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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

March 20, 2015 - 4:10pm

A dog is given protective glasses by its owner prior to the solar eclipse in Regent's Park in London today. Unfortunately due to heavy cloud cover, the eclipse was not visible in London. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Thursday Winner -- EagleKeeper44, with 6 likes: "Can you hear me now?" You can see Thursday photo and see all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.20.15

March 20, 2015 - 4:05pm
  • 5:44 p.m. Males are firing a pistol at targets in a trailer court behind the Lightning Bar/Twin Lakes.
  • 5:29 p.m. 11YO boy has been found after he was missing for 2 hours after going to Lake City High to play football.
  • 5:12 p.m. Male @ Appleway McDonalds who was mad at other males @ Taco Bell across street may have gun.
  • 5:05 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for March 19-20 here.
  • 4:45 p.m. Girl @ Bluegrass Park was acting strange and wanted to go home with another park user.
  • 4:26 p.m. Female wanted on warrant for meth possession, with $50,000 bond, caught in front of Dollar Tree/CdA.
  • 4:15 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report for March 19-20 here.
  • 4:04 p.m. Male who parked blue Chevy Cavalier near Hayden WalMart garden center possibly DUI.
  • 3:51 p.m. Red Dodge pickup & white pickup racing @ 100 mph @ s/b H95/MP 415 (Rockford Bay Road).
  • 3:41 p.m. Battered female who was choked by another female is walking away @ e/b 3rd St/Post Falls toward H41.
  • 3:28 p.m. Traffic lights are malfunctioning @ H95/H53, Rathdrum.
  • 3:18 p.m. Suspicious Person: Female w/heavy makeup & backpack walking near Appleway/Govt Way, CdA.
  • 3:09 p.m. BNSF sending agent from Spokane to address report of group of males drinking and target shooting on railroad right of way at undisclosed location; KCSDeputy also en route to site.
  • 2:57 p.m. Slash pile off Reindeer Drive, north of Rathdum, prompts call for smoke check.
  • 2:38 p.m. ATVers are tearing up USFS road off I-90, 2 miles east of 4th of July Summit.
  • 2:16 p.m. No one appears injured from low-speed, head-on crash @ w/b offramp I-90/4th St, CdA.
  • 2:01 p.m. BNSF technician en route to fix cross-arms that are down at undisclosed RR crossing.
  • 1:58 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 12100 block of Hauser Lake Road.
  • 1:53 p.m. CdA Fire EMTs en route to treat ailing diabetic @ 3800 block of Ramsey Road/CdA.
  • 1:23 p.m. 3-vehicle, blocking crash reported @ n/b Northwest Blvd, in front of Riverstone McDonalds.
  • 1:20 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm causes evacuation of home @ 1400 block of Majesty Court/Post Falls.
  • 12:38 p.m. Motorcyclist traveling 100 mph @ w/b Prairie Ave from Huetter Road/Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 12:24 p.m. Possible illegal burn reported @ 1100 block of N14th St/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Blogos: McEuen Now High Tech

March 20, 2015 - 3:43pm

The city on Friday placed QR code labels on 5 site maps at McEuen Park that allow smart phones users to learn more about the park and share their experiences. The QR codes connect users with the McEuen Park information page and the city’s Facebook page. More here. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, March 19): 9,856 page-views/6,299 unique views

City Eyes $6M Public Safety Bond

March 20, 2015 - 3:34pm

From City Clerk Renata McLeod's draft minutes of Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting Tuesday:

"(Coeur d'Alene city staff) is proposing to go to the voters on May 19, 2015 for a Public Safety General Obligation Bond.  The debt interest cost on these bonds would be less than 2%.  Mr. Tymesen clarified that the items proposed originally to be paid for with these funds has been modified to no longer include police vehicles based on legal opinion of the state code.  The City Administrator, Jim Hammond, has proposed an amendment at the state legislature to clearly include police in the term public safety.  However, the current code language does not include that, so staff has removed the police vehicles.   The debt approval is up to $6,000,000 but it does not mean that the City will spend that entire amount." Motion passed unanimously. Full draft minutes here.

Question: Will you support a public safety bond to upgrade police & fire equipment?

Troye, Pickford Prepare To Challenge Seymour

March 20, 2015 - 2:19pm

Photo courtesy of Alicia Troye

Alicia Troye (pictured), 41, of Coeur d'Alene, filed paperwork today to run for Coeur d'Alene School District 271 School Board Trustee Zone 3, a seat currently filled by Terri Seymour. Troye, a Coeur d'Alene resident since 2001, is an active member of the community. She has coached cross-country at Sorensen Magnet Elementary, is an involved member of PTO, Idaho Youth Ranch's summer fundraiser, Wine, Women & Shoes. "Considering my recent time in the classroom, I am running for school board with the teachers in mind and students at heart," Troye said. Troye had to resign today as a substitute teacher to run for the School Board. Complete news release here.

Subtract The Words Resolution

March 20, 2015 - 2:12pm

Resolution that will go before the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee Tuesday night:

"Whereas, There exists no natural right to make a contract with an unwilling private person; and
"Whereas, The right to make contracts is therefore always a right to enter into binding agreements such as employment or rental contracts only with willing second parties; and
"Whereas, The Idaho Legislature has recently refused to further interfere with this natural right by voting against creating new categories to the Human Rights Act; and
"Whereas, This refusal, while justified, maintains unfair government interference in the free market, creating a situation where an adherent to the Christian value system is not obligated to associate with a member of the LGBT community, while a member of the LGBT community is legally obligated to associate or contract with this same Christian; therefore ...
Resolved, That the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee urges the Idaho Legislature to remove "Religion" from the 'Idaho from the Idaho Human Rights Act."

Question: I think I know where the anonymous sponsor of the resolution is going with this proposal. But that fourth whereas is so poorly written that I'm struggling to figure in out. Anyone?

Lantzy Is Idaho Parks Artist

March 20, 2015 - 2:08pm

Huckleberries hears ... that Linda Lantzy of Idaho Scenic Images has been selected as the 2015 Artist in Residence for Idaho's State Parks system. Linda has confirmed that she has won this honor. But she's waiting on a news release before sending it to Huckleberries Online. Meanwhile, Arpie brought this great news to my attention. Arpie said: "Linda Lantzy is one of my favorite photographers. She knows Idaho so well. I'm anxious for more of her work featuring our beautiful parks. This is great news!" I agree with Arpie. =

Rick Just, president of Friends of Idaho State Parks sent the followng press release: Coeur d’Alene photographer Linda Lantzy has been selected as the 2015 Artist in Residence for Idaho’s state parks, sponsored by Friends of Idaho State Parks. Lantzy, well‐known for her dramatic composition and lighting, spends much of her time in Idaho’s great outdoors. This summer she will be spending more of it in state parks capturing the natural beauty of the “Jewels of the Gem State.” Her work will be featured at events sponsored by the Friends of Idaho State Parks, and will be available to the public. This fall she will teach a photography workshop in at least one of the parks. More here.

DFO: Many of you have seen Linda's scenic photographs here, including the one above which was taken this morning of the sunrise over the Spokane River. Please join me in giving Linda a giant SAAALUTE!

House: Impeach Pro-Gay Judges

March 20, 2015 - 1:56pm

There was bipartisan opposition from 11 Republicans and all 14 House Democrats, but the House voted 44-25 today in favor of HJM 4, Rep. Paul Shepherd’s non-binding memorial to Congress calling for impeachment of federal judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage. “I think somehow, someday we’ve gotta take a stand,” Shepherd told the House. Shepherd gave several rambling speeches in defense of his measure, including one in which he said, “We’re a nation under God, one nation under God. So when you take Christian prayer out of school, as long as it’s a generic prayer and it’s not specific to any denomination, because our freedom of religion thing was to deal with different denominations, not whether we’re Christian or not”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Nuttier State -- Idaho Or Oklahoma?

March 20, 2015 - 1:20pm

My son-in-law Okie Doke insists that the Legislature of his native Oklahoma is crazier than the Idaho one. To back up his claim, he offers solid evidence: "In the past three months, legislators have tried to ban hoodies, ban AP US History, and ban all marriage in the state of Oklahoma. Oh, they also enacted such severe tax cuts last year that the state is now $30 million in the hole and will have to cut education (among other things). Oklahoma is already in the bottom 2-3 in that, so things certainly won't go better. At least I'm proud how the University of Oklahoma responded to the fraternity and can cheer the Sooners today with a clear conscious."

Question: Do you agree with Okie Doke that Oklahoma's Legislature is crazier than ours? Or do you have sufficient evidence to back a claim that Idaho's Legislature is nuttier?

Candidacy Pending

March 20, 2015 - 1:17pm

Huckleberries has been in contact with a woman who plans to run for the Zone 3 seat currently held by Coeur d'Alene School Trustee Terri Seymour. The woman submitted her petition with five names and is now waiting for certification from Clerk of the School Board Lynne Towne. Huckleberries contacted Towne at 11 asking for confirmation of the name -- and is still waiting for the certification to be completed. Stay tuned.

Bird's-Eye View Of McEuen Park

March 20, 2015 - 11:59am

On its Facebook wall, Coeur d'Alene Ped Bike has posted four aerial photos of McEuen Park, including the one above. You can see the other three photos and even more aerial photos of the Coeur d'Alene area by visiting the Coeur d'Alene Ped Bike Facebook site. (Photo courtesy of Welch Comer)

AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.20.15

March 20, 2015 - 11:42am
  • 12:05 p.m. Driver of blue Mazda pickup @ w/b Seltice Way from NW Blvd, weaving, possibly DUI.
  • 12:04 p.m. A dog is running loose @ Maplewood Park/Post Falls.
  • 11:26 a.m. Coeur d'Alene High School, 5530 N4th St/CdA, is conducting fire drill.
  • 11:06 a.m. Someone is unconscious @ 500 block of Reed Road/Hayden.
  • 11:01 a.m. CPD officer is checking suspicious vehicle @ 4th St/Wallace Ave, CdA.
  • 10:46 a.m. Female driver of Missouri box truck being aggressive @ e/b I-90/MP 25 (4th of July Pass).
  • 10:27 a.m. Someone injured in a fall @ 600 block of Honeysuckle Ave/CdA.
  • 10:13 a.m. CPD officer en route to jail w/cooperative male picked up @ Probation & Parole.
  • 10:11 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ Life Care Center, 500 Aqua Ave/CdA.
  • 9:49 a.m. Someone injured in a fall @ 900 Appleway/CdA.
  • 9:33 a.m. Deputy reports smoke (9:22 item) is from slash piles on ridge above Pleasant View.
  • 9:32 a.m. ISP officer asks 911 to relay message to Sadie that her boyfriend is out of gas & needs some.
  • 9:22 a.m. Deputy en route to check on smoke sighting @ Riverview Drive/Carpenter Loop, Post Falls.
  • 9:16 a.m. Teen male w/ankle bracelet, possibly disabled, walking along H41/H53, Rathdrum looking for someone.
  • 9:11 a.m. I-90 BOSS hit in Coeur d'Alene area on brown sedan stolen in Ravalli County, Mont., this morning.
  • 9:08 a.m. Winton Elementary, 920 Lacross Ave/CdA, is conducting a fire drill.
  • 9:06 a.m. CPD officer en route to 1200 block of Lincoln Way/CdA for an eviction follow-up.

Diaper Nation Thanks Huckleberries

March 20, 2015 - 11:27am

Troy Moore of the National Diaper Bank Network (RE: DOTC: Don't laugh at doctor needs):

I popping you a quick note to say thanks for taking up the issue of diaper need in your column "DOTC: Don't Laugh At Diaper Needs," earlier this week. We were a bit surprised to see the Idaho Diaper Bank's efforts to obtain legislative recognition for Diaper Need Awareness Week (Sept. 28 - Oct. 4) show up in a debate and subsequent article on giant salamanders. Your first-hand experience in working with families in need of diapers for their infants and todders is extremely valuable. Thank you for doing what you do, and for sharing!  Also, you may be aware that Inland NW Baby, a National Diaper Bank Network member diaper bank, serves families in the Spokane area. The organization does terrific work.  Thanks again for letting your readers know that small things like diapers really do matter to the lives of struggling families and their babies.

Question: Are you beginning to think, as I now do, that National Diaper Need Awareness Week, isn't something to be dismissed with a laugh?

Falling Apart?

March 20, 2015 - 11:10am

One of the favorite pieces of public art work in Coeur d'Alene is the relatively recently installed Allium Spring Chorus, by artist, David Tonnesen, at the Third Street entrance to McEuen Park and the boat launch. However, the art work appears to be a little too much like the dandelion that it seems to represent. Pieces are missing, as though the window has blown the dandelion seeds away, like those in your neighbor's yard. Walkabout, who snapped this photo, reports seeing a child snatch a broken piece of the Spring Chorus that was lying on the ground. At first I blamed vandals, but city spokesman Keith Erickson tells Huckleberries Online that the art work arrived in Coeur d'Alene with pieces broken. The artist will repair the work some time in April or May.

GOP Legislators Back Gun Perk

March 20, 2015 - 11:03am

A plan to rewrite Idaho's concealed weapons code has passed a House panel. The House State Affairs Committee voted 13-4 along party lines Friday to endorse a bill clarifying that Idahoans can carry concealed weapons without a permit outside city limits. An earlier version of the bill also would have removed exempting elected officials and government employees from carrying concealed weapons without a permit. A bill to remove the exemption passed House last year but died in a Senate committee. Republican Rep. Judy Boyle from Midvale says that most of the Republican-controlled panel didn't want it taken out/AP via Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Are you as amazed at I am that Republican legislators continue to allow themselves the perk of carrying a gun without a concealed weapons permit? Aren't elected officials skilled enough to go through the process of getting a concealed weapons permit, like every one of their constituents? Vito's claim that he is somewhat endangered as a result of controversial stands he takes is bogus. Yeah, some of his stands are goofy. But goofy enough to set off a liberal? C'mon.

McHugh Explains CoiNuts Charges

March 20, 2015 - 10:10am

Kevin Mitchell will serve 180 days in jail and four years of supervised probation after being sentenced by 1st District Court Judge Fred Gibler on six counts of petit theft relating to the operation of his now-closed Coeur d’Alene coin shop. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

The criminal laws do not protect Idaho citizens against all unethical and dishonest conduct. The recent CoiNuts cases in my office in Kootenai County highlight these frustrating limits. Kevin and Sarah Mitchell, the perpetrators, issued post-dated checks that bounced, and took money from people with the promise of getting them gold, silver and coins to be delivered at a later date. Those promises were far too often not fulfilled. However, under Idaho law, not all bad checks can be criminally prosecuted and not all unfulfilled promises can lead to a successful conviction/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you consider the sentences handed down in the CoiNuts misdemeanor theft case to be appropriate?

Poll: Arfee Settlement OK

March 20, 2015 - 10:08am
  • Wednesday-Thursday Poll: A near supermajority of Hucks Nation felt the $80,000 paid to Arfee owner Craig Jones was adequate or too low. 116 of 284 respondents approved of the settlement amount provided by the city of Coeur d'Alene after a Coeur d'Alene police officer shot the 2YO lab in Jones' van last summer. Another 59 of 284 respondents (20.77%) considered the settlement figure as being too low. OTOH, 80 of 284 respondents (28.17%) said the settlement amount should have been lower. 16 (5.63%) said the city shouldn't have settled. 13 (4.58%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you consider the charges and sentences handed down to CoiNuts defendants to be adequate?

AM Headlines -- 3.20.15

March 20, 2015 - 9:47am

Demetruis Glenn, 17, is led into court Thursday before being sentenced for his role in the killing of World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton in 2013. More here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Final Teacher Pay Bill Wins Praise

March 20, 2015 - 9:41am

There was unanimous support from all sides this morning for the third and final version of the teacher pay bill, which cleared the House Education Committee and headed to the full House amid compliments and thanks. The final bill will raise state funding for teacher pay every year for the next five years, with next year’s boost at $33.5 million. Teachers would qualify for the raises by meeting performance standards along with factors including experience and additional education, and additional premiums could be earned for leadership and for “master” teachers/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Ex-Deputy Faces Sex Charges

March 20, 2015 - 8:56am

Former Shoshone County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn A. Clark, 40, was arrested at his home in Pinehurst, Idaho, today on a charge of lewd conduct with a minor. Clark was a Shoshone County Deputy from November of 2002 to August 2005. One of his assignments during those years was the Wallace School Resource Officer. Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander said the case against Clark includes allegations of sexual abuse of a minor over a period of 10 years. Some of the abuse likely occurred while Clark was working as a deputy, Alexander said/SR. More here.