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Solon: Is Idaho Was Corrupt As DC?

18 min 38 sec ago

Writing in the Coeur d'Alene Press, state Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale: As a conservative state legislator from rural Idaho, member of the House Education Committee, supporter of the Idaho Education Network (IEN), and lifelong Republican, I have been carefully watching this issue since 2009 when a state contract was awarded to connect Idaho's schools, libraries, and many state agencies with high speed Internet. The federal tax on Idahoans' phones was to pay 75 percent of the cost. Correctly done, it brings the world to Idaho students and citizens, especially in rural areas. However, when it becomes illegal and corrupt, I must speak out. Idaho citizens are watching crony capitalism in action. A rigged contract required a homegrown company, Syringa, to sue and years for justice to finally prevail. More here.

Question: Conservative Rep. Boyle must be a RINO to question the handling of the Idaho Education Network contract, right?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.21.14

30 min 45 sec ago
  • 8:45 a.m. PFPD closing down intersection of 7th/Catherine to block traffic to apartments (8:35 item).
  • 8:37 a.m. Male suffering extreme back pain @ 1100 block of Shane Drive/CdA.
  • 8:35 a.m. Arcing power line catching nearby St. Vincent de Paul apartment on fire (8:34 item).
  • 8:34 a.m. A power line is arcing and catching fire @ 701 N. Compton/Post Falls.
  • 8:26 a.m. 2-vehicle, property damage crash in Post Falls area involves uninjured children, unknown location.
  • 8:01 a.m. 65YO male suffering back pain @ Corbin Hill Road/Deer Avenue, Athol.

Jeers: Time For Solon To Go Home

44 min 18 sec ago

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, editorialist Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune jeers ... state Rep. Thyra Stevenson, R-Lewiston: "Losing re-election to Democrat Dan Rudolph did not diminish her legendary sense of entitlement. Consider her appearance at the North Idaho Chamber of Commerce Legislative Tour, where the newly elected Legislature traditionally gathers the weekend after the election. Stevenson showed up Nov. 9 at the Coeur d'Alene Inn, expecting the goodies of public office to continue flowing her way. But the tour was intended for legislators elected for the 2015-16 term. Stevenson kept pressing. She might contest the election result, she told tour officials. Unless next week's recount reverses Rudolph's 26-vote margin, he's in and she's out. Tour officials awkwardly invited Stevenson to attend the welcoming banquet -- like any other visitor -- provided she was willing to pay the $50 admission. Stevenson boorishly refused and left. Marty's full Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: How could Rep. Thyra Stevenson have handled this better?

PFHS Blanket Drive Exceeds Goal

52 min 10 sec ago

Post Falls High School junior Taylor Demute shares a laugh Thursday as she carries donated blankets at the school. Members of the PFHS Link Crew organized a blanket drive and fundraiser to benefit St. Vincent de Paul in Coeur d’Alene and the Kootenai County Humane Society. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Quilts, comforters and cozy blankets dominated a Post Falls classroom’s countertops, corners and spare cubbyholes in an overwhelming response to a student-led blanket drive for a local homeless shelter. A group of Post Falls High School teens chose a blanket drive as their annual service project to show thanks for having warmth and comfort in their lives. “A lot of people don’t have that when they are homeless,” said Zachary Smith, 16. The high school students, and teacher Samantha Starr, expected about 200 blankets. They were at 450 and counting Thursday. The group also had raised more than $1,000/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here.

Question: How cool is this?

Obama Acts On Immigration Reform

1 hour 2 min ago

President Obama chose confrontation over conciliation on Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system and all but dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions on behalf of millions of immigrants. In a 15-minute address from the East Room of the White House that sought to appeal to a nation’s compassion, Mr. Obama told Americans that deporting millions is “not who we are” and cited Scripture, saying, “We shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too.” ... His directive will shield up to five million people from deportation and allow many to work legally, although it offers no path to citizenship/Michael D. Shear, New York Times. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Did President Obama go too far with his immigration reform?

Lake City Mulls End of Ironman

1 hour 4 min ago

For the last 12 years, the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce has underwritten the Ironman Coeur d'Alene event, but now it's considering ending its sponsorship before the race slated for June 2017. Before making that decision, the chamber is seeking recommendations on how to proceed. "If we exercise this option, the race would be moved to a different community," said Steve Wilson, president of the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce. Ironman races are profit-making events owned by the World Triathlon Corporation, and for cities to host the event, an entity within the city must come forward as a sponsor. ... However, the price tag is "fairly significant" and while Wilson would not comment as to the exact price of the event, he said it's in the six-figure range every year/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo by Bruce Twitchell: Heather Wurtele crosses the finish line to be the women's winner of 2014 Ironman Coeur d'Alene)

Question: Should Coeur d'Alene continue to participate in Ironman -- or let it go?


