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Woman Accused Of Gnawing Seat

September 22, 2014 - 4:16pm

A Bonner County woman arrested on a host of misdemeanor charges on Thursday added a felony to the pile after allegedly gnawing through the upholstery of a sheriff’s patrol vehicle while being taken to jail. Staci Anne Spence is charged with malicious injury to property at the felony level because replacing the seat exceeded $1,000, according to court documents. Spence is also charged with battery, battery on a law officer, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. Judge Debra Heise set Spence’s bail at $32,000 and appointed a public defender to represent her, court records show. Spence, 42, was arrested Thursday morning at her north-side home after allegedly dousing a couple with pepper spray as they slept in a van parked off Grouse Creek Cutoff Road/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Bee. More here.


Idaho Women Last In Median Income

September 22, 2014 - 4:06pm

Idaho women and individuals have the lowest median incomes in the country, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Women's median income in Idaho — or the income at which half of women earn more and half earn less — was $21,908 in 2013, 51st among the 50 states and Washington D.C. Idaho women's median income rose 2.9 percent from 2012. Delaware women had the highest median income at $49,563. Idaho individual median income was $27,932, also ranked 51st. Washington, D.C. had the highest individual median income at $56,619/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Anyone keeping count re: how many times Idaho comes in last in national rankings? Motto: Idaho: the Mississippi of the West -- and proud of it. Thoughts?

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Coming To A Mailbox Near You

September 22, 2014 - 3:48pm

Mailers from state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, arrived in mailboxes in my neighborhood over the weekend. Rep. Sims has the red-white-and-blue working for her campaign literature. I consider everything on her list of accomplishments fairly boilerplate. But I did pause when she described herself as a community supporter and an "urban renewal watchdog." As a leader of the failed movement to recall former Coeur d'Alene mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members, I wouldn't call Rep. Sims a "community supporter." And I'm not sure I would use the term "watchdog" to describe her eyes-rolled-back-in-her-head opposition to urban renewal. Other than that? No problems.

Millinneals Ending Boomer Dominance

September 22, 2014 - 3:22pm

Right now in the United States, there are more 23-year-olds than people of any other age. This seemingly trivial fact of demographics is an anomaly more than 50 years in the making. According to U.S. Census data, since 1947, the most represented age in the United States has always been a member of the group born in the 20 years after World War II, the baby boomers. In 1950, it was age 3. In 1990, it was 29. In 2010, it was 50. The rise of the boomers, a group forged into adulthood during the social and political upheaval of the 1960s and ’70s, has been chronicled and teased apart since their conceptions. Boomers collectively were named Time’s Man of the Year in 1966. ... But, as the Bob Dylan song goes, “The times, they are a-changin’”/Alexis Wilkinson, McClatchy-Tribune. More here.

Question: Isn't it about time a new group challenged the Boomers as most influential?

Pot Outlook Divides Idaho, Washington

September 22, 2014 - 2:58pm

JohnA (RE: Pot smoker dials 911 for help): We have a friend with a license to grow medical pot near Clarkston. He says it's funny to look across the Snake River from his property to Idaho and realize the huge philosophical divide between the two states. I've only tried pot once so I'm certainly no expert but I agree with our friend that there can be no other neighboring states so diametrically opposed to each other on such a big issue. And, if anyone down south believes it is only a north Idaho issue, folks in Boise will soon begin to experience that divide, as Oregon voters are favored to approve the recreational use of pot in November. I'm guessing Montana won't be too far behind, virtually surrounding us with the legal use of marijuana. It should get interesting.

Question: Have you ever tried pot?

Tillamook Vehicles Invade Lake City

September 22, 2014 - 2:44pm

I noticed these three mini-buses on the waterfront, during my daily walk along the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene at noon. They all have the Tillamook brand. I wonder if any of these vehicles was part of the batch that was stolen in California earlier this summer? And found again. Dunno what's going on here. But Don Sausser snapped a few photos of the vehicles while parked near the Hagadone Corp HQ.

Pot Smoker Dials 911 For Help

September 22, 2014 - 1:58pm

From Swing/Night shifts Saturday/Sunday at the Post Falls Police Department: "(Reporting Party) called 911 (from N. Adkins) to report he had smoked marijuana and was feeling really high and wanted to be checked by medical. Officers arrived on scene and after the male was checked by medical and cleared, his marijuana was found by officers. A citation was issued for Possession of Controlled Substance.

