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Current Conditions : 100.6F, Clear - 4:01 PM PDT Jul. 28

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 28, 2014 - 4:01pm
Temperature: 100.6°F | Humidity: 15% | Pressure: 30.04in ( Falling) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: West | Wind Speed: 6.0mph

Peterson: I'm Facing Hostile Takeover

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 3:57pm

Embattled Idaho GOP Chairman Barry Peterson says the Idaho Republican Party is faced with “two rogue members engaged in a hostile takeover,” who want to “usurp” his authority as party chairman. Attorneys for the two party officers he’s sued say Peterson, elected to a two-year term as state party chairman in 2012, is no longer chairman, and contend the fight over control of the party doesn’t belong in court at all. “This court should not interfere in a political party’s internal decision,” they wrote in court documents. “The Republican Party, whether on the state or national level, is perfectly capable and prepared to handle the issue, and in fact already has”/SR. More here.

Question: I don't think the political future looks bright for Barry Peterson. Do you?

Embattled Idaho GOP chairman contends he's facing 'hostile takeover' by 'rogue members' - Mon, 28 Jul 2014 PST

The Spokesman Review - July 28, 2014 - 3:32pm
Embattled Idaho GOP Chairman Barry Peterson says the Idaho Republican Party is faced with “two rogue members engaged in a hostile takeover,” who want to “usurp” his authority as party chairman.

Are Local Police Trained Well Enough?

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 3:23pm

Recent shootings and other incidents involving local law enforcement officers have some residents wondering whether those sworn "to protect and serve" are being properly trained. Two officer-involved shootings in June resulted in 14 local law enforcement officers being placed on administrative leave. Eleven of those officers are with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, leaving the agency operating 15 percent under normal personnel levels. The fatal shooting of a dog earlier this month by a Coeur d'Alene police officer prompted that agency to initiate mandatory dog encounter training for all officers. Coeur d'Alene resident Jim Ballew worked for 30 years in the California justice system as a trial lawyer and a judge. Ballew said the statistics for officer-involved shootings in the area are "almost unheard of" for a city the size of Coeur d'Alene/Keith Cousins & Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think local police officers are trained properly?

Hoffman Backs Road-Block Legislators

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 3:09pm

Wayne Hoffman/Idaho Freedom Foundation appreciates that Coeur d'Alene has legislators, like Bob Nonini, Vito Barbieri, Kathy Sims and Ron Mendive, who fought against a mental health center for Coeur d'Alene: "Ah, but fear not, Coeur d’Alene. More crisis centers are planned, and Otter press secretary Jon Hanian said the governor is watching for “local legislative champions." Of which, apparently, north Idaho doesn’t have enough. So now cue the outrage and the finger pointing, with behavioral health advocates saying Sims, Barbieri, Nonini and Mendive failed to “bring home the bacon.” First, I don’t think the creation of so-called behavioral health centers was a good step for the state. The concept has the lofty goal of cutting down emergency room and jail commitments, but the idea depends largely on voluntary, short-term commitments to these centers. Additionally, because the Legislature decided that no one can be turned away because of inability to pay, the government-funded services will invariably crowd out other, arguably better, non-governmental services for people with mental health problems and drug addictions." More here.

Thoughts?

Hall: A Match Made In Computers

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 3:04pm

One day years ago, a young woman I worked with reported she had found a computer website where strangers could sort of meet each other and strike up online conversations. It virtually amounted to dating. The website found people out there in the electronic night and gave them a chance to discover like-minded potential mates. But that was a little tricky. That was mostly before matchmaking companies, who have some safeguards in place, pretty much took control of the process. So you throw your hook out there into millions of people of the opposite gender trying to catch a likable, lovable counterpart. And now such websites include matchmakers for gay people and matchmaking specifically for Christians, among others. But it's a little bit tricky, even with posted photos. For all you know the picture  is bogus and you are chatting with Bigfoot, although it could be a charming Bigfoot/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: If you found yourself single again, for whatever reason, would you try online dating?

HBO Blogosphere -- 7.28.14

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 2:35pm

Miss Kea, a border collie owned by Marianne Love/Slight Detour, corners a short-horned, neighbor's cow near a wood pile on the Lovestead. Eventually, the collie escorted the bovine back to her place. You can read all about it & see more photos here.

HucksOnline numbers (for week of July 20-26): 42,925 page-views/27,049 unique views

August Teen Library Programs Include ‘Who’ Day

CdA City Blog - July 28, 2014 - 2:31pm
Summer Reading for teens at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library continues through August and will include a special day for Doctor Who fans.
The Teen Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Teens ages 13 to 18 can pick up a reading log from any desk in the library, or can fill out a log online at http://bit.ly/SRPlogs. Teens earn one raffle ticket for every hour of reading they complete and submit. There are weekly prize drawings, as well as a grand prize drawing of a Kindle Fire HDX for all teens that complete 25 or more hours of reading during the summer. The deadline to turn in reading time is Aug. 31. Full rules for participation can be found at http://bit.ly/SRPinfo.
And remember all children and teens who participate in Summer Reading at the Coeur d’Alene library can have their overdue fines forgiven.
The Friday, Aug. 1, Creative Writing Club has been canceled. However, there will be a Creative Writing Workshop with the North Idaho Center for the Literary Arts (NICLA) on Saturday, Aug. 2, 1-4 p.m., in the Community Room. Registration is recommended by contacting Laura Jenkins at ljenkins@cdalibrary.org or by calling 208-769-2315 Ext. 469.
 “Doctor Who” returns to BBC America with Series 8 on Aug. 23, and the library is gearing up for it with a special dalek-stravaganza of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey activities. Join us for games, crafts, trivia, and prizes galore in the Community Room on Aug. 16, 1-4 p.m., for a day of Whovian family fun.
Make your own sonic screwdriver, snack on some fish fingers and custard, take your picture with Cassandra or inside our nearly life-size TARDIS, and make sure you bring a banana. Because, as the Doctor says, “You should always bring a banana to a party - bananas are good.” This is an event for all ages, with something to do for every member of the family. There will be a costume contest for all ages, with prizes going to the winners, so dressing up is encouraged.
Other August programs include:
 Tuesday, Aug. 5, 4 p.m.: Physics Olympics: Egg Drop, Gozzer Room.
 Thursday, Aug. 7, 4 p.m.: Teens Craft: Mix CDs with Freegal, Gozzer Room. Freegal is the library’s resource for free downloadable music. Cardholders can download up to five songs a week.
 Friday, Aug. 8, 5:30 p.m.: Free Teen Movie, “Divergent” Shirley Parker Storyroom This is an after-hours activity so participants need to be in the library before it closes at 6. Snacks included.
 Monday, Aug. 11, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club: Godless, by Pete Hautman, Gozzer Room.
 Thursday, Aug. 14, 4 p.m.: Teens Craft: Tin Punch Lanterns, Gozzer Room.
► Monday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club: Reader’s Choice, Gozzer Room.


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.

Free Movies, Game Café Continue for Kids

CdA City Blog - July 28, 2014 - 2:28pm
The Science Fair on July 30 doesn’t mark the end of Summer Reading at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Families can continue to track children’s reading time with a Reading Log, available in the Seagraves Children’s Library, and collect prizes for each three hours. Reading time can be turned in through Aug. 31.
Children visiting the library through August are also encouraged to vote for their school to determine which school library will earn the right to display the annual Summer Reading Traveling Trophy.
Free family movies will be screen in the Shirley Parker Storyroom each Monday at 1 p.m. Snacks are included.
Each Friday, 1-3 p.m. the children’s library will host the Game Café for some non-electronic fun.
For more information about children’s programs contact Susan Thorpe, Youth Services Supervisor, at 208-769-2315 Ext. 439 or by e-mail at sthorpe@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 or cdacity.blogspot.com. 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.

Albertson Purchase Of Safeway OK'd

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 2:12pm

Safeway shareholders have approved the company’s $9.2 billion sale to Albertsons, a deal that comes amid fierce competition for the combined supermarket chains from a host of foes. About 96 percent of the outstanding shares of Safeway were voted in favor of the merger at a meeting Friday at Safeway’s headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif. The deal still needs to clear a review by the Federal Trade Commission, which could require Safeway, or Albertsons, or both, to divest some stores for competitive reasons. But Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said, “We don’t expect any stores to close as a result of the transaction”/Contra Costa Times. More here.

Question: Which local grocer attracts most of your business?


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/07/28/3299902/shareholders-approve-safeways.html#storylink=cpy

Monday as of Jul. 28 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 28, 2014 - 2:00pm
Monday - Partly cloudy. High of 97F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the NNW in the afternoon.

Monday Night as of Jul. 28 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 28, 2014 - 2:00pm
Monday Night - Clear. Low of 66F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Tuesday as of Jul. 28 2:00 PM PDT

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 28, 2014 - 2:00pm
Tuesday - Clear. High of 100F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the North in the afternoon.

On The Waterfront -- 7.28.14

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 1:52pm

I notice that the city of Coeur d'Alene has installed a plaque acknowledging those involved in the decision making and vote casting that led to the giant makeover of McEuen Park, including the mayors and council members who guided the process -- or were in office when the park opened. Right below Mayor Steve Widmyer's name? Councilman Steve Adams. Farther down the list is Councilman Dan Gookin. Adams and Gookin, of course, cast vote after vote against reconstruction of the park -- often joined by Councilman Ron Edinger in a 4-3 minority. We have agreed here that the names of Gookin and Adams belong on the plaque because they served in office during the long battle that included a recall attempt against then mayor Sandi Bloem and three of their colleagues. I still think there should be an asterisk alongside the names of Adams and Gookin -- and possibly Edinger -- explaining that the new McEuen Park wouldn't have happened if they'd had their way. (File photo by Duane Rasmussen: Mayor Steve Widmyer and former mayor Sandi Bloem cut ribbon at McEuen Park dedication while former parks director Doug Eastwood looks on)

  • Also: Workers were busy today fixing the bog mess at the southwest corner of McEuen Park's large green area, next to the Harbor House. It was the first time in quite awhile that the area was dry.

Stransky Drums Up Votes

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 1:38pm

Democrat Cheryl Stransky walked the parade route at Hayden Days Saturday morning, drumming up support for her underdog challenge to state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. The two candidates will face off for the House District 2A seat in the general election in November. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Reagan Repubs To Celebrate 5 Years

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 1:26pm

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its founding next week. The celebration is scheduled to begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Avondale Golf Club, 10745 Avondale Loop, Hayden Lake, following by a meeting a half hour later. 

Question: Do the Reagan Republicans have as much clout today as they had 2-3 years ago?

SR News Quiz Has 2 CdA Winners

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 1:21pm

Two movie tickets and a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel are up for grabs in this week's Spokesman-Review News q\Quiz. Test your knowledge of current events and put yourself in the running for Friday's drawings. Take quiz here.

  • Answer to Question No. 1: Orchards.
  • Last week’s winners: Steve Sibulsky, of Coeur d’Alene, who won the $50 gift card, and Jordan Keough, of Coeur d’Alene, who won the movie tickets.

Fist Bumps Safer Than Handshakes

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 1:07pm

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. That's better than a high-five, which still passes along less than half the amount as a handshake. So fist bumps -- popularized by Barack Obama and others - seem to be the wisest greeting, especially during cold and flu season, said researcher David Whitworth of Aberystwyth University in Wales/Associated Press. More here.

Question: I gave someone a fist bump less than 10 minutes ago, for giving me a good tip re: snow removal. When did you last give someone a fist bump? Why did you do it?

Slice: Chemical War Against Wasps

Huckleberries Blog - July 28, 2014 - 1:01pm

I would prefer to abide by a live-and-let-live policy. But the wasps that have built a nest above our garage doors will not listen to reason. And clearly, they have no collective memory of last summer's conflict. (It did not go well for them.) The nest is integrated into some crack in the eave. It cannot simply be knocked down. So I had to spray. Here are the active ingredients, as listed on the can.

  • Prallethrin………0.02%
  • Cypermethrin….0.05%
  • OTHER INGREDIENTS*……99.93%

*Contains petroleum distillates

Question: How goes your battle with wasps/hornets, etc., this summer?

Current Conditions : 92.7F, Clear - 12:51 PM PDT Jul. 28

Coeur d'Alene Weather Forecast - July 28, 2014 - 12:51pm
Temperature: 92.7°F | Humidity: 28% | Pressure: 30.10in (Rising) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: SSE | Wind Speed: 2.2mph