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Sen. Keough tends to business

January 29, 2016 - 12:04pm

Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, second from left, sits with Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, second from right, during Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra’s budget presentation in the Idaho Capitol in Boise Thursday. The two co-chairwomen of the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee listened to Ybarra’s 7.5 percent budget request for fiscal year 2017. More here. (AP Photo/Kimberlee Kruesi)

Better Idaho: Money for church schools?

January 29, 2016 - 11:41am

If he is successful, Rep. Ronald Nate will be credited for causing more harm to more Idaho children than any other lawmaker in the 21th Century — all to adhere to a misguided ideology. He won’t be alone. Nineteen of his colleagues, all Republican, have cosponsored an Amendment to the Idaho Constitution that would take money away from public schools while sending it to church schools. Of course, defunding public schools would be a disaster for children from low-income families in a state where a majority of children are low income.

10 of the 18 legislators who have co-sponsored this reckless attack on the Idaho Constitution and public school funding represent North Idaho:

  • Rep. Boyle
  • Rep. Cheatham
  • Rep. Dixon
  • Rep. Harris
  • Rep. McMillan
  • Rep. Mendive
  • Rep. Nate
  • Rep. Redman
  • Rep. Scott
  • Rep. Shepherd
  • Rep. Sims
  • Sen. Nuxoll
  • Sen. Vick (via Regan)

AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.29.16

January 29, 2016 - 11:39am
  • 11:57 am. Unconscious Male -- 76YO male @ Four Seasons, 850 E Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 11:06 a.m. Reckless Rider -- Speeding motorcyclist passing vehicles @ s/b H95/Chilco Ave.
  • 10:49 a.m. Residential Burglary -- Ohio Match Road/Rathdrum resident @ KCSO to report burglary.
  • 10:39 a.m. Welfare Check -- Male w/pony tail, in black, walking on road @ H95/Honeysuckle Ave, Hayden.
  • 10:31 a.m. Injury Fall -- 75YO female may have broken bone in parking lot fall @ undisclosed Post Falls church.
  • 10:25 a.m. Vehicle Lockout -- 5870 Van Buren/7th St, Spirit Lake.
  • 10:08 a.m. Injury Fall -- 73YO female @ 205 E Anton Ave/CdA.
  • 9:49 a.m. Suicide Threat -- Female smoking cigarette says she isn't suicidal, just despondent over divorce (9:39 item).
  • 9:39 a.m. Suicide Threat -- Hayden female tells 15YO son that she wants to kill herself.
  • 9:25 a.m. Structure Fire -- 6-by-6-foot chicken coop fully engulfed @ 4896 E St. Anthony's Lane/Post Falls.
  • 9:22 a.m. Traffic Hazard -- Driver trying to fix propane truck parked @ e/b I-90/H41 onramp without flashers on.
  • 8:13 a.m. Possible Stroke -- 5600 Steamboat Bend/Riverside Harbor, Post Falls.

AM: FBI releases shooting video

January 29, 2016 - 10:42am

This photo taken from an FBI video shows Robert "LaVoy" Finicum before he was fatally shot by police Tuesday, near Burns, Ore. A video released Thursday by the FBI of the shooting death of a spokesman for the armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge shows the man reaching into his jacket before he fell into the snow. The FBI said the man had a gun in his pocket. Story here. (FBI via AP)

Rebel flag on MLK Day angers Wallace man

January 29, 2016 - 10:06am

Wallace resident Jon Ruggles has filed a complaint against a Shoshone County Solid Waste Department employee who parks his pickup in a prominent location at the transfer station, bearing a Confederate flag on the front license plate and back window. The Shoshone News Press published a front-page story about it Thursday. Below, you'll find a letter Ruggles sent to the Solid Waste Department:

It is my contention that this confederate flag located on both the front of the license plate area and rear window of the vehicle constitutes an an abridgment of the Shoshone County Personnel Policy Manual. While your employee could be dismissed as being ignorant of the affront he caused, the fact that his vehicle was parked in a prominent spot so that people entering the County Transfer-station could not miss his confederate flags —when the rest of our nation was celebrating our diversity in Martin Luther King’s birthday—either shows employee is either ignorant of current public affairs or that he was making a political statement neither is acceptable. Full letter here.


