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Technical difficulties

April 21, 2015 - 4:01pm

Tomorrow will be better, right?

Wild Card 4.21.15

April 21, 2015 - 2:59pm

I've enjoyed the Nat Geo Live series-- it's like watching the magazine come to life.

Are you a National Geographic fan?

Idaho Attorney General's office refutes pastor's claim

April 21, 2015 - 2:05pm

At the request of Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, the Idaho Attorney General’s office analyzed the document and issued a legal opinion, finding that the statements in the document were false, mistaken, or were criticisms of items that actually are in existing Idaho law, not changes proposed by the bill.

“I agree with the Attorney General’s letter,” Malek said. “I don’t like seeing issues manufactured at the expense of kids, let’s put it that way.”

You can read Hadian’s document here, and the Idaho Attorney General’s opinion here. Betsy Russell, EOB

Thoughts?

Labrador, Luker and deleted emails

April 21, 2015 - 1:40pm

: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Republican Congressman Raul Labrador involved himself in the fallout of failed Idaho legislation that would have brought the state into compliance with federal child support rules and an international treaty. Labrador says he doesn't have a position on the issue. However, the tea party-favorite told The Associated Press that he reviewed an April 12 editorial sent out by a key lawmaker after the vote. State Rep. Lynn Luker of Boise says Labrador offered suggestions and edits to his opinion piece via email. Luker turned over more than 700 pages of emails and other documents to the AP in response to a records request, but the emails between Luker and Labrador were not included. Luker says he had deleted those emails because they were sent from a private account. The editorial defended the decision by Luker and eight other lawmakers to kill the bill, arguing that the federal government was bullying Idaho.

Reaction?

Bonner County and Global Warming

April 21, 2015 - 1:00pm

However, only 43 percent of the residents polled believe global warming is a result of human activities and only 36 percent believe the scientific community is on the right track with regard to climate change.

More than a half million of Idaho's residents were polled and 58 percent of them believe global warming is happening.

The Yale Project polled Bonner County residents in 2014 to gauge the community's beliefs about global warming, risk perceptions and support of policies which address climate change. More than 17,000 of the county's 29,000 residents were polled. Full story. CdA Press

Has your opinion about global warming changed over time?

Thrift Shop thefts

April 21, 2015 - 12:30pm

POST FALLS - When Syd Albright cruised by the Post Falls Senior Center on Sunday, the perfect items for organizing his garage were at the center's thrift store donation area.

But when the Post Falls man went to buy the plastic trays on Monday when the store was open, he drew a blank look from the worker - because those trays didn't even make it to the store's shelves.

Someone apparently stole the trays overnight.

"I think it's terrible that someone would steal from our senior citizens," Albright said. "The store raises money to help seniors and to steal items is unconscionable."

Area nonprofits that operate thrift stores as fundraisers say thefts from donation dropoff spots occur throughout the year, but they tend to increase during the spring and summer. Read more. Brian Walker, CdA Press

A brighter outlook

April 21, 2015 - 12:00pm

Now, for the first time, two University of Washington professors have teamed with a California biotech firm to develop what they say may be a solution: a single shot in the eye that reveals the world in full color.

Jay and Maureen Neitz, husband-and-wife scientists who have studied the vision disorder for years, have arranged an exclusive license agreement between UW and Avalanche Biotechnologies of Menlo Park. Together, they’ve found a new way to deliver genes that can replace missing color-producing proteins in certain cells, called cones, in the eyes. More.

Videos add to debate over police

April 21, 2015 - 11:45am

DETROIT-AREA OFFICER CHARGED IN VIDEOTAPED BEATING

A prosecutor filed charges Monday against a police officer who pulled a man from his car during a Detroit-area traffic stop and beat him.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said public confidence in law enforcement is “eroded” when officers abuse citizens.

Inkster Officer William Melendez, who was recently fired, is charged with mistreatment of a prisoner and assault. Melendez has said “there are always two sides to every story.”

Floyd Dent, 57, was bloodied by repeated punches to the head during the January traffic stop, which came to light in March when a TV station obtained the police dashcam video.  More here.

Baumgartner bill targets left-lane slowpokes

April 21, 2015 - 11:15am

OLYMPIA – Slowpokes beware.

Driving under the speed limit while in the fast lane could get pricey under legislation being pushed by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, who wants a new crackdown on “aggravated left-lane driving.”

Slow left-lane drivers are not only a nuisance but also a safety hazard, forcing other drivers to slam on their brakes or weave around them, Baumgartner said.

“You can recognize them by the long line of frustrated drivers you’ll find right behind them,” he said in a statement. “There ought to be a penalty for that sort of obliviousness.” Read more.

Thoughts?

PFPD find 4-year-old girl in park

April 21, 2015 - 10:47am

From the Post Falls Police Facebook page (if you're not following them, you should):

Found 4 year old child at the park in the Montrose subdivision. The 4 year old said she had been at the park with her 8 year old brother; however, her brother left her alone and she did not know where she lived. Approx. 45 minutes later, her brother arrived on scene and led officers to their home. The mother was unaware that her 4 year old daughter was missing from the residence.

Armed man robs Post Falls business

April 21, 2015 - 10:20am

He steals from a cash drawer, forces a customer and employees to sit down and then leaves. No one was hurt.

People with information may call Post Falls police at (208) 773-7622.

Idaho Department of H&W prepares to send 155,000 letters

April 21, 2015 - 10:00am

“We’re kind of working with the governor’s office and the House speaker,” said Health & Welfare spokesman Tom Shanahan. “If a solution would present itself, basically we don’t want to send ‘em out – we’d want to save the money.” Shanahan said the department’s estimate is 50 cents a letter, including postage, envelopes, staff time and other costs. That’s $77,500 for the mailing.

“We definitely need to have a letter ready,” Shanahan said. “But we don’t want to alarm people if there appears to be a solution. So we’re really hoping something will move forward here. We’re kind of waiting.” Betsy Russell, EOB

NYT article featuring Taryn appears

April 21, 2015 - 9:34am

POST FALLS, Idaho — It took five years for negotiators to work out the details of a multinational treaty on child support that would make it easier to track delinquent parents around the world. It took only a couple of minutes for a committee of the Idaho Legislature to endanger America’s participation.

In a 9-to-8 vote in the closing hours of the legislative session, the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee killed a bill that state and federal officials had said was crucial to the finely crafted choreography of the child support treaty reached at The Hague. All 50 states must approve the mechanics of the treaty for American ratification to proceed, and 19 have signed off thus far.

A major factor seems to be Idaho’s ornery streak, the part of the state’s identity that does not like the federal government — or, worse still, foreign governments — telling it what to do. Full story. Kirk Johnson, NYT

Silverwood's latest ride, not so fun

April 21, 2015 - 9:06am

COEUR d'ALENE - Perhaps Kim Jong Un mistook Silverwood for Hollywood.

Because as of Monday night, Silverwood Theme Park officials still had no idea who hacked their Facebook account. And from Saturday morning until late Monday they had no idea what would be posted next on their timeline.

"We have no idea who would do this or why," said Mark Robitaille, director of marketing and communications at the park in Athol. "It is unfortunate that someone would do this as there are numerous young people as well as loyal followers who have liked our page and view it regularly."

The page had 137,000 likes as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Some of Silverwood's followers quickly understood the account had been hacked, while others didn't.

"Really?? This is what shows up in my kid's news feed after friending Silverwood? Time to unfriend!" one man wrote under one of the sexual posts. Full story. David Cole, CdA Press

Ed board approves Ybarra's new ESEA waiver

April 21, 2015 - 8:43am

Idaho’s existing waiver expires this summer; the new waiver request Ybarra and her staff have been preparing is due April 30, and is substantially different from the existing one prepared by former Supt. Tom Luna. Idaho EdNews reporter Clark Corbin reports that the changes include discontinuing the troubled Schoolnet instructional management system; doing away with the “five-star rating” system for schools; and allowing for new teacher evaluation and support systems, as contemplated under this year’s “career ladder” teacher pay bill. You can read Corbin’s full report online here, which also includes links to more details on the waiver. Betsy Russell, EOB

CdA wheelchair access advocate dies in crash

April 21, 2015 - 8:30am

Thomas W. McTevia, 42, died along with a friend, Tina A. Hoisington, 45, of Lewiston. Both were in the Polaris ATV when it plunged down a 500-foot embankment at Bernard Overlook just east of Farragut State Park, the Idaho State Police said.

McTevia, who was paralyzed in 2004 and used a wheelchair, represented the physically challenged community on the Coeur d’Alene Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. He was a catalyst for the city to smooth out a portion of the Tubbs Hill trail on Lake Coeur d’Alene to make it accessible to wheelchair users. More here. Scott Maben, SR

Wiltjer to return to GU

April 21, 2015 - 8:00am

Junior forward Kyle Wiltjer has decided to return for his senior year at Gonzaga, The Spokesman-Review has learned.

Wiltjer had been considering declaring himself for the NBA draft or returning to Gonzaga. His return, coupled with Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis, brings back three keys pieces of one of the nation’s best front court.  Jim Meehan, SR

 

Parting Shot: Birds of a Feather

April 20, 2015 - 5:00pm

What's the view like from your office window?

'Willie's Reserve' will soon be up in smoke

April 20, 2015 - 4:30pm

The move makes the 81-year-old “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” singer the latest celebrity to jump into the marijuana marketplace.

“Willie’s Reserve” will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot is legal. Nelson said in a statement that he’s “looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market.”

Teresa Luna remains on Idaho state payroll

April 20, 2015 - 4:01pm

BOISE – Despite embattled former Idaho Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna’s announced resignation, she remains on the department’s payroll at the same salary, with a new title of “program specialist.”

State records show Luna is now employed full-time as a “program specialist” for the department at a salary of $95,202 a year, the same salary she earned as director.

Last week, Keith Reynolds, who had been the finance director for the department, was named interim director. State records show he is currently employed as director at a salary of $87,048. More here. Betsy Russell, SR