S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered GU's home game against Memphis. Check out this big picture gallery of game photos. You can read ESPN game story and boxscore of the game here.
- Jim Meehan's SportsLink story here
I imagine we'll all be glued to our TV sets Sunday afternoon as the Seattle Seahawks try to make it two straight Super Bowl wins. I may go into the game with less passion than some of you Seahawk fans. But I still want the Northwest team to win (despite being a 49ers fan). Why? I want Hucks Nation to be happyhappyhappy when we return here Monday to launch another week of mischief in this viewtiful sliver of the blogosphere. Here's your Super Bowl XLIX Weekend Wild Card ...
Earlier this week, Chris Laudani, a bartender at the Back Bay Social Club, shovels snow from the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street. A winter storm slammed eastern Massachusetts with as much as 2 feet of snow. (AP Photo/Philip L. Hillman)
Not only is Super Bowl XLIX (I finally can remember the sequence of Roman numerals for this one) upon us, but one of my favorite milestone days of the year follows it Monday, Feb. 2. I consider Groundhog's Day (which was my father's birthday) to be the beginning of the end of winter. This year, of course, winter hasn't been much of an ordeal. But Groundhog's Day is still a reminder that we're headed toward spring. Mebbe we should have a moment of silence Monday for all those trees along the Dike Road who didn't survive the winter. Here's your TGIF Wild Card ...
The big Julyamsh Pow Wow held annually at the Greyhound Park in Post Falls has been cancelled, the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort announced Friday. The announcement comes as four Indian tribes in Idaho press the state to outlaw electronic “instant racing” betting machines. One of the locations in the state that has the machines is the Greyhound Park and Event Center. “It is with sincere regret that the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort announces today that the 2015 Julyamsh Pow Wow has been cancelled,” said a news release. The release said the event is the largest outdoor pow wow in the Northwest and among the largest such events in the nation. It’s been held in Post Falls for 17 years/Addy Hatch, SR. More here.
Question: How many times have you attended Julyamsh?
On Facebook, Post Falls PD reports: "Officers discovered a cuddly cat burglar slinking about in the parking lot of the police department, casing out vacant patrol cars. The crazed kitten was so persistent it hid itself away underneath a patrol car and hitched a ride with unsuspecting officers to Walmart, a favorite destination for burglars in Post Falls. After arriving at Walmart, Officers observed the kitten attempt to escape from the undercarriage of the patrol car and make a break for Walmart. Fortunately, the cat burglar was apprehended and taken into custody by the observant Officers and was secured in the prisoner compartment of the patrol vehicle. This particular kitten was not only a skilled burglar, but also a skilled escape artist. The cat burglar managed to escape the confines of the caged prisoner compartment by crawling underneath the cage and surprising the Officers in the front seat. A struggle ensued but Officers were successful in once again taking the cat burglar into custody. The kitten was hauled away to the kitty Klink. Look in drop-down box to find out more about cat burglary.
Mary Jose Cristerna, a Mexican known as The Vampire Woman, poses for the public to take portraits of her during the annual Venezuela Tattoo International Expo in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Thursday's Winner -- Nic, with 7 likes: "Oblivious to the results of this season's playoffs, Katy Perry arrives at her press conference to announce she will be cheering for the Denver Broncos." You can see Thursday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
- 5:27 p.m. Officer stopping male bicyclist who's riding w/o light @ 15th St/Deerhaven Ave, Dalton Gardens.
- 5:25 p.m. ISP officer has stopped pickup pulling trailer w/o lights @ e/b I-90/15th St, CdA.
- 5:19 p.m. Driver of white pickup w/Alaska plates doesn't have lights @ e/b H95/Bellgrove Creek.
- 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report Jan. 29-30 here.
- 4:30 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report Jan. 29-30 here.
- 4:18 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Urgent Care, 700 Ironwood Drive/CdA.
- 3:56 p.m. Domestic dispute reported @ 5300 block of Fairway Lane/Rathdrum.
- 3:37 p.m. Female bicyclist reports driver of red diesel pickup w/vanity plates honked horn to startle her @ Riverview Drive/Simonsen Road, south of Spokane River.
- 3:21 p.m. Caller reports ATVer going too fast @ 400 block of E. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
- 3:18 p.m. Male with room @ Motel 6, 610 W. Appleway Ave/CdA, is arguing with probation officer.
- 2:59 p.m. Non-injury, two-vehicle accidented reported @ Howard St/Kathleen Ave, CdA.
- 2:30 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report Jan 29-30 here.
- 2:04 p.m. 2-vehicle accident is blocking intersection of 19th St/Coeur d'Alene Ave/CdA.
