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'Date Grape' Biz In Hot Water Again

April 9, 2014 - 1:07pm

Gonzaga University has filed suit against Jamie Pendleton, the owner of Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory, for using Spike, the Gonzaga Bulldogs mascot, and Gonzaga University's trademarks to promote his business. A suit was filed Tuesday on behalf of the Corporation of Gonzaga University against Pendleton Enterprises, LLC, Pendleton Broadcasting, Inc. and Jamie Pendleton. The suit claims that Pendleton (who earlier this year introduced Date Grape Koolaid) has been using Gonzaga University's trademarks -- including Spike -- to promote his businesses. A nine-page addendum to the suit is filled with pictures of a person dressed as Spike, wearing a Gonzaga University sweatshirt with a bulldog head and paws, in various scenes either acting as a DJ for 104.5 JAMZ, standing in front of the establishment, holding a bottle of Fireball liquor inside the bar or holding a glass next to a beverage machine with a stenciled name on its face that reads "Bulldog Lemonade"/Rob Kauder, KXLY. More here. (Photo: KXLY)

Question: Do you think the Daiquiri Factory doesn't get it? Or are they using controversy to promote their business?

Boise Lands In Top 10 Coffee List

April 9, 2014 - 1:03pm

This extended winter weather of ours may delay the annual hot-to-iced changeover that all true java lovers look forward to each spring, but coffee is one thing that never goes out of style, no matter the season or time of day. In fact, as the years go on, and the artisanal/craft/locavore/whatever-you-call-it movement continues to spread, coffee only gets more fashionable —more flavorful, creative, specialized, and sought after. We all have our favorite local places to get our caffeine fix. But, when it comes to serious brew, a few cities stand head and shoulders above the rest. We based our list of the best U.S. cities for coffee lovers on two criteria: 1) How many coffee shops each city has (data courtesy of, unless otherwise noted) and 2) the creativity of each city’s coffee offerings (what types of newfangled roasting/brewing processes do they use? what kind of MoMa-worthy foam art do they create? how much non-literal sweat goes into their product?)/Daniel Lefferts, Bustle. Top 10 cities in the USA for coffee (AP file photo: Signs for the original Starbucks coffeehouse store hang with the original logo in the Pike Place Market in Seattle)

Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, rate Coeur d'Alene's coffee vibe -- and then explain your rating.

Mary: I Have Differences w/Goedde

April 9, 2014 - 11:40am

In her latest newsletter, challenger Mary Souza (shown w/John Goedde in Duane Rasmussen photo) writes about her North Idaho College Republicans debate against Sen. John Goedde: When it was finally our turn, we were asked 5 questions covering these topics:  Our top priorities, State Health Exchange, Common Core, Urban Renewal and Guns on campus.  It was quite enlightening.  Here’s a quick synopsis what I recall about our answers, and I think you’ll quickly see some clear differences in our views.  Please remember we only had ONE minute to give our thoughts on very complex issues:

  • Top Priorities:
    Sen. John Goedde:  Education and jobs
    Mary Souza:  Protecting the rights of individuals and businesses from the overreach of the Fed. Gov. through the Obamacare Exchange, Common Core in schools, and the 36% of our state’s budget that currently comes from the Feds.
  • Guns on Campus Bill:
    Sen. John Goedde:  I voted against the bill.  (Then John went on to give an example of cars on a freeway and I couldn’t follow his logic at all, so I can’t relate the story to you, except to say it was very ambiguous.
    Mary Souza:  I am in favor of the measure.  I believe we are all safer when legal, responsible, educated and trained people are carrying guns. More here.

Question: What question would you like to ask both Mary & John?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.9.14

April 9, 2014 - 11:35am
  • 11:47 a.m. Caller reports male who arrived in blue pickup hanging around barn @ 3500 block of Cranston/Hayden.
  • 11:06 a.m. Driver of blue Toyota Camri tailgating, speeding @ w/b I-90/MP 6 (Seltice Way).
  • 10:55 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported at Benewah Medical Clinic/Plummer.
  • 10:48 a.m. ISP officer reports that three drivers have illegally used cross-over @ I-90/MP 8 (Huetter).
  • 10:24 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 7700 block of Heartland/CdA.
  • 10:07 a.m. Kootenai Fire EMTs responding to unconscious diabetic, unknown location.
  • 9:36 a.m. Residential alarm sounding @ 600 block of E. Orchard Avenue/Hayden.
  • 9:30 a.m. A disabled vehicle is parked at the bottom of onramp @ w/b I-90/MP 7 (H41/Post Falls).
  • 9:26 a.m. Post Falls mother wants to talk to police re: her child being bullied after school.
  • 9:15 a.m. 77YO female is suffering breathing problems @ 11600 block of N. Pinetree Road/Hayden.
  • 8:55 a.m. 75YO male is having trouble breathing @ Rockman Lodge, 606 W. Windsor/CdA.
  • 8:23 a.m. CPD is seeking 75YO male, named Ronald, who has been missing since 12:10 this AM, driving 2001 Honda.
  • 8:04 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 3600 block of Scotch Pine Lane/CdA.

