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Remembering Patrick

October 28, 2014 - 8:08am

SrJoeB pulled this Sunday Huckleberries post about Patrick Jacobs, who died Sunday, from the archives (Jan. 29, 2007). I'll continue to post remembrances of Patrick this week leading to his service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church:

OrangeTV is one of the many treasures who hang out at Huckleberries Online. He’s the twentysomething who posts superb reviews of music, the Coeur d’Alene night scene and eateries on his Making Flippy Floppy blog. His local restaurant reviews are my personal faves. Of the Sherman IGA Deli last week, he raved about the Chester Fried chicken, barbecue spareribs and jo-jos, while recalling when he was about 12 that he and his mother “hid shivering behind a mayonnaise display as the store was being robbed.” What separates OrangeTV from other reviewers are observations like this: “Evening and night at the store is a whole different vibe – it turns into a edgy hotspot for welfare moms on meth, drunk college boys on meth, and extremely munchie-afflicted emo kids. Oh, and Hagadone honcho Jerry Jaeger. I’ve seen him shopping there a dozen times, late into the night, and I just know he can afford to upgrade to at least Super 1 or something. Maybe he does it to show us wee villagers that really, he’s just a regular guy after all – just one of the folks.” In another post, he praised the new Breakfast Nook as a decent addition to Midtown, but he wasn’t crazy about the hostess who waited on him: “The hostess coldly wrote our names on a list and still offered no clue as to when we might be seated. She was too young to be so frowny-faced and bitter.” Fiesta Mexicana. Panda Express. Paul Bunyan Famous Hamburgers. OrangeTV reviews places where most North Idahoans can afford to eat. You can find a link to the Making Flippy Floppy reviews on my blog

DFO: Obviously, Patrick was a thirtysomething at the time, not a twentysomething. But the rest was accurate. I had the privilege of helping him land a job as a reviewer with The Spokesman-Review, until newspaper cuts sent other contract columnists & him to the sidelines.

Or Not

October 28, 2014 - 8:03am

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Wild Card/Monday -- 10.27.14

October 27, 2014 - 5:35pm

I'm feeling my way today, after the shocking loss of one of the blog's commenting favorites here, Patrick Jacobs. Mike Kennedy and Sisyphus have providing eloquent statements in the comment section re: what Patrick, whom we knew as OrangeTV here, meant to this online community. I will simply say that he made my life richer with his reviews, offbeat Get Out! North Idaho observations and comments here. We will feel his absence in a big way as we go forward. When we gather at Blogfest 2015, we'll toast his memory as we continue to miss him. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 10.27.14

October 27, 2014 - 5:32pm

Four of the Blue Angels F/A-18s roar past the crowd in a tight formation on the final day of the 2014 NAS JAX Air Show at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday. The show saw the return of the Navy flight demonstration team the Blue Angels as the climax of the show filled with acrobatics, history and pyrotechnics for the thousands of fans in attendance. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack)

Top Comments -- 10.27.14

October 27, 2014 - 5:12pm

Top Comment -- Sam: (RE: RIP, Patrick Jacobs): I haven't been able to hang out with Patrick for a long time, the last time being a HBO blog fest several years ago. He carried a snark stick around on here to bat down trolls and his voice was one that absolutely was needed in North Idaho and still is.

Most Commented Stories: Ybarra never 'Educator of the Year" (36 comments), and: Patrick Jacobs, RIP (17 comments), and: Closer look at Hitching Post lawyers (14 comments).

The Politics Of The Pratfall

October 27, 2014 - 4:55pm

At IdahoED NEWS, Kevin Richert tries to put the pratfalls by GOP superintendent of schools candidate Sherri Ybarra into perspective: "A sporadic voting record. Overstated claims about political endorsements. New revelations about her academic credentials. Questions about her divorce and remarriage. A flap over wording lifted from an opponent’s campaign website. Sherri Ybarra’s campaign has demonstrated a knack for making headlines — few of them good. The Republican state superintendent’s candidate has become the talk of Idaho political circles, with critics questioning her honesty and her ethics. But will these blunders affect the outcome in just eight days? 'It becomes a pattern and I think that’s a big issue,'" said Jasper LiCalzi, a professor of political economy at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. More here. (IdahoED NEWS photo at IPTV debate Oct. 21)

Question: Is any of this registering with the voters?

Cutline Contest -- 10.27.14

October 27, 2014 - 4:50pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Facts: A Chinese man jumps and flips in front of a statue on a compound of a commercial building in Beijing. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Weekend Winner -- Flatlander, with 6 likes: "If you think I am a good salesman for getting these Aussie’s to think a big frying pan is art, you should see that rainbow thing I sold to some city by a lake in North Idaho." You can see Weekend Photo & read all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 10.27.14

October 27, 2014 - 4:44pm
  • 5:34 p.m. Female having trouble breathing @ 100 block of Coeur d'Alene Avenue/CdA.
  • 5:22 p.m. Two dogs are running loose on Horsehaven/Post Falls.
  • 5:18 p.m. 2-vehicle, non-injury accident reported @ NW Blvd/Lakewood, CdA.
  • 5:08 p.m. Driver ran stop sign on e/b 21st Avenue/Post Falls & then swore at individual who confronted him.
  • 4:30 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Oct. 25-27 here.
  • 4:06 p.m. Ambulance taking someone from 2100 block of Sherman/CdA to Hospice House/Hayden.
  • 4:02 p.m. Property damage vehicle crash reported @ 5097 Building Center Drive/CdA.
  • 3:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Oct. 26-27 here.
  • 3:37 p.m. Caller reports loud, domestic fight in area behind Post Falls Super 1.
  • 3:21 p.m. PFPD officers dealing w/male s/b on Idaho Street who may have violated protection order.
  • 3:12 p.m. Girl on skateboard skating in front of Post Falls biz, jaywalking & being "mouthy."
  • 3:03 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 2100 E. Sherman/CdA.
  • 2:49 p.m. Burglar alarm shows at Post Falls house being shown for sale by Realtor.
  • 2:42 p.m. Semi hauling vehicles has crashed onto its side blocking e/b I-90 onramp b/n H95/Ironwood Drive, CdA.
  • 2:11 p.m. Post Falls WalMart East/Mullan Avenue will prosecute shoplifter caught stealing for 2nd time.
  • 1:25 p.m. Someone has been hurt in fall @ 3500 block of N. Cedarblom Street/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

HucksOnline Blogos -- 10.27.14

October 27, 2014 - 4:08pm
In this photo from last winter, city officials toured the Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive) to plan tree and brush removal to protect the flood barrier. On Tuesday, the city of Coeur d’Alene will begin a pilot project for repairs to the levee on Rosenberry Drive (Dike Road) on the North Idaho College campus. This will include tree and brush removal and placement of fill in the eroded area. There will vehicle and pedestrian road closures as workers clear trees and debris from the roadway. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Today file photo)

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Oct 19-25): 47,824 page-views/30,387 unique views

School District Addresses Ebola

October 27, 2014 - 3:15pm

Laura Rumpler (pictured), spokeswoman for the Coeur d'Alene School District, tells of the district's approach to the Ebola outbreak:

Our district is dedicated to addressing local concerns about the possible spread of Ebola in the United States, a virus that has created significant worldwide fear.  While no active cases of the Ebola virus have been reported in Idaho or in our region, we have received questions from parents about Ebola and want to be proactive in sharing information. The risk of an Ebola case appearing in North Idaho is extremely low, according to experts from Panhandle Health District and local emergency management offices.  In any health and safety situation, we will remain vigilant about awareness and communicating with families. Our district currently is aware of students and community members who are traveling nationally and internationally.  We have asked relevant questions and are working with Panhandle Health on any potential changes to the low risk level our community currently holds. More here.

Also: Dr. Cheri Zao invites you to talk about Ebola at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Meyer Health and Sciences Building Room 106. This talk is free and open to the public.

Question: Is the school district taking right approach to Ebola outbreak elsewhere in world?

Deadly 1909 Gibbs Train Crash

October 27, 2014 - 3:08pm

July 31, 1909: Two passenger trains from the Electric Line of the S&IE crashed head-on at Gibbs, about a mile up Northwest Boulevard from downtown Coeur d’Alene, killing 16 and injuring more than 100. The trains were crowded because travelers were attending a lottery for purchasing Coeur d’Alene Indian land. (Photo courtesy: Museum of North Idaho)

DFO: Did you know that this crash took place in the area we now know as Riverstone?

Vick Mulls Bill To Ban State Weddings

October 27, 2014 - 3:01pm

In an article for the faith section of WorldNetDaily, Greg Corombos reports: "Idaho state Sen. Steve Vick (R-Dalton Gardens) says one U.S. city’s (Coeur d'Alene) efforts to force a Christian wedding chapel to perform homosexual marriages in his state is a blatant violation of the Constitution, and he is seriously considering legislation to get the state government out of marriage entirely because he fears churches will be the next target in the aggressive homosexual agenda." More here.

DFO: I missed this story last week.

Question: What do you think of prospective legislation from Sen. Vick that would remove the state from performing weddings? (I think I'm reading Vick's intent correctly.)

Patrick's Services -- 2 PM Saturday

October 27, 2014 - 2:22pm

Patrick Jacobs, a North Idaho blogger and bartender who previously wrote for The Spokesman-Review’s Handle Extra section, died this weekend after experiencing a “cardiac event” on Friday. Jacobs, 42, reviewed fine dining and dives and North Idaho’s nightlife in a column called “Get Out!” from 2007 to 2011. After the Handle Extra section was discontinued in 2011, he continued reviewing restaurants, as well as fashion and nightlife, on his own Get Out! North Idaho blog. He also worked as a bartender at Mik’s in Coeur d’Alene. Jacobs was a prolific commenter on the Spokesman-Review’s Huckleberries Online blog, using the name OrangeTV. ... Jacobs’ cousin Tracy Green said services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d’Alene. He is survived by his father, mother and stepfather/Addy Hatch, SR. More here.

Ybarra Never 'Educator Of The Year'

October 27, 2014 - 1:20pm

Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for Idaho superintendent of schools, and her son, Matthew, are shown in Sandpoint during the recent Idaho GOP Bus Tour. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Sherri Ybarra, GOP candidate for Idaho state schools superintendent, proudly lists among her educational accomplishments “Educator of the Year 2005” and “Educator of the Year 2006.” But she's never been Idaho's Teacher of the Year, an honor that's been bestowed annually since 1959. Nor has she been the Mountain Home School District's nominee for that state competition. Instead, in 2005 and 2006, Ybarra was among 10 Mountain Home teachers nominated to compete to be the district's representative in the state Teacher of the Year competition/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Yeah, I know ... it's the media's fault. Thoughts?

SR News Quiz -- Oct. 26-31.2014

October 27, 2014 - 1:18pm

How much do you know about October weather in the Inland Northwest, increases in Social Security benefits and other news of note? Find out in the weekly Spokesman-Review News Quiz, where you could win movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the quiz here.

  • Answer to Question #1: The number of young farmers in the United States is growing.
  • Last Week’s Winners: Tami Earthman (gift card) and Richard Parker (movie tickets), both of Spokane.

Edit: Prison Scandal Is Otter's Scandal

October 27, 2014 - 1:16pm

At the Lewiston Tribune, Opinion Page editor Marty Trillhaase explains why Idaho's private prison scandal has become Gov. Butch Otter's scandal: "Almost from the instant professional investigators within the Idaho State Police got their hands on the Corrections Corporation of America file, they knew it was too hot to handle. Everything pointed toward Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's inner circle. CCA had bilked taxpayers for phantom prison guards who never worked their assigned shifts. The understaffed Idaho Correctional Center was transformed into a violence-plagued 'gladiator school.'" More here.

Question: Is this scandal sticking to Gov. Butch Otter and the Otter administration?

Ybarra Picks Campaign Slogan, But ...

October 27, 2014 - 1:13pm

At IdahoED NEWS, Kevin Richert provides an update on Republican candidate Sherri Ybarra’s search for a campaign slogan. From Ybarra campaign's Facebook page Sunday:

“Thank you to everyone who participated in the Ybarra For Idaho catchphrase contest! The winners have been chosen … and will be announced soon!” As you may recall, the Republican state superintendent’s candidate announced the catchphrase contest on Oct. 9. “We are looking for something imaginative, smart or just simply great, to ‘stick in the minds’ of voters. The phrase should be short enough to fit on magnets, stickers, or bumper stickers.” Of course, campaigns are heading into the home stretch of magnet and sticker season.

Question: Isn't the purpose of a campaign slogan to offer a catchy phrase that people will remember? How is anyone going to remember a slogan that still hasn't been revealed with only 8 days left in the campaign?

4 Corners Meeting Set Tuesday

October 27, 2014 - 1:09pm

The Four Corners/BLM Corridor Master Plan Steering Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to for an update on master planning efforts for the Spokane River corridor. The meeting will be held in the old council chambers at City Hall, 710 Mullan Ave. The public is invited, but public comment will not be accepted. There will an opportunity for public comment during a forum planned for November. A date for that meeting will be announced soon. The consultant, Welch Comer Engineers, continues to gather input from groups such as the Museum, Human Rights Educational Institute, County, Disability Action Center, adjacent Home Owners Associations, and others to formulate a land use plan for a stretch of property that runs roughly from Independence Point in downtown Coeur d’Alene to Huetter Road at the western limit of Coeur d’Alene/Coeur d'Alene Today.

Question: I hope you readers are paying attention to these meetings because they will have a significant impact on the western corridor to Coeur d'Alene. I don't want to hear anyone complaining after the master plan is released that s/he didn't have a chance to provide input. Thoughts?

Sky Rockets In Flight

October 27, 2014 - 12:02pm

Setting a tentative world's record for sending the most rockets skyward simultaneously, two Chesterfield County, Virginia teens, Dylan Whitesel, 18, bottom left, and Sanzio Angeli, 17, second from left, raised $20,000 for cancer research by launching 3,973 model rockets at Chesterfield, Va., County Fairgrounds, Sunday. The teens spent months assembling the rockets and finding sponsors for each and were inspired by Whitesel's mothers battle with the disease. (AP Photo/The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Joe Mahoney)

AM Scanner Traffic -- 10.27.14

October 27, 2014 - 11:53am
  • 11:53 a.m. Black & white Australian shepherd/heeler mix missing along 15th Street/CdA since Saturday.
  • 11:12 a.m. KCSDeputy looking for possible DUI driver n/b on H95/Garwood Road.
  • 11:11 a.m. Official on scene decides fire in Harrison area coming from series of slash pile burns.
  • 10:53 a.m. Possible fire in trees reported at Ashbury/Half Round Bay, Harrison.
  • 10:43 a.m. Someone is suffering allergic reaction @ Hamaker Road/Heritage Drive, Worley.
  • 10:27 a.m. Caller is worried that 80YO Coeur d'Alene man hasn't answered phone in 4 days.
  • 10:13 a.m. 2 dogs are running loose on Cornerstone/Hayden.
  • 10:10 a.m. Witness reports blue van hit and knocked down elderly male walking s/b on Idaho Street & left w/b on Mullan/Post Falls.
  • 9:37 a.m. Strange male in black hoodie, pink pajamas, with a star on his face, is scaring clerks in and near Idaho Youth Ranch thrift store/Post Falls. He walked around one store for half hour, making sexual remarks.
  • 9:25 a.m. Driver of black Nissan speeding, reckless @ H95/Wyoming, Hayden.