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Idaho Super Of Year Backs Dem

August 5, 2014 - 3:53pm

Chuck Shackett is crossing party lines in the state superintendent’s race because he knows Democratic nominee Jana Jones. And because he still hasn’t met his party’s nominee, Mountain Home Republican Sherri Ybarra. “I trust Jana completely,” Shackett said Tuesday, hours after he was honored as the Idaho Association of School Administrators’ superintendent of the year. On Monday, Shackett threw his support behind Jones, the former deputy state superintendent making her second bid for the elected post. On one level, familiarity played a factor in Shackett’s pick. Jones lives in Idaho Falls. After she left the State Department of Education, Shackett says he tried to hire Jones to head the Bonneville School District’s special education programs/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.


No Kootenai In Kootenai County

August 5, 2014 - 3:21pm

Arpie: I'm teaching fourth grade and Idaho history next year so I've been boning up: It goes like this. Boise is the seat of Ada County not Boise County. The County seat of Boise County is Idaho City, which shouldn't be confused with Idaho County, Idaho Falls, or Idaho. It's also important to know that while the county seat of Lewis County is Nezperce, the county seat of Nez Perce (two words) County is LewisTON. And, while Jerome, Payette, Twin Falls, and Gooding all have the same name for both their county and county seat, Shoshone is the county seat of Lincoln County, not Shoshone, and Bonners Ferry is the County seat of Boundary County, not Bonner. And while Tetonia is in Teton County, Lemhi is in Lemhi County, and Franklin is in Franklin County: Kootenai is not in Kootenai County. Lastly, besides being in Europe, you can find Paris in southeast Idaho and Moscow in north central Idaho. Oh yeah and there are no mountains near Mountain Home.

Question: Do you have a little know Idaho fact that you'd like to share with us?

HBO Blogosphere -- 8.5.14

August 5, 2014 - 2:58pm

"The zucchini are being guarded by a very cute little frog," Facebooks Robin Loznak of Kellogg, Ore.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Aug. 4): 6972 page-views/4486 unique views

Delegation Criminalizes Idahoans

August 5, 2014 - 2:39pm

Twenty-two year-old Yolanda Orozco isn’t a criminal or a threat to the U.S. But, Idaho’s all-Republican congressional delegation wants the Valley High grad and Boise State University student treated like a felon and booted out of the only home she’s ever known. It’s another disturbing example of Idaho’s lawmakers -- Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador — following the GOP fringe into the hate-filled abyss that’s already gifted the country an embarrassing level of congressional dysfunction. Orozco is a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which essentially lets migrant children — brought here as children through no fault of their own — avoid deportation so long as they show potential of contributing to American society. But Idaho’s esteemed lawmakers want Orozco and 500,000 other teens and young adults, who only know an American life, expelled/Twin Falls Times-News Editorial Board. More here.


Turiaf Eyes Life After NBA Basketball

August 5, 2014 - 2:09pm

Former Gonzaga University star and now NBA player Ronny Turiaf listens to speakers during dedication of the new court at Corbin Park in Spokane in June 2011. Turiaf's Heart to Heart Foundation and Hoopfest partnered to renovate the neighborhood court. (SR file photo)

When Ronny Turiaf left Gonzaga University for Los Angeles and the NBA nearly a decade ago, he learned to live a professional’s life from Lakers veterans Aaron McKie, Kwame Brown, Lamar Odom and a guy named Kobe Bryant. Plenty of it was tough love. “They showed me how,” Turiaf says now. “Did they ever.” Nine years later, he is back learning all over again, this time in a 10th-floor downtown penthouse office overlooking Target Field alongside other summer interns employed by the Olson advertising agency. While everyone else seemingly is obsessed with Timberwolves teammate Kevin Love’s future, Turiaf this time is focused learning not the ways of the NBA but rather video-production skills, social-media intricacies and other marketing expertise that he will apply to his Heart to Heart foundation and his IVC Global management company that he intends will endure long after his playing days are done/Jerry Zgoda, Minneapolis Star-Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you remain a Ronny Turiaf fan?

