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Poll: Zags Will Reach Sweet 16

March 3, 2015 - 12:23pm
  • Monday Poll: Despite upset loss to BYU Saturday, Hucks Nation sez the Zags will win 2 games and reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament this year. A plurality of 56 of 181 respondents (30.94%) said Gonzaga will reach the Sweet 16. 48 of 181 (26.52%) said Gonzaga will lose its second game. 39 (16.02%) expect the team to reach the Elite 8. 19 each (10.5%) said the Zags will either advance to Final Four or lose their first game. 5 each (2.76%) said they'll win the NCAA title or reach the title game.
  • Today's Poll: Do you support the decision by Kootenai County Sens. Steve Vick & Bob Nonini to skip Hindu prayer to open Senate today?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.3.15

March 3, 2015 - 12:14pm

Area firefighters are participating in a training burn this morning on Davenport Street/Dalton Gardens. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

  • 11:46 a.m. 2-vehicle, non-injury crash is blocking Prairie Ave, just west of H95/CdA.
  • 11:39 p.m. Neighbors are involved in fight @ 1600 block of Kelso Lake Road/Spirit Lake.
  • 11:36 a.m. 2YO called 911 to say 60YO grandmother isn't acting right @ 1000 block of Govt Way/CdA.
  • 11:18 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 2700 block of Howard St/CdA.
  • 11:10 a.m. 15YO male banging head against wall @ Imagine Behavorial Services, 7945 Meadow Lark Way, CdA.
  • 11:06 a.m. 50-60YO male lost consciousness in fall in aisle 9 of Winco Foods, Ramsey Road/Appleway, CdA.
  • 10:56 a.m. Back door open, dead-bolt broken @ re-po house @ 1200 block of Foster Ave/CdA.
  • 10:52 a.m. 65-70YO female suffering general illness @ 7000 block of Heritage St/Rathdrum.
  • 10:39 a.m. 69YO female suffered broken ankle in fall down basement stairs @ 2200 block of Glover Lane/Post Falls.
  • 10:34 a.m. 2-vehicle, non-injury crash reported on I-90 b/n 15th St/Sherman Ave, CdA.
  • 10:31 a.m. 40YO female says she's about to pass out @ Habitat for Humanity, 176 W. Wyoming Ave, Hayden.
  • 10:24 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Hauser Lake Rd/Burdette Lane/Hauser.
  • 9:52 a.m. Firefighters are on scene of a controlled burn @ 6680 Davenport St/Dalton Gardens.
  • 9:27 a.m. CPD officer en route to North Idaho College for undisclosed animal problem.
  • 9:05 a.m. Driver of white semi throwing stuff out window @ s/b H95/MP 458 (Cocolalla Bridge).
  • 9:01 a.m. Suicide threat received from 800 block of N15th St/CdA.
  • 8:38 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 205 E. Anton Ave/CdA.
  • 8:35 a.m. Non-injury, two-vehicle accident reported @ H95/Dakota Ave, Hayden.
  • 8:30 a.m. Non-injury crash b/n semi & Buick reported in front of Schaeffer's Towing, 625 W. Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 8:22 a.m. Dog running loose @ 9th St/Harrison Ave, CdA.

AM Headlines -- 3.3.15

March 3, 2015 - 11:51am

Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, poses in her home with a .44 caliber revolver she owns to protect her family and herself. A package containing racist content directed at her was delivered to the NAACP’s post office box last week. Story here. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Senate OKs $2M Prez Primary

March 3, 2015 - 11:32am

The Idaho Senate has passed SB 1066, Sen. Chuck Winder’s bill to give political parties the option for a March presidential primary election at state taxpayer expense – with an estimated cost of $2 million – in addition to the May primary. The bill passed on a 23-11 vote, after much debate. “Senators, $2 million dollars of the general fund -- $2 million dollars that can go to education or any number of other struggling budgets,” said Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum. “If only one party chooses to change its presidential party, then taxpayers of all political persuasions pay for the actions of one party, which is inappropriate. … Parties’ political actions should be paid for by the party, not by the taxpayers and not through the general fund”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Hydro Group To Get Race Permit

