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Weekend Wild Card — 10.30-31.10

We need to deal with Halloween this weekend before we get to the 2010 Election Day. Which, if the polls are right, could prove scary for Democrats who are hoping against hope to hang onto the House of Representatives and possibly Congress. Congressman Walt Minnick might be nervous this weekend, too — with the late surge by Republican Raul Labrador in a state that could tilt even further red if that’s possible. So don’t go wearing a Sarah Palin mask to your jittery Democrat friends place. You might not be appreciated. Now, for your Wild Card …

Hart Makes ‘Donation’ To Timber Fund

Item: Hart makes timber fund ‘donation’: Officials uncertain how to treat lawmaker’s check/Betsy Z. Russell, Spokesman-Review

More Info: Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, sent a check as promised to the state’s school endowment for $2,450, but he called it a “voluntary donation” to the permanent fund, not a payment on a judgment over a 1996 timber theft. That left the state endowment’s managers scratching their heads as to how the check should be handled. Revenue from timber sales on state endowment lands goes into a fund that makes direct payments to schools every year. Donations to the permanent endowment are held in perpetuity; only their investment earnings are distributed.

Question: Anyone have any idea what Hart’s trying to do here?

Hawaii Crushes Idaho 45-10

Hawaii defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu (49) and Hawaii safety Mana Silva (43) tackle Idaho running back Kama Bailey (8) in the second quarter during an NCAA college football game  Saturday in Honolulu. Hawaii won 45-10 here. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Nonini Caught In Campaign Fax Snafu

Item: Campaign funding fax bloopers abound: Legislature candidates both sent disclosure reports from colleges/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: An investigation of Nonini’s own campaign financial disclosures revealed that his own campaign financial disclosure was faxed last week from a University of Idaho machine located at the university’s research center in Post Falls. Nonini’s campaign manager/treasurer is Jerry Baltzell, a University of Idaho employee and the business manager at the research center. “I certainly don’t approve of that,” Nonini said when made aware of the source of his own campaign fax. “I’ll take the responsibility myself.”

Question: What do you make of Nonini getting caught in the same faxing blunder that he’d contacted NIC & the Press to issue a complaint re: Dave Larsen’s campaign?

Nelson, Currie Spar To The End

Item: Commissioner race heats up with write-in: Currie, loser in Idaho primary, fighting back/Alison Boggs, SR

More Info: Nelson labeled it “sad” that Currie has chosen to “go down this road. I think it speaks for itself.” Via e-mail, Nelson said the supporter in question (Larry Spencer) has not been involved in her campaign since the middle of the primary. She said at that time “confusion arose” about the placement of a campaign sign and she “asked him to conclude his efforts.” “Since that time,” she said, “he has not been involved in my campaign effort.”

DFO: I found it strange that Nelson elected to answer questions from the Spokesman-Review via e-mail; yet found time to come to the SR office to be interviewed on camera by KHQ.

Training To Be An NIC Cardinal

“With an LCSC scrimmage Thursday night (no score kept) the NIC men’s power packed basketball team is ready to begin another successful year,” e-mails Don Sausser with this photo. “Preseason NJCAA rankings place the Cardinals 3rd in the nation while the women’s team is ranked 6th. With this quality in our backyard there is no reason to travel far to enjoy highly competitive basketball.” Pictured is a young NIC Cardinal round baller in training!

DFO: Feel free to post a possible cutline, if you’d like.

SR Endorses Allred For Idaho Governor

Allred is an unconventional Democrat. He had no evident partisan affiliation before entering the gubernatorial contest, and when he did, he made it clear to party leaders that his alignment with them would be on his terms, not theirs. He has a doctorate in conflict resolution – not a bad calling in the world of politics – and taught it at Columbia University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. As the founder and president of Common Interest, a public-issue citizen group, Allred understands the value of engaging the public in problem-solving and consensus-building efforts. Such an approach, which he has regularly practiced in Common Interest, won’t work magic, but it has a good chance to build badly needed public trust/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with this endorsement?

Spokane To Rally To Restore Sanity

After Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally at the national mall, fans of Stewart’s Daily Show and Colbert’s Colbert Report wanted (Jon Stewart, right) and (Stephen Colbert) to put on a rally of their own. And so they will. Tomorrow, from noon to 3 pm EST, Stewart will gather his followers in Washington D.C. for a “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Enough with the rallies for the crazies, the extremists, and the screamers, Stewart said. Here’s a rally for the rest of us, those who believe their opponents are, in all likelihood, not Hitler. Who are unwilling to boil down foreign policy to a 1:1 blood-oil conversion. Who believe words like “socialist,” “communist,” or “antichrist” should be reserved for actual socialists, communists, or false prophets claiming the mantle of Christ and ushering in seven years of Armageddon. It’s a cry, not for change or for revolution, but for being decent and reasonable/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here.

Question: What do you make of Jon Stewart’s national “Rally to Restore Sanity” today?

Shoot Out In The Men’s Room

On his wall, Facebook Friend J.B. posts about a recent trip to a pub/grill for dinner: “I walked into the men’s room and found 3 young boys, maybe 8 yrs old or so, trying to hit the urinal from about 4 feet away. Thay were having a blast, and making a mess; it reminded me of my own boyhood.” Which prompted one of Taryn Hecker-Thompson to comment: “At my kids’ school they made a rule that boys couldn’t go to the bathroom together because they were having problems with boys playing that same game.” And another to ee-yew: “OMG, as a mother of boys in that age group! Do all men (boys) do that?”

Question: Any of you guys want to answer that last question: “Do all men (boys) do that?”

Early Ballot Opening Could Skirt Law

County clerks across the state are opening absentee ballots early despite state law that apparently bars doing so. On Wednesday, Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst told clerks they could open ballots early; clerks wanting to cut the election-day workload and to have time to flatten the folded papers before running them through optical scanners on Tuesday had asked for permission. Creased ballots pass through scanners slower and can jam the machines, said Ada County Election Supervisor Jo Spencer. Hurst advised clerks, in an e-mail, to figure how long opening ballots would take and begin opening that period of time before Tuesday/Jay Patrick, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Should county clerks be allowed to open absentee ballots early?

SpokaneDiveBars Review: Shanty

If you want Hilarity mixed with a little horror, take the post falls exit off of I-90, take a left and go about 2 miles west on Seltice Way and although it may seem to be in the middle of nowhere, on the right hand side next to a 400 sq. foot bungalow will lie The Shanty Bar. You can tell immediately that you have arrived at the correct place due to the fact that you are now parked in a gravel lot and the billboard will have about 12 misspellings and or missing/barely hanging letters. This is North Idaho at its finest/ More here.

Question: Have you had the courage to drink at The Shanty or The Grail in Huetter? And/or: Which is the worst dive bar in the Inland Northwest?

Bloggy Goes North To Alaska, Day 4

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Anchorage, Alaska
Oh glorious day. Finally, a day in which Mr_Bloggy and his Travelnatrix got along and had fun viewing the amazing mountains and lakes and rivers and more mountains and more rivers and a huge glacier and more mountains and a stunning panoramic vista of more mountains, rivers, and the sun peering through wonderful snow clouds like a flashlight through a 10 year old’s bedspread. It was delightful and a bit awe-inspiring, especially the 46 mile long Kluane Lake in the Yukon Territory. Mind blowing, other-worldly scenery – it’s hard even for a wordy SOB like Mr_B to summarize in a pithy travelogueish way, but suffice it to say that North Idaho’s bests (CDA, Pend Oreille, Priest) pale in the majesty of this lake and the surrounding mountains and forests/Mr_Bloggy (More: “Journey to the North — Fait Accompli”).

Question: Which country have you seen that you’d rate higher that North Idaho’s bests (CdA, Pend Oreille, & Priest)?

Only 2 Degrees Of Separation In CdA

In a blog post this week, Jamie Lynn Morgan, center, theorizes that there’s only 2 degrees of separation in the Coeur d’Alene area, not 6. Jamie: “My first real aha moment with this is when by a chain of events I became friends with a woman who had just moved to the area from Oregon and we ended up connecting and now have a standing coffee date once every week when we can get away. It was in the planning of the first few coffee get together’s that we realized that people she had met since being in town were people I already knew. Or after meeting with one of the girlfriends she invited we realized that she used to live down the road from my husband’s family and that I knew her brother because he used to be friends with Tom’s brother. The list of these instances goes on for quite awhile. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Jamie’s theory that we’re so closely connected in North Idaho communities that we’re only two steps away from one another?

Viks Score In last Minute To Nip LCHS

On Rocky Castaneda’s Facebook page, Rocky identifies the Lake City players in this photo as (from left): : Colton Carlson, Robbie Quinn, Simon Gookin, Allen Carmichael (photos).

At first it looked like there was no doubt the rematch would be at Coeur d’Alene, at least until the second half when it appeared the game would have to move west across Highway 395. Then CdA junior quarterback Chad Chalich engineered a six-play, 71-yard drive in the final 94 seconds, capped when Actually, less than a minute elapsed when Connor Harris slipped two tackles after running a little drag route across the field and turned it into a 28-yard touchdown down the left sideline with 43 seconds to play. … That he did, completing 25 of 38 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. But after the top-ranked Vikings (8-1, 3-0) controlled the game and built a 13-0 halftime lead, the Timberwolves (6-3, 2-1) reversed things/Dave Trimmer, SR. More here.

Question: Isn’t it ridiculous that two good teams like Coeur d’Alene High and Lake City High have to play again in the first round of the playoffs, which means one will not move on to challenge southern Idaho teams?

TGIF Wild Card — 10.29.10

My 85YO mother got a kick out of Pro Life last night as she was watching the Idaho gubernatorial debate. And called me to say so. Then, she asked my opinion re: the candidates, especially Butch Otter and Keith Allred. Then, she brought up Pro Life again. So, why don’t you vote for him, I asked, adding: I make a lot of protest votes. When I explained that a protest vote is one that you make for someone who has no chance to win, to send a message, she seemed delighted. I doubt that she has ever made a protest vote before. But I suspect she will Tuesday. Now, for your Wild Card …

  • Update: Huckleberries Online topped 2M page-views for year a few minutes ago (6:15 PM). Thanx for your continued support …

Parting Shot — 10.29.10

Birds that were feeding on grass near the runway, swarm upwards as a U.S. Navy E-6B plane makes touch-and-go landings Friday at the Fort Smith Regional Airport in Fort Smith, Ark. (AP Photo/The Southwest Times Record, Kaia Larsen)

Suit Filed Over Cougar Bay Pilings

Although things have been quiet recently on the Save Cougar Bay battlefront, new shots were fired yesterday by the Cougar Bay Osprey Protective Association, which filed a lawsuit challenging the Idaho Department of Lands’ rejection of their application to protect the pilings and booms in Cougar Bay. Having been rejected twice by the Department, without so much as a hearing, the Osprey Association filed a “Petition for Writ of Mandate” to have the Court order that IDL accept the application and hold a hearing. A most unlikely pair of attorneys — Scott Reed and John Magnuson, who are usually on the opposite sides of land use and waterways cases — filed the case late Thursday afternoon on behalf of the Osprey Association/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here.

Question: Do you want the pilings to remain in Cougar Bay?

Scanner Traffic/PM — 10.29.10

  • 5:28 p.m. Danielle has questions re: a dispute she’s having with her landlord.
  • 5:03 p.m. PFPD officer is told to check welfare female whose vehicle is being rammed by another vehicle. No location given.
  • 4:58 p.m. Officer has Post Falls WalMart shoplifter named Amber in custody.
  • 4:54 p.m. Caller reports smoke coming off roof of house on Idahline/PF. (Update: Officer report “smoke” is actually steam from a dryer vent.)
  • 4:24 p.m. Adult Probation on Dalton reports a wanted person is in the office.
  • 4:14 p.m. Caller reports a limping boxer dog east of traffic circle on Good Hope & H54.
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INW/PM Headlines — 10.29.10

North Idaho Maritime worked on Friday near The Cedars floating Restaurant to remove about 500 pilings from the Spokane River. The pilings were once used as navigational guides for moving logs on the river, but the last waterfront sawmill closed several years ago. Donations from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe,  Avista and Hagadone Corp. helped pay for the pilings removal. (SR Photo: Kathy Plonka)

APhoto Of The Day — 10.29.10

A squirrel stares at a basket full of mannequin heads in a Halloween display on a porch in Cadillac, Mich. Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Cadillac News, Jeff Broddle)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. The squirrel is stumped trying to figure out if the owner of the house is a head case or a basket case — JohnA.
  • 2. One head in the tree is worth three in the basket — JeanieS.
  • 3. A squirrel discovers that when you put down roots, you can really get a-head — Gary D. Rhodes.
  • HM: Herb

Poll: 66% Plan Write-In Vote

  • Thursday Poll: 89 of 135 respondents (66%) said they plan to vote for a write-in candidate this year. 44 of 135 (33%) said they aren’t voting for a write-in candidate. 2 were undecided.
  • Today’s Question: How do you plan to vote in this year’s election — absentee, at the polls, not voting?

Post Falls Police ID’s 2 Bodies

Police have identified two people who were found dead inside a Post Falls home Thursday evening. Christina K. Mandriguez, 38, and Jeffrey A. Hayes, 54, each died of a single gunshot wound to the forehead in a homicide/suicide, said Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug. The couple’s landlord found Mandriguez’s body around 5:15 p.m. and called police. Investigators found her slumped up against the front door, with a cell phone in her hand, Haug said. Hayes was found a few feet away in a hallway. A Glock handgun was between the two bodies/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here.

Dogwalk: Campaign By Assassination

I’ve seen these signs around brilliant red northern Idaho and wonder if the Republicans are so worried about their candidate losing they have to stoop to this. Or do the Democrats have a death wish? Curious, I asked a friend who is a mover and shaker with the Dems and was advised to note the sponsoring name on the poster. Hmmm. Seems the name is that of a VP of the Reagan Republicans! Whether or not his organization gave it’s blessing is something I don’t know. He certainly has the right as an individual to do as he pleases. If it’s a personal issue or a party issue, the party is tarred with it/Dogwalk Musings. More here.

Question: Have you decided whether this is a clever idea or a dirty trick yet?

NIdaho Blogs: Cindy’s Kid Ties Mark

At Mount Spokane, Alex Hval, son of CindyH, kicks off during a game in which he tied the school’s record for successful point-after-touchdown conversions. SR photog Jesse Tinsley was on hand to snapped this photo of last night’s game.

  • HBO Numbers (for Tuesday): 10,520/6195, (for Wednesday): 9547/5792, & (for Thursday): 10,148/5720.

Question: Which high school sport(s) did you play?

Matt: It’s Snow’s Turn

On his Facebook page, FB friend Matt Weaver writes: “Dear Rain, I know what you are trying to do. i get it. you think people will like you because snow is your cousin. but you are not fooling anyone. you need to realize your place in this world, right now…..its snow’s turn. please dont make this harder than it already is. I respect you and have always enjoyed our time together. but please, you need to move on. this is gettiing childish.”

Question: Which do you prefer — rain or snow?

Did Jacobson Help Non-Repubs, Too?

Huckleberries hears … that there’s a move afoot among local mainstream Republicans to give county GOP Chairman Tina Jacobson a dose of her own medicine. Jacobson, as you may recall, is presiding over a move by Phil Hart supporters to remove Matt Roetter as state committeeman because he prefers write-in candidate Howard Griffiths to the Athol legislator on moral grounds (tax evasion and timber stealing). Insiders tell Hucks Online that Jacobson and Hart participated in a workshop this spring for Friends of Liberty in which they told their audience how to run a successful political campaign. Friends of Liberty organizations include the Kootenai County Constitution Party (as well as John Birch Society, Libertarian Party of Washington, and Tea Party of both Sandpoint and Spokane). My sources say Jacobson did the same thing she is accusing Roetter of doing because (follow the dots here) she was telling possible Constitutionalists how to run a successful campaign, possibly against Republicans. And they note that incumbent Sen. John Goedde, R-CdA, is running against Constitutionalist Ray Writz in a Senate District 4 race.

Question: Is this a legitimate beef?

Mimicking Lucy & Ethel For Halloween

Kathie Lee Gifford as Lucy Ricardo, left, and Hoda Kotb as Ethel Mertz, recreate a scene from an “I Love Lucy” program during the NBC “Today” television program’s annual Halloween Show, in New York, Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Question: Which “I Love Lucy” episode did you like best?

Hucks Online @ 2M Page-Views

Sometime late this afternoon or evening, Huckleberries Online should hit 2 million page-views for the year, putting this blog on a pace to exceed the 2.09 million of 2009. I recall when I started Huckleberries Online (No Holds Barred) on Feb. 16, 2003, then Editor Steve Smith said he’d consider the blog a success if it reached 2000 page-views per day. Now. Hucks attracts that on a bad Sunday. This blog has evolved over the years. And continues to evolve. However, Hucks remains indebted to the readers, bloggers, commenters, & blurkers who tune in here every day to keep the numbers up — and make it a continuing success. Thanx.

BP: Nelson KO’d Currie On KVNI

A Berry Picker e-mails this to Hucks HQ re: the appearance on KVNI radio this morning by GOPrimary winner Jai Nelson and write-in candidate Rick Currie, the commission incumbent: “Jai was articulate, professional and informed. Rick came on the phone about five minutes later, totally out of breath and obviously furious. He ranted about things Jai had said pertaining to the budget etc. but was almost incoherent in his ranting. At the very end it was like he remembered he had planned remarks and rushed through those, barely remembering to tell people they had to write his name in. If anyone was learning about the candidates for the first time from the radio this morning, Jai would have won by a knockout.”

Question: Did anyone else listen in this morning to the 15-minute interviews of Jai Nelson and Rick Currie on KVNI radio? Reaction?

NIC Trustee Q-and-A Has Hart Query

I just returned from the noon luncheon of the Kootenai County Democratic Club for NIC trustee candidates, where Norm Gissel asked about a hypothetical situation that was disallowed by moderator Mary Lou Reed. Who didn’t think it was relevant to the trustee races. But candidate Ron Nilson answered it anyway. In the hypothetical, Norm asked the 4 candidates what they would do about an individual who stole trees that supported children’s education. Nilson said: “No way should anyone enter public land & take timber that belongs to our kids.” Rep. Phil Hart’s name wasn’t mentioned once. But everyone knew who Norm & Ron were talking about.

All 4 NIC Wannabes Back Corridor

All 4 candidates for the North Idaho College Board of Trustees promised to support the development of the NIC education corridor. When the question was presented to him, Ron Nilson  answered simply “yes” when asked if he supported the corridor. “I don’t have horns and a tail,” he said. “I support the education corridor. But I don’t support going forward without a plan.” When opponent Ken Howard explained that a plan has been in place for years for infrastructure and that it will continue to evolve with public input, Nilson responded that “there’s a difference between a well-defined plan and a concept.” Robert Ketchum, Nilson’s running mate, said the purchase of the education corridor is final. At this point, “no action could resist” the corridor. Incumbent Christie Wood said she’s committed to developing the corridor because NIC is landlocked and experiencing “tremendous growth.”

DFO: I attended the debate and posted this to ensure that every candidate is on the record supporting the Education Corridor. The property is too precious to the future of our community college and higher-education opportunities in the community to allow this specific question to go unanswered.

High Noon: Lefthanders More Creative

Re: Cursive writing on endangered list (on Oregon college campuses)

Kamm: My younger brother is a lefty and was traumatized by the Nuns tying to make him right handed. My Mother, all 4‘10” and usually a pleasant woman, charged down to school and less than politely informed his teacher to ‘leave him alone’. BTW Left handed writers are considered more creative. Are you in a profession that highlights your skill or are you a ‘closet creative genius’? My brother is in advertising and has been artistic all his life. When he was in high school, he illustrated his answers on a job application; he got the job.

Question: Are you lefthanded or have any lefthanders in your family. What are the obstacles to being lefthanded in a righthanded world?

Lake Pend Oreille Monster?

You can’t see this week because I can’t either. But I do notice that something’s making a weird wave in the lake in this photo taken by Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images this week. Linda writes on her Facebook page: “Curious if anyone has had a Lake Pend Oreille monster sighting? Not that I believe in such things … but something really strange happened when I was photographing at the location below.” Linda goes on to say: “I’m not a nut.”

Question: Do any of you have a monster story — Lake Pend Oreille Monster, Bigfoot, etc.?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 10.29.10

  • 11:44 a.m. A Post Falls employer wants to see an officer re: employee embezzlement.
  • 11:02 a.m. Wife reports that a neighbor on Wheatfield/Hayden is strangling her husband.
  • 10:46 a.m. Caller reports that a blue Tundra was driving recklessly at 4th & Hanley before pulling into Coeur d’Alene High lot & parking near gym.
  • 10:35 a.m. Male in a gray jacket just stole beer from convenience store/gas station @ 1501 E. Sherman/CdA.
  • 10:31 a.m. Office in 1100 block of W. Ironwood reports unwanted person on premises.
  • 10:25 a.m. CdA parents reports his 14YO son has been missing since 9 last night.
  • 10:21 a.m. An unconscious person is reported in 7300 block of Courcelles/CdA Place.
  • 10:19 a.m. A male facing 10 days in jail on a warrant is now in DMV office.
  • 9:51 a.m. 2 males are arguing over a possible parking violation @ T.W. Hunters on Spokane/PF.
  • 8:36 a.m. Richard @ SunMeadow & Coyote Trail/Worley reports items taken from garage.

Bloggy Goes North To Alaska, Day 3

Fort Nelson, B.C. to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
Finally some scenery and Mr_Bloggy is not referring to the smirking visage of the Travelnatrix as she once again controls the driver’s seat the entire 11 hours. No, today was serious scenery, most during the 200 click drive through the Northern Canadian Rocky Mountains, including robust mountains in varying degrees of snow cappedness, strange looking exposed tilt strata, weird rock outcroppings, stunning vistas of river valleys winding through mountains, but most incredible – critters on and alongside the highway: caribou, reindeer, mountain goats,  Dall sheep, and bison. Full travelogue post here.

Question: Have you ever driven the Alcan highway to Alaska, as Bloggy is doing now?

Raul Labrador Releases ‘Family’ Ad

The Labrador for Idaho campaign today released its closing ad in the race for the First Congressional District entitled “Family.” The ad, which will begin airing over the weekend, spotlights Raul’s family values and his determination to get to Washington and start working to restore the American dream for Idahoans/Raul Labrador campaign news release.


‘Anti-Depressants’ Take Insanity Prize

The “Anti-Depressants” prance on stage late Thursday, during the Pier House Pretenders in Paradise Costume Contest in Key West, Fla. The dancing pill bottles were the brainchild of Key Wester Lenore Tria and won first place in the Group Amateur division of the competition that was a facet of Key West’s annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that concludes Sunday, and this year is themed Habitat for Insanity. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

Question: What’s driving you insane this Halloween season?

