posted this photo on Facebook and noted: “Here is what happened to my friend’s house last night in that wind.” The house is the one in Hayden Lake that Fred LeClair III was leasing from John Parry. Tom Hasslinger has CdA Press story here.

Scanner Traffic/AM — 5.21.10

  • Noonish: A mother is screaming and hitting a child @ Lowe’s parking lot/Appleway.
  • Noonish: 2 males spun brodies at Sunset Park, Best & 15th, before speeding off s/b on 12th.
  • Noonish: 2 males & a female are fighting @ 19th & Sherman.
  • 11:18 a.m. Someone is having difficulty breathing @ Hayden Lake Family Physicians.
  • 11:10 a.m. Someone is unconcious at Fred’s Appliances on Appleway/CdA.
  • 11:06 a.m. Someone has fallen at Great Harvest Bread Co. & can’t get up.
  • 10:56 a.m. Rathdrum female reports that a male is stalking her by driving past her place.
  • 10:06 a.m. Coeur d’Alene Inn on W. Appleway reports suicide attempt.
  • 9:38 a.m. Caller reports that a male in a maroon Chrysler is trying to commit suicide by running a hose to his exhaust pipe on Setters, near old Highway 95/Worley.
  • 9:11 a.m. A female reports that something’s trying to get her sheep @ Hayden & Ramsey.
  • 9:04 a.m. Authorities in Sidney, Mont., are asking police to be on the look out for an 84YO male w/Alzheimers who hasn’t been seen since he left for Portland 7 days ago.
  • 8:31 a.m. Camper reports that a male in his late 50s was trying to entice children by talking to them about his dog at Round Lake/Bonner County Thursday. He was driving white Toyota or Datsun pickup w/a camper shell.

26 Pages re: How To Make Brownies?!

The Pentagon’s brownie recipe is 26 pages long. Just grab a copy of document MIL-C-44072C and gather your ingredients: water that conforms to the “National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (Copies are available from the Office of Drinking Water, Environmental Protection Agency, WH550D, 401 M Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20460),” and some eggs in compliance with “Regulations Governing the Inspection of Eggs and Egg Products (7 CFR Part 59),” and you’re ready to go!/Reason. More here. H/T: Idaho Freedom Foundation. (Illustrative photo: PRNewsFoto/Medifast, Inc.)

Question: Are you great/average/poor at making brownies? Is your recipe 26 pages long?

Daily News: Otter Right In This Fight

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s frequent spats with federal agencies are often misguided. But his latest dustup is spot on. Otter has taken exception to a Salmon-Challis National Forest official’s decision to deny an Idaho Public Television request to send a lone cameraman into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area for educational-filming purposes. Specifially, IPTV wants to film about 15 participants in a Student Conservation Association program meant to train future land managers, according to an Associated Press report. The footage would be featured in an “Outdoor Idaho” program/Doug Bauer, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (SR File Photo: Otter at Spokane Tea Party rally April 15)

Question: Do you think Gov. Butch Otter is right on or off-the-wall re: most of his dust-ups with the federal government?

Twitter: Palin Wearing Borrowed Clothes

  • Idaho Conservative Blogger: “Palin’s luggage did not arrive with her plane. She’s wearing borrowed clothes, an hour ago she was in sweats backstage.”
  • Idaho Reports: Idaho, you’re average Americans… Vaughn Ward is the real deal…. what’s exceptional about this country.”
  • Joeja: Palin: Idahoans, you “…proudly cling to your guns and your religion.”
  • Joeja: “We’re all a bunch of potato heads” Palin on her family’s Idaho roots.
  • Idaho Reports: Palin likes to Google “red neck jokes.” Just brought up joke about “mainstream media” and the crowed cheered.
  • Dennis Mansfield: Sarah Palin is speaking. It’s a Vaughn-fest, as it should be. Palin is down-home. She says Ward’s the real deal. Hmmm
  • More Palin Twitter here

HBO Blogos: NIdaho: Tahoe w/o Buildup

At It’s Just Me, ME posts: “Is there really anyplace better to live than North Idaho? I mean really? I am now hiking Tubbs about 3 or 4 times a week and LOVE it. When my husband is with me we make a little loop through Sanders, and then back up Sherman and soak it all in. We visited Lake Tahoe last October and loved it, but noticed how built up it was. It kind of hit us on Sunday as we did our loop that WE live in a resort area like Lake Tahoe. WE live where others dream of living!” More story, photos here.

Question: How often do you realize how lucky you are to live in viewtiful North Idaho?

Palin-Ward Rally Coverage Thread

There appear to be about 500 seats set up on the floor of the Qwest Arena for the Sarah Palin-Vaughn Ward rally, and so far roughly half have filled up. In the free seats on the risers at the sides a little over 100 people are seated so far. Outside, people filing in included Linn and George Pitt of Garden City; “We’re big admirers of Sarah Palin,” she said, to which her husband added, “We’re undecided on Ward vs. Labrador, so we want to hear him some more.” Glancing at her husband, Linn said, “I’m going to vote for Vaughn Ward”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

DFO: We’ll use this thread to discuss Vaughn Ward’s rally w/Sarah Palin this morning.

Hayden Man Escapes Death In Storm

In one Hayden Lake neighborhood more than a dozen trees came down and several homes were damaged in Wednesday night’s wind and rain storm. No one was seriously hurt but one man said he came close to death when a tree came crashing into his home. Fred LeClair of Hayden Lake said he went to bed early last night and awoke to the sound of his roof caving in. “I’m still in shock, it’s amazing, that’s a big tree in the house,” said LeClair/KHQ. More here.

Question: Have you ever had a nature-caused brush w/death?

Militia More About Help Than Guns?

The 21st Battalion of North Idaho’s Lightfoot Militia say they’re upholding Idaho’s state constitution by organizing and preparing for the worst, however not everyone agrees with what they’re doing and state and local leaders say they don’t want their help. Members of the 21st Lightfoot boasts membership of between 70 and 100 people spread out through Boundary, Bonner and Kootenai Counties. Militia members will be quick to tell you that their objective is less about shooting guns and more about helping others. “The actual gun play as they tend to think of it as is maybe 10-percent of what we do. Most people already know how to shoot the guns they own,” Willard, a militia member who didn’t want to be identified by his full name, said/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Do you mind that a group of up to 100 people have formed and are carrying out exercises as part of what they call a North Idaho militia?

Hough Talks About Gun Episode

“It’s people like you who cause people like me to snap, get a gun and go into an office like yours and just waste a bunch of your asses.” That was what John Hough, owner of the Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast, said he told Avista Corp. over the phone on Wednesday, which led to the power company calling police. Police handcuffed Hough and took him to Kootenai Health for psychiatric evaluation. Hough also told the serviceman there to cut off his power that the visitor had a choice. “You can shut off the power and suffer the consequences,” Hough said he told the man, “or you can take my request and depart my property”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

  • Tina Hough, owner The Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d’Alene talked to a member of the Coeur d’Alene Police after her husband John Hough had a dispute with Avista about payment for an overdue bill. (Kathy Plonka photo)

Question: Did John Hough help his cause by making the comments re: going postal in this article?

AM: People Arriving For Palin Rally

People are filtering in slowly for the Sarah Palin rally for Vaughn Ward’s campaign this morning; here’s a shot of the line outside just as the doors opened. Inside, a photo slide show of pictures of Ward is playing on the big screen and the band High Street, in its distinctive zoot suits, is setting up onstage. (Eye On Boise Photo). Also: Free tickets available for Ward-Palin event.

SR: Labrador Better Pick Than Ward

On the most prominent social and fiscal issues, Labrador and Vaughn are solidly in the same conservative camp. … Picking an effective carrier of the party’s standard will require Republican voters to look beyond the issues. Endorsements are sometimes helpful, and Ward claims the most prominent names – former Govs. Dirk Kempthorne and Phil Batt and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, for example. Nevertheless, give Labrador the edge for hands-on lawmaking experience. Ward has worked as an aide on Capitol Hill, but Labrador is a legislator and has proved himself in that capacity. Meanwhile, several disconcerting disclosures that have emerged from Ward’s campaign tilt the scales in Labrador’s favor/Spokesman Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the Spokesman-Review endorsement?

Lizard: We Shall Overcome Tuesday

Lizard People: It depends what you mean by “uberconservative” — there is a strong paleoconservative tendency to many of these younger upstarts. Who is uberconservative, a “front porch republic” guy (look it up), or a FOX news type? And it depends what you mean by “take over”. It is inevitable that the old giuliani-lovin’ centrists will dwindle away anyway, they are old and tired, and not particularly ..ummm ..intellectually curious, shall we say. Shaking things up will be a good thing, and no one really knows how it will look at the other end, except we will certainly have a stronger Ron Paul element, that is certain.

Question: How would you characterize the makeup of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee now? Moderate? Conservative? Very conservative? 

George: St. Maries Shouldn’t Be On List

re: Daily Beast: St. Maries 3rd most polluted

Honest George: Including St. Maries on this list is an example of ‘government gone wild’. The total amount of creosote-laced soil from the old Carney pole site is small in comparision to the total amount leeching from the thousands of piers and bridge pilings spread throughout the Coeur d’Alene Lake, Coeur d’Alene River and St. Joe River. Why isn’t the EPA concerned about them? The pilings that comprised the quarter-mile city levee, constructed by the Corps of Engineers and now replaced by a steel-sheet levee, leaked twice the amount of creosote into the river than what slopped out of the pole soaking-pan of Carney’s pole site.

Question: Does it bother you that much of this region is in a zone that the EPA considers a Superfund site (although a chunk of it doesn’t have that designation)?

Bubblehead: Yes, Call Her Gov. Palin

Bubblehead: I don’t think there’s a consensus, so I can only say what I was taught in the military when we had washed-up politicians visit. We were told that, in general, former chief executives (Presidents, Governors) are still given the honorific they had as chief executive after they leave office, but former representatives (Senators, Representatives) are not. Therefore, Governor Palin would be correct, as would Mr. Sali, if they were to visit a military post.

Question: Should former Alaska governor Sarah Palin be addressed and referred to as “Gov. Palin”?

Signe: And That’s The Bad News?

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Run, Run, Run Away … Or Not

One Scanner Traffic post today caught my attention more than the others — and made me chuckle. It was the one at 4:24 in which a motorist stopped to check on the welfare of a small child that he saw riding his bike back and forth along the railroad line that cuts through Athol on Highway 54. Seems the boy was livid re: something that happened at home, and was running away. I never tried to run away from home b/c, frankly, it was too far from our dairy into town. And things were never that bad at home. How about you?

