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Weekend Wild Card -- 8.1-2.15

August 1, 2015 - 12:39am

Mrs. O & I hung with 6 members of our extended family at Art on the Green Friday evening, enjoying the female vocalist Ruth Pratt and Tuxedo Junction on the main stage. And the activity and people all around. As well as the blue moon above. Viewtiful night on the waterfront. We'll catch some more of the town's August fest activities this weekend, as summer heads into its final month. I know the dry conditions in the forest mean a wildfire is only a careless match, camper or cigarette butt away. And that it has been hotter this summer than some would like. But I consider it a glorious summer so far. I'm looking forward to another 4 weeks of it and then the fair. I hope you enjoy the weekend. Now for your Weekend Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 7.31.15

July 31, 2015 - 4:36pm

Members of an international team of skydivers join hands, flying head-down to build their world record skydiving formation today, over Ottawa, Ill. It took the team 13 attempts to to build the formation, resembling a giant flower, to beat the 2012 mark set by 138 skydivers.

TGIF Wild Card -- 7.31.15

July 31, 2015 - 4:33pm

In the last week, I've encountered three friends I haven't seen in at least a decade or longer. A former youth minister at a former church. And attorney Malcolm Dymkoski and his wife, Pauline. It's odd to run into old friends, esp. when they approach you unexpectedly, and they changed a bit over the years. Sometimes, it takes a moment to remember who they are. I contacted attorney Dymkoski on several occasions when I covered the county courthouse in the 1980s. Last time I saw Pauline, she was serving tables and exchanging barbs with customers at Franklin's Deli. She was Pauline Anderson then. She and her late husband, Larry, ran the deli until Larry got sick. I enjoyed catching up with Malcolm and Pauline at the Handshake Productions concert at Hayden City Park last evening. They looked very happy. Malcolm said I looked much older. Pauline said I looked good. So I broke even. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Blue Moon Rises Tonight

July 31, 2015 - 4:31pm

The second full moon of July will rise tonight in the east around sunset in what has commonly become known as a “blue moon.” The first full moon this month was on July 2. The term blue moon was coined in 1946 by an astronomy writer who was trying to make sense out of an older and more complicated explanation of the term. NASA Science said that the moon doesn’t really turn color. However, the moon can appear blue through a haze of volcanic ash or wildfire smoke. The moon orbits Earth approximately every 29 days. Tonight’s full moon will be waning just a bit since the moon reached its fullest point before dawn today/Mike Prager, SR.

Question: Which song that contains the word "moon" in its title is your favorite?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.31.15

July 31, 2015 - 4:17pm
  • 4:21 p.m. Unknown Medical -- 3500 Cedarblom St/CdA.
  • 4:19 p.m. BOSS Hit -- Red 2005 Honda Odyssey sought in armed robbery possible sighted @ I-90/State Line.
  • 4:15 p.m. Gas Leak -- 1600 block of Club Lane/Hayden.
  • 4:11 p.m. Drunk & Disorderly -- Drunk female stumbling @ Seltice Way/Spokane St, Post Falls.
  • 3:50 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- 15YO male & father arguing @ 10500 block of N. Pinetree Road/Hayden.
  • 3:34 p.m. Possible DUI -- Drunk male motorist & female companion @ Corbin Park/Post Falls.
  • 3:14 p.m. Trauma Injury -- Possible spinal injury @ Silverwood Park water area.
  • 3:01 p.m. Diabetic Problem -- 55YO female is unconscious @ 3400 block of Box Canyon Drive/Post Falls.
  • 2:56 p.m. Disabled Vehicle -- ISP officer stopping to help Oregon motorist @ w/b I-90/H97, Wolf Lodge Bay.
  • 2:44 p.m. Utility Problem -- Power line touching trees @ 2596 E. Greensferry Road/Post Falls.
  • 2:26 p.m. Unknown Injury -- 4-vehicle crash reported @ Northwest Blvd/Ironwood Drive, CdA.
  • 2:24 p.m. Injury Accident -- Vehicle rolled 4 feet over bank on USFS Road No. 209/MP 6 (east of Hayden Lake).
  • 2:11 p.m. Check -- Deputy checks loggers operating chainsaws @ Clagstone Road/Kelso Lake Road, Athol.
  • 2:10 p.m. Fall -- 18800 block of W. Riverview Drive/Post Falls.
  • 2:09 p.m. Fire Drill -- Life Care, 500 W. Aqua Ave/CdA.
  • 1:29 p.m. Assist Needed -- 4YO has foot caught in recliner @ 500 block of Ashworth Lane/Post Falls.
  • 1:24 p.m. Wanted Male -- At Department of Motor Vehicles, 451 Govt Way/CdA.
  • 1:14 p.m. Road Rager -- Aggressive male motorist passing on shoulder @ road construction site @ H95/Worley.
  • 1:02 p.m. Unruly Boaters -- Caller wants to talk to KCSDeputy re: Spirit Lake boater who wouldn't move for firefighters.
  • 12:39 p.m. Fall -- 97YO female hit head in fall @ 800 block of 23rd St/CdA.
  • 12:23 p.m. Citizen Question -- Caller to KCSD wants to know re: dog rules on Lake Coeur d'Alene.
  • AM Scanner Traffic (with 15 more items)