Gookin Supports D’s In Top Races

My OpenCDA blog buddy Dan Gookin is in trouble, if loyalty oaths and supporting party candidates 100% are important next time he tries to run as a Republican. In making predictions and observations re: select races, Gookin correctly surmises about Phil Hart: “While Hart may have an IQ of 160, politically his IQ is half that.” And then goes on to say in a post that he’s voting for three Democrats for statewide office — Eldon Wallace (lieutenant governor), Bruce Robinett (controller), and Mack Sermon (secretary of state). However, he’s standing by Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna. Not only does Gookin admire Luna, but he thinks Democrat Stan Olson is a “piece of work” and “a dick” (just repeating what he wrote). All in all, it’s a colorful read and gives insight into the inner workings of someone that Duane Rasmussen tried to out during the last City Council election as an individual who wasn’t truly a Republican. Seems Duane was right. Full post here.

Question: What do you make of Gookin’s predictions and observations?

Hate Crime Sticks To Tankovich Trio

Following the third trial in eight months, two Coeur d’Alene brothers were found guilty Thursday of racially harassing and threatening a Hispanic man in August 2009. Sentencing was set for Jan. 13 for Frank James Tankovich, 47, and William Michael Tankovich Jr., 50, who were found guilty of malicious harassment and conspiracy to commit malicious harassment against Kenneth Requena, a Puerto Rican man. “For a while there, I felt like I was on trial,” said Requena, who felt so threatened when the Tankovich brothers drove by his home on Aug. 16, 2009, that he pulled a gun and had his wife call 911. Defense attorneys said it was Requena’s actions that escalated the incident/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

  • Cutline: SR File Photo by Jesse Tinsley: William, Ira and Frank Tankovich await their verdicts in an earlier trial in a Kootenai County courtroom April 19. At far right, is defense attorney Dan Cooper.

Question: Do you support the decision by the Kootenai County prosecutor to try the Tankoviches three times on the hate crime?

Marty Jeers Kootenai County Repubs

JEERS … to the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, may be a tax scofflaw and a timber thief. But he’s their tax scofflaw and their timber thief. Woe to any Republican who says otherwise. Just to recap: Hart’s the guy who claimed income taxes were unconstitutional more than a decade ago and still owes more than a half-million dollars to the state and federal governments. He’s the same fellow who trespassed on state timber lands and took enough trees to build his home without paying - at least until recently. At least one Republican leader isn’t buying it. “I won’t support a guy who has these issues surrounding him because it’s not good for the Republican Party,” says State Committeeman Matt Roetter of Hayden. “Character matters. Being honest matters”/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More below.

Statesman: Yes On 4 Amendments

Idaho’s publicly owned airports, community hospitals and city-run electric utilities need the flexibility to serve their customers and adapt to fluid markets. On Tuesday, voters should grant that flexibility. They should vote yes on three complicated but important constitutional amendments to allow these public entities to finance projects and purchases without voter approval. The amendments appear a la carte on the ballot: House Joint Resolution 4 covers hospitals’ ability to go into debt on equipment or property; HJR 5 covers airport projects, such as runways, hangars or terminals; HJR 7 would allow utilities to complete capital projects or sign long-term contracts to purchase power/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: How do you plan to vote on the 4 constitutional amendments on the general election ballot?

AM Headlines — 10.19.10

Idaho gubernatorial candidates Libertarian Ted Dunlap, left, Democrat Keith Allred, second from left, Independent Jana Kemp, third from left, Republican C.L. ” Butch” Otter, second from right, and Constitution Party candidate Marvin Richardson stand together before a debate conducted by Idaho Public Television at the Idaho Statehouse on Thursday in Boise. Story & 2 live-blog reports below. (AP Photo/Joe Jaszewski)

DOTC: I Will Steer Clear Of Ballots

Dan of the County: I do not handle or pick up or count or in any way interact with ballots when I am on the ballot myself. I will be visiting polling sites on election day to deliver other supplies and check on election day activities in general as is my responsibility. That also includes getting called out to polling sites when there are reports of someones sign being too close, etc. On election night I will be at the elections office but again will not handle ballots and will not be involved in posting results on the internet or other reports.

Question: Any other question for the clerk’s office re: ballot handling or Election Night?

Brand X: We (Heart) Otter

Otter is a rugged individualist who throws caution to the wind when he bucks broncos yet meticulously manages your hard-earned tax dollars. He’s an entrepreneur, someone with a CEO’s background and mentality and a super salesman’s keen eye and thick skin. He’s fearless in personally recruiting businesses from neighboring states, selling them on Idaho’s lifestyle and business-friendly environment. He’s rock solid in his determination to keep Idaho’s tax structure optimal for businesses not just to survive, but to thrive. He understands that a good education is key to a good job, but he also knows the difference between spending wisely and spending lavishly/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the Coeur d’Alene Press endorsement?

Did Social Media Help Labrador?

In his Twitter last night, Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter made the statement “Weatherby says if not for social media, Vaughn Ward would be facing Walt Minnick Nov. 2.” I’ve noticed that Republican candidates, who were late getting to the party two years ago, were way more involved with the social media this time. Even Gov. Butch Otter and Superintendent Tom Luna have Twitter accounts. In the primary, primary campaign spokesman Dennis Mansfield was tweeting from my office as I interviewed Raul Labrador. The R’s have come a long ways since I explained the social media landscape in Idaho to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch.

Question: What role has the social media played in the 2010 election campaign, either statewide or locally?

Signe: Fighting For Attack Ads

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

2 Found Dead In Post Falls Home

Police confirmed that two people found dead inside a Post Falls home this evening each died of a gunshot wound to the head. An adult woman was found with a single gunshot wound in the front of her head around 5:15 p.m. She was slumped up against the front door, with a cell phone in her hand, said Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug. The man had a similar wound, and was found in a hallway a few feet away. A Glock handgun was on the scene. There was no sign of an intruder or forced entry to the rental home at 509 E. 11th St., but police are not calling it a murder/suicide, Haug said/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here. And: Tori Brunetti’s KXLY story here.

Wild Card/Thursday — 10.28.10

The KVNI Facebook page announces this afternoon that Republican commissioner candidate Jai Nelson will be interviewed by host Joe Paisley at 7 a.m. by phone Friday. That interview will be followed at 7:15 a.m. by a one involving Paisley and write-in candidate Rick Currie, the incumbent commissioner. Don’t expect any hardballs. Basically, the station has been allowing candidates for courthouse positions to tell listeners a little about themselves this week. Also, you can go to to find a link that’ll let you listen live on your computer. Now, I’ll repost the Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 10.28.10

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, Linda Lantzy discusses this photo that she shot near Bonners Ferry Wednesday. “I was so excited to find this grove of trees,” she writes. “I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time. I am definitely going back when there’s snow on the ground … and in spring, summer and fall … ooh the possiblities!” In the comments section, she said she had to work to keep the houses out of the background. Of the “surreal” look of the photo, she said she “waited for the light to intensify enough that each tree had a nice glow.”

Cursive Writing On Endangered List

The loops and curls of cursive handwriting have all but vanished from college essay exam blue books. On rare occasions when college students write by hand, nearly all of them use what educators call manuscript form, which is to say, they print. Cursive writing is endangered and may near extinction in another generation, educators say. With the rise of word processing, texting and twittering, young people have fewer needs to write by hand. Cursive is on its way to becoming an artifact for calligraphers/Bill Graves, Oregonian. More here.

DFO: Bill Graves was a reporter for the Coeur d’Alene Press in the late 1970s early 1980s when SR columnist Doug Clark was managing editor.

Question: Do you have good handwriting? And/or: Do you regret that cursive is going the way of the dinosaur among college students?

Scanner PM: 2 Dead In Post Falls Home

  • 5:48 p.m. Cows are loose on Clagstone/Athol, north of H54, in closed range.
  • 5:15 p.m. Caller reports finding a body laying across the doorway of a home in 500 block of E. 11th/PF. Also, he said there was a smell in the house. Officers called for the coroner after determining that the individual is dead. (KXLY: 2 found dead in Post Falls home here.)
  • 4:14 p.m. Caller reports he chased NIC vehicle burglar into bushes and told him to stay put while he got campus security. Suspect is described as “pale with a big nose.”
  • 4:06 p.m. Student reports a male is taking things from vehicles along Rosenberry Drive (adjacent to North Idaho College).
  • 4:03 p.m. 2 females are pushing a 3rd female in 1900 block of 13th/CdA.
  • 3:58 p.m. Shopko has caught a shoplifter who’s being cooperative.
  • More below

APhoto Of The Day — 10.28.10

An eight-week-old female lion cub swims through fall leaves during a swim test at the National Zoo in Washington Tuesday. The test was to make sure the four cubs will be safe around the water feature when they are put on public display. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. After seeing the messy water, keepers figure they shoud weed between the lions — JohnA.
  • 2. I’m all for hakuna matata…but this time of year it’s cold in the watah! — DCR.
  • 3. “if I hear one more human say ‘ah, isn’t that cute’, I will devour them, as soon as I get dry and put on a few pounds” — Gary D. Rhodes.
  • HM: Cabbage Boy & Fishinjay

Sandpointers Question Obama Birth

If I hadn’t checked Randy Stapilus’s Facebook page, I would have missed this story from the Bonner County Bee in which U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo ran head long into a group of birthers during a Sandpoint pit stop. From the article by Cameron Rasmusson: “Substantial conversation arose at speculation about the legitimacy of Obama’s citizenship and consequently, his presidency. Several attendees were eager to weigh in on the issue, one noting that if Obama’s presidency was invalid, all of his appointees would be deposed as well, resulting in a political coup. He then asked whether Crapo would support Obama’s impeachment if sufficient investigation occurred. Crapo replied that it was the House’s responsibility to impeach the president, while the Senate held the trial, and he would need more information before making a public statement. “I would need to see more background on the issue,” he said. More here.

Question: Seriously?

Pumpkingate Attention Boosts Sales

News of the tax commission’s actions tripled business at the Normal Hill stand, Kami Charais said. The Charais’ took in about $603 from sales of the Halloween staple, compared with the $200 family members were seeking to pay for Jacob and Sami-Lou’s wrestling and dance programs. The family also got a temporary seller’s permit from Nez Perce County and another permit from the state. When all is said and done, the couple plans on turning about $36 over to the tax commission. “It was never my intention to tax-evade, and I guess ignorance of the law is no excuse to evade the law,” Kami Charais said/Elaine Thompson, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Lewiston Tribune/AP photo: Kyle Mills)

Question: Is this one of those times when a bureaucrat is pennywise & pound foolish — in other words, they’re following the letter of the law but eschewing common sense?

McGruber: Voting Against Hart’s Pal

McGruber: Does anyone else think that those who don’t live in Phil Hart’s district who object to his serving another term but can’t vote on that district’s ballot might do the next best thing and vote the write-in against Hart’s girlfriend in the commissioner race?

Question (for non-House District 3 voters who oppose Phil Hart): Has the scenario mentioned by McGruber above crossed your mind — voting against Jai Nelson because you can’t vote against Hart?

Spencer Challenges Vote Handling

Huckleberries Online and a number of other local media just received a news release from Larry Spencer, challenging the way Bonner County certifies absentee ballot signatures. In bold letters to launch the release, Spencer writes: “County Clerk (Marie Scott) has ‘certified’ absentee ballot signatures using staff, not election judges in violation of Idaho Statute. Election poll challenger (Larry Spencer) arrives on designated day to find that certification of signatures has already been completed, and he is not allowed to compare the ballot envelope signatures to those on file.” You can read the entire release here. At least, now we know where Spencer has been hiding out.

Question: What do you make of the Spencer’s complaint in the news release — that Bonner County isn’t using proper procedure to certify absentee ballot signatures?

Bloglander’s Lunches & Punches

It’s Thursday morning. That means it is time once again for Lunches and Punches, the weekly video series in which (Bloglander, the Inlander blog) takes an otherwise perfectly palatable local lunch and do something just really unappetizing to it. More here.

Question: I’ve guess I’ve been told so many times to clean my plate because there’s thousands of children starving elsewhere. Am I the only one that is ambivalent re: the Inlander doing this to food? You can answer that or guess the ingredients in the lunch destroyed above.

Minnick: Labrador ‘Out Of Mainstream’

Walt Minnick was listing off reasons why he contends rival Raul Labrador is “so far out of the mainstream,” from his positions on withdrawing from the United Nations to his support for repealing popular election of U.S. senators, and concluded, “He would deny his own daughter … the right to terminate a pregnancy if it were caused by rape or incest.” Labrador hit back, “I’m so far out of the mainstream that I was re-elected with 70 percent of the vote in my legislative district. I’m so far out of the mainstream that even the Idaho Statesman says that this is a dead heat, even though he’s spending $2 million to assassinate my character and I’m only spending $500,000. … The people of Idaho like my views/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. (AP/Statesman Oct. 14 File Photo: Katherine Jones)

Question: Can you describe what is mainstream in Idaho?

Cindy: Red Lights Test My LBTS

I’ve been seeing red a lot, lately. No, I haven’t been angry. I’m talking about traffic lights. There are 252 traffic lights in the city, and I believe I’ve been stuck at red lights at half of them. This has seriously aggravated my LBTS (Low Boredom Threshold Syndrome). I tried timing how many minutes I spend each day waiting for lights to change, but I also suffer from MDD (Math Deficiency Disorder). Recently, I updated my Facebook status update while trapped at the Division Street and Wellesley Avenue intersection. According to city signal operations engineer, Valla Melvin, I really didn’t sit there for 20 minutes – it just felt that way/Cindy Hval, Washington Voices. More here. (SR File Photo: Liz Kishimoto)

Question: How many signal lights do you sit at each day? How many minutes do estimate you spend waiting for the light to change?

Bloggy Goes North To Alaska, Day 2

Quesnal, British Columbia to Fort Nelson, British Columbia

Today was rough. The Travelnatrix was horrid – bitchy, mean, and completely immune to logic and sense.  How bad was she? Well, she insisted on driving the entire 12ish hours from Quesnal to Fort Nelson, and when Mr_Bloggy volunteered, multiple times, during night driving to have her pull over on the side of the road so he could wash off the inches of brown grime accumulated from a highway coated with gravel, snow melting chemicals of unknown origin, and what appeared to be nasty dirt, she refused and insisted she could see just fine, despite the headlight projection approximating that of a weak, cheap, 2 D battery craplight purchased for $.99 at the Dollar Store.  Finally, during a fogbank of pea soupish proportions outside of Fort Nelson, at night, she pulled over with hazard lights a-blinking to let Mr_B quickly remedy the situation/Mr_Bloggy. More here.

Welcome To ‘Christie’s Cupcake Cafe’

OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho is at it again. Yesterday, the Orange one provided us with the “Tina Lisa,” a knock off on DaVinci’s Mona Lisa that had one commenter comparing county GOP queenpin Tina Jacobson to the dark-haired Heart sister. Today, OTV provides us with “Christie’s Cupcake Cafe,” based on the PC video game “Jessica’s Cupcake Cafe.”

Minnick’s ‘Willie Horton’ Ad?

We’ve already started discussing Walt Minnick’s latest TV ad attack on attorney Raul Labrador’s immigration advocacy. Sisyphus comments: “Minnick has a ‘Willie Horton’ ad to which Labrador will respond at today’s City Club meeting here in Boise. I’ll be there.” What do you think of the ad?

Scanner Traffic/AM — Hunters Found

  • Noonish: Male wants to see an officer re: getting threatened at 7-11.
  • Noonish: Officer is stopping to roust a panhandler from Government Way & Canfield.
  • 11:51 a.m. A large slash pile is burning on Upriver Road, 1.5 miles from H95.
  • 11:27 a.m. Corrie has questions re: getting a pet dog neutered.
  • 10:45 a.m. A male has been sitting in a vehicle all night @ Riverview & Schilling/PF.
  • 10:29 a.m. Female follows a loose dog wearing a bandana to a home on Majestic & Soldier Creek/Rathdrum. But no one was home.
  • 10:22 a.m. Multiple callers report a tire & rim on the e/b median side of I-90 @ the Huetter rest stop and debris on the opposite side.
  • 10:16 a.m. Driver reports a large object wrapped in plastic in I-90 median @ Huetter.
  • 10:05 a.m. Search & rescuers have found the missing hunters — a father and a daughter from Post Falls — who were lost in the St. Joe area. SR story here.
  • 9:59 a.m. A suspicious male is reported in 500 block of Lakeside/CdA.
  • 9:33 a.m. Fire station personnel on H54/Athol is treating a walk-in w/a medical problem.
  • 8:59 a.m. A possible illegal burn is reported @ Hayden Lake Road & Dodd.
  • 8:56 a.m. Resident @ Brunell & Sunnyside reports that a male is screaming outside.
  • 8:31 a.m. A 2005 orange Dodge Nova has been abandoned on I-90 & 4th of July Pass.
  • 8:21 a.m. Officer reports his first encounter w/local female who’s known to be troublesome.

Poll: Yes To Larsen, SF, No To NPR

  • Wednesday Poll: Demo David Larsen (90 of 159, 56.6%) is the pick over Rep. Bob Nonini (55 of 159, 34.6%) in the House District 5A race. 13 respondents won’t vote for either man.
  • NPR Poll: 74 of 144 (51.39%) don’t support federal funding for public radio. 70 of 144 (48.61%) do.
  • World Series Poll: 54 of 105 (51.43%) want to see the S.F. Giants win the World Series. 51 of 105 (48.57%) prefer to see the Texas Rangers win the series.
  • Today’s Poll: Are you going to write-in a candidate’s name in the 2010 general election?

2 New Kootenai Commissioners?

On KEA Blog, Terry Harris cutlines: “Candidates Jai Nelson and Dan Green at the comp plan hearing, perhaps discussing how they would un-screw it up. Nelson, of course, is running against write-in candidate Rick Currie, the incumbent commissioner. Green won is GOPrimary and is unopposed in the general election You can read Terry’s views on the latest comprehensive plan meeting by the current county commission here. (Photo by KEA BlackberryCam)

Stapilus: Sali Changes The Subject

Last Thursday former U.S. Representative Bill Sali, long an ally of Hart’s, sent a letter (disclosed, again, via Russell) on the subject to fellow Republicans. His counsel, after saying in essence that Hart was wrongly accused (though none of the reported facts are in dispute): “Why has Phil gotten so much media attention? In the legislature Phil has been an effective voice for freedom, less government and lower taxes. Apparently Betsy Russell can’t stand that and she wants to silence his voice.” How many more politicians snagged in trouble are going to use this kind of dodge – it’s all the freedom-hating media’s fault – and get away with it? We may get some answers to that, in Idaho and far beyond, next week/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Do you really think the media hate freedom?

Trib: Allred Doing Well In LDS Idaho

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred is doing better in Republican-dominated eastern Idaho than one would expect. Polls show his support is strongest there. Allred also has picked up endorsements from prominent centrist Republicans, many of whom work in that region of the state. What could possibly explain it? It might be that Allred’s opponent, Republican Gov. C. L. (Butch) Otter, traditionally has had problems in eastern Idaho. Or it just could be that Allred has struck a nerve with his centrist, problem-solving philosophy. No, says eastern Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot. It’s because Allred is playing the religion card. Allred is a Mormon and he’s encouraging other Mormons to back him for that reason, says VanderSloot, CEO of Melaleuca Inc./Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you take note of a candidate’s religion during his/her political campaign?

AM Headlines — 10.28.10

Arlington Elementary School fourth-grader Tia Moua, 9, leads the Spokane Symphony through a rendition of the “Washington Post March,” written by John Philip Sousa in 1889. Spokane Public Schools’ fourth-graders gathered at The Fox for a pair of shows on Wednesday for the symphony’s free concert. Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara, center, noted to the crowd of students that Tia had even brought her own conductor’s baton for the occasion. One more session is planned for today. (SR Photo: Dan Pelle)

Write-Ins To Delay Vote Count

Item: Write can go wrong election night: Ballot counting expected to spill into early hours of Wednesday morning/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: “I hate to say but we are really in uncharted territory,” County Clerk Dan English said Wednesday. “I know it [counting ballots] will be very lengthy and I expect into the early hours on Wednesday because the counting machines will stop each time there is a write-in ballot. That ballot will be removed to a write-in board of two people who will verify if it is a valid write-in.”

Question: Do you plan to vote for a write-in this year?

Ward Questions Write-in Disclosures

Item: List of write-in names not OK: Residents: County elections workers not following rules/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: County Clerk Dan English verified early Wednesday afternoon that polling stations have been offering a single list of write-in candidates for voters to peruse briefly, only if they requested it first and then returned it before voting.

Question: Should voters be allowed to see a list of official write-in names at the polls if they request one?

Phil Hart Tells His Side Of The Story

On his Twitter account moments ago, Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, provided a link to 5 YouTube videos that “tells his side of the story and clarifies misleading articles in the press.” The video below is the first of that series. You can see the rest of the series here.


Sisyphus: Betsy Can’t Win Sali Game

Re: Betsy Russell to blame not Hart/Huckleberries Online

Sisyphus: He doesn’t even bother to use “liberal” before “media”. It’s becoming redundant for him. … I find it amusing. Shorter Bill Sali: “Hart has successfully hidden his overdue tax obligation and timber thievery for years, its only a liberal media conspiracy that it come out on the eve of his uncontested election”. Give it up Betsy. There’s no hope for you. Your best bet is to freak out over a burka wearing taxi driver and score a fat $2 million contract at Fox.

Question: Are Phil Hart’s problems part of a “liberal media conspiracy”?

Poolman: Just Say No To Bush, Texas

Poolman: I really like the players on Texas — Vlad — Elvis, Josh (classic reborn Jesus freak teetering on the edge of a relapse) the coach who looks like he just stumbled out of the Gospel Mission. But, I just can’t get past the Bush element. You know when the series goes back to Texas we are going to get close ups of W between every other pitch. I would much rather watch a disappointed W than a smirky W. I’ll stick the West Coast dogs and the kid with the bangin’ hair.

Question: Poolman basis his support for the Giants on his dislike for Texas Ranger fan George W. Bush. How do you determine who you root for in this World Series?

Aerodynamic: Nelson No Show Again

Aerodynamic: And as I write this DFO, Nelson once again has blown off a forum - this time at the CDA Tribe in Plummer. Of course, she invites folks to call her and speak with her one-on-one, where she can spin as the mood strikes her. Nelson will NOT face th voters in a public forum.. So who’s advising her? Hart of Spencer? What a cast of characters this year!

DFO: According to a source, Nelson has been a no-show at the following debates or candidate forums this fall: Arrow Point — about 20 people, Medimont — 6 people, Mica Grange — cancelled due to her non-participation, and now the tribe. The League of Women Voters, of course, didn’t include the commissioner race because they don’t cover ones that have write-in candidates.

Question: Are there any forums that Nelson has attended?

