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Weekend Wild Card — 11.22-23.2014

Not much on the agenda this weekend. A little wood chopping, to replace the extra amount we used during the cold snap. A little Fantasy Football playing. An official birthday party w/family and friends to celebrate No. 65 past. A little checking around the house and yard to see if anything has been left undone as winter approaches. And a lot of looking forward to Thanksgiving Thursday and a visit from one of my kids. Life's good. I hope you're living it to the fullest. Here's your Weekend Wild Card …

23YO Caught In Liquor Store After Hours

At about 6 p.m. Friday, Coeur d’Alene police responded to multiple alarm trips at the Idaho Liquor Store, 1201 Sherman Ave.  Officers arrived found the front glass door had been smashed. Believing the suspect may be inside, officers established a perimeter around the building. Officer A.J. Winstead and K9 Pecco arrived and spoke with a witness who stated a suspect was hiding inside. Officers could not see the suspect. Officer A.J. Winstead gave verbal commands ordering the suspect to surrender. After a brief stand-off, the suspect asked officers not to send the dog and surrendered. Kyle E. Moore, 23, of Coeur d’Alene, was taken into custody, charged with burglary, and booked into the Kootenai County.

Parting Shot — 11.21.14

A Syrian Kurd holds his hand on to the barbed wire fence that marks the Turkey-Syria border on the outskirts of Kobani, seen from the Turkish side of the border outside the village of Yumurtalik. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group still pours fighters and resources into trying to take the besieged Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted. Aided by 270 U.S. airstrikes, the town’s determined Kurdish defenders appear to be gaining momentum, a potentially bruising reversal for the militants who only few weeks ago seemed unstoppable in their march to victory. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

TGIF Wild Card — 11.21.14

When I heard that a 65YO male w/severe back pain needed medical attention this AM, I thought to myself: “I hope the Old Guy is OK.” Then, I realized that I'm officially an Old Guy, too. For my birthday yesterday, good friends bought me one of those “Old Guy Rules” T-shirts that also included the message: “If you don't know who I am, you must not be from around here.” It's a nice T-shirt. But I don't know if I'd dare wear it. Folks would think I have a big head. So do you want to start any threads this TGIF AM? Here's your Wild Card …

Panel Debunks Benghazi Theories

A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Now what are the conspiracy theorists going to do?

Top Comments — 11.21.14

Top Comment — ForineD (RE: St. Vinny's Soupfest attracts nearly 1000): My fellow-soup-cooker Doug and I were the first ones to set up and had our Moroccan lentil soup hot and ready to go when the tasters started poring through the doors. What a great event. And many kudos to the organizers at St Vinny's for the massive effort that made things go smoothly.

Most Commented Stories — Risch: 'Troubling times' (19 comments), and: IFF: Medicaid expansion is a bad idea (14 comments), and: House GOP files Obamacare suit (12 comments), and: Lake City mulls end of Ironman (11 comments).

 

Cutline Contest — 11.21.14

Time 2 Vote …

An osprey tears apart a snake near the side of a highway Thursday in Orange Beach, Ala. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Thursday Winner — DFO, with 8 likes: “DFO and another Old Goat enjoy a birthday lunch of roughage, while checking out real estate for possible future purchase.” You can see Thursday Photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 11.21.14

  • 5:36 p.m. Vehicle reportedly hit a deer @ H53/MP 1, near Hauser; injured deer can't be found.
  • 5:32 p.m. Despondent male on East Sherman/CdA told father he wants to die.
  • 5:28 p.m. Female in dark clothing walking w/b along I-90, b/n Seltice Way & H41, smoking a cigarette.
  • 5:14 p.m. 3-vehicle, non-injury crash reported on w/b Seltice Way/Ross Point Road/Post Falls.
  • 4:42 p.m. 1 vehicle involved in 2-car and 3-car crashes @ H41/Prairie Avenue, no injuries reported.
  • 4:26 p.m. Female involved in domestic dispute @ Echo/Huckleberry, Post Falls, has open-carry pistol on person.
  • 4:22 p.m. Someone is suffering cardiac problem @ Macy's/Silverlake Mall, CdA.
  • 4:15 p.m. Post Falls elementary student hasn't returned home from school, missing for an hour.
  • 4:05 p.m. PFPD officer investigating whether 2 males have permission to remove scrap from property.
  • 3:34 p.m. Someone is suffering “general illness” @ Lark's Haven, 1027 Honeysuckle Ave/Hayden.
  • 3:22 p.m. Female driver in one vehicle of two-car crash on Govt Way/Hayden area badly shaken up.
  • 3:21 p.m. PFPD officer has runaway juvenile in custody.
  • 2:35 p.m. Suspicious vehicle reported @ 7300 block of Carrington Lane/CdA.
  • 2:16 p.m. 91YO male gashed head in fall @ Sylvan House, 6601 Honeysuckle Ave/Hayden.
  • 1:55 p.m. A dog is running loose in the Pinegrove area, behind Candlelight Church.
  • 1:54 p.m. Someone is visiting CPD office to report possible drug violation.
  • 1:45 p.m. Vehicle reportedly going n/b in s/b lanes of H95/MP 448 (Remington Road/Athol).
  • 1:34 p.m. 15YO female has hit her head on gym floor @ Timberlake High, 5973 H54/Spirit Lake.
  • 1:31 p.m. 70YO female is unconscious @ 6600 block of Harlan's Hawk.
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Ex-Mayor Gretchen Hellar, 71, RIP

In this July 15, 1998, SR file photo: Yantan Gonpo, left, a Buddist priest from Spokane, Gretchen Albrecht-Hellar, center, and Skip Kuck with the Kootenai County Human Rights Task Force displayed the banners they were going to use to protest an Aryan Nations march in Coeur d'Alene.

Huckleberries has learned … that Gretchen Albrecht Hellar, former Sandpoint mayor and human-rights supporter, died today in Sandpoint. A brief announcement about the former mayor's death is available at the Lakeview Funeral Home Web site. Hellar was born March 11, 1943. Her mother was the flamboyant former Coeur d'Alene councilwoman Lois Land-Albrecht. In my Huckleberries column of Nov. 17, 1998, I wrote of Gretchen: “Lois Land-Albrecht must be smiling somewhere up there. Her daughter, Gretchen, is a chip off the ol' block. Gretchen Albrecht-Hellar of Sandpoint was looking racist Richard Butler in the eye Thursday, when she told a Bonner County Human Rights Task Force gathering: Everyone should be able to live in a racism-free community. Gretchen's mother, of course, mother, of course, was famous for tweaking the noses of Coeur d'Alene muckety-mucks. Now mother and daughter are together again.

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Report: Mine To Blame In Fatality

The death of a 36-year-old miner at the Sunshine Mine in June was caused by the management’s failure to establish safe work procedures, a federal accident investigation concluded. Nick Rounds was killed when he and another miner were working on shaft repairs in the underground silver mine near Kellogg. Rounds had attached his fall protection harness to the wall of the mine shaft. When the hoist started to move, Rounds was pulled off the platform he was standing on and caught between the shaft and the hoist, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration report. The report faulted the mine’s management for failing to identify hazards and ensure safe procedures for shaft repair work/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

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Huckleberries Hears …

… That Wendell Wardell is out as chief operating officer of the Coeur d'Alene School District — as of yesterday. No explanation given so far. Stay tuned.

Flannelfest Equals Happy Hour Prices

At the On Tap blog, Rick Bonini reports: “Flannel is more than a fashion statement this time of year. But whatever your reason for sporting the style, it can get you a good deal this weekend at The Lantern Tap House. During the third annual Flannel Fest today and Saturday, those clad in the plaid (or other patterns, of course) receive happy hour prices anytime.” More here.

Question: Can you rock flannel?

Travolta: I Will See Sisters Perform

In these old family photos, Ellen Travolta, standing in both photos, is shown with her Travolta siblings, including youngest brother, John, who is seen sitting on Margaret's lap (above left) and at the far left (right photo)

“I promised the girls that I would see it. I wouldn’t miss it. I don’t think I’ve missed any of the shows there. And this one is so personal, and it will be fun. I don’t know what night I’ll be there, but I’m certainly looking forward to it” —Oscar-nominated actor John Travolta, speaking of the “I Remember Christmas” performances, which open Nov. 28 and run through the holiday season in Coeur d'Alene. The show features two of his sisters and includes personal Christmas stories from his family and others.

Question: Have you seen actor John Travolta at a Coeur d'Alene performance involving sister Ellen or another sibling?

HucksOnline Blogos — 11.21.14

Marianne Love/Slight Detour posted two photos that were taken last Saturday just west of the Pack River General Store. Writes she: “One week of frigid temperatures has pretty much shut down any dreams or desires of floating down the river until next spring. ” More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Nov. 20): 6391 page-views/4080 unique views

Online Comments On Way Out

At CNN Tech, Doug Gross reports: Online comments are on the way out. Influential tech blog Re/code announced Thursday that it has shut off the comment forums on its story pages. Instead, the website is steering commenters to social media. “We thought about this decision long and hard, since we do value reader opinion,” co-executive editor Kara Swisher wrote. “But we concluded that, as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly taking place there, making onsite comments less and less used and less and less useful.” The announcement was just the latest in a recent wave of prominent websites removing or significantly scaling back their comment sections. Reuters, Popular Science and the Chicago Sun-Times have recently nixed comments. More here. (Symbol from Wikipedia: Please do not feed the trolls)

DFO: And you wonder why I have less and less tolerance for trolls or commenters with 'tudes?

Question: Have you ever been tossed in the HucksOnline cooler for trollish behavior?

CdA Casino Offers Quality Food

An Indian taco from the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel's Red Tail Bar. (Inlander photo: Young Kwak)

The first thing one notices when entering the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort is the peaceful atmosphere. All of the entrapments one might expect from a casino — the din, the cigarette smoke, the flashing lights —aren't there. Instead, music plays quietly in the background. Attentive hotel employees go about their business as amber-hued light streams through gigantic windows. The Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort has come a long way from its days as a bingo trailer on the prairie. With the recent addition of the spa towers, the resort has expanded its reach to a diverse demographic/Amy Miller Krezelak, Inlander. More here.

Question: How often to do you visit the Coeur d'Alene Casino? What's the main attraction there for you?

UIdaho Faces Mumps Outbreak

A mumps outbreak at the University of Idaho has prompted the state Department of Health & Welfare to advise students to use their winter breaks to make sure they're caught up on vaccinations, including the MMR vaccine, which is for measles, mumps and rubella. More than 30 cases of mumps are being investigated at the Moscow campus, including 10 that already have been lab-confirmed/Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Can you recall what it was like to suffer from mumps?

House GOP Files Obamacare Suit

House Speaker John Boehner said Friday he has sued the Obama Administration in federal court over its decisions to make changes to the President's health care law, which congressional Republicans argue were unconstitutional. The move was expected for months — the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted to approve the lawsuit in July. But Boehner had trouble retaining a law firm that would take the case because of the political furor over the controversial health care law. “Time after time, the President has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and re-write federal law on his own without a vote of Congress. That's not the way our system of government was designed to work,” Boehner said in statement on Friday/CNN. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose the House GOP action?

150 Signers Oppose Midtown Project

In the draft minutes from the City Council meeting Tuesday, City Clerk Renata McLeod reports: “Gregg Johnson, Coeur d’Alene, wanted to bring awareness to the City Council regarding the mid-town proposed housing development by the Housing Company and LCDC.  He stated that the development should be similar to some of the Spokane and/or Sandpoint neighborhoods and he would like guidance/help from the Council.  Mr. Johnson stated that the neighborhood group has collected 150 signatures on a petition against the project and that concepts outlined in the 2030 Vision are not being met with regard to community input.  He stated that they have scheduled a neighbor walkabout with LCDC on Thursday.” Full copy of draft minutes here.

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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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