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Current Conditions : 41.2F, Overcast - 6:16 PM PST Feb. 10

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 10, 2016 - 6:16pm
Temperature: 41.2°F | Humidity: 78% | Pressure: 30.23in ( Falling) | Conditions: Overcast | Wind Direction: SE | Wind Speed: 0.0mph

Hump Day Wild Card -- 2.10.16

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 5:02pm

I'm finally starting to tune in to the carnage, er, campaigns of presidential candidates on both sides of the political divide. I knew it would happen sooner or later. I simply didn't want to deal with the horse race that was in the GOP process, until the field was winnowed to an acceptable number. On the Democratic side, I figured former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in. I got figured wrong. I got Berned. I can't imagine being forced to choose between Cuckoo-for-Coco-Puffs Donald Trump and socialist Bernie Sanders. The former will blow up everything. The latter won't get a thing done with a Republican Congress in place. With that thought, I'll post today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 2.10.16

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 4:56pm

A man walks near trees along South Main Street in Lake Mills, Wis., adorned in symbols of affection, as residents in the area have affixed hearts to dozens of mature trees slated to be removed for a reconstruction and utility repair effort in 2018. The road, which doubles as State Highway 89, is a main thoroughfare into the city and is scheduled to be widened as part of the $5.2 million state and federally financed project. The decorations are meant as a visual tribute to the trees, many of which the city hopes to replace through a state Department of Transportation reimbursement fund. (John Hart /Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Transgender bathroom rule survives

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 4:42pm

Transgender people can continue to use restrooms and other public facilities based on the gender with which they identify. The Senate narrowly rejected an effort to repeal a rule approved late last year by the Human Rights Commission which allows people to use public restrooms, bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity, not their biology. On a 24-25 vote, senators sided with those who said transgender people pose no risk to others and the rule merely codifies a practice in place for nearly 10 years/Jim Camden, SR. More here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.10.16

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 4:37pm
  • 4:24 p.m. Abandoned Vehicle -- Pontiac Firebird still parked @ w/b I-90/15th St onramp from this AM.
  • 4:14 p.m. Dog Bite -- Caller reports being bitten by dog that he plans to track and shoot.
  • 4:11 p.m. Breathing Problem -- 81YO female @ 19th Ave/Spokane St, Post Falls.
  • 4:01 p.m. Possible Fire -- Electrical burning smell @ N9th St/Gilbert Ave, CdA.
  • 3:58 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Stepmother, stepdaughter fighting @ Atlas Road/Prairie Ave, Hayden.
  • 3:56 p.m. General Illness -- 75YO male fell down, lethargic @ Prairie Ave/Greensferry, Post Falls.
  • 3:46 p.m. General Illness -- 60YO female in pain @ Sunny Slopes Circle/Worley.
  • 3:45 p.m. Cardiac Arrest -- Kootenai Cancer Center, 1440 E Mullan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 3:14 p.m. Smoke Check -- Harbor View Drivew/Brentwood Lane, Lake Coeur d'Alene.
  • 3:02 p.m. Suicide Threat -- Female handed brother suicide note & left s/b on Spokane St/Post Falls toward river.
  • 3:01 p.m. Traffic Hazard -- A ladder is lying @ e/b I-90/MP 14-15 (b/n 15th St/Sherman Ave), CdA.
  • 2:51 p.m. Blocking Crash -- 2 vehicle accident on Prairie Ave, near H41/Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 2:26 p.m. Disabled Vehicle -- Tan Saab w/flashers on @ w/b I-90/MP 8 (Huetter rest stop area).
  • 2:25 p.m. Shoplifter -- Cooperative shoplifter in loss-prevention office @ Hayden Walmart/Honeysuckle Ave.
  • 2:23 p.m. Possible DUI -- Gray Toyota Land Cruiser driving in middle of Wyoming Ave/Hayden.
  • 2:21 p.m. Aggressive Driver -- Driver of Washington sedan reckless, tossed bottle out @ e/b I-90/Seltice Way.
  • 2:12 p.m. General Illness -- 2100 block of Oxford Circle/Hayden.
  • AM Scanner Traffic with 15 more items

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 4:24pm

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who finished second in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary, laughs as he speaks to supporters Tuesday in Concord, N.H., at his primary night rally. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Tuesday Winner -- HFHayden, with 7 likes: I'm not campaigning, I'm freezing! I heard some young people say something about feeling the burn and I'm trying to get warmed up. You can see the Tuesday Photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

Secretive hunt kills 20 wolves

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 4:15pm

Twenty wolves were shot from a helicopter in northern Idaho in the past week, part of a wolf-control operation designed to improve elk survival in the area. That’s on top of 20 more wolves killed by hunters and trappers in the Lolo elk zone over the past year, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. That zone straddles the county line of Clearwater and Idaho counties. The helicopter hunt is the operation the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board was trying to keep secret on Monday when the board had its budget hearing before the Legislature’s joint budget committee/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Lake City daycare under investigation

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 3:46pm

On Jan. 31, 2016, the Coeur d'Alene Police Department was contacted by the mother of an 8-year-old female who reported her child may have been the victim of lewd conduct by a 16 year-old male. She stated her daughter attends a private daycare located at 3707 N. Belmont in Coeur d’Alene and allegedly has been victimized on at least two occasions. The owner and operator of the daycare, a 42-year-old female, was allegedly made aware of the first lewd and lascivious crime, which occurred in August 2015, and allegedly failed to report this crime as required by Idaho statute. Subsequent to this first incident, additional sex crimes allegedly were committed at this residence involving the same juvenile male suspect. The latest incident occurred on Jan. 30. Therefore, the Police Department is investigating the owner of the daycare business for failure to protect minor children in her care (written as “Injury to Children” in Idaho code)/retired Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department. More here.

