Item: Ed board tries to disarm campus gun bill: In letters of opposition, members contend legislation is not a good move for Idaho's universities and colleges/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune
More Info: The state board took its opposition a step further Thursday, unanimously agreeing to send letters to the members of the House State Affairs Committee outlining why they do not think the bill is a good idea for the state's colleges and universities. The House is taking public testimony regarding the proposed legislation starting at 8 a.m. Mountain time today in the Lincoln Auditorium in Boise. Board members Milford Terrell and Rod Lewis agreed Thursday that it made sense to send a letter clearly outlining the board's opposition to legislators.
Question: Are all the stakeholders talking to a brick wall (as they did when the Legislature passed the Luna Laws)? Or do you think some GOP House members are getting the message that many constituents think Campus Carry is a really, really bad idea?
Don Burnett's passion for collaboration did not go unnoticed during his brief tenure as the University of Idaho's interim president. Boise State University President Bob Kustra commended Burnett for his work leading UI and as chairman of the Idaho Universities Presidents' Council following his final report to the Idaho State Board of Education Thursday in Boise. Burnett was appointed to serve as UI's interim president last year when former President Duane Nellis resigned to take the helm of Texas Tech University. The former College of Law dean will conclude his presidential service Saturday when President-elect Chuck Staben officially takes the reins/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: How long do you think the next UI president will last?
David Duke, chief of police for the city of Moscow, spoke against the (guns on campus bill during a House State Affairs meeting this morning). “We regularly respond to fights in and around the Kibbie Dome,” he said. “Inserting a firearm into this confrontation,” he said, would lead to injuries and deaths among those involved and innocent bystanders. Rep. Gayle Batt, R-Wilder, asked Duke how police handle the issue elsewhere, of distinguishing “who the good person is and who the bad person is” when people are shooting. He said they don’t know. He noted that when an armed student tried to respond to a shooting incident in Moscow several years ago, he was immediately shot by the perpetrator, and said if police had arrived and seen him, he likely would have been shot by police mistaking him for the perpetrator/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Bayview resident Alan Rebeck uses his cell phone in Ralph’s Coffee House on Wednesday. “In an emergency, you’d be up the creek,” said Rebeck of the lack of cellular service in Bayview. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Gabe Green)
Locals call it the "dead zone" or "the hole." Cuddled into a geographic bowl on the southwest shore of Lake Pend Oreille, Bayview is one of the few remaining places in Kootenai County with no - or extremely limited - cell phone service. "Depending on who your carrier is and which direction you stand, you can sometimes get bars," Bayview resident Norma Jean Knowles said. Knowles and more than 300 of her neighbors in Bayview have signed a petition asking Verizon Wireless to build a cell phone tower to improve coverage. For the people who live there, the lack of cell coverage poses an inconvenience. Many still use landline phones. Tourists who visit Bayview -- the population swells in the summer months -- are often caught off guard and out of luck. Not only is there no cell coverage, there isn't even a pay phone/Taryn Thompson, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Are there other cell phone "dead zones" in the county?
Item: H1: 'Looking for a long-term solution': Debt payment proposal from Diamond Cup organizers being evaluated, official says/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press
More Info: H1 Unlimited is evaluating a proposal by Diamond Cup officials describing how Coeur d'Alene's hydroplane race officials can pay debts from last summer and make future races financially viable. Sam Cole, H1 Unlimited hydroplane racing's chairman, said Thursday he has forwarded the proposal to H1's attorney and its executive committee. The proposal, Cole said, describes how Diamond Cup officials like president Doug Miller can pay debts racked up last year, including a $71,000 bad check given to H1 after the 2013 event.
Question: It's probably not a good thing to go into the next season of hydroplane racing $71K in debt, is it?
Item: City, LCDC ponder east Sherman revitalization/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press
More Info: Davis said the LCDC does not have plans to create a new district on east Sherman, but the community is talking about it, so he put that issue on the workshop agenda to begin the discussion. "If we could find an economic engine to land on east Sherman that would create enough increment to do something, what would we want to do, what would the community want to do, what would the east Sherman stakeholders want to do?" said LCDC Executive Director Tony Berns. "That is the beginning of the conversation."
Question: How would you measure success in terms of what LCDC has accomplished to date?
