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89 Sick After Eating Chobani

At least 89 people have reported getting sick after eating Chobani Greek yogurt manufactured in Twin Falls, the Food and Drug Administration reported. FDA spokeswoman Tamara Ward told The Times-News ( on Monday that some have described nausea and cramps. No link has been confirmed between the illnesses and the yogurt. However, Ward says the FDA is working with Chobani to hasten its voluntary recall. Chobani last week told grocery stores to destroy 35 varieties of yogurt reported to have been contaminated by a mold associated with dairy products. Last Thursday, Chobani spokeswoman Amy Juaristi said 95 percent of the tainted product had been destroyed/Associated Press. More here.

Question: What's your yogurt of choice?

Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Sickens 30

A Spokane teen was among 30 people who were sickened with salmonella connected to a peanut butter sold by grocer Trader Joe’s. Spokane health officials say the teen, along with another Washington boy from Thurston County, became ill about 6 weeks ago. The peanut butter recall has now been expanded to dozens of peanut, cashew and almond butters produced by Sunland Inc. The New Mexico-based company processed and packaged the Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter that has since been linked to salmonella cases in 18 states/John Stucke, SR. More here. (Trader Joe's photo)

Question: My name is DFO. And I'm a chunky peanut butter addict. How about you?

Albertson’s Recalls Ground Beef

Alberstons said Monday that it is voluntarily recalling a number of ground beef products sold at its stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, due to risk of E. coli contamination. No illnesses have been reported. The grocery chain, which is owned by Supervalu Inc., said the move follows an expanded recall by XL Foods Inc. for ground beef products imported to the U.S. from Canada. Albertsons is recalling multiple ground beef items sold in all of its stores in Washington and Oregon, as well as three stores in Northern Idaho: Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Lewiston. No other Albertsons stores are affected by the recall. The raw ground beef products were sold at its full service counters at the customer’s request or sold in packaged form with an Albertsons store label between Sept. 3 and Sept. 21. The products are no longer for sale at any stores/AP. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Where do you buy your ground beef?

Press: Clarify Rules For Recall

Sorry, but the recall debate isn't over. In fact, prior to the next session, legislators should put their heads together and talk a great deal about it, then adopt stronger, clearer laws in 2013. Both sides of the recent attempt to recall four Coeur d'Alene City Council members are still sorting out the significance of lessons learned, but they can largely agree on the need for clarity in state recall election statutes. One concern is the nebulous nature of the 75-day window from the start of the petition drive to the last moment the petition signatures can be verified. Between the offices of the Secretary of State, the Kootenai County Clerk and the Coeur d'Alene City Clerk, nobody seemed to clearly understand how that 75 days should be divided between collecting signatures, turning them in to city officials and then having the county verify those signatures. The timeline seemed to twist and turn like an unruly river, leaving too much room for arbitrary interpretation/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Jerome A. Pollos Coeur d'Alene Press file photo: Press Jennifer Drake glances over at Michael Sheneman as they stand next to each other at the launch of the unsuccessful recall effort in April)

Question: What do you think needs to be fixed re: Idaho's recall law?

City Clerk Announces Recall Results

Here is the complete YouTube video from Jeff @ Bunkhouse Media of City Clerk Susan Weathers announcing the results from the petition verification process Tuesday afternoon:

Sara: Time To Take Down D2Signs

Sara Meyer just posted this message on the Decline to Sign Facebook page: “Since this is now officially over it is time to take down the Decline To Sign signs.  If you have not taken yours down already, please go ahead and take them down as soon as you have a chance.  We will also be picking up signs as we see them around town.  So, if yours disappears, there is a good chance that one of us picked it up. If possible, we would love to get the sign stakes and signs returned as the stakes were borrowed and the candidates would like to have them. back.  If you are able to drop them off that would be great, if not let us know and we'll come pick them up.  You can drop signs off at the following locations: Johannes downtown (406 E Sherman), Pita Pit offices downtown (105 N 4th Street)  or at the Caddyshack tonight (Wednesday). Hope to see all of you tonight at the Caddyshack (5-8) to celebrate!”

