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IFF: Court Sides With Abuse Of Power

August 14, 2014 - 4:23pm

Let’s suppose for a moment that your neighbors are in trouble. For whatever reason, they’ve fallen on rough times and can’t pay their bills. Things are so tough that they’ve even missed payments to the city water department, prompting the government to disconnect service. Could you help them? Doing so couldn’t possibly be considered illegal, could it? In fact, it can, as Michael Freitas of Spirit Lake found out. A Spirit Lake officer noticed Feritas had connected a hose to an outside spigot, and that hose connected to his neighbor’s home, whose water service had been turned off because of non-payment. The officer issued a warning to Freitas: City law says “it shall be unlawful for any person to … permit connection or delivery of water to third persons for use within a residence or other building not otherwise provided with water service.” Freitas figured he was doing nothing wrong. After all, he was providing water that had gone through his meter; he had paid for it. The city disagreed, fining him $500. Freitas fought the fine/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here. (Illustration: Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Question: The Idaho Court of Appeals sided with the city of Spirit Lake. Do you agree or disagree with that decision?

It's Hard To Look Cool On A Bicycle

August 14, 2014 - 3:42pm

Every time I ride my bike, I think of the old lady in the movie Wizard of Oz.  Maybe it is my basket that does it to me? There just doesn't seem to be anyway to look cool on a bike. I have seen a lot of people of all ages ... be it male or female. And we do not look good .... not that we look bad.. but maybe it is just not cool ... The only people that I see, that look good on a bike is ... kids. Especially boys. Girls don't really look cool either. Boys ride with authority, be it a mission at the high speed that their legs go like pistons, or just coasting along talking to their friends. They even seem the right portion for a bike. Adults don't really look right. They don't look at ease/Cis, Simple Mind. More here. (SR file photo, for illustrative purposes)

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Simple Mind -- that it's hard to look cool while riding a bike?

The Day I Met Robin Williams

August 14, 2014 - 3:23pm

At Writing North Idaho, author Elizabeth S. Brinton of Coeur d'Alene, tells of meeting budding comedian Robin Williams in 1976 at a Colorado nightclub where she worked: "I arrived at the club early and checked in with my friend who worked in the office. He said the guys were setting up backstage. Remembering I had left my black, high-heeled boots there earlier in the day, I thought I could sneak in unobserved and retrieve them. I pushed the curtain aside and reached down to pick them up, almost bumping in to a handsome young man in wearing a long sleeved tee shirt, suspenders and khakis. “I'm sorry to disturb you. I just came to get my boots.” I put out my hand and introduced myself. “I'm Robin,” he replied. “I was going to use those in my act.” He took one boot from my hand and put it on like and evening glove. As soon as he started making jokes, I thought the week might be looking up after all. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Anyone out there meet Robin Williams in person?

HBO Blogosphere -- 8.14.14

August 14, 2014 - 2:46pm

"When you live near one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, you want to spend as much time at it as possible," posts Idaho Dad/A Family Runs Through It. "This is what we try to do all summer. We look at it, swim in it, walk next to it, boat on it, take pictures of it, and brag a lot about it. It will still be there in the winter, it’s just not as much fun."

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Aug. 13): 7582 page-views/4708 unique views

Hecla Makes Final Cleanup Payment

August 14, 2014 - 2:28pm

News Release: "Hecla Mining Company is pleased to announce the Company has fulfilled the Coeur d'Alene Basin Environmental Settlement's financial obligations. The final payment of $41.3 million was made today from the exercise of the remaining outstanding warrants. 'We are pleased to put this litigation completely behind us. With this final payment, we can continue our focus on growing the Company's production and cash flow," said Hecla's President and Chief Executive Officer, Phillips S. Baker, Jr. "Our operations are expected to generate enough cash flow to meet all planned capital, pre-development, and exploration requirements for 2014. So our strong balance sheet with over $200 million in cash and cash equivalents and a revolving credit facility of $100 million is largely available to pursue other value-generating initiatives for our shareholders.'" More here.



August 14, 2014 - 1:58pm

"So I'm up on the hill checking out the sunset when a family of skunks waddle out of the tall grass," posts Facebook Friend Robin Loznak, of Kellogg, Ore. "They're way interested in me and my camera. I've got skunk nose marks on my lens. After a while they wonder off without any stink being sprayed." You can see more of Robin's outdoor photography here.

Question: Have you had a close encounter with a skunk?

Bumpersnicker ...

August 14, 2014 - 1:36pm

"Ron Paul -- Liberty, Peace & Prosperity" -- on a rusted red Subaru with a cracked front wind shield that kept trying to stall at street lights, driven by a woman w/b on Lakeside Avenue during the lunch hour.


Quotable Quote

August 14, 2014 - 1:28pm
Our state leaders do not want an educated electorate. As long as the typical Idaho voter is low information, the "leaders" have a good shot at getting re-elected -- Bob Ely (RE: Idaho colleges list possible cuts)

KXLY Sound Off Question

August 14, 2014 - 1:18pm

Police in Ferguson, MO defended the use of tear gas and smoke bombs to repel demonstrators after another night of chaos. But the police response has drawn heavy criticism. Attorney General Holder says he's concerned about police use of military equipment. Are you concerned police departments are becoming too militarized? SOUND OFF!

Question: Are you concerned police departments are becoming too militarized?

Molester Sues Over Jailhouse Rape

August 14, 2014 - 1:12pm

A child molester who was raped while held in the Garfield County Jail in Pomeroy is suing the county. The complaint filed Tuesday in Walla Walla Superior Court says the man suffers anxiety and nightmares. He's seeking an amount of money that would be determined at a trial in the civil rights lawsuit. The Union-Bulletin reports the man was jailed in August 2011 for investigation of child rape when he was raped three times by cellmate John Markwell. Markwell was convicted by a jury and, as a persistent offender with a history of violent sex crimes, he is serving a life sentence at the Washington State Penitentiary/KXLY. More here.

Question: Does this guy deserve sympathy?

Wife: Williams Battled Parkinson's

August 14, 2014 - 1:06pm

Before his death at age 63 on Monday, Robin Williams had been battling the early stages of Parkinson's disease, his wife has revealed in a new statement. Although the actor had been candid about his battles with addiction and depression through the years, at the time of his suicide, "Robin's sobriety was intact," his widow, Susan Schneider, said. "He was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly." Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, often with a small tremor or general stiffness and slowing of movement/Michelle Tauber, People. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Does any of your loved ones suffer from Parkinson's?

Polygamists Face Charges In Canada

August 14, 2014 - 11:54am

Two leaders of a polygamous Mormon community in Bountiful, British Columbia, face criminal charges of keeping more than one wife, according to Canadian officials. Winston Blackmore and James Oler have ties to other members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in Boundary County, Idaho, as well as in communities in Arizona, Texas and Utah. They teach that the only way to go to heaven is if men have multiple wives and have as many children as possible. In 2009 it was reported that Blackmore had fathered more than 100 children and had at least 19 wives, according to a story in The Spokesman-Review. A handful of those wives were among the estimated 100 to 300 FLDS members living in Boundary County at the time/SR, AP. More here.

Question: Should polygamy be legalized?

Getting Drenched For ALS Fight

August 14, 2014 - 11:51am

Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, second from left, and Gov. Peter Shumlin, second from right, take the "ice bucket challenge" at the Vermont Statehouse today in Montpelier, Vt. They were doused by Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, left, Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon, right, and a team of dousers working from a crane above. The challenge is aimed at raising funds to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. (AP Photo/Dave Gram)

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.14.14

August 14, 2014 - 11:41am
  • 12:03 p.m. Officer finds only destroyed plastic bucket in I-90 search for reported debris b/n Pleasantview/Spokane St.
  • 11:57 a.m. Beachouse employees report 2 dogs running loose on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive.
  • 11:48 a.m. Suspicious male reported @ 32000 block of 4th/Athol.
  • 11:32 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency involving female @ 29000 block of N3rd/Athol.
  • 11:29 a.m. Caller reports being cut off by reckless driver who exited @ Silverwood.
  • 11:15 a.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Aug. 13-14 here.
  • 11:01 p.m. Someone suffering possible internal bleeding @ Berkley, b/n Porthill & Torrey, Hayden.
  • 10:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Aug. 13-14 here.
  • 10:04 a.m. Dead head reported in Spokane River @ M/P 2 (Pleasantview area).
  • 9:58 a.m. Fire reported along e/b I-90, b/n MP 15-16 (Sherman Avenue area).
  • 9:17 a.m. Animal bite reported @ 319 W20th Ave/Post Falls.
  • 9:03 a.m. Transport needed to take patient from Kootenai Health ER to Lodge at Fairway Forest/Player Drive, CdA.
  • 8:57 a.m. Male named Daniel has broken into Coeur d'Alene residence.
  • 8:51 a.m. Abandoned vehicle reported @ 309 E. Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, CdA.

Megaload Reaches Athol

August 14, 2014 - 11:29am

The mega-load of oil refinery equipment traveling through Idaho advanced up Highway 95 last night to the Athol area. If it travels tonight as planned, the shipment should come through Sandpoint late tonight and park early Friday morning near milepost 44 on Highway 200/Sandpoint Online Facebook.

Obama Calls For Calm In Ferguson

August 14, 2014 - 11:16am

A protester shouts as she moves away from a line of riot police in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday. On Saturday, Aug. 9, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)

President Barack Obama today called again for "peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson," addressing for the second time the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the violent clashes between police and protesters that have ensued. "Let us remember we are all part of one American family," Obama said in a short address from Martha's Vineyard, where he is vacationing. "We are united in common values and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order and the right of peaceful protest"/St. Louis Post-Dispatch. More here.


Why Ask Why?

August 14, 2014 - 11:02am
If they cut American Studies what will football players major in!? -- Randy Myers (RE: Idaho colleges list possible cuts)

DFO: Basket-weaving?

Cops: Be Careful What You Tweet

August 14, 2014 - 10:59am

Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing. The “TweetSmart” campaign began in late July by a coalition of nine agencies, including the Washington state patrol and the Seattle police, and aims to raise awareness about social media’s potential impact on law enforcement. Some have called the effort a step that could lead to censorship; others dismissed it as silly. Police, however, say it’s just a reminder at a time when cell phones and social networks can hasten the lightning-quick spread of information/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Are people going to pay attention to the "TweetSmart" campaign?

Idaho Colleges List Possible Cuts

August 14, 2014 - 10:50am

From Adam Cotterell/Boise State Public Radio: Idaho’s public universities Wednesday told the State Board of Education what programs and degrees they’re ready to cut, which could lead to job layoffs. All four of Idaho’s four-year universities reported on a yearlong evaluation known as program prioritization. This was a requirement from the state board aimed at cost cutting. The schools looked at every program offered and judged each based on things like return on investment and demand. The resulting recommendations could lead to layoffs at each school. More here.

University of Idaho's proposed cuts:

  • Musical Theater -B.F.A
  • American Studies - B.A., B.S
  • Medical Technology -B.S.
  • Environmental Engineering -M.S., M.Engr
  • Art - M.A.T.
  • English - M.A.T.

Question: When it comes to education in Idaho, state leaders seem to know only one gear -- reverse. Thoughts?

AM Headlines -- 8.14.14

August 14, 2014 - 10:32am

Joel Schlegel, from Burns, Colo., falls after being bucked from horse Cocktail Slipper during the Bareback Bronc Riding division of the Caldwell Night Rodeo in Caldwell on Tuesday. (AP/Statesman Photo: Kyle Green)