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Hump Day Wild Card — 4.23.14

Odd day at Huckleberries Online today. I posted some items from 8 to 9 a.m. Then, I headed car-pooled to the Spokane office for a required seminar on workplace harassment. Interesting. Then, back to the Coeur d'Alene office, where I tried to get back up to speed. Wasn't easy to do. The three-hour hole in the morning scheduled knocked me off my blogging rhythm. But we all survived and Thursday is just around the corner. I'll re-post the Wild Card & head home …

Parting Shot — 4.23.14

“It's hard to speak to an all-school assembly, posts SR photog Jesse Tinsley on his Facebook page. “Most kids could care less. But they listened to Eastern Washington University quarterback Vernon Adams when he said most of his friends from high school in Pasadena were in jail or 'doin' nothin'.'” Story here.

Fulcher Rips Otter For Ducking Him

Sen. Russ Fulcher says Gov. Butch Otter is afraid to defend his “shallow record” and limiting give-and-take to a single debate on Idaho Public Television May 14. Speaking to about 100 people at an Ada County Republican Central Committee forum Tuesday night, Fulcher urged Otter’s supporters to “encourage him to engage. You deserve to hear from your governor, not just me.” Fulcher appeared at four forums in the past week — Ada County Republican Women in Boise, Madison County Republicans in Rexburg, Southern Idaho Republican Women in Twin Falls and Tuesday’s event — that Otter skipped/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: I'm with Fulcher on this one. Can't stand it when a statewide candidate for office dodges his opponent by skipping debates. You?

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Top Post: Boot Vagrants — Letter

Top Post of day attracted 23 comments …

Something must be done about the roaming vagrants in this area who hang out in the Coeur d’Alene library, Fresh Start and up and down Sherman Avenue from The Coeur d’Alene Resort down to the Conoco gas station. They are mentally unstable, dirty and drunk and are scaring our guests. The Coeur d’Alene police say the influx is from Spokane as the police over there are cracking down on the panhandlers. It’s worse than they have ever seen it. The Coeur d’Alene police say it is because the city of Coeur d’Alene has opened up the city to all the vagrants with all our charitable, free services such as the halfway house rentals owned and operated by the owners of the Garden Hotel and the St. Vincent’s operation who just recently took over Fresh Start/Shelley Williams, Coeur d'Alene, letter to Coeur d'Alene Press editor. More here.

Question: Do you think Coeur d'Alene has a problem with transients downtown?

PM Headlines — 4.23.14

A steady drizzle in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley cleared out some walkways Tuesday, but it didn’t keep these four determined walkers from their mission on the Lewiston Levee path. (Lewiston Tribune photo: Barry Kough)

Cutline Contest — 4.23.14

Nearly three dozen sea turtles that were rescued on Cape Cod last fall are released off Florida waters Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack)

Tuesday Winner — Fort Boise, with 6 likes: A kiss is as good as a mile. You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Scanner Traffic — 4.23.14

  • 5:12 p.m. Female on Cliffhouse/Hauser Lake reports her estranged ex is on her property.
  • 4:55 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for April 22-23 here.
  • 4:38 p.m. Someone is unconcious @ 32700 block of Clagstone Road/Athol.
  • 4:30 p.m. Animal control officer en route to check seriousness of Coeur d'Alene dog bite.
  • 4:12 p.m. Officer en route to serve warrant on willing individual @ Kootenai County Courthouse.
  • 4:01 p.m. Suicide threat made @ 2000 block of Avon Circle/Hayden.
  • 3:59 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ 1900 block of Syringa (cross of 11th/CdA).
  • 14 more items below

For Those Keeping Score At Home …

… Kootenai County is constructing a new Buildings & Grounds office at the site of the old prosecutor's office, across from the judicial building on Garden Avenue. This will enable the Buildings & Grounds Department to move from a rental downtown. The new facility will also harbor the mail room & copy center.

Kris: Post Falls Outlets Not So Bad

KXLY's Kris Crocker tweets: “This makes me feel better about the Post Falls Outlets: Completely Surreal Photos Of America’s Abandoned Malls.” She then provides a link to photos of deserted malls around the country. Click here.

Question: Is the Post Falls Outlets completely vacant? What would be a good use for that space?

Russell Wilson, Wife Seek Divorce

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ashton have filed for divorce. The two were married in January 2012. The Seahawks released a statement from Wilson on the issue: “I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter”/Yahoo! Sports. More here.


Cancer Center Reports Boiler Fire

The medical building housing Kootenai Cancer Center was briefly evacuated this afternoon when flames broke out during maintenance on a boiler. A build up of natural gas caused the small fire, which singed the hair of the maintenance technician, said Becky Orchard, a Kootenai Health spokeswoman. He was evaluated at the scene by firefighters, she said. The boiler is located on the first floor of the building at 700 W. Ironwood Drive, Coeur d’Alene. The building is owned by Parkwood Business Properties. It houses the cancer center, a lab and other medical offices.

