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PM Headlines -- 8.6.14

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 4:31pm

A deer fawn carcass rests on the rocky bed of the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River on Tuesday, near Enaville. The river provides habitat for a variety of life both above and below the surface. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Shawn Gust)

Hayden Lake Health Advisory Lifted

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 4:25pm

A health advisory was issued on August 1st for the sportsman’s access on the northeastern end of Hayden Lake by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Panhandle Health District due to the presence of high concentrations of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. Officials from Idaho Department of Environmental Quality have been monitoring the lake since the advisory was issued and they now confirm the concentration of the blue-green algae in sportsman’s access on the northeastern end of Hayden Lake is no longer a concern for the presence of harmful toxins produced by the algae.  Therefore the health advisory has been lifted/Panhandle Health District news release.

KCSD Takes Break From Lake Search

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 4:18pm

Efforts by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office to locate the body of Gary Scott Shawver on Lake Coeur d’Alene are ongoing. Shawver, 57, reportedly jumped into the lake near Stevens Point shortly before 7:30 p.m. Saturday in an effort to retrieve an item that fell from the boat he was in. According to Lt. Stu Miller, the sheriff’s office SONAR boat was deployed for a total of 20 hours Monday and Tuesday, scouring an area of the lake that was targeted using the GPS location taken from where the 911 call was made. “Today I gave the SONAR team a break from the search. Between the heat and the other variables on the lake the search has been difficult,” Miller said Wednesday. Miller said the SONAR team will be back on the lake early Thursday, before most boat activity begins/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Libertarian Guv Wannabe Optimistic

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 4:12pm

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate John Bujak said the discord in Idaho’s Republican Party could drive down November voter turnout and help him peel off voters that would ordinarily vote GOP. “It’s really an environment where anything can happen,” Bujak, a former Canyon County prosecutor who is now a private practice defense attorney, said in an interview Tuesday. On Saturday, Idaho’s Republicans elected a new chairman, Steve Yates, after after a month of argument about whether Barry Peterson was still chairman after the convention, which ended without a specific vote on new leadership. A number of establishment-aligned Republicans – including Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter – faced primary challenges from tea party candidates this year. Bujak said he has been traveling around the state and spreading the word about his candidacy via the grassroots conservative movement/Nathan Brown, On the Agenda, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Have you ever voted Libertarian?

3 Athol Council Members Face Recall

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 3:46pm

An Athol resident is hoping to recall three city council members amid embezzlement allegations against the former city clerk. Susan Richmond has gathered 20 signatures from residents on three separate petitions requesting to recall council members Mary Zichko, Josh Spencer and Shane McDaniel. Richmond believes the council members have been slow to get to the bottom of the embezzlement allegations involving former city clerk Sally Hansen and accuses them of holding illegal meetings in the past. "A lot of citizens are concerned," Richmond said. Richmond submitted the 20 signatures to City Hall on Tuesday, which was the first step in the recall process. "That shows the intent," she said/Brian Walker, Press. More here.

Question: Won't this recall attempt give Athol a bad name?

Search continues for Scott Shawver in Lake Cd'A

CdA Press - August 6, 2014 - 3:28pm
COEUR d’ALENE — Efforts by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office to locate the body of Gary Scott Shawver on Lake Coeur d’Alene are ongoing. 

HBO Blogosphere -- 8.6.14

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 3:21pm

Shyanne Weston, 7, left and Kristin DeLong, 7, right volunteered to carry the cooler and all of the food for a day at Q'emiln Park in Post Falls on Wednesday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Aug. 5): 8008 page-views/5175 unique views


Current Conditions : 90.1F, Clear - 3:21 PM PDT Aug. 6

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - August 6, 2014 - 3:21pm
Temperature: 90.1°F | Humidity: 19% | Pressure: 29.96in (Rising) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: West | Wind Speed: 8.3mph

Florine: Let's Start Online History Club

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 3:05pm

FlorineD (RE: No Kootenai in Kootenai County): Arpie, can I take your class? And might ShoCon be an occasional guest? Most history classes (and since history was one of my majors, I can speak to this) are infernally boring; history is about the stories, not the dates. So, Arpie and ShoCon (and others,) can this lead to a new kind of blog sidebar? Instead of a book club, how could we do an online, interactive, somewhat focused and guided, and gently moderated Idaho history class?

Question: I had a superb history instructor as a high school junior. However, I agree with Florine that most history classes are boring with a capital B. It has been awhile since I cracked an Idaho history book. How about you?