Proposed Plan For Mullan Avenue

July 31, 2015 - 4:00pm
Preliminary designs to convert Mullan Avenue in the Fort Ground neighborhood into a more pedestrian friendly street, with slower vehicle speeds, are proceeding. As currently proposed, the design provides the City with the flexibility of closing Mullan during “peak pedestrian” events such as Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes. The city’s consultant will continue to draft modifications on the current plan based on comments from the public and city staff. The City Council is expected to review the preliminary design in late August or early September. Key features of the preliminary design include:
  • No trees removed.
  • Traffic Circles (not to be confused with roundabouts) are added to promote traffic calming and create a turnaround area when Mullan Road is closed.
  • Signage will notify vehicles in advance that the road is closed and there is “No outlet” but vehicles will need roadway space to circle back out. Traffic circles may also include landscaping or art work. The City has a traffic circle on West Canfield Avenue one block east of Ramsey Road.
  • The parking lot proposed in the concept plan for the northwest corner of City Park is removed and on street parking is provided to replace parking removed from Mullan Road.
  • Neighborhood parking is added on Mullan Road to replace parking removed by reconfiguring Park Drive.

DFO: Very nice.


Sex On A City Park Table?

July 31, 2015 - 3:30pm

Tongue firmly cheeked, TarynAHecker comments about an offense reported in Coeur d'Alene PD's Downtown Bar Report:

"Take note of this one and make sure you bring a tablecloth if you're going to picnic at the park. I wonder if they used a condiment." The entry from Friday, July 17, 2015 -- 20:44:52 -- City Park, 416 W Mullan Road): "Officers warned a couple in City Park who were reportedly having sex on a picnic table. The R/P stated they appeared to be intoxicated."

DFO: In this case, "protection" means a table cloth, for those who use the table afterward.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 7.31.15

July 31, 2015 - 3:00pm

While out for a drive Thursday evening -- and trying to avoid watching another Seattle Mariner loss -- Marianne Love/Slight Detour and her husband, Bill, spotted a lot of deer and a big herd of elk. More photos and story here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, July 30): 11,815 page-views/7,649 unique views

56% Check Facebook On Toilet

July 31, 2015 - 2:37pm

KING5 News via KREM 2: "People are spending more time on their phone or tablet than they do watching TV or sleeping, and some suffer from nomophobia -- "no mobile phone" phobia. Facebook plays no small part in why people pick up their phones. Facebook usage actually accounts for nearly 20% of all time spent online, according to Business Insider." Here's where people use Facebook most:

  • 76% in bed when they should be asleep
  • 72% when they should be working or studying
  • 56% on the toilet
  • 33% during a film in the cinema
  • 32% in the bath
  • More here

Question: Do you check or use Facebook when you're on the throne?