Reward For Resort Burglar Now $10K

August 5, 2014 - 2:04pm

Coeur d’Alene Police Detectives continue to  investigate a business burglary that occurred early Monday (07/07/14) morning between 2:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m. at the Coeur d’ Alene Resort located at 115 S. 2nd St. A male suspect wearing a disguise stole an undisclosed amount of money from the cash room of The Coeur d’ Alene Resort. A man entered an employee hallway at the Resort and from that hallway was able to access the accounting office and the cash room. The male suspect was seen on Coeur d’Alene Resort security cameras wearing sunglasses, a mask, dark colored clothing and a fake beard. The Coeur d'Alene Resort has increased their reward for any information leading to an arrest from $5000 to $10,000. Attached to this release are photos of the male and a short video clip of the suspect male walking down the hallway. If anyone has any information on this crime they are asked to call Detective Reneau or Sgt. McCormick at Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 208-769-2320 or contact the Police Department at

'Is She Still Alive'?

August 5, 2014 - 1:49pm

Milt Stafford, far left, is shown above w/orphan girl in Italy 70 years ago.

"One of the most compelling side stories I've stumbled upon while writing #WarBonds is this one," Facebooks Cindy Hval. "In this picture taken in Italy, 1944, you see Milt Stafford (of Post Falls) holding a little girl. Her parents had been killed by the Germans and she came to their camp begging for food. She had no family, so Milt and his buddy "adopted" her. They fed her, clothed her and when the shelling started (which it did most every day) they made sure she was in the foxhole with them. They never knew her name. She stayed with them as they battled through Italy, until they reached Milan, where Milt took her to the US Embassy and asked them to help her find a family. Recently, Milt covered his face with his hands and tears rolled down his cheeks. 'I never saw her again,' he said.'"But I think about her every day. I wonder, did she find a family? Is she alive?'" You can follow the Facebook page for "War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation" here.


SR News Quiz -- 8.3-8.2014

August 5, 2014 - 1:44pm

How much do you know about upper Columbia River salmon runs, Idaho politics, Riverfront Park renovations and other news of note? Find out by taking The Spokesman-Review Weekly Quiz, where you could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question #1: Columbia River Treaty is up for review
  • Last week's winners: Charles Wisowaty (gift card) and Brian Hammond (movie tickets), both of Spokane.

Kootenai Health Joins Mayo Network

August 5, 2014 - 1:30pm

Kootenai Health and Mayo Clinic leaders today announced Kootenai Health as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of like-minded organizations that share a commitment to better serving patients and their families. The network, which began in 2011, now includes 30 member organizations that are interested in working with Mayo Clinic to improve health care delivery by sharing knowledge and promoting collaboration between physicians. As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Kootenai Health physicians now have access to Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise when these additional resources will be helpful, allowing many patients to avoid unnecessary travel for answers to complex medical questions/Kimberly Anderson, Kootenai Health. More here.


Idaho GOP Searches For Top Exec

August 5, 2014 - 1:15pm

Steve Yates (pictured), who was elected party chairman at an Aug. 2 meeting, announced Tuesday morning that a search is underway for the GOP's next executive director. “This full time position is extremely important," Yates said in a news release. "The executive director provides direct support to the chairman, facilitates communication with party members, and ensures smooth day to day operations at the party headquarters in Boise." Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 8. Resumes should be sent by email to Ann Rydalch at, or by mail to 3824 E. 17th St., Idaho Falls, ID 83406. Interviews will be conducted next week/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Izzit just me -- or does it seem that adults have reclaimed the Idaho GOP?

Boise Co Has Highest Hate Crime %?

