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Final Debate Tonight

The final debate in Idaho’s governor’s race is tonight at 7 p.m. on Idaho Public Television. It’s part of the “Idaho Debates,” co-sponsored by the Idaho Press Club and the League of Women Voters of Idaho. Tonight’s debate will run for 90 minutes and feature three candidates: GOP Gov. Butch Otter, who is seeking a third term; Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff; and Libertarian challenger John Bujak. After the governor’s debate, the candidates for Idaho lieutenant governor, incumbent Republican Brad Little and Democratic challenger Bert Marley, will face off in a 30-minute debate at 8:30 p.m./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think Butch would be debating so much this year, if the race wasn't close?

PM Scanner Traffic — 10.30.14

  • 4:13 p.m. 70YO male w/reddish beard is drunk in lot of Mountain West Bank, 709 Seltice Way, Post Falls.
  • 4:08 p.m. 16YO Worley girl has tried to commit suicide by taking a bottle of pills.
  • 4:02 p.m. Undisclosed type of theft reported @ 17600 block of Rice Avenue/Hauser.
  • 3:39 p.m. CPD officer has taken adult female driver into custody on suspected DUI.
  • 3:09 p.m. Accident b/n vehicle & pedestrian reported @ Atlas Road/Hanley Avenue, CdA.
  • 3:05 p.m. Elderly female weaving on freeway before exiting @ H41/Post Falls.
  • 2:47 p.m. Lone teen skater is jumping trashcans in McEuen Park garage @ 6th Street entrance/CdA.
  • 2:38 p.m. Aggressive driver is flipping off others @ e/b I-90 entering Idaho.
  • 2:14 p.m. Male is slumped down inside red Toyota Tacoma parked @ Any Time Fitness, 900 H41/Post Falls.
  • 2:10 p.m. Female w/o right to see kids is complaining about treatment by principle at kids' school.
  • 2:02 p.m. CPD officers are en route to investigate possible drug use at a Lake City motel.
  • 1:53 p.m. Undisclosed utility problem reported @ 2400 block of E. Garwood Road.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Hey, Didn’t You Used To Be …

… Kootenai County airport manager Greg Delavan?

World Series Champs Won As A Team

In a game that seems fixated most of the time on individual performance: earned run averages, batting averages, on base percentages and some of the new metrics I can’t explain to my wife, I love that the new World Champions really seem like a team in a game that often celebrates the individual. Taking nothing from the World Series MVP, who will be mentioned all his days for his 2014 Series performance, I revel in the small things that teams do that make for success. A young second baseman who few had heard of in August turns a spectacular double play at a pivotal moment. A defensive left fielder not hitting much above his weight makes a key catch. A wacky journeyman DH with enough hair and tattoos to star in a Harley commercial understands that his role as a teammate is to hit a fly ball to the outfield that scores a run and later take an outside pitch to right field to score another/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here. (AP photo, of Giants picture Madison Bumgarner)

Question: Have you ever been part of something that the whole was greater than the sum of its parts?

HucksOnline Blogos — 10.20.14

Do you know the band above — and which California town they immortalized by being stuck there? The band had the No. 1 hit song on this date in 1969. Paul Turner, The Slice blog, provides the answers here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Oct. 29): 9623 page-views/5585 unique views

Sandpoint Firm Banks Tax Incentive

Kochava, a high-tech company that launched in Sandpoint in 2011, how now been approved for the same type of state Tax Reimbursement Incentive that Amy’s Kitchen received yesterday for a new plant in Pocatello, the state of Idaho and city of Sandpoint announced today. The firm plans to add 35 new employees in the coming months and 50 over the next five years; it will get a rebate of 28 percent of its state corporate income, sales and payroll taxes for the next five years/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you approve of this tax incentive?

Idaho GOP Pours $$$ Into Otter Push

Today’s tally of last-minute campaign spending shows another big broadcast advertising push in favor of GOP Gov. Butch Otter, to the tune of $50,241 by the Idaho Republican Party, which already had launched a radio ad campaign. And another push against Otter’s Democratic challenger, A.J. Balukoff, by the Idaho Prosperity Fund, a political action committee affiliated with the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry business lobbying group; the IACI group spent another $24,012 for broadcast advertising against Balukoff on Saturday, according to 48-hour reports filed with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Win, lose, or draw, do you think this is the year that Democrats in Idaho began the long-awaited push-back against the dominant Republican Party?

Ill Woman Faces Death With Dignity

Brittany Maynard and her husband, Dan Diaz, pose at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona Oct. 21. The 29-year-old terminally ill woman has fulfilled a wish on her bucket list: visiting the Grand Canyon. Maynard, who has advanced brain cancer, has said she plans use Oregon's death-with-dignity law to end her own life Saturday, though she could still change her mind. Maynard and her husband moved to Oregon from Northern California because Oregon allows terminally ill patients to end their lives with lethal medications prescribed by a doctor. (AP Photo/

Opinion: Why Delevan Was Fired

At the Coeur d'Alene Press Online, Mike Satren claims that Coeur d'Alene Airport manager Greg Delavan was fired for planning to extend runways in conflict with land-use plans by the city of Hayden, among other entities. He writes about a Sept. 3 meeting of airport stakeholders at the Kroc Center: “According to (Hayden city official Connie) Krueger who gave the main presentation, the City of Hayden's plans to expand are being hamstrung by the airport's plans for future expansion and by the six impact zones that were incorporated in the most recent iteration of the Airport Master Plan to safeguard specific approach segments of land for safety reasons. She particularly blamed the six impact zones for the bottleneck of development approvals that were frustrating her plans. She admitted getting emotional when she talked about the six impact zones.” More here.


Guardianship Dispute Names Jones

State superintendent’s candidate Jana Jones has been named in a civil case over the guardianship of her husband’s elderly parents. In the civil complaint, one of Jana Jones’ brothers-in-law says the candidate and her husband received a loan from Ross V. Jones and Lorraina R. Jones and convinced the couple to write off the debt. Jana Jones says no debt is outstanding — and she provided a 2013 document, signed by her in-laws, in which they say they have willingly made many gifts of money to their children. The guardianship case was initially filed on July 23, but the loan question surfaced in a document filed on Oct. 16. Jana Jones says the claim was filed in an attempt to gain “notoriety.” Attorneys for the family say the filing was politically motivated/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.


Volunteers Plant 1,000 Trees

Fall foliage lit by bursts of brilliant sunshine provided a stunning backdrop as children jumped into huge leaf piles at Finch Arboretum on Saturday. Meanwhile, nearby, other families did their part to ensure there would be more trees sprouting leaves come spring. Saturday marked the Lands Council’s fourth annual Reforest Spokane Day. About 250 volunteers gathered at five locations in the Hangman Creek Watershed. Kat Hall, conservation programs director said, “The goal is to get the community outside to help us plant about 1,000 trees and have fun while doing it”/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

Question: How many trees — and what types of trees — do you have in your yard?

Arpie: 2015 Legislature Will Be Doozy

Arpie (RE: Bonner County GOP messed up, too): “I think one just needs to look at last summer's GOP convention to see where we are heading as a state. Things will be worse at the legislature this year than last. Souza, and the folks we'll elect next week from district one, Heather Scott and Sage Dixon, will insure that. They don't know how to get along with people. Then they say they are standing on principle as things fall apart around them. What good does that do anybody?”

DFO: I agree with Arpie. The 2015 Legislature will be the worst one of my 32 years in Idaho. Why? The Far Right ideologues have expanded their base — and they don't have to worry about their loose lips because they don't have to face election next year. You'll see bad law proposed after bad law. And more missteps than you can find in a Sherri Ybarra campaign because there's no consequences. The inmates will be running the ship from top to bottom. It'll be a train wreck. But wonderful, I suppose, for fodder here at Huckleberries.

Wild Card/Thursday — 10.30.14

I'm as amazed as anyone else who roots for the S.F. Giants that they won their 3rd World Series title in 5 years. But happy. In an ESPN poll yesterday, 49 of 50 states, including Idaho, wanted the Kansas City Royals to win the final game. I won't waste my time or yours gloating. I didn't do anything to help the Giants win. But I'll enjoy the offseason more because they did. Now is it too much to hope that the 49ers can get past the Seahawks and/or one of those two can get past Denver? Here's your Thursday Wild Card …

Bonner County GOP Messed Up, Too

With less than a week to go until Election Day, party officials at both the state and local levels say that 2014 has had more than its share of surprises for Republicans and Democrats alike. For one thing, Bonner County Democratic candidates — historically prone to more or less pack up their tents after the primaries — are campaigning hard right to the finish line. Different, too, are the traditionally red or blue lawns around town, many of which sport signs that feature a hybrid of cross-party affiliations. Republicans, meanwhile, have had their own, internal dust-up in what Idaho Republican Party executive director Dave Johnston called “a larger than normal family feud.” Democrats, for their part, sense that disaffection within the GOP has created a breach in the Gem State’s formerly unassailable party unity — one they say sets the stage for a break in the ranks that could tip the scales their way through crossover votes/David Gunter, Bonner County Bee. More here.

Question: Do you ever notice, as I do, that the hired hands at the state GOP try to characterize these blood feuds at the county level as something that's healthy? A party exec from Boise said: “The squabbles and infighting are a sign of strength.” What do you suppose they consider a sign of weakness?

At The Debate

Duane Rasmussen provides another photo of the interaction among Legislative District 4 (Coeur d'Alene) candidates at the North Idaho College debate last night at the Kroc Center.

Poll: Airport Manager Firing Wrong

  • Wednesday Poll: There wasn't much support for the firing of airport manager Greg Delavan by Kootenai County commissioners. Only 23 of 188 (12.23%) supported the firing. 51 of 188 (27.13%) opposed the firing. 49 (26.06% said there was enough information about the firing to form an opinion. 44 (23.4%) said the lame-duck commission should have left the decision to the new commissioners who will take office in January. 11 (5.85%) said the county airport doesn't matter to them. And 10 (5.32%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: would you like to see former state senator Jim Hammond become city administrator of Coeur d'Alene?

AM Scanner Traffic — 10.30.14

  • 11:40 a.m. Officer wants fire truck to extinguish fire in unattended burn barrel @ 700 block of W.Marie/CdA.
  • 11:31 a.m. Male driver who is leaving Betty Kiefer Elementary/Rathdrum possibly DUI.
  • 11:14 a.m. Animal noise reported off Howard Street/CdA.
  • 11:09 a.m. Woman in Amber Alert described at 5-feet-7, 175 lbs. (KING 5 reporting 18MO has been found safe)
  • 10:57 a.m. ISP officer reports possible vehicle involved in Seattle area Amber Alert passed him going e/b @ I-90/MP 8 (Huetter rest stop area). He asks that Coeur d'Alene police check license plate farther east on I-90.
  • 10:56 a.m. Someone is suffering bad back pain @ Minnesota/Alaska Loop, Hayden.
  • 9:53 a.m. Deputy en route to check on welfare of student at Winton Elementary.
  • 9:16 a.m. Male in late 40s driving purple Saturn slowly @ 3100 block of N9th appears to be checking out houses.
  • 9:13 a.m. Neighbor worries that he hasn't seen male with substance abuse/depression problems in a week.
  • 9:06 a.m. 2 callers report mattress lying @ undisclosed I-90 location.
  • 8:53 a.m. KCSDeputy reports possible stolen vehicle was left high-centered on rock @ undisclosed location.
  • 8:46 a.m. A loose dog has been contained @ H95/Dalton Avenue, CdA.
  • 8:19 a.m. Non-injury accident reported @ Idaho/Prairie Avenue, Rathdrum Prairie.

Dairy Free, Soy Free Lasagna

Taryn Thompson, our Allergy Reporter, offers just the thing before lunch: Dairy-free, soypfree lasagna.” Taryn posts: “There’s nothing I love more than serving a dish to my dairy-loving, meat-loving family and them not knowing the difference! This veggie lasagna is dairy-free, soy-free and vegan. It’s a little labor intensive, but what lasagna isn’t? This is so good that I ate some right out of the oven (couldn’t help it!), again that evening and again — for lunch AND dinner — the following day. What’s the most amazing thing about this dish? “Ricotta” made from soaked raw cashews! Some family members said it tasted better than the real thing.” More here.

At NIC Debate

State Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, responds to a question from the moderator, as state Senate candidate Mary Souza listens, at a candidates forum, sponsored by North Idaho College, Wednesday night (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: Do you think Souza & Sims will be effective in working together to dismantle Idaho laws that foster urban renewal?

JohnA: Hammond Would Be Great

JohnA (Hammond finalist for Lake City job): As a contractor at PAC I can assure you that Jim's decision to apply for the job was a very difficult one. While he will be missed immensely he can leave knowing he righted the ship financially, and in just six months. Meanwhile, there are no requirements anymore to live in the city limits. That changed a few years ago. Jim does live just outside of town, about five minutes from city hall. As to Troy I am sure he received heavy consideration but I believe his lack of experience as a city administrator was a factor, as well as not having an advanced degree in administration. Both of those were important to the selection committee. Although it would be PAC's loss, I certainly hope Jim is selected, as he'd be a great administrator for the city.

Question: Do you view Hammond as a slam-dunk finalist for this job?

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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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