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HucksOnline Blogos -- 1.20.15

January 20, 2015 - 2:58pm

Daft Badger might sound like a centuries-old British pub, but it’s actually the newest brewery in North Idaho. Owner Darrell Dlouhy says the name – inspired by the Internet-sensation honey badger video (“honey badger don’t care”) – is apt for his Coeur d’Alene brewpub, which opened today at 11 a.m. More from Rick Bonino's On Tap blog here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Jan. 11-17): 51,395 page-views/34965 unique views

Teen Murder Suspect Gets Hearing

January 20, 2015 - 2:08pm

Eldon Samuel III, the Coeur d’Alene teenager accused of killing his father and brother last year, has been writing in code while at the Kootenai County Juvenile Justice Center and said he’s interested in writing a book, according to court testimony this morning. “We stumbled upon a few pieces of paper in his folder,” said Edward Fidler III, a Coeur d’Alene School District teacher who works with juvenile offenders, in a hearing before 1st District Judge Benjamin Simpson. “It was later discovered that he was actually writing in code.” Samuel, 15, was reprimanded for the writings, which were turned over to the juvenile jail staff. Using a simple cipher, detention specialists were able to decrypt the writings./Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Op-Ed: N-Decision Angers Andrus

January 20, 2015 - 1:52pm

In the Idaho Statesman today, former governor Cecil Andrus sounds the alarm re: Gov. Butch Otter's thick-headed decision to grant an exemption to accept more N-waste from the federal government:

There's an old country expression that the people of Idaho should take to heart: Keep your eye on the rabbit. In this case, the rabbit is the incontestable threat to Idaho's economic and environmental future presented by the storage above the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer of nuclear waste, whether liquid, transuranic or solid in the form of spent fuel rods. It would only take one major seismic event to precipitate nuclear-tainted material migrating to and beginning to infect the aquifer. Idahoans would see a major part of the state's agricultural economy, particularly the downstream potato, beet, alfalfa and trout farm businesses destroyed, never to recover. More here.

Question: Sounds like Gov. Otter is selling Idaho's birthrite (for clean water) to the feds for a bowl of stew. Thoughts?

Obama's State of Union Tonight

January 20, 2015 - 1:44pm

President Obama delivers his 2013 State of the Union address. (AP file photo)

President Barack Obama aims in Tuesday night's State of the Union address to outline his plans to help middle class people left behind by the economic recovery through tax increases on the most wealthy and by signing trade deals to expand markets for American goods and services. The idea of raising the top capital gains and dividends tax rate to 28 percent from 23.8 percent is popular with Democrats who are looking beyond Obama's tenure to the 2016 elections. But it seems dead on arrival with Republicans who control both houses of Congress. For Obama, seeking to burnish his legacy with two years left in office, the speech will be his best opportunity of the year to talk to millions of Americans watching on television about the improved economy six years into his tenure, which began with the Democrat facing a crippling financial crisis/Reuters. More here.

Question: Are you better off today than you were six years ago?

SR News Quiz -- 1.18-23.2014

January 20, 2015 - 1:29pm

How much do you know about the hunting and fishing population in Idaho, Washington State University football, the Seattle Seahawks and other news of note? Find out in the Spokesman-Review weekly News Quiz, where you could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 1: 330,000.
  • Last Week's Winners: Linda Petersen (gift card) and Shawna Manion (movie tickets), both of Spokane.

Scared Straight In Post Falls

January 20, 2015 - 1:22pm

On its Facebook wall, the Post Falls Police Department posts a comment by a man who was scare straight after his arrest by Officer Harrison: "I was arrested on Dec 3 for possession of a controlled substance It really made me think of where I was going in life. I sat in booking for about 20 hours before bonding out just watching and thinking about how stupid my recent decision-making had been, and later realized that the police that brought me in on the alleged charges SAVED MY LIFE. And I have since done everything in my power to live better for my myself and my family. I am scared and might be going jail. But I thank God that that the Post Falls police were there, or I would not have found a new way of life."

Question: Do you know anyone who turned his or her life around after an arrest?

Feds & Non-Endangered Spiders

January 20, 2015 - 1:17pm
Today I approved a bill declaring the hobo spider the official arachnid of the Thompson household. Now, I just need to keep the feds from giving it the same level of protection as the spotted owl -- Taryn Thompson.

Panel OKs Tax Hike For Netflix

January 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

At the Idaho Reporter, Dustin Hurst reports: "Idaho lawmakers affirmed the first in what could be a series of tax increases set to come about this legislative session, approving an administrative rule change that forces some companies like Netflix to charge customers sales taxes. The move comes less than a year after lawmakers passed 2014’s House Bill 598, a measure that sought to bring some clarity for taxing digital products and services. That bill, though, led to some ambiguity for companies. Did companies like Netflix need to charge customers an extra 6 percent for streaming services? The Idaho State Tax Commission, tasked with enforcing the state’s tax statutes, said yes." More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the Idaho Legislature, that online companies should be forced to collect Idaho sales tax?

Don't Fence Me In

January 20, 2015 - 11:55am

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson posted this photo and the explanation: "A beautiful block wall/fence was installed on Seltice near the entrance to Mill River. Unfortunately, the traffic signs that were once visible are now behind the wall in the backyards of the new homes. You'd think those would have been relocated before the wall was built." (See another photo in the comments section)

AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.20.15

January 20, 2015 - 11:45am
  • 12:04 p.m. Unknown medical emergency @ Courtyard Assisted Living, 2100 E. Sherman Ave/CdA.
  • 11:46 a.m. Female w/suspended license left Lacrosse Rehabilitation/CdA w/resident in wheelchair, against medical advise. Female is driving red Ford from Lacrosse Ave toward Government Way.
  • 11:44 a.m. Residential burglary reported @ 3700 block of N4th St/CdA.
  • 11:31 a.m. 68YO male suffering chest pains on Newcastle Lane/Hayden.
  • 11:01 a.m. Disabled semi is blocking n/b slow lane of H95, south of Neider Ave/CdA.
  • 10:53 a.m. Customer angry over bill is refusing to leave business @ 2040 E. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 10:19 a.m. Disorerly male w/beard & black hoodie is yelling into gray car near U-Haul, 714 W. Appleway/CdA.
  • 10:06 a.m. PFPD officer en route to 731 Elm Road/Post Falls on eviction follow-up.
  • 10:04 a.m. Someone injured in fall @ 12300 block of Kelly Rae Drive/Hayden.
  • 9:49 a.m. 2 snowmobiles are stuck on USFS Road No. 259 b/n Wolf Lodge Saddle/Marie Saddle after freezing up.
  • 9:38 a.m. 2 18YO females, one w/Mace, have entered unoccupied house @ Elmwood Drive/Courcelles Parkway, CdA.
  • 9:30 a.m. CdA resident reports no activity around parked U-Haul causing safety hazard in her neighborhood for days.
  • 9:09 a.m. Abandoned vehicle reported @ 303 S19th St/CdA.
  • 8:57 a.m. Abandoned vehicle reported @ 1409 E. Birch Ave/CdA.
  • 8:32 a.m. Female who left keys in 1995 Buick in 3000 block of Fruitland Lane/CdA reports it stolen.
  • 8:20 a.m. Welfare check requested on someone in 1600 block of E. Birch Ave/CdA.

Post Falls Hit With KKK Flyers

January 20, 2015 - 11:36am

From Post Falls Police Department Facebook: "Officers have received several reports of an unwanted publication. Several citizens have found a flyer advertising for the 'Ku Klux Klan Neighborhood watch.' A flyer was taken for evidence and a report was completed."

DFO: Here we go again.

Reader's Poetry

January 20, 2015 - 11:15am

These lively verses help us find
a truth perhaps to keep in mind:
Although sometimes they may not know it, in every person lives a poet.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Obama To Visit Idaho Wednesday

January 20, 2015 - 11:04am

President Barack Obama will make a Boise stop as part of a national tour discussing themes from his State of the Union address Tuesday, according to the White House. A Friday announcement of the visit did not specify Obama's topics or why he chose Boise as part of his tour. Also not yet known is anything about tickets or how to attend the speech. Those details were not expected to be available Friday. One possible topic could be immigration. Idaho leads the nation in the percentage of immigrants who could be eligible for Obama's recently announced deferred deportation program, according to the Pew Research Center in Washington/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Why in the world would President Barack Obama visit Republican Idaho?


