THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017
In my noon walk Wednesday, I noticed the Coeur d'Alene Resort Boardwalk was open again. So I detoured onto the boardwalk and enjoyed the walk out into the lake by myself, except for one man on the eastern side. I've missed my daily walks. They're an antidote to Cabin Fever.
The widely anticipated sale of Spokane-based PAML to industry giant LabCorp was made official Thursday when the companies announced the deal in a news release. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. There's also a Kootenai Health connection in this story by SR staffers ...
In editorial in the current issue of Sandpoint High's award-winning Cedar Post student newspaper, the writer offers a remedy for the lack of listening that occurs in much political debate. Each of us need to learn to listen better. Q: Are you a good listener when someone is offering an opinion that you disagree with?
Federal prosecutors in Idaho have added two new felony charges against a Coeur d’Alene physician (61YO gastroenterologist Stanley Toelle) charged with funneling money into the drug distribution ring that was operated by his wife, a Las Vegas stripper.
In 1989, Bob Haakenson was one of the 3 Kootenai County commissioners. In a column item from Feb. 6, 1989, Kootenai Grapevine/Huckleberries reports that Bob ate roadkill venison at the jail -- and liked it. The jail fare helped Bob kill two things with the same rock.
In one of the first speeches at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, a conservative leader called the alt-right a "hateful, left-wing facist group." Later, the conference booted alt-right leader Richard Spencer from the gathering.
Huckleberry Friend John Rusche, former House minority leader, announced on Facebook yesterday that his wife, Kay, 66, had died after a courageous battle with cancer. John comments regularly here on Huckleberries. Please join me in extending condolences to this good man, his daughter, Caitlin and extended family.
Seems February is a troublesome month for blog partner Cindy Hval. She gets sick once a year. And it's always in February. This month, she suffered more maladies than usual. It started with a trickle -- from her nose. Question: How often are you sick?
After learning that state Reps. Luke Malek and Paul Amador, both R-CdA, were staging a town hall meeting (10:30-12:30 at the Coeur d'Alene Library Saturday), Huckleberries asked Paul if he's nervous re: an encounter with constituents. You can read his answer below.
AM Headlines today kicks off w/SR story re: clandestine individuals papering downtown Spokane w/white nationalist, anti-refugee signs. Also: Public Records (Feb 23)/Press, Former ITD official resigns/Press, Gonzaga aims for all-right WCC title/SR, Moscow resolution welcomes refugees/KREM, Blanchette: Empire coach loves interaction/SR ...
The House State Affairs Committee has voted 8-7 to kill HB 127, the anti-tribal gaming bill, which sought to amend the law Idaho voters enacted by initiative in 2002 permitting tribal casinos. Reps. Vito Barbieri and Heather Scott voted against the bill even though the state would lose a court challenge if it was approved by the Legislature.
In Wednesday's poll, a large supermajority oppose any efforts by state legislators to amend the state Constitution and change the regulations for Indian gaming. Today's Poll: Would you like to see a constitutional convention be held to amend the U.S. Constitution?
Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, proposed legislation this morning calling for Idaho to petition for a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution to restrict the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, “and no other amendments,” he said. Q: Do you support a constitutional convention to amend the U.S. Constitution?
Idaho legislators may ignore the woman in the sandwich board as she wanders through the halls of the Statehouse in silent protest. But she's OK with that, reports William L. Spence of the Lewiston Tribune. She wants her presence to pain their conscience. Her family suffered a wrong that she wants righted.
In his editorial this morning, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune points out that House Speaker Scott Bedke has boxed himself in. An independent ethics panel would have served him well in dealing with state Rep. Heather Scott and the fallout afterward.
Shawn Riley is fed up with those stinking "toilet snakes" at the Kootenai County jail. Riley, the county's building and grounds supervisor, told commissioners on Wednesday that inmates have cost taxpayers $23,268 the past two years to fish out shirts, sheets, blankets and other linens from sewer lines. Brian Walker/Press reports...
World War II veteran Jim Shepperd, a 1944 graduate of Coeur d'Alene High, served his country in war and then fellow veterans afterward. Many remember him today as a patriot dedicated to Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Fourth of July parades, as well as someone who enjoyed pulling your leg. Brian Walker/Press reports ...
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.