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Weekend Wild Card -- 3.14-15.2015

March 14, 2015 - 12:27am

Selection Sunday is upon us. At 6 p.m. EDT, the Powers That Be in the NCAA will fill out the brackets with 68 teams that will hope to play in the championship finale in April. Gonzaga, of course, should be among the Top 8 to be named during the CBS broadcast. Most think they'll be a No. 2 seed. Some think they finished strong enough to wind up in the West Region tournament, which gives them an edge. At this point, everything is speculation. And that's what makes the NCAA tournament fun. I'll see you back here Monday to talk about it some. Here's your Weekend Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 3.13.15

March 13, 2015 - 4:45pm

Little Harper Bowman and his parents enjoyed Sherman Park Square, near 4th Street & Sherman Avenue, this afternoon. Photographer Duane Rasmussen said all Harper wanted to do was climb the wall and look through Duane's telephoto lense.

TGIF the 13th Wild Card

March 13, 2015 - 4:42pm

I've noticed that some of you are getting in the habit of using asterisks or other means to post words that are banned by the SR filter. I've let some slide because the comments are otherwise compelling. But the paper also has a ban against such tactics. So I'm going to crack down harder on such tactics. You can ignore this warning. But don't gripe to me when your comments disappear. Here's your replayed Wild Card ...

PFPD: Transient Wanted To Kill

March 13, 2015 - 4:39pm

From Post Falls PD Day Shift today:

Suspicious-N Cecil RD; NIAC (North Idaho Advance Care hospital) staff called and stated a male had walked in and out of the lobby and when staff approached the male and asked if he needed anything he responded “I’m looking for someone to kill”. Staff also said this male had his hands inside his pants. Suspect was contacted and trespassed from the hospital, also during this contact he was trespassed from Cd’A RV per the management's request and see below entry for a third business he has been trespassed from.

15PF04751-Citizen Assist- E 7th AVE; Famous Willies-Reporting Party reports a transient/homeless male, has been coming in and getting fed by the reporting party and allowed to use the restroom. He has asked that the male be trespassed from the business due to him starting to bug customers for money and such .

TWolf22: Time For Word Cooler

March 13, 2015 - 4:33pm

TWolf22: I think, unfortunately, it is time to put together a word cooler. The accelerated use and baseless suggestion, accusations, and intimations that people are: Bigots, homophobes, idiots, racists, etc... just because that person expresses an opposing philosophy, is asking for the nasty personal tit-for-tats that often develop. Really, what is the difference calling someone the n-word as calling someone a bigot. Both are derogatory.

When someone suggests, intimates, word smiths, etc... one of these terms towards another, you can't expect the receiver to just ignore it. Let's not be so disingenuous to suggest that most don't know who or what individuals are targeting and saying, even though they attempt to mask it by claiming that someone has "thin skin," or that it must hit home.

What positive does using these words or terms bring to this blog? I am all for people expressing their philosophies and ideologies, etc..., everyone has the right to do so. But the truth is, that no one can see in anyone else's heart. Using some of these terms, without evidence that will stand up in court, is libelous. Many hide behind their computers and verbally insult others who they would otherwise not do so in a face-to-face, and I think that should be the criteria. Would you say that to someone's face, knowing not only the potential for physical consequences, but more so a suit for libel or slander?

Question: Are there certain words used by commenters at Huckleberries Online that should trigger automatic use of the cooler?

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

March 13, 2015 - 4:23pm

During taping Thursday, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, second right, dances with first lady Michelle Obama as she takes part in Obama's #GimmeFive Challenge in honor of the 5th Anniversary of "Let's Move!" Initiative in in Burbank, Calif. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Mike Rozman)

Thursday Winner -- FlorineD with 11 likes: "At last I can shop in the "regular" department. Like my sweater?" And Runnerup -- JohnA with 9 likes: "I used to be the fattest ever wiener dog,/But, that is what I never wished to be./'Cause when I was the fattest ever wiener dog/I'd wet myself when I would go wee wee." You can see Thursday photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.13.15

March 13, 2015 - 4:13pm
  • 5:52 p.m. 2 unattended slash piles reported @ Clagstone Road/8 Mile, Athol.
  • 5:50 p.m. 2 feet of debris reported @ n/b H95/MP 446 (Bunco Road/Athol).
  • 5:41 p.m. 55YO drunk female, who also has taken pills, having chest pain @ Coeur d'Alene Casino.
  • 5:27 p.m. Sedan & tow truck involved in noninjury crash @ H41/Poleline Ave/Post Falls.
  • 5:15 p.m. Driver of pickup pulling trailer circling 4th St/Kathleen Ave roundabout yelling he doesn't have brakes.
  • 5:11 p.m. Injury crash reported in Fred Meyer parking lot, H95/Kathleen Ave, CdA.
  • 4:42 p.m. Tow truck driver reportedly swerving, not using blinkers @ H95/MP 442 (Chilco Ave).
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for March 12-13 here.
  • 4:15 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report for March 12-13 here.
  • 4:02 p.m. Smoke reported on Rathdrum Mountain.
  • 3:50 p.m. Firefighter tells homeowner to extinguish illegal burn @ 30200 block of Davis Lane/Athol.
  • 3:49 p.m. Illegal burn reported @ 32600 block of N2nd Ave/Spirit Lake.
  • 3:35 p.m. Citizen dispute reported @ 8700 block of Salmonberry Loop/Hayden.
  • 3:27 p.m. Small fire reported on Valhalla Road, 1/2 mile up split with Kidd Island Road/CdA.
  • 3:06 p.m. A "civilian" w/plow behind tractor has carved a fire break around a fire of 1/2 to 3/4s acre in field north of Prairie Avenue b/n Atlas Road & Huetter Road. Firefighter says the man has done a good service to community.
  • 2:27 p.m. Male was reeking of alcohol during stop in Chevy Lumina at service station @ H41/Mullan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 2:15 p.m. Marine patrol asks dispatch to contact boater who left 12-foot boat in bad location at public launch.
  • 2:09 p.m. Fire alarm sounding at constructin site @ Lancaster Road/Ramsey Road, Hayden.
  • 1:48 p.m. Older female driver waiting in disabled tan Buick @ w/b I-90/MP 10.5 (near NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 1:39 p.m. Employees on 4th floor of Kootenai Clinic report smell of gas; some evacuate.
  • 1:29 p.m. 2 males are looking into garages & trying door handles @ 6600 block of Kamloops Drive/Rathdrum.
  • 1:22 p.m. Driver of dirty semi traveling 50-55 mph in fast lane of e/b I-90/MP 22 (SH 97/Wolf Lodge).
  • 12:38 p.m. Vehicle still poked into building in Midtown Coeur d'Alene (12:59 item), high-centered on blocks.
  • 1:06 p.m. Responding firefighters locate 2 slash piles burning above Spirit Lake (12:46 item).
  • 12:59 p.m. Vehicle has crashed into The Bookworm, 1132 Fourth St/CdA, no injuries.
  • 12:46 p.m. Fire reported on north side of 11058 Spirit Lake Road/Spirit Lake.
  • 12:38 p.m. BOSS hit @ w/b I-90/MP 22 (west side of 4th of July) on 1988 blue-and-silver Chevy S-10, owned by man wanted in Shoshone County for failure to appear in court. Officers will try to stop man @ MP 17 (Mullan Trail).
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Tanning Bill Heads To Governor

March 13, 2015 - 2:38pm

After years of debate, lawmakers have sent legislation limiting children’s use of artificial tanning beds to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk. HB 177 passed the Senate this evening on a 23-12 vote. Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, said it matches the restrictions on tanning beds, which are linked to skin cancer, particularly for the young, to existing restrictions in Idaho on youngsters getting tattoos, piercings or brandings. “Thirteen and under, you just don’t do it,” Hagedorn said. “Between 14 and 18 you get parental consent. And that’s worked very well for these things, I think it’ll work very well here”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: I'm not sure how I feel about this bill. Seems a bit nanny state to me. Thoughts?

All-Time Zag Bracketology

March 13, 2015 - 2:08pm

Have you been following the special section/online feature in which The Spokesman-Review sports department, with a little help from its friends, tries to determine the all-time best Gonzaga Bulldog men's basketball team? The SR matched up the best 16 Gonzaga Bulldog teams against one another in an effort to decide who's best. The fantasy playoff is nearing a Final Four here.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 3.13.15

March 13, 2015 - 1:59pm

Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer and Council President Woody McEvers recently sat down with Police Chief Lee White and Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel to discuss a public safety bond facing voters on May 19. Coeur d'Alene Today story here. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo)

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, March 12): 9,601 page-views/6,259 unique views

Deputies Get A Salary Boost

March 13, 2015 - 1:31pm

Kootenai County Deputy Ron Broesch drives his cruiser while on patrol Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Broesch has seen most of the guys hired along with him leave for better pay at other law enforcement agencies in the region. And Broesch admits he too has been tempted to make the jump. Patrol deputies can earn from $5 to $15 an hour more with the Coeur d’Alene or Spokane police departments or the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Benefits like insurance coverage are better, too, Broesch said. “The pull of Spokane city and Spokane County, it’s very persuasive,” said Broesch, who patrols the Hayden area. Alarmed by the high turnover, Kootenai County officials gave 110 sheriff’s department employees a pay raise that took effect this week. Depending on years of service, they are making $1.50 to $2.50 an hour more. It’s a big step toward making the positions more competitive in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene corridor, Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said this week/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Would you like to see Kootenai County commissioners increase pay for deputies and jailers even more?

AAA Opposes 3 Road Funding Bills

March 13, 2015 - 1:20pm

AAA of Idaho says three last-minute road funding bills introduced in the waning weeks of this year’s legislative session would actually make Idaho’s situation worse, rather than fixing its road-maintenance shortfall. “None of the legislation drafted addresses the underlying problems with the state’s user-pay fees and taxes, which could threaten the long-term viability of transportation funding,” the motorists’ group said in a statement today. Studies have identified “major inequities between what cars and combination trucks pay” for roads in Idaho, AAA said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

More Eye on Boise posts today:

Poll: Don't Use Eminent Domain

March 13, 2015 - 12:51pm
  • Thursday Poll: A solid majority of Hucks Nation supports legislation that bans use of eminent domain by Idaho cities to build walking trails, bike paths and greenspaces. 135 of 232 respondents (58.19%) took that position. 93 of 232 respondents (40.09%) supported using eminent domain for those amenities. 4 (1.72%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: How important do you consider the email controversy involving former secretary of state Hillary Clinton?

1 Yr Ago: Souza Files For Senate

March 13, 2015 - 11:53am

A story making the news one year ago:

Mary Souza, the unsuccessful candidate for Coeur d'Alene mayor last November, has filed as a Republican to run against incumbent state Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene. Souza filing means that two women who were active in the failed 2012 Coeur d'Alene recall attempt, will be running for the Republican nomination in Legislative District 4. State Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, will be running against former Republicam Commissioner Rick Currie. In the other Legislative District 4 race, state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, will face Coeur d'Alene businessman Toby Schindelbeck. You can see the statewide, legislative and judge candidacy filings here.

Question: How would you rate Idaho Sen. Mary Souza's first session in the Idaho Legislature so far?

Old School: Templin's Grill

March 13, 2015 - 11:40am

On Old School Coeur d'Alene, Kimi Coles posts this photo of the old Templin's Grill in Coeur d'Alene. You vehicle buffs will have a better idea than I re: when this photo was taken, judging by the autos parked along the road. I remember eating at Templin's soon after I arrived in Coeur d'Alene in 1984. That was right after Duane Hagadone grabbed control of the old North Shore Hotel & Bob Templin's Western Frontiers hospitality empire. Hagadone renamed the eatery Murphys for a short period before tearing it down. It was located west of Hagadone Co HQ. But this photo doesn't show the Templin's restaurant that I remember. Was it originally located someplace else in the downtown Coeur d'Alene area?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.13.15

