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Thanksgiving Wild Card -- 11.26.15

November 26, 2015 - 8:02am

Happy Thanksgiving, all you readers, commenters and blurkers. Mrs. O and I have three Thanksgiving meals planned today. Breakfast with her side of the family. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with mine. And then a smaller meal later in the day with Amy Dearest and Okie Doke, who will be spending the holiday weekend with us once they arrive from Portland later in the day. I will be 5 pounds heavier Friday morning. Looking forward to it. Mrs. O and I wish you all a blessed holiday today. I'll be off tomorrow, too. So I'll see you back here Monday. Here's your Thanksgiving Day Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 11.25.15

November 25, 2015 - 4:51pm

President Barack Obama serves Thanksgiving dinner during "Feast with Friends" at Friendship Place homeless center, on Wednesday in Washington. Friendship Place works with homeless and at-risk veterans in its Veterans First program. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Hump Day Wild Card -- 11.25.15

November 25, 2015 - 4:42pm

This'll be our last day together this week. I'm taking Black Friday off, to host Amy Dearest and Okie Doke. We might see you at the annual downtown Christmas holiday parade and wreath lighting Friday evening. We'll definitely check out the Festival of Trees at the Coeur d'Alene Resort some time this weekend. Coeur d'Alene is magical year round. But this is the time of the year when it's most magical of all, especially downtown, where the Christmas lights transforms the Lake City into post card perfect. Here's your pre-Thanksgiving Wild Card ...

Palouse churches back Pullman mosque

November 25, 2015 - 4:26pm

A handful of churches and humanist groups are offering their support to Palouse-area Muslims after the Pullman Islamic Center was labeled a "radical mosque" in a recent online post. The label came from The Daily Caller, an online news organization co-founded by Neil Patel, a policy adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney. The Caller posted a story Saturday titled "Caution! You may live in the radical mosque zone." It included a list of about 80 "extremist" Islamic centers that allegedly want to implement Sharia law and "establish a global Islamic caliphate," according to the Clarion Project, an independently funded organization that created the list. The Pullman Islamic Center, which opened in 1982, was added to the list because it's owned by the North American Islamic Trust, which the Clarion Project claims is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood/William Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.


PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.25.15

November 25, 2015 - 4:05pm
  • 5:16 p.m. Road Rage -- Driver of red VW convertible being harassed by trailing pickup driver @ e/b I-90/NW Blvd.
  • 5:12 p.m. Illegal Burn -- Rimrock Road b/n Lancaster/Dodd, Garwood area.
  • 5:01 p.m. General Illness -- 700 block of 2nd Street/CdA.
  • 4:46 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Male trespassed from Coeur d'Alene business (4:29 item).
  • 4:33 p.m. Burglar Alarm -- Silent residential alarm sounding @ H41/Wyoming Ave, Rathdrum.
  • 4:29 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Abusive male harassing wife at her CdA place of business.
  • 4:17 p.m. Road Rage -- Male in blue Yukon @ w/b I-90/MP 45 (Pinehurst) almost side-swiped car.
  • 4:15 p.m. Police Log -- Coeur d'Alene PD activities report for Nov 24-25 here.
  • 4:10 p.m. Prisoner Transport -- Deputy transporting arrested female to county jail.
  • 3:58 p.m. Unconscious Male -- 35YO male unconscious & possibly not breathing @ Hayden Inn, 9986 Govt Way.
  • 3:26 pm. Nose Bleed -- Memory Lane/Hayden Ave.
  • 2:53 p.m. Trespassed -- Unwanted male named Jonathan trespassed from 11200 Trafalgar St/Hayden.
  • 2:35 p.m. Breathing Problem -- Heritage House, 925 E. Polston Ave/Post Falls.
  • 1:47 p.m. Suspect -- Male in black Ford Bronco on 20300 block of Altamont Road/Rathdrum is wanted by police for undisclosed reason.
  • 1:30 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Post Falls female reports husband broke into her home, hit her in face w/pillow and left. (Update: Post Falls PD arrested male for violating protective order, domestic battery).
  • 1:22 p.m. Stolen Vehicle -- Male charged w/stealing vehicle left at Trading Company parking lot earlier today.

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

November 25, 2015 - 3:42pm

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds up a mobile telephone to take a photograph with a supporter while working a rope line following a rally Tuesday in a high school gymnasium in Denver. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Tuesday Winner -- gitrdun, with 18 likes: "I told him that the senior discount was only on Tuesdays and that's tomorrow! He said he'd wait!" You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Dry weather ahead

November 25, 2015 - 3:32pm

"Forecast model shows dry weather continues to middle of next week at least. Highs in low 30s. Lows near 20. Patchy fog possible by Saturday" -- SR.