Hitching Post Hubbub In News Still

July 31, 2015 - 2:27pm

The conservative Washington Times published this story re: the Hitching Post legal controversy in Coeur d'Alene:

The city of Coeur d‘Alene has no plans to arrest Don and Evelyn Knapp. Certainly the Knapps don’t want to be arrested. So far everyone’s on the same page. After that, however, the situation grows murkier. The Knapps, who perform marriage ceremonies at their Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are suing the city because they fear being prosecuted under a 2013 ordinance forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation. Their fears are not entirely unfounded. Days after Idaho began performing gay marriages on Oct. 15, the Knapps declined to marry a same-sex couple. Previously, city officials had said that the Knapps, both of whom are ordained ministers, would be in violation of the law if they refused to officiate a same-sex marriage. More here.

Question: Do you think this case could make it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Seahawks, Wilson OK Extension

July 31, 2015 - 1:51pm

It took until almost the 11th — or should that be the 12th? — hour. But the Seahawks have reached an agreement on a contract extension with quarterback Russell Wilson this morning, shortly before the team is to begin training camp at the VMAC in Renton, preparing for the 2015 season — and when Wilson’s side had set a deadline to get the deal done or play the season without an extension. Wilson confirmed the news via Twitter. The contract is said to be a four-year extension worth $87.6 million, according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, who first had the news, and goes through the 2019 season/Seattle Times. More here.

Question: Now can you quit fretting and focus on your mock Fantasy Football drafts?

Letter: Too Many Council Conflicts

July 31, 2015 - 1:40pm

In a July 8 article in the Coeur d’Alene Press about vacating some land for the Hagadone Corporation to keep building more stuff, the last two sentences may tell us all we need to know about city government in Coeur d’Alene. I quote: “Ultimately, the council voted 5-1 to approve of vacating the property with Councilwoman Amy Evans casting the only vote in opposition. Evans was the only member of the council, including Mayor Steve Widmyer, that did not disclose a past or present, personal or familial business relationship with the Hagadone Corporation.” (bold emphasis added) Confirmation: It’s a monarchy/Doug Davey, of Worley, letter to Coeur d'Alene Press.

Question: In a relatively small town like this, with a giant figure like Duane Hagadone and his corporation, shouldn't it be expected that eledted officials would have some sort of ties to them?

Roof Pleads Innocent To 9 Killings

July 31, 2015 - 1:28pm

The suspect in last month’s mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., reportedly pleaded not guilty on Friday, a new report says. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, entered the plea while facing 33 federal criminal charges for allegedly attacking a church on June 17, according to The Charleston Post and Courier. Roof was initially indicted on July 22 for his suspected role in the death of nine congregants at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was charged with 12 counts under hate crime laws, another 12 under civil rights provisions protecting freedom of religion and nine for using a firearm for murder. The newspaper said Roof initially wanted to plead guilty to the hate crime charges on Friday morning/The Hill. More here.


Keith: The Day I Quit Hunting

July 31, 2015 - 1:12pm

KeithInCDA (RE: Barker: Hunters vital for conservation): I gave up putting big game (for that matter any game) in my cross-hairs about 5 years ago after a cow elk stepped out about 125 yards away and as I was about to harvest her, her 3-4 month old calf stepped out and looked at me as well, at that moment I reached the 5th stage of being a hunter (, I lowered my rifle and never fired a shot. I packed my gun away that fall and it's never been out since. I still go with friends and family every fall as it's my favorite time of year and I enjoy the guys that still love to hunt. It's just not for me anymore.

Question: Why do/don't you hunt?

Barker: Hunters Vital For Conservation

July 31, 2015 - 11:53am

At the Idaho Statesman, Rocky Barker columnizes:

"The killing of a beloved lion by a Minnesota trophy hunter on the edge of a Zimbabwe reserve produced worldwide outrage Wednesday, the same day Idaho officials were picking the winner of a lottery tag for hunting a bighorn sheep in the state. ... People who universally condemn hunters because of (Minnesota dentist Walter) Palmer’s act don’t understand the critical role hunters play in conservation. The Safari Club, which promotes trophy hunting and conservation, suspended Palmer’s membership Wednesday, along with that of the guide." More here.

