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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

November 17, 2015 - 4:33pm

A 4-month old female giant panda cub, bottom left, is displayed for the first time at the Giant Panda Conservation Center at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

Monday Winner -- EddieTorreal w/5 likes: Michelle Obama reacts spontaneously after receiving word that Air Force One had departed from Andrews Air Force Base for a 9-day trip to Turkey, the Philippines and Malaysia. You can see Monday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Storm conditions don't slow Leafest

November 17, 2015 - 4:20pm

City street leaf collection crews on Tuesday made their way from Government Way east to 15th Street and between Sherman and Harrison avenue. "Although the weather is nasty, it is perfect for our operators as leaves tend to be sticky and not fly around like popcorn," said street superintendent Tim Martin. "From a historical perspective, we are a half-day ahead of schedule/Coeur d'Alene Today.

NIC cancels classes tonight

November 17, 2015 - 4:00pm

North Idaho College has canceled all evening classes due to dangerous and potentially damaging high winds expected to peak between 4-7 p.m. This means any class or activity scheduled for 4 p.m. or later at any of NIC’s campuses is canceled. Check for the latest information.

Scott wants stronger refugee stand from Gov. Otter, special session

November 17, 2015 - 2:43pm

Assuming Blanchard House Republican Heather Scott has access to intelligence that is contrary to the U.S. State Department or White House, the northern Idaho lawmaker insists the recent terrorist attacks in Paris are directly linked to "our door step in Idaho." In particular, Scott said America's compassion for what she calls "legitimate" refugees is compromised by an "Islamic agenda of domination and takeover." In the wake of an announcement Nov. 16 from Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, as well as the Gem State's entire congressional delegation, calling for President Barack Obama to curb refugee resettlement programs, Scott piled on with her own statement, which accuses Obama of "deliberately flooding America with Islamic refugees while paying lip service to states' resources and national security."
Scott even took Otter to task for not taking a stronger stance. More here.


Standard explains online change

November 17, 2015 - 2:15pm

Here's the response the Montana Standard editor gave to the Montana Cowgirl Blog when she criticized the newspaper's decision to eliminate anonymous and pseudonyms from online commentary. A commenter named Matthew Koehler thought it was odd that I didn't post this response with the Montana Cowgirl Blog's original post. I simply hadn't seen it. No conspiracy theory here. Also, I still disagree with the newspaper's policy to reveal the names on previous posts. Big Time:

Dear Cowgirl:

First, sorry to quibble, but this is not a small point — it’s central to the action we took: Your lead is inaccurate. We do not want to “out” anyone retroactively who does not wish to be. That’s why we suggested that anyone uncomfortable with their real name appearing on earlier posts simply email us and we’ll delete those posts.

Once we flip the switch making posts reflect real names rather than user names, our content management system automatically would make the same change on all existing comments in the database. We had two alternatives: eliminate every comment, which we don’t want to do, since many are remembrances on obituaries, for instance; or warn users so they could ask us to specifically delete their comments so they would NOT be “outed.”

While you say lower in the post that we “generously” provided that option, the lead is misleading as written. I like snark as much as the next person, but I like accuracy and fairness more.

Which brings me to the conspiracy theory that this is somehow related to a completely unrelated event — the reprehensible firing of Don Thomas, an excellent outdoor writer I’ve admired since my days editing Big Sky Journal in the early 90s. I can’t for the life of me figure out how anybody could see a connection between these two events and I can’t honestly believe you can either (since there isn’t one.) Pardon, but the whole theory is just loony.

And totally unfair.

We made this change for a simple reason: Many of our customers have complained about anonymous bashing of people in our comments. We believe in transparency, and we believe that people should stand behind their opinions, particularly attacks on others. If you can’t put your name on it, it doesn’t have much credibility. Right, Ms., er, Cowgirl?

–David McCumber
The Montana Standard

HucksOnline Blogos 11.17.15

November 17, 2015 - 1:50pm

"Yes, the weather forecasters said there might be snow today, but I don't think anyone expected this much," Marianne Love/Slight Detour posts on her blog. "It's heavy stuff and even heavier now that it's turned to rain. And, this afternoon, they've promised us 'hurricane force' winds ripping through the area through midnight. So, we'll be buttoning down the hatches and hoping for the best." More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Nov 16): 9,852 page-views/6,327 unique views

Conroy: Generalizations are wrong

November 17, 2015 - 1:24pm

Here's my 2 cents....

  • 1. Not all Germans are bad just because Nazi's were.
  • 2. Not all Christians are bad just because the KKK is.
  • 3. Let's not generalize that all Muslims are bad.
  • 4. If you're going to complain about the President, the job he is doing or any other politician just because you don't think they are doing the job the way you would...I'm looking forward to seeing your name on the next ballot. Otherwise...vent someplace else.

Ok, sorry ... that's 4 cents.