Wolf debate in Haiku

November 25, 2015 - 3:14pm

HucksOnline commenter Wedeln6969 has launched a conversation in Haiku on Rich Landers' Outdoors blog, after learning a new wolf pack has been confirmed in north-central Washington, near the towns of Omak & Twisp. Wedeln6969 began the conversation with this:

wolf in winter

wolf puppy howls, branch
sees, quiet coy flame bragging
melting angels groan

Spokesfolk responded:

snug in LL Bean quilts, urbanites
text, chilled range rider shudders
mother cow drags entrails.

And on it went here.

UI coaches profane, not rule breakers

November 25, 2015 - 3:01pm

Huckleberries received this news release from the University of Idaho:

The University of Idaho has completed its investigation into an anonymous email received in late September alleging complaints about the behavior of certain members of the Vandal football coaching staff. The investigation revealed no NCAA rule violations or major deficiencies in the Vandal football program. The investigation did indicate that coaching staff should avoid the use of profanity in the presence of student-athletes. UI’s Athletic Director will continue to work with coaching staff to ensure improvements are made.

The welfare of our students and student-athletes is our primary concern and as such, the university took the allegations very seriously and acted accordingly to address them. UI initiated an investigation into these allegations in early October. The university’s Internal Audit (IA) unit referred the specific allegations to NCAA compliance (which reports to UI General Counsel) and to the department of Human Resources which monitored the progress of the investigations by each area.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 11.25.15

November 25, 2015 - 2:36pm

Kokanee are spawning and dying in North Idaho's two largest lakes and bald eagles are loving it. Dozens of eagles are congregating at Granite Creek and in the Bayview shoreline area to take advantage of revived kokanee fisheries in Lake Pend Oreille. SR Outdoors blog story here. (Jesse Tinsley/SR file photo)

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Nov. 24): 9,637 page-views/5,959 unique views

Open Muslim letter to Idahoans

November 25, 2015 - 2:10pm

In an open letter to Idahoans in the Huffington Post, Jasmine M. El-Gamel responds to a demand by state Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, that Syrian refugees be stopped from coming to the Gem State. This letter first appeared in the Idaho Falls Post Register:

On November 16, North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott wrote her constituents and told them to be scared of Muslim refugees coming to America, calling them a "Trojan Horse." I want to tell you that I understand why you might be nervous about the possibility of a large influx of strangers from a war-torn land coming into our country. I also want to tell you why we shouldn't close our borders to our fellow human beings at a time when they need our compassion the most. My name is Jasmine El-Gamal and I am the daughter of Muslim immigrants. More here.

Question: When did the last immigrant grandparent of yours come to this country.

No decision yet on death penalty

November 25, 2015 - 1:58pm

Prosecutors will have until after the New Year to decide whether to seek the death penalty for Jonathan Renfro, the man accused of killing a Coeur d’Alene Police sergeant in May. Kootenai County District Court Judge Lansing Hayes on Wednesday extended the deadline to Jan. 4 for prosecutors to announce their intentions to try the slaying of Sgt. Greg Moore as a capital crime. Renfro, 27, sat shackled in a Kootenai County courtroom for the entirety of the 10-minute hearing Wednesday morning. Idaho law requires prosecutors to decide within 60 days of an arraignment if they’ll pursue the death penalty. On Sept. 30, Renfro did not answer when he was asked for a plea in the first-degree murder case. Without Hayes’ extension, the deadline would have expired Friday/Kip Hill, SR. More here.


ignite cda help sought for building

November 25, 2015 - 1:31pm

Three Idaho colleges have asked the ignite cda board for $2.5M to finish paying for a $9.5M project to build the North Idaho Collaborative Education Facility at the corner of Hubbard and College Drive in Coeur d'Alene. North Idaho College, University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College want to build a joint student location for admissions, enrollment, financial aid and for advising for students from all three institutions. $6M has been committed to the joint project from the state Permanent Building Fund and the partner institutions. Another $1M has been put in this year's state budget. This student is included in the minutes of the ignite cda meeting: "This project will see the vision of the Higher Education Campus come to fruition." You can read the entire discussion of this project from the ignite cda meeting (pages 2-6) here.

