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Parting Shot: Are you ready?

About 8 inches of snow was recorded Sept. 30, 2013, at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.

PARKS — The first serious bout of winter-like weather has temporarily closed Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road today at The Loop on the west side of the park.

Weather conditions along the higher elevations of the Going-to-the-Sun Road today have included very windy conditions — 30-40 mph at Big Bend — slush and icy conditions on the road, cloudy and limited visibility, and snow accumulations of more than 8 inches at Logan Pass.

Camping conditions suck. Rich Landers, Outdoors.

So, are we skipping fall and going directly to winter? Are you ready for some snow?

Monday Wild Card 9.30.13

Well, Dave decided to take one more day off. But he swears he'll be back at his desk tomorrow!

At church yesterday, our pastor referred to “Monday morning atheists.” I think he was talking about people who believe in God on Sunday and forget all about Him on Monday, however I think the phrase has a different meaning.

I consider myself a Monday morning atheist. I don't believe in Monday mornings. Too bad they tend to show up every single week anyway.

Believe it or not, here's your Wild Card.

Feds defend plan to drop gray wolf protection

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Federal officials offered a staunch defense Monday of their proposal to drop legal protections for the gray wolf in most of the country, as opponents rallied in the nation’s capital before the first in a series of public hearings on the plan.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called for removing the wolf from the endangered species list for the lower 48 states in June, except for a subspecies called the Mexican wolf in the Southwest, which is struggling to survive. Ranching and hunting groups have praised the proposal, while environmentalists have said it is premature. Read more.


Tornado reported in Western Washington

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service confirms the winds that damaged industrial buildings in western Washington, including a Boeing factory, were a tornado.

Meteorologist Johnny Burg says a team from the Weather Service office in Seattle went to the scene Monday and certified the tornado, based on eyewitness accounts.

The tornado at 7:20 a.m. tore a hole in the roof of the Northwest Door factory at Frederickson, halting production of garage doors.

The tornado also caused minor damage to the nearby Boeing factory and cars in the parking lot. Boeing says work has resumed.

The winds topped a weekend of record rains from a wintry storm in the Northwest.

Is is blustery where you are? Here in Spokane we're battening down the hatches and clicking our ruby red shoes.

Devil cat

You can blame DFO for this one. He apparently thinks kitty cats are the spawn of Satan. So, when I was out shopping and found this, I had to buy it for Thor. Who knew the devil wears a bow tie?

What? Like you don't buy Halloween costumes for your pet?


We resume our regularly scheduled programming

Sorry about the troll detrius on the Hillary Clinton thread. Dave used up the last of the the Troll Be Gone and I had to run to the store for more.


The good old days

Sometimes, the so-called “good old days” really were better. For example, if the data is correct, then the state of parenting in America has been in slow but steady decline since the 1960s. Child mental health and school achievement were much better back then, when the go-to parenting experts were grandparents.

In my public presentations, I sometimes begin sentences with “I’m a member of the last generation” and go on to describe some benefit we boomers enjoyed that today’s kids, by and large, do not enjoy. Some of these sentences include:

• “I’m a member of the last generation of American children who did not receive much adult attention.”

As long as we were doing nothing wrong, our parents largely left us alone. They let us have the freedom to entertain ourselves, learn from our mistakes and fight our own battles.

• “I’m a member of the last generation of American children who were not allowed to have high self-esteem.”

Back then, to express a high opinion of oneself was known as “acting too big for your britches.” Today, high self-esteem is supposedly the key to everything good in life.

Problem is, it hasn’t worked out that way. Researchers have found that high self-esteem is associated with lots of bad stuff, like fear of failure and bullying. Full story.

Do you think the state of American parenting is in a slow, steady decline?

There’s a pill for that

Suffering? Getting old? The pharmaceutical industry wants to help. Every night on TV, photogenic actors frolic with photogenic grandchildren, or lounge in bathtubs gazing into the setting sun, telling emotion-laden tales of 30-second Madison Avenue cures: E.D.? Low T? R.A.? COPD? Dry eye? Sneezy? Wheezy? Queasy? There’s a drug for that.

And all the consumer needs to do – all together, now – is “Talk to your doctor.”

But there are a few things the ads don’t mention: Low-cost alternatives to the high-cost drugs featured in the ads. Lifestyle changes that could make drugs unnecessary. Damaging side effects that may not be discovered until a drug has been on the market for a while.

Less obvious is the fact that when consumers do show up to talk to their doctors, the drug industry got there first. Read more. John Webster, SR

My 82-year-old  mother takes a bewlidering number of medications. It really concerns me. I don't take any regular medication— not even vitamin suppliements.

Do you take prescribed meds? Why or why not?

Girl Scout membership declines

Natalie Harrison, left, and Jasmine Barnett of Troop 2424 hold a promotional poster for the Girl Scouts in Charlotte, N.C.

NEW YORK – With an assist from Michelle Obama, the Girl Scouts of the USA is launching an unorthodox recruitment campaign this week aimed at reversing a long-running decline in participation by girls and adult volunteers.

Instead of placing ads on TV, in newspapers and on billboards, the decentralized campaign will unfold in neighborhood initiatives and on social media as local Girl Scout councils directly target elementary-school girls – even kindergartners – with promises of adventuresome fun.

The first lady is pitching in with a video in which she lauds the contributions of the Girl Scouts and urges adults to find the time to help out. More here.

Were you ever a Girl Scout? How about your daughter/s?

Bon Jovi at the Arena

I found this over at the Spokesman Facebook page: Bon Jovi plays the Spokane Arena on Sunday night. What song do you most want to hear?

My husband surprised me with tickets for Sunday night's show! I want to hear “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Wanted Dead or Alive”!

CEO of Heritage Health responds

Avatar Mike Baker posted this on the Dirne changes name— again thread. I appreciate the time and thoughtfulness of his reply and I hope you do, too. Cindy

Hi folks- It is always a gamble jumping into these
conversations. Please be gentle.

My name is Mike Baker, I am the CEO ofHeritage Health (formerly Dirne CHC). I appreciate all of your comments about the current issue around our rebranding. I wish that they were a little more understanding and compassionate, but I understand that we let you down.

I take full responsibility for the name change. Please direct your negative comments my way. I’d be happy to speak with you directly and answer your questions. There is always more to the story.

We are sitting at a crossroads in healthcare today. We all
know that the current healthcare system is not working. We have thousands of families in our region that have lost jobs and do not have the income necessary to even access the most basic care. Families are choosing between food and medications. We see this tragic case played out every day.

Full post below. Thoughts?

Hillary Clinton film scrubbed

You can scrap the CNN documentary on Hillary Rodham Clinton: Nobody — absolutely nobody — would agree to speak on record about the former secretary of state and potential 2016 White House candidate, the film director said.

Film director Charles Ferguson said in The Guardian that he pulled the plug on his planned documentary after receiving a solid wall of silence from the 100 or so he approached to interview for the film..

On top of that, aides to the former secretary of state pressured CNN from behind the scenes to have the film dropped from its production schedules, Mr. Ferguson said. One statement from an aide: Mrs. Clinton would only cooperate “over my dead body,” he said, in The Guardian. Full story. Cheryl K. Chumley, Washington Times

 What actress should have played Hillary and why the wall of silence?


CdA doctor pens novel around North Idaho’s defeat of Aryans

COEUR d’ALENE — Ever since he was a little lad — hard to imagine this guy was ever little — Eric Heidenreich dreamed of writing a novel.

But first there was growing up to do in Pullman, Wash., followed by small-college football and a biology degree from Whitworth University just up the road in Spokane. For the towering Heidenreich, all 6-foot-5 of him, serious writing would have to wait. He earned a military scholarship to Dartmouth Medical School, rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force before retiring from active duty in 1997, and launched a 10-year career as chief of inpatient psychiatry in Twin Falls.

There was scant time to write there but Heidenreich somehow managed while he and his wife, Tanya, raised three children. “When I was in southern Idaho I wrote a book that actually got an editor interested,” he said, “but by then I was too bored with it to finish. It was nonfiction called ‘Your Brain’s A Dangerous Neighborhood: Don’t Go In There Alone.’ Basically, it was about all the stupid things people do on their own.” When he closed the book on that effort, Heidenreich came to a new conclusion: “Maybe fiction would be more interesting.” Read more. Mike Patrick, CdA Press

The author describes “Greyhound Therapy” as  “historical fiction with emphasis on ‘fiction,’ with some suspense and a tad bit of romance thrown in,” and says he was inspired by North Idaho’s victory over Richard Butler’s white supremacists.

Are you interested in reading Greyhound Therapy?

Prison gardens provide

Dan Stockwell, an inmate at Airway Heights Corrections Center, harvests carrots from the prison garden Sept. 20. Tyler Tjomsland, SR photo

It’s been almost 10 years since Dan Stockwell sat in Kitsap County Jail, waiting to be sentenced to life without parole on charges of child molestation.

Now, he’s a gardener at Airway Heights Corrections Center, harvesting vegetables and drawing up landscape plans for a garden just a few yards from his cell.

Earlier this year, the prison created community vegetable gardens to be maintained by offenders. It’s the peak of harvest at the prison, and inmates are plucking fall vegetables from the ground to be cooked in the prison’s kitchens.

“It allows me to work off the kinds of frustrations you get from having to sit in a cell,” Stockwell said, taking a break from harvesting. Read more. Kaitlin Gillespie, SR

Do you enjoy gardening?

Hydros might have sunk

COEUR d'ALENE - Doug Miller, who spearheaded the Coeur d'Alene Diamond Cup Hydroplane races over Labor Day weekend, issued a press release Thursday saying the event lost money. But Miller would not answer repeated requests for details this week, leaving the public to try to fill in important blanks.

In the release, Miller stated that organizers were grateful for the support they received from the community, although it wasn't enough.

“We will need to rely heavily on the businesses that benefit from these races such as hotels, motels, restaurants and retail to do their part and giving back by becoming financial supporters,” he wrote.

Miller also had a message for those who attended the event.

“We also appreciate the attendees who supported the event by buying tickets, but there were many who found a way to attend the races without paying, either viewing from land or boat,” he wrote. “This will also need to come to a halt next year or the races cannot continue.” Read more. Jeff Selle, CdA Press

Do you want the hydro races to return next year?

Donated fuselage helps flight attendant return to work

Southwest Airlines flight attendant Kate Odorizzi demonstrates the type of therapy she received for a work-related injury. Dan Pelle, SR photo

In 2012, a partnership between Southwest Airlines and St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute resulted in a new addition at St. Luke’s – a portion of a retrofitted airplane fuselage.

The fuselage landed at St. Luke’s Community, a 2,200-square-foot therapy area dedicated to helping people recover after an injury or illness. And soon, it helped one of Southwest’s own to return to the job she loved.

Kate Odorizzi has been a Southwest flight attendant for 15 years. Odorizzi moved to Spokane in 2004, although her job is based in Oakland. “Spokane was my favorite overnight,” she said. “I love the four seasons.”

In March 2011, she was working in the aft gallery when her flight encountered severe turbulence. She was violently tossed from side to side in the small area.

“Everything in the galley came out – glassware, drawers – every item became a projectile and I encountered everything.” Full story, Cindy Hval, SR

Have you ever encountered severe turbulence on a flight?

Bumpersnicker: Peace and quiet

Arpie saw this bumpersnicker at the soccer fields this weekend: Marathon Mom, 26.2 miles of peace and quiet.

What do you do/where do you go, to get some peace and quiet?


Get rid of comments on news sites?

Dan Gookin posted this interesting article in the Weekend Wild card. Here's an excerpt:

“A couple days ago, Popular Science announced that they are shutting off comments on their online articles. They’re doing it to try to retain the integrity of these pieces, because their studies show that argumentative or negative comments impact the credibility of the original post.

But this points to an underlying factor that’s true for virtually all major news sites: 90% of the comments are negative and/or argumentative. I’ll let Alexandra Petri explain it, as she’s done the best job I’ve seen so far:

“…the less commenters are guaranteed to have in common, the worse the climate tends to be.

The few places where the comments sections are the home of a vibrant, riveting, polite discussion are the ones where the host site has made a vigorous effort to create community.” More here.

Keep in mind we're not talking about blogs like HBO, but comments left on articles on news sites like the Spokesman and the CdA Press.

How often do you read comments left on an online article? Do you ever comment yourself?


Cda Chamber fine tunes its vision

COEUR d'ALENE - Think of 2007, and you smile.

Economists have pinpointed that year as the pinnacle of one of the most prosperous periods in the history of our nation. Some have declared that U.S. economy among the three or four most robust in the annals of civilization.

Locally, the good times could hardly have been better. In a bricks and mortar testament to the optimism of the day, the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce flung open the doors of its brand new building across the street from the lake and the Coeur d'Alene Resort, right where tourists and retail merge.

That was September 2007, exactly six years ago.

“It certainly put bright lights and attention on an organization that for years had been very difficult to find,” Steve Wilson, the chamber's president and CEO since November 2011, said in a one-on-one interview with The Press this week. Wilson noted that in its new location, the chamber welcomes 35,000 to 38,000 visitors a year - 10 times the visitorship of the previous facility on 3rd Street.

But September 2007 proved to be a cliff with a tantalizing view - and a long way to fall. Full story. Mike Patrick, CdA Press

Are chambers of commerce good gauges of the economy?

Obamacare dispute sends gov’t to brink of shutdown

WASHINGTON — Compromise elusive, Republicans and Democrats engaged in finger-pointing Monday just hours before the first government shutdown in 17 years, driven by an intractable budget dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

“This law is not ready for prime time,” said Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who insisted that the Democratic-controlled Senate act quickly and accept a House measure that would avert a shutdown — but only by delaying further implementation of the health care law for a year.

“Where, oh where, has the Senate gone?” asked Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas.

House Democrats soundly rejected the GOP alternative and pleaded for an end to the fighting. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., implored Boehner to be “the leader of this body” — Democrats and Republicans.

The Senate returns shortly after 2 p.m. EDT — just 10 hours before a threatened shutdown — and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and his Democrats have made it clear that they want a straightforward bill to keep the government operating and won’t accept any GOP-crafted legislation that delays or unravels the 3-year-old health care law. Full story.

How likely do you think it is that the government will shut down and how concerned about it are you?

Dirne changes name— again

Threats of a lawsuit have pushed a nonprofit health care provider in Coeur d’Alene to change its name for the second time this month.

Dirne Community Health Center, which has provided health services particularly to low-income and homeless patients for nearly 30 years, announced with fanfare Sept. 9 that it was changing its name to Legacy Health. But on Monday the name will change again, to Heritage Health.

“Almost immediately after the (Sept. 9) announcement, our organization was contacted by an attorney with Legacy Health Systems in Oregon,” CEO Mike Baker said in a statement released Friday. The Portland-based hospital group threatened to sue for trademark infringement.

Baker said his organization believes it could prevail in such a lawsuit, but it couldn’t pay for a legal battle with a company with billion-dollar revenues.

The Coeur d’Alene system’s board of directors decided to “capture the spirit of the former name” by changing the name to Heritage Health, Baker said.

“Our commitment to this community has not changed,” Baker said.

The clinic, incorporated in 1986 by Lidwina Dirne, had decided on its first rebranding in consultation with Dirne before her death in June, according to previous news reports.


Seahawks 4-0 for the first time

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman intercepts the ball in front of Texans’ Owen Daniels and returns it 58 yards for a TD that tied the game at 20.

HOUSTON – The Seattle Seahawks were battered on defense in the first half, bruised on offense and soundly beaten in every statistical category.

What hadn’t been broken, though, was their confidence – their belief in themselves and each other.

“The mood in the locker room was unbelievable at halftime,” quarterback Russell Wilson insisted after the game. “We knew that if we could just hang in there, if we could just play one play at a time, stay in the moment … and we did that, throughout the whole entire second half.”

The Seahawks turned what was an afternoon of misery for most of three quarters into a day of history, rallying from 17 points down to beat the Houston Texans 23-20 in overtime.

Now that was an intense game!

Idahoan’s fish-eating habits surveyed

Photo illustration: Daniel Jolibois, a fisheries technician, releases a cutthroat trout on Friday in Plummer, Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is working to restore cutthroat populations on its reservation.

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality plans to conduct a fish-consumption survey.

Agency spokesman Don Essig said the study will look at the general population and those who hold Idaho fishing licenses, according to the Idaho Statesman.

The agency hopes to find out the eating habits of Idaho residents when it comes to trout, bass and other fish.

Officials say fish-consumption rates are important to water quality regulators who use the information to calculate pollution standards intended to protect human health. More here.

How often do you eat fish?

Lake City Playhouse and patrons to receive Mayor’s Award

Coeur d’Alene’s Art Commission is awarding the 18th annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts to Lake City Playhouse and arts patrons Ken and Victoria Roberge.

Mayor Sandy Bloem will present the awards at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 in a public gathering at the Hagadone Event Center.

Lake City Playhouse will receive the Excellence in the Arts Award, given to the artists who made significant contributions to the awareness of arts in the community, according to a news release from the city. The Roberges will receive the Support of the Arts Award, recognizing their commitment, support and involvement to the arts.

The playhouse, located at 13th Street and Garden Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, has been staging plays since 1961. The regular season features eight plays – a mixture of classics and newer fare, dramas and comedies. This season kicked off recently with “Damn Yankees,” which continues through Saturday. The remaining plays this season are “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Christmas Belles,” “Little Women,” “Wit,” “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Guys and Dolls.”

The Roberges own Specialty Tree Services in Coeur d’Alene. Carolyn Lamberson, SR

Are you a fan of the Lake City Playhouse?

Peter Cenarrusa former Idaho Secretary of State, dies

BOISE – Pete T. Cenarrusa, a Basque-American who held state office in Idaho uninterrupted for more than five decades and spent nearly as long in the sheep business, has died. He was 95.

Cenarrusa died about noon Sunday at his home in Boise after a battle with lung cancer, said Roy Eiguren, president of the Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture. Cenarrusa’s wife of 66 years, Freda, was at his side.

“He was an exceptional human being who did so much for Idaho and its people,” Eiguren said. “He will be deeply missed.” Read more.

Weekend Wild Card — 9.28-29.13

It looks like you guys did well without me on Thursday and Friday. I thank all of you for behaving while I was gone for the two work days. I'll be back on Monday to fire up the three rings in this cyber circus again. Until then, I'll post this weekend Wild Card — and keep watching as I have time over the weekend …

Floating Sponges May Clear Up Hayden Lake

 A Hayden Lake homeowners association installed a floating wetland next to its community dock Thursday, with the goal of improving water quality in one of the lake’s murky bays. Water sedges, monkey flowers and nutrient-loving grasses sprouted from two rafts constructed from spongy, plastic membranes. As the plants grow, their roots will form a thick mat that sucks phosphorus out of the bay. “They’re basically growing like hydroponics,” said Karen Hayes, who is part of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s Hayden Lake Project./Becky Kramer, SR. More here

Fort Grounds Reacts to Condo Project

     The homes facing Lake Coeur d’Alene between downtown and North Idaho College are among the most coveted and priciest pieces of real estate in the city. And what happens along that alluring stretch of shoreline certainly gets noticed. One family living there will tear down its 100-year-old home this fall and start construction on four condominiums priced at nearly $1 million each. The redevelopment plan has sparked a movement to preserve the nature of housing in the venerable Fort Grounds neighborhood, and about 90 residents there have signed a petition supporting the effort. “It’s about people who love their neighborhood and want to keep it as a single-family, historic district,” said Marlo Faulkner, who has lived in Fort Grounds most of her life./Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Extended Wild Card — 9.26-29.2013

As I mentioned Wednesday, I'll be off the next two work days and through the weekend to take care of personal business. Unfortunately, Super Sub Cindy is finishing a major project this week and isn't available to substitute for me. I apologize for leaving you on your own until Monday when we'll get things rolling again. I'll check in occasionally to deal with any trolls that might surface. The rest of you know how to entertain yourselves. See you back here Monday. Be kind to one another. Here's the 4-day Wild Card …

  • Wednesday Poll: Hucks Nation agreed that Syringa management made right decision to confront customer who brought Happy Meal to restaurant — 73.19% yes, 20.29% no, 6.52% undecided.
  • Cutline Winner — Flatlander, with 9 likes: “Some carats improve eyesight more then others.”

Parting Shot — 9.25.13

Six mule deer pause in a harvested wheatfield to look back at the cause of their run up the hill near Prescott, Washington on Monday. (AP Photo/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Greg Lehman)

Hump Day Wild Card — 9.25.13

I will have to do something Thursday and Friday that hasn't been done at Huckleberries in awhile — shut the blog down, using only a Wild Card. I have a personal matter to attend to. And Cindy is finishing a big free-lance project. I wanted to warn you today, so you won't be disappointed when you tune in Thursday and/or Friday and see only a Wild Card posted. But we still have today to sing in the sunshine — or rain — and there's already good topics posted. I'll post this Wild Card — and look for more good fodder …

Deanna: Trying To Keep Trees Upright

Deanna Goodlander: There are some options being explored to keep most of the trees (along Rosenberry Drive aka Dike Road). They will not all go and we could also put a shear wall (steel sheets driven into the ground) down the middle of the Dike Road. If you look at the steel sheeting along the old mill property you can see what that would look like. Estimated cost around 3 million dollars. I think that would require a bond issue, but if we wanted to do that we could. I would vote for the bond myself just to keep that wonderful tree shaded area as it is. Just depends on what decisions are made in the future, meanwhile we are showing the Core and FEMA that we are being pro-active in flood control in order to keep the process moving forward and show good faith.

Question: I can't believe the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still pushing to have some-to-many of the beautiful trees lining Rosenberry Drive (Dike Road) leveled to fulfill its bureaucratic requirements, can you?

Cutline Contest — 9.25.13

Time 2 Vote …

A Sotheby's employee shows The Pink Star diamond weighing 59.6 carat, during a preview at Sotheby's, in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier today. The Pink Star, one of the world's natural treasures, is the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction, estimated in excess of US $ 60 million. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini)

Tuesday Winner — Dennis, with 6 likes: “I'm a little teapot, short and stout…..” You can see Tuesday photo and all cutline contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.25.13

  • 5:38 p.m. White pickup w/Tom Addis license plate holder speeding @ w/b I-90/MP 11 (NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 5:28 p.m. A distraught female left Daybreak Coffee, 7925 Ramsey, crying, screaming.
  • 5:21 p.m. Officer wants street department to pick up “bucket of carcasses” @ 5981 Atlas Road.
  • 5:16 p.m. Male w/large knife who assaulted someone entered woods on north side of Target.
  • 4:57 p.m. Resident @ Octavia Court/Reiswig, Post Falls, has caught loose dog.
  • 4:56 p.m. Driver of Ford pickup @ n/b H95/MP 427 (Cougar Gulch) has unstrapped firewood load.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 24-25 here.
  • 4:37 p.m. A small child is reportedly laying on sidewalk in front of Lakes Middle School/CdA.
  • 4:21 p.m. A large freezer is laying in middle of lane on e/b I-90/MP 1 (Beck Road/Post Falls).
  • 4:16 p.m. A dingy, black Honda Accord almost hit motorist @ e/b 6th/Best Avenue, CdA.
  • 12 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below

Pecky: Social Media Can Hurt Biz

Pecky Cox (RE: GirlFridayCDA: Customer not always right): Whether you like it or not, and you don't have to - we live in a world that has gone SOCIAL, what FB, YouTube, Yelp and many other tools on social media can do to your business is a scary matter. Good or bad but a sad fact. Google the story about the guy who had his luggage (guitar) destroyed by airline crew. It says it all. Absolutely, the customer is not always right, neither are his posts and tweets, but hey, not much to do about it.

Question: Have you ever posted a bad review or comment of a restaurant or business on Yelp or any other social media?

Great Wall Of CdA To Be Short-Lived

It would take a mighty flood for Lake Coeur d’Alene to spill over the seawall at City Beach – not something the city expects to happen. But officials must prepare for the worst, and to that end city crews will erect a temporary wall on top of the seawall next week. The purpose is to demonstrate to federal authorities that a higher structure can be thrown up in a hurry to keep rising water from spilling over into City Park, the Fort Grounds neighborhood, the North Idaho College campus and the city’s wastewater treatment plant to the north. City crews will put up the 4-foot-tall flood wall starting Monday morning along West Lakeshore Drive from Hubbard Avenue east through City Park to Northwest Boulevard. After it’s inspected, the wall will come back down, possibly as early as Tuesday/Scott Maben, SR. More below.

HBO Blog Roundup — 9.25.13

Don't look now, but this photo taken by Pecky Cox/As the Lake Churns today shows snow at Priest Lake — on Sept. 25! Does a long beautiful summer give was to an early, long winter? Inquiring minds want to know.

HucksOnlilne numbers (for Tuesday, Sept. 24: 10,104 page-views, 4910 unique views

Adjusting To New, Foreign Tastes

Meal planning for a family of five is never easy, but imagine doing your grocery shopping in a country where you don’t speak the language, and many of the foods are unfamiliar to you. That’s what happened to Abby McAllister when she and her husband, Harley, left Valleyford to teach school in the Dominican Republic three years ago. Her experience prompted her to compile a cookbook, “Familiar Tastes in a Foreign Place.” How the family got to the Dominican Republic from Valleyford is a tale in and of itself. “I didn’t even know where the Dominican Republic was,” McAllister confessed in a recent phone interview. “I thought it was near the Philippines”/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (Courtesy photo: Abby McAllister, her husband, Harley, and their three children moved to the Dominican Republic in 2010, which led to her cookbook, “Familiar Tastes in a Foreign Place”)

Question: Are you a cookbook/recipe type cook or do you prefer to wing it?

