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Souza Opposes Common Core

It appears that future state senator from Coeur d'Alene has climbed aboard the anti-Common Core bandwagon. In her newsletter Wednesday, Mary Souza encourages readers to attend a presentation by Mila Wood of Boise-based Idahoans for Local Education from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Coeur d'Alene Library. Future Senator Mary begins her newsletter: “Common Core is a new program of education being implemented all over our country.  It supposedly started a number of years ago as an idea from a group of Governors so their states could compare educational outcomes.  Somewhere in the process, though, it was hijacked by special interests, and now it is a different beast. To be kind, I’ll just say it’s a good idea gone bad.” You can read Mary's newsletter here.

Question: Where do you stand on Common Core?

‘Add The Words’ Footage In Otter Ad

At the Lewiston Tribune, Joel Mills reports re: ironical footage found in an ad for Idaho Gov. Butch Otter: Boise filmmaker Michael Gough got the surprise of his professional life Tuesday night while surfing campaign ads on the Internet. “All of a sudden I was like 'Wait a minute,' ” Gough said of watching one of Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's TV spots. “I rewound it and said 'Oh my God, that's my shot.'” The interior view of the Idaho Capitol dome is briefly on the screen at the 12-second mark of the ad, titled “Business Testimonial.” But Gough said he instantly recognized it as footage that was cut from the documentary “Add the Words” that he produced with Cammie Pavesic earlier this year. Winner of the Audience Choice Runner-Up prize at the Bend Film Festival in Oregon, the feature-length movie follows protesters who unsuccessfully lobbied the 2014 Legislature to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho's Human Rights Act. The act bans discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. More here.


Wild Card/Thursday — 10.23.14

A.J. Balukoff, Democratic candidate for governor, will visit HucksOnline HQ at 1:30 p.m. today, for a 5Q interview. I'm compiling questions to ask him in a brief interview that aren't a rehash of all the words and video focused on the gubernatorial campaign to date. I have three questions so far. Can you suggest another? You can post it here or start your own thread with this Wild Card …

Cutline Contest — 10.23.14

Facts: Japanese film director Takashi Yamazaki, right, and actors, from left, Eri Fukatsu, Shota Sometani and Ai Hashimoto, pose for photo with the parasitic character Migi, left, in their latest film “Parasyte” in Tokyo today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tuesday Winner — SLFisher, with 4 likes: “Romantic honeymoon in Sierra Leone! New lower prices!” You can see Wednesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Hayden Lake Man Inherits $4M

Spokane is abuzz today re: a $1M inheritance left to Mayor David Condon by a 104YO woman whom he considered a second grandmother, philanthropist Myrtle Woldson. If you continue reading the front-page story in the SR, you'll see that Woldson also left a Hayden Lake man $4: “Condon’s bequest was second only to that of Mark Damon Danner, a “dear friend” of Woldson’s who lives in Hayden Lake; he received $4 million. Woldson also left $1 million to Catholic Charities “exclusively for capital improvements and replacements at the House of Charity.” She also left money to two gardeners, two of her cousins and her goddaughter.” More here.

Question: Have you ever received a bequeathal?

Possible Ysursa Vote Thrills Woodings

On Thursday, Rocky Barker posted on the Election Central blog of the Idaho Statesman that Secretary of State Ben Ysursa didn't vote for “the guy” when it came to voting for a successor here. Moments ago, Huckleberries received a news release from Holli Woodings campaign that said her office has been flooded with questions. Quoth: “For her part, Woodings says she’s humbled and inspired. 'If the current Secretary of State, Ben Ysursa voted for me,' she said, 'I am deeply honored by his decision. The legacy of fairness and honesty that Ben has built in his tenure is a tradition I plan to carry on into the future. It’s the reason I ran for office.'” Full news release here.

Question: What would it say to you if long-time Republican Secretary of State Ben Ysursa voted for Democrat Holli Woodings instead of former GOP House Speaker Lawerence Denney?

