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Thiel: 'Baldwin Should Grow Up

February 9, 2015 - 9:35am

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the New England Patriots Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Not sure there is another NFL coach who would agree  to record a nationally broadcast interview shortly after the most mortifying flop of his coaching career. Even if the answers weren’t satisfying to those of us who believe that pass to that receiver were two bad ideas, Pete Carroll has begun the long campaign to pull up the stick on the Seahawks’ nose-diving airliner  after the most critical play in Super Bowl history. Carroll knows the nature of this defeat sent a huge shock wave through the most intense fan base in the NFL. Explaining, “I feel a responsibility to a lot of people,” Carroll put himself on the line, as he likely will do numerous times for the longest short offseason the NFL has seen. But we will get many chances to parse and debate Carroll’s words and deeds. Before the Glendale wound scabs over, there is one sidebar matter worthy of address. Doug Baldwin: Shut the hell up/Art Thiel, Sports Press Northwest. More here.

Question: Did you see Baldwin's bush league after-touchdown performance?

Athol: Diary Of An Embezzlement

February 9, 2015 - 9:25am

This is my viewpoint as a part-time city employee. I started helping in the office and with Athol Daze several years ago with City Clerk Charlotte Hooper, and was hired to help Sally Hansen answer phones, post water bills and take messages when she was out of the office, ill or on vacation. Sally Hansen has been charged with embezzling $417,879 from the city between 2009 and 2014. So many people are asking: How could anyone get away with so much money? Here's my perspective. Charlotte Hooper, Athol city clerk for almost 25 years, was someone we could depend on and trust. The first mistake was believing that we would be getting the same kind of public servant/Susan Wachter, part-time employee for city of Athol, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you -- or a company you belonged to -- been victimized by embezzlement?

Hall: Quit Whining, Seattle Fans

February 9, 2015 - 9:06am

The Seattle Seahawks are a massively competent football team but their supporters, it turns out, are fair-weather fans - naive Monday morning quarterbacks desperately in need of better brains. Just because one play didn't work one moment during the Super Bowl doesn't mean that the play wasn't a potential masterstroke. By now, most of the millions who watched this year's Super Bowl have tried Seattle coach Pete Carroll and found him and his crew guilty of choosing a final play that didn't work -- this time. I speak to you today, my fellow fans, from the perspective of someone who is also a Monday morning quarterback, but my slant on the lost game is probably correct if you stop to think about. My learned advice is to quit sobbing and stamping your little feet/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you still complaining about that final play call by Pete Carroll in Super Bowl XLIX?

Editorial: County Airport Matters

February 9, 2015 - 8:48am

Most of you reading this are far more familiar with the airport one state over than you are with the one right in your backyard. That's OK. They both serve vital functions. One scatters passengers to the four corners of the globe. The other lands jobs. Oversimplification notwithstanding, Coeur d'Alene Airport is a hub of economic development, with Empire Airlines the unofficial anchor and multiple manufacturers serving as air-industry satellites. This is not to say all regional air traffic is routed through Spokane International; Coeur d'Alene Airport is one busy place with corporate jet traffic, particularly during the gorgeous North Idaho summers. And who knows? It might one day play a more significant role in commuter travel, as well. But all these headlines recently about the firing and rehiring of airport manager Greg Delavan haven't been mere space-fillers. Delavan matters because your airport matters/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Why does the county airport matter to you?

Chuck Buck, Buck Knives, 78, RIP

February 9, 2015 - 8:31am

Buck Knives chairman Chuck Buck is shown in October 2011 giving a tour of the plant in Post Falls. Buck died in his sleep of congestive heart failure Friday evening surrounded by his family. He was 78. (SR file photo: Kathy Plonka)

Friends and loved ones of Chuck Buck fondly remember him as a man of integrity and immense generosity. "Chuck was a man that was a very successful businessman, but never forgot what his responsibility was on this Earth," said Ron Nilson, one of Buck's many friends and business colleagues. "I can guarantee that when he entered Heaven, he was greeted with a 'Good job, my loyal servant.'" Buck, chairman of Buck Knives, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure Friday evening, surrounded by his entire family. He was 78. Buck's son, CJ Buck, said his father was deeply committed to caring for others and was innately a generous person/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you own a Buck Knife?

Park Needs Machines To Survive

February 9, 2015 - 8:22am

Doug Okuniewicz, manager of the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls, told lawmakers this morning at the “instant racing” repeal hearing, “These are not slot machines. … They’re using pari-mutuel pools, the players are playing against each other.” He said, “A repeal is awfully Draconian. … That hole can’t be filled in any other way. There are ways to address games and those sorts of things without going to the extent of repealing the bill. We don’t want to throw out the baby with the bathwater. … Without it, the industry is just not going to make it. Historical racing is ... well on the way to helping live racing in Idaho be great”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Would you support "instant racing" if it was the only way that the Greyhound Park could continue to operate?