15 Days & Counting (to affiliate with the Republican Party to vote in the closed GOPrimary in May): Chief Deputy Clerk Pat Raffee's name keeps popping up as a possible political candidate in the GOPrimary election this spring. But not for county clerk. I've heard her name linked to a possible run for county commissioner and for county treasurer. The first possibility seems to be a better option. Maybe Pat's content where's she at, assisting new County Clerk Jim Brannon, who has already drawn a challenger. We'll have to wait and see how the political dance cards fill up. Now for today's Wild Card ...
Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, rear, looks out from the Idaho Senate's office suite after being blockaded inside by gay rights protesters seeking to add anti-discrimination protections to the Idaho Human Rights Act on Thursday in Boise. In all, 46 people were arrested and taken by law-enforcement bus to jail, bringing the total number of demonstrators arrested to at least 122 this month. (AP Photo/John Miller)
While he wouldn’t comment on what he would have done had a similar bill reached his desk, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Thursday that he congratulates Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for her veto Wednesday of a bill that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds. “I tried to call her this morning to congratulate her on making a decision and to support her in the decision she made about Arizona,” Otter said. “I think that’s her prerogative, I think she did the right thing.” But Otter declined comment on a question from KBOI-TV’s Scott Logan about whether he would have done the same thing had Boise GOP Rep. Lynn Luker’s House Bill 427 passed the Legislature and reached his desk/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo, of Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona)
Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/otter-congratulates-gov-brewer-for-vetoing-bill-allowing-refusal-of-service-to-gays/#storylink=cpy
As the Tea Party turns five years old, some of its stars gathered Thursday to argue the movement is still growing and not on the wane. Hundreds of activists met in Washington, D.C., to mark the cause’s advent, acutely aware their nascent movement faces challenges. But together, they sought to reassure themselves they’re as vibrant as ever even in the face of building criticism. The event was hosted by Tea Party Patriots to mark the fifth the anniversary of CNBC contributor Rick Santelli's on-camera rant against the federal government's "promoting bad behavior" with its housing market bailouts and calls for a new "tea party" protest against President Obama, comments that many credit with sparking the movement/The Hill. More here. (AP file photo)
Question: Do you think the national Tea Party movement is still growing? Or waning? How about the local Tea Party?
Time 2 Vote ...
Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer reacts as Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) falls to the floor after being fouled by Hawks' DemArre Carroll in the final moments of the second half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday in Atlanta. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Wednesday Winner (tie, with 8 likes apiece): SLFisher: Orange you glad we legalized marijuana? Gives 'getting juiced' a whole new meaning, and -- JohnA: After Mary won a high office, she shows the whole joint how her orchard had gone to pot during the drought and says as a nation weed be a dope if we didn't grow something else. You can see Wednesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
- 4:56 p.m. Green 1994 Honda Accord, registered in Post Falls, passed on shoulder of e/b I-90/H41 onramp.
- 4:26 p.m. Report of smoke in area of Capstone/Cornerstone, Hayden.
- 4:25 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ H41/MP 22 (north of Spirit Lake).
- 3:27 p.m. Caller reports vehicle ran red light and almost hit him in Rathdrum.
- 3:18 p.m. Crushed vehicles on back of semi are producing debris & unsecure @ s/b H41/MP 25 (near Spirit Lake).
- 2:47 p.m. Someone has been hurt in a fall @ 9900 block of N Maple/Hayden.
- 2:34 p.m. 16YO runaway juvenile has returned to his Coeur d'Alene home.
- 2:20 p.m. Driver out of vehicle, uninjured, in one-car rollover that's blocking H97/MP 78 (Carlin Bay area).
- 2:16 p.m. Female in green-and-blue sweater walked in median @ e/b I-90/MP 12 (H95/CdA).
- 2:12 p.m. Driver of red 2008 Toyota Highlander speeding @ s/b H95/MP 434.8 (Hayden Avenue).
- 2:07 p.m. Black BMW @ s/b H95/MP 452 (Bonner County line) speeding, crossing on double yellow.
- 1:57 p.m. Patrol officer stopping @ H3/MP 101 (Upper Black Lake) to dispatch an injured deer.
- 1:45 p.m. 76YO male has injured his ankle in a fall at Rose Terrace, 5672 Rhode Island St/Spirit Lake.
- 1:41 p.m. Possible burglary in progress @ 6200 block of N. Colfax/Dalton Gardens.
- AM Scanner Traffic
From Post Falls Police Department Facebook wall: "Detectives need help in identifying the male pictured below. He's suspected of shoplifting a television from Walmart in Post Falls. The suspect's white vehicle, also pictured, is believed to be a 2010 Ford Explorer with sunroof. If you have any information, please contact Det. Goodwin at 208-773-3517 or email@example.com."