March 3, 2015 - 10:41am

The Idaho Department of Lands today plans to give Coeur d'Alene Silver Cup hydroplane race organizers an important permit for races on Lake Coeur d'Alene near Silver Beach in July. Jim Brady, lands and waterways resource supervisor for the department in Coeur d'Alene, said Monday the agency was drafting the permit and it should be completed and handed over today. Keith Allen, general manager of Silver Cup, said a permit from the state to use the lake the weekend of July 17-19 is critical to obtaining other permits for the races. This permit is good for three years. "It's clearly the most important one," Allen said Monday/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you eager to see hydroplane racing resume on Lake Coeur d'Alene?

Vick, Nuxoll Skip Hindu Prayer

March 3, 2015 - 10:19am

Update: Kimberlee Kruesi of Associated Press tweets that Sen. Nonini missed prayer because he had a meeting and was running late.

Rajan Zed delivers a Hindu prayer in the Idaho Senate on Tuesday morning, as the opening invocation (Photo: Betsy Russell)

Seven senators remained outside the Senate chamber this morning as guest chaplain Rajan Zed delivered today’s opening invocation, a Hindu prayer, then took their seats immediately after it was done. The seven: Sens. Vick, Nonini, Nuxoll, Den Hartog, Rice, Patrick, and Siddoway. Vick had previously announced his plans to walk out, saying he objected to the Hindu prayer being delivered. Clad in a flowing orange robe, Zed said afterward, “We don’t mind. Hinduism is more embracing,” he said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Kenck: IACI Exec Attitude Typical

March 3, 2015 - 9:55am

Chairman Larry Kenck of the Idaho Democratic Party comments on the recent profane-laced email sent by President Alex LaBeau of the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry:

"If folks in Idaho's halls of power act offended by a profane email written by the President of Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI), they're just faking. Politicos tend to cuss, a lot, when speaking to their peers. But a leaked email from IACI President Alex LaBeau is shocking; not for language that is salty enough to kill a garden slug, but for the content—and the context. The context?

"Mr. LaBeau leads the most powerful business group in Idaho. During the 2014 election, Mr. LaBeau directed IACI's hundreds of thousands to attack Idaho Democratic governor candidate AJ Balukoff. LaBeau likely helped target millions that the Republican Governor’s Association spent to attack Balukoff. The attack ads were either distortions or outright fabrications about an honorable public servant. Also, note that Mr. LaBeau's right-hand, IACI VP Jason Ronk, left IACI to be Otter's 2014 campaign manager. Now, Mr. Ronk is VP of IACI again.

"It is clear Gov. Otter condones these guys—they’re the good ol’ boy network in action." More here.


Goedde Gets Lincoln Award

March 3, 2015 - 9:50am

Former Republican Sen. John Goedde was one of the first recipients of a new Abraham Lincoln award at the Ada County Lincoln Day banquet last week. "They gave me a very nice award and I am very pleased with it," Goedde said. According to a press release from the Ada County Lincoln Day Association, the first-ever award is designed to recognize Idaho legislators who demonstrate leadership qualities in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln while serving in the Idaho Legislature. Goedde and former Rep. Darrell Bolz, R-Caldwell, received the award during the 104th Ada County Lincoln Day banquet held at the Boise Centre during last week's annual celebration of Abraham Lincoln/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Ada County Republicans give Goedde the Abraham Lincoln award. Kootenai County Republicans give him the boot for the same service. Idaho, whatta state. Thoughts?

Did Clinton Violate Email Rules?

March 3, 2015 - 9:42am

Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act. It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department/New York Times. More here. (Canadian Press/AP photo: Liam Richards)

Question: Obviously, Hillary Clinton is sharp enough to know she was violating federal requirements in using her person email to conduct federal business. But how big of a deal is this?

