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Cutline Contest -- 11.12.14

November 12, 2014 - 4:30pm

Time 2 Vote ...

A man arranges Martin Jacobson's cards with cash and chips after Jacobson won the World Series of Poker Tuesday in Las Vegas. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Tuesday Winner -- YPmule, with 5 likes: "Its the highly contagious Clown-Pox, transmitted by laughter." You can see Tuesday Photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

Press Poll: Who Should Be Fired?

November 12, 2014 - 4:23pm

At Coeur d'Alene Press Online, the current poll question is:

Who should be fired -- airport manager Greg Delavan or County Commissioners Dan Green & Todd Tondee?

Question: Who do you suppose the public is siding with?

4 Idaho Cities Make LBGT List

November 12, 2014 - 4:15pm

For Boise State Public Radio, Scott Graf reports: "Four Idaho cities have made the latest rankings of a national group that advocates for the rights of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people. The Washington D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign released its third annual Municipal Equality Index Wednesday. Boise, Idaho Falls, Meridian and Nampa are among the 353 cities ranked. The organization assigns cities a score based on "LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy". It examines 47 different criteria in six categories." More here.

Question: Why do you suppose Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint, Moscow & Lewiston weren't ranked. All have passed anti-discrimination legislation. Thoughts?

Qwest Gave Otter Campaigns $35K

November 12, 2014 - 4:08pm

Yesterday, I noted that Education Networks of America, the company that got the now-voided Idaho Education Network contract along with Qwest, has donated $18,250 to Gov. Butch Otter’s campaign, including $5,000 in September; and also has given $6,000 to state schools Superintendent Tom Luna’s campaign since 2009. But it’s not the only player in the IEN deal that is a big campaign contributor. Qwest, now known as CenturyLink, is a prodigious contributor to Idaho political campaigns that has given even more to Otter. Since 2006, through its political action committee, formerly Qwest Idaho PAC and now CenturyLink Idaho PAC, it gave Otter’s campaigns a whopping $35,000/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Food Porn: Boeuf Bourguignon

November 12, 2014 - 3:58pm

Chilly autumn and winter nights beg for warm and hearty dinners like stew. Boeuf bourguignon – beef in red wine – is a rich and velvety French classic, made famous for American home cooks by Julia Child. She prepared the dish during the first episode of her television show, “The French Chef,” in 1963. In her cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” published two years earlier, Child called it “one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man.” Thick, comforting and long-simmering, it’s perfect for unhurried weekends when temperatures dip and the warmth of home keeps people indoors. The recipe can seem daunting. It’s really three – boeuf bourguignon, brown-braised onions and sautéed mushrooms – in one/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here. (Photo: Adriana Janovich)

Question: Have you ever made this dish?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 11.12.14

November 12, 2014 - 2:13pm

On her Slight Detour blog, Marianne Love posts: "We, who've lived here all our lives, we who've known for 60-plus years that "it's North Idaho" and that it gets cold or wet or windy in November still have the right to complain." More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Nov. 11): 6833 page-views/4267 unique views

Retirement? Bah, Humbug

November 12, 2014 - 2:07pm

I asked my dentist this morning when he planned to retire. He's 67. I'm going to be 65 in 8 days. He said what others have. When I quit enjoying what I do -- or I develop a bad attitude toward what I do -- I'll retire. Until then, he said, his health is good, his hands are steady, and he continues to enjoy the work. He said he's seen some contemporaries who say they're busier than ever in retirement -- and others who are looking for jobs because they're bored to death. There's only so much golf you can play and so many fish you can catch and so many books you can read, he said. I told him how much I've appreciated his service to my family's dental needs over the years. He extracted my daughter's wisdom teeth -- and patched up my teeth more than once (including the cracked one today).

Question: What would be the first thing you would do, if you could retire tomorrow?

Out With The Old

November 12, 2014 - 1:33pm

In her Main Street column in the Coeur d'Alene Press, Kerri Thoreson writes: "The transformation of the former Hot Rod Cafe is moving right along. On Saturday the iconic car which has been seen by many thousands passing on I-90 since 1998 was lifted by crane off the restaurant's rooftop. With word on the street that the Longhorn Barbecue family is the new owner, maybe there will be a giant spinning steer on the roof -- which would be full-circle to the old days in Post Falls when Hilde Kellogg's BBQ Ranch Western Wear store was known far and wide for its giant cowboy and farm animals on the roof." Kerri's Main Street column here. (Photo: Dee Sasse of Post Falls)

Question: Are you ready for some BBQ?

