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Wild Card/Tuesday — 8.19.14

Huckleberry, our 13-inch Beagle, turns 1 today. She's stubborn & does her own thing despite our efforts to domesticate her. She was house broke early and comes most of the time when you call her. Everything else is up for negotiation despite our best efforts to domesticate her. I'm happy that she doesn't pee in the house, especially with the new carpet and furniture. All good. Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 8.19.14

In his Outdoors blog, Rich Landers posts about this photo: “Vickie Garner Sienknecht said she's not much for poetry — shunning my request for submissions of Huckleberry Haiku — but this photo from last weekend, she says, clearly indicates how much she loves her huckleberries.” More here. (Photo: Vickie Garnder Sienknecht)

Top Comment — FrumHelenBack

I consider my dogs domesticated when they learn to potty outside. That's all I ask of them. That way I'm not disappointed — FrumHelenBack

12% Of Idaho Is Ex-Californians

Ex-Californians make up 12 percent of the population of Idaho, ranking the Gem State third nationally in terms of presence of former Golden Staters living within its boundaries, according to the New York Times. Only Nevada and Oregon rank ahead of Idaho in the percentage of former Californians within their borders, at 19% and 14%, respectively. Washington is tied for fifth with Utah, at 8%. Texas ranks first in terms of the total number of California transplants, with 679,800. Washington is third in total number with 562,900, while Idaho is ninth, with 188,900. You can see the leaders in each category here.


Cutline Contest — 8.19.14

Time 2 Vote …

Cami Lanclos reacts to a curious raccoon on Monday, near the jetties at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, Fla. Raccoons are sometimes found near the beach area of the park because they are looking for food dropped by beach goers. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/News Herald, Patti Blake)

Thursday Winner — DFO, with 7 likes: “With the 2016 presidential elections approaching, Hillary Rodham Clinton takes a new approach to her relationship with President Obama: Speak no evil, See no evil, Hear no evil.” You can see Thursday Photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 8.19.14

  • 5:43 p.m. Male @ Riverbend Inn/Post Falls is threatening suicide, unknown means.
  • 5:40 p.m. Female stuck in traffic reports being hit from behind by pickup w/camper (See 4:28 item).
  • 5:26 p.m. Motorists are trying to turn around @ I-90 cross-overs, Huetter rest stop (See 4:28 item).
  • 5:12 p.m. Deputy reports male headed in opposite direction toward CdA drinking large can of alcohol.
  • 4:54 p.m. Berry Picker reports: Eastbound freeway backed up from CdA past Hwy 41 exit (See: 4:28 item)
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Aug. 18-19 here.
  • 4:28 p.m. 3-vehicle crash @ e/b I-90/MP 10, including vehicle towing Jeep; male suffers broken bone.
  • 4:12 p.m. 2 Oxford Drive/Hayden neighbors report vandalism to property.
  • 4:05 p.m. ISP officer assisting stranded motorist @ e/b I-90/MP 10, west of NW Blvd/CdA.
  • 3:54 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ e/b I-90 b/n NW Blvd & H95/CdA.
  • 3:23 p.m. CPD officer has arrested an adult female for alleged DUI.
  • 2:56 p.m. ISP officer reports tire lying on highway @ w/b I-90/Huetter rest stop area.
  • 2:51 p.m. 5 hurt in head-on crash, 5 miles north of Bonners Ferry, including a 14YO driver. ISP report here.
  • 2:17 p.m. Suspicious person reported @ 3400 block of W. Ridge Drive/Post Falls.
  • 2:14 p.m. CPD officers are looking for light-blue, 1996 Honda Accord, stolen last night.
  • 1:19 p.m. Someone may have suffered a stroke @ 2300 block of W. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 1:16 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 1700 block of Marlborough Drive/CdA.
  • 1:10 p.m. Officer has tagged for removal abandoned  Chevy @ s/b I-90/MP 471.5 (Fish Hatchery Road/Sandpoint).
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PM Headlines — 8.19.14

Former Zags basketball great Adam Morrison, right, caddies for Kyle Stanley at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. Pros and celebrities teamed up to raise money to fight cancer. Story here. (Photo: Kathy Plonka)

HBO Blogosphere — 8.19.14

Music, fun, food and beverages greeted more than 325 people who gathered for last weekend’s Third Annual Ales to Trails event at McEuen Park. The gathering benefits the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation. Downtown Association Manager Terry Cooper said nearly $10,000 was raised to help maintain the city’s 39 miles of pedestrian and bicycle paths. “People really enjoyed themselves and it was a great time with good music and some food vendors to complement the micro-breweries,” Cooper said. About 20 local and regional micro-breweries participated. Cooper said organizers may move Ales to Trails to a larger area at McEuen Park next year to accommodate the growing event. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Aug. 10-16): 42,383 page-views/26,760 unique views

