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Parting Shot -- 6.23.15

June 23, 2015 - 5:08pm

An elderly couple look at a newly-wed couple while walking trough a park in central Athens, Greece, Monday. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Perfect Fit: Kristin Kilmer & The JACC

June 23, 2015 - 4:59pm

Here's a Q-and-A interview that Jeff Selle/CdA Press did with Kristin Kilmer, the new director of the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center in Post Falls. I met Kristin last week when Mrs. O & I celebrated our 40th anniversary at The JACC. She treated us like gold. The venue was golden, too:

"Kristin Kilmer's career in the arts made her a perfect fit as the new director of the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls. After Kilmer's father left the U.S. Air Force, the family moved to Coeur d'Alene. That was in 1976. Kilmer, who was 5 years old when her family moved to Coeur d'Alene, graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School. "My father was from Spokane so we moved to Coeur d'Alene when he got out," she said, adding a lot of her family was from here as well. She is the niece of Fred Murphy. "My family has been in this area for a long time." After high school, Kilmer attended the University of Idaho for a while but didn't do well and came home to take acting classes at North Idaho College. That is where she fell in love with acting. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Kristen McPeek)

Question: Which local venue would you pick, if you were planning an anniversary, large birthday or some other event for 60-100 people that required something nice?

In Defense Of Rachel Dolezal

June 23, 2015 - 4:48pm

So she lied. She portrayed herself as being something she's not, in order to serve a political cause. Is that really so terrible? There are gays who hide their sexual orientation in order to get ahead in the Republican Party. There are nonbelievers who get married in church just to please their parents. It's even been rumored that some people doctor their own photos on dating sites. Where's all the outrage about that? Rachel Dolezal obviously has a frayed relationship with her family, and some confusion about who she is. She deluded people about her racial background through acts of commission, not just omission. But is her deception really worth all the indignation and ridicule it has provoked?/Diana Ohlbaum, The Hill. More here.

Question: Are there any other Dolezal supporters out there?

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

June 23, 2015 - 4:30pm

A Persian cat sticks out its tongue during the International pedigree dog and purebred cat exhibition in Erfurt, Germany. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

Monday Winner -- JohnA, with 7 likes: Finally accepting that she is white, Rachel Dolezal decides she now wants to pretend to be a famous singer. You can see Monday photo and Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.23.15

June 23, 2015 - 4:24pm
  • 4:57 p.m. Female is threatening suicide by knife @ 600 block of N21st St/CdA.
  • 4:56 p.m. Female in white SUV swerving into bike lane @ 4th St/Hanley Ave, CdA.
  • 4:52 p.m. Someone injured in fall @ 25900 block of Ramsey Road/Athol.
  • 4:26 p.m. Local business reports temp employee may be high on drugs.
  • 4:17 p.m. 17YO Post Falls boy threw door at mother, threatening to kill family, has access to weapons.
  • 3:53 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 100 block of W4th Ave/Post Falls.
  • 3:48 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ 3800 block of N Ramsey Road/CdA.
  • 3:10 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ 1100 block of Steamboat Drive/Kidd Island Bay.
  • 2:59 p.m. CPD officer on scene for possible eviction @ 1300 block of N11th St/CdA.
  • 2:55 p.m. Landlord reports evicted tenant trying to enter apartment @ 800 block of Fairmont Loop/CdA.
  • 2:37 p.m. Injury accident reported @ Appleway/Ramsey Road, CdA.
  • 2:34 p.m. Ambulance needed to transport patient from Kootenai Health to Hospice House.
  • 2:33 p.m. Firefighter reports structure fire extinguished (H97/Burma Road, Harrison).
  • 2:13 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 12200 block of Avondale Loop/Hayden Lake.
  • 2:05 p.m. Light smoke from structure fire @ H95/Burma Road, Harrison.
  • 2:01 p.m. Drivers have conflicting statements re: rear-end crash @ H95/Hayden Ave.
  • 1:53 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 3500 block of Cedarblom St/CdA.
  • 1:51 p.m. Driver of swerving white pickup @ H95/MP 460 (Cocolalla Loop), possibly DUI.
  • 1:43 p.m. Father reports boys battered sons at park @ 3rd St/McTavish Ave, Athol; ongoing problem.
  • 1:26 p.m. Someone is suffering stomach problems @ 7th St/Sherman Ave, CdA.
  • 1:12 p.m. 2 juvenile boys set something on fire @ Poleline Ave/Syringa St, Post Falls.
  • 12:17 p.m. Family standing beside disabled vehicle, 1/2 mile from stateline, in front of 'Welcome to Idaho' sign.
  • 12:11 p.m. A male & a female are walking in opposite directions on Spokane St/Post Falls after insulting each other.
  • AM Scanner Traffic


June 23, 2015 - 4:16pm
"I'm officially withdrawing my 2016 Presidential bid and endorsing @realDonaldTrump. I believe he would be the best choice for many reasons" -- Harley Brown (@2016HarleyBrown), the former Idaho gubernatorial candidate who stole the show during a GOPrimary debate.