While the cat's away ...

January 29, 2016 - 9:54am
Mike Kennedy Facebooks: "Kathleen has been gone for six days. The Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon will look better after a month long occupation than our house will when she arrives home. World's Worst Mr. Mom reporting for duty!"

Question (for the Men of Hucks Nation): Do you keep the house tidy while your wife is away?

Poll: Shut down virtual schooling

January 29, 2016 - 9:49am
  • Thursday Poll: After learning that virtual schooling graduates only 20% of its high schoolers, Hucks Nation voted that the school option should be shut down in Idaho. 94 of 170 respondents (55.29%) took that position. 65 of 170 respondents (38.24%) supported continuing the alternative schooling. 11 (6.47%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: What is your general view of the city of Post Falls -- positive, negative, neutral?

Scott earns another Tribune jeer

January 29, 2016 - 9:10am

In his Cheers & Jeers column today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives Jeers ... to state Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard:

Earlier this week, a deputy attorney general had to explain to her the concept - embodied in the 1803 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Marbury v. Madison - that the U.S. Constitution is the law of the land and the Supreme Court interprets the Constitution. Scott was insisting the Supreme Court lacked the authority to overturn Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage. What else doesn't Scott know? Separation of Powers? The Electoral College? Such blatant civic illiteracy is dangerous. That's how we could end up with President Donald Trump. Full Cheers & Jeers column here.

Prosecutor: Chmelik did nothing wrong

January 29, 2016 - 8:52am

GRANGEVILLE - Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk A. MacGregor said County Commission Chairman Jim Chmelik did nothing wrong by voting to set aside money for an organization he formed to fight the federal government over control of public lands. MacGregor said Chmelik was within his rights when he voted, along with the other two commissioners this week, to bank $5,000 for future payment to the Coalition of Counties - an organization Chmelik formed to challenge federal ownership of public lands in Western states. MacGregor said he has reviewed the law and does not believe there is any conflict of interest/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree with prosecutor that it's OK for a commissioner to vote to give money to a group he's involved with?

Lawmaker Shepherd pushes Maniacs plate

January 29, 2016 - 8:44am

The first specialty license plate bill of the year was introduced in the Idaho House Transportation Committee Thursday afternoon, honoring the Orofino High School Maniacs. Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, sponsored the measure. He noted the Maniacs have a tremendous fan base in the Clearwater Valley."They came up with the idea of having a license plate with the school mascot on it, and it had great support," he said.Shepherd introduced a similar bill last session. It never received a hearing, but he thinks this one has a good chance of advancing/William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Does Idaho need an Orofino Maniacs vanity plate?

Letter: Post Falls far from paradise

January 29, 2016 - 8:40am

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press today, Mike Reno of Post Falls takes issue with a recent Press editorial applauding the progress in the city of Post Falls:

Which Post Falls did your Sunday editorial refer to? Please put away the Pollyanna and the Prozac. Time for some reality from your own news articles. Post Falls is where the shoplifting 9-year-old got picked up on an outstanding warrant. Made national news. Post Falls is where the K27 shooter stashed his stolen cars. Rumor has it he lived in a home not far from the water tower on Spokane Street. His buddies did. The PFPD had to raid it last year after Sgt. Moore perished. Post Falls is where Meador the molester lived near the aforementioned 9-year-old and molested little girls. Right by the Treaty Rock monument is where the live-in boyfriend killed his girlfriend because she threw him out of her apt. Why didn’t these people live in Liberty Lake or Coeur d’Alene, I wonder? More here.

Question: Do you have a positive/negative/neutral attitude toward Post Falls?

