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PM Headlines -- 9.29.14

September 29, 2014 - 4:39pm

A new public access on the Kootenai River at the Montana-Idaho border opens the door for anglers to sample recent trout fishery improvements. Meanwhile, a new Kootenai Tribe hatchery being dedicated in October at the confluence of the Kootenai and Moyie rivers aims to revive the native burbot – a freshwater ling prized by winter fishermen. Rich Landers' SR report here. (SR photo)

What's Going On At Old Hot Rod Cafe?

September 29, 2014 - 4:39pm

HDG Hissong/Hurtado Design Group has posted this intriguing message on its Facebook page: "Get ready, Post Falls, ID. HDG is going to bring the heat in your backyard...Though we are not yet announcing all of the details; we can assure you that 'Badass' is on it's way. The same love that went into Fire Artisan pizza, Crafted Taphouse, The Cellar, NUDO, Volstead act, the Boiler Room, Borracho, the Vault and 50 other places that we have poured our souls into, will be going into this massive renovation!! The original 'Hot Rod Cafe' is going to become exactly what we have needed in this town for the last 20 years. Our marketing and branding studio, "Propaganda Creative" is going to finish this massive remodel off with the perfect branding and attention to detail that you would expect in a Vegas restaurant. More here.

Question: Anyone know what's going on here?

City Expands Trail Onto Atlas, Prairie

September 29, 2014 - 4:23pm

Coeur d'Alene Today photo of expanded Prairie Trail. (Photo: Keith Erickson)

From spokesman Keith Erickson/city of Coeur d'Alene: "Coeur d’Alene continues to make great strides toward expanding and improving its trail system with an energetic focus on connecting neighborhoods with schools, parks, business districts and downtown. Recently, through a cooperative effort involving Greenstone Homes and the city’s parks and street departments, a new section of trail was built in northwestern Coeur d’Alene near Skyway Elementary School that connects neighborhoods in that rapidly growing part of the city to a vast and ever-expanding citywide trail network. Further west, a new section of trail runs along Atlas Road south to Seltice Way and will soon extend east on Seltice Way and connect to both the Centennial Trail and Prairie Trail." More here.

Question: Cool, hunh?

Doellefelds Open Tilly's Cafe

September 29, 2014 - 4:00pm

On her Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson snapped this photo of Joe & Cindy Doellefeld after dining at the new Tilly's cafe in Post Falls.

An old farmhouse setting has become the home of a cafe with an old Irish name. Tilly's on Seventh opened last week at 212 E. Seventh Ave. in Post Falls. With table seating for 30, Tilly's offers a general menu with daily specials, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, kids meals, beer and wine. Owners Joe and Cindy Doellefeld plan a "soft" opening for a couple of weeks with phone, Internet, credit card options, a website and Facebook available soon. They formerly owned Stateline Speedway in Post Falls for 24 years. Tilly's opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The location is a former optical office at Seventh and William Street behind Les Schwab Tires/Nils Rosdahl, Business Bits, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you ever wanted to run a restaurant?

The Way We Were

September 29, 2014 - 3:56pm

I'm guessing that this was photographed looking west at 5th & Sherman. But I won't hazard a guess at when it was photographed. Patrick/Get Out! North Idaho posted this on his Facebook page. Any guesses re: when?

NIC Lands $6.4M Healthcare Grant

September 29, 2014 - 3:02pm

North Idaho College has been awarded a $6.4 million federal grant in order to partner with three other Idaho colleges to meet workforce demand in the healthcare industry through a collaborative network of training programs. The $6,438,050, four-year grant eclipses the $2.97 million grant that NIC received in 2012 to build the NIC Aerospace Center for Excellence, making it the largest grant in NIC’s history. NIC was the only college in Idaho to be awarded funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. “This is incredible news for our community and for the state of Idaho,” said NIC President Joe Dunlap. “It will, in essence, revolutionize the delivery of education and training for healthcare career ladders in the state of Idaho”/Tom Greene, North Idaho College. More here.


Tree Of Life Deli Seeks $50K In Help

September 29, 2014 - 2:44pm

Tree of Life Organic Deli-Bakery in Post Falls is seeking $50,000 in community contributions to stay open. Here's GoFundMe SOS:

It is our hope to expand Tree of Life into the wholesale business because of this unique niche in organic deli/bakery foods; however, we are confronted with a significant financial challenge that may require closing the business.  My family invested all of our personal finances in developing the business, which is the reason why we never sought out a small business loan; however, this has resulted in financial implications that we did not anticipate. At this point, we realize the only way to remain open is to seek support from the community. All of the profits that come in from sales are used to purchase the finest organic ingredients and associated bills to lease the building and equipment. It is a struggle to make these payments and cannot afford to pay ourselves for managing the business on a daily basis because of the overhead costs. As difficult as it is, we are humbly reaching out for financial support; we cannot continue otherwise. More here.