Malek opponent to address Tea Party

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 3:40pm

Attorney Art Macomber, who is running against state Rep. Luke Malek in the Republican primary for House District 4A, will speak to the Hayden Area Tea Party at the Hayden Library at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday, according to the Gem State Patriot. Macomber, managing attorney for Macomber Law, specializes in real property law. You can read more about Macomber here.

Twenty wolves shot from the air in northern Idaho in the past week - Wed, 10 Feb 2016 PST

The Spokesman Review - February 10, 2016 - 3:26pm
Twenty wolves were shot from a helicopter in the Lolo elk zone in northern Idaho, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday, in a wolf-control operation that lasted roughly a week and was designed to improve elk survival in the area.

Vicious-dog bill would end pitbull bans

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 3:08pm

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle introduced legislation this afternoon aimed at beefing up Idaho’s dangerous dog laws, but it also would invalidate a half-dozen local county or city ordinances around the state that ban or restrict pit bulls. The bill, introduced in the House Agricultural Affairs Committee, would set minimum state standards for dangerous dogs that bite people, and would allow local governments to adopt stricter rules if they choose – as long as they aren’t “specific to one or more breeds of dogs.” Moyle said, “Not all pit bulls are bad, but not all Chihuahuas are good. … I believe there’s good and bad actors”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you support this bill?

Current Conditions : 44.6F, Scattered Clouds - 3:05 PM PST Feb. 10

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 10, 2016 - 3:05pm
Temperature: 44.6°F | Humidity: 69% | Pressure: 30.23in ( Falling) | Conditions: Scattered Clouds | Wind Direction: South | Wind Speed: 0.0mph

Hey, ITD, how about Bonners Ferry?

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 3:03pm

Dear Idaho Transportation Department: Are you at all embarrassed by the way you have treated the good people of Bonners Ferry by waiting so long to repair US Highway 95 that runs through the City of Bonners Ferry that it is now the worst stretch of highway from the Nevada border to Canada? Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)/former Bonners Ferry mayor Darrell Kerby Facebooks.

Question: Do you remember when Highway 95 truly reflected former governor Cecil Andrus' description of "goat trail"?

Tonight as of Feb. 10 2:38 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 10, 2016 - 2:38pm
Tonight - Cloudy. Occasional sprinkles. Lows in the lower to mid 30s. Light wind.

Thursday as of Feb. 10 2:38 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 10, 2016 - 2:38pm
Thursday - Cloudy. A chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the mid to upper 40s. Light wind...becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.

Thursday Night as of Feb. 10 2:38 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 10, 2016 - 2:38pm
Thursday Night - Cloudy. A chance of rain in the evening...then rain likely overnight. Lows in the mid to upper 30s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Rainfall amounts around a tenth of an inch.

Blogos -- 2.10.16

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 2:06pm

"Twas a day for picking up poohs and watching dogs watch moose," posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. "As temperatures rise, those seemingly petrified brown deposits around the lawn are slowing loosening their hold on the ground." More text & photos here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Feb 9): 11,176 page-views/7,230 unique views

On the Waterfront

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 1:29pm

In our noon walk today, walking partner Greg Lee & I saw:

  • 6 vehicles and the Kootenai County sheriff's dive team disembarking at Third Street dock (for a possible training exercise).
  • An older male with a Lenten cross on his forehead walking an older dog near the McEuen Park basketball courts.
  • A man carrying golf clubs into the Coeur d'Alene Resort Shopping Mall.

Question: Do you see any signs of seasonal changes in your neighborhood?

Catching Air

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 1:27pm

Sunshine and warm temperatures brought out bicyclists of all ages to Mtn Dew Skatepark in Lewiston as the February heat wave settled in Tuesday in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. Forecasts are calling for continued sunshine today, with highs in the 50s across the region. (Kyle Mills/Lewiston Tribune)

Panel introduces 'gender-neutral' bill

Huckleberries Blog - February 10, 2016 - 1:19pm

Gender issues were the talk of the House State Affairs Committee this morning, as Reps. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, and Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello, proposed legislation calling for gender-neutral language in new state laws and rules. After much discussion, the bill was introduced, but seven committee members voted “no,” with some of them saying they’ve seen no signs that women suffer any gender-based discrimination. The “no” votes came from Reps. Batt, McMillan, Holtzclaw, Cheatham, Sims, Nielsen and Palmer/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Other Eye on Boise post today: