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Update: Nugent Loses 2 More Concerts

July 24, 2014 - 4:54pm

The Puyallup Tribe of American Indians in western Washington, following the lead of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Idaho, today cancelled two shows by rocker Ted Nugent who is finding himself at the center of a growing controversy over his record of racist and violent rhetoric. “The Ted Nugent shows, scheduled for August 2nd and 3rd at the Emerald Queen Casino, have been cancelled,” the tribe announced on the casino’s Facebook page without further elaboration. The cancellation, Hatewatch learned, came just a short time before Seattle TV station KOMO was expected to air a segment on the Puyallup tribe booking Nugent for the shows. Puyallup Tribal Council Vice President Lawrence W. LaPointe told local media that the tribe booked Nugent without realizing that he espouses “racist attitudes and views.” “The first amendment gives people the right free speech, but I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here,” he said. “We’ve been getting lots of complaints from the community and other organizations”/Bill Morlin, SPLC HateWatch. More here. (AP file photo)

Also: SR story here.

Question: It appears that a trend is beginning. Thoughts?

PM Headlines -- 7.24.14

July 24, 2014 - 4:35pm

Kevin Daughdrill (in front of sign) and Eric Allen (behind sign) of the Idaho Transportation Department affix new speed limit signs along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Mountain Home today. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman: Joe Jaszewski)

PM Scanner Traffic-- 7.24.14

July 24, 2014 - 4:30pm

Beer Theft at Stateline Walmart: The male pictured above is suspected of stealing a 30-pack of Bud Light from WalMart, located on Pointe Parkway in Post Falls, around 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9. A witness observed the male drive away in an orange and black truck, heading towards the Washington state line. If you have any information or tips, please contact Det. McDonald, reference case 14PF13077, at 208-773-3517. (A picture of suspect's truck with Dixie flag in bed can be seen in comments section)

  • 5:16 p.m. Blue Harley-Davidson w/blond female on back weaving, 35 mph, pulling into Curleys/Hauser.
  • 5:05 p.m. Animal problem reported @ 2000 block of N6th Street/CdA.
  • 4:57 p.m. ISP officer reports male passenger of vehicle behind Pier 1/CdA is going through garbage.
  • 4:51 p.m. PFPD officer reports vehicle belonging to shoplifting suspects (2:51 item) still in parking lot.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 23-24 here.
  • 3:46 p.m. Male in green van hitting child @ 1500 block of 3rd Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 3:38 p.m. Dark vehicle appears to be abandoned @ Spokane Street/Spokane onramp.
  • 2:51 p.m. PFPD officer reports WalMart shoplifters stuffed stolen items in trunk of vehicle, secured w/bungy cords, and then left on foot when they saw him coming. He tells partner he doesn't think he can, by law, open trunk & look for stolen items. His partner agrees. So the officer said he'll wait on scene to see if suspects return. Car keys locked in vehicle.
  • 2:38 p.m. Motorist, who was driving erratically in Hayden Super 1 lot, now getting gas at nearby Exxon.
  • 2:34 p.m. Tree appears to be down on a cable line @ Bunco Road/Vlazy Lane, east of H95/Athol.
  • 2:15 p.m. Deputy reports cable line down @ Hayden Lake Road b/n MP 6-7.
  • 1:49 p.m. Female in gray 2009 BMW took bundle of wood from Post Falls property.
  • 1:31 p.m. Someone is unconscious in 100 block of W9th Avenue/PostFalls.
  • 1:14 p.m. 83YO Post Falls female is semi-conscious at home after be treated for stroke @ Kootenai Health.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Coeur d'Alene To Hold Line On Taxes

July 24, 2014 - 3:50pm

Coeur d’Alene’s 2014-15 budget will have a zero percent property tax increase under a preliminary spending plan that has received support from the City Council. During a budget workshop Thursday, the council endorsed a budget of $74,561,945 as outlined by finance director Troy Tymesen. The budget will be formally adopted following a public hearing at the regular City Council meeting September 2. As proposed, the budget includes the streamlining and restructuring of some city departments. The deputy city administrator’s position, which in the past was budgeted at $148,292 including wages and benefits, was vacated last December and will not be filled. Those duties will be assumed by other city department heads and their staffs/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.


Immigrant Kids Come To Idaho

July 24, 2014 - 3:20pm

Yesterday, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter sent a letter to federal officials telling them not to send any of the unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to Idaho. Today, however, federal officials say they've already sent children from the border to the Gem State. A relatively small number of the unaccompanied immigrant children who have been flooding into the United States have been sent to Oregon, Washington state and Idaho over the past six months. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 50 immigrant children were released to sponsors in Oregon, 211 in Washington state, and 8 in Idaho between January 1 and July 7. Sponsors can include relatives, family friends, or foster parents/Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you think Butch's head is about to explode?

HBO Blogosphere -- 7.24.14

July 24, 2014 - 2:46pm

In her Slight Detour blog/Marianne Love headlines today's post: 'Twas a dark and stormy few minutes" re: the Wednesday afternoon thunderstorm. Text & more photos here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, July 23): 8653 page-views/5337 unique views

T-Shirt & Self-Absorbed People

July 24, 2014 - 1:59pm
Having survived a couple close encounters with extremely self-absorbed people, I feel like I deserve a t-shirt of some sort -- Cindy.

