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TGIF Wild Card — 10.31.14

Just a reminder to the regulars & regular blurkers at Huckleberries Online — services for our friend Patrick Jacobs (aka OrangeTV) are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 N. 5th St., Coeur d'Alene. I'm looking forward to celebrating his life. I'll look through the archives today for some of his comments that entertained us over the years. Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 10.31.14

Ktitagya Ghimire, of Nepal, wears a banana costume as he takes the Oath of Allegiance during a Halloween-themed naturalization ceremony Friday in Baltimore. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomed 38 children, many of whom came dressed in Halloween costumes, from 18 countries. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Top Comments — 10.31.14

Top Comment — DTSinIdaho (RE: And now a word from Shawn): If you are going to be in politics you have to expect anything against you. It is like a football game. You start off slow, looking for the others weakness, and you find something that gets you on a role at the end to win, or in this case, be elected in a state where the Republican party has gone so far right that it really is a Libertarian. North Idaho Voters, that actually vote, are who elect candidates. They watch Fox News. nuff' said.

Most Commented Stories: Pastor: Rescind anti-bias ordinance (31 comments), and: KCGOPCC targets Bonner County (22 comments), and: Breaking! Lake City picks Hammonds (12 comments).

Nelson: I Didn’t OK Delavan Firing

In a news release to Huckleberries Online, Commissioner Jai Nelson says she had nothing to do with dismissal of county airport manager Greg Delavan:

there has been reporting and comments attributed to me which are inaccurate. I did not support Mr. Delavan’s dismissal. I was not in attendance in the meeting when he was dismissed. Furthermore, I do not support how the dismissal was handled. Mr. Delavan is a long-term county employee who has served as the Airport Director for many years. He has been a stalwart advocate for the airport. During the past ten years, he has overseen nearly $18 million in FAA grant funds for airport improvement projects. Under his direction, our airport is becoming much closer to operating as a self-sustaining department. In the past few years, fee based revenues are steadily increasing and the airport is much less reliant on taxpayers for operational support. More here.


Cutline Contest — 10.30.14

Time 2 Vote …

A well-preserved arm purportedly found on the Antietam battlefield near Sharpsburg, Md., shortly after the Civil War clash in 1862, is shown in a photograph this week at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/ National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Lori Eggleston)

Thursday Winner — Sherlock, with 9 likes: “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumped over the Candlestick. And then remembered the Giants don't play there anymore. You can see Thursday Photo & read all the Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 10.31.14

  • 4:55 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report for Oct. 30-31 here.
  • 4:52 p.m. Drivers of 3 vehicles involved in crash @ NW Blvd/Seltice Way have pulled into park-and-ride lot.
  • 4:46 p.m. Caller willing to sign complain vs reckless driver of gold Chevy Blazer @ 7th/Harrison, CdA.
  • 4:36 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Oct. 30-31 here.
  • 4:26 p.m. Post Falls resident reports several juveniles in back yard of neighbor whose gone for weekend.
  • 4:22 p.m. Male dressed as zombie bumping into pedestrians near Subway restaurant @ 7th/Sherman, CdA.
  • 3:58 p.m. Male who was flipping drivers off in middle of Seltice Way has entered Falls Club.
  • 3:34 p.m. Ill female on W. Fairway/CdA asks responder to order taxi rather than ambulance for her.
  • 3:18 p.m. Officers apprehend driver of stolen Spokane vehicle (2:54 item) near Hayden Walmart.
  • 3:08 p.m. A disabled vehicle is blocking intersection of H95 (Lincoln Way)/Ironwood Drive, CdA.
  • 14 more items + AM Scanner Traffic report below

Edit: Dump Guns-On-Campus Law

In a Moscow-Pullman Daily News editorial, Devin Rokyta writes:

One of our local state representatives in the Idaho Legislature, Cindy Agidius, pictured, told us here on the board earlier this week that she has plans, if re-elected to office Tuesday, to deal with what she termed “loopholes” in legislation passed earlier this year allowing guns on Idaho's college and university campuses. We feel closing those loopholes would be a monumental waste of her valuable time. That time would be much better spent spearheading an effort to repeal the unwanted and unneeded law altogether. The controlling party down in Boise, the one Agidius is a member of and the one responsible for this legislation, constantly preaches about government overreach and the tyranny of Big Brother and President Barack Obama for, among other things, daring to try to give all Americans health care - yet that overreach is exactly what took place with the guns on campus bill. More here. (Photo: Idaho Legislature)


Did GOP Bus Stop Violate Law?