What’s In Your Bathroom Cabinet

On a television show years ago, I saw where one of the actors was in a friends bathroom. That actor looked thru the medicine cabinet !!! Have you ever done that? I haven’t. Never even thought of it, before the show. Makes me shudder to even think of it now, and EVEN MORE, the thought that someone would do that in my bathroom. I have a boring cabinet, but still. What is in your bathroom cabinet? Have you ever looked in someone else’s … and if you do, would you be ok with someone looking in yours?/Cis, From A Simple Mind. More here.

Question: What is in your bathroom cabinet? Have you ever looked in someone else’s?

P.S. World Series Begins

A fan wears a hat before the start of baseball’s World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers this evening in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Question: Who do you want to win the World Series — San Francisco or Texas?

Hump Day Wild Card — 10.27.10

As some of you know, Mr_Bloggy has taken a road trip w/his travelmatrix north to Alaska. As part of that road trip, he’s sorta retracing Sarah Palin’s steps back to the frozen tundra — and filing daily travel reports about it. I’ll post the first of the Bloggy Travelogue later this morning. Also, OrangeTV has morphed current leadership in the local Republican Party with Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” to produce a work of art that he calls “Tina Lisa” here. It appears that a fun day looms for Hucks Online today. So I’ll play the Wild Card and get out of your way …

Pumpkingate Mom Tells Family Side

The stand, which she said is not actually roadside but rather only around the front of the family’s home, had mediocre success until a reporter from from a local television station, KLEW,  stopped by to set up a time later in the week to profile the stand for a human interest piece.  Charais said the family contacted the supplier of the pumpkins, a family friend, to ask for a few more gourds to provide a better image for the cameras.  The story, which can be seen here, showed up on KLEW’s website Oct 19. A week later an unnamed staffer from the Idaho State Tax Commission stopped by the house. Charais said she asked the staffer, who didn’t identify herself in initial contact, if she had seen the news story and if she wanted to buy a pumpkin.  The mother said the staffer replied, “‘Do you know you’re running an illegal operation here?’”/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

  • Cutline: Jacob Charais, 6, and his little sister Sami-Lou, 4, sit in front of their pumpkin stand at their home in Lewiston on Friday. (Lewiston Tribune/AP Photo: Kyle Mills)


PM Headlines — 10.27.10

“Just got an early Christmas gift, Facebooks CindyH. “A fresh box of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic books. This is the 7th collection my work has appeared in but the thrill of opening the box of newly minted books is just as exciting as it was the first time.”

APhoto Of The Day — 10.27.10

Kittens sit in a bucket before meeting the Duchess of Cornwall, during a visit to the Battersea Dog and Cat’s Home in London (a refuge for lost and abandoned cats) earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, pool)

Top Cutline:

  • 1. It’s a little known fact that the cat population in Britain is kept under control due to the Duchess of Cornwall’s insatiable appetite for 3 Kitten Soup — Cindy.
  • 2. In a nod to voters, each of the kittens tries to prove it is the cutest of them all. The kitten in the front wins after it produces a loyalty oath to cuteness — Dustin Hurst.
  • 3. After four-and-twenty Blackbirds were collected, a new pie treat was served to the queen — Gary D. Rhodes.
  • HM: Arch Druid

Scanner Traffic/PM — 10.27.10

  • 5:57 p.m. Timothy, on W. Hayden, has contained a stray dog in his garage.
  • 5:56 p.m. Women’s Center reports possible abuse of child on 6th/CdA.
  • 5:40 p.m. A disorderly male is reported in front of Albertson’s on Ironwood/CdA.
  • 5:39 p.m. Dan has questions re: getting rid of ex-wife’s belongings.
  • 5:22 p.m. A driver is unhurt but trapped in his vehicle following a one-vehicle rollover @ Ramsey & Golf Course Road/CdA.
  • 4:52 p.m. Child abuse hotline fields call of possible abuse of father toward 10YO daughter in Athol.
  • 4:24 p.m. Caller reports a suspicious male in area of Honeysuckle & 9th/CdA.
  • 3:11 p.m. An illegal burn is reported in Corbin Park, off Corbin Road/PF.
  • 3:10 p.m. A PFPD officer is stopping to check on a drunk male @ Spokane & Railroad.
  • More below

HBO Poll: Marano Over Sims In HD4B

  • Tuesday Poll: Democrat Paula Marano easily beat Republican Kathy Sims in the straw poll here for Hucks Nation’s choice in the House District 4B race. Marano pulled 100 of 166 (60%) votes to best Sims, who had 61 of 166 (37%) votes. 5 of 166 (3%) said they wouldn’t vote for either. Interestingly in the House District 4A poll Monday, Hucks Nation chose Republican Marge Chadderdon over Democrat Mike Bullard.
  • Today’s Poll: Who will get your vote in the House District 5B contest: Democrat Dave Larsen or Republican incumbent Bob Nonini?

Poll: R’s, D’s Split On NPR Funding

Most Republicans and a plurality of independents want the U.S. government to halt its financial contributions to embattled National Public Radio, while most Democrats support continued U.S. funding for NPR. NPR’s controversial firing last week of news analyst Juan Williams re-ignited a long-time debate over whether U.S. government funds should be channeled to the non-profit radio service. A single-digit percentage of NPR funding comes from the U.S. government/Poll Position. More here.

Question: Do you support continued U.S. funding of NPR?

Denney To Delay Phil Hart Decision

House Speaker Lawerence Denney will wait until after Tuesday’s election to announce whether he’ll allow state Rep. Phil Hart to remain on a key tax policy committee. A House ethics committee recommended Hart, a Republican from Athol, be removed from House Revenue and Taxation Committee while he wages a constitutional battle with the IRS and the Idaho State Tax Commission over hundreds of thousands in income taxes. Denney says he spoke with Hart a week ago, but that an announcement on Hart’s membership on the legislative tax panel would be premature — until the election is past/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Anyone here think Denney will boot Hart from Rev & Tax committee, if Hart scores a solid win over write-in Howard Griffiths next Tuesday?

INW Headlines — 10.27.10

A grizzly bear walks across a road near Mammoth, Wyo., in Yellowstone Park. Grizzly bear numbers in the three-state region in and around Yellowstone National Park have hit their highest level in decades. At least 603 grizzlies now roam the Yellowstone area of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Story here. (AP File Photo/The Billings Gazette, David Grubs, File)

Jeanne: An Ode To Voting At Polls

Seldom do I ever feel more proud to be an American than when I hand my ballot over to the women working at the Nez Perce County fair building on election day, tell them my name and one of them says, “Jeanne DePaul has voted.” Seriously. I’m getting a little choked up just writing that. Oh, I have my moments singing along with the National Anthem at a Lewis-Clark State College volleyball game or listening to a speech at the annual Veterans’ Day ceremonies around town. But you don’t have to be American to do those things. To vote, you have to be an American. I am glad Idaho isn’t moving the direction my home state, Washington, is in getting rid of polling places/Jeanne DePaul, Virtual Deadlines, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: How do you vote — by mail or at the polls?

Kerri: The Wonder That Was Ace

In his 103 years on this earth, Ace Walden created a template for community involvement and making a genuine difference in peoples’ lives. We only came to be acquainted in his 99th year but my life is surely richer for having known him. In 2007, as a centenarian, Ace was honored as Grand Marshal of his hometown’s Fourth of July parade and I was honored to drive him along the route, with our friend, Ruth Pratt riding shotgun. I got a little choked up seeing the absolute joy and delight on his face in my rearview mirror as Ace greeted old friends along the way. In front of us were the uniformed honor guard from the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department. The tree-lined street was filled with families and flag waving. It was about as good a moment anyone could have, a Norman Rockwell vignette in real life/Kerri Thoreson, Main Street. More here.

Question: Any further thoughts about Ace?

Sali: Betsy Russell To Blame Not Hart

Last Thursday, former congressman Bill Sali wrote a “Dear Friend” letter defending Rep. Phil Hart from “biased accounts of the media.” In the single-page letter (which you can read here),  Hart met with Hart to hear the legislator’s side of the story and came away convinced that the media haven’t been “fair to Phil.” Quoth: Why has Phil gotten so much media attention? In the legislature Phil has been an effective voice for freedom, less government and lower taxes. Apparently Betsy Russell can’t stand that and she wants to silence his voice. She wins if you decide not to support Phil.”

DFO: For the record, Sali is playing fast and loose with the truth here. Betsy Russell did point out that Hart wrote a book and that he won various votes in the House Ethics Committee. On the other hand, I wonder why Sali didn’t remind you that the Ethics Committee unanimously, with 4 Republicans chiming in, recommended that Hart be stripped of his position on the House Rev & Tax Committee. Which would lead any fair-minded person to deduct that Hart wasn’t totally exonerated by the Republican majority on the Ethics Committee.

Question: Are you surprised that Bill Sali would attack messenger Betsy Russell for the well-documented tax problems and five-finger timber discount of Phil Hart?

High Noon: No Longer In Service

On her Facebook page last night, CindyH “3 phone calls in 30 minutes: 1. Alex: Who is picking me up? I’ve been done with practice for TEN minutes! 2.Ethan: Hey! Do think I can stop by after work. And maybe borrow $10 for gas? I don’t think I’ll have enough to get home. 3. Sam: Mom! Where are you? When are you coming home? It’s 5:30 and I’m HUNGRY. My voicemail message? “The mother you have reached is disconnected and no longer in service.”

Question: When did you last feel like turning off your phone or posting a message that “the person you have reached … is no longer in service”?

OTV’s ‘Tina Lisa’

After reading about the squabbles among warring Kootenai County Republicans, OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho offers this little parody that he entitles the “Tina Lisa,” for your viewing pleasure.

Scanner Traffic/AM

  • Noon: Therapist at Ironwood Drive office reports a female client is making threats to kill herself by taking pills or jumping off overpass.
  • 11:38 a.m. A male fixing a flat tire on a dark-blue car is creating hazard @ I-90 & H41.
  • 11:37 a.m. A resident of Reed & Lacey/Hayden has caught a loose pitbull.
  • 11:33 a.m. A vehicle is on fire on H54 between H95 & 5th in Athol.
  • 11:25 a.m. Terry reports that appliances were taken from a foreclosed house.
  • 11:18 a.m. Wyoming Avenue/Hayden resident is suspicious re: a female w/a clipboard who asked about a vacant house in the neighborhood as she walked by.
  • 10:45 a.m. A Honda Civic registered to a 5th Street/CdA resident is weaving on w/b I-90 @ M/P 17 (near Sherman Avenue exit).
  • 10:01 a.m. A dog is running loose in Shopko/CdA parking lot.
  • 9:57 a.m. Tracy has questions for an officer re: transfer of vehicle title.
  • 9:46 a.m. A male is unconscious @ Colin & Lorraine Drive/Athol.
  • 8:58 a.m. Caller reports a 6-7YO boy w/o shoes or socks & wearing pajama bottoms is n/b on Atlas walking toward Prairie/CdA.
  • 8:56 a.m. Caller reports small children are screaming outside a home near Hayden Kindercenter.
  • 8:53 a.m. Project CDA administrators are trying to separate 2 teen boys who are hitting each other near school office.
  • 8:48 a.m. Benewah County wants F&G to handle an injured elk on H95 @ M/P 416 (Elder Road).
  • 8:37 a.m. DMV reports that a person wanted on a felony warrant is on the premises.
  • 8:15 a.m. Wanda wonders what to do w/a wild cat that has been injured & sick for 2 weeks.

Mary Wouldn’t Even Vote For Hart

At OpenCDA today, Mary Souza walks us through her conundrum re: Rep. Phil Hart, concluding that state committeeman Matt Roetter is obligated to support Hart although he considers Hart to be a tax cheat and timber thief. And that she wouldn’t vote for Hart this time if she lived in his district. Mary said she’s been too caught up in other things to speak her mind on the Hart issue. But she saw the light last night while sitting next to Hart at the meeting of Kootenai County Republicans: “But last night cleared the clutter of all the innuendo and defenses, for me anyway.” After dismissing much of Hart’s indiscretions as old news or “being within the specific wording of the law,” Mary says she wouldn’t say a word publicly against Hart, if she held the office of state committeeman “because it would be my JOB to, at the minimum, do no harm to the candidate chosen by the primary voters of my district.” Yet, she foamed for almost a year on much smaller allegations against County Clerk Dan Englilsh that failed to pass legal muster in Judge Charles Hosack’s courtroom. Amazing how partisan filters blind the wearers.

Question: Why can’t the partisan Republicans see their hypocrisy in giving a free pass to Phil Hart while attacking Democrats for the smallest of things?

Bloggy’s Journey North, Day 1

1st Leg: Seattle, Washington, to Quesnal, British Columbia

Mr_Bloggy and his Travelnatrix, who will remain unnamed, made it as far as Quesnel, BC on Tuesday, not quite to Prince George but the darkness had descended - in, on, and around the car, and the Quesnel Travelodge was as far as today would permit. 500 + miles and nearly 12 hours, including a remarkable border crossing, in which the vehicle was searched and many stern faces and curt questions were asked of Mr_Bloggy and his Travelnatrix. As a side note, if you take the Sumas crossing, be prepared for a few miles of Washington dairy farms of exceedingly dense and obscene odors on the way to the crossing. In case you’ve forgotten already, and who hasn’t, Mr_B is co-piloting a car journey up the treacherous and pregnant with doom Alcan Highway to Anchorage, Alaska to be a helpful cuss to his Travelnatrix friend and dictator. He is also trying to find out along the way,  from the common  folks, if Sarah Palin has ever visited and if they think she represents the wild and independent spirit of the Folks of the North©.  See the end of this report for today’s answers. Much more here.

DFO: Mr_Bloggy and a friend are traveling the Alcan Highway to Anchorage, Alaska, in her Subaru Outback. He’ll be providing daily dispatches from the trek.

AM: Boise State’s Imperfect Victory

Boise State’s George Iloka (8) attempts to recover an onside kick by Louisiana Tech during the second half of an NCAA college football game Tuesday in Boise. Boise State won 49-20. Idaho Statesman story here. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)

Question: Boise State fans are lamenting that their beloved Broncos didn’t beat Louisiana Tech as handily as other opponents. What do you think?

Christy: Poe Is ‘Classic Horror King’

On her Facebook page, Christy Woolum (Gathering Around the Table) writes: “I introduced Edgar Allen Poe to my 8th graders this week with the reading of “The Tell Tale Heart”. These students have grown up with Freddy Krueger, It, Scream, Chuckie, and many more scary characters… but Poe was a bit creepier. He is still the classic horror king.”

Question: Who fits the title “classic horror king” better — Poe, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or someone else?

In Idaho, Really Little People Pay Taxes

In his editorial today, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune defends the tax revenuer who created a nationwide stir by insisting that a couple of kids selling pumpkins to raise money for sports. Marty opines: “Gilmore’s getting a bad rap on this story. She didn’t shut down the business. Never even hinted at it. The children weren’t at home when she stopped by. Nor was she being selective. People who engage in farmers markets, roadside produce stands and flea markets are obligated to get a license and collect sales tax.” Then, Marty goes on to say it’s strange that Idaho cracks down on kids when it looks the other way on bigger tax cheats: multi-state corporations, special interests, Internet & catalogue sales, tax scofflaws, and, of course, our own Phil Hart: “The Republican representative from Athol has made a mockery of state and federal tax laws.” More here.

Question: In other parts of the state, Rep. Phil Hart’s name has become synonymous with tax cheat/timber thief. Why are local Republicans so tone deaf to such an outcry?

Hammes: NPR Firing Shows Arrogance

Juan Williams, pictured, told a television audience that when he saw Muslims boarding a plane it caused him concern. Something Juan Williams now understands he never should have admitted. The group-thinkers at NPR could not allow it to stand unchallenged. Being a leading purveyor of political correctness, they know the world has more to fear from a lumberjack, miner or roughneck than radical Muslims. So they canned him. The people at NPR are shell-shocked at the reaction. The firing of Juan Williams has caused irreparable damage to the reputation and credibility of NPR. The fact they did not expect the backlash is just another example of the arrogance/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: What do you make of the Juan Williams’ firing by NPR?

Republicans Delay Vote On Matt Roetter

  • Originally posted at 10:08 p.m. Tuesday

On a narrow vote, county Republican chairwoman Tina Jacobson and other fans of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, held off trying to oust state committeeman Matt Roetter until after the general election Tuesday. Also, the Republicans appointed a committee to watch future comments by executive committee members and elected precinct leaders in the media. In a well-orchestrated meeting, a motion was made and passed 35-30 to delay the vote on Roetter until the next Central Committee meeting in November at the earliest. As a result of the vote, the packed crowd at Republicans headquarters was denied the chance to discuss the attempt to oust Roetter because he refuses to support Hart, whom he considers a tax dodger and timber thief. In a related move, the Central Committee voted that elected executive members and precinct leaders must support all primary winners, without exception. More below.

Question: What do you think of the gambit used by local GOP leaders to avoid a showdown over the Matt Roetter-Phil Hart question before the election?

Formula: Mountain Dew = Sugar

Havre Public Schools nurse Jana Nordboe demonstrates how much sugar is in a 12-ounce can of Mountain Dew in Havre, Mont. (AP Photo/ Havre Daily News, Nikki Carlson)

Question: Do you drink much pop? Does this demonstration give you second thoughts re: your habit?

Jimmy-Mac: Clowns Scare Me

JimmyMac: Hate ‘em. They scare the batcrap outta me. Omly thing worse-midget clowns. I had a quartet of older gentlemen show up at my wife’s old office with roses to serenade her one Valentine’s Day. She was utterly embarrassed to no end and swore revenge. On my birthday a year later the weirdest, wickedest singing clown showed up at my office. Freaked me out. Thank goodness she couldn’t find a midget clown.

Question: What scares the batcrap out of you?

Phaedrus: Bulldozer To Replace Logo

Phaedrus: I’m at a loss to figure out why the voc-tech crowd wants to replace Christie Wood. Herb, it’s personal. Robert Ketchum was let go by NIC, the Trustees approved of that action. Ron Nilson’s vo-tech gravy train was disrupted and Ron Nilson belongs to the “My way or the Highway” school of thinking, he is unwilling (perhaps incapable) of seeing another point of view. So he recruits (sponsors?) Ketchum to run. And despite leading the governing board of KTEC he also wants to have input into the governing board of NIC. If Nilson wins, I hear that NIC’s new colors will be yellow and black and the Cardinal logo will be replaced by a bulldozer.

Question: Do you think North Idaho College has a good balance between academic classes and vo-tech/pro-tech ones?

Herb: Orange County, Idaho Style

Herb: It is not difficult for me as a modrately conservative voter, to laugh at some of my own party’s efforts at trying to convince the middle that they are not Republicans. It is clear, as it was when I resided in Orange County, California in the sixties, that extremism always stalks the edges of the Republican Party. In Orange County, it was the John Birch Society. Here, God only knows, but some of the same absolute garbage that was puked out in the sixties is still around, and around in both parties. … I have always enjoyed the reparte of politics in the past, but currently and from both extremes, a meannest has surfaced. Instead of debating issues, we debate character. Instead of issue orientated discussion, we have a preface of personal putdowns.

Question: Is Kootenai County becoming as conservative as the old Orange County, California?

Signe: 62YO Retirement? I Wish

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Queen Tina Looking For Press Leaks?

I just noticed something interesting on the GOP/Phil Hart Central Committee agenda for tonight. After the Elephants deal with state committeeman Matt Roetter — whether thumbs up or thumbs down — they had another item on the agenda that sez simply: “Damaging the Republican party in the press.” Now I know that Chairwoman Tina Jacobson, pictured, isn’t fond of what has been going on here at Huckleberries Online. So I have to wonder whether she’s going to try to guess who’s my sources — she might be surprised — and punish them in some way. That, or she simply might follow the Red Queen’s lead and begin shouting, “Off with their heads.” After all, the local CC seems to be on the other side of the looking glass. You can read the agenda for yourself here.

Question: Aren’t you guys glad that I have sources in the bowels of the local Republican & Democratic parties? How else would you get the interesting behind-the-scenes stories? From the Coeur d’Alene Press? Bwahaha.

Parting Shot — 10.26.10

In recognition of the season, the Spokesman-Review Voices Facebook page is publishing the scariest photos from its files, including this one — “the second creepiest photo we’ve run on the cover of the Voices from Oct. 23, 2008.” (Photo by Dan Pelle)

Question: Are you afraid of clowns?

Wild Card/Tuesday — 10.26.10

My live-blogging the debate last night cost me a good pair of glasses. After the event, I spent 10 or 15 minutes talking to Ron Nilson, Ken Howard, Robert Ketchum, Skip Hissong, Dick Harris, & others. As I was about to leave, I noticed I didn’t have my glasses — and spent the next 15 minutes retracing my steps with Kit Hoffer looking for them. I was only in two different areas. So it was weird that they couldn’t be found. Fortunately, I had a backup pair with an old prescription in the 4Runner that works as well. But the frames aren’t as good. So much for my problems. Now, for your Wild Card …

Who Ya Gonna Call? Not Herb

Herb: As a supervisor in the gate crew, Silverwood, I once offered to help out at the Main St. Theater. My job was to handle counter sales and make sure popcorn was kept up. I dutifully filled the popcorn machine, turned it on and walked back to the counter. A large surge of guests showed up at the counter. While serving them, I noticed some smoke. Holy Cow! The popcorn machine was on fire. I turned it off and called for help. Smoke had activated the alarm system which was directly wired into emergency services. With fans, the smoke was sucessfully withdrawn from the building without any permanent damage. I learned from this that I am not a multitasker. They never asked me to help again.

Question: Have fire personnel ever responded to your home for any reason?

PM Headlines — 10.26.10

In this photo, Kari Eff-Bomber Rettke, Kristie Hooky Helraiser Blair, Marae Carr, Angela Maris, Connie LeGault, Chelsi LeGault, & Kristen Rathbun Binyon. The Snake Pit Venomous Vixens split into their two local teams to entertain their fans in a bout Sunday. They have one remaining bout this season, versus High Desert Darlins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Skate Plaza. (Photo from Rocky Casaneda’s Facebook page)

APhoto Of The Day — 10.26.10

Dallas Cowboys fans watch their team lose 41-35 to the New York Giants during the second half an NFL football game Monday in Arlington, Texas. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Cutline Contest:

  • 1. You shoulda seen the look on their faces at HBO when Mr. Bloggy posted pics of himself in his fur-lined G-string — Kevin Taylor.
  • 2. These fans chose paper over plastic, next time it’s plastic for the team — Charlie.
  • 3. Fans show that Romo wasn’t the only one who got sacked last night — JohnA.
  • HM: Gary D. Rhodes


Scanner Traffic/PM — 10.26.10

  • 6:09 p.m. Buckles on Riverstone’s Main Street reports theft of jeans.
  • 6:02 p.m. A utility line is down at Reed & Lacey/Hayden.
  • 5:51 p.m. Owner wants an officer to meet her at her business in 5700 block of Government Way because the wife of a local jail inmate is trying to get in.
  • 5:28 p.m. Male reports he found door open when he returned to his home on 3100 block of N. O’Connell/Rathdrum and saw another male running out back door.
  • 4:35 p.m. PFPD Blue officers are trying to apprehend a male who’s sitting near play area of Post Falls McDonalds. This could be related to 3:10 p.m. incident.
  • 4:19 p.m. Caller says 4 juveniles in silver car @ I-90 & Bosanko light are smoking pot.
  • 4:01 p.m. Caller wants PFPD Blue to check on 3 males & a female in a van parked in Curves parking lot.
  • More below

Hucks Poll: Chadderdon Over Bullard

  • Monday Poll: Incumbent Republican Marge Chadderdon (90 of 174, 51.7%) is the preferred choice of Hucks Nation in her House District 4 race with Democrat Mike Bullard (73 of 174, 42%). 7 of 174 (4%) said they didn’t plan to vote for either candidate. 4 were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Who will get your vote in the House District 4 race between Republican Kathy Sims and Democrat Paula Marano?

