Community collaboration was powerful as 124 local citizens voiced their concerns and opinions about what lies ahead for the Lake City during the Coeur d'Alene 2030 Community Vision Summit in North Idaho College's Student Union Building on Saturday. Participants were split into six focus groups: education and learning, jobs and economy, health and safety, community and identity, environment and recreation and growth and development. The groups were given information regarding community trends and issues relevant to their topics as well as 1,300 community members' input obtained through questionnaires and surveys. Their task was to edit and find out what might be missing from the overarching vision. "This project is all about the community," said project manager Nicole Kahler. "It's community driven, it's community owned, so let's hear some stuff from the community"/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Gabe Green CdA Press photo: Denny Davis participates in Coeur d'Alene Vision 2030)
Question: Do you understand the importance of Coeur d'Alene Vision 2030?
Item: Cd'A officials in transition mode: City leaders on their way out leaving key decisions to those on their way in/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press
More Info: The city of Coeur d'Alene has more than a few major decisions to make, but don't expect the current City Council or mayor to do that. They are in transition mode, and with two new City Council members and a new mayor coming on board in January, the sitting city leaders are deferring those decisions to their successors. "They have a lot of huge decisions to make, and they are coming in cold in terms of staff," said outgoing Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander. "I don't think it would be right for us to try and direct that on the way out." Goodlander said the new city leaders will have the duty of replacing five out of the 10 department heads at the city.
Question: Is it a good/bad thing that Mayor-elect Steve Widmyer and the new Coeur d'Alene City Council will have to replace 5 of 10 departments heads?
In the Coeur d'Alene Press Sunday, Editor Mike Patrick delivered the analysis re: the recent city elections that the Pachyderms and other Republican groups didn't want to hear. In part, he opined:
More fundamentally, an increasing number of residents don't want local elections mired in the political muck that has made such a mess of partisanship-poisoned state and national elections. Conscientious voters want to know what individual candidates have done and how they think, not what party they belong to. Is it remotely possible the winning candidates were victorious because they're more qualified? We doubt that our analysis will elicit more than scowls and scorn from certain parties. That's OK. (Reagan Republican leader Jeff) Ward, pictured, can tune us out, but he should heed the wisdom coming from within his own group. At Thursday's debriefing, highly respected former Idaho legislator Gary Ingram offered this salient synopsis: "People don't like to be around angry people." The difference between winning and getting your rear kicked could be as simple as that. More here.
- Letter: Don't play the blame game/Rick Harlow, Cataldo
- Letter: Wide open space between Ward's ears/Mike Blackbird, Post Falls
Question: Are the Reagan Republicans done as an influential group in Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls?
The towering trees of the Ross Creek Scenic Area are one of the chief attractions in the Scotchman Peaks wilderness study area on the Montana-Idaho border. Friends of Scotchman Peaks member Philip Hough leads tours through the grove as one of the few easy access points in the 135-square-mile mountain range. (Missoulian photo: Roby Chaney)
In the often-divisive arena of wilderness policy, the Scotchman Peaks straddle many boundaries. The scenic mountain range between the Clark Fork and Bull rivers has more geopolitical lines dotting its map than a United Nations seating chart. About 20,000 of Scotchman’s 88,000 roadless acres lie in the Panhandle National Forest on the Idaho side of the border. The Kootenai National Forest in Montana has the rest. Three counties in two states have jurisdiction of the area. The Friends of Scotchman Peaks hope to change that. In the process, they hope to reframe the wilderness debate in the United States. “We’re wondering – can we do this? – can we identify a place as an inspiring, appealing candidate for wilderness and make it go?” asked Doug Ferrell, a Trout Creek construction designer and founding member of Friends of Scotchman Peaks/Rob Chaney, Missoulian. More here.
- Also: Forest Service plans peg potential wilderness in North Idaho/Rich Landers, SR
Question: Should Scotchman Peaks become a wilderness area?
Just a week after longtime Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced that he’d retire rather than seek another four-year term in 2014, the list of those considering running for the post in the May GOP primary has swelled. Added to the list on Friday: Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene. “It’s definitely intriguing,” said Malek, a first-term state representative and former Kootenai County deputy prosecutor. He said supporters have been urging him to run, and part of the appeal is the chance to get someone from North Idaho into the ranks of Idaho’s top state elected officials. Currently, there are none. “It’s an extremely important position, and I do think I would bring a qualified skill set to it as well,” Malek said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
- Others interested: Former state Sen. Mitch Toryanski, R-Boise, 55; Phil McGrane, 33, chief deputy county clerk in Ada County; Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, 57; and former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale.
Question: Do you have a favorite among the five men who are interested in running for Secretary of State?
