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Archive for September 2008

Wild Card/Tuesday — 9/30/08

I don’t know whether to point this Wild Card post to Mother Of All Bailouts That Didn’t Happen or Sarahcuda-V-Loose Lip Joe Minus 2. We’re certainly in the middle of an interesting week. I even received a private contact by a police officer who said someone was arrested in that little flap that almost got me killed while riding my bike on 7th Street Sunday evening. He’s interested in my version of the event. Huckleberries Online is rarely dull. And you can keep the action going by posting your own threads on this Wild Card …

4 Students Confess To Hanging Obama Effigy

Four George Fox University students have confessed to hanging a cardboard cutout of Sen. Barack Obama from a tree on the campus last week, university officials announced Tuesday. The university’s Office of Student Life identified the students involved late last week and completed a disciplinary hearing, officials said. However, George Fox did not release the names of the students or what discipline they received, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The school did say penalties for such conduct could include long-term suspension and community service/2NewsTV. More here.

Question: What is a fitting punishment for this despicable act?

Scanner Traffic — 9/30/08

6:02 p.m. White Subaru Legacy and older blue vehicle T-boned @ Ramsey & Prairie. 7YO boy complaining of possible broken clavicle. Woman hurt knee.
5:59 p.m. Hit-and-run accident involving a black SUV & a male bicyclist at Harrison & Government Way. SUV driver hit bicyclist and left scene. Unknown injuries.
5:40 p.m. Juveniles spray-painting a fence on the Quizno’s side of Ironwood Square.
5:02 p.m. R/P says there’s a gun in a felon’s car parked near her house.

Update: Raiders Snag UI Reject Coach Cable


Paul Sakuma/AP Photo
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, right, and new interim head coach Tom Cable listen during a news conference at Raiders headquarters in Alameda, Calif.

Cable discusses UIdaho tenure

The Oakland Raiders have promoted offensive line coach Tom Cable to interim head coach. Owner Al Davis says the 43-year-old Cable will replace Lane Kiffin, who was fired earlier Tuesday just four games into his second season. Kiffin had a 5-15 record since being hired last year. He lost his final game 28-18 to San Diego on Sunday/AP.
More here. (UI record: 5-6 in 2000, 1-10 2001, 2-10 2002, 3-9 2003; overall: 11-35)

Butchinator Plays Ball On Replaced Hip


Courtesy: IdaBlue
“State of Idaho employees played a softball tournament on Saturday,” posts IdaBlue. “Quite a few teams took the field, including Team Otter. The Gov missed the first game or two, but showed up later on. He was moving like man of his age, which is to say pretty good, since he had that hip replacement last winter. The back of his shirt said “Governor.” The back of Lori’s said “First lady.” Interesting touch that his socks and belt matched his shirt.”

Question: Which position on a softball team did — do? — you play?

Local Blogs — 9/30/08


Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho
“Through October 1 the weather is forecast to be positively summer-like,” posts Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho. “Even the soaring seagulls over the Spokane River are enjoying the early fall Indian Summer days in North Idaho.”

*Haiku Heads or Tails/Tumblewords
*In Sync/TUBOB
*Boise/Rants, Raves & Random Thoughts
*Kellogg High planted seeds of literary analysis/Silver Valley Stories
*Apple cider/Synaptic Disunion
*Green Bluff/Notes from the ‘Kan EWA
*Pass this dreadful bailout/Wayward Episcopalian

HBO Numbers (for Monday, Sept. 29): 9713 page-views/5554 unique views

Crump: Palin Doesn’t Sound Like Sandpoint Girl

If Barack Obama wins a close election, it could be that the deciding factor is “Saturday Night Live” comedian Tina Fey and her withering impersonations of Idaho-born Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin … Fey, a 38-year-old Pennsylvanian, has nailed the language and the mannerism of the Sandpoint-born, University of Idaho-educated Palin … Plus she’s a dead ringer for the Alaska governor … Question is, where did Fey - and Palin - get that Minnesota accent? … Eh? Neither Fey nor Palin, 44. has ever lived in Minnesota, but they sound very much like actress Frances McDormand in the movie “Fargo”…/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Coe: Rapist Watched ‘Sunshine Shelly’ @ Park

A former real estate co-worker of Kevin Coe’s said Tuesday she once saw him watching radio DJ “Sunshine Shelly” from behind trees in a South Hill park. That came after jurors in Coe’s civil commitment trial watched a video of him saying that he had never seen Shelly Monahan before his arrest in 1981. Monahan, now a morning anchor on KHQ-TV, testified Monday that she was raped in September 1979 – an attack state attorneys attribute to Coe. She was unable to identify her assailant, and Coe was not charged in that case. Her attacker told her he would masturbate while listening to her, Monahan said, and explained that he “thought it would be a neat idea to come and rape me, so he did it”/Rick Bonino, SR. More here.

*A 26-year-old secret revealed
*Through the past darkly
*Ex-DJ Monahan tells of 1979 rape.
*Coe speaks, sorta

Nude Sarah Palin Hangs In Chicago Bar

There’s been no shortage of takeoffs on Sarah Palin lately, from television skits to action figures, but Bruce Elliott has gone one step further than most. He’s taken off her clothes. Elliott, whose wife, Tobin Mitchen, owns the Old Town Ale House on Chicago’s North Side, painted a nude portrait of the Republican vice presidential nominee and hung it above the bar, where it’s now a prime attraction among his display of more than 200 celebrity portraits and other racy art. Palin became Elliott’s muse after he saw her on TV/Chicago Tribune. More here.

Hat Tip: MamaJD

APhoto of the Day w/Top Cutlines — 9/30/08


Metropolitan Police/AP Photo
In this undated Metropolitan Police handout, x-ray images show how a teenage boy cheated death when a five inch knife was plunged into his head. The 16-year-old and two other young men were injured when they tried to stop a friend being robbed at a bus stop. He was rushed to hospital with the kitchen knife still stuck in his forehead after the attack in Walworth, south London, last November. You write the cutline.

Top Cutlines:

1. NRA poster supporting personal firearms: “You don’t end up with a knife in your head when you’re packing the heat” (and 11:33 a.m. entry) — Poolman.
2. An illustration of how the shrill, naggy voice of Mary Souza affects Mike Kennedy’s brain. And proof that he should receive hazard pay — MamaJD.
3. New from Ronco, this do-it-yourself lobotomy kit is just $19.99, but wait there’s more, order now and you get a free Dan Gookin approved chlorine gas mask to protect you from the wastewater treatment plant disaster that we all know is coming! — Aliasjax.

HM: Indy, Pecky & MikeK

Another High-Rise In Offing Downtown

Item: Shifting Sherman’s skyline: A 75,000-square-foot mixed-use building will soon neighbor Park Place Terrace in Coeur d’Alene/Tom Hasslinger, CDA Press

More Info: A new six-story office building could be cropping up on the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Sherman Avenue next year. The city of Coeur d’Alene Building Services Department recently approved the project’s design review, brought forward by the engineering and planning firm CSHQA.

Question: The more the merrier? Do you think the city’s pursuing a good path by allowing high rises downtown to support businesses in the Sherman Avenue area?

TT: An Open Letter To Congressman Sali

Dear Congressman Sali,

I am a voting constituent and supporter of yours, as well as a college student. Congressman, you voted against the financial rescue plan today, and I want you to know something. If the Dow drops 1000 points tomorrow like it dropped 700 points today, or if there is no help available to the thousands of ordinary citizens with 401Ks, insurance plans, mortgages, and student loans held by these Wall Street companies, I will blame you.

Whippersnapper: HBO Dems Pile On

ThomG and Bob never fail to hate on people in what’s becoming SOP in Democrat culture. Those guys are so afraid that someone might possibly have a tiny positive feeling for a Republican candidate that they have to fly to the keyboard and slam anyone who gets out of line. The party of compassion and the average man has become the party of the conspiracy, bitterness and condescension. Gives me a headache. It’s not just the constant spew of bile, it’s the self-righteous notion that each of the Democrat loyalists must take on and crack back blog post because those less-fortunately gifted aren’t perspicacious enough to make judgements for themselves/Whippersnapper. More here. And: TUBOB’s response.

Great Depression Reprise


Mark Lennihan/AP Photo
Jeremy Conroy, 13, sells apples in front of the New York Stock Exchange this morning in New York. Conroy is reenacting a scene of boys selling apples during the Great Depression. He is donating any profits to the Obama campaign. Stocks are opening higher but financial markets remained troubled a day after the House voted down a proposed $700 billion rescue plan for the financial sector.

Wild Card/Monday — 9/29/08

I’m glad I’m still with you today, HBOers. I was almost picked off Sunday evening by a female driver who was out of control in more ways than one. As my wife and I rode our bikes on 7th, just north of Harrison, I heard an engine road behind us and someone speeding up. I pulled near the curb, only to have a gray van swerve my way and miss me by a foot or two and nearly hit the green car parked in front of me. Then, a little brown car raced past, just behind her. By the time we reached midway between Harrison and Locust, the woman in the van was parked at her apartment screeching at the other woman in the foulest language possible. They were fighting over a guy, I believe. Womankind at its worst. But I’m still here to launch another work week — and post this Wild Card …

Suicide Walk Raises Awareness

Item: March in N. Idaho raises suicide awareness, money/AP

More Info: More than 200 people marched in Coeur d’Alene as part of an effort to raise awareness about people who commit suicide - and the demons that drive them to kill themselves. The “Out of the Darkness” walk on Saturday also helped raise money for the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho. Some marchers had a personal friend or family member in their thoughts as they walked.

Question: Have you been touched by the horror of suicide committed by someone close to you?

Scanner Traffic — 9/29/08

5:54 p.m. Vehicle-vs-bike accident @ Milwaukee & D Street/CDA.
3:17 p.m. R/P reports that dogs are attacking chickens and sheep on Dodd Road.
1 p.m. A 36YO male is complaining of left leg numbness after he slipped and fell at the jail.
11:48 a.m. Dispatcher: A trooper will be handling the radio for the next 20 minutes. If you can speak slowly …
11:34 a.m. A man has fallen from the back of a truck on the 300 block of 13th Street and dislocated his hip.

City Files Suit Against Sims, Macy

After nearly a year of finagling, the city of Coeur d’Alene filed a suit against Tom Macy and Kathy Sims of the Concerned Taxpayers of Kootenai County today. City Attorney Mike Gridley claims Concerned Taxpayers violated a number of campaign finance disclosure laws, as part of an eleventh-hour attack ad they circulated against incumbents in the 2007 municipal elections, and owe more than $20,000 in penalties. These include: accepting contributions and accruing expenses before a treasurer was named; filing inaccurate and untimely paperwork; and initiatially filing finance statements in an attempt to conceal contributors. As an example of the questionable documentation, Gridley told Huckleberries, that Concerned Taxpayers initially reported that 156 contributors had donated $3,500 for the ad. Later, they changed the number to be 62 donations of $50 apiece with a few more at $100 apiece. Neither Sims or Macy responded to the city’s final deadline of 5 p.m. Friday.

Dow Falls 780 Points As Bailout Fails

Wall Street’s worst fears came to pass Monday, when the government’s financial bailout plan failed in Congress and stocks plunged precipitously — hurtling the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 780 points in their largest one-day point drop ever. Credit markets, whose turmoil helped feed the stock market’s angst, froze up further amid the growing belief that the country is headed into a spreading credit and economic crisis/AP.

Local Blogs — 9/29/08


Courtesy: As The Lake Churns
At As The Lake Churns, Pecky Cox provides this delightful scenie of a September morning at Priest Lake.

*Worry is a waste of time/Live, Love, Laugh, Hope
*Fleeting Haiku/Tumblewords
*Your eyelids are heavy … you’re cranky/TUBOB
*Bayview community stuff/Bay Views
*Debate No. 1: My take/Dogwalk Musings
*Warpness of America/Simple Mind
*Fall ‘To Do’ list/Gathering Around The Table

HBO Numbers (for week of Sept. 21-27, 2008): 59,535 page-views/35,293 unique views

Stewart: Racism Toward Tribes Lingers

Item: Tribal tensions linger: Racial incidents fewer, but not unheard of on Lake Coeur d’Alene/Alison Boggs & Kevin Graman, SR

Item: The Aryan Nations no longer is the top concern of a leading human rights activist in North Idaho. Instead, Tony Stewart, co-founder of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, said he’s focused on what he views as mistreatment of Native Americans in the years since the U.S. Supreme Court awarded control of the lower third of Lake Coeur d’Alene to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

Question: What can be done to improve race relations between Inland Northwesterners and neighboring tribes?

HBO @ Noon: Dying To Eat Wild Mushrooms?


Anybody recognize this mushroom as to species? Safe? Poison? The only reason I ask is we picked it yesterday at the lake, and had it in our spaghetti sauce this evening, it had a lovely smoky flavor with a spicy aftertaste, and now me and the boys all have bad stomach aches and I’ve got this weird nosebleed/TUBOB. More here.

I’m not sure if any mycologists frequent this blog but, but if you’re out there I’d like to hear from you. I’m looking for someone to show me the secrets of mushroom harvesting. My editor asked me to go snipe hunting and write about it, but I think I’d rather hunt fungi/CindyH.

Question: Anyone out there know how to tell a good wild mushroom from a poisonous one?

Ex-Vandal QB Linehan Gets Rams’ Boot


Ted S. Warren/AP Photo
In this Sept. 21 AP photo, St. Louis Rams head coach Scott Linehan, center, walks off the field after the Rams lost 37-13 to the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field in Seattle. The winless Rams fired the former Univesity of Idaho QB today, the day after a fourth straight lopsided loss to start the season. ESPN story here.

Fanselow Retires Blog To Join Idaho Dems

Beginning Wednesday, the Idaho Democratic Party (IDP) will have a new team member in Julie Fanselow, who is taking on the new job just a month before a national election. Fanselow, who was born “nine days before Barack Obama” as she told New West, grew up in Chicago and Pittsburgh, got her degree in journalism and political science from Ohio University, then landed in Idaho in 1989 to take a reporter’s job at the Twin Falls Times-News/Jill Kuraitis, New West Boise. More here.

*Trying to shake (up) the Blues/43rd State Blues
*Consider me not comforted/Adam’s Blog
*Early voting on bailout/Fort Boise
*How you can tell you’ve upset an Idaho liberal/Clayton Cramer
*Palin’s interview w/Couric/Dennis Mansfield
*Washington state Independents gave McCain nod/Randy Stapilus
*Ex-abortionist confronts Capitol Hill/Idaho Chooses Life
*Speaking of lipstick on a pig/IVA

Crapo Opposes Bill After Claiming Credit For It

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo voted against the big appropriations bill in the Senate over the weekend, after touting the millions in North Idaho research projects that he helped get included in the bill/Betsy Russell, SR Eye On Boise. More here.

Surprise! Souza Frets RE: Treatment Plant, Too

During the forum, citizen Dan Gookin asked why the wastewater plant was not factored into the appraisal price of the land. He cited an EPA report “worst case scenario” for Coeur d’Alene’s treatment plant. It shows that currently up to 11,000 people could be seriously affected by even a partial leak of toxic chemicals at the plant. Our wastewater plant stores a large amount of chlorine and sulfur dioxide, both of serious concern. We all agree that this possibility is quite unlikely. The treatment plant is well run and in great shape — no argument there. But it does involve humans, and problems are always possible. I won’t go into security details, but there are reasons the EPA requires these reports/Mary Souza, CDA Press. More here.

ThomG provides different version of MikeK’s encounter with, ahem, “citizen” Gookin in a live-blog thread here.

Question: Are you at all concerned re: the latest red herring raised by Souza, Gookin & Co. that the treatment plant poses some sort of risk to an expanded corridor (when apparently it didn’t pose a risk to the old DeArmond Mill workers)?

In The News: Wall Street Tumbles Ahead Of Vote


Richard Drew/AP Photo
Trader David O’Day rubs his eyes as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 300 points, while demand for safe-haven buying in government debt remained high ahead of the vote.

Pastors Preaching Politics Push Limits

Item: Pastors preaching politics push limits/LA Times

More Info: Two Southern California ministers were among dozens across the country Sunday taking politics to the pulpit in hopes of influencing the Nov. 4 presidential election. Unlike some pastors who endorsed Republican John McCain during “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” the two ministers stopped short of explicitly recommending that worshipers vote for either McCain or Democrat Barack Obama. But they were not shy about raising politics in church.

Question: Would you be upset if your pastor discussed politics or made endorsements from his/her pulpit?

WND Poll: Bailout Plan

What do you think of proposed bailout compromise package?/WorldNetDaily

1. Approval is vitally necessary to stabilize the U.S. economy
2. It was a masterful work of achievement by a dedicated band of public servants
3. It’s amazing what politicians can accomplish before vacation time and before elections
4. It’s not a bill anyone wants, but it is one the country needs
5. Most of the credit should go to Nancy Pelosi

Wild Card/Sunday — 9/28/08


Lauren Victoria Burke/AP
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, right, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., second left, and Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., left, announce a tentative deal on legislation regarding the financial crisis on Sunday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Seems our political leaders have cut a deal to bail out the fat cats on Wall Street and save the rest of us in the process. I wished I could cheer about that. But I wonder if the deal will work. I also wonder if any lessons were learned. I doubt it. Power, greed and partisanship have broken our political system. I wonder how long until our next crisis hits. You can discuss this happy thought or another day of lousy football by Palouse college teams (Vandals fall 45-17 and Oregon throttles WSU 63-14). Or you can enjoy a nice autumn day outside like I’m going to do. But I’ll play this Wild Card first. Which is all I have for you today …

Paul Newman, 83, Hollywood Legend

Paul Newman, known for his piercing blue eyes, boyish good looks and stellar performances in scores of hit Hollywood movies, has died, his foundation said Saturday. He was 83. Newman, who had been battling cancer, passed away on Friday, Newman’s Own Foundation said in a statement from Westport, Connecticut/Breitbart. More here.

Question: Which Paul Newman movie is your favorite?

Woman Refuses To Pity Herself After Accident


Kathy Plonka/SR
“I want to be an inspiration to other women who have lost limbs,” said Suzanne Cole at her home in Twin Lakes on Monday, September 22, 2008. She lost part of her left leg in a motorcycle accident in 2007. A benefit ride and spaghetti feed will be held at Bucks Roadhouse at Hauser Lake today. All proceeds will go to help pay for her prosthetic leg.

Item: ‘Taking the high road’: Suzanne Cole doesn’t let misfortune of losing her leg in accident get her down/Laura Umthum, SR Handle Extra

More Info: “People approach me differently now, especially children,” says Cole. “But I’m not about to fall prey to self-pity. My heart, my love is for people who have gone through what I have gone through.” Future plans include establishing a nonprofit organization with the goal of working with local police departments to educate people about the importance of wearing a helmet and consoling others who have lost their limbs.

Question: Who is the most inspirational person you know?

Mansfield: McCain, Obama Ignored We The People

The Debates tonight omitted one real-live person: You. Your success was ignored, your wins were ignored and your family was ignored. McCain spoke like he was reading from the Congressional Quarterly…with all of its buzz words and much more. (Earmarks, blah, blah, blah). Watching Obama tonight was like watching an 18 year-old version of Bill Clinton primping in front of the mirror before he was to meet JFK. Poser is too strong a word…but barely. Mccainobamadebate2 And where were YOU in the debate? Uninvited? Where was the passion for the people? Where were the voices that said WE CAN OVERCOME this financial problem? “Hope” took the last train for the coast….and not the Mississippi Gulf Coast. You (and I) were there…just on the other side of the TV screen, wondering if anybody will lead us during this unsteady time of greed gone wild/Dennis Mansfield. More here.

Question: Do you believe that either candidate at the presidential debate felt the nation’s pain?

Rosdahl: Panda Express To Open Soon

Offering “gourmet Chinese fast-food,” Panda Express will open this coming week in the west end of the new mini mall at Fourth and Best, Coeur d’Alene. The 6,900-square-foot structure is replacing the former 7-Eleven mini mall that burned last year. Panda Express will have a drive-through and seating for 37 customers and take-out in 2,350 square feet. With hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. inside and until 9:30 drive-through, the eatery will employ 15 to 20 people. The chain started in 1983 in Pasadena, Calif., and now has more than 1,000 outlets in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan/Nils Rosdahl, SR Handle Extra. More here.

Question: Are you a Panda Express fan?

Huckleberries: Honesty Always Best Policy

In a sharply worded letter to City Hall critic Matt Roetter Sept. 16, City Administrator Wendy Gabriel claimed that Roetter started a rumor that the city had falsified a wastewater risk management report sent to the EPA. The remark was made in an anonymous comment posted on the CdA Press online edition. However, Gabriel noted in the letter that state Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Post Falls, and Roetter were the only ones who’d asked for a copy of the document. In the letter, she said she and Nonini had reviewed the paperwork, which is protected under homeland security rules, and she even contacted an EPA rep to clarify certain points. She noted that she’d also asked for a face-to-face meeting with Roetter to clear up any misunderstanding about the document. But was told that she would have to deal with Roetter’s personal attorney, Duane Rasmussen, instead. In Washington state. Or submit the reasons why she wanted the meeting in writing. “I must say I was quite stunned,” Gabriel continued, “and it only supported in my mind my belief that you authored the public comment discussed above. I questioned why you may have thought you needed a lawyer to meet with me.” Gabriel concludes by saying that she can easily prove that the claims made in the anonymous post were false. She was angry that the allegation had damaged city staffers. She said she was trying to be “open, honest and transparent” – a slap at Roetter and others who claim the city isn’t/DFO, SR Handle Extra. More here.

Debate Wild Card — 9/26/08

I’m going to post this new Wild Card that can be used to discuss presidential tonight’s debate, live or otherwise. You can find today’s original Wild Card below the “Headlines @ Closin’ Time” feature for general threads. Also, you can follow the live-streaming of the U.S. Senate debate, sans Repub Jim Risch, at the College of Idaho here. Now, I’m headed home to be ready when Obama-v-McCain, Round One. See you back here in 20 minutes or so …

Lulu: Nothing But Cow’s Milk In My Ice Cream

On Tuesday, PETA sent a letter to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream urging them to replace the cow’s milk they use with human breast milk. This strikes me as odd. I do not want another woman’s juices in my mouth. Did PETA think just because hippies run the company they’d go for this idea?/Lulu, UI Argonaut. More Off The Cuff.

Scanner Traffic — 9/26/08

4:29 p.m. Teen driver, with two others, spinning doughnuts in Coeur d’Alene Place culdesac.
4:21 p.m. Large dog running at large in Worley city park.
3:59 p.m. R/P’s concerned that a door-to-door salesman might be casing the neighborhood. He’s now headed down Orchard toward Ramsey
3::25 p.m. R/P complains that a neighbor is burning noxious weeds at Seltice & Corbin.

