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July 17, 2015 - 2:22pm

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, July 16): 12,085 page-views/7,521 unique views

And They Talked On & On

July 17, 2015 - 1:35pm

Last evening, musician/actor Robby French treated a fine crowd at Riverstone Pond to 90 minutes of song and acoustic music. About a third of the way through, I saw a middle-age woman in front of me hail a couple over. She and her husband had been sitting quietly on a blanket listening to French and his warmup act, Casey Ryan, perform. Her husband had brought a bottle of wine concealed in her large hand bag. From the minute the other couple joined them, the two women talked non-stop. No loudly. Just enough to keep those around them from enjoying the music. I was tempted to say something. But I rarely do in situations like that. Dunno why. In the office, I don't mind confrontations. In my private life, not so much. So I endured the rudeness and was tempted to give the quartet a standing ovation when they left early. A similar thing happened last year during a concert performance at Hayden City Park. Again, the culprits were middle-aged or slightly older. Is there some kind of protocol at live concerts that allows non-stop talking by viewers?

Question: Have you attended open-air concerts where individuals around you talked nonstop?

Smoke Stops I-90 Traffic

July 17, 2015 - 1:23pm

At Moses Lake, commenter Sam is caught in that traffic gridlock caused by smoke from a fire that has burned at least four buildings at a company called Inland Trap & Liner. The smoke is causing problems for drivers on Interstate 90 in central Washington. The ISP urges drivers to find other routes to get to destinations. Story here.

Searcher: Pot Now Mainstream

July 17, 2015 - 1:20pm

Searcher (RE: Idaho doesn't follow pot trend): Sorry, ShoCon, I believe you're attitude toward marijuana is still colored by shades of the 60s. I'm afraid you are sadly out of touch with the actual evolution, advancement and mainstream acceptance that has happened to this "counter-culture". It's just not public because of laws. There aren't the underground "speak-easy" locations like prohibition, but the USA is the number one destination for illegal drugs (especially pot!). Do you think it's only a few "druggies" who enjoy a relaxing joint now and then? Just look at the robust sales in those states where it has been "legalized". This is an industry with a clientele that is itching to be able to consume above-board without fear of retribution.

Question: Do any of your friends or family members smoke pot?

HuffPo: Trump Is A Sideshow

July 17, 2015 - 1:12pm

After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won't report on Trump's campaign as part of The Huffington Post's political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump's campaign is a sideshow. We won't take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you'll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette/Huffington Post.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Huffington Post's approach to Trump's campaign for president?

New Seaweed Tastes Like Bacon?!

July 17, 2015 - 1:01pm

An algae that tastes like bacon, has high nutritional value AND is a source of protein? Sounds like the stuff of science fiction but it’s real – it’s dulse. Professor Chuck Toombs has been working with scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) to engineer and harvest a unique variety of dulse that, when fried, tastes just like the fatty, delicious meat but with greater health benefits. "Dulse is a super food, with twice the nutritional value of kale," Toombs said in a statement. "And OSU has developed a variety that can be farmed, with the potential for a new industry on the Oregon coast"/IFL Science. More here.

Question: If dulse really tastes like bacon when friend, would you buy some?

Investigators Seek Rampage Motive

July 17, 2015 - 12:03pm

Douglas Debrs prays by a makeshift memorial outside the Armed Forces Career Center on earlier today in Chattanooga, Tenn. Counterterrorism investigators are trying to figure out why a 24-year-old Kuwait-born man, who by accounts lived a typical life in suburban America, attacked the career center and a Navy-Marine training center a few miles away in a shooting rampage that killed four Marines. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

As investigators delved into the life of Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez a day after a shooting rampage in Chattanooga that left four Marines dead, a portrait began to emerge Friday of a young Muslim who appeared to be searching for meaning in his life and embracing jihad, or holy war. Just days before Thursday’s attacks on a pair of military recruitment and support centers in civilian areas — and three months after he was arrested for driving under the influence — Abdulazeez evidently started a blog that lamented existence in what he described as a “prison” of monotony and routine and that praised early followers of Islam’s prophet who “fought Jihad for the sake of Allah,” hailing them as among “the best human beings that ever lived”/Washington Post. More here.

Also: Friends mourn Marines killed in Chattanooga rampage

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.17.15

July 17, 2015 - 11:50am

From Kerry Costigan-Galdes of Spirit Lake re: new fire in northern Kootenai County: "A fire has been spotted approximately 1.2 miles northeast of Spirit Lake in the area of Eagle Drive in Bonner County. At this time our office is unaware of the size or extent of the fire, but crews are on scene. There is also a fire plane that has been circling the area to assist as well. No evacuation notices have been issued that we are aware." (HucksOnline: Fire is about 5 to 10 acres, according to Scanner reports.)

