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What Is It?

October 2, 2014 - 3:19pm

I received a Facebook email from a FBF. She asks: "Any idea what this is? On a telephone pole NW of the 9th Street overpass." My guess. Some sort of speed radar device. Didn't we talk about something like this a month or so ago. How about you?

DFO: I have the answer to my original question: What is this? CPD tells Huckleberries that it's a Jamartech device (Click here). It's purpose is to check traffic/speeds in an area to determine when is the best time of day to deploy traffic officers, if necessary. CPD uses these devices after receiving neighborhood complaints about speeding traffic. Often, an officer will be deployed but won't catch anyone because s/he is there at the wrong time of day. The device doesn't take photos of license plates.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 10.2.14

October 2, 2014 - 2:53pm

The first Peanuts comic strip, by Charles Schulz, appeared on this date in 1950. You'd know trivia like this if you read Paul Turner's Slice blog. Paul writes: "I mostly bailed on “Peanuts” long before Schulz died. But back around the time of this 1965 magazine story, Charlie Brown and Co. seemed like friends of mine. Is that how you felt?" (Photo:

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Oct. 1): 5928 page-view/3770 unique views

Question: Why were you a fan of "Peanuts"?


October 2, 2014 - 2:41pm

I'm the go-to person in my house when it comes to dispatching spiders. Yeah, we sprayed around the outside of the place. But they still get in. I've dispatched 3 so far. I hear a mini-scream from Mrs. O, which is my cue to get a rolled up newspaper and execute the unfortunate arachnid that decided to go toward the light (rather than hide in its dark corner or crack. I've been bitten once by a spider (in the garden while listening on the radio to the late Dave Niehaus of the Seattle Mariners talk about the 19th Century Cleveland Spiders, believe it or not). Spiders don't give me the creeps, unless I'm in the garage lifting weights -- and one of the fast ones makes a dart for me. How about you? (SR file photo: Garden spider)

Question: Who takes care of the spiders in your house at this point in the fall, when they move toward the house?

Are You Talking To Me?

October 2, 2014 - 2:25pm

A heron seems to ignore the “No Diving” and “No Swimming” signs at the launching dock at Lewiston’s Southway boat ramp, but it doesn’t say you can’t fish there. (Lewiston Tribune photo: Barry Kough)

GOP Guvs Trying To Save Butch

October 2, 2014 - 1:49pm

This is certainly unexpected. The Republican Governors Association is spending what they describe as "six-figures" in a race that hasn't been on many people's radars until now. The RGA describes Democratic Boise School Board President A.J. Balukoff as a typical liberal tax-loving politician, who would be a "perfect fit for California." The RGA also recently spent $200,000 in Oklahoma, another heavily Republican state that had been looking safe for Team Red until recently/Jeff Singer, Daily Kos. More here.


Ex-GOP Super Evans Backs Balukoff

October 2, 2014 - 1:41pm

Four-term Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Jerry Evans announced today his endorsement of Democrat A.J. Balukoff for governor.  "I have watched what’s happening to our schools with growing concern and frustration for several years. Despite an abundance of political talk to the contrary, Idaho’s public schools have been all but abandoned by our state’s leaders. We are not living up to our state constitution’s mandate to 'maintain a general, uniform and thorough' system of public schools,” said Evans. "As a lifelong Republican, it’s not easy for me to endorse a candidate from another party. But it is with enthusiasm that I endorse A.J. Balukoff’s bid to be Idaho’s next governor”/Balukoff for Governor news release. More here.

Question: Surprised?

Cindy And The Pitbull, Part 2

October 2, 2014 - 1:31pm

On her Facebook page, Cindy posts: "On my walk yesterday, what did I see, but the animal control truck parked in front of 'my' dog Arfie's house. The officer was taking a report from a meter reader. Seems 'Arfie' had escaped once again and this time he decided to have a meter reader for lunch. "In 20 years on the job, I've never had to use this," said the guy, pulling out a can of pepper spray. The guy loves dogs and showed me a baggie full of dog treats he carries with him. The officer stressed that what makes Arfie dangerous is NOT his breed, it's his unpredictability. She still seemed flabbergasted by Arfie's 4-mile walk with me, saying, the dog exhibited 'agressive behavior' on numerous occasions. I don't know what's in store for Arfie, but I did learn his owner had never licensed him and that he'd put garbage cans in front of the gate, Arfie had escaped from. The dog simply knocked over the cans and ripped the chain off the gate.

Question: How do you deal with loose dogs when you're out & about?