Press-Tribune Endorses Labrador

Raul Labrador is an easy choice for Idaho’s 1st District congressman. He’s smart, straightforward and says what he means. He’s a strict conservative who doesn’t compromise his beliefs to get votes. In interviews, debates and discussions with this editorial board, he did not hesitate or “talk around” the answer to a question. He just gives you his take, for good or for bad. In the upcoming Congress, Idaho needs a strong conservative voice. It can’t be someone who is trying to straddle the fence and decide when to vote to the left and when to vote to the right to save his place in the Capitol/Idaho Press Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Idaho Press-Tribune editorial endorsing Raul Labrador?

ID Blogs: Labrador Wins If Luna Does

Today on and 580 am (locally) Tom Luna and Stan Olson will debate their positions on the Austin Hill Show at 3 pm. Listen in!! It should be interesting … But there is something EVEN more interesting happening … My stake in the ground is set. It’s been there for over a month. As goes the Luna-Olson race in Idaho, so could go the races for Idaho Governor and US Congress (in the 1st CD.) I know, I know, Stan Olson and Tom Luna are NOT running for US Congress or for the Governorship. … they’re running for Idaho’s top education spot, which Luna has twice sought and once won. Yes, I know that. And in fact, that’s my point.

Question: What do you make of Dennis’s contention that the Luna-Olson race is a bellweather for how the other races go?

Teaching Family Values

Roberta Larsen, wife of House District 5 candidate David Larsen, sends along this photo of their grandson, Lionel August Larsen McClellan, and this note: “Lionel is astonished that his parents Christine and Martin are bathing him in a bucket.  Shows that the Larsen clan is very fiscally conservative and environmentally conscious.” I wished more candidates and their families had the Larsens’ sense of humor this deep in the election cycle.

3 NIC Teams Ranked In Top 10

All three of North Idaho College’s winter teams are ranked in the top 10 by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Wrestling is ranked No. 2, men’s basketball is ranked No. 3 and women’s basketball is ranked No. 6 in the NJCAA pre-season polls that came out this week. “This is the first time all three of those teams have been in the pre-season top 10,” said NIC Athletics Director Al Williams. “This should be a tremendous season for all the players and fans.”

Question: When did you last see a North Idaho College sports event?

OTC: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Sometimes it hits me like a lightning bolt — nothing is more important than a positive outlook. Even when it seems like to be optimistic is completely rooted in irrationality and is blind, what choice do we have? It is not naïve to hope for the best, it’s the only option. The alternative is too heavy, too depressing. Life will get better and the sun will shine again — this I know/Tanya, UI Argonaut’s “Off the Cuff.” More here.

Question: Generally, do you tend to be optimistic or pessimistic?

Robb Akey Bobblehead Day Nov. 6

The University of Idaho offers one more reason to travel to Moscow for the football game between the Vandals and Nevada — Robb Akey bobbleheads. They’ll be given away at the game Saturday, Nov. 6. Meanwhile, Akey discusses JoJo Dickson’s career-ending injury against New Mexico State last weekend in Josh Wright’s WAC notebook here.

Question: Do you own any bobbleheads? Which one(s)?

Michelle Stennett To Fill Clint’s Post

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Michelle Stennett to the Idaho Senate seat vacated by her husband Clint’s recent death; Stennett had been filling in for her husband as he battled brain cancer, and is now running for the seat in her own right. Otter said he was making the appointment for the remainder of Clint Stennett’s term “with sadness at her husband’s loss but great confidence in her abilities;” you can click below to read his full announcement. Michelle Stennett was the unanimous top choice of the Idaho Democratic Party’s District 25 legislative committee to succeed her husband in the post/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

Question: Good call on Otter’s part?

Statesman: Allred Better Choice

As the state’s highest-ranking elected official, a governor should possess a focused vision for Idaho’s future. As the CEO of state government, the governor should possess the skills required to reach sensible, evidence-based decisions. By both metrics, Gov. Butch Otter has been a startling disappointment. A global recession — and its punishing effect on Idaho’s economy and tax revenues — have obviously plagued Otter. But the past four years have also been marred by mistakes and missteps of Otter’s own making. On Nov. 2, voters have a rare opportunity to press the reset button. Keith Allred is best prepared to lead Idaho into the next four years, while handling the daily decisions that affect the lives of everyday Idahoans/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Idaho Statesman endorsement of Democrat Keith Allred over incumbent Gov. Butch Otter?

TFTN: Yes On 3 Ballot Amendments

The men who wrote Idaho’s Constitution 121 years ago meant to make it difficult for government to go into debt. But they didn’t intend to hamstring economic development indefinitely. So the three constitutional amendments on the Nov. 2 ballot — largely drafted by state Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, and Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, and approved overwhelmingly by the Legislature last winter — are much-needed updates to our state’s charter/Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Do you agree-disagree with the Twin Falls Times News opinion that Idahoans should support all 3 constitutional amendments on the ballot next Tuesday?

Brand X Endorses Nilson, Ketchum

(Ron) Nilson, pictured, and (Robert) Ketchum stand apart because they are committed to helping students in credit and non-credit classes reach their full potential not just intellectually, but economically. They understand that at the end of the educational line, if the graduate doesn’t have a good job, the education probably doesn’t have good value. We’re convinced Ketchum and Nilson will expand and improve relationships within the community and at the state level. Both have earned the respect of Idaho’s state and federal officials, so when they talk about NIC’s needs, those holding the keys to resources will listen/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Agree/disagree with the endorsement?


INW Headlines — 10.26.10

Neva Harris , mother of QuentinDodd, who was shot and killed by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy Sunday night, tries to make sense of the loss of her son Monday. Meghann Cuniff SR story here. (SR Photo: Colin Mulvany)

High Noon: Bloggy’s Great Adventure

Mr. Bloggy: Mr_Bloggy is about to discover hope. Hope, BC, that is. Mr_Bloggy is co-piloting an adventure! He and his squeeze are driving to Anchorage Ak thru BC and the Yukon Territory. He will endeavor to provide daily dispatches, as it were, of the trip as he knows many of you readers, especially the kids who don’t have driver’s licenses yet, are pondering this trip one day, themselves. Mr_Bloggy has had the Alcan in his bucket list forever. And now!

Question: When did you last go on a road trip?

Dara: Tobacky Not Best Social Tool

How much do you love seeing a college woman hocking a huge green spitball of mucus on to the ground? Not very much, I hope. With that image in your head, it may be harder to take a dip in public the next time you have a hankering. There is a time and place for chewing tobacco, unfortunately. There shouldn’t be, but if you choose to take a dip while hanging with your friends, that’s OK as long as I don’t have to see it. But when someone thinks it is real slick to pop in a chew before class, and then bring a water bottle to spit it in — a clear one even — that’s too far. Way too far. No one wants to see you spit brown stinky residue into a clear water bottle. Just because you have something to spit it in does not make it appropriate, and because the water bottle is clear, we can all witness the action/Dara Barney, UI Argonaut. More here.

Question: Do you chew? Or go with girls that do?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 10.26.10

  • 11:39 a.m. Caller was asking for return of items taken following Post Falls area suicide earlier this month.
  • 10:55 a.m. Mack @ Hayden Meadows Elementary has caught a golden retriever.
  • 10:52 a.m. Caller reports that a male shook his fist at a female by water fountain @ Life Care Center Garden Plaza/PF.
  • 10:46 a.m. Female reports 2 males took $150 from her Coeur d’Alene home, including one with dreadlocks.
  • 10:32 a.m. Lakeside Elementary/Plummer official says a student brought a knife to school.
  • 10:20 a.m. Betty reports there’s a sick cat in her garage @ 10315 Pinto/Hayden.
  • 9:58 a.m. Michael reports a male has answered his advertisement for his lost rifle, claiming he has found it but wants money for its return.
  • 9:37 a.m. A wild fire is reported at Captain John Mullan & Cody roads/CdA.
  • 9:30 a.m. Landlord has questions re: a civil matter with a tenant.
  • 9:22 a.m. Alicia reports possible fraud activity involving her business bank account.
  • 9:20 a.m. Female reports crash w/another driver who blew a stop sign @ Maple & Buckles/Hayden.
  • 8:24 a.m. Officer reports that communication reception is bad on west side of new Hayden WalMart.

Food Porn: Kootenai Cafe Omelet

On the Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, OrangeTV asks if mid-morning is too late to publish breakfast Food Porn (like this photo from Kootenai Cafe). Then, he answers: “Never! And this looks like one sultry omelet.” I disagree. It’s too late for those of us who only ate a piece of buttered toast and a hard-boiled egg for breakfast. This mouth-watering omelet made my stomach growl — and it’s still 70 minutes until lunch.

Question: What do you like in your omelets?

Sam: What, No UI Gear At WalMart

On his Facebook site, Sam writes that he’s hosed that Hayden WalMart had Boise State logos in infant wear but nothing for the Idaho Vandals. Which prompts this confession. I don’t have any Vandal wear among my collection of baseball caps, T-shirts, sweat shirts, etc. Nor Washington State wear, for that matter. I have Gonzaga covered in spades. Ditto for the various colleges my kids attended — Linfield, University of Colorado, University of Florida, University of Portland, and Portland State. But I need to get some Vandal gear.

Question: What kind of sports gear do you have?

Eman: ‘Splainin’ Loss Of Wedding Ring

Eman: Ya know Dave, last night while watching my beloved Giants destroy the Cowboys I noticed that my wedding ring was missing. Same situation, only had been to a couple of places but it vanished. I never take it off, for the last 20 years, the only time was for baseball in case I got hit on the hands. Seems this time of year with cooler weather it does get loose and dry. Damn thing must have glided off. Ever happen to any of you guys? Needless to say I had a lot of “splainin’” to do to my wife.

Question: I took my wedding ring off for the first time in years a week or so ago when something in the garden bit me on the finger. I didn’t want my finger to swell an cause a problem with the ring. When did you last take your wedding ring off?

AM Headlines — 10.26.10

Gina Bushfield,18, left, and Sabrina Ewing,18, share an umbrella as they walk along Garden Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, Idhao on Monday. Cold rainy weather is supposed last all week long.(AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Kathy Plonka)

USPO Returns Ballots For More Postage

Item: Additional postage has absentee voters licked: Post office admits ballots should not have been returned to citizens/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Absentee ballots across Kootenai County were returned to voters who tried to mail them back to the elections department recently after a postage snafu - even though post office rules regarding mailed votes say they should have been delivered anyway. Turns out, mailing back the two ballots on weight and size alone should cost 61 cents, not the standard 44 cents. Post office rules state that votes should be delivered anyway, as a way to ensure they are counted, post office staff said Wednesday.

Question: What do you make of this snafu?

Local GOP To Vote On Roetter Ouster

Item: Republicans clash over Hart: Central committee will vote to remove leader Matt Roetter over support refusal/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: “I don’t care who it is. If the guy is elected through the primaries, that is the person we’re obligated to support,” Trotter said. “It could be Bozo the Clown, for all I care. Not that Phil Hart is a bozo.”

Question: Who will be more defined by this vote — Matt Roetter or local Republicans?

Minnick Lead Over Labrador Now 3%

Incumbent Rep. Walt Minnick’s lead over Republican Raul Labrador fell from 10 percentage points in mid-September to 3 percentage points late last week, says a poll commissioned by the Idaho Statesman and six other newspapers. The freshman Democrat’s lead is so narrow that it may not exist at all, because it falls within the poll’s 5-point margin of error. With Election Day just a week away, the nationalization of the race to control Congress may be helping Labrador in western Idaho’s strongly Republican 1st District, according to Boise State University political scientist Gary Moncrief/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Does this mean that Raul Labrador is surging to victory?

Sisyphus: It Ain’t About Money

Re: McCrory lawyer wants witness fee of $21.27 back

Sisyphus: The “real” point is that McRory’s attorney exercised the authority of the court by issuing a subpoena (a court order to appear) to assure Christa’s attendance at the hearing. The rules required he provide a witness fee to cover travel expenses. Had she failed she would have been held ….wait for it….in contempt. Mr. Hazel’s comment doesn’t make a case that it was a mistake, but that it was a boneheaded mistake. The cost in attorney time to request the refund is far more than the amount requested. It ain’t about the money.

Question: What is the attempt by Bill McCrory’s attorney to get back the witness fee from Christa Hazel really about?

Herb: I Fed Up w/You Know, You Know

Herb: I realize that with politics in the forefront, my bitch isn’t probably going to resonate. Still, I am tired of hearing college graduates, (many of them) football players and even commentators, use “you know,” 14 times in one sentence. Next time you listen to an interview with an athlete, or even news anchors, listen for, “You know.” I realize that being broadcast trained, that my ear is more attuned to these nuances, but when the same phrase occurs over and over and over, you know, it’s irritating, you know.

Question: Are there any repetitive phrases in modern communication that bug you?

McGruber: Students Are Customers

McGruber: Watch the forum unfiltered like I did for a better feel for the exchanges. And why is it odd to refer to the students as customers of the college? They determine what courses have value by what courses they pay to study. Doesn’t that make them customers? And isn’t a career or job the ultimate goal of getting higher education? Unless of course you’re going to be a perennial student or aspire to a career in acedemia.

Question: What do you make of the concept that college students are customers?


Phaedrus: A Community Of Welders?

Re: North Idaho College trustee debates: Nilson versus Howard/Hucks Online

Phaedrus: Because Nilson did not go to college he seems to have a chip on his shoulder and is not just in favor of pro-tech education, but is actually against non-tech higher education. Students go to college for an education, not just jobs; if it was up to Ron we’d have a community of welders and mechanics and nothing else.We need pro-tech education, it’s good for the community, but it shouldn’t be the sole purpose of our local college. I fear with Nilson and Ketchum it will become their sole focus.

Question: Does North Idaho College need to bolster its pro-tech program?

Signe: Wikileaks

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

NIC Trustee Debates: Wood Vs. Ketchum

  • Opening: Christie Wood says she’s been board chairwoman for last 2 years. Also, she’s the only candidate who has been a student at North Idaho College. (For OTV: Christie’s golden locks are flowing over dark jacket and light brown blouse.) She talks about the challenge of handling $4 million in state cutbacks at a time that it’s growing rapidly.
  • Opening: Dr. Robert Ketchum: He points out he’s been in education for 35 years — and that he developed the work-force training center. His key focus will be to bring the college and business together. He was an active accreditator of other colleges throughout NW.
  • Q1 (which capital project needed next): Ketchum: We’re aware that college has been asked to build a joint-use facility on the corridor site. I’m very committed to pro-tech. My heart is with pro-tech expansion on the prairie near KTEC site. Wood: NIC & its sister schools of UI & LCSC have made the joint-use facility the top priority, including a one-student resource center.
  • Q2 (What would you do to put more of community back into community college?): Wood: We’re very involved in the community. We have flexible scheduling, outreach centers, work-force training, musical programs, theater, etc. NIC is a hub for Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and outreach centers. We’re entrenched in this community. Ketchum: We brought in $4M in customized work-force training in my 19 years as work-force training center. 
  • Q3 (which would you cut — pro-tech program or drama?): Ketchum: Pro-tech is a separate system that relies on state funding not local money. So it’s a moot question. It’s important for public to understand how Idaho has structured for pro-tech. Wood: NIC has strong commitment to pro-tech programs. State has allocated $3.9M for pro-tech while NIC has allocated $1.2M. We’ve doubled our nursing. We have a $650,000 grant for medical records program.
  • More below:

NIC Trustee Debates: Howard Vs. Nilson

  • Ken Howard will be debating Ron Nilson first tonight; Luke Malek will be moderator of Kootenai County Young Professionals.
  • Ron Nilson has on dark gray suit & red power tie; Ken Howard has on lighter gray shirt and earth-tone green tie. 40 people present at Post Falls City Hall. Program will run again of public access Channel 13 at 8 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Or be available on demand at city of Post Falls Web site. Questioners will be Maureen Dolan/Press, Taryn Hecker-Thompson/former SReporter/Inlander free-lancer, and Fatima Madrid/NIC VP.
  • Opening statement: Nilson has a habit of referring to himself in 3rd person and asking himself questions to which he responds. Says he’s running for “students and ALL taxpayers of North Idaho.” He points out that he’s the leader of a consortium of 47 businesses and considers jobs the biggest issue b/c good jobs begin with education.
  • Opening statement: Howard considers the college to be the heartbeat of the community.
  •  1st Q (which capital project is needed next): Nilson: 1. cleanup of expanded property, and 2. parking. He launches into criticism re: lack of plan for Education Corridor. He points out that the college partners for NIC haven’t offered any money to help build capital projects. Howard: We have had 37% increase in student populations in recent years. We need to be nimble and react to growing needs of students.
  • 2nd Q: (What would you do to put “community” back into community college?): Howard: Not sure the community isn’t there now. (BTW, this is one of Nilson’s favorite mantras for campaign.) Nilson: Sez he was NIC’s No. 1 customer in 4 of last 5 years. I’m not the only one saying there’s a disconnect. 47 other CEOs are saying that, too. Questions starting classes that have no practical relevance to the community.
  • 3rd Q (If forced to choose between pro-tech program and one in drama, which would you cut?): Nilson: North Idaho ranks last among 3 community colleges in state in pro-tech programs. I have to make decision on present jobs that are going unfilled. Howard: My instinct is to say I’d favor professional technical. Drama seems to be superfluous. But that’s too superficial (of an assessment). There are many factors involved. It’s not just about job opportunities but job opportunities that offer decent wage.
  • More below

Parting Shot — 10.25.10

Chloe Hager, 20 months, shows her dog Patsy at the 5th annual Bow Wow Ween at Meadow View Growers in New Carlisle, Ohio, Saturday. Chloe and her pet came dressed as giraffes. (AP Photo/Springfield News-Sun, Marshall Gorby)

Wild Card/Monday — 10.25.10

I didn’t realize that the Spanish-American War caused the beginning of the end for Fort Sherman, the current site of North Idaho College. According to Louise Shadduck’s “At the Edge of the Ice: Where Coeur d’Alene and its People Meet,” Fort Sherman troops were called to serve in the Spanish-American War in 1898, effectively ending the need for the fort where Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River meet. The fort officially closed 5 years later. I read part of Louise’s book several years ago. And am going to slowly plow through it again. Do you know much about local history? Now, with a week and a day left until the general election, I’ll play today’s Wild Card …

Clint Eastwood In CdA: Make My Day

A friend sent me an e-mail early Friday morning. It said, “I rarely envy other people’s jobs, but how cool is it to have your photo next to Clint Eastwood’s on the cover of the Today section?” I jokingly wrote back, “Yes, it was great working with him.” But that gave me an idea. What if a few of Clint’s various productions had been set in Spokane? How would the stories have been different? Just imagine. “Rawhide”: Instead of working on cattle drives, Rowdy Yates would have worn a hard hat and toiled on a road construction crew. “Head ’em up. Move ’em out.” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”: A county commission’s meetings brought to the big screen. “There’s really not too much future with a sawed-off runt like you”/Paul Turner, SR. More here.

Question And what if Clint Eastwood’s various productions had been set in Coeur d’Alene or some other North Idaho site. How would that have affected the story line?

APhoto Of The Day — 10.25.10

Diego Sanchez, right, chokes Paulo Thiago, of Brazil, during a UFC mixed martial arts match in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday. Sanchez won by unanimous decision. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Hurt over not receiving his own pink panties, a jilted Todd Palin attacks Sheriff Joe with favorite Alaskan Eskimo wrestling move, the “snowball” — Stacy.
  • 2. Rep. Hart gets his friend in a half-Nelson until she agrees to debate Rick Currrie — JohnA.
  • 3. (tie) “If you don’t ask, I won’t tell” — Formerly Sandpoint; and: The way the Brannon vs. Kennedy suit should have been settled — CindyH.
  • HM: Gary D. Rhodes

Scanner Traffic/PM — 10.25.10

  • 5:16 p.m. A deer is trying to cross n/b H95 @ M/P 437 (Boekel Road).
  • 5:12 p.m. A dark blue pickup tried to ram another vehicle on I-90 @ M/P 6 (near H41) and is passing on shoulder of the freeway.
  • 4:25 p.m. EMTs are asked to do a welfare check of a diabetic at Safeways/Midtown.
  • 4:19 p.m. A tree has fallen across the road blocking H97 @ M/P 85.5 (Gotham Bay).
  • 4:18 p.m. A tree has fallen along I-90 @ w/b M/P 31 (Fourth of July Creek), sending debris & branches into slow lane of travel.
  • More below

HBO Poll: Currie Easily Beats Nelson

  • Weekend Poll: In a surprise, incumbent Kootenai County Commissioner Rick Currie, a write-in candidate, defeated Jai Nelson handily. Currie attracted 164 of 278 votes (59%) from Hucks Nation to beat GOPrimary winner Jai Nelson in our straw poll. Nelson won 72 of 278 (26%) votes. 38 of 278 (13.67%) said they don’t plan to vote for either candidate. And 4 people were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Who will get your vote in the House District 4A race between incumbent Republican Marge Chadderdon and Democrat Mike Bullard?

State Studying Pumpkin Stand Sanfu

The Gem State made national news over the weekend after a staffer for the Idaho State Tax Commission attempted to shut down a pumpkin stand being manned by two children in Lewiston.  Monday, a spokesman for the agency wouldn’t comment on the incident, but did say that administrators will be reviewing the situation to determine if the staffer acted appropriately. Dan John, spokesman for the commission, told Monday that he had no comment on the action of the staffer.  When asked if any formal complaints had been filed in the case, John said “not that I know of, but I really can’t comment on it at this time.”  Though no official action has been taken against the staffer, it hasn’t necessarily been ruled out.  ”When we get allegations, we always check them out,” John explained/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

  • Cutline: Jacob Charais, 6, and his little sister Sami-Lou, 4, sit in front of their pumpkin stand at their home in Lewiston, Idaho on Friday (AP Photo/ Lewiston Tribune, Kyle Mills)
  • Original: Tax revenuers shut down pumpkin stand/Lewiston Tribune

Question: Should the state reprimand the staffer who bought the Tax Commission a million dollars in bad publicity for the sake of collecting $10 in taxes?

