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Just Keep Dumpin'

August 17, 2015 - 8:13am

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Weekend Wild Card -- 8.15-16.15

August 15, 2015 - 12:18am

Unlike last weekend, I don't have much on the agenda today and Sunday. Maybe some hanging with friends. Maybe some catching up on sleep. Maybe catch "Man from UNCLE" on the big screen. Maybe just read a book. I haven't done that in awhile. I'm looking forward to down time. I'll catch you back here Monday.

Parting Shot -- 8.14.15

August 14, 2015 - 4:37pm

Reporter Eli Francovich, who has been subbing in the SR's Coeur d'Alene office for vacationing Scott Maben captured this photo in a Post Falls backyard this morning, south of the Spokane River, at the foot of Blossom Mountain. He said the moose and her calf showed up, ate some apples and leaves, then headed back up the hill.

TGIF Wild Card -- 8.14.15

August 14, 2015 - 4:21pm

The NFL preseason kicked off this week, which means 2 things: Summer is winding down & I'm beginning my Fantasy Football mode. I used to be ambivalent re: this time of the year. Summer was passing. Winter is waiting on the other side of a glorious, but too brief autumn. Now, I look forward to the football season because I'm hooked on Fantasy Football. And I know the Gonzaga Bulldog basketball team will begin play about the time the first snowflakes fall. All that, and I get to entertain you here with an odd conglomerate of posts. Life's good. Here's your TGIF Wild Card ...

Ales For Trails Benefit Saturday

August 14, 2015 - 4:15pm

At his On Tap blog, Rick Bonino reports on the Ales for the Trails fund-raiser for the Centennial Trail that takes place at McEuen Park Saturday:

The third annual Ales for the Trail, to benefit the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation, is back at McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene from 2 to 8 p.m. Sixteen breweries will be on hand including Slate Creek, Trickster's, Daft Badger, Kootenai River, Bale Breaker, Deschutes, Selkirk Abbey, Paradise Creek, Laughing Dog, New Belgium, Mad Bomber, Elysian, River City, Downdraft, Widmer and Odell. There also will be live music by Strange Brew and Idahobos, and food for sale. More including price of admission & info on Silver Mountain Brewski here.

Question: Do you plan to attend the Ales for the Trail fundraiser?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.14.15

August 14, 2015 - 4:12pm
  • 4:34 p.m. Smoke Check -- Equipment in field @ H41/Hayden Ave may be source of smoke seen by passerby.
  • 4:24 p.m. Wildfire -- Firefighters battling Gozzer Road blaze learn that downed power line is "hot."
  • 4:22 p.m. Wildfire -- 2 firefighters battling Gozzer Road blaze needed respite, they're OK.
  • 4:21 p.m. Panhandler -- Panhandler who uses wheelchair as prop arrested after police check background (3:55 item).
  • 4:12 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Female has questions for KCSO re: not wanting to go back to father's house.
  • 3:55 p.m. Panhandler -- Older male wearing camo in wheelchair @ I-90/15th St, CdA, offramp is panhandling motorist; officer sez he's not friendly to law enforcement & not really confined to wheelchair.
  • 3:28 p.m. Suspicious -- Male who got into car @ Neider Ave Safeway/CdA was looking into other vehicles.
  • 2:44 p.m. Possible DUI -- Male driver of Chevy pickup @ w/b H53 from H95, weaving.
  • 2:27 p.m. Trauma Injury -- Female may have broken ankle in fall at Gozzer Ranch water park @ Arrow Point.
  • 2:03 p.m. Wanted Person -- Male @ Dept of Motor Vehicles, 4051 Govt Way/CdA, has arrest warrant.
  • 1:55 p.m. Capsized Boat -- 2 people on sailboat that capsized in Cave Bay/Worley were able to get it right side up.
  • 1:51 p.m. Structure Fire -- Barn fire is turning into wildfire & threatening another structure @ 9660 Gozzer Road/Harrison.
  • 1:41 p.m. Structure Fire -- Barn on fire that's getting into trees @ Burma Road/Gozzer Road, Harrison.
  • 1:23 p.m. Hit & Run -- White pickup w/black tool box in back hit side mirror of RV @ s/b H95/Cave Bay, Worley.
  • 12:58 p.m. Patient Evaluation -- 65YO female bus rider hit knee during crash @ H95/Appleway, CdA.
  • 12:56 p.m. Hazardous Load -- Passing motorist reports logging truck appears to be losing load @ H95/Cocolalla.
  • 12:55 p.m. Dumpster Fire -- @ I-90/H3 Rose Lake junction Dumpsters.
  • 12:31 p.m. Allegic Reaction -- Silverwood.
  • 12:29 p.m. Unwanted Person -- Angry male causing problems @ 6200 block of N. Sunshine St/CdA.
  • 12:28 p.m. Seizure -- 47YO female suffering seizure @ 1700 block of Lakeside Ave/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic with 20 items.

