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Pastor fights For religious freedom

August 24, 2015 - 8:37am

Speaking to a Republican group, Coeur d'Alene church leader Paul Van Noy warned that America is on the road to Babylon. But it's not there. At least not yet, so there is still time to stand up and fight for religious freedom. The senior pastor of Candlelight Christian Fellowship was a guest at the Panhandle Pachyderm Club's Friday meeting at Red Lion Templin's Hotel in Post Falls. "We're seeing the problems all around us," he said. He cited the case of the Colorado bakery owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Is Gookin worthy of 2nd term?

August 24, 2015 - 8:32am

Dan Gookin announced his bid for election to a second term on the Coeur d'Alene City Council, Seat 3. Gookin was first elected in 2011. "Four years ago, I promised as your councilman to welcome input from everyone, to scrutinize the budget, and to provide a high level of oversight and accountability. I would like to continue doing so on behalf of the citizens and taxpayers of Coeur d'Alene," Gookin said in a press release. One of Gookin's goals for his next term is to transfer control of the city's urban renewal agency from an unelected board to the City Council. "As has been done elsewhere in the state, I believe we can add accountability and oversight to economic development by having the City Council act as the urban renewal board," he said in the release/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you more/less impressed by Gookin today than you were four years ago when he took office?

Ripoff reminds of greater truth

August 24, 2015 - 8:23am

A funny thing happened to Keith Boe of Post Falls on a recent business trip to Seattle. Seems he stopped at a deserted gas station in central Washington for fuel for his Subaru, an energy drink and a restroom break. A couple of lowlifes in a trashed silver pickup eyed Keith strangely as he entered the station. Keith shrugged it off. The toughs were gone when he exited the building – along with Keith’s sleep apnea machine, laptop, luggage, toiletries, clothes, et cetera. Take it away, Keith: “It’s hard to get over the feeling of being violated, but it also makes me very thankful. I know that every day I am fed only by God’s own hand personally.” Rather than stew, Keith’s thoughts turned to that Sermon on the Mount verse (Matthew 6:26) that says God’s TLC extends to the birds of the air. Keith’s tale has a silver lining. In their hurry, the thieves overlooked $10,000 worth of Samsung gear in the trunk and Keith’s car keys in a cup holder/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Winton ribbon cutting this AM

August 24, 2015 - 8:17am

The front doors of the recently completed Winton Elementary School in Coeur d'Alene will open for the first time on Monday. Officials with the Coeur d'Alene School District will mark the occasion at 10 a.m. with a building dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. "All are welcome to join the celebration and meet the staff and families of Winton Elementary," District Spokeswoman Laura Rumpler wrote in a news release. Principal Karen Troxel, Superintendent Matt Handelman, and Board Chair Christa Hazel are all expected to give brief remarks during the ribbon cutting ceremony. The school's new flag will be raised, and a student chorus will perform as well. Winton Elementary teachers and students will be leading guided tours of the new school building following the ribbon cutting/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Jared Fogle

August 24, 2015 - 8:12am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Weekend Wild Card -- 8.22-23.15

August 22, 2015 - 1:23am

I was really hoping to ride my bike home in the rain Friday evening. I wouldn't have care if I got drenched, if it meant helping the firefighters battling the devastating wildfires across the region. This summer is one for the ages, in terms of heat and weather. In terms of blogging, Huckleberries Online has enjoyed a record summer with page-views regularly topping 10,000 daily during what's typically the deadest season of the year. It almost hit 13,000 page-views Friday. The activity will only increase as we begin next week because the city council filing deadline begins. I'll see you back here Monday.

Parting Shot -- 8.21.15

August 21, 2015 - 5:32pm

Marianne Love/Slight Detour provides this amazing shot of the setting sun peeking through the smoke from her Lovestead in Bonner County.

TGIF Wild Card -- 8.21.15

August 21, 2015 - 5:22pm

Mrs. O & I enjoyed a wonderful evening of folk/blues tunes Thursday at viewtiful Riverstone Pond, provided by talented Ian McFeron (and band from Seattle) & and the Coeur d'Alene Arts & Culture Alliance. Our summer of concerts and community arts is winding down. I suspect next week will be the last one. But I wanted to give a shout-out to those who enriched my life this summer by providing the tunes and concerts -- Chris Guggemos of Handshake Productions, Kevin Jester of the Coeur d'Alene Arts & Cultural Alliance (as well as Architects West) and Jadd Davis of the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. The arts and culture folks in our community have made it special. Here's the TGIF Wild Card ...

PFPD Wants Daiquiri Factory Owner

August 21, 2015 - 5:03pm

Post Falls detectives have secured an arrest warrant for a Spokane businessman in connection with a credit card fraud investigation. Authorities have identified Jaime Pendleton, 42, as the suspect in that investigation which began in June. He was identified thanks to tips from the community after surveillance photos were posted to the department's Facebook page on July 21. Pendleton, the owner of the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory, is described as being a 42-year-old black male, 5'9” with brown eyes and hair. His bond has been set at $25,000 and has a warrant extraditable across the western United States/KXLY. More here.

ROW Adventures Owner Fights To Save Lodge

August 21, 2015 - 4:47pm

On Facebook, Coeur d'Alene's Peter Grubb of ROW Adventure Center, Sea Kayak Adventures and River Dance Lodge in Syringa, Idaho, writes of the scary times trying to save the lodge from central Idaho wildfires. Peter and his wife and business partner, Betsy Bowen, built the lodge in 2002:

"We're at our River Dance Lodge with a 50+ person USFS fire fighting crew, 2 big fire trucks from Jerome, Idaho (8 hours away) that came to help. Crews have cut dozer lines and hand lines in a perimeter around the hamlet of Syringa where there are about 10 homes and our lodge buildings. Fires moved last night within about 3/4 of lodge. Looked better this morning after cool night air. Winds predicted for today have arrived, but not terrible yet. Fire moving towards us now - 2:30 pm and helicopter dumping water on it, but it's a big fire. We are in Stage 3 Evacuation mode. All our employees have left. We bought a 1975 Chevy Fire Truck and drove it down two days ago to have our own back up. So many fires going in the West and resources are thin. Six of our river guide crew came up late last night to help too with thinning of trees, bushes, etc. Hope where you live is not on fire."


Cutline Contest -- 8.21.15

August 21, 2015 - 4:41pm

Robert Burck, who performs as the Naked Cowboy, wears a bra as he plies his trade in New York's Times Square, Wednesday. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says women posing nearly naked for photos in Times Square are breaking the law and undermining efforts to keep the tourist area family friendly. The women pose for photos with tourists in exchange for cash and often wear only body paint and a thong. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Thursday Winner (tie, with 7 likes apiece) -- HFHayden: "John Kasich argues with a giant pumpkin, mistaking it for Donald Trump." And -- DFO: "Ohio Gov. John Kasich is disappointed that his Fairy Godfather didn't transform this pumpkin into a wonderful coach and his candidacy into something magical." You can see Thursday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.21.15

August 21, 2015 - 4:37pm
  • 5:40 p.m. Hitchhiker -- Male hitchhiking @ w/b I-90/MP 8 (Huetter rest stop).
  • 5:25 p.m. Hitchhiker -- Female w/pony tail & backpack hitching @ e/b I-90/MP 13 (4th St/CdA), traffic backing up.
  • 5:22 p.m. Injury Fall -- 79YO male hurt himself in fall @ 7100 E. Hudlow Road/Hayden.
  • 5:06 p.m. Smoke Check -- Back yard BBQ may be responsible for smoke @ 4th St/Buttercup, CdA.
  • 5:04 p.m. Structure Fire -- Fire charred back of Atalano's Mexican restaurant, 218 E. Appleway.
  • 4:45 p.m. Disabled Vehicle -- Red passenger vehicle blocking n/b lefthand lane @ H95/Prairie Ave, Hayden.
  • 4:37 p.m. Inattentive Driver -- Female driver of red mini-van @ e/b I-90/MP 13 (4th St/CdA: falling asleep.
  • 4:25 p.m. Patient Transfer -- From Kootenai Health to Hospice House, Hayden.
  • 4:24 p.m. Unknown Medical -- 67YO male @ Denny's, 1670 Schneidmiller Ave/Post Falls.
  • 4:17 p.m. Hazmat Problem -- 15500 block of W. Prairie Ave/Hauser.
  • 3:14 p.m. Lightning Strike -- Lightning split tree @ 2358 E16th Ave/Post Falls, causing natural gas smell.
  • 3:11 p.m. Suspicious Person -- CPD officer stops for shirtless, shoeless male in black sweats on Hubbard Ave/CdA.
  • 2:37 p.m. Injury Fall -- 73YO male may have broken arm from fall @ 13500 block of N. Greensferry Road/Rathdrum.
  • 2:36 p.m. Littering -- Male in car w/Texas plates tosses cigarette butt out window @ H95/Canfield Ave, CdA.
  • 2:33 p.m. Loitering -- Drunk transient wearing US flag, Army boots, @ Ground Force, 5650 E. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 2:29 p.m. Non-injury Accident -- 3-vehicle crash @ H95/Prairie Ave, CdA.
  • 2:25 p.m. Illegal Burn -- Workers from STEM Charter school, 15633 Meyer Road/Rathdrum, burning yard waste.
  • 2:12 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Male & female arguing @ Coeur d'Alene Albertson's, 220 Ironwood Drive.
  • 2:11 p.m. Breathing Problem -- Silverwood Theme Park, H95/Athol.
  • 2:01 p.m. Injury Fall -- 65YO male semi-conscious after hitting head in fall @ 5600 block of W. Orchard Ave/Hayden.
  • 1:53 p.m. Transient Problem -- County resident reports hearing male & female transient in woods near her place.
  • 1:42 p.m. Unconscious -- LaCrosse Health & Rehabilitation, LaCrosse Ave/CdA.
  • 1:28 p.m. Disabled Vehicle -- 4X4 pickup parked on shoulder of H95/MP 421 (Tall Pines Road) w/engine problems.
  • 1:23 p.m. Assault -- Male punched another male in face re: fight over parking space @ CdA Costco.
  • 1:14 p.m. Illegal Burn -- Resident @ 1500 block of N7th St/CdA doused fire; sez he didn't know it was illegal.
  • 1:13 p.m. Smoke Check -- Official believes smoke reported near Silverwood is from area fires.
  • 1:11 p.m. Medical Assist -- 1100 block of W13th Ave/Post Falls.
  • 1:03 p.m. Disorderly Person -- Male is damaging home on Trails End Road/Rathdrum.
  • 12:49 p.m. Traffic Lights -- Lights malfunctioning @ top of w/b I-90 offramp @ MP 1 (Beck Road/Post Falls).
  • 12:20 p.m. Drag Racing -- Subaru & BMW drivers racing @ s/b H95, near Bonner County line/Athol.

Fair Corrals Far-Flung Talents

August 21, 2015 - 4:16pm

The North Idaho Fair has highlights that are quintessentially Idaho – rodeo, demolition derby, country singer Craig Campbell – and some that are not, including acrobatic sea lions and a live shark encounter. The five-day fair in Coeur d’Alene starts Wednesday. Campbell, who is working on his third studio album, will headline the opening night arena concert, complete with fireworks, at 7 p.m. The Georgia-raised performer’s hits include “Family Man,” “Fish,” “When I Get It,” “Outta My Head” and “Keep Them Kisses Comin’.” Professional rodeo will follow on the next four days, including “extreme” bull riding Thursday at 6:30 p.m. A draft horse show and pull is set for Aug. 28, and the fair wraps up with the ever-popular demolition derby Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. More highlights here.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 8.21.15

August 21, 2015 - 3:58pm

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Aug. 20): 12,591 page-views/8,128 unique views

Latest Update On NIdaho Wildfires

August 21, 2015 - 3:44pm

USFS/Department of Lands news release with latest Northern Idaho wildfire update:

Fire Danger Rating:  EXTREME National Wildfire Preparedness is at the Highest Level (PL 5) Fires will start easily, spread rapidly, quickly increase in intensity and can be very difficult to control.  Stage II Fire Restrictions in effect within Grangeville & Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Restriction Areas. Complete report here.

Fistfight Over Parking Spot? Really?

August 21, 2015 - 3:05pm

A Scanner Traffic item this afternoon leaves me amazed. A hothead punched another man in the face during a dispute over a parking spot at Coeur d'Alene Costco on Neider Avenue. I can't think of many things that would cause me to resort to hitting someone with my fists. Mebbe something involving a threat to my wife or family. Can you think of something that would cause you to resort to fisticuffs?

Flashback: Fire Storm 1991

August 21, 2015 - 2:02pm

In this award-winning Spokesman-Review photo by the late Kit King, Gordon Maxwell dives over a fence as flames from Firestorm '91 rush towards him near Ponderosa. At the time, Maxwell is a cook at a local restaurant.

Question: Do you remember Fire Storm 1991?

Barville: Raising Boys Correctly

August 21, 2015 - 1:35pm

Last week when I read the article in Sunday’s paper about Idaho campuses targeting sexual assault, I held my breath for a moment, the way I always do when I read statistics about assault. I have a daughter. The article by Idaho Statesman reporter Katy Moeller repeats a statistic I’ve heard before: “One in five women will be sexually assaulted during college and it’s most likely to happen during their freshman or sophomore years.” My daughter moves back into the dorm in less than two weeks. She’s a sophomore. That statistic makes me sick/Jill Barville, SR. More here.

Question: What did you do to raise you sons to respect women?

13YOs Face Arson Charges

August 21, 2015 - 1:20pm

Police have arrested two suspects this week in two unrelated arson incidents that occurred on Tubbs Hill and Independence Point this summer. According to Sgt. Christie Wood, the first 13-year-old suspect was arrested Friday on one count of arson related to the Tiki Hut stand at Independence Point and returned to his father. But in subsequent interviews, Wood said, the teen allegedly confessed and was taken into custody and charged with two counts of arson, two counts of burglary and two counts of malicious injury to property. ... The city's Community Action Team was also instrumental in the arrest of another 13-year-old suspect who was taken into custody Thursday afternoon on two counts of arson related to the fires on Tubbs Hill.

Latest On Priest Lake Situation

August 21, 2015 - 1:13pm

Pecky Cox, our Eye on Priest Lake, emailed Huckleberries about noon that life is going on per usual at Priest Lake: "A little bit of nervous-ness and very (edgy) people. Obvious reasons. Lake looks sad and the whole atmosphere 'pinkish' with the sun trying to make it through smoke. ALL else is pretty much OK. Walkers on the trail even. NO REASON to panic (yet). I think. Nordman Bar is full of locals every night. 'Almost' enjoying the whole town gossip with smiles and beer. I just saw a boat pulling a skier which is I think "pushing it too much" due to air quality. Elkins Resort is so cozy with people enjoying Huckleberry Daiquiries on lawn lookin at golden sunsets (smoke). Did you ever watch 'Dolores Claiborne' movie?"