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Wild Card/Monday -- 2.8.16

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 5:00pm

During the weekend, I took time to watch a debate on each side of the political divide -- one a re-run of the Democratic debate earlier last week. The Democratic debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton was passionate and informative. The Republican debate Saturday night was a food fight that actually made Donald Trump look somewhat mature. I suspect -- and hope -- that the quality of the Republican debate will improve when the field shrinks to 3 or 4. I'll probably vote in the Idaho Republican Party presidential beauty contest next month because there are 2 or 3 of the also-rans that I can vote for. And I won't let the Idaho GOTP take away my vote (as it has done to too many). I wished there was someone whom I could be excited voting for. Here's your Monday Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 2.8.16

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 4:54pm

Waving a Denver Broncos flag, the team's airplane pilot leans out the window of the cockpit as players step off the plane after returning as victors over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, Monday in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Indicted Lake City doc sanctioned year ago

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 4:40pm

A Coeur d’Alene doctor indicted as part of an alleged multistate drug trafficking ring surrendered his passport Monday and was released from federal custody. Dr. Stanley Alvin Toelle, 61, a gastroenterologist for Kootenai Health, is charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy to launder money in a case allegedly involving at least $1.3 million in drug proceeds since 2009. Toelle’s arrest Thursday came one year after he was reprimanded by the Idaho State Board of Medicine over allegations he prescribed excessive amounts of controlled substances to patients, including those addicted to narcotics or hallucinogenic drugs/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.8.16

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 4:35pm
  • 3:59 p.m. Stomach Pain -- 35YO female @ 10100 block of  W. Prairie Ave/Greensferry, Post Falls.
  • 3:52 p.m. Threatening -- Coeur d'Alene man is threatening to kill his mother-in-law.
  • 3:40 p.m. Physical Fight -- 2000 block of N13th St/CdA.
  • 3:34 p.m.. Burglar Alarm -- Front door @ 15500 block of Perimeter/Athol.
  • 3:10 p.m. Disabled Vehicle -- Vehicle w/flashers on is in turn lane @ s/b H95/Dalton Ave, CdA.
  • 3:09 p.m. Officer Assist -- PFPD officer tells another one: "grab cookies and meet me at Famous Willie's."
  • 2:17 p.m. Breathing Problem -- 76YO female @ W Hanley Ave/Mineral Drive, CdA.
  • 1:51 p.m. Unconscious Person -- Apartment building @ 702 W Walnut Ave/CdA.
  • 1:35 p.m. Patient Transfer -- Kootenai Health to Hospice House.
  • 1:11 p.m. Blocking Crash -- Commercial vehicle blocking n/b Pleasant View/5th Ave, Post Falls.
  • 1:03 p.m. Welfare Check -- CPD officer stopping for unattended 5YO boy @ NW Blvd/Hubbard Ave, CdA.
  • 12:50 p.m. Disturbance -- 15700 block of N Westwood Drive/Rathdrum.
  • AM Scanner Traffic with 19 more items

Current Conditions : 43F, Clear - 4:35 PM PST Feb. 8

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 8, 2016 - 4:35pm
Temperature: 43°F | Humidity: 70% | Pressure: 30.51in ( Falling) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: NE | Wind Speed: 6mph

Press poll: Big 'no' to gun control

CdA Press - February 8, 2016 - 4:33pm
Readers of cdapress.com sent a clear message to the nation's capital when they were asked, "Do you support President Obama's executive action on gun control?"

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 4:31pm

Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton, left, talks to Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning (18) after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos won 24-10. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Weekend Winner -- Cindy, with 13 likes: Embracing diversity, the Democratic Party offers up two candidates: Old White Man or Old White Woman. You can see Weekend Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Idaho wolf board requests more money, though wolf attacks on livestock, wildlife down - Mon, 08 Feb 2016 PST

The Spokesman Review - February 8, 2016 - 4:27pm
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants a third $400,000 infusion of state funds into a state board charged with killing problem wolves that prey on livestock or wildlife next year, even though wolf attacks are down.

1/4 of Idaho back public lands control

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 4:23pm

A quarter of Idahoans support the armed protesters who took over a federal wildlife area in Eastern Oregon, a new Idaho Politics Weekly finds. But 61 percent oppose those actions, which since the poll was conducted has seen one protester shot dead by law enforcement, the leaders under arrest, at four others still hold up in the Burns, Oregon, facility. Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that 25 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” support the actions of the protesters, who say they want federal lands returned to local control/Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly. More here.

Idaho doctor indicted in alleged drug ring sanctioned a year ago - Mon, 08 Feb 2016 PST

The Spokesman Review - February 8, 2016 - 4:22pm
A Coeur d’Alene doctor indicted as part of an alleged multistate drug trafficking ring surrendered his passport Monday and was released from federal custody. Dr. Stanley Alvin Toelle, 61, a gastroenterologist for Kootenai Health, is charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy to launder money in a case allegedly involving at least $1.3 million in drug proceeds since 2009.

