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Wild Card/Monday — 6.30.14

I've attended 3 Lake City Playhouse plays over the last 3 years — and got my money's worth from all of them. I wasn't a “Guys & Dolls” fan until Saturday night when the Playhouse closed its 53rd season with a standing-ovation production of the old Damon Runyon play. I laughed early and laughed often. Last year, I enjoyed “Sweeney Todd” and the year before “Fiddler on the Roof.” With the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre struggling to find its footing, the Lake City Playhouse appears to be a solid alternative for anyone of enjoys live theater. There was a time when that wasn't so. But the Playhouse has become a quality community theater again. Now for your Monday Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 6.30.14

On his Facebook page, Robin Loznak of Kellogg, Ore., posts this photo, which he dubs: “Colorful caterpillars.” Posts Robin: “What could be better than a jar full of cinnabar caterpillars? They feed on toxic ragwort plants and absorb the toxins into their bodies. Their colorful pattern warns predators to stay away.You can see more of Robin's wonderful photography here.

Lake City Family Goes Car Free

Eight years ago, Geoff Carr and Mollie Murray’s 2003 Kia Spectra was totaled in a parking lot collision. They sold it for scrap, and their driveway has been empty ever since. The couple and their young daughter commute by foot, bike and bus. Relinquishing car ownership isn’t a practical choice for everyone, the Coeur d’Alene family acknowledges. But they think many Inland Northwest residents could integrate car-free trips into their lifestyle with minimal fuss. “A lot of it comes down to planning,” said Murray, 33. When they bought a house, the family looked for a residence within 2 miles of North Idaho College, where Carr, 37, is a journalism instructor and Murray is studying environmental science/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka: Viva Carr, 7, watches for traffic Friday as she crosses Harrison Avenue with her dad, Geoff, in Coeur d’Alene)

Question: How long could you go without use of your car?

UIdaho Returns To Sun Belt, Big Sky

After four months on the job, University of Idaho President Chuck Staben remains undefeated. In racquetball. Staben, 55, issued a challenge to undergraduate students on the Moscow campus when he became president March 1: Beat him at racquetball and he'll buy lunch. He's 5-0 - and can only hope the football team enjoys as much success in its first days in a new home. “We don't want to be permanently 1-10,” Staben said. Idaho's football program ends its one-year stint as an independent and joins the Sun Belt Conference on Tuesday. The Vandals' other athletic programs move from the Western Athletic Conference to the Big Sky on the same day/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here. (SR file photo: UI Coach Paul Petrino watches the game against Washington State unfold at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash., last September)

Question: I'm psyched that Idaho has returned to stable conferences for its sports play, including the Big Sky, where the basketball team will be pitted with familiar Montana an Eastern Washington. Its' about time. What do you think?


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Cutline Contest — 6.30.14

Time 2 Vote …

Fifth District U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister sits with his wife Kelly in their home in Swartz, La., earlier today. McAllister announced today  that he's changed his mind and intends to run for re-election despite the scandal caused by a video showing him kissing a married female aide. Rep. McAllister's wife Kelly said, ” I'm behind him 100 percent. We made this decision as a family.” You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The News-Star, Emerald Mcintyre)

Weekend Winner — Psalm 37, with 14 likes: And the Russian version of a water boy seems to be receiving approval from fans and players alike. You can see Weekend Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 6.30.14

  • 5:33 p.m. Unresponsive male reported @ 15th Street/Sherman Avenue, CdA.
  • 5:12 p.m. Male left house on Fairmont Loop/CdA screaming & roared off in his vehicle.
  • 4:51 p.m. Someone is throwing firecrackers from vehicle on I-90/Coeur d'Alene area.
  • 4:40 p.m. Unknown injuries from accident b/n vehicle & pedestrian @ 4th Street/Wallace, CdA.
  • 4:20 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report June 29-30 here.
  • 3:41 p.m. Vehicle fire reported @ w/b I-90/MP 22 (H97/Lake Coeur d'Alene).
  • 3:16 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ Silverwood Theme Park, H95/Parks, Athol.
  • 3:04 p.m. Vandalism to property reported @ Trafalgar/Kensington, Hayden.
  • 3:02 p.m. I-90 motorist reports teen boys tossed something off Seltice Way bridge & hit his vehicle.
  • 3:02 p.m. Security guard @ Post Falls Super 1 reports cooperative female shoplifter in custody.
  • 2:59 p.m. Pontiac is disabled @ e/b I-90/MP 17 (Mullan Road underpass).
  • 2:52 p.m. Possible fatality in or near Priest River, involving vehicle & motorcycle.
  • 2:47 p.m. Dog is running loose @ Hayden/Kirkpatrict Street, Hayden.
  • 2:10 p.m. Hayden WalMart shoplifting suspect may be in vehicle w/b on Hayden Avenue.
  • 2:02 p.m. 73YO female barely breathing @ 700 block of Spokane Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 1:45 p.m. 23YO Hayden female who may have taken Spice is freaking out.
  • 1:19 p.m. Undisclosed traffic hazard reported @ H95/Honeysuckle Avenue, Hayden.
  • 1:05 p.m. Male is lying in grass along side Hayden Rite Aid, Prairie Shopping Center.
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PM Headlines — 6.30.14

Triathlete Heather Wurtele is shown on Friday fielding a question during the Ironman professionals panel discussion at the Coeur d’Alene City Park. Wurtele, who set an Ironman Coeur d’Alene course record in 2013, repeated as champion Sunday. Story here. (Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Update: 2 CdA Kids Hurt In Explosion

“4-yr-old Brooklyn White and 8-yr-old Joshua Emerson. Both are recovering after a fire in Emerson's backyard Saturday” — tweet by Gabe Cohen/KHQ.

Two young Coeur d’Alene children are recovering in a Seattle hospital after they were burned when a gas can exploded next to a backyard fire pit Saturday evening. Joshua Emerson, 8, and Brooklynne White, 4, were rushed to Kootenai Health following the explosion around 5 p.m. The children were flown that night to the burn center at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Emerson is in intensive care with first- and second-degree burns on 21 percent of his body, mostly his legs and arms, a family member said Monday. The girl received burns on 9 percent of her body.The children are neighbors in the 1400 block of Norlyn Court. A 35-year-old man poured gasoline from a 5-gallon can onto a fire pit when the can caught fire, Coeur d’Alene police said. He threw the can about five feet behind him, where it exploded and engulfed the children, who had been sitting on a swing/Scott Maben, SR. More here.


Ready To See Them Off provides some idea of the large crowd on hand at City Beach for the beginning of the Ironman Coeur d'Alene race early Sunday morning.

Boise State Faces Free Speech Suit

A Boise State University student group opposed to abortion has filed suit, claiming university-imposed restrictions violate the group’s free speech rights. The group seeks a declaration that the university violated its First Amendment rights and an injunction against enforcing the restrictions. Abolitionists4Life says it was asked to place warning signs around two exhibits the group hosted on campus in April and May. One of the exhibits included signs with images from abortions. The other featured an autopsy photo of a woman who died having an abortion. A flap that kept the photo from view had a warning on it, but university officials said separate signs were needed to warn students walking by/John Sowell, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do the student protesters have a legitimate free speech argument?

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Peterson Looks To Otter For Help

Embattled Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson is calling for both sides in the rift in the party to agree on a single date for a Central Committee meeting - currently, Peterson's called a meeting for Aug. 9, while others who contend he's no longer chairman have called the meeting for Aug. 2. “I scheduled the August 9 date because August 2 interfered with a 40-year tradition in my family,” Peterson said in a news release. “However, a single meeting set for a mutually-agreeable date can be planned for July or August.” Peterson said he was calling on GOP Gov. Butch Otter to “use his leadership position to insist that one meeting be held for the purposes of reuniting the party”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

More Eye on Boise posts today:

HBO Blogosphere — 6.30.14

This shot of curious cattle in and around her Lovestead is one of several scenics from Bonner County on a post by Marianne Love/Slight Detour that she titled, “Just plain foto fun.” More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of June 22-28): 39,082 page-views/24,301 unique views

MikeK: Hudson’s Is Big Part Of CdA

MikeK (RE: 'Hamburger' en Espanol = Hudson's): There's absolutely no need to understand any fascination. Eating a Hudson's burger with my kids in downtown CdA, talking about their great-grandparents eating in this same place and talking about the lake and the history of downtown and whatever they ask about is enough. Sometimes we just talk about their day and that's enough. The burgers are great tasting. But so what? I think the atmosphere and the history and the shared time is all part of it. No need to worry about it or try to analyze it. Hudson's is a big part of Coeur d'Alene for me, and apparently for thousands of others, too. No worries, no fascination. Eat them, or not, but whatever you do don't stress about it.

Question: What would you say is “a big part of Coeur d'Alene' for you?

Potts Discusses IronmanCDA Race

Winner Andy Potts gives his first interview after winning the men's elite division triathlon at Ironman Coeur d'Alene Sunday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

E. Coli Outbreak May Not Be Over

An E. coli outbreak linked to a North Idaho sprouts producer may not be over yet. Federal health officials say Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC of Moyie Springs, Idaho, produced and distributed more raw clover sprouts from the same seed lot associated with the May outbreak that sickened at least 18 people in five states. As sprouts from this seed lot may still be in the marketplace, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention again are warning consumers not to eat clover sprouts from Evergreen. Last Thursday the FDA met with Evergreen’s owner to advise the firm of its concerns that the seed lot linked to the outbreak of E. coli O121 may be contaminated and to encourage Evergreen to discontinue using those seeds to grow clover/Scott Maben, SR. More here.


Ehlert: Tea Party Won’t Take Wheel

Politics would not exist without passion, and so I congratulate Adam Brandon, the executive vice president of FreedomWorks, for bringing it to his work. He represents a Washington D.C. -based “grass-roots service center to a community of over 6 million activists who believe in individual liberty and constitutionally-limited government.” But some of his extrapolation this week during a National Public Radio panel discussion about primary results took politics and passion on a one-way trip to implausible. Brandon suffers from what the late pundit Art Buchwald used to call Potomac Fever. A big supporter of Rep. Raul Labrador in his failed bid to become the U.S. House majority leader, Brandon believes the tea party is well on its way to taking over the GOP - like, in the next decade/Opinion Editor Robert Ehlert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you think the Tea Party is in ascendancy/decendency nationally? In Idaho?

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They’re Off!

Don Sausser, the Eye on Downtown Coeur d'Alene, provides this shot of the start of Ironman Coeur d'Alene Sunday morning, as the elite triathletes take off from City Beach for the swim portion of the race. Andy Potts, the eventual race winner, reports that he swallowed a lot of water as the wind whipped white caps on the lake.

AM Scanner Traffic — 6.30.14

  • 11:54 a.m. Older brown Ford Thunderbird is disabled west of H41 on w/b I-90/Post Falls.
  • 11:42 a.m. Suicide threat reported @ 200 block of West Lacrosse/CdA.
  • 11:31 a.m. Possible wanted person @ 6100 block of Sunshine Street/CdA.
  • 11:27 a.m. Angry male is dragging female from white pickup @ H41/Poleline, CdA.
  • 11:15 a.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for June 29-30 here.
  • 10:54 a.m. Someone is unconscious in 9700 block of Ezy Street/CdA.
  • 10:52 a.m. Auto burglary reported @ 600 block of E. Shiloh Loop/Hayden.
  • 10:48 a.m. Residential alarm sounding @ 4300 block of Sterling Drive/Post Falls.
  • 10:12 a.m. Female is barely conscious as result of blood-sugar issue, fall on Ashley Court/CdA.
  • 9:40 a.m. Someone @ 7700 block of Sundance (cross of Lookout/Hayden) is having breathing problems.
  • 9:33 a.m. Physical domestic in home w/newborn baby reported on 10th Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 9:16 a.m. Resident @ Idaho/Winch, Rathdrum, reports male in sleeping bag at back part of his property.
  • 8:59 a.m. Resident @ 545 Garden Plaza Court has fallen & needs help getting up.
  • 8:45 a.m. Idaho Veneer/Post Falls wants vehicle towed from business.

Serving Taste Of Summer For 31 Yrs

It is now officially summer in Coeur d'Alene, which means Paul Bunyan Pak-Out on Northwest Boulevard can expect a high volume of residents and visitors who are in search of tasty, old-fashioned hamburgers and creamy, cold shakes. The iconic 25-foot Paul Bunyan statue has been greeting visitors and towering over his downtown kingdom since 1952. But it's not just the good old lumberjack people know and remember when they eat at the Bunyan. Manager Carla Harris (pictured) has been a familiar face at the restaurant for 31 years, making her a local celebrity. Born and raised in Kellogg, Harris began at the Bunyan when she was only 19. She has trained countless individuals through the years, so many that she can't even estimate. Just about everyone in Coeur d'Alene who has ever eaten at the Bunyan has met Harris or at least been a recipient of her handiwork/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

  • H/T: Get Out! North Idaho.

Question: How often do you eat at Paul Bunyan Pak-Out?

1st Ladies Lead Cruiser Ride

Idaho First Lady Lori Otter (w/helmet on) and Coeur d'Alene First Lady Marie Widmyer pose for a photo at the new Java on Sherman with other women who participated in the first Women's Cruiser Bike Rider of downtown Coeur d'Alene Saturday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Iowa Guv Does What Otter Couldn’t

Columnist Dan Popkey of the Idaho Statesman gets us caught up on all the maneuverings of the various power brokers in the Idaho Republican Party today. He begins by telling how Idaho Republican Gov. Terry Branstad accomplished something over the weekend that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter tried to do at the wild GOP convention in Moscow — get a party leader that supports him. Popkey writes: “Otter lost control of the state party in 2008, when Norm Semanko was elected to replace then-Chairman Kirk Sullivan. Peterson replaced Semanko in 2012, when Otter said he was neutral in the race. This spring, Otter supporters worked hard to elect precinct committeepersons to regain control of the party from the libertarian-tea party-conservative Christian wing.” More here.

Question: Do you see this struggle for control of the Idaho GOP ending any time soon?

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New Bar Set To Rock Downtown CdA

A family-friendly sports bar and grill by day and a music venue by night, The Rocker Room has opened downtown at 216 E. Coeur d'Alene Ave. Formerly the Rendezvous, Torch and Country Club CdA, the huge place (capacity 350) includes two 15-foot TV screens, a stage with performers' sound system, pool tables, shuffleboard table, pop-a-shot basketball, Golden Tee, Big Buck Hunter and a corn toss. Now you add the 20 beers on tap, many other drinks, and a starters-meals-dessert and kids' menu developed by Jason Rex of the Scratch Restaurant. Specialty nights include Keg Night on Wednesday, D.J. Jake Barker on Thursday and live bands on Friday and Saturday. Although usually opening at 4 p.m., starting in late August The Rocker Room will open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for college and pro football and a buffet breakfast. Owner Dave Pulis also has the Moose Lounge/Nils Rosdahl, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Gee, can you think of anything we might need more in downtown Coeur d'Alene than a new bar?

AM Headlines — 6.30.14

Andy Potts earned the admiration of his son after winning the Ironman Coeur d'Alene race Sunday afternoon. Story here. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Poll: Beer Is Preferred Alcohol Drink

  • Weekend Poll: By a slight plurality, Hucks Nation prefers beer to other alcoholic drinks. 55 of 183 respondents (30.05%) prefer beer, while 45 of 183 respondents ( 24.59%) each prefer wine or hard liquor. Only 37 of 183 respondents (20.22%) of Hucks Nation are teetotalers.
  • Today's Poll: Do you have as much faith in local police now as you did before recent shootouts & the 'Nickelback' controversy?

Hobby Lobby Wins Birth Control Ruling

In a deeply divisive case pitting advocates of religious liberty against women’s right’s groups, the Supreme Court said today that two for profit corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs do not have to provide a full range of contraceptives at no cost to their employees pursuant to the Affordable Care Act. In a 5-4 opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito the court held that as applied to closely held corporations the Health and Human Services regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Alito was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas. Justice Anthony Kennedy filed a concurring opinion/ABC News. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with this ruling?

Having A Baby In The Digital Age

This is how the baby arrived a generation ago: A call in the night - the parents-to-be were on the way to the hospital. Mama was wheeled into the delivery room attended by doctors and nurses all dressed up in their blue and white sterile outfits. Family members gathered with the soon-to-be-dad and spent the night in the hospital waiting room, drinking stale coffee until the doctor in his sterile uniform came out of the sterile operating room and said all was well. This is how the baby arrives today: I was conducting an interview, talking about cows and fences and manure, and I got a text from my son: “Contractions started at 3 a.m. We're at the hospital now. Go live in a few hours”/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: How has the digital age changed the way your family announces news of a new baby?

Knowing Where Crane’s Skeletons Lie

Nobody knows better than Deborah Silver the hurdle confronting her. Somehow, the Democratic challenger to state Treasurer Ron Crane must pierce the GOP body armor shielding him from a public backlash. Crane has remained in office these past 16 years by keeping his head down and relying on his status as a Republican incumbent in a solidly GOP state. As far as anyone can tell, he has never debated any opponent in the statewide public television debates. Twice, he's faced no Democratic opposition at all. But Silver, a certified public accountant, knows where the bodies are buried — and Crane's record looks like a cemetery/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: After reading this editorial, are you ready to consider another option to veteran state Treasurer Ron Crane?

Pickle: Tennis Player Strikes Back

I would like to respond with some facts regarding Richard Corsini’s view of the incident recently between the pickleball players and tennis players. After playing our tennis match, we went into Parks & Recreation to inquire on the guidelines for use of the courts. We were told that the courts are on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no time limit. They may be reserved, for a fee, which they hadn’t been. Therefore, we had every right, based on the Park & Recreation guidelines, to use the court as long as we wanted. My understanding is that the pickleball group stays on the court/courts for four hours. In tennis, 1 1/2 hours is the average time allotted for a doubles match, which we played. To sit out after each game played would be ridiculous/Marilyn Cali, Coeur d'Alene, letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I have no skin in this game. I don't play tennis any more. And I didn't know what pickleball was until I learned that we had a court for it in the new McEuen Park. It seems to me, however, that there are plenty of tennis courts elsewhere in Coeur d'Alene. Maybe the city should simply designate the court at McEuen for pickleball players, if the sport is really that popular. Thoughts?

Edit: Cops Endure Public’s Ire

From the safety of your living room sofa or peering protected behind your desktop computer at work, it's pretty easy to convict “overzealous” cops. It's also not always fair. Law enforcers were derided as a bunch of Barney Fifes when their suspect survived a fusillade of bullets in a Post Falls shootout early last Sunday morning. As one result of 14 officers being placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting, versions of a new joke popped up. Question: How does a cop earn months of paid vacation when he doesn't have any vacation time left? Answer: Just shoot at somebody. They were called knuckle-draggin' Neanderthals and worse after a dramatic, recorded encounter between two sheriff's deputies and a couple of young men who were suspected of dealing marijuana. At a Coeur d'Alene gas station, the young men argue they said “Nickelback;” the deputies say they heard “nickel sack.” Before cool heads prevailed, a deputy had allegedly drawn his gun and one suspect had been handcuffed. A razor-thin line separates tension and tragedy/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Has your support for local police been shaken by recent events involving shootouts and the infamous 'Nickleback' video?

Boomers Not Ready For ‘The Home’

Many baby boomers aren’t ready for retirement – much less a retirement community. And some in this independent and free-spirited generation are indignant about even discussing the idea of someone so young moving to a community of, well, old people. “Too busy working to think about the ‘home’ and my mother says she isn’t ready either,” wrote Becky Christner in response to a recent Facebook inquiry about whether baby boomers are ready for the retirement home. Others were more blunt in their distain of thinking anybody in the 50 to 68 age range would consider living in an independent retirement community. “Your post is really not even cool,” wrote Joanna Musulman, 55, a local actor and model who wrote she was too busy rock climbing, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, gardening, making soap, making wine and raising her children/Erica Curless, SR. More here. (SR photo by Tyler Tjomsland: Barbara Wolfert, 78, gives a tour of her apartment at Garden Plaza in Post Falls)

Question: When will you know it's time to move into a retirement community?

Potts, Wurtele Win IronmanCDA

Andy Potts celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the Ironman Coeur d’Alene. (SR photo: Bruce Twitchell)

Andy Potts did the hard work, “swallowing a lot of Lake Coeur d’Alene” in choppy swimming conditions, overcoming gusty winds on the bike and a so-so first loop of the run. “Coming down Sherman Avenue I was happy but my body was saying, ‘You need to be done right now,’ ” Potts said. “I said to myself, ‘Let the crowd pull you home.’ ” Potts raised both arms in celebration, took a quick glance behind to make sure he was safely ahead and crossed the finish line, earning his second Ironman Coeur d’Alene title in a time of 8 hours, 25 minutes and 44 seconds. …Canada’s Heather Wurtele followed her pre-race plan – with the exception of another aggravating flat tire – to defend her women’s championship. She timed 9:34.32, well off her 2013 course record of 9:16.02 but comfortably in front of second-place Kelly Williamson’s 9:50.07. Jessica Smith placed third in 9:58.42/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.

Bicyclists Face Road Harassment

When it comes to biking on the road, Jenni Gaertner rides by the rules. She straps on a helmet, wears reflective clothing, goes with the flow of traffic and is as unassuming as the vehicles that travel with her. That’s why Gaertner, on a recent Sunday ride from her home in Coeur d’Alene through Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley, broke down in tears after three separate episodes of harassment from passing motorists. One incident, in which a man suggested she wouldn’t win a fight with his truck, prompted her to memorize the license plate and report it to police. “It became very clear to me that this mindset was so dangerous that I don’t even know how to describe it,” said Gaertner, a 38-year-old bike shop owner. “I could see that these people honestly thought that if something were to happen, that if they were to hit me with their car, it would have been my fault. That’s scary to me”/Daniel Moore, SR. More here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka: Jenni Gaertner prepares to ride Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene)

Question: Have you ever been harassed by a motorist while riding your bicycle?

Huckleberries: Stickman Flies High

Stickman was aboard that vintage World War II B-17 that flew over Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday afternoon, thanks to a generous fan. A Vietnam War vet, Stickman (aka Norm Oss) has delighted thousands by freely distributing his hand-carved walking sticks from a breezeway near Coeur d’Alene’s East Tubbs Hill Park. He was sitting in that breezeway minus his sticks when I handed him an envelope filled with $450 in cash Monday afternoon. Stickman was forced to give up his hobby because of a change in ownership of his apartment. However, the anonymous contributor who’d given me the money hadn’t forgotten Stickman’s labor of love. And he’d seen this Stickman comment on my Huckleberries Online blog about the old war planes visiting the Coeur d’Alene airport: “If I had the money, I would go in a second to maybe experience what those men did back in WWII.” You should have seen Stickman’s face when I handed him the envelope. We both were amazed moments later when a B-17 flew over our heads, as if to confirm the generous gesture to a generous man/DFO, Sunday SR Huckleberries. More here.

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Weekend Wild Card — 6.28-29-14

I hope that down pour Friday night wasn't a harbinger of things to come this weekend, with Ironman Coeur d'Alene scheduled to take place Sunday. The weather report is calling for 30 percent chance of rain Saturday and Sunday. I'm looking forward to hanging out and doing some reading. I haven't done that in awhile. After a day on the blog, it's hard to come home and read. I miss it. I hope you have a great weekend. I'll see you back at Huckleberries Central on Monday. Here's your weekend Wild Card ….

18YO Ex-Volunteer To Try Ironman

Tayler Petticolas emerges from the water after a training swim Wednesday at Independence Point in Coeur d’Alene. The longtime Ironman Coeur d’Alene volunteer will compete in Sunday’s triathlon for the first time. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Now it’s her turn. After spending half her childhood on the sidelines of Coeur d’Alene’s biggest race, Tayler Petticolas is stepping to the starting line. The college-bound teen makes her Ironman debut Sunday. Her training spanned the past year, but really she has been preparing for this day since she first volunteered for the race at age 7. “I always thought, ‘Wow, it 'would be so incredible to do this,’” she said. Petticolas – one of six Coeur d’Alene-area 18-year-olds registered for the grueling challenge – never has attempted a triathlon. She admits being anxious but also self-assured and excited about the big day, which starts with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Coeur d’Alene, moves to a 112-mile bike ride and concludes with a 26.2-mile run/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever — ever — considered trying Ironman Coeur d'Alene?

Parting Shot — 6.27.14

President Barack Obama is seen reflected in the sunglasses of a member of the audience while speaking at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, Minn., Thursday. Obama was on a two-day trip to the Twin Cities area to deliver speeches on the economy and attend a Democratic fundraiser. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Why Ask Why?

Izzit just me — or do women post more photos of their feet on social media than men do?

Too Many Inconsiderate People

Jamie Lynn Morgan (RE: Letter: Pickleballers have rights, too): You can post time limits all you want, unless someone wants to sit there and be a time keeper 24/7 inconsiderate people will be inconsiderate. Here is an idea….maybe we should just remember to teach common courtesy, respect and manners to our children so they have those qualities as adults.

Question: When did you last encounter an inconsiderate person in a public setting?