GirlFriday: Customer Not Always Right

BTW, here's the note left by the angry customer that was posted on Syringa's Facebook page.

GirlFridayCDA: Syringa could have handled it better by not posting this on Facebook, but they did not post anyone's name and in the realm of Facebook all the comments good or bad actually work in their favor. I have three children and a couple of them are picky eaters, when we all go out to eat we go where everyone will eat something off the menu. Husband and I go to the places we want when we don't have the children. You have to have respect for the restaurant owner and for the other people in the restaurant, if you can't do that, then go somewhere else. I choose to not eat at restaurants that allow animals, because I am allergic and some pet owners are not respectful of others (and let their animal slobber all over your table). I don't picket the place or act disrespectful, because it is the owners choice to allow it and the people's choice to bring them. As an intelligent human being, I make the choice to respect that and eat elsewhere. Not like we don't have plenty of choices. Just because you are the Customer, it is not your “Right” to receive what ever service you demand, and the customer is not always right. Sorry :(

Question: Have you observed a situation in which a customer (store, restaurant, etc.) was definitely wrong? How much guff should the owner/employees of a business take from a customer who is wrong?

LCDC To Level Fortground Rentals

In the minutes of its recent board meeting, Lake City Development Corp. announces plans to level three rental houses it owns along North Park Drive, near Coeur d'Alene Skate Park, in the Fortgrounds area:

Executive Director Berns shared that plans are being formulated to demolish three LCDC-owned residential building properties on North Park Avenue this fall: 618 N. Park Avenue, 620 N. Park Avenue and 622 N. Park Avenue. Funding to cover the demolition costs of these three residential buildings is included in the 2014 fiscal year budget. Tenants in the 618 and 620 N. Park Avenue properties have already given notice that they plan to vacate those premises by the end of September. Tenants at the 622 N. Park Avenue property will leave the premises in October. Tentative plans call for the building demolitions to occur prior to year end.


Ponderay Chief: FBI Skews Statistics

The tiny town of Ponderay has the highest property crime rate in the State of Idaho, according to the FBI.  It’s not something you'd expect from the small town just 2.5 miles north of Sandpoint, but the Ponderay Police Chief Michael Hutter says the statistics aren’t what they seem and he says those FBI statistics are skewed.  Chief Hutter says they’re skewed because so much crime comes from visitors in town, specifically, visitors who are shoplifting.  He says Ponderay is the shopping mecca for people in North Idaho, with box stores and car dealerships.  Ponderay has a population of about 1,143 people, but the Chief says with 250 businesses, the town has a daytime population between 8 and 10 thousand people; which increases crime all on its own/KHQ. More here.

Question: When did you last stop in the small Bonner County town of Ponderay?

Task Force Reaches Out To Leith, ND

A blog, Not In Our Town, has started to raise awareness and support for the residents of Leith, N.D., who are fighting an attempted takeover of their town by a white supremacist. You can read more here.

On Saturday, the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations sent the following open letter to the 22 residents of Leith, N.D., and all other North Dakotans (in wake of the attempt by a white supremacist from Canada to establish a racist stronghold in Leith):

“The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Board of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, stands in solidarity with the good residents of Leith. We praise you for your courageous determination to oppose the message of hate and those who promote white supremacy. You are doing exactly what all communities should do and that is never remain silent in the face of hate. We have spent 32 years opposing the doctrines and activities of the neo-Nazis and other extremists’ movements and thus we stand shoulder to shoulder with you and ask all the good people of North Dakota to do the same.”

Question: Are you concerned re: the attempt by a white supremacist to take over the small North Dakota town of Leith?

Weekly News Quiz — 8.22-26.13

Did you know you could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel simply by taking our weekly news quiz? All entrants are eligible to win tickets to area cinemas, and our overall champ takes home the gift card. Answer 10 interactive questions, and you're in the running. Good luck! This week's quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: Woody Guthrie
  • Berry Pickers on Leaderboard: RaynTim, Another Perspective, Rational Universe, SFredrickson, Duffer & Eddie Torreal.

MikeK: Cruz Used Wrong Seuss Book

On his Facebook wall last night, Councilman MikeK posts:So Ted Cruz read Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor. I have read it to my kids a lot and know the story well. I love the book. But I wonder if Sen. Cruz understands the story, because he's kind of the narrator of the story, and Green Eggs and Ham is kind of like Obamacare. He hates it, stubbornly resists and won't even try it. In the end, after fighting for hours and hours, the narrator (who is unnamed) finally gives in and tries the Green Eggs and Ham. And it turns out he likes it. Maybe Sen. Cruz might have found another book to make his point?”

Question: Which Seuss book would have been more appropriate for Ted Cruz's filibuster?

Idaho 7th In Women Slain By Men

An organization that researches violence and advocates for tougher gun laws has released a study that shows Idaho has the seventh-highest rate of women killed by men in the nation. The Violence Policy Center released its annual report analyzing homicide data Wednesday. The organization found that in Idaho, 14 females were murdered by males in 2011. That translates to a rate of 1.77 per every 100,000, higher than the national average of 1.17 per 100,000. Of the Idaho women who were homicide victims that year, all but two were over the age of 18, and all but one of them was killed by someone they knew/AP via Boise State Public Radio. More here.

Question: Ah, isn't this a list that we'd prefer to be ranked near the bottom, per usual?

Groups Fund Anti-Bullying Expert

An international expert on combating discrimination and bullying will work with the Coeur d’Alene School District this year to measure the extent of bullying among students and help develop measures to end it. Steve Wessler, a Maine lawyer and college instructor who wrote “The Respectful School: How Educators and Students Can Conquer Hate and Harassment,” will visit Coeur d’Alene schools and meet with student groups in October and January. Wessler’s consulting work is part of an effort by the school district to crack down on bullying at all grade levels and change the culture that permits it to thrive. His visits and recommendations will be funded by $11,000 from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, $2,000 from Kootenai Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program, and another $3,000 to $4,000 from the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose idea of anti-bullying expert working in Coeur d'Alene schools?

Swimming With Dolphins

Lainey Kieffer, 29, of Miami, smiles while hanging on tight to the dorsal fin of a dolphin as she and 27 other breast cancer survivors swim with the dolphins, Wednesday, at Miami Seaquarium in Miami. The event was put on by the Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale affiliate and Miami Seaquarium in advance of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Kieffer was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of this year. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

DFO: I sure hope everyone has gotten over the Komen controversy of a few years back & is supporting this worthy cause again.

Question: I love the unbridled joy in this woman's faith. Don't you?

AM Scanner Traffic — 9.25.13

  • 12:04 p.m. EMTs en route to Canfield Middle School, where someone has fractured arm.
  • 11:29 a.m. Residential alarm sounding @ Kingswood Lane/Yellowstone Trail, CdA.
  • 11:12 a.m. Male driver backed into another vehicle in Fernan Elementary parking lot.
  • 10:39 a.m. Resident on Day Lane/Post Falls reports neighbor hit telephone box.
  • 10:24 a.m. PFPD Blue en route to help mother who locked 3YO in vehicle.
  • 10:19 a.m. A male and a female are fighting in 3500 block of Lotze Loop/CdA.
  • 9:55 a.m. Deputy en route to Pegasus Auto Wrecking on H95/Garwood for reported theft.
  • 9:42 a.m. Trucker transferring fuel from tanks for truck disabled @ H54/Clagstone, Athol.
  • 9:41 a.m. Dispatch has several loose dogs for animal control, which begins service at 9:30.
  • 9:38 a.m. Male @ East Sherman Exxon waiting to be served with outstanding warrant.
  • 9:27 a.m. 50YO male is unconscious @ Blue Plate Cafe, 10015 Govt Way/Hayden.
  • 9:09 a.m. CPD Blue en route to check disabled vehicle @ e/b offramp/3rd Street, CdA.
  • 8:08 a.m. Ginger in Spirit Lake reports 2 vicious dogs bothers her son while walking to school.
  • 8:04 a.m. Male who ran red light @ H95/Hayden stopped and then walked around to passenger side, where he yelled at passenger. Caller is concerned re: welfare of passenger.

Poll: Library Is In Right Spot

  • Tuesday Poll: 98 of 153 respondents (64.05%) say that the Coeur d'Alene Library is located in the right place, near McEuen Field, on the waterfront. 48 of 153 respondents (31.37%) say the library wasn't located in the right location. 7 (4.58%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Was Syringa management correct in telling a customer not to bring a Happy Meal into the restaurant?

Rathdrum: Good Spot For Young Fams

Rathdrum, Sandpoint and Dalton Gardens are among the Top 10 places for young families, according to  a consumer advocacy website that analyzes national and statewide data. NerdWallet lists Rathdrum as the fifth-best place to raise a young family, followed by No. 7 Sandpoint and No. 8 Dalton Gardens. NerdWallet based its picks on five factors: Public school rate, median home value, ongoing cost of home ownership, median income and economic growth. McCall, Rigby and Kimberly are listed as the top three best places in Idaho to raise young families. You can see the Top 10 list here.

Question: Where did you raise your young family?

Idahoans Mind Their Own Business

The current concerns expressed by members of Idaho's congressional delegation about potential involvement in Syria are in keeping with a tradition that dates back to Idaho's earliest days. When Idaho Territory was created on March 4, 1863, the country was in the midst of the Civil War. That same month, the Union government passed its conscription act, making all men ages 20 to 45 liable to be called for military service. About that same time, the Confederate government passed its second conscription act, which applied to all males ages 18-45 beginning July 15, 1863. The Idaho mines were soon populated with many men seeking the anonymity of Idaho in an effort to avoid conscription. The territorial officials in the executive and judicial branches were Lincoln appointees with strong allegiances to the Union. However, much of the territory's population came from Southern states with strong ties to the Confederacy, reflected in early Idaho place names such as Leesburg, Pittsburg Landing, the Sesech River, Dixie and Atlanta/Marty Peterson, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Did you know of the influence of Southerners in Idaho's settlement?

Trib: Denney Unfit For Sec Of State

If you need a reminder of how scrupulously Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa has conducted himself, just consider how former House Speaker Lawerence (Boss) Denney would handle the job. Only in the political equivalent of Jerry Seinfeld's bizzaro world - or a one-party state where the Republican imprimatur is sufficient to elect someone, no matter how ill-suited, to office - is such a scenario possible. But Ysursa is leaving his options open about seeking a fourth four-year term. “I intend to make my future plans known within the next few weeks,” he told the Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey. “Until then I really have no comment.” Meanwhile, Denney filed the official paperwork to launch a campaign for the office - whether Ysursa steps aside or not/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the Trib's conclusion that former House Speaker Lawerence Denney is a poor choice to hold the Secretary of State's Office?

AM Headlines — 9.25.13

Scott Maclay believes the animal in this photo that he took Monday morning at Silver Beach Marina in Coeur d'Alene is a wolf. See story below. (Courtesy photo: Coeur d'Alene Press)

Question: Do you think the animal in the photo above is a wolf or a dog?

Sandpoint SD Mulls Arming Teachers

A school board in northern Idaho is considering a new school security policy that includes training and arming district staff and teachers. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the proposed policy has emerged after months of study by the Lake Pend Oreille School Board. Board chairman Steve Youngdahl presented the proposal this week, saying unguarded schools are more attractive targets for mass shootings. Under the proposal, the district would strategically select and train staff to carry concealed weapons in school and integrate firearms into a broader emergency response and lock-down procedure. Law enforcement would also be notified of the teachers and staff carrying firearms/KXLY. More here.

Question: Would you want Kootenai County schools to train and arm teachers?

Syringa Policy Prompts Exchange

On its Facebook wall, Syringa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, on 4th Street, tells of a disagreement with a customer over a Happy Meal. Seems the customer brought a Happy Meal from McDonalds, for someone in the party (maybe a child) and was told in no uncertain terms that the restaurant didn't allow outside food or drink. The customer then left a note on a napkin saying that Syringa was a favorite eatery but s/he wouldn't be returning. That prompted this response from ownership: “This note was left after I told a table that we don't allow outside food or drink….they brought in a Happy Meal. Yes I made a snide remark about having to throw away a little piece of garbage. Do you think it would be ok to bring Togo food from Syringa into McDonald's? We do not want to see Starbucks, Big Macs, whoppers or iced lattes in our restaurant, we would however love to see people with open minds and smiling faces.” (Logo from Syringa Facebook page)

Question: Who's right or wrong here?

City To Reassemble Seawall

City crews will reassemble the seawall between Park Drive and Hubbard Avenue through City Park to Northwest Boulevard on Sept. 30 as part of the recertification of the Dike Road levee. Several areas will be closed along the southern side of Rosenberry Drive between Park and Hubbard during construction. The Independence Point parking lot will be closed from Monday though Oct. 3. Lakeshore Drive between Hubbard and Park will see closures on and off throughout the day Sept. 30. And parts of City Park and the beach will be closed during construction. Workers will install 239 uprights (H beams) and approximately 1,700 planks. The work is expected to take 10 to 12 hours to complete, but the project could wrap up sooner, said City Street Superintendent Tim Martin, whose crews will assemble the wall with assistance from Water and Parks department personnel/Kristina Lyman, city fo Coeur d'Alene. More here.

DFO: I'm still trying to understand this. I've watched city crews prepare the low-lying seawall for next week's work. It appears to me that the reassembled seawall will obscure the public view of Lake Coeur d'Alene. I hope that's not the case. Or, at least, the case for very long.

Op-Ed: When A Public Vote Isn’t Legal

In the Coeur d'Alene election for mayor and council, the major campaign pledge of one set of candidates is that, if elected, they will have a public vote on any major controversial issue: “Let the people decide.” In 1983, as attorney for the City of Coeur d'Alene, I argued before the Idaho Supreme Court that it was lawful and right for the city to set an election for a public vote upon a major controversialissue; we lost. Gumprecht v. City of Coeur d'Alene, 104 Idaho 615, (1983). Last year, the advocates petitioning to recall the mayor and three council members proclaimed their major grievance as the refusal of these four to allow a public vote upon the McEuen Park Plan. The Idaho Supreme Court, interpreting the Idaho Constitution and Idaho Code, has in three important cases held that neither a city nor a county can hold an election on any issue except on bonds/Scott Reed, op-ed column, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo, of Scott Reed)


On Human Rights … And Wrongs

During this local political season, it is important that our communication with one another be characterized by a firm allegiance to honesty, integrity, and truth. As a local pastor, I decry sins of the tongue - slander, gossip, lies, outbursts of wrath, false accusations - all dishonor our Creator and defame others who are made in the image of God. It is my desire to speak the truth in love. To that end I wish to address the misleading way in which the agenda of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community has been linked by some, including mayoral candidate Steve Widmeyer and homosexual activist Tony Stewart, to the idea of human rights. We need to preserve the “human rights” of those in the LGBT community and not discriminate against them/Pastor Stuart Bryant, op-ed opinion, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Saving Lucky From The Reaper

A man holds Lucky, a stray puppy he rescued, during a protest against stray dog euthanasia, outside the parliament in Bucharest, Romania, today.The bill allowing stray dogs to be euthanized is legal, following a decision by Romania's constitutional court that prompted hundreds of dog lovers to block a main road outside Parliament in protest. The law was drafted by the government after a 4-year-old boy was fatally mauled in Bucharest while left unattended for en extended period of time by his grandmother. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Question: I think the worst job in town would be an animal shelter worker who has to euthanize dogs and cats. What do you think?

Labrador Doesn’t Want Shutdown?

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador blamed a potential federal government shutdown next month on what he sees as President Barack Obama's unwillingness to delay the health care reform law's further implementation. With a shutdown, there “wouldn't be a significant change” visible to most Americans, the Republican said Tuesday in an interview with The Press editorial board. A shutdown is possible at the end of this month because the U.S. House and Senate can't agree on a budget bill for continued government funding. The two houses are battling over funding for the Affordable Care Act, known commonly as Obamacare. A recent House version of a proposed stopgap budget, known as a “continuing resolution,” includes an item that would defund Obamacare. That won't go anywhere in the Democratic controlled Senate. So if the Senate strips the defunding provision out of the House budget, Labrador said a delay of Obamacare would be a great compromise/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you think the 1st District supports Congressman Labrador's continuing fight against Obamacare, even if it means a shutdown of the federal government?

CPD Honors Retiring Chief Longo

Except for bad guys who've had him at their heels in a foot pursuit, Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo comes across as about the nicest guy in town. On Tuesday at the Coeur d'Alene Police Department headquarters, Longo, 60, was celebrated by his peers on the eve of his retirement. His last day in office is Friday. Wiping away a tear or two here and there, Longo said being the chief the past six years was the crowning achievement of his career. “I've always felt like I've been one of you, working side-by-side with you,” Longo told a conference room full of officers, department support staff and volunteers. “I never felt like I was any better.” He added: “I couldn't think of any better way to end my career than working with all of you”/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust CdA Press photo: Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo is emotional during a presentation by Sgt. Christie Wood on Tuesday during a retirement celebration)

Question: I wouldn't want to be the Coeur d'Alene police chief to try to fill Wayne Longo's shoes, would you?

XXXtreme Espresso Draws Protest

More than 200 people filled Spokane Valley City Council chambers and packed the hallways Tuesday to ask elected officials to force lingerie-clad baristas at nearby XXXtreme Espresso to cover up or move to a location out of the sight of children. Protesters said they think the laws pertaining to adult entertainment venues should apply to the drive-thru coffee stand in the 11700 block of East Sprague Avenue. “We’re here to support our concern for the community,” said Valley resident Dena Tucker. “We’ve chosen to live in a family-oriented community. We want our community to stay a safe place for our children. We are petitioning our City Council to address our concerns and the city codes.” The stand came to the forefront of community awareness when a sign recently posted out front read: “Topless Tuesdays and Thursdays.” On those days, the baristas wear star-shaped pasties/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here. (Colin Mulvany SR photo: Part of crowd that attended Spokane Valley City Council meeting to protest XXXtreme Espresso)

Question: Would you contact your elected city officials if XXXtreme Espresso tried to locate in your North Idaho community?

GOP Food Stamps

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Wild Card/Tuesday — 9.24.13

I enjoyed an hour with human-rights activists Tony Stewart, Norm Gissel and Marshall Mend last night at the Human Rights Education Institute last evening, watching the 1987 presentation of the Raoul Wallenberg Award to Coeur d'Alene, in New York City. I'm the only one of the traveling party — Ray Stone, Bill Wassmuth and Larry Broadbent — from Coeur d'Alene that's still toiling on this mortal coil. In fact, I'm about the same age now that Ray Stone was then. It's too bad that a lot of people who pop off in this community have little to no knowledge of the human-rights struggle in this community over the years, including the 1986 bombings and response that led to the Wallenberg Award. I was there. I walked through Bill Wassmuth's house shortly after one of the bombings. I will remember. Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 9.24.13

Chelsea Clinton, left, reacts to Rosita, a character from Sesame Street, at the Clinton Global Initiative, today in New York. Clinton moderated a panel on “Healthier Futures: Prioritizing Prevention” and Rosita was an invited guest. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Reed: Progress Doesn’t Just Happen

ities are us,” I heard someone say, somewhere, sometime, and the simple message stuck. At home, across the seas, around the world, real action is in the cities, where the majority of people live. Urban activity rocks, even in potato-labeled Idaho with its miles of open space. Last month we squired friends from Montana around Coeur d’Alene to show off the many changes taking place in our town. First the transformation of the downtown McEuen Park, still a work in progress, then the 6-year-old city library building, then on to the new Kroc Center, which is already in the process of expansion. Next the tour took us to the expanded sewage treatment plant and its giant microbe art sculptures, then to the large public art pieces by artists Michael Horswill, CJ Rench and Allen and Mary Dee Dodge on the campus of North Idaho College. How, asked our friends, in conservative, unbelievably red-state Idaho, can so many progressive projects be taking place? Our answer: The city and its leaders are making it happen. While the very conservative legislature shortchanges public schools and state universities, Idaho cities march ahead to supply necessary services in as attractive a setting as their communities can afford/Mary Lou Reed, Inlander. More here.


Walkabout Keeps Tubbs Hill In Shape

Our own Walkabout is featured in a story in the next Tubbs Hill Foundation newsletter:

On any given day while enjoying a walk on Tubbs Hill you may come upon a woman with a knapsack on her back, a walking stick in one hand, and a bulging plastic grocery bag in the other. If she is using a small black bag to pick up dog pooh, you have just come upon our very own “Pooh Fairy”! She has been using around 8000 of these small bags every year, donated by a generous friend, to pick up after people’s dogs, saving all of us unsuspecting walkers/joggers from a very unpleasant experience. (THANK YOU to those dog owners who keep their dogs on leashes and pick up after them!) Our Pooh Fairy states that fall through spring seems to be the worst time for people not picking up after their/Tubbs Hill newsletter. More here.

DFO: Walkabout (Kim) has been my inspiration for cleaning up along the three miles of waterfront that I walk each work day.

Question: Have you ever picked up litter?

Cutline Contest — 9.24.13

Time 2 vote …

Josie Campbell, 5, practices third position in the sparkling stars dance class at the Ballet Fantastique Monday. The class is taught by Lydia Rakov every Monday and is for ages four and up. Campbell has been dancing for one and a half years. You write the cutline. (AP Photo /The Register-Guard, Tess Freeman)

Monday Winner — Fort Boise, w/5 likes: “Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream!” (w/photo). You can see the Monday photo and all the cutline entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.24.13

  • 5:34 p.m. Disorderly male reported @ 1st/Wallace, CdA.
  • 5:30 p.m. 45YO female choking on food @ 1400 block of Riverview/Post Falls.
  • 5:03 p.m. Disorderly male reported on Borah Elementary property, 7th Street, CdA.
  • 4:52 p.m. 53YO female suffering chest pain @ 1300 E. Mullan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 4:47 p.m. 2 ISP officers taking detained female from Probation & Parole to county jail.
  • 4:34 p.m. Female rushing from courthouse to home where ex is busy breaking things.
  • 4:31 p.m. PFPD Blue has asked dispatch to call lock smith to help female locked out of vehicle.
  • 4:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 23-24 here.
  • 10 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below

Cruz: I’ll Speak Till No Longer Can

Congress continued its steady march toward a government shutdown Tuesday with another round of posturing but little action to keep the government running past next Monday. Both the Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate seemed poised to speed up a vote on a spending bill from House Republicans that would have funded the government through Dec. 15 but stripped out funding for the Affordable Care Act. Many Senate Republicans were prepared to vote for the measure, which they favored, and Democrats were ready to get their hands on the bill so they could amend it and restore funding for the law. But that possibility ground to a halt as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took to the Senate floor to deliver a lengthy speech (that technically is not a filibuster, because of the Senate's procedural rules). He began talking at 2:41 p.m. ET, announcing that “I intend to speak against Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand”/CBS News. More here.

Question: Do you support Cruz's filibuster?

Butch Can’t Shake Tight Jeans Past

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s winning a tight jeans contest has become an unwelcome part of his legacy. In the new edition of the “Almanac of American Politics,” word of Otter’s 1992 victory at Boise’s Rockin’ Rodeo lounge appears on page 523 of the 1,904-page book published by National Journal and the University of Chicago Press. Otter was 50 at the time and bested competitors half his age, who were judged on “looks, appearance in jeans, total body shape and sex appeal.” A waitress said the then-lieutenant governor’s win was no upset. “He looked great,” she said. The Almanac has also used the Otter bit in at least two prior editions, 2004 and 2006/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo: Butch Otter, left, and Karl Stressman, of Colorado Springs, Colo., compete during the team roping Pocatello in 2010)

Question: Should Butch run from or embrace his “tight-jeans” contest win of some time ago?

CPD Seeks Garage Thieves

Coeur d'Alene police fielded four reports of burglary in the Public Golf course area during the afternoons from Friday through Sunday. The suspects cased neighborhoods and walked into garages that are open, stealing tools and other valuable items. In some of cases the home owner was in the back yard doing yard clean-up at the time of the theft. Witnesses and victims have described suspicious persons in the area of the thefts as a white male, 6'0 tall, thin build and a white female, blonde hair, thin build. They are driving a dark colored possibly black, dark blue or dark green 90's model Jeep Cherokee with a utility rack on top. These burglaries occurred on Player Drive, Nicklas Drive and Shawna Avenue. If anyone sees a suspicious vehicle casing neighborhoods be sure to call the police department at 769-2320.

Question: Do you often leave your garage door open when you're doing yard work?

HBO Blog Roundup — 9.24.13

Pieces of the Sandpoint Airport’s navigation system lay scattered in the grassy area adjacent to the runway after an Aerostar 602P crashed off the Sandpoint Airport runway Monday morning in Sandpoint. Sandpoint Police Chief Corey Coon said that pilot Donald Muirhead, 55, was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Story here. (AP Photo/The Bonner Daily Bee, Cameron Rasmusson)

ReclaimCDA Makes Endorsements

Reclaim Coeur d’Alene (a makeover of the old RecallCDA organization) “is pleased to announce its endorsement of the following candidates in the election to be held on November 5, 2013”:

  • Mayor: Mary Souza
  • Council Seat 2: Chris Fillios
  • Council Seat 4: Sharon Hebert
  • Council Seat 6: Noel Adam

ReclaimCDA news release

Question: Obviously, no surprises here. I wonder if Reclaim Coeur d'Alene interviewed any candidates behond its endorsees?

Video: CdA Going To The Dogs

On Facebook, OrangeTV provided this heads up for Huckleberries re: this video: “Check out this caver deluxe video I came across during my daily YouTube scouring - wonder who is behind this whiny little gem? And did they realize the irony of choosing “Over the Rainbow” as their background music?” I remain amazed at how blind some individuals are to the town's progress. How about you?

Question: Thoughts about the video?

Banned Book Week — Sept 22-28

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. More from American Library Association here.

