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CdA Cellars To Honor Sgt Moore

May 21, 2015 - 2:30pm

Coeur d'Alene Cellars just issued this news release:

"As a tribute to our men and women in blue everywhere, Coeur d’Alene Cellars, 3890 North Schreiber Way, is releasing a K27 label, honoring Sgt. Greg Moore of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department. $6 from every $26 bottle of K27 (No. 6 Red), will go directly to the Greg and Lindy Moore Fund, Umpqua Bank 1106 Sherman Avenue, CDA, ID 83814. 10 cases will be available for sale.  “We wanted to create a label as a tribute to Sgt. Moore and as a way to give back to the community and to help his family. Also, to recognize the men and women in blue who sacrifice daily for our safety,” said Kimber Gates, winery owner. Coeur d’Alene Cellars was established in 2002 and is a local, family owned winery."

HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.21.15

May 21, 2015 - 2:11pm

At lunch with a friend Wednesday, Marianne Love/Slight Detour couldn't believe her eyes when she saw swimmers in usually frigid Lake Pend Oreille -- in May. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, May 20): 11,258 page-views/7,392 unique views

Boston Red Sox Honor Sgt Moore

May 21, 2015 - 1:17pm

The Boston Red Sox posted this tribute to Sgt. Greg Moore May 13 on the team’s Fenway Park scoreboard. (Photo source:

The Boston Red Sox recently paid tribute to one of the team's loyal fans: Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore. "We received a request to acknowledge Police Sgt. Moore’s passing from someone who read that he was a Red Sox fan in his obituary," stated John Gonoude, a representative of the Red Sox franchise in Boston, in a message Thursday to The Press. "The scoreboard message was a small gesture from the club to pay tribute to a devoted fan who passed away so tragically." Moore was shot while on patrol March 5 in Coeur d'Alene. He died later that day. The suspect, Jonathan Renfro, is being held at Kootenai County jail on $2 million bail. The tribute to Moore was displayed on the Fenway Park scoreboard May 13, according to Gonoude. It did not appear during a game/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Will Scouts Reassess Gay Adult Ban?

May 21, 2015 - 1:15pm

Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, says the organization must reassess its ban on gay adults, saying, "We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be." Gates, a former CIA director and former defense secretary, warned officials in the organization in Atlanta today that failure to make changes quickly could spell "the end of us as a national movement." "I am not asking the national board for any action to change our current policy at this meeting," he said. "but I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was director of CIA and secretary of defense"/NPR. More here.

Question: What do you think the outcome on this issue will be?

WW2 Historian Reviews 'War Bonds'

May 21, 2015 - 1:07pm

Historical fiction writer and World War II historian Melissa Marsh posted this review of War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation on her blog, The Best of World ll. “Wartime brings out some of our strongest emotions, but arguably one of the most powerful is love. With the very real possibility of death hovering over them, men and women of the 1940s often rushed to get married before the soldier shipped off to war, or made a commitment to marry once the war was over. They often wrote ardent letters to each other full of dreams of the future. Those letters became the glue that kept them together when the fighting, the waiting, and the separation became too much. War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation by Cindy Hval brings many of those stories to life. A journalist, Hval gathered 36 stories from men and women across America and compiled them into this wonderful volume/War Bonds. More here.

Close Encounter w/David Letterman

May 21, 2015 - 1:02pm

Fellow Ball State University graduate David Letterman and I crossed paths once. Just once. I was a freshman in 1968 and Dave was a senior. I lived in Wagoner Hall, which at that time was a dorm for men only and was often referred to as the Animal House. I can assure you that it was far tamer than the movie. Dave and some friends established a radio station in our dorm with the call letters WAGO. The signal was only distributed to dormitories on campus. I remember listening to him on the radio once or twice but I have no memory of what he said on air/Editor Gary Graham, Editor's Notes. More here.

Question: Have you ever met a late-night, talk show host?

Flowering Downtown

May 21, 2015 - 11:40am

From the Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association Facebook page comes word -- and this photo -- that the flower baskets are in place again along Sherman Avenue. Also, walking buddy Greg Lee and I saw the geraniums back in place at The Coeur d'Alene resort. That means, I suspect, that it's time to plant your gardens, including warm weather crops.

PFPD Produces 'King Of Road' Video

May 21, 2015 - 11:33am

From Post Falls PD Facebook:

"Earlier this year, one of our Chaplains rewrote and sang a song for our department. It is based on the classic song, "King of the Road." Well there is now a video that goes along with it. We hope you enjoy it. Hi-Def Version at YouTube: This is the theme song for our Virtual Patrol Ride Along that we have been doing for over a year. Join us this Friday, May 22 from 4pm to midnight. We will be broadcasting live with the iOS Periscope App."

Surveillance Camera To The Rescue

May 21, 2015 - 11:22am

From Post Falls PD Facebook wall (Hit-and-Run Accident at 6405 Pointe Parkway, State Line Walmart) -- "RP (employee) found that their vehicle was struck while parked in the lot. After watching the video with Loss Prevention, it was found that another employee struck the vehicle. The suspect was contacted and admitted to it, saying that she was going to tell her supervisor at her next break but hadn’t had time to yet. Information was exchanged between the two and a citation was issued, signed by the victim employee."

Question: Do all those surveillance cameras in our society make you nervous? Or give you a sense of security?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 5.21.15

May 21, 2015 - 11:15am
  • 11:47 a.m. Officer who happened by detains male involved in battery in front of Qdoba/Ironwood Squre, CdA.
  • 11:17 a.m. Someone suffering seizure @ North Idaho Dialysis, 2100 Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 11:06 a.m. Someone is unconscious @ 800 block of Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 10:57 a.m. Motorist has parked blue SUV @ 32649 N10th Ave/Spirit Lake, blocking road for half hour.
  • 10:34 a.m. Officer has keys from male who took car from female w/o permission, now parked @ CdA Albertsons.
  • 10:23 a.m. Disabled vehicle near fog line @ e/b I-90/MP 24-25 (west side of 4th of July pass).
  • 10:14 a.m. CdA EMS en route to trauma injury @ Skyway Elementary, 6621 Courcelles Parkway, CdA.
  • 10:12 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported at Aspen Springs assisted living, 3254 Spirit Lake Cutoff.
  • 10:07 a.m. City streets worker reports drunk male fell in undisclosed CdA lot, spilling beer cans, then drove off.
  • 9:59 a.m. 90YO male having hard time standing @ 545 Garden Plaza Center/Post Falls.
  • 9:42 a.m. Dalton Elementary on Mt Carrol St/Dalton Gardens is conducting fire drill.
  • 9:28 a.m. Sorensen Magnet School, 311 N9th St/CdA, is conducting fire drill.
  • 9:07 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 700 block of Wallace Ave/CdA.
  • 9:03 a.m. Someone injured in fall @ 900 block of Elm Road/Post Falls.
  • 8:36 a.m. Male in car @ 13th Ave/Spokane St, Post Falls, watching children walk to school.
  • 8:26 a.m. Officer stopping for a hitchhiker @ e/b I-90/MP 14 (15th St/CdA).
  • 8:20 a.m. 28YO female needs ambulance after hitting face on stirring wheel in crash @ Atlas Road/Hayden Ave.
  • 8:16 a.m. 2 dogs are running loose in road @ Atlas Road/Hayden Ave, Rathdrum Prairie.

AM: No Charges From Prison Mess

May 21, 2015 - 10:28am

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson speaks during a press conference Wednesday in Boise, where she announced that her office has declined to press criminal charges against the Corrections Corporation of America in connection with an investigation into allegations of contract fraud and public corruption at a private Idaho prison. Listening at right is assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Maloney. Story here. (AP/Statesman photo: Kyle Green)

Another WW2 Hero Dies

May 21, 2015 - 10:16am

The world lost another hero when George “Bud” Garvin passed away on April 15. But like so many who served in World War ll, Garvin shunned the label. “I’m no hero,” he’d say. But how else do you describe a man who quit school and got a job to provide for his mother and younger brother when his father abandoned the family? What other word fits a man who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, landed on the beach at Normandy, endured the Battle of the Bulge and helped liberate a concentration camp in Germany as the war in Europe ended? According to statistics released by Veterans Affairs, World War II vets are dying at a rate of 492 a day. There are about 855,070 veterans remaining of the 16 million who served our nation in World War II. I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend time with many of these veterans – including Garvin/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here. (SR photo: Pearl Harbor Survivor Bud Garvin lays a floral lei at the base of a newly installed memorial stone Dec. 7 during a ceremony at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena)

Poll: Yes, We Voted

May 21, 2015 - 10:01am
  • Wednesday Poll: Almost two-thirds of Hucks Nation said it voted in a Kootenai County election this week. I don't know what to make of that statistics. If you're not fibbing, Hucks Nation is a center of committed voters who do their civic duty. After all, only 8% voted countywide on Tuesday, only 13% voted in Coeur d'Alene's $6M public safety bond election. At Hucks Nation, 118 of 180 respondents (65.56%) said they voted. Also: 14 (7.78%) said the elections didn't matter to them (slackers), 11 (6.11%) said the dog ate their ballot, 7 (3.89%) said they forgot, 3 (1.67%) said the weather was too nice to vote, and 27 (15%) marked "other" as their reason for not voting.
  • Today's Poll: Are you a member of the Coeur d'Alene Kroc Center?

Salamander Girl Wise Beyond Years

May 21, 2015 - 9:22am

If you walked in late to the Wild Idaho conference at Redfish Lodge on Saturday, the speaker would have appeared to be like many of the young professional conservationists making presentations on a cause they loved. As Ilah Rose Hickman addressed the annual Idaho Conservation League’s annual retreat, she stood tall and poised, and spoke with the wisdom gained from the five years it took for her to get her bill through the Idaho Legislature. Only when she revealed that she began her personal quest at the age of 9 was the remarkable strength of the 14-year-old Les Bois Junior High eighth-grader so mind-boggling. Hickman succeeded in making the giant Idaho salamander the state amphibian in the closing hours of the 2015 Legislature, when the House State Affairs Committee revived the bill it had killed early in the session. It quickly flew through both houses and was signed into law by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Am I the only one who think Ilah Hickman is going places -- and much sharper than your below average North Idaho legislator?

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Prosecutors Challenge Renfro Bail

May 21, 2015 - 8:57am

Prosecutors are not satisfied with a $2 million bail amount set for Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore's alleged killer. Court documents in Jonathan D. Renfro's case show the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office wants him held in jail without bail. "At the time this motion is heard, it is anticipated that the defendant will be subject to a penalty of death," Kootenai County Deputy Prosecutor David Robins wrote in documents signed Friday. "Given the weight of the evidence, potential penalty of death, character and nature of the defendant, and other factors ... the state motions this honorable court to hold the defendant without bail"/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Anyone out there who doesn't agree with the prosecutors, that Renfro should be held without bail?

1 Vote Settles Election

May 21, 2015 - 8:36am

The majority has spoken, even though it was just one voter. The Coeur d'Alene School District will annex the 38-unit Gianna Estates subdivision, which lies just west of Balser Estates on the southwest corner of Atlas Road and Hayden Avenue. According to Kootenai County Elections Manager Carrie Phillips, there are only two registered voters who were eligible to vote on the annexation. "The developer wants to be able to sell the property as being in the Coeur d'Alene School District," she said. Nathaniel Grossglauser, who is out of town this week, cast an absentee ballot, but couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday. His father, Bob Grossglauser, said he started the Gianna Estates subdivision which recently was sold to Viking Construction. However, his son lives in a house on the property. Grossglauser was surprised his son's vote was the only one cast/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Arpie: Bonner Co Good Guys Win

May 21, 2015 - 8:28am

Arpie (RE: Molander, Lewis win Bonner County seats): The good guys (in Bonner County) did indeed win handily, one with 70% of the vote and the other with 76%, in a strange election. Two challengers, aligned with the Tea Party, and anti common core got thumped. The strange thing is they wouldn't provide information to the paper or even a candidate profile to the school district for the website's voters' guide. This habit of the far right wing to only talk to others like them is really weird. Heather Scott and Sage Dixon do the same thing. There is a new web site called "The Voice of Idaho (TVOI)," that trumpets their causes and thinking. It was the first time I have seen yard signs for a school board election here.

Question: Is there a growing since among Tea Party candidates that they can win if they don't provide information about themselves to the public?

Kroc Center Exceeds Expectations

May 21, 2015 - 8:25am
Fitness Coordinator Kevin Nelson works with Roger Campbell at the Kroc Center’s weight room Wednesday in Coeur d’Alene. The Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center makes a significant impact on Kootenai County, contributing $20,604,203 in social and economic benefits to the local community in 2014, according to a national Economic Halo Effect study. (Coeur d'Alene photo: Kristen McPeek)

In a national Economic Halo Effect study commissioned by the Salvation Army, researchers at Partners for Sacred Places and McClanahan Associates, Inc. revealed that Coeur d'Alene's Kroc Center is beneficial not only to youths, but to the entire community, and the pools are just one small part. According to the study, the annual positive social and economic impacts Kroc Centers are creating in their communities total $258,178,776 nationwide with $20,604,203 in social and economic benefits to the North Idaho community in 2014. The economic impact is almost three times the 2014 Kroc Center budget of $7,438,000/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you remember the usual suspects who fought the construction of the Kroc Center?

Minimum Wagers Ready To Act

May 21, 2015 - 8:23am

Anne Nesse: McCall, Idaho just qualified for the ballot TODAY with sufficient initiative signatures collected during the winter of odd year to increase their minimum wage in the city, and help 700 workers out of poverty. We at Raise Coeur d'Alene Minimum Wage/or will be asking for the same raise for minimum wage in CDA through advisory vote of the city council. Stay tuned for more details ... "

Question: Will Idaho or any city in Idaho raise the minimum wage before the federal government does?

Letterman Signs Off

May 21, 2015 - 8:17am

David Letterman was ushered into retirement Wednesday by four presidents declaring “our long national nightmare is over” and a succession of stars delivering a final Top Ten list of things they always wanted to say to the late-night host. The taped intro of President Barack Obama and former Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush referenced President Gerald Ford’s declaration to the country when he took office following the 1974 resignation of Richard Nixon. Letterman sidled up to Obama to say, “you’re just kidding, right?” Ten stars, from Steve Martin to Tina Fey, delivered the final Top Ten list of “things I’ve always wanted to say to Dave.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, with Jerry Seinfeld standing nearby, said, “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.” Letterman said goodbye after 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night shows on CBS and NBC/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo: actor Bill Murray talks with host David Letterman after emerging from a cake to say goodbye)

Question: So now what are you going to do for late night entertainment without Letterman?