I know we need snow -- in the mountains -- for the resorts an all you snow bunnies out there. But I've been enjoying my ability to walk without worrying about ice and be outdoors this time of the year. I split some wood over the weekend to get my family through the final weeks of 2014. Have you ever split wood with an ax or a splitting mall? I've been doing it for almost four decades. The old adage is true. Wood heat heats you twice. First when you're splitting it. And, secondly, of course, when you're burning it. Now for today's Wild Card ...
President Barack Obama speaks to members of the military during a visit to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Fort Dix, NJ, today. More here. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Amy Newman)
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Santa Claus gets a nose rub from Huey, a Catahoula puppy during the Yappy Hour Christmas "Paw-ty" to benefit Animal Care and Protective Services Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)
Weekend Winner -- DFO, with 4 likes: "Defensive end Cameron Jordan discovers how little he's worth in Fantasy Football terms." You can see the Weekend Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
- 4:59 p.m. 30ish male having medical problems @ Jiffy Stop, 506 Appleway, CdA.
- 4:58 a.m. Someone suffering an allergic reaction @ Cedars Floating Restaurant, 1514 Marina/CdA.
- 4:52 p.m. A chair is lying on H41 between Poleline/Prairie Ave, Post Falls.
- 4:51 p.m. Disabled vehicle reported @ Riverview Drive/Kelly Road, south of Spokane River.
- 4:31 p.m. Deputy reports approximate 3YO German shepherd mix hit & needs attention @ Clagstone/8 Mile, Athol.
- 4:30 p.m. Post Falls police activities Dec. 14-15 here.
- 4:21 p.m. ITD is de-icing entire 4th of July Pass.
- 4:14 p.m. Post Falls resident reports neighbor regulars enters his property and let's his dog out.
- 3:57 p.m. Fuel leaking from parked vehicle @ Hoffman/Mount Carroll, CdA.
- 3:52 p.m. 2-vehicle accident is blocking Boise Ave/3rd St, CdA; unknown injuries.
- 3:49 p.m. 2 males in white Dodge pickup w/Shoshone Co plates swerved @ female driver, then pressed their faces to the window and laughed at her reaction @ n/b Govt Way/Dalton Ave, CdA.
- 17 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below (50 items total today)
Connor Jones, 12, with the Boise Civil Air Patrol, salutes after laying a wreath at a veteran's gravestone Saturday at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. The Boise Civil Air Patrol and a small army of volunteers laid 3,100 wreaths following a ceremony as a part of the nationwide event Wreaths Across America. (Idaho Statesman/AP photo: Darin Oswald)
- County vets push for Post Falls house/KXLY
- Idaho names new state fire marshal/EOBoise
- Bull moose shot & left to rot in Bonner County/SR
- Bystanders help save life of EWU player's dad/KREM
- Idaho senators looking for next federal judge/EOBoise
- Lands Board OKs three-year cabin auction/Eye on Boise
- Former Caldwell rodeo queen sent to jail for theft/KTVB 7
- Luna: Endowment makes a difference for Idaho kids/EOBoise
Work along the Dike Road (Spokane River side) is progressing well this week. Most of the trees and brush have been removed from the northern half of the stretch, opening the vista to the river and beyond. Crews today were busy stabilizing the new softer slope of the bank down to the beach. All the stumps have been removed in that stretch. It'll be interesting to see if the work continues to move toward the lake. A new piece of public art will honor the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe to the north of the Dike Road, toward the sewer plant.
Question: Is there some popular thing that you don't get?
Paul Turner/The Slice blog posts: "I once worked at a newspaper in the Southwest that made a practice — at least back then — of giving everyone on the staff the equivalent of two weeks pay as a Christmas bonus."
Question: Which employer now or in the past gave you the best Christmas bonus? How much?
Clode Croteau, left, and Elmo Warren, work on the trail Monday. Work started Monday on a project that will provide wheelchair access to a portion of Tubbs Hill on the east side. Workers will smooth out some of the ups and downs of the trail, remove small outcroppings of rocks and tree roots, and reuse rock and soil in spots. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)
- Making a list .../On Tap
- Into darkness/Fort Boise
- Oh, that Jesus/EndNotes
- Discrimination/Bay Views
- Failed thinking/Arch Druid
- Day after UCLA/SportsLink
- Be good to your feet/Idaho Dad
- Last day in paradise/Slight Detour
- Candy, I'm so sick of you/Simple Mind
- Let's try for a governor/Dogwalk Musings
- Some learning curve advice/Randy Stapilus
- The joy of pastoral poetry/Writing North Idaho
- Save the snowshoes, let's go for a hike/Outdoors
- Broadband panel to meet again, behind closed doors/EDge
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