On her Heather Scott for North Idaho Facebook page, Rep. Scott posts a statement that indicates she's not happy with the special session called by Gov. Butch Otter to overturn the vote she and 8 other Idaho House Judiciary & Rules Committee Republicans made to kill Child Support Enforcement legislation:
"Idaho Legislators love Idaho children and want to make sure they are well supported. But something stinks! Governor Otter has vetoed 2 bills this session which would have helped Idaho kids.(1) Why all of a sudden is our Governor and the Health and Welfare Department so interested in calling a special session for a “new & revised” SB 1067? Is this really about kids, money, or is there something more? The Governor, Legislative leadership, and select Judicial and Rules Committee members have been involved in closed door meetings circumventing the public’s involvement and degrading the committee process. Are Legislators who initially voted against the bill being enticed and/or pressured to change their vote? Is the Governor or Leadership smarter than the people of Idaho? Do your Legislators answer to you or the Governor? Full post here.
The Idaho Republican Party doesn’t have a statement about the upcoming special session; party executive director David Johnston said the party has no comment. But they do have other news: Marco Rubio will be the keynote speaker at the party’s summer central committee meeting in Idaho Falls, which is June 5. Johnston said the Rubio appearance is “three firsts”: It’s the first time a presidential candidate has come to speak at the Idaho GOP’s summer meeting; it’s the first public appearance by a presidential candidate in Idaho this election cycle; and it’s the earliest in the campaign cycle that a GOP presidential candidate has visited the state/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
DFO: And you thought that the $2M appropriated by GOP legislators for the early prez primary was a waste of money? Pshaw.
From Post Falls PD Facebook: "Post Falls Police detectives are attempting to identify the two subjects in this photo who are suspected of shoplifting meat products from Super 1 Foods on May 1. If you recognize either of them, please contact Detective Uhrig at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-773-3517 and reference case 15PF08404."
- 5:54 p.m. Males in red Ford pickup may have taken power line along Perimeter Road/Athol.
- 5:34 p.m. Security at Hayden Walmart/Honeysuckle Ave has caught a shoplifter.
- 5:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for May 12-13 here.
- 5:03 p.m. Male high on drugs wanted for hit-and-run in Spokane Co may have abandoned car @ I-90/Beck Road.
- 4:32 p.m. Domestic dispute involving drunk male reported @ 400 block of S. Lena Louis/Worley.
- 4:27 p.m. 83YO female suffering heart problems @ 500 block of Spokane Ave/CdA.
- 4:21 p.m. Male is pacing in parking lot of Post Falls PD, officer en route to check it out.
- 4:06 p.m. Disabled vehicle was crashed into curb @ Hanley Ave/Talon Lane, CdA, & abandoned.
- 3:51 p.m. 3 vehicle, unknown injury crash @ H41/Ross Point Road, Post Falls.
- 3:30 p.m. Someone has fallen & needs help getting up @ 900 block of N7th St/CdA.
- 3:21 p.m. Someone is suffering a seizure @ 8400 block of W. Michael Way/CdA.
- 3:09 p.m. Spirit Lake officer stopping to check on group of teens on New Hampshire St.
- 3:01 p.m. Possible hit-and-run accident reported @ Seltice Way/Beck Road, Post Falls.
- 3:01 p.m. Outside motion and garage alarms sounding @ 6700 block of Sailboat Lane, off Kidd Island Road.
- 2:53 p.m. CPD officer will pull over white utility van when light changes @ Appleway/Govt Way, unknown reason.
- 2:43 p.m. CdA business wants transient trespassed after he returned to ask customers for money.
- 1:42 p.m. Officer stopping to make a house check @ 1100 block of S. Breezy Way/Post Falls.
- 1:34 p.m. Someone is suffering a seizure @ 15500 block of Stevens St/Rathdrum.
- 1:09 p.m. Sounds like CPD officers have talked distraught male out of house after borderline hostage situatiion involving his ex-wife or soon-to-be ex-wife. Several people had been in the house. Unknown location.
- AM Scanner Traffic
Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Kenck has sent out a statement about the upcoming special session of the Idaho Legislature, writing, “The ‘You Just Can’t Make This Up’ Caucus is scrambling to justify the blunder that threatened $205 million in child support for Idaho kids.” You can read the full statement here. “Idahoans are fed up with broken promises and dishonest distractions,” Kenck writes. “As to child support in Idaho, (Rep. Lynn) Luker and his peers broke it and the public demands that they fix it. We know that. We won’t thank them for their vigilance against cockeyed conspiracy theories. … We know who to hold to account”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Izzit just me, or is there a co-dependence thing going on here. GOP legislative leaders refuse to call Gov. Otter out on such fiascoes as the private prison and school broadband. And Otter reciprocates by not denouncing the goofs that voted in the 9-8 majority in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee against Child Support Enforcement legislation?
CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt was filming an interview following a Toronto FC soccer game when a gaggle of drunken men decided to yell an obscenity at her in reference to this fake viral video. But rather than ignore the fact that these men had screamed (a terrible obscenity) while she was trying to do her job, Hunt decided to interview them about it: As Hunt remains professional and polite, the clearly intoxicated men attempt to mock and belittle her while simultaneously explaining, “It’s not about you.” More from Boing Boing here.
Question: Wouldn't you be embarrassed if you knew one of these jerks, or -- worse yet -- one of them was related to you?
On Post Falls PD Facebook, the Day Shift reports on a theft at Hospice Thrift Store: "Manager of the store reports that a fake surveillance camera mounted in the store has been stolen. No suspects and no means of how the camera was reached and stolen are known. The manager advised the officer that the camera was approximately twelve feet up."
Question: So is the thief going to be surprised that the camera is fake? Or did the thief know that it was fake and wanted to end the charade? Inquiring minds want to know.
In her Slight Detour column today, Marianne Love reports: "I'm honored to share yet another story of my former English student, Ret. Army Sgt. Brandon Adam who now lives in Colorado. Brandon and his family have participated in a segment of a PGA special, airing this Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT or 2 p.m Eastern on CBS. Since his injuries, incurred from an IED explosion in Iraq in 2007, Brandon has continued to amaze and inspire his family, friends and fellow warriors by taking on continued challenges, stemming from those injuries, and with his desire to live a full, satisfying life. This morning, I've included the press release explaining Saturday's CBS special." More here.
The end game on the future of the Boulder-White Clouds and additional wilderness protection is starting. Cross your fingers that the right changes can occur, and though he owes Idaho absolutely nothing, President Barack Obama will declare as a new national monument an area almost double the size of the carefully negotiated bill engineered over ten years by Rep. Mike Simpson. It will serve right folks like ATV’er lobbyist Sandra Mitchell and the double-crossing Senator Jim Risch to have all their shenanigans, delays and obstructionism result in something from their view point twice as bad as before. Governor Andrus has an old saying: “Pigs get fat but hogs get slaughtered:.” That fits Mitchell, Risch and the narrow interests they represent to a tee/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.
Question: Would you like to see President Obama declare Boulder-White Clouds as a monument, to take the decision out of the hands of the split Idaho congressional delegation?
Fort Boise writes re: his 15 years as a blogger:
"Today winds up a decade and a half of my blogging here on fortboise.org, and it's interesting to consider how much has changed. Seems like I was a lot younger back then, and in another world, temporarily relocated to the heart of the dot.com bubble and bicycling to work in Palo Alto. In mid-May, 2000, "search [was] hot" and online advertising was occasional, quaint and mostly not annoying (even though the attack was well-started). Clippy was a thing. Browser standards and HTML were messed up. Irises were blooming, just like today. There was agold rush in domain names. There were Office 97 Annoyances. Pictures were really, really tiny, because data storage cost money. There was a contest to build a website in 5kB or less. (This currently less-than-half a month html file is 6 times more than that, and the iris photo 10x.) yyyymm filenaming made it look like your  key was stuck, 200005.html." More here.
Question: Have you ever tried blogging? How long? Why did you quit?
In this Idaho Scenic Images photo, Linda Lantzy shows beautiful Lupine and Buckwheat along the Spokane River at Post Falls. You can see more of Linda's photography on her Facebook wall here.
- Amtrak crash/Bay Views
- 15 years of blogging/Fort Boise
- Being a grandparent/Simple Mind
- Will birds eat oatmeal?/The Slice
- Spokane Craft Beer Week, Day 3/On Tap
- For tasty reporting check out Tastemade/7 Blog
- Boulder-White clouds end game/Carlson Chronicles
- CBS PGA special to feature Sandpoint's vet Adam/Slight Detour
- Video helps anglers connect w/North Idaho pike study/Outdoors
- What part of fool & his money don't you understand?/A Grip on Sports
HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, May 12): 11,244 page-views/7,281 unique views
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has introduced a bill that would allow public utilities like Idaho Power to deny contracts to independent power producers if they can show they don’t need the electricity, Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker reports today, making a big modification to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, or PURPA. It’s a change Idaho Power really wants; the company says it doesn’t need any new generation until 2021, but could be forced to buy power from new solar energy projects in Idaho under current PURPA requirements. Barker’s full report is online here/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Do you have friends in high places?
Boaters on Lake Coeur d’Alene who forget their life jackets are about to have one more option. On Friday, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will be installing a new life jacket loaner station at the Higgens Point boat ramp, located at the east end of Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive. Currently, there are 69 loaner stations throughout Idaho, and this will be Kootenai County’s 5th station. Each loaner station has a handful of life jackets ranging in size from infant to extra-large. These life jackets are available to anyone that needs to borrow one. There are no fees, paperwork or hassle; it is all on the honor system. Just show up, grab a life jacket for the day and return it when you’re done. This program was created in 1996 and now several states, including Idaho have similar programs. The intent of the life jacket loaner program is to keep boaters safe and reduce the risk of drowning/Lt. Stu Miller, Kootenai County Sheriff's Office. More here.
