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Elephant Poo Produces Pricey Coffee

August 20, 2014 - 3:53pm

I s#&% you not: The world's most expensive coffee is now being produced in Thailand's Golden Triangle, a region better known for another high-priced, if illegal, export: opium. Canadian entrepreneur Blake Dinkin, 44, is betting his life savings he can turn his idea into, well, gold. Here's the catch: His Black Ivory Coffee is made by passing coffee beans through the not insubstantial stomachs of elephants and then picking the beans out of, well, yeah, that. It's similar to Kopi Luwak, the civet coffee that was all the rage a few years back; Dinkin has just supersized the idea. He knows Kopi Luwak's image has been trashed because of concerns over counterfeiting, disease and animal abuse. But he insists there's nothing fake — or frivolous — about Black Ivory Coffee/Michael Sullivan, Boise State Public Radio. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes)

Question: Would you drink a cup of Black Ivory Coffee, made from beans found in elephant poo?

Showing The Boys How To Throw

August 20, 2014 - 3:28pm

Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis delivers a pitch against Nashville during her team's 4-0 win in a U.S. pool play baseball game at the Little League World Series on Friday in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/, Sean Simmers)

Mo’ne Davis, the ace of the Taney Dragons in the Little League World Series, spoke fluently about “release points” and the art of confronting batters who are uncomfortable hitting the ball to the opposite field. It was advanced stuff for any pitcher, let alone one who is 13 years old. Davis, having captured much of the nation’s attention in recent days with her blazing fastball and her waist-length braids, was preparing to take the mound Wednesday night for her Philadelphia-based team against a team from Las Vegas, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s United States championship game/New York Times. More here.

Question: Have you been following the exploits of Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis in the Little League World Series?

Effort To Curb Panhandling Working

August 20, 2014 - 3:12pm

A month long campaign to redirect money usually given to panhandlers is helping non-profits assist the local homeless community. City leaders launched the campaign at the start of August to stop panhandlers on the roadside. On Tuesday, organizers of the Give Real Change campaign said the movement is making a difference. In the past few weeks, the program has helped get some panhandlers off of the street and working with non-profit groups according to organizers. Former panhandlers told KREM 2 News that most of the money they collected went to feeding their addictions. “It went to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes,” admitted Jeff Chambers who used to ask for money on the roadside/Shawn Chitnis, KREM2. More here.

Question: When & where did you last encounter a panhandler in North Idaho?

Crapo's Message To Labrador

August 20, 2014 - 2:42pm

Republican Senator Mike Crapo, and his political advisors, lost little time this past week in reading and reacting to First District Congressman Raul Labrador’s hiring of Idaho Statesman ace political reporter Dan Popkey as his press secretary. Some pundits speculated the move indicated Labrador was contemplating a possible run for the United States Senate. The next Senate election is in two years with Senator Crapo presumably standing for re-election to a fourth term, but there has been additional speculation that Crapo might retire and stay in D.C. to earn some big bucks like his former Senate colleague, Dirk Kempthorne. The message to Labrador was unequivocally clear: “If you think this is going to be an open seat you can just waltz into, you’re whistling past the graveyard”/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Do you think Labrador could beat Sen. Crapo in a 2016 U.S. Senate race?

HBO Blogosphere -- 8.20.14

August 20, 2014 - 2:34pm

"When Goosie showed up at the Tibbs farm and started following my sister Laurie everywhere she went, even the usual chores got backed up a bit more," posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. "Turned out to be "Goose for a Day" for Laurie and anyone else who happened to be around." More here.

HucksOnline numbers (from Tuesday, Aug. 19): 6697 page-views/4181 unique views

Triple Boat Float

August 20, 2014 - 2:00pm

On his Facebook wall, Don Sausser refers to this corporate outing on Lake Coeur d'Alene as a "Triple Boat Float." Three Coeur d'Alene Resort boats are linked together for the Sunday outing involving employees of Bozzi, a Spokane Media/News/Publishing company.

Question: It has been quite awhile since I've been aboard one of the resort's boats. When did you last sail on one of them?

SR News Quiz -- 8.17-22.14

August 20, 2014 - 1:38pm

You don't have to be an expert in current events to win the Spokesman-Review Weekly News Quiz, but it can't hurt! All entrants this week are eligible to win two movie tickets, and our overall champ will take home a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Click here for SR News Quiz.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: 19.
  • Leaderboard: 4 Merry Hucksters are ranked among 18 current finalists for free tickets & a possible $50 Davenport Hotel gift card -- RaynTim, Lets Talk, Sibulsky & Duffer. Deadline for entering the contest is 5 p.m. Friday

Age 65 Minus 3 Months

August 20, 2014 - 1:24pm

Today marks three months from the day that I'll turn 65 (Nov. 20). So I decided to call the Social Security Administration to make sure I'm taking all the steps to let them know that I want supplemental insurance if/when I retire (no current plans to do so in near future). After a brief trip through phone tree, I reached an automated voice who told me that the early morning hours and the first of the week are the heaviest times for Social Security calls -- and that no one was available to take mine. Thus, begins my trip into that netherworld of Senior Citizenship. I won't go softly into that good netherworld of aging.

