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Make Zealots Pay For Special Session

May 4, 2015 - 8:38am

In about two weeks, Idaho's 105 legislators will reassemble for a special session. Bringing these lawmakers to Boise and then paying for their lodging and meals works out to $31,000 a day. Add to that the indirect costs of legislative staff - people who draw up bills, research issues, work on budgets, provide clerical services and keep the formal machinery of the House and Senate operating. Don't forget Statehouse security and the members of the executive branch - from the governor's office, the attorney general and the Department of Health and Welfare - who must prepare for the session and assist lawmakers. The value of that work - and the projects left unattended while they're preoccupied with the lawmakers - works out to about another $10,000 a day. Think of what that kind of money could buy/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Wouldn't it be nice if the irresponsible elected officials who foisted the Child Support Enforcement mess on us could be made to pay for the special session to fix it?

Hill Saw Controversial Veto

May 4, 2015 - 8:28am

Idaho Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said he saw the controversial SB 1011 veto on April 3, but did not take possession of the bill. Sen. Hill, R-Rexburg, said the governor had called to inform him that he intended to veto the bill on April 3, but he wasn't going to release that information until April 6. Technically the legal deadline to physically deliver the bill to the Senate was April 4. If the veto was in fact invalid because of the delay in delivery, SB 1011 would automatically become law.  If SB 1011 becomes law, it would ban historic horse racing machines as a form of legal gaming in Idaho on July 1. Hill said after the phone call, he went to the governor's office later that afternoon to make sure that the press wouldn't have access to the veto over the Easter weekend/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think Gov. Otter's veto will stand?

CdA Attorney Scott Reed, 87, RIP

May 4, 2015 - 8:21am

In 2012, Coeur d'Alene attorney Scott Reed talked about winning the distinguished attorney award from the Idaho Bar Association. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Scott Reed, a Coeur d’Alene attorney well known for championing environmental causes, died Saturday night. He was 87. Reed retired within the past year from a legal career t

hat spanned nearly 60 years and placed him on the front lines of battles to protect natural areas, wildlife habitat and public access to places like Tubbs Hill and Sanders Beach. “He made me laugh all my life,” his wife, former state Sen. Mary Lou Reed, said today. “It was always fun to be with Scott. I will miss the laughter.” The Kootenai Environmental Alliance said on Twitter, “RIP Scott Reed. A gentle, brilliant man and a powerful, positive force for our community. A genuine hero”/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Also: Tony Stewart's tribute to Scott Reed/Coeur d'Alene Press, and: Community champion, long-time attorney Scott Reed dies at 87/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press

  • Originally posted 4:35 p.m. Sunday

DFO: Please feel free to share your remembrances of Scott ...

How Idaho Picked Its Last Fed Judge

May 4, 2015 - 8:13am

With all the questions being raised about the secret selection process Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo are using to vet candidates for the state’s next U.S. District judge, it’s worth looking at how Idaho did it the last time around. Idaho got a new federal district judge in 1995. The late U.S. District Judge Harold Ryan, who had served since 1981, took senior status on Dec. 30, 1992, and died of cancer on April 10, 1995. Then-Rep. Larry LaRocco, the only member of Idaho’s congressional delegation who was of the same party as Democratic President Bill Clinton, proposed the nomination of Lewiston attorney John Tait. In August 1994, Clinton nominated Tait, but the nomination languished, with opposition from then-GOP Sens. Larry Craig and Dirk Kempthorne. Tait was one of 45 Clinton judicial nominees who weren’t confirmed by the Senate during Clinton’s presidency/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Frank Was Calm Amid Xmas Storm

May 4, 2015 - 8:07am

My favorite personal story about the late Frank Henderson involves a holiday invitation that he and his late first wife, Lillian, extended to my family in December 1986. Mrs. O, son Seth and 11-month-old daughter Amy were greeted by a warm house and warm hosts that cold evening. I had been at the S-R for two years and counting. Frank, former publisher of the Post Falls weekly who died Monday, was at the relative beginning of a long, local political career that saw him advance from Post Falls mayor to Kootenai County commissioner to Idaho legislator. Sometime during the evening, our hobnobbing was interrupted by a noise coming from the Hendersons’ Christmas tree. Amy was pulling ornaments off. And it was teetering. We prevented it from falling. But it was an embarrassing moment for Amy’s parents. The Hendersons, however, shrugged off the near Yuletide disaster. That unflappable nature served Frank well for decades of enlightened political service. He’ll be missed/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries print. More here.


