Advertise Here

Huckleberries Online

Wild Card/Monday — 9.29.14

Henry David Thoreau said: “The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation.” I hope that doesn't describe you this Monday morning. If it does, I hope you can find some relief from your condition by reading Huckleberries Online this week. My goal is to bring at least one smile to your face this week. Now for the work week's first Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 9.29.14

Zachary Bozann, 9, of Okemos smiles as he looks at countless reflections of himself, appearing to the camera as nine heads joined together in an three-dimensional interactive art display called “The Infinity Boxes” by Los Angeles artist Matt Elson Sunday at ArtPrize in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., at the Devos Place Convention Center. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Jake May)

Top Commented Stories — 9.29.14

The posts that attracted the most comments today are: “Banned ignorance” (16 comments), and: “KCSOffice goes pink for October (13 comments), “USFS rules gone wild (12 comments).

Top Comment Today — John Bujak

John T. Bujak, Libertarian candidate for Idaho governor (RE: Idaho Chooses Life Backs Otter): Idaho Chooses Life came out against the Obama/Otter Care healthcare exchange saying, “ObamaCare is loaded with subsidies for the abortion industry, which is why Planned Parenthood is pushing so hard for its enactment. We are very worried about the move to voluntarily assist in the federal take-over of health care inIdaho. It jeopardizes conscience rights of employers, contains massive subsidies for the abortion industry and will lead to rationed care for the elderly and disabled.” Otter brought us Obama/Otter Care. How can ICL now endorse Otter?


Cutline Contest — 9.29.14

Time 2 Vote …

Facts: Children play back stage during the Arnold Classic Europe bodybuilding event in Madrid, Spain, Friday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Weekend Winner — Psalm 37, with 13 likes: “Amal realizes she shouldn't have swam the canals in Venice after discovering a dog's face growing out of her head.” You can seek Weekend photo plus all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.29.14

  • 5:33 p.m. Grass fire, 10-by-20-foot spreading quickly @ w/b I-90/MP 5 (Spokane Street/Post Falls).
  • 5:26 p.m. A wheelbarrel is lying on freeway @ w/b I-90/MP 8 (Huetter rest stop area).
  • 5:16 p.m. PFPD officer wonders why Spokane County officer passed him @ Poleline/Idaho running code.
  • 5:05 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 28-29 here.
  • 4:41 p.m. Someone has been hurt in a fall on Bonnell Road/CdA.
  • 4:21 p.m. Undisclosed animal problem reported @ 3rd/Greensferry, Post Falls.
  • 4:04 p.m. CdA neighbor tells man working in Rathdrum that ex-girlfriend is taking items out of his apartment.
  • 3:41 p.m. PFPD Facebook: Following areas hit w/yellow or gold graffiti consisting of curse words & phrases Friday PM/Saturday AM: New Vision School at 201 W. Mullan Ave, Auto Credit at 120 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls Library at 821 N. Spokane St, and Boys and Girls Club at 200 W. Mullan Ave.
  • 3:31 p.m. 19YO female in Kootenai Co called father in Arkansas to say she's taken pills in suicide attempt.
  • 3:11 p.m. Smoke reported in area of Emporia/Edwards, north of Twin Lakes.
  • 3:04 p.m. Fire alarm sounding @ Kimball office, 1881 E. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 2:43 p.m. Driver of 2010 red Toyota erratic, aggressive @ 21st Avenue/Compton, Post Falls.
  • 2;38 p.m. Local Conoco reports female driver appeared drunk after passenger bought six-pack of beer.
  • 2:35 p.m. 85YO male @ Highland Drive/Post Falls needs help getting up after fall.
  • 2:33 p.m. Male who may have skipped out on drug test stopped by CPD officer @ 4th/Harrison, CdA.
  • 2:32 p.m. 2 males, including one in local fast-food sweatshirt, in physical fight @ CdA S-1 lot, Kathleen Avenue.
  • 1:47 p.m. State Highway 200, near mile post 35 (b/n East Sunnyside Road and Bluebird-Hickey Road, 2 miles east of the Kootenai area) will be closed for an unknown amount of time due a suspicious device.
  • 1:44 p.m. 76YO male is suffering seizures @ Creekside Inn, 240 E. Kathleen/CdA.
  • AM Headlines

PM Headlines — 9.29.14

A new public access on the Kootenai River at the Montana-Idaho border opens the door for anglers to sample recent trout fishery improvements. Meanwhile, a new Kootenai Tribe hatchery being dedicated in October at the confluence of the Kootenai and Moyie rivers aims to revive the native burbot – a freshwater ling prized by winter fishermen. Rich Landers' SR report here. (SR photo)

What’s Going On At Old Hot Rod Cafe?

