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Whalen Challenges Nonini

April 11, 2014 - 3:07pm

Here's the flyer for Pat Whalen, a Post Falls businessman and four-time Ironman, who is challenging state Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, in the Senate District 3 GOPrimary. Whalen also is challenging John Cross in the Precinct 16 committeeman race.

  • See: Front of card in the comments section

Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think of this flyer?

Labrador, Crane Back 'Boss' Denney

April 11, 2014 - 2:53pm

Rep. Lawerence Denney has won the support of two tea party favorites, GOP Congressman Raul Labrador and Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane in his bid for Idaho secretary of state. Labrador and Crane will appear at a Statehouse news conference to announce their support at noon Tuesday. The media advisory came Friday afternoon, as Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane added former Controller Donna Jones to last week’s high-profile endorsements from outgoing Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and former Gov. Phil Batt. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle and a number of legislators also are supporting Denney, according to a news release from the Denney campaign/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.


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HBO Blogosphere -- 4.11.14

April 11, 2014 - 2:40pm

In his blog, The Slice, Paul Turner publishes this World War II advertisement featuring Idaho's Famous Potato. (Illustration:

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, April 10): 7619 page-views/4551 unque views

Splash Pad Ready For Testing

April 11, 2014 - 2:24pm

Colorful features were added to the splash pad at the new McEuen Park today. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

The final colorful splash pad features at McEuen Park were set up on Friday and crews are expected to turn on the water Monday for testing and to adjust the water pressure of hundreds of sprayers that will cool off park visitors of all ages beginning later this spring.In all, there are eight water features, including a giant sailboat that will spray a large wake as if it were plying through the water, a 10-foot tall Barney Rubble cave, a rainbow-colored three-pronged “water whoopee,” a bear climbing a tree, a water pole, large arches, and two small beavers.Water from the splash pad will be recycled through a 60,000 holding tank situated below the Harbor House and used to irrigate the park, said acting parks director Bill Greenwood. With a surface area of 12,000, the McEuen Park splash pad is twice the size of the second largest splash pad at Landings Park, Greenwood said/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.

DFO: I checked out the splash pad and the emerging McEuen Park during my lunch walk today. Impressive. The eastern third of the park (children's playground, splash pad, pickleball court, outdoor basketball courts should be ready for soft opening by May. The dog park was in use today. The picnic/bathroom covered area & concession buildings are close to finished. The new Veterans Memorial area is an impressive setting with coliseum seating for events. I suspect the whole thing will be ready for use by Memorial Day.

Risch Addresses Pachyderms

April 11, 2014 - 2:03pm

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, addresses the North Idaho Pachyderm Club in Coeur d'Alene this morning. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

NSA Used 'Heartbeat' Bug To Spy

April 11, 2014 - 1:25pm

The National Security Agency was aware of a massive security flaw affecting websites across the Internet and used the bug in order to obtain information, according to Bloomberg. The outlet reported on Friday that the spy agency was aware of the "Heartbleed" security glitch for at least two years and used it to obtain passwords and other data, news that will surely lead to heightened criticism of the already embattled spy agency. The NSA has been criticized for its efforts to actively seek out and exploit vulnerabilities in cyberspace, a practice that critics say weakens security around the world/Julian Hatten, The Hill. More here.

Question: Are. You. Kidding. Me?

Proud To Be An American/Idahoan

April 11, 2014 - 1:21pm

On his Facebook wall, Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press asks:

Do you consider yourself an "American" -- a citizen of the United States -- first and then secondarily a citizen of your state (Oregonian, Idahoan, Utahn, Californian, Texan, whatever)? Or, state citizen first, then of the nation?

Question: Are you prouder to be an American? Or an Idahoan?

Bumpersnicker Meditations

April 11, 2014 - 1:14pm

I always wonder about people who put bumper stickers on their cars. I tend to think that they are people who talk a lot. Share everything. Discuss politics and religion and all those things that you have to be careful with in mixed company. Maybe that's not true of bumper sticker people. Maybe it is. I really don't know, because come to think of it, I don't think I know anyone who has a bumper sticker on their car. I often read bumper stickers and try to figure out what kind of person drives that car. Sometimes the stickers make me laugh. Or think. But mostly I wonder what in the world someone was thinking when they stuck that sticker on their car/A Butterfly Moment. More here.

