Don’t thank me, but I’d like to warn all of you Washingtonians about the unparalleled disaster facing the state. And no, I don’t mean that recent prediction concerning a huge Northwest earthquake. You know, the one where a federal emergency geek claimed that, when it occurs, “everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” To be honest, I’ve thought about the West Side in that way for years. As for a coming quake, however, I’ve never put much faith in stuff like this considering Spokane’s TV weathercasters barely bat past the Mendoza Line when it comes to simply getting the next day’s forecast right. Besides, not everyone is shaking in his boots about the quake. Word has it that savvy developers are already drawing up plans for a Wenatchee submarine port. No, the threat to Washington that has me shivering is far more devastating than anything a few nutty seismologists can conjure up. And here it is: A majority of Washington kids will go back to school this year wearing ’70s-style garb/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
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The ink isn't dry on Idaho's $108 million surplus and already you can hear a familiar chant: Time for a tax cut. "I think it provides an opportunity for us to look at cutting taxes," House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane, R-Nampa, told "Idaho Reports" host Melissa Davlin. "It's the taxpayers' money. We've got too much of it. We need to return it back to them." Idaho does not have too much of the taxpayers' money. What it has is too many sloganeering politicians/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Are there better ways to use Idaho's $108M surplus than tax cuts?
Reggie Nault's passion on the baseball field caught not only the attention of his coaches and teammates, but that of college and pro scouts. The 16-year-old Coeur d'Alene High student presumably drowned in Lake Coeur d'Alene Tuesday night after he either fell or jumped from a moving 23-foot boat near Arrow Point south of Coeur d'Alene, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office. About 300 people attended a vigil to pay respects to Nault on Wednesday night at Coeur d'Alene High's Ted Page Field - the place Nault shined as a catcher and through his personality. "We can learn from Reggie," said a teary-eyed Colin Richards, a teammate of Nault's at Coeur d'Alene High and this summer on the Spokane Dodgers 18U club team. "He was small, but he believed he could (succeed). Keep talking about Reggie. Keep him alive. I loved that kid and always will." Coeur d'Alene High Principal Warren Olson called Nault "a true Viking"/Brian Walker & Jason Elliott, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Cpalisa (RE: My 2 Cents: Put Carousel here): There aren't a lot of options for decent, maintained courts, in my opinion. I think it would be a mistake to take any public courts away, ESPECIALLY with the increase in demand from the pickleballers. I think there are about 200 pickleball people here during the summer and more tennis people. There has been some conflict in the past due to not having enough maintained courts. I don't think there are a lot of options to play downtown. I think they should add some dedicated pickleball courts there and keep the two courts they have for tennis. I know there is a LOT of pickleball being played at Cherry Hill right now, as well as a Junior tennis league and city tennis programs. They are bumping into each other up there. McEuen isn't an option because of only two courts. Lake City also hosts an adult tennis league during the summer and a tournament even though the courts are in awful shape. A few people have already fallen this summer due to the bad courts. CHS has lessons and city programs as well as league play. Ramsey also has city lessons. There is a fair amount of outside tennis being played and a ton of pickleball.
The Kootenai County commissioners on Wednesday tentatively agreed to fund a 3 percent wage increase for county employees. The board on Wednesday also tentatively agreed to increase property taxes in the county by 1 percent. It could have taken up to 3 percent. The total amount budgeted for the wage increase is $1.04 million. "Previous boards have kicked the can down the road to the point where now we have to make the tough decisions to take corrective action," Commission Chairman David Stewart said. He pushed for a greater increase. "Good people are very hard to find," Stewart said. "We need to maintain and keep the people that we've got here - if not attract other highly skilled people"/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you have any problem with the wage increase for county employees?
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