TGIF Wild Card — 6.27.14

Chris Guggemos/Handshake Productions was wise to hold off his annual free concerts at City Park/Sherman Square/Hayden City Park until June had passed this year. No one can predict the weather in June in the Coeur d'Alene area — other than it'll probably rain. My wife doesn't like the fact that she has to wait until July 6 (Kelly Hughes, City Park) to begin enjoying Chris's concerts for another summer. But that beat having them rained out. We only truly can count on two months of summer in the Inland Northwest. Alas. Now for today's Wild Card …

Guv Sends Kumbaya Letter To Donors

Gov. Butch Otter just sent this why-can't-we-just-get-along letter to campaign donors:

Let’s stop looking for reasons to disagree. Let’s stop looking past good Republicans in pursuit of perfect Republicans. Idaho Republicans have been incredibly successful at winning elections for the past 20 years. That is due in large measure to the great work of volunteers like you and the unanimity of opinion we have enjoyed on most major issues of the day. Now that unanimity is very publicly unwinding – not for the most part in regard to public policy, but rather over our own party processes. Our differences are relatively small and transitory. Our similarities are great and transcendent. As Senator Risch put it so well at our recent convention in Moscow, if you really want to understand the differences between Republicans and Democrats, go to Washington, D.C. But those differences hit closer to home the more we play into the hands of those with values and priorities so starkly at odds with ours in Idaho. More here.

Question: Doesn't seem like the governor is asking anyone to bend over. What do you think?

Cutline Contest — 6.27.14

Time 2 Vote …

A Russian supporter waits for the start of the group H World Cup soccer match between Algeria and Russia at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Thursday Winner — Psalm 37, with 7 likes: Just reported by the BBC: The World Health Organization has just pinpointed the start of the influenza epidemic in London. You can see Thursday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Description Of Success

Phaedrus: (RE: AJ explains why he's running as a Demo): If your description of success is making money off the ill informed, like fox news, rush Limbaugh and Glenn beck Ok. But of need is to educate and inform them it's a fail.

Question: What is your description of success?

PM Scanner Traffic — 6.27.14

  • 5:42 p.m. PFPD officers responding to a chihuahua running loose on 16th Avenue.
  • 5:39 p.m. PFPD gets report of 4 people with a bong in the back yard of 3rd Avenue apartment.
  • 5:03 p.m. Traffic is backed up on H41 to Prairie Avenue, as result of disabled vehicle @ H41/I-90 ramp.
  • 4:32 p.m. Father reports his son was threatened by long-haired bicyclist riding along H41/Post Falls.
  • 4:23 p.m. Indians Meadows resident reports his dirt bike was found on a Rathdrum trail, badly damaged.
  • 4:13 p.m. Accident @ H41/MP 21.5 (near Spirit Lake Road) is blocking highway.
  • 4:13 p.m. EMTs are en route to Ivy Court, 2200 Ironwood Place, where resident is suffering chest pain.
  • 4:07 p.m. Woman reports kids in parked vehicle bad-mouthed her as she left Post Falls Post Office.
  • 3:31 p.m. Male in a baseball cap is looking through windows of parked cars at Center Partners/CdA.
  • 3:15 p.m. Noninjury accident b/t vehicle & semi reported @ I-90/MP 31 (eastern edge of 4th of July).
  • 3:06 p.m. Officer stops possible car thief (2:59 item) @ H95/Bosanko; traffic backing up. (Man later arrested.)
  • 3:02 p.m. Driver of white Honda who turned onto Frederick from n/b Spokane/Post Falls may be DUI.
  • 3:01 p.m. 81YO female in mobile home park off Julia/CdA very dizzy.
  • 2:59 p.m. BOSS hit on possible stolen red 1994 GEO w/Idaho plates recorded @ s/b H95/Honeysuckle.
  • 2:42 p.m. Caller reports fireworks sounds coming from southwest corner of Grouse Meadows/Hayden.
  • 2:34 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 9700 block of Ezy Street/CdA.
  • 2:29 p.m. Fireman investigating Time-Warner cable line problem wonders if it's a recurrence of one Thursday.
  • 2:09 p.m. 4YO boy is suffering uncontolled bleeding after hitting head in fall in front of Coeur d'Alene Glass, 3rd Street.
  • 1:51 p.m. Driver of vehicle w/Kootenai plates possibly DUI @ e/b Prairie Avenue/H53, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

UIdaho Rep To Stage ‘Happy’

Playwright Robert Caisley, pictured, recalls participating in a playwrights’ workshop at London’s Royal Court Theater led by Harold Pinter, and one of the students asked whether Pinter’s new play, which had just premiered on the West End, was a comedy or a drama. “All my plays are comedies,” Pinter responded, “until they stop being comedies.” Caisley remembered that line when he sat down to write his play “Happy,” a dark comedy about a contented man who’s forced to confront the possibility that his personal happiness is either a façade or a coping mechanism. Tonight, Idaho Repertory Theatre at the University of Idaho, where Caisley serves as head of the dramatic writing program, will host a staged reading of the play, and it’s the first time it has been performed in any capacity in Idaho. “Happy” concerns a middle-age man named Alfred, who, by his own account, is extraordinarily happy/Nathan Weinbender, SR Spokane 7. More here.

Question: Do you consider yourself to be happy?

PM Headlines — 6.27.14

Ben Hoffman, the 2013 Ironman Coeur d'Alene champion, and Kelly Williamson, the women's 2012 runnerup in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, sign autographs and chitchat at the Ironman Village in City Park today. (KHQ photo: Gabe Cohen)


‘Hamburger’ En Espanol = Hudson’s

While talking with the Mexican Ironman family, I discovered that “hamburger” is a truly international word. I directed them to Hudson's — Taylor Viydo/KREM2 tweet.

HBO Blogosphere — 6.27.14

Here's another of the scenics from downtown Sandpoint area post by Marianne Love on her Slight Detour blog today. You can see more here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, June 27): 7662 page-views/4587 unique views

Sandpoint: A Walking Dog Town

On her Slight Detour blog today, Marianne Love has a fistful of viewtiful scenics from the downtown Sandpoint area, including this one. You can see the rest here.

McGruber SO: Idaho GOP Broken

My significant other just said yesterday the GOP is broken and cannot support the liberal agenda of the Ds so probably will not vote in November — McGruber.

Question: Do you think the Idaho GOP is broken?

Turnip: Idaho Roads Below Average

Having lived in several states and driven extensively in many others, I think Idaho roads are well below average, about on par with New Mexico — Turnipseed.

Question: Which state do you think has the worst roads?

Peterson: ‘Party Wouldn’t Bend Over’

Gov. Butch Otter engineered a “coup” to control the Idaho Republican Party apparatus in order to punish opponents of Otter's Your Health Idaho insurance exchange, GOP Chairman Barry Peterson said Friday. Peterson said his informing lawmakers of the party's formal opposition to the exchange is the root of their differences. “In so doing, we've incurred the wrath of the governor,” Peterson told 580 KIDO's Kevin Miller. “From my perspective, and it's mine alone, this onslaught is because the party would not bend over relative to the health care exchange”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo, of Peterson shaking hands with Otter after Idaho GOPrimary in May)

Question: “Party wouldn't bend over” for Gov. Butch Otter? Is former Idaho GOP chairman Peterson a bit too crude?

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Midtown Biz Offers Kombucha On Tap

Around the world, it's been given many glowing titles: Elixir of Life, The Divine Tsche, Champignon de longue vie (mushroom of long life) and Tea of Immortality. Kombucha — a cultured, fermented tea — has been around thousands of years, originating in the East and moving to Western countries in the past century, being extolled along the way for qualities including preventing disease and reversing aging. “There's been a lot of different claims as far as health benefits, but people have to make their call on what it does,” says Heather Threadgill, who has been drinking kombucha for 10 years. Threadgill says she drinks it three times a day on average, alongside a diet of mostly unprocessed foods and a triathlon lifestyle. Last Tuesday, she opened a taproom called Bare Culture Kombucha in the front of her brewery in Coeur d'Alene, complete with funky colors, laid-back, beach-y décor, bar and table seating and raw food bars/Jo Miller, Inlander. More here.

Question: Have you ever consumed Kombucha?

JohnA: Many Reasons For War

A reproduction of a London newspaper front page from 1914, which writes about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, is on display at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo. With the remembrance of the assassination in the Bosnia capital approaching, the old entrenched positions are resurfacing, making it clear old divisions continue to run deep. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

JohnA (RE: The Day the World Changed Forever): My grandpa Kelley served during WWI and had a lawyer's perspective on its cause and effect. He knew as history does now that not only did the 'Great War' begin 100 years ago today, but that it was the real precursor to WWII. Within 30 years, those wars claimed over 66 million people and the destruction of most of Europe and Asia. The issues about the 'shot heard around the world' in Sarajevo in 1914 were still not resolved there until 50 years later with the breakup of Yugoslavia. There are many reasons for war, of course: religion, politics, ethnic conflicts. All were in play then, a century ago today.

Question: What do you consider is the best reason to go to war?

AM Scanner Traffic — 6.27.14

  • 11:41 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 26-27 here.
  • 11:37 a.m. 13YO boy driving gold vehicle, crammed with 8 or 9 kids, on Syringa/CdA.
  • 11:19 a.m. Deputy dealing w/special-needs boy who is yelling @ passing vehicles, unknown location.
  • 10:49 a.m. Highly intoxicated male left Coeur d'Alene Casino in vehicle, now traveling on H58 toward Washington.
  • 10:12 a.m. Ambulance needed to transport patient from Post Falls to Kootenai Health.
  • 9:22 a.m. 86YO male who fell on Hellroaring Road/Athol on Thursday complaining of pain this morning.
  • 9:06 a.m. Deputy checking open door and runaway dog on 1900 block of E. Burma Road/Harrison.
  • 8:41 a.m. Driver of black SUV with Oregon plates reckless, flipping off other drivers @ I-90/H41, Post Falls.
  • 8:30 a.m. Post Falls Police Department swing shift report here.
  • 12:17 a.m. CPD release: Wanted subject Robert Davis was taken into custody without incident by Post Falls PD this evening (Thursday).  Mr. Davis was booked into the Kootenai County Public Safety building on his warrant charges. 

Wanted: Timothy Ray Allen

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF) is seeking information leading to the apprehension of Timothy Ray Allen. Allen is being sought based on a US Marshals and US Courts felony warrant charging Allen with violations of his supervised release. Allen has a history of Aggravated Battery with a Weapon and Eluding Law Enforcement. This is a no bond warrant with United States extradition. Allen is an Indian male, 22 years old, 5’7 tall, 153 lbs with brown eyes and black hair. Allen was last known to be living in Worley, ID. Anyone with information regarding this subject or other fugitives being sought for violent crimes should call the NIVCTF at 208-665-4455. The identity of callers will remain confidential and reward money may be available/

Letter: Pickleballers Have Rights, Too

I am responding to the letter submitted by Marilyn Cali about the pickleball incident. I was one of the two sitting at the courts that morning that said we were not using the second court. At that point there were six pickleball players, four playing and two waiting to rotate in. Approximately 20 minutes later, there were 16 pickleball players, four playing on one court since one was being used by the tennis players, and 12 waiting to rotate in. Yes, there were words from both pickleball players as well as tennis players. I eventually went over to calm things down, stating that we have 16 pickleball players and the tennis players were four. I said that not one sport dominates the courts, and that we must rotate each sport on both courts/Richard Corsini, Hayden, Coeur d'Alene Press letter to the editor. More here.

Question: Should the city impose rules on the new McEuen Park tennis/pickleball court that limits play when others are waiting (whether pickleballers or tennis players) to … say … a half hour at a time?

Pastoral View

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, photographer Linda Lantzy calls this shot from Steptoe Butte State Park on the Palouse, “Pastoral View.”

Poll: Super Bowl Top Sports Event

  • Thursday Poll: Hucks Nation prefers the Super Bowl to a list of 7 possible sporting events it'd like to see. The Super Bowl received 82 of 270 votes for a plurality of 30.37%. Here's how other events ranked: World Series, 53 of 270 (19.63%); Olympics (52 of 270, 19.26%); NCAA Tournament, (47, 17.41%); World Cup (17, 6.3%); Stanley Cup, 13, 4.81%); and NBA finals (6, 2.22%).
  • Today's Poll: Which type of alcohol do you prefer — beer, hard liquor, wine, none?

Idaho 2nd In Wine Consumption

June is Idaho wine month, but there’s no need to tell Idahoans that. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism report on alcohol consumption, Idaho is second in the nation for the amount of wine consumed per capita. And local wineries are benefiting from those wet whistles, especially during June. Gregg Alger, of Huston Vineyards, saw a 35 percent growth in sales in June over last year, adding Idaho Wine month has taken off. “People are finding our wines and saying, ‘this is good, this is good stuff,’” Alger said. Idahoans, those 14 years old and older, drink 8,653,000 gallons combined each year. Only residents in the District of Columbia drink more wine than Idahoans per capita/Justin Dalme, Idaho Press-Tribune. More here. (AP/Statesman file photo: Ron Bitner, a southwest Idaho grape and wine producer, enjoys a glass of Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon at his vineyard near Marsing)

Question: Which alcoholic beverage do you prefer — wine, beer, liquor (or none at all)?

Unique Vantage Point

Scoreboard operators watch the large video screen during the seventh inning stretch in the baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Thursday in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Question: In which stadium did you last see a Major League Baseball game?

Poll: Idahoans Say State Roads OK

Most Idahoans consider Idaho roads and bridges to be adequater, according to a survey conducted by the University of Idaho's Social Science Research Unit. William Spence of the Lewiston Tribune reports: “The first sample result indicated 98 percent of respondents felt roads and bridges were important to Idaho's economy, with 71 percent describing them as very important. The second showed two-thirds of respondents described Idaho's infrastructure as adequate to meet the state's existing transportation needs. However, only 27 percent felt it would still be adequate in 10 years. Finally, 65 percent of respondents said the state's major highways were in good to excellent condition, but fewer than a third felt their county roads met that description.” More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho's roads and bridges are adequate?

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Teachers Resist Arming Themselves

Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option to arm teachers, arguing that it doesn't make kids any safer and creates more problems than state lawmakers intended to solve. A string of attacks at schools and colleges in California, Oregon and Washington state hasn't swayed education officials who say bluntly that they don't believe guns belong in schools. “We could give (teachers) all the training in the world as to how to a shoot a gun, but knowing when to shoot poses a major problem,” said Steve Smith, superintendent of the Bibb County School District. “The folks we work with day in and day out don't have that”/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho legislators will bring back this goofy idea again?

And Now A Word From Cindy

Thrilled beyond words to announce that “War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation” has been accepted for publication by Casemate Publishers with an anticipated book launch date of February 14, 2015! — Cindy Hval.

DFO: Feel free to join me in giving big-time props to Cindy.

AM Headlines — 6.27.14

People passing by Martin Stadium on Monday may have noticed an exuberant man defiantly holding his bike over his head. That man was Ford Baker, a 50-year old who is beginning the quest of a lifetime while seeing some of his favorite sites. During the course of the next few weeks, the Texas accountant will bike down the coast from Vancouver to Tijuana - a distance spanning more than 2,000 miles - and touring the Pac-12 schools in the process. In early 2012, Baker weighed in at 340-pounds and was hobbled by several medications. Moscow-Pullman Daily News story here. (Daily News photo)

Uncle Bob: Unaffiliateds Organized

Uncle Bob (RE: Unaffiliated & Lovin' It): Actually, DFO, unaffiliated voters are FAR more organized than the Idaho GOP. GOPpers are affiliated with something that may or may not be an actual party, may or may not have a Chairman, has a platform that expired nearly a century ago, and most of all they apparently all hate each other every bit as much as they hate Obama. Unaffiliateds uniformly agree that the GOP resembles a herd of squirrels on crack.

Question: Do you think that the warring factions of the Idaho GOP hate one another as much as they hate Obama?

Film Targets Priest River Reinvention

Producer Scott Gardenhour (Pain and Gain, Pearl Harbor, Coyote Ugly) will screen his short film about Priest River, Idaho to the people of Priest River Monday evening, June 30th at 7:00pm in the Beardmore Building on Main Street, Priest River, Idaho. It's something Scott Gardenhour felt as a boy growing up in a small town, Smithsburg, Maryland: the energy, the decency, the integrity of small town America.  He would have stayed in Smithsburg if there had been an opportunity to make a living and raise a family. But there wasn't. So Scott followed his sister to Hollywood. Slept on couches. Paid his dues and is now part of one of Hollywood's most prolific production companies. Now, as he sees it, it's time to give back. And that's exactly what he's doing in small-town Priest River, Idaho/Wall Street Journal. More here.

Question: Have you ever lived in a town as small as Priest River?

The Day The World Changed Forever

We are not always able to precisely identify the exact moment when some overarching event changed the world. History is rarely so tidy. December 7, 1941 was, at least for Americans of a certain age, a defining date when a world war came to U.S. soil. September 11th has defined a new world in which western modernity seems destined to confront perpetual conflict with radical Islam.  Still, there can be little debate that the most certain defining date in the history of the modern world occurred precisely 100 years ago – June 28, 1914 – on a street in Savajevo. Gavrilo Princip, a young Serbian – that’s him in the photo – fired five shots at the archduke of Austria-Hungary and his pregnant consort, while they traveled in an automobile on the streets of Sarajevo. Princip, armed with a Browning semiautomatic pistol, may or may not have intended to, but by murdering Franz Ferdinand and Sophie he lit the sparks that ignited The Great War. The world has never been the same/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here.

Question: Do you know much about World War I history?

Armed EPA Agents Raid Rooter Guys

Armed personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency raided The Rooter Guys on Tracey Road Thursday morning. “I found out that we executed a search warrant at that location,” said EPA spokesman Mark MacIntyre, confirming the EPA's Criminal Enforcement Unit was armed. “If you need anything else, you will have to call the U.S. Attorney's office in Boise.” Becky Early, with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boise, confirmed that the search warrant was served, but added nobody has been charged with a crime yet. The agents are investigating a possible illegal discharge, according Dan Redline, regional administrator of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Armed EPA agents?

Jeers To ‘Solomonic’ Ex-GOP Chair

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune offers Jeers to — former GOP chairman Barry Peterson: “The GOP chairman may want to attend remedial Sunday school. Peterson has called for an Aug. 9 GOP Central Committee meeting to resolve his status as party leader. In so doing, he likened himself to King Solomon. “It seems to me that much can be drawn from the story of the two mothers who brought their claims before King Solomon,” Peterson said. In the story, the two women competed for one living child. Solomon offered to split the child in two. The woman who found that abhorrent was indeed the child's mother. Which part is Peterson playing? Wise, impartial King Solomon? Or the spiteful woman who would have been satisfied to take half of a dead child?” Full Cheers & Jeers column here.

DFO: 1st item of Cheers & Jeers column applauds former Bonner County commissioner Cornel Rasor for acting as one of the few grownups involved in the Idaho GOP convention.

Question: Do you have a Cheer or a Jeer for anyone today?

Ironman Village Opens At City Park

Bill McCarrick outfits a bike with rental wheels from Race Day Wheels at Ironman Village on Thursday afternoon. Race Day Wheels rents each set for between $150 and $200 for Ironman events. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Tess Freeman)

It takes a village. For the large delegation of Ironman athletes and their families awaiting Sunday's race in Coeur d'Alene, that village has to be filled with the latest in apparel, equipment and plenty of free schwag. The Ironman Village officially opened Thursday at Coeur d'Alene City Park, and for Tom Aylward, a two-year volunteer and competitor, the opening signifies the start of the competition. “The feeling you get when you come through here is like 'it's really happening,'” Aylward said. “This is their village, this is their chance to make friends from around the world.” Most importantly, according to Aylward, the village gives the athletes a chance to shake away some of the pre-race jitters/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Does Ironman Village at City Park interest you?

Ironwoman Holding Cancer At Bay

Roughly 2,300 will line up Sunday for Ironman Coeur d’Alene but it’s a safe bet only one, Wendy Chioji, pictured, was receiving radiation treatments for Thymic carcinoma seven months ago. It’s also a safe bet that Chioji will be the only one leaving in a few weeks to climb Mount Fuji with her 74-year-old father and guiding a cross country cycling fundraiser later this summer. Did we mention Chioji scaled Mount Kilimanjaro 10 weeks after her last radiation treatment? “All kinds of opportunities come up,” Chioji said, “and you just have to take advantage of them.” Chioji is all about embracing opportunities, living in the moment, meeting people, raising cancer awareness and doing her best whenever she suits up for an Ironman, marathon or climb/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.

Question: Do stories like this encourage you to rise above your circumstances?

UI Program Bytes Gender Gap

A wall and at least one generation separated two groups of students learning computer programming skills in Coeur d’Alene this week. In one classroom, 26 middle school girls took some of their first steps into computer coding. Next door, 20 high school teachers from across the Inland Northwest sat for similar lessons in hopes of integrating computer science into their math courses. The dual approach for girls ages 11 to 14 and for teachers is called Dig’nIT, short for Digital Innovation Generating New Information Technology, and is presented by the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene. Computer science skills are in high demand, but women still lag far behind men in pursuing those careers, said Julie Amador, director of the UI’s Idaho Regional Mathematics Center at Coeur d’Alene’s Harbor Center. Only about 15 percent of UI computer science students are females, Amador said/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka: Rylie Rasmussen, 13, center, of Hayden, participates Thursday in University of Idaho’s software coding camp for middle school girls at the Coeur d’Alene campus)

Question: How are your computer skills?


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Wild Card/Thursday — 6.26.14

Seems the USA, with quite a bit of help from its Portuguese buds, are on their way to the KnockOut round of 16 for the second time in a row, the first time that has ever happened. I'll continue to brush up on my soccer in anticipation for the USA's next match, with Belgium. Son-in-law Okie Doke sez Belgium is as tough as Germany. So it might be 4 & done. But USA soccer fans can always dream, can't they? Here's your Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 6.26.14

SR photog bud Colin Mulvany posts on his Facebook page: “As I was driving back to the newspaper after an assignment today, a cloudburst caught pedestrians in downtown Spokane by surprise. I pulled over and jumped out of my car to get my camera from my trunk. I was soaked by the time I crawled back into my front seat. In my rearview mirror, I spotted this woman as she waited for the light to change. I jumped out and hit the motor drive, shooting a sequence of about thirty images as she raced across the street. People sometimes ask me why I shoot so many picture at a time.  I tell them it about capturing a fleeting moment. This photo’s strength is in the woman’ body language. Her stride, with her legs apart and arm swinging back stood out in my edit. Nikon D4, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.”

Peterson Hires Fulcher Aide

The lights will stay on a the Idaho Republican Party, as Chairman Barry Peterson hired Judy Gowen as executive director Thursday. Gowen, 25, was political director for Sen. Russ Fulcher's primary challenge to GOP Gov. Butch Otter. She took the job after consulting with Fulcher, who got 44 percent of the vote to Otter's 51 percent. Otter allies are pressing to force Peterson out as chairman, with a State Central Committee meeting set for Aug. 2. “I'm making sure the lights aren't turned off until then so we can elect Republicans in November,” Gowen told the Statesman Thursday afternoon. “Someone needed to fill the hole”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Facebook photo of Judy Gowen)

Question: Doesn't Peterson have to be chairman in order to hire an executive director?

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Duane: Kilt Makes Scots Special

Our discussion of interim parks director Bill Greenwood's kilt this afternoon has veered off into an unpredictable direction (which is the only thing predictable about Huckleberries Online). Duane Rasmussen (who I thought was Scandinavian) is claiming some Scottish in his lineage and taken umbrage with a comment I made about Bill's kilt. In a bit of a tiff, Duane asked: “By the way what do Portuguese men wear to make themselves look special?” I was going to say, “Our pleasant olive complexion.” But Dennis intervened with: “Mustaches!!!! They start going them when they're 6 months old!!!” Actually, that's not far off. I started my mustache when I was 18 — and have kept it ever sense. My wife hasn't seen me without it. My son has said he doesn't want to live in a world without my mustache. All of which raises the question someone posed by Duane:

Question: What do the men of your nationality wear to make them look special?

Cutline Contest — 6.26.14

Time 2 Vote …

Miley Cyrus spits water onto her fans during Capital FM's recent Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium in London. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/PA, Jonathan Brady)

Wednesday Winner: Phaedrus, with 5 likes: Rudy Giuliani kisses goodbye any hope he has of reviving his Republican political career. You can see Wednesday's photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

CPD Seeks Transient In Strangling

Coeur d’Alene Police detectives are actively searching for Robert Gerald Davis, 44, a transient known to frequent the Coeur d’Alene and Eastern Washington area, for an attempted murder charge. Davis is 6 ft, 200 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is missing two teeth, has a scar on his upper lip, a scar above right eye, and tattoos on his chest and left wrist. Detectives secured a warrant for attempted murder and burglary after a 54 year-old female reported he strangled her. The victim said on June 21st at approximately 7:00pm Davis entered her travel trailer and attacked her. Her trailer was parked at the time in the 100 block of S. 23rd St. The victim said she fought back but Davis overpowered her and she went unconscious from the strangulation. More below.

