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Hillman Enjoys NIPAC Lunch

April 16, 2014 - 1:34pm

Shauna Hillman, of Wallace, who is challenging incumbent Shannon McMillan, of Silverton, in the House District 7A race, enjoyed herself at the North Idaho Political Action Committee luncheon, featuring Gov. Butch Otter as speaker. Hillman is shown with friend David Bond, the publisher of the Wallace Street Journal. The event was held at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Events Center Saturday.

KCSO Denies Diamond Cup Extension

April 16, 2014 - 1:02pm

Diamond Cup Update: KCSO has denied a deadline extension of a month for the group to apply for a permit. Deadline remains July 1st -- Taylor Viydo/KREM2 tweet.

Poll: Idaho Repubs Have Small Tent

April 16, 2014 - 12:57pm
  • Monday-Tuesday poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation sez the Kootenai County Republican Party doesn't have a big tent. 146 of 188 (77.66%) said the local party doesn't have a big tent (in other words, it doesn't accept people beyond a narrow range of conservative ideology). Only 23 of 188 (12.23%) said the local party has a big tent. 19 (10.11%) weren't sure.
  • Today's Poll: Do legislative candidate Jeff Ward's tax problems matter to you?

Toy Grenade Shuts Down Spirit Lake

April 16, 2014 - 12:55pm

Wednesday morning, the Spirit Lake Police Department responded to the area of Middle Ave. in Spirit Lake where a suspicious device was found in a mailbox. SLPD and other agencies were called to the scene to investigate and once bomb squad inspected the mailbox they determined it was possible the device was a grenade. A robot was brought on scene to retrieve the device and it was then determined that the device was only a toy. The scare did cause a lock down in the town of Spirit Lake and some people in the immediate area were asked to evacuate/KHQ. More here.

Thoughts?

LBJ: A Flawed Giant -- Johnson Post

April 16, 2014 - 12:51pm

One of the best biographers of Lyndon Johnson, the presidential historian Robert Dallek, has often said that it takes a generation or more once a president has left office for us to truly begin to assess his presidency. Historians need access to the papers. Those in the presidential supporting cast, the aides, the associates, the enemies, need time to write and reflect on the man. Once those pieces start to come together, we can begin to form history’s judgment. LBJ’s time seems more and more at hand. Dallek titled one of his volumes on Johnson – Flawed Giant. That, I suspect, will be the ultimate verdict of history. A big, passionate man with supremely developed political skills and instincts who was, at the same time, deeply, even tragically, flawed/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: What do you think of LBJ's presidency?

A Pat On The Head

April 16, 2014 - 11:51am

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, pats a police dog during a visit to the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington, New Zealand, earlier today. Britain's Prince William and Kate are on the last day of their official visit to New Zealand before traveling to Australia with their son, Prince George. (AP Photo/Mark Mitchell, Pool)

DFO: Point of order ... if you're going to pet a strange dog, it's best to do so from the side and not from the front, like Prince Kate is doing. It's easier to avoid the teeth in case Bowser decides s/he doesn't want to be petted.

Channeling Gov. Otter

April 16, 2014 - 11:43am

Tongue firmly cheeked, commenter Sherlock offers this SPOOF:

URGENT COMMUNICATION FROM THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

The following post on your gossip blog was brought to my attention. The comments are obviously made up entirely and untruthful. The interaction involved no discussion about education, jeans, children, political favors, or steaming piles. You should know we do not consider your handling of these cookies very ethical. We would ask that you change your cutline photo to one of puppies or firemen.

Regrettably, Jon Hanian

Question: Have I made it clear enough that this is a spoof? Or should I run a border around the entire post offering some sort of disclaimer, like: "For the Funny Bone Impaired, this post is not an actual communique from the governor's office. It's a spoof (fuhcryinoutloud)"?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.16.14