TGIF Wild Card — 9/26/08

I noticed that banker JimmyMAC was weighing in last night re: the WaMu buyout. Which got me to thinking. If you threw a banker or two into a volcano, would it stop the financial crisis, sorta like they used to do in Hawaii when the island gods were angry. You’d have to find a banker with a heart and full of goodness. So the options would be extremely limited. Then, Jimmy might fill that bill. Hmm. While considering our Wall Street options, I’ll play today’s Wild Card …

Bawdy ‘Idaho” About To Open On Broadway

“Idaho” is a tongue-in-check musical comedy — a rather bawdy version of “Oklahoma,” set in Idaho. The curtain’s going up this weekend on the New York Musical Theater Festival — and Idaho is one of the most anticipated shows - a risqué musical comedy about the life and times of the potato state. “I just came up with this idea for a musical called Idaho that’s kind of a spoof of Oklahoma and the musicals of the golden age of Broadway,” playwright Buddy Sheffield said. Sheffield … wrote the book, lyrics and music for “Idaho.” But, aside from plenty of potato puns, this play and its title appear to have an identity crisis… which could be owed in part to Sheffield’s life experience. He’s never been to Idaho/Alyson Outen, KTVB. More here.

Question: If North Idahoans performed the various characters for an “Oklahoma”-type version of “Idaho,” who would play Curly, Aunt Eller, Ado Annie, Jud Fry, etc.?

Campaign Roundup — 9/26/08


Mel Evans/AP Photo
WallMonkeys.com founder Jason Weisenthal peels a five-foot, six-inch, stick-on image of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin from a sheet of paper in his office today in Fanwood, N.J. Weisenthal, whose company creates oversize graphics, says that the Palin graphic is so far the only politician they offer.

*8 questions debate could answer/Washington Post
*CBS upset re: Letterman-Couric stunt/NY Post
*In time of crisis, is Obama too cool?/NYTimes Political Memo
*McCain to attend debate without bailout deal/AP
*Palin helps to run out the clock/Ann Telnaes, Washington Post
*Sarah Palin: The sexy Puritan/Slate

Slight Detour: Bring On Tonight’s Debate

We’re staying home tonight. We’re not going eat out like we usually do on Friday nights. I think I’ll go over to Wood’s today and pick up some German sausages. We’ll each have one dressed with pickles, mustard, mayonnaise and wrapped in melted Tillamook medium cheddar and country potato bun for dinner, which could be spent in front of the TV set. I don’t know yet. I don’t want to miss the debate. Maybe some people will, but I want to watch even if only one person stands up there and debates with himself. I enjoy Presidential debates, even though in this case I’ve probably heard the same rhetoric hundreds of times before/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: Are you going to watch the first presidential debate tonight?

Russell: Otter Orders 1% Holdback

Gov. Butch Otter has ordered a 1 percent holdback in the state budget, cutting $27.3 million mid-year. “Acting in moderation now is the prudent and fiscally responsible thing to do,” the governor said at a news conference. He ordered state agencies to hold an additional 1.5 percent of their budgets “in reserve” in case further budget cuts are needed, but didn’t cut that additional amount at this point/Betsy Russell, SR Eye On Boise. More here.

KR Johnson: Where’s Mine?


K. Ray Johnson/UI Argonaut

Off The Cuff: Enough About UI Cheerleadergate

It’s not just the University of Idaho cheerleaders getting tired of hearing about their uniforms. We are, too. The Argonaut has had information and photo requests from the likes of USA Today, Inside Edition, The Associated Press, Fox News, Fox TV and a myriad of other local news sources. We’ve had more outside news sources contact us about this than when UI alumna Sarah Palin was added to the Republican presidential ticket. May it end soon, for all of our sakes/Christina, UI Argonaut. More Off The Cuff.

Question: Why did cheerleadergate resonate around the country?

Fortier: Make Bankers Fly Coach

There are a lot of us average Joes and Janes out here in fly-over country that would like to string up these greedy bastards who brought down our financial system. Or at least send them to prison for the rest of their lives. I disagree. Death is too merciful and prison is too easy. Better yet, I recommend torture. No, not car batteries hooked to private parts. I’m talking about something much worse for these folks. I say we give ‘em all Chevrolets and send ‘em out into the real world to get jobs. You know, instead of a “golden parachute,” they end up free-falling, looking wide-eyed at a broken rip cord. Can you imagine the look of panic on the faces of these finance felons when they are asked to get in the “C” line at Southwest Airlines? Flying coach alone would be worse than anything a prison could inflict on them/Marty Fortier, CDA Press. More here.

Question: What would you like to do to the white-collar felons behind the financial crisis?

AP Poll: Only 30% Back $700B Bailout

AP Poll: Few support Bush’s market rescue plan/AP

More Info: Just 30 percent say they support Bush’s package, according to an Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll released as White House and congressional leaders struggled to rescue the plan after House Republicans rebelled against it. Despite the president’s pleas that the package is urgently needed to prevent an economic meltdown, 45 percent say they oppose Bush’s proposal while 25 percent said they are undecided.

Question: Do you support the $700Bailout?

Fischer: House R’s Are Heroes In Crisis

The only thing holding the Democrats back is that they want everybody in Congress to share the blame for this flameout. They cannot afford to have House Republicans shouting from the rooftops that the plan is a boondoggle, for fear that the House Republicans will soon be proved right, thus making everybody else in the room look really, really bad. House Republicans still believe the best solution is to inject private sector funds into the crisis by creating tax incentives - such as eliminating capital gains and income taxes on the purchase of any distressed assets – that will entice investors into the market. Every House Republican must stand for re-election in little more than a month. There is no way they want to go back to their home districts next week and face their constituents after hanging a $1 trillion dollar rubber tire around their necks/Bryan Fischer, IVA. More here.

Question: Could Bill Sali be right in opposing $700B bailout?

Phenneger Parroting OpenCDA Talking Points

Item: Corridor sparks citizen concerns: Another community forum meeting planned for October/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Dick Phenneger, who is running for election to NIC’s board of trustees, spoke about the hazards posed by chemicals stored at the treatment plant that are used to disinfect the city’s wastewater. Phenneger and several other community members who attended today’s meeting said they were unaware if an evacuation plan for the college exists should a chemical leak occur.

DFO: If you had any doubt that Penneger’s the candidate from the community’s Far Right, these two paragraphs from Brand X should set you straight. Penneger’s “concerns” about possible chemical problems with the treatment plant is straight out of Gookin’s playbook.

Extra! Bullwinkle Meets Bad End

From HBO

Hat Tip: ThomG

Breaking! McCain To Attend Debate Tonight

Republican John McCain says he’s going to be at the first presidential debate, even though Congress doesn’t have a bailout deal. With less than 10 hours until the debate was scheduled to start, the McCain campaign announced that the Arizona senator would travel to the University of Mississippi. The campaign said after the forum he will fly back to Washington to continue working on the financial crisis.


CindyH: Where’s The Beef? In My Freezer

My husband, Derek, came home from work a few weeks ago and announced, “I bought half a cow.” When he saw my horrified look, he hastened to add, “Don’t worry, I said I wanted the smallest half.” In an effort to cut our mounting grocery bill, Derek decided to purchase beef in bulk. Of course, I had a few questions. Half a cow? Which half? The front half or the back? And who has the other half? Rising food prices are no joke when you’ve got four sons to feed. There’s not one vegetarian among us and meat isn’t cheap. At my local grocery store ground beef ranges in price from $2.79 to $3.29 per pound. And if we get a hankering for steak, a family-pack of T-bones costs $8.99 a pound/CindyH, SR Prairie Voice. More here.

Question: How much beef do you eat a week?

Heller: We’ve Heard It All Before


Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Parting Shot — 9/25/09


Elaine Thompson/AP
Jeffrey N. Gargaro, left, charged with felony harassment for comments he posted on a local newspaper’s web site, stands with his lawyer, Jeffrey Lustick, inside the Whatcom County Courthouse today in Bellingham, Wash. When a mentally disturbed man went on a shooting spree earlier this month that left six people dead, The Bellingham Herald’s Web site quickly filled with comments—some thoughtful, some vitriolic— from readers trying to make sense of the carnage. A county prosecutor says Gargaro’s comments went too far and he faces possible jail time. His lawyer is fighting the charge on free-speech grounds. Story here.

Question: Have you regretted something you’ve posted in a comment here or on some other blog as soon as you hit “send”?

OTV: 8 Local Meals We Can’t Afford

No. 6. Chef In The Forest Steak & Prawns $35.95; Description: Choice of 8 oz Filet or 12 oz New York, Coconut Shrimp or Scampi Flambé

This quaint, sunny little Hauser cabin has been hiding in the woods for many years now, and they’ve always been consistently great without any trendy or faux gourmet pretensions. This is one place where the high ticket price is actually worth the result. I get misty even thinking about the Steak ala Oscar (8 oz. Filet topped with fresh Crab, Asparagus and Sauce Béarnaise, $27.95) and the Broiled Cold Water Lobster With Drawn Butter doesn’t even list a price, just “Market Price”, which you know isn’t going to be cheap/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: Can you name a meal at a local restaurant that you wished you could afford more often?

Scanner Traffic — 9/25/08


Courtesy: Erik Hedlund/KREM2

1:57 p.m. R/P reports a vehicle has driven into a house on the lake side of Fernan Lake Road (& Lakeview Road). The house suffered structural damage. Anthony Verbilis, 25, of Fernan Lake, was driver of the 1998 Honda Accord. He wasn’t injured. Family members transported him from the scene of the accident. KREM2 story and more photos here.

5:16 pm. Someone in a brown, rusty Chevy Blazer, with Kootenai plates, flipped off another motorist before leaving I90 at the M/P 17 exit.
4:03 p.m. Occupied car broken down on the I90 overpass above Highway 41.
3:38 p.m. R/P has found a medium-sized, black-and-brown dog at Strahorn & Dakota.

Sali Votes Against North Idaho Projects

Three of the four members of Idaho’s congressional delegation are touting millions in North Idaho projects included in a defense funding bill in Congress – all but North Idaho’s representative. First District Congressman Bill Sali didn’t sign on to the delegation’s joint press release today and he voted against the bill, despite having supported some of the funding for research at Bayview and the University of Idaho/Betsy Russell, SR Eye On Boise. More here.

*Risch, LaRocco weigh in on financial crisis

Bailout: Deal? Or No Deal?


Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
President Bush, second from right, meets with congressional leaders during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington to discuss the proposed bailout of the financial industry. Seated from left are Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Minority Leader Sen. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. Story here.

Question: How much safer is your money, pension, 401k, stock portfolio, etc., now?

Local Blogs — 9/25/08


Courtesy: Hauser Thoughts
At Hauser Thoughts, Frum Helen Back publishes this photo of hunter Wes Michael, who put down his firearm when he spotted this patch of huckleberries.

HBO Numbers (from Wednesday, Sept. 24): 10,283 page-views/32,855 unique views

*Taste of warm/Tumblewords
*Local menu items we can’t afford/Get Out! North Idaho
*More about home-schooling/A Butterfly Moment
*Just because I was bored …/Kootenai MPO
*Sarah Palin debates tree, tree wins/TUBOB
*Silly season/Slight Detour
*McCain: Savvy? Or scared?/Dogwalk Musings
*Colors of the season/Simple Mind

Question: What have you eaten this summer/fall that has had huckleberries in it?

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 9/25/08


Garrett Cheen/Daily Inter Lake, AP
Cattle rancher Ed Jonas talks about what he calls a wolf problem, while kneeling next to one of two steer carcasses probably killed by wolves from the Hog Heaven Pack ten miles southwest of Kila, Mont., Tuesday morning. “I’ve had enough of people who want to coddle wolves … I am really upset about this,” he said. *Daily Inter Lake story here.

*Moscow cops find graffiti club inside grain elevator/Moscow-Pullman Daily News
*Attack on Obama yard sign becomes hate crime/KXLY
*WSU scores B-minus, UI C on green report card/Moscow-Pullman Daily News
*History Channel documents who put ‘tot’ in ‘Tater Tots’/KTVB
*8 women, 4 men to serve on South Hill Rapist jury/SR
*Plea deal offered in horrific St. Maries abuse case/SR
*LA man held in stabbing death of Idaho film student near USC/Idaho Statesman
*Boise cop serves time for DUI/KTVB
*Boisean hit by truck, cited for jaywalking/AP
*Walla Walla prison guard charged w/delivering drugs to inmate/Tri-City Herald
*EPA backed off emergency declaration at Libby/AP

AP: Financial Bailout Pact Reached …

… key Republicans and Democrats reported agreement in principle Thursday on a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry and said they would present it to the Bush administration in hopes of a vote within days here.

Inquirer: Palin Had Affair w/Hubby Biz Partner

In a world exclusive The NATIONAL ENQUIRER names GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin’s secret lover! No less than three members of the man’s family including one by sworn affidavit have claimed that Sarah Palin engaged in an extramarital affair with hus­band Todd’s former business partner, Brad Hanson. These sources have named Hanson as Palin’s secret love, and say their affair nearly wrecked both their marriages/National Inquirer. More here.

Question: Is this another “space alien”-type story from the Inquirer (as alluded to by Indy in the comments thread)? Or do you want to believe it’s true?

Hat Tip: 43rd State Blues

KTVB: Minnick Attack Ad? True, True, True, True

Congressman Bill Sali’s campaign has complained about the newest ad by Demo challenger Walt Minnick, which the Idaho Republican to task in four different areas, including secret earmarks and personal and campaign finances. But Ysabel Bilbao from KTVB last night did a “fact check” story on the ad. And found all four claims true.

Update: Kingston Man Dies After Hitting Moose

Jessie H. Arthur, 54, of Kingston, was killed at 6:12 this morning when he hit a moose on Interstate 90 near Kingston. Arthur was eastbound on the highway when he struck the moose, which went through the windshield of his 1998 Hyundai and hit him. Then, the vehicle went through the median and came to a stop in the west bound lanes of travel. Complete ISP report below.

Dogwalk: Community Acrimony Taking Toll

There are three factions in this community. One is the government and its entities and those who believe they can do no wrong. The other consists of the watch dogs who are more often like pit bulls than Saint Bernards. The third are those who don’t much care one way or the other. I have slowly slipped into the third category. I know people on all sides. None are friends in the true sense of the word; some are better acquaintances than others. Why the slide into apathy? The acrimony is exhausting/Dogwalk Musings. More here.

Question: Dogwalk Musings seems ready to throw in the towel b/c the acrimony among various Coeur d’Alene area factions is getting to her. Are you in the same boat?

Rasmussen: Stewart Crew Ambushed Jorgenson

Veep Duane Rasmussen of the Kootenai County R’s sez there’s more to state Sen. Mike Jorgenson’s close encounter with the crack reporting team of host Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show.” Remember? The Hayden Lake senator was caught on tape with other national GOP conventioneers explaining “Small Town Values” to Stewart’s F-Troopers. Mike stammered that Small Town Values meant church – “Christian church, Jewish church …” Well, Duane tells Huckleberries that he encountered Mike shortly after the taping occurred. And that Mike couldn’t figure out what had just happened to him. Seems one of the Stewart reporters filmed Mike’s part of the segment four times before he got what he wanted. Which was an extremely funny cameo in the four-minute-plus clip. However, Duane says that Mike now feels that he was “ambushed” into looking foolish. He had plenty of company on that clip/DFO, SR Handle Extra. More here.

UI Cheerleaders Coach Quits Over Unie Flap

Before and after photos of the University of Idaho football cheerleader uniforms at the center of the controversy. (Larry Johnson/GoVandals.com from A Family Runs Through It)

The University of Idaho cheerleader coach who was responsible for uniforms that caused a stir over whether they were too revealing or uncomfortable has resigned. Cassie Helm of Liberty Lake, Wash., told the Lewiston Tribune the halter tops and black skirts with white trim were a good combination of cheer and dance styles, and she denied claims by Shelly Robson, an adviser to the spirit squad and an athletics department fundraiser, that some cheerleaders found them unflattering and uncomfortable/Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Related: Cheerleader says team helped pick uniforms

Question: Am I the only one who doesn’t see much of a problem here?

White House, Lawmakers Near Bailout Deal

Item: Lawmakers seem near deal on bailout/New York Times

More Info: Lawmakers indicated Thursday that they were close to hashing out an agreement on a proposed $700 billion bailout of the financial system, hours before a meeting at the White House to complete the deal. After Congressional staff members worked through the night to hammer out the details of the remarkable rescue effort, Senate and House negotiators gathered for a meeting in the Capitol on Thursday morning, hoping to resolve any final disagreements ahead of the White House gathering.

Question: Do you consider a bailout the best way to solve this financial crisis?

Ramirez: Sic ‘Em?


Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Parting Shot — 9/24/09


Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle, AP
Workers in the media center outside the Ford Center in Oxford, Miss., which is scheduled to host the first presidential debate, watch today as Democrat Barack Obama responds to Republican John McCain’s call to postpone their upcoming debate, which is scheduled for Friday.

Odd: PETA Wants B&J To Use Human Milk

Item: PETA urges Ben & Jerry’s to use human breast milk/wnbc.com

More Info: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow’s milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman. “PETA’s request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow’s milk in the food he serves,” the statement says.

Question: What do you think of PETA’s unorthodox idea?

Scanner Traffic — 9/24/08

4:38 p.m. Two pickups involved in either a head-on or T-bone collision on US 95 & Bunco Road (near Silverwood). R/Ps say that one driver is trapped in the passenger area of his vehicle and extrication equipment may be needed. The crash is blocking 95. Update: Doesn’t sound as though anyone was seriously injured.

4:57 p.m. 3 kids on a four-wheeler are shooting at a dog.
4:41 p.m. Guardian Angels Home/Post Falls resident yanked out of her wheelchair by another resident.
3:34 p.m. A motorist in a black pickup with Wisconsin plates drove off w/b on I90 without paying for gas from the Junction quick stop/Rose Lake.

Man Dumped From Bin In Serious Condition

A 47-year-old man is in serious condition after being thrown out of a Dumpster by garbage collectors in Coeur d’Alene early this morning. Alan Earl Wilson reportedly was sleeping in the garbage bin near the Coeur d’Alene library around 4:15 a.m. when a garbage truck emptying the bin ejected Wilson, said Sgt. Christie Wood of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department. Wilson suffered cuts on his head, Wood said. He is at Kootenai Medical Center/SR. KXLY story here.

KXLY: Infamous Head-Butt Wrestler In Slammer

A Cheney man made infamous for video showing him headbutting a referee during a high school wrestling match now faces a felony assault charge for stabbing his wife. Chad Hilderbrandt, 30, was arrested in April on a first degree assault charge after allegedly stabbing his wife in the upper thigh. Hilderbrandt’s wife told detectives with the sheriff’s office that her husband had accused her of appearing in pornographic movies. She claimed Hilderbrandt was trying to stab her in the vagina. Hilderbrandt made national news back in 1996 when he attacked a man refereeing his high school wrestling match in Colville. Chad Hilderbrandt had just been pinned by his opponent but then shoved the West Valley athlete after the match was over/KXLY. More here. And: June 4, 1996, SR story here.

Breaking! McCain Wants Debate Delay

Update: Obama: Debate is on/ABC News

Sen. John McCain has asked Sen. Barack Obama to delay their first debate to focus on the economic crisis. Story here.

Question: Should the first debate, which was scheduled for Friday, be delayed?

UI Tries To Stamp Out Greek Hazing

Hazing Prevention Week, mostly centered around the Greek system, is happening this week and though most see the importance behind the week-long event, some feel the University of Idaho has less of a problem compared to other campuses and have different own ideas as to what hazing can actually be. Delta Chi President Joe Church and Pi Beta Phi President Samantha Hauger said they understand the value of the event and they both feel strongly about cutting hazing out of Greek life/Sarah Yama, UI Argonaut. More here.

Question: Can you make an argument that hazing in mild forms is simply harmless fun?

HBO @ Noon: Idaho Sports Now National Joke?

Since Spear (shown center w/football coach Robb Akey, left) became the Vandals’ permanent athletic director in 2004, Idaho has hired three football coaches and two men’s basketball coaches. The Vandals are 11-40 in football and 24-95 in men’s basketball in that time. Yet Spear was rewarded with a four-year contract extension last year. It runs through 2012 and guarantees him more than $180,000 per year. “The beauty of the University of Idaho and its passionate alumni base and supporters is they’ve been through some tough times,” he said. “They’re going to be with you through the tough times.” Even the diehards are beginning to get restless at the lack of positive results. As coaches come and go, Spear remains and Vandal Nation is becoming disillusioned/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is it time for UIdaho to look for a new athletic director?

Souza: Kennedy ‘Rude, Sarcastic, Arrogant’

In the World According To Mary Souza, Dan Gookin was “calm, polite and respectful” in his presentation at the Education Corridor forum Tuesday. And Councilman MikeK’s response to Gookin was “rude, sarcastic and arrogant.” And Souza says she’s being nice. Also, she points out that Councilman Ron Edinger joined the fray at the noon meeting by yelling out “Go Mike go!” Which Mary considers highly unprofessional. Quoth Mary: “The Mayor should have been embarrassed.” Actually, Editor Mike Patrick should be embarrassed that someone with such a blatant agenda is filling space on his op-ed page weekly. You can read Mary’s version of forum here. You can read ThomG’s version of the so-called rude exchange between MikeK and Gookin here.

Idaho Blogs — What’s With Airport Chairs?

You can’t lean back and snooze (in airport chairs in Boise and Spokane); the backs are too low. If you slide down far enough to rest your head on the back, your rear end is hanging uncomfortably off the seat. It’s really tough to stretch out over several chairs because of the armrests. If you find a few chairs without the armrests, the sway back prevents comfort/IdaBlue. More here.

*Dad kills grizzly as it attacks son/Rocky Barker
*Various poll numbers/Randy Stapilus
*No bailout/Free In Idaho
*Idaho citizens have a Texas-size problem/Dennis Mansfield
*Why do banks love Sali?/MountainGoat Report
*Hold the innovation/Fort Boise
*Idaho GOP wants to abolish Federal Reserve/Red State Rebels

Question: Have you ever slept in an airport?

Richert: Write Like A Political Pundit

At the Idaho Statesman, Opinion Editor Kevin Richert says anyone can write like a political pundit simply by filling in the following sentence:

“(Insert candidate’s name here) has a political resume as skimpy as those University of Idaho cheerleaders’ uniforms.”

Question: Anyone willing to write like a political pundit by filling in the blank?

Kyra Wine To Be Fitted w/Prosthetics

Kyra Wine will be fitted with prosthetics in the next few weeks. In the meantime the three-year-old must learn to put weight on her stubs. “That’s what they call them,” said her grandmother Deanna, an EMT and the head of the local ambulance service. The “stubs” are what remains of Kyra’s feet. Surgeons at Sacred Heart Medical Center amputated most of the toddler’s feet in June to remove dead flesh authorities say Kyra suffered as a result of abuse inflicted by her mother and mother’s boyfriend at their Hells Gulch home/Ralph Bartholdt, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Related: Kyra’s mother faces five-plus years in prison in plea bargain.

Question: Should Judge Gibler accept the plea agreement for Haynes’ testimony against her boyfriend? Or throw the book at her?

