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Hall: Skinflints & The Holy Bicycle

October 21, 2014 - 8:51am

In the Lewiston Tribune, Bill Hall writes: "People who live in glass bodies shouldn't throw stones. In fact, people who live in fragile glass bodies worn with age should throw a little money now and then into the schools of their own grandchildren. What good are elders if they aren't good to the education system? Unfortunately, many people in my gray generation are skinflints. Oh, these big spenders give a dollar now and then to a favorite grandchild, but they vote nay to a new high school or a new grade school. A part of me understands (the wallet part of me). When you are 50, you hang a little looser. You contribute to good causes, most especially including support of public schools and public health. But when you retire, your new job is mostly about not working. More here.

Question: Are most Seasoned Citizens you know skinflints?

Burrito Incident Makes CNN

October 21, 2014 - 8:46am

That guy at Harmony House who got arrested for throwing a burrito at an employee has made national news. At CNN Headline News (HLN), Stacey Newman writes about the incident in the regular feature, "Craziest Arrests of the Week!" Quoth: "A 52-year-old Idaho man was arrested Sunday for allegedly attacking a female employee with a burrito at an assisted living home in Coeur d’Alene. Travis Micho allegedly threw his dinner burrito from his plate at the female victim during a dispute as she stood across the table from him at Harmony House Assisted Living, according to a Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office report.  Police arrived to find what was left of Micho’s burrito on the wall. Micho was booked on a battery charge." More here. (Carl's Jr photo of burrito, for illustrative purposes)

Question: Don't you love living in a community that regularly makes national news?

City Asks Hitching Post To Quit Suit

October 21, 2014 - 8:44am

The city of Coeur d’Alene has asked the Hitching Post to withdraw its religious freedom lawsuit in the wake of gay marriage becoming legal in Idaho. City attorney Michael Gridley wrote to the wedding chapel and pointed out that two weeks ago the business took steps to become a nonprofit religious corporation. Thus, the Hitching Post is exempt from the city’s ordinance that outlaws discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Gridley said the city will not prosecute legitimate nonprofit religious corporations, associations and other organizations exercising First Amendment rights. The Hitching Post sued the city in anticipation that the city would use its anti-discrimination policy to force the chapel to perform same-sex weddings over its religious objections/SR. (SR file photo: Owner Don Knapp stands in front of the Hitching Post)


Designer De La Renta, 82, RIP

October 21, 2014 - 8:38am

In this Sept. 11, 2012, file photo, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta watches as the final model walks the runway during the presentation of his Spring 2013 collection at Fashion Week in New York. The designer de la Renta, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Question: Are you a fashionista?

When Council Members Grow Pot

October 21, 2014 - 8:32am

This is a historic moment for Spokane government. It came with news that City Councilwoman Karen Stratton is running a marijuana grow operation with Chris Wright, her hubby and park board member, plus others. It’s unprecedented having a member of city government so cannabis-connected. So openly, I mean. Half the council members I’ve met over the past 30 years seemed like they were on something. That, of course, may have had more to do with my overall jaundiced view of politicians. But what makes Stratton’s involvement so history-making is that ganja wrangling is now as legal as can be thanks to the passage of I-502. Providing you fill out all the proper paperwork, that is/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: If it was legal to do so in Idaho, would you want a council member to be in the business of growing marijuana?

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 10.7.14

October 7, 2014 - 5:34pm

The Coeur d'Alene Press has provided online readers and this section of cyberspace quite a service by providing half-hour video interviews with the candidates. Yesterday, the Coeur d'Alene Press Online featured the Idaho Senate District 4 race between Republican Mary Souza and Constitutionalist Ray Writz. Press reporter Keith Cousins handled the moderator duties. I'm looking forward to more of the videos. As I post this Wild Card, I tip my hat to Press Editor Mike Patrick for this voter service ...

Parting Shot -- 10.7.14

October 7, 2014 - 5:33pm

The Rockettes rehearse their "New York at Christmas" number from the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular, in the rehearsal space of St. Paul the Apostle Church, in New York, today. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Top Comments -- 10.7.14

October 7, 2014 - 5:18pm

Top Comment Today (RE: Cancer workers fired to be re-hired): 100% correct! As a 29-year employee at Sacred Heart, these "re-allocations" are becoming more and more the SOP. Lay people off, then re-hire as "new" employees. As a "new" employee at a "new entity" at a new pay rate, loss of seniority and accrued benefits, and undoubtedly with less scheduled hours. In no conceivable way is it the "same job" as the one they lost -- Elaine.

