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A Perfect Fall Day

October 1, 2014 - 3:28pm

Here's one of several photos that Marianne snapped of fall color around her Bonner County Lovestead.

Almost all calendars here in the house have been turned to the new month.  A heavy blanket of cloud blocks the sun. Four layers kept me warm during this morning's walk. Pumpkins are turning.  Leaves are falling. I guess this all adds up to a perfect day for this year's edition of Oct. 1 to roll around. The earth here in the Selle area has received a good scrub down during yesterday's afternoon thunder storms, and the next several days promise what we all live for in October: fall days loaded with brilliance, crisp nights and the last beautiful hurrah before that dead season arrives. We can't waste too much time these daily gifts, as they suddenly seem dramatically shorter/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: Describe your perfect fall day.

Court: Bujak Violated Legal Ethics

October 1, 2014 - 3:24pm

The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak - the current Libertarian candidate for governor - violated four of the Idaho State Bar's ethics rules between 2004 and 2011, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported today. The high court ordered a one-year suspension of Bujak's law license for the violations, but since he already had a 19-month interim suspension when the complaint was filed three years ago, the terms of that penalty already are satisfied and Bujak can continue to practice law. Bujak told the newspaper the ruling was the “last chapter” in a long-running legal case in which he was charged with grand theft by unauthorized control; he gave up his law license pending the resolution of that case, and got it back after his acquittal/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Does this story raise red flags for you re: Bujak's candidacy for Idaho governor?

Pick 6: Viks, Trojans Will Win

October 1, 2014 - 2:39pm
Spokane, North Idaho News

Video (above): Greg Lee & Sam Adams offer weekend prep predictions.

SR sports scribe Greg Lee and KHQ/SWX sports director Sam Adams predict that Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls will win their high school football games this weekend. Of the Coeur d'Alene-Hermiston game, the said:

  • Lee: This could be a better matchup than some suspect. Hermison (4-0) has quality wins over 3A Kamiakin and a 52-26 win over Lewiston last week. I see the Vikings bouncing back big after their loss by inches to Highland. CdA 35, Hermiston 20.
  • Adams: In my time at SWX I’ve never seen a CdA offense stifled the way it was against Highland. The Viks couldn’t get a rhythm going in their passing game. Their running game was at times abandoned altogether. This will be a statement game as the Viks take on a physical Hermiston team. Drew Berger is the heart and soul of the Viks and he will find a way to get everybody back into championship form. CdA 28, Hermiston 17.

Complete Pick 6 coverage here.

Milestone: Jimmy Carter Turns 90

October 1, 2014 - 2:24pm

One of Georgia’s most famous politicians has just reached a milestone birthday. Former President Jimmy Carter turned 90 years old Wednesday and Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer was at the Carter Center to see how supporters helped make his birthday memorable. Volunteers at the Carter Center celebrated with the former president and his wife. They also welcomed the former first family to check out their newly planted garden at the Carter Center. People sent in cards from all over the country to President Carter with messages like, "Happy birthday" and "You are my hero." Even his 5-year-old great-granddaughter presented him with a handmade card. "It’s been a good first 90 years," Carter said/WSB-TV 2. More here.

Question: Do/don't you think you'll live to be 90? Why? Why not?

Hall: Italians Are God's Chosen Ones

October 1, 2014 - 1:59pm

Sometimes the Italians just don't fight fair. They get all the great food. We get all the great size. They get things like fettuccine and ravioli. We get things like 43-inch waists and tent-size T-shirts. I have been puzzling for years over what makes so many of us fight fat while Italians eat fabulous food but remain slimmer than most Americans. If there is a god (with taste buds), why doesn't he give us the best-flavored food along with our curse of fat or give us hot slender bodies with mountains of greasy burgers? But no. The Italians are charming so they get both the great food and the great looks. They are the chosen ones/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you have any Italian blood in you?

Pac-12 Proposes Pay For Athletes

October 1, 2014 - 1:48pm

The Pac-12 Conference announced on Wednesday that it has notified the NCAA that it will propose new benefits for student athletes. In May the presidents and chancellors of the Pac-12’s member schools wrote a letter to their colleagues at the NCAA’s five major conferences outlining ways to better support student athletes athletically, academically and monetarily. “The landscape of college sports is changing, but no matter what happens, we want to protect the college experience and preserve the traditions that make college sports enjoyable for athletes, fans, parents and alumni,” said Dr. Elson S. Floyd, President of Washington State University and Chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group in a release. “We are seizing our opportunity to usher in meaningful reform to help student-athletes and restore the academic primacy of our universities”/Jacob Thorpe, SR. More here. (AP file photo: WSU President Elson Floyd)

Question: Should student athletes in college be paid?

