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Hubby's Chicken Plan For The Birds

March 20, 2014 - 8:55am

On Saturday, Derek and I will celebrate our 28th anniversary. You’d think after all these years together, I’d know him quite well, but he can still surprise me. In fact, this week he made an announcement at the dinner table that has left me shaken. Our son mentioned that the neighbor across the street had acquired several chickens. Slicing into his grilled ribeye, Derek said, “Really? I’d like to get some chickens – at least four.” I almost choked on my mashed potatoes. “You want to get what?” “Chickens,” he replied. “Fresh eggs are so much better than the eggs you buy at the store.” I began to wonder if he’d hit his head on his last cross-country skiing expedition and forgot to tell me/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.

DFO: Mark down this time and date. Cindy & I agree. Urban chickens are for the birds.

Question: Have you ever raised chickens?

Too Many Wrist Slaps For Poachers

March 20, 2014 - 8:45am

Pend Oreille County District Court has dinged Charles Isaiah Fraley, 27, of Ione $6,193 for using a rifle to kill a six-point bull elk during the September archery season. A bowhunter who was in the line of fire says the penalty wasn’t enough. “Poaching has become so common up here, the judges need to make a statement, especially with these repeat offenders,” said the 65-year-old archer, also from Ione, who asked that he be called Buck. Late last summer, Buck, had pegged where a bull and its harem were crossing a creek from feeding to bedding areas. “I came back the next morning and was in position before daylight,” he said. “I watched the cows come out and up the ridge. I cow-called a little and the bull bugled. Then I heard the first shot. “It sounded like somebody was shooting at me. It was close. I’m in full camo/Rich Landers, SR. More here. (Courtesy photo: This trophy six-point bull elk was killed illegally with a rifle by Charles I. Fraley during archery season.)

Question: Is there a more low-down animal in the forest than a poacher?

McEuen Crews Switch To 7-Day Shifts

March 20, 2014 - 8:40am

The clock is ticking. With the much-anticipated opening of McEuen Park in May, the general contractor for the $20 million park reconstruction project recently expanded its schedule to include Saturdays and Sundays. That schedule will continue until the park is complete. “We’re going to get as many people out there as we can (on weekends),” said Bryan Taylor, president of Contractors Northwest, Inc. Weekend work will include landscape grading, concrete and structural work. Meanwhile, the last section of sidewalk on the north side of Front Avenue along Fifth Street is nearly complete. The sidewalk will open on Monday (March 24), opening up 20 angled parking spots along that block. Angle parking on Front has been popular, with most spots filled during the day/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here. (Artist's rendering: City of Coeur d'Alene)

Question: If McEuen Field isn't ready to open on deadline in early May, should the city launch a soft opening for the nearly finished eastern end of the green space (children's park, outdoor basketball courts, pickleball courts, dog park) at that time?

Inlander: Widmyer Top NI Official

March 20, 2014 - 8:35am

Mayor Steve Widmyer is shown in front of developing McEuen Field in this Inlander photo.

The Inlander, a weekly publication with a circulation of 51,000 that covers eastern Washington and northern Idaho, has named Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer North Idaho’s Best Elected Official. Mayor Widmyer is featured in the current issue of the Inlander. In the article, reporter Daniel Walters writes: “Steve Widmyer barely had a chance to plop down in the Coeur d'Alene mayoral seat — his very first foray into politics — before Inlander readers voted him North Idaho's Best Elected Official.” It’s all part of the newspaper’s “Best of the Inland Northwest Readers Poll,” which the publication has been conducting for the past 20 years. Though Mayor Widmyer has been in office less than three months, the newspaper said he was the overwhelming favorite in the category when the polls opened February 4. Citing recent divisive issues, the Inlander said Mayor Widmyer has helped to bring the community together/Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Why do you think there was such overwhelming support for Widmyer, who has been in office less than three months?

Trib: Higher Office Equals Higher Pay

March 20, 2014 - 8:31am

Let's be honest: Lowballing the pay for Idaho's elected offices carries a risk. The lower the salary, the less attractive the job, the fewer your choices. Only people who can afford to work at that level - financially independents and retirees - will run. That's already a problem in Idaho's geriatric Legislature. But at the top of the political food chain? Not so much. Six people want to be governor. Five are running for secretary of state - including one, state Rep. Lawerence (Boss) Denney, who hasn't been shy about courting the job largely because of its generous salary and pension benefits. Five are pursuing superintendent of public instruction. Why wouldn't they? Rain or shine, famine or plenty, recession or boom, these jobs have posted one pay boost after another/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do we pay our top elected officials too much in this state?

