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Memo to Seahawks Fans

February 5, 2016 - 9:30am

A little reminder
we hope will be heeded:
your 12th Man regalia
for this game's not needed.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

DFO: Hagadone purchase important

February 5, 2016 - 9:22am

Duane Hagadone's purchase of the rundown RV park will launch the long overdue upgrade of that stretch of Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive -- and the eastern entrance to Coeur d'Alene. I remember the impact that the new Spokesman-Review building on Northwest Boulevard had on the western entrance to Coeur d'Alene. The SR building at 608 Northwest Boulevard replaced an old recycling center. It prompted others to construct nice buildings nearby. Now, there are quality buildings and businesses up and down Northwest Boulevard, from Riverstone on the north all the way to downtown Coeur d'Alene. The eventual transformation of the old railroad right-of-way west of Northwest Boulevard will make it one of the nicest city entrances in the Northwest. I suspect East Sherman Avenue and the northern end of Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive will follow suit, as a result of this purchase by Duane Hagadone and his corporation/DFO.

Clinton, Sanders go head-to-head

February 5, 2016 - 9:06am

Thursday's Democratic presidential debate on MSNBC offered the clearest, rawest and most specific examination of two fundamentally different philosophies about the character and future of the Democratic Party voters have seen yet. Not only was it the first one-on-one debate between front-runner Hillary Clinton and insurgent Bernie Sanders, but it came at time when the candidates are finally ready to hash out the core questions of what it means to be a Democrat/NBC News. More here.

Question: Anyone watch the debate? Who won?

Labrador on prez overreach panel

February 5, 2016 - 8:53am

Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, has been named to the House Judiciary Committee’s Task Force on Executive Overreach. The task force was established by the committee on a voice vote Wednesday. The task force will study increased presidential and executive branch power and the impact it has on congressional oversight, lack of transparency in government and the constitutional requirement that the President faithfully execute the law. More here.

SWAT team arrests Post Falls fugitive

February 5, 2016 - 8:48am

A multi-agency SWAT team arrested Brandon Kremer, 22, Post Falls, at a home in Coeur d'Alene following a standoff Thursday afternoon. Kremer was barricaded inside a home on Best Avenue and Fifth Street for more than an hour Thursday. The suspect, who had a felony fugitive warrant, was arrested without incident, according to Coeur d'Alene Police. During the incident, Police blocked off neighboring streets and cleared homes and businesses, which have since returned to normal/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Finicum's funeral to draw crowd

February 5, 2016 - 8:37am

The funeral for the man killed by law enforcement during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge is expected to draw supporters from around the West to a small Utah town. Robert “Lavoy” Finicum, 54, was shot during a Jan. 26 traffic stop after authorities say he reached for a gun in his jacket pocket. His supporters call it an ambush after Finicum and others took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and demanded the federal government turn over public lands to local control. His death inspired a call for like-minded followers to come to Kanab, Utah, for his funeral Friday/Associated Press. More here.

747: Purchase displaces residents ... so?

February 5, 2016 - 8:19am

From the Web site, 747 comments (RE: Hagadone buys troubled RV park, displacing low-income residents): "The "progressives" and do-gooders will be outraged at the pending displacement of the current residents. They will demand "something" be done to help these people - with someone else's money. How many of them will put THEIR money where THEIR mouths are, step up to the plate and help them out personally? Well, you already know the answer to that question. Charity and good works are little more than spectator sport for many people. They talk a good game while they demand others move the ball. Virtue by proxy is the order of the day.

Question: Do you support or oppose this purchase?

