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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

February 23, 2015 - 4:38pm

Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer looks to shoot over St. Mary's forward Desmond Simmons during a West Coast Conference showdown game Saturday in Moraga, Calif. Gonzaga fought back from 17 points down to score the last 12 points of the game and win 70-60. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)

Weekend Winner -- Dennis, with 11 likes: "The judge demonstrates the proper way to take the Idaho GOP Kool-Aid." You can see Weekend photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.23.15

February 23, 2015 - 4:33pm
  • 5:29 p.m. Vicious dog reported @ 100 block of E. Walnut Ave/CdA.
  • 5:03 p.m. 46YO female is threatening to kill herself w/gun or car accident on Valley Way/Hayden.
  • 5:01 p.m. Someone has been injured in a fall on Mariah Loop/Post Falls.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Feb. 22-23 here.
  • 4:31 p.m. Elderly female having trouble breathing @ Emeritus, 205 E. Anton Ave/CdA.
  • 4:27 p.m. 2-vehicle, non-blocking, non-injury crash @ 4th St/I-90/CdA.
  • 3:57 p.m. CPD wants to talk to girlfriend of suicidal male who spent night with him Sunday.
  • 3:56 p.m. 2 occupants of one car transported by ambulance after rear-ender @ I-90/Seltice Way on ramp, Post Falls.
  • 3:42 p.m. 7YO on 7th Street is lost as he tries to find his home in 900 block of 10th Street/Post Falls.
  • 3:13 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 300 block of W. 23rd Ave/Post Falls.
  • 2:53 p.m. Trauma injury reported @ Post Falls Library, 821 Spokane St.
  • 2:42 p.m. Monitor trying to separate teen boys from fighting @ Post Falls Library, 821 Spokane St.
  • 2:34 p.m. Someone is bleeding uncontrollably @ 600 block of W. Hayden Ave.
  • 2:34 p.m. Undisclosed threat made @ 900 block of W. Ironwood Drive/Cda.
  • 2:32 p.m. 50YO female suffers seizure @ 7000 block of Heritage St/Rathdrum.
  • 2:02 p.m. CPD officer has a female runaway in custody.
  • 2:01 p.m. Oven is smoking (but no flames seen) @ 800 block of Autumn Crest Loop/Post Falls.
  • 1:36 p.m. Officer stopping to check open back door on vacant house @ 1200 block of Pennsylvania Ave/CdA.
  • 1:23 p.m. 87YO male fears he's suffering heart attack @ Northwest Specialty Hospital, 750 Syringa, Post Falls.
  • 1:20 p.m. Fender bender reported @ TW Hunter's parking lot, 615 Spokane St/Post Falls b/n Durango & taxi.
  • 1:04 p.m. Female didn't drop off child in Post Falls & report to work as she was suppose to do at 6:30 this AM.
  • 1:03 p.m. l Driver of silver Toyota 4Runner changing lanes often @ 4th St/Appleway, CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Vito's Wikipedia Page

February 23, 2015 - 4:26pm

Someone is having fun with information of state Rep. Vito Barbieri's Wikipedia page. The portion under education now reads: "Barbieri earned his law degree from Western State University College of Law. On February 23, 2015, during testimony from Dr. Julie Madsen, Barbieri learned that if a woman swallows a pill, it will not end up in her vagina.[3] [4] Although not confirmed, it is believed that Barbieri has never taken a biology class in his life since he recently asked a physician if women can swallow a camera that will perform a gynecologic exam." You can see Vito's Wikipedia page here.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.23.15

February 23, 2015 - 3:30pm
Christa Hazel, chairwoman of the Coeur d'Alene School Board, huddles with wastewater treatment manager Sid Fredrickson, left, and former County Clerk Dan English at Blogfest 2015 at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill Saturday afternoon. You can find a boat load of photos from the annual event on Don Sausser's Facebook page.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Feb. 15-21): 56,115 page-views/36,124 unique views

Vito Goes Viral

February 23, 2015 - 3:11pm

Huckleberries extends its heartful congratulations to state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and all those who support him for focusing national attentiion again on Kootenai County's wacky politics. Huffington Post has picked up Vito's anti-abortion hearing comments about small cameras and gynecology, ending with this question: "Barbieri wasn't immediately available to clarify how a camera could make the journey he described." Full Huffington Post story here.

