This will be the last day we'll be together until Monday, Jan. 4. I'm taking my usual Christmas break to hang out with family and friends until after the New Year. Unlike previous years, the paper is shutting comments at SR.com and the blogs down at 8 a.m. Thursday, Christmas Eve Day, until 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, when Super Sub Cindy takes over.
A snowshoer changes socks and shoes before starting out on a trek in freshly-fallen snow at Snoqualmie Pass, Wash., this week. A weather pattern that could be associated with El Nino has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel.
I have a few thoughts to share with you in this post as I shut things down on another record year at HucksOnline. Below, you'll find out why I'm looking forward to another year on the blog. Meanwhile, I'll be off from tomorrow, Christmas Eve Day until Jan. 4. Cindy will sub next Monday through Wednesday. Brace yourself for cat photos.
A near supermajority of Hucks Nation prefers a white Christmas (28.96%) or is happy that it's snowing because "We need all the snow we can get" (34.39%) after the last two dry winters that led to summer fires across the panhandle.
Thin and versatile, crepes give the gift of a blank canvas for Christmas morning breakfast or brunch. They make for quite a hearty meal, especially if you treat yourself to two: one savory and one sweet. The SR's Adriana Janovich entices us with a report about crepes that she says make a good surprise gift on Christmas morning.
They've tried trapping and removing the menacing deer. That didn't work. Neither did an effort to get everyone in the Coeur d'Alene-area bedroom community to stop luring the deer and adding to the problem. The next plan? Birth control for town-tamed whitetails.
Columnist Shawn Vestal of the SR admits that he was short on patience after Wind Storm 2015 knocked out his power for a few days. But the experience, he said, made him appreciate what he had -- and what many others don't. His advice? Count your blessings and be healthier and happier.
The daily roundup of posts from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: First Take: "Star Wars"/Randy Stapilus, Game Day for Gonzaga, Lions/SportsLink, Spend some money on 'The Big Short'/7 Blog, Dalton Gardens eyes birth control for deer/Outdoors, 2015 hunter report due in Washington, Idaho/Outdoors + more ...
Coeur d'Alene police are warning motorists that power outages all over town are affecting traffic lights. Caution: " If you approach an intersection with lights that are not working normally, please treat it like an uncontrolled intersection, meaning that it becomes a 4-way stop." You've been warned.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and staff, including Donny Daniels, Brian Michaelson and Tommy Lloyd, take the serious approach while the players celebrate a 3-point shot against Pepperdine, Monday, in Spokane. Gonzaga opened WCC play with an easy 99-73 win over Pepperdine. How do you think the Zags will fare this year?
Snowfall amounts are expected to begin diminishing through the day Wednesday in the Spokane region, but moderate snow will continue in North Idaho and the Palouse region through Wednesday night. One more inch of snow is expected in Spokane from the current storm and up to another inch of snow could fall overnight.
In today's edition, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported on a harrowing move by a retired California couple, who lost all their positions in a crash in an Oregon snow storm. Adding insult to injury, some trolls at the Coeur d'Alene Press Online site are giving them heck for being Golden Staters who moved to our lovely neck of the woods.
The Idaho State Police is advising that travel is very dangerous on Interstate 90 and State Hwy 3 in the 4th of July area. With the heavy amount of snow accumulations and more snow falling, trees are overloaded and falling onto road ways.
SR photog Colin Mulvany has selected a number of his favorite 2015 photos for a year-end review, including this one showing a group of friends from Davenport, Wash., who were planning to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." You can see all of Colin's favorite photos from 2015 below.
In the New Good Deed Goes Unpunished Department, two Pinehurst brothers found themselves on the wrong end of an assault rifle after they tried to help a guy who had crashed into an I-90 barrier near Pinehurst.
In her SR Front Porch column this week, Cindy begins: "Christmas is all about miracles – about the unexpected showing up in the middle of the ordinary." The falling snow this Christmas reminds her of a December 16 years ago when she experience her own miracle.
The morning roundup of AM Headlines making the news includes: Local jobless rate drops slightly/Pres,Idaho suicide hotline gets $300K grant/EOB,Drones must be registered by Feb. 19/Press,Cataldo fire claims family's house, goods/Press,Good deed goes bad for Pinehurst brothers/KREM,Couple loses possessions in moving mishap/Press + more ...
News release from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Region X news desk: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Idaho to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in...
A north-central Idaho magistrate went beyond the sentencing recommendations of the prosecutor and defense when he tossed a 19YO Culdesac man in jail for poaching a 5-by-6 bull elk out of season. (DFO: Props for Magistrate Gregory K. Kalbfleisch for throwing the book at the low-life poacher. Thoughts?)
The terrorists are a long way from winning their war on the West, editorializes Lee Rozen of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. But they have us spooked. As evidence, Rozen points to a small kitchen fire in the Pullman Islamic Center that resulted in a four-alarm response from the fire and police departments and even the newspaper.
In his editorial this morning in the Lewiston Tribune, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase comments: Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter just employed the best Jedi mind trick since Obi-wan Kenobi distracted a pair of stormtroopers in the 1977 film "Star Wars" by telling them "These are not the droids you're looking for." Marty's discussing Butch's new PAC.