  • H/T: Taryn Thompson

Question: Does the guy think he's in Washington, or something?

Idaho's Signature Food?

September 22, 2014 - 1:52pm

On Mental_Floss, you can find a list of each state's favorite/signature food, according to viewers of the Cooking Channel. Idaho's fave/signature food? Finger steaks. Washington's? Cedar-planked salmon. Montana's? Huckleberry pie. You can find a map with the entire list here. (Wikipedia photo of a finger steak)

  • H/T: Patrick Jacobs (via Facebook)

Question: Do you agree that Idaho's fave/signature food is ... finger steaks?

Be Kind To Elephants, Hobbits

September 22, 2014 - 1:48pm
Today is Elephant Appreciation Day. It's also Hobbit Day. So get out there and hug an elephant. Or a hobbit. Or something -- Facebooks Cindy.

Question: Which Oddball "Day" do you like most?

SR News Quiz For 9.21-26.2014

September 22, 2014 - 1:44pm

You don't have to be an expert in current events to win our weekly quiz, but it can't hurt. All entrants in the weekly Spokesman-Review News Quiz are eligible to win two movie tickets, and our overall champ -- drawn from among the top scores -- will score a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: A building in the School of Communication.
  • Last week's winners: Steve Sibulsky from Coeur d’Alene (gift card), and Misty O’Brien from Spokane (movie tickets).

Chilco Dump Site To Replace 2 Others

September 22, 2014 - 1:32pm

The Kootenai County Solid Waste Department is pleased to announce the opening of the Chilco Rural Residential Solid Waste Collection Site on Oct. 1. A ribbon cutting ceremony with the Commissioners is planned for next Monday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m., at the site. The Chilco Rural Collection site, located at 20835 N. Ramsey Road, Rathdrum, will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.  The site will be staffed seven days per week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The Garwood and Twin Lakes sites will close permanently at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. The new site is on county-owned property and consolidates  the existing Garwood and Twin Lakes collection sites/Kootenai County news release. More here.

Question: What do you think of this garbage consolidation move?

Alaska Reporter Quits On The Air

September 22, 2014 - 1:09pm

Some people just give their two weeks' notice when they quit their job. Others give a notice that will be remembered for much longer than two weeks. An Anchorage, Alaska, news reporter quit with a memorable sign-off Sunday night, announcing that she was the driving force behind the pro-pot organization she had just finished a segment on. Then she shrugged and said, “(Expletive) it, I quit.” Charlo Greene was reporting for KTVA 11 News about the Alaska Cannabis Club, a collective that aims to raise support for a November ballot initiative on legalizing recreational marijuana/NBC News. More here. (Photo:

Question: Have you ever abruptly quit a job? Why?

Treasurer Crane Can Run, Can't Hide

September 22, 2014 - 1:02pm

Ron Crane (pictured) has been the Idaho State Treasurer for 16 years.  Most voters don’t have a clue who he is or what he does. That’s a shame because his inexpertise at shifting investment accounts has cost the taxpayers at least $20 million dollars according to an independent audit.  He is trying to cloud the picture by citing a legislative audit of office management that gives him a “clean” bill of health and included reviews of his questionable personal use of a state issued gas credit card and expense account reimbursements.  However, he continues to refuse to disclose all the documents related to his inept management of the known $20 million loss. Fortunately, for Idaho voters, there’s a lady bulldog after him, a tough minded, no nonsense accountant from Twin Falls named Deborah Silver who knows numbers and can keep the books balanced/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Here's another Idaho race in which the best candidate doesn't have an R after his name. Thoughts?

2000 Race For Cancer Cure

September 22, 2014 - 12:55pm

About 2,000 people, including spectators and racers, attended the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Coeur d'Alene Race for the Cure on Sunday morning on the North Idaho College campus. (Press photo: Devin Heilman)

Michael Dobler and his wife, Hanna, stood at the start line on the North Idaho College campus and stretched their arms and legs. Michael wore a string of pink beads and Hanna rocked a pink tutu with a pink shirt that read, “Boobie brigade.” The Coeur d’Alene couple smiled and didn’t take themselves too seriously Sunday morning before the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Coeur d’Alene Race for the Cure, but the issue at the core of the race, fighting breast cancer, drummed up some serious support. “We’re running to find a cure, and for my grandma, Mary, who passed,” Hanna said. “My father’s running also, who had cancer as well,” Michael said. “My father’s a survivor”/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you ever participated in Komen Race for the Cure?

HBO Blogosphere -- 9.22.14

September 22, 2014 - 11:54am

"Well, we made it to the Draft Horse Show on time (Friday) night, even though it looked for a while that the family members were going a few different directions," posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Sept 14-20): 36,528 page-views/22,624 unique views

AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.22.14

September 22, 2014 - 11:44am
  • 11:17 a.m. Parking problem reported @ 7300 block of Wheatfield/CdA.
  • 11:15 a.m. Someone is suffering seizure @ 15th/Birch, CdA.
  • Someone is suffering seizure @ 200 block of N2nd/CdA.
  • 10:54 a.m. Resident is in KCSO lobby to follow up on Twin Lakes Road house fire.
  • 10:13 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 2000 block of Monte Vista Drive/CdA.
  • 10:09 a.m. CPD officer en route to Kroc Center to investigate undisclosed problem.
  • 9:47 a.m. 65YO female suffering undisclosed medical emergency @ 2800 block of Masters Drive/CdA.
  • 8:54 a.m. Driver of silver Silverado speeding, reckless @ e/b I-90/MP 7, Post Falls.

Levies Are Hard Go In Poorer Districts

September 22, 2014 - 11:25am

Do poorer school districts have a tougher time passing supplemental school levies? Here’s some more evidence. To take one more look at Idaho’s growing reliance on supplemental school property tax levies, I work on one more math problem. I looked at the 115 districts’ 2013-14 market value — and their 2013-14 enrollment — to look at market value per student. The disparity, of course, is wide — but that’s no surprise. Critics of Idaho’s school funding model say the property tax places an unfair burden on poorer school districts, since residents have to pay a disproportionate share to float a levy. And this, according to critics, violates the state constitution — which mandates a thorough and uniform public school system. The richest district, per pupil, is North Idaho’s tiny Avery School District, with 16 students and $117.7 million in market value. That equates to more than $7.3 million per student. The poorest district, East Idaho’s Sugar-Salem district, has $250.6 million in market value, but 1,583 students. That comes out to $158,000 per student/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.


Evaluating 'Boss' Denney

September 22, 2014 - 11:19am

I like Lawerence Denney. I worked four sessions as communication adviser with the House GOP caucus when Denney was speaker of the House and found him to be fair and supportive. “Boss Denney,” – a description often used by the Lewiston Tribune and Post Register – didn’t fit this soft-spoken man. In morning leadership meetings, he was anything but a “boss” or “bully.” Scott Bedke and Mike Moyle, the top leaders of the House today, were the strongest personalities in the room and often drove the discussions. Denney, with his friendly laid-back style, was the kind of guy who would lend you a ladder or a wrench if he were your next-door neighbor. That’s the side of Denney that I have known for seven years. But because of his actions as House speaker, I can’t dismiss the harsh comments from the Tribune, Post Register and other sources/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Do you think former House Speaker Lawerence Denney is fit to be secretary of state?

Kidd Island Bay In The Fog

September 22, 2014 - 11:12am

On his Facebook page, Don Sausser posts that Kidd Island at Kidd Island Bay catches a few rays early on Friday morning.

Grim Tax Shift Picture Gets Grimmer

September 22, 2014 - 10:57am

Eight years ago, Idaho's Republican leadership made you a promise. They would reduce your property taxes while taking care of your schools. Too bad it didn't work out that way. During his brief stint as Idaho's interim governor in 2006, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch ramrodded to passage a tax shift - repealing the property tax that then provided schools with $260 million and replacingit with a penny increase in the sales tax that generated only $210 million. Then his successor, Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter, cut school budgets even more to free up cash for tax cuts. The result, Idaho Education News' Kevin Richert reports, has been $1 billion worth of supplemental property taxes school patrons have implemented to backfill some - but far from all - of the schools' losses during the past eight years/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: If Idaho had a do-over, would you like to see property taxes, rather than the sales tax, used to pay for maintenance and operations of our public schools?