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Simpson's Wilderness Bill Wins Vote

July 9, 2015 - 3:33pm

Idaho 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson’s wilderness bill for the Boulder White Clouds clared the U.S. House Resources Committee today by unanimous consent, and now heads for a vote in the full House. The bill, which Simpson and an array of stakeholders have worked on for years, would designate new wilderness areas, while also authorizing various land conveyances and striking other compromises with communities within the area, ranchers, snowmobilers and more. “To say I am pleased about the BWC bill moving forward would be an understatement,” Simpson said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Advisory Issued For Hayden Lake

July 9, 2015 - 3:13pm

A health advisory was issued today for Hayden Lake by the Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Water samples confirmed the presence of the blue-green algae Anabaena sp. This species can produce potentially dangerous toxins. This algal bloom was identified in the northern end of the lake. Public health officials are asking people to evaluate the water conditions before recreating in or near the lake. In areas where water is an uncharacteristic green color or areas with thick, green mats along shorelines, take extra precaution/Melanie Collett, Panhandle Health District. More here.

Idaho Poll: Bush 1st, Trump 2nd

July 9, 2015 - 2:42pm

A new poll finds Jeb Bush running on top among GOP presidential hopefuls in Idaho, with Donald Trump – yes, Donald Trump – in second place. However, more than 20 percent remain undecided, and pollster Dan Jones concluded, “There is currently no clear favorite in the crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination.” His poll queried 610 Idahoans in June. Asked about a wide range of announced candidates seeking the GOP nomination for president next year – Scott Walker hadn’t yet announced – Bush came out the highest, with 15 percent overall and 17 percent among respondents who identified themselves as Republicans. Trump had 12 percent overall, and 11 percent among self-identified R’s. Third was Ben Carson, with 10 percent in both groups/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Who do you favor as the Republican nominee for president?

Father In Confederate Flag Photo Responds

July 9, 2015 - 2:31pm

Casey Kelley (RE: Parting Shot/Tuesday): "Okay I am the father in this picture and that is my three year old. First off never assume that I teach my son hate. If you look at other picture I'm rooting for it to come down. But that is my family past. Not one I'm proud of. But that aside it helped shape this country into a good one. That flag is not the reason hatred and racism is soaring through the roof. It is the people in this nation plan and simple. But every steep we can take to help it get better I'm down. I don't want me or my kids to fly that flag which we will and automatically be thought of as racist because that is far from true. So whoever is arguing over a matter that does not pertain to this situation I would appreciate it if you deleted the comment."

Idaho 9th In Minimum Wage %

July 9, 2015 - 1:55pm

Idaho, which not long ago ranked first in the nation for the percentage of its workers earning minimum wage or less, has dropped to 9th. “It’s a pretty good bump,” said Bob Uhlenkott, chief of research for the Idaho Department of Labor. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today released 2014 data showing that the percentage of Idaho workers making the minimum wage or less dropped to 5.1 percent, down from 7.1 percent the year before and 7.7 percent in 2012. In 2013, Idaho ranked second in the nation for its percentage of minimum-wage workers, behind only Tennessee; in 2012, Idaho was No. 1/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: This is good news, right?

Otter Tours Cape Horn Burn

July 9, 2015 - 1:50pm

Photo Set (6 photos): Idaho Gov. Butch Otter looks from an Idaho National Guard Black Hawk helicopter at the Cape Horn fire and burn today. Otter received a briefing from the incident commander and fire staff at the Incident Command Post (ICP) located near Bayview. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter toured the Cape Horn fire today, surveying the damage done by the 1,155-acre blaze near the lakeside town of Bayview. “Whenever we have a crisis in Idaho, it’s everybody’s crisis,” Otter said. The tour started aboard an Idaho National Guard Blackhawk helicopter. Although heavy smoke obscured views, Otter watched helicopters drop water on the smoldering hillside. “Still some pretty good hotspots up there,” he said. “And from what I know about fire management, it’s pretty tough to fight because it’s very, very steep and it’s going uphill. An aerial attack, as long as you have the visibility, is about the only way you’re going to get that”/Eli Francovich, SR. More here.

