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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.11.14

December 11, 2014 - 2:44pm

The city’s new logo will soon be seen around town on city vehicles. The street department this week began affixing the logo to its fleet. The transition to the new logo decals will occur over a period of time as vehicles and equipment are due for services/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Dec. 10): 7960 page-views/5220 unique views

Red Kettle Challenge Features Mayors

December 11, 2014 - 2:32pm

Mayor-elect Steve Widmyer at last year’s Kettle Campaign with Kimber Gates-Travis and daughter, Scarlett. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

The 4th annual Salvation Army Mayors’ Day is taking place this Saturday, and this year Mayors in Spokane and Kootenai County are facing off to see who can raise the most dollars for their community. Spokane Mayor David Condon is hoping to lead Spokane to a first time win by collecting the most donations at the Spokane Fred Meyer on Thor Street. Mayor Condon will man the red kettle starting at 10am, and a team of top-notch volunteers will help to staff the kettles until the end of the competition at 7p.m. Spokane will be face-off against three Kootenai County Mayors: Vic Holmes of Rathdrum, Dick Jurvelin of Fernan, and Steve Widmyer of Coeur d’Alene. The Kootenai County Mayors will be staffing the kettles at the Coeur d’Alene Fred Meyer for one hour each from 10am–1pm, before handing it over to Salvation Army Advisory Board members and friends/Christy Markham, Salvation Army Kroc Center. More here.

Question: Have you ever dropped money into red kettle when a Coeur d'Alene mayor was ringing the bell?

On The Waterfront -- 12.11.14

December 11, 2014 - 2:10pm

Crews continue to work to remove stumps and modify the bank along the northwestern end of the Dike Road (closest to sewer plant). Many of the trees, stumps and bushes have been removed from this stretch between the college and the Spokane River. About 18 stumps need to be removed farther south, opposite the main stage used during Art on the Green. Workers, with heavy equipment, are also smoothing the river bank leading down to the North Idaho College beach and water, to a 3:1 grade. The view of the river has been significantly opened up. A supervisor told me yesterday that crews will continue to clear out trees and brush along the dike as time and weather allows. So far? So good/DFO.

Top Down Kinda Day

December 11, 2014 - 2:09pm
Temps in the 50s on the 11th day of December in North Idaho. If it wasn't for the pesky raindrops that are accompanying the Pineapple Express I'd be tempted to make it a top down kind of day. On my car, that is -- Kerri Thoreson, via Facebook.

Question: Are you spending an unusual amount of time outdoors as a result of the relatively mild late fall this year?

Woman Loses Tattoo, Starts New Life

December 11, 2014 - 1:31pm

Owner Jacque Gibson Kloehn works to remove a tattoo from Evelyn’s neck at Silver Safari in the Spokane Valley Mall. (Inlander photo: Young Kwak)

At the Inlander, Deanna Pan reports: A faded tattoo wraps around the left side of Evelyn's neck. In curlicue letters, it bears a name she'd rather not see. "I thought I was just deeply, madly in love with him," she says, poring over a stack of paperwork with a pen on a Sunday afternoon. "And it did not turn out to be the case." Evelyn made her 1:30 appointment at Silver Safari, a body piercing and tattoo removal shop in the Spokane Valley Mall, a few days ago. She'd learned that the owner, Jacque Gibson Kloehn, had recently begun offering free tattoo removal services to survivors of trauma and domestic violence at a few local agencies in town. Evelyn was at the YWCA, perusing the clothing racks at Our Sister's Closet, when she heard about it. She did a double take. This was a godsend. More here.

Question: Do you have a tattoo that you'd rather not have?

Raul Tweets

December 11, 2014 - 1:24pm
My constituents are speaking out, and I'm listening. I will vote NO on the #CRomnibus -- Congressman Raul Labrador tweet.

Question: Is Raul speaking for you on #CRomnibus?

Quotable Quote

December 11, 2014 - 1:11pm

“My administration will look completely different,” Ybarra said. “The opportunity to prepare in advance – any good leader would take advantage of that, but my administration will be very different and my vision is very different” -- Superintendent of Schools-elect Sheri Ybarra, via Clark Corbin, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

St. Maries Settles With KEA

December 11, 2014 - 1:06pm

As one legal matter is resolved, another may begin. The St. Maries city council is one step closer to resolving threatened litigation by Kootenai Environmental Alliance. However, the council convened in executive session to discuss possible litigation concerning the water treatment plant. At Monday’s meeting, the council voted 4-1 to approve a resolution to allow Mayor Harry Grubham to sign the settlement agreement between the city and KEA. The approved resolution also will allow Celia Sibert, city treasurer, to write a check for $3,647.50 payable to KEA for attorney fees. KEA filed suit against the city of St. Maries in July. Through its attorneys, Bricklin & Newman LLP, the group sent the city a letter alleging the city had not met permit requirements before discharging wastewater into the St. Joe River/Summer Williams, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: Are you glad/unhappy that KEA serves as a watchdog re: region's environmental issues?

