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I-90 bridge project remains on track

CdA Press - September 30, 2014 - 12:00am
The rumor that parts of the Interstate 90 Pinehurst Bridge Project were finished with substandard concrete is true, but misleading, according to District 1 Operations Engineer John Perfect.

Current Conditions : 60.1F, Mostly Cloudy - 9:50 PM PDT Sep. 29

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - September 29, 2014 - 9:50pm
Temperature: 60.1°F | Humidity: 72% | Pressure: 29.77in ( Falling) | Conditions: Mostly Cloudy | Wind Direction: WNW | Wind Speed: 3.1mph

Monday as of Sep. 29 8:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - September 29, 2014 - 8:00pm
Monday - Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 72F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Monday Night as of Sep. 29 8:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - September 29, 2014 - 8:00pm
Monday Night - Overcast with rain showers. Low of 50F. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tuesday as of Sep. 29 8:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - September 29, 2014 - 8:00pm
Tuesday - Partly cloudy with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 61F. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Cd'A teachers union ratifies contract

CdA Press - September 29, 2014 - 7:04pm
The Coeur d'Alene Education Association has ratified a contract agreement reached last week between negotiating teams representing the teachers and the school board. The tentative agreement was reache

Wild Card/Monday -- 9.29.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 5:25pm

Henry David Thoreau said: "The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation." I hope that doesn't describe you this Monday morning. If it does, I hope you can find some relief from your condition by reading Huckleberries Online this week. My goal is to bring at least one smile to your face this week. Now for the work week's first Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 9.29.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 5:21pm

Zachary Bozann, 9, of Okemos smiles as he looks at countless reflections of himself, appearing to the camera as nine heads joined together in an three-dimensional interactive art display called "The Infinity Boxes" by Los Angeles artist Matt Elson Sunday at ArtPrize in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., at the Devos Place Convention Center. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Jake May)

Top Commented Stories -- 9.29.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 5:11pm
The posts that attracted the most comments today are: "Banned ignorance" (16 comments), and: "KCSOffice goes pink for October (13 comments), "USFS rules gone wild (12 comments).

Top Comment Today -- John Bujak

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 5:08pm

John T. Bujak, Libertarian candidate for Idaho governor (RE: Idaho Chooses Life Backs Otter): Idaho Chooses Life came out against the Obama/Otter Care healthcare exchange saying, “ObamaCare is loaded with subsidies for the abortion industry, which is why Planned Parenthood is pushing so hard for its enactment. We are very worried about the move to voluntarily assist in the federal take-over of health care inIdaho. It jeopardizes conscience rights of employers, contains massive subsidies for the abortion industry and will lead to rationed care for the elderly and disabled." Otter brought us Obama/Otter Care. How can ICL now endorse Otter?

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Current Conditions : 66.2F, Clear - 5:00 PM PDT Sep. 29

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - September 29, 2014 - 5:00pm
Temperature: 66.2°F | Humidity: 55% | Pressure: 29.80in ( Falling) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: SE | Wind Speed: 8.3mph

Cutline Contest -- 9.29.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 4:58pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Facts: Children play back stage during the Arnold Classic Europe bodybuilding event in Madrid, Spain, Friday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Weekend Winner -- Psalm 37, with 13 likes: "Amal realizes she shouldn't have swam the canals in Venice after discovering a dog's face growing out of her head." You can seek Weekend photo plus all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.29.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 4:45pm
  • 5:33 p.m. Grass fire, 10-by-20-foot spreading quickly @ w/b I-90/MP 5 (Spokane Street/Post Falls).
  • 5:26 p.m. A wheelbarrel is lying on freeway @ w/b I-90/MP 8 (Huetter rest stop area).
  • 5:16 p.m. PFPD officer wonders why Spokane County officer passed him @ Poleline/Idaho running code.
  • 5:05 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 28-29 here.
  • 4:41 p.m. Someone has been hurt in a fall on Bonnell Road/CdA.
  • 4:21 p.m. Undisclosed animal problem reported @ 3rd/Greensferry, Post Falls.
  • 4:04 p.m. CdA neighbor tells man working in Rathdrum that ex-girlfriend is taking items out of his apartment.
  • 3:41 p.m. PFPD Facebook: Following areas hit w/yellow or gold graffiti consisting of curse words & phrases Friday PM/Saturday AM: New Vision School at 201 W. Mullan Ave, Auto Credit at 120 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls Library at 821 N. Spokane St, and Boys and Girls Club at 200 W. Mullan Ave.
  • 3:31 p.m. 19YO female in Kootenai Co called father in Arkansas to say she's taken pills in suicide attempt.
  • 3:11 p.m. Smoke reported in area of Emporia/Edwards, north of Twin Lakes.
  • 3:04 p.m. Fire alarm sounding @ Kimball office, 1881 E. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 2:43 p.m. Driver of 2010 red Toyota erratic, aggressive @ 21st Avenue/Compton, Post Falls.
  • 2;38 p.m. Local Conoco reports female driver appeared drunk after passenger bought six-pack of beer.
  • 2:35 p.m. 85YO male @ Highland Drive/Post Falls needs help getting up after fall.
  • 2:33 p.m. Male who may have skipped out on drug test stopped by CPD officer @ 4th/Harrison, CdA.
  • 2:32 p.m. 2 males, including one in local fast-food sweatshirt, in physical fight @ CdA S-1 lot, Kathleen Avenue.
  • 1:47 p.m. State Highway 200, near mile post 35 (b/n East Sunnyside Road and Bluebird-Hickey Road, 2 miles east of the Kootenai area) will be closed for an unknown amount of time due a suspicious device.
  • 1:44 p.m. 76YO male is suffering seizures @ Creekside Inn, 240 E. Kathleen/CdA.
  • AM Headlines

PM Headlines -- 9.29.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 4:39pm

A new public access on the Kootenai River at the Montana-Idaho border opens the door for anglers to sample recent trout fishery improvements. Meanwhile, a new Kootenai Tribe hatchery being dedicated in October at the confluence of the Kootenai and Moyie rivers aims to revive the native burbot – a freshwater ling prized by winter fishermen. Rich Landers' SR report here. (SR photo)

What's Going On At Old Hot Rod Cafe?