St. Vinny's to stage 6th Soup-off for homeless

November 17, 2015 - 1:17pm
ONLY 2 TICKETS LEFT: Huckleberries has received six tickets to give away for the "Soup-off" at the Fairgrounds this Thursday. The donor especially wanted them to go to people who have not previously attended this event. Let me know if you'd like tickets. First come, first served.

Temperatures are dropping and the folks at St. Vincent de Paul prepare for winter in unique ways: they know that to open their warming shelters and feed the hungry, their winter budget needs to allow for more blankets, warm socks, soap, toilet paper, food, hot beverages, bigger heating and maintenance bills, and, yes, readying snow blowers.

To that end, they're staging the 6th annual Souport the End of Homelessness on Thursday, November 19, at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. St. Vinny's and a horde of volunteers from the community will offer about 40 home-made soups for your tasting. The ticket price is a flat $10, and the guarantee is that you won't leave hungry. The soups are prepared, donated, and served by volunteer teams from various businesses and organizations, Great Harvest is again donating rolls, and bottled water is provided by Doyles; this allows all proceeds to support the warming shelters.

The first year's event drew about 300, but last year almost 1000 tasters enjoyed the soups, games, crafts items and filled baskets for sale, and at least that many are expected this year. St. Vinny's raises funds, folks have a great lunch, and the heat in the warming shelters stays on this winter. Win-win-win.

Vestal: Idaho funding liberal causes?

November 17, 2015 - 1:06pm

Here’s a delicious conspiracy theory. Idaho’s Constitutional Defense Fund – a taxpayer-funded account to pay for the state’s culture-war legal battles – is actually an elaborate, stealth operation to funnel money to organizations and attorneys supporting abortion, gay marriage and Occupy Boise. It is a secret strategy for Idaho lawmakers to finance the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and teachers unions. Of course, Idaho isn’t actually funding those causes – it’s simply losing, over and over, in its court battles against them and being forced to cover their legal costs. Since it was formed in 1995, the Constitutional Defense Fund has paid out $2.1 million, “nearly all of it spent on losing legal battles,” according to reporting by Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Ironic, no?

Rainbow Bridge struts stuff ... at night

November 17, 2015 - 11:47am

Joel Osborne, of, posts this photo of McEuen Park's infamous Rainbow Bridge, with the caption: "This actually does look night....through a digital camera." Have you ever seen the Rainbow Bridge at night, when its colors are flashing?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.17.15

November 17, 2015 - 11:35am
  • 11:47 a.m. Tree Down -- Tree leaning on power line along Hanley Ave (unsure exact location).
  • 11:42 a.m. Unknown Medical -- Wife @Bunco/Lewellen, Athol, reports husband appears hurt and is semi-incoherent; he may have fallen off ladder.
  • 11:34 a.m. Suicidal Male -- Officers want patient evaluation after getting suicidal man off bridge. (10:31 item).
  • 11:33 a.m. Breathing Problem -- Post Falls dialysis center, 1300 E. Mullan Ave.
  • 11:12 a.m. Possible Stroke -- Female in 80s @ 600 block of E. Harrison Ave/CdA.
  • 11:02 a.m. Suicidal Male -- 4 officers are trying to talk suicidal male from jumping from bridge (10:31 item)
  • 10:53 a.m. Suicidal Male -- Officer tells others to shut Yellowstone Trail below Veterans Memorial Bridge: "If he jumps," officer says, "he's going to hit someone's car" (10:31 item).
  • 10:51 a.m. Suicidal Male -- ISP officers are talking to male who is sitting on Veterans Memorial Bridge, mulling suicide.
  • 10:37 a.m. Trespassed -- Disorderly female trespassed from doctors' offices @ 222 W. Kathleen Ave/CdA.
  • 10:31 a.m. Suicidal Male -- Teetering male is looking over Veterans Memorial Bridge after parking his black Buick nearby @ e/b I-90/MP 19. Several motorists believe male is considering jumping from bridge.
  • 10:15 a.m. Juvenile Problem -- 600 block of Wilbur Ave/Dalton Gardens.
  • 9:55 a.m. Sheriff's Log -- Kootenai Co Sheriff's Office property crimes here.
  • 9:38 a.m. Stolen Vehicle -- 911 dispatcher is suspicious re: female's report that her located car had been stolen.
  • 9:03 a.m. Reckless Driver -- Young male driver of black Volvo w/Washington plates speeding @ w/b I-90/MP 7 (H41).
  • 9:02 a.m. Disorderly Male -- Outside Coeur d'Alene Police Dept headquarters.
  • 8:55 a.m. Truancy -- For 3rd time recently, Post Falls PD officer asked to get truant child out of bed.
  • 8:50 a.m. Rock Slide -- Small slide @ I-90/MP 19 (near Vets Memorial Bridge) has put boulders on highway shoulder.

