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Big Girl Takes On Bike Challenge

January 15, 2015 - 3:16pm

The image that seems to come to mind when one hears the term “bike commuter” is often one of two things: either one of a lithe woman wearing incredibly cute clothes, pedaling easily with cute panniers and a perfect hairstyle… or one of incredibly fit individuals in full cycling kits, speeding around on bike lanes, looking like they “belong” there. When I say I am a bike commuter, these are the images I sort of like to think people have. The reality for me, however, is very different, but it is one that I do my best to accept with open arms. I am a fat girl on a bike. Let me be clear. I don’t consider the term “fat” to be a derogatory term in this context; it is descriptive. I am 6’4″ tall, wear a dress size 24, and at last weigh-in I was at 325 pounds. When I started cycle commuting, I weighed in at around 410 pounds/Andrea Parrish, SR Getting There blog. More here.

Question: Are you of a size or shape that you don't think fits well on a bike?

Otter Ap-hollow-gizes RE: N-waste

January 15, 2015 - 2:57pm

Gov. Butch Otter told reporters today that he meant for former Govs. Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus to be informed before he sent a letter to the Department of Energy regarding nuclear waste on Jan. 9. “If we didn’t reach out to them and let them know before we wrote the letter, then guilty, I am guilty,” he said. “I felt that we had. … If not, then I sincerely apologize.” Otter said he believes he is still in compliance with Batt’s 1995 nuclear waste agreement with the feds. “They didn’t meet a deadline. They got a substantial fine,” he said. “They’re now on a schedule and there’s some motivation lines in there for that”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Otter To Undergo Surgery

January 15, 2015 - 2:49pm

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will have surgery Monday, a hip-resurfacing procedure on his left hip that’s similar to a fairly extensive procedure he had on his right hip in 2008. “So I will be out of the office for a period of time,” he told reporters this afternoon. Otter is scheduled to leave Monday to prepare for the surgery, which will take place on Tuesday. That day, Lt. Gov. Brad Little will be acting governor, which occurs when the governor is either out of state or incapacitated/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: When did you last have a surgical procedure?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.15.15

January 15, 2015 - 10:42am
  • 10:38 a.m. Someone is suffering stomach problems @ 300 block of 1st St/CdA.
  • 10:21 a.m. Officer asks for agency assist for unknown problem @ 4400 block of W. Fairway Drive/CdA.
  • 10:03 a.m. Rollover accident, unknown injuries, reported @ 1700 block of Bay Street/Priest River.
  • 9:44 a.m. Officer en route to check welfare of mother & child @ Bennett Bay Inn13 /Lake Coeur d'Alene Drive.
  • 9:35 a.m. Alarm sounding @ Riverstone Regal Theaters, 2416 Old Mill Loop, CdA.
  • 9:01 a.m. Dogs running loose @ 9th St/Walnut Ave, CdA.
  • 8:58 a.m. Unknown-if-injuries crash reported @ Lewellen Creek Road/Whitetail Drive, Athol.
  • 8:55 a.m. Suspicious vehicle reported in ISP District 1 office parking lot/Hayden.
  • 8:48 a.m. Male grabbed female & punched holes in shower walls @ 4500 block of W. Fairway Drive, CdA.
  • 8:40 a.m. CPD officer citing transients in alleyway north of 1500 block of E. Sherman Ave/CdA for open container.
  • 8:21 a.m. Abandoned vehicle reported @ 1438 Bering Drive/CdA.
  • 8:19 p.m. Dog running loose @ Ramsey Road/Golf Course Road, CdA.
  • 8:17 a.m. Alarm goes off @ Panda Express/Wilbur Ave,  CdA, and person inside doesn't answer phone to check on it.

Oscar Nominations Announced

January 15, 2015 - 10:38am

This image released by Focus Features shows Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in a scene from "The Theory of Everything." The film was nominated for an Oscar Award for best feature earlier today. The 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Read about today's announcement of Oscar nominations here. (AP Photo/Focus Features, Liam Daniel)

Question: Which movie was the best you saw in 2014?

LCDC Report Touts McEuen, BNSF Buy

January 15, 2015 - 10:12am

The Lake City Development Corp. has published a draft of its annual report detailing the urban renewal agency's activities in 2014. Every urban renewal agency in Idaho is required under state statute to submit a report to their respective city councils by March. Executive Director Tony Berns told The Press Wednesday that the 14-page document is created using a template and is centered around a list of the agency's projects in 2014. ... Two of the projects in the report -- McEuen Park and the acquisition of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe right of way -- were of particular significance to the past and future of the organization, Berns said/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Would we have the McEuen Park makeover and BNSF right of way without involvement by the Lake City Development Corp.?

AM Headlines -- 1.15.15

January 15, 2015 - 10:07am

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, an occasional Huckleberries Online commenter, talks with House Ways and Means Chairwoman Christy Perry, R-Nampa, after presenting a new bill Wednesday. Idaho Republican leaders announced a change of course Wednesday and approved the introduction of a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections in the state's Human Rights Act. Eye on Boise story here. (Idaho Statesman/AP photo: Darin Oswald)

Is 'Sorry For Your Loss' Too Trite?

January 15, 2015 - 9:18am

Like a slalom skier, I tried to maneuver my cart quickly through the clogged Costco aisles. I rounded a corner sharply when I heard a soft voice say, “Hey, Cindy!” It was an acquaintance I hadn’t seen in awhile. The last I heard she was expecting her third child. “How are you?” I said, trying to be subtle as I looked at her winter-clad figure for signs of advanced pregnancy. “I’m OK,” she said. “But …” Her eyes filled with tears. “I had a miscarriage last month.” The words flew out of my mouth as I wrapped her in a hug, “Oh! I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry for your loss.” That same week a friend wrote on Facebook about trite phrases and words that lost their meaning. Someone mentioned, "I'm sorry for your loss," as a trite phrase. Since I’d just uttered those words, I was troubled. Had I said the wrong thing?/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.

Question: Do you think "sorry for your loss" is a trite phrase? How do you express condolences?

Poll: Widmyer Gets High Marks

January 15, 2015 - 9:13am
  • Wednesday Poll: Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer earned high marks from Hucks Online voters for his performance during his first year in office. 95 of 205 respondents (46.34%) gave Widmyer A's for his work, while 59 of 205 respondents (28.78%) awarded him B's. For the rest, 19 (9.27%) gave him C's; 6 (2.93%) D's, and 9 (4.39%) F's. Another 17 (8.29%) voted "incomplete."
  • Today's Poll: Do you consider Post Falls to be a boring place?

Blog: Post Falls Boring, CdA Isn't

January 15, 2015 - 9:04am

An online real estate blog has ranked the city of Post Falls as the second most boring city in Idaho. According to the city of Ammon, just outside Idaho Falls, is the only city more boring than the River City. Coeur d'Alene, on the other hand, ranked the second-most interesting Idaho city. Boise was the least boring of the 22 cities ranked by the blog. The website based its rankings on how young the population is, the nightlife, live music venues, arts and entertainment venues, active life options, number of restaurants and the number of fast food establishments. (CdA Press photo by Shawn Gust: Motorists wait in the drive-through for their orders at a Taco Bell fast food restaurant Wednesday evening in Post Falls)

"Post Falls -- land of live music, fine dining, and tons of young people... Oh wait, sorry. That's Boise. Post Falls, on the other hand, has... well, a lot of fast food," the blog wrote. "Other than that, Post Falls has a serious lack of music venues per person (as in, practically none), it has the seventh-fewest young people, and it has the eighth-fewest restaurants per capita (as in, non-fast food. Like actual restaurants.)

Question: Do you consider Post Falls to be a more boring town that Coeur d'Alene?

Butch's Rose-Colored Glasses

January 15, 2015 - 8:54am

Every day, in every way, Idaho is getting better and better. Every day, in every way, Idaho is getting better and better. Say it once more: Every day, in every way, Idaho is getting better and better.The mantra of constant improvement is a common theme for those in power, no matter their party affiliation. Like Ronald Reagan in 1984, it's always morning on their watch, with sunny days and golden times just ahead. Barring the occasional doomsayer or minority party humbug, politics is a land of eternal optimists, populated by those convinced not only of the rectitude of representative government, but of their own goodwill and common sense. They believe in a better future and are confident in their ability to steer the ship of state toward safe and productive waters. And there is perhaps no greater optimist in Idaho than Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter/William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Did you ever read Norman Vincent Peale's "The Power of Positive Thinking"?

$457K OK'd For Marriage Fight Fees

January 15, 2015 - 8:44am

The Constitutional Defense Council has voted unanimously to pay the court-ordered $401,663 in attorney fees and costs to the winning side in Idaho’s same-sex marriage case, and 3-1 to pay $55,000 for costs for outside counsel hired by Gov. Butch Otter in his appeals of that case to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, who joined in the appeals, voted no, but hired no outside counsel, using state attorneys. Asked why he voted against paying the governor’s outside legal bills, Wasden said, “I didn’t think it was appropriate”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you support using taxpayer money to pay for legal fees for private attorneys in this type of fight?

Mariners Call On Post Falls Club

January 15, 2015 - 8:28am

Damon Rosenau. 11, shares a laugh with Seattle Mariners outfielder James Jones during a visit by organization Wednesday at the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County in Post Falls. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Trevor Miller had a message for Seattle Mariner James Jones on Wednesday, then the pro baseball player threw a positive suggestion at the fourth-grader. While getting Jones' autograph at the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County, Miller revealed to the outfielder that it was his second-grade brother Kyle who had just told the Mariners that when he grows up, he wants to be a ninja. "Take care of that little brother," Jones told Trevor with a smile. Trevor said he would take Jones' message to heart. Jones, pitcher Danny Farquhar, former pro catcher and Mariner commentator Dave Valle and the agile Mariner Moose mascot comprised the Seattle Mariners Caravan during its stop at the nonprofit youth club in Post Falls/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Did you ever dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player?

