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Hispanic Group Files Bias Complaint

May 19, 2015 - 4:49pm

News release from Centro de Comunidad y Justicia:

On Monday, the Centro de Comunidad y Justicia, (CCJ) filed a discrimination complaint against the Idaho State Department of Education, the Idaho State Board of Education, the Idaho Charter School Commission, and Idaho’s 48 Charter Schools and their Boards of Directors. The complaint filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education’s office in Seattle, seeks equal opportunity and representation in Idaho’s charter schools for Latino students, students with limited-English Proficiency (LEP), students with disabilities, and students from low-income families. According to evidence originally reported by Levi Cavener, a Special Education teacher from Caldwell, and later confirmed by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission, CCJ alleges that “Idaho’s charter school system has evolved into a unequal public school system that discriminates against students of color, LEP students, students with disabilities (many whom are Latino), and students from low-income families.” More here.

Thoughts?

Cutline Contest -- 5.19.15

May 19, 2015 - 4:36pm

This undated image provided by the New England Journal of Medicine shows a CT scan with a nail in the eye of a patient. Boston doctors removed the nearly 3-inch nail after it hurtled into the eye of a 27-year-old landscaper when he accidentally hit it with a weed-whacking tool. A checkup eight weeks later showed his vision had returned to normal. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/New England Journal of Medicine)

Monday Winner -- SLFisher, with 7 likes: Andrew brags that he has the ear of the Secretary of State. You can see Monday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Things You Can't Fix w/Duct Tape

May 19, 2015 - 4:27pm

In the "Things You Can't Fix with Duct Tape" category: The 11 North Idaho legislators who voted against the child support enforcement bill in special session.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 5.19.15

May 19, 2015 - 4:14pm
  • 5:06 p.m. Man wants his mother trespassed from his home @ 9600 block of Ramsey Road/Hayden.
  • 5:06 p.m. Male driver possibly DUI @ e/b I-90/MP 1 (Beck Road/Post Falls), passing on shoulder.
  • 4:49 p.m. Alarm @ Mountain West Bank, 121 Ironwood Drive/CdA, proves to be a false one.
  • 4:45 p.m. Someone in main office of Guardian Angel, 1050 E. Mullan Ave/Post Falls, having cardiac problem.
  • 4:39 p.m. Pitbull near Post Falls Walmart East attacks and bites male pedestrian.
  • 4:22 p.m. Responders to medical emergency in Athol report finding drugs on scene.
  • 4:09 p.m. Bus driver has pulled off road near Holiday gas station, 311 W. Haycraft Ave/CdA, because children on bus are out of control, trying to escape.
  • 3:57 p.m. ISP officer following possible stolen vehicle @ w/b I-90/MP 13 (4th St/CdA).
  • 3:53 p.m. Possible wanted person is at Juvenile Detention Center.
  • 3:52 p.m. Debris is lying on roadway @ I-90/MP 12 (H95/CdA).
  • 3:41 p.m. Home Depot representative reports vandalism at the Govt Way store.
  • 3:12 p.m. Panic alarm sounding @ Numerica Credit Union, 8307 Cornerstone Drive/Hayden.
  • 2:58 p.m. Officer has possible DUI female driver stopped on Govt Way, across from county jail.
  • 2:48 p.m. Possible fire near bridge at Falls Park.
  • 2:46 p.m. Someone is suffering seizure @ 1000 block of Park Place/CdA.
  • 2:43 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Garden Motel, 2200 Northwest Blvd/CdA.
  • 2:40 p.m. CPD officer checking transient w/blue backpack in front of Target/Canfield Ave.
  • 2:25 p.m. Kootenai County Courthouse reports unwanted person on premises.
  • 1:51 p.m. Social worker wants PFPD officer to help her w/child abuse case in Post Falls.
  • 1:40 p.m. Female driver in s/b Toyota Highlander @ H95/H53, Garwood area, possibly DUI.
  • 1:29 p.m. 35YO male is suffering chest pain @ 31700 block of Barbara Ave/Spirit Lake.
  • 1:16 p.m. Someone hurt in fall @ 600 block of E. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 1:03 p.m. Officer reports disabled vehicle blocking intersection @ H95/I-90, CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Voter #35 At Precinct 52

May 19, 2015 - 3:38pm

Another sign that the voter turnout is going to be lousy today: I was voter #35 at Precinct 52 at 3:30 p.m. I was the only one at the Assembly of God Church balloting place this afternoon. I asked the women for Precinct 50 at the nearby table how many had voted in their precinct today. And was told, basically, that it was none of my business. Apparently, that information must be some sort of top secret in that precinct. However, I did glance at the list used by one Precinct 50 worker to keep track of the number of voters -- and it appeared to be only 20 or so.
 

HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.19.15

May 19, 2015 - 2:51pm

"I'll bet this old relic would have turned a few heads at this past week's Lost in the '50s parade.  Mighta needed a little work to get it running though," writes Marianne Love/Slight Detour. "It resides at the Ray Delay farm in Careywood where the Idaho State Forestry Contest was held last week. It resides at the Ray Delay farm in Careywood where the Idaho State Forestry Contest was held last week." More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, May 18): 12,158 page-views/7,342 unique views

Ex-Employee Sues CdA Red Robin

May 19, 2015 - 2:41pm

Stacie Ward was fired from her position as the lead bartender and a certified trainer in October 2012 after questioning the hiring practices of the restaurant, specifically in regards to people of color, according to a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the District of Idaho Tuesday. At the time, Ward had been with the company for more than 11 years and had worked in Red Robin restaurants from Las Vegas to Bellingham. She was working at the Spokane Valley restaurant in 2007 when Ward was asked to help open a new franchise in Coeur d'Alene. While working at the Coeur d'Alene restaurant, Ward says one African-American employee was fired for wearing headphones, a minor infraction/Rob Kauder, KXLY. More here.

The Cancer Clinic

May 19, 2015 - 2:34pm

Within this building you will see
small countless acts of bravery
and kindness shown to fellow man;
it teaches more than sermons can.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Frightened Montana Boy Kills Pal

May 19, 2015 - 2:23pm

Authorities are considering whether criminal charges are warranted against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window, killing his friend in a case that an investigator called an accident. The unidentified suspect apparently had been startled when 15-year-old Mackeon Schulte and another friend knocked on his window early Sunday. The alarmed teen grabbed a gun described as a family heirloom and shot through the glass, killing Schulte. The victim and suspect were described as friends and had been together just hours earlier/Associated Press. More here.

Terrible Turnout?

May 19, 2015 - 2:15pm
On her Facebook page, Eden Irgins writes: "I was #16 to show up at my precinct at 1:30 p.m. Please, use your right to vote today!"

Luna Lands Another State Job

May 19, 2015 - 1:56pm

Teresa Luna, a key figure in the Idaho Education Network broadband contract mess, has a new job as a state emergency planner. Luna began the job with the state Bureau of Homeland Security Monday. Luna stepped down as director of the state Department of Administration in March, after the Legislature moved funding and jurisdiction for the broadband project to the State Department of Education. Her resignation was effective at the end of the 2015 session, but Luna had stayed on with the department as a “program specialist,” at her old director’s salary of $95,202 per year. Luna’s new salary was not immediately available Tuesday afternoon/Kevin Richert, IDEDNews.org. More here. (IDEDNews.org photo: Teresa Luna testifying before legislative committee in February)

Remember To Vote

May 19, 2015 - 1:42pm

Just a reminder that it's not too late to vote today in the election for the $6M public safety bond for the city of Coeur d'Alene.

Adler: Misinterpreting Constitution

May 19, 2015 - 1:23pm

A little constitutional history and civic education can go a long way. They can save time and money certainly and, in this instance, could have spared Idahoans the angst and expense that accompany the special legislative session that will be convened today to pass a bill to approve the critical mechanisms of the child support treaty negotiated at The Hague. The nine members of the Idaho House of Representatives’ Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee that voted to kill the bill necessary to implement the treaty’s provisions for collecting child support payments might have voted differently if they had been presented with a constitutional history lesson. Their votes provide a teaching moment/Dr. David Adler, president of The Sun Valley Institute. More here.

Question: Is it possible that the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution among the fringe right in North Idaho might be different than it is interpreted elsewhere in the state and across the nation?

Abused Dog Leads To Arrest

May 19, 2015 - 1:12pm

From the Post Falls PD Swing Shift, via Facebook (Warrant arrest) -- "Officers responded to Club Tequila for an animal abuse call. The RP was concerned about a dog locked inside a truck with all the windows rolled up. Upon arrival, officers contacted a female in the parking lot who advised the truck belonged to her boyfriend and stated she was checking on the dog. Officers ran the license plate on the truck and discovered the vehicle owner had a $20,000 warrant. Officers made contact with the male inside the bar and took him into custody."