Coroner Candidates To Debate

April 9, 2014 - 11:30am

Warren Keene is challenging incumbent Debra Willkey for the GOPrimary nod for Kootenai County coroner. They will be featured in a debate before the luncheon crowd of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans at Fedora restaurant Thursday. (See other side of card in the comments thread)

DFO: Can we all agree that qualifications, not politics, are important in this race?

Question: How in the world do you decide who's the best candidate for coroner? Do you ask to see his/her work?

Poll: Gfeller Will Win Primary Race

April 9, 2014 - 10:57am
  • Tuesday Poll: Huckls Nation expects political newcomer Greg Gfeller to run away with the House District 3B GOPrimary race for retiring Rep. Frank Henderson's seat. 81 of 127 respondents (63.78%) pick Gfeller to win the race. 30 of 127 respondents (23.62%) choose Reagan Republican leader Jeff Ward. 16 of 127 respondents (12.6%) select Don Cheatham.
  • Today's Poll: Who will win the GOPrimary for House District Seat 4A between incumbent Luke Malek and newcomer Toby Schindelbeck?

Gookin: Locals Think They're Feds

April 9, 2014 - 10:35am

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, Councilman Dan Gookin writes today: "Based on their literature and campaign slogans, one would think that our cadre of local GOP candidates are actually running for Congress instead of the state house. Their obsession with Obamacare is based on the assumption that a state legislator can change it, or that the mere mention of the term guarantees them angry votes. That’s wrong, either way. I’m not pleased with the Affordable Care Act, but it’s the law. I would prefer candidates who are willing to govern instead of those who are better fit to be taking pot shots on a radio talk show, ranting on a blog, or screaming into a Tea Party microphone. Idaho and Kootenai County face major issues. These issues, generally ignored by our Legislature, include mental health care, criminal transition facilities and government corruption. I’d like to see more local control." More here.

DFO: Dang it, I agree with Gookin.


Stewart Unopposed For Commission

April 9, 2014 - 10:13am

David Stewart, a Kootenai County commissioner candidate, and Sharon Culbreth talk to Matt Roetter (off camera to left) during a break in the candidates forum sponsored by the North Idaho College Republicans Monday evening. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

As a result of Commissioner Jai Nelson's decision to withdraw from a re-election bid, David Stewart, above, has a clear shot at winning her commission seat. There are no other opponents in the race, on either the Republican or Democrat side. Stewart is a member of a rural property owners group that formed to fight the Unified Land Use Code last year. (archive story here) The anti-ULUC group also includes Marc Eberlein, a candidate for Commissioner Todd Tondee's seat. This means that two individuals from the same organization stand a good chance to control the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners next year.

Question: Do you think a political newcomer should be unopposed for county commissioner?

CPD Seeks Missing Lake City Man

April 9, 2014 - 10:09am

Coeur d’Alene Police officers are currently seeking information on a missing person. Carol Bartlett reported she discovered her husband Ronald Eldon Bartlett, 76, missing from their residence on today’s date. Carol stated she woke her husband just after midnight to tell him to go to his bed to sleep. He had been sleeping in his easy chair in the living room. She reminded him of a doctor’s appointment he has this morning and went back to bed. Carol said that instead of Ronald going to bed he may have been confused and left for his doctor appointment in Spokane. When Carol woke up this morning she realized he was gone. Officers have checked with the doctor’s office and Ronald has not arrived there. He is driving a silver 2001 Honda Accord, license # K42172. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ronald Bartlett is asked to call Coeur d’Alene Police at 208-769-2320/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

AM Headlines -- 4.9.14

April 9, 2014 - 9:48am

Pullman Fire Department firefighters manning their ladder platform are seen through a broken window as they fight a fire that destroyed the Brick Wall Bar & Grill early Tuesday in Palouse. Story here. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo: Dean Hare)

CdA Charter No. 1 Idaho High School

April 9, 2014 - 9:43am

The Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy is once again Idaho’s most-challenging high school, according to a ranking generated by the Washington Post. The results are calculated by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and dividing by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June. The Washington Post ranks the schools in order of ratio, with the highest (21.91) this year achieved by the American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, Calif., which repeats as the top-ranked school. The Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy ranked No. 1 from Idaho, No. 17 among Western schools and 59th overall. (Click here to read our profile of the academy. Click here to see a summary of the academy’s academic scores.)/IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: Has your family been involved with Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy?

Gary: Not All R's Same Color Of Red

April 9, 2014 - 8:57am

Gary Ingram: Dividing the GOP into two camps is too simple. It's more complicated than that. Many shades of red blending into each other. Issues help to define but style plays into the who's who game as well.

Question: How do you decide who's a Reasonable Republican locally and who comes from the Tea Party end of the spectrum?