Question: Do you plan to join the celebration at the Caddyshack this afternoon?

Gookin: Let’s Move On, No Lawsuits

Early in the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting Tuesday evening, Councilman Dan Gookin said that he didn't want to see the Recallers sue as a result of the failed attempt to trigger a recall election for Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members. “This is over, done,” Gookin said. “I've talked to the recall people … we need to move on.” Then, he said that the city is going forward with the upgrade to McEuen Field, adding that his job is to ensure the process is open and transparent and to make sure that the city saves every nickel possible. Later, he added that the job performed by City Clerk Susan Weathers during the trying 75 days (remember the first day wasn't counted because the Recallers had to refile the petition to trigger the petition drive) was “outstanding,” calling Weathers “phenomenal and fair.”

Question: I'm beginning to think that we may be allowed to move on without a lawsuit. How about you?

Press Edit: From The Recall Ashes

The bid to recall four Coeur d’Alene city officials failed, a lack of petition signature oxygen leading to political asphyxiation. One side is celebrating. The other is commiserating. And in between is a big camp of constituents who simply want the appropriate electoral process to resume so citizens may choose their elected representatives. As tempting as it is for anyone to read volumes of irrefutable truths into the failure, now is the time for the community to take a deep breath, exhale slowly and think clearly. Knee-jerk reactions based on emotion, rather than reason, will only deepen the divide. A little time for healing and for real analysis to take place will pay huge dividends. React quickly with emotion, and we’ll just end up back in some similar mess a little further down the road/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Is it time to forgive & forget?

Edit: Weight Of Words Favor Recall

On the Coeur d'Alene Press editorial page today, Editor Mike Patrick tells of an electronic search from April 5 to June 11 of all letters and guest opinions about the Coeur d'Alene recall attempt: Here's the results:

  • NEUTRAL: Two letters to the editor (427 words) and three columns (1,781 words) from writers fell into this category. The writers did not take a firm for or against stance, but rather, presented other options or commented on the recall attempt's impact in some other way. TOTAL WORDS: 2,208
  • AGAINST THE RECALL: We published 28 letters to the editor (5,869 words) and four columns (3,625 words) from writers who clearly oppose the recall effort. TOTAL WORDS: 9,494
  • FOR THE RECALL: During the petition-gathering process, The Press printed 31 letters to the editor (7,899 words) and seven columns (6,279 words) supporting the recall effort. TOTAL WORDS: 14,178
  • Full opinion piece here.


Recall Expert Checks Out Lake City

In a Coeur d'Alene Press story today, national recall expert Jason Spivak says Mayor Sandi Bloem and other targeted city elected officials would have a better chance of surviving recall election if it was held on Nov. 6 rather than Aug. 28: “That's because an August election would see lower than normal voter turnout, and the petition gatherers have already proven they're motivated enough to go to the polls. In a presidential election - Nov. 6 - more people will be casting votes for incumbents anyway, and that higher turnout could be more likely to vote in favor of the targeted city incumbents.” This, of course, if another valid signatures were gathered to trigger a recall election. More here.


County Wants Signatures By June 11

Item: County drops suit, wants petitions by June 11/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Kootenai County dismissed a suit Wednesday that had asked a judge to rule on the deadline for recall petitions. So, the 5 p.m. June 19 deadline includes the time it will take Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes to certify the signatures. “I’m not satisfied with it, but I understand how they came to that,” Hayes said of the Secretary of State’s interpretation of the statutes governing the recall process. “(The conflicting statute language) is obviously an error by the legislature. They’ll fix it in January, I guess.”

Question: Are you satisfied that the 75-day deadline includes time to verify signatures?

