Have you ever walked out the front door, struck with the sudden panic that you don't have your keys with you? You're late. It's time to go. Work, church, school, the grocery store, your mom's house. Destination is irrelevant because you won't get there if you can't find your keys. What happens next defies all laws of space and time as you tear apart your house looking for those silly metal objects. Minutes feel like hours and your house suddenly triples in size/Nic, Faithful Geek. More here.
Question: What item do you lose most around the house? Moi? Eyeglasses (although I spent two weeks looking for my radio head set that I use for walking. My Beagle led me to it while I was shooing her from under my desk).
Walkabout snapped this photo of a male with a metal detector who regularly checks the subsurface beach along City Beach and North Idaho College beach.
- Bah, humbug/Bay Views
- Shirley Temple dies/End Notes
- I want to be 5 again/Simple Mind
- Can I borrow your phone?/Fort Boise
- A birthday light bulb, maybe/Slight Detour
- Pangos hoping for healthier finish/SportsLink
- Day 41: Public transit, Seattle/Eye on Shanghai
- There might be some relief tonite/A Grip on Sports
- Spokane Civic Theater hires artistic director/7 Blog
- Will you note Lincoln's birthday Wednesday?/Slice
- Former senator Marley eyes race for lt. gov/Dan Popkey
HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Feb. 10): 8208 page-views/4537 unique views
The Huffington Post has printed a wonderful post by North Idaho College instructor Josh Misner, of Post Falls, who publishes the blog, Mindful Dad. Read it through to the end, and you'll learn a valuable lesson re: parents and children:
In Chicago, we marveled at the snowfall on the tarmac. Looking out the window, I joked to my teenage daughter, "Who's going to shovel all that snow off the wings before we take off?" A little part of me inside grew worried by the minute, because I knew that the harder the snow fell, the better the chances were for a delay.Sure enough, our delay came. I refused to let it bother me, as I was intentionally trying to demonstrate patience to both my daughter and 6-year-old son accompanying me on our trip back home. This was a remarkably hard task, considering that, in the last three days, I had acquired a cumulative four hours of sleep/Josh Misner, Mindful Dad. More here. (AP file photo of Delta ticket counter, for illustrative purposes)
H/T: Idaho Dad.
Question: Are you aware of how closely our children watch our actions?
An eastern Idaho lawmaker has introduced a parents’ bill of rights that is intended to elevate families’ rights when it comes to their children’s education. Members of the House State Affairs Committee voted Tuesday to introduce House Bill 499, which was pushed by Rep. Janet Trujillo, R-Idaho Falls, pictured. The bill states “…parents have the right, obligation, responsibility and authority to participate in their children’s education and that the state’s role is secondary and supportive to the role of a parent.” Those include:
- The right to direct the education of a child.
- The right to access and review all of the child’s records.
- The right to direct the moral and religious training of a child.
- The right to make healthcare decisions for a child.
- The right to consent in writing before a biometric scan is made of a child. More here.
Question: Do you support/oppose this bill?
Update: A warrant has been issued for Broadsword's arrest, with bond set at $100,000.
At 10:19 p.m. Saturday, Coeur d‘Alene police responded to the report of an attempted armed robbery in the 1200 block of Sherman Avenue. A couple was walking east on Sherman Avenue when a male approached. brandishing a handgun and demanding money. The couple was able to get away, and the suspect left on foot in an unknown direction. Investigators have identified Joseph D. Broadsword, 27, of Post Falls, (pictured in KCSD booking photo) as a person of interest. Investigators would like to speak to Broadsword about this incident. If anyone has any information on the location of Joseph Broadsword, please contact the Police Department, 208-769-2320, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department.
Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder of the Comedy Central show "Nathan For You" comes forward as the brainchild of "Dumb Starbucks," a parody store that resembles a Starbucks with a green awning and mermaid logo, but with the word "Dumb" attached above the Starbucks sign. Starbucks Coffee spokeswoman, Laurel Harper says the store is not affiliated with Starbucks and, despite the humor, the store cannot use the Starbucks name. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Question: Can you blame Starbucks for blocking usage of its name?
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is distancing himself from Nampa GOP State Sen. Curt McKenzie's proposal to allow people with enhanced concealed-weapons permits to carry guns on Idaho campuses. At a "Capital for a Day" event Feb. 7 in the North-Central Idaho community of Craigmont, Otter said he would hesitate at second-guessing the judgment of university officials. "We give all these assets—these big buildings, these big campuses and everything—to the college president," Otter told the Craigmont gathering. "And we say you're responsible and now we come back and say ... you can make all the rules and regulations, except ... " Otter didn't finish his sentence but reminded the gathering that any gun regulations should be crafted based on "dong the right thing"/George Prentice, Boise Weekly. More here.
