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Immaculate Reception?

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 11:29am

I just noticed this item in the Post Falls Police Department Day Shift report on Facebook: "Cold report of purse left at the Immaculate Reception Church. Purse has not been located and report was filed." Isn't "Immaculate Reception" the name that Steeler fans gave to Franco Harris' catch during a 1972 playoff game with the Oakland Raiders?

Idaho 50th in nation for wages

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 11:21am

Boise is among the nation’s bottom 10 mid-sized metro areas for wage growth, among both the lowest- and highest-paid workers, according to Headlight Data, a data aggregation company. Analysts reviewed U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data between 2005 and 2014. They found Boise’s median wages, adjusted for inflation, declined 6.1 percent for the highest-paid workers and 8.1 percent for the lowest-paid workers. According to BLS data for the first quarter of 2015, the average weekly wage in Ada County was $873. In Canyon County, it was $630. The average statewide was $736, compared with $1,048 nationwide and ranking Idaho 50th in the U.S. for wages, ahead of only Mississippi/Audrey Dutton, Idaho Statesman. More here.

DFO: I work in an industry with the lowest white-collar wages in the nation and in a state with the 2nd lowest wages in the nation. Yet, I've survived here for 33 years -- and even helped put 2 kids through private college. I'm thankful that I work for an out-of-state company. I might need government subsidies otherwise. Idaho needs to get its act together. Thoughts?

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AM Headlines -- 11.25.15

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 10:11am

More than 250 displays with more than 1.5 million lights can be seen on the Journey to the North Pole cruise, which began this week and runs through the Christmas Season. The cruise begins at The Coeur d'Alene Resort, travels across Lake Coeur d'Alene to Santa's Workshop, and back to The Resort. Story here. (Jake Parrish/Coeur d'Alene Press)

Current Conditions : 29.8F, Clear - 9:59 AM PST Nov. 25

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - November 25, 2015 - 9:59am
Temperature: 29.8°F | Humidity: 44% | Pressure: 30.19in (Steady) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: NNE | Wind Speed: 0.9mph

Poll: Racism is 'big problem'

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 9:52am
  • Tuesday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation says racism in the United States is a "big problem." The result here parallels a national poll in which 49% of America said racism is a "big problem." 109 of 207 respondents (52.66%) said racism is a "big problem." Another 57 of 207 respondents (27.54%) said racism is "somewhat of a problem." 20 said it is a "small problem." 19 (9.18%) said it isn't a problem at all. 2 (0.97%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: How do you plan to spend Thanksgiving?

Mercury spills shuts Post Falls school

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 9:47am

A mercury spill in a high school science lab has closed the Immaculate Conception St. Dominic school and church until a hazmat team can handle it. Kootenai Fire and Rescue EMS Chief Steve Isaacson said the school science department had three 2-ounce bottles of mercury stored in a locker in the science lab. Isaacson said the bottles were set on a counter while the locker was being cleaned on Monday, and a student decided to play with the mercury. “They were sitting out and one sophomore student decided to see what it looked like in the palm of his hand,” he said, adding two other students decided to do the same thing. “Some of the mercury spilled on the floor.” Isaacson said a hazmat team was called in and found that the mercury was tracked all over the school/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Can you remember any accidents in the chemistry lab during your high school days?

Lineman to work on Thanksgiving

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 9:41am

More than 100 crews of linemen are deployed across Spokane neighborhoods hardest hit by last week’s windstorm. Power has been out for nine days for about 12,000 customers and Avista Utilities reported Wednesday that it hoped to restore power to most today. The crews will continue working on Thanksgiving/SR. More here.

Shopper catches coupon snafu

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 9:05am

An Albertsons shopper said he was overcharged for two turkey breasts last week, and the way it happened has him wondering if someone had a thumb on the scale. “I had a very troubling purchase at Albertsons tonight, which I can't help but think is fraud,” James McKenzie said in an email message to The Press last week. “And I'm concerned that you will find other readers who are vulnerable, thinking that using a coupon from the Albertsons flier (found in your Sunday paper, in my case) really won't save any money.” McKenzie bought two turkey breasts using a coupon for $1.79 per pound. The breasts are normally $3.49 per pound, so it seemed like a good deal, McKenzie said. “Luckily when I got home, I checked the receipt and caught the 'error,'” he said. “My two birds were 6.62 pounds and 7.77 pounds, which at regular price comes out to $23.10 and $27.12, respectively.” The way it turned out — even with the coupon — McKenzie was still charged $23.10 and $27.12. “That seemed odd,” he said. “So I checked to make sure the discount was applied.” What he found on the receipt was appalling, McKenzie said/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Question: Has something like this ever happened to you?

CdA Charter Academy adds fine arts wing

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 8:57am

Fine arts classes at Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy got a much-needed upgrade over the weekend with the opening of a new wing of the school. Construction on the fine arts wing — which will house all of the band, choir, drama and art classes for grades six through 12 — began last spring. On Saturday, Nov. 21, members of the community joined staff and students to open the new wing during a ribbon cutting ceremony. "They loved it and were very excited," said Laura Beyer, assistant to the principal. "We let them walk through and take a look at it after the ceremony, then we moved everything in." Beyer said the new classrooms will immediately benefit the school's fine arts classes, particularly due to the addition of a stage. In the past, Beyer said, all of the student performances took place either at a church in downtown Coeur d'Alene, or at Coeur d'Alene High School. "We are really excited to be able to do that stuff here now," she said/Keith Cousins, Press. More here.

Question: Has any of your children attended Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy? Was it a good experience?

HOA backs down from Xmas display fight

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 8:43am

The saga of a Hayden man’s controversial Christmas display continues. The West Hayden Estates Homeowner’s Association Board said Tuesday it will not be suing Jeremy Morris over his light display. The Vice President of the HOA board emphasized that their opposition was not to Morris' decorations, but rather all of the extra traffic and noise and the event would bring to the neighborhood/KREM 2. More here.

Gonzaga 80, UWashington 64

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 8:39am

If the topic was 7-foot-1, 287-pound Przemek Karnowski’s ride on the Leap of Faith water slide encased in a clear tube through shark infested waters, the play-by-play was on point. Coach Mark Few: “I was there to witnesses the end result.” Forward Kyle Wiltjer: “He probably had the biggest wave, like a tsunami.” Few: “A mini tsunami; it was a lesson in physics.” Karnowski: “I didn’t see any sharks. I was just going through as fast as I could.” Wiltjer: “The sharks were licking their chops, they just let me go through.” Few: “They were banging against the tube.” If the topic shifted to the nine-year gap in the Gonzaga-Washington series, well, neither coach seemed anxious to revisit the interruption of the heated state rivalry/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.

No Thanksgiving power for 5,000

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 8:23am

A warm Thanksgiving meal at home may be out of reach for thousands of people even as linemen race to restore electricity to homes battered and blacked out by last week’s windstorm. Avista said late Tuesday that 18,000 customers remained without power. And at least 5,000 are not expected to have power by Thursday. A new worry emerged as yet another windstorm was expected to punch the region Tuesday night and Wednesday and usher in frigid temperatures. “We are keenly aware of the hardship, stress and frustration people are experiencing, particularly with today’s weather and the holiday approaching,” Avista CEO Scott Morris said. “Our crews and support staff will be working through the Thanksgiving holiday, and we will do what it takes to restore power to every last customer”/SR. More here.

Question: Have you had a chance to help those without power -- or in any other way significantly inconvenienced by Wind Storm 2015?

County prioritizing facility needs

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 8:16am

With $15.5 million to spend on discretionary projects, including facility upgrades, Kootenai County commissioners are bantering and prioritizing numerous projects. With the hefty fund balance, commissioners are in the early stages of prioritizing needs to address issues without raising taxes. "I'm in favor of eliminating a fractured campus and consolidating programs," said Commissioner Dan Green, referring to how he's prioritizing wish-list items. Several county departments — including elections, part of the court system and the Extension office — are located off the main campus. According to a 2012 facilities report, the county spends about $500,000 per year due to off-campus locations. While commissioners have started to discuss and prioritize facility improvements, few final decisions have been made/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Which capital facilities project is needed most by Kootenai County?

Register Trump voters

Huckleberries Blog - November 25, 2015 - 8:06am

Jim Morin/Miami Herald

Current Conditions : 23.9F, Clear - 6:34 AM PST Nov. 25

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - November 25, 2015 - 6:34am
Temperature: 23.9°F | Humidity: 51% | Pressure: 30.13in (Steady) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: North | Wind Speed: 2.9mph

Today as of Nov. 25 3:52 AM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - November 25, 2015 - 3:52am
Today - Sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. Windy. Northeast wind 20 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph.

Tonight as of Nov. 25 3:52 AM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - November 25, 2015 - 3:52am
Tonight - Clear. Lows 14 to 15. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph in the evening decreasing to 5 to 10 mph overnight.

Thanksgiving Day as of Nov. 25 3:52 AM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - November 25, 2015 - 3:52am
Thanksgiving Day - Sunny. Highs in the lower 30s. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Current Conditions : 27.9F, Clear - 12:26 AM PST Nov. 25

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - November 25, 2015 - 12:26am
Temperature: 27.9°F | Humidity: 54% | Pressure: 29.99in (Steady) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: NW | Wind Speed: 5.6mph

Holiday meal sites expected to be stuffed

CdA Press - November 25, 2015 - 12:00am
Organizers of three free community Thanksgiving Day meals are gearing up for larger-than-expected crowds due to power outages from last week's windstorm. Just how many more people will show up is anyo