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SR: 'Tough Times' No Excuse

March 28, 2014 - 9:01am

It looks like Idaho’s insistence on slashing aid for the truly needy won’t be allowed to hurt developmentally delayed adults. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill put a halt to $16 million in cuts, ruling that a case brought on behalf of 13 severely disabled people can proceed as a class-action lawsuit. The practical effect of Tuesday’s ruling is that 3,600 Idahoans will see an increase in Medicaid funding as the case proceeds. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare hasn’t decided how to respond, but the definitive nature of Winmill’s ruling makes a challenge look fruitless – and cold-blooded/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Does this mean that Gov. Butch Otter and the Idaho Legislature no longer can partially pay for corporate tax cuts and exemptions on the backs of disabled people?

Letter: We Didn't Need Grisly Details

March 28, 2014 - 8:46am

I would like to express my displeasure with Keith Cousins’ article on the front page of the Cd’A Press Wednesday morning (to which my family subscribes). As a parent of a 12-year-old who attends Canfield MS and an uncle to a 15-year-old girl who attends Cd’A HS I would have strongly preferred that the specific details on the methods and means by which Jonathan Samuel died were omitted while we, as parents, work with the school to let the kids digest and process the fact that a fellow student was murdered this week/Wayne Burton, Hayden, letter to the editor/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: All the media shared the details of the grisly double murder Monday, not just Keith. We've had a discussion on Huckleberries re: the need to share the name of the under-age suspect. What do you think? Should the media have shared the grisly details?

Joker: Things To Do At New McEuen

March 28, 2014 - 8:41am

Joker offers some ideas re: possible future events at the new & improved McEuen Field:

  • Find my car! With all the new parking places the game will be to find your car after its randomly parked. Spend hours getting to know your sheltered parking and don’t forget the spaces near City Hall.
  • Watch the grass grow – Really! Fun for the whole family. The contractor will have just seeded the grass so you can see it pop up while you watch. Incredible!
  • The LCDC Bocce Ball Tournament. Keep your eyes on the ball – especially the green ones.
  • The Souza music festival: Mary will be performing live. Yes, we gave a microphone. She’ll be belting out the hits (Connect the dots, Recall my heart, LCDC heartbreak) and her new song: The music is gonna get Goedde. Special musical guests include Bones McCrory. Complete list here.

Question: Can you suggest other activities for the new McEuen Field?

Nelson Won't Seek Re-election

March 28, 2014 - 8:38am

Kootenai County Commissioner Jai Nelson said Thursday night she is withdrawing as a candidate for another term. She promised to work hard through the end of her term in January, and has several projects she wants to finish. "Being a commissioner has always, and only, been about my passion and love for our county and the citizens I serve," Nelson said. "I ran to make a difference, and I hope that my goal has been achieved." She said it was not an easy decision to withdraw, but she must spend more time with family, especially her son. Also, the Republican said the political climate influenced her decision. "I'm saddened by the state of the political scene in our country and especially in our county," Nelson said. "The Republican Party is terribly fractured and I don't see a cohesive pathway in the near future"/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: Since there's no Democrat running in this race and a third candidate, Terry Lee Wall has withdrawn, it appears that newcomer David Stewart (Web site here) has won the election for this important courthouse position by default.

Question: Would you like to see a Democrat run as a write-in to provide a choice in the general election?

Winner By Default?

March 28, 2014 - 8:36am

David Stewart of Coeur d'Alene is shown at the Kootenai County Reagan Republican luncheon at Fedora Thursday. Stewart now is the only one running for Commissioner Jai Nelson's position, with the surprise announcement by Nelson that she won't seek re-election. Terry Lee Wall told Reagan Republicans Thursday that he had withdrawn from the race, so he wouldn't split the vote for Stewart. No Democrat or Independent is running in the race. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Letter: Too Many Apartments In CdA

March 28, 2014 - 8:25am

Is anyone paying attention to what is happening on the western side of Cd’A? Who is allowing (city or county?) developers to build row after row of apartments, which, in five to 10 years, will have all of the charm of a ghetto? Even Riverstone is not spared. Someone is asleep at the switch! Who is going to take the blame for this travesty? They are a blight on our beautiful city/Steve Allen, Coeur d'Alene, letter to the editor/Coeur d'Alene Press.

Question: Do you agree with the letter writer that the west side of Coeur d'Alene is overrun with new apartment buildings?

IFF: Fed Funding Order Is A Big Deal

March 28, 2014 - 8:19am

Gov. Butch Otter’s March executive order is probably the most important public policy action of the last few months. What? You didn’t hear about it? Maybe that’s because the order got nearly zero media attention. It’s perplexing why that is. The order calls for state agencies to delineate all the federal funds they’re getting, and for the governor’s Division of Financial Management to make the information available in a report, available in January. As the order states, “it is imperative that elected officials review and understand details of grants being awarded, measure the effectiveness and necessity of federally funded programs and act in the best interest of constituents.” Amen. Idaho, for all the ranting and raving done about the federal government, has become increasingly reliant on Washington, D.C., dollars/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.


