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A Random Act Of Kindness

November 20, 2014 - 8:59am

Valeri Glauser and her 9-year-old son, Carter, witnessed something extraordinary last week - a moment of kindness which left a lasting impression on their hearts and minds. The mom and son, of Coeur d'Alene, saw three young people pray with a homeless person at the Ironwood Shopping Center. Valeri saw the teens approach the man, who was clad in dirty, ragged clothes, as she walked into the store. She slowed her pace because she wasn't sure what they were doing. "My radar immediately went on that this could be a bad thing, that they perhaps were going to harass the homeless man," she said. Then, the unexpected happened. She saw a young lady in the group bend down to speak to the man, who was sitting on the cold concrete in a corner between businesses. "She said very softly to the man, 'Are you OK?'" Valeri said/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

  • Hebrews 13:2: "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."

Question: When did you last see a random act of kindness?

Bald Eagles Are No-Shows So Far

November 20, 2014 - 8:54am

The annual winter congregation of bald eagles at Lake Coeur d'Alene has not yet started, according to biologists who surveyed the north end of the lake on Wednesday. For decades, the eagles have provided a popular wildlife-viewing attraction as the birds are lured to the northeast corner of the lake from mid-November into January to feast on the spawning kokanee that stack up in Wolf Lodge Bay. “No eagles at all,” said Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, reporting on her first weekly eagle survey of the season. “I'd bet they are up on (Lake) Pend Oreille as I have had one report of eight eagles out on the ice”/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors blog. More here. (SR file photo by Jesse Tinsley: An eagle lands in tree along Lake Coeur d'Alene shoreline)

Question: Do you make annual treks to the Wolf Lodge Bay/Higgens Point area to see the eagles?

Zags Set NIT Tip-Off Record

November 20, 2014 - 8:45am

Gonzaga made quick work of Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday. How quick? It was all but over by the first media timeout. The Zags made their first eight shots and led by 38 at half. Gonzaga began resting starters at the outset of the second half and coasted to a 94-42 NIT Season Tip-Off victory in front of a full house of 6,000, some hitting the exits at halftime, at the McCarthey Athletic Center. It was the largest margin of victory in the 10-year history of the MAC, eclipsing a 50-point win over South Carolina Upstate in 2009. No. 13 Gonzaga (3-0) has held leads of at least 25 in routing Sacramento State, SMU and Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks, an NCAA tournament team last year that was hit hard by graduation, dropped to 1-2 and suffered the most lopsided loss in school history/Jim Meehan, SR. More here. (SR photo by Jesse Tinsley: Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis tries to get past Chris Wilson of Saint Joseph’s during the first half)

Question: Is this Zags team even more special than others of recent vintage?

Cosby Mum About Sex Assault Claims

November 20, 2014 - 8:39am

Entertainer and Navy veteran Bill Cosby, center, seated by Lt. Gen.Thomas Bostick, right, gestures as he listens to remarks during a Veterans Day ceremony, Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Bill Cosby refused to answer questions about sex assault allegations made against him by various women and he requested that his no comment be "scuttled" during a newly released interview with The Associated Press. In the Nov. 6 interview, Cosby, 77, said "there's no response" and "I don't talk about it" when asked about the allegations. He also asked the AP reporter that his on-camera refusal to comment about the allegations not be used, saying, "And I would appreciate it if it was scuttled." The video was released Wednesday after TV Land pulled planned repeats of "The Cosby Show" from its schedule and NBC and Netflix shelved projects with the comedian/ABC News. More here.

Question: If we can't believe in Bill Cosby, who can we believe in?

Idaho GOP Seeks 2 Recounts

November 20, 2014 - 8:25am

The Idaho Attorney General’s office has received requests for recounts of the Nez Perce County portion of two District 6 legislative races, from losing candidates Mike Kinglsey and Thyra Stevenson, both Republicans. Kingsley lost to House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, by 48 votes, while Stevenson lost to Democrat Dan Rudolph by 26 votes. The district also includes Lewis County, but the recount was requested only for the 33 precincts in Nez Perce County. Deputy Attorney General Mike Gilmore and Chief Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst will head north to do the recount next week, to get it done before the Thanksgiving holiday/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think the Idaho GOP fears losing its supermajority?

