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Parting Shot: Birds of a Feather

18 min 3 sec ago

What's the view like from your office window?

'Willie's Reserve' will soon be up in smoke

47 min 49 sec ago

The move makes the 81-year-old “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” singer the latest celebrity to jump into the marijuana marketplace.

“Willie’s Reserve” will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot is legal. Nelson said in a statement that he’s “looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market.”

Teresa Luna remains on Idaho state payroll

1 hour 17 min ago

BOISE – Despite embattled former Idaho Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna’s announced resignation, she remains on the department’s payroll at the same salary, with a new title of “program specialist.”

State records show Luna is now employed full-time as a “program specialist” for the department at a salary of $95,202 a year, the same salary she earned as director.

Last week, Keith Reynolds, who had been the finance director for the department, was named interim director. State records show he is currently employed as director at a salary of $87,048. More here. Betsy Russell, SR

Monday Wild Card 4.20.15

1 hour 18 min ago

If I could find a way to write outside on beautiful spring and summer days I would. But even when I solve the sun-glaring-on-my-laptop issue, there's the distraction of the breeze, the butterflies and the temptation to close my eyes and soak up the sun.

So, I'll labor on in my windowless office. Feel free to offer me some cheese to go with my whine :-)
Here's your Wild Card.

Chairs sit in silence 20 years after Oklahoma City bombing

1 hour 48 min ago

Biggs has the same job once held by her mother, Dr. Margaret L. “Peggy” Clark, as a food safety veterinarian at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She interacts often with some of the people who worked with and recall her mother’s professionalism.

“I remember her spirit and her dedication,” Biggs said as she and other family members gathered around an empty chair in a field of empty chairs designed to memorialize the victims of the April 19, 1995, bombing.

Downsizing

2 hours 17 min ago

“There’s such a fear,” she said. “They don’t do anything for fear of doing the wrong thing.”

Educating people about downsizing and replacing the fear with proactive options is the mission of the Senior Resource Panel, a handful of local professionals who make presentations across the region in an effort to empower not just seniors but their children and families. Erica Curless, SR

Idaho insurance exchange enrollment 4th-highest in nation

2 hours 55 min ago

More than 85,000 Idahoans signed up for health insurance plans through the state's health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho, as of the first week of April. The Idaho Press-Tribune newspaper in Nampa reports (http://bit.ly/1OPoiFi) that only Florida, Maine and Georgia had more enrollees per capita than Idaho. Your Health Idaho runs on federal money as well a 1.5 percent fee to insurance carriers on plans booked through the exchange. The marketplace's board of directors recently voted to raise the fee to 1.99 percent. The state-run exchange was launched last November as part of the Affordable Care Act. Idaho was one of a dozen states that chose to run its own exchange after the federal website encountered serious glitches.

Dumb criminal news: sea lion pup abducted

3 hours 17 min ago

A witness to the abduction said four people wrapped the pup in a blanket and left in a car around 3:20 a.m. from Dockweiler State Beach, just west of the city’s international airport, said Los Angeles police Officer Rosario Herrera. The witness said the two men and two women in their early to mid-20s were harassing and taunting the animal prior to the abduction.

The initial police report said the animal was a small seal. But a companion pup that escaped and was later found on the beach is a sea lion, according to Peter Wallerstein, the president of the group Marine Animal Rescue.

The rescued pup weighs about 25 pounds and is probably 10 months old, said Wallerstein, who stays in a trailer at the beach and was woken by security guards seeking his help. Sea lions of this size are “really small, really look cute, but they’re dangerous,” he said.

“These are wild animals.”

They’re also not fit to be kept as pets.

“The animal needs fluids, needs special treatments,” he said. “You can’t just feed it dog food. It’s not going to work.”

The federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the abduction because baby sea lions are a protected species. Police began a cruelty to animal investigation

Idahoan wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction

3 hours 56 min ago

At the presentation, Pulitzer administrator Mike Pride said that almost 3,000 entries had been reviewed to decide this year's winners. Novelist Anthony Doerr, from Boise, won for his novel, "All the Light We Cannot See."
Have you read it?

