If you happen upon one while you are out, walk slowly away but don't panic or shout; take no backward glance as it waits on the loam -- and just hope that the thing doesn't follow you home.
The Bard of Sherman Avenue
Idaho’s top elected officials agreed today to pay out nearly $900,000 from the state’s Constitutional Defense Fund, plus interest, to the winning parties in three lawsuits for their attorney’s fees and costs – the same-sex marriage case, the case that overturned an unconstitutional anti-abortion law, and the Occupy Boise case, in which the state sought to restrict camping and demonstrations around the state Capitol. That largely depletes the Constitutional Defense Fund, which had a balance of $1.23 million, so Gov. Butch Otter said he’ll ask lawmakers in January to deposit more tax money into the fund to bring it back up into the million-dollar range/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Is it OK to dress your pet in pink?
Those singing the praises of the recently passed and signed legislation creating a modest new wilderness area in the high mountain regions of the Boulder/White Clouds are trying to sell a “Pig in the Poke.” They want to put a “Happy Face” on a bad bill that only rewards one side of the multiple use/special use lobby: the motorized crowd , the ATV’ers, dirt bikers and snowmobilers led by Lewiston’s Sandra Mithell/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicle. More here.
Question: Did we celebrate too early?
Peter Wollheim, 67, a retired communications professor at Boise State University, died July 21 at his Boise home, the university said in a press release. Family and friends confirmed the circumstances of his death to the university. “Peter was always so generous of spirit and service, but as much as he wanted to help, he just couldn’t do it anymore,” said Susan Randall, a close friend who serves as associate director of University Television Productions, in a press release from BSU. “I will miss his hearty laugh, insight into so many aspect of life and his eccentricities.” Private arrangements were under the direction of the Cremation Society of Idaho. A public memorial will be scheduled sometime this fall, the university said. Wollheim served as co-chairman of the Idaho Commission on Suicide Prevention and was a founding board member of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Action Network/Idaho Statesman. More here.
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On his Facebook page, Keith Boe posts this unusual photo -- An "upside-down camera photo of trees reflecting in the Spokane River, panoramic shot."
- Weekend Poll: by a small plurality, Hucks Nation opposes the sale of cannabis oil at Idaho vapor shops. 97 of 199 respondents (48.74%) opposed the sale of cannabis oil in vapor shops, while 89 of 199 respondents (44.72%) support such sales (as occurs in at least one Coeur d'Alene vapor shop). 13 (6.53%) were undecided.
- Today's Poll: Should health insurance be a right for all Americans?
- 11:41 a.m. Unconscious -- 80YO female @ 9600 block of N. Meadow Way, Hayden.
- 11:40 a.m. Trauma Injury -- North Shire Park, 3889 W. Nez Perce Road, CdA.
- 11:28 a.m. Road Hazard -- Male driver of Nissan @ n/b H95/Prairie Ave, Hayden, holding front door open.
- 11:12 a.m. Possible DUI -- Driver of Montana vehicle, w/kids in it, weaving @ e/b I-90/Huetter rest area.
- 11:11 a.m. Unknown Medical -- 900 block of E11th Ave/Post Falls.
- 11:05 a.m. Hit-and-Run -- Boater reports boat & trailer damaged @ Sun-Up Bay lot/Lake CdA.
- 10:49 a.m. Diabetic Problem -- 8300 block of H41/Rathdrum.
- 10:27 a.m. Wildfire -- Firefighters believe Spokane River side fire started by lightning strike. (10:15 item).
- 10:15 a.m. Wildfire -- Fire is 100-by-100 feet & slow-moving, one brush truck needed to extinguish it.
- 10:07 a.m. Wildfire -- Firefighters are blocked by locked gate getting to fire along Spokane River (9:38 a.m.). Fire leader gives OK to cut lock to get through fence.
- 9:38 a.m. Wildfire -- Firefighter on scene reports "definitely smoke" b/n Riverview Drive/Spokane River, Post Falls.
- 9:22 a.m. Citizen Assist -- 800 block of E. Maple Ave/Post Falls.
