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Wild Card/Monday — 9.15.14

I appreciate the fine job (per usual) that Cindy did while filling in for me on Thursday & Friday. I wasn't kicking back with my tootsies in Lake Coeur d'Alene. I was undergoing my every-five-years colonoscopy, prepping on Thursday and then heading for Kootenai Clinic for the procedure Friday morning. I'm not going to go into details here, other than to encourage all of you of a certain age to make sure you get this done, especially you men who shy away from medical exams. The prep work isn't fun. The procedure itself is a piece of cake. Bottom line? You can chuckle all you want about colonoscopies. But the possible alternative — colon cancer — isn't funny. Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 9.15.14

At Slight Detour, Marianne Love took her camera on a walk on the Sandpoint bike path along the waterfront. You'll find several more of her photos from that Saturday journey besides the one above here.

Most Commented Stories — 9.15.14

The stories that received the most comments today are: Otter fatigue could be a factor (18 comments), and: Wild Card discussion of colonoscopies (17 comments).

Top Comment Today — Centered

Centered (RE: Miss Idaho displays insulin pump): Sierra Sandison is a tremendous role model for young girls in addition to be a strong voice for Type 1 Diabetes. I've lost 2 high school friends to T1D (they were in their 30's….way too young) and my heart breaks to read the FB posts of a friend whose young son's life revolves around dealing with T1D. I think it's great that she has a platform to speak about this disease.

Question: Do you have a role model?

Survey: Idaho Has Rudest Drivers

They honk, they're impatient, they make rude gestures, they gun their engines. They are the rude drivers, and the highest concentration of them is Idaho, a new poll suggests. Drivers in Idaho, followed by those in Washington, D.C.; and New York make the top three, based on the survey of 2,000 drivers nationwide by a website, Of course, Washington and New York have dense urban environments that make them breeding grounds for rudeness. But Idaho is a fairly laid-back state, home to wide open spaces. Relatively speaking, there aren't many people to be rude to/USA Today. More here.

Question: I'm not sure this survey is correct. I haven't seen many rude drivers in Idaho. Have you?

Cutline Contest — 9.15.14

Time 2 Vote (only 3 votes cast so far) …

Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn celebrates after moving on to the evening gown portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, in Atlantic City, N.J. Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison is to her left. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Latest Winner (for last Wednesday) — Herb & Sherlock, tied with 13 likes apiece: “Mabel & Karry examine one of the disappearing giant earthworms from the Palouse” — Herb, and: “Is that a bratwurst on your grill, or are you just happy to see me? — Sherlock. You can see Wednesday Photo and read all the Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.15.14

  • 5:31 p.m. Officers warn female that her boyfriend has warrants from 2 states & she should be careful not to harbor him.
  • 5:16 p.m. Female reports that male trashed her living space in rural Kootenai County, unknown location.
  • 5:06 p.m. Alarm that sounded in bank @ 550 W. Honeysuckle Ave/Hayden proves to be a false one.
  • 4:44 p.m. Male in black Dodge Nitro, registered in Bonner County, appeared drunk during stop at Tom Addis Ford.
  • 4:36 p.m. Animal control officer wants dog owner informed that his pet needs to be quarantined.
  • 4:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 14-15 here.
  • 3:43 p.m. Spirit Lake police trespass male from Super 1 & Timberlake Litter Patrol.
  • 3:41 p.m. Vehicle-motorcycle crash reported @ s/b I-90, south of Canfield Avenue/CdA; cyclist has leg injury.
  • 3:34 p.m. Male in handcuffs escaped briefly from probation dept before being caught on Govt Way b/n Anton & Neider.
  • 3:32 p.m. Deputy investigating possible trespass on Riverview Drive/Shale Court, south of Spokane River.
  • 3:29 p.m. Couple is involved in physical dispute near Fred Meyer garden center, arrived in tan Chevy Tahoe.
  • 2:47 p.m. ISP officer reports driver of disabled vehicle on I-90 needs jump after Les Scwab changed tire & left.
  • 2:30 p.m. Undisclosed animal problem in 800 block of Public Works Way/Post Falls.
  • 1:54 p.m. Neighbors are arguing @ Chateau Mobile Home Park/Post Falls.
  • 1:43 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Fire responding to 2-vehicle, T-bone crash that cause radiator fluid leak, unknown location.
  • 1:22 p.m. Driver of red Jeep Cherokee reports driver of car now parked @ Lake City High made unsafe pass.
  • 1:19 p.m. Pedestrian reports smelling marijuana smoke as he passed 2 Subarus parked side-by-side in CdA apt lot.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

