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Library to Host Wildernes Reading Series

CdA City Blog - April 18, 2014 - 4:32pm
A reading and discussion series marking the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act will be hosted by the library in May and June in a five-part program sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council.
Up to 25 participants in the series – “Wilderness Considered” – will be able to borrow copies of two books and a binder of other readings prior to the start of the scholar-led discussions scheduled for Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Community Room on May 14 and 21, and June 4, 11, and 18.
There is no charge to participate and discussions will be open to the public whether or not attendees have read the books and essays. The books for the series include: “American Wilderness: A New History,” edited by Michael Lewis, Oxford University Press, 2007, and “Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness, by Pete Fromm, Picador Press, 2003.
The books and binders will be available at the library on May 1. The deadline to register as an active participant – those committed to attending all five discussions – is May 9.
This program is made possible in part by the Idaho Humanities Council, the state based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information contact David Townsend, Library Communications Coordinator, at 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or by e-mail at

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates

PM Headlines -- 4.18.14

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 4:24pm

A cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in Montana greets visitors as they enter the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington recently. The original fossilized bones of this T. rex arrived at the museum Tuesday and will be reassembled for display. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Cutline Contest -- 4.18.14

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 4:22pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Young men dressed in traditional Paloc folk costumes pour water from a bucket on a young woman performing an Easter folk tradition, the Easter sprinkling, in Kazar, Hungary, on Good Friday today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/MTI, Peter Komka)

Thursday Winner -- DFO, with 9 likes: One small step for Prince William, one giant step up the monarchy line for Prince George. You can see Thursday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.18.14

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 4:13pm
  • 5:37 p.m. Juveniles are causing problems @ 10thStreet/Davis Avenue, CdA.
  • 5:34 p.m. Father reports daughter may be getting battered by boyfriend @ 3700 block of E2nd/Post Falls.
  • 5:27 p.m. A porta-potty is on fire @ Ramsey Road/Lopez Avenue, CdA.
  • 5:13 p.m. KCSDeputy asks dispatch to have county coroner call him (3:56 item).
  • 4:51 p.m. CPD officer en route with mother of missing boy who was found at Kroc Center.
  • 4:12 p.m. Female driver has suffered slight facial injury in 2-vehicle crash in front of Outback Steak House.
  • 3:56 p.m. CPR under way on individual who tried suicide by hanging, deputies en route, unknown location.
  • 3:51 p.m. PFPD officer has cited & released driver & passenger for open container in vehicle.
  • 3:35 p.m. Hayden day care reports Coeur d'Alene father may have been drunk when he picked up child.
  • 3:31 p.m. 2-vehicle accident @ Prairie Avenue/H41 (Rathdrum Prairie) is non-injury, minor damage.
  • 2:42 p.m. 16YO female in Lakeland School District can't remember name after hitting heads w/another girl.
  • 2:14 p.m. 2 ladders on cab of pickup appear to not be secured properly @ H95/Brunner, Hayden.
  • 2:10 p.m. ISP officer stopping pickup that's pulling two trailers @ e/b I-90/MP 25 (west edge of 4th of July).
  • 2:09 p.m. Caller reports driver of Ford vehicle, license in Spirit Lake, passed on shoulder of I-90.
  • 1:49 p.m. Officer stops motorist on I-90 for open container, and finds marijuana & paraphernalia.
  • 1:30 p.m. Domestic dispute reported @ 700 block of W. James Avenue/CdA.
  • 1:28 p.m. Vicious dog reported @ 3200 block of N12th Street/CdA.
  • 1:17 p.m. New traffic lights @ 7th/Harrison, CdA, aren't recycle; officer responds that they're solar-powered & should be operational 24-7.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Robert "Bob" E. Cox, 91

Yahoo! News - April 18, 2014 - 3:59pm
Robert "Bob" E. Cox, 91, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2014, at Hospice House in Coeur d'Alene.

Jewel Mae Denny, 93

Yahoo! News - April 18, 2014 - 3:59pm
Jewel Denny, 93, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2014, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Jewel was born in Kansas City, Mo., on July 7, 1920, to Zedd C. Martin and Clara M. Rice, and was one of nine siblings.

17th Amendment Repeal? Who Cares?

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 3:49pm

The Idaho Republican Party endorses repeal of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows election of U.S. senators by popular vote – and not the Legislature. I say get ‘er done, because it makes no difference. Election by the people and the Legislature would produce the same results in this Republican state. Idaho has not had a Democrat in the U.S. Senate since Frank Church and, since Democrats are so inept, I doubt if I will see another Democrat in the Senate in my lifetime. So what kind of U.S. Senators would we get if they were elected by the Legislature? We’d have Mike Crapo, for sure. He was a former president pro tem of the Idaho Senate and a member of the House of Representatives before moving to the Senate. Who would fill the second slot? Why, it would be Jim Risch – a former Senate pro tem, majority leader, lieutenant governor and governor/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Why are the Tea Party types so worked up about the 17th Amendment when the results would be the same either way?

HBO Blogosphere -- 4.18.14

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 3:30pm

At Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, Linda Lantzy offers this viewtiful sunset over Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene. You can see more of Linda's scenic Idaho photography here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, April 17): 8356 page-views/4847 unique views

McEuen Going Green w/Trees, Shrubs

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 3:16pm

Hundreds of trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses and ground covers (the lowest growing layer of vegetation below shrubs) continue to be trucked into McEuen Park as landscapers plant the greenery at a feverish pace.“We have significantly increased the number of trees in the downtown with this project,” said landscape architect Dell Hatch of Welch Comer Engineers. “Obviously, McEuen Park is going to have a much more lush appearance than previously at McEuen Field.” Upon completion, the park will be home to 202 trees, 2,350 shrubs, 1,922 ornamental grasses, and 366 ground covers, Hatch said/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

GOP Loyalty Oath: District 2

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 3:07pm
  • Senate District 2 -- Unopposed incumbent Steve Vick, didn't return survey.
  • House District 2A -- incumbent Vito Barbieri vs. Fritz Wiedenhoff
    Barbieri -- Totally agrees w/Idaho GOPlatform. His survey here.
    Wiedenhoff -- Disagrees with repealing 17th amendment, closed primary & changing way reapportionment is handled. His report here.
  • House District 2B -- incumbent Ed Morse vs. Eric Redman
    Morse -- Disagrees with repeal of 17th amendment & return to gold standard. His survey here.
    Redman -- Totally agrees w/Idaho GOPlatform. His survey here.


Current Conditions : 49.3F, Mostly Cloudy - 2:51 PM PDT Apr. 18

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - April 18, 2014 - 2:51pm
Temperature: 49.3°F | Humidity: 41% | Pressure: 29.97in (Steady) | Conditions: Mostly Cloudy | Wind Direction: SW | Wind Speed: 23.5mph

GOP Loyalty Oath: District 3

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 2:35pm
  • Senate District 3 -- incumbent Bob Nonini vs. Patrick Whalen
    Nonini -- Totally agrees with Idaho GOP platform. His survey here.
    Whalen -- Didn't return survey.
  • House District 3A -- incumbent Ron Mendive vs. Terry Werner
    Mendive -- Totally agrees with Idaho GOPlatform. His survey here.
    Werner -- Disagrees with closed primaries, interference in municipal government, total opposition to Obamacare (including state exchange), and opposition to Add the Words. His survey here.
  • House District 3B -- Don Cheatham vs. Greg Gfeller vs. Jeff Ward
    Cheatham -- Total agreement w/Idaho GOPlatform. His survey here.
    Gfeller -- Disagree with closed primaries & that Federal Reserve is a failure. Didn't disagree with tax credits for private schoolers but said "need to fund public schools adequately, too." His survey here.
    Ward -- Total agreement w/Idaho GOPlatform. His survey here.


Friday as of Apr. 18 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - April 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
Friday - Partly cloudy with rain showers. High of 57F. Windy. Winds from the SW at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Friday Night as of Apr. 18 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - April 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
Friday Night - Clear. Low of 34F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday as of Apr. 18 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - April 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
Saturday - Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 66F. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

GOP Loyalty Oath: District 4 (CdA)

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 1:45pm
  • Idaho Senate (District 4): incumbent John Goedde vs. Mary Souza
    Goedde -- disagrees with nullification, closed primary, repeal of 17th amendment, tax credits for private education, and allowing guns on college campus; and supports existence of Federal Reserve despite failings. His report here.
    Souza -- Agreed with entire GOPlatform. Her report here.
  • Idaho House District 4A: incumbent Luke Malek vs. Toby Schindelbeck
    Malek -- Didn't return Idaho survey.
    Schindelbeck -- Agreed with entire GOPlatform. His report here.
  • Idaho House District 4B: incumbent Kathy Sims vs. Rick Currie
    Sims -- Agreed with entire GOPlatform, adding the comment: "Why did we invite Obamacare to Idaho!!" and: "Wolfs (sic) 118 packs!!)
  • Currie -- Disagrees with nullication, closed primary, and repeal of 17th amendment; and supports existence of Federal Reserve despite failings

DFO: I don't see a lot of difference among these candidates, even the ones who didn't kowtow to the entire Idaho GOPlatform. Do you?


Pope Observes Good Friday Passion

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 1:31pm

Pope Francis lays prostrate on the floor in prayer before presiding over a Good Friday Passion service, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican today. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Question: Are you a twice-a-year church goer -- Easter & Christmas?

Loggers PAC Endorses McGrane

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 1:24pm

"As Idaho Loggers and Haulers, we know that Phil understands the importance of active management of the State's forest lands to make sure those lands remain productive and healthy, earn money for the public schools while providing high-quality jobs for hardworking Idahoans," said Rich Nordstrom, PAC Chairman. Full news release here.

Question: Can you name the 4 men running for the GOPrimary nomination for Idaho secretary of state (without looking)?

Edit: An 'F' In Spending Transparency

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 1:21pm

Once again Idaho ranks near the bottom compared to the other 49 states. This time, the Gem State is one of three that earned an F for government transparency in how public money is spent. Idaho, California and Alaska all failed in a U.S. Public Interest Research Group study on transparency, according to a Boise State Public Radio report. And the rating occurred after the launch of the Transparent Idaho website. (U.S. PIRG, a private consumer interest group, had given Idaho a C rating in 2013.) The new website just isn't user friendly/Murf Racquet, Moscow-Pullman Daily News Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Hey, at least we Idahoans don't watch much online porn, right?

Ghoulish Coroner Sign Turns Heads

Huckleberries Blog - April 18, 2014 - 1:16pm

When he came up with the idea for his campaign signs a couple of months ago, Matthew Townsend III ran it by some friends. "There was a couple people who said it might bring some negative attention," the 28-year-old candidate for Ada County coroner said. "Everybody loves it so far," Townsend said of the 8-foot by 10-foot sign, which features the word "coroner" in dripping red paint. Well, not everybody. "When you're driving by, it looks ghoulish," said Michael Nersveen, a 49-year-old Meridian resident who noticed the sign while driving down Meridian Road on Sunday. He circled back around to take a closer look/Katy Moeller, Idaho Statesman. More (including photo of sign) here.

Question: Do you consider Matthew Townsend's sign for Ada County coroner ghoulish or clever?

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