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Weekend Wild Card — 10.18-19.14

I have a few final things to do to prepare for colder weather in the next few weeks. I little paint here. I little late-fall gardening there. And a whole bunch of wood stacking for use from November through mid-March. I'm still resisting the urge to buy a snow blower. I figure that shoveling snow is good exercise as long as you still can do it. All but one of my neighbors have snow blowers. One of these days I'll have to give in. Or become a snow bird. Now for this weekend's Wild Card …

Lake City Edges CdA Viks 45-42 In OT

Lake City High School's #10 Jerry Louie McGee returns a kick off 92 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of the match up against host Coeur d'Alene High School tonight. Louie-McGee returned kicks of 85 and 92 yards for touchdowns as well as a punt of 60 yards for a TD. Lake City (now 7-1) snapped a six-game losing streak to Coeur d'Alene by kicking a field goal in overtime to win 45-42. SWX game boxscore here. (SR Photo: Kathy Plonka)

They call it Maverick, and Lake City defensive backs are taught to jump a route whenever they see the quarterback’s eyes. That’s what Timberwolves junior Scott Helsper did, intercepting Coeur d’Alene quarterback Austin Lee on the first possession in overtime. Then after Lake City got within one inch of the goal line on fourth down, the Timberwolves brought reliable field goal kicker Casey Bourque out. A false start and a delay moved Lake City back, but Bourque sent through his second game winner of the season, this time from 27 yards, as the visiting Timberwolves upset defending State 5A champion Coeur d’Alene 45-42 in an Inland Empire League 5A football game Friday/Greg Lee, SR. More here.

Question: Were you at the game Friday night? Thoughts?


Hitching Post Sues CdA Over Ordinance

The owners of the Hitching Post wedding chapel filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Coeur d’Alene Friday, claiming that the city is unconstitutionally forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages. Owners Donald and Evelyn Knapp say in the lawsuit that they believe marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman. “Performing same-sex wedding ceremonies would thus force the Knapps to condone, promote and even consecrate something forbidden by their religious beliefs and ordination vows,” the suit reads. The city passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in 2013. It applies to housing, employment and “public accommodation.” Religious entities are exempt from the ordinance. But in May city attorney Warren Wilson told The Spokesman-Review that The Hitching Post, which is a for-profit business, likely would be required to follow the ordinance/Nina Culver, SR. More here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka, of Hitching Post owner Donald Knapp)


TGIF Wild Card — 10.17.14

I'm still walking on Cloud 9 after the walkoff home run by Travis Ishikawa carried the San Francisco Giants to their 3rd World Series appearance in five years. It never gets old, bay-bee. So I'm enjoying it while I can. Still, I'd like to send my condolences to County Clerk Jim Brannon, a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan who once wore a Cardinal ballcap to my home to hand-deliver GOP campaign literature. Now onto Kansas City. Here's today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 10.17.14

Moluccan cockatoo Zeppy looks for treats inside a pumpkin at the Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City Friday. The Zoo was established in 1904 as a small menagerie at Wheeler Park. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Searcher: Far Right Lives In Fear

Searcher (RE: Dogwalk: Fear mongering & Ebola): My prediction: the further to the right an individual stands politically, the higher the level of fear. Note: this is not going to be absolute, as there are lefties who are pretty crackers, and righties who are pretty reasonable, rational people, but I'm pretty confident of what the correlation will be. Wouldn't that be fun to plot?

Question: Do you think the Far Right on the political spectrum are more fearful than the Far Left?

Top Comments — 10.17.14

Top Comment — JMRusche (RE: Profile: Gov. Butch Otter): The Governor has said repeatedly that there was nothing wrong with the Luna Laws, only on how they were presented. And having seen the Governor's budget requests for higher ed and public schools for 7 years now, I will be surprised if education comes to the front of the line, ahead of tax cuts, more rainy day reserves and money to defend unconstitutional laws. Past performance may not dictate future efforts but usually is a good indicator.

Most Commented Stories: Labrador wants temporary flight ban (37 comments), and: Letter: Brannon wrong to rally (28 comments), and:  Obama appoints Ebola chief (17 comments), and: Ad: Vote GOP or lose your freedom (15 comments).