New Nicknames For The Zags

December 11, 2014 - 1:01pm

In the Inlander's Bloglander blog, Seth Sommerfield contends that Gonzaga is notoriously bad at coming up with good nicknames for men's basketball players: "Think about it, the last time Gonzaga had a national superstar was Adam Morrison, aka the ‘Stache. But there just aren’t any good nicknames attached to any current Bulldog players. Let’s change that. Grantland’s Mark Titus already came out of the box strong last week, suggesting the tandem of Poland’s Przemek Karnowski and Lithuania’s Domantas Sabonis be called the “Low Bloc.” But here are five suggestions for individual players." More here. (SR file photo, of Przemek Karnowski, or "The Karnovore")

Question: In high school, I was known as "Oly" (w/a long "O," like the beer). How about you? Did you ever had a good nickname?

Walgreens Recalls Swastika Wrap

December 11, 2014 - 11:54am

Cheryl Shapiro displays the Hanukkah gift wrap with a swastika-like pattern she found at Walgreens in Northridge, Calif., Monday. The wrapping paper has been recalled from stores nationwide. Story here. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Daily News, Andy Holzman)

Question: Walgreens pulled the gift wrap although Hallmark officials say the blue-and-silver intersecting pattern is based on an old Chinese vase. Did you know swastikas were once symbols of good luck and prosperity in some cultures before they became associated with the atrocities of Nazi Germany?

Huckleberries Primer

December 11, 2014 - 11:45am

Cis/From A Simple Mind blog emailed this to Huckleberries this AM. Do you remember this saying?

A blog is ... like the guys who get together for coffee at a local shop in the morning, around a table or at a counter -- and everyone has an opinion about something. And the current events is usually the subject. Now take that and expand it as far as your mind can think.

Question: What tie does this saying have to early Huckleberries?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.11.14

December 11, 2014 - 11:35am

Here's a close-up look from KCSDept Facebook page of experimental plane that pilot Ronald Tacheny, 80, was flying when he crash-landed behind his house off Whitlaw, 10 miles south of Coeur d'Alene, Wednesday afternoon.

  • 12:01 p.m. Auto burglary reported @ 3500 block of Hudlow/Post Falls.
  • 11:53 a.m. Female threatening suicide for 2nd day in row @ Intercept, 6915 Ohio Match Road/Rathdrum.
  • 11:37 a.m. CPD officer checking on 3 juveniles waiting for CityLink bus @ 12th/Sherman, CdA.
  • 11:32 a.m. Gray semi w/oversized load is crossing center line @ w/b H53 in front of Hauser Mini Storage, 8651 H53.
  • 11:05 a.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report Dec. 10-11 here.
  • 10:56 a.m. Auto burglary reported @ 8200 block of N. Marabou Drive/Hayden.
  • 10:49 a.m. EMTs en route to 54YO female who is suffering pneumonia @ 2200 block of H53 (Hauser).
  • 10:33 a.m. 42YO female entering 5th day of withdrawals is unconscious @ 900 block of Hedberg Drive/CdA.
  • 10:26 a.m. Male locked in house, female in vehicle after domestic dispute @ 11900 blocks of Strahorn/Hayden.
  • 10:25 a.m. Non-injury accident reported @ w/b I-90/MP 7 (H41/Post Falls).
  • 10:17 a.m. Undisclosed type of threat reported from 100 block of E. Homestead/CdA.
  • 10:15 a.m. Suspicious incident reported @ 2300 block of N. Honeysuckle Avenue/CdA.
  • 10:13 a.m. Possible child abuse reported @ Dollar Tree, 406 Neider Ave/CdA.
  • 9:31 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Creekside Assisted Living, 240 E. Kathleen/CdA.
  • 9:30 a.m. 67YO male in & out of consciousness after pulling hamstring @ Peak Fitness, 940 Ironwood/CdA.
  • 9:27 a.m. 56YO female is threatening suicide by alcohol @ 500 block of W. Neider/CdA.
  • 9:06 a.m. Driver of white Jeep @ e/b I-90/MP 5 (Spokane Street/Post Falls) appears to be falling asleep.
  • 8:59 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 610 E18th Ave/Post Falls.
  • 8:52 a.m. Officer reports man lying on ground is a worker fixing sprinkler system (8:46 item).
  • 8:46 a.m. Passerby reports man in brown pants lying on ground in front of Helping Hands, Govt Way/Mill, CdA.

Edit: Fed Land Takeover Won't Happen

December 11, 2014 - 11:26am

We have an idea for the next meeting of the Idaho Legislature's Interim Federal Lands Committee studying the pros and cons of Idaho gaining "control" of "our" federal lands. Drop it, disband and find something more productive to do with your time and our tax dollars ($61,000 and counting). This is never going to happen, the federal capitulation to demands for a takeover: "Yes, Idaho, here are the keys to 27 million to 34 million acres - 64 percent of your state. We'll throw in the surface estate rights and the mineral estate rights because it was our bad to deprive you of this for so many years and decades. Please accept this gift, even though you already have forsaken title to these lands, and we can prove it, and a bunch of our people in your state will lose their jobs. Whatever you want, Idaho." This is the nonstarter of nonstarters/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: And yet we routinely elect snake-oil salesmen in Kootenai County & North Idaho who advocate this nonstarter of an issue. What's up with that?

