Jonathan Daniel Brown, right, plays Nate Norman in the upcoming film "Kid Cannabis." A Hayden native, Norman went from being a Pizza Hut delivery boy to operating a multi-million dollar drug organization focused on the import of marijuana from Canada into North Idaho. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)
When the corpse of a young Hayden Lake man was discovered in the woods near Mokins Bay in 2002, Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brad Maskell said he initially thought he would be investigating a dumped body. But the investigation into the death of 20-year-old Brendan Butler, the adopted son of a wealthy Hayden Lake family, uncovered more than a murder. It revealed that before his death, Butler was the head of a drug smuggling operation that was importing "BC Bud," a potent strain of Canadian-grown marijuana, into North Idaho. "It grew into a very large investigation with tentacles out into a lot of different areas," Maskell said. "That murder investigation took us through the drug world that existed here in Coeur d'Alene at the time," Maskell added/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you remember this case?
How much do you know about a string of suspicious fires in the Inland Northwest, a historic change in "The Late Show" and other current events? Take The Spokesman-Reviewr weekly News Quiz and find out. You could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel simply by entering. You can take the News Quiz here.
- Answer to Question No. 2: $31,200
- Last week's winners: Tamara Poelstra from Coeur d’Alene (gift card) and Jason Kirshner from Hayden, Idaho (movie tickets),
And now for a public service announcement from the city of Coeur d'Alene: "Residents attempting to file an online parking ticket appeal were unable to do so between April 3 and April 11 due to a problem with the link to that site. The form is now available. To file an appeal online, visit our website then click on the "I want to ..." tab and then to the appeal a parking ticket."
DFO: I appealed a parking ticket in downtown Spokane once -- and won. I had placed a $20 bill for event parking in the proper spot. But didn't know that the event called for a debit card purchase. So I wasn't exactly a scofflaw.
Question: Have you ever appealed a ticket for parking or a moving violation. Did you win?
DFO: I'm stunned that Idaho Dad's oldest is in college. But not that college is expensive. I helped put two kids through private, out-of-state colleges. I hope they remember that down the road about 15 years -- and put me in a good nursing home.
Question: Have you experienced the sticker shock of college yet?
In-house lunches and dinners and nearby delivery and catering will be offered by The Coeur d'Alenes, a new restaurant at 1116 Ironwood Drive. The 2,100- square-foot facility previously was Soups Etc., Sunshine Trader, Vito's and Brycie's. Opening in about a week, it will seat 70 customers at indoor tables and probably outdoor seating later. Using local sources and crafting meals in-house, the menu will include burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, sauces and seasonal specialties. The Northwest decor includes a central water feature under a skylight and a huge 1942 regional map drawn by a cartoonist. Owner Troy Fausett was born and raised with a Wallace mining family, and the business will have eight employees. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5-9 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Phone 665-7007/Nils Rosdahl, Business Bits, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Did you use to dine at Sunshine Trader, Soups, Etc., Vito's or Brycie's?
State schools superintendent candidate Randy Jensen says he doesn’t want money from his supporters. Instead, the says he’d like to see supporters donate to the school of their choice — and take advantage of several state and federal tax breaks in the process. “For the same out-of-pocket expense someone can donate $500 to a school or $100 to my campaign,” Jensen, an American Falls principal, said in a news release Monday. “I would rather a school of the donor’s choice get $500.” Jensen points out that a state school tax credit can cover up to 50 percent of an individual, family or corporate donation to a school. Other tax credits and deductions can further reduce the out-of-pocket cost/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here. (Photo: IdahoED NEWS)
Question: What do you make of candidate Jensen's proposal to followers -- to contribute to schools rather than his campaign?
