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Auction: Locals Snap Up Cabin Sites

(KHQ Photo: Tim Martin)

The first dozen-plus Priest Lake cabin sites to be auctioned today all have sold for the appraised value to the existing lessee, with no one else bidding. Each time, when the auctioneer declared, “Sold!,” the crowd, which now includes lots of people standing up in back and along the sides along with hundreds seated in rows, erupted into cheers and applause – and occasionally whistles and shouts, too. The auctioneer noted that the auction is moving along quickly. Slides of the cabin sites, the homes and their views of the lake are being projected on large screens up front during the bidding/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Sounds like a good outcome, after all the fuzz, right?

Collateral Damage

From Post Falls PD Facebook:A dog escaped from a yard on Spokane St. and attacked another dog that was walking with its owner. When the owner tried to break up the fight he was bit.”

Question: Have you or your dog been attacked while out for a walk?

Women’s Equality Survey: Idaho 48th

In WalletHub's 2014 Best & Worst States for Women's Equality, Idaho ranks … 48th. Only Wyoming and Utah rank lower. Idaho ranks 49th in the categories of workplace environment and health and education. However, it ranks 28th in the category of political empowerment. Overall, the state of Washington was ranked 27th for women's equality.  Hawaii, New York and Maryland rank one-two-three in this survey. You can read it for yourself here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree that Idaho should be ranked so low in women's rights?

94th Anniversary Of 19th Amendment

Today is the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Did you know that in Idaho today more women are likely to vote than men? We still do not have any women elected to statewide office, though. Will you help me change that statistic on November 4th? I’ll need your vote! — state Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise, candidate for secretary of state, via Facebook. Story here.

Question: Why, if voting women outnumber men, are there no women holding a statewide Idaho executive or congressional office?

Stransky: Vito Erred In Clinic Stand

On her Facebook wall, Cheryl Stransky, a Democrat running against state Rep. Vito Barbieri in House District 2, posts: “In response to the August 21 Nickels Worth article signed onto by a group of local legislators who voted NO on the establishment of a Mental Health Crisis Center for our area, this is a demonstration of why these folks need to be replaced. A question is posed by these legislators about what the appropriate level of care is and who decides. Obviously these legislators decided by voting no, and they are clearly not qualified. Furthermore, the local agencies these legislators claim to be protecting with their no votes are the very same agencies who recommended a yes vote on the legislation- law enforcement, the judicial system and the emergency health facilities in our area. More below.

Question: Do you think the opposition to a mental health clinic in the Coeur d'Alene area, by Barbieri and similar-minded politicians, will be an issue in the fall elections?

KCSO To Offer ID-A-KID At Target

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office crime prevention section will be at the Target store in Coeur d'Alene this Friday to create ID-A-KID kits. From 11 am until 2 pm, Sheriff's Office personnel will fingerprint and photograph your children will all information given back to the parent for safe keeping. No information will be retained by the Sheriff's Office. The photographs, fingerprints and other identifying information like height and weight can be a valuable tool for law enforcement if the child is every missing. The Sheriff's Office is offering this service for free, and, if you still have back to school shopping to do, Target is offering a 5% discount to parents on purchases over $50/KXLY 4.

Question: When my kids were little, Mrs. O had them videotaped explaining who they were, height, weight, parents, etc. I'm glad that we never had to use the video for identification purposes. We get a kick out of watching it now. How about you? Did you ever do anything official like ID-A-KID to help in case they ever went missing?

Accidental Uzi Killing Stirs Debate

In this Aug. 25 image made from video provided by the Mohave County Sheriff Department, firing-range instructor Charles Vacca, left, shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in Arizona, south of Las Vegas, when the girl squeezed the trigger, causing the Uzi to recoil upward and shoot Vacca in the head. (AP Photo/Mohave County Sheriff Department)

“All right, full auto,” the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed. The death has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle an Uzi. The shooting has also revived the story of the 2008 death of 8-year-old Christopher Bizilj of Connecticut, who died when he accidentally shot himself at the Westfield Sportsmen's Club during a machine gun shoot. Bizilj was firing at pumpkins when the Uzi kicked back/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Do your children know how to handle a gun?