Nugent: Replace Non-Hunting Wives

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 2:17pm

Conservative rock star Ted Nugent was deputized by local law enforcement at a Tea Party event in Wyoming in which he complained about America’s alleged post-World War II decline and women who do not enjoy hunting, Media Matters reported. ... Nugent also accused hunters in Colorado of allowing “bureaucrats” to limit their Second Amendment rights, and challenged members of his audience to each “fix” 100 people and get them to vote for conservatives. “If I hear another hunter tell me, ‘Man, I wish I could get my wife to support hunting,’ fix your wife,” Nugent said. “Fix her or replace her”/The Raw Story. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Does your wife like to hunt?

Vault Coffee To Take Old Java Spot

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 2:12pm

Vault Coffee will open in early September at 324 Sherman Ave., at the corner of Fourth Street and Sherman Avenue. Local residents Danelle Reagan and stepdaughter Haley John said they are eager to restore this local landmark, built in 1904 as The Exchange Bank of Coeur d'Alene. Vault Coffee is designed by HDG Architecture of Spokane, which has had other recent projects on Sherman, such as The Cellar, Fire Artisan Pizza and most recently, Crafted Taphouse. Vault has combined an eclectic mix of modern and vintage decor with a nod to the early 1900s banking industry. General Contractor is Oldwave, Inc. of Coeur d'Alene/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Is this the coffee shop that's going into the old Java on Sherman building?

Wednesday as of Aug. 6 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - August 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Wednesday - Clear. High of 91F. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the WSW in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night as of Aug. 6 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - August 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Wednesday Night - Clear. Low of 61F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday as of Aug. 6 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - August 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Thursday - Clear. High of 90F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Midtown To Host Sidewalk Chalk Show

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 1:29pm

From OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho: "Brilliant: Sidewalk chalk art show in Midtown CdA 8/15. There will also be a Midtown Art fest the same day in the lot across from Capones with a variety of artists, merchants and love music!"

Question: Izzit just me -- or is Midtown Coeur d'Alene starting to get its funk on?

SR News Quiz -- 8.3-8.2014

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 1:24pm

How much do you know about upper Columbia River salmon runs, Idaho politics, Riverfront Park renovations and other news of note? Find out by taking The Spokesman-Review Weekly Quiz, where you could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You can take the News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question #1: Columbia River Treaty is up for review
  • Leaderboard: RaynTim is the only Merry Huckster among the 17 finalists, so far.

Bent Cidery In The Works

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 1:21pm

In case you were wondering what Bent's up to these days: "Ok Folks here is what I have been up to this summer. As the COO of North Idaho Cider, LLC, I invite you to like our new Lake City Cider (our draft line) page on FaceBook. We will keep you updated on our launch that we expect by the end of this year. As of last week, we are the first federally licensed cidery in the state of Idaho. ... Just wait until you try it." You can like his Lake City Cider page here.

Question: Is this something you might check out?

Poll: Washington To Blame For Woes

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 1:05pm

Even amid an improving economy, a majority of Americans are feeling uneasy about the future for their children and they blame Washington’s dysfunction for failing to put the nation on the right track. Despite solid jobs gains and a pickup in economic growth, a record-high number — 76 percent — said they don’t feel confident that their children's lives will better than theirs, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed on Wednesday. Some 71 percent say the country is on the wrong track, a jump of 8 points from June’s survey. Meanwhile, 60 percent say the nation is in a state of decline/The Hill. More here.

Question: Do you think this nation is in decline?

Ybarra To Attend Thursday Meeting

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 12:56pm

Campaign staff for Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced she will attend the 2014 Idaho Annual Superintendents conference meeting on Thursday in Boise. The announcement comes a few days after a piece appeared in Idaho Education News saying Ybarra was “too busy” to attend the first part of the conference, and she was having coffee with a Republican legislator in the same neighborhood. Ybarra says Idaho educators will discuss tiered licensure, the star rating system, task force updates, Smarter Balanced testing, and professional development on the Idaho Core Standards, and she plans to attend to speak one-on-one with superintendents and other educators in attendance/Idaho Press Tribune. More here.


Hoffman Lauds Lake City Robotics

Huckleberries Blog - August 6, 2014 - 12:46pm

It was just a month ago that we had some pretty big criticisms for the Coeur d’Alene City Council, which was considering an ordinance to regulate robots. I jokingly tweeted that the city’s proposed robot licensure requirements and ban on robots harming humans summarily ended my plans for a robot army invasion. The proposal in front of the Coeur d’Alene council deserved to be mocked. Not so with the newest version, which got a nod from the City Council Tuesday night. Rather than regulate the robotics industry, the ordinance now says robots are permitted on city property unless specifically not permitted. In other words, city parks and other facilities would be open to developers and other robotics engineers looking to utilize the wide-open spaces. Even more importantly, the new ordinance makes a first-of-its kind attempt to welcome autonomously driven vehicles/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

DFO: And you thought Wayne never said anything nice about gummint, pshaw.