PM Headlines — 6.26.14

Wood duck males are among the most colorful of North American waterfowl. Recently birders counted 82 species at the Little Pend Oreille Refuge, near Colville, Wash. Outdoors blog story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

PM Scanner Traffic — 6.26.14

  • 5:19 p.m. A male driver has driven through a fence @ 790 Maplewood Place/Hayden.
  • 5:01 p.m. Caller reports smoke in vicinity of Riverbend/Marion Court, Post Falls.
  • 4:59 p.m. Female driver complaining of neck pain after stopping @ Smoke Shope, 3217 W. Seltice Way/Post Falls, after crash; she's unsure if her two children in vehicle are hurt or not.
  • 4:34 p.m. PFPD officer looking for juvenile female who broke probation sez: “She needs to go to jail.”
  • 4:25 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 25-26 here.
  • 4:14 p.m. 2 small fires, of 50-by-50-feet w/in 25 feet of each other, are burning @ I-90/McGuire overpass, Post Falls.
  • 3:44 p.m. Parent left child unattended in mini van @ Post Falls store on Seltice Way before leaving n/b on Idaho.
  • 2:52 p.m. Post Falls woman reports boyfriend took overdose of Tylenol PM 12 minutes ago.
  • 2:50 p.m. Driver reports transient-looking male tried to stop her @ Sundance/Lookout Drive, CdA.
  • 2:33 p.m. 9YO Post Falls boys is threatening suicide.
  • 2:18 p.m. Rathdrum PD assisting on probation check on Lewis Street.
  • 2:15 p.m. 2 aggressive females & a male going door-to-door selling stuff on Indiana Avenue/CdA.
  • 2:12 p.m. PFPD officer assisting on juvenile probation check on Alfalfa Loop/Post Falls.
  • 1:32 p.m. Caller complains re: ATV rider who zips along roads @ Cool Winds/Cape Horn, Bayview.
  • 1:24 a.m. Non-injury accident reported @ Park/Empire, Fortgrounds/CdA.
  • 1:21 p.m. ISP officer stopping to help disabled white Pontiac w/Canadian plates @ w/b I-90/MP 21 (Vets Bridge).
  • 1:04 p.m. Someone may have suffered stroke on Harris Hawk Lane/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Unaffiliated & Lovin’ It

I'm standing a little taller this afternoon. I “un-affiliated” this morning and now hope to receive far fewer Republican mailers in October/November — FlorineD.

Question: If majority Unaffiliateds organized under a banner, they'd run the dueling Corporate Welfare & Tea Party wings of the Idaho Republican Party out of Idaho. Alas, being Unaffiliated means you're incapable of organizing. Thoughts?

On The Waterfront — 6.26.14

Bill Greenwood, the interim parks director for the city of Coeur d'Alene, 2014-15 leads Leadership Coeur d'Alene classmates on a tour of the new McEuen Park early this afternoon. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

So I'm doing a lap around McEuen Park as part of my new route for my afternoon walk when I recognize a man walking toward me — in a kilt. It was interim parks director Bill Greenwood. We were on the trail between the Dog Park and the tennis courts. Rather than small talk, I asked: “Why the kilt.” He explained that it had something to do with a bet involving a member of the current Leadership Coeur d'Alene class. Bill says he wore the kilt on a challenge from a Leadership Coeur d'Alene member. It’s not the first time Bill wore a kilt as part of the chamber’s Leadership Coeur d’Alene program. During a mock public hearing awhile back, Bill wore a kilt for his role in the hearing, which involved a strip club and whether it was in violation of city zoning ordinances. A mock City Council allowed the strip club. Obviously, Bill was upholding his part of the double dog dare today. But, checking Bill's Facebook page, I notice a family photo of the Greenwood men in kilts. Gotta admire a guy who's comfortable in his own kilt.

Question: Would you wear a kilt on a dare?

HBO Blogosphere — 6.26.14

At Bay Views, Herb is reporting that the Bayview Mercantile is about to reopen its doors after a 10-month hiatus. Reports Herb: “This coming weekend should find the store open. If not, certainly Monday will find them in fine shape. It will be a soft opening, as all of the stock is being imputed to the computer system that controls  inventory.” More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, June 25): 7920 page-views/4667 unique views

Unhappy Varmint

On Sunday morning, found this unhappy porcupine along Dike Road, between North Idaho College and City Park.

Question: I've never seen a porcupine in Coeur d'Alene. Have you?

‘Nickelback’ Controversy Spreads

Dylan Swinford turns 23 today, and it's safe to say Nickelback won't be on any birthday party playlists. Swinford and 22-year-old Riker Morrow, both of Coeur d'Alene, were detained last Friday by Kootenai County sheriff's deputies over a potential misunderstanding between the words “nickel sack” and “Nickelback.” A YouTube video of the incident, recorded by Morrow, has had more than 26,000 views. (See the video on Was that 'nickel sack' or Nickelback,' boys?) In text messages with The Press on Wednesday, Swinford said the two aren't quite ready to talk to anyone about the incident yet. But one woman who called herself an “extra mom” to the duo was quick to rush to their defense/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Promotional photo of Nickelback band)

Question: Had you ever heard of Nickelback before this controversy?

Quotable Quote

Just because the GOP has trouble tolerating moderates doesn't mean that they don't fit in the Idaho Democratic Party big tent. The entire world is not made of extremes — Rep. John Rusche.

CdA Cruises Offer View, Brew, Wine

Sip regional wines and beers with a view of the lake. (Photo: Carrie Scozzaro/Inlander)

You could call it a booze cruise for grownups who long ago traded quantity for quality. At nearly $50 per adult — food included, adult beverages extra — sunset dinner cruises aboard the Coeur d'Alene Resort's well-appointed fleet showcase both the beauty of Lake Coeur d'Alene and the region's growing collection of wine and beer makers. On May's inaugural cruise, Coeur d'Alene Cellars owner Kimber Gates and winemaker Dirk Brink were on hand to discuss their award-winning wines, including the appropriately named Opulence Syrah. Featuring an array of reds and whites — the Grenache is a lovely summer sipper — Coeur d'Alene Cellars returns this week. Future purveyors include Selkirk Abbey (June 19) and Wallace Brewing (June 26)/Carrie Scozzaro, Inlander. More here.

Question: Do you consider yourself to be knowledgeable re: beers and wines?

Keeping An Ex Hubby’s Surname

“Some men would prefer that the ex-wives not keep their name” — Branden Durst (RE: To change her name or not).

Question: Branden brings up something I've wondered about for awhile. Why do some women keep their ex-husband's surname?

Tarantula Now Staying At Duncan’s

Sgt. Christie Wood of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department tells Huckleberries that Duncan's Pet Store, Govt Way & Harrison/CdA, has adopted the giant tarantula found wandering on Courcelles Parkway/Coeur d'Alene Place Wednesday. Quoth Christie: “Nobody wanted to keep the pet around any longer. They picked him up yesterday after a full day of shenanigans at the PD.”

Question: What would be a good name for a large spider?

$1M Bond Set For Shootout Suspect

UPDATE: An Arizona man wounded in a gun battle early Sunday with police in Kootenai County has been charged with one felony count of eluding a police officer. His bail is set at $1 million. No charges have yet been filed related to the shootout early Sunday morning at a freeway overpass in Post Falls. Marcus Anthony Rael, 24, of Glendale, Arizona, remains hospitalized at Kootenai Health. Investigators have not shared details on his injuries. He was listed in stable condition earlier this week. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 3 before Kootenai County District Court Judge Scott Wayman. Rael is represented by attorney Sean Walsh of Anderson Palmer George & Walsh PLLC in Coeur d’Alene/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Photo: KHQ)

Camp Fire Zeal Attracts Scholarships

Riley Ball’s lifelong involvement with Camp Fire recently helped her earn a $2,500 college scholarship. “I was basically born into Camp Fire,” she said. “My mom was a Camp Fire kid.” In fact, her mother, Tracy Taitch, turned her love of the organization into a career. When Riley was born, Taitch was serving as a district director. In addition, she served as Camp Dart-Lo director for 15 years before retiring in 2007. Ball’s earliest memories involve Dart-Lo. Located on 51 acres along the Little Spokane River, the day camp offered endless opportunities for fun and exploration. “I was there every weekday during the summer since I was months old,” she said. “It’s my home”/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

Question: Were you ever a Camp Fire kid? A Scout? What did you learn from your experience?

Uruguay Player Banned For Bite

Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after running into Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Tuesday. Suarez has been suspended for months from international soccer play for intentionally biting Chiellini. Story here. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Question: Have you ever been intentionally bitten by someone?

AJ Explains Why Running As Demo

A.J. Balukoff gave this explanation when asked why he's running for governor as a Democrat in Republican-dominated Idaho:

First and foremost, I am running as an Idahoan. I am a Democrat because the values of the Democratic Party most closely align with my own. I've always sought the best solutions in business, and supported people I considered the best candidates, regardless of their party. As governor, when faced with difficult challenges, I will pursue meaningful solutions by bringing together community members, local leaders, and key stakeholders in any issue, regardless of party labels.


AM Scanner Traffic — 6.26.14

  • 11:50 a.m. Garage alarm sounding @ Avondale/St. James, Hayden Lake.
  • 11:36 a.m. Female in late 80s is suffering undisclosed illness @ Emeritus, 205 Anton/CdA.
  • 11:34 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 8100 block of E. Sunnyside/CdA.
  • 11:19 a.m. Driver of vehicle w/local dealer plates reportedly speeding @ Honeysuckle/Govt Way, Hayden.
  • 10:59 a.m. Driver of white station wagon swerving in & out of traffic, without using blinker @ e/b I-90/Spokane Street.
  • 10:56 a.m. Silver Dodge Neon without license or temporary plates speeding @ s/b H95/Lancaster, Hayden.
  • 10:46 a.m. 57YO female staffer @ local loan business is having trouble breathing.
  • 10:31 a.m. Caller wants police check on 80YO Hayden woman he hasn't heard from in days.
  • 10:24 a.m. Someone suffering a seizure at Peak Health & Wellness Center, 927 Polston/Post Falls.
  • 10:20 a.m. Female on West Orchard reports male who prowled her place last night may be back, behind yard.
  • 10:04 a.m. 90YO female @ Garden Plaza Court/Post Falls is suffering general illness.
  • 10:03 a.m. Firefighter reports citizen has extinguished fire in a recycling bin.
  • 9:04 a.m. Dog jumped fence and is loose @ H95/NW Blvd, CdA.
  • 8:56 a.m. 80YO female hurt in fall @ 2700 block of N6th Street/CdA.
  • 8 a.m. PFPD Facebook: PFPD officer responded to noise complaint last night and contacted male who turned out to be reported missing person from Nevada. The man said he was doing well and the responsible agency was notified.

USA Loses 1-0, But Advances

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger, left, is challenged by United States' Alejandro Bedoya, right, during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday. USA lost 1-0 to the Germans but advanced to the Knockout Round of 16 as a result of Portugal's 2-1 victory over Ghana. Story here. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Poll: Most Won’t Watch IronmanCDA

  • Wednesday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation won't be watching Ironman Coeur d'Alene Sunday. 89 of 124 respondents (71.77%) said they won't watch any part of Ironman Coeur d'Alene. 32 of 124 respondents (25.81%) said they planned to watch part of the race. 3 (2.42%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Which major sporting event would you prefer to watch (choices range from World Cup and World Series to Super Bowl and NCAA Tournament)?

Quotable Quote

If more “Americans” are watching soccer today, it's only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy's 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time — columnist Ann Coulter. Column here.

Question: Was your great-grandfather born here — and do you enjoy soccer?

Mike: Ideologues Cost Us Facility

MikeK (RE: Coeur d'Alene loses out on mental health facility): From a financial standpoint, not to mention a moral standpoint, this is a great disappointment. In my city capacity we worked with multiple entities, public and private, to secure this facility or one like it for a long time to save real money and to help people. Progress had been made and good people from across the spectrum had agreed on the scope of the problems and some smart and effective solutions. Then ideologues show up to shoot the innocent and work against their constituents and their constituents interests. Immensely frustrating.

Question: If it's not about one of their pet issues (nullification, public lands, Common Core), our Tea-publican legislators tend to simply vote no. It beats researching or even thinking about the matter. Thoughts?

Eman: I Enjoy Good Back Stories

Eman (RE: Traveling with Bowser): I'm always interested in the back story. If approached and the time is right I always take time to hear their story. Being a Grateful Dead fan for most of my life there is a song called “Wharf Rat” that I heard early on that changed my perspective. The line goes: “Old man down way down, down by the docks of the city/blind and dirty asked me for a dime/a dime for a cup of coffee/I got no dime/but I got some time to hear your story.” Actually, quite an interesting song.

Question: Do you spend much time listening to the life stories of older people?

Too Much TV Watching Hazardous

Adults watching TV for three or more hours a day might double their risk of early death, according to a study in Spain that was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. “Television viewing is a major sedentary behavior and there is an increasing trend toward all types of sedentary behaviors,” Dr. Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, the study's lead author and the chair of the Department of Public Health at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, said in a release. “Our findings are consistent with a range of previous studies where time spent watching television was linked to mortality.” Over eight years, researchers studied 13,284 young, healthy Spanish people whose average age was 37. They sought to find a connection between death risk and three sedentary behaviors: watching TV, being on the computer and driving/New York Daily News. More here.

Question: How much TV do you watch on an average day?

AM Headlines — 6.26.14

Ironman site worker David Ziebart of Florida sets up the bike start and finish area at Coeur d'Alene City Park on Wednesday. Ironman Coeur d'Alene will take place Sunday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Idaho Town Is USA’s Youngest

New federal population figures out Thursday show the nation’s youngest county is in the midst of eastern Idaho's potato country. Madison County, Idaho. To give you a comparison, the median age of the United States is almost 38. The median age of Madison County is 23-years-old. That’s the lowest in the country. And there’s one big reason. Madison County is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho. College students like Matt Urick, a recent BYU-Idaho graduate, are considered part of a county’s population if they live there most of the time/Jessica Robinson, Boise State Public Radio. More here.

Question: Have you ever lived in a town with a four-year college? Did you enjoy the experience?

Court Voids Abortion Clinic Buffer

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The justices were unanimous in ruling that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. Chief Justice John Roberts said authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with problems outside the clinics. While the court was unanimous in the outcome, Roberts joined with the four liberal justices to strike down the buffer zone on narrow grounds. In a separate opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia criticized Roberts’ opinion for carrying forward “this court’s practice of giving abortion-rights advocates a pass when it comes to suppressing the free-speech rights of their opponents.”

Question: Do you agree/disagree with this decision?

Trib: Mr. Labrador’s ‘Funnest’ Day

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank says California's Kevin McCarthy “clobbered” Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador in the race for House majority leader. No count emerged, but the race was deemed so lopsided that the Washington media gravitated toward a real contest - who was going to replace McCarthy as whip. They could see Labrador losing people who disagreed with his Tea Party proclivities. “If the job of the majority leader were to get everybody to vote no - well, then the other guy would've won the race,” Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., told Milbank. Then he forfeited some of his allies on the right wing. Some, like Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, called him squishy on immigration because the Idaho Republican had at least contemplated a reform bill/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.


Caribou Protections Being Revised

Caribou worldwide share similar features – branching antlers, stocky bodies covered with hollow hair that insulates against the cold, and snowshoe-like hooves. Herds across North America and northern Europe all belong to a single species, Rangifer tarandus. But caribou in the Selkirk Mountains of North Idaho, northeast Washington and interior British Columbia have a trait that sets them apart from other caribou. When the winter snow sets in, they head to inhospitable ridge tops, where they spend the winter eating lichens that grow on 250-year-old Engelmann spruce trees. Other caribou stay in the valleys. Because of that unusual behavior, the South Selkirk herd deserves protection as a distinct population under the Endangered Species Act, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Wednesday at a Sandpoint open house/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree that the Selkirk Mountain caribou herd needs protection?

Lone Idaho GOP Staffer Quits

The lone remaining paid staffer at the Idaho Republican Party is gone, apparently leaving the party office unmanned Thursday as the party continues to battle over whether Barry Peterson is party chairman. Mary Tipps Smith, a former attache at the Idaho Legislature, began her job as Idaho GOP finance chief about a month ago. Smith posted the news that she had quit on Facebook late Wednesday, writing:

“I hope all my wonderful Republican friends will forgive my departure from the staff of the Idaho Republican Party. You all know I love you, support you, and will volunteer for you if you say the word. Please pray for the Party during a difficult time with no staff members, and for the right people to come alongside and be successful in their endeavors. I wish everyone all the very best.” More from Dan Popkey/Idaho Statesman here.

Question: Does this mean that not even the inmates are running the institution?

USA Takes On Germany This AM

A fan, with her face painted with the U.S. national soccer team's colors, watches a live telecast of the group G World Cup match between United States and Portugal, inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday. The United States is playing Germany this morning with a chance to move on to the next round. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Question: Do you expect to get much work done this morning, with the USA-Germany game going on?

Clark: World Cup Needs More Biting

If you’re like me, you’d rather watch water evaporate than World Cup soccer. Which means that all I know about what’s going on in the world of the cup is that some player from Uruguay bit an Italian dude during a match the other day. But was that really so bad? It certainly was to the sports commentators and soccer purists. I caught some of them on the tube yesterday. They were all gnashing their teeth over this bite now seen ’round the world. In my view, however, occasional chomping could be a real boost for non-soccer fans like me. As in guys who are put off by all the endless running around, the low scoring and matches that end in disappointing ties. Why not biting?/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Do you agree with columnist Clark that the biting incident in the Uraguay-Italy match made the World Cup more interesting?

CdA Loses Out On Mental Health Facility

Gov. Butch Otter is expected to announce this morning that Idaho Falls will be the first city in the state to receive a new Behavioral Health Community Crisis Center. Some North Idaho lawmakers believe that Coeur d'Alene was the frontrunner in a three-way competition for the facility, but lost because the Kootenai County legislative delegation was split in its support for the facility. Earlier this year, the Legislature approved the construction of three Behavior Health Community Crisis Centers in Idaho, but will only fund one center per year. The Legislature appropriated $2.1 million to fund the center and asked three communities to compete for the first center. Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, said he supported the project because he knows the drag that mental health issues have on communities. As a former prosecutor, a sitting legislator and from his role with Heritage Health, Malek knows firsthand what a facility like that would have meant to the community/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Opposition from Tea-publican legislators Nonini, Mendive, Barbieri and Sims may have cost Coeur d'Alene an opportunity to get this center. Thoughts?

Cell Phone Protection

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Hump Day Wild Card — 6.25.14

I wondered last night if Stickman was aboard the WW2 war plane that was flying over my place after work Wednesday. And apparently he was. You can read Stick's comments in the first post of the day today. I wished the community could find a way to set him up with another place to whittle his Tubbs Hill sticks for one & all, now that he's lost access to the breezeway adjacent to his place to do so. 'Twas sad to see Stick sitting in his driveway in front of an empty garage the other day. I've never seen the garage without its assortment of sticks, stones and other items that Stick has given away to delighted youngsters and oldsters over the years. Just a thought. Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 6.25.14

This black-and-white photo of two friends enjoying a break together on the stairs at Independence Point was taken Tuesday by

‘Boring’ Sports & Their Excited Fans

I used to make fun of soccer, as a game with a whole lot of running around for a 0-0 outcome. But I'm beginning to understand what the excitement is all about, as a result of the USA-Portugal 2-2 tie. Being a full-blooded Portuguese and American helps. I'm still bored by NASCAR, golf and bowling. But I've tried not to express my lack of interest by dissing followers of those sports. To each his own. I love baseball. I grew up playing Little League through early college baseball and then softball until I was 50. I realize, however, that many consider baseball/softball to be dullsville. OTOH, I'm bothered by fans of these various sports who don't tolerate those who aren't interested in them. They take the elitist attitude that only the unwashed fail to understand their favorite sport. Mebbe it's simply time to enjoy the differences we have that is expressed in various sports interests.

Question: What sport do you consider to be the most boring of all?

Artwork Recalls Wallace Brothel Era

Nick Fluge has painted the faces of Wallace brothels. Fluge, a philanthropist and owner of the Idaho Press Gallery at 622 Bank St. in Wallace, has created a series of seven paintings based on the women from seven Wallace brothels he remembers delivering papers to during his childhood. Fluge said he was inspired to paint the pictures after a conversation with Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander. Fluge said they talked for close to three hours, brainstorming ideas of how Fluge could paint with the theme of brothels, but didn’t want to do anything that had been done before. At one point, Alexander mentioned that when a woman came to the Silver Valley to work at a brothel, the police would take her mug shot. This was the starting point for each painting/Erik Fink, Shoshone News Press. More here. (Shoshone News Press photo by Erik Fink: Nick Fluge standing in front of his paintings at the Idaho Press Gallery in Wallace)

Questions: Do you know why the houses of prostitution closed in Wallace?

PM Scanner Traffic — 6.25.14

Here's the tarantula captured by Coeur d'Alene animal control this morning after a pedestrian reported that a giant spider was crossing a path in the 6000 block of Courcelles Parkway, Coeur d'Alene Place. Sgt. Christie Wood, the Coeur d'Alene Police Department public information officer, tells Huckleberries that she thought the tarantula was a toy until it move. Second photo in comments section. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene PD)

  • 5:31 p.m. Possible illegal burn @ Bunco Road/Lewellen Creek, Athol.
  • 5:27 p.m. Officer on scene asks for medical evaluation of 12YO & 14YO in crash @ Huetter/Prairie.
  • 5:24 p.m. 13YO boy says he wants to kill himself b/c he's tired of getting yelled at for doing things wrong.
  • 5:17 p.m. Resident @ 2700 block of Howard/CdA reports possible harassment.
  • 5:14 p.m. Citizen dispute reported @ Abbey Road/Nez Perce, CdA.
  • 5:12 p.m. Dirt biker is speeding on Edwards/Wendler Loop, Twin Lakes, ongoing problem.
  • 5:03 p.m. 2 occupants complaining of injuries in 3-vehicle crash @ 15th/Idaho, Post Falls.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 24-25 here.
  • 4:03 p.m. Daughter is yelling at her 90-something mother @ undisclosed county location.
  • 3:49 p.m. Harrison family members fear county inmate will harm them if he bails out of jail.
  • 3:44 p.m. Non-injury crash reported @ Prairie Avenue/Greensferry, Post Falls.
  • 3:28 p.m. Driver who is possibly DUI turned into trailer park near Frontier Grocery, 2707 W. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 3:10 p.m. Male in field along Summer Rose/Post Falls is yelling at residents, motorists nearby.
  • 2:46 p.m. Garage alarm sounding from home on Sundara Court/Harrison.
  • 2:34 p.m. Shoplifter has left Post Falls WalMart East & now is being aisles 4 & 5 in parking lot.
  • 2:29 p.m. Giant tarantula found in Coeur d'Alene Place now in possession of 2nd CPD officer.
  • 1:53 p.m. Deputy on scene (1:31 item) calls for Life Flight.
  • 1:52 p.m. Deputy on scene reports 32YO female is 30 feet down embankment (1:31 item) & may have broken femur.
  • 1:31 p.m. Deputies are trying to rendezvous w/caller in Hayden Creek area who called in crash on USFS Road 206.
  • 1:24 a.m. Undisclosed traffic problem@ 300 block of E. Dakota Avenue/Hayden.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

32YO CdA Woman Hurt In ATV Crash

At around 1:30 p.m. today, deputies from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, along with Northern Lakes Fire and Rescue and Kootenai County EMS, were dispatched to Forest Service Road 206 in the Hayden Creek area for an injury ATV accident. It was reported that a female subject, identified as Roseann M. Robinson, a 32 year old female from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho was operating her ATV on Forest Service Road 437 (Hayden Creek) and lost control and rolled the ATV down a 30 foot embankment.  Robinson had her 13 year old nephew from Los Angeles, California as a passenger on the ATV with her.  Robinson sustained some serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Life Flight to Kootenai Health.  The juvenile was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released to another relative/Lt. Stu Miller, KCSD. More here.

PM Headlines — 6.25.14

Stickman poses in front of the B-17 that he rode into the friendly skies of Coeur d'Alene and Lake Coeur d'Alene, thanks to the generous donation of a Huckleberries Online blurker earlier this week.

911 Artifact Visits Coeur d’Alene

Trucker Joey J. Peterson inspects his load Wednesday at Fire Station No. 3 in Coeur d'Alene. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

The last pieces to be salvaged from the site of the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center in New York City made their way through Coeur d’Alene Wednesday, headed for Mercer Island, Washington, where they will be used to construct a 911 memorial. Trucker Joey J. Peterson said the pieces of rubble and steel, weighing 35,000 pounds, has generated a lot of interest as he’s made his way across the country. “It’s raised a lot of emotions,” Peterson said. “Quite a few people are taking pictures and a lot of them know what it is before even asking.” The artifacts were used as footing for the twin towers/Coeur d'Alene Today.

Goats Overrun Anti-Bergdahl FB Page

The “Bowe Bergdahl is NOT a hero” Facebook page must’ve really gotten someone’s goat. The page was founded a day after news broke that the soldier from Hailey, who spent five years as a prisoner of a Taliban-affiliated group in Afghanistan, was being freed in exchange for five Taliban prisoners. It was one of several Facebook pages run by people who think Bergdahl is a deserter and are unhappy with the deal to free him. On Monday, though, the page was taken over by someone or some people who quickly got busy posting hundreds of photos of goats all over the page. They also posted this message:

Bowe Bergdahl is an American. He volunteered to serve his country. When you have a mile in this man's shoes and completely understand what he went through and what is in his mind you have the right to pass judgement on him…Advocating leaving a man behind and spreading rumors and lies makes you horrible Americans…The goatz are here to offer you peace and love…Enjoy!!! More from Nathan Brown/On the Agenda blog here.

Question: I'm going to wait until we have a lot more information re: Bowe Bergdahl before forming an opinion re: his capture in the Middle East. For now, I'm glad he's back in this country. You?

Raul Ally: Tea Party Will Take Over

Rep. Raul Labrador, left, accompanies Sen. Rand Paul, right, for a brief media visit at Jackson's Jet Center in Boise while the two were on their way to the Idaho Republican Convention in Moscow June 13. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Darin Oswald)

In a national radio appearance, a leader of the key group backing Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador's failed run for House leadership says it will take a decade for the tea party to capture the Republican Party. Adam Brandon, executive director of Freedom Works, conceded Labrador didn't come “remotely close” in his race with Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy, but said making the race was critical. “Just the fact that we're challenging now for leadership positions shows that we're in the game,” Brandon said during an appearance on NPR's “The Diane Rehm Show,” Wednesday. “Labrador was the only alternative and you've got to start somewhere,” Brandon said. “I'm not expecting to win everything overnight. This is going to take 10 years to continue to win the hearts and minds and voters across the country”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: If the Tea Party eventually takes over the GOP, what will that mean for Labrador?

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Take-Out Windows

Mrs. O and I have this thing re: drive-up windows at restaurants, coffee shops, pharmacies, banks, etc. She's all for them. Me? Not so much. I prefer to park my vehicle and go inside whatever business I'm dealing with. Case in point. In returning from Portland during our recent vacay, we dropped by Starbucks for a coffee and mocha for the road. I insisted on going in because there was a long line of cars at the drive-up window. I don't like wasted costly gas and breathing fumes in such a line. However, it was a draw re: the speed of service. We received our drinks about the same time we would have if we'd used the drive-up window. Mrs. O gave me an “I told you so” look for my efforts at conserving fuel. How about you?

Question: Do you prefer drive-up windows when patronizing businesses that have them?

KCSD Seeks Help In Police Shootout

Detectives with the Critical Incident Task Force are seeking assistance from the public in the ongoing officer involved shooting investigation that occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday. Specifically, detectives would like to speak with anyone that witnessed the incident or may have video, be it personal or from any residential/ business surveillance systems. Additionally, if anyone around the area of the shooting, which took place on Interstate 90 at milepost 5 (Spokane Street/Post Falls), has found any damage to their property that the detectives haven’t already located or been notified of, they would appreciate them coming forward as well. If anyone has further information on this case, they are asked to contact the Detective Division at the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, (208)446-2237/Lt. Stu Miller, KCSD.

HBO Blogosphere — 6.25.14

Pecky Cox/As the Lake Churns has this explanation for her photo posted on the Priest Lake Facebook page: “I call this 'The Storm that wasn't.' Sitting at Moose Knuckle Bar in Coolin Priest Lake, I looked out and the light seemed strange.. too bright for the hour and still 'calm.' I left the bar without saying a word and drove to Noni's Wine Bar by the marina.” That's where Pecky took this viewtiful scenic.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, June 24): 6774 page-views/4133 unique views

Press Poll: Pastors, Stay Out Of Politics

By an overwhelming margin, readers support a clear separation of church and state. Here's the response when they were asked “Should pastors mix religion and politics?”:

  • Yes, 365 votes (23 percent)
  •  No, 1,126 votes (73 percent)
  •  No opinion, 58 votes (4 percent)

DFO: The Press poll correspondents with a poll @HucksOnline May 23 in which 90% of the respondents said pastors should steer clear of politics. Only 8% said pastors should be involved in the political discussion.


Look, Up In The Sky

Here's another viewtiful scene of Coeur d'Alene's waterfront, provided by

Question: Have you ever parasailed on Lake Coeur d'Alene?

SR News Quiz — 6.22-27.14

You don't have to be an expert in current events to win The Spokesman-Review Weekly News Quiz, but it can't hurt. All entrants this week are eligible to win two movie tickets or, to the grand prize winner, a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 1: Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.
  • Leaderboard: 3 Huckleberries readers are among the 29 finalists this week — Cathyanne, Duffer, & SFredrickson.

Accused Molester Lives Near Kids

An accused child molester in Post Falls is being allowed to live across the street from his alleged victims and the children's mom is outraged by the judge's leniency. Harry Meador, 82, is charged with three felony counts of sexual abuse of a child. He's accused of molesting the woman's three daughters who are all under the age of 10. Meador is being allowed to live just feet away from the girls he's accused of abusing. “He seemed to be a great man, my kids became very close to (him) instantly,” their mother said. Their mother said in the beginning Meador was like a grandpa to her kids. “It hurts to know he would do this and I don't understand it,” the victims' mother said. Meador was arrested last Friday; in court Monday his bail was set at $50,000/Kylie Cruz, KXLY. More here.


Mini Review: Tony’s On The Lake

From Get Out North Idaho Facebook: GONI reader Kim Kaiser Dupree posted this about her recent re-visit to Tony's On The Lake - “Haven't been to Tonys on the Lake in many years. My husband and I went in on fathers day evening and after my shift at my restaurant I couldn't find the wine fast enough. These folks were nice and the owners were sweet as could be. Meal was good as was service. Just wanted to give them a shout out because date nights are few and far and everyone was smiling and that's a big deal to me.”

Question: I haven't been to Tony's in years. When did you last go there? Would you recommend the long-time restaurant on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive?

Letter: McEuen Pickleball Players Rude

I’ve always heard pickleball is a fun, social game, and one that I may be interested in after playing tennis for 40 years. So, I was glad to arrive at the new McEuen Park tennis courts last Thursday to play tennis and find a group of pickleball players on one of the courts. The other court was not being used, and I inquired from two of the players if the court was, indeed, free, and told it was. They asked if I would be interested in rotating into their pickleball game. Since I had a foursome scheduled and expected to play tennis, I politely declined. My tennis group convened on the court, and before we began our first serve, the questioning and rude behavior from a few pickleball players began. During the hour and a half we attempted to play a fun game of tennis, we were continually harassed and bullied by these players/Marilyn Cali, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I still haven't seen anyone playing pickleball (whatever that is) at the new McEuen Park pickleball/tennis courts. Have you?

To Change Her Name Or Not

In the past couple of months the questions about my last name have changed. For most of my life it's been: How do you pronounce it? (WAHN-a-nin.) And where's it from? (It's Finnish.) Now the question — from friends, colleagues, strangers — is one without a simple answer: Are you changing it? If feminism of the past half-century has any solid, irrefutable victories, it may be the frequency with which this question is asked. A bride can now answer that question in any way she chooses. There are no assumptions. Anything goes. And even though the vast majority of women still take their husband's names, and even though only a fraction of couples choose something that bucks tradition entirely, it's at least one area where most people have accepted a woman's right to choose for herself/Lisa Waananen, Inlander. More here.

Question (for Women of HBO): How did you decide whether or not to change — or hyphenate — your name when you married?

Traveling With Bowser

Don Sausser, our Eye on Downtown Coeur d'Alene, snapped this photo on a bicyclist and his dog at 1st/Lakeside Avenue on Tuesday.

Question: What do you think this fellow's back story is?

Boehner: House Will Sue Obama

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday said he plans to sue President Obama on behalf of the House over his frequent use of executive actions that Republicans believe are beyond his authority.During his weekly Capitol press conference, the Speaker accused the president of violating his oath of office by not “faithfully executing the laws of our country.” But Boehner said the lawsuit would not lead to an attempt to remove Obama from office.“This is not about impeachment,” Boehner said. “This is about his faithfully executing the laws of our country”/The Hill. More here.

Question: It never ends, does it?

Poll: Hucks Nation Prefers A.J.

  • Tuesday Poll: If the election was held today, Hucks Nation would overwhelmingly vote for Democrat A.J. Balukoff for Idaho governor. 84 of 124 respondents (67.74%) prefer Balukoff to two-term Republican incumbent Butch Otter. Only 40 of 124 respondents (32.26%) prefer Otter.
  • Today's Poll: Do you plan to watch any part of Ironman Coeur d'Alene Sunday?

AM Scanner Traffic — 6.25.14

  • 11:58 a.m. 81YO male dizzy & disoriented @ Yellowstone Trail/Folsom Ridge, east of CdA.
  • 11:39 a.m. 36YO male making guests nervous by screaming outside East Sherman Avenue motel.
  • 11:09 a.m. CPD officer en route to check on probation situation @ 3500 block of Gunnar/CdA.
  • 11:01 a.m. Driver ejected in rollover crash @ Poleline/Fennucus, off H41, Post Falls; driver is conscious.
  • 10:39 a.m. CPD officer locates male who was acting strange @ CdA bank, @ Ironwood/NW Blvd.
  • 10:34 a.m. CPD officer checking on unwanted person learns Joshua has OK to do yard work, enter garage.
  • 10:33 a.m. Motorist of disabled vehicle needs help @ I-90/MP 24 (western edge of 4th of July).
  • 9:41 a.m. Giant tarantula is reported on walkway @ 6000 block of Courcelles Parkway/Coeur d'Alene Place.
  • 9:34 a.m. Driver of disabled vehicle setting up reflectors @ w/b I-90/MP 26-27 (4th of July Pass).
  • 9:26 a.m. Post Falls business reports that a caller has threatened to kill people in the store.
  • 9:24 a.m. Deputy stopping to check on citizen issue @ 900 block of Echo Bay Drive/Harrison.
  • 9:16 a.m. CPD officer making probation check @ 800 block of Mullan/CdA apartment.
  • 8:39 a.m. Old gray VW appears stripped & has flat tire @ 15th Street/Montana, CdA.
  • 8:27 a.m. CPD officer reports disabled vehicle @ 100 block of N16th Street/CdA.
  • 8 a.m. PFPD Facebook: “Last night was fairly quiet. A citizen found his vehicle keyed and a theft report was taken regarding a missing pressure washer.”

Ready For Take-Off

Here's the B-17 that carried Stickman into the friendly skies about Coeur d'Alene and Lake Coeur d'Alene Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Court: Utah Can’t Ban Gay Marriage

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to marry simply because they want to be wedded to someone of the same sex. The judges added they don't want to brand as intolerant those who oppose gay marriage, but said there is no reasonable objection to the practice/Associated Press. More here.


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Edit: Guns On Campus In, Liberty Out

Idaho lawmakers didn’t care whom they offended when they rammed through the 2014 session’s worst policy. But the most significant result of Idaho’s ill-conceived guns on campus law is the expansion of the police state into our public colleges and universities, plain and simple. Idaho State University announced last week that it will arm its security force about the same time students with enhanced concealed-carry permits and former police can start packing heat in Biology 101. Boise State University has submitted a plan to the state Board of Education to do the same in three to five years, after boosting the number of security officers on campus, said school spokesman Greg Hahn. The dominoes have begun to fall/Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (AP file photo)


Meridian School District No More

Forgive Idaho’s largest school district for feeling the need for a new identity. It is a Meridian School District in name only. The sprawling suburban district draws its 36,000-plus students from not only Meridian, but Eagle, Star, sections of West Boise and a sliver of Canyon County. And what about its legal name: Joint School District No. 2? Um … no. “The legal name is simply too long to use in regular conversation — no one is going to spit out ‘Joint School District No. 2′ … and it doesn’t really communicate anything meaningful,” district spokesman Eric Exline told Holly Beech of Meridian Press. Hence a rebrand, approved by the School Board Tuesday night: West Ada School District/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: Which brand makes more sense to you — Meridian School District or West Ada School District?

Close Encounter w/Rattler In Boise

“We talk about being rattlesnake aware hiking in the Foothills and on desert trails, but on a (Boise) sidewalk? I was taking the dog for an evening walk tonight (June 24), and almost stepped on this critter. It was going to try to make it across the street, but twirled around and zipped up on the sidewalk. The rule when it comes to a rattler is let it be. That worked. It finally settled down and slowly crawled down the street and into some brush where it couldn't get to people walking their dogs. Snake experts are saying that people are seeing a lot more rattlesnakes this summer. That's OK in the hills where you expect them. But, not on a city sidewalk”/Pete Zimowsky, Idaho Statesman. More (including video of snake) here. (AP file photo)

Question: have you ever had a close encounter with a rattlesnake?

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Cutline Contest — 6.25.14

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani greets Hillary Rodham Clinton after the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall, of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in New York, Thursday. You write the cutliine. (AP Photo/Richard Drew/POOL)

Tuesday Winner — JMRusche, with 10 likes: now that I caught it, what next? And runnerup — Phaedrus, with 8 likes: The wheels on the bus go “ruff! ruff! ruff!” You can see Tuesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Downtown Ironman Closures To Start

Beginning mid-afternoon on Thursday, crews will begin to close Sherman Avenue from Independence Point to Second Street. This closure is to set up bleachers at the Ironman finish line between First and Second streets on Sherman. Independence Point will also be closed. Detour signage will be placed for The Resort and other businesses affected by the closure. The area will open back up on Monday afternoon/Coeur d'Alene Today.

Edit: D’s Try To Exploit GOP Missteps

Idaho Democrats emerged from their state convention at Moscow last weekend having accomplished everything they had set out to do. The GOP implosion of a week earlier - no platform adopted, no officials elected and an ever-widening schism between its establishment and Tea Party wings - served as a perfect foil. Idaho's perpetual minority party demonstrated discipline and cohesiveness - leaving behind a party platform that was more aspirational than confrontational. After all, who could argue with “an economy that works for everyone,” “a world class system of public education,” “safe communities where famlies thrive” or “Democracy based on honesty”? When Democrats took a stand, it was to secure equal rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity. They acknowledged climate change and stood up for reproductive rights. And Democrats made clear corporations would be expected to “contribute their fair share and operate responsibly.” But let's not get carried away/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Idaho Democrats can win only when the GOP falters. Could this be the year?

I-90 Shootout Suspect Still ‘Stable’

The suspect involved in Sunday's officer-involved shooting on Interstate 90 in Post Falls remained in stable condition Tuesday. No charges have been filed against Marcus A. Rael, 24, Glendale, Ariz., though they are pending, said Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Lt. Stu Miller. “Investigators are meeting with the prosecutor's office on how to best handle that since he's still under medical care,” Miller said. No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident. The KCSO released no new details Tuesday on the early-morning shootout at the westbound Spokane Street on-ramp. A Press source who declined to be identified said a pit bull in back of Rael's truck was shot during the exchange and had to be euthanized due to injuries. Miller said he could not confirm or deny that report/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Pastor: I Have A Right To Speak Out

Well then. It seems that I succeeded in making a lot of noise here in Coeur d'Alene. At the request of a friend, I simply sent a voter guide to the people I pastor and to my local pastor friends. By doing this I gained the attention of quite a few local adversaries. This alone shows the power of the spoken word. It also apparently shows that one voice can make a difference. Imagine what would happen if all the pastors, leaders, priests, and rabbis in town did the same. I suppose we could actually make a difference — for the better. The hubbub about all this is focused on the fact that I pastor a church. It has not focused on the fact that I am an American citizen with an opinion and the right and privilege to share it. The fact that I care about the community I live in and all the people who live in it should not be hindered by my role as a minister. The simple fact is that as a Bible teaching pastor, I still have the freedom to share my opinions. Not only do I have the freedom, I believe I have the responsibility as do all thinking Americans/Pastor Paul Van Noy, Candlelight Christian Fellowship. More here. (Paul Van Noy's Facebook photo)


Brussels Sprout Gaining Respect

You know Brussels sprouts are starting to get hip when they hit “Portlandia.” In its recent “Celery” episode, the cable comedy series featured this exchange between vegetable brokers: “Brussels sprouts are back – don’t know how you did it, Bill.” “They sell themselves. … Just wanted to announce that we’ve just gotten an account with Virgin Airlines for Brussels sprouts to be featured on the menu on their flights as a dessert. Honey and maple syrup.” Actually, that’s no joke. Well, the dessert part, maybe, but maple syrup is among the trendier ingredients appearing in Brussels sprouts recipes these days, along with the likes of figs, pine nuts and, of course, bacon/Rick Bonino, SR. More here. (SR photo by Colin Mulvany: Brussels sprout, sautéed in butter, lemon and ginger)

Question: When did you last eat Brussels sprouts?

GOParliamentarian: I Misread Rules

In a Lewiston Tribune article by William Spence, parliamentarian Cornel Rasor of Bonner County admits that he inadvertently gave Congressman Raul Labrador the wrong rule interpretation in the closing minutes of the dysfunctional GOP convention: “When asked what would happen if the meeting adjourned without electing state officers, Labrador conferred with convention parliamentarian Cornel Rasor, a former Bonner County commissioner. He then announced that the existing officers and state party platform would all remain in place. “Everything continues until there's an election,” Labrador said. The election would take place “in two years, unless the party moves to do it sooner.” Following that announcement, delegates overwhelmingly agreed to adjourn. Now, however, Rasor says the ruling regarding party officers was incorrect. “I inadvertently misread the rules,” he said during a telephone interview Tuesday. “It was my fault, not Raul's. It's really that simple.” Full story here. (Photo from old Cornel Rasor campaign site)

Question: How do you think this admission by GOParliamentarian Cornel Rasor will affect Barry Peterson's claims that he remains chairman of the Idaho Republican Party?

Date Grape Koolaid Bar Fails

An eviction notice was posted on the doors to the Daiquiri Factory in downtown Spokane on Monday. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

It would not have happened to a nicer guy. When the deputies came to put a stake in the heart of the Spokane Daiquiri Factory, it had long since ceased being a matter of one ignorant rape joke. That controversy might well have subsided, had the guy who owned the place done the simple, obvious, decent thing. And, had decency not been a good enough reason to do that, a self-interested business owner might have simply recognized the chance to make the most of all the attention he was getting and pretended to be decent. He could have spun that manure into great PR: We’ve changed the name. We made a mistake. We’re very sorry. Instead, Jamie Pendleton doubled down. He fought back. He went after his critics with a stupefying lack of class/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Couldn't happen to a nicer guy/business?

Coeur d’Alene Video Going Viral

One is a very small bag of marijuana. The other is a Canadian rock band. The difference between “nickel sack” and “Nickelback” goes far beyond one letter, as an increasingly popular video shows. Two unidentified young men were detained June 20 by Kootenai County sheriff's deputies who used aggressive language and behavior over a potential misunderstanding between the two words. One of the young men recorded the incident, which was uploaded to YouTube on June 21 and already has about 25,000 views. The video begins with a male in the passenger seat of a vehicle, parked at Maverik gas station in Coeur d'Alene, preparing to hand over his identification to a deputy/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Stickman Enjoys His B-17 Ride

Stickman: It took off around 5:15 and headed towards Post Falls. It's the pilot's discretion where to fly, mostly because there was a very big dark cloud over us that looked like a thunderstorm. Someone mentioned he might go north towards Rathdrum and such. He didn't. And I'm glad.He turned south and went over the lake all the way to the end and came back and flew right over my house. Nothing better than that. It was truly a thrill. The whole time it was hard to imagine ten young boys in there flying dangerous missions over Germany. There was 7 of us I think, not counting the pilot, co-pilot and a man who told us what to do and helped us. After take-off, which was extremely loud, we were all allowed to walk around the plane to various locations in the plane. It helps if you are a small man. I managed, though I am 6'2”. There was a small boy with us flying with his grandfather, and it was like he was on an amusement ride. Everything fascinated him. He will surely remember that for the rest of his life, like I will, as they won't be around much anymore. Full comment here. (File photo: Duane Rasmussen)


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Wild Card/Tuesday — 6.24.14

Great day to be at the helm of the USS Huckleberries Tuesday. First, there was the visitor who gave me an envelope full of money to pay for a B-17 flight for Stickman at the Coeur d'Alene Airport today. The gracious donor provided the money “out of appreciation for the generous nature of Stickman's service to our country, provision of walking sticks to so many & care of Tubbs Hill (by Stickman & Walkabout).” It was wonderful to see the look on Stickman's face as I handed him the envelope just as — believe it or not — the B-17 flew over. Then, I headed home to help Mrs. O host my mother's 89th birthday party. My two local siblings and their families were there. A very good evening to conclude another very good day at Hucks Central. Now for your Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 6.24.14

Another viewtiful photograph from, of birds who would give their thumb's-up — if they had thumbs — to the accommodations at the new McEuen Park.

USA-Germany Match Set For The Bing

“A 9 AM World Cup game is seriously inconveniencing. We don't have cable. Our favorite pub doesn't serve breakfast and I'm not up for the Bing at 9 AM. What to do?”/Cindy.

Question: What would you advise Cindy to do?

Tricked-Out Trailers Highlight Event

When visitors step into Mignon Whitt's 1971 Shasta Compact travel trailer, they enter a bright new world. Each nook and cranny is utilized for function or fashion, with deep, summer sky blues and vibrant colors punctuating the cozy retro and Hawaiian island decor. “I always thought of myself as an island girl because I love Hawaii and I love the sun,” the Athol resident said Saturday afternoon while showing off her colorful “Mig Mobile.” “And I love Hawaii because of the bright colors.” Whitt's tricked-out, vintage travel trailer was one of more than 150 various trailers that were on display during the Sisters on the Fly's annual Northwest Gathering at Lutherhaven, a five-day camping event the sisters enjoy every summer. The gathering rotates between Idaho, Washington and Oregon. This year's retreat offered activities such as line dancing, evening bonfires and auctions to raise money for Casting for Recovery/Devin Heilman, Press. More here. (Press photo by Shawn Gust: Lindy Cislini, a Rockford Bay resident, tours a 1967 Cardinal 16-foot Coca-Cola-themed trailer)

Question: Have you ever taken a road trip involving a travel trailer?

Cutline Contest — 6.24.14

Time 2 Vote …

A puppy that somehow got his head stuck in the middle of a wheel rim is shown after being brought to a Kern County, Calif., fire station on Friday, June 20. Fire Department spokesman Brandon Hill says two firefighters used vegetable oil to ease the dog’s head out of the hole. The little pooch, named Junior, has returned to live with its owner and seven siblings. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/James C. Dowell )

Monday Winner — DFO, with 10 likes: Chairman — or ex-chairman — Barry Peterson carefully explains why he locked the door and closed the Idaho GOP office in Boise last week. You can see Monday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

911 Artifact Coming To Lake City

The last I-beam artifact of the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, is currently in transit on Interstate 90 and will be stopping at the Coeur d’Alene Fire Station 3 at 1500 N. 15th Street late Wednesday afternoon. The public is invited to visit the fire station to view the beam. The fire department will post a message on its Facebook page and Tweet the information when a time is secured. Viewing the artifact is reported to be moving experience and remains as it was recovered after the collapse and search efforts. The truck carrying the artifact will depart for Spokane Thursday morning and will make at stop at Fire Station No. 4, 616 W. Hastings/Coeur d'Alene Today.

Question: Is this something that you'd like to see?

PM Scanner Traffic — 6.24.14

  • 4:37 p.m. Someone having trouble breathing @ Guardian Angel Homes, 1070 E. Mullan/Post Falls.
  • 3:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 23-24 here.
  • 3:28 p.m. Black vehicle w/Washington plates disabled @ e/b I-90/Huetter rest stop onramp.
  • 3:27 p.m. Delusional 62YO Post Falls thinks people are shooting at him.
  • 2:57 p.m. Garage alarm sounding @ 3000 block of E. Fernan Hill Road.
  • 2:15 p.m. Suspicious box in median @ H95/Neider, CdA.
  • 2:14 p.m. 1 occupant of T-bone crash vehicle going to hospital, second still trapped in vehicle.
  • 2:01 p.m. Extrication needed in T-bone accident that caused rollover @ Prairie/Pleasantview, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 1:38 p.m. Undisclosed found property reported at HiCo @ 770 H41/Post Falls.
  • 1:35 p.m. 2, 12-13YO boys are firing handgun into trees @ 4300 block of Maplewood/Hayden b/n trailer park & RR tracks.
  • 1:24 p.m. Horses loose in closed-range area @ H53/McGuire, Hauser.
  • 1:18 p.m. Suspicious male & female in 30s in front of Dalton Elementary; male squatting down to text.
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PM Headlines — 6.24.14

On his Facebook wall, SR photog Colin Mulvany posts: “I spotted these two yellow bellied marmots as I was getting in my car on the north side of the Monroe street bridge today. Marmots live in colonies of up to twenty individuals and spend 80 percent of their life in their burrow, 60 percent of which is spent hibernating.”

CdA Vision 2030 Plans Celebration

A city-led effort to establish a vision for Coeur d’Alene’s future will pause Wednesday for a community celebration. The team overseeing the Coeur d’Alene 2030 Visioning Project has arranged for music and refreshments to mark its first year of progress. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the downtown corner of Sixth Street and Sherman Ave. CDA 2030 covers growth and development, education, recreation and environment, jobs, health and safety, and community identity. Residents have weighed in on those topics over the past year to help the city craft a vision for where Coeur d’Alene should be in 2030. The Donnie Emerson Band will perform at the celebration, and popcorn and cupcakes will be handed out. Food and beverage vendors also will be on hand/Coeur d'Alene Today.

Bomb Threat Is A Prank

Individuals in Kootenai County have received a text message essentially talking about having a “BOMB” strapped to themselves. The number the message is received from is (541) 241-9607. The telephone number comes back to a West Richland, Washington address. Richland Police Department has received over “400” calls and advises the above text has been sent to multiple individuals.  Richland Police advises there is no reason for concern, the text message is some sort of prank/Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.

HBO Blogosphere — 6.24.14

Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images Facebooks re: this photo last week: “Took the dog to the lake last night for his first swim of the season. I've shot this location before, but I do like the coloring on this one. The last one was really blue and purple.” You can see more of Linda's terrific scenics on her Facebook page here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, June 23): 7439 page-views/4558 unique views

Fugitive Of The Week: Marcrum

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF) is seeking information leading to the apprehension of Bryant Edward Marcrum. Marcrum is being sought based on a Kootenai County felony warrant charging Marcrum with Lewd Conduct with a Minor Under Sixteen. This is a $25,000 bond warrant with Western United States extradition. Marcrum is a white male, 33 years old, 6'3 tall, 190 lbs with blue eyes and blonde hair. Marcrum was last known to be living in Coeur d'Alene. Anyone with information regarding this subject or other fugitives being sought for violent crimes should call the NIVCTF at 208-665-4455. The identity of callers will remain confidential and reward money may be available.

