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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

April 7, 2015 - 4:29pm

President Barack Obama walks out and waves with the Easter Bunny on the Truman Balcony during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of White House in Washington Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Monday Winner -- Psalm37 with 8 likes: "I'm just a bill. Yes, I'm only a bill. And I'm sitting here on Capital Hill." You can see Monday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Stop Petty Fighting, Raul & Mike

April 7, 2015 - 4:24pm

In an editorial for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News today, Devin Rokyta lectures U.S. Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador to quit fighting and get to work for the state of Idaho, stating in part:

"Accusing Simpson of being a liar is a pretty low blow, and Labrador clearly fails to realize compromise is a key element of effective government. His kind of reasoning - and his refusal to work across the aisle or even with more reasonable members of the Republican party, like Simpson -- is exactly why so little has been accomplished in Congress since the GOP took control of the House in 2010. Labrador and Simpson need to put an end to their pettiness and focus on working for Idaho." More here.

Question: Do you envision Congressman Raul Labrador as ever being something more than a bomb thrower?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.7.15

April 7, 2015 - 3:21pm
  • 4:48 p.m. 13YO Post Falls boys on house probation leaves for friend's, wearing Cheech & Chong T-shirt.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for April 6-7 here.
  • 4:38 p.m. Undisclosed juvenile problem reported @ 2200 block of H53/Rathdrum.
  • 4:30 p.m. Male & female in tan Chevy Blazer are arguing @ Conoco station, Ramsey Road/Appleway, CdA.
  • 4:21 p.m. 54YO male has undisclosed medical emergency @ Parkwood Circle/Pinegrove Drive, CdA.
  • 4:04 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ Guardian Angel Assisted Living, 1136 E. Mullan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 4:01 p.m. 73YO male suffering chest pain @ Northwest Specialty Hospital, 750 Syringa St/Post Falls.
  • 3:22 p.m. Custodial interference is turning into domestic dispute @ 1600 block of E. Hastings Ave/CdA.
  • 3:17 p.m. Post Falls male reports ex-wife slashed him 3X in his house before returning home, he's getting medical help.
  • 2:57 p.m. 9MO baby who has had cold is having trouble breathing @ Canterbury Court/Friar Drive, Hayden.
  • 2:53 p.m. Blue Ford Mustang w/multiple license plates is parked at Coeur d'Alene Library entrance.
  • 2:47 p.m. Couple arguing in an old green van w/doors open in lot for Michaels Arts & Crafts, 225 W. Canfield Ave/CdA.
  • 2:44 p.m. Driver of large Chevy van w/Washington plates possibly DUI @ e/b I-90/MP 7 (H41/Post Falls).
  • 2:33 p.m. Someone is unwanted @ McEuen Park, 504 E. Front Ave/CdA.
  • 2:07 p.m. PFPD is looking for missing 15YO, who's described as 5-9, 160lbs, with dyed black hair & dressed in black. He hasn't been seen since this AM. He may be at Post Falls Library or Treaty Rock.
  • 1:59 p.m. Officer reports w/b turn lane @ H95/Hanley Ave, CdA, is malfunctioning.
  • 12:50 p.m. Officer has pushed debris to curb after crash @ Ramsey Road/Windsor Ave, CdA, but says Street Dept workers should pick it up.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Muslims Overcoming Idaho? Pshaw

April 7, 2015 - 2:58pm

In response to that Bonneville County GOP Central Committee newsletter warning re: Muslims, Randy Stapilus of the Ridenbaugh Press posts:

"So . . . how exactly would this Islamic takeover of Idaho work? Give me the nuts and bolts. What exactly is it that some portion of the Bonneville County Republicans are so concerned is going to happen?  Let’s make this concrete. Are we expected to believe Muslims are going to start winning elective office in Idaho in such numbers as to take over county courthouses, the Idaho legislature and judiciary? Let’s imagine Muslims winning Idaho’s congressional seats, shall we? How about the governor’s office while we’re at it? For all the radio talk show chatter about imposition of Sharia law in America . . . where exactly has that ever been attempted? And how exactly would it happen? If these horrors are going to happen in Idaho, presumably they would be happening in other states. Which states exactly are those? Where is religious Muslim control ascendant in this country?" Full post here.

Question: Any signs that Muslims have overthrown the Tea Party and are taking over Idaho?

Inevitability Of Hillary?

April 7, 2015 - 2:52pm

Most any day now Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her candidacy for the presidency. It appears she is going to be nominated as the Democratic standard bearer almost by acclamation. Fully 2/3’s of self-identified Democrats say she should be their nominee – a simply astounding lead for any one any time who aspired for an open seat presidential nomination. Virtually every potential Republican has two mantras in their campaign speeches: why they are the true conservative and why they can beat Hillary Clinton. The media is positively salivating at the prospect. Her every move is scrutinized, not just her every e-mail (Those that were not purged from her personal PC server, that is)/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Do any Republican candidates stand a chance against Democrat Hillary Clinton?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 4.7.15

April 7, 2015 - 2:43pm

"Opening Day has taken on a momentum of its own, or so it seems," posts Vince Grippi, A Grip on Sports. "Capitalizing the name? Really? What's the big deal? So baseball is back. Does that mean all is right in the world again? Well, honestly, yes. " Above, Mariners celebrate their Opening Day 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, April 6): 9776 page-views/5981 unique views


April 7, 2015 - 2:31pm
"Candidates like #RandPaul always want to 'Take America back ...' but they never finish the sentence '... to 1933'" -- Jess Walter, award-winning author and former SReporter.

