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Wild Card/Thursday -- 5.28.15

May 28, 2015 - 5:22pm

I've returned from my speaking gig with Leadership Coeur d'Alene. The group didn't throw things at me or walk out the door. So we both survived. Your regular Huckleberries Online programming will begin in three, two ... Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 5.28.15

May 28, 2015 - 5:20pm

Jessica Kehl, center, watches an instructor demonstrate a move during aerial silk class at Aerial Arts of Utah in Salt Lake City. Aerial silks is a combination of modern dance and acrobatics utilizing two long strands of fabric hung from the ceiling. (Spenser Heaps/The Daily Herald via AP)

Is Idaho A Freedom Magnet?

May 28, 2015 - 5:03pm

It comes as no surprise to residents of the Treasure Valley that more people are moving to Idaho than leaving the state. Just look at the increasing traffic on our roads. The migration patterns revealed by a recent Idaho Statesman story would appear to fly in the face of conventional wisdom. Many in the media tell us Idaho ranks low or at the bottom on a number of “key” metrics: per pupil education spending, wages, infrastructure spending, students going on to college, and so on. Larry Kenck, outgoing Idaho Democratic Party chairman, was quoted by the Idaho Politics Weekly as saying, “Idaho languishes near the bottom of practically every indicator.” So why are people moving here, where are they moving from and what are the policy implications for Idaho’s leaders?/Fred Birnbaum, Idaho Freedom Foundation VP. More here.

Question: Is Idaho a freedom magnet? If you don't think so, why are more people moving here than moving out?

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You Can Help PFPD Replace Koda

May 28, 2015 - 4:51pm

From Post Falls Police Department Facebook:

"Many of you have asked about making a donation to replace Koda. We have set up a link to our website, where donations can be made to the PFPD K-9 Program -- everything donated will go directly to the purchase of a new dog and training. The estimated cost to replace Koda is $23,000.00, this includes the cost of the dog and the required training for both the dog and the handler. Several of you have also asked where Koda will go when he retires. Koda is property of the City, but once he officially retires we will make a request to have Koda transfer to his current handler to be kept as a pet for the remainder of his life. Thank you in advance for your support of the Police Department. We appreciate you." (PFPD photo: Officer Browne & Koda)

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

May 28, 2015 - 4:45pm

Dylan O'Connor, 14, of Watertown, N.Y., receives a kiss from his mother Alycia O'Connor after he misspelled the word "archeology" during the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Wednesday Winner -- JohnA, with 8 likes: "Suddenly, young Bates can't get the lyrics to "American Pie" out of his mind:'As I stood there on the stage/My hands were clenched in fists of rage/No angel born in Hell/Could break me when I spell'." You can see Wednesday photo & all Cutline Contest winners here.

Edit: Rare Pat On Back For Walmart

May 28, 2015 - 4:42pm

Wal-Mart takes its fair share of bashing from the public -- and rightly so in many cases, as its business practices and treatment of employees are often questionable at best. The retailing giant, however, deserves recognition for its announcement last week that it would ask its meat, seafood, poultry, deli and egg suppliers to adopt animal welfare standards that include sufficient space and easy access to food and water. Wal-Mart also said it would ask its suppliers to report on their use of antibiotics and limit use to sick animals/Devin Rokyta, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Do you have anything nice to say about Walmart?

Rubio To Address Idaho GOP

May 28, 2015 - 4:38pm

That $2M that Idahoans of all political stripes ponied up for the GOPresidential Primary next year to attract A List candidates is paying dividends. This morning, the Idaho GOP tweeted that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has agreed to give the keynote speech at the state convention in Idaho Falls June 5-6. Rubio is one of the 5 frontrunners in a recent poll of the horse race for the Republican nomination.

