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Old Sunshine Trader Gets New Tenant

April 14, 2014 - 1:22pm

In-house lunches and dinners and nearby delivery and catering will be offered by The Coeur d'Alenes, a new restaurant at 1116 Ironwood Drive. The 2,100- square-foot facility previously was Soups Etc., Sunshine Trader, Vito's and Brycie's. Opening in about a week, it will seat 70 customers at indoor tables and probably outdoor seating later. Using local sources and crafting meals in-house, the menu will include burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, sauces and seasonal specialties. The Northwest decor includes a central water feature under a skylight and a huge 1942 regional map drawn by a cartoonist. Owner Troy Fausett was born and raised with a Wallace mining family, and the business will have eight employees. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5-9 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Phone 665-7007/Nils Rosdahl, Business Bits, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Did you use to dine at Sunshine Trader, Soups, Etc., Vito's or Brycie's?

Wannabe: Donate To Schools, Not Me

April 14, 2014 - 1:08pm

State schools superintendent candidate Randy Jensen says he doesn’t want money from his supporters. Instead, the says he’d like to see supporters donate to the school of their choice — and take advantage of several state and federal tax breaks in the process. “For the same out-of-pocket expense someone can donate $500 to a school or $100 to my campaign,” Jensen, an American Falls principal, said in a news release Monday. “I would rather a school of the donor’s choice get $500.” Jensen points out that a state school tax credit can cover up to 50 percent of an individual, family or corporate donation to a school. Other tax credits and deductions can further reduce the out-of-pocket cost/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here. (Photo: IdahoED NEWS)

Question: What do you make of candidate Jensen's proposal to followers -- to contribute to schools rather than his campaign?

Tea Party Hurls Abuse At Keough

April 14, 2014 - 11:51am

Chris Carlson/The Carlson Chronicles columnizes on abuse heaped on state Sen. Shawn Keough at recent forums: Forum attendees were overtly hostile and constantly rude----interrupting her attempt to answer questions, calling her a RINO (Republican In Name Only), and the nastiest word of all, a LIBERAL.  These Tea Party wing-nuts actually believe state legislators can repeal ObamaCare and when she and others tried to explain why that just isn’t the case, they were booed and shouted down.  Some bluntly said her 18 years of service was enough. Where else in America do you hear people call for someone who has performed their job well to be fired after 18 years? Senator Keough, like the other “gems,” will say the abuse comes with the territory, but the personal abuse has to hurt.  They also will tell you that the personal politics of vilification have gotten much worse¸ that if you disagree with a wing-nut its not a difference of principle, it is because you are evil and a tool of the devil. More here.

Question: I've never understood why Tea Party crowds, who wrap themselves in patriotism & old-time values, can be so nasty when they are part of a crowd -- mob? -- at a political funtion. Anyone?

Denney Attends KCRCC Event

April 14, 2014 - 11:42am

Former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, one of four candidates for secretary of state, attended a Kootenai County Republican Central Committee meet-the-candidates event at the Post Falls American Legion Saturday. The event, which attracted about 100 people, was scheduled in response to a rival North Idaho Political Action Committee fund-raiser at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Events Center, which attracted about 250. None of the Central Committee leadership attended the NIPAC luncheon.

AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.14.14

April 14, 2014 - 11:40am
  • 12:05 p.m. A 5-to-6-foot piece of metal, 5 inches thick, is lying @ s/b H95/MP 436 (near Lancaster/Hayden).
  • 11:35 a.m. County resident reports 2 men are banging on her door claiming her husband had written bad checks.
  • 11:31 a.m. Fire alarm sounding at business as result of owners deleting code of fired employee.
  • 11:10 a.m. A male is yelling and "acting weird" outside a Post Falls business.
  • 11:01 a.m. Alarm set off at house @ Fernan Lake Road/Lake View Drive by someone who doesn't know code.
  • 10:49 a.m. Resident @ Corbin/Hudlow reports 4 loud blasts in last hour, north of his Post Falls home.
  • 10:47 a.m. Resident @ 800 block of Timberlake/CdA complains about animal noise.
  • 10:14 a.m. Fire reported in red vehicle parked at Fred Meyer lot.
  • 9:48 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 100 block of E. Jeffery Pine Lane/CdA.
  • 9:24 a.m. A male is yelling in the parking lot of Pawn 1, 2427 Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 9:15 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Buckskin/Arrowhead, Indian Meadows/CdA.
  • 8:41 a.m. Possible boat crash on Hayden Lake near County Club turns out to be floating dock.
  • 8:36 a.m. Responder on scene trying to decide location of possible boat crash on Hayden Lake. He's told that it occurred about 100 yards south of Hayden Lake Country Club. He sees no boat. But somethings floating on the water.
  • 8:32 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Coeur d'Alene Casino lodge.