Endangered Columbia Ranks #2

April 7, 2015 - 1:41pm

Anglers fish for salmon on the Columbia River near the rush of water pouring out the spillways of Wanapum Dam. (Outdoors blog photo: Rich Landers)

The Columbia River ranked No. 2 on the American Rivers’ list of the nation’s 10 most endangered rivers. “Once home to the largest salmon runs in the world, the mighty Columbia River is now blocked by a series of dams,” according to American Rivers, which released the rankings today. “However, the damage to the river’s ecosystem can begin to be reversed if the federal government demands flow and fish passage commitments in a renegotiated Columbia River Treaty with Canada.” The advocacy group uses the annual rankings to call attention to critical issues facing U.S. rivers/SR. More here.

Question: Have you enjoyed water sports on the Columbia?

BYU-Idaho Student Jailed For Cheating

April 7, 2015 - 1:39pm

A former Brigham Young University-Idaho student was sentenced to 180 days in Madison County Jail and five years of probation for altering his college transcript and qualifying himself for $7,000 in academic scholarships. Jacob Mahonri Espinal, 24, was sentenced Monday to 180 days in jail with 151 days of credit, Seventh Judicial District Judge Greg Moeller said. Espinal was found guilty of felony computer fraud and grand theft. He had an additional charge of computer fraud dismissed. Moeller said part of Espinal’s probation requires him to remain out of the United States and not come back throughout the duration of Espinal’s probation. If Espinal returns to the U.S. illegally, he would be detained for the remainder of his probation/Idaho Falls Post Register. More here.

Question: Did you ever cheat in school?

Paul Taps Troublemaker Labrador

April 7, 2015 - 1:05pm

At National Review, Tim Alberta reports:

While other presidential contenders have thus far been sluggish in soliciting help from Capitol Hill, Paul, the first-term senator from Kentucky, has already enlisted some of Congress's leading rabble-rousers to assist his White House run. Paul will officially launch his campaign Tuesday in Louisville, before embarking on a four-day tour through the first four states—Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada—on the GOP nominating calendar. During the launch, or soon after, the senator is expected to announce endorsements from a host of House Republicans who will help his campaign in some capacity. Among them: Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Raul Labrador of Idaho, and Mark Sanford of South Carolina. More here.

Question: Would you use the word Rabble Rouser to describe Congressman Raul Labrador?

Rosco P. Coltrane, 'Dukes of Hazzard,' RIP

April 7, 2015 - 11:48am

In this June 4, 2005 file photo, "Dukes of Hazzard" cast members James Best, left, John Schneider, center, and Ben Jones, sing during the DukesFest 2005 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Best, the prolific actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" died Monday in hospice care in Hickory from complications of pneumonia. He was 88. Story here. (AP Photo/Bristol Herald Courier, Earl Neikirk, File)

AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.7.15

April 7, 2015 - 11:44am
  • 12:02 p.m. Unknown injury accident on H54/Chase Road, Rathdrum.
  • 11:57 a.m. CPD officer en route to 2-vehicle crash in Fred Meyer parking lot.
  • 11:27 a.m. Fire alarm sounding @ Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 N5th St/CdA.
  • 11:15 a.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report for April 6-7 here.
  • 10:59 a.m. Undisclosed obstruction reported by officer @ H95/Honeysuckle Ave, CdA.
  • 10:54 a.m. Male trying to break into mobile home @ Suntree RV Park, 350 N. Idahline Road/Post Falls.
  • 10:03 a.m. Green 1994 Jeep Cherokee w/cracked front window, was stolen @ 6:25 AM today from Comfort Inn, 3175 E. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 9:58 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 3500 block of S. Cassius Court/CdA.
  • 9:39 a.m. ISP officer reports bunch of wood on Highway 95 in front of old Fighting Creek Store.
  • 9:29 a.m. 2-vehicle crash in turn lane of H41/Poleline Road, in front of 41 Express.
  • 9:27 a.m. Pyschological problem reported @ 1400 block of N4th St/CdA.
  • 8:44 a.m. Someone is unconscious @ LaCrosse Health & Rehabilitation, 210 W. LaCrosse Ave/CdA.
  • 8:43 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 27700 block of Parkridge Road/Athol.
  • 8:15 a.m. Deputy en route to eviction follow @ A Storage Place, 18154 H41/Rathdrum.
  • 8:11 a.m. 8- or 9YO girl was sitting by herself under stop sigh @ Regal Court/Covington Ave, Post Falls.

