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Top Comments -- 11.18.14

November 18, 2014 - 5:03pm

Top Comment -- Nic (RE: Cutline Contest): "'Twas a day for the Packers, when all ‘round the field/The fans were there cheering, from drinking they reeled;/The temperatures cold and with snow on the ground,In hopes that the cheese heads would win this time round ..." Much more here.

Most Commented Stories -- John: Learned gun handling Idaho, (49 comments), and: Idaho GOP picks Craig for board (13 comments), and: Sandpoint mulls railroad quiet zone (12 comments).

Cutline Contest -- 11.18.14

November 18, 2014 - 4:48pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Green Bay Packers fan Cody Drinkle takes his shirt off in the stands during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Monday Winner -- Psalm 37, with 21 likes: "Buddy doesn't know what explanation he can possibly give his wife after getting caught in a cat house sting." You can see Monday Photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

Insider GOP Baseball

November 18, 2014 - 4:47pm

Seems uber-cons are gnashing their teeth in Legislative District 4 (Coeur d'Alene) because former Coeur d'Alene city and tribal police chief Tom Cronin was elected as the new Idaho GOP district chair, besting Barbara Hedden 11 to 9. Cronin, as you may recall, is part of the board of Balance North Idaho, an anathema in Hard Right circles. One particular noisy uber-con views the election as the beginning of a pendulum swing toward more moderate (i.e. "liberal") government. I view it as a sign that all is not lost in the Shire.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.18.14

November 18, 2014 - 4:32pm
  • 5:30 p.m. Suspicious person reported @ 400 block of @16th/CdA.
  • 5:08 p.m. PFPD officers checking on 3 very drunk males, one lying on road, @ Cecil Road side of Walmart West.
  • 5:01 p.m. Male is asleep in running Hyundai near Ironwood Square Starbucks (may be related to 4:59 item).
  • 4:59 p.m. 20ish male in red-and-white shoes running through CdA Albertsons putting stolen items in backpack.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Nov. 17-18 here.
  • 4:37 p.m. Male in red pickup yelling profanities out window, reckless @ e/b Wilbur Avenue/Dalton Gardens.
  • 4:36 p.m. Manager @ Silver Lake Motel, 6460 Sunshine St/CdA, reports water gushing in Room 42, can't shut it off.
  • 4:05 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Nov. 17-18 here.
  • 13 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below

NIC To Present Music Of Love, War

November 18, 2014 - 4:28pm

The North Idaho College Music Department will present “Music of Love and War” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 in the Coeur d’Alene First Presbyterian Church at 521 Lakeside Ave. Directed by NIC Music Instructor Gerard Mathes, this free concert will feature Baroque classics performed by the NIC Cardinal Chamber Orchestra. Some of the pieces will include “Palladio” by Karl Jenkins, Suite from “Julius Caesar” by Handel, “Game of Thrones” by Ramin Djawadi, and “Autumn” by Vivaldi, among others/Tom Greene, NIC Press Room.

Cupich Becomes Chicago Archbishop

November 18, 2014 - 4:25pm

Archbishop Blase Cupich looks through the candles from the cathedra during his Installation Mass at Holy Name Cathedral today in Chicago. Cupich, the former bishop in Spokane, was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. Story here. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, Pool)

Illegal Immigrants ♥ Idaho

November 18, 2014 - 4:04pm

Idaho was among seven states where the number of unauthorized immigrants increased between 2009 and 2012, the AP reports, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. The report estimated that Idaho jumped from 35,000 unauthorized immigrants in 2009 to 50,000 in 2012, an increase of 15,000 people that was “driven by increases in unauthorized immigrants from countries other than Mexico,” the report said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Keystone Falls 1 Vote Short In Senate

November 18, 2014 - 3:59pm

The Senate blocked a measure Tuesday that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as Democrats chose their pro-environment base over an old friend -- embattled Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu. The vote could just be a speedbump for the Keystone project, with Republicans ready to try again -- with much better odds of success -- once they take control of the Senate in January. "This will be an early item on the agenda in the next Congress," incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said after Tuesday night's vote/CNN. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the outcome of this vote?

Anti-Wolf Group To Unveil Billboards

November 18, 2014 - 3:23pm

An example of a billboard in a campaign announced in November 2014 targeting the Spokane area by a group called Washington Residents Against Wolves.

A newly organized anti-wolf group says it's targeting Spokane with a billboard campaign “to inform  residents about the reality of an increasing number of wolves in Washington State,” according to a media release posted today. Four billboards featuring a snarling wolf are being put up, according to Washington Residents Against Wolves, an activist group that says it's promoting “sound management of the predator”/Rich Landers, Outdoors. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose this billboard campaign against wolves?

Rural Idaho Knows Why It Voted 'R'

November 18, 2014 - 2:53pm

Rural Idahoans knew exactly what they were doing on Election Day and the Democratic ticket was plenty strong. The only problem with Democrats is they were from the wrong party; people in rural Idaho simply don’t trust Democrats. State Rep. Judy Boyle of Midvale, a former congressional staff member of Helen Chenoweth, says the “enlightened” few have it all wrong. “People in rural Idaho are well educated and very independent, and that’s why we live here,” she said. “We like coming up with our own ideas, doing our own research and we don’t need to receive a daily paper with liberal tripe telling us how to think.” With few exceptions, rural Idahoans think Democrats belong in California, or the East Coast – but not in any position of authority in Idaho. As Boyle explains, Democrats tend to be for gun control and more taxes, and liberal concepts such as Common Core and Obamacare/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Can it be that many Idahoans consider the worst R better than the best D?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 11.18.14

November 18, 2014 - 2:37pm

On his Facebook wall, Robin Loznak of Roseburg, Ore., posts this photo of mini-mushrooms. You can see more of Robin's terrific outdoor photography here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Nov 17): 6636 page-views/4074 unique views

Poll: Companies Provide Insurance

November 18, 2014 - 2:17pm
  • Monday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation obtain its health insurance through a company plan. 101 of 193 respondents (52.33%) said they get their insurance through their company. 46 of 193 (23.83%) said Medicare provides their insurance. 15 (7.77%) buy Obamacare. 10 (5.18%) purchase their own insurance. And 21 (10.88%) marked "other."
  • Today's Poll: Do you know how to handle a gun?

Showing Too Much Skin

November 18, 2014 - 2:05pm

Despite the single-digit temperatures, some fans went shirtless to cheer on the Broncos against San Diego State during the NCAA college football game in Boise Saturday. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)

Question: I'm a guy who doesn't know what kind of statement Moob Man (above) -- and the Packer fan in the Cutline Contest -- were making by doffing their shirts in freezing weather. Can anyone enlighten me?

Kellogg High 'Hit Lists' Investigated

November 18, 2014 - 1:36pm

Taylor Viydo/KREM 2 is tweeting about the court appearance of a suspect and the discovery of two "hit lists" involving students from Kellogg High: "Shoshone Co Sheriff confirms investigators found a second hit list of belonging to suspect. 32 names on list." And: "Arrested student made their first court appearance yesterday. Student/family aren't talking to SCSO, which is hindering the investigation." At 5 p.m. KREM newscast today, Viydo will talk to a parent whose child was one one of the lists. Background here.


Idaho GOP Picks Craig For Board

November 18, 2014 - 1:24pm

"Larry Craig has been appointed to IDGOP's Executive Committee. I will be denouncing this at next KCRCC meeting" -- Bjorn Handeen, Kootenai County GOP committee man from Precinct 52, reacting via Twitter to the former senator's appointment as financial chairman to the state GOP.

Idaho Has Pronounced Wage Disparity

November 18, 2014 - 1:20pm

A new report on pay disparities finds that women and minorities in Idaho who work full-time are far less likely to earn a living wage than the population as a whole, and though such disparities also show up nationwide, they’re more pronounced in Idaho. The report “Equity in the Balance,” which examined pay disparities in 10 states including Idaho, found that for single adults in Idaho working full-time, just 51 percent make a living wage, which for Idaho was calculated at $14.57 an hour, enough to cover basics including food, housing, transportation and child care. For women, that percentage fell to 43 percent/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Manson Plans To Marry 26YO

November 18, 2014 - 1:14pm

Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him. Afton Elaine Burton, the raven-haired bride-to-be, said she loves the man convicted in the notorious murders of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate. No date has been set, but a wedding coordinator has been assigned by the prison to handle the nuptials, and the couple has until early February to get married before they would have to reapply/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Um, can someone explain this one to me?

Raul: GOP Leaders Meddled In Vote

November 18, 2014 - 1:09pm

At The Hill, Scott Wong reports: Conservative Rep. Raúl Labrador is accusing GOP leaders of pulling strings Tuesday to help Rep. Bill Flores win the election to head the Republican Study Committee, underlining tensions between Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) team and the right. Labrador (R-Idaho) said GOP leaders mounted a whipping operation that included phone calls to help Flores (R-Texas) upset Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), a Tea Party favorite, on the second ballot in the race for RSC chairman. “It’s always leadership. When leadership gets involved in elections. [They] twisted arms,” Labrador told reporters as he exited the closed-door election. More here.

Question: Do establishment Republicans have the upper hand everywhere else but North Idaho?

Joe: 20 Years Of Newspapering

November 18, 2014 - 12:05pm

Joe Butler, an SR colleague who also worked for the Coeur d'Alene Press, Facebooks: "Holy crap! I just realized I just hit my 20-year anniversary in this wacky business called daily newspapering. Pretty impressive for a topsy-turvy industry where some days I thought I'd be fired or the whole place would close its doors. Thanks to people like David Bond, Mike Feiler, Paul Burke and Kathleen Coleman who took a chance on someone who mumbles well and hasn't met a workspace he couldn't mess up. Plus all my other past and present co-workers/friends in this 'biz I've gained over the years. You guys are all right. Onto 20 more!"

DFO: I've been newspapering for almost 45 years, the last 30 of which have been in Coeur d'Alene. It has been a wild, wonderful ride. I hope there's enough newspapering left for Joe to experience another 20 years.

Question: Did you ever work at one place for 20 years or more?

Preparing Dementia Patients To Cope

November 18, 2014 - 11:56am

Maybe you can eat an apple, but you can’t remember how to cook beans on a stove. You can answer the phone, but you can’t remember how to dial 911. The needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are subtle at first: It’s often years before the disease robs patients of their ability to speak coherently, eat, get dressed and use the bathroom. Dementia care provider Judy Cornish’s efforts to meet those needs – drawing on recent research on what works for Alzheimer’s patients and a method that emphasizes clients’ sense of well-being – are drawing fans on the Palouse. Cornish’s in-home care company, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Wellbeing Network, is based in Moscow/Adrian Rogers, SR. More here. (SR photo by Tyler Tjomsland: Judy Cornish runs a business in Moscow, Idaho, that provides in-home dementia care)