Question: Are you a bumpersticker person? Do you know bumpersticker people? Are you/they strange?

Oopsy: Ad Had Wrong Hearing Date

April 11, 2014 - 1:11pm

Correction: Commissioner Dan Green tells Huckleberries that a legal notice in the Coeur d'Alene Press erred in saying a hearing for a judicial confirmation for a privately built jail was scheduled for Good Friday. It was suppose to be Wednesday, April 23. Now, commissioners must pick a new date to hold the hearing that gives the public 15 days notice. Stay tuned.

Question: Is this the best time to conduct a meeting for possible judicial confirmation on an issue of this magnitude?

Op-Ed: Time To Take Back Local GOP

April 11, 2014 - 1:04pm

Republican primary voters: I need your help. I am currently a Kootenai County Republican Central Committeeman. I have worked diligently over the past two years to steer KCRCC back toward what we were elected to do: Raise money for Republican candidates and protect your rights. Here is where we have gotten off track. We have one fundraiser a year, the Lincoln Day Dinner. The money raised at this event, prior to the last four years, was always used to help Republican candidates get elected during the general election. What I have personally noticed is that there has never been accountability for the funds we have received. There have been thousands of dollars not accounted for. The KCRCC voted overwhelmingly to not have our books audited, for free I might add. When you are working with donated money for any cause, you'd better account for every penny/Kellie Palm, GOPrecinct 15 committeewoman. More here.

Question: Do you think the average Kootenai County resident realizes what a mess the local GOP is in?

Perfect Parasail Conditions

April 11, 2014 - 11:57am

A parasailer enjoys sunny skies and windy conditions at Independence Point on the Coeur d'Alene waterfront this morning. Don Sausser, the Eye on Sherman Avenue, was at his perch to provide this photo.

ATVs: Unsafe At Any Speed?

April 11, 2014 - 11:46am

For a disabled child found abandoned on a street corner in China at age 4, Guo Biao was doing pretty well by last fall. A teenager, he was living with Dwayne and Sherri Bowman on their apple and cherry farm near Zillah, Wash. He had a family and a new name: Zeke Bowman. For the first time, he got a hearing aid for his deformed ear. And then last October, Zeke climbed aboard one of the Bowmans’ four all-terrain vehicles, just as he’d done many times before at the end of a day in the orchards. He headed down a two-lane country road called Lucy Lane. For reasons the Bowmans still ponder, he rear-ended a tractor and died that evening in the hospital. ATV tragedies like this – on roads, rather than backcountry trails where ATVs are designed to go – are widespread and have increased in recent years/Bridget Huber & Ashley Stewart, FairWarning & InvestigateWest. More here. (Photo: An ATV rider in downtown Wallace Tuesday)

Question: How often do you ride ATVs? Have you ever crashed one?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.11.14

April 11, 2014 - 11:30am
  • 12:01 p.m. Vehicle crash reported @ H95/Honeysuckle Avenue, Hayden.
  • 11:59 a.m. Officer requests n/b readerboard @H95/MP424 (Presley Road) be activated to warn of smoke ahead.
  • 11:52 a.m. ISP officer reports fire in gully near where his car is parked (11:14 item).
  • 11:48 a.m. A shrink-wrapped bumper is lying on w/b I-90/MP 5 (Spokane Street/Post Falls).
  • 11:25 a.m. CPD officer en route to drug report @ Lake City High.
  • 11:21 a.m. Deputy on scene calls for ISP traffic control for H95 fire, but ISP unavailable right now.
  • 11:14 a.m. Growing grass fire @ H95/Espanoza, south of Coeur d'Alene, causing visibility problems on highway.
  • 10:43 a.m. Twin Lakes Trading Post reports drivers of 2 vehicles -- newer, white Pontiac Grand Am and gold Cadillac -- used bogus debit card to buy $44.98 worth of gas 5 minutes ago, before leaving s/b on H41.
  • 10:38 a.m. Mountain West Bank/1715 W. Kathleen Ave reports smell of burning in attic.
  • 10:27 a.m. Possible domestic dispute reported @ 600 block of S10th/CdA.
  • 10:04 a.m. "Dominic" has been trespassed from Big Smoke (9:54 item).
  • 9:54 a.m. A disorderly male is reported @ Big Smoke, 213 W. Appleway/CdA.
  • 9:53 a.m. 3 small, grass fires burning along Espanoza/H95, south of Spokane River.
  • 9:23 a.m. KCSD work crew on w/b I-90/Govt Way reports 2 motorcyclists racing back & forth on freeway.
  • 9:01 a.m. Undisclosed road hazard reported @ w/b I-90/MP 11 (NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 8:23 a.m. 18YO male screaming at female in domestic dispute on Greensferry b/n Knapp & Bogey/Post Falls.