Chris Carlson/The Carlson Chronicles columnizes on abuse heaped on state Sen. Shawn Keough at recent forums: Forum attendees were overtly hostile and constantly rude----interrupting her attempt to answer questions, calling her a RINO (Republican In Name Only), and the nastiest word of all, a LIBERAL. These Tea Party wing-nuts actually believe state legislators can repeal ObamaCare and when she and others tried to explain why that just isn’t the case, they were booed and shouted down. Some bluntly said her 18 years of service was enough. Where else in America do you hear people call for someone who has performed their job well to be fired after 18 years? Senator Keough, like the other “gems,” will say the abuse comes with the territory, but the personal abuse has to hurt. They also will tell you that the personal politics of vilification have gotten much worse¸ that if you disagree with a wing-nut its not a difference of principle, it is because you are evil and a tool of the devil. More here.
Question: I've never understood why Tea Party crowds, who wrap themselves in patriotism & old-time values, can be so nasty when they are part of a crowd -- mob? -- at a political funtion. Anyone?
Former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, one of four candidates for secretary of state, attended a Kootenai County Republican Central Committee meet-the-candidates event at the Post Falls American Legion Saturday. The event, which attracted about 100 people, was scheduled in response to a rival North Idaho Political Action Committee fund-raiser at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Events Center, which attracted about 250. None of the Central Committee leadership attended the NIPAC luncheon.
- 12:05 p.m. A 5-to-6-foot piece of metal, 5 inches thick, is lying @ s/b H95/MP 436 (near Lancaster/Hayden).
- 11:35 a.m. County resident reports 2 men are banging on her door claiming her husband had written bad checks.
- 11:31 a.m. Fire alarm sounding at business as result of owners deleting code of fired employee.
- 11:10 a.m. A male is yelling and "acting weird" outside a Post Falls business.
- 11:01 a.m. Alarm set off at house @ Fernan Lake Road/Lake View Drive by someone who doesn't know code.
- 10:49 a.m. Resident @ Corbin/Hudlow reports 4 loud blasts in last hour, north of his Post Falls home.
- 10:47 a.m. Resident @ 800 block of Timberlake/CdA complains about animal noise.
- 10:14 a.m. Fire reported in red vehicle parked at Fred Meyer lot.
- 9:48 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 100 block of E. Jeffery Pine Lane/CdA.
- 9:24 a.m. A male is yelling in the parking lot of Pawn 1, 2427 Seltice Way/Post Falls.
- 9:15 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Buckskin/Arrowhead, Indian Meadows/CdA.
- 8:41 a.m. Possible boat crash on Hayden Lake near County Club turns out to be floating dock.
- 8:36 a.m. Responder on scene trying to decide location of possible boat crash on Hayden Lake. He's told that it occurred about 100 yards south of Hayden Lake Country Club. He sees no boat. But somethings floating on the water.
- 8:32 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Coeur d'Alene Casino lodge.
Gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher talks to a woman at the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee meet-the-candidates event at the Post Falls American Legion Saturday. Fulcher did not attend the rival North Idaho Political Action Committee luncheon at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Events Center that same afternoon. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
- Weekend Poll: Three-quarters of Hucks Nation says political newcomer Pat Whalen will defeat state Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Post Falls, in their Senate District 3 GOPrimary race. 161 of 211 respondents (76.3%) say Whalen will defeat Nonini, while 50 of 211 respondents (23.7%) say Nonini will win.
- Today's Poll: Do you think that the Kootenai County Republican Party has a big tent?
Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon has released figures showing the amount of incremental tax dollars that will be flowing to urban renewal agencies for the current tax year. $10,527,447 -– a 2% increase from last year – will flow from 22 different taxing entities to five urban renewal agencies instead. Totals by urban renewal agency are:
- Harrison Urban Renewal Agency $1,394
- Hayden Urban Renewal Agency 555,504
- Lake City Development Corporation $5,849,882
- Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency $3,947,550
- Spirit Lake Urban Renewal Agency $173,147
- Total $10,527,447
“Essentially these numbers are flat compared to last year,” said Mr. Brannon. More here.
Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath:
Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often. And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men — to feel whether this time the men would break. The women studied the men's faces secretly, for the corn could go, as long as something else remained.
Steinbeck's novel follows the Joad family as they flee Dust Bowl Oklahoma for a new life in California. When the book was first published — 75 years ago Monday — it was a best-seller/NPR. More here.
Question: Which Steinbeck novel is your favorite?
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