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Weekend Wild Card — 8.23-24.2014

The North Idaho Fair ends its five-day run this weekend, which means that politicians will be roaming the streets in gangs soon, seeking our votes via push polls, and jamming our TV sets and dead-tree media with annoying commercials. Also, Bent and 29 fellow BBQers will be at McEuen Park today & tomorrow, trying to win the Idaho Smoke on the Water championship (food sampling for the public begins at 1 p.m. Sunday). All of which means school is around the corner and … it's almost time for our Fantasy Football League drafts. We still have some sunshine to enjoy first, however. I'll see you back here Monday. Here's your Weekend Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 8.22.14

Staffers douse Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, with cold water on the steps of the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., earlier today. The Haslams were participating in the ice bucket challenge to support research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Question: Why do you think this fundraiser has taken the nation by storm?

TGIF Wild Card — 8.22.14

I handed out about 50 tickets to the North Idaho Fair earlier this week. It was a pleasure to meet many of you blurkers who came to pick them up. I often wonder what blurkers think re: what goes on at Huckleberries Online. I have a good idea what the 80 to 100 regular commenters think because they tell me/us. I hope those who picked up the tickets enjoyed themselves at the fair Thursday, despite the rain. Next year, I'll try to hit the SR promotions office for double the tickets. Now for today's Wild Card …

Top Comment — JohnA

JohnA (RE: Widmyer: Meetings will be public):It's important to note that despite what some are saying (especially on the CDA Press site) this tour did not violate the open meeting law because there was not a quorum of elected officials present. However, it is always good practice to notify the press and public when an issue of this enormity is underway and Mayor Widmyer is correct in pointing that out. He's all about transparency at city hall, and along with Keith's good work he's getting it.

Drug Seizure Money Pays For BearCat

The Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck, or BearCat, is an 8-ton personnel carrier built with steel armor and ballistic glass. In October 2010, a gunman shot and killed his neighbor in Tyler, Texas. A BearCat was deployed as part of the law enforcement response and during the ensuing standoff, the vehicle took at least 35 shots from an AK-47 without being pierced. When Kootenai County is in need of such a vehicle, Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said, they borrow one from Spokane or Bonner County. His office primarily uses a BearCat in the event that a potentially armed suspect is barricaded in a home. Those incidents are becoming more and more common, Wolfinger added, making it more difficult for agencies with BearCats to part with them to loan them out/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: This is the Lenco BearCat G3, a tactical armored vehicle similar to the one the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office recently)

Question: I wonder how many miles it gets to the gallon?

Cutline Contest — 8.22.14

Portuguese forcados of the group of Alcochete catch a bull during a Portuguese-style bullfight in Campo Pequeno bullring, in Lisbon, Thursday. During the performance a forcado calls the bull into charge, being the final purpose to subdue the bull. Unlike bullfights in other countries, the bull in Portugal is not killed in the bullring. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/ Francisco Seco)

Thursday Winner (tie, with 8 likes each) — Sisyphus: “What's even funnier, Alonzo, is that Republicans will probably nominate Perry for president now,” and: JohnA: Golfing rather than leading in the Middle East situation, the President is with the wrong Mourning people. You can see Thursday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 8.22.14

  • 5:11 p.m. 2-vehicle accident reported @ I-90/4th Street, CdA.
  • 5:05 p.m. Someone is choking @ Garden Plaza Center/Post Falls.
  • 4:48 p.m. CPD officer is investigating report of grand theft from Lowe's/Appleway.
  • 4:35 p.m. Vehicle w/lights flashing is stalled in median near intersection of H95/Aqua Avenue, CdA.
  • 4:21 p.m. Drunk male named Cody threw rocks at caller, is walking w/b on 8th/Wallace, CdA.
  • 4:15 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Aug. 21-22 here.
  • 4:01 p.m. Someone is suffering alcohol overdose @ 2100 block of W. Rosseau Drive/CdA.
  • 3:48 p.m. Vehicle slammed into back of Toyota Tacoma pickup on H41/Spirit Lake area at high rate of speed; officer on scene reports there's a rifle & handgun visible on seat of pickup. Also, someone in accident may be wanted.
  • 20 more items & AM Scanner Traffic link below

PM Headlines — 8.22.14

Democrat Anne Nesse must have partially disarmed photographer Duane Rasmussen, as she looks at his camera with its telephoto lens while (wo)manning her party's booth today at the North Idaho Fair. Nesse is running against incumbent Republican Kathy Sims in a House District 4 race.

