If you can get a glimpse through the cloudy, rainy skies above Coeur d'Alene today, you might be able to see a partial solar eclipse. Today's eclipse begins over Coeur d'Alene at 1:45p and reaches maximum eclipse at 3:09p. The partial eclipse ends at 4:25p.
Today's weather is expected to continue to be cloudy with scattered thunderstorms through early afternoon, likely making it impossible to see the eclipse from the ground in Coeur d'Alene.
This eclipse is only a partial eclipse, and will not be visible as a total eclipse from any vantage point. If the sun were visible today, approximately 60% would be covered from the partial eclipse when viewed from Coeur d'Alene.
The next solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 will be a total eclipse when viewed from areas south of Coeur d'Alene, while in our area it will be visible as a near-total eclipse with more than 90% of the sun covered.
During any solar eclipse (just like any other time), you do not want to look directly at the sun, as it could permanently damage your vision. Cameras may also be damaged by pointing them at the sun for any period of time. The best way to view or photograph the sun during an eclipse is to use welder's goggles to shield your eyes and a solar filter to protect your camera.
Judicial elections on the 2014 ballot in Kootenai County are a "yes or no" question, with "yes" indicating that the judge should remain in office and "no" indicating that the judge should be dismissed from the position.
There are three Kootenai County Magistrates on the 2014 ballot: Robert Caldwell, James D. Stow and Scott Wayman.
Magistrate Judge Robert Caldwell has served in his current position since January 2009 after being appointed to the position in October 2008. A native of Coeur d'Alene, Caldwell graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School in 1985 and attended Washington State University afterward with an economics major. He attended law school at University of Idaho. He practiced law privately for local law offices and for Regence Blue Shield.
Magistrate Judge James Stow was appointed to his current position in 2004 and has served in that capacity ever since. Prior to his appointment as a judge for the 1st District Court, Stow served as a deputy prosecutor for Bonner County. One of Stow's decisions led to national controversy when he ordered that a deaf girl must wear the external components of her cochlear implant at all (practical) times. This decision went against the wishes of the girl's father, also deaf, who did not wish to make his daughter wear the exterior components of the implant when she was visiting him. Judge Stow's decision sparked heated debate among many advocacy groups for the deaf.
Two North Idaho College Trustee positions are up for election on the 2014 ballot, and both candidates for these positions are running unopposed.
Christie Wood, the incumbent, is running for NIC Trustee Position D and Ken Howard, also the incumbent, is running for NIC Trustee Position E.
Wood was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004 and re-elected in 2010. Howard was elected during the 2010 election. Both Wood and Howard were endorsed by the Kootenai County Democratic Party alongside partisan candidates on the party's website during the 2010 election cycle.
Of the 2010 election, the Coeur d'Alene Press said, "While Wood and Howard had plenty of support from prominent area Democrats, the election was technically non-partisan.”
Outside of her position with the North Idaho College Board of Trustees, Wood is a sergeant with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department as its Community Relations Officer. She was a featured speaker at the local Democratic Club on September 12, 2014
Howard is a local trial attorney and has served on the Idaho State Bar Association Board of Governors. Howard holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute. He moved to Idaho in 1977 with his wife, Barbara Howard, who is a member of the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee representing precinct 61.