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Domino's Offering Specialty Chicken

April 17, 2014 - 8:58am

Bird's the word in a market that has been powered by pepperoni. Domino's is now delivering chicken to its customers - but not the way you're used to. Called Specialty Chicken, Domino's newest product line features boxes of a dozen bite-sized, lightly breaded boneless chicken breast pieces smothered in sauces, cheeses and other goodies. In spreading the word of the Domino's bird, local franchise king Jim Hightower whisked 10 boxes of specialty chicken to The Press newsroom Wednesday for a taste test and the review you're reading now. Jim's going to like the results, but first, a bit about that chicken. There are four options: Crispy bacon and tomato; classic hot buffalo; spicy jalapeno/pineapple; and sweet barbecue bacon/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Question: Is the new chicken line at Domino's something you might try?

Brain Drain Frustrates Idaho Colleges

April 17, 2014 - 8:51am

The Idaho State Board of Education approved hikes in tuition for the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College Wednesday, but not before a pointed discussion about state funding. Boise board member Milford Terrell told his counterparts during a meeting in Moscow that he was tired of higher education always being last when it comes to receiving state funding. Terrell said Idaho is losing quality faculty and prospective students who are choosing to pay more for out-of-state schools they think are of higher quality. "When we look at this, we feel that we have some of the best faculty in the nation, and we do," Terrell said. But he said Idaho is losing those people because they are not being paid a comparable amount - something he said goes back to the reduction in state funding/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Lewiston Tribune photo by Barry Kough: UI president Chuck Staben)

Question: When did you last hear a Kootenai County legislator express concern re: the state of the state's higher education?

Cindy: A Goat In Every Front Porch?

April 17, 2014 - 8:44am

Henrietta stares balefully at me from her perch next to my printer. I think she knows I’m writing about her and her feathered friends. Last month, I wrote a column about my husband’s previously unexpressed longing to be a chicken-owner. I believe I may have vowed to fly the coop if Derek brought home any poultry. Turns out he didn’t have to. A few weeks ago I opened a package from columnist Stefanie Pettit. It contained a wobbly rubber chicken. It’s not every day you get a chicken in the mail. The enclosed note read, “In light of your reticence to get live chickens, I thought I’d send you this rubber chicken instead, so you can contemplate the idea further with a replica in the house. Just squeeze in the middle and out comes the most disgusting egg you’ve ever seen.” ... I never promised a chicken in every column, but Stefanie’s gift prompted me to share the reader feedback I received. Let this serve as a cautionary tale, especially because the City Council adopted an urban farming ordinance in March/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.

Question: Forget chickens. Would you want a pig, goat or other small livestock in you backyard? How about in your neighbor's yard?

Shea Backs Bundy Stand In Nevada

April 17, 2014 - 8:39am

Spokane Valley state legislator Matt Shea traveled to Nevada last weekend to support defiant rancher Cliven Bundy’s stand that he doesn’t have to pay grazing fees on federal land. Shea is among a small coalition of legislators from Western states calling for federal lands to be handed over to states. The Nevada episode led to a standoff between Bundy and a large group of armed protesters against agents with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The agents had arrived to enforce a federal judge’s order to remove Bundy’s cattle from the land, but left and deflated the volatile scene. Shea spoke the following day from property near the center of the dispute, saying the federal government has declared “war on rural America” with its rules and regulations on land use/Jim Camden, SR. More here.

DFO: Shea is one of four INW legislators who will speak at the 2nd Amendment Rally of the Oath Keepers at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Idaho state Sen. Bob Nonini, Sen. Steve Vick and Rep. Vito Barbieri will also speak.

Question: Would you support a legislator who supported the Bundy stand in Nevada against the federal government?

Tribe, State At Odds Over Poker

April 17, 2014 - 8:32am

Laura Stensgar, executive marketing director for the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel, talks about the new poker room at the casino in Worley, Idaho, on Monday. Offering poker will allow the casino to attract new clientele, said Stensgar. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

The Coeur d’Alene Casino is ready to shuffle up and deal. The casino is advertising a May 2 opening date for its new poker room, with executives saying that Idaho’s constitutional ban on poker games doesn’t apply to the tribal-owned casino. But the Idaho Lottery Commission has different views, setting up a potential showdown over the casino’s six poker tables. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe plans to offer Texas Hold ’Em and Omaha at the casino. Those are card games of skill with players competing against each other for stakes and no house bank involved, said Helo Hancock, the tribe’s legislative director/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Do you play poker with friends?