Here are the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners: Vox

Seattle beats Texas 11-10

4 hours 18 min ago

It was a display by Cruz of the many reasons Seattle paid lots during the offseason to add him to its lineup.

“Even when you hit homers you have to forget about what you do the (last) at-bat. I strike out three times and I have to forget about what happened the previous at-bats,” Cruz said. “That’s the beauty about baseball. You have a chance to do damage every time you go up there.” Read more.

Are you a MLB fan?

Controlled burns begin near Coeur d’Alene

4 hours 33 min ago

About 400 acres will be burned in drainages to the east and northeast of Hayden. Another 800 acres is scheduled for burning in the Wolf Lodge, Blue and Alder creek drainages east of Coeur d’Alene.

The timing of the burns will vary, depending on weather, moisture levels and smoke dispersal. For a complete list of planned burns, visit www.northidahorxfire.com

Ybarra's first legislative session

4 hours 47 min ago

Idaho EdNews reporter Kevin Richert examines state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s first legislative session this year; his full report is online here.

House Education Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt praised Ybarra “evolved” and grew into the job over her first three months. Ybarra’s predecessor, fellow Republican Tom Luna, was the first non-educator to hold the job and served two terms; Ybarra has made it clear she comes at the job as a career educator. For the most part, Ybarra stayed quiet during the 2015 session, Richert writes. She was a regular attendee at Senate and House education committee meetings. But when it came time for the department to testify on legislation, that role fell to former state Sen. Tim Corder, Ybarra’s legislative liaison, or to Pete Koehler, the former Nampa school superintendent serving as her interim chief deputy. More.  Betsy Russell, EOB

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Got video?

5 hours 18 min ago

When Steve and Jannice Turk opened the first Video Theater location in Post Falls in 1984, the concept of watching movies at home was still a relatively new one. Owning your own tapes was a rather expensive hobby – VCRs typically retailed for several hundreds of dollars, and a stack of VHS tapes wasn’t much cheaper – so the rental store represented an acceptable compromise.

The Turks had no real competition when they launched the store, and their initial in-store stock consisted of about 300 tapes and 20 or so loaner VCRs. Business was steady enough – and the industry developed quickly enough – that they were able to open a second store in Coeur d’Alene a couple years later.

A lot has happened in the decades that followed. Nathan Weinbender, SR 

Rand Paul says new book will wreck Clinton campaign

5 hours 42 min ago

The New York Times reported Sunday night that Paul was referring to a new book by Peter Schweitzer, "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich."

According to The Times, the tome is "proving the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy."

Schweizer, described as a former conservative political operative, will reportedly connect the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation's foreign donors to special favors delivered by Clinton's State Department.

The author will also attempt to tie the Clintons' lucrative speaking fees to government favors. Full story. Yahoo News

Updated: CdA accessibility advocate dies in ATV crash

6 hours 11 sec ago

A Coeur d’Alene man and a Lewiston woman were killed Sunday when the all-terrain vehicle they were riding went over a cliff at Bernard Overlook on the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille east of Athol.

Killed were Thomas W. McTevia, 42, the ATV driver, and his passenger, Tina A. Hoisington, 45. Neither was wearing a helmet, and both died at the scene, the Idaho State Police said.

The ATV went down a 500-foot embankment in Bonner County just east of Farragut State Park, police said. More here.

Scott Maben asked Becky Mumford, the records supervisor at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, to share her thoughts on her good friend Tom McTevia. Here is what she wrote:

"How do you put the value of friendship in words? You cannot. When I met Tom McTevia as a volunteer at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, it was a very brief encounter. He soon learned that my husband and I were both in law enforcement and the friendship between us was formed. He was taken in by our circle of friends and we have spent many evenings laughing about them and their boot camp experiences, POST Academy, hunting and camping trips, etc.

