- 5:03 p.m. Male is working under hood of small red vehicle parked on H95 bridge over Spokane River/CdA.
- 4:46 p.m. Female unconscious w/eyes rolling back in head @ 800 block of Glacier Peak/Post Falls.
- 3:51 p.m. Pursuit officer reports run vehicle has crashed, male inside unconscious, unresponsive.
- 3:48 p.m. Officer in pursuit of speeding vehicle @ n/b H95/M) 454 (Granite-Kelso Cut-off).
- 2:58 p.m. 2 males, 18 to 20 years old, are throwing snowballs at cars from behind Dumpsters in Post Falls store lot.
- 2:53 p.m. Sharp pieces of metal are lying on road @ s/b H95/MP 434.8 (Hayden Avenue).
- 2:52 p.m. KCSDeputy is checking on hit-and-run accident on Coolin Drive/Hayden.
- 2:44 p.m. KCSDeputy is checking door left open at home on Ramsgate Lane/Hayden.
- 2:27 p.m. Possible domestic dispute behind Black Sheep, Bosanko/Cedeblom, CdA. Female lying in snow; male in light clothes and dark backpack walking behind Safeway, behind Government Way.
- 1:39 p.m. ISP officer stopping to help motorist of disabled vehicle @ e/b I-90/MP 18 (Evergreen Road overpass).
- AM Scanner Traffic
- Poll: Trapping has to change/Press
- 3 appointed to Post Falls P&Z/Press
- LCDC minutes of Feb. 19 meeting/LCDC
- Arnold joins Community Library board/Press
- Coeur d'Alene City Council minutes Feb. 18/CdA
- Big Lots now official Hostess Thrift outlets/Office Hours
- Plenty of reasons for Gonzaga's 0-2 trip/Jim Meehan, SR
- LCDC, council to discuss East Sherman Thursday/LCDC
- NIC board agenda for Wednesday meeting, past minutes/Press Room
- Idaho House wants ski areas protected from liability/Betsy Russell, SR
- Silver Mountain death leads to manslaughter charge/Gordon Rago, HNN
- Idaho broadbend contract extended to 2019, legislators weren't informed/SR
Time 2 Vote ...
A Canada goose floats past a handicapped parking sign in a parking lot covered by the rising Ohio River on Monday in Cincinnati. The Ohio River is expected to reach a high of 48 feet, around four feet below flood stage, before receding later this week. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Monday Winner -- McGruber, with 9 likes: The many factions of the local GOP jockey for position in the lead up to the May primaries; and: Runnerup -- Powder Farmer, with 7 likes: Will someone please tell #33 from Idaho to quit trying to go right; this is the left turn circuit dagnabbit! You can see Monday photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.
Kim Knerl Facebooks: "So I go out to shovel that big nasty berm pushed up by the highway district's plow so my mail carrier can get to the mailbox and also to clear the end of my driveway. Not looking forward to it as the pile is large and deep. Next thing I know, some guy is coming down the road in a white truck with a plow on front. Without a word he lowers the plow, pushes the snow away from my mailbox, clears the opening to my driveway, waves and drives away. I love the people around here!"
DFO: Last night, a neighbor snow-blowed the sidewalk up & down our side of McFarland Avenue. Dunno which one. But I appreciated the kindness, after shoveling 6 inches of snow from the driveway & patio for the second night in a row.
Question: When did a neighbor last do a kindness for you?
David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, poses with some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins, at his office in Santa Ana, Calif., earlier today. A California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across the modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said Hall, who recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece. Story here. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Question: Now don't you feel badly that you've been neglected to walk your dog?
Gov. Butch Otter's list of 30 campaign co-chairs — which includes the Legislature’s four top leaders, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and former Lt. Gov. Jack Riggs — is a collection of “the same people who have been on the ‘inside’ advancing their own agenda for years,” says Otter’s GOP primary challenger, Senate Majority Leader Russ Fulcher. “Idaho needs a new direction, a new vision – one that uplifts the people of our great state from the oppressive actions of government,” Fulcher said in a news release. Fulcher, of Meridian, said he knew his challenge “would be a threat to the status quo. I believe that threat is necessary, and I think change is necessary. Those in power don’t like change”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Do you think Otter's co-chairs would be more impressive to Fulcher if they were sitting in his corner?
Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/fulcher-on-otters-gop-whos-who-insiders-advancing-their-own-agenda/#storylink=cpy
A member of the Idaho Legislature who was also a lawmaker in Montana sees Idaho faced with the same problem he saw in Montana—too much dependence on federal money as part of the general fund budget. “Federal funding certainly grew as a percentage of Montana’s budget while I was there,” Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, explained. “If you relate that back to your personal life, say you get a significant amount of money from your parents, you’re kind of dependent on them and you become a bit cautious about doing things that they don’t want you to do. I think as a state we give up some of our sovereignty when we accept so much federal funding. It’s about 40 percent of Idaho’s state budget now.” Vick scoffs at the notion that, somehow, federal funds coming from Washington are tantamount to “free money” for a state government/Idaho Reporter. More here.
