My favorite season of the year has arrived in the Inland Northwest, although it was hard to tell that the calendar had turned last night at Mrs. O & I walked along the shoreline. It resembled a summer evening, with bicyclists, joggers, skateboarders and cruisers using the Dike Road -- and many still sunning themselves on the beach. It's certainly nice enough to ride my bike to work. It's Monday -- and that means Huckleberries Online has liftoff. Now for today's Wild Card ...
"September is the best," said Lisa Adlard of Coeur d'Alene as she maneuvered her paddle board past a duck on Fernan Lake on Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Branden Hurst (RE: Morning in Idaho? More like midnight): You know what I find so curious ... Here in Washington, the Supreme Court said that the state wasn't spending enough on public schools and now the legislature is going find itself in contempt of court for not acting fast enough. In Idaho, the supreme court made a similar ruling, but the legislature and the governor just gave the supreme court the bird and told them to butt out. If Otter really cared about schools he'd get off his horse and do something instead of just talk. But then again that's all Butch has always been, all talk, no action. Time for a different governor.
Idaho’s arguments in favor of its invalidated ban on same-sex marriage came in for tough and skeptical questioning from a panel of 9th Circuit judges today. Monte Neil Stewart, a private attorney from Boise who argued on behalf of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, said legalizing same-sex marriage would be worse for Idaho kids than the expansion of divorce that followed no-fault divorce laws. “We think the effects will be much worse,” he told the court. 9th Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon, one of three judges on the randomly selected panel that heard Idaho’s case this afternoon in San Francisco, asked Stewart the percentage of children who grow up in what he described as the ideal environment – being reared by their married, biological mother and father. Stewart said in Idaho, it’s 68 percent up until age 6, and 58 percent up to age 17. That’s among the highest rates in the country, he said/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.
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Players encased in bouncy, blue orbs push downfield during Seattle's first "Bubble Futbol" tournament in Seattle. Introduced in Europe, the growing sport was spotlighted on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” You write the cutline. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)
Weekend Winner -- JMRusche, with 12 likes: "What happens to dog sledding in a time of climate change ..." Original AP Cutline: Brooke Jackson takes Momo, an Italian Mastiff, for a swim Sept. 1, during the All Paws on Deck Pool Party of Pooches held in Jim Barnett Park in Winchester, Va.(AP Photo/The Winchester Star, Scott Mason) You can see Weekend Photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.
- 5:22 p.m. 19YO female in bright orange T-shirt may have dislocated shoulder jumping from Tubbs Hill rocks.
- 5:16 p.m. 2 Dodge pickups involved in rear-end collision on H95 @ Plummer.
- 5:13 p.m. Caller willing to sign complaint vs driver who ran stop sign @ H95/Diagonal.
- 4:48 p.m. Male in red pickup is drinking beer as he passes Shopko on Ironwood Drive/CdA.
- 4:39 p.m. Male in white pickup cuts off & flips off 2nd motorist @ H95/Neider, CdA.
- 4:23 p.m. Male in early 70s is unconscious, not breathing on Reed Road/Hayden.
- 4:17 p.m. Fire reported under logging truck passing CdA Super 1, H95/Kathleen.
- 4:01 p.m. Blond female driver yelled at girl to get into her red sports car in Post Falls Library lot.
- 3:58 p.m. Someone has hurt himself in fall @ in 600 block of Maple Place/Hayden.
- 3:10 p.m. Firefighter on scene (2:54 item) reports neighbors have made break around fire.
- 2:54 p.m. 1 acre fire reported along Presley Road, south of CdA, about 800 to 1000 feet from houses.
- 2:53 p.m. EMTs en route to patient in extreme pain @ Hauser Lake boat launch.
- 2:53 p.m. 70YO male having breathing problems @ VA Clinic, 915 W. Emma/CdA.
- 2:43 p.m. Caller reports empty stroller along I-90 Centennial Trail, considered it suspicious.
- 2:39 p.m. Male having chest pain after falling 5-8 feet @ 5800 block of Freeman Road/Rathdrum.
- 2:38 p.m. 10 to 15 youth are smoking cigarettes across from Post Falls Library on Spokane Street.
- 2:20 p.m. Caller from Lakeside Avenue/CdA reports ongoing problem w/neighbors smoking pot.