- 1:59 p.m. Lakes Middle School will be conducting a fire drill in 6 minutes.
- 1:57 p.m. An officer has located a stolen vehicle trailer @ H53/Greensferry Road, near RR tracks.
- 1:14 p.m. Caller reports an auto burglary @ McDonalds restaurant, 340 W. Hanley Ave/CdA.
- 12:58 p.m. CPD officer gives male catch-and-release citation for shoplifting @ Shopko, 217 W. Ironwood Drive/CdA, and also charges him with possession of a controlled substance.
- 12:37 p.m. Affordable Auto Sales, 2511 W. Seltice Way/Post Falls, reports male in building screaming at employees.
- 12:35 p.m. Caller reports two small children in vehicle parked at Costco, 4th St/Neider Ave, CdA.
- AM Scanner Traffic
In Boise State Public Radio news, Adam Cotterell reports: "When it comes to determining America's best ski towns, it's not always about the best powder or accommodations. For the second year, real estate information company RealtyTrac has published a list of the best ski towns for investing. Three Idaho spots make this year’s list. So if you want to buy a cozy Idaho cabin or swank condo -- with making money in mind - RealtyTrac recommends Ketchum, Sandpoint or Donnelly." More here.
Question: Would you want to live in a ski town?
Many Idahoans have saved 70% or more on their health insurance premiums with tax credits offered through Your Health Idaho. Find out what savings you and your family may receive at a free open house Saturday in Coeur d’Alene. Local agents and brokers will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PST at the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn, 506 W Appleway Ave., to help people choose the right health insurance plan from one of the 198 plans offered by nine private carriers through the state-run exchange/Natalie Podgorsky, YourHealthIdaho. More here.
During a recent drive along the Bonners Ferry, Troy & Clark Fork Loop, Marianne Love/Slight Detour photographed this elk herd near Clark Fork. Commentary & more photos here.
- Fade to black label/On Tap
- The phone company/Fort Boise
- Day After -- Portland/SportsLink
- How she'll spend Groundhog Day/Slice
- Respect, accept, celebrate/Slight Detour
- Flyfishing Film Tour Tuesday at The Bing/Outdoors
- Time to really begin your Super Bowl prep/Grip on Sports
- No sweet something, 'Cake' rises above its faults/7 Blog
- Mayor's State of the City airs on Channel 19/Coeur d'Alene Today
- Beast Mode versus. Gronk on Mortal Combat X on 'Conan'/Tech Deck
HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Jan. 29): 9881 page-view/6225 unique views
The Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership will present a State of the District community event in partnership with the Coeur d’Alene School District from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Parents, teachers, students, and community members are invited to attend. The library is located at 702 E. Front. The format for the evening will include three segments, with each presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers. The first segment will be presented by Superintendent Matt Handelman and will include an overview of the district’s performance and an update on the district’s upcoming Maintenance and Operations Levy/Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership news release. More here.
Longtime crossword constructor Bernice Gordon poses for a portrait at her home in Philadelphia. Gordon, a prolific crossword constructor whose puzzles were published in major newspapers and brain-teaser books, died at her Philadelphia home on Thursday. She was 101. Story here. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Question: When did you last fill in a crossword puzzle?
The Ada County Highway District Commission on Wednesday night voted unanimously to add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to its equal employment and anti-harassment policies, and to recognize same-sex marriages in the highway district's benefits package. "I also am proud of the district for being proactive and wanting to put this in its policy. It is a basic right that should be included," said new ACHD Commissioner Paul Woods. On Thursday, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee rejected a so-called Add the Words bill that would have added "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the state's Human Rights Act/Cynthia Sewell, Idaho Statesman. More here.
President Obama says he “used to be youthful and attractive,” before he landed in the White House. In a speech before a meeting of House Democrats in Philadelphia on Thursday, Obama threw out zingers left and right. While thanking Rep. Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Obama said the new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman should “not feel overly disappointed when his hair gets grey, because in this job, it will.” “I used to be youthful …” Obama declared with a grin, before pausing for a moment to add, “and attractive like him.” “We’ll see how long that lasts, brother,” Obama said to laughs/Judy Kurtz, The Hill. More here.
Question: Did you used to be youthful & attractive?
In his report of the emotional "Add the Words" hearing and vote Wednesday, reporter Jeff Selle of the Coeur d'Alene Press wrote about comments by state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, who serves on the State Affairs Committee:
Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, said she could not support the bill either. "This has been 21 hours of some very compassionate testimony and I've listened to it all," she said. "But you know, the time I spent on Idaho's Human Rights Commission taught me that mediation and compassion can be effective for both sides." She said she had concerns about the loose definitions of the terms that were proposed in the legislation, and added that eventually the Idaho Human Rights Commission would deal with the issue. "So I'll be voting to hold it in committee," she said. "But I'm sure that eventually we'll continue to listen and we'll continue to work." Full story here.