Kennedy: Recall Is Brannon All Over

A Coeur d'Alene City Councilman fresh off a contentious court battle for his council seat said the recall effort launched last week to oust him and three incumbents is similar to the 2010 court case he called a political attack. Mike Kennedy, who spent a year in the courtroom defending his then-5 vote victory over challenger Jim Brannon, told The Press “the core” group of people between both efforts makes the two hard to separate. “I do,” said Kennedy on whether he believed the two were similar. “They are still appealing the election lawsuit from 2009 to the Idaho Supreme Court and it is the same core group of people involved. The two things are linked.” Recall supports say that couldn't be farther from the truth. The two are completely separate, they said, and if some people involved in the recall effort were also involved in the election challenge lawsuit or anything else it is coincidental/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Is the attempt by Orzell-Souza-Sims & Co. to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem & three council members, including Kennedy, the second coming of the Jim Brannon election challenge?

DOTC: Not Worthy Of A Recall

Dan of the County: To be honest, I have gone back and forth on the idea of a public vote. In most cases, I think without question our form of representative government means that the elected officials are supposed to make the decisions that come across their path while in office, the easy ones—the hard ones—the good ones—and the bad ones. But every once in awhile something may come along that is of such a broad public interest and unique set of circumstances that a public vote may (heavy on the may) be called for. I think the hydroplane issue and the vacation of Sherman Avenue in front of the resort would fall into those categories. But I also respect the right of the council members at the time to make those decisions. If you don’t like their decision, that is what the next election is for but certainly not grounds for a recall in my book. That is the capital punishment of electoral behavior and should be reserved for capital crimes not difference of opinions no matter how strong.

DFO: We will be discussing the reasons given for the recall this today and this week, breaking them down one by one to see if they are worthy of a recall.

CdA Police Oppose Recall Try

Huckleberries just received this email from the Coeur d'Alene Police Association: “The Coeur d’Alene Police Association announced today they strongly support Council members McEvers, Kennedy, Goodlander and Mayor Bloem for their continued work on behalf of the City of Coeur d’Alene. The Police Association consists of many long-term employees who have served with several administrations. “These three Council members along with Mayor Bloem have shown continuous, strategic support with the City budget toward public safety, and a good quality of life for all of our citizens. Police officers are provided with the necessary training, technology and tactical equipment to do their day to day jobs as safely as possible for our citizens and officers. We are fortunate to have such skilled leadership, and grateful for their willingness to serve.” said Police Association President Rory Johnson.”

Riggs To Kroc Fans: Say No To Recall

In this June 27, 2007, SR file photo, retired executive Art Brown, left, and Dr. Jack Riggs, right, flank Mayor Sandi Bloem as they listen to speeches at the official groundbreaking of the Kroc Center Wednesday in Coeur d'Alene. Riggs and Brown are the co-chairs of the campaign to raise more than six million dollars in matching money to meet requirements set by the Salvation Army to build the center. Riggs has provided Huckleberries with letter below asking Kroc Center users not to take part in Coeur d'Alene recall effort. (Jesse Tinsley's SR file photo)

“This is an appeal to all Coeur d’Alene residents who are current Kroc members, former Kroc members, or have benefited in any way from the Kroc Center.  There is no question that without the leadership of Mayor Sandi Bloem and the City Council, we would NOT have a Kroc Center here in Coeur d’Alene today. We all know that improving McEuen has been a controversial subject, but the Mayor and Council have done nothing wrong or illegal that should merit a recall. Many of the very same people that are now opposing McEuen improvements, opposed Kroc before it was built. You be the judge.  Has Kroc been good for the community?  If you respect, admire or support the Kroc Center, and projects like it, then when someone asks you to sign a recall petition, please just say ‘no thanks’ “— former Idaho Lt. Gov. Jack Riggs letter.

Question: Are you a fan of the Kroc Center, which was built through the efforts of Mayor Sandi Bloem & the three council members targetted for recall?

More Trashing CdA By Reagan Repubs

In case you're wondering whether Reagan Republicans have gone off deep end in demonizing Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members targetted for recall, Jeff Ward calls for their ouster in his newsletter, concluding with “Now it seems the citizens of Coeur d'Alene must determine whether they are “disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable” or will they “right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” Seems to me that the same language can be used for the dysfunctional Kootenai County Republicans who brought controversial Richard Mack to town to speak to the GOP Lincoln Day Dinner and seem to oppose every project that improves Coeur d'Alene. (Note: Reagan Republicans opposed Mack's speech, so they get things right occasionally. But not this time.)


