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TGIF Wild Card — 10.31.14

Just a reminder to the regulars & regular blurkers at Huckleberries Online — services for our friend Patrick Jacobs (aka OrangeTV) are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 N. 5th St., Coeur d'Alene. I'm looking forward to celebrating his life. I'll look through the archives today for some of his comments that entertained us over the years. Now for today's Wild Card …

PM Scanner Traffic — 10.31.14

  • 1:27 p.m. Front-door alarm sounding @ Hayden Chiropractor, 8827 Govt Way/Hayden.
  • 1:16 p.m. Driver trapped inside motor home after it rolled down slope, off Indian Mountain Road, near O'Gara/Harrison.
  • 1:06 p.m. Driver of vehicle @ n/b H3/MP 87.5 (Cottonwood Drive/St. Maries) has gone into ditch several times.
  • 1:05 p.m. Driver of Peterbilt semi, parked at Post Falls Super 1, suffering stomach pain, shortness of breath.
  • 12:35 p.m. John reports window of his blue Chevy Cavalier broken & 2 purses taken, while parked at Lake Coeur d'Alene Drive lot at Silver Beach, serving users of Centennial Trail.
  • 12:34 p.m. Officer reports source of fire report @ H95/Loffs Bay Road probably slash piles.
  • 12:11 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Kootenai County Jail, 500 Govt Way/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

What Is He Saying

Marc Eberlein, a Republican candidate for one of two Kootenai County commissioner seats, listens to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden during a stop on the recent bus tour of top Idaho Republican candidates, including Gov. Butch Otter. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: What do you think Wasden is saying to Eberlein?

Raffee: 1st Results At 9:30 Tuesday

The Kootenai County Clerk's Department will change its approach to tabulating votes Tuesday, with the goal of getting results out sooner. Deputy Clerk Pat Raffee said the goal of the Elections Department this time will be to get absentees and early votes out by 9:30 p.m. The department will try to get the next results out at 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. The final unofficial results will be available around 2 p.m. Raffee explains reasons why the department is taking the approach here.


‘Vera’ Hits CdA Casino Jackpot, Sorta

I finally saw that Coeur d'Alene Casino commercial featuring Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson, as “Vera.” Kerri discussed her day as an actor for a new advertising campaign by the Coeur d'Alene Casino in a June 25 Main Street column here. Kerri reports that it was hard to spend a day, as “Vera,” being excited about fictional jackpots. It's hard for me to view someone I've know quite awhile by another name. Vera? My best friend's sister during my formative years was named Vera. Kerri's “Vera” in the commercial made me wonder re: what name would best suit me, if I were cast in a commercial. My junior English teacher once had us write a paper under a pseudonym. I chose Jantzen Davies. Still like that pseudonym. How about you?

Question: What new name would you choose if you became a movie star? (John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe are already taken.)

Breaking! Lake City Picks Hammond

Jim Hammond, a former Idaho state senator who previously served as a city councilman, mayor and city administrator in Post Falls, has been named Coeur d’Alene city administrator. Hammond, 64, was selected from a nationwide pool of 64 candidates. He is expected to start his new position in November. “I am very excited to welcome Jim Hammond to the city,” said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. “Jim brings great leadership skills, extensive city experience and is well respected in North Idaho, as well as the entire state. I look forward to working with him to accomplish great things for Coeur d’Alene”/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: What do you expect from the new city administrator?

KCGOPCC Targets Bonner County

The Kootenai County Republican Concerned Citizens PAC, not to be confused with the other KCGOPCC, Kootenai County Republican Central Committee — is back. This time, the shadowy organization is backing uber-conservatives in Bonner/Boundary counties. A Bonner County Facebook Friend posted this card on her wall after receiving it in the mail today. She Facebooked this statement: “What is wrong with this picture?”

Question: We've talked about the clandestine Concerned Citizens outfit, who intentionally are trying to be confused with the official Kootenai County GOP Central Committee. This time, I wonder why the operatives behind KCGOPCC are poking their noses into Legislative District 1 affairs. What other last-minute politicking do you expect to see this weekend?

