SATURDAY, FEB. 13, 2016

Weekend Wild Card -- 2.13-14.16 15 

We're officially a week away from the 2016 Blogfest at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill. I'll be beating this drum for the next week. If I can find some photos of Blogfests Past, I'll post them during the coming week. You won't want to miss...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2016

Parting Shot -- 2.12.16 

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed each other on the cheek Friday before an historic meeting in Cuba that is the first rapprochement between the two churches in the nearly 1,000 years since Christianity split between East and West.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 2.12.16 

The occupation is over -- in southeastern Oregon, not Boise. The annual siege of Boise continues as another lackluster Idaho Legislature reaches the halfway point of its annual session. We could send in federal agents or snacks to force them out. Then, what? They come...

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Grizzly-killing juvenile faces judge

A judge handed down a penalty Friday for a North Idaho teenager who shot and killed a federally protected grizzly bear last fall near Wallace. The 14-year-old boy was charged with the unlawful killing of a grizzly, an endangered species, and hunting without a bear tag. Because he is a juvenile, his case is sealed and the penalty was not disclosed.

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Idaho graduation rates improve 

Idaho’s high school graduation rates showed some improvement last year. According to the 2014-15 numbers, released Friday by the State Department of Education, 78.9 percent of seniors received their high school diploma. The 2013-14 graduation rate was 77.3. ... State superintendent Sherri Ybarra was quick to praise the new numbers.

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GOPrez primary may mean something 

Idaho's $2M GOPresidential beauty contest could mean something, after all, says Rocky Barker/Idaho Statesman. (Actually, he didn't say the part about the $2 million or the "beauty contest." I did that.) But Rocky says the results from New Hampshire might bright presidential candidates into Idaho.

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Blogos -- 2.12.16 

The daily roundup of posts from the Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: It's a wrap/Fort Boise, Iraq & Syria/Bay Views, What's next/Dogwalk Musings, Day After: Portland/SportsLink, Debate questions/Randy Stapilus, They said he wouldn't last/Write Blog, Ballad of the Malheur patriot/Better Idaho, 'Hail Caesar is amusing -- slightly/7 Blog ...

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This Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 booking photo provided by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff''s office shows Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Bundy, the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon refuge occupation, and who was the center of a standoff with federal officials in Nevada in 2014, was arrested in Portland, the FBI said Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff''s office via AP)

Cliven Bundy seeks court-appointed lawyer 12 

Nevada rancher Cliven D. Bundy asked for a court-appointed attorney as he made his first appearance Thursday in federal court following his arrest the night before at Portland International Airport. Bundy, 69, his thinning salt-and-pepper hair slicked back, shuffled into the courtroom, chains at his ankles and wearing standard blue jail garb.

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Teachers defend science standards 

Two teachers who wrote the proposed science standards rejected by the Legislature are standing up for their work and their methods. They are concerned because Idaho’s existing science standards are vague and broad. They’re also confused by why the House and Senate education committees rejected the standards with little discussion or public input.

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CDA Valentine's Day 

A beer, a hamburger and thou? The Bard of Sherman Avenue offers a somewhat different view of Valentine's Day in North Idaho. But, I suppose, some will agree with his bottom line in a short rhyme. But my wife won't. BTW, the photo above was taken by the late Patrick Jacobs for one of his Get Out! North Idaho columns for this newspaper.

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House OKs fluoride resolution 46-19 10 

The House has voted 46-19 in favor of a resolution recognizing the value of community water fluoridation in oral health. Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, spoke against the resolution, citing Wikipedia references to “contrary studies.” And, of course, the usual suspects voted no: Barbieri, Dixon, McMillan, Shepherd & Sims.

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Madsen: Raising mimimum wage hurts 

SR columnist Sue Lanie Madsen comments that raising the minimum wage hurts more than helps: "Minimum-wage proponents defend mandatory wage packages as a benefit to workers, including both hourly rates and mandatory leave policies. Taken together, these wage packages can push the cost of labor beyond the value of the task."

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Mendive ambushes literacy bill 

A literacy proposal rooted in Gov. Butch Otter’s task force recommendations and backed by a wide range of education groups was sidetracked by the House Education Committee Friday amid concerns from Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d’Alene, Idaho EdNews reports. (Why does this remind me of Rep Sims votes against the health crisis center?)

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Owners of The Long Ear music store Deon and Terry Borchard celebrated the store’s 4th anniversary in 2013. Now they’re moving to a new and larger location, in the old Army-Navy store on Government Way. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Long Ear moving to old Army-Navy store 

The Long Ear