Senate GOP Blocks Equal-Pay Bill

April 9, 2014 - 8:46am

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation meant to close the pay gap between men and women, framing an election-year fight between the parties over whose policies are friendlier to women. The bill was an attempt by Democrats to press what they see as their electoral advantage among women in the coming midterm elections, but they fell six votes short of the 60 votes they needed to prevent a filibuster and advance the legislation. “For reasons known only to them, Senate Republicans don’t seem to be interested in closing wage gaps for working women,” Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said in a floor speech/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Is this move going to win the GOP points with women?

Edit: UI's Pitman Will Be Missed

April 9, 2014 - 8:40am

In a Moscow-Pullman Daily News editorial today, Lindsey Teffrey opines: "Bruce Pitman, the University of Idaho dean of students, is a selfless man, even in his impending retirement, which he announced Friday. A Vandal of 40 years, Pitman has worked under 11 different presidents, including eight regular, three interim and one acting. He's been the university's one constant throughout the past four decades. Not a pretentious bone in his body, it will be impossible to find a replacement to match his caliber. Pitman has committed to remain in his seat while administrators search for his replacement. He says he's not going anywhere until the position is filled - which likely won't happen until early next fall, at the earliest - to ensure the department and university operate as usual and without hindrance. If only past presidents shared the same concern for the university after their hasty and untimely departures." More here.

Question: Have you met UI Dean of Students Bruce Pitman?

Trib: Tea Party All In For GOPrimary

April 9, 2014 - 8:33am

In today's Lewiston Tribune, Marty Trillhaase opines: "In what seems like a high water mark for the rebellion within Idaho's GOP, the hard right has challenged the establishment with its own slate of candidates. Among them are Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, against Otter, Eagle attorney Chris Troupis against Wasden, and Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik against Lt. Gov. Brad Little. Come the day after the election, Idaho may be facing the prospect of former House Speaker Lawerence (Boss) Denney supervising its elections as the GOP's choice for secretary of state and former Constitution Party secretary John Eynon overseeing its schools as the Republican choice for superintendent of public instruction. No matter how much the dominant political institution veers off into the right ditch, Idaho's GOP is Idaho government. Voters won't desert it." More here.

Question: Do you realize how important the GOPrimary is for the local/state Tea Party?

Spring Is In The Air

April 9, 2014 - 8:25am

Carolyn Westrick spends some personal time on the North Idaho College beach Tuesday morning. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Gabe Green)

There's just something about sunshine and temperatures in the 70s. People walking around downtown Coeur d'Alene seemed to have a little more bounce in their step Tuesday afternoon, the first time since September that the temperature rose above 70. It was 72 degrees at 3:12 p.m. in Coeur d'Alene, said climatologist Cliff Harris. "It was a long winter, but it has been a short spring," Harris said. It wasn't a record high for the date, he said. The temperature rose to 82 degrees on April 8, 1977. "So it was 10 degrees below the record, but still, it was nice," Harris said/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I consider the perfect Coeur d'Alene temperature to be between 75-78 degrees. How about you?

Fort Grounds Once Was Multi-Family

April 9, 2014 - 8:18am
I’m wondering about the historical nature of the Fort Grounds. Did they house all the soldiers in single family dwellings?

-- Kathy Smith of Coeur d'Alene, letter to Coeur d'Alene Press editor.

Letter: Council Took Away My Rights

April 9, 2014 - 8:14am

In a letter to the editor in the Coeur d'Alene Press, Randy Bell of Coeur d'Alene writes: "In 1984 I bought two rundown cottages in the Fort Grounds as a home and investment. I have remodeled, reroofed, added on and repaired those houses for 30 years and have a very nice historic 1906 home. These homes are not large, and the economic reality in the Fort Grounds is that this house and its neighbor are scrapers. They will be replaced with lot line to lot line structures, maybe attractive, maybe not. The City Council was bombarded with Norman Rockwell images of single family bliss to effectively remove the R8 zoning of the area by adding a restrictive single family overlay. This is not going to save the Fort Grounds’ historic character. What it will do is reduce the tools my family had in place when I invested in the Fort Grounds. As a blue collar worker without a huge pension or grand portfolio I was shocked that the City Council would override Planning and Zoning’s wise decision not to take away property rights." More here.

Question: Is it for the greater good -- and for the good of the community -- that Fort Gounds was preserved for single-family residences?

Idaho Court Hears Camp Easton Case

April 9, 2014 - 8:06am

The Boy Scouts of America has no plans to sell or swap Camp Easton on Lake Coeur d’Alene. In fact, the organization’s Inland Northwest Council wants to invest in upgrades there, and topping the list is a pedestrian tunnel under state Highway 97. “We’re going to further develop what we have right where we’re at. And that’s our complete plan for the future,” Boy Scouts Council Executive Tim McCandless said. But a legal challenge to the council’s authority to one day sell or trade the property at the heart of the camp is in its third year. Now it’s in the hands of the Idaho Supreme Court, which heard arguments Tuesday centering on the 85-year-old donation of land that established the popular camp on Gotham Bay/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (SR file photo: Cub Scouts at Camp Easton archery range)

Question: Have you ever been to Camp Easton?

Happy Hour

April 9, 2014 - 8:04am

Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press