Moderator Kelly is star of debate

January 29, 2016 - 8:30am

There was no avoiding it, and Fox News Channel didn't really try: Megyn Kelly was the star of the show at Thursday's Republican presidential debate in Des Moines. Kelly, of course, is a big reason that GOP front-runner Donald Trump refused to participate. Ever since their run-in at the first primary debate in August, Trump has maintained that Kelly is a "lightweight" who doesn't ask fair questions. (Never mind that he previously said she's a great moderator.) Unreasonable as Trump's critique might be, all eyes were on Kelly and her questions in Des Moines/Washington Post. More here.

Question: Did you watch the debate?

Samuel: Closing arguments today

January 29, 2016 - 8:19am

A delay in producing jury instructions moved closing arguments in Eldon Samuel III's trial to today. Lawyers and the judge in the Kootenai County case anticipated closing arguments being delivered Thursday and handing the case off to the jury for a decision. The trial continues at 9 a.m./Coeur d'Alene Press.

Ybarra ask 7.5% ed budget increase

January 29, 2016 - 8:14am

BOISE – Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra told lawmakers she wants a new education culture in Idaho. In a nearly hour-long budget presentation on Thursday, Ybarra said her plan would “provide high-quality education while moving way from a very rigid philosophy of over-testing, compliance, and a one-size-fits-all accountability structure.” Her proposal, which had been in the works for a year, calls for a 7.5 percent boost in state funding for schools, a continuation of the state’s multi-year commitment to raise teacher salaries and flexibility for school districts/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

The Revenant

January 29, 2016 - 8:06am

Michael Ramirez/Investor's Business Daily

Wild Card/Thursday -- 1.28.16

January 28, 2016 - 5:00pm

It's almost the end of January -- and I still have one of my New Year's resolutions fairly in tact. I've been writing a diary. I've tried to make it daily. But I'm OK that I've written in it 4-5 times per week. It is amazing how many things you forget in a few days, although they were important at the time. It has been an eventful month. We tend to focus on the bad things that occurred. But, generally, fair more good things happen to us in a given week or month. We simply don't pay that much attention to the blessings. Here's your Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 1.28.16

January 28, 2016 - 4:52pm

After placing a wreath, daughters and sons of Challenger astronauts look up at the names of their loved ones on the Astronaut Memorial during a Day of Remembrance Ceremony to honor the lives of the seven crew members of the Challenger space shuttle on the 30th anniversary of the 1986 tragedy, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Thursday. In addition to paying tribute to the Space Shuttle Challenger, they also honored all of those who have fallen since the beginning of the U.S. space program. (Tim Shortt/Florida Today via AP)

Jury to decide Eldon Samuel's fate

January 28, 2016 - 4:36pm

A jury is about to decide what kind of killer Eldon Gale Samuel III was the night he shot his father and then attacked his younger brother with guns, a knife and a machete in their tiny house in Coeur d’Alene. Was he an abused and neglected 14-year-old boy acting out of self-defense and uncontrollable rage, as his defense team has argued in the three-week murder trial in 1st District Court? Or, as prosecutors have portrayed, did Samuel kill willfully and deliberately – and savagely when it came to his 13-year-old brother Jonathan, an autistic child cowering in his refuge under his bed as their father bled to death a few feet away/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Debate goes on, with or without Trump

January 28, 2016 - 4:30pm

The “undercard” Republican debate began Thursday night with a candidate complaining that he’d been ignored by the media, and overshadowed by front-runner Donald J. Trump and Trump’s threat to boycott the main event later on. “This debate was called the undercard debate. The undercard debate. It wasn’t advertised significantly,” said former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.), in his first chance to speak in the debate. He lamented that Fox News had spent the previous hour talking about whether Trump would follow up on a threat to stay away. “An entertainer” had captured everyone’s attention, Santorum said. “The entire lead-up to this debate was about whether Donald Trump was going to show up for the next debate”/Washington Post. More here.

Question: Do you plan to watch the GOP main event tonight?

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

January 28, 2016 - 4:25pm

South Korean marines and U.S. Marines from 3rd Division Expeditionary Forces carry each other during a combined military winter exercise in Pyeongchang, You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Wednesday Winner -- YPMule, with 4 likes: Pope Francis: thinking about a strawberry soft serve ice cream cone. You can see the Wednesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.