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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?

Leach speaks about Day 1

COUGARS

FROM LEWISTON — Back in Pullman now, and with our newspaper story filed, we'll pass along some quotes from coach Mike Leach's media session after the Cougars opened camp earlier this afternoon.

Second-grader from Lewiston wins holiday card art contest

This image of birch trees on a winter night was created by a second-grader, Benicio Avila of Lewiston, who goes to Orchards Elementary School. It's been selected as the grand prize winner in the State Department of Education's 2012 Holiday Card Contest, and will be featured on cards sent to schools, districts and others; the young artist also will receive a certificate and copies of the greeting card to share with family and friends. “We are so proud of Benicio Avila for being selected as the statewide holiday art contest winner,” said Joy Rapp, Superintendent of the Lewiston School District. “His artwork is unique, and he has already developed his own style. His card is an amazing example of art work as a creative form of expression.”

Pro angler to speak at steelhead derby opening ceremony

FISHING — Anglers registered for the annual steelhead fishing derby on the Clearwater and Snake Rivers will be given food, prizes and information at the opening ceremonies on Friday (Nov. 16) in Lewiston.

Activities that formerly were split at the beginning and end of the derby will combined in the opening event of the 2012 Kendall Subaru Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby, organizers say.

As this advance story revealed, the event itself has a pair of new twists that will please traveling anglers, especially those from Washington.

Prizes, including a guided fishing trip and a $1,000 Cabela's gift card, will be awarded Opening Ceremony, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday at Kendall Subaru. Registered anglers also get dinner and they can purchase additional meals for their non-fishing guests.

Chevy USA is flying Pro Angler, Dion Hibdon, from Missouri to speak on fishing techniques.

Derby registration forms are available at Tri-State Outfitters, Camp, Cabin, and Home, Riverview Marina, at the Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce or online.

Anglers will receive a complimentary Mag Lip 3.5 lure when registering for the derby.

Info: Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce,509.758.7712.

Clearwater-Snake Steelhead Derby returns to Thanksgiving

By popular demand, the annual Kendall Subaru Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby will be held Nov. 17-24 to allow anglers to take advantage of a national holiday — Thanksgiving.

In addition, the 2012 Kendall Subaru Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby will include Washington waters.

Adding miles of new water should help boost entries in the event organized by the Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce. Chamber officials obtained a permit from the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department to make the change.

 The fishing contest will extend westward and include the portion of the Snake River that’s solely in Washington. In past years, anglers were allowed to fish only in Idaho waters. That rule eliminated popular spots west of the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, such as the mouth of Steptoe Canyon, which is known for harboring large fish.

 The old boundaries also spawned rumors of some anglers cheating by entering fish that were caught downriver.

Adding Washington waters allows The Waters Edge tackle shop in Clarkston to participate as a weigh station.

“I bet you see participation up 200 to 300 people from what it has been the last three years,” Randy Krall, owner of the Lewiston tackle shop Camp, Cabin and Home, told the Lewiston Tribune. “We think the chamber has done a really good job and we appreciate them listening to our concerns.”

Information about the tournament is available from Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce, (509) 758-7712.

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?

Viewers in Clarkston and Lewiston can now get ABC full HD signals

KXLY Broadcast Group has completed upgrades to HD signals for viewers in the Lewiston-Clarkston area.

A press release noted that ABC 4 HD flipped the switch on July 16 and now is broadcasting in full HD from atop the Lewiston-Clarkston Grade on UHF Channel 44.

To receive the HD signal viewers  need to “re-scan” for channels on their HD flatscreen TV or digital converter boxes connected to a UHF rooftop antenna.  Antennas should be aimed northward towards the grade.

  

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.

Clearwater Paper completes Lewiston sawmill sale

Clearwater Paper Corp. has completed the sale of its Lewiston sawmill to Idaho Forest Group of Coeur d'Alene.

The $30 million transaction included the sawmill, planer mill, dry kilns, and related assets along with log and finished goods inventories and timber under contract.

As part of the sale, the two companies have entered into a long-term fiber supply agreement with the goal of delivering consistent supplies of chips and sawdust to Clearwater Paper's Lewiston pulp mill from Idaho Forest Group mills.

Idaho Supreme Court rules Lewiston stormwater fee an unconstitutional tax

The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled against the city of Lewiston in a lawsuit challenging the city's stormwater utility fee as an unconstitutional tax because it wasn't authorized by the state Legislature. The lawsuit, brought by the Lewiston School District, Lewis-Clark State College, Nez Perce County, the Port of Lewiston and the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District, was successful at the District Court level, but the city appealed; the high court now has upheld District Judge John Bradbury's ruling invalidating the fee. You can read the court's unanimous decision here, which was written by Justice Warren Jones.

Lewiston ranked among Top 10 sportsman’s towns; Spokane not listed

HUNTING/FISHNG — Bend, Ore., is tops and Lewiston, Idaho is sixth in Outdoor Life magazine's just-released list of the “Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen” for 2011.

Lewiston dropped from No. 1 in the rankings in 2009 and No. 4 last year despite great runs of steelhead and salmon.  What the…?  The town must be going to the dogs.

But Spokane is even worse off, ranking No. 184 in 2009 but dropping off the list this year.

The magazine bills the annual ranking as an exhaustive list of the best places to live for those who love the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, plus a high quality of life and suitability for families. The magazine also gave greater consideration to towns that boast low unemployment rates, high household incomes and low cost of living.

Other Inland Northwest towns in the list and their rankings include: 32 Sandpoint, 38 Kalispell, 56 Moses Lake, 60 Orofino, 61 Dillon, 79 Coeur d'Alene, 82 Missoula, 85 Salmon, 99 Winthrop.

Washington's only entries in the list are: 103 Port Angeles and 150 Shelton.

Click here to see the complete list  and detals of the top 200 outdoor towns.

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?

Llama on the lam in Lewiston

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A llama is still on the loose in Lewiston. Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Madison says they still haven’t identified the owner of the llama, which has been helping itself to neighborhood gardens and shrubbery for just over a week. Madison says if an opportunity arises, officers will try to safely and humanely bring it in. KLEW-TV reports the sheriff’s department is seeking information on the owner of the pack animal.

About that “stimulus package” clinic

The White House and Washington state’s two Democratic senators were very happy to announce this week that a small piece of the stimulus package was headed to Spokane for a new medical clinic.

Community Health Association of Spokane was awarded a $1.3 million grant  Monday from the Health and Human Services Department’s portion of the Recovery Act. (Forgive me for referring to seven figures of money as small, but we’re becoming so used to trillions that a million sounds picayune.)

Good for jobs, with unemployment moving up to 10 percent around here. Good for health, considering that those unemployed workers are also, mostly, uninsured. Good for the stimulus package.

Except that the clinic isn’t going to be in Spokane…