Question: Izzit just me, or is Cindy missing the concept of Lent?
Cis posts of her blog, From A Simple Mind: "I am 9 years old today. ... I was born out of boredom. I think. It was late at night. And just because she saw the words. Anyone can blog, it is as easy as 1.2.3. So she thought she would give it a try. A blog -- a weird type of a name. Not known by many. And face of questional expressions when the word was said. And an explanation was needed. And in those 9 years, blogs have come on like gangbusters. And now they are getting to be things of the past. There are still a lot of them out there. Every newspaper has many. So do magazines. Ways to keep in touch with their readers. But for the personal ones, they are becoming less and less. More here.
Question: If 1 dog year equals 7 human years, how many years do you use of your life for every year of blogging?
On his Facebook wall, Robin Loznak of Kellogg, Ore., posts: "The weather forecast in S.W. Oregon calls for mild temperatures, rain showers, and a chance of slugs." You can see more of Robin's work here.
- Another golden oldie/Fort Boise
- So what peeves you?/Grip On Sports
- 21 days & the short list/Slight Detour
- 9th blogiversary/From A Simple Mind
- Just wondering about Fallon/The Slice
- AIDS: We all know someone/End Note
- How many books?/Writing North Idaho
- Men with hats/A Family Runs Through It
- Highlights from 3rd day of election filings/The EDge
- Dog that survived wolf attack mauled by cougar/Outdoors
- Day 64: Subterranean Homesick Blues/Eye on Shanghai
- McGraw, Mars, Linkin Park added to Gorge lineup/7 Blog
HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, March 4): 8929 page-views/5011 unique views
A man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law because the women were not nude or partially nude, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Wednesday. The Supreme Judicial Court overruled a lower court that had upheld charges against Michael Robertson, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police who set up a sting after getting reports that he was using his cellphone to take photos and video up female riders’ skirts and dresses. The ruling immediately prompted top Beacon Hill lawmakers to pledge to update state law/Associated Press. More here.
On her Facebook wall, Councilwoman KerriT posts: "From frigid temps to snow storms to early spring thawing ... all in the past few days. I took this photo on N. Spokane Street but all over town the water over roadway signs are sprouting up."
Question: Any flooding in your 'hood?
How much do you know about workplace wellness, coal-fired electricity and other news of note? Find out in the SR's weekly quiz, where you could win a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel or two movie tickets simply by entering. Take News Quiz here.
- The answer to Question No. 1: 80%
- Leaderboard: Merry Hucksters among 26 contestants Leaderboard this week are RaynTim, NativeCDA, TLPoelstra, SFrederickson, and EddieTorreal
Cindy's Pick Item: Student's lawsuit against parents for support loses first round/CNN
Nut Graph: Canning was suspended from school for truancy last October, according to court documents filed by her parents' attorney, Laurie Rush-Masuret. Her parents told the teen that she could no longer see her boyfriend, who was also suspended from school. Car and phone privileges were also taken away. Once she learned of the punishment, Canning cut school again and then decided to run away, her father said in court documents.
Question: So who do you think will play Rachel Canning in the made-for-TV cable-TV movie?
Moments ago, Chairman Tom Hearn of the Coeur d'Alene School Board issued this statement re: Monday's meeting:
I apologize to the patrons in our district who feel I have let them down. Everyone has a right to their feelings and opinions but I am compelled today to clarify facts regarding the events that led up to Ms. Susan Moss speaking at our Board meeting Monday night. I will, however, not allow mudslinging or personal attacks on my character to stand without setting the record straight. I have been a Board member for eight months and have taken the role of Chairman seriously. I received communications, starting earlier this fall, regarding Susan Moss’s desire to present to the Board her concerns regarding our non-discrimination notice. It was my responsibility as Chair to begin to manage this situation, as I knew it could easily become emotionally charged. Were there communications on how and when she wished to address the school board? Yes. Full statement here.
- Archive: School district asked to 'Add the Words'/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press
Madeline McFadden, 14, receives ashes on her forehead during an Ash Wednesday Mass at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.. today. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a time when Christians commit to acts of penitence and prayer in preparation for Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Question: Have you ever had ashes put on your forehead in recognition of Lent? Do you know why Catholics perform this ritual?
- 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for March 4-5 here.
