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Edit: 'Doofus' Solon Rides Again

August 25, 2015 - 4:59pm

In an editorial today, the Twin Falls Times News takes state Rep. Pete Nielsen to task for being clueless -- the word "doofus" popped up, too -- re: the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Program:

Rep. Pete Nielsen, the Republican from Mountain Home, is widely known for his originalism interpretation of the Constitution and his fierce opposition to the federal government. Less known, perhaps, is that he has a reputation among his peers in the Statehouse for being something of a doofus, sometimes drawing eye rolls from his fellow lawmakers and jokes at his expense on the House floor. So it comes as no surprise to us that Nielsen is now speaking out against the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Program. Or that his public comments on the program have absolutely no basis in fact. Nielsen spoke Tuesday at a meeting of the Committee to End the CSI Refugee Center, an anti-refugee group formed earlier this summer. “I’ve read an awful lot of literature on this,” Nielsen said of the Refugee Center. And he spoke last week with CSI President Jeff Fox about the program. After all that research, Nielsen told the group, his big question is: Why this year are they doing the “Muslim thing? That’s the mystery to me”/Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Sounds as though Nielsen would fit perfectly in the Kootenai County legislative delegation. Thoughts?

Do you remember grass burning?

August 25, 2015 - 4:38pm

At the Slice blog, Paul Turner writes: "The recent air quality has prompted some longtime residents to regale relative newcomers with tales of decades-ago grass burning. But here's the thing. Some of the newcomers don't believe these stories and suspect we are making it all up."

Question: Was the grass burning on the Rathdrum Prairie in days of yore worse than what we're experiencing with regional wildfires?

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

August 25, 2015 - 4:38pm

Carlie Chludzinski, 7, left, and Aubrey Pierce, 6, arrive at Clark Elementary School in Harborcreek Township, Pa., on Monday. It was the first day of classes for the Harborcreek School District. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, ) (Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via AP)

Monday Winner -- Stitch, with 10 likes: "Ladies line up to audition for the leading role in Clueless 2." And runnerup -- Turnipseed, with 9 likes: "Trump fans audition for his new TV show, "the Wall.'" You can see the Monday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.25.15

August 25, 2015 - 4:37pm
  • 5:26 p.m. Psychological -- Female "going nuts" in presence of friend, landlord @ 3100 block of Fisher Ave/Post Falls.
  • 5:23 p.m. Child Welfare -- CPS seeks location of 12YO boy who's living w/mother in 1996 Chevy pickup in CdA area.
  • 5:16 p.m. Breathing Problem -- 200 block of E. Anton Ave/CdA.
  • 4:56 p.m. Unknown Medical -- 86YO male @ 1700 block of E. Strand Ave/Post Falls.
  • 4:16 p.m. Welfare Check -- Officer trying to find unconcious motorist in vehicle @ H95/Honeysuckle Ave, Hayden.
  • 3:43 p.m. Fall -- Someone needs assist getting back up on W. Minnesota Ave/Hayden.
  • 3:36 p.m. Contained Dog -- Animal en route to get contained dog @ Kootenai Health.
  • 2:33 p.m. Patient Evaluation -- CPD police on scene @ 4th St/Anton Ave, CdA.
  • 2:32 p.m. Smoke Check -- W. Twin Lakes Road/Fish Lake Road, Twin Lakes.
  • 2:29 p.m. Unknown Medical -- Female in gray shirt/black pants lying along 1900 block of Rocky Road/Rathdrum.
  • 2:05 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Male is trying to hit female @ Liberty Mart lot, 6902 W. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 2:01 p.m. Suicide Threat -- Male threatening to kill himself after dropping children off at school.
  • 1:59 p.m. Possible DUI -- Male in brown pickup driving badly before pulling into liquor store, Govt Way/Appleway.
  • 1:23 p.m. Injury Accident -- Male in motorized wheelchair gashed head when he hit mailbox on Haycraft Ave/CdA.
  • 1:20 p.m. Seizure -- 1200 block of Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 1:02 p.m. Disabled Vehicle -- Female w/small child walking from disabled vehicle @ I-90/MP 1 toward Cabela's.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Idaho 2nd worst for women in US

August 25, 2015 - 4:27pm

Idaho is the second worst state for women according to a 2015 WalletHub ranking. States were ranked in three categories — workplace environment, education and political empowerment — and in the overall ranking Idaho was ranked 49th, finishing above Utah, which was ranked as the worst U.S. state for women in 2015. "That seems reasonable and true as far as what's accepted in main stream academics," said Dr. Jeremy Thomas, the director of gender and sexuality studies at Idaho State University. "There is overwhelming evidence at the national level that women don't make as much money, don't have the same job opportunities and don't get the same education"/Idaho State Journal. More here.

Question: Thank goodness for Utah, right?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 8.25.15

August 25, 2015 - 4:14pm

'War Bonds' gets panned? Really?

