I'll be starting in the 8:30-9 o'clock range for the next 2 weeks, due to a family obligation -- rather than the usual 8 o'clock. I'm sure we'll all get through this alive after a little adjustment. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are ready to get cracking on December subjects. Now for your Wild Card ...
BTW, Some of you who attempted to post during the Thanksgiving holiday were prevented from doing so by a move the SR techs made in the never-ending battle against trolls. You can comment on a post for only 48 hours -- and then the thread sunsets, preventing trolls and spammers from jumping on old posts. That's why the posts from last Wednesday sunset on you, leaving only the Wild Card for comments.
Preston Hill of the Post Falls Parks Department strings lights on the trees near Post Falls City hall on Monday. (SR Photo: Kathy Plonka)
As the ducks migrate north through Idaho this spring, the Duck Commander will be tight on their tail feathers. Representative Lawerence Denney and Donna Denney, in connection with DenneyforIdaho.com, are pleased to announce that the stars of A&E’s record-breaking hit series “Duck Dynasty” have committed to a special, one- night engagement for the public at the Idaho Center in Nampa on March 29. Dubbed ‘Happy, Happy, Happy: An Evening with A&E’s Duck Dynasty’, this special night will feature Duck Dynasty Patriarch Phil Robertson and his wife Miss Kay, as well as Alan and his wife, Lisa Robertson. With the same authenticity and frankness that has endeared their show to millions, making it the #1 viewed non-fiction show in cable history, they will share about business, family values, a story or two, and their belief about what makes this country great/Denney for Idaho. More here.
Question: Anyone know how Denney locked up "Duck Dynasty" stars for this gig?
I have no idea how good, or bad, a writer Sarah Palin is. I've never read anything she's written. All I know is that, since quitting her job as governor of Alaska and unsuccessfully running for vice president beside Republican presidential candidate John McCain, at least three books have gone to print with her listed as their author. The first two were “Going Rogue: An American Life,” which is described as a “bestselling memoir from Sarah Palin, one of America’s most beloved and controversial political figures,” and “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag,” which promises that Palin's “reflections on faith, family, and patriotism will read like a bible of American virtues for anyone hoping to understand the truths that lie at the heart of the nation.” And now we have “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas"/Dan Webster, Dually Noted. More here.
Question: I have read one Palin book -- "Going Rogue." How about you?
Shoppers rest on chairs in the Fashion Show mall in Las Vegas early in the morning of Friday. Many of the stores in the mall opened at midnight for Black Friday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo: John Locher)
Thanksgiving Holiday Winner -- Randy Myers with 5 likes: "That's not my ear. Keep looking." You can see Thanksgiving Holiday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
- 5:24 p.m. County resident confronts 2 males stealing wood from his property, unknown location.
- 5:23 p.m. ISP officer putting out flares on e/b I-90, east of Sherman, to warn drivers re: icy conditions farther east.
- 5:11 p.m. Driver of 2007 white Hyundai, registered in Post Falls, reckless @ w/b I-90/MP 7 (H41/Post Falls).
- 5:01 p.m. Rollover reported @ w/b I-90/MP 17 (Yellowstone Trail).
- 4:55 p.m. Patrol officer reports slideoff @ e/b I-90/MP 17 (Yellowstone Trail).
- 4:46 p.m. Patrol officer reports Government Way, north of Harrison/CdA, icy.
- 4:45 p.m. Patrol officer reports H41, north of MP 15 (Seasons Road/Twin Lakes) icy.