Question: So was Otter for guns-on-campus before he was against it?
I have been meaning to share links to stories that my colleagues in the Ball State at the Games project have done this week. The twenty-two students and two translators are not eligible for official media credentials, so they have faced the daunting task of writing about athletes, spectators and the sites of the Olympic Games with limited access. After today, the group will have two more complete days of reporting time before it departs for Moscow and the trip home on Saturday. A number of stories remain incomplete, but the students are expected to finish as many of them as possible before their immersive learning experience concludes/Gary Graham, Editor's Notes. More here.
Question: Did you ever take a college journalism class, with the thought you might some day work in the media?
Washington will not execute anyone on death row while Jay Inslee is governor. Inslee, pictured, announced a moratorium today on capital punishment, saying he will issue a reprieve if any execution warrant comes to his desk. He’s not issuing a blanket commutation of sentences, and anyone who gets a reprieve from him could still be executed by a successor. He expects the moratorium to spark a conversation about the death penalty in Washington. “I am not convinced equal justice is being served,” Inslee said at a press conference to announce that he has changed his mind on capital punishment, a penalty he previously supported for some cases. “During my term, we will not be executing people”/Jim Camden, SR. More here. (AP photo)
Question: Should Idaho Gov. Butch Otter call for a moratorium on death penalty, too?
Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy compete in the pairs short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Tuesday in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Sgt. Christie Wood (RE: Council 4-2 against guns-on-campus, bias bills): Yesterday I was called to speak to the Mayor and Council as an employee of the Police Department. I am the Law Enforcement liaison to the legislative committee that advises the Mayor and Council on pending legislation that could have potential impact on the City of CDA. I presented the views of the Chief of Police who does not support the guns on campus bill in its current form. As a practice when testifying before Mayor and Council our officers are in uniform as a show of respect. During the workshop I was asked by Councilman Gookin to provide my insight as a NIC Trustee. I shared with him the views of the Majority of the Board. The bottom line is everyone is having productive conversation about how to keep our campus safe. The NIC Trustees are exploring ideas and possible changes to our weapons policy. We hope to keep our policy decisions at a local level where we can best assess the safety practices of our campus. Full comment here.
Question: Do you have any problems with Sgt. Christie Wood being involved in the community, for a long time, as a Coeur d'Alene School Board member (past) and now as an NIC trustee and chairman of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations?
Huckleberries Online conducted the following 5 Questions phone interview with Ron Lahr, who, along with Jeff Ward, owned the public relations company formerly known as Strategery:
Huckleberries: I've heard you're planning changes with your political PR company, Strategery?
Ron Lahr: That's correct. Jeff Ward and I decided to address the attacks on a perceived conflict of interest between the Reagan Republicans and Strategery by separating the two. So Jeff is now president of the Reagan Republicans again, and I'm not on the board at all. I'm buying him out of Strategery. He's no longer an owner of Strategery or is he any longer an employee
- Huckleberries: So what does that mean in terms of how you operate?
- Lahr: I get to pick who the candidates are who we offer to work with, rather than it being a team decision. Any time you have a partnership and you're making decisions jointly, there are compromises. One person wants to work with one candidate and one wants to work with another. In the past, we weren't always unanimous on which candidates to work with.
- Huckleberries: The name Strategery has some baggage. Are you going to keep it?
- Lahr: No. Strategery was Jeff and me working together. I'm going to use a different name for just me. It's going to be Umbrella Consulting.
- Huckleberries: Will there be a change in the type of candidate that Umbrella Consulting works with as opposed to the type that the Reagan Republicans did?
- Lahr: I expect the candidates will be similar to those in the last primary. I don't know beyond that. I'm not looking beyond this cycle.
- Huckleberries: Does this break on the PR side indicate any problems on the Reagan Republicans side?
- Lahr: No. It was really something we've been talking about for a year. We really felt we should respond to that (conflict-of-interest) attack, originally leveled by (Larry) Spencer. I'm still a member of the Reagan Republicans. I send out the group's email. I support what they do but I don't attend every meeting.
- Huckleberries: Are you working with any candidates now?