1 hour 14 min ago

Michael Ramirez/Investor's Business Daily

Birthday Wild Card -- 11.20.14

November 20, 2014 - 5:32pm

I'm officially a Seasoned Citizen now. I reached age 65 at 1:30 this morning. I looked at my face in the mirror after shaving this morning. There's certainly more wrinkles there than there were 10 years ago. But I earned them, especially the laugh lines around the mouth and eyes. I enjoy life. I'm blessed in so many ways -- in terms of family, friends, and this cyber community. Also, I'm blessed to love and be loved by a wonderful God who changed my life dramatically at the onset of my 44-year newspaper career. And it ain't over. As I said in my very first post at Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004: "Fasten your seatbelts, you're in for a wild ride." Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 11.20.14

November 20, 2014 - 5:32pm

A surfer rides a wave during a tow-in surfing session at the Praia do Norte or North beach, in Nazare, Portugal, earlier today. A tow-in is a surf technique in which the athlete is towed into a large wave by a partner driving a jet-ski or other watercraft with an attached tow-line. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Top Comments -- 11.20.14

November 20, 2014 - 5:14pm

Top Comment -- Matthew Root (RE: Is 65 really new 40?): As Satchel Page once said (not knowing the year of his birth), "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"

Most Commented Stories -- Birthday Wild Card (23 comments), and: If Idaho politics was Fantasy Football (18 comments), and: My 2 Cents: Why I do what I do (9 comments).

Obama: 'Deport Felons, Not Families'

November 20, 2014 - 5:00pm

President Barack Obama will order immigration officers to deport "felons not families" as he wields executive power to shield five million undocumented immigrants in the most sweeping overhaul of the immigration system in decades. Obama will reject claims he is offering a free pass to undocumented immigrants and argue that "the real amnesty" would be leaving a broken system as it is now, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the White House. "Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character. What I'm describing is accountability -- a commonsense, middle ground approach," Obama will say/CNN Politics. More here. (AP photo: President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington today)

Question: Do you agree with President Obama's to the immigration problem?

Cutline Contest -- 11.20.14

November 20, 2014 - 4:45pm

Time 2 Vote ...

A man walks as goats feed in a cemetery in Caykara, on the Turkey-Syria border. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Wednesday Winner (tie, at 5 likes apiece): "Now that's a proper Brit, stiff upper lip" -- Psalm 37, and: MOLE!! BLOODY MOLE!! We're not supposed to talk about the bloody mole, but there's a bloody mole WINKING ME IN THE FACE!!" "I'm gonna cut it off, chop it up, and make some guacaMOLE!!" -- Powder Farmer. You can see Wednesday Photo and read all 9 Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.20.14

November 20, 2014 - 4:33pm
  • 5:01 p.m. Apartment resident reports vehicle on fire in garage @ Cessna Lane/Athol.
  • 4:56 p.m. Driver in pickup registered to Coeur d'Alene man possibly DUI @ I-90/MP 30 (4th of July).
  • 4:45 p.m. Driver of vehicle weaving from Ross Point Road onto Seltice Way possibly DUI.
  • 4:27 p.m. Male lost consciousness for 20 seconds while donating blood at local center.
  • 4:13 p.m. Coeur d'Alene female reports male slammed her against wall and pushed her out of house.
  • 3:44 p.m. Small grass fire reported along H95, north of M/P 450 (near Bonner County line).
  • 3:38 p.m. A child pulled fire alarm @ Children's Academy, 2231 Ironwood Center Drive/CdA.
  • 2:54 p.m. PFPD officer is planning welfare check of children in possible abusive situation.
  • 2:43 p.m. CPD officer is stopping for disabled white Honda @ south entrance to LCHS lot.
  • 2:34 p.m. Deputy tells fellow officer to relay to female that her daughter & belongings are at Nickerson Towing.
  • 2:33 p.m. Callers tell 911 that male has shot a wounded deer in the head along Lakeshore Drive/Worley.
  • 2:22 p.m. PFPD officers are looking on Henry/Post Falls for 20ish female wearing handband, suspected of shoplifting.
  • 1:45 p.m. Residential alarm sounding @ Friar/Eastshore Drive/Hayden.
  • 1:38 p.m. Residential alarm sounding @ 1300 block of Finucane/Hayden.
  • 12:54 p.m. NIC Hedlund Building being evacuated as result of fire alarm, no fire or smoke spotted.
  • 12:32 p.m. Telephone utility pole sheered in hit-and-run accident on Huetter, south of Mullan.
  • 12:06 p.m. PFPD officer tells 911 he's taking a break from runaway search.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