HDG Hissong/Hurtado Design Group has posted this intriguing message on its Facebook page: “Get ready, Post Falls, ID. HDG is going to bring the heat in your backyard…Though we are not yet announcing all of the details; we can assure you that 'Badass' is on it's way. The same love that went into Fire Artisan pizza, Crafted Taphouse, The Cellar, NUDO, Volstead act, the Boiler Room, Borracho, the Vault and 50 other places that we have poured our souls into, will be going into this massive renovation!! The original 'Hot Rod Cafe' is going to become exactly what we have needed in this town for the last 20 years. Our marketing and branding studio, “Propaganda Creative” is going to finish this massive remodel off with the perfect branding and attention to detail that you would expect in a Vegas restaurant. More here.

Question: Anyone know what's going on here?

City Expands Trail Onto Atlas, Prairie

Coeur d'Alene Today photo of expanded Prairie Trail. (Photo: Keith Erickson)

From spokesman Keith Erickson/city of Coeur d'Alene: “Coeur d’Alene continues to make great strides toward expanding and improving its trail system with an energetic focus on connecting neighborhoods with schools, parks, business districts and downtown. Recently, through a cooperative effort involving Greenstone Homes and the city’s parks and street departments, a new section of trail was built in northwestern Coeur d’Alene near Skyway Elementary School that connects neighborhoods in that rapidly growing part of the city to a vast and ever-expanding citywide trail network. Further west, a new section of trail runs along Atlas Road south to Seltice Way and will soon extend east on Seltice Way and connect to both the Centennial Trail and Prairie Trail.” More here.

Question: Cool, hunh?

Doellefelds Open Tilly’s Cafe

On her Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson snapped this photo of Joe & Cindy Doellefeld after dining at the new Tilly's cafe in Post Falls.

An old farmhouse setting has become the home of a cafe with an old Irish name. Tilly's on Seventh opened last week at 212 E. Seventh Ave. in Post Falls. With table seating for 30, Tilly's offers a general menu with daily specials, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, kids meals, beer and wine. Owners Joe and Cindy Doellefeld plan a “soft” opening for a couple of weeks with phone, Internet, credit card options, a website and Facebook available soon. They formerly owned Stateline Speedway in Post Falls for 24 years. Tilly's opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The location is a former optical office at Seventh and William Street behind Les Schwab Tires/Nils Rosdahl, Business Bits, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you ever wanted to run a restaurant?

The Way We Were

I'm guessing that this was photographed looking west at 5th & Sherman. But I won't hazard a guess at when it was photographed. Patrick/Get Out! North Idaho posted this on his Facebook page. Any guesses re: when?

NIC Lands $6.4M Healthcare Grant

North Idaho College has been awarded a $6.4 million federal grant in order to partner with three other Idaho colleges to meet workforce demand in the healthcare industry through a collaborative network of training programs. The $6,438,050, four-year grant eclipses the $2.97 million grant that NIC received in 2012 to build the NIC Aerospace Center for Excellence, making it the largest grant in NIC’s history. NIC was the only college in Idaho to be awarded funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. “This is incredible news for our community and for the state of Idaho,” said NIC President Joe Dunlap. “It will, in essence, revolutionize the delivery of education and training for healthcare career ladders in the state of Idaho”/Tom Greene, North Idaho College. More here.


Tree Of Life Deli Seeks $50K In Help

Tree of Life Organic Deli-Bakery in Post Falls is seeking $50,000 in community contributions to stay open. Here's GoFundMe SOS:

It is our hope to expand Tree of Life into the wholesale business because of this unique niche in organic deli/bakery foods; however, we are confronted with a significant financial challenge that may require closing the business.  My family invested all of our personal finances in developing the business, which is the reason why we never sought out a small business loan; however, this has resulted in financial implications that we did not anticipate. At this point, we realize the only way to remain open is to seek support from the community. All of the profits that come in from sales are used to purchase the finest organic ingredients and associated bills to lease the building and equipment. It is a struggle to make these payments and cannot afford to pay ourselves for managing the business on a daily basis because of the overhead costs. As difficult as it is, we are humbly reaching out for financial support; we cannot continue otherwise. More here.

