Walkabout caught these turtles sunning themselves at the end of Fernan Lake.
- Perfectly imperfect/Faithful Geek
- Water & sewer election/Bay Views
- Spokane Craft Beer Week ends/On Tap
- An unknown sure winner/Randy Stapilus
- Thank heaven, it's earlyDogwalk Musings
- Busy weekend & I'm bushed/Simple Mind
- The black helicopters are coming/Fort Boise
- Assuming you grew up with a back yard/Slice
- Summer is upon us in a few ways/A Grip on Sports
- A possible factor in Idaho House distrust/Idaho Reports
- Friday's openings: Drones, bones, fashion, Disney/7 Blog
- Deadlines loom for special hunter permit applications/Outdoors
- 2015 Writers Competition winners named/Coeur d'Alene Today
Fort Boise (RE: HB 1 clears House committee on 12-5 vote):
"Rep. Scott tried to fire for effect one last time, accusing the 4 who changed their vote of using the amendments as "cover." Be that as it may, it was totally out of order, and Luker called her on it, and the chair ruled in his favor. She has a petulant, childish approach to what she's doing, coupled with self-righteousness that far exceeds her willingness to be informed about the actual process of governance. People of District 1, you have a problem. A problem which you unfortunately are sharing with the rest of the state."
- DFO: It seems to me that Rep. Scott is the House answer to the Senate's Sheryl Nuxoll.
Question: Will the actions of Reps. Scott, Sims, Cheatham & McMillan be remembered for the 2016 GOPrimary?
Rep. Heather Scott peppers speakers with questions during the House Judiciary Committee meeting on the child support enforcement bill this morning. In the end, she and the three other North Idaho legislators who opposed the original bill voted again to oppose the amended one. However, this time, she and the others were in a 12-5 minority. (AP photo: Otto Kitsinger)
The House Judiciary Committee has voted 12-5 in favor of HB 1, with just Reps. McMillan, Sims, Cheatham, Nate and Scott dissenting. Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, said, “I will not be supporting this bill. Director Armstrong said this is all about efficiency, so that’s it. So we are throwing away our state sovereignty and due process for efficiency. That’s absurd. I will be voting against the bill.” She said, "I do believe these amendments we've added for protection of Idaho citizens ... are put there for cover for the four legislators to change their votes"/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Does any question remain that Scott, Sims, Cheatham and McMillan are way out of their depth?
Brent Regan, a former Coeur d’Alene school board member and vice-chairman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation who’s filling in as a substitute senator for Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, testified at length against HB 1, responding to numerous questions from lawmakers after his assigned 3 minutes. “A lot of talk has been about protecting children,” he said. “I have a son who’s in boot camp right now,” training to serve with the Marines. He said when his son gets assigned overseas, “I worry about some foreign court ordering some protection order from some claim from some woman somewhere and my son not having the same equal protection that everybody in this room has, and I object to this”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Sen. Steve Vick obviously knew that Regan would be adamantly against the child support enforcement bill. Does this mean that Vick has indirectly changed his vote from yes to no on this bill, via proxy?
Coeur d’Alene School District Trustee Terri Seymour, left, considered not running for a second term. She wanted to spend more time with her children. “It was tough at times when I wasn’t able to attend some of their sports activities because I had a board meeting that lasted for six hours after I’d be at work all day,” Seymour said. But after long discussions as a family, they decided she should seek re-election. “I believe I’ve made a difference while serving my term, and I hope that I’ve had an impact on our students,” she said. Her opponent for the Zone 3 seat on the school board is Tambra Pickford, right, a parent volunteer who describes herself as “an active and involved mom to our three girls”/Scott Maben, SR. More here.
Question: Two years ago, the community rejected three conservative hardliners in pushing the Coeur d'Alene School Board back toward the center. Trustee Terri Seymour is the only hardliner left from the previous board. She has been endorsed by Balance North Idaho. Do you think she'll win re-election?