In The News: No, That’s Not Tina Fey


AP Photo/WVII TV
Cindy Michaels, a WVII ABC-7 and WFVX Fox 22 television anchor in Bangor, Maine, right, is seen in a TV frame grab released by WVII TV, alongside a photo of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Michaels says she has been wearing glasses and her hair up for years, long before the look became popularized by the Alaska governor.

Letter: In Defense Of Councilman MikeK

I must respond to the letter from Donna Spreen attacking Mike Kennedy. I would like to know what did Mike do to upset you so. I have known Mike Kennedy for almost 20 years. I can speak with personal knowledge of his integrity, intelligence, compassion and commitment. His commitment to the city and people of Coeur d’Alene is to be admired. He gives many unpaid hours of service to ensure that the people of Coeur d’Alene have a better quality of life. His compassion for the poor and underserved in our community make him a hero in my eyes/Sandy Mamola, CDA Press. More here.

Question: By and large, do you respect or distrust elected officials in the region?

Armon Tells Press, CAVEr Allies ‘Done Deal’

Item: Education Corridor moves forward: NIC Board of Trustees says now is time to look at future development of property/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Coeur d’Alene Press finger-wagging editorial

Better Info: ThomG’s report of meeting flap

Question: How do you think the Coeur d’Alene Press and the CAVErs will attack the corridor now?


Signe: Bad Loans? Not For Me


Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Wild Card/Tuesday — 9/23/08

For those of you keeping score at home, it snowed last night … at Schweitzer. “Snow coated the upper reaches of the mountain late Monday and Tuesday morning,” reports KREM2. And isn’t there suppose to be some sorta killer frost tomorrow morning. Seems like only yesterday that we were finally bidding goodbye to Old Man Winter. Oh well, I won’t think about snow today. We still have nice fall weather to enjoy. Now, for your daily Wild Card …

D’s Want ‘Republican,’ Not ‘GOP’ After Rossi Name

The state Democratic Party this afternoon filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court, asking a judge to force Secretary of State Sam Reed to list gubernatorial challenger Dino Rossi as preferring the “Republican Party,” rather than Rossi’s currently-listed “GOP Party.” Yes, yes, Republicans and the GOP (Grand Old Party) are the same thing. But it turns out that a lot of people apparently don’t know that. A June poll by Washington pollster Stuart Elway found that 25 percent of likely voters didn’t know that GOP meant Republican. (Of that number, Elway found, 7 percent thought it meant Democratic, and 3 percent thought it was a third party)/Rich Roesler, Eye On Olympia. More here.

Question: Should people be allowed to vote if they don’t know that “GOP” and “Republican” are the same thing?

Scanner Traffic — 9/23/08

5:34 p.m. 75YO man at Shadduck Lane & 16th cut his leg with a chainsaw.
5:21 p.m. FLI Construction reports that teen-agers on a 4-wheeler and a dirt bike are trespassing on company property on Chilco Road.
5:18 p.m. Truck w/load of hay has flat tire on US 95 (Mica Hill).

Sanders Beach Owners Challenge Swim Area

City Attorney Mike Gridley tells Huckleberries that Sanders Beach homeowners are suing the state to revoke a 1982 encroachment permit that set aside the area in front of their places for swimming. No boats are allowed in the area. Attorney John Magnuson filed the suit for the homeowners. Who won a court battle to claim Sanders Beach as private property. But failed to win the right to own docks in front of their property in the swim area.

Local Blogs — 9/23/08


Granati/OrangeFrog76
At OrangeFrog76, Granati calls this photo simply “Bikes.”

*Billions of reasons to end the war/Dogwalk Musings
*In memoriam/Nuts & Nonsense
*Change/Tumblewords
*Mountain Dew has made me bipolar/Rants, Raves & Random Thoughts
*Cold slopes & weighty ‘maters/Slight Detour
*A ridiculous discovery/Mrs. Mac Energetic

HBO Numbers (for Monday, Sept. 22): 9971 page-views/5828 unique views

CindyH: When Politics Hit The Playground

It seems there was a bit of a dust up during recess at my son’s elementary school. “Jackson” said he was voting for Obama which didn’t go over well with “Harrison,” an avid McCain supporter. The fact that eight-year-olds cannot vote didn’t deter the harshness of the rhetoric. Nor did it prevent “Jackson” from leveling the dreaded, “You’re not my friend anymore!” line/Cindy Hval, Parents Council.

Question (from CindyH): Do you discuss politics with your kids? Are they picking up on your preferences? Can adults or eight-year-olds be friends if they are on opposite sides of the political spectrum during an election year?

HBO @ Noon: Spiders, Anyone?

“The ‘most scared of spiders’ title would go to my partner, David,” wrote Steven Wells. “He’d rather hold a dinner party for every box elder bug on our front porch than confront a single arachnid (only a slight exaggeration there). When he reports ‘a HUGE spider’ in whatever room, I usually have to get my magnifying glass to see it”/Paul Turner, SR Slice. More here.

DFO: I’ve spotted three ginormous hobo spiders in my house this fall — spiders on steroids. I didn’t show my wife the one that was in the kitchen sink. Or I’d be washing dishes the rest of the fall until the spiders get outta their garden migration mode.

Question: Have you been startled by spiders this fall as they migrate indoors to get away from the coming winter?

Huckleberries Hears …

… only 56 tickets of $15 apiece have been sold for tonight’s Kootenai Humane Society fund-raising cruise, scheduled to leave at 6 o’clock at the CDA resort marina. The boat has a capacity of 400.

Campaign ‘08 Roundup — 9/23/08


Fabio Guimaraes/Agencia O Globo, AP
Maria Gracinda Teixeira, 77, shows an old photo of herself, in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. A former Brazilian model and ballerina is making headlines across Brazil after being revealed as the alleged lover of U.S. presidential hopeful John McCain 51 years ago. Maria Gracinda Teixeira, 77, says she is the woman McCain fondly described, though never named, in his 1999 book “Faith of My Fathers.”

*Obama scolds Biden on initial AIG reaction/ABC News
*Race tight in swing states: Obama up in 3/AP
*5th-grader suspended for wearing anti-Obama T-shirt/Fox News
*Bill Clinton gets why Palin’s ‘hot out there’/AP
*Palin’s UN meetings begin w/media flap/LA Times

Idaho Blogs — 9/23/09

It’s been interesting to see the political reactions to what’s becoming known as “The Mother of All Bailouts.” The Bush Administration’s proposal to spend what many believe will be at minimum a $1,000,000,000,000 bailout of the nation’s financial sector has split Idaho’s Congressional delegation. Rep. Mike Simpson’s for it, Rep. Bill Sali’s against it, and the other night, I had a dream about a confrontation between the two in the halls of Congress (a clear indication I need to stop having a nightcap before I go to bed). With apologies for my lame attempts at comedic license, it went something like this/Scott Picken. More here.

*Party is not the point/Idaho Conservation League
*Bill Sali ‘uniquely vulnerable’/MountainGoat Report
*Where’d Tina Fey’s glasses go?/Dennis Mansfield
*Open minds, empty charges/Adam’s Blog
*Idaho CD-1 tipping?/Fort Boise
*Idaho GOP wants to abolish Federal Reserve/Red State Rebels
*Experts share lessons from 1988 Yellowstone fires/Rocky Barker

But IVA Reports Sali Up By 11%

Polling data done for the uber-left Daily Kos website shows Rep. Bill Sali up over his challenger Walt Minnick by a 46%-35% margin. These are discouraging numbers for the left, for the poll was taken after Minnick had done extensive and expensive advertising and before Sali had aired his first television commercial. Sali’s advantage is well outside the poll’s margin of error (4.5%). The Democrats realize that this election, Sali’s first re-election bid, likely represents their best and perhaps last chance to unseat the staunch conservative. If Sali wins this election, he likely can stay in Washington, D.C. as long as he wants to, a dismal prospect for the big government, higher taxes crowd/Bryan Fischer, IVA. More here.

Demo Wannabe Coached Out Of ‘Regrets’

When you log on to our online voter guide, you’ll read legislative candidates talk about the decisions they most regret from their adult lives. Well, maybe. Sunny Freeman, a Nampa Democrat running for a House seat in legislative District 12, gave us this answer: “I honestly have to say I have no regrets. Every decision I have made, good or bad, has made me who I am today, and I am very proud of who I am. The challenges I have faced have only strengthened my character.” The wording seemed awfully familiar to Editor Vicki Gowler, who noticed a similar response from several other candidates. So she asked Freeman if she got some coaching/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you have regrets in life?

Are You A Tigger Or An Eeyore?


Gene J. Puskar/AP
Kathleen Meacham, of Atlanta, Ga., left, and Will Emmer, of Albuquerque, NM., sit surrounded by seats with stuffed Tiggers before a memorial on the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Pittsburgh for professor Randy Pausch on Monday. Pausch whose “last lecture” became an Internet sensation has been remembered for urging people to do more than they thought they could and to have fun doing it. He died of cancer in July, 10 months after giving the lecture that touched millions of people worldwide. During his last lecture, Pausch said, “You just have to decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore. I think I’m clear where I stand on the great Tigger/ Eeyore debate. Never lose the childlike wonder. It’s just too important. It’s what drives us.”

Question: Are you a Tigger or an Eeyore?

UI Wardrobe Malfunctions Make SI Online

Item: Idaho cheerleaders ditch skimpy uniforms after complaints from fans/SI.com

Angharad: The college cheerleaders are practically one step before professional and I think they should look like they’re at a professional game, not at some junior high cheerleading practice. And it should be more about what the girls want to wear. I play tennis and I admit that my tennis skort is rather short, but that’s what’s comfortable for me and allows me to move easier, so from that aspect, the more “risque” uniforms might be in fact more practical.

Question: Are you OK with the way the UI Vandal football uniform/cheerleader attire played out?

Hat Tip: Mel Torment


Report: Right Time To Buy In CDA

Report: Cd’A great place to buy ‘right now’; Magazine lists Lake City among top five in U.S. for second home, investment/Bill Buley, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Forget the reports of a slow real estate market in North Idaho. Throw out those charts of shrinking sales and declining prices. What you should do, according to a story in the new issue of the Robb Report Vacation Homes that comes out today, is buy a house in Coeur d’Alene. Right here, right now.

Question: Looking for a second house? Or do you have your hands full paying for the first one?

Anderson: Get Off My Back


Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Parting Shot — 9/22/08


Chris Peterson/Glacier Park Magazine
“I don’t think it matters which system a photographer shoots anymore’” posts Chris Peterson/Glacier Park Magazine re: his wildlife photos. “Nikon and Canon are just about the same — great cameras, great lenses. A few years ago, I’d give a big edge to Canon, but Nikon’s D3 and D300 are very good cameras.” More here.

KREM2: Lakeland Girls Settle In Face Paint Suit

A federal lawsuit between the Lakeland School District in North Idaho and two girls who say they suffered chemical burns when administrators removed paint from their faces has been settled. According to new filings in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene, the girls will each receive $20,250, paid by the school district’s insurance company/KREM2. More here. Slide show of injuries.

Scanner Traffic — 9/22/08

5:47 p.m. Orchard Avenue resident is afraid to go outside because she reports that two stray Rottweilers are in her side yard.
4:42 p.m. Dump truck loses rear wheels and hits another vehicle. (Didn’t hear location.)
4:03 p.m. A turn signal is out at the intersection of 95 & Honeysuckle.

‘Bumvertising’ Comes To Spokane, Post Falls

The owner of a business that buys homes in danger of foreclosure thinks he’s found a new way to help the homeless - using them as walking billboards. Steve McMullen on Friday paid panhandlers on busy downtown street corners to wear bright yellow T-shirts and hand out fliers promoting his Post Falls-based Highland Financial LLC business. Six homeless people received $25 each to provide the service, which McMullen says he first thought of three years ago/Parker Howell, SR Here’s The Dirt. More here.

Question: Would you advertise your business through homeless people? Do you think this is exploitive?

Hunters Find Body Of Man Sought In Fire …

A man suspected of setting a fire that burned down his parents house and killed his mother has turned up dead in the forest south of Clarkia.
The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office identified the body as that of Dallas Dale Strunk, 56. Hunters had discovered the body at mile post 11 on U.S. Forest Service Road 301 and notified the sheriff’s office around 4 or 5 p.m., said Sheriff Chuck Reynalds.

Fortune: Your Investment Is Good


Illustration: Get Out! North Idaho

OrangeTV: Fortune cookie received from Dragon House on Appleway in Cd’A on 9/16, the day after “Black Monday” when the stock market did its worst one-day freakout since the 1930’s. I don’t actually own any stocks, but still thought the timing was rather noteworthy.)

Question: Can you think of a fortune cookie message that would sum up your current life?

1/3 Of Americans Will Vote Absentee

Item: A third of electorate could vote before Nov. 4/Stephen Ohlemacher & Julie Pace, AP

More Info: Election Day will be something of an afterthought for tens of millions of Americans - they’ll be voting well ahead of time. In fact, six weeks out from Election Day, some voters in Kentucky, South Carolina and Virginia already are done. Nationwide, about a third of the electorate is expected to vote early this year, thanks to expanded early voting provisions and fewer restrictions on absentee voting, researchers project. In all, more than 30 states allow any registered voter to cast an early ballot, some in person and others by mail.

Question: Do you plan to vote absentee this year?

HBO @ Noon — Apple Avoiders

People don’t talk about it much. In this part of the country, at this time of year, it’s not the sort of thing some would feel comfortable admitting. But let’s get this out in the open. There are men and women in our midst who never eat apples. Ever. If you are one of these people, The Slice would like to hear from you. I have a question for apple avoiders: Why? Don’t like the taste? Price? One too many mushy disappointments?/Paul Turner, SR Slice. More here.

Question: Which fruit do you refuse to eat?

Kyra Wine Battery Defendants Waive Hearing

Both defendants in a St. Maries child abuse case plan to waive the preliminary hearing that was scheduled to take place today at 2 p.m. in Benewah County District Court, attorneys said. Charles William Smith, 29, faces charges of injury to a child and aggravated battery. He was scheduled to appear with Christina Haynes, 26, who faces the same felony charges. Haynes’ daughter, 3-year-old Kyra Wine, was found in her mother’s house June 18 with dead flesh covering parts of her hands and feet, bruises covering her body and much of her hair missing/SR. More here.

APhoto of the Day — w/Top Cutlines 9/22/08


Mark J. Terrill/AP
Jeremy Piven kisses the stomach of presenter, Amy Poehler, after accepting the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his work on “Entourage” at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday in Los Angeles. In the background is presenter Tina Fey. You write the cutline.

Top Cutlines

1. Jeremy Piven shows that when he is by Poehler, he has odd mood swings — John Austin.
2. Piven enthusiastically over-inflates his brand-new Amy Poehler Blow Up Doll — Moscow Minidoka.
3. Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol make a surprise appearance during the Primetime Enema Awards — Machiavelli.

HM: Idaho Escapee

TUBOB: Riding Middle Seat On Long Flight

I tried my best to convince the gate agent that I, an Alaska Airlines MVP, should not have to ride middle seat transcontinental from Seattle to Washington DC. The flight was oversold. I had no chance. I boarded early and occupied the center - the middle ground, the meat in the sandwich. Then I waited. The first interloper in my row was a really little guy who got aisle. Cool, I thought as more and more boarders boarded. He won’t crowd me a bit. For the longest time I’m thinking the window seat might not get occupied in which case I’m sliding over and grabbing it, but I know better. So, I wait and watch. Then, I’m like oh no. A heavy guy is coming, a real big one, and I can just tell as he’s looking for some overhead storage space where he’s going to end up. Crap/TUBOB. More here.

Question: Which discomfort do you resent most about flying?

Letter: Kennedy Wants Higher Office

Are we witnessing our very own community organizer/activist in Mike Kennedy (see Obama)? It seems he is taking his baby steps up the political ladder to higher and higher offices. He is helped along in his quest with the help of The Press, as they seem to have his picture at the ready any time he opens his mouth about anything. It also doesn’t hurt to have the backing of his famous auntie/Donna Spreen, letter to Coeur d’Alene Press.
Hayden

Question: Which office would you like to seek CDA Councilman Mike Kennedy run for someday?

In The News: Yankees Retire Historic Stadium


Ed Betz/AP
Former and present New York Yankees and their families appear on the field during ceremonies at Yankee Stadium in New York on Sunday. The Yankees went on to beat the Baltimore Orioles in what will likely be the last baseball game played at the stadium.

Question: Which Major League Baseball park is your favorite?

Pastor Asks Church To Give More To Community

Item: Pastor asks congregation to give more: Lake City Community Church hands members $20 to donate how they please/Patrick O’Brien, CDA Press

More Info: Members of the congregation were free to spend their $20 outside the walls of the church, as well. In fact, Rima strongly recommended people not to just drop their money in a basket on their way out the door. “Be careful not to just do the clean pass through deal,” he said, encouraging people to engage in their contribution to the community and sign up with organizations to volunteer in addition to offering financial support.

Question: Do you wished your church encouraged more community involvement?

WND Poll: SNL Skit Sketch

What do you think of NBC’s comedy sketch suggesting incest among the Palins?/WorldNetDaily

1. It was brilliant and hilarious
2. It was the funniest “Saturday Night Live” sketch in years, as it was actually mocking the left-leaning mainstream media
3. The mainstream media are indeed in Alaska trying to dig up the worst dirt on the Palins, so the sketch was quite accurate
4. It’s just a comedy show, so lighten up folks
5. It’s free speech, so I have no problem with it

Wild Card/Sunday — 9/21/08

The wood is in and covered. The sprinkler guy has us on the list to blow out the lines in mid-October. The garden’s still producing squash, tomatoes and plenty of roses and other fall flowers. But a freezing frost can’t be too far away, given this fairly cool nights. So I’m slowly getting ready for early winter. Not that winter has been gone that long. I don’t hear anyone complaining about the nice summer we had and autumn that we’re having. I guess there’s a tradeoff there. Now, I’ll play the Wild Card and check in later this morning …

Zimo: Idaho Game Is Epitome Of Local Meal

Upland bird seasons are in full swing, and it’s the time of the year when hunters are really eating locally. I mean, how much more local can you get than a chukar, grouse or quail? These free-range birds are running all over the place eating all this natural stuff like cheatgrass seeds and sunflower seeds in the case of quail and chukars, and evergreen needles and berries in the case of forest grouse. Last week, I wrote about trying to stalk grouse with a pistol while hiking. You know, always being prepared to bring home a meal, and grouse hunting does have its rewards. They’re delicious/Pete Zimowsky, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you have a taste for game animals?

Dogwalk: Counterculture? Or Badge Of Honor?

Every once in awhile something happens that makes me realize how large the gap is between my generation and those that have come since. This train of thought started yesterday when Hub and I watched a group of high school aged kids depart the City Link bus in front of us. Why, we wondered, weren’t these kids in school? It was early afternoon. Maybe they didn’t meet the dress code? Lip rings, nose rings, tattoos - the boys shirtless and nearly trouser less. The good sign was the two or three inches of underwear showing above what would be a waist line was bright white/Dogwalk Musings, More here.

Question: What bugs you most about today’s youth?

WND Poll: You & Our Wild Economy

How is the U.S. financial rollercoaster affecting you?/WorldNetDaily

1. I have so much invested in the stock market, it really worries me
2. While I am not panicking yet, I will be if more banks fail and the economy worsens
3. It’s like a horrible dream, and I can’t wake up
4. I get ulcers when I think about long-term consequences of massive bailouts
5. My tax dollars are bailing out greedy financial institutions, and it infuriates me

Wild Card/Saturday — 9/20/08

Kendramama has an interesting comment re: the pupillometer at the local Idaho Department of Corrections probation office here. And a former UIdaho cheerleader named Jamie says the current crop of cheerers shoulda stuck to sexy routines and not baring too much skin to avoid trouble here. Meanwhile, A Berry Picker passes along the sad news that Rich Koerner of Koerner Furniture lost his 18-month battle with cancer Friday morning here. You can discuss these topics or start your own thread with this Wild Card …

Seattle Times Endorses Obama For Prez

An economic Katrina is shattering the confidence of hardworking, middle-class Americans. The war that should never have been in Iraq is dragging on too long. At a time of huge challenge, the candidate with the intelligence, temperament and judgment to lead our nation to a better place is Sen. Barack Obama. Obama should be the next president of the United States because he is the most qualified change agent. Obama is a little young, but also brilliant. If he sometimes seems brainy and professorial, that’s OK. We need the leader of the free world to think things through, carefully. We have seen the sorry results of shooting from the hip/Seattle Times. More here.

Question: Who do you think The Spokesman-Review and the Idaho Statesman will endorse in the presidential race?

Simpson Rips Sali For Opposing Bailout

Item: Idaho delegation wary of bailout of financial institutions, but some say it may be essential/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman

More Info: A divided Idaho congressional delegation reacted warily to President Bush’s proposal for hundreds of billions more from taxpayers to restore financial stability. Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson said Bush’s plan may be necessary to avert a financial disaster, but Rep. Bill Sali stood by his opposition to any further bailout of financial institutions. That prompted Simpson to criticize his fellow Republican for putting ideology ahead of the national interest.

Question: Is Sali right that we should stop bailing out failing financial institutions. Or are Crapo and Simpson right that the bailout may be necessary?

OTV Review: Hot Week For Live Music In Sandpoint

Despite its relatively small size, Sandpoint is home to a music scene that’s hipper and more active than any other town in the Inland Northwest, arguably even Spokane. They have a cool independent radio station, KPND, which plays a diverse mix of jam bands, alternative album rock, new folk and even world music. Around town, something’s happening somewhere every night, from local acoustic guitarists performing solo at one of the many plush wine bars and cozy café’s to a diverse lot of nationally known acts, most notably at the annual festival at Sandpoint. This week, like nearly every other week in recent memory, Sandpoint’s musical calendar is packed full of intriguing events that make that short Northern trek seem like an absolute necessity/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: Which North Idaho band or musician is your favorite?

Sandpoint Stuns Host Coeur d’Alene 27-7

They call themselves the Dirty Thirty. The Sandpoint High football team suits up 30, and most of those players see playing time. Nobody contributed more than senior quarterback Jake Semones, who is generously listed as 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds on the roster. The left-handed Semones threw three touchdown passes as the visiting Bulldogs shocked Coeur d’Alene 27-7 in a non-league game Friday before an estimated crowd of 1,500/Greg Lee, SR Sportslink. More here. North Idaho prep scores below.

TGIF Wild Card — 9/19/08

I’m going to hear Christian writer Frank Peretti (“This Present Darkness,” “Piercing The Darkness,” etc.) speak tonight at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. I’ve heard him play once at the Coeur d’Alene City Park bandshell. Bluegrass, I believe. So it should be fun. It’s starts at 7. So I need to make tracks. Thanks for hanging out with me this week. I’ll play this Wild Card and hit the trail …

Finish This Line …

… As I watch banks crash, hear about bailouts, and see the stock market bounce around, I …

Scanner Traffic

5:03 p.m. BNSF plans to make a citizen arrest of a troublesome hobo when his train arrives at Prairie & 53 around 7 p.m. The railroad wants deputies to take the hobo into custody at that point.
4:58 p.m. Bicycle-vs-vehicle @ 16th & Mullan.
4:52 p.m. A chip truck traveling n/b on Highway 95 from Bingo Casino area has a loose tarp and metal bar that’s hanging into the approaching lane of traffic.

