On Monday, we'll enter our third month of the circus known as the Idaho Legislature. So far, it has been entertaining, embarrassingly so. Vito provided the laughs last week. And it's anyone's guess which of our local legislators will be making headlines next week. I'm not as bothered as I used to be about the negative national attention Vito & Co. bring to Idaho. Most people don't know the difference between Idaho and Iowa. If you can't have good government, at least have entertaining government. See you back at Hucks Central Monday. Here's your Wild Card ...
This undated file photo shows actors in the TV series "Star Trek," from left, Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy and James Doohan as Commander Scott. Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr. Spock in “Star Trek” died today in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. (AP Photo/Paramount Television ,File)
Wow! What a wild, fun week. First, we had state Rep. Vito Barbieri laying claim to the Most Clueless Kootenai County Legislator for the 2015 session by losing a battle of wits with Dr. Julie Madsen on Monday. And making national headlines. Then, we had the unconstitutional attempt by a Kootenai County precinct committeeman to name Idaho as a "Christian state." Which also made national headlines. I suspect that the national news media pays closer attention to Kooky County than other places in Flyover Country because our antics are worth such attention. Here's your TGIF Wild Card ...
They're both in the same Lake Pend Oreille school district, but Sandpoint High School and Clark Fork Junior/Senior High School have some pretty major differences. Sandpoint High's in the comparatively urban tourist town of Sandpoint, while Clark Fork's about 30 miles away, in a much more rural area. Sandpoint High has 967 students enrolled. Clark Fork only has 88. And Sandpoint still serves hot lunch. At Clark Fork, hot lunches are no longer an option. Yesterday, KREM reported on the frustrated Clark Fork community members — unsatisfied with the quality of the lunches (complaints range from stale bread to sour milk) — who have banded together to serve homemade hot lunch to students anyway/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here.
Question: Do you remember eating hot lunches at school as a kid?
- 5:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Feb. 26-27 here.
- 5:09 a.m. Possible illegal burn reported @ Frederick St/10th Ave, Post Falls.
- 4:56 p.m. Traffic lights are malfunctioning @ H95/Lancaster Ave, Hayden.
- 4:45 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Department property crimes report for Feb. 26-27 here.
- 4:37 p.m. Coeur d'Alene family is arguing over Child Protective Services complaint filed against father.
- 4:31 p.m. Dog bite victim on 4300 block of Varnum Road wants to see officer re: dog bite.
- 4:22 p.m. 14YO Post Falls student may have dislocated knee on baseball field.
- 4:07 p.m. girls are playing near RR tracks near West Ridge Elementary, 1758 Clarkfork Parkway/Post Falls.
- 3:59 p.m. For 3rd time this week, fire alarm has sounded @ Athol Baptist Church, 29450 H95.
- 3:32 p.m. Ambulance needed to take patient from Kootenai Health to Hospice House.
- 3:01 p.m. Officer at H95/H58 crash (2:45 item) doesn't think driver drunk but says there's a "medical issue" going on.
- 2:54 p.m. Male driver of sedan is aggressive, passing on right side on n/b Spokane Street/Post Falls.
- 2:49 p.m. I-90 BOSS hit on black 2003 Ford pickup, which may be driven by a wanted male.
- 2:45 p.m. Possible DUI driver has crashed into ditch @ H95/H58, near Coeur d'Alene Casino/Worley.
- 1:58 p.m. Manager of Check into Cash doesn't know how false alarm was set off (1:55 item).
- 1:57 p.m. Abandoned 1993 green Toyota 4Runner is parked @ e/b I-90/MP 15.5 (Sherman Ave/CdA exit).
- 1:55 p.m. Holdup alarm sounding from Check into Cash, 503 W. Appleway/CdA.
- 1:02 p.m. Skyway Elementary, 6621 N. Courcelles Parkway/CdA, is conducting a fire drill.
- 12:48 p.m. Caller reports homeless male beating his head against wall, hurting dog, at unknown CdA location.
- 12:46 p.m. Unconscious person reported @ 8500 block of Maple St/Hayden.
- 12:41 p.m. Burglar alarm at entryway sounding @ North Star Church, Ramsey Road/Prairie Ave, Hayden.
- AM Scanner Traffic
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gestures while addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Thursday Winner -- DFO, with 7 likes: "House District 2 legislators Vito, Vick & Redman listen attentively while Dr. Madsen explains where babies come from." You can see Thursday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
In case you think only Hucks Nation is disenchanted with the 2015 Idaho Legislature, think again. In a Coeur d'Alene Press poll over a week of more, 68% (528 votes) rated the Legislature "Godawful," awarding it an F grade. Another 20% (153 votes) rates the Legislature "average" or "poor" for a C or D grade. Only 12% (95 votes) rated the Legislature "excellent, or grades of A or B. In a similar poll on Feb 13, 67% of Hucks Nation awarded F's to the Legislature and another 16.5% gave D's.
The University of Idaho and Sun Belt Conference have released the 2015 football schedules this morning. Idaho athletic director Rob Spear did a bit of work adjusting the non-conference schedule. Originally slated to open the season at USC, the Vandals will now open on Thursday Sep. 3 hosting Ohio before traveling to USC on Sep. 12. The Vandals were then slated to head to Auburn the week after playing USC, but that game has been moved to the 11th game of the season on Nov. 21. Playing money games in November is common practice for SEC teams, as losing conference games late in the season can be crippling for the College Football Playoff race/SportsLink. More here.
Question: USC? Auburn? Do you suppose Idaho can conjure another mini-hurricane to grab the money and not play a la Florida in 2014?
Idaho Freedom Foundation executive Wayne Hoffman makes a point during a late-morning lunch meeting with North Idaho supporters at Templin's Red Lion resort in Post Falls earlier today. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
The 18th annual Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Human Rights Banquet will feature the story of how the people and the City of Rock Hill, S.C., corrected a racial injustice after 54 years in municipal court on Jan. 28, 2015. The story began in February 1961 when eight African American college students from Rock Hill Friendship Junior College joined with Thomas Gaither from the Congress of Racial Equality with a sit-in at the local lunch counter of the McCrory Variety Store challenging the segregation policy of “Whites Only”. They were arrested and charged and convicted of trespassing and breach of peace. They became known as the “Friendship 9”/Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations news release. More here.
In this Marianne Love/Slight Detour photo, Gonzaga Bulldog point guard Kevin Pangos picks out a basketball to begin warmups before last night's game with visiting San Diego. In her post, "United We Zag," Marianne offers words to go with an array of photos of her visit to the Kennel. Story and more photos here.
- Two by two/On Tap
- Uber & unter/Fort Boise
- Day After -- San Diego/SportsLink
- Ancestry spins my head/Simple Mind
- (Un)bored kids: Ducks & pucks/7 Blog
- Another weird place in my city/Clarksville
- To be an Idaho citizen, Part 2/Faithful Geek
- One down side to commuting by bike/The Slice
- Corps completes Snake-Clearwater dredging/Outdoors
- You get a win, you get a win, and you get a win/Grip on Sports
HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Feb. 26): 11,319 page-views/7156 unique views
LastDemoInIdaho: I would love for DFO to start a thread focusing on this issue -- the blatant use of the internet by ISIS and other terrorists. I find it hard to believe that there isn't some method to invade their websites of origin in some manner, to destroy their ability to send such garbage out. If hackers from China or Russia or the Ukraine can get into the computers of the Pentagon or Sony or Target, why can't our own hackers do the same to ISIS? Hope there are some technically brilliant HBO folks out there to answer this question.
Question: Can anyone explain why we can't hack the ISIS Web sites?
IdahoWhipple (RE: Author defends "Christian state"):As a World History Teacher I am guilty of several of his accusations. I do teach my students about Islam. Imagine that....teaching about one of the world's fastest growing religions and the impact it's had on our world. I do require them to know the five Pillars of Islam. After all, isn't it good to know what "drives" a particular group of people. I also share with them my experiences I had in Iraq when dealing with Iraqi people...their customs, how to interact with them, etc. I am further guilty of teaching about Christianity as well. Oh the horrible things being taught in my classroom.
Question: Do you know much about the major religions in our world?
Driven by the story of a gay teen’s suicide, a Boise lawmaker has introduced a law that would require school districts to take stronger steps to prevent bullying. Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, said she was moved after hearing Julie Zicha testify at the “Add the Words” hearing in January. “Her son was just mercilessly bullied and ended up taking his own life,” Rubel said. Zicha’s 19-year-old son, Ryan, killed himself in 2011, after spending his teenage years being tormented and beaten by some of his peers at his high school Pocatello. Zicha has become an outspoken advocate against bullying and for gay rights since then. Rubel said she has heard from many other people who have been bullied since she started to work on the legislation/Nathan Brown, Twin Falls Times News. More here.
Question: Does Idaho need a bill to crack down on bullying?
