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Hump Day Wild Card — 10.1.14

Gov. Butch Otter & friends will be invading Coeur d'Alene in two days for a debate at the library community center room. I'm sure Jimmy Mac & Co. have everything under control as we move toward another gubernatorial election. The voters should begin awakening from their slumber to start paying attention. Or mebbe they'll simply vote straight ticket rather than think for themselves. Who knows? A number of favored candidates on the state, legislative and courthouse ballots are scary. But the shire will endure. Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 10.1.14

China's Xie Wenjun, finishes first as Kuwait's Almandeel Abdulaziz falls during men's 110m hurdles final at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

Top Commented Stories — 10.1.14

The stories that attracted the most comments today were: “GOP guvs attack 'politician' Balukoff” (9 comments), and: “HucksOnline Blogos Roundup” (9 comments).

Top Comment Today — FishinJay

FishinJay (RE: Who's to blame for NFL's Bad Boys?): Why limit it to the NFL or colleges? The fans are just as much to blame. They continue to watch, and that provides the incentive for colleges and the NFL to keep those players on the field. Imagine the same situation in another business. Let's say the manager of the local Safeway makes the news for brutally beating his wife and kids. Then Safeway issues a public statement condemning his actions but they refuse to fire him. In fact, they have several managers all accused of the same behavior and they don't fire any of them. Do you keep shopping at Safeway?

Cutline Contest — 10.1.14

Time 2 Vote …

Facts: A pair of tandem surfers catch a wave at the Surf City Dog Surf competition Sunday in Huntington Beach, Calif. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register: Ana Venegas)

Tuesday Winner — Charlie, with 7 likes: “Pull my finger, you'll get a bang out of it.” You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 10.1.14

  • 4:45 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Sept 30-Oct 1 here.
  • 4:27 p.m. Post Falls female reports male who slashed her tires has returned to her residence.
  • 4:07 p.m. Male in florescent yellow jacket @ DMV office is wanted on a warrant.
  • 4:01 p.m. St. Maries gas station reports gas drive-off on H3 involving silver vehicle w/MT plates.
  • 3:59 p.m. Older male is in bushes along Mullan Trail Road, about 1/4 mile from Sunnyside, east of CdA.
  • 3:44 p.m. 88YO female repeatedly hitting emergency button @ Garden Plaza Court/Post Falls.
  • 3:38 p.m. Someone injured in a fall @ Fish Lake/Twin Lake roads.
  • 3:33 p.m. Female @ 11700 block of Hauser Lake Road experiencing heart problems, pain in jaw.
  • 3:20 p.m. ISP officer wants Wichita, Kan., police contacted re: 2 people he has detained in traffic stop.
  • 2:27 p.m. Unoccupied, disabled vehicle, belonging to heating firm, is blocking H95/Wyoming, Hayden.
  • 1:50 p.m. A blue passenger vehicle is disabled @ H41/Seltice Way, Post Falls.
  • 1:06 p.m. Undisclosed alcohol abuse reported @ Post Falls WalMart East, Mullan.
  • 12:27 p.m. 17YO pregnant female involved in 2-vehicle crash that's blocking Atlas/Hayden.
  • 12:06 p.m. KCSDeputy is en route to location on dirt road 2 miles east of Huetter, to check credit card problem.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Journal Honors 30 Under 40

It can be humbling to be in the company of this year's winning class of the North Idaho Business Journal's 30 Under 40. Almost all 27 winners this year attended Tuesday night's award ceremony at The Cellar downtown. The winners were chosen by judges Steve Griffitts of Jobs Plus, Daniel Klocko of Kootenai Health and Eve Knudtsen of Knudtsen Chevrolet. How's this for getting a lot done early in your career? Crystal Kubista is both the current elementary principal at Ramsey Magnet School of Science and co-owner of Franklin's Hoagies on Fourth Street. “I know that the community is full of all kinds of wonderful people, so to be selected for this award is a huge honor,” Kubista said after the ceremony. Don't look for big egos among these big-time doers/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Press photo by Shawn Gust: Ryan Arnold, a winner of this year’s North Idaho Business Journal 30 Under 40 contest, and his wife Jamie react during an awards presentation)

Question: Who do you think is the most influential under-40 person in the Coeur d'Alene area?

