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Weekend Wild Card — 7.26-27.14

I caught the Kelly Hughes band for the second time this summer Friday evening — at Hayden Days. Kelly was as entertaining as always. A large crowd was on hand to enjoy the music and browse the many booths lined up on the east side of Hayden City Park. Hayden Days continues today with a parade in the morning and activity all day long, culminating with big band swing from 7 to 9 p.m.. The milder temperatures will make this a good weekend to enjoy the outdoors. The heat will move back in Monday, when we'll launch another week Huckleberries. Here's your weekend Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 7.25.14

Palestinian children, some flashing the V-sign, play with the photographer at a United Nations school where hundreds of families have sought refuge after fleeing their homes following heavy Israeli forces' strikes, in Jebaliya refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Friday. Over 140,000 Palestinians are seeking shelter in 83 UNRWA schools, according to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness. The number of Palestinians seeking shelter since the ground operation began has increased seven-fold. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Comment Of The Day — Scootermom

24 Likes: “She just doesn't know when to shut up” — Scootermom (RE: Nonini's wife angers local vets)

TGIF? Wild Card — 7.25.14

This is TGIFriday. But I'm treating it like a Monday. First, I was halfway to work on my bike when I realized that I had forgotten my bike helmet. Then, I forgot to put the coffee pot entirely under the drip area — and had to deal with the subsequent mess. Moments ago, I referred to school Trustee Tom Hearn as “Ron Hearn” (a kid I new in high school) on a Facebook post. I. Am. Not. Responsible. For. My. Post. This. Morning. Now for today's Wild Card …

FHB: We Never Talked Politics Again

Frum Helen Back (RE: Watergate figure retired in Idaho): We were eating dinner when the story broke. My Republican husband made the comment that the Democrats probably staged the break-in to look like the Republicans did it. That's when the war started between the two of us. As a Democrat and a person who never liked Nixon, I did not take kindly to his remark. We settled the war by agreeing to never talk about politics again. And that reminds me that he never apologized for the remark he made about the Democrats staging the burglary.

Question: Do you and your spouse share the same political views?

PM Headlines — 7.25.14

Russell Edwards narrowly escaped injury on Wednesday afternoon when a tree crashed onto his 1998 Ford Mustang as he sat in the drivers seat in his drive way in north Spokane. The car is totaled and Edwards only carried liability coverage. Story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Question: Do you carry more than liability insurance for your car(s)?

PFPD Seeks Missing 17YO Girl

From Post Falls police Facebook page: Destiny Wood (17 year old female) has been reported (and entered into NCIC) as a runaway. She was last seen on 7/23/14 at her residence in Post Falls. She is 5-3, 156lbs with auburn hair and brown eyes. Destiny does wear glasses. She was wearing a blue pullover, purple “tight” pants with black high heel boots and a silver engraved locket. She may be in the company of Jonathan Turner; Jonathan is easily recognizable by the tattoos on his face. Neither have a phone nor do we not have any viable leads as to their location.

PM Scanner Traffic — 7.25.14

  • 5:40 p.m. Caller reports swimmers jumping from pedestrian bridge, north of I-90, in Washington.
  • 5:15 p.m. Female, possibly drunk, has taken children from Anton Avenue in car toward Silverwood.
  • 4:59 p.m. Several transients loitering @ Exxon station @ 201 W. Appleway/CdA.
  • 4:57 p.m. Lifeguard reports Jetskiers speeding in no-wake zone off City Beach.
  • 4:46 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing on Parkwood Court/CdA.
  • 4:31 p.m. CPD officer en route to McEuen Park for extra patrol, unknown reason.
  • 4:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 24-25 here.
  • 17 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below

Zombie Killer Takes Selfie

Norman Reedus (“Darryl”), right, takes a selfie at “The Walking Dead” panel on Day 2 of Comic-Con International today in San Diego. Looking on from left are Chad Coleman and Emily Kinney. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Question: I lasted 2 seasons with “The Walking Dead” before I pulled the plug. Mrs. O, Junior & now Amy Dearest & Okie Doke are fans. Zombies give me the creeps, especially with the noise they make, which Mrs. O sez I can duplicate well. How about you? Are you looking forward to the next season of “The Walking Dead”? Or have you pulled the plug?

Watergate Figure Retired In Idaho

Forty years ago on Aug. 9, President Nixon became the only U.S. president to resign. For his role in helping end what President Ford called “our long national nightmare,” a Meridian man continues to win praise for his courage. Tom Railsback, an Illinois Republican who spent 16 years in the U.S. House, fell in love with Idaho on golf trips and bought a second home in McCall more than a decade ago. In 2011, Railsback and his wife, Joye, bought a home in Meridian and now share their time between the two residences. Railsback, 82, made history by cobbling the bipartisan coalition on the House Judiciary Committee that prompted the adoption of articles of impeachment against Nixon in late July 1974/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Photo: New York Times front page after the Aug. 9, 1974, resignation of President Richard Nixon)

Question: What do you most remember about Watergate?

