"We're having an interesting extended summer, " said North Idaho College student Paiten LaBolle as she did some homework at the campus in Coeur d'Alene on Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Prairie Avenue reopens/CdA Press
- Car crashes into Midtown Safeway/KHQ
- Clark: Musician squeezes out paean to pot/SR
- Clearwater Forest offers mobile app for travel map/Outdoors
- Cougar sightings reported near Sandpoint, Clark Fork/Daily Bee
- Aphids more prevalent this year with warm, dry days/Brian Walker, Press
- Monday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation said Democrat A.J. Balukoff won the gubernatorial debate with three other candidates in Coeur d'Alene Friday. 66 of 123 respondents (53.66%) said Balukoff won. 23 of 123 respondents (18.7%) said Republican Gov. Butch Otter won. 12 (9.76%) favored Libertarian John Bujac. And 1 (0.81%) voted for Independent Pro Life. 21 (17.07%) were undecided.
- Today's Poll: Do you agree with Republican Secretary of State candidate Lawerence Denney that Idaho should eliminate its primary election?
Despite expectations, hundreds of college-aged students were not, in fact, lined up to buy legal marijuana Saturday when MJ's Pot Shop opened for business. There was no frenzy or disruption and, unlike Spokane's opening day, under 100 people showed, compared to the 700-plus that individual Spokane stores see on Saturdays. Instead, the line was a mix of all ages and types. In a college town, mere miles away from another college town, pot critics assumed the line would be riddled with young bodies. In an unfair stereotype, 22-year-olds have become the face of the pot campaign, when in reality it should be the aching baby boomers/Lindsey Treffry, Moscow-Pullman Daily News Editorial Board. More here.
Question: Are you surprised that college students on the border are flocking to legal pot shops in Washington?
Idaho Secretary of State candidate Lawerence Denney wants to do away with the state’s primary election. Denney made the proposal at a City Club of Boise (Monday) against his Democratic opponent, Holli Woodings, who sharply disagreed with it; she said Denney wants to “put additional barriers between people and the ballot.” “There’s a kind of misnomer that the primary is an election. It’s not an election,” said Denney, a nine-term state lawmaker and former speaker of the Idaho House. “It’s a nomination process. It should not be, in my opinion, it should not be run by the state government but by the parties themselves, because we are selecting our candidates”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Would you like to see the primary election in Idaho eliminated?
Farmgirlfit, a fitness center designed for women, opens Monday at 2930 N. Government Way (north of Best Tire). Coaches guide members ages 16 to 65 through one-hour workouts called "the grind." They lift weights, run, jump, push, pull, climb and sometimes flip a tractor tire. "Our ladies do things that translate to everyday life," said co-founder and coach Jaunessa Walsh. "It's the most efficient way to be fit." Members are encouraged to participate in monthly challenges--from eliminating sugar to doing pull-ups to raise money for charities. They may gather for weekend runs and cheer each other on in races. "Facing and overcoming challenges bonds people," Walsh said. "Everyone here is trying to be their best selves"/Nils Rosdahl, Business Bits, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question (for the Ladies of HucksOnline): Would you prefer a center with fitness designed for women? Or working out in a gym with men, too?
Local health care and emergency providers are prepared for a potential outbreak of Ebola in Kootenai County. Ebola, which is ravaging western Africa, has garnered increasing national attention since several Americans returned from overseas with the disease. "We want to be aware and we want to be concerned," said Jeff Lee, staff epidemiologist at the Panhandle Health District. "But we don't want to panic." Lee added that the Panhandle Health District works closely with area hospitals and emergency providers to ensure they are ready to properly combat any potential outbreak. "We make sure that they have personal protective equipment, that they're screening for travel history when dealing with anyone who meets the criteria for Ebola," Lee said/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you think that -- eventually -- this country will be hit with a devastating health crisis, caused by contagious disease?
