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Complete This Sentence ...

January 13, 2015 - 3:29pm

I wish the 2015 Idaho Legislature would ...

The Linguistics Of Snow

January 13, 2015 - 2:21pm

Although it's reported the Eskimo
has two hundred words he can use to say snow, she has just one, with no ifs, ands or buts:
when she sees it falling she simply says "nuts."

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

How Often Do You Shine Shoes?

January 13, 2015 - 1:45pm

On his Facebook wall, Digger wonders: "So here's a question for my young professional friends out there in Facebook land. Of those of you who do business dress for work, how many of you own shinable shoes? And, if you do, how often do you shine them?"


1st Person: Lee Was My Neighbor

January 13, 2015 - 1:32pm

Unidentified mourners place flowers on a memorial for manager Belinda Niebuhr outside Arby's Restaurant in Moscow Monday. Niebuhr died after being shot while at work on Saturday. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News/AP photo: Geoff Crimmins)

At Moscow-Pullman Daily News, staff writer Terri Harber tells of living two doors down from triple-murder suspect John Lee in a Moscow apartment building -- and her disbelief Saturday when she saw apartment manager David Trail wheeled out of his office motionless: "

John Lee, who used to go by the name Kane Grzebielski, was my neighbor. He lived two doors down from me at an apartment building in Moscow owned and managed by David Trail, someone I considered more than just a landlord because he was genuinely kind, interested in others and not just "business friendly" or going through the motions of social contact, as most other people do. Lee is accused of fatally shooting Trail, his adoptive mother, Terri Grzebielski, and Belinda Niebuhr, a local restaurant manager and family friend. A man in the office with Trail, Michael Chin, was shot and injured. I watched in anger, sadness and disbelief as Trail was wheeled out of his office on a gurney. He was motionless and there appeared to be a bullet hole on his left side. More here.




Dems Approve Of Otter Message

January 13, 2015 - 1:22pm

Democratic legislators from both houses offered an unusually positive response today to GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s State of the State message to lawmakers yesterday. “Clearly we need a better way forward, and the governor and our GOP leaders are beginning to understand that,” said House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston. “We are pleased that the governor outlined many priorities in his address that Idaho Democrats have championed for years. We thank him for beginning to understand that a strong investment in our education system will grow Idaho’s economy”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Sounds like there's a chance something positive might get done in the Legislature this year. Thoughts?

Solon Demands Teacher Pay Hike

January 13, 2015 - 1:18pm

The Idaho lawmaker who has the power to kill tax bills says there will be no new tax breaks unless beginning teacher salaries boost to $40,000 a year. Republican Sen. Jeff Siddoway threatened to hold proposed tax cuts hostage in order to get more funding for Idaho's public schools even before the legislative session kicked off on Monday. Siddoway sharpened his demand on Tuesday, saying teacher salaries must increase sooner than what Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has outlined/Kimberlee Kruesi, AP. More here.

DFO: Good for Siddoway.

Pizza Please

January 13, 2015 - 1:03pm

On his Facebook page, SR photog pal Jesse Tinsley posts: "I was working on a newspaper story about kids making healthy choices in the school lunch line. The plan was for servers to first suggest the healthy option, a piece of skinless roasted chicken. And the kids would always choose the pizza, made with whole grains and low-fat cheese, meeting the dietary regulations for school lunch. While school officials were touting their new promotion, the Pizza Hut sign told the story."

Question: Would you choose skinless, roasted chicken over Pizza Hut pizza?

Huckleberries Has Learned ...

January 13, 2015 - 11:46am

... That new Commissioner David Stewart has been elected chairman of the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners -- and former chairman Dan Green is now the vice chairman. Stewart and Commissioner Marc Eberlein ran in tandem and were elected in tandem in 2014.

AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.13.15

January 13, 2015 - 11:43am
  • 11:43 a.m. Driver of green flatbed pickup flips off motorist in unsafe pass @ H95/H54, Athol.
  • 11:25 a.m. CPD officer investigating abandoned vehicle @ 1500 block of Front Ave/CdA.
  • 10:47 a.m. 8YO boy is unconscious but breathing @ Seltice Elementary reading room, 1100 Chase/Post Falls.
  • 10:41 a.m. CPD officer stopping to investigate abandoned vehicles @ 1000 block of Emma Ave/CdA.
  • 10:14 a.m. Driver of blue semi from Oregon is weaving @ s/b H95/MP 453 (Granite-Kelso Cutoff/Bonner County).
  • 10:07 a.m. Someone injured in a fall @ 6000 block of Pinegrove Drive/CdA.
  • 9:43 a.m. Officer taking someone to hospital from H95/I-90 after being flagged down by pedestrian.
  • 9:40 a.m. Someone is suffering intense stomach pain @ 1900 block of Lincoln Way/CdA.
  • 9:27 a.m. 34YO male complaining of neck pain after crash @ Ramsey Road/Hanley Ave, CdA.
  • 9:12 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 14900 block of N. Meadowview Court/Rathdrum.
  • 9:01 a.m. Residental reports house burglary @ W. Dalton Avenue/H95 area, CdA.
  • 8:53 a.m. Vehicle struck 2 elk on H95/MP 445.9 (Brunner Road/Bunco Road, Athol). Animals "harvested."
  • 8:31 a.m. Male is suffering intense back pain in 8400 block of Meadow Brook Circle/Rathdrum.
  • 8:29 a.m. Vehicle has slid 6 feet of Dike Road into tree, adjacent to North Idaho College.

Idaho To Remember Moscow Victims

January 13, 2015 - 11:41am

Gov. Butch Otter is asking Idahoans to take a few minutes Wednesday to remember the victims, their families and friends, and the community of Moscow after a series of shootings last Saturday by a lone gunman. “It is important that everyone in Idaho take time in the wake of this horrendous act to remember those who have lost their lives and offer our support to the families, friends, and Moscow community as they mourn this tragedy,” Governor Otter said. “I ask that all Idahoans observe a moment of silence on Wednesday, January 14, at 1 p.m., Mountain Time to let our friends and families in Moscow know they are in our thoughts and prayers, and that they are not alone in their grief”/Coeur d'Alene Press Online.

Pig Tails & Zumba

January 13, 2015 - 11:24am

Miss Universe contestant Diana Harkusha, of Ukraine, participates in a Zumba class for the contestants earlier today in Doral, Fla. The Miss Universe pageant will be held Jan. 25, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Amber Alerts Now On Facebook

January 13, 2015 - 10:32am

Today, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children announced a partnership with Facebook to send AMBER Alerts to the social network's community to help find missing children. The new initiative will deliver AMBER Alerts to people's News Feeds in targeted search areas after a child has been abducted and the National Center has issued an alert. "When a child goes missing the most important thing we can do is to get the detailed information to the public as quickly as possible," says Dawn Peck, Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification Manager who serves as the Idaho AMBER Alert Coordinator.  "The first few hours are critical in the search for an abducted child and we welcome any tool that assists in the recovery a child"/Teresa Baker, Idaho State Police. More here.

Question: Will you sign up for Facebook Amber Alerts?

Quotable Quote

January 13, 2015 - 10:03am
"These gum control laws go too far" -- Gary Crooks, of SR editorial board, re: arrest of 9YO Post Falls boy for stealing gum.

AM Headlines -- 1.13.15

January 13, 2015 - 10:01am

The marquee at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre reads "Love to Moscow, our hearts are with you" in Moscow Monday. The message is in response to the shooting deaths of three Moscow residents on Saturday, Jan. 10. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Geoff Crimmins)

Charlie Hebdo Publishes Again

January 13, 2015 - 9:21am

Charlie Hebdo editorialist Patrick Pelloux (right) and cartoonist Renald Luzier, known as Luz (left), join a march in Paris on Sunday. (AP photo)

The staff of Charlie Hebdo said the past few days have been hard, but they are "happy" to have put out a magazine under the most intense of situations. After the shooting, Renald Luzier, the cartoonist known as Luz, said they knew they had to start working. "We didn't know how we were going to start," he said. "I didn't know if it was going to be possible for me to draw, quite honestly." But he did. First a cartoon that served as "catharsis," and then, after many iterations, he drew a cartoon of Islam's Prophet Muhammad shedding a tear and holding a sign with what's become the slogan of this tragedy: "Je Suis Charlie," or "I am Charlie." Above it all, there's a headline that reads, "All Is Forgiven"/National Public Radio.