Districts Survive IEN Collapse

March 3, 2015 - 9:26am

River City Middle School sixth-grader Jocelyn Baray works in the school computer lab in Post Falls on Friday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Far from leaving them in the dark without service, the demise of Idaho’s multimillion-dollar statewide school broadband network has brought several North Idaho school districts better service at a lower cost. “We’re getting more bandwidth now than we did before,” said Seth Deniston, technology director for the Coeur d’Alene School District. “We’re definitely paying less.” “It’s a lot cheaper than I thought,” said Tom Taggart, business manager for the Lakeland School District. In fact, at least five North Idaho school districts were able to quickly transfer their broadband service from the troubled Idaho Education Network to local Post Falls firm Ednetics at big savings. And they increased their broadband speed/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.


Coeur d'Alene Place Hit w/KKK Fliers

March 3, 2015 - 9:20am

Fliers with a Ku Klux Klan message were left in the driveways of residents on the east side of the Coeur d'Alene Place neighborhood early Sunday morning, according to police. The alleged littering incident occurred between midnight and 5 a.m., police said. The flier had a message about anti-Islam extremist groups. "It spoke to them murdering children and our government not doing anything about it," Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Christie Wood said. "It was a call to action..." A KKK website was printed at the bottom/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Time Change Bill Hits Snag

March 3, 2015 - 9:14am

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle’s bill to end the twice-a-year daylight saving time changes in Idaho has run into a problem: By engineering the change to occur on July 1, it would put Idaho into permanent daylight saving time, rather than permanent standard time. And that’s not an option for states under federal law. “That’s what I’m working on right now,” Moyle said this morning. “I’m here with the staff – we’re trying to run it to ground”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Are you nervous that a legislator is messing with the time change in a state with two time zones -- and doesn't appear to know what he's doing?

What Color Is This Dress?

March 3, 2015 - 9:12am

Michael Ramirez/Investor's Business Daily

Wild Card/Monday -- 3.2.15

March 2, 2015 - 6:49pm

I routinely wonder on Monday mornings where we'll find ourselves at week's end, esp. with the Legislature in session. As Rep. Vito Barbieri showed us last week, we're one slip of the tongue or mental brain cramp away from a wild ride here. Also, we saw how unexpected news, like the sex-for-aid arrest of the former North Idaho College financial aid director, can drive things here. So enjoy the calm before whatever storm is waiting for us out there this week. Here's your first Wild Card of the work week ...

Parting Shot -- 3.2.15

March 2, 2015 - 6:48pm

A large concrete baseball is refracted in raindrops on a window at the Peoria Sports Complex where the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres hold their spring training baseball practice today in Peoria, Ariz. A steady morning rain kept the teams for practicing outside as they prepare for their first spring training games on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Mike: Goodbye, Spock, Archie

March 2, 2015 - 6:41pm

On his Facebook wall, Mike Kennedy (whose aunt is Patty Duke & whose cousin is sean Austin, writes: "I know little about the entertainment business (aka "Hollywood") but I'm related to people who have had enormous impacts there. As a teenager I visited my aunt, uncle, and cousins at their home in Beverly Hills (Denslow Ave). On their street they had two close neighbors whose names I recognized: Carroll O'Connor and Leonard Nimoy. They are now both gone, but I remember how much my family respected and loved them and their artistry. RIP Mr. Spock. I'm sure you are having a whale of a time with Archie Bunker now."

Question: Have you ever lived by someone famous?

Update: Hindu Prayer Irks Vick

March 2, 2015 - 5:57pm

A North Idaho senator is objecting to allowing a Hindu prayer as the opening invocation for the Idaho Senate on Tuesday morning, and says he’ll walk out. Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “They have a caste system. They worship cows.” He acknowledged the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows any kind of prayer, but said he thinks the Hindu one shouldn’t be allowed to open the Senate, as the United States was “built on the Judeo-Christian not only religion but work ethic, and I don’t want to see that undermined.” “I’m very supportive of the way this country was built, and I don’t want us to move away from it,” Vick declared/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.


Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

March 2, 2015 - 5:49pm

Adam Gabbatt of The Guardian newspaper holds images of possible Republican candidates, from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Donald Trump, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, bellow, as he interviews Howard "Cowboy" Woodward during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Weekend Winner -- Meme13, with 17 likes: "talk to the hand cause the brain's not listening." You can see Weekend photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

Panel OKs Mary's Disclosure Bill

March 2, 2015 - 5:40pm

The Senate Education Committee has endorsed SB 1072, the bill from freshman Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, to require school board candidates to comply with the same campaign finance disclosure rules now in place for nonpartisan candidates for city council or community college trustee positions. It was the third time that the bill had appeared on the committee’s agenda, always at the end of a long agenda dominated by lengthy presentations and debates on other measures; both earlier times, the committee didn’t get to it. Souza said she’s heard only support for her proposal. “The most common comment I’ve heard is, ‘It’s about time,’” she told the committee/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: I wonder why Mary's bill includes an emergency clause, which means it'll be in effect immediately after the governor signs it into law. What's the rush? Is Mary targeting the Coeur d'Alene School Board election this spring? Inquiring minds want to know.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.2.15

March 2, 2015 - 5:31pm
  • 5:46 p.m. Possible drug activity reported @ 2800 block of Julia St/CdA.
  • 5:31 p.m. Possible slash pile burning @ 8200 block of Nevada St/Rathdrum.
  • 5:10 p.m. Motorist on I-90 reports smoke b/n freeway & Avista Dam/Post Falls.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for March 1-2 here.
  • 4:29 p.m. Post Falls mother on Monarch Ave wants help w/out-of-control 13YO son.
  • 4:25 p.m. Seltice Way resident reports transient is drinking & smoking on his property despite no-trespassing signs.
  • 4:17 p.m. Male driver in brown pickup ran red light, hit hill & lost bumper en route from Hauser Lake to Rathdrum.
  • 4:09 p.m. Possible unattended death reported @ 8400 block of Cloverleaf Drive/Rude St, Hayden.
  • 3:52 p.m. Female driver in beige 1999 Toyota Camri was drinking from wine box @ 41 Express, H41/Poleline, Post Falls.
  • 3:21 p.m. CPD officer en route to juvenile problem @ 8th St/Spruce Ave, CdA.
  • 3:15 p.m. CPR started on male w/pacemaker who fell & hit head outside Hayden Rite Aid/Hayden Shopping Center.
  • 3:09 p.m. Smoke from chimney forces occupants from home @ 6th St/Haycraft Ave, CdA.
  • 2:54 p.m. Female driver & male passenger drinking beer @ H95/MP 442 (Chilco Ave).
  • 2:33 p.m. Driver of red Ford pickup hit pole @ Poleline & Idaho St/Post Falls before driving off on Idaho St.
  • 2:29 p.m. 41YO female w/history of seizures has been seizing for 5 minutes @ 1300 block of N1st St/CdA.
  • 2:16 p.m. Driver of black Pontiac @ s/b H41/Prairie Ave, Rathdrum Prairie. swerving, passing illegally.
  • 2:13 p.m. Commercial fire alarm sounding @ Big Lots, 101 E. Appleway/CdA.
  • 2:08 p.m. Commercial fire alarm sounding @ UniTech Composites, 10413 N. Arrow Drive/Hayden.
  • 1:58 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 1300 block of Hervon Ave/Hayden.
  • 1:53 p.m. Trash lying on freeway @ e/b I-90/MP 15 (Sherman Ave/CdA).
  • 1:51 p.m. Smoke coming from engine of green Subaru @ Post Falls Walmart East, near garden department.
  • 1:47 p.m. Male driver of KIA Optima seems impaired @ e/b Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 1:44 p.m. A large fluffy dog was almost hit by truck @ w/b I-90/MP 17 (Mullan Trail Road/CdA).
  • 1:41 p.m. A chicken is running loose in CdA, unknown location.
  • 1:36 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Lakeside Pediatric, 980 W. Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic