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'Dog Songs' & Homeland Security

April 17, 2014 - 2:55pm
I understand that the USA Patriot Act and Homeland Security have some interest in what I'm checking out of the library, so let me just share it with the rest of you, too: I checked out Mary Oliver's "Dog Songs." Enjoyed it -- Fort Boise.

Question: Which book was the last one you checked out at the library?

Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy

April 17, 2014 - 2:34pm

Chelsea Clinton said Thursday that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year, adding a new label to her mother, the potential 2016 Democratic presidential nominee: grandmother. “I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and, hopefully, children as my mom was to me,” Ms. Clinton said. She made the surprise announcement at an event on the Lower East Side where she and Mrs. Clinton sat on stage with the actress America Ferrera to discuss the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s efforts to advance women and girls. Mrs. Clinton, who has for years joked that she is impatient to become a grandmother, said she was “really excited” about the news. Mr. Mezvinsky stood in the back of the packed room at the Lower Eastside Girls Club/New York Times. More here. (AP photo)

Question: How excited were you the first time you learned that you were going to be a grandparent?

Flamingo Roundup

April 17, 2014 - 2:29pm

Zoo spokesman Ron Magill holds a flaming during a roundup of Caribbean Flamingos at Zoo Miami in Miami, Thursday. The flamingos are being moved to a new location as the zoo prepares for renovations. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

SR News Quiz -- April 13-17.2014

April 17, 2014 - 1:33pm

How much do you know about a string of suspicious fires in the Inland Northwest, a historic change in "The Late Show" and other current events? Take The Spokesman-Reviewr weekly News Quiz and find out. You could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel simply by entering. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: $31,200
  • Leaderboard: 4 Merry Hucksters are among the 33 contestants on this week's Leaderboard: RaynTim, Duffer, LetsTalk & SFrederickson.

Weekend Forecast: Sunny & 60s

April 17, 2014 - 1:29pm

Don’t let today’s weather trick you into thinking the coming weekend is going to be a complete washout. Saturday and Sunday should both bring sunshine with highs in the 60s. Saturday will likely be the nicest of the two days. A moist weather system is due to arrive this morning over the Inland Northwest and linger through Friday morning. There is a 90 percent chance of rain today and a 100 percent chance of showers tonight in Spokane. Rainfall amounts of up to a half inch through tonight in the Spokane area will give the landscape a good soaking. Higher amounts of rain are likely in North Idaho where the mountains add extra lift and could squeeze another quarter inch of precipitation from the clouds/Mike Prager, SR. More here.

DFO: SR colleague Mike Prager is now providing weekend forecasts in the Outdoors section of our Thursday edition.

Otter Suffers Farm Injury

April 17, 2014 - 1:22pm

Though he turns 72 on May 3, Gov. Butch Otter hasn’t slowed the rough-and-tumble lifestyle he began growing up on a Canyon County farm. This week, he’s nursing a strained back injured Sunday in a ranch wreck in Star. Otter is building a storage room in his barn. “I lifted this beam over the top in order to put it in place and I shoulda just waited until I had some help,” Otter said after his meeting with the Statesman editorial board Wednesday. “You know, I’ve done it before.” ... His office said Otter didn’t miss any work following Sunday afternoon’s mishap, but his gouged right hand bore bright red iodine dressings Wednesday. So, I asked, “When are you gonna learn?” “When I’m dead!” he replied joyously/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: No matter what you think of Otter, you have to admire his refusal to back away from physical labor, right?

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Obama: 8M Obamacare Enrollments

April 17, 2014 - 1:17pm

President Obama on Thursday announced that 8 million people enrolled in private health plans on ObamaCare's exchanges so far, surpassing the most optimistic projections for the program’s first year. Obama revealed the figure after meeting with state insurance regulators and insurance company executives at the White House and spoke defiantly as he closed the books on a rocky enrollment drive that was once in danger of failing. "The point is, the repeal debate is and should be over. The Affordable Care Act is working. I know the American people don't want us to spend the next two-and-a-half years fighting settled battles," Obama told reporters in the White House briefing room/The Hill. More here.

