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Thursday Night as of Nov. 20 1:00 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - November 20, 2014 - 1:00pm
Thursday Night - Overcast with a chance of snow, then a chance of snow after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 27F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

Friday as of Nov. 20 1:00 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - November 20, 2014 - 1:00pm
Friday - Overcast with a chance of snow and a chance of rain, then rain in the afternoon. High of 41F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 90% .

Sing Along With Mudgy & Millie, Santa

CdA City Blog - November 20, 2014 - 12:30pm
Coeur d’Alene’s Favorite Characters, St. Nick Available for Photos
Join the fun Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library with a special family activity, the third annual “Holiday Sing-Along With Mudgy and Santa.”
The free program will be in the Community Room on the lower level of the library at 702 E. Front Ave. Easiest access will be from the lower parking behind City Hall and through the lower entrance.
Children's author Susan Nipp, creator of the “Mudgy & Millie” book and the nationally known “Wee Sing” series of books and music, will lead the children in singing some holiday favorites.
Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse will be on hand along with Santa Claus and they will be available after the music for informal photos -- so be sure to bring your cameras.
Nipp and sculptor Terry Lee, who created the bronze statues along the Mudgy Trail, will also sign copies of “Mudgy & Millie.”
The book, which also features the illustrations of Charles Reasoner, was first published in 2008 with its royalties and those for “Mudgy & Millie” merchandise going to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. Its release coincided with the unveiling of Lee’s bronzes and the opening of the 2.5-mile trail in cooperation with the City of Coeur d’Alene.
Information: 208-769-2380.

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 & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

My 2 Cents: Why I Do What I Do

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 12:19pm

I've been following the latest outbreak in the comments section involving a conservative complaining that Huckleberries is a forum for liberals. I suspect that my buddy Duane Rasmussen launched the thread earlier this week by commenting that a couple of Republican buddies are giving Huckleberries wide berth because the blog doesn't genuflect to their uber-conservative values -- however, you define those in this time and place of extreme politics. I suspect that those who tune in here are in the middle. Which makes them suspect in Tea-publican circles. I could care less about politics. Right or left. In Idaho, I see the Republican Party as badly compromised by extreme values on the Far Right or corporate cronyism among the mainstreamers behind Gov. Butch Otter's banner. The Republicans catch most of the fire here because, frankly, the impact of Democrats in Idaho is almost non-existent. My politics boil down to this. I support people who support my community. I have no use for political leaders who are more interested in dismantling an effective tool like urban renewal than they are in promoting worthy projects and a vision for the Coeur d'Alene area. I have no use for political leaders who rabble rouse about repealing the 17th Amendment (direct election of U.S. senators) and taking over federal lands, while viewing public school teachers and even-handed environmental groups, like Kootenai Environmental Alliance as enemies. What we do here and now in Coeur d'Alene will resonate through the decades -- long after we're gone. We have one chance to do it right. And, thanks to visionary leaders like former mayor Sandi Bloem, we have come a long ways in reaching that goal. This, despite the best efforts by some misguided individuals to stop this community in its tracks. I support those who support what's best for Coeur d'Alene, whether they're Republican or Democrat. I oppose those who offer only pessimism and road blocks. That's my politics/DFO.

Director Mike Nichols, 83, RIP

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 11:59am

In this image released by MGM, Dustin Hoffman appears in a scene from "The Graduate." The film, directed by Mike Nichols, brought him his lone directing Oscar. Nichols, who died Wednesday at age 83. Story here. (AP Photo/MGM)

Question: Which Nichols' movie was your favorite?

Poll: Idaho GOP Botched Craig Pick

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 11:49am
  • Thursday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation sez the Idaho GOP made a mistake by appointing former U.S. senator Larry Craig to the position of finance chairman. Craig, of course, was driven from office by scandal. 143 of 174 respondents (82.18%) disapproved of the appointment. 20 (11.49%) supported the selection. 11 (6.32%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you contribute to the United Way?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.20.14

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 11:32am

Via CPD Twitter: "Stolen Vehicle: This vehicle was last seen on November 19th in the 800 block of N. 2nd Street. If you see this vehicle please call 769-2320. 2001 Ford Escape. Utah plates 870 MZU. White in color. 4 doors. The passenger side quarter panel has body damage and the driver's side break light is broken."

  • 11:03 a.m. PFPD officer en route to juvenile detention w/teen runaway.
  • 10:58 a.m. Ambulance @ H41/Rathdrum transporting 58YO male in liver failure.
  • 10:44 a.m. 17YO female suffering seizure at Timberlake High/Spirit Lake.
  • 9:41 a.m. Burglar alarm sounding at Baptist Church in Post Falls.
  • 9:02 a.m. CPD officer investigating tobacco problem @ Lake City High.
  • 8:50 a.m. Patrol officer reports sliding halfway into Ramsey Road intersection despite traveling only 15 mph.
  • 8:40 a.m. A brown pickup has rolled into culvert @ H95/MP 441 (Ohio Match Road).
  • 8:37 a.m. Union Pacific rep on scene of rollover (8:27 item) to warn oncoming trains of crash.
  • 8:27 a.m. One trapped in car that rolled four times in 2-vehicle crash & landed 4 feet from RR tracks @ H95/Garwood.
  • 8:26 a.m. Numerous slideoffs reported on H95 b/n M/P 435-441 (Dakota Avenue/Hayden & Ohio Match Road).
  • 8:13 a.m. Someone has suffered traumatic injury in crash @ w/b offramp @ M/P 7 (H41/Post Falls).

Whaddya Mean I've Lost My Memory?

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 11:14am

At first I thought it was a personal message. “Your memory is running low!” read the text that flashed repeatedly across my phone. No, kidding, I thought. You try having four sons, a husband, two cats, a new book and weekly deadlines and see how much memory you’ve got. But then Facebook shut down. So did Twitter. Even my Tetris game refused to load. Tech support (my 15-year-old son) advised deleting photos and videos to free up space, but even then the message flashed: “Your memory is running low.” “You need a new phone,” Sam said. I collapsed on my bed. “Noooooo! Anything but that!” I wailed/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

Question: Am I the only one who hates the pressure from sales people when I shop for a new cellphone?

Air Stagnation Advisory - Expires: 12:00 PM PST

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - November 20, 2014 - 11:05am
Air Stagnation Advisory for Kootenai County in effect until 12:00 PM PST on November 21, 2014

Travolta To Visit CdA For Sisters' Play

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 10:41am

John Travolta vividly remembers the Christmas he was 8 years old. It was 1962 and his sister Ellen, 14 years his senior, was already a working actress. For Christmas that year, she bought her already plane-crazed youngest sibling a round-trip airline ticket from Newark to Philadelphia. It was his first flight – they flew to Philly for lunch, then returned that evening in time for Ellen Travolta to go on stage in a production of “Gypsy.” In a recent telephone interview from Vancouver, B.C., where he was on location filming a movie, the Oscar-nominated star said it was the best gift he’d ever received. “I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” he told The Spokesman-Review. “It was that gift that triggered my passion for flying at a stellar level, and now it’s my second career, all because of Ellen’s generous gift”/Carolyn Lamberson, SR. More here. (AP photo: John Travolta hopes to return to see his sister Ellen perform in “I Remember Christmas” in Coeur d'Alene)

Question: Do you feel, as I do, how lucky we are in Coeur d'Alene to have Ellen Travolta and her husband, Jack Bannon, performing on stage and promoting the arts?

Why Ask Why?

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 10:35am
Why does the first snowfall of the year always -- always -- bring so many vehicle crashes and slideoffs. Will we ever learn?

Current Conditions : 30.2F, Overcast - 10:02 AM PST Nov. 20

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - November 20, 2014 - 10:02am
Temperature: 30.2°F | Humidity: 85% | Pressure: 30.04in ( Falling) | Conditions: Overcast | Wind Direction: NNW | Wind Speed: 0.0mph

Brief City Hall phone system outage Friday

CdA City Blog - November 20, 2014 - 9:45am

There will be an interruption in phone service to city of Coeur d’Alene offices on Friday, November 21, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. while the city changes phone service providers.
Affected departments include administration, building, engineering, finance, fire , legal, library, parks, planning, police, streets, water and wastewater. City offices will be open during this maintenance.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Happy Birthday Dave!

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 9:38am

Be sure to wish Dave a happy birthday today! 

Soup's On At St. Vinny's Fundraiser

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 9:22am

If you don't have lunch plans today, please join us. And if you do have lunch plans already? Switch your reservations to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds Jacklin Building. Today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., St. Vincent de Paul is hosting its fifth annual Souport the End of Homelessness, an important fundraiser that helps shelter the homeless through cold winter nights. For $10 admission, you can sample up to 30 succulent soups, generously supplied by local businesses and other do-gooders/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you as impressed as I am re: how active St. Vinny's is in our community?

'Kill List' Found In Sandpoint School

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 9:15am

A "kill list" found on an iPad in a Southside Elementary classroom last week is receiving serious attention from local law enforcement. While Bonner County Sheriff's Office officials said there's no remaining danger to Southside students, they're still not taking the threats lightly. Discovered last Wednesday in a fifth-grade classroom, the list has since prompted an investigation from both the sheriff's office and the Bonner County Prosecutor's Office. "When we get any cases like this, we take it very seriously," Sheriff Daryl Wheeler said/Cameron Rasmusson, Bonner County Daily Bee. More here.

Question: Do you suppose "kill lists" will replace bomb scares as the school disruption du jour?

A Random Act Of Kindness

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 8:59am

Valeri Glauser and her 9-year-old son, Carter, witnessed something extraordinary last week - a moment of kindness which left a lasting impression on their hearts and minds. The mom and son, of Coeur d'Alene, saw three young people pray with a homeless person at the Ironwood Shopping Center. Valeri saw the teens approach the man, who was clad in dirty, ragged clothes, as she walked into the store. She slowed her pace because she wasn't sure what they were doing. "My radar immediately went on that this could be a bad thing, that they perhaps were going to harass the homeless man," she said. Then, the unexpected happened. She saw a young lady in the group bend down to speak to the man, who was sitting on the cold concrete in a corner between businesses. "She said very softly to the man, 'Are you OK?'" Valeri said/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

  • Hebrews 13:2: "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."

Question: When did you last see a random act of kindness?

Bald Eagles Are No-Shows So Far

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 8:54am

The annual winter congregation of bald eagles at Lake Coeur d'Alene has not yet started, according to biologists who surveyed the north end of the lake on Wednesday. For decades, the eagles have provided a popular wildlife-viewing attraction as the birds are lured to the northeast corner of the lake from mid-November into January to feast on the spawning kokanee that stack up in Wolf Lodge Bay. “No eagles at all,” said Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, reporting on her first weekly eagle survey of the season. “I'd bet they are up on (Lake) Pend Oreille as I have had one report of eight eagles out on the ice”/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors blog. More here. (SR file photo by Jesse Tinsley: An eagle lands in tree along Lake Coeur d'Alene shoreline)

Question: Do you make annual treks to the Wolf Lodge Bay/Higgens Point area to see the eagles?

Zags Set NIT Tip-Off Record

Huckleberries Blog - November 20, 2014 - 8:45am

Gonzaga made quick work of Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday. How quick? It was all but over by the first media timeout. The Zags made their first eight shots and led by 38 at half. Gonzaga began resting starters at the outset of the second half and coasted to a 94-42 NIT Season Tip-Off victory in front of a full house of 6,000, some hitting the exits at halftime, at the McCarthey Athletic Center. It was the largest margin of victory in the 10-year history of the MAC, eclipsing a 50-point win over South Carolina Upstate in 2009. No. 13 Gonzaga (3-0) has held leads of at least 25 in routing Sacramento State, SMU and Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks, an NCAA tournament team last year that was hit hard by graduation, dropped to 1-2 and suffered the most lopsided loss in school history/Jim Meehan, SR. More here. (SR photo by Jesse Tinsley: Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis tries to get past Chris Wilson of Saint Joseph’s during the first half)

Question: Is this Zags team even more special than others of recent vintage?