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French Dining Superior In Every Way

Huckleberries Blog - July 18, 2014 - 4:30pm

The chance to spend a few weeks in France this summer provided both the time and the detachment to reflect – on politics, the U.S. relationship with, as Donald Rumsfeld might say, “old Europe,” history, art and, of course, food and the enjoyment of a good lunch or a fine dinner. The richly appointed bistrot Benoit on the Rue Saint Martin in the heart of Paris – the photo is of the main dining room – is one of my favorites. My conclusion after happily eating and drinking my way across Paris: the French way of dining in a nice restaurant is superior in most ways to the same type of experience in the United States and there are at least six reasons for my belief and they have nothing to do with the quality of the food, which is almost universally great/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here. (AP file photo: French chef Paul Bocuse tastes a dish at the 2013 World Cuisine contest, in Lyon, France)

Question: Do you agree with columnist Johnson that the dining experience in France is superior in every way to that in America?

TGIF Wild Card -- 7.18.14

Huckleberries Blog - July 18, 2014 - 4:20pm

We've survived temperatures in the upper 90s and almost another week at Huckleberries Central. The blogosphere in the Land of Huckleberries appears calm at the moment. But you know as well as I do that the local blogos is subject to change on a moment's notice. In other words, keep your seatbelt fastened loosely. You never know when we'll hit turbulence. Here's the last Wild Card of the work week ...

  • Tonight's Free Event: Umpqua Bank will be showing the movie "Up" on a big screen in the banks parking lot from 8-10:30 p.m. Friday. Location: 1106 E Sherman Ave. bring a lawn chair. Free popcorn and ice cream.

Poll: Police Acting Professionally

Huckleberries Blog - July 18, 2014 - 3:54pm
  • Thursday Poll: 78 of 126 respondents (61.9%) said police professionally handled the shootout on I-90 at Post Falls June 22. 25 of 126 (19.84%) said the police were not professional. 23 (18.25%) were undecided.
  • Weekend Poll: Should the city of Coeur d'Alene regulate robotics?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.18.14

Huckleberries Blog - July 18, 2014 - 3:46pm
  • 5:25 p.m. Bicyclist reports being run off road by white pickup w/Montana plates @ Sherman/Fernan Lake Road.
  • 5:22 p.m. Driver ejected in one-car rollover @ H95/Rockford Bay Road, ambulance en route.
  • 5:05 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 17-18 here.
  • 4:57 p.m. Shoplifter who said he was in a hurry ran away from Black Sheep worker & out door.
  • 4:52 p.m. Male driver has glass in hand after crashing green Tacoma into tree @ 6416 Burma/Harrison.
  • 4:48 p.m. CPD officer stopping for male & female trying to hitchhike on w/b I-90/MP 95, CdA.
  • 4:02 p.m. Female driver in brown Toyota Corolla putting on makeup, reckless @ Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 3:55 p.m. Someone has been injured in a fall @ Fred Meyer, 560 W. Kathleen, CdA.
  • 3:50 p.m. Male in custody dispute grabbed son & dragged wife for few feet before hitting another vehicle in CdA lot.
  • 3:47 p.m. Male is holding sign @ n/b H95/MP 434.5, near Honeysuckle Avenue intersection.
  • 3:38 p.m. Elderly couple injured by airbag deployment in 2-vehicle crash @12727 Elder/Fighting Creek.
  • 3:11 p.m. CPD en route to domestic involving male slamming fist & breaking female's car window.
  • 3:06 p.m. Panhandler reported @ Exxon gas station, H95/Davidson, CdA.
  • 3:05 p.m. Older teen/early 20s male has strobe light in white sedan, may be mimicking cop.
  • 2:56 p.m. Heavy-set 15YO blond boy, w/red shirt & shorts, is Tasering himself, others @ Post Falls park.
  • 2:46 p.m. Boundary County reports male wanted on 2 warrants staying @ Maple/Wyoming, Hayden.
  • 2:31 p.m. Logging truck w/a flat tire on each side of trailer is w/b on I-90/MP 18 (Veterans Bridge).
  • 2:20 p.m. Someone is suffering stomach pain @ 200 block of Anton Avenue/CdA.
  • 2:17 p.m. 4YO boy has suffered groin injury after bike-trick crash @ Spirit Lake skate park, 32352 Park Ave.
  • 2:16 p.m. Driver of burnt-orange Camero tail-gating, erratic on H95/Coeur d'Alene area.
  • 1:46 p.m. Small grass fire reported @ 15th Street/Woodland Drive, Hayden.
  • 12:35 p.m. Post Falls man tells PFPD that someone is shooting pickup w/Airsoft gun pellets.
  • 12:33 p.m. 3-vehicle accident reported @ Govt Way/Ironwood, CdA, possible injury.
  • 12:30 p.m. Possible prowler reported @ 4500 block of Woodland/Cedar, Post Falls.
  • 12:16 p.m. Suicide threat reported in downtown Coeur d'Alene.
  • 12:15 p.m. PFPD officer can't find panhandler reported @ Post Falls 7-Eleven.
  • 12:03 p.m. PFPD officer reports radio, battery, engine wires, inside door cover taken from located stolen vehicle.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

