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Rainey: Oregon's Unexpected Coast

September 10, 2014 - 3:49pm

Collectively, Barb and I’ve lived in many different environments across our very large country. New York City (9 million folks) to Middleton, Idaho, when it was about 1,200. Always new experiences. But we’ve never lived in a more remote, end-of-the-food-chain location than the Oregon coast. Lots of people want to live by the sea. Even many who’ve never seen more water in one place than a swimming pool. The idea’s been so romanticized – and commercialized – that many folks spend lots of time poring over computer-enhanced pictures of coastlines, ships, lighthouses and empty oceanscapes. Being an old Oregonian, I’ve fantasized about it for years. So, when the wife decided that’s where we ought to be, I was O.K. with it. And here we are/Barrett Rainey, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Have you ever wanted to live on the Oregon Coast? And/or: Have you ever lived in a small town on the coast?

HBO Blogosphere -- 9.10.14

September 10, 2014 - 3:35pm

More than 5,000 people last Saturday were treated to a whole lot of free stuff during the first North Idaho Day of Hope at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Visitors had an opportunity to receive food, clothing, and multiple other services at no cost. Several city of Coeur d’Alene employees volunteered their time to give away an enormous amount of school supplies, thanks to local businesses who worked cooperatively with the city. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Sept. 9): 7124 page-views/4406 unique views

Quotable Quote -- 9.10.14

September 10, 2014 - 3:02pm
I had a close call with spandex back in the 80s. Thankful, after a lot of rehab and prayers I was able to wear regular shorts again -- Joker.

Question: Are any of you willing to admit that you've once worn Spandex?

GONI! Surpise Wasn't Hypothetical

September 10, 2014 - 2:37pm

On Get Out! North Idaho Facebook wall, Patrick Jacobs posts: "From the Dept of Great Unexpected Fast Food Moments: Stopped at Hayden Arby's to grab a bite after work last night. Ordered my food and pulled forward. Girl at the window: 'Hypothetically speaking, would you rather have cookies or a turnover?' 'Uh...cookies'' I said, and sure enough, when I got home I had free dessert in my bag. Good for them, and even better for me!"

Question: Have you experienced a surprise wonderful customer service moment at a local eatery recently?

Kerri: Remembering 911

September 10, 2014 - 2:23pm

From Kerri Thoreson's Main Street column in Coeur d'Alene Press today: So many heroes on Sept. 11 ... first responders, everyday citizens and the 33 pilots and flight attendents on American Airlines Flights 11 and 77, and United Airlines Flights 175 and 93 whose final moments were spent protecting their passengers. In these 13 years, in this country, I've gone through airport security lines where armed soldiers stood guard. I've been subjected to searches of my body and my belongings. I've had a sleepless night or two as the mother of a daughter whose airline career takes her in and out of major airports and puts her in the air most days of the week. Never once, not for a single minute have I blamed anyone other than the terrorists who murdered our fellow citizens in New York, Washington, D.C., and in a Pennsylvania field. The horror of Sept. 11 should not be reduced to rhetoric or symbolism. Those images, both print and electronic, should be kept fresh in all of our minds. They were real people, with real families who were murdered. And those are real people wearing the uniform of our armed forces, fighting and dying for freedom on foreign soil this very moment. Let your thoughts and prayers be with them all. More here. (AP File Photo)

Question: Are we as respectful of 9/11 today as our parents and grandparents were of December 7th?

Did NFL Have Rice Video In April?

September 10, 2014 - 2:18pm

In this still image taken from a hotel security video released by TMZ Sports, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice drags his fiancee, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator moments after knocking her off her feet into the elevator's railing at the Revel casino in Atlantic City, N.J., in February 2014. The Ravens terminated their contract with Rice Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, hours after the video surfaced on TMZ's website, and he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL. (AP Photo)

A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible." The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can't confirm anyone watched the video. The person said they were unauthorized to release the video but shared it unsolicited, because they wanted the NFL to have it before deciding on Rice's punishment/Associated Press. More here.

Question: What do you think should happen if the NFL had seen this video months ago?

Freeze Coming Tonight

September 10, 2014 - 1:47pm

The National Weather Service is warning of “widespread freezing conditions” overnight Thursday. Temperatures will fall below freezing tonight in a few areas, but the cold snap will spread Thursday night. Temperatures overnight Thursday will fall to the mid 20s to lower 30s, the weather service says. Pockets of freezing temperatures are possible tonight in Deer Park, Priest Lake, Metalline Falls, Bonners Ferry and Republic. The weather service issued a freeze warning for North Idaho north of Coeur d’Alene, the northeast mountains of Washington and the Okanogan highlands/SR. More here.

Question: Are you ready for an early freeze?

Admiral To Idaho Women: Join Military

September 10, 2014 - 1:27pm

Four-star Admiral Michelle Howard addresses a crowd of more than 800 at the Andrus Center Conference on Women and Leadership in Boise. (Eye on Boise Photo: Betsy Russell)

In her talk, “Pioneering Success,” at the Andrus Center Conference on Women and Leadership today, Admiral Michelle Howard, the vice-chief of operations for the Navy and a four-star admiral, used the stories of pioneering women – from Sacagawea to Barbara Morgan and many more – to offer advice about how women who are pioneers in their field can forge success. She drew on the stories of women who joined wagon trains and traveled west, and distilled her advice to this: “Commit to the journey, travel light, develop stamina, keep a sense of humor, and stay connected to other women.” Said Howard, “If you’re in an occupation where there’s less than 25 percent women, you’re a pioneer.” Engineering is a perfect example, she said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Are there any women in your family who have served in the military?

News Quiz -- 8.7-12.14

September 10, 2014 - 1:23pm

How much do you know about comedian Joan Rivers, local weather extremes, the University of Idaho's football game at Florida and other news of note? Find out in our weekly Spokesman-Review News Quiz, where you could win movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 3: The Bennett Block
  • Leaderboard: RaynTim and SFredrickson are the only 2 HucksOnline blog regulars among the 24 finalists for the gift card & movie tickets, so far. The weekly contest ends at 5 p.m. Friday.


Herb: Miscue Resurrects Taxi Days

September 10, 2014 - 1:14pm

Time flies when you realize how far back it was when I moved from Dalton Gardens to Bayview nineteen years ago. It seems like yesterday except I'm much older now than then. I was brought up to date with a Coeur d'Alene event which established a police sub-station on Sherman Avenue. I'm thinking why would they establish a sub station only blocks away from the main poice station. While perusing a discussion on Huckleberries on line dealing with the subject, I was politely informed that the police station was moved north to the northerly border of Coeur d'Alene several years ago. It started me thinking about the old days when I  drove cab for Sunset Taxi/Herb Huseland, Bay Views. More here.

Question: When did you last ride in a taxi? And/or: Have you ever ridden in a taxi in the Inland Northwest?

War Bonds: Rationing

September 10, 2014 - 1:08pm

During WWII, you couldn't just walk into a shop and buy as much sugar or butter or meat as you wanted, nor could you fill up your car with gas whenever you liked. All these things were rationed, which meant you were only allowed to buy a small amount (even if you could afford more). The government introduced rationing because certain things were in short supply during the war, and rationing was the only way to make sure everyone got their fair share. This is one of War Bonds bride, Betty Driscoll Ratzman's ration books. Makes me stop and think as I had out to the grocery store today. So many things we take for granted/Cindy Hval, War Bonds Facebook.

Question: Could today's US citizen cope with rationing?

Sisyphus: Idaho Ed Balkinization

September 10, 2014 - 11:47am

Sisyphus (RE: Dave, you raise a good point regarding the Balkanization of Idaho's education system. We're creating ghettos of impoverished school systems where the poor will have zero opportunity. We're killing the American dream rapidly in those zones.

DFO: Idaho's public education system is OK, if you live in Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls or Lakeland school districts, where patrons routinely pass levies to make up shortfalls in state education funding. If you live in a poor district, like Bonner County or Lapwai, where levies fail, however, your children are getting a second-rate education. The state of Idaho is mandated by the state constitution to provide equal education opportunities to all the state's children. The Idaho Supreme Court underscored that point in a ruling awhile back. And the Supreme Court ruling was ignored by the governor and the Idaho Legislature. What can you do? Thoughts?

Close Shave

September 10, 2014 - 11:43am

Hannes Arch of Austria performs during the finals for the sixth stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday. (AP Photo/Red Bull: Joerg Mitter)

AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.10.14

September 10, 2014 - 11:35am
  • 12:04 p.m. 86YO male is suffering chest pain @ Dr. Daugherty's office, 920 W. Ironwood Drive.
  • 11:48 a.m. Animal control officer is trying to catch dog @ 9700 block of Maple/Hayden.
  • 11:45 a.m. Female driver wearing sunglasses is tailgating, honking @ s/b H41/H53, Rathdrum.
  • 11:41 a.m. CPD officer tells dispatcher to contact owner before car towed from Sunset Bowling.
  • 11:18 a.m. Michael tells dispatch that his ex-girlfriend is refusing to leave his residence.
  • 11:10 a.m. Bicyclist has possible broken nose after crash on Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, off O'Gara Road/Harrison.
  • 10:42 a.m. Someone hung up on 911 dispatch after calling from Keylock Storage, 2200 W. Appleway, CdA.
  • 10:10 a.m. PFPD officer has contacted suspicious person in gray sweater @ Corbin Park/Post Falls.
  • 10:09 a.m. CPD officer checking on female & 3 kids at motel. She's staying w/29YO boyfriend & may be using drugs.
  • 10:01 a.m. Extra traffic patrol request for H41/Sturgeon Road, Rathdrum.
  • 9:11 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing on Rambling Rose Lane/Post Falls, south of river.
  • 8:56 a.m. Non-injury, two-vehicle crash reported @ Ramsey Road/Appleway, CdA.
  • 8:51 a.m. Motorist reports male who hit deer is sitting beside it, distraught. Unknown location.
  • 8:42 a.m. Undisclosed type of theft reported @ 1500 block of St. Maries/CdA.

Ms Pac-Man: Caught In The Middle

September 10, 2014 - 11:29am

Ms. Pac-Man (RE: Idaho: The Next-to-Last State): I find myself as a conservative caught in the middle of being told I should home school (when this isn't a realistic option for my family) and wanting better results from our public education system that isn't all about throwing more money at it blindly. I still often wonder what if the federal lands issue in this state was looked at seriously in regards to not only economic growth, but through the lens of funding education. In 2013 Idaho received under $26 million in PILT grants. That is not a lot of money. Oh and yes, I still don't like Common Core. I am still hoping that this is something that Governor Otter is willing to meet us half way on:).

DFO: Frankly, Ms. Pac-Man, my children received a swell local education that spurred one of them to an MD/PhD degree and the other to a master's degree in family counseling. Mrs. O & I were deeply involved in our children's education and school. I know of some individuals who do a superb job home-schooling their children. However, I think some home-schoolers are missing the boat -- and shouldering a load that they can't carry -- by ignoring the free offerings of a public school education. Thoughts?

Public Misled On Extent Of Torture

September 10, 2014 - 10:40am

How much water was involved in America’s waterboarding of terrorism suspects? If that sounds glib, it’s not meant to be. As the massive and much-battled-over “torture report” by a Senate committee inches toward public disclosure, a British newspaper is reporting that the waterboarding employed against three top al-Qaida suspects far exceeds the widespread understanding of what happened. It is the latest trickle from the iceberg surrounding that report, all of which suggest that the torture program was even worse than it was thought to be – that the tactics were harsher and the results negligible, and that the CIA misled a lot of people about it. The waterboarding was part of an interrogation program developed and employed, in part, by a pair of former Spokane U.S. Air Force psychologists. The men, Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, helped “reverse-engineer” tactics used in survival training at Fairchild Air Force Base and other bases/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Is there any time when torture of prisoners by USA military is OK?

AM Headlines -- 9.10.14

September 10, 2014 - 10:32am

Kelley Stickelmeyer directs traffic on Tuesday on Barker Road in Spokane Valley, Wash. Stickelmyer recently came to the rescue of three unattended children while flagging with her District 4 crew. Story here. (SR Photo: Colin Mulvany)

Poll: We'll Continue To Talk RE: Arfee

September 10, 2014 - 10:18am
  • Tuesday Poll: 71 of 186 respondents (38.17%) said we'll still be talking about the Arfee shooting controversy a month from now. 60 of 186 respondents (32.26%) said we won't. 52 (27.96%) said the dog shooting will come up occasionally in the future. 3 (1.61%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you expect an oil train disaster to happen in North Idaho/Spokane County in next 10 years?

Idaho: The Next-To-Last State

September 10, 2014 - 9:33am

Nothing gets the Gem State in a funk like being dead last at something. Being next to dead last? Not so bad. Last winter, the state's leadership cringed when it heard that Idaho's low-skill, low-wage economy had produced the 50th lowest per capita income in the nation. Then it turned out that ranking was only 50th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Mississippi was still 51st -- although it's gaining ground and will eventually overtake Idaho. What had been shock and awe among officialdom morphed into ho and hum. Then in the spring, Idaho surrendered its title of minimum wage king. Now it was only second in the nation in the proportion of its people scraping by. Tennessee was No. 1. From Boise came the official proclamation: "Whew!"/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you breathe a sigh of relief when Idaho winds up 49th -- or 50th (if District of Columbia is thrown in) -- in rankings of states on important issues, like education? Or are you simply resigned to this state becoming the Mississippi of the West?

NFL Coach Enjoys UIdaho QB Debut

September 10, 2014 - 9:14am

There was at least one Idaho football fan who didn't seem to mind another week of lightning-related setbacks as the Vandals tried to play their season opener at Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. Scott Linehan, in the midst of preparing Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboy offense for their own season opener, caught a break Saturday evening and flipped on ESPN3 to catch most of Idaho's 38-31 loss to ULM. It was a sight to behold - that which took place at Malone Stadium both before and after lightning storms delayed the contest for more than two hours. By the time Scott Linehan got to his laptop to cue up the game, his son, Matt (pictured in Lewiston Tribune photo), who had spent the better part of five months duking it out with Chad Chalich for the starting job, was already picking apart the Warhawks, who had allowed just five first downs to Wake Forest the week prior/Theo Lawson, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: After listening to most of the game on radio last Saturday, I'm cautiously optimistic about the 2014 UI Vandals. How about you?