Edit: Medicaid expansion makes sense

February 5, 2016 - 8:11am

In its Friday editorial, the Coeur d'Alene Press says that Medicaid expansion is too logical for the legislative ideologues blocking even a vote on the matter:

Legislators heard passionate testimony Tuesday in favor of expanding Medicaid coverage in Idaho. Doing so would provide important health care to thousands of Idahoans who live below the poverty level. It would save the state roughly $45 million in catastrophic health care costs. It would save counties another $20 million in indigent health care costs. Improve the health of thousands of Idahoans. Save millions and millions of dollars. Easy, right? Wrong. The state’s first hearing on expanding Medicaid eligibility was a step in the right direction, but apparently, one that will not be followed by more steps. Not this session, and not in the same direction, either/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

DFO: I like this line in the editorial: "In our view, this is ideology conquering common sense and human decency." And yet I suspect that about 8 of 9 Kootenai County legislators would vote against Medicaid expansion if given the opportunity. Ideology over common decency almost always in the GOTP part of Idaho. Thoughts?

Hillary wins

February 5, 2016 - 8:06am

Michael Ramirez/Investor's Business Daily

Wild Card/Thursday -- 2.4.16

February 4, 2016 - 5:05pm

My siblings and I have found a diary that my 90YO mother kept in 1950, my first year of life. There's a lot of routine stuff in there re: daily life on a dairy, church and entertaining numerous relatives who lived nearby. But occasionally there's a nugget about the baby, whom she described too many times as "cranky" and "fussy." (Some things never change.) I know, for example, the date of the first time I crawled. Took my first step. Went "pee-pee" in a toilet. And the first solid food that I ate -- apricot farina, on Feb. 16, 1950. Feb. 16 also was the date of my first post on Huckleberries Online, in 2004. The diary is a good reminder how much my mother cared for me when I couldn't care for myself. Great stuff. Here's your Thursday Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 2.4.16

February 4, 2016 - 5:03pm

Anya Bondar of Rye Beach, N.H. checks her watch as she walks through empty chairs while leaving a campaign event after Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared at a Toyota auto dealership Thursday in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Public blocked from conservative's speech

February 4, 2016 - 4:47pm

Gonzaga’s College Republicans student group is upset that the university won’t allow the public to attend a late-February talk on campus by popular conservative writer and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza. “I was told he’s a nasty guy and a homophobe and that’s why it can’t be open to the public,” said Ben Dubois, a junior at Gonzaga and a member of the College Republicans. Dubois said he hadn’t expected any pushback from Gonzaga when D’Souza, who’s books have made the New York Times bestseller’s list, was invited. “I knew he was controversial, but we thought he wasn’t that well-known,” Dubois said. “We want to get more than 100 people there; that’s why we want it open to the public.” The talk is scheduled for Feb. 24 in the Hemmingson Ballroom on the GU campus/Pia Hallenberg, SR. More here.

Question: Should the public be blocked from hearing conservative writer and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza when he visits Gonzaga?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.4.16

February 4, 2016 - 4:41pm
  • 4:37 p.m. Unknown Medical -- Bristol Heights Assisted Living, 2240 W Prairie Ave/Hayden.
  • 3:39 p.m. Unconscious Female -- 70YO female suffers head injury in fall near Post Falls Walmart registers.
  • 3:19 p.m. Eviction Notice -- Coeur d'Alene PD officer en route to deliver notice @ 1800 block of N5th St.
  • 3:09 p.m. Illegal Drugs -- 5 to 7 males smoking pot in woods behind Post Falls Dairy Queen.
  • 2:31 p.m. False Alarm -- Caller reports her dog set off house burglar alarm.
  • 2:07 p.m. Citizen Dispute -- 400 block of Greensferry Road/Post Falls.
  • 1:37 p.m. General Illness -- 91YO male @ 10500 block of N Reed Road/Hayden.
  • 1:31 p.m. Juvenile Problem -- Hayden Meadows Elementary/Hayden Ave.
  • 1:11 p.m. KCSO Arrest -- Post Falls man charged with aggravated assault involving vehicle here.
  • 12:54 p.m. Barricaded Male -- Fugitive remains barricaded in residence near 5th St/Best Ave, CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic with 17 items

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

February 4, 2016 - 4:35pm

Participants in a yoga class strike a pose at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. The hotel world is moving beyond basement gyms and ho-hum spa menus to accommodate guests’ growing requests to stay healthy while on the road. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Wednesday Winner -- MJhartid with 7 likes: "Give me your tired, your poor/Your 1040A yearning to breathe free" You can see the Wednesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