KXLY Denied Camera Access

April 7, 2015 - 11:36am

KXLY's Melissa Luck tweets that a 1st District Court judge blocked her Spokane news team from filming today's court hearing for Joseph Bekken, the former North Idaho College financial aid director who is accused of offering aid for sex. In response to a question, Melissa followed by stating: "I understand it's their discretion. I just hate that they don't have to explain why." (Twitter photo of KXLY's Melissa Luck)

DFO: I agree that a judge should explain why he isn't granting access to photographers and film crews. And that such access should be the norm rather than the exception. Thoughts?

Christie: Death Notices Are Tough

April 7, 2015 - 11:05am

Sgt. Christie Wood tells of the heart-rendering service local officers perform in delivering death notices -- and the heartless approach she encountered last night with a California police department:

Probably the saddest experience for law enforcement is to do a death notification to a loved one of a deceased. It is a role we fill because we are community caretakers. We need to help people through the most difficult experience they will ever face. I have held mothers in my arms as the experience the agony and devastation of loss, and comforted elderly men who need to be informed their brother has died. It sticks with you for days, and I always call my child when my task is complete just so I can hear his voice. Most officers I know have experienced this. So imagine my surprise when we asked a police department in CA to do a death notification for us last night and they said they do not do those. Full comment here.


Reagan R's Set Candidate Lunches

April 7, 2015 - 10:46am

In today's Reagan Republican newsletter: Candidates for contested local taxing districts position have been invited to a series of forums at the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans lunch meetings in April.

  • On April 16 KCRR will host a lunch forum for School Board Trustee Candidates for Coeur d'Alene School District Zone 3 (northwest Coeur d'Alene.)
  • On April 23 candidates for  three Post Falls Highway District  Commissioner seats will speak at  a Reagan Republican forum at our regular lunch meeting.
  • To round out the forums Commissioner candidates for Sub-District 1 of the Eastside Highway District and Sub-District 3 of the Lakes Highway District will speak at lunch on April 30.

Also, Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation, will present his "State of Freedom in Idaho" address at the Reagan Republican lunch at Fedora restaurant, 1726 Kathleen Ave/CdA, at noon Thursday.

Question: Do you think the Reagan Republicans will be involved in trying to hold conservative Seymour's spot on the school board?

Paul Launches Prez Campaign

April 7, 2015 - 10:37am

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. arrives to a cheering and photo taking crowd for his announcement of the start of his presidential campaign today in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul kicked off his presidential campaign today, vowing to buck the "Washington machine" and expand the Republican Party to include young people and minorities. Paul put both the GOP and the Democratic Party on notice that he'll stick to his conservative principles with a message rooted in liberty, the Constitution and limited government. "Too often when Republicans have won, we've squandered our victory by becoming part of the Washington machine. That's not who I am," Paul said. "If we nominate a candidate who is simply Democrat-lite, what's the point? Why bother? We need to boldly proclaim our vision for America"/USA Today. More here.


Question: Does Paul have a decent chance to become president?

Ex-NIC Aid Director Waives Hearing

April 7, 2015 - 10:09am

Former North Idaho College financial aid director Joseph M. Bekken, who faces felony charges in his alleged scheme to entice students to have sex in exchange for college aid, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Bekken was in court this morning for a status conference before 1st District Judge Robert Caldwell. His attorney, Sean Walsh, told Caldwell the reason for the waiver had been filed under seal with the court. The preliminary hearing had been scheduled for this Thursday. The case will proceed in District Court with Judge Lansing Haynes presiding/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Poll: CdA Minimum Wage Hike? Yes

April 7, 2015 - 9:36am
  • Monday Poll: If it lands on the November ballot, a proposal to increase Coeur d'Alene's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 will have near supermajority support from Hucks Nation. A petition drive to gather signatures for the measure was launched Friday. 135 of 206 respondents (65.53%) said they would vote for the proposed increase in the Lake City minimum wage. 62 of 206 respondents (30.1%) said they wouldn't. 9 (4.37%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Did Gov. Butch Otter handle his veto of 'instant racing' repeal legislation in a proper manner?

Duke Wins NCAA Tourney Title

April 7, 2015 - 8:58am

Duke's Jahlil Okafor (15) is fouled by Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky (44) during the NCAA college basketball tournament championship game Monday in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Call them freshmen, but do not call them kids. Led by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke’s talented group of youngsters played like salty old pros down the stretch, outscoring Wisconsin by 14 points the final 13 minutes Monday night to grit out a 68-63 victory for the program’s fifth NCAA men’s national basketball championship. Okafor, the likely first pick in the NBA draft if he decides to leave, got outplayed by Badgers center Frank Kaminsky most of the night but came through like a veteran when the pressure was highest. The 6-foot-11 freshman made two straight buckets over Kaminsky, sandwiched between a pair of 3-pointers from Jones, to help the Blue Devils (35-4) turn a one-time nine-point deficit into an eight-point lead with 1:22 left/Associated Press. More here.

Question: So does this mean that the Zags may be even better than you think they were?