AM Scanner Traffic — 8.28.14

  • 11:44 a.m. Resident @ 8th/Randle Avenue, CdA, reports juveniles are shooting BB guns at home, after throwing rocks at it. They have a baseball bat & are converging on property. Older male w/tire iron is confronting them.
  • 11:33 a.m. CPD officer has female at gun point in front yard @ 6th/Montana, CdA, he arrests her.
  • 11:31 a.m. Neighbor @ 6th/Montana reports hearing a domestic dispute & then a small-caliber gun shot nearby.
  • 11:15 a.m. False fire alarm sounding @ St. Dominic's, 20274 W. Riverview Drive/Post Falls.
  • 11:14 a.m. Caller reports deadhead @ mouth of Spokane River, near Cedars restaurant.
  • 11:03 a.m. Someone has been injured in a fall @ 7300 block of Downing Lane/CdA.
  • 10:56 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 1000 block of E. Mullan Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 10:06 a.m. Residential burglary just occurred @ 1600 block of E12th Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 9:59 a.m. CPD officer en route to domestic dispute behind Fred Meyer/CdA.
  • 9:59 a.m. Unconscious male is lying on sidewalk @ 17th Street/Sherman Avenue, CdA.
  • 9:40 a.m. PFPD officer contacts father of 3 trespassing juveniles (9:34 item) who didn't care & walked away.
  • 9:36 a.m. 3 juvenile males are trespassing on Avista property in Post Falls Dam area.
  • 9:14 a.m. 32YO male having multiple seizures @ Ziggys, H41/Poleline, Post Falls.
  • 9:13 a.m. Blond female driver in Jetta sat in front of Arrow Point Drive/Harrison residence for 40 minutes.
  • 9:08 a.m. A child wondering by himself was found @ 2600 block of Elmwood/Joanna, CdA.
  • 9:06 a.m. Extra patrol requested for Chandler/Rockford Bay Road, Lake Coeur d'Alene.
  • 9:06 a.m. Officer investigating abandoned vehicle 200 feet west of Higgens Point/Lake Coeur d'Alene.
  • 8:35 a.m. Employee of Love's Travel Stop, 4208 Expo Parkway/Post Falls reports confrontational panhandler.
  • 8:10 a.m. Someone was knocked unconscious in a fall at Blackwell House, 820 E. Sherman Ave/CdA.

Hazel: School Will Start On Time

On her Facebook wall, Chairman Christa Hazel of the Coeur d'Alene School Board posted her speech from the Back To School Breakfast rally this morning:I’ve been asked about the status of contract negotiations from many concerned parents. They ask, 'What does this mean for my child?' I am unwavering in my assurance: School will start on time. Our teachers are professionals and they place the interest of the student above all else. Your child is going to have a great school year. I believe this isn’t an opinion, but fact based on a track record. We are a resilient and strong school district. Just as you see in a large family, one where two figureheads, each equally passionate in their love for the family, have a disagreement. Life doesn’t stop and wait. There isn’t a time-out while disagreement is resolved. The family carries on. Eventually, things work out. I believe this will be true for us.” More here.

Question: How do you expect the teacher negotiations to turn out?

CEA Rains On District’s Breakfast

The Coeur d'Alene Education Association handed out these flyers to teachers and employees this morning at the annual Back to School Breakfast, staged by the Coeur d'Alene School District and sponsored by Mountain West Bank. School officials, teachers & district staff ate breakfast in the Lake City High cafeteria first. Then teachers and non-union members had three choices: Attend annual rally in gymnasium, where anti-bullying expert Steve Wessler was keynote speaker. Attend a meeting in the auditorium, where the CEA negotiation team provided an update on stalled contract negotiations. Or go back to class. CEA representatives handed out flyers at the doors of the gymnasium for teachers who attended or were planning to attend the district rally for the first day of work this fall.

Thoughts?

Poll: Nelson’s Jail Lease Suit Backed

  • Wednesday Poll: Hucks Nation supports Commissioner Jai Nelson's efforts to stop judicial confirmation of a proposed county lease with a private company for jail space. A judicial confirmation hearing is set Friday. 71 of 136 respondents (52.21%) support Nelson's lawsuit to stop the process. 54 of 136 respondents (39.71%) oppose Nelson's legal action. 11 (8.09%) are undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you really think Democratic guv candidate A.J. Balukoff is liberal?

Rusche: Denney’s Dog & Pony Show

JMRusche (RE: Federal lands interim committee adds Sandpoint stop): Hmmm. How many interim committees meet in both Kamiah and St Maries, Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint. While public involvement is important, I will point out that interim committees have no defined role in the legislative process. I wonder if there was as much interest in healthcare and Medicaid, or if this desire for input is new. Remember, We did lock down the capitol to prevent undesired interaction with citizens during the “occupy” episode.

Question: Can you think of an interim committee that really listened to Idahoans and not just the Id(aho)eologues?

AM Headlines — 8.28.14

From Rich Landers' Outdoors blog: “Out for a night of relaxation at Priest Lake Tuesday, Craig Goodwin found a natural late show worth staying up to watch. 'I stopped by Hill’s Resort, stoked up the coals in a fire pit, sat back and watched one of the most incredible natural displays I’ve ever witnessed,' he said. 'At about 2 a.m., the Northern Lights exploded over the lake with more drama than any fireworks show could hope to muster.'”

Otter Goes Negative Early

I received one of these in the mail last night. I rolled my eyes rather than rant. I also saw an TV commercial last night, linking A.J. Balukoff to Barack Obama and national Democratic policies. Boilerplate stuff for Idaho GOP candidates. Nasty stuff.

