THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016

Wild Card/Thursday -- 12.8.16 17 

Well, my Huckleberry friends, fall officially ends today as the Polar Express pulls into town. The weathercasters are predicting 2-3 inches after dusk. Which is a down grade from the 6 inches or so that they were predicting. So we'll be slippin' and slidin' in the roads on the way home tonight.

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Decaying Wild Waters

The Web site OnlyinYourState provides more than a dozen photos of the state of disrepair of Wild Waters, the theme park at I-90/Highway 95 that once was a major source of summer entertainment in the Coeur d'Alene area.

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A pair of Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness pause for lunch on Scotchman Peak above Lake Pend Oreille in Bonner County, Idaho. Senator Jim Risch of Idaho introduced legislation to designate the area as Wilderness on December 8. (Courtesy: Friends of Scotchman Peaks)

Scotchman Peaks bill introduced

After more than 10 years of grassroots efforts to gain widespread support in the Idaho Panhandle and into Western Montana, a bill to designate an Idaho portion of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness has been introduced in Congress. Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) introduced the...

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Idaho judge nominee remains in limbo 

There’s a new player in Idaho’s long bid to get a second federal judge: Donald Trump. With Congress nearing adjournment for the year, Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch of Idaho have had no luck in getting the GOP-controlled Senate to confirm Pocatello judge David Nye. Rob Hotakainen/Idaho Statesman reports.

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 (Linda Lantzy)

Blogos -- 12.8.16 

The daily roundup of links for HucksOnline social media includes: Health issues/Bay Views, This and that/Simple Mind, Double-barreled birthday/On Tap, The man on the Time cover/Fort Boise, Friday's Openings: The plot thickens/7 Blog, Random Thursday throwbacks/Slight Detour, Congress gets Scotchman Peaks bill/Outdoors ...

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Quotable Quote 

"The world needs another Karen Carpenter" -- Facebook Friend Ronda Smithson. (DFO: I agree with Ronda. I was a fan of "The Carpenters." The recent PBS special brought it home to me. Now, repeat after me: "We've only just begun ..." Lalalala.)

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Why Ask Why? 

Why do so many women have bumpersnickers, buttons and plaques that quote Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's famous line: "Well behaved women seldom make history." What exactly does that statement mean to you?

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Arizona Cardinals guard Mike Iupati (76) sets to block against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Cleveland. Arizona won 34-20. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Ex-Vandal Iupati looks homeward

Canyon County residents may have a famous neighbor soon. Former Idaho Vandal and guard for the Arizona Cardinals, Mike Iupati, submitted an application on Nov. 30 to Canyon County's Development Services Department for a temporary permit to process and transport gravel from his 60 acre property in Star. Sean Bunce/Press Tribune reports.

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Bald eagle bonanza booms on Lake CdA 

The bald eagle bonanza has boomed at Lake Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay in the past week. The number of bald eagles arriving for the annual congregation at Lake Coeur d’Alene doubled two weeks ago -- and that number tripled in the past week with a whopping 213 eagles counted today. Rich Landers/SR Outdoors reports.

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AM Headlines -- 12.8.16

AM Headlines: UIdaho gets a bowl game/CFN News, EWU Baldwin doesn't get Nevada job/SR, Risch: Russia didn't affect prez election/EOB, State eyeing $139M surplus by year's end/EOB, Atencio named new Idaho prisons chief/EOBoise, Blanchette: Zags pastes UW in series renewal/SR, Economist addresses Coeur d'Alene chamber/Press + more ...

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"Porch Pirates' steal holiday cheer 

As a record number of people choose to holiday shop online, it’s no wonder thieves are grabbing packages off of porches at a discouraging clip. It’s happened often enough to warrant a nickname: "porch pirates." (Question: Have you been victimized by a "porch pirate"? Jonathan Glover/SR reports.

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., flanked by Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., left, and Senate Minority Leader-elect Charles Schumer of N.Y., answers questions from the media after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday. (Sait Serkan Gurbuz / Associated Press)

Reid steps down after 30 years 

Minority Leader Harry Reid bid farewell to the Senate Thursday after 30 years in the chamber and more than a decade as top Democrat, a remarkable run during which he shepherded key Obama administration legislation including the sweeping health care law. (Q: Are you sorry to see Harry go?)

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Jadd Davis (Facebook photo)

Puzzle me this 

Jadd Davis, the artistic director for the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, stays sharp by (drum roll, puh-LEEZ) working New York Times crossword puzzles (because he loves words). Facebooks Jadd: "I usually need to cheat about once or twice per puzzle." (Question: Do you work crossword puzzles?)

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KHQ: Winter storm downgraded 

That big, bad, hasty winter storm that has us shivering -- not that the cold outside right now doesn't -- has been downgraded and pushed back a bit. Now, KHQ is reporting that it'll blow in about 8 tonight and may not be as harsh as expected. H/T: Sheriff Ben Wolfinger for giving a heads up to Huckleberries.

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Parking tickets drive people away 17 

Commenter Pmurg says parking tickets drive shoppers and visitors away from downtown Coeur d'Alene, to areas that don't hand them out, like Riverstone. Pmurg was responding to a story about the city's plans to crack down hard on individuals who have unpaid parking tickets. (Question: Do you consider parking to be a problem downtown?)

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Gonzaga forward Zach Collins (32) fouls Washington forward Noah Dickerson (15) during the first half of a NCAA men's basketball game in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags streamroll Huskies

The only intrigue during the second half was whether Gonzaga would administer its most lopsided win over Washington in 45 meetings. The eighth-ranked Zags pushed their lead to 34 twice before coasting to a 98-71 victory Wednesday in this one-sided rivalry. Gonzaga’s easiest win over UW was 37 in 1943.

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.



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