- Bonner County IDs log accident victim/Daily Bee
- Cool march winds will blow this weekend/Mike Prager, SR
- House OKs health worker battery legislation/Eye on Boise
- Idaho Demos ask FBI to investigate prison company/KTVB
- House OKs bill to remove concealed weapon exemption/EOB
- Skis carry Mullan native Jalbert to Hall of Fame/Gordon Rago, SNP
- Senate unanimously backs justice reinvestment bill/Eye on Boise
- Otter applauds Arizona Gov. Brewer for veto/Dan Popkey, Statesman
- Lake City doctor provides vision-saving services in Central America/KXLY
- House Rev & Tax clears bill to protect innocent ex-spouse/Eye on Boise
Some of the dozens of "Add the Words" protesters are taken to a waiting bus, to be transported to jail. (Eye on Boise photo: Betsy Russell)
Forty-six “Add the Words” protesters, including one juvenile, one man in a wheelchair, and three others who use walkers or other assistive devices to get around, were arrested this afternoon after blockading the Senate garden-level hallway that leads to all Senate committee hearing rooms, closing off access and forcing the cancellation of two 1:30 p.m. committee hearings. The protesters were taken to a ground-floor Capitol visitor room for processing, where they were searched and their wrists bound with large plastic zip ties, and their belongings placed in plastic bags. Then they were led out to a bus waiting in front of the Capitol for the ride to jail, where they may post bond/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Will the 2014 Legislature be able to ride out the "Add the Words" protests?
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. Before Schindelbeck officially launches his campaign, he might want to change the banner at the top of the Web site -- you know, the one that says "Toby Schindelbeck: Common sense for Chico."
About 300 people gather on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho to protest SB1254, a bill seeking to allow concealed weapons on the state's college campuses today. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Darin Oswald)
Despite the rain, roughly 230 college students, faculty members and supporters gathered on the Statehouse steps during the noon hour to rally against SB 1254, the guns-on-campus bill, while a knot of about 20 counter-protesters stood off to one side and tried to out-shout them. “As far as we can see, every major stakeholder in Idaho is against this bill,” organizer Emily Walton told the crowd. Clyde Moneyhun, an associate professor of English who said he grew up with lots of guns and has shot every kind, said, “Being pro-gun doesn’t mean voting yes on every lame-brained gun rights bill that comes down the pike.” The crowd cheered/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Larry and Terry Reeves have seen twin calves born on their Onstot Road ranch, but this winter they got a surprise. One of their cows, No. 93 to be specific, gave birth to a second calf - five days after the first one was born. Having twins arrive almost a week apart is quite uncommon, they said. "We've never had this situation before," said Larry, a lifelong cattle rancher. "It's pretty rare." On Jan. 22, a small, red bull weighing about 55 pounds was born to No. 93. The second calf, a normal-sized 85-pound red heifer, was born Jan. 27. "I thought it was crazy," Terry said, recalling the strange event/Kerri Sandaine, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Are there twins in your family?
While the 2014 Legislature debates K-12 funding, the issue will hit home across the state on March 11. That’s when school districts from Meridian to Lakeland to Firth will go to voters seeking supplemental property tax levies. Across the state, the message from advocates is basically the same: As schools dig their way of out the recession, the “supplemental” dollars are needed to maintain programs and head off drastic cuts. Certainly, school levies have become more common. In 2013-14, 94 of the state’s 115 school districts are relying on supplemental levies to shore up budgets, up from 61 districts in 2008-09. “I think it’s pretty good evidence of the Legislature underfunding education,” said Jim Weatherby, a Boise State University professor emeritus and longtime Idaho political observer/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here. (IdahoED NEWS photo: Lauri Wright works with her fifth-graders at Meridian’s Discovery Elementary School. The state’s largest school district is seeking a two-year, $28 million levy on March 11)
Question: Do you view school levies as indications that the Idaho Legislature isn't properly funding public education?
A Lebanese journalist holds a placard, to show her solidarity with detained journalists by Egyptian authorities during a sit-in, at the Martyrs square in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday. Journalists and their supporters across the globe are protesting the detention of four Al Jazeera staffers in Egypt. From London’s Trafalgar Square and Lebanon’s Martyrs’ Square, media workers and free speech advocates gathered with masking tape stuck across their mouths. Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Abdullah Al Shamy, are among 20 defendants being tried on charges of belonging to and aiding a terrorist organization for their coverage of the Muslim Brotherhood. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Question: Anyone beg to disagree w/woman holding sign?
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