Berry Picker: No Red For Duane, Rocky

A Berry Picker went to the Women in Red Republican Women’s fundraiser (11:30 a.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Resort today) and shares the following:

1) Duane Rasmussen and Rocky Watson attended but did not wear red. Most other men, including John Goedde that attended at least wore some red;
2) Norm Semanko carries a yearbook around. His yearbook has his picture as well as a picture of Sarah Heath, aka Sarah Palin. Is it possible to have a school kid crush 20-some years past those school years? Norm seemed smitten with Sarah.

A Quick Chat w/Lt. Gov. Jim Risch

DFO: How should we solve our current financial crisis?
Jim Risch: I spent an hour talking to Mike Crapo and others about this today. I’m like everyone. I’m waiting to see what is put out over the weekend by the administration and by the leadership. The thing that impressed me most was to actually see the administration and leadership from both parties locking themselves in a room and saying we’re going to do something about this. I wonder why they don’t do this on national security issues. If you look at what has happened, this is a problem with lack of capital in the markets and result of the system not having as much oversight as it should have.

Local Blogs — 9/19/08


Courtesy: Mo Janeseck and daughter, Jessica
The boys and their pack string were spotted yesterday about mid morning as they were riding through Plummer. Our friend Kenny delivered a load of lumber from his company to Plummer. He ran into several folks who spotted the cowboys.The boys were headed for a little town called Tensed yesterday. (Above, they’re traveling through Worley.)/Franklin Ferguson, The Boys From Idaho. More here.

*The clothesline/Simple Mind
*Happy bloody birthday to me/Marmitetoasty
*Getting on w/life/Hauser Thoughts
*Call me/A Butterfly Moment
*A pirate sings through it/A Family Runs Through It
*McCain — you are no outsider/Arch Druid
*Fiorina fired for telling truth/Dogwalk Musings

HBO Numbers (for Thursday, Sept. 18): 10,120 page-views/5492 unique views

IVA: Consent Laws Reduce Abortions

Idahoans have reason to be grateful for the passage of a parental consent law in 2007. A new study shows that parental involvement laws reduce abortions among minors anywhere from 13-31 percent. This means, of course, that they should receive the support of everyone who claims to want to reduce the number of abortions. Parental notification laws reduce the abortion rate among minors by 13 percent, laws that require consent from one parent (as in Idaho) reduce the abortion rate by 19 percent, and laws that require parental consent from both parents (as is the case in Minnesota, Mississippi and North Dakota) see drops in the minor abortion rate of a hefty 31 percent/Bryan Fischer, Idaho Values Alliance. More here.

Question: Agree? Disagree?

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 9/19/08


Kyle Mills/Lewiston Tribune, AP
Visitors get an in-depth tour of a human colon thanks to the Super Colon, a 8-foot-tall and 20-foot long inflatable replica of the human colon Thursday at the Nez Perce County fair in Lewiston. Story here.

*Mother finds ‘goldilocks’ snoring in son’s bed/Billings Gazette
*Judge: Coe can’t be called ‘South Hill Rapist’/KREM2
*Lung association threatens to cut NW chapter/AP
*3 accused of killing two dozen cats appear in court/AP
*Wyoming women less likely than men to see doctor/Billings Gazette
*Signed, sealed, delivered/Daily Inter Lake
*Alton’s merges w/fellow NW tire firm/SR
*Middleton SD to get new school in 2011/Idaho Statesman
*Idaho escapes national financial crunch/Twin Falls Times-News
*UI officials not alarmed by budget warning/Moscow-Pullman Daily News
*St. Maries shelter overflowing with cats, dogs/KXLY
*Friends recall Missoula author Crumley’s life/Missoulian
*United to hike fees again/KREM2
*Wanted: Idaho workers 55 and older/KHQ

Orbusmax Special: Teen sentenced for role in skateboard stunt that killed friend here.

JS: Recalling South Hill Rapist Terror

During the hunt for Kevin Coe, I was dating a city police officer that was part of the team searching for the South Hill Rapist; I was also the daughter of a Spokane Daily Chronicle editor who worked side-by-side with Coe’s father, Gordon. Fear riddled the city, especially on the South Hill; women did not travel alone, they went in pairs or groups to their cars. My mother taught special ed at one of the South Hill elementary schools and later discovered that Kevin Coe often parked at the school pretending to search for “the South Hill rapist” while all the time, he was the culprit. I went to school with this creep – I was a couple years younger and not his type. Good for me/JeanieSpokane. More here.

Question: Do you have any remembrances re: the times of South Hill Rapist Kevin Coe and the terror he caused to the community?

Off The Cuff — Pending Lawsuit

I was almost taken out by bicycles three times within two hours on Thursday. One guy ran a red light and almost smashed into me at 25 mph as I was crossing the street. Another one got so close to me I could feel the air move as he rode past. You might be a step above me on the transportation chain when I’m on foot, but I have a car and will use it if I have to/Holly, UI Argonaut. Off The Cuff.

Question: Do you have an Off The Cuff slice-of-life-type observation about anything?

Adam: Faith Difference b/n Obama, Palin

The issue was not the faith and practice of Obama’s old Church. The issue was the church’s Racist messages from the Pulpit, coupled with the explosive political content including sympathy with terrorism. If Sarah Palin’s church were White-centritic and racially insensitive invective flowing from the pulpit that she’d sat under for 20 years, you’re talking about another issue. I don’t hold someone accountable because one day there church has a kooky guess-speaker, but if you have a racist pastor, that’s a problem/Adam Graham, Adam’s Blog. More here.

*Minnick gets Cook boost while Sali shills/Red State Rebels
*Can America afford a president who doesn’t understand economics/Scott Picken
*Bill Sali: Taxpayer hero?/MountainGoat Report
*Wanker of the day/IdaBlue
*Christ supports Sarah Palin/Dennis Mansfield
*Idaho moves ball on environmental policy/Rocky Barker
*Real debate picture/From The Editors
*Paying taxes makes you patriotic/Red County

Question: Agree w/Adam re: Obama’s faith problem? Disagree?

Argonaut: Jaws Drop RE: Cheerleader Dress

UI Argonaut editorial: Jaws dropped at the Vandal football game on Sept. 6, and it wasn’t because the football team finally won a game. It was because of the dress of the cheerleaders. There was an uproar about the taste level of the Vandal spirit squad’s uniforms with laced-up details and low cut halter-tops that didn’t seem to provide much support.

Question: Are cheerleaders an important part of a sporting event?

UI: A Legacy Of … Alcoholic Injuries


K. Ray Johnson/UI Argonaut

WND Poll: $64,000 Question

Who has the best answer for the nation’s economic crisis?/WorldNetDaily Poll

*Obama
*McCain
*Democratic Congress
*Rush Limbaugh
*Council on Foreign Relations

MamaJD: Why I Love Scanner Traffic

1) With the info in hand, I can BOLO for stoners that are running from the law after they have just hit another local pharmacy;
2) I can take another way home while the cops round up some cows that are on the loose;
3) I am a better citizen because I know more than most solely because of Scanner Traffic;
4) I can ridicule other parents as they dial 911 asking if a cop can make a housecall to teach that ever important life lesson on why we shouldn’t waste emergency service resources;
5) So I have reason to use the PoPo’s number that is programmed into my phone when I see a guy matching a Scanner Traffic description (as I did a couple of weeks ago). More here.

S&S Herb’s opinion
*TUBOB’s opinion

Question: What’s your opinion about the Huckleberries Online feature, Scanner Traffic?

Parting Shot — 9/18/08


Family Phil/A Family Runs Through It
“Thank you, summer, for returning to us, if only for a couple of days, so I could once again float on my back in the refreshing waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene while watching my kids splash and play and explore”/Family Phil, A Family Runs Through It.

Toadman: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Toadman: I sincerely believe we are headed for a cultural civil war in this country. The more homogeneous our communities become (overly blue, or overly red), the more extreme both views become. It’s a feedback loop. We seek others who reinforce our own views…and to maintain “acceptance” in the group, we adopt a slightly stronger view (conservative or liberal), thus increasing the divide, and tearing apart the country along ideological/cultural/and etc.. lines. We’ve become the country of “those people.” More here.

Question: The Huckleberries blogosphere has a pretty diverse crowd for this part of the country. Can you name things that most of us here agree on?

Headlines @ Closin’ Time — 9/18/08


Barry Kough/Lewiston Tribune
Lewiston Idaho Fire Dept. Capt. Dave Chenault looks for hot spots while standing knee-deep in foam used to extinguish an apartment fire in Lewiston Thursday.

*Sandpoint Bypass tag tops $144M/Bonner County Bee
*Long-time Canadian fugitive caught in Tonasket/SR
*Wanted pharmacy robber possible repeat suspect/SR
*Idaho student stabbed to death near USC/KTVB
*UNew Haven adopts BSU grid blue, too/Idaho Statesman
*Silver prices set one-day record price increase/Shoshone News-Press
*$15M in marijuana goes up in smoke/KTVB
*Idaho computer software jobs growing again/KTVB

Scanner Traffic — 9/18/08

3:50 p.m. R/P reports driver in front of him on Highway 95 near Parker Toyota is smoking drugs and just tossed out a soda can.
1:14 p.m. Individual is unconscious and unresponsive in the 300 block of West Davidson.
12:48 p.m. Bull loose at Ramsey & Marigold.
12:39 p.m. R/P complains that a former employee has taken his boat out for a joy ride.
11:17 a.m. Someone has spilled oil off Spokane Street/Post Falls, about 200 feet from the Spokane River.

Idaho Cowboys: A Special Dance Near Worley


Courtesy: Mo Janeseck and daughter, Jessica

re: 1500-mile trek by two jobless Blanchard cowboys
As “The Boys” rode next to the expensive golf course by the casino an older Native American man was playing golf. He stopped playing golf and talked to Gary (Ferguson, in blue shirt) and Mike (Caldwell) for several minutes and then he put down his expensive golf clubs and did a special traditional native American dance and sang a special song while he danced for Gary and Mike out in the middle of the golf course. HOW COOL is that?/The Boys From Idaho. More here. MySpace page here.

Local Blogs — 9/18/08


Granati/OrangeFrog76
Granati has some swell new photos at OrangeFrog76. This one, which he titles “nothing stops a Stihl,” is a reminder that I need to order a coupla cords of wood. Anyone out there selling wood?

HBO Numbers (for Wednesday, Sept. 17): 9408 page-views/5381 unique views

*Big or small?/Otis G Experience
*So long summer/The ‘Kan EWA
*Watching the new 90210/PDX Pup
*Book binge/Silver Valley Girl
*Loose change/Slight Detour
*Black Box/Tumblewords
*Mary Verner for president/Wayward Episcopalian
*Too much skin?/A Family Runs Through It
*Real farmers/Simple Mind

Question: What kind of fuel source do you use for heat during the winter? How much does it cost you?

Washington May Ban Driveway Car Washing

Item: Washington may wipe out driveway car washing/Holley Gilbert, Oregonian

More Info: In a pollution-fighting effort already in place in some Puget Sound communities, the state wants most Clark County residents to drop the bucket and shelve the detergent. Why? Because the runoff contains soap, chemicals and oil, and it all ends up in streams, rivers and lakes.

Question: Would you support a ban on driveway car washing in your community?

Hat Tip: Orbusmax

Bishop: Your ‘Hood’s Yards Reveal Politics

On a call-in radio show in Minneapolis in midsummer, I talked about how people had sorted themselves into politically like-minded communities. Within an hour, three people came up with the same clue that told them they were living in a neighborhood where they didn’t belong politically. They noticed their neighbors used lawn chemicals. … But what struck me was the way people understood their political surroundings. Analysts talk about demographics. Voters, however, know that the way to tell the political makeup of a neighborhood has nothing to do with age, sex, income, or education. Much more telling is what people fling on their yards/Bill Bishop, Slate. More here.

Question: Are their signs in nearby yards that tell you how your neighborhood votes?

Idaho Blogs — 9/18/08

I sent another $20 to the RNC after seeing Pat Oliphant’s (political cartoon). I think the left’s declaration of a culture war on Sarah Plain really threatens to backfire. To suggest that Palin may not have the experience to take over as President is one thing. To suggest she’s unqualified for religious reasons is quite another/Adam Graham, Adam’s Blog. More here.

*Convicted pastor heads to Utah prep school/MountainGoat Report
*Left sets up backlash by attack Palin’s faith/Adam’s Blog
*An outrageous dirty trick/Red County
*Women deserve better than shotgun weddings, teen pregnancies/F-Words
*A rainy day/Kevin Richert

Question: If you follow the link provided in the outtake from Adam’s Blog, you’ll find a political cartoon by Pat Oliphant mocking Sarah Palin’s Pentecostal faith and speaking in tongues. Is that beyond the pale?

Davis Replaces Nipp As LCDC Chairman

Originally posted at 8:52 p.m. Wednesday
Denny Davis was elected Wednesday afternoon to replace Charlie Nipp as chairman of the Lake City Development Corp. Jim Elder was re-elected vice chairman. You can read the LCDC news release about Nipp’s departure below.

Clark: Vomit Bags Necessary For Coe Jurors

Seven weeks with Kevin Coe? And they call the death penalty cruel and unusual. I couldn’t believe it when I heard that 12 innocent jurors could sacrifice possibly seven weeks of their lives to serve in Coe’s civil commitment trial. At stake is whether Coe – A.K.A. the South Hill Rapist – will go free as a felon who has done his time or will be locked indefinitely away as a dangerous sexual predator. (It would take me two seconds to put the louse away until the next millennium. But that’s probably why I never get called to jury duty.)/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Should Kevin Coe by freed after serving his full sentence for the South Hill rapes?

APhoto of the Day w/Top Cutlines — 9/18/08


Amy Sancetta/AP
In this three picture combo, played out on the front walk of an Amish family in Middlefield, Ohio, Wednesday, a black cat approaches a resting dog, and then makes herself quite comfortable with her new-found friend. Family members, who preferred not to share their names, said that the dog belonged to a neighbor, and the feline was one of their many barn cats. You write the cutline.

Top Cutlines

1. A Token D here.
2. Isn’t it a sign of the apocolypse when dogs and cats lie down together??/Staci.
3. I thawt I saw a puddy tat….yep day it iz…/KeithinCDA.

HM: TnTopHat (TTH; your HM showing has absolutely, positively nothing to do with the fact that you called today’s cutline photo lame. ;-)

TUBOB: Sarah Palin’s E-Mail Subject Titles

Originally posted 7:32 p.m. Wednesday
TUBOB: DFO, I’m seriously NOT going to write your blog for you but how did you miss the story about Sarah Palin’s yahoo email account being hacked? and why haven’t you started a contest to get the best fake Sarah Palin email subject titles? OK here are my fake Sarah Palin hacked email subject titles:

*Lizard A-hole Lives in Olympia!
*Please Contact for Financial Transaction
*Todd needs Viagra!
*John McCain’s heart medications
*Bristol’s miscarriage appointment

Anyone else?

Huckleberries: Fighting Words

In Sandpoint, you can start a fight by mentioning two topics: Sandpoint Bypass, or Sarah Palin. Sandpointers, of course, have been scrapping about the bypass since before the Repub VP wannabe was born in 1964 in the Pend Oreille Lake-side town. Blogger Marianne Love likens native daughter Palin’s impact on Sandpoint to the Beatles’ invasion: “I’ve run across a multitude of Sarah-filled conversations in barbershops, museums, over the phone, via e-mail, in the schools, on bike rides down country roads, and, yes, even at home.” The first question hubby Bill asks when he comes through the door is: “What’s new on the Sarah front?”

Holly: Is Minnick Afraid Of Being A Demo?

Holly: I met Walt Minnick today and will meet him again tomorrow. Nice guy, but his campaign materials sure are misleading. Lots of guns and fishing and the words “right” and “business” and “conservative.” Nothing saying he’s a Democrat. Is he embarrassed or something?

Question: ThomG, MikeK, anyone else?

Parting Shot — 9/17/08


John Leyba/Denver Post, AP
Dressed like waitresses at a Hooter’s restaurant, rookie members of the San Diego Padres head back to the clubhouse after posing for a photograph in Coors Field as part of rookie hazing after the Padres’ 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday.

Question: Have you been hazed?

Bumpernicker …

Wag more
bark less

… seen by Kevin Taylor of red Highlander crossing Monroe Street Bridge/Spokane

WSU Columnist: Break Greek Stereotype

I am a Greek. I don’t go to class and I never study. I spend my days at The Coug or Valhalla devising elaborate schemes to swipe history and biology tests for my house’s files. I spend nights partying and afternoons at sororities. I have an average GPA and I never buy books. I strut, I hoot, I talk and I act like a true member. I am the epitome of all things Greek. As a result of pop culture and entertainment, this is how the media portrays Greeks. In motion pictures such as “Animal House,” “Old School” and “The House Bunny,” Hollywood has clearly fallen in love with the image of fraternity and sorority members as irresponsible, immature and immoral. But this is not true/Hardy Awadjie, WSU Evergreen. More here.

Question: What do you think of the Greek system on college campuses?

Press-Tribune: Idaho Not Friendly? Poppycock

And what “clear sign” did the researchers at one of England’s most prestigious universities learn about Idahoans? Mostly, that we are less social than Americans living in other states. What poppycock and balderdash! Anyone who has taken the time to actually visit the Gem State and talk face-to-face with its residents will surely tell you the exact opposite is true. As a rule, people are people, no matter where you go. There are social individuals and not-so-social individuals. And to categorize the demographics of an entire state or region based on impersonal online surveys is patently unfair/Idaho Press Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you sociable?

Uncle Sam Bails Out AIG

Item: Government bails out AIG w/$85B loan/Fox News.com

More Info: The Federal Reserve said Tuesday it would provide up to $85 billion in an emergency, two-year loan to rescue AIG, which teetered on the edge of failure because of stresses caused by the collapse of the subprime mortgage market and the credit crunch that ensued. In return, the government will get a 79.9 percent stake in AIG and the right to remove senior management.

Question: How nervous are you about the national economy?

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 9/17/08


Elaine Thompson/AP
Scott Woodward addresses a news conference announcing Woodward’s hiring as athletic director at Washington Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at the school in Seattle. The hiring of Woodward, who has held the interim position since Todd Turner resigned in December 2007, ends a nine-month search to fill the position. Woodward also served as Washington’s vice president of external affairs since arriving at the school in 2004. Story here.

*Meridian corn maze features presidential faces/KTVB
*Difference in milk “sell-by” dates leads to court fight/Missoulian
*Hunters tracking cougar that attacked boy at Coulee Dam/KREM2
*DNA study doubles Montana grizzly population/Daily Inter Lake
*Suspicious device near WSU closes bridge/KREM2
*UI prez: Stick w/WWAMI for med school/Lewiston Tribune
*Woman faces charges after pouring soda into cash register/Idaho Statesman
*Scouts tell of alleged abuse at Camp Grizzly/Lewiston Tribune
*North Idaho algae blooms pose health risks/SR
*Jerome pastor leaving post for private school after alford abuse plea/Twin Falls Times-News

Sign Of The Times — Fall’s Coming


Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho
“In a few short weeks the patio furniture will be put away, the sandals and beach towels will go to the back of the closet and the colors of autumn will be on display — my second favorite season in North Idaho/Kerri Thoreson. OnLocation North Idaho.

Question: Which is your favorite season of the year? And why?

Runaway Boa Found On PF Area Lawn


Courtesy: Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department

Kootenai County authorities are looking for the owners of an 8-foot boa constrictor that was found curled up on a lawn in the 13600 block of Bodine Avenue, north of Post Falls, last evening. The snake was taken by a veterinarian from North Idaho Pet Emergency until animal control officers were able to shelter it this morning. Anyone with information about the snake is asked to call the sheriff’s office, 446-1300.

Mansfield: Liberals More Obsessed w/Politics

My experience … is that liberals tend to eat, drink and sleep their brand of politics, EVERY DAY. So when a hero like Hillary Clinton or Teddy Kennedy fails to gain their party’s nomination for President, many are lost and are forced to go home to sulk, maybe-voting with very little commitment for the party’s choice, hoping REALLY that their “non-choice” ultimately loses…’cause then they can band together behind their original person. They LOVE to follow politics like a sports fan follows the sport-of-the-day…sport season after sport season. Year in, year out. Never giving up, never giving in/Dennis Mansfield. More here.

*McCain invented … the Blackberry?/Red State Rebels
*Obama as a feminist ally/F-Words
*Will Minnick spend Rangel’s money?/Adam’s Blog
*Hippie liberalism/Free In Idaho
*High Country News comes to Boise/Rocky Barker
*Construction industry next/43rd State Blues
*Presidential numbers/Randy Stapilus

Question: Do you think Dennis Mansfield is right re: his claim that liberals are more obsessed with politics than conservatives?

Quotable Quote

I hate it when people say (“…the lesser of two evils”). It is code for “I don’t know anything about either of the candidates, so I’ll just say “the lesser of two evils” and it’ll sound like I’m smarter than everyone else.” Except it doesn’t — it just makes you sound like an uninformed idiot with an opinion on a subject you obviously know nothing about/Unequivocal Notion.

Question: What do you think about the use of the term, “the lesser of two evils,” when describing a political race?

Thoreson: 40 Years Since 1st Job

When I read the obituary over the weekend for 81-year-old Darrel “Robby” Robinson the memories came flooding back. In 1968 my first real job was behind the counter at Robby’s Drive-In, on Sherman Avenue between 6th and 7th. It was a cool place to work since you could still see all of your friends on a Saturday night. Darrel was a good first boss, insisting on hard work but allowing for fun. I remember being thrilled to earn $1.15 an hour making milk shakes and hamburgers and fries … and mixing the giant containers of the special fry sauce. Darrel was deaf but let me tell you, that man could read lips and I think minds, too. No one got away with much under his watch/Kerri Thoreson, CDA Press. More here.

Question: Did you have a positive or negative response to your first boss?


In The News — Hurricane Ike


Eric Gay/AP
This fish was among those caught in a fence by flood waters brought by Hurricane Ike in West Orange, Texas, Tuesday.

Sarah Palin Name Generator

Originally posted 7:54 p.m. Tuesday
Sarah Palin has picked out an All-American set of names for her children. There’s Track, Trig, Bristol, Willow, and Piper. Ever wonder, What would your name would be if Sarah Palin was your mother? Well now you can find out! Click here.

DFO: I’m Mustache Warthog Palin

Hat Tip: Meghann

More Than 300 Cited For School Zone Speed

Item: Authorities targeting speeders in school zones/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR
Jody Lawrence-Turner

More Info: More than 300 drivers have been ticketed for speeding in school zones in the Inland Northwest since Sept. 2, authorities say. Coeur d’Alene Police wrote 62 citations in the first two weeks, said spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood. Spokane Police ticketed 28 drivers during the first week school was in session, officials said. No data was available for the second week.

