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SR News Quiz For 9.21-26.2014

September 24, 2014 - 1:44pm

You don't have to be an expert in current events to win our weekly quiz, but it can't hurt. All entrants in the weekly Spokesman-Review News Quiz are eligible to win two movie tickets, and our overall champ -- drawn from among the top scores -- will score a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: A building in the School of Communication.
  • Leaderboard: RayNTim & SFredrickson are the only 2 HucksOnline among the Top 25 in the running for the $50 Davenport Hotel gift certificate. All contestants qualify for drawing for 2 free movie tickets. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Friday

A Cheesecake For Grandpa

September 24, 2014 - 1:17pm

Every year around this time, Grandpa would show up with a grocery bag filled with cream cheese and graham crackers and maybe some butter and eggs. He had a deal with Mom, the oldest of his four children and the one who lived closest: If he would supply the ingredients, she would make him a couple of cheesecakes for his birthday. I’m still struck by the sweet and simple request. I don’t remember Grandpa, a humble and quiet man, ever asking for anything else. I asked plenty of him – mostly for rides. From school. To practice. To and from work. When I was older and his eyesight worsened and reflexes slowed, I was able to return the favor by taking him to and from bingo some Sunday nights. But I never came close to chauffeuring him as many times as he chauffeured me/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here. (Photo courtesy of Adriana Janovich: One of Jozef Kochel’s favorite desserts was Grandpa’s Birthday Cheesecake)

Question: Did you have a good relationship with your grandfather(s)?

Initiation: A Rite of Passage

September 24, 2014 - 1:03pm

Ritual is these days pretty much ignored or even despised, unless you're a gangsta wannabe who has to shoot a school-aged child to get yourself into the inner circle. Ritual – the rite of initiation – used to be of great value to this country, at least to its male component. The rite of initiation used to humble us and make us human beings. I can't claim to surviving Marine Corps boot camp training, as my father can. Nor did I attend the Air Force Academy, as my great kid brother did. But between initiation into Phi Delta Theta and a summer camp doing officer's boot with the USAF, I learned the lesson. Trouble is, the lesson has to be beaten into you. One purpose of the rite of initiation is to grind you down and humiliate you beyond belief. In this age of artificially pumped up self-esteem, the “attaboy” for showing up for school once or twice a week even as you drool in a stoned stupor on your textbook, it's outright archaic/David Bond, Wallace Street Journal. More here.

Question: Did you ever endure an initiation ritual of any sort?

Werner Has Seen Post Falls Change

September 24, 2014 - 12:56pm

When Terry Werner listened to a forecaster 25 years ago say Post Falls would someday be larger than Coeur d'Alene, he thought the prediction was outlandish. "I thought, 'What is he talking about?'" Werner said. "But when he explained that Post Falls has more vacant land, it started to make sense." Watching Post Falls grow during his 23 years as a city employee and six as a city councilman has further substantiated that prediction for Werner. When he retires Oct. 3 as the city's public services director overseeing the planning, building, engineering, street, water, wastewater, fleet and facility maintenance departments, Post Falls won't be quite as large as Coeur d'Alene. Coeur d'Alene had 46,402 residents in 2013 (No. 7 in the state), according to the U.S. Census Bureau, while Post Falls had 29,357 (No. 10)/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo: Terry Werner at Post Falls wastewater treatment plant)

Question: How long will it be before Post Falls is bigger than Coeur d'Alene?

Update: Bear Upstages BearCat

September 24, 2014 - 12:02pm

This black bear clings to a tree after being tranquilized by Idaho Fish and Game above the soccer field at Woodland Middle School in Coeur d'Alene this morning. The animal was then retrieved from the schoolyard and brought in to Idaho Fish and Game office for observation. It will be released back into the wilderness. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Update: F&G and school officials waited for the black bear to climb down the tree, which it did. When it was near the ground, the F&G officials shot the bear with a tranquilizer. They are transporting the bear to the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River.

SR photographer Kathy Plonka was en route to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office to snap photos of the sheriff's new BearCat military vehicle, when the SR received word that there's a 100-pound black bear in a tree near the softball fields at Woodland Middle School, off Kathleen Avenue. School resource officer Tom Sparks saw the bear take to the trees this morning. The bear climbed about 60 to 70 feet up the tree. The resource officer has called Fish & Game. We should have photos this afternoon, of the bear. And maybe the BearCat.


Fox Under Fire For Rape 'Joke'

September 24, 2014 - 11:54am

Stewie Griffin, left, learns to skateboard from his new friend, Bart Simpson in a scene from “The Simpsons Guy,” the one-hour season premiere episode of "Family Guy," airing Sunday. The Fox network isn't responding to suggestions that it edit the upcoming crossover episode of "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" to remove a joke where the punch line is "your sister's being raped." (AP Photo/Fox)

(The rape reference) punctuates a scene in which the incorrigible Bart is instructing Stewie Griffin in the art of the prank phone call. Bart dials the owner of Moe's Tavern and asks whether there is anyone there with the last name Keybum, first name Lee. When Moe calls out to his patrons, asking for a "leaky bum," everyone gets a laugh. Stewie thinks that's cool, and asks to make his own prank call. "Hello, Moe?" he says. "Your sister's being raped"/CBS News. More here.