From left, Lynn Schwindel, Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation commissioner Scott Cranston, John Bruning and Jon Ingalls, all of Coeur d’Alene, study a master plan map of potential Four Corners and downtown projects during a workshop in the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Thursday evening. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Devin Heilman)
From carousels to skate parks to ball fields to public trails, it seems everyone has an opinion about what to do with the Four Corners plan. Organizations and businesses that are or potentially could be involved with developing the Four Corners area had maps and posters on display for community members to view during a public workshop Wednesday evening in the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. People were encouraged to share their thoughts through comment cards and many organizational leaders and representatives were on standby. "I'm interested in the museum," said Jay Broderick of Coeur d'Alene, who stopped into the workshop for curiosity's sake. It was his first time attending a community input event. "Coeur d'Alene's looking really nice from Higgens Point down to beyond Riverstone, and this is a big part of it," he said. "This is pretty interesting"/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Which part of the Four Corners project interests/concerns you most?
On Feb. 27, 2014, we were discussing this post on Huckleberries Online:
And the answer is -- Toby Schindelbeck. The question: Who is the candidate that the Rally Right/UCNI wing of the Kootenai County GOP will field to run against state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene? In a Coeur d'Alene Press ad today, Bob Pedersen's Rally Right organization invited people to come hear from Schindelbeck at a meeting scheduled for Nate's Pizza, H41/Mullan, at 6 p.m. Monday. On his toby4Idaho.com blog, Schindelbeck is described as "a principled conservative leader." He goes on the attack against Malek immediately by pointing out that the freshman legislator supported Obamacare. You can read the campaign material (under news/blog) here. I suspect that Schindelbeck hasn't been in Coeur d'Alene long because he ran for the Chico (Calif.) City Council in 2012. More here. (Photo from Toby Schindelbeck House District 4A candidate Facebook page)
Question: Do you think Toby Schindelback has a future in elected politics in Idaho?
Compensation for Avista Corp.’s top executive nearly doubled last year, as a result of bonuses and increases in pension values. Scott Morris, chairman and chief executive officer of the Spokane-based utility, received nearly $5.5 million in total compensation in 2014, compared to $2.9 million in 2013. Morris’s base salary grew 3 percent to $723,461, according to the company’s preliminary proxy statement filed Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He also received two cash bonuses/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.
Question: Worth every penny?
At Old School North Idaho, Keva Wolfe posts this photo of Gridley's Men's Store at 3rd St/Sherman Ave. By the time I got to town in September 1984, Gridley's had become Harvey's. The owner of Harvey's, I believe, served on the City Council in the mid-1980s. But I can't remember his name. Do you remember Gridley's?
- 11:51 a.m. A dog is running loose on St. Maries Ave/CdA.
- 11:46 a.m. A Beagle named Chester is running loose @ Mill Ave/CdA, near railroad tracks.
- 11:33 a.m. Someone has been hurt in a fall @ 200 block of W. Hanley Ave/CdA.
- 11:31 a.m. Ambulance transports injured motorcyclist to Kootenai Health (11:16 item).
- 11:16 a.m. Motorcyclist down on pavement, injured, after single-vehicle crash @ H95/Sunset Ave, CdA.
- 11:09 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 3500 block of Calzado Drive/CdA.
- 11:03 a.m. Officer locates runaway juvenile @ 5300 block of N15th St/Dalton Gardens.
- 10:51 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 1600 block of Havichur Loop/Post Falls.
- 10:43 a.m. Possible animal abuse reported @ 2700 block of N. Howard St/CdA.
- 10:34 a.m. Ambulance needed to transported from Kootenai Health to Hospice House.
- 10:32 a.m. PFPD officer initiating traffic stop on "Jesse" 16th Ave/Jag St, Post Falls (9:23 item).
- 10:19 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Fairwinds Retirement Community, 2340 Seltice Way/CdA.
- 9:23 a.m. Resident of 13th Ave/Post Falls reports "Jesse" in black sedan w/broken window keeps driving by, honking.
- 9:21 p.m. Caller is concerned that female in domestic dispute left his home at 1 a.m. but didn't return to her CdA home.
- 9:08 a.m. Possible animal abuse reported in parking lot of Post Falls Super 1.
- 9:07 a.m. Someone is suffering stomach pain @ 1000 block of Elm Ave/CdA.
- 9:02 a.m. CdA resident reports someone has been sleeping in Ford van in front of her residence.
- 8:33 a.m. Abandoned vehicle reported @ n/b H95/MP 413 (Elder Road/Worley area).
6415 N Ramsey Rd & Hanley