Question: With steeper fines in place to punish violators, are you more aware of school zone speeds this year?

Minnick, Sali Claim Cross-Over Support

Item: Idaho candidates tout cross-party support/Betsy Russell, SR Eye On Boise

More Info: Both candidates for North Idaho’s seat in Congress are now saying party labels don’t really matter, after Democrat Walt Minnick released a list of 60 “Republicans for Minnick” and GOP incumbent Bill Sali named a Democratic county commissioner as one of his campaign co-chairmen. “We hear from people all the time who are loyal Democrats, don’t like Walt Minnick, don’t like his position on issues and find they have more support on the things they care about from Bill,” said Sali’s campaign spokesman, Wayne Hoffman. The Sali campaign has named only Benewah County Commissioner Jack Buell; Hoffman said other Democratic supporters didn’t want to be named.

Question: Which candidate has the biggest number of cross-over support. Can either side claim significant cross-over support?

Parting Shot — 9/16/08


MamaJD Photo
You can help MamaJD reminisce about a wonderful weekend on Priest Lake by viewing other photos of hers here.

Campaign Trail — 9/16/08


Gerald Herbert/AP
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., kisses his wife Jill Biden after she introduced him at a campaign rally in Media, Pa., Tuesday. Story here.

*Gallup: Statistical dead heat
*Alaska GOP lawmakers sue to stop Palin investigation/Seattle Times
*CBS: Sarah Palin phenomenon doomed
*Neither McCain or Obama will benefit from financial crisis/Slate
*Can you really see Russia from Alaska?/Slate
*Adviser calls Blackberry ‘miracle’ that McCain ‘helped create.’

Digger: UI’s Mues Has Shaky Track Record

With the departure of President Tim White and a nationwide search for a replacement, I think it’s high time for the State Board of Education to take a look at the track record of some other high-ranking UI executives. I’m talking, of course, about Vice President of Finance and Administration Lloyd Mues. When news broke this spring that the Life on Wheels RV event was moving to Lewiston, many in our community raised an eyebrow. Mues was at the forefront of that issue, claiming it was simply a “contract discrepancy” and that there was no falling out of any kind. That “discrepancy” cost the Moscow economy an estimated $500,000 and the chance for the event to return to Moscow in the future. I accepted the fact that sometimes mistakes happen and that maybe Mues wasn’t entirely to blame. Imagine my surprise then when I picked up the Daily News last Monday only to find another front page story involving the esteemed administrator/Henry “Digger” Johnston, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Kendramama: Free At Last

“Kendra Martinez? Formerly known as Kendra Goodrick, but not anymore, because the Idaho Department of Correction is releasing her from supervised probation?” there was a singsong, smiling tone to the voice, and I finally recognized it as Tammy Douglas, who up to that point had been my probation officer. “We got your discharge papers back from the judge, and I’m going to be leaving them at the front desk here for you to pick up, okay?”/Kendramama, Soul Doubt. More here.

TUBOB: I’d celebrate by getting a big tattoo and a jug of cold frosty A&W Root Beer. Well, I don’t mean “I” as in “me”, I’d probably steal a car and get in a shootout with the border patrol, but I mean you should get a tat, a piercing and a root beer!

Question: How would suggest that Kendramama celebrate her new-found freedom?

Crump: So Long To Whiskey Jacques

Whiskey’s was that rarest of Wood River Valley public houses, a place equally beloved by tourists and locals … They crowded the premises for Dollar Nights and for concerts by rock, soul, folk and reggae bands both famous and obscure … The nearly century-old building housed a succession of stores, eateries and bars, mirroring the ups and downs of Ketchum’s history. … Karin Martin and her husband the time, Mike, bought the old Alpine Saloon and Alpine Cafe in 1977; the Martins knocked down the wall between the two in 1985 and created Whiskey’s … Already popular for local entertainment acts, Whiskey’s soon became Wood River Valley’s only consistently successful live music venue/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Did you ever bend your elbow at Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum?

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 9/16/08


Robin Loznak/Roseburg News-Review, AP
A western fence lizard, also known as a blue belly, soaks up the late afternoon sun on the top of a fence post along a pasture near Sutherlin, Ore., on Monday.

*Study: Grizzlies thriving in Montana/Billings Gazette
*Creepy, crunchy beetles invade Tri-Cities/Tri-City Herald
*Otter wants new system to produce Idaho doctors/Idaho Statesman
*Sense of loss after historic Ketchum building burns/KTVB
*Analysts downgrade Micron, stocks fall to record low/KTVB
*Yellowstone conference to focus on ‘88 fire/AP
*Kalispell talk show host faces defamation suit/Daily Inter Lake
*Bank employee embezzles $800,000/Missoulian
*54 underage drinkers cited at single party/Missoulian

Off The Cuff: Unclean

I’m a mass of mucous, phlegm and disease. I realize I’m a hazard, so I’m trying to isolate myself to ensure I don’t spread this around. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be outside the city walls with a sign reading “unclean” hung around my neck/Sydney, UI Argonaut. Off The Cuff column.

Question: When you’re sick, do you still go to work or school and muddle through until you feel better?

Premera Enrollees May Lose Coverage

Item: Premera enrollees may lose coverage/SR

More Info: Unless an agreement is reached by the beginning of 2009, patients with Premera Blue Cross would be unable to use their insurance at four area hospitals and other facilities. Providence Health & Services, which runs Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, announced the contract problems – primarily regarding reimbursement rates – last week in a memo to hospital employees.

Question: How many times have you been forced to change your insurance and doctors as a result of changes in your work insurance coverage or other outside factors?

AM Headlines — 9/16/08


Jake Barber/Argonaut
Hall of Fame Former University of Idaho football player E.B. Hess makes a speech after his induction into the Idaho Vandals Hall of Fame during the 2008 Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday in the Student Union Building. UI Argonaut story here.

*Prospective jurors recall Spokane’s terror/Karen Dorn Steele, SR
*Food bank faces worst shortage/Bill Buley, CDA Press
*Avista scales back request — way back/Becky Kramer, SR
*Coeur d’Alene faces tight credit market/Rick Thomas, CDA Press
*American Indian prof joins UI law school/Rubell Dingman, UI Argonaut
*NIC cracks down on student drinking/KXLY
*Ex-Post Falls engineer pleads guilty to molesting boy/Tom Greene, CDA Press
*UI student travels to Olympics/Sarah Yama, UI Argonaut
*Sterling Mining shuts down Sunshine operations/Robert Deane, Hagadone News Network

Online Poll: Shaky Financial Institutions

Are you moving your money out of troubled banks and investment firms?/Idaho Statesman

*Yes
*No
*Considering it

Letter: Souza Claims Are False

Item: Souza claims against family are false/Terry Lee, Coeur d’Alene Press letter to the editor

More Info: Throughout this entire process, my sister, Deanna, who is a board member on LCDC, recused herself from the entire project review/voting process. The project ultimately did not happen because we were unable to make the project work financially, even at an appraised land cost of $33,000, which was done by Morse and Company on Feb. 6, 2004. This company is highly respected in this community. All of the information described above is public record and could easily have been verified if Souza had bothered to make a minimal investigation.

DFO: Inaccurate information seems like a recurring theme for Mary Souza’s columns. But the CDA Press seems OK with that.


Ramirez: Stick ‘Em Up


Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Ketchum Fire Destroys Downtown Buildings


Nate Chute/Wood River Journal, AP
Emergency crews from around the Wood River Valley fill Main Street in downtown Ketchum, Idaho Monday as they respond to a fire at Whiskey Jacques dance club. A fire early Monday on Main Street in this central Idaho resort town destroyed two buildings, damaged a third, and knocked out power to a portion of the city.

Mrs. T: Alaskans Don’t Have Accents

I was born and raised in Anchorage, AK until I went to the U of I in 2002. I don’t think I have an accent or any of my family members for that matter. Obviously there are people who now live in Alaska that moved from somewhere else that may have an accent, but people who were born in Alaska don’t usually have accents. Do you ever hear anyone refer to someone having a “thick Alaskan accent” or anything of the sort? I haven’t! I think there’s a reason for that…Alaskans don’t have one!/Mrs. T. More here.

Question: Do you have an accent?

Scanner Traffic — 9/15/08

5:27 p.m. 18-month-old child locked in running, gray Chevy Tahoe near entrance to Super One on Kathleen Avenue.
4:42 p.m. A truck has lost its load on Highway 41, north of Rathdrum.
1:45 p.m. Semi on fire at the Huetter rest stop, westbound off Interstate 90. Driver still in the cab. Update (1:55 p.m.): Fire extinguished. Driver safe.
9:55 a.m. A fifth-grader is in the principal’s office after hitting several teachers at Athol Elementary. The parents and police are en route to the school.

CPD Blue Issues 62 School Zone Citations

In the last two weeks, Coeur d’Alene police officers have issued 62 citations, with fines of $116.50, for violating the posted speed limit in school zones. The areas that continue to be of concern are Kathleen Avenue at Ramsey Elementary, Kathleen Ave. at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, and St. Michelle Dr. and Kathleen Ave. near Woodland Middle School/police spokeswoman Christie Wood.

Bob Wire: Sad To See Grown Man Whine

I’m coming up on four weeks since my shoulder surgery, and I’m just about at the end of my rope. I’ve been strapped into this goddamn sling that holds a chunk of foam rubber the size of a Barbie Dream House under my left arm, to maintain the proper angle for healing. It feels like when you get off the couch and part of the couch comes with you. It’s cumbersome, looks ridiculous, and has become the object of ridicule any time I leave the house, which is rare. “Hey, did you bring your own cooler?” “Whoa, is that your purse?” “Wow, how come you’re carrying that mailbox around?”/Bob Wire, New West. More here.

Question: How long did it take for you to bounce back from your last surgery?

Family Phil Jr: Bee Whisperer


Family Phil Jr./A Family Runs Through It
Family Phil let’s us know how to transform a child from a bee fearer to a bee charmer here.

*My interview with Sarah Palin/Here In Idaho
*When a woman speaks/Arch Druid
*Family Vacuum Cleaner, age 8, RIP/Notes On A Napkin
*Crain concert benefits Children’s Village/Get Out! North Idaho
*Walking for a friends/Nuts & Nonsense
*From soul searching to Marmite giveaway/Marmitetoasty
*Like a salmon thrown on the dock/Simple Mind
*The world wants Obama, why don’t we?/Dogwalk Musings
*Fred the family doctor, RIP/Slight Detour

HBO Numbers (for week of Sept. 7-13): 63156 page-views/36399 unique views

Grant Loss Threatens Rexburg High Day Care

Item: Rexburg high school could lose day care/AP

More Info: Free day care for teenage mothers at Central High School in (Rexburg) may be eliminated because of the loss of a grant. Carla Hill operates the nursery and her position is in jeopardy following the loss of funds from the Safe and Drug Free Schools program, which operates at the state and federal levels. The program is designed to prevent drug abuse and violence and to promote a positive learning environment for students before, during and after school.

Question: Should high schools be responsible for providing free day care for students?

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 9/15/08


Barry Kough/Lewiston Tribune, AP
David Moses Jr. finishes the last part of his springboard wood cutting event at Lumberjacks Days in Orofino, Idaho on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 Lewiston Tribune story here.

David Horsey ‘toon

*Fire burns historic part of downtown Ketchum/KTVB
*Judge throws out Yellowstone snowmobile plan/Billings Gazette
*Police chief joins Ketchum exodus/Wood River Journal
*Wall Street Journal drags down Idaho stocks/KTVB
*Rexburg high school could lose day care/Idaho Press-Tribune
*Kevin Coe appears in court for jury selection/KREM2
*Seahawks’ season falling as fast as mascot metaphor/Seattle PI

Orbusmax Special: Evergreen State College fires likely intentional here.

United Ups Fees For 2nd Bag To $50

Item: United Airlines boosts second-bag fee to $50/AP

More Info: United, a unit of UAL Corp., that has several flights out of Spokane International Airport said the $50 one-way fee would apply for tickets bought beginning Tuesday for travel beginning Nov. 10. in the U.S. or to or from Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Question: Are you willing to pay $50 to check a second bag on United flights?

Political Game: Celebrating Great Poets

Sandburg and Frost are now known as two of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century. And like Maya Angelou, Frost and Sandburg are connected to presidential history. Frost having been an inspiration to President Kennedy and speaking at his inaugural; Sandburg as Lincoln’s biographer, introducing generation after generation to Lincoln’s writing and legacy; and, Maya Angelou as a speaker at the inaugural of President Clinton/Political Game. More here.

*Roadkill, etc./Morialekafa
*Natives are restless/Fort Boise
*Another masterstroke by McCain campaign/Scott Pickens
*Minions will harass people after personal info released/F-Words
*Who’s writing Bill Sali’s Blog?/Unequivocal Notion
*Media know how to play stupid/Adam’s Blog
*McCain’s deceitful advertising, Part 3/Angry Young Woman
*Bush Doctrine: A tale of two Charlies/Dennis Mansfield
*Race, really?/43rd State Blues
*Gem State Voter Guide available/IVA

Question: Do you have a favorite poem?

Richert: Proud Father Of UI Freshman

I can attest that the U of I’s recruiting was aggressive — but also outstanding. The university did a good job of promoting its programs and answering questions. That takes a lot of mystery and stress out of the process, which has to be especially important to parents sending a child to college for the first time. It’s a tough process — and I have to think it’s even tougher for parents who didn’t attend college themselves. I at least had my own college experience as a touchstone; even so, I still had a lot of questions for the U of I over the past few months, and unfailingly I got answers/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Where did/does/will your children attend college?

Palin Makes Minnick’s Uphill Battle Steeper

Item: Minnick in for fight as Palin excites Idaho GOP: Sali and the VP nominee share common values. Minnick hopes to pull in some Republican votes but now will be a harder sell/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman.

More Info: No Idaho Republican candidate has benefited from Palin’s bump more than 1st Congressional District Rep. Bill Sali. Sali’s Democratic challenger, Walt Minnick, was raising more money than Sali. And GOP leaders like Gov. Butch Otter were still unhappy about Sali’s role in ousting state party Chairman Kirk Sullivan in June. But Palin, a University of Idaho graduate, shares Sali’s social agenda and appeals to his strongest supporters. “You hear Sarah Palin talk about the same things that Bill Sali talks about,” said Wayne Hoffman, Sali’s campaign spokesman.

Question: Are you more or less likely to vote for Walt Minnick as a result of Sarah Palin’s entrance into the presidential race?

In The News: US Paralympics Cagers Win Gold


Ng Han Guan/AP Photo
United States’s Stephanie Wheeler, holds up the United States national flag to celebrate with teammates after they defeated Germany in the final of the Wheelchair basketball Women competitions at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China, earlier today. United States defeats Germany 50-38 to win the gold medal.

Spokane Coulda Been A Contendah In VP Debate

Item: Palin, Biden could have sparred in Spokane/Jim Camden, SR

More Info: Some Inland Northwest residents may be disappointed the candidates will be going to St. Louis rather than Spokane on Oct. 2 for the second of four forums sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Question: How important will the debates be in the 2008 presidential election?

JimmyMAC: My Gen Caught Up In Toys

JimmyMAC: The biggest challenge facing American citizens is the borrow now, save later mentality. It is crippling my generation more than anything and we are so underserved when it comes to budgeting for retirement. When I sit down with a customer and we lay out a budget, retirement very rarely comes up, even when there is room. Plasma TV’s, unaffordable vehicles and toys, I phones, etc., are viewed as a necessity by far to many 20 and 30 somethings struggling to fill up the tank. More here.

Question: If you were to give financial advice to a young couple beginning life together today, what would it be?

Wild Card/Sunday — 9/14/08

I helped gather, split and stack wood for my brother-in-law Roy and sister in Spirit Lake Saturday. We probably put 5 cords in their shed before we broke to watch by brother’s kids ride Roy’s horses. In other words, it was a day of hard labor but good family fellowship. I’m thankful that my family of six siblings and all their mates get along extremely well. It’s one of those blessings that I sometimes take for granted. I shouldn’t. Today, I plan to kick back. Mebbe watch a little football. But otherwise I’m going to vege. First, I’ll play this Wild Card …

Digger: TUBOB Does SNL, Tina Fey Debuts Palin


Dana Edelson/NBC Photo Bank, AP
In this photo provided by NBC, actress Tina Fey, left, plays Governor Sarah Palin, and actress Amy Poehler plays Senator Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live” Saturday in New York.

Digger: BREAKING NEWS … Bob just got a mention on Saturday Night Live in the opening skit … A parody of Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton addressing the public, one of the jabs that Hillary took at Sarah was “just ask this one about dinosaurs …” GO BOB! I LOVE YOU MAN! (In a straight type man love, like two guys watching a football game. None of that gay stuff, cuz, you know, that just ain’t right)

Transplanted Texan: I want to be the first to tip my cap to CCD (and Dennis Mansfield). They were right and I, along with just about everyone else on that thread, was wrong: SNL just debuted their Sarah Palin, and it really was a Tina Fey cameo. Like Mansfield predicted, Fey’s Palin was spot-on; I only turned on SNL when my mom hollered from the other room “Oh boy! Saturday Night Live has someone who reeeeally looks like Sarah Palin!” But I am surprised they would go with someone in a cameo role, as good as it might be. That’ll make it hard to sustain it for the whole season, I would think, and especially for the whole term if, heaven forbid, McCain-Palin actually wins.

Question: Who was better — Akroyd? Or Belushi?

DOTC: I’ll Give Legislature A Shot Someday

RE: Huckleberries: Jorgenson gets 4 minutes of fame
Shoestring: That said, of course, Jorgenson came off like a pompous ass. It was a good piece, exposing a feel good moment for being shallow. Now can anyone in the 3rd get a Democrat to run against Jorgenson?

Dan Of The County: Well, I’m in the 3rd but the current crop will probably long gone before I’m in a position to run. I do look forward to giving it a shot sometime although Leg District 3 is about as red as it gets …

CindyH: Too Nice To Engage In Partisan Attacks

CindyH: Much as I’m loathe to break up the hate-fest, I just thought I’d mention to HBO’ers that the sun shone today. (Despite the R regime.) My boys played soccer beneath a cloudless sky, and I’ve got the red-glow to prove it. Costco and Target bustled with shoppers who were apparently unaware that in November the world will end, no matter which side of the political spectrum you’re from. The smoke and scent of summer barbecues filled the air. And rumor has it, in my neighborhood people laughed, and argued, made love, and mowed lawns. Perspective is everything and my hope tonight is that all my HBO friends would stop— take a breath— and look around them. Life is good.

DFO: Cindy has a point. The presidential race is starting to make all of us cuh-razy here. Several individuals have put themselves in the cooler b/c the discussion has gotten nasty. And I’ve had several e-mails along those lines. Dunno exactly how to get us back on track. I won’t ignore the big national race. But I’ll try to offer topics aimed at interjecting levity here. It’s not an exact science.

Western Michigan 51, Idaho 28 …


Kyle Mills/Lewiston Tribune, AP
Western Michigan’s Jamarko Simmons, center, makes a leaping catch for a touchdown over Idaho’s Isaac Butts (27) and Virdell Larkins (24) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday in Moscow.

ESPN boxscore here

2 Killed In I90 Truck Crash In CDA

Two men were killed early Saturday morning when the semi they were in caught fire after crashing on Interstate 90 in Coeur d’Alene. The crash happened just after 4 a.m. near Milepost 14 on I-90 in the eastern part of the city. A 2007 Volvo tractor-trailer was going eastbound when it drifted across the highway and hit the inside barrier. It then struck a metal barrier on the Pennsylvania Avenue overpass and then went into a concrete barrier on the west end of the overpass. It then hit the inside barrier again, jackknifed and caught fire/KXLY. More here.

In The News — 15 Die In LA Train Crash


Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo
Firefighters work into the night to rescue trapped passengers at the site of a train crash where a MetroLink commuter train collided with a freight train in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles Friday. Fifteen died and 135 were injured in the head-on collision. Story here.

Huckleberries: Jorgenson’s 4 Minutes Of Fame

Not only did state Sen. Mike Jorgenson attend the GOP national convention in Minnesota. But he made two cameo appearances in a 4:27-minute clip by “The Best (Expletive) News Team Ever” for Jon Stewart’s funny “The Daily Show.” Which isn’t something a conservative Republican from Hayden Lake might seek, in terms of his 15 minutes of fame. And oh did the TBFNTE news team of five pranksters have sport with Mike. Accompanied by “Andy Griffith Show” music, TBFNTE asked various R’s at the convention to define “Small Town Values” – a term used repeatedly by convention speakers to distinguish their cause from the Demos’. Delegates applauded the term. But they had a tough time describing it, including one giggly, baby-faced cowboy who defined Small Town Values to be traditional marriage and argued that gays have the same rights as everyone else – “all they have to do is marry a person of the opposite sex.” Another listed “Small Town Values” simply as “fishing.”

OTV Review: Davis Donuts

Still, it’s not just a quote-worthy message board that’s made Davis Donuts into such a local landmark that people refer to Fourth and Appleway as the “Davis Donuts Intersection.” It was only partially in jest a few years ago when folks suggested that the Coeur d’Alene Police Department relocated their headquarters to the north side of town to be closer to the place. Primarily speaking, it’s the soul-satisfying baked goodies that have consistently placed Davis Donuts firmly in the hearts of many North Idahoans and anyone else lucky enough to have dropped in during its long existence/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: How often do you stop by for a doughnut or other treat at Davis Donuts?

WSU Drops 3rd Game In A Row, 45-17


Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald/AP
Washington State’s quarterback Kevin Lopina, right is tackled by Baylor’s Trey Bryant along with Vincent Rhodes (91) and Antonio Johnson (7) during the third quarter. Baylor freshman quarterback Robert Griffin ran for a school-record 217 yards and two touchdowns on only 11 carries to lead the Bears to a 45-17 victory over Washington State on Friday night, a day earlier than scheduled because of Hurricane Ike. More here. ESPN recap and boxscore here.

Parting Shot — 9/12/08


Matt Hage/AP Photo
Prosecutor Stephen Branchflower speaks during a meeting of the Senate and House judiciary committees on Friday in Anchorage, Alaska. The abuse of power investigation against Sarah Palin, Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, took a potentially ominous turn for her party on Friday when state lawmakers voted to subpoena her husband. Story here.

Ministry Helps People Living w/HIV, AIDS

Item: Ministry helps people living with HIV/AIDS/Virginia de Leon, SR

More Info: During the last two years of her husband’s life, through his memorial service and even in the years after his death, Kottke received support from a group known as an HIV/AIDS CareTeam. About 10 people from area churches volunteered to be part of her life – they brought meals to her family, tutored her son, celebrated their birthdays. Most of all, they were there to listen, to talk, to provide a sense of community.

Question: Do you know of anyone who has died of AIDS?

