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Actress Zellweger ‘Unrecognizable’

Actress Renee Zellweger attends Giorgio Armani's “One Night Only New York” fashion show in New York. Zellweger says she looks different because she’s “living a different, happy, more fulfilling life.” The 45-year-old Oscar winner issued a statement to People magazine late Tuesday, after she became a trending topic on Twitter, with many fans claiming the actress had become “unrecognizable.” Her appearance at a Hollywood event earlier this week sparked widespread Internet chatter. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, FIle)

Question: Would you recognize this actress as Renee Zellweger?


Lake City Hires Post Falls Planner

The city of Coeur d’Alene is pleased to announce the selection of Hilary Anderson as its new community planning director. Anderson, currently the planning and economic development manager for the city of Post Falls, will assume her new position on Nov. 24. For the past three years Hilary has performed professional and advanced planning work involving the administration, advanced research and analysis, and presentation of information and recommendations of long-range planning and economic development issues in Post Falls. “We are thrilled to welcome Hilary to our staff. Her experience and knowledge of local planning issues, as well as her proven leadership, will be a great asset to our talented and devoted planning staff,” said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.

PM Scanner Traffic — 10.22.14

  • 3:34 p.m. Male walking n/b on NW Blvd/CdA possibly involved in drug issues at CdA school.
  • 3:31 p.m. Firefighters are helping homeowner extinguish illegal burn @ Infinity/Nunn Road, Athol.
  • 3:25 p.m. Possible illegal burn reported @ Linzy Lane/Morning Glory, Athol.
  • 2:30 p.m. KCSOffice Facebook announcement: “During the past few weeks, Kootenai County has had an increase in ATV thefts, especially in the areas of Cataldo, Rose Lake, and the Hwy 3 corridor.”
  • 1:21 p.m. Barn is on fire off H95/MP 456 (Barnhart Road) @ 3718 Homestead, Careywood.
  • 1:12 p.m. 47YO arthritic female suffered injuries in fall @ Scott Street/Post Falls residence.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Press-Tribune: Denney Too Partisan

In an editorial endorsement of Democrat Holli Woodings (pictured), the Idaho Press-Tribune (Nampa-Caldwell) opines:

“The office of Idaho secretary of state should not be partisan, and although its two most recent office holders, Pete Cenarrusa and Ben Ysursa, both technically had the “R” after their names, they executed the duties of the office with honor and distinction in a truly nonpartisan manner since 1970. They set the bar extremely high and will be a very tough act to follow.Both the candidates seeking the office this year — Democrat Holli Woodings and Republican Lawerence Denney — are promising to follow the lead of Cenarrusa and Ysursa and keep partisan politics out of the Secretary of State’s Office. When evaluating whether they’ll actually be capable of doing that, voters need to look at their past history, and based on that, they should have serious concerns regarding Denney’s ability to keep partisan politics out of the office.” More here.

Question: Do you think it's important to have a Secretary of State who operates in a nonpartisan manner?

Bistro On 4th Owner ♥’s Mushrooms

Off road, up an incline, in some shady, pine needle-covered place along the outer edges of the Coeur d’Alene National Forest, there’s edible gold. It pushes through the duff on the forest floor like half-hidden treasure, apricot-colored and ready for harvesting – that is, if you don’t hike right over it. Chanterelles – golden and glorious with a delicately nutty flavor – prefer the rich soil under the cover of Douglas fir and hemlock. “They are sneaky, stealthy little things. I mean, they’re bright yellow. But you’ve really got to look,” said Chris Mueller, owner of Bistro on Spruce in Coeur d’Alene and an avid outdoorsman. While he’s no mycologist, he loves the thrill of a good mushroom hunt and the buttery, garlicky, sautéed reward. To put it mildly, Mueller loves mushrooms/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here. (SR photo: The recipe for this Fall Wild Mushroom Risotto comes from Bistro on Spruce in Coeur d’Alene)

Question: How do you like your mushrooms served?

OTV’s Short History Of Coeur d’Alene

On his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, Patrick Jacobs provides a brief tongue-in-cheek history of Coeur d'Alene, which includes this paragraph: “General William T. Sherman, who was by all accounts kind of a jackass, came to Yap-Keehn-um from back east in 1877 and threw down some serious shade on the tribe, telling them to stay on their new little reservation or they would be killed to death by loud, smelly American guns. He brought over a bunch of his military homies and they built Fort Coeur d'Alene (it was later named after Sherman, probably by Sherman himself - he was just that kind of insufferable ego tripper), which consisted of 52 military buildings and a throbbing discotheque.” More here (& worth the read). (Photo of General Sherman)

Question: When did you first come to Coeur d'Alene?