Question: I wonder if Vick realizes the economic mess that Idaho would be in, if it received little or no federal dollars?
"Know where to draw the line." How about drawing the line at 41 years of service, 72 years of age and two terms as governor? If Otter won't honor his own code, at least we will have an opportunity in this upcoming election to decide who should lead our state with the integrity that we rightly deserve." -- Janice McGeachin, former state legislator re: Gov. Butch Otter.
Dennis Mansfield responds: "72 years of age? So what? What is the author implying? It's rather obvious, isn't it? That somehow because of his age he can't do his job. Butch Otter's a cowboy. He's a tough-as-nails man - in many ways he's Idaho's picture of a leader -- and has been for a long time. The obvious swipe was an attack against him being "able enough" to continue acting in a capacity that the state needs for its chief executive. Apparently 72 years of age -- or at the end of a next term, 76 years of age -- is "too old"? Are you kidding me?" More here. (2010 AP file photo: Butch Otter, left, team roping at a Pocatello rodeo)
Question: I certainly don't think Butch Otter is too old to be governor. However, I wonder why he wants to continue as governor when his performance over 8 years has been, to be kind, less than stellar. Thoughts?
More than 100 “Add the Words” protesters, covering their mouths with their hands and carrying photocopied pictures of Ryan Zicha, a young gay Pocatello man who committed suicide in 2011 after being bullied at school. (Photo: Betsy Russell)
More than 100 “Add the Words” protesters, covering their mouths with their hands and carrying photocopied pictures of Ryan Zicha, a young gay Pocatello man who committed suicide in 2011 after being bullied at school, filed solemnly in two rows through the lower level of the state Capitol this afternoon. The protesters said they wanted lawmakers to see them; they paused and stood silently outside the hearing rooms where Senate committees are meeting this afternoon, before filing back through to the House side/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
More Eye on Boise posts from today:
Jason E. Swanson, far right, participated in the 1998 Aryan Nations parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene. He now works at Bullet Proof Tattoo in Spokane, with Nathan Pett, who heads The White Order of Thule. Also pictured are: far left, Harold "Ray" Redfeairn, and Aryan leader Richard G. Butler. (SR file photo: Bart Rayniak)
After four years of spectacular growth driven by the 2008 election of President Obama and the nearly simultaneous collapse of the economy, the radical right in America saw its first significant decrease in 2013. The shrinking numbers of hate groups and, especially, antigovernment “Patriot” groups appear to be the result of a host of factors, ranging from the co-opting of their issues by mainstream politicians, to an improving economy, to law enforcement crackdowns/Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center. More here.
Question: Are you surprised that the radical right and hate groups had a rough 2013?
Six weeks after John Eynon left the Constitution Party to run on the GOP ticket, the third party and the state superintendent’s candidate are embroiled in a nasty breakup. Floyd Whitley, the Constitution Party’s acting chairman says Eynon remains in possession of party “property, records and minutes,” including party planning documents and platform outlines on economic initiatives and reform proposals. On Tuesday morning, Whitley shared his concerns, via email, with a variety of parties — including the state’s elections division, and Idaho Education News. Whitley says Eynon is interfering with the “normal business and ballot access of a duly qualified political party in the state of Idaho,” and demands the immediate return of the documents/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here.
Question: But I thought the Constitution Party is the same as the Republican Party in Idaho. I'm so confused. Thoughts?
Chairman Tom Hearn of the Coeur d'Alene School Board Facebooks: "At the legislature today again with Christa Hazel and David Eubanks. We are advocating as best we can for increased funding ,etc. for the Coeur d'Alene School District. I have testified in the legislature a number of times in the past when I was chair of some state boards. I'm a little skeptical about how much some legislators listen to us about the needs in the schools based on my past experiences in the legislature however we will try as best we can to advocate for a real and lasting commitment to public education." More here.
Question: Why aren't Idaho legislators more concerned with the state's standing of next-to-last in the nation in per pupil spending?
Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, wants the state to cut off a five- to 15-year sole-source contract with Education Networks of America to set up WiFi networks in every Idaho high school, and instead send the $2.25 million a year in funding out to school districts to contract for their own WiFi networks. “That was a multi-year contract signed with one year’s funding,” Goedde said. “I’m really comfortable with a non-appropriation on that, and then I would like to see the money sent down to school districts with a standard, saying the money is theirs to invest in wireless. Anything left over after they meet that standard, they could use for other technology”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: What do you think of Sen. Goedde's approach?