August 5, 2014 - 1:06pm

A map from shows the places in the U.S. with the highest numbers of reported hate crimes. It names Boise County, Idaho as having the highest number of hate crimes per capita, by a very wide margin. But it’s wrong. When I first saw the post, I assumed an unusually high number of hate crimes combined with Boise County’s tiny population had skewed the 2012 results. I went to the data source, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Statistics, to confirm my hypothesis. What I saw didn't jive with the post. The FBI confirmed that there were no hate crimes reported in Boise County in 2012. Zero. Here’s what I think happened: the writer confused the city of Boise and Boise County. The city is not in the county which shares its name. Eighteen hate crimes were reported in 2012 in Boise/Adam Cotterell, Boise State Public Radio. More here.

Question: Do you know the difference between Boise County & the city of Boise?

We Can Only Hope

August 5, 2014 - 11:55am

Won't Kim Kardashian
ever go out of fash-ian?

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

5YO Loses Mayoral Re-election Bid

August 5, 2014 - 11:50am

Mayor 5YO Robert "Bobby" Tufts, right, shakes hands with a supporter in the tiny tourist town of Dorset, Minn. Tufts lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of Dorset on Sunday. He was beaten by 16YO Eric Mueller. Story here. (AP Photo/Courtesy Tufts Family)

Question: Anyone know what happened for former Coeur d'Alene "Boy Mayor" Steve Judy?

Poll: Name Names

August 5, 2014 - 11:32am
  • Monday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation believes that the SR should require online commenters to identify themselves. Reacting to announced comment changes in this newspaper, 55 of 133 respondents (41.35%) said the SR should go further and require commenters to identify themselves. 33 of 133 (24.81%) believe trollish activity is responsible for recent changes. 16 of 133 (12.03%) were unconcerned because the comment changes don't affect Huckleberries. 13 (9.77%) say there should be less restrictions on online comments not more. 11 (8.27%) were OK with the way the comments were handled before the changes. 5 (3.76%) marked "other."
  • Today's Poll: Do you fear migrant children from our southern border will bring deadly diseases into the USA?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.5.14

August 5, 2014 - 11:03am
  • 11:59 a.m. Female driver is broken down on H41/53 bridge, Rathdrum, across from Les Schwab tires.
  • 11:28 a.m. Someone is unconscious near helicopter ride area @ Silverwood.
  • 11:23 a.m. Driver has been thrown from white pickup in one-vehicle rollover @ H41 b/n Hayden & Wyoming Avenue. (Update: ISP has closed off s/b lane of 41 @ intersection north of crash; severe cab damage, pickup ends up on roof.)
  • 11:11 a.m. Male in silver Buick Regal is throwing clothes all over Post Falls WalMart East parking lot, in domestic fight.
  • 10:48 a.m. Juvenile in heated fight w/parents @ 13800 block of Cassia Street/Rathdrum.
  • 10:47 a.m. 27YO female from Post Falls is suffering pain in chest & arm, but breathing OK.
  • 10:09 a.m. Undisclosed found property reported @ Atlas/Industrial Loop, CdA.
  • 9:48 a.m. 2 Post Falls females are fighting over ownership of kitten.
  • 9:36 a.m. Officers have 1 male held at gunpoint in Riverstone area and are pursuing 2nd person who ran from traffic stop to Marriott Hotel and then into Riverstone. Suspects may be armed. Unknown reason for pursuit.
  • 9:23 a.m. Someone @ 1400 block of N9th needs help getting up after a fall.
  • 9:20 a.m. Elderly male is riding bicycle along w/b I-90/MP 2 (Pleasantview/Post Falls).
  • 9:11 a.m. Trucker was tailgating, making obscene gestures before pulling into Huetter port of entry.
  • 9:02 a.m. KFD EMTs are assisting 71YO male who is suffering spasms.
  • 8:57 a.m. Someone has contained a loose dog @ 1800 block of Carnie Road/CdA.
  • 8:54 a.m. Firefighters en route to check report of smoke @ Panorama View Drive (cross of Echo Bay).
  • 8:17 a.m. Loose dog reported in Post Falls church parking lot.