Question: Did you ever run away from home as a kid? How did that turn out?

Parting Shot — 5.20.10

At Slight Detour, Marianne Love writes: “I love the stuff that makes me think of people I know. My sisters gave me the pretty pot earlier this year, so I’ll always think of them each day while watering the pansies.” More here. I’m the same way. I enjoy receiving plants and gifts for the yard from friends. Or buying things at yard sales that I put in the garden. The more ecletic the better. How about you?

Question: Is your house and yard full of stuff that reminds you of people you know?

The Lindas Are Wild …

From newsroom buddy Alison Boggs … do you know how many candidates for Kootenai County commissioner have a wife named Linda? And which ones do?

Palin Won’t Speak To Media In Boise

Mike Tracy, the new campaign manager for Vaughn Ward, the Marine reservist campaigning for the Republican nomination for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, told that Republican superstar Sarah Palin will not take questions from media at any time during her visit to the state. … Tracy said that Palin’s itinerary is too full to take time for reporters.  ”Unfortunately we don’t have time for that,” said Tracy.  Palin’s visit will feature three events: a photo opportunity, which costs $1,000 per person, a VIP reception with Palin, $250 a person, and a rally in the Qwest Arena, which costs those 18 and older $10 per person/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Do you really think that Palin’s agenda is too full? Or that Palin insists that she not speak to the media, as she did when she visited Coeur d’Alene in December?

PM Headlines — 5.20.10

As The Lake Churns reports, “The Priest River and Priest Lake area will catch a glimpse of its history Memorial Day weekend as a restored 1914 White motor coach identical to the Beardmore Auto stage will participate in the Coolin parade on Saturday, May 29.” More here 

APhoto Of The Day — 5.20.10

Donald Trump stands in his office as newly-crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih holds a magazine featuring Trump earlier today in New York. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. If this creep’s hair moves on its own one more time, I am so going to kill it with this magazine! — Formerly Sandpoint.
  • 2. Donald Trump does his best stripper pole impression, hoping Fakih will not be able to resist — Idaho Dad.
  • 3. As Trump towers over her, Rima discovers that Trump resorts to intimidation, because to Trump Las Vegas is her next destination — JohnA.
  • HM: Herb

Scanner Traffic/PM — 5.20.10

  • 5:55 p.m. Possible unattended death @ Stinson & Corsair/Hayden.
  • 5:36 p.m. A 15YO male is fighting physically w/his 9YO sister on Lakeland/Rathdrum.
  • 5:02 p.m. Randi reports that her roommate is threatening her and won’t let her use her phone @ Capri Court/CdA.
  • 4:47 p.m. A transient in the park behind Perfection Tire/Rathdrum is threatening to commit suicide. He’s high on something.
  • 4:35 p.m. 2 males are walking w/a rifle on Heritage/Rathdrum. Caller doesn’t know if rifle is real or fake.
  • 4:29 p.m. Someone may be suffering a heart attack @ Wells Fargo/Rathdrum.
  • 4:24 p.m. Driver has found a small child on a bicycle riding along the railroad tracks, near the H54 crossing/Athol. The child is livid and running away from home.
  • 4:16 p.m. Male @ 11th & Montana/CdA is holding a rifle and arguing w/another male while trying to push his way into a residence.
  • Much more below

Where Have All The Yard Signs Gone?

Tami Martinez of Dan Green’s commissioner campaign tells Huckleberries she may have discovered why so many of her candidate’s signs have disappeared. Seems “signing” is a current phenomenon among high school kids. Signing? It’s like TPing a place. Youths steal a bunch of political signs and then post them all in a designated lawn. A group of about 5 to 7 boys from Coeur d’Alene High confessed to “signing” recently and told a friend of Tami’s where the signs were. The Green campaign has retrieved a couple dozen pilfered signs so far, Tami said. Quoth she: “So there doesn’t seem to be foul play from opponents … instead, mischievous high school boys with nothing to do in the evening … mystery solved? Maybe.”

Question: Have you ever TP’d a house?

Sleepless In Seattle — Griffey Delivers

Here’s a scene we haven’t seen much this year. Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr., left, who reportedly slept during a possible pinch-hitting situation earlier this month, is mobbed by teammates including Ichiro Suzuki, right, after Griffey hit the game-winning, RBI pinch-hit single in the ninth inning a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays earlier today in Seattle. Milton Bradley scored on the hit, which gave the Mariners a 4-3 win. Story here. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Rasmussen Leads HD3 Race Spending

Duane Rasmussen has loaned his campaign $25,000 in his four-way race to fill the House District 3 seat being vacated by retiring state Rep. Jim Clark — twice as much money as the other three candidates have raised combined. Rasmussen ended the 7-day, pre-election filing period with $27,049 raised in cash and loans, and spent $24,231, for a balance of $2,818. Vito Barbieri, who is supported by well-known community conservatives, raised $5041 and spent $2467, for a balance of $2574. Jeri DeLange raised $4715 in cash and loans, and spent $3336, for a balance of $1414. Fred Meckel had $1532 in loans and cash and spent it all. Top contributors to the campaigns include (see dropdown box):

Jorgenson Has Big Fund Edge On Vick

Incumbent Mike Jorgenson has more than a 3-to-1 funding edge on challenger Steve Vick in their Senate District 3 Republican primary race. Finance disclosure statements obtained from the Secretary of State’s website shows Jorgenson has raised $25,661 in contributions and loans and spent $22,852 prior to the 7-day pre-election period, for a balance of $2809. Jorgenson has a balance of $16,019 in loans he has made to his campaign. Vick has raised a total of $7596 in cash and loans and spent $4111, for a balance of $3485. He has loaned $3000 to his campaign. Top contributors to the two campaigns are below in drop-down box:

Wild Card/Thursday — 5.20.10

We’re down to 5 days before the primary elections. Have you decided how you’re going to vote in each primary race on your ballot? Or are you still waffling about some picks? Any of you in a throw-the-bums-out mood. I’ll take a look at some of the legislative fund-raising in the area today, probably just the contested primaries. Your Wild Card is now in play …

Daily Beast: St. Maries 3rd Most Polluted

This is one of those times when you don’t feel so good about being in the top 5. Inspired, so to speak, by the ever-morphing-but-consistently-disgusting saga of the gulf oil spill, The Daily Beast decided to find America’s most toxic communities. Idaho’s very own St. Maries community ranks third based on a couple of factors and some college-level math. St. Maries sits on the banks of the St. Joe River, renowned for its world-class fishing. Recently, it was discovered that a harmful pollutant had been slowly spilling into the river and surrounding soils for decades. Over 200 tons of contaminated soil had to be removed. Is there good news? Kinda. The private companies responsible just signed a cleanup agreement in February 2010. Could there possibly be more bad news? Yeah. Remember this last legislative session when the state cut all funding for water quality monitoring?/Sara Cohn, Idaho Conservation League. More here. (SR File Photo of couple on water by St. Maries)

Question: Aren’t you proud to have this almost in our back yards?

Betsy Gets Drop On Guv Wannabes

Via Facebook, Eye On Boise blogger extraordinaire Betsy Russell zeroes in on camera targets Rex Rammell and Sharon Ullman during the recent Butch Otter-less gubernatorial debate in Boise. (Idaho Reports photo)

Question: Have you ever met Betsy Russell?

Labrador: Stop Attacks On Sarah Palin

Raul Labrador just posted this on his Facebook page: “It’s not unusual to see posts of disappointment in Gov. Palin by those who do not call themselves conservative. They are everywhere. What IS of interest is when solidly conservative Bloggers write about a prevailing and expanding disappointment in her. Sarah Palin’s visit to Idaho on behalf of the beleaguered Vaughn Ward Congressional Campaign has prompted many comments by conservatives. We are disappointed with her coming into this Primary Race (as Ward clearly is the damaged candidate) but we urge conservatives to STOP the attacks on Gov. Palin.” More here.

Question: Do you think Labrador realizes that attacks on Sarah Palin by his side could backfire on his campaign?

38 of 71 GOPrecinct Spots Have Races

In the comments section, Dan of the County writes: “Here’s something I don’t remember ever seeing before … political ads in the Nickel’s Worth (or anywhere else) for precinct committee people … let alone three for different people … ” Which prompted me to check out the precinct races. Do you realize that 38 of the 71 Kootenai County Republican precincts have contested races. Some of those being challenged are such local Republican stalwarts as: Ruthie Johnson, Matt Roetter, Jeri DeLange, Kerri Thoreson, Betty Ann Henderson, Gus Johnson, Barry McHugh, and Rick Currie. I mentioned some time back that there’s a group out there, to the right of the Reagan Republicans and Pachyderm Club that are trying to shake things up at the local GOPCC. You can see the list by clicking on this county election department link and then on “precinct committee candidates” here.

Question: Do you know your precinct & whether there’s a contested GOP precinct race in it?

Harley Brown: Man Of Bold, Bad Ideas

Harley D. Brown doesn’t care if you’re offended. He’s a retired Navy man, and he thinks that anti-personnel mines would be a fine and effective deterrent to Mexicans who cross illegally onto United States soil. He said some mines, which might “castrate you or cause some arterial bleeding,” are “a splendid idea.” On the big issues facing our country, this is a candidate who knows where he stands. Abortion? “I’m down on abortion like God Almighty is down on sin.” Iran? “That guy in Iran, he’s over there threatening the whole Middle East with those nuclear weapons. I believe in wiping them out with a preemptive nuclear strike.” Medicare? “That is completely government socialism,” he said. “And I would attack it”/Michael Ames, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Any of you tempted to vote for Harley Brown in the GOPrimary for 1st Congressional District, as a means of protesting the nature of the race between the top 2 candidates?

USFS Blocks IPTV From Forest Shoot

I was unpleasantly surprise this morning to read on the front page of the Idaho Statesman that the Forest Service denied a request by Idaho Public Television to film a crew of students doing stewardship work in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The Forest Service believed the request was “commercial” in nature because IPTV sells copies of its programs on compact discs. But IPTV sales strictly cover operating costs. As a state agency, IPTV is prohibited from generating profits. That aside, IPTV plays a critical educational and informational role in communicating the values of wilderness to Idahoans/Brad Smith, Idaho Conservation League. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the USFS to block IPTV from film students doing stewardship work in Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness?