H/T: Bjorn Handeen

Grandma O At 90

June 23, 2015 - 3:56pm

My five siblings and I held a 90th birthday celebration for our mother on Saturday at a local assisted living center, where she lives. But Mom's actual birthday is today. Not only did my mother raise us six kids properly, but she has been a widow for the last 39 years. She never dated after Dad was killed in a vehicle crash in October 1976. She has often said: Why should I date when I wouldn't find a man as good as your Dad? Mom was 5 years old when her father died at the beginning of the Depression and almost orphaned. Her mother couldn't speak English. The state was about to step in and seize the children when a 21-year-old half brother stepped in to help raise her and her two siblings. She never experienced material wealth eking out a living with my father on various northern California dairies. But I couldn't help but think, as I looked across the room at my sibs and their children and grandchildren Saturday, that few women at age 90 are as rich as she is. Happy Birthday, Mom/DFO.

Heat Pushes Up Ironman Start

June 23, 2015 - 3:37pm

Concern about the weekend’s hot weather forecast has prompted Ironman Coeur d’Alene to move the start time for Sunday’s triathlon to 5:30 a.m., a half hour earlier. “We will continue to work on additional contingency plans if adverse weather conditions require further modifications to the event,” organizers said in a statement today. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs of about 100 on Saturday and 104 Sunday. With large crowds expected for Hoopfest in Spokane this weekend and for Ironman, regional health experts warned Tuesday that the triple-digit temperatures can pose a threat to people’s lives/SR. More here.

Question: Do you plan to watch any part of Ironman Coeur d'Alene, as a volunteer or as a fan?


Top Merchants Pull Confederate Flag

June 23, 2015 - 2:56pm

This undated image that appeared on, a website being investigated by the FBI in connection with Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Roof, shows Roof posing for a photo while holding a Confederate flag. ( via AP)

America's leading merchants have spoken: The Confederate flag is coming off the shelves. Walmart, Amazon, eBay and Sears all announced bans on the sale of Confederate flag merchandise, amid an intensifying national debate over the use of the controversial flag. The announcements are the latest indication that the flag, a symbol of the slave-holding South, has become toxic in the aftermath of a shooting last week at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley announced in a Monday afternoon news conference that she supports removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds/CNN Politics. More here.

Question: Will the Confederate flag become as toxic as the Nazi symbol, in wake of the mass murder at the Charleston church?

Tubbs Hill Fire Man Caused?

June 23, 2015 - 2:48pm

The Tubbs Hill fire on Saturday appears to have been human caused, a fire official said today. “The police department and fire department are conducting a joint investigation to see who may be responsible for the fire,” Coeur d’Alene Fire Department Deputy Chief Glenn Lauper said. “We have evidence that indicates that it was a human-caused fire.” Fire officials estimated on Saturday the fire burned roughly five acres. Some trees were lost in the fire, he said. Fire officials will likely spend up to the next 10 days searching for hotspots on the hill, Lauper said. He asked that anyone who sees smoke on the hill call 911 and provide a location/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Blogs: City Beach Lifeguards Return

June 23, 2015 - 2:26pm

With temperatures expected to reach the triple digits this weekend, it’s the perfect time to relax and cool down by the water. And just in time for the summer season, lifeguards are now on duty at City Beach downtown. Lifeguards returned to the beach this week. Story here. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, June 22): 9,817 page-views/6,211 unique views

Hauser Crash Hurts Rathdrum Man

June 23, 2015 - 2:10pm

A 63-year-old Rathdrum motorcyclist was injured at 10:50 a.m. today when a vehicle failed to yield the right of way and hit him at the intersection of Highway 53 and Hauser Lake Road, according to a Idaho State Police report. Jerry Mann was ejected from his westbound motorcycle -- and later transported to Kootenai Health by ambulance -- when a 2001 Subaru Forester, driven by Matthew N. Bruch, 27, of Hauser, turned eastbound onto Highway 53 from Hauser Lake Road. An ISP report alleged that Bruch failed to yield the right of way.

Obit: Pink Flamingo Creator, 79

June 23, 2015 - 1:36pm

In this Thursday, June 25, 1998, photo, Don Featherstone, creator of the original plastic pink flamingo, sits surrounded by many of the plastic creatures at Union Products, Inc. in Leominster, Mass. Featherstone died Monday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg, Mass., according to his wife, Nancy. He was 79. Story here. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Question: Have you ever owned a pink flamingo?

