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Hump Day Wild Card — 8.27.14 Edit

Another season of free summer concerts is winding down. Mrs. O & visited Sherman Park Square for the first time, last night, to hear Strictly Business for the second time this summer. We heard the band at Hayden City Park earlier. Female vocalist Erika Anderson knocked it out of the park again last night. She's the daughter of Mrs. O's hair stylist, who also sings with the band. This may be the last week of free concerts. The concerts at Hayden and Rathdrum are finished for the year. Smash Hit Carnival will play from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at City Park. See you there? Now for your Hump Day Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 8.27.14

Officers belonging to Mexico's newest police force, known as the gendarmerie, salute during the launching ceremony for the new force at the Federal Police headquarters in Mexico City. Officials said Tuesday, that the first assignment for members of the new police force is Valle de Bravo, a chic resort town near Mexico City that has seen a recent spate of kidnappings. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

Question: Do you feel safe during vacations in Mexico?

Top Stories — Uzi Kill, Edit

The stories that received the most comments today were: 9-year-old girl firing Uzi, kills instructor (19 comments), and: Kootenai County GOP rejects Arfee dog protection resolution (18 comments).

Top Comment — Walkabout Edit

Walkabout (RE: 9YO girl firing Uzi kills instructor): I really don't think this has anything to do with gun control or the NRA. This man's death was a complete lack of common sense on the part of the parents and the instructor.

Cutline Contest — 8.27.14 Edit

Time 2 Vote …

A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle on the occasion of the weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Tuesday Winner — JohnA, with 5 likes: When it is suggested by her playing partner Ms. Williams, the maneuver becomes known as the Venus Bee Trap. You can see the Tuesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 8.27.14 Edit

  • 5:28 p.m. 40YO female is conscious after hitting head in fall @ Hayden Eagles RV Park, 1520 W. Wyoming.
  • 5:11 p.m. White pickup has crashed off 3/b I-90/MP 7 (H41/Post Falls), unknown injuries.
  • 5:09 p.m. Injury accident reported @ Seltice Way/Herborn Place/Post Falls.
  • 4:57 p.m. A dog is running loose @ 15th Street/Best Avenue, CdA.
  • 4:44 p.m. 90YO male fell in dining room of 545 Garden Plaza Court assisted living/Post Falls.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Aug. 26-27 here.
  • 4:15 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report for Aug. 26-27 here.
  • 3:58 p.m. Female w/twisted ankle & dog in pink shirt biking away from abusive male @ n/b Spokane St/Post Falls.
  • 3:55 p.m. Firefighter reports light smoke coming from attic of two-story home on Miles Avenue/Hayden.
  • 3:09 p.m. Female @ Silverwood pizza parlor suffering chest pain, numb legs.
  • 3:08 p.m. Worker fell off ladder onto gas meter @ E. Lakeshore Drive/Military, complaining of lower back pain.
  • 2:56 p.m. PFPD officer reports door open, no one home @ 700 block of Bridle Lane/Post Falls.
  • 2:41 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Creek Side Assisted Living, 240 E. Kathleen/CdA.
  • 2:31 p.m. 60YO female is having panic attack @ Silverwood first-aid station/Athol.
  • 2:25 p.m. Deputy asked to check legality of 290-acre field burn, 3 miles south of Elder Road/Worley.
  • 2:03 p.m. Someone is suffering a seizure @ Kootenai Neurology, 700 Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 1:50 p.m. Caller heard male in pickup cussing at boy passenger @ Post Falls Super 1 parking lot.
  • 1:47 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 1500 block of E1st Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 1:45 p.m. Female dying of lung cancer needs medical assistance on E3rd Street/Post Falls.
  • 1:19 p.m. Female knocked unconscious when she fell backward & hit her head @ Bunker/Top Flight, Post Falls.
  • 1:06 p.m. Small fire near Hauser Lake over noon hour extinguished.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Organizer Explains ‘Cruiser’ Rides Edit

CathyS (RE: Cruiser Tuesdays): I organize these rides for BikeCDA and would love to share with you. Feel free to contact me at and 'like' us on FB at CDA Cruiser Ride for weekly details. We started this as a fundraiser for a dear friend and it has taken off like wildfire. We'll continue through September, including CDA Fondo weekend and then we'll have some events through fall/winter, and because it's become such a craze for all ages and types of bikes, we'll start it up again next spring as a weekly event. It's a BLAST!

