THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
Thu., April 30, 2015, 9:10 a.m.
Another Day of Hope will take place in North Idaho later this year. "Last September we served over 5,000 people and had to turn away many," said Deb Ayers, one of the local coordinators for the North Idaho Day of Hope. Kathi Abate, co-coordinator in...
Thu., April 30, 2015, 9:04 a.m.
The policy and process for firing or suspending Kootenai County employees are headed for major changes. County Commissioners David Stewart and Marc Eberlein -- both elected last fall -- favor a personnel policy that establishes a clear process for firing employees. They're looking to overturn...
Thu., April 30, 2015, 8:34 a.m.
State Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, who opposed a much-needed mental health crisis center for Coeur d'Alene and then cast a key vote against the crucial Child Support Enforcement bill, doesn't get it. Yet. Last night, I received a mass-mail letter in which Sims continues to defend her clueless vote on the Child Support bill. Enjoy.
Thu., April 30, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
In an editorial today, the Idaho Statesman applauds the decision by Gov. Butch Otter to call a special session to undo the harm caused by "The Nine" clueless House Republicans in the Judiciary & Rules Committee that caused the mess. The editorial is also delighted that the 9 have to twist in the wind of negative public opinion for another 18 days.
Thu., April 30, 2015, 8:19 a.m.
The last of five Canada Goose goslings leaps from an osprey nest at McEuen Park. This still image is from a video recorded by one of the city's osprey nest cameras. The final gosling -- the most hesitant of the group -- waited more than...
Thu., April 30, 2015, 8:13 a.m.
Nitwit 9 8
Gitrdun offers a rhyme for the "Nitwit 9" of the House Judiciary & Rules Committee who jeopardized Idaho's Child Support system by killing important legislation, passed unanimously by the Idaho Senate. Can you think of a better title for nine House GOP legislators behind this nonsense?
Thu., April 30, 2015, 8:10 a.m.
In an editorial this morning, The Spokesman-Review calls on U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch to open the nomination process for Idaho's next federal judgeship. At this point, we know that none of the five female applicants were given the time of day from the two senators. Also, we don't know names of those on short list.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015
Wed., April 29, 2015, 5:20 p.m.
My sources were right this morning in predicting that Gov. Otter would call a special session to fix the mess that Sims & Co. created in rejecting the Child Support bill on the last day of the Legislature. And one even called the correct day for the session to start, May 18. Not bad for a Hump Day. Here's your replayed Wild Card ...
Wed., April 29, 2015, 5:15 p.m.
Three-year-old Elliot Edgar(cq) gave some fishing tips to his buddy Julien Schneider, 3, both of Spokane while enjoying the weather at Coeur d'Alene City Beach in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Wed., April 29, 2015, 5:09 p.m.
Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth, one of the Paranoid 9 that created the Child Support crisis in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee is backpedaling. Now he' saying proposed amendments to the bill will make it acceptable in the special session. So it appears Sims & Co. won't be able to kill in this time. The spinning has begun.
Wed., April 29, 2015, 4:45 p.m.
Politicians shouldn't kiss when photojournalists are around. Here's another example why. Hillary Rodham Clinton puckers up following a special at the David N. Dinkins Leadership forum this morning. Meanwhile, there was a tie for best entry in the Tuesday cutline contest. See below.
Wed., April 29, 2015, 4:12 p.m.
Working on behalf of the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department, city spokesman Keith Erickson has provided Huckleberries with a Q-and-A response to questions raised by commenters here Tuesday. Commenters were responding to the 5Q's interview that I conducted with Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel & Finance Director Troy Tymesen Tuesday.
Wed., April 29, 2015, 4:06 p.m.
Believe it or not, New Hampshire is more rural than Idaho. And Nevada is more urban than New York. Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles notes that USA is becoming more urbanized, with children and grandchildren moving to the cities leaving behind retirees and the elderly.
Wed., April 29, 2015, 4:03 p.m.
Two local residents were injured and taken to the hospital this morning in a rear-end collision at southbound Highway 95 at Canfield Avenue in Coeur d'Alene. Melinda Duncan, 52, Post Falls, was stopped in her 2015 Volkswagen Golf at the intersection lights at 9:36 a.m....
Wed., April 29, 2015, 3:18 p.m.
The Idaho Statesman analyzes how Idaho got itself into the Child Support services mess that requires a special session to fix. Yes, xenophobia, religious ignorance, misappropriated constitutional claims, paranoia over internation treaties, etc. But there's more.
Wed., April 29, 2015, 3:09 p.m.
An edit in the Washington Post Tuesday begins: "It would be hard to find people more adept at cutting off their noses to spite their faces than the members of an Idaho legislative committee who balked at bringing the state into compliance with federal child-support collection rules." Do you think Sims & Co will stand firm in their paranoia May 18?
Wed., April 29, 2015, 2:45 p.m.
In the HucksOnline blogroll roundup today, Facebook Friend Keith Boe provides this superb photo of a sunset on the Spokane River at Post Falls Monday, from his kayak. Also: War Bonds talks with Colorado reader+Idaho doing so-so re: digital learning+downtown bike corrals are coming back+our own brand of terroris+more ...
Wed., April 29, 2015, 2:42 p.m.
Gov. Butch Otter issued the following statement re: the death of former legislator Frank Henderson: “Frank was a tireless and humble public servant who had a remarkably rare combination of skills that cannot be easily replaced. His keen understanding of how government should work, coupled...
Wed., April 29, 2015, 1:46 p.m.
Four grizzly bear cubs, about 35 pounds apiece, enjoyed at outing at WSU's Bear Center that included a wading pool Monday. The cubs, belonging to two mothers, are the first cubs born at the WSU habitat in 10 years. Shanon Quinn of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News provides the rest of the story below.
Wed., April 29, 2015, 1:25 p.m.
In an April 27 letter to Gov. Butch Otter, House Speaker Scott Bedke writes that he has worked with four of the House committee members who voted to kill SB 1067, the child support enforcement bill, on the final day of the legislative session, along...
Wed., April 29, 2015, 1:19 p.m.
Police Chief Lee White penned an article for Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living that includes: "If you had told me that someday I was going to be Police Chief in Coeur d’Alene when I was a young grunt in the Marines, I would have sent you for a drug test or would have fallen over laughing." You can read the rest below.
Wed., April 29, 2015, 1:07 p.m.
House Minority Leader John Rusche of Lewiston applauds the decision by Gov. Butch Otter to call a special session to fix the Child Support mess caused by 9 House Republicans. Now, Rusche wants constituents to contact their GOP legislators to encourage them to support legislation in the special session.
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.