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IdahoWhipple: Guilty As Charged

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 2:22pm

IdahoWhipple (RE: Author defends "Christian state"):As a World History Teacher I am guilty of several of his accusations. I do teach my students about Islam. Imagine that....teaching about one of the world's fastest growing religions and the impact it's had on our world. I do require them to know the five Pillars of Islam. After all, isn't it good to know what "drives" a particular group of people. I also share with them my experiences I had in Iraq when dealing with Iraqi people...their customs, how to interact with them, etc. I am further guilty of teaching about Christianity as well. Oh the horrible things being taught in my classroom.

Question: Do you know much about the major religions in our world?

Grade for 2015 Legislature? It's not good

CdA Press - February 27, 2015 - 2:21pm
Idaho legislators, you might want to look the other way for a moment.

Teen's Suicide Prompts Bullying Bill

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 2:13pm

Driven by the story of a gay teen’s suicide, a Boise lawmaker has introduced a law that would require school districts to take stronger steps to prevent bullying. Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, said she was moved after hearing Julie Zicha testify at the “Add the Words” hearing in January. “Her son was just mercilessly bullied and ended up taking his own life,” Rubel said. Zicha’s 19-year-old son, Ryan, killed himself in 2011, after spending his teenage years being tormented and beaten by some of his peers at his high school Pocatello. Zicha has become an outspoken advocate against bullying and for gay rights since then. Rubel said she has heard from many other people who have been bullied since she started to work on the legislation/Nathan Brown, Twin Falls Times News. More here.

Question: Does Idaho need a bill to crack down on bullying?

4 Corners Proposals On Display

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 1:38pm

From left, Lynn Schwindel, Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation commissioner Scott Cranston, John Bruning and Jon Ingalls, all of Coeur d’Alene, study a master plan map of potential Four Corners and downtown projects during a workshop in the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Thursday evening. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Devin Heilman)

From carousels to skate parks to ball fields to public trails, it seems everyone has an opinion about what to do with the Four Corners plan. Organizations and businesses that are or potentially could be involved with developing the Four Corners area had maps and posters on display for community members to view during a public workshop Wednesday evening in the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. People were encouraged to share their thoughts through comment cards and many organizational leaders and representatives were on standby. "I'm interested in the museum," said Jay Broderick of Coeur d'Alene, who stopped into the workshop for curiosity's sake. It was his first time attending a community input event. "Coeur d'Alene's looking really nice from Higgens Point down to beyond Riverstone, and this is a big part of it," he said. "This is pretty interesting"/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Which part of the Four Corners project interests/concerns you most?

Hey, Didn't You Used To Be ...

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 1:23pm
... A rhetorical question?

1 Year Ago: Hello, Toby

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 1:19pm

On Feb. 27, 2014, we were discussing this post on Huckleberries Online:

And the answer is -- Toby Schindelbeck. The question: Who is the candidate that the Rally Right/UCNI wing of the Kootenai County GOP will field to run against state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene? In a Coeur d'Alene Press ad today, Bob Pedersen's Rally Right organization invited people to come hear from Schindelbeck at a meeting scheduled for Nate's Pizza, H41/Mullan, at 6 p.m. Monday. On his blog, Schindelbeck is described as "a principled conservative leader." He goes on the attack against Malek immediately by pointing out that the freshman legislator supported Obamacare. You can read the campaign material (under news/blog) here. I suspect that Schindelbeck hasn't been in Coeur d'Alene long because he ran for the Chico (Calif.) City Council in 2012. More here. (Photo from Toby Schindelbeck House District 4A candidate Facebook page)

Question: Do you think Toby Schindelback has a future in elected politics in Idaho?

Avista CEO Earns Nearly $5.5M

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 1:08pm

Compensation for Avista Corp.’s top executive nearly doubled last year, as a result of bonuses and increases in pension values. Scott Morris, chairman and chief executive officer of the Spokane-based utility, received nearly $5.5 million in total compensation in 2014, compared to $2.9 million in 2013. Morris’s base salary grew 3 percent to $723,461, according to the company’s preliminary proxy statement filed Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He also received two cash bonuses/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Worth every penny?

Friday as of Feb. 27 1:00 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 27, 2015 - 1:00pm
Friday - Partly cloudy. High of 46F. Breezy. Winds from the NE at 10 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

Friday Night as of Feb. 27 1:00 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 27, 2015 - 1:00pm
Friday Night - Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 21F with a windchill as low as 7F. Windy. Winds from the ENE at 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

Saturday as of Feb. 27 1:00 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 27, 2015 - 1:00pm
Saturday - Clear. High of 43F. Windy. Winds from the NE at 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

Yesteryear: Gridley's Men's Clothing

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 11:36am

At Old School North Idaho, Keva Wolfe posts this photo of Gridley's Men's Store at 3rd St/Sherman Ave. By the time I got to town in September 1984, Gridley's had become Harvey's. The owner of Harvey's, I believe, served on the City Council in the mid-1980s. But I can't remember his name. Do you remember Gridley's?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 2.27.15

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 11:30am
  • 11:51 a.m. A dog is running loose on St. Maries Ave/CdA.
  • 11:46 a.m. A Beagle named Chester is running loose @ Mill Ave/CdA, near railroad tracks.
  • 11:33 a.m. Someone has been hurt in a fall @ 200 block of W. Hanley Ave/CdA.
  • 11:31 a.m. Ambulance transports injured motorcyclist to Kootenai Health (11:16 item).
  • 11:16 a.m. Motorcyclist down on pavement, injured, after single-vehicle crash @ H95/Sunset Ave, CdA.
  • 11:09 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 3500 block of Calzado Drive/CdA.
  • 11:03 a.m. Officer locates runaway juvenile @ 5300 block of N15th St/Dalton Gardens.
  • 10:51 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 1600 block of Havichur Loop/Post Falls.
  • 10:43 a.m. Possible animal abuse reported @ 2700 block of N. Howard St/CdA.
  • 10:34 a.m. Ambulance needed to transported from Kootenai Health to Hospice House.
  • 10:32 a.m. PFPD officer initiating traffic stop on "Jesse" 16th Ave/Jag St, Post Falls (9:23 item).
  • 10:19 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Fairwinds Retirement Community, 2340 Seltice Way/CdA.
  • 9:23 a.m. Resident of 13th Ave/Post Falls reports "Jesse" in black sedan w/broken window keeps driving by, honking.
  • 9:21 p.m. Caller is concerned that female in domestic dispute left his home at 1 a.m. but didn't return to her CdA home.
  • 9:08 a.m. Possible animal abuse reported in parking lot of Post Falls Super 1.
  • 9:07 a.m. Someone is suffering stomach pain @ 1000 block of Elm Ave/CdA.
  • 9:02 a.m. CdA resident reports someone has been sleeping in Ford van in front of her residence.
  • 8:33 a.m. Abandoned vehicle reported @ n/b H95/MP 413 (Elder Road/Worley area).

Sandi Bloem Reviews Satay

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 11:28am

The Thai peanut skewers are a tasty dish offered at Satay Bistro in Coeur d'Alene. (SR file photo: Kathy Plonka)

In the Inlander, former Coeur d'Alene mayor Sandi Bloem reviews the Satay restaurant: "I took three people with me [to Satay Bistro] and we tried several things. I had the chicken dish. And the filet mignon is well known at that restaurant, so we had that, too. And my daughter had the sea bass. So we had a great variety. We all had a chance to taste each dish, and all three were fabulous. There’s a sauce they’re making [a smoked tomato vinaigrette], it was on the chicken dish and on the sea bass dish. The flavor was spectacular. It was THE best chicken dish I’ve ever had. It was tremendous. I liked it because it was very unusual in flavor. It really was spectacular. The ambience in Satay is very pleasant. The way it’s put together, it’s a very special place. Our service was top-notch, and it has been when I’ve been there before." More here. (SR file photo: Thai peanut skewers are a popular dish at Satay)

Question: Have you dined at the Satay restaurant? Thoughts?

Current Conditions : 45.7F, Clear - 11:27 AM PST Feb. 27

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 27, 2015 - 11:27am
Temperature: 45.7°F | Humidity: 40% | Pressure: 29.80in (Steady) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: ENE | Wind Speed: 3.4mph

Author Defends 'Christian State'

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 10:32am

Yup, I'm the guy that drafted the "Christian state" resolution. Allow me to point out a couple of details not getting any notice: it's a DRAFT! Drafts are opening remarks for a subject that is to be DISCUSSED, not immediately publicized. Unfortunately, some individuals' knees immediately jerked for whatever personal reasons they might have. They released the DRAFT, cursed against it and melodramatically tied it to Adolf Hitler. HITLER?! Guaranteed to get the resultant response. Now, why would I submit such a resolution? Certainly not because I enjoy getting beaten up. Naturally I don't agree with the editor's judgment of "lack of education", "shockingly stupid", "preposterous", "psychological in nature", "emotional problems or actual psychological afflictions", "ill-conceived". That's a lot of insult packed into three short paragraphs and not worthy of a publication called a NEWSpaper. More here.


AM Headlines -- 2.27.15

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 10:20am

Spokane County Fire District 10 coworkers of firefighter Shane Robins hang a flag from a ladder truck before a procession arrives on Hayford Rd. in Airway Heights Wednesday. The ashes of Robins, who died while snorkeling in Hawai'i on vacation, were escorted home from Hawai'i by two fellow firefighters and fire crews from the Spokane International Airport and District 10 lined up fire equipment along the route from the airport to Robins' assigned station near Northern Quest Casino. (SR photo: Jess Tinsley)

Hoffman: Parental Rights Sacred

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 10:11am

Parents have rights, by golly, and state lawmakers are working tirelessly to uphold those rights. Well, sort of. Truthfully, state lawmakers would like you to know parents have rights. Except for when they don’t. The state House of Representatives voted 37-31 Wednesday in favor of House Bill 113, which says parents and legal guardians have rights to make decisions about their kids. Says the bill, “Parents and legal guardians who have legal custody of minor children have a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the care, custody, education and control of their children.” You’d think legislation like that would win wide support of Idaho’s lawmakers, the ones you’ve been told are uber-conservative. But it didn’t. Such a lukewarm vote doesn’t bode well for the bill as it arrives in the Senate for consideration. But it gets worse/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Do you think parental rights are sacred?

Leonard Nimoy, 'Mr. Spock,' 83, RIP

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 10:07am

In this May 14, 2013, file photo, Leonard Nimoy arrives at the LA premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr. Spock in “Star Trek” died Friday in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. Story here. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Question: Which "Star Trek" character is your favorite?

'Christian state' author defends position

CdA Press - February 27, 2015 - 9:48am
Yup, I'm the guy that drafted the "Christian state" resolution. Allow me to point out a couple of details not getting any notice: it's a DRAFT! Drafts are opening remarks for a subject that is to be D

Poll: Out With Daylight-Saving

Huckleberries Blog - February 27, 2015 - 9:34am
  • Thursday Poll: In a tight vote, Hucks Nation supported a measure by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle that would end daylight-saving time in Idaho July 1. 99 of 202 respondents (49.01%) back the legislation. 97 of 202 respondents (48.02%) oppose it. 6 (2.97%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you support a bill that gives Idaho parents the  “fundamental right to make decisions concerning the care, custody, education and control of their children”?