INorthwest Roundup — 5.20.10

At As The Lake Churns, Pecky Cox spotted this photo of an empty bottle of Seagrams 7 still in its paper bag. Note the message. Aha. Right.

Hi-Noon: Triple Tipple Tuesday

At his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, OrangeTV writes: “I always love spending some time picking out a couple of new brewskis to try at Pilgrims Market on North  4th Street in Cd’A, where the selection of micros and imports is wild and impressive.” OTV goes on to post a list of unusual varieties that he sampled and then commented on. You can read about that here.

Question: What’s your favorite brand of beyond-the-mainstream beer?

Bent: Back In The Saddle Again … Ouch

On Facebook (and with his permission to post here), Bent discusses the pains — and numbness — of cycling long miles during Bike To Work Week: “You know how they put those really comfortable face pillows on massage tables … you know, the one’s with the hole in the middle so you can lay face down without smashing your nose? Well, the person who invented those needs to get busy incorporating that technology into bicycle seats… while cranking out 24.5 miles on the bike today, I had a lot of time to think about that /just sayin’.” To which another poster responded that she’d gotten her husband “cooling gel packs to keep certain important parts comfy” while he rides his bike.

Coeur d’Alene Ped Bike/Facebook:Thanks to everyone who showed up at the Parks and Rec meeting on Monday to show support for bike lanes on 15th street. They approved it and now it’s going to Public Works next Monday at 4 p.m. at the Public Library.”

Question: Do you ride a bike w/a comfortable seat? Would you recommend the same type of seat for Bent’s long rides?

HBO Poll: Puerto Rico Issue Matters

  • Wednesday’s Poll: Overwhelmingly, you Berry Pickers said it matters to you that congressional candidate Vaughn Ward believes Puerto Rico is a foreign country. 143 of 195 respondents (73%) said it matters. Only 38 of 195 (19%) said it doesn’t matter. 9 of 195 respondents (5%) responded: “Isn’t it?”
  • Today’s Question (in lefthand rail): Is Avista too quick and too hard-nosed when it comes to shutting off power to customers behind in payments?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 5.20.10

  • 11:24 a.m. Driver in black Saturn reports he was hit by a semi @ Prairie & Pleasantview/Post Falls and the truck kept going to the Stimson Lumber lot.
  • 11:15 a.m. A male is lying face down and nearly motionless, with another male standing over him w/a rake, in a citizen dispute @ 12th & Cecil/Post Falls.
  • 11:14 a.m. Caller reports theft of items from Brunner rental property.
  • 11:12 a.m. A brindle pitbull mix is running loose on Lancaster.
  • 10:43 a.m. On Moonstone/Post Falls, a shaggy male w/a beard is driving an older blue van, with a sign on the side that says: “We can fix anything but a broken heart.”
  • 10:02 a.m. A brother and a sister are out of control at Skyway Elementary. One of the children is now in the school’s “safe room.”
  • 9:41 a.m. A female reports finding a hole in a house window upon returning home in the 28000 block of H53 and fears her home has been burglarized.
  • 9:05 a.m. A fire alarm and motion detector are going off @ Interstate Concrete on Murphy.
  • 9:01 a.m. An IRS agent wants police back up as she prepares to seize a vehicle in payment for back taxes.
  • 8:57 a.m. A panic alarm has gone off at the Kootenai County Elections Dept on 3rd/CdA.
  • 8:56 a.m. A motorist reports seeing another male in a cowboy hat, driving a 1993 blue Chrysler, drinking liquor from a bottle as he drove s/b on 3rd by U.S. Bank.
  • 8:15 a.m. A trucker driving from Billings to Portland has sent text messages to his boss re: committing suicide.
  • 8:10 a.m. A male is wearing nothing but a flannel shirt and underwear @ Hayden’s Super 1.

Kevin: Guv Health Issue Won’t Go Away

Ullman doubled down on the no-show issue - questioning whether Otter would serve his term if re-elected. “There’s a strong rumor going around that he is going to be re-elected, take office, and then step down and the lieutenant governor would become the governor, which I think is not being sincere and honorable in your intentions.” It’s a variation on some recurring scuttlebutt. We have asked Otter and his staff about the governor’s health and his commitment to a second term, and they’ve debunked the rumors. What Ullman did, cagily, was to bring the question out from the shadows. On Wednesday, Otter campaign manager Debbie Field denied Ullman’s claim. Meeting with the Statesman editorial board last week, Otter again said this is the best job he has ever had, and he said voters can support him without worrying about his health/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is the governor’s health a legitimate issue in his bid to win re-election?

ICB: Can Palin Save Ward? Not So Fast

No doubt this will be a huge event. Palin in town is a big deal and this stop should produce some huge revenue for the Ward campaign. It also give those interested in seeing Palin but unsure on who to back for the Idaho CD GOP primary a chance to see and hear Ward speak. Don’t underestimate her power to draw a crowd thus giving Ward a huge opportunity to reach new eyeballs. But can this one event fix all the Ward campaign problems from the past? Can Palin bring back former Ward supporters who jetted away after all the negative press lately from the Idaho Statesman and Spokesman Review?/Idaho Conservative Blogger. More here.

Question: What will be Sarah Palin’s impact on the closing days of the Vaughn Ward primary campaign?

4 Timberlake Frosh Arrested For Gun

Four Timberlake High School freshmen have been arrested after a loaded gun was brought onto school grounds Tuesday morning. Spirit Lake Police say they arrested the four Wednesday. Two of the boys remain in custody as of Wednesday evening. Police say one of the boys came to school Tuesday morning with a loaded, small-caliber handgun in his pocket. The boy told police he had taken the gun from his father’s safe Sunday and was using it to shoot birds, adding that when he brought to school Tuesday he had forgotten that it was still in his pocket/Annie Bishop, KXLY. More here.

Question: How worried are you for your child’s safety at school?

AM: Outrage Over Bill Crosses Line

John Hough, owner of The Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d’Alene is taken into protective custody by the Coeur d’Alene Police on Wednesday, after he allegedly had a dispute with Avista about payment for an overdue bill. Alison Boggs’s SR story here. And: Tom Hasslinger’s CdA Press story here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)

Question: Percentagewise, how much blame for the angry incident at The Roosevelt Inn do you place on innkeeper John Hough and how much on Avista’s power-shutoff approach?

DOTC: No Harm, Not Much Of A Foul

Dan of the County (re: Repub Cliff Hayes missing the filing deadline for campaign finance reports): And while either a County Clerk or Secretary of State can assess a fine ($50 a day if I remember right) for late filings, it’s rarely done. The main thing is to just get the information out in a timely manner. It’s when someone completely ignores the rules or timelines that there becomes a real problem. And again, I’ve rarely seen that at the county level. While we offer training classes as well as a written manual on how and when to fill out sunshine reports it can still be a bit daunting for new candidates and treasurers that aren’t used to dealing with election laws…a bit like tax forms.

Question: Do you think the public cares much whether campaign finance reports are turned in on time? Or filled out correctly? And/Or: Will Kathy Sims long, drawn-out battle w/the city of Coeur d’Alene over campaign finance errors be a factor in her state House campaign?

Christa: We Should Cut Ward Slack

Christa Hazel: Actually, we should cut him some slack. Ward is so busy cramming for the “How To Look Like An Idahoan” refresher course that he doesn’t possibly have time to learn about other places.

Question: Any suggestions for Vaughn Ward re: how to look more like an Idahoan?

AARP Members Don’t Trust Idaho Pols

With Idaho‘s primary election just a few short days away, a new AARP survey finds the most powerful voting population in the state, the 50 plus, has already cast a surprising vote – one of no confidence.  According to a new AARP member survey released this morning, 85% said they had little to no confidence in Idaho state lawmakers to tackle the issues they care most about.  This election year, roughly 56% of all votes are expected to come from Idahoans aged 50 or older. “The low public confidence in state lawmakers is very alarming– it’s not good for anyone in Idaho, businesses, retirees and especially those elected to serve in office,” said Jim Wordelman, State Director for AARP in Idaho/PR Newswire. More here.

Question: Do you see an anti-incumbency backlash in the results of this survey?

Christa Didn’t Need No Stinkin’ $1000

When Sarah Palin visited Coeur d’Alene to sign books at Fred Meyer in December, HucksOnline regular Christa Manis was in the right place at the right time — and got drafted by the extended Palin family to help with logistics. Christa also traveled to Sandpoint for another book signing later that day. You can read all about it in the print Huckleberries I wrote back then here. I mention that now because Republicans will be paying $1000 to have their photo taken with Palin, who will be attending a fund-raiser for Vaughn Ward in Boise Friday.

Question: How much would you pay to have your photo taken w/Sarah Palin?

Commish Offer Bailouts To Developers?

We were alerted Tuesday to a stunning new draft “Emergency Ordinance” scheduled to be introduced by the Kootenai County Commissioners which would allow developers to escape their obligations under existing land use approvals and financial guarantees for up to two years by simply sending a written request. The draft bill says that the Board of County Commissioners may consider such a request at any regular meeting. But the legislation does not provide any standard for a decision by the Board, nor does the legislation require any findings of fact or law prior to granting an approval. Indeed, other than a “written request” that contains “reasons why good cause exists (minimally including an economic hardship),” these requests may evidently be granted by the Board on a whim/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here.

YouTube: Ward’s Comment On Puerto Rico

As most of you know, Republican Vaughn Ward referred to Puerto Rico as another “country” in his debate with Raul Labrador in Post Falls earlier this week. You can see for yourself exactly what the two men said re: this issue by watching this YouTube. Then, if you haven’t voted in yesterday’s poll re: this question, you still have time to do so.

Patrick: Avista Staff Uncooperative

re: Avista shut off sets off B&B owner

PatrickH: I can see how Avista could drive a person to this. They are horrible to work with on commercial accounts. There staff is uncaring, uncooperative, and not the least bit helpful when it comes to working witth small businesses. When I had my cafe dealing with Avista during the hard times was always a nightmare. I defenitly can understand Avista’s poor attitude driving someone over the edge.

Question: Is Avista too heavy handed in dealing with power shutoffs?

DOTC: Campaign Off To Good Start

Dan of the County: Anyway, just as a personal comment, I’m very pleased with the wide breath of my support this early in a campaign cycle. I had a very healthy number of small donors with no contributions larger than $100 but still have a decent total. As the lone Democrat incumbent (can I use those kind of words in a family oriented blog?), I’m always the underdog in Kootenai County and probably more than ever this year given the national and local climate. When all is said and done I expect to be significantly outspent as usual. However, I’ve usually done pretty well at running successful “bargain basement” campaigns. We’ll see.