Comedian Spoofs Rachel Dolezal

June 23, 2015 - 1:23pm

From Dee Lockett of Vulture: "Rachel Dolezal's 15 minutes of fame have (thankfully) come and gone. But because many comedians — including Dave Chappelle — didn't quite know what to make of her story, most refrained from poking fun at her expense. Maya Rudolph isn't one of them. Since Rudolph can no longer use Saturday Night Live to scratch her impersonation itch, Seth Meyers provided both a forum and and a wig to get her into full #AskRachel character on Monday's Late Night. It doesn't disappoint." More here.

Question: Do you consider Maya Rudolph's Dolezal spot on?

Otter: Focus On Education

June 23, 2015 - 1:17pm

Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce today that’s billed as the “Governor’s Address to the Business Community,” had this message: “Our continued focus has got to be on education, because that’s our future, because that’s our economy.” Otter said the reason that this year’s Legislature approved a 7.4 percent funding increase for public schools and a five-year career ladder teacher pay plan was because “we knew that there was a direct correlation between an educated workforce and the health of the economy.” He told the crowd of several hundred, “We know as business people that the next generation of your products, of your services, of your ability to manage your business, is sitting around in a classroom someplace today”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think Gov. Otter can be accused of focusing on education during his two-plus terms in office?

$13.5K Raised For Fam Who Help Moores

June 23, 2015 - 12:11pm
Law enforcement officials from Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls on Saturday collected $13,530 in community donations to support a local family that recently experienced a tragic death. At separate fundraising events in each community, officers in Coeur d’Alene raised more than $10,000 at a lemonade stand at City Park and police representatives in Post Falls raised $3,200.Officers raised the money for Kiahna Kirk, whose father was killed in a traffic accident earlier this month. Kiahna raised $200 in May at a lemonade stand she opened to support the family of Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore, who was killed in the line of duty on May 5/Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Boys Return Wallet, Rewarded

June 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

Nick Martin, center, who lost his wallet with $782 inside, rewarded Post Falls 11-year-olds Zachary Endreson, left, and Michael Williams $50 each for making sure his wallet was returned with all the money inside. Martin had forgotten he left his wallet and cellphone on top of a car after swimming at Black Bay Park. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Doing the right thing can have its rewards. Just ask Zachary Endreson and Michael Williams, the Post Falls 11-year-olds who found a wallet last week on Third Avenue with $782 inside and helped make sure it was returned to the owner with all of the money and credit cards. Nick Martin, the wallet's owner, rewarded the boys with $50 each over ice cream treats at Dairy Queen in Post Falls on Sunday. "He wanted to show them that being honest does have its rewards," said Patty Matthews, Martin's mom. "It's amazing that the wallet was turned in with all the money inside/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I once found a wallet, of a co-worker, in the middle of the street, outside the Lewiston Tribune. I was going home for dinner at the time. I immediately returned it to her. She was amazed that I did. I was saddened that she figured the wallet was lost for good -- and that an unscrupulous person would take it. Question: Have you ever found a lost wallet or something else of value that someone had lost?

Court Uphelds Texas Flag Stand

June 23, 2015 - 11:58am

This image provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles shows the design of a proposed Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas was within its rights to refuse to issue the personalized license plates showing the Confederate flag. The court, in a 5-4 decision, rejected a challenge on the grounds of freedom of speech. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, File)

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court decision to back the refusal by Texas to issue personalized license plates showing the Confederate flag?

Sheriff: No Coast Guard Needed

June 23, 2015 - 11:49am

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger isn't happy that the U.S. Coast Guard insists that it has to issue permits for marine events on Lake Coeur d'Alene, such as the water leg of Ironman Coeur d'Alene. Wolfinger has written letters to members of Idaho's congressional delegation, asking for their help in getting the Coast Guard to cede control to the local sheriff's office in process marine event permits. Wolfinger writes: "The problem is that the nearest Coast Guard station is in Seattle, Washington, more than 300 miles away. Each year that Ironman has competed in Kootenai County, our Marine Deputies have provided the oversight for the swim portion of the event. We have never had a problem that needed the Coast Guard to intervene. If they actually show up for the event, it will be a terrible waste of tax payer dollars." You can read Sheriff Wolfinger's entire letter here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Sheriff Wolfinger's point?

Windshield Hit With BBs

June 23, 2015 - 11:24am

From Post Falls PD Graveyard Shift: "Female rp (reporting party) called to report that she was w/b on I90 approaching mp 6 when she heard 2 loud cracks to her windshield. She advised the first object to hit the window didn’t do anything, but the second object impact caused a chip in the windshield. She advised when she pulled over she found a metal BB lodged in her window and assumed someone had shot her vehicle with a BB gun from the overpass. The area was checked with no luck."