Docs: Bubblegum Boy Held 22 Hours

January 15, 2015 - 8:23am

With reports going viral of a 9-year-old boy getting arrested for allegedly stealing gum from a local grocery store, 1st District Court officials on Wednesday tried to set the record straight on a couple details. "The juvenile did not remain detained for an extended period of time," the court said in a statement. The Post Falls boy was detained for 22 hours, according to the court's records. He's charged with misdemeanor petit theft. Officials also said District Court Judge Lansing Haynes didn't issue the arrest warrant, as was widely reported. The warrant was actually signed by Magistrate Scott Wayman/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I'm not sure the 1st District Court is helping its case by revealing that the 9YO boy who stole the bubblegum was detained for 22 hours. Do you?

Bubblegum: A Gateway Theft

January 15, 2015 - 8:16am

So the Kootenai County prosecutor has admitted that putting a warrant out on a 9-year-old who’s accused of grabbing bubblegum from a grocery store was not, um, warranted. “I have concluded that my office’s request to have an arrest warrant issued was a mistake under the circumstances,” said Barry McHugh. I am so relieved. McHugh can now turn the full powers of his office back on fourth-graders who won’t do their homework and 10-year-olds who refuse to go to bed on time. You know, North Idaho’s real criminals/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Do you think Prosecutor Barry McHugh would take a do-over on this case, if he could?


January 15, 2015 - 8:13am

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Hump Day Wild Card -- 1.14.15

January 14, 2015 - 5:21pm

Techmeister Dan tweaked the daily Huckleberries Online poll, by moving it up to a more prominent position in the lefthand rail. He's still working on other tweaks to make your online experience here better. Remember. You can get the the "Recent Comments" section quickly by clicking on the "Huckleberries Online" banner at the top of the page, either on mobile device or computer/laptop. Here's you daily Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 1.14.15

January 14, 2015 - 5:19pm

Marking the end of the holiday season, Rigoberto Ruiz, owner of Ruiz Cleaning Service, scrapes away the holiday decorations from the windows of the downtown Walla Walla, Wash., Banner Bank, earlier today. (AP Photo/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Greg Lehman)

'Add The Words' Introduced 6-1

January 14, 2015 - 4:53pm

With a quick meeting, no questions or comments, and a 6-1 vote the House Ways & Means Committee has voted to introduce the “Add the Words” bill, to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act and ban discrimination on those bases in housing, employment and public accommodations. “This is really a very simple bill,” said House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston. “It enhances Idaho’s freedom, it protects against discrimination in education, employment and public accommodation. It simply states that sexual orientation or gender identity cannot be used to deny rights and opportunity available to Idahoans”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


PM Scanner Traffic -- 1.14.15

January 14, 2015 - 4:48pm
  • 5:20 p.m. Unwanted male in yellow-and-blue jacket keeps walking to bathroom in undisclosed CdA store.
  • 5:19 p.m. Electrical smell coming from smoking water heater @ Subway restaurant, Seltice Way/Spokane St/Post Falls, causes building evacuation. Restaurant worker has tripped the breaker for appliance.
  • 5:08 p.m. Suspicious circumstances reported @ Fernan Lake Road/Lakeview Drive, Fernan.
  • 5:04 p.m. Someone suffering dehydration @ Life Care, 500 W. Aqua Ave/CdA.
  • 4:53 p.m. 23YO Post Falls male took 30 pills in possible suicide attempt.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Jan. 13-14 here.
  • 4:25 p.m. Motorist in disabled red vehicle has flashers on @ I-90/MP 20 (Memorial Bridge).
  • 4:24 p.m. Missing border collie located @ Briarleaf/Mountain Vista Drive, CdA.
  • 4:05 p.m. 2 customers at undisclosed Coeur d'Alene store are are arguing with clerk.
  • 3:10 p.m. 37YO male driver suffered head bump in 2-vehicle crash @ Prairie Ave/Huetter Road.
  • 2:46 p.m. 2 noninjury accidents are reported in area near intersection of NW Blvd/Lakewood Drive, Hayden.
  • 2:44 p.m. Disabled 2003 Mercedes is parked 100 feet off freeway near e/b I-90/MP 1 (Beck Road/Post Falls).
  • 2:43 p.m. 30YO female having a panic attack @ Alliance Data Systems on Hanley Ave/CdA.
  • 2:32 p.m. Resident of Raspberry Lane/Hayden reports abandoned vehicle.
  • 2:28 p.m. 2-vehicle, noninjury crash is blocking H95/Kathleen Ave, CdA.
  • 2:03 p.m. PFPD officer tells ex-husband w/custody of kids that he doesn't have to let wife have them w/o court order.
  • 2:02 p.m. Off-duty Latah County deputy is following possible DUI driver @ n/b H95/MP 415 (Rockford Bay).
  • 1:53 p.m. Male in green hat & coat, parked in Row 8, has stolen TV from Post Falls Walmart East.
  • 1:45 p.m. PFPD officer stopping to check on 2 panhandlers with sign, walking toward Post Falls Paul Bunyan.
  • 1:23 p.m. 42YO male swallowed 30 muscle relaxers in Spirit Lake, unknown if suicide attempt.
  • AM Scanner Traffic