In an IdahoED NEWS story, Kevin Richert wonders:

A Friday blog post from Betsy Russell of the Spokane Spokesman-Review raises an interesting question: Did a Republican Party bus tour stop at a Gooding charter school violate the state’s ethics code? The bus tour stopped on Oct. 24 at Gooding’s North Valley Academy Charter School. The visit occurred during the school day, from 1:30 to 2 p.m., Russell reports. Russell cites a 2011 memo from state superintendent Tom Luna, which forbids the use of school facilities for political functions. “If substantiated, each is a violation of the Code of Ethics and is punishable by a letter of reprimand, the placing of conditions on the educator’s certificate or the suspension or revocation of the educator’s certificate. … Those whose certificates are suspended or revoked can no longer be employed by an Idaho public school.” More here.

  • Here's the HucksOnline post from Oct. 25, 2010, when Lake City High principle told GOP bus & candidates to get off school property to campaign three days earlier, prior to T-Wolves/Sandpoint football game.

DFO: Idaho GOP should know better than to stop its candidates' bus at a public school after being called on the carpet for doing that at Lake City High a few years ago. Thoughts?

HucksOnline Blogos — 10.31.14

Walkabout snapped this photos of trees leveled between Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive), along the western boundary of North Idaho College this week. Trees were cut and brush removed as part of a levee stabilization project. At one point, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had declared that all the trees were to be removed to protect the bank in case of a serious flood. But the corps backed off. Dozens of trees — the ones with green dots on them — are still to be removed.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Oct. 30): 8278 page-views/5149 unique views


Food Porn

On his Facebook wall, DTS posts this Food Porn photo, with the note: “Having Lunch at Nosworthy's by the Fairgrounds. They ran out of fries for my order. So they brought the next batch. Uhh, like waaayyy too much. But I ain't griping. Burger was OK. Not as good as Doc Holidays in Hayden.

DFO: This photo reminded me of the Food Porn shots that Patrick Jacobs posted on his various social media sites. So, in a way, it's a tribute to him. If you sit down to a particularly mouth-watering meal out and about somewhere, snap a photo of it & send it to Huckleberries Online. Before you begin eating, of course.

And Now A Word From Shawn …

On her Facebook wall, state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, posts:

“This post on Dave O's Huckleberries Online blog at the Spokesman Review reminds me that the twilight hours of campaign season can be filled with ugly and deceitful occurrences. As always, I've worked hard in each campaign to focus on the issues and the people and not to be drug down into the mud. I am hopeful that most people recognize the nature of those who engage in last minute attacks that leave no time for candidates to respond. I've not seen this particular mailer yet and so do not know what all it says, but, I am disappointed that it purports to be from a 'Republican' group, while supporting my opponent who is running on the Constitution Party ticket, its from Kootenai County, and that its only Friday and we still have the weekend to go.”

Question: In the past, candidates couldn't respond to a last-minute hatchet job by opponents. But the social media has changed things. Now, we can discuss 11th-hour nasty business until the time the polls close. Thoughts?

What Is He Saying?

Marc Eberlein, a Republican candidate for one of two Kootenai County commissioner seats, listens to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden during a stop on the recent bus tour of top Idaho Republican candidates, including Gov. Butch Otter. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: What do you think Wasden is saying to Eberlein?

Raffee: 1st Results At 9:30 Tuesday

The Kootenai County Clerk's Department will change its approach to tabulating votes Tuesday, with the goal of getting results out sooner. Deputy Clerk Pat Raffee said the goal of the Elections Department this time will be to get absentees and early votes out by 9:30 p.m. The department will try to get the next results out at 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. The final unofficial results will be available around 2 p.m. Raffee explains reasons why the department is taking the approach here.


Post Falls Church To Honor Dead Vet

St. John Antiochian Orthodox Church (4718 E. Horsehaven/Post Falls) is sponsoring a memorial service and a “Beer and Brats” fundraiser in honor of (World War II combat veteran Jim Ayers, pictured) from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Ayers, who was permanently disabled with a loss of hearing, died destitute recently. An anonymous member of St. John Orthodox Church fronted the costs of his funeral, and Ayers is now buried in the Parish Cemetery. Although Ayers was qualified to be buried in any national veteran's cemetery, he chose to be buried among his Orthodox church “family” instead, according to church spokesman Jennifer Dancy. The church is sponsoring the event to reimburse the donor and to provide perpetual care for the gravesite of this unique veteran. More here.

‘Vera’ Hits CdA Casino Jackpot, Sorta

I finally saw that Coeur d'Alene Casino commercial featuring Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson, as “Vera.” Kerri discussed her day as an actor for a new advertising campaign by the Coeur d'Alene Casino in a June 25 Main Street column here. Kerri reports that it was hard to spend a day, as “Vera,” being excited about fictional jackpots. It's hard for me to view someone I've know quite awhile by another name. Vera? My best friend's sister during my formative years was named Vera. Kerri's “Vera” in the commercial made me wonder re: what name would best suit me, if I were cast in a commercial. My junior English teacher once had us write a paper under a pseudonym. I chose Jantzen Davies. Still like that pseudonym. How about you?