Question: Have you ever contributed to a political campaign?

Heller: 3 Stooges

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Spokane, CdA Rank High In Car Thefts

The National Insurance Crime Bureau released statistics monitoring 2009 car thefts. This is the sixth straight year that thefts are going down, but some of the highest car theft rates are right here in the Inland Northwest. Yakima ranked the highest in the region at #6 in the nation.

The latest numbers show a car is stolen in Spokane every four hours. More than 2000 cars were taken last year. That ranked the Lilac City 18th in the nation for stolen cars. Meanwhile, Coeur d’Alene ranked at the top of the list for the state of Idaho. Last year the lake city had 204 stolen cars. A per capita rating system puts them higher than larger cities such as Boise/KHQ. More here.

Question: Have you ever had a vehicle stolen? Care to tell us about it?

Parting Shot — 5.19.10

Philadelphia Flyers’ national anthem vocalist Lauren Hart sings next to a statue of Kate Smith during a ceremony where a design of a postage stamp honoring Smith was presented, in Philadelphia, Wednesday. Smith was best known for performing composer Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.” The new stamp is scheduled to become available for sale on May 27. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Question: Some have said that they would prefer to hear “America, the Beautiful” replace our National Anthem as the song to be sung at sports events. If you could, would you mix up things a bit by subbing “America, the Beautiful” or “God Bless America” instead of the anthem at public events?

Avista Shutoff Sets Off B&B Owner

The serviceman showed up around 11 a.m. at The Roosevelt Inn Bed & Breakfast, said Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood. John and Tina Hough have owned the business for about 11 years, Tina Hough said. The power shut-off notice listed unpaid bills totaling $3,132.14. John Hough was alone in the B&B when the serviceman showed up, his wife said. Receiving the notice “just set him off” she said, because the couple has been behind on bills and was pinning hopes on the lucrative summer tourism season. All other creditors have been patient with them as they worked to catch up, she said. “We’ve been struggling to get through here,” Tina Hough said. John Hough called Avista’s customer-service center and police said he made threatening statements that included reference to a gun/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

BW: 10 Things For Palin To Do In Boise

Nathaniel Hoffman/Boise Weekly offers 10 things that Sarah Palin can do when she’s in Boise (includes Sarah Palin do-it-yourself, cut-out mask):

  • Ride Rex Rammell’s dinosaur. (Alternately, there is always the mechanical bull at Dirty Little Roddy’s.)
  • Picket the Boise Bike Week Block Party with “Drill, Baby, Drill” placard.
  • Try to get 50 free Idaho potato pins from the Idaho Potato Commission (technically only current Idaho residents are eligible for the pins, but maybe they’ll grandfather her in).
  • Go to Cabela’s and look at a big, stuffed moose.
  • Update her Facebook page with something like “Sarah Palin likes Boise Weekly’s Top 10 Things to do in Boise list. I’m going to do them all!” More here. (H/T: Sam Crawford)

Question: What do you do with your free time when you’re in Boise?

PM Headlines — 5.19.10

On his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, OrangeTV offers this shot of downtown Coeur d’Alene from the 1940s, looking north on 4th from Front. Do you see Wilson’s Drug on the right? The buildings certainly look familiar. But not the cars.

Road Kill Raccoon

OK, I asked my Facebook friends whether I should publish this superb roadkill shot by online buddy Robin Loznak of Roseburg, Ore. (and formerly w/the Great Falls, Tribune). They gave me the go-ahead and new Facebook friend Loznak posts that he has more dead animal shots. Here’s his cutline for the foto above: A dead raccoon sprawls on the center stripe of Highway 138 near Sutherlin, Ore. on Wednesday, May 18, 2010.  Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People Newspaper, has estimated that the following animals are being killed by motor vehicles in the United States annually: 41 million squirrels, 26 million cats, 22 million rats, 19 million opossums, 15 million raccoons, 6 million dogs, and 350,000 deer.” (Credit Image: © Robin Loznak/

DFO: Only 2 responded to today’s raccoon cutline contest. But this raccoon got more attention. So I’m posting it in the usual spot for cutline winners at the end of the day.

Scanner Traffic/PM — 5.19.10

  • 6:10 p.m. Caller reports that rocks have been thrown thru windows on Hydra/Post Falls residence, but nothing appears to be missing.
  • 5:53 p.m. Caller @ Nikoma & Gray Eagle/Rathdrum reports ordering a neighbor off his property after they appeared in court today on a noise complaint.
  • 5:48 p.m. An officer is w/an unattended infant who’s near the road @ William & 10th/Post Falls.
  • 5:43 p.m. David, in 800 block of E. Garden, reports he’s bleeding after another apartment resident hit him in the face.
  • 5:38 p.m. Susan reports that youngsters are touching inappropriately on south side of Rathdrum Library.
  • 5:36 p.m. Kathleen wants has questions re: livestock she found buried on her rental property.
  • 5:04 p.m. An injured black cat is walking back & forth across Ramsey & Hayden. (Update: The cat died before animal control got to it.)
  • 4:57 p.m. A disorderly male is in the Coeur d’Alene Police Department lobby
  • 4:33 p.m. Firemen are responding to smell of electrical fire @ Wells Fargo on Sherman.
  • 4:22 p.m. 3 vehicles are involved in a minor crash on I-90 @ M/P 4/Post Falls, in construction zone.
  • 4:16 p.m. 2 teen boys are packing rifles as they walk along McGuire/Post Falls.
  • Much more below

Coroner Hopefuls Fund Own Campaigns

The 4 Kootenai County coroner candidates are almost entirely funding their primary campaigns by personal loans. Demo Jody DeLuca Hissong has the most money on hand, after loaning herself $3000. Hissong is running unopposed for the Dem nomination. Douglas Stafford, Debbie Wilkey and Tom Cronin are seeking the Republican nomination:

  • Jody DeLuca Hissong has raised #615 and spent $231, for a balance of $3383. She has loaned her campaign $3000. She has received 2 contributions of $100 or more, including one from Todd Tondee for $150. Jody DeLuca Hissong report here.
  • Douglas Stafford has loaned himself and spent $2059. Douglas Stafford report here.
  • Debbie Wilkey’s report is hard to read. She seems to say that she has raised $1223 and spent $2971, and has a balance of $848 and outstanding debt of $209. There’s some in-kind money in the mix. I’ll let you figure it out yourself with her report here.
  • Tom Cronin has loaned his campaign and spent $948. Tom Cronin report here.

English Out-Raising Hayes In Clerk Race

Incumbent Dan English has raised four times as much as Republican Cliff Haydens in the Kootenai County clerk’s race in which both are running unopposed for their party’s nominations:

  • Dan English has raised $2600 in cash and a $750 personal loan — and spent $798, for a cash balance of $1801. He has received 8 cash contributions of $100. Dan English report here.
  • Cliff Hayes, who turned in his finance statement a day after the filing deadline, has raised $603 and spent $101, for a balance of $502. He has received 4 contributions of $100 or more, including $250 from Larry Gilman/Post Falls. Cliff Hayes report here.

Challenger Green Has $19K Warchest

Challenger Dan Green has more than five times as much money on hand as the incumbent in his three-way race to claim Commissioner Rich Piazza’ District 3 seat. Stay tuned:

  • Dan Green has raised $19,378 and spent $17,781, for a balance of $1598. He has loaned himself $6400 and has received $3339 in in-kind contributions. He has received 23 contributions of $100 or more, including donations of $1000 from James Eisses/CdA and Michael L. Henkoski/Athol’ $750 from Robert L. Daugherty/Spokane; and $500 apiece from Lorna C. Finman/Post Falls, Bill Robinette/Hayden, Judith Eisses/CdA, and Conda Mitchell/CdA. Dan Green report here.
  • Rich Piazza has raised $3675 and spent $3408, for a balance of $267. Piazza has loaned his campaign $1000 of that amount. He has received 11 contributions of $100 or more, including $500 from Wayne A. Gianotti/Seattle; $300 from Merritt Bros./Athol and N.M. Cushman/Hayden; $250 from Jerry Rega/Henderson, NV.; and $200 apiece from Sandra Young/CdA, Clara Turnipseed/Hayden Lake. Rich Piazza report here.
  • Kevin Ratigan has raised no money but loaned his campaign $1500. He has spent $1113, for a cash balance of $387. Kevin Ratigan report here.

Local Biz Owner Taken Into Custody

  • Alison Boggs’ is working on a story re: this incident involving Roosevelt Inn owner John Hough. She has talked to Hough’s. Stay tuned.

HucksOnline has learned the following from spokeswoman Christie Wood re: the man taken into custody over the utility dispute: “The male was never on the roof. This started as the male having a dispute with Avista over his bill. The Avista employee went to the address to shut off the power. The male called the Avista office in front of the employee and had a heated conversation with them. I cannot release the details of his statements except to acknowledge he was threatening and mentioned a weapon. Much more below.

Foes Out-Raise Incumbent Rick Currie

Challengers Chris Fillios and Jai Nelson have raised and spent two and three times as much as incumbent Rick Currie in their attempt to unseat the veteran commissioner from District 2. The 7-day pre-election campaign finance statements show:

  • Chris Fillios has raised $9348 in contributions and personal loans and spent $9279, for a balance of $69. He has loaned himself $4181. He has received 18 donations of $100 or more, including $500 apiece from Brent Regan/CdA, Hamid A. Wasti/CdA, & Conda Mitchell, CdA; $300 from Norb S. Twillmann/Harrison; $250 from Eugene Fillios/Santa Monica, CA, & Gary Schneidmiller/Post Falls, Robert & Janell Anderson/Harrison, and Nancy Currie/Harrison. Chris Fillios report here.
  • Jai Nelson has raised $7239 and spent $6756, for a balance of $483. She has loaned herself $2000 and received $550 in in-kind services from William Brown/CdA. She has received 11 donations of $100 or more, including $1000 from Mike & Pam Hnkoski/Athol; $500 from Mary Brown/CdA and H.A. Wasti/CdA; and $250 from Phil Hart/Athol and R.G. Nelson/CdA. Jai Nelson report here.
  • Rick Currie has raised $2707 and spent $2620, for a balance of $88. Currie has received 7 donations of $100 or more, including an in-kind one for $1000 from Fightin’ Creek and cash contributions of $500 from Bruce Oliver/Post Falls; $300 from Andy’s Heating & Cooling/Hayden Lake; and $200 each from John Robideaux/CdA and Robert Turnipseed/Hayden Lake. Rick Currie report here.