NI Blogosphere — 10.25.10

“I was going to visit Rodney Wolfe at Kootenai Medical Center, but they said no,” writes Ralph Bartholdt, Skookum Photography. “They said critical and that’s all we can tell you. What newspaper do you work for? I don’t, lady. I’m a pal, I said.” More here.

Hucks Online numbers (for week of Oct. 17-23): 54,528/33,784

PM: 1st Lady On GOP Bus

On Friday evening, Hucks Online reported that a Lake City High administrator in a “pink silk cap” had waylaid Idaho 1st Lady Lori Otter, Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna, & Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde after the GOP bus tour pulled onto high school grounds at the end of its North Idaho tour. Now we know the female administrator was high school principal Deanne Clifford. But Hucks Online is strill trying to find where the “pink silk cap” came into play. Obviously, Lori Otter (above on bus) was wearing Nike head wear that’s not made of silk. And Deanne Clifford was wearing a light-pink baseball cap with darker-pink lettering. So let’s drop “silk” from the description originally provided, OK?

Question (for OrangeTV): Can you break down the 1st Lady’s non-red carpet look on the bus tour? (I think she pulls it off, but I’m not Joan Rivers.)

Griffiths Beats Hart In Press Poll

It’s the write-in candidate by a whisker. Voters at have chosen Republican Howard Griffiths to upset state Rep. Phil Hart by a 469-437 margin. A whopping 251 voters said they’ll vote for neither. The online polls are non-scientific. Particularly with online political polls, readers should know that anyone, anywhere in the world, can vote. Yes, kind of like Coeur d’Alene city elections. That’s a joke/Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Surprised?

Hedberg: Hair Today, Gone Tamale

On the other hand, while I am losing hair on the top of my head, tiny hairs are popping out at other unfortunate places on my face, which are embarrassing to mention. It seems unfair to have to pluck once a week the very substance that I’m panicking about losing in another location. All I can say is, if I develop a bald spot I might be able to comb my uni-brow over the top of my head to cover it up. Hair is one of those things that cause a lot of angst over our lifetimes, and that’s a pity considering we don’t really have a lot of control over it/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you fret much over your hair … or lack thereof?

OTV: Stay In (And Order Pizza)

For just this week I’m changing the name of this column from “Get Out” to “Stay In” and covering something I rarely get a chance to talk about: pizza delivery. It’s the perfect solution to lunch or dinner during times of inclement weather or just times when you just plain can’t muster enough get-up-and-go to fix your wig and make a public appearance. Our area has no shortage of pizza places that will come knocking on your door in (hopefully) speedy fashion with a (hopefully) piping hot pizza pie for a (hopefully) relatively small amount of cash/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: How often do you order through a parlor that provides delivery service? Is there a pizza biz that provides better service than the others?

Zombies Ready For Halloween Prowl

Tracy Price takes part in the annual Zombie Walk on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday. Hundreds of people dressed as zombies took part in the annual Ottawa Zombie Walk to Parliament Hill. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit)

Question: Have you decided which disguise you’re going to use for Halloween Sunday?

Rathdrum Star Takes Hart To Task

OK! We’re quickly getting to the point of no return with this State Rep. Phil Hart story. First, the guy didn’t pay his income taxes, contending the laws governing taxation are improper, illegal or something. Anyway, seems Hart owes some $700,000 in unpaid taxes. Ever think of how much money someone must make to equate to $700,000 in unpaid taxes, penalties and fines. How the government is expected to function without tax dollars … well, that’s apparently not a concern for this three term legislator. But, now, the kicker … From what we read, this alleged tax-dodging soul stole the logs used in building his home out there in rural Athol. According to news account, he went onto state lands and cut down a bunch of trees – from property earmarked as school endowment money. This endowment money, from what we understand, is timber set aside, the sale of which goes into funding for public education – not for some snook to come in, cut it down and build a house/Editor Tom Burnett, Rathdrum Star. More here. (Photo: Howard Griffiths)

Question: Will Kootenai County Republicans try to vote Tom Burnett out as Rathdrum Star publisher for not supporting Phil Hart over a write-in?

I’ve Just Become A Detroit Piston Fan

I’d wager that not many people around the country followed the NBA’s preseason.  If you have, however, you would have known that one of the most impressive players in the entire league was former Zag, Austin Daye.  Daye has been sensational in his second year with the Detroit Pistons, doing a little bit of everything and showing great improvement from his rookie season.  He averaged 15 points and five boards a game for Detroit and has impressed the Pistons so much, that he will open the season as their starting power forward/Zach Bell, SB Nation. More here.

  • Cutline: Detroit Pistons’ Austin Daye (5) looks for a shot against Atlanta Hawks’ Jordan Crawford in the second half of an NBA basketball game last Monday in Auburn Hills, Mich. Daye scored 14 points in the Pistons 94-85 win. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Question: With Rodney Stuckey, formerly of Eastern Washington at guard, and now Daye at forward, is it high time for Inland Northwesterners to become Detroit Piston fans?

Man Subsists On 20 Potatoes Per Day

A Moses Lake man is trying to send a message to the federal government, one potato at a time.Chris Voigt, Executive Director of The Washington Potato Commission, is on an all potato diet for 60 days. He says the stunt diet is an attempt to get the USDA’s attention at a time when potatoes have been eliminated from the Woman Infant Child program. Voigt consumes about 7 pounds of potatoes every day, the equivalent of about 20 tubers/Sally Showman, KXLY. More here.

Question: How many potatoes do you eat in a given week?

Local GOP Ready To Deal w/Roetter

Kootenai County Republicans will probably vote to oust Matt Roetter as state committeeman when they meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Judging from the minutes of the Sept. 28 meeting, Roetter doesn’t appear to have many friends among the Elephants: “Chairman Tina Jacobson read a letter from the Idaho GOP Chairman, Norm Semanko concerning the Republican Party’s position on write‐in candidates. The concern at hand is the Kootenai County Republican Party State Committeeman’s public support for a write –in candidate in the General Election against the State of Idaho Representative in District 3B (Phil Hart). A question arose on what should be done to the Board member who openly supports a write in candidate. More below:

Question: Isn’t it strange that local R’s choose to remove Roetter rather than deal with Hart’s ongoing trouble with the IRS & Idaho Tax Commission — and timber theft?

Noon Food Porn — Halloween Cake

On his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook site, OrangeTV offers this bit of Food Porn from Baskin-Robbins, decorated by Katrina. The ice cream store posts: “We can make the creepiest Halloween cakes around! They are sure to please all of your ghouls & goblins.”

Question: What’s your favorite treat at Halloween?

McCrory Lawyer Wants Witness Fee

As you may recall, Christa Hazel demanded a witness fee and mileage when she was subpoenaed by attorney Arthur B. Macomber to testify in the contempt of court case filed against Macomber’s client, Bill McCrory (as a side show in the long-running Jim Brannon lawsuit against Mike Kennedy). Judge Charles Hosack dismissed those charges. Now, Macomber has sent a letter to Christa asking that she return the witness fee because she didn’t have to testify or drive to the courthouse. And Christa, through attorney husband, Joel Hazel, is telling Macomber to pound sand. Responds Joel Hazel to Macomber: “It is certainly not my wife’s fault that you mistook a 4 p.m. status conference for a trial (Never in my 16-year law practice has a court set a trial at 4 p.m.)” Joel goes on to say his wife endorsed the witness fee check and turned it over to Mike Kennedy’s defense fund. So she doesn’t have the $21.46 to turn over to Macomber. “As such,” writes Joel, “the $21.46 will not be returned.” I’ll have links to letters in a few moments.

Question: Should Christa return the witness fee?

Nelson To Pass On CdA Tribe Forum

Huckleberries hears … that GOPrimary winner Jai Nelson (shown Friday at Spirit Lake City Park for GOP bus tour) has turned down an invitation from the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe to appear at a candidates’ forum at the Wellness Center in Plummer at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Write-in candidate Rick Currie has accepted an invitation. Seems the invitations went out late. So Nelson can’t be blamed for having a conflict this late in the campaign season. Still, it would have been good to see a debate between Currie and her. Others invited to the forum are: Benewah County Commissioner Christina Crawford, D-Tensed and her challenger Phil Lampert, R-Plummer; Rep. Dick Harwood, St. Maries-R, and his opponent Jon Ruggles, Shoshone-D; and Incumbent Mary Lou Shepherd, D-Wallace and her opponent Shannon McMillian, R-Wallace are expected to attend the event.

Scanner Traffic/AM — 10.25.10

  • 12:04 p.m. A green vehicle reportedly is speeding @ around 100 mph w/b on Seltice Way from Grand Mill/CdA.
  • 11:40 a.m. KCSD is calling Coeur d’Alene police to jail to charge inmate with escape try.
  • 11:30 a.m. Resident is in KCSD lobby to report neighbor’s use of explosives in research.
  • 11:06 a.m. Utility company is venting gas pipes in Stevens/Clagstone area of Athol, causing noise that sounds like jet engine for an hour.
  • 10:33 a.m. 4 males in 3200 block of Government Way are close to blows.
  • 10:32 a.m. Female reports that her husband was temporarily unconscious on Lookout Drive/CdA. But she believes he may have been faking it to avoid a dispute w/her.
  • 10:22 a.m. An 18-wheel semi w/engine trouble is blocking w/b I-90 exit @ Sherman/CdA.
  • 10:21 a.m. CPD Blue reports he’s en route to a private school (Tutoring Club) near Costco to handle an out-of-control student.
  • 9:53 a.m. Motorist reports that he doesn’t need an ambulance while exiting a rollover involving a pickup pulling a trailer on Greensferry, one mile from Riverview/PF.
  • 9:36 a.m. Christ the King school on Pennsylvania/CdA reports vandalism.
  • 9:31 a.m. Darren reports seeing an abandoned vehicle w/West Virginia plates while hunting in woods around Spirit Lake.
  • 9:30 a.m. Anonymous Post Falls resident reports that neighbor has stored 2 vehicles in driveway w/license plates that expired a year ago.

GOP Bus Hits Bump At Lake City High

A Lake City High Principal Deanne Clifford tells Republican congressional candidate Raul Labrador and others on the GOP bus tour, including 1st Lady Lori Otter and Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde that they can't campaign on school grounds Friday evening before the football game with visiting Sandpoint. Earlier story here.

‘Sheriff Joe’ Gives Palin Pink Panties

Sarah Palin received an unlikely gift from a famous admirer over the weekend: A pair of pink women’s underwear. The underwear was from Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who met the former Alaska governor at a Tea Party rally in Phoenix on Friday. Arpaio announced the gift on Twitter. “Just got done welcoming Sarah Palin to our County. Had a nice chat and gaver her a pair of pink underwear,” he wrote. The gift isn’t entirely out of left field. Arpaio has garnered national media attention for his controversial  methods of prisoner treatment, which he employs at the Maricopa County jail. Among them are restricting inmates to two meals a day, housing inmates outdoors, and requiring inmates to wear pink underwear/Christina Wilkie, The Hill. More here.

  • Cutline: Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, right, holds her son Trig Palin, as she talks with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, left, as Palin was the surprise guest at a Tea Party Express rally that drew about 1,000 people at the Arizona Capitol Friday in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Question: Yeah, yeah, I know that Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio is famous for making inmate wear pink underwear. But is this an appropriate gift to give Sarah Palin?

Hayes: Confidence In Clerk Shaken

Republican Cliff Hayes, pictured, is challenging 15-year incumbent Democrat Dan English for the position of clerk, which oversees the elections office, county assistance, District Court, auditor and recorder. Hayes said the lawsuit shook voter confidence and he’d like to restore trust. After 22 years as Post Falls’ police chief, Hayes believes he has the administrative ability to do that. … English, however, said while the lawsuit revealed some areas where the elections office could improve, the election was conducted in good faith and the law was followed to the best of his staff’s ability. State and local elections law includes numerous procedural requirements, he said/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: Did the court case involved in Jim Brannon’s lawsuit against Mike Kennedy shake your confidence in the county clerk’s office or reinforce your confidence in it?

Bus Tour Comes To Unhappy End

  • Originally posted at 6:13 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22

Seems the GOP Bus Tour had an unhappy ending as it swung into the Lake City High parking lot a few minutes ago for the final step of an all-day tour in North Idaho, prior to the football game between Sandpoint and the host Timberwolves. The governor, his First Lady, and other top elected officials had barely set foot on the ground when they were told by a school administrator in a pink, silk cap that they couldn’t campaign on school grounds. A Berry Picker assumed that the administrator didn’t know she was talking to the governor’s wife, Lori, Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna, or Senate Education Chairman John Goedde. At her insistence, the GOP officials moved their campaign signs across the street from the north end of the football field parking lot and joined well wishers for hot dogs in the corner of the lot. (Photo: Lt. Gov. Brad Little holds a “remember to Vote” sign as he tours North Idaho aboard the GOP express Friday)

Question: Did the Lake City High administrator react correctly when the GOP bus tour pulled onto school grounds Friday evening?

Handle Xtra: Eyes Like A Hawk

Keith Erickson and I swapped tales online about Mike Anderson following the ex-Kootenai County commissioner’s unexpected death this month. Keith remembers how Mike walked out with him after Keith questioned the appropriateness of an executive session called by the two Republican commissioners in the early ‘90s. Moi? I recall Mike’s incredible eyesight. In his unsuccessful re-election bid (1994), Mike’s residency was an issue. Rumors had it that he wasn’t living in his commission district. So late one night, I decided to verify his residence. I found a pickup with Anderson signs on both sides in the alley behind his house, drove around front to double check the address, and then went home, satisfied. As I walked through the door, the phone rang. Mike was on the line. He wanted to know why I was sneaking around his house/DFO, Huckleberries. More here.

When Butch Met Walt

This isn’t the highest quality of photo. But the material in it makes it worth publishing. Here, Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick gabs with Republican Gov. Butch Otter in a pre-game event in Moscow this weekend prior to the Homecoming Game between the University of Idaho and New Mexico State.

Question: What do you think Butch Otter is saying to Walt Minnick?

OTV: Sad To See Willies Building Go

Re: Fire destroys Coeur d’Alene bar Willies (formerly Eduardo’s, Peabody’s, etc.)

OrangeTV: Anyway, I never really hung out at Willie’s, but it’s always sad to see a building with a lot of local history go up in flames.I spent many lunchtimes there in earlier times for Eduardo’s all you can eat taco bar. Also, I remember that Peabody’s was the hottest spot in town during the ‘80s before I was old enough to even try sneaking in. I have vague memories of one of my mother’s friends managing the place when I was even younger, but I don’t think it was called Peabody’s at the time. Or maybe it was. Anyone know the building’s history prior to Peabody’s?

Question: Do you have a connection to the building that burned over the weekend on Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive that housed Willie’s (and before that Eduardo’s & Peabody’s)?

MikeK: Ace Epitomized Civic Leader

Re: Amidee “Ace” Walder, 103, community leader, R.I.P. (includes Hucks Online Q-&-A with Ace 3 years ago, after birthday No. 100.

Ace Walden: Ace Walden was Coeur d’Alene. A fine man and a fine example of a good community benefactor - in all ways. I cherish the fact that I had the chance to meet and get to know both he and Louise Shadduck even in the limited way that I did. They are both irreplaceable people but their legacies are cemented in this community forever.

Question: Feel free to post your fond remembrances of Ace Walden under this thread.

EL: Pumpkin Revenuers Acted Right

Re: Idaho Tax Commission revenuers bust pumpkin stand

EndlessLosses: I’d PRAISE the tax inspector for doing her job — give her a raise! Pay your damn taxes. I’m so sick and tired of seeing my neighbors thinking that under-the-table cash transactions for firewood, snowplowing, truck gardening, etc. are tax exempt business activities. Yet they’d be the first to get their panties in a wad if some moneybags was not paying taxes. It doesn’t matter if the amount of taxes are small or large - the law is the law. I’m also sick and tired of the Idaho legislature providing loophole exemptions. Close the loopholes.

  • DFO: On my way to work, I heard Mike Huckabee of the “Huckabee Report” give his “Huckabee Zero” to the revenuers in this case.

Question: Anyone out there willing to agree w/EndlessLosses that the 2 revenuers were just doing their job when they shut down the kids’ pumpkin stand in Lewiston?

Bloggy: MikeK, Deliver Us From Evil

Re: Escapee: Pitbull next door is achangin’

Mr. Bloggy: It is increasingly sad to Mr_Bloggy how HBO’s favorite son, and whisker’s breadth winner of a hotly contested city council race, MK, has continuously refused to wear, like a conquering Christian soldier, the mantle of leadership and justice and sponsor an ordinance that outlaws the Bully breed and protects the innocent and vulnerable citizenry he represents. Until the electorate elects leaders with the courage and foresight to protect their babies, toddlers (always modified by Bullies as “fat and tasty” toddlers), and children and the elderly from the malicious, malevolent mayhem and maelstromic mishappery brought crushingly and tearingly upon the vulnerable body politic. If not now, when? Every year delayed is seven years for a dog. Think about that.

Question: Have you ever had a close encounter with a pitbull?

Signe: Time To Clean Out Lockers

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Weekend Wild Card — 10.23-24.10

I went to see “The Laramie Project” at North Idaho College instead of watch the last innings of the New York Yankees’ season after work Friday. About 250 others had the same idea, inspired by the presence of the Westboro Baptist Church picketers earlier in the day. Director Joe Jacoby and I agreed in a short conversation before the production that Westboro may be one of the best things to happen to Coeur d’Alene for some time in terms of drawing people together to support human rights. Attendance was double Thursday night. The play is compelling, thought-provoking, and very well done — the best NIC production I’ve scene. I learned a bit more about Matthew Shepard — and might see it again. You should, too. (The play is scheduled at 7:30 next Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free.) Now, for your Wild Card …

Amidee ‘Ace’ Walden, 103, R.I.P.

Huckleberries Online has learned through several sources that long-time Coeur d’Alene community leader Amidee “Ace” Walden, 104, died in his sleep Saturday morning. Shown above 13 years ago, Walden reminisced about the lifetime he has spent in Coeur d’Alene, for SR photographer Jesse Tinsley and former SReporter Julie Titone. At the time, Ace recalled selling newspapers on Coeur d’Alene’s downtown streets in 1913.

Stanford 38, Washington State 28

Washington State wide receiver Jared Karstetter (84) catches a touchdown pass in front of Stanford cornerback Johnson Bademosi (27) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday.  Washington State fell 38-28 to No. 12 Stanford. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Tax Revenuers Bust Pumpkin Stand

Jacob Charais, 6, and his little sister Sami-Lou, 4, sit in front of their pumpkin stand at their home in Lewiston on Friday.  The Idaho State Tax Commission wants them  to close their pumpkin stand at their family home.  Their parents, Dan amd Kami Charais, were contacted by a tax commission representative and told to stop selling pumpkins. Original Hucks post here. And: Full Lewiston Tribune story here. (Lewiston Tribune photo: Kyle Mills)

Question: What do you think the Idaho Tax Commission will do about the outrageous conduct of its reps in this situation, now that the public has found out about it?

Fire Destroys Coeur d’Alene Bar Willie’s

The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at E. 300 Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive early Saturday morning. When fire crews arrived they found Willie’s Restaurant and Bar completely engulfed in flames. Crews were able to extinguish the fire, however the building is considered a total loss/KHQ. (More story + video here)

LCDC Details $9M In Ed Corridor Work

Item: LCDC details $9 million in Education Corridor work/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Building out the education corridor’s infrastructure around the North Idaho College campus could cost around $9 million, engineers calculate. That price would bring in ample enhancements: One mile of expanded streets — namely a built-out Hubbard Street, Mullan Road and College Drive - bike lanes, traffic-calming roundabouts and two new signals, and a mile and a half of connecting bicycle paths to the Centennial Trial.

Question: Is the cost and planned improvements reasonable?

Vandals Hit CdA Fallen Heroes Memorial

Coeur d’Alene police are trying to figure out who would spray graffiti on the 9/11 heroes memorial. Vandals started their spree down the street from the memorial near I-90 then targeted the memorial.The Coeur d’Alene Fallen Heroes Memorial Plaza was built by community groups, including local police and firefighters. Two years ago, it was hit by arsonists and this week’s graffiti has the community fed up.“To have it disrespected like this is, well, it takes the wind out of your sails,” Coeur d’Alene Firefighter Matt Tosi said.“I can’t believe that kids would do that,” Lisa O’Conner said/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Have you visited the Coeur d’Alene Fallen Heroes Memorial Plaza behind the fire station on 15th Street?

Idaho Dad: Of Trash-Talking 9YO Girls

Maybe I’m out of step with society, but I don’t care much for the trash talking that goes on in sports. It doesn’t strike me as something that fits with the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. You can imagine how disgusted I was at my daughter’s recent soccer game to hear 4 or 5 members of the opposing team talking trash throughout the second half of the match. They had taken a lead of 5-1 and apparently felt comfortable enough to start in with the insults and name-calling. Yelling at the goalie, “You’re the worst goalie ever,” and “We can score on you all day long.” Taunting the forwards, “I’m going to do cartwheels and you still can’t score on us.” Stealing the ball away from a midfielder with a nasty, “You suck”/Idaho Dad, A Family Runs Through It. More here.

Question: Are girls meaner today than they were during your formative & teen years?


Escapee: Pitbull Next Door Is Changin’

This is the little female Pit Bull that lives next door to me. She’s been a sweet girl; when I walk out to my mailbox, she runs along the fence and greets me. We even play a little bit; I’ll run my foot along the chainlink fence and she’ll chase it back and forth. I’ve scratched her ears and petted her, and she’s a good dog. At the same time, I realize she’s a Pit Bull. The young guys who live next door evidently have a couple of jobs each, and a lot of the time, no one’s there. And when they’re gone, the Pit Bull is kept inside their mobile home. I’ve heard her barking in there. I remarked to one of the guys who live there, that she’d go absolutely crazy on the Ocean Beaches, and was told they’d never taken her to the beach, or much of anywhere else. She’s cooped up practically all day long, from what I see. And she’s changing/Escapee, Atmospheric Ruminations. More here.

Question: Would you mind living next door to a pitbull?

The King Bags Elk, Observes Code

Also there is the written code is, no one leaves camp until all have gotten their elk. The ones who have gotten their elk and deer become drivers for the others. Which the King has become, as he got his last week. So now he drives the hunter to the top of the ridge, and then goes down to the bottom and waits for the hunter to come out and give him/her a ride back to camp. And if the hunter gets his, then the King finds a way to get as close as he can to the kill and help bring the animal to camp. The King has the hunter who is 87. Who he admires his stamina, as this man handles the trails like a 20 year old. So the King has had the best time of his life/Cis, From A Simple Mind. More here. (Photo: The King with a moose earlier this fall.)

Question: What do you enjoy most about hunt, besides bagging your big-game animal?