A Perfect Fall Day

Here's one of several photos that Marianne snapped of fall color around her Bonner County Lovestead.

Almost all calendars here in the house have been turned to the new month.  A heavy blanket of cloud blocks the sun. Four layers kept me warm during this morning's walk. Pumpkins are turning.  Leaves are falling. I guess this all adds up to a perfect day for this year's edition of Oct. 1 to roll around. The earth here in the Selle area has received a good scrub down during yesterday's afternoon thunder storms, and the next several days promise what we all live for in October: fall days loaded with brilliance, crisp nights and the last beautiful hurrah before that dead season arrives. We can't waste too much time these daily gifts, as they suddenly seem dramatically shorter/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: Describe your perfect fall day.

Court: Bujak Violated Legal Ethics

The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak - the current Libertarian candidate for governor - violated four of the Idaho State Bar's ethics rules between 2004 and 2011, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported today. The high court ordered a one-year suspension of Bujak's law license for the violations, but since he already had a 19-month interim suspension when the complaint was filed three years ago, the terms of that penalty already are satisfied and Bujak can continue to practice law. Bujak told the newspaper the ruling was the “last chapter” in a long-running legal case in which he was charged with grand theft by unauthorized control; he gave up his law license pending the resolution of that case, and got it back after his acquittal/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Does this story raise red flags for you re: Bujak's candidacy for Idaho governor?

Pick 6: Viks, Trojans Will Win

Spokane, North Idaho News

Video (above): Greg Lee & Sam Adams offer weekend prep predictions.

SR sports scribe Greg Lee and KHQ/SWX sports director Sam Adams predict that Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls will win their high school football games this weekend. Of the Coeur d'Alene-Hermiston game, the said:

  • Lee: This could be a better matchup than some suspect. Hermison (4-0) has quality wins over 3A Kamiakin and a 52-26 win over Lewiston last week. I see the Vikings bouncing back big after their loss by inches to Highland. CdA 35, Hermiston 20.
  • Adams: In my time at SWX I’ve never seen a CdA offense stifled the way it was against Highland. The Viks couldn’t get a rhythm going in their passing game. Their running game was at times abandoned altogether. This will be a statement game as the Viks take on a physical Hermiston team. Drew Berger is the heart and soul of the Viks and he will find a way to get everybody back into championship form. CdA 28, Hermiston 17.

Complete Pick 6 coverage here.

Milestone: Jimmy Carter Turns 90

One of Georgia’s most famous politicians has just reached a milestone birthday. Former President Jimmy Carter turned 90 years old Wednesday and Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer was at the Carter Center to see how supporters helped make his birthday memorable. Volunteers at the Carter Center celebrated with the former president and his wife. They also welcomed the former first family to check out their newly planted garden at the Carter Center. People sent in cards from all over the country to President Carter with messages like, “Happy birthday” and “You are my hero.” Even his 5-year-old great-granddaughter presented him with a handmade card. “It’s been a good first 90 years,” Carter said/WSB-TV 2. More here.

Question: Do/don't you think you'll live to be 90? Why? Why not?

Hall: Italians Are God’s Chosen Ones

Sometimes the Italians just don't fight fair. They get all the great food. We get all the great size. They get things like fettuccine and ravioli. We get things like 43-inch waists and tent-size T-shirts. I have been puzzling for years over what makes so many of us fight fat while Italians eat fabulous food but remain slimmer than most Americans. If there is a god (with taste buds), why doesn't he give us the best-flavored food along with our curse of fat or give us hot slender bodies with mountains of greasy burgers? But no. The Italians are charming so they get both the great food and the great looks. They are the chosen ones/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you have any Italian blood in you?

Pac-12 Proposes Pay For Athletes

The Pac-12 Conference announced on Wednesday that it has notified the NCAA that it will propose new benefits for student athletes. In May the presidents and chancellors of the Pac-12’s member schools wrote a letter to their colleagues at the NCAA’s five major conferences outlining ways to better support student athletes athletically, academically and monetarily. “The landscape of college sports is changing, but no matter what happens, we want to protect the college experience and preserve the traditions that make college sports enjoyable for athletes, fans, parents and alumni,” said Dr. Elson S. Floyd, President of Washington State University and Chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group in a release. “We are seizing our opportunity to usher in meaningful reform to help student-athletes and restore the academic primacy of our universities”/Jacob Thorpe, SR. More here. (AP file photo: WSU President Elson Floyd)

Question: Should student athletes in college be paid?

Morning Sun

At, Jake calls this photo of Millie Mouse on the end of Mudgy Moose's nose at Independence Point: “Taking in the morning sun.”

‘Crystal Ball’: Otter Prospects Dim

From Eye on Boise quotes respected political forecast site “Sabato Crystal Ball“: ““Those looking for a sleeper race this year ought to take a look at Idaho,” Crystal Ball managing editor Kyle Klondik wrote.  “In his quest for a third term, Gov. Butch Otter (R) really struggled in his primary, getting only 51% of the vote, and we’ve heard from some sources there that he could be vulnerable. Apparently, Otter is having trouble unifying his party, and deep-pocketed challenger A.J. Balukoff, a conservative Democrat who said he voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, might give disaffected Republicans an alternative (a Libertarian is also running).” More here.

Question: Obviously, the Otter camp is worried — or it wouldn't be hiding behind IACI hit ads & tweets, as well as the Republican Governors' Association, right?

Cindy’s ‘War Bonds’ Book Available

Cindy Hval's “War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation” tells the stories of marriages and families forged during and after World War II, as the Greatest Generation became the backbone of our society. You can pre-order your copy of War Bonds today! Click here to reserve your copy/copies from Barnes and Noble. The book is scheduled for publication February 14, 2015 from Casemate. Young people have been falling in love since time began, but romance during a world war had a unique set of challenges. The uncertainty of the time led to an abundance of couples marrying quickly, after brief courtships. Yet amazingly, these couples created lifelong bonds. More here.

Question: Will you please join me in giving a monster H/T to Cindy for reaching this amazing milestone? Saa-LUTE!

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.
  • Leaderboard: 4 HucksOnline readers are among the 37 finalists for the top prize of a $50 Davenport Hotel gift card, so far — RayNTim, EddieTorreal, LetsTalk & SFrederickson. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

Gookin Defends Brick & Mortar Guys

Spokane, North Idaho News

(KHQ video)

“If a guy comes and wants to sell hot dogs and asks us what the rules and regulations are, there aren't any,” says Coeur d'Alene city council member Dan Gookin. Gookin says it was only after seeing someone selling knives next to a school that he realized the city can do nothing about mobile vendors. There is no ordinance governing them and that is something he's hoping to change. “There's a price of doing business in the city, unless you're a mobile merchant,” says Gookin. The city is hosting a public workshop on October 1st to discuss the possibility of an ordinance that would regulate mobile vendors, for reasons Gookin says is simple public safety but also fairness. “At the end of the season these guys just pull up their stakes and then they're gone, but the brick and mortar guys are still here, they're fighting for that business,” says Gookin/Victor Correa, KHQ. More here.


HucksOnline Blogos Rdp — 10.1.14

From city spokesman Keith Erickson: “What do you picture when you think of a great community? We want to know! In recognition of National Community Planning Month in October, the city of Coeur d’Alene is sponsoring a “What Makes Places Great” photo contest all month long. Send us photos that you feel best represent the city and make this a great place to live or visit.” Winning entry will win a free lunch with Mayor Steve Widmyer. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday): 7058 pageviews/4450 unique views, and (for September 2014): 153,095 pageview/96,073 unique views, and (for YTD): 1,589,744 pageviews/958,095 unique views.

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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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