Sims Defends Vote Vs Health Center

October 2, 2014 - 1:16pm

State Rep. Kathy Sims, North Idaho College Trustee Todd Banducci and GOP Senate nominee Mary Souza (back to the camera) enjoy a laugh at the Kootenai County Republican Women's lunch today. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

At the Kootenai County Republican Women's luncheon at noon today, state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, explained why she voted against the behavioral health bill last session (that resulted in Idaho Falls getting a mental health center instead of favored Coeur d'Alene). In a letter that she circulated at the luncheon, Sims said: "The bill purports to provide for 'those Idaho citizens experiencing behavioral health crisis where an appropriate level of care to meet their needs is not available.' This is not the only vague term giving too much latitude in determining who gets help and when. The lack of a definition provided in the bill is deeply troubling. For example, what is the 'appropriate' level of care and who decides?" Full letter here.

Question: Does Rep. Sims truly represents the Coeur d'Alene community when she opposed a bill that resulted in Gov. Otter locating a mental health center in Idaho Falls instead of Coeur d'Alene?

On The Waterfront -- 10.2.14

October 2, 2014 - 1:04pm

On the waterfront during the noon hour today, I saw:

  • A young woman giving a young man a piggy-back ride on the Coeur d'Alene Resort Boardwalk.
  • A fisherman casting his line near the resort boardwalk bridge.
  • A sign announcing a Xeriscape (wild grasses & wildflowers) demonstration area will be planted in the small area leading to the 3rd Street entrance to Tubbs Hill.
  • A city employee spreading Coeur d'Green on the large grass area of McEuen Park, west of the children's playground.
  • A small plume of smoke coming from the east summit side of Tubbs Hill.
  • About 50-60 people, mostly young parents with young children using the McEuen Park playground.
  • A sunny near-cloudless sky shining down on a waterway with no boats but the huge resort vessels on it. Viewtiful.

Spreading The Green

October 2, 2014 - 11:53am

Larry Walter of the city's parks department spreads compost at McEuen Park. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

The new grass at McEuen Park continues to grow greener with lots of TLC from the city’s parks department. Crews this week spread 100 yards (the equivalent to about six dump truck loads) of fertilizer onto the popular park. Specifically, the parks department used “Coeur d’Green,” a by-product of the city’s wastewater utility. The compost is made from de-watered biosolids from the treatment plant that are mixed with wood chips. “Kudos to the wastewater department for their support in helping to beautify our parks,” Parks Department Superintendent Bill Greenwood said.

Question: Have you ever used Coeur d'Alene-produced Coeur d'Green compost?


Balukoff To Open Lake City Office

October 2, 2014 - 11:48am

Gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff has opened a campaign field office in Coeur d’Alene. The grand opening will take place at 4 p.m.  Friday at 1621 N 3rd St, Suite 200. Balukoff will make a short statement followed by hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. “I'm really proud to be opening an office in Coeur d’Alene because it shows how much support my campaign is receiving and how important North Idaho is to my run for governor,” Balukoff said. "I look forward to being there and encouraging my staff and volunteers to continue their hard work toward bringing new leadership to Idaho.”

Question: Did I hear right that the Kootenai County GOP will not have a campaign office this fall?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 10.2.14

October 2, 2014 - 11:40am
  • 12:09 p.m. Officer reports fire of about 10-by-20 feet on Tubbs Hill.
  • 11:56 a.m. Coeur d'Alene resident reports plume of smoke coming from top of Tubbs Hill.
  • 11:55 a.m. ISP officer wants backup to serve warrant on passenger in car stopped @ I-90/Cataldo.
  • 11:48 a.m. Suspicious male in trench coat, camo & face covering reported @ 6th/Coeur d'Alene, CdA.
  • 11:45 a.m. KCSDepartment property crimes for Oct. 1-2 here.
  • 11:43 a.m. CPD officer has trespassed someone from Woodland Middle School.
  • 11:32 a.m. 70YO female possibly broke arm in fall @ Aspen Nursery, 6075 E. Commerce/Post Falls.
  • 11:20 a.m. Officer on scene calls for funeral home (may be related to 9:59 item).
  • 11:07 a.m. Elderly male is weaving as he walks on w/b onramp @ I-90/MP 7 (H41/Post Falls).
  • 10:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Oct. 1-2 here.
  • 10 a.m. Someone has been hurt in a fall @ 500 block of Dolan Road/Rathdrum.
  • 9:59 a.m. CPR is in progress on unconscious person @ 1900 block of Joaquina Drive.
  • 9:57 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Kootenai Cancer Center, 1440 E. Mullan.
  • 9:56 a.m. Officers are trying to locate a person beneath H95 bridge over Spokane River, north of NIC.
  • 9:01 a.m. CPD officer is trying to locate parents after finding wandering girl.
  • 8:46 a.m. CPD officer wants someone to pick up Austin & two kids after citing him for suspended license.
  • 8:42 a.m. Elderly male hurt in fall @ 16000 block of E. 1st/Bayview.
  • 8:25 a.m. Officer tells animal control that she'll need help picking up large dead animal on Riverbend/Post Falls.

