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Popkey Raps About Polypro

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 3:53pm

Huckleberries Online doesn't know what to make of a YouTube posting featuring Dan Popkey, press secretary for Congressman Raul Labrador, rapping about PolyPro. If you think I'm kidding, see for yourself. Is this another sign that the end is near?

Current Conditions : 90.3F, Clear - 3:05 PM PDT Jul. 1

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 1, 2015 - 3:05pm
Temperature: 90.3°F | Humidity: 40% | Pressure: 29.97in (Rising) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: West | Wind Speed: 0.0mph

HucksOnline Blogos -- 7.1.15

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 2:57pm

In his SR Outdoors blog, Rich Landers posts: "Here's the latest poop on predators in the Inland Northwest: They appear to be well-fed. During one day of hiking north of Lake Pend Oreille, I came across two scats within five miles containing calf elk hooves. One was the scat of a black bear, the other the scat of a wolf. This is the way it works out there."

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, June 28): 11,842 page-views/7,853 unique views; (for month of June): 235,711 page-views/153,216 unique views; (for year-to-date): 1,360,107 page-views/889,869 unique views

For Those Keeping Score At Home ...

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 2:54pm

The new school board members Casey Morrisroe and Tambra Pickford  were sworn in  at the School District office by clerk Lynn Towne at noon today. The public swearing-in will be on Monday, July 13.

Wednesday as of Jul. 1 2:50 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 1, 2015 - 2:50pm
Wednesday - Mainly clear. Lows overnight in the low 60s.

Wednesday Night as of Jul. 1 2:50 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 1, 2015 - 2:50pm
Wednesday Night - A clear sky. Low around 60F. Winds light and variable.

Thursday as of Jul. 1 2:50 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 1, 2015 - 2:50pm
Thursday - Sunny skies. High 97F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Just Wondering ...

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 2:02pm

I'm wondering if ignite cda (the urban renewal agency formerly known as Lake City Development Corp) is catching guff for re-branding because, among other things, Coeur d'Alene residents are tired of the rebrandings? I don't like Kootenai Health all that much. The hospital will remain KMC, or Kootenai Medical Center, for me for awhile yet. I know. I know. Kootenai Health is so much more than the hospital. It took me awhile to get used to Avista way back when. Then, it's easier to say that Washington Water Power Co. I've adjusted to Verizon and other rebrandings. But I'm among those who adapt slowly to some changes. Also, I suspect, vocal urban renewal critics are in the forefront of the vocal rebranding opposition because they will oppose the concept of urban renewal, Coeur d'Alene style, no matter what it's called/DFO.


'Dukes Of Hazzard' Reruns Yanked

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 1:49pm

The Duke Boys have been in trouble with the law since the day they was born, but now they're now feeling the wrath of Confederate flag protesters. TheWrap has confirmed that TV Land has pulled the 1980s-era comedy Dukes of Hazzard from its lineup because it featured a car — called The General Lee — that prominently displayed the flag on the roof. Warner Bros, which produced the show, recently announced they would cease production of all merchandise bearing the flag, including reproductions of The General Lee. Now the show itself, which ran for seven seasons, from 1979 to 1985, is being yanked/USA Today. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the decision to yank "The Dukes of Hazzard" reruns?

Not Dye-ing For A Popsicle

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 1:18pm

Mandolyn Hume, right, does a bang-up business in mid-June at the Night Market in Kendall Yards. Hume makes and sells gourmet popsicles in flavors like raspberry-basil, cucumber-apple and cold brew coffee. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Red-ringed mouths and dripping chins, stickiness from fingertips to funny bones – these are all sure signs. Popsicles mean it’s summer. But those stained faces and fingers are often colored with red 40, blue 1 and yellow 5 and 6 – in other words, artificial dyes. And the first few ingredients in many store-bought brands? High-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, sugar syrup and a variety of gums (guar, locust bean, modified cellulose). Popsicle-maker Mandolyn Hume puts none of those things in her locally made frozen treats/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here.

Question: Which flavor of popsicle is your favorite? Red?

And He Said: 'Knock 'Em Dead'

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 1:12pm

Via Facebook, Cindy posts:

"Husband asked about my plans today. I told him I was doing a War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation reading at Orchard Crest Retirement Community. "Knock 'em dead," he replied. A rather unfortunate choice of words when you consider the location."

Question: Should Derek have said: "Break a leg"?

Eden: Impact Of Urban Renewal

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 1:06pm

Eden Irgens/RangeNW provides this fact sheet re: success of ignite cda:

  • 1. Range does not run all of the campaigns of politicians.
  • 2. The 'tax base' that the urban renewal efforts have helped create is $555 million with an estimated 1400 jobs. Please feel free to contact the organization for evidence. We have a city council member asking "where are the jobs," which he should be aware of as a leader of our community.
  • 3. US Bank Call Center wouldn't have come here without the improvements the city made, through urban renewal dollars, to put in the turn lane.
  • 4. Riverstone launched right before the recession, which was a major setback. It is now doing well. I'm not sure what you would term a raging success but they are attracting new businesses and relocation of other businesses there.
  • 5. Every organization needs to communicate and connect with their audiences / constituents. it's fundamental to business - public or private.
  • 6. The city (and public) just acquired the BNSF land, which will integrate into the 4 Corners project to provide more green space and waterfront access between city Park and Riverstone - through ignite cda purchasing it. The city didn't have the $, but through TIF funding, ignite cda was able to get that for the community - a HUGE win. Urban Renewal critic and city councilman, Dan Gookin, voted yes on this purchase, fyi.
  • 7. A large part of the centennial trail was provided through urban renewal dollars, as well.

DFO: I'd add McEuen Park overhaul to the list. But some heads might explode.

Wednesday as of Jul. 1 11:53 AM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 1, 2015 - 11:53am
Wednesday - Plentiful sunshine. High 94F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night as of Jul. 1 11:53 AM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 1, 2015 - 11:53am
Wednesday Night - Clear skies. Low 61F. Winds light and variable.

Thursday as of Jul. 1 11:53 AM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 1, 2015 - 11:53am
Thursday - A mainly sunny sky. High 98F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Current Conditions : 87.4F, Clear - 11:51 AM PDT Jul. 1

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 1, 2015 - 11:51am
Temperature: 87.4°F | Humidity: 46% | Pressure: 30.01in (Rising) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: NNE | Wind Speed: 0.0mph

Scuba: If You're Too Cheap, Walk

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 11:46am

Scuba Steve (RE: NIC to charge for 4th of July parking): "The main reason NIC wants to obtain parking revenues is to cover the extra costs for this event (security, custodial costs, and restroom supplies). If NIC does not collect the extra parking revenue, that increased cost will have to come from somewhere else. This will allow NIC to ensure that funds are spent on the education that you mentioned and not cleaning up after people. People often feel that just because they pay property taxes toward NIC that they are entitled to so many things. NIC is not charging for all parking. The northern parking lots are still free which seems generous to me. If you have a problem with the whole $5, spend the extra 5 minutes to walk a little bit further. NIC does a lot for this community and you need to recognize it and stop criticizing. Sorry for my rant but I love NIC and wish people would not make these political attacks."

DFO: I agree with Scuba Steve. $5 is a small fee to pay to park at North Idaho College on the 4th of July? Further thoughts?

Marijuana Now Legal In Oregon

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 11:34am

A person smokes at a celebration for the legalization of recreational marijuana on July 1 in Portland, Ore. The legalization of recreational marijuana today makes the state the fourth to do so, following Colorado, Washington state and Alaska. Story here. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

Question: Why do you suppose the only four states to legalize marijuana, so far, are all from the West?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.1.15

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 11:31am
  • 11:47 a.m. A pickup and a silver Chevy have crashed @ H53/Hauser Lake Road, partly blocking.
  • 11:42 a.m. Someone is suffering a seizure @ US Bank, 3700 W. Seltice Way/CdA.
  • 11:38 a.m. Female driver of Honda suffering medical emergency @ 4th St/Kathleen Ave, CdA.
  • 11:23 a.m. CPD officer finds female in wheelchair from Pinewood Care @ 4th St/Best Ave, CdA.
  • 11:19 a.m. Female in wheelchair left Pinewood Care, 7th St/Best Ave, CdA, without permission.
  • 10:58 a.m. ISP officer stopping to assist stranded motorist @ w/b I-90/MP 10.5 (near NW Blvd/CdA exit).
  • 10:09 a.m. Official checking out smoke sighting @ H54/Ramsey Road sez its haze from Washington fire.
  • 9:55 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Post Falls Dialysis, 1300 E. Mullan Ave.
  • 9:50 a.m. Officers are trying to locate shoplifter who left Shopko, Ironwood Drive, & now is turning e/b on I-90.
  • 9:46 a.m. Caller reports possible smoke coming from H54/Ramsey Road, Worley area.
  • 9:20 a.m. 2 Hondas have crashed @ 31500 block of H97/Harrison, no injuries.
  • 8:58 a.m. ISP officer arranging transport for 2 juveniles from Spirit Lake to Stevens County, Mont. (8:34 item).
  • 8:38 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 200 block of E. Harrison Ave/CdA.
  • 8:34 a.m. Officer transporting 3 juveniles from Spirit Lake to juvenile detention center, unknown reason.
  • 8:16 a.m. Someone suffering stomach problems @ 9800 block of Parsons Road/Worley.

Lake: Solons Can Fix Pension Perk

Huckleberries Blog - July 1, 2015 - 11:08am

A former Idaho House chairman believes state lawmakers have the authority to end a perk that allows them to boost their taxpayer-backed pensions by as much as 800 percent. Former Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, told Wednesday the Legislature can -- and should -- address the pension perk. “They were the ones that gave themselves that perk,” Lake said. “The Legislature has to do it.” Lake pushed a bill to end the pension perk in 2012, but a key committee chairman held the measure after one hearing on the matter. After Lake’s retirement, the issue died until Reps. Stephen Harris, R-Meridian, and Kelley Packer, R-McCammon, pushed a similar bill this year. That measure cleared the House, but Senate State Affairs Committee Chair Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, refused to hear it/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Anyone out there who thinks the Legislature should continue its pension perk?