Question: Does the Obama administration have a right to be proud of this Obamacare enrollment number?

Lowe's To Pay Record Pollution Fine

April 17, 2014 - 1:11pm

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to pay $500,000 and implement a new compliance program to settle allegations that it did not properly ensure that its contractors followed lead pollution laws, federal officials said Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice said some contractors that Lowe’s hired to do home renovation projects did not follow proper recordkeeping standards laid out in the EPA’s rules regarding lead renovation, repair and painting (RRP). The civil penalty is the largest ever related to the RRP rule, which applies to work completed in older homes and facilities occupied by young children, the agency said. The rule first took effect in 2008/The Hill. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you shop at Lowe's or Home Depot?

Filipino Penitents Atone For Sins

April 17, 2014 - 11:50am

Hooded Filipino penitents flagellate during Maundy Thursday rituals to atone for sins earlier today in suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines. The ritual is frowned upon by church leaders in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Question: What do you think of this practice?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.17.14

April 17, 2014 - 11:45am
  • 11:12 a.m. CPD officer en route to Juvenile Detention w/student from Woodland Middle School.
  • 10:53 a.m. Farmer reports vehicle that crash through fence into field appears to be abandoned, unknown location.
  • 10:07 a.m. Debra has a question for KCSDeputy re: parking on Honeysuckle Avenue/Hayden.
  • 9:15 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 3000 block of Lake Forest Drive/Hayden.
  • 9:08 a.m. Visitor to KCSD lobby wants to report possible fraud.
  • 8:51 a.m. A diabetic individual is suffering undisclosed problem @ 3500 block of Tobler Road/Hayden.
  • 8:38 a.m. 80YO female has suffered fractured hip in fall in Coeur d'Alene assisted living center, in extreme pain.
  • 8:17 a.m. 6YO boy who was following his brother to Post Falls school didn't arrive at same time.

City To Flush Reservoir Of Teen's Pee

April 17, 2014 - 11:26am

The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland (Ore.) officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure. In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland after a man urinated in the water supply. This time, water from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act of urinating. "The basic commandment of the Water Bureau is to provide clean, cold and constant water to its customers," bureau administrator David Shaff said Wednesday. "And the premise behind that is we don't have pee in it." The open reservoirs hold water that has already been treated and goes directly into mains for distribution to customers/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Izzit just me, or is this a bit of an overreaction by the city of Portland?

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New McEuen Splash Pad Passes Test

April 17, 2014 - 11:18am

An otherwise gray and drizzly day was dealt a splash of satisfaction on Thursday when a Patrick Cancilla of NW Playground Equipment flipped a multitude of gauges that brought the new splash pad at McEuen Park to life.  “Working with water can be tricky,” Cancilla said as he adjusted pressure to the water park. After a couple hours of testing, the splash pad was deemed ready for use. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for Mother Nature to cooperate/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Handeen: Good Time Was Had By All

April 17, 2014 - 11:08am

Jen-Lo offers Bjorn Handeen's (pictured) Facebook take on the Lincoln Day Dinner: "I left (Gov. Otter's) table to mingle (and thereby I almost convinced State Controller candidate Todd Hatfield to enter a poetry slam with me), and when I came back I was ousted out of my seat by Gov. Otter’s staff. I was disappointed, but honestly, I think I learned more from my new table mates than I would have at the head table. I sat next to Alan Goulob, our local bitcoin advocate, and a public relations consultant from Sandpoint. We dissected the speeches. Not the content, but, sitting alongside a communications professional, we critiqued their message delivery skills. Treasurer Ron Crane, running unopposed, got our table’s award for best speech. Later on, I asked an inebriated Republican official to introduce me to him, and he drunkenly motioned for Phil McGrane, candidate for ID Secretary of State. I told him I liked his yard signs." Full account here.


