Scott Maben/SR reports: "Kyle Odom will return to Idaho from Washington, D.C., to face charges in last month’s shooting of a Coeur d’Alene pastor outside his church. Odom, 30, was ordered by a judge Wednesday morning to be extradited to Idaho. He faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder in the March 6 shooting of Pastor Tim Remington."
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016
Darrell Kerby had 2 words to say after moderating a "meet the candidate night" in Bonners Ferry last night: "Oh my." Afterward, he Facebooked that state Sen. Shawn Keough has no equal in the history of the 1st District when it comes to effectiveness and clout. And Darrell was dismayed by the statements and attitude of her opponent.
Herb Criner appropriately finished his coaching career and life as a state champion. Criner, who coached the Coeur d’Alene football team to a state championship in 1982, died Saturday morning. He was 81. Criner was an assistant coach last fall for his son, Scott, the head coach at Rocky Mountain High near Boise.
Republican Ted Cruz stormed to a commanding victory in Wisconsin Tuesday, denting front-runner Donald Trump’s chances of capturing the GOP nomination before the party’s convention. Democrat Bernie Sanders triumphed over Hillary Clinton but still faces a mathematically difficult path to the White House.
So Gov. Butch Otter says that something should be done about the Medicaid funding gap and then he does something -- vetoes a trailer bill that would have provide $5M+ to collect data on Idaho's gap population, etc. Well, I guess that is doing something. But I'm not sure it's helpful. Am I misreading something here?
Greg Lee and I spotted this change in the 4 Corners area during our walk along the waterfront Tuesday. It appears that Mullan Road has disappeared -- literally -- to be replaced by a street that will be called Fort Grounds Drive. The new name is hanging from a traffic lights standard at Government Way & Northwest Boulevard.
The Coeur d'Alene School Board debated a plan by the Long Range Planning Committee to sell the old Hayden Lake Elementary School, which now stands empty. Trustee Dave Eubanks urged caution: "I think we need to hang on to Hayden Lake Elementary School as a bird in the hand."
Despite environmental concerns, it's full speed ahead for jet boat races on the Coeur d'Alene River in May, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press. ... Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said he plans to sign off on a marine permit in the next week or so, allowing the race to happen on the river Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 25.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016
I see some of you have abandoned all hope for the 2016 Seattle Mariners season, after their 3-2 loss to host Texas on opening day. Before you jump off any ledges, I'd like to point out that the Mariners had tied a modern-day record by winning 9 opening days in a row. That, and $2.25 will buy you a 16-ounce cup of coffee.
Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed the Bible in schools bill, saying it violates the Idaho Constitution. “I have deep respect and appreciation for the Bible as religious doctrine as well as a piece of historic literature,” Otter wrote in his veto message. “However, allowing S1342 to become law is in direct contravention to the Idaho Constitution ..."
In the "Here We Go Again" Department, the KCRCCPAC (which isn't the local Republican Central Committee, as you are expected to believe) has circulated a flier pushing precinct committee members and a list of Tea Party candidates, including Bob Bingham for county commissioner and John Green for sheriff.
The obituary from Yates Funeral Home for Anna "Patty Duke" Pearce, 69, of Coeur d'Alene begins: "Longtime North Idaho resident Anna Marie Pearce, known professionally as Patty Duke, passed away March 29, 2016 after a brief illness, leaving behind a tremendous legacy of artistic accomplishment and public-health advocacy." Full obit below.
As it stands, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is about 60 percent of the way to the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination before the Republican National Convention is held this July in Cleveland, but he cannot reach 100 percent of what he needs until the last day of primary voting in June.
In a Facebook posts, former Bonner Daily Bee publisher David Keyes remembers curmudgeonly former county commissioner Bud Mueller, who died March 18. Mueller was the mastermind behind the "Save a Tree, Cancel the Bee" bumpersticker campaign of days gone by. And he once threatened to punch David at a candidates forum.
Donald Trump would force Mexico to pay for a border wall by threatening to cut off billions of dollars in remittances sent by immigrants living in the U.S., according to a memo released by his campaign Tuesday. The memo outlines how Trump would try to compel Mexico to pay for a 1,000-mile wall if he becomes president.
Update: Taylor Viydo/KREM 2 (@KREMTaylor) tweets several updates re: the recovery of Pastor Tim Remington of The Altar church. Remington has been at Kootenai Health for almost a week dealing with a big blood clot in his lungs. See Taylor's 3 tweets below.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a controversial "religious freedom" bill into law. The law, HB 1523, promises that the state government will not punish people who refuse to provide services to people because of a religious opposition to same-sex marriage, extramarital sex or transgender people.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.