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Wild Card/Thursday -- 8.27.15

August 27, 2015 - 5:10pm

Cindy plans to pause long enough, in writing her new book, to take the controls of Huckleberries Online for a few days, from Friday through next Tuesday. I need a break before we get serious about the municipal elections. So I'm going to kick back for a few days. Enjoy the last days of summer. So, I'll repost this Wild Card and step aside for the Lady with the Cats ...

Parting Shot -- 8.27.15

August 27, 2015 - 5:01pm

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul listen to him speak during a rally Thursday at the Nampa Civic Center in Nampa. (Adam Eschbach/The Idaho Press-Tribune via AP)

Renfro referenced racist ties

August 27, 2015 - 4:57pm

Jonathan Daniel Renfro told police detectives he was out looking for a car to steal and “to collect money on behalf of white supremacists from Native Americans” the night he allegedly fatally shot Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore, according to testimony in court today. In a 2-hour interview with investigators, Renfro at first denied shooting Moore, saying instead it was someone named Davis. But he admitted doing it when a detective informed him police had recovered Moore’s body camera footage that showed the confrontation early in the morning of May 5, testified Idaho State Police Detective Michael Van Leuven, the lead investigator in the case. The white supremacists comment was not explained further during today’s hearing, and the transcript and video of the police interview has been sealed by court order. Any ties Renfro may have had with white supremacists has not been revealed in court proceedings/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.27.15

August 27, 2015 - 4:41pm
  • 6:10 p.m. Possible Unattended Death -- 3600 block of Talon Lane/CdA.
  • 6:09 p.m. Medical Call -- Parents of 7YO boy w/bloody nose @ fair midway want EMTs to check him out.
  • 6:05 p.m. Under Influence -- Male in street near Post Falls skate park waving arms, may be under influence.
  • 5:57 p.m. Possible DUI -- Older black-on-blue sedan almost hit building @ w/b Appleway & Govt Way, CdA.
  • 5:35 p.m. General Illness -- Female vomiting all day in camper on North Idaho Fair lot.
  • 5:02 p.m. Missing Child -- Adult female from earlier North Idaho Fair (4:08) item separated from daughter again.
  • 4:24 p.m. Unruly Kids -- Caller reports children standing & jumping over seats on Kootenai SD bus, H97/H3.
  • 4:08 p.m. Missing Child -- Daughter Kristen has lost mother @ North Idaho Fair.
  • 3:44 p.m. Non-injury Crash -- H95/Aqua Ave, CdA.
  • 3:39 p.m. Disorderly Male -- 218 Lakeside Ave/CdA.
  • 3:25 p.m. Unknown Medical -- 4655 W. Reeves St/CdA.
  • 3:15 p.m. Reckless Driver -- Vehicle speeding @ 80 mph near Seltice Way/H41, Post Falls, intersection.
  • 3:14 p.m. Unknown Medical -- 18YO who is 8 months pregnant needs help near Silverwood water slides.
  • 3:11 p.m. Transient Problem -- Transient sleeping near Dumpster @ Hess St/Hayden business.
  • 3:08 p.m. Reckless Driver -- Driver of 2002 silver Audi brake-checking @ w/b Seltice Way/Herborn, Post Falls.
  • 2:51 p.m. Customer Problem -- Male wanted of warrant arguing w/CdA car dealer re: payments.
  • 1:38 p.m. Welfare Check -- Elderly person wandering around North Idaho Fair, appears confused.
  • 12:57 p.m. Fire Alarm -- Exhaust fan in cafeteria triggered Kootenai Health fire alarm.
  • 12:43 p.m. Unconcious Person -- @ Lakeland Immediate Care, 15622 H41/Rathdrum.
  • 12:31 p.m. Seizure -- Female in mid-40s @ High Point Medical, 693 Canfield/CdA.
  • 12:28 p.m. Wanted Person -- 200 block of Anton Ave/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

August 27, 2015 - 4:32pm

Visitors brace as they react to the rotor wash of Marine One as President Barack Obama takes off from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Wednesday Winner -- gitrdun, with 8 likes: "Two Heinz employees frolic in the tomato vat just prior to being canned." You can see the Wednesday Photo and all the Cutline Contest entries here.

