On Feb. 13, Shae Owens did what she does every day at her 12-acre property on the outskirts of Coeur d'Alene: went for a walk with her dog, a Labrador named Bodhi. With them came Ben, a yellowLabrador belonging to the Owens' sister-in-law, Tolli Willhite. Both dogs were off-leash since, according to Owens, they were on her property. But the walk didn't last long before Owens heard Ben crying. The animal's leg was trapped in a non-lethal trap someone had placed on the property without Owens' permission. Fortunately for the yellow Lab, Owens had recently read an online pamphlet on how to properly free dogs from hunting traps/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you think these incidents will prompt the Powers That Be to act to control trapping near populated areas?
In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives jeers to guns-on-campus sponsor Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa (pictured):
While chairing the Senate State Affairs Committee last week, McKenzie gave the NRA 40 minutes to speak in favor of his bill. But when it was time for Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson to give the rebuttal, McKenzie shut down the hearing. Tuesday, as the Senate was debating McKenzie's bill, Democratic Leader Michelle Stennett of Ketchum asked the sponsor to yield for a question. In a rare breach of decorum, McKenzie declined. Stennett is no partisan bomb thrower and her question was a reasonable one: How exactly do you define a concealed weapon? OK, Sen. McKenzie. Answer this one, will you: How do you define arrogance? Full Cheers & Jeers column here.
Why is it the people who claim to be so accepting cannot accept some things? Without a bunch of fuss, muss, hand-wringing and calamity, that is. That thought occurred with the announcement of the gay football player. For those who missed it, a defensive end at the University of Missouri announced last week that he is gay. And that’s a problem. He announced. Pronounced. Proclaimed. That he's gay. Most folks, those of us who do not count ourselves among the elites, simply rolled our eyes and wished he would just shut up. But the real fancy people, celebrities, people who talk on TV and the First Lady among them, made quite a fuss over this. They were just giddy that a football player would be gay. For some reason the sex life of a complete stranger became a very, very, very big deal to those folks. Then it got worse/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette Record. More here. (AP file photo: gay football player Michael Sam at Missouri-Tennessee basketball game last Saturday)
Brigham Young's Tyler Haws, left, passes the ball as Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski (24) and teammate Drew Barham (43) defend in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday in Provo, Utah. BYU won 73-65. Story here. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Question: Are you still holding out hope that Gonzaga will do well in the NCAA Tournament?
Perceived conflicts between gay rights and religious freedoms, already a major controversy in the 2014 Idaho legislative session, could be an issue in this year's congressional race as well. Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador cited the conflicts as the basis for his "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act," which was introduced in September. In a meeting with reporters Tuesday in his Meridian office, Labrador said he started working on the bill after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, saying Congress can't define marriage exclusively as a union between one man and one woman. ... Labrador's bill prohibits the federal government from taking "adverse action" against individuals based on their religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman/William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted overwhelmingly in favor of SB 1271, the bill from a Boise 13-year-old to make the Idaho giant salamander the state’s official amphibian; the bill now moves to the full Senate. It needs passage both there and in the House and the governor’s signature to become law. Only Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton opposed the bill. He told young Ilah Hickman, “You’ve done a great job on your presentation, but I want you to understand that I’m the guy that had to say no to the Girl Scouts.” Siddoway opposed the scouts’ bill last year for a sales tax exemption for its annual cookie sale/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: I'd prefer that we name as the state amphibian your average Idaho legislator. Thoughts?
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Camryn Ries, 11, holds a sign during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday. The Spurs won 111-109. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
22 Days & Counting (to re-register as a Republican to vote in the closed GOPrimary in May): Women's gold medal game between USA & Canada is on Channel 6 as I type this. Fun stuff. Meanwhile, I'm waiting to see which way Len Crosby will go re: possible GOPrimary candidate to replace retiring Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls. All remains quiet on the Coeur d'Alene front re: legislative candidates. Ditto on the courthouse front. You'll know about things when I can get them verified. Now for today's Wild Card ...
Twenty-five “Add the Words” protesters were arrested tonight on the third and fourth floors of the state Capitol, outside the Senate chamber and the Senate gallery, where they were blocking the doors; all were brought to a Statehouse basement visitor room for processing, searched, and then led out to board a large white bus in front of the state Capitol, under a light rain, and taken to jail/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: What cause would you be willing to go to jail for?
Time 2 Vote (or add Cutline b/c only 2 so far ...
Norichika Aoki of Japan stretches with Kansas City Royals teammates before taking batting practice during spring training baseball practice on Wednesday in Surprise, Ariz. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Wednesday Winner -- Nic: Once again, break dancing on ice is rejected as an official Olympic sport. You can see Wednesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
- 5:33 p.m. Possible sighting of Amber Alert vehicle (3:20 item) @ s/b H95/MP 429 (Blackwell Island).
- 5:29 p.m. Officers take suspect in domestic dispute (5:20 item) into custody.
- 5:20 p.m. Male in domestic dispute behind Lowe's threatening to shoot anyone who comes to house.
- 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Feb. 19-20 here.
- 4:09 p.m. EMTs are responding to 66YO male who may have had stroke & fallen, unknown county location.
- 3:51 p.m. Bearded male w/2 first-aid kits asked 2 girls @ 15th/Kathleen, CdA, to direct him to Canfield Middle School.
- 3:49 p.m. Bearded male in red pickup is brake-checking other drivers @ e/b I-90/MP 11 (NW Blvd/CdA).