Hump Day Wild Card — 5.19.10

I’ll be reviewing and posting campaign finance reports that were due at 5 o’clock Tuesday, beginning with the races for county commissioner and coroner. I’ll get to the legislative races, as I have time today. Should be interesting reading. Before I even look, any of you Berry Pickers have a guess who has spent the most for county office? North Idaho legislative office? You can use this Wild Card to make a guess or to launch your own threads …

Get Your Photo w/Sarah Palin For $1000

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin shows her hand with the saying “I am the NRA” as she speaks during the NRA national convention in Charlotte, N.C., Friday. Palin will be flying to Boise Friday to stump for Republican Vaughn Ward in his 1st Congressional District primary race against Raul Labrador. You can get your photo taken w/her for $1000. Story here. Story here. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Vaughn Ward for Congress poster w/Sarah Palin here

Question: Can you think of a politician that you’d pay $1000 to have your photo taken with?

Q6: Kellogg Flag Flap Starts Recall Try

The Veterans of the City of Kellogg, Idaho served a Petition of Recall for all 6 city council members and the mayor. The Petition was signed by 20 verified registered voters, notarized, and delivered to the city clerk Wednesday morning. Some of the people of Kellogg are angry about the City Councils decision to move a 50 year old Veterans Memorial, their refusal to fly the American Flag on the Flagpole in Memorial Park or the Football field, and their refusal to answer any questions presented to them about these actions/Bill McGinty, KHQ. More here.

Question: Would you support this recall effort against the Kellogg mayor and City Council? Or do you think the veterans are being unreasonable?

KHQ’s Shred Day Under Way

KHQ’s Shred Day is underway right now, what are you doing to keep your personal information safe? Experts say, with identity theft on the rise, now more than ever it is important to shred all sensitive documents you might have lying around your home, or at work. As part of Shred Day this year, KHQ followed one local business working to keep your personal information safe. PAML on the South Hill, a company that works in the Health Care industry, says not only is shredding your documents the right thing to do, it’s critical/KHQ. More here.

Question: Do you shred sensitive documents? Or do you simply throw them in the trash?

Rexburg Teachers Plan To Work Less

From the May 15, 2010 Idaho Falls Post-Register: “Teacher negotiations are the last piece of the budget puzzle in Rexburg, where trustees are trying to make about $3 million in cuts. Last week, teachers turned down the trustees’ proposal of 10.5 percent in pay cuts over three years … . Sherri Christensen, REA (Rexburg Education Association) president, said she understands board members’ caution but the situation is frustrating. ‘If we’re getting paid less, we will work less,” Christensen said. “Some of us really will have to go out and find another job.’” To broadcast to the world a potential pay cut will mean a work slowdown should be unthinkable in tough times when many people would be grateful to HAVE a job, even one where they had to take a temporary pay cut/Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: What do you make of the announced stand by the Rexburg Education Association that teachers will respond to less pay by working less?

INW Headlines: Off To Jellystone

Mishka, a Karelian bear dog that helped State Fish and Wildlife agents capture a black bear in a ravine near State Route 16 and Pearl in Tacoma, Wash., earlier today, takes a final sniff as the tranquilized bear was carried to a mobile holding cage. Story here. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Dean J. Koepfler)

Hi-Noon: That Sad Look From Dentists

On Facebook, sidekick CindyH posted this morning that she was on her way to the dentist “which isn’t fun anymore since they won’t give me nitrous oxide for routine cleanings. Then there’s the lying about flossing. This time I’m going to tell the truth.” Which prompted another commenter to post: “Look. I don’t floss unless I’m trying to cram for this dental exam. I know I should. I’m a bad person. Blah. Blah. Blah. I should floss more. Noted. Let’s move on.” To which, Cindy responded: “It’s the sad look of disappointment that’s hard to deal with. I mean I only see these people twice a year, but I crave their approval. And a prize from the treasure box.” (SR File Photo for illustrative purposes)

Question: Do all dentists give patients that sad look, even once in awhile, to make us feel bad re: not doing all we can do to protect the pearly whites?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 5.19.10

  • 11:56 a.m. Randall reports that bicyclists are hogging the road on Upriver Drive.
  • 11:45 a.m. Caller in 5300 block of E. Ohio Match reports a strange pitbull is sleeping in her driveway.
  • 11:08 a.m. Fisherman on the shore of Hauser Lake are creating a road safety hazard.
  • 11:04 a.m. Coeur d’Alene police have apprehended the angry male on Wallace.
  • 10:58 a.m. The upset man on Wallace is now on top of a building w/a rifle in his hand. Coeur d’Alene police are shutting down the streets in the area around the building. They are also surrounding the building.
  • 10:55 a.m. LeeAnn, on Rimrock, has contained her neighbor’s hound dog.
  • 10:54 a.m. Melanie wants to report an Internet scam.
  • 10:52 a.m. H&W asks authorities to check on a student who stayed home from school — and has been the victim of child abuse.
  • 10:49 a.m. A man has threatened to shoot an Avista utility man who was trying to shut off his power in 100 block of Wallace Avenue/CdA.
  • 10:18 a.m. Someone is using Christie’s credit card w/o permission.
  • 9:52 a.m. A 2YO had stopped breathing during a seizure in 2800 block of E 12th/Post Falls. But he started breathing again before EMTs arrived.
  • 9:49 a.m. Shannon wants an update re: keys that found at Huetter rest stop that she turned into police.
  • 9:35 a.m. A drunk is staggering from Compton & Treaty Rock/Post Falls.
  • 9:28 a.m. Caller has questions re: the steel gate his Latour Creek/Cataldo neighbor is installing.
  • 9 a.m. Harmony House on Maple/Hayden reports that a new resident left w/o permission or taking her prescription drugs.
  • 8:58 a.m. Motorist reports he has followed a silver pickup that almost hit him, to the Home Depot parking lot. The other driver is now angry and standing outside his car.
  • 8:50 a.m. Female on Snapdragon/Hauser reports her neighbor is harassing her for complaining to police re: his barking dog.
  • 8:14 a.m. Jamie has taken a rottweiler she found near Mica Grange to humane society.

Mansfield: Labrador Story Compelling

I forgot to ask congressional candidate Raul Labrador a question I’ve wondered about for some time: Can a guy named Raul, from Puerto Rico originally, win a race in the overwhelmingly white 1st Congressional District of Idaho. Spokesman Dennis Mansfield offered this reply a few minutes ago: “When people hear about his story (being from Puerto Rico story and coming to the continental states and the single mother who raised him), We’ve found it becomes a compelling story. It’s almost counterintuitive that Idaho would have a Hispanic, conservative congressman. Raul’s life is counterintuitive. He came from a Kennedy Democrat family, and along with his mom, became a Reagan conservative. That’s why Raul resonates with the Reaganites.”

Question: Is Raul Labrador’s first name and Hispanic background a plus or a minus to him as he runs for the 1st Congressional District nod in the GOP primary?

APhoto Of The Day — 5.19.10

A raccoon peers out from his home in a hole in a tree in Moreland Hills, Ohio on Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Vaughn Ward dares to peek out of his hiding place, hoping the tempest has blown over — Cabbage Boy.
  • 2. The before picture. It’s just sad — JeanieS.
  • 3. The cutline contest has a rocky racoon day — JohnA.

HBO Poll: OK For West To Back Wilkey

  • Monday Poll: 73 of 122 respondents (60%) support the fact that retiring Coroner Bob West endorsed Deb Wilkey in a 3-way GOP race to succeed him. 37 of 122 (30%) believe he should have stayed neutral.
  • Today’s Poll: Does it matter to you that congressional candidate Vaughn Ward believes Puerto Rico is a foreign country?

Sestak Dumps Specter In Dem Primary

Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., along with his daughter, Alex, and his wife, Susan, celebrate at a primary night watch event at the Valley Forge Military Academy & College in Wayne, Pa., Tuesday. Sestak beat incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter, in the Democratic Senate primary. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Question: On his political blog for the Bellingham Herald, Sam Taylor provides a link to a Politico post that sez last night’s results is evidence that the R’s won’t celebrate monster gains in Congress this November. How do you read the tea leaves?

KXLY: Feds Probe CdA Debit Card Fraud

The United States Secret Service is investigating a series of frauds in the Coeur d’Alene area in which more than a dozen people had their debit card numbers stolen. Everyone reported the fraud reports using the cards at the Schlotzsky’s in Coeur d’Alene, but investigators do not believe Schlotzsky’s has anything to do with the thefts. The manager of the store says they are aware of the problem and they are cooperating with authorities to determine what happened. The Secret Service believes the frauds are connected to an international online fraud ring/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.

Question: Do you feel safe using a debit card?

Idaho Dad: Family Blog Turns 6 Today

This blog is six years old today. Seems like ages since I first started writing about being a dad. That’s a lot of thinking and sorting and guessing on the subject of fatherhood. But it’s not so much what I’ve written that has made me a better dad. No, it’s the other dad blogs I’ve connected with over the years. It’s their posts and comments and personal emails that have made this all worthwhile. So, cheers to them on my 6th birthday. I appreciate the mom bloggers too. One of whom as become a good friend to my family/Idaho Dad, A Family Runs Through It. More here.

  • Meghann Cuniff’s Sirens & Gavels celebrates 1st Blogiversary today here

Question: How has blogging — or being involved regularly in online discussion on a blog — affected your life?

Press: Speak Up Or Pay Up

Washington state is forging ahead with its insistence that Idaho cities meet a more difficult standard of wastewater discharge than do Washington dischargers. Disappointing, yes. Surprising? Nope. When Washington Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant decreed that the two neighbors would be held to different water quality standards, not even the ducks downriver gave a quack. Business as usual. But this business as usual, barring an unexpected veto from the federal Environmental Protection Agency or from the courts, is going to cost you. In fact, the phospherous-o-meter is running right now/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Is it right for Washington to insist that North Idaho meet more stringent wastewater discharge demands that it does?