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 4:39pm

HDG Hissong/Hurtado Design Group has posted this intriguing message on its Facebook page: "Get ready, Post Falls, ID. HDG is going to bring the heat in your backyard...Though we are not yet announcing all of the details; we can assure you that 'Badass' is on it's way. The same love that went into Fire Artisan pizza, Crafted Taphouse, The Cellar, NUDO, Volstead act, the Boiler Room, Borracho, the Vault and 50 other places that we have poured our souls into, will be going into this massive renovation!! The original 'Hot Rod Cafe' is going to become exactly what we have needed in this town for the last 20 years. Our marketing and branding studio, "Propaganda Creative" is going to finish this massive remodel off with the perfect branding and attention to detail that you would expect in a Vegas restaurant. More here.

Question: Anyone know what's going on here?

City Expands Trail Onto Atlas, Prairie

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 4:23pm

Coeur d'Alene Today photo of expanded Prairie Trail. (Photo: Keith Erickson)

From spokesman Keith Erickson/city of Coeur d'Alene: "Coeur d’Alene continues to make great strides toward expanding and improving its trail system with an energetic focus on connecting neighborhoods with schools, parks, business districts and downtown. Recently, through a cooperative effort involving Greenstone Homes and the city’s parks and street departments, a new section of trail was built in northwestern Coeur d’Alene near Skyway Elementary School that connects neighborhoods in that rapidly growing part of the city to a vast and ever-expanding citywide trail network. Further west, a new section of trail runs along Atlas Road south to Seltice Way and will soon extend east on Seltice Way and connect to both the Centennial Trail and Prairie Trail." More here.

Question: Cool, hunh?

Building a healthier community one trail at a time

CdA City Blog - September 29, 2014 - 4:19pm

This section of trail recently opened adjacent to the Soccer Complex near Skyway Elementary School.
The city of Coeur d’Alene continues to make great strides toward expanding and improving its trail system with an energetic focus on connecting neighborhoods with schools, parks, business districts and downtown.
Recently, through a cooperative effort involving Greenstone Homes and the city’s parks and street departments, a new section of trail was built in northwestern Coeur d’Alene near Skyway Elementary School that connects neighborhoods in that rapidly growing part of the city to a vast and ever-expanding citywide trail network.
Further west, a new section of trail runs along Atlas Road south to Seltice Way and will soon extend east on Seltice Way and connect to both the Centennial Trail and Prairie Trail. It’s all part of the city’s commitment to building a healthy community, said Monte McCully, the city’s trail coordinator.
Currently, the city has reached the Bronze status as a biker friendly community as ranked by the League of American Bicyclists. Efforts are under way to attain Silver status, McCully said. Several factors will help the city move up to the next level, the League of American Bicyclists said in a report to Coeur d’Alene.
“Continue to expand the bike (trail) network and increase network connectivity through the use of different types of bike lanes, cycle tracks and shared lane arrows,” the association said, adding the city has excelled in several areas, including engineering, education and encouragement and has demonstrated “a sustained commitment to cycling.”
Another area of trail expansion that Coeur d’Alene has enjoyed success in recent years is building loop routes around the community to encourage recreational cycling. Such routes now exist around Riverstone, Ramsey Park, and the Kroc Center.
The city has until 2016 to apply for Silver status. McCully said there are several benefits of a great trail system.
“It can boost the economy by creating a community that is an attractive destination for new residents, tourists and businesses, while enhancing recreational opportunities, especially for children. It also positively contributes to the quality of life in the community,” McCully said.

Doellefelds Open Tilly's Cafe

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 4:00pm

On her Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson snapped this photo of Joe & Cindy Doellefeld after dining at the new Tilly's cafe in Post Falls.

An old farmhouse setting has become the home of a cafe with an old Irish name. Tilly's on Seventh opened last week at 212 E. Seventh Ave. in Post Falls. With table seating for 30, Tilly's offers a general menu with daily specials, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, kids meals, beer and wine. Owners Joe and Cindy Doellefeld plan a "soft" opening for a couple of weeks with phone, Internet, credit card options, a website and Facebook available soon. They formerly owned Stateline Speedway in Post Falls for 24 years. Tilly's opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The location is a former optical office at Seventh and William Street behind Les Schwab Tires/Nils Rosdahl, Business Bits, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you ever wanted to run a restaurant?

The Way We Were

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 3:56pm

I'm guessing that this was photographed looking west at 5th & Sherman. But I won't hazard a guess at when it was photographed. Patrick/Get Out! North Idaho posted this on his Facebook page. Any guesses re: when?

NIC Lands $6.4M Healthcare Grant

Huckleberries Blog - September 29, 2014 - 3:02pm

North Idaho College has been awarded a $6.4 million federal grant in order to partner with three other Idaho colleges to meet workforce demand in the healthcare industry through a collaborative network of training programs. The $6,438,050, four-year grant eclipses the $2.97 million grant that NIC received in 2012 to build the NIC Aerospace Center for Excellence, making it the largest grant in NIC’s history. NIC was the only college in Idaho to be awarded funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. “This is incredible news for our community and for the state of Idaho,” said NIC President Joe Dunlap. “It will, in essence, revolutionize the delivery of education and training for healthcare career ladders in the state of Idaho”/Tom Greene, North Idaho College. More here.

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