Matheson Will Seek Treasurer Post

March 20, 2014 - 8:19am

Steven D. Matheson (pictured) is running for Kootenai County treasurer in the Republican primary in May. He said the safety and soundness of the county's treasury is critical for the future health and prosperity of the community. He wants to make sure the county's investments have adequate controls and are well managed to maximize returns. Matheson, a five-year resident of the county, said he has 28 years of financial management experience. He is managing principal of Steven Douglas LLC, a municipal adviser in Coeur d'Alene. He is a graduate of Central Washington University with a double major in accounting and finance. He is also a certified public accountant. Matheson said it is time to evaluate the county's economic health and set a new standard in its financial capabilities/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: How do you decide who to support for county treasurer?


March 20, 2014 - 8:17am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Hump Day Wild Card -- 3.19.14

March 19, 2014 - 5:35pm

I appreciate Eman's comment re: Tuesday's Cutline Contest photo: "Dave, sometimes the photo's are,,,,ummm, weak for witty comments...One would think with all the photo's at your disposal you might choose others. The right pic would certainly get many many clever replies. I enjoy the cutline posts though." Actually, it isn't easy finding good photos for the daily contest. If I find 1 decent photo out of 1,000, I'm happy. I'll keep trying though, if you will. I enjoy the feature. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 3.19.14

March 19, 2014 - 5:35pm

Satirical sculptures burn during the traditional Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain, today. Every year the city of Valencia celebrates the ancient "Las Fallas" fiesta, a noisy week that is full of fireworks and processions in honor of Saint Joseph that ends in the midnight tonight, burning large satiric figures displayed around the streets of the city. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

180 Affiliate With Local Republicans

March 19, 2014 - 5:08pm

County Clerk Jim Brannon told Huckleberries Online moments ago that 180 voters had elected to affiliate with the Kootenai County Republican Party, from Dec. 31 through 5 p.m. last Friday, March 14. Of that number, 31 Democrats and 149 previously Unaffiliated voters elected to affiliate with the local Republican Party in order to vote in the closed Republican primary this spring. Brannon told Huckleberries that he didn't receive the final number of affiliations until about an hour ago. Also, he reminded Huckleberries Online readers that Unaffiliated voters can affiliate with any of the four recognized political parties -- Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Constitution -- through election day.

Protests May Have Consequences

March 19, 2014 - 5:01pm

Idaho State Police troopers say 109 people account for a total of 192 arrests that have been made in relation to Add the 4 Words. Of those people, 46 have been arrested more than once. Ty Carson is one of two people who has been arrested six times. He has been at the Capitol every day for the last six weeks, making sure he is seen by legislators as a face supporting  gay rights in Idaho.  "This is my job," Carson said. "This has been my job for the last six weeks." But it's not his profession. Carson works for a property management company. "I'm lucky enough to know the owner of this property management company believes that this situation in the state of Idaho and the silence from the legislature is wrong, and they support me in everything that I'm doing to make it stop," he said. But attorneys warn that some employers may not be as understanding, especially when it comes to hiring someone who has several misdemeanors on their record/Deni Hawkins, KBOI. More here.

Question: Would you or your company hire someone who had been arrested 6 times as part of the ongoing Add the Words protests?

Cutline Contest -- 3.19.14

March 19, 2014 - 4:51pm

Time 2 vote ...

Los Angeles Police Department's Jim McSorley dips Tina Shamlian in the middle of East Broad Street as he marches with fellow police officers during Savannah's 190-year-old St. Patrick’s Day parade on Monday in Savannah, Ga. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Morning News, Richard Burkhart)

Tuesday Winner -- JDanMike, with 3 likes: an irish angel in the outfield waiting for a ball to go afoul! You can see Tuesday Photo with all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.19.14