CdA residents can dump storm debris

February 4, 2016 - 4:27pm

Wood debris from this winter’s storms can be dumped in large bins to be placed in seven locations around Coeur d’Alene next Wednesday through Feb. 17. Sponsored by the city, Avista Utilities and Cannon Hill Industries, the free “Cleanup CDA” program is intended to help residents clean up after the major windstorm in November and ice and heavy snowfall in December. The wood bins will be placed at Abbey Road off West Nez Perce Road; the Phippeny Park parking lot at Seventh and Montana streets; Hazel Avenue off 15th Street; Walnut Avenue just west of Seventh Street; Shadduck Park east of 15th Street; North Pines Park off East Lunceford Lane; Sunset Park off Best Avenue. For questions, call the street maintenance information line at (208) 769-2233/SR.

Rocker Maurice White, 74, RIP

February 4, 2016 - 4:10pm

In this AP file photo, Maurice White acknowledges the applause as his group, Earth, Wind & Fire, is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the 15th Anuual induction dinner, in New York Monday evening, March 6, 2000. White, 74, died at his home in Los Angeles Wednesday. Story here. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Panel will try to rewrite funding formula

February 4, 2016 - 3:21pm

Last time around, it took lawsuits to force Idaho to rewrite its school funding formula. Then it took a ton of new money to seal the deal. The spending increase was huge — and today, it would take more than $350 million to match it. That was 1994. Now, fast forward to 2016. Key legislators are planning to take a run at rewriting Idaho’s school funding formula, a complex and delicate math equation that parcels out dollars to 115 school districts and 47 charter schools. They want the new formula to line up with the 2016 classroom — where students are more mobile and classes are delivered on high-tech platforms. The committee isn’t set, but the prospective membership includes some of the Legislature’s heavy hitters on education topics/Kevin Richert, Idaho Education News. More here.

Ruggles: No place for Confederate flag on county property

February 4, 2016 - 3:00pm

As you may recall, Jon Ruggles of Wallace, who has a long history of community involvement in the Silver Valley, was bothered when he saw a pickup bearing Confederate flags parked prominently at the solid waste transfer station on Martin Luther King Day. Ruggles has written about the experience for Huckleberries Online, including his struggle to get Shoshone County officials to take action:

Even those with the most closed social awareness must realize that this emblem is a comment in support of: enslavement, racism, bigotry, xenophobia, cruelty and most recently used in the death of people of color. Further, this comment is directed at but not limited to: black, latin, native and asian americans. Moreover, this confederate flag has become the chosen emblem of the white power movement which advocates not only against and people of color (which includes Italians) but also those with different sexual identities and religions including Islam, Judaism and Catholics. More here.

Question: Should Shoshone County take action to block the Confederate flag from being displayed on an employee's pickup at the solid waste transfer station?

Update: CPD arrests standoff fugitive

February 4, 2016 - 2:32pm

The multi-agency SWAT team has arrested Brandon Kramer at a home on Best Avenue and Fifth Street in Coeur d'Alene following a standoff. The 20-year-old man was barricaded inside the home this afternoon for more than an hour. The suspect, who had a felony fugitive warrant, was arrested without further incident, according to Coeur d'Alene Police. Police blocked off neighboring streets during the incident but have since re-opened. Borah Elementary was temporarily locked down as a precaution. Kramer has an extensive criminal history that includes drugs and assault on law enforcement/Coeur d'Alene Press.

House panel OKs 'Maniacs' plate bill

February 4, 2016 - 2:27pm

After hearing from advocates for the mentally ill and people who suffer from mental illnesses that an “Orofino Maniacs” specialty license plate would be offensive, the House Transportation Committee has voted to send Rep. Paul Shepherd’s specialty plate bill to the House’s amending order to remove its four references to the word “maniacs,” but still authorize a special plate with the emblem. Orofino is the location of State Hospital North, the state mental hospital; Orofino High School has had “Maniacs” as its school mascot since the 1920s/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.