Huckleberries Blog

Syndicate content
Latest posts from the blog Huckleberries Online
Updated: 1 hour 5 min ago

Libertarian May Impact Guv's Race

September 5, 2014 - 11:02am

A disillusioned former Republican with an unusual story could throw a big wrench into the Idaho governor’s race this year. If Libertarian candidate John Bujak succeeds in his bid to appeal to disaffected Republicans who voted against Gov. Butch Otter in the GOP primary, he still might not win – but he could pull enough votes from Otter to swing the race to Democrat A.J. Balukoff. Bujak, the former GOP Canyon County prosecutor, has mostly made headlines in recent years for his legal troubles: He represented himself in five criminal trials in the past three years, and was acquitted in every one/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Are you a Republican or Unaffiliated who's considering voting for Bujak?

AM Headlines -- 9.5.14

September 5, 2014 - 11:02am

Rick Woodbury, originator of the Tango commuter car, stands with two of his cars at his Spokane headquarters Wednesday. Woodbury is still trying to sell people on the concept of a car that takes half a lane to double the traffic load of busy highways, but his premium-priced electric car is a tough sell. Doug Clark column here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Arfee Case Documents

September 5, 2014 - 10:48am

CEA: Make Trustees 'Uncomfortable'

September 5, 2014 - 10:36am

Coeur d'Alene Education Association representatives talk to teachers at recent negotiations at Woodland Middle School. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

On Coeur d'Alene Education Association Facebook page: "Negotiations are at a stand still. Now what? Human behavior suggests that the primary reasons people change their behavior is for personal reward, or because it is no longer comfortable to continue doing the same thing. The time has come to make the life of a school board member uncomfortable. How? Attend Board meetings. Let them see the faces of the people whose lives they are impacting. The next meeting is at 5:00 on September 8th at the Midtown Center. Arrive early if you wish to sign up to speak. Public comments on non-agenda items are near the beginning of the meeting. Contact them! If you work for the district, tell them your personal story so that they have a better understanding of how their offer to reduce your insurance coverage, and offer nothing on the salary base will impact your family. If you see them in the community, at the store, at church etc. engage them in conversation. Send them an email (emails of trustees then listed). Remember you are a member of the community, you are a taxpayer, and you are a voter. A school board trustee works for the people they represent. Tell them to represent you by supporting their employees." (CEA logo, from Facebook page)

Question: Izzit just me -- or are you also bothered by the idea that the local Education Association is advocating that its members confront trustees at the store, at church, etc.?

Arfee Press Conference

September 5, 2014 - 9:57am

Becky Kramer/SR & KHQ are providing an account of today's press conference re: Arfee investigation. KHQ is live-streaming here:

  • 10:18 a.m. KHQ: Press conference concludes.
  • 10:17 a.m. KHQ: White: "Everyone was frustrated with the time it took to get the investigation going, including the officer."
  • 10:13 a.m. KHQ: Chief Clark hoping to rebuild trust with the community.
  • 10:13 a.m. KHQ:Owner of Arfie has obtained legal council and the city will work with him on compensation.
  • 10:11 a.m. KHQ: Police Chief says he can't discuss any disciplinary actions for the officer who shot and killed Arfie.
  • 10:07 a.m. KHQ: Chief plans on having community component on future police Use of Force.
  • 10:07 a.m. KHQ: Chief of police Lee White says use of force in shooting of #arfee deemed not reasonable.
  • 10:07 a.m. KHQ: "The merits of this police department cannot be judged on this incident alone."
  • 10:06 a.m. KHQ: Use of Force against animal will be modified.
  • 10:01 a.m. Deadly force review board findings says officer's actions were in violation of dept policies.
  • 9:57 a.m. Officer said in the report that he was afraid of being bitten in the face.

