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Lights, Action, Camera

Oct. 30, 2014 8:01 a.m. - Updated: 8:24 a.m.

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Hump Day Wild Card — 10.29.14

Oct. 29, 2014 5:32 p.m. - Updated: 5:33 p.m.

I've been having trouble getting police scanner transmissions since moving downstairs to first floor, new-and-improved office space. I suspect it may have something to do with location — that the transmissions from some agencies aren't as easy to receive in the new location. I know that Scanner Traffic is popular. But it's getting harder to provide a good report. Just letting you know. Now for today's Wild Card …


Parting Shot — 10.29.14

Oct. 29, 2014 5:31 p.m. - Updated: 5:33 p.m.

A Kansas City Royals fan watches batting practice before Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants tonight in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Question: Who do you want to win it all?


My 2 Cents: This Online Community

Oct. 29, 2014 5:13 p.m. - Updated: 5:23 p.m.

I've thought a lot about what we do here at Huckleberries Online this week, since blog favorite Patrick Jacobs was fatally stricken. Patrick has been part of HucksOnline for as long as I can remember. I first noticed his superb music and restaurant reviews in his old blog, Making Flippy Floppy. At first, I thought he was a Spokane blogger. More than a bit offbeat. Later, I was happy to learn that Patrick lived here — and began running his reviews of local restaurants whenever available. Still later, I recommended his work to the Spokane office — and Patrick began his restaurant reviews for my newspaper. None of this would have happened if this blog, with all its warts and headaches, hadn't happened. I feel as blessed as you do by the personalities and pseudonyms that we've come to know and appreciate. Patrick wasn't the first HucksOnline regular that we've lost. Dave Holmes, another gentle spirit who wrote compellingly about the Coeur d'Alene of his youth and his father's suicide in the Atmospheric Ruminations blog, died a few years ago in Coos Bay, Ore., where he'd exiled himself. I still remember him stopping by the office on his way to Oregon, just to say, Hi. Stickman often refers to this place and its people as a family. I'm not certain about that. But I do know that those who comment get to know one another well. I've wanted Huckleberries to be a place where individuals of a wide range of backgrounds, philosophical beliefs, age, etc., could discuss the issues of the day amiably. During the flame wars of days gone by, I despaired of reaching that goal. But the collective mourning here for one of our own this week has shown that it's possible to set aside all our differences and simply celebrate that we got to know one so gifted. Many of you have added something to my life that I never would have experienced otherwise. Isn't that one of the best things you can say about someone else? Without social media, the blogfests, the interaction here, I wouldn't have known Patrick. Or many of you. That's why I show up in the morning to try to steer this place where everyone knows your pseudonym/DFO.


Cutline Contest — 10.29.14

Oct. 29, 2014 5:03 p.m. - Updated: 5:07 p.m.

Time 2 Vote …

Facts: The legs of camel and sheep for the “Living Nativity” scene, and Rockettes, of the “Radio City Christmas Special,” are juxtaposed as they pose for photos outside New York's Radio City Music Hall, Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Tuesday Winner — Eman, with 10 likes: NEWS FLASH: Websters decides on photo to go next to, “Tea Bagged” in this years dictionary. You can see the Tuesday Photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.


Balukoff Once Donated To Otter

Oct. 29, 2014 4:36 p.m. - Updated: 4:38 p.m.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: After reading in the Twin Falls Times-News today that A.J. Balukoff, Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, donated to Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns both in 2007 and in 2012, I searched FEC records for Balukoff’s donations in federal races. Both those donations showed up, $2,300 in 2007 and $2,500 in 2012. So did several others – donations both to Republicans and Democrats over the years. In federal campaigns, Balukoff has donated to Democrats Shirley Ringo, Nels Mitchell and Walt Minnick; and to Republicans Larry Craig (2001), Mike Simpson (1998), Mark Stubbs (1998). And, perhaps most interesting of all was this donation: In 2004, Balukoff donated $250 to a GOP candidate for Congress – Butch Otter/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Does the fact that Democrat A.J. Balukoff has donated money to Republicans Larry Craig, Mike Simpson and even Butch Otter make him more/less appealing to you as a voter?


Hammond Finalist For Lake City Job

Oct. 29, 2014 4:10 p.m. - Updated: 4:28 p.m.

Jim Hammond, the former state senator and Post Falls mayor is one of two finalists for the city administrator's job in Coeur d'Alene. The city of Coeur d'Alene issued this statement moments ago:

“The search for a new Coeur d’Alene City Administrator has been narrowed to two candidates. Jim Hammond of Coeur d’Alene, Executive Director of the Panhandle Area Council, and Mark Mitton, City Administrator in Burley, Idaho, will sit down with the City Council on Thursday. Hammond served 16 years on the Post Falls City Council, including 6 years as mayor from 1990-96. He was Post Falls City Administrator from 1996 to 2006. He served as a state Senator from 2006 to 2012. Mitton has been City Administrator in Burley since 1998. Prior to that, he was a County Administrator in Tuolumne County, California, from 1991-98. He served as Assistant County Administrator in Jackson County, Oregon from 1986-91. The council is scheduled to have a round table discussion with the candidates Thursday at 3:45 in the community room of the library. The public is welcome.



2nd Resolution Targets Anti-Bias Law

Oct. 29, 2014 4:05 p.m. - Updated: 5:34 p.m.

In a second resolution passed Tuesday night, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee voted to support “the Hitching Post in their fight for religious freedom.” In the resolution, the local Central Committee declared its “support for the Hitching Post and for the rights of pastors and all business owners to conduct their closely held businesses in clear conscience according to their religious beliefs, including, but not limited to bakeries, photographers, caterers and flower shops; and that non-discrimination ordinances and statues shall not forcibly coerce support for marriages and/or celebrations which are repugnant to the religious beliefs of business owners or any individual.”



Quotable Quote

Oct. 29, 2014 4:01 p.m. - Updated: 4:04 p.m.

Just had to call my husband because I couldn't remember my social security number. What do single folks do? — Cindy.

Question: Do you know your Social Security number by heart?


HucksOnline Blogos — 10.29.14

Oct. 29, 2014 3:02 p.m. - Updated: 3:42 p.m.

It's that time of year again when the Coeur d'Alene Resort and Downtown Business Association begins to install the lighting that will light up our holiday season for the next 3 months. Don Sausser, our Eye on Sherman Avenue, snapped this photo last evening as the resort tested the lights by the clock tower. Is there any downtown that does Christmas better than Coeur d'Alene?

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