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New Biz Serves Boaters On Lake

July 28, 2015 - 9:57am

Four Coeur d'Alene High School graduates have launched a very unique business venture where all of their customers must arrive by boat. The converted houseboat with a fully functional kitchen is named The Buoy. It cranks out both hot food and ice cream bars to its customers who never have to leave the cozy confines of their own boat. Beside the fact that chef Graham Neff whips up his culinary creations on the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene, The Buoy is much like any other licensed mobile food operation. Freshness, refrigeration and clean cooking areas are all priorities on board the boat. "A big hit is our fish tacos. People are loving that, and and if you like something a little more spicy, our buffalo chicken sandwich is also a good one," said Gared Schneider. While the food on The Buoy is good, it's the convenience that really sets it apart/Jeff Humphrey, KXLY. More here.

Question: What do you think of this business idea?

Trump Leads NH By Double Digits

July 28, 2015 - 9:40am

Businessman Donald Trump has opened his biggest lead in the early voting state of New Hampshire, holding a two-to-one lead over his nearest 2016 GOP White House competitor, according to a new Monthmouth University poll. Nearly a quarter of likely primary voters support Trump, 24 percent, compared with 12 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker each attracted 7 percent support. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie follow in the poll, released Tuesday/The Hill. More here.

Former House Speaker Boyd Dies

July 28, 2015 - 8:54am

Former Republican Speaker of the Idaho House Tom Boyd of Genesee died Monday at the age of 86. Described as a "peacemaker" and "consensus-builder" who was respected by members of both parties, Boyd represented Latah County for eight terms in the Idaho Legislature, from 1977-92. He spent the last six years as speaker -- at the time, becoming just the fourth lawmaker since statehood to serve three terms in the House's top leadership position."I met a lot of good legislators during my time in Boise, but I only met a few great ones and Tom was one of those," said Mike Mitchell, a Democrat who represented Lewiston and Nez Perce County for 18 years, including six terms in the Idaho Senate from 1971-82/William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Rooting For Boulder-White Clouds

July 28, 2015 - 8:42am

The analogy of baseball season and the progress of Rep. Mike Simpson’s bill to protect the Boulder-White Clouds are eerily similar. After breaking spring training, Simpson’s H.R. 1138 — the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act — opened the season and the 2015 Congressional session with the kind of mixed reviews the Chicago Cubs get. Even though there was steadfast support from Idaho colleague Sen. Jim Risch and a growing list of jurisdictions and stakeholder groups, a collection of boo birds scoffed at the prospect of anybody finding a consensus in an age of gridlock and political grind. Some who might have supported it could never imagine Simpson or anybody else getting Congress to behave and get something done — especially if it involved designating something as wilderness, an extremely restrictive status. We are, and always have been, believers that Simpson’s long dedication to finding a way to bring added protection to this Central Idaho jewel of nature would pay off. We have cheered him on all the way/Idaho Statesman. More here.


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Study: USA's Health Improving

July 28, 2015 - 8:31am

Americans are reporting improved health and better healthcare two years after health insurance became available under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study of more than 500,000 Americans found improvements in insurance coverage, access to primary care and prescription medicine, affordable healthcare and overall health since late 2013. "Trends for these measures before the Affordable Care Act were significantly worsening for all outcomes," said Dr. Benjamin Sommers, who led the research as an adviser at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Reuters. More here.

Question: Do you think Obamacare is working?

Dog Alerts Family To Fire

July 28, 2015 - 8:24am

A puppy named Bonita is credited with alerting a Spokane Valley family to a fire early Monday that heavily damaged their apartment complex. Bonita started barking around 9 a.m. when a row of garages at the Broadway Square Apartments, 11910 E. Broadway Ave., caught fire. The racket alerted the dog’s owner, Tara Peters, who was at home with her 4-year-old son, Anthony. Peters said the fire jumped from the garages and tore through the attic of her family’s second-floor apartment. She, her son and Bonita escaped unharmed. “I thought we were going to lose everything,” Peters said/Chad Sokol, SR. More here.

Question: Would you trust your dog to wake you up if an emergency occurred -- or someone was trying to break into your house?

VW Passes Toyota As Top Automaker

July 28, 2015 - 8:17am

Volkswagen surpassed Toyota as the world's largest automaker in the first half of 2015, fulfilling a long-held goal, but the achievement came at a cost as U.S. quality remained low. Volkswagen sold 5.04 million vehicles in the first six months of the year, edging Toyota's 5.02 million despite quality slips in the U.S. General Motors, once the world's biggest automaker by a long shot, is now firmly entrenched in the No. 3 slot. It has not yet released its official first-half stats. The title of world's largest automaker means little from a practical perspective, except for bragging rights. But it does serve as an effective gauge of how global strategies are unfolding/USA Today. More here.

Question: Do you own a foreign vehicle. Which brand?

Clark: Dreaming Of Striking It Rich

July 28, 2015 - 8:17am

Everybody’s had a “Hit it Big” fantasy now and then, as in …

  • Nailing the Lottery for more than Saudi Arabia’s annual harem budget.
  • Going out for a run and tripping over a gold nugget larger than Tom Cruise’s vanity.
  • Having a dearly departed subscriber include you in his or her will along with a thoughtful message:

“Dear Doug,

“Thanks so much for all the many years of reading enjoyment. Please accept this $1 million gift as a token of my appreciation.”

Dreams – life is all about dreams. But wouldn’t you know? Every now and then one of those jackpot wishes comes true. Or lands close enough to make you crazy. My brush with riches began a few months ago, shortly after my sweet mom passed from the planet/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Do you dream of striking it rich?


July 28, 2015 - 8:10am

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Wild Card/Monday -- 7.27.15

July 27, 2015 - 5:14pm

Well, Ladies & Germs, we've reached the final week of July, which means Art on the Green is upon us -- and the days left to cross off things on your summer to-do list are running short. I was so busy during the first half of my summer that I don't mind coasting for a few weekends. Things have been busy here, too. I don't know what this week holds in terms of big-headline items. But I expect there will be something that'll fire us up. Here's your first Wild Card of the work week ...

Parting Shot -- 7.27.15

July 27, 2015 - 5:09pm

Randy Muscarella offers a taste of his banana split to his 10-year-old rough collie, Whiskey, outside Doyle's Ice Cream Parlor at the corner of Boone and Nettleton. Doyle's has been a fixture at that location since 1939. Muscarella moved to the neighborhood a few months ago.

True-Crime Writer Ann Rule, 83, RIP

July 27, 2015 - 4:58pm

True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83. Rule died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. Rule’s daughter, Leslie Rule, said on Facebook that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart failure. “My mom died peacefully last night,” Leslie Rule wrote. “She got to see all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.” Ann Rule’s first book, “The Stranger Beside Me,” profiled Bundy, whom she got to know while sharing the late shift at a Seattle suicide hotline. She has said she had a contract to write about an unknown serial killer before her co-worker was charged with the crimes/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Are you a fan of the true-crime genre?

Bike Crash Paralyzes KZZU AM Host

July 27, 2015 - 4:53pm

Ken Hopkins from the "Dave, Ken and Molly" show on 92.9 KZZU's morning show was involved in a bike crash on Monday evening, July 13, 2015. He suffered a devastating injury and at this point has no feeling from the mid-chest down. Ken slid on gravel and fell in the wrong way. Although he was wearing a helmet, his injuries appear to be very severe. Doctors are telling his friends and family that he may be paralyzed from the chest down/KHQ. More here.

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

July 27, 2015 - 4:43pm

Gold medalists Bill May, right, and Christina Jones, left, from the US compete during the synchronised swimming mixed duet technical final at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Sunday. You write the cutline.

Weekend Contest -- TwoZeroEight, with 11 likes: "So first I put on my hairpiece and then I screw it to my head like this," and, runnerup -- CDAGardner, with 10 likes: Trump discussing how "he's this close to naming Hulk Hogan as his running mate." You can see Weekend Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.27.15

July 27, 2015 - 4:38pm
  • 5:27 p.m. Reckless -- Drivers of silver BMW, black Jeep racing @ w/b I-90 before exiting @ Spokane St/Post Falls.
  • 4:58 p.m. Possible DUI -- Drunken male who was told by CPD officers 4 hours ago not to drive continued to drink. And now has driven off in an older Mazda pickup from 1300 block of E. Sherman Ave/CdA.
  • 4:29 p.m. Smoke Check -- Householder is extinguishing open burn after CPD officer visit (4:21 item).
  • 4:21 p.m. Smoke Check -- A lot of smoke coming from east-west alley @ 4th St/Wallace Ave, CdA.
  • 4:13 p.m. Freeway Closed -- A patrol officer has closed I-90 in both directions near the 7th Street bridge, where there may be concern re: a female standing on bridge facing west.
  • 4:06 p.m. Disturbed Female -- Caller reports female standing on 7th St bridge/CdA, looking west; she has her arms over her head "like the lady on the Titanic."
  • 3:39 p.m. Suspicious -- Male in 20s in checkered shirt & baseball cap looking in cars @ Black Bay lot/Post Falls.
  • 3:24 p.m. Rock Damage -- Male reports street sweeper, unknown location, has broken wind shield of his rental car, a black Chevy Equinox, by kicking up rocks.
  • 3:18 p.m. Non-injury Crash -- 2-vehicle crash is blocking H95/Miles Ave, Hayden.
  • 2:35 p.m. Suspicious Package -- Found @ McEuen Park garage, 504 E. Front Ave/CdA.
  • 2:09 p.m. Trauma Injury -- Male reports wife who had been mowing lawn has large gash across nose that's bleeding @ 4600 block of Atlantic Drive/CdA. He doesn't know how accident happened.
  • 2:05 p.m. Hit-and-Run Crash -- Female in Ford Fushion w/baby in back seat @ 2540 Henry St/Post Falls reports being hit by driver of 2-tone-blue vehicle, possibly a Honda, in nearby roundabout.
  • 2:04 p.m. Litter -- Insulation & construction material flying from truck @ w/b I-90/H41, Post Falls.
  • 2:01 p.m. Eviction -- CPD officer on scene of eviction @ 3100 block of N13th St/CdA.
  • 1:41 p.m. Fall -- Post Falls Walmart East, 3050 E. Mullan Ave.
  • 1:18 p.m. Fall -- Diamond Bar Road/Ramsey Road, Rathdrum.
  • 1:11 p.m. Disorderly -- Goodwill Industries, 1212 N4th St/CdA, wants male w/shaved head, camo shorts trespassed.
  • 1:05 p.m. Injury Crash -- Female complaining of shoulder pain after crash @ H95/Appleway, CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic (12 items)

For The Birds

July 27, 2015 - 4:36pm

I'm not going all Audobon on you. But I think I've become a bird watcher, to some extent. It started with humming birds. I set up a humming bird feeder in my garden and waited for the action to begin. Nothing. I watched the feeder for a week or so. I was about to give up when I noticed my neighbor had a humming bird feeder, too -- and it was getting action. A few days later, I noticed that the hummers were hanging out in my Russian olive tree. In the evenings, they fed at the neighbors and then played in the olive tree. Occasionally, one would hit my feeder in the garden. Then, I began to notice the other birds that were attracted to my bird bath. Fat Robin dominates the activity. When he's around, the other birds scatter. When he isn't around, the finches, doves and magpies move in. I call one Finch "Atticus." The Magpies, who tend to chase off the other birds, too, are: Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private. Dunno where I came up with those names. We also have a hawk that sits in the top of a neighbor's bull pine a morning or two each week. All in all, I'm amazed that I'm interested in the habits of the birds that visit my back yard. It's relaxing. Who about you?

Question: Do you pay much attention to birds?

Scouts End Ban On Gay Adults

July 27, 2015 - 3:09pm

The Boy Scouts of America have ended a blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion because of their faith. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that embroiled the Boy Scouts for years and threatened the organization with lawsuits, takes effect immediately. It was approved Monday by the BSA's 80-member National Executive Board in a teleconference/Associated Press. More here.


Otter Wants Prez w/Guv Resume

July 27, 2015 - 2:59pm

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter wants our next president to be a governor, like him. Otter, who called in to conservative talk radio host Bill Colley’s show on Twin Falls’ Newsradio 1310 KLIX Thursday morning, said that running a state is different than being in Congress, where you’re one vote out of hundreds. Otter has done both, and he said the country’s direction under the Obama administration — President Barack Obama is a former senator but was never an executive — has convinced him the next president should have that experience. “When you become the chief executive of the state, then you become a majority of one,” Otter said. “And you have to make decisions. You have to govern”/Nathan Brown, On the Agenda blog/Twin Falls Times News. More here.

Question: Would you prefer the next president to have a gubernatorial background, like Butch Otter? Or a congressional background, like Barack Obama?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 7.27.15

July 27, 2015 - 2:52pm

"Had a wonderful reading/signing event Saturday, at a local retirement center," posts Cindy Hval/War Bonds. "The crowd was enthusiastic and engaged and asked wonderful questions. But the best thing was that three very special people live at Fairwood. Melba Barton (left) is featured in chapter 16, 'The Farmer’s Wife,' and Barbara and Louis Anderson’s story is told in chapter 28, 'Keeping Time.'” More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of July 19-25): 57,736 page-views/37,321 unique views

Dieting Cat

July 27, 2015 - 1:50pm

Dr. Brittney Barton holds Skinny, who when found wandering near Dallas in 2012 weighed in at 41 pounds. Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed to 19 pounds with exercise and a special diet. (Jana Hipp via HEAL Veterinary Hospital & Pet Rehabilitation via AP)

Question: Is your cat/dog too fat?