the winter winds stir,
I’ve no more to add
except to say, “Brrrr”.
The Bard of Sherman Avenue
Ideal conditions helped Coeur d’Alene city street crews haul 820 dump-truck loads—2,174 tons—of leaves this fall. That’s up from 1,739 tons hauled last year. “It was a perfect fall with not a lot of moisture, and then heavy frost, wind and rain, which helped the leaves drop early and contributed to the higher totals,” said city street superintendent Tim Martin. Many trees are maturing in subdivisions that were built in the past 14 years, which also led to the amount of tonnage. Did you know that the city’s leaf pick-up program is more than just a convenience to citizens? It also protects the environment by limiting the amount of phosphorus entering local waterways/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Streets Department)
It's well-known by those who know me that It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite film of all. A dear friend gifted me with this book today, a 31 day devotional based on favorite Christmas classics. What a treasure to read the very first one about It's a Wonderful Life and to realize why that final scene around the Christmas tree touches us all. It's the first time that George Bailey allows himself to be helped. That's why the movie isn't complete until the man who dedicated his life to doing for others is himself the recipient of neighborly love/Kerri Thoreson, via Facebook.
Question: Why does "It's a Wonderful Life" strike such a chord with us? And/or: Do you read a daily devotional?
Boise School Board Chairman A.J. Balukoff launched his Democratic campaign for governor of Idaho today. (SR photo: Betsy Russell)
Boise School Board Chairman A.J. Balukoff launched his Democratic campaign for governor of Idaho today, saying two decades of one-party GOP rule in Idaho have hurt the state’s education system and economy and created a “pay-to-play culture that leaves regular Idahoans on the outside looking in.” The 67-year-old businessman said, “I’m running for governor because I believe Idaho can do better.” About 80 supporters gathered for Balukoff’s announcement outside Boise’s Hillcrest Elementary School in the sharp chill of an early-winter morning; a group of Balukoff’s grandkids – he has 30 – held signs including, “Grandpa for Governor”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Democrat Balukoff will enter the gubernatorial race as a long shot. What advice would you give him as he moves forward into campaign mode?
Protesters Rod Lyman and Kathy Leathers, both of Bellingham, Wash., hold up signs on Highway 395 as the megaload slowly passes by in Hermiston, Ore., Monday night. The transport rig, carrying a 450-ton piece of oil refinery equipment, is bound for a tar sands oil development in western Canada. (AP Photo/Daily Astorian, E.J. Harris)
A transport rig carrying a 450-ton piece of equipment bound for the Canadian oil sands left a northeast Oregon port on Monday night, the AP reports, a day after protesters halted its earlier planned departure on Sunday, resulting in two arrests. The water purification equipment is destined for Alberta; from eastern Oregon it will travel through Idaho and Montana, traveling only at night because it's so large it'll take up both lanes of the two-lane sections of roads it travels. The megaload, being transported for a division of General Electric, is 22 feet wide and 380 feet long; the company had earlier planned to send the loads over north-central Idaho's scenic U.S. Highway 12, but was halted by a lawsuit and protests from the Nez Perce Tribe/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Are you sympathetic to the protests against megaloads rolling through the Inland Northwest to eastern Montana?
- 12:11 p.m. Motorist of disabled Jeep Cherokee e/b I-90/MP 22 (H97) needs help.
- 12:03 p.m. Barbara @ Post Falls Walmart East wants car service dept to help her start dead Subaru Forester in Row 1.
- 11:57 a.m. CPD officer stopping @ 200 block of Coeur d'Alene Avenue re: missing person report.
- 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Dec. 2-3 here.
- 11:11 a.m. White vehicle has slidden into ditch on Wolf Lodge Creek Road, 1 mile from H97.
- 11:07 a.m. PFPD officers handling 2-vehicle, injury accident @ undisclosed Seltice Way location.
- 10 more items below
- Monday Poll: Hucks Nation strongly supports the return of the Idaho Vandal football team to the Big Sky Conference, with the rest of the school's athletic teams. Next year, the footballers will join the Sun Belt Conference, while all other UI sports teams will rejoin the Big Sky Conference. 110 of 177 respondents ( 62.15%) supports the return of the football team to the Big Sky. 48 of 177 respondents (27.12%) don't care either way. Only 17 of 177 (9.6%) support the move next year to the Sun Belt. 2 (1.13%) were undecided.
- Today's Poll: Which method do you prefer for choosing a state political party's presidential choice -- primary, caucus, or a mix of the two?
An open house is scheduled in honor of outgoing Coeur d'Alene council members Deanna Goodlander and Mike Kennedy, who will leave office when their terms expire in January. The open house is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 in the old council chambers at City Hall.
Question: What is the legacy the council members Goodland and Kennedy will leave behind?
Coeur d'Alene police have arrested a suspect in a series of car vandalism in the 800 block of Front Avenue. Dean Morra, 55, of Coeur d'Alene, is accused of spraying WD40 on windshields and keying vehicles that parked in front of his home. Police first learned of the vandalism on Nov. 20. A Coeur d'Alene woman discovered filmy substance on her windshield and later realized her vehicle had been keyed. She couldn't clear her windshield with defroster or by washing the vehicle. According to police, the victim suspected that neighbor Morra had vandalized her car. Morra reportedly had visited the victim at her downtown place of work, to warn her not to park in front of his home. Morra allegedly has been known to make verbal threats by saying “cars have a way of getting keyed or tires slashed.” The victim provided names of at least ten other people who have had run-ins with the male at that residence/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department. Full news release here.
The (Coeur d'Alene School Board) voted to work with the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy to transfer its charter to a new authorizing agency. The Idaho Legislature passed new authorizing rules for charter schools this year that would have placed additional burdens on the school district, which is the charter academy's current authorizing agency. Superintendent Matthew Handelman said the administration was investigating the potential cost of continuing to act as the charter academy's authorizing agency when he received word that the academy was going to seek a new agency on its own/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Win-win for both sides?
A 10-month-old peregrine falcon’s wing is being stretched during a rehabilitation session Friday at Birds of Prey Northwest in St. Maries. The raptor came to North Idaho from Twin Falls after being found near the College of Southern Idaho campus with indues. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Post Falls to suspend construction permits/Press
- Clark: Giving back to our meth-slingin' felon star/SR
- Post Falls may delay appointments/Brian Walker, Press
- Burglar steals $1900 worth of jewels, medications/Press
- Trial to start for woman accused of running over officer/KXLY
- Bonner County digs deep to oppose wilderness/Rich Landers, SR
- Deaconess, Valley hospitals ready for nurses' strike/John Stucke, SR
- Moms partner w/nearly nude coffee shop hut to put issue on ballot/KREM
--Eric Curless, who has returned part-time to the SR. to work on Monday Boomer edition.
With PAC money and independent expenditures flowing to Idaho’s 2nd District congressional race, the Wall Street Journal says support for Rep. Mike Simpson over newcomer Bryan Smith is emblematic of how business interests are fighting GOP insurgents. The contest is “a leading example of how the Republican Party’s business-friendly, establishment wing plans to answer challenges from the party’s tea-party wing”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Insurgents? First time I've heard the Far Right wing of the GOP called insurgents. Is that an accurate name?
Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/wall-street-journal-touts-idahos-smith-simpson-as-example-of-gop-divide/#storylink=cpy
Jeff Conroy of St. Vincent de Paul's posts the following on his Facebook wall: "The weather is cold and it's that time of year where businesses, families and individuals want to make a difference for others during the holidays. There are a lot of great nonprofits in our communities and all are working to improve the lives in others. PLEASE make sure you know where your donation is going. PLEASE know for yourself that it's staying on our community to serve those in our community. Tell the nonprofit where you want your money to go do. It's called designating your funds and your money has to go there. Too many nonprofits have money going to Boise, Spokane or somewhere else in the country. Visit the nonprofits, know the nonprofits. I've been working in the nonprofit world in this area for almost 20 years and am still amazed and proud at the support this area gives. I love where I live!"