Question: Is it possible that there isn't a big enough market in the area to support this store?

100s Participate In Alzheimers Walk

September 29, 2014 - 2:09pm

Carmen Lehman of Coeur d'Alene holds a blue flower as she stands with her daughter, Karen Hanks of Coeur d'Alene, on Sunday morning at the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Lehman has early-stage Alzheimer's disease. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Devin Heilman)

Karen Hanks held a yellow Promise Garden flower in her hand, representing her role as a caregiver. She stood close to her mother, Carmen Lehman, who held a blue one, representing her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Hanks, of Coeur d’Alene, would sometimes drape an arm around her mom and give her a gentle squeeze as they listened to the opening remarks of the 25th annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday morning in McEuen Park. “It’s close to my heart because it’s something my mom has,” Hanks said. “And you never know, I might end up getting it too.” “Mine just came up out of nowhere,” Lehman said. Hanks and Lehman were among about 400 who attended the walk. The yearly fundraiser supports the Alzheimer’s Association/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Does a loved one of yours suffer from Alzheimers?

Quotable Quote -- 9.29.14

September 29, 2014 - 1:25pm
I'd rather have my child read a book that is inappropriate than watch an inappropriate TV show -- No Comment.

Question: Do you agree/disagree?

SR News Quiz -- Sept 28-Oct 3.14

September 29, 2014 - 1:18pm

How much do you know about Valleyfest, budding north Idaho scientists and other items in the news? Take the weekly News Quiz of The Spokesman-Review and find out. You could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Take News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 1: 25.
  • Last Week's Winners: George Waldref (gift card) and Linda Petersen (movie tickets), both of Spokane.

Idaho Chooses Life Backs Otter

September 29, 2014 - 1:16pm

The anti-abortion group Idaho Chooses Life has backed Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter in his re-election bid. The group's board voted unanimously to back the incumbent Republican, ICL said in a news release. “The simple fact is, Gov. Otter has signed more pro-life legislation into law than any previous governor in Idaho history,” said Executive Director David Ripley. “Seven major pieces of pro-life legislation have become law with his help, and that is a legacy of which all Idahoans can be proud”/Dan Brown, On the Agenda blog. A list of pro-life legislation signed by Otter here.


GONI! Panhandle Health Hit List

September 29, 2014 - 1:08pm

There's been some talk recently about the city of Coeur d'Alene developing stronger regulations regarding food trucks and mobile kitchens. I perused the list of eateries who have received marks against them in the last three years while undergoing inspections from Panhandle Health District health and safety inspectors. As far as food trucks, the violations were extremely minimal, with just a few of them listed as having one violation, but nothing more dramatic than that. However, there were plenty of brink-and-mortar restaurants with three or more violations/Patrick Jacobs, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: Do you ever check to see whether a restaurant has violated health district code, before you eat there?

Business As Usual For Sneaky Crane

September 29, 2014 - 1:03pm

Idaho Falls Post Register editorial: "State Treasurer Ron Crane, Idaho’s craftiest politician, recently issued a news release celebrating that a few of the open sores accumulated during his 16 years in office have been “satisfactorily closed.” Those issues — charging taxpayers for fuel burned on his work commute, diverting state funds without legislative approval to a conference run by his nonprofit and squiring lawmakers and their spouses through Manhattan in limos — were unnecessary and entirely of Crane’s creation. So yes, congratulations Mr. Crane, three of the skeletons in your closet finally have been ground into dust. Which brings us to a fourth issue: The small matter of legislative auditors telling us Crane overrode internal controls and lost millions of taxpayer dollars through “inappropriately transferred investments … resulting in a disproportionate share of investment losses incurred by the state." More here.

Question: Are you paying attention to the state treasurer's race, where the Republican incumbent has a lot of explaining to do?

Fly By

September 29, 2014 - 11:49am

These geese were doing a fly-by past Don Sausser's window in a downtown Coeur d'Alene high rise.