What Happened At Lincoln Day

April 17, 2014 - 8:28am

Duane Rasmussen (RE: Hillman enjoys NIPAC lunch):  From what I hear and from what I observed, the Lincoln Day Dinner was a somber event. Not much to talk about there unless you want to mention the incident where an organizer tried to chew out a reporter.

DFO: I've heard several things re: Lincoln Day Dinner -- that Gov. Otter didn't get the warmest of greetings. That KCRCC chairman Neil Oliver botched a joke that was suppose to be at Sheriff Ben Wolfinger's expense and mispronounced some names. That judge candidates took some good swipes at one another. But I wasn't there. The Coeur d'Alene Press report didn't say much about the tenor of the evening.

Question: Can anyone out there who attended the Lincoln Day Dinner describe the event for us?

Racist Poster Boy?

April 17, 2014 - 8:12am

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.16.14

April 16, 2014 - 5:19pm

I'm beginning the first day of the rest of my career in our new digs on the first floor of the SR's Coeur d'Alene office. I parked in the usual place. But I went straight to the new office space without heading upstairs to the second floor. I've unpacked all but one box. I notice it's easier to pay attention to the police scanner, now that the sounds of the office are blocked by walls. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 4.16.14

April 16, 2014 - 5:16pm

Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted is framed in a camera viewfinder at EA Sports in Burnaby, British Columbia, today. Players on the MLS soccer team were at EA Sports get get their heads scanned for a soccer video game. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

How Will Bankruptcy Hit Sandpoint?

April 16, 2014 - 5:02pm

Beyond the dollars and cents, Coldwater Creek's bankruptcy is a blow to the local identity. As one of the community's largest local employers, the company was an integral part of the local economy and a consistent supporter of local education and charities. However, the company was also woven into Sandpoint's character, making it a cultural loss as well. "Coldwater Creek has been an employment, philanthropic and cultural mainstay in Sandpoint for 30 years," said Dave Gunter, who retired as the company's divisional vice present of corporate communications and investor relations in June 2007. "This latest chapter takes nothing away from the power of the original vision of Ann and Dennis Pence and the fact that they put literally everything on the line when they founded their company in our community back in 1984"/Cameron Rasmusson, Bonner County Daily Bee. More here.

Question: How do you think Coldwater Creek's bankruptcy will affect the Sandpoint area?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.16.14

April 16, 2014 - 4:45pm
  • 5:23 p.m. 2 males in older vehicle shining laser at oncoming vehicle on e/b I-90/Washington state line.
  • 5:11 p.m. A part of a tree is lying on s/b H95/MP 438 (Highway 53/Garwood area).
  • 4:54 p.m. ISP officer tags vehicle w/blown rear tire along I-90 freeway for 48-hour removal.
  • 4:48 p.m. Caller @ 8500 block of Salmonberry Loop/Hayden reports 2 males in pickup checking out work site.
  • 4:45 p.m. KCSDeputy requests extra patrol for 4600 block of Ferrel Street/Huetter.
  • 4:44 p.m. Domestic dispute reported @ 500 block of W. Aqua/CdA.
  • 4:29 p.m. Caller reports friend in white van along Coeur d'Alene street, threatening suicide.
  • 10 more items + AM Scanner Traffic below

PM Headlines -- 4.16.14

April 16, 2014 - 4:27pm

State Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, who has been subject to nasty Tea Party attacks at Senate District 1 candidate's forum, attended the North Idaho Political Action Committee lunch in Coeur d'Alene Saturday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Cutline Contest -- 4.16.14

April 16, 2014 - 4:21pm

Time 2 Vote ...

At the North Idaho Political Action Committee luncheon at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Events Center Saturday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter auctions off cookies baked by Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's wife, Tracey. You write the cutline. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Tuesday Winner -- JohnA, with 8 likes: "Darn, missed it by a hare." You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Ward To Address Reagan Republicans

April 16, 2014 - 4:13pm

Jeff Ward, president of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans and a candidate for the House District 3B seat currently held by retiring Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, will speak to the group's weekly lunch meeting at noon Thursday at Fedora Pub & Grille. Ward will discuss: "Truth during political campaigns." Fedora's is located at 1726 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d'Alene.