Question: Do you understand the critical role hunters play in conservation?

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.31.15

July 31, 2015 - 11:47am
  • 11:27 a.m. Reckless Driver -- Elderly female driver @ s/b H95/Kathleen Ave, CdA, driving down middle of lanes.
  • 11:07 a.m. Unknown Medical -- 84YO female @ E. Shadow Lane/Victory Lane, Athol.
  • 10:46 a.m. Traffic Hazard -- Large piece of metal lying @ e/b I-90/MP 13, H95, CdA.
  • 10:27 a.m. Traffic Lights -- Green turn light on w/b offramp @ I-90/H95 not functioning, traffic backed up onto freeway.
  • 10:19 a.m. Welfare Check -- Man working on RR tracks @ Storm King Drive/Flatwoods Loop, Rathdrum, butt-dialing 911.
  • 10:15 a.m. Traffic Hazard -- Dead black lab removed from freeway (9:58 item).
  • 9:58 a.m. Traffic Hazard -- Black labrador hit by vehicle on w/b I-90 b/n Sherman Ave/4th St, CdA.
  • 9:28 a.m. Gas Leak -- Avista has fixed ruptured natural gas line (8:40 item).
  • 9:23 a.m. Extrication -- Responders have extricated injured motorist from vehicle (9:01 item).
  • 9:11 a.m. Extrication -- Responders are in process of extricating male trapped in car (9:01 item).
  • 9:10 a.m. Eviction Follow-up -- 600 block E2nd Ave/Post Falls.
  • 9:07 a.m. Utility Problem -- Coeur d'Alene Fire responding to 1750 Blackwell Hill Road.
  • 9:01 a.m. Rollover -- Male trapped in small car on its side 50 feet off Boekel Road, east of Meyer Road/Rathdrum.
  • 8:52 a.m. Possible DUI -- Driver of tan Chevy Silverado weaving @ H95/Bunco Road, Athol.
  • 8:40 a.m. Utility Problem -- 3-inch gas line hit, ruptured @ 16809 Prairie Ave/Hauser.

Poll: Legal Layoffs OK

July 31, 2015 - 11:29am
  • Thursday Poll: By a narrow plurality, Hucks Nation said it isn't concerned that a proposed Coeur d'Alene city budget calls for jettisoning 4 staffers from criminal division of the city attorney's office. 72 of 152 respondents (47.37%) held that position. 65 of 152 respondents (42.76%) said they are concerned. 15 (9.87%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you agree with Statesman columnist Rocky Barker that trophy hunters are important allies of wildlife conservation in Africa (& USA)?

Group: Butch Most Conservative Guv

July 31, 2015 - 10:46am

From Huffington Post: "In the 2014 mid-term elections, the GOP solidified its control of both the House and the Senate. Republicans also dominated when it came to electing governors. There are currently 31 Republican governors and only 18 Democratic ones; Alaska is the only state with an Independent governor. Using data from OnTheIssues, InsideGov broke down the political ideology of every governor. OnTheIssues analyzes public statements, press releases, campaign platforms and voting records to score each governor's view on important issues. We then converted these scores to a single scale from -10 (most liberal) to +10 (most conservative)."

  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is the most liberal governor in the country, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, the most conservative.

Question: What do you think of Butch Otter's ranking as the most conservative governor in the United States?

Happy Birthday, Now Go To Jail

July 31, 2015 - 10:02am

This nugget comes from Coeur d'Alene Downtown Bar Report (courtesy of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department):

2:13 PM Friday, July 17 -- N 21ST ST & E SHERMAN AVE - ALCOHOL OFFENSE - Officers arrested a 62 year old transient for Open Container after observing the male passed out in the roadway partially blocking 21st St. The male was very intoxicated with an open can of cold beer nearby. Through slurred words, officers were able to ascertain it the man's birthday. He was taken to jail.