Question: Which GOPresidential Jumbos would you like to see come to Coeur d'Alene?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 5.28.15

May 28, 2015 - 4:33pm

Photo Set (3 more photos): At 9 a.m. today, a “Mock” DUI fatal head-on accident investigation began in front of Coeur d’Alene High School on Dalton Avenue west of 4th Street. The accident scene was watched by the graduating students of Coeur d’Alene High School. Car 1 (Non- DUI) -- Driver Lindsey Sales Texting, Front Passenger Cole DeWitt, Back Passenger Kennan Orlandi; Car 2 (DUI) -- DUI Driver Anthony Dahlheimer, Front Passenger Colby Daniels, and Back Passenger Tony Naccarato. Story here. (KCSO photo)

  • 5:24 p.m. 2 juveniles are racing dirt bikes @ 5800 block of Menser Ave/Athol.
  • 5:17 p.m. CPD officer trespasses troublesome male from Black Sheep.
  • 5:17 p.m. A couple w/a small child are asking for help @ Ramsey Road/Hayden Ave, Hayden.
  • 5:08 p.m. An unattended child is locked in a red Nissan @ Home Depot, 220 W. Kathleen Ave/CdA.
  • 4:51 p.m. T-bone crash b/n Chevy SUV & Subaru @ 2nd St/Spokane Ave, CdA.
  • 4:34 p.m. Male occupant of crashed car (4:29 item) ran into w/badly bleeding, broken nose.
  • 4:32 p.m. Someone is having difficulty breathing @ 400 block of Indiana Ave/CdA.
  • 4:29 p.m. Injury, blocking accident reported @ Cougar Gulch/Stach Road, CdA.
  • 4:20 p.m. All lights @ H95/Dalton Avenue are off, officer asking for signs at intersection.
  • 4:10 p.m. Officer is trying to trespass transients from old Stimson Mill @ Seltice Way/Atlas Road.
  • 4:05 p.m. ISP officer is stopping a bicylist who's riding along H95/MP 443 (Chilco Ave).
  • 4:02 p.m. Officer reports traffic lights are malfunctioning @ H95/Dalton Ave, CdA.
  • 3:57 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 1100 block of Lambert Lane/CdA.
  • 3:47 a.m. Someone is suffering a seizure @ Winco, 1485 W. Appleway/CdA.
  • 3:42 a.m. Post Falls area male reports father killed himself by gun, unknown location.
  • 3:37 p.m. Suspicious person reported @ Twice As Nice, 4000 block of Govt Way/CdA.
  • 3:26 p.m. Officer reports he's dealing with disorderly male, 2nd one today, at undisclosed CdA liquor store.
  • 2:34 p.m. Theft reported @ 5300 block of O'Gara Road/Harrison.
  • 1:57 p.m. Someone has fallen @ Tip Top Tarps, 7704 N. Aqua Ave/CdA.
  • 1:50 a.m. Someone is having difficulty breathing @ 32000 block of N5th/Spirit Lake.
  • 1:22 p.m. Entrampment alarm sounding @ 3500 block of Cedarblom St/CdA.
  • 1:21 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 1600 block of E. Stiner Ave/CdA.
  • 1:08 p.m. Logging truck disabled & causing traffic hazard by flat tire @ H95/Wilbur Ave, CdA.
  • 12:48 p.m. Baby is locked in a vehicle in alley behind 1400 block of N3rd St/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

HucksOnline Blogos

May 28, 2015 - 4:23pm

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed an executive order requiring state executive agencies to adopt Idaho’s Sage-Grouse Management Plan, reports Rich Landers/Outdoors blog. The plan demonstrates the state’s commitment to a viable sage grouse population while also maintaining predictable levels of use on public lands, Otter said in a statement today. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, May 27): 9,008 page-views/5,827 unique views

KSPS To Feature War Bonds Couples

May 28, 2015 - 4:10pm

Tonight's the night! Tune in to KSPS Public TV tonight at 7 PM. Two couples from War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation will be featured in the second segment of the half hour Northwest Profiles show!