Some people are tenacious. Those who spend their lives looking for Bigfoot or Nessie (the affectionate nickname for the Loch Ness monster) are a great example. For most of us, though, a fruitless quest will eventually be abandoned as a waste of time. Unfortunately, for an ever-increasing number of Americans, looking for a job has become a lot like looking for Bigfoot, and each year, a smaller percentage of people remain in the hunt. The relevant statistic here is what’s known as the “labor force participation rate.” Basically, you take the people age 16 and older in a given geographic area (such as Idaho) and you calculate what percentage of that group is employed. This metric differs from the unemployment rate in a very important way—unemployment is based only on those individuals who are classified as looking for work. Those who have stopped or given up aren’t counted/Parrish Miller, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.
Question: Do you know people who gave up looking for a job?
Republican Treasurer Ron Crane said Idahoans should vote for him on Election Day because of his 16-year record in office. Crane's Democratic challenger, Deborah Silver (pictured), said voters should pick her based on Crane's record, too. Silver points to problems in the Treasurer's Office cited in several state audits about Crane's misuse of taxpayer money and an inappropriate transfer that cost taxpayers $10.2 million as signals that the state needs a new treasurer. "The treasurer should be impeccably honest," Silver said. "We've had some real problems with that." Crane, who pointed out that later audits found most of the problems corrected, said the remaining issues are overblown and that voters should focus on the state's high credit rating and his claim to have earned $1.1 billion for the state and local political subdivisions through investments and interest/Zach Kyle, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Do you have any reservations re: how Treasurer Ron Crane has handled his job?
Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/07/3414308_treasurers-race-focuses-on-cranes.html?sp=/99/1687/&rh=1#storylink=cpy
Former SR photog buddy Brian Plonka compiled this short piece last fall on the pesky aphids that annoy us at this time of the year. This piece was shot in Hauser Lake, during a recent aphid hatch. Shot with Canon 7D, 24mm 2.8, 45mm 2.8 tilt-shift, 80mm 1.8, 180 mm 2.8 and 500 mm reflex lens (circle effects in last 2 sequences)
- Also: Aphids even more prevalent this year with warm, dry days/Brian Walker, Press
Question: How do you deal with aphids?
Kootenai County is about to get a new treasurer – the first change in the leadership of that office since 2001. One candidate on the Nov. 3 general election ballot said he would take a new approach to handling deposits and investments, saying the treasurer has not kept current with best practices. His opponent said she does not see a need to shake up how things are done, preferring instead to invest county funds wisely and manage the office in an open and transparent way. Tom Malzahn, who was appointed treasurer in 2001 and elected to the post three times, did not seek re-election. He supported his chief deputy, Laurie Thomas, to succeed him. But Thomas lost in the Republican primary to Steven Matheson, who now faces Democrat Janet Callen/Scott Maben, SR. More here.
Question: Do you know enough about either candidate to confidently cast a vote?
Item: Local cancer care changing: Some employees were terminated, asked to reapply for jobs/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press
More Info: An alliance between three cancer care providers in Kootenai and Spokane counties is nearly complete, but the transition will require some employees to reapply with another entity. Cancer Care Northwest, Kootenai Health and Providence Health Care agreed last year to form a new regional cancer alliance to improve the quality and coordination of care for cancer patients in Kootenai County and Spokane. As the final details of that alliance take shape, several cancer center employees at Kootenai Health, Sacred Heart and Holy Family hospitals were terminated and are being asked to reapply for their jobs under Cancer Care Northwest and a new entity called Inter-Pacific Alliance for Cancer Care.
Question: Would you be confident that you'd get your job back with your company or a related entity if you had to reapply for it?
My idea of a wunnerful afternoon-evening in downtown Coeur d'Alene? Coffee & treats at Bakery by the Lake, followed by a walk on the waterfront that included an impromptu concert of classical music by four sisters (on strings) and a horn player in McEuen Park's Veterans Plaza. And then by dinner at Crafted at 6th & Sherman. It was hard to tell which experience I enjoyed best. It all was made better by presence of Amy Dearest and Okie Doke with us. We ever stopped to see the Rainbow Bridge at night, with the colors playing off the wires. The controversial piece of art presents its best side at night. Downtown Coeur d'Alene impressed our hard-to-impress Portland visitors. Now for today's Wild Card ...
