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Minnick Not w/Biden For Olympics

Rep. Walt Minnick’s office confirmed that the 1st District congressman is not flying to Idaho today with Vice President Joe Biden, who is coming to Boise to attend the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games/Kevin Richert. More here.

Special Olympics: Victory In A Smile

Jolyn Elordi, 20, of the Caldwell Wildcats - Team USA Blue floor hockey team gives the peace sign to fans cheering in the crowd after the team’s Tuesday loss to Kazakhstan at Expo Idaho in Garden City, Idaho as part of the Special Olympics 2009 World Winter Games. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Greg Kreller)

High Noon: Guide ‘Explains’ Idaho

The authors boil down “Idaho traditions” with two curious paragraphs: “The United States Constitution allows every citizen the right to own firearms. Hunting and shooting sports are a proud tradition in Idaho. There is a chance that you will see a person with a firearm, or see a firearm in a truck window, particularly in the small towns. This is legal and poses no danger to you. Do not be alarmed.” And: “Most Idahoans own dogs and you will see dogs in public places. You are welcome to pet the dog with the owner’s permission. It is also common to see dogs in the back of parked pickup trucks. However, these dogs are often protective and should not be approached”/2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games media guide. More in Kevin Richert’s blog here.

Question: How would you explain Idaho to overseas visitors, in 50 words or less?

Online Poll: Special Olympics

Have the Special Olympics changed your perspective of the intellectually disabled?/Idaho Statesman
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure

Parting Shot — 1/28/09

Kevin Vandeventer, 35, works out Tuesday at Gold’s Gym in north Spokane in preparation for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise in February. He will compete in cross-country skiing. Meanwhile, the Special Olympics Torch will arrive in Coeur d’Alene by boat at the Third Street docks at 8:10 a.m. Thursday and then be taken to the downtown library for a ceremony at 8:35 a.m. You can find the complete schedule for the torch’s journey through North Idaho here.

SR’s Today In Photos

Special Olympics Torch Coming Soon

Item: Local athletes heading to world stage in Boise: Special Olympics games include snowboarding, skating/Mike Prager, SR

More Info: The Olympic flame, which was lit in Athens, Greece, in November, arrives in Coeur d’Alene on Thursday for its final journey to Boise.

Question: Are you planning to watch as the Special Olympics torch passes through Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene, or other parts of North Idaho Thursday?

Special Olympics Torch Coming

But don’t let that stop people from coming down Thursday morning at 8:30 - big doings with the Special Olympics Torch entering Idaho - the Final Leg - on the way to the games in Boise and surrounding areas. One outdoor brief ceremony with great visuals at 3rd St. Dock and another indoor one at the library just a few minutes later to send the relay crews off strongly. Truly a once in a lifetime sort of event in Coeur d’Alene - we’ll have Idaho’s First Lady Lori Otter there, too/Councilman MikeK. Full comment below.

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