Question: Anyone out there have trouble getting ahold of Social Security?

County Observes 150th Anniversary

August 20, 2014 - 1:18pm

The Kootenai County Commissioners and North Idaho Fair Board are pleased to announce this year’s North Idaho Fair & Rodeo events which feature a milestone celebration that only occurs once in a lifetime.  The Fair will commemorate Kootenai County’s150th anniversary with the dedication of a new grand entryway into the facility.  Features include a new Main Gate with state-of-the-art ticketing booths sponsored by Idaho Forest Group and the ACI Northwest Plaza with a monument designed by local artists paying tribute to the industries upon which Kootenai County was built: timber, mining, agriculture and tourism/Kootenai County Commissioners Office. More here.

Question: Tell us one thing that you know re: history of Kootenai County?

Lentils For More Than Just Soup, Stew

August 20, 2014 - 1:09pm

Growing up, we ate lentils galore. Packed with protein, fiber and folate, they’re hearty, stick-to-your-ribs ingredients, popularized in America by 1971’s “Diet for a Small Planet.” Mom – well-meaning, health-conscious and thrifty – tucked lentils into almost every soup or stew throughout the 1970s, ’80s and beyond. Mentioning how good they were made me – as a kid – want to eat them even less. I still picture the legumes by the bowlful – mushy, watery and brown, with onions and a few carrot discs for color. I bought them anyway as a young adult, keeping them on hand as an affordable and versatile staple. Maybe I was just used to having them on the shelf. For years, I kept them as an emergency food/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here.

Question: How often do you eat food with lentils in it?

Pitbull Has Close Encounter w/Cindy

August 20, 2014 - 12:58pm

So, I just got back from walking my dog. What? You didn't know I had a dog? Neither did I. This fella started following me a quarter mile into my walk. Kept trying to shoo him and send him home, but he would have none of it. He stayed closely and happily by my side. I worried he'd run front of a car so when he tried to cross the street, I clicked my tongue and he'd trot back to my side. I circled back to where he first started following me and sure enough, he ran up and sat on the porch of a house. I was really glad because I didn't know how I'd explain him to my cats. My relief was short lived because he immediately started following me again. Lo and behold I spot an animal control truck driving toward us. ”This your dog?” the officer asked. ”No, but I just took him on a four mile walk,” I replied. ”What kind of dog is he?” ”Oh, he's a pitbull,” the officer said. The officer asked how he behaved and I said he was very good other than he wouldn't go home. ”Really?” said the officer. ”He's been reported as a very aggressive pitbull.” I'm going to lay down for a while now. PS: I'd already named Arfie/Cindy.

Question: Have you ever been followed by a loose dog?

Update: Obama Vows 'Justice'

August 20, 2014 - 11:52am

Diane and John Foley talk to reporters after speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Their son, James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

President Obama delivered an angry condemnation Wednesday of the Islamic militant group believed to be behind the beheading of an American journalist, labeling the group a cancer and calling on Muslims around the world to reject its brand of “hateful terrorism.” “No faith teaches people to massacre innocents,” Obama said. “No just god would stand for what they did.” The president said he had spoken with the family of the journalist, James Foley, and expressed his support. “Jim was taken in an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world,” Obama said. “We are all heartbroken at their loss”/Los Angeles Times. More here.

Question: How should the US react?

Poll: Small % Serve On Jury

August 20, 2014 - 11:50am
  • Tuesday Poll: Slightly more than 1 in 5 respondents to Huckleberries Online poll say they have served on a jury in the last 5 years. Only 32 of 150 respondents (21.33%) say they have served on a jury in last 5 years. 118 of 150 respondents (78.67%) say they haven't.
  • Today's Poll: What should President Obama do about the murder of US journalism James Foley at the hands of Islamic terrorists?