Food Porn

October 2, 2014 - 11:30am

On Get Out! North Idaho, Patrick posts: "Here's some lunch porn so dirty, I may get banned from Facebook. Roger's Burgers Double D with bacon plus fries and FRY SAUCE! Perfection."

Question: I just ate a meat loaf sandwich w/side order of tomato grown in my garden. What do you plan to eat for lunch?

Poll: Blame Individuals In NFL

October 2, 2014 - 11:12am
  • Wednesday Poll: Hucks Nation said the ones to blame for the culture of violence against women & children in the NFL are the involved players themselves. 85 of 147 respondents (55.82%) took that position. Meanwhile, 50 (34.01%) said the individual players, NFL & former college teams are to blame for the culture of violence. Other responses included: 7 (4.76%) blamed the NFL & 4 (2.72%) blamed NFL/former college team. 1 respondent (0.68%) was undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Should Idaho go green by banning plastic grocery & shopping bags?

Avista To Raise Idaho Rates

October 2, 2014 - 10:55am

Electric rates for Avista Utilities’ Idaho customers increased 4.2 percent effective Wednesday through a surcharge that allows utilities to recover costs from the previous year that weren’t included in base rates. Avista’s request for increase was approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. For a residential customer using Avista’s average of 930 kilowatt hours of electricity per month, an average monthly bill would increase by $3.76, from $81.88 to $85.64. The increase allows Avista to recover $7.7 million in power supply expense needed to serve customers that wasn’t included in base rates, according to PUC staff/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Just in time for winter. Anyone want to join me in giving a razzberry to Avista?

AM Headlines -- 10.2.14

October 2, 2014 - 10:55am

The varsity boys cross country race rounds the Idaho Air National Guard F-89B Scorpion memorial in Lakeview Park in Nampa, during the Gary Ward Invitational Wednesday. (AP/Statesman photo: Darin Oswald)

Quotable Quote -- Dan Gookin

October 2, 2014 - 9:38am

"A line needs to be established between permanent structures - such as espresso stands - and something that can be moved, even if it won't be moved. I believe the mobile merchants would like to know the rules as well; it's one of the first questions they ask the city when they go to do business. As these types of businesses proliferate around the county, it's growing more common for cities to have rules and regulations. The city is keeping pace with changing times" -- Councilman Dan Gookin RE: food truck controversy. More here.

Question: I thought Libertarians-turned-Republicans, like Gookin, supported less regulations, not more. Thoughts?

Downtown Spokane Displays Pink

October 2, 2014 - 9:35am

The iconic smoke stacks of Steam Plant Square will glow pink in the month of October for breast cancer awareness. Developer Ron Wells and representatives of Avista, the majority owners of the building, turned on the new LED lighting system and switched the color to pink after Spokane Mayor David Condon read a proclamation in support. Wells told of how his mother died of breast cancer when he was 17. You can see more of SR photog buddy Jesse Tinsley's photos of the pink smoke stacks in downtown Spokane here.


CdA Press Goes Pink Sunday

October 2, 2014 - 9:32am
It's #BreastCancerAwareness month. As a reminder, Sunday #CDAPress will be delivered in pink bags thanks to @kootenaihealth -- Live Well Cda tweet.

Question: Are you more aware of Breast Cancer Awareness month, as a result of all the pink reminders?

UI Student Has Bacterial Meningitis

October 2, 2014 - 9:30am

University of Idaho administrators are taking preventative actions today after one student was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis Wednesday. UI Dean of Students Bruce Pitman said university officials were provided preliminary information about the student's condition Tuesday and the diagnosis was confirmed Wednesday morning. Pitman said the student, who is not being identified, was doing well given the situation. Bacterial meningitis is an infection around the brain and spinal cord that typically results from a meningococcal disease that is caused by bacteria, according to the Public Health - Idaho North Central District website. Moscow Family Medicine will be on campus today to provide antibiotics to students in the same living group with the student or who came in contact with the man, Pitman said/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Would this concern you have you had a child at University of Idaho?