PM Headlines -- 5.28.15

May 28, 2015 - 4:00pm

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson, left, and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, right, announce final settlement Thursday afternoon on accessibility improvements to Idaho's renovated state Capitol. Longtime Idaho disability-rights leader Kelly Buckland calls Capitol ADA settlement 'bittersweet'. Story here. (Betsy Z. Russell)

One Of Idaho's Best 1st Ladies

May 28, 2015 - 3:26pm

At Carlson Chronicles, Chris Carlson remembers one of the best First Ladies in Idaho history, Lola Evans, who died recently:

One of the best First Ladies in Idaho history, Lola Evans, was laid to rest in the Malad cemetary last week, next to her beloved husband, John V., who served as governor for ten straight years, from 1977 to 1987. Lola Evans ranks in the top tier along with Carol Andrus and Grace Jordan. All three of these First Ladies made significant contributions to the success and well-being of their husbands, as did most of Idaho’s First Ladies. These three, though, were adept politicians in their own right. All three governors recognized their spouse had unerringly good instincts. None were or are demure wall flowers hesitant to tell the governor of a “miscalculation.” All, though, kept their counsel in the home for all three share another quality—fierce loyalty to the spouse and zealous protection of the spouse and the family. More here.

Question: Have you met any of Idaho's First Ladies? Which one did you like best?


Idaho Politician -- Longevity = Power

May 28, 2015 - 1:34pm

Better Idaho posts:

"In the Idaho Legislature, power and longevity are closely intertwined. How does your lawmaker compare to his or her colleagues? This graph shows how many two-year terms each Idaho Legislature has been elected. The top seven longest serving lawmakers are Bell, Loertscher, Cameron, Keough, Moyle, Tippets and Davis. That’s a lot of power. Those seven include the co-chairs of the powerful Joint Finance Committee (Bell and Cameron), the chair of the House State Affairs Committee (Loertscher), the House Majority Leader (Moyle), the chair of the Senate Commerce Committee (Tippets) and the Senate Majority Leader (Davis). Only Shawn Keough, a moderate Senator from Sandpoint, isn’t a committee chair or on leadership." More here.

Question: Would you want the three North Idaho legislators in your district to be a committee chairman or a legislative leader?

Parenthood Transformation

May 28, 2015 - 1:18pm

"Still amazes me how being a parent transforms your views on most everything; teacher walkouts, flooding in Houston, a listing of dead soldiers on Memorial Day. ... Being a mother broadens your world view to vistas you could have never imagined before holding that bundle of life in your arms. At least that's been my experience" -- CindyH.

Question: How has being a parent changed your world view?

Garden Valley Installs Guns In School

May 28, 2015 - 1:00pm

The isolated Garden Valley School District has installed firearms in its only school building and trained staff to use them in response to an active shooter. Citing safety reasons, Superintendent Marc Gee won’t say how many guns and safes were installed or where they are located. This summer, the district will post signs warning that the school building is armed and educators are prepared to defend against violent intruders. “I can say that we consulted with our certified trainer and legal counsel on the number of and appropriate model of firearms for our situation and we followed those recommendations,” he said. Other districts might have guns and safes on campus, said Karen Echeverria, executive director of the Idaho School Boards Association, but Echeverria said she is not aware of any/ More here.

Question: Hmm. This might be an exception to the rule re: how I feel about guns on campus, at a high school or college. Thoughts?

Drive-In Theater? Nah, Just A Joke

May 28, 2015 - 11:48am
A sign indicates the future site of a new drive-in theater on Prairie Avenue between Huetter Road and Meyer Road on the Rathdrum Prairie. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Those signs at the corner of Huetter Road & Meyer Road on the Rathdrum Prairie caused a stir -- you know, the ones that said "Drive-in Theater" and "Coming Soon." Now, landowner Corky Hughest explains that they were just a joke to add sunshine to people's life & he's sorry if Kootenai County staff wasted time dealing with the fallout from people calling to ask questions about them. You can read the explanation Corky sent to Huckleberries Online below:

"(Wife) Ginny and I put up two small sighs two feet by four feet, Sunday night, May 24, 2015, on Prairie Ave. Monday was Memorial Day, Tuesday phone calls and Wednesday we got a call from Kootenai Planning Dept. asking if that was our sign on the Prairie property. What is going on. They had received numerous calls on Tuesday, it was the topic of discussion at the morning planning meeting. This was a stern call. Mind you the planning department is the best it has ever been, with more customer service than we’ve ever seen. I immediately told them what we were doing and don’t spend any time on this.