Question: Do you think the Idaho Human Rights Commission is the proper entity for dealing with the "Add the Words" issue?
After two hours of testimony at this morning’s Health & Welfare listening session, House Health & Welfare Chairman Fred Wood, R-Burley, thanked everyone who spoke. “We understand a lot of Idahoans have gone through a tough time economically. We are coming out of that,” he said. “But we still haven’t solved a lot of the issues that that presented.” He said there were “two main themes” that emerged from today’s testimony. One was “the gap population, the 85,000 people who have … no access to health care. Second, a corollary to that to some extent, as we go forward and try to develop and build a sustainable model of health care in the United States that we can actually afford,” including moves toward managed care and “accountable care,” he said, “There’s going to be some bumps along the way. We hear you. We don’t have a deaf ear”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Also by Eye on Boise today:
- H&W listening session attracts crowd
- Senate Ed chair: 'This is the year for education'
- Racing Commission chairman resigns, effective immediately
- Testimony: 'Denials of service', 'Parents need voice', expand Medicaid
- Themes for listening session: Concerns about Optum, calls to expand Medicaid for Idahoans' gap
Question: You know, I think this listening session is a good thing. Classic conservatives in the Legislature -- as opposed to the RINO conservatives that Kootenai County sends to Boise -- can be affected by testimony of this sort. Agree? Disagree?
The difference between playing slots and betting on horses may sound obvious — but it's not at Greyhound Park in Post Falls. (Inlander photo: Young Kwak)
At the Inlander, Daniel Walters scrutinizes the "instant racing" machines that have Idaho's American Indian tribes upset:
It's been nearly 20 years since the last greyhound raced at Greyhound Park. These days, the predominant sound at the facility isn't the barking of dogs or the cheering of fans. It's the chattering of gaming machines. 'It's time to make your dreams come true and live a life of pleasure!' the Deep Sea Treasure machine sings to a reggae beat. 'Don't stay behind; it's time to find your deep sea treasure!' Hit a few buttons, and the columns of treasure chests, pufferfish and minnows start spinning. There are 35 gaming machines at Greyhound Park, with names like 'Cruisin' For Cash,' 'Yukon Willie's Gold Rush!' and 'Wild West Willie's Bonus Spin!' They look like slot machines, spin like slot machines, beep and whir and shell out big winnings like slot machines. But in Idaho, outside of Indian casinos, slots are illegal. Wagering on horse and dog races isn't." More here.
Update on Dollar Store crash Thursday: "A driver was parking in front of the store when her foot slipped off the brake and onto the gas, launching the vehicle through the front glass .Luckily no one was in the section at the time and there were no major reported injuries to the passengers in the vehicle or shoppers" -- PFPD Facebook.
- 11:29 a.m. Officer performing civil standby in situation @ 2600 block of W. Apperson Drive/CdA.
- 11:25 a.m. Someone is suffering stomach pain @ Bitterroot Court/Silver Meadows Loop/Athol.
- 11:12 a.m. 4YO girl found by patrol officer near Mudgy the Moose at the McEuen Park pavilion.
- 11:06 a.m. Mother reports 4YO daughter named Audrey is missing from main 3rd Street trailhead of Tubbs Hill. Girl is described as blond w/bangs, wearing pink jacket & gray pants, with star pattern.
- 10:37 a.m. 54YO female is suffering medical emergency @ 3800 block of 2nd Ave/Post Falls.
- 10:18 a.m. CPD officer en route to check on person's welfare @ 500 block of S14th St/CdA.
- 10:03 a.m. Unattended death reported @1600 block of Hayden Avenue.
- 9:39 a.m. KCSO deputy making "cash demand" stop @ 2600 block of W. Wesson Ave/Athol.
- 9:32 a.m. Ambulance needed to move patient from Hospice House to Galvin Road/Post Falls.
- 9:31 a.m. Abandoned vehicle reported @ 15265 S. River Road/Cataldo.
- 9:23 a.m. Someone has suffered a stroke @ 8200 block of Ridgewood Drive/Post Falls.
- 9:16 a.m. KCSO deputy making "cash demand" stop on Snickers Lane/Spirit Lake.
- 9:09 a.m. Driver of light-brown mini-van from Washington possibly DUI @ e/b I-90/Beck Road, Post Falls.
- 8:50 a.m. Possible psychological problem reported @ 29000 block of Miller Road/Athol.
- 8:31 a.m. Someone is suffering a seizure at apartments @ 205 Anton Ave/CdA.