Question: Which banned books have you read?

Little Influence Beats Bestiality

In the tongue-in-cheek “United States of Shame” report, Idaho is known as the state with the least congressional clout, which may surprise some who've seen U.S. Rep Raul Labrador and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch before the nation's cameras fairly often. Also, it might surprise those who realize how influential U.S. Rep Mike Simpson is. However, Idahoans might appreciate that designation when compared to Washington (bestiality), Oregon (homelessness), Montana (drunk driving), Wyoming (fatal car crashes), and Utah (pornography). You can see what all the states are known for here. (Illustration: Pleated Jeans/PolicyMic)

Question: What should Idaho be known for?

PFPD Tip: Beware Of Canada Scam

On its Facebook wall, Post Falls Police Department offers this tip re: another scam: The Post Falls Police Department recently received a report of a local resident victimized by a common international fraud scheme that appears to have originated out of Canada.The victim signed up for a Mystery Shopping Program. A company out of New York mailed her a check for $1,379.50. She was instructed to deposit the funds into her personal bank account, then to send $950.00 by Money Gram to a third party in Atlanta, Georgia. The check was counterfeit. And the victim is responsible for paying the bank back. It’s never a good idea to deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then wire money back, especially if being instructed to send it outside the United States. Once funds are wired out of the country, it’s impossible to recover.

Question: Have you encountered this scam?

Idaho Grads Venture Out For College

Fewer than half of Idaho’s 2012 high school graduates went on to post-secondary education directly after graduation. But those who did fanned out across the country — from Spokane Community College to the University of Florida, and from Middlebury College in Vermont to the University of Southern California — to more than 450 institutions/Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman. More here.

DFO: Junior graduated from Coeur d'Alene High and Amy Dearest from Lake City High, and then attended Portland, Ore., area colleges for undergraduate programs — Linfield and University of Portland, respectively.

Question: Where did you/your kids go to college after graduating from an Idaho high school?

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RRepub: We Embrace Who We Are

ReaganRepub: Reagan Republicans don't do dog and pony shows. KCRR do not summon candidates to phony interviews. No candidates, endorsed or not, were interviewed. Everyone on HBO has to admit they knew who BNI would endorse and everyone knew who KCRR would endorse. In CdA is was simple. If you were a Republican, supported a vote on McEuen, dared to question salaries of department heads, and opposed the gay rights ordinance there is no way you were going to get the BNI endorsement whether you were interviewed or not. If you fit that profile you got the KCRR endorsement. It was a matter of philosophy of governance not a spurious job interview. Here is the simple truth, the difference between KCRR and BNI is this: we admit we are not balanced. We never have been. We support conservatives and Republicans. There are no Democrats on our Board and we don't endorse people who will govern contrary to our conservative principles. We are partisan. More below.

Ex-CHS Vik QB Leads Vandals

Idaho quarterback Chad Chalich (11), former Coeur d'Alene High Vik star, throws a pass under pressure from Washington State defensive lineman Xavier Cooper (96) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game last Saturday in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

Question: How many games will the Idaho Vandals win this year?

AM Scanner Traffic — 9.24.13

  • 11:58 a.m. Vehicles have hit traffic barrels @ e/b I-90/MP 1 (Beck Road), knocking them onto freeway.
  • 11:28 a.m. Suspicious male in camo reported on H3/Willow Creek, Medimont.
  • 11:19 a.m. White Dodge pickup n/b on H41 passing in no-passing zone @ Spirit Lake.
  • 11:16 a.m. Semi is blocking one lane @ H95/Garwood, out of diesel fuel.
  • 11:15 a.m. Officer en route to 4500 block of Reeves Street/CdA to conduct probation check.
  • 11:14 a.m. Caller complains of dog in industrial office along Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 10:56 a.m. CPD Blue has taken juvenile female into protective custody.
  • 10:53 a.m. 24YO male has leg injury after falling off 2nd-floor balcony, unknown county location.
  • 10:46 a.m. Responders report that “wildland fire” is actually controlled slast burn (10:16 item).
  • 10:42 a.m. Caller says pickup @ I-90/Mullan Trail engulfed in flames, but responders can't locate.
  • 10:16 a.m. Wildland fire “as high as the trees” reported on north side of I-90/Mullan Trail.
  • 10:11 a.m. 2 males, including one w/tattoos on face & camo jacket, panhandling @ PF WalMart.
  • 10:07 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported in 300 block of W5th Avenue, Post Falls.
  • 9:52 a.m. 35YO female has dislocated hip @ 8300 block of Summerfield/Hayden.
  • 9:45 a.m. Resident in 3500 block of Gunnar Court (cross of Fruitland) registers noise complaint.
  • 9:14 a.m. Deputy en route to Post Falls animal shelter w/loose dog.

Poll: Blame R’s If Gummint Shuts

  • Monday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation will blame Republicans if the federal government shuts down in 8 days, as a result of House Republican attempts to defund Obamacare. 137 of 248 respondents (55.24%) hold that position. 61 of 248 respondents (24.6%) would blame President Obama. 26 of 248 (10.48%) would blame Democrats. 21 of 248 (8.47%) want the government to shut down. 3 (1.21%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you think the Coeur d'Alene Library is located in the right place?

BNI: More Balanced Than RRepubs

A news release from Balance North Idaho: The City Council elections are jam packed with some great candidates.  We can say that with confidence because we interviewed many of them.  We invited everyone, but there were several who opted to not participate in our interview process. Demonstrating we are true to our purpose, we endorsed a Regean Republican candidate in the Hospital Election last Spring.  We do know firsthand that the RR's did not bother to interview anyone they consider left of their agenda. RR's say we're all a bunch of liberals.  Labeling anyone and everything a “liberal”, including Balance North Idaho, is a shallow attempt to disqualify a credible candidate or organization in the eyes of the public.  What does “liberal” mean to them? Simply put, liberal stands for anyone left of the far right.  To reassure you about the makeup of our board — Balance North Idaho consists of individuals representing all parties (R, D, I) for the purpose of being balanced.  As we have stated, our President, Eden Irgens, and Treasurer, Mic Armon, are Republicans.  Endorsements are made using facts, qualifications, and a structured interview and evaluation process, not political party.  These are nonpartisan races and that fact should be respected rather than ignored.

Question: Who has a more balanced approach to candidate interviews — Balance North Idaho or Reagan Republicans?

Annotater: You’re Not Fair, DFO

Annotater: In the inimitable words of David at the Dentist, Is this real life? DFO, you are quoting scripture, chiding me and judging me as a zealot that is ignoring my own flaws, faults, foibles whilst penning my opinion of others opinions. Yet, nary a similar admonishment have I ever seen you utter to the left leaning personalities here that regularly point out the faults in those they disagree with in less than flattering words. I realize that you are far from a neutral moderator here but man, have a modicum of intellectual honesty/professional integrity and call out the goose as well as the gander. I'd like to think that given a nights sleep on this you'll see the blatant disparity in your “moderating”.

DFO: Annotater obviously isn't aware of how many days Phaedrus has spent in the cooler. Or how many posts from “libruls” that I've deleted. Or how a coupla of leading “libruls” here have been cast into outer darkness, never to return here. My goal is to appeal to the middle, not the extremes on either side. If folks don't like that, there's some echo chambers in the local cybersphere to join. Of course, they might find the chorus of crickets to be somewhat disturbing on other sites.


AM Headlines — 9.24.13

Daniel Jolibois, a fisheries technician, releases a cutthroat trout on Friday in Plummer, Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is working to restore cutthroat populations on its reservation. Becky Kramer SR story here. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

Deanna: Library Is In Right Place

Deanna Goodlander: Library location, how about the efficiency of having the library located right next to City Hall. How many times does a staff member go next door to the library for a meeting, a repair job (on the computer system.) etc. Before, for any computer repair job, it took a staff person out of the building for approximately one hour for travel time. I find it always interesting when the complaints come that the library is in the wrong location. If it had been located, as some suggested on the north end of town it would have made it far more difficult for some of the lowest income neighborhoods on the east side of town to get there. The Foundation did a survey of access for all and found this location worked very well. Also the far north can easily access library services at the Hayden Branch of the County library system. The services are interchangeable. Some folks said that property should have been held for private development, just think, we could have had another high rise there instead of access for all the citizens regardless of their financial status to that beautiful view from the balcony.

Question: Does anyone still think that the Coeur d'Alene Library should have been placed somewhere else?

Op-Ed: Obama Consults The Gnomes

The bad news is that 20 percent of Americans are having difficulty affording food. The worse news is that President Barack Obama is here to help. For approximately the 231st time in his presidency, he'll be “pivoting” to the economy. He's had enough of that foreign policy stuff, it seems. And, at some level, even he must appreciate that he's not very good at it. And he hasn't exercised particularly good judgment in his choices for secretary of state, which has exacerbated his problems. If only he could grasp that he's no better at economic matters. Obama is often called a socialist. And he is. But he and his party understand that the United States isn't quite ready to adopt socialism. We're only a generation from the fall of the Soviet Bloc and its repudiation of the economic principles that Obama and his ilk hold dear. It may take a few more generations of Americans who have no recollection of socialism's failures before they can try again. So they have put aside their pursuit of collectivization and have instead embraced the Underpants Gnome School of Economics/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you trust the way the president is handling the economy?

Hall: Am I Old Enough For Socialism?

On two occasions lately, I have rudely challenged the age of female friends, and they both forgave me for my uncouth mistake. In each case, my victims said they were retiring. But they looked so young. I immediately jumped to the conclusion that they were retiring early and gambling on not needing health insurance before reaching 65 when they would become eligible for Medicare. They both assured me they actually are 65 already. They qualify now for Medicare, not to mention entering their gravy years on Social Security. They could tell I wasn't merely pretending to guess low on their ages just to ingratiate myself with them. “No,” each one insisted. “I really am 65.” So I was wrong. But no apology was necessary. They were kind and generous enough to hold no grudge against me for believing that they were years younger than their actual age. Many women in this era of growing equality for members of the female gender have become less touchy about revealing their actual ages whether they look as old as they are or not/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you mind telling people your age?

Clark: A Brush With Paranormal

According to loons who sound off on this radio talk show I listen to every night while brushing my teeth, there’s a very high probability that the planet will explode before you finish reading this … BOOM!!! Sorry. I was just trying to share the unsettled feeling of dread that I get from “Coast to Coast AM,” which airs 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Spokane’s KQNT 590. Paranoia Theater would be a more apt name for it. Consider a few of the bombshells I’ve learned while brushing my molars of late: The government, not terrorists, knocked down the World Trade Center on 9/11. There’s a Dog Man running around Michigan. (Is it news if man bites Dog Man?) Those fluffy “chemtrails” you see in the sky are part of a sinister plot to control the climate. (And here I thought it was Al Gore.)/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: OK, let's come clean here. Which conspiracy or paranormal theory do you believe in?

Annotater: Conservatives Made CdA

Annotater: It's conservatives that helped make and maintain CdA as the lovely, traditional and quaint town it is. You know… the reason that you liberals came here, while fleeing the “utopias” you have created in such inviting place like most of L.A. county and other urban blighted areas…. Detroit come to mind? We are quite happy with the place we have enjoyed for generations, thanks for trying to bring your stellar influences and awesome opinions on how we should live. We appreciate the gesture but instead please accept our parting gift.

DFO: The elected official most responsible for the transformation of modern Coeur d'Alene is Mayor Sandi Bloem, a native with deep roots in the community who is roundly denounced by uber-conservatives as a “librul.” If the conservatives had there way here, we wouldn't have the new library, Kroc Center or education corridor. Democrats like Art Manley and Scott Reed were responsible for saving Tubbs Hill. On the private side, Duane Hagadone and John Stone have made huge contributions to the lake front. Maybe all political factions have contributed to this community?

Question: Is the evolution of Coeur d'Alene into the viewtiful community of today a conservative or a liberal thing?

Bullets Fly In Coeur d’Alene

An apartment building housing seniors and disabled residents was the surprise target of a drive-by shooting in Coeur d'Alene. A spray of gunfire erupted around 11:45 p.m. Sunday at Coeur d'Alene Manor apartments, unleashed from a vehicle traveling along North Second Street, which runs along the east side of the complex. One senior-citizen resident, Hattie Kelley, was in bed when she heard the shots, though she didn't immediately recognize the sound. “I can't figure why they would shoot at these apartments here,” Kelley said. “If it wasn't for that tree, (a bullet) probably would have went right through my bedroom.” Ricochet marks were visible in the sidewalk along Second Street. Some trees along the side of the complex had visible bullet gouges. The apartment building suffered slight damage/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Hattie Kelley, a 12-year resident of Coeur d'Alene Manor, describes the fear she experienced during Sunday night's drive-by shooting)

Question: Isn't this something that's suppose to happen in Spokane, not Coeur d'Alene?

Two Popes

Pope Francis, left, meets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in Castel Gandolfo Saturday, March 23. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican to publish a lengthy letter to one of Italy's most well-known atheists. In it, he defends his record on handling sexually abusive priests and discusses everything from evolution to theology to the figure of Jesus Christ. Excerpts of the letter were published tpdau by La Repubblica, the same newspaper which just two weeks ago published a similar letter from Pope Francis to its own atheist publisher. The letters indicate the two men in white, who live across the Vatican gardens from one another, are pursuing a collaborative campaign of sorts to engage non-believers. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, Files)


Church Moving Into Old PF Theater

After nearly two years of hammering away at a remodel, Summit Northwest Ministries is finally on the verge of moving into the former Post Falls Theater. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is tentatively planning on holding its first service at the site on Saturday, Oct. 26, pending any last-minute delays or finishing up work early, said Gary Miller, leader of the church's senior programs. “It's exciting for us,” Miller said. “We want to be a very visible church and we're community-minded.” Post Falls Theater was built in 1996 and opened in 1997. The church has added 7,000 square feet of space, making it a 25,000-square-foot worship center on 3.8 acres. “We've spent $1.5 million remodeling it,” Miller said. “We've added an elevator and lighting and put in a different sound system (among other improvements)”/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Question: Would you go to church in an old theater?

Lake City Looks Into Future

Item: A look into the future: CDA 2030 Exploration Week starts Oct. 7/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press.

More Info: A diverse group of community leaders, activists and elected officials are gearing up for what they are calling “CDA 2030 Exploration Week.” The weeklong series of meetings is part of the Vision 2030 Coeur d'Alene project that has been slowly developing since the beginning of the year. Organizers have compiled a list of 45 volunteers to form a community action committee, which will be the sounding board for the project. In the end, they hope to have a clear vision of how the residents of the greater Coeur d'Alene area want to see the community grow.

Question: Do you plan to take part in CDA 2030, an event that allows Coeur d'Alene residents to dream about the future for their town?

The Extremist

Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Wild Card/Monday — 9.23.13

We're one week closer to determining who'll run the Circus (Coeur d') Alene for the next four years — Mary Souza, Frank Orzell, Kathy Sims & Co. or the Balance North Idaho candidates. Should be interesting times, no matter who follows in Mayor Sandi Bloem's foot steps. Meanwhile, this election will remain exciting up through and including Election Night. The first McEuen Field reveal, scheduled in October, may sway votes, one way or the other. Until then, I'll play the Wild Card and see what else is out there to keep turnstiles busy today …

Parting Shot — 9.23.13

Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler pretend to stumble as they approach the stage to present the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Total Rewind

On his Facebook wall, Kevin Richert of The EDge posts: “It took all summer, but I finally caught up on Breaking Bad and could actually watch last night's gut-wrenching episode with Chris and Taylor. Now that I've done this, I'm in the market for a series to adopt from Episode One. What should it be, friends, and why?”

Question: Which successful series would you recommend to Kevin to begin watching from Episode 1?

NIC No Longer Tobacco Free

NIC is no longer an entirely tobacco-free campus. “There’s a compromise,” said Dean of Students and Director of Health Services Linda Michals. “We’ve created some smoking areas for people to be able to smoke.” Alex Harris, director of student development, said the large number of students that refused to obey the policy as well as popular demand were the main forces that brought about the change. Michals said that in terms of getting students to stop smoking, tobacco-free policy was a complete failure. “In terms of dialogue, no one has come up to me and said ‘I’m not going to honor this,’ but they haven’t had to; their behavior certainly said ‘I’m not going to honor this policy, I’m going to go over here and smoke,’” Michals said. The reversal has come only two years after the initial tobacco-free campus policy was originally instated/Christina Villagomez, North Idaho College Sentinel. More here. (NIC Sentinel photo)

Question: I simply can't understand why any young person would start smoking today, after so many decades of evidence that smoking will likely reduce your life span (among other negative consequences). Anyone?

Cutline Contest — 9.23.13

Time 2 Vote …

Two Tampa Bay Rays fans sleep in the stands during the 16th inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in St. Petersburg, Fla., Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Weekend Winner — Cabbage Boy, with 5 likes: “Back when she was neigh-high to a grasshopper, Azley had dreams of this day.” You can see weekend photo and all cutline contest entries here.

Edit: Most Judge On Appearance

Judge not, lest ye be judged. Never judge a book by it’s cover. It’s not what’s on the outside, but the inside that counts. All of these are things are lessons everyone is taught from a young age, however, if 90 percent of communication is nonverbal, can any of that really be true? The fact of the matter is whether or not it makes us uncomfortable to admit it, every day we constantly make snap judgements about the  people we encounter. And that’s ok, because it makes sense. Appearance is one of the quickest and easiest ways to communicate your values to a stranger. While it’s entirely foolish to judge someone based off genetically predisposed traits like skin color or facial features, why should you disregard the fact that they look like they haven’t showered in a week?/Christina Villagomez, North Idaho College Sentinel. More here.

Question: How long does it take you to form an opinion of someone, based on how they look. Are you usually correct in your opinion?

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.23.13

  • 5:04 p.m. Older female driver backed into 2nd female on Cedar & left on H41/Post Falls.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 22-23 here.
  • 4:24 p.m. Gold vehicle is disabled @ H41/MP 22-23 (Spirit Creek, north of Spirit Lake).
  • 3:52 p.m. Male dragged his daughter across to vehicle in Post Falls Library parking lot.
  • 3:42 p.m. Disabled vehicle parking on curve @ e/b I-90/MP 17 (Mullan Trail), causing road hazard.
  • 3:38 p.m. Bumper from crash (3:27 item) laying in w/b lanes of I-90/east 4th of July Pass entrance.
  • 3:27 p.m. Black car pointing w/b @ e/b I-90/MP 32-33 (east 4th of July Pass entrance) suffered extensive damage in accident.
  • 3:23 p.m. An injured bird is reported @ Albertson's Express, Ironwood Square.
  • 3:19 p.m. Silent holdup teller alarm @ Post Falls bank, not sure which one. Proves false.
  • 3:09 p.m. Noninjury, 2-vehicle crash reported @ H95/Hayden Avenue.
  • 3:07 p.m. Female who took pills to kill herself is now throwing items out of Post Falls motor home.
  • 2:45 p.m. Male w/long, gray hair keeps entering downtown CdA business, bothering workers.
  • 2:34 p.m. Tall truck that avoided I-90 overpasses now stuck by one in 1200 block of Seltice Way.
  • 2:16 p.m. CPD officer has sat through 4 recyclings of  turn light @ Kathleen/Govt Way, not recycling.
  • 1:21 p.m. A suspicious person is reported in 1200 block of Sherman Avenue.
  • 1:06 p.m. Female reports her father's estranged wife is breaking into home on Brookside/Hayden.

HBO Blog Roundup — 9.23.13

Marianne Love/Slight Detour spotted this portly fellow hanging out at Ravenwood, an Arabian horse stable with a spectacular view of the Mission Mountains. You can see more photos here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Sept 15-21): 50,195 page-views, 27,227 unique views.

Hart Active In GOP Liberty Circle

In case you were wondering what became of former state Rep. Phil Hart … this card, obtained at the Liberty Caucus Expo on Saturday, reveals he's active in the Liberty Caucus section of the Idaho Republican Party. On the Web site listed above, Phil “Heart” is listed as the organization's vice chairman, with a biography promised soon.

Post Falls Sets Candidates’ Forum

A “Meet Your Candidates” forum will be held at Post Falls City Hall in the council chambers on Thurs., Oct. 10, from 7-9 p.m. Candidates for Post Falls Mayor position and City Council seats 2, 4, and 6 have been invited to participate. The public is invited. The candidate forum will be broadcast live on City Cable 13, the City of Post Falls government channel. The forum will be rebroadcast on City Cable 13 on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. until the day before the election. The forum will also be available as video on demand on the City’s website The Post Falls Chamber of Commerce will hold a Candidate Meet & Greet on Thursday, Oct., 24 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Chamber Office, 201 E. Fourth Ave. Public is invited.

Widmyer Owns Press Word ‘Mayor’

Coeur d’Alene businessman Steve Widmyer isn’t mayor. Not yet. But for now, in the Coeur d’Alene Press, he owns the word. “Coeur d’Alene, meet your next mayor,” begins a Press editorial previewing its mayoral coverage. Like every mention of the “mayor” since the first week of September, the word is underlined and highlighted in blue. But click on the link, and it doesn’t lead to mayoral candidate profiles, the City Hall website, or previous Press articles. Instead it links directly to Widmyer’s campaign site. The context doesn’t matter. Stories mentioning Coeur d’Alene mayor Sandi Bloem, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, mayors in Rathdrum and Post Falls — all had the word “mayor” linked to Widmyer’s site/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here.


RRepubs Back Souza, Thoreson

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans officially announced endorsements today for six candidates in the November 5th Municipal Elections. The organization’s President Jeff Tyler said “The choices in this election have never been so clear cut and who to endorse has never been so obvious since KCRR began making endorsements four years ago. Considering the liberal-conservative divide in this community, our endorsements may come as no surprise.”

  • Coeur d’Alene Mayor: Mary Souza
  • Coeur d’Alene City Council #2: Chris Fillios
  • Coeur d’Alene City Council #4: Sharon Hebert
  • Coeur d’Alene City Council #6: Noel Adam
  • Post Falls Mayor: Kerri Thoreson
  • Post Falls City Council #2: Barry Rubin

Complete Reagan Republican statement here.

Also: Sharon Culbreth is circulating an email inviting others to attend a meet the conservative candidates for Coeur d'Alene mayor and City Council from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Blackwell House.

Any surprises?

North Dakotans, Racists Face Off

Craig Cobb address supporters inside the Leith Town Hall in Leith N.D. on Sunday. Cobb, a white supremacist originally from Canada, has purchased many lots in the tiny town. Several hundred people showed up to protest against Cobb and his supporters on Sunday. (AP Photo/Bismarck Tribune, Will Kincaid)

The people of Leith, North Dakota, hoped for a peaceful Sunday night after hundreds came to protest the arrival of white supremacists in the tiny western north Dakota town. The big surprise today? A sea of law enforcement officers who locked down the town and stood between those yelling at each other. The day started peacefully on the sleepy and Sunday morning in Leith. Farm work ceased hours before any trouble was expected, as the state patrol and deputies from four departments set up a command post and shut down all entrances to Leith. Troopers guarded even the smallest field roads into town. The proactive plan worked. Shortly after noon, those protesting the presence of white supremacists in Leith arrived, and the unrest began/ABC News 7. More here.

Question: Do you think supremacists have lost interest in North Idaho?

Slice: 3 Kinds Of People

On his Slice blog, Paul Turner insists there are three kinds of people:

  • 1. People who watched “Breaking Bad” from the start.
  • 2. People who intend to watch or are watching but are several seasons behind and have to be constantly vigilant about avoiding spoilers.
  • 3. People who didn't watch and aren't going to watch.

DFO: My son say 'Breaking Bad' is the best TV drama series ever. My wife is trying to decide whether she wants to get addicted to another TV show. (Junior hooked her on the “Walking Dead” series.) I have no intention of watching the series.

Question: Which one of the three groups of people are you?

Geezers Stage Geyser Vigils

I keep a list in my head of all the things I'll do in my older years, if I feel lonely, sad, neglected. After a recent — and first — trip to Yellowstone Park, I've added a new one. I will become a “geezer geyser gazer.” We were told during a tour that the park's 500 geysers have fans. Some of these fans sit and watch the geysers for hours, days and weeks and record what they see. One group even has a website. The geysers provide much to think about. They are beautiful. Most are unpredictable. Some lay dormant for years and then erupt when no one's watching/Rebecca Nappi, End Notes. More here.

Question: Has anyone viewed a geyser other than Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park?

CPD Investigates Drive-By Shooting

At 11:48 Sunday night, Coeur d'Alene police responded to the 3000 block of N2nd Street in Coeur d'Alene, after receiving several reports of gun fire. Witnesses reported seeing a dark red, or maroon-colored, mid 90's 4 door car, possibly a Toyota Corolla, driving northbound on 2nd Street from Anton Avenue. The vehicle drove to the north end of 2nd Street., which is a dead end, turned around, then stopped for a few seconds. The vehicle then began driving southbound on 2nd Street. Witnesses heard loud popping noises coming from the passenger side. The witnesses reported that, at the same time, they could see sparks coming from the sidewalk on the west side of 2nd Street, the eastern boundary of the Coeur d'Alene Manor Apartments, 3016 Government. Way. The vehicle was last seen westbound on Anton Avenue. Officers found spent shell casings and ricochet marks on the sidewalk. Officers located several final impact locations in the trees on the east side of the apartment building, and impact marks on the apartment building itself. No injuries were reported. It is unknown what the motive was for the shooting/Coeur d'Alene Police Department news release.

  • Also: Crimestoppers in offering a reward for the apprehension of individuals involved in this drive-by shooting.

Question: A drive-by shooting in Coeur d'Alene, really?