Coeur d’Alene, Lake City Win

Coeur d’Alene football coach Shawn Amos was looking for a better start Friday than the week before. Amos got that and more as his visiting second-ranked Vikings started fast and ended strong in a 41-14 win over Post Falls in a 5A Inland Empire League game before an estimated crowd of 2,000. The win sets up a showdown next Friday between city rivals when Lake City (6-2, 2-0) visits CdA (7-1, 2-0) for the league championship and playoff seeding. The teams will turn around and play again in a state playoff opener the following week/Greg Lee, SR. More here. And: SWX video highlights here. (SR photo: CdA’s Joe Roletto knocks down a long pass intended for Post Falls’ Jordan Pastras late in first half.)

  • Coeur d’ Alene 41, Post Falls 14
  • Kamiah 54, Kellogg 6
  • Lake City 27, Sandpoint 7
  • Lakeside 74, Clark Fork 28
  • Lewiston 33, Boise 20
  • Moscow 35, Lakeland 14
  • Priest River 44, St. Maries 12
  • Timberlake 21, Bonners Ferry 6
  • Wallace 46, Mullan 0

Complete Idaho & Washington high school football scores

Signe: Day To Day

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

HBO Poll: Currie Or Nelson?

  • Wednesday Poll (didn’t have one Thursday): It’s obvious that the Wednesday poll got hijacked. It shows that 235 of 326 (72%) of the votes were for Democrat Keith Allred. 84 of 326 (26%) were for incumbent Republican Butch Otter. Independent Pro-Life got 5 votes, and Independent Jana Kemp received 2. Otter should win Kootenai County easily.
  • Today’s Poll: Who do you favor in the contested Kootenai County commissioner race: write-in candidate Rick Currie or Jai Nelson?

TGIF Wild Card — 18.00.10

The Westboro Baptists have come & gone, possibly to return next week for the closing night of Joe Jacoby’s “The Laramie Project” at North Idaho College. Meanwhile, the GOP Bus made stops in Naples, Priest River, Spirit Lake, Rathdrum, Athol, the Kootenai County GOP HQ, and then the ill-fated one (see below) at Lake City High. I think I know who the LCHS administrator is that confronted the happy elephants but I’m not totally sure. I’m headed home to catch the end of tonight’s game between the Yanks & Rangers. But I’ll leave this Wild Card behind …

P.S. Sign Of Times

On her Facebook page, Cindy posts this question, noting that she saw this sign on Spokane’s north side while out and about today.

Question: How about if your neighbors wanted to warn people about YOU, what would THEIR sign say?

Revenuers Shut Down Pumpkin Stand

The Idaho State Tax Commission has called for the closure of a family’s pumpkin stand on the 1000 block of Eighth Street in Lewiston. A representative of the tax commission stopped by the home of Dan and Kami Charais Friday and asked for the stand’s closure. The Charais’ 4- and 6-year-old children are operating the stand to raise money for school sports. The tax commission representative who stopped by the home said she was not at liberty to talk about the incident when reached by phone this afternoon/Lewiston Tribune. More here. (AP photo for illustration purposes) H/T: Lew2NL.

Question: How come the Idaho State Tax Commission has time to shut down a kids’ pumpkin stand when it can’t seem to close the loopholes in sweet deals for major corporations?

Scanner Traffic/PM — 10.22.10

  • 5:49 p.m. Larry Schlappy, a 53YO St. Maries resident, was flown to Sacred Heart after his van was hit by a logging truck on H3 this morning. ISP report here.
  • 5:28 p.m. Patrol officer reports 3 fires burning near new bridge on E. Fernan Lake Road.
  • 5:09 p.m. Mother in 8600 block of Maple Street reports her son is bleeding from the head after a neighbor kid hit him with rocks.
  • 4:54 p.m. A vehicle is on fire @ Atlas & Seltice Way/CdA.
  • 4:50 p.m. 4 teens are sitting in median near bridge @ the state line.
  • 4:45 p.m. Mitch Michael resident reports a group of 10YO boys are throwing rods at one another near Coeur d’Alene Tribe long house/Worley.
  • 4:44 p.m. 30YO female with history of domestic violence won’t leave home in 1500 block of E. Mullan/CdA.
  • 4:19 p.m. A patrol officer is involved in 3-vehicle rear-end crash that’s blocking H41 @ M/P 7 (Ohio Street). A female is complaining of knee injury from crash.
  • 4:18 p.m. Ironwood doctor’s office reports possible child abuse.
  • Much more below

PM: Olympian Armstrong Eyes Return

Kristen Armstrong plays with her son Lucas at their home in Boise today. Armstrong is returning to pro cycling in hopes of joining the U.S. team for the 2012 London Olympics. Story here. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)

APhoto Of The Day — 10.22.10

A humanoid robot code-named HRP-4C , center, performs with dancers at DIGITAL CONTENT EXPO in Tokyo Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. In a brave performance, Robin Williams reprises two previous roles (Bicentennial Man and Mrs. Doubtfire) for his new movie — Nic.
  • 2. Dorothy and Toto are shocked when the Tin Man finally reveals his true self — JohnA.
  • 3. Robert Palmer, does a futuristic video remake of his 1988 hit; with ‘Roberta the Robot’ declaring:”I-am-sim-ply Irr-e-sist-ible” — Kage Mann.
  • Another Dimension: Mr. Bloggy

NIdaho Blogosphere — 10.22.10

Ralph Bartholdt writes of decoy carver Frank Werner of St. Maries in his latest Skookum Photography post here.

Hucks Online numbers (for Thursday): 9181/5851, (for Wednesday) 10474/6311, (for Tuesday): 9793/5832

Local Derby Gals To Roll Again

The two local teams that comprise the Snake Pit Venomous Vixens will be strapping on the skates this Sunday to take on one another in a pre-Halloween bout at Skate Plaza. All the information you need is above. Enjoy.

Questions For NIC Trustees Anyone?

Luke Malek & Alison McArthur of the Kootenai County Young Professionals are looking for questions to ask North Idaho College trustee candidates at a televised forum from 6 to 7:30 Monday at Post Falls City Hall. I plan to live-blog the event, which will feature separate debates between, first, Christie Wood and Robert Ketchum, and then Ron Nilson and Ken Howard. I’ll forward the questions to Alison by 10 a.m. Monday. Luke will serve as moderator of the event.

Question: Do you have a question you’d like to see answered by NIC trustee candidates?

And A One And A Two …

That musical tribute to Lawrence Welk caught my eye as I was reading down my Facebook wall — the one that Wallace’s Sixth Street Melodrama is opening next month (dates & times here). Over the years, I’ve learned to enjoy country Western, Jazz, and even musicals. But I’ve never acquired a taste for Lawrence Welk or rap. I remember the mind-numbing hours that I spent with my mom, dad, & siblings around the old TV set on our dairy suffering through Bobby & his dance partner (whatshername) and others (although the Lennon Sisters were pretty dang cute). I still cringe when I run across an old showing of Lawrence Welk & Co. will clicking through the channels. I wish the Sixth Street Melodrama well. But I’ve passed on Lawrence Welk & liver since I left home at 16.

  • Cutline: In this 1955 photo released by ABC, the Lennon sisters appear on The Lawrence Welk Show. From left are Peggy, Dee Dee, Janet, Kathy and Lawrence Welk.

Question: Are you a Lawrence Welk fan?

DFO Talks To Lt. Gov. Brad Little

Lt. Gov. Brad Little is checking in with Huckleberries Online as bus tour passes Silverwood:

  • DFO: What’s your impression of North Idaho?
  • Brad Little: It’s beautiful.
  • DFO: Is this the first time you’ve seen Priest River, Spirit Lake, & Rathdrum, & Athol?
  • Brad Little: I’ve had several statewide positions, so visited here a number of times. This summer was first time I was at Upper Priest Lake. We come up here as legislators all the time during the North Idaho tours. I also went to school at University of Idaho.
  • More below

GOP Leaders Lunch In Rathdrum

Here’s another Crazy Homeschool Mama Twitter photo of the state’s top elected GOP officials stopping at Spirit Lake City Park to address about 100 people on hand to rally with them. At last report, they’d stopped for lunch at the Golden Spike in Rathdrum, where Rally Right holds its meetings.

ITD Agrees w/PETA Re: Warning

How often do you see PETA and the Idaho Transportation Department in the same sentence, let alone the same news story? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals regularly lobbied the ITD regarding the issue of leaving animals in hot cars, and earlier this month, Edward Pemble, ITD’s driver services manager informed the activist group that a warning will be added to the Idaho driver’s manual about the danger of leaving cats and dogs in parked cars. “Death from heatstroke is slow, agonizing and terrifying,” said PETA vice president Daphna Nachminovitch/George Prentice, Boise Weekly. More here. (SR file photo: Officer Ashley Brown of SCRAPS puts a notice in a car after she freed the yorkie from the parked car in front of Valley Village in Spokane Valley this summer.)

Question: Do you take your dog with you when you’re traveling somewhere? What do you do with your dog when you have to stop somewhere to shop?

North Idahoans Stand Against Hate

Large crowds of counter-demonstrators turned out in the early morning darkness in Coeur d’Alene today to answer the small group of protesters from Westboro Baptist Church that plans a second day of denouncing gays, soldiers, Jews, the United States, and private and public colleges and schools. The seven members of the extremist group from Topeka, Kan., were out holding signs at the corner of Fourth and Dalton streets, next to Coeur d’Alene High School, by 6 a.m., while at least 50 counter-demonstrators met them with messages of their own. “I don’t like the way they treat veterans at the funerals,” said Greg Prado of Hayden, a Marine who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Prado attended with his son Cade, 6, and wife Amy/Alison Boggs, SR. More here. (SR Photo: Kathy Plonka: Scott and Michelle Hoagland, of Coeur d’Alene, give free hugs during the protest of the Westboro Baptist Church at North Idaho College on Friday.)

Question: What is the best way to demonstrate against hate?

‘Rocky Horror Show’ Hits Missoula

Montana Actors’ Theatre is doing the Time Warp again … again. For two nights this weekend, the local troupe of thespians will once again don fishnets for the return of “The Rocky Horror Show,” the risque rock ‘n’ roll musical comedy that proved a smashing success for the company last year over Halloween weekend, filling the 1,100-seat Wilma Theatre for four performances in two nights. While encore productions often prove risky in the theatre world, this one should be a no-brainer. After all, “The Rocky Horror Show” owes its enduring popularity to repetition and familiarity as much as to its content/Joe Nickell, Missoulian. More here. (AP Photo: Joan Jett, left, Tom Hewitt, center, and Daphne Rubin-Vega, stars in “The Rocky Horror Show” pose in a 2000 promotional photo.)

  • OrangeTV: I went for the first time at the Magic Lantern when I was 12 and won the “best virgin” contest. I probably went back 60-70 times after that. It was one of the most fun and entertaining things to do on the weekend in Spokane, and I was sad when they quit showing it every Friday and Saturday at midnight. Since then, I usually catch it 2-3 times every Halloween. It’s a true classic that I don’t think I’ll ever tire of…

Question: The popular TV show ‘Glee’ is also airing an episode on the ‘Rocky Horror Show’ soon. I’ve never seen it. Have you? Are you a fan?

GOP Bus Tour Reaches Spirit Lake

Gov. Butch Otter speaks to a constituent moments ago during a stop by the GOP bus at Spirit Lake City Park. Crazy Homeschool Mama took this photo. She announced via Twitter that she talked to the governor about the wolf problem.

Napolitano Unveils JFK Body Scans

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, left, is joined by Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as she discusses the deployment of the first Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) unit at John F. Kennedy International Airport Friday in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Question: Do you believe, as I do, that the full body scans at airports are a violation of our 4th Amendment rights?

Palin Lauds Otter’s ‘Conservatism’

“As a proud Vandal grad who was born in Idaho and still has plenty of Idaho family roots, I’m honored to endorse Butch Otter for governor of the Gem State. Whether serving in Congress or the governor’s office, Butch has been a voice for ‘common-sense conservatism.’ He’s been a strong advocate for fiscal discipline and energy independence. As governor of Alaska, it was a pleasure working with Butch as both our states bucked a growing federal government power grab in disregard of the Tenth Amendment. Butch has served Idaho with distinction as governor, and Idaho can’t go wrong re-electing him this November”/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Does Sarah Palin’s endorsement sew things up for Republican Gov. Butch Otter?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 10.22.10

  • 11:06 a.m. Caller reports possible illegal dumping in 200 block of E. Linden/CdA.
  • 11:05 a.m. A male @ Budget Saver, 1513 Sherman/CdA, is stabbing his hand w/a knife, stating that he’s trying to kill weevils. Janitor tries to stop him. But male resisted. Police and EMTS are being called to the scene.
  • 10:55 a.m. Post Falls police are looking for a mother & 2 children who haven’t been seen since Monday & left house w/o taking anything. Female is driving a vehicle w/bumpersticker: “Don’t laugh, you’re daughter may be inside.”
  • 10:29 a.m. Report: Crash closes H95 for 3 hours, sends 2 to hospital here.
  • 10:17 a.m. Coeur d’Alene police activity report (10/21-22) here
  • 9:48 a.m. Resident in 920 block of W. Emma/CdA reports a car burglary.
  • 9:22 a.m. A utility problem of some sort is causing a road hazard @ H95 & Haycraft.
  • 9:13 a.m. A large brown dog is hiding under bushes @ Hayden Kindercenter.
  • 9:12 a.m. A shoplifter tried to push his way out of Peterson’s grocery, 1211 Sherman/CdA.
  • 8:22 a.m. Crash between fully loaded logging truck & a van is blocking H3 @ M/P 88 (near Cottonwood Drive).

CHS Students Protest Westboro

Alisha Nowoj, far left 18, of Coeur d’Alene helped counter- protest the members of Westboro Baptist Church at North Idaho College this morning. (SR Photo: Kathy Plonka)

KCSD, Tribe Expand Deputy Pact

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe have reached an additional agreement that provides enhanced law enforcement services to both Tribal and non-Tribal members. This most recent agreement builds on the existing cross-deputization and mutual aid agreement between the Sheriff’s Department and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe ensures cross- deputized Kootenai County officers have reciprocity to enforce tribal warrants on and off the reservation just as cross-deputized Coeur d’Alene Tribal police officers can enforce state warrants. More below.

Question: Why does the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department get along so well with Coeur d’Alene Tribal police and the Benewah County SD doesn’t?

Poll: Hart Edges Ahead Of Griffiths

I know that the polls that I run here and the ones on the Coeur d’Alene Press site are unscientific and susceptible to manipulation. But I’m interested in the poll that the Press has been running for several days now re: the race between Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, and write-in Howard Griffiths in House District 3. Hart, who has been subject of a House Ethics Committee hearing recently re: his income tax problems, is leading Griffiths narrowly, 312-289, after trailing for awhile. And 146 respondents say they wouldn’t vote for either candidate. So that’s 435 who support the write-in or no candidate to Hart’s 312. Not exactly a mandate for Hart’s position on the income tax and five-finger discounts on timber. I wonder if the Press will point that out when it announces the winner?

Question: What percentage of the vote will write-in Howard Griffiths get in his race with Rep. Phil Hart?

50 & Older Voters Dominate Idaho

As Idaho candidates enter into the home stretch towards Election Day, the state’s voters age 50 and older will likely determine who crosses the finish line and who doesn’t.  While the 50+ in Idaho are already expected to make up over half (56%) of all votes cast this year, a new AARP analysis of voters under and over the age of 50 in Idaho elections finds that if voting trends hold, the group could account for over two-thirds of all voters come November 2/PR News Wire. More here.

Question: Does it bother you that 2/3s of the votes in Idaho this fall will likely come from individuals who are 50 and older?

Why Are We So Polarized?

I was riding up the elevator this morning with a fella that works on the 4th floor of the Spokesman-Review building on Northwest Boulevard. As I was about to get off, he asked why the country is caught up in political extremes. Either we’re run by the Far Left, with Obama & Pelosi in charge, or we’re run by the Far Right, with Tea Party candidates in charge. There doesn’t seem to be a middle — and few choices on the ballot that are anywhere near the middle.

Question: Can you answer his question re: why we’re so polarized and lack middle-ground choices among the various political races?

GOP Bus Tour In Town Today, Too

Just got a call from Jeff Ward of the state Republican Party who wants to remind Hucks Nation that the GOP bus tour with top elected Republican officials will be making several stops in Kootenai County today, touching down in Spirit Lake City Park. Other stops include Golden Spike Estates in Rathdrum, the American Legion Hall in Athol, Super 1 in Hayden, Idaho Veneer in Post Falls, Kootenai County Republican Headquarters and North Idaho Victory Center in Coeur d’Alene. I joked with him that they need to be careful not to be mistaken for the Westboro Baptist Church crew today because Coeur d’Alene area residents are pretty jumpy when it comes to strangers from other states today — and everyone knows that most elected officials in this state live and work in the Kingdom of Ada. Press release here.

  • Photo: State Sen. Shawn Keough tweeted the photo above. She said she’s on the bus. But I don’t know where the photo was taken. I just sent her a message to discover the bus’s whereabout.

Minnick’s New Ad Attacks Labrador Ad

Walt Minnick’s latest television ad attacks the one that the Raul Labrador camp pulled for misleading information. More about this flap here.


Cabbage: Who Funds Westboro?

Cabbage Boy: Haven’t researched these people much, but during supper last night the question came up about funding. Does anyone know where they get their money? With all their targets that they hate, (and this is truly hate speech) they can’t have too many options for donors.

Question: I’ve wondered the same thing as Cabbage Boy. Where do you think Westboro Baptist gets money to fund trips like the current one to the Inland Northwest?

Tea Party Express Backs Labrador

The Tea Party Express, a national tea party group that earlier chose Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick as its only Democratic congressman to endorse, today announced it’s endorsing Raul Labrador over Minnick. The group said it endorsed Minnick earlier “in light of his independence in standing up to significant items in President Obama’s agenda.” Minnick ended up rejecting the endorsement after the group’s head made racially charged statements on a blog. In today’s announcement the group said, “Since then, Congressman Minnick has engaged in a pattern of behavior which shows he is more responsive to the Democrat Party’s establishment than he is the voters of Idaho”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

  • Cutline: Singer Pat Boone speaks during a Tea Party Express rally at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Question: What is the net impact of the Tea Party Express switching its endorsement to Raul Labrador?

Op-Ed: School Board Machiavellian

In the Coeur d’Alene Press, guest writer Duncan Koler takes the Coeur d’Alene School Board to task for limiting public input and banning the public’s ability to tape- and video-record the meetings. Koler writes in part: “The board has also prohibited citizens’ audio or video recordings at the meetings. Ms. Bauman finds it intimidating, despite the fact all meetings are recorded by the district for their own purposes. Ms. Bauman falsely asserts she is intimidated because citizens “stick a microphone” in her face. That is baloney, since Ms. Bauman and the rest of the board sit up front and above the level of the public at the monthly meetings, many feet separating them. Ms. Bauman says the public can watch the meetings on Time-Warner Cable, but many of us do not have cable TV, and feel it’s important to accurately document what the board says, so that we can accurately inform others.” More here.

Question: Would you want to be video-taped and/or tape recorded, if you happened to be an elected or appointed official on a public board or committee?

Trib Jabs Labrador For Dodging Issue

JEERS … to Republican congressional candidate Raul Labrador. In his televised debate with Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick last week, Labrador had this to say about trucking hundreds of megaloads hauling oil company equipment up U.S. Highway 12: Don’t ask him about it. Transportation is a state issue. Gov. C. L. (Butch) Otter has done a “good job” of handling the issue. Come on, Raul. Sure, there are state issues that a congressman has no business messing with — such as budgets, taxes and initiative campaigns. But these “rolling roadblocks” — each as much as 24 feet wide, 210 feet long, 30 feet high and weighing 290 tons — will be traveling across a federally designated highway, built with federal highway tax dollars, across national forests and wilderness areas. It’s a matter of interstate commerce/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Is the mega-load controversy on Highway 12 involving various oil companies just a problem for the state of Idaho to deal with?

AM Headlines — 10.22.10

Motorcyclists joined the crowd of counter-protesters against members of the Westboro Baptist Church at the corner of 37th and Regal on Thursday near Ferris High School in Spokane. (SR Photo: Dan Pelle)

Bloggy: Task Force We Can Believe In

Tongue firmly cheeked, Mr. Bloggy offers his own ideas re: a task force on human rights approach to Westboro Baptist Church invaders: “Mr_Bloggy remains flummoxed and dumbfounded that we, as a so-called civilized society, continue to rely on change-impotent and quiver-empty “task forces” on “human relations” to bloviate, pontificate, shiver, shimmy and shake over what Mr_Bloggy likes to call “pure, damn, evil” rather than actually, you know, SOLVE THE PROBLEMS. Here, need some task force definitional metrics? Need a foundation for a more effective narrative? Let Mr_Bloggy suggest a minimalist approach, a creamless shave with Occam’s Razor. Keep reading.

Question: How would you deal with Westboro Baptist Church, if you ran the universe?

Obama-Minnick Sign Joins Westboro

FishinJay: Driving by Lake City High School this morning I saw the Westboro crazies out there, and the counter protesters across the street. Then right next to the Westboro crowd was a man with the “Support Obama, Vote Minnick” sign. If the point of the Obama/Minnick sign is guilt by association, perhaps he should have taken a hard look at who he was standing next to first!

Question: Is the “Obama/Minnick” sign guy helping his cause by standing next to the Westboro Baptist Church crowd? Or is he being clever in trying to get his photo taken to besmirch Minnick?

Westboro Arrives On CdA Campuses

A crowd turned out in the early morning darkness in Coeur d’Alene today to counter the small group of protesters from Westboro Baptist Church that plans a second day of denouncing gays, soldiers, Jews, the United States, and private and public colleges and schools. The eight members of the extremist group from Topeka, Kan., were out holding signs at the corner of Fourth and Dalton streets, next to Coeur d’Alene High School, by 6 a.m., while at least 50 counter-demonstrators met them with messages of their own. “I don’t like the way they treat veterans at the funerals,” said Greg Prado of Hayden, a Marine who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Prado attended with his son Cade, 6, and wife Amy/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

  • Nic: And they’re at Lake City HS with counter-protests across the street (both to the north and to the east). Oddly, a local is on the Westboro side with the Support Obama/vote Minnick sing. And he’s next to the “God hates boobies/gay people/America” people so it looks like he’s one of them.

Question: Am I the only one who feels sorry for the kids that Fred Phelps & his horrible family have drawn into their web of hate?

Anderson: Falling Behind

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Cindy: Gurus Need Good Slogans

Seems Cindy’s Facebook friends consider her to be a guru. So she’s looking for a guru slogan. She’s tried, “The game’s afoot,” but it’s too literary. She’s also considering, “It’s all free-flowing wisdom and sunflowers.” She admits she made that up. E-mails Cindy, “Being a guru is harder than you’d think! Perhaps, Hucksters can come up with a catchy slogan for me.

Question: Anyone have a good slogan for a budding guru like Cindy?

