This is in response to the “Readers Write” page of last Sunday’s paper. It’s about the “sculpture” that’s in the middle of the roundabout on Fourth and Kathleen. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it, crazy. Ms. Cutler was so right in saying the money could have been better spent somewhere else. She mentioned the food banks in the area, I have to agree. I volunteer at the Coeur d’Alene food bank and some days we have barely enough to give to our clients. That money would have really helped feed our clients. When Ms. Cutler mentioned that the “sculpture” reminded her of Disneyland I couldn’t help but think of the pig sty that’s being built downtown between the library and The Resort. I think I know whose idea that was for the roundabout, his name starts with a “W.” I would like to see the council members come by the food bank for a tour and see what the real world is all about/Leonard Veit, Coeur d'Alene, letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press.
Question: Art or basics?
I again apologize for the late starts the past two mornings, through Monday, Dec. 16. But we'll soon be past this period in time for Christmas. Then it's onto the Idaho Legislature -- and the another round of elections. Izzit just me -- or do we seem go have political campaigns almost year-round now, every year? I'm still worn out from the 2013 Coeur d'Alene municipal elections, as fun as they were. Anyway, here's the Wild Card for your posting pleasure today ...
Artist James Mayo of Port Townsend touches up the bald eagle on his mural on the outside wall of the Tracyton Public House on Monday. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall)
Do you have a good grasp on grammar? You can test your skills with this grammar test (from Grammatically Speaking) posted on Facebook by the blogger for A Butterfly Moment. I got the i.e. & e.g. question mixed up. So I scored 94%. Take quiz here.
Question: How did you do?
Online shopping surged about 20 percent to a record on Cyber Monday as many consumers snubbed physical stores and took to the Web to buy holiday gifts. Including shopping on personal computers and mobile devices, Internet retail sales on the Monday after Thanksgiving rose to almost $2 billion, according to researcher ComScore Inc. (SCOR) That made it the heaviest Web-spending day ever for the fourth straight year. More than $23.9 billion has been spent on the Web through PCs alone since Nov. 1, an 8.4 percent gain from the same period in 2012, the company said in a statement/Bloomberg. More here.
Question: What percentage of Christmas shopping (estimate) do you do online?
Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and First Lady Lori Otter help granddaughter Greta (right) light the Capitol Christmas Tree, a 50 foot Blue Spruce in Boise on Monday. (AP Photo: Kyle Green)
- Post Falls mayor recovering from surgery/Press
- Panida shines on 86th anniversary/David Gunter, Bee
- Firefighters, EMS use mustaches to promote health/Bee
- Bonner County seeks car involved in Sagle burglaries/BCSD
- Activists to celebrate Universal Declaration of Rights/CdA Press
- Ride-along with ISP nets beeps, no bruises/Keith Cousins, Press
- Former Sandpoint council candidate gets seat after all/Keith Kinnaird, Bee
Coeur d’Alene Police Detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating missing person Michael D. Morehead, 49, of Coeur d’Alene. Morehead was reported missing by his wife on Nov. 22. Detectives were able to verify that he stayed at a local motel on Nov. 20-22. When he checked out, he indicated he was traveling to Meridian. Morehead’s wife verified that he purchased several items from Cabela’s on their business account. Since that time he has not been heard from. His wife initially believed he had gone hunting with a friend. On Monday, detectives were able to use the technology of his cell phone and determine a coordinate he could be located in. The area is in the Fernan Saddle in a heavily wooded area of Kootenai County/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department. Report continues below.
New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham spikes the ball through the goal posts after he scored a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, in Seattle. Graham's touchdown was the only one scored by New Orleans, which fell to Seattle 34-7. You write the cutline.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Monday Winner (tie) -- PowderFarmer & DFO, with 3 likes apiece: Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas -- PowderFarmer, and: Meghan couldn't get the voices in her head to stop yelling, "Buy, buy, buy." Nor could should block out the mall Muzak version of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" -- DFO. You can see Monday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
- 5:07 p.m. A father and his daughter are fighting on Iron Horse Circle/Post Falls.
- 5:06 p.m. Deputies take man wanted on warrant (5:02 item) into custody.
- 5:02 p.m. Deputies ask back-up for wanted man who walked out of H97 residence w/gun in his hand.
- 4:53 p.m. Someone suffering bleeding problem on Bardill Street/Bayview.
- 4:49 p.m. Driver of blue Isuzu from Bonner County tailgated, then ran red light, before parking in IGA lot/Rathdrum.
- 3:28 p.m. Vehicle abandoned at bottom of onramp @ w/b I-90/MP 15 (Sherman).
- 3:04 p.m. Caller reports following reckless driver on w/b Prairie from H95/Hayden.
- 2:27 p.m. Suspicious silver vehicle going in & out of driveways @ w/b Spirit Lake Cutoff, near H41.
- 2:20 p.m. CPD officer looking for worker at one of the Riverstone businesses.
- 2:04 p.m. County owner wants KCSDeputy to evict squatters from his property.
- AM Scanner Traffic
--Bridgette Helstrom Lowery, via Facebook
... About the Coeur d'Alene mayor and City Council elections that were won handily by the Balance North Idaho ticket, headed by Fort Ground Grill owner Steve Widmyer. Do you think Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy and Deanna Goodlander would have been re-elected had they run for another term? Councilman Woody McEvers did. Anyone?
Here's another Tom Greene/NIC Press Room photo of NIC Automotive Technology instructor Mark Magill getting his head shaved by student Rob Partridge, to raise more than $500 for needy families for Christmas this year. The close shave was part of a "No Shave November" fundraiser.
- Cold Tuesday Twitterdeedum/Slight Detour
- Blackmail the children/From A Simple Mind
- Right-wing amoeba splitting/Ridenbaugh Press
- 2014 legislative agenda coming at you/Fort Boise
- Are wildlife animals prey, partners, pests?/Outdoors
- Naivete rules or is it really stupidity?/Dogwalk Musings
- Bleak House? Nampa raffle owner files claim/The EDge
- Christmas with Chinese characteristics/Eye on Shanghai
- Grip on Sports: Will Super Bowl be that easy?/SportsLink
- Make sure you don't miss these big-screen ventures/Dually Noted
HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Dec. 2): 6531 page-views/3435 unique views
Temporary parking signs were installed today on Front Avenue, warning motorists of the downtown, 2-hour parking limit. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)
There seems to be some confusion among downtown motorists parking near McEuen Park along Front Avenue. Under city ordinance, parking downtown is free for the first two hours. Parking along newly rebuilt Front Avenue provides for those same 2-hour restrictions, as it always has. Motorists are subject to citations for overtime violations. There is a city appeals process for those who feel they were wrongly ticketed. City street crews today installed temporary 2-hour parking signs on Front Avenue between Third and Fourth streets and Sixth and Seventh streets. Permanent 2-hour parking signs will soon be placed on street light poles along the street. In an effort to expedite opening of Front for the convenience of businesses and those who visit downtown, the street was opened before those poles were installed. Meantime, motorists are reminded that there is no parking allowed on Fourth Street between Sherman Avenue and Front Avenue. Fourth includes two 14-foot traffic lanes with no room for parking. Those who park along the one-block stretch will be ticketed as this poses a hazard/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.
Bald eagles are finally showing some interest in their traditional winter feast of spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted only 57 bald eagles today in the Wolf Lodge Bay area. That's up from two eagles counted during her weekly survey two weeks ago and up from 11 counted last week. However, the 57 eagles counted today — 46 adults (white heads), 10 immatures (under 4 years old) and one unknown — amount to less than half of the eagles counted in Wolf Lodge Bay last year at this time, Hugo said/Rich Landers, SR. More here.
In this image made available today, Harrison Odjegba Okene looks in awe as a rescue diver surfaces into the air pocket which has kept Okene alive for nearly three days, recorded by the diver's headcam video the full impact of the miraculous encounter becomes plain the see. Okene was working as a cook aboard a tugboat in the Atlantic Ocean off the Nigerian coast in June 2013, when a heavy swell caused the vessel to capsize and his boat sank to the sea bed, where his 11 colleagues drowned, but Okene was able to find an air pocket inside the sunken ship where he survived for nearly three days before being found by a group of South African rescue divers. Story, video here. (AP Photo/DCN Diving)
So, how do you say Balukoff? A.J. Balukoff, newly announced Democratic candidate for governor, says it’s like the Baloo, the bear in the Jungle Book – the accent is on the LU. (Baloo was the “sleepy brown bear” in the Kipling classic; in the Disney version, he’s the popular character who sings about “The Bare Necessities.”) The name is Bulgarian; that’s where Balukoff’s grandparents emigrated from when they came to this country 100 years ago this month/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Can a candidate win, if voters can't pronounce his name? And/or: Is your name hard to pronounce?
As reported in the Bloglander blog of the Inlander, First Night Spokane has pulled its ads from the "Rush Limbaugh Show" on Spokane station KQNT, after receiving several complaints. Bloglander reposts following message from First Night Spokane Facebook page:
“First Night Spokane takes pride in being a family friendly, diverse, non-discriminatory New Year’s Eve event in downtown Spokane and in no way condones or supports the comments made by Rush Limbaugh or others associated with the Rush Limbaugh talk show, therefore we are pulling any programming of promotional information regarding our event from this station.”
Question: Is First Night Spokane being overly sensitive to a smattering of complaints re: the controversial Limbaugh program?
Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh reads a statement in his Billings courtroom in September, explaining his 30-day sentence for a teacher who raped a student. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
A Montana judge under fire for commenting that a 14-year-old student rape victim appeared "older than her chronological age" said Tuesday that he deserves to be censured but not removed from the bench for the remarks. District Judge G. Todd Baugh told The Associated Press the comments violated judicial ethics rules by failing to promote public confidence in the courts. But he repeated his prior assertions that his comments did not factor into the 30-day sentence he handed down in the case, and said he has no plans to resign. "I shouldn't have said that ... I don't contest that appearance of impropriety," he said during an interview in his Billings office. "I don't think it's appropriate to be removed"/Associated Press. More here.
Question: Censure or removal?
Ah, 1968. Prague's spring was in full bloom, the Beatles were still together and Nez Perce County jurors got the last bump in their daily rate -- to $10 -- to serve the cause of justice. Forty-five years later, the Lewiston Tribune reports the local county commission has decided to lift the compensation again. After Monday's vote, those helping decide the innocence or guilt of defendants at the Nez Perce County Courthouse will see their per-diem pay rise five-fold to $50. Half-day service will jump to $25, from just $5/Associated Press. More here.
Question: Anyone know how much Kootenai County jurors earn per day? is it enough?
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