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Update: Delavan Rehired

February 5, 2015 - 8:11am

Greg Delavan has his old job back as manager of the Coeur d’Alene Airport. Delavan was fired last October by the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners, but this morning the board voted 2-1 to reinstate him at his same salary and benefits. Delavan also will be paid for the three months he was out of a job. He did not receive any type of settlement, but for two years Delavan will have an extra layer of job security as a “for-cause” rather than “at-will” employee, board Chairman David Stewart said. Stewart and the other newly seated commissioner, Marc Eberlein, voted for Delavan’s reinstatement agreement. Commissioner Dan Green, one of two commissioners who voted to terminate Delavan last fall, opposed bringing him back but said he’d now work to implement the board’s reversal. The county has not released Delavan’s contract. Delavan went back to work today/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Militant Islam

February 5, 2015 - 8:01am

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Hump Day Wild Card -- 2.4.15

February 4, 2015 - 5:30pm

We've had some issues with Disqus this AM, which has slowed my HucksOnline production. But things appear to be working again (although looks are sometimes deceiving). I'll soldier on, if you hang in there. Here's your Hump Day Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 2.4.15

February 4, 2015 - 5:26pm

Sotheby's staff pose for a picture with 'Le Grand Canal' by Claude Monet, during a preview of their upcoming Impressionist and Modern, Surrealist and Contemporary Art sale, at the auction house in London, England. "Le Grand Canal," fetched 23.7 million pounds ($35.6 million) at Sotheby's, though it didn't reach the top of its pre-sale estimate of 20 million pounds to 30 million pounds. The Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist auction on Tuesday raised 186.4 million pounds ($280.2 million), the highest-ever total for a single sale in London. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

Panel Targets Car Dealer Hours

February 4, 2015 - 5:11pm

At Idaho Reporter, Harvey Breaux reports: "Buying a car is one of the biggest decisions a person makes. Owning one is almost a necessity in this modern day and age. Maybe that’s what motivated members of the House Transportation and Defense Committee to approve an administrative rule defining business hours for car dealers. During its Wednesday hearing, the panel narrowly approved the administrative rules, written by the Idaho Transportation Department, mandating car dealerships have doors open to customers at least 20 hours each week. An undefined amount of those 20 hours must fall Monday through Friday, the rules require." More here.

Question: Idaho legislators are always complaining about goofy mandates from the federal government -- and at least one committee thinks its OK to mandate hours of business for car dealers? Are? You? Kidding? Me?

Nic: 'I Can Be A Real Jerk'

February 4, 2015 - 4:51pm

There is a lesson that I have learned in life that has served me well: don't be a jerk. That being said, I don't always get it right. Try as hard as I might to be nice and take the high road, sometimes I can be a real jerk. If you are one of those people that have taken the brunt end of my unintentional jerkitude, let me apologize. I am sorry. I am deeply saddened by my actions. For those of you who have never seen that part of me, congratulations - you have witnessed my better side, the one that I hope to portray more frequently. People in general can be mean. It happens. Taylor Swift writes songs about them. Screenwriters use them as inspiration for movie villains. And they will one day be employed by the nerds they once bullied/Nic, Faithful Geek. More here.

Question: How often are you a jerk? What form does your jerkitude usually take?

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

February 4, 2015 - 4:47pm

It's a smooch from a moose as the Mariners mascot kisses Mary McGoran below the Safeco stands in Seattle recently. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Alan Berner)

Tuesday Winner -- Dennis, with 8 likes: "The Texas version of Ground Hog Day!" You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.4.15