See Dog-Handling Videos CPD Saw

Bloglander, the blog for the Pacific Northwest Inlander, provides the five videos that the entire Coeur d'Alene Police Department was required to watch five videos re: handling dogs, in wake of the shooting of a 2YO black lab by a CPD officer earlier this summer. Daniel Walters/Inlander reports: “About a week and a half after the Arfee shooting, Interim Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Ron Clark estimates, he sent out a link to his entire department, mandating they watch five training videos about how to handle dog shootings non-lethally. The videos cover how to read canine body language, how to distract dogs with food or air horns, and how to use common items, like umbrellas or clipboards, to deflect bite attempts.” You can see the videos here.


HBO Blogosphere — 8.22.14

Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images found these two old vehicles up the North Fork. She wonders if anyone can name the make & model. You can see more of Linda's terrific scenic photography here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Aug. 21): 6694 page-views/4210 unique views

Poll: Don’t Name Park After Arfee

  • Thursday Poll: A near supermajority of Hucks Nation reject the idea of naming the new dog park at McEuen Park after Arfee, the black labrador that was shot by a police officer earlier this summer. 117 of 184 respondents (63.59%) reject the suggestion. 58 of 184 respondents (31.52%) support the idea. 9 (4.89%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you think most Off-Road-Vehicle riders respect the environment & no-trespassing signs?

Fair Offers Variety Of Food, Treats

Jessica Esposito carried a package of pastel-pink and blue cotton candy as she and her husband, Anthony, wandered toward the exit of the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo Thursday afternoon. The Post Falls couple pushed a stroller that carried their 6-week-old daughter Gianna, who was sleepy after a big day. It was Jessica's goal to snag a bag of the fluffy treat to take home when they left the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. The fair's theme this year is “Summer's Best Tradition,” and one tradition that completes the experience for many fairgoers is the adventure in tasty eats. “We came for the food,” Jessica and Anthony both said, laughing. “I just had the frozen, chocolate-dipped cheesecake,” Jessica said. “It was good. I probably should have shared it”/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press Photo by Tess Freeman: Skeet Peloza, 4, enjoys a snow cone at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo on Thursday afternoon)

Question: OK, I went with an old standby — in terms of treats — at the North Idaho Fair Thursday — 2 scoops of huckleberry ice cream in a waffle cone, for $4.50. How about you?

NIC Wrestlers To Hand Out Supplies

In this 2013 photo, North Idaho College wrestlers give away school supplies to area children in grades K-12. (Photo: NIC Press Room)

The North Idaho College wrestling team will give away school supplies to K-12 students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Village at Riverstone across from Aeropostale. Supplies will be given out while they last on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the effort is asked to drop off donations such as school supplies or money at Escape Outdoors retail store and Well-Read Moose Bookstore in Riverstone during working hours Aug. 25-26. Donations will also be accepted in the Christianson Gym lobby or Gym Office 123. This is the second year for this event, which attracted hundreds of families last year. The NIC wrestling team raises funds through T-shirt sales and donations for its “We Care” program. Members and coaches of various NIC athletic teams will be on-hand to pass out school supplies. Free Dominos pizza donated by Jim and Missy Hightower will also be given away.

Question: Have you ever attended a North Idaho College wrestling match?

Huckleberries Hears …

… That contract negotiations between the Coeur d'Alene School District and Coeur d'Alene Education Association are back on — at Woodland Middle School, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Ex-Coach Files Claim Versus Legion

Former assistant coach Tyler Shelton has filed a small claims action against the Post Falls American Legion, for the remainder of his salary this summer. In a document submitted to the 1st District Court, Shelton said he was fired during the season and not paid any further, despite a contract agreement with the American Legion. Shelton is seeking $1,250 from the Post Falls American Legion, plus $69 to cover his filing fee. Shelton filed his small claims action Wednesday.