DFO: Repubs Export Dysfunctionalism

It appears as though the dysfunctional Kootenai County Republican Party is trying to reach its tentacles further into the government of progressive Coeur d'Alene. Last November, the Reagan Republicans, one of several splinter groups of the warring local Republicans, used their organizational clout and the divisive McEuen Field issue to help two of their members win nonpartisan office over exceptional opponents, Steve Adams and Dan Gookin. Adams has proven to be more interested in ideology than his community so far, opting at one point to vote against any project involving federal funds. Gookin has yet to distinguish himself. Now, the Reagan Republicans and elected endorsees, like state Rep. Kathy Sims and school Trustee Terri Seymour, are involved in the effort to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem and the progressive half of the City Council. This is the half that's responsible for the Kroc Center, new library, developing Education Corridor, Riverstone, and much, much more in the community. The local Republicans continue to define themselves as individuals who simply oppose every significant project under the guise of fiscal conservatism. The local branches of the Republican Party are more fixated on proving they're more conservative than the other branches — and outing RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) — than they are in improving the communities in this county. One of their standard bearers is Larry Spencer, who is fighting the concept of a new garage at our parking beset courthouse, fought tooth and nail against construciton of the Kroc Center. When did being a Republican mean that you're against progress, good government, and want to recall those with vision? — DFO.

Question: If Kootenai County Republicans do for Coeur d'Alene what they've done for their own party, what kind of a mess will be in?

Recall Effort Begins With A Dud

RE: One park, two views: Recall's first fireworks a dud/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

  • Ron Edinger: “I'm very disappointed this is happening in Coeur d'Alene,” he said. “This council and I have worked together on many issues, agreeing and disagreeing. McEuen is a very polarizing issue and many in our community, I think, feel strongly about this. This has caused a definite split in our community.”
  • Dan Gookin — who called threats of recall excessive in a Press article before the Jan. 17 advisory vote decision — said it would be “inappropriate” to weigh in.
  • Steve Adams: “This is backlash,” council member Steve Adams said earlier this week. “It's not a surprise, I guess.”

Question (from a Facebook friend): Have Dan Gookin or Steve Adams shown any support for this movement or demonstrated any relationship to it?

You Bet Reagan R’s Are Involved

There's been some debate here re: whether or not the Reagan Republicans were involved in the recall effort against our mayor and three city council members. You bet they are. Here's an announcement in their newsletter re: the recall effort launched yesterday: “At 10:00 this morning, a citizen's group identified as RecallCdA gathered at the Coeur d'Alene City Hall to file prospective recall petitions with the City Clerk. The group says Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and Council-members Mike Kennedy, Deanna Goodlander, and Woody McEvers have failed to represent the voice of the community in their excessive spending of taxpayer monies. Included in the list of examples being cited by voters across the city are the approval of a $39 million plan for McEuen Park, excessive salaries of city employees and a growing list of other projects, many made possible by the flow of property tax money being diverted into LCDC coffers, with little regard for public opinion.”

Question: Do you think Ronald Reagan would be involved in an attempt to overthrow a city's nonpartisan, progressive city government simply because it wants to upgrade a park?

OTV: Where Does Gookin Stand?

OrangeTV: I’m also curious what Gookin’s thoughts are on this recall effort. He’s been suspiciously silent on the issue. Could it be that once he got into his position of city councilman he came to realize that the city council wasn’t all the smoke-and-mirrors, backroom dealing shadiness that he had been harping about for so long and that his co-council members are just normal people following due process and not the conspiracy laden bunch of folks he once imagined?

DFO: I also want to know where Steve Adams and his new best buddy, Ron Edinger, stand on this issue. It's one thing to disagree with other members of the City Council on a major issue — and quite another to support a recall attempt or remain mum while colleagues are trashed.

Question (for non-targetted half of the City Council): Where do you stand on this recall bid?

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