February 4, 2015 - 4:44pm
  • 4:35 p.m. Male driver in gray Mazda 3 is tailgating/flipping off female in tan Chevy Cruise @ n/b H95/Prairie Ave.
  • 4:34 p.m. Officer finds boy (4:28 item) walking by himself @ e/b Boekel Road/H41, Rathdrum.
  • 4:28 p.m. 4-5YO boy in dark-blue jacket, green sweats walking by himself @ e/b Boekel Road toward H41/Rathdrum.
  • 4:17 p.m. Ambulance needed to transport patient from Kootenai Health to Hospice House/Hayden.
  • 4:03 p.m. Advanced Dermatology, 1700 W. Riverstone Drive/CdA, reports electrical burning smell in building.
  • 3:55 p.m. Someone is suffering stomach pain @ Ivy Court, 2200 Ironwood Place/CdA.
  • 3:34 p.m. Male who'd threatened suicide in December, threatening to kill himself @ Estates Drive/Gwen Court, Athol.
  • 3:13 p.m. PFPD Facebook: "Suspicious Package near Seltice Elementary. This turned out to be a package with thawed out stinky fish. The fish were placed in the garbage."
  • 2:53 p.m. Male dressed in camo, curly brown hair, is trying to get into passenger's side of vehicles in CdA Panda Express drive-thru. He has one hand in a pocket. Caller didn't know if he had a gun.
  • 2:43 p.m. Vehicle has rolled over into gas station lot @ H41/Poleline Road, Post Falls, unknown injuries.
  • 2:34 p.m. Deputy says solicitor w/long beard has permit to go door-to-door in Dalton Gardens & Hayden.
  • 2:25 p.m. 72YO male at Life Care, 500 W. Aqua Ave/CdA, has stopped breathing briefly 4 times today.
  • 2:21 p.m. Noninjury accident reported @ Strawberry Lane/Atlas Road, Hayden.
  • 1:58 p.m. Animal control is trying to catch dog @ Winch Ave/Freddi Road, Rathdrum.
  • 1:52 p.m. A dog is running loose @ 1st St/Lena Louis Lane, Worley.
  • 1:43 p.m. School district reports crash b/n bus and vehicle @ Indiana Ave/12th St, CdA, no injuries. Only driver and an aide were in school bus at time of accident.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

SR News Quiz -- 2.1-6.2015

February 4, 2015 - 4:24pm

How much do you know about Gonzaga University guard Kevin Pangos, Spokane Lilac Festival queens, baseball's "Mr. Cub" and other recent news of note? Find out in our weekly quiz, where you could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take SR News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 1: Whether the sedative midazolam can be used.
  • Last week's winners: Monte McCully of Hayden, Idaho (gift card) and Morgan Case of Boise (movie tickets).
  • Leaderboard: Only 1 of 22 current finalists for $50 gift certificate is from Hucks Nation: RaynTim. Contest closes at 5 p.m. Friday.

State Of School District Tonight

February 4, 2015 - 4:18pm

The Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership will present a State of the District community event in partnership with the Coeur d'Alene School District from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today in the Community Room of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. Parents, teachers, students, and community members are invited to attend. The library is located at 702 E. Front Ave. The format for the evening will include three segments, with each presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers. The first segment will be presented by Coeur d'Alene School District Superintendent Matt Handelman and will include an overview of the district's performance and an update on the district's upcoming maintenance and operations levy. The second segment will be presented by two district instructional coaches on the new goals for math and literacy, as well as a presentation by the district's director of curriculum and assessments Mike Nelson on the district's plan for preparing students for the new ISAT 2.0. The final segment will be presented by Handelman and director of communications Laura Rumpler on the district's strategic direction/Laura Rumpler, Coeur d'Alene School District. More here.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.4.15

February 4, 2015 - 3:36pm

Wildlife officials have tallied a 24 percent increase in the size of an elk herd that migrates between Yellowstone National Park and Montana. But they say it’s too soon to know if the change marks a turnaround for a population long in decline. More here from Rich Landers' Outdoors blog.

HucksOnline numbers for Tuesday, Feb. 3: 9138 page-views/5794 unique views

Is Bruce Jenner Transitioning?

February 4, 2015 - 2:58pm

In this Sept. 11, 2013, AP file photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, in New York.

With speculation flying, Bruce Jenner's mother opened up Wednesday about his gender journey. Esther Jenner, 88, has been besieged by calls from the media in recent days, but the widow in Lewiston, Idaho, isn't interested in fueling gossip. Instead, in a wide-ranging, nearly hour-long phone interview, she praised her Olympian son for his courage, stopping short of some details that have been floated by unnamed sources online and in tabloids. Bruce Jenner, who won gold as a decathlete in the 1976 Summer Games, has not publicly spoken about transitioning to a woman/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Have you followed Bruce Jenner's post-Olympic career?