Question: What new name would you choose if you became a movie star? (John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe are already taken.)

Breaking! Lake City Picks Hammond

Jim Hammond, a former Idaho state senator who previously served as a city councilman, mayor and city administrator in Post Falls, has been named Coeur d’Alene city administrator. Hammond, 64, was selected from a nationwide pool of 64 candidates. He is expected to start his new position in November. “I am very excited to welcome Jim Hammond to the city,” said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. “Jim brings great leadership skills, extensive city experience and is well respected in North Idaho, as well as the entire state. I look forward to working with him to accomplish great things for Coeur d’Alene”/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: What do you expect from the new city administrator?

KCGOPCC Targets Bonner County

The Kootenai County Republican Concerned Citizens PAC, not to be confused with the other KCGOPCC, Kootenai County Republican Central Committee — is back. This time, the shadowy organization is backing uber-conservatives in Bonner/Boundary counties. A Bonner County Facebook Friend posted this card on her wall after receiving it in the mail today. She Facebooked this statement: “What is wrong with this picture?”

Question: We've talked about the clandestine Concerned Citizens outfit, who intentionally are trying to be confused with the official Kootenai County GOP Central Committee. This time, I wonder why the operatives behind KCGOPCC are poking their noses into Legislative District 1 affairs. What other last-minute politicking do you expect to see this weekend?

AM Scanner Traffic — 10.30.14

  • 12:01 a.m. CPD officer stopping in 100 block of N19th Street/CdA to follow up on eviction.
  • 11:56 a.m. Driver of red 1990 Acura Integra reckless, speeding @ 100mph @ e/b I-90/MP 7 (H41/Post Falls).
  • 11:15 a.m. Abandoned bicycle found @ Govt Way/Hayden Avenue.
  • 11:11 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 900 block of Ironwood/CdA.
  • 10:48 a.m. Animal control officer catches golden lab @ Maplewood/Ridgewood, Post Falls, black dog gets away.
  • 10:47 a.m. Neighbor is concerned re: welfare of 89YO friend @ 6200 block of 4th Street/CdA.
  • 10:41 a.m. Injury crash reported @ Julia/Appleway; drivers have pulled into Lowe's parking lot.
  • 10:13 a.m. Caller reports Illinois semi driver @ e/b I-90/CdA area appears to be half asleep.
  • 9:54 a.m. Elderly female is forcing other drivers off road as she tries to pass @ s/b H95/Miles Avenue, Hayden.
  • 9:49 a.m. Post Falls EMTs en route to 72YO male who has regained consciousness, undisclosed location.
  • 9:48 a.m. CPD officer asks dispatch to contact ISP for motorist out of fuel on freeway.
  • 9:39 a.m. Fire alarm sounding for Pier 21 on the boardwalk.
  • 9:32 a.m. Bonner Co warns Kootenai Co of unsafe driver in gray Subaru s/b @ H95/MP 456 (Careywood).
  • 9:28 a.m. Officer shuts down n/b Govt Way @ Honeysuckle as result of disabled semi in road.
  • 9:16 a.m. Child custody en route to birthing site for baby possibly born, affected by mother's alcohol intake.
  • 9:08 a.m. Officer en route to Lakes Middle School to handle alcohol offense.
  • 8:55 a.m. CPD officer is conducting extra patrol in McEuen Park parking lot.
  • 8:47 a.m. Disabled 1994 black Acura is scheduled for removal in w/b I-90 median, half mile from the stateline.
  • 8:34 a.m. Residential burglary reported @ Gate 7 Ridge Road/CdA.
  • 8:29 a.m. Post Falls female said her child was missing when she woke up this AM.
  • 8:22 a.m. PFPD officer handling non-injury accident @ Cecil/Mullan, Post Falls.

A Touch Of Gold

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook wall, Linda Lantzy writes of this viewtiful photo: “A touch of Gold on the North Fork of the St. Joe River.” You can see more of her scenic Idaho photos & beyond here.

Gas Prices Falls Below $3

At The Hill, Keith Lang reports: “U.S. drivers will pay an average of less than $3 per gallon on Election Day, according to AAA. It's the first time gas prices have dropped to that level since Dec. 22, 2010. “Consumers are experiencing ‘sticker delight’ as gas prices unexpectedly drop below $3.00 in much of the country,” AAA CEO Bob Darbelnet said in a statement. “Lower gas prices are a boon to the economy just in time for holiday travel and shopping.” Incumbents have been blamed in previous elections for gas price increases. AAA said 60 percent of U.S. gas stations were already charging less than $3 for a gallon of regular gas on Friday. More here.

Question: I notice the gas price at the Mobile station on Govt Way, just west of the courthouse, is $2.86 for regular. Last gas I bought was for $3.05 for regular at Cenex, 15th & Best. Do you do intentionally drive more when the gas prices are low?

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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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