Ours is a 9 acre project we have been working on for almost 2 years. The reason we put the signs up in the first place was, quite a few cars were stopping on Prairie while we were watering our new trees and asking what was this going to be. I had already purchased a descriptive sign but my wife Ginny said NO…  Lets have some fun, bring a little smile to everyone. She wanted to include a question, “What do you think should go here”, but that didn’t happen. I agreed to let her roll with it. She had the signs printed at a cost of $200 “Ouch!”. She put up two signs “Coming Soon” and “Drive in Theater”. More here.

DFO: Corky & Ginny Hughes are salt-of-the-earth people who enjoy bringing sunshine into the lives of their neighbors and community. I totally see the humor in this situation. Some don't, however. Alas.

AM Scanner Traffic -- 5.28.15

May 28, 2015 - 11:30am
  • 12:08 p.m. 2-vehicle accident reported @ H95/Lancaster Road, Hayden.
  • 11:22 a.m. Someone has spilled oil on the road @ H54/Sylvan Road, Athol.
  • 11:16 a.m. Residential alarm sounding in 1400 block of Dillon Drive/CdA.
  • 11:07 a.m. 9YO boy suffering first seizure @ Summer Rose Street/Singing Hills Drive, CdA.
  • 10:57 a.m. Male w/backpack suspected of shoplifting @ Hayden Walmart/Honeysuckle Ave.
  • 8:52 a.m. Noninjury accident reported @ Greensferry Road/Hayden Ave, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 8:50 a.m. Undisclosed parking problem reported @ 800 block of Colorado St/Rathdrum.
  • 8:40 a.m. Someone is suffering an allergic reaction @ 6100 block of Ramsey Road/Hayden.
  • 8:31 a.m. Sprinkler alarm is sounding @ Kootenai Family Care, 566 Prairie Ave/CdA.
  • 8:26 a.m. 82YO male is suffering undisclosed medical emergency @ 8500 block of Yosemite St/Rathdrum.
  • 8:16 a.m. CPD & Coeur d'Alene High are conducting a mock accident @ 4th St/Dalton Ave, CdA.
  • 8:06 a.m. Greensferry overpass construction is backing up traffic for 1 1/2 miles to Spokane St/Post Falls.
  • 8:03 a.m. Speed cart stationed @ New Hampshire St/10th Ave, Spirit Lake, isn't working.

Merica: IFF Follows Attack Playbook

May 28, 2015 - 11:26am

Merica (RE: Idaho Reporter defends Adams, slams DFO): "I see Hurst has been sent in to take us to Step 2 of the IFF Playbook that alerts followers about the Liberal Libs. Next week, another IFF "issue" will be trotted out to continue to perpetuate their show of hyper vigilance against anything remotely resembling common sense. I posted this 9 days ago but it still applies:

"IMO, The IFF seems to thrive on controversies of their own purposeful making. They publish opinions based on falsehoods and fears, social media calls them on it, they alert their followers that the liberal libs are coming unglued, then they rinse/repeat. Every once and awhile, they offer a low profile apology in an attempt to correct the record but they don't fully follow through or alert their followers they misinformed the public. They just continue to lather/rinse/repeat. The IFF isn't a news organization. They are a special interest group with power and influence that should be concerning."

Question: Have you now or have you ever been a member of the great Huckleberries Online conspiracy?

Body Of CdA Man Found In River

May 28, 2015 - 11:11am

The two missing men are pictured with their softball team. Jason Gritten is holding the bat and Pat Lusk is next to him with the longer hair and and cap. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

The body of a Coeur d’Alene man who disappeared on a canoe trip near Riggins, Idaho, was found in the Salmon River on Wednesday night. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office said the body of Jason Gritten, 35, was located by family and friends searching the river. A second Coeur d’Alene man on the same excursion, Patrick Lusk, 27, remains missing. Gritten’s body was found about 9 miles from where he and Lusk were thought to have crossed the river in the French Creek area. Family members said the pair had planned to canoe across the river and hike to Burgdorf Hot Springs/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Idaho County Sheriff's Office photos: Jason Gritten, left, and Patrick Lusk went missing earlier this month on the Salmon River near Riggins)