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Be Careful Out There

August 4, 2014 - 4:25pm

From today's Idaho Records:

  • Ann Beutler reported Saturday the $3,275 theft of a purse, wallet, keys, cash, credit cards and an iPhone and $300 damage to a window of her 2010 BMW X5 parked at Peak Health and Wellness, 940 W. Ironwood Drive.
  • Jacqueline Rotchford reported Saturday the $355 theft of a wallet and cash and $300 damage to a window of her 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander parked at Ironwood Health and Wellness, 940 W. Ironwood Drive.

KCSD Stops Lake Search For Day

August 4, 2014 - 4:18pm

From Kootenai County Sheriff's Department Facebook RE search for body of Gary "Scotty" Shawver: "As this search continues, our search area is now expanding. As of 4:15 p.m., we are stopping the SONAR search for the day due to the area needing searched is becoming too hazardous to boaters and the SONAR Team. We will resume the search first thing in the AM, but again need the public's cooperation to minimize any wake or traffic around the SONAR boat."


She Said: 'I Met Someone ...'

August 4, 2014 - 3:53pm

I met with my favorite 20-something young woman the other day. I was eager to hear details – two months ago I received a text from her reading,  “I met someone.” Every woman knows exactly what those words mean – a someone worth considering, a person who makes her heart beat differently, a person who may be the one forever and ever. When I asked her if she had ever felt like this before about any man, she said, “Well, I thought I had, but this feeling is…is… is like being really hungry and then the waiter brings you the most amazing food, food you didn’t even know to ask for!” Perfect/Catherine Johnston, End Notes. More here.

Question: What food would you compare love to? Why?

Kramer's Daughter Leads HOF Fight

August 4, 2014 - 3:42pm

Alicia Kramer, 41, always has a mouth to feed or a phone call to answer between caring for her one-year-old son Charlie and working as manager for her father, Jerry Kramer. The most important call is the one yet to come -- the call from Canton, Ohio, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Canton is the final destination for many of the game's greats and a cruel tease for deserving others, a place of celebration and a source of longing. Jerry, a famed right guard from 1958-68 with the Green Bay Packers, is 78 years old. His accolades include five NFL championships, five first-team All-Pro selections, one second-team All-Pro honor and being named to the All-Decade team of the 1960s. He was also the kicker in 1962 for Green Bay, booting three field goals in that year's title game to defeat the New York Giants, 16-7. Kramer was the lone guard named to the NFL's 50th Anniversary team, the only member of that group without a bust in Canton/SB Nation. More here. (2009 AP file photo, of former NFL great Jerry Kramer talking to UI great Mike Iupati before the Humanitarian Bowl)

Question: Anyone out there who doesn't believe former Sandpoint High/University of Idaho/Green Bay Packer Jerry Kramer doesn't belong in the Football Hall of Fame?

HBO Blogosphere -- 8.4.14

August 4, 2014 - 3:28pm

Marianne Love/Slight Detour offers this photo of trees toppling at a Kootenai residence to provide a Monday morning report of the second big storm to hit North Idaho in less in the last week or so. More photos and Marianne's blog post here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of July 27-Aug 2): 40,795 page-views/25,428 unique views

Gonzaga, UW To Renew Rivalry

August 4, 2014 - 3:22pm

Gonzaga's Adam Morrison is fouled by Washington's Brandon Roy in this AP file photo from Dec. 4, 2005. The two colleges will begin playing each other again in 2016-17. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

After a 10-year hiatus, Gonzaga and Washington will renew their men’s basketball rivalry in the 2016-17 season, the schools announced Monday. The Zags and Huskies are expected to meet four straight seasons, alternating between their respective home courts. No decision has been made on the site of the first game. “I’ve been telling people we were going to work it out,” Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. “Mark (Few, Gonzaga coach) and Lorenzo (Romar, Washington coach) were together at USA Basketball this weekend and had a chance to visit and got it agreed upon.” GU and UW have met 43 times with the Huskies holding a 29-14 edge/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.

Question: Gonzaga basketball is one of the ways I spend my evenings on Thursday and Saturday during the winter. How about you? Interviews Gookin

August 4, 2014 - 2:35pm

Coeur d'Alene Councilman Dan Gookin is featured in a Q-and-A article in, a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills. Starshine Roshell begins: "Dan Gookin is no dummy. An expert at simplifying technical concepts, our new Android Essential Training author wrote the very first For Dummies books, helping to establish the popular series’ tone and format. But even expert teachers can learn new things at Find out what Dan learned—and how he thwarts the “programmer priesthood” daily—in our Q&A." Interview here.

Question: Have you ever purchased a computer "Dummies" book?

OTV: Frankenfood, Anyone?

August 4, 2014 - 2:22pm

On this hot summer's day, OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho has amused himself by trying to conjure freaky food items from North Idaho that might meet the weird standards for a reality TV show on Sunday night, titled "Frankenfood." Writes OTV: "I'm sure there were others, but one genuine North Idaho frankenfood pioneer that comes to mind from a sadly long-gone establishment is Dangerous Dog's (CdA) #6, the P.B. Dog. This was a gag-inducing item for some, a beef hot dog smeared with Chunky Peanut Butter and honey, lined with sliced bananas and sprinkled with chopped peanuts. Jesi B had enough bazongas to order this the first time we went to the place. I had a bite, and the flavor combination was surprisingly divine! I highly recommend this for home consumption, especially if your little stoner cousin is in town visiting from Walla Walla." OTV goes on to say that the new LavaDog in Hayden might qualify as a Frankenfood. More here.

Question: Have you dined out on "Frankenfood" in North Idaho? What kind? Where?

Original Topper

August 4, 2014 - 1:28pm

OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho Facebooks: "The original Topper, 18th & Sherman, CdA. Not sure when the dining room was added on, as it currently stands (as Jeffrey's and 47 other things before that). One of my first memories as a kid was my aunt buying me a Coney dog from here once when I was sick. made me feel all better!" (Courtesy Old School CDA group/Keva Wolfe).

Question: I didn't get here in time for the original Topper. But I have fond memories of Topper, Too, near the current Les Schwab's Tire on Government Way. My church softball team would drop by their for ice cream for the kids after games. Did you frequent Lake City's Topper restaurants back in the day?

An August Miracle

August 4, 2014 - 1:25pm
"Remember how last Saturday Derek locked his keys in his truck in Idaho and I locked my keys in my car in Washington? Guess what? Today we have AAA! It's like an August miracle" Cindy, via Facebook.

Question: Have you ever locked your keys in the car?

Mobile CdA Biz Fights Homelessness

August 4, 2014 - 1:17pm

Frank Barnhart has gone from being a detailer for luxury auto dealers to trying to stave off homelessness with his mobile business. The 68-year-old Coeur d'Alene man, with his mobile auto detailing firm -- called Franko's Auto Salon -- is an inspiring example of perseverance with hard work, said Patty McGruder, an outreach worker for the nonprofit Heritage Health. "He has lived homeless, but is an entrepreneur who wants to help other people," McGruder said. "I think many people give up hope when they are experiencing homelessness, but I'm really proud of Frank for not giving up hope. "He has found ways to persevere and get a hold of people. He has taken in homeless people along the way and that helps get other people out of homelessness. He inspires me because he has done it himself." Barnhart worked as an auto detailer for Jaguar, Porsche and Ferrari dealerships in Seattle and Las Vegas. Business magnate Bill Gates, he said, was among his customers. But Barnhart said two divorces "that I didn't want" made him depressed and ultimately homeless/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Is there anyone in your family who is homeless?

DTS: Where Are Comment Rules?

August 4, 2014 - 1:17pm

DTSinIdaho (RE: SR changing comments system): "Where is the written guidelines on posting. Like, Thou shalt not waste readers time by making comments on nation issues on a local article. Or, Thou shall not speak of things that go against the individual blog managers mood of the day... etc? You do keep your's pretty clean. I want to see the 10 commandments in blogging.. Am I asking too much?"

DFO: You can find blogging guidelines at the top of every comments thread. Forum standards here and community guidelines here.

Question: If you were king/queen of the Huckleberries blogosphere, what rules would you have for comments?

Airport Gets Boyington Memorabilia

August 4, 2014 - 1:12pm

Kevin Gonzalez called the latest donations from the family of World War II Medal of Honor recipient Gregory "Pappy" Boyington "a special treat to have in this community." "It is the sentiment of the Boyington family that Pappy belonged to the nation and, as such, wants many of his personal items to be shared," said Gonzalez, of the Marine Corps League's local Pappy Boyington Detachment. Pappy's grandson, Gregory Boyington III, donated items to the Marine Corps League, including:

  • A watch presented to Pappy's mother Grace at the christening of the U.S.S. Sunset aircraft carrier with a note from Pappy (Boyington was listed as missing and presumed dead at the christening event).
  • A "Baa Baa Black Sheep" TV show sign autographed by the cast and crew (The 1970s series was loosely based on Pappy's best-selling book.).
  • A framed photo of a plaque in Pappy's honor that's displayed at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Fla./Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you know the story of Pappy Boyington -- and how it relates to Coeur d''Alene?

'Hazzard County' Entry

August 4, 2014 - 11:58am

Art on the Green, Taste of Coeur d'Alene & Coeur d'Alene Street Fair weren't the only events happening in North Idaho over the weekend. Here, we have an entry from "Hazzard County" in the Pinehurst Car Show, supporting the local sheriff, Roscoe P. Coltrane. If you remember Roscoe and "The Dukes of Hazzard," you might be an oldtimer. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.4.14

August 4, 2014 - 11:45am
  • 11:31 a.m. 75YO male needs help getting up after fall @ 2300 block of Dawn Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 11:13 a.m. 8 vehicles burglarized @ Ross Point Mini Storage, 1125 H41/Post Falls, no damage to vehicles.
  • 10:46 a.m. Undisclosed trauma injury reported @ Blandwood Court/Post Falls.
  • 10:43 a.m. Driver reports being tailgated @ older white Lincoln Continental @ H41/Prairie Avenue.
  • 10:37 a.m. 74YO make suffering undisclosed medical emergency @ 1600 block of Sitka Road/Rathdrum.
  • 9:59 a.m. 83YO male w/history of bronchitis suffering unknown medical emergency @ 9800 block of I Street/Worley.
  • 9:48 a.m. CPD officer reports being flagged down by someone @ Shadduck Park, off 15th/CdA, unknown reason.
  • 9:38 a.m. County resident reports that his 15YO daughter's ex-boyfriend has returned to his residence to get his dog & belongings after the father kicked him out last night.
  • 9:37 a.m. Male is in Post Falls McDonalds parking lot yelling at customers & acting strangely.
  • 9:13 a.m. Firefighter states that smoke from Canfield Mountain can be seen all over Coeur d'Alene.
  • 9:04 a.m. A deer is on the shoulder of H95, b/n Hayden & Wyoming avenues/Hayden.
  • 8:54 a.m. Firefighters en route to check smoke from Nettleton Gulch area.
  • 8:51 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 7700 block of Heartland/CdA.
  • 8:43 a.m. A real estate agent has set off burglar alarm at Post Falls house for sale.

Boomers Planning 50th Reunions

August 4, 2014 - 11:37am

It seems like a high school kid is trapped in every aging baby boomer body at the table – rebellious, self-indulged, gossipy, with a giggly interest in the opposite sex. Yep. It’s a planning committee for the 50th reunion of the Lewis and Clark High School class of 1964 and nothing gets them revved up more than reminiscing about the “good ol’ days” for a willing audience. “We were raised in the days of innocence,” said Gloria Warrick Spear (née Nauditt), who is the head planner of the three-day reunion Sept. 5-7. She has the gavel to prove it and the glare to shush the rowdy guys in the group as she reads off a checklist of how it was in the early 1960s in Spokane. “Yeah, every guy I knew was a horny…” groused classmate Pat Ireland, a jock. None of the “greasers” or “thugs” are on the 33-member planning committee, but there is Molly McLellan Bennion, the 1964 Lilac Queen/Erica Curless, SR. More here. (SR photo: Dianne (Connelly) Stephens talks with classmates Dan Baggarly, left, and Nick Suksdorf during a planning meeting for Lewis and Clark’s class of 1964 reunion)

Question: Where did you fit in during high school? Jock? Cheerleader? Nerd? Etc.

Doc With Ebola Virus Brought To USA

August 4, 2014 - 11:30am

An American doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Africa arrived on U.S. soil on Saturday, marking the first time anyone infected with the incurable disease is believed to have been brought into the country for treatment. Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Atlanta on Saturday amid high security at a military base via specialized air ambulance, The Los Angeles Times reported from Georgia. The private plane, outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases arrived around 11:30 a.m. at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, spokesman Lt. Col. James Wilson confirmed. Brantly, 33, was quickly transported to Emory University Hospital, where he will receive treatment at one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country, officials say/ More here.

Question: Are you comfortable that 2 people who have contracted deadly Ebola virus have been brought to USA?

Ex-White House Press Sec Brady, RIP

August 4, 2014 - 11:22am

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady has died at the age of 73, according to a statement from his family. "We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Jim 'Bear' Brady has passed away after a series of health issues," the statement said. "His wife, Sarah, son, Scott, and daughter, Missy, are so thankful to have had the opportunity to say their farewells." Brady served as press secretary under President Ronald Reagan. In an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, Brady was shot and left permanently disabled. Brady became an advocate for gun control after he was shot, spending years pushing for the Brady Bill, which requires a five-day waiting period and a background check before a prospective buyer can purchase a handgun/Huffington Post. More here. (2011 AP file photo: James Brady and his wife, Sarah)

Question: Do you remember where you were when you heard about the attempted assassination of then President Ronald Reagan?

Poll: Our Kids Are College Bound

August 4, 2014 - 10:53am
  • Weekend Poll: Hucks Nation is a solid proponent of higher education. 117 of 159 respondents (73.58%) said children in their own & extended family is expected to go on to higher education once they graduate from high school. 20 of 159 respondents (12.58%) said there is no expectation of kids in their extended family. 21 of 159 respondents (13.21%) said it depends on the situation/kid. 1 (0.63%) was undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you agree with the move by The Spokesman-Review to rein in online comments?

SR Changing Comments System

August 4, 2014 - 9:48am

SR Editor Gary Graham explains changes in our online comments that will begin later today. Huckleberries won't be affected by them:

Beginning midday Monday, we are changing our comment system. We will allow comments only on local news stories, staff blogs and staff columns. We no longer will allow comments to be posted on national or international stories, or letters to the editor. In our new policy, comments no longer will appear directly beneath stories. We have two goals for the changes. First, we want to encourage more constructive and civil discourse on local issues of importance and interest to readers in our region. Second, we want to reduce the amount of time our journalists have to spend monitoring the comments. It’s no secret that our newsroom ranks are much smaller in the wake of the economic tsunami that has wreaked havoc on the industry, and time spent moderating comments is time we cannot spend on research, reporting and editing/Editor Gary Graham, SR. More here.

Question: Can you live with the changes?