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Most Commented Post(s) -- 9.9.14

September 9, 2014 - 5:14pm

The posts that attracted the most comments today are: McEuen Park entry underwhelms (62 comments), and: Battered wife blames media (16 comments), and: Court unmoved by gay marriage for (11 comments).

Jamie: Don't Take It Out On Java

September 9, 2014 - 5:04pm

Jamie Lynn Morgan (RE: Patrick: Many unanswered questions): Soap Box Moment: To all those that are "Boycotting Java", especially other business owners, let's hope that an incident doesn't happen in or around your business that is out of your control that puts you in their shoes. Easy to say what you would or should do in a situation, when it isn't actually happening to you.

Question: I agree with Jamie. Anyone who'd hold Java on Sherman responsible for the police shooting of Arfee is clueless. Thoughts?

Sam: Arts Panel Gets R-E-S-P-E-C-T

September 9, 2014 - 5:01pm

Sam (RE: McEuen Park entry underwhelms): It's crazy how ornery people get about art, and how forgetful folks on this comment thread are about the other, numerous amazing artworks that dot the landscape of Coeur d'Alene. Trust me, what you have there for the arts for a city of that size is very rare. In fact, Cd'A's Arts Commission is extremely well-respected throughout the Northwest, and even here our Ferndale (Wash.) Arts Commission very much looks to their example on how to enhance a community through public art. It's the work of dedicated volunteers like the Arts Commission board that make me miss my hometown. A huge thanks for your dedication, despite the anonymous naysayers.

Question: Is this the case of a prophet is without honor in his own town? In other words, we're so close to the people involved in the Arts Commission that we don't realize that there work has garnered respect throughout the Pacific Northwest. Sam, a Coeur d'Alene native, is an official with the city of Ferndale, Wash. (near Bellingham).

Otter Unveils #TopicTuesday Series

September 9, 2014 - 4:56pm

The Otter for Idaho campaign has launched a new voter education video series called #TopicTuesday on the campaign’s YouTube page. Every Tuesday until the election, the campaign will post a short video with the Governor that outlines a topic important to Idaho voters. This will give voters an opportunity to learn about the Governor’s views and plans for the future, directly from him, each week leading up to Election Day. Today, announces an Otter for Idaho news release, discusses what it will take "to make the future for Idaho's next generation even brighter."

PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.9.14

September 9, 2014 - 4:45pm
  • 5:18 p.m. Car hits bicyclist near Bank of America exit near Target, 315 W. Canfield/CdA.
  • 5:11 p.m. Crash b/n Ford Bronco & passenger car is blocking Seltice Way/Idaho Street, Post Falls.
  • 5:05 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Post Falls Library/Spokane Street.
  • 4:54 p.m. Driver of black Honda passed 2nd vehicle on shoulder of I-90 before turning @ H41/Post Falls.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Monday, Sept. 8, here.
  • 4:32 p.m. Motorist w/extinguisher puts out small grass fire along I-90, near Huetter rest stop.
  • 4:21 p.m. Dog is locked in vehicle @ 1300 block of E. Mullan St/Post Falls.
  • 4:09 p.m. Noninjury accident reported @ 2700 block of W. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 3:59 p.m. Ambulance needed to transfer patient from Davis Lane/Athol to Hospice House.
  • 3:32 p.m. Diabetic suffering medical problem @ 3500 block of N. Cedarblom St/CdA.
  • 3:14 p.m. 2 females & baby leave site of possible citizen dispute @ C Street/Virginia, CdA.
  • 3:13 p.m. Female on O'Gara Road/Harrison complains re: racial problems.
  • 3:11 p.m. Person on front lawn of house @ C Street/Virginia has gun that was taken away from another person.
  • 2:50 p.m. Disabled vehicle is blocking turn lane at H41/Main Street, Rathdrum.
  • 2:44 p.m. PFPD officer tells dispatcher to contact student for parking illegally at high school.
  • 1:45 p.m. 17YO female suffering seizure for 20 minutes on Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 1:38 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 200 block of W. LaCrosse/CdA.
  • 1:33 a.m. Panic/holdup alarm sounding from Ramsey Road/Chilco, may be recurrent problem.
  • 1:18 a.m. Individual en route to get medicine from Medicine Man/Super 1, Post Falls, may be suicidal.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Cutline Contest -- 9.9.14

September 9, 2014 - 4:36pm

Time 2 Vote ...

