The reason this is surprising: Idaho’s elected state Legislature has never been enthusiastic about raising the minimum wage, and only grudgingly has agreed over the years to keep it at the same level as the federal minimum, which currently is $7.25 an hour. Idaho employees who receive tips can be paid less and make up part of their minimum through tips, as long as they’re paid at least $3.35 per hour in base wages and receive at least $30 a month in tips. More here. Betsy Russell, EOB
How likely do you think a minimum wage increase is in Idaho?
On Facebook, someone posted this video from a Navy Seal admiral who explains why making your bed is so important.
Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010.
Explanations vary. Abortion-rights advocates attribute it to expanded access to effective contraceptives and a drop in unintended pregnancies. Some foes of abortion say there has been a shift in societal attitudes, with more women choosing to carry their pregnancies to term. Read more.
One traffic ticket is bad enough.
Imagine having dozens of them. A car parked on Post near Main is literally covered in parking tickets, but they aren’t real.
“It’s extraordinary,” said Eastern Washington University art Professor Tom Askman. “There is nothing ordinary about walking down the street and seeing a car covered in parking tickets.”
And that’s the point. The car is part of installation created by Askman’s Alternative Media class. Eli Francovich, SR
Mike Lish carried a painting nearly the size of a dining room table out of the convention center to his car parked several blocks away. His grandfather got the painting in the 1950s and it has hung in the living room since, Lish said.
“He always gave us the impression it was worth something,” Lish said.
As it turns out, the painting is a copy of a piece by Adolph von Menzel titled “A Flute Concert of Frederick the Great at Sanssouci.” Its value of $150 was mostly due to its quality frame.
“It’s still going to hang in the house,” Lish said. “It’s a beautiful painting.” More here. Nina Culver, SR
Are you an Antiques Roadshow fan?
Eleven-year-old Coby Robnett waits for his dad to pull the boat out of Killarney Lake after fishing Thursday. Kathy Plonka, photo.
But if people take simple steps to avoid exposure, Killarney Lake’s calm waters can still be a great place for a 10-year-old to practice her paddling strokes, or for other family outings, said Helkey, the Panhandle Health District’s lead health program manager.
“Practicing good hygiene is the best way to protect yourself from lead,” he said.
One of North Idaho’s most beautiful recreational corridors is also the nation’s second-largest Superfund site. Each year, thousands of people visit the Coeur d’Alene River and the scenic chain lakes connected to it for fishing, boating, bird-watching and cycling on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. More here. Becky Kramer, SR
How concerned are you about lead leveals in North Idaho waterways?
Idaho Public TV reporter Melissa Davlin reports no other proposed resolutions passed. You can read the all the proposed resolutions here.
Davlin reports that the tone of the gathering was considerably less contentious than last year’s Idaho GOP state convention, a debacle that ended with no decisions on a party platform, resolutions, rules or leaders. “Every Republican I spoke to noticed the change in tone,” she reports.
You can read more at Davlin’s Idaho Reports blog here. Plus, she and producer Seth Ogilvie report from the gathering and feature Brad Little, Jim Risch, Marco Rubio and Bryan Clark on their side project, the Point of Personal Privilege Podcast, also known as the ppppod, in this week's installment. You can listen here; it's entitled, “The Big Tent."
Davlin also reports that the nod for hosting the 2016 Idaho GOP convention went to Caldwell. And the Associated Press and Idaho Falls Post Register have a report here on Rubio's keynote speech to the GOP gathering on Friday night. Betsy Russell, EOB
Do you support these resolutions? Why or why not?
Cyclist Nancy Graham, of Mukilteo, Washington, stops for an ice cream cone at Harrison Creamery and Fudge Factory during her ride from Metamont to Plummer, Idaho, on May 19.
