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Real 2014 Idaho Winner? Mike Crapo

November 10, 2014 - 3:26pm

Someone who was not even on the November 4th ballot: Idaho’s senior U.S. Senator, Mike Crapo. The reasons are many. With Republicans gaining control of the Senate, the Senator’s seniority places him in a position to exert ever more influence on America’s fiscal policies, its huge debt, its subsidy-riven hodge-podge of tax loopholes otherwise known as incentives, and its financial institutions. Because of some quirks in the Senate’s arcain seniority system the former Idaho Falls State senator will have to wait two years before becoming a full committee chair/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicle. More here.

Question: Have you followed the career of U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo at all?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 11.10.14

November 10, 2014 - 3:13pm

At The Slice blog, Paul Turner provides a photo of the No. 1 album on this date in 1987. More here. (Photo:

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Nov. 2-8): 46,314 page-views/28,051 unique views

St. Vinny's To Open Warming Centers

November 10, 2014 - 2:09pm

Frigid temperatures trigger the opening of warming centers in North Idaho:

  • Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls: Fresh Start, 1524 E. Sherman Ave. in Coeur d’Alene, opens when the temperature falls below 25 degrees. (Info: ) Fresh Start will be the main center, but as capacity builds, St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho will open its Post Falls center at 202 W. Seventh St. Hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (Info: ).

Idaho GOP Wants Recount In 2 Races

November 10, 2014 - 2:02pm

The Idaho Republican Party is encouraging two of its candidates to ask for recounts in elections that they narrowly lost to their Democratic challengers in the Nov. 4 election for legislative seats in north-central Idaho, the Lewiston Tribune reports. Republican state Rep. Thyra Stevenson of Lewiston lost to Democrat Dan Rudolph by 26 votes; in the same legislative district, fellow Republican Mike Kingsley lost to House Minority Leader John Rusche (pictured) by 48 votes. Idaho Republican Party Executive Director David Johnston told the Lewiston Tribune ( in a story that ran Saturday that the narrow margins in both races warrant a recount. Johnston added that a disk drive failed in Nez Perce County while votes were being counted, resulting in some ballots being hand counted/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

DFO: This reminds me of the Green Bay Packers coach asking for a review of a three-yard play that was ruled -- and later confirmed -- as a catch in the 3rd quarter of a game the Packers led 48-7 at the time Monday night. Thoughts?

Church Burial Honors Destitute Vet

November 10, 2014 - 1:44pm

Father Basil, of St.John Orthodox Church led the way through the cemetery gates to the gravesite of war veteran Jim Ayers at the church in Post Falls on Thursday. The anonymous member of the church fronted the cost of the funeral for the Tenth Mountain Division veteran. The church sponsored a memorial service and "beer and brats" fundraiser to help cover the costs. Huckleberries Online story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Gone With The Key Stroke

November 10, 2014 - 1:33pm
Tweet: Looks like newly elected Sherri Ybarra has deleted her Twitter and Facebook campaign accounts -- Kimberlee Kruesi, AP.

SR News Quiz -- 11.9-14.2014

November 10, 2014 - 1:29pm

How much do you know about the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, erosion of the Coeur d'Alene River bank, the midterm elections and other notable news? Find out in the Weekly Quiz of The Spokesman-Review, where you could win a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel or two movie tickets. You can take the quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: Willows
  • Last Week's Winners: Linda Stanescu  of Sprague, Washington (gift card), and Kathy Smith of Spokane (movie tickets).

The Cellar In CdA Changes Hands

November 10, 2014 - 1:22pm

Patricia and Tom Power, owners of The Cellar in Coeur d’Alene, have sold their longtime North Idaho business to area chef Adam Hegstad. The popular restaurant and wine bar has been in business in downtown Coeur d’Alene for more than 20 years, at 317 Sherman Ave. The couple announced they wished to retire from the restaurant business. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Hegstad has had extensive experience opening and running successful restaurants. Those include Brix Restaurant in Coeur d’Alene, and currently The Wandering Table, in Kendall Yards. He was also executive chef at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley. The Cellar’s wine manager will be Naomi Boutz, a news release said/The Dirt, SR. (Photo: The Cellar Facebook wall)

Question: Are you a frequent customer of The Cellar?

Barbers 3 Form The BarberShop

November 10, 2014 - 1:18pm

The BarberShop, a cooperative combining three barbers from their former places, will open soon in Suite 28 of Sunset Village at 296 W. Sunset Ave. (east of Highway 95). "We have combined to offer the community the very best in traditional and modern hair-cutting, beard and mustache trims and hot towel shaves," said Mike Cheevers, with 27 years experience at Family Values Barber Shop and Best Ave. Barbershop. "Our shop will be a social gathering place with local information and insight into the community. We can cater to people with special needs." Joining him are Mike Brockhoff with 12 years experience from Cut 'n' Buzz barbershop and Channing Goodman with five years experience from Appleway Barbershop and Papa's Barber/Nils Rosdahl, Business Bits. Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Where do you get your hair cut?

