On the way back from Hayden Lake, where I got a chipped tooth fixed this morning, I noticed 5 or 6 abortion protesters standing on the sidewalk outside the southern entrance to the Coeur d'Alene High students parking lot. They had signs. But there didn't appear to be any students entering or leaving the parking lot. So another day begins in the Kingdom of Kootenai. Now for today's Wild Card ...
Technicians dangle from a series of ropes before polishing the underside glass at Grand Canyon Skywalk in Hualapai Reservation, Ariz. The more than 40 panes of glass underneath the horseshoe-shaped bridge on the Hualapai reservation aren’t easily accessible. The structure juts out 70 feet from the edge of the Grand Canyon, offering visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet below. (AP Photos/Abseilon USA, AZ Photos, George Walsh)
Question: Have you ever walked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon?
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A 14-year-old boy accused of murdering his father and younger brother Monday night in Coeur d’Alene showed no remorse in an interview with investigators and told them he had contemplated and prepared for the brutal killings for months. Eldon G. Samuel III is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his father, Eldon Samuel Jr., 46, and his brother, Jonathan Samuel, 13, inside an emergency housing unit owned by St. Vincent de Paul in Coeur d’Alene. His bail was set today at $1 million. The elder Samuel was shot once in the stomach and three times in the head with a .45-caliber pistol, according to a Coeur d’Alene Police Department report. Jonathan Samuel was shot with a shotgun, stabbed with a knife and hacked with a machete, the report stated. The suspect told investigators he hated his brother and blamed him for his anger and frustration/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (KCSD mug photo of Eldon G. Samuel III)
Samuel also talked about playing “Grand Theft Auto 5,” a popular video game. He told investigators he likes the game character Trevor, saying Trevor has anger issues and likes to shoot people. Samuel said he thinks Trevor is “kinda cool,” investigators said.
- 5:21 p.m. Male in hoodie looking in vehicles at Garden Plaza Court/Post Falls.
- 5:15 p.m. Driver of classic vehicle w/hood down reports green Subaru hit him @ H95/Miles, Hayden, & left.
- 5:14 p.m. BOSS hit on possible stolen tan 1993 Mazda Protege @ I-90/Pleasantview, Post Falls.
- 4:56 p.m. Toyota driver stopped on road, swore at following car @ Spokane/Poleline, Post Falls.
- 4:52 p.m. Indian Meadows/CdA resident chasing loose dog on Arrowhead.
- 4:47 p.m. Post Falls student tells friend that he wanted to kill himself.
- 4:29 p.m. Caller reports being tailgated aggressively by driver of Chevy S10 Blazer @ n/b H41/Prairie.
Time 2 Vote ...
Rep. Clark Kauffman (R-Filer) shoots a rubber band on the floor of the Idaho House of Representatives on Thursday in Boise. You write the cutline. (AP/Statesman photo: Joe Jaszewski)
Monday Winner -- ScooterMom, with 11 likes: Are you sure this isn't prohibited by the ag gag bill? You can see Monday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
Winton Elementary 5th grader Tianna Wood worked to finish the practice SBAC, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test at the school in Coeur d'Alene on Monday. Idaho students got their first look at the state assessments intended to align with the new Common Core standards. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
- CdA woman falls for contest scam/Press
- Really BIG Raffle tickets available/CdA Press
- Democratic candidates touring North Idaho/Press
- Spokane resident has car, dog stolen at gunpoint/SR
- F&G: 4 poachers fined after bizarre killing spree/KTVB
- Clearwater National Forest proposes fee increases/Outdoors
- Sandpoint Arts Alliance closes doors/Cameron Rasmusson, Bee
Now that the Legislature has gone home, I am left with just one question: What the heck were they thinking regarding taxes and spending? This Legislature, with a supermajority of Republicans, had ample opportunity to dramatically cut taxes and keep spending in check. It did neither. Gov. Butch Otter proposed $30 million in tax relief. He didn’t say what kind of tax relief; he left the details to lawmakers. He should have worked harder for it. He should have been specific about what he wanted and why. The Legislature built from that rocky foundation; the only tax cut bill to be introduced was one from Rep. Mike Moyle. R-Star, calling for reductions in income tax rates. But his bill was, well, wimpy. Its tax cuts were conditioned on certain state revenue benchmarks; if those revenue goals were not reached, the higher tax rates would remain in effect. Not the best tax policy in the world, but strangely, the only broad-based tax cut on the table this year. The bill passed the House 54-13, but got no Senate hearing/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.
Question: My biggest disappointment with the 2014 Legislature? It convened. How about you?
Bangergang Bambi, left, of the Snake Pit Derby Dames blocks a jammer from Cherry City (Salem, Ore.) during a bout won by the hometown Derby Dames last weekend. (Photo: Cheryl Nichols)
The Snake Pit Derby Dames, returning for their fourth season of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby, earned their second win of the 2014 season in as many bouts in impressive fashion last Saturday night at Skate Plaza in Coeur d’Alene. The all-star team – known as the Venomous Vixens – defeated the Cherry City (Salem, Ore.) Roller Girls’ Dolls of Anarchy 226-127 before a rowdy crowd of close to 300 fans. The bout, which offered a special free admission, was sponsored by the league and Skate Plaza, which also collected four big containers of canned goods for the Community Action Partnership (CAP) Food Bank. Full story of match here.
Next Home Bout: Snake Pit’s next home bout will be a doubleheader at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds Saturday. The Vixens host the Palouse River Rollers and Snake Pit’s juniors team – the Sweet Fangs – rumble with the Cherry Bomb Brawlers of Spokane. Admission is $5 in advance for adults and $8 at the door. Children 10 and under are admitted free.
Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images captures the beauty of a sunset on Hayden Lake Monday evening. You can see more of Linda's terrific outdoors photography on her Facebook wall here.
- Amateur diagnosis/Slice
- Tools for radicals/Fort Boise
- Day 82: Bonsai/Eye on Shanghai
- Our age of apathy/Right Argument
- Mudslide: Hearts with hope/End Notes
- A little ray of Tuesday sunshine/Grip on Sports
- A man and his tools (toys)/From A Simple Mind
- Another tail from 'faulty brain center'/Out of Kilter
- It should be a grand weekend for movie fans/7 Blog
- 'To do's' almost done, just do it, soon to come/Slight Detour
- Salmon fishing boats banned from Clearwater's Big Eddy/Outdoors
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