Question: Has "Simpsons"/"Family Guy" gone too far this time?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.24.14

September 24, 2014 - 11:45am
  • 11:20 a.m. EMTs say transient on Centennial Trail @ Post Falls appears OK. The male is going to mother-in-law's in CdA.
  • 10:48 a.m. 50-60ish trainsient (10:39 item) on Centennial Trail, off 4th Avenue/Post Falls, appears to be drunk. He tells PFPD officers that his body feels numb & he's experiencing chest pain.
  • 10:39 a.m. Homeless male appears to be staggering Centennial Trail, off 4th Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 10:34 a.m. Boxes, possibly empty, blowing out of bed of pickup that exited @ I-90/MP 2 (Pleasantview/Post Falls).
  • 10:14 a.m. A disabled, white vehicle is blocking s/b H95/Honeysuckle Avenue, Hayden.
  • 10:12 a.m. A blue Pontiac Sunfire is disabled @ e/b I-90/MP 11 (NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 9:37 a.m. Undisclosed animal problem reported @ Conkling Road/Worley.
  • 9:34 a.m. 90YO male is suffering undisclosed medical problem @ Sunrise Court/Chase, Rathdrum.
  • 8:56 a.m. Driver of car w/substantial front-end damage leaving scene of crash @ s/b Ramsey/Kathleen, CdA.

HBO Blogosphere -- 9.24.14

September 24, 2014 - 11:37am

Firefighter Tom Hiltenbrand of the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department collected money for Muscular Dystrophy in the 2013 Fill-the-Boot drive. Coeur d’Alene firefighters will be filling their boots this Saturday, from 9 to 5 to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo)

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Sept 23): 6955 page-views/4309 unique views

Buffalo Wild Wings? Meh

September 24, 2014 - 11:21am
I don't think chicken wings are edible, so it makes no difference to me -- BreatheInTheAir.

DFO: BITA brings up an interesting point: Are chicken wings edible? I've wondered about Buffalo wild wings. Dunno if I've ever eaten one. But I know that chicken wings provide little meat for the effort. Can anyone explain what's the big deal about Wild Wings?

KCSO Wants Your Unused Pills

September 24, 2014 - 9:58am

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public a chance to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs -- for the ninth time in four years. KCSO officials are asking the public to bring pills for disposal to the Hayden Albertson’s, 161 W. Prairie Ave.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. More here.

Question: What do you usually do with your expired/unwanted prescription drugs? Trashcan? Toilet? What?

All Birthday Caked Out

September 24, 2014 - 9:48am
Just realized that between four sons and one husband, I've baked well over 100 birthday cakes. We don't much go for store-bought cakes around here. I need to go lie down, now -- Cindy, via Facebook.

Question: Are the birthday cakes in your family baked at home or bought at a strore? And/or: What kind of birthday cake is your favorite?

AM Headlines -- 9.24.14

September 24, 2014 - 9:41am

Experts gather Friday at the U.S. Forest Service nursery in Coeur d’Alene, which has been working on a rust-resistant strain of whitebark pine. The high-elevation tree is critical to alpine ecosystems, providing food for grizzly bears and other animals. Becky Kramer's SR story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Walkout Targets History Ed Changes

September 24, 2014 - 9:38am

Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay. The youth protest involving six high schools in the state’s second-largest school district follows a sick-out from teachers that shut down two high schools in the politically and economically diverse area that has become a key political battleground. Student participants said their demonstration was organized by word of mouth and social media. Many waved American flags and carried signs, including messages that read “There is nothing more patriotic than protest”/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo: Students protest outside of Ralston Valley High School Tuesday in Arvada, Colo.)

Question: Do you think our public schools teach history properly?

Seattle Targets Food Put In Trashcan

September 24, 2014 - 9:19am

Seattle residents who fail to separate food waste from trash will be fined under an ordinance approved Monday by the City Council. When the ordinance goes into effect next year, homeowners found with food scraps in their trash will be fined $1 for each violation, KING reported Tuesday. The fine is up to $50 for a business or apartment complex. Seattle Public Utilities estimates that about one-third to one-half of what now goes in the trash should be recycled or put in compost bins. The new law is aimed at helping Seattle reach its goal of having a recycling rate of 60 percent by 2015/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Would you like to see your North Idaho town fining residents for putting food in the trash?

Uncle Bob: Idaho Can't Manage Itself

September 24, 2014 - 8:58am

Uncle Bob (RE: Idaho Won't Secede Either): The concept of Idaho seceding is, IMHO, much like the silliness of the new federal land grab fantasy. Both are dumb ideas being pedaled by sneaky politicians mostly to provide a distraction while they embark on other silly quests which might actually work out for them (concealed carry in ALL classrooms, anyone? Where Utah goes, so goes Idaho). I have yet to encounter a single rational individual who thinks that Idaho could survive as an independent nation nor effectively manage federal lands. Since our alleged leaders can't even manage to successfully hold a political convention, it's a pretty safe bet they can't manage much of anything else of consequence.

