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Questions For Carousel Fans

July 20, 2015 - 1:09pm

Commenter Eddie Torreal offers questions to Carousel supporters and city officials before they get too far along in planning to put the Carousel behind Memorial Field:

  • 1. Once installed, who will own the Carousel? Will it be owned by the city or a private organization? If it's a private organization, will they lease the site from the city?
  • 2. Who will operate the Carousel? The city or a private concession?
  • 3. What will the hours of operation be? Will it operate year-round?
  • 4. Beyond operating expenses, what will funds raised from Carousel operations be used for?
  • 5. If the Carousel doesn't generate sufficient revenue to cover its operating expenses, who makes up the shortfall?
  • 6. What measures, if any, will be used to abate potential noise issues (from the Carousel, not the Fort Grounds Homeowners)?

DFO: Anyone out there have questions re: the planned return of the old Coeur d'Alene Carousel?

Dolezal Still Struggles w/Identity

July 20, 2015 - 11:41am

In an article for Vanity Fair, reporter Allison Samuels interviews infamous, former NAACP chapter leader Rachel Dolezal, who still is struggling with her identity as the money runs low:

It’s safe to say that Rachel Dolezal never thought much about the endgame. You can see it on her face in the local-TV news video—the one so potently viral it transformed her from regional curiosity to global punch line in the span of 48 hours in mid-June. It is precisely the look of a white woman who tanned for a darker hue, who showcased a constant rotation of elaborately designed African American hairstyles, and who otherwise lived her life as a black woman, being asked if she is indeed African American. It is the look of a cover blown. More here.

Question: Have you had second thoughts re: the struggle for personal identity that Rachel Dolezal is going through?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.20.15

July 20, 2015 - 11:37am
  • 12:01 a.m. Seizure -- @ Boulder Beach of Silverwood Theme Park/Athol.
  • 11:59 a.m. Reckless Driving -- Male driver of gold Buick LeSabre @ H41/53, Rathdrum.
  • 11:51 a.m. Disabled Vehicle -- Tire on trailer being pulled @ e/b I-90/MP 4 (McGuire Road/Post Falls) blows.
  • 11:47 a.m. Ruptured Gas Line -- 3108 E. Point Hayden Drive/Hayden Lake.
  • 11:43 a.m. Officer tells 3 males to extinguish campfire on Avista Island/Spokane River.
  • 11:29 a.m. Motorist Assist -- Disabled vehicle @ w/b onramp I-90/4th St, CdA.
  • 11:28 a.m. Non-injury Crash -- Nissan & red sedan @ Maplewood Ave/Cedar St, Post Falls.
  • 11:15 a.m. Fall -- 1871 W H53 (cross of Knudson St/Rathdrum).
  • 11:14 a.m. Traffic Hazard -- Undisclosed hazard in median @ e/b I-90/MP 11.4 (near NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 11:11 a.m. Non-injury Crash -- Government Way/Appleway, CdA.
  • 10:43 a.m. Closed Road -- Chase Road is closed for construction b/n Poleline Ave/Seltice Way, Post Falls.
  • 10:40 a.m. Recovered Vehicle -- Stolen vehicle found @ 9th St/Front Ave, CdA.
  • 10:39 a.m. Environmental Hazard -- 1183 E3rd Ave/Post Falls.
  • 10:34 a.m. Smoke Check -- Campfire reported on Avista Island, near Post Falls dam/Spokane River.
  • 10:08 a.m. Traffic Hazard -- Rake lying in middle of H95/Spokane River bridge, CdA.
  • 10:06 a.m. Cardiac Problem -- 85YO male @ 1700 block of Dartmouth Circle/CdA.
  • 9:59 a.m. Abandoned Vehicle -- 500 block of W12th Ave/Post Falls.
  • 9:53 a.m. Confused Driver -- Semi trucker lost @ H95/Prairie Ave, CdA.
  • 9:52 a.m. Smoke Check -- 26500 block of Claim Court/Athol.
  • 9:35 a.m. Critical Care Transfer -- Patient, from Benewah Hospital/St. Maries to Sacred Heart/Spokane.
  • 8:44 a.m. Unwanted Person -- 1200 block of E. Lakeside Ave/CdA.
  • 8:42 a.m. Carbon Monoxide Warning -- House detector sounds @ 2800 block of E. Ferry Landing Ave/Post Falls.
  • 8:17 a.m. Campfire Warning -- KCSDeputy uses PA to tell campers to extinguish campfire (8:11 item).
  • 8:11 a.m. Fernan Lake Campfire -- 3 people are burning a campfire on shore at east end of Fernan Lake. All open fires are illegal in Kootenai County at this time due to very dry conditions.