Otter, Wasden: 'We Have 7 Days"

October 7, 2014 - 5:09pm

Here’s why Gov. Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden are taking the position that the 9th Circuit’s stay on same-sex marriages starting in Idaho – issued at their request while they appealed to the 9th Circuit – is still in effect: On Page 91 of the ruling, in the “Information Regarding Judgment and Post-Judgment Proceedings” that follows the ruling itself, the court notes: “The mandate will issue 7 days after the expiration of the time for filing a petition for rehearing or 7 days from the denial of a petition for rehearing, unless the Court directs otherwise.” “The net effect is that we’ve got 7 days,” said Jon Hanian, Otter’s press secretary/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you expect Idaho to appeal the decision all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Cutline Contest -- 10.7.14

October 7, 2014 - 4:51pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Facts: Mary Westermayer of St. Louis, Mo., reacts after the homemade hat with redbirds that she wore to a pre-game rally in St. Louis won her two tickets to Game 3 of the NLDS Playoff against Los Angeles. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Telegraph, John Badman )

Monday Winner -- Herb, with 12 likes: "Claudie met defeet in her balance beam attempt." You can see Monday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 10.7.14

October 7, 2014 - 4:45pm
  • 5:29 p.m. Firefighter at Worley fire reports helicopter flying in for "some bucket work."
  • 5:16 p.m. CPD officer requests Street Dept to move body of large, dead animal from 15th/Hazel because it is attracting people. But is told that street workers need overtime authorized.
  • 5:04 p.m. Injured animal reported @ 15th Street/Hazel Avenue/CdA.
  • 5:02 p.m. Someone may be suffering a stroke in 5800 block of Royal/CdA.
  • 4:45 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Oct. 6-7 here.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Oct. 6-7 here.
  • 4:10 p.m. Crash b/n white Chevy pickup & gray Chevy Silverado reported @ n/b H95/MP 432.7 (Kathleen/CdA).
  • 4:09 p.m. 3-man crew sent to protect houses threatened by fire off Weller Road/Worley.
  • 3:53 p.m. Firefighters on Worley area fighter are gaining upper hand on fire.
  • 3::39 p.m. Firefighters battling Worley area flames of 3-5 feet, ask for brush truck & tender aid.
  • 3:05 p.m. Firefighters are battling 75-100 acre grass fire, off Weller Road/Worley area.
  • 2:08 p.m. Deputies en route to domestic dispute on Tamarack Ridge Road/Cataldo.
  • 1:57 p.m. Disembodied police voice: "You say tomato, I say to-mah-to." To which dispatcher responds: "10-4?"
  • 1:41 p.m. Possible grass fire in the Mica-Kidd Island Bay area.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Press Video: Sims v. Nesse

October 7, 2014 - 4:37pm

In its second video debate, the Coeur d'Alene Press interviews Democrat Anne Nesse and Republican incumbent Kathy Sims, who are vying for Sims' House District 4 seat. Reporter Keith Cousins served as moderator in a discussion that touched on job development and wages, and explored the candidates' level of support for a behavioral health crisis center in North Idaho.

Question: Which candidate impressed you most?

Bar Quarrel Leads To Near Fatal Gash

October 7, 2014 - 4:31pm

A confrontation inside a Harrison, Idaho, bar Saturday night spilled into the street and ended with one man crashing through a post office window, slicing open his neck. Charles N. Skinner, 31, of Spokane Valley left a trail of blood down a sidewalk and into the street, where he collapsed. His wife, a nurse, gave him aid and requested a medical helicopter due to her husband’s extensive blood loss. Lifeflight landed nearby and took Skinner to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he was treated and since has been released. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested another man, Anthony Blake Stephenson, 38, of Post Falls, for battery and obstruction. The altercation began during an Oktoberfest celebration at One Shot Charlie’s, a Harrison tavern. Skinner’s wife told him a man had fondled her twice as she ordered a drink, according to statements to police/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Sounds like the individual who crashed through the window is a lucky fellow. Thoughts?