Morning Sun

October 1, 2014 - 1:37pm

At, Jake calls this photo of Millie Mouse on the end of Mudgy Moose's nose at Independence Point: "Taking in the morning sun."

'Crystal Ball': Otter Prospects Dim

October 1, 2014 - 1:17pm

From Eye on Boise quotes respected political forecast site "Sabato Crystal Ball": "“Those looking for a sleeper race this year ought to take a look at Idaho,” Crystal Ball managing editor Kyle Klondik wrote.  “In his quest for a third term, Gov. Butch Otter (R) really struggled in his primary, getting only 51% of the vote, and we’ve heard from some sources there that he could be vulnerable. Apparently, Otter is having trouble unifying his party, and deep-pocketed challenger A.J. Balukoff, a conservative Democrat who said he voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, might give disaffected Republicans an alternative (a Libertarian is also running).” More here.

Question: Obviously, the Otter camp is worried -- or it wouldn't be hiding behind IACI hit ads & tweets, as well as the Republican Governors' Association, right?

Cindy's 'War Bonds' Book Available

October 1, 2014 - 1:12pm

Cindy Hval's “War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation” tells the stories of marriages and families forged during and after World War II, as the Greatest Generation became the backbone of our society. You can pre-order your copy of War Bonds today! Click here to reserve your copy/copies from Barnes and Noble. The book is scheduled for publication February 14, 2015 from Casemate. Young people have been falling in love since time began, but romance during a world war had a unique set of challenges. The uncertainty of the time led to an abundance of couples marrying quickly, after brief courtships. Yet amazingly, these couples created lifelong bonds. More here.

Question: Will you please join me in giving a monster H/T to Cindy for reaching this amazing milestone? Saa-LUTE!

SR News Quiz -- Sept 28-Oct 3.14

October 1, 2014 - 1:00pm

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.
  • Leaderboard: 4 HucksOnline readers are among the 37 finalists for the top prize of a $50 Davenport Hotel gift card, so far -- RayNTim, EddieTorreal, LetsTalk & SFrederickson. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

Gookin Defends Brick & Mortar Guys

October 1, 2014 - 11:48am
Spokane, North Idaho News

(KHQ video)

"If a guy comes and wants to sell hot dogs and asks us what the rules and regulations are, there aren't any," says Coeur d'Alene city council member Dan Gookin. Gookin says it was only after seeing someone selling knives next to a school that he realized the city can do nothing about mobile vendors. There is no ordinance governing them and that is something he's hoping to change. "There's a price of doing business in the city, unless you're a mobile merchant," says Gookin. The city is hosting a public workshop on October 1st to discuss the possibility of an ordinance that would regulate mobile vendors, for reasons Gookin says is simple public safety but also fairness. "At the end of the season these guys just pull up their stakes and then they're gone, but the brick and mortar guys are still here, they're fighting for that business," says Gookin/Victor Correa, KHQ. More here.


HucksOnline Blogos Rdp -- 10.1.14

October 1, 2014 - 11:30am

From city spokesman Keith Erickson: "What do you picture when you think of a great community? We want to know! In recognition of National Community Planning Month in October, the city of Coeur d’Alene is sponsoring a “What Makes Places Great” photo contest all month long. Send us photos that you feel best represent the city and make this a great place to live or visit." Winning entry will win a free lunch with Mayor Steve Widmyer. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday): 7058 pageviews/4450 unique views, and (for September 2014): 153,095 pageview/96,073 unique views, and (for YTD): 1,589,744 pageviews/958,095 unique views.

He's On His Way

October 1, 2014 - 11:15am

The sun is sliding southward,
the autumnal line's been crossed,
you better find your long johns
cause we'll soon see Old Jack Frost.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