Labrador: Our Turn To Govern

November 10, 2014 - 1:13pm

Congressman Raul Labrador issued the following op-ed piece after last Tuesday's general election: The American people sent a message Tuesday, putting Republicans in control of the Senate and boosting our majority in the House. Now, it is our job to show that we can govern so we can restore the shaken confidence of our constituents and put the greatest country in the world on the right track. Americans are weary of both congressional gridlock and executive branch incompetence. By working with willing partners in the House and Senate, we can send President Obama legislation that will heal our country and grow our economy. For example, I have two bills to boost the timber and ranching industries in Idaho and the West that have already passed the House. Harry Reid and the Democrats refused to even give them a hearing. I’m optimistic they will now get serious consideration in the Senate. More here.

Question: Frankly, I expect two years worth of standoff between President Barack Obama (and his veto power) and the Republican Congress. Are you more optimistic than I am?

The Show Must Go On

November 10, 2014 - 11:45am

Photographer Don Sausser posts this morning: "On a 30 degree morning workers install the annual Christmas tree on Hagadone headquarters building."

Question: Do you ever think about how much goes into making the Coeur d'Alene Resort grounds and downtown Coeur d'Alene into a Christmas wonderland each year?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.10.14

November 10, 2014 - 11:29am
  • 11:59 a.m. Smoke @ Nunn/Good Hope Road, Athol, could be coming from Dept of Lands controlled burn.
  • 11:52 a.m. Post Falls EMTs en route to help 83YO male who has fallen @ Idahline home.
  • 11:45 a.m. Elderly female still sitting in silver car @5th/Foster, CdA, after crash (10:54 item).
  • 11:28 a.m. Noninjury accident reported @ w/b I-90/4th Street, CdA, onramp.
  • 11:20 a.m. Driver of white Dodge Charge reckless @ e/b I-90/MP 5 (Spokane Street/Post Falls).
  • 10:59 a.m. ISP officer reports disabled Subaru Legacy @ H54/MP 3 (Ramsey Road/Athol).
  • 10:54 a.m. Noninjury crash involving elderly female @ 7th/Foster, CdA.
  • 10:27 a.m. CPD officer following up on investigation @ 600 block of N2nd/CdA.
  • 9:32 a.m. Coeur d'Alene resident reports stranger has entered his house, unknown location.
  • 9:06 a.m. Dog running loose @ Atlas Road/Joanna, CdA.

A Case Of Mistaken Identity?

November 10, 2014 - 11:16am

I may not be who I think I am. On Friday, as part of a post-election, three-day weekend, I visited the local Social Security office to make sure that I'd followed Patty Duke correctly when applying online for Medicare benefits (not that I need them right away). After all, I turn 65 in 10 days. Also, I wanted to apply for a new Social Security card. I lost mine many moons ago. As part of my inquiry, I asked the helpful agent at Window No. 3 why my surname was misspelled on my new Medicare card -- "Oliveira." By the way, that's the correct spelling for my Portuguese surname. But long before I was a twinkle in my father's eye, he had inadvertently spelled it the way I do now "Oliveria." His parents, who didn't speak English, never noticed until he was married. My mother made an attempt, about my freshman year in high school, to change our surname to the correct spelling. In fact, I have a report card in which my father spelled our surname one way and mom spelled it the other. I received my first and only Social Security card about the same time, in 1963, when I started working in the alfalfa/hay fields for my Uncle Manuel. So why am I telling you all this? The helpful agent at Window No. 3 looked up the original spelling on my first security card and, voila, discovered that my surname was spelled "Oliveira." Which means I have to get a copy of a certified birth certificate (I don't have the original) to prove that the way I've spelled my name my whole life is correct. But what if it isn't? What if I'm not who I think I am?/DFO.

Question: Do you have your original birth certificate and/or Social Security card?

AM Headlines -- 11.10.14

November 10, 2014 - 10:59am

At Providence Family Practice Residency, Dr. Liz Stuhmiller, a third-year resident in the program, gives a presentation for other resident doctors on how to identify the signs of a stroke in a patient. As the state's two leading universities prepare to battle it out in the Legislature over whose vision of physician training is best for Washington's needs, new studies indicate small town social dynamics may have as much or more to do with America's rural doctor shortage as the number of medical schools and curriculum. Story here. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Poll: Most Have Been Laid Off

November 10, 2014 - 10:24am
  • Weekend Poll: 136 of 225 respondents (60.44%) have been laid off at some time in their lives. 88 of 225 respondents (39.11%) have never been laid off. 1 (0.44%) was undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you visit the cemetery to pay your respects to veterans and loved ones on Veterans Day and/or Memorial Day?