It's Eagle Time On Lake Coeur d'Alene

December 11, 2014 - 11:20am

Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 34 bald eagles today in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene.  That's up from 18 eagles counted last week during her weekly survey. Two weeks ago she counted only four. Bald eagles traditionally show up from early November into January for a winter feast of spawning kokanee. However, last year by the second week of December Hugo had counted 57 eagles and in 2012 the count was well over 130 eagles. The 2013 bald eagle count at Lake Coeur d’Alene peaked at 217 on Dec. 30/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors blog. More here.

Question: Have you been out to see the eagles this year?

Landers: Decide Wolf Issue With Facts

December 11, 2014 - 10:47am

A second round of anti-wolf billboards appeared in the Spokane area. (Photo: Outdoors blog)

The latest rumor about gray wolves in Washington surfaced at a Spokane County Commissioners meeting Tuesday. According to a county cattleman, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been collecting roadkill and dumping the carcasses in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to feed wolves. He said a local couple no longer takes its kids to walk the refuge trails for fear of a wolf attack. There could be two to 20 wolves in the refuge, he suggested to the elected officials at the open meeting. People will argue whether that’s a load of crap/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors blog. More here.

Question: If you could have a do-over, would you eliminate the reintroduction of wolves in the Inland Northwest?

AG Open Meeting Forum Draws 80

December 11, 2014 - 10:28am

Eighty people filled a meeting room at the Coeur d’Alene Inn last night to learn about Idaho’s open meeting and public records laws, from county commissioners to newspaper reporters, school trustees to city clerks, state lawmakers to interested citizens. “The open meeting law is your ticket to the show,” Deputy Idaho Attorney General Brian Kane told the crowd. “Anybody who has ever gone to a meeting and seen a vote without any discussion – that’s not a good sign.” Coeur d’Alene retiree Frank Orzell, with a big grin, responded from the audience with a double thumbs-up/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (Eye on Boise photo: County Clerk Jim Brannon, right seated, plays role of reporter, while AG Lawrence Wasden, left at podium listens)

Question: Do you think elected officials in Coeur d'Alene/Kootenai County respect open meeting/public records laws?

AM Headlines -- 12.11.14

December 11, 2014 - 10:08am

The Idaho bench celebrate with Stacey Barr (10) after Barr sunk a three-point basket against Baylor in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday in Waco, Texas. Barr had a game-high 31-points in the 88-70 loss to Baylor. UI made No. 9 Baylor work hard for the win. Lewiston Tribune story here. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Old Dog Learns New Trick

December 11, 2014 - 9:47am

Usually, I take pride that I'm a newspaper dinosaur who has survived -- and even flourished -- in the new-age blogosphere. Occasionally, however, I'm reminded by one of the younger members of the staff that this old dog still has a few tricks to learn. Take yesterday, for example -- puh-LEEZ. I've been concerned for the last six months that HucksOnline page-view numbers appeared to have dropped off dramatically sense around June. I've asked around re: possible change in the way Google Analytics counts page-views and unique views. And didn't get a good answer to my question. Yesterday, our relatively new blog/SR.com tech Dan provided the answer I've been seeking, when he asked if I was included mobile devices in my daily numbers. Seems there are two different places to find numbers that need to be added together for a proper count. I discovered that Huckleberries wasn't losing about 1/3 of its daily traffic, as I had feared. Rather, it's on pace for a record 2.6 million page-views this year. Happy Days are here again.

Question: Do you use a mobile device to follow Huckleberries?

Poll: Risch Wrong On Report Release

December 11, 2014 - 9:25am
  • Wednesday Poll: A solid majority of Hucks Nation sez U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, was wrong when he said that the release of the report on CIA torture was "reckless and irresponsible." 94 of 168 respondents (55.95%) agree with the release of the report. 69 of 168 respondents (41.07%) agree that the release of the report was "reckless and irresponsible." 5 (2.98%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Should  senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized and carried out torture be prosecuted?

Pew: Gun Rights Outweigh Gun Control

December 11, 2014 - 9:20am

At Boise State Public Radio, Bill Chappell reports: "For the first time in at least 20 years, significantly more Americans say it's more important to protect the right to own guns than it's more important to control gun ownership, according to the Pew Research Center. The survey found that more than half of Americans (52 percent) sided with gun rights compared to the 46 percent who favored gun control. The findings represent the continuation of a shift that was only briefly interrupted by the Newtown, Conn., school shootings in 2012." More here.

Question: Do you think gun rights are more important than gun control?