'Laramie Project: 10 Years Later'

April 17, 2014 - 11:00am

The North Idaho College Theatre Department is presenting "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" at 7:30 p.m., April 17-19 and April 24-26, in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. It has been 10 years since the creation of "The Laramie Project," a play that examines the effect the 1998 killing of Matthew Shepard -- a murder motivated by homophobia that gained widespread national attention - has had on the community of Laramie, Wyo. Now, a decade later, Moiss Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project decided to follow up and explore the long-term effects of the Shepard murder on the people of Laramie. They expected to create a short epilogue to be used with "The Laramie Project," but what they found was a story complex enough that the epilogue became a full-length play/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Courtesy photo: NIC students, from left, Kate Taylor, Loretta Underwood, and Megan Curran rehearse)

Question: Did you see a production of the original "Laramie Project"?

Food Porn?

April 17, 2014 - 10:23am

"We weren't sure about his new concept but once again Chef Troy (Bonsai Bistro & Sushi Bar) has a hit!" posts OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho. "1/2 lb Kobe Burger, shrooms & onions, bruleed havarti, tonkatsu aioli... fried ramen bun. All at only 75 calories! $9.99 almost free!"

Question: What do think of this food concept?

Poll: Ward's Tax Problems Matter

April 17, 2014 - 10:21am
  • Wednesday Poll: I was on the minority side of this one. I don't think the tax problems of Reagan Republican president Jeff Ward matter as he runs for legislative office. However, 131 of 165 respondents (79.39%) say that they do. 33 of 165 respondents (20%) say that they don't. One person (0.61%) was undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Would you want your legislative representatives to speak at the 2nd Amendment rally of the Oath Keepers in Coeur d'Alene Saturday?

Edit: Is This The Way To Hire Judges?

April 17, 2014 - 10:14am

By the time voters go to the polls May 20, they will face eight judicial election campaigns - including Boise attorney William (Breck) Seiniger's challenge to Supreme Court Justice Joel Horton, and in north central Idaho, former 2nd District Judge John Bradbury's run against 2nd District Court Judge Jeff Brudie. It's been 32 years since Idaho had that many judicial contests. Didn't know that, did you? Here's something else you may not know: most judges win election in a primary. Nowhere else is that the case. Not for governor. Not for state legislator. Not for county commissioner. Idaho leaves those decisions to the voters who show up for the general election in November. But when it comes to the judiciary, any candidate who nails down a simple majority in the primary is elected/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should Idaho appoint rather than elect its Supreme Court justices?

AM Headlines -- 4.17.14

April 17, 2014 - 9:30am

A group of fishermen converge at the south east end of Mann Lake, near Lewiston, Wednesday afternoon. (Lewiston Tribune photo: Steve Hanks)

Cutline Contest -- 4.17.14

April 17, 2014 - 9:20am

Britain's Prince William, third left, looks over the cliff edge as he and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left, observe abseiling and team building exercises at Narrow Neck Lookout near Katoomba, Australia, earlier today. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Ryan Pierse, Pool)

Wednesday winner -- Sisyphus, with 34 likes: Otter unveils his plan to fund education: bake sales. You can see Wednesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Rathdrum Gains Access To Mountain

April 17, 2014 - 9:07am

Access approved. After fighting for nearly 20 years to gain access to 557 acres it owns on Rathdrum Mountain, the city of Rathdrum finally has the key to opening what could someday be a public recreation wonderland. Wednesday night, the Post Falls Highway District unanimously validated Barrett Drive, formerly named Foster Road, as a county road. Barrett leads to the city's mountain property. "This validation gives the city of Rathdrum and its citizens the true value of its property," Rathdrum Mayor Vic Holmes said after the meeting. "Now we have to decide what that full value means"/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you ever visited this site?