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CPD PSA: Time To Remove Studs

April 16, 2014 - 9:11am

"The deadline for studded snow tire removal in Idaho is fast approaching. Drivers must have the tires removed by April 30. Your local friendly tire shops will help you out with that chore. Schedule your appointment soon and help keep our roads in good shape!" -- Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

DFO: I need to teach Christie when to use -- and generally not -- to use an exclamation point.

Question: Did you run studs on your car this year?

Are Ward Tax Problems A Big Deal?

April 16, 2014 - 8:50am

Shotgun Sam (RE: 5 voters ask Jeff Ward not to run): And remember folks, Ward helped lead the charge against Phil Hart. All while dodging taxes ...

DFO: I'm not too excited about the fact that Jeff Ward owes the state $6,664 to the state in taxes, an amount he says he has chiseled down to $1,000 through a payment plan. I also note that one of the individuals involved in making this complaint has attended meetings of the Rally Right, an arch-political enemy of Ward and the Reagan Republicans.

Question: Is this much ado about nothing?

Dem Tweaks Otter, Faces Rebuttal

April 16, 2014 - 8:46am

Canyon County House candidate Travis Manning thought he’d amuse himself and his supporters by satirizing Gov. Butch Otter on his campaign Facebook page. But the Vallivue High School English teacher quickly learned the governor found no humor in the prank. Manning used a photo of him shaking hands with Otter outside the Statehouse, taken March 28 at a gathering of Democratic candidates. “Bumped into Gov. Butch Otter last week at the Capitol,” Manning wrote in his April 9 post. “Here he is thanking me for working to save Idaho’s public school system from total annihilation….”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Photo: Travis Manning Facebook page via Idaho Statesman)

Question: I'm always amused when partisans, like Otter's PR guy, get their backs up & draw more attention to a non-story. Aren't you?

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Still 'Fabulous' After All These Years

April 16, 2014 - 8:40am

For anyone lucky enough to be at the Eagles Lodge in Coeur d'Alene Saturday night, there was an unexpected performance by the legendary and quite Fabulous Shadows. The Fabulous Shadows formed in 1963 as a group of local high-school students playing proms and slab dances and everything in between. The band officially retired after performing their last dance four decades later in 2005 at Coeur d'Alene High School's Centennial Picnic and All-Class Reunion at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. But these fellows weren't just bandmates. They're also lifelong friends coming together to show support for their guitarist, Mike Bolan, and his new group, Big Honey. After a few hours on stage as the Shadows, the guys proved they've still got it/Kerri Thoreson, Main Street, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Did you ever participate in a rock band during your Glory Days?

Bicyclist Proposes Lake City Changes

April 16, 2014 - 8:33am

With McEuen Park opening soon and a host of new community events coming this summer, John Kelly wants to make sure cyclists and pedestrians are safe - especially downtown. Kelly, who founded BikeCDA, will approach the city this week to propose the concept of on-street bicycle parking and proper lane striping. "With more and more events planned and a brand-new park opening up this summer, we will have a lot more pedestrians and bike traffic downtown," he said, adding now is the time to deal with that. He is presenting the concept to the city's pedestrian and bicycle committee at noon Thursday/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How often do you ride a bike?

Balukoff Faces Down NRA Bullies

April 16, 2014 - 8:28am

Here's something you don't see every day: An Idaho politician who isn't merely running against a foolish gun measure - the guns on campus law - but one who is taking on the group responsible for it, the National Rifle Association. Last week, A.J. Balukoff, pictured, a Democrat seeking the Idaho governor's office, threw the NRA's questionnaire back in the gun lobby's face. He didn't like the loaded questions. The NRA wasn't shy about telegraphing its position and then putting candidates in an "our way or the highway" bind. And Balukoff more or less disqualified himself from getting the NRA's support by opposing its signature measure in the 2014 Legislature -- a bill giving students 21 and older the right to carry a firearm into class and across much of the state's public college campuses/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you paying attention to Democrat A.J. Balukoff's candidacy for governor?

Letter: All Part Of Agenda 21

April 16, 2014 - 8:19am

Kholten Gleave, right, of Utah, pauses for the National Anthem outside of Bunkerville , Nev. while gathering with other supporters of the Bundy family to challenge the Bureau of Land Management on Saturday. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean)

Idahoans should pay close attention to what is going on in Nevada at the Bundy Ranch, as it affects Idaho. Cliven Bundy’s family has had grazing rights for about 140 years on public lands. The BLM is trying to remove his cattle and ranch under the guise of environmental rights for the desert tortoise. However, in fact, Harry Reid is behind the BLM grab. The director of the BLM is Harry Reid’s former Senior Advisor. He has purged documents from the BLM website with regard to removing Cliven Bundy from his land in order to facilitate a solar panel power station from which Harry Reid will benefit financially. ... Do you want to lose your land and rights? If you are not familiar with it already, you need to investigate U.N. Agenda 21, as this is what the Obama administration is following in order to steal your land and rights via zoning changes/Kimberly Moore, Coeur d'Alene, letter to Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you worry about the United Nation's Agenda 21?