CPD Introduces K-9 Member Pecco

The Coeur d’ Alene Police Department is proud to announce the newest member of the department as K-9 Pecco. Pecco is a three year old Belgium Malinois from the Netherlands. Pecco was purchased from Alderhorst International in Riverside, CA. K-9 Pecco has been partnered with Officer Amy Winstead (pictured). Officer Winstead was previously partnered with K-9 Kane who had difficulty obtaining his certification. Kane was returned to the vendor. On 08-13-14 Officer Winstead and Pecco graduated a 360 hours basic K-9 training school and passed the Idaho K-9 Certification evaluation for tracking, evidence, and patrol work. At a later date Pecco will obtain training to be certified as a narcotics detection dog. Attached is a photo of Officer Amy Winstead and Pecco/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

Independence Point Parking Faces Ax

Dell Hatch of Welch-Comer gestures during a walking tour of the Four Corners area near downtown Coeur d'Alene. Councilwoman Amy Evans is just to the left of him. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

The possible reconfiguration of parking at Independence Point and the Museum of North Idaho will be among the first considerations as officials move forward with a master plan to transform a corridor along the Spokane River that stretches from downtown to Huetter Road. During a tour of the property this week, the Four Corners/BLM Corridor Review Committee considered a wide range of possibilities for the six-mile strip, including improved public access to the river. Though still in the conceptual stages, the engineering firm hired to develop the corridor master plan is analyzing the possibility of reducing parking at Independence Point to open up green space near the water. Parking near the museum would be expanded. There would be an overall gain in parking spaces under the plan/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Do you want to see the parking lot at Independence Point scaled back, in exchange for more parking at the North Idaho Museum?

PatrickH: Public Service With A Smile

PatrickH: Had the most amazing interaction with a Coeur d'Alene street crew today. We were heading south on Atlas and they are doing some patching that required a flagger, and the woman flagging us through was waving and very cheerfully wishing everyone a good morning. I was having a bad morning, and it helped make it better. Hats off to the streets dept. for having someone this great working for them!

Question: Can you name a public servant in your community who puts a smile on your face whenever you see him/her?

George Hansen — Flawed Giant

Idaho has produced its share of congressional mavericks – folks who because of their character and style, were colorful and quotable. In the language of the time, they were “good copy.” Senator Glen Taylor, the “Singing Cowboy,” who reported for duty in 1944 by riding a horse up the Capitol steps all decked out in his cowboy regalia, stands out. His autobiography also is remarkable for its candor. The first chapters cover his work as a youth in a north Idaho house of ill-repute and his loss of his virginity therein. If any other Idaho political figure could match Taylor for generating questionable publicity, and being a character, it has to be Second District Congressman George V. Hansen, who passed away last week at the age of 83. “Big George” stood six foot six and weighed two ninety-five (Yes, think of the hit song from the 60’s, Big John). His ego and ambition matched his size. His flair for publicity included a one-man mission to Tehran to try to free the American hostages/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Fresh Start Picks Up Trash On Tubbs

About a dozen volunteers representing Fresh Start spent Saturday morning picking up trash on Tubbs Hill. The group collected about 14 large bags of garbage, said Fresh Start Director Justine Graybeal. “They loved it and hikers on the hill were very thankful,” she said. Fresh Start plans to make the Tubbs Hill trash pickup a monthly event as long as the weather holds up. Fresh Start is a drop-in center for the homeless, near homeless and mentally ill. It is located at 1524 Sherman Avenue. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

Question: This event sounds cool. Thoughts?

SR News Quiz — 8.17-22.14

You don't have to be an expert in current events to win the Spokesman-Review Weekly News Quiz, but it can't hurt! All entrants this week are eligible to win two movie tickets, and our overall champ will take home a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Click here for SR News Quiz.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: 19.
  • Last week's winners: Brian Donanhue of Spokane ($50 gift card) and Joy McDonald of Mead (movie tickets).

Future Students: Poorer, More Urbane

A new study commissioned by the Idaho Charter School Network and funded by a grant from the Albertson Foundation projects that Idaho’s school student population will see significant demographic changes in the next five years, becoming increasingly urban, more racially diverse and poorer. “These trends will present challenges for many districts,” the study finds. “Many rural districts will continue to lose students while more urban districts will struggle to meet growing enrollments.” The study is aimed in part at identifying where the best opportunities are for charter schools in the state, but Terry Ryan, president of the Idaho Charter School Network, said the data also has implications for education in the state more broadly/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Now there's a swell state motto: Bring your young family to Idaho, if you want your children to grow up to be poorer than you are. Thoughts?