P.S. Demonstrators Greet Westboro

A mob of counter-protesters shout at the Westboro Baptist Church members as the two groups line 37th Avenue and Regal Street on Thursday near Ferris High School in Spokane. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle)

  • Toadman: I was among those 1200 at EWU. It was quite an event, like nothing I’ve experienced at EWU so far. I’d like to thank Westboro Baptist Church for bringing us all together for a common cause. ;-)

Wild Card/Thursday — 10.21.10

Our Palouse regular Moscow Minidoka is suffering an overdose of dirty politics this fall and wishing that the silly season was over. I enjoy this time of the year when nerves are raw and the trolls are out in force. In less than two weeks, the yard signs will come down, the successful pols will run sugar sweet ads thanking voters for their support, and the trolls will crawl back under their rocks. Then, things will be quiet for a coupla months before the Idaho Legislature begins again — and we will express outrage at the crazier things that are politicians conjure. All fun. Now, for your Wild Card …

Scanner Traffic/PM — 10.21.10

  • 6 p.m. Coeur d’Alene police activity log (6 a.m. Wed-6 a.m. Thurs) here
  • 5:52 p.m. Caller reports an ongoing problem w/group of juveniles on skateboards and bikes standing in middle of street @ 3500 block of E. 2nd/PF — and blocking cars.
  • 5:44 p.m. Caller reports a male in hunter orange & camo is walking with a rifle on private property on Sunnyside/east of Coeur d’Alene.
  • 5:35 p.m. Olivia wants to see an officer re: suspicious call fielded by her elderly mother.
  • 5:23 p.m. Caller reports a suspicious male in 1100 block of 7th/CdA.
  • 5:04 p.m. Possible illegal burn reported in 37000 block of E. Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive in Kidd Island/Mica Bay area.
  • 4:46 p.m. Officer who failed to catch up with a young male tossing litter out of his car asks dispatch to contact parents from license number.
  • 4:16 p.m. John @ American Mower & Saw, 9786 Government Way/Hayden, reports a theft.
  • 4:14 p.m. A 2-vehicle, non-injury accident is blocking Harrison & 4th/CdA.
  • 4:12 p.m. Caller, from H95 & Parks/Athol is concerned re: landing gear of Lear Jet that was flying about 300 feet over him. Officer in area sez he didn’t see the jet.
  • More below

PM Headlines — 10.21.10

A man wearing an orange mask, parka coat and gloves walked into the Wells Fargo along Hwy. 41 and robbed the bank. Authorities tell our Mike Perry the suspect pointed a gun at one of the tellers and demanded money/KHQ. More from KHQ here. Huckleberries Online timeline here.

APhoto Of The Day — 10.21.10

A bird looks for an open place to land on power lines filled with birds in Carmel, Ind., Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Local wildlife planned their own counter-protest of the Westboro Baptist Church members. Bird coming in for a landing: “Ok everybody, here they come! On the count of 3, everybody poop!” — Shannon.
  • 2. As thousands of birds gather for the annual trek south for the winter, the leader shouts out, “You! With the umbrella in the first row! That ain’t gonna fly, buddy” — JeanieS
  • 3. B 1 R D, you are cleared to land on runway 27 — Charlie.
  • HM: JohnA

In Case You Were Wondering …

… The clock hasn’t begun to tick on a possible appeal in the Brannon-Kennedy election ruling because Judge Charles Hosack hasn’t officially entered the judgment into record. Now, attorneys for the two sides are going over the wording in the judgment. When the ruling that denying Brannon’s election challenge becomes official, Brannon then will have 10 days to file an appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court. He could also ask for reconsideration of the decision.

Pac-12 Announces New Divisions

Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott announces the splitting of NCAA college football divisions during a news conference in San Francisco earlier today. Colorado and Utah recently accepted invitations to join the Pac-10 in the conference’s first expansion since 1978, necessitating many changes for when the league becomes a 12-team conference next July 1. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Question: What do you think of plans to split the Pac-12 into two divisions with the two Bay Area schools, the two Oregon schools, and the two Washington schools in the northern one?

Task Force To Discuss Westboro, Rally

The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations is holding a press conference and peaceful rally, in response to the WBC protests throughout the community, on Friday, October 22 at 9:00 AM at the Human Rights Education Institute Center in Coeur d’Alene. The Center is located on Mullan Road adjacent to the Coeur d’Alene City Park. The joint press conference and rally will feature statements by America’s veterans, religious leaders, youth, educators, government officials, business and labor leaders, representatives from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, law enforcement and the minority communities.

Question: Which approach to the Westboro Baptist Church do you prefer — passive resistance and a rally as advocated by Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations or direct confrontation in a counter-protest?

NYTimes Spotlights Mega-Loads, H12

In the New York Times, reporter Tom Zeller Jr. spotlights the growing controversy re: the possibility that ConocoPhillips and other oil companies will transport ha-huge loads of oil refinery equipment over rural Highway 12. Zeller’s feature story includes this paragraph: “But to Mr. Laughy’s dismay, international oil companies see this meandering, backcountry route as a road to riches. They are angling to use U.S. 12 to ship gargantuan loads of equipment from Vancouver, Wash., to Montana and the tar sands of Alberta in Canada. The companies say the route would save time and money and provide a vital economic boost to Montana and Idaho. The problem, said Mr. Laughy, is that the proposed loads are so large — and would travel so slowly — that they would literally block the highway as they rolled through.” More here.

Question: Do you think Gov. Butch Otter and other Idaho officials will back off on this proposal? Or will they try to push it through despite considerable opposition?

Phelps & Co. Visit Gonzaga

Shirley Phelps-Roper, of the Westboro Baptist Church, shares her point of view while standing on the corner of Cincinnati and Spokane Falls Blvd, on Thursday. Story & more photos here. (SR Photo: Dan Pelle)

  • KREM tweet: “Just heard over the police scanners that there are 1,200 people at the #EWU Westboro counter protest.”

Labrador Pulls Ad Before It Airs

GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador today sent out a press release announcing a new TV ad for which airtime was purchased by the Idaho Republican Party Central Committee, featuring an audio clip from the 2008 “Idaho Debates” between Walt Minnick and Bill Sali, in which Minnick mistakenly said, “We need a middle class tax increase,” then two minutes later, corrected himself and said, “We need to have a middle-class tax cut.” But the commercial uses only the first statement. Further, the “Idaho Debates” are copyrighted material belonging to Idaho Public Television, and IPTV hasn’t granted permission for it to be used in political ads. Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko also sent out a press release touting and supporting the ad/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Did Labrador make the right move?

At Least He Didn’t Call Her ‘Cupcake’

At OpenCDA, the HBO Commenter Formerly Known As DanG offers his two picks for North Idaho College Board of Trustees: Ron Nilson and Robert Ketchum. He states that the two will be able to unmask the happy face that NIC displays to the community when beneath the surface there’s all sorts of skullduggery going on. Then, he mumbles something about graduation rates and that lawsuit over the Education Corridor lease-purchase agreement (that Judge Mitchell tossed and now is before Idaho Supreme Court on appeal). Seems DanG believes Nilson and Ketchum will put an end to the scam by big developers and LCDC to line their buddies’ pockets in development of the education corridor. DanG believes Nilson will win but doubts that Ketchum can beat Wood because “there are too many doofi in this county who will vote for her because they believe her to be ‘nice.’” Full DanG bloviation here.

Question: Did DanG get it right — Wood & Nilson will emerge as winners of the NIC trustee races? Are you one of the “doofi” who thinks Christie is “nice”?

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

University of Wyoming sophomore Tyler Kirby has a sense of relief after slipping off women’s high heel shoes after taking three laps around Prexy’s Pasture during “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Wednesday in Laramie, Wyo. The men’s march is to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence during domestic violence month. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)

Question: Do you wear high heels often?

A Blaze Of Autumn Color

The trees are aflame
with a fire that’s soon gone
and leaves all the ashes
piled up on your lawn.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Kage: Public Speaking Fear Thins Herd

Kage Mann: It’s not surprising, DanOTC (that too few people are willing to run for office), given that most peoples no.1 fear is: public speaking. It’s a rare individual who runs for public office and you’d think they’d have to be secure in themselves. I remember, when I was ten I wanted to be governor of Idaho. But, after seeing what candidates have to endure when running for office, alot of people would be discouraged from ever running for office.

Question: Are you afraid of public speaking?

Brent: Bank Robbery That Went Awry

Brent Andrews: I interviewed a bank robber once. Student Government Association president at his college. Honor student. Never did anything seriously wrong before. He didn’t know why he robbed the bank. He was just passing this country branch bank, and stopped in and robbed it. He didn’t even need the money, especially. Dye bags exploded in the money bags a couple of miles from the scene and his bank robbing days were soon over. He wished he hadn’t done it. I interviewed him by telephone, while he was in prison. They didn’t keep him long. He didn’t have a gun; he just pretended to have one - thus the shortish sentence. I’ve been searching that story for a takeaway lesson, ever since.

Question: Have you ever been robbed at gunpoint or knife point?

Bank Robbery Time Line

  • 12:48 p.m. Wells Fargo Bank worker sez that vehicle stopped by police is not the one used by robbers to get away.
  • 12:38 p.m. Officer asks dispatcher how long between time of Garwood Elementary bomb threat and bank robbery — and is told 40 minutes.
  • 12:29 p.m. Officer has Ford Probe stopped and now is asking for witnesses and/or video from Wells Fargo/Rathdrum to come and identify possible suspect.
  • 12:25 p.m. Deputies have followed a Ford Probe with male in black inside past Garwood Elementary and back onto H53 west toward Trails End/Rathdrum.
  • Noon: Sheriff’s deputy has spotted possible getaway vehicle (possibly a Ford Probe) going n/b on Ramsey from H53.
  • 11:46 a.m. Patrol officers are looking for a silver “two-door Honda-type vehicle” that was seen leaving the Rathdrum Wells Fargo on H53.
  • 11:40 a.m. Wells Fargo/Rathdrum manager reports the bank has been robbed. One robber was in all black and the other had an orange hood. At least one robber had a gun. Manager not sure if robbers left in vehicle.

High Noon: Stinkbug Beheading

In her Facebook page, Shannon writes: “What a way to start off the day! I was about to get out of the shower and I see a big stinkbug sitting on the towel I was about to use. At least it wasn’t a big spider!!” Meanwhile, Taryn Hecker-Thompson writes on her Facebook page that her husband bit the head off a stinkbug to show her daughter that she shouldn’t be afraid of them.

Question: I couldn’t find my glasses this morning and grabbed a back-up pair that allowed me to drive to work. Did you have a rough start to the day, too?

Scanner: Robbers Hit Rathdrum Bank

  • See full Bank Robbery time line here.
  • 11:49 a.m. Caller reports that a vicious pitbull attacked him while walking @ Tellum & Roberts/Athol.
  • 11:46 a.m. Patrol officers are looking for a silver “two-door Honda-type vehicle” that was seen leaving the Rathdrum Wells Fargo on H53.
  • 11:40 a.m. Wells Fargo/Rathdrum manager reports the bank has been robbed. One robber was in all black and the other had an orange hood. At least one robber had a gun. Manager not sure if robbers left in vehicle.
  • 11:08 a.m. Caller reports disabled vehicle on 4th in front of Coeur d’Alene High — and driver appears to be in distress.
  • 11:02 a.m. Garwood Elementary on Ramsey Road has received a bomb threat in a phone caller from an older male. Officials have evacuated the school.
  • More below

600 Oppose Westboro 8 @ Gonzaga

Eight members of the Westboro Baptist Church, a radical anti-homosexual and anti-Semitic religious group based in Topeka, Kan., are picketing near Gonzaga University. There are about 600 people demonstrating against the group across Spokane Falls Boulevard from the Westboro representatives, near the GU baseball field. A Westboro member said they chose the Inland Northwest because North Idaho College, in Coeur d’Alene, is presenting “The Laramie Project,” a play about the aftermath of the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, in 1998/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Question: 600 versus 8? Is it worth the time?

Allred Would Reverse Wolf Decision

Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor, held a news conference on the Capitol steps today to announce that he opposes Gov. Butch Otter’s decision to pull Idaho out of wolf management, and that if elected, he’d reverse it. “We should be expanding state control, not giving it away to the federal government,” Allred declared. “If we want wolves de-listed, we need to stay in the game”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Should Idaho be involved in wolf management?

Westboro Invasion To Start This AM

Counter protests and demonstrations are planned across The Inland Northwest Thursday to drown out the voices of the Westboro Baptist Church.The group’s website posts a tight schedule Thursday starting 11 a.m. at Gonzaga, then visiting Whitworth University, Ferris High School, Eastern Washington University and a South Hill Synagogue before the day is done. Wednesday night, the schools and Synagogue are preparing for the unwelcome visitors. Gonzaga is organizing a sit-in on campus, a silent demonstration during the Westboro protest/Kalae Chock, KXLY. More here. And: KREM report with schedule here.

Question: Are you curious enough to try to see Fred Phelps & his Westboro Baptist Church haters when they’re in town?

AM Headlines — 10.21.10

Jakob Layson, operator-in-training for the City of Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Treatment Plant harvests a few pumpkins at the facility on Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene. The pumpkins were grown using Coeur d Green compost made from municipal biosolids. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Kathy Plonka)

Hart Barely Leads Griffiths In Poll

Looks like Rep. Phil Hart’s operatives finally woke up this morning and realized that they’re favorite timber rustler was trailing a write-in candidate in that Coeur d’Alene Press poll. When I checked at midnight Wednesday, write-in candidate Howard Griffiths was leading Hart 171-138 (44% to 35%) with 78 (20%) undecided. I discovered that Hart had pulled into the lead 214 to 204 when I checked a few minutes ago and the votes are coming in rapidly for Hart now.

Question: Would Phil Hart beat Howard Griffiths if both names were on the ballot?

Letter: I Want ‘None Of Above’ Option

It has come to my attention, in these times of partisan warfare, that we need to make a small change to the ballots used for casting votes for those who seek political office. We need to add “none of the above” to the ballot for each office. When “none of the above” wins, then there is an empty office until we receive an opportunity to vote for someone in whom we have confidence. Those who lose to “none of the above” shall never again be allowed to run for that office. While this may seem extreme, we are in extreme times/Cliff Weisgerber, Idaho Press-Tribune letter to the editor. More here.

Question: How often do you think you’d vote “none-of-the-above” if you had that choice for each race on your ballot?

Brock: Of Lazy, Single-Issue Voters

It must be a simple world that single-issue voters inhabit. No need to scrutinize candidates across a broad spectrum of topics. No need to sift priorities. No need for nuance. Just find the candidate, or ballot initiative, that’s aligned with your pet issue and fill in the bubble using a No. 2 lead pencil. It’s that easy. I was reminded of this the other day by my friends at the National Rifle Association. They sent me a big, slick, four-color postcard with the sobering words, “Your Vote Will Decide” printed across the top. It turns out the NRA flier was a remedial civics lesson. Yep, it reminded me that no one can predict when the next vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court will occur/William Brock, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: What’s the most important issue for you in the 2010 elections?

Marty: Lying About Politician No Crime

Debunk the postcard hoax that targeted Latah County Senate candidate Gresham Bouma. If the perpetrator behind it can be exposed, by all means do so. And if that person has violated postal or Idaho’s campaign finance disclosure laws, then he should answer for it. But let’s be clear: However deplorable the practice is, lying about a politician is no crime. In fact, it’s your right as an American. The First Amendment to the Constitution says so/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you surprised to know that you can say almost anything about a politician and get away with it?

P.S. Game Changer? Or Dirty Trick?

In the comments section, Larry Spencer is excited about a political sign that Boise talk shower Austin Hill is calling a “game-changer” for the Minnick campaign (the one above). But a closer look at the small print below the main wording tells a very different story: “Paid for by Ron Lahr and not authorized by any candidate or candidates committee.” It gives a Post Falls address. Minnick aide John Foster adamantly told Hucks Online that Minnick’s campaign had nothing to do with this sign. He considers it a dirty political trick and is “exploring legal options” re: campaign finance laws. Later, in the comments section under this post, Lahr, a Reagan Republican, writes: “The sign is just a reminder to people that Minnick is a Democrat since his own campaign materials neglect to mention it. A dirty trick? Hardly.”

  • Originally posted at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday

Question: Do you consider this to be a dirty trick or clever politics?

David: Forgot More Than Nonini Knows

Re: Is Nonini’s Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce comment age-ist?

David Larsen: After having read (Bob Nonini’s) responses to the Cd’A Chamber of Commerce Candidate Questionnaire and comparing them to mine, it became apparent that Bob’s remarks about his elders are based on the obvious fact that we have simply forgotten more than he ever knew! I wonder if his comments will result in his being taken off Frank Henderson’s Christmas card list!!

Question: Is the main problem with the Idaho Legislature the high average age of the solons or the political dominance of one party? Or do you see either to be a problem?

Bloggy: Christie’s Stunning Hair

Mr. Bloggy: Mr_Bloggy supports public beaches and colleges as he finds the combination of public beaches and college coeds on hot sunny days to be the remedy for almost anything that ails you. But mostly Mr_Bloggy is tapping his brilliantly shined black wingtips impatiently on the richly patina’d Birdseye Maple floor of his mansion and wondering why in God’s name the City of Coeur D’Alene has not declared Christie Wood’s stunning head of hair to be a civic treasure, deserving of its own day “Christie Wood Magnificent Hair day.” If Mr_Bloggy had hair like that back in his heyday (1976), he would have been more than just a road crew member for Styx, he would have been invited to get up on stage and play some damn stratocaster!

Question: Do you have “magnificent hair,” too?

Woody: Sanders Deal Saves Swim Area

Woodman: One of the strongest points of Idaho, is Private Property Rights. We have been trying to get more lake access for our citizens since I have been elected. Many, Many battles and lots of money. The supreme court ruled on the high water mark, above it Private Property. I was working in Malibu in the 1970’s when the same thing happened on the ocean. Private property was above the high tide mark. Well, it has been 40 years of this battle in CD’A. I think we have done what we can preserving at least the Swimming Area and NO Docks. It sometimes does not feel like enough. I Know. We still believe and will always work for more Public Access to Lake CD’A.

Question: Did the city have any choice but to allow fences on Sanders Beach, given the Idaho Supreme Court decision that declared much of the property private?

Education Corridor Will Extend Beach

Christie Wood: The Education Corridor has been discussed and planned for purchase for over over 16 years in this community. It was a long process that now assures that this large piece of property with waterfront access is in the hands of the public, and will be utilized for education purposes. In the 1970’s our community and college leaders fought hard for the purchase of the NIC beach. Hard to believe it, but there were people who did not support that acquistion for the public. Some people wanted the land to go to developers. The NIC beach runs the entire length of the Dike road and is heavily utilized by local families for recreation. In the near future the Mill site will compliment the rest of the campus, and be open to the public to enjoy as well.

Question: Which ticket for North Idaho College Board of Trustees do you trust more to oversee the development of the Education Corridor: Wood-Howard or Nilson-Ketchum?

LR: Yard Signs On Public Land Bug Me

Little Red: One of my pet peeves is seeing people act with a sense of entitlement. The rules just don’t apply to them, or the rest of us are too stupid to “stand up” for ourselves or something. I hate it when someone crowds in line, I hate it when people cheat to get ahead, and you can guess what I think of this Hart business. I think even the small things, maybe especially the small things, can be the measure of a man. And the sense of entitlement says “I think of myself more highly than I think of you.” Currently I am applying this issue to campaign signs on the public right away.

Question: Who has the best/worst political yard signs this year?

Vatican: Bart & Homer Are Catholic

This undated frame from the Fox series “The  Simpsons,” shows the popular cartoon family posing in front of their home, from left, Lisa , Marge , Maggie, Homer and Bart  Simpson. The  Vatican newspaper has declared that Homer  Simpson is part of the pope’s flock. “Few people know it and he does everything to hide it but it is true: Homer J.  Simpson  is Catholic,” L’Osservatore Romano wrote in its weekend edition of Oct. 16-17 2010 under the headline: “Homer and Bart are Catholic.” More here. (AP Photo/Fox Broacasting Co.)

Question: What religion would you assign for the Simpsons?

Hump Day Wild Card — 10.20.10

We’re now officially under two weeks until the election, and things are heating up. Some of you partisan commenters are displaying raw nerves — and saying things you wouldn’t mean after the election. But I’m a forgiving person who tries valiantly to keep regulars in play until their fits of passion pass with the success or failure of their candidates. You never know who will wobble until the day is over. Just sayin’. Now, for your Wild Card …

Scanner Traffic/PM — 10.20.10

  • 5:55 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Police Department activity report (6 a.m. Tues - 6 a.m. Wed) here.
  • 5:38 p.m. U.S. Bank (302 Sherman/CdA) worker accidentally trips alarm
  • 4:53 p.m. Vehicle has hit a fence near Armory on W. Wyoming/Hayden & now is continuing in front of Eagles.
  • 4:42 p.m. Deputy has trespassed a loiterer from Super 1 Foods/Exxon area in Hayden.
  • 4:25 p.m. Caller reports that an oxygen tank is hanging out the back of a white Buick Regal trunk, tied down with bungie cords, @ H95 & Parks/Athol.
  • 4:18 p.m. A panhandler reportedly is bothering Big Lots/Appleway customers.
  • 4:14 p.m. Female hiking on Burma Road/Harrison reports finding a bloody tarp with something wrapped in it. She hasn’t unrolled the tarp.
  • 4:06 p.m. Robert wants to see an officer re: a possible forgery.
  • 4:02 p.m. Employer @ Government Way biz reports that a worker showed up drunk and was told to go home. Employer wants to know if she can prevent worker from driving.
  • More below

APhoto Of The Day — 10.20.10

Robin Henderson stretches out her Maine Coon cat Stewie outside of her home in Reno, Nev. Stewie, a five-year-old Maine Coon, owned by Hendrickson and Erik Brandsness, has been accepted by Guinness World Records as the  world’s  longest  cat at 48.5 inches. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Henderson plays an ‘air-cat’ cover of “Cat Scratch Fever” with her very long cat — Gary D. Rhodes.
  • 2. A little confused about the process, the recovering blonde Robin prepares Stewie to access the health of her patient, via a Cat Scan  — JohnA.
  • 2. Robin demonstrates the new kid toy sensation “Silly Putty Cat”. Available Christmas 2010! — JeanC.
  • HM: Herb

City OKs Fences For Sanders Beach

Item: Fences OK on Sanders Beach: City Council unanimously approves measure/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: The two sides agreed to an amendment in the shoreline ordinance between 12th and 15th streets on East Lakeshore Drive that will allowhomeowners to build fences down to the summer lake line between public and private properties. … The agreement will put an end to half a dozen litigations between owners and the city, including disputes over whether homeowners could petition for dock permits next to public swimming areas, as well as installing temporary fences.

Question: Do you consider this to be a good agreement?

Howard, Nilson Disagree On Corridor

The candidates fielded a question from the audience regarding their thoughts on whether the mill site land for the education corridor should have been purchased for NIC. (Ken) Howard, pictured, said he supported the acquisition, calling it “a tremendous necessity to the life and vitality of this educational institution.” “If we had not accomplished the feat of adding that mill site to the land surrounding it, NIC would have been trapped in a much smaller footprint, and its opportunity to grow and to meet the needs of this community would have been severely confined.” (Ron) Nilson disagreed with his opponent, and criticized the current board for moving forward on the land deal without a plan/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Will a candidate’s stand on the education corridor influence who will get your votes in the North Idaho College trustees’ races?

Murphy: Akey Puts Boise State No. 1

Idaho coach Robb Akey was one of 11 coaches to vote Boise State No. 1 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll, he confirmed in an interview with Jeff Caves of 1350 AM KTIK. Boise State was ranked No. 2 in the coaches poll released Sunday. Akey does a taped interview each Wednesday that runs during “Idaho Sports Talk with Caves and Prater” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on KTIK. Listen here to Akey’s short answer on voting Boise State No. 1. … Last week, Akey hinted that he did not vote Boise State No. 1. He called Boise State “one of the top teams in the country,” but said I was “reading too much into that quote” when I asked if that meant he voted Boise State No. 1/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you forgive Idaho Vandal coach Robb Akey for voting Boise State as the top college football team in the nation?

Do They Share Same Political Ideas?

There’s been some speculation here re: the friendship that GOPrimary winner Jai Nelson has with state Rep. Phil Hart and Larry Spencer. Nelson and Hart have been seen together at events such as the Tea Party get together at Greyhound Park in Post Falls earlier this year and the Women in Red banquet at the Coeur d’Alene Resort this month. They could be just good friends, for all I know. Spencer’s certainly a supporter. Commissioner Rick Currie contends in his tile ad literature that Spencer & Hart will control the seat if Nelson’s beats him again Nov. 2.

Question: What do you think?

Idaho Blogs: Stallings Rips Statesman

Former U.S. Rep. Richard Stallings — who is helping out Tom Sullivan, the Democrats’ challenger to GOP Sen. Mike Crapo — is also campaigning against the Idaho Statesman. In an appeal for campaign contributions, Stallings ripped the Statesman for not covering the last week’s Crapo-Sullivan debate on Idaho Public Television. As editorial page editor, I am not involved in news coverage decisions. I will note for the sake of accuracy that I live-blogged at the debate, and
my Wednesday post-debate analysis appeared in the paper as the lead item of my Saturday column. So I don’t think it’s accurate to say the Statesman “took a pass” on covering the debate/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: As a general rule, is it wise to condemn a media organization covering a political race in which you are a candidate or a supporter?

‘In Athol’

“I heard the classic George Benson song ‘On Broadway’ the other day and had an inspirational moment,” comments Poolman. “In all seriousness — the opening segment of the 1979 movie ‘All that Jazz,’ starring Roy Scheider, and featuring that classic tune, is possibly the best 5-10 minutes ever laid down on film.   

In Athol

The say the neon lights are bright
In Athol
They say Phil Hart is always lingering there
But when you’re walkin’ through the street
And you ain’t got enough the eat
The smell of sap fills the air

They say the politicians are something else
In Athol
But hearing about them just gives me the blues
Cause how ya gonna build your tent
When you don’t want to pay a cent
And one thin dime won’t go to those kids’ shoes

They say that Phil won’t last too long
In Athol
He’ll catch a logging truck back home they say
But they’re dead wrong, he know’s they are
The law don’t nearly extend that far
And he won’t quit till he’s a star
In Athol

AR: It’s Wrong To Steal A Bible, Right?

Atmospheric Ruminations blogger via Facebook: “There’s a pier that extends out into the bay near where I live (Oregon Coast). I was parked there one day, just loafing around, when I saw a book on the picnic table nearby. Being curious, I wondered what the book’s title was, and maybe I’d steal it if it was any good. The title? “HOLY BIBLE”. Well, since that’s the book which contains the Ten Commandments, I thot, “wow, if I steal a Bible, I’ll probably be sent to the lowest depths of Hell.” So I left it where it was and proceeded quietly on my way.

Question: How many of the 10 Commandments can you name without looking at Exodus 20?

GOP Bus Tour To Hit Koot-Co Friday

The tour through Kootenai County will include a stop at the Spirit Lake City Park, a gathering at Golden Spike Estates in Rathdrum, greeting veterans at the American Legion Hall in Athol and shoppers at Super 1 in Hayden, and discussing economic development at Idaho Veneer in Post Falls. The bus will also stop for a gathering and press availability at the Kootenai County Republican Headquarters and North Idaho Victory Center in Coeur d’Alene. The Kootenai County leg of the tour will conclude with the candidates greeting fans and serving hotdogs to the attendees of the Lake City – Sandpoint football game at Lake City High School. More including scheduled stops here.

Question: Are you planning to see top Idaho Republicans when they make a bus stop near your community Friday?

Kerri: Jim Pierce Got His Elk

On her More Main Street blog, Kerri Thoreson columnizes: “Jim Pierce had only one day to devote to hunting, opening day to be exact, with friends south of St. Maries. Not to worry for the overachieving Washington Trust banker … he filled both his deer and elk tags by 9:30 a.m. on the 10/10/10 opening day with a 2-point mule deer and a 5-point bull elk. No word yet about the success of his fellow hunters, Matt Lyman, John Young and Curtis Gregory.” More here.

Question: Have you shot your elk or moose yet?

High Noon: Mormon Skit Draws Review

Item: Oregon high school reviews procedures after pro-Mormon skit/Jennifer Moody, Albany Democrat Herald

More Info: The skit involved students pretending to be missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaching a group of teens. Mormon missionaries work in pairs throughout the world to teach the gospel and baptize those who accept their message. Probert said the skit began with several students playing Frisbee who were then joined by Probert, who wore a sign that read, “Not Mormon Yet.”

Question: Do you think the skit was offensive?

Poll: Butch Or Keith?

Gov. C.L. ” Butch”  Otter  is introduced on Tuesday by English instructor Kimberly Madison to her class, which consisted of students from Twin Falls,  Sugar  City  and Clark Fork who participated in the College of Southern Idaho course through the Idaho Education Network. (AP Photo/Times-News, Meagan Thompson)

  • Tuesday Poll: Democrat Jody DeLuca-Hissong is the overwhelming choice of Hucks Nation for county coroner. 94 of 133 (71%) said they would vote for DeLuca-Hissong over Republican Debbie Wilkie, 39 of 133 (29%) in the county coroner’s race.
  • Today’s Poll: Who will get your vote in the Idaho governor’s race?

Scanner Traffic/AM — 10.20.10

  • Noon: Someone’s suffering an allergic reaction at Ponderosa Elementary/PF.
  • 11:51 a.m. Older female is shaken up after vehicle hits fence @ Poleline & Idaho/PF.
  • 11:18 a.m. A “rolling domestic” in a Nash Metro is reported in 1200 block of Walnut/CdA.
  • 10:53 a.m. John reports ongoing problems w/speeding & wide turns on 16th & Greensferry/PF and has license number of last speeding motorist.
  • 10:47 a.m. A long-haired chihuahua is running in & out of traffic in front of Kootenai Electric @ 2451 Dakota/Hayden.
  • 10:34 a.m. Cindy wants report of a hit-and-run crash in Silverwood lot Saturday for insurance purposes.
  • 10:29 a.m. Cherokee/Bayview caller sez she can’t keep neighbor’s kids off her property.
  • 10:27 a.m. Caller reports that a male is living illegally in Huetter Road storage unit.
  • 10:06 a.m. Someone at the county jail is suffering a heart problem.
  • 9:52 a.m. Kevin is in the KCSD lobby reporting that family members are threatening him.
  • 9:50 a.m. Authorities trying to arrest a juvenile for breaking probation are having trouble with the boy and an adult in the home who’s on felony probation.
  • 9:41 a.m. Super 1 Foods/PF has caught a female shoplifter who’s being cooperative.
  • 9:30 a.m. Caller reports that a State Line area resident who was charged with animal abuse in Washington has a skinny pig.
  • 9:06 a.m. A patrol officer is stopping to check on an injured deer on Mullan Trail/CdA.
  • 8:13 a.m. Budget Saver, @ 1519 Sherman/CdA, reports a disorderly male on premises.

Judge OKs Weekly Meeting For Steeles

The wife of a North Idaho lawyer accused of hiring someone to kill her will be allowed to meet with her husband every week. Cyndi and Edgar Steele can meet once a week at the Spokane County Jail or over the phone, according to a ruling issued Monday by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill. Edgar Steele’s lawyer, Roger Peven, must be present, and the visits must be recorded. Peven is required to end the meeting if the Steeles try to discuss the murder-for-hire case, and the couple are prohibited from exchanging notes or documents. Magistrate Candy Dale will review the jail recordings on a regular basis/Meghann Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here.

Question: Would you want to meet weekly with your mate, if the feds and an alleged co-conspirator believe that your spouse tried to kill you?

INW/AM Headlines — 10.20.10

Nathan  Goncalves, a student at Clark College, is the first to speak during an “open dialogue” on the Vancouver, Wash., campus on Monday.  Goncalves defended the “white and proud” fliers he distributed on campus on Oct. 5. (AP Photo/The Columbian, Troy Wayrynen)

Realtors Endorse Write-In Currie

In an unusual move, the Coeur d’Alene Realtors Association has endorsed a write-in candidate, Commissioner Rick Currie. In an e-mail to members, Realtors CEO Rick Vernon writes: “Rick is always willing to hear our concerns and has balanced our input with other voices in the community.  He is a voice of reason in the complex development of the Kootenai County Comprehensive Plan. …  As you are probably aware the primary vote was split almost equally among the three candidates. Chris Fillios has asked his supporters in the primary to also support Rick Currie. This would represent over 60% of the voters for this position who voted in the primary.”

Question: What do you make of the Realtors endorsing a write-in candidate?

Trib: Mountain Lion Photo Is Fake

A new photo now making the rounds on Facebook and e-mail lists supposedly shows an elk hunter posing in the dark with his newly downed elk. In the background, eyes shining from a flash, is a mountain lion. The accompanying note says the hunter downed the elk, then set his camera, set the self-timer and shot the photo. The note says he only discovered the mountain lion after he had the film developed. Most of the Facebook posts and e-mails say the photo was taken “locally” and sometimes add that the hunter is a friend’s brother or a brother’s co-worker. Trouble is, the photo is a fake/Susan Engle, Postcards from the Edge, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Can you usually spot Internet hoaxes?

Minnick Ad Rips Obama, Pelosi

Sisyphus asked Monday about a pro-Walt Minnick ad he thought he’d seen at the tail-end of the Sunday night football game in which President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were criticized. I think this one is it (courtesy of YouTube and Idaho Reporter). Idaho Reporter story here:

Is Nonini’s Chamber Comment Age-ist?

In his reply to a Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce question (“What qualifies you over others for the elected office you are seeking?”), state Rep. Bob Nonini writes: “I am actively running my insurance practice and my opponent is a retired school teacher. The Idaho Legislature has the second highest percentage of age 65 year olds or older that are retired. I believe that high of percentage of retired persons is not healthy in creating state laws. Those retired people are no longer dealing with the everyday issues that affect businesses.” A supporter of Nonini’s opponent e-mails Huckleberries Online to say: “I think Bob Nonini is bordering on ‘age-ism’ trash talk about Dave Larsen being too old to help make legislation.” Nonini, of course, serves in House District 5 with octagenarian Frank Henderson.

Question: Do you think Nonini’s statement is age-ist — or simply stating the facts?

Richert: Otter Huffs & Puffs Again

Gov. Butch Otter’s latest move in the wolf battle was masterful — yet cynical. Bashing the federal government, especially the current administration, 15 days before election day? Shrewd stuff. But Otter’s decision to yank Idaho out of wolf management will do nothing to accomplish Idaho’s ultimate (and reasonable) objective: Getting the state’s burgeoning wolf population off the federal endangered species list for good. Until that happens, Otter’s huffing and puffing about reinstating a wolf hunt is all about politics. Nothing more/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: What do you make of Gov. Butch Otter’s wolf tantrum?

Pastor Denounces Bouma Postcards

The pastor of the Freeze Church near here said Tuesday he is outraged over recent political attempts to use his ministry against Republican Gresham Bouma. “I am absolutely brokenhearted that anything I have ever said could be used against Gresham Bouma,” said Lloyd Knerr. “That bothers me far more than I could ever tell you. It devastates me.” Bouma, who’s running against Democrat Dan Schmidt in the District 6 Idaho Senate race, is a member of the Freeze Church, along with his family. Knerr, who describes his church as “just a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church” of about 75 members, said attempts to smear Bouma for being part of the congregation started perhaps more than a month ago. But the latest salvo, he said, left him at a loss for words/David Johnson, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you believe Lloyd Kneer that his Freeze Church had nothing to do with the attack postcards that threatened Gresham Bouma detractors with hell fire?

Nelson Campaign Blamed For Slander

In an op-ed piece in the Coeur d’Alene Press, Linda Fillios (wife of former county commission candidate Chris Fillios) writes today: “I am deeply disturbed by the slanderous politics in the District 2 Kootenai County Republican Primary race. Rick Currie, the incumbent, Jai Nelson, a candidate for office and my husband Chris Fillios ran for this seat. Each received more than 30 percent of the Primary vote during the campaign. During the Primary, a member of Jai Nelson’s campaign team called certain people in the county and specifically started rumors of a sex scandal involving my husband, Chris. You have asked Republicans to back the elected candidates in this November election. I strongly support our Republican candidates, who were elected, but I cannot allow slander to become a truth and I cannot support Jai Nelson.” More here.

Question: What do you think state GOP Chairman Norm Semanko will do with this hot potato?

HMOSuite: Oxycontin Clogs Things Up

HMOSuite: That is a question I would like answered (“What is it about Oxycontin that makes people in respectable positions lose it?”). I took the stuff like M&M’s when I had my knees replaced. I hated it and got off on to some other meds as soon as I could. Imo, the worst part about taking Oxy is that it clogs up your digestive system, if you know what I mean. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to use it. There must be a ‘high’ there, somewhere, but I never found it.

Question: Anyone have the answer re: the lure of Oxycontin?

Bloggy: Libertarians Amuse Me

Mr. Bloggy: Libertarians never cease to amuse Mr_Bloggy. They are typically heavy chronic users of marijuana who like got their mind like so opened up by Ayn Rand, man. In high school. While stoned. Legalize weed, man. Keep the govt out of my patch, man. And taxes are like for the man, man. Whoa. You dropped that roach. Dude. Dude!

Questions: Do Libertarians amuse you, too? Why?

Brent: HBO Tile Ads Work

Brent Andrews: I have sold more books off HBO clicks than any other external Website, including one this very day. HBOers click through, and buy. Some of us just click through for you, on principle, Dave. But who cares why we click if we get there … Looking forward to getting one of those ads and I hope the line is not getting too long. Guess you can only stack ‘em so deep.

DFO: No question … just a gratuitous plug for the tile advertising in the lefthand rail of Hucks Online — 10,000 page-views per day for two weeks for $150. Now back to your regular programming.

Aerodynamic: Who Is Real Jai Nelson?

Aerodynamic: NO, you don’t need to cross out the printed name. Simply mark the box corresponding to the write-in and enter the name. Shoshone Conservative, Currie is not creating a boogeyman. If you’ve followed the events of this race going back to the Primary, you’ll find may issues surrounding the conduct of Jai Nelson’s campaign, specifically: misrepresentations (lies?) and her extensive use of Larry Spencer. Who uses Spencer except one who seeks victory at any price. Currie is a known. Who is the real Jai Nelson?

Question: Have you ever voted for a write-in before? Care to say for whom?

Ramirez: ‘The View’

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Check Out Rick Currie’s Tile Ad

I just clicked on write-in Rick Currie’s tile ad to see what’s there (in lefthand rail) — and found out that he’s still swinging re: his race with GOPrimary winner Jai Nelson. The ad begins: “Keep character and experience in and Jai Nelson out.” It then goes on to challenge 4 claims made by Nelson. And ends with something that caught my eye: “If Jai Nelson takes office in Jan. … Phil Hart and Larry Spencer will be moving into office with her.” Go ahead and click on the ads. They take you to the candidate’s Web side or more information about the candidate.

Question: Is this an effective ploy — to say that the election of Jai Nelson will lead to her buddies Phil Hart and Larry Spencer controlling one of the 3 Kootenai County commish seats? Or will voters dismiss it as campaign rhetoric?

P.S. Sky High For LCHS Homecoming

Photographer Rocky Castenada has posted this photo and a dozen others of the homecoming game between Lake City High and Wenatchee on his Facebook page here. I picked this one because it reminds me why I’m glad my kids never were cheerleaders. The girls are much too high. And the ground is much too hard. Football, baseball, for Junior, yes. Volleyball and drama, for Amy Dearest, yes. Cheerleading, no.

Question: Were you ever a cheerleader?

Wild Card/Tuesday — 10.19.10

In “New Year’s Day,” poet Billy Collins notes that we have a second birthday each year when we’re able to take stock and start over. Later in the poem, he talks about that unnamed day now that will be marked down on future calendars on a loved one’s wall as the one in which we check out. Today is one of those days in my family — the day my father was killed in a vehicle crash in 1976. It changed the whole dynamic of my family. He was 55 when he died. I’m 5 years older than that. My biggest regret in life is that my kids weren’t born then and never had a chance to meet their wonderful grandfather. Do you have a day on the calendar that you approach with trepidation? Now, for your Wild Card …

Scanner Traffic/PM — 10.19.10

  • 5:42 p.m. Carol wants to talk to a tribal officer re: little of kittens dropped off at her home.
  • 5:02 p.m. WalMart on Mullan/PF reports a cooperative male shoplifter is in the office.
  • 5 p.m. Caller reports a male driver waving a beer can in a tan Honda Accord almost hit her and her husband @ junction of Highways 58 & 95, near Coeur d’Alene Casino.
  • 4:54 p.m. Karen, from Hayden, has questions re: a horse on her property.
  • 4:44 p.m. Mother, on Bald Eagle/Worley, reports an adult yelled at her kid Monday.
  • 4:29 p.m. Beer Hunter tavern in Hayden reports a theft.
  • 4:18 p.m. Caller reports a female driver brake-checked and flipped him off before turning s/b on H95 from I-90.
  • 4:11 p.m. Shannon’s returning a message from animal control that her dog is vicious.
  • 4:09 p.m. Caller on Wesson/Athol has questions re: a loose horse in his neighborhood.
  • More below

APhoto Of The Day — 10.19.10

Sarah Palin kisses Sohpie, a 10-week-old puppy after signing her belly for her owner, Debbie Fuller of Incline Village, Nev., during the kick-off of the Tea Party Express bus tour at a rally Monday in Reno, Nev. The tour will make 29 stops crossing 20 different states until it ends in Concord, N.H. on Nov. 1. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Proving that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull is lipstick, Sarah sinks her teeth into Sophie’s neck, thrilling tea party *and* vampire enthusiasts — Stacy.
  • 2. Sassy Sarah sincerely snuggles Sophie signaling Socialists that Sarah’s a homosapien and not Satan’s spawn. PSYCHE! — Powder Farmer.
  • 3. (tie) Puppy Love is the only thing keeping the American male interested in Sarah Palin — Formerly Sandpoint; and: Her handlers remained concerned that Sarah’s taste in fashion will usually Palin comparison to that of her photo ops — JohnA.
  • HM: Jeanie

Poll: Currie-Nelson Most Interesting

  • Monday Poll: By a margin of 5 votes, Hucks Nation considers the Currie-Nelson race for commissioner more interesting than the English-Hayes one. 62 of 135 (45.93%) respondents voted that the race between incumbent Commish Rick Currie’s write-in race against Republican Jai Nelson was the most interesing courthouse one. 57 of 135 (42.22%) gave the nod to the county clerk’s race between Democrat incumbent Dan English and Republican Cliff Hayes. 16 chose the coroner’s race between Jody DeLuca-Hissong and Republican Deb Wilkie.
  • Today’s Poll: Who will get your vote for Kootenai County coroner: DeLuca-Hissong or Wilkie?

Oxycontin Addiction Nails Ex-prosecutor

A Coeur d’Alene defense lawyer and former deputy prosecutor was sent to prison recently after police said he recruited a client to help feed his OxyContin addiction. Shawn C. Nunley, 39, was sentenced to five years in prison with eligibility for parole in two years after he pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. But 1st District Judge Ben Simpson retained jurisdiction over the case, meaning Nunley could be released after six months. Nunley arrived at the Idaho State Correctional Institution, just south of Boise, on Oct. 15/Meghann Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here.

Question: What is it about Oxycontin that makes people in respectable positions like the Spokane Valley pastor who ripped off a parishioner and Nunley lose control?

If Looks Could Kill …

Tina Jacobson, who has filled in for Rep. Phil Hart at the Idaho Legislature, glares at state committeeman Matt Roetter at a Tea Party rally at Greyhound Park earlier this year. Write-in candidate Howard Griffiths was in attendance. And Tina apparently had learned for the first time that Matt wasn’t supporting Hart for re-election. Now, Matt is facing a move by local Republicans to oust him from his elected position for not supporting Hart in the general election. Earlier this morning, I published a post in which state GOP chairman Norm Semanko decreed that elected GOP party members must support Republican candidates no matter what.

Lizard: If You Don’t Like It, Move

Lizard People: Phil Hart is particularly suited to represent those of us who believe government is the problem, not the solution. “Government” type republicans, few and dwindling in number but well-reinforced by their socialist fellow travellers in the liberal blogging community, are better represented by Guiliani type republicans, and therefore should move to an area more willing to put up with big government conservatism. Or they should join the democrats. I wonder if some aren’t already considering that.

Question: Would you move from an area simply because you don’t like its politics?

CdA Schools Honor Clint Stennett

On his Facebook page, Mike Kennedy posts this photo and notes that the U.S. flag is being flown at half staff in honor of the former Senate Minority Leader Clint Stennett, who died recently after a long battle with brain cancer. Writes Mike: I wanted to get a shot of the flag honoring Clint, and when I arrived for a meeting at my son’s school there it was in the beautiful bright sunshine. I asked the administrative assistant who confirmed the honoree was our friend. A very bittersweet moment for me. He is going to be missed by many.”

Question: When should flags at the state, school, county, or city be flown at half staff?

Pentagon OKs Openly Gay Recruits

The Pentagon has advised recruiting commands that they can accept openly gay and lesbian recruit candidates, given the recent federal court decision that bars the military from expelling openly gay service members, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman. The guidance from the Personnel and Readiness office was sent to recruiting commands on Friday, according to spokeswoman Cynthia Smith. The recruiters were told that if a candidate admits he or she is openly gay, and qualify under normal recruiting guidelines, their application can be processed/Adam Levine, CNN. More here.

Question: Do you support this change in Pentagon policy?