Puppets became life-long passion

November 25, 2015 - 1:24pm

Muriel Liere’s passion for puppetry began at the age of 5 when she saw her first puppet show. The family farmed in Plaza, Washington. “Once a year we’d go to the Sportsman’s Show in Spokane,” Liere, 91, recalled. “When I was 5, we saw a big crowd gathered and I told my sister, ‘I want to see what’s going on!’ I was a tiny thing and my sister put me on her shoulders. It was a puppet show! It was Hansel and Gretel!” Enthralled, she begged to stay to see the next show. Her sister agreed and they snagged front row seats. “The puppets were darling,” Liere said. “Hansel and Gretel were cute as a bug’s ear, but somehow I was fascinated by the witch. She was so scary.” All the way home from the show Liere said she thought, “I bet I could make a witch”/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

Zags renew rivalry, dump UW

November 25, 2015 - 1:09pm

The Gonzaga-Washington rivalry picked up about where it left off. Gonzaga, which won eight of the last nine – seven by double digits – before the series took a nine-year hiatus, thumped the Huskies 80-64 Wednesday inside cozy Imperial Arena in the quarterfinal round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The 10th-ranked Zags (3-0) led by 10 after Przemek Karnowski scored on the low block over Noah Dickerson just 7 minutes into the game. Gonzaga bullied the athletic but shorter and thinner Huskies as Kyle Wiltjer (24 points, 11 rebounds), Domantas Sabonis (17 points and nine rebounds) and Karnowski (12 points, six rebounds) dominated in the lane. The Zags will face the winner of the Texas-Texas A&M matchup at 10 a.m. PST Thursday in the semifinals. Washington (3-1) will take on the Texas-Texas A&M loser at 4 p.m. Thursday/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.

Cindy: Storm prompts thankfulness

November 25, 2015 - 11:48am

Never has a Thanksgiving column been easier to write or more difficult to file. Because my columns run on Thursdays, over the years I’ve written a lot of Thanksgiving missives, and to be honest I wasn’t looking forward to trying to find a new take for this one. The windstorm changed that. Tuesday afternoon I headed home from a speaking engagement in Spokane Valley. The winds buffeted my Oldsmobile sedan as I traveled Interstate 90, and my phone buzzed with texts from friends and family warning me to “be careful.” What does that even mean? I muttered to myself as a giant tumbleweed bounced off my windshield/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

DFO: Cindy is another of the many people in my life that I'm thankful for. I can't remember how we initially met -- or what led to Cindy becoming my super-sub -- but she has provided invaluable back-up for my infrequent time away from the blog. Huckleberries Online wouldn't quite be what it is today without her.

Complete this sentence ...

November 25, 2015 - 11:45am
I'm thankful for ...

Searching for peanuts

November 25, 2015 - 11:41am

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson publishes this photo of one of three squirrels in her Post Falls yard, searching for peanuts under the snow. On Tuesday, the local area experienced its first snow fall of any consequence.

AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.25.15

November 25, 2015 - 11:35am
  • 11:51 a.m. Blocking Crash -- Noninjury crash blocking s/b lane of H95/Prairie Ave, CdA.
  • 11:45 a.m. Recovered Vehicle -- Possible stolen vehicle found at Ace Hardware/Post Falls parking lot.
  • 11:17 a.m. Welfare Check -- Dalton Gardens woman wants check on 2YO son who has been w/father for 2 weeks.
  • 10:54 a.m. Chest Pain -- 751 W. Hanley Ave/CdA.
  • 10:46 a.m. Domestic Dispute -- Couple fighting verbally @ 2000 block of N7th St/CdA.
  • 10:42 a.m. Structure Fire -- 2000sf structure engulfed by fire @ 11781 N Idaho Road b/n Wyoming Ave/OK Corral Road, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 10:16 a.m. Security Check -- Deputy checking Bunco Road/Athol trailhead area.
  • 9:55 a.m. Loose Dog -- Officer asks 911 to call owner of black dog found at city Streets Department/CdA.
  • 9:32 a.m. Burglary Alarm -- Door-to-door salesman reports alarm sounding @ 1900 block of N Luke Lane/Post Falls.
  • 9:31 a.m. Chest Pain -- 67YO female @ Ivy Court, 2200 Ironwood Plaza/CdA.
  • 8:59 a.m. Unattended Death -- Officer en route to confirm possible death in 3600 block of N17th/CdA.
  • 8:47 a.m. Stray Dogs -- 2 brown dogs are running loose @ n/b Howard St/CdA.

Immaculate Reception?

November 25, 2015 - 11:29am

I just noticed this item in the Post Falls Police Department Day Shift report on Facebook: "Cold report of purse left at the Immaculate Reception Church. Purse has not been located and report was filed." Isn't "Immaculate Reception" the name that Steeler fans gave to Franco Harris' catch during a 1972 playoff game with the Oakland Raiders?