Hooked On ‘Duck Dynasty’

“Finally watched our first episode of Duck Dynasty last night. Oh my gosh, D.f. Oliveria was right. Instantly hooked” — CindyH, via Facebook.

Question: Favorite “Duck Dynasty” character? And/or: What do you consider the most family friendly show on prime-time TV now?

Best Brewed Beer In Spokane, NI?

The Budge Brothers, Brad, left, and brother Bruce, own and operate Budge Brothers Brewery in Spokane. They are holding examples of their beer, left to right, Extra Stout, Pale Ale Orangutan, Hop Train and Spokamber. (SR photo)

Question: What's your top pick for best beer brewed by a craft brewery in the Spokane-North Idaho area?

Idaho Women On Outside Looking In

On the list of the Fortune 1000 you’ll find some of the greatest names in the world of business, but you’ll also find that only 46 of those companies on have a woman in the office of CEO. The reality in corporate America is pretty simple: The captains of industry are overwhelmingly male. Women are also dramatically underrepresented in the board rooms of the nation’s biggest businesses and, while there are 20 female members of the United States Senate, an all-time record and a far cry from the from the days when women typically made it to the Senate only when their senator-husbands died, those numbers are still disproportionally small compared to women in the electorate. By almost every measure, the rise of women in business, politics and the law has stalled. Idaho, for example, has no women on is highest court and hasn’t since 2007. And even though women have overtaken men in measures of educational advancement – more women than men graduate college – the big stall is in effect at every socioeconomic level/Marc Johnson, Idaho Business Review. More here.

Question: Who do you think is the most powerful woman in Idaho?

AM Scanner Traffic — 9.23.13

  • 11:37 a.m. A 6-foot strip of tire is laying on e/b I-90 near the stateline.
  • 11:12 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Garden Plaza Center, Post Falls.
  • 11:02 a.m. 76YO male is suffering chest pain in 800 block of W. Mullan, Post Falls.
  • 10:53 a.m. Resident of Canterbury Cove/Hayden Lake reports break-in.
  • 10:03 a.m. A large dog is running @ e/b I-90/MP 17 (Mullan Trail) near pullout area.
  • 10:01 a.m. KCSDeputy responding to report that male kicked in house door of female.
  • 9:43 a.m. Male reports his girlfriend told him that her mother is obviously deceased.

Denney Eyes Secretary Of State Run

Former Idaho House speaker and current state Rep. Lawerence Denney is positioning for a possible challenge to GOP Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. Denney filed the paperwork for a potential run, naming a political treasurer, the Associated Press reported Friday. Denney, R-Midvale, says he will announce his decision after gauging whether he can raise money for a campaign. He isn’t talking about the motivation for a potential challenge. “I’m not prepared to talk about that yet,” Denney told the AP. “When we do announce, I’ll let you know”/Kevin Richert, The EDge, IdahoED News. More here.

DFO: Idaho has had two terrific public servants to hold the Secretary of State's office back-to-back: Pete Cenarrusa and his long-time, righthand man, Ben Ysursa. I see no need to change horses.

Question: Do you want Lawerence Denney to run for secretary of state?

Liberty Caucus Bumperstickers

Duane Rasmussen photographed the bumperstickers on several vehicles belonging to individuals who attended the Liberty Caucus at the Coeur d'Alene Inn Saturday, including this one.

Anti-bullying Grants To Be Announced

On Wednesday, major grants to the Coeur d’Alene School District will be announced for an internationally recognized anti-bullying program for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. The announcement will be made by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe and the Kootenai Electric Cooperative at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Human Rights Education Institute, 414 Mullan Ave.  School Board Chair Tom Hearn and Superintendent Matt Handelman will respond. The grants will fund an international expert to study and implement his well-tested anti-bullying program. The expert has worked in 26 states of the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.


Poll: Obamacare Defunding Opposed

  • Weekend Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation opposes the attempt by the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives to defund Obamacare. 129 of 238 respondents (54.2%) oppose the GOP-led move to defund Obamacare — and possibly force a government shutdown in 8 days. 104 of 238 respondents (43.7%) support the action by House Republicans. 5 of 238 (2.1%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: If the government shuts down in 8 days, who will you blame?

AM Headlines — 9.23.13

Mac Mackin, of Post Falls, takes a suture needle and thread and prepares to practice suturing on a pig’s foot during a class on emergency wound care Sunday at the Sustainable Preparedness Expo at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Story below. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Breast Cancer Fight Personal For Teen

When Kellogg High School senior Jessica Margason decided to put together a team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the fundraising goal of $1,000 seemed daunting. Headed into Sunday’s race in Coeur d’Alene, her team, Infinite Love, has raised about $5,000. No other team has come close to that tally in this year’s North Idaho fundraiser for breast health programs supported by the Komen Foundation. “I didn’t really realize how big it was going to get,” said Margason, who lives in Silverton, Idaho, and plans to become a dental hygienist. Her hard work has caught the attention of Komen’s Idaho affiliate based in Boise. “We’re big fans of hers,” mission manager Jodi Brawley said. “She is kind of a role model for everybody else who’s fundraising. She represents us and she represents the cause really well”/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo: Jessica Margason and her mother, Diana Margason, who is a two-time breast cancer survivor)

Question: Do you know of someone who is a breast cancer survivor?

Gissel: Souza Forfeits Leadership Role

In the Sept. 12 edition of the Coeur d’Alene Press the following passage was included: “Souza said as mayor, she would vote whichever way the public favored on highly charged topics when the opinion is stacked on one side, regardless of how she feels personally.” I have waited several days to make sure that she did not want to retract that statement or assert that she was misquoted. To my knowledge, she has not done so. As to that statement, it is clear to me that God gave each person the capacity to form and hold moral values. He also gave each person the free will to act on those moral values. Failing to act on moral values one holds has the same effect as having no moral values. For Ms. Souza to assert ahead of time that she would go with the flow if elected is not leadership but rather a preemptive forfeiture of leadership/Norm Gissel, letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo: Norm Gissel, foreground, and Tony Stewart)


For Hoffman, Charity Begins At Home

Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman is a stalwart defender of the private enterprise system. Government, he says, should not pick “which companies to help and force the rest of us to pay the bill. The government should leave the marketplace alone, and let companies prosper or fail on their own merits. “Except, of course, when it comes to the Idaho Freedom Foundation. As the Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell reported, IFF is organized under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) - the same section utilized by charities. Anyone who contributes to a 501(c)(3) can deduct the donation from his income taxes. In exchange, a 501(c)(3) operates under restrictions. A big one in Hoffman's case involves lobbying. He's not supposed to do much of it. That's why Idaho's major lobbies settle for nonprofit status but don't offer their donors a tax deduction. Obviously, Hoffman is a lobbyist/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.


Lousy Time For Food Stamp Cut

Ten bucks a month. That’s roughly the size of cut that each person who receives government food aid is facing in five weeks. Your response to this cut may vary, and may reveal something about your understanding of what it’s like to need food stamps. It may seem small, this 10 bucks a month. For some of us, it wouldn’t cover condiments. But if you’ve ever struggled to put food on the table – ever walked that thin line where the grocery check lives dangerously close to the checkbook balance – then you might recognize that 10 bucks can be significant. If you’ve ever relied upon food stamps yourself, you realize that 10 bucks is more than significant. According to the federal guidelines used to determine benefits, it covers more than five meals. That would be one way to look at it/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Is this a good time for House Republicans to try to cut food stamps?

Liberty Caucus Dreams Of Nullification

State rights were a common theme among many of the break-out session at the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho's Liberty Expo on Saturday - specifically the need to exercise nullification. About 100 people turned out for the event that was held all day at the Best Western Plus Coeur d'Alene Inn. They listened to dozens of 10th amendment experts and legislators discuss issues ranging from the media's coverage of federal issues to gun rights. There were sessions on how to effectively lobby the legislature and motivate grassroots activism. But in nearly every discussion the issue of nullification of federal laws came to the forefront and many expressed how frustrated they are that Idaho won't even go there. Many lawmakers say that the word itself is a political lightning rod making it difficult for them to even bring up. “It really, in my mind, is a polarizing term, but as I look around here, we are preaching to the choir,” said Idaho State Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. “We know here that it is not an offensive term”/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Gabe Green's Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Ben Swann, a two-time Emmy award winning broadcast journalist, speaks about mainstream and alternative media Saturday)

Question: What does it say to you that the Liberty Caucus of the Republican Party considers nullification of federal laws to be a real objective?

Paddleboarders Launch New Festival

Competitors break from the start line for the first annual Coeur d'SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Races & Festival at City Beach in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Dave Richie, far right, age 61 of Priest River, Id., took the early lead, but Brett Saguid, 37, of Spokane, far left won the race with John Troppmann, 57 of CdA, front center, taking overall second place. They covered a distance of one mile along the beach front. “They do it for the love of the sport. Any day on the water is a good day” said event organizer Diane Higdem. Next year's event is planned for August. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

A small group of brave souls gathered at Coeur d’Alene City Beach on Saturday morning, ignoring choppy waters and a cold wind to paddleboard one more time before summer’s end. The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Coeur d’SUP (stand-up paddleboard) races. Bad conditions and late planning made for a small turnout, event coordinator Diane Higdem said. As organizers realized few people were signing up, they stripped the festival down, she said. To create a race that was “free, fun and wide open,” all registration fees were removed. About a dozen people stood by the rocky lake between races. A few tested the waters, struggling at first then paddling smoothly across the waves/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever tried to paddleboard?

93YO Glacier Ranger May Retire

At 93 years old, Glacier National Park Ranger Lyle Ruterbories is contemplating retirement from his seasonal position at Kintla Lake Campground, but isn’t ready to make it official just yet. Ruterbories has worked as the  Kintla Lake Campground seasonal park ranger for the past 20 years. Prior to that he’d been volunteer campground host with his late wife Marge Ruterbories since the late 1980s. Kintla Lake Campground is the most remote frontcountry campground in Glacier National Park. Located in the northwest section of the park known as the North Fork, only a few miles from the U.S.-Canada border, visitors often come to Kintla Lake seeking solitude and recreational opportunities such as fishing or canoeing/SR, AP. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Have you ever camped at Glacier National Park?

Room On Bandwagon For ‘Hawks Fans

Jimmy Farris has words for long-suffering Seattle Seahawks fans who resent Johnny-come-lately types climbing aboard their bandwagon. He feels your pain. Jimmy? He’s the former Lewiston Bengal star who played for several NFL teams, collecting a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots. Also, he’s a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District seat held by tea party congressman Raul Labrador. Jimmy described true fans for Huckleberries as “just as passionate and excited about their team when they are 4-12 as they are when their team is 12-4. There are some true Seahawks fans (who) have suffered through some terrible years. (They) remember the old AFC West days, remember the real Curt Warner, Kenny Easley, Rick Mirer, the Kingdome – and have nightmares about Bo Jackson going 91 yards and trucking ‘the Boz.’ ” However, before you die-hards throw all the neo-die-hards under the bandwagon, consider – you couldn’t break that Guinness noise record and befuddle the San Francisco 49ers without them/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Other weekend SR columns:

Question: Are you a Seattle Seahawk fan?

The Obsession

Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Weekend Wild Card — 9.21-22.13

We're going to have a busy weekend in the Inland Northwest this weekend, with the wooden boat show billing up the slots along the Coeur d'Alene Resort Boardwalk today — and the latest battle of the Palouse taking place in Pullman. Former Coeur d'Alene Coeur d'Alene Chad Chalich will lead visiting University of Idaho against the Washington State Cougars today. It probably won't be pretty for the Vandals. But they seem to be improving each week. Vandal fans can take heart that Boise State lost its second game of the season Friday night. Now for your weekend Wild Card …

Festner Withdraws From Council Race

Jared Festner, a candidate for the Coeur d'Alene City Council Seat No. 2 race, withdrew from the race today, according to the Kootenai County Clerk's Office. Festner was one of three candidates for the seat now held by Councilman Mike Kennedy. Festner's decision leaves two candidates in the race — Amy Evans and Chris Fillios. All other races for Coeur d'Alene mayor and city council have three candidates.

Parting Shot — 9.20.13

U.S. Marine Cpl. Dominic Devila, left, of Chicago, stands with Courage, a poodle trained in assisting wounded soldiers with mobility and post-traumatic stress, during the national anthem, as they were honored for their service, prior to a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, today in Boston. Devila lost his leg when the vehicle he was riding in ran over an explosive device during 2009 in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Impeachment Backers Plan 2nd Event

Don't look now but the quixotic Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment — North Idaho group is coming to an overpass near you soon. The I-90 overpass at Coeur d'Alene's Northwest Boulevard to be exact. The organization was drumming up support among its 285 Facebook Friends for a protest from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. An attempt earlier this year to (wo)man overpasses from Post Falls through Wallace fell flat. So the protesters are focused on one overpass this time. The group's Facebook post urges “patriots” to “brings signs or banners which highlight any of the many justifications for impeachment including Benghazi dereliction of duty, IRS targeting of conservatives, DOJ targeting of the Associated Press, Syria, etc.”

Question: Do you plan to join the protest?

Locked Out

On Facebook, Cindy posts: “When I left for (a Thursday) afternoon meeting Zach and my husband were working on a car in the driveway. I kissed them goodbye and headed out. I locked the door behind me. They didn't have house keys with them. Oops.” Which reminds me of the recent time that I was in Portland when I got an SOS call from my wife, who'd just returned home from Florida. The key that I'd left for her was the wrong one. She was dead tired and couldn't get in the house. Fortunately, we figured out how to get in without breaking one of the windows. Family members are always good for spare keys.

Question: When did you last find yourself locked out of your house? How did you get in?

Better, Longer H95 Trail Sought

John Bruning, chairman of the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation board of directors, asked state transportation officials Thursday for construction funding to rebuild and expand a bike and pedestrian trail along U.S. 95. Bruning appeared before the Idaho Transportation Department board members, saying the existing 9 miles of paved trail running along the east side of the highway between Appleway Avenue and Garwood Road is in poor condition. The ITD board was in Coeur d'Alene, at the district office, for a regular meeting. Bruning said the aging trail needs to be rebuilt. He estimated it would cost $2 million to rebuild that portion and add 9 additional miles, reaching just north of the Kootenai County line. Evenually, the foundation would like to see a trail connecting Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint. Bruning said the trail would act as a collector, providing “connectivity” for the individual bike paths in the neighborhoods and subdivisions along the U.S. 95 corridor in Kootenai County/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Would you like to see $2M budgeted in state money to upgrade and expand the H95 trail from Appleway to beyond the Kootenai County line (and eventually to Sandpoint)?

HBO Blog Roundup — 9.20.13

In his blog, The Slice, Paul Turner posts this photo and writes: “Norman Rockwell's “The Runaway,” from 55 years ago today. Pure corn? Yeah, probably. But sometimes, the older you get, the less jaded you are about this sort of thing. Surely there were protected little corners of our land where life in America actually did resemble this. I love the counterman's expression.” (Illustration:

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Sept. 19): 9897 page-views/5102 unique views

Cutline Contest — 9.20.13

Time 2 vote …

Azley Mick, 5, pays a visit to Halimaars Tribute, an Arabian stallion, at the Shelton Arabians stable on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. The Arabian Horse Show runs through Saturday at the American Royal. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Keith Myers)

Thursday Winner — Pair of Claws, with 9 likes): “There's a bad moon on the rise,” and (HM, with 8 likes) — CindyH: “Kotooshu was later disqualified for using the illegal “wedgie power” move. Sumo wrestling is not all it's cracked up to be.” You can see Thursday photo and all cutline entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.20.13

  • 4:50 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ Neider/Howard, CdA.
  • 4:38 p.m. Someone injured in fall at The Bridge, Garden Plaza Center, Post Falls.
  • 4:12 p.m. 911 dispater reports “gaggle of little kids,” 2nd-3rd graders running in and out of traffic @ H53/Ramsey, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 3:55 p.m. Coeur d'Alene police are looking for snowmobile trailer stolen in town today.
  • 3:46 p.m. Driver of pickup w/California plates going n/b in s/b lane of H41/Twin Lakes.
  • 3:32 p.m. 83YO female diabetic having medical issues on Buttercup Lane/Hayden.
  • 3:29 p.m. Driver reports he's abandoned red Dodge @ w/b I-90/MP 4 for pick up after dark.
  • 3:26 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency on Well Springs Road/Harrison.
  • 2:58 p.m. Driver of Dodge Ram Adventurer out of gas @ s/b H95/MP 424 (Presley Road).
  • 2:40 p.m. 30YO Male in 4Runnr from Seattle left Priest River 45 minutes ago to pick up female in St. Maries with intention of cutting of female's incarceration bracelet and taking her out of state.
  • 2:36 p.m. Driver of 2006 Ford Fusion w/Washington plates maybe DUI @ w/b I-90/Beck Road.
  • 2:28 p.m. 58YO male is in and out of consciousness in 3800 block of E3rd/Post Falls.
  • 1:45 p.m. Deputy checking on theft report filed by B&R Boats on Boekel Avenue, Hayden.

Trib: Labrador’s Delusional

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, opinionator Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives Jeers to …

” … Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. He has co-sponsored Georgia Rep. Tom Graves' threat to essentially shut down the government unless Obamacare is blocked. 'If the House passes it and the Senate rejects it, it will be the Senate that's responsible for shutting down the government,' Labrador says. He's delusional. Labrador and his 80 fire-breathing Tea Party colleagues — including Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. — are pushing more level-headed Republicans — including Idaho's Mike Simpson and Washington's Cathy McMorris Rodgers — toward what a spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., calls 'a Washington gimmick to advance funding goals'/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.


STCU To Build Near Future CdA Winco

STCU and Hughes Investments are happy to announce that the region’s leading credit union plans a branch at The CrossRoads Coeur d’Alene, a retail center where WinCo Foods will be the base occupant. “We are very excited that STCU will be opening a new branch in The CrossRoads at Coeur d’Alene,” said Alan Johnson, Senior Vice President of Development for Hughes Investments, which is developing the center. “STCU will definitely add to the success of the project. We are anxious for their opening.” Hughes Investments plans to open CrossRoads Coeur d’Alene in March 2014 on 16.5 acres where sand and gravel were formerly mined. Construction of the credit union branch will begin within 18 months at the corner of Ramsey Road and West Appleway Avenue, said Scott Adkins, STCU Vice President of Lending. The branch is not yet named/Dan Hansen, Spokane Teachers Credit Union. More here.

Vet Struggles To Help Others w/PTSD

In 1993, at 17, Jason Moon enlisted in the Army National Guard. He signed up to serve with the 724th Engineer Battalion in Eagle River, Wis. It was like coming home. “My grandfather deployed out of the same building during WWII,” he said, “and my father served in the same place during the Vietnam War.” After serving six years with the Guard and two with the Army Reserve, Moon got out, ready to resume civilian life. That was August 2001. The next month the events of Sept. 11 irrevocably altered those plans. Moon deployed to Iraq in 2003. After 11 months of combat duty, he returned home, forever changed. He found himself unable to sleep – unable to handle loud noises. His eyes scanned every room, looking for the exits. Inexplicable rage dogged him/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

Question: Do you know anyone who's suffered from PTSD?

McEuen Field Crews Reach Milestone

Crews on Friday poured the last of several hundred loads of concrete for the parking structure at McEuen Park. Before work shuts down for the winter in mid-November, much of the transformation will be complete, including the playground, activity courts, and a substantial portion of the landscaping on the east side of the park. A majority of the splash pad will also be in place, said Phil Boyd of Welch Comer Engineers. The public is invited to an open house October 12 from 2-6 p.m. to see the McEuen Park improvements firsthand. (Photo: Keith Erickson, LCDC)

‘Damn Yankees’ Not Quite Home Run

Lake City Playhouse kicks off its 53rd season with the classic American musical comedy “Damn Yankees.” The production doesn’t hit a home run, but it does get some base hits. “Damn Yankees,” with book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, centers on Joe Boyd (Dennis Craig), an old baseball fan who makes a deal with the devil to become a young baseball phenomenon, Joe Hardy (Brendan Brady). Directed by George Green, the production features much humor and a tender side. Craig’s rendition of “Goodbye Old Girl” is particularly sweet, and he and Teri Grubbs, who plays Meg, Joe’s wife, have a nice rapport/Sandra Hosking, SR correspondent. (Kathy Plonka's SR photo: Lance Babbitt, David Kappus and Briane Green rehearse a scene from “Damn Yankees”)

Question: Do you plan to attend more Lake City Playhouse productions, now that Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre has shut its doors?

Coeur Group Sets Candidate Forum

A candidates forum for the 12 candidates for Coeur d'Alene mayor and three City Council positions is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. featuring the three candidates for mayor: Joe Kunka, Mary Souza and Steve Widmyer. The other debates will follow at half-hour intervals with the candidates for council Seat 2 — Amy Evans, Jared Festner and Chris Fillios — to debate after the mayor's candidates, at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the debate for council Seat 4 — Amber Copeland, Sharon Hebert and Woody McEvers — will be held. At 7 p.m. the debate for council Seat 6 — Noel Adam, Gary Herfurth and Kiki Miller — will be held. The Coeur Group will provide the emcee and two other panelist to ask candidates questons. You can read about the Coeur Group and the format and rules of the forum here.

Question: Do you think any candidate will skip the forum as some did during the Coeur d'Alene School Board races in the spring?

Horse Soccer Catches On In Montana

Desi, ridden by Jody Anderson, makes contact with the ball as they warm up for a horse soccer match in Lockwood, Mont. Story here. (AP Photo/BIllings Gazette, Casey Page)

DFO: Annual Physicals Are A Must

I arrived at work late this morning because I was undergoing my annual physical. Most numbers stayed the same or improved, so I'll call it a win. (No, I'm not about to start talking to you or anyone about blood pressure, cholesterol levels, or any other personal numbers that some geezers my age can't shut up about. I'm not ready for assisted living just yet.) The doctor said I'm good to go for another year. I got an attaboy for all the walking and exercising I've been doing. I didn't get lectured at all. Which is always a good thing. Why am I telling you this? I've become dedicated to having annual physical checkups and eye exams, as well as regular dental visits. I was hit-or-miss with much of this for a good part of my adult life. But I opted for preventative checkups about 7-8 years ago as a way of showing my wife and kids that I love them. I suppose they love me back. At least that's what they tell me. And I doubt that they want to see me get knocked sideways by a disease or illness that could have been prevented with early detection. Most men avoid doctors at all costs. They don't enjoy the more, ahem, personal aspects of the examination. Well, I doubt their wives and daughters enjoy certain things about their exams. Bottom line, men? Man up. If you haven't had a physical exam for some time, it's time to have one — for your loved ones' sakes, if not your own/DFO.

Question: When did you last have a physical check-up, eye exam or dental inspection?

Litter Find: Testosterone Ointment?

As you may know, I pick up litter along my 3-mile waterfront walk each working day. I've been impressed to do so by Walkabout, who keeps Tubbs Hill from becoming a pig sty. Anyway, here's some of the items I picked up today: a flattened plastic bottle of Pepsi, a wrapper from a king size Butterfinger (Nobody's gonna lay a finger on my Butterfinger) ice cream bar, 18 inches of twisted rebar, a broken piece of an old glass soup bowl, a dry, red Big Ultra Round Stic Grip pen and — (drum roll, puh-leez) a 50 mg tube of Testim 1% (testosterone gel), in the grassy boulevard in front of North Idaho Title next to the SR CdA office.

Question: Um, is anyone missing a tube of testosterone ointment?

Huckleberries Hears …

… That some of the Powers That Be would like to see the old wood grandstands at Memorial Field replaced with a new brick grandstand that would bring the historic one step closer to a field of dreams. It's one of the proposals out there for the revitalized four-corners (think traffic lights @ Northwest Boulevard and Mullan by Human Rights Education Institute). Another proposal would be to replace current grass with field turf that could be played on year round. Sounds like the Powers That Be have a mind to keep Memorial Field as a softball field. Which is as it should be.

Idaho K-12 Cuts Among US Steepest

During the recession, Idaho’s public school budget cuts were among the deepest in the nation. And while Idaho’s 2013-14 public school budget included a $28.6 million increase, the added money merely kept pace with inflation and enrollment growth. These are two findings from a national study, released this month by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit think tank. The center’s reports put Idaho’s K-12 cuts into national perspective; Idaho is among at least 34 states that are spending less per pupil than they did in 2008-09. And the report comes just as Idaho education stakeholders are making a concerted push to reverse K-12 budget cuts — with initial support from Gov. Butch Otter and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna/Kevin Richert, The EDge, IdahoED News. More here.


FPJ: How Many R Groups Are There?

Former Prompter Jockey comments:

I'm trying to keep track, How many branches of the Republicans do we have now?

  • Standard old school republicans
  • Reagan Republicans
  • Tea Party Republicans
  • Pachyderms
  • Balance North Idaho Republicans
  • Reasonable Republicans
  • Liberty Caucus Republicans

Is there any room in that tent for an independent like me who doesn't fit into one of the 7 categories/slots?


Research? Pshaw

“One of my special skills is prolonging starting a HUGE project by dinking around on the Internet and calling it research” — CindyH, via Facebook.

Question: Have you ever calculated how much time you waste per day on the Internet?

A True Hero’s Autograph

Medal of Honor recipient Gary G. Wetzel signs an attendee's Medal of Honor book during a convention in Gettysburg, Pa., Thursday. Pvt. First Class Wetzel was serving in Vietnam as a door gunner on the day his helicopter was shot down and he and other survivors came under heavy enemy fire. The Medal of Honor Society annual convention gives the public an opportunity to collect autographs of the men who have been honored by Congress for risking their lives beyond the call of duty in combat. (AP Photo/The Evening Sun, Clare Becker)

Question: Has any member of your family been recognized with a medal for valor during war?