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

August 14, 2015 - 4:10pm

Ball attendants hold footballs on the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers on Thursday in Foxborough, Mass. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Thursday Winner -- gitrdun, with 9 likes: With recoil, Raul prepares to pulverize his nose and then shed more blood than Megyn Kelly. You can see Thursday photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.

Why Ask Why?

August 14, 2015 - 4:03pm
Some days are just hard. What do you do on days like that? -- Cindy Hval, via Facebook.

An Athol Man And His Yak

August 14, 2015 - 3:53pm

Ah, the classic story of a man and his yak. Lynn Taylor of Athol, Idaho, and his pet yak, Makloud, are an inseparable duo. Now 8, Makloud is being treated for urinary tract problems at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman. The 1,100-pound Makloud was unable to urinate and showed signs of distress. Dr. Ashley Brendenberg discovered a blockage in his lower urethra as well as a nickel-sized hole in his bladder that allowed urine to leak into his abdomen and may have caused some paralysis of the organ. Brendenburg isn't sure what caused the rupture, but hospital spokesman Charlie Powell said it may have been a kidney stone, scar tissue or "a narrowing of the canal with age"/Chad Sokol, SR Extra Credit blog. More here including several more photos.

Question: Did/do you have an unusual pet?

Legislators Didn't Sign Pro-Life Letter

August 14, 2015 - 3:03pm

The 27 lawmakers who supported an investigation into Planned Parenthood didn’t actually sign the letter sent to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, but that doesn’t mean their support is fake. The letter, written by Idaho Chooses Life director David Ripley, asks Otter to investigate whether Planned Parenthood is engaging in illegal activities.  According to Kimberlee Kruesi of the Associated Press, Otter declined to investigate, saying there is no evidence anything illegal is going on at Idaho’s Planned Parenthood facilities. Read the letters at Eye on Boise. Each of the lawmakers’ signatures is initialed “DR,” and the handwriting on each signature is the same/Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports. More here.


HucksOnline Blogos -- 8.14.15

August 14, 2015 - 2:34pm
At Slight Detour, Marianne Love begins: "They say the extreme heat is gonna end today.  That's what they say.  This morning two fans near my computer are blowing some semi-tepid air toward me as I type. Twas an especially hot and humid night all night here at the Lovestead.  I did hear about five raindrops around midnight and thought relief had come.  Not to be." More story & photos here.

HucksOnline Blogos: 10,561 page-views/6,750 unique views

Idaho OKs Direct Path To College

August 14, 2015 - 2:23pm

Being admitted to college may have just gotten a little easier for many of Idaho's high school seniors. Members of the Idaho State Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday during a meeting in Meridian to conditionally admit high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA to any of the state's eight public universities and colleges. The proposal also includes conditional admittance for students whose GPA and SAT scores equal 2,835 or higher when multiplied. Thursday's 8-0 vote set the GPA and SAT score benchmarks for the direct admission initiative, which was previously presented to board members at their meeting in June. The initiative is intended to take a proactive approach to admitting and enrolling high school seniors to college in an effort to increase the number of students earning a post-secondary education/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

The Town Founded By A Jackass

August 14, 2015 - 2:09pm

It was Noah Kellogg's donkey that alerted the prospector to a mountain outcropping of galena, a lead ore often containing silver. This miraculous moment would attract a rough-and-tumble-type crowd to dig up and refine the resources below. What this visually stunning Silver Valley town is today — through mining ups and downs, population decline and industry changes — is just as the town motto cheekily states: "Founded by a jackass and inhabited by his descendants"/Laura Johnson, Pacific Northwest Inlander. More here.