Constitutional Scholar Coming To CdA

April 16, 2014 - 8:08am

You've almost memorized the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. You've made it a lifetime mission to study the manifold court cases and expert interpretations of the laws of this land, specifically the First Amendment and what our nation's founders were thinking when they carved out protections for religious freedoms. But for all the rest of us, mark your calendars for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Coeur d'Alene library. Renowned constitutional scholar Dr. David Adler will make his third consecutive springtime visit to North Idaho and help his audience better understand the separation of church and state, and related matters/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: How well do you know our Constitution?

Expert: Washington Vs. Gail Gerlach

April 16, 2014 - 8:03am

Robert Smith of Coeur d'Alene was one of two expert witnesses in the recent manslaughter case involving Spokane resident Gail Gerlach. He wrote an op-ed piece in the Coeur d'Alene Press today: "There are two levels of survival that the armed citizen must contemplate, street and court. A self-defense shooting encounter, or anything else in life for that matter, is like a game of chess. One should try to anticipate from whence an attack may come, and have a counter in place. Way too many who carry make no or only cursory plans for either arena. Taking the minimal training to obtain a concealed carry permit should be the starting point in one's training and education in this subject, although not required by law. Many years ago after soloing when I got a pilot's license my flight instructor said, "This is your license to learn to fly." So, I would urge, it is with use of arms." More here.

Question: Do you think most people who hold concealed-weapon permits are trained in using a gun in a spontaneous situation?

So Tired, Tired Of Waiting ...

April 16, 2014 - 8:02am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 4.15.14

April 15, 2014 - 5:43pm

This has been a different sort of day at Huckleberries HQ, as the Coeur d'Alene office of The Spokesman-Review moved from the second floor to the first floor. I was MIA for the morning as our competent techs took down and set up our computers, telephones, TV, etc., on the first floor (in the old Garage Town office) to the right of the William C. Cowles Conference Room. I wonder if I'll automatically head to the second floor when I arrive Wednesday morning, as I have done for the last 20 years. We'll see. I appreciate the fact that you hung in with me today. I'll see you back here tomorrow at 8 a.m. Here's your re-played Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 4.15.14

April 15, 2014 - 5:40pm

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, appears at his arraignment in New Century, Kan., today. Cross is being charged for shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, David Eulitt, Pool)

Gerlach Defense To Cost $300K

April 15, 2014 - 5:21pm

The attorney for the man found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of a car thief has been working on how much the trial will cost taxpayers. On Thursday, Gail Gerlach was found not guilty in the death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham. The jury also found Gerlach acted in self-defense and now the state is obligated to pay for the cost of defense expenses. Gerlach’s attorney Richard Lee anticipates the final bill for defense will be about $300,000/KREM. More here.

Question: Thoughts?

Idaho 49th In Per Capita Online Porn

April 15, 2014 - 5:03pm

No kidding. Idaho ranks next-to-last in per capita viewing of pornography according to, ahead of only Arkansas. In the last 12 months, Idaho had 80 page views per capita page on Pornhub, while Arkansas had 77. The busiest porn watchers? They’re in Kansas, with 194 page views per capita, followed by Nevada at 166. Pornhub bills itself as the “world’s biggest porn site” and conducted the study at the request of Buzzfeed, which posted their story “Who Watches More Porn: Republicans Or Democrats?” on Friday. I learned of the report Tuesday in an email from Pornhub’s publicist, Mike Williams. “It turns out that no matter what brand of political master debaters the people of the United States subscribe to, a bipartisan love of porn is definitely evident,” Williams began/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

DFO: Finally, a list that I can be proud of. Thoughts?

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PM Headlines -- 4.15.14

April 15, 2014 - 4:59pm

Jane Fink, raptor biologist with Birds of Prey Northwest, releases a 3-year-old bald eagle at the Kootenai County Solid Waste Department Fighting Creek landfill on Monday. The bird, which had been poisoned from feeding contaminates in the area, was found by a worker at the site a week earlier. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Cutline Contest -- 4.15.14

April 15, 2014 - 4:52pm

Time 2 Vote ...