Poll: Pope Francis Is Right

  • Thursday Poll: Hucks Nation overwhelmingly supports the statement by Pope Francis that the Catholic Church is too obsessed with gays, abortion and contraception. 111 of 131 respondents (84.73%) supported the pope's position. 18 of 131 respondents (13.74%) disagreed. 2 (1.53%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you support the GOP-led vote (in the House of Representatives) to defund Obamacare?

AM Scanner Traffic — 9.20.13

  • 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept 19-20 here.
  • 11:15 a.m. Female reports her soon-to-be-ex husband is trying to remove child from Lakes MS.
  • 11:11 a.m. Driver of white pickup pulling trailer with heavy metal appears sleepy @ s/b H95/MP 445 (Corbin Hill Road).
  • 11:09 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Coeur d'Alene Homes, 624 Harrison/CdA.
  • 10:38 a.m. A white motor coach parked on Walnut Avenue is obsuring stop sign on 3rd Street/CdA.
  • 10:27 a.m. Car leaves after hitting deer @ e/b H54/MP 1.5/Athol, deer needs to be dispatched.
  • 10:11 a.m. Wildland fire reported @ 2495 Cliff Dwellers Drive/Worley.
  • 10:10 a.m. Female walking her dog located wandering child @ 3rd/Bay, Post Falls.
  • 9:45 a.m. Pregnant female trapped in wreckage after 1-car rollover on n/b H95/MP 383 (Tensed).
  • 9:41 a.m. 41YO ex-husband of relative is unwelcome in 1200 block of Diamond Drive/Hayden.

Duane: Liberty Caucus Excludes R’s

GOP Precinct Committeeman Duane Rasmussen sent the following email to Huckleberries re: the Liberty Caucus that is planning an Expo in Coeur d'Alene:

As a member of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee I was not invited to the program, which, according to some accounts, was purported to be appealing to members of the Republican Central Committee.  Although I am not surprised.  I have spoken to other members of Central Committee who were also not invited.  This is a Phil Hart organization. Also, to my knowledge the so called Republican Liberty Caucus made no announcement of their event at any Central Committee meeting. Another observation. I did not see any of the Republican Liberty Caucus people at Brad Little's breakfast yesterday even though his event filled the venue. There is clearly a split in the Party.”


AM Headlines — 9.20.13

“The name is Tutta Bella, all is beautiful” said Terry Deems of Coeur d'Alene as he shined his 1992 Stan Craft at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Marina docks on Thursday. He will participate in the Antique and Classic Boat Society International meeting and boat show this weekend in Coeur d'Alene. For more information turn to page 12 of today's 7 section. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

House Votes To Defund Obamacare

The GOP-controlled House voted Friday to cripple President Barack Obama’s health care law as part of a risky ploy that threatens a government shutdown in a week and a half. The fight is coming on a stopgap funding measure required to keep the government fully running after the Oct. 1 start of the new budget year. Typically, such measures advance with sweeping bipartisan support, but tea party activists forced GOP leaders — against their better judgment — to add a provision to cripple the health care law that’s the signature accomplishment of Obama’s first term. The 230-189 vote sets the stage for a confrontation with the Democratic-led Senate, which promises to strip the health care provision from the bill next week and challenge the House to pass it as a simple, straightforward funding bill that President Barack Obama will sign/Andrew Taylor, AP. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose this vote by the U.S. House of Representatives?

Op-Ed: Proud To Be City Of Vision

In the next few months we will be continually bombarded with statements such as Michael Teague's definition of who is running for City Council and Mayor of Coeur d'Alene. He attempted to define anyone other than the far right Mary Souza group as the FAR LEFT. Where did he get the information backing up this statement? Who knows, perhaps out of a hat. Or perhaps in his mind and those of his contemporaries anyone who is for visionary leadership is far left. Visionary leadership looks at the possibilities; maintenance leadership wants to keep the status quo. It was visionary leadership that brought us the new Library, the Kroc Center, Riverstone, the Education Corridor and now McEuen Park. It brought us a new Police Station, a new Fire Station and an upgrade on the older fire stations/Deanna Goodlander, Coeur d'Alene Press op-ed. More here.

Question: Is Coeur d'Alene better off today than when Mayor Sandi Bloem first took office about 12 years ago?

Edit: Footing Bill For Public Property

It's an ugly hunk of acreage with awe-inspiring potential. When a newly appointed advisory committee gets up and running, it will look closely at the expanse of old mill site land stretching west of Coeur d'Alene along the banks of the Spokane River. What it is now and what it will eventually become is exciting to think about. A little worrisome, too. Waterfront property, put in a conscientious public entity's hands, can do a lot of good. Look at City Beach and Tubbs Hill on Lake Coeur d'Alene, for example; Q'emiln and Falls parks in Post Falls. They're great examples of quality outdoor opportunities for all citizens. McEuen Park might also join that list despite a great deal of anxiety in the community over its metamorphosis and primary funding source. While public entities should look for the greatest good for the greatest number of people, they must remember that sometimes, that includes private ownership/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: How would you like the old Atlas Mill site developed — private or public or both?

Liberty Republicans Set Expo In CdA

Item: Liberty Expo this weekend: Event designed to attract Republican precinct committeemen/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press

More here: The Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho is launching a series of three “Liberty Expos” across the state and the first one is set for Coeur d'Alene this weekend. The expos are designed to attract Republican precinct committeemen and other elected officials, but the general public is also welcome to attend, said Jason Robinson, treasurer for the RLCID. “We really aren't interested in random attendees. Sure, they will help with ticket sales,” he said. “But our goal is to motivate, encourage and educate central committee members.” The expos are also designed to raise funds that the Liberty Caucus will use to help their candidates get elected during the primary election season next spring.

Question: Isn't “Liberty Caucus” code words for the most conservative of partisans who call themselves Republicans?

County Releases ULUC Plan Fix

Item: Plan to fix ULUC released: Public will get chance to provide input on proposal/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press

More here: A 31-page plan to fix Kootenai County's controversial Unified Land Use Code was released Thursday for public review, and commissioners are planning to hold a workshop to decide how to proceed with the proposal. “I want to try and go through this to see how we are going to deal with it,” Commissioner Todd Tondee said during a Thursday meeting on the issue. The $5,400 prospectus was developed by the county's land use consultant Kendig Keast Collaborative. It details a plan to overhaul the ULUC. Commissioners want to make it more user friendly by incorporating public input into the document.

Question: Is this a step in the right direction?

Wooden Boat Show Comes To Resort

The annual wooden boat show of the Antique & Classic Boat Society meets for the third time in Coeur d'Alene this weekend. (SR file photo)

If you’re thinking you missed the annual wooden boat show in Coeur d’Alene this summer, don’t abandon ship just yet. The event was postponed until this weekend. And in lieu of the usual display of classic boats from the Northwest, this one features a larger, more varied collection from owners across the U.S. and Canada. The Antique & Classic Boat Society is meeting this week at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, and attendees will have more than 100 boats on display there today and Saturday. “It’s an appreciation of the past; it’s an appreciation of a culture,” said B.K. Powell, a Spokane resident who will be there with Bon Bois, his 1955 Chris-Craft Sportsman. “It’s like walking through the past. All these boats have a story to tell.” This is the third time since 2002 the organization has met in Coeur d’Alene, with the Inland Empire chapter hosting/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Will you attend the annual wooden boat show this weekend?

Closed NIdaho Mines Are Hazardous

The Evolution Mine triggered gold and silver fever in North Idaho in the 1880s – the first lode-mining site in the mineral-rich Coeur d’Alene Mining District. Miners pulled ore for decades from the Evolution until it was closed in the late 1940s. Today, the main shaft of the historic mine outside of Osburn, Idaho, is a forgotten hole: a dangerous and accessible 12-foot-wide puncture in the hillside that drops 300 feet or more into the earth just a short distance from Interstate 90. “It clearly presents a danger to the public – to hikers and hunters and anyone else who might venture up here,” said Clarence “Butch” Jacobson, a 71-year-old Mullan resident, as he stood at the site last week. He discovered it while visiting 400 abandoned mining sites in North Idaho in the past three years/Bill Morlin, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever been underground at any great distance in a mine?

Paddleboardfest Hits CdA Waters

Coeur d’Alene is launching a new festival and race this weekend to showcase the fast-growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding. It’s called Coeur d’SUP – the acronym refers to stand-up paddleboard – and it will be Saturday at Independence Point and City Beach. The event is sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. Six races are planned, touching on all experience levels:

  • 11 a.m. – ages 40 and older, 1 mile
  • 11 a.m. – ages 19-39, 1 mile
  • 11 a.m. – ages 13-18, 1 mile
  • Noon – age 12 and younger, 1/2 mile
  • 1 p.m. – four-person relay, 2 miles
  • 2 p.m. – All ages, 2 miles

There are no entry fees to race. More from Scott Maben/SR here.

Question: Is this something that interests you?

Hello, Putin?

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Wild Card/Thursday — 9.19.13

My Berry Pickers tell me that Lt. Gov. Brad Little played to a full house at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Event Center this morning, as he re-announced his decision to seek re-election. Dunno what the big deal is re: a lieutenant governor seeking re-election, other than exposure to North Idaho for the candidate who will be our next governor, when Butch gets tired of the job. My Berry Pickers tell me that mayoral candidates Steve Widmyer and Mary Souza were present at the event, as was council candidate Amy Evans. Now for your Thursday Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 9.19.13

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Adam: No More Skate Plaza Events

On his Facebook page, Adam Graves writes that his children “will not be attending anymore Skate Plaza Sorensen fundraisers. We just cannot, as a family with gay friends and family members, support the new owners of Skate Plaza who just wrote this piece to Tony Stewart, the head of the human rights institute, a man who has fought for the rights of many in our community.”


Pastor: Stewart Revives Nat’l Stigma

In recent months, I communicated that our community has been successfully recovering from the reputation of being discriminatory. This terrible attribute was the result of the Aryan Nation and its wickedness toward people of color – an evil that is condemned by all who have a good “moral compass”. I also told you that the request for the LGBT ordinance may have the potential to revive the national stigma associated with North Idaho. You are making my case. Your recent “My Turn” suggests that a “discussion” about the ordinance will revive our former reputation. I find it odd that in our past discussions we could not see eye to eye about this - and now we agree. Secondly, I also told you that the LGBT ordinance would impose upon the rights of one party or group in order to provide rights to another group or person and therefore does not protect the rights of all people-groups in Coeur d’Alene. In this, we now seem to agree as well/Pastor Paul Van Noy, Candlelight Church. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo, of Pastor Paul Van Noy)

Question: So is the 2013 Coeur d'Alene city elections going to be a rematch between the Christians and the lions?

Cutline Contest — 9.19.13

Time 2 Vote …

Bulgarian wrestler Kotooshu, right, throws opponent Myogiryu over the edge of the ring to win their bout on the fourth day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo area in Tokyo on Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Wednesday Winner — Flatlander, with 10 likes: “Alex turns away embarrassed when the girl next to him tells him he should have not wasted so much cardboard and just used a post it note to cover his lower body part.” You can see Wednesday photo and all cutline entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 8.19.13

  • 5:19 p.m. Noninjury accident reported @ Govt Way/Appleway, CdA.
  • 4:45 p.m. Motorist says white older car weaving @ I-90/MP 5/Spokane, willing to sign complaint.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 18-19 here.
  • 4:18 p.m. Male leaves Hunter's restaurant/PF in blue pickup after fist fight w/another male.
  • 3:48 p.m. Female sets off fire alarms in residence by testing new wood stove.
  • 3:42 p.m. Female on lam might have gotten ride w/male in red vehicle, police can't find her.
  • 3:27 p.m. Officer checking gravel pit in area for female on the lam after high-speed chase.
  • 3:25 p.m. Patrol officer wants perimeter around H95/53 junction to help catch driver that ran into trees after high-speed chase. She's wearing yellow top, tan pants & has short black hair. She's 5-1, 110 pounds with heavy makeup.
  • 3:23 p.m. Female driver being pursued by ISP officer at 105-plus mph has fled on foot after crashing into trees @ H95/53 junction, Garwood. Officer had pursued her southbound from H95/MP 444 (Corbin Hill Road) through red light at Garwood.
  • 2:55 p.m. 83YO female is suffering cardiac problems @ LaCrosse Health & Rehab/CdA.
  • 2:53 p.m. Male in white Ford F150 tells 2 other males (2:50 item) that hitchhiking female in purple top has been his wife for one week and she's freaking out.
  • 2:50 a.m. 2 males report to 911 that they picked up female hitchhiker up near I-90/4th Street, CdA, exit & dropped her off @ 4th Street upon her demand. Her eyes are bloodshot and her hair is in disarray. Female was last seen s/b on 4th, near Locust Avenue.
  • 2:21 p.m. 26YO female has overdosed on pills on South Riverside Harbor/Post Falls.
  • 2:07 p.m. 2-vehicle crash is blocking Hayden Avenue in front of Super 1, unknown injuries.
  • 1:33 p.m. Witness reports male fell in Kellogg store parking lot and then was forced into vehicle by another male, who slammed door on his legs. The 2 then left w/b on I-90.
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Candidate Fillios Speaks To RRepubs

Chris Fillios, a candidate for the Coeur d'Alene City Council Seat No. 4, speaks at the weekly luncheon of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans at Fedora restaurant. Fillios is running against Amy Evans and Jared Festner. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Pearl Harbor Vets Embrace Teen

When Isaac Liljenberg came across his brother’s collection of videos about World War II, it sparked an interest in him about those who had served. “I wanted to meet a World War II vet,” said the 16-year-old. “I wanted to interview some people.” A friend mentioned Ray Daves because the air traffic control tower at Spokane International Airport had been recently named for him. Liljenberg, who is homeschooled, hoped to meet Daves, but Daves died before he had the chance. He decided to attend Daves’ memorial service. Afterward, he spotted a group of Pearl Harbor survivors at a table. He introduced himself, offered his condolences and explained his interest in World War II/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (Dan Pelle's SR photo: Isaac Liljenberg shares lunch with members of the Lilac Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association)

Question: Do you know any young people who are interested in World War II?

Akey Enjoys Simply Being Sports Dad

He was a gregarious personality on the Washington State and Idaho sidelines, leaping, hugging and chest-bumping with his players for 14 seasons on the Palouse. But now, looking across the field at high school kids, Robb Akey keeps to himself. He doesn’t want to be a distraction at Moscow High football practice, so he sits where he won’t be in the way and doesn’t speak to coaches unless they approach him. It’s best this way, he said. The former Vandals coach doesn’t want to be a volunteer assistant. He doesn’t want to interfere with the coaching staff. “I’m just being a dad,” Akey said. For the first time since his sons, Jack and Daniel, started participating in sports, Akey has the time to travel to their games and be an involved father. It’s a role he was unfamiliar with 11 months ago, when Idaho fired him in his sixth season on the job/Josh Wright, SR. More here. (SR file photo)

Question: Who would you say was the best Idaho Vandals football coach of the last quarter century?

HBO Blog Roundup — 9.19.13

Barefooted last night, Pecky Cox/As the Lake Churns, braved wolves and other creatures of the night to photograph the full moon through the trees near Casa Cox on Priest Lake.

Armon Appointed To LCDC Board

The Lake City Development Corporation’s board of commissioners this week welcomed its newest member to the nine-member panel. Mic Armon, a certified financial advisor who served as a North Idaho College trustee for 12 years, was appointed to the volunteer board during the LCDC’s regular monthly meeting on Wednesday. “I’ve always dedicated myself to community service and believe the LCDC has tremendous potential to continue the great impact it is having in Coeur d’Alene,” Armon said. “I look forward to contributing to all the great things the LCDC does.” Armon was appointed to fulfill an existing 5-year commissioner term. He replaces Jim Elder, who served until his untimely death from cancer earlier this year/Keith Erickson, LCDC.

Question: I think Mic's appointment to the LCDC board is a good one. How about you?

Rolling Stone Applauds UI Pep Band

University of Idaho alumnus Jeff Chambers hadn't even heard the song “Thriftshop” when he was asked last October to arrange it for the pep band. “Truth be told, I'd never heard anything by them,” Chambers said of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, a recent breakout rap duo from Seattle.But almost a year later, Rolling Stone magazine named the cover as one of the “10 Mind-Blowing College Marching Band Cover Songs,” alongside songs like “Gangnam Style” by Psy and “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Courtesy photo: University of Idaho)

Question: Did you ever play in a high/school college pep or marching band? Which school? Which instrument?

Pick 6: Week’s Prep Football Forecast

SWX Director of Sports Sam Adams and Spokesman-Review prep writer Greg Lee make their predictions for Rogers/North Central, Lakeland/Cheney, Pullman/Moscow, Shadle/University, Post Falls/East Valley and Ferris/Gonzaga Prep.

Spokane, North Idaho News

Is Seattle Coach Carroll 9/11 Truther?

The sit-down between (retired general Peter) Chiarelli and (Seattle coach Pete) Carroll started off normally enough. They talked about the team, and then about head trauma. Chiarelli, who commanded the American forces in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II, talked about the brain injuries he had seen there. But Chiarelli's mention of Iraq sent Carroll in another direction: He wanted to know if the September 11 attacks had been planned or faked by the United States government. In particular, Carroll wanted to know whether the attack on the Pentagon had really happened. Chiarelli—who was the top-ranking Army official inside the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into its western side—explained that it had. He said he had lost many colleagues. But Carroll didn't stop there. He ran through the whole 9/11 truther litany/Jack Dickey, Deadspin. More here.


Raul’s Bill Backs Traditional Marriage

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador on Thursday introduced the bipartisan “Marriage and Religious Freedom Act” to prohibit discrimination in the U.S. tax code against “individuals or institutions that exercise religious conscience regarding marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” As of Thursday’s introduction, Labrador’s H.R. 3133 has 60 Republican and two Democratic co-sponsors, including Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, an influential group that advocates conservative social and economic causes. Labrador told the Statesman he wrote the bill as a response to the Supreme Court’s June decision striking down the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act’s barring of federal recognition of gay marriage/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose this bill?

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Washington Battle Looms Over GMOs

Prepare for an onslaught of ads praising or condemning new labels at the supermarket in a multimillion-dollar battle over genetically modified foods. Campaigns for and against (Washington's) Initiative 522 broke out their first television ads this week in the closely watched fight over efforts to force labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms, also known as GMOs.  The Yes campaign ads feature a perky “spokesmom” wandering through supermarket aisles, catching a fresh salmon and contending it makes sense to tell consumers about the presence of those ingredients just as current labels explain trans fat, calories or protein content. The No campaign features an array of former state agriculture, legal and medical officials saying this is all unnecessary paperwork, designed to burden farmers and scare consumers away from something they have no reason to fear/Jim Camden, SR. More here. (Jesse Tinsley SR photo: Farmer Patrick Mannhard, left, helps customer Britta Howard choose from among a selection of peppers at the Urban Eden Farm stand at the Spokane Farmers Market)

Question: Are you concerned re: food containing genetically modified organisms?

WinCo Needs Few Good Men, Women

WinCo Foods will hire about 180 people for the supermarket it plans to open in Coeur d'Alene in the first half of November, a company official said Wednesday. Management staff for the store will be made up of individuals who have been transferred from other stores, said Michael Read, vice president of public and legal affairs for WinCo. The Coeur d'Alene store is at 1485 W. Appleway Ave., just east of Ramsey Road and north of Interstate 90. Read said the company is already accepting applications online for the Coeur d'Alene store. The company website is He said the company is looking for new employees for every aspect of store operations. He said the company usually pays slightly above the prevailing wage for each position in the industry/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: The best job that I had as a teen/young adult was grocery store work, as a clerk, stocker & box boy. How about you?

Question: Have you ever worked in a grocery store?


This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows the popular Norman Rockwell masterpiece “The Gossips,” which is which is heading for the auction block. It is among seven works by The Saturday Evening Post illustrator going on sale at Sotheby's in New York on Dec. 4. (AP Photo/Sotheby's)

Question: Do you have a favorite Norman Rockwell painting?

AM Scanner Traffic — 9.19.13

  • 11:47 a.m. Someone injured in fall at Coeur d'Alene Inn, 506 W. Appleway/CdA.
  • 11:25 a.m. 14YO throwing things at father, punching walls @ 12th/Front, CdA.
  • 11:11 a.m. Diabetic having health issues in 500 block of Appleway, CdA.
  • 10:55 a.m. Someone injured in a fall in 300 block of W. Harmon Avenue/Worley.
  • 10:52 a.m. Transformer in light fixture explodes on 2nd floor of Liberty Building, 118 N7th/CdA.
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CEPartnership Wants Your Comments

The Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership is seeking input from throughout the community as part of its strategic planning process. The local nonprofit, founded in 2012, is gathering information through the use of focus groups and an online survey: CEP is asking everyone with a vested interest in the school district to participate in the survey which will be online until Oct. 15. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and identities of participants will be anonymous/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Let Huckleberries know if you take the survey by posting your thoughts about it under this thread?

Poll: ‘Fort Sherman Park’ Favored

  • Wednesday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation doesn't like the name change of Fort Sherman Park to Cheamkwet Park. 89 of 167 respondents (53.29%) opposed the name change, which officially took place Wednesday during 80th anniversary ceremonies at North Idaho College. 71 of 167 respondents (42.51%) favored the change. 7 (4.19%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you agree with Pope Francis that the Catholic Church is too obsessed with gays, abortion and contraception?

Actor Pronounces ‘Boise’ Correctly

Just a few days after taking Boise's Egyptian Theatre by storm for a live streaming event of Sunday's episode of “Breaking Bad,” show co-star and Treasure Valley native Aaron Paul appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Paul's appearance is divided into three video segments, shown below. In the second segment, Paul talks about everything from the correct pronunciation of Boise to why using Twitter (scroll to bottom to see his tweets from Boise) to give away tickets to Sunday's event was perhaps a bad idea/Idaho Statesman. Video here. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Question: How do you pronounce Boise?

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CdA Charter Posts Top SAT Scores

A few statistical quirks from Idaho’s second SAT day in April — when 17,306 high school juniors took the college placement exam: The Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy posted the state’s top SAT scores across the board, scoring 588 or above in all three disciplines. The Coeur d’Alene academy received a five-star rating from the state; recently, the academy was one of eight Idaho high schools that made a Washington Post list of America’s most challenging high schools. Again, this is a relatively small sample size: the academy had 73 juniors in 2012-13/Kevin Richert, The EDge, IdahoED News. More here.

Question: Do your children now — or have they ever — attended Coeur Alene Charter Academy? Would you recommend it to others?

AM Headlines — 9.19.13

General William Tecumseh Sherman doesn't look happyhappyhappy in this portrait that hangs in the Powder Magazine, that North Idaho College dedicated Wednesday. Also, NIC renamed the Fort Sherman Park area, behind the SUB that was named after Sherman, Cheamkwet Park, using the Coeur d'Alene Indian name for “headwaters.” (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Regan Holds To His Version Of Story

In a Coeur d'Alene Press online exchange with HREI director Tom Carter, former Coeur d'Alene school trustee Brent Regan continued to claim that his version of an encounter with human-rights activist Tony Stewart was accurate:

  • Tom Carter: “THE TRUE FACTS OF WHAT WAS SAID FROM A WITNESS ((BRENT)) If you recall as it seems you do not. I was standing behind Tony during your conversation. The TRUE recollection of the story was as follows: Brent walks up to Tony and states, 'Tony you have No Integrity!' Tony Responds, 'Mr. Regan we did not ask you to resign from the board. When you did apologized and we accepted your apology.' At that point Tony and I walked away.”
  • Brent Regan: “That is not what transpired. If face it does not even make sense. You must have me confused with another person dissatisfied with Mr. Steward's lack of professionalism.”


Pope Faults Focus On Gays, Abortion

Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic church had grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics. In remarkably blunt language, Francis sought to set a new tone for the church, saying it should be a “home for all” and not a “small chapel” focused on doctrine, orthodoxy and a limited agenda of moral teachings. “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the pope told the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, a fellow Jesuit and editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica/Laurie Goodstein, New York Times. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Significance?

These Undies Are Pain In The Ribs

The pain in my rib cage jabbed with startling ferocity. I squirmed in my seat in the crowded auditorium, trying to get comfortable. I was learning a painfully expensive lesson about the high cost of vanity. You see, there comes a time in every woman’s life when she feels the need for more support – and by support I mean foundational garments. (Male readers feel free to stop here.) This perceived need for figurative assistance spans the generations. My great grandmother wore a corset. My grandmother wore a girdle. My mother wore a panty girdle. Today’s generation has “shapewear” most commonly found in the brand name Spanx. Somehow, I’d reached my late 40s without becoming familiar with the misleadingly silky garments that provide an iron-fisted hold on unsightly bumps and bulges. But recently I bought a new dress – a fitted sheath that looked fabulous – as long as I’m holding my breath/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.

Question: Um, I stopped reading at point that Cindy issued warning to males. Anyone else willing to share close encounters with foundational support?

Idaho Lost More Than Megaload Case

Friday U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill put a hold on General Electric's second evaporator, which was supposed to leave the Port of Lewiston today bound for the tar sands of Alberta. Then he stripped Idaho of its control over that and future megaload shipments along U.S. Highway 12 - and handed it over to the U.S. Forest Service and the Nez Perce Indian Tribe. Take a minute. Let it sink in. The state of Idaho no longer controls its only highway linking Lewiston to Lolo, Mont. You don't see that every day/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.


