When a Gonzaga University student chased a belligerent homeless man from his front door at gunpoint, he and his roommate didn’t imagine the incident might result in their expulsion. But seniors Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh may both be kicked out of school after they were found in violation of the school’s weapons policy, which prohibits students from having guns in any university-owned building. The students live in student housing at 207 E. Sinto Ave., apartments owned by the university even though they’re considered to be off campus/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. (Jesse Tinsley SR photo: Erik Fagan, left, and Daniel McIntosh stand in the doorway Friday at their apartment in the Gonzaga University neighborhood.)
Question: Should these two Gonzaga students be disciplined for using a firearm to stop a potential robber?
One of the commenters on Kim Knerl's Facebook wall saw this photo & said: "You're back yard (above Hayden Lake is like a continuous Disney movie." To which Kim responded: "One thing you don't see in a Disney movie is all the deer poop." Kim posted this photo Thursday on his Facebook wall.
I still haven't recovered fully from another wild election in this city with a (mending) heart. And I don't know if I want to do so. I want to savor the Coeur d'Alene city elections for awhile before moving on to the trickier job of vetting courthouse and legislative candidates in the GOPrimary elections next spring. The holidays are ahead. Then comes the political Romper Room that they call the Idaho Legislature, where Nonini and Barbieri and Mendive (oh my) will be unleashed once again for our startled amusement. For now, though, it's time for the daily Wild Card ...
-- Joe Morris, former Kootenai Medical Center CEO, to Huckleberries Online.
When people attend book signings, they’re usually happy to get an author autograph on their book of choice. But on Veteran’s Day, military history buffs will have the rare opportunity to get some special signatures, in addition to an author autograph. The few remaining members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Lilac City Chapter will be at Auntie’s Bookstore to sign copies of “Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and WWII in the Pacific” by Carol Edgemon Hipperson. The reading and book signing is part of a daylong fundraiser for Inland Northwest Honor Flight/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.
Cindy: Can't think of a better way to honor veterans than to help raise money for Honor Flight.
Question: Have you ever attended a book signing event?
Fresh snow covers the rolling hills of the Palouse near Genesee earlier this week. (Lewiston Tribune: Barry Kough)
- Holiday events ready to begin/CdA Press
- NIC presents fa la la la la & all the jazz/Press Room
- Head Start flapjack fundraiser at Appleby's Nov 23/PHD
- Help find Burke, crash victim's dog/Keith Cousins, Press
- American Indian student group helps the homeless/CdA Press
- Candlelight vigil for homeless set at Independence Point/St. Vinny's
A three-month-old Sumatran tiger cub named "Bandar" reacts after being dunked in the tiger exhibit moat for a swimming test at the National Zoo in Washington on Wednesday. All cubs born at the zoo must take a swim test before being allowed to roam in the exhibit. Bandar passed his test. You write the cutline. (AP photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Thursday Winner -- JohnA, with 18 likes: "Another ex-Californian wastes no time trying to gain influence in the mayor's office." 1st Runnerup -- CindyH, with 15 likes: "Dave exults that there's finally a mayor who isn't embarrassed to be seen in public with him!" 2nd Runnerup -- Nic, with 12 likes: "And so began plans for Dave and Steve to join a barbershop quartet with Mike Patrick and Mike Kennedy. The singing group will be called The Downtown Powerbroker Four." You can see Thursday Photo and all cutline entries here.
- 4:26 p.m. ISP reports disabled vehicle @ n/b H95/MP 395 (N Street/Plummer), no tribal police available to handle.
- 4:12 p.m. Driver of 2002 Mitsubishi driving generally reckless on I-90 before exiting @ Ramsey Road/CdA.
- 4:11 p.m. Male driver smelled of alcohol @ Ramsey Road quick stop before driving off w/2 kids in Chevy Lumina.
- 4:04 p.m. Hunter who was reprimanded by landowner for trespassing, cussed & then threatened to shoot owner.
- 4:01 p.m. Elderly female involved in crash that's blocking n/b H95/Aqua Avenue, CdA.
- 3:56 p.m. Older male holding sign @ I-90/Spokane Street offramp, saying he's out of gas & needs money.
- 3:53 p.m. Drunk & disorderly male refusing to leave Ironwood Square Albertsons/CdA.
- 2:15 p.m. 2 dogs are running w/b on Honeysuckle in front of Hayden WalMart.
- 2:11 p.m. A dog that had been in Hayden WalMart parking lot is now running across H95 toward Walgreens.
- 2:03 p.m. 3YO boy in green-and-gray ski jacket walking German shepherd in Post Falls neighborhood.
- 1:50 p.m. Citizen wants undisclosed type of assist in 1000 block of Woolsey/CdA.
- 1:35 p.m. Ill girl is recovering from seizure in 6100 block of Galewood Drive/CdA.
- 1:18 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ Hayden Lake Dialysis, 7600 Mineral/CdA.
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The driver of the truck that crashed into a Coeur d'Alene home Thursday evening was arrested by CDAPD for aggravated driving under the influence and felony leaving the scene of an injury accident. Three residents inside the home were seriously injured. Thomas Scott Heinbaugh, 27, allegedly fled the scene of the Hattie Avenue accident on foot and was later located by officers in the area of Government Way and Anton Avenue. He was taken to Kootenai Health for evaluation and was treated for minor injuries. He was arrested and transported to Kootenai County Public Safety Building/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
On the night that their candidates were beaten handily in the Coeur d'Alene City Council mayoral and council races, Councilman Dan Gookin and Steve Adams (see Deanna Goodlander comment below) continued their habit of voting against council appointments, including a student representative to the Library Board. From City Clerk Renata McLeod's minutes of Tuesday meeting:
"Motion by Kennedy, seconded by Goodlander to approve the appointment of Kaity Widmyer to the Library Board as an alternate student representative, Michael Drobnock to the CDA TV Committee, Scott Hoskins to the Lake City Development Corporation. Motion carried with Gookin and Adams voting no."
- Deanna Goodlander: "Steve does not always vote no."
- You can read Renata's draft minutes of Tuesday council meeting here.
DFO: Tsk, tsk.
Five-year-old Skylar Sinclair watches his dad Cody rake the pine needles in their front yard in Post Falls on Wednesday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
On her Facebook wall, Alison Larkin McArthur, unveils retirement party plans for her father, Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin: "Everyone has been asking about a Retirement Party for Mayor Clay Larkin-
The date is January 9th, 2014 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Post Falls Senior Center with refreshments being served and a NO Host Bar available - at 6 pm there will be time set aside for presentations if you wish to be a part of this please let me know as I am working on the programming of the evening. This is a Open House so everyone is invited and we are celebrating Clay's 18 years with the City of Post Falls. Now Clay will be able to go Fishing!"
DFO: Kootenai County has been blessed to have the wise local governance of Clay Larkin in Post Falls and Sandi Bloem in Coeur d'Alene for the past dozen years or so. I'm optimistic that the individuals who are coming after them will be able to fill the big shoes the two mayors will leave behind. Thoughts?
Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said Friday that he will not seek re-election next year after 12 years as the state's chief elections officer and 40 years in the office. Ysursa's announcement came shortly after 3 p.m. Friday. It clears the way for former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, who has already began campaigning for the job. He's said he'd focus on voter fraud and getting the Idaho Land Board out of the commercial real estate business. Chief Deputy Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane and former Sen. Mitch Toryanski, R-Boise, also have expressed interest in the race/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. H/T: Sisyphus.
DFO: Lousy news. But well deserved retirement for a terrific public servant.
Question: Anyone but Lawerence Denney?
Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/11/08/2858279/ysursa-wont-run-for-re-election.html#storylink=cpy
Linda Ball, a former SR colleague and Coeur d'Alene Press reporter, has written a book from her blog re: fighting breast cancer. She turned to HucksOnline for promotion. I'll let her explain the book in her own words:
"I always thought I'd just curl up and die if I was ever diagnosed with cancer or any other life-threatening disease. But I surprised myself. I had more strength than I knew I had. I decided I wanted to live. Cancer is a bitch. My ability to find humor even in the lowest points of my life, and my determination to deal with the disease with as much grace as possible, got me through. Many cancer patients, I learned, shut themselves off from everything — work, play, love, sex. But I didn't. Yes, I felt horrible for many months of my journey, but I still forged on. I exercised, I went to rock concerts, I was at the helm of a 161-foot sailboat and I even made love to a man I treasured, when I had one breast. This is my story about a girl, a woman, going through the horror of breast cancer, yet trying to remain among the living." Amazon.com site for Linda's book here.
- DFO: I'm reposting this one again because I forgot to provide the Amazon.com link previously.
Question: Have you or someone you loved survived breast cancer?
A Pocatello teacher — dismissed, she says, over a photo she posted on her Facebook page — is speaking out and fighting back. Laraine Cook tells the Idaho State Journal that the Pocatello School District is filing paperwork with the State Board of Education to have her teaching license revoked. “I spent four-plus years earning that degree,” Cook told the Journal Thursday. “That’s something I take a lot of pride in. To have that taken away for one picture, that’s hard because I worked really hard for that. That’s several years of work, money and time. I’m pretty proud of that degree. To have that taken away because of this, I’m hurt by it. I’m a little frustrated aby it.” District spokeswoman Shelley Allen declined comment. ... Cook, a teacher and girls basketball coach at Pocatello High School, was dismissed in October, after a photo surfaced that showed her fiancé, Tom Harrison, touching her clothed chest. Harrison, the school’s football coach, was reprimanded over the photo/Kevin Richert, The EDge, IdahoED News. More here.
Question: Should the fiance have been fired, too? Or should both have been simply reprimanded?
About 200 people helped Gov. Butch Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, North Idaho College President Joe Dunlap and others cut the ribbon on the new NIC Aerospace Center of Excellence Thursday. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was the result of nearly $3 million in federal grant money that NIC received in 2012. NIC opened classes this fall – less than a year since the grant was awarded. Pictured are, from left, NIC Trustee Ron Nilson, Little, Otter, NIC Director of Aerospace and Outreach Kassie Silvas, Dunlap, NIC Trustee Todd Banducci, Hayden Mayor Ron McIntire, former NIC President Priscilla Bell, and NIC Trustee Judy Meyer. (NIC Press Room photo: Tom Greene)
... The home that has stood at the corner of West Lakeshore Drive and Military in the Fortgrounds area is gone and the lot fairly level, for construction of that controversial West Lakeshore Condominium project. (Actually, the house was scraped when I walked past it Wednesday, but I forgot to tell you about it.) I didn't check to see if two more Lake City Development Corporation houses were scraped on Park Drive, north of Memorial Field. I'll try to remember to do that next week.
Whenever I hear someone intone about the poor state of things in not receiving a higher education, it reminds me of John Blutasrsky (John Belushi) in the movie “Animal House” upon learning he was about to be expelled: “Seven years of college down the drain,” he said, adding that he might as well join the Peace Corps. It’s possible that no one else has the nerve to say this, but I do: I disagree with the newly minted goal, embraced by the governor’s education reform task force, that 60 percent of Idahoans should have an advanced degree or certificate by 2020. It’s not that I have a problem with college/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.
Question: Do you agree with Wayne Hoffman/Idaho Freedom Foundation that a solid minority of high school graduates don't belong in higher education?
A group in north Idaho says they’re tired of the Democrat versus Republican national drama. For the last few years, Republicans have been trying to make local races more partisan. Now, a group called Balance North Idaho is fighting back. Its slate of candidates won big in Tuesday’s election. Balance North Idaho had candidates in four city council races and both mayoral contests in Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls. The president of the political action committee Eden Irgens says election night was tense. “It's 9:00. It's 9:05. It's 9:10. And the first results came out," she says. "And you have never heard more cheering. Ever.” All of Balance North Idaho's candidates won/Jessica Robinson, NPR News Network. More here.
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