The woman is Rebecca Redwine. She's carrying nearly 100 towels. She's competing in 10th annual Iron Range Housekeeping Olympics held Monday in Virginia, Minn. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Mesabi Daily News, Mark Sauer)

Cutline Contest: Scootermom, with 13 likes: "As part of the NFL head injury settlement, all players are now required to wear protective gear." Original AP Cutline: "Players encased in bouncy, blue orbs push downfield during Seattle's first 'Bubble Futbol' tournament. The sport originated in Europe and is quickly sweeping the U.S., with a recent spotlight on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” You can see Monday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Why Have I Stayed 30 Years At SR?

September 9, 2014 - 4:26pm

Editor Gary Graham called this afternoon to graciously congratulate me on 30 years at the Spokesman-Review. I checked into the Coeur d'Alene bureau of The Spokesman-Review on Sept. 9, 1984, and never checked back out. Gary asked a question that I've thought about a lot. "Did you ever expect to be in one place for 30 years." The short, two-letter answer? No. I figured when I moved from the Lewiston Tribune 30 years ago that I would stay awhile. But certainly not 30 years. This newspaper offered opportunities that my first five papers didn't -- size, a variety of jobs and a decent pay check. I began my newspaper career in Chico, Calif., working as a cub reporter in the final year of the newspaper's hot-metal days. I never could have imagined back then that I'd be blogging, Twittering & Facebooking for a living 4 1/2 decades later. Why have I stayed? Initially, I enjoyed the return to reporting and column writing, after 5 years as a managing editor (Kalispell Daily Inter Lake) and 2 years as a News editor (Lewiston Tribune). I've been writing Huckleberries (originally called Kootenai Grapevine) since January 1985. I was bored with local government reporting in 1993 when former Editor Chris Peck picked me for the Editorial Board. He wanted a voice from Idaho on the board. That was fun for the first decade. However, I was ready for something new when former Editor Steve Smith gave me his blessing in 2004 to launch Huckleberries Online (which was originally called No Holds Barred and then Hot Potatoes). This has been my passion since -- almost 10 1/2 years and counting. With the magic age of 65 looming in November, I've asked myself several times if it's time to retire. And been told by individuals older than I am that I shouldn't do so, if I still enjoy what I do. Which I do. I also believe that Huckleberries Online provides a service to the community that can't be found elsewhere. I labor for pay. I labor because the community looks here for news and opinion that it can't find elsewhere. I can't take that away unless I'm absolutely sure that I can't go another cyber step. When will I retire? When I feel like it. The calendar won't dictate that decision/DFO.

North Idaho Preps For Rail Disaster

September 9, 2014 - 4:13pm

Northern Idaho officials concerned about the increasing number of oil trains passing through the region are seeking a grant to create a regional response plan should a railroad catastrophe occur. The plan would include Boundary, Bonner and Kootenai counties, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported. Bonner County Emergency Management Director Bob Howard said the effort is prompted by a rise in oil trains heading west from the Bakken fields of North Dakota. "The Bakken oil issue is what brought this to the surface," he said. "Because we have so much of that going through our communities, we want to be as prepared as we can to respond to a spill"/Associated Press. More here. (AP File Photo)

Question: Do you expect an oil train catastrophe to happen in North Idaho in the next 10 years?

And Now A Word From Tom Sherry

September 9, 2014 - 4:09pm
The full harvest moon was beautiful last night. It will be out again tonight for your viewing pleasure!!! -- Tom Sherry/KREM2 tweet.

Question: I suspect that I use 5 to 10 exclamation points in a year. Maybe less. Tom Sherry used up 3/10ths of my yearly maximum in one tweet RE: the Supermoon. Do you regularly use exclamation points in your writing?