Arizonans are awaiting Gov. Jan Brewer’s (pictured in AP file photo) decision on whether she will approve or veto a law to bolster the rights of business owners to refuse service to gays and others on the basis of religion.Pressure is mounting on both sides of the issue for her to act quickly. Those who oppose and those who support the state’s latest high-profile law, SB1062, have taken to social media, big time, to express their opinions.Some business owners — a pizzeria owner in Tucson as well as the chief executive of American Airlines — have decried the bill, saying it would be catastrophic to Arizona tourism if it were signed into law/Los Angeles Times. More here.
Question: Sounds like this bill is fairly similar to the one that Idaho deep-sixed. Thoughts?
This March 21, 2005, file photo shows members of The Comets, from left to right, Marshall Lytle, Franny Beecher, and Joey Ambrose performing at Rock is Fifty party in New York. Beecher, lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets, which helped kick off the rock and roll era with the iconic hit “Rock Around the Clock” in 1955, died Monday in a nursing home near Philadelphia. He was 92. (AP Photo/Adam Rountree, File)
Question: Any fans of Bill Haley & the Comets out there?
- 11:58 a.m. White 1969 GMC pickup is broken down under overpass @ w/b I-90/Ramsey Road, CdA.
- 11:46 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain, lack of feeling in arms @ 33000 block of N7th/Spirit Lake.
- 11:45 a.m. Injured person in crash @ 12th/Coeur d'Alene Avenue will seek own medical care.
- 11:33 a.m. Elderly male who fell Monday is suffering breathing problems @ Coeur d'Alene Homes, 24 W. Harrison/CdA.
- 11:24 a.m. Possible unattended death reported in 1800 block of Summer Rose/Post Falls.
- 11:05 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Feb. 24-25 here.
- 10:38 a.m. KCSDeputy en route to shoplifting report from Hayden WalMart security.
- 10:02 p.m. Caller from 415 E3rd Ave/Post Falls reports smoke coming from house across street.
- 9:30 a.m. A dark Saturn w/a male & a female in it is disabled @ I-90/MP14 (15th Street/CdA) offramp.
- 9:11 a.m. Caller reports friend is being held hostage by boyfriend in a 1999 dark-blue Honda Accord @ CdA Albertsons lot.
- 8:35 a.m. Officer investigating accident @ Old Atlas/Seltice Way, Huetter area.
- 8:33 a.m. A pickup is parked in cross-over median @ s/b H95/MP 433.5 (Aqua Avenue/CdA).
Thom George/Eye on Shanghai posts: "Melinda and I traveled for most of February and for the first time gave our Ayi Pink keys to the apartment so she could keep the dust from taking over and keep our plants alive. It worked, both the plants and the apartment looked great upon our return!" More here.
- Wrinkles/From A Simple Mind
- Tuesday Twitterdeedum/Slight Detour
- Gonzaga has plenty to fix/SportsLink
- Empty nesters with snowblowers/Slice
- Final look at Sochi coverage/Editor's Notes
- Food blogger is following her passion/7 Blog
- It's cold out there every day/A Grip on Sports
- On Internet, everyone knows your dog/Fort Boise
- I'm a stay-at-home Dad/A Family Runs Through It
- Idaho to discuss hunting, salmon fishing rules/Outdoors
- Idaho doesn't frack, but Idahoans still wary/Rocky Barker
- 'Downtown Abbey': Lords, ladies of Sunday nights/End Note
- Hell hath no fury like an angered populace/Dogwalk Musings
HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Feb. 24): 8204 page-views/4662 unique views
- Monday Poll: Hucks Nation is solidly behind a proposal to move all NIC sports teams, except wrestling, to a lower community college athletic league to save $600,000 in scholarship & travel expenses. 139 of 188 respondents (73.94%) backed that position. 42 of 188 respondents (22.34%) wanted to keep the Cardinals in their current, high-calibre league. 7 (3.72%) were undecided.
- Today's Poll: Are you suffering from Cabin Fever?
Office Depot will close its Coeur d’Alene store May 3. The store is on West Neider Avenue next to Kmart. The company bought smaller rival OfficeMax late last year for $976 million. The combined company is consolidating stores to cut costs. OfficeMax operates a store on West Canfield Avenue in Coeur d’Alene/SR.
Question: Where do you get your paper/printing supplies?
Jennifer L (RE: R Minus 18 Wild Card): I am hearing that there is some misinformation going around about the KCRCC Lincoln Day Dinner. I like to clear up some of the rumors going around that I have heard:
- 1) There are 2 possibilities out for a main speaker, but there has been no answers back yet. At this time, none of us know who our speaker will be or if we will just enjoy hearing from our politicians.
- 2) The Governor is invited every year and asked to speak every year. Everyone who speaks, other than the keynote speaker if we have one, is given the same amount of time.
- 3) Angela Cross is not the Chair of Lincoln Dinner nor heading up any part of the Fulcher for Governor campaign. She is supporting Senator Fulcher.
DFO: Also, remember, the Kootenai County GOP CC meets tonight
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Coeur d'Alene Weather
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Visibility: 10 mi
Sunrise: 7:07 am
Sunset: 6:45 pm