- Lahr: The only people I've signed up with, as of this second, are Ed Morse and Pat Whalen.
Question: Will Ron Lahr have difficulty re-inventing his political PR firm?
Coeur d'Alene resident Edward Lawlor braved the snowy weather while walking along Sherman Avenue in Coeur d'Alene on Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Twin Falls doesn't want Snake River jumps/KTVB
- Caribbean calls scam cellphone users/Jim Camden, SR
- Chase involving DUI suspect ends in snowbank/CdA Press
- Cops: Upset NIC student brought gun to class/Scott Maben, SR
- Otter: Idaho Education Network has proven its value/Eye on Boise
- Yellowstone Park plans slaughter of 300 to 600 bison/Billings Gazette
- Bill would amend Constitution on legislative veto powers/Twin Falls TN
- Bill to outlaw secret taping of dairy activity draws crowd/Eye on Boise
DFO and Doug Clark at one of the blogfests at Capone's in midtown Coeur d'Alene. (Photo: Dogwalk Musings)
Stickman (re: memorable Blogfests Past): There have been lots of them, and I have been to at least 80% of them. This will be my 8th I think. I have loved them all. You better all show up. Maybe we will see TuBob, or Toadman, or Cis and Dogwalks Musings, maybe even Thom George or Jen. Maybe even Brent from far away. JBelle would be a real treat, so would Truly Julie. It will be good to see Digger and Spaz, missed them last year I think. My memory is fading these days, but I surely remember some of the family. JohnA and Deena of course, and Christie, always a pleasure. We definitely have had our share of characters over the years, and I loved them all. Well, at least most of them. Much more here.
- DFO: Anyone else have photos from Blogfests past?
Question: Who is your favorite character(s) from bygone days of Huckleberries Online? Why?
- Monday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation sez that the most radical legislative duo in Kootenai County is Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, and Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. 97 of 132 respondents (73.48%) said the two Legislative District 2 legislators are far more radical than two other combinations in Kootenai County -- Sen. Bob Nonini & Rep. Ron Mendive of District 3 (22 of 132, 16.67%) and Sen. John Goedde & Rep. Kathy Sims of District 4 (13 of 132, 13%).
- Today's Poll: Should the Idaho Legislature end the 6 percent sales tax on groceries?
- 10:45 a.m. Disabled vehicle partly blocking H95/Appleway, CdA.
- 10:21 a.m. Disabled vehicle missing right front tire not blocking @ e/b I-90/MP 18.5 (near Sunnyside overpass).
- 9:15 a.m. Terry asks KCSD for extra patrol at undisclosed intersection because too many people are running lights.
- 8:57 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ Vicki/Janis, Hayden.
- 8:30 a.m. 67YO male semi conscious at The Bridge/Garden Plaza Center, Post Falls.
- 8:28 a.m. CPD officer reports abandoned vehicle @ 1100 block of Emma/CdA.
On guns on campus: Otter said he supports the pending bill to allow guns on Idaho public college campuses under certain circumstances. “I am an advocate and always have been for the 2nd Amendment, and I don’t think people lose their rights under the 2nd Amendment, or the 1st Amendment, when they walk on a college campus”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
The Coeur d'Alene City Council voted to voice its opposition to two legislative issues that are working their way through the state Legislature this week. House Bills 426 and 427 both would allow Idahoans to refuse to do business with those they object to for religious reasons. If passed, the bill could conflict with the city's recently adopted anti-bias ordinance. Senate Bill 1254 would allow retired law enforcement officers and people with enhanced concealed weapons permits to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood, as a member of the city's legislative committee, recommended the council oppose both state efforts. As a timely example, Wood, who also sits on North Idaho College's Board of Trustees, said that a student was arrested Monday morning for allegedly carrying a concealed handgun on campus/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
If Phil McGrane has his way, Idaho's next secretary of state is going to be young. The 33-year-old Boise Republican - an attorney and current chief deputy clerk in Ada County - is seeking the secretary of state post in his first political campaign. "One of the great things about doing that job is you always get to fight for what's the right thing," McGrane said Monday in a meeting with The Press' editorial board. As chief deputy clerk in Ada County, he oversees all aspects of the office, which has 140 deputy clerks and a $9.7 million budget. For the clerk's office, he oversees four divisions: the courts, auditors, recorder and elections. He said he has spent much of the past eight years counting ballots, coordinating poll workers, and securing the right to vote in Idaho's most populated county/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Who's your choice at this point among the GOP secretary of state candidates?
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