Oopsy: 'Season Of Swing' Thursday

November 12, 2014 - 1:14pm

Everyone is invited to “Season of Swing” from the North Idaho College Jazz Ensemble and Cardinal Vocal Jazz at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center in Boswell Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. Information: (208) 769-3424 or

They're Picking Up Leaves

November 12, 2014 - 1:09pm
Today is the start of leaf pickup in CDA. Crews are starting south of Sherman and working north. Back to raking the yard!! -- Sasquatch.

Question: Do you already have your leaves raked out into the street?

SR News Quiz -- 11.9-14.2014

November 12, 2014 - 12:51pm

How much do you know about the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, erosion of the Coeur d'Alene River bank, the midterm elections and other notable news? Find out in the Weekly Quiz of The Spokesman-Review, where you could win a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel or two movie tickets. You can take the quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: Willows
  • Leaderboard: 3 HucksOnline readers are among the 29 finalist for this week's prize: Sibulsky, RaynTim & SFredrickson. You can still enter the contest for a chance to win the $50 gift certificate or 2 movie tickets by taking quiz by 5 p.m. Friday.

Centennial Trail Scenic

November 12, 2014 - 11:52am

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook wall, Linda Lantzy posts: "This was taken on the beautiful Centennial Trail along Lake Coeur d'Alene's North Shore." You can find more of Linda's outdoor photography here.

A Bump In The Night

November 12, 2014 - 11:47am

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, two deputies were responding to a domestic violence call, when one deputy rear ended the other as they drove down Highway 95. Southbound traffic on 95 was down to one lane after the accident, but traffic got back to normal a short time later. Idaho State Police are now investigating exactly what caused the crash, to possibly determine if someone is to blame. A Kootenai County spokesman says the sheriff's office purchased the patrol cars used, and now they're each worth about $3,500. As of Tuesday night, the two patrol cars are in the shop and we won't know if they're totaled until a repairman takes a closer look later this week. The spokesman says the equipment from both of the cars will be reusable in different patrol vehicles/KHQ. More here.

Question: Were you ever in a vehicle that was rear-ended?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.12.14

November 12, 2014 - 11:42am

CPD Twitter re: stolen vehicle: This vehicle was last seen at 0514 hours today in the 900 block of Ironwood Drive. If you see this vehicle please call . (14C37298) 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, Idaho plates 4693K (Ski Idaho plates). Red in color. 4 doors. The passenger side is missing the mirror and it also has body damage to the doors. Back window has a 104.9 sticker.

  • 12:08 p.m. A semi truck has lost a tire @ s/b H41/Stevens Street, Rathdrum.
  • 11:56 a.m. 80YO male needs medical help @ Hayden Lake Dialysis, 7600 N. Mineral/Hayden.
  • 11:37 a.m. 85YO female fell in Bestland Assisted Living dining room @ lunch, 606 Best/CdA.
  • 11:32 a.m. Someone hurt in fall @ 8400 block of Audobon/Hayden.
  • 11:21 a.m. Female @ 1000 block of Park Place/CdA may have suffered stroke.
  • 11:21 a.m. Transient are drinking and setting up camp along side Lakeside Mini Mart, 1311 Sherman/CdA.
  • 10:45 a.m. 36YO female is unconscious and not breathing @ 1000 block of E. Front/CdA.
  • 10:38 a.m. PFPD officer will be out of service for awhile to stop at county courthouse.
  • 10:36 a.m. KFD firefighters asked to make sure car fire has been properly extinguished, unknown location.
  • 10:24 a.m. 86YO female has suffered possible stroke @ 1000 block of E. Mullan/Post Falls.
  • 10:12 a.m. 90ish male is acting confused @ street just off Prairie Trail/CdA.
  • 9:34 a.m. Patrol officer stopping to check on female pedestrian @ 3600 Ramsey Road/Hayden.
  • 8:47 a.m. CdA doctor's office concerned about patient who was suppose to show up for 5:45 a.m. appointment.