Tom was an active person who enjoyed the outdoors spending many hours on his UTV, hand cycle and kayak. He also enjoyed photography and sketching . He was active on the trails foundation and recently was interviewed about the new ADA trail on the east side of Tubbs Hill in Coeur d’Alene. He was a wonderful voice for those of the wheelchair bound community and spoke at many city council meetings.

His love for adventure and the outdoors was incredible, he was somewhat new to the northern part of the state, but was soon pointing out mountain peaks and points of interest on ATV/UTV rides. He and his son even took our son camping with them. He was someone you could trust with life’s most precious treasure, your child.

His famous saying was “I’m not disabled, I’m slightly inconvenienced.” Tom did not let his “disability” hold him back, he was more active than most able-bodied people I know.

He was more than a volunteer, he was a friend.

I think Tom summed it up best in the article written about him in Live Well CDA, “You can’t live life in fear of what might happen,” “You have to get out and enjoy the gift you’ve been given”.

 

A gentleman's game?

6 hours 18 min ago

Officers responded to the Highlands Golf Course reference a battery/ assault. It was reported that two separate parties were golfing on different holes when the second party was hitting balls into the location of the first party who was ahead of the other. A verbal argument ensued and two males confronted each other. At that time a third male ran up behind one of the original two males arguing and tackled him knocking him to the ground. The suspect fled the scene prior to our arrival, however he was identified. The area was checked with no success and a report was taken. The victim declined medical attention at the scene. (kt)

Initiative to raise minimum wage gets a thumbs-up

6 hours 48 min ago

"I love living here and I love doing business in Idaho," Skubitz said. "But it's difficult when an outside influence comes in."

The most recent outside influence, Skubitz said, is a Coeur d'Alene minimum-wage initiative spearheaded by former legislative candidate Anne Nesse and Bob Bennett, former North Idaho College president. If their group obtains the necessary 1,681 signatures from registered voters in Coeur d'Alene, residents will vote on the initiative Nov. 3.

The initiative would require employers in the city of Coeur d'Alene to pay their employees at least $8.75 and hour beginning Jan. 1, 2016. The current minimum wage is $7.25. More here. Keith Cousins, CdA Press

What was the last minimum-wage job you worked?

Slow down already

7 hours 18 min ago

POST FALLS - Speed limits were reduced on a stretch of Interstate 90 near the Greensferry overpass project one day after a man died in an accident there.

The Idaho Transportation Department issued a press release Friday announcing a new 55 mph speed limit in eastbound lanes of I-90 between the Pleasantview exit and the construction zone.

The Idaho State Police is also expected to step up patrols and cite speeders in the area.

ITD began closing one lane of the freeway this week to install a new weigh-in-motion system just east of the Greensferry project, which is being constructed by the Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency.

"We had signs posted to slow down 2 miles out," said Reed Hollinshead, a public information officer for ITD. "But people just wouldn't slow down. Read more. Jeff Selle, CdA Press

Related: Construction will close lanes overnight.

Idaho mom to travel to D.C. to fight for cannabis oil

7 hours 30 min ago

That bill was called Alexis's Law. It would have provided a legal defense for the possession of CBD oil to be used as a last-ditch treatment for severe seizures.

Clare Carey, the mother of Alexis (who has untreatable seizures and who the bill was named after), was blindsided when the governor vetoed the bill, "I was completely stunned. I didn't expect that. I didn't expect that at all."

The governor and the Director of the Idaho Office of Drug Control Policy, Elisha Figueroa, empathized with those families. But Figueroa said the bill would've bypassed the FDA and that there's not enough medical evidence showing CBD oil's effectiveness. Read more. KREM.com

Contemplating chaos in Idaho

7 hours 49 min ago

AP reporter Rebecca Boone talked with the chairman of the Idaho Supreme Court's child support guidelines advisory committee, who said if the state returns to the old system of parents having to pursue non-paying ex-spouses through the courts, they’d need to hire a lawyer, and those with out-of-state exes likely would be out of luck. You can read her full report here.

Thoughts?