HucksOnline Blogos -- 11.20.14

November 20, 2014 - 2:50pm

On Facebook wall, SR photog buddy Colin Mulvany writes: "I found these Cataldo Catholic School girls taking selfies and photos of each other goofing off on a frozen Cannon Hill Pond Wednesday. I wish I could bottle the energy and joy these girls have."

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Nov 19): 7061 page-views/4406 unique views

A Neon Blackout

November 20, 2014 - 2:19pm

I was noticing that the neon Texas Roadhouse sign on the north side of the building was missing a few letters, as I was driving southbound on H95. Below the yellow outline of the state of Texas, wearing a cowboy hat, were the letters "Roa ----use." The neon on the other sides of the restaurant were lit up properly. I wonder how long it'll take for the proprietor to fix the outage?

Question: Does it bother you when signs for schools, businesses, churches, etc., are missing letters?

Wait A Dang Minute ...

November 20, 2014 - 2:17pm

... Someone on Facebook mentioned that you get a free burger at Red Robin on your birthday. Is that true? Do you remember when the old Mr. Steak (which was located south of Kootenai Medical Center, aka Kootenai Health) used to give free steak dinners on your birthday, under the ownership of Charlie Nipp?

If Idaho Politics Was Fantasy Football

November 20, 2014 - 2:03pm

What if Idaho politics was Fantasy Football -- and your goal was to pick the reddest of the red Republican to play. What would your lineup look like? Who would be the Spud State equivalent to point-producing QB Peyton Manning? Gov. Butch Otter? After all, no defensive lineman or scandal can bring him down. Your high scoring RBs? Lawerence Denney, who will be in charge of suppressing the vote as secretary of state, and Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates, who tries to keep the peace among warring GOP factions. Wayne Hoffman would be a good TE1 play (because he's an extra blocker to protect the QB in the pocket). I like Harley Brown for a flex play because he has a high upside -- he doesn't score often. But when he does the nation knows about it. Get the picture? Nonini, Souza & Sims would be low-scoring options off the bench. So do you get the idea now?

Question: Who would be on your Idaho GOP Fantasy Politics team?

Holocaust Exhibit Arrives In Lake City

November 20, 2014 - 1:46pm

Interim Director of the Human Right Education Institute (HREI) Dr. Lisa Manning walks through their traveling exhibit “Nazis Persecution of Homosexuals 1922-1945.” (Coeur d'Alene Press: Tess Freeman)

A traveling exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., has arrived at the Human Rights Education Institute. The exhibit, titled "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945," is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays until Jan. 7. This coming Saturday, the institute is hosting a grand opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Viewing of the exhibit is free and open to the public. Saturday's reception is also free and open. "We're so proud to have something of the Smithsonian-caliber," said Lisa Manning, Ph.D., interim executive director of the institute, located at 414 W. Mullan Road. Along with the Jews, the Nazis' victims during this time period included the disabled, homosexuals - primarily gay men - Soviet prisoners of war, Poles, Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses and others/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Is 65 Really New 40?

November 20, 2014 - 1:31pm
A well-wisher on Facebook commented that 65 is the new 40. For the sake of discussion ...

Question: Izzit?

Bonner Chief Deputy Faces ???

November 20, 2014 - 1:23pm

Allegations against a chief deputy are being aired amid reports of internal strife at the Bonner County Sheriff's Office. The allegations involve Undersheriff David Hale, who was accused of taking part in a racially-motivated beating of a black teenager in Tulsa, Okla., in 2008. The teen's mother filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, Hale and two other officers. The city, U.S. District Court records show, disputed the allegations and maintained the teen was arrested for obstruction after he attempted to bolt away from them during questioning. The allegations were never proven because the city decided in 2010 to pay $150,000 to settle the lawsuit. The payment was not an admission of guilt, according to court documents. Hale denied any wrongdoing during the arrest and said the suit was frivolous/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Daily Bee. More here.

Question: Hmm. I'd say there's smoke here. But no actual proof of fire. Thoughts?