Veni, Vidi, Vito ...

February 23, 2015 - 2:57pm
"I came, I saw, I suffered a brain cramp."


February 23, 2015 - 2:32pm
"Rep. Barbieri asked if a woman could a swallow a small camera for a gynecological exam" -- tweeted Kimberlee Kruesi, AP, covering the anti-abortion bill hearing of the House State Affairs Committee.

Plus, follow-up tweet:

"No. Because when you swallow a pill, it does not end up in the vagina" -- Dr. Julie Madsen, testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question.

Which prompted this response from Barbieri:

"Fascinating. That makes sense."

Updated AP story on the hearing today here.

Firm Offers Broadband Transition

February 23, 2015 - 2:15pm

Ednetics, a Post Falls-based tech firm, has sent an email out to Idaho school districts pitching its broadband service, now that districts need to find new broadband providers, and offering to save districts money over the cost of the previous Idaho Education Network. “As an Idaho resident with two children in the Idaho public school system, I have a strong desire to see Idaho’s schools among the top in the nation,” wrote Ednetics President Shawn Swanby. “At Ednetics, we have been following the IEN issue very closely. We care deeply about the outcome as the technical and fiscal results will impact the state and our children for years to come”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Kibitzing At Blogfest 2015

February 23, 2015 - 1:51pm

3 elected officials who seemed to enjoy themselves at Blogfest 2015 were Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson, Coeur d'Alene Councilman Woody McEvers and Coeur d'Alene School Board chairwoman Christa Hazel. This was posted on Kerri's Facebook page. So I'm not sure who snapped the photo.

SR News Quiz -- 2.22-26.15

February 23, 2015 - 1:34pm

How much do you know about the surprise winner at the Westminster Kennel Club show, new dietary proposals, Gonzaga University basketball and other news of note? Find out in The Spokesman-Review's weekly quiz, where you could win movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the weekly quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: "What pet should I get?"
  • Last Week's Winners: Ray Lancaster (gift card) and Chris Teague (movie tickets), both of Spokane.

Vying For Next Broadband Contract

February 23, 2015 - 1:19pm

As the self-labeled Idaho Education Network “incumbent,” Education Networks of America is urging the state to stick with a reliable, cost-effective statewide school broadband system. Syringa Networks, the Idaho company that has successfully fought the Idaho Education Network contract in court, says Idaho can save money in the future with multiple, shorter-term contracts. The two Internet providers are among several companies that are starting to jockey for the big prize that could be waiting at the end of the Idaho Education Network maze: a long-term contract to provide broadband to the state’s high schools/Kevin Richert, More here.


Vito Schooled In Female Anatomy

February 23, 2015 - 1:07pm

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam. The question Monday from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine. Dr. Julie Madsen was testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question. Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina/AP via Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Ah, thoughts ...

'Add The Words' Protesters Return

February 23, 2015 - 1:01pm

“Add the Words” protesters have returned to the Idaho Capitol, holding silent vigils in the rotunda outside the House and Senate chambers each morning until the morning floor session adjourns; the vigils started late last week. The protesters, who stand silently with their hands over their mouths, want Idaho to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act, to prohibit discrimination on those bases. Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, said the vigils are “just making it clear we’re not going away, the issue’s not going away”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think the Idaho Legislature will attempt to do something more re: "Add the Words" during this session?

An Old-Time Lake City Parade

February 23, 2015 - 11:54am

Here's another Keva Wolfe post on Old School North Idaho -- of a parade on Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene. (Photo: North Idaho Museum)

Question: Anyone out there whose family dates back to the early days of Coeur d'Alene?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 2.23.2015