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/01/16/3595567_president-obama-to-speak-wednesday.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Judge Releases Samuel Transcripts

January 20, 2015 - 10:28am

A Kootenai County magistrate judge released the transcript of the preliminary hearing for a 15-year-old boy charged with two counts of murder after Spokane television station KHQ challenged the judge’s decision to bar the public and media from the hearing and withhold the written account of the proceedings. Magistrate Clark A. Peterson last April closed the hearing for Eldon Samuel III after the boy’s public defender argued that sensitive information disclosed at the hearing could prejudice his right to a fair trial and affect his chances for rehabilitation. Peterson said hearings for juveniles don’t share the same legal expectation for openness as hearings for adults/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

DFO: H/T to KHQ for challenging Magistrate Clark A. Peterson's decision to bar public and media from hearing & written information afterward in the Samuel Samuel III murder case. Thoughts?

AM Headlines -- 1.20.15

January 20, 2015 - 10:23am

Norman Gissel quietly looks over an Emmett Till trial exhibit before the Martin Luther King Jr. event on Monday at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d'Alene. Gissel was the final presenter at the event where he spoke on the trial. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Hans Koepsell)

Poll: Prosecutor Learned Lesson

January 20, 2015 - 9:59am
  • Weekend Poll: Supermajority of Hucks Nation sez Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh learned his lesson better than the 9YO boy jailed for 22 hours for stealing a pack of chewing gum. McHugh has since apologized for issuing an arrest warrant for the Post Falls boy. 132 of 192 respondents (68.75%) said McHugh learned his lesson better. 46 of 192 respondents (23.96%) said the 9YO boy learned his lesson better. 14 (7.29%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you share fear of Reps Sims, Cheatham & Barbieri that recognition of the giant salamander as Idaho state amphibian could lead to endangered species status and federal overreach?

Crooks: Les Suis Charlie & Decency

January 20, 2015 - 9:08am

I once wrote an editorial that referenced the name of the slave in “Huckleberry Finn,” but I had to write around it, just as I am now. The mere sight of the word was deemed too hurtful and inflammatory. The character is portrayed sympathetically, but context didn’t matter. If there is a controversy swirling around the use of this word, most newspapers will describe the word, but won’t print it. Is this reasonable or cowardly? Some people are calling newspapers in America and abroad “cowards” for not printing some Charlie Hebdo cartoons as an act of solidarity against the terrorist attack/Gary Crooks, SR Smart Bombs. More here.

Press: Add The Words, Idaho

January 20, 2015 - 9:02am

Invoking the wisdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while encouraging the Idaho Legislature to "add the words" won't win praise from everybody. We can live with that. Adding four words -- "sexual orientation" and "gender equity" -- to the Idaho Human Rights Act isn't a question of political correctness dwarfing common sense or existing civil rights. With the exception of 10 Idaho cities, including Coeur d'Alene, that have taken the legal steps necessary for all citizens to be treated equally, the state of Idaho remains fertile ground for discrimination based on individuals' real or perceived sexuality. It's fitting that shortly after celebrating Dr. King's birthday as a legal holiday, the Idaho Legislature is poised to consider adding the words to the human rights act. We hope the debate is vigorous and enlightening, because on this topic of sexual orientation and gender equity, a great deal of misunderstanding prevails. We know because we count ourselves among the generally ignorant/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Eberlein Wants Windows In Doors

January 20, 2015 - 8:33am

Marc Eberlein (shown working in his county office) is bringing transparency to the highest offices of county government. Literally. Eberlein, who was sworn in as a Kootenai County commissioner on Monday, just hasn't been comfortable with the door to his office. So next week, the commissioners are scheduled to hear from county facilities director Shawn Riley, who will present options for windows in their doors. Eberlein's not taking credit. "The idea was my wife's," he said Friday. And it seemed like more than a prudent one, he said. "I don't like the idea of closing the door without a window in it," he said. "There's a lot of accusations brought against people"/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Question: Is Eberlein being prudent or paranoid?

Balance North Idaho To Be Active

January 20, 2015 - 8:26am

The Balance North Idaho political action committee announced its plans for participation in this year's nonpartisan Kootenai County taxing district elections. "Due to the quantity of nonpartisan elections this year, we will use a combination of questionnaires and in-person interviews. For some issues and elections, we will investigate facts and request information via a questionnaire. For others, we will conduct in-person interviews," said Eden Irgens, BNI president. "We will only weigh in on candidate elections when there is a candidate with opposition." The PAC was formed in 2013. The group states it is committed to endorsing candidates based facts rather than political parties/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you happy/unhappy to see Balance North Idaho involved in city and school elections again?