DFO: Thanks for explanation re: Cruiser Tuesday rides, Cathy. I ride my bike 4-5 times per week. Thoroughly enjoy it. But dunno if I want to ride with dozens of my closest friends. OTOH, I'm thrilled that you and the bike community are tranforming our town into a bike friendly area. Keep it up.

Question: Any of you interested in participating in a Cruiser Tuesday ride?

PM Headlines — 8.27.14 Edit

Commissioner Dan Green and Sheriff Ben Wolfinger were hobnobbing at the North Idaho Fair last week when photographer Duane Rasmussen happened along with his telephoto lens. The two men will pitch their plans to lease space for a new jail to the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans at the Avondale Golf Club Thursday evening, Sept. 4. They are moving ahead with plans for judicial confirmation despite a suit filed this week by Commissioner Jai Nelson to stop them.

Regan Holds Court At Press Online

And in the Coeur d'Alene Press Online corner of the local blogosphere, former school trustee Brent Regan is engaged in a battle of words with other commenters RE: the teacher salary negotiations. Sample, from Regan: “The vast majority of this community” of anonymous, cowardly, lying trolls don't like it when I point out facts!?!?!? Now I am 'shocked'. What ever happened to tolerance of diversity? Respect for opposing views? HHMMMMmmmm?” Which produced this response from a commenter Shocked: “Brent. Please just go away. The vast majority of this community does not appreciate your arrogant tone and condescending views.” You can follow the back and forth here.


Fed Lands Panel Adds Sandpoint Stop Edit

The Federal Lands Interim Committee, a joint legislative interim committee co-chaired by Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale (pictured), and Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, has scheduled a seventh public hearing, this one in Sandpoint on Sept. 12. That’s in addition to the six already scheduled over the next two months, including Sept. 11 in Kamiah and St. Maries; Oct. 9 in Idaho Falls and Soda Springs; and Oct 10 in Twin Falls and Hailey. The move already has prompted a “jeer” from the Lewiston Tribune’s editorial page that Denney “just happens to be making a series of statewide swings at taxpayer expense, right in the middle of campaign season, including stops next month in Kamiah and St. Maries.” Denney, former speaker of the House and current House resources chairman, is running for Idaho Secretary of State; he faces Democrat Holli Woodings in the November election/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think former Majority Leader Lawerence Denney is using the federal lands committee tour to politic?

Cruiser Tuesdays

I'm not sure what Cruiser Tuesdays are in downtown Coeur d'Alene. But here's the action that was taking place at Java on Sherman last evening. There are plenty of bikes lined up along the Back to the Future coffee shop @ 8th & Sherman Avenue. This photo is from John Kelly's BikeCDA site.

Question: Can someone explain what a bike Cruiser is? Where does the cruise go? Does a cruiser occur every Tuesday evening?

Out, Out, Damn Phone Book

How many phonebooks do we need a year? How many phonebooks end up as garbage, strewn along roadsides or in ditches because people are so sick and tired of getting umpteen phonebooks a year which take up space, especially when many of these people have smart phones which will get them the number a helluva lot faster than they'd ever find it pawing through the latest pile of phonebooks, trying to figure out if the book is for Coeur d'Alene or Sandpoint or if the book is just business numbers or numbers belonging to real people?/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

DFO: I was slightly annoyed while leaving the fair last week when a woman popped out of the darkness, appearing to be some sort of volunteer worker. I rolled down my window expecting to receive a coupon or other enticement to return — and got a phone book thrust into my hands. I tossed it on the dash and, when I returned home, in the trash. The only phone book I use is the Hagadone one. And then not very much. Usually, I Google phone numbers. How about you?

