Five of Idaho’s universities and community colleges have spent more than $1.5 million to beef up campus security because of the concealed-weapons-on-campus law approved last year, the Idaho Statesman reports, and the schools expect total costs to top $3.7 million for the year. They sought additional funding this winter to offset their costs in the current budget year, which began July 1. But Gov. Butch Otter did not recommend the funding; now the schools likely will have to absorb the costs within their existing budgets. The schools are BSU, ISU, U of I, CWI and NIC/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
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Chris Guggemos stands in front of two large spruce that were recently pruned in front of his home on Wallace Avenue.
A new urban forestry program that offers financial assistance to help property owners maintain street trees in the right of way abutting their homes is off to a good start.
Katie Kosanke, Coeur d’Alene’s urban forester, said about 20 people have inquired about the program since it was adopted by the City Council last month. “I’m pleased with all the interest and expect this program to be very successful,” Kosanke said.
Chris Guggemos, a home owner on the 800 block of E. Wallace Street, was the first person to take advantage of the cost-share tree maintenance program. Lower branches of two large spruce trees in front of Guggemos’ home were pruned for clearance over the street and have been crown cleaned, which eliminates dead branches.
“The program caught my attention right away and I called on that very day to get an estimate,” Guggemos said. “The pruning really cleaned things up and I’m pleased to be the first person to take advantage of the service.”
Pruning dead and weakly attached branches is good for tree health, keeps trees looking good, and is important for public safety since dead branches are more prone to breaking out, Kosanke said.
Property owners can receive 50 percent up to $200 per tree for pruning and 50 percent up to $400 for approved removals with a maximum of $600 reimbursement per parcel. Forfeited residential street tree funds from building permits are used for the program. Each year, available funds will be determined and refunds will be given on a first-come first-serve basis.
To qualify for the program, trees must abut single-family residential parcels and be within the public right-of-way. An abutting property owner must apply and be pre-approved before work is done. One of 12 city-licensed tree service must do the work; all provide free estimates.
“The program is fantastic and gives property owners good incentive to maintain the trees in the right of way abutting their property,” said Ken Roberge, owner of Specialty Tree Service, the firm that pruned Guggemos’ spruce trees.
For more information about the program, contact the city’s urban forestry department at 769-2266.Chris Guggemos stands in front of two large spruce that were recently pruned in front of his home on Wallace Avenue.
Orofino could become the first school district in the state with its own specialty license plate, writes reporter Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune, after Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, introduced legislation Monday to create a special plate to benefit the “Friends of the Orofino Maniacs.” That’s the mascot for Orofino Junior-Senior High School; Orofino also is the location of State Hospital North, the state mental hospital. The school's slogan is, "Home of the Maniacs, Once a Maniac, Always a Maniac." The proposed plate has no slogans on it, but displays the Maniacs logo on the left side. Shepherd said it would raise money for School District 171 to pay for field trips, educational speakers and other academic enrichment programs, along with scholarships for dual credit classes; none of the money would go to athletics/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Has Idaho gotten to the point that it should put a kibosh on all these specialty license plates requests?
Jacina Carla Scamahorn, a transgender woman who was punched and kicked in the face by two men at Boots Bakery last week, spoke at Monday night's Spokane City Council meeting. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)
An assault on a transgender woman at Boots Bakery Friday night has led to calls for better training of Spokane police as an impassioned crowd urged the City Council to take action. Two men punched and kicked Jacina Carla Scamahorn in the face, breaking several bones in her face. The attack by the men who reportedly had been drinking at Zola, a bar next door to the bakery along West Main Avenue, and two servers said they witnessed the attack. Scamahorn said the police who responded to the assault call were disrespectful, referring to her as a man over the objections of Boots employees. “Staff tried to correct them, and they basically told them to shut up,” she said. Scamahorn is homeless; she was eating food that a Boots employee had given her before the attack/Rachel Alexander, SR. More here.
Two of the three state lawmakers whose district includes the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls said Monday they were surprised and disappointed that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe had canceled its big annual powwow there this summer, amid a dispute over “instant racing” betting machines the center has been operating. “It’s always been a really great event,” said Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene. “Hopefully, it gets resolved. I’m not sure if either side will like the outcome.” He said he’s heard of legislation in the works to do everything from keeping the instant racing machines but limiting their numbers, to repealing all gambling in Idaho, including the state lottery and tribal gaming. Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d’Alene, said he thinks the machines probably are legal, but he’s awaiting more information/SR. More here.
Question: Do you think something will be done to save the annual Julyamsh powwow at the Greyhound Park?
In a heart-warming story, Taylor Viydo/KREM2 tells how a Post Falls officer crawled through a doggy door to help a 90YO woman who had fallen: "A Post Falls police officer went out of her way to make sure an elderly woman was ok on Sunday. A 90-year-old had fallen inside her home and police had no way to get to her until they saw a doggy door. Officer Emily Morris knew time was a key factor and she had to make sure the woman did not have any serious injuries." More here.
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