Death Claims Fiddle Champion

November 20, 2014 - 8:20am

Frank Wagner called JayDean Ludiker last Sunday night with instructions. “You’re in charge of the music at my service,” the dying man told his longtime friend, adding that they would get together later this week to go over tunes. It wasn’t to be. Leukemia got the best of the guitar player and retired Spokane firefighter on Monday. He was 74. But rest assured that whatever music Ludiker comes up with will make the angels sing. Ludiker, after all, is a two-time national fiddle champion/Doug Clark, SR. More here. (SR file photo: Frank Wagner, left, moves in to hear the tone of Rod Anderson’s guitar in 1999)

Question: Do you enjoy fiddle music?

I Wouldn't Have Guessed That

November 20, 2014 - 8:17am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

Gonzaga defeats Saint Joseph 94-42

November 19, 2014 - 10:01pm

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered GU's home game against Saint Joseph.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

Hump Day Wild Card -- 11.19.14

November 19, 2014 - 5:10pm

It's my last day before I officially cross the threshold into Old Codgerism, age 65. I was born at 1:30 in the morning on a Sunday. I would have been named Franklin Simas Oliveria Jr., if my father had gotten to the hospital in time. That was back in the day when fathers weren't allowed into the delivery room. Mom, who is still hail and hearty as she approaches her 90th birthday, didn't want to create confusion re: who she was calling when she yelled out "Frank." So I became "David" instead of "Franklin." But my father's first name became my middle one. How about you? Why did you receive the name you did? And/or: Do you know the day of the week that you were born? You can answer that question. Or start your own thread with this Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 11.19.14

November 19, 2014 - 5:10pm

Linda Fuller of Miss Linda's School of Dance works with Kaylee Hill, left, and Brooklyn Griffin backstage in the Mansfield Theater during rehearsal for the Moscow Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" this evening in Great Falls, Mont. (AP Photo/The Great Falls Tribune, Rion Sanders)

Question: Have you ever been part of any production of "The Nutcracker"?

Idaho Voter Participation Hits Bottom

November 19, 2014 - 4:56pm

As Idaho certified its official election results on Wednesday, a troubling distinction emerged: This year’s election was the first time ever that less than 40 percent of Idaho’s voting-age population cast ballots in a general election. “Frankly, it was disappointing,” said Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. “We broke through a barrier that we didn’t want to break through.” The previous low – 40.21 percent of the voting age population – came in the last mid-term election in 2010, as Idaho has continued to see declining voter participation, a trend that’s been steady since 1980/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think future Secretary of State Lawerence Denney will allow Democrats and Unaffiliateds to vote?

Top Comments -- 11.19.14

November 19, 2014 - 4:54pm

Top Comment -- DeePee: "Always point your finger outside the trigger-guard until you are absolutely ready to fire. Treat every gun as if it is loaded and chambered, even if you know otherwise. Never point the muzzle at anything you don't intend to kill. Those three rules can be taught to a 6-year-old."

Top Commented Stories -- Massive gun auction set for Post Falls (16 comments), Idaho GOP picks Craig for finance (15 comments), and: Now, that's a high-heeled shoe (11 comments), and: Grandma wants decent nickname (10 comments).

Cutline Contest -- 11.19.14

November 19, 2014 - 4:46pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Britain's Prince Philip visits the armored regiment of the Queen's Royal Hussars in Paderborn, Germany, Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo: Caroline Seidel)

Tuesday Winner -- Nic, with 24 likes: "'Twas a day for the Packers, when all ‘round the field/The fans were there cheering, from drinking they reeled;/The temperatures cold and with snow on the ground,/In hopes that the cheese heads would win this time round ..." More here. And: You can see Tuesday Photo and read all 28 Cutline Contest entries here.

Leafest 2014: 981 Tons So Far

November 19, 2014 - 4:25pm

All leaves south of Best Avenue and Interstate 90 have been collected. Also Nettleton Gulch from 15th Street east to city limits and Nettleton to Thomas Lane from 15th Street to 19th Street. Tomorrow: 19th Street east to city limits between Lunceford to Thomas Lane, including Thomas Hills. Also Thomas Hills to Shaddock Lance from 15th Street east to city limits including Miners Loop area. Best Avenue to Margaret Lane from 15th Street east to Fourth  Street will also be collected. Totals to date: 515 loads of leaves weighing 981 tons. A map showing this update of will be posted later this evening or first thing in the evening/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.19.14

November 19, 2014 - 4:12pm

Post Falls police detectives are investigating a bike theft that occurred at Super 1 Foods in Post Falls. The photo is a snapshot from surveillance video. If you have any tips or know who this male suspect is, please contact Det. Moss at or call 773-3517.

