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Megaload 25 Miles North Of Moscow

August 13, 2014 - 8:58am

A megaload that left the Port of Wilma Sunday is taking a break after encountering peaceful protests in Moscow and Lewiston. The hydrocracker section bound for a Calumet refinery in Great Falls, Mont., is at the Latah/Benewah county line, about 25 miles north of Moscow, said Idaho State Police Capt. Lonnie Richardson. It will wait to resume its trip until at least this evening so that its movements can be coordinated with construction farther north along U.S. Highway 95, Richardson said. The state police officers are being paid by Bigge Crane, the contractor hauling the megaload, to travel with the shipment. Richardson said troopers are there to coordinate emergency responses, make sure other vehicles on the road don't face significant delays and to prevent protesters from blocking its progress/Elaine Williams, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Photo: Moscow-Pullman Daily News)


Vestal: In Praise Of The Corndog

August 13, 2014 - 8:48am

If there is any food more estranged from this culinary moment than the corn dog, it would be hard to find. The corn dog is not local and organic. It is not, usually, hand-crafted and artisanal. There is nothing farm-to-table about the corn dog – though there’s plenty that is nose-to-tail – and you absolutely should not sprinkle it with a chili salt or drizzle it with an infused oil. Salty, greasy, fried, processed, packaged, cheap, convenient, probably carcinogenic: the corn dog is the archenemy of the superfood. As such, it seems like something that should be made and served by someone else. A fair vendor, ideally, but also a lunch lady. In a pinch, you can heat a frozen one in your oven. But as for actually making one from scratch? By hand, sort of? What in the world for? It seems like a fool’s errand. I was that fool. Call me Corn Doggy Dog/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here. (SR Photo: Adriana Janovich)

Question: I love corndogs. But I don't eat them, for obvious reasons. How about you?

Lauren Bacall, 89, RIP

August 13, 2014 - 8:39am

Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in “To Have and Have Not,” has died at the age of 89, according to her family. Details of the location and the cause of her death were not immediately available. Her death was confirmed by Robbert de Klerk, the co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate. Her daughter, Leslie Bogart, said no other information was available. Bacall launched her career with the 1944 film that turned “Bogie and Bacall” into one of Hollywood’s legendary couples on screen and off. She was born Betty Joan Perske on Sept. 16, 1924, in New York/Los Angeles Times. More here. (AP File Photo: Bogie & Bacall in "The Big Sleep")

Also: YouTube of Bertie Higgins' "Key Largo" song, which contains the line: "We had it all/Just like Bogey and Bacall."

Question: Which old-time actress did you admire most?

Arfee Shooting Probe Nearly Done

August 13, 2014 - 8:25am

Lieutenant Turner measures Craig Jones’ van for his investigation regarding the shooting of Jones’ dog Arfee on July 9. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Tess Freeman)

An internal investigation into the July 9 officer-involved shooting of a dog is close to completion, authorities said Tuesday. Arfee, a 2-year-old black Labrador, was shot by a Coeur d'Alene Police Department officer in the parking lot of Java on Sherman. At the time of the incident, the dog was inside its owner's van. The window was rolled partially down. Sgt. Christie Wood said the department hopes to have the internal investigation completed very soon. The next step in the process, according to Wood, is a shooting review board/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Dog Shooting Secrecy Suspicious

August 13, 2014 - 8:18am

When cops shoot human beings, they are named publicly within days. This is as it should be. We grant police officers extraordinary authority, not the least of which is the right to carry and use guns. When they do so, the level of public scrutiny should be high and early. Even as larger questions are investigated, the initial facts should come out early – not late and after a bunch of massaging – and the process of evaluating those facts should, as much as possible, unfold in a manner that the public can examine. Should it be different for cops who shoot dogs? Should basic, initial information considered public under the law be withheld? To be more specific: Should an extraordinary, even unique level of secrecy be extended to the cop who shot Arfee the black lab in Coeur d’Alene? Of course not. Dumb questions, easy answers. A harder question is: Why don’t the folks at Coeur d’Alene’s City Hall get this?/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.


Edit: Chief White Looks Right

August 13, 2014 - 8:16am

He's been a Press reader for two years, but that isn't the only reason we're keen on Coeur d'Alene hiring new Police Chief Lee White. Let us count some of the other ways.

  • White has done just about every cop job in Mesa, Ariz., over the past 21 years, from patrol officer to his current duties as assistant police chief. When Coeur d'Alene Police Department employees bring their problems and suggestions to him, there's a pretty good chance White will have some first-hand experience with many of the situations.
  • Speaking of hands-on, his proven willingness to do anything he'll ask of any of his employees should help ease any outsider-coming-in discomfort.
  • "Transparency" isn't just a buzzword with White. We spent a little time on the Mesa Police Department's website and easily found several proofs of a transparent department. One was published crime reports going all the way back to 1991. Another was a clear, easy-to-fill-out public records request. Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you have an initial impression of Coeur d'Alene's next police chief, Lee White?

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

August 13, 2014 - 8:13am

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

We Laughed Til We Cried

August 13, 2014 - 8:11am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 8.12.14

August 12, 2014 - 5:30pm

Last night, I helped Lets Talk post an avatar for comment purposes. Lets Talk didn't know how to do so. I was glad to help. I appreciate comments that have avatars, rather than that shadow silhouette. It adds something to the comment, especially for the regulars. I don't mind drive-by commenters posting w/o an avatar. If you're a regular part of HucksOnline, I would prefer that you had one. If anyone needs help in posting an avatar, email me. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 8.12.14

August 12, 2014 - 5:29pm

Aisha the dog follows her owner as he jumps into a lake at sunset in Bucharest, Romania, earlier today. Romania's weather authority issued a heat wave warning for the coming days with temperatures expected to exceed 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in many regions of the country.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Top Comment -- MikeK

August 12, 2014 - 5:07pm

MikeK (RE: Grandpa Stallings' big problem): This is disappointing. I might have thought that Chuck Malloy was better than to throw out an age-smearing column, especially when, based on his ideology, it is likely that Malloy voted for Ronald Reagan to be re-elected President at (ironically) 73 years of age. Plus if Malloy thinks that a 24-year old would see a 73 year old as a "great grandfather" then he must assume that this lady's mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother would have had to be teenage parents for several generations back. I wonder if the waitress would appreciate the implications of that comment from Malloy?

Blogger: My Fight With Depression

August 12, 2014 - 5:00pm

Since Robin Williams' death yesterday, I've read several posts where people I know have written about their experience with depression.  My sister did so here. I don't know if the “press” present in the words”depression” and “pressure” are related to each other etymologically.  What I do know is that my years of suffering from depression had less to do with feeling sadness and much more to do with feeling awful internal pressure, pressure pressing down on me, in my head and throughout my body, making me want to escape, isolate myself, and, most of all, sleep; sometimes I tried to escape with manic episodes of too much enthusiasm for my work or for other things in my life. I never hated myself, but I hated the pressure.  I wanted to be out from under it.  I didn't contemplate suicide for reasons having to do more with luck than strength/Kellogg Bloggin'. More here.

Question: Do you battle depression?

Cutline Contest -- 8.12.14

August 12, 2014 - 4:50pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Wyatt Van Handel makes a diving grab during the Pig Rassle event at The 44th Annual St. Patrick Catholic Church Roundup Sunday in Stephensville, Wis. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Post-Crescent, Wm.Glasheen)

Monday Winner -- Turnipseed, with 5 likes: "Vincente's stock broker warned him it was a bull market." You can see Monday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.12.14

August 12, 2014 - 4:45pm
  • 5:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Aug. 11-12 here.
  • 4:59 p.m. 2-vehicle crash in front of Dashco/Rathdrum is partly blocking H53.
  • 4:57 p.m. 2-vehicle crash b/n Buick LeSabre & blue pickup reported @ H95/Hanley, CdA.
  • 4:34 p.m. Female has run from abusive male into Michael's/CdA to escape.
  • 4:14 p.m. Residential alarm sounding @12800 block of N. Emerald/Hayden.
  • 4:08 p.m. CPD officer wonders if ex-husband is trying to use police to harass his ex-wife.
  • 3:48 p.m. Post Falls resident reports screaming child in his neighborhood.
  • 3:25 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Aug. 11-12 here.
  • 2:43 p.m. Nathan tells PFPD officers that Johnny pulled a 6-inch knife on him & told Nathan, "You don't know who you're messing with." Nathan owed Johnny $1. Johnny also allegedly took Nathan's orange Nike backpack.
  • 2:40 p.m. 2-vehicle, non-injury crash is blocking intersection of 4th/Coeur d'Alene, CdA.
  • 1:45 p.m. Disabled pickup with hood up is blocking intersection of H95/Appleway, CdA.
  • 1:32 p.m. Resident @ 30400 block of Alice Court/Athol reports fraud.
  • 1:29 p.m. Deputy is flagged down by bicyclist who was run off H95 near Gozzer Road/Lake Coeur d'Alene this AM.
  • 1:20 p.m. Someone is suffering uncontrollable bleeding @ 10400 block of Melrose Street/Hayden.
  • 1:05 p.m. E2nd Avenue/Post Falls reports fight b/n 2 females in nearby duplex, one tells other, "Get off on me."
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Grandpa Stallings' Big Problem