The Reagan Republicans were miffed last week when a young Elephant posted on their Facebook wall a photoshopped picture of Gov. Butch Otter, President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The three men appeared to be walking hand in hand. This, under a headline, “Turn Idaho Blue” and above a caption, “Support Obama, Give to Otter.” It seems photoshopper Ethan Crisp considers Republican Otter damaged moderate goods because Christie will appear at a $1,000-per-couple fundraiser for the governor in Coeur d’Alene on Dec. 6 – Christie, after all, praised Obama for relief help after Hurricane Sandy hit. Crisp’s photoshopping drew a rebuke from Reagan Repub President Jeff Tyler, who reminded him of President Reagan’s 11th Commandment for the GOP: Speak no ill of fellow Republicans. A commandment that the Reagan Republicans and their PR arm, Strategery, ignored in nonpartisan local races involving their uberconservative endorsees and moderate Republicans such as Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander and school trustee Christa Hazel. Do as I say, not as I do?/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.
Other SR weekend columns:
- Smart Bombs: Retirement benefit flies away/Gary Crooks
- The Slice: A 1963 day that tested our very limits/Paul Turner
- Interest in Idaho Secretary of State job mounting/Betsy Russell
- Real-time updates will tell you your street isn't getting plowed/Doug Clark
- Outdoors: Forest Service plans peg potential wilderness in Idaho/Rich Landers
- Idaho Rep. Mark Patterson's factual fluidity not doing him any favors/Shawn Vestal
Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press
It looks like fall is trying to tip into winter outside today. Wet & nasty. But I'll take that to slushy. It might be a good day for reading if it weren't for a honey-do or two on the list. I might toss in a walk or two this weekend. Other than that, I have no particular plans. It's nice to occasionally chill. I don't do it enough. I'll be back at Huckleberries Central on Monday to continue the search for good topics this post-election season. See you then. Here's your weekend Wild Card ...
Capital quarterback Conner Poulson fumble the ball as he is taken down by Coeur d’Alene’s Jackson Carlson in the first quarter Friday night at Coeur d’Alene High School. (SR photo: Bruce Twitchell)
Ty Holgate got his wish. Late Friday afternoon the temperature began to drop, the wind picked up and rain turned to snow. Ideal conditions for a senior running back operating behind a senior-laden offensive line. Holgate rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns and the Vikings piled up nearly 400 ground yards in a 42-14 victory over visiting Capital in a 5A state semifinal. “That’s what I was hoping for,” Holgate said of the snowy weather that left a trace of the white stuff on Viking Field. “That way we can run the ball.” The victory puts Coeur d’Alene (8-3) in the state championship game for the fourth straight season. The Vikings will face No. 1 Highland (11-0), which defeated Rocky Mountain 24-6, in the Kibbie Dome in Moscow on Friday/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.
A male wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt and a red bandana over his face took an undisclosed amount of money in an armed robbery that occurred at Domino's Pizza in Hayden before 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses described the armed man as a white male about 6 feet tall who was brandishing a black colored firearm. The robber fled on foot and was last seen running northbound from the restaurant. A KCSO K9 attempted to track the suspect but was unable to locate him/Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.
There must be a special circle in hell reserved for rapists who later claim: She made it up. And then, beyond that circle, there must be a deeper one – deeper and more imaginatively punitive – for rapists and accused rapists and would-be rapists who, when their history is dredged up years later, drape themselves in a victim’s robes, whine about their oppression, and claim that everyone else is lying. This has been the strategy of Idaho state Rep. Mark Patterson, who – in addition to claiming that the woman he admitted trying to rape had just made it up – has now donned the mantle of the righteous soldier. As a gun-loving conservative, apparently, Patterson is the victim of the usual suspects. “I will not be silenced,” Patterson wrote in a recent statement, because everyone knows how difficult it is to be pro-gun in Idaho, “so long as God gives me the strength”/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.
Out dog whisperer visited again last night to continue to train Mrs. O & me re: the handling & care of our 3-month-old Beagle. The woman is a wonder worker. Huckleberry snaps to attention almost the moment she steps through the door (giving Mrs. O & me a look that says, "I'll deal with you two later.") Seriously, the tips that the dog whisperer has provided already have made a significant difference in dealing with the pup. Getting better all the time. Now for today's Wild Card ...
Miles Scott, 5, dressed as Batkid, rescues a damsel in distress in San Francisco today. San Francisco turned into Gotham City on Friday, as city officials helped fulfill Scott's wish to be "Batkid." Scott, a leukemia patient from Tulelake in far Northern California, was called into service on Friday morning by San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to help fight crime, The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation says. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Gary Reyes)
- Also: This story has been an Internet sensation today. Click here.