Scanner Traffic — 9/12/08

5:00 p.m. A grandmother reports that her young grandson has been locked in her red Buick in the Fred Meyer parking lot for 10 minutes — and he’s getting overheated.
4:47 p.m. R/P is concerned that an approximate 8YO boy in a black T-shirt appears abandoned at the Wolf Lodge Dumpsters.

Slight Detour: Got Sarah Palin Stuff?

So, with that in mind, I’ve been given the go-ahead to put out a call for Sarah Palin memorabilia which would be appropriate for a Bonner County Historical Society museum collection. If you have printed materials with the mention of Sandpoint as her birthplace, if you have T-shirts, hats, photos, anything somewhat unique pertaining to her, you can contact the museum for further information/Slight Detour. More here.

Local Blogs — 9/12/08


Granati/OrangeFrog76
At OrangeFrog76, Granati titles this photo simply, “Beautiful Japanese bonsai.”

*If there was a hypocritical moment …/Arch Druid
*Who the heck is Sarah Palin?/Atmospheric Ruminations
*Celebrating wedding anniversary No. 39/Dogwalk Musings
*Yeah, but is she tough enough/Simple Mind
*Are we remembering?/Live, Love, Laugh, Hope
*The truth about Joe Biden & plagiarism/Wayward Episcopalian
*Friday 5/Tumblewords
*Culture war/Synaptic Disunion

HBO Numbers (for Thursday, Sept. 11): 10,350 page-views/5645 unique views

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 9/12/08


Christopher Anderson/AP Photo
A huge column of black smoke hung over the Spokane Valley Thursday after a large pile of trash along the railroad lines in the east 4800 block caught fire. Traffic along Sprague was closed and rerouted for a short time.

*Alaska Airlines to slash up to 1000 jobs/Seattle Times
*Giant duck icon stolen from Kennewick perch/Tri-City Herald
*Risch didn’t mention 6 Paul votes @ GOP convention/Boise Weekly
*Ex-Kalispell doctor pleads innocent to trashing puppies/Daily Inter Lake
*Montana gun group urges Paul vote over McCain, Obama/Billings Gazette
*Huge hunt under way to locate ITD worker/Idaho Press-Tribune
*Rammell, LaRocco debate sans Risch in Sandpoint/Bonner County Bee
*Idaho wins major climate change research grant/SR
*UI provost explains budget overhaul/Lewiston Tribune
*Feds clear Lewiston airport in audit/AP
*Road rage turns to assault w/baseball bat/KXLY

Orbusmax Special: Obama 49%, McCain 47% in Washington state here.

Sarah Palin ‘Toons


Joe Heller/Hellertoons


Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle


Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Lipstick on a pig ‘toons

Semanko: Palin Power Lifts Idaho GOP Ticket

Democrats, particularly in Idaho, have no answer to the political phenomenon known simply as “Palin Power”. Young, energetic, intelligent, authentic, a Westerner, and genuinely conservative, Governor Palin has injected a new level of excitement into races up and down the ballot. Look no further than the U.S. Senate race, where Lt. Governor Jim Risch is now out to a solid 28 point lead over Larry LaRocco in the Rasmussen telephone survey, thanks to his hard work and consistently conservative philosophy, coupled with the new found momentum of the national ticket/Norm Semanko, Idaho GOP chairman. More here.

Question: How much of an impact will “Palin Power” have on Idaho races?

APhoto of the Day w/Top Cutlines — 9/12/08


Chris Carlson/AP Photo
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., greets Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during the Service Nation Summit at Columbia University in New York, Thursday. You write the cutline.

Top Cutlines:

1. Suit for grandstanding photo op with opponent on 9/11: $800; Lawyers digging up dirt to sling tomorrow: $5000; Fooling the electorate into thinking we care about them: Priceless — Cabbage Boy.
2. “Yes, here is a good spot to stick that knife” — GazetteGal.
3. “Come on John, you know you have some really hot photos of Sarah. Share with me ol’ buddy. All I have are those ones of Hillary that I used to keep her off the ticket…” — Dirty Demo.

HM: Shannon

Quotable Quote: Dirty, Sexy, Oily Money

An Interior Department investigation found agents at a big-oil royalty collection service allegedly “partying, having sex, using drugs and accepting gifts from oil company representatives.” That’s tough. It’s going to be hard for Sen. McCain to argue that we should press offshore drilling and avoid taxing Exxon when he’s fighting the mental image of oil execs yanking the dollars out of our hands and rolling them up to hit a line of blow/Kevin, UI Argonaut. More Off The Cuff.

2 US Senate Polls, 2 Very Different Results

Independent candidate Rex Rammell released results of his poll, conducted from the end of August to Sept. 2, asking 550 likely Idaho voters who they’d choose in the Senate race – after being told the “name, occupation and ages of the three leading candidates.” Rammell is the youngest at age 47; Republican Jim Risch and Democrat Larry LaRocco both are in their 60s. The results: Risch, 40 percent; LaRocco, 30 percent; Rammell, 10 percent; and 20 percent undecided. On the same day, Rasmussen Reports, which conducts automated polling across the nation, issued its own Idaho Senate poll, which queried 500 likely Idaho voters on Sept. 9. The firm found 58 percent for Risch and 30 percent for LaRocco/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Which poll does your gut tell you is right?

Greg & Mike Predict Tonight’s Games

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Idaho preps reporter Greg Lee and Spokane preps reporter Mike Vlahovich predict the outcome of tonight’s high school football games. Greg sees Coeur d’Alene and Lake City both losing.

Are DUI Law Tough Enough On Reoffenders?

Item: Is Idaho tough enough on DUI offenders? Despite accidents involving repeat offenders, officials say laws are effective, but MADD says more could be done/Katy Moeller, Idaho Statesman

More Info:wo Idaho legislators and a county prosecutor who has handled many felony DUI cases over the past 16 years say Idaho has an effective set of escalating penalties for driving drunk. But an advocacy group says 14 states have taken more aggressive steps to keep habitual drunken drivers off the road. Numbers in Boise alone show the severity of the problem: From June 1 to Aug. 31, 515 people were charged with a first-time DUI, the city attorney says. In that three-month period, 78 people were charged with a second drunken driving offense.

Question: What should been done with drunken drivers who reoffend?

2008 Tribute In Light


Mark Lennihan/AP Photo
The Tribute in Light illuminates the sky over the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan Thursday in New York. The beams of light honor those who lost their lives seven years ago in the attacks on the United States.

Palin Says She’s Ready To Be President

Item: Sarah Palin defends experience, takes hard line approach on national security: Republican VP candidate speaks w/Charles Gibson/Russell Goldman,

More Info: On the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, Gov. Sarah Palin took a hard-line approach on national security and said that war with Russia may be necessary if Georgia were to join NATO and be invaded by Russia.

Question: Reaction to interview?

Parting Shot — 9/11/08


Chris Hondros/AP
A mourner holds a picture of a victim of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks before the start of a memorial ceremony today in New York. Throngs of family members of victims and others gathered in lower Manhattan for the annual ceremony. For Andrew Zahler’s slide show on 9/11 activities today, click here.

Report: Idahoans Aren’t Very Sociable

Idaho residents might be happy, but according to a new report -we’re apparently not very social. The study, conducted by the University of Cambridge, found that people living in the Gem State are less sociable compared to other states. More than 600,000 people from across the country took part in the online questionnaire. They were asked a number of questions related to personality and character/KCBI. More here.

Question: Do you think most Idahoans are not very sociable?

Scanner Traffic — 9/11/08

5:39 p.m. 19-month-old toddler locked in a green Ford Explorer at the Jiffy Mart on West Appleway.
4:40 p.m.R/P reports men are taking parts from a car parked for some time at Scenic Bay Resort — and wonders if the car is stolen.
4:25 p.m. Male refuses treatment after being injured in fight with two females at Dynamic Fabricators on Highway 53.
4:07 p.m. Woman reports being bitten by a pitbull. No further info.
3:17 p.m. Jugalos and another local gang are looking for a place to fight each other.

In The News 2 — Barack & John In New York


Stephan Savoia/AP Photo
Republican presidential candidate, Sen., John McCain, R-Ariz., right, his wife Cindy McCain, second from right, Democratic presidential candidate Sen., Barack Obama, D-Ill., second from left, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg walk up a ramp after a Ground Zero 9/11 memorial observance this afternoon in New York.

Rammell Now Polling @ 10%

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Rex Rammell shows sharp momentum with a recent poll that shows he has 10 percent of Idaho’s votes. The poll, conducted from the end of August to Sept. 2, asked 550 likely voters who they would vote for in the Idaho U.S. Senate race. Respondants were told of the name, occupation, and ages of the three leading candidates. Poll results showed Republican Jim Risch with 40 percent, LaRocco with 30 percent, Rammell with 10 percent and with 20 percent undecided/Rammell News Release.

Local Blogs — 9/11/08


Photo: Whatever Happened To …
At “Whatever Happened To …” Mrs. Mac Energetic calls this photo, “Lunch Time Snooze,” adding: “What a relaxing way to spend lunch time, eh? I think I could get used to ‘staycations’ everyday!”

Blog Closure: Casa Cox (www.gimmemexico.com) is being temporarily shut down to protest against the tide of kidnappings swepping Mexico and mostly Mexico City. As some of you read in my blog “As The Lake Churns”, last month, Fernando (14) the son of a friend in Mexico City was abducted and murdered . A police detective being a key participant in this abduction/Pecky Cox, As The Lake Churns. More here.

HBO Numbers (for Wednesday, Sept. 10): 10,987 page-views/6010 unique views

*Squirrel & dumplings/Synaptic Disunion
*Conversation by Pleiades/Tumblewords
*Remembering/OnLocation North Idaho
*Five finger discounts/Rants, Raves & Random Thoughts
*Cool things we’ve taught our kids/Silver Valley Stories
*9/11 reflections/Slight Detour
*Perfect little family/A Family Runs Through It
*Ike’s fury/Bay Views guest post
*National tragedy & national phenomena/Dogwalk Musings

Question: How do you kick back & relax?

Idaho To Cut Off Sick Workers Quicker

Item: Idaho to lay off sick workers sooner/Betsy Russell, SR Eye On Boise

More Info: Idaho state employees who become seriously ill and go on disability now will be laid off after 12 weeks, rather than the previous six months, the Otter Administration has decided. The unilateral change in rules for state workers, one of several implemented by Gov. Butch Otter’s Division of Human Resources on Aug. 24, has angered state employees and lawmakers who say they weren’t informed, let alone consulted.

Question: In the Otter administration being mean-spirited in making this unilateral change? Or realistic?

HBO @ Noon: National Anthem Etiquette

But today, Sept. 11, 2008, we have gotten sloppy and disrespectful. We have forgotten that feeling in our complacency, a complacency due in no small part to those brave warriors who defend our shores and our homes. Still, that does not excuse bad behavior during the National Anthem and a renewed vigilance in this regard can re-ignite those feelings of patriotism and reverence. I have watched a lot of baseball games this season and also attended a minor league game in Spokane, and I’ve seen way too many people who have no concept of why we sing the National Anthem before a sporting event/Ginny McConnell, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Are you also bugged by behavior that occurs during the playing of the National Anthem?

Political Game: Reading Jane Austen

Last night I had the sudden need to read Austen. Yes, Jane Austen. I swore off Ms. Austen after reading Pride & Prejudice for the second time. I came away just as annoyed and disappointed as I had the first time. Elizabeth Bennet was never my idea of a heroine. Yes, I should have given up on that title and not everything Austen. Several months ago I discovered a brilliantly written film, The Jane Austen Book Club. Somehow, someway, that film gave me the push I needed to revisit Austen. Granted, it has been several months of pushing, but last night it pushed me right into reading Austen/Tara Rowe, Political Game. More here.

*An insider’s view of sex book scandal/From The Editors
*Portraits In Power: Sarah Palin, Larry Craig/Dennis Mansfield
*The Bourne Stupidity/Red County
*A citizen, not ACLU, initiated sex book action/Unequivocal Notion
*An idealistic realist’s lament/The Stupid Shall Be Punished
*A tale of 2 conventions/Trish & Halli
*A day of remembering/Red State Rebels
*Lipstick & pigs/Morialekafa
*Your tutor from India, in India/Randy Stapilus
*Update: Idaho’s presidential money race/Kevin Richert
*All activism isn’t created equal/Adam’s Blog

Question: Are you a Jane Austen fan?

Huckleberries: Rumors, Legends & More

First, you should know that Snopes.com is an online service that debunks rumors and urban legends. Secondly, you should know that Berry Picker TUBOB has a rapier wit and majors in satire on his blog, The Unbearable Bobness of Being. What do Snopes and TUBOB have in common? Tongue firmly cheeked, TUBOB made up some quotes that he attributed to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on an Aug. 30 blog post. Sample: “God made dinosaurs 4,000 years ago as ultimately flawed creatures, lizards of Satan really, so when they died and became petroleum products we, made in his perfect image, could use them in our pickup trucks, snow machines and fishing boats”

AM Headlines — 9/11/08


Kathy Plonka/SR
Harry Bright stands near the monument near Stateline on the Centennial Trail, where 150 years earlier Army Col. George Wright ordered the slaughter of 800 Indian horses. SR story by Amy Cannata here.

*Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
*Athol area residents oppose mining operation/Taryn Hecker, SR Prairie Voice
*Kootenai Health buys 6 clinics/John Stucke, SR
*9/11 monument cleaned up after arson attack/KREM2
*More tests ahead for North Idaho teams/Greg Lee, SR
*NIC, UI-CDA, LCSC-CDA enrollment numbers mixed/Maureen Dolan, CDA Press
*Post Falls chamber to break ground/Brian Walker, CDA Press
*Shoshone County selects public defenders/Ty Hampton, Shoshone County News-Press

Online Poll: Football Wins For Palouse Colleges

How many football games will the Cougars and Vandals win combined this season?/Lewiston Tribune

*15-20
*10-14
*6-10
*0-5

Fortier: Cell Phoneless @ CDA High Schools

You see, kids, back in the olden days before you could send “booty” pictures back and forth via cell phones, we oldsters actually had to put pen to paper to find out if “he likes her,” or “likes her, likes her.” And get this: Instead of using punctuation to create sideways smiley faces, we actually used punctuation to … uh … punctuate. Now I expect the kids to whine and complain about having their e-toys e-liminated. So no biggie there. What’s blowing me away are the comments of some of the parents. “What if there is a family emergency?” “What if my child needs to get a hold of me right away?” “What if there is a school emergency?” OK, mom and dad. When you were in school, exactly how many “family emergencies” turned disastrous due to the extraordinary length of time it took for the school secretary to take a phone message and get it to you in the middle of gym class?/Marty Fortier/Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: How well would you function if your cell phone was taken away?

Hump Day Wild Card — 9/10/08

I enjoyed that line by Rex Rammell leading off this evening’s debate w/Larry LaRocco in Sandpoint — the one about the beauty of North Idaho. He opened the debate by commenting that he was becoming familiar with this part of the state. “It’s a hidden oasis,” he said. “I told my wife we should consider moving up here. It’s so beautiful.” Rex has discovered what many of us here already know. Now, for your evening Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 9/10/08


Eric Risberg/AP Photo
Annaka O’Donoghue, 7, of Fairbanks, stands in line to attend a welcome home rally for Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Fairbanks, Alaska, Wednesday.

River Journal: Idaho’s A Great Place To Live

On a brighter note, living in Idaho means living with wildlife, including many species that most Americans will never see outside of a picture in a magazine. And we don’t have to head up into the woods to see them all - many animals are happy to visit us in our own backyards, especially if we forget to cover up the garbage. Right here in my yard in the heart of town (okay, Clark Fork only has 500 people, but it’s still a town) I’ve had deer, elk, moose and raccoons the size of a cocker spaniel. I’ve seen cougar tracks near the creek that’s just 100 yards away, swerved to miss both bear and bobcat on the highway (not to mention those insanely suicidal deer), and watched bald eagles circle around my property/Trish Gannon, River Journal. More here.

Question: What do you enjoy most about living in Idaho?

Headlines @ Closin’ Time — 9/10/08


Jesse Tinsley/SR
Dotty Cooper watches a desert tortoise that she has named Sadie walk around at Cooper’s animal rehabilitation center near Cusick, Wash., Sept. 3. Cooper has custody of the tortoise, which was abandoned, until she can get it a ride south to more desert-like territory and into custody of another animal caregiver. Tortoises that are transported to different regions of the country cannot be returned to the wild because of the possibility of spreading diseases from region to region, said Cooper. Story here.

*Craig: Just there ‘to use the facilities/Eye On Boise
*High school football polls, comments/Idaho Statesman
*President: LCSC bursting w/flavor/Lewiston Tribune
*Ex-Idahoan Buchan wins Paralympics gold/Idaho Statesman
*Boise cop honored for making 2000 DUI arrests/KTVB
*Ponderay man charged in baby’s beating/SR
*Hubbard Avenue closed to through traffic/Kootenai MPO
*Helena paper cuts 1 newsroom job, 4 others/New West

Sarah Palin Bikini Photoshop Makes Rounds

Item: The infamous fake bikini shot first appeared during the early days of the Republican convention. But it was widely debunked within 24 hours, with bloggers and others quickly exposing the fraud by finding the original shot, reportedly taken in 2004 in Athens, Ga., by an amateur photographer of his then-girlfriend/Fox News. More here.

DFO: Above, Fox News criticizes CNN for not doing more to debunk the photoshop myth than Gov. Sarah Palin had posed in a bikini, clutching an AK-47. Mebbe that’s what led to the CNN piece last night in which TUBOB was featured prominently. exposing rumors about candidates. Frankly I was so focused on seeing the TUBOB piece that I can’t recall if CNN discussed the bikini photoshop. Help, someone.

Question: Has Palin been helped or hurt by the widespread circulation of this photo?

‘Juno’ Tops Hollywood.com’s PG Movies List

“The Palin family’s baby drama is playing out more like a movie script every day — oftentimes compared to the real-life version of “Juno,” e-mails Tom Martin of Hollywood.com. “And that might not be such a bad thing. According to Hollywood.com, ‘Juno’ is atop the list of the Top 10 Pregnancy Movies of all-time:

10. For Keeps
9. Junior
8. Father of Bride 2
7. Nine Months
6. Waitress
5. She’s Having a Baby
4. Baby Mama
3. Knocked Up
2. Rosemary’s Baby
1. Juno

Question: Which is your favorite?

Arsonists Target 9/11 Memorial In Lake City


Kathy Plonka/SR
“It’s just very disappointing,” said Coeur d’Alene Deputy Chief Glenn Lauper about the vandalism that occurred at the soon-to-be- dedicated Fallen Heroes Plaza at Cherry Hill Park in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday. The damage apparently happened Tuesday night. Plans for the dedication will remain as planned on Thursday morning.

Deputy Chief Lauper discovered that 4 different arsons had taken place at the park over night. The most significant is damage to one of the basalt columns. A draping cloth covering the column that is to be unveiled at a groundbreaking ceremony on September 11th 2008 had been lit on fire and melted into the basalt column. Fire Department personnel are attempting to repair the memorial before tomorrow’s ceremony. It is unknown at this time if the site is repairable, however the ceremony will proceed as planned/Sgt. Christie Wood, CPD Blue news release. Full release. Alison Boggs’ SR story.

Question: What punishment would you like to see doled out for the punk(s) that defaced the Fallen Heroes monument?

Here In Idaho — Jaded By Bush

The Obama fever that people have had for the past year or so is comparable to the enthusiasm I had for the Bush candidacy and presidency. I have no shame in telling you this, because I still see the Bush administration as the great ‘could’ve been so beautiful, could’ve been so right,’ presidencies of the early 21st century, to quote 80s pop star Tiffany. I still stand by this assertion, even though with it I see all the lost optimism and hope that I once attached to believing in a politician, and now I can’t even muster the enthusiasm to turn off my go-go gadget cynic ears and listen to what 2008’s candidates have to say. I’m that jaded/Christi, Here In Idaho. More here.

Question: Are you an idealist when it comes to politicians? Or jaded?

EOB: Stall Walls Still Gap In Craig Restroom

After Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s infamous arrest in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport restroom sex sting, the airport announced plans to spend tens of thousands of dollars to extend bathroom stall walls in two problem men’s restrooms down closer to the floor, to prevent movements or signals below the walls in what had been a foot-high gap. However, the Metropolitan Airports Commission found that complaints of lewd conduct in the two men’s rooms fell off precipitously after the Craig scandal – to the point that they put the costly restroom renovations on hold/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Dogwalk: Help Us Hillary, You’re Our Only Hope

I’ve been reading with dismay that in Hillary’s campaigning for Obama she is laying off Palin. Why? I hope she isn’t falling into the same trap as her supporters; it’s a woman’s turn. Any woman! C’mon, Hillary. You’re smarter than that. If anyone can put this experience business to rest, it’s Hillary. Part of the reason she didn’t win is she over stated her case. Who better to point out how Sarah Palin’s case, too, is being over stated?/Dogwalk Musings. More here.

*Sarah Palin Convention Speech Greatest Hits/Bill Sali Hates Idaho
*‘Lipstick on a pig’? Hmm/Dennis Mansfield
*8 weeks to go: It’s the issues, America/Red State Rebels
*Who cares about lipstick?/Free In Idaho
*Did Republicans mock George Washington?/Adam’s Blog
*Bryan Fischer’s one-sided view of justice/Scott Picken
*What ‘except life of the mother’ means/Randy Stapilus
*Sexual behavior among teens/Clayton Cramer

Question: How would you use Hillary Clinton to offset the huge Repub surge created when John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate?

Idaho D’s Blast ‘Community Organizer’ Slam

When Republicans mocked Barack Obama’s experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, they mocked the most fundamental American experience that has made our country such a beacon of hope throughout the world. ALL of America’s great movements – our country’s struggle for independence, to abolish slavery, to give women the right to vote, to end child labor, to provide for the 40-hour work week – happened because ordinary people organized in their communities and demanded change from their government. Elites in big corporations or in government don’t start the wheels of change moving, ordinary Americans do!/Jim Hansen, Idaho Democrats. More here.

Question: Did the term “community organizer” resonate with you when GOP presidential nominee John McCain used it to put down Barack Obama?

AM Headlines — 9/10/08


John Miller, AP Photo
This Wednesday picture in Boise shows the former home of billionaire J.R. Simplot that he donated in 2004 to be used as a governor’s mansion. Idaho has at least temporarily scrapped a $3 million remodeling plan, of the home overlooking the captial, opting instead for a $250,000 privately funded update that includes new paint, flooring and all new furniture and appliances. The work is meant to get the home ready to host visiting dignitaries who might need to stay there or hold philanthropic fundraiser, but making the house livable also raises the question of whether a $4,500 monthly housing stipend Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter now gets in lieu of Idaho having an official residence will end. Some lawmakers say it should.

*Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
*Teen girl punched during Post Falls hate crime/KREM2
*Feds haven’t taken action yet on St. Joe boating incident/Ralph Bartholdt, St. Maries Gazette-Record
*NIC board OKs corridor deal/Alison Boggs, SR
*Harrison votes to make CDA Press official newspaper/Ralph Bartholdt, St. Maries Gazette-Record
*Human Rights Institute exhibit will be unveiled Thursday/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press
*Rathdrum housing market glutted/Rick Thomas, Coeur d’Alene Press

Craig’s Attorney: ‘That Was Invited Conduct’

Item: Craig’s attorney: ‘That was invited conduct’/Betsy Z. Russell, SR

More Info: Attorneys for Idaho Sen. Larry Craig have just finished urging a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals to let Craig withdraw his guilty plea to disorderly conduct charges in a 2007 airport men’s room sex sting. “He looked in the crack. … He fidgeted with his hands. … Within a few minutes, according to the evidence in this case, he tapped his foot,” Craig attorney Billy Martin told the court. “We are challenging the insufficiency of the facts.”

Question: At this point, do you care one way or the other whether the court allows Craig to withdraw his guilty plea?

WND Poll: ‘Lipstick On A Pig’

What do you think of Obama’s ‘lipstick on a pig’ remark?/WorldNetDaily

1. Oh, for heaven’s sake, it was obviously an innocent metaphor
2. It’s just an old saying and one both he and McCain have used before
3. It has nothing to do with Sarah Palin
4. It’s shocking McCain supporters are trying to turn this into an attack on Palin
5. It’s classic. He obviously had Palin in mind, and I loved it

Wild Card/Tuesday — 9/9/08

You might look for TUBOB on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show tonight re: that Snopes.com “Lizards of Satan” fake Sarah Palin quotes. I know I wasn’t suppose to front-page this. But it’s too good. Comments TUBOB within: “Just got off the phone and webcam with CNN reporter Joe Johns for an interview that might be on Anderson Cooper’s show tonight. I kind of hope not because I sucked but I have to admit the Lizards of Satan have been very very good to me.” Anyone know what time the show’s on? I’ll play this Wild Card and wait for your response …

Obama: ‘It’s Still A Pig’ Reference Causes Stir

Item: Obama says McCain is offering fake change: ‘You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig’/ABC News Political Punch blog

More Info: “That’s not change,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said of what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is offering. “You know, you can put lipstick on a pig,” Obama said, “but it’s still a pig.” The crowd rose and applauded, some of them no doubt thinking he may have been alluding to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s ad lib during her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech last week, “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

Question: Was Obama’s comment an intentional reference to Palin? How nasty do you think this campaign is going to get?

Headlines @ Closin’ Time — 9/9/08

In this March 19, 2007, SR file photo by Jed Conklin, Adriana L. Lytle looks to Jonathan D. Lytle, 28, who appeared in Spokane County Superior Court in a case involving the abuse death of Summer Phelps, 4. Earlier today, a judge ruled that Lytle can get a fair trial in Spokane County and refused to move the location. Story here.

*Spokane lands Team USA women’s hockey match/SR
*Rammell: ‘Don’t know anybody that dumb’/Eye On Boise
*Bonner County man charged with beating newborn/KREM
*Idaho job growth turns negative in 2nd quarter/Idaho Statesman
*Pro Life: ‘Not a one-issue candidate’/Eye On Boise
*Bomb squad explodes Idaho family’s dangerous relic/KTVB
*Latah sheriff searching for felon/KREM
*Convicted sex offender Fritsche enters not guilty plea/Shoshone News-Press

Welcome Back From Iraq


Courtesy: Dan Of The County
Here, Dan Of The County’s daughter, Mamie, is welcomed home by her family recently. Shown with her are husband Manuel and their kids Charlie and Elsie. “She was in great spirits but very glad to be back home,” e-mails DOTC. “We can now relax again until the next time she or our son goes over there. Our son’s Army unit will probably deploy next spring.”

Reed: Forget Sarah, Todds Will Swing Election

According to exit polls, the most volatile swing voter group over the last 20 years hasn’t been hockey moms like Sarah Palin, commuter dads like Joe Biden, or soccer parents like Barack and Michelle Obama. Over the last two decades, the swing voters most prone to moving away from Republicans in elections Democrats won and toward Republicans in elections Republicans won have been white men with a degree from high school but not college. In other words, forget Sarah Palin: in recent elections, the biggest swingers looked more like her husband Todd/Bruce Reed, Slate. More info.

Question: Do you belong to a swing-vote group?

Because You Asked …

… Yes, Sheriff Rocky Watson is selling his Cougar Bay place — and his Rockford Bay place, too

I can’t remember who posted a comment over the weekend that s/he’d seen “for sale” signs at Sheriff Rocky Watson’s place. But s/he’s right. Rocky told Huckleberries this afternoon that he has the place he bought from the late John Pointner — complete with Duane Hagadone’s old “cabin” from nearby Casco Bay — for sale. Also, he and Mary have their long-time home on 37 acres near Rockford Bay for sale. Whichever place sells, they’ll move to the other one. Rocky says each place has plusses. For example, he has enough of a buffer at his Rockford Bay place to crawl into his hot tub naked. I’ll leave you with that image in case someone calls in a bigfoot sighting in the Rockford Bay area.

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 9/9/08


Robin Loznak/AP Photo
With only his head sticking out of the sand, Samuel Murray, 6, looks out while his brother Jacob, 10, works on building a breakwater for the raising tide on the beach near Winchester Bay, Ore., on Sunday. The brothers were spending the day on the beach with their family from Reedsport, Ore.

*Montana toddler’s body may have been in trunk for months/Billings Gazette
*Tacoma paper offers buyouts to 189 of 350 full-time employees/KCBI
*DashCam video shows last moments of deadly Bonner County chase/KXLY
*Charges possible in peanut butter attack/KREM2
*Jerome pastor gets probation for sex battery/Twin Falls Times-News
*Boise cop admits to DUI, will serve jail time/Idaho Statesman
*LaRocco’s campaign manager takes UI job/Lewiston Tribune
*Palin’s high profile lifts Down Syndrome awareness/KCBI
*Acting Nez Perce County sheriff becomes real thing/Lewiston Tribune
*$3M remodel of Idaho governor’s place on hold/KHQ
*Boater attempts world record on Whitefish Lake/Daily Inter Lake
*Paul on Montana ballot as Constitution nominee/Missoulian

Orbusmax Special: Palin push affects Washington governor’s race; Rossi leads here.

K. Ray Johnson: People We Know


K. Ray Johnson/UI Argonaut
At the University of Idaho, Argonaut cartoonist K. Ray Johnson presents his view of alumna Sarah Palin’s rise to international fame. Speaking of alums, Holly Bowen, the former Post Falls High underground newspaper publisher and Huckleberries Online commenter, is now the opinion page editor. You can read the opinion page online here.

APhoto of the Day — 9/9/08


John Locher/AP Pool
O.J. Simpson, center, arrives at the Clark County Regional Justice Center on the second day of jury selection for his trial in Las Vegas this morning. Simpson is appearing in court on charges which include burglary, robbery and assault following an attempted robbery at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino in September 2007. You write the cutline.

Top Cutlines:

1. After standing in the sun for hours, the thirsty officers were bitterly disappointed when the truck delivered the wrong Juice — TnTopHat.
2. No I ain’t moving until me and the black deputy get Ray-Bans just like all y’all white people — Kevin Taylor.
3. O.J. enters the courtroom feeling very confident in his “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” defense strategy. He is certain this is as good as the “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit” strategy that was so successfully utilized in his last trial — Poolman.

HM: Smitty

Sarah Palin Action Figures Now Vye w/Barbie

The Sarah Palin Action Figure site and other are offering a 12-inch superhero doll of the R’s favorite VP candidate for $28.95. Quoth: “The ‘Sarahnator’ comes dressed in a tomb raider outfit and is equipped with a leg holstered .45 handgun’.”

Question: Besides a bull whip to keep TUBOB and the Left Bank in line here, what other accessories should the Sarahnator action figure have?

Dogwalk: Hair Today, President Tomorrow

Well, I’ve been complaining that the campaign has strayed from the issues that face our country, but maybe not. Here I have been thinking it has do do with taxes, the economy, the several wars we’re engaged in, the price of gas and food, health care and Social Security. Wrong. It’s about style and what it does for the candidate’s credibility. There is a double standard being applied here that needs to be addressed. The Democrats need to snazzy it up a bit. They are, after all, falling behind in those polls! No one, not even her most staunch followers, emulated the hip accentuating pantsuit and practical swept back coiffure of Hillary Clinton/Dogwalk Musings. More here.

Question: Do the Republican nominees and their wives have more style than the Democratic nominees and their spouses? And why do questions about style seem to matter this year?

AM Headlines — 9/9/08


Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho
“The first full week of school in northern Idaho deserves another reminder to drive carefully,” posts Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho.

*JD Lumber/Priest River lays off 210 workers/KREM2
*Beer leads to attempted murder arrest/Tom Greene, CDA Press
*South Hill Rapist lawyer says evidence was mishandled/Karen Dorn Steele, SR
*Ground-breaking for Fernan Road project set for Wednesday/Bill Buley, CDA Press
*Photo-red viewed through different lenses/Doug Clark, SR
*Midtown plan to be unveiled Thursday/Tom Hasslinger, CDA Press
*Hayden Canyon revisited tonight/Tom Hasslinger, CDA Press

Online Poll: Watching Football

Football season is here. Which gridiron games do you watch the most?/Billings Gazette

*High School football
*College football
*NFL

Nic: Obama’s No Muslim

re: WND Poll: “My Muslim faith”
Yes, his father’s family was Muslim, but his father was an atheist, and considering his father jumped ship while Obama was two, it is a stretch of the imagination to say that Obama Sr’s family was any religious influence. Obama went to many different schools in Indonesia both Catholic and Muslim. He was not in a Muslim school for three years.. he wasn’t in any school there for three years. But to say he attended a Muslim school is like saying students in North Idaho attend white schools … the Muslim schools in Indonesia are not Muslim only, just like schools here are not white only … just a majority of the population fits that desription. And Obama’s not my hero/Nic.

Signe: Freddie & Fannie


Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Parting Shot — 9/8/08


Granati/OrangeFrog76
In this OrangeFrog76 photo, Granati captured a recent message on the local Davis Donuts readerboard @ 4th & Appleway.

Question: Do you enjoy the pithy messages on the Davis Donuts readerboard? Or ignore them?

MSNBC: Mathews, Olbermann Out As Hosts

Item: Olbermann, Matthews ousted from NBC anchor chairs: David Gregory to host news coverage of coming debates, election night/New York Times

More Info: After months of accusations of political bias and simmering animosity between MSNBC and its parent network NBC, the channel decided over the weekend that the NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host David Gregory would anchor news coverage of the coming debates and election night. Mr. Olbermann and Mr. Matthews will remain as analysts during the coverage.

Question: Did MSNBC do the right thing by demoting controversial hosts Keith Olbermann and Chris Mathews?

Headlines @ Closin’ Time — 9/8/08


Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho
“A Canada goose,” posts Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho (“September Swan Song”), “comes in for a landing in Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Cougar Bay on Sunday afternoon while his fellow feathered friends gather near a piling.”

*Life on Vacation: Dive in to divine weather in Idaho/USA Today
*Sex books back on Nampa Library shelves/KCBI
*Spokane serial killer appeals death sentence/SR
*Seahawk receiver Burleson out for the year/Seattle Times
*Judge dismisses firehouse sex lawsuit against city/SR
*2 more cases of West Nile virus reported/Idaho Statesman
*Idaho GOP counsel helps stop Code Pink protesters/Idaho Statesman
*Idaho defenders earn top WAC honors/KTVB
*Liquor license changes cause snags in NIdaho/KHQ

EOB: Craig Skipping Own Appeals Hearing?

Oral arguments in Sen. Larry Craig’s appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals are scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. in St. Paul, but Craig’s official schedule, released this afternoon, shows he’ll instead be in Washington, D.C., where he has a series of meetings and hearings scheduled. Craig is seeking to withdraw his guilty plea to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges in a sex sting at a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport men’s room/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Scanner Traffic — 9/8/08

4:27 p.m. Child locked in a 2002 Ford Mustang on North Sapling Street.
3:53 p.m. A 17-year-old boy is semi-conscious after hitting his head and chin while skateboarding at the Post Falls skate park, 3rd & Greensferry Road.
1:10 p.m. Driver of a light-blue Honda Accord needs help undoing seatbelt after collision with van near the Dollar Tree store @ Fruitland and Neider.

In Her Shoes


Cathie Rowand/Journal-Gazette, AP
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, left, walks with other men at “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Saturday at Headwaters Park West, in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau sponsored the event to raise funds and awareness for the Rape Awareness Program.

Question (for men): Would you spend a day in high heels to promote a worthy cause like this one?

Local Blogs — 9/8/08


JeanC’s Cat House & Shooting Gallery
Obviously, JeanC dropped by Effie’s during a recent trip to downtown Lewiston. More here.

*Seasons/Live, Love, Laugh, Hope
*Experience is more than a word/Dogwalk Musings
*John McCain/Bay Views
*Defenses Down Haiku/Tumblewords
*Dryness & updates/Synaptic Disunion
*Cute/Notes on a Napkin
*My aching back/Slight Detour

HBO Number (for week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 6): 76,539 (new weekly record)/43055 page-views

TUBOB Makes Snopes w/Fake Palin Quotes

“The collection of quotes cited above, covering typical election year topics, such as religion and environmentalism, apparently struck people enough as sounding like positions that Gov. Palin might actually espouse that they’ve been sent around with attributions claiming them as genuine excerpts from interviews she conducted with news outlets such as the Anchorage Daily News and MSNBC. None of these quotes came from any real news interview with Gov. Palin, however; they all originated with a satirical 30 August 2008 blog entry, where they are (now) clearly identified as “Fake Governor Sarah Palin Quotes,” with an author’s disclaimer stating, ‘She actually didn’t say these things — I made them up.’” More from Snopes.com here.

Question: Congratulations are in order, right? After all, none of the HBO crowd has ever made Snopes w/a devilishly clever gambit like this.

Another Area Pharmacy Robbed

A man holding a sign demanding OxyContin robbed a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Spokane Valley this morning, the latest in a string of drugstore robberies. The robber did not display a weapon and no one was hurt during the 8:50 a.m. robbery. Officers who happened to be nearby arrived quickly at the store, 12115 E. Sprague Ave., but the robber still got away/SR. More here.

UI Profs Test Negative Marketing

Item: UI marketing profs test negative marketing/Lewiston Tribune

More Info: A pair of University of Idaho business professors are taking aim at marketing that tries to sell people products by turning them against themselves. Jeff Bailey, a marketing professor at the Moscow, Idaho, school, says one way to create demand for something is to get people dissatisfied with their bodies, their lifestyles and their world.

Question: Has the advertising industry made you more or less satisfied with yourself?

Political Game: Old ‘Kids On Block’ Should Quit

I will be the first to admit that I like boy bands. I’ve always liked boy bands. But the return of the trail blazing New Kids on the Block is frightening. I watched them perform on one of the morning shows recently and I wanted to puke. They’re no longer the teenagers they were when they came onto the music scene in the late 80’s. They’re all now close to forty, they don’t play any instruments, their audiences don’t remember the words to their songs, and they seriously are attempting to dance the same as they did twenty years ago. Like I said, frightening/Tara A. Rowe, Political Game. More here.

*Zeb Bell reacts to Sarah Palin/MountainGoat Report
*IVA to host prayer vigil against Planned Parenthood again/IVA
*Chicago, Democrats & crime/Free In Idaho
*Another side of the Palin story/Fort Boise
*An alternative history of 2000 election of John McCain/Adam’s Blog
*How much of a priority is saving wild salmon?/Rocky Barker
*Another slip of the tongue from Obama/Clayton Cramer

Question: Which retro band that is trying to recapture the magic of its Glory Days do you consider the most pathetic?

Times: Palin Had Turbulent 1st Year As Mayor

She became embroiled in personnel challenges, a thwarted attempt to pack the City Council and a standoff with her local newspaper. Her first months were so contentious and polarizing that critics started talking recall. Her first months also exposed threads that would later become patterns — friends become enemies, enemies become friends and questions get raised about why she fired this person or that person. But the situation calmed, and rather than being recalled, Palin was re-elected. She later acknowledged, “I grew tremendously in my early months as mayor”/Ken Armstrong & Hal Bernton, Seattle Times. More here.

Question: Does Palin’s turbulent first year indicate that she’s a loose cannon? Or does her re-election indicate that she learns the ropes quickly and makes weaknesses into strengths?

AM Headlines — 9/8/08


Kathy Plonka/Spokesman-Review
Bonnie Whiting, left and Jenn Pearce are pictured with rescued dog, Hannah, in Coeur d’Alene on Thursday. The two rescued Hannah and several other dogs from “death-row” shelters in Southern California. Story here.

*Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
*Sex offender Fritsche in Shoshone County court today/Ty Hampton, Shoshone News-Press
*Indians win NWL championship for 8th time/SR
*KMPO examines frugal Highway 95 fixes/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press
*County Treasurer Malzahn battling prostate cancer/Amy Cannata, SR
*Forum to showcase homeless plan/Tom Greene, Coeur d’Alene Press
*Judge rejects Bonner County jail agreements/Bonner County Bee
*Lewiston trucker flips on I-90 near Mullan/Ty Hampton, Shoshone News-Press
*Fund to aid in sidewalk repairs/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More & More Bikers To Blame For Crashes

Item: Motorcyclists increasingly at fault/Thomas Clouse, Spokesman-Review

More Info: Washington officials say they have noticed a troubling trend regarding the causes of motorcycle crashes. “Eighty percent of fatal motorcycle collisions are now the fault of the rider,” State Patrol Chief John Batiste said in a news release. “Half of fatal collisions don’t even involve a second vehicle.” Couple those numbers with the increase in motorcycle ridership overall, and the instances of rider-caused crashes could grow, Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller said.

Question: Do you or anyone you know ride a motorcycle. Does it scare you when friends or relatives ride a motorcycle?

WND Poll: ‘My Muslim Faith’

Question: What do you think of Obama’s reference to ‘my Muslim faith’?/WorldNetDaily.

1. He obviously misspoke. Obama is definitely a Christian
2. To suggest Obama is a Muslim because of this gaffe is clearly irresponsible
3. Enough already with the Muslim stuff, next subject …
4. He may be inarticulate, but he’s not a Muslim
5. He’s just a bumbling fool, not a Muslim

Wild Card/Sunday — 9/7/08

It looks like another long college football season on the Palouse. It’s difficult to get too excited about the UIdaho’s 42-27 win over a Division I-AA football team. And Washington State simply stunk. Bet the Cougars still wished they had the Vandals on their schedule this year. On the other hand, I heard during the halftime show Saturday, that the Vandal volleyball team was 4-1, which included a win over Washington State. Mebbe we should start paying attention to UI sports other than football and basketball. Sounds like the other teams can compete in the WAC. As far as WSU goes, men’s basketball can’t arrive too soon. Now, for your Wild Card …

Palin Creates Stir w/Designer Glasses

Item: Palin creates stir with designer glasses/Bruce Horovitz, USA Today

More Info: The nation’s eyes aren’t just on Gov. Sarah Palin — they’re on her glasses. It’s been awhile since the optical business has been as charged by celebrity specs as it has by the rimless pair the vice presidential nominee wears most of the time. If she wins, it could rock the vision-care market, which totals $26.6 billion a year, says tracker Jobson Optical Research. It’s already shaking up the company that makes them. We keep getting calls from dealers who want to stock the exact shape and style that she’s wearing,” says Amy Hahn, vice president at Italee, the U.S. distributor of the frames designed by Kazuo Kawasaki, a Japanese industrial designer. The Palin frame — minus the lenses — starts at a suggested $375. Depending on the type of lenses, the total package can run to $700.

Dorothy Parker: “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.”

Question: Do you think that glasses make people look more attractive or less attractive?

OTV Review: Beachouse

All in all, my experience at the Beachouse Restaurant was quite worth it. For me, it was a memorable and rare extravagance, and it was nice to have a fun friend to share the occasion with. We were sat in a back cubby at a table which I was told was owner Duane Hagadone’s favorite spot because he can see nearly everything going on. Sitting in his very chair, I tried to absorb some kind of unidentifiable Haga-essence. I pressed myself deep into where his posterior had previously rested but felt nothing unusual save for a slight buzz from my dank Huckleberry Pina Colada/OrangeTV,” Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: How often do you eat at a Hagadone restaurant?

California Canines Find Help In CDA

Item: California canines find help in Coeur d’Alene/SR

More Info: Fires and foreclosures have been forcing more than people out of their California homes – dogs also have been suffering, with many being abandoned as their owners leave the area or move into apartments that won’t accept pets. Enter Bonnie Whiting and her North Idaho group Alternative Rescue Shelter. Whiting and fellow dog lover Jenn Pearce traveled to California earlier this summer to rescue 17 dogs destined for “death row,” bringing them to Coeur d’Alene in the back of a van and finding new homes for the canines.

Question: What kind of dog do you have?

UIdaho Dumps Idaho State 42-27


Steve Hanks/Lewiston Tribune, AP
University of Idaho’s Deonte’ Jackson finds the outside around Idaho State University’s Rashaad Richards, left, and Michael Wright, bottom, today in Moscow. Idaho evened its record at 1-1 on the season by beating I-AA Idaho State 42-27. Brian Murphy/Idaho Statesman details how teams scored here ESPN coverage here.

Cal 66, WSU 3

Wild Card/Saturday — 9/6/08

Two great things happened Friday — our little church of about 150 souls raised at least $6000-6500 for the stricken Steve Tucker family. And I made my next-to-last mortgage payment. First, the fund-raiser. We staged a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, and auction of six dozen items (all of which sold but four) to raise the loot. Church people and community visitors, including one of you who slipped a $100 bill to the receptionist for me, were extremely generous. As for the house, that who-hoo you hear coming from the Borah Triangle the morning of Oct. 5 will be from my house. I’ve never lived in a house totally owned by anyone. I’ll tell you how it feels in a month. Now, I’ll play the Wild Card …

Online Polls: Vasectomies As Birth Control?

Question: Are vasectomies a good form of birth control?/Idaho Statesman

*Yes, if you don’t want kids.
*Yes, if you don’t want more kids.
*No, if you’re too young.
*No, no matter the situation.

KREM2: Washington Faces Condom Conundrum

Item: Washington schools face condom conundrum/KREM2

More Info: A new Washington State law requires schools not only teach 12 and 13-year old children about condoms, but also how to use them. Condom use is already taught in sex education courses but the key phrase is that the state now wants to teach students “how” to use them, and that has some school officials looking for a way around the new rules. “Check expiration date.” “Carefully open the condom wrapper.” “Roll the condom down.”

Question: Has Washington gone too far by insisting that schools teach ‘tweens explicit details about condom use?

Palin Has To Meet The Press Sometime

Mark Ambinder/Atlantic Monthly: A senior McCain campaign official advises that, despite the gaggle of requests and pressure from the media, Gov. Sarah Palin won’t submit to a formal interview anytime soon. She may take some questions from local news entities in Alaska, but until she’s ready — and until she’s comfortable — which might not be for a long while — the media will have to wait. The campaign believes it can effectively deal with the media’s complaints, and their on-the-record response to all this will be: “Sarah Palin needs to spend time with the voters.