Because You Asked …

… About the Idaho BBQ championship scheduled this weekend at McEuen Park. “Smoke on the Water” has attracted at least 26 competitors, including Huckleberries Online favorite Jeff Selle, who doubles as a reporter for the Coeur d'Alene Press when he's not BBQing or brewing hard apple cider. The two-day evening will include food, entertainment and more, according to the city of Coeur d'Alene web site. The event opens to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday. (BBQ samples will be available to the public around 1 p.m. Sunday.) Prize money totaling $5,000 will be given away. Categories are brisket, pork butt, ribs and chicken. For information, contact the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, 664-3194, or visit You can also read this Coeur d'Alene Press story from earlier this year. (Facebook photo: Jeff Selle handling BBQ with wife, Susan, by his side at annual St. Vincent de Paul's Steak Fry)

Birds Not Of A Feather

On her Facebook wall, Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson posts: “Outside my office window … a baby sparrow rests from Friday morning flight school, finding new friends on the weather vane. Birds of a feather, you know.”

AM Scanner Traffic — 8.22.14

  • 12:09 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ 800 block of E. Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 11:59 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 22100 block of Twinlow Road/Rathdrum.
  • 11:57 a.m. 18YO male in Intercept program jumped from moving Highlander @ Rimrock/Ohio Match, Garwood area, suffering cuts to arm & possible twisted leg. Victim fell about 10 feet down enbankment.
  • 11:52 a.m. Vicious dog is trying to kill cat in Coeur d'Alene neighborhood.
  • 11:40 a.m. ISP report re: 2 trucks crashing on e/b I-90/4th of July Pass shortly after noon Wednesday here.
  • 11:30 a.m. ISP report re: crash of truck carrying 2 trailers of hay @ I-90/Pleasantview @ 4:40 p.m. Wednesday here.
  • 11:21 a.m. 70ish male w/history of heart problems is slumped over wheel in Post Falls apartment complex.
  • 11:18 a.m. Officer is stopping to check an illegal burn along Greensferry (undisclosed exact location).
  • 11:14 p.m. Someone has fallen & needs help getting up @ 4400 block of Greenchain Loop/CdA.
  • 10:45 a.m. Someone reports to KCSD suspicious activity at North Idaho Fair on Thursday.
  • 10:10 a.m. Someone is suffering intense back pain @ 2200 block of Crestline Drive/CdA.
  • 9:59 a.m. 97YO female is suffering chest pain @ 1100 block of Sherwood Court/Hayden.
  • 9:36 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ Lacrosse Health & Rehab, 210 Lacrosse/CdA.
  • 9:23 a.m. Vehicle debris is lying on e/b I-90/MP 6.5 (b/n Seltice Way & H41/Post Falls).
  • 9:03 a.m. Driver w/WSP (e/b I-90/MP 283, Spokane Valley) reports male in green coat driving blue Ford Contour w/Montana plates) fired several handgun shots at him. ISP is watching I-90 for suspect to pass them.

Burned Boy Finally Returning To CdA

Facebook Friend Jeanne Helstrom reports: “Happy News!! Joshua and his parents are heading home from Seattle today, after 2 months in the burn center and rehab hospital.Thank you ALL so much for your faithful prayers and support. I'm sure we'll have some pictures and updates later! God is good!!” Joshua Emerson is the 8-year-old boy badly burned, along with 4YO Brooklynne White, in a backyard gas-can explosion earlier this summer. Brooklynne has already recovered enough to return to her Coeur d'Alene home. A benefit for the two children and their families is planned today at The Grail, 4720 W. Seltice Way/Huetter, beginning at noon.

Guv’s Race: 2 Different Views RE: Ed

Gov. Butch Otter says Idaho is on a continuing “journey to education excellence.” His Democratic opponent, A.J. Balukoff, called Idaho’s bottom-ranked per-pupil spending “downright shameful.” That’s the split that was underscored Thursday. In a guest opinion sent to Idaho newspapers, and posted on his state website, Otter hailed the work of his education reform task force. “The product of their work was a slate of 20 visionary recommendations that now serve as our path forward on improving education,” said Otter. “It is the first time in Idaho history that we have a school improvement plan supported by teachers, administrators, patrons, the business community, and leaders of both political parties”/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho is on a continuing “journey to education excellence”?

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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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