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Transgender Woman Faces Trial

The transgender woman banned from the Lewiston Rosauers for using the women's bathroom will stand trial today for allegedly battering a woman after a confrontation in a downtown bar. The case is unrelated to the Rosauers incident, but it still involves Alberto (Ally) Robledo's gender identity, said her defense attorney, Joanna McFarland. The woman Robledo is accused of punching in the face is alleged to have started the fight and earlier used gay slurs against Robledo, McFarland said. In addition to the charge of battery, Robledo is charged with reckless driving and resisting or obstructing officers in connection with the March 23 incident. All the charges are misdemeanors, and Robledo faces up to two years in jail and $3,000 in fines if convicted/Joel Mills, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should this case be prosecuted?

Rebuilding Idaho Territorial Capitol

The building started its life around the year 1862 as a livery stable supply shop, became the Idaho Territorial Capitol but then died in obscurity as a neglected old icehouse sometime around 1915. Its ruin was observed with little ceremony, but Lewiston historian Steven Branting said the loss of the building that held the first two territorial Legislatures made a mark on the history of the city that lingered well after its death. Citizens tried to save it in 1914, Branting said, but efforts to move it to what is now Pioneer Park withered. Another group wanted to build a replica of the building in 1992, but that also failed. With the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Idaho Territory coming next year, the building that held its first lawmakers will return to Lewiston Friday with the construction of a replica at the corner of 12th and Main streets/Cody Bloomsburg, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Barry Kough Lewiston Tribune photo of worker constructing base of capitol replica)

Question: Would you rather have the Idaho capitol in Boise or Lewiston?

Final 2 Megaloads Leave Tonight

The final two over-legal loads of oil field equipment at the Port of Lewiston in Idaho are scheduled to hit the road Tuesday night, weather permitting. Imperial Oil spokesman Pius Rolheiser says the company moved three loads on Sunday night and plan to move two more on Tuesday. The loads will travel from Lewiston north to Coeur d'Alene on Highway 95. They will travel to and through western Montana on Interstate 90 and Interstate 15 and into Canada for an oil sands project. Both shipments are 24 feet wide and 15 feet high/AP via Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: In the end was it much ado about nothing re: northern route?

Lewiston, Walla Walla Sears To Shut

Sears has posted the first 79 of 100 to 120 proposed Sears & Kmart store closures nationwide, with only two mentioned in the Inland Northwest so far — the Sears stores at Lewiston and Walla Walla, Wash. The Kmart store in Lacey, Wash., is also scheduled for closure. Apparently, the Coeur d'Alene Sears & Kmart stores have made the cut so far. You can see the complete list here. And: Sears news release here. Here's the announcement from Lewiston Tribune Web site: Lewiston’s Sears is among more than 100 Sears and Kmart locations around the nation slated for closure. The store at the Lewiston Center Mall was on a list of closures released by Sears Holdings this morning. The Lewiston Kmart and the Moscow Sears are not among the stores slated for closure. Only 79 of the 100 to 120 closures were announced today. More here.

Outdoor Life: Lewiston Best Idaho City

“Got the May issue of Outdoor Life in the mail today,” comments KeithinCDA. “Top 200 towns listed for Sportsmen and of the top 200, Idaho has 10. … All great places for jumping off into the outdoors”:

#7 Lewiston (was #1 last year)
#23 Idaho Falls
#32 Sandpoint
#33 Pocatello
#43 Hailey
#65 Payette
#79 Coeur d’Alene
#85 Salmon
#108 Rexburg
 #111 Driggs

Question: Would you rather live in Lewiston than the current Idaho place that you're living? Why? Why not?

Lewiston Stops CdA For 5A Girls Title

Lewiston's Karlee Wilson (2) strips the ball away from Coeur d' Alene's Kyeli Parker (12) during the first half in the 5A Girls State Championship high school basketball game tonight in Nampa. The Bengals are state champions for the first time since 1976. Last year, Lewiston returned to the state tournament for the first time since 1989 and lost to Coeur d'Alene in the final. Coeur d'Alene's attempt to win a fourth state tournament fell short, leaving Meridian (1980-83) as the only program that has accomplished that feat in girls basketball/Jesse Zentz, Idaho Statesman. Complete tournament results here. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)

Tabasco Spill Blamed For Lewd Act

Meet Rafael Escamilla. Arrested this week for allegedly masturbating while seated next to a teenage girl on an airplane flight, the 50-year-old suspect told police that he was actually massaging and itching himself because he had spilled Tabasco sauce on his penis. Escamilla’s unique explanation for his alleged indecent exposure is contained in police reports detailing the December 26 incident on a SkyWest Airlines flight from Salt Lake City to Lewiston, Idaho. Escamilla, a Florida resident, was in Idaho visiting family/The Smoking Gun. More here. (PRNewsFoto/McIlhenny Company)  H/T: Sisyphus.

Question: What do you use tabasco sauce on?

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?

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?

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