Instant Lawn

April 11, 2014 - 11:24am

Work crews were busy installing sod as part of the makeover effort on the front lawn of the Coeur d'Alene Resort Thursday. The project includes a $1 million upgrade that will connect the new McEuen Park to City Park and City Beach via a pedestrian plaza between the resort and the resort mall shops. (Photo: Don Sausser)

  • You can see the "After" shot in the comments section ...

Somethin's Happenin' Here

April 11, 2014 - 11:15am

I just made a quick run to the post office to send my payment to the Idaho Tax Commission via certified mail. (I like to know that the state received my hard-earned money.) On the way back, I noticed workers installing a traffic bubble into the west lane of one-way Third Street. I'm not sure whether than means traffic on 3rd from Lakeside to Sherman will be funneled into one lane or not. Does anyone know?

Former Controller Backs McGrane

April 11, 2014 - 11:13am

Former state Controller Donna Jones has endorsed Phil McGrane in the four-way GOP race for Idaho secretary of state. McGrane, chief deputy Ada County clerk, faces former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, former Sen. Evan Frasure of Pocatello, and former Sen. Mitch Toryanski of Boise in the May 20 primary; the winner will face Democratic Rep. Holli Woodings of Boise in November, who’s unopposed on the Democratic ticket/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Can the big endorsements for McGrane offset the Tea Party enthusiasm for Boss Denney in a closed GOPrimary?

Poll: Goedde Will Clobber Souza

April 11, 2014 - 10:24am
  • Thursday Poll: State Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, will win easily over City Hall critic Mary Souza in their GOPrimary race for the Senate District 4 seat. 155 of 186 respondents (83.33%) said Goedde would win the race. 31 of 186 respondents (16.67%) said Souza.
  • Today's Poll: Who will win the GOPrimary race for the Senate District 3 seat -- incumbent Bob Nonini or challenger Pat Whalen?

AM Headlines -- 4.11.14

April 11, 2014 - 9:38am

The S.S. Kiwanis is one of the water features in McEuen’s new splash pad which can shoot jets of water from multiple locations. The city of Coeur d'Alene will test the new splash pad Monday. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Gabe Green)

Letter: 'KCRCC' Trying To Deceive

April 11, 2014 - 9:19am

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, Elisabeth Johnson of Coeur d'Alene writes today: "I am more than disgusted and upset about the present activities in this primary — especially about those people who align themselves with the well funded Kootenai County Republican Concerned Citizens PAC, which issues nothing but deceptive messages against their opponents. In abbreviation, they sound like they are part of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, who are by law not allowed to endorse any candidate, yet the public, who is not aware of this rule, thinks the literature comes from the right folks. We have a lot of educating to do. Don and I will not vote for anyone who speaks ill of their opponent; just talk about their accomplishments and their view for the citizens of Idaho.

Question: Why hasn't the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee denounced the "KCRCC," for its obvious attempt at deception?

Will We Recognize New Colbert?

April 11, 2014 - 9:14am

On her Facebook wall, Simple Mind writes: So ... Stephen Colbert is going to take over the David Letterman show next year ... that was fast ... one usually hopes it takes a while before they get a replacement ... but the thing that got me... was ... it is going to be a different Stephen Colbert.. not like David Letterman, maybe the real Stephen Colbert ... what ever that means ... but not like the one that the fans see now ... WON'T his fans be very disappointed? After all they watch his show ... because of what it is now ... will they watch a watered down Stephen Colbert? (AP file photo)

Question: So what do you expect from the "real" Stephen Colbert, who will replace David Letterman?