Arfee Investigation Results Today

September 5, 2014 - 8:59am

The city of Coeur d'Alene and its police department announced Thursday that the results of internal and external investigations into the shooting death of Arfee, the black Labrador, will be released today to members of the media. It has been nearly two months since a Coeur d'Alene police officer - responding to a report of a suspicious van parked outside a Sherman Avenue coffee house - fired a shot through the window of the van, killing the pet dog inside. The animal's owner, Craig Jones, was inside Java on Sherman at the time, unaware of what was unfolding outside. He returned to his vehicle to find a broken window, a note from the police to call them about his dog, and no dog/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here


Edit: Minimum Wage Game Changer

September 5, 2014 - 8:48am

President Obama wasn't speaking to a bunch of small business owners on Labor Day when he once again lauded the importance - the necessity? - of significantly raising the minimum wage. No, the president addressed a union gathering of some 6,000 like-minded souls who fervently favor bosses making less and employees making more. Until they become bosses, anyway. But something in the president's speech shook our little soapbox. Believing strongly, as we do, that free markets and not government should determine what private sector employees are worth, we were unprepared for the president's assertion that states raising the minimum wage on their own are adding jobs faster than states holding pat on minimum wage/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you think the federal minimum wage -- and Idaho's -- of $7.25 is adequate?

Aryan Nations Attorney Steele Dies

September 5, 2014 - 8:39am

Edgar Steele, the north Idaho attorney who first gained notoriety for defending Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler and was later imprisoned for plotting to kill his wife, is dead. He was 69. The federal prison in Victorville, California, has listed him as deceased Sept. 4 and officials have notified Steele’s wife, Cyndi Steele, according to news releases. Information regarding the manner of Steele’s death is pending. He had reportedly been in declining health for weeks. Cyndi Steele never believed that her husband was involved in a murder-for-hire scheme to kill her and her mother. But a Boise jury convicted Steele of four felonies for paying his handyman in silver to kill Steele’s wife and mother-in-law with a car bomb/SR. More here. (SR File Photo: Edgar Steele, then attorney for Richard Butler and the Aryan Nations, speaks to press after Kootenai County verdict that bankrupted Aryans)


Kootenai County GOP Back Otter?

September 5, 2014 - 8:34am

Republicans in North Idaho are unified in supporting Gov. Butch Otter for re-election in November. At least those who responded to a Press survey. The Press contacted Republican Party candidates in Legislative Districts 2, 3 and 4 for a quick survey to find out where they stand and who they think their constituents will back. There was a Republican Party split in the primary with tea party favorite and state Sen. Russ Fulcher winning a lot of Republican votes in May, but for the Nov. 4 general election the troops are likely rallying around their candidate. Vito Barbieri, a Republican representative from District 2, said he believes Idaho must stick with a Republican governor to make sure the state stays on the right path. But Barbieri said voters in his district are disappointed with Otter, and ultimately it will be up to them to decide who wins the job. “They’re in the mood to leave the box unchecked” in voting booths this fall, Barbieri said/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think  significant amount of Kootenai County Republicans, who went for Russ Fulcher in the bitter primary, will leave the gubernatorial box on their ballot unchecked -- or even vote for Democrat A.J. Balukoff?

Daniel In The Lions Den

September 5, 2014 - 8:29am

Commissioner Dan Green, left, and Sheriff Ben Wolfinger listen to a question during a meeting of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans last evening at the Avondale Golf Club. The two men were pitching ideas to expand county jail space, one week after a 1st District Court judge rejected a proposed contract with a private company for leased space. Some Reagan Republicans criticized the commissioners and sheriff for seeking judicial confirmation rather than a public vote for more space. Green and Wolfinger addressed the North Idaho Pachyderm Club this morning. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Group To Challenge CdA Gun Laws

September 5, 2014 - 8:21am

The president of Idaho's Second Amendment Alliance said Thursday he is pursuing a legal challenge to a city ordinance banning weapons at parades and other public gatherings. "We are working on a way to file a suit to challenge the ordinance," said Greg Pruett. Pruett said his organization has been working with cities all over Idaho to change their local codes to adhere to Idaho's preemption law, which prohibits cities from regulating firearms. Just last week the organization successfully convinced Twin Falls County Commissioners to unanimously repeal that county's firearms ordinance banning guns in county parks. On its website,, the alliance is tracking all of the local firearms ordinances in Idaho, and Pruett said they are making progress almost everywhere except for Coeur d'Alene/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Which side do you want to win this challenge?

