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Idaho On Notice After Lynx Trapped

April 8, 2014 - 9:10am

Three conservation groups plan to sue the state of Idaho over its trapping regulations, saying they don’t do enough to prevent incidental trapping of federally protected Canada lynx. Surging prices for bobcat pelts, driven by demand for fur in Asia, have led to an increase in recreational trapping in the state, according to the 60-day notice of intent to sue filed Monday by the conservation groups. At least three lynx have been caught by bobcat trappers in the past two years, with the most recent incident occurring in January in the Cabinet Mountains. Two of the lynx were released alive; one was killed after the trapper mistook it for a bobcat/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (Courtesy photo: Michael Lucid)

Question: Am I the only one who has trouble with the concept of recreational trapping?

Facebook Post Nearly Causes Rumble

April 8, 2014 - 8:57am

An offensive Facebook post was blamed for nearly causing a "street fight" to break out in Hayden Saturday. Three men were arrested on aggravated assault charges after a Hayden woman told police that 20 men brandishing a variety of weapons had challenged her boyfriend to a "street fight." The woman told police that the men were in three vehicles that arrived at her Wyoming Avenue home around 9 p.m. as she arrived with her boyfriend in the vehicle. She was able to drive away, and told investigating deputies she believed if she had stayed "someone was going to be hurt." Deputies were able to locate one of the vehicles involved in the incident driving southbound on Government Way. The officers initiated a traffic stop and the maroon passenger car parked in the entrance to Rite Aid in Hayden/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you read anything on Facebook in the last few weeks that made your blood boil?

Souza Appreciates Support, But ...

April 8, 2014 - 8:45am

On her Souza for Senate Facebook page, Mary Souza posts: "I understand there's a flyer now from a new PAC that listed me as their preferred candidate for the senate race in the 4th district. While I know nothing about the group or the flyer, I do appreciate support from constituents. That said, I am not part of, nor will I seek endorsements from, any PAC. As State Senator I want to represent everyone." In a flyer over the weekend, the faux KCRCC (Kootenai County Republican Concerned Citizens who want you to believe that they are the local GOP Central Committee) seemingly endorsed Souza, Rep. Kathy Sims and newby Toby Schindelbeck because they opposed Obamacare and the state health exchange.

DFO: I need a new photo of Mary. Duane, are you out there?

Question: What do you think the odds are of Mary knocking off incumbent Sen. John Goedde in the GOPrimary?

You Know They're Rally Right If ...

April 8, 2014 - 8:41am

We need a test, posts Merica: You know they're Rally Right if ...

  • 1. Agenda 21 freaks them out and they start talking with animated moral conviction.
  • 2. Supporting property rights means they understand the term ULUC and it makes them gag when those letters are stated.
  • 3. The mention of our President must, every. single. time, include his first initial followed by his middle and last name.
  • 4. There is a fervently held belief that the exercise of liberty and a celebration of State's Rights includes telling B. Hussein Obama that we don't want his Obamacare at every publicly held office level, especially the county clerk. Cuz that's the last line of defense in the federal reach around.
  • 5. Any mention of common core, aka Obama Core, is followed with concerns of biodata collection, Bill Gates' secret agenda (cuz he supports the homosexuals and progressive causes) and a fear that liberal indoctrination might occur in the classroom that will infringe on the God Given right of freedom of religion, freedom to bear arms and the freedom to raise children in the glory of American Exceptionalism.

Question: I suppose the Rally Right/UCNI crew can offer a test for Reasonable Republicans, too ...

No. 7 UConn Wins NCAA Crown

April 8, 2014 - 8:37am

Kentucky forward Alex Poythress (22) walks off the court following a 60-54 loss to Connecticut in the 2014 NCAA Division I men's basketball championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Monday. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News,Vernon Bryant)

Who Impressed?

April 8, 2014 - 8:33am
If anyone here attended the NIC candidate forum tonight, please share your thoughts on who did well. Not who your favorites are but who impressed -- McGruber.

DFO: I apologize for not attending the forum. I've been nursing a head cold for the last 4-5 days -- and was totally out of gas at 5:30 Monday evening.

Question: Who impressed in last night's forum?