New Food Truck Features Crepes

Sounds like there's a new food truck in town, specializing in French crepes among breakfast, brunch & lunch offerings. The Coeur d'Braizh Crepes Facebook site announced today: “So! We were able to get set up briefly today at noon and do a sort of a trial run, finally! Yay! Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept 16th we will be up and running and ready to serve you from 7:30 until 1:30! Breakfast, brunch and lunch…3615 N Govt Way is where you'll find us!” Christa Hazel, who took advantage of a soft opening by the business today, posts: “Heather Riviere, at her crepe truck. Look for them just north of Black Sheep on Govt Way. Yummy!!!”

Question: Are you a crepes fan?

LC Playhouse, Interplayers Merge

Faced with the prospect of closing Spokane’s only professional theater company, the board of directors at Interplayers instead opted to merge operations with a community theater company, Lake City Playhouse of Coeur d’Alene. The merger, announced Monday, gives operational control of Interplayers to Lake City. The playhouse’s artistic director George Green will oversee both companies, along with LCP’s managing director, Hannah Paton. Out in this transition are Interplayers executive director Pamela Brown, artistic director Reed McColm and associate artistic director Michael Weaver. Ryan Oelrich, secretary of Interplayers board, said it became clear earlier this year that Interplayers could not continue to operate as it had been – the income just wasn’t there/Carolyn Lamberson, SR. More here.

Question: What do you think of this merger?

BNI Endorses Wood, Howard

The board of directors of Balance North Idaho announces its endorsement of candidates for the Board of Trustees for North Idaho College in Kootenai County. The election for the two open seats is non-partisan. BNI is proud to endorse incumbent trustees and candidates, Christie Wood and Ken Howard.  Both have proven to be invaluable leaders in the strong direction and success that the college is known for. Full BNI news release here.

Question: This news release indicates to me that Balance North Idaho will be a factor in nonpartisan races (Coeur d'Alene School Board & City Council) next year. Thoughts?

SeaHawks v. Chargers

It's safe to say
with all that heat
it was one “hell”
of a defeat.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Death Shadows Idaho Campaigns

Idaho has produced a number of officeholders and office-seekers who met untimely deaths, either in plane or auto crashes, or job accidents. All had potential to grow and might have been quite successful. In two cases, that of Jim McClure’s and Cecil Andrus’, the deaths of their chief rivals cleared the way for them to become two of Idaho’s greatest office-holders, leaving one to wonder how the state’s political history might have changed. In an odd quirk of fate, three of the *seven were from Kellogg: John Mattmiller, Vern Lannen and Jerry Blackbird. Mattmiller died in a plane crash while trying to land in the fog at the Kellogg airport in 1966. At the time he was the clear favorite to win the First District Republican Congressional nomination and would have probably won in November/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Do you remember Vern Lannen and/or Jerry Blackbird?


Many literate people share one trait. We have words that irritate us and from college educated writers. Sure, obvious non-words like irregardless are at the top of the list, but mine is the word, “on.” Read yesterday's or today's sports page and you will see the word misused dozens of times.For instance, they will say, “The Seahawks will play San Diego on Sunday.” Why use the word on at all. The sentence would be just fine with “The Seahawks will play San Diego Sunday. This redundancy burns my butt every times I see it/Herb Huseland, Bay Views. More here.

Question: Are there words that irritate you?

HBO Blogosphere — 9.15.2014

Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe, leads Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer and the City Council on a tour of the Coeur d'Alene Reservation recently. The city of Coeur d'Alene and the tribe are planning partnership opportunities for the future. The city plans to place a sculpture with a American Indian theme on the Spokane River, within the Education Corridor, soon. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Today Photo: Keith Erickson)

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Sept 7-13): 34,389 page-views/21,879 unique views

AARP-Eligible Adults Adopting Kids

Bob Salsbury takes a rock handed to him by his granddaughter Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at his valley home. He is in the processing of adopting his granddaughter. (SR Photo: Jesse Tinsley)

There was a little RV in Bob Salsbury’s imaginary retirement, or maybe a Volkswagen van. He’d drive to the coast and camp on the shore. He’d hike and wander the beaches, a “crazy old man” gathering agate and sea glass. Salsbury had worked for the state since Jimmy Carter was president. He’d raised three children. He was ready to retire. He still is, and he still will. But now there’s a curly-haired little girl in the picture – his granddaughter, who loves flowers and butterflies, whose paintings and drawings hang throughout their Spokane Valley home – whom he’s adopting after his daughter and the girl’s biological father relinquished their parental rights. It’s a move more AARP-eligible adults are making, adopting children as first-time parents or tapping into previous experience as parents, by adopting the children of younger relatives who can’t do it themselves/Adrian Rogers, SR. More here.

Question: Do you Boomers who have adopted grandchildren or children of relatives?

SR News Quiz 9.16-19.2014

How much do you know about Bing Crosby memorabilia, Spokane's biggest cycling event, gay-marriage issues in Idaho and other news of note? Find out in the weekly Spokesman Review News Quiz, where you could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 1: Use the deep wells as heat exchangers for the development
  • Last Week's Winners: Kevin Hee of Spokane (gift card) and Morgan Case of Hayden (movie tickets).

Chances Of Hitting Deer In Idaho Fall

Here’s a ranking in which Idaho is improving: According to State Farm Insurance claims statistics, we’ve dropped from 26th to 28th in the nation for likelihood of motorists hitting a deer on our roads. West Virginia has remained atop the list in first place for the past eight years; Hawaii is last. Washington ranks 41st; Utah, 34th; and Montana, 3rd. State Farm found that the odds of a driver hitting a deer on Idaho roads is now 1 in 172, slightly higher than the national odds of 1 in 169. Idaho’s top months for car-deer collisions are November, followed by October, followed by December/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Have you ever hit a deer, elk, moose or any other big wildlife animal in Idaho?

Idaho GOP Backs Off Balukoff Claims

Charges flew over the weekend as the Idaho Republican Party claimed that the Idaho Democratic Party and Democratic candidate for governor A.J. Balukoff (pictured) were doing something “shady” involving passing money back and forth that might violate campaign finance laws. The Democrats responded that Balukoff had contracted out his campaign payroll services to the state party, and it was all reported, legal and on the up-and-up. This morning, the Idaho Secretary of State’s office looked into it and found no violation at all, instead concluding it’s just “that time of year.” The state GOP now says it won’t pursue any complaint. Dean Ferguson, executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party, said, “I’m guessing they feel a little silly about it”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: What do you make of this tempest in a teapot?

Man Faces 34 Felonies For FB Posts

A man facing 34 felony counts for violating an order of protection is wanted by Missoula law enforcement after allegedly contacting his victim repeatedly on Facebook last week. According to prosecutors, Joshua James Allen didn’t have a romantic relationship with the victim, but initially began contacting her with incessant Facebook messages in May. The woman requested and was granted an order of protection, which prohibited Allen from contacting her for an entire year. Prosecutors say Allen began contacting the woman again on Sept. 9, with dozens of messages on Facebook, several phone calls and a series of text messages. After receiving several bizarre messages from the man that night, the victim contacted law enforcement to say the messaging had started again, and this time Allen allegedly referenced suicide and guns/Missoulian. More here.

Question: Have you ever been threatened on the social media?

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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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