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Hump Day Wild Card -- 12.3.14

December 3, 2014 - 5:34pm

I always enjoy being on the other side of a dentist appointment. But all the more today. Jim Robson finished fixing a tooth that I cracked last month. I should be good to go for quite awhile. I caught the cracked tooth in plenty of time to prevent bigger problems. Note to HucksOnline readers -- Don't ignore dental needs. They don't go away. Here's the Wild Card that goes with that PSA ...

Parting Shot -- 12.3.14

December 3, 2014 - 5:31pm

In this SR file photo by Jesse Tinsley, abald eagle uses its keen eyesight to scan Lake Coeur d'Alene for a kokanee salmon. The eagles are finally returning to Lake Coeur d'Alene for their late-fall feast. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 18 bald eagles today in the Wolf Lodge Bay area.  That's up from four eagles counted last week during her weekly survey. Story here.

Study: Late Snacking May Put On Lbs

December 3, 2014 - 5:18pm

In Design & Trend, Amanda Stewart reports: "Many people find themselves up late, watching television and wandering into the kitchen for a late-night snack. Although it has been known that snacking late at night can cause weight gain, a new study has shown that it may have many more serious implications. Not only can it lead to packing on a few more pounds, but it can also raise cholesterol, diabetes and obesity, CBS News reported. The researchers found that by restricting food intake to eight to 12 hours a day people will be able to reduce their risk of these things. More here.

Question: Are you a midnight snacker?

Top Comments -- 12.3.14

December 3, 2014 - 5:03pm

Top Comment -- Mr Sneed (RE: Midtown compromise sought): "The only time I do anything in mid town is if I have any buisness at Yates. So far I've lucked out and the buisness there has been for other people, not myself."

Most Commented Stories -- Letter: Keep an eye on corrupt Idaho (12 comments), and: Killing wolves increases packs (11 comments), and: Court: Warrant needed for DUI test (10 comments).

Cutline Contest -- 12.3.14

December 3, 2014 - 4:53pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Santa Claus welcome guests to a holiday reception for service members, veterans, and their families at the Vice President's residence today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Tuesday Winner -- EddieTorreal, with 8 likes: "My, don't we look MAH-VE-LOUS!!" You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.3.14

December 3, 2014 - 4:50pm
  • 4:58 p.m. Deer hit by vehicle is lying off side of Greensferry/Post Falls.
  • 4:45 p.m. KCSDepartment property crimes report for Dec. 2-3 here.
  • 4:37 p.m. Female in disabled, black Ford Escape w/Illinois plates waiting for tow @ e/b I-90/MP 2.5 (Pleasantview).
  • 4:25 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Dec. 2-3 here.
  • 4:22 p.m. Female reports that boyfriend left in car in huff after fight @ 2800 block of Harrison/CdA.
  • 4:09 p.m. 74YO male having chest pains after bringing in wood off Cottonwood Court/Bayview.
  • 20 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below

PM Headlines -- 12.3.14

December 3, 2014 - 4:35pm

Eastern Washington's successful coach Beau Baldwin is trying to quell rumors that he's looking into other coaching jobs, including one at rival University of Montana. Story here. (AP file photo)

SR News Quiz -- 11.30-12.5.2014

December 3, 2014 - 4:14pm

How much do you know about Idaho's lieutenant governor, solar power testing, Avista rate increases and other news of note? Find out in The Spokesman-Review's weekly News Quiz, where you could win movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 1: South Hill.
  • Leaderboard: 3 readers of this blog are among the 27 contenders for the $50 Davenport Hotel gift certificate: RaynTim, LetsTalk & SFredrickson. You have until 5 p.m. Friday to enter the contest for chances at the gift certificates or 2 free movie tickets.

NIC Concert To Feature 'Frozen' Music

December 3, 2014 - 3:56pm

Santa Claus usually makes a visit to the Sounds of Christmas concert held at NIC. This year’s concert will feature some music from the Disney movie “Frozen.” (Photo: NIC Press Room)

North Idaho College will present its “Sounds of Christmas” concert in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday  and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The concert will feature performances by the NIC Wind Symphony, NIC Cardinal Chorale, NIC Chamber Singers and Cardinal Vocal Jazz. This concert features the audience-favorite Christmas carol sing-along. The North Idaho College Wind Symphony, conducted by Terry M.L. Jones, is a community group with over 2,000 years of playing experience. The multi-generational group blends high school students, college students and community members into one ensemble to create art/Tom Greene, NIC Press Room. More here.

Question: How often do you attend concerts -- free or otherwise -- at North Idaho College?

Idaho Joins Immigration Suit Vs Prez

December 3, 2014 - 3:34pm

Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama's recently announced executive actions on immigration, arguing in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the move "tramples" key portions of the U.S. Constitution. Many top Republicans have denounced Obama's unilateral move, which was designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation. But Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott took it a step further, filing a formal legal challenge in federal court in the Southern District of Texas. His state is joined by 16 other mostly conservative states, largely in the south and Midwest, such as Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana and the Carolinas. The states aren't seeking monetary damages, but instead want the courts to block Obama's actions/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose the action by the state of Idaho to join the immigration lawsuit against the president?

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.3.14

December 3, 2014 - 2:42pm

"It's the penultimate day of the ten-year milestone for 'Slight Detour' (the blog, so, of course)," posts Marianne Love, "I'm delighted to feature a few more cartoons penned by my brother Jim in his collection of cartoons 'Slight Detour,' which inspired this blog." More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Dec. 2: 6006 page-views/3778 unique views

5X Fiddle Champion Ludiker Dies

December 3, 2014 - 1:24pm

Tony Ludiker, a five-time national fiddle champion and former concertmaster for the Coeur d'Alene Symphony, has died.

A local musical legend has died. Tony Ludiker, a Spokane Valley native and five-time national fiddle champion, died Tuesday evening after a long battle with kidney cancer. His daughter Kimber, of the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Della Mae, announced his passing on Facebook: “Tough day for our family, friends, and the fiddle world in whole. Dad lost his battle to cancer this evening. He went peacefully surrounded by family while listening to Benny Thomasson play Sally Goodin. More info to follow. Been a hard day.” ... In addition to playing - and excelling at - old-time fiddle music, Ludiker was an accomplished classical musician who served as concertmaster for the Coeur d'Alene Symphony a decade ago. He also performed with Rod Stewart and Ray Price. More here.

Question: Do you remember Tony Ludiker?

Study: Killing Wolves Increases Pack

December 3, 2014 - 1:18pm

Rob Wielgus (pictured in front) noticed something interesting when he studied reports of wolf attacks on sheep and cattle in the Northern Rockies. When wolves were killed to reduce livestock predation, the number of dead sheep and cows rose the following year. “It’s counterintuitive,” Wielgus, director of Washington State University’s Large Carnivore Conservation Lab, said of the study’s results. “People think, let’s kill the wolves and get rid of the problem. But it doesn’t work that way with carnivores. Sometimes, the punitive solution is causing the problem.” Shooting or trapping problem wolves, particularly the pack’s leaders, disrupts the pack’s social structure. “If you kill the alpha male and female, the pack fractures,” he said. “Instead of one breeding pair, you may have two or three”/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.


Duck: A Rich, Juicy Holiday Option

December 3, 2014 - 1:13pm

With crispy, crackling skin and intense flavor, roast duck makes a rich main dish for holiday dinners. But the element that makes it so succulent is also what makes it seem so intimidating. Duck is such a fatty bird. It’s also a fragrant, elegant and – in this day and age – largely unexpected alternative to a traditional turkey or roast. After trimming the fat, cooking duck isn’t as messy or as complicated as it might seem. Because it is so well insulated, duck requires little attention once it’s in the oven. And the result is a rich, juicy and bronzed thing of beauty. I had my first bite in Paris more than 20 years ago/Adrianna Janovich, SR. More here. (SR photo by Adriana Janovich: Dorothy Dean’s 1938 recipe for Roast Duck with Mushroom Stuffing includes plenty of the three Bs: butter, bacon fat and bread crumbs)

Question: I quit eating duck in college when I broke a tooth on a BB fired by a roommate who'd shot down said fowl. How about you? Do you like to eat duck?

Vestal: Only Thing To Fear Is Others?

December 3, 2014 - 12:51pm

What is the biggest threat to Spokane’s future? Politicians inciting riot? Profiteers destroying civil society? Ben Stuckart’s “dirty smear” on the Spokane Municipal Code, and the rest of the City Council majority’s “lawlessness”? Or is it – once again, as always – “the other”? Many white Americans – too many – have arrived at a hysterical, ignorant moment regarding “the other,” from those who dream of deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants to those whose sympathies in Ferguson, Missouri, are limited to cops and storefronts, with none for the dead. Dog-whistle bigotry flourishes, and coded racism – from “thug” rhetoric to ignorant insinuations about “black on black” crime – is having a self-confident resurgence. A large part of this is shrill immigration paranoia, in which racial hostility finds full expression in dehumanizing and grotesquely exaggerated complaints about “illegals”/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Are you afraid of people who aren't like you?