Casual Biking On Waterfront

This terrific photo of model Jaymie Dauterman on the seawall along City Beach was taken by The photo was posted on John Kelly's BikeCDA Facebook page, with the notation: “Casual biking on Lake Coeur d'Alene.”

June Milestones

June is a month of milestones for the Coeur d'Alene Family Oliveria. On June 14, my oldest sister turned 69. (I also have a sister-in-law in Boise who celebrated a birthday on flag day but I don't know how old she is.) Mrs. O and I celebrated our 39th anniversary on June 21. My mother celebrated her 89th birthday yesterday. How about you?

Question: Any June milestones in your family?

On The Waterfront — 6.24.14

At City Park, workers are busy setting up the Ironman Coeur d'Alene village this afternoon. Elsewhere, the schedule for the 2014 free concert series is up at both City Park and Sherman Square (near San Francisco Sourdough restaurant). Kelly Hughes kicks off the City Park series on Sunday, July 6. The Sherman Square series because the following Tuesday, July 8. Chris Guggemos of Handshake Production, of course, is ready to bring us another summer of good music. I need to get a schedule for the Riverstone concert series on Thursday evenings. Overcast skies have limited lakeshore activity today. But McEuen Park playground area is teeming with youngsters again.

Question: Do you attend any of the free summer concerts in the Coeur d'Alene area?

Uraguay Star Bites Again

It seems almost impossible to consider, almost inconceivable to fathom. A soccer player, one of the best in the world, jockeys for position in a World Cup game and, at just the right moment as to be out of view of the referee, leans in to take a bite out of his opponent’s shoulder as if it were a piece of beef jerky. Pure madness, to be sure, but wait for the unbelievable part: This was not his first in-game snack. And not his second, either. For the third time in the past four years, Uruguay’s star striker, Luis Suárez, appeared to bite a player on the other team when he clashed with Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini late in the second half of Uruguay’s 1-0 victory here. As in the previous two incidents, Suárez’s apparent chomp went unnoticed by the game officials/New York Times. More here. (AP photo: Italy's Giorgio Chiellini displays his shoulder showing apparent teeth marks after colliding with the mouth of Uruguay's Luis Suarez)

Question: So you're saying … in soccer … you can't use your hands — or your teeth? Thoughts?


Firing For Social Media Post Upheld

A Buhl nursing home worker, fired for a Facebook post saying he’d like to “slap the ever loving bat snot out of a patient,” has had his appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court rejected. Joseph Talbot worked at Desert View Care Center in January 2013 when he posted the status, which went on to say that being insulted by patients made him less motivated to “make sure your call light gets answered every time,” court documents show. Talbot applied for unemployment benefits and was granted them by an Idaho Department of Labor appeals examiner. Later, the Idaho Industrial Commission reversed that decision, concluding Talbot had engaged in employment-related misconduct by violating Desert View’s social media policy/Alison Gene Smith, Twin Falls Times News. More here.

Question: Does your company have a policy re: posts you make on your personal social media?

Platforma IDP 2014 En Espanol

The Idaho Democratic Party is providing its 2014 party platform in Spanish. Click here.

Question: Do you think the Idaho Republican Party will follow suit and present its 2014 platform in Spanish, too. Oh wait.

Early Summer Color

On her Slight Detour blog, Marianne Love offers several viewtiful photos of flowers in her neck of the Bonner County woods, including this Iceland poppy. More here.

Question: What's your favorite spring/early summer flower?

CDC Campaign Uses Shock Ads Again

A government campaign designed to scare, shock and disgust smokers out of their deadly habit is back with several new ads. The latest “Tips From Former Smokers” ads from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Tuesday, feature two middle-aged people who lost their teeth, a man with a hole in his throat and a woman who had a premature baby, all as a result of smoking. The campaign also once again features Terrie Hall, a North Carolina woman who lost her larynx to oral and throat cancer. Her previous videos for the CDC have been seen more than 2 million times, the most of any in the campaign, says Tim McAfee, director of CDC's office on smoking and health/USA Today. More here. (Photo: CDC)

Question: What prompted you to give up smoking?

AM Scanner Traffic — 6.24.14

  • 12:06 p.m. Someone is suffering a diabetic problem @ NIC Hedlund Building, 1000 Garden Ave/CdA.
  • 11:52 a.m. Male named Lee wants vehicle back from consignment but Auto Sales won't give it to him.
  • 11:43 a.m. Possible power outage of 1100 homes in Rathdrum area; unknown reason.
  • 11;32 a.m. Blue semi is driving on rumble strips on w/b I-90 @ top of 4th of July Pass.
  • 11:30 a.m. Driver of yellow Toyota pickup flipped off 2nd driver, now driving 35 mph in 60 mph zone @ s/b H95/Cocalla.
  • 11:12 a.m. CPR under way on girl who was seizing as a result of allergies @ Ironwood medical office.
  • 10:43 a.m. Residential fire alarm sounding in 2200 block of W. Johns Loop/CdA.
  • 10:22 a.m. Female arrived to find door open at Post Falls home, doesn't want to enter building alone.
  • 10:19 a.m. Deputy stopping to check suspicious vehicle in church lot @ Honeysuckle/Maple, Hayden.
  • 10:13 a.m. 86YO male on Cassia Street/Rathdrum has triggered his life alert bracelet.
  • 9:35 a.m. EMTs en route to report of breathing problems @ 11800 block of W. Rambling Rose Lane/Post Falls.
  • 9:19 a.m. Undisclosed suspicious situation reported on Gueneveres Way/Post Falls.
  • 9:11 a.m. Someone suffering diabetic reaction @ 3300 block of Parker's Loop.
  • 9:09 a.m. Driver left note on disable vehicle @ H53/Prairie Avenue/Rathdrum promising to return in morning to move it.
  • 8:45 a.m. 911 caller is rambling about owning 100 guns and he doesn't want them taken away.

All We Need Is The Sun For Summer

Lifeguard Veronica Buck guards the East side of City Park beach while Kimberly Felts, 8, and Conner Bellus, 6, play on the beach. Lifeguards will be on duty everyday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. until mid-August. Story here. (Press photo: Tess Freeman)

Ah, But The Strawberries

Here's the 6th in a series of posts from Marc Johnson/The Johnson Post re: his current trip through Europe. This report is from Paris, France: “I have been thinking about – and eating – strawberries. I bought my strawberries last weekend from a fruit stall along the Rue Mouffetard, an ancient street in the Latin Quarter of Paris that is almost totally about food with a little wine thrown in. I may have had better strawberries, some bought from Oregon growers are pretty great, but as strawberries go mine serve as not only a delicious dessert, but as a metaphor of sorts for all food in food lovers France. More here.

Question: Are you a foodie?

Poll: Peterson Not Idaho GOP Chair

  • Monday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation says that Barry Peterson is no longer chairman of the Idaho Republican Party because the Idaho GOP failed to elect a new chair at its controversial convention in Moscow this month. 66 of 83 respondents (79.52%) said Peterson is no longer the chairman. Only 9 of 83 (10.84%) said he was. 8 (9.64%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Who would you support for Idaho governor if the vote was held today — Democrat A.J. Balukoff or Republican Butch Otter?

Quotable Quote

I won't underestimate the senseless, self-destructive tendencies of certain Idaho GOP camps again. I should have known the sore-loser gasoline stored in the forehead veins of the vanquished would soon enough explode on the “establishment” party pilot light, and we would have political fire. A persistent faction in the Idaho Republican Party can't or won't swallow the nearly complete defeat it received on its most favorable terms in the closed GOP primary. This faction is so hellbent to get its way, to punish, or whatever - it seems blind to the consequences — Opinion Editor Robert Ehlert, Idaho Statesman. Full comment here.

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GOP Factions Set Competing Meetings

Conflicting meetings of the Idaho Republican State Central Committee have been set to settle the matter of whether Barry Peterson will remain party chairman. Peterson said in a news release Monday morning that the Aug. 9 meeting would be at a time and location to be determined. Late Monday afternoon, First Vice Chairman Mike Mathews and National Committeewoman Cindy Siddoway released a letter to members of the Central Committee setting the meeting for 9 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Red Lion Hotel in Boise. That's the same date and location 20 Central Committee members from eight counties asked for in a petition last week/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.


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AM Headlines — 6.24.14

Alex Benson of Idaho Department of Lands helps carry boards from trees that were planted more than 20 years ago to monitor growth characteristics and potential forest products markets. The boards were being cut at the University of Idaho Sandpoint Research Station on Friday. Story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Balukoff Touts Poll In Race w/Otter

Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff is pointing to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll that shows Gov. Butch Otter's popularity falling 10 points from his 2010 re-election bid. The Rasmussen poll released early this month has Otter up 50 percent to 36 percent over Balukoff, president of the Boise school board. In March 2010, a Rasmussen survey put Otter at 60 percent. “That's a 10-point drop!” writes Balukoff's campaign manager, Marie Hattaway, in the overheated style common to the fundraising game. Hattaway says Balukoff “must raise” $10,000 in contributions by June 30. “What's more impressive?” Hattaway continues. “Our internal polling shows that when voters learn about A.J., the race becomes a dead heat — it's ours to lose and that's why we need you right now”/Dan Popkey/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you think Tea-publicans would rather vote for Balukoff than Gov. Butch Otter?


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Clark: Hunk Mug Shot Hubbub Crazy

There was a time when the fabulous faces of tomorrow were discovered in coffee shops. Now, thanks to the Internet, the recipe for fame is to be a punk and get booked into jail. At least that’s the celebrity route taken by Jeremy Meeks, a former Spokane criminal, now known as “Dreamy McMug Shot” by his ever-swelling legion of online fans. The hubbub is over the photograph taken the other day in Stockton, California, while the 30-year-old was being booked into jail on weapons and gang-related charges. Meeks’ mug shot soon became a viral sensation. A Los Angeles Times story noted a few of the now-thousands of reactions: “Omg he’s hot!!” “He’s too fine to be a criminal. I’ve got $10 on his bail.” “He’s too pretty to go to jail … yet again”/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Is this country really this shallow — to go gaga over a con's mug shot?

NIC Picks Prairie For Tech Programs

A new $15 million Career Technical Education Building will be located on North Idaho College's 40 acres on the Rathdrum Prairie, but how it will be financed is still in question. After years of planning, the NIC Board of Trustees met Monday night to finally settle on a new location for the facility. While the decision certainly was not unanimous, it drew a three-vote majority, with Trustee Judy Meyer casting the sole dissenting vote. Meyer debated the merits of integrating the technical programs with the academic student body on the Fort Grounds campus, but it wasn't enough to convince the other members of the board - including Chairman Ken Howard, who only votes in the case of a tie, but said he would have voted with the majority on that motion. He said each of the four proposed locations had its merits and each would have made a great location for the tech programs/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you favor locating the North Idaho College tech programs next to Kootenai Technical Education Center on the Rathdrum Prairie?

Why Labrador Got Clobbered

Dana Milbank/Washington Post columnizes that Tea Party has won the ideological battle with mainstream Republicans. And that Congressman Raul Labrador's loss in the House Majority Leader race to California's Kevin McCarthy is a matter of personality, not ideology: “The real split among congressional Republicans is between the bomb-throwers and the legislators. On Thursday, the bomb-throwers lost badly. Those who followed the old-fashioned rules of politics - building relationships, trading favors, balancing regional interests — prevailed.That's how to understand why McCarthy, with his 72 percent conservative rating for 2013, trounced the 100 percent Labrador. In an interview with my Washington Post colleague Robert Costa earlier in the week, Labrador said of McCarthy: “I hear he does know the names of spouses, which I guess is a big issue. But you know, this shouldn't be about personalities.” As Labrador learned Thursday, it is all about personalities. Full column here.

Question: Does Raul Labrador have the personality to be an effective consensus builder in Congress?

Shootouts Squeeze Police Staffing

Two officer-involved shootings this month put slightly more than 15 percent of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department on paid administrative leave. On Sunday morning alone, 14 law enforcement officers from four different agencies were placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting of Marcus A. Rael of Glendale, Ariz., is investigated. Eight of those law enforcement officers were from the Coeur d'Alene Police Department. Six of the eight were directly involved in the shooting, according to Sgt. Christie Wood. “Still, everyone who responded must be placed on leave,” she said, adding that some of the officers will return as soon as they are deemed fit for duty. Combine that with three officers who were placed on paid administrative leave for a separate officer-involved shooting June 6 in the 400 block of Dragonfly Drive, and the CPD is down 11 officers in its 72 officer force/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. Shooting stories here and here.

Question: Anyone out there who believes, as Councilman Adams seems to, that Coeur d'Alene doesn't need additional police officers?

Vintage War Planes Wow Fans

A member of the ground crew shouts instructions to the pilot of one of the vintage World War II planes that are being exhibited at the Coeur d'Alene Airport this week. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

As four massive propellers rumbled and the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress waited for takeoff Monday, I pondered the many 19- and 20-year-old boys who fought World War II in planes like this. Sitting there with my seat belt fastened, I didn't know what to expect of the 30-minute trip on a sunny afternoon from the Coeur d'Alene Airport. Boys in those seats all those years earlier faced a perilous unknown aboard B-17s rumbling and waiting for takeoff prior to strategic bombing missions in Europe. What went through their minds as they looked around the plane at the painted green metal interior and their fellow airmen? Was today the day their plane's luck ran out?/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you have a relative who flew in one of these types of planes during World War II?

Cindy: Wrong Way To Treat A Girl

Cindy: Grrr! Just saw the girl across the street get picked up by her boyfriend for the nth time. Here's the drill: He pulls up in front of her house in his obnoxiously loud sports car and sits there. He texts her. She comes out and he flings open the passenger door without leaving his car. Seriously! He can't actually walk to her front door, greet the family, and walk her to the car? He can't get out of the car to open the door for her? Makes me so mad, I want to yell, “Dump him sweetie and find a real man. One with manners.” End of old-fashioned-cranky-old-lady-rant. PS: Every one of my sons knows better. Grrrrr.

Question: What would you do if this guy was dating your daughter?

Donation Surprises Stickman

Stickman: I wrote about two weeks ago that it would be a dream for me to witness history and actually fly in one. It is here, out at Coeur d'Alene airport. I never thought much of the story I wrote, but I had a surprise visit from DFO this afternoon after he got off work. It was good to see him, as it's been awhile. Anyway, he was in a rush to meet someone and had to bring me something. It was an envelope addressed to the stickman that was brought by his office by an anonymous person who stated that he was a long time blurker on this blog and could he please deliver it. It is hard for me to write this now, because since then my eyes have been full of tears. I have just finished my eye surgery recently and both of my basically blind eyes are now 20/15. Amazing and I can't even describe what I have been feeling lately, except for today. As DFO came across the street to greet me and give me this envelope, the B-17 flew right over Tubbs Hill. To make a short story shorter, the envelope had $450 in cash in it for me to ride this glorious piece of history. I am going tomorrow. Full comment here.



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Monday/Wild Card — 6.23.14

Mebbe soccer is like poetry. You have to keep tuning in before you get it. On Sunday, in the World Cup match between USA and Portugal, I caught a glimpse re: what it's all about — and began to understand how fans can get worked up and devastated by a 2-2 tie. I watched the second half of the game on TV after listening to the first half on the radio while pulling weeds in the garden. Dare I say I enjoyed the game? Here's you first Wild Card of the work week …

Parting Shot — 6.23.14

Supporters reach out for Croatia's Darijo Srna shirt after he threw it into the crowd after the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, today. Mexico won the match 3-1. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

End Notes: 1 More Week Til He Retires

My husband retires in one more week. The journey has been looonnnnggg. Mostly, his commute on that freeway has been miserable. Soon, he will commute to the mailbox, golf course and woodworking store, when he likes. We will manage new routines, expectations and activities. I have listened to others along the way and am working on my fantasies – I mean realistic expectations. I am quite confident ballroom dancing is not in my future – although I wish it were. I can give that one up. I am hoping for morning walks - I know, not every day. And some yard work, please. Writer Nancy Anderson suggests retirees make a 100-day plan – like a newly elected president writes. Seems such a plan may smooth the transition process/Catherine Johnston, End Notes. More here.

Question (for retirees): Did you have trouble adjusting to retirement?

One Coin, Two Sides

The whole world is in turmoil,
the outlook is dark —
yet the roses are blooming
in Manito Park.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Cutline Contest — 6.23.14

Time 2 Vote …

A Dutch fan sticks out his tongue prior to the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Weekend Winner — Phaedrus, with 5 likes: Despite Regina bending over backwards a loss by Germany is not Ghana happen. You can see Weekend Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 6.23.14

  • 4:52 p.m. 56YO female may have overdosed accidentally on prescription drugs @ 7th/Crawford, CdA.
  • 4:31 p.m. Someone has stolen a dog from 300 block of East Neider Avenue/CdA.
  • 4:27 p.m. CdA resident willing to sign a complaint against neighbor who plays loud music.
  • 4:01 p.m. Someone hurt in fall @ Razzles tavern, 10325 Government Way/Hayden.
  • 3:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 22-23 here.
  • 2:59 p.m. Driver of 1990 Ford pickup, registered in Hayden, appears DUI @ s/b NW Blvd/Lakewood.
  • 2:58 p.m. Firefighters are evacuating Rancho Viejo, adjacent to Idaho Independent Bank (2:45 item), too.
  • 2:57 p.m. Firefighters believe source of Idaho Independent Bank smoke is air conditioner on roof (2:45 item).
  • 2:56 p.m. Several seat cushions are lying on slow lane of n/b H95/near Chilco.
  • 2:46 p.m. Caller reports pitbull wandering loose in Post Falls neighborhood, unknown exact location.
  • 2:45 p.m. Smoke from possible electrical fire coming from vent @ Idaho Independent Bank, 8882 Govt Way/Hayden.
  • 2:42 p.m. 3 teens have pushed dock from residents & are destroying it; unknown location.
  • 2:40 a.m. Domestic dispute reported @ 1000 block of N7th Street/CdA.
  • 2:37 p.m. Large piece of furniture lying on w/b I-90/MP 12 (H95/CdA).
  • 2:21 p.m. Girl fell off bike & hit face @ Honeysuckle/Govt Way, Hayden, has possible broken nose.
  • 1:44 p.m. Road rager in older Buick two-door had near miss w/caller, then swerve toward her & pulled up on right to yell at her before turning e/b on H54 (Garwood area) from H95.
  • 1:37 p.m. Administrator at Post Falls school tells deputy that mother needs to respond to school ASAP or he will be forced to take her misbehaving son to juvenile detention center.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines — 6.23.14

Photographer/attorney Duane Rasmussen reports: “Today at the West end of the airport a B-17 shuts down it's engines.  These old airplanes seem to have an attraction for men with silver hair.” Three iconic airplanes from World War II are visiting the Coeur d'Alene Airport this week. Story here.

Quotable Quote

Every four years — win, lose or draw — you can count on one thing. Commentators bashing soccer, and thinking they're oh so clever because, evidently, no one else has ever done it before. It's as predictable as the World Cup is unpredictable. I wish these folks would kind of go away until the 2018 Winter Olympics, when they come back to bash curling. Which is just fine. 'Cause that never gets old — Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS.

Local GOP To Meet Tuesday

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee will discuss four resolutions when it meets Tuesday evening at the Kootenai County administrative building. The resolutions include one that calls for buying a Quick Books program to aid in an audit of the local GOP's books from Jan. 1, 2004, until Dec. 31, 2013. The minority mainstream wing of the local GOP has been lobbying for an audit of the books for two years. Other resolutions involve immigration and a request that the state GOP clarify code problems involving seating of delegates at the state convention, an issue that caused much turmoil at the annual gathering in Moscow this month. You can read the agenda, May's minutes and the four resolutions below:

Stapilus: Putting Confab In Its Place

Precinct Committeeman Bjorn Handeen, left, talks with president Bob Brook of the North Idaho Pachyderm Club before the meeting Friday. On Friday, local Republicans discussed the controversial Idaho GOP convention. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Will the chaos convention in and of itself change much in Idaho politics? Probably not. Even amid all the headlines, most Idaho voters likely are only vaguely aware that a convention was held, and far fewer could explain to you just what happened there. So what if they failed to elect (in the normal way at least) a chair or adopt a platform? Outside of people really active in Idaho politics, who would notice? When’s the last time either of those things elicited a lot of discussion two weeks after the event?/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: In the long run, do you think the average Republican voter will pay much attention to the chaos of the GOP convention and Republican infighting when it comes time to vote this November?

Update: 12 Cops Involved In Shooting

Possible relative involved in fatal shoutout with Tempe, Ariz., police in March

Twelve police officers from four agencies exchanged gunfire with an armed driver early Sunday in Post Falls after the man fled a traffic stop in Coeur d’Alene, investigators said today. Marcus A. Rael (pictured), 24, of Glendale, Arizona, was shot and taken to Kootenai Health, where he is listed in stable condition today. Rael fired on police at the Spokane Street overpass, about 5 miles east of the state line, around 2 a.m. Sunday, and officers returned fire. Six Coeur d’Alene Police officers, three Post Falls Police officers, two Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies and one Idaho State Police trooper exchanged gunfire with Rael, the sheriff’s office said. All of the officers were placed on paid administrative leave, and their names will be released later, the sheriff’s office said. No officers were injured/Scott Maben, SR. More here.


HBO Blogosphere — 6.23.14

Sidekick CindyH provides this photo and the comment: “Derek, Sam and I were amused by this lone NASCAR fan in a pub filled with soccer fans. We presume he's from North Idaho. A few minutes into the game he allowed the barkeep to change the channel.” Is Cindy profiling North Idaho residents?

HucksOnline numbers (for week of June 15-21): 40,160 page-views/25,119 unique views

IronmanCDA Workouts

Don Sausser, the Eye on Sherman Avenue, snapped this photo of swimmers practicing for Ironman Coeur d'Alene Sunday. Don reports that swimmers have been practicing for the swim portion of the Ironman triathlon recently, beginning as early as 5 a.m. Ironman will take place on the waterfront Sunday.

Post Falls Launch To Open

Boat Launch to Open: Avista announced that Q'emiln Park Boat Launch will open tomorrow afternoon. The beach is not open yet and is expected to be open with lifeguards by the weekend — City of Post Falls/Facebook.

USA-Portugal Match Bests NBA Finals

The World Cup is moving into elite territory as a sports property on American television, as ratings for Sunday’s game between the United States and Portugal were the highest for any soccer game and reached more viewers than events like the N.B.A. finals or the World Series. Sunday’s game, which ended in a 2-2 tie after Portugal scored a late goal, attracted 18.2 million viewers on ESPN. The previous record, for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final, which was won by the United States, was 17.9 million viewers. That game was on a broadcast network — ABC — rather than cable television/New York Times. More here.

Question: Has soccer come of age in America?

LetsTalk: Downtown CdA? Bah!

LetsTalk: I do not visit the CDA waterfront. My life is focused on the north side of town and the lake isn't really a part of that. Nothing downtown that interests me.

OrangeTV: LetsTalk; That's very sad and quite hard to believe. There is SO MUCH going on downtown. When was the last time you checked it out? I mean, if you never visit it, how would you know if there's anything there for you or not? And to not have the jaw-droppingly gorgeous lake as part of your life when you live just a few miles away? Again, that's very sad.

Question: Why do you usually go downtown?

2013 Fruitful For Idaho CEOs

The median raise for the chief executives of Idaho’s publicly traded companies was 12 percent in each company’s latest fiscal year. Only one CEO among the nine took a pay cut. When compared with overall Idaho employee pay, the CEOs came out way ahead. Idaho workers’ median hourly wage rose by half a percent in 2013. The median hourly pay for all Idaho CEOs, across all industries, went up by 5.5 percent between 2012 and 2013. The national average for CEO raises in total compensation was 5 percent to 5.5 percent, according to compensation consultant Steven Hall, founding partner and managing director of Steven Hall & Partners in New York. Idaho’s publicly traded companies generally are in line with a national trend toward tying top executives’ pay to long-term performance/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: When did you get a 12 percent raise?

LDS Boots ‘Ordain Women’ Leader

The Mormon church has excommunicated the prominent founder of a Mormon women's group. The group, Ordain Women, announced Monday afternoon that Kate Kelly's former church leaders in Virginia notified her of the decision. Kelly's former leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had weighed the high-profile decision overnight. She did not attend the disciplinary hearing but instead held a vigil in Salt Lake City with about 200 supporters. As the leader of Ordain Women, Kelly is accused of apostasy, which is repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose church teachings/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo of Kate Kelly)


Ely: What Does GOP Stand For?

Bob Ely: I have a tough time discerning what the GOP is For, whether it's at the national, state or local levels. At the national level they spent four years trying to make certain Obama was a one term president (how did that work out?) and trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (which now seems to have its second wind and is doing just fine). At the state level, they seem to tilt at windmills: repealing the direct election of Senators and getting state control of federal lands (neither of which will ever happen). The state level also seems to want to do away with public education (those pesky well educated teachers seem to be “libruls”). The local level seems to be against everything (cavers), but for nothing. Why would any wage earner or small business owner vote for these idiots?? Family values? Really? I've voted all over the political landscape, from Republican to Democrat to Independents to third party yahoos, but I will not vote for idiots.

Question: Bob Ely raises good points. Is the GOP for anything at local, state or national levels — other than lost causes (nullification, Obamacare, public lands)? Or is it simply against everything?


Netherlands' Memphis Depay, left, looks to the ball after scoring his side's second goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, today. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Safe This Year

This undated publicity photo provided by PBS shows, from left, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, from the TV series, “Downtown Abbey.”

Downton Abbey bosses have reportedly BANNED any major characters from being killed in the new series - to stop a mass exodus of fans. The shock death of Matthew Crawley sparked outrage on Christmas Day, 2012, with millions of angry viewers venting their fury on Twitter. Telly fans also slammed the award-winning period drama when Lady Sybil died during childbirth a few months earlier. However, Lesley Nicol, who plays cook Mrs Patmore, says NO big characters will die in the next series/Mirror. More here. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)

Question: Does it bother you when a major actor gets killed off in a TV series?

Peterson Sets Meeting For Chair

Idaho GOP Chairman Barry Peterson says a bitter dispute over whether he'll continue as chairman will be resolved by the State Republican Central Committee Aug. 9. Peterson said in a news release that he faced a Solomon's choice as factions of the party have split over whether he remains chairman another two years. The GOP convention adjourned June 14 without taking action on electing officers. Peterson and the GOP Rules Committee say he remains in office; the GOP Executive Committee says he's out. The Republican National Committee also says Peterson is out as one of three Idahoans on the national committee/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.



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Op-Ed: Idaho Deserves Better

The 2014 Idaho Republican convention in Moscow was memorable, but not in the way many would have preferred. The process was so dysfunctional and even peripheral issues so contentious that the party was unable to build a political platform. Voters are left to wonder what the state GOP stands for. Some anti-government ideologues may have sought and relished the dysfunction that defied unity among delegates. Some political opponents probably thrill at the implosion. The fiasco generated both giddiness and grief. Takeaway messages are mixed. At the national level, it helped cement Idaho's reputation as a haven for backward-thinking, naysaying obstructionists who are not serious players on the national stage, but colorful sideliners, so outrageous in right-wing entrenchment as to have become almost comic relief from increasingly serious matters of the day. Idaho and its citizens deserve better than that/Nancy Chaney, former Moscow mayor. More here. (Facebook photo of Nancy Chaney)

Question: Do you ever get the impression that the rest of the nation isn't laughing with us?

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Southern Idaho Preps For 80 MPH

Idaho drivers will see the first change to interstate speed limits in nearly two decades beginning July 1 with an increase on most rural stretches of interstate across Southern Idaho, the Idaho Transportation Department announced. For the majority of interstates 15, 84, and 86, the speed limit will increase to 80 mph for vehicle traffic and 70 mph for trucks. The speed limit in the urban areas of the Treasure Valley, between Caldwell and east Boise, as well as through Pocatello and Idaho Falls, will remain at 65 mph. State forces will work to implement the speed changes on all sections of interstate throughout the day July 1. Some areas of interstate could be delayed until July 2, depending on the pace of work or other impacts such as weather. There are no changes to the 65-mph speed limit on Interstate 90 through northern Idaho at this time/Idaho Department of Transportation. More here.

Question: Would you like to see speeds on I-90 raised to 80 mph, too?

AM Scanner Traffic — 6.23.14

  • 12:04 p.m. 69YO female suffers seizure @ Bank of America, 401 E. Front Ave/CdA.
  • 11:35 a.m. Resident in English Point area reports smoke on hill side.
  • 11:29 a.m. White Toyota w/emergency lights on is disabled @ e/b I-90/MP 13 (4th Street/CdA).
  • 11:08 a.m. 50ish female in blue, tie-dye shirt is demanding refund @ Bennett Bay Inn/Lake CdA.
  • 11:06 a.m. Post Falls PD activities report for Sunday, June 22 here.
  • 10:55 a.m. Driver of silver Chevy SUV @ e/b I-90/Spokane Street, Post Falls, possibly DUI, speeding.
  • 10:45 a.m. Officer reports female running on bike path @ H95/Honeysuckle appears to be fleeing someone.
  • 10:33 a.m. CPD officer contacting panhandler @ Honeysuckle/Davis, CdA.
  • 10:21 a.m. Coeur d'Alene store clerk in verbal altercation w/customer; unknown location.
  • 10:20 a.m. Construction worker tripped fire alarm @ hospital, 2205 Kootenai Health Way.
  • 10:11 a.m. Someone needs help getting up after fall @ 12800 block of Emerald Way/Hayden.
  • 10:04 a.m. White dog ran into home & won't leave @ Ferry Landing/Whidbey Lane, Post Falls.
  • 10:01 a.m. Dog running loose @ 19th Street/Mullan Avenue, CdA.
  • 9:32 a.m. Male shoplifter is cooperative after being caught @ Hayden WalMart.
  • 9:23 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ Shiloh Inn/CdA.
  • 9:21 a.m. 911 hang-up reported from Shiloh Inn, 702 W. Appleway/CdA.
  • 9:19 a.m. Smoke is lingering in Candlelight Fellowship (9:07 item). But staff is being allowed back in.
  • 9:12 a.m. Someone injured in a fall @ 700 block of Foster Avenue/CdA.
  • 9:07 a.m. Fire alarms sounding @ Candlelight Fellowship on Pioneer/CdA, possibly as a result of fog machines in use. Staff has evacuated the building.
  • 9:03 a.m. 13YO student is unconscious @ Lakeland High; possible the result of diabetic condition.

AM: Spreading Beauty Box By Box

On a long board, Devin Palfrey, 16, zooms along the sidewalk near a pair of utility boxes wrapped in art Friday near the intersection of Seventh Street and Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene.The Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission has chosen a list of 14 artists to wrap 18 additional boxes by the end of August. Coeur d'Alene Press story here. (Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Question: Do you support/oppose the city of Coeur d'Alene's campaign to commission artists to paid utility boxes?

Poll: Redskins’ Mascot OK

  • Weekend Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation support the Washington Redskins mascot. 89 of 147 respondents (60.54%) said they support the controversial mascot. 55 of 147 respondents (37.41%) said it isn't. 3 (2.04%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Is Barry Peterson the legitimate chairman of the Idaho Republican Party?

Nonini Led Primary Spenders

State Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, was the biggest campaign spender in the month of May, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State on Friday. Nonini spent $30,342 in the last month of the May 20 primary election, and most of that, roughly $17,050, was on advertising with The Coeur d'Alene Press. He raised $12,468 during the same time period, and is sitting on $12,135 going into June. Nonini's primary opponent, Pat Whalen, failed to report his post-primary campaign finance report/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Oopsy: In story, Eric Redman's total fund-raising should read Redman raised $1,371, not $41,371.


Church Politicking Legal, Not Wise

Chuck Wilkes, the pastor of True North/Hayden, is also a lawyer, with a strong opinion about pastors who get involved in the political process, as some here in Kootenai County did during the recent GOPrimary. The Coeur d'Alene Press interviewed him about the controversy surrounding this crossing of religious and political lines. Wilkes sees no problem in a pastor giving his personal opinion. But a church, as a corporate body, are risking their tax exempt status by doing so. State Rep. Ed Morse, R-Hayden, has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service based on his belief that local pastors violated IRS laws barring non-profit organizations from political campaigning. The Press reports: “Morse took issue with a voter guide distributed by several local pastors in the week leading up to the election. Created by the Kootenai Family Council PAC, the fliers rated Republican candidates on two issues: The state healthcare exchange and the Common Core education curriculum.” Full story here.

Question: Do you think Rep. Morse has a legitimate beef?

Hall: The Heart Break Of Handwriting

Note that I am writing this in perfect letters supplied by my computer. Be grateful I am not using what is known as “cursive” or “handwriting.” Those of us who have long been humiliated by inept longhand writing should be grateful that cursive is being pushed aside by keyboards. I can barely write in legible swirling ways that link all the letters together. I am not a physically artistic person. I can enjoy other people's visual skills, but I can no more express myself in squiggly writing than I can sing or draw in ways that are pleasing to other human beings. The public schools of my childhood required me to make a fool of myself using letters all lashed together in ways that quickly turned sloppy. Longhand writing was a skill that made artsy folks look great and the rest of us look hopeless. Forcing visual and musical skills on people born without them results in miserable personal failures/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: I have good handwriting. How about you?

Trib: Denney, Winder Waste Our $$$

Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune takes former House Speaker Lawerence Denney and state Sen. Chuck Winder to task for wasting taxpayers money by hiring an outside attorney to pursue an unconstitutional issue. Denney and Lawerence put Idaho taxpayers on the hook for $41,736 — and counting — because they refused to accept the advise from Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office that the state can't take over federal lands: “We hired legal counsel from outside of state government primarily because we didn't feel as the Legislature that we were getting the help that we needed from the attorney general's office, once they determined the legal prospects of the case against the federal government on this didn't have much merit,” Winder told Montana lawmakers last month. Full editorial here.

Question: Izzit just me — or is it OK for conservative hardliners to waste money on a quixotic clause as long as the cause is popular with their base?

Man ‘Critical’ After Shootout w/Police

Julian Mosher was on his way home from a friend’s house early Sunday when he came upon a standoff on Interstate 90 at Post Falls. “There was a whole bunch of cop cars and the cops had their guns drawn,” said the Post Falls High student, who was the passenger inside a vehicle. “It was really intense.” Mosher said he could hear police trying to talk a person out of a vehicle — the standoff lasted about 45 minutes — then he captured gunfire on video that he posted on Facebook. At least 40 shots were heard in the one-minute video.  “I counted more than 50,” Mosher said. Law enforcement said the male who led police on a pursuit in a white pickup was transported to Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene due to gunshot injuries and was in critical condition on Sunday. No law enforcement personnel were injured/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo by Brian Walker: Investigators search for evidence on Interstate 90 at Post Falls on Sunday morning after an officer-involved shooting at the westbound Spokane Street onramp)

Question: Izzit just me — or are these types of encounters becoming too frequent in the region?

Idaho Dems Find Themselves In Sync

Former Democratic Idaho State Sen. Mary Lou Reed of Coeur d’Alene adds her ideas to a long list of suggestions offered Friday to the resolutions committee of the Idaho Democratic Party at its convention in Moscow. (Lewiston Tribune photo by Barry Kough: Former Democratic Idaho State Sen. Mary Lou Reed of Coeur d’Alene adds her ideas to a long list of suggestions offered Friday to the resolutions committee of the Idaho Democratic Party at its convention in Moscow)

The Idaho Democratic Party ended its state convention on a high note Saturday, accomplishing all it set forth to do while in Moscow - and unanimously. Nearly 200 delegates and alternates approved without a single dissenting vote or comment to approve the third and final draft of the party's 2014 platform before concluding the state meeting. “We learned a lot, we heard a lot, we've accomplished a lot,” said Larry Kenck, Idaho Democratic Party chairman. What delegates need to do next, Kenck said, is spread the platform's message by talking with friends, family, neighbors — even the media — to tell them what the party stands for, its values and why they each became Democrats. “That's how we're going to grow,” he said. “That's how we're going to get it done. That's how we're going to get Democrats elected. That's why I'm proud of you”/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Will Idaho Democrats make gains this year?

Portugal Ties USA With Late Goal

Portugal's Silvestre Varela heads the ball past United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard to score his side's second goal and tie the game 2-2 during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Sunday. Story here. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Question: Did you watch the game?

EOB: Thorpe’s Exit Confirmed

Embattled former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson, who maintains he’s still the party chairman, confirmed Friday that he’s changed the locks at the state party offices and that party executive director Trevor Thorpe is no longer with the party. That leaves just finance chief and office staffer Mary Tipps, who started a month ago, on the state party’s paid staff. “The staff is composed of two, and three or four volunteers,” Peterson said. “And Trevor is going to pursue his master’s degree. Two weeks ago or maybe even three weeks ago, he told me that within a week or so of the convention, he wanted to head out for his master’s degree, so that did happen.” Peterson said he had the office locks changed “for security reasons.” He said over the years, through many changes, it had become unclear where all the keys to the offices were, so he decided “that it would be just as well to have things be where we knew where all the keys were. So we did that, just for security purposes”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: So what silliness from the Idaho GOP do you expect this week?

Hucks: A Reminder Of CdA’s Beauty

So there I was passing the Hagadone Corp. HQ during my noon walk along the Coeur d’Alene waterfront Thursday when I heard one 40ish woman say to another: “It’d be nice to have a map so we knew where we were.” I stopped and asked: “Are you looking for a particular place?” They eyed me suspiciously and disregarded my question. “Is that the visitor’s center over there?” one asked. I told them it was. Then, they asked about the name of the big hotel nearby. I told them it was the Coeur d’Alene Resort (and was wondering how they’d gotten to the waterfront without knowing that). I asked them where they were from. “California,” they responded (which explained their fear of friendly strangers, I suppose). Finally, they said: “This is an amazing place. I bet you feel lucky living here.” I told them I did consider myself fortunate to have landed in this place 30 years ago and thoroughly enjoy it, sun or no sun. ’Tis fun being envied by others simply for living in the Lake City/DFO, SR Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Other SR weekend columns:

Question: How often do you visit the Coeur d'Alene waterfront?

IRS Hard Drives

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Weekend Wild Card — 6.14-15.2014

As I mentioned Friday, Mrs. O and I are celebrating our 39th anniversary today (Saturday). I suspect part of our celebration today will include getting the yard in shape. Two weeks of vacay and constant rains have transformed my yard into a weed-scape. I can't remember when it has been in such a rough shape this late in the growing season. No veggies planted. I'm going to have to buy some big plants to get the usual tomatoes and squash. But the vacay was worth the disaster out back. So no complaints here. Now for your Weekend Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 6.20.14

Vic Mensa crowd surfs at during the second day of Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands in Dover, Del., today. Organizers of the Firefly Music Festival are expecting 80,000 people to attend this year's event, more than double the attendance at the inaugural festival three years ago. (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal, Suchat Pederson)

Not So Smart With Phone

It's kinda embarrassing when your phone rings during an interview & your source has to show you how to decline a call. I was interviewing a teenager, so advanced knowlege was a given — Cindy Hval.

Question: Just how proficient are you in handling your smart phone?

TGIF Wild Card — 6.20.14

On Saturday, Mrs. O & I will celebrate our 39th anniversary. We have suffered the joys and heart aches of a long journey together, losing a child in Lewiston and raising two amazing children in Coeur d'Alene. She's moved with me to five different towns in three different states, as my newspaper career progressed. She has provided wise counsel when I was hurting — and was the one I relied on to make the ultimate decision to move from Lewiston to Coeur d'Alene 30 years ago. I don't know if she's my “soul mate.” But I consider her priceless beyond measure as we forge ahead to Year No. 40. Now for today's Wild Card …

Dr. Chuckles: Java Still Good, But …

Dr. Chuckles (RE: new Java location on Sherman, at old Jonesy's restaurant): Took the family to 'New Java' last Saturday morning. The ambiance is completely different; it is more 'diner' than 'hipster coffee shop'. … When we went, the 4-5 tables outside were full (it was a gorgeous morning); and about 75% of the tables inside were full. It was more busy than I expected. It was exceptionally well-staffed and the service was prompt. Coffee was good as ever. We probably won't go back, just due to the flow of the restaurant. We enjoyed the 'vibe' at the 4th street location and the close proximity to Wiggets.

DFO: Sounds like the service and product offered by Java at location is still good, but the vibe may be different. I need to put a visit to Java on my list of things to do next week. How about you? Are you ready to test-drive Java at new Sherman Avenue location?

Breaking Down Idaho GOP Convention

At the Panhandle Pachyderm Club meeting in Post Falls at noon today, local Republicans discussed the Idaho Republican Convention in Moscow last weekend, including, from left: Toby Schindelbeck, County Clerk Jim Brannon, and state Sen. Bob Nonini. Duane Rasmussen, who provided Huckleberries with this photo, said the discussion was subdued and that most of the people in the room supported embattled state party chairman Barry Peterson, whom they considered to still be the party's legitimate leader.

Dems Launch Confab, Seat Delegates

Idaho Democrats began their two-day convention Friday with optimism, a two-page draft of a platform — and a ready supply of jabs at Republicans. Democrats are gathering at a Moscow convention center this weekend, a short walk from the Kibbie Dome on the University of Idaho campus, where the Republican convention disintegrated in discord just six days earlier. The sense of timing and juxtaposition was not lost on Democratic leaders. The Democrats opened business Friday with what is normally a routine exercise: seating convention delegates. But this same procedural task hung up the GOP convention, as party leaders moved to disqualify delegates from Ada, Bannock and Power counties.  “And we’ve already accomplished what no one else could,” state Democratic chair Larry Kenck said, after delegates loudly and unanimously voted to seat all the delegates who showed up for the convention. “Congratulations”/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: See, it's not that hard to seat delegates after all. Thoughts?

Carlson: An Idaho Gem

Somewhere down the road a future Idaho governor is going to take a page from a President’s Book of Plays, and is going to create, maybe even endow, an annual award to an Idaho writer, artist, composer, or outstanding college teacher. Let’s call it the “Gem” Award, and attach a cash component of say $100,000. Ask the Idaho Humanities Council (The Council has established a similar award, but no money) to submit three names to the Governor. Yes, Idaho already has the “Esto Perpetua” award that goes annually to the person or organization that during the previous year has best promoted Idaho heritage. It is awarded by the Idaho State Historical Society. While prestigious it too carries no monetary award. My nominee for the First Gem Award would hands down be Idaho’s State Historian, and one of the state’s finest writers, Keith Petersen/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Who do you regard as an “Idaho gem”?

Cutline Contest — 6.20.14

Time 2 Vote …

The female octopus Regina seems to prefer the flag of Ghana and the organizers take it as a oracle for a victory of Ghana in the upcoming soccer match between Germany and Ghana on Saturday at the FIFA World Championship 2014 in Brazil, at the Sea Life Aquarium in Berlin, Germany, earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/dpa,Jens Kalaene)

Thursday Winner — JDanMike, with 7 likes: am i being profiled because of my hat? You can see Thursday Photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 6.20.14

  • 5:47 p.m. 14YO Coeur d'Alene boy last seen Govt Way/Garden Avenue is considered a runaway.
  • 5:42 p.m. A discarded bicycle has been found @ 5600 block of N. Atlantic/CdA.
  • 5:34 p.m. Possible animal abuse reported @ Post Falls WalMart East (dog in car).
  • 5:01 p.m. Canine approved for undisclosed situation @ USFS Road #1535.
  • 4:50 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 19-20 here.
  • 4:37 p.m. Blue SUV w/2 dogs in the back is being driven recklessly @ n/b H95/MP 415 (Rockford Bay Road).
  • 4:24 p.m. Driver of black Chevy Tahoe reckless @ n/b H95/Hayden Avenue.
  • 3:44 p.m. CPD officers dealing w/suicidal male & 2 pitbulls in 12th/McFarland Avenue area.
  • 3:39 p.m. 86YO female (2:02 item) has been located.
  • 3:18 p.m. Renal care facility @ 2100 N. Ironwood Court/CdA reports unconscious patient.
  • 3:14 p.m. Ashley reports aggressive transient asked friend & her for money, threatened them, @ unknown CdA location.
  • 3:09 p.m. Loose dog reported @ Vantage/Ainsworth, Hayden.
  • 2:56 p.m. Garbage truck on side on Camp 4 Echoes Road/Worley, driver uninjured. Trash, fuel leaking from truck.
  • 2:27 p.m. Driver of gray vehicle w/Washington plates reckless @ s/b H95/MP 452 (Benewah County line).
  • 2:02 p.m. Assisted living facility @ 264 W. Hilgren/Hayden is looking for 86YO female (Stella Jeffres) who left 15 minutes ago and possibly suffers from dementia.
  • 1:49 p.m. Motorist of disabled red vehicle @ H95/Ironwood, CdA, needs help.
  • 1:48 p.m. 2 females in white Chrysler @ Appleway/Govt Way making obscene gestures.
  • 1:19 p.m. 2YO has suffered head injury at an aquatics area (unknown which one).
  • 1:16 p.m. Investigator en route to site of fatal shooting by CPD officers on Dragon Fly for follow-up.
  • 1:15 p.m. Undisclosed suspicious situation @ Govt Way/Ironwood, CdA.
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Quotable Quote

“It’s kind of a tin-horn dictator type coup. And the question is what do you do when somebody stages a coup and has the office and changes the locks and has their hands on the bank account and the computer systems, how do you get them out of there? In this country, we don’t do it through violence, so we have to work through all the processes that are available to us” — Chairman Grant Loebs of Twin Falls County Republicans re: current state of Idaho GOP affairs.

HBO Blogosphere — 6.20.14

Thom George, former chairman of the Kootenai County Democratic Party and author of the Eye on Shanghai blog, provides this selfie from in front of the closed Idaho Republican Party office in Boise this afternoon. Tongue firmly cheeked, Thom tells Huckleberries: “I stopped by the ID GOP office to see if I cold help them remove their head from their nether regions, but nobody was home. Their office was as empty as their platform.” Thom also provides a Self Portrait from his blog today here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, June 19): 7235 page-views/4442 unique views

Labrador Sees Positives In Loss

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) sees his failed bid to become the House majority leader as anything but a failure. Speaking with reporters in his office Friday, the outspoken conservative made clear that his late attempt to challenge Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was just the beginning of his effort to take on an outsized role in Washington, and he wouldn't rule out making a leadership bid again. “This is a building block for something come,” he said. “I can’t tell you what that something to come is.” While some painted Labrador’s bid to replace Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the No. 2 GOP spot as a long shot doomed from the start, a protest campaign of sorts, Labrador said he received a much different message from lawmakers/Peter Schroeder, The Hill. More here.

Question: Wouldn't it be a good thing for Congressman Labrador to someday when a House leadership position?

$60M Riverfront Park Plan OK’d

Ally Jones, 10, rides the Looff Carousel in Riverfront Park, earlier today.The Spokane Park Board approved the 2014 Riverfront Park Master Plan along with its accompanying funding package in a special session on Friday. The plan, which encompasses $60 million in park improvements, includes a new enclosure for the historic carousel. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

The first major renovation of Riverfront Park in decades is a step closer to becoming reality. The Spokane Park Board approved the 2014 Riverfront Park Master Plan along with its accompanying funding package in a special session on Friday. The plan, which encompasses $60 million in park improvements, would be funded by a voter-approved bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. While the board unanimously passed a resolution asking for the bond measure, board member Preston Potratz dissented on the park’s master plan, which passed 10-1. Potratz expressed hesitation that the plan wasn’t vetted enough by outside experts/Daniel Moore, SR. More here.

Question: When & for what reason did you last visit Riverfront Park?

Ex-Chair: Put A Fork In Peterson

Former Idaho GOP Chairman Trent Clark said Friday “it's kind of a done deal” that Barry Peterson will lose his struggle to hang on as Republican chairman. “My supposition is that Barry will see the writing on the wall and will cooperate with an orderly transition,” said Clark, GOP Chairman from 1999-2002. Peterson's clinging to power hurts both him and the party, said Clark, who wrote a sharply-worded email to about 370 Republicans Friday morning alleging mob rule. In an interview, Clark said the party's finances and headquarters must be secured/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you suppose Barry Peterson and his Tea-publican supporters realize he's damaged goods?

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Jones Has 70-to-1 Edge In Supt $$$

Unopposed in the Democratic primary, state superintendent’s candidate Jana Jones, pictured, enters the general election with more than a 70-to-1 advantage in cash on hand. The fundraising in the superintendent’s race has been relatively modest — on both sides. But Jones has more than $20,000 in her campaign account, according to campaign finance reports filed this week. Ybarra, the Republicans’ surprise nominee for state superintendent, goes into the general election with less than $300 on hand. This week was the deadline for all statewide candidates to file post-primary finance reports/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you think the Good Old Boys are going to open their wallets for Republican Sherri Yburra's race to replace Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna?

On The Waterfront — 6.20.19

At North Idaho College today, I saw street crews busy re-surfacing the street that runs in front of the SUB/Christianson Gym. Nearby, I noticed that construction workers are almost finished with the four condos at East Lakeshore/Military Drive — the ones that caused such a furor when proposed in the historic Fortgrounds area. A worker told me that they are suppose to be finished by July 1. There were some sun bathers at City Beach, despite overcast skies, and more children were at Fort Sherman Playground in City Park than yesterday. However, there were still far more children using the new playground and splash pad at McEuen Park. I noticed that the old space for Java on Sherman had customers hanging out at tables but there was no line coming out the door as there was in the Java days. I didn't notice a name of the new business on the marquee. At 1 o'clock, meanwhile, Hudson's Hamburgers, was standing-room only per usual.

Question: Has anyone visited the new Java in the old Jonesy's building yet? What do you think of it?

DFO: We Benefit More Than Visitors

Yesterday, someone commented here cynically that s/he appreciates all the money Coeur d'Alene has spent making the waterfront and western entrance to the city more attractive — to visitors. I've heard that comment several times. It's simply not true. Yes, the urban renewal and McEuen Field upgrade will make Coeur d'Alene into a greater attraction for visitors and tourists. But the residents of the greater Coeur d'Alene area benefit from all the money poured into the various upgrades to the Lake City because — (drum roll, puh-LEEZ) we live here 24/7/365. The visitors descend around Memorial Day and promptly leave when the school bells chime in the fall. We locals get to enjoy the waterfront (although it may be a little more crowded than we like) all summer long. In the should seasons, especially our fine autumns, we have the waterfront largely to ourselves. In fact, during rough winter days, I'm alone on the waterfront for many noon walks. I appreciate all the improvements that have made this viewtiful city that much better — and pity those who can't let go of their agendas and see the beauty of our evolving city for themselves/DFO.


Taking Time To Smell The Roses

On her Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson posts: “Another full day but I took time to 'smell the roses' or more accurately watch swallows collect mud in the puddles left by our rains of recent days. As a girl we called these mud daubers but they're barn swallows who build their nests from the mud they collect in their beaks and on their feet and legs. This puddle in front of Seltice Elementary just north of the railroad tracks on Chase Road is one of their favorites every spring.”

Question: Tell us of a time this week when you took time to “smell the roses”?


Quotable Quote

Nothing says “big tent” quite like locking the doors — Scootermom.

PFPD Seeks Bike Thief

From Post Falls Police Department Facebook: A juvenile male stole a bicycle from Super 1 Foods on April 29. The juvenile was seen looking at a “Framed Verdict” BMX bike which was left against the building by the propane tanks. The male walked past the bike, then turned around and came back. The video shows the juvenile described in the report (approximately 11 years old wearing a black “Nike” sweatshirt, black shorts, and carrying a backpack). We are requesting that anyone with information about the bike contact Detective Moss at 208-773-3517 reference case number 14PF0765

Question: Have you or a child or yours ever had his/her bike stolen?

AM Scanner Traffic — 6.20.14

  • 11:27 a.m. Officers en route to 2600 block of N. Nugget/Post Falls, unknown reason.
  • 11:01 a.m. Garage burglar alarm sounding @ Avondale Loop/Thames Court, Hayden Lake.
  • 10:25 a.m. Reckless driver of red Toyota Camri has pulled into Exxon station @ Riverbend/Post Falls.
  • 10:19 a.m. Male (8:48 item) stumbling onto w/b H53/Prairie Avenue, being given ride to Hauser Smoke Shop.
  • 10:06 a.m. Caller reports male driver on n/b H95/Coeur d'Alene area tailgating, flipping off other motorists.
  • 9:48 a.m. Caller request extra patrol for Nettleton Gulch area, east of 15th Street/CdA, unknown reason.
  • 9:45 a.m. Horses are running loose @ Idaho/Prairie Avenue, Post Falls.
  • 9:15 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 800 block of N18th Street/CdA.
  • 8:48 a.m. Male in purple shirt is sleeping on backpack near fog line @ w/b H53/MP 6.5 (near North Idaho Road/Hauser).
  • 8:39 a.m. 2 small, shoeless boys asked customer for food @ Post Falls Taco Bell. Now en route to Dairy Queen.
  • 8:34 a.m. Female w/shopping bags in hand caught male trying to get into her vehicle @ CdA grocery store.
  • 8 a.m. Post Falls Police Department day-shift log for Thursday, June 19, here.

Downtown High-Rise Ready To Go

Kurt Lundblad, real estate agent for Century 21 Beutler and Associates, has created a series of renditions showing One Lakeside, a 14-story condominium project in downtown Coeur d’Alene. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

The property has been fenced off, a showroom has been built and construction should get underway on the 14-story One Lakeside condominium tower by the end of summer. The city said the $40-to-$50-million project may contribute to a record construction year in Coeur d'Alene. “We would like to break ground sooner, but with Ironman and all the other summer activities downtown, realistically it will probably be closer to Labor Day,” said Kurt Lundblad, who is marketing the condos. Lundblad said One Lakeside will be meeting with the city of Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday to work out permit issues, but his showroom is open now at the Beutler and Associates Century 21 Building/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you ready for another downtown Coeur d'Alene high rise?

Loebs: Chair’s Term Ends Tuesday

Grant Loebs, the chairman of the Idaho GOP’s legislative District 24 and a member of the state Central Committee – and also the Twin Falls county prosecutor – says in his view, state GOP Chairman Barry Peterson’s term ends on June 24, which is next Tuesday. “The chairman is elected for a two-year term,” Loebs said, and Peterson was elected at the party’s 2012 convention in Twin Falls on June 23. The chairman’s term is described in two ways in the party rules, Loebs said, both as a two-year term, and one that ends when the next chairman is elected and takes office immediately at the state convention, which could be slightly less than two years. “So one way or the other, he’s out on the 24th at the very latest,” he said/Betsy Russell, Idaho Statesman. More here.

DFO: Sounds like Chairman Peterson should take a note from Congressman Labrador and admit defeat graciously. However, that wouldn't be as much fun for us at Huckleberries Online. So I say: Hang in there until the bitter end, Barry. We're not laughing with you.

Annual Contest Seeks Ugliest Dog

In this Friday, June 24, 2011, AP file photo, a judge evaluates “Yoda” during the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif. The 14-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix took top honors winning $1000 and a plethora of pet perks at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. The 25th running of the World's Ugliest Dog contest is taking place today at the Sonoma County Fair in Petaluma, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Question: Would you describe your dog as “ugly”?

Poll: Remove Independence Pt Lot

  • Thursday Poll: In a close vote, the majority of Hucks Nation sided with a proposal to remove the waterfront parking lot at Independence Point, as long as equal or better access for handicapped individuals is provided nearby. 58 of 114 respondents (50.88%) approved of the idea. 50 of 114 respondents (43.86%) disapproved of the idea. 6 (5.26%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Should the Washington Redskins change their name?

Wellpinit Keeps Redskins Mascot

While the U.S. Patent Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registrations, there's another organization in Washington state that's decided to stand firm that their sports teams will remain the Redskins — the Wellpinit High School Redskins to be exact, whose school is located in the town of the same name on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Stevens County. Wednesday night the school board got together and decided, despite a push to get the mascot changed at the high school, they won't be pursuing a re-branding from the Redskins. “To me it's a proud name and any school that uses Redskins as their mascot makes me feel proud,” Wellpinit resident Celia Stearns said/KXLY. More here.

Question: What objectionable high school mascot names does Idaho have (besides Maniacs of Orofino)?

GOP Chair Changes Office Locks

Embattled former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson, who maintains he’s still the party chairman, confirmed this morning that he’s changed the locks at the state party offices and that party executive director Trevor Thorpe is no longer with the party, leaving just finance chief and office staffer Mary Tipps, who started a month ago, on the state party’s paid staff. “The staff is composed of two, and three or four volunteers,” Peterson said. “And Trevor is going to pursue his master’s degree. Two weeks ago or maybe even three weeks ago, he told me that within a week or so of the convention, he wanted to head out for his master’s degree, so that did happen.” Peterson said he had the office locks changed “for security reasons”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Paranoia strikes deep?

AM Headlines — 6.20.14

Cindy Edington, one of the board members on the Humane Society, pets one of the guinea pigs at the fairgrounds during their first adoption fair. All of the animals seized from the Athol home have been adopted. Coeur d'Alene Press story here. (SR photo: Tess Freeman)

Trib: Jeers To Chauvinistic Reitz, Too

Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune also offered Jeers … to Chuck Reitz: Co-chairman of the GOP convention's credentials committee, the Shoshone County Republican had this to say to a group of women who didn't like the way delegates from Ada, Bannock and Power counties had been stripped of their votes: “Just hold on, take a breath and go refresh your lipstick.” Where is this guy coming from? A “Mad Men” episode? Dallas circa 1969? Salt Lake City a decade later? No. Moscow, 2014.

Question: How did this guy become co-chairman of the GOP convention's credentials committee?

Dems To Lead Minimum-Wage Tour

Democratic candidates for office in Idaho, led by 2nd District congressional candidate Richard Stallings, Nels Mitchell, who’s running against GOP Sen. Jim Risch, and Bert Marley, who’s challenging Lt. Gov. Brad Little, will tour the southern half of the state next Tuesday in support of the Raise the Minimum Wage Campaign, with rallies in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls and Boise. Stallings’ campaign announced that the plan is to “draw a spotlight on the situation 29,000 Idahoans live with on a daily basis trying to live on $7.25 an hour”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More information here.

Question: Can Idaho Democrats make hay on the minimum wage issue?

Woodings’ Daughter Has Bad Hair Day

Columnist Dan Popkey of the Idaho Statesman offers a light-hearted look at Rep. Holli Woodings, the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, who is attending her party's state convention in Moscow this weekend. Seems Woodings daughter, Mary, wasn't happy with trim her mother gave her bangs. So she took matters into her own hands. Holli told Popkey: “I thought I had put the scissors up high enough where she couldn't reach them,” Woodings confessed to the Idaho Statesman. “But she went ahead and got them down anyway and decided to take matters into her own hands.” Full story here.

Question: Have any of your children tried to trim his/her own hair with a pair of scissors?

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Trib: Jeers To GOP Emailer

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune has plenty of jeers to go around for those involved with the Idaho GOP convention, including: ”

JEERS … to LeeAnn Callear of Orofino. Regional chairwoman and a member of the GOP's executive committee, Callear is no fan of Otter. Here's what she told 375 of her nearest and dearest friends in an email:”I am unhappy that Butch Otter is a corrupt, vindictive, hateful, childish bully! I am ashamed that I helped put him into office. We knew he was an adulterer. We knew he was a drunk.”OK, that's walking up to the line and dangling a toe over it. But this is politics. Otter has a drunken driving conviction and a divorce on his record. Then Callear dragged Otter's wife, Lori, into her diatribe: “We knew his wife was a filthy-mouthed, mean woman. Why did we let this go so far?” Who's going too far, Ms. Callear? Complete Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: Wow! Just wow! This is one of the best & brightest of the Idaho Tea Party?

WWII Aircraft Coming To CdA Airport

The B-17 Flying Fortress “Sentimental Journey” is one of approximately 50 known in existence out of the 12,731 built. A similar plane, the “Nine O Nine,” will be on display at the Coeur d'Alene airport next week. Visitors are invited to the Coeur d'Alene Airport, Pappy Boyington Field, Monday through Wednesday to tour or fly one of the three most iconic aircraft from World War II. Coeur d'Alene Press story here. (Press file photo: Jerome A. Pollos)

Question: Is this something that interests you?

Panel Picks CdA Lawyer As Magistrate

Coeur d'Alene City Attorney Anna Eckhart has been selected to replace Kootenai County Magistrate Judge Penny Friedlander. The First District Magistrate Commission on Thursday announced Eckhart was appointed to fill a vacancy created by Friedlander's retirement. Her chambers will be in Kootenai County. One of the largest pools ever competed for the magistrate position, with 17 applicants vying for the magistrate's position. Eckhart was one of six finalists for the position/Coeur d'Alene Press. Other finalists here.


Chaos Continues At Idaho GOP

The chaos continues at the Idaho Republican Party, after dueling purported party committee meetings on consecutive days reached wildly different conclusions about who’s in charge. This all arises from the failed Idaho GOP state convention last weekend in Moscow, which adjourned without doing any of its business – electing officers, adopting a party platform or passing resolutions – after days of fighting over attempts to eject various groups of delegates amid an intra-party rift/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Why do we let these guys run the state when they can't even run their own house?

Captured? So What

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Wild Card/Thursday — 6.19.14

Izzit it me — or did the sun make a cameo appearance this morning? After 7 days of rain & clouds, the appearas of Old Sol was appreciated. But it appears that the sun has ducked behind the clouds again at mid-morning. I hope it's shining on Saturday when Mrs. O and I celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. 39 years with me! That's hard time. She's earned her reward in the next life. Now for today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 6.19.14

Two teenagers and street decorations with the colors of the Brazilian flag are reflected on a puddle near by the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, today. Manaus plays host to four World Cup soccer matches. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Quotable Quote

“They should drop 'Washington' from their team name. That's even more embarrassing than a racial stereotype” — DeePee re: Washington Redskins controversy.

Labrador Congratulates McCarthy

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) released the following statement after Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was elected House Majority Leader:

“I want to congratulate Kevin on his election as Majority Leader and I wish him the best.  I had an amazing time running for this position.  It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in Congress.  I really enjoyed talking with my colleagues one-on-one about the future of our conference and the direction of our party.  Everyone I spoke to, whether they voted for Kevin or me, agrees that we can do better.  The process needs to be improved, the committees need to work their will, and our members need to feel more relevant.  We have a terrific conference – filled with talented, impressive leaders – and I deeply believe that the dialogue we’ve sparked over the past week will lead to a stronger, more successful future for House Republicans and America.”

Question: Are you glad/sad that Congressman Raul Labrador lost his bid to become House Majority Leader?

Cutline Contest — 6.19.14

Time 2 Vote …

Fans are checked by security personnel before entering the Arena da Amazonia for the group A World Cup soccer match between Cameroon and Croatia in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Wednesday Winner — CDAJim, with 10 likes: Idaho GOP swimming upstream after the Moscow fiasco. You can see Wednesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 6.19.14

  • 4:31 p.m. Driver of tanker @ s/b H95/MP 480 (Selle Road/Ponderay) speeding, reckless.
  • 3:43 p.m. PFPD officer en route to handle shoplifter @ Post Falls WalMart East.
  • 3:23 p.m. Caller reports suspicious heavy-set male carrying clipboard @ 19th/Lincoln, Post Falls.
  • 3:18 p.m. CPD officer called to Lincoln Way/Ironwood CityLink stop to deal w/passenger w/open container.
  • 2:29 p.m. Undisclosed parking problem @ Independence Point/downtown CdA.
  • 2:08 p.m. Driver of green station wagon @ s/b H41/Rice Road, Twin Lakes, passed on double yellow lines.
  • 1:59 p.m. 30ish female driver of silver Ford F-150 pickup appears high @ I-90/MP 8 (Huetter rest stop area).
  • 1:45 p.m. Someone has been injured in fall @ 600 block of E. Maplewood Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 1:27 p.m. Female reports boyfriend left work early & texted that he's considering suicide.
  • 1:26 p.m. Driver of red Toyota RAV4, w/Kootenai County plates, driving recklessly @ e/b I-90/stateline.
  • 1:17 p.m. Caller reports male on blue racing-style motorcycle almost hit her @ s/b Lincoln Way/Davidson, CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines — 6.19.14

Todd Benson paints over grid lines as he and his brother, Cain, continue to create a mural at the corner of Maple Street and Second Avenue in downtown Spokane. The brothers are one of four teams selected by The Spokane Arts Fund to paint murals on underpasses along Wall, Howard, Cedar and Maple Streets. Cain said the images were selected to make you smile. “This is what we would like our city to be.” (AP Photo, The Spokesman-Review/Dan Pelle)

Lifeguards Returning To City Beach

One of the area’s most popular beaches will have lifeguards on duty beginning Monday. They will staff the beach seven days a week through Monday, August 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fourteen lifeguards will be employed by the city. “We’re excited to have lifeguards out for the summer,” said Coeur d’Alene recreation director Steve Anthony. “It’s one of the nicer waterfront places in the area and we’re expecting a busy season.” Citizens planning large group activities are advised to contact City Beach at 769-2258 so staffing adjustments can be made.

Still Another Idaho Last For Education

It's a statistic that Idaho's been fighting for years — ranking at the bottom in the country when it comes to students continuing their education after high school. Five years ago, the Gem State was ranked 43rd and several agencies started a campaign to improve those numbers. But instead, Idaho dropped and is now ranked 50th in the nation. In 2009, the Albertson Foundation launched the “Go On” campaign. They were trying to raise awareness to push students to go on to college or trade school after graduation. But now, the number of students doing so seems to dropping, as Idaho's rank in this category has dropped to last in the country/Karen Zatkulak, KTVB. More here.


Is There Anything As Useless As …

… A car burglar alarm? An alarm is now sounding from a vehicle parked in the Spokesman-Review lot on Northwest Boulevard. Seems as though one goes off every other day. As far as I know, no burglars have ever attempted to break into a vehicle on our lot. Have you ever heard that an alarm stopped a burglar from breaking into a vehicle?

Question: What modern convenience/device do you consider useless?

HBO Blogosphere — 6.19.14

In 7 Blog, Dan Webster writes: “(SR columnist Shawn) Vestal's short story collection “Godforsaken Idaho” has been named to the shortlist of the PEN Literary Awards. Vestal's collection is one of the five finalists in contention for the 2014 Robert W. Bingham Prize, an award for a debut work of fiction that carries with it a $25,000 reward. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, June 18): 8994 page-views/5352 unique views

Ybarra Sees Plus At 1st Convention

Although she may not have made the biggest splash at last week’s Republican State Convention, state superintendent’s candidate Sherri Ybarra felt motivated by the experience. Ybarra attended less than half the convention, which ultimately broke down Saturday amidst intraparty squabbles, without any business accomplished. But in her first convention, Ybarra said she accomplished her three main goals. She hoped to meet fellow Republicans, talk to them about the state of education and raise campaign funds. “I think I accomplished all those,” she said. “I did raise some money and met people and heard their concerns.” Ybarra raised just $3,150.14 between Jan. 1 and May 30 – with just $300 of that coming in the weeks leading up to the primary/Clark Corbin, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: Will the fractured Idaho GOP embrace its Superintendent of Schools nominee (especially if she supports decent funding of public education)?

From Mouths Of Californians

During my noon walk, I was passing the Hagadone Corp HQ when I heard one 40-something female pedestrian say to another: “It'd be nice to have a map so we knew where we were.” I stopped and asked: “Are you looking for a particular place?” They eyed me suspiciously and then relaxed. “Is that the visitor's center over there?” one asked. I told them it was. Then, they asked for the name of the big hotel on the waterfront. I told them it was the Coeur d'Alene Resort (and was wondering how they'd gotten to the waterfront without knowing that). I asked them where they were from. “California,” they responded. Finally, they said: “This is an amazing place. I bet you feel lucky living here.” I told them I did consider myself fortunate to have landed in these place 30 years ago and thoroughly enjoy it, sun or no sun.

Question: How many times have friends and relatives from other states told you how lucky you were to live in the Coeur d'Alene area?


I have several requests from quality people to be added to their LinkedIn network. Can someone explain what that is? I'm already on Facebook & Twitter — and am uncertain whether to expand my social media exposure. Anyone?

Update: R’s Pick McCarthy Over Raul

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., the strong favorite to replace House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., arrives with his GOP House allies for leadership elections, earlier today on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Republicans will shuffle their leadership lineup Thursday, most likely promoting Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to become the second-highest ranking Republican in a rare midsession party election necessitated by Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning defeat in a June 10 Virginia primary. The California Republican, 49, has built a reputation as a gregarious and politically savvy pol despite some failings in the more confrontational whip role, which is tasked with counting and securing votes in a divided GOP conference to pass legislation. The majority leader is responsibility for coordinating the legislative agenda with committee chairmen and managing the U.S. House schedule. McCarthy quickly locked up support — including Cantor's public endorsement — and he faces only token opposition from Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, a Tea Party-aligned lawmaker/Susan Davis, USA Today. More here.

Question: Will Labrador be strengthened/weakened by his race for Majority Leader, if he loses big?

Hearn: Educators Should Know Best

Chairman Tom Hearn of the Coeur d'Alene School Board via Facebook commentary:One thing I have found interesting on the school board is how many people are willing to ignore educators and believe they are only focused on their own self interest not the children. We don't presume to tell law enforcement, doctors, engineers, psychologists, lawyers, architects, and many other professionals how to do their professional work. Yet as a society we insist on telling educators how to do their jobs plus expect the public schools will do far more than <i>just</i> educate children, and then we underfund the schools in Idaho in a manner that I think borders on negligence.”

Question: Do you think, as Chairman Hearn does, that the funding of our public schools borders on negligence?

Normandy Celebrates Liberty

Online columnist Marc Johnson/The Johnson Post is touring Europe. Here is his column from Port en Bessin, Normandy:

We’ve all heard the classic stereotype frequently attached to the French; they’re cool – even cold – detached, formal to the point of rudeness, and some might say arrogant and, of course, they don’t like foreigners. The stereotype is, like most stereotypes, largely poppycock. The next time I encounter the stereotype I’m going to remember this little stone monument marking a road hard by the River Orne in Normandy.  Full column here.

Question: Do you have a relative who took part in the Normandy invasion?

On The Waterfront — 6.19.14

I rearranged my daily lunch walk to cut through the new Centennial Trail Plaza between the Coeur d'Alene Resort and the resort mall (significant upgrade) and lap McEuen Park. I estimate 100 children were playing on the new McEuen Park playground and adjacent splash pad (with parents watching nearby), despite overcast skies. About a dozen children were playing at the older Fort Sherman Park in City Park to the west of the resort. The walkways were open to the public throughout the park (although work continues near the Veterans Memorial Plaza and the grass for the new natural amphitheater remains off limits. The only area not in use was the outdoor basketball courts. (Then, the City Park courts weren't being used either.) I spotted Recreation Director Steve Anthony out for a walk in the park, and yelled out: “Where's the softball fields.” He had a pained expression until he saw who had yelled. Steve told me that the city is going to put a new roof on the Memorial Field grandstand in two weeks or so. We walked together for a bit. We encountered Connie Chalich on the street. She's the mother of Chad Chalich, quarterback for the UI Vandals, who'll kick off their season at “The Swamp,” the University of Florida's famous football field in late August. That'll be a rough game. But I told her that I hope this is the year that the UI football program will begin turning things around/DFO.

Question: What do you think of the new Centennial Trail Plaza?

Pastor Tired Of Policing Sketch ‘Hood

Pastor Eric Blauer is tired of patrolling his East Central neighborhood, calling 911 and Crime Check, and seeing no dent in street crime. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Eric Blauer, a pastor at Jacob’s Well Church, knows the people in his East Fifth Avenue neighborhood very well. He knows where the single parents live, which homes are rentals and which are owned by lifelong residents. He knows where the drug dealers live and where the prostitutes take their customers. When he moved to East Central with his family eight years ago, he knew he was moving into a low-income neighborhood with some significant challenges, but he never anticipated he would end up feeling like the sheriff there. “I do insert myself into it,” he said, shrugging his shoulders, while on a recent walk through East Central. “But I live here. These problems we are talking about are my problems – not other people’s problems”/Pia Hallenberg, SR. More here.

Question: Are you and your neighbors part of a Neighborhood Watch program?

Ice Cream, You Scream

It was wedding bells that brought Katy and Jim Byrnes to the ice cream truck business. The two – who both have children from previous marriages – wanted to find a way to pay for their wedding three years ago. Jim Byrnes had been thinking about buying an ice cream truck since his kids were little. And so the couple started Sweet & Savory, an ice cream truck that travels through neighborhoods, small towns and even special events. The two found an old white van and modified it. They turned the passenger seat around for easy access to the freezer, which is hooked up to a converter for power. They got a business license and an itinerant vendor’s license/Lisa Leinberger, SR (SR photo by Colin Mulvany: Katy Byrnes hands a SpongeBob Popsicle to Norah Spilker on Spokane's South Hill Monday)

Question: I can't remember the last time I bought ice cream from an ice cream truck. Can you?

Front Porch: When Tabby’s On A Diet

Note: Cindy Hval is on vacation this week. Milo, her personal assistant and the senior cat of the Hval house, is filling in for this week’s column.

All I wanted was a snack. I mean, is that so much to ask considering the starvation rations I’ve been placed on because of Thor’s weight issues? He gets fat and I have to suffer. It’s just not right. I called to her from the hallway. “Meeeeow!” I said. She didn’t even look up from the computer. So rude! So, I asked again more forcefully. No response. Just the clicking of her fingers on the keyboard. Maybe her hearing is going. I sat next to her ankles and explained the situation. “Meeeow, meow, MEOW!” I said. “Be quiet,” she replied. “I’m on deadline – and you just ate.” More here.

Question: Would Milo do a good job subbing here at HucksOnline?

CdA May Get 3 New Officers

The good news is Coeur d’Alene may get three new patrol officers. But even if the hires occur, the Lake City will continue to be significantly short-handed in regards to law enforcement staffing compared with other cities in Idaho. Acting police Chief Ron Clark said based on statewide statistics the city would need 12 new officers just to meet minimum policing standards. “Based on crime rates versus the number officers, we are dealing with more crime per officer than any other similar-sized agency in the state,” Clark said. Still, the chief is thankful that the City Council this week voted 4-1 to support his request to apply for a $375,000 Federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant to fund the new officers. Councilman Steve Adams, pictured, voted against the proposal/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Seems to be the purity of his misguided ideology is more important to Councilman Steve Adams than community police protection. Or am I missing something?

AM Scanner Traffic — 6.19.14

  • 11:22 a.m. 16YO male injured his neck and back in fall on Post Falls High football field.
  • 11:03 a.m. KCSDeputy en route to county jail w/adult male in custody, unknown reason for arrest.
  • 10:59 a.m. Someone is suffering a seizure @ Seltice Way/Beck, Post Falls.
  • 10:56 a.m. Caller reports female hitting child in front of Post Falls Super 1.
  • 10:45 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 18-19 here.
  • 10:29 p.m. Burglar alarm is sounding @ residence @ 2100 block of W. Fairway/CdA.
  • 10:19 a.m. KCSDeputy en route to county jail w/female in custody, unknown reason for capture.
  • 10:11 a.m. Trucker of green semi n/b on H95 from I-90 speeding, ran red slight, now driving too slowly.
  • 9:40 a.m. PFPD officer reports male walking along railroad tracks from Poleline/Post Falls.
  • 9:12 a.m. CPD seeking stolen 1999 Pontiac that has “Limited Edition” & “Zombie Family” stickers on it.
  • 9:11 a.m. CPD seeking red-and-cream Scooter w/Washington plates that was stolen in CdA.

DFO: HBO Still Dedicated To Vision

I'm continuing to process the Idaho GOP convention “Mess in Moscow” that occurred while I was on vacation. Seems to me that the state GOP is every bit as messed up as the Kootenai County GOP. The Teapublicans either control or heavily influence both. Which isn't a good thing for those of us in the vast middle of the political spectrum in this county and state. Further complicating the problem is the fact that Kootenai County is likely to send 8 of 9 individuals to the 2015 Legislature who have strong, local Tea Party/Libertarian backing. I don't think former RecallCDA organizers Rep. Kathy Sims and Mary Souza to be the people's choice to represent Coeur d'Alene in the Idaho Legislature. Yet they won their voter-depressed GOPrimary elections and are ready to push their agendas if they survive the general election. Souza is unopposed for the state Senate seat now held by Sen. John Goedde, R-CdA. What's this all mean at Huckleberries? This blog will continue to push for lawmakers, council members, school trustees, etc., who have a vision to improve the greater Coeur d'Alene area, without respect to party affiliation. Coeur d'Alene remains a beacon of visionary government in an area of anti-government fervor. Huckleberries will continue to support civic leaders who back important projects like the Education Corridor and 4 Corners makeover and oppose noisy ideologues who waste time and public money pushing unconstitutional concepts like nullification and state takeover of public lands. We owe it to future generations to continue to move ahead despite the organized effort by the Far Right to shut things down/DFO.