- 3:20 p.m. 25YO female w/2 small children, ages 8 months old (female) & 2YO (male), wanted in Mill Creek, Wash., Amber Alert, may have been sighted driving on e/b I-90 in the Coeur d'Alene area. A caller reported seeing short female in red Toyota Land Rover in the Coeur d'Alene area.
- 3:12 p.m. Someone @ Verizon Wireless sales desk on Prairie Avenue/CdA hit panic alarm.
- 2:33 p.m. A roll of carpet is lying on w/b I-90/MP 7.7 (Huetter rest stop area).
- 2:14 p.m. PFPD officer is returning three boys to River City Middle School/Post Falls.
- 1:18 p.m. Someone is unconscious & possibly not breathing @ apartments @ 1905 W. Appleway/CdA.
- AM Scanner Traffic
The North Idaho College Faculty Art Exhibit will showcase original artwork created by NIC Fine Art Department faculty from Feb. 24 through March 28 in NIC's Boswell Corner Gallery. Pictured is “Oasis, Tring, England” from longtime NIC photography instructor Phil Corlis, who is retiring this year and will be one of the featured artists. Story here. (NIC Press Room photo: Tom Greene)
- House panel votes 13-1 in favor of 'ag-gag' bill/Eye on Boise
- Downtown sidewalk repairs moving ahead/Coeur d'Alene Today
- Colville Tribes leader resigns after rape arrest/Scott Maben, SR
- Search & Rescue Charities not affiliated with KCSD/Sheriff's release
- 1 reappointed, 2 others appointed to Post Falls P&Z/City of Post Falls
- Hecla reports $25.7 million loss for 2013/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press
- Early voting for school levy elections to start Monday/County Clerk's release
- 25 'Add the Words' protesters arrested, take to jail on bus/Betsy Russell, EOB
- Puppy love/End Notes
- Back in the USA/Editor's Notes
- Day 51: That way/Eye on Shanghai
- The usual finger wagging/Arch Druid
- No 'Secret' re: Friday's movie lineup/7 Blog
- Success in the Idaho Legislature/Fort Boise
- Spring, where art thou?/From A Simple Mind
- FCC's redder than red flag/Dogwalk Musings
- Here's why people hate sports fans/The Slice
- A walking tour of England/Coeur d'Alene Today
- Importance of predictability/Carlson Chronicles
- Epic snow conditions at area ski resorts/Outdoors
- Fiddling around while America burns/Dennis Mansfield
- Publishing forecast: Sun will still rise/Writing North Idaho
HucksOnline numbers (for Wendesday, Feb. 19, 2014): 8941 page-views/4753 unique views
At the Kootenai County Reagan Republican lunch today, Republican Fritz Wiedenhoff announced his intention to seek the House District 2A seat now held by state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. Wiedenhoff finished fourth in a four-way race in the 2012 GOPrimary race for former representative Phil Hart's House District 2B seat that was won by Rep. Ed Morse, R-Hayden. Wiedenhoff attracted 13.42% of the vote.
Len Crosby, of Post Falls, announced today that he will be a candidate for the Legislative position currently held by retiring Rep. Frank Henderson (Seat B, Third Legislative District). "I have great respect for Representative Henderson who has been a dynamic public servant not only during his many years of service as a State Legislator, but also as a Kootenai County Commissioner and Mayor of Post Falls, and I look forward to his support." "Our Community has a history of sending outstanding and dynamic legislators to Boise (Rep. Henderson, Sen. Jim Hammond, Sen. Dick Compton and Rep. Hilde Kellogg) and it would be a privilege to have an opportunity to continue their fine work, and represent the citizens of Legislative District Three"/News Release. More here.
The House has rejected legislation from Rep. Janet Trujillo, R-Idaho Falls, to create a new inattentive driving offense for those who knowingly drive with an untreated medical condition. HB 466 failed in the House on a 19-49 vote. In an earlier committee hearing, a constituent of Trujillo's shared the story of how her young daughter was killed in a car crash in Montana, and the driver, whose untreated diabetic condition caused him to crash, wasn't cited/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.
Other Eye on Boise posts this PM:
- No resolution on broadband budget mess
- Testimony: A happy cow produces more milk
- House OKs teacher leadership bonus bill 62-6
- At least 7 arrests in today's 'Add the Words' protest
- Sponsor: So-called 'ag-gag' bill wouldn't stop whistleblowing
- Budget writers target doctor shortage with 5 new WWAMI spots
- Senate unanimously OKs stocking Epi-Pens for allergic reactions
Agree/disagree w/inattentive driving offense vote?
The clickety clack sound of my fingers flying over the keyboard filled my home office as I sat hunched over my desk racing against another looming deadline. I glanced down at my notes and then it happened. The room went dark. Blinking, I rubbed my eyes. Was it a stroke? Or was my mother right? Had I’d gone blind from too much reading in dim light? Turns out it was neither. The 60-watt bulb in my trusty gooseneck desk lamp had burned out. I headed to the closet to grab another, but like Old Mother Hubbard my cupboard was bare. Muttering about the inconvenience, I scrounged around and came up with a 40-watter and went back to work, but not before texting my husband: “Need 60-, 75- and 100-watt light bulbs.” A few minutes later my phone buzzed with this reply: “Good luck with that!”/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.
Question: have you run out of the 60-, 75- & 100-watt bulbs yet?
Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Wolf holds up his identification sheet with that corrects him from a right-handed to left-handed pitcher, as he poses on photo day at baseball spring training today in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Question: Which of you HBOers are lefties (in the physical since)?
DFO: Um, can someone explain why anyone would put that on his car bumper?
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