  • 12:11 p.m. Unknown Injury Accident -- Pickup/sedan hit head on @ Kathleen Ave/Building Center Drive, CdA.
  • 12:10 p.m. Unwanted -- 12YO girl, alone in CdA apartment, believes someone trying to get in..
  • 11:23 a.m. Fall -- 2900 block of Ponderosa Ave/Post Falls.
  • 11:17 a.m. Firemen are trying to get to fire off Clagstone Road/Pend Oreille/Eagle Drive, Athol-Bayview area.
  • 11:09 a.m. Road Rage -- Male yelling into window of 2nd parked pickup driver @ I-90/H41, Post Falls.
  • 10:36 a.m. Possible DUI -- Gray mini-van speeding, weaving @ n/b H95/MP 402 (Worley).
  • 10:13 a.m. Smoke Check -- Athol caller reports smoke @ Caribou/Shoshone Ave; may be from Cape Horn fire.
  • 9:59 a.m. Chest Pain -- 4100 block of State Line Road.
  • 9:57 a.m. Accident -- Govt Way/Ironwood Drive, CdA, blocking road.
  • 9:55 a.m. Trespassing -- Business owner @ 555 W. Canfield Ave/CdA trespasses female.
  • 9:32 a.m. Arrested -- KCSDeputy transporting adult female to county jail.
  • 9:09 a.m. Domestic Dispute -- 3900 block of Playfair St/CdA.
  • 9:07 a.m. Utility Problem -- Smell of natural gas @ Pines Road/Evergreen Drive, Hayden.
  • 9:02 a.m. Possible DUI -- E/b Prairie Ave/Atlas Road, CdA.
  • 8:51 a.m. Smoke Check -- Haze on north end of Clagstone Road/Athol from Cape Horn fire.
  • 8:33 a.m. Smoke Check -- Coeur d'Alene Drive/Sandpoint Circle, Spirit Lake.
  • 8:22 a.m. Possible Stroke -- 4200 block of N. Canterbury Road/CdA.
  • 8:22 a.m. Medical Emergency -- Kootenai County Fairgrounds.

IFF: Texting Law Isn't Working

July 17, 2015 - 11:40am

It’s always fun to revisit public policy issues from years past to see what happened after the news media stopped writing about an issue. This week, I’m thinking specifically about the heated and very emotional debate about whether to ban texting while driving. In 2010, then-state Rep. Raul Labrador unilaterally stopped the Idaho House of Representatives from considering a bill to ban texting while driving. He used a procedural move to block the bill, knowing it to be ridiculous and worthless public policy. But by 2012, Labrador was in Congress, and the Legislature had collectively given up the fight against the proposal. Lawmakers passed the measure, and Gov. Butch Otter signed it/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with IFF executive Wayne Hoffman that the Idaho law against texting is a failure?

Column: Teaching Kids Independence

July 17, 2015 - 11:33am

You’re letting your kid do that?” The question hangs in the air. Accompanied by raised eyebrows and wide eyes, the surprise is clear. I’m letting my kid do something unexpected, as if I went off script from the parenting manual. This time it was because we let our 17-year-old son drive across two states with a friend to attend a three-day athletic camp. But it’s a familiar question that’s been sprinkled across almost two decades of parenting. Alongside the incredulity, the question is often laden with other emotions. Curiosity, admiration, fear or disapproval have tinged the tone and ensuing conversation. Reviews on our parenting are mixed/Correspondent Jill Barville, SR. More here.

Question: How did your parents teach you to be independent?

Huckleberry Heaven

July 17, 2015 - 11:20am

"Yesterday was a brave day for picking huckleberries," posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour.  "My sisters came with me to the huckleberry patch in Heaven, as did their dogs. Odds were much better yesterday that someone would see or hear the bear coming in time for us to hug our buckets and run to the car." More here.

Question: Have you been huckleberry picking this year?

Email Spam Rate Falling

July 17, 2015 - 11:04am

Despite what your email inbox might be telling you, overall spam rates have dropped below 50 percent for the first time in 12 years. In June, the rate of unwanted emails reached 49.7 percent—1.8 percent less than the month before, which fell 0.6 percent from the month before that. According to the latest Symantec Intelligence Report, the last time the security firm recorded a similarly low spam rate was in September 2003/PC. More here.

Question: Are you getting less email spam today than you did 5 years ago?

Poll: Jenner Didn't Deserve Award

July 17, 2015 - 10:15am
  • Thursday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation said Caitlyn Jenner didn't deserve the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, presented at this week's ESPYs. 153 of 205 respondents (74.63%) said transgender Jenner didn't deserve the award. 33 of 205 respondents (16.1%) said Jenner did deserve the award. 19 (9.27%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Have you contributed money to a political campaign?