Ybarra Didn’t Earn Doctorate Degree

Sherri Ybarra (pictured), the Republican candidate for Idaho state superintendent of schools, has claimed throughout her campaign that she was working on her doctorate in education at the University of Idaho and would receive it in August, but the university reports today that she instead received an educational specialist degree, not a doctorate. University spokeswoman Andrea Barlow said Ybarra was awarded an educational specialist degree with an emphasis in education leadership. Ybarra’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment; she now says on her campaign website that she received an “EdDs in Educational Leadership” in August of 2014. … Jerry Evans, former longtime Republican state superintendent of schools in Idaho, said, “There’s a lot of difference between an educational specialist and a doctorate”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Are. You. Kidding. Me?

Hump Day Wild Card — 8.22.14

I doubt that we can top Tuesday for breaking news at HucksOnline, what with Arfee owner's suit and the evolving drama around the Hitching Post. But I'm here for you, if news does break. Per usual. Here's today's Wild Card …

Sec Of State Wannabe Airs Ad

Democrat Holli Woodings ad in her Secretary of State campaign.

In an unusual move for an Idaho Secretary of State candidate, Holli Woodings is running a statewide TV commercial touting her candidacy and her commitment to making it easier to vote in Idaho; the ad is airing in the Boise, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Spokane markets. While Woodings doesn’t mention her GOP opponent, Lawerence Denney, in the ad, it draws a contrast to his campaign theme of enhancing security in elections; Denney co-sponsored Idaho’s voter photo I.D. law and has called for additional measures to combat potential voter fraud, including using technology to scan voters’ fingerprints or signatures at the polls. In a debate against Woodings on statewide TV, Denney declared, “I will not give up the security of the ballot for convenience”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Effective? Ineffective?

Funeral Music

Digger (RE: Thumbing his way through Coeur d'Alene history): One of my favorite ways to pass the time when we're slow at work is to look through the old funeral records (we have them going back to 1895) and see how things have changed over the years. Patterns can be found in the timing of funerals, merchandise and even song selections based on the era and arranging director.

DFO: I already have 2 songs that I would like played at my funeral: “Be Thou My Vision” and the modern version of “Amazing Grace.” And I've kidded my daughter that I want “Pachebel's Canon” as a 3rd because she refused to have it played when I walked her down the aisle 2 years ago. That'd be a way to be ushered out. How about you?

Question: Which songs would you like played at your funeral?

Zags To Be Better Than Ever

At, Sam Vecenie posts: “For the past 15 seasons, the Gonzaga Bulldogs has been the class of the West Coast Conference. Sure, occasionally a few schools have had strong cycles of players that have allowed them to compete, and maybe even steal a championship. But since Mark Few took over as coach, the Bulldogs have won 13 out of 15 regular-season conference championships, 11 of 15 WCC tournaments, and made the NCAA Tournament every season. That doesn't look like it'll change this year, as the Bulldogs potentially have their most talented team during Few's tenure — which is saying a lot. … They begin the season in the top 15 nationally and have legitimate Final Four aspirations.” More here. (SR file photo: Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos against Oklahoma State defenders in 2014 NCAA Tournament)

Question: Am I the only one in Hucks Nation who can't wait for Gonzaga basketball to begin again?

11YO Girl Hailed As Life-Saver

Without the split-second decision of an 11-year-old girl, a day by the pool last month would have led to tragedy for the Love family. Josephine Love, of Coeur d'Alene, told The Press that she took her family to enjoy a day at a friend's pool. Minutes after a family member took Love's 3-year-old daughter, Airabella, to the restroom, the toddler was able to get back in the pool unnoticed without her life jacket. Love said she and the other mothers were right by the pool keeping an eye on the kids, when all of a sudden she heard someone screaming Airabella's name. “I looked over and she looked dead in the water. She was a gray color and was unconscious,” Love said. “It was horrifying and surreal. It almost felt like time froze”/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo by Tess Freeman: Coeur d’Alene firefighter Erik Loney presents Sequoia Love, 11, accompanied by her sister Airabella Love, 3, with an Award of Exemplary Action)

Question: Have you ever saved someone's life?

An Autumn Sky

Here's another of the viewtiful autumn photos taken by Marianne Love/Slight Detour during a trip along Rapid Lightning Creek Road in Bonner County recently. More photos here.

Poll: Respect Religious Exemption

  • Tuesday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation wants the city of Coeur d'Alene to recognize the religious exemption of the Hitching Post, as a means to calm down the controversy over the owners' gay marriage stand. 112 of 255 respondents (43.92%) took that stand. 40 of 255 respondents (15.69%) want the city to rescind its anti-discrimination ordinance as it applies to gays. 38 of 255 respondents (14.9%) would like to see the Hitching Post owners fined & hauled off to jail. 13 of 255 respondents (5.1%) would like to see a lengthy court battle. And 40 of 255 respondents (15.69%) marked “other.”
  • Today's Poll: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you fear Ebola epidemic?

