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Thanksgiving Eve W.C. — 11.26.14

I'm done here at Huckleberries Online until Monday (other than to post a few Wild Cards from home for those who want to communicate with the rest of this blog community). I'm headed home to Mrs. O, Amy Dearest, Okie Doke & at Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow at brother Frito Ray's house. I suspect the 49ers-Seahawks game will be on the menu with pumpkin pie after the early-afternoon gorging tomorrow. Also, I suspect Mrs. O and Amy Dearest will head a hunting expedition about that time to see where the best sales are. Here's wishing you and your loved ones a happy and thankful Thanksgiving weekend. I'll replay this Wild Card, which should be good until the end of Black Friday …

Parting Shot — 11.26.14

Covered in a morning frost, a leaf hangs from a tree branch along the Capitol City Trail , as A.J. Hinkens and Ben Van Haren enjoy a morning run along the shores of Lake Monona, Wednesday, in Madison, Wis. The friends were taking advantage of a holiday break from their college courses. Both juniors, Van Haren is studying at UW-Madison, and Hinkens at Iowa State. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

Top Comments — 11.26.14

Top Comment — SLFisher (RE: Black Thursday?): I'm really torn. I hate that stores are open Thursday and I don't want to support them. But dinner will be done by 6, everyone will be gone, and it would be nice to get out for a while after being stuck in the house for a week cooking and cleaning.

Most Commented Stories: Ferguson protest goes nationwide (58 comments), and: NFL player's Ferguson post goes viral (8 comments).

Black Friday Begins On Thursday

At CNN Money, Gregory Wallace reports: “Black Friday doorbusters begin as early as 6 a.m. the morning of Thanksgiving day, when Kmart opens. You can shop there any time until the real Black Friday is over — it's open for 42 hours and finally closes at midnight on Saturday. Like Kmart, a growing number of retailers are starting Black Friday a day early. This year, Radio Shack joins the list with an 8 a.m. opening, though most — the likes of Macy's, Best Buy, Target, Kohl's, Toys R Us, J.C. Penney and Sears — still wait until after dinner is served. Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, will keep most locations open around the clock — as usual — but begins the Black Friday sale specials at 6 p.m. on Thursday.” More here.


Cutline Contest — 11.26.14

Time 2 Vote …

Becca Simley kisses her rat “Scabbers” as her mother snaps a photo during the annual Xtreme Rat Challenge at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb. The rat competition, in which psychology students condition the behavior of their lab rodents to clear a series of obstacles, is still going strong after 40 years. The event was created in 1974 by former psychology professor Marty Klein. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Journal-Star, Eric Gregory)

Tuesday Winner — SLFisher, with 11 likes: “Sadly, she died shortly thereafter due to a tragic nose-picking incident.” You can see the Tuesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 11.26.14

  • 4:15 p.m. Post Falls Police Dept activities report for Nov. 25-26 here.
  • 3:58 p.m. Loose dog reported @ 1800 block of N7th Street/CdA.
  • 3:57 p.m. Loose dog reported @ 15th Street/Timber Avenue/CdA.
  • 3:53 p.m. CPD officers have stopped 29YO male fitting description of person who tossed object at car (3:31 item); male tells police that he just arrived in area from South Carolina a few days ago.
  • 3:39 p.m. Female calls 911 to say boyfriend drunk again & she has to take him to Post Falls.
  • 3:31 p.m. Male standing by side of Dalton/Govt Way tossed something that shattered female's back car window.
  • 3:19 p.m. Possible child enticing reported @ Stratford/Strahorn, Hayden Lake. Mother reports 70ish male smoking cigarette in light-blue, beater 1970s pickup asked her daughter if she wanted to see “his pets.”
  • 3:07 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 9100 block of N. Ramsey Road/Hayden.
  • 2:55 p.m. Officer has moved dead dear off road @ 9600 block of Burlington Road/Rathdrum.
  • 2:41 pm. Animal control officer believes lethargic cat was hit by car in Post Falls area, taking it to Humane Society.
  • 2:20 p.m. Male is at front of county 911 center to retrieve his cell phone.
  • 1:59 p.m. Someone has dialed 911 twice and then hung up, from Harcourt Drive/CdA address.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

4 Corners Workshop Set Next Week

An aerial view of the eastern end of the Four Corners corridor looking toward Memorial Field and Independence Point. (Photo courtesy Welch Comer Engineers).