On his Facebook wall, Joseph Adam Graves posts: “Being registered as a Republican means i get this crap in the mail. You couldn't pay me enough to vote for the majority of them because well they are evil. Case in point this mailer. Every point raised on this propaganda is out of context and twisted. Balukoff was on the states largest school district in a state that is the worst in the nation for funding education. This means school districts ask the voters for levies to actually pay for what should be funded by the state. If anything the republicans behind this should be ashamed. Our agency makes political advertising but we would never create something so deceptive no matter what we were paid. Rant over.”

Question: Why is Butch going negative so early?

NIC Trustee Filing Deadline Nears

Kootenai County Chief Deputy Clerk Pat Raffee announced today that some  election deadlines occur right after the Labor Day holiday weekend. “Candidates who wish to run for North Idaho College Trustee or for Kootenai/Shoshone Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor must file by 5PM Tuesday, September 2,” said Raffee.  She noted that two NIC Trustee seats are open, and three Supervisor seats are available with the Soil & Water Conservation District. Candidates must file their paperwork with the taxing districts, she added.  Both entities have offices in Coeur d’Alene/Kootenai County Clerk's Office news release. More here.

Question: We'll soon see who the Tea-Publicans trot out to try to take the seats now held by Christie Wood & Ken Howard — and, with Trustee Todd Banducci, control the NIC board. Don't think it can happen?

Bleeding Eagle Red For EWU

The roar of the crowd was deafening as the Eastern Washington University Eagles prepared to take the field Saturday afternoon. From my vantage point at the entrance of the team tunnel, I scanned the sea of red-shirted fans hoping to spot my husband. After all, it was his fault I was on sidelines of the first college football game of the season. I guess you could say I’m an Eagle by marriage. Derek is a proud EWU graduate (class of ’87). Whatever the case my blood bleeds red – Eagle red. As season ticket holders, you can find us in the stands at each home game, cheering our team on to victory. During the season I’m guilty of flooding my Facebook and Twitter feeds with frequent EWU posts. To my delight, those updates took me out of the stands and onto the field on Saturday, when I was invited to be a social media ambassador for the big game/Cindy Hval, Front Porch. More here. (Cindy's selfie of her feet on EWU red)

Question: Do you live and die for a college football team?

ALS Hits Jackpot With Water Buckets

In today’s world of social media fundraising, the ALS Association has hit the jackpot – and created a social media model that nonprofits everywhere are anxious to exploit. But can they? Some of the richest and most powerful figures in business, politics, media and sports – from Mark Zuckerberg to George W. Bush to Oprah Winfrey to Dale Earnhardt Jr. – have happily shared videos that show buckets of cold water being dumped on their heads. It’s all for the cause of funding research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative illness commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. As of Thursday, the organization’s Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $94.3 million since July 29 and spread information about ALS to millions of Facebook and Twitter users. The association raised $2.6 million during the same period last year/McClatchy-Tribune. More here. (AP File Photo: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton accepts Water Bucket challenge)

Question: You be the fund-raising expert. How can any other nonprofit agency top the Water Bucket Challenge?

Supplying A Need

Nicholas Worline, 3, waits patiently in line with his siblings during a school supply giveaway Wednesday at Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene. The event, in its second year, is run by the North Idaho College wrestling team and is funded from t-shirt sales and donations collected through its “We Care” program. (Coeur d'Alene Press Photo: Shawn Gust)

The back-to-school shopping season is one of the most stressful times of year for parents, said North Idaho College wrestling coach Pat Whitcomb. In some ways, getting kids ready for the first day of school puts even more pressure on moms and dads than preparing for Christmas. “If I get my kid an Xbox for Christmas and he tells his friend about it, that friend can just say he's got one at his house too,” Whitcomb said. “But on the first day of school everyone sees you and sees what sort of clothes and supplies you have.” In an effort to alleviate some of that stress, last year Whitcomb and his wrestlers raised $2,500 and gave school supplies to 400 students. They continued the effort Wednesday, with $4,000 raised. Starting at 10 a.m., students and their parents formed a line at the Village at Riverstone and were given yellow NIC bags/Keith Cousins, SR. More here.

Question: How much does it cost you to buy school supplies for your children?

Dancin’ & Piggin’ Out

Vic Schmehl dances with his granddaughter Isabella, 5, during a performance by Coeur d'Alene artist Ron Greene and his band's performance during Pig Out in the Park on Wednesday at Riverfront Park in Spokane, Wash. The 35th annual Pig Out features 47 food booths, four adult beverage gardens and 100 free concerts on four stages. The event opened Wednesday and runs through Monday, Sept. 1. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

Question: It has been awhile since I attended Spokane's Pig Out in the Park. How about you?

Sign Of The Times

Sign on a gate along 2nd Street/CdA (w/silhouettes of 2 dogs): “Can you reach the fence in 2 seconds? These two can.”

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