‘Kid Cannabis’ Screening Tonight

My friend Kevin Taylor gets around the Inland Northwest. We first worked together more than 30 years ago at the short-lived Spokane Sports Journal. Then both of us graduated to The Spokesman-Review. Kevin later worked for the Pacific Northwest Inlander and is now a freelance writer who shops his stuff around, as all good independent journalists tend to do. As the author of literally hundreds of stories, Kevin has immersed himself in many aspects of Pacific Northwest life. One of the stories that he did nine years ago for the Inlander, though, may be the only one that inspired a movie. “Kid Cannibis,” which will open Friday at the Magic Lantern Theater, is based on a story that Kevin wrote under the headline “B.C. Bud: The Region's Top Cash Crop”/Dan Webster, 7 Blog. More here.

Question: Are you interested in seeing this movie?

HBO Blogosphere — 4.23.14

Master fly fisherman Tim Rajeff of Vancouver, Wash., lands a monster rainbow in Strobel Lake, Argentina. Rajeff is coming to North Idaho this weekend and he’s only part of the celebrity action during the two-day Sandpoint Fly Fishing Film Festival. Rich Landers' Outdoors blog story here. (Courtesy photo)

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, April 22): 9230 page-views/5359 unique views

Gutting Art To Be Featured At Artwalk

Artist Abigail Gutting of Abigail Gutting Fine Art will be the featured artist at Coeur d'Alene Galleries during the monthly downtown Coeur d'Alene Artwalk scheduled for Friday, May 9. The 18-by-24-inch oil above, entitled “Heat of July” is one of Gutting's works that will be on display. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Galleries Facebook page)

Question: Have you ever participated in a downtown Coeur d'Alene Artwalk event?

SR News Quiz — April 20-24.2014

How much do you know about your chances of being audited by the IRS, Idaho casino gambling regulations and other news of note? Take The Spokesman-Review' weekly News Quiz and find out. You could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question #1: Craft distilleries
  • Leaderboard — For the first time, not a single Merry Huckster is on the Leaderboard this week. Yet.

Christie: City Fighting Homelessness

Christie Wood: City leadership is actively working to address homelessness with other community organizations. They have been successful in helping several families quit living on the streets. The Police Department has a spokesperson (me) and I speak on behalf of the Chief of Police. The Department has never taken a position blaming charitable organizations and City leaders for an increase in vagrancy. We will continue to enforce laws and charge individuals for criminal conduct. We will also continue to work with City leaders and community organizations to reduce homelessness in our community.

Question: All who are involved in fighting homelessness and poverty in this community deserve a monster hat tip, right?

Obama Visits Mudslide Site

President Barack Obama embraces Jon Lovick, Snohomish County Executive, after speaking to speaks to first responders, recovery workers and community members at the Oso Fire Department in Oso, Wash., Tuesday, the site of the deadly mudslide that struck the community in March. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Poll: Bundy’s Supporters ‘Misguided’

  • Tuesday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation sez the individuals who have flocked to Nevada to support rancher Cliven Bundy's stand against the federal government are “misguided at best.” 111 of 259 respondents (42.86%) took that position. Another 52 of 259 (20.08%) said they were “criminals.” 45 of 259 (17.37%) considers them “thugs.” OTOH, 41 of 259 (15.83%) said they were “Patriots,” and 10 (3.86%) considers them “heroes.”
  • Today's Poll: Did County Clerk Jim Brannon commit a significant misstep by unilaterally changing policy to require candidates to appear in person to file?

Risch, Cantwell To Tour Hayden Biz

 U.S. Senator Jim Risch will welcome U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to North Idaho at 2 p.m. Friday to tour Bullet Tools, 3390 W. Hayden Ave., Hayden. Cantwell is the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Risch serves as the top Republican. Following the tour, the senators will join Bullet Tools CEO Ben Toews in making brief remarks before announcing their bipartisan effort to support exports. Bullet Tools, a tool manufacturer, was named as the U.S. Small Business Administration Exporter of the Year for the Northwest region in 2009.


City Can’t Enforce Bathroom Policy

Despite being sympathetic to concerns that cross-dressing men are using women’s public restrooms, Spokane Valley city leaders say state and federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit them from doing anything about it. “This is not a comfortable topic for any of us,” Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard said during a legal briefing Tuesday night. “I hope our citizens understand there is nothing the city can do about this.” The issue was raised by a Valley resident last month who was startled when she realized a man wearing a dress and a wig was using a busy women’s restroom during a conference she was attending. Wendy McElroy urged city officials to aggressively enforce gender-specific public restroom use, drawing applause from council spectators/Dave Wasson, SR. More here.

Question: Do you agree with policy in Washington state re: public restrooms

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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