An update on the master planning efforts for the Four Corners/BLM Corridor will be provided during a public open house/workshop Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 5-8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. The master plan study area runs from Independence Point to the Bureau of Land Management corridor’s western boundary near the east end of Riverstone. Following a brief presentation on the status of the master plan provided by Welch Comer Engineers, the public will be invited to visit six display exhibit stations representing sections of the corridor. Each station will have poster-sized schematic drawings of development proposals based on public feedback collected so far by the design team/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

DFO: I believe that the 4 Corners/Spokane River Corridor project will be as significant as the McEuen Park makeover.

Question: I wonder who'll be the first “Concerned Citizen” to complain when the 4 Corners (aka Spokane River Corridor) project moves ahead and say: “Why weren't we told that this was happening?”

HucksOnline Blogos — 11.26.14

“Oh sure, it all starts out with smiles,” posts Paul Turner/Slight Detour, “but after Uncle Bob has pounded down half a dozen brewskis, things can take a turn.” (Illustration:

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Nov. 25): 6669 page-views/4130 unique views

Question: Is there someone in your family who ruins holidays by drinking too much?

Sample And Keep Moving

A Facebook Friend has a problem with the food samples given out at the local Costco store. Actually, she said, it's the people “going mindlessly from sample to sample, not caring that they are blocking traffic or running people over. The act as if they are going to die if they don't make it to that next sample.” I don't go to Costco enough to sample much or be bothered by the nibblers who block the aisle. How about you?

Question: Are you a Costco sample grazer? Or an impatient shopper?

Thankful For Veterans Who Serve

This Thanksgiving I’m so very thankful for the 35 World War ll veterans and their wives who shared their stories with me in “War Bonds.” Folks like Melvin Hayes, pictured here with his son, Butch while home on a brief leave. Melvin was 27 when he was drafted and had to leave his wife and son behind. Holidays are an especially difficult time to be separated from loved ones. Tomorrow, as you gather ’round your tables, perhaps one of the things you might be thankful for are the men and women who served or continue to serve, their country so selflessly. I know I am/Cindy Hval, War Bonds Blog.

Question: Is there a member of your family serving overseas at the moment?

No-Shave November KCSO Crew

KCSO News Release: Kootenai County sheriff's employees are shown today, after 26 days of the No-Shave November campaign, which raises awareness and funds to prevent cancer, save lives, fund research, educate and aid those with cancer. “The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Sheriff’s employees who wanted to participate will make a minimum $15 personal donation. On Dec. 1, the sheriff’s office will resume standard grooming policies.” (Photo: KCSO)

Question: Which sheriff's deputy or staffer rocks facial hair best?

Fam’s Xmas Involves Doing Not Buy

There’s no waking in the wee hours for Black Friday shopping at the Craig household. The Liberty Lake family’s day-after-Thanksgiving tradition involves doing – not buying – for others. And, at the center of the favorite family activity are tiny, pistachio-colored ingredients: Guittard Green Mint Chips. They’re the key to the Craigs’ annual holiday mint chip pancake mix as well as mom Julie Craig’s signature birthday brownies. She buys them by the case. The day-after Thanksgiving, the Craigs come together assembly line-style to make up some 250 batches of minty pancake mix, which they deliver to friends and family members. The ritual has helped get them into the spirit of the holidays for more than 10 years now/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here.

Question: Does your family have a tradition of Christmas giving that reaches out toward others?

Simpson To USFS: Thread Lightly

Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson has sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell expressing strong concerns about proposed rules for commercial filming in wilderness areas, asking the Forest Service to make sure the final rule doesn’t place an undue burden on journalists, TV programs, outfitters and guides and other media-related activities that have traditionally enjoyed access to wilderness areas for filming or photography. “These are people who appreciate wilderness, want to share its values with others, or may want to use their photographs or videos to help promote their business. These are not individuals who are looking to film feature length action movies that would do harm to wilderness areas or involve multiple cameras with large crews and extensive sets,” Simpson wrote/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

DFO: I like it when an Idaho congressman has clout & isn't part of the black helicopter crowd, such as Simpson. Don't you?