PM Headlines -- 10.7.14

October 7, 2014 - 4:26pm

Gay marriage defendants, from right, Amber Beierle, Rachael Beierle, Lori Watsen, Sharene Watsen, Traci Ehlers, and Sue Latta address media outside of the James A McClure Federal Building and United States Courthouse Tuesday in Boise. A federal appeals court declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage in 30 other states. The couples sued the state over Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage(AP/Statesman: Kyle Green)

CdA Sewage Becomes Rich Compost

October 7, 2014 - 3:29pm

The City of Coeur d'Alene is greening up its newly renovated McEuen Park using tons of a home-brewed compost. The stuff is made from sludge at the city's wastewater treatment plant. They call it Coeur d'Green. The city carefully describes it as made from "de-watered biosolids." In plain English, that means the raw material is sewage plant sludge. The city's been making the unusual compost since 1990, using it on city projects and even selling it commercially. It's been popular for years for greening up area golf courses, and landscapers use it widely as a moisture retainer and soil amendment/KPBX 91.1, Spokane public radio. More here.

Question: Have you tried Coeur d'Green in your garden?

Lunar Eclipse Tonight

October 7, 2014 - 3:15pm

Don Sausser snapped this photo of the moon setting around 5:30 this morning, in preparation for tonight's eclipse around midnight.

A total lunar eclipse in the wee hours of Wednesday morning should give Inland Northwest sky watchers a chance at seeing the moon bathed in reddish-orange light that passes through the Earth’s atmosphere. Forecasters are calling for mostly clear skies in the region. The eclipse color can vary from copper to blood red depending on the amount of dust or smoke in the atmosphere. The initial faint eclipse of the moon starts at 1:15 a.m. with the moon becoming progressively darker as the Earth’s shadow crosses over the full moon. The total eclipse begins at 3:25 a.m. and continues for about an hour/SR. More here.

Question: Do you plan to watch any of the lunar eclipse?

LCDC To Discuss Midtown Housing

October 7, 2014 - 3:02pm

At a special meeting, scheduled for the Coeur d'Alene Library Community Room at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Lake City Development Corp. will discuss a proposed mix-use work-force housing initiative for Midtown Coeur d'Alene. Midtown stakeholders are invited, as well as the general public.

HuffPo Spotlights Lake City Opera

October 7, 2014 - 2:54pm

In a Huffington Post article, "The rumors of opera's death have been greatly exaggerated," writer Jennifer Rivera spotlights Opera Coeur d'Alene among five companies that have been started since 2000. Quoth: "Their main objective is to provide high quality opera to the inland northwest, to help develop the careers of emerging artists, and to work towards becoming a destination summer festival for the Coeur D'Alene tourist season as well." Read all about it here.

Question: Do you like opera?

Idaho Clerks Ready For Gay Marriage?

October 7, 2014 - 2:40pm

Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon, center, could be on the hot seat if/when Idaho county clerks are directed to issue marriage licenses to same-sex partners. Brannon is shown with Gary Ingram, left, and former county coroner Jim West listening to governor's debate at Coeur d'Alene Library Friday. (HucksOnline has a call in to Brannon to ask about today's 9th Circuit ruling.)

Dan of the Community (RE: Idaho gay marriage ban struck down): I imagine there are some interesting discussions going on around the state at the 44 county clerks offices. As an FYI, marriage licenses are issued by the County Clerk via the Recorder's Office. I think I remember seeing an article earlier this year that the Idaho Association of Counties was providing training to all of them so they probably have a system ready to go in case a ruling like this came down.

Question: Will this ruling put Republican County Clerk Jim Brannon in a bind with Bob Pedersen and his Rally Right supporters?

Idaho Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

October 7, 2014 - 1:46pm

Amber Beierle, left, and her partner Rachael Robertson, from Idaho, listen to arguments on gay marriage bans at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 8. (AP file photo)

A federal appeals court has struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco made the ruling Tuesday. It did not decide on a similar case in Hawaii, which legalized gay marriage in December. State and federal court judges have been striking down bans at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year. The 9th Circuit ruling comes a day after the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in 11 more states, for a total of 30, when it rejected a set of appeals. Here is the ruling from the 9th Circuit Court/Associated Press.