Moscow Recalls 2007 Sniper Shootings

(Moscow) Mayor Nancy Chaney said Tuesday memories of the sniper shootings in 2007 won’t go away, but Moscow is still a safe place. “Has life returned to normal for most people? Yes. But have we forgotten? Absolutely not,” she said. “I think newcomers to the area will see Moscow as a safe, friendly community and that’s unchanged, but there are some wounds that are still there.” Today is the three-year anniversary of an “ambush-style” attack committed by Jason Hamilton. He killed his wife, a church caretaker, Officer Lee Newbill and himself, and seriously injured Sgt. Brannon Jordan and a University of Idaho student/Kelsey Samuels, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Lewiston Tribune photo: Flowers adorn the area near the First Presbyterian Church at Moscow after the shooting in Moscow three years ago that left three dead.)

Question: Is your North Idaho community as safe today as it was 3 years ago?

AM: Dog d’Alene Rules Downtown CdA

At More Main Street, Kerri Thoersen writes: “My dog-daughter, Annie, made a lot of new friends at Dog d’Alene in downtown Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, including the mascot from Paws and Claws Pet Resort. David Cole/Press reports on Dog d’Alene here.

Question: Hmm. There’s Car d’Alene and now Dog d’Alene. Do we do too much around here by adding “d’Alene” to things? Should there be a Blog d’Alene instead of Blogfest?

Debate: Why Didn’t Butch Show Up?

Two of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s primary election challengers lashed out at him during a statewide debate Tuesday night, while Otter declined to participate in the matchup that aired live statewide on Idaho Public Television. “I’d like to ask him why he thinks he’s above having his ideas challenged by the public,” said GOP challenger Rex Rammell, a veterinarian from Rexburg. “Isn’t it the responsibility of the top elected official of the state of Idaho to let the people know what your ideas are? … Why didn’t you show up for this?”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you more or less likely to vote for Gov. Butch Otter after he skipped a chance to present the public w/his ideas at the gubernatorial debate broadcast statewide?

Sis: I Love Delusions Of The Right

Sisyphus: I  love the delusions of the right. You tell them they’re a movement, put pictures on the TV showing a bunch of misspelled signs, tell them that a purely fictitious “2 million” showed up in Washington and they believe they’re going to take over the country. They believe any apparition so long as its coming from Fox. So yesterday they have a special election in a competitive congressional district in Pennsylvania, a district Obama lost in 2008, and the Democrat carries it by 8 points. This is where illusions get shattered by the cold stone facts. Nevertheless I don’t expect that to phase the Captain’s delusional ardor one iota.

Question: Is there any solid evidence yet that the Tea Party movement is having an impact at the ballot box?

Debate: Is Puerto Rico A Country?

One of the most heated moments of the forum came after a woman asked whether the candidates would support Puerto Rico becoming a state. Labrador, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, said he would support it if it makes a case of becoming a contributing state. However, he said now isn’t the time to consider it because of more pressing issues. Ward said now, nor the foreseeable future, isn’t the time to grow the country with other business to take care of. Labrador quickly corrected Ward when he referred to Puerto Rico as a country, not a territory of the U.S. Ward said he doesn’t care what it is, he doesn’t support expanding the country. Labrador then added: “Obviously you don’t (care)”/Brian Walker, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

  • Dennis Mansfield’s running commentary of last night’s debate, including back-and-forth b/n candidates re: Puerto Rico here
  • Kevin Richert’s running commentary on Ullman/Rammell guv debate here

Question: Does it matter that Vaughn Ward didn’t know whether Puerto Rico was a country or a territory?


Signe: Illegal U-Turn

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Sunny: 1st Zucchini Alert Of Summer

At Bent’s Beer Garden, Sunny posts w/exclamation points: “Yes we have zucchini!!! … .and yes you can use it to make more than just bread. One plant will provide you with more than enough zucchini for the entire season.” Now, I don’t know about you. But zucchini is a staple in the vegetable part of my garden. Gotta have ‘em, along with yellow crooknecks and some other type of squash that usually doesn’t grow for some reason. Also, I’m neighborly enough not to try to pawn the ones that grow to the size of large hogs because I forget to check them every day.

Question: What do you do w/your excess zucchini squash late in the summer when you’re overrun by them?

Parting Shot — 5.18.10

Actress Mallika Sherawat, left, poses with a snake during a photo call for “Hisss”, at the 63rd international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Sunday. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Question: Could you star with a snake in a movie?

Mount St. Helens Wild Card — 5.18.10

Congressional candidate Raul Labrador is dropping by for a brief online chat at 1:30 this afternoon, prior to his debate this evening w/Vaughn Ward and Harley Brown in Post Falls. Feel free to offer a question for the interview. I’m only going to ask 5 or so. (BTW, I was en route to a church potluck northeast of Kalispell, Mont., when Mount St. Helen blew, in case you wanted to know.) Now, for today’s Wild Card …

Scanner Traffic PM — 5.18.10

  • 5:24 p.m. CdA police are stopping a black Chevy @ 15th & Best that contains an approximate 12YO youth who was heard screaming by another motorist a few minutes ago @ Sunnyside & Blue Creek.
  • 5:19 p.m. Pickup w/dirt & shovels in stalled @ i/s of Greensferry & Poleline/Post Falls.
  • 5:17 p.m. 12YO boy is being taken to hospital by mother after he fell on his skateboard while being pulled by a vehicle driven by a friend. Unknown location.
  • 4:38 p.m. Caller on Sheep Springs Road/Athol reports an ongoing problem w/neighbor who doesn’t want her driving more than 5 mph past his place.
  • 4:36 p.m. Caller @ Stampede & Hell Roaring/Athol reports that a tree fell on him, exposing his skull. But he’s going to wait 15 minutes until his wife arrives before seeking medical attention.
  • 4:02 p.m. Female wants to speak to an officer re: her ex kidnapping their kids in 2009.
  • 3:48 p.m. Authorities are looking for a 5-6, 132-pound male w/a birth mark that looks like the USA under this right eye.
  • More below

PM Headlines — 5.18.10

State Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Meridian, received the endorsement of state Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Post Falls, today, before his debate with Vaughn Ward and Harley Brown tonight in Post Falls. Others in the photo are Cathyanne Nonini (left) and Rebecca Labrador. (Photo/Labrador Twitter)

APhoto Of The Day — 5.18.10

Chandra Bailey, (361) and Elizabeth Maddoux (363) watch as Kristin Mathias (120 center) and others dance on stage for the judges during the 2010 preliminary auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News,Vernon Bryant)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. It was porn, journalism, or this, Kellie recalled as she prepared for her audition with the only employer still hiring — Brent Andrews.
  • 2. Number 363 is left to ponder her new career after being let go as a cashier from the Dollar Store, and all because she asked for a price check on aisle 5 — John Austin.
  • 3. Kristin Mathias reacts to finding out she won a date with Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo — CoeurGenX.
  • HM: JeanieS, Idaho Dad, and almost everyone else. Good job.

Cindy: Out, Out Damn ‘Lieutenant’

On Facebook, Cindy commented that she’s adding “Lieutenant” and “camaraderie” to her list of words she can never spell right on the first try.

Question: What words do you usually misspell on the first try?

Raul Meets Huckleberries’ Hound

I didn’t realize that Dennis Mansfield or Jim Clark was taking a photo of my interview w/Raul Labrador (via Labrador Twitter) — or I might have tidied up Huckleberries Central a bit. See all my toys? I enjoyed meeting Labrador. Indeed, he’s a hard guy not to like. Wished more politicians could smile and remain friendly with the opposition no matter whether they agree or disagree.

Question: Is your desk better organized than mine?

Tribe: Jorgenson Immigration Plan Nuts

Marc Stewart, spokesman of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe: “Every tribe in Idaho would strongly oppose any such legislation.”

CdA Filmed ‘Dirtbag’ Available On Video

Via OrangeTV’s Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page: “Teenage Dirtbag” was filmed in Cd’A a few years back and it is truly a fantastic, thoughtful and memorable movie. Highly recommended. Anyone else agree? (BTW, it’s available to rent at Video Theater and Hastings).

Question: Do you plan to see Coeur d’Alene filmed “Teenage Dirtbag”?

Resort Course In Great Shape Early

The spectacular Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course is well-known for its floating green on the 14th hole and beautiful location on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The park-like course is continually ranked among the best resort golf courses in the United States by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, and more. Although the course is well-known for priding itself on course conditioning (Golf Digest has proclaimed Coeur d’Alene “The Best Conditioned Course in America”), golf pro Andy MacKimmie says conditions are currently better than ever, due to the mild winter which has put play about a month ahead in terms of course conditioning/Idaho Golf Trail Newsletter. More here

Question: How often do you golf at the Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course? Where do you usually golf?

Laura Silsby Returns To Boise Area

Laura Silsby, center, of Meridian arrives at the Boise airport today. The missionary was released from a Haitian jail on Monday after being held for over three months accused of trying to take 33 children from Haiti after the deadly January earthquake. Silsby was freed Monday when a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Joe Jaszewski)

  • Joe Jaszewski/Idaho Statesman (via Twitter) does a bang-up job w/camera documenting Silsby’s return to Idaho today. Click here.

Palin Coming To Boise To Back Ward

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has agreed to come to Idaho to help generate support for Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward. Ward campaign spokesman Mike Tracy told The Associated Press Tuesday that Palin will attend a public campaign rally Friday in Boise. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee was an early supporter of Ward’s bid to win the nomination to compete against Democrat Walt Minnick to represent Idaho’s 1st Congressional District. In March, Palin endorsed Ward on her Facebook page/Associated Press. More here.

DFO: Raul Labrador learned from spokesman Dennis Mansfield about this as I was conducting the quick online interview with him this afternoon. He didn’t seem pleased. But he said when I directly questioned him about it that people will be turning out in Boise to see Palin, not necessarily to support Ward.

Question: Is Labrador right about Palin’s appearance on behalf of Ward?