May 4, 2015 - 8:03am

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

CdA Attorney Scott Reed, 87, RIP

May 3, 2015 - 4:35pm

Scott Reed, a Coeur d’Alene attorney well known for championing environmental causes, died Saturday night. He was 87. Reed retired within the past year from a legal career that spanned nearly 60 years and placed him on the front lines of battles to protect natural areas, wildlife habitat and public access to places like Tubbs Hill and Sanders Beach. “He made me laugh all my life,” his wife, former state Sen. Mary Lou Reed, said today. “It was always fun to be with Scott. I will miss the laughter.” The Kootenai Environmental Alliance said on Twitter, “RIP Scott Reed. A gentle, brilliant man and a powerful, positive force for our community. A genuine hero”/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Weekend Wild Card -- 5.2-3.15

May 1, 2015 - 11:49pm

Remember, Cindy will be at Hastings, 101 Best Ave/CdA, from 1-4 today (Saturday), autographing copies of her book, "War Bonds: Love Stories of the Greatest Generation." Even If you have a book already, I suspect that she'll enjoy hobnobbing with a fan from Huckleberries Online. Enjoy your weekend. And I'll see you back here Monday when we will see where another week takes us. Here's your Weekend Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 5.1.15

May 1, 2015 - 4:55pm

Fans watch a race before the 141th running of the Kentucky Oaks horse race at Churchill Downs today in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Derby, dubbed "fastest two minutes in sports," is scheduled for Satuday afternoon. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Question: Do you have a favorite horse in the race?

TGIF Wild Card -- 5.1.15

May 1, 2015 - 4:49pm

Cindy tells Huckleberries that she'll be at Hastings, 101 Best Ave/CdA, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, autographing copies of her book, "War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation." And that this will be the last North Idaho book signing for her for the near future. Also (hint, hint), she'd like to remind you guys that Mother's Day is rapidly approaching -- and that her book would be a great gift for your wife or your grandmother. So there you have it. See you there? Here's your TGIF Wild Card ...

CDAIndependent: D's Can Win In CdA

May 1, 2015 - 4:30pm

CDAIndependent (RE: NativeCDA: Democrats should run as Independents): Democrats could never win statewide ever again Searcher? It'll be awhile before we have another Cecil Andrus I guess. But I think Democrats can win locally with the right organization and hard work in District 4 against people like Kathy Sims who offends even many people (moderates) in her own party. Democrats have been elected in District 4 which is basically the city of Coeur d'Alene but I don't the Democratic party should waste money and resources on un-winnable races in districts 2 and 3. Those folks will vote for any warm body with and R after their name.

Question: I agree with CDAIndependent that Democrats can win legislative office in District 4 (Coeur d'Alene). But it also has to be the right Democrat -- someone well known and of the calibre of Mike Kennedy or Dan English. Also, I agree that Democrats can't win legislative office in Districts 2 (Hayden/Rathdrum) and 3 (Post Falls). Thoughts?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 5.1.15

May 1, 2015 - 4:14pm
  • 4:10 p.m. 2 juveniles on dirtbikes speeding on Lookout Drive/Hayden, riding through Loch Haven Park.
  • 4:07 p.m. ISP report on truck crash @ e/b I-90/MP 31.8 this AM that shut highway for an hour here.
  • 4:01 p.m. Deputy wants Hayden Walmart security to check minor damage from car in Aisle 5 hitting barrier.
  • 3:41 p.m. Grass fire, emanating from slash pile burn, @ H53/Hollister Hills, Hauser.
  • 3:33 p.m. School bus fire (3:26 item) out & 2nd bus en route to transport children.
  • 3:26 p.m. School bus is on fire @ H53/Hidden Valley Road/Rathdrum, children being evacuated.
  • 3:22 p.m. Fire alarm sounding @ Hayden Guest House, 10585 Reed Road/Hayden.
  • 3:21 p.m. Slash piles may be source of black smoke @ H53/Hollister Hills, Hauser.
  • 3:19 p.m. Semi has knocked down power/utility lines @ unknown Post Falls area location.
  • 3:02 p.m. Driver reports being rear-ended @ Seltice Way/Greensferry by car that left scene.
  • 3:01 p.m. Collision reported b/n vehicle & bike Government Way/Anton Ave, CdA.
  • 2:56 p.m. Suicidal drunk male @ 7100 block of Seltice Way/Post Falls tells 911 dispatcher to tell his family goodbye.
  • 2:52 p.m. Fireman @ building fire wants Hauser Fire to check black smoke from west of Pleasant View (2:02 item).
  • 2:51 p.m. Disabled vehicle is blocking intersection of H95/Prairie Ave, CdA.
  • 2:44 p.m. Firefighter wants Hayden Avenue shut from McGuire Road to Chase Road (2:02 item).
  • 2:18 p.m. Firefighters on scene are beginning to evacuate building (2:02 item).
  • 2:09 p.m. 1/4-acre fire reported @ 10000 block of Parks Road/Athol.
  • 2:02 p.m. Smoke from ceiling fire is coming from large commercial business @ W. 14812 Hayden Ave.
  • 1:47 p.m. Driver of silver car w/kids in it hung out door & yelled at 2nd motorist before parking @ State Line Walmart.
  • 1:44 p.m. Driver parked far from light @ H41/Poleline Ave, Post Falls, waved at traffic & did other "odd things."
  • 12:55 p.m. A tractor is on fire in a field off H41/MP 23 (Clagstone Road Cutacross, Bonner County).
  • 12:31 p.m. Strong smelll of natural gas reported @ 2500 block of Warwick Court/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Cutline Contest -- Time 2 Vote