Daily North Idaho wildfire report

August 27, 2015 - 4:07pm

You can read the latest information from the USFS, Dept of Lands & Coeur d'Alene Tribe re: North Idaho wildfires here. The excerpt for the Tower Fire in the Priest Lake area is below:

Tower Fire (Kansu Complex includes areas in Washington and Idaho.  Complex= 13,854 acres. Includes Baldy, Grease Creek, Onata Creek and Tower) ICT (Kurth) Tower Fire is 12,921 acres on the Idaho Panhandle NF and is all within Washington state. 10% containment.  The fire started on the Colville NF and is visible from Priest Lake. Area Command is in place for fires in the Colville National Forest (NF). Colville NF is managing the fire with guidance from Idaho Panhandle NF fire management. Fire personnel:701 on complex. The Tower Fire has reached, but not crossed, the Cee Cee Ah Road. South of Brown’s Lake, The Tower Fire was very active yesterday. The containment percentage increased despite fire activity. Some of the more active areas were on Pyramid Pass and around Brown’s Lake. Firefighters made significant use of retardant drops in these areas late in the day.  Closures and evacuations remain in effect.  Fire Information is 907-750-1639. Kaniksu . Community Meetings: Friday, Aug. 28, 2015-7:30 pm at Camas Center Gym  and Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 7:30 pm at Priest River Elementary School.

Paul blames feds for region's wildfires

August 27, 2015 - 3:55pm

When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) landed in (Spokane) eastern Washington yesterday, a light brown haze and a smell of smoke permeated the air. His plane landed with the warning that the raging forest fires of the Pacific Northwest had limited visibility. Signs along the roads warned of the fire danger, or thanked the firefighters who'd come from as far as Australia and Massachusetts to battle the blazes. Paul saw the heavy, stumblebum hand of government at work. "Justice Brandeis said that the most cherished of rights among civilized people is the right to be left alone," Paul said to an audience of around 700 people in Spokane. "I think if you were left alone, you might manage your forests a little bit better"/David Weigel, Washington Times. More here.


Tweet: Renfro tied to racists?

August 27, 2015 - 3:42pm
  • 3:34 p.m. Jonathan Renfro preliminary hearing wraps up for day. To resume Wednesday for closing arguments and judge's decision.
  • 3:33 p.m. "I was feeling scared, trapped and concerned" Renfro told detectives, and said he acted without thinking.
  • 3:31 p.m. Renfro's lawyer asks about part of police interview where Renfro states he shot #SgtMoore only after officer put his hand on service gun.
  • 3:25 p.m. Renfro also told detectives he found #SgtMoore to be "nice and respectful" during their interaction, before the officer was shot in mouth.
  • 3:23 p.m. When asked why he shot #SgtMoore, Jonathan Renfro told detectives "Fear" of "having a gun in my damn pocket," records state.
  • 3:21 p.m. At first Renfro denied shooting #SgtMoore, but admitted doing it when detective told him a body cam video captured the act, records state.
  • 3:18 p.m. Renfro also said in police interview he was out looking to steal a car, and had a ski mask and gun on him when #SgtMoore stopped him.
  • 3:17 p.m. Jonathan Renfro told police he was out night of #SgtMoore shooting to "collect money on behalf of white supremacists from Native Americans."
  • 2:08 p.m. Jonathan Renfro's interview with investigators lasted about 2 hours morning of #SgtMoore shooting. Renfro waived Miranda rights, police say.
  • 2:04 p.m. Judge allows Jonathan Renfro's police interview video and transcript to be entered into evidence in #SgtMoore homicide hearing.
  • 11:59 a.m. Morning testimony in Jonathan Renfro preliminary hearing details severity of trauma to #SgtMoore and recovery of 2 guns and ammo near arrest.
  • 10:55 a.m. Dr. William Ganz says #SgtMoore had little neurological response in ER and was confirmed brain dead by 2:30 pm on day of shooting.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 8.27.15

August 27, 2015 - 2:55pm

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Aug. 26): 12,281 page-views/7,918 unique views

Review: Bobby Kennedy Vs Hoffa

August 27, 2015 - 2:40pm

As the smoke filled Windy Bay on Lake Coeur d’ Alene this week, allergies, the likes of which I have not yet experienced, came along with it. It soon became clear that going outside made the condition about a thousand times worse, and that my best bet was to stay indoors with the doors shut. Along with the continuing work on my novel in progress, I sought escape in the pages of Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa, by James Neff. While fiction fills most of my days, I switch to non-fiction often. I am drawn to history and the history of the sixties and seventies, has always been of particular fascination. For one thing, the period is dramatic, and for another, I have been intrigued by the players/Elizabeth Smythe Brinton. More here.