Dike Road Trees Fall w/o Review

February 9, 2015 - 8:17am

You may have heard that the city of Coeur d’Alene harvested more ponderosa pine from the Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive) than originally advertised. Maybe twice as much. But did you know how that fact came to light? The cut zone was part of the route that S-R buddy Greg Lee and I walk at noon on weekdays. We noticed during our walks a few weeks ago that the cut seemed to be heavier than the 30 percent of some 1,000 trees estimated before the project began. Way heavier. Part of the levee running along the Spokane River was almost clear-cut. Last week, Greg and I counted the trees left. He took the bank along North Idaho College – 136 trees. I counted the pines along the water side – 194 trees. Dunno much about algebra. But I do know how to add. That totals 330 trees. I posted the results of the informal survey in my Huckleberries Online blog ( www.spokesman.com/blogs/hbo). And the fertilizer hit the fan. Maybe a bigger cut was needed to appease the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the certifying agency that had wanted a clear-cut. But the city erred by not including independent citizen review while the trees were toppling/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Question: Do you suppose there have been any lessons learned re: this situation?

Nightly News

February 9, 2015 - 8:04am

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Gonzaga 81, San Francisco 70

February 7, 2015 - 11:15pm

Gonzaga guard Silas Melson (0) tries to control the ball next to San Francisco guard Corey Hilliard (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in San Francisco Saturday. Kyle Wiltjer scored 29 points to lead Gonzaga to an 81-70 victory over upset-minded San Francisco. Game story & boxscore here. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Weekend Wild Card -- 2.7-8.2015

February 7, 2015 - 12:25am

Two weeks from today, we'll be celebrating Blogfest 2015, commemorating the 11th anniversary of Huckleberries Online. I hear Cis is coming down from Bonner County for the event. Henry & Spazz are coming up from Whitman County. The mayor, I believe, will be there. Bent will be there with his pulled pork and hard cider. ThomG's coming over from Seattle. I'm looking forward to seeing many of the faces behind the old pseudonyms. And mebbe meeting a newby or two. I'll prepare a State of the Blog on the morning thereof, to make sure the speech is short. I'm still holding out hope that my pal, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, can make it. He deserves a long overdue bow. Here's your weekend Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 2.6.15

February 6, 2015 - 4:59pm

A pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif., recently. Vaccinations can cause minor side effects including redness at the injection site and sometimes mild fever, but medical experts say serious complications are rare and much less dangerous than the diseases that vaccines prevent. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

TGIF Wild Card -- 2.6.15

February 6, 2015 - 4:54pm

 Sometimes, I like to stir things up, simply to get the blood pumping. That wasn't my intention when I started counting the trees, upright and fallen, along the Dike Road over the last two weeks during my noon and weekend walks. It simply dawned on me that a whole lot more were being toppled than originally advertised. The city's caught between a rock and a hard place in trying to appease the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and maintain beauty to which we're accustomed. Bottom line? Probably too many trees were cut. Too little warning re: increased cut. The viewscape is still viewtiful. Now if we can only eliminate parking permanently from the Dike Road ... Here's your TGIF Wild Card ...

CPD Seeks Endangered Runaway

February 6, 2015 - 4:49pm

Coeur d'Alene Police officers are searching for an endangered runaway girl. Emily Rose Walther, 14, was last seen at her home in Coeur d'Alene on Feb. 1. She was reported as a runaway by her custodial father the following day. Information obtained from investigators indicate she left home to stay with friends on Feb. 1. It is believed she met up with her 18YO boyfriend, who later told officers he dropped her off at Super 1 in Hayden  to meet her mother (father has custody). Investigators have attempted several times to reach Emily's mother -- who is reportedly living in her car and motel rooms. It is believed Emily does know police are looking for her, but is hiding out. Emily is a white female, 14 years of age, 5'3 and 95 lbs with brown eyes and blonde hair. Because of the uncertainty of her whereabouts, the length of time she has been gone and her age, investigators believe Emily is endangered and ask that anyone having information about Emily to please contact the Coeur d'Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.

'War Bonds' e-Version Coming

February 6, 2015 - 4:42pm

From Cindy's War Bonds blog: "Exciting news for Kindle and Nook lovers. “War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation” will be released in e-book format next week! You can pre-order it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble today! While I prefer the comfort and familiarity of a book in my hands, I know many readers  prefer the ease and convenience of e-readers, so I’m thrilled War Bonds is offered in both formats."

