Here is a perfect reason to celebrate the greatness of our state! Last year, the Idaho Legislature established an official “Idaho Day” to be observed each March 4. While we should all celebrate our state year-round, Wednesday is a particularly good time to educate ourselves about Idaho’s culture, history, resources and beauty.
“Idaho Day gives our citizens a special event to look forward to each year,” said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. “We all need to learn more about our wonderful state.
Jim Briggs, 33, founder of Spokane Whiskey Club, discusses the finer points of an Elijah Craig 18-year-old single-barrel bourbon. Bourbon is his favorite kind of whiskey. (SR photo)
The first rule of whiskey club is you talk about whiskey. The second rule of whiskey club is you talk about whiskey. Really talk about it. The nose. The color. The taste, not just on the first sip but the second, third and finally, the finish. There are other “rules,” too. Swirl before you sip. Sip small, but soak as much of your mouth as you can, or as Jim Briggs puts it, “Marinate the steak.” Hold the liquid in your mouth one second for each year the alcohol was aged. Drinking and discussing go on as long as they have to – usually long enough to sample 1- or 1 ½ -ounce pours from three or four bottles. But there’s another rule, and it’s perhaps the most important: don’t get drunk. This isn’t because there’s a Spokane police officer in the club, but because inebriation isn’t the point/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here.
Question: Do you drink whiskey?
The city of Coeur d’Alene has hired a consulting firm to conduct a housing needs assessment—and the community is invited to participate. Through an online survey, the city is seeking feedback in making important decisions about housing and community issues.
They survey can be found on the city’s website at cdaid.org. Click on the “Housing Survey” button.
Coeur d’Alene residents have a valuable perspective that will help us determine housing and community needs. It is expected that the survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card. The survey will be open until March 31.
Public computers at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library are available to those who do not have a computer. Hard copies of the survey will be available this week at the St. Vincent de Paul Help Center, 201 E. Harrison Ave., and in the City Hall customer survey center.
This survey is not associated with any political party or election. It is not a polling instrument and there is no ballot issue associated with this research. Your responses are completely confidential and will only be reported in combination with other responses. If you have any questions about this survey, would like to request a paper version of the survey or require a reasonable accommodation to enable you to participate in the survey please contact Christy Pushchak: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-748-3222 ext. 261.
To take the survey click here.
The Senate Education Committee slammed the brakes on a plan to convert the new Idaho Core Standards into “more Idaho-specific standards.” A mix of education and business groups argued that it is too early to ditch the English language arts and math standards, first implemented in the fall of 2013. But Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, argued for the review — even though he predicted that at least 90 percent of the standards would likely survive such a process intact/IDEDNews staff. More here.
On Sunday, Post Falls High wrestlers hang out the windows of their big yellow bus after bringing home the first 5A wrestling championship in school history. Post Falls scored 256 points to easily best runnerup Bonneville High, winning five individuals championships at the state tournament. You can read all about it here. (Facebook photo: Kerri Thoreson)
Question: Did you wrestle in high school?
I know next to nothing about the old Brunswick Cafe. I know the name and that it was a popular place to eat in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Can anyone fill in the details re: where it was located? Who owned it? When was this photo taken? It was posted at Old School North Idaho by Aaron J. Rich.
Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke didn't have enough House Republicans to approve a state-based health insurance exchange two years ago. So he formed a coalition with the House Democrats. It worked. The measure passed. But it ignited what Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden dubbed "a fight, really, for the heart and soul of the Republican Party." Up and down the 2014 GOP primary ballot, hard-core conservatives challenged mainstream conservatives. The mainstream won. Gov. C.L (Butch) Otter beat back a challenge from former Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian. With a handful of exceptions in the Panhandle and eastern Idaho, the lawmakers who backed the exchange prevailed. Opposition to Bedke -- who won his tenuous hold on leadership by becoming the first speaker to oust his predecessor, then-Rep. and now Secretary of State Lawerence (Boss) Denney -- evaporated. So why has Bedke apparently signed the articles of surrender?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
When your children are dating and looking for love, many of you - their parents - are also dating, though one step removed. You are looking for someone lovable enough for your kid. That's the code of the hills. Your son or daughter or their cousins or your grandkids are either online or out there in the night seeking somebody to marry. The New York Times reports that one in 10 of America's searchers for romance have signed in to online dating websites. They are not merely looking over the contenders in search of a partner. If they are astute and considerate, they will also eventually run prime candidates past you, the elders. And yes, we elders have some rights in the matter. At least when a promising relationship ripens to its fullest and sweetest, we deserve the courtesy of getting a peek at leading hopefuls. Anything else would verge on electronic elopement/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Did you kids run possible mates past you before they tied the knot?
Update: Nearly two dozen "Add the Words" protesters were arrested this morning in Boise/Eye on Boise
'Add the 4 Words' protesters are standing in the chamber of the Idaho House this morning and refusing to leave, and blocking the main entrance to the Senate chamber, calling for consideration of legislation to add the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Idaho Human Rights Act, to ban discrimination on those bases in housing, employment and public accommodations in Idaho. Legislation to make that change was the subject of a lengthy public hearing earlier this session in a House committee, but was voted down on a party-line vote, with all Republicans on the House State Affairs Committee opposing it, and minority Democrats supporting it/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (Eye on Boise photo: Betsy Russell)
Jennifer Locke and state Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, chat during the annual Kootenai County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Saturday. Jennifer is among the short list of my favorite uber-cons. Redman, I believe, is the only member of Legislative District 2 that hasn't been involved in a controversy this legislative session. But there's still a lot of time left in the session. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
The House has voted 55-14, in a straight party-line vote, to pass HB 154, controversial anti-abortion legislation that adds new restrictions around abortions performed by medication, rather than by surgery. The bill now moves to the Senate side. All the “no” votes came from the House’s minority Democrats; all the “yes” votes came from majority Republicans/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.
- 11:30 a.m. Worker on job site fell & is unconscious in seizure across from 10848 Lakeview Drive/Hayden.
- 11:25 a.m. Someone has been injured in a fall @ 700 block of W. Walnut Ave/CdA.
- 11:15 a.m. 68YO female who suffers from COPD is having trouble breathing @ 8100 block of W. Montana St/Rathdrum.
- 10:49 a.m. 34YO female has undisclosed medical emergency @ 2000 block of Stagecoach Drive/Post Falls.
- 10:07 a.m. Driver, wearing orange shirt & baseball cap, speeding in GMC Sonoma w/Bonner County plates @ 90 mph @ H41/Prairie Ave, Rathdrum Prairie.
- 9:58 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 1800 block of W. Legends Parkway/CdA.
- 9:23 a.m. A dog is running loose near Center Partners, 1201 Ironwood Drive/CdA.
- 9:02 a.m. Indiana Avenue resident will extinguish illegal burn (8:58 item).
- 8:58 a.m. Possible illegal burn reported @ 1300 block of E. Indiana Ave/CdA.
- 8:19 a.m. Vehicle theft reported @ 5600 block of N. Pacific Drive/CdA.
Upset loss to unranked BYU Cougars at the McCarthey Center Saturday sends the Zags tumbling to No. 7 in the latest AP poll rankings. The Bulldogs are fighting for a No. 2 seed now as the West Coast Conference Tournament looms. You can see the latest rankings here.
Question: Am I the only one who thinks the current Gonzaga ranking, at No. 7, is a good one?
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