DFO’s 5 Questions For Raul Labrador

Vaughn Ward, left, and Raul Labrador, center, join Bruce Reichert of Idaho Public Television for a coin toss before the pair’s statewide debate last week. The two men and candidate Harley Brown will meet in Post Falls tonight for a debate before the Pachyderm Club. (SR Photo/Betsy Russell)

  • DFO: In one interview I read, the writer (Dan Popkey) compared you to Bill Sali w/a smile? Are your politics very similar to Sali’s?
  • Raul Labrador: I’m very conservative. I’ve been a solid conservative vote in Idaho Legislature. I always have a smile. I get along with people. I’m always cordial friendly. I treat people with respect, whether I agree with them or disagree with them.
  • DFO: I’ve kidded w/your spokesman Dennis Mansfield that you must have someone embedded in the Vaughn Ward campaign to mess things up for your opponent. How can you explain the series missteps by the other guy?
  • Labrador: I don’t think I can. It’s really disappointing to see a young man who has served his country honorably … to see there may be problems of credibility and maybe of honesty. More below

2nd Farmer’s Market Mostly Sunny

“Our second Saturday at the Kootenai County Farmer’s Market was a success,” posts Sunny/Bent’s Beer Garden, “and the sun was actually shining this time. As you can see, I had lots of help…pictured at Mostly Sunny’s booth # 29 (from left to right) is my oldest daughter Brittany, my granddaughter Abby, and of course daughter Meghan…aka Daisy Girl. I was very lucky to have all the help… we got so busy that daughter Brittany had to make a trip back to the greenhouse for more plants.” More here.

Question: What have you planted in your garden so far?

Herb: Zealots Not All Right Wing

Herb: Zealots are not all on the right wing. How soon we forget the liberal blocking of freeways, sit-ins in courthouses and armed forces recruiting offices back in the ‘60’s. Oops, I sometimes forget that it was the parents of todays liberals that did that. Perhaps after they grew up they somehow forgot to pass those experiences on to you. Heck, up here in Bayview, we recently had a sit-in by some lefties, (some or most are my friends, or used to be before I wrote about them) The cause? The replacement of a park bench in the boat launch area in Farragut State Park. It turn out the bench had reached it’s end of useful life, and the park decided it wasn’t a good place for foot traffic, what with boat trailers backing up with limited sight lines. They decided not to replace it and a cause celeb was born.

Question: Do protests generally work to achieve goals of the protesters? Please give examples.

Jorgenson To Push Arizona Reform

A northern Idaho lawmaker says he’ll push Arizona-style immigration reform if voters return him to the state Legislature. Sen. Mike Jorgenson, a Hayden Lake Republican, still must survive his May 25 GOP primary, where he faces Steve Vick. There’s no Democratic foe for November’s general election. Jorgenson, who has tried unsuccessfully to enact a law to punish Idaho employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens, vowed to push “an exact duplicate of the Arizona law” in the 2011 Legislature. Arizona’s new law requires police to ask for citizenship documents from those suspected of committing a crime, if officers had reasonable cause to believe the suspect was an illegal alien. Jorgenson says following suit in Idaho would “force Congress to get off their kiesters.” At least nine states are considering Arizona-style laws/Associated Press.

Question: Will Jorgenson’s push for Arizona-style immigration reform help him in his GOPrimary fight against Steve Vick? Or hurt him?

Twin Falls Blog Stirs Up GOP

The Twin Falls County Republican Central Committee has attracted undesired attention on different fronts: an anonymous blog and complaints about the organization’s financial information are all in the mix. If anything, the attention means area Republicans have to fend off allegations of improper handling of financial records. Sometimes officials cannot even respond publicly because they don’t know who their accuser is. Ken Edmunds, former treasurer of the central committee, found that out the hard way. When he resigned last week, an anonymous blog called “Twin Falls Republican Party Restoration” suggested a possible reason was because the blog put heat on Edmunds for his work as treasurer. “They misrepresent things so badly, it’s very irritating,” Edmunds said/Ben Botkin, Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (Illustration: Newscom)

Question: I’ve often wondered why anonymous bloggers and posters in this community rattle elected officials so much. How much influence do you think they have anyway?

INorthwest Headlines — 5.18.10

A viewing scope at Johnston Ridge at Mount St. Helens is covered in water droplets and fog on the 30th anniversary of the volcano’s violent May 18, 1980, eruption, earlier today in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Hi-Noon: Real ‘Breakfast Of Champions’

Cindy: If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, shouldn’t we eat our most important foods then? For me that would be PB chocolate ice cream, a juicy grilled ribeye, steamed new potatoes slathered in butter, smoked salmon with capers and onions on a chewy baguette, and a chunk of dark chocolate. I’m thinking that says “important”. In fact it may say, “Breakfast of Champions.”

Question: What’s your idea of a ‘real breakfast of champions’?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 5.18.10

  • Noon: Someone is suffering a seizure at Coeur d’Alene High.
  • 11:48 a.m. CdA police are looking for a 6-0, 240-pound teen male w/a scar over his left eye who was last seen at CdA high Monday morning.
  • 11:27 a.m. Caller wants to talk to police re: his missing horse and donkey.
  • 11:19 a.m. Caller reports that a loose pitbull is rooting through garbage cans @ Huetter & Prairie.
  • 11:14 a.m. A male is threatening to cut his throat unless he gets a refill on his prescription drugs.
  • 10:58 a.m. Caller wants to know what to do w/a litter of kittens he found on his property.
  • 10:56 a.m. A small child has called 911 and is refusing to allow dispatchers to talk to a parent.
  • 10:36 a.m. A vehicle has rolled over an embankment 4 miles in on Black Lake Road/St. Maries area. No one was injured.
  • 10:35 a.m. Rob, from a local water company, reports the theft of water.
  • 9:47 a.m. Motorist asks for a welfare check on teen male walining along I-90 @ M/P 26 (near Big Cedar Creek).
  • 9:37 a.m. 2 pugs are running loose @ Paddlewheel & Hauser Lake Road/Hauser, an ongoing problem.
  • 9:28 a.m. Caller from Emerald Estates/Hayden reports that his teen son has been missing since Monday morning.
  • 9:24 a.m. An injury accident is reported in parking lot of Shopko, on Ironwood/CdA.
  • 8:59 a.m. A 40ish male is unconscious on the grassy knoll behind G.W. Hunter’s on Spokane/Post Falls.
  • 8:17 a.m. EMTs are responding to the report of an overdose on prescription drugs on Julia/CdA.

HBO Blogosphere — 5.18.10

Although home-school is winding down and there’s plenty left to do before summer break starts, Idaho Dad/A Family Runs Through It found some time to allow his kids to dig in the dirt along the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

HBO Poll: Just Say No To IB

  • Monday Poll: 102 of 216 respondents (47.2%) said that the Coeur d’Alene School District shouldn’t be involved in the International Baccalaureate program. 98 of 216 respondents (45.4%) said the district should be involved in the program. 16 of 216 (7.4%) were undecided.
  • Supreme Court Ruling: 89 of 114 respondents (78%) agreed with the U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that “sexually dangerous” individuals can be kept locked up indefinitely. 22 of 114 respondents disagreed with the decision.
  • Today’s Poll (in lefthand rail): Should Coroner Bob West have endorsed Deb Wilkey to succeed him?

New Ward Issue Matches Another Site

Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has posted three new issue statements on his website - and portions of one of them, on the war in Iraq, match, nearly word-for-word, the national security issue statement of freshman Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, the son of the longtime congressman and former Armed Services Committee chairman Duncan Hunter Sr., who in February came to Idaho to campaign for Ward. Ward and the younger Hunter have much in common; both are Marine veterans who served in combat in Iraq/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Does the latest incident of copying from other websites indicate the problem with Vaughn Ward’s campaign may be deeper than ousted spokesman Ryan O’Barto?

Sandpoint Roundabout Being Built

Concrete workers finish the sidewalks at the corner of Larch Street and Boyer Avenue in Sandpoint in preparation for the opening of the roundabout at the intersection scheduled for next week/Ralph Bartholdt, Skookum Photography, via Facebook.

DFO: I was a vocal critic of roundabouts, when they first cropped up in Coeur d’Alene, by the Nazarene Church on 4th and by Skyway Elementary, in Coeur d’Alene Place. Later, I changed my mind. They seem to be a quick, safe way to get through congested intersections that don’t warrant a four-way stop or traffic lights.

Question: What do you think of roundabouts?

Local IB Protest Makes Washington Post

Not for the first time we have protesters — this time in Idaho — trying to get the International Baccalaureate program tossed out of schools because, they say, it is, anti-American. Usually the most serious threat to the IB is its sort-of rival, the Advanced Placement program. But allegations that the international education program is not only anti-American but also Marxist and anti-Christian have led to controversies in recent years in several states, including Utah, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The program isn’t any of the things the protesters say it is. IB is a rigorous program for students ages 3 to 19, now in about 3,000 schools, in 139 countries, that teaches students to understand issues from an international perspective/Valerie Strauss, The Answer Sheet, Washington Post. More here.

H/T: Nick Adams

Question: Are you surprised that the local protest has caught the attention of the Washington Post?

Difference b/n Newspapering & Porn

On Facebook, Overheard in the Newsroom (a site dedicated to printing the “best overheard comments and conversation in any newsroom”) offers this today: ” “The porn industry and newspaper industry are both struggling thanks to the internet … but people still pay for porn.”

Burdick: Activist Courts Yield Poor Results

In his interview with the editorial board of the Idaho Statesman (which can be accessed on that paper’s website), Judge John Bradbury stated that rather than taking the Supreme Court’s approach, he would have sent the case back to the district court to determine how much money was required in order to fix the defective school buildings (a state estimate placed the amount at between $700 million and $1 billion), that he would then have mandated the Legislature to come up with the money and, if it did not make the necessary appropriation, he would hold the Legislature in contempt of court. This is activist approach that would have taken longer to resolve the matter and have produced a constitutional confrontation between the court and the Legislature/Justice Roger Burdick, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you want the courts to rule strictly on the law — or to be somewhat activist?

Trib Tabs Doug Bauer As New Editor

Doug Bauer, the managing editor at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, is being promoted to the same position at the Lewiston Tribune, as Paul Emerson retires. Bauer, 37, will begin supervising about 30 newsroom employees on May 26, just two days before Emerson completes 29 years in the job. Bauer was selected from a field of 44 candidates that was narrowed to three, including another in-house candidate. Bauer met the criteria for the position of being a person of character who will be a partner in charting the course of the region’s newspaper, said Nathan Alford, editor and publisher of the Tribune and the Daily News. “He starts with a passion and respect for the region’s people and communities. He loves where he lives. That’s one of the keys to success in newspapers. You’ve got a foundation for success”/Elaine Williams, Lewiston Tribune. More here

Question: How important is the Lewiston Tribune to Idaho’s newspaper industry?

AM Headlines — 5.18.10

Dogwalk Musings reports that a field mower ran over the top of this nest on the Rathdrum Prairie Sunday. Unbelievably, she continues, “not one broken egg and Mom was sitting on them this morning.”

Statesman: Jones Earns Another Term

(Incumbent Donna) Jones is stronger on the controller’s one policy function: voting on the Idaho Land Board. Jones joins Attorney General Lawrence Wasden in pushing for higher lease rates on cabin sites at Payette and Priest lakes - although she is noncommittal about Wasden’s decision to sue the board over the issue. Hatfield says he is not fully up to speed on this issue - a troubling sign, considering Hatfield lives in McCall, center stage for the cabin lease battle/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Without looking, could you have told us who is Idaho’s state controller at the moment? Or what the controller does?

Names Released In Fatal CdA Crash

Justin M. Allen, 20, of Coeur d’Alene, was killed and his passenger Garrett J. Kienke, 20, of Post Falls was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash at 9th & Lakeside at 7:21 p.m. Monday. According to the Idaho State Police, the two men were westbound on a 2005 Suzuki when the driver lost control while approaching and braking for northbound traffic at the 9th Street intersection. Both occupants were ejected and came to rest in the intersection. INeither man was wearing a helmet. ISP is continuing the Investigation.

Mount St. Helens Plus 30 Years

After several months of seismic buildup, Mount St. Helens’ eruption on May 18, 1980, may have been among the most anticipated in modern history. But the size and force of the blast, the landslide and mudflow from superheated snow were far beyond expectations. A magnitude-5.1 earthquake below the volcano triggered a blast that blew out the top 1,300 feet of the volcano, pushing some 3.7 billion cubic yards of debris to the north and west. Temperatures in the blast zone reached an estimated 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Trees were snapped off and laid down like dominoes. An avalanche of debris rushed down the North Toutle River, raising it as much as 600 feet in some spots, wiping out bridges and burying roads. Fifty-seven people died/Jim Camden, SR. More here.

Question: What were you doing when the mountain blew up?

DOTC: Voter Interest Light So Far

I don’t know how accurate of an “intensity indicator” it is, but on Saturday we had had our elections office open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for early absentee voting and only had a little over a dozen voters show up. For several years now, we’ve had one Saturday voting session before each Primary or General for people who want to vote early in-person but who can’t make it during the work week.  Hopefully we may still have a gang-buster turnout on election day but so far the absentee interest seems pretty light …

Question: For all the noise about the election so far, is it possible that the turnout will be lighter than expected?

Signe: Terrorizing New York

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Downtown CdA Crash Kills Motorcyclist

Authorities are on scene of a fatal motorcycle accident at 9th and Lakeside in downtown Coeur d’ Alene. One person is confirmed dead and another is in critical condition at a local hospital. KHQ’s Kevin Randall was first on scene and will bring you the latest when we receive it. The crash occurred about 8 p.m. when the motorcycle’s brakes locked, according to initial reports/KHQ.

Will Palin Visit Idaho To Back Ward?

Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward’s campaign says it is “just a rumor at this point” that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will come to Idaho on behalf of Ward’s campaign. “We don’t have confirmation of anything at this point,” said Mike Tracy, the new campaign spokesman for the 1st District GOP hopeful. “Right now people are speculating.” Palin endorsed Ward on March 30, along with two other veterans who are seeking congressional seats in Florida and Illinois/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Would Vaughn Ward regain momentum to win the Idaho GOP nomination, if Sarah Palin came to Idaho to stomp for him?

Parting Shot — 5.17.10

I-Fairy, a four-foot tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails, wearing a wreath of flowers, directs a wedding ceremony for groom Tomohiro Shibata, 42, and bride Satoko Inouye, 36, at a Tokyo restaurant Sunday. The wedding was the first time a marriage had been led by a robot, according to manufacturer Kokoro Co. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Question: Were you married by a justice of the peace, a church minister, or someone else?

Wild Card/Monday — 5.17.10

‘Twas the week before the primary elections, and all through the HBO blogosphere … Hey, I’m not a poet. Couldn’t rhyme if my life depending on it (contrary to the belief of some who still think I’m The Bard of Sherman Avenue). But I do know that things are winding down in this somewhat interesting spring election season. Raul Labrador plans to drop by here Tuesday afternoon for a brief chat. Other than that, we’ll continue to forge ahead, not knowing what this day or any day will bring at HucksOnline HQ. Now, for your Wild Card …

Coroner West Endorses Debbie Wilkey

Long-time Coroner Robert West explains to SReporter Alison Boggs why he decided to endorse Deputy Coroner Debbie Wilkey for his job: “Three months ago, I would have chosen to stay completely out of it. But my feeling is that the coroner’s job is a ‘full-time, boots on the ground’ requirement. You’ve got to be committed to getting up at 2 o’clock in the morning and driving to wherever it is Plummer or Harrison or Athol. That requires a lot of commitment and it also requires people that have demonstrated working relationships with law enforcement and with funeral homes and with the public. You can’t run the coroner’s office from your desk and you can’t run it from home. I’m not law enforcement and I’m not the prosecutor. It’s my job to speak for the deceased, the victims, and the only way you can do that is if you’re willing to get out of bed. You have to be there. It’s not something that will wait until 8 o’clock the next morning.” Full comment here.

Question: Should Coroner Robert West have stay completely out of this race? Or do you appreciate his endorsement? Does it influence you?

PM Headlines — 5.17.10

Amidee “Ace” Walden, a longtime banker, community leader and philanthropist from Coeur d’Alene, laughs as he is greeted by almost 100 people at his 100th birthday party in May 2007 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Today, Ace turned 103, according to Kerri Thoreson/More Main Street here. (SR File Photo/Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Would you like to live to be 100, if you had a choice in the matter?

APhoto Of The Day — 5.17.10

Donald Branson Vice President of The Connecticut Parachutists Inc. in Ellington, Conn., tries to untangle the leg of a 36-year-old student jumper who got caught about 25 feet up in a tree while parachuting at Ellington, Conn. Airport, Sunday. The woman was unharmed but it took the Ellington Fire Department about one hour to free her from the tree. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Journal Inquirer,Jim Michaud)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Cindy hoping her dream to be rescued by a team of firefighters would finally happen instead is saved by some dude named Donald — CoeurGenX.
  • 2. A failed CEO activates her golden parachute, failing once again — Herb.
  • 3. International Baccalaureate opponents get tangled up in facts — Nic.
  • HM: Cabbage Boy

Scanner Traffic/PM — 5.17.10

  • 5:28 p.m. 2 dirt bikers are racing @ Church & Hoyt/near Hauser.
  • 5:22 p.m. A caller sez he bought items from another apartment dweller on Anton/CdA but now the other man won’t hand them over, stating he will protect them w/his machine gun.
  • 5:21 p.m. A wildland fire is reported in 8900 block of Nagle/Rathdrum.
  • 5:18 p.m. A male who appears “scared and sketchy” has been in the men’s restroom at City Park for the last hour.
  • 5:16 p.m. 2 dogs are locked in a blue vehicle at Independence Point parking lot.
  • 4:57 p.m. Caller reports apartment neighbors are leaning over the balcony & yelling.
  • 4:46 p.m. Caller reports that a 13YO boy is trying to his his pregnant mother on Breezy Way/Post Falls.
  • 4:13 p.m. Caller reports that a van belonging to a Canadian cleaning company ran him off the road in a H95 construction zone @ Dakota/Hayden.
  • 3:59 p.m. An injured animal is reported in 600 block of E. Wilbur/Hayden.
  • 3:49 p.m. 2 young teen boys on bikes are playing chicken w/vehicles @ Cliff House & Hauser Lake Road.
  • 3:45 p.m. Caller on Pinehill Place/CdA reports that a neighbor involved in a domestic battery that she witnessed is trying to intimidate her.
  • Much more below

Miss USA Rima Fakih In Stripper Scandal

Miss Michigan Rima Fakih, left, reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2010 by Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009, Sunday in Las Vegas. Now, the pageant is investigating her involvement in a “Stripper 101” contest sponsored by a Michigan radio station. Story here. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) H/T: Orbusmax

Question: Is it hypocritical for the Miss USA 2010 pageant to be concerned that the winner participated in a ‘Stripper 101’ contest when it published risque shots on this year’s contestants on its website?

Burdick: School Suit Got ‘Desired Results’

Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick now says he misspoke when he said in a televised campaign debate that Idaho’s long-standing school funding lawsuit isn’t over. “That was a misstatement,” Burdick told The Spokesman-Review on Monday. “We indicated the case was over.” The end of the drawn-out case, which stretched for 19 years, came in late 2005 after the Idaho Supreme Court ruled the state’s system for funding school construction unconstitutional and ordered the Legislature to fix it, then closed the case without any further action or review of subsequent legislative changes/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

DFO: Some would like judges and justices to be appointed to their posts rather than facing the electorate. Not me. I’m delighted that Burdick has to answer tough questions about the Supreme Court’s handling of the schools lawsuit. Someone should ask him re: the court’s handling of the Sanders Beach controversy, too.

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

Cindy: Delayed By Purse Diving

On Facebook, CindyH writes: “My work day has been temporarily suspended while I clean out my purse is seach of an important business card. If I was a man, I imagine business cards would be neatly collected in my wallet and I wouldn’t have to wade through debit card receipts, grocery lists, coupons, handiwipe packets, and Kleexex used and unused. On the plus side, so far I’ve found a cool mini-flashlight and my can-o’-mace on a keychain!

Question: I have spent many minutes trying to find keys, the checkbook, and sundry other items in my wife’s purse. I’d rather pull weeds in the garden for an hour. So I’d like to ask the Women Of HBO: Is there any organization to the chaos in your purses? And/Or: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever discovered hidden in your purse?

Christa: Celebrating My Adoption Day

Christa Hazel and her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Manis, way back when.

Earlier,Christa Hazel I learned that Terry Harris has been in the Inland Northwest for exactly 2 years as of today. Now, also via Facebook (and also with her permission to post here), I learned that 36 years ago today Christa Hazel was adopted. Her note: “I was adopted by two wonderful parents. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t know any of you and life as I know it today wouldn’t exist.” Two years ago, my nephew and his wife adopted two, beautiful sisters from Ethiopia. My extended family has fallen in love with them.

Question: Are you or any member of your family adopted? 

15th Street Bike Path Hearing Today

Via Coeur d’Alene Ped Bike Facebook page: “Tonight at 5:30pm at the CDA Library is the 15th Street Bike Lanes hearing before the Parks and Rec Commission. Its important for eveyone to come down and show their support. Without support the issue will die.”