From Post Falls PD Graveyard Shift (Battery/Malicious Injury to Property):
"RP reported that his girlfriend came to his house and broke his hanging plants and some other property, also scratching him. The altercation started due to him creating a dating website profile. The suspect fled the area; possibly back to her residence in Spokane prior to officers arriving. Officers attempted to contact the suspect by telephone. A report was taken."
Question: Do you suppose that he should have waited to create a dating Webside profile until after breaking it off?
The Editorial Board of the Spokesman-Review editorialized Saturday:
The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness is gaining altitude. After almost a decade of advocacy for preservation of the 88,000 acres straddling the Idaho/Montana border, the group is ready to take its case to Washington, D.C. And its representatives will go with the unanimous endorsement of as conservative a governing body as one can find in North Idaho: the Bonner County commissioners. The Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce has given its blessing as well. Every member of the board of directors signed the resolution. Full editorial here.
Question: Is there anyone out there who opposes the preservation of Scotchman Peaks?
Marshall Chesrown, pictured in 2008, had high hopes for Kendall Yards, more than 80 acres of land between Spokane River and the Spokane County Courthouse. Chesrown also developed Black Rock on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Now, a trustee wants to recoup more than $2 million that bankrupted real estate developer Marshall Chesrown gave to family and friends as his fortunes were collapsing. Story here. (SR file photo)
Question: Do you remember when Chesrown was flying high in his Black Rock glory days?
- 11:36 a.m. Motorist drinking before leaving in red 1997 Chevy pickup @ H53/MP 13 (Ramsey Road).
- 11:32 a.m. Undisclosed road hazard on Govt Way/CdA, north of Neider Ave.
- 11:12 a.m. Officer reports car that rolled (9:56 item) resting on passenger side 50 feet off road.
- 10:40 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 1600 block of E. Stiner Ave/CdA.
- 10:31 a.m. CPD officers ask for medical eval on male after using Taser & pepper spray on him (10:21 item).
- 10:21 a.m. Male is yelling waving arms @ driver in green Jeep @ Rent-A-Center, 101 E. Appleway/CdA.
- 10:15 a.m. Motorist ejected from vehicle (9:56 item) has been transported by ambulance to hospital (9:56 item)
- 9:56 a.m. Female has suffered arm, head injuries from 3-vehicle crash @ H53/McGuire Road, Hauser. One vehicle flipped, ejected at least one occupant, 1 vehicle is in middle of road, blocking both lanes of H53. Life Fight on standby.
- 9:52 p.m. Lake City High is conducting a fire drill.
- 9:49 a.m. 6YO boy complaining of a back injury after falling in play area @ Winton School, Govt Way/Hayden Ave.
- 9:46 a.m. 90YO female @ Aspen Springs facility, 3254 Spirit Lake Cut-across, suffered broken arm in fall from chair.
- 9:11 a.m. 18 YO female who tried to overdose Sunday has been found semi-conscious w/o a shirt and shivering in house under construction @ 300 block of S14th St (cross of Mullan Ave)/CdA.
- 9:01 a.m. Officer notes that speeding motorcyclist matches description of one from Sunday morning (8:55 item)
- 8:56 a.m. Male is yelling @ female at 1st Ave/Post Falls residence.
- 8:55 a.m. Motorcyclist w/red helmet speeding at 120 mph @ I-90/H95, CdA.
As a community, we're just coming out the other end of one of the most painful tunnels we've ever traversed together. Compassion and support for local first responders is at or near an all-time high. If they were going to ask for a tangible expression of that support, they probably couldn't find a better time than right now. We're going to suggest you put the emotion of the moment aside and instead, consider Coeur d'Alene fire and police departments' request for a 10-year, $6 million general obligation bond in the cold, clear air free of emotion. That's the only way you're going to know you made the right choice for the next decade. And that's why we ask you to join us in supporting the bond request not because of today's emotions, but because of tomorrow's very real public safety challenges/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.
Question: You do realize that the public safety bond is on the Tuesday ballot, right?