Cutline Contest — 10.17.14

Time 2 Vote …

Facts: Base jumpers jump off the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, W.V. during Bridge Day. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Register-Herald, Rick Barbero)

Thursday Winner — No Comment, with 10 likes: “Bless me father for I have sinned. I have eaten dirt, pooped my pants and wake my parents up at all hours of the night.” You can see Thursday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 10.17.14

  • 5:10 p.m. CPD officer is transporting male, high on spice, to Kootenai Health. Officer found the male in a vehicle that didn't belong to him. Officer wants dispatcher to phone hospital to make sure security is on duty.
  • 5:01 p.m. Firefighters are using extinguishers to put out small fires along 13000 block of Govt Way/Hayden.
  • 4:38 a.m. Teen boy is smoking pot in vehicle in the Silverwood parking lot.
  • 4:33 p.m. Male in polka-dot pants, 5-foot-7, is yelling @ Post Falls business & won't leave.
  • 4:26 p.m. Suspicious person reported @ Maple/Morse, Hayden.
  • 4:14 p.m. Personal holdup alarm sounding @ Bluejay Industrial, 756 W. Buckles, Hayden.
  • 3:45 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Oct. 16-17 here.
  • 3:30 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Department property crimes report Oct. 16-17 here.
  • 3:09 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Casino manager reports possible theft.
  • 2:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report Oct 16-17 here.
  • 1:55 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Timberlake High School, 5973 H54/Spirit Lake area.
  • 1:36 p.m. Female contacts KCSOffice to report male threatened her with a gun last night.
  • 12:33 p.m. 65YO male bleeding from head after falling off outdoor steps into yard @ 2000 block of Honeysuckle/CdA.
  • 12:24 p.m. Someone is trespassing on property @ 200 block of E13th Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 12:09 p.m. 64YO worker @ Chilco Mill, 4447 Chilco Road, reports ears tingling.
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Huckleberries Hears …

… That the Idaho GOP bus tour bogged down at the railroad tracks b/n Rathdrum & Post Falls because a train was parked on the tracks on H41/Rathdrum Prairie. My Eye on the Bus reports: “Did someone leak the schedule to the Democrats?  All Constitutional officers are leaving in private cars.” The bus was en route to Buck Knives in Post Falls and then McEuen Park (5-6:30 PM) in Coeur d'Alene.

PM Headlines: Seahawks Trade Harvin

In this Oct. 6 AP file photo, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) carries the ball past Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley (56) during an NFL football game in Landover, Md. The New York Jets have acquired Harvin from the Seahawks. Two people familiar with the trade told The Associated Press today that Harvin, a star in last season's Super Bowl but injury-prone through his career, was headed to the Jets. The people spoke anonymously because the deal was not officially announced by either club. Story here. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Drone Inspects Standpipe Exterior

A drone begins its approach to check the condition of the exterior of the Prairie Standpipe in northern Coeur d'Alene. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo)
At 160 feet tall, the Prairie Standpipe in northern Coeur d’Alene is said to be the largest structure of its kind in the world. Yes, world. That’s impressive, but it also makes determining the condition of its exterior a challenge. Until now. In this day of drones, getting a bird’s eye view is much easier, much to the delight of the city’s water department. Built in 1993, the 2 million gallon Prairie Standpipe is due for a new coating of exterior protection, said water superintendent Jim Markley. “It’s starting to get to the point where rust is developing,” he said. A consultant for the city this week unleashed a drone to determine the condition of the conspicuous structure, more commonly known as a water standpipe/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Idaho To OK Gay Vet’s Burial Request

The director of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery says there’s no longer any reason to deny a request from an Idaho veteran to be buried there with the remains of her same-sex spouse. Maddelyn Lee Taylor (pictured), a Navy veteran, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after her request to be interred at the cemetery along with the ashes of late wife Jean Mixner was denied. “Based on the current law at the time, the spouse was not eligible,” cemetery Director James Earp said today. “So therefore now with the change in decision based off the courts and the state, that is no longer the case. So we will continue on now with scheduling an interment process, once she is available to do so”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Grocery Store Meltdown

“In the middle of my grocery shopping yesterday, I was alarmed by a child’s ear-piercing gurgling scream of terror coming from one aisle over. It worried me enough to rush to investigate, thinking some kid had fallen from a shopping cart or, worse, was being attacked by a pack of rabid badgers (hey, you never know). With phone in hand, ready to dial 911, I ran around the corner into the cereal aisle. Well, like they say, if you hear hoofbeats, don’t think zebras. It was what you’d expect. A toddler wanted the box of chocolatey candy-coated sugar puff cereal, and mom was opting for the much healthier Cheerios. It had been awhile since I’d experienced a grocery store meltdown, so it took me by surprise. My own children were above such things. No, they had their meltdowns at Toys R Us, like any respectable toddler should. The grocery store incident reminded me of one time, however, when my daughter went off script and had a bunch of people worried”/Idaho Dad. More here.