A Flag For Tony Wagner?

November 10, 2014 - 9:25am

The grave of Tony Wagner in the veterans section of Forest Cemetery displays (in small letters lower left) that he served in the Navy during WW2. (Courtesy photo: Dave Wagner)

On Saturday, I visited the grave of Tony Wagner in the veterans section of Forest Cemetery, with Tony's son, Dave. Tony? Louis A. "Tony" Wagner was 17 when he joined the Navy, serving on the USS Hollister and USS Dixie during World War II. Also, he served in Occupied Japan and Marshall Islands Bikini Atoll Atomic Bomb Experiment " Operation Crossroads " in 1946. He was honorably discharged & was a lifetime member and former commander (1981-82) of VFW Coeur d'Alene Post 889 Post 889. He died from lung cancer in 1996.The Veterans Administration linked his cancer to his service in Operations Crossroad. Why am I telling you this? After his death in 1996, Tony's grave was one of the many that received a little flag for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. However, that stopped about 15 years ago. At first his son, Dave, thought it was an oversight. But the oversight continued year after year. Occasionally, he would ask veterans and auxiliary members setting out the flags about a flag for his father's grave. He even contacted the local VFW. He never received an answer that satisfied him. Finally, on Memorial Day 2014, Dave, frustrated, put a large flag on his father's grave (above) to point out the ongoing oversight. It was removed with the other flags after Memorial Day. Over coffee at Ironwood Square Starbucks Saturday, Dave told me that he's no longer angry about the oversight -- or whatever it is. He just wants his father to receive the flag he deserves on the two special days each year for veterans. (Inset photo: Tony Wagner during WW2)


Harris: Here Comes The Cold

November 10, 2014 - 9:19am

(Local climatologist Cliff) Harris said following a wet Sunday, temperatures will dip as we head into the first real freeze of fall, which is arriving much later than usual. "We need to prepare for colder weather. We've had it nice for a long time," Harris said. "Veterans Day is Tuesday and we're going to be very chilly." Lows next week will be in the upper teens and lower 20s with highs in the lower 30s, but the sun will be shining. Harris said he is expecting a little snow between the 15th and the 21st and again around Thanksgiving and into December. The climatologist said he will be putting on his snow tires Friday, but mainly to beat the rush/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you ready for some much colder temperatures?

Ruling Gives Idaho Officials New Hope

November 10, 2014 - 9:11am

Idaho officials say they have new hope that the state’s same-sex marriage case could be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, after Thursday’s appeals court ruling upholding bans on gay marriage in four states. The 6th Circuit ruling was the first federal appeals court to rule that way, after a string of rulings unanimously going the opposite direction. Those have included Idaho’s case; the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected Idaho’s appeal and overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage last month. Gay couples have been legally able to marry in the state since Oct. 15, and the state now recognizes marriages of same-sex couples that took place legally in other states/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Am I the only one who now suspects this issue will wind up in the lap of the Supreme Court?

Would Idaho Elect Republican Obama?

November 10, 2014 - 9:01am

From a post by Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press ("The Power of the R in Idaho"): Kent Marmon, a sometimes Republican candidate in Canyon County who often critiques the Idaho Republican establishment from the right, said on a Facebook post, “As I watched the election results unfold last night, I couldn’t help but think that if Barack Obama moved to Idaho, joined the Republican Party, and ran for office as a Republican…. he could get elected. Issues apparently don’t matter. Neither does anything else.” Full column here.

Question: Could Barack Obama win statewide office in Idaho if he ran in the general election as a Republican?

Edit: UIdaho Is Shrinking

November 10, 2014 - 8:46am

The University of Idaho lost enrollment this year. The UI lost enrollment last year. In fact, the UI is shedding students while its sister schools are at least stable if not growing. Consider the following:

  • The UI dropped 2.9 percent to 11,534 students.
  • Boise State University gained 1.1 percent this year, putting its enrollment at 22,239.
  • Idaho State University gained just under 1 percent to reach 13,455.
  • Lewis-Clark State College also gained almost 1 percent for a total of 3,616.
  • All of the schools are smaller compared to 2012. But the UI's 7.6 percent two-year decline is the state's steepest.
  • Even the full-time equivalent count -- which favors UI's mix of students -- now puts Idaho's senior institution of higher learning in third place, behind ISU and BSU.

Cost and location put the UI at a disadvantage/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do your high schoolers still want to go to University of Idaho when they graduate?