A Coeur d’Alene sex offender accused of assaulting and trying to kidnap a woman he worked with last fall may plead guilty next week. Jason A. Edwards, 45, who worked at the Coeur d’Alene Press, had pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree kidnapping, battery with intent to commit a serious felony and aggravated assault in the Nov. 1 incident.
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says a Coeur d’Alene man has been sentenced for one count of insurance fraud. First District Judge Benjamin Simpson gave Zachary L. Ozuna-Wilbur a one year fixed and a one year indeterminate prison sentence, ordered him to pay $1,151 in restitution to Geico Insurance and the Idaho Department of Insurance.
In his Slice column, Paul Turner lists the 5 stages of dandelions, beginning with Stage 1 -- Denial (If you ignore them, maybe they'll go away.) Question: When it comes to dandelions, are you tolerant of them? Intolerant? Don't care?
The daily roundup of posts from the Huckleberries Online blogosphere includes: Your weekly planner/On Tap, Better water/Randy Stapilus, Week in Review/Better Idaho, Political chaos/Dogwalk Musings, Wildlife cams bring nature home/Outdoors, Catch authors Vestal & Ligon Tuesday/7 Blog, The heat goes on & the voting, too/Slight Detour ...
Wayne Hoffman, of Idaho Freedom Foundation, is circulating a video to media and legislators explaining his organization's controversial "Freedom Index." Hoffman writes: "We've found there seems to be some misconceptions about what the Index is and what the Index does and why we put so much effort into rating legislation each year." (Video below)
For the two years Lindsey Smith has been riding Citylink for free, she has found the bus transit system reliable as well as economical for her to get around. So the Coeur d'Alene woman did a double-take when she heard about a planned cashless fare system to ride the bus. "All good things must come to an end," Smith said while waiting for the bus.
"Thankfully, many lawmakers have begun to see the Freedom Foundation for what it really is: a lobbying group seeking influence, not a think tank or a media outlet deserving of much attention" -- Twin Falls Times-News.
In a recent editorial, the Twin Falls Times News comments on the dismal failure of opponents to gather enough signatures to close the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Center in Twin Falls: "The measure wasn't just squashed, it was obliterated. Overwhelmingly rejected, vanquished and snuffed, resoundingly."
In a recent editorial, the Twin Falls Times-News called the "Freedom Index" of the Idaho Freedom Foundation meaningless. "Legislators shouldn’t be beholden to any special interest, but especially not the Idaho Freedom Foundation," writes the Times-News editorialist. "The group takes a hardline position on every issue."
SR editorial: "Bad news for unsafe drivers. It’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Idaho and Washington law enforcement agencies are in the midst of emphasis patrols. Legislators in both states could assist this effort by updating laws on cellphone use. Idaho badly needs to update its seat belt law."
It is illegal to have six shots while carrying a 6-shooter in Idaho drinking establishments. But when a patron does it anyway, what’s a bar or restaurant owner to do? Law enforcement officials and alcohol beverage industry groups alike are using the passage of Idaho's "Constitutional Carry Bill” as an avenue to educate individuals on the law.
First District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador kicked off his re-election campaign with two $50-a-plate fundraisers, one in Coeur d’Alene at the Idaho Wildlife Museum in Riverstone that drew 90 people. ... He had harsh words for Washingtonm, D.C., colleagues: "Today’s political climate in Washington is the result of poor leadership."
The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes: Otter signs AG budget bill/EOBoise, Free rides to end on CityLink/Press, Man dies in rollover near Rathdrum/Press, County mulls Post Falls DMV office/Press, Labrador kicks off re-election campaign/EOBoise, Passage of permitless care bill creates questions/Press + more ...
By a lopsided margin, Hucks Nation favors incumbent Kootenai County Commissioner David Stewart in his re-election race against challenger Chris Fillios. 228 of 354 respondents (64.41%) favor Stewart. Today's Poll: Should the county sheriff decide on the constitutionality of laws as well as enforce them?
Don Brockett, former Spokane County prosecutor, responds to the lead item in my Sunday Huckleberries column. In the item, John Green, the constitutional sheriff candidate running as a Republican, embraces the endorsement of controversial "Sheriff Richard Mack." I said I prefer sheriffs who enforce the law rather than interpret it.
In a weekend editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune applauds AG Lawrence Wasden for not being the yes man that Gov. Butch Otter and GOP legislative leaders want. Wasden's independence has been a bright light in Idaho's single-party politics that tend to play follow-the-leader even when the leader is wrong.
Chairman Neil Oliver of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee seems to be OK with shadowy PAC group that shares same acronym, the Kootenai County Republican Concerns Citizens. "It is a fine line. It is a similar acronym," he told the Press. Oliver is OK with the ploy because the group used its full name on a endorsement flier.
In its Sunday edit, the Coeur d'Alene Press applauds Idaho Gov. Butch Otter for standing against the Patriot Act in its formative years and the Idaho "Freedom" Foundation now. Also for vetoing an unconstitutional bill involving the Bible. Now, the Press says, Otter needs to make nice w/another good public servant, AG Lawrence Wasden.
"Under the Rainbow," a $110,000 city public art investment, was supposed to be a vibrant, welcoming structure at the gateway between downtown, the lakefront and the grand new McEuen Park. Instead, many were disappointed by its lack of illumination, so the Arts Commission contacted the artist to discuss its underperformance and work on a fix
A handful of elected precinct committee members may be involved in the formation of a controversial political action committee, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press. An 2014 email sent by Jennifer Locke contained endorsement info for 2 legislative districts. It was sent to six precinct committee members and two others including Brent Regan.
The lead item of Sunday Huckleberries features the endorsement of John Green for Kootenai County sheriff by "Constitutional Sheriff" movement jumbo "Sheriff Richard" Mack. Sheriff Mack founded the Constitutional Sheriffs and Police Officers Association. And Green wants to emulate him, if he's elected sheriff in Kootenai County on his 2nd try.
It's time-to-do-my-taxes weekend. I usually get them done a week earlier. But I've been busy this spring running this three-ring circus, called Huckleberries Online. I spent almost my entire day inside of viewtiful spring Friday yesterday. I don't intend to repeat that this weekend. The taxes can wait until night.