Mariners -- Still In The Race

August 20, 2014 - 11:48am

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Andres Blanco, center, throws the ball to starting pitcher Cole Hamels, left, as they catch Seattle Mariners' Chris Denorfia, right, stealing during the fourth inning of a baseball game, today, in Philadelphia. The Mariners lost 4-3. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Question: Are you pleasantly surprised that the Seattle Mariners are still in the playoff hunt this deep in the season?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.20.14

August 20, 2014 - 11:45am
  • 12:57 p.m. A one-acre grass fire is burning along H95/MP 410 (Ness Road, north of Worley).
  • 12:50 p.m. Motorist reports reckless 2nd driver pointed gun at home on undisclosed CdA road.
  • 12:36 p.m. Coeur d'Alene woman reports roommate has been kicked out for bringing guns into home.
  • 12:33 p.m. Someone is having seizure in vehicle parked alongside I-90/MP 11 (NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 12:26 p.m. Someone has been injured in fall @ Bestland Assisted Living, 606 Best Ave/CdA.
  • 11:45 a.m. Crash reported b/n Coeur d'Alene Resort's Mishanock & pontoon boat near 3rd Street dock.
  • 11:33 a.m. A dog is running loose @ Maple/Hayden Avenue, Hayden.
  • 11:15 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Aug. 19-20 here.
  • 10:57 a.m. ISP officer is stopping to check on elderly male along H95, north of Hayden Avenue.
  • 10:53 a.m. Resident @ 2100 block of Boyd Avenue/CdA reports items stolen from inside/outside garage.
  • 9:42 a.m. Injury accident reported @ 4th/Wilbur, Dalton Gardens.
  • 9:33 a.m. Someone may be suffering a seizure @ H97/Conifer, Harrison.
  • 9:31 a.m. Firefighter on scene reports fire about 1/10th acre in size @ H41/MP 3.5 (Hayden Avenue).
  • 8:29 a.m. Non-injury crash b/n Toyota Corolla & blue Chevy pickup @ 15th/Deerhaven, Dalton Gardens.
  • 8:18 a.m. Non-injury crash b/n red pickup w/canopy & green vehicle @ 4th/I-90 traffic light.

Sold Out: No More Tickets Available

August 20, 2014 - 11:13am

I went through about 40 North Idaho Fair tickets in about 90 minutes this morning. All are now asked for. Next year, I'll have to hit the marketing department up for twice the amount. Thanks for your interest in Huckleberries & the North Idaho Fair.

Moscow #8 USA College Town For '14

August 20, 2014 - 11:09am

Moscow, home of the University of Idaho, has been selected as one of the Top 10 college towns for 2014 for the USA by Livability. By way of explanation, Livability writes of Moscow: "Visible from just about any part of Moscow, Idaho, are high mountains, lush forests and crystal clear streams that endlessly tempt residents of this college town to engage in outdoor adventures. These amazing natural amenities can be especially distracting to students at the University of Idaho who must hit the books before they hit the backcountry. The city serves as a gateway to camping, fishing, mountain biking, snowmobiling and skiing." More here.

Question: Do you consider the town where you attended college to be a decent one?

Johnson: Criminalizing Stupidity

August 20, 2014 - 10:50am

Teddy Roosevelt’s only daughter, Alice, was one of the great characters of the nation’s capitol for most of the 20th Century. She knew everyone, married the Speaker of the House,  Nicholas Longworth, and had a long and passionate affair with Sen. William Borah of Idaho, who was likely the father of her only child. The outspoken Alice widely and freely shared her deliciously candid opinions about politics and people with anyone and everyone. The embroidered pillow in her living room said: “If you can’t say something good about someone, sit right here by me.” Alice famously said of President Warren Harding, who she knew well and was perhaps our worst president, that he “was not a bad man. He was just a slob,” which reminds me of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. To paraphrase Alice Roosevelt Longworth: “Rick Perry may not be a bad man, but he really isn’t a very smart one”/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here. (Booking Photo, of Rick Perry)

Question: Any thoughts re: the arrest of Texas Gov. Rick Perry?

CdA Charter Leads SAT Scores

August 20, 2014 - 9:53am

"Earlier this week," writes Kevin Richert/IdahoED NEWS, "I reported on the results from Idaho’s April 'SAT Day.' The takeaways: Overall, scores increased slightly on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, but Idaho has a long way to go to meet the SAT “college-ready” benchmark. Let’s drill down a little deeper into the College Board numbers (full report here):

Highest averages:

  1. Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy: 1,818.
  2. Compass Public Charter School: 1,663.
  3. Renaissance High School: 1,626.
  4. Victory Charter School: 1,588.
  5. Xavier Charter School: 1,566.

Most average school -- Lake City High:

Lake City’s 289 juniors averaged 464 on the reading SAT, 461 on math and 438 on writing. Those averages — and the total score of 1,363 — are identical to the statewide average, posted by 16,579 juniors across Idaho.


AM Headlines -- 8.20.14

August 20, 2014 - 9:41am

University of Idaho grad student Trea LaCroix takes water samples from Fernan Creek on Aug. 5. The samples are part of a study to figure out what can be done to prevent blue-green algae outbreaks. Story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)