THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017

Wild Card/Thursday -- 2.23.17 18 

In my noon walk Wednesday, I noticed the Coeur d'Alene Resort Boardwalk was open again. So I detoured onto the boardwalk and enjoyed the walk out into the lake by myself, except for one man on the eastern side. I've missed my daily walks. They're an antidote to Cabin Fever.

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Lab Corp buying Spokane-based PAML

The widely anticipated sale of Spokane-based PAML to industry giant LabCorp was made official Thursday when the companies announced the deal in a news release. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. There's also a Kootenai Health connection in this story by SR staffers ...

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A car hits a pothole on Freya near Hartson in Spokane recently. (Dan Pelle/SR file photo)

Pothole, pothole 

Dunno if this is the beginning of another beautiful friendship, but a new poet, Remember The Bard, has begun sending in rhyme that reminds your Blogmeister of a dearly departed friend. Today, Remember The Bard, gives us a short rhyme about potholes.

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Cedar Post: Lost art of listening 

In editorial in the current issue of Sandpoint High's award-winning Cedar Post student newspaper, the writer offers a remedy for the lack of listening that occurs in much political debate. Each of us need to learn to listen better. Q: Are you a good listener when someone is offering an opinion that you disagree with?

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Kay Rusche, center, with her husband John and daughter Caitlin, in Lewiston in July 2016. (John Rusche courtesy photo)

Cancer claims former legislator's wife 11 

Huckleberry Friend John Rusche, former House minority leader, announced on Facebook yesterday that his wife, Kay, 66, had died after a courageous battle with cancer. John comments regularly here on Huckleberries. Please join me in extending condolences to this good man, his daughter, Caitlin and extended family.

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Malek, Amador set townhall meeting 10 

After learning that state Reps. Luke Malek and Paul Amador, both R-CdA, were staging a town hall meeting (10:30-12:30 at the Coeur d'Alene Library Saturday), Huckleberries asked Paul if he's nervous re: an encounter with constituents. You can read his answer below.

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AM: Racists paper downtown Spokane 

AM Headlines today kicks off w/SR story re: clandestine individuals papering downtown Spokane w/white nationalist, anti-refugee signs. Also: Public Records (Feb 23)/Press, Former ITD official resigns/Press, Gonzaga aims for all-right WCC title/SR, Moscow resolution welcomes refugees/KREM, Blanchette: Empire coach loves interaction/SR ...

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Panel kills anti-gaming bill 8-7 

The House State Affairs Committee has voted 8-7 to kill HB 127, the anti-tribal gaming bill, which sought to amend the law Idaho voters enacted by initiative in 2002 permitting tribal casinos. Reps. Vito Barbieri and Heather Scott voted against the bill even though the state would lose a court challenge if it was approved by the Legislature.

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Poll: Leave Indian gaming alone

In Wednesday's poll, a large supermajority oppose any efforts by state legislators to amend the state Constitution and change the regulations for Indian gaming. Today's Poll: Would you like to see a constitutional convention be held to amend the U.S. Constitution?

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Solon wants constitutional convention 11 

Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, proposed legislation this morning calling for Idaho to petition for a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution to restrict the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, “and no other amendments,” he said. Q: Do you support a constitutional convention to amend the U.S. Constitution?

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Woman holds lonely vigil at Statehouse 

Idaho legislators may ignore the woman in the sandwich board as she wanders through the halls of the Statehouse in silent protest. But she's OK with that, reports William L. Spence of the Lewiston Tribune. She wants her presence to pain their conscience. Her family suffered a wrong that she wants righted.

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Trib: His kingdom for an ethics panel 

In his editorial this morning, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune points out that House Speaker Scott Bedke has boxed himself in. An independent ethics panel would have served him well in dealing with state Rep. Heather Scott and the fallout afterward.

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Jammed jail toilets anger inspector 

Shawn Riley is fed up with those stinking "toilet snakes" at the Kootenai County jail. Riley, the county's building and grounds supervisor, told commissioners on Wednesday that inmates have cost taxpayers $23,268 the past two years to fish out shirts, sheets, blankets and other linens from sewer lines. Brian Walker/Press reports...

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In this Nov. 11, 1999, SR file photo, members of the Marine Corps League salute and 5-year-old Sydney Haney holds her ears as they watch WWII veteran Jim Shepperd use a large hammer to ring the bell in Veterans' Park during the annual observance of Veterans Day in Coeur d'Alene. Haney is standing by her grandfather, Ray Kincheloe. Shepperd's 11 clangs are a remembrance of the WWI armistice which took place at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. (Jesse Tinsley/SR file photo)

WWII vet Shepperd enjoyed a laugh 

World War II veteran Jim Shepperd, a 1944 graduate of Coeur d'Alene High, served his country in war and then fellow veterans afterward. Many remember him today as a patriot dedicated to Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Fourth of July parades, as well as someone who enjoyed pulling your leg. Brian Walker/Press reports ...

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