Mag Uses Tragedy To Trash Spokane

‘There are three kinds of lies,” Mark Twain once observed. “Lies, damned lies and statistics.” Twain might not have originated the sentiment, but the logic contained is still spot on. Manipulating data to bolster a lame or false conclusion has started wars, fostered bad government and sparked a million saloon brawls. Now you can add trashing Spokane’s reputation to the list. That’s the result of an online Atlantic magazine story that purportedly uses statistical analysis to conclude that …“The next mass shooting will take place on February 12, 2014, in Spokane, Washington.” That’s actually the opening sentence to this rancid piece of speculative crap. The story is wrong on several levels, but its thoughtless timing tops the list/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Would you be angry if a national magazine speculated that your town would be the next site of a mass killing?

2nd Man Challenges Regan Claim

(Tom Carter, director of the Human Rights Education Institute) said if Regan is willing, he would be happy to take a lie detector test with him. “Because I know who would win,” he said.

Former Coeur d'Alene School Board Trustee Brent Regan took aim at human rights advocate Tony Stewart on Wednesday, calling him out for publicly opposing two mayoral candidates who do not support the city's anti-discrimination ordinance. In what he described as “An open letter to Mr. Steward (sic)” Regan posted the following comment under the online version of Stewart's My Turn column. “Tony, During our conversation at the CDA Library I chastised you for falsely and publicly characterizing a person's position without doing the due diligence of first talking to that person. You apologized and assured me it would never happen again and yet here you are doing EXACTLY the same crime,” Regan wrote. “If you are to lead the Task Force on Human Relations then perhaps you should invest in the 'relations' part and actually talk to people before you start squawking like Chicken Little.” The problem is, both Stewart and Tom Carter, director of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, said on Wednesday that conversation never happened/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Candlelight Church Buys Skate Plaza

On Dec. 26, 1980, then Skate Plaza Roller Rink owner-operators Pat and Marvin Miller opened their brand new facility. Fast-forward nearly 33 years to Sept. 6. That's when the Miller family officially completed the sale of the rink property to its neighbor, Candlelight Christian Fellowship. “It wasn't an easy decision,” Pat Miller said Wednesday. The Millers' son, Major, and his wife, Michelle, also became owner-operators. “It was hard and very sad,” Pat Miller said. But, she said, the Miller family couldn't be more happy with the new owner and operator. “We felt really good that they were willing to continue it as a skating facility,” she said/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. (Gabe Green's CdA Press photo: Pastor of Candlelight Christian Fellowship, Paul Van Noy and Carl Dahlman stand in front of rows of roller skates at Skate Plaza Wednesday)

Question: Do you think this purchase is good for the community?

NIC Dedicates Building, Redubs Park

Quanah Matheson, of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe, burns sweetgrass during the 80th anniversary ceremony at North Idaho College Wednesday. The event included the dedication of the powder magazine and renaming of Fort Sherman Park to Cheamkwet (Headwaters) Park. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

History is written on the walls – literally and figuratively – of the 128-year-old powder magazine on the campus of North Idaho College. After a laborious three-year restoration, this Army fort relic is ready for visitors to discover its 19th-century rustic appeal – along with a bit of 21st-century technology tucked discreetly into the corners. As part of NIC’s 80th anniversary celebration, college officials gathered Wednesday evening to dedicate the 700-square-foot space as a new meeting room, study area and history exhibit. It’s authentically retro and cozy, and comes with wireless Internet, security cameras, heating and air conditioning. Panels on the newly uncovered brick walls speak to the legacy of the college, Fort Sherman in the late 1800s and the native people who gathered here for generations before white settlers arrived. Artifacts – reproductions, mostly – bring the past to life: a bugle, a cavalry saber, a lantern, a spittoon/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Why do you usually visit North Idaho College?

Spokane’s Bradley Falls Just Short

Although Cami Bradley did not win “America’s Got Talent,” she earned a world of fans. The $1 million and headline show in Las Vegas went to Kenichi Ebina, a dancer who grew up in Japan. But Bradley is flying home to Spokane with the experience of a lifetime and a promising career on the horizon. On the results show of the talent competition Wednesday night, Bradley sang “Not Over You” with Gavin DeGraw over dueling pianos. Then they stepped away from the piano to harmonize face to face. They also shared a moment on stage – a hug. “He was really impressed with me because I was really prepared when I came to the rehearsal,” Bradley said. Being on the talent show changed Bradley – giving her room to grow as an artist and build her courage/Nicole Hensley, SR. More here.

Question: Do you expect Cami Bradley to become a big-time recording artist?

CSTheatre Closure Leaves Questions

The Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre board's August decision to suspend operations has left some theater patrons looking for some closure of their own. Johnny Hernandez, of Coeur d'Alene, is one of several theatergoers who told The Press he's unhappy with the way the situation has been handled by the nonprofit theater group's board. “The people asked us to donate $50, so I did, and then that board shut it down, but that's not what bothers me most,” said Hernandez, a season ticket subscriber. Hernandez said he paid $171 for six tickets to “Christmas My Way,” a Frank Sinatra holiday show that was planned to take place in December at The Coeur d'Alene Resort. “Now you can't get ahold of anybody,” Hernandez said/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Should the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre's Board of Directors have handled the closure differently?

On Obama’s Watch

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Hump Day Wild Card — 9.18.13

For those keeping score at home, The Spokesman-Review set a record for page-views Tuesday, fueled largely by the linkage of The Drudge Report to our story re: shooting on Lake Roosevelt — 310,429 page views. Huckleberries supplied more than 9,000 page-views to the effort. As always, I thank you for your readership — and the SR thanks you. Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 9.18.13

Fans reach for a home run ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Aaron Hill during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Question: Have you ever caught a foul ball or home run at a Major League Baseball game?

OTV Review: I ♥ Goat Milk

Goat cheese isn't the thing for everyone, but I love it, I love it, I love it. The wonderful Moontime (1602 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene) features a delectable Lemon Vinaigrette Salad ($8.50 Half salad $5.50). Goat cheese, red onions, roasted beets, toasted walnuts, spiced pumpkin seeds and spinach tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. I'll have extra got cheese please, and while your at it, I'll have some extra roasted beets and toasted walnuts. And can I get some extra red onions and spiced pumpkin seeds as well. Heck, I guess I'll just order two of these suckers/Get Out! North Idaho, from: North Idaho's most interesting … salads here.

DFO: As a son of a dairy man, I can't imagine drinking goat milk.

Question: Any other goat milk lovers out there?

Quotable Quote — Tony Stewart

“If the views of these mayoral candidates prevail in Coeur d'Alene, our beautiful city will forgeit its legacy as a city that embraces human rights and is welcoming city with a Heart. We no longer would deserve the status and recognition of the 1990 “All American City Award” or the rcipient of the 1987 Raoul Wallenberg Civic Award. Our image would unfortunately become more like those Southern cities of the 1960s who proudly promoted discrimination toward many of their citizens” — human-rights activist Tony Stewart, denouncing stands taken by Mary Souza and Joe Kunka re: the Coeur d'Alene's new antidiscrimination ordinance. Full letter here.


Cutline Contest — 9.18.13

Time 2 Vote …

Demonstrators from the Avaaz organization wear signs covered with slogans against secret voting outside Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, earlier today. The posters read in Portuguese “We don't have anything to hide,” “Here I'm exposing myself,” “Why does the Senate hide?,” “Open voting now,” and “And you Senator?” Protesters are asking for congressional voting be opened to the public. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Tuesday Winner — Flatlander, with 9 likes: “Bob learns the hard way that the fashion rule of not wearing white after Labor Day is still taken seriously in some parts of the country.” You can see Tuesday photo and read all the cutline entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.18.13

  • 5:34 p.m. Vehicle hit deer on Interstate 90 @ MP 8/Huetter rest stop area, partly blocking traffic.
  • 4:51 p.m. Driver of green Cadillac Seville possible DUI on I-90 in Post Falls area.
  • 4:43 p.m. Suicidal male taken into protective custody from Prairie Shopping Center (2:49 item) has walked away from Kootenai Health as he was about to be admitted.
  • 4:13 p.m. EMT reports stricken male is “upright and in parking lot of” Coeur d'Alene police.
  • 3:34 p.m. Motion alarm is sounding in residence @ Hayden/Easy Street, Hayden Lake.
  • 2:49 p.m. Male in southeast corner of Rite Aid parking lot @ Prairie Shopping Center is threatening “suicide by cop” and otherwise trying to hurt himself.
  • 2:38 p.m. Dark-blue, small car w/Washington plates swerving from Hico @ H41/MP 11, Twin Lakes.
  • 2:33 p.m. Female in Jeep Cherokee driving recklessly as she continually turns toward back seat to reprimand child @ s/b H95/Kathleen, CdA.
  • 2:27 p.m. 2 males w/sisters 12 & 6 stole a black 2000 Oldsmobile in Michigan and were last seen in Billings, Mont., heading west of I-90. To be approached w/caution.
  • 2:06 p.m. Male driver of gray Chevy possibly DUI @ s/b Govt Way/Kathleen Avenue, CdA.
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Toilet Thief On Loose In Lake City

Seems a toilet thief is loose in Coeur d'Alene. Last week, Ryan Black was in the process of renting a house at 1215 Government Way when his girlfriend discovered the toilet was missing. Black's girlfriend discovered the missing john while showing her father the house early Saturday evening. Black had put a $500 deposit down on the rental with Investment Property Management and was finishing the rental paperwork. He hadn't moved into the house yet. The toilet burglar gained entrance by kicking in the back door. Kevin Bacon of Investment Property Management said the toilet was in place when he dropped by the property earlier in the week. Bacon estimated the value of the toilet and two missing towel racks to be a combined $174.

HBO Blog Roundup — 9.18.13

In her Slight Detour blog, Marianne Love posts: “Gail gave me a heads up that Tim would be coming to trim Mojavee's feet.   Tim does her horses.  He's a farrier from Priest River, and I've met him once before. 'Make sure he knows where the halter is,' Gail said.  'Tim can do the rest.'” More here.

HucksOnline numbers (from Tuesday, Sept 17): 9416 page-views, 5182 unique views

On A Flock Of Pigeons

No class in math
like you or I,
yet see how well
they multiply.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Crowing World Muslimah 2013

Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria, right, weeps as she is congratulated by her compatriot Aisha Aderonke Adeshina after being named World Muslimah 2013 during the third Annual Award of World Muslimah in Jakarta, Indonesia, earlier today. The annual pageant, held exclusively for Muslim women, assessed not only contestants' appearance but also their piety and religious knowledge. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Jeff Ward: Stop BNI Now!!!!!!!

In the latest Reagan Republican newsletter, Jeff Ward is fuming again:

As Abraham Lincoln said “You can fool  some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time…” and the people of Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls may indeed get fooled again this November.  The hand-picked successors to those cities' Mayor and Councilmen are preparing to be anointed with public office by the wealthy and powerful families who presume to rule our community and use local government and public money to inflate their property values, fill their bank accounts and enhance their power and status.  They may again fool the voters with a public relations blitz that clouds the truth with the canards of “non-partisanship” and “positive change” exploited by a false-front liberal Political Action Committee called “Balance North Idaho” and “Range” its slick PR firm. More here.


Why Adams Was Left Off Open Letter

Huckleberries asked human-rights leader Tony Stewart why he left the name of Councilman Steve Adams off his open letter to Mayor Sandi Bloem and the Coeur d'Alene City Council:

“I left  Mr. Adams off the letter because he did not support the ordinance. My comments and praise were directed to Mayor Bloem and the five councilmen who took a courageous stand to extend equal rights to a class of Idaho residents that were not protected from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations under Idaho’s Civil Rights statute. It was not disrespectful of Mr. Adams but would have been inappropriate to include anyone who had not taken a stand to end discrimination toward some of our citizens.”

Any other questions?

Stewart: I Didn’t Apologize To Regan

“During our conversation at the CDA Library I chastised you for falsely and publicly characterizing a person's position without doing the due diligence of first talking to that person. You apologized and assured me it would never happen again and yet here you are doing EXACTLY the same crime” — Brent Regan comment today, on Coeur d'Alene Press online site.

“I just spoke to Tony. He shared his discussion with Brent Regan at the library. This is what Tony told me “Brent approached me and said I have no integrity. My exact response to him was Mr. Regan we did not ask you to resign from the Board. When you did apologize we accepted your apology. That is all I said to him and walked away. There was no other discussion as he indicated” — Christie Wood, president, Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations.

Tony Stewart has contacted both Huckleberries and Coeur d'Alene Press Editor Mike Patrick to challenge an online statemnt made today in the Press by former Coeur d'Alene school trustee Brent Regan. In an email to Huckleberries, Stewart said: “I was to say the least shocked that Mr. Brent Regan indicated that I apologized to him and it would never happen again. My very words were as told to Christie Wood listed below. I had no reason to apologize. Tom Carter, the Executive Director, of the Human Rights Education Institute was present with me. He can verify the conversation. It is so important to set the record straight and I thank both of you.”


Comment Sought On McEuen Art

Here's the chance for those of you who squawked at the decision by the Arts Commission to approve a piece of public art for the Fourth Street entrance to the new McEuen Field that proved controversial. The city of Coeur d'Alene is seeking input from the public re: proposed pieces of public art for the Third Street entrance to the new and improved park. You can see models of the pieces and comment on them at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library.

Cops: Teens Threatened To Eat Mom

Two teenage boys were arrested early Tuesday morning after an alleged drug-fueled crime spree during which they assaulted one of the boys’ mothers with a sword and planned to eat her liver. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies responded to an assault call on the 13300 block of East Mission at 1:20 a.m., according to a news release. They found a beaten, bloody woman lying on her bed. A sword with a bent handle and two knives were nearby. The woman told deputies her 13-year-old son and his 14-year-old friend had used it to attack her/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. More here.

Question: Izzit just me, or does Spokane seem to get weirder and weirder?

Ponderay: Idaho’s … Crime Capital?!

Idaho's crime rates, like the nation's, are on the decline according to the FBI's annual crime statistics report. But a closer look at the recently released data show it's not Idaho's population centers that are posting the highest rates of violent and non-violent crimes — it's small towns. Ponderay, Idaho Police Chief Michael Hutter is used to his town standing out among the FBI’s annual crime statistics. “I hope people don’t get the impression that Ponderay is the hotbed of crime in Idaho,” he says. Ponderay's police chief says just last week they had two instances of someone going into a store, loading a cart with non-grocery items and walking out without paying. But Hutter’s north Idaho town of 1,100 people had a property crime rate more than twice that of any other community in the state. He says it was a pretty normal year/Adam Cotterell, Boise State Public Radio. More here. (Photo courtesy of

Question: Are you as afraid to visit, ahem, crime-infested Ponderay, Idaho, after dark as you are to head to downtown Spokane?

It’s All In The (Amos) Family

Coeur d'Alene high school head football coach Shawn Amos and his son, quarterback Gunnar Amos, watch the defense in the second quarter of the game against Skyline at Coeur d'Alene high school last Friday. (Kathy Plonka)

It was the dream of a little boy at the time. Eight-year-old Gunnar Amos had a T-shirt on with a statement about the 2012 Vikings being state champs. He ran out on the field after a game – as was custom for he, his mom and sister to do – to give dad, CdA head football coach Shawn Amos, a hug – win or lose. It caught the attention of a sportswriter at the time. He asked Shawn Amos what was significant about the year. The coach pointed out it would be Gunnar’s junior year, the first season he would likely start, and he’d play with his cousins. The shirt almost proved prophetic. The Viks lost to Madison in a wildly entertaining state final last fall/Greg Lee, More here.

Question: When did you last see a high school football game in North Idaho?

News Quiz — 9.15-18.2013

It doesn't take deep knowledge of current events to win our weekly news quiz, but it can't hurt! All entrants this week have a shot at winning two movie tickets to area cinemas. And our overall champ will earn a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take News Quiz here. Good luck!

  • Answer to Question No. 2: Charter school.
  • Berry Pickers on Leaderboard: NativeCDA & Another Perspective.

Foundation Wants H95 Trail, Too

From the North Idaho Trail Foundation Facebook wall: “NICTF will make a 10 minute presentation to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Board of Directors, requesting funding to build the US 95 trail (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at ITD's District 1 office. We ask that you consider attending the presentation in show of support. Generally speaking these meeting are lightly attended by the general public. You will not be able to speak but your presence will have an impact. Please show up by 9:50 am. We will be wrapped up 10:20 am.”

Question: Do you support a trail along Highway 95, similar to the North Idaho Centennial Trail?

Mass Killing Prediction Brings Apology

Philip Bump of the Atlantic Wire apologizes to the people of Spokane and surrounding area for predicting that Spokane could be the site of the next mass murder:

“Our apologies. It was not our intention to frighten you. Or, rather, it was not our intention to frighten just you. As we wrote yesterday, there probably will not be a mass killing in your city on February 12 of next year. But anyone with a passing knowledge of the recent history of gun violence in America should know by now that there will be another mass killing, somewhere, and soon. Spokane need not be any more alarmed at the prospect of being gunned down while shopping or eating at a restaurant or at their school or workplace than any other American. We apologize if you feel needlessly frightened. But your reaction really raises another question: why doesn't the rest of America share your (and our) fears about the statistical certainty of another mass shooting?” More here.

Question: You do get the Atlantic Wire's point, right — that the next mass killing by a nut could happen anywhere — right?

Cougar Keeps St. Maries MSers Inside

St. Maries School District Superintendent Joe Kren said that all outdoor middle school activities have been canceled today – for a second day in a row – due to nearby cougar sightings yesterday. Mr. Kren explained that this will not create a conflict with games because they are all being played at away locations this afternoon.Volleyball practice will be held as usual today. Additionally, elementary students are being kept inside for recess, and supervision has been increased at bus loading and unloading areas. There were at least two reports of a cougar sighting yesterday morning. The cougar was first sighted at about 10 a.m. at the bus garage. An hour later, another sighting was reported at the BMX track, which is in proximity to the bus garage and is an area that is popular with youngsters/St. Maries Gazette-Record Facebook wall.

Question: What do you think will become of the cougar?

Regan Reacts to Stewart Open Letter

Under Tony Stewart's “open letter” printed in the Coeur d'Alene Press's online edition, former Coeur d'Alene school trustee Brent Regan offers an “open letter” to Tony Steward (sic) in response:

“During our conversation at the CDA Library I chastised you for falsely and publicly characterizing a person's position without doing the due diligence of first talking to that person. You apologized and assured me it would never happen again and yet here you are doing EXACTLY the same crime. If you are to lead the Task Force on Human Relations then perhaps you should invest in the 'relations' part and actually talk to people before you start squawking like Chicken Little. Your apparent inability to be fair minded makes you unfit to serve as a leader of the Task Force and the Board would be wise to consider your 'retirement' before you do further to damage the credibility of that organization.”


Ganesha Undergoes Full Immersion

An Indian coast guard chopper patrols as an idol of Hindu elephant-headed God Ganesha is carried for immersion into the Arabian Sea to mark the culmination of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, earlier today. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular festivals with thousands gathering on the banks of the Arabian Sea to participate in the immersion. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

DFO: I wonder if artist Rick Davis ever sold his statue of Ganesha (asking price $35,000), which caused such a hubbub when it was placed at the corner in front of Lakeside condos at 6th & Sherman in June 2010 for year. Anyone?

Wanted: Animal Shelter Manager

The City of Post Falls Police Department is seeking candidates for a full time Animal Shelter Manager. Main duties are to manage the day to day activities of the Post Falls animal shelter and to provide general support to animal control services. Additionally, may be assigned to other duties in the Police Department. Candidate must have basic knowledge of animal first aid procedures, and have a demonstrated ability to work well with the public and animals.  For more information and an application, go to the Post Falls Police website here.

Question: Did you ever want to run for dog catcher?

AM Scanner Traffic — 9.18.13

  • 12:03 a.m. Male threatening suicide after getting bad news @ E. Dakota/Hayden.
  • 11:59 a.m. Male has put handgun to head in home @ Box Canyon/Huckleberry, Post Falls.
  • 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept 17-18 here.
  • 11:06 a.m. Female is in CPD Blue lobby to retrieve lost wallet after being called by police.
  • 11:01 a.m. Bald male, about 5-7 w/blue eyes, backpack shoplifted 3 packs of cigarettes and orange-tinted sunglasses from Tesoro quick stop & is now e/b on Ironwood, CdA.
  • 10:59 a.m. Vehicle involved in hit-and-run crash has returned to scene @ I-90/H41, Post Falls.
  • 10:43 a.m. CPD Blue has stopped possible stolen vehicle w/Illinois plates.
  • 9:48 a.m. 90YO female fell getting into elevator @ Americus, 205 Anton/CdA, isn't injured.
  • 9:32 a.m. Vehicle theft reported in 2200 block of W. H53, Rathdrum.
  • 9:29 a.m. Car ran stop sign @ Govt Way/Garden, then stopped near Hitchin' Post to switch drivers.
  • 9:24 a.m. Male who had recent cancer treatment collapsed @ Dalton Mini Storage, 5832 Govt Way.
  • 8:23 a.m. Residential alarm sounding in 5800 block of Davenport/Dalton Gardens.
  • 8:15 a.m. Deputy helping female who possibly had a stroke while driving, ran off road and ended in parking lot near Riley's Auto Parts, liquor store, 9170 Hess/Hayden. No property damage.

AM Headlines — 9.18.13

On his Facebook wall, SR photog Jesse Tinsley posts: “I was privileged to photograph Megan, a Highland dancer from Spokane Valley. She placed third at the World Championships in Scotland. Nikon D4, ISO 3200, auto white balance. … It took about 20 frames and four leaps to get this shot. Available light, 1/250th, f/2.8, ISO 3200.

Poll: Henderson To Win Close PF Race

  • Tuesday Poll: In a low-turnout poll, incumbent Betty Ann Henderson was the preferred choice of Hucks Nation over two other candidates in the Post Falls City Council Seat 4 race. Henderson received 25 of 54 votes (46.03%) from respondents, followed by Christi Fleischman, 20 of 54 respondents (37.04%), and Jayson Cornwell, 9 of 54 (16.67%).
  • Today's Poll: Do you support the move by NIC to change the name of Fort Sherman Park to Cheamkwet Park, to honor the Coeur d'Alene Tribe?

Tony Stewart Opposes Souza, Kunka

Tony Stewart, long-time leader of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations wrote the following open letter to Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Ron Edinger, Dan Gookin, Deanna Goodlander, Mike Kennedy and Woody McEvers:

I hope all is well with you. I want to share with you what I found deeply troubling regarding the positions of mayoral candidates Mary Souza and Joe Kunka in the “Coeur d’Alene Press” interview on September 12 when addressing the anti-discrimination ordinance passed by the City of Coeur d’Alene on June 4. As one who has spent a lifetime studying and teaching constitutional law and a human rights activist, I find these candidates’ position historically both foreign to and antagonistic toward the democratic principles of freedom and equality for all Americans including all the residents of Coeur d’Alene. We in the human rights community will once again be energized to take a firm stand against discrimination directed toward any of our citizens. I personally oppose the stands of Mr. Kunka and Ms. Souza based upon the following points. List of complaints here.


Twin Falls Students Fight Dress Code

In only nine days, more than 250 students have signed a petition to change the Twin Falls School District’s new dress code. The new code requires skirts or shorts to be just above the knee rather than at mid-thigh, as the old code dictated. Twin Falls High senior Brooke Fitzgerald, who started the online petition Sept. 9, said the district should use the fingertip rule, meaning shorts and skirts cannot be higher than where one’s fingertips reach with arms hanging down. That method is more enforceable than having teachers and administrators judge what is just above the knee, she said. The school board voted in July to change the length mandate except for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, who remain under the mid-thigh rule/Tetona Dunlap, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Do you think mid-thigh skirts are too high for high school girls to wear?

Little Will Run For Lt Gov Again

Lieutenant Governor Brad Little's Wednesday breakfast announcement raised a few eyebrows when the invitations were mailed last week. Would Little announce a surprise political move? Was the invitation letterhead really misspelled? (It read, 'Your invited' versus the grammatically correct 'You're'). Those questions and more were answered today as Little greeted dozens of supporters in Emmett City Park and announced he'd run for the post of Lieutenant Governor/KTVB. More here. (AP file photo: Lt. Gov. Brad Little and his wife, Teresa)

Question: This must mean that Gov. Butch Otter will seek re-election to a third term, right?

Boise Blogger Urges Speaking Out

Liza Long has been going almost nonstop since Dec. 14, when overnight she became one of the most sought-after bloggers on the Internet. After the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, the world clamored to hear more from the 41-year-old Boise mom, who wrote candidly about caring for a mentally ill son who has sudden, violent rampages. “In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns,” Long wrote in a blog widely re-published under the headline “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother.” “But it’s time to talk about mental illness.” Since then, she’s done national television interviews, appeared in the PBS “NOVA” special, testified before Congress, recorded a StoryCorps conversation with her son, participated on regional mental health committees and written a book for Penguin’s Hudson Street Press. She’s now preparing a talk for a TEDx conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 12/Katy Moeller, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is there a blog or blogger that you consider a “must read” (beyond Huckleberries, for those of you who are truly fans)?

Read more here:

Right Girl: Cheamkwet? Bah!

Right Girl (RE: Changing North Idaho College name for Fort Sherman Park to Cheamkwet Park): Because it is a bunch of crap. 1.) No one can pronounce it; 2) The area is Fort Sherman; 3) There seems to be a secret sect goody two shoes that make all the decisions around here regarding renaming of bays, parks, etc. Next Sherman Ave will be renamed to some blithering name no one can remember or pronounce. Like it or not, everyone calls it Squaw Bay cause we grew up with it and not some name no one can recite. There is still Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe and so many other places. This is why CdA is divided because of this do “gooderness” attitude that was imported from San Francisco or some other tutu wearing place. A dozen or 2 pinko leftist trying to impose their will on the average CdA denizen. Fort Sherman Park forever.

