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Friday as of Oct. 24 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - October 24, 2014 - 2:00pm
Friday - Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 54F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Friday Night as of Oct. 24 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - October 24, 2014 - 2:00pm
Friday Night - Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Low of 41F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Saturday as of Oct. 24 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - October 24, 2014 - 2:00pm
Saturday - Overcast with a chance of rain. Fog early. High of 59F. Winds from the East at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Otter Fires Back At Balukoff

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 1:40pm

Otter's ad hitting back at Balukoff re: private prison scandal.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has launched a new TV ad striking back at Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff, and defending Otter’s handling of a prison scandal. It’s the first time that Otter’s campaign has directly mentioned Balukoff in one of its ads, though two outside groups have been running ads attacking Balukoff and trying to tie him to President Barack Obama/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


Legal Bill For Marriage Fight -- $80K

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 1:31pm

Idaho’s legal bill for challenging a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage has now topped $80,000, and that was before Gov. Butch Otter’s latest appeal to the 9th Circuit. In response to a public records request, Otter’s office has released an Oct. 7 agreement with Washington, D.C. attorney Gene Schaerr to pay a flat fee of $10,000 for two specific legal briefs: One appealing to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for a stay, to keep its decision legalizing same-sex marriage in Idaho from taking effect; and another appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court for the same thing/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Was it worth it?

Randy: They're Not Hobos

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 1:23pm

Randy Myers (RE: Homeless evicted from camp behind Target): Hobos ride the rails and work a bit then keep on moving. These people are NOT hobos. There are mentally ill and addicted folks there which is why they are avoiding Conroy and St. V's. This problem is much more complex than even the professional social service helping folks want to believe. .A hobo is a migratory worker or homeless vagabond—especially one who is penniless. The term originated in the Western—probably Northwestern—United States around 1890.[1] Unlike "tramps"—who work only when they are forced to, and "bums"—who do not work at all, "hobos" are itinerant workers.[1][2] (Wikipedia )

Question: Along the Centennial Trail, north of Coeur d'Alene's UI branch, is a sign that explains the difference among bums, hobos and tramps. Today, we use the terms "homeless" and "transients." I'm not exactly sure what the individuals who prefer the camps to places like St. Vinny's are called now. Anyone?

Cedar: They'll Put Up A Parking Lot

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 1:14pm

Red Cedar (RE: Homeless evicted from wooded camp behind Target): "To be quite honest, I don't care about the homeless there. They can find some other woods to camp in. If they wanted to stay in shelters or avail themselves of various government/charity programs, they'd be doing so. What disturbs me is that another patch of forest in Cd'A is probably about to have every living thing bulldozed off of it to build yet another box store and parking lot. It's hard to believe but Coeur d'Alene was once a lovely open ponderosa pine forest full of glacier lilies, balsamroot, and wild onions in the spring. Now, all that's left of that are are a few "vacant" lots and a few of the much older developments (like the trailer park north of Costco) where developers at the time actually attempted to leave some of the native forest."

Question: I'm surprised that the wooded area behind Target has existed so long. I suspect that it won't be long before we'll see another box store or car dealer squatting on that property. Am I the only one who remembers when much of the area along Highway 95, north of Appleway was treed?

Protesters Back Hitching Post Stand

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 12:04pm

SR photog Kathy Plonka reports 7 protesters, with signs, are at Coeur d'Alene City Hall this lunch hour, to support the stand taken by Hitching Post owners Donald & Lynn Knapp againt performing gay marriages and to oppose Lake City's anti-discrimination ordinance. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)


AdWatch: Otter hits back on prison scandal - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 PST

The Spokesman Review - October 24, 2014 - 12:01pm
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has launched a new TV ad striking back at Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff, and defending Otter’s handling of a private prison scandal.

Gasoline @ $2.96/Gallon

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 11:58am

Mrs. O called this morning to report that she was buying gasoline at $2.96/gallon at the Exxon station @ Appleway/Government Way. I was waiting to buy at under $3 per gallon, just to say that I did. I know that the price has been down for most of the week. On Tuesday, I drove to the station at 15th & Best Avenue to fuel up. But kept driving when I saw that the price was $3.15/gallon for regular.

Question: How much did you pay when you last bought gasoline? Where?

6000 Unread Emails & Counting

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 11:53am

On Twitter, Adam Cotterell of Boise State Public Radio tweets: "reached a milestone. 6,000 unread emails. here's how 'that looks interesting but not important, I'll read it later.' adds up over 7 years." I use that feature on my emal that allows me to see the first graph or two. I suspect that I actually open 1 in 4 or 5 emails (even after I've added many to my spam file). How about you?

Question: What percentage of the emails that land in your inbox do you actually open? And/or: How often do you completely clean out your inbox?

High School Shooter Wounds 3

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 11:43am

This image made from a video provided by KOMO shows emergency personnel responding after reports of a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., (Seattle suburb) this morning. (AP Photo/

From NBC News: "A student with a "blank stare" opened fire in the cafeteria of a high school north of Seattle on Friday, wounding at least three people before killing himself, police and witnesses said. Officials said the gunman was dead and provided no other details on casualties. A hospital official said three patients were in "very critical condition" after the 10:30 a.m. PDT shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Another patient is being treated at another hospital with "less serious" injuries. Students described how an ordinary lunch period erupted in violence with no warning as a freshman silently began shooting in the cafeteria." More here.


AM Scanner Traffic -- 10.24.14

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 11:37am
  • 11:51 a.m. Student at Coeur d'Alene High is having an allergic reaction.
  • 11:47 a.m. Family of volatile Spirit Lake female won't come get her from mental health facility.
  • 11:38 a.m. High school-aged male in VW Pissat got out of vehicle @ Govt Way & Kathleen, walked to newer white pickup & punched driver in face. Assailant now s/b on Govt Way near Appleway. Police have assailant's name/address.
  • 11:31 a.m. Vicious dog reported @ Signal Point/Manor Heights, Post Falls.
  • 11:06 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Casino official reports wanted man on premises in Worley area.
  • 11:01 a.m. ISP checking on 4 people involved in crash b/n gold car/silver mini-van @ e/b I-90/Pleasantview.
  • 10:17 a.m. KCSDeputy checking on welfare of individual @ 9500 block of Juno/Hayden.
  • 10:15 a.m. Undisclosed threat reported @ Corbin Hill Road/Derting, Athol.
  • 10:11 a.m. Female unconscious after driving into another car @ Heritage Place, 1090 W. Park Place/CdA.
  • 10:07 a.m. Officer trespasses transient who had entered wooded area north of Target store. A former camp for up to 50 transients, the property has been sold & is no longer available for the homeless.
  • 9:25 a.m. Life Flight taken off standby for flight to Harrison (9:15 item).
  • 9:15 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ H97/Stott Road, Harrison Slough.
  • 9:11 a.m. Someone is trespassing on property @ Hawk/Asbury, Carlin Bay area.
  • 8:49 a.m. Vicious dog biting people @ undisclosed Post Falls location.

Poll: $100K For Arfee Shooting

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 11:36am
  • Thursday Poll: In a divided vote, a plurality of Hucks Nation said that Craig Jones should get $100,000 (plus attorney's fees) for the Coeur d'Alene police shooting of his black labrador, Arfee. 61 of 181 respondents (33.7%) took that position. However, 57 of 181 respondents (31.49%) said the dog owner should get nothing, while 44 of 181 (24.31%) said Jones should get the $350,000 he's seeking in a lawsuit. Also, 13 (7.18%) said he should get more than $350,000, and 6 (3.31%) said he should get up to $200,000.
  • Today's Poll: Should President Obama declare the Boulder/White Clouds area to be a National Monument?

A Word of Advice

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 10:40am

During a stop in the GOP Bus Tour at Rathdrum Friday, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden chats with Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: What is the AG saying to Jim?

Task force: Ordinance does not apply to ministers

CdA Press - October 24, 2014 - 10:30am
The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, the local human rights organization, just released this letter they presented to Coeur d'Alene city officials a short time ago.

Task Force: Hitching Post Exempt

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 10:29am

In a letter to Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer and the City Council, the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations said that it considers the ministers at the Hitching Post exempt from city's anti-discrimination ordinance. Hitching Post owners have said they will not perform gay marriages. The task force received this advice from constitutional experts:

“When they are performing a religious activity like marrying people, ministers have the right to choose which marriages they will solemnize. That’s why we don’t think the public accommodation law applies to ministers making choices about performing marriages. So, if the only service offered is a religious wedding ceremony performed by a minister, then the law would not apply. But that reasonable exception doesn’t change the general rule that businesses that open their doors to the public to provide services, including services related to weddings, cannot turn people away just because of who they are.”

The task force concludes in the letter: "Based upon these facts and findings, we believe the City of Coeur d’Alene Anti-Discrimination Ordinance due to the religious exemption is not at issue and is not impacted regarding performing weddings by ordained ministers at the Hitching Post Chapel in Coeur d’Alene." Full letter here.


AM Headlines -- 10.24.14

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 10:22am

A raindrop strikes a puddle on East Fifth Avenue on Thursday. We can say goodbye to the early warm, sunny days of autumn. More here. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Indeed, Otter Met With CCA Officials

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 10:04am

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who said in two recent debates against challenger A.J. Balukoff that he “recused” himself from settlement talks with the Corrections Corporation of America over understaffing and falsified staffing records at an Idaho state prison because he’d received campaign contributions from the firm - $20,000 since 2003 – participated in meetings with CCA about the issue as recently as 2013, the Idaho Statesman reports today. Reporter Rocky Barker and Cynthia Sewell report that Otter’s former chief of staff, Jason Kreizenbeck, now a lobbyist for CCA, brought the company’s CEO, Damon Hininger, and other CCA executives to Otter’s office on May 28, 2013 to discuss the company’s state contract and the staffing issue/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: So who is making more mistakes this campaign & telling more fibs this campaign -- Gov. Otter or Sherri Ybarra?

Eubanks: Education Foundational

Huckleberries Blog - October 24, 2014 - 9:45am

In an op-ed column in the Coeur d'Alene Press, Trustee Dave Eubanks of the Coeur d'Alene School Board writes:

"In Idaho today we are in the midst of a great crisis in our public school system, a crisis which, if left untended, will have dire consequences not only for our children, but for our cherished liberty, and for our posterity. Depending which critical category you look at, Idaho's public schools rank either 48th, 49th, or 50th nationally, and the primary cause is inadequate funding from our legislature. In a state so rich in so many resources, how can this be? 50th out of 50. Heck, we even make Mississippi look good! Investing in improving our kids' education is a much wiser use of state revenue than spending millions to lure out-of-state companies here offering Idaho's under-educated cheap labor as bait, as if Idaho were a third-world country. Some folks in Boise have really dropped the ball on this one." More here.

Question: Idahoans say that education is important. And yet we continue to elect individuals who have nothing good to say or do about public education. Why the disconnect?