Site For Cheating Hearts Hacked

July 20, 2015 - 11:34am

Ashley Madison, a website that helps millions of married people cheat on their spouses, has lost a trove of personal and confidential information to hackers who are threatening to release the data of more than 37 million users. News of the data hack comes at a time when Ashley Madison's parent company has raised its profile by backing a related TV show; its leaders have also discussed a potential $200 million stock offering. But now Ashley Madison, which operates under the tagline "Life is short. Have an affair," and calls itself "the most famous name in infidelity and married dating," is fighting to keep its customers' information off the Internet, after a group that calls itself The Impact Team posted some of the stolen data online/NPR. More here.

DFO: Is there a bit of poetic justice here?

Kickball League Stokes Friendly Fires

July 20, 2015 - 11:16am

The hollow thunk of a foot hitting a rubber ball rang out across Grant Park on Sunday afternoon. Dog-walkers, bike-riders and others out for a leisurely stroll paused to watch the unusual action. “Um. It looks like they’re playing kickball,” a man said to his companion. “Oh my gosh! They are,” she replied. There’s nothing unusual about kickball – it was the age of the players that drew attention. Sunday marked the launch of the second season of the BigFoot KickBall League. The league consists of seven teams from local restaurants/bars, and the players ranged from the college-set to the gray-haired, young at heart group/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

DFO: I haven't played kickball since grade school. How about you?

McCain: Trump Should Ap-hollow-gize

July 20, 2015 - 10:25am

John McCain said Donald Trump doesn't owe him an apology but should express sorrow to other prisoners of war and their families. "I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country," McCain said on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Monday. Declining by and large to mix it up with Trump, McCain said "I'm not a hero" but that he did serve with many heroes in Vietnam and they should not be denigrated. Trump's weekend comments about McCain — that he is not a hero "because he was captured" and "I like people who weren't captured" — have prompted calls for him to exit the Republican presidential race/USA Today. More here.

Question: Does Trump owe an apology to anyone?

Poll: Most Give To Campaigns

July 20, 2015 - 9:32am
  • Weekend Poll: Here's a result that surprised me -- Most of Hucks Nation has contributed to a political campaign. 116 of 221 respondents (52.49%) say they have donated to a political campaign. 103 of 221 respondents (46.61%) have not. 2 (0.9%) were unsure.
  • Today's Poll: Does it bother you that Idaho is out of step with neighboring states that allow some form of pot use?

Carousel Prompts Mullan Work

July 20, 2015 - 9:21am

Work on Mullan Avenue will be placed at the top of the list in master planning efforts to improve Coeur d'Alene's Four Corners region. The road is one of the major arteries into the Four Corners, which runs from Independence Point to the Bureau of Land Management corridor's western boundary near the east end of Riverstone. City Administrator Jim Hammond told The Press on Friday that there are two reasons the Mullan Avenue portion of the process was moving more quickly than expected. "Public safety was probably my priority," Hammond said. "I've been up and down that street enough in the summer and you see people running back and forth with cars passing in between pedestrians - it's just not safe." The second reason the city is moving forward with designs for Mullan Avenue, Hammond said, is the Coeur d'Alene Carousel Foundation. The foundation, which was created in 2010 and hopes to install a carousel near Memorial Field, has found a donor willing to give the foundation $500,000 if it can generate $250,000 in community donations/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust's Coeur d'Alene Press photo, with help from pilot Jim Van Sky from Big Country Helicopter: Mullan Avenue & the 4 Corners)

Question: Are you looking forward to the return of the old Carousel?

Hall: My Cow Can Whip Your Cow

July 20, 2015 - 9:05am

You may be surprised to learn that there are places in the world where people argue over milk cows. I have lived among farmers who used to argue about their cars and their cows. The cows mattered most. It was cars that fired up friendly arguments in the years immediately after World War II, especially in a choice between Fords and Chevrolets. To this day, I can still hear my father and the farmer down the road sorting out what they alleged was the massive strengths and failures of certain post-war autos. Ours was a Chevy family. The neighbors preferred Fords. Some families just have no judgment. The debate over cars was partly serious but mostly lathered in a lot of teasing among neighbors. However, there was one thing that mattered more to farmers than something as unimportant as a car. And I speak with respect. Cows!/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Have you milked a cow?

4-Day School Weeks Don't Help

July 20, 2015 - 8:57am

A new study by a rural education group examined the 42 of Idaho’s 115 school districts that have gone to four-day school weeks as a money-saving move, and found that none have seen significant savings as a result. “Minimal savings could be achieved by reducing time for hourly employees, but districts were often reluctant to take this step,” wrote researchers Paul Hill and Georgia Heyward of ROCI, the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho. “Contrary to expectations, some districts saw their costs rise as a result of the need for additional enrichment activities and after-school snacks during the extended day”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: If there's little benefit for school districts going to a 4-day week, should they?

Death By Emotional, Mental Torture

July 20, 2015 - 8:42am

If a person commits a murder so heinous he can never be trusted to draw another breath in free society, Idaho can impose life in prison without the possibility of parole. Or it can seek the death penalty. Just as often, however, Idaho has inflicted another form of punishment: Locking up someone in death row and then waiting for the years to take their toll on the inmate's body and soul. Since Idaho reinstated capital punishment in the 1970s, four death row inmates have died before an execution could be carried out/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Does it bother you that Death Row inmates suffer mentally and emotionally, and sometimes die before an execution can be carried out many years after they're sentenced?

Letter: Offense Works Both Ways

July 20, 2015 - 8:35am

Hey Grace Fletcher, you are offended because you observed a Confederate flag at the Independence Day parade; I am offended every time I talk to a liberal. If you really would like to be offended, travel through Mexifornia (aka California) and observe all the Mexican flags that are flown from every pole, every house, etc., even above the U.S. flag. That should be offensive to all Americans. So an Irish hat logo may be offensive to an Englishman and vice versa. HEY get over it/Norman S. O'Daniel, of Hayden, letter to Coeur d'Alene Press.

Question: What offends you?

H3 Dedicated To Honor Vets

July 20, 2015 - 8:25am

A ceremony dedicating the North Idaho Medal of Honor Highway route will be held at noon Saturday at St. Maries High School. Idaho Highway 3 from Spalding on the south end to Interstate 90 on the north end was approved by the state as the Medal of Honor Highway in 2011. Veterans groups completed the project by raising money for signs marking the route. Two large signs identifying North Idaho’s 13 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor – the highest U.S. honor possible – have been installed at the north and south entrances to the corridor. Smaller signs are posted along the route. Kevin Gonzales, of the Marine Corps Pappy Boyington Detachment in Coeur d’Alene, said having the scenic route designated for the valor of the 13 recipients is an honor and “a very important distinction” for the community/Mike Prager, SR. More here.

Bayview Rumors Scare Tourists

July 20, 2015 - 8:21am

Little Bayview can’t get any respect this summer. First, the Cape Horn fire chased residents from the Lake Pend Oreille community. Then, some quibbled about the adjective used by the Associated Press to describe Bayview: “upscale.” Now? Seasonal residents and tourists are MIA. Curmudgeonly Herb Huseland of the Bay Views blog blamed media coverage for giving the impression that the town is still in fire danger. On Wednesday, Herb posted: “While the permanent residents of Bayview are home, the summer people are not. Float home owners, boat owners and RV people are missing in droves. In talking to one marina owner, it is the over-hyped television media that is misrepresenting the Cape Horn fire status.” Much of Herb’s spleen was vented on area TV newscasters. Whom, I’d say (in venturing a dissenting opinion), performed well by providing the public and various agencies with vital info during the height of the burn. But Herb’s point is well taken. The sky’s clear in Bayview. As one wag said on my Huckleberries blog: “There’s no smoke in the air as long as the door to JDs isn’t propped open”/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Bayview Fire 100% Contained

July 20, 2015 - 8:13am

As the Cape Horn Fire winds down, so too will the personnel on the incident. The fire, which began July 5 and torched more than 1,300 acres, is now 100 percent contained. The Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team reported that today it will transition the Cape Horn Fire to the Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Management Team. Though this transition will result in the demobilization of many resources, the community of Bayview will not be left short handed. The Type 3 team will consist of many of the same components as the current team and is more than able to handle the incident/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: I'm amazed that only 6 homes were lost in this fire. The fire crews did an amazing job. Thoughts?

For Sale

July 20, 2015 - 8:03am

Lisa Benson/Washington Post Writers Group

Weekend Wild Card -- 7.18-19.15

July 18, 2015 - 12:31am

The turnstiles have been spinning at Huckleberries Online this year. The blog topped 1.5 million page-views on Thursday, easily the earliest in the year that it has reached that figure. HucksOnline set a record last year with 2.625 million page-views. And it's on a pace to easily pass that mark this year. I might have to hang around this joint until it eclipses 3 million page-views some year. I can't wait until the municipal elections heat up this fall. Then, there's the fun of the presidential year in 2016 (and all those local courthouse and legislative races for GOP nominations). Nothing but blue skies and record page-views ahead. Here's your weekend Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 7.17.15

July 17, 2015 - 5:00pm

Argentina's Karen Pereira performs with a ball during the Gymnastic Rhythmic Group all-around competition at the Pan Am Games in Toronto earlier today. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TGIF Wild Card -- 7.17.15

July 17, 2015 - 4:56pm

We start the day with the sad news that local softball icon Jim Edinger, brother of Ron and Dick, died last night. This, according to a city memo circulated by Recreation Director Steve Anthony this morning. The brothers moved to the area in the mid-1950s and have been heavily involved in community service since. More information later, as it becomes available. RIP, Jim. Here's today's Wild Card ...