  • Also: NIC's 80th anniversary celebration, including the official renaming of Fort Sherman Park, will be from 5-9 p.m. today in the SUB.

Question: Do you balk at pronouncing the Native American names for renamed parks and geographical places in North Idaho?

Spokane Woman Wows ‘Talent’ Judges

A smile sparkled on Cami Bradley’s face as she finished her last performance on “America’s Got Talent.” And then judge Howard Stern called her a hillbilly from Spokane. But despite the gibe, he also called her a “home run in every area.” “She looks like a star, she dresses like a star, she carries herself like a star,” Stern, a radio personality, said before the show. “She really is going to have a huge career. If she doesn’t win – it almost doesn’t matter, because Cami is that good.” Bradley is competing for the $1 million top prize on the NBC talent show against several contestants: Collins Key, a magician; Forte, a opera trio; Jimmy Rose, a country singer; Kenichi Ebina, a dancer; and Taylor Williamson, a comedian/Nicole Hensley, SR. More here.

Question: Have you been following Cami Brandley on “America's Got Talent”?

X-Country Deals w/Injury-Bug Blues

Central Valley cross country runner Corey Hunter, in front, who has been injured each year, but come back too run improved times the same seasons. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Injuries are an on-the-job hazard for distance runners. Training overload, the constant pounding over the highways and byways, can take its toll. A brilliant, course record-setting season-opening race at the Tracy Walters Invitational last September was a harbinger of state title promise for North Central’s Kai Wilmot. But muscular-skeletal injuries, including a stress fracture last spring, cost the junior talent virtually his entire cross country and track and field seasons. Indians coach Jon Knight surmises that because he grew so fast – he’s now 5 inches taller – that hard workouts took their toll. “He’s such a talent,” Knight said, “that honestly, I think what happens is his aerobic capacity is so great, the legs broke down”/Mike Vlahovich, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever been injured jogging or training for a race?

NIC VP Explains Cheamkwet Change

Mark Browning of North Idaho College (RE: NIC anniversary events move inside): Maybe I can help. The reason we (NIC) are dedicating Cheamkwet (CHEE-em-kwet) Park is simply this: We agreed to do so. A number of years ago, the NIC Board of Trustees entered into what is known as the 9-Points Agreement with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. As part of the 9-Points Agreement, we will co-name significant buildings/rooms/parks with both an english name and a Coeur d'Alene Tribal name. Ft. Sherman Park was never “officially” named by the NIC Board of Trustees. It simply was just called that but no official action was ever recorded. After consultation with all the parties involved, it was decided to officially name and dedicate it as Cheamkwet Park, which means “at the headwaters”. There are number of references and tributes to the history/legacy of Ft. Sherman both here on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods (Fort Ground Neighborhood btw). We have the Ft. Sherman Officers' Quarters, the Fort Sherman Powder Magazine, the Sherman Administration Building, Sherman Ave and more. More here.

Any other questions?

City Looks At Old Mill Redevelopment

Item: Atlas shrugged: City committee to help determine use of old mill sites/Jeff Selle, Press

More Info: A new advisory committee will be formed to vet various ideas and opportunities for building out the city of Coeur d'Alene as old mill sites begin to develop to the west of town along the Spokane River. “This is actually coming back to an idea you had to form a committee to look at that corridor,” City Attorney Mike Gridley told the City Council Tuesday night. Originally, the council was interested in the old Atlas Mill property, but Gridley said with everything going on in the area, it may be prudent to look at a larger area. “It really is a bigger picture,” he explained, saying the committee should focus on all of the activity from the Huetter Corridor down to Riverstone. “As the property develops and if this railroad property is purchased, how is it going to be used?”

Question: Is it wise for the city to try to control development in the Huetter corridor area?

What Red Line?

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Wild Card/Tuesday — 9.17.13

The site and Huckleberries Online have been knocked off line as a result of high traffic created when The Drudge Report linked to our story of a shooting at Roosevelt Lake. I've been trying to get online to post for 40 minutes. But now plan to take a break to grab lunch and let this thing sort out. See you back here at 1 o'clock. Here's your replayed Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 9.17.13

A Utah state worker installs a highway sign. Utah is increasing the speed limit to 80 mph on several stretches of highways around the state. The state legislature approved the new, faster zones during the last session. The change was spurred by a Utah Department of Transportation study that found that fewer crashes occurred on the existing stretches of highway with 80 mph speed limits. The new fast zones include Interstate 80 from the Nevada border to Utah Route 36 in eastern Utah and Interstate 15 from Brigham City to the Idaho border in northern Utah. Speeds will also be increased on Interstate 15 between Santaquin and North Leeds in central-southern Utah. The 75 mph zones remain on that stretch through two mountain passes and Cedar City. (AP Photo/Utah Department of Transportation)

Question: Are there any places in Idaho where an 80 mph speed limit would be appropriate?

NIC Anniversary Events Moving Inside

Community Relations VP Mark Browning of North Idaho College tells Huckleberries:

“Just thought I'd drop a quick note to you so you could alert the folks in Hucks-land: We've decided to move most of the events associated with the 80th bday celebration tomorrow inside. We'll have the dedication of the Powder Magazine at 5pm, but the rest will be in the Edminster Student Union Building. I'm afraid if the forecasters are correct (and given the view out the window right now— they're pretty spot on), we'll have a pretty soggy Cheamkwet Park. We'll still do the dedication, the CdA Tribe drummers, the JazzNW band for dancing etc, it'll just be inside the SUB.”

Question: Are you planning to attend 80th anniversary of North Idaho College, which includes dedication of Powder Magazine an renaming of Fort Sherman Park to Cheamkwet Park?

Johnson: In Love With My Royal

More than 30 years ago, as occasionally happens, I was in the right place at the right time. I invested $20 in a piece of writing history – a 1935 vintage Royal portable typewriter. In the intervening three decades I have schlepped my Royal from one address to the next, long ago having put aside any pretense of actually using the machine that I had once envisioned employing, Dashiell Hammett-like, to write a sparse novel about a hard boiled, but loveable detective.  My Royal quietly collected dust, became a joke for those who noticed it sitting on my desk – “pretty old school, Johnson” – and an object of genuine curiosity for any person under 30. Tom Hanks – the actor Tom Hanks – prompted me to fall in love again with my Royal/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.

Question: Do you still have — and possibly use — an old typewriter at home?

Cutline Contest — 9.17.13

Time 2 Vote …

Tampa Bay Rays security dive on a fan who disrupted the game and attempted to steal second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Monday Winner — DFO, with 6 likes: “Prior to announcing for mayor, Mary Souza tests the water to see if the McEuen Field makeover still resonates with Coeur d'Alene voters,” and HM — ScooterMom, with 3 likes: “Miss America's feet sob uncontrollably following the foot maiming traditional shoe parade down the boardwalk.” You can see the Monday photo and the cutline entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.17.13

  • 5:18 p.m. CPD Blue is seeking male who smashed female in mouth, took sunglasses from her.
  • 5:08 p.m. Post Falls male driving 2007 Chevy SUV recklessly, flipping off others @ I-90/Beck.
  • 5:05 p.m. Driver of Mercedes threatening to hurt 2nd driver if he follows onto Post Falls property.
  • 5:01 p.m. Undisclosed theft reported in 1100 block of Elderberry/CdA.
  • 4:51 p.m. 3-car crash blocking Ramsey/Honeysuckle, involving van, SUV & “bug.”
  • 4:46 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency involving 90YO male @ Horizon/Sunrise, CdA.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 16-17 here.
  • 4:07 p.m. Rathdrum building inspector says North Kootenai Water building safe to enter.
  • 14 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below

Things Changing Fast At McEuen Field

From Lake City Development Corp newsletter: “Seen the progress at McEuen Park recently? Things are changing fast. Crews continue to work at a feverish pace to finish as much of the project as possible this year. Work is expected to continue until mid-November, weather permitting, with a bulk of the project expected to be complete before the snow flies. Final landscaping will occur in the spring. You can see for yourself just how rapidly the park is progressing when officials open it up to the public from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Park designers, architects, city officials and engineers will be on hand to answer questions and show off the amenities.” Full story here.

Question: Are Randy Myers & I the only members of Hucks Nation planning to attend these sneak preview of the future McEuen Field?

Dogwalk: Warning Signs Were There

In her post today, Dogwalk Musings wonders if we are allowing too much privacy to individuals who are “a little off”:

I think the debate needs to go back to privacy issues.  How many of us have met people who seem just a little off to us.  Maybe something we can't quite put our finger on but off putting never-the-less.  Should we pay a little more attention?  Or shy away which is the more natural instinct? Every man on that list (James, Holmes, Adam Lanza, Jared Loughner, Nidal Hasan and now Aaron Alexis, pictured) had red flags flapping in the faces of their acquaintances, bosses, friends and many times even family.  Yet nothing was done to forewarn authorities or their work places.  They just slipped through the cracks pretty much unnoticed until they struck.  Each and every one could have been stopped before it got to that point but weren't. Political correctness?  Or discomfort with the situation? Sometimes I wonder if people like this are crying for help with their oddities just as a potential suicide victim does when he threatens to kill himself.  I don't know/Dogwalk Musings. More here.

Question: Will our desire for security cause us to relinguish our freedoms?

Shooting Story That Crashed

Here's the story that crashed & Huckleberries this morning after a link was posted on The Drudge Report. The link now has 673 comments:

The Kettle Falls man shot by park rangers at a campground over the weekend had been standing alongside his 9-year-old son when the bullet tore into his torso, family members say. Few details of the shooting have been disclosed by the National Park Service or investigators with the Washington State Patrol. The shooting injured Casey Hartinger, 43. It happened after a Saturday night confrontation between rangers and another man who owns a houseboat that was moored at the Kettle River Campground within the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. At least one park ranger boarded the houseboat in response to a noise complaint/Kip Hill, SR. More here.

Question: Do you understand why people are so excited about this story?

HBO Blog Roundup — 9.17.13

Outdoors humorist Patrick McManus appeared for a special potluck during the weekend for the late “Boots” Reynolds, whose ashes were later spread on the Clark Fork. Marianne Love/Slight Detour was on hand to photography the potluck and more here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Sept. 16): 8478 page-views, 4957 unique views

Question: Which Patrick McManus book is your favorite?

IFF Creates

The Boise, Idaho-based Idaho Freedom Foundation announced Tuesday the creation of The website is a resource for employers to notify employees of the insurance exchange, without using the federal government’s “model” notice. Employers can generate a form to give to their employees and add certain free market language to the form as well. The exchanges are one of the fallouts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The generic federal notice includes information about the insurance “marketplace” and other general information about insurance through the exchange, but does not have information informing employees about the ramifications and consequences of Obamacare/Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.


OTV Review: Salads

So. I haven't really been out to eat much lately, and I don't have an actual review in me at the moment, so I thought I would scour the menus of North Idaho and start a new blog series: “North Idaho's Most Interesting…”. You can say the ellipsis out loud if you'd like, “dot dot dot”. Let's start with salads. Join me, shall you? Salad bars have been slowly going the way of the dodo for several decades now, but don't tell that to the kids at Dockside (CdA Resort). $10.99 really isn't a bad tab for 18 feet of pure salad bar excitement. Their website has this teaser of a tidbit: “We use fresh and organic ingredients for our 'From Scratch' salads, a large selection of dressings and 'Follow the Harvest' seasonal ingredients from our local farmers”/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: Which restaruant provides the best salad(s) in North Idaho?

Canceled On Account Of … Cougar?

Announcement on Facebook wall of St. Maries Gazette Record:

“All Greater St. Maries Youth Soccer games scheduled for tonight have been cancelled after reports of a cougar sighting in the vicinity of St. Maries city park. At least two reports of a cougar sighting were reported to local law enforcement and Fish and Game officials; one at 10 a.m. at the elementary school bus garage and the second at the BMX track an hour later. No word yet if GSMYSA games and other activities will be held as usual tomorrow, but we will update you if there are any changes.”

Question: Bet you've never heard this reason given for cancellation of a sporting event …

‘Les Miserables’, Anyone?

Douglas Webster, a performer who has played Jean Valjean on Broadway, will direct the Spokane Civic Theatre production of “Les Miserables,” the most ambitious play the SCT has ever done. You can read about it here.

Question: Have you ever seen a production of Les Miserables? Where? How was it?

Drudge Link Crashed

If you tried to access Huckleberries or the Web site between 11:20 a.m.-noon, you were thwarted by The Druge Report. According to web deveopers, the site was down several times because of the huge influx of hits we got from the Drudge Report linking to the park ranger story. We have had some other popular stories online today, including Paul Turner's Slice blog post (which made site) and now, the data story (suggesting Spokane is predicted to be next site for mass shooting), but it was Drudge that crashed our site.

Question: How often do you clip on The Drudge Report?

County Prepares For ULUC Lawsuit

Kootenai County Commissioners met behind closed doors Monday to discuss what they consider to be imminent litigation between the county and its land use consultant, Kendig Keast Collaborative. Commissioners went into executive session with Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Pat Braden to discuss potential legal issues, but would not confirm who was expected to file a lawsuit. … Under Idaho's Open Meeting Law, commissioners cited section 67-2345(1)(f) which allows the commissioners to meet in private specifically: “To communicate with legal counsel for the public agency to discuss the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation, or controversies not yet being litigated but imminently likely to be litigated…” Commissioner Todd Tondee was able to confirm that neither party has filed suit yet, but a lawsuit is likely to arise concerning the proposed Unified Land Use Code, which Kendig Keast was hired to develop/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Labrador Co-Sponsors Shutdown Bill

1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador announced today that he is co-sponsoring a resolution introduced today by Rep. Tom Graves, R-Georgia, to avert a government shutdown Oct. 1 only if President Obama's health care law is both de-funded and its individual mandate to purchase insurance delayed for a year. “If there’s any single issue that can unite House Republicans and has the strong support of the American people, it’s getting rid of ObamaCare,” Labrador declared/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose the bill that Raul Labrador is co-sponsoring?

Next Mass Shooting … In Spokane?

Data suggests Spokane will be the home of America’s next mass shooter, according to a writer for the monthly Atlantic magazine. Using data provided by left-leaning investigative magazine Mother Jones, the Atlantic’s Philip Bump profiles the likely culprit of the next episode in which at least four people will be shot and killed in a public place. According to Bump, the next mass shooter will be a 38-year-old white man who is mentally disturbed. He will open fire in Feb. 12, 2014, killing seven people in Spokane with a gun purchased legally. Bump stressed that the prediction is based on statistical probability, and the specificity of the prediction does not make it more likely the events will come to pass. “There’s almost no way this will all come true,” Bump, who is based in Manhattan, said/Kip Hill, SR. More here.

DFO: Are we getting too accustomed to mass shootings? Will Vegas start placing odds and accepting bets on this kind of insanity? Anyone?

Here’s Looking At You, Kid

On his Facebook wall, Robin Loznak of Kellogg, Ore., posts: “The frog in the watering trough was less shy today. The bottom plate on the camera got a little wet on this one.” You can see more of Robin's superb outdoors photography here.

AM Scanner Traffic — 9.17.13

  • 11:51 a.m. Someone is suffering seizure @ 2700 block of Bolivar/CdA.
  • 11:44 a.m. Shoplifters in light-green Saturn took items from Shopko, left s/b on Govt Way/CdA.
  • 11:30 a.m. Elderly male injured in fall in Garden Plaza Court room/Post Falls.
  • 11:17 a.m. KCSDept looking for white Ford F-150 stolen from Hauser last Thursday.
  • 10:58 a.m. 5YO breathing on own after Garwood Elementary official used Heimlich Maneuver to unblock item blocking his wind pipe. Garwood wants medical evaulation.
  • 10:45 a.m. A white Audi w/Colorado plates appears to be abandoned @ Worley grain elevator.
  • 10:19 a.m. 74YO male is unconscious @ E. Shore/Friar Drive, Hayden.
  • 10:07 a.m. Kootenai Fire helping female who arrived at station w/baby stuck in car seat.
  • 10:02 a.m. Individual on E. Frazier Drive, Post Falls, wants ambulance transport to Sacred Heart.
  • 9:56 a.m. Father reports 13YO son, sick at home, says there's guys in house who won't leave.
  • 9:18 a.m. Workers moving furniture at Mountain West Bank on Ironwood/CdA set off alarm.
  • 9:14 a.m. 74YO female having trouble breathing in 3200 block of W. Hudlow/Post Falls.
  • 9:08 a.m. CPD Blue is asking whether male has been trespassed from Birch Street house.
  • 8:39 a.m. Female in handcuffs in back of CPD Blue vehicle complains wrists hurting.
  • 8:05 a.m. Someone suffering chest pain @ Kootenai Urgent Care, 566 W. Prairie/Hayden.

Poll: Avoid Spokane At Night

  • Monday Poll: Spokane has a bad PR image if this poll is correct. 106 of 149 respondents (71.14%) said they're wary of venturing into downtown Spokane after dark. Only 37 of 149 respondents (24.83%) said they're not. 6 (4.03%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: If the election was held today, who would you support for Post Falls City Council Seat No. 4 — Jayson Cornwell, Christi Fleischman or Betty Ann Henderson?

Blogging, Twitter Make Us Smarter

Scanning the Internet today I found a pair of pieces by writer and columnist Clive Thompson — one, for The Globe and Mail, another, for Wired magazine, that focus on how our brains get a boost when we're using social media and blogging. “The fact that so many of us are writing has changed the way we think … ” he . “Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public.” Granted, 90 percent of blog content out there is lousy, something . But we are willing to put our thinking out there, explain how we arrived at our positions and share the content that helped us along the way is advancing global knowledge, Thompson says. The argument is this: Writing in public, whether it's in the form of blogs or microblogs, like a Twitter stream, is forcing us to be clearer, more convincing and smarter/Elise Hu, NPR All Things Considered. More here.

Question: Do you feel smarter by engaging in social media, like blogs and Twitter?

Putting Service Back In Gas Stations

Tom Paschane (pictured in Coeur d'Alene Press photo) is going to put “service” back in “station.” The general manager of three area Chevron stations emphatically answered a senior's call for help at the pumps when the weather gets bad this winter. Paschane said he'll start with the Chevron station on the northeast corner of U.S. 95 and Honeysuckle Avenue in Hayden, and held open the possibility that a Chevron station in Coeur d'Alene might eventually join the fun. “That's what struck me - the need,” Paschane said Monday, a day after a letter to the editor from 89-year-old Hayden Lake resident Marion Walker asked for help pumping gas in nasty weather. “I want to fulfill that need, and this is one of the little things we can do for folks.” “I think that's fabulous,” Walker said Monday when told of Paschane's and Chevron's commitment. “It just burns me to get out there in the winter and walk on all that ice, and I know a lot of other seniors who feel the same way”/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Would you be more likely to go to a gas station that provided attendants to wash windows, check tires and pump your gas?

AM Headlines — 9.17.13

A late model Subaru lies crushed Monday beneath a pine tree that came down on Adams St. near 21st Ave. on Spakane's South Hill Sunday night in a wild wind storm. No one was injured. Storm story here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Where’s Police Shooting Report?

A Facebook Friend posts:When are we going to get a detailed report on the Coeur d'Alene Police Department shooting of Eric Johnston. It is just weird. It is like there really is a coverup. This is really spooky, and I am NOT a person that tends to believe in conspiracies. I figured, hey there are body cams on the cops that we paid for last year. If the cop is correct in his behaviour, let's see it, and we as Coeur d'Alene citizens will feel protected and will support our police department. If not, arrest the cop that murdered him then. If this would have been someone shooting a cop, you can bet that all information would have been put forward quickly. Something is wrong here? Anybody?”

Question: Can anyone in a place of police authority answer this?

More Guns?

A Facebook Friend posts:If after today's shooting, your first response is that more guns are needed in the hands of more people…. you might as well de-friend me now.”


Bumpersnicker …

… with a yellow background on a red van waiting for the light at 3rd & Harrison this morning: “Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often.”

Question: What do you think is the mind set of the person who has that on his/her bumper?

Grand Dame Betty Owens, 105, RIP

On her Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson posts re: the passing of 105YO Betty Owens today:I met Betty Owens at the 103rd birthday party for Ace Walden in 2011 at Don Sausser's condo. She was 102 going on 103 at the time and an absolute delight. On 11/11/11 she celebrated her 103rd birthday on the air for Main Street Monday, making her radio debut. I told her then that she had a standing invitation to celebrate her birthday with me and Joe Paisley on the air. She celebrated her 104th and 105th birthdays in the studio and thoroughly entertained us and the listeners. She was inspiring and full of life and always with a joke to tell. Betty passed away today, just 58 days from her 106th birthday. I was blessed to know her. RIP Betty Owens - November 11, 1907-September 16, 2013.” (Photo courtesy of Kerri Thoreson Facebook wall)

Question: Anyone want to share thoughts re: the late Betty Owens?

Christie: Celebrate CdA Tribe

Christie Wood (RE: Fort Sherman Park to be Cheamkwet): Many years ago the NIC Board of Trustees (before my time) entered a nine-point agreement with the CDA Tribe that essentially recognizes their historic contribution to our wonderful site. Prior to the 75th Anniversary of NIC the Tribe did a beautiful dedication of the NIC beach. When Micheal Burke was President they contributed to, dedicated, and blessed our Rose Garden.They have also provided tribal names for our facilities. Every year they grace us with their presence at graduation and say a traditional prayer in their tribal language. I remember listening to a tribal student give an address a few years ago. She thanked the college for making her feel welcome on campus and explained that for many years tribal students felt like they were not wanted. It was heartbreaking to hear that. I could not be more pleased with the relationship we have with the Cda Tribe and I look forward to next weeks celebration of 80 years!

  • Also: The renaming of Fort Sherman Park to Cheamkwet Park will take place at the 80th anniversary celebration of North Idaho College from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Question: I'm of the opinion that many Coeur d'Alene residents still don't understand the enormous contributions the Coeur d'Alene Tribe makes to its non-Indian neighbors and North Idaho. Do you?

Sho-Con: No One Can Unite Lake City

Shoshone Conservative (RE: If Sandi can't unite, neither can Mary): The fact of the matter is, NOBODY can unite Coeur d'Alene (or Kootenai County, for that matter). The best diplomat, mediator, etc. you could dig up can't “unite” Coeur d'Alene. There will never be a “Kumbaya moment.” The ONLY way things will settle down, is when one “side” wins, and the other loses, by a decisive margin. And even then, that will only be when the winners make some concessions to the losers to prevent a prolonged political “guerilla war”, in which the elecoral losers use every Sun Tzu/Saul Alinsky tactic in the book to cause as many problems as possible for as long as possible. If the electoral winners DON'T make concessions to the other side, you can look forward to the political equivalent of the Vietnam War. Face it - dissention, bickering, and nasty politics are the “new normal” in your neck of the woods. Might as well dig in, and look forward to the increased HBO page-views and 100-comment threads.

Question: Has Sho-Con nailed the point here — that no one can unite deeply divided Coeur d'Alene, until one side or the other wins decisively?

Raul: We Aren’t World’s Police Force

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador uses his weekly electronic newsletter to reaffirm his opposition to use of force in Syria, recounting an exchange with a veteran whose son served in Afghanistan and is “no longer the same.” In an 800-word essay, Labrador says the woman, whose husband also is a veteran, begged him to “keep us out of Syria.” Labrador recounts meeting the woman at the Boise Philharmonic’s “Americana” concert Aug. 30 in Eagle and himself being moved by a piece by composer John Williams from the World War II film, “Saving Private Ryan.” “As I was listening to the music, I could not stop thinking about the many men and women who had given their lives in defense of our country and ached for them and their families,” Labrador writes. “I also thought about those who could lose their lives if we got embroiled in a conflict in Syria/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Congressman Labrador that “We are not the police force of the world”?

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New Miss America Offers Promise

Miss New York Nina Davuluri talks to the press during a news conference following her crowning as Miss America 2014, Sunday in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

“Miss America is evolving. And she's not going to look the same anymore.” So predicted Nina Davuluri during her quest to become the first Indian-American winner of the quintessential American beauty pageant. Then Davuluri backed it up by whirling through a Bollywood dance in a sari, baring her nut-brown skin in a bikini, and championing the kind of diversity that made her milestone seem inevitable. So why did her victory make such a splash among those who rarely pay attention to the contest, when America already has its fair share of Indian-American governors, CEOs, scientists, actors and other high achievers? For many Americans of Indian heritage, it showed the unique promise of America, the way the nation and its new immigrants are responding to each other — and the challenges that remain as America changes in deeper ways than black and white/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Do you think the new Miss America will help break down race and culture barriers in this country?

Brad Little To Announce — For Guv?

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little will announce his intentions for the 2014 elections Wednesday morning at a breakfast meeting in his hometown of Emmett, accompanied by Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter. A two-week statewide tour will follow the announcement by Little, who is widely thought to be considering a run for the top job. A University of Idaho graduate and third generation Idaho rancher, Little was appointed to his current position in 2009 and elected in 2010.State Rep. Cindy Agidius, R-Moscow, said she has heard rumors going both ways regarding Little's intentions. She said some rumors state Little will run for governor, while one person in the Idaho political community told her the rumors were crazy/Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Would you rather see Lt. Gov. Brad Little run for governor in 2014 instead of Butch Otter?

