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Library patron caught viewing porn

February 2, 2016 - 1:52pm

Post Falls PD Swing Shift Facebooks from Monday: "Employees caught a male breaking the rules and looking at pornography. When they asked the male to leave he refused and continued to argue with employees. Officers responded and were unable to locate the male. The library was adamant about issuing him a trespass warning from the library."


Adele: Quit using my music

February 2, 2016 - 1:48pm

In this AP file photo, singer Adele performs during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Adele is asking presidential candidates to stop using her music at their campaign events. "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” a spokesman for the singer said in a statement today. Trump has played the British singer’s "Rolling in the Deep" in Oklahoma and the "Skyfall" theme at an event in Ohio. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee also posted a parody video of Adele's “Hello,” which was muted after Adele's team intervened. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Wedeln: Hate winter? Why live here?

February 2, 2016 - 1:15pm

Wedeln6969: "I can never figure out why people who hate winter live here. We have winters. Gets dark. Gets cold. Freezes. Snows. They aren't the winters they used to be due to global warming but this ain't so cali. Ski. Snowshoe. Snowmobile. Ice fish. Ride unicorns in the magical forests. But don't hate the winter! It makes our summers that much more perfect."

Question: Do you hate North Idaho winters?

Obama OKs fed aid for North Idaho

February 2, 2016 - 1:10pm

President Barack Obama has signed a second disaster declaration for Idaho and ordered federal aid. The president signed the declaration on Monday due to severe winter storms in December in northern Idaho that closed roads and knocked out power. The money can be used by state and local governments and some private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis to reimburse applicants for emergency work in Benewah, Bonner and Kootenai counties/Associated Press. More here.

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Panel nixes science, humanities rules

February 2, 2016 - 12:53pm

A pending rule covering new science and humanities standards is in limbo after members of the House Education Committee complained about the public input process surrounding the creation of the standards, Idaho EdNews reports. Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, led the effort to reject the rule in the House committee this morning, which covers numerous academic standards, including science standards pertaining to the age of the Earth, creation of the universe and global warming/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Edit: 'Sheriff Dave' is real patriot

February 2, 2016 - 11:25am

In an editorial Saturday, the Oregonian identified the real patriot of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation debacle: Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward:

It turns out there's been a true patriot in Harney County all along. His name is Dave Ward. When the armed militants arrived and occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, they called themselves patriots and twisted a reading of the U.S. Constitution to suit their purposes. Among other things, they argued public lands never really belonged to all Americans and that the federal government had no legal standing to manage them. But they should have had that conversation more fully with Ward, better known in Burns and around the county as Sheriff Dave, because it's likely Ward could have set them straight/Oregonian Editorial Board. More here.

Question: How would you describe a true American patriot?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 2.2.16

February 2, 2016 - 11:21am
  • 11:38 a.m. Chest Pain -- 3600 Stevens Place/CdA.
  • 11:34 a.m. Angry Male -- 40ish male is yelling at houses & passing cars @ s/b Atlas Road/Hanley Ave, CdA.
  • 11:31 a.m. Disabled Vehicle -- Service Master cleaning van parked along w/b off-ramp @ I-90/4th St, CdA.
  • 11:22 a.m. General Illness -- 8800 block of N Torrey Lane/Hayden.
  • 11:19 a.m. Pornography -- KCSOffice visitor wants to talk to deputy re: found pornography.
  • 11:18 a.m. Fire Alarm -- Hayden Library, 8385 Govt Way, triggers alarm while testing it.
  • 11:07 a.m. Domestic Dispute -- 24YO son refuses to leave father's home @ Dakota Ave/Ramsey Road, Hayden.
  • 10:58 a.m. General Illness -- 1300 block of E Indiana Ave/CdA.
  • 10:39 a.m. Malfunctioning Lights -- Signal @ w/b Garwood Road/H95 hasn't cycled in 6 turns.
  • 10:17 a.m. Stolen Gas -- Officer reports car taken by disturbed male wanted in Holiday drive off today. (10:16 item)
  • 10:16 a.m. Psychotic Male -- 45YO male, off meds, has taken parents' car w/o permission.
  • 9:39 a.m. Injury Fall -- Creek Side Inn Assisted Living, 240 E Kathleen Ave/CdA.
  • 9:24 a.m. Loose Dog -- Dog & owner reunited (9:07 item).
  • 9:23 a.m. Burglar Alarm -- 7600 block of Huetter Road.
  • 9:18 a.m. General Illness -- 60YO female in & out of consciousness @ Trails End/Mallory Road, Rathdrum.
  • 9:07 a.m. Loose Dog -- Shaw St/Helen St, Hayden.

House OKs computer science ed

February 2, 2016 - 11:18am

The House has voted 66-2 in favor of launching a computer science education initiative in Idaho’s public schools, with just Reps. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, objecting. The legislation, sponsored by House Education Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, calls for the state’s STEM Action Center board, the state Board of Education, and the state Department of Education to collaborate on the process, including adopting computer science learning standards, providing for training for Idaho teachers, distributing grants to schools and teachers, setting up an online portal with instructional resources, and more/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Reps. Heather Scott and Shannon McMillan objected to this common-sense approach to education in the 21st Century? Why am I not surprised. Thoughts?

AM: H41 trail project set this spring

February 2, 2016 - 10:10am

In this Coeur d'Alene Press file photo, members of the Post Falls City Council and Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency examine field and traffic conditions for the Highway 41 pedestrian trail project during a site visit. The project is expected to begin this spring. Story here. (Jerome Pollos/Coeur d'Alene Press file photo)

Poll: Most not caucus participants

February 2, 2016 - 9:44am
  • Monday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation has never participated in a political party caucus. 142 of 209 respondents (67.94%) said they have never participated in a caucus. The Democrats use the caucus method to choose delegates for their national party convention. Idaho Republicans did so four years ago but have returned to the primary process for 2016. Only 66 of 209 respondents (31.58%) have participated in a caucus. 1 (0.48%) was undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you plan to vote in the GOP presidential primary Tuesday, March 8?