February 23, 2015 - 11:45am
  • 11:48 a.m. Caller @1700 block of E. Grand Tour Drive/Hayden reports hearing multiple gun shots nearby.
  • 11:46 a.m. North Idaho Lung & Asthma concerned re: distraught called @ 3700 block of N4th St/CdA.
  • 11:44 a.m. Officer believes she's spotted Walmart shoplifter (11:33 item) @ Neider Ave/Govt Way, CdA.
  • 11:33 a.m. Shoplifter is running from Hayden Walmart, H95/Honeysuckle Ave.
  • 11:32 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Bestland Assisted Living, 606 E. Best Ave/CdA.
  • 11:01 a.m. Caller reports male climbed in back of Jeep @ H53/H41, Rathdrum, before female arrived & drove off.
  • 10:56 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 700 block of W. Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 10:41 a.m. Someone suffering diabetic problem @ 15700 Oneida St/Rathdrum.
  • 10:33 a.m. Caller reports male driver in Subaru Outback w/Montana plates pulled a gun on him during a confrontation in the parking lot of Costco, on Neider Ave/CdA. Suspect now n/b on H95/Kathleen Ave, CdA.
  • 10:25 a.m. DMV @ county courthouse reports 6-foot-3 male in hoodie is a wanted man.
  • 10:10 a.m. Patrol officer has moved deer off road & wants ITD notified (unknown location).
  • 10:08 a.m. Fire alarm sounding in sanctuary @ Athol Baptist Church, 29450 H95 (@ Park Road)/Athol.
  • 9:40 a.m. A male and a female are in the bread department after stealing vitamins from Shopko, Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 9:38 a.m. Someone is suffering back pain @ 2000 block of W. Westminster Ave/CdA.
  • 9:34 a.m. Kootenai County Jail worker tells dispatch that he accidentally dialed 911.
  • 9:28 a.m. A large rock is reported on road @ n/b H95/Hanley Ave, CdA.
  • 8:45 a.m. Disabled, unoccupied vehicle @ Seltice Way/Northwest Blvd, CdA, may be out of gas.

Blogfest 2015: State Of The Blog

February 23, 2015 - 11:29am

DFO addresses the Blogfest 2015 gathering midway through the annual event at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill. Items covered included a toast to our Dearly Departed OrangeTV, reading of a letter from our ailing Bard of Sherman Avenue, some jokes at the expense of Mayor Widmyer and Sgt. Christie Wood, Cindy's book signing, and a quick review re: how things are going on the blog so far this year. For those keeping score at home, Huckleberries Online set blog records to both page-views and unique views. And the early returns at this point in 2015 is that the 2014 records are in jeopardy. Huckleberries is off to its fastest start. Ever. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

House Panel OKs Anti-Abortion Bill

February 23, 2015 - 10:57am

After a tense three-hour hearing, the House State Affairs Committee has approved controversial anti-abortion legislation on a straight party-line vote, 13-4, with only the committee’s four Democrats objecting. David Ripley of Idaho Chooses Life, author of HB 154, said, “This is a mechanism for women to defend themselves and to hold people accountable for misdeeds.” The bill puts new restrictions on abortions that are performed via medication, rather than by surgery. Backers said it would avoid “web cam” abortions, where the patient never sees a doctor in person, though doctors and others testified that that’s not how medication-induced abortions are performed in Idaho/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


AM Headlines -- 2.23.15

February 23, 2015 - 10:49am

Representative to District 4A in the Idaho Legislature, Luke Malek, addresses matters such as Idaho schools, taking care of state veterans, and what to do about public transit on Saturday during the town hall meeting at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Hans Koepsell)

Poll: County Misfired On Hiring

February 23, 2015 - 9:29am
  • Weekend Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation said Kootenai County misfired when it hired former commissioner Todd Tondee for the $21.74/hour "transit specialist job" in the new grants department. 182 of 234 respondents (77.78%) disapprove of the hiring. Only 24 of 234 respondents (10.26%) approve of it. 28 (11.97%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: The Kootenai County GOP will study a resolution asking that Idaho be declared a "Christian state." Should it be?

Blogfest 2015 Attracts Pierce

February 23, 2015 - 9:23am

One of the old acquaintances of mine made an appearance at Blogfest 2015: former Kootenai County Sheriff Pierce Clegg, who restored the sheriff's office to sound footing in the late 1980s and early 1990s after the less-than-stellar performance by his predecessor. In the background, Sgt. Christie Wood and Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White scour the Blogfest crowd for unsavory characters. You can see dozens of Blogfest photos by Don Sausser here.