- Weekend Poll: An overwhelming supermajority says the state of Idaho shouldn't reimburse legislators for expenses during the special session that began this morning. 188 of 244 respondents (77.05%) said the legislators who created the mess by not resolving the child support enforcement mess shouldn't be paid for their expenses. Only 55 of 244 respondents (22.54%) said they should be reimbursed. One peron (0.41%) was undecided.
- Today's Poll: Is it a big deal that Nonini, Barbieri & Sims routinely book round trip flights from Boise to home, for twice as much as other area legislators?
Mount St. Helens erupts, blanketing the region with ash and debris, on May 18, 1980. It has been 35 years since the eruption that was felt throughout the Pacific Northwest. Do you remember what you were doing when the mountain blew its top? Story here. (SR photo: Christopher Anderson)
- Idaho Records/Coeur d'Alene Press
- Missing Coeur d'Alene girl found/KHQ
- Don't hesitate to vaccinate your dog/Press
- Community recalls Moore, fallen firefighters/Press
- Seymour faces Pickford in CdA school board race/SR
- Fear-mongering: A tactic long seen in politics/CdA Press
- Bankrupt developer Chesrown faces new financial fights/SR
- Adler: This special session could have been avoided/CdA Press
- Stronger fire department, benefits police, others as well/CdA Press
In her Eye on Boise blog this morning, Betsy Russell is covering the special session of the Idaho Legislature:
Of the 30-plus people who have signed up to testify at today’s public hearing on HB 1, the child support enforcement bill, 16 have indicated they’re testifying in favor of the bill, and 13 that they’ll speak against it. Backers of the bill represent groups including Idaho Voices for Children, Idaho Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, AARP, and the Idaho Head Start Association. Opponents represent groups including Gem State Patriot and Leadership Council. Many are speaking just for themselves. Among those signed up to testify against the bill is Brent Regan, who is the board vice-chairman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation and also, for today, is an acting state senator, filling in for Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.
More from today's special session:
- Crapo doesn't oppose child support bill
- Luker on board with compromise amendments
- Rep. Heather Scott concerned about Constitution
- Scott questions H&W department officials about system
- An overview of Idaho's child support enforcement system
- Testimony: 'Things that kids need,' and: 'Subjugate our state'
In her Sunday newsletter, state Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d'Alene, blames the news media (of course) for not presenting the whole story when it comes to the Child Support Enforcement mess that requires a special session of the Idaho Legislature to unravel:
"I'm sure you've heard the buzz about the Child Support bill that was not passed by the legislature and is the reason we are all going back to Boise again for a Special Session starting on Monday. I've been wondering when and how to tell you that what you've been hearing from the media is not the full story; there's much more to this topic than meets the eye. I've been browsing through yet another round of news and online stories about the Child Support bill, formerly known as S1067 but now called H1, and came across a good example of the slanted agenda promoted by some media outlets. I thought this might be a good time to lay out my concerns." Full newsletter here.
Question: Do you think the media adequately covered the Child Support Enforcement flap?
State Rep. Luke Malek's comments about Idaho Freedom Foundation:
In a rant on Twitter this week, Idaho Freedom Foundation “policy analyst” Parrish Miller wrote that in regards to court enforcement of familial obligations, “Philosophically, I remain unconvinced that such obligations exist.” In the same tweet, he included a link to an article that states “[t]he law, therefore, may not properly compel the parent to feed a child or to keep it alive.” Given his apparent sympathy with the view that families have no obligation to keep a child alive, it should come as no surprise that Miller gave Senate Bill 1067, or as now widely known, the Child Support Enforcement Bill, a negative ranking on the Idaho Freedom Index. The changes to Idaho law in SB 1067, he wrote, “will cause Idaho citizens to be subject to enforcement and penalties assessed by foreign courts,” and the bill “subverts the sovereignty of both the state and the nation, and subjects both Idahoans and Idaho courts to foreign courts and foreign support orders.” This communication was released April 8, hours before a critical vote on the bill in the Legislature. In an example of the corruptive force of the politics of obedience, the wheels were firmly fixed on the political vehicle that irresponsibly killed the bill. More here.