Karan Menon of New Jersey high-fives members of the audience as he takes the stage for the Championship round of the National Geographic Bee today at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. Menon went on to finish first in the contest. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Question: Were you a whiz at geography?
From Coeur d'Alene Press editorial today:
Anybody here interested in the Second Amendment? Didn't think so. No, everybody here is interested in the Second Amendment. So if 142,000 Kootenai County residents try to cram into the Coeur d'Alene Public Library's community room Friday evening to listen to Dr. David Adler, we might have a problem. Adler, constitutional scholar extraordinaire, is coming back to Coeur d'Alene for the fourth consecutive spring. Thanks to the Idaho Humanities Council and the Friends of the Library, Adler will be speaking on the topic, "The Second Amendment: Fundamentals and Myths." The lecture starts at 7 and, after his remarks, Adler will entertain questions from the audience. More here.
Question: Are you interested in this topic?
The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho blasted Declo High School’s graduation dress code in an announcement Tuesday. The organization sent a letter to Idaho’s school district superintendents warning about gender stereotyping and dress codes that discriminate by gender. A document handed out to students at Declo High School instructs girls to wear a “white or pastel dress or white or pastel blouse and skirt” to graduation. Boys are instructed to wear pants, but cannot wear sandals, though girls can. “These are the kinds of things that you look at and just shake your head,” ACLU of Idaho’s legal director Richard Eppink wrote in a statement/Julie Wootton, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.
Question: What do you think of Declo High's graduation dress code?
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) may have let the cat out of the bag on his expected White House bid during a media event on Wednesday. “I’m running for president in 2016,” Bush said to reporters in Nevada before walking that declaration back. “The focus is going to be about how, if I run, how you create high-sustained, economic growth where more people have a chance to earn success.” Potential candidates typically walk a tightrope with Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations that clamp down on their fundraising abilities once they declare. By FEC rules, a person becomes a candidate after making a statement referring to him or herself as a candidate/The Hill. More here.
Question: I consider Jeb Bush to be the best potential GOP presidential candidate to date. How about you?
From Kootenai Environmental Alliance Facebook page: "Out with the students from the Lake City High School Outdoor Leadership program today sharing our love and understanding of Lake Coeur d'Alene!"
- 11:13 a.m. White sedan parked at Real Life Ministries with no adult around.
- 11:01 a.m. H95/Prairie Avenue reopened after crash.
- 10:25 a.m. Someone has been injured in a fall @ 600 block of Harrison Ave/CdA.
- 10:12 a.m. CPD officer stopping to check on welfare of someone @ 500 block of College Drive/CdA.
- 10:02 a.m. 2-car crash blocking intersection of H95/Prairie Ave, CdA; one car may have foggy windows.
- 9:53 a.m. Worley Fire EMTs en route to undisclosed medical emergency @ Coeur d'Alene Casino.
- 9:38 a.m. Officer arrests wanted male who has alert codes for violence tendency & parole violation.
- 9:36 a.m. Someone is complaining of stomach pain @ 7600 block of Mineral Drive/CdA.
- 9:20 a.m. Noninjury fall, lift assistance needed, @ 1300 block of Indiana Ave/CdA.
- 8:58 a.m. Driver of newer black Toyota RAV4 cut off one car entering e/b I-90/NW Blvd & then 4 others.
- 8:25 a.m. Officer reports debris on roadway @ Appleway/Ramsey Road, CdA.
- 8:12 a.m. Noninjury fall, lift assistance needed, @ 1000 block of N6th St/CdA.
- Tuesday Poll: Hucks Nation opposes a suggestion that Idaho should place a moratorium on new charter schools until charters address lack of minority students in their rank. 114 of 205 respondents (55.61%) oppose a charter school moratorium. 82 of 205 respondents (40%) support one. 9 (4.39%) were undecided.
- Today's Poll: Are Idaho charter schools practicing de facto segregation?
Sgt. Christie Wood of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department reminds us:
At 1 p.m. Friday, local law enforcement agencies will gather at Fallen Heroes Plaza located at Cherry Hill Park 15th St/Hazel Ave, in recognition of National Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. A Police Honor Guard made up of Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Idaho State Police, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rathdrum Police Department will participate in a short wreath laying ceremony to honor fallen officers. We all continue to grieve the recent death of Coeur d’Alene Police Sergeant Greg Moore. The risk that comes with wearing the uniform has never been greater. According to recent FBI statistics more than three times as many officers were killed during a crime in 2014 than the year before. A total of 51 officers died during car chases, traffic stops, ambushes and responding to other calls.
Question: Have you told an officer how much you appreciate him or her recently?
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