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2014-15 Zags Are Special

November 18, 2014 - 8:33am

JohnA (RE: No. 13 Gonzaga to host No. 22 SMU): Boy, I'm not sure I've seen a deeper or more talented team than this Zag crew, and I've been following college B-ball since Lew Alcindor first laced 'em up in the '60s. They completely dismantled a very good SMU squad tonight, who have seven players returning from the team that went deep into the NCAA Tournament last year. JimmyMac would have to concur, as he saw them first hand, but I'm fairly certain their second five could easily start for any team in the country.

Question: Any Gonzaga haters out there who want to dis on the Zags impressive win over visiting SMU last night?

Handicap Access Coming To Tubbs

November 18, 2014 - 8:29am

People make their way up the east side of Tubbs Hill on Monday. The city is smoothing out 1,000 feet of trail at the popular hiking spot in downtown Coeur d’Alene to make it accessible to wheelchair users. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

One of the busier urban hikes in the Inland Northwest will become accessible to wheelchair users next year. The city of Coeur d’Alene will smooth out a portion of the trail on the east side of Tubbs Hill on the lakefront. The work begins this week and is expected to be completed next spring. The city’s parks department began exploring the idea more than three years ago after people with disabilities, including veterans, asked about access to the rocky path, which gets an estimated 1 million visits a year. “I think it’s a huge step for our disability community to be able to have access to the things that we take for granted,” said Doug Eastwood, who retired last year as the city parks director/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Long overdue?

John: Learned Gun Handling In Idaho

November 18, 2014 - 8:17am

Uncle John (RE: Quotable Quote): I didn't own a gun until I moved to Idaho, but living out in the country I soon learned that all of my neighbors had guns. I figured that either meant they knew something I didn't or that they were planning something. So I bought a pistol and signed up for a basic pistol class. At the class, I learned about a local, friendly monthly pistol match where I could practice what I'd learned, so I went to one. Where I met my neighbors. Great group of folks! We all have chainsaws, too.

Question: When did you learn how to handle a gun?

Coeur d'Alene Inn Remodel Complete

November 18, 2014 - 8:12am

Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer started his professional career at the Best Western Plus Coeur d'Alene Inn when it was still a Holiday Inn in 1975. On Monday, Widmyer returned to the hotel to cut a ceremonial red ribbon commemorating the completion of an extensive remodel. ... "Hagadone Hospitality always keeps their facilities top-notch and they've just done a wonderful job here," Widmyer said after the ceremony. "I'm glad to be a part of it and glad to be a part of Hagadone Hospitality's investment in the community." Before Widmyer cut the red ribbon in the lobby of the hotel, Coeur d'Alene Inn General Manager Jason Jaeger thanked those in attendance for coming to the event, as well as those who made the remodel possible/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. (Shawn Gust's Press photo of Coeur d'Alene Inn ribbon cutting)

Question: Which Hagadone Hospitality business do you frequent most?


November 18, 2014 - 8:05am

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

No. 13 Gonzaga defeats No. 22 SMU 72-56

November 17, 2014 - 10:10pm

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

Wild Card/Monday -- 11.17.14

November 17, 2014 - 5:29pm

I chopped a lot of wood over the weekend. Nothing like swinging a splitting mall and seeing a round burst in two to make you feel manly. Mrs. O bugs me to guy split wood -- or to use a friend's splitter to do the job. But I enjoy hammering away with the mall on the weekend. Or after a day at the helm of this blog. Sometimes cracking wood is a good substitute for cracking cyber heads together. Now for the first Wild Card of the work week ...