Gonzaga's Graves Going To Oregon

April 8, 2014 - 8:25am

In a bid to transform its women's basketball program into a Northwest power with yearly NCAA Tournament expectations, Oregon hired a coach who spent the last 14 years doing exactly that.Kelly Graves, 51, left a highly successful tenure at Gonzaga for Oregon on Monday evening, where he will have a six-year contract, the university announced. Salary terms were not yet disclosed by the university. Graves will be formally introduced in a press conference Tuesday morning at Matthew Knight Arena, two days after he met Ducks players at the arena during his interview in Eugene. He then returned to Gonzaga's campus in Spokane, Wash., on Monday to meet with the private university's athletic director and president, before ultimately choosing Oregon/Andrew Greif, Oregonian. More here. (SR file photo)


18 Speak At NIC Forum

April 8, 2014 - 8:17am

There are clearly two types of Republicans running for state legislative seats on the primary ballot this May. Eighteen candidates turned out Monday night to discuss state legislative issues at a political forum hosted by the North Idaho College Young Republicans and the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. All of the candidates aligned themselves with one of two sides on the issues: Those who want to resist and repeal federal involvement in state politics, and those who don't like federal involvement, but say the state still needs to deal with it. Issues such as Common Core education performance standards and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, dominated most of the discussions between candidates. In Legislative District 2-A, incumbent Rep. Vito Barbieri said his main priority is to repeal Obamacare/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo by Shawn Gust: Moderator Luke Kilcup, state chairman of Idaho’s Federation of College Republicans, poses a question to legislative candidates during Monday’s forum)

Question: The battle lines seem clearly drawn in the races. For the Rally Right/UCNI/NW Property Owners Association side, it's Vick, Barbieri and Redman (District 2), Nonini, Mendive & Cheatham (District 3), and Souza, Sims & Schindelback (District 4). For the Reasonable Republicans, it's Morse & Wiedenhoff (District 2), Whalen, Werner & Gfeller (District 3), and Goedde, Malek & Currie (District 4). Dunno which camp Jeff Ward fits into in District 3. Do I have this right?

Mozilla's Firestorm

April 8, 2014 - 8:12am

Lisa Benson/Washington Post Writer's Group

Wild Card/Monday -- 4.7.14

April 7, 2014 - 5:27pm

It was so nice turning dirt in the garden on a day dominated by sunshine Sunday. But the weekend passed too quickly. I suspect that Saturdays and Sundays in the spring, summer and fall have about half the hours as week days do. Still there were enough hours in those days to recharge the batteries for another week at wild, wacky Huckleberries Online. It'll be interesting to see how the week plays out. Now for the first Wild Card of the work week ...

Parting Shot -- 4.7.14

April 7, 2014 - 5:25pm

The top half of Seward Johnson's sculpture “Forever Marilyn” featuring Marilyn Monroe, towers over the umbrellas of passers-by gathering to get a look or take a photo of the sculpture pieces on a tractor trailer during a stopover today in downtown Pittsburgh on it's way to be installed in Hamilton, N.J. The stopover was the tenth and final on the trip from Palm Springs, Calif., to New Jersey.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Virgin, JetBlue Top Airline Rankings

April 7, 2014 - 5:17pm

U.S. airlines are performing better than they have in decades, and Virgin America and JetBlue are leading the way, according to a new ranking. The 24th annual Airline Quality Rating was produced by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University. It's based on data from the U.S. Department of Transportation for on-time performance, denied boardings, mishandled baggage, and customer complaints. Each category is weighted to reflect its importance to passengers. As a whole, the U.S. airline industry posted its best score since 1991, despite losing ground in on-time performance and baggage handling. Only airlines that handled at least 1% of domestic scheduled-service passenger revenues were included/Seattle PI. Top 15 rankings here. (AP file photo)

Question: Where does your favorite airline rank?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.7.14

April 7, 2014 - 4:57pm
  • 5:38 p.m. Caller is concerned re: too many people in white Nissan w/b on Appleway from Govt Way/CdA.
  • 5:34 p.m. Bicyclist w/backpack is riding along w/b I-90/MP 8 (Huetter rest stop). (Follow: ISP officer reports that the male is a long-distance rider & not a hazard).
  • 5:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for April 6-7 here.
  • 5 p.m. 911 dispatch gives wishes to Kootenai Firefighter who retired at end of day, adding: "Thank you, Larry!"
  • 4:50 p.m. Animal noise problem reported @ 1700 block of Log Cabin Road/Worley.
  • 4:47 p.m. Pinehurst police are looking for solen, black 1978 Chevy Camaro, w/red stripes, stolen in last 4 months.
  • 4:41 p.m. 50YO male possibly broke leg in fall  Accurate C&C, 2123 Dakota Ave/Hayden.
  • 4:33 p.m. 20 teens are gathered @ Coeur d'Alene Skate Plaza for a fight, behind Memorial Field.
  • 4:10 p.m. 2 callers report driver of GMC speeding in area of 20th/Pennsylvania, CdA.
  • 3:39 p.m. A ladder is lying in slow lane of w/b I-90/MP 2, east of Pleasantview, Post Falls.
  • 3:31 p.m. 70YO female keeps falling asleep @ Inland Renal Care, 2100 Ironwood/CdA.
  • 3:30 p.m. Callers are saying elderly male on H41 (3:27 item) is dodging into traffic.
  • 3:27 p.m. Several callers report elderly male carrying hub cap @ w/b H53/MP 13 (Ramsey Road/Rathdrum).
  • 2:52 p.m. Someone has been injured in a fall @ 1200 block of Milton/CdA.
  • 2:33 p.m. Smoke has resurfaced from a house fire earlier today @ 2045 Grand Tour/Hudlow, Hayden.
  • 2:31 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ LaCrosse Rehabilitation Center, 210 LaCrosse Avenue, CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines -- 4.7.14