HBO Blogos: Pickleball Catching On

Huckleberries Blog - July 18, 2014 - 3:11pm

It’s said to be the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and it’s finally catching on in Coeur d’Alene. Pickleball—a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong—made its Lake City debut recently with the opening of McEuen Park and courts will soon be striped for the game at Northshire Park in western Coeur d’Alene. More here. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

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Coeur d’Alene discovers Pickleball

CdA City Blog - July 18, 2014 - 3:09pm

It’s said to be the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and it’s finally catching on in Coeur d’Alene.

Pickleball—a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong—made its Lake City debut recently with the opening of McEuen Park and courts will soon be striped for the game at Northshire Park in western Coeur d’Alene.
“It’s growing by leaps and bounds and Coeur d’Alene is way behind the curve in catching up with the popularity of it,” said Ken Heydon, an avid Pickleball player who deems himself an ambassador for the sport.
Played on a tennis court with striping that reduces the play area, Pickleball players use solid wooden paddles to bat a wiffle ball over a tennis net. “Visualize yourself standing on ping pong table and playing—that’s about as accurate as you get.”
During a broadcast on NBC news earlier this year, Pickleball was deemed America’s fastest growing sport. And it’s much more than a competition, Heydon said, it’s a social event for people of all ages.
“I’ve played 10-year-old kid the other day and two courts down a 93-year- old gentleman,” he said. “A majority of the average novice players are 60-75 years old.”
Pickleball is easier to learn than tennis but equally as challenging to excel at the game.                                                                                                     Interim Coeur d’Alene Parks Director said with the growing popularity of Pickleball, plans are to continue to stripe tennis courts to allow for the both games as funding allows.

Quotable Quote

Huckleberries Blog - July 18, 2014 - 3:07pm

The media often tells us this lie: if your appearance deviates in any way from cover girls, movie stars, super models, etc., it is a flaw and something is wrong with you. Well, guess what? Miss America 1999 has an insulin pump, and it doesn’t make her any less beautiful. In fact, in my mind, it enhances her beauty! So, a year after I was diagnosed, I got a pump. It helped me get even better control of my diabetes, and made my life SO much easier. Working up the confidence to compete with it was an entirely different journey, but this summer at Miss Idaho 2014, I finally did it -- Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison. More here.

BikeCDA: Transit Center Is Big Plus

Huckleberries Blog - July 18, 2014 - 3:00pm

John Kelly/BikeCDA tells Huckleberries Online why he's interested in the Coeur d'Alene/CityLink transit center at Riverbend: "A bus (depot) center acts as a hub where all arms of a well designed network should come together and meet; sidewalks for pedestrians and ADA, mass transit, trails and (in-street) bike lanes. It's critical for representatives from each group to be involved in this process; from concept to creation."


What In The Name Of Nelson Mandela

Huckleberries Blog - July 18, 2014 - 2:21pm

Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation reacts to a comment from the audience at the North Idaho Pachyderm Club breakfast in Coeur d'Alene today. Hoffman also spoke at the Panhandle Pachyderm Club luncheon in Post Falls today. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

At least a few times each year, I get to write about some proposal to limit the ability of Idahoans to earn a living in our state. This is one such occasion. And it is especially fun this time, because there is a standard two-word retort for my complaint that this idea goes too far: Nelson Mandela. Yes, that Nelson Mandela. You see, apparently, a task force advocating for the deaf wants the state Legislature to require sign language interpreters to be licensed. Supporters of this proposal say it will protect consumers. And when I pry deeper and question how in the world consumers would benefit, out come the words: Nelson Mandela. You may recall the Mandela funeral, wherein a sign language interpreter did very little interpreting and a whole lot for nonsensical arm flailing instead. That sort of sign language mishap could be avoided, say supporters, if only practitioners were licensed/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose laws that would require that sign language interpreters be licensed?

Friday as of Jul. 18 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
Friday - Partly cloudy. High of 82F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph.

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

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
Friday Night - Partly cloudy. Low of 64F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday as of Jul. 18 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
Saturday - Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 84F. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

Current Conditions : 77.9F, Clear - 1:40 PM PDT Jul. 18

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 18, 2014 - 1:40pm
Temperature: 77.9°F | Humidity: 28% | Pressure: 29.95in (Steady) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: South | Wind Speed: 6.9mph

Miss Idaho Wows With Insulin Pump

Huckleberries Blog - July 18, 2014 - 1:38pm

Sierra Sandison, the new Miss Idaho, is shown wearing her insulin pump at Saturday's swimsuit competition at Nampa on Saturday. She has become an online hero to diabetic sufferers by wearing an insulin pump on her bikini bottom during a swimsuit competition. She will compete in the Miss America Pageant Sept. 9-14 in Atlantic City. (Photo: Miss Idaho blog page)

