In honor of Earth Day today (Saturday), I finally got around to pruning my roses Friday evening after work. The winter did a number on them. I think I've lost 3 or 4 of my big ones. I got them back hard and hope something emerges from the dead wood that's left. It was fun to get out in the garden again. But there's a lot of work ahead ...
FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017
The Parting Shot today features a bullet hole in a shop window of the Champs Elysess boulevard in Paris Friday. A police officer was killed on the French capital's most famous boulevard when an assailant opened fire with an assault rifle in the name of the Islamic State group.
Mrs. O and I settled on Steven Spielberg's "BFG" Thursday evening, as we clicked through possible movie selections on Netflix. I enjoy well-done, movie animation. And "BFG" was well done, indeed. When it comes to movies, I'm into escapism. Sci-fi. Fantasy. Murder mysteries that aren't too violent. Q: What kinds of movies do you like?
As reported earlier this PM, Coeur d'Alene Superintendent of Schools Matt Handelman has resigned, effective at the end of the month, to take a job with Evergreen Public Schools in Washington state. In the interim, Dr. Trina Caudel will serve as superintendent. An official news release was issued moments ago.
Moments ago, Huckleberries received an email message circulated within the Coeur d'Alene School District that Superintendent of Schools Matt Handelman is stepping down. He has accepted a job as chief academic accountability officer with Evergreen Public Schools in Washington state.
Workers from Cannon Hill were busy leveling another of the 4 remaining houses on a wedge of urban renewal agency land that stretches north from Coeur d'Alene Skate Park to River Avenue. At one time there were 10 or 11 homes on the wedge, fronting Park Drive. They were purchased by the urban renewal agency for future use or sale.
Twenty-five years ago, North Idaho had two good Democratic senators in adjoining Kootenai and Shoshone counties: Mary Lou Reed and Mari Calabretta. In the redistricting that occurs every 10 years, however, wascally Republicans changed the lines, forcing a Democratic primary between Mary Lou and Marti. Here's a column item about that.
Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press credits Congressman Raul Labrador for staging a townhall meeting in the Republican stronghold of Meridian. And Labrador got an earful from individuals who don't usually attend a townhall headlined by a Tea Party Republican. He got an earful, as are other congressional Repubicans this year.
Personal question: Who offers the best weed & feed lawn care in town. I was planning to go with one company. But the owner-operator retired. I've been fertilizing the lawn myself for years. But I've developed a problem with dandelions and a new weed. I need commercial attention to problem now. Any suggestions?
Trustee Christa Hazel of the Coeur d'Alene School Board swung by Huckleberries HQ this morning to introduce the newest Hazel to her household: Millicent Przemek Hazel. The Hazels adopted the corgi, now 8 weeks old, on Easter. Q: When did you last get a new puppy?)
AM Headlines: A petition drive to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho will be part of the annual Moscow Hemp Fest. Also: Public Records (April 21)/Press, Self-proclaimed 'Spanker' arrested/SR, Ex-deputy pleads not guilty to 4 felonies/Press, Man wanted for drug trafficking arrested/Press, Man arrested for mail fraud gave fake name/SR ...
In Thursday's poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said it has never smoke pot, while another 25% said it did long ago but not now. Today's Poll: Should Idaho's veto law be changed to prevent governor's from vetoing overwhelming popular bills after session ends?
I've wondered about an issue that a letter in the Coeur d'Alene Press addresses today. Should Dr. Stanley Toelle, who recently had a number of charges dropped against him in his ex-wife's drug trafficking ring, be given a second chance by the medical community and residents of Coeur d'Alene?
In his Cheers & Jeers column this morning, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune gives JEERS to ... Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra. Ybarra complained to columnist Chuck Malloy that she was a victim of a hostile Idaho media during her first run for superintendent. But Trillhaase notes that her wounds were self-inflicted...
Blessings Under the Bridge has fed thousands of homeless people over the past 10 years at dinners under the Interstate 90 bridge every Wednesday evening. Now, Lifetime Television is spotlighting this Spokane ministry. (Also: you can find link to column item re: Kevin Serr, a CdA contractor, & fam who's active in this ministry.)
In an editorial this morning, the Coeur d'Alene Press zeroes in on a proposal by state Sen. Steve Vick and another one by one of the paper's columnists, that would address vetoes of popular legislation by governors, after a session ends.
A compromise solution, offered by former state senator Mary Lou Reed, may keep two lots at the northeast base of Tubbs Hill in public ownership. The two lots, valued at $960,000 and owned by ignite cda, would be preserved if the city, Tubbs Hill Foundation and urban renewal board sign off on the offer. Keith Cousins/Press reports ...