August 12, 2014 - 4:26pm

The other day in Twin Falls, former 2nd District Congressman Richard Stallings approached a 24-year-old waitress and talked about this year’s congressional campaign. As any good politician, he saw an opportunity to win over a potential voter. What she saw was a man who was old enough to be her great-grandfather, which presents a problem for Stallings. His mind is sharp, he has good health overall, but the 73-year-old Stallings looks every bit of his age – which does little to attract 20-somethings who already are detached from politics. The waitress was just more than a year old when Stallings left Congress in 1993. There’s a whole generation of new voters who were not even born when Stallings served in Congress/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Is the age of a politician a factor for you in deciding whom to vote for?

'LiberalAJ' Site Targets Demo Balukoff

August 12, 2014 - 4:09pm

Seems there's a new Web site devoted to attacking Democrat A.J. Balukoff -- The opening text gives you some idea re: what the site is all about: "A.J. Balukoff wants voters to believe he’s some kind of level-headed moderate – but don’t be mistaken...he’s not. These are serious times in our country – Idahoans don’t support the direction our federal government, under Barack Obama, is taking our country. And we can’t afford another liberal taking us down the same paths." In a press release, Balukoff denounced the Web site: "He has decided to go negative. That's disappointing, because we feel the voters should hear directly from the candidates about their views and records. It's also not a surprise to see the state's richest business group backing Gov. Otter, who has been a recipient of their generous financial support in the past. This slander campaign is bankrolled by the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, where Gov. Otter's campaign manager Jayson Ronk last worked as a lobbyist before coming to work to help get Gov. Otter re-elected. Gov. Otter's campaign leadership is staffed with high-powered lobbyists who know who butters their bread." Balukoff news release here.

Question: Would you be persuaded by a Web site like this?

Butch Writes

August 12, 2014 - 3:27pm

At the GOPrimary gubernatorial debate this spring, Harley Brown, Walt Bayes and Gov. Otter listen to a question from the panelists. There was a "regular guy" involved, too -- but I can't recall his name. (AP File Photo)

I received a nice, personal note from Gov. Butch Otter in the mail. He addressed it to "Dear David." I thought it was from a member of my family because my siblings are the only ones who call me "David." I noticed, however, that it was from Butch. And he was the bearer of grave news: "Who do you think knows what's best for Idaho -- the people of Idaho, or the bureaucrats of Washington, D.C.?" the letter began. Before I could venture a guess at the answer, Butch continued: "That seems like an obvious question, and maybe it is, at least to you and me. But my Democrat opponent, actually wants to bring the far-left policies of Barack Obama, his failed administration, and the disastrous Washington bureaucracy here to Idaho. This is wrong." You can read the full letter from the governor here. (AP File Photo: Butch Otter & Co. at GOPrimary gubernatorial debate this spring)

Question: Do you think the gubernatorial debate between Butch & A.J. will be as interesting as the GOPrimary guv debate?

HBO Blogosphere -- 8.12.14

August 12, 2014 - 2:12pm

On Saturday afternoon, not too far from Enaville, a couple of pups (Fritz & Bear), along with Janine Lilja, prepare for the dust of a Back Country ATV Association ride in North Idaho's back-country. Owners of the dogs, Bob and Janine Lilja. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Aug. 11): 7207 page-views/4497 unique views


August 12, 2014 - 1:39pm
"Skydiving -- Good to the last drop" -- on pickup parked at Foster Avenue work site Monday.

Badminton, Anyone?

August 12, 2014 - 1:30pm

It was hot Monday afternoon, but not enough to stop sisters-in-law Nav Hothi, above, and Kiran Hothi from a game against their husbands in Manito Park after a picnic. Nav Hothi said that they, like most people of Indian descent, grew up playing badminton. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

DFO: I haven't played badminton for at least 10 years. Probably longer. I grew up playing baseball. However, Amy Dearest & Okie Doke have introduced me to bocce ball. Which is a lot more fun than croquet. I need to buy a nice set for my large back lawn.

Question: What sport did you grow up playing with your family?