Ginny Acker, 8, checks out her mouse makeup in the mirror as she and fellow dancers get ready for dress rehearsal for the Peninsula Dance Theatre's production of the Nutcracker in Bremerton, Wash. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
Question: How many times have you seen a live production of “The Nutcracker”?
I have been fighting a plumbing problem for about one month.I found that the worst place a faucet can go bad is in the shower/tub. Naturally, it was the hot water side. This caused me to have to turn the hot water off on the hot water tank which is accessed outside. Yesterday, thanks to a very helpful Mark Streater, I drove into town to get a new one. The last time I replaced a leaky faucet, I just pulled the handle off and replaced the double aught washer. No more. Modern technology has once again fixed something that wasn't broke. Now we have stems and seats, O rings and other interesting pieces. In order to find the right parts I had to first remove the old one. Unfortunately, I didn't have the right stuff/Herb Huseland, Bay Views. More here.
Question: When did you last personally deal with a plumbing problem?
Cal State Northridge's Mahina Haina has her spike blocked back into her face against Colorado State during their women's NCAA volleyball championship first-round match in Los Angeles, Thursday. You write the cutline.(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Thursday Winner — Cindy, w/15 likes: Explaining the most recent public art piece, a spokesperson for the Coeur d'Alene Arts Council, said, “Listen. It was either this or a 20 ft tall Thong Man sculpture. I think we made the right call.” You can see the Thursday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
A federal judge has cleared the way for Joseph Duncan’s execution for the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of a 9-year-old North Idaho boy, ruling that Duncan was mentally competent when he gave up the right to appeal his death sentence. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge issued the ruling today, following a six-week competency hearing Lodge presided over in January and February of this year. There still could be further appeals, but Lodge’s 66-page ruling is a key step toward Duncan’s execution. The Idaho judge ruled that Duncan is “deemed competent to waive his right to appeal in this matter”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Facebook Friends Becky McIntire Boifeuillet and Jayson Frank of Artscape Landscaping happened on this scene independently during the lunch hour at H95/Hayden Avenue. Seems the trucker lost his rear axle, spilling logs onto Highway 95. No one was hurt. But a family member of Becky's was nearby. Do you ever have nightmares when you're parked alongside a logging truck at a light that one of its trailer straps might break?
Today will end the first of two weeks of my somewhat abbreviated blog schedule (9 a.m. until 5-5:30 p.m.). It has been weird for me. Probably weird for you, too. But the end is coming nearer. Thanks for hanging in there. Now for today's Wild Card …
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, speaks along side South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, second from left, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, second from right, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, during a news briefing for the Republican Governors Association (RGA) 2013 annual conference on Nov. 21 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Christie was named the new RGA Chairman for 2014 during the conference. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was courted as a Republican presidential candidate in 2012, is in town tonight for a public rally to raise funds for Gov. Butch Otter. In an article announcing the fundraiser a month ago, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported that the Christie rally will be held at The Coeur d'Alene Resort at 7:30 tonight. The cost is $50 per person. There will be a separate VIP reception with both governors at 6 p.m. at cost of $1,000 per couple. Earlier story here.
Question: Are you going to the Christie fundraiser?
If you have a chance, say, Hi, to “Hydromania” author Stephen Shepperd at Hastings, where he's autographing books this weekend. And, if you want to do Hucks Nation a solid, you can borrow my copy of “Hydromania” and write a review for the blog. Whaddya say? BTW, I wrote about “Hydromania” in a recent column here and posted a Q-and-A interview with him on the blog here. (Photo from Stephen Shepperd Facebook wall)
For her 50th birthday (which occurred Tuesday), Debbie Dixon Birmingham, pictured from Facebook wall, wanted something special — for others. So she asked her friends to help her celebrate the Big 5-0 by performing random acts of kindness. From 4-6 p.m. Saturday, teams of Debbie's friends will do just that, competing for highest score from a list of more than 50 deeds that have been assigned different point values. Those involved in this wonderful birthday exercise are: Marie Nail, Julie Meridith, Melina Wilcox, Julie Reber, Mary Reber, Tracy Shull, and about 10 others. Groups will be delivering dinners to Family Promise, visiting nursing homes, opening doors, bagging groceries, picking up tabs in local restaurants, paying compliments to strangers, delivering water and granola bars to warming shelters, shoveling snow, caroling, leaving change for vending machines, laundry, bringing bell ringers cocoa, and much more. People are encouraged to think outside the box and come up with unique ideas.
Question: Am I the only one who thinks this is a creative, wonderful idea to celebrate a birthday?
In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune gives jeers to …
… to Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter and state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian.Rivals for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, they were singing in two-part harmony Tuesday when Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff announced he would run as a Democrat. Warbled Otter's campaign: “The governor looks forward to discussing with voters the implications of a Democrat working to advance the Obama administration's big-government priorities here in Idaho.” And,crooned Fulcher: “Let's not forget that he represents the party that authored Obamacare.” Sing that tune loudly enough, Otter and Fulcher believe, and Idaho's Obama-loathing voters will forget that on the GOP's watch, they've endured miserable incomes, depleted school budgets, tax relief for the wealthy and skyrocketing college tuition. What's the second verse?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here (4th item).
Question: I wonder how many Idahoans are duped into political propaganda that connects Idaho Democrats with Obama?
Construction work continues on new McEuen Field parking garage, despite single-digit temperatures. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)
Despite subzero temperatures (with the bitter windchill taken into account), crews continue to put the finishing touches on the new downtown parking structure. Because much less construction can be done in the freezing temperatures, the number of construction workers has been reduced to about 20, said engineer Phil Boyd of Welch Comer Engineers. At its peak, about 100 workers were on site daily. All park landscape work has been suspended due to the frozen ground. During the week of December 16, crews are expected to install light poles along Front Avenue and Fourth Street. “No Parking” signs will be affixed to the Fourth Street poles, while permanent “2 Hour Parking” will be mounted along Front Avenue. More below.
From city of Post Falls Facebook: “Winterfest Tonight at 6 pm here at City Hall 408 N Spokane Street Post Falls. We will have the Tree Lighting, Make & Take Crafts, Cider & Cookies, Choirs singing, A reading of The Night Before Christmas and at 7:15 pm Santa Claus is coming to town. Please feel free to take pictures of your little ones with Santa!”
Question: Ah, does this mean Post Falls residents are tougher than those in Hayden, which canceled its tree lighting ceremony, parade due to single-digig temperatures expected Saturday?
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday said he would attempt to persuade his wife to let him run for president. Paul, long considered a potential GOP candidate in 2016, told an audience that his wife does not think he should run but that he will try to change her mind in the next year. “Where is my cellphone? Can I call my wife?” Paul said when asked about his plans at the Detroit Economic Club/Mario Trujillo, The Hill. More here.
DFO: Don't put away those tinfoil hats just yet.
Question: Do you want U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for the presidency in 2014?
And now a word from KerriT re: our cold snap:
After watching the national news stories about the weather around the country, I'm thinking we've got it pretty good. Cold, but good. I lived in North Dakota (Bert's homeland) for several years and the weather is often a matter of life and death. People respect the winter weather and are prepared. Keep your car's gas tank either topped off but definitely over the half way mark. Toss a blanket and some extra winter outerwear, dry socks and a second pair of boots into the back seat for emergencies. R-E-S-P-E-C-T Mother Nature and heed any recommendations from law enforcement about travel.
Question: I once cross-country skied with another fool a few miles around the eastern edge of Glacier National Park, to view a bridge that had been knocked out by an avalanche. We got caught by a ranger who asked us whether we knew how to read warning signs. He didn't cite us. But I've often thought that was one of the dumbest things I've done during an Inland Northwest winter. Have you done something stupid — and risky — too?
Santa Claus listens to the Vienna Boys Choir during a lunch break at the York Galleria Mall in York, Pa. on Thursday. Santa, who's also known as Richard Meadow in the off season is at the mall daily throughout the holiday season. (AP Photo/York Daily Record, Jason Plotkin)
Question: What music do you have on your playlist?
Huckleberries asked Jeff Conroy/St. Vinny's if the charity has specific needs this cold snap/holiday season. Here's his emailed response:
“We need blankets, sleeping bag (badly), warm food, hand warmers, and socks right now. We've been open every night for the past week and a half and it looks like we're going to be open for the next 10 days. If they bring it to the HELP Center (201 E Harrison, Old Library) we can take care of it. During the day we have a pretty busy flow as well at the HELP Center.”
Question: Can you help?
The Idaho Legislature has devoted considerable time and money over the last few months to an analysis of how the state might take over the public lands in Idaho that have been owned since statehood (and before) by all of us – meaning all American citizens – and managed by the federal government. Never mind that the effort would likely be declared unconstitutional or that the U.S. Congress would never permit such a wholesale transfer, the movement has once again gained some modest traction in the American West. This latest effort will doubtless fade, as earlier ones have time and again, when the reality of managing the land collides with the fear of having to sell much of it in order for a state to afford ownership/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.
Question: I agree with Marc. Any legislator involved in the pursuit of this windmill is wasting time that might better be used serving his/her constituency. Are any of the three legislators in your district involved in this nonsense?
In the letters to the editor section today, the Coeur d'Alene Press publishes two letters with opposing points of view on the “flowers” (“Umbrellas Gracilis”) in the roundabout at Kathleen & 4th/CdA: