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City Poll: Do You Use Leaf Pickup?

October 7, 2014 - 10:39am

Do you take advantage of the city’s annual free leaf pickup? -- new Coeur d'Alene city Web site poll. Click here to vote.

Poll: Most Hated State? California

October 7, 2014 - 10:37am

Congratulations, California! You are officially the most disliked state in the union. A Fox News poll conducted at the end of September found that among individuals who would vote a single state out of the union if they could, 53 percent said they would vote to expel California. Behind California was New York, which won 25 percent of the vote to be expelled. Texas came in third with 20 percent. The study found that 17 percent of individuals would vote a particular state or states out of the union if they could, while 81 percent could not think of a state they would want to vote out/Red Alert Politics. More here.

  • H/T: Duane Rasmussen

Question: Do you hate California? Why?

Joker: Idaho Needs An Emperor

October 7, 2014 - 10:35am

Why don't we just scrap all elections in Idaho? Seriously, think of how much energy, time and money is wasted every year on these elections. The Republicans win every year -- let's make things efficient and move to a monarchy or an emperor of Idaho -- Joker.

Question: Joker has a good point. Wouldn't things be easier -- than the seemingly 24/7/365 election cycle that we're burdened with in Idaho, to keep electing ideologues -- if we simply created right of succession for the GOP?

Emails: WMU Trashed UI Locker Room

October 7, 2014 - 10:14am

Football players from Western Michigan University knocked some locker room sinks loose, broke a trophy and caused other damage after their game against the University of Idaho last month, according to emails between school officials. The damage was bad enough that Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear billed Western Michigan $500 for cleanup and repair costs. Western Michigan beat Idaho 45-33 on Idaho's home turf Sept. 13. It was during the Broncos' victory celebration that the damage occurred, according to emails and photos The Associated Press obtained through a public records request/Rebecca Boone, Associated Press. More here.

Question: On Facebook, Idaho Statesman post comes with comment: "Sometimes U stands for unsportsmanlike." Agree?

AM Headlines -- 10.7.14

October 7, 2014 - 9:58am

"We're having an interesting extended summer, " said North Idaho College student Paiten LaBolle as she did some homework at the campus in Coeur d'Alene on Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Poll: Balukoff Won Guv Debate

October 7, 2014 - 9:25am
  • Monday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation said Democrat A.J. Balukoff won the gubernatorial debate with three other candidates in Coeur d'Alene Friday. 66 of 123 respondents (53.66%) said Balukoff won. 23 of 123 respondents (18.7%) said Republican Gov. Butch Otter won. 12 (9.76%) favored Libertarian John Bujac. And 1 (0.81%) voted for Independent Pro Life. 21 (17.07%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you agree with Republican Secretary of State candidate Lawerence Denney that Idaho should eliminate its primary election?

Boomers, Not 22YOs, Blowing Smoke

October 7, 2014 - 9:02am

Despite expectations, hundreds of college-aged students were not, in fact, lined up to buy legal marijuana Saturday when MJ's Pot Shop opened for business. There was no frenzy or disruption and, unlike Spokane's opening day, under 100 people showed, compared to the 700-plus that individual Spokane stores see on Saturdays. Instead, the line was a mix of all ages and types. In a college town, mere miles away from another college town, pot critics assumed the line would be riddled with young bodies. In an unfair stereotype, 22-year-olds have become the face of the pot campaign, when in reality it should be the aching baby boomers/Lindsey Treffry, Moscow-Pullman Daily News Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that college students on the border are flocking to legal pot shops in Washington?

Denney Wants To Eliminate Primary

October 7, 2014 - 8:58am

Idaho Secretary of State candidate Lawerence Denney wants to do away with the state’s primary election. Denney made the proposal at a City Club of Boise (Monday) against his Democratic opponent, Holli Woodings, who sharply disagreed with it; she said Denney wants to “put additional barriers between people and the ballot.” “There’s a kind of misnomer that the primary is an election. It’s not an election,” said Denney, a nine-term state lawmaker and former speaker of the Idaho House. “It’s a nomination process. It should not be, in my opinion, it should not be run by the state government but by the parties themselves, because we are selecting our candidates”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Would you like to see the primary election in Idaho eliminated?

Fitness Center Opens For Women

October 7, 2014 - 8:54am

Farmgirlfit, a fitness center designed for women, opens Monday at 2930 N. Government Way (north of Best Tire). Coaches guide members ages 16 to 65 through one-hour workouts called "the grind." They lift weights, run, jump, push, pull, climb and sometimes flip a tractor tire. "Our ladies do things that translate to everyday life," said co-founder and coach Jaunessa Walsh. "It's the most efficient way to be fit." Members are encouraged to participate in monthly challenges--from eliminating sugar to doing pull-ups to raise money for charities. They may gather for weekend runs and cheer each other on in races. "Facing and overcoming challenges bonds people," Walsh said. "Everyone here is trying to be their best selves"/Nils Rosdahl, Business Bits, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question (for the Ladies of HucksOnline): Would you prefer a center with fitness designed for women? Or working out in a gym with men, too?

Area Health Agencies Ready For Ebola

October 7, 2014 - 8:45am

Local health care and emergency providers are prepared for a potential outbreak of Ebola in Kootenai County. Ebola, which is ravaging western Africa, has garnered increasing national attention since several Americans returned from overseas with the disease. "We want to be aware and we want to be concerned," said Jeff Lee, staff epidemiologist at the Panhandle Health District. "But we don't want to panic." Lee added that the Panhandle Health District works closely with area hospitals and emergency providers to ensure they are ready to properly combat any potential outbreak. "We make sure that they have personal protective equipment, that they're screening for travel history when dealing with anyone who meets the criteria for Ebola," Lee said/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think that -- eventually -- this country will be hit with a devastating health crisis, caused by contagious disease?

IFF: Easier To Find Bigfoot Than Job

October 7, 2014 - 8:39am

Some people are tenacious. Those who spend their lives looking for Bigfoot or Nessie (the affectionate nickname for the Loch Ness monster) are a great example. For most of us, though, a fruitless quest will eventually be abandoned as a waste of time. Unfortunately, for an ever-increasing number of Americans, looking for a job has become a lot like looking for Bigfoot, and each year, a smaller percentage of people remain in the hunt. The relevant statistic here is what’s known as the “labor force participation rate.” Basically, you take the people age 16 and older in a given geographic area (such as Idaho) and you calculate what percentage of that group is employed. This metric differs from the unemployment rate in a very important way—unemployment is based only on those individuals who are classified as looking for work. Those who have stopped or given up aren’t counted/Parrish Miller, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Do you know people who gave up looking for a job?

Race Focuses On Treasurer's Miscues

October 7, 2014 - 8:21am

Republican Treasurer Ron Crane said Idahoans should vote for him on Election Day because of his 16-year record in office. Crane's Democratic challenger, Deborah Silver (pictured), said voters should pick her based on Crane's record, too. Silver points to problems in the Treasurer's Office cited in several state audits about Crane's misuse of taxpayer money and an inappropriate transfer that cost taxpayers $10.2 million as signals that the state needs a new treasurer. "The treasurer should be impeccably honest," Silver said. "We've had some real problems with that." Crane, who pointed out that later audits found most of the problems corrected, said the remaining issues are overblown and that voters should focus on the state's high credit rating and his claim to have earned $1.1 billion for the state and local political subdivisions through investments and interest/Zach Kyle, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you have any reservations re: how Treasurer Ron Crane has handled his job?

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October 7, 2014 - 8:15am

Awakenings from Brian Plonka on Vimeo.

Former SR photog buddy Brian Plonka compiled this short piece last fall on the pesky aphids that annoy us at this time of the year. This piece was shot in Hauser Lake, during a recent aphid hatch. Shot with Canon 7D, 24mm 2.8, 45mm 2.8 tilt-shift, 80mm 1.8, 180 mm 2.8 and 500 mm reflex lens (circle effects in last 2 sequences)

Question: How do you deal with aphids?

CPA, Adviser Vie For Treasurer's Job

October 7, 2014 - 8:12am

Kootenai County is about to get a new treasurer – the first change in the leadership of that office since 2001. One candidate on the Nov. 3 general election ballot said he would take a new approach to handling deposits and investments, saying the treasurer has not kept current with best practices. His opponent said she does not see a need to shake up how things are done, preferring instead to invest county funds wisely and manage the office in an open and transparent way. Tom Malzahn, who was appointed treasurer in 2001 and elected to the post three times, did not seek re-election. He supported his chief deputy, Laurie Thomas, to succeed him. But Thomas lost in the Republican primary to Steven Matheson, who now faces Democrat Janet Callen/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Do you know enough about either candidate to confidently cast a vote?

Cancer Workers Fired To Be Re-hired

October 7, 2014 - 8:10am

Item: Local cancer care changing: Some employees were terminated, asked to reapply for jobs/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: An alliance between three cancer care providers in Kootenai and Spokane counties is nearly complete, but the transition will require some employees to reapply with another entity. Cancer Care Northwest, Kootenai Health and Providence Health Care agreed last year to form a new regional cancer alliance to improve the quality and coordination of care for cancer patients in Kootenai County and Spokane. As the final details of that alliance take shape, several cancer center employees at Kootenai Health, Sacred Heart and Holy Family hospitals were terminated and are being asked to reapply for their jobs under Cancer Care Northwest and a new entity called Inter-Pacific Alliance for Cancer Care.

Question: Would you be confident that you'd get your job back with your company or a related entity if you had to reapply for it?


October 7, 2014 - 8:07am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Wild Card/Monday -- 10.6.14

October 6, 2014 - 5:31pm

My idea of a wunnerful afternoon-evening in downtown Coeur d'Alene? Coffee & treats at Bakery by the Lake, followed by a walk on the waterfront that included an impromptu concert of classical music by four sisters (on strings) and a horn player in McEuen Park's Veterans Plaza. And then by dinner at Crafted at 6th & Sherman. It was hard to tell which experience I enjoyed best. It all was made better by presence of Amy Dearest and Okie Doke with us. We ever stopped to see the Rainbow Bridge at night, with the colors playing off the wires. The controversial piece of art presents its best side at night. Downtown Coeur d'Alene impressed our hard-to-impress Portland visitors. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 10.6.14

October 6, 2014 - 5:22pm

Robert Morris University Illinois students practice playing the video game “League of Legends” with their collegiate teammates at their on-campus training facility in Chicago. The small private university is offering hefty scholarships for players of “League of Legends,” which has become one of the most popular games for organized team competitions nationwide. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Top Comments -- 10.6.14

October 6, 2014 - 5:14pm

ThomG: 'Top 2' Primary Needed

October 6, 2014 - 5:05pm

ThomG57 (RE: Denney defends closed GOPrimary): In a top two primary John Goedde would be running against Mary Souza and this time instead of running a lazy campaign he'd probably clear out that useless balance in his campaign account and, you know, campaign.

Question: Would Mary Souza beat state Sen. John Goedde is a two-way contest in a general election?