AM Scanner Traffic — 10.22.14

  • 11:46 a.m. Burnt food in oven triggered fire alarm @ N Ironwood Court/CdA.
  • 11:18 a.m. 85YO male is suffering general weakness @ Creekside Inn, 240 E. Kathleen/CdA.
  • 10:53 a.m. 2 children from same family haven't been @ Canfield Middle School for 4 days.
  • 10:46 a.m. Small grass fire reported @ Millview Lane/Canal Street, CdA.
  • 10:37 a.m. Shopco security is following blond shoplifting suspect wearing black pants @ e/b Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 10:10 a.m. Officer reports dispatching injured deer (10:04 item) with single bullet.
  • 10:07 a.m. Male who threatened to blow up Govt Way business w/uzi recently is returning to building.
  • 10:05 a.m. Undisclosed theft reported @ 200 block of W. Prairie Avenue/Hayden.
  • 10:04 a.m. Patrol officer is handling injured deer @ H95/Orchard Avenue/Hayden.
  • 9:31 a.m. PFPD looking for male who left note that said he was going to kill himself.
  • 9:19 a.m. Vandalism to property reported by Coeur d'Alene liquor store, unknown which one.
  • 8:42 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency off Idahline/Post Falls.
  • 8:41 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Life Care Center/Post Falls.
  • 8:22 a.m. Intruder alarm sounding @ NIC Head Start, 411 N15th/CdA.
  • 8:18 a.m. Female left school bus stop on Mill Avenue/CdA crying.

AM Headlines — 10.22.14

Declo High School senior Sierra Norman studies at her Albion home. The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho filed a complaint against Cassia County School District in central Idaho Monday, accusing it of sexually and religiously discriminating against Norman in denying her a chance to run for a student government position. Story here. (AP Photo/The Times-News, Laurie Welch)

A Solution For Hitching Post Situation?

In the Coeur d'Alene Press today, Pastor Chuck Wilkes of Hayden's True North Church offered a possible solution to the controversy involving Lake City's Hitching Post: “The simple solution for the Hitching Post is to withdraw from operating as an agent of the state and to limit itself to conducting religious weddings only. As such, an entirely different legal process comes into play. Many countries follow this process… churches conduct religious ceremonies, civil authorities conduct legal ceremonies. The Hitching Post could simply conduct a religious ceremony for anyone it chooses (or doesn't choose) and then refer the bride and groom across the street for a civil ceremony.” More here. (SR file photo, of owner Don Knapp at Hitching Post)

Question: Do you like/dislike Pastor Wilkes' solution?

Cutline Contest — 10.22.14

Facts: Chinese artist Kong Ning wears her 10-meter long wedding gown creation made of hundreds of face masks in Beijing, China. Kong created the gown to draw hoping her act will call on more actions to fight the pollution which has shrouded the Chinese capital. You write the cutline. (AP Photo)

Tuesday Winner (tie, with 5 likes apiece) — Cindy: “President Dilma Rousseff demonstrates what vision coverage looks like under the Affordable Care Act,” and: “Bazilian president Dilma Rousseff scans the crowd for a hair dresser or a dentist.” You can see Wednesday Photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

Jones: If You Like Tom, You’ll ♥ Sherri

“She has said that she will carry on and move forward Tom Luna’s recommended budget, as well as move into the office right next door to him the day after the election so he could train her on how to do the job. If you liked Tom Luna, you’re going to love Sherri Ybarra. We can't afford to have another four years of a superintendent who is well-intended but ill-prepared” — Democrat Jana Jones, at “Idaho Debates” on Idaho Public TV last night. More here.

Question: What impact could a Democratic superintendent of schools have in a state that's so overwhelmingly Republican?

Trip To Texas Panics Priest River

At KXLY, Alex LeFriec reports: Priest River parents are anxious after a group of teachers traveled to Texas, raising fears about their children being exposed to Ebola, a baseless concern according to school officials since those staffers never closer than 150 miles from Dallas. When that group of teachers from Priest River Lamanna High School went to the Lone Star State for a retreat, they were hoping to bring back some tips and knowledge for their students. Now some of those students and their parents fear they brought back something else. “They should at least keep them down there and quarantine them to see if they have it before bringing them back into school,” parent Linda Ramos said. Ramos said there's no guarantee that the nine staff members don't have Ebola. More here.

Question: Ah, are we going overboard here?

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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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