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Wild Card/Monday — 10.20.14

I'll be stacking 2 cords of wood tonight as I'm listening to the Monday night football game b/n Pittsburgh & Houston. Wood. That means I'm beginning to give in to the notion that winter is on the way (although I have no complaints after the glorious fall that we've been having this year.) I'm beginning to think that winter goes from Thanksgiving to Easter. Then, there's a brief period through the end of June that we can call spring. Which is followed by 2 months of summer and another 2 months of fall. Am I tracking right here? You can explain your version of the 4 seasons or use this Wild Card to start a new thread …

Parting Shot — 10.20.14

President Barack Obama delivers doughnuts and pastries to Democratic campaign volunteers on Monday in Chicago. Obama is in Chicago campaigning for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Top Comments — 10.20.14

Psalm 37 (RE: A road less traveled): I love the small town I live in. When I go out on walks with my son almost every car beeps a greeting or the people in the vehicles wave. If residents are outside when we walk by they always call out “How are you two doing?” or shout out words of encouragement for my son. I just appreciate all the friendly and kind people who live here.

City: Hitching Post May Be Exempt

Keith Erickson, spokesman for city of Coeur d'Alene, provided the following statement re: the Hitching Post controversy to Huckleberries Online:

“A federal lawsuit filed against the city of Coeur d'Alene late last week on behalf of the Hitching Post marriage chapel alleging the city would require the business to perform same-sex marriages requires clarification. The anti-discrimination ordinance passed by the Coeur d'Alene City Council excludes religious corporations. The Hitching Post appears to fall under this category due to recent action filed by the business. Several days before the Hitching Post filed the lawsuit against the city on October 17, 2014, it filed with the Idaho Secretary of State as a religious corporation on October 6, 2014. This may exempt the business from the city's anti-discrimination ordinance.”


Cutline Contest — 10.20.14

Facts: Members of the Indian army motorcycle display team perform in Bangalore, India, earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Weekend Winner (tie w/5 likes apiece) — JohnA: “Mainstream Republicans jump off the GOP platform when they can no longer stomach the Tea Party intrusion,” and: “Here, hold my beer!” — KeithinCDA. You can see Weekend Photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.

2 Creepers Caught Peeping

Coeur d’Alene Police officers responded recently to two different reports of window peeping. On Thursday, at approximately 8:50 p.m., a resident in the 3700 block of Beehive reported seeing a male’s face pressed up against the living room window. A suspicious male was located by her husband in their backyard. The male was identified and detained by law enforcement. In a separate incident, a female resident in the 3800 block of Ramsey Road reported seeing a male standing outside her bedroom window. The victim’s husband confronted the male and discovered he had a camera. He believes the suspect was taking pictures or video of his wife. The male fled as soon as he was confronted by the victim’s husband. The suspect is described as:

A White male, approximately 6'00”, 180 pounds, stocky (former body builder style stature), short “cropped” hair, mid 40's, wearing a light silver colored jacket and pants.  Carrying a smaller style silver colored digital camera.

If anyone has information on these crimes please contact Coeur d’Alene Police at 208-769-2320.

PM Scanner Traffic — 10.20.14

Tips Needed: PFPD detectives are asking for assistance to identify the male shoplifting suspect pictured below. The suspect entered the Walmart on W. Pointe Parkway in Post Falls and pepper sprayed an employee while fleeing with a 48-inch Vizio television. Suspect is believed to have left in a blue sedan. If you have any tips or information, please contact Det. Mason via email at or call .

  • 5:08 p.m. Female w/Bible is sitting on Lake City sidewalk, yelling that the street belongs to her.
  • 4:36 p.m. Wanted person w/black tank top & short mullet is @ Station #4 of DMV.
  • 4:28 p.m. Animal control is en route to animal bite @ undisclosed Lake City location.
  • 4:21 p.m. Female reports male took gun into bedroom & said he was going to kill himself after talk of divorce.
  • 4:06 p.m. Passenger in red station wagon pointed gun out window @ motorist @ Seltice Way/Greensferry, Post Falls.
  • 3:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Oct. 19-20 here.
  • 3:27 p.m. Hunter reports male in orange never moved as he leaned on tree stump in woods, he's concerned re: welfare.
  • 3 p.m. Business alarm sounding at Post Falls City Hall.
  • 2:55 p.m. Suicide threat reported @ Honeysuckle/Gilbert, CdA.
  • 2:53 p.m. Employee is texting employer that he has taken pills and wants to “end it all.”
  • 2:48 p.m. A male and a female are pushing each other @ CityLink stop near East Sherman liquor store.
  • 2:20 p.m. CPD handles false alarm @ undisclosed Coeur d'Alene bank.
  • 1:59 p.m. CPD officer warns man riding bike with gas motor in downtown Coeur d'Alene.
  • 1:42 p.m. 80YO male on Wright Street/Rathdrum is suffering general weakness.
  • 1:40 p.m. 47YO female o@ 2000 block of Echo Glen Lane is suffering back spasms.

Ybarra Clarifies Marital History

Sherri Ybarra, Republican candidate for Idaho superintendent of schools, and her son, Matthew, are about to board the Idaho GOP bus in Athol Friday. Ybarra joined the North Idaho tour for stops in Hayden, Athol and Sandpoint, before flying in a plane with Congressman Raul Labrador back to Boise. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

In his blog, In the Classroom/Idaho Statesman, Bill Roberts reports: “Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for Idaho superintendent of public instruction, is clarifying her marital history after an interview she did with me in which she said she and her husband came to Mountain Home in 1996. Ybarra now acknowledges that she and her husband, Matthew Ybarra, were married in 1999 after she and her previous husband were divorced following their move to Mountain Home in 1996.” More here. (Duane Rasmussen photo from GOP bus tour of North Idaho)


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Balukoff Rips Otter Re: Prison Scandal

From Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise: “The gloves have come off in Idaho’s governor’s race, with Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff launching a hard-hitting new ad faulting GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s handling of a scandal involving the state’s largest prison. You can read my full AdWatch story here at; and watch the commercial here; it’s running statewide, including in the Spokane broadcast TV market.” More here.

Jacobson Suit Against Cook Dismissed

A plaintiff's motion to dismiss a lawsuit that had the attention of many commenters on this blog more than two years ago was quietly granted last Thursday. The 1st District Court has dismissed a defamation suit brought by then Kootenai County GOP Central Committee Chairwoman Tina Jacobson against fellow Republican Party member Linda Cook (pictured). On Feb. 14, 2012, Cook, under the pseudonym “Almost Innocent Bystander,” had posted a questionable statement on Huckleberries Online re: a photo of Jacobson at a rally for then Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course Events Center. Jacobson took The Spokesman-Review to court to find out the identity of Almost Innocent Bystander and two other people who posted comments under pseudonyms under Cook's original comment. The court ruled that this newspaper had to reveal who Almost Innocent Bystander was but not the identities of the two others. Cook came forward to reveal her identity before the newspaper responded to the court order. Jacobson then sued her for defamation. You can read a copy of the dismissal order here.


Joker Analysis: Mendive v Lippert

Joker continues to break down the video debates provided by the Coeur d'Alene Press Online. Today, he features the debate between state Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Democrat Michelle Lippert, for Mendive's House District 3 seat:

“Ok this debate is a total letdown after the Eberlein classic. Both candidates were nice, professional and respectful. Lippert seemed to win on points. Mendive fumbled when pressed to go beyond the talking points. Lippert did well by pressing him to give specifics and examples. Lippert talked a lot about new ideas and difference perspective, but she didn't offer much in terms of specifics either. She came across smarter and better prepared. Mendive was a total gentleman and never lost his cool.” Joker's complete breakdown here.

Question: Who would you support in this race?

HucksOnline Blogos — 10.20.14

Many famous people were born on Oct. 20, posts Paul Turner/The Slice blog, but his favorite is Bela Lugosi (in 1882): “The star of 'Dracula' had been acting in films for 14 years, mostly in what is now Romania, when he got his big break, portraying the title role in Tod Browning's 1931 adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Oct 12-18): 42,117 page views/25,779 unique views

A Road Less Traveled

During a Sunday drive, Kerri Thoreson took a road less traveled. She Facebooks: “On our Sunday drive we went off the beaten path in Spirit Lake and down a side street came across this most amazing and creative fence on a home between Vermont and Massachusetts on 4th. It's a real fence that features store fronts, glass window panes, a jail with bars and a wooden “sidewalk.” Knick knacks and antiques are staged in each vignette. I love small towns and the little joys of taking the road less traveled.”

Question: What do you like most about small towns?

Idaho Confident In Ebola Response

In the Idaho Statesman, John Sowell reports: “Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday morning that state health officials are staying on top of new developments with the Ebola outbreak and are taking every precaution to protect the public and health care workers. “I'm confident that we are as prepared as you can be in a fluid situation,” said Otter, who received a briefing early from health officials. The governor said new details seem to come every day and he praised health professionals for their commitment to act quickly and to protect health care workers and the public if someone who has contracted Ebola is detected in Idaho. More here.

Question: Are you confident that Idaho could handle an Ebola outbreak?