- 11:18 a.m. CPD officer reports 2 transients under the I-90/Govt Way overpass not at home (10:55 item). However, if they return and cause trouble again, officer said he will escort them from their camp.
- 11:15 a.m. Distraught female is threatening to ram other cars or run over pedestrians if KCSDeputies try to arrest her.
- 11:01 a.m. CPD officer can't find troublesome transient(s) who are bothering ITD crews (10:55 item).
- 10:55 a.m. ITD workers reports transient living under I-90 overpass in CdA area is shouting at them.
- 10:06 a.m. There's a large pothole on H95, but dispatcher didn't indicate where.
- 9:44 a.m. Coeur d'Alene boy who claims his mother allows him to drink & take drugs may have overdosed.
- 9:07 a.m. CPD officer stopping for panhandler @ 23rd Street/East Sherman Avenue.
- 8:36 a.m. Someone locked out of vehicle @ Tree House Apartments/Rathdrum.
- 8:21 a.m. Caller reports vehicle burglary @ 1300 block of Crestline Drive/CdA.
- 8:02 a.m. Suspicious medical emergency call received from 2400 block of Ridgeview Drive/Post Falls.
Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry. Those words aren't a paraphrasing of the Goldilocks porridge tale, they're one of our favorite pastimes here in North Idaho. We're fortunate to have four very distinct seasons, unlike my husband's homeland of North Dakota where it's either really cold or really hot, and weather can routinely be a matter of life or death. Here we have mostly weather of convenience or inconvenience depending upon your work schedule and outdoor recreation preferences. If you don't know what fresh and pow refer to, odds are you're not a skier or snowmobiler. As we slide, or slip, into spring, there's much complaining about the weather being too cold, too snowy, too slushy and too wet. And we haven't even arrived at the snow-melt flood warnings. It's no secret that I love summer and sun and anything that takes place in and on and around the wonderful North Idaho waterways. But I also love snow/Kerri Thoreson, Coeur d'Alene Press, Main Street. More here.
Question: I like the four seasons, too -- but wish that winter didn't last from November until June. You?
Believe it or not, I heard that my name was being mentioned as someone who could be talked into running for Kootenai County GOP Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 52. I dismissed such talk out of hand because I would have to give up this blog to run for office, which is a nonstarter for me and, I hope, you. OTOH, I did muse what life would be like if I successfully ran for Precinct 52 committeeman against the current inhabitant of that office, Bjorn Handeen. I guess I would have to develop a taste for pancakes once a week because I would inherit Bjorn's job of staging the weekly Precinct 52 lunches in opposition to the Reagan Republican ones. I would probably bring them to an end early on by inviting Mike Kennedy to discuss his political future. I'd also gain access to the internal workings of the dysfunctional GOP Central Committee meetings. It would be fun not to bow-and-scrape to the Rally Right/UCNI demi-gods who control the place, like the majority does. I don't know much about Roberts Rules. But I do know how to write, investigate and ask unsettling questions. I'm sure Chairman Neal Oliver would include the representative from Precinct 52 as one of those troublesome individuals that wouldn't get the floor much. I also have a tendency to laugh when serious people make fools of themselves, so I doubt that I would win many friends. They'd probably boot me out of the place for refusing to walk my precinct in support of some of the lackluster candidates that make their way through the primary process. Bottom line? It wouldn't be a good marriage. But it's fun to think about/DFO.
Question: Can you think of other upsides/downsides I might have if I was the GOPrecinct committeeman from Precinct 52?
Mic Armon, of the Balance North Idaho board of directors, sent this statement to Huckleberries Online moments ago: "In our first quarter board meeting held today, the Balance North Idaho board of directors voted to have Eden Irgens recuse herself from voting in all election endorsements. The purpose of this is to eliminate the perception of a conflict of interest regarding her association with BNI due to her ownership position with Range NW, an organization that participates in campaign marketing activities for candidates."
DFO: Mic told Huckleberries that Balance North Idaho will take part in North Idaho College trustee races and, maybe, judge elections -- because they are nonpartisan -- it won't participate in partisan races involving the spring primary or fall general election.