AM Scanner Traffic -- 10.1.14

October 1, 2014 - 11:12am
  • 11:54 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Hayden City Hall, 8930 Govt Way/Hayden.
  • 11:52 a.m. A male & a female are on back porch of Post Falls home, yelling at each other.
  • 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept 30-Oct 1 here.
  • 11:14 a.m. 3 vehicles passed together unsafely @ n/b H41/Hayden, including black pickup & Chevy Nova.
  • 11:12 a.m. Dog running loose @ 3600 block of Adidas Lane/Post Falls.
  • 11:05 a.m. KCSO property crimes report for Sept 26-30 here.
  • 10:25 a.m. Caller from 20700 block of H97 reports someone is missing (no more information).
  • 10:08 a.m. Randall wants to speak to KCSDeputy re: property line dispute.
  • 10:04 a.m. Someone has fallen @ 1500 block of Stratford Drive/Hayden & can't get up.
  • 10:03 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Hayden Lake Dialysis, 7600 Mineral/Hayden.
  • 9:28 a.m. Friend is concerned re: medical condition of Post Falls male driving green Ford pickup w/brown trim.
  • 9:26 a.m. PFPD officers are looking for green Honda Accord, stolen in Post Falls about 9 PM Tuesday.
  • 9:25 a.m. KCSDeputies are looking for blue 2004 Jeep Liberty, stolen from Blanchard about 7 AM today.
  • 8:35 a.m. Officer has gone thru intersection of Atlas/Prairie twice w/o smelling natural gas.
  • 8:21 a.m. Caller reports male camped in sleeping bags on east side of Rathdrum RR tracks.
  • 8:19 a.m. Caller reports strong odor of natural gas coming from intersection of Atlas/Prairie, Hayden.

Poll: Regulate Food Trucks

October 1, 2014 - 10:44am
  • Tuesday Poll: Hucks Nation sez the city of Coeur d'Alene should regulate the growing food truck industry in town, at least a little more. 55 of 152 respondents (36.18%) said the city should tighten rules for food trucks. 42 of 152 respondents (27.63%) said the city should tighten regulations "a little." 43 of 152 respondents (28.29%) said the rules should stay as they are. 12 (7.89%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Who's responsible for the culture of violence against women & children in the NFL?

Who's To Blame For NFL Bad Boys?

October 1, 2014 - 10:36am

Texas coach Charlie Strong met with embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last Sunday and the two concluded that college coaches need to do more to prepare their players. Goodell has faced heightened scrutiny in the wake of a number of recent domestic violence scandals, most notably that involving Ray Rice and accusations that the NFL did not adequately investigate the incident or punish the player involved. Strong said that colleges were sending players of questionable character to the NFL. On Tuesday the head coaches at Washington’s two FBS programs offered dissenting opinions/Jacob Thorpe, SR. (SR photo: Mike Leach says any player who hits a female would be dismissed immediately at WSU)

Question: Who's to blame for the bad behavior of professional football players -- the NFL or the colleges that nurtured them?

Portland Cops Chase Doughnut Truck

October 1, 2014 - 10:26am

Police chasing after doughnuts — am I stuck in one of Uncle Larry’s jokes? No, not this time: Someone stole a van full of doughnuts and led police on a merry chase for it through Portland, OR, before cops were able to apprehend the suspect and make him drop a pilfered pastry he was apparently munching on during the pursuit. No doughnut left behind. According to FOX 12 Oregon, a delivery driver from a local doughnut store had stopped his van at one point to make a delivery, leaving it unlocked with the keys inside. With such tantalizing treats sitting there for the taking, the van was stolen at some point. Police caught up with the vehicle, turning on the flashing lights to pull it over, but the driver instead sped off with officials chasing after/Consumerist. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes: Bacon maple bars from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland are shown)

Question: Why do we have the impression that cops eat a lot of doughnuts?

Washington Drafts River Flow Rules

October 1, 2014 - 10:12am

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to improve the Spokane River’s water quality. Now state regulators say it’s time to ensure that the urban waterway has enough flow to support healthy fish populations and recreational uses. To help achieve that goal, the state Department of Ecology has drafted rules for how much water should flow in the river. They would apply to Spokane County and part of Stevens County. “It’s kind of like a water right for the public,” said Guy Gregory, a hydrogeologist for the Ecology Department. “It protects the surface water uses the public has an interest in.” Public comment will be accepted on the proposal through Nov. 7, with a decision expected by January. But critics already say the agency’s proposal isn’t adequate/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (SR photo by Tyler Tjomsland: Gregory Arut fishes on a tranquil portion of the Spokane River on Tuesday south of Nine Mile Falls)

Question: Are you concerned that Washington is drafting flow rules for the Spokane River?

AM Headlines -- 10.1.14

October 1, 2014 - 10:12am

In this March 29, 2012, AP file photo, Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore puts on his makeup before a performance in Billings, Mont. Creekmore, the world's oldest clown, died Saturday night of complications from heart disease at his home in Billings, Mont. He was 98. Story here. (AP file photo: Matthew Brown)