Obama To Send Advisers Into Iraq

President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq today in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Obama said the US will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq, set up joint operation centers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama said today he is prepared to send up to 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to assist in training and advising Iraqi forces as the tense situation in the country continues to escalate. In a statement in the White House briefing room, Obama said the U.S. is prepared to create joint operation centers between the U.S. and Iraq in Baghdad and northern Iraq. The president also said the U.S. is taking steps so that it's “prepared to take targeted and precise military action if and when we determine the situation on the ground requires it.” The president said he would consult closely with Congress and leaders in Iraq before any decision is made/ABC News. More here.

Poll: Not To McEuen Skate Park

  • Wednesday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation opposes a proposal to move the Coeur d'Alene Skate Park (now behind Memorial Field) to the new & improved McEuen Park. 92 of 110 respondents (83.64%) oppose the plan. Only 11 of 110 respondents (10%) support it. 7 (6.36%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Would you support removal of public parking from Independence Point, if handicap access to the waterfront is protected or expanded nearby?

AM Headlines — 6.19.14

Kym Murdoch, right, owner of CDA Paddleboard, instills balance in her students during individual and group lessons, including group yoga sessions on the water. Jim Allen's SR story provides more information here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

CdA Man: Gun Saved My Life

A Coeur d’Alene man was attributing his life to having a concealed weapons permit on Wednesday. Anthony Broyles said he and his two-year-old daughter were approached by a man with a knife. Broyles said he thought the man wanted to kidnap his daughter. Broyles had spent four-years in the marines and said his military experience gave him a sixth sense when it comes to threat assessment. He said he was glad he was packing his pistol on Wednesday. “I believe in carrying weapons,” said Broyles. Broyles had a fun day planned with his daughter at Higgins Point along Lake Coeur d’Alene/Mike Gonzalez, KREM2. More here.


EOBoise: Idaho GOP Rift Escalates

The row between Barry Peterson — who insists he remains Idaho Republican Party chairman over the objections of Gov. Butch Otter and the Republican National Committee — and others in the party escalated Wednesday night when the party's Executive Committee elected interim officers, Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey reports. Peterson said early Thursday that he was unaware of the meeting, Popkey writes, which was described in an Wednesday night email by GOP general counsel Jason Risch, who has opined that the chairmanship has been vacant since the state convention adjourned Saturday without electing officers/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Who do you think will be chairman of the Idaho GOP when the smoke clears — Barry Peterson? Russ Fulcher? A mainstream Republican?

Idaho Dems Ready For Fiery Confab

The Idaho Democratic Convention will open in Moscow on Friday, complete with platform hearings, a pub crawl and a keynote speech from former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell. Party Chairman Larry Kenck joked in a statement to the press earlier this week that after last weekend's GOP convention he was pleased to hear Moscow was still standing, but he also warned the community to not yet rest. “After reading about last weekend's events, we worried that we might arrive this week to smoldering ruins that you might see after raging battles,” he wrote. After the dramatic and disappointing GOP convention conclusion in which delegates left without electing a party chair or approving a platform, the IDP is hoping to have a more productive weekend, hosting lively debates and events Friday and Saturday/Samantha Malott, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: How do you expect the Idaho Democratic Party convention to be different from the Idaho Republican Party one?

Trib: Another Hit From Idaho GOP

Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune provides his analysis of the Idaho GOP “Mess in Moscow” in an editorial today, concluding: “What unfolded Saturday was worthy of Gore Vidal - although even Vidal could not have created a credible piece of political fiction based on the bizarre protests, snubs, catcalls and procedural challenges that followed. In the end, they ran out the clock and the delegates shut down the whole affair. No platform. No resolutions. No election of new officers. No bridging the right and center-right toward the greater goal of defeating Democrats in November. There's no need. As long as Idaho Democrats remain an endangered species, Idaho Republicans are free to engage in their greatest joy — cannabalizing each other. And it's only June, folks.” Full editorial here.

Question: What do you think the Idaho GOP will do for an encore this year?

TSA Offers Security Line Alternative

Spokane airline travelers tired of long security lines now have a local office to enroll in a TSA program for expedited screening. The Transportation Security Administration has opened an office in Spokane Valley where travelers can go to show proof of identity and to be fingerprinted for a background check. If they pass, they’ll be issued a Known Traveler Number, which gives them access to TSA’s PreCheck lines at 118 airports around the country, including Spokane. The credentialing costs $85 and is good for five years/Mike Prager, SR. More here. (SR photo by Tyler Tjomsland: With two pieces of identification, a birth certificate and driver’s license to her left, Lorie Dankers of the TSA demonstrates an electronic fingerprint scanner)

Question: Is this something that interests you?

Coeur d’Alene Sets Rain Record

Kate Steward, 7, collects leaves in City Park on Wednesday afternoon. Coeur d’Alene had a record-breaking 1.11 inches in a 24-hour period on Tuesday. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Tess Freeman)

Take that, 1965. This week's rainfall broke a few records set 49 years ago in the Coeur d'Alene area, said climatologist Cliff Harris. There was a 36-hour stretch this week when the raindrops never stopped falling, setting a rain duration record. Another record was set Tuesday with a 1.11-inch rainfall. The previous record for June 17 was set in 1965, with 1.04 inches. “There's no drought in Camelot,” said Harris, of Coeur d'Alene. The region's total rainfall so far this month has been 3.34 inches, which compares to a normal total of 1.93 inches for the entire month of June/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I have a bumper crop of weeds this year (due largely to my recent vacay). Has is your garden growing with all this rain?

Letter: Hands Off Independence Point

Well, here we go again, we have a new mayor who is backpedaling on his campaign promises to maintain public access to the waterfront. Obviously his loyalty is with his old boss at the resort, who doesn’t want to view the cars and the public from his office. There is absolutely NO reason to remove the parking from that lot. For handicap, you just need to mark several spots as handicap only. From the picture in Sunday’s Press you have made it more difficult for handicapped to get to the beach. All you need to do is add a ramp for wheelchairs to the beach. By pushing the public away from the lake you have shown your true ignorance as to how to deal with public land/Ron Dayton, Athol. More here.

Question: I go back and forth on this one. I oppose concrete on the waterfront. The property is too valuable. However, I realize that lot at Independence Point provides easy access to the waterfront for the handicapped. Is it possible for the city to provide shuttle service from nearby parking lots to take care of the problem caused by removal of the lot? Thoughts?

Pierce Describes Confab As ‘Corrupt’

Jim Pierce (pictured), a Reasonable Republican who is chairman of Legislative District 4 (Coeur d'Alene), describes the Idaho GOP “Mess in Moscow” for Coeur d'Alene Press reporter Jeff Selle. Pierce was denied a committee assignment at the convention: “This is where I am comfortable using the word corrupt,” he said, while showing an email exchange he had with Trevor Thorpe, the state party executive director, who agreed to seat him on a committee. “When I got down there, I learned that Kathy Sims was seated to represent District Four,” he said. “When people started showing up and saw this stuff going on, they said 'so much for unity.'” He said the whole thing seemed to be orchestrated. “Little rulings along the way kept things moving the way they wanted them to,” Pierce said. “When you hear fiasco and all of those kind of words, it is not an exaggeration. Not at all.” Full story here.

Question: Has the Liberty Caucus helped or hurt itself as a result of the shenanigans during the “Mess in Moscow”?


Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Hump Day Wild Card — 6.18.14

I read “Casino Royale” during my vacay. It was the book Ian Fleming used to introduce 007 James Bond to the masses. I wanted to see how closely the various movie Bond's resembled Fleming's original Bond. Daniel Craig, the current Bond, probably is the closest match, physically — and the way he portrayed Bond's ruthlessness. I'm now reading the second of Fleming's books about Bond, “Live and Let Die.” I don't know how many of the series I'll read. It's interesting to stack bond up with the current spy/thriller books. Some of the language isn't PC. But it's an entertaining way to spend an hour after work. Do you enjoy spy/thriller books? You can answer that question or start your own thread on today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 6.18.14

On his Facebook wall, SR photog Colin Mulvany posts of this photo: “Walking in a parking lot today, I spotted this rainbow of colors created from a mixture of leaked car oil and rainwater. It is a photo that most people would step over and not pay much bother. I like to see the beauty in things that are not considered beautiful.”

Dr. Oz Turns Cheek After Grilling

Give this to Dr. Mehmet Oz: He could have gone on a defensive rant today after being called a “snake-oil salesman” and worse before Congress on Tuesday, but he didn’t. The celebrity surgeon, beloved by Oprah among others, posted a mild message on Facebook, and smartly avoided saying something along the lines of “I am not a snake-oil salesman!” He didn’t get to be chairman and professor of surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons by being clueless about PR. Instead, Oz talked about how “pleased” he was about the hearing, during which he was lambasted for hyping dubious weight-loss supplement products. He semi-apologized for his overly “enthusiastic” language about such products, and promised to be more careful in the future/USA Today. More here.

Question: Are you a Dr. Oz fan … and/or: Have you tried his weight-loss supplement products?

Cutline Contest — 6.18.14

Time 2 Vote …

Members of the Erie SeaWolves grounds crew slide across the infield rain tarp at Jerry Uht Park in Erie, Pa. after the SeaWolves baseball game against the Portland Sea Dogs was suspended due to severe weather moving across northwestern Pennsylvania. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Andy Colwell)

Tuesday Winner — No one received the minimum of 3 likes to qualify as winner. Tuesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 6.18.14

  • 5:16 p.m. Diabetic having a health issue @ 900 block of Bancroft/CdA.
  • 4:42 p.m. Possible trauma reported @ Silverwood Theme Park/Athol.
  • 4:33 p.m. Responders are searching for pregnant female who may be in trouble along Spokane River/Corbin Park.
  • 4:24 p.m. Elderly female reportedly driving s/b in n/b lanes of H41/Mullan, Post Falls.
  • 4:14 p.m. Resident @ 300 block of W. Wyoming/Hayden wants help evicting squatter of 7 months from property.
  • 4:08 p.m. Male is lying on sidewalk near undisclosed bridge in rural Kootenai County.
  • 3:59 p.m. Several young teens may be trespassing @ Nettleton Gulch/Wyatt, CdA.
  • 3:46 p.m. Driver of gray BMW @ e/b I-90/MP 8 (Huetter rest stop area) is speeding.
  • 3:39 p.m. Unconscious male w/history of cancer is cold to the touch @ H97/H3, St. Maries ambulance en route.
  • 2:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 17-18 here.
  • 2:04 p.m. PFPD officer learns male he's talking with has violent history & recent warnings about panhandling.
  • 1:36 p.m. Angry male waving his hands is walking from Post Falls WalMart toward H41/Post Falls.
  • 1:32 p.m. Hayden area mother wants to report rape of her daughter sometime in January.
  • 1:31 p.m. Malicious injury to property reported @ 3200 block of N10th Place/CdA.
  • 1:21 p.m. Male from Tri-Cities area has been living in car in parking lot of Post Falls WalMart for days.
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PM Headlines — 6.18.14

The 4.5 million gallon clarifier at the Central Treatment Plant in Kellogg, shown here Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, is where mining wastewater from the Bunker Hill Mine is allowed to sit and settle out the heavy metal contents, which are raked and pumped into the center of the circular tank. The treatment plant, which is contracted by the EPA, will be used in the future to treat water from other parts of the Silver Valley. Story here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Loud Music Lands Man In Jail

A Spokane Valley deputy took a man to jail on Monday over loud music. A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the deputy was checking out a noise complaint at a home on North University when he could physically feel the music and bass. Zachary Villareal, 27, answered the door after a third knock by the deputy, according to the spokesperson. The spokesperson said Villareal told the deputy, “Just give me a ticket so I can go back to my music.” It was the third time in about one month that deputies had to respond to the home, according to the Sheriff’s Office/KREM2. More here.

Question: Do you think this Spokane Valley man deserved to go to jail for his loud music?

Adams Vs Fed $$$ For 3 Cops, Too

Here's another of Councilman Steve Adams' greatest hits from the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting Tuesday night — this time explaining why he opposed a $375,000 federal grant to hire 3 more Coeur d'Alene police officers. Enjoy. (Video courtesy of Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19)

Question: Izzit me — or did acting city administrator Troy Tymesen provide a good explanation why the city shouldn't worry about picking up the salaries of these three officers in year four of the grant?

40 Reasons Old Age Not For Sissies

In an editorial in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Lee Rozen mentions the late Top 40s host Casey Kasem in writing an editorial titled “40 reasons old age isn't for sissies.” Opines Rozen: “Sudden events like accidents and heart attacks kill fewer of us now. Instead, like Kasem, we die more often of the diseases of extended wear and tear on body, mind and soul. These debilitating diseases, often chronic and lingering, gradually erode our ability to do the things we love to do, erode even our sense of self. Who does not fear that eventuality for themselves? Who does not fear that for their spouse or for their parent?” Full editorial here. (AP file photo: Casey Kasem and wife, Jean, arrive for 1987 Emmy Awards)

Question: Do you fear old age?

Adams Stands Alone Vs Vision 2030


Councilman Steve Adams raises specter of United Nations Agenda 21 in opposing Coeur d'Alene Vision 2030. Here's a clip from Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19 in which Adams explains himself.

After a year of data gathering involving thousands of community members, the Coeur d’Alene 2030 Visioning (CDA 2030) project management team is moving forward with its proposed implementation plan to lead Coeur d’Alene into a bright future. The Coeur d’Alene City Council on Tuesday voted to pass a resolution adopting the CDA 2030 Community Vision, Strategies and Implementation Plan developed through a series of public meetings, surveys and interviews. … CDA 2030 recognizes that the specific action items that are intended to achieve the community’s goals will continue to evolve as the lead partners work closely with the community to achieve the objectives of the community’s vision/Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

DFO: Councilman Steve Adams was the lone dissenter in a 4-1 vote to endorse Coeur d'Alene Vision 2030 — and he voted against $375,000 in federal funding to add three new officers to the Coeur d'Alene Police Department. Councilman Dan Gookin OTOH was enthusiastic about Vision 2030.

Herb: Bring Back Bull Moose Party

On Bay Views, Herb Huseland advocates for a new Idaho political party composed of the majority who consider themselves Unaffiliateds — a new Bull Moose Party, so do speak: “How about we resurrect the Bull Moose Party. We certainly have many moose to serve as mascots, and a home for the vast majority of Idahoans would perhaps triumph in general elections, while the Wackos on the left and right continue to preach to the choir in their insulation.” More here.

Question: What do you think of Herb's Bull Moose Party idea?

Who Is Idaho GOP’s Chairman?

Congressman Raul Labrador says he was simply stating the opinion of one of his two parliamentarians when he told the Idaho GOP convention that current officers — including embattled Chairman Barry Peterson — would remain in place for two years if delegates adjourned without action. But Labrador, who chaired the convention that collapsed without action Saturday, also had a second parliamentarian, Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis of Idaho Falls. Davis said Wednesday he agrees with party lawyer Jason Risch and the general counsel of the Republican National Committee that Peterson no longer holds the office. Davis wasn't present for the adjournment debate/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you think the dysfunctional Idaho GOP would run better with or without a chairman?

Best Pie In The World?

On her Facebook page, Pecky Cox/As the Lake Churns calls this “a bad photo of the best huckleberries pie in the world.” Which raises the question …

Question: Is there a better pie in the world than strawberry-rhubarb?

SR News Quiz — 5.15-20.2014

Two movie tickets and a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel are up for grabs in this week's Spokesman-Review interactive News Quiz. Simply answer 10 questions about current events to put yourself in the running for Friday's drawings. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 1: Force the city to make pedestrian crossings a priority.
  • Leaderboard: 4 of 33 candidates on the Leaderboard this week are Merry Hucksters — RayNTim, SFredrickson, Sibulsky & Duffer.

Library To Extend Weekend Hours

Beginning July 5 the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will be open more hours on the weekends. The new hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The library is currently open noon to 4 p.m. both days. “This is something the patrons have told us they wanted and something our Board of Trustees and staff have wanted us to do for a long time,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “We know how much the community depends on the library and not everyone can get here during the week.” She also noted that Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer and members of the City Council had expressed interest in seeing the library’s weekend hours extended/David Townsend, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: What day do you usually visit your library?


Local Ex-Coroner’s Book Worth Read

Harvard-educated Robert West, M.D., has a lot to say about the state's, and the nation's, deficiencies in the coroner system. Before you say “not interested,” answer two questions. Are you a fan of murder mysteries, investigation TV dramas, or whodunnits? How about local history? If one of those is “yes,” try Doc West's new book, “It Can (and Does) Happen Here,” available through Amazon. It's a quick read (150 short pages), and more of a page-turner than the average, locally written nonfiction piece. … Doc West does more than outline some of his more interesting cases as Kootenai County coroner from 1970 through 2011, subtly pointing out the gaping holes in the system along the way in his straightforward style. … Yes, the infamous Joseph Duncan case is in there; even as a newsroom junkie with contacts, I learned more than the too-much I already knew. Longtime residents will recognize other painful cases, such as young Carissa Benway's/Sholeh Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Is this a book you'd like to read?

Eagles Land In Coeur d’Alene

Eagles from all over Idaho landed in Coeur d'Alene Monday for a week-long summit. The Coeur d'Alene “aerie” of the Fraternal Order of Eagles is hosting the annual Idaho State Eagles Convention which will feature a 1950s-style sock hop Thursday before ending with the installation of new statewide officers in a members-only ceremony Friday. The nonprofit charitable organization - which started in Coeur d'Alene in 1901 after its founding in Seattle in 1898 - and its women's auxiliary donated more than $21,000 to local charities for the 2014 fiscal year which ended May 31/Cynthia Magnus, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: I've belonged to only one service club in my life — Kiwanis in Kalispell, Mont. It was a brief association. The newspaper required that department heads belong to a service club. In Coeur d'Alene, I have belonged to only one group, the 1985 (first year) Leadership Coeur d'Alene group. I guess I'm not a service club/community organization kind of a guy.

Question: Do you belong to a service/community organization? Tells us about it.

Athol ‘Cribbage Guy’ Makes Splash

David Oakes, of Athol, shows the detail of one of the cribbage boards he made in his shop. The Cribbage Guy ships about 800 boards per year to clients all over the world. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Even with the farthest stretch of his imagination, David Oakes never could have envisioned he would be making cribbage boards for a living. Or that he would be doing it from a home workshop in the woods near Athol - seemingly a world away from his native England. Together with his wife, Marty, Oakes has found a niche with handcrafted cribbage boards, selling more than 2,200 boards to customers worldwide in the four years since launching his business, “The Cribbage Guy”/Taryn Thompson, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you very good at cribbage? How often do you play?

GONI Review: Mexican Food Factory

OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho noticed that the Mexican Food Factory had tacked an old SReview of his on the wall when he returned recently to sample the ambience and cuisine. However, he notes in a new online column, one of his old fave haunts might not like the new review. OTV writes: “I don't know, It just wasn't the same. Certainly everyone deserves a day off, and maybe that was the case, but the familiar friendly faces (mainly the owner and his buddy that worked there forever and ever) that I mentioned in my old review were nowhere around, replaced by a set of random teenagers who seemed diligent but detached, present in the room physically, but whose eyes and robotic demeanor led me to believe they were either stuck in a permanent daydream or had crossed that line with one too few cups of coffee for breakfast.” Full review here.

Question: Have you ever returned to a favorite haunt of yesteryear, only to be disappointed?

Kenck: Democrats Ready For Confab

As Moscow prepares for another political party invasion, Chairman Larry Kenck (pictured) of the Idaho Democratic Party writes: “Good news reached me Monday morning: Moscow, Idaho, remains standing. After reading about last weekend’s events, we worried that we might arrive this week to smoldering ruins that you might see after raging battles. I want to warn the beautiful city of Moscow, don’t park your fire trucks just yet. Hundreds of Idaho Democrats are descending on the Palouse for our 2014 Idaho Democratic Party State Convention. We are an energetic, fiery bunch! We are likely to have heated debates. We are likely to burn our lanterns late into the night. We expect the Friday night Latah County Democratic Street Party to be a barnburner too!” More here.

Question: How will the Idaho Democratic Party be differenct than the Republican one?

Kerri: It Takes A Village For Ironman

It takes a village of more than 3,000 volunteers to make Ironman Coeur d'Alene happen. I noticed some of the more interesting volunteer opportunities: wetsuit peeler, body marker and finish line catcher on the sign-up site. I volunteered with Doping Control last year. So this year, since one of my favorite parts of the Ironman day is being at the finish line for the last few hours of the race when the final competitors are gutting it out to cross the line and hear their names announced as an Ironman, I'll be a finish line catcher this year. I'm signed up for the 9 p.m. to midnight shift on June 29 but that won't keep me from my other favorite part, being out on the lake with my camera when the swimmers hit the water at city beach early that morning for the first leg of the event/Kerri Thoreson, Main Street, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you ever volunteered to help at Ironman Coeur d'Alene? What were your duties?

AM Scanner Traffic — 6.18.14

  • 11:11 a.m. Undisclosed animal problem reported @ 5300 block of E. Hudlow Road/Hayden.
  • 11:01 a.m. 61YO female suffering chest pain @ unknown Kootenai County location.
  • 10:29 a.m. Patrol officer stopping to handle tree in road @ 9000 block of Twin Lakes Road.
  • 10:10 a.m. Someone is having breathing problems @ 1000 block of St. Andrews Place/Post Falls.
  • 10:03 a.m. Family has evacuated home @ 300 block of S. Ridgewood/Post Falls after extinguishing fire.
  • 10:02 a.m. Spirit Lake QRU en route to handle someone w/headache on Kimo Court/Rathdrum.
  • 9:56 a.m. Coeur d'Alene female reports male kicked her front door; address unknown.
  • 9:17 a.m. Maintenance man @ unknown Post Falls location reports male in gold car tried to start fight with him.
  • 9:02 a.m. Someone has suffered a trauma injury @ Bates Motel, 2880 E. Sherman Ave/CdA.
  • 8:56 a.m. Someone @ 100 block of E19th Avenue/Post Falls may have suffered a stroke.
  • 8:44 a.m. Male has suffered leg injury in fall @ Affinity Senior Living/Post Falls.

Happiness Is …

On her Facebook page, Cindy writes: “Happiness is sons who make a Winco run to buy their mama chocolate covered gummy bears before 'America's Got Talent' starts.

Question: How would you conclude the sentence that begins “happiness is …”?

Shazam! Troupis Backs Peterson

Attorney Christ Troupis has completed his legal analysis, and has concluded – counter to the opinion of attorney Jason Risch – that former GOP Chairman Barry Peterson and other party officers remain in office now, after the failed state party convention last weekend ended without a vote on new officers. “No vacancy exists in the position of Idaho Republican Party chairman or other party officers at this time,” Troupis writes. “Accordingly, Barry Peterson, having been duly elected, remains as chairman and the other party officers also remain in office.” You can read Troupis’ full analysis here/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Anyone surprised by the Troupis' opinion?

Poll: GOP Confab Was Bigger Fiasco

  • Tuesday Poll: Easily, the Idaho GOP convention in Moscow last weekend was a worse fiasco than the GOPrimary gubernatorial debate with fringe candidates Harley Brown & Walt Bayes, according to Hucks Nation. 73 of 93 respondents (78.49%) said the convention topped the debate in terms of a train wreck. Only 20 of 93 (21.51%) considered the guv debate worse.
  • Today's Poll: Would you like to see the Coeur d'Alene Skate Park moved to McEuen Park?

AM Headlines — 6.18.14

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, walks through a basement corridor on Capitol Hill in Washington, this morning, to a meeting of the House Republican Conference where he and other candidates vying for House GOP leadership posts make their pitches to the rank-and-file in the tumultuous aftermath of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s sudden loss last week in his Virginia primary race. Labrador is considered a longshot to take Cantor's place. (AP photo)

Flubbing Confab Doesn’t Stop Raul

Here's how not to win the race for majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives: Run Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, for the post. That's the equivalent of casting Jonah Hill as James Bond, Vince Vaughn as Spider-Man and Ben Stiller as Captain Jack Sparrow. It makes about as much sense as signing up 5-foot-11 Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as the San Antonio Spurs' power forward.Or handing Microsoft's Bill Gates a post-hole digger and telling him to get busy/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. Full editorial here.

Question: It appears to me that Congressman Labrador knows how to throw bombs but he doesn't know how to govern responsibly. Thoughts?

JJ: Keep Skaters Off McEuen Park

Jimmy John (RE: Skaters eye McEuen for new park): How about CDAsk8prk uses the money they gain through fundraising to clean up and fix the damage they have already done throughout the city and the park? I walked by the veterans memorial plaza and skateboarders were already damaging the concert around the plaza. Extra money has to been spent on rails and corners to keep skateboards from damaging property. The city allows them the skate park they have now, keep them there.

Question: Have skateboarders in town hown they're responsible enough to have their own place at McEuen Park?

Bay Views: Fatal Chew

Tony Gwynn, b