Paul, Carson Lead Idaho Prez Fund-Raising

July 17, 2015 - 9:52am

How engaged are Idahoans so far in the 2016 presidential race? Measured at least by Idahoans who are reaching into their wallets, according to the latest campaign finance reports the answer is $113,160 worth. That’s how much Idahoans have contributed to all presidential candidates through June 30. Republican Rand Paul had the highest total from Idahoans, at $24,011, but he was closely followed by Republican Ben Carson, at $23,806. Next in line: Democrat Hillary Clinton, $16,825; followed by Republicans Ted Cruz, $14,686; Marco Rubio, $11,895; and Jeb Bush, $8,100; and Democrat Bernie Sanders, $6,163. Trailing were Republicans Carly Fiorina, $3,225; Rick Perry, $2,700; and Mike Huckabee, $1,000/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: What do these totals say about Idaho politics?

Letter: More Benches For McEuen

July 17, 2015 - 8:55am

My wife and I walked around the park recently. On the nice wide paths all around the park and not one bench seat to sit down and enjoy the view. Walked by the tennis courts — if you were waiting for a court, guess what, no benches. Same thing around the basketball courts, no benches. We did see nine benches around the kids playground. Must have been at least a hundred kids playing; too bad not nearly enough benches for the parents to sit and watch their children. Oh yeah, that nice beautiful cement slab by the boat launch and view of the lake. Sure would be nice to sit and look at the lake, but gee, no benches/George Silva, Coeur d'Alene, letter to Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: Letter write Silva brings up an excellent point -- there aren't nearly enough benches on McEuen Park. Why?

Edit: Quit School Blame Game

July 17, 2015 - 8:50am

In an editorial today, the Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board opines:

In the immortal words of George W. Bush, "It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it." And most budget numbers have a story to tell. This week, as Coeur d'Alene School District officials wrestled with the age-old dilemma of having more needs for money than money itself, two major stories emerged. One came from Trustee Dave Eubanks, who squarely pinned a share of the district's financial strain on former Chief Operating Officer Wendell Wardell. Eubanks is not alone in the district's hierarchy in blaming a guy who left his job some eight months ago in a personnel dispute that was largely fought outside the public arena. The other side of the story came from Wardell, who responded with an opinion piece intended to fill in vital blanks and rebut several conclusions reached by Eubanks and others. More here.

Question: Can anyone but insiders know what's really going on with the school district?

Tribe Offers 'Cultural Experience'

July 17, 2015 - 8:41am

The Coeur d'Alene Casino is offering a new summer tradition called "Cultural Experience," a celebration of dance, drums, songs and sharing tribal wealth. The event, which intertwines classic and contemporary elements of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's history, will be held Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. in the Chinook Meadow, on the casino grounds in Worley. The event is free and open to all. Guests will be treated to a welcome gift of huckleberry jam and a small package of salmon, opening announcements and blessings from Cultural Affairs Director Quanah Matheson and an evening of activities including dancing, singing and games/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust's Press file photo: Fancy dancer Emmitt White, 9, performs with other members of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's Shooting Star Dancers at NIC April 4)

Question: Do you think the Greyhound Park made a big mistake by continuing to use instant racing machines -- and anger the tribe in the process? The tribe considers the machines illegal.

RRepubs Discuss Gay Marriage

July 17, 2015 - 8:28am

The legalization of same-sex marriage became the hot topic during Wednesday's meeting of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. Originally the plan for the group's weekly meeting, which drew approximately 15 people to The Fedora Pub and Grille in Coeur d'Alene, was to discuss three recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. However, last month's 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment requires a state to issue a marriage license between two people of the same sex, generated the most discussion from the group. "A lot of these court cases have to do with the fact, not that we're changing government policy, but the idea is to change Americans," said president Jeff Ward. "In and of itself, I think that is the basis of an authoritarian, even a totalitarian, state." Ward began the discussion on the same-sex marriage decision by asking attendees if the government should be in the business of issuing marriage licenses at all/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: The Reagan Republican meeting attracted only 15?

'It Looked Like A Dump'

July 17, 2015 - 8:23am

Jason Minzghor couldn't believe his eyes when he checked out the homeless camp between Interstate 90 and Seltice Way a few weeks ago. "The garbage was knee-deep in some areas," the operations manager for the Idaho Transportation Department said. "It was a health hazard -- human waste, dead animals ... It looked like a dump." ITD hauled off 16 dump-truck loads of items this week from its sloped, tree-filled property just west of the small Kootenai County Cemetery and near the eastbound Huetter rest stop between Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene. State workers spent 30 hours loading and picking up the garbage and clearing brush at the site. Minzghor said ITD posted No Trespassing signs a few weeks ago to allow the transients time to gather any personal belongings they wanted and some time to move on/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Anyone feel sorry for the transients who are being moved about by these camp closures?