Unequivocal Notion: the McCain camp can only hide Palin behind closed doors for so long until the very swing voters they were gunning for start asking questions about why Palin isn’t answering any. More here.

Question: Gov. Sarah Palin seems capable of handling herself, based on her performance at the GOP convention. Why then isn’t the McCain campaign making her available to the press?

CDA Teacher: Too Many Books Removed

Coeur d’Alene School District’s one goal is literacy for all students. But as a junior and senior English teacher I have only five novels to choose from besides my textbook! We have removed 78 books from our high schools and 39 from our middle schools. How does this removal of books promote the district’s goal of literacy? Students can only read these “removed” books if they take an “elective” course such as honors. This is not equal education for all students. This is censorship in its highest form/Paul W. Swartz, Coeur d’Alene. More here.

DFO: If what this teacher says is true in his letter to the editor, something’s really wrong in the Coeur d’Alene School District. At least, I think so. Do you agree?

TGIF Wild Card — 9/5/08

I’m outtahere troops, to grab a quick spaghetti feed before auctioneering tonight’s Steve Tucker family fund-raiser at Hayden Bible Church, 290 E. Miles Ave., Hayden. As I mentioned, there’s 70-plus goods, services, and gift certificates for sale, beginning at 7 o’clock. You’re welcome to swing by and bid on items (which includes an above-ground pool, 40 hours of yard work and even a dozen farm fresh eggs per month for a year). You can read a list of the auction items here. If I don’t see you there, I’ll see you back here late tonight when I post Saturday morning’s fodder. I’ll leave this Wild Card behind …

Spokane Man Claims Popcorn Led To Disease

Item: Spokane man’s suit claims popcorn led to lung disease: ‘I would eat four to six bags a day’/Andrew Schneider, Seattle PI

More Info: Popping and eating four to six bags of popcorn a day has been blamed for damaging the lungs of a Spokane businessman. Larry Newkirk has been diagnosed with the sometimes fatal lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. The disease, which can often be treated only with a lung transplant, has been diagnosed in scores of workers in factories where a chemical butter flavoring called diacetyl is used. Newkirk is the second consumer in this country to ever be diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans, although other home users of popcorn are undergoing medical evaluation at this time.

Question: What do you make of a story like this?

APhoto of the Day w/Top Cutlines — 9/5/08


Jae C. Hong/AP Photo
Delegates dance barefoot on their chairs during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday. You write the cutline.

Top Cutlines

1. Outraged feminists point out that “Barefoot and Pregnant” is an offensive campaign gimmick degrading to women and simply illustrates one more reason to not support McCain/Palin — MamaJD.
2. When he returned from the convention without any pictures of the candidates, with only pictures of feet, thousands of them, we knew Hong needed some counseling. He has been put on paid leave and will start meeting with a counselor this morning. - The Editors/TnTopHat
3. A brief shot from the upcoming direct to DVD release: Republicans Gone Wild! — Nic; and: (Enter Larry Craig stage left.) “I heard there was some toe tapping going on” — Shannon.

HM: John Austin & Shannon

SR Security Chief Faces Sex Charges

The security supervisor for The Spokesman-Review was arrested today on four felony charges alleging rape and molestation of a young girl. Robert J. Robel was arrested at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of the newspaper by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, composed of deputy marshals and local police officers. The arrest came after the 60-year-old suspect was formally charged in Spokane County Superior Court with two counts of child rape and two counts of child molestation, said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Edward Hay, supervisor of the county’s Special Assault Unit/Bill Morlin, SR. More here.

HBO Chats w/Larry LaRocco Live

Larry LaRocco’s in CDA today for the opening of his seventh field office 408 Sherman Avenue), including ones in Moscow and Lewiston. The public is invited to attend from 6-8 p.m.

DFO: How do you read the attempt by Congressman Bill Sali to lobby three minor opponents (Independent Pro Life, Libertarian Kent Marmon, and Independent Rex Rammell) to leave the U.S. Senate race?

LL: Desperation. It’s heavy-handed. Their options are closing out. At some point, Jim Risch is finally going to have to face the voters here. I’ve been campaigning for 16-plus months. They tried to decapitate Rammell. And now trying to get other two out of the race. Jim Risch is finally going to have to meet a voter and actually campaign.


Local Blogs — 9/5/08


Courtesy: As The Lake Churns
Pecky Cox calls this wonderful shot submitted to her As The Lake Churns blog: “Priest Lake Olympics.”

*13 amazing facts about McRib/Get Out! North Idaho
*Beyond McCain’s rhetoric/Dogwalk Musings
*Walking on sunshine/A Family Runs Through It
*Post No. 800/Atmospheric Ruminations
*Beginning a teaching year/Gathering Around The Table
*Telltale signs/Tumblewords

HBO Numbers (for Thursday, Sept. 4): 14,385 page-views/8024 unique views

HBO @ Noon: ‘You Guys’ Not Copasetic?

You guys” is a phrase that has become a common way to greet a group of friends, but to the Women’s Center, it’s a cause they want to draw attention to. Most people would argue that “you guys” is just a general term that includes both men and women. However, the Women’s Center argues it is a generic “male” term that makes women invisible by lumping them into a group with men/Rubell Dingman, UI Argonaut. More here.

Question: Do you use the term “you guys”? Has the article above raised your awareness that it might be an offensive term?

Signe ‘Toons Sarah Palin


Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer


Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Daryl Cagle’s Palin ‘Toon Roundup:
*McCain picks Palin
*Palin’s pregnant daughter

Red County: I Went To 3 Colleges In 4 Years

The Obamessiah attended Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years before transferring to Columbia. He then took five years off before going to Harvard Law School. I never recall this being an issue with him. I went to three different schools in four years. Why? For much the same reason that I’ll bet that Palin, the daughter of school teachers, did: Money. After one year at a private college, I had to transfer to a community college because I could no longer afford tuition. I was able to obtain my bachelor’s degree at another private college through a combination of scholarships and loans/Tom Forbes, Red County. More here.

*John McCain’s cowboy Idaho/Dennis Mansfield
*Palin polarizes debate on aerial wolf killing/Rocky Barker
*Keith Olbermann is correct/43rd State Blues
*The culture war option/Fort Boise
*Saddest thing about McCain’s speech/Unequivocal Notion
*What happens on WestPac …/The Stupid Shall Be Punished
*The ‘scandal’ involving Palin’s ex-in-law/Clayton Cramer
*Burning questions remain/Idaho Conservation League

Question: How many colleges did you attend? And how long did it take you to get your college degree?

Richert: Why Are Idaho R’s Running Scared?

Now comes this KTVB story that says Rammell, independent candidate Pro-Life and Libertarian Kent Marmon have been asked to bow out of the Senate race. At least a couple of the calls came from Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Sali, says KTVB. The logic behind all of this is that Rammell, Pro-Life and Marmon are apt to draw most of their votes from GOP Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, bolstering Democratic candidate Larry LaRocco’s chances of pulling an upset. The GOP is certainly sending mixed messages. Risch, who says he knew nothing about the anti-Rammell lawsuit, continues to cite his double-digit lead in the polls (including a LaRocco poll from May). Risch’s optimistic read of the race doesn’t square with Republicans’ efforts to clear the field/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: By fighting to limit primary access, by trying to block Rex Rammell’s name from appearing on the ballot, and now by trying to talk minor foes out of the U.S. Senate race, the Idaho GOP appears to be running scare? Is it? Or is it simply being cautious?

Time Mag: Palin Answers Call Of The Wild

They called themselves the elite six — and the name was meant to be ironic. This was Wasilla, Alaska, 30 miles (about 50 km) north of Anchorage, in the early 1990s — when the sagging economy meant, as a local recalls, “everyone had dust on their ass.” There was nothing élite about this little town on the stretch of highway along the railroad. And there was nothing élite about the group either — six stay-at-home moms who sought one another out to escape the house and get some exercise in the long northern winter. They would do their step aerobics, then drive to a local diner for coffee and dessert. It was a lifeline in lean times/Nathan Thornburgh, Time. More here.

EPA Admits Snafu In Figuring Idaho Phosphorus Limits

Item: EPA says it erred in figuring Idaho phosphorus limits/Becky Kramer, SR

More Info: A multiyear effort to lower phosphorus levels in the Spokane River - and reduce algae blooms and improve water quality in the reservoir behind Long Lake Dam - has hit a major snag. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it erred when calculating phosphorus limits in permits for Idaho cities that discharge treated sewage into the river. The method it used wasn’t “legally solid,” said Christine Psyk, associate director in EPA’s Office of Water. The result is further delay in the effort to clean up the river.

Question: Does this shake your faith in EPA oversight? Or do you dismiss this news as proof again that everyone makes mistakes, even government entities?

Rasmussen Poll: Media Trying To Hurt Sarah Palin

Item: By 10-to-1 Public Says Reporters ‘Trying to Hurt Palin’/Rasmussen Reports

More Info: “Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November,” Rasmussen Reports announced Thursday in posting survey results which determined “just five percent (5%) think reporters are trying to help her with their coverage, while 35 percent believe reporters are providing unbiased coverage.”

Question: Do you think the media are trying to hurt or help Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin?

Wild Card/Thursday — 9/4/08

I’m a bit tired today (read: beware, I might have a short fuse) b/c I was up until 2 in the morning helping my wife organize a fund-raising option for Steve Tucker’s family. Steve is a manager at Chili’s whose son, Steve Jr., was born this spring severely handicapped and continues to be hospitalized. Even worse, Steve’s mother, Florence, died recently. Tough situation. So I didn’t mind when she drafted me as the auctioneer for Friday night’s event. However, I didn’t realize that she’d also drafted me for behind-the-scenes grunt labor. With that warning — beware of grouchy blogmeister today — I’ll post the Wild Card …

Inlander: Shows Better Than Lakedance Name

Item: Cinematic Sandpoint: Sundance clone returns for another fall run/Luke Baumgarten, Inlander

More Info: We’re still scratching our heads, two years later, over the renaming of Sandpoint’s film festival to “Lakedance.” When most of the hundreds of film festivals try desperately to set themselves apart, why was this one seeking to paint itself as a Sundance clone? To be fair, “Idaho Panhandle International Film Festival,” the name the event took in its first year, didn’t inspire excitement either. Some of this year’s films, though, will.

Question: Are you planning to attend Lakedance this year? Do you mind the name?

Headlines @ Closin’ Time — 9/4/08


Christopher Anderson/SR File Photo
Ex-UI Vandal David Vobora (shown above tackinng WSU running back Kevin McCall last September) is known as Mr. Irrelevant XXXIII for being the last pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. However he is also now known officially as a member of the St. Louis Rams, as he survived the final cuts and earned a spot on the team’s 53-man roster/Huntington Beach Daily Pilot. More here.

*Prosecutor: Bonner County officers’ use of deadly force justified/Bonner County Bee
*Judge to sign serial killer Yates death warrant/KXLY
*Idaho schools improve test scores/SR
*Washington, Idaho face low vaccination rates/SR
*3 nominees named as Nez Perce sheriff goes missing/KTVB
*NWL championship series begins tonight at Avista Stadium/KREM2
*Sandpoint ponders parking changes/Bonner County Bee
*Wallace chamber weighs National Heritage Area proposal/Shoshone News-Press
*Hiawatha Trail attracts record visits/Shoshone News-Press

KTVB: GOP Asks 3 Senate Wannabes To Drop Out

“I was asked by Bill Sali if I would get out of this race and it didn’t make any sense to me,” said Pro-Life. Congressman Bill Sali isn’t in this race. He has a race of his own for Idaho’s first congressional district. But the man who calls himself Pro-Life says three weeks ago, he was personally called by Sali at his home. “I got a call from Congressman Bill Sali,” said Kent Marmon, Libertarian Party candidate. The other two candidates have similar stories/KTVB. More here.

DFO: What the heck?

Scanner Traffic & More — 9/4/08

3:58 p.m. Burnt popcorn sets of Kootenai County Courthouse fire alarm.
3:53 p.m. 2 motorcycles driving wrecklessly in parking lot of Zip’s/Riverbend.
12:56 p.m. An 80YO woman has fallen and possibly broken her hip and the North Idaho Eye Institute, Lincoln Boulevard & Emma.
12:08 p.m. A woman with a head injury at Trinity Lutheran Church says a man who was trying to kill his sister slammed her head in a car trunk. The assault occurred on the 800 block on Montana Avenue.
9:39 a.m. Someone has fallen and hit his head in front of the Big 5 store on Appleway.
3:46 a.m. 26YO Noxon, Mont., woman critically injured and a passenger hurt in a single-car rollover near Clark Fork Wednesday night. ISP report here.
1:21 a.m. Crash near Naples sends 19YO Bonners Ferry man to hospital Wednesday evening. ISP report here.
12:49 a.m. 3 injured in Long Bridge crash at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. ISP report here.

Drudge Headline Consensus: Game On


Susan Walsh/AP Photo
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, blows a kiss to her infant son, Trig, as she speaks during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday. Earlier today, Palin took another swipe at Barack Obama in her first solo appearance since joing GOP ticket here.

*37,244,000 WATCHED PALIN … [24,029,000 BIDEN; 38,379,000 OBAMA]…
*CBSNEWS/NYT POLL: McCain, Obama Tied…
*Obama: Surge Succeeded Beyond ‘Wildest Dreams’…
*Palin criticizes Obama again in solo appearance…
*PALIN RAISES MONEY — FOR OBAMA! **Exclusive** *Obama scores $8 million since Palin’s speech from over 130,000 donors - on pace to hit $10 million by the time John McCain hits stage, campaign says… Developing…

Update: Sims-Macy Face $26,500 In Penalties

Kathy Sims and Tom Macy of Concerned Taxpayers of Kootenai County are facing a combined $26,500 in penalties and interest for campaign finance disclosure law violations, according to City Attorney Mike Gridley. And they now have a deadline to pay up after almost a year of communications with and from the city: Sept. 19. Gridley contends that Concerned Taxpayers filed incomplete and erroneous paperwork for the most part and completely missed a recent post-election deadline altogether.

Condom Coupons Ripped From BSU Coupon Books

Item: Condom coupons ripped out of BSU coupon books/KTVB

More Info: Boise State students are buzzing about a coupon book they received the first week of school. For the past three years a coupon for condoms from a locally-owned business appeared in the book. This year – the coupons are gone. The owner of The O! Zone Condom Shop said she hasn’t received any complaints about the coupons. But the publisher said they did receive some complaints and decided to rip out the store’s coupon just before handing off the book to students.

Question: Did the coupon-book publisher act properly in ripping the condom coupons from this year’s BSU coupon book?

Breaking! Liquor Store Robber Shooting Justified

Officers were justified in fatally shoot a man who stole whiskey from a liquor store in Ponderay, Idaho and later fired at police, according to Bonner County prosecutors/KREM2. More here.

It’s My 2 Cents — ‘Trailer Trash,’ Hunh?

I’ve been thinking about the term “trailer trash” for a coupla days, since some in the comments thread have used it to denigrate VP nominee Sarah Palin. I think it’s more than a figure of speech. I think it’s an elitist term used by individuals to look down on people who can’t afford a nice apartment or house — in other words, poor people. It suggests that people who live in trailers (mobile homes) are somewhat beneath the individual who uses the term, financially and socially. In that case, I grew up as trailer trash b/c we didn’t have much (although we lived in a small house on my uncle’s ranch, 3 adults and 6 kids).

Steinem: Wrong Woman, Wrong Message

Selecting Sarah Palin, who was touted all summer by Rush Limbaugh, is no way to attract most women, including die-hard Clinton supporters. Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Clinton. Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female, a presidential candidate who is owned and operated by the right wing and a platform that opposes pretty much everything Clinton’s candidacy stood for — and that Barack Obama’s still does. To vote in protest for McCain/Palin would be like saying, “Somebody stole my shoes, so I’ll amputate my legs”/Gloria Steinem. More here.

Unequivocal Notion: Plagiarism On Sali Site?

One thing that I find funny with Bill Sail and Jim Risch starting blogs is this notion that they now understand the internet and all the power that it possesses. Simply starting a free Blogspot blog does not constitute an understanding of the internet and how to use it. Case in point … Bill Sali and his crack staff of FEC experts don’t know how Google works. I’ll give ya a hint, in Firefox, highlight a segment of text, right-click, “Search Google for…”. It’s amazing what the robots will return. I’m not quite sure I want to tell them about “robots.txt”, that might remove some of the fun/Unequivocal Notion. More here.

Statesman Poll: Palin Ready For Job

Did Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s speech on Wednesday night convince you that she’s ready for the job?/Idaho Statesman

*Yes: 274 (49%)
*No: 146 (26%)
*Didn’t watch: 134 (24%)

Total Votes: 554

Prosecutor’s Tears Cause Mistrial

A prosecutor’s emotional and tearful opening argument in a domestic violence case prompted a Kootenai County judge to declare a mistrial Wednesday. First District Judge Fred Gibler initially assumed Deputy Prosecutor Shane Greenbank’s voice was cracking because the prosecutor was “possibly forgetting some witnesses’ names.” Then, when Greenbank asked for a tissue, Gibler “assumed it was an allergy.” But as Greenbank continued with opening arguments, Gibler became concerned the prosecutor was emotionally involved in the case and that it might influence jurors, according to minutes from Wednesday’s trial of Grant Gosch on domestic violence charges/Taryn Hecker, SR. More here.

Hump Day Wild Card — 9/3/08

Tonight’s the night that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin proves whether or not she’s up to the public spotlight that her VP selection has brought. I can’t wait to watch. I’m sure a lot of you will do so, too. Mebbe we can talk about it later tonight here. Also, Taryn has an interesting story out of court today. She won’t let me say more about it. But you’ll see it posted here later tonight. Now, I’m headed home to see if Sarah Palin comes out guns ablazin’. But first I’ll leave this Wild Card with you …

Obama Supports Several Gun-Control Laws

Obama, meanwhile, proposes several gun-control laws, including restricting purchases of weapons and ammunition at gun shows, establishing a national database that would capture and record imprints left by bullets, and making gun locks mandatory. On the issue of prohibiting citizens from carrying concealed weapons, Obama said he believes national legislation should be passed to “prevent other states’ laws [allowing citizens to conceal their guns] from threatening the safety of Illinois residents”/Glass Booth Election ‘08. More here.

Question: How badly will Obama’s support of gun control measures hurt him in the West?

Headlines @ Closin’ Time — 9/3/08


Jerome A. Pollos/Coeur d’Alene Press, AP
Nicolette Hausler talks to her son Xander Irwin, 5, before entering his kindergarten class at Borah Elementary in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on the first day of school Tuesday.

*Former Meals On Wheels manager moonlighting as erotic escort?/KXLY
*Deputy rescues DUI suspect at Sagle RR crossing/Bonner County Bee
*Ex-Mountain Home cop gets 15 years on sex abuse charges/Idaho Statesman
*Police seek Whitman County child rapist/KREM2
*Bruce Willis offers to donate land for airport/KTVB
*A fish story with a happy ending/KTVB
*Bonner County residents glimpse pack of 14 wolves/Bonner County Bee
*Minco Silver’s Sterling purchase terminated/Shoshone News-Press

Breaking! Court OKs Rammell For Ballot

The Idaho Supreme Court rejected arguments Wednesday over whether independent U.S. Senate candidate Rex Rammell should be included on the November ballot. The Idaho Supreme Court Clerk said that the court did not find any basis for prohibition and denied the petition. Attorney Dennis Sallaz, representing a group of 10 voters, says that some of the 1007 signatures on Rammell’s petition for candidacy were invalid because they were forged, from people who weren’t registered to vote, or included wrong addresses/AP. More here.

Question: Will this attempt by Idaho Republicans to block Rex Rammell’s name from appearing on Idaho ballot back-fire in November?

Arrests Made In Safeway Robbers …

Patrick Augerlavoie, 32, and Carrie Augerlavoie, 29, both of Hayden Lake, were charged with the two recent robberies of the Safeway pharmacy on Fourth Street in Coeur d’Alene, including one this morning. The were apprehended after an alert pharmacist at Medicine Man Pharmacy, 1114 Ironwood Drive, saw a man and a woman matching the descriptions of the robbers this morning come through the drive-through in a green mini-van. The male driver asked questions about oxycontin. The suspicious pharmacist followed the van in his personal vehicle, staying in contact with the local 911 center. SR story here. Complete Coeur d’Alene Police report here.

Local Blogs — 9/3/08


Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho
“This summer,” writes Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho. “I’ve spent more than a few afternoons at Johnson Mill River Park on the Spokane River. It’s been one of the best OnLocation discoveries of the season. Located at 4340 W. Shoreview Lane, the park has 1,000 feet of beach, a day use boat dock, picnic shelter, restrooms and off-street parking.” More here.

*More on Sarah Palin/Still A Newspaperman
*Happiness is Washington, D.C., in my rear-view mirror/Wayward Episcopalian
*School frenzy morning/Mrs. Mac Energetic
*Garden Gift/Tumblewords
*Fox News’ moving target/Rants, Raves & Random Thoughts
*The relevance of the essay/Silver Valley Stories
*Vegetables, flat tires, and Gov. Sarah Palin/Slight Detour
*The long, long weekend/Synaptic Disunion
*Obama and the change factor/Dogwalk Musings
*The elephant in the room/Simple Mind

HBO Blog Numbers (for Tuesday, Sept. 2): 14,347 page-views/7906 unique views.

Risch Launches Campaign Blog

Hello and welcome to the Risch Blog! For the next 63 days, it is my hope to use this blog as a way to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening with the campaign, in our State and all over America – whether it be videos or photos from recent events that I’ve been to, interesting articles I’m reading, or just my thoughts. But even more than that, I want this blog to be a conversation about how we can take Idaho into the future/Jim Risch, The Risch Blog. More here.

Question: With the advent of blogs by Lt. Gov. Jim Risch and Congressman Bill Sali, are you willing to admit that Idaho Republicans are beginning to understand the importance of the blogosphere?

Ellen Goodman Among GOP Convention Arrests

Item: Rowdy or Righteous? Police, press and protestors clash/Jill Kuraitis, New West Boise.

More Info: Also in Denver, more than 100 protestors were arrested by police in riot gear trying to disperse a crowd of 300. But the violent protests in St. Paul are in contrast with a relatively peaceful Democratic convention in Denver. The Republican convention has seen almost 300 arrests so far, notably Associated Press photographer Matt Rourke and Democracy Now! Journalist Amy Goodman and two members of her production crew.

Question: How much sympathy do you have for protestors at the national political conventions?

Woman Thwarted In Safeway Robbery Try

A woman described as being 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, weighing 120 pounds, with light or dishwater blone hair, failed in her attempt to rob Oxycontin from the Safeway pharmacy on 4th, according to Coeur d’Alene police. The woman, wearing glasses, a dark sweat shirt and blue house slippers, handed the pharmacist a note at 9:12 this morning, demanding Oxycontin. The pharmacist said the store didn’t carry and drug and told his assistant to call 911.

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