Question: When did you last spend time in Kellogg?

Prez Reveals Summer Playlist

August 14, 2015 - 1:13pm

President Obama released hit eclectic summer playlist on Friday. His 2015 grooves include tracks from Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, among others. The commander in chief unveiled his “by popular request” Spotify list of songs he says he’ll be jamming to while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard through next week. Among the mostly non-controversial roster of songs: “Tombstone Blues” by Bob Dylan, “Paradise” by Coldplay, “Superpower” by Beyoncé and Frank Ocean, “So Much Trouble in the World” by Bob Marley & The Wailers, Mos Def’s “UMI Says,” Brandi Carlile’s “Wherever is Your Heart,” “Green Light” by John Legend and Andre 3000, Florence + The Machine's "Shake it Out" and “Pusher Love Girl” by Justin Timberlake/The Hill. More here.

Question: What's on your summer playlist?

Vomiting Woman Falls From Sorority

August 14, 2015 - 1:02pm

A 19-year-old woman fell out a second-story window early Friday at the Delta Gamma sorority house near the Washington State University campus in Pullman. The woman was taken by ambulance shortly after 2 a.m. to Pullman Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening facial injuries, Pullman police Cmdr. Chris Tennant said. She reportedly had been drinking and was trying to vomit out the window when she lost her balance and fell, Tennant said. She landed on a concrete pad after falling about 15 feet. Tennant said it’s not clear where she had been drinking. “We have far too many falls from fraternities and sororities,” Tennant said. “It doesn’t seem to happen nearly as much at private residences”/SR.

Question: How do you think this young woman would explain this one to her family & friends?

Mike Leach's Pay -- The Bard

August 14, 2015 - 11:52am

He's on top of the list
and the first one in line;
he is doing okay
for a guy three and nine.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.14.15

August 14, 2015 - 11:43am
  • 12:13 p.m. Noninjury Crash -- White Hyundai & sedan blocking H41 onramp onto I-90/Post Falls.
  • 12:04 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Male @ Iron Horse Circle/Post Falls sez wife hid his car keys so he can't leave.
  • 11:20 p.m. Possible DUI -- Female driver of Ford Taurus n/b on Idahline Road/Post Falls may be drunk.
  • 11:08 a.m. Unconscious Person -- 15100 block of N. McCartney St/Rathdrum.
  • 11:05 a.m. Suspicious Vehicle -- Fire official stopped driver of Colorado car turning around in driveway @ Hanley Ave/18th St, Dalton Gardens & wants police to check him out in lieu of latest grass fire.
  • 10:52 a.m. Suspicious Couple -- Elderly couple in ATV near Dalton Gardens grass fire were dismissed as suspects.
  • 10:42 a.m. Grass Fire -- Extinguished @ 4th St/Deerhaven (10:35 item).
  • 10:41 a.m. Grass Fire -- Possible person of interest -- 6-foot male on mountain bike -- sought in grass fire (10:35 item).
  • 10:35 a.m. Grass Fire -- 4th St/Deerhaven Ave, Dalton Gardens, in area where there has been series of small grass fires.
  • 9:58 a.m. Unknown Medical -- 49YO female suffering possible seizure @ LaCrosse Rehabilitation, 210 LaCrosse Ave.
  • 9:56 a.m. Grass Fire -- 2 residents extinguish fire that may have been caused by tossed cigarette butt (9:53 item).
  • 9:50 a.m. Grass Fire -- Small fire @ Hollister Hills, Hauser, H53/Chase Road, near shooting range.
  • 9:45 a.m. McEuen Vandalism -- Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Lauper tells Huckleberries that wind, not vandals, caused damage to umbrellas @ Harbor House concession.
  • 9:11 a.m. Stray Dog -- 2 4-5YO boys in underwear are chasing dog, unknown Post Falls location.
  • 9:05 a.m. Unknown Medical -- LacCrosse Rehabilitation Center, 210 LaCrosse Ave/CdA.
  • 9:02 a.m. Illegal Dumping -- @ Inland Empire Paper Co property near Spirit Lake.
  • 8:36 a.m. Wildfire -- 20-acre fire @ junction of I-90/H3, retardant being dropped.
  • 8:22 a.m. Wanted Person -- Male has returned to apartments @ 700 block of N. Compton St/Post Falls.
  • 8:05 a.m. Unknown Medical -- 78YO female @ Affinity at Coeur d'Alene, 3594 Cederblom St.
  • 8:02 a.m. Vandalism -- City Parks Dept discovers concession stand umbrellas destroyed and Harbor House damaged @ McEuen Park. Concession stand owned by same person who owns Tiki concession at Independence Point. Tiki concession was vandalized recently.