Question: When do the snow birds begin flying south to California and other points south?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.29.14

September 29, 2014 - 11:39am
  • 11:53 a.m. Friends find 66YO female unconscious on floor after she failed to respond to calls, unknown location.
  • 11:50 a.m. Deputy checking on tree, for unknown reason, east of 18836 Old H95, 1/2 mile south of Hill Street/Athol.
  • 11:48 a.m. Post Falls Missing Person -- Taylor Rebecca Carpenter: 17 YOF, 5’8, 125 lbs, black shoulder length hair.
  • 11:40 a.m. Deputy on scene reports fire along I-90 is controlled slash fire @ Wolf Lodge Campground.
  • 11:39 a.m. Rathdrum officer reports engine of vehicle driving past Mountain View Alternative has exploded.
  • 11:37 a.m. 911 dispatch is contacting USFS to send someone to fire along I-90 (11:30 item).
  • 11:32 a.m. PFPD officer is stopping at Post Falls Pita Pit, 900 H41, unknown reason.
  • 11:30 a.m. Grass fire reported on north side of w/b I-90/MP 23, flames reported 15-20 feet high.
  • 11:19 a.m. Deputy has stopped Bonner County vehicle in front of Athol Library, unknown reason.
  • 10:51 a.m. Female driver & passenger able to push disabled vehicle off I-90/MP 21 (Wolf Lodge).
  • 9:30 a.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report Sept 27-29 here.
  • 8:42 a.m. Several large trash bags are lying on w/b I-90/MP 23 (west side of 4th of July approach).
  • 8:39 a.m. Utility trailer being pulled by tan pickup is dragging on ground @ n/b H41/Post Falls area.
  • 8:24 a.m. Citizen asking for help from PFPD @ 1300 block of H41/Post Falls.

USFS Rules Gone Wild

September 29, 2014 - 11:22am

Federal agencies heavily involved in regulation and rule making aggravate enough people in the normal and proper course of their work that the last thing they need is to go out of their way, in an incompetent fashion at that, to aggravate even more. Meet the U.S. Forest Service, and its rules on photography in wilderness areas. The Forest Services regulates wilderness areas around the country – many of them in the Northwest – and are supposed to do that with the purpose of wilderness in mind: Preservation of lands in a natural state, where people can visit but not stay and not leave behind traces of their visits. That means no human goods left behind, and no damage done to the areas. The USFS has managed this job in many ways, some sound and some questionable. But restricting photography – the taking of still or video pictures with the use of hand-held camera equipment – in those areas wouldn’t realistically occur to most people as damaging to the wild character of wilderness/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Anyone out there ready to defend the USFS restrict wilderness photography?

Statesman Endorses Labrador

September 29, 2014 - 11:15am

Rep. Raul Labrador's style in Congress is an acquired taste for some, a bitter bite for others and a banquet for those who believe the federal government needs to go on a life-changing diet. The Eagle Republican's challenge as he runs for a third term is to give more consideration to the diversity of his constituency at home and his colleagues in Washington -- while remaining true to his core beliefs. He's got that second part down. We admire Labrador's candid, consistent and transparent approach to his job. He is a champion when it comes to casework on behalf of his constituents and engaging his district with frequent no-holds-barred Town Halls. We prefer to see less of that shut-down-the government swagger and more of Labrador-The-Leader, who this past year has gotten behind bipartisan bills and negotiated with factions in his Republican Conference to allow Speaker John Boehner and his party to unite on some immigration matters/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Labrador gets points for "remaining true to his core beliefs"?

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HBO Blogosphere -- 9.29.14

September 29, 2014 - 11:09am

A young member of the "King's Court," the rooting session for "King" Felix Hernandez, were awarded with another fine performance from the star Seattle Mariners pitcher Sunday afternoon. But M's fans were disappointed that they fell one game short of the playoffs, in a seasion that holds much promise for the future. Marianne Love/Slight Detour & fam were on hand for the final game. You can read all about it and see more photos here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Sept 21-27): 35,297 page-views/22,488 unique views

Oktoberfest In Downtown CdA

September 29, 2014 - 10:35am

Here's what the scene looked like in downtown Coeur d'Alene Saturday night. Don Sausser and his handy camera were on hand to document another Oktoberfest. This photo was taken at 2nd & Sherman. You can see more of Don's Oktoberfest photos on his Facebook site here.

Question: Did you attend Oktoberfest?

Poll: Hucks Nation Backs Jana Jones

September 29, 2014 - 10:31am
  • Weekend Poll: Hucks Nation overwhelmingly supports Democrat Jana Jones in her race against Republican Sherri Ybarra to become supertintendent of public schools. 124 of 171 respondents (72.51%) supported Jones. Only 28 of 171 respondents (16.37%) supported Ybarra. 19 (11.11%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you support the fact-finding mission of the Idaho Legislature Federal Lands Interim Committee?