In Defense Of Human Rights Champ

December 3, 2014 - 12:42pm

Working tirelessly against intolerance over the past two decades and beyond, (Tony) Stewart, pictured, has become the face of social justice in North Idaho. For 17 years he's organized popular annual human rights banquets with various themes and speakers but one common denominator: Driving home the message that all people deserve to be treated the same. And in Stewart's world, "same" means with respect, with dignity, with human compassion. Gentle as can be, this former tennis coach and college instructor may be soft-spoken, but there's steel in his spine. One of the things that makes Stewart so effective in his campaign for human rights is his courage. Just watch. In the comments section of this editorial on, derogatory, anonymous remarks will most assuredly be leveled against him/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here. (SR file photo)

Question: What would this area be like now without the presence of Tony Stewart, Norm Gissel, Marshall Mend, the late Bill Wassmuth, the late Larry Broadbent and other leaders of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations?

1,000,000th Corvette To Be Restored

December 3, 2014 - 11:51am

David Bolognino, director of the Design Center Fabrication Operations for General Motors poses for photos next to the 1,000,000th Chevrolet Corvette, a 1992 convertible model, at Stage 3 Studio in Warren, Mich., earlier today. The car was one of eight classic and historic Corvettes extracted from the sinkhole in the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., in February. The car will undergo restoration by General Motors' Design Center Fabrication Operations in January and will take at least six months to complete. Story here. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Question: Have you ever owned a Corvette?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.3.14

December 3, 2014 - 11:32am
  • 12:01 p.m. Male reports angry, heavy-set, blond female in 40s, wearing camo, hit brakes twice and tried to stop in front of him on H41, north of Rathdrum IGA.
  • 11:55 a.m. Suspect in unknown crime runs from CPD officer @ 11th/Lakeside Avenue, CdA.
  • 11:47 a.m. 20YO female 20 weeks pregnant is suffering intense stomach pain, unknown location.
  • 11:16 a.m. Unwanted person has forced way into home @ 6100 block of Colfax/Dalton Gardens.
  • 10:49 a.m. Animal control officer taking pug caught @ Prairie/Huetter to Humane Society.
  • 10:41 p.m. Someone injured in fall @ 2500 block of N21st Place/CdA.
  • 10:34 p.m. Dispatcher confirms warrant for wanted male named Austin on Lincoln Lane (9:54 a.m.)
  • 10:29 p.m. Female wants to speak to officer @ CPD HQ re: battery.
  • 10:04 a.m. Neighbor complains re: constant barking by dog @ 1700 block of E. Front/CdA.
  • 10:01 a.m. Alarm @ Mountain West Bank, 2123 Government Way/CdA, proves to be false one.
  • 9:54 a.m. Possible wanted person can be located @ 4200 block of Lincoln Lane.
  • 9:31 p.m. Someone has been hurt in a fall @ 1800 block of Jenny Lynn Lane/CdA.
  • 9:21 a.m. Officer is stopping motorist driving GMC Sierra pickup w/o license plates @ Idaho/4th, Post Falls.
  • 9:19 a.m. Driver of newer, silver Audi station wagon speeding, tailgating @ I-90/Post Falls area.

PFPD Seeks Red Kettle Thief

December 3, 2014 - 11:05am

Post Falls police are looking for a man who they say went on a wild crime spree involving a stolen motor home, two stolen cars, and a Salvation Army Red Kettle. It all started Tuesday afternoon at around 3:30. The man, described as 20-23 years old with light colored hair and a slender build is thought to have stolen a silver Hyundai Elantra before pulling up to the Super One at 805 E. Polston. Police say he slowed down and grabbed a Salvation Army Kettle while still driving. According to officers, a bystander and a Salvation Army employee tried to stop the man, even putting him in a choke hold, but he was able to drive away/Luke Thoburn, KHQ. More here.

Question: Do you drop money into the red kettles every time you pass a Salvation Army bell ringer?

72 Cents Will Buy You Jail

December 3, 2014 - 10:49am

On its Facebook wall, Post Falls police report about a Super 1 shoplifter: "Officer was informed female had consumed a (72-cent) candy bar in the bathroom and then purchased other items before leaving store. Female was confronted by asset protection about the candy bar and came back into the store. Female provided a false name then stated she lied about her name because she had been released from jail the same morning and the judge told her if she got caught stealing again it would be a felony. Female was taken into custody for providing false info to law enforcement. Super 1 Asset protection also signed a private citizen’s arrest form for the shoplifting. Female was booked at (county jail).

Question: So this woman risked a felony for a candy bar? Seriously?