Question: How did you handle the situation when your young children would melt down in public?

Dogwalk: Fear Mongering & Ebola

I've stayed away from the Ebola issue thus far because nothing yet seems certain enough about the disease to write intelligently.  A few thoughts on what I do see however. The CDC and therefore the government misread the likelihood it would reach our shores. Hospitals across the country are ill prepared to handle anything of this magnitude. The media is misstating what is known to the degree that people are most likely overly nervous. For instance I think going to the Cowboys game in Dallas is probably pretty safe. I'm nervous to the extent I don't think we've yet seen the worst of it.  We have as director of Homeland Security a man who has no experience.  His qualification? A bundler for Obama.  Now the President has named another political hack to be the Ebola Czar.  Again, no relevant experience what-so-ever/Dogwalk Musings. More here. (AP photo, of new Ebola crisis chief Ron Klain)

Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, how nervous are you about the Ebola crisis?

HucksOnline Blogos — 10.17.14

After more than 27 years on the job, Coeur d’Alene police officer Pat Sullivan is unpinning his badge. During a retirement party on Thursday attended by dozens of law enforcement officials representing multiple agencies, Sullivan was praised for his professionalism and dedication to his career. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Oct. 16): 7975 page-views/4757 unique views

Balukoff’s Latest Commercial

Writing on his campaign Web site about his new TV commercial (above), Democrat A.J. Balukoff said: “Idahoans learned through a news story yesterday that Gov. Butch Otter's top staff were directly involved in negotiating the sweetheart deal that absolved a major Otter campaign donor of civil damages in a case that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars: That was the mismanagement and probable defrauding of the state by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) when it managed the state prison south of Boise. Over roughly the same period of time, CCA gave $20,000 to Gov. Otter's campaign.

Question: Is this commercial effective?

Obama Appoints Ebola Czar

Writing for USA Today, David Jackson reports: President Obama tapped veteran government insider Ron Klain to coordinate his administration's efforts to contain the Ebola virus Friday. Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, is well-known by Obama and White House aides. He was selected for his management experience and contacts throughout the government, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “He is the right person for the job,” Earnest said, particularly the challenge of “integrating the interagency response.” More here.

Question: About time? Too little too late? What?

No Respect

In the “Don't Get No Respect” Dept: According to the 2014 Republican Bus Tour agenda, Gov. Butch Otter and the boys on the bus (are there any girls?) will conclude their tour of North Idaho today at (wait for it) — “McCuen Park.” Didn't Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson of Post Falls wonder the other day on Facebook re: which park was harder to spell — McEuen or Q'emiln? Seems for state Republicans, the answer is McEuen (or is that “McCuen?). The Guv & Co will be an McEuen from 5-6:30 p.m. So far, they've stopped at Super 1 Foods (Hayden), Texaco Gas Station (Athol), Community Center (Sandpoint). They're now at 4th & Maine Pizza (not “Main” in Spirit Lake). The bus tour will visit Kelly Kimberling Glider Agency in Rathdrum from 3:05-3:45 and Buck Knives in Post Falls (4-4:45) before heading to McEuen Park.

Profile: Gov. Butch Otter

The IdahoED NEWS is profiling the major candidates for governor and superintendent of schools. The first profile spotlights Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. Here's Kevin Richert's report:

After eight years in office, there’s enough in Gov. Butch Otter’s educational record to alienate plenty of Idahoans. There are Idahoans who are unlikely to forget — or forgive — Otter for his full-throated support of Propositions 1, 2 and 3, Superintendent Tom Luna’s education overhaul, overwhelmingly rejected by voters two years ago. And there are Idahoans who believe Otter has abandoned his conservative roots with his unwavering support of the Idaho Core Standards. As Otter seeks re-election, he is staying the course on both of these education fronts. But a key issue heading into the Nov. 4 election is funding — and how Idaho schools would fare during a third Otter term. More here.

Question: Kevin goes on to report that Otter and the Idaho Legislature are committed to re-invest $350M in public schools K-12 over the next five years. If he's re-elected, will Otter follow through? And, if he does try, will anti-public education legislators block him?

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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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