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High Noon: Hart To Read Document

The IRS, Idaho Tax Commission and House District 2 voters may have turned against controversial state Rep. Phil Hart. But the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee still has his back. In an email circulated to local Republicans, county GOP secretary Sheila Waller encouraged partisans to join Hart for a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Independence Point. Waller told those on her email list that the reading will be complete by 10 a.m., an hour ahead of the Fourth of July Parade on Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene. See flyer here. (AP file photo: Ben Gates (actor Nicolas Cage) stealing Declaration of Independence in movie “National Treasure”)

Question: When did you last read the Declaration of Independence?

Man Who Punched Racist Speaks

An Idaho man, described as a white supremacist, appeared court Tuesday to face harassment charges. Daren Abbey was arrested for harassing an African American man in Bayview, Idaho over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Marlon Baker went up to Bayview the day before the Fourth of July for the fireworks. However, the night ended on a sour note that landed both Baker and 28-year-old Daren Abbey in court Tuesday/Anusha Roy, KXLY. More here.

Question: Did Abbey get what he deserved?

Crump: No One Works This Week

I tried to call you at work last Friday afternoon, the day beforethe long weekend. You weren’t there. Same deal Tuesday afternoon — yesterday — the day after a long weekend. Ditto last Wednesday morning — a little before noon — a moment in time when, in theory, everybody in America with a job should be on the job. All three times, your voice mail proclaimed that my message was important to you and you’d get back as soon as possible. I won’t wait up. The week before the Fourth of July and the week thereafter are two of several during the year — the week before Christmas, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the week that deer season opens, for example — when nobody actually shows up at the office/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: How much time off have you had last week and this?

CPD Blue: Protect Pets On 4th Of July

The Coeur d’Alene Police Animal Control Division is requesting citizens make plans for their pets on the 4th of July. Animal control deals with a large volume of dogs that become frightened by the noise of fireworks and run from their residence. This results in many more calls for service of dogs “running at large”. The dogs are put at risk of being hit by a car, fighting with other dogs, or possibly biting someone out of fear. Police Chief Wayne Longo asks citizens to “please use caution over the holiday weekend and be aware that due to the increase in calls for service our response will be prioritized but we will try and respond as we are available”/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department news release. Full release here.

Question: How do you pretect your pets from being scared by fireworks on the Fourth of July?

Bombs Bursting In Air

In case you missed the fireworks of the north shore Sunday, Idaho Scenic Images provides the one above, as well as several others in her Facebook album. Writes ISC: “I braved the crowds and went to the fireworks show last night. This was really just an experiment for me. … I haven’t done much of this type of work. It was fun though.”

INorthwest: Planes Lands On I-90

“Just drove by the plane that made the emergency landing on I-90 during the fireworks show last night,” writes Christa Hazel on her Facebook page. “A crane was moving it onto a tow truck. I just love the orange tag on the plane as if we need to know that it is illegally parked on the road.” Coeur d’Alene Press story here.

Question: Do you admire the pilot for being able to land his plane on Interstate 90 after the fireworks show? Or wonder why he couldn’t enjoy the fireworks on the lakeshore, like tens of thousands of others?

Tuning Out

 Ann Vreys, 13, concentrates on a book as she sits with her younger siblings while her father Luc Vreys, participates in a quick carve chainsaw competition during the Loggerodeo celebration in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. The Vreys family recently moved to Canada from Hechtel-Eksel Limburg, Belgium. Loggerodeo is Sedo-Woolley’s Fourth of July celebration, featuring chainsaws carvers this weekend and a grand parade, footrace and rodeo on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Skagit Valley Herald, Scott Terrell)

Question: Which loud noise irritates you most?

26% Of USA Clueless Re: Our Independence

Even though our national holidays are mostly used as excuses to eat copiously, do something fun outside, and leave work early, is it too much to ask for Americans to at least be aware of even the most basic historical facts about the day they’re celebrating, and, by extension, the country they live in? As July 4 approaches this Sunday, a Marist poll shows that 26 percent of Americans, including 40 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds, don’t know what country the United States won independence from. Incorrect answers included France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain. China and Japan, really? Who said that? Identify yourselves. Sigh/New York Daily Intel. H/T: Zelda Krup

Question: Does everyone in your family, including the little ones, know why we’re celebrating 4th of July on Sunday?

Sandpoint Cuts Back On Fireworks Show

Organizers of a Fourth of July fireworks show in this northern Idaho lakeside town say the economic downturn will force them to scale back on the 30-minute spectacle of lights. John Hunt of the Sandpoint Lions Club says the fireworks show can cost up to $35,000, which is a price tag that major sponsors of the event in the past can no longer afford. This years fireworks display in Sandpoint will likely be shortened to about seven to 10 minutes/Bonner County Bee. More here.

Question: Is it important to you that community’s that traditionally offer a fireworks show continue to do so during these hard economic times?

The Bang? The BBQ? The Basking?

What are you most looking forward to tomorrow?

  • Fireworks
  • Barbecuing with friends/family
  • Basking in the sunshine
  • Patriotic fervor
  • Other

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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