A rabbit fails to clear an obstacle during a bunny hop competition at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Monday Winner -- McGruber, with 6 likes: The big tent of the Kootenai County Republican party was stretched to its limit on Saturday. You can see the Monday photo and read all the Cutline Contest entries here.

Scanner Traffic -- 4.15.14

April 15, 2014 - 4:45pm
  • 5:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for April 14-15 here.
  • 5:02 p.m. Officer reports turn light @ Ramsey/Hanley, CdA, isn't recycling.
  • 4:41 p.m. Boy, about 8-10YO, walking along e/b I-90/MP 13.5, b/n 4th & 15th streets/CdA.
  • 4:39 p.m. ISP officer reports a lot of cardboard lying on w/b I-90/MP 12 (H95/CdA).
  • 4:39 p.m. Elderly female using walker stopping repeatedly as she moves along Mullan toward Chase/Post Falls.
  • 4:32 p.m. Hitchhiker w/bag in median of w/b I-90/MP 10-11 (near NW Blvd/CdA) lunging into traffic.
  • 4:15 p.m. A black 2003 BMW is disabled on I-90/MP 11 (Northwest Boulevard/CdA).
  • 3:47 p.m. ISP officer calling for backup on a traffic stop @ I-90/NW Blvd, CdA.
  • 3:28 p.m. PFPD officer reports disabled vehcle @ Spokane Street/Seltice Way.
  • 3:11 p.m. Post Falls caller reports that suspicious people near property were digging for fishing worms.
  • 3:09 p.m. A man named Lance is "aggravating the scene" in a Coeur d'Alene domestic dispute.
  • 2:35 p.m. Suspicious person reported @ 3600 block of Blue Creek Road/CdA.
  • 2:32 p.m. Undisclosed utility problem on Sunnyside Road/CdA.
  • 2:22 p.m. Possible domestic dispute reported @ 1500 block of E. Davis Avenue/CdA.
  • 2:05 p.m. Homeowner en route to pro club @ Highlands Golf Course to confront golfers who broke his window.
  • 1:59 p.m. Homeowner on Inverness reports group of 4-5 golfers from Highland course hit ball through house window.
  • 12:50 p.m. Someone is suffering an medication overdose @ 400 block of Parkside Drive/Hayden.
  • 12:41 p.m. Crash b/n Dakota pickup & Chevy suburban blocking Seltice Way/Cedars, Post Falls.
  • 12:37 p.m. Worley ambulance responding to crash of U-Haul pulling van on H95 canceled, no injuries.
  • 12:23 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 900 block of Maranatha/Post Falls.
  • 12:21 p.m. Post Falls toddler continuing to vomit, parents en route to hospital.

Denney Rips Ysursa For Endorsement

April 15, 2014 - 4:35pm

Rep. Lawerence Denney on Tuesday criticized outgoing Secretary of State Ben Ysursa for endorsing Phil McGrane over Denney and two other Republicans in the race to replace Ysursa. “I was surprised to see our current Secretary of State endorse somebody in this race,” the Midvale lawmaker and former House speaker said in a news release. “Because of the appearance of conflict of interest, as Secretary of State, I will not serve as anyone’s campaign chairman for any campaign over which I serve as the chief election judge. Doing otherwise sends the wrong message for the chief elections officer.” Denney made the comment in the release that followed his Tuesday news conference where he formalized endorsements from Congressman Raul Labrador and Treasurer Ron Crane, which we first reported last week/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you think it's right that Secretary of State Ben Ysursa endorsed Phil McGrane, one of the four candidates for his job?

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Candidate With Record May Withdraw

April 15, 2014 - 4:19pm

Canyon County GOP politics are in an uproar after the GOP candidate, unopposed in the primary, for longtime Rep. Darrell Bolz’ seat turned out to have a criminal record for domestic violence; Idaho Statesman reporters Dan Popkey and Cynthia Sewell report today that the candidate, Greg Chaney, also has two bankruptcies on his record. He told the Statesman he’s now found God and he and his third wife are living frugally; Chaney’s record was first disclosed last week by the Idaho Press-Tribune. But here’s the political fallout: Bolz told the Statesman he’s having second thoughts about supporting Chaney – whom he escorted around the Capitol at the close of the session. “It’s very disconcerting, OK?” Bolz told Popkey/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Isn't it nice to have another county GOP as messed up as ours?

HBO Blogosphere -- 4.15.14

April 15, 2014 - 4:13pm

Don Sausser, our Eye on Sherman Avenue, also had his eye fixed on the "blood moon" last night.

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