Idaho SAT Scores Drop Slightly

August 14, 2015 - 11:33am

Idaho SAT scores dropped slightly in April — and the decrease was most pronounced in math. On average, students scored a 1,353 on the test, according to results released Friday by the State Department of Education. That’s 10 points down from the 2014 average of 1,363, or a 0.7 percent decrease — and well below the benchmark that denotes college readiness. But a closer look at Friday’s news reveals that the decrease can be traced to one of the test’s three sections.

  • Math scores averaged out at 449, a 2.6 percent decrease from the 2014 average of 461.
  • Critical reading scores dropped slightly. The 461 average constitutes a 0.6 percent drop from the 2014 average of 464.
  • Writing scores increased, also slightly. The average came in at 443, up 1.1 percent from the 2014 average of 438.

More from Kevin Richert/Idaho Education News here.


The top 10 is comprised almost entirely of charter high schools — with only two public high schools on the list.

  1. Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, Coeur d’Alene: 1,858 average, 60 test-takers.
  2. Renaissance High School, Meridian: 1,652 average, 158 test-takers.
  3. Sage International School, Boise: 1,618 average, 18 test-takers.
  4. Meridian Technical Charter High School, Meridian: 1,609 average, 43 test-takers.
  5. Moscow Senior High School, Moscow: 1,596 average, 141 test-takers.
  6. Xavier Charter School, Twin Falls: 1,594 average, 18 test-takers.
  7. Compass Public Charter School, Meridian: 1,569 average, 23 test-takers.
  8. Idaho Distance Education Academy, Post Falls: 1,564 average, 28 test-takers.
  9. Thomas Jefferson Charter School, Caldwell: 1,561 average, 23 test-takers.
  10. Liberty Charter School, Nampa: 1,548 average, 31 test-takers.

Rusche: IFF Backs Freedom? Really?

August 14, 2015 - 11:09am

In a HucksOnline comment, House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, responds to the attack on urban renewal by executive director Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation:

"I think urban renewal and tax increment financing are important to the communities of the State. But no surprise, I (Almost) always disagree with the positions Wayne and the IFF choose. My "Freedom Index" score is -66, with negative points for supporting transportation funding and the main street fairness act (streamline sales tax). I also support equal protection under law (H002), opposed bullying (H191), and proposed the Inspector General to provide investigation of malfeasance and protection for whistle-blowers, all of which was opposed by the "Freedom Foundation". Certainly Radical proposals, all of them. What "freedom" does the IFF propose that they are protecting?"


Poll: Emailgate May Stop Hillary

August 14, 2015 - 10:15am
  • Thursday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation believes emailgate is serious enough to stop the presidential hopes of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. 108 of 225 respondents (48%) took that position. 102 of 225 respondents (45.33%) don't think emailgate will harm Clinton's presidential hopes. 15 (6.67%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you agree with Gov. Otter's decision not to launch investigation of Planned Parenthood in Idaho in wake of fetal-tissue-sales controversy?