Question: Why do you think it's important for Gov. Otter to tour local disasters like the Cape Horn fire, in Idaho? Or don't you?

Jeb Bush: People Should Work Longer Hours

July 9, 2015 - 1:32pm

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that in order to grow the economy “people should work longer hours” -- a comment that the Bush campaign argues was a reference to underemployed part-time workers but which Democrats are already using to attack him. During an interview that was live-streamed on the app Periscope, Bush told New Hampshire’s The Union Leader that to grow the economy, “people should work longer hours.” He was answering a question about his plans for tax reform/ABC News. More here.

Question: How many hours do you work in a week?

Idaho Teens Among Worst Drivers

July 9, 2015 - 1:16pm

While it doesn’t top the list of the worst offenders, Idaho is not faring well when it comes to teen driving safety and affordability. A June WalletHub survey ranked Idaho 41st out of 50 states when it examined the best and worst conditions for teen drivers. The survey considered crashes, the cost of insurance for teens, drivers licensing laws, fatalities and the cost of a ticket, among other criteria.   According to a recent AAA Foundation report, 22 Idaho teen drivers were involved in fatal accidents in 2013. In that same year, 27 Idahoans were killed in crashes involving a driver between the ages of 15 and 19. In the eyes of WalletHub’s researchers, this put Idaho in ninth place for the most fatalities nationwide/Idaho State Journal. More here.

Question: Were you a good driver, as a teen-ager?

Trump Leads Nat'l GOP Poll

July 9, 2015 - 1:11pm

Media coverage of Donald Trump's controverisal immigration remarks have lifted the GOP presidential candidate to the top of the Republican field, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll. Trump was the preferred GOP nominee for president for 15 percent of respondents — 4 points ahead of former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), who were tied for second place. Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) shared the third spot with 9 percent each/The Hill. More here.

Question: Is Trump's standing in the national poll a result of name recognition? Or his controversial immigration remarks?

Skydivers Seek Thrills

July 9, 2015 - 11:55am

Skydiving instructor Rogers Stack stands in the doorway of the airplane with his client, Lisa Rivera of Richland, just before leaping out of the airplane on a tandem more than two miles above Ritzville, Wash., Thursday. Stack skydives in flipflops. Stack works for West Plains Skydiving, which is based on a tiny air strip near Ritzville. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

It could be the speed, or the rush of air as you free fall 7,500 feet in about 45 seconds. Instructors offer the easy float back to earth or carnival-ride like turns. But most people who skydive just want to do it all over again. “I snowboard and I ride motorcycles,” said Anthony Snyder of Spokane. “But this is the biggest quick rush out of all of them.” The skies provide one of the most exhilarating experiences of extreme sports and only one family-owned business provides that service in the Spokane area. West Plains Skydiving is located just a tumbleweed roll shy of Ritzville on 100 acres just south of Interstate 90. The company offers tandem jumps on Thursday through Monday for anyone seeking a thrill they are likely to remember as long as they live/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever considered skydiving?


AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.9.15

July 9, 2015 - 11:45am
  • 12:05 p.m. Someone injured in fall at Coeur d'Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave/CdA.
  • 11:26 a.m. Caller reports smoke in 5700 block of N. Isabella Drive/CdA.
  • 11:23 a.m. A female is unconscious @ 12th St/Best Ave, CdA.
  • 10:57 a.m. 18YO male has suffered head injuries, including possible broken jaw, in lawn mower rollover @ Stoneridge Golf Course, 176 Holiday Loop, Blanchard.
  • 10:51 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Port of Hope, 218 23rd St/CdA.
  • 10:48 a.m. Small 30-by-30-foot, light-grass fire reported along Conkling Road/Worley.
  • 10:36 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 1300 Mullan Court/Post Falls.
  • 10:27 a.m. Coroner is en route to 2100 block of W. Johns Loop/CdA.
  • 10:24 a.m. Mobile home park manager @ 6400 w/Seltice Way reports squatters in mobile home on property.
  • 10:21 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ Stoneridge Golf Course/Blanchard.
  • 10:06 a.m. Male driver in Sunbird driving recklessly, speeding near intersection of H41/53, Rathdrum.
  • 10:05 a.m. Female leaves domestic dispute on Anton Ave/CdA in GMC.
  • 9:30 a.m. Trucker hauling gray containers hit bridge near Perfection Tire on Seltice Way & drove off.
  • 9:25 a.m. Injury accident reported on east side of parking lot at Hayden Walmart/Honeysuckle Ave.
  • 9:22 a.m. Elevator heat alarm is sounding for Triple Play, 175 Orchard Ave/Hayden.
  • 8:23 a.m. Driver of white SUV van making U-turns, playing chicken w/others @ 4th St/Appleway, CdA.
  • 8:07 a.m. Officer gives CdA business owner a warning for multiple false fire alarms.

A Malefactor Of Great Wealth -- Johnson Post

July 9, 2015 - 11:27am

In his Johnson Post today, Marc Johnson comments about Richard Fuld, the former Lehman CEO, who is trying to peddle his Sun Valley “estate.” In a note to Huckleberries Online, Marc says: That property figured prominently in the Lehman Brothers 'strategy' leading to the great 2008 meltdown and bankruptcy: "Lehman’s subprime mortgage play and the firm’s strategy to pass along to investors all that toxic debt were no doubt hatched during the company’s annual summer retreat at Fuld’s opulent, eleven bedroom estate in Sun Valley, Idaho. The compound complete with a pool and gatehouse occupies more than 70 acres and thousands of feet of river frontage." Much more here.

Nameck -- Class Act Until The End

July 9, 2015 - 11:25am

For a ride that has so many things broken – truly broken – Washington State’s athletic department sure spends a lot of time fiddling with the radio. Now the Cougars and their IMG College partners are at it again, and there’s another casualty. Bud Nameck – voice of Cougar basketball for 22 seasons, more recently play-by-play man and traffic cop in an odd and challenging football booth and, most of all, the ultimate good soldier – is out. Replacing him at the microphone is … some guy. OK, that’s not particularly fair to Matt Chazanow, who will slide in between Jason Gesser and Bob Robertson this fall. Welcome to him and good luck, and apologies here for not being a good sport, all ways. But that’s what he is, at least at the moment – some guy/John Blanchette, SR. More here.

Question: Which sports announcer -- any sport -- is your all-time favorite?

Bay Views: Some Residents Snubbed

July 9, 2015 - 10:49am

In a post moments ago, Bayview blogger Herb Huseland reports that seasonal residents are begin snubbed as law officials allow people displaced by the Cape Horn fire back to their homes:

"We  here in Bayview have some unique problems. During the Winter months we probably have 450 year round residents. Some of those have their permanent residence in Bayview and can prove their residency. Then there are those that are currently prohibited from entry, that live year round in an RV. Winter? Usually Arizona or perhaps Palm Springs. They then spend every summer in Bayview. They are part of an expanding herd of constant travelers. All but a few RV guests are gone, having been repeatedly told they are not welcome here because they are not residents. Admittedly, these are uniquely difficult times. Still, cannot we make adjustments for seasonal residents?" More here.

AM Headlines -- 7.9.15

July 9, 2015 - 10:03am

Parker Adams, 6, takes in the view from a 1950s-era BNSF Railway observation car Wednesday. About 200 BNSF workers, their families and friends took a special employee-appreciation train ride from Spokane to Cheney and back on 15 vintage passenger rail cars. SR story here. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Poll: Don't Expand Military Role

July 9, 2015 - 9:52am
  • Wednesday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation agrees with the strategy by President Barack Obama not to get the US military more directly involved in the fight against ISIS terrorists. 87 of 160 respondents (54.38%) agreed with the current military approach to ISIS. 58 of 160 respondents (36.25%) disagreed. 15 (9.38%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Some are concerned that Obamacare will one day lead to what they describe as 'Death Panels.' Are you?

Welcoming Ella Mae To CdA

July 9, 2015 - 9:44am

Howard Kuhns and his wife, Pat, are long-time family friends. Mrs. O and I were happy when they moved from Rathdrum into Coeur d'Alene recently, buying a house on 12th Street. And Howard, who enjoys playing various instruments for church and personal enjoyment, was delighted July 1 when he heard the Perfection-Nots marching band practicing near his home for its annual performance in the Coeur d'Alene 4th of July Parade -- so excited that he raced up 12th Street to ask director Larry Strobel and the marchers if he could join them. Strobel said, sure. Then, Howard made another request. Would the band mind playing "Happy Birthday" for his mother-in-law, Ella Mae Chronic, a long-time Bonner County resident who would celebrate her 90th birthday on July 2 during a stay with the Kuhnses. Ella Mae was sitting nearby. Strobel couldn't decide which key to play the birthday anthem in. So the band turned and sang, "Happy Birthday," to Ella Mae. Who was thrilled. And here's hoping she enjoys many more.

  • Factoid: Coeur d'Alene mail carrier Larry Strobel founded the Perfection Nots in 1977 after sitting through a parade that had no music. He contacted his friends with the Coeur d'Alene Symphony and family to join him in forming a zany marching band. 54 people showed up that first year.

Risch Predicts US Terror Attack

July 9, 2015 - 9:40am

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, who serves on the Senate intelligence and foreign relations committees, went on CNN yesterday and told reporter Brianna Keilar that he expects a “lone-wolf” type terrorist attack – like the one in Tunisia in last month in which a gunman killed 38 people in an attack on sunbathing tourists at a beach resort – to happen here in the United States. “That’s going to happen here,” Risch declared, prompting Keilar to ask, “You think it’s going to happen here?” “I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Risch said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Risch that the US will suffer a "lone-wolf" type terrorist attack?

Humanists Condemn Moscow Pastor

July 9, 2015 - 9:10am

In a news release today, the American Humanist Association said:

"The Humanists of the Palouse, a chapter of the American Humanist Association, publicly condemns the bigoted comments of Pastor Doug Wilson, regarding slavery and marriage equality. Wilson, as pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, is a prominent and outspoken member of the community and a national figure. He recently stated on his blog that supporting same-sex marriage is a 'far more serious' problem than supporting slavery. 'Wilson is already well-known for his strong opposition to LGBTQ rights and his white-washing of American slavery, but his recent comments callously unite the two in one deplorable statement,' said Steven Simmons, a board member of the Humanists of the Palouse. 'We are appalled at the assertion that systematic ownership of human beings would be considered more moral than legalizing marriage between two consenting adults.'" More here.


Pearl Harbor Survivor's Story Ends

July 9, 2015 - 8:59am

I loved to listen to her talk. Though soft-spoken, Betty Schott, 98, had a sharp mind and an even sharper sense of humor. She smiled easily, laughed often, and called me “honey.” But when her husband of 76 years died in May 2014, her smile faded and the quips didn’t come as quickly. Adjusting to life without her beloved wearied her. On Sunday, Betty died, 80 years and one day from the anniversary of her first date with Warren Schott. I met the Schotts in 2007 when I interviewed them for my Love Story series. It was the start of a friendship that spanned eight years and immeasurably enriched my life/Cindy Hval, Love Stories, SR. More here. (SR photo: Betty Schott wears a lei at a ceremony in 2014 to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor)

Question: How many years long is/was the longest marriage in your immediate family?