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Cutline Contest -- 10.28.14

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 3:36pm

Time 2 vote ...

Champion Bull Bushwacker retires after leaving a lasting impression on bull rider Mike Lee from Decatur, Texas, during the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough World Championship Sunday in Las Vegas. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Glenn Pinkerton)

Monday Winner -- SLFisher, with 4 votes: "Suffering from irregularity?" You can see Monday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 10.28.14

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 3:32pm
  • 4:31 p.m. Attempt to Locate bulletin put out over scanner re: pair involved in Post Falls robbery (3:27 item).
  • 3:57 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report for Oct. 27-28 here.
  • 3:27 p.m. Male on Greensferry/Post Falls reports he was robbed at gunpoint by 2 men, about 30YO, in a black Ford Explorer. One male had Luger & baseball bat. The other was wearing a hoodie. The men sped off s/b toward Seltice Way.
  • 3:26 p.m. Fire officials checking report of fire @ Riverview/stateline, suspect that it is a slash pile.
  • 2:33 p.m. Possible animal abuse reported in Atlas/Boekel Road, Hayden, area.
  • 2:31 p.m. Non-injury, non-blocking accident reported @ Hayden Walmart lot.
  • 2:27 p.m. Driver of light-blue Toyota Tacoma pickup, w/lighting bolt on back bumper, forced van into median @ I-90/MP 5 (Spokane Street/Post Falls) before exiting s/b at that interchange.
  • 2:18 p.m. Firefighters checking out report of fire near Twin Lakes Elementary.
  • 1:53 p.m. CPD officer stopping to assist a citizen @ 4th/Garden Avenue, CdA.
  • 1:49 p.m. CPD officer & school administrator are looking for 2 truants near Ramsey Elementary.
  • 1:34 a.m. Strong smell of gas reported @ 2600 block of Ivy Lane/Post Falls.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Trib: Ed Board's Pay Plan Flops

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 3:20pm

"Idaho's State Board of Education took its proposed teacher certification and pay proposals on the road this month. But it didn't make the sale. Lewiston's hearing was a case in point, although the same pattern played out whereever the state board set up its podium - including Pocatello and Meridian. In a seemingly endless stream, teachers not only told the board they didn't like the plan. They also spelled out why. In detail"/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Can you blame Idaho teachers for not trusting the Education Board or the Legislature?

Sex Offenders Can't Hand Out Candy

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 3:17pm

On Halloween night, a house without a porch light might not mean the resident is against the notion of trick-or-treating. It could be the home of a registered sex offender. Under state law, sex offenders who are on probation or parole are required to keep their porch lights darkened the night of Halloween. A press release from the Idaho Sheriff's Association states that these offenders are also not allowed to answer their doors. "For the safety of you, your children, and the registered sex offender, if the porch light is not on, do not trick-or-treat at this residence," the association cautions. According to data on the Idaho Sheriff's Association website, Post Falls is home to 80 sex offenders. There are 16 sex offenders living in Coeur d'Alene, 34 in Hayden and 28 in Rathdrum/Keith Cousins, SR. More here.

Question: Do you turn your porch light off on Halloween when you run out of candy?

Friends ‘Mysteries Sale’ on Halloween

CdA City Blog - October 28, 2014 - 3:05pm
If you enjoy a crime novel, spy tale, or murder mystery Second Story Books in the lobby at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library may have what you are looking for.
In honor of Halloween the Friends of the Library are having a “Mysteries Sale” featuring their collection of who-done-its on tables set up in front of the library store, 702 E. Front Ave, Friday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Second Story Books is operated entirely by Friends volunteers and offers gently used books. Proceeds are used to support library programs for adults, teens, and children, to make special purchases for the collection, and to buy furnishings and equipment.
The library accepts donations of books, DVDs, music CDS, audiobooks in new and gently used condition. Items not used in the collection are made available to the bookstore.
Information: 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or e-mail dtownsend@cdalibrary.org.


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 cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. 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.

Jewett House Renovation Complete

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 2:26pm

Marla Lake, manager of the Jewett House, shows off the renovations. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Today)

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has completed a month-long $35,000 renovation project at the Jewett House. Work at the historic senior recreation center on East Lakeshore Drive included widening the driveway to accommodate emergency vehicles and senior center vans, painting of all the interior of the first floor and restoration of the wood flooring on the first and second floors and  stairway. A new heating system was also installed and the greenhouse was painted by sorority members from Washington State University with supplies provided by the city’s water department/Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

DFO: More than 14 years ago, Mrs. O & I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with a reception at the Jewett House. It was a wonderful venue. And the weather cooperated, allowing guests to walk along Sanders Beach. How about you? Have you ever rented the Jewett House for personal use?