April 16, 2014 - 11:40am
  • 11:52 p.m. A muffler is lying on road @ e/b I-90/MP 7 (H41, Post Falls).
  • 11:28 p.m. CPD officer decides reported gun shots near cemetery came from 21 gun salute for veteran.
  • 11:23 p.m. Painters complain of lightheadedness from fumes @ Unitech Composites, 10413 N. Aero Drive/Hayden.
  • 11:07 p.m. Female w/history of domestic problems threatening suicide in Post Falls.
  • 10:49 p.m. Resident @ 3800 block of Sky Harbor Drive/CdA reports lost dog.
  • 10:41 p.m. Driver of pickup @ e/b I-90/Post Falls area tailgating, flipping off other drivers.
  • 10:36 p.m. Deputy en route to Kootenai County Jail to deliver domestic protection order to inmate.
  • 10:33 a.m. Caller has questions re: trespassing regulations on Maplewood Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 10:17 a.m. Driver of disabled semi trying to hitch a ride @ w/b I-90/MP 7 (H41/Post Falls)
  • 10:15 a.m. Caller complains that driver of pavement roller going only 5 mph, w/o flashers, on Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 10:01 a.m. Coffee shop on Ross Point reports transient on property w/sign.
  • 9:15 a.m. Deputy en route to jail w/prisoner & giving courtesy ride to second person.
  • 9:09 a.m. Hit-and-run accident reported @ Hayden Avenue/Government Way.

Man Charged In Marathon Bomb Hoax

April 16, 2014 - 11:34am

With his attorney, Shannon Lopez, left, beside him, Kevin Edson is arraigned in boston Municipal Court, this morning in Boston. Edson was arrested Tuesday near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings. Edson was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday following his initial court appearance and ordered held on $100,000 bail. He is due back in court on May 7. Story here. (AP/Boston Globe photo: Wendy Maeda)

Thoughts?

Labrador, Crane Back Denney

April 16, 2014 - 11:30am

Republican Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho has endorsed Midvale Rep. Lawerence Denney to be Idaho secretary of state. Labrador made the endorsement Tuesday in Boise. Labrador cited Denney's business and political experience as well as his dedication to conservative principles and fair elections. Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane also endorsed Denney on Tuesday. The race for the GOP nomination is already crowded, with Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane and former state senators Evan Frasure and Mitch Toryanski running. Boise Rep. Holli Woodings is the only Democrat vying for the post/KTVB. More here.

Question: Whose endorsement means more in this race -- Raul Labrador's or Ben Ysursa's?

McEuen On Track For May 24 Opening

April 16, 2014 - 10:26am

It's been a decade in the making, with the last year and a half filled with closures and construction, but there's light at the end of the tunnel for Coeur d'Alene as McEuen Park is set to open in a matter of weeks. Construction workers shifted over to a seven day schedule back in March to stay on track for the May 24 grand opening. The park is 20 acres in the middle of Couer d'Alene, so businesses are obviously looking forward to the construction zones giving way to cars, pedestrians and most importantly customers. "When this street is open we will be for sure busy because when the people who pass here will not have another option," Robson Kallai at Grille From Ipanema said/Allie Norton, KXLY. More here.

Question: I check out work at McEuen Field about once a week. How about you?

Republican w/Record To Stay In Race

April 16, 2014 - 10:16am

Greg Chaney, who is unopposed on the GOP ballot for a House seat in Canyon County but whose domestic violence and multiple-bankruptcy record caused an uproar in Canyon County GOP politics, announced at a county central committee meeting last night that he’ll stay in the race. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Chaney said, “I just want to reassure that it was never my intention to misstate or misrepresent anything that’s happened in the past. I also feel very strongly that I have a unique position to carry the conservative voice forward for Canyon County.” Chaney said he has found God and changed his ways, and he and his third wife now live frugally; he plans to campaign on a platform of family values and fiscal responsibility/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you admire this guy's chutzpah?

AM Headlines -- 4.16.14

April 16, 2014 - 10:13am

"Nice" is how Yvette Harris, left, described the weather as she and her friend Jordie Remillong exercised their dog Hunter along the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene recently. (Photo: Kathy Plonka)

CPD PSA: Time To Remove Studs

April 16, 2014 - 9:11am

"The deadline for studded snow tire removal in Idaho is fast approaching. Drivers must have the tires removed by April 30. Your local friendly tire shops will help you out with that chore. Schedule your appointment soon and help keep our roads in good shape!" -- Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

DFO: I need to teach Christie when to use -- and generally not -- to use an exclamation point.

Question: Did you run studs on your car this year?

Are Ward Tax Problems A Big Deal?

April 16, 2014 - 8:50am

Shotgun Sam (RE: 5 voters ask Jeff Ward not to run): And remember folks, Ward helped lead the charge against Phil Hart. All while dodging taxes ...