There she is, Miss Idaho. And there it is, the insulin pump attached to her bikini bottom during the swimsuit competition. Since posting the photo on social media on Monday, Sierra Sandison has become a new hero to the Type 1 diabetes community. One mother , "You changed my 11-year-old daughter's summer! She's been so self-conscious, but since she read about you and saw this photo, she cannot wait to wear a bathing suit tomorrow and show off her insulin [pump] and have me post a photo here!" And that woman is not alone. As of Thursday afternoon, the photo has received more than 4,000 "likes" and over 2,500 "shares" on . Twitter users are responding to the she created, #showmeyourpump, with their own pump photos/Miriam E. Tucker, NPR. More, including photo with insulin pump on swimsuit, here.

Question: Dunno about you, but I appreciate the courage this young woman had in wearing the insulin pump. I may have to tune into the Miss America Pageant for the first time in years to watch her compete. How about you?

CNN: Risch To Discuss Jet Shot Down

Huckleberries Blog - July 18, 2014 - 1:32pm
U.S. Senator Jim Risch will appear live on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront at 4:10 p.m. PDT today to discuss the Malaysian Airlines jet shot down by a missile near the Ukraine/Russia border and the implications of the situation.

BSU To Return Gun-Rights Event Fee

Huckleberries Blog - July 18, 2014 - 1:26pm

Boise State University officials say they will rescind the security fees they charged a student group for bringing a guns right advocate earlier this year to speak at the campus. However, university attorney Kevin Satterlee says BSU will not change its event policies as requested by the Idaho Freedom Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho. Satterlee says the university charged Young Americans for Liberty $465 for the May event after seeing a community member encourage attendees to bring weapons on campus. Not providing extra security, Satterlee says, would be considered negligence/AP via Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Is Boise State doing the right thing by returning the $465 security fee charged to Young Americans for Liberty?

Bjorn: Nutrition Program Important

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

I discovered a column last month by Dean Haagenson. One bizarre idea he expressed was withholding citizenship until a person completes some kind of term of service. The message he presented that I really want to counter, however, was his attack on the school’s summer nutrition program. During my remarkably unsuccessful campaign for a seat on the Coeur d’Alene school board, I researched this issue thoroughly, and found that there are several conservative reasons to support this program. What I found most compelling is this: As conservatives, we should be concerned about upholding traditions that reinforce family ideals. Many children these days aren’t taught that meals are to be a scheduled, social gathering. Instead, many homes have an “open fridge” policy, where children graze, at will, alone, with no conception that breaking bread socially is one tradition that holds our culture together. Anything we can do to counter this trend is an essentially conservative initiative/Bjorn Handeen, Coeur d'Alene. More here.

Question: I appreciate that the GOPrecinct committeeman in my Borah Triangle hood is willing to think outside the conservative box re: an issue like this. Thoughts?

Riverstone to get Citylink Center

CdA City Blog - July 18, 2014 - 12:55pm

Citylink will soon have a permanent presence in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone development.  Citylink began services with three buses in November 2005. The bus service has been operating out of a gravel lot in Riverstone since that time.
Over the past couple of years, the free bus service has paid rent to Riverstone for use of the lot, but the transit service has been overdue for a permanent home. At the beginning of this month, Kootenai County and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe completed their purchase of two lots in Riverstone for a Citylink transit center, according to a press release issued by the Tribe. The lots are located on West John Loop and bounded by Riverstone Drive and Seltice Way.
“The Tribe has been a great partner for providing transit services for our citizens,” said Kootenai County Commissioner Jai Nelson. “The County is proud to have played a role in making this purchase happen and we look forward to having site improvements in the near future.”
Coeur d’Alene Tribal Chairman Chief Allan added, “This has been in the works for quite some time. We’re excited to be able to provide some infrastructure and amenities for our drivers and passengers and enhance the transit services that are provided each month to the tens of thousands of citizens across north Idaho.”
The County had about $570,000 in Federal Transit Authority (FTA) grant funding that was used toward the purchase of Lot 1. The Tribe had $1,147,057 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funding, which covered the rest of the cost of Lot 1 and the purchase of Lot 2. Approximately $18,600 of tribal funds were left over after the purchase and will be used for the design and engineering of the project and improvements.
The two parties will jointly own Lot 1 and the Tribe will own Lot 2. As part of the agreement, the County will own, operate and maintain the improvements of the project, which will likely include paved parking, a bus loading area, landscaping, irrigation, signage, lighting and passenger seating in Phase I.
Citylink is a free transportation service that is funded through a federal grant with significant financial support from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and operated and managed in partnership with Kootenai County and local cities in north Idaho.
Schedules and timetables can be downloaded from

Air Quality Alert - Expires: 1:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 18, 2014 - 12:54pm
Air Quality Alert for Kootenai County in effect until 1:00 PM PDT on July 19, 2014