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Retracing Titanic Voyage

A passenger of the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship reenacts the famous pose of actress Kate Winslet from the film 'Titanic' aboard the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship in the Atlantic Ocean, Thursday, April 12, 2012. Nearly 100 years after the Titanic went down, the cruise with the same number of passengers aboard is setting sail to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise departed Sunday from Southampton, England, where the Titanic left on its maiden voyage and the 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner. With 1,309 passengers aboard, the MS Balmoral will follow the same route as the Titanic and organizers are trying to recreate the onboard experience minus the disaster from the food to a band playing music from that era. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Question: Given your current circumstances, would you have booked passage on the original Titanic with Rose in the first-class section on the upper deck or with Jack in steerage?

Titanic Passenger Was Idaho Bound

Was anybody aboard the Titanic on April 14, 1912, from Idaho? There were 2,224 people aboard the R.M.S. Titanic that fateful night when the “unsinkable” pride of the White Star Line struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. (Exact passenger and crew figures are unknown.) The ship was on its maiden voyage. One passenger from Finland was headed for Idaho. He was Antti Wilhelm Sivola, a 21-year-old “general labourer” who boarded the Titanic in Southampton, England, as a passenger in the third class section. The passenger list records his hometown as Mountain Home. Why was he headed for Idaho? Had he ever been there before? Did he have relatives or friends in Idaho who urged him to come? Antti Sivola was from Strmfors, a town in southern Finland 57 miles from Helsinki. The ship's records show that he paid one pound, 18 shillings and six-pence for his ticket. That would be about 680 in today's money/Syd Albright, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (AP file photo: Leonardo DiCarpio, left, and Kate Winslet are shown in a scene from the 3-D version of James Cameron’s romantic epic “Titanic”)

Question: Has circumstance ever kept you from a misfortune that befell others?

Looking Back At Titanic

Wearing period costumes, British passenger Jacki Free holds her daughter, name not given, as the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship sails from Southampton, England. A cruise carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago set sail from England on Sunday to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Question: Do you plan to see James Cameron's 3D version of “Titanic”?

Today’s highlights

Spokane Valley Heritage Museum Executive Director Jayne Singleton highlights a photograph of Titanic's grand staircase on display in the museum's exhibit about the April 15, 1912, sinking of the ship. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Here we are, having yet another rainy day. But it's also Thursday, which means there are some great stories from the Valley Voice to read while you have your coffee. The Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday to provide $30,000 in lodging tax funding to Valleyfest. This is the second round of allocations of lodging tax money for 2012 and there was a bit of a furor when Valleyfest didn't get funded in the first round.

In other news from the city, Spokane Valley Public Works Director Neil Kersten has confirmed that he is leaving the city sometime in May. He's one of the few department heads left who has been with the city since the beginning. He'll be going back to Alaska, where all his children and grandchildren live.

The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum has opened a new exhibit on the Titanic as the 100th anniversary of the sinking approaches. The exhibit includes information on local passengers who went down with the ship.

The town of Rockford is trying again to pass a one-year replacement levy to help fund the town's fire department. The levy failed in November, though is did get 56.71 percent approval. The levy requires a 60 percent supermajority to pass. The levy, which is on the April 17 ballot, would provide nearly 40 percent of the department's annual budget.

Titanic Artifacts To Be Auctioned

John Zaller, creative director of Premier Exhibitions, discusses objects from the Titanic’s Verandah Cafe on display in the “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at the Discovery Times Square Exposition in New York, in this 2009 file photo. The owner of the largest trove of artifacts salvaged from the Titanic is putting the vast collection up for auction as a single lot in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the world’s most famous shipwreck. Story here. (AP Photo/RMS Titanic, Inc., a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc.)

Question: Which Titanic artifact would you most like to own?

Today’s fun video: Sinking of the what?

A reference in last night’s post on the Republicans throwing around nautical metaphors may have had many readers going “Huh? Sinking of the What?”

The song is actually “The Legend of the USS Titanic”, and while it was a staple of late night pirate radio in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, it’s probably not well known or long-remembered.

So here, for the curious or the nostalgic, is a YouTube video version. It’s long, and takes two videos…