County eyes vacation rental law

November 17, 2015 - 11:29am

Kootenai County will propose regulations on short-term vacation rentals to hold homeowners more accountable for their guests and clarify existing laws. County commissioners have directed staff to draft an ordinance that would affect unincorporated areas of the county, so no cities would be affected. Existing county law does not contemplate the use of a single-family home as a short-term rental. "Frankly, our regulations are not unusual in that sense," said David Callahan, the county's community development director. "Until about 2007 or 2008, with the invention of VRBO (vacation rentals by owner), Airbnb and other similar Internet-based home rental businesses, short-term rentals weren't such a big deal. Now it's an international business valued in the billions." Callahan said it's too early to say what exactly Kootenai County's proposed ordinance will look like/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose plans by the county to adopt a short-term vacation rental ordinance?

Windy Day

November 17, 2015 - 10:55am

The wind it blowed
so awful hard,
rolled up the sod
in our front yard,

and old skinny
Uncle Harry
came back down in
Bonner's Ferry.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Hayden woman wins sandwich contest

November 17, 2015 - 10:30am

For the second year in a row, a Hayden home cook is a winner in the Oroweat Bread America’s Better Sandwich contest. Edwina Gadsby won $5,000 in the contest again this year. She took first place in the Creative Classics category for her Thai Sweet Chili Chicken Sandwich. Her Asian Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Slaw won the same category last year. A retired accountant, Gadsby regularly enters cooking contests. This is the second year of America’s Better Sandwich/Adriana Janovich, SR.

Question: Describe your favorite sandwich.

Poll: No to 4-day school weeks

November 17, 2015 - 9:39am
  • Monday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation considers the 4 day school week is a bad idea. 9.1% of Idaho's public school children attend schools with 4-day weeks. 117 of 160 respondents (73.13%) say a 4-day school week is a bad idea. 35 of 160 respondents (21.88%) say it's a good idea. 8 (5%) are undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Should Idaho continue to accept refugees from Syria?

Souza happy w/committee progress

November 17, 2015 - 9:03am

The Idaho Legislature’s Interim Committee on Urban Renewal Agencies made significant progress toward updating the state’s urban renewal laws at a meeting in Boise Monday. “I kind of think we as a committee made some progress,” Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, said after the meeting adjourned. Souza summed up the meeting, saying the committee is likely going to look at standardizing some of the URA reporting requirements but also allowing communities to customize their URAs to fit their communities. She said things like the board makeup, term limits and how the URAs select board members are all likely to change as well. The full committee will entertain the idea of allowing local communities to choose whether they want appointed board members or publicly elected board members. “You will really be able to customize your (urban renewal agency) to fit your community’s needs,” Souza said/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Washington OK w/refugees, Idaho not

November 17, 2015 - 8:52am

Washington will continue to accept refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday morning. But Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said he will do everything he can to stop refugees from coming to his state until the federal government comes up with a better system to vet them. Saying he believes the U.S. State Department has a “robust system” to evaluate refugees and decide where to place them, Inslee said Washington will not refuse placements. “Washington will continue to be a state that welcomes those seeking refuge from persecution, regardless of where they come from or what religion they practice,” Inslee said in a statement that mentioned Republican Gov. Dan Evans’ efforts to welcome Southeast Asian refugees to the state in the 1970s/Jim Camden, SR. More here.

Question: Why the split toward Syrian refugees from neighboring states?

Edit: The incredibly shrinking UIdaho

November 17, 2015 - 8:39am

In his editorial Sunday, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments on the shrinking enrollment of the University of Idaho:

The numbers crunchers at the University of Idaho last week put the best spin on the latest enrollment figures. Rather than dwell on another decline, they highlighted a slight boost in the number of in-state freshmen.

Truth be told, an improving economy lured more young people to the job site instead of the classrooms this year. Full-time enrollment is down 2.3 percent at UI, while it dropped 3.1 percent at Idaho State University, 3.6 percent at Lewis-Clark State College and 0.2 percent at Boise State University.

Of course, that's heading in the wrong direction in a state where the go-on rate hovers around 50 percent of high school graduates - compared to a 62 percent national average. Because only one of every three Idaho adults have completed any kind of post-high school education, the culture discourages young people from considering college. And the state hasn't helped by steadily boosting tuition and not investing more in scholarships. More here.

Question: Why don't most Idaho parents and families understand the value of college?

Study: Coffee is good for your health

November 17, 2015 - 8:32am

There’s great news for coffee lovers this week. A new study published in the journal Circulation found that regular coffee drinkers—people who drank less than five cups of coffee in a given day—have a lower risk of dying early from a number of different causes. That doesn’t necessarily mean that coffee is the answer to longevity. But the researchers found that those who drank coffee on a regular basis had a lower risk of dying during the study’s 30 year follow up from problems such as heart diseases, diabetes, brain conditions and suicide. The findings only show a link, and cannot confirm that coffee is directly responsible for the reduced risk of death from these causes, but the scientists report that the many compounds in coffee are known to help lower insulin resistance or inflammation, which could result in better health/Time. More here.

Question: How many cups of given do you drink in an average day?