Question: So which movie/TV show has best zombies?
Lookout Pass and 49 Degrees North ski areas have put skiers and boarders on alert that snow is piling up on their slopes and, depending on what the incoming storm deposits overnight, they may start their lifts this weekend for the first runs of the season.
- Lookout is ready to open as soon as Saturday.
- 49 Degrees says it could open on Sunday
Question: Are you ready to hit the slopes?
Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell talk as they watch sumo wrestlers on the fifth day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, in Fukuoka, Japan, Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Thursday Winner -- DFO, with 15 likes: "I remember when Cindy was just regular folk, like the rest of us. Now that she's on the red carpet, hobnobbing with the stars, she pretends as though she doesn't even know us." You can see Thursday Photo and all cutline entries here.
United Conservatives of North Idaho, which is even further to the right than the Reagan Republicans, is getting back in the legislative swing by scheduled a townhall meeting at the Athol Community Center at 6'o'clock this evening. State Rep. Vito Barbieri (who will appear with state Sens. Russ Fulcher and Steve Thayn in the Coeur d'Alene Library Monday) will be the featured speaker this evening. The recently minted North West Property Owner Alliance will also give a presentation. UCNI and the Reagan Republicans were key players in the 2012 GOPrimaries in Kootenai County -- the former representing the Tea Party to the latter's Tea Party Lite.
- 5:13 p.m. 29YO male feels weak, tired, dizzy @ Holiday Motel, 209 Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive.
- 5:07 p.m. ISP officer reports dead deer lying on H95, b/n Lancaster & Boekel/Hayden.
- 5:04 p.m. Noninjury accident reported @ Ramsey/Prairie Avenue, Hayden.
- 4:55 p.m. Noninjury accident reported near Shanty bar on Seltice Way @ Huetter.
- 4:34 p.m. Ambulance needed to transfer patient from KMC to Hospice House.
- 4:15 p.m. Noninjury accident reported @ H95/Hanley Avenue, CdA.
- 4:06 p.m. Athol "accident" (4:05 item) has been determined to be a low-flying aircraft that didn't crash.
- 4:05 p.m. Various agencies believe loud noise @ H95/54, Athol, was a vehicle accident.
- 3:16 p.m. County officer says warrant needed because he found granules in baggy during traffic stop.
- 2:26 p.m. Someone suffering a seizure @ Post Falls Family Medicine, 1220 E. Polston, Post Falls.
- 1:57 a.m. Someone injured in fall @ Sylvan House, 606 Honeysuckle Ave/Hayden Lake.
- 1:55 p.m. ISP officer arrests driver on warrant for driving without privileges, now taking him to jail.
- 1:45 p.m. Someone injured in a fall in 3700 block of E2nd Avenue/Post Falls.
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I was worried this would happen -- this lull between the city elections and the start of the Idaho Legislature. That's what happens when good local government replaces radical ideology. Competent office holders take over. And things get boring. Imagine the lather we'd be in if Mary Souza and her Reagan Republican ticket had won the election. Rumors would be swirling regarding which department head(s) were dead men walking. Tony Berns, the Lake City Development Corporation executive, would be circulating resumes. We'd be wringing our hands re: the ribbon cutting for the McEuen Field reopening next spring. Would Sandi Bloem be invited? Would Mary play nice? Councilman Dan Gookin would be trying out the chair for council president. Councilman Steve Adams would be counting down the minutes until he could make a motion to fire City Attorney Mike Gridley. It would be "fun times" at HucksOnline. Instead, I'm beating the bushes for news. The same sort of thing broke out after the Coeur d'Alene School Board election in the spring. Three quality challengers replaced three ideological appointees who'd help keep things stirred up in the Coeur d'Alene School District for months. Yeah, we can look forward to the state and legislative races in spring 2014. But they're not nearly as much fun as nonpartisan ones. It's also harder to get rid of bad eggs in closed GOPrimaries. If quality government breaks out in too many places around here, I'll be out of a job as the Huckmeister/DFO.
Question: Anyone know how we can keep ourselves entertained through the Christmas holidays?
A Kalispell bride accused of murder took the witness stand Friday morning, admitting that she pushed her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park but that "it was instinct" when he grabbed her arm during an argument. Jordan Graham, 22, testified during a hearing on a defense motion to drop at least the first-degree murder charge or dismiss the indictment against her altogether in the death of Cody Johnson, 25, last July 7. That motion was denied Friday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy. Graham has pleaded not guilty, and a Dec. 9 trial has been set/Alice Miller, Missoulian. More here.
Question: How would you tell one of your friends that they're dating the wrong person?
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Sunrise: 7:18 am
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