Question: Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction books? Please explain your answer.

UI footballers steal from VandalStore

August 27, 2015 - 1:57pm

Multiple University of Idaho football players took nearly $400 worth of clothing from the UI VandalStore on Aug. 16, but bookstore officials declined to press charges after UI football coach Paul Petrino returned the items the same day, according to a report from the Moscow Police Department. According to the report, received through a Daily News public records request, VandalStore manager Scott McDonald contacted police following the incident, which took place when the bookstore was closed to the public and open only to the football team. McDonald told police “he noticed several clothes hangers empty” and “watched video of the area of where the hangers were located and saw approximately three males stealing clothing”/SR. More here.

Question: Are you still proud of the Vandals?

At the Fair

August 27, 2015 - 1:54pm

Fairgoers watch trainer Xania Alexandra and a seal lion performing at the North Idaho Fair Wednesday, the first day of the fair. The three seal lions, kept in two large pools by the stage, performed for the standing-room-only crowd. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Paul: Gummint should mind own biz

August 27, 2015 - 1:32pm

Rand Paul told a crowd of just over 300 at Boise State University today that at a recent barbecue, the guy ahead of him was taking two plates of food, so he advised him he wasn’t going to live long eating like that. “He said well, my granddad lived to 105,” Paul said. Paul said he responded that he didn’t live to 105 eating like that. “He said, ‘No, he lived to be 105 by minding his own business.’” Amid laughter, Paul said, “Sometimes I think we could sum up our political philosophy by saying we want a government that minds its own business”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

A book in need of a title

August 27, 2015 - 1:22pm

On Facebook, Cindy announces the start of a second book:

Drumroll please! I did it! Last night I officially started writing my second book. Can't remember the last time I was so excited about a project! The book will be a memoir-ish collection of my Front Porch columns and other pieces I've written over the years. Sections include: Me vs. Technology, Loss and Life Lessons, So Many Babies, Furry Friends, Living With Men, School Daze, Holiday Magic, Family Fun, The Terrible Teens, Growing Up etc. What I need is a TITLE! Suggestions so far:

  • Put the Seat Down! (And other things I've said 1,345 times)
  • Boy Crazy
  • Queen of the Castle
  • No Girls Allowed (Except Me)

What do you think? Please feel free to offer your suggestions. David Townsend came up with War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation! Hoping for another great title.

Question: Anyone have a good idea for a title for Cindy's 2nd book?

Doctor describes Moore's injury, death

August 27, 2015 - 12:39pm

Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore was given a series of neurological tests in the Kootenai Health emergency room after he was shot in the mouth May 5. Almost all of the exams showed him unresponsive, according to this morning’s testimony of Dr. William Ganz, a neurological surgeon called to the hospital that morning to examine Moore in the trauma room. “He didn’t respond at all” to some of the initial tests, Ganz said, except for a few spontaneous breaths and a little gagging on his breathing tube. Ganz, of Neurosurgery and Spine Northwest, was the first witness to take the stand in the second day of Jonathan Daniel Renfro’s preliminary hearing. Renfro, 27, is charged with first-degree murder in the early morning shooting of Moore, who was on patrol in northwest Coeur d’Alene/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Wildlife captures attention at fair