Boaters Can Help In Lake Search

August 5, 2014 - 10:59am

Kerri Thoreson Facebooks: "Received a call from a good friend who's been with some of (Gary "Scotty" Shawver's) family out on the lake while the Sheriff's dive team and SONAR boat are searching and she asked that I share this info: If boaters stay further away from the shoreline between Steven's Point and Kidd Island (which is the small uninhabited island at the mouth of Kidd Island Bay) it will decrease the wake that has challenged the SONAR boat's effectiveness. God speed to the searchers and all who wait ...

KREM: Windstorm Vs. Ice Storm

August 5, 2014 - 10:55am

Kerri Thoreson posts on Facebook: "Took this photo (Saturday evening) of the clouds overhead about 20 minutes before the storm blew through. Don't think I've ever seen a formation quite like this."

Authorities said the storm that caused severe damage and 50,000 power outages in early August became the second worst to hit the area in 18 years. The worst in recent memory: the 1996 Ice Storm.

1996 Ice Strom 2014 August Windstorm 100,000 power outages 50,000 power outages   50 wildfires Maxing out fire resources Maxing out fire resources Downed trees Downed trees 16 degrees 90+ degrees Widespread damage Isolated damage

In 1996, heavy ice coated trees causing them to snap and knock down power lines. The system was dubbed “Ice Storm” and it destroyed much of the infrastructure of Washington Water Power, now Avista/Whitney Ward, KREM2. More here.

Question: Which do you think was worse -- the recent wind storms or Ice Storm 1996?

Chenoweth & Sali & Labrador, Oh My!

August 5, 2014 - 10:35am
"Labrador, Sali and Chenoweth all got elected in Idaho. No one state has cornered the market on idiots getting elected" -- Bob Ely.

DFO: I always had a soft spot for the late "Give 'Em Helen" Chenoweth. Yeah, she had her black helicopters and canned salmon, but she was also charming, decent and had a sense of humor. She could be counted on to return phone calls from reporters -- and chat off the record. Sali & Labrador, not so much. She also was true to her word to serve only three terms in the U.S. House. You can't say that about other politicians who once supported term limits but now are silent on the issue.

Question: Which of the three individuals named above would you most like to be representing you in the U.S. House now?

Edit: Yates Offers Broader View

August 5, 2014 - 10:17am

The Mess Made in Moscow by the Idaho Republican Party finally got cleaned up last weekend in Boise. The state central committee elected Steve Yates its new party chairman, after a court ruled last week that former chairman Barry Peterson had not been anointed for another two years by this city's convention of confusion. The contrast between the incoming state chairman and the outgoing one could not be more stark. It's likely that will lead to some changes in how the party and its two warring wings operate during the rest of this campaign season and for the next two years. It is not likely that its political positions will be changing much, however/Lee Rozen, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (Facebook photo: New Idaho GOP chairman Steve Yates & his family)

Question: The Daily News editorial goes on to contend that Yates, who was deputy assistant to then VP Dick Cheney, has a broader view of politics than predecessor Barry Peterson -- and that will be good for the fractured Idaho GOP. Agree/disagree?

UI, WSU Do Poorly In Forbes List

August 5, 2014 - 9:40am

Washington State University and the University of Idaho were ranked among the worst colleges in their respective states on the Forbes' 2014 list of best colleges nationwide -- behind institutions such as Brigham Young University-Idaho and Whitman College. WSU was ranked No. 370 nationwide and last among the 10 schools listed in Washington, while the UI Moscow campus was ranked 456th overall and third in Idaho. The University of Washington was ranked second in Washington and No. 73 overall, and Boise State University was ranked fifth in Idaho and No. 636 overall. The list includes 650 colleges and universities across the country and ranks them on five categories: student satisfaction, post-graduate success, graduation rate, student debt and academic success/Samantha Malott, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Does this listing prompt you to look somewhere else to send your graduating children?