Day Of Hope Saturday At Fairgrounds

September 5, 2014 - 8:19am

Item: Hope, help on tap Saturday at fairgrounds: Groceries, health services, job info available at event/Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The North Idaho Day of Hope event will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. It is a collaborative effort to bring hope to those who need it, and inspire compassion and service throughout the community. Guests who attend can receive free groceries, shoes, a haircut, health and dental services, job services, lunch, family portraits. Items will be available while supplies last. No identification is required. The event will be held rain or shine. Transportation to and from the fairgrounds on Government Way in Coeur d'Alene will be available from throughout the county on Saturday.

DFO: This is a major event. It provides a helping hand to those who need one -- no questions asked. Do you know someone who could use the services mentioned above?

Joan Rivers, 1933-2014

September 5, 2014 - 8:16am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Wild Card/Thursday -- 9.4.14

September 4, 2014 - 5:32pm

I first met Duane Hagadone 37 years ago at a dinner at the old Outlaw Inn that he bought for management of the Kalispell Daily Inter Lake. I was the paper's news editor then. Later, I became the managing editor for four years. Duane was 44 at the time. He was a larger-than-life figure even back then. He sat across the table from Mrs. O and I at dinner. I still remember asking him: "What plans do you have for your newspapers chain?" He responded: "I'm going to make it the best damn newspaper chain in the United States." He certainly has improved his corner of the Inland Northwest. Here's wishing him a great birthday -- and many more. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 8.4.14

September 4, 2014 - 5:31pm

A spectator takes a cell phone picture of a model before the Creatures of the Wind Spring 2015 collection is shown during Fashion Week earlier today in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Most Commented Post(s) -- 9.4.14

September 4, 2014 - 5:27pm
The two posts today that got the most comments were: Update: Foot-shooting instructor ID'd (26 comments), and: Did Ybarra plagiarize Jones' site? (18 comments).

Best Comment -- DeePee

September 4, 2014 - 5:17pm

DeePee (RE: Happy Birthday, Duane Hagadone; and: Wild Card): Love him or diss him, and you and I have both been on both sides of that, DBH is a man of his word and he put his money into his hometown when most others would have run, and he could have taken his marbles off the table and run with them. I admire the man. Gracious, honest and willing to bet on the good guys. If you can make a buck doing that, so much the better. My guess is, when he looks in the mirror in the morning, he gets to like what he sees.

City Sets Press Conference RE: Arfee

September 4, 2014 - 5:01pm

Update: Huckleberries has learned that the city plans to release documents into the investigation of the Arfee shooting during a 10 o'clock press conference Friday morning. Those documents will also be posted online and available to the public immediately. The SR will attend the press conference. Of course. I'll be at Huckleberries Central streaming texts from reporter attending press conference.

The city will hold a press conference on Friday, to share the results of the internal and external investigations into the July 9 officer-involved shooting of a dog at Java on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. The press conference will start at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.

  • Also: Justice for Arfee will stage a rally/march from Java on Sherman to City Hall, beginning at 11:45 a.m. Sunday.


PM Headlines -- 9.4.14

September 4, 2014 - 4:57pm

Eighteen hungry goats spent 64 days this summer munching down weeds at five city wells and four reservoir sites, marking the fourth year goats have been used for weed abatement at city water utility facilities. Water Department production supervisor Dion Holton said using the critters to clear weeds is an effective, low-cost, environmentally friendly solution to control weeds. “The children love it and people who happen by are amused at the friendly goats,” he said. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Today Photo: Keith Erickson)

Cutline Contest -- 9.4.14

September 4, 2014 - 4:42pm

Time 2 Vote ...

In this March 18 AP file photo, Michael Smith, left, bearing a realistic-looking tattoo of a handgun on his stomach, stands beside a Somerset County Sheriff deputy outside his home in Norridgewock, Maine. Smith pleaded guilty to drug charges Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, and was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended in its entirety for a year of administrative release. You write the cutline.

Wednesday Winner -- Randy Myers, with 5 likes: "Look ! A shiny thing ! It's all mine!" You can see Wednesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.