Fulcher Attend KCRCC Event

April 14, 2014 - 11:34am

Gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher talks to a woman at the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee meet-the-candidates event at the Post Falls American Legion Saturday. Fulcher did not attend the rival North Idaho Political Action Committee luncheon at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Events Center that same afternoon. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Poll: Whalen Will Defeat Nonini

April 14, 2014 - 11:27am
  • Weekend Poll: Three-quarters of Hucks Nation says political newcomer Pat Whalen will defeat state Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Post Falls, in their Senate District 3 GOPrimary race. 161 of 211 respondents (76.3%) say Whalen will defeat Nonini, while 50 of 211 respondents (23.7%) say Nonini will win.
  • Today's Poll: Do you think that the Kootenai County Republican Party has a big tent?

Clerk Unveils Urban Renewal Figures

April 14, 2014 - 11:22am

Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon has released figures showing the amount of incremental tax dollars that will be flowing to urban renewal agencies for the current tax year. $10,527,447 -– a 2% increase from last year – will flow from 22 different taxing entities to five urban renewal agencies instead. Totals by urban renewal agency are:

  • Harrison Urban Renewal Agency $1,394
  • Hayden Urban Renewal Agency 555,504
  • Lake City Development Corporation $5,849,882
  • Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency $3,947,550
  • Spirit Lake Urban Renewal Agency $173,147
  • Total $10,527,447

“Essentially these numbers are flat compared to last year,” said Mr. Brannon. More here.


'Grapes Of Wrath' 75 Years Old Today

April 14, 2014 - 11:16am

Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath:

Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often. And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men — to feel whether this time the men would break. The women studied the men's faces secretly, for the corn could go, as long as something else remained.

Steinbeck's novel follows the Joad family as they flee Dust Bowl Oklahoma for a new life in California. When the book was first published — 75 years ago Monday — it was a best-seller/NPR. More here.

Question: Which Steinbeck novel is your favorite?

AM Headlines -- 4.14.14

April 14, 2014 - 9:55am

At the North Idaho Political Action Committee lunch Saturday, Gov. Butch Otter serves as auctioneer to auction of an old gun to raise money for Republican political candidates. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Edit: Again, Idaho Ranks Near Bottom

April 14, 2014 - 9:23am

Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon was the place where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." With Idaho's elections, it's the same thing. It's an article of faith that Idaho's system is impeccably fair, free of taint and features a robust electorate. Would you find it stunning to learn the Gem State's election process is lumped within the bottom tier? The Pew Charitable Trust pored over 17 indicators in 2012 and ranked Idaho's system of collecting and counting ballots 46th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Mississippi came in last. Idaho has slipped seven notches in four years and finds itself behind Nevada (fifth), Montana (11th), Washington (12th), Oregon (23rd), Utah (27th) and Wyoming (33rd)/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Hey, at least we're not 49th or 50th, right?


Troupis: I'm Mainstream Idaho

April 14, 2014 - 9:15am

Once again, our attorney general has come up short on facts - on federal lands, the Land Board and Obamacare. In desperation, he calls me a "fringe member" of the Republican Party. The fact is that my positions on the issues are in the mainstream. Let's give the people of Idaho the opportunity to decide. Let's have a discussion of the issues in at least four debates so all Idahoans will know who best represents their interests. He dismisses the belief that we should use all legal means to reclaim our public lands from the federal government. There is a lot more to this issue than just filing suit. The federal government has shown it cannot manage these lands properly. The state can do so at a profit/Chris Troupis, GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Trustees To Review Non-Bias Policy

April 14, 2014 - 8:54am

The city of Coeur d'Alene's ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity does not apply to the Coeur d'Alene School District. But there are several state and federal laws that do afford those protections. Those are a few of the findings that Marc Lyons, the school board's legal counsel, will present to the district's trustees (tonight) during the board's regular monthly meeting. Last month, the trustees asked Lyons to review the district's non-discrimination policies after a citizen asked the board to overhaul them to include protections for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The issue has sparked some local controversy. On Friday morning, board chair Tom Hearn posted about Monday's meeting on his personal Facebook page. "Contrary to some letters to the editor in recent weeks, there has been no grand 'conspiracy' to bring the 'gay agenda' to the Coeur d'Alene School District," Hearn wrote. "We have simply been trying to manage a controversial issue"/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Oath Keepers Plan Patriots Day Rally

April 14, 2014 - 8:40am

The following message was posted on the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans Web site:

"The North Idaho Oath Keepers invite all supporters of the Second Amendment to a Patriots Day Rally at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds at noon on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Patriots Day is a commemoration of the confrontation between British troops and American colonists in Concord, Massachusetts. The British were intent on seizing the Americans’ firearms and the Americans stood in defiance, leading up to “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” Speakers include Idaho state senators Bob Nonini (pictured) and Steve Vick, Idaho state representative Vito Barbieri, Washington state representative Matt Shea, Pat Seymour with the Appleseed Project, Oath Keeper founder Stewart Rhodes and other notable speakers.

Question: Is this an event that you would be interested in?

Kansas Killing Suspect Known Racist

April 14, 2014 - 8:32am

Item: Kansas shooting suspect a known supremacist: Three people killed at Jewish-related sites/Associated Press

A day before he allegedly went on a weekend killing spree targeting Jews, Frazier Glenn Miller publicly discussed talking by phone with another white supremacist who wanted to turn a small North Dakota town into a whites-only enclave. But that is only one of 12,683 anti-Semitic, racist Internet postings Miller has made on one racist site alone – the Vanguard News Network – in the past decade. In other postings, Miller has discussed the potential impacts if President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were both assassinated.  In another post, Miller applauds a recent commentary by Pat Buchanan who said Russian president Vladimir Putin is merely protecting the ethnicity of Russians in his standoff with Ukraine, comparing Russia with Israel protecting Jews worldwide. It’s his most recent posting – just a day before the shootings – about his conversation with fellow racist Craig Cobb that likely will get the attention of the FBI/Bill Morlin, Southern Poverty Law Center. More here.


NIPAC Lunch Attracts Guv, Full House

April 14, 2014 - 8:28am

Gov. Butch Otter speaks to the crowd of about 250 people who turned out for a luncheon sponsored by the North Idaho Political Action Committee at the Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course Saturday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

The split in the local Republican Party was clearly evident Saturday, as supporters from the different factions held separate Lincoln Day functions before coming together for their annual dinner. The North Idaho Political Action Committee, or NIPAC, hosted a lunchtime candidate meet-and-greet at the Hagadone Event Center at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course. Governor Butch Otter attended the event as did many of his supporters. The event attracted 250 republicans and dozens of candidates who are running in the May 20 primary elections this year. Many of the candidates in attendance are running for seats on the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, or the KCRCC. Most of those who spoke mentioned their desire to see the party get back on track. Several mentioned their concern with how the leadership of the current central committee is dealing with the party's finances. Absent from the $45-a-plate NIPAC event was the leadership of the KCRCC/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: What do you think was the net effect of the rival Lincoln Day events in Kootenai County Saturday?

Pit Bull Attacks Reopen Debate

April 14, 2014 - 8:21am

In just seven days, three pit bull attacks in Spokane left a young girl and several adults bloodied and scarred. Two of the dogs were shot and killed by police, and a third awaits euthanasia. The cluster of attacks April 3-9 has recharged a decades-old debate about the pit bull: Is it dangerous or more prone to bite? Are such attacks to be blamed on negligent owners? And should the city restrict or even ban pit bulls? Carrie Connerley saw what one pit bull was capable of doing and just how hard it was to stop. Her husband, Jason, was bitten in the leg during the first of the recent attacks, when he and two other men raced to help an 8-year-old girl being mauled by a pit bull next door. He smacked the dog repeatedly with a shovel. The girl and one of the other men were badly torn up/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you now or have you ever owned a pit bull? Was it a good dog?

A Platform w/Fewer Loose Screws

April 14, 2014 - 8:16am

Tired of all the empty rhetoric of the spring campaign, Patrick Jacobs of the Get Out! North Idaho blog offers his own legislative manifesto, including: creation of an official fashion committee for (Idaho’s) first lady to make sure (she’s) “looking fierce.” Mandatory Grace Jones Mondays. Raise the minimum wage to $45.25/hour. Apple fritter as the official state doughnut. No white shoes after Labor Day. An In-N-Out Burger joint in every town. Make Lana Turner’s birthday (Feb. 8) a state holiday – she’s from Wallace – and everyone gets the day off. Jell-O shots $1 every hour on the hour. Removal of the embarrassing, outdated phrase “Famous Potatoes” from the license plates. Replace it with “Mullet Paradise.” And Add the Words. Crazy? No crazier than legislators from Kootenai County trying to nullify federal law, putting sheriffs in charge of defining the Second Amendment and allowing guns on college campuses/DFO, SR Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Other weekend Spokesman-Review columns:

Question: Would you vote for a candidate of a party with Patrick's platform?

Stabbing Spree

April 14, 2014 - 8:13am

Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Weekend Wild Card -- 4.12-13.14

April 12, 2014 - 12:17am

I've spent part of the last two days changing passwords on my personal and work computers, as a result of the Heartbeat bug that's compromised our Internet experience. It's a good thing to occasionally change your passwords, I suppose. I was surprised to see how many I have. But what a hassle keeping the various passwords straight. Mebbe that's why so many sites have that little prompt: "forgot your password?" I hope you're taking the Heartbeat bug seriously, too. Now for your weekend Wild Card ...