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House OKs 'Instant Racing' Repeal

Huckleberries Blog - March 26, 2015 - 1:01pm

The House has voted 49-21 in favor of SB 1011, the bill to repeal instant racing in Idaho, sending the repeal bill to Gov. Butch Otter. The bill earlier passed the Senate on a 25-9 vote; its fate is now up to Otter. However, the margins of approval for the bill exceeded two-thirds in both houses – meaning if Otter were to veto the bill, there’s enough support in both houses to override the veto/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the repeal of "instant racing"?

Legislature passes bill to repeal instant horse racing

CdA Press - March 26, 2015 - 12:48pm
A bill to repeal instant horse racing in Idaho passed its last legislative hurdle before heading to the governor's desk for his signature.

Police search for misssing Coeur d'Alene man - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 PST

Yahoo! News - March 26, 2015 - 12:43pm
Coeur d'Alene resident Timothy Neil Clark, 45, was reported missing by his wife Wednesday night after failing to return from a target shooting trip in the Hayden Creek area.

UPDATE: Missing Coeur d'Alene man found safe

Yahoo! News - March 26, 2015 - 12:36pm
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - UPDATE: Timothy Clark has been located. Police found him at the Hudlow Warming Station off of Hudlow Road. He is safe.

Police search for misssing Coeur d'Alene man - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 PST

The Spokesman Review - March 26, 2015 - 12:31pm
Coeur d'Alene resident Timothy Neil Clark, 45, was reported missing by his wife Wednesday night after failing to return from a target shooting trip in the Hayden Creek area.

Update: Missing man found

CdA Press - March 26, 2015 - 12:21pm
Coeur d'Alene police officers are asking for the public's help in finding a local man whose wife reported he never returned home after going target shooting.

Solons Asked To Save 450 Lives

Huckleberries Blog - March 26, 2015 - 11:52am

Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, and Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, both physicians, are calling for the Idaho Legislature to consider Medicaid redesign – accepting millions in federal funds to provide health coverage to uninsured Idahoans, through a redesign of Idaho’s Medicaid program. “The sands of this legislative session are running out. But as we wait, the Majority is engaged in an effort to pay for too many bills with too little money,” the two said in a statement. “One major promise that we all made at the beginning of the session was to bring education investment up. And while we are making progress, we still are behind the 2009 level and teachers are still leaving the state. If Idaho redesigns our Medicaid program, it will mean that we can have real dollars added to Idaho’s general fund”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Sometimes, ideology can kill. Thoughts?

Yesteryear: Cy's

Huckleberries Blog - March 26, 2015 - 11:37am

Again, from Keva Wolfe, posted on Old School North Idaho: A newpaper advertisement for Cy's Wholesale Meats that did business at 1324 Fifth St. in Coeur d'Alene before it burned down. One commenter at Old School North Idaho remembers: "Mom would send me there to pick up elk and deer meat from the rental freezers for dinner." Another said that Cy's produced the best jerky around.

Question: Anyone remember doing business with Cy's?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.26.15

Huckleberries Blog - March 26, 2015 - 11:32am
  • 11:31 a.m. Deputy stops female in red pickup after possible attempted break-in @ Falkirk/Wyoming (11:24 item).
  • 11:24 a.m. Resident reports her roommate is trying to kick down door @ 11000 block of Falkirk St/Hayden.
  • 11:15 a.m. Transient bothering Hayden Walmart customers for money @ stoplight entering business.
  • 11:13 a.m. CPD officer en route to handle disorderly person at Coeur d'Alene High.
  • 10:26 a.m. Resident chased possible burglar from garage on Coeur d'Alene Ave/CdA.
  • 10:12 a.m. 2 brown pigs are running loose @ Prairie Ave/Atlas Road, CdA.
  • 10:09 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 1100 block of Autumn Crest Court/Post Falls.
  • 10:01 a.m. 3 males in white Dodge pickup are hanging out window, taunting other drivers @ H95/Hanley Ave, CdA.
  • 9:35 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing in 300 block of Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 9:04 a.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 545 Garden Plaza Court/Post Falls.
  • 8:57 a.m. Suicide threat reported @ 2200 block of W. Oxford Circle/CdA.
  • 8:56 a.m. 2 dogs are running loose @ s/b 95/MP 377 (Martin Road/Tensed area).
  • 8:48 a.m. Witnesses say male was convulsing (8:40 item) @ intersection of Govt Way/Honeysuckle Ave.
  • 8:40 a.m. Male driver is unconscious after hitting a tree at the Hayden post office, 109 Honeysuckle Ave.

Salamander Wins Final Test

Huckleberries Blog - March 26, 2015 - 11:28am

The Senate has voted 33-1 in favor of HB 1, to designate the Idaho giant salamander as the official state amphibian. The vote sends the House-passed bill to the governor’s desk, and marks a big victory in a five-year effort by Boise 8th grader Ilah Hickman, who drew support for her bill from school children and experts around the state. “She has become a role model to kids around the state,” Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, told the Senate. “This young lady is just amazing.” The new state symbol would join others including the state bird, the mountain bluebird; the state insect, the monarch butterfly; and the state fruit, the huckleberry/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.

Question: Only one state senator, Curt McKenzie, voted against this bill. Mebbe it was professional jealousy?

Thursday as of Mar. 26 11:27 AM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - March 26, 2015 - 11:27am
Thursday - Sun and clouds mixed. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 62F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night as of Mar. 26 11:27 AM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - March 26, 2015 - 11:27am
Thursday Night - Mostly clear. Low near 40F. Winds light and variable.

Friday as of Mar. 26 11:27 AM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - March 26, 2015 - 11:27am
Friday - Sunny. High 71F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

'Downton Abbey' To End Next Year

Huckleberries Blog - March 26, 2015 - 11:22am

Elizabeth McGovern is shown as Lady Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, from the TV series, "Downton Abbey." (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)

The next season of ITV's period drama "Downton Abbey" will be its last, its makers have announced. "Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception," said the programme's executive producer Gareth Neame. Created by Julian Fellowes, the show follows an aristocratic family's fortunes from 1912 to the mid-1920s. Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern have played the Earl and Countess of Grantham since the show began in 2010. The drama has won a string of awards since its inception, including two Baftas, three Golden Globes and 11 Primetime Emmys/BBC. More here.

Question: "Downton Abbey" is a guilty pleasure of mine. I enjoy the period drama, the costumes, the focus on the different stories in the house below and above, etc. I'll miss the show. How about you?

Current Conditions : 55.6F, Partly Cloudy - 10:47 AM PDT Mar. 26

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - March 26, 2015 - 10:47am
Temperature: 55.6°F | Humidity: 60% | Pressure: 30.33in (Steady) | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: SSE | Wind Speed: 1.6mph

Instant Racing Repeal Debate Starts

Huckleberries Blog - March 26, 2015 - 10:29am

The House has opened its debate on SB 1011, the bill to repeal authorization for “historical horse racing” in Idaho, which led to the installation slot machine-like “instant racing” terminals at three locations around the state. “Two years ago, the race horse people came to us and said that they were involved in a dying industry and they needed help,” Rep. Ken Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs, told the House. “We are here today because it has gone a direction that we did not intend to go”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Also by Eye on Boise this AM:

Did Co-Pilot Deliberately Crash Jet

Huckleberries Blog - March 26, 2015 - 10:20am

The Germanwings co-pilot appears to have deliberately crashed his aircraft into the southern French Alps, but terrorism seems to have been all but ruled out. Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin says German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was alone in the cockpit when he deliberately took the Germanwings craft off autopilot and activated the descent that led to crashing into a mountainside on Tuesday. At a press conference in Marseille, Robin said that at this point in time, the most plausible explanation was the copilot wanted to deliberately destroy the plane/New York Times. More here.

Question: Are you more hesitant to fly now?

Poll: It's CDA, Then CdA

Huckleberries Blog - March 26, 2015 - 10:15am
  • Wednesday Poll: Hucks Nation prefers to abbreviate Coeur d'Alene by using CDA, followed closely by CdA and Cd'A. 91 of 249 respondents (36.55%) said they prefer CDA for the Coeur d'Alene abbreviation. Another 75 (30.12%) use CdA, followed by 57 (22.89%) who use Cd'A. Also, 23 (9.24%) use Cda. And only 3 (1.2%) don't abbreviate Coeur d'Alene at all.
  • Today's Poll: Did the USA do the right thing in bringing home Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is now facing charges including desertion?

AM Headlines -- 3.26.15

Huckleberries Blog - March 26, 2015 - 9:50am

In this June 4, 2014, file photo, flags and balloons marking the release from captivity of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl adorn the sidewalk outside a shop in the soldier's hometown of Hailey. The Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Story here. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff, File)

Sho-Con: Mormons Were In Wallace

Huckleberries Blog - March 26, 2015 - 9:32am

Shoshone Conservative (RE: Wallace street prayer miffs Bond) Well, I CAN say that there were Mormon missionaries about in Wallace around that time and date. I saw them myself, backpacks, white shirts, ties, name tags and all. Perhaps these were a couple of young, overly-enthusiastic types?

Question: How do you deal with missionaries from the Mormon or Jehovah Witness or any other church, for that matter, when you don't want to speak to them?