Poll: Most Have Suffered Casualties

November 12, 2014 - 11:36am
  • Tuesday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation responded that they have had family members killed & wounded in an American war. 41 of 117 respondents (35.04%) said a family member has been wounded in combat. 14 (11.97%) said family members have been killed in conflict. 13 (11.11%) said family members have been killed and wounded while fighting for this country. 49 of 117 respondents (41.88%) said their families have suffered no casualties during wartime fighting.
  • Today's Poll: If you could afford to do it, would you spend the winter months in a warmer area somewhere else?

Carlson: Assisted Suicide Not For Me

November 12, 2014 - 10:43am

In a recent column, Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles, who was diagnosed with a fatal cancer 9 years ago, explains why he opposes assisted suicide:

As you know, nine years ago I was diagnosed with a rare and always fatal form of a carcinoid neuroendocrine cancer.  I was in stage IV and given the proverbial six months.  I sent all my tests, my CT’s, my MRI’s, my blood work, x-rays and body scans to M.D. Anderson, the world renowned Cancer Care center in Houston, Texas. They refused to see me.  It was hopeless, they said and they did not want to waste their time or resources.  If Washington’s Initiative 1000 had been passed into law at that time, I would have easily qualified. Instead, I worked with my team of doctors, developed an attack strategy and I’m still here.  I fought like hell, and I still fight. There isn’t a day that has gone by in the last nine years that I haven’t felt pain.  Initially, I lost 75 pounds, looked like death warmed over and most were sure I was gone. More here.

Question: Do you suppose states that embrace assisted suicide send a wrong message to teens considering suicide?

AM Headlines -- 11.12.14

November 12, 2014 - 10:29am

In this Nov. 4 image from video provided by the Bannock County Sheriff's Office, wildlife officials rescue two male deer that fell into a deep window well at a house while sparring in Pocatello. Idaho Department of Fish and Game workers and officers from the Bannock County Sheriff's Office pulled the two bucks out last week. Officials considered tranquilizing the deer but decided instead to lift them out and let them return to the woods on their own. (AP Photo/Bannock County Sheriff's Office)

Just How Cold Is It?

November 12, 2014 - 9:52am
How cold is it? It's officially too cold to get out of bed -- Cindy.

DFO: I not only had to get out of better earlier than normal -- 5:45 a.m. But I had a dentist's appointment in Hayden to fix a cracked tooth that surfaced painfully the day after Election Day. My mouth is still numb.

Question: Complete this sentence: It's officially too cold to ...

USA Skeptical Of Obama Final 2 Years

November 12, 2014 - 9:47am

Most Americans are skeptical President Obama will be able to accomplish much of anything in his final years in office now that Republicans control both chambers of Congress. Nearly six in 10 respondents in the Pew Research poll say the president will “accomplish not much or nothing of what he wants to get done.” By contrast, only a third say Obama will accomplish “some” of his remaining goals. A mere 6 percent predict Obama will get a “great deal” of what he wants done. Separately, a poll from Gallup finds that 53 percent want Republicans to have more influence than Obama. Thirty-six percent say they want the president to set the agenda/The Hill. More here.

Question: Do you think Obama will accomplish much -- anything -- in his final two years in office?

If Winter Disappoints, Keep Cool Head

November 12, 2014 - 9:41am

Memo to snowmobilers, snowshoe enthusiasts and skiers: Another of those El Niños will affect our play-in-the-snow winter ahead. That's right. On the heels of a hot summer in 2014, one in which Lewiston-Clarkston residents had double the average of triple-digit  temperatures, we're going to have a winter that probably has warmer temperatures and less snow than normal in the mountains. I'll be surprised if it's a vintage snow skiing season at Schweitzer Mountain Resort near Sandpoint or Brundage Mountain near McCall - or if there's deep snowmobile snow in the Blue Mountains or elsewhere in our Lewiston Tribune area of winter play. Should we slit our wrists, those of us who like to go to the snow?/Publisher Butch Alford, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Would you go to a warmer climate during winter, if you could?