- 9:17 a.m. Smoke Check -- Riverview Drive/Spokane St, Post Falls.
- 9:16 a.m. Reckless Driver -- Motorcyclist on green bike going 100 mph @ s/b H95/Lancaster Ave, Hayden.
- 8:44 a.m. Reckless Driver -- 1998 green Cadillac passing in Ramsey Road construction zone, near Diagonal Road.
- 8:24 a.m. Dumpster Diving -- Transient searching for food, goods in Dumpster @ Exxon station alley, Sherman Ave.
Thank goodness for health insurance. That’s what I thought when I was stuck in Coeur d’Alene with a malfunctioned insulin pen, and discovered what the replacement cost would be without insurance. I couldn’t get just one pen; I had to get five, and the retail price was $500. My insurance provider gave me a break, and I ended up paying only $35. But I started thinking about those with diabetes who need insulin and can’t afford to pay for insurance – which strikes at the core of the political debate over Medicaid expansion. If I had needed test strips for blood-sugar monitoring, it would have cost me another $130 for 100 small, plastic test strips. But under my Medicare plan, the test strips cost zero. I never thought that turning 65 would be so enjoyable/Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly. More here.
Question: Do you think health insurance is a right?
Idaho Falls Police Department K-9 Officer Jeanette Johnson gives a demonstration of the jaw strength of Zeke, a 10-year-old Belgian malinois, during the Japanese "sister city" of Tokai, Japan youth delegates’ tour in Idaho Falls. (Pat Sutphin/Idaho Post-Register via AP)
- Idaho Records/Press
- Spokane man drowns/Press
- 3 Sisters fire 80% contained/Press
- Post Falls PD investigates shooting/Press
- Kathleen Avenue project starts today/Press
- Thunderstorms, more heat due over region/SR
- Colbert 55YO still competes in bareback riding/SR
- Woman OK after driving down Fernan Lake bank/KXLY
A legislative interim committee on urban renewal has kicked off an all-day meeting today, with Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, the co-chair, saying it will look at past changes to Idaho’s urban renewal laws, other possible changes, or perhaps no changes. The panel’s other co-chair, Rep. Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa, submitted a letter to the panel today as he’s not here; he and Rep. Robert Anderst, R-Nampa, met weekly with a working group during this year’s legislative session to examine issues surrounding urban renewal. “There was good discussion, but it was determined that we needed to have a deeper dive,” Anderst said, leading to the interim committee. The concurrent resolution establishing the committee calls for it to “study and address the issues and subject of urban renewal to modernize the process and to provide local units of government with economic development tools”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
DFO: It'll be interesting to see how much damage Sen. Mary Souza and Rep. Kathy Sims can do to the state's urban renewal law, from their perches on this committee. Sims has been thwarted to date with her attacks on urban renewal during recent legislative sessions. She'll have a better chance to damage this municipal economic tool if she can get the committee to embrace her views of urban renewal. Thoughts?
Republican state Sen. Shawn Keough of Sandpoint has been appointed to co-chair Idaho's powerful budget-setting committee. President Pro Tem Brent Hill of Rexburg on Monday announced that Keough will replace former Sen. Dean Cameron of Rupert, who left the Idaho Legislature earlier this year to lead the state Department of Insurance. Keough has served 20 years in the Idaho Statehouse, making her the longest serving female senator in Idaho's history. Keough has also served on the joint budget-setting committee since 2000. She will join Republican Rep. Maxine Bell of Jerome in leading the legislative panel/AP via Eye on Boise. More here.
DFO: It's. About. Time.
News and information are essential parts of a community’s makeup and play critical roles in the daily practice of democracy and public life. The Spokesman-Review and its predecessors have played a vital role in this community for more than 130 years. The Spokesman-Review and newspapers across the country have weathered unprecedented financial challenges in recent years, and the industry’s tectonic shifts show no sign of settling anytime soon. Advertising revenue and subscription sales are the two main sources of a newspaper’s revenue, and both streams have shrunk considerably, starting with the recession of 2007-08. The latest step toward improving The Spokesman-Review’s revenue standing is the introduction of a website paywall designed to ask readers to support our journalism by paying for it. More here.