Hadian Ran For Washington Guv

May 19, 2015 - 1:00pm

Washington political activists with decent memories may  have recognized the name Shahram Hadian when they read staff writer Scott Maben's profile in this morning's paper about the Spokane-area pastor who has played a role in the Idaho Legislature's dispute over a child support law. Hadian was a Republican candidate for Washington governor in 2012. At the time, he was living in Everett and serving as a pastor of a Mill Creek church. He was active in the GOP, and filed for office even though the state party was putting all its efforts behind the candidacy of then-Attorney General Rob McKenna. He ran on a strong Christian conservative, pro-business, pro-state's rights agenda. He finished third, with less than 4 percent of the vote in the primary statewide, but did a bit better in Spokane County, where he had some financial support including $1,600 each from Cindy Zapotocky, former county GOP chairwoman, and her husband John/Spin Control. More here.

It's Over

May 19, 2015 - 11:53am

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little gavels to close a special session of the Idaho legislature after the Senate passed the child support enforcement bill at the state Capitol Monday in Boise. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

(President Pro Tem Brent) Hill shared the last line of an email he received this morning: “It says, ‘You shall be spurned and scorned all your days for your undermining and disloyalty to the Constitution.’” Pausing, he said, “My thanks also has to go to the Legislature – legislators who overwhelmingly saw that the accusations that were being made, and are still being made, are bogus. We did not compromise our state sovereignty. We did not neglect due process. We did not breach confidentiality. We did not abandon our beloved Constitution, either at the state level or at the federal level. We did a good thing yesterday. We did a good thing. There are a lot of people to be thanked. But I want to thank the citizens of this state for their support, and I want to thank those that they elected, those 105 legislators, who came and did good work yesterday.” More here.

Question: Aren't you glad that there are some grownups in the Idaho Legislature?

Quotable Quote

May 19, 2015 - 11:46am
So, some walked away from the summer session of Idaho government without having learned a thing. They came in to this “Extraordinary” session with their pride and fear and left with them — because therein was the sum of their argument -- Idaho Statesman editorial.
Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/05/18/3809599_editorial-a-win-for-families-but.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

AM Scanner Traffic -- 5.19.15

May 19, 2015 - 11:30am
  • 12:03 p.m. Female tells CPD that manager pushed her after he had her car towed.
  • 11:59 a.m. CPD officer seeks immediate emergency housing for female being harassed by dangerous male.
  • 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for May 18-19 here.
  • 11:22 a.m. Elderly male driver honking, reckless @ Seltice Way/Chase Road, Post Falls.
  • 10:52 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 100 block of Hattie Ave/CdA.
  • 10:51 a.m. 23YO male having seizure @ White House restaurant, Spokane Ave/Post Falls.
  • 10:23 a.m. CPD officer backing up fellow officer for welfare check @ 1700 block of Coeur d'Alene Ave/CdA.
  • 10:13 a.m. Grass fire near Coeur d'Alene Fire Dept station No. 3 is out.
  • 10:06 a.m. Resident in KCSOffice lobby wants to report vandalism to property.
  • 9:59 a.m. Grass fire reported near Coeur d'Alene Fire Dept station No. 3.
  • 9:40 a.m. Male who was suicidal @ Coeur d'Alene Library Monday is making threats again.
  • 9:05 a.m. Deputy trying to contact transient male in field near Cabela's who is figure in one of officer's cases.
  • 8:44 a.m. Three-vehicle crash, unknown injuries, @ s/b H95/Prairie Ave, CdA.
  • 8:17 a.m. Construction dust sets off fire alarm @ Spokesman-Review building, 608 Northwest Blvd/CdA.
  • 8:02 a.m. 1-week-old baby having trouble breathing @ 800 block of W. Park Loop/Rathdrum.

Poll: Pricey Air Fares Are Big Deal

May 19, 2015 - 11:25am
  • Monday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation said that it is a big deal that at least 3 Kootenai County legislators (Nonini, Barbieri and Sims) travel business class on airplanes to and from Boise at twice the cost of other legislators. 211 of 250 respondents (84.4%) said it's a big deal. 18 (7.2%) said it's somewhat of a big deal. Only 20 (8%) said it wasn't a big deal. 1 (0.4%) was undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Who was the biggest loser after the child support bill was approved in special session of the Idaho Legislature?

Fort Boise: An Extraordinary Day

May 19, 2015 - 11:10am

In his blog post today, Fort Boise breaks down Idaho's extraordinary special session Monday, stating in part:

"The nexus of nuttery is unquestionably north Idaho, leaking down toward the 45th parallel to pick up Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood, wearing a leather biker's jacket and reading from George Washington's Farewell Address. Twice. She, and blowhard Brent Regan, acting Senator for a day substituting for Steve Vick of Dalton Gardens, changed the Senate's tally from unanimous, to only 33-2, but close enough. Regan actually behaved himself better on the Senate floor than when he showed up to testify before the House Judiciary and Rules committee, wearing more of his Idaho Freedom Foundation hat." More here.

DFO: "Nexus of nuttery"? I like it. Thoughts?