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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 8.3.11 

Thanks for a little help from my friends (read: Dustin Hurst of Idaho Reporter), Huckleberries Online is one of three blogs named by Chris Cillizza's The Fix Blog/Washington Post as best political blogs in Idaho. Idaho Reporter and 43rd State Blues are the other two.…

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Parting Shot -- 8.3.11

A grasshopper rests on a rail outside the Kansas City Royals dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Cashing In On Amy Winehouse? 11 

On his Facebook wall, OrangeTV writes of a regular at Mic-'n-Mac's who pulls a cart around town full of glossy photos of dead rockers, which he sells to the tourists. OTV was surprised that the wandering entrepreneur already had a photo of Amy Winehouse, who…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.3.11

5:47 p.m. Caller reports a black Labrador locked in silver Toyota van in Post Falls Super 1 lot. 5:21 p.m. A drunk & disorderly man in black tank top is sitting @ City Park picnic table by BB courts. 5:07 p.m. Woman sez cat is…

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PM News -- 8.3.11 

The new roundabout at the corner of River Avenue and College Drive is starting to take shape. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the webcam at the Education Corridor website at http://www.edcorridor.com/. (NIC Education Corridor photo) Another woman grabbed on Centennial Trail/SR Man…

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New APhoto Of The Day -- 8.3.11 16 

Three clowns including Glitterella, aka Edith Stephenson, from Nampa, and Miss Bea Happy, aka, Brenda Castle, from Caldwell stop to wave to passing cars as they make their way down the steps of the state capitol in Boise. Lollipop, aka Barbara Grimm, from Boise, was…

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Judge Rejects Enviros Wolf Lawsuit

Federal Judge Donald Molloy of Missoula, Mont., denied a lawsuit today by environmental groups that claimed a law removing federal protections of wolves in Idaho and Montana was unconstitutional. The ruling allows hunting seasons in the two states to progress as planned next month/Lewiston Tribune.

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Wedding Caterer Shuts Unexpectedly

Besides the vows the next biggest part of a wedding, most would say, is the food. But dozens of couples are now out thousands of dollars since local catering company Puttin' On The Ritz suddenly closed its doors.The reason? Nobody at the catering company is…

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Potato Bowl Already Attracting Jabs 

The digs are beginning to roll in re: the newly named Famous Idaho Potatoes Bowl. Graham Watson of rivals.com offers: "I would be highly disappointed if every meal didn't include some sort of spud and if the players didn't compete in a potato sack race.…

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BMXer Grabs Centennial Trail Jogger 

Another woman has reported being grabbed on the Centennial Trail. The 22-year old victim was jogging westbound on the trail near the 1100 block of East Mission on Tuesday afternoon, when the suspect, like previous reports, grabbed the victim's bottom from behind as he rode…

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KEA Lauds CdA Approach To Demand 

The Corps is presently doing some of this research. And with any luck it’ll be done sooner rather than later. Because, as Councilman Mike Kennedy put it last night (to the best of my notes), “It would be a crime to cut down all the…

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M's Sweep A's With 7-4 Victory

Seattle Mariners' Casper Wells (33) slides safely into second base on a stolen base as Oakland Athletics second baseman Jemile Weeks leaves the ball behind on a tag in the fifth inning of a baseball game today. Seattle beat Oakland 7-4 today to sweep the…

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NIdaho Blog Rdp -- 8.3.11

Top Blog Post: I'm a lot of things ... wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, Christian, and more. But of all these things, one of them I am reminded of more than any other. Mom. Because at least a million times a day I…

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Dogwalk: Obama's Mirror On The Wall 38 

The debt ceiling has been raised. What that means is the government is now able to spend more money. Yet the country's unemployment rate still hovers just under 10%. Future prospects remain dismal. So what does the President do to empathize with the people he…

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Bruce Reed Lunches w/President 

President Barack Obama, flanked by Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs Rob Nabors, left, and Chief of Staff to the Vice President Bruce Reed, eats lunch at the Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, Wednesday. Reed, of course, is a Coeur d'Alene High…

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End Notes: Running To Or From Grief 

Every month it seems, we get pitched stories about people biking hundreds of miles, or running hundreds of miles, for a cause. Today I got a press release announcing that ”Professor Henry Sanchez, the Tacolist.com Barefoot Eco-Runner, is running from Argentina to Alaska to bring…

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Hum-Bowl Now Idaho Potato Bowl 

Brian Murphy/Idaho Statesman offers this news release from Idaho Potato Commission: "The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was unveiled today as the new name for the Humanitarian Bowl which features a top selection from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The nation's…

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Noon: Blueless At Boise State 

File this one under “Y” for “You’ve got to be kidding.” The Mountain West conference, the new home to Boise State University’s athletic program, has told the football team it can’t wear its traditional all-blue uniforms for home games anymore. Seriously. If you follow the…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.3.11 

11:30 a.m. An unknown medical emergency is reported at Trapper & Poleline/PF. 11:25 a.m. ISP officer is pulling over a white van, east of I-90 @ Sherman exit, for obstructed plates. 11:22 a.m. Caller reports a dog locked in a vehicle in Post Falls WalMart/Mullan…

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INW News: Fighting Cancer Homeless

Alicia Ponce-Myers, 12, has spent the past month in a Sacred Heart Children's Hospital room recovering from cancer. Alicia and her family, from Tonasket, Wash., are homeless and lived in a tent. (SR photo: Dan Pelle) Cartoon: Going out of business sale/Milt Priggee, PSBJ Humanitarian…

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Hucks Poll: Internet Speed Adequate 

Tuesday Poll: 62 of 112 respondents (55.36%) rated the speed of their Internet service as "adequate." Another 32 of 112 (28.57%) said their Internet service was "slow," with another 3 of 112 rating their service as "dial-up slow." Only 15 of 112 (13.39%) rated their…

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20% Of Oregon Town OK To Grow Pot 

In Oregon, big city Portland has cafes where medical marijuana users smoke pot while singing karaoke. But it is in the small rural communities of southwestern Oregon where medical marijuana has really taken root. The Associated Press analyzed the locations of people registered to grow…

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BW: About China's Idaho Takeover 

In a Boise Weekly story, "Red Potatoes: Investigating the truth behind China's takeover of Idaho, reporter Deanna Darr writes, "Since late 2010, a rumor has been circulating that the Chinese government, via a government-owned company, has purchased a 50-acre plot of land just south of…

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D's Rip Labrador's No Vote, 'Flip Flops' 

"This week Congressman Raul Labrador voted to let America default on its debt for the first time in history, an act that would have plunged us back into recession. He has worked all week to find additional votes for the bill to ensure its passage…

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Johnson: The System Barely Worked 

Already the pundits predict a second major political meltdown when the Gang of 12 fails in their task to recommend the next major steps just as the holiday season descends on battle weary Americans who don’t seem to trust anyone on anything, especially when it…

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