- 2:01 p.m. Injury accident reported @ H53/Pleasantview, near Hauser, blocking intersection.
- 1:42 a.m. Male has left s/b on 7th Street from Wallace/CdA, making suicidal comments.
- 1:25 p.m. 58YO female on West Echo Drive/Post Falls has taken overdose of prescription medicine.
- 1:24 p.m. Driver of gold pickup speeding @ 85 mph in 55 mph zone on H58, near Coeur d'Alene Casino.
- 1:14 p.m. Suspicious male reported @ 300 block of E. Kathleen Avenue/CdA.
- AM Scanner Traffic
Robert 'Mike' Lisle says the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening ceremony for the 28th annual Farragut Veterans Reunion. Lisle trained at the Farragut Naval Training in 1942 and served in the Navy for six years. Robert 'Mike' Lisle says the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening ceremony for the 28th annual Farragut Veterans Reunion. Lisle trained at the Farragut Naval Training in 1942 and served in the Navy for six years. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press Photo: Tess Freeman)
- GOP panel sues to shut Montana primaries/KXLY
- Home Depot confirms payment data breach/KXLY
- Winery moving into Chronicle building/Mike Prager, SR
- Hundreds of children sickened by respiratory illness/SR
- Illia Dunes closed again due to health concerns, trash/SR
- Officers hesitate in WSU simulator shooting exercise/KREM
- Local brewer falls short of glory in Samuel Adams contest/Press
From Coeur d'Alene Education Association Facebook page: "Many of you have heard already that the CEA is encouraging District Employees to attend the School Board meeting Monday (9/8) at 5:00 (arrive 4:45) at Midtown Center. Our purpose is simple: Express to the Board that their Team’s current contract proposal (as we enter mediation) is not acceptable because it reduces take home pay by raising insurance premiums and out-of-pocket medical expenses for ALL District staff. We hope that by presenting our stories, the Board and their Team will appreciate what we value as we begin Mediation. This is a peaceful, professional action by teachers and ESPs advocating for themselves and their families. We will have SIGNS for you to hold and you will connect with education colleagues from around the District. Our Goal is to show the Board our priorities as professionals and employees. More here.
Question: Sounds as though the rhetoric has been toned down. That's a good sign, right?
9th Circuit judges skeptical of Idaho's arguments against same-sex marriage - Mon, 08 Sep 2014 PST
Mike Kempton of the Parks Department clears a no parking sign near Sorensen School. Each year the Parks Department inspects school zones for obstructed traffic safety signs by tree branches. The Parks Department have pruned at several locations and have done all of the necessary pruning to ensure all traffic signs are fully visible in these areas. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)
- For the children/Fort Boise
- The Sucker Game/Arch Druid
- Chengguan/Eye on Shanghai
- This is not your father's war/Simple Mind
- It's time for multi-tasking/Dogwalk Musings
- Underground school support/Randy Stapilus
- Playing tourist and geocaching/Slight Detour
- Multiple choice for men of a certain age/Slice
- Retirement home cuisine? 5-star delight/EndNotes
- Moonlit swims in September/Writing North Idaho
- Teams look for mix that will help them percolate/Grip on Sports
HucksOnline numbers (for week of Aug. 31-Sept. 6): 33,729 page-views/20,815 unique views
A group of Boise gay couples chat outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals, where their cases for the marriage rights are to be heard today in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. Betsy Russell is live-blogging 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on Idaho's same-sex marriage ban appeal. You can follow her post at Eye on Boise blog here. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
After Idaho attorney Monte Stewart argued that legalizing same-sex marriage would send a message to society that promotes fatherlessness and motherlessness for Idaho children, Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asked him, “Does Idaho prohibit divorce because it sends a bad message to people? … Doesn’t that do more damage to the ideal that you profess Idaho should be telling people, that they ought to be home with the mother and the father and the child?” Stewart said no-fault divorce and the expansion of divorce has been bad for children in Idaho. “Pulling the man-woman meaning out of marriage and going with genderless marriage will be the coup de grace,” he said. “We think the effects will be much worse.” More here.
Question: Court after court has sided with the legalization of same-sex marriage. Do you expect the same outcome in the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals hearing today?
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