TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2015


IFF: 'Add The Words' Misguided 

Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation says attempt to "Add the Words" to human rights law in Idaho is "misguided" and "disheartening." Hoffman contends that attempt by government to add protections for gays to human rights statutes will make matters worse.

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Crapo Seeks To Bolster Gun Rights 

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today introduced legislation to reaffirm the Second Amendment rights of Idahoans. The bill seeks to make firearm regulations consistent across federal lands by allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) property. Under current law, a...

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Remembering Auschwitz

A Holocaust survivor wipes her eye while standing outside a detention block of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, today. Some 300 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz for the 70th anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945,...

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On The Waterfront 

Greg Lee & I counted a few more dozen trees that gave their lives to the Street Department buzz saws since our noon walk Monday. The city crews are concentrating their buzzsaws in the area above the North Idaho College volleyball sand courts east to...

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Newspapers Try Not To Feed Trolls 

Trolls continue to be a problem on most blogs and Web sites operated by newspapers and other media. The SR has taken two big steps to cut down on troll activity. Have you noticed? Do you find many trolls hanging out at Huckleberries Online?

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Teacher Pension Fund Solvent 

Nationally, teacher pension programs are headed on a downward spiral, towards crisis — but Idaho’s system is relatively sound. Idaho’s teacher pension system is nearly fully funded, with 93.9 percent of its liabilities covered, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington, D.C.-based...

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Vito: When In Doubt, Vote No 

District 1's Vito Barbieri was the only House member to vote "no" on a bill that calls for paying past due bills for firefighting. His reasoning? When in doubt, vote no. Which raises the question: Why was he the only one of 69 legislators who was in doubt?

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 1.27.15 

I'll be curious to see this lunch hour how far the tree trimming has progressed on the southern edge of North Idaho College. I counted a dozen trees down during my daily walk Monday. Stickman counted about 18 when he surveyed the area later in...

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Lynch 'Shows Up' For Media Day 

A year ago at Super Bowl media day, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch played peek-a-boo with reporters, using a side entrance to make a late arrival and an early getaway. This year, the NFL put him on a podium for a tougher escape, probably as...

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Add The Words Hearing Recesses 

My Boise bud Betsy Russell is back to her crazy busy live-blog coverage of the Add the Words hearing this morning. The hearing is split in two again today, with testimony expected to begin again this afternoon at 5. The House State Affairs Committee could vote on legislation as early as Wednesday.

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Moscow Arby's Reopens After Killing 

Arby's coworkers embrace on day of emotional reopening. 3 of them spoke at Belinda Niebuhr's funeral. (Photo: KHQ) Amid tears and emotion, Moscow's Arby's employees went back to work Monday as the restaurant reopened two weeks after its manager, Belinda Niebuhr, was shot and killed...

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LDS Seeks Balance On Gay Rights 10 

As the Idaho Legislature continues to hear testimony this morning on "adding the words," Mormon church leaders made a national appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. Question: Is there middle ground on this issue?

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AM Headlines -- 1.27.15 

The Army is denying a report from NBC News that Idaho native Beau Bergdahl will be charged with desertion for leaving his base in eastern Afghanistan before being captured and held by the Taliban for five years. Apparently, there's a tug of war going on behind the scenes with the White House, which doesn't want Bergdahl charged.

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Cutline Contest -- 1.27.15 

Julia takes a selfie with a seal in a water tunnel at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Monday Winner (tie with 7 likes apiece) -- Bubba32: "DFO and Cindy expose some of Rep. Eric Redman's venom/snake oil...

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UI's Staben Offers To Freeze Tuition 

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben wants to freeze resident undergraduate tuition rates next year, if the Legislature commits to fully funding a 3 percent salary increase for faculty and staff. Staben, making his first presentation to the joint budget committee since being hired as...

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Dunlap: CCs Being Left Behind 

As the Legislature’s joint budget committee continues a week of hearings on education budgets, North Idaho College President Joe Dunlap told lawmakers this morning that state funding for NIC is now about the same as it was 12 years ago. “When factoring in an inflation...

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Edit: Standing Up To Otter Rhetoric 

Gov. Butch Otter wasn't ready to be challenged by a school superintendent when he took his sunny disposition and empty rhetoric re: public education on the road to Idaho County recently. But he was, says Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune. And he didn't like it.

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Poll: Fortgrounds Should Pay, Too

Monday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation says Fortgrounds residents should help city of Coeur d'Alene and North Idaho College pay for maintenance of the Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive) that protects them from flooding. 78 of 151 respondents (51.66%) took that position. 62 of 151...

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Nice Weather Won't Last

Laura Johnson leads her children Abi, 7, center, and Liam, 3, on a walk through the Coeur d’Alene City Park as a heavy fog settles in the area Monday morning. (Press photo: Shawn Gust) Jim Tompkins paused from taking a walk in Post Falls on...

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Commish Delays Action On Delavan 

About a dozen people came to support the expected reinstatement of former Coeur d'Alene Airport Manager Greg Delavan on Monday, but it didn't happen. Kootenai County Commissioners met to take "board action on an employee contract," but at the start of the meeting, Commissioner Marc...

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Hall: Here Come Measles Again 

Bill Hall, editor emeritus of the Lewiston Tribune's opinion page, columnizes about his tough bout with measles as a child. And goes on to say that uninformed parents who eschew vaccinations for their children are inviting the once-beaten disease back into their lives.

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MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 1.26.15 10 

Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise is live-blogging testimony from the first day of hearings for "Add the Words" legislation this morning. The hearing began at 8 a.m. (MDT) and will conclude in a few minutes. The hearing will resume again at 5 (MDT) this afternoon and run through 8 p.m. You can find a link to Betsy's blog below.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.






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