I Didn’t Get The Memo

In discussing the buyouts being offered at The Spokesman-Review this fall, the Inlander included one line that caught my eye: “Further cost-saving measures have come in closing the North Idaho bureau in Coeur d'Alene and consolidating news sections in print, translating to a thinner paper.” (Full story here.) Yeah, things have been tight in this scary new world of the newspaper industry. But I'm typing in my relatively new 1st floor office of the SR's Coeur d'Alene office — and apparently didn't get the memo. The front desk of the North Idaho bureau has been closed for months. But our office is staffed by 10 people, including Kevin Correa of KHQ. When the buyouts were offered, I called Editor Gary Graham to say I had no interest in retiring — and he responded that he was glad I didn't. The Coeur d'Alene office continues on. And so does Huckleberries Online.


Should Idaho Or Obama Decide?

Two paths confront Idaho's Boulder-White Cloud Range. Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, finally could achieve his aim of passing the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act — a signature measure he's been pursuing for more than a dozen years. Or President Barack Obama could declare the area a national monument under the 1906 Antiquities Act. CIEDRA is the Idaho plan. Acting as an honest broker of information, Simpson worked out compromises among county officials, environmentalists, ranchers and recreationists. It calls for 332,775 acres of wilderness, opening another 130,453 acres for multiple use, access for motorized recreation, money for trail maintenance and protection for ranchers. Once Congress has acted, the issue is settled. No wilderness bill has ever led to protracted litigation. But it's been stymied by political betrayal and gridlock/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Frankly, if Idaho can't get off the dime re: Boulder-White Cloud Range, I have no problem with President Obama declaring it to be a monument under the Antiquities Act. How about you?

Dylan’s Music Spans Generations

The sold-out crowd at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle erupted into cheers Sunday night when a small figure in a white hat strode onto the darkened stage. “This is the best day of my life!” my son Zach said. At 73, Bob Dylan can still pack a house. When Zach heard that Dylan would be playing in Seattle, he quickly bought tickets for himself, his younger brother and his parents. “It’s my birthday present to me,” he said. Zach turned 20 on Oct. 9. He owns 33 Dylan CDs and frequently plays the iconic folk musician’s tunes at his own shows. In fact, Dylan’s music is responsible for Zach’s harmonica prowess, too. I’m delighted that my son enjoys the music of someone old enough to be his grandfather. It proves music can cross all barriers, including generational ones/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (AP file photo: Dylan in France in 2012)

Question: How do you explain to a non-Dylan fan why his music touches you to the core?


No Room At The Cemetery

Kevin Palmer, cemetery sexton, right and John Best replace a headstone in the Evergreen Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. The Post Falls City Council is discussing expanding the 11-acre cemetery to the South and increasing burial fees. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Tess Freeman)

With Evergreen Cemetery estimated to be full in three and a half years, the Post Falls City Council is exploring future options for the site along Spokane Street. During a workshop on Tuesday night, the council directed staff to compile financial data on the cemetery before it makes any decisions regarding the cemetery's future. Most of the council members appeared to support lot increases to help make the cemetery self-sustaining and to help fund a possible future expansion. “I think that the expansion and cemetery need to be self-supporting,” council member Skip Hissong said. The cemetery is 11 acres, but the city owns an adjacent 6.5 vacant acres to the south for future expansion/Brian Walker, Press. More here.

Question: Have you picked out a place to be planted?

Clark: Driven Mad By Political Signs

Today we celebrate the winners of my Sign Gripe Contest, which rewards readers for picking the most hideous examples of real estate infected by campaign signs. Before getting to that, however, I would first like to name the contest’s undisputed loser. That would be me. I must’ve been asleep at the switch. But it didn’t dawn on me that judging entries meant that I would waste a half-tank of gas and the better part of two days driving around and staring at the one thing I hate more than just about anything else. Political pollution. My contempt for campaign signage is what started this. Now I’m suffering from PTBS or Post-Traumatic Blowhard Syndrome. I’m seeing Judge Leland signs in my sleep. Or I’ll close my eyes a moment and see the giant word “OZZIE” flashing behind my eyelids. Make it stop!/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Why do you think there are so few political yard signs in Kootenai County this election cycle?