Composer Brian Crain plays piano during the 2013 Festival Gala's dinner hour at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Convention Center on Saturday evening. Coeur d'Alene Press story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Devin Heilman)
- KCSD sergeant spots scammer/Press
- NIC to start physical therapy program/Press
- Hospice to hold 32nd annual tree lighting/Press
- KCSD releases video of Domino's robbery/Press
- Bonner County opposes wilderness plans/Daily Bee
- Shoshone County commissioner to join health board/PHD
- Holiday party offers dental services for teens/Coeur d'Alene Press
- County planning workshop agenda for Wednesday/Kootenai County
- St. Vincents to open warming center tonight through Friday/St. Vincent de Paul
- Human rights activists to observe declaration anniversary/Human Rights Task Force
"This has to be one of the 20 most famous magazine covers ever," posts Paul Turner/The Slice blog. "Not everyone liked it. Are you old enough to remember when boxing was still big? Are you old enough to remember Sonny Liston?" (Photo: www.coverssell.com)
- Leftovers/Slight Detour
- Bootleg/Eye on Shanghai
- Winners & losers/Fort Boise
- Day After: Coppin State/SportsLink
- Too much food/From A Simple Mind
- Calling all auto engine experts/The Slice
- Novelists are spy masters/Writing North Idaho
- Secretary of State: 1 less candidate/The EDge
- Good hunting is no excuse for littering/Outdoors
- Following blindly can lead to pitfalls/Dogwalk Musings
- This is how my brain works/Rants, Raves & Random Thoughts
Will longtime Boise School Board member AJ Balukoff make a run for governor in 2014? We’ll know Tuesday. He has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. at Boise’s Hillcrest Elementary School. Balukoff, a Boise businessman, has served on the school board since 1997. He has been considering a gubernatorial run on the Democratic ticket for several months. On Monday, one Democratic activist took to Facebook to say that Balukoff has already announced his plans to run. “I think the Facebook world has some inaccurate information,” Democratic Party spokesman Dean Ferguson said Monday afternoon. “What has happened so far, is nothing”/Kevin Richert, The EDge/Idaho EDge News. More here.
Question: Does it matter who runs for governor on the Democratic ticket?
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is introducing legislation that would nearly double the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax that is traditionally used to pay for federal transportation projects. Blumenauer's bill would increase the gas tax by 15 cents, matching a proposal that was included in the 2011 Simpson-Bowles budget reform recommendations. The legislation would result in drivers paying an extra 33.4 cents per gallon on their purchases, in addition to state taxes/The Hill. More here.
Question: Would you support a bill that would add 15 cents in federal gas tax to the price of a gallon of gasoline, if it meant more money for highway infrastructure?
Democrats running for re-election in Arkansas, Louisiana and other Republican-leaning states faced enough problems before President Barack Obama's popularity swooned in November. Now they are awkwardly distancing themselves from him a year before the election, seeking the right balance between independence and betrayal. A popular president can help his party's candidates for Congress and governor candidates in mid-term elections. But Democrats increasingly worry they could suffer losses, much as they did in 2010, Obama's first mid-term elections/Associated Press. More here.
Question: But the president didn't seem to hurt "Obama Girl" -- ;-) --in the Coeur d'Alene City Council elections. Thoughts?
Gene Kelly performs in the 1952 film "Singin' in the Rain." The grey wool suit Kelly wore in the movie is going up for auction after being kept in a closet by a memorabilia collector for more than four decades. (AP Photo/File)
Question: Which piece of movie memorabilia would you like to own?
Anyone tracking this week's weather forecast? Nightly temperatures are forecast to run between highs around 20 this week to lows in the single digits (Pause for brief shiver at the thought). Can anyone recall when we last were at or below zero? Forecast here.
Question: Which extra precautions do you take when the temperatures head for single digits?
... from a sadder-but-wiser Berry Picker that the city of Coeur d'Alene and Diamond Parking are handing out $10 citations for motorists who post over long in the new front-end parking areas now open along Front Avenue, from 6th to 7th and from 3rd to 4th -- this, even though the area isn't marked for two-hour parking. The thinking may be that motorists should know that the area is two-hour parking, like the rest of the Central Business District. But the Berry Picker didn't know that nor does he believe that many other drivers will. Be careful out there.
And yet another Idaho reader has won one of the two prizes handed out each week as part of the Spokesman-Review News Quiz contest. Tamara Poelstra is this week's winner, either the fourth or fifth Idahoan in a row to win either the $50 gift certificate to the Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane or two free movie tickets. Tammy won the gift certificate. Last week, Sharon Fisher won the movie tickets. Onward. This week's quiz asks questions re: the Centennial Trail, WSU football and other items in the news. Take News Quiz here. Top quizzers have a chance to win the $50 gift certificate. Everyone who enters has a chance to win the movie tickets.
- 1st Question Answer: 82 percent.
- Last week's winners: Tamara Poelstra from Coeur d’Alene (gift card), and Mark Kinney from Spokane Valley (movie tickets).
The Huffington Post tells of a wedding proposal in Coeur d'Alene, in which a girlfriend finds out about it ahead of time (video shows Syringa restaurant and other area spots):
What do you do when your girlfriend finds out you're planning to propose and the whole surprise is ruined? In most cases, you'd likely just stick to the plan and hope it still comes off as romantic and memorable as you had hoped it would be. That is unless you're Jordan Halland (aka HeyPayola), who uploaded the amazing video above showing a series of increasingly hilarious fake outs leading up to the actual moment where he finally proposes to his girlfriend, Summer. There's a bit of a build-up, but keep watching and we promise the pay off is worth it. You may also want to have some tissues handy...
Question: What do you think of the boyfriend's approach to the wedding proposal?
Amazon.com Inc. is testing delivery packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said Sunday on the CBS television program "60 Minutes." Bezos said the drones, unmanned vehicles that fly through the air, could deliver packages that weigh up to five pounds. That represents roughly 86 percent of packages that Amazon delivers, he said. The drones, which would pick up items from Amazon's distribution centers and fly them to customer's homes, probably won't be put into use for four or five years, Bezos said. "It will work, and it will happen, and it's gonna be a lot of fun," he said in the "60 Minutes" interview. Amazon may start using the drones, which can deliver packages within 30 minutes, in four to five years pending Federal Aviation Administration approval, Bezos said/Chicago Tribune. More here. (Amazon/AP photo: The so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is researching and developing)
Question: Do you think this will happen within 5 years?
Principal Dan Nicklay stands outside the entrance of the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy in Coeur d'Alene. The academy is often ranked the top-performing public school in Idaho. (AP file photo)
At its meeting at 5 p.m. today in the district's Midtown center, 1505 5th St, the Coeur d'Alene School Board will discuss reauthorizing the charter of the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, as it has done since the school began. A change in the state law now allows charter schools to be authorized by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. Maureen Dolan of the Coeur d'Alene Press wrote about this issue two weeks ago here. The board will also discuss a proposal to reduce district taxes $450,000 or the amount of an emergency levy that the trustees no longer consider necessary. And the board will discuss a change in policy for booster clubs.
Question: Do any of the issues on the Coeur d'Alene School Board agenda interest you?
- 12:01 p.m. Someone is suffering a breathing problem in 9000 block of N. Hess St/Hayden.
- 10:36 a.m. Silent holdup alarm sounding from manager's office of Olive Garden, 525 W. Canfield; proves to be false.
- 11:26 a.m. Business owner reports trouble with an employee @ 1000 block of Sherman Avenue/CdA.
- 11:23 a.m. Caller reports someone stealing from his unit @ GarageTown/Huetter.
- 10:58 a.m. ISP is reporting multiple slideoffs on Lookout Pass @ Idaho-Montana eastern border.
- 10:48 a.m. Coeur d'Alene female reports ex-husband tried to kick down door last night.
- 10:36 a.m. Vehicle burglary reported @ 900 block of E. Maple Place/Hayden.
- 10:32 a.m. Light-blue Toyota sedan is disabled on Veterans Memorial Bridge @ e/b I-90/MP 18.
- 10:05 a.m. County EMTs responding to report of injury fall in 8400 block of Apache Trail/Athol.
- 9:34 a.m. Motorist reports being run off road by Canadian cattle truck s/b on H95/MP 501 (Boundary County).
- 9:33 a.m. Male wanted on California warrant may be staying in 700 block of Becklund Court, CdA.
- 9:31 a.m. Realtor reports door open on model home on Tinsmith Lane/Post Falls.
An image of the dragon Smaug from Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, is shown on the side of an Air New Zealand plane in Auckland, New Zealand. The image was unveiled to celebrate the premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which screens Monday in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Air New Zealand)
Question: Anyone out there not planning to see the next Hobbit movie? Why not?
350 W. Appleway & Hwy 95
Coeur d'Alene Weather
Current conditions: Fair
Temperature: 3° F
Wind: N 20 mph
Feels like: -18° F
Visibility: 10 mi
Sunrise: 7:20 am
Sunset: 3:54 pm