Question: This could be the comment of the day. But I can't wait until 5 p.m. (Sorry, Uncle Bob). Bob brings this question to mind: What absurd thing will the "sneaky" Idaho legislators conjure to amuse/shock us in 2015. Feel free to use your imaginations.

Heritage Health Honors Dirne, Smart

September 24, 2014 - 8:50am

Lidwin "Lidwina" Dirne (pictured in 2009) and Dick Smart would hate that there are now two signs bearing their names at Heritage Health. During their time in Kootenai County it was never about them and always about the patients. But it's because of their humility and dedication to providing compassionate health care to those in need that Heritage Health is what it is today, Heritage CEO Michael Baker said. On Tuesday night, Baker and many others honored Dirne and Smart at the facility by dedicating wings of the building to them. According to Baker, it is through the efforts of individuals like Dirne and Smart that Heritage Health is able to provide access to health care to those in the county who either do not have insurance or cannot afford it/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: What would you want to be named after you when you're gone?

Jones, Ybarra Face Off In Debate

September 24, 2014 - 8:43am

In their first debate last night in Twin Falls, state school superintendent candidates Jana Jones and Sherri Ybarra took mostly similar positions on issues, but diverged on the 20 recommendations from a state task force for improving schools and clashed on whose background better fits the job, Idaho Education News reports. Asked to prioritize the recommendations, Ybarra said her top priorities were reading proficiency, professional development on the Idaho Core Standards and accountability systems. “These are the easiest to implement and get down to the classrooms.” Jones said her No. 1 priority is to restore the investment in the public schools system. “Over this last year we’ve lost so many good teachers. We need to take a good look at what we can do to recruit and retain high quality teachers”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Which candidate has priorities that line up with yours?

Edit: Otter's Report Buried Real News

September 24, 2014 - 8:33am

Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's latest snapshot on Idaho's economy reads like an account of a football game. The sky was blue. The temperature was pleasant. The crowd was brimming with enthusiasm. The hometown team scored a touchdown. Located in the fourth paragraph was the score - with the visiting team winning the game. Otter's Labor Department highlighted how Census data shows an uptick in incomes - median household incomes were up 2.8 percent vs. a 1.7 percent national average. Poverty rates also fell about 0.3 percent to 15.6 percent. All to the good - but Otter's administration buried the real news:

  • At $27,932, Idaho's individual median income is dead last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. By contrast, Washington's individual median income is $36,861 - putting it at 10th.
  • Idaho women earned a median income of $21,908, again dead last. In 2006, they were ranked 47th in the country.
  • For Idaho men, a median income of $33,623 was ranked 48th. Eight years ago, Idaho men came in 45th. More here.

Question: This is the editorial I've been waiting to read, one that spotlights all those last-place-in-rankings that Idaho has been piling up. In journalism-speak, Gov. Otter "buried the lead." Thoughts?

Inventor, 8, Wins National Contest

September 24, 2014 - 8:22am

Lash Laker holds up his invention: Seedboard, an agricultural product that imbeds fertilized seeds in recycled cardboard strips that then can be planted on Tuesday at Ramsey Elementary in Coeur d'Alene. Laker's invention took first place in a national invention competition called I-Cubed Challenge. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Lash Laker gathered up some materials from around his Coeur d’Alene home – cardboard, coffee grounds, wood ash and eggshells – and made a horticultural product he calls Seedboard. The idea is to nurture seedlings in the ground, locking in moisture, supplying nutrients and fortifying against insects. “It protects from many things,” the loquacious 8-year-old explained. “It’s protection from pests, keeps seeds safe from the elements and dry climate.” Laker has done pretty well with his invention, winning the Invent Idaho school competition, then advancing to the district, regional and state levels. Now he has won the national I Cubed Challenge, which this year had students explore innovations in sustainability. “This young man is going places, very definitely,” said Beth Brubaker, co-founder of I Cubed Inventions, a nationwide student invention curriculum and contest for students in grades 1-8. I Cubed, or I³, stands for “inspire, ignite, invent”/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever invented anything?

Wild Wings: Check Gun At The Door

September 24, 2014 - 8:18am

I went to take my son into the new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and on our way into the door I saw a big white sign that said, “Buffalo Wild Wings BANS GUNS ON THESE PREMISES.” When I was 4 years old, 1991, we lived in Killeen, Texas. I remember hearing the sirens after an estranged man by the name of George Pierre drove his 1987 Ford Ranger into the front windows of Luby’s Restaurant. He then started shooting all the customers. Suzana Hupp, whom is now a State Representative of Texas, left her gun she always carried in her car because of the recently passed gun law prohibiting her to carry. She was being a law-abiding citizen. She watched her parents get shot by George Pierre/Bruce Berry, of Coeur d'Alene, letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you more/less likely to visit the new Buffalo Wild Wings as a result of their no-guns policy?