My son in Florida told me yesterday that the temperatures at his ranchette hovered around 79 degrees. However, it gets a little chilly when a breeze kicks up. Yeah, he had read about the arctic blast that will officially chill us to the bone Friday night and Saturday morning — and was rubbing it in. Then, I visited him in August when the temperatures in Florida were 90 degrees with 95 percent humidity. You can always put on another sweatshirt. But you can only take off so much clothes before being hauled off by the gendarmes. With that happy thought, I'll post today's Wild Card …
Over the years, Connie Murray has sometimes chosen to hide Christmas gifts more or less in plain sight. “My all-time favorite place, which my son will never live down, was the laundry hamper in his bedroom”/Paul Turner, The Slice. More here.
Question: Where do you hide Christmas presents?
Back Story: Erica left area for Billings at 5:30 a.m. for a heifer sale. Earlier she'd written than Montana temperatures “make here look tropical. Coveralls packed. Sorrels packed. Wool everything packed. Why do I like pretending I'm a rancher? Because it's the best, even when arctic air hits cow country.” She couldn't find tire help in Thompson Falls. So she limped to Missoula Les Schwab minus a trailer tire. Posts Erica: “At least it's a balmy 9 degrees.” She eventually made it to Manhattan (minus-4) and then to Billings.
Question: When did you last have a road trip in which you had vehicle problems?
A woman walks past “La Baigneuse” (The swimmer) of Korean artist Youn Kyoung Cho in front of Hotel Royal, on the promenade des Anglais at Nice, southeastern France on Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Wednesday Winner — Flatlander, with 6 likes: The lengths some people will go to avoid the bell ringers in front of the department store at Christmas are amazing. You can see the Wednesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
A 22-year-old Hayden man was charged and arrested in connection with the robbery of Domino's Pizza in Hayden on Nov. 15. The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Michael Anthony Sanchez. Details of the arrest are not available at this time. He is currently being held without bail on charges of Robbery, Grand Theft, Aggravated Battery, Burglary and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sanchez’ has two previous adult bookings in the Kootenai County Jail. Both were for Disturbing the Peace in 2012. Original story here.
Majority Caucus chair, State Senator Russell Fulcher, is doing a favor for the voting public as well as the media by challenging incumbent Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter in a contest for the Republican nomination. He could also be doing Otter a favor. For 104,000 Idahoans who would be eligible for an expanded Medicaid program, however, Fulcher is ensuring their needs will not be met. Real suffering even unnecessary deaths, will occur. By challenging his party’s sitting governor what looked like a dull run-up to a third almost uncontested term suddenly has created the magic “buzz” candidates and their campaigns like to generate, but few do. The Meridian senator has already generated extensive coverage by a media desperate for the good copy a hotly contested race between Tea Party conservatives and status quo regular Republicans will provide. The media loves intra-party fights/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicle. More here.
Question: Chris Carlson raises a great point: Without the challenge to the incumbent from the Tea Party right, Idaho's 2014 gubernatorial race would have been a snoozer. Mebbe we should thank Fulcher … while voting for someone else. Right?
Marianne Love/Slight Detour visited Schweitzer Ski Resort on its 50th birthday Wednesday. The photo above is one of several that she posted on her blog here.
HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Dec. 4): 8518 page-views/4431 unique views
Aerial view of Four Corners area, with Memorial Field, City Park and Coeur d'Alene North flanking three sides.
Armed with input from more than 30 user groups, officials are poised to take the next step toward transforming the western gateway into Coeur d’Alene along Northwest Boulevard into a more pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically pleasing corridor. Following a series of community meetings over the past several months involving state, federal and local entities, the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission next month will hold an open house to share the ideas gathered to improve the so-called Four Corners area. Though not yet clearly defined, Four Corners generally stretches along Northwest Boulevard from Riverstone on the north end nearly to Independence Point near downtown/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.
Question: Can anyone tell me where the name Four Corners came from?