March 19, 2014 - 4:45pm
  • 5:49 p.m. Female is threatening to harm male roommate on East Harrison/CdA.
  • 5:24 p.m. 2 1/2YO toddler has accidentally consumed some sort of gel @ Sheridan/Reed, Hayden.
  • 4:55 p.m. Caller learns "suspicious person" on neighbor's property on Prospect/Harrison is new tenant.
  • 4:48 p.m. Someone injured in a fall @ Garden Plaza Court/Post Falls.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for March 18-19 here.
  • 4:08 p.m. Someone has contained a loose dog @ Ramsey Road/Hayden Avenue.
  • 4:01 a.m. Driver of Optima w/o grill & cracked window @ 100 block of Anton/CdA may be burglary suspect.
  • 3:56 a.m. Resident @ Trinity Homes is off medications and throwing things.
  • 3:55 p.m. County resident reports neighbor George has run over her no-trespassing signs.
  • 3:24 p.m. Someone needs medical attention in parking lot b/n NIC's Sieter Hall & Dike Road.
  • 3:23 p.m. Dispatcher gives spelling of name "Kruz" like "karate with Z as in zebra."
  • 3:15 p.m. PFPD officer is en route to handle a panhandler @ undisclosed Post Falls location.
  • 2:56 p.m. Deputy wants to new address on Reeves Street/CdA that Scott's Taxi took a woman to this AM.
  • 2:36 p.m. Post Falls store worker reports suspicious activity going on involving 2 vehicle parked at rear of building.
  • 12:25 p.m. BOSS hit on possible stolen utility trailer n/b on H41/Post Falls from Mullan.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines -- 3.19.14

March 19, 2014 - 4:35pm

Jerry Winkler, co-owner of Spokane's Integrus Architecture, stands next to a print of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic his firm designed. Integrus Architecture has just begun work on its 14th overseas U.S. embassy. Story here. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Of Tagalongs & Somoas

March 19, 2014 - 4:20pm
Just ate a whole box of Tagalongs. I regret nothing. Don't judge me -- Digger.

DFO: I just popped open my box of Samoas. Yum. Shared with office.

Question: Which Girl Scout cookie(s) did you pick this year?

Reward Offered In Vehicle Burglaries

March 19, 2014 - 3:56pm

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a string of vehicle burglaries in the Rathdrum area. On Feb. 11, the Rathdrum Police Department received a call of several vehicle burglaries in the Golden Spike retirement community.  Officers responded and discovered 13 motor homes and travel trailers that had been damaged and missing property.  All of the recreational vehicles were parked in a secured fenced area of the community.  The suspect(s) entered the area through the fence on the north side.  The RV’s sustained several thousands of dollars in damage and had several thousands of dollars in property taken from them. More here.

Ward: Henderson Move Was Expected

March 19, 2014 - 3:33pm

HucksOnline Question: I wonder what Reagan Republican president Jeff Ward thinks about this endorsement?

Jeff Ward: It was expected. Rep. Henderson and I disagreed about Obamacare, the state healthcare exchange and various issues. He has tried to recruit candidates to reflect his more moderate views on these issues. Greg is his fourth candidate (John Chambers, Len Crosby & briefly Joe Doellefeld). Most people in the 3rd District view this as their seat to decide their Representative, not one in which the incumbent designates his successor. I think they will go with the qualified conservative on election day.

Question: How do you think the vote will break out among Ward, Henderson candidate Greg Gfeller and relative unknown Don Cheatham, whom, I suspect, has Rally Right ties?

'Chicken From Hell' Introduced

March 19, 2014 - 3:03pm

This illustration provided by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Tuesday shows the dinosaur Anzu wyliei. The birdlike animal, about 7 feet tall, weighed an estimated 500 pounds when it roamed western North America around 66-68 million years ago. Nicknamed the "chicken from hell," the creature was formally introduced with an official name to the scientific community today as scientists published a description and analysis of its anatomy. Story here. (AP Photo/Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Mark Klingler)

Question: Do you have a favorite dinosaur? Moi? Triceratops.

Jeff: So I'm Watching 'Frozen'

March 19, 2014 - 2:59pm
Ok I'll admit it...I'm a 50 year old man sitting in my house watching Frozen. Don't judge me -- Jeff Conroy of St. Vincent de Paul's

DFO: Um, my wife just called to say she nabbed a "Frozen" DVD for viewing tonight. She's seen it. I haven't Don't judge me either.

Question: Have you seen "Frozen"?

Lunch Features Commission Hopefuls

March 19, 2014 - 2:19pm

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans will host a GOP candidates' forum for County Commission No. 1 when they meet for their weekly noon luncheon at Fedora's restaurant, 1726 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d'Alene, Thursday. The three candidates for the GOPrimary nomination are: Marc Eberlein, incumbent Todd Tondee and Tim Herzog. Bjorn Handeen's Precinct 52 luncheon has disbanded.