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Miami Marlins center fielder Joe Benson chases a ball as it is hit off a real estate advertisement on an outfield wall for an RBI-double by Houston Astros' J.D. Martinez during the seventh inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Monday in Jupiter, Fla. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
Weekend Winner — Phaedrus, with 8 votes: “Darn that chili sauce is hot!” the young man said. “Just be glad you burped and didn't fart,” replied his companion. You can see the Weekend Photo and all the Cutline Contest entries here.
Here's updated legislative filings for North Idaho:
With a DVD of “Ender's Game” in hand, I approached the checkout counter of Hastings last evening to ask if any copies of “Catching Fire” had been turned in. Sometimes, you can get a hot movie up front when they're all checked out on the shelf. But none were to be had. “They've cleaned them out,” explained the clerk. “They were like zombies.” Apparently, he confided in me because he didn't think I was acting too zombie-like. (Otherwise, I might have gotten a stake through the head.) Later, in the evening, I peeked in the living room as my wife was watching “Walking Dead.” I didn't see any copies of “Catching Fire” in the hands of the zombies who were being slaughtered by Daryl and the gang. “Ender's Game” provided a decent evening of movie viewing anyway.
Question: What's your strategy for snagging a hot new release, like “Catching Fire,” from Hastings or another video store?
4 Days & Counting (to affiliate with the Republican Party to vote in the closed GOPrimary in May): I've got Karen Carpenter on the mind this morning — you know, “Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down.” Actually, I don't know if I'm up or down this morning. The coffee hasn't kicked in yet. One thing I do know, however — you partisans registered Democrat, Libertarian or Constitutional Party have until 5 p.m. Friday to switch your affiliation to Republican if you plan to vote in the important, closed GOPrimary this spring. Now for the first Wild Card of the week …
A Coeur d'Alene man searching a vacant property in the Bonanza Ranch area, east of Coeur d'Alene, has found a popular bronze statue stolen from Riverstone Park in Janaury. Randal Cayko found “Kate,” a statue of a female on a bicycle being chased by two dogs, while out hunting for shed antlers on a property at 5578 E. Yellowstone Trail at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Cayko told a deputy that he lives in the area and that the vacant property had been abandoned for years. Occastionally, he checks the property for “antler sheds.” Cayko found the missing statue lying on its back about 100 yards from the road. The statue was damp and dirty, and had a rope tied around its neck. Cayko told the deputy that he'd heard about the theft of the $25,000 statue from Riverstone in mid-January. The officer contacted interim Parks Director Bill Greenwood to pick up the statue. (Courtesy photo: City of Coeur d'Alene)
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Josie Birchmier, center, gets help from Lisa Galster-Gilder, as Ashley Bull, left to right, Kaye Girard and Blazie Gilder during a prom dress swap Saturday at Troy High School. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo: Dean Hare)
Weight bars and exercise equipment provided hanging space for dozens of dresses Saturday, while mirrors gave girls a chance to see how they fit in the weight room of Troy High School on Saturday. It was a strange juxtaposition, but one that seemed to work for the school's inaugural prom dress exchange.“A lot of the dresses came from past students who went to school here, and there are some from students currently in school,” said Troy High School senior Ashley Bull, who organized the event for her senior project with her mentor, Rhonda Case.Bull said Case, who has bought more prom dresses than she likes to think about, helped her come up with the idea/Bill McKee, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
Question: How many prom dresses have you had to buy from your daughter(s)?
How much do you know about grocery chain mergers, Washington State University basketball, changes in nutrition labels and other news of note? Find out in The Spokesman-review's Weekly News Quiz, where you could win a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel or two movie tickets simply by playing. Take News Quiz here.
There is good news if the recent 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics got anyone pumped to try curling. On Wednesday, the Coeur d'Alene Curling Club is offering up its Learn to Curl event at the Frontier Ice Arena. “Once you figure out how to throw the stone, what gets people hooked is the strategy,” said Corey Gorham, one of the club founders and a Rathdrum resident. “I've heard it called 'chess on ice.'” Learn to Curl is free and open to the public from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Veteran curlers will be on hand to teach anyone who is eager to learn techniques and strategy. “We're trying to drum up some interest in the sport,” Gorham said. The club wants to continue growing, he said. The club had 12 teams last season, and with the second season starting March 17 there are 16 formed and ready to compete, with four to six players on each, he said/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you have what it takes to be a curler?
Tuesday's column by Jack McNeel surmised that NIC's best option for its athletics is to take the ball and go home. What a stunning miscalculation to think shutting down a program for any length of time is beneficial. The SMU Mustang football program is a perfect example of how a “death penalty” or multi-year hiatus affects a program - they've never recovered. Mr. McNeel has somehow missed the best lessons that are derived from athletics - the striving and toil for greatness. The point of athletic programs is the enrichment of the academic setting and not an ego stroking exercise so fans can strut around town like barnyard roosters. Furthermore, the idea that moving laterally to the NWAACC would be a step down is flat wrong and insulting to the thousands of athletes who chose to attend these member schools as an overall part of their academic and athletic coursework/Brendon Hill, Coeur d'Alene Press “My Turn.” More here.
Chris Bessler of Keokee publishing talked about his business in Sandpoint recently. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Chris Bessler grew up loving books. “We lived out in the sticks near Glide, Ore., a little logging town between Interstate 5 and Crater Lake,” Bessler said. “We didn’t get television reception, so every week my mom would take us to the library and we’d load up as many books as we could carry.” Having worked his way through Walter Brooks’ Freddy the Pig series, Bessler moved on to Steinbeck and Twain. Yet it was a book of a totally different nature that has played a major role in the survival of Keokee Co., Bessler’s Sandpoint media and marketing business/Michael Guilfoil, SR. More here.
Question: Did you grow up with a love of books?
The House has voted to remove the indexing of the homeowner’s exemption from property taxes, instead setting it at a fixed maximum level of $90,000 or 50 percent of home value, whichever is less. In 2006, the Legislature raised the exemption from its previous cap of $50,000 to $75,000 and indexed the maximum amount to the Idaho Housing Index, so it would go up and down with the market. Since then, the exemption has risen to a high of more than $104,000 in 2009, and dropped back down to $81,000 in 2012/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Do you agree with House decision to remove the indexing of the homeowner's exemption from property taxes?
Former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, who is running for Secretary of State, was involved in a conflict that sparked accusations of theft, private work done on state time, political retribution, state contracts that benefited his family, undeclared conflict of interest and more – all involving the former employment of his wife, Donna, by a state agency, Idaho Statesman reporter Cynthia Sewell reported in a Sunday story. To make the tale even more interesting, Donna Denney’s former boss was Kim Toryanski, wife of Denney’s GOP Secretary of State rival Mitch Toryanski, and former head of the Idaho Commission on Aging/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Am I the only one who thinks Denney has too much baggage to be Secretary of State?