Maybe it’s the memories of creamy, cold ice cream on hot days on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
A summertime destination for generations, the ice cream parlor closed last Labor Day, but recently reopened under new ownership. John and Lorraine Thiele, who live nearby in Carlin Bay, bought and restored the century-old building and are continuing the ice cream tradition, along with fudge and cheesecakes, plus fresh pies baked by a woman who lives across the lake and boats across every Friday. Read more. Scott Maben, SR
What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
After 10 years of free bus service in Kootenai County, Citylink Transit will undergo a major assessment of routes, stops, ridership and travel times, as well as the possibility of charging fares for the first time.
“We would like to do a comprehensive view of the transit system,” said Jody Bieze, the county’s transit administrator. “We want to move it from being an informal system to a formal system.” Read more.
During Monday's general services committee meeting, the group will ask the committee's voting members - city councilors Steve Adams, Ron Edinger, and Amy Evans - to create a voluntary minimum wage increase program and seek input from Coeur d'Alene voters.Nesse told The Press a number of religious representatives, teachers, social workers and other concerned citizens will be in attendance at the meeting to show their support for Raise CDA's two requests. The first request is for an advisory vote to gauge the public's support on the issue. Full story, Keith Cousins, Cda Press Thoughts?
The Pachyderm's meeting was very informative and I found people there to be friendly and respectful. Bjorn Handeen who I ran against for the school board was particularly fun to sit with. Republicans and Democrats need to be talking and listening to each other more often in this community and stop demonizing each other in the press, on the blogs and in social media. There is no reason to make political disagreements personal or to be unfriendly to each other. Civility in our political discourse is what the founders of our constitution had in mind I think when they set up our representative form of government. They all had strong opinions at the constitutional convention but seemed to work it out and come up with a new democratic form of government. Although I may disagree with Representative Sims on the issue of the child support enforcement bill I found her comments to be very interesting and thought provoking.
COEUR d'ALENE - The rainbow cupcakes Mandy Gallegos baked to share at Pride in the Park were a pretty good indication of her excitement to be involved in Saturday's festivities.
"The whole reason I came was just because I like to support my community and I have so many friends here," said Gallegos, of Coeur d'Alene. "I've also never been to a pride event before, so this was really exciting for me to see people from my community and people I've never even met before."
A celebration of diversity and acceptance, Pride in the Park in Phippeny Park welcomed one and all to live music, free lunch, community resources and information, social time and fun activities for all ages, including hula hoops and face painting.
Organizations such as the Unity Church of North Idaho, the Kootenai County Democrats, Human Rights Education Institute, North Idaho Violence Prevention Center and the North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Church were on site to mingle with and provide informational materials for the 100 or so people who attended throughout the event. Full story. Devin Heilman, Cda Press
The Idaho Judicial Council issued a notice and call for applications to be received by March 4, and on March 10 published the names of 12 applicants on its website, including state district and magistrate judges, prosecutors, and attorneys from around the state. It solicited comments on the applicants from all members of Idaho’s state bar.
On May 19, 10 of those candidates were interviewed by the Judicial Council. And on May 20, four names were forwarded to Gov. Butch Otter: Dennis Benjamin, a Boise attorney; Molly J. Huskey, a 3rd District judge and former state appellate public defender; Christine M. Salmi, a Boise attorney; and Jayme B. Sullivan, a magistrate judge in Nampa. More from EOB here.
Said he, as the Coeur d’Alene Public TV Channel 19 camera rolled: “What Mr. Oliveria has done has used a juvenile tactic called a ‘logical fallacy’ in the form of an ad hominem attack. The reason he did this is because he didn’t have an intelligent debatable argument to present. So he resorted to name calling, which is very immature in my opinion.” More of DFO's print column here.
Coeur d' Alene friends, let's please show Kiahna the same kindness and support!
Keeping in good form, we'll have some of the most eager children stirring and serving up a cup of their own sunshine in an effort to raise money for the KIRK family.
When: Sunday, June 7, 11 AM to 1 PM
Where: Cd'A Lake Drive-1 mile past Bennett Bay Inn
Donations are being accepted at local Wells Fargo Banks under-Jeffrey P. Kirk Fund.