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Parting Shot -- 9.15.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 5:26pm

Four-year-old Laney Allen gets some llama cuddling in during a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Books from Birth program at the Collierville Burch Library in Collierville, Tenn. Monday. Llamas from Roxywood Farms and Reading Education Assistance Dogs were on hand at the event to sweeten the deal as free books were passed out Monday morning. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Jim Weber)

Top Commented Stories -- 9.16.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 5:20pm
Stories attracting the most comments today are: Sims launches re-election bid (27 comments), and (tied at 12 apiece): Labrador wants to demilitarize police, and: Cantwell demands mascot change.

Top Comment Today -- Merica

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 5:06pm

Merica (RE: Whippings part of Peterson childhood): I'm tired of Adrian Peterson being the jumping off point for a discussion on corporal punishment. Adrian Peterson used a switch that lacerated a 4 year old boy on his buttocks, the back of his legs, his thighs and his scrotum. The lacerations broke the skin and caused the boy to bleed. If you want to discuss spankings -- okay let's discuss it. But acting as though the case of Adrian Peterson is a case of treading on parental rights or is a situation of political correctness run amok is wrong. Google the pictures of the child, then let's chat about whether or not this truly is an issue of a loving dad disciplining his child.

Thoughts?

PM Headlines -- 9.16.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 4:45pm

Mayor Steve Widmyer, right, joins Alliance Data corporate officials at the ribbon cutting Monday. Widmyer welcomed Alliance corporate leaders and dozens of staff members during a ceremony at their 44,500-square-foot call center at 745 W. Hanley Ave., in northern Coeur d’Alene. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

Cutline Contest -- 9.16.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 4:42pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Facts: Protester from activist group CodePink appears at Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today to discuss strategy against ISIS.  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are in the foreground. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Monday Winner (tie, w/4 likes apiece): "Beauty pageant contestants show their vicious side as they attempt to rip apart Miss Massachusetts" -- NoComment, and: "When Miss Mass. missed Mass she was forgiven by the Abbott Costello, making Lauren hardy" -- JohnA. You can see Monday photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.16.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 4:39pm
  • 4:59 p.m. 14YO CdA boy twisted mother's arm, now threatening to jump out 2nd-story window.
  • 4:58 p.m. Patrol officer stopping to roust 2 panhandlers @ H41/MP 7, Post Falls.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 15-16 here.
  • 4:19 p.m. 92YO female may have suffered stroke on Bighorn Canyon Street/Rathdrum.
  • 4:18 p.m. Caller reports strong chemical smell b/n Wright/Stevens, Rathdrum.
  • 3:58 p.m. 32YO female suffering chest pain after day of illness @ Jonathan Avenue/Hayden.
  • 3:44 p.m. Fernan Elementary reports strange male in black ballcap hiding in nearby field.
  • 3:37 p.m. Deputy has contacted walkaway dementia patient @ Reed/Honeysuckle, Hayden.
  • 3:31 p.m. Deputy providing extra patrol @ Hayden Meadows Elementary, Hayden Avenue.
  • 3:15 p.m. Driver of dark-blue Jeep Cherokee passed on double yellow near Post Falls High/Poleline.
  • 2:54 p.m. Field has been burning unattended near Arthur/Roberts, Worley area.
  • 2:15 p.m. Male in blue Subaru bleeding from face after 2-vehicle crash on Govt Way, south of Hanley.
  • 2:09 p.m. Disabled vehicle is partly blocking traffic @ H41, north of Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 1:12 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 11700 block of Hidden Valley/Rathdrum.
  • 1:10 p.m. Responding fire personnel are having trouble locating fire on Lone Mountain Road/Athol.
  • 12:48 a.m. Timberlake firefighters responded to one-acre blaze on Lone Mountain Road/Athol area.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Make Mine Milk

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 4:34pm

Sandy Axtell of Rathdrum displays some old-time milk bottles, including one from Wallace. Sandy and husband, Joe, are members of the Rathdrum Grange. Joe holds the Office of Master and Sandy is the grange steward. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: Can you remember receiving your milk in bottles?

Census: 16.2% Of Idaho Uninsured

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 4:17pm

The percentage of Idahoans with no health insurance was unchanged between 2012 and 2013. A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau says 16.2 percent of the state’s residents lacked health coverage in 2013. That’s about 257,000 people. The nation as a whole saw a slight decline in the uninsured in that time, from 14.8 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013. Idaho's uninsured rate was among the highest in the country. Twelve states were higher, including Idaho’s neighbors Montana and Nevada. When the numbers are crunched next year Idaho might see a substantial change. As of the end of March 2014 (the most recent numbers available) more than 76,000 Idahoans had purchased insurance through the state’s health insurance exchange/Adam Cotterell, KBSX 91.5. More here.

Question: Almost one-third of those now listed as uninsured have purchased insurance as a result of Obamacare. That's a good thing, right? Wrong?

Coeur d’Alene Tribe fighting state poker ban

Yahoo! News - September 16, 2014 - 4:12pm
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The Coeur d’Alene Tribe announced it has appealed the state’s ban on poker. Tribal leaders said they are confident that they will win the case. They have argued that what they are doing is entirely legal. On September 5, a judge granted Idaho’s motion for an injunction shutting down the tribe’s poker rooms. State law permits some forms of gambling but prohibits playing ...

Alliance Data to create hundreds of local jobs

CdA City Blog - September 16, 2014 - 4:04pm

Mayor Steve Widmyer, right, joins Alliance Data corporate officials at the ribbon cutting.
Alliance Data Systems, a private-label credit card financing and processing provider, officially opened the doors to its Coeur d’Alene business center on Monday. Already, Alliance employs 100 people locally and the company is optimistic those numbers will grow to 400 by the end of next year.
Attending the ribbon-cutting, Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer welcomed Alliance corporate leaders and dozens of staff members during a ceremony at their 44,500-square-foot call center at 745 W. Hanley Ave., in northern Coeur d’Alene.
“I know it’s taken a lot of hard work on Alliance Data’s part to get here today,” Widmyer said. “We really look forward to our partnership together.”
The mayor noted that Alliance—which offers good-paying jobs—is a good fit for the community. With benefits and other compensation factored in, the average employee at the Coeur d’Alene center will earn $45,000, company officials said.
Demonstrating its commitment to the community, Alliance announced during the ceremony that it is donating $50,000 to the United Way of Kootenai County to support a Ready for Kindergarten program.
“We did our research and really tried to understand where our dollars could have the greatest impact,” said Alliance Data Retail Services President Melisa Miller. “We saw a huge need in pre-kindergarten children.”
Mark Tucker, executive director of the United Way of Kootenai County, said nearly 70 percent of students entering kindergarten in Idaho are not ready.
He said the donation will allow the United Way of Kootenai County to start a full Ready for Kindergarten program that will serve three communities in the county. More than 150 families will be able to go through the program at no cost.
An industry leader, Alliance Data has been named one of the world’s most admired companies by Fortune. Alliance joins other well-known businesses in that category, including Visa, American Express and MasterCard.

Labrador pushes bipartisan bill to restrict military equipment going to police - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 PST

The Spokesman Review - September 16, 2014 - 3:15pm
Idaho 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to restrict surplus military equipment from going to state and local law enforcement agencies, saying local police shouldn't be militarized.

Poll: We Prefer 'Lake Coeur d'Alene'

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 3:11pm
  • Monday Poll: A near supermajority of Hucks Nation sez "Lake Coeur d'Alene" instead of "Coeur d'Alene Lake" when discussing the lake on the city's southern border. 116 of 185 respondents prefer the term "Lake Coeur d'Alene." 69 of 185 respondents refer to the pristine waterway as "Coeur d'Alene Lake."
  • Today's Poll: What should the Minnesota Vikings do with Adrian Peterson, who was arrested for hitting his 4YO with a switch?

HBO Blogosphere -- 9.16.14

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 2:38pm

City parks staff Christian Hanna, left, and Chris Acuff install playground equipment at Persons Field. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Sept. 15): 6311 page-views/3924 unique views

New playground equipment for Person Field

CdA City Blog - September 16, 2014 - 2:28pm


City parks staff Christian Hanna, left, and Chris Acuff install playground equipment at Person Field.
Thanks to a $30,000 donation from the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors, Person Field off 15th Street is getting brand new playground equipment.
Since the city assumed complete ownership of the field in 2013, officials have been meeting with neighbors to discuss options to enhance public use of the park, said interim city parks director Bill Greenwood.
“We heard from a lot of people that playground equipment would be a great addition,” Greenwood said. “We are excited and thankful to the Board of Realtors for their generous donation to support this cause.”
The collaborative effort involved the Coeur d’Alene School District, Junior Tackle Football Club and city crews who installed the equipment. Person Field neighbors were also supportive of the project.
The city recently adopted a master plan for Person Field with phased implementation as funds for future improvements are available. Future upgrades, as funding occurs, include installation of an irrigation system new restrooms and additional parking.

Current Conditions : 80.6F, Scattered Clouds - 2:10 PM PDT Sep. 16

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - September 16, 2014 - 2:10pm
Temperature: 80.6°F | Humidity: 29% | Pressure: 29.87in (Steady) | Conditions: Scattered Clouds | Wind Direction: SW | Wind Speed: 3.8mph

Cantwell Demands Mascot Change

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 2:02pm

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wa., from left, President of National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and Chairman of the Swinomish Tribe Brian Cladoosby, and Amy Sarck Dobmeier of the Qissunamiut Tribe of Alaska join other native Americans and lawmakers during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, to pressure the Washington Redskins football team to change their name. Cantwell says she will introduce a bill to eliminate the NFL's tax-exempt status because the league has not taken action over the Washington Redskins name. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Do you expect the Washington Redskins to change its mascot name within the next five years?

Tuesday as of Sep. 16 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - September 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
Tuesday - Partly cloudy. High of 84F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Tuesday Night as of Sep. 16 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - September 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
Tuesday Night - Partly cloudy. Low of 55F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Wednesday as of Sep. 16 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - September 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
Wednesday - Partly cloudy. High of 84F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the West in the afternoon.

Survey: Idaho Tax System 5th Fairest

Huckleberries Blog - September 16, 2014 - 1:43pm

As a follow up to its 2014 Tax Fairness Survey which focused largely on federal tax policy, WalletHub has analyzed and ranked the 50 states based on the fairness of their state and local tax systems — including income taxes, sales & excise taxes, and property taxes. How did Idaho do? WalletHub ranked the Gem State's state taxing system as 5th fairest in the nation, behind only leader Montana, Oregon, South Carolina & Delaware? How did neighboring Washington do? Dead last. Isn't it nice to see Idaho rank light years better than Washington in an important survey, for a change? State rankings here.

Question: Are you surprised by the ranking?