AM Scanner Traffic — 10.30.14

  • 12:01 a.m. CPD officer stopping in 100 block of N19th Street/CdA to follow up on eviction.
  • 11:56 a.m. Driver of red 1990 Acura Integra reckless, speeding @ 100mph @ e/b I-90/MP 7 (H41/Post Falls).
  • 11:15 a.m. Abandoned bicycle found @ Govt Way/Hayden Avenue.
  • 11:11 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 900 block of Ironwood/CdA.
  • 10:48 a.m. Animal control officer catches golden lab @ Maplewood/Ridgewood, Post Falls, black dog gets away.
  • 10:47 a.m. Neighbor is concerned re: welfare of 89YO friend @ 6200 block of 4th Street/CdA.
  • 10:41 a.m. Injury crash reported @ Julia/Appleway; drivers have pulled into Lowe's parking lot.
  • 10:13 a.m. Caller reports Illinois semi driver @ e/b I-90/CdA area appears to be half asleep.
  • 9:54 a.m. Elderly female is forcing other drivers off road as she tries to pass @ s/b H95/Miles Avenue, Hayden.
  • 9:49 a.m. Post Falls EMTs en route to 72YO male who has regained consciousness, undisclosed location.
  • 9:48 a.m. CPD officer asks dispatch to contact ISP for motorist out of fuel on freeway.
  • 9:39 a.m. Fire alarm sounding for Pier 21 on the boardwalk.
  • 9:32 a.m. Bonner Co warns Kootenai Co of unsafe driver in gray Subaru s/b @ H95/MP 456 (Careywood).
  • 9:28 a.m. Officer shuts down n/b Govt Way @ Honeysuckle as result of disabled semi in road.
  • 9:16 a.m. Child custody en route to birthing site for baby possibly born, affected by mother's alcohol intake.
  • 9:08 a.m. Officer en route to Lakes Middle School to handle alcohol offense.
  • 8:55 a.m. CPD officer is conducting extra patrol in McEuen Park parking lot.
  • 8:47 a.m. Disabled 1994 black Acura is scheduled for removal in w/b I-90 median, half mile from the stateline.
  • 8:34 a.m. Residential burglary reported @ Gate 7 Ridge Road/CdA.
  • 8:29 a.m. Post Falls female said her child was missing when she woke up this AM.
  • 8:22 a.m. PFPD officer handling non-injury accident @ Cecil/Mullan, Post Falls.

A Touch Of Gold

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook wall, Linda Lantzy writes of this viewtiful photo: “A touch of Gold on the North Fork of the St. Joe River.” You can see more of her scenic Idaho photos & beyond here.

Gas Prices Falls Below $3

At The Hill, Keith Lang reports: “U.S. drivers will pay an average of less than $3 per gallon on Election Day, according to AAA. It's the first time gas prices have dropped to that level since Dec. 22, 2010. “Consumers are experiencing ‘sticker delight’ as gas prices unexpectedly drop below $3.00 in much of the country,” AAA CEO Bob Darbelnet said in a statement. “Lower gas prices are a boon to the economy just in time for holiday travel and shopping.” Incumbents have been blamed in previous elections for gas price increases. AAA said 60 percent of U.S. gas stations were already charging less than $3 for a gallon of regular gas on Friday. More here.

Question: I notice the gas price at the Mobile station on Govt Way, just west of the courthouse, is $2.86 for regular. Last gas I bought was for $3.05 for regular at Cenex, 15th & Best. Do you do intentionally drive more when the gas prices are low?

Poll: Hammond Supported Sorta

  • Thursday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation wants former state senator Jim Hammond of Post Falls selected as the next Coeur d'Alene city administrator. 58 of 129 respondents (44.96%) prefer Hammond. 50 of 129 respondents (38.76%) don't. 21 (16.28%) were undecided.
  • Weekend Poll: Should we encourage citizens with little or no knowledge of the candidates or issues to vote?

NIC Picks Architect For Tech Building

The Coeur d’Alene-based firm Architects West has been chosen by a committee to design the $15 million, 100,000-square-foot North Idaho College Career Technical Education Facility in Rathdrum. Architects West was chosen out of six local and regional firms by a search committee comprised of NIC representatives, community members and NIC Board of Trustees Ron Nilson and Judy Meyer. Architects West has over $1 billion in constructed educational facilities. The firm has designed nine projects for NIC, 15 for the University of Idaho, 48 for the Coeur d’Alene School District, 27 for the Post Falls School District and 16 for the Lakeland School District/Tom Greene, NIC Press Room. More here.

Question: Architects West definitely has the gravitas to handle this project — and handle it well. Thoughts?