Question: Is it possible that there isn't a big enough market in the area to support this store?

100s Participate In Alzheimers Walk

Carmen Lehman of Coeur d'Alene holds a blue flower as she stands with her daughter, Karen Hanks of Coeur d'Alene, on Sunday morning at the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Lehman has early-stage Alzheimer's disease. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Devin Heilman)

Karen Hanks held a yellow Promise Garden flower in her hand, representing her role as a caregiver. She stood close to her mother, Carmen Lehman, who held a blue one, representing her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Hanks, of Coeur d’Alene, would sometimes drape an arm around her mom and give her a gentle squeeze as they listened to the opening remarks of the 25th annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday morning in McEuen Park. “It’s close to my heart because it’s something my mom has,” Hanks said. “And you never know, I might end up getting it too.” “Mine just came up out of nowhere,” Lehman said. Hanks and Lehman were among about 400 who attended the walk. The yearly fundraiser supports the Alzheimer’s Association/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Does a loved one of yours suffer from Alzheimers?

Quotable Quote — 9.29.14

I'd rather have my child read a book that is inappropriate than watch an inappropriate TV show — No Comment.

Question: Do you agree/disagree?

SR News Quiz — Sept 28-Oct 3.14

How much do you know about Valleyfest, budding north Idaho scientists and other items in the news? Take the weekly News Quiz of The Spokesman-Review and find out. You could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Take News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 1: 25.
  • Last Week's Winners: George Waldref (gift card) and Linda Petersen (movie tickets), both of Spokane.

Idaho Chooses Life Backs Otter

The anti-abortion group Idaho Chooses Life has backed Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in his re-election bid. The group's board voted unanimously to back the incumbent Republican, ICL said in a news release. “The simple fact is, Gov. Otter has signed more pro-life legislation into law than any previous governor in Idaho history,” said Executive Director David Ripley. “Seven major pieces of pro-life legislation have become law with his help, and that is a legacy of which all Idahoans can be proud”/Dan Brown, On the Agenda blog. A list of pro-life legislation signed by Otter here.


GONI! Panhandle Health Hit List

There's been some talk recently about the city of Coeur d'Alene developing stronger regulations regarding food trucks and mobile kitchens. I perused the list of eateries who have received marks against them in the last three years while undergoing inspections from Panhandle Health District health and safety inspectors. As far as food trucks, the violations were extremely minimal, with just a few of them listed as having one violation, but nothing more dramatic than that. However, there were plenty of brink-and-mortar restaurants with three or more violations/Patrick Jacobs, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: Do you ever check to see whether a restaurant has violated health district code, before you eat there?

Business As Usual For Sneaky Crane

Idaho Falls Post Register editorial: “State Treasurer Ron Crane, Idaho’s craftiest politician, recently issued a news release celebrating that a few of the open sores accumulated during his 16 years in office have been “satisfactorily closed.” Those issues — charging taxpayers for fuel burned on his work commute, diverting state funds without legislative approval to a conference run by his nonprofit and squiring lawmakers and their spouses through Manhattan in limos — were unnecessary and entirely of Crane’s creation. So yes, congratulations Mr. Crane, three of the skeletons in your closet finally have been ground into dust. Which brings us to a fourth issue: The small matter of legislative auditors telling us Crane overrode internal controls and lost millions of taxpayer dollars through “inappropriately transferred investments … resulting in a disproportionate share of investment losses incurred by the state.” More here.

Question: Are you paying attention to the state treasurer's race, where the Republican incumbent has a lot of explaining to do?

Fly By

These geese were doing a fly-by past Don Sausser's window in a downtown Coeur d'Alene high rise.

Question: When do the snow birds begin flying south to California and other points south?

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

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.

Find DFO on Facebook

DFO on Twitter

Betsy Russell on Twitter

HBO newsmakers Twitter list

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Huckleberries Online.

Take this week's news quiz ›
Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here