Red Hot Mamas Ready For Big Apple

The Red Hot Mamas have been on big stages before. Here, the Red Hot Mamas march in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2005. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

In the Coeur d'Alene Press Online, Mikki Stevens of the Red Hot Mamas writes about the group preparing for the Macy's Day Parade in New York City: It took the whole big-hearted community to send a group of fossils off to Ne-ew Yor-rk Citeee! We left last weekend for our great adventure to represent vintage women in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and sprinkle happy smiles and joy around Manhattan. After arrival, we hustled our bustles to Times Square to tap dance on Broadway and a group photo session. Wide-eyed and amazed to be standing in the place where we watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve, we shared a hushed, “We're not in our beloved North Idaho anymore.” We danced and entertained for thousands of people by the Red Steps in Times Square doing several precision comedy cadences and a tap dance. The girls were astounded by the crowd response and well-wishers. More here.

Question: Are you a fan of the Red Hot Mamas?

Black Thursday?

So now that the stores are intruding on a day off for their employees by opening Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving evening, do we still call it Black Friday shopping? Or is it Gray Thursday now. And how long do you suppose the stores and corporations behind them simply cancel Thanksgiving and launch the Christmas buy fest on the the morning of the last Thursday in November? Inquiring minds want to know.

Fog Causing Travel Trouble In Region

Fog is causing travel problems in the Spokane region and other parts of the Columbia Basin today. Visibility had been down to about an eighth of a mile at Spokane International Airports where some flights are being delayed on what is one of the busiest travel days of the year. However, the flight delays were blamed on snow in Minneapolis and heavy traffic through Seattle, not on the fog in Spokane, said Todd Woodard, spokesman for the airport here. Flights can land at Spokane International with visibilities as low as 600 feet. Operations staff reported that visibility was general about a quarter mile on the runway/Mike Prager, SR. More here.

Question: Which scares you more, as a motorist — black ice or heavy fog? (Explain your answer)

Use Turkey Leftovers In Pot Pies

There’s more to Thanksgiving leftovers than turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches. Jeff Anderson, executive chef at Safeway, offers a couple of ideas for what to do with both ingredients – as well as leftover bread and roasted potatoes, plus a few pantry items. Use turkey instead of chicken in a classic pot pie. Add cranberry sauce to traditional bread pudding for a festive, seasonal twist/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here.

DFO: Mrs. O cooked a turkey last week & I've been eating leftovers since. Mostly soup. I love Thanksgiving — and an opportunity to reflect on the many blessings in my life. But I don't know whether I can face more turkey leftovers. Any of you have a creative way to use turkey leftovers to create something yummy and palatable for someone who has had a steady diet of turkey for 7 days and counting?

SR News Quiz — 11.23-29.2014

How much do you know about plans to renovate Tubbs Hill,  Gonzaga men's basketball and other news of note? Find out in weekly News Quiz of The Spokesman, where you could win a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel or two movie tickets. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 1: Repairing water lines and updating the stormwater and sewer system.
  • Leaderboard: Sibulsky & CDAJim are the two Huckleberries representatives among the 23 finalists on the News Quiz Leaderboard so far. Deadline to enter for chances to win $50 Davenport gift certificate or movie tickets is 5 p.m. Friday.

Slushy Walk

A woman walks over a road covered in slush Wednesday in Newark, N.J. The northern New Jersey region is expected to be hit by a snow storm, which will cause problems for those traveling ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Question: What's your go-to foot ware for walking in snow and slush this time of the year? Moi? Sorrels, of course.

AM Scanner Traffic — 11.26.14

  • 11:48 a.m. 8YO male is having psychotic episode in area of Twin Drive/Horsehaven, Post Falls.
  • 11:32 a.m. Pickup is stalled in lane of travel @ n/b Govt Way/Kathleen Ave, CdA.
  • 11:15 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Nov. 25-26 here.
  • 10:13 a.m. Noninjury accident reported @ Govt Way/Appleway, CdA.
  • 10:10 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ Advanced Dermatology, 1700 W. Riverstone/CdA.
  • 9:57 a.m. Male en route to reclaim wallet that he left @ Flying J Truck Stop/Post Falls.
  • 9:43 a.m. Driver of semi having trouble making turn from Spokane St onto Seltice Way/Post Falls, blocking traffic.
  • 8:52 a.m. 64YO male pushes life alert button @ 3700 block of E2nd/Post Falls, PFPD officer later learns he was moved to assisted living facility a week ago. He may still have alert button.
  • 8:27 a.m. CPD officer giving a female a lift to residence @ 6th St/Borah Ave, CdA.
  • 8:15 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Casino reports abandoned vehicle on premises.

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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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