AM Headlines — 10.31.14

Kindergartner Adelaide Quist measure how many blocks tall a pumpkin is during a pumpkin math lesson at Lena Whitmore Elementary School in Moscow Thursday. Students in the class were dressed in their Halloween costumes after holding a Halloween parade for other students in the school. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Geoff Crimmins)


OrangeTV ♥’d Mayor Sandi’s Style

Patrick Jacobs (aka OrangeTV) loved former Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem's fashion sense. For your reading pleasure, I found this comment that he had about Her Sandiness on Feb. 26, 2007:

“One thing is for sure: Sandi Bloem is a hardcore fashionista. Did anybody catch her outfit at the 2/20 City Council meeting? I tuned into red-hot CDA Channel 19, and my jaw dropped when I saw her squeezed delicately into a shiny plastic grey-and-black leopard print jacket and wearing her usual amount of bling. Her trademark salt-and-pepper upswept hairdo was 10x more vicious than usual. She must have decided to go with an extra-fierce look for the evening since she had to charm everybody into helping her sneak that little $3 million Kroc doo-dad through the system.”

Question: Are you laughing and crying, too?

Cutline Contest — 10.30.14

A well-preserved arm purportedly found on the Antietam battlefield near Sharpsburg, Md., shortly after the Civil War clash in 1862, is shown in a photograph this week at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/ National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Lori Eggleston)

Thursday Winner — Sherlock, with 9 likes: “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumped over the Candlestick. And then remembered the Giants don't play there anymore. You can see Thursday Photo & read all the Cutline Contest entries here.

Huckleberries Hears …

… That Jim Hammond has been offered the Coeur d'Alene city administrator's job. Stay tuned  …

Please Vote?

In his weekly newsletter, Congressman Raul Labrador encourages Idahoans to vote, noting that we're one of eight states that allow voter registration up to and including Election Day. In fact, that's a common theme for politicians, editorial writers and others who are interested in the election process. But I know a whole lotta people who aren't — and aren't very well informed. I shudder to think that some of them will be clueless when they go to the polls. So I wonder:

Question: Should we really encourage residents who don't have a clue about the candidates to vote?

Letter: No Porch Light Doesn’t = Pervs

Oh great! Now if our porch light is off tonight our neighbors will be wondering if we’re sex offenders? What if we’re not home? If we’re sick or invalids? If our religion doesn’t recognize Halloween? If we don’t have money to buy candy? Why couldn’t you just have suggested that trick-or-treaters not approach houses without porch lights on as safe and courteous? Celebrating Halloween is a choice, not a requirement or entitlement. Personally, we enjoy trick-or-treaters. But we feel leaving our porch light off if we won’t be answering the door is a courtesy, saving trick-or-treaters time and trouble/Judith & Charles Farrey, of Hayden, letter to Coeur d'Alene Press editor. More here.

Question: Did you trick of treat as a kid?

IFF: Yet 2 More Biz Tax Incentives

I’m a big fan of small businesses. My parents owned and operated a small business for many years, installing heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The work was menacingly hard. You’d get up early, and go to bed late at night after schlepping around heavy equipment and tools. Then you’d do it all over again. If a customer needed you after hours or on weekends, or when it was super hot or super cold, you went. You worked. There were no sick days. If you didn’t work, you didn’t get paid. Most small entrepreneurs can appreciate this. … That is why the news of yet two more special tax incentives for businesses (including high-tech company Kochava in Sandpoint) planning to expand or relocate to Idaho is so aggravating/Wayne Hoffman, of Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.


Trib: Jeers To ‘Deadbeat Dad’ Bujak

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, opinionator Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune offers jeers to … Idaho Libertarian gubernatorial hopeful John Bujak: “He would rather spend $10,000 on his campaign than pay his child support. On Oct. 22, Bujak pleaded guilty to contempt of court for failing to pay child support owed for August 2013. To be found guilty of contempt of court, you must have the means to comply with a judge's order and choose not to. In other words, Bujak pleaded guilty to having enough money to make child support payments and refused to pay. His response: Someone leaked the story because he's draining votes away from Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter and Democrat A.J. Balukoff. “Probably as I gain more traction, there's going to be more smearing,” he told the Idaho Press-Tribune's Kelcie Moseley. Smear? See rest of the comment here.

Question: Is it more important to run a campaign or to pay your child support?

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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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