SR News Quiz — Oct.19-24.2014

Did you know you could win movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel simply by entering the Spokesman-Review Weekly News quiz? Test your knowledge of current events and put yourself in the running for Friday's drawings. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 1: A tunnel for wildlife.
  • Last week's winners: $50 Gift Card: Cliff Miller from Otis Orchards. Movie Tickets: Melissa Shumake from Moscow.

Rain Storms Headed Our Way

A series of rain storms is going to bring a substantial change in weather this week across the Inland Northwest. The first of the storms is now heading into western Washington and Oregon. Light rain was reported as far east as Yakima at 10 a.m. The slow-moving frontal system should reach eastern Washington and North Idaho tonight. The heaviest precipitation is likely from Lewiston into the Silver Valley of Shoshone County. A second storm winding up offshore of Washington should arrive by Wednesday with greater rain potential. The Cascades could see two to three inches of rain. Snow levels will be high at about 6,000 feet/Mike Prager, SR. More here.

Question: Are you ready for a change in the weather?

Study: Idaho 3rd Worst For Women

In 24/7 Wall St., Thomas C. Frohlich, Alexander Kent & Alexander E.M. Hess report: Based on recently released Census Bureau data, women made up almost half of the workforce last year. Yet, even working full-time and year-round, they were paid only 79 cents for every dollar men made. The wage gap varies considerably between states. Women receive 86 cents for every dollar men make in New York, for example, while in Louisiana, women are paid just 66% of what men earn. … Overall, Idaho ranks as the 3rd worst state for women, behind Utah and Wyoming and ahead of Mississippi and North Dakota. Here are some of the findings for Idaho:

  • Gender wage gap: 76 cents per dollar (13th worst)
  • Poverty rate, women: 16.2% (7th lowest)
  • Pct. in state legislature: 26.7% (17th highest)
  •  Infant mortality rate: 6.0 per 1,000 births (16th highest)

Full story here

Question (for Women of HucksOnline): Does this report reflect your experience in Idaho?

Video Debate: Mendive v. Lippert

In another of its series of candidate debates, the Coeur d'Alene Press Online interviews state Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Demcratic challenger Michelle Lippert. Coeur d'Alene Press reporter Brian Walker serves as the moderator.

Question: Who did best in the debate?

AM Scanner Traffic — 10.20.14

  • 11:55 a.m. CPD news release: “Missing person Jonathan Tyler Isringhausen was located this morning in Spokane.
  • 11:52 a.m. Resident @ 2nd/Garden, CdA, is defending himself w/knife against male trying to get into house thru window.
  • 11:50 a.m. Firefighters at scene of Worley fire (11:11 item) say they have situation under control.
  • 11:32 a.m. CPD stopping Grand Prix driver on 1700 block of N9th/CdA for running w/o plates.
  • 11:21 a.m. Firefighter on scene (11:11 item) says house fully engulf, flames threatening 2nd home.
  • 11:11 a.m. House fire reported in Coeur d'Alene Tribal Housing, 355 Lena Louie Lane/Worley.
  • 10:21 a.m. Caller concerned for welfare of children because mother distraught after losing loved one.
  • 9:45 a.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Oct. 18-20 here.
  • 9:27 a.m. Undisclosed found property reported @ Two Lakes Motel, 320 Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive/CdA.

Edit: Unity On GOP Bus? Dream On

Gov. Butch Otter, left, and Congressman Raul Labrador shared a laugh during the GOP bus tour of North Idaho Friday. But during the GOPrimary, Labrador backed Otter's opponent, Russ Fulcher. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

In the Lewiston Tribune this weekend, editorialist Marty Trillhaase writes: “For Idaho's Republican heavyweights, getting together to crisscross the state the final weeks of the campaign is a time-tested strategy. Get everyone on board - state officers, legislators, members of Congress. Who knows? They may even find room for the party's new finance chairman, former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig. Then get out the word: Vote a straight ticket for the unified Republican team. There's just one problem. Unity is in short supply. Has anyone forgotten that Congressman Raul Labrador almost challenged Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter, only to back his GOP primary opponent, state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian? Before he bagged the GOP nomination for secretary of state with 37 percent of the vote in a four-way race, his party left state Rep. Lawerence (Boss) Denney, R-Midvale, for dead - making him the first sitting House speaker to get ditched.” More here. (Duane Rasmussen photo: former lieutenant governor Jack Riggs and current Lt. Gov. Brad Little at the veterans plaza at McEuen Park Friday)

Question: Do you think all the Republican candidates on the North Idaho bus tour Friday were happy together?

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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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