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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

TGIF Wild Card -- 6.15.12 35 

Coeur d'Alene Held Hostage Day 70, Er, 71 (don't tell Digger that I miscalculated one day): Busyk busy day holding court today. KHQ NewsWatch w/Dave Cotton in the morning. Yes, dear, I looked into the camera a little more. A couple of dust-ups with Councilman…

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Parting Shot -- 6.15.12 

Rex Rammell campaigns for governor of Idaho in 2010 with the help of a giant inflatable T-Rex dinosaur and a decorated RV; Rammell, disgusted with Idaho politics, is now moving to Wyoming. Story here. (Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise photo)

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Taggart: They're All Wrong 15 

John Austin is wrong; Dan Gookin is wrong; Tony Berns is wrong; Mary Souza is wrong; Kathy Sims is wrong; Mike McDowell is wrong; Cliff Hayes is wrong; and any other person who has stated an opinion regarding the tax impact of urban renewal districts…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.15.12

5:33 p.m. CPD officer reports noninjury accident b/n vehicle & pedestrian along Ramsey Road. 5:28 p.m. ISP officer reports removal of disabled vehicles on I-90 @ M/P 3, 6 & 11 (NW Blvd). 5:07 p.m. 51 YO female who may be drunk reports CdA neighbor…

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PM Headlines -- 6.15.12

Big Sky Honor Flight gets a water canon salute from Billings Crash Fire Rescue units while leaving Billings Logan International Airport Friday in Billings, Mont. Some 97 WWII veterans from Montana were scheduled for a flight to Washington D.C. to tour the war monuments. (AP…

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Fly, Fly Away 

In this July 5, 2008, file photo, Kent Couch describes the joy of his childhood fantasy of being able to fly by grabbing clusters of helium balloons prior to taking flight, in Bend, Ore. In 2008, Kent Couch made headlines by floating from Oregon to…

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City Clerk Responds To Gookin 

The following email was sent by City Clerk Susan Weathers to Councilman Dan Gookin and all those contacted by email in the 2.27 post below re: Gookin's future emails: "I noticed the blog. I have a few questions: Who wrote your email to Wendy? Do…

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Racist KO'd In Bayview Gets 3 Years 45 

Also: David Cole's Coeur d'Alene Press story on sentencing today An Idaho judge today sentenced a racist skinhead to up to five years in prison for maliciously harassing a black man who, it turned out, was a former boxer who defended himself last summer with…

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Gookin Responds To HBO Post 45 

Moments ago, Councilman Dan Gookin copied the following email to Mayor Sandi Bloem, City Administrator Wendy Gabriel, City Clerk Susan Weathers, Councilman Steve Adams, City Attorney Mike Gridley, Editor Mike Patrick of the Coeur d'Alene Press, Mary Souza & yours truly: So yet another time,…

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Honor Flights Take Old Vets To D.C.

Some of the 97 WWII veterans from Montana are taken to the check-in area prior to their flight to Washington D.C. to tour the war monuments, at Billings Logan International Airport earlier today in Billings, Mont. The two-day whirlwind tour will feature a visit to…

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Gookin Blasts Gabriel For Story 49 

Speaking of Gookin, Huckleberries Online has received, via a public information request, an email that he sent to City Administrator Wendy Gabriel, pictured, chastizing her for not giving him a heads up on that McEuen Field announcement Thursday -- you know, the one about a…

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Gookin: You Done Me Wrong, DFO 

Dan Gookin (re: Gookin's State of the Union to Pachyderms): Thans(sic) for the misinformation, Dave, but it’s what I’ve come to expect from someone who isn’t willing to give me a fair shake. Your bias against me is overt. Whatever. This morning I wasn’t asked…

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Shock Player: God Said To Start Fire 

A pro football player who leapt from his burning third-floor apartment in Liberty Lake Thursday said he started the blaze with a marijuana blunt because God told him to, authorities say. Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, a starting linebacker/defensive back for the Spokane Shock arena football…

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Stapilus: Denney As GOP Chair? 

The Idaho Democratic convention may generate a few headlines but the Republican next weekend in Twin Falls may tell a larger story, when it makes decisions on picking a new chairman and approving platform and resolutions. The chairmanship is opening with the end-of-term departure of…

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Mutilated Cats ... 

Forensic veterinarian Dr. Melinda Merck addresses a news conference at the BCSPCA in Vancouver, Canada Friday. Dr. Merck who conducted forensic examinations on some of the 30 mutilated cats found in the lower mainland over the past few months determined that they were killed by…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.15.12

12:27 p.m. Sandra says she'll move car tonight after leaving it disabled near Coeur d'Alene High. 12:18 p.m. CPD officer is checking on 2 hitchhikers, one in Army jacket, @ w/b90 @ 4th/CdA. 11:49 a.m. Acid leaking from semi carrying batteries on H95 in the…

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Gookin State Of Union To Pachyderms 17 

At the Pachyderm Club meeting this morning, Coeur d'Alene Councilman Dan Gookin complained that the "Council Member Information Packet" he's holding is inadequate. He also was not happy with the agreement the council wanted him to sign as a member of the City Council which…

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Police: 'Kindness" Author Shot Himself 

A West Virginia man who claimed to be a victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural Montana highway while working on a memoir called "Kindness in America" has confessed to shooting himself, authorities said Friday. Ray Dolin of Julian, W. Va., 39, made the…

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Total Recall: Sweat Shop City 

The Joker offers the latest version of "Total Recall" (The following scenario is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real people or actual events is purely coincidental): The county clerk’s office was busier than usual and the air conditioning wasn’t working. Nancy stared at…

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Janet: Stand Up To Lake City Bullies 34 

On Facebook, Janet Bourque of Coeur d'Alene writes re: Coeur d'Alene recall effort: "It's time to draw the bright line against those who bully their way to the destruction of our community. How can we teach our children and grandchildren to stand up to bullies,…

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Showering On A Downtown Sidewalk 

Carey Hester, right, and an unidentified man react to seeing, "young ladies showering downtown," Thursday afternoon on the walking mall. (AP Photo/Dylan Brown Helena Independent-Record/AP photo) Question: Would you take a shower for a worthy cause in the middle of a downtown Coeur d'Alene sidewalk?

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'Mouth Breathers' & Other Putdowns 16 

Dennis: I went over to the Press site this morning to see what the “Mouth Breathers” had to say about this development. The first thing I noticed was the lack of comment on the article. three comments to be precise. What I also noticed was…

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Edit: Weight Of Words Favor Recall

On the Coeur d'Alene Press editorial page today, Editor Mike Patrick tells of an electronic search from April 5 to June 11 of all letters and guest opinions about the Coeur d'Alene recall attempt: Here's the results: NEUTRAL: Two letters to the editor (427 words)…

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Idaho Jobless Rate Up To 7.8% 

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percentage point in May, breaking a string of nine straight monthly declines as hiring slowed in much of the service sector while optimism about employment prospects pushed more job seekers into the labor market. But…

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