Drumming Up Business

March 28, 2014 - 8:09am

Michael Ramirez/Investor's Business Daily

Wild Card/Thursday -- 3.27.14

March 27, 2014 - 5:28pm

I might drop by my second straight Reagan Republican luncheon today, to hear the debates between Jim Brannon and Don Pischner for county clerk and Lori Thomas and Steve Matheson for county treasurer. I haven't seen Don in years, since he was a state legislator. It'll be interesting to see if the candidates focus on qualifications and the tasks of the jobs (which probably should be nonpartisan). Or if they get personal at all. I'll report back. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 3.27.14

March 27, 2014 - 5:27pm

A Dayton fan holds a sign during the first half in a regional semifinal game against Stanford at the NCAA college basketball tournament today in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Question: When did you last have your eyes checked? Moi? In January.

Bauman Quits Central Kitsap Job

March 27, 2014 - 5:02pm

Citing health reasons, former Coeur d'Alene schools chief Hazel Bauman has resigned from her position as superintendent of the Central Kitsap School District. The western Washington district announced Tuesday that the school board there accepted Bauman's resignation on Monday. “This is a terrific district and community, and I’ve enjoyed my time here,” said Bauman, in a prepared statement released by the Central Kitsap School District. “We’ve got some great initiatives underway, and I’d been looking forward to leading this work through next June. Unfortunately, my health will not allow me to continue. I would just ask for privacy for myself and my family during this time”/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.27.14

March 27, 2014 - 4:54pm
  • 5:18 p.m. Caller along Government Way/Hayden reports possibly finding human scalp in desk drawer.
  • 5:05 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report March 26-27 here.
  • 4:53 p.m. Vehicles are swerving to miss large piece of metal @ w/b I-90/MP 10 (west of NW Blvd).
  • 4:46 p.m. Friends of local high school student report she's making suicide threats on Facebook.
  • 4:32 p.m. 1 vehicle in 2-car crash has rolled over @ n/b H41/Hayden, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 4:23 p.m. Vehicle is broken down in turn lane of s/b H95/Hanley Avenue, CdA.
  • 4:19 p.m. 2-vehicle, noninjury crash reported @ e/b H53/MP 1 (near Hauser Smoke Shop).
  • 3:55 p.m. Smoke reported in area of Grouse Meadows/Mullan Trail, Bonanza Ranch area.
  • 3:34 p.m. PFPD officers on scene of an undisclosed trauma @ Collingwood/Columbia.
  • 3:26 p.m. Officer reports female she was chasing crossed Honeysuckle and jumped fence in Davis subdivision/CdA.
  • 3:17 p.m. Merwyn's tow truck engine is emitting smoke @ H95/Prairie Avenue, Hayden.
  • 3:12 p.m. Caller reports DUI male left Lucky Lucky Pines trailer park on Potlatch toward Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 3:10 p.m. Dispatch gets broken 911 call reporting single-vehicle crash on e/b I-90 near top of 4th of July Pass.
  • 2:24 p.m. Teen male spinning brodies in vehicle in field near Talon Lane/Hanley Avenue/CdA.
  • 2:12 p.m. CPD seeks stolen, red 1995 GMC Sierra pickup w/cracked window & skull & antlers decal.
  • 1:40 p.m. Possible structure fire @ 316 S. Pinewood Drive/Post Falls.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines -- 3.27.14

March 27, 2014 - 4:49pm

Dan English, the former Kootenai County clerk who affiliated with the Idaho GOP to vote in the closed GOPrimary in May, casts a furtive look around after he was greeted warmly by President Jeff Ward at the noon luncheon of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans: "You're a Republican now!" (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Cutline Contest -- 3.27.14

March 27, 2014 - 4:47pm

Time 2 Vote ...

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama practices tai chi with students at Chengdu No.7 High School in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province. Obama's weeklong trip to China has included opportunities to try out tai-chi, walk the Great Wall and feed the pandas. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Wednesday Winner -- Psalm 37, with 5 likes: Egads! That is the longest and whitest tongue I have ever seen! You can see Wednesday photo and reall all the Cutline Contest entries here.

HBO Blogosphere -- 3.27.14

March 27, 2014 - 4:29pm

Post Councilwoman KerriT: "Well that was quite a hail storm that just passed over Post Falls."