Doctorate: Ybarra ‘Changed Her Mind’

Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for superintendent of schools in Idaho, claimed for months that she expected to get a doctorate in education in August. But in August, Ybarra had only been enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Idaho for one semester. That month, she received an educational specialist degree, not a doctorate. Ybarra’s campaign spokeswoman, Melinda Nothern, said there was no intentional misrepresentation. “She’s been working toward this for a long time,” Nothern said, adding that Ybarra decided to apply some of her credits toward the lesser degree in August and keep working toward the doctorate. “She changed her mind,” Nothern said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think the various missteps by Ybarra are having a telling effect on the GOP diehard?

Rising Sea Level

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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 …

Parting Shot — 10.22.14

Young visitors Anton, 5, and Emma, 9, grimaces in front of “Untitled” by Anish Kapoor as part of the FIAC, the International Fair of Contemporary Art, during the presentation to the press, in Paris, Wednesday. The fair opens Oct. 23 and ends on Oct. 26. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Top Comments — 10.22.14

Top Comment — JohnA: I had a startling conversation with a friend today, who was angry at Obama for his perceived inaction against ISIS, which now possibly has gotten Canadian soldiers killed in Ottawa. When I said “Okay, you don't like Obama, so you must have voted for Romney”, and he said “Hell no, I've never voted in my life.” Now, this guy is 66 years old, which means since Nixon ran against McGovern he has been eligible to exercise his constitutional right to cast a vote, and hasn't bothered to do so. And now he wants to criticize a President because his friends at Faux News says to do so.

Most Commented Stories: Ybarra didn't earn doctorate degree (73 comments), and: A solution for Hitching Post situation (23 comments), and: Funeral music (22 comments), and: Trip to Texas panics Priest River (21 comments).


Ysursa Didn’t Vote For ‘The Guy’

On the Election Central blog of the Idaho Statesman, Rocky Barker writes: Outgoing Republican Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa has refused endorsement requests from both candidates, Republican Lawerence Denney and Democrat Holli Woodings. So today’s posting on Idaho Conservation League Executive Director Rick Johnson’s Facebook page will be very interesting to Idaho voters who have respected Ysursa’s non-partisan management of his office and state elections. Johnson wrote: “I just walked by the Idaho Statehouse and ran into a soon-to-retire statewide officeholder. I said, “you know we're going to miss you”…and “what a mess this election could end up being.” '”I've already voted,”' he said, '”I voted for ..”' “I wouldn't want to break a confidence, not that he asked for it, so let's just say he didn't vote for the guy,” Johnson wrote. More here. (2011 AP file photo of Secretary of State Ben Ysursa)

Hmm …

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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.

PM Scanner Traffic — 10.22.14

  • 5:22 p.m. Officer: “He's cop shopping trying to get something from his ex-wife.”
  • 5:16 p.m. 3 suspicious people are hanging out @ 9900 block of N Atlas Road, Hayden.
  • 5:04 p.m. City of Coeur d'Alene employee is dealing with citizen dispute (4:53 item) at McEuen Park.
  • 4:59 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Casino official reports undisclosed theft.
  • 4:53 p.m. Female is crying @ McEuen Park b/c someone is photographing her and her dog, which is off leash.
  • 4:42 p.m. Male, who is acting like law enforcement, is blocking female driver in mini-Cooper from entering H95 from turn lane next to Del Taco restaurant/CdA.
  • 4:37 p.m. Someone has suffered traumatic laceration @ 15000 block of Mill Street/Rathdrum.
  • 4:33 p.m. 911 dispatch learns that female who screamed into phone was child playing around.
  • 3:42 p.m. Kootenai Fire EMTs needed to evaluate male (3:34 item?) after he was tackled & Tazed by police.
  • 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

HucksOnline Blogos — 10.22.14

Madelynn Taylor, 74, a U.S. Navy veteran, looks at a 2011 photo of herself (in red) with her wife Jean Mixner, as she talks about her lawsuit seeking the right to have her deceased wife interred with her at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. Taylor has recently received permission to be buried with the ashes of her late wife in the cemetery following the legalization of gay marriage in the state. Eye on Boise story here. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File)

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Oct. 21): 9727 page-views/5913 unique views

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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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