The Vandals take the court tonight for an event that, as of late, has been one-sided, both on the scoreboard and by location. Idaho (2-1) will face Boise State at 6 p.m. at CenturyLink Arena with the hopes of snapping a five-game losing streak against the Broncos (3-1). The meeting also marks the fourth-straight time the two teams will meet at a neutral location, which isn't exactly ideal for the Vandals coach Don Verlin."Is that game important? Yeah, I just wish it was played differently," Verlin said during his weekly press conference last Tuesday. "I wish they would come up here and play every once in awhile and that doesn't seem to be something that is going to happen in the near future"/Michael-Shawn Dugar, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (AP file photo, of UI coach Don Verlin)
Question: I agree with Coach Verlin. Boise State should be required to travel to Moscow for an occasional basketball game. State elected officials can make that happen. What do you think?
In this Aug. 4 file photo, a female bear cub with badly burned paws who had been named Cinder is put into a crate before a flight from East Wenatchee, Wash., to Lake Tahoe, Calif. The cub that was injured in a massive Washington state wildfire over the summer will be moving to a rehabilitation facility in Idaho for the winter. Story here. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook, File)
- Comment sought on Avista plan/Press
- Education leaders join forces/CdA Press
- Scammers not taking holiday break/Press
- Clarkston bans pot sales in city limits/KXLY
- WSU students asked to have mumps vaccination/KXLY
- Snake River dredging challenged by fishing groups/Outdoors
- Spokane attorney accused of rape makes 1st appearance/KHQ
- Monday Poll: A near supermajority of Hucks Nation sez the Coeur d'Alene area is more diverse today than it was 10 years ago. 67 of 166 respondents (40.36%) said Coeur d'Alene is a little more diverse today. 39 of 166 (23.49%) said it is a lot more diverse today. 34 (20.48%) said the Lake City is about the same today as it was a decade ago. 22 (13.25%) said they don't want any more diversity. 4 (2.41%) were undecided.
- Today's Poll: Do you think the rioting in Ferguson, Mo., is justified and/or understandable?
With recreational marijuana legal or nearly so in four Western states - including two that border Idaho - pro-pot activists in Idaho say it's time to make another attempt at legalization here. Marijuana becomes legal July 1 in Oregon, in late February in Alaska and likely later in the spring in Washington, D.C. It will take longer for at least Oregon to start retail sales, as was the case for Colorado and Washington state. A ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho got only 406 verified signatures earlier this year, while backers of a drive to legalize and tax marijuana in Nevada say they turned in nearly 200,000 signatures supporting their measure. Now a new Gem State organization, New Approach Idaho, aims to push for full legalization/Kristin Rodine & Alison Gene Smith, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo, of a marijuana plant)
Question: Is it time for Idaho to legalize marijuana, too?
Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply. The regulations will also apply to convenience stores, bakeries, coffee shops, pizza delivery, amusement parks and vending machines/Associated Press. More here. (AP commercial wire)
Question: Do you really want to know how many calories are in the Big Mac that you're eating?
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, is a conservative's conservative. When the National Journal combed through a series of votes, it ranked Crapo the 10th most conservative member of the U.S. Senate. That puts him behind fellow Idahoan Jim Risch, who heads the list, as well as Tim Scott, R-S.C. (third), Mike Lee, R-Utah (seventh) and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. (ninth) but well ahead of Rand Paul, R-Ky., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Pat Toomey, R-Penn. - who didn't even make the top 15. But you wouldn't know it from the Club for Growth. The conservative group famous for going into GOP primaries and targeting Republicans it deems not pure enough - including Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson - just issued its endorsements. Johnson's on the list. Same goes for Lee and Scott. As are Paul, Rubio and Toomey. Crapo? ... He's not on it/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Do you think U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is conservative enough?
Steve Meyer, the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce's newest Citizen of the Year, said he was surprised when he recently received the honor. "For the last 40 years, my practice has been to stay quiet and work for our customers. I am humbled by the chamber recognition," Meyer told The Press. "Coeur d'Alene has been a great place to work, invest, raise our family and contribute to the community. I feel like I have received more than I have given." The award recognizes an individual's exemplary volunteer efforts, altruistic philosophy and personal service on behalf of the community. In its announcement of Meyer's receipt of the award, the chamber lauded the Hayden Lake resident's "leadership and commitment to technological innovation and education, not only in North Idaho but statewide"/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo courtesy of Meyer family)
DFO: Few can top the accomplishments Steve Meyer and his wife, Judy, have made to this community and to area education. Well deserved.
Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. Firefighters were dousing the blackened remains of some businesses and at least one was still ablaze. Some Ferguson stores that weren’t burned had smashed display windows, but the streets of the St. Louis suburb were mostly clear. Monday night’s protests were far more destructive than any of those that followed Brown’s Aug. 9 death, with more than a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed. Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo: Protesters take their pictures in front of the burning Juanita's Fashion R Boutique in St. Louis, Mo. early Tuesday)
Question: Do you think the actions of protesters in destroying property was justified?
Colleen Zwiers, a nurse at Kootenai Health, draws insulin during her shift on Monday afternoon. Payrolls increased $23.5 million in 2013 compared with 2012 in the health care and social assistance sector of Kootenai County’s economy. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Tess Freeman)
Personal income in 2013 in the five North Idaho counties rose approximately 1-3 percent compared with the previous year, according to numbers released Monday by the Idaho Department of Labor. "Most sectors showed increases in employment and increases in average wage," said Kathryn Tacke, a regional economist based in Lewiston for the department. Personal income - the total of wages, business profits, investment earnings and transfer payments like Social Security and pensions -- rose in all but Lewis County in Idaho in 2013. Idaho's 2013 average wage was up 2.4 percent from 2012 to $37,800. The national average is just more than $50,000/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Have you received a good pay raise in the last year?
The Clarks arrived here Monday morning bearing gifts for the new child. As I mentioned several columns ago, my beautiful daughter, Emily, recently brought into the world a healthy, sweet 7-pound baby girl, our first grandchild. Which sent my lovely wife, Sherry, into an affectionate frenzy of conspicuous consumption, buying toys, books and clothing for little Ronan Grace Berry. Ronan, by the way, is a Celtic name meaning “little seal.” (Hey, that’s what they tell me, anyway.) So Sherry found this cute gray, plush seal that she ordered online. At the Spokane International Airport, literally minutes before we had to board our plane, Sherry bought a white “onesie” that had “Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol” printed on the front in red. Nobody in our family skis, by the way, but why let a technicality stand in the way of cute/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
Question: Do you go into a buying frenzy every time a grandchild is born?
A person watching a movie set in the future would ordinarily expect state-of-the-art sound, most especially including dialogue that is crisp and clear and easy for the audience to understand. Such a movie was pretty much perfected half a century ago. To this day, if you watch a video of "The Wizard of Oz," every word of every character is as easy to understand as any other sound, song, laugh or witch burp. Not only can you follow every word but you can follow whole sentences uttered by each and every character. The clarity of that movie's sound lets you follow the yellow brick road to understanding what is happening inside that film in word and song. That movie was made in 1939, two years after I was born and I'm older than a wicked witch. The same degree of easy listening did not apply the other night to what might have been a better-than-average flick were it not for mumbled dialogue/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Do you agree with columnist Hall that too many movie dialogues today are delivered by actors who mumble?