Ybarra, Jones Question Bonuses

September 9, 2014 - 3:55pm

Both candidates for state superintendent are questioning Tom Luna’s decision to award $151,000 in “retention bonuses” to senior managers — including four managers who have since left the state’s payroll. Nearly one-fifth of Luna’s bonuses went to former staffers, to the chagrin of both Sherri Ybarra, a fellow Republican, and Democrat Jana Jones. Ybarra and Jones are vying to succeed Luna in the Nov. 4 election. As a statewide elected official, the winner would have wide latitude to award bonuses to her staff. Using this latitude, Luna (pictured in AP File Photo) awarded bonuses of up to $9,998.40 to 22 managers — payments that exceed what an appointed state agency head could award/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

DFO: Every time Superintendent Luna does something goofy like this, I'm reminded how much I'm not going to miss him when he returns to the private sector. Seems fiscal responsibility only counts for Luna when he's running for re-election. Thoughts?

House GOP Condemns Bergdahl Swap

September 9, 2014 - 3:51pm

The Republican-controlled U.S. House voted today to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give 30 days notice to Congress about the exchange in May of American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the AP reports. Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador both joined with the majority in the 249-163 vote, though Bergdahl, who was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years, is from Hailey, Idaho. No Republicans voted no, according to congressional voting records, though five missed the vote; Democrats split with 22 in favor and 163 against, with 14 not voting/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the House GOP vote, which included Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador, that condemns President Obama for failing to give Congress a heads up on Bergdahl prisoner exchange?

Fernan Lake Health Advisory Issued

September 9, 2014 - 3:26pm

This water lily was in full bloom on Fernan Lake near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho as cooler temperatures arrived on Sept. 16, 2013. (SR File Photo: Kathy Plonka)

A health advisory was issued today for Fernan Lake by the Panhandle Health District and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. Water samples confirmed the presence of the blue-green algae species of Microsystis, Anabaena, and Aphanizomenon - all species can produce potentially dangerous toxins. Precaution is advised. These algae species may produce potentially dangerous toxins. Children and pets are particularly susceptible. In animals, a toxin that may be produced by Anabaena and Aphanizomenon can cause a rapid progression of neurological symptoms such as muscle spasm, decreased movement, labored breathing, convulsions and death.  Symptoms have not been documented in people. However, the public is advised to avoid any activity that could lead to ingesting the lake water considering the effect these algal species have on animals/Panhandle Health District. More here.


HBO Blogosphere -- 9.9.14

September 9, 2014 - 2:48pm

Here's another of the outdoor scenics snapped by Marianne Love/Slight Detour during a geocaching trip, east of Clark Ford. Blog post here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Sept. 8): 6665 page-views/4218 unique views

Shoshone Co: Idaho's Punching Bag

September 9, 2014 - 2:32pm

"All the Way with Vernon K:" That was a campaign slogan for Democrat Vernon K. Smith in the 1962 governor’s race and the rallying cry that I heard a few times that year in my hometown of Osburn. My dad, especially, thought Gov. Robert Smylie had been in office long enough and it was time for a change. Smith’s pro-gambling platform was an attraction to the Silver Valley, where backroom betting was a way of life in the mining community. Things were a little gloomy in our house when we found out that Smylie had won election to a third term. My dad explained that politics is controlled by those in the southern part of the state and it didn’t matter what people in Shoshone County wanted. During my professional career, I lived in Idaho Falls for six years and I have been living in Boise for the past 15 – long enough to know that Idahoans in the south are good people who do not carry pitchforks and have horns growing out of their heads. But in politics, they generally get what they want. And at the moment, there seems to be a conspiracy to prevent Silver Valley people from getting the kind of legislators they want in the Statehouse/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Do you remember when a Republican couldn't win an election in Shoshone County?

Taking A Break

September 9, 2014 - 2:20pm

On her tour up Lightning Creek, near Clark Fork, Marianne Love/Slight Detour also snapped this outdoor shot, of a small bird taking a break from flight on an old wooden fence. More photos here.

