MONDAY, JAN. 31, 2011

Wild Card/Monday -- 1.31.11 16 

Doesn't the sunshine and the date on the calendar this morning, Jan. 31, make you want to smile? We may be going through a cold snap during the first part of the week. But February is just around the corner. Old Man Winter is losing...

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Parting Shot -- 1.31.11 

A sled dog howls as a tourist looks on during a tour run by Outdoor Adventures in the Soo Valley north of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, on Monday. An organization that fights animal abuse is calling the slaughter of 100 sled dogs by an outdoor...

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Is Cursive Going Way Of Dinosaur? 

What these kids are learning seems familiar to most of us; but, they're learning something fewer and fewer kids across the country will ever learn. Districts across the country are making the switch from handwriting lessons to keyboarding classes, leaving cursive in the dust. Spokane...

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Thank An Architect If You Like Trail 

The next time you ride along the Centennial Trail, or take your family out to enjoy one of Spokane’s scenic parks, thank a landscape architect. And if you know Coeur d’Alene’s Jon Mueller, be sure to thank him too. For 27 years, Mueller has been...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 1.31.11 

5:57 p.m. Wife reports that her husband has shot himself in home office @ Duce & Walking Horse/Athol. She reports that there's a lot of blood and that her husband's still breathing. 5:55 p.m. State Line WalMart has apprehended a cooperative shoplifter. 5:45 p.m. A...

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PM Headlines -- 1.31.11

"I've been doing this kindergarten," said Aric Fortin, a 4th grader at Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities, on Monday, January 31, 2011. The school, in Coeur d'Alene will have jugglers Matt Baker and Aaron Gregg as artists in residence all week. The...

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Chris: Chiludo's Burrito ... To Die For 11 

Chris Beck: I stopped by El Chiludo's on Saturday and tried a marinated chicken burrito and a chile relleno. Two thumbs up for the huge and tasty burrito. Four other customers passed through while I was there. Next stop - Taco Works. DFO: Whenever one...

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APhoto Of The Day -- 1.31.11 12 

Lynn Kriengkrairut, top, and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, bottom, fall as they perform during the free dance program in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Top Cutlines: 1. Upon sneezing, Logan tried to console her by saying...

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Bar Report: DUI Left Holding Wheel? 

A guy who'd lost his designated driver is among the latest arrests made as a result of downtown Coeur d'Alene drinking. On a recent Saturday, CPD Blues arrested a 25YO male in the Coeur d'Alene Resort parking lot after responding to a hit-and-run report. The...

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North Idaho Blogs -- 1.31.11

Marianne Love/Slight Detour snapped a series of photos around her acreage in Bonner County of the snow, waterways, and one of her dogs. 'As I lay dying'/Accidental Rabbit Trails\ American exceptionalism requires exceptional Americans/Arch Druid Barging into ... what?/Bay Views Is it time to reassess...

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We All Fall Down 

A model falls on the catwalk during Tony Ward's Spring-Summer 2011 collection during the AltaRoma fashion week, in Rome, Monday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Question: Have you taken a hard fall this winter?

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Vet Regrets Improper 'Guns' Remark 

Military veteran Sherman Randolph has had second thoughts about an inappropriate comment he made during a meeting between the American Legion and city officials re: McEuen Field. At the time (shortly after the Tucson shootings, he said that regular citizens are going to have to...

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Otis: Lady Looks Like A Dude 

On his Facebook wall, Otis G tells of a close encounter in the Spokane Valley Costco food court involving a store worker recently. As the worker handed him a sausage, Otis said: "Thanks, brother!" Only to have the dude huff at him. Otis wasn't sure...

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Mary & Ron Edinger Now BFFs 

It wasn't that long ago, if memory serves me correctly, that Mary Souza & her OpenCDA.com playmates weren't that complimentary of Councilman Ron Edinger. Now that Ron has come out in favor of a public vote on McEuen Field, things have changed. In civil terms...

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'Unsinkable Molly B' Survives Again 

A cow makes a dash onto 8th Avenue South in Great Falls, Mont. while running from law enforcement officers on Jan. 5, 2006. Five years after a cow dubbed the "Unsinkable Molly B" leapt a slaughterhouse gate and swam across the Missouri River in an...

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Loertscher May Kill Conscience Bill 

House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, says he hasn't decided whether or not to allow a hearing on legislation from Rep. Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls, to amend Idaho's “conscience law” to ensure that patients' living wills and advanced care directives are followed -...

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Judge: Health Care Reform Illegal 49 

In a big loss for the Obama administration, a federal judge has thrown out the entire health care reform law. Judge Roger Vinson in Florida found today that the requirement in the law that all Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine “exceeds Congress’...

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How Free Is 'Free Panda Thursday'? 

On his wall, Facebook Friend Joe Butler writes re: a "Free Panda (Express) Thursday": "And by free, we've learned that this means 'at participating restaurants,' and sometimes you have to buy other stuff, and try to get there prior to noon before the overworked lunch...

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High Noon: Out, Out, Damn Ringtone 13 

Steve Crump, columnist/editorial writer for the Twin Falls Times-News, is one of many who appreciate the decline of annoying ringtones for cell phones. In a weekend column, Steve notes that the sale of ringtones in this country peaked at $714 million in 2007. They then...

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INW: WSU Delirious After UW Win 

Washington State players Dré Winston, Jr.(left to right), Brock Motum, Faisal Aden, Abe Lodwick, DeAngelo Casto, Steven Bjornstad and Will DiIorio rush onto the court after defeating Washington 87-80 in an NCAA college basketball game Sunday in Pullman. See Jim Moore/PI column below. (AP Photo/Dean...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.31.11 

Noonish: Silent holdup alarm has sounded from cooler at Appleby's/CdA. 11:27 a.m. 18YO man driving red Toyota toward Idaho/PF, may have baseball bat en route to a fight. 11:08 a.m. Man chased from Radio Shack may now be @ Peterson's/liquor store on Sherman, panhandling. 10:38...

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Have Ukulele, Will Travel 

I'm taking our Family Ukulele (yes, we have one ... ) to my son this week. We're meeting up in LA for him to participate at the Ronald Reagan Centennial Events. (BTW, he WON'T be playing it...just receiving it from me.) In preparation, Colin, a...

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Hucks Poll: Raise Taxes 

Weekend Poll: Hucks Nation supports raising taxes to protect essential services, like Medicaid and public education. 111 of 208 respondents (53.4%) support a tax increase to protect services. 92 of 208 (43.2%) oppose raising taxes. 5 (2.4%) were undecided. Today's Poll: Should Idaho's anti-discrimination law...

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Rescuers Save Ex-TV Anchor Wilde 

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says the driver of a SUV had been drinking before driving her car into a Latah Valley creek Sunday afternoon.Deputies were called out to Hangman Valley Road in the Latah Valley area just after one p.m. on reports that a...

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Bill Hall: Humans Fight Like Buffalos 

Many among our kind are built like a buffalo, and I don't mean because they eat too much fast food. The sacrificial urge is in our genes, whether we all heed the urge or not. We are designed to rush to the rescue of strangers,...

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.








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