2 Or 4 Super Wannabes Missed Vote

April 16, 2014 - 3:58pm

Two of the four Republican candidates for state superintendent of public instruction did not vote in the Republican primary two years ago. And according to county voting records, one candidate didn’t cast a ballot in the November 2012 general election, when Idahoans overturned three far-reaching education laws advanced by state superintendent Tom Luna. In May 2012, for the first time in decades, voters were required to register as a Republican to participate in the GOP primary. Those registrations and voting histories are public records. Here is how the four GOP candidates voted in May 2012, according to records in Elmore, Power, Canyon and Idaho counties:

  • Sherri Ybarra of Mountain Home voted absentee. She filled out an unaffiliated ballot, meaning she could not have voted in contested Republican primaries.
  • Randy Jensen of American Falls didn’t vote at all.
  • John Eynon of Grangeville and Andy Grover of Melba voted in the Republican primary.

More by Jennifer Swindell/IdahoED NEWS here.


Fulcher OK w/17th Amendment Repeal

April 16, 2014 - 3:51pm

Sen. Russ Fulcher is offering lukewarm support for a divisive tea party tenet — repeal of  the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratified in 1913, the amendment provides for the direct election of senators by the people rather than by state legislatures. “I see the argument of that and I’m sympathetic to it,” the challenger to GOP Gov. Butch Otter said in an interview with the Statesman editorial board Tuesday. “I’m a little bit cautious in trying to make that a priority.” Earlier, Fulcher affirmed his support of repeal as part of his wholesale agreement with the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Fulcher attached a note to the survey, adding, “I believe there is room for legitimate debate regarding repeal of the 17th amendment.” Returning the power to elect senators to legislatures is a key issue among some tea party followers, a wing of the GOP Fulcher counts on for upsetting the two-term governor. Otter opposes repeal/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

DFO: I simply can't think of a loonier plank than the one in the Idaho GOP platform that calls for the repeal of the 17th amendment. That may play in Tea Party circles. But you will never -- ever -- get a single state to OK the repeal of this amendment. Take the vote away from the people in the election of U.S. senators. Absolute nonsense. Thoughts?

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Pistol-Whipping Suspect Caught

April 16, 2014 - 3:43pm

At 2:40 p.m. today, members of the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF) and Bonner County Sheriff’s Office captured fugitive Terry Andrew Clark at a residence just south of Coolin, near Priest Lake. Clark is wanted in the pistol-whipping attack of four people at a party in Athol earlier this week. Story here. No one was injured during Clark’s capture. Over the past 48 hours, Kootenai County Sheriff’s detectives had developed information from a variety of sources that Clark may have been hiding from law enforcement with a family member.  KCSO detectives who are members of NIVCTF were asked to bring the task force’s multi-jurisdictional authority to this search which led from Coeur d’Alene to Newport and ended in the Priest Lake area.

HBO Blogosphere -- 4.16.14

April 16, 2014 - 2:43pm

Quilter friends of Marianne Love/Slight Detour present their idea of "writer's block" in the form of several patterns on a beautiful quilt, including the one above. You can see more, as well as the completed quilt, here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, April 15): 6510 page-views/4009 unique views

Idaho Has USA's 5th Best Outlook

April 16, 2014 - 2:06pm

For the seventh consecutive year, Utah has been ranked as the state with the best economic outlook by the authors of Rich States, Poor States, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council. New York was ranked 50th, or worst in the nation for economic outlook. Rounding out the top 10 for best economic outlook are South Dakota (2), Indiana (3), North Dakota (4), Idaho (5), North Carolina (6), Arizona (7) , Nevada (8), Georgia (9) and Wyoming (10). Rounding out the bottom 10 for worst economic outlook are Vermont (49), Illinois, (48), California (47), Minnesota (46), New Jersey (45), Connecticut (44), Montana (43), Oregon (42), and Rhode Island (41)/Steve Stanik, Heartland Institute. More here.


Militia Leader Avoids Bundy Tangle

April 16, 2014 - 1:58pm

In his Letters from the West blog, Rocky Barker/Idaho Statesman explains why an Idaho militia leader is staying clear of the Bundy mess in Nevada: Jeff Stankiewicz, a former commander and now liaison for the Idaho Lightfoot Militia, said in a Facebook post last week calling for militia to help the Bundys that he was doubtful they could legally justify it as an Idaho militia under the Idaho Constitution. “I told people not to go, it would just inflame things,” Stankiewicz said. He said only if the governor of Nevada, or perhaps the local sheriff, had called in the militias could the Idaho Lightfoot Militia respond. “Philosophically I’m on (Bundy’s) side,” said Stankiewicz, a production manager at a steel manufacturing plant from Bonners Ferry. “I think the states should be running that land in our state. “If they want to make their stand, more power to them,” he said. “But I don’t live in Nevada.” More here. (AP file photo: Cliven Bundy talks on the phone at his ranch near Bunkerville Nev.)

Question: Do you think this standoff will lead to blood shed?

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