  • 5:01 p.m. Burglar alarm sounding at shuttered Stimson Lumber Co plant, 7600 N. Mineral Drive/CdA.
  • 4:55 p.m. Post Falls animal control taking injured dog to River City Animal Hospital.
  • 4:50 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Nov. 18-19 here.
  • 4:41 p.m. Tenant @ 1200 block of Lincoln Way/CdA reports someone has wiggled door handle for 20 minutes.
  • 4:33 p.m. Bearded male has been locked in 76 gas station, 211 E. Seltice Way/Post Falls bathroom for 45 minutes.
  • 4:15 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Nov. 18-19 here.
  • 4:01 p.m. Strange male wearing black cowboy hat & bolero in store is making local jeweler nervous.
  • 3:49 p.m. Possible domestic abuse situation on Bruya Lane/Hayden.
  • 3:47 p.m. Transient is screaming at customers at a Post Falls gas station/quick stop.
  • 3:33 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 3500 block of Cedarblom Street/CdA.
  • 3:25 p.m. Male acting aggressively toward slot machine @ Coeur d'Alene Casino, throwing his jacket at it.
  • 3:19 p.m. Someone is suffering general illness @ 650 block of E. Maple Place/Hayden.
  • 3:01 p.m. Caller from Ford Arrowstar reports following reckless driver off freeway to Post Falls Walmart East.
  • 2:57 p.m. PFPD officer en route to help mother whose child is locked in a car, unknown location.
  • 2:30 p.m. PFPD officers discussing father suspected of child abuse who seemed coy when they interviewed him.
  • 1:10 p.m. 2-vehicle accident reported on s/b Ramsey Road/CdA, south of Dalton Avenue.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Holocaust Exhibit Opens In Lake City

November 19, 2014 - 3:45pm

The Human Rights Education Institute (HREI) announces is hosting a traveling exhibition, from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibit opened to the public today and will continue through Jan. 7, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The HREI will host a grand opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at the HREI center, 414 Mullan Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. The reception and viewing of the exhibit is free and open to the public. Charitable donations are greatly appreciated/Human Rights Education Institute. Complete news release here.

Question: Is this something you plan to see?

Bumpersnicker ...

November 19, 2014 - 3:24pm
"If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will accidentally kill their children" -- Susan Cuff, from Missoula, Mont.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 11.19.14

November 19, 2014 - 2:31pm

On his Facebook wall, Don Sausser writes: "A boat leaves a wake through thermal surface ripples on Lake Coeur d'Alene (today).

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Nov. 18): 6592 page-views/4055 unique views

Grandma Wants Decent Nickname

November 19, 2014 - 1:48pm

K.C. Summers of McClatchy-Tribune writes: "My daughter is about to give birth and I’m thrilled beyond words that a precious new life is entering the world, yada yada. But let’s get down to what’s really important: What do I want the baby – my first grandchild – to call me? Not Grandma. That moniker is quaint and old-fangled and I am neither. No, in true boomer fashion I want my grandmother name to be fun, cool, inventive – or at the very least, not frumpy. And I’m in good company. Susan Sarandon said recently that she wants her new granddaughter to call her Honey. 'My hairstylist said it’s a Southern thing, and I thought, that’s kind of fabulous,' the actress told the New York Times." More here.

Question: What do your grandchildren call you?

Letter: California? Bah, Humbug

November 19, 2014 - 1:33pm

A letter to the editor from Millie Hayes of Post Falls pining to return to California attracted more than a half page of letters in response in today's Coeur d'Alene Press. Here's an example from Bonnie Zavala of Rathdrum:

I was born and raised in California and raised four children there as well. I longed all my life to leave there. Finally, 10 and 1/2 years ago, God gave us the desires of our hearts and we were blessed to relocate to this beautiful place. Also, three of our four kids came here first. Here’s my list of reasons why I wouldn’t take a million $ to go back.

  • 1. Earthquakes
  • 2. Winds…Santa Anas (horrific)
  • 3. Major high cost of living and taxes
  • 4. Dried up…no rain
  • 5. Way too liberal
  • 6. Traffic
  • 7. Same hot weather year-round. No change of seasons.
  • 8. Try being “self-employed” — impossible!

Question (for former Californians willing to admit it): What do you miss most/least about California?