Senior wildlife biologist Lacy Robinson talks about a wolf pup survival study at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday. Story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Idaho F&G Pays $30K to kill 23 wolves/AP
- Bus crash hurts Stevens County students/SR
- GOP legislative leaders eye adjournment/EOB
- Prison system gets 11% $$$ hike/Eye on Boise
- Petitions oppose guns on campus/Eye on Boise
- No news yet on Idaho Education Network shortfall/EOB
- Montana fugitive shot, arrested in Spokane Valley/Kip Hill, SR
- Readerboard erroneously tells drivers that I-90 is shut until Thursday/KREM
In this May 7, 2012, Huckleberries Online file photo, state Rep. Kathy Sims tries to attract signatures for the unsuccessful recall petition drive against then mayor Sandi Bloem and three Coeur d'Alene City Council members. (I still get a kick out of the "Decline to Sign" yard sign strategically placed behind her.) Sims has fought the town's transformative urban renewal agency and has tried to torpedo Coeur d'Alene city government. Is this the best we can do as our representative here in Coeur d'Alene's District 4? Bueller? Bueller?
Question: Any good rumors out there re: a possible GOPrimary opponent for Sims?
City Councilman Dan Gookin had a few questions on the process for hiring the public information coordinator's position. "How much of this is us (the council), and how much of this is the administration?" Gookin asked. "Is this basically we are approving this and the administration isgoing to proceed with hiring the PIO?" Tosi explained that the new position is going to be a full-time, fully benefited position and would most likely be offered to staff internally rather than posting the job to the public. "When we hired Kristina Lyman to basically be a freelancer PIO, I got several emails from people who do that who were questioning why we don't just go out and do that in the public. "Is there any opportunity for us to change that from internal and go ahead and ask for a solicitation of offers from the general public?" he asked. She said it is a contracted position right now and it would be up to the department head to decide if they want to hire internally or publicly/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here (at bottom of story).
Question: My 2 cents? The city of Coeur d'Alene would be foolish to look beyond Keith Erickson to fill the PR job. He has done a superb job as a contract PR person. He's earned the job. Thoughts?
The Coalition to Keep Guns Off Campus will deliver a petition with nearly 3,000 signatures from Idahoans to the Speaker of the House, Scott Bedke this morning. The petition asks the Idaho House of Representatives to stop weapons from coming on Idaho campuses and to oppose SB1254. The petition reads: I ask that you oppose SB1254 and similar legislation in Idaho that would allow people to carry loaded, concealed handguns in certain buildings, in open areas, and in cars and parking lots of college and university campuses. Introducing loaded, concealed handguns on campus will only create an unsafe environment for all Idahoans. Thank you. Associated Students of Boise State University Vice President Cassie Sullivan stated “We have signatures of Idahoans from all over the state - from Fairfield to Ammon - who oppose weapons on campus/Coalition to Keep Guns Off Campus news release. More here.
Question: I suspect the Idaho House will pass the Campus Carry bill as easily as the Senate did, probably close to a party line vote. What do you think will happen next? Will the opponents simply go away?
Ask Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, a straightforward question and you'll get a straightforward answer. Case in point: What are the odds, a reporter recently asked Bedke, of the state following through on Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's pledge to boost school spending by more than $350 million? That figure -- which includes restoring about $82.5 million in school operation cuts and then boosting teacher pay -- stems from the governor's own education improvement task force. Otter says it's going to take time -- maybe four or five years -- but he'll get it done. Or will he? ...(So how did Bedke respond to a reporter's question about the odds that school reform will proceed?) Not much, he said/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: So Otter's talk of hundreds of millions in increased school funding is just that -- talk?
The Idaho Realtors Association proposed legislation today to remove the indexing of the homeowners exemption from property taxes to the Idaho Housing Price Index, instead setting it at a fixed $90,000 at the high end. John Eaton, lobbyist for the Realtors, said his bill is backed by the Idaho Farm Bureau. He noted that after the Legislature raised the exemption to $75,000 in 2005 and tied it to the index, the exemption rose to a maximum of $104,471 in 20909, but then fell to about $81,000 in 2013; it’s now just under $84,000. “We think it’s good policy to set it at $90,000,” Eaton said, rather than have the ups and downs. He said the downs, in particular, “wasn’t really fair to the rural folks,” whose areas saw less increase in home values during boom times. “I think it would be easier across the board for everybody if we just had one flat number”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: What do you think of this attempt to tinker with the homeowners exemption?
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