'Idaho Debates' Airs Fall Line-Up

September 9, 2014 - 1:42pm

The "Idaho Debates," a tradition of more than three decades in Idaho, has announced its fall line-up of political debates in advance of the November general election, including debates in an array of the state’s top races. The debates, broadcast live statewide on Idaho Public Television, are co-sponsored by the Idaho Press Club and the League of Women Voters of Idaho. Here’s the schedule:

  • Oct. 7, 7 p.m.: Idaho Secretary of State debate, featuring Republican Lawerence Denney and Democrat Holli Woodings
  • Oct. 9, 7 p.m.: 1st Congressional District debate, featuring GOP Rep. Raul Labrador and Democratic challenger Shirley Ringo
  • Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m.: Idaho state treasurer debate, featuring GOP Treasurer Ron Crane and Democratic challenger Deborah Silver
  • The rest of the schedule here.

Question: U.S. Sen. Jim Risch has canceled a scheduled debate Oct. 12 with Democrat Nels Mitchell, stating through his PRmeister that he traditionally participates in one debate -- and that'll be on Boise TV station KTVB. Do you care whether Sen. Risch debates Mitchell a second time?

Gathering Rust

September 9, 2014 - 1:36pm

Marianne Love/Slight Detour snapped this swell photo of old Jeeps rusting up Lightning Creek, near Clark Fork, where, she explained, "the name Viggo came up a few times. No Lord of the Rings king sightings, though." Ultimately, she and her traveling companions made it to the Henderson Ranch Wildlife Management area, east of Clark Fork. You can check out more terrific outdoors shots here.

Question: I've never owned a Jeep. Have you?

Raul Pushes Vote On Islamic State

September 9, 2014 - 1:29pm

Rep. Raul Labrador, a Tea Party favorite, is calling for Congress to debate and vote on further military action against the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State. Labrador thinks President Obama needs to sketch out a well-defined mission with a clear exit strategy in order to win Congressional support in his forthcoming speech to the nation. “If he’s going to go beyond the initial strikes, he needs to come to Congress,” Labrador told Here & Now’Robin Young. “He needs to get approval from us, he needs to get authorization. That’s what the Constitution requires and we need to have a robust debate on what we are going to be doing in that region”/KBSX 91.5. More here.

Question: Should President Obama seek congressional approval before expanding our current role in Iraq?

Admiral Keynotes Women's Confab

September 9, 2014 - 1:24pm

A four-star admiral who is the second-highest official in the U.S. Navy – and also is both the first woman and the first African-American to achieve that four-star rank – is among the headliners at the Andrus Conference on Women and Leadership, which kicks off tomorrow at Boise State University. Adm. Michelle Howard, vice chief of Naval operations (pictured in Wikipedia photo), will give the luncheon keynote speech at the conference, which starts at noon in the Jordan Ballroom. Conference organizers said “a bit of finesse” was required to accomplish the admiral’s visit, as either the chief or vice chief must be present in Washington, D.C. at all times; and the visit includes the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The conference runs through Friday at noon, and also will feature astronauts Ellen Ochoa and Barbara Morgan; 124th Fighter Wing Col. Sherrie McCandless; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Victoria Lipnic; retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Wallace: Great For Weekend Getaway

September 9, 2014 - 1:09pm

Mycha Theriault of gives the town of Wallace a shoutout: "A number of small community museums add to the appeal of Wallace’s historic downtown. One of note is the Oasis Bordello Museum, which is housed in a former brothel. Featuring the belongings of the venue’s colorful former occupants, it also houses an antique still and wine press. Similarly, the Wallace District Mining Museum houses historical exhibits and artifacts celebrating the area’s mining heritage. The North Pacific Railroad Museum is also of note, particularly if you enjoy exploring the history of trains and how they supported the development of original communities throughout the continent. Housed in the original train depot, it provides a peek into the area’s past." Full report here. (Photo of historic Wallace: Wikipedia)

  • H/T: DeePee

Question: When did you last spend some time in Wallace? What was the occasion?