Question: Who uses phone books out there?

HBO Blogos: A Wildlife Foster Mom

Today, Herb introduces us to Dory McIsaac, executive director and operator of Mystic Farms Wildlife Rescue, Inc, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. The primary function of this shelter, is the care of orphaned deer (like the two fawns above), elk and moose that will be eventually released back into the wilds. Blog post here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Aug. 26): 8167 page-views/5184 unique views

Strike Up The (Marching) Band Edit

Senior Katy Boggs, a drum major for the University of Massachusetts marching band, leads the band at a pep rally on the waterfront Wednesday in Boston. Massachusetts opens its NCAA college football season on Saturday against Boston College in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Question: Are you ready for some college football? Which team is your favorite, from beyond the boundaries of the Inland Northwest?

Sign Of The Times …

… On a black gate protecting property along West Lakeshore Drive (Dike Road), near new condos at Military Drive (with silhouette of guard dog): “If you want to know if there's life after death, jump this fence, and you'll find out.”

Why Ask Why?

For the life of me, I can't figure out why Gov. Butch Otter wants a third term. Here's some possibilities:

  • First Lady Lori wouldn't want him underfoot for addition 15-20 hours per week.
  • It's safer than team roping.
  • His first two shots at establishing a decent legacy failed.
  • He's better than Harley Brown and Walt Byers.
  • He won't be happy until Idaho supplants Mississippi at bottom of education ladder.

Question: Why do you think Gov. Otter wants a third term?

SR News Quiz — 8.24-29.2014

How much do you know about repeated algae outbreaks in Fernan Lake, the most successful sports at WSU, regional storm cleanup and other news of note? Find out in our weekly quiz, where you could win movie tickets (everyone eligible) or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel (top contestants eligible). You can take the News Quiz here. 

  • Answer to Question No. 1: Bridging the valley.
  • Leaderboard: Berry Pickers RayNTim & SFredrickson are among the 14 finalists (so far) for the $50 gift certificate from the Davenport Hotel. You can still enter the contest until 5 p.m. Friday.

Man Hunt: Unregistered Sex Offenders

From Post Falls Police Department Facebook page: “BOZLEY, ROBERT ALAN and MILLER, TRAVIS WADE are both wanted at this time for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. BOZLEY is described as a 50 year old white male, brown hair, green eyes, 6'00” and 190 lbs. MILLER is described as a 37 year old white male, balding brown hair, green eyes, 5'08” and 155 lbs. If you know their location, please contact your local law enforcement agency. Bond is set at $100,000.00 (Note: Bozley and Miller are not suspected to be together. They are only featured in this post together due to the fact that they both have warrants).”

Where’s The Democrat Photos?

No less of a light than Idaho Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, pointed out in the comments thread here recently that Huckleberries Online doesn't run many photos of Democrats — or at least not near as many as it does of Republicans. There's a reason for the disproportionate number of photos of Republicans. Duane Rasmussen. Duane is a terrific photographer, who provides Huckleberries Online with bunches of swell photos (including the one of KCSO's new BearCat truck & the flag at the top of the ponderosa at 4th of July Pass, from Tuesday). He's also a partisan Republican. Who provides photos from various activities conducted by Kootenai County's dominant party. He would attend the events any way. So why not take a camera along. Duane has also provided photo of Democrats, including a recent one of Democratic candidates Nels Mitchell, Anne Nesse & Shirley Ringo at Riverstone (inset). He doesn't mind taking photos of Democrats. But he sometimes breaks out in hives as a result. With all that said, I'd like to find a Democrat who would provide more photos of his/her party activities. However, there's a catch. The photos must be good ones. I don't like to run bad photography here. Anyone?

Wind Blowing Through Her Hair

On her Facebook wall, Councilwoman KerriT posts: “During the dog days of summer and on National Dog Day, Miss Annie loves the wind in her hair while frolicking at the river. It's a dog's life for sure.

DFO: I missed National Dog Day yesterday. But feel free to give a shoutout to the best dog you've ever owned.

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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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