First, a question: Do you think animal welfare activists should be charged with a crime for misrepresenting themselves in order to video-record brutal treatment of animals or other abuses in food processing plants? Now, another: What about when anti-abortion activists misrepresent themselves in order to record Planned Parenthood officials discussing the use of aborted fetuses for medical research? Not much difference, is there? Actually, there is one difference. No one claims the 2012 recording of workers at Idaho's Bettencourt Dairies' Dry Creek Dairy beating and otherwise mistreating cows was altered to distort the facts/Jim Fisher, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
When I got home from work, my wife feared I had suffered a stroke. I was jumbling my words and showing other signs of incoherence. It was nothing, I assured her. I was wrong. It was late Friday afternoon, June 19. The day my wife saved my life. An abscess in my brain was wrecking my ability to use language and maintain my balance. I had first realized I was not well the previous Sunday night. But I thought it was a wicked summer cold. I might have called in sick the next day, June 15, but a friend was meeting me at the paper a little before 7 a.m. We were going to take a selfie together up on the roof of the Chronicle Building. I did not have her phone number with me at home. So I got up Monday and rode my bicycle downtown. By midmorning, I realized I had zero energy, even for a 60-year-old. I emailed my editors and said I didn’t feel well and would be back Tuesday/Paul Turner, The Slice. More here.
Jim Myers voted against Barack Obama twice, and Al Gore and John Kerry -- a strong Republican track record. But Myers considers himself an independent who supports candidates in the middle of the political spectrum, and that apparently ruffled some feathers in his nonprofit. On Aug. 1, he penned a My Turn column in The Press that advised Republicans to nominate a candidate for president whom independents like himself could support. He said Republicans currently seeking the party's nomination for the 2016 general election are polarizing, pandering and often too negative. Myers, a Coeur d'Alene resident the past decade and a native of London, England, is the founder, president and a board member of the nonprofit Turkeys For All. The group supports the Community Action Partnership in Coeur d'Alene, helping the food bank throughout the year. But it's particularly active leading up to Thanksgiving, when there is often a turkey shortage. Three days after Myers' column was published, the other four members of the board resigned by letter/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: And you wonder why anonymity is important in the blogosphere. Retaliation happens to people who speak there mind freely -- even in this city with a heart. Thoughts?
In this photo by Chris Wooley, Shrek, Fiona and Donkey meet the dragon in the successful rescue attempt at the castle in the beloved children's story that is now being performed by the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. Mrs. O & I caught the show Friday night at the Kroc Center. Great fun! Artistic director Jadd Davis has brought the Summer Theatre back from the dead. And The Kroc theater offers a nice venue for play productions.
So Randy Shaw is retiring and won’t be manning the KREM 2 news anchor desk by the end of September. What’s next? Are they moving the Big Red Wagon out of Riverfront Park? Will the Whammy be suddenly eighty-sixed from the Dick’s burger menu? Will we all wake up one day to discover that the potholes have all disappeared? No. Scratch that last one. Nobody’s going to complain about vanishing potholes. But no Shaw delivering the news? Say it ain’t so/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
Question: Who is your favorite Spokane newscast anchor?
A rhyme about “Liver” by The Bard of Sherman Avenue triggered a discussion on Huckleberries Online last week. It read: “Packed with nutrients/so incredible,/it’s quite a shame the/stuff’s not edible.” Seems there are two types of people in this world: The supermajority who hate liver. And the few who can stomach it. Cis Gors, of Kootenai, is among the former. She recalls spending hours at her table as a youth trying to force down the vile-tasting organ. If she didn’t finish the liver at dinner – or sneak it to the dog – she was served it for breakfast the next day. And, if necessary, lunch. Decades later, she tells of listening to her mother complain about cooking liver for her father. Her mother confessed that she hated liver, too. Startled, Cis asked why – why! – did you make the kids eat liver. Her mother’s response? “It’s good for you.” Cis didn’t know whether to laugh or rage. Cis’ children should be grateful to their grandmother. Cis never forced them to eat liver/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.
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