May 1, 2015 - 4:12pm

Kentucky Derby hopeful Keen Ice is held by hot walker Carmen Orantes after a workout at Churchill Downs this week in Louisville, Ky. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Thursday Winner: No Comment, with 6 likes: "Don't look away....there is no squirrel, there is no squirrel, there is no squirrel." You can see Thursday photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

Ex-Gov Batt, 88, To Wed Again

May 1, 2015 - 3:39pm

Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt is engaged to be married to Francee Reilly, of Boise, later this summer. Batt declined to provide The Associated Press information on when or where the wedding will take place, but added those details will be released eventually. Batt also declined to say when the two became engaged. The 88-year-old Batt was Idaho's governor for one term from 1995-1999/KTVB. More here.

CdA Lawyer Named To Bench

May 1, 2015 - 3:19pm

Gov. Butch Otter has named Coeur d’Alene attorney Cynthia K.C. Meyer a state 1st District judge, to replace Judge Benjamin Simpson, who is retiring after 15 years on the bench.  “I believe Cynthia has the right mix of temperament, decisiveness and personal integrity for the bench and I am confident that she will approach her new duties with the same well-reasoned, thoughtful demeanor that exemplified her tenure as a member of the Idaho State Bar,” Otter said in a statement. Meyer has practiced law in Utah and Idaho since 1987; she’s a graduate of the College of Idaho and the University of Utah College of Law. Her appointment is effective immediately/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.1.15

May 1, 2015 - 2:33pm

On his North Idaho Life Facebook wall, photographer Keith Boe publishes this photo of the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, taken from the Heyburn State Park area.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, April 30): 10,071 page-views/6534 unique views

Could Warm Winters Be New Norm?

May 1, 2015 - 2:28pm

Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal. Average amounts of moisture fell over most of Washington, Idaho and Oregon this winter, but warmer temperatures meant that most of the precipitation fell as rain instead of snow. The snow deficit in the mountains isn’t a direct result of climate change, scientists say. They attribute the lack of snowfall to warmer ocean temperatures off the Washington coast and a persistent high-pressure ridge. Both phenomena fall within the range of normal climate variations, but they raised average temperatures 4 to 10 degrees in March/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Would you mind slightly milder winters in North Idaho?

But The Sauce Made Me Think Of Gangrene Ward Of Civil War

May 1, 2015 - 1:52pm

So I’m sitting in a fancy hotel restaurant in Hollywood, staring at what’s supposed to be a plate of Eggs Benedict. I became an Eggs Benedict fan late in life thanks to a pal who thought I’d like it and I did. I like the way the soft runny yolk from the poached eggs blends with the English muffin halves, sliced ham and the tang of the creamy lemony yellow hollandaise sauce. Yum. Except that the sauce here wasn’t yellow. This sauce was a color that made me think of the gangrene ward in a Civil War hospital/Doug Clark, Clarksville blog. More here.

Question: How do you like your eggs?

RonB: Idaho 9 Earns Comparison

May 1, 2015 - 1:49pm

Ron Burgundy (RE: Editorial: In league with Richard Butler?): Apologists for the Idaho Nine will take offense at the comparison to Butler but they will be missing the point. When legislators take policy cues from the John Birch Society wing of society and give a mega microphone in the Statehouse to religious extremists who incite violence, they are every bit as damaging to the image of Idaho as Richard Butler was. The difference is that Butler was marginalized and admitted being a bigot. The Idaho Nine are elected leaders with power and authority who are trying to rationalize bad decisions with fear, uncertainty, and doubt based on religious and racial differences. The comparison is reasonable. Hopefully these legislators will really reflect on why they are finding themselves in the same sentence as a disgraced race-baiter and step back from the brink.

'Hey Joe'

May 1, 2015 - 1:43pm

Guitar enthusiasts raise their instruments after playing the Jimi Hendrix version of the song "Hey Joe" in an attempt to break the Guinness Guitar Record in Wroclaw, Poland, today. 5003 guitarists took part in the annual event, but not enough to break the number of musicians playing the tune. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Question: Do you know how to play a guitar?