August 25, 2015 - 3:53pm

Cindy's "War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation" got panned. And she was woman enough to post a link to the review in her latest War Bonds blog post:

"Well, you know it had to happen– the first totally negative review. While I’ve had some mixed reviews, by far most reviewers have loved War Bonds and written wonderful things. However, on August 17, Frances Fuller posted this on Goodreads: “This book was so boring that I was unable to finish it.” As bad reviews go it could have been a lot worse! But I didn’t have to wait long for some kinder words. Here are the two most recent reviews from Amazon: Love, love By S. Morgan on August 20, 2015 Love, love, love this book! Inspiring stories of faithfulness and commitment and love – started in difficult circumstances and continued with mutual respect over the decades." More here.

Question: How can you pan wholesome stories about World War II veterans and their true loves?

 

Latest Idaho Wildfire Update

August 25, 2015 - 3:46pm

From USFS, Idaho Department of Lands, Coeur d'Alene Tribe, U.S. Interior Department, the latest Idaho wildfire report:

Fires across north Idaho have the potential to burn actively today. There is a chance for dry thunderstorms through 9 a.m. Tuesday. Max temperatures will be 82-87 in the valleys, and 75-84 in the mountains. Humidity levels will be 12-22 percent. Winds begin south at 2-7 mph, then become southeast in the afternoon. Valley/lower slope and upslope/valley winds will be 2 to 5 mph in the morning. Ridges/upper slope winds are expected to be 2-5 mph. Haines index 3. Tonight expect mostly clear conditions with areas of smoke, temperatures 48-57 in the valleys, and 51-60 in the mountains. Valley winds are expected to be 2-5 mph with higher level northeast transport winds 3-7 mph. Humidity levels will be on the increase as the week progresses, leading to the increased potential for widely scattered rain showers and thunderstorms this coming weekend. More re: individual fires here.

Lake CdA more polluted than Animas River?!

August 25, 2015 - 3:32pm

When the Environmental Protection Agency unleashed a plume of pollution into Colorado’s Animas River earlier this month, it garnered huge national attention. The spill was significant: Three million gallons of mining waste laced with heavy metals spewed from the Gold King Mine. Levels of lead and arsenic spiked to levels way beyond what’s safe for human health. They still linger to an unknown degree in the sediment. But it’s hard to call the incident catastrophic. At its worst, near the headwaters, the river’s pH was 4.8, or roughly equivalent to a cup of black coffee. Downstream in Durango, it never dipped below 6.8, says the independent Mountain Studies Institute — just a smidge more acidic than pure, neutral water with a pH of 7. Elsewhere in the West, people regularly live alongside and play in waterways at least as polluted as the Animas/Krista Langlois, High Country News. More here.

No need to justify new wilderness

August 25, 2015 - 2:19pm

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is addressing the Idaho Environmental Forum today on how the Boulder-White Clouds became a wilderness. “A gentleman a couple weeks ago, who is not really a fan of wilderness, came up to me and said, he was a little upset by this bill, he said: How do you justify making the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness? I said I don’t, I don’t even try. I said: Go up there and spend a few nights. It justifies itself.” Simpson said, “I honestly believe that when God takes a vacation, he goes to the Boulder-White Clouds. You laugh at that -- I think it’s true”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Minutes for Aug. 19 ignite cda meeting

August 25, 2015 - 1:41pm

You can read the minutes from the ignite cda meeting this month (Aug. 19) here. Of particular interest to me are some preliminary ideas provided by Architects West for ignite cda property south of City Hall, along Park Avenue (Item No. 6). Also of interest is the annual ignite cda budget for fiscal 2016 and a calculation that shows some decent evaluation jumps in the urban renewal areas.

Column: Fires smudge Idaho magic

August 25, 2015 - 1:34pm

In Notes & Errata, Mark Morford, the well-known online columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, writes about his annual getaway in the Sandpoint area: "Every summer of my existence, I’ve spent at least a week or two – if not major portions of my childhood – up at a postcard-perfect family getaway cabin in northernmost Idaho, on a stunning lake called Pend Oreille, mere minutes from a scrappy little Western town called Sandpoint (surviving though “sheer grit and perseverance,” according to the NYT). Magical barely begins to cover it." He goes on to wax poetic about our magical part of the woods. But this year, he said, the wildfires have changed everything. More here.

Landers: Unreasonable to curtail hunting

August 25, 2015 - 1:27pm

As early hunting seasons are starting to open, everybody's puckered up about the wildfires that are burning in the region and the dry conditions vulnerable to even more blowups. Rightfully so. But the calls to curtail hunting seasons are not reasonable.  Access closures will be severely restricting seasons as it is (story coming Thursday). States have set season dates based on numerous factors and changing them causes a domino effect of problems and conflicts for hunters, businesses, agencies and wildlife/Rich Landers, Outdoors. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with my SR Outdoors bud Rich Landers that curtailing hunting season, due to wildfire concerns, is not reasonable (because it has a domino-effect of consequences)?

$669 more for Moore family

August 25, 2015 - 1:05pm

From KCSO Facebook wall: "This year’s National Night Out event held in Hayden on Aug. 4, was dedicated to fallen Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore. During this National Night Out event, we received donations from you, the citizens of Kootenai County totaling $669.27. The funds received were deposited on August 19, 2015 into the Sergeant Greg Moore Family Fund at Umpqua Bank.

Lizard: Don't count Gookin out

August 25, 2015 - 11:58am

Lizard People: "I am loving it. He will get a challenger from the right. He will get a challenger from the left. The right is upset enough about the Hitching Post to vote for the right guy in big numbers, and the left is split between partisans like Phaedrus and "well, at least he is reasonable" types like JohnA. And wait 'til we get a load of who will run for Edinger's seat."

DFO: I no longer believe that Gookin's a favorite son with the Religious Right of the local GOP, after he voted for the anti-discrimination ordinance some time ago and also supported health benefits for same-sex city workers. Gookin, I suspect, remains a Libertarian, first and foremost -- fiscally conservative, socially liberal. He could be well-positioned to survive a challenge if he's contested by the right and the left. It should be fun. I suspect Gookin will survive. And can't say the same about Councilman Steve Adams. Thoughts?

Ex-prez Carter shows amazing grace

August 25, 2015 - 11:38am

From Facebook Friend Darrell Kerby, former mayor of Bonners Ferry:

"The power of faith ... President Jimmy Carter's administration rarely provided much inspiration. In fact for me just the opposite. His post Presidential life however did. Humanitarian work was taken to another level by the ex-president creating inspiration world wide but perhaps it is in his current battle with a terminal illness that is providing his greatest inspiration. President Carter who by many will be seen as one of America's most liberal administrations is now showing the power of Christ as he faces a terminal illness. Grace, humility and love exude from the President. Perhaps it is in the last chapter of his life that he will provide his greatest inspiration to a increasingly religiously cynical nation. Prayers and love to you Mr. President."

DFO: I agree with Darrell. Didn't think much of Jimmy Carter as president (although I almost voted for him). But he has been a decent ex-president. Thoughts?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.25.15

August 25, 2015 - 11:31am
  • 12:12 p.m. Suspicious -- Deputy has found 3 boys along 15th Street & is talking to them (12:01 item).
  • 12:06 p.m. Trespassed -- Manager of tractor supply, 131 W. Neider Ave/CdA has trespassed disorderly male.
  • 12:01 p.m. Suspicious -- 3 boys, ages about 12-13, are hiding in bushes @ 15th St/Sundown Drive, CdA.
  • 11:22 a.m. Medical Emergency -- 76YO female suffering leg pain @ Bestland Assisted Living, 606 E. Best Ave/CdA.
  • 11:15 a.m. Shoplifting -- Officer recovers 3 articles of clothing from shoplifter who'd barricaded herself in restroom.
  • 11:10 a.m. Shoplifting -- Female who took part in shoplifting @ Riverstone business is locked in public restroom.
  • 10:59 a.m. Shoplifting -- Buckle, a Riverstone shop, reports male stole items he took into dressing room & female wore items she took into dressing room, out of store. They arrives in green sedan w/Kootenai Co plates.
  • 10:18 a.m. Chest Pain -- 500 block of W. Neider Ave/CdA.
  • 10:05 a.m. Possible Assault -- Male rushed into CPD lobby & yelled that someone was assaulting his daughter.
  • 9:57 a.m. Firearms Violation -- Resident has fired gun several times in last few days on Alexanna Lane/Post Falls.
  • 9:44 a.m. Fire Alarm -- Summerfield Loop/Maple Ave, Hayden.
  • 9:31 a.m. Traffic Snarl -- Traffic is slowed to standstill as result of I-90 crash near Huetter rest area.
  • 9:26 a.m. Freeway Crash -- Extrication may be needed for driver in rollover on freeway.
  • 9:23 a.m. Freeway Crash -- Driver of red car veers off freeway and rolls @ top of e/b I-90/H41 onramp, Post Falls.
  • 8:46 a.m. Diabetic Problem -- 60YO male @ 29600 block of S. High Side Drive/Worley.
  • 8:37 a.m. Grass Fire -- Slow-moving, 15-by-20-foot grass fire @ Chase Road/Hayden Ave, Rathdrum Prairie.

IDFG: We're not shutting down forest

August 25, 2015 - 11:14am

"Rumors are flying in the Panhandle. We are not shutting down the hunting season due to fires ... repeat NOT. There will be certain areas in a hunt unit that you won't be able to access due to fire fighting activity but the archery season will remain open until further notice. Please adhere to the Stage II restrictions and be careful out there. Thank you" -- Idaho F&G Panhandle region via Facebook.

Bonner County Issues Evac Alert

August 25, 2015 - 10:14am

As a precautionary measure due to continuing fire activity on the Clark Fork Complex, specifically the Whitetail and Marten Creek Fires, and after consultation with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Idaho Department of Lands and Hutton’s Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Management Team; The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office has issued a pre-evacuation notice for an area bounded by the following:

On the east by the Idaho/Montana State Line;
On the north by River Road (south of the Clark Fork River);
On the west by the main fork of Johnson Creek;
On the south by the Bonner/Shoshone County Line.

Pre-evacuation equals Evacuation Level 1 and means residents in the affected area should be ready to evacuate in case of increased fire activity. It constitutes an awareness of increased risk and a need to monitor emergency services. More from IdahoPanhandler.com.