Question: Do you read more books on kindle or in a paper version?

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

February 6, 2015 - 4:35pm

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski chugs a beer, tossed to him by a fan, during a parade in Boston Wednesday to honor the NFL football team's victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Thursday Winner (tie, with 7 likes apiece): "John suddenly realizes his tanning bed is closed for repairs" -- SlamDunk, and: "You really should Fear the Weeper." You can see Thursday photo and all 21 Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.6.15

February 6, 2015 - 4:30pm
  • 5:01 p.m. Female keeps falling down in lot b/n Post Falls Walmart East & Life Care/Post Falls.
  • 4:36 p.m. Officer asks dispatch to contact ITD to remove debris in road @ n/b H95/MP 424 (Kidd Island Road).
  • 4:29 p.m. PFPD officer en route to check up on sex offender living on W12th Ave/Post Falls.
  • 4:45 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes Feb. 5-6 here.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Feb. 5-6 here.
  • 4:16 p.m. Dog reported running loose on Tubbs Hill/CdA.
  • 4:14 p.m. Deputy asked to check on mother @ Baack Road/Hayden Ave who didn't pick up her kids at school.
  • 4:10 p.m. Male is walking in median @ e/b I-90/MP 1.5 (b/n Beck Road & Pleasantview, Post Falls).
  • 4:02 p.m. Undisclosed type of theft reported @ Hayden Lake Road/Hayden Creek.
  • 3:53 p.m. Driver of 1987 white Ford Bronco swerving, driving w/suspended license, @ NW Blvd/Seltice Way, CdA.
  • 3:52 p.m. Undisclosed type of trauma reported @ Cornwall St/Hanley Ave, CdA.
  • 3:50 p.m. CPD officer is en route to county jail w/male arrested for trespassing, unknown location.
  • 3:09 p.m. EMTs say pedestrian OK to leave accident scene (2:56 item), has only scrapes & bruises.
  • 2:56 p.m. Crash b/n vehicle & pedestrian reported @ Ramsey Road/Timor Ave, CdA.; male pedestrian lying on sidewalk.
  • 2:03 p.m. Officer reports debris in road @ 6000 block of Majestic Ave/Rathdrum.
  • 1:40 p.m. Officer wants help with located runaway juvenile @ Appleway McDonalds/CdA.
  • 1:38 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 28128 H41/Spirit Lake.
  • 1:35 p.m. Vandalism to property reported @ 2800 block of Carriage Court/CdA.
  • 1:30 p.m. 25ish bearded male in blue ballcap has stolen TV from Post Falls Walmart East, taking to car in Row 8.
  • 12:38 p.m. Chip truck reportedly cutting corners on curves, going n/b in s/b lanes on H95, south of CdA.
  • 12:24 p.m. Driver of white Ford Mustang reportedly driving recklessly in Hayden neighborhood, ongoing problem.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines -- 2.6.15

February 6, 2015 - 4:20pm

Kootenai County Sheriff Office’s Deputy Solar Larsen talks to another officer on Cherokee Road outside of Bayview on Thursday morning. The sheriff's office announced today that the remains are human. Coeur d'Alene Press story here. (Press photo: Tess Freeman)

Remains Confirmed As Human

February 6, 2015 - 3:43pm

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the bones found by a hiker near Bayview, Idaho are human. A hiker who was hunting for antler sheds found the skeletal remains Wednesday afternoon in a forested area above Cape Horn Road, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Detectives spent all day Thursday searching the area and recovering the bones. They are believed to belong to a human adult of an unknown gender and race/SR.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.6.15

February 6, 2015 - 2:51pm

Stumps are left among the standing trees on the dike road along the south side of the campus of North Idaho College Thursday, as crews continue their work to remove most of the trees along the berm surrounding the college. Becky Kramer SR story here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Feb. 5): 9978 page-views/6405 unique views

Apple Staters Boost Booze Sales

February 6, 2015 - 1:39pm

The Idaho State Liquor Division is on track for another record year in 2015, the division reported to legislative budget writers Friday, in part because of cross-border buyers from Washington, who now account for a steady 7 percent of the division’s sales. Before Washington voters decided to privatize their state liquor sales system in 2011 – and add taxes that upped prices – Washington buyers accounted for about 3 to 4 percent of Idaho’s sales. In 2012, division Director Jeff Anderson said, “We began to get traffic. That’s when we opened a new store in Stateline, Idaho, to relieve the pressure on the Post Falls store that was being overwhelmed, frankly”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.