The House Ways & Means Committee has voted 6-1 to introduce the new child support enforcement bill, with just House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, objecting. Moyle spoke out angrily, saying he thought the Department of Health & Welfare had misled lawmakers that they couldn’t amend the measure during the regular session when they could. “I am less than happy with the department,” Moyle said. “They knew there were things we could do to that bill to make it more palatable to the Legislature.” House Judiciary Chairman Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, said, “The basic issue that we had more than anything else was waiting on the federal government to respond,” as to how amendments could be appropriately done and in which sections of code they could go. “At a late time, we found out they would accept them in a different area. … The timing,” he said, was “where we really had a breakdown”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Perhaps the most puzzling part of last week’s AP report that showed two North Idaho lawmakers were the biggest spenders on travel during the most recent legislative session was the big disparity between what various North Idaho lawmakers charged the state for their airfare – when they all ride on the same plane. The North Idaho lawmakers take the Southwest flight that goes from Boise to Spokane at 5:45 p.m. Fridays, and from Spokane back to Boise at 5:10 p.m. Sundays. I’ve now gotten to the bottom of it. Three North Idaho lawmakers always or almost always fly “Business Select” on Southwest, according to state records obtained through a public records request; a fourth chose that option for two of his five flights. That makes their fares higher, at $460 round-trip, plus gives them perks like priority boarding, a priority security lane, a complimentary premium drink and double mileage rewards/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Do you blame Nonini, Barbieri & Sims for claiming the extra perks?
Originally published 12:21 a.m. Saturday, May 16
Sgt. Greg Moore’s wife and ex-wife sat side by side last week at Kootenai Health, waiting for updates on a man they each loved in different ways. After an officer knocked on Lindy Moore’s door around 2 a.m. to tell her that her husband had been shot during a confrontation with an armed felon, she called Jennifer Brumley, his former wife, and asked her to come to the hospital. In the early morning of May 5, the women waited and wondered: Would Moore survive the head wound? Would he want to survive if he was physically impaired? Of course he would, they decided. He had a 12-year-old son he loved deeply and a baby girl he adored.
Many tributes have been paid to Moore, the first Coeur d’Alene police officer killed in the line of duty. Friends and colleagues remembered the dedicated officer and the funny, gregarious man. But the work he put into creating a blended family – for the benefit of his kids – is also part of his legacy, the two women said/Becky Kramer, SR. More here,
Originally published at 8:50 Saturday ...
Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, will miss Monday’s special session of the Idaho Legislature, so he’s appointed Brent Regan as his substitute. Regan is a former Coeur d’Alene School Board member and the current vice-chairman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation board. In 2013, Regan apologized for a joke at a legislative forum about President Barack Obama being black and scary-looking. Regan heads Regan Designs in Coeur d’Alene. The Freedom Foundation is among the few groups opposing the child support enforcement legislation lawmakers will take up in their special session, while numerous organizations around the state are backing it/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Correction: The original headline indicated that Regan was going to substitute for Rep. Vito Barbieri. Regan will be subbing for Sen Steve Vick during the special session.
In a recent editorial, the Twin Falls Times-News didn’t mince words in describing as “fools” the nine Republicans in the House Judiciary and Rules Committee who jeopardized Idaho’s Child Support Enforcement system. The nine – including Reps. Kathy Sims of Coeur d’Alene, Don Cheatham of Post Falls, Heather Scott of Blanchard and Shannon McMillan of Silverton – voted in the 9-8 majority last month to kill a crucial child support bill, forcing Gov. Butch Otter to call a special session to fix the mess. The session begins Monday. The Times-News: “Fueled by bizarre conspiracy theories about Muslims and seeing the issue as an easy chance to trumpet some anti-federalism rhetoric, the nine essentially voted to dismantle Idaho’s $205 million child support system and put about a quarter of the state’s population in jeopardy of not receiving badly needed child support payments.” Maybe the Notorious Nine have seen the light. But I wouldn’t hold your breath/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries print. More here.
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