Question: If you had a personalized T-shirt that expressed a philosophy, what would it say?

2 New Idaho Chair Hopefuls Emerge

July 24, 2014 - 1:55pm

Two new candidates for Idaho Republican Party chairman have emerged in the past two days: Cassia County Republican Chairman Douglas Pickett, and former Dick Cheney aide and three-year Idaho Falls resident Steve Yates. This comes as the party is headed to court in a lawsuit filed by its last elected chairman, Barry Peterson, who maintains he’s still in charge despite the failure of the June state party convention to elect anyone as state party chair; while other party leaders have scheduled a state Central Committee meeting for Aug. 2 to choose new leaders, Peterson’s called a competing meeting for Aug. 9/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Does this guy sound better to you than Hang-On-For-Dear-Life Peterson?

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Labrador Drug Bill Gains Support

July 24, 2014 - 1:49pm

Bipartisan legislation introduced last year by Idaho 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador and a bipartisan group of senators and representatives aimed at relaxing harsh 1980s-era federal drug sentencing laws is gaining support in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post editorialized strongly in favor of the measure today, and Labrador reported today that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, endorsed the bill today in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute. The measure already is backed by a diverse array of groups ranging from Heritage Action to the ACLU to the American Correctional Association and the NAACP. It would give federal judges more discretion on how they sentence drug offenders who otherwise would be subject to mandatory minimum sentences; and allow inmates already serving the harsh sentences to petition for reductions/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: I like this legislation. You?

2 Chief Finalists Field Questions

July 24, 2014 - 1:30pm

Lee White, left, and Gary Jensen, in the back with red tie, discuss their interest in the police chief job with citizens. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

The two top contenders to be Coeur d’Alene’s next Chief of Police spent Tuesday meeting with the City Council, visiting with police department personnel and participating in a community meet and greet as city leaders near the end of a months-long search for a new police chief. The candidates, Gary R. Jensen, chief of police in Logan, Utah, and Lee R. White, assistant police chief in Mesa, Arizona, interviewed individually with the 14-member selection committee, fielded questions from the City Council during a 90-minute public meeting, visited the Coeur d’Alene Police Department to meet with personal, and met with community members during an hour-long meet and greet late Tuesday afternoon. “I think it’s been a great process and we have two highly qualified professionals who want to make Coeur d’Alene their home and lead a progressive police department,” said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. A decision on the new chief is expected in mid-August. An appointment is expected in September/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.

Question: Anyone meet these two finalists?

Sewage Spills In Lake At Arrow Point

July 24, 2014 - 1:17pm

An estimated 1,320 gallons of sewage spilled this week into Lake Coeur d’Alene at the Arrow Point Marina. North Kootenai Water & Sewer District on Wednesday morning discovered the accidental release of septic effluent from its septic effluent lift station on Arrow Point Drive. The release was due to a pump failure in the lift station and the peak flows overcoming the remaining pump, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality said. Residents of the area were notified, and the swimming areas in the vicinity of the release were immediately closed pending water sample results, the DEQ said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.


You Can Watch Dog Training Video ...

July 24, 2014 - 1:06pm

Every officer in the Coeur d’Alene Police Department must watch a series of short training videos on dog encounters – one of the city’s responses to a controversial dog shooting by an officer earlier this month. The video series, “Police and Dog Encounters: Tactical Strategies and Effective Tools to Keep Our Communities Safe and Humane,” was produced by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services office, Safe Humane Chicago and the National Canine Research Council/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

DFO: If you want to watch the dog-training video for police that CPD officers are mandated to view, click on the link above. Thoughts?

PFPD Seeks Males In Hurt-Dog Case

July 24, 2014 - 12:58pm

Detectives are looking for subjects possibly involved with the dog rescued at Falls Park. A witness described the individuals last seen with the dog as being 17-18 year old males dressed in black. One of the males was carrying what appeared to be a BB rifle. The males appeared to be harassing the dog and may have caused injury to the dog and there may be other witnesses to the incident. The dog is currently being treated at an animal hospital for several injuries but is stable at this time. Anyone with information on the juveniles or the dog’s owner is asked to contact Detective Moss at 773-2952

Today Is National Tequila Day

July 24, 2014 - 12:42pm

Thursday, July 24, is being celebrated as National Tequila Day, yet another of what seems like an endless stream of fake, completely made-up holidays. Contrived marketing scheme or not, today’s holiday comes with a range of tequila-infused deals and promotions in bars and restaurants around the country—so, yeah, there’s good reason to celebrate. Nationally, the On the Border restaurant chain is selling $2 house margaritas and $2 shots of Lunazul Reposado Tequila all day at participating locations. Other national chains with National Tequila Day specials include Abuelo’s, where hand-crafted margaritas are $5.95 all day, and Chevy’s, where deals like $2 house margaritas and $4 shots of Cuervo Silver or Cinge come with the added bonus of being available not only on Thursday, but every day through Sunday/Money. More here. (Photo: National Tequila Day Facebook page)

Question: I can't remember the last time I've consumed tequila, can you?

Soldier Ray Stone Writes Home

July 24, 2014 - 12:12pm

During WWII V-Mail (Victory Mail) was the primary way servicemen were able to communicate with their loved ones back home. In this note, Ray Stone writes to his wife "I think about you always Betty. The feeling and the love I have for you has grown into something much deeper than small talk & sayings." He wrote this from Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.

DFO: The letter former Coeur d'Alene mayor Ray Stone sent home to his wife, Betty, during the Battle of the Bulge is one of the many items featured on Cindy Hval's "War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation" Facebook page. You can become a follower of Cindy's page by clicking here.

Question: Do you have any World War II memorabilia that belonged to your parents?

Poll: Steer Clear Of Oath Keepers

July 24, 2014 - 11:34am
  • Wednesday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation feels local legislators should steer clear of the right-wing Oath Keepers organization. 100 of 137 respondents (72.99%) say legislators, like state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, should give Oath Keepers a wide berth. (Shea, Sen. Bob Nonini, Sen. Steve Vick and Rep. Vito Barbieri took part in an Oath Keepers event at the fairground this spring.) 19 of 137 (13.87%) said legislators should be involved with the organization. 14 (10.22%) didn't know anything about Oath Keepers. 4 (2.92%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Had you paid much attention to controversial rocker Ted Nugent before the Coeur d'Alene Tribe canceled his casino performance?

Still Touring de France

July 24, 2014 - 11:15am

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali crosses the finish line to win the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (90.4 miles) with start in Pau and finish in Hautacam, Pyrenees region, France, earlier today. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Question: Do you pay attention to the Tour de France, now that American Lance Armstrong has been discredited?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.24.14

July 24, 2014 - 11:11am
  • 12:03 p.m. Illegal burn reported @ Lookout/Sunday, CdA.
  • 11:51 a.m. Children report male in Ford is parked behind house on parents' Carpenter Loop property.
  • 11:39 a.m. Paint crew set off fire alarm @ Post Falls High, 3823 Poleline.
  • 11:36 p.m. A disabled Pontiac is blocking left lane of H95 @ Hayden Avenue.
  • 11:21 p.m. Caller reports suspicious happenings @ Coeur d'Alene area restaurant.
  • 11:15 p.m. Traffic lights aren't recycling @ I-90/Pleasantview, Post Falls, causing vehicles to back up to 5th Street.
  • 10:44 a.m. Sick animal reported @ 1000 block of E. Honeysuckle Avenue/Hayden.
  • 10:01 a.m. Someone needs help getting up after fall @ 3100 block of 5th Street/CdA.
  • 9:57 a.m. Dog running loose @ 500 block of Montana Avenue/CdA.
  • 9:49 a.m. Caller contacts KCSD to report muddy footprints at neighbor's place.
  • 9:43 a.m. Extra patrol requested in 1000 block of Foster Avenue/CdA, unknown reason.
  • 9:07 a.m. Someone is suffering a seizure at a trailer court @ 1356 H41/Post Falls.
  • 8:58 a.m. CPD is seeking brown 1985 utility trailer w/toolbox on back that was stolen in CdA June 27.
  • 8:51 a.m. Male driver appeared to be casing Hayden Lake Country Club, now leaving via Lakeview/Hayden.
  • 8:29 a.m. 84YO female suffering intense back Meyer/Buffalo Grass, Rathdrum.
  • 8:18 a.m. A tree has fallen across frontage fence on south side of I-90/H95, CdA.

Quotable Quote

July 24, 2014 - 11:01am

"I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy… By all indicators, I don't think they actually qualify as people, but there has always been a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people" -- rocker Ted Nugent, responding in a Michigan newspaper to critics who want his concert at Oshkosh Saturday canceled. Earlier this week, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe cancelled his concert at the Coeur d'Alene Casino, due to his "racist attitudes and views." (AP file photo, of Ted Nugent)

Question: Is Nugent digging himself a deeper hole re: future concert gigs? Or is all publicity good publicity for controversial rockers and entertainers?

Cedar Planks: Hot New Grilling Trend

July 24, 2014 - 10:52am

When you choose to spend your vacation in your hometown, it’s a choice to spend several days recognizing people around every corner and perfecting the art of the enthusiastic, “Oh! Hey! How ARE you?” when you can’t remember someone’s name. Growing up in rural North Idaho, you get to used it. It’s a small town. But then, it’s a small world, too. Two days into a recent vacation, I was sitting on my mom’s sofa in Sandpoint, Idaho, checking my work email when one responding to a recent Appetite blog post caught my eye. “You can’t call yourself a Pacific Northwesterner if you haven’t tried Cedar Planked Salmon,” it challenged me. “I understand from the article that you might be from around here (Sandpoint) ...” The name felt familiar. “Hey, Mom, do you know a Craig Wikoff?” I asked. “Yes,” she said. “He officiated my wedding”/Savannah Tranchell, Yakima Herald. More here. (AP file photo, of cedar plank salmon)

Question: Have you tried Cedar Planked Salmon?