State To Auction Cabin, Burial Site

The Starlin family stands to lose a lot more than the lake cabin their great-grandfather hand-built on leased state land back in 1933 when Idaho auctions off the parcel next month. They could be leaving behind generations of family members whose remains have been buried there, too. Marissa Olsson still remembers the moving ceremony in which 30 extended family members shared memories of her grandmother, then each placed a handful of her ashes in a spot that held special memories of her; she took hers to the beach where she made her grandma mud pies, and her grandma obligingly pretended to eat them, a spot the two had dubbed the “Priest Lake Cafe.” Now, the family’s modest cabin is one of four set for conflict auctions next month, and the family has filed a lawsuit against the state of Idaho challenging the process, joining another cabin owner also facing a conflict auction/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Is the state doing the right thing by going ahead with the auction of this property?

Navy Yard Shooting

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

  • City of Post Falls tweets: “Fly the US Flag at half staff until sunset Sept. 20 by Presidential proclamation to honor victims of the tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard.”

Wild Card/Monday — 9.16.13

An election must be on the horizon because I've noticed some drive-by activity over the weekend — commenters who support a candidate but likely won't be part of the Huckleberries interaction once the dust settles on election. I don't mind the drive-by commenters, as long as they stay civil. Once they start throwing elbows here, the outcome is predictable. It'll be fun to watch where this goes. Now for your first Wild Card of the work week …

  • Don't forget that you can get a run down on all Inland Northwest high school football games from this weekend by clicking on button in upper righthand corner of HucksOnline.

Parting Shot — 9.16.13

This water lily was in full bloom on Fernan Lake near Coeur d'Alene as cooler temperatures arrived today (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Gunman Kills At least 13 In D.C.

At least 13 people are dead and several others were wounded after a gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, police said, spreading fear and chaos across the region as authorities sought to contain the panic. The incident, in which the death toll rose almost hourly, represents the single worst loss of life in the District since an airliner plunged into the Potomac River in 1982, killing 78. D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the mounting number of casualties in a series of news conferences. The suspected shooter, identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis, 34, living in Fort Worth, is among the 13 dead. Alexis was a military contractor, one official said/Washington Post. More here. (AP photo)

Question: How do you process the continuing slaughter of defenseless Americans at the hands of mad men?

Slice: Don’t Believe A T-Shirt

In a Slice blog post, Paul Turner writes: “So it turns out that when supermarket employees are wearing shirts emblazoned with “ASK ME ABOUT FLU SHOTS,” they mostly want to tell you about how you get a vaccination there at the store. They don't really want to be asked, 'If it had been available at the time, how effective would immunization have been against the robust strain of influenza that caused the 1917-18 pandemic?'”

DFO: I get a flu shot every year, as early as possible. I rarely get the flu in years that I get them early. I plan to get mine Friday. How about you?

Question: Do you get flu shots. Have you found them to be effective?

Cutline Contest — 9.16.13

Time 2 Vote …

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri kicks up water during the traditional dipping of the toes in the Atlantic Ocean the morning after being crowned Miss America Monday in Atlantic City, N.J. Davuluri represented New York. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Weekend Winner (tie, with 3 likes apiece): Right Girl: “The traditional 'oom-pa-pa' band is seen practicing their “oom-ma-ma” notes for Chancellor Angela Merkel's re-election campaign” and: Pair of Claws: “When you gaze long into the Merkel, the Merkel also gazes into you.” You can see the Weekend Photo and all cutline entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.16.13

  • 5:19 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ Sleepy Mountain/Deer Path Trail, CdA.
  • 5:17 p.m. Deputy stopping for panhandler in Hayden WalMart parking lot.
  • 5:14 p.m. Driver of black Ferrari or Lamborghini speeding up & down Rockford Bay/Hamaker.
  • 5:05 p.m. Dog running loose on Highwood Lane/CdA.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept 15-16 here.
  • 4:33 p.m. Garage burglar alarm sounding @ H95/Mockingbird Loop, Harrison.
  • 4:16 p.m. CPD Blue reports possible unattended death, unkown location.
  • 12 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below

Sharon Hebert Meets Isabelle

Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Sharon Hebert shakes hands with Jennifer Locke's baby, Isabelle, at the Kootenai County Reagan Republican luncheon at Fedora's restaurant last Thursday. Hebert was in the audience to hear council candidate Noel Adam's speech to the Reagan Republicans. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: What do you think Isabelle thinks of this encounter?

Sand Creek Byway Up For Award

The Sand Creek Byway (pictured in SR file photo) is among 10 projects nationwide vying for America’s Transportation Award, according to the Bonner County Daily Bee. The 2.1-mile U.S. Highway 95 realignment project in Sandpoint, which opened in July 2012, was among the most expensive, controversial and complex road projects in Idaho history. Planning for the bypass dates back to the 1940s, but was held back due to concerns about its impacts both economic—local merchants were worried the bypass would direct business away from downtown shops—and environmental—built along a shallow creek, the roadway required six bridges, 65 retaining walls and vast quantities of fill to buttress it against the soft creek bed. All told, the project cost $106 million to build/Jessica Murray, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Now that the byway has been open for more than a year, what is your opinion of it?

Key Factor In CdA Races: Ideology?

In a Ridenbaugh Press blog post, Randy Stapilus maintains — and I believe correctly — that the main issue in the Coeur d'Alene city elections is one of ideology, not McEuen Field:

But the bigger factor in Coeur d’Alene is ideology. Bloem has been on the moderate side, but battles between moderates and the hard-core Kootenai Republican organizations (which take little notice of the fact that city offices are non-partisan) have been ongoing for years. Bloem and three council members beat a fierce recall attempt only last year, and the nerves are still raw. The issue – the surface issue – was over renovation of the city’s McEuen Park, but the real disagreements are broader. McEuen is back as a campaign issue, but the core disputes run much deeper. Full post here.

Question: Is the real battle in the Coeur d'Alene city races one of ideology — with groups like the Reagan Republicans trying to export their politics — or one of specific issues?

Lt. Gov. To Announce Re-election Bid?

Lt. Governor Brad Little is announcing this week in a series of statewide appearances that he will ask the voters to renew his lease on the state’s number two position. They should regardless of whom the Democrats may offer as the alternative. The former four-term state senator from Emmett has performed well whether leading trade missions or greeting visitors to his office. In this writer’s opinion the 59-year-old Little is the best to hold the office since former State Senator John V. Evans served as lieutenant governor to Cecil Andrus. That is saying something because Idaho has had a series of fine “governors in waiting,” all of whom did the state solid service especially when called on to exercise the full power of the Office of Governor when the sitting governor is out of state/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Do you know much about Lt. Gov. Brad Little?

HBO Blog Roundup — 9.16.13

Marianne Love/Slight Detour was busy Saturday, traveling from Sandpoint to Bonners Ferry for a Mennonite auction and a horse show and then back to Hope, of Beyond Hope, for a wedding. The photo above of the two little boys is from the wedding. You can see more photos of her Saturday here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Sept. 8-14): 44,289 page-views/24,567 unique views

If Sandi Can’t Unite, Neither Can Mary

We've had a debate for several days now re: Mary Souza's suitability to be mayor of Coeur d'Alene. Commenter & Councilman Dan Gookin insists that Mayor Sandi Bloem has spearheaded a divisive administration, punctuated by the 4-3 decision to go ahead with the McEuen Field makeover without a public vote. Some have insisted just the opposite, that Souza, who spearheaded the failed RecallCDA effort is the divisive one, not Bloem. We can probably argue this one until the cows come home. And, yes, I grew up on a dairy and have seen cows coming up the lane with little urging to be milked. I'm willing to say, for the sake of argument, that both women have had a role in dividing this community — Bloem, by not seeking a vote, and Souza, by staging a recall effort that relied heavily on partisan signatures to fill many of the petitions for the first half of the recall drive. Bloem, possibly wisely, has decided not to seek re-election to a fourth term. Souza, however, wants the job although Bloem backers — and three straight elections prove that there are many of them — oppose her. The community would remain divided under her as much or more than it would be under Bloem during a fourth term. If you're going to say one can't unite the town, you should be honest enough to say that the other can't either./DFO.



Valleyfest runs Friday through Sunday in Spokane Valley. Are you going? What's your favorite part of the annual festival? Fishing in the falls? The hot air balloon launch? Pet appreciation day (pictured)?

You can answer the questions above or this one: How often to you go to Spokane Valley? Why do you usually go there?

Fantasy Land

On his Slice blog, Paul Turner begins: “Having a fantasy team means …”

A) You enjoy interacting with friends. B) Real life just doesn't do it for you. C) Actually it means different things to different people. D) It's your best chance of showing co-workers that you know what you are talking about. E) You do it because you find it makes you more attractive to members of the opposite sex. F) Other.

Question: Do you now — or have you ever — been involved in a fantasy sports league?

SpudBob: Are Religious Plates OK?

SpudBob: Over the weekend I saw a car with an Idaho vanity license plate that said, “PRAZGOD” which I interpreted to mean “PRAISE GOD”. I have seen other overtly religious vanity plates issued by the Idaho DMV as well. I would love to hear people's answers to the following questions:

  • 1. Should the State of Idaho issue vanity plates with religious messages on them?
  • 2. What topics should the state not allow on vanity plates?


Washington Solons Allowed To Speed

It’s a joke shared privately among some state lawmakers in Olympia: Go ahead, drive as fast as you want on the way to the Capitol. You won’t get a ticket – it’s the law. Though said in jest, the advice is rooted in reality. Legislators headed to work can’t get speeding tickets – or so says the Washington State Patrol and at least one local police department. A spokesman for WSP said Washington lawmakers are constitutionally protected from receiving noncriminal traffic tickets during a legislative session, as well as 15 days before. … The logic? Detaining lawmakers on the road – even for the time it takes to issue them a speeding ticket – may delay them from getting to the Capitol to vote, Calkins said/Melissa Santos, Tacoma News Tribune. More here.

Question: Would you want a law like this in Idaho?

UI Grads Earn More Than BSU’s

The 2013-14 PayScale College Salary report offers an interesting factoid — University of Idaho graduates start with higher salaries and are still earning more at mid-career that their Boise State University counterparts. The report shows that University of Idaho graduates average a beginning salary of $45,300 and are earning an average of $82,700 by mid-career. By contrast, Boise State graduates average a starting salary of $43,100 and are earning $67,000 by mid-career. UIdaho is tied for 242nd among USA's colleges, while Boise State ranks 648th. Maybe there's more to Idaho secondary education than a natonal college football ranking? You can see the entire report here.

Question: What do you make of this report?

There She Is … Miss America

Miss New York Nina Davuluri smiles for the crowd during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. Miss New York was crowned as the new Miss America Sunday night. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Question: Do we make too much to do re: physical beauty?

AM Scanner Traffic — 9.16.13

  • 11:55 a.m. A dog is running loose @ 500 block of Stafford Road/CdA.
  • 11:42 a.m. Confused female wearing white pullover top near gas station, Idaho/Seltice Way, PF.
  • 11:16 a.m. Traffic lights are flashing in all directions @ Ramsey/Dalton, CdA.
  • 11:01 a.m. Dogs running loose on Wheatfield and on 6th Street, CdA.
  • 10:33 a.m. Reckless driver w/b on Seltice Way from Baugh/PF almost hit bicyclist.
  • 10:31 a.m. 50YO female in silver Grand Prix suffering chest pain @ 4th/I-90, CdA.
  • 10:24 p.m. Possible residential burglary reported in 300 block of Linden, CdA.
  • 10:20 a.m. Driver of black Dodge Nitro reckless @ n/b Boekel Road/Rathdrum.
  • 10:18 p.m. A dog is running loose in 500 block of S. Penny Lane/Post Falls.
  • 9:21 p.m. Animal control trying to catch Pomeranian running loose on Poleline/Post Falls.

Letter: Dress Code Interrupt Learning

I am writing this letter concerning the new Twin Falls School District dress code. As some people may know, the new length of shorts, dresses or skirts must be right above the knee, no longer mid-thigh or to the end of our finger tips. We are also not allowed to wear excessively tight articles of clothing. Yes, I do agree that it is important to maintain an appropriate school atmosphere where learning is encouraged, but what some of you may not know is the fact that our learning was actually interrupted by a “dress code check.” Announced over the intercom, the students were asked to stand up and let the teachers “evaluate” us. Those of us who were not following the new dress code were sent down to the office in front of the whole class/Samantha Ruggles, letter to the editor, Twin Falls Times News. More here.

Question: Did the Twin Falls School District handle the enforcement of the dress code properly?

AG Wasden To Seek Another Term

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says he plans to run for his office again in 2014. Wasden first took the office in 2003, running the office that represents the state in criminal appeals, deals with consumer protection litigation, and advises agencies on contracts and other matters. He told the Idaho State Journal last week that every day is a new challenge and that keeps the job fresh. He currently leads 118 attorneys and about 185 additional employees in the office. Wasden's office recently ended years of litigation against drug companies accused of falsely inflating wholesale medicine prices to increase the amount they were paid by Medicaid for the drugs. The settlements in those cases resulted in Idaho recovering about $28 million for the Medicaid program/Associated Press.

Question: Will you support Lawrence Wasden's campaign for re-election as attorney general?

Edit: Crass Judge Should Resign

District Judge G. Todd Baugh has said he’s sorry about the crass comments he made regarding a 14-year-old rape victim who later committed suicide, but that’s hardly enough. In handing down the sentence for former Billings Senior High School teacher Stacey Rambold last month, Baugh said the teenage victim was “older than her chronological age” and had “as much control of the situation” as the teacher who raped her. He then proceeded to suspend all but 31 days of a 15-year sentence for the teacher. The outrage against Judge Baugh was immediate, and he was profuse in his apologies. In an Associated Press story, Baugh said he was “fumbling around” in court trying to explain his sentence and “made some really stupid remarks”/Daily Inter Lake (Kalispell, Mont) Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Should District Judge G. Todd Baugh resign?

Poll: Hail Will Win Post Falls Seat

  • Weekend Poll: Candidate Jim Hail was the easy choice of Hucks Nation in his battle for Post Falls City Council Seat No. 2 this fall. 75 of 132 respondents (56.82%) picked Hail as their choice in the four-way race for the council seat. 41 of 132 (31.06%) favored Alan Wolfe. The rest of the votes were divided between former councilman Joe Bodman (10, for 7.58%) and Barry Rubin (6, for 4.55%).
  • Today's Poll: Are you wary of venturing to downtown Spokane after dark?

AM Headlines — 9.16.13

Dillon Summers, 26, a process supervisor with Livestock Processors Cooperative Association, moves a carcass out of a meat locker Tuesday at the association’s new processing facility in Odessa, Wash. Frustrated by regulations, ranchers have built a slaughter house co-op. Becky Kramer's SR story here. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

Jimmy: All Aboard Seattle Bandwagon

On his Facebook page, former NFL player Jimmy Farris, who ran unsuccessfully against Congressman Raul Labrador, posts:I love reading all the posts from the “life-long, die-hard” Seahawks fans. You know, the ones who, before sometime last October, never cared to watch a game or the ones who realized there was an NFL team in Seattle around the same time. But fear not, that bandwagon is big enough for everyone.”

Question: What's the difference between a true fan and a bandwagon jumper?

DanG: More Alike Than Different

Dan Gookin (re: How to heal Coeur d'Alene's wounds): I had an interview today. It was with Mike Gridley and the topic was Vision 2030. Mike fired away a slew of questions about the greater Coeur d'Alene area, what we do well, where we could improve, and my thoughts. After the interview, Mike commented that he was quite surprised. It turned out that many of my answers were nearly identical to … Mike Kennedy's. It turns out that on some of the core issues, we're not really that far apart. Yet, as a community — and as DFO points out above, even as a country — we rally around that small portion of the issues that divide us. We magnify them. We let them embitter us. As a community we need to let go of our differences. That's going to be tough, but I do feel positive about the future.

Question: Are you concerned re: the division in Coeur d'Alene? Or is that simply the fallout from a rapidly growing community?

Clark: Downtown Spokane Lacking

Here’s what Doug Clark observed on Friday, when he took a State of the (Spokane) Downtown tour.

  • 11:03 a.m. – Barely away from the newspaper, my travels lead me to two large and foot-flattened piles of excrement (Human? Wildebeest?) plopped in the middle of the sidewalk on Lincoln Street, across the street from the Agave restaurant. Is this City of Choice material? Don’t think so.
  • 11:05 a.m. – Heading east on Riverside Avenue, I pass a urine-stained doorway and arrive at the corner of Post Street and Riverside in time to chat with an amiable security guard. “You should have plenty to write about, believe me,” he says, when I tell him what I’m up to.
  • 11:10 a.m. – The words barely leave his lips when an obnoxiously loud young woman in bright blue drools the world’s longest loogie onto the sidewalk. It’s a bad choice in any civilized culture, but none of her loitering pals, about a dozen hard-looking street toughs, seems to mind. Full column here.

Question: Do you avoid downtown Spokane, if you can help it?

SR: Idaho Needs Education Fix

The current state of education in Idaho could be condensed into one of those melodramatic movie trailers: “In a world where 60 percent of jobs require some post-secondary education, fewer than 40 percent of Idahoans have any credentials beyond a high school diploma.” In fact, that’s the message state schools Superintendent Tom Luna delivered to a special legislative committee on Thursday. With an above-average high school graduation rate, the state might seem like it’s doing well, but the “stark reality,” Luna said, is that the high rate is the product of low standards. The proof is the low percentage of Idahoans who seek to further their education, whether at college or in a technical school. Plus, a high percentage of those who do enroll in colleges need remedial course work to catch up. But the good news is that Idaho leaders are not satisfied/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Question: Do Idaho Republicans finally have the political will to fix the education system that they've allowed to languish during the Great Recession?

IFF’s Charitable Status Questioned

Although charitable organizations are allowed to do some lobbying without risking their tax benefits, the Idaho Freedom Foundation actively pushes and opposes legislation on dozens of issues every session in ways that more closely resemble a full-on lobbying group. “If Wayne Hoffman can call a committee chairman and have a bill pulled, that’s pretty remarkable clout,” said House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston. At issue is whether taxpayers should be subsidizing its activities. As a charity organized under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), contributions to the Idaho Freedom Foundation are tax deductible. Contributions to lobbying groups organized under section 501(c)(4), such as the Sierra Club or the National Rifle Association, are not/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho Freedom Foundation  is playing fast and loose with 501(c)(3) guidelines?

Storm Ends Hot September Day

Seattle Seahawks fans cheer as rain pours down during a severe weather delay in the first half of an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday in Seattle. The Seahawks stifled the 49ers 29-3. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Question: Did last night's storm cause any damage around you?

Obstruction Lobby Strike Again

At times, I shake my head in awe that anything gets done in this country. It's bad enough that we have so many flea-ridden, drug-addled, Occupy Wall Street-types who, apparently jobless, find the time to protest the movement of megaloads over U.S. Highway 12 on their way to the Alberta, Canada, tar sands. That the court system inserts itself into the fray by creating obstructions only makes it more remarkable that our economy still has a pulse, though it barely does. For reasons that defy logic, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill awarded the United States Forest Service veto power over so-called megaloads traveling east on U.S 12. According to the judge, the fact that the highways passes through a national forest gives the Forest Service this authority.I say that this defies logic because, even though my property line extends into the middle of the street in front of my house, I have no control over who drives on it. If all my neighbors, who collectively own the entire street, joined together, we still couldn't prevent anyone from using that street/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with judge's decision giving USFS veto power over megaloads?

Hucks: ‘Coeur d’Alene’: The Play

‘Coeur d’Alene” opened at Northland Pioneer College in Snowflake, Ariz., last week, with former Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Judy in the audience. Never heard of the play? Well, neither had Huckleberries until a blog reader sent a link. Dramatist Lisa Jayne’s play explores the conflicting issues faced by Judy and the community in 1998 when the Aryan Nations requested a parade permit to goose-step along Coeur d’Alene’s Sherman Avenue – free speech rights versus confronting religious and racial bigotry. That year human-rights activists turned “lemons into lemonade,” after the permit was granted, by raising money via pledges for every minute that the racists marched ($35,000 for 27 minutes). The play comes with a warning: “The play contains mature themes and language that may be unsuitable for children.” It’ll be interesting to see if “Coeur d’Alene” ever plays in Coeur d’Alene/DFO, Sunday SR Huckleberries. More here.

Other weekend SR columns:

Question: Do you remember the 1998 “Lemons to Lemonade” campaign of human rights activists?

Our Way Or The Highway

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Weekend Wild Card — 9.13-14.13

Lake City High won, Coeur d'Alene High lost. (You can catch up on all the high school football scores and game stories by clicking the bug in the upper righthand corner.) I hung out with friends at their home in Rathdrum last night, and enjoyed hearing the sound of the crowd at the high school football game a short distance away. High school football. That must mean fall is here, although the wonderful summer temperatures continue to hang around. I have some yard work to to that's way past due. But I think I will go for a bike ride first. See you back here Monday. Here's your Weekend Wild card …

Much At Stake In CdA, PF Elections

New mayors will pick up the gavels of North Idaho’s two largest cities early next year, while the Coeur d’Alene City Council could shift sharply to the right with a new conservative majority. The November election holds the potential for big changes in leadership for the Lake City and Post Falls next door, with a packed field of 22 candidates running for eight seats. Candidate filing ended last week and now comes the campaigning. The past two election cycles have set the stage for the showdowns voters will see this fall, said political consultant Jeff Ward, who has been active with Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. “This will really determine the philosophical direction and governing philosophy of the two cities for a while, depending on what happens in this election,” Ward said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Jeff Ward (and Eden Irgens a little lower in the story) that much is at stake in the Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls city elections?

Skyline, 38, Coeur d’Alene 23

Coeur d'Alene Vikings Addison Johnson (84) runs the ball against Skyline during the matchup at Coeur d'Alene High School on Friday. Skyline defeated host Coeur d'Alene 38-23. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Mistakes plagued the Coeur d’Alene Vikings from start to finish Friday. And the visiting Skyline Spartans of Sammamish capitalized on all of the Vikings’ miscues, the final one being an 84-yard interception return by Drew Lunde with 2:21 left as the two-time defending Washington 4A state football champs downed Coeur d’Alene 38-23. Skyline returned two interceptions for touchdowns and recovered two of six CdA fumbles. CdA’s defense seemingly played with poor field position throughout. “We can’t turn the ball over that much,” a disappointed CdA coach Shawn Amos said. “Fumbles (and) interceptions. “You can’t beat a team like that when you turn the ball over like that”/Greg Lee, SR. More here.

Question: Which local high school football team do you support?



Friday The 13th Wild Card — 9.13.13

What is it with tail-gaters? En route to work this AM, I was tailgated by a girl with a cell phone in her ear s/b on 9th until she turned off at ProjectCDA. Then, I was tailgated s/b on Government Way from Harrison by a female in a newer SUV who turned into the Kootenai County Courthouse lot. In the first instance, I pulled over to let the tail-gater pass. I don't think she got the message. I was hoping one of our patrol officers was hiding out along 9th. Yeah, tail-gaters are definitely one of my pet peeves. I sometimes reduce speed below the limit just to mess with them. You can say how you handle tail-gaters or start your own thread with this Wild Card …

DanG: How To Heal CdA’s Wounds?

Dan Gookin: Perhaps Mary is merely being honest, which is apparently an ugly word in northern Idaho. After all, Mary didn't deny the public a vote on McEuen, which is what she asked for — on the record, by the way. That denial of a public vote did more to divide this town than anything else in its history. Calling someone “divisive” is weak, however. Instead, I offer you the opportunity to suggest how to heal this town's wounds. I would suggest the same thing to the candidates, but most likely would hear only some gloopy insipid reply, which is all I've been reading so far.

DFO: I don't know if you can bring Coeur d'Alene back together, given the lineup of personalities on various sides of so many issues. McEuen Field. LCDC. Antidiscrimination ordinance. Employee salaries. Maybe we're a reflection of the national scene where Republicans and Democrats are ideologically stalemated?

Question: Can steps be taken to reunite Coeur d'Alene at this point — or is it too badly broken by partisanship and other issues?

PM Scanner Traffic — 9.13.13

Here's the reason that the Coeur d'Alene Police Department shut down part of Sherman Avenue this afternoon in downtown Coeur d'Alene — the Lake City High Homecoming Parade. Lake City will host Hillcrest in its annual Homecoming Game tonight. (Photo: Don Sausser)

  • 5:36 p.m. Motorcyclist on Harley-Davidson speeding @ 100 mph @ e/b I-90/Huetter.
  • 5:07 p.m. Debris is laying on both lanes of w/b I-90/MP 14 (15th Street, CdA).
  • 4:55 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 12-13 here.
  • 4:44 p.m. Farmer in field protecting vehicle from slow-moving fire @ Huetter/Lancaster.
  • 4:38 p.m. Traffic lights are out at following H95 intersections @ Canfield, Prairie & Honeysuckle; at Ramsey Road intersections at Ramsey and Hanley, and @ H41 & Hayden.
  • 4:35 p.m. A power line is sparking @ Huetter/Lancaster, triggering several small fires.
  • 4:31 p.m. CPD Blue stopping @ Independence Point to handle alcohol offense.
  • 4:03 p.m. Disorderly male who left Coeur d'Alene Library now riding bike @ 8th/Mullan.
  • 17 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below

PM Headlines — 9.13.13

North Idaho College employees Rhonda Smalley and Mike Halpern stand in front of the rejuvenated Powder Magazine on campus. The two staffers put in many extra hours to breathe life into the building, which will be dedicated next week. Story here. (NIC Press Room photo: Tom Greene)

Cutline Contest — 9.13.13

Time 2 Vote …

Members of a traditional Bavarian band play in front of an election Poster of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Miesbach, southern Germany, Wednesday. Germany faces general elections on Sept. 22. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/dpa, Marc Mueller)

Thursday Cutline — Phaedrus, with 5 likes: “Romania has decided to field a women's curling team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but lacking stones and ice, they practice in the street with tomatoes and brooms.” You can see Thursday photo and read all cutline entries here.