Democrats to feature Pelosi daughter

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 3:42pm

The Kootenai County Democrats have selected their guest speaker, Christine Pelosi, for their annual North Idaho Democracy Dinner on Feb. 20. The dinner will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn following a daylong campaign boot camp event with Pelosi. Pelosi, the daughter of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been a volunteer in politics since the stroller. She is a California attorney, author and activist, and has traveled to 41 states over the past 10 years working with dozens of successful candidates and thousands of volunteers at leadership boot camps based on her books: "Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders" and "Campaign Boot Camp 2.0"/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Heroin epidemic hits North Idaho

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 3:04pm

Crushing news came shortly after Cindy Schaffner heard sirens just a few blocks from her Post Falls home. The sirens, Schaffner learned, were for her 19-year-old daughter, Cathryn Mason. Cathryn, who loved the outdoors and was majoring in recreation management at North Idaho College, was in critical condition. She’d overdosed on heroin and alcohol. Cathryn died two days later after she was taken off of life support. That was in May 2014. "She was a very driven and focused person," Schaffner said, fighting back tears. "She loved to go on hikes and was full of life. She was celebrating getting good grades for the semester." Schaffner said it was the first time she was aware of that her daughter had used drugs/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Has heroin affected your family or friends?

Tonight as of Feb. 8 3:00 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 8, 2016 - 3:00pm
Tonight - Mostly clear. Patchy fog overnight. Lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s. Light wind.

Tuesday as of Feb. 8 3:00 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 8, 2016 - 3:00pm
Tuesday - Sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Light wind.

Tuesday Night as of Feb. 8 3:00 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 8, 2016 - 3:00pm
Tuesday Night - Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows in the lower 30s. Light wind.

A death a day

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 2:52pm

The story of how and why Jenny Steinke died last summer might be the kind of story that would goad a legislature into action. That’s because, had the legislature voted differently at any point over the last few sessions, she might be alive today. Jenny Steinke, 36, of Idaho Falls, had for some years endured asthma, but generally managed it with the use of inhalers. In late August, her condition got worse, but she and her husband Jason put off medical treatment until insurance at Jason’s new job started on September 1. For a long time up to then they had been uninsured, since their employers hadn’t provided health insurance as part of the employment package. A serious brush with the medical profession, not to mention an actual useful health insurance policy, was financially either out of reach or a disastrous proposition. The Steinkes were not a rare fluke case in their lack of health insurance/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Thoughts?

Icons rebuke feminists for Sanders

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 2:35pm

MANCHESTER, N.H. — As Democrats consider Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the second time, women are wrestling with a difficult question: whether they have an obligation to get behind someone who is closer than anyone has ever been to becoming the first female president. And with her opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, outdrawing her in support among young women, Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy has turned into a generational clash, one that erupted this weekend when two feminist icons, Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem, called on young women who supported Mr. Sanders to essentially grow up and get with the program/New York Times. More here.

Question: Should the older feminists be lecturing the younger ones in this race?

Blogos: Another Super Bore?

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 2:12pm

Denver Broncos’ Von Miller (58) strips the ball from Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif. Vince Grippi/A Grip on Sports summarizes that Super Bowl 50 was a game only a Denver Broncos' fan could love. Do you agree/disagree. Grippi's post here. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Current Conditions : 50.7F, Clear - 1:51 PM PST Feb. 8

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - February 8, 2016 - 1:51pm
Temperature: 50.7°F | Humidity: 42% | Pressure: 30.53in ( Falling) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: ENE | Wind Speed: 0.0mph

3 players w/Idaho ties in SB50

Huckleberries Blog - February 8, 2016 - 1:32pm

Three players from Idaho colleges saw action in Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers on Sunday night in Santa Clara, Calif.

  • Denver center Matt Paradis (No. 61, Council High/Boise State) started his 19th straight game and paced a Broncos line that gained 194 yards of offense. Denver allowed five sacks.
  • Denver safety Shiloh Keo (No. 33, Idaho, Eagle resident) saw action as a substitute after sealing the Broncos’ Super Bowl berth by recovering an onside kick in the AFC championship.
  •  Carolina defensive end Jared Allen (No. 69, Idaho State) started on the right side of the Carolina defensive line in his first Super Bowl appearance in 12 NFL seasons. He made a tackle and had one of the Panthers’ five hits on Peyton Manning.
    Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/sports/college/mountain-west/boise-state-university/boise-state-football/article59089743.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/sports/college/mountain-west/boise-state-university/boise-state-football/article59089743.html#storylink=cpy