OTV: My Coeur d'Alene In 1980s

March 27, 2014 - 4:15pm

There’s really no point in even trying to gloss it up. Compared to now, Coeur d’Alene in the early 80’s was a rat hole. A handful of now long-gone troublemakers who smeared our beautiful town with an ugly reputation were just beginning their public antics with a bang, actually a series of bangs as bombs were detonated throughout town in the name of hate. The economy reeked like a dead, lead-poisoned Rainbow Trout after the glory days of the local logging and mining industries fizzled out, leaving behind loads of unemployed workers and major environmental disasters to clean up. Playland Pier had gone into disrepair and burned down, leaving the local tourism industry with nothing much to promote but the lovely polluted lake itself. Downtown was full of vacant storefronts and was being taken over each night by wild gangs of mullet-sporting, Jack Daniels-chugging youth cruising up and down Sherman and parking their El Caminos long enough to blare some AC/DC, smash some bottles, and pick up hair-sprayed members of the opposite sex/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: Do you remember Coeur d'Alene in the 1980s?

Why Ask Why?

March 27, 2014 - 4:12pm
Am I the only one who feels guilty when accidentally running over previously smushed roadkill? -- Cindy.


Solons Partly Fulfill Task Force Goals

March 27, 2014 - 3:42pm

Lawmakers embarked on the 2014 session with a clear mandate from educators, stakeholders and Gov. Butch Otter: implement a set of 20 reform recommendations. The 74-day session, the shortest in a decade, has come and gone – with legislators making partial progress on 13 recommendations from Otter’s Task Force for Improving Education. Lawmakers didn’t touch seven recommendations, and haven’t fully implemented any of the 20. Still, Otter and several task force members said they are satisfied with these first steps, and recognize that hard work and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of funding challenges remain. “Everything we identified in October that can be done and should be done in this legislative session is happening,” said State Superintendent Tom Luna, a task force member/Clark Corbin, IdahoED NEWS. More here. (Photo: IdahoED NEWS)

Question: Are you satisfied that Idaho lawmakers made some progress on education task force goals?

Treasurer: Thomas Vs. Matheson

March 27, 2014 - 2:53pm

Kootenai County treasurer candidate Steve Matheson shakes hands with state Senate candidate Mary Souza at the Reagan Republicans luncheon at Fedora today. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

The Reagan Republicans also hosted a debate for county treasurer between Deputy Treasurer Lori Thomas and Steve Matheson:

  • Lori Thomas: Chief deputy for 13 years ... regional director for former U.S. senator Larry Craig ... precinct committeewoman for 17 years ... 8 years as local GOP treasurer & former local GOP volunteer of the year ... wants to establish an investment committee (w/treasurer, commissioner, prosecuty, securities broker & banker on it) to increase investment return ... views life as a participant sport ... county treasurer limited by state law re: investment opportunities ... believes in limited government ... the market collapse of six years ago shows that the county has to be careful re: investments ... knows rules and regulations for office better than opponent ... cut her teeth in GOP politics with Kathy Sims and Ruthie Johnson as her mentors ... good team in office, reduced from 11 to 7 & more efficient today ... quoted brannon in saying that it's easier to shoot from the outside than the inside ... "We don't gamble with your tax dollars."


  • Steve Matheson: 28 years financial management experience ... spent professional career in financial risk management ... never has seen an organization as big as Kootenai County with such unqualified people handling its money ... treasurer's office needs to increase internal controls ... treasurer's office manages investments poorly ... from campaign literature: "I intend to be disruptive. I am not interested in being another candidate simply seeking the security of a government job" ... 50 years old, retired 6-7 years ... political background: GOP regional chair of 47th Legislative District (Washington) ... precinct committee officer 11th & 47th Legislative Districts (Washington) ... questions adequacy of one-week training course of opponent to handle $147 million in cash & investments ... doesn't have Lori Thomas' political machine or history in the county ... but he says he's far more qualified for the office than her.


North Idaho's Best Rural Restaurant

March 27, 2014 - 2:41pm

Inlander readers picked the Snake Pit in Enaville as best rural North Idaho restaurant. Many of you dined there while Joe Peak was handling the spatula and drinks. (Inlander photo)

There's a whole lot of history in the Enaville Resort, better known as the Snake Pit. Since 1879, the two-story, dark-brown log structure has overlooked a scenic bend in the Coeur d'Alene River less than two miles from what is now Interstate 90. Chock-full of memorabilia — kitschy paintings, a collection of swords, vintage beaded purses, old mining paraphernalia — it isn't just the building itself that's full of history; it's the people who make the place memorable. "We have such a great clientele," says manager Debbie Wilmarth, who came out of retirement after 14 years as food and beverage manager with the Coeur d'Alene Casino for an opportunity to manage the Snakepit/Carrie Scozzaro, Inlander. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the Inlander's readers that the Snake Pit is the best restaurant in rural North Idaho?