Taylor Viydo of KREM2 sets up for a video for a story re: controversy swirling around decision by Hitching Post owners not to marry gay couples, now that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has declared gay marriage legal in Idaho. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
Question: Have the local media done a good job covering this controversy? Or do you consider local coverage overblown?
Sisyphus (RE: The unexpected death of local restaurant reviewer/online personality Patrick Jacobs): I want to address his family, especially his parents. I only knew Patrick online through this community of bloggers and commenters here at Huckleberries Online (HBO), one of the best places in Idaho to discuss politics. Orange TV (OTV), wasn't really a political animal, but wrote spectacular pieces on food, art, and culture, a real asset to the community. He and I didn't always agree but he earned my respect for writing cogent, thoughtful comments from his heart and sharing common experiences to people of different backgrounds, thereby making whatever he wrote persuasive to many. I learned from him. His passing is tragic because of the promise of his talent ending before coming to perch upon the promontory it was sure to achieve. And through this passing, he had one more lesson to teach me. While we are removed from human contact through the digital medium, it doesn't mean that through this medium we can't touch each other's humanity like he touched mine in a real and emotional way. I feel the loss which must pale horribly to yours. Thanks for blessing us with his presence. You should be proud. (Photo posted on Huckleberries by Meghann Cuniff, center, shows Patrick, left, and Patrick's friend Bryan Howell)
- Weekend Poll: A solid majority of Hucks Nation would like to see President Obama preserve the Boulder/White Clouds area of Idaho by declaring it a monument. 100 of 175 respondents (57.14%) support the move, as a result of individuals like U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, and Gov. Butch Otter blocking legislation fostered by U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho. 59 of 175 respondents (33.71%) oppose unlitateral action taken by the president. 16 (9.14%) are undecided.
- Today's Poll: Do you plan to vote straight ticket on Nov. 4?
NIC students Robert Wilson, left, and Zach Mahaney argue with Tom Meyer and Val (who would not disclose her last name to the Press) regarding same-sex marriage outside Coeur d’Alene City Hall on Friday morning. Ten people participated in a rally in support of the North Idaho Hitching Post’s stance on traditional marriage. Story below. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Tess Freeman)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Actor attacked at Scarywood/David Cole, Press
- Scuffle leads to 3-hour standoff in Post Falls/KHQ
- Report ranks Rathdrum as 7th safest Idaho city/Press
- Eye on Boise: Cost to fight gay marriage passes $80,000/SR
- Smart Bombs: Idaho voters face Ybarra trust test/Gary Crooks, SR
- Rally supports traditional marriage, Hitching Post/Devin Heilman, Press
- Oil shipments across Washington could triple by 2020/Becky Kramer, SR
"Personally, I always use a Taco Time crisp pinto burrito to hit people with. The firmer surface provides a higher pain factor" -- Patrick Jacobs (aka OrangeTV) on Oct. 15 re: the Hayden man who was arrested at an assisted living place for hitting a worker with a taco.
In the Coeur d'Alene Press editorial Sunday, Editor Mike Patrick writes about the controversies that have hit Coeur d'Alene in recent years -- and how the Lake City has pulled together even when we're in disagreement: "Yes, we have disagreements; together, we confront agents of community division. McEuen Park. Discrimination ordinance. Special interests influencing elections. Arfee. Hitching Post. We live in interesting times, which is a blessing because it's proof of passion. What's different about us is that when the cold winds blow, our passion is ultimately focused on helping one another.' More here.
Question: Despite our differences, do you think this community is able to set them aside for the greater good?
In the Coeur d'Alene Press on Sunday, reporter Keith Cousins spotlighted Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian rights advocacy organization that filed a lawsuit on behalf of Hitching Post owners Don and Evelyn Knapp. The lawsuit was filed Oct. 17. The Knapps, both ordained ministers, have said they won't marry gay couples, in defiance of the Coeur d'Alene city ordinance that bans discrimination against gays. Since the suit was filed the city, the Idaho ACLU and the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations have all said that the Knapps have a religious exemption from the ordinance. Writes reporter Cousins: "Where the ADF stands, and how the group intends to move forward in light of these public comments, is uncertain"/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you expect a fight over the Hitching Post to continue from outside entities on both sides?
In the Lewiston Tribune, Kathy Hedberg columnizes: "People can fool themselves when they have one dog or a single cat into thinking the creature is really mostly human and shares the same thoughts, feelings and fealty to the Boston Red Sox as its owners - or, as advocates for non-humans prefer -- its co-habitators. In reality, there was a time when dogs and cats ate human beings. This was a long time ago, however, and for the most part we have moved on and now are very thick. But the evolutionary gap is actually not as wide as we sometimes let ourselves believe. All you have to do to be reminded that humans and animals were never intended by God to share the couch and eat out of the same popcorn bowl is to buy a few more pets." More here.
Question: Do you ever think that your dog or cat might eat you if given a chance?
MikeK (RE: The unexpected death of local restaurant reviewer/online personality Patrick Jacobs): I've been thinking about Patrick almost non-stop since yesterday morning, and I feel a bit like a poser in doing so. Maybe because he was young and this was so sudden his death hit like a hammer. I honestly didn't know him well enough to call him a close friend, but like so many others who are paying tribute through social media, the guy was just fundamentally approachable. I loved reading his writing, and I loved seeing him and chatting him up when we crossed paths, which was probably three or four times a year in person, and far more than that here on HBO. He won me over completely when he was one of the local judges at a American Idol-type talent show a few years ago in Coeur d'Alene. He gave every one of those amateur entertainers a sincere, honest, but gentle and encouraging review no matter their level of actual merit.
DFO: All of us who knew Patrick personally or through his restaurant reviews and social media are reeling from his unexpected death over the weekend. Feel free to share your thoughts about him, on this somber day.
I posted this "Short History of Coeur d'Alene" from Patrick Jacobs' Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page on Huckleberries at 2:26 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. It was the last of many, many posts from Patrick (aka OrangeTV) that you read here:
On his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, Patrick Jacobs provides a brief tongue-in-cheek history of Coeur d'Alene, which includes this paragraph: "General William T. Sherman, who was by all accounts kind of a jackass, came to Yap-Keehn-um from back east in 1877 and threw down some serious shade on the tribe, telling them to stay on their new little reservation or they would be killed to death by loud, smelly American guns. He brought over a bunch of his military homies and they built Fort Coeur d'Alene (it was later named after Sherman, probably by Sherman himself - he was just that kind of insufferable ego tripper), which consisted of 52 military buildings and a throbbing discotheque." More here (& worth the read). (Photo of General Sherman)
DFO: Like everyone else, I enjoyed Patrick's restaurant reviews. But my favorite posts of his were the fashionista ones, especially those involving former Coeur d'Alene mayor Sandi Bloem, whom he admired for her stylish, "fierce" look. Do you have a favorite Patrick post?
A playful garden kitty inspects Jim Turner's work and says hello Sunday during the annual fall cleanup in the Shared Harvest Community Garden. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Devin Heilman)
When leaves weren't being lifted and blown around by the wind Sunday in the Shared Harvest Community Garden, they were being raked, scooped and tossed about by a handful of spirited youngsters. But don't worry, they still got the job done. Jamie Provost, 11, Hayden Levy, 11, and Hayden's brother, Benjamin, 7, all of Coeur d'Alene, joined about 40 others in efforts to insulate and prepare the plots as well as clean and repair the grounds to prepare for winter. "We're making a leaf monument," Hayden said. "We're going for a world record," said Benjamin, who was standing next to the leaf pile, which was as tall as him. Shared Harvest gardeners and volunteers plucked weeds and rototilled soil in garden beds, removed debris from walkways and spread compost and hay on the garden plots as they put them to bed for the season/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Have you put the garden to bed?
Three men who describe themselves as street preachers staged a demonstration Friday outside of Coeur d’Alene City Hall to show support for the Hitching Post wedding chapel’s refusal to provide same-sex marriage services. They were joined by a handful of supporters. “We are a nation that is not on a solid foundation with God,” said minister Bruce Wakeman (pictured at right in SR photo), of Spokane Valley. The preachers railed at Coeur d’Alene’s new anti-discrimination ordinance that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. At the same time, Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by a federal judge last spring, leading to legalization of same-sex marriages in Idaho last week. Donald and Evelyn Knapp/MIke Prager, SR. More here.
David Bond, whose father, Dick, was a longtime legislator from Washington’s 6th District, is one of many Idaho Republicans turned off by the current crop of GOP state and county candidates. In his latest Wallace Street Journal column rant, Bond boasts of his pedigree as the son of a Republican “troglodyte” who plans to “pull a straight Democrat lever come next month’s county and state elections.” Bond said he respects and admires Republican Gov. Butch Otter and his wife, Lori, “but the reality is that loonies are running the asylum.” Quoth Bond: “Never in Idaho politics has extremism so suffused Idaho’s governance.” Bond reserves his harshest words for the religious right, whom he portrays as “vicious” and pharisaical. He concludes: “Let’s toss the Pharisees out. If we have to replace them with Democrats, sorry Dad, so be it.” Unfortunately, Bond isn’t exaggerating about the lack of good Republican candidates in Idaho this fall, particularly Kootenai County/DFO, SR Sunday Huckleberries. More here.
Question: Do you plan to vote a straight ticket for either major party this year?
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Update: Patrick Jacobs, local food reviewer, long-time Huckleberries commenter and bar tender at Mik's, died this morning. Sad, sad day.
I'll get word to you about our friend Patrick Jacobs as soon as I can Saturday. I have a family commitment Saturday AM and into the early PM. So I can't guarantee letting you know immediately. You can also follow the thread on Patrick's Facebook site. Keep Patrick and his family in your thoughts and prayers tonight and this weekend. Here's your Wild Card
A young woman cries as she waits at a church earlier today, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at the school and a Homecoming Prince, was identified as the shooter, who killed one, wounded 4 others before killing himself. Story here. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
It has been a difficult afternoon at Huckleberries Central, after news of Patrick Jacobs' medical condition came to light. Patrick (aka OrangeTV) has graced us with his restaurant reviews, fashion opinions and offbeat thoughts since almost the beginning of Huckleberries. I'll keep you posted on his condition. Meanwhile, a family member told me repeatedly to ask Hucks Nation to pray for Patrick at Kootenai Health. I'll post an update if I get one this weekend. Otherwise, I'll see you back here Monday ...
A number of commenters on Patrick Jacobs' Facebook page are calling for thoughts and prayers for the long-time Huckleberries commenter, Miks bartender, and restaurant reviewer. Huckleberries has learned that Patrick collapsed this morning and was taken by ambulance to Kootenai Health -- and is very ill. A family member confirmed the situation for me moments ago, asking that readers here keep Patrick in prayers this afternoon and tonight.
Spokesman Keith Erickson of the city of Coeur d'Alene sent Huckleberries this news release moments ago: "On October 23, 2014, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department received a call from a married individual in Massachusetts complaining that she wanted to have a “ceremony” at the Hitching Post in Coeur d’Alene but was refused. The complaint was investigated and referred to the city prosecuting attorney’s office on October 24, 2014, for review. After reviewing the allegations and investigation the prosecutor has declined to pursue criminal charges because the Hitching Post is a religious corporation that is exempt from the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance."
- Also: Police report taken as result of the call from Massachusetts gay couple here.
Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White speaks at the Kootenai County Democratic Club luncheon at the Iron Horse today. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
- 3:55 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report Oct. 23-24 here.
- 3:45 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report here.
- 3:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Oct. 23-24 here.
- 3:16 p.m. Driver of black Toyota pickup w/camper shell possibly DUI @ NW Blvd/Seltice Way, CdA.
- 3:10 p.m. A silver ladder is lying on the freeway @ I-90/MP 5.7 (Seltice Way/Post Falls).
- 3:01 p.m. Someone has been injured in a fall @ 16000 block of Ford Road/Worley.
- 2:33 p.m. Male in beanie in alley behind Zips/7th & Sherman is suspect in theft last night.
- 1:37 p.m. 40YO male gashed arm in a fall during a seizure @ 400 block of W. Pleasant Lane/Post Falls.
- 1:19 p.m. Someone suffering a seizure @ St. Dominic's School, 20274 W. Riverview/Post Falls.
- 1:03 p.m. Hit-and-run accident reported @ 504 N4th St/Midtown CdA.
- 12:20 p.m. 2-vehicle crash reported @ H95/MP 374 (Isabel Road, near Tensed), unknown injuries.
- 12:19 p.m. Someone has found bag of animal bones @ Lancaster/English Point, Hayden Lake.
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