That takes guts to publish again, so soon after the murderous attacks by Islamic extremists.

WSU Warned Campus, UI Didn't

January 13, 2015 - 9:17am

A series of fatal shootings Saturday in Moscow provoked different responses from universities on the Palouse, with one sending out alerts immediately. Washington State University Assistant Police Chief Steve Hansen said he made a call to send out a message to students, faculty and staff minutes after learning the suspect in a series of shootings made his way to Pullman. His message reached about 25,000 people by 3:46 p.m. - about 10 minutes after he initiated the WSU Alert System. The University of Idaho opted against a Vandal Alert notification and instead turned to social media to notify that police were responding to reported shootings, posting links to a news story on its Facebook and Twitter accounts about 4:10 p.m. The notifications were in response to police allegations that 29-year-old John Lee had shot four residents at three different locations in Moscow/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should the University of Idaho have warned students about the murder spree in Moscow, as WSU did?

Solon Compares Obama To Hitler

January 13, 2015 - 9:13am

A Texas congressman (pictured) drew criticism Tuesday for a tweet that used the world's response to terrorist attacks in Paris as an opportunity to compare President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. Rep. Randy Weber's official account, (at)TXRandy14, tweeted on Tuesday night: "Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn't do it for right reasons" The tweet juxtaposes Hitler's visit to the vanquished city after his troops invaded in World War II, and Obama's failure to join dozens of world leaders at an anti-terror march through Paris on Sunday/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Should President Obama or a high-ranking representative have gone to France to lend support and comfort in wake of the Charlie Hebdo slaughter?

Making Sense Of Casual Murder

January 13, 2015 - 9:02am

At the Lewiston Tribune, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase struggles to make sense of the triple murder in Moscow Saturday: "Is this a byproduct of our media fascination with violence? Was there a history of mental illness? Are there just too many guns in too many hands? Is there more of this kind of violence taking place or has a 24/7 news cycle heightened our awareness? How well did the people tasked with safeguarding public security perform their jobs? However pertinent, each question seeks a rational response from a maddening situation. Each has the sense of futility. Time will pass.These issues will be ignored and then forgotten until the next horror comes along. All you're really left with is the same profound sense of vulnerability: The line when someone's empathy ends and his mindless rage takes over is impossible to predict. Full editorial here.

Question: Trillhaase is right, of course. We will forget about this triple murder in short order, until the next spree gets our attention. Alas. Is this the way for a free society to live?

Arrest Of 9YO Brings Ap-hollow-gy

January 13, 2015 - 8:45am

The Kootenai County prosecutor on Monday issued an apology for last week's arrest of a 9-year-old Post Falls boy. The warrant stemmed from the child allegedly stealing a pack of gum at a local grocery store. The warrant was issued after the child missed two court appearances. "After reviewing the file today, I have concluded that my office's request to have an arrest warrant issued was a mistake under the circumstances," Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh wrote in a statement. "At least one other viable option existed, which was to seek a court-ordered child protection investigation"/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Apology accepted?

Otter Wants More Ed $$$, Tax Cuts

January 13, 2015 - 8:31am

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter delivers his State of the State address inside the house chambers at the state Capitol building on Monday in Boise. (AP photo: Otto Kitsinger)

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter called for boosts to school funding and tax cuts for businesses and top earners in his State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature on Monday, drawing enthusiastic applause from lawmakers. But the chairman of the Senate tax committee, Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, wasn’t convinced. “Quite frankly, we saw those same proposals last year as far as tax cuts,” Siddoway said after Otter’s talk. “But I’m dead serious about fixing education. … Then we’ll be able to see if there’s going to be enough revenue left over to do any tax reductions. I’m pretty skeptical.” Siddoway said if the House passes Otter’s proposed cuts in the top personal and corporate income tax rates, “It would probably end up the same place the last one did.” That’s in Siddoway’s desk drawer, where it died without ever being scheduled for a Senate hearing/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.

DFO: A good rule of thumb re: governor's pronouncements? Watch what he does, not what he sez.