Robert Morris University Illinois students practice playing the video game “League of Legends” with their collegiate teammates at their on-campus training facility in Chicago. The small private university is offering hefty scholarships for players of “League of Legends,” which has become one of the most popular games for organized team competitions nationwide. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
- Top Comment of Day: Watching this train wreck. Ray and Mary don't understand the authority of the federal government and the Affordable Care Act. Mary admits she's no expert on Medicaid, but claims its broken -- Joker.
- Most Commented Story: Video Debate: Souza v Writz (16 comments), and: Gay marriage wins ruling in 5 states (12 comments), and: Denney defends closed GOPrimary (11 comments).
ThomG57 (RE: Denney defends closed GOPrimary): In a top two primary John Goedde would be running against Mary Souza and this time instead of running a lazy campaign he'd probably clear out that useless balance in his campaign account and, you know, campaign.
Question: Would Mary Souza beat state Sen. John Goedde is a two-way contest in a general election?
Time 2 Vote ...
Facts: Claudie Fragapane of Britain competes on the balance beam at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, China. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Weekend Winner -- Doctor Watson, with 11 likes: "Trump: "Care to see if my carpet matches my drapes?" You can see weekend photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
1:59 p.m. PFPD is searching for missing 16YO female Orianna E. Roberts (aka Ferguson). She was last seen in Post Falls 11 a.m. Friday, wearing blue jeans with holes, and a white shirt with a black "designer" pattern on it. PFPD wants to hear from anyone who has had recent contact with Orianna, or knows her location. Contact Det. Uhrig, 208-773-3517.
- 4:48 p.m. Driver of Ford truck was seen drinking from vodka bottle @ s/b Ramsey from H53/Rathdrum.
- 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Oct. 5-6 here.
- 4:08 p.m. Suspicious male reported @ 15th Street/Montana Avenue, CdA.
- 4:02 p.m. Post Falls female who attempted suicide in 2011 is threatening to hurt herself.
- 3:57 p.m. Hazmat unit needed for undisclosed environmental reason @ Blanchard Conoco.
- 3:51 p.m. 9YO boy reportedly trying to start forest fire w/lighter @ Silver/Sturgeon, Rathdrum.
- 3:36 p.m. 56YO female suffering chest pain @ Prairie Family Medicine, 1130 Prairie Ave/Hayden.
- 3:35 p.m. 50ish male on ground after bike hit by vehicle @ undisclosed location, EMTs en route.
- 2:40 p.m. EMTs en route to Post Falls 3YO who has been seizing.
- 1:59 p.m. Vehicle stripped, abandoned @ Cliffhouse/Woodland Beach, Hauser Lake.
- 1:31 p.m. Female reports suspicious contact by IRS agent. But return number to IRS was legitimate.
- 1:23 p.m. Undisclosed juvenile problem reported @ 2400 block of Zinc Drive/Mountain Court, Athol.
- AM Scanner Traffic
Coeur d'Alene Police officers and firefighters responded to a car crash Sunday night at boutique near 4th and Garden. Police say a woman driving an SUV somehow managed to crash her car into Rags Unique Boutique around 7:00pm. Both the driver and her passenger took off on foot. More here.
- Kootenai County's wanted people/Press
- Run eases pain of SIDS deaths/Devin Heilman, Press
- Rasmussen to lead Northwest Specialty Hospital/Press
- Gay marriage legal in 30 states, not Idaho/Betsy Russell, SR
- Denney wants to eliminate primary/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise
- WSU's Leach fires special teams coach Russell/Jacob Thorpe, SR
In the first of a series of candidate videos, the Coeur d'Alene Press spotlights the Senate District 4 race between Coeur d'Alene activist Mary Souza and Constitutionalist Ray Writz. Coeur d'Alene Press Online describes the discussion this way: "On Monday morning, Republican Mary Souza and Constitutional Party member Ray Writz joined Press reporter Keith Cousins for a half-hour discussion on several key state issues. Souza and Writz are competing for the Senate seat that has long been held by John Goedde of Coeur d'Alene."
Question: Souza vs. Constitutionalist Writz for a state Senate seat in Coeur d'Alene? Are. You. Kidding. Me?