On The Waterfront — 8.19.14

I spotted two Hagadone Corp employees dead-heading the red geraniums on the front lawn of the Coeur d'Alene Resort during my humid noon walk along Coeur d'Alene's viewtiful waterfront during the noon hour. That's the secret to the vibrant, summer-long colors of the resort's favorite flower, you know. Dead-heading. Workers were dead-heading the geraniums mid-week last week. Which is a reminder to you and me to do likewise in our own gardens. Elsewhere, 150-160 peeps at McEuen Park, most centered in the playground/splash pad area. But there were also some folks at the Harbor House snacking on hotdogs. Two women were practicing yoga under the trees along the big green space at the west end of the park. City Beach was moderately full, with two packs of chaperoned kids moving toward it when I did my lap around City Park just before 1 p.m. Best bargain of the day? $2 huckleberry lemonade offered at the Tiki Hut at the 1st Street waterfront parking lot/DFO.

Luna To Join Education Nonprofit

Idaho state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna has accepted a new job with a national education non-profit focused on science and technology courses and teacher training, starting in early 2015. Luna will be vice president of policy, advocacy and research for Project Lead the Way, a provider of STEM programs and teacher training. “My focus and priority today continues to be the children of Idaho,” Luna said in a statement. “There are several major initiatives that need continued attention such as teacher quality and pay through a new tiered system of licensure and a well-funded career ladder, technology implementation to increase access throughout Idaho, dual credit opportunities for all high school students and ensuring students are reading proficiently by the time they exit third grade. These are my highest priorities as I finish my second-term as state superintendent of public instruction”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


People Watching

I enjoy people watching. At airports. On Sherman Avenue. In Portland. Where I spent my recent, short vacay. And there's no better place to people watch than a Hawthorne District Street Fair. Son-in-law Okie Doke and I spent a half hour Saturday trying to teach me the difference among hippies and hipsters (which come in “cool,” “cute,” “grunge” and “sports,” among other varieties. The grunge kind are heavy into black clothes and unconventional shades of blue, pink, orange, green hair among other shades. Hipster cool guys wears those shades in terms of shorts with short-brimmed hats. It appeared as though matching clothes is a no-no, unless it involves the same colors top and bottom. Cowboy boots are a nice accessory in the female hipster cute universe. Then there are buff hipsters in workout clothes. Nothing, however, compared to the “Uni Piper,” a hipster favorite who received rare applause from the street fair crowd when he appeared on a uni-cycle, playing bagpipes, in a kilt. Did I mention that he was wearing a Darth Vader mask? Sometimes, I think, Portlanders try to hard to be weird. But they're fun to be around — in small doses/DFO. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Question: Where do you like to people watch?

Playhouse To Begin Season No. 54

Marty Kittelson, foreground, and Lance Babbitt, second from left, rehearse a scene in the Lake City Playhouse production of “Guys and Dolls,” in June. “Guys and Dolls” was one of the plays performed by Lake City Playhouse last season. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Lake City Playhouse is celebrating the opening of its 54th season with a preview show and annual awards ceremony Aug. 23, and you're invited. The evening will feature performances from talented performers who will sing selections from upcoming mainstage musicals as well as the new Concerts at the Bing series: “Les Miserables,” “All is Calm,” “The Last 5 Years,” “The Sound of Music,” “Assassins,” “Tommy,” “Rent,” “Company” and “Hair.” Performers will include Abbey Crawford, Robby French, Aubrey Shimek Davis, Aaron Baldwin, Amber Fiedler, J.R. Haynie, Dan Bell, Caitlin Duffey, Kalla Mort, Torey Routson, Teri Grubbs, Daniel McKeever, Andrew Ware Lewis and more. LCP artistic director George Green said Wednesday that the Playhouse is near to having 500 season subscribers and is seeing an upward trend in show-goers/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Did you attend a Lake City Playhouse performance last season? Which one(s)?

Scanner Traffic — 8.19.14

  • Noon: Female has regained consciousness @ 1700 block of E. Lakeside/CdA.
  • 11:43 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 1100 block of E. Mullan/Post Falls.
  • 11:37 a.m. Loose dog reported @ 3100 block of Gooseberry Court/Hayden.
  • 11:20 a.m. Suspects in possible car theft reported on Foster Avenue/Midtown CdA.
  • 11:07 a.m. 6-7YO boy on red-and-black bike, wearing red helmet, knocked at Atlas Road house, trying to find way home.
  • 10:50 a.m. Coeur d'Alene owner wants squatter evicted from rental property.
  • 10:36 a.m. 41YO male who was battered recently needs medical help @ Natural Grocers on Neider/CdA.
  • 9:59 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 3900 block of StormKing Drive/Rathdrum.
  • 9:33 a.m. Silent holdup alarm @ Bank of America, on Appleway/CdA.
  • 9:31 a.m. CPD officer called for welfare check @ 1000 block of N15th/CdA.
  • 9:18 a.m. 2 cars, including green Honda Accord, involved in road rage incident @ e/b I-90/Pleasantview, Post Falls.

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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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