April 7, 2014 - 4:38pm

Folks strolled along the dike road in Coeur d'Alene last week past a tree marked green for removal. A recent policy shift from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allow trees to remain on flood-control levees. This is good news for Coeur d'Alene. Some of the trees will go, but only the dead and diseased ones. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Noah & Capt America: Bible Heroes?

April 7, 2014 - 4:29pm

Noah and Captain America. Two opening days. Two "super heroes". Two tales of mayhem - one sorta real. One, maybe not so sorta real.
In truth, "Noah", is fascinating entertainment - and in parts, JUST as historical as "Cap's" story. If we as a culture need fiction-based-on-factual heroes (or vice-versa) to keep us motivated, both these films can do the job. If we as a culture don't need to be motivated and instead we need something else - something spiritual - then neither of these films were intended to do that -- and probably won't. Over the years, I've learned to NOT seek entertainment from God's Word. Truth? You bet/Dennis Mansfield. More here. (AP/Paramount Pictures photo)

Question: Why would anyone expect Hollywood to make a movie that sticks close to a biblical story line? I might see "Noah" because I like action movies & special effects. I suspect the movie will provide both. But I'm not expecting it to come anywhere close to the Genesis account. Are you?

Best News Of The Whole Day

April 7, 2014 - 4:28pm

Beside the house
upon the hill,
she saw the spring’s
first daffodil.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Why Not 4th, 5th Term For Otter?

April 7, 2014 - 4:26pm

If Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter wanted to turn the governorship into his personal kingdom for life, the system is solidly in place for him to do so. Otter will be 72 on May 3, and he doesn’t look it. He describes himself as “healthy as a horse,” and h every well could be feeling that way for many years – and decades — to come. So why not seek a third term in office? I didn’t think there was any way in the world he would be seeking a third term in the most demanding job in Idaho politics. But as long as he is feeling so well, then why not a fourth term? Or a fifth term? In 2034, he’ll only be 92 years old, so maybe he could think about an eighth term. Stranger things have happened. It has not been all smooth sailing for Otter in his two terms as Idaho’s chief executive. But, apparently, he loves his job. The perfect storm is in place for Otter to stay around for as long as he desires. Consider: There are no signs of widespread “Otter fatigue”/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: If Otter drubs Sen Russ Fulcher in GOPrimary, is there anyone who can stop him in possible runs for subsequent terms? And/or (for JenniferL & Co) Has the media given Fulcher adequate coverage?

Idaho Challenges Animal Abuse Suit

April 7, 2014 - 3:16pm

Attorneys for Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter are asking a federal judge to toss a lawsuit challenging a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities. A coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations sued the state last month, asking U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to strike down what they call an "ag gag" law. The coalition contends that the law curtails freedom of speech and makes gathering proof of animal abuse a crime with a harsher punishment than the penalty for animal cruelty itself. Otter signed the law in February after Idaho's $2.5 billion dairy industry complained that videos showing cows being abused at a southern Idaho dairy unfairly hurt business. The Los Angeles-based animal rights group Mercy For Animals released the videos, which showed workers at Bettencourt Dairy beating cows in 2012/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Methinks Idaho is going to lose this one? What do you think?

Lake City Begins Police Chief Search

April 7, 2014 - 3:00pm
A 14-member committee assembled by Mayor Steve Widmyer and representing a broad range of community leaders and law enforcement officials has formalized the job announcement criteria for selecting a new Coeur d’Alene police chief. The nationwide search for a new chief includes a regional emphasis with advertising in several online law enforcement and public safety publications, local media, and the city’s website. Mayor Widmyer said he expects the City Council to appoint the new chief this summer. “The selection committee worked diligently to formulate a comprehensive job description to fill this critical role,” Widmyer said. “I applaud each member for their commitment to this important process.” Former Chief Wayne Longo retired October 1 after six years leading the department. Since that time Capt. Ron Clark has served as interim chief/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here. (SR file photo: Jesse Tinsley)   Question: We all agreed that this person needs to be from the region?

HBO Blogosphere -- 4.7.14

April 7, 2014 - 2:57pm

At The Slice blog, Paul Turner says that Mickey Rooney's role as Mr. Yunioshi in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was the late actor's most unfortunate one. (Photo: http//

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