Keep Those Snowtires On -- Watching the snowflakes this week, we were depressed at winter's long grip until calling the National Weather Service's Spokane office.
Then we were more depressed.
Since it started keeping count in the late 1800s, the NWS has recorded measurable snowfall well into spring - 11 snowfalls after May 1, including 3.5 inches on May 11, 1967.
Seeking Endorsement -- One has to wonder if Jerry Brady has a clear understanding of the challenges that he's posing for his newspaper.
Brady is publisher of the Post Register in Idaho Falls and president of the media company that owns KIFI-TV 8 there. He's also the first Idaho Democrat to announce his intention to run against Republican Gov. Dirk Kempthorne this fall, according to the Associated Press.
In editorials, Brady has announced he's stepping down from his journalistic jobs, moving out of the office and expecting to be treated like any other candidate. If the newspaper's leaders want to avoid charges of favoritism, they'll take off the kid gloves early and often in covering the old boss. But, then, when it comes to Democrats in Idaho, that's kind of a given.
In This Corner...-- Spokane has some issues to resolve. Our suggestion to address these, while providing a bit of fun: Spokane Celebrity Boxing.
Don't laugh, we're serious.
Imagine John Powers putting on the gloves against Steve Eugster. Or, in a battle of TV infobabes, Stephanie Vigil versus Nadine Woodward.
It would be for charity, of course: Profits could go toward road repairs.
So Much For Human Progress -- One Washington state road worker reports that a three-person cleanup crew recently scoured the freeway median for seven days around Spokane and Ritzville. They found the usual litter, like soda cans and loose papers. They also collected 310 bottles of urine and 10 bags of human, um, waste -- perhaps the portable bathroom breaks of long-haul truckers?
No More Torching the Couch -- Looks like our days of wrecking the car to get back at a spouse - current or estranged - must end. The Legislature says so.
Until March 12, a Washington resident could not be convicted of malicious mischief for destroying jointly owned property. That was the result of a 2001 Washington Court of Appeals decision. Last week, state legislators amended the law to allow prosecutors to convict people who destroy property co-owned by one's husband or wife.