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Edit: Ombudsman Stands By Her Guv

Idaho’s new public records ombudswoman grounded into a double play her first time up. Let’s hope it’s only a blip and not a signal of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s less than enthusiastic support for transparency. Cally Younger, an attorney for the Otter administration, was named earlier this year the overseer of Idaho’s compliance with its own sunshine laws. Younger’s appointment came at the behest of Idaho’s newspaper publishers — including the Times-News’ Travis Quast — who rightly asserted the state could do a better job of adhering to its own freedom of information and access to public records laws. So, to say we were disheartened by the response Idaho Education News received when it asked for the applications of anyone who sought the two recently filled posts on the state Board of Education would be, well, a huge understatement/Twin Falls Times-News Editorial Board. More here. (Eye on Boise file photo: Gov. Butch Otter introduces Cally Younger as the new state ombudsman in April)

Question: Are you concerned re: application-gate?

Quotable Quote

The John Walsh scandal is just painful to watch. Who is advising him? Anthony Weiner? Larry Craig? — Marc Johnson

‘Selfie’ Seeks Spook Foraging Elk

Folks snapping “selfies” with a bull elk that was foraging for food in a vacant lot in Garden City last night caused the antlered animal to become spooked and take off gallivanting through Garden City. “Spectators … were getting too close to the elk,” according to an Idaho Fish & Game news release. “This interaction caused the stress which led to the young bull running through the Garden City neighborhood, including Veterans Parkway,” which is a big, busy thoroughfare with heavy traffic. F&G Conservation Office Bill London said, “When people get this close to a wild animal, the stress not only creates potential harm to the animal and to the public, the increased adrenaline can also make it difficult to tranquilize an animal”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (Courtesy photo: Idaho Fish & Game)

Question: Why are people so clueless at times?

HBO Blogosphere — 7.25.14

“If there route had gone through Spokane,” begins Paul Turner/The Slice blog, “What might have happened to the guys in 'Easy Rider' while here?” Do you think the Easy Riders would have gotten out of the Inland Northwest alive? (Photo:

Which Idaho River Are You

I generally ignore the Facebook re-posts that ask things like “Which female Harry Potter character are you” Or “Which state is most like you.” But I was interested enough in one posted on Facebook Friend Ben Wilson's wall that I answered the questions inside: “Which Idaho river are you?” I got the Snake River through Hells Canyon. How about you?

Julyamsh Starts This Evening

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson posts: The Julyamsh Pow Wow starts this evening at the Greyhound Park. I love everything about the celebration. The grand entry with the Warrior Society color guard and eagle staff, the parade of horses and seeing several hundred dancers in full regalia gather in the arena. I love the drums, especially this year's host drum, Northern Cree. Lots of different dances but my favorite is the fancy dancers, (in a photo I shot last year). Tonight, all day and evening on Saturday and during the day on Sunday. Julyamsh Web site, including schedule of events here.

Question: Have you ever been to Julyamsh?

Quotable Quote

You know you're in Otis Orchards when you drive passed a sign that says ”Ahhhh fresh manure…” — Cindy Hval.

GONI! Mini-Review: Crafted Taphouse

On his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, OrangeTV writes of Crafted Taphouse, 523 E. Sherman Ave: “The consensus about Crafted Taphouse so far seems to be: great food, great atmosphere, sloooooooow service. Perhaps they are still working out the bugs, and they have been packed since opening, but they ought to figure out a way to speed things up a bit before people stop coming back entirely.”

Question: Have you tried Crafted Taphouse yet? What do you think of the service?

Living Wage Rally Coming To CdA

U.S. Senate candidate Nels Mitchell and U.S. House candidate Shirley Ringo will speak at a two Living Wage Rallies on Monday. Mitchell and Ringo will be on the Lewis-Clark State College campus, 500 8th Ave., Lewiston, 10:15 a.m., at the campus fountain. There will be a second rally, at 3 p.m. at Riverstone Park, 1805 W. Tilford Lane, Coeur d'Alene. The purpose of the rallies is to raise awareness about the need to make the federal minimum wage a living wage. The public is invited.

Question: Do you support the concept of a living wage in Idaho?

Blog: Things To Do In Lake City

A Puget Sound couple who write a post, called “Live It in a Day” for the Growing Sound Roots blog recently visited the Inland Northwest, describing Spokane as “a cute little town with a lot to offer in a day.” Of Coeur d'Alene, the couple wrote: “When in Coeur d'Alene, the best thing to do is to walk, walk, and walk more. Walk around their super cute downtown area to window shop. Walk around by the lake or the river. Hike Tubs Hill, which is right near the famed Coeur D'Alene resort (which is way over priced, but definitely a good location). Get on a boat and out in the water if it is summer. Coeur d'Alene nightlife is fun with The Beacon, The Moose Lounge, Mic N Mac's, and a few other local places. If you want a true view of Idaho life, head to the Iron Horse, but beware of the smoke.” More here.

Question: In a short paragraph like the one above what would you recommend that friends and family do in Coeur d'Alene?

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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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