Current Conditions : 46.6F, Overcast - 3:20 PM PDT Oct. 28

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - October 28, 2014 - 2:20pm
Temperature: 46.6°F | Humidity: 88% | Pressure: 30.04in (Steady) | Conditions: Overcast | Wind Direction: South | Wind Speed: 0.7mph

Jewett House renovations complete

CdA City Blog - October 28, 2014 - 2:14pm

Marla Lake, manager of the Jewett House, shows off the renovations.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has completed a month-long $35,000 renovation project at the Jewett House.
Work at the historic senior recreation center on East Lakeshore Drive included widening the driveway to accommodate emergency vehicles and senior center vans, painting of all the interior of the first floor and restoration of the wood flooring on the first and second floors and  stairway.
A new heating system was also installed and the greenhouse was painted by sorority members from Washington State University with supplies provided by the city’s water department.
An anonymous $50,000 donation provided funding for the $35,000 in upgrades. The remaining $15,000 will be used for future upkeep, including exterior painting.

Incredible Corn Maze Shuts Down

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 2:07pm

The North Idaho Halloween attraction where a young man portraying a zombie was killed earlier this month has closed for the season. The Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser posted the notice on its Facebook and Web pages Monday night. No explanation was given for the early closure. The season was to run Sept. 26 through Nov. 1, this Saturday. The final free drive-in movie in a “Spooktacular” series from FunFlicks Outdoor Movies of the Inland Northwest was to be Saturday night at the corn maze. That show has been canceled/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Thoughts?

Incredible Corn Maze closes for season - Tue, 28 Oct 2014 PST

The Spokesman Review - October 28, 2014 - 1:39pm
The North Idaho Halloween attraction where a young man portraying a zombie was killed earlier this month has closed for the season.

To Term Limit Or Not

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 1:33pm

Some Idaho political reporters have pointed out that if Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is elected to a third consecutive term on November 4th he will be only the second governor in state history to accomplish that feat. The first was Robert E. Smylie, who served 12 years from 1955 to 1967. Over the years since Statehood (July 3rd, 1890) the Idaho Legislature has gone back and forth on the issue of term limits for a governor and how long a term was to be. In the state’s early history governors were elected just to two year terms and at times could run as often as they liked. In the mid-1940’s, however, it was decided that a governor should serve only one four year term. This might have been a delayed reaction to Governor C. Ben Ross, who won three consecutive two-year terms in the 1930’s/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Do you remember when Republicans were all clamoring for term limits, but the late Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth was one of the few to be true to her word and opt out after three terms? Where are those voices now that Butch Otter is seeking a third term?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 10.28.14

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 1:22pm

In her War Bonds blog, Cindy writes that long before we had e-mail, there was V-mail (or Victory Mail). Click here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Oct. 27): 9077 page-views/5452 unique views

Tuesday as of Oct. 28 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - October 28, 2014 - 1:00pm
Tuesday - Overcast with rain, then rain showers in the afternoon. High of 50F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%.

Tuesday Night as of Oct. 28 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - October 28, 2014 - 1:00pm
Tuesday Night - Overcast with rain showers. Low of 45F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible.

Wednesday as of Oct. 28 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - October 28, 2014 - 1:00pm
Wednesday - Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Fog early. High of 55F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

All Hail Chocolate

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 12:49pm
Well, it's National Chocolate Day, so at least I know what to have for breakfast. And lunch. Possibly dinner -- Cindy. Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you like chocolate?

Gov. Otter's Topic Tuesday Message

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 12:37pm

In his weekly "Topic Tuesday" message, Gov. Butch Otter taps a Melba teacher to burnish his credentials on education.

Effective?

Quotable Quote

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 12:33pm
I'm not really Educator of the Year, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night -- ErrolfromID. (SR.com reader comments re: Sherri Ybarra's inaccurate Teacher of the Year online claim)

Palin Tells GOP To Have 'More Guts'

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 12:29pm

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, says she hopes to run for office again and is urging GOP leaders to have "more guts" as they pursue their agenda. Palin said in an interview with Fox Business Network on Tuesday that she is invigorated by her critics, who make her "want to work so hard for justice in this country." "The more they're pouring on the more I'm going to bug the crap out of them by being out there with a voice, with the message, hopefully running for office in the future, too," Palin said/AP. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are you surprised that Palin remains popular in conservative circles?

Idaho Bill For Marriage Fight -- $90K

Huckleberries Blog - October 28, 2014 - 12:10pm

Idaho is paying another $10,000 to outside attorneys for its continued appeals of the federal court decision overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. According to records obtained pursuant to a public records request, Gov. Butch Otter’s office has agreed to pay Washington, D.C. attorney Gene Schaerr $10,000 for filing a petition to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to have a larger, 11-judge panel re-hear Idaho’s case in an “en banc” review. The flat fee of $10,000 is just for the petition; the agreement leaves open the possibility of Otter hiring Schaerr to do additional, related work. You can read it here/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Thoughts?