March 13, 2015 - 11:35am
  • 11:49 a.m. Responder on scene reports gas smell (11:31 item) from stove left on.
  • 11:31 a.m. Resident reports smell of gas in home @ 6429 W. Tombstone St/Rathdrum.
  • 11:24 a.m. CPD officer en route to serve civil papers to someone @ 2000 block of E. Sherman Ave/CdA.
  • 10:47 a.m. Resident confronts 2 teen boys passed out in vehicle on booze or drugs, unknown location.
  • 10:33 a.m. Silent alarm sounding @ Columbia Bank, 200 W. Neider Ave/CdA, it proved to be a false alarm.
  • 10:26 a.m. Firefighter on scene reports debris that was on fire in garage (10:23 item) has been kicked outside.
  • 10:23 a.m. Construction worker across street reports flames visible from attached garage @ 7520 Davenport St/Dalton Gardens (cross of Deerhaven Ave). Residents are evacuating house.
  • 9:55 a.m. 56YO male is hitting and singing to staff @ Lacrosse Rehabilitation/210 Lacrosse Ave/CdA.
  • 9:54 a.m. CPD officer en route to civil standby @ 9600 N Ezy St/CdA.
  • 9:48 a.m. Hazard: Man hole is uncovered @ 10th Place/Gilbert Ave, CdA.
  • 9:44 a.m. 94YO male has broken hip after falling in garage last night @ Hauser Lake Road/Cliff House Road, Hauser.
  • 9:42 a.m. Suspicious male in sweats, with hands in his pockets, reported near North Idaho Advanced Care/Post Falls.
  • 8:43 a.m. Male is trying to hitchhike under overpass @ e/b I-90/MP 13 (4th St/CdA).
  • 8:25 a.m. Male driver has suffered head cut in rollover @ I-90/H97; car remains on top.
  • 8:15 a.m. A male drinking coffee is walking through yards & may be in house @ 6200 block of Valley St/Dalton Gardens.
  • 7:58 a.m. Someone unconscious & not breathing at The Lodge at Riverside Harbor, 52 N Cedar St/Post Falls.
  • 7:53 a.m. CPR being performed on unconscious male found in pickup @ 339 Parkwood Place/Post Falls.

Rudy Wants Prez To Be Like Cosby

March 13, 2015 - 11:15am

In this Aug. 23, 2007, SR file photo by Kathy Plonka, Republican Rudy Giuliani arrives at The Coeur d'Alene Resort before a campaign fundraiser at the home of Attorney John Magnuson.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that President Barack Obama could leave a unique legacy if he spoke about the intersection of race and law enforcement like Bill Cosby. “[Obama] could explain that yes, there are bad police and yes, there are police that act improperly and yes, there are more contacts between the police and blacks and we’re doing everything we can,” said Giuliani on John Gambling’s New York radio show on AM970. “If an African-American president stood up and said — I hate to mention it because of what happened afterwards — the kind of stuff that Bill Cosby used to say”/Alex Rogers, Time. More here.


Columnist: 3 Cheers For Nuxoll

March 13, 2015 - 11:04am

Andrew Jenson, a columnist for the University of Idaho Argonaut, defends Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, for boycotting prayer by Hindu chaplain Rajan Zed earlier this month:

"This whole situation is hilarious. It’s adorable to see various religious leaders demand an apology from another religious person for standing up for her faith. By asking for an apology, it’s like they’re admitting they don’t believe any one faith is the true faith, even though they are all members of specific faiths. If it’s improper and insensitive for Nuxoll to denounce other faiths, why is it OK for them to become members of and proclaim their own faiths? After all, by choosing to be a part of one religion, an individual immediately discredits all other religions." Full column here.


IFF: CdA Tribe Wants Monopoly

March 13, 2015 - 10:49am

Credit the Coeur d’Alene Tribe with cleverness. It took me a while to realize exactly what the tribe was up to with its Senate Bill 1011, but now I know. The tribe argues that the Legislature should pass its bill to repeal historical horse racing. Historical horse racing is a type of gambling where, sitting at a terminal, a player can bet on a horse race that occurred sometime in the past. The player doesn’t know when or where the race took place, but using information generally found for live races, he places a bet on the outcome of the race. The tribe, which operates its own casinos with slot machines, contends that the historical horse race terminals violate the Idaho Constitution’s ban on casino gambling. But the tribe isn’t valiantly fighting to protect the state constitution. The tribe wants to kill off its competition. The tribe wants its monopoly/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Wayne Hoffman that the tribe is challenging "instant racing" because it is trying to kill off its competition?

AM Headlines -- 3.13.15

March 13, 2015 - 10:09am

Andrew Crain, right, and Isaac Yow, center, the two boys who chased the abductor of a toddler in Sprague, Wash., last weekend are congratulated by the town’s mayor, Ed Stephens, at a basketball game Thursday in Sprague. Story here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)