Parting Shot -- 11.17.14

November 17, 2014 - 5:28pm

A whitetail buck makes his way through Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as the sun rises on a cold St. Louis morning on Monday. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)

No. 13 Gonzaga To Host No. 22 SMU

November 17, 2014 - 5:23pm

It didn’t take long for the arrival of one of the biggest games on Gonzaga’s nonconference schedule. No. 22 SMU, one of two Gonzaga opponents ranked in the preseason Top 25, visits the McCarthey Athletic Center tonight. The Zags take on No. 2 Arizona on Dec. 6. The 13th-ranked Bulldogs understand nothing will come as easy against the athletic, experienced Mustangs as it did in a season-opening 104-58 rout of Sacramento State on Friday. SMU handled Lamar 93-54. “Just high-level athletes, a tough and hard-nosed defensive-minded team that can really be difficult to score on,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “They’re legit, a top 15 team and they’re hungry from not making the (NCAA) tournament last year”/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.

Question: Are you ready for some Gonzaga basketball tonight?

Top Comments -- 11.17.14

November 17, 2014 - 4:48pm

Top Comment -- ThomG57 (RE: Sunday Hucks: 65 & Holding) "You can have DFO's keyboard when you pry it from his cold, dead hands."

Top Commented Story -- Sunday Hucks: 65 & holding (29 comments), and: Many reasons for straight-R voting (13 comments), and: Ex-Californian doesn't like Post Falls (11 comments), and: Carlson: Jones responsible for loss (11 comments).

Cutline Contest -- 11.17.14

November 17, 2014 - 4:46pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Two Suffolk County police officers work to free a golden retriever, named “Buddy,” who got his head caught in the entrance of a cat's house, Friday in Medford, N.Y. Police dismantled the cat's house with crow bars and a hammer. Buddy was freed unharmed and returned to his owner. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Suffolk County Police Department)

Weekend Winner (tie, with 6 likes apiece): "Republicans immediately perked up when they saw this photo of Obama and a woman in a.... blue dress" -- RunninOnMT, and: "The bumbling socialist vampire, Barack Hussein Obama, can't even accurately bite the neck of a democracy activist" -- Bubba32. You can see Weekend Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.17.14

November 17, 2014 - 4:39pm
  • 4:39 p.m. PFPD officer says panhandler trying to circumvent city ordinance w/sign that says "God bless."
  • 4:31 p.m. Driver of Jeep Cherokee w/blown transmission driving backward on Henry Street/Post Falls.
  • 4:20 p.m. Driver of disabled Subaru @ w/b I-90/MP 19 (near Veterans Bridge has flashers on.
  • 4:19 p.m. ISP officer reports 3-vehicle crash, with injuries, & extrication needed, unknown location.
  • 4:04 p.m. Caller is concerned that PFHS girl attended school today only in shorts and a T-shirt.
  • 3:58 p.m. 2 crashes reported on I-90 on east side of 4th of July Pass -- one e/b @ M/P 31.5 (eastern edge of pass) and the other w/b @ M/P 34 (Bentley Creek)
  • 3:33 p.m. Female has cut nose in fall in Food Court of Silver Lake Mall, 200 W. Hanley/CdA.
  • 3:09 p.m. Motorist reports male walking in jeans & red sweat shirt in Post Falls may be cold.
  • 3:01 p.m. Noninjury, 2-vehicle crash reported @ Govt Way/Canfield Avenue, CdA.
  • 2:48 p.m. Wanted female named Christie driving gold Chevy on H95/CdA area.
  • 2:20 p.m. 55YO female is suffering chest on Hayden Court/Hayden.
  • 2:08 p.m. Caller reports someone beating children @ Prairie View/Horsehaven, Post Falls.
  • 2:01 p.m. Fire drill being conducted @ 310 N9th Street/CdA.
  • 1:55 p.m. CPD officer contacting male in alley, off Sherman/14th Street, unknown reason.
  • 1:32 p.m. Motorist saw 80ish male fall on street @ 12000 block of Emerald/Hayden & cut his face.
  • 1:27 p.m. Male, w/gun in his back pocket, acting strange near Exxon station @ 15th/Sherman Avenue.
  • 1:21 p.m. Deputy has contained loose dog @ 1st/K Street, Worley.
  • 1:13 p.m. Caller reports to CPD office that she's being harassed by phone.
  • 1:05 p.m. PFPD officer en route to Dollar Tree, 740 N. Cecil/Post Falls, to handle parking problem.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Snow Flies

November 17, 2014 - 4:29pm

Snow flies as Indiana Wesleyan University sophomore Kaylin Gandy clears off her car before going to the store in Marion, Ind., on Monday. Drivers faced some slick roads around much of Indiana Monday after up to 3 inches of overnight snowfall. (AP Photo/The Chronicle-Tribune, Jeff Morehead)

Question: Are you ready for this?