Agony Of (Super Bowl) Defeat

February 4, 2015 - 2:35pm

I've thought a lot about that bonehead pass that cost the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX. I like the Seahawks, especially QB Russell Wilson (totally class act), even though I like the 49ers more. I was elated when Jermaine Kearse made that impossible catch while on his back moments before. We'd still be talking about that catch if the interception hadn't happened at the 1-yard-line. All of which brings me to the question: When do you get over a defeat like that. I don't think a true fan ever gets over something like that. Case in point. In 1962, when I was in the 8th grade at a Catholic school, the S.F. Giants lost the 7th game of the World Series to Bill Terry and the New York Yankees 1-0. With 2 outs in the 9th and runners at 2nd and 3rd, first baseman Willie McCovey (pictured in 1968 AP photo) crushed a ball toward right-center field. If the ball had been a few feet to either side of Bobby Richardson, the Giants would have won their first World Series in San Francisco. It wasn't. Game, set, match to the hated Yankees. I would have to wait 48 years more (in 2010) before the Giants won their first World Series in San Francisco. I, of course, have been in tall cotton sense because the Giants now have won the 2012 and 2014 series, too. However, I never forgot McCovey's almost-game-winning hit. And you won't forgot that play call either/DFO.

Not Your Mom's Mac-&-Cheese

February 4, 2015 - 2:28pm

Growing up, Mom usually made the simple version: pasta and melted cheddar. It was super-basic. But as a kid I loved the rich creaminess and tang of the sharp cheese – along with the simplicity. It wasn’t until much later that I learned the dish usually includes more than two ingredients. No matter how you make it, macaroni and cheese is an American staple. And during the throes of midwinter’s dreariest days, the velvety classic is particularly comforting. “I think everybody can relate to it,” said Branden Moreau, executive chef at Spokane’s No-Li Brewhouse, which serves a spicy but approachable version with andouille sausage. During the last decade, gourmet macaroni and cheese has been cropping up on restaurant menus. The traditional Southern side and favorite childhood fare has been re-imagined for more sophisticated palates/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here.

Question: How often do you eat mac-&-cheese? Old-fashioned way? Or some gourmet way?

Working On The Dike

February 4, 2015 - 1:58pm

Jake at Skyline Productions Photography Facebooks this photo of a Street Department worker busy cutting fallen bull pine along the Dike Road into transportable sections. City spokesman Keith Erickson told Huckleberries Online that tree thinning work on the Dike Road should be complete by month's end. As I mentioned in a previous post today, the number of trees remaining will be about half as much as previously estimated -- only about 330.

Netflix Tax Hike Tag: $1.2M

February 4, 2015 - 1:34pm

At Idaho Reporter, Dustin Hurst reports: "Idahoans may finally have a dollar figure to pair with the Netflix tax hike authorized by the House Revenue and Taxation Committee this year: $1.2 million. And that could rise if lawmakers decide to seek another tax hike on cable and satellite providers. The tax hike estimate comes from Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, a newly elected lawmaker and economics professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. The figure might be the most accurate estimate observers ever have, as the Idaho State Tax Commission cannot release data on specific taxpayers like Netflix." More here.

Question: Does this prospective tax hike affect you?

Redman: Not Doing It For Pay

February 4, 2015 - 1:25pm

Freshman Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, gave the opening prayer in the House this morning, as the regular chaplain was away. Redman said his message was for all representatives, Republican and Democrat alike. “I believe you all are here to sincerely serve the constituents in your district, and together we serve the citizens of Idaho. We certainly aren’t doing it for the pay,” he said. “I thank you for your diligence and perseverance,” Redman said. “Scripture instructs those of faith to pray for all people everywhere, especially that those of authority would lead the world, or a state, to dignity and peace.” He read from the psalms “for encouragement … when you receive those negative emails”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

On The Waterfront

February 4, 2015 - 1:13pm

My walking partner Greg Lee and I counted 330 trees that will be left along the Dike Road, once the chainsaws have gone quiet -- or far less than the 700 projected by the city of Coeur d'Alene. Greg counted the ones on the North Idaho College side of the Dike Road -- 136 -- and I counted the ones on the water side -- 194. A few of the trees with green dots remained in the mixed. They are scheduled for the blade. We didn't count those. Bottom line? I suspect at least 50 percent of the trees were cut, not 30%, as advertised. I still think the work needed to be done.


February 4, 2015 - 11:55am

Christina Oss LaBang tells of a close encounter with a falling tree along the lake side of the Dike Road Tuesday: "They were cutting the trees down along the dike road today, while Angelina and I were riding our bikes, and we were on the inside of the college parking lot when Angelina yelled 'MOM!' and I veered to the right. A tree fell where I had been seconds ago. There were many onlookers who heard the cracking of the tree and were watching it fall with such a near disaster of a crash. I was wearing a helmet but I could easily have died today. Cherish every second of this life. It could be your last moment alive."


What Might Have Been

February 4, 2015 - 11:49am

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks on as his son, Benjamin admires the Vince Lombardi Trophy during a parade in Boston today to honor the NFL football teams victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. Story here. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)