From coordinating producer Debbie Lamb of C-SPAN:
“C-SPAN’s Coeur d’Alene Weekend is here! Highlighted below is the programming that will air throughout this weekend. Mayor Bloem’s segment will kickoff Coeur d’Alene Weekend this Friday—airing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal (between 4-7 a.m. PST). In addition to having the below pieces sprinkled in throughout the weekend on the respective networks, both AHTV and BOOK TV will have a block of programming where ALL of the respective Coeur d’Alene pieces for their networks will air. C-SPAN2’s Book TV (9 a.m. Saturday) and C-SPAN3’s American History TV (AHTV) (2 p.m. Sunday PST). We have created a special “Coeur d’Alene” city web page at www.c-span.org/LocalContent/CoeurdAlene You can also visit www.c-span.org/LocalContent. The website will be live Friday, giving you an opportunity to view the segments before they air!” C-SPAN schedule/segments on Coeur d'Alene here.
Question: It's nice to have media heavy hitters paying attention to Coeur d'Alene.OTOH, it attracts more people here. That's why I have mixed emotions about this exposure. How about you?
In this May 8, 1996, AP file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, center, applauds along with his two deputy presidents, Thabo Mbeki, left, and F.W. de Klerk, after a new constitution was approved by the Constitutional Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma said today that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Argus, Leon Muller, File)
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died on Thursday, the government announced, leaving the nation without its moral center at a time of growing dissatisfaction with the country’s leaders. “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” President Jacob Zuma said in a televised address on Thursday night, adding that Mr. Mandela had died at 8:50 p.m. local time. “His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him our love”/New York Times. More here.
Michael D. Morehead, a Coeur d'Alene man who was previously listed as a missing person, was found dead today by a Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office’s Volunteer Search & Rescue K9 search team. He was found a short distance from his truck. At this time, the case is being investigated as a suicide. Next of kin were notified/Lt. Stu Miller, Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.
Long-time city employee Melissa Tosi has accepted an offer to serve as Human Resources Director (HR), effective immediately. Melissa has been serving as Coeur d’Alene’s interim HR Director since September 30th. For the past 13 years, she has been the department’s Human Resources Assistant. “I’m thrilled for the city to have someone with the experience and knowledge that Melissa has lead our Human Resources Department,” said Mayor Sandi Bloem. “HR plays a huge role in the selection process of new employees and this is an especially important time for the city with many important positions to fill”/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.
The online alerts have been buzzing this week with news of a northern hawk owl hanging out out around Moscow — a rare sighting that's attracting life-listing birdwatchers from around the region. The hawk owl was still there this morning, according to this post from Kirsten Dahl: The Northern Hawk-Owl is still present as of 7:30 am this morning. It is perched on top of a bush just east of the Hwy 8/Blaine intersection, along the bike trail.
The photo above is by Moscow birder Terry Gray. More from Rich Landers/SR Outdoors blog here.
Question: Do you like watching birds? Which type of bird is your favorite?
After my meeting Wednesday morning in Coeur d'Alene, Kerri Thoreson drove out to Higgens Point on Lake Coeur d'Alene to see if any eagles were out and about. Kerri posts on Facebook: “The thick fog on the lake made it a challenge for them to see the salmon from the air and for me to see them fishing. But I did get one of a low flying eagle who came from behind where I was standing on the shore. In the 15 minutes or so I watched there were 8-10 eagles soaring off in the distance.”
Question: Have you been out to see the eagles yet?
JohnA: Today we said goodbye to our good friend, George, who passed away earlier in the week. As I posted a few weeks ago his health has been in decline for the past year, as he battled the effects of the Agent Orange he suffered from Vietnam, and now both Deena and I are without our friend. In the end, George paid the last full measure of devotion to his country, some 40 years after his service. Rest in peace, buddy.
Question: Do you know someone who is suffering from the effects of Agent Orange after being exposed during the Vietnam War?
Question: Care to fill in the possible back story?
On his Facebook wall, Bruce Twitchell posts: “After exercising this morning at the KROC, while waiting for a cabana, I overheard one guy tell another that he was feeling stupid for leaving socks at home, and he was wearing a suit to work with no socks. I laughed to myself, a little schadenfreude. Although things were not so funny when I finished my shower and realized I forgot a towel. DOH! Paper towel, paper towel, paper towel, etc.”
Question: Have you experienced something similar?