SR News Quiz -- 11. 16-21.2014

November 17, 2014 - 4:09pm

How much do you know about the "Roscoe Bandit," the cause of our recent cold weather, school broadband in Idaho and other news of note? Find out in The Spokesman-Review weekly quiz, where you could win movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question #1: 50 percent.
  • Last Week's Winners: Leon Long from Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (gift card), and Shawna Manion from Spokane (movie tickets).

Quotable Quote

November 17, 2014 - 3:39pm
"You live in North Idaho, you need to know how to use a gun" Lisa Kinsey of Coeur d'Alene, while watching her 14YO grandson shoot at Coeur d'Alene Skeet & Trap Club in Hayden. Coeur d'Alene Press story here.

Question: Do you agree that you should know how to shoot a gun if you live in North Idaho?

CPD Warns Of Latest Phone Scam

November 17, 2014 - 3:29pm

Coeur d’Alene Police took a report of a fraud initiated on an elderly male today. The victim said he received a phone call from a male caller who identified himself as "Deputy Harris" and informed him he had missed jury duty in September. The caller said he now has a bench warrant for his arrest and he would either be arrested or he could turn himself into the County jail by 4 p.m. He also told him to avoid jail he could go to a local Albertsons or Safeway and purchase two Green Dot Visa credit cards. The victim was instructed to purchase one for $499.00 and another one for $399.00. The caller told him cash, checks, or money orders would not work due to changes in collecting at the Sheriff’s Office. He was told that he would likely get the money back because a judge would be sympathetic to him/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department. More here.

DFO: I despise low-down scammers who prey on old people. They're the lowest type of human vermin.

Wanted: Good Service With A Smile

November 17, 2014 - 2:57pm

One of the things that my former colleague, the food writer Leslie Kelly, used to stress in her restaurant reviews was service. It's all very good if the food is tasty, the decor is stylish and the presentation is original. But if the service is subpar, then that needs to be pointed out. I'm not a food critic. Movies? I'll offer up an opinion, sure. Same with books. But food? Not my field. That said, I write about restaurants as someone who has an eye for what he likes. And dislikes. I write as a consumer with expectations. And service ranks at the top of those expectations, no matter what business we're talking about/Dan Webster, 7 Blog. More here. (7 Blog photo by Dan Webster, of a Seattle Diner message)

Question: How important is retail and restaurant service to you?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 11.17.14

November 17, 2014 - 2:28pm

Marianne Love/Slight Detour spotted these "fluffy flowers" sprouting among frozen vegetation during a trip to Thimbleberry Lane. She isn't sure what they're called. But she was entranced enough by them to trespass on a good's friend property to get this photography. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Nov. 9-15): 35,370 page-views/22,465 unique views

Dazzling Lights

November 17, 2014 - 1:54pm

The northern lights burn below stars circling the North Star in this long-term photo sequence over Sullivan Lake. Story from Rich Landers' Outdoors blog here. (Craig Goodwin)

Staying In Shape During The Winter

November 17, 2014 - 1:45pm

"I will keep riding my bike to work as long as the streets are not icy," posts Paul Turner in his blog, The Slice. "(Yes, it was brisk this morning.) But eventually I am going to need to find another form of exercise until early spring. ... I go ice skating now and then. But that doesn't really provide much of a workout. It's not like I'm doing line drills, after all. More here.

Question: If you don't belong to a health club, how do you stay in shape during Inland Northwest winters?