Biggest Loser: Donald Trump

February 2, 2016 - 9:14am

The Hill provides the biggest winners & losers in the Iowa caucuses. Winners included: Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders & Marco Rubio. The biggest loser was, of course, Donald Trump:

The business mogul had led most polls, nationally and in Iowa, for months, but he failed his first real test. Defeat here is a big blow to Trump, puncturing any sense that he could roll over the rest of the field on his way to the nomination. Trump sought to put a brave face on his loss, looking ahead to New Hampshire and promising he would ultimately win the nomination. But questions will now grow much sharper over whether the Trump phenomenon is for real. More here.

Question: Is this the beginning of the end for Donald Trump?

Idaho seeks clout in prez primaries

February 2, 2016 - 8:53am

Idaho may be small potatoes in the national presidential nominating process, but the Gem State is trying to position itself to have maximum impact on the process in both parties. Idaho’s primary election normally isn’t until May, when most state contests already will have been decided. But the state’s minority Democrats will make their presidential selection at county caucuses on March 22, and its majority Republicans will step out even earlier, voting in a new, special presidential-only primary election scheduled for March 8 – just one week after Super Tuesday. Idaho has 32 delegates at stake in the Republican presidential primary; it takes 1,237 to win the Republican nomination. Dave Johnston, Idaho GOP executive director, isn’t fazed by those numbers. He notes that Iowa only has 30 delegates and New Hampshire has 23/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Are you looking forward to voting for your presidential candidate in the Idaho presidential beauty contests?

Riggins pair among Malheur holdouts

February 2, 2016 - 8:47am

A Riggins couple embroiled in the ranching standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon recorded their last will and testament on a friend's cellphone before they joined the protest. A close friend and co-worker of Sandy and Sean Anderson, two of the last four people to occupy the refuge in Burns, Ore., said the Andersons recorded the will before traveling to Oregon. Lindsey Dipo, who worked with Sandy Anderson at the Chevron service station in Riggins, said Monday the Andersons' two dogs were willed to him in the recording. The dogs have since gone missing/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.


SR: Idaho ed investment will pay off

February 2, 2016 - 8:36am

In its editorial this morning, The Spokesman-Review comments:

The path to improving Idaho’s economic prospects goes through postsecondary campuses. The Legislature must help more students on their way. On Monday, Lt. Gov. Brad Little urged education committee members to adopt a resolution calling for 60 percent of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 34 to have a college degree or postsecondary certificate by 2020. The State Board of Education adopted that goal in 2010. It might take a revolution, rather than a resolution, to get there. The current rate is about 40 percent. More here.

Question: There was a time when education was a top priority in Idaho. The polls clearly said so. Yet, today, the Idaho Legislature gets away with underfunding education at nearly every term. What happened?

Iowa Republicans pick Cruz

February 2, 2016 - 8:32am

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife bounded on stage at Cruz's Iowa campaign headquarters, hugging and shaking hands with supporters. "Iowa has sent notice that the next president of the United States will not be chosen by the media," Cruz said. "Will not be chosen by the media. Will not be chosen by the Washington establishment. Will not be chosen by lobbyists." The next president, the Iowa Republican Caucus winner said, will be chosen by the people. The first-term senator proclaimed that he would ride to the White House by embracing what made the country great: free-market principles and Judeo-Christian values/Oregonian. More here.

Question: What does this mean for Donald Trump?

Hillary squeaks past Bernie

February 2, 2016 - 8:22am

Hillary Clinton appeared to squeak past insurgent rival Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa’s presidential nominating vote, according to results Tuesday, redeeming a crushing loss here in 2008 but revealing the shortcomings of a candidate who once seemed invincible. Results from Iowa’s Democratic Party, announcing 100 percent of the precincts counted, gave Clinton a whisker-thin margin: 49.8 percent to Sanders’s 49.6 percent — setting up what is likely to become a prolonged contest for the Democratic presidential nomination/Washington Post. More here.

Question: Why can't Hillary shake Bernie?

Post Falls chiropractor disciplined

February 2, 2016 - 8:18am

A Post Falls chiropractor using experimental treatments on patients with allergies, parasites and Lyme disease must modify his practices to keep from losing his license, according to a disciplinary action of the Idaho State Board of Chiropractic Physicians. Michael Anthony Smith, who practices at Dynamic Health, a private membership healthcare association in Coeur d’Alene, has used “controversial and unproven methods” since at least 2012, including making diagnoses without appropriate lab tests and using magnets to treat his patients, the board alleges/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Do you go to the chiropractor much?

Meanwhile, a long way from Iowa ...

February 2, 2016 - 8:12am

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Wild Card/Monday -- 2.1.16

February 1, 2016 - 5:05pm

It's nice to have January in the rear-view mirror, despite the snow flurries that greeted us this morning for the commute to work. February means Blogfest 2016, spring training, Gonzaga's run for another NCAA bid, maybe some early spring flowers poking through the dirt. This year, February also means the official beginning to the presidential election, as the Iowa caucuses are set for tonight. It's no longer avoidable, Berry Pickers, Politics will engulf us now -- federal, state and local. So get ready for all those drive-by political trolls who are about to emerge from their hiding spots in the blogosphere. Here's your first February Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 2.1.16

February 1, 2016 - 5:00pm

A doe looks out from a thicket of snow covered Gambol Oak during a break in the snowfall in the Rockrimmon neighborhood in northwest Colorado Springs Monday. Snow also was falling in parts of Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona. (Mark Reis/The Gazette via AP)