DFO: I'm not too excited about the fact that Jeff Ward owes the state $6,664 to the state in taxes, an amount he says he has chiseled down to $1,000 through a payment plan. I also note that one of the individuals involved in making this complaint has attended meetings of the Rally Right, an arch-political enemy of Ward and the Reagan Republicans.

Question: Is this much ado about nothing?

Dem Tweaks Otter, Faces Rebuttal

April 16, 2014 - 8:46am

Canyon County House candidate Travis Manning thought he’d amuse himself and his supporters by satirizing Gov. Butch Otter on his campaign Facebook page. But the Vallivue High School English teacher quickly learned the governor found no humor in the prank. Manning used a photo of him shaking hands with Otter outside the Statehouse, taken March 28 at a gathering of Democratic candidates. “Bumped into Gov. Butch Otter last week at the Capitol,” Manning wrote in his April 9 post. “Here he is thanking me for working to save Idaho’s public school system from total annihilation….”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Photo: Travis Manning Facebook page via Idaho Statesman)

Question: I'm always amused when partisans, like Otter's PR guy, get their backs up & draw more attention to a non-story. Aren't you?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/democrat-manning-tweaks-otter-gets-scolded-by-guvs-spokesman/#storylink=cpy

Still 'Fabulous' After All These Years

April 16, 2014 - 8:40am

For anyone lucky enough to be at the Eagles Lodge in Coeur d'Alene Saturday night, there was an unexpected performance by the legendary and quite Fabulous Shadows. The Fabulous Shadows formed in 1963 as a group of local high-school students playing proms and slab dances and everything in between. The band officially retired after performing their last dance four decades later in 2005 at Coeur d'Alene High School's Centennial Picnic and All-Class Reunion at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. But these fellows weren't just bandmates. They're also lifelong friends coming together to show support for their guitarist, Mike Bolan, and his new group, Big Honey. After a few hours on stage as the Shadows, the guys proved they've still got it/Kerri Thoreson, Main Street, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Did you ever participate in a rock band during your Glory Days?

Bicyclist Proposes Lake City Changes

April 16, 2014 - 8:33am

With McEuen Park opening soon and a host of new community events coming this summer, John Kelly wants to make sure cyclists and pedestrians are safe - especially downtown. Kelly, who founded BikeCDA, will approach the city this week to propose the concept of on-street bicycle parking and proper lane striping. "With more and more events planned and a brand-new park opening up this summer, we will have a lot more pedestrians and bike traffic downtown," he said, adding now is the time to deal with that. He is presenting the concept to the city's pedestrian and bicycle committee at noon Thursday/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How often do you ride a bike?

Balukoff Faces Down NRA Bullies

April 16, 2014 - 8:28am

Here's something you don't see every day: An Idaho politician who isn't merely running against a foolish gun measure - the guns on campus law - but one who is taking on the group responsible for it, the National Rifle Association. Last week, A.J. Balukoff, pictured, a Democrat seeking the Idaho governor's office, threw the NRA's questionnaire back in the gun lobby's face. He didn't like the loaded questions. The NRA wasn't shy about telegraphing its position and then putting candidates in an "our way or the highway" bind. And Balukoff more or less disqualified himself from getting the NRA's support by opposing its signature measure in the 2014 Legislature -- a bill giving students 21 and older the right to carry a firearm into class and across much of the state's public college campuses/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you paying attention to Democrat A.J. Balukoff's candidacy for governor?

Letter: All Part Of Agenda 21

April 16, 2014 - 8:19am

Kholten Gleave, right, of Utah, pauses for the National Anthem outside of Bunkerville , Nev. while gathering with other supporters of the Bundy family to challenge the Bureau of Land Management on Saturday. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean)

Idahoans should pay close attention to what is going on in Nevada at the Bundy Ranch, as it affects Idaho. Cliven Bundy’s family has had grazing rights for about 140 years on public lands. The BLM is trying to remove his cattle and ranch under the guise of environmental rights for the desert tortoise. However, in fact, Harry Reid is behind the BLM grab. The director of the BLM is Harry Reid’s former Senior Advisor. He has purged documents from the BLM website with regard to removing Cliven Bundy from his land in order to facilitate a solar panel power station from which Harry Reid will benefit financially. ... Do you want to lose your land and rights? If you are not familiar with it already, you need to investigate U.N. Agenda 21, as this is what the Obama administration is following in order to steal your land and rights via zoning changes/Kimberly Moore, Coeur d'Alene, letter to Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you worry about the United Nation's Agenda 21?