August 27, 2015 - 11:45am

Under a microscope at the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo, a drop of water from Lake Coeur d’Alene teemed with life. A Daphnia galeata, one of the zooplankton in the lake, scooted across the water, sweeping algae into its mouth. The creature is no bigger than a grain of sand, but it functions as a high-calorie snack for westslope cutthroat trout. “They’re like M&Ms for the fish,” said Jamie Brunner, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s lake management plan coordinator. Schools won’t open for more than a week, but there are plenty of science lessons to be had at the North Idaho Fair in Coeur d’Alene, which runs through Sunday. Kids and their parents, and sometimes grandparents, took advantage of the hands-on exhibits Wednesday morning/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Which exhibit or activity do you want to see at the North Idaho Fair?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.27.15

August 27, 2015 - 11:39am
  • 11:47 a.m. Bomb Threat -- Male threatening to blow up Goodwill Industries, 4th St/Harrison Ave, CdA, unless he gets severance pay from an employers. Law enforcement staging in Runge's parking lot. Goodwill being evacuated.
  • 11:46 a.m. Unknown Medical -- EMTs en route to patient near "shark display" at North Idaho Fair.
  • 11:43 a.m. Suspicious -- Deputy stopping to check Big Mountain Storage (164 E. Dalton Ave/CdA) unit w/open door.
  • 11:33 a.m. Structure Fire -- Small kitchen fire @ 672 Steamboat Drive/CdA.
  • 10:45 a.m. Disturbance -- Post Falls resident reports boy on dirt bike speeding through neighborhood, ongoing problem.
  • 10:30 a.m. Dryer Fire -- Small fire extinguished in dryer @ Cleanco Laudromat, 14319 H53/Rathdrum.
  • 10:13 a.m. Grass Fire -- 5-by-15-foot fire by guardrail @ I-90/Sherman Ave, CdA, exit.
  • 10:09 a.m. Fire Alarm -- Faulty sprinkler flow alarm @ 5300 W. Riverbend/Post Falls.
  • 9:36 a.m. Car vs Tree -- Driver of Chevy Cavalier has hit tree, 2nd vehicle @ Thayer Park, 6869 W. Winchester/Rathdrum.
  • 9:35 a.m. Hit-and-Run -- Victim waiting @ 1400 block of E. Sherman Ave/CdA to talk to officer.
  • 9:25 a.m. Utility Problem -- Officer reports water is leaking through pavement cracks from broken water main -- and is told by dispatcher that owner Park View Water Association has a disconnected phone. (9:14 item)
  • 9:23 a.m. Burglar Alarm -- Residence @ 900 block of E. Wilbur Ave/Dalton Gardens.
  • 9:14 a.m. Utility Problem -- Broken water main @ Parkway Drive/Spokane St, south of Spokane River/Post Falls.
  • 9:05 a.m. Welfare Check -- Elderly female appears confused as she walks @ Hayden Ave/Maple St, Hayden.
  • 9:01 a.m. Unknown Medical -- 300 block of Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 8:49 a.m. Loose Animals -- Deputy will follow owner & donkeys back to his property (8:48 item).
  • 8:48 a.m. Loose Animals -- Owner has taken control of loose donkeys @ Hayden Meadows School.

Rand Paul RE: Black Lives Matter

August 27, 2015 - 11:34am

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Wednesday night that the Black Lives Matter movement should change its name. “I think they should change their name maybe ... if they were ‘All Lives Matter’ or ‘Innocent Lives Matter,'" the GOP presidential candidate said during an appearance on Fox News's "Hannity." “I am about justice and, frankly, I think a lot of poor people in our country, and many African-Americans, are trapped in this war on drugs and I want to change it. But commandeering the microphone and bullying people and pushing people out of the way, I think, really isn’t a way to get their message across," Paul added/The Hill. More here.


OST: Paul didn't fill room? Hmm

August 27, 2015 - 11:11am

Out of Stater Tater (RE: Rand Paul visits North Idaho): If memory serves me, Schuler Auditorium seats about 1100, which means Mr./Dr./Sen. Paul played to a half-empty house. Which means his campaign staff failed Campaign 101, which tells you to book a venue that's the same size, (or maybe smaller than) as the crowd you're expecting, so the media will report that your candidate spoke to a "packed house!" or "overflow audience!" Don't get me wrong, 500 isn't shabby, but you undercut that momentum when you don't fill the room."

Question: Do you agree with Out of Stater Tater that Paul backers flunked Campaign 101 by not finding proper-sized venue for Rand Paul?