Question: Which nonprofits do you support?
The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee is asking the state GOP to end the presidential caucus due to cost and voter disenfranchisement. In a resolution passed earlier this fall, the county GOP is asking the party's state organization to support the return to the May presidential primary. The resolution explains: "Many Republican County Central Committees were forced to spend precious dollars on the caucus rather than support local and state candidates." Also, it said, m"many Republican votes were disenfranchised and could not or did not participate in the caucus." The purpose of the caucus was to make Idaho relevant in the presidential primary, which attracted visitis from presidential candidates and early voting. Full resolution here.
Question: Which would you support for the Idaho GOP -- the current presidential caucus or the previous presidential primary?
As the ducks migrate north through Idaho this spring, the Duck Commander will be tight on their tail feathers. Representative Lawerence Denney and Donna Denney, in connection with DenneyforIdaho.com, are pleased to announce that the stars of A&E’s record-breaking hit series “Duck Dynasty” have committed to a special, one- night engagement for the public at the Idaho Center in Nampa on March 29. Dubbed ‘Happy, Happy, Happy: An Evening with A&E’s Duck Dynasty’, this special night will feature Duck Dynasty Patriarch Phil Robertson and his wife Miss Kay, as well as Alan and his wife, Lisa Robertson. With the same authenticity and frankness that has endeared their show to millions, making it the #1 viewed non-fiction show in cable history, they will share about business, family values, a story or two, and their belief about what makes this country great/Denney for Idaho. More here.
Question: Anyone know how Denney locked up "Duck Dynasty" stars for this gig?
NIC Automotive Technology student Rob Partridge shaves off the hair of his instructor Mark Magill while other students look on Monday. Magill told his students that he would shave his head if they raised over $500 for a “No Shave November” fundraiser. The students raised $550, which was directed toward funds for families in need during the holidays. (NIC Press Room photo: Tom Greene)
Question: Name one cause that you'd shave your hair for.
Item: URM Stores stop cyberattack, credit systems back online/Jonathan Brunt, SR
More Info: A massive cyberattack targeting credit cards at local grocery stores has been blocked. URM Stores, which includes Rosauers Supermarkets and Yoke’s Fresh Markets, announced Monday night that modern credit card systems were placed back online Monday night after extra security systems were implemented. But those measures won’t protect customers who used their cards at the stores prior to Nov. 25.
Question: Has this cyber attack caused you to reconsider using debit and credit cards this yuletide?
Coeur d’Alene police are looking for a man they say approached an 11-year-old girl in the parking lot of an outdoor sports shop over the weekend. The suspect is described as a white man, possibly in his 40s or 50s, standing about 6 feet tall with a “heavier build.” The man approached the girl Saturday afternoon as she sat alone in a car parked at Tri-State Outfitters near the Silver Lake Mall in north Coeur d’Alene, according to a news release. After trying to convince her to open the door and she refused, the man left in a silver, four-door sedan with tinted windows and a rear spoiler. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320/SR.
Item: School district to return taxes: Trustees vote to give $450,000 back to taxpayers/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press
More Info: Taxpayers in the Coeur d'Alene School District will see some relief on their taxes next year after the board of trustees voted to return $450,000 in levy funds Monday night. After passing an emergency levy last fall, the board discovered more money left than what it projected, so it has decided to give some of the surplus back to the taxpayers. "I'm just excited for the opportunity," said Trustee Tom Hamilton. "I don't know if it's too often that taxing bodies talk about giving back."
Digger: Wait...am I reading this right? The "librul" controlled school board is actually cutting taxes? Why didn't Brent Regan and his merry men do this when he was in office?!
Question: Good move?
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