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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)

Russell Wilson edibles aren't worth price of admission

February 1, 2016 - 4:48pm

Bummed that the Seahawks won’t be taking the field next Sunday for the first time in the last three Super Bowls? Well, don’t thank me yet. But I’ve come up with a way for you to watch the game and still get your 12th Man swagger on. Make Russell Wilson the star of your Super Bowl 50 party by stocking up on the athlete’s football-shaped “Eat the Ball” bread rolls. Mmm. Mmm. Huh? You didn’t know the Seahawks dreamy leader and Pro Bowl MVP had his own line of gluten? Me neither. Not until last Saturday, anyway. That’s when I saw Wilson glaring at me from a frozen foods case near the bakery at the South Hill Safeway. Wilson had his game face on/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Would you guy bread with Russell Wilson's face on it?

Idaho most dependent on gun industry

February 1, 2016 - 4:41pm

Idaho depends more on the gun industry than any other state, according to a study by the financial website WalletHub. Idaho ranked No. 1 among states and the District of Columbia based on firearms industry activity in the state, gun ownership and overall prevalence, and gun politics — specifically, contributions by gun control and gun rights groups to members of Congress/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Surprised?

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

February 1, 2016 - 4:27pm

A member of the audience holds a campaign sign that reads "227 Years of Men. It's HER Time!" during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Weekend Winner -- HFHayden, with 20 likes: Trump is not afraid to fight a girl, unless it's Megyn Kelly. You can see the Weekend Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

KCSO investigates fire pit death

February 1, 2016 - 3:58pm

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident near Cataldo that claimed the life of a woman and sent her husband to the hospital with severe burns. At about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies were called to the 33000 block of E. Canyon Road, Idaho for a welfare check. The caller, William J. Mack, 71, of Cataldo, called 911 to report that he needed help and that he thought his wife, Sandra K. Mack, 71, was dead. More here.

Quotable Quote -- Sarah Palin

February 1, 2016 - 3:54pm

“Usually, I say polls are only good for strippers and cross-country skiers, but in this case, I do think the polls are accurate and are reflecting that the American people, the electorate ... we’re looking for something different" -- Sarah Palin via The Hill, joking to Extra re: Donald Trump's lead in GOP polls. More here.

Trump on the stump

February 1, 2016 - 3:49pm

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event Monday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Meterologist faces rape charge

February 1, 2016 - 3:44pm

TWIN FALLS -- A KMVT meteorologist has been charged with raping a woman in his apartment after a date Friday night. Prosecutors say John William Holland, 23, of Twin Falls used “force or violence” to restrain the woman during the attack. Holland was arraigned Monday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on one felony count of rape. Bond was set at $10,000. Holland’s attorney, Chuck Peterson, said during Monday’s arraignment his client “adamantly denies the charge” and called the nature of the charge “very thin.” Peterson requested $10,000 bond after prosecutors argued for $50,000 bond/Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Cindy Hval: Of cats & Chicken Soup for Soul

February 1, 2016 - 3:23pm

Getting a box of books with your stories in it never gets old. “Chicken Soup for the Soul My Very Good, Very Bad Cat,”  is the 8th volume in the series to feature my work and the thrill of seeing my words in print in this popular series is still exciting. This one hits bookstores across the nation on February 9 and includes my stories, “Another Baby Boy” and “Fat Cat.” One story per cat. When novice writers ask me how to get published I always tell them Chicken Soup is a great place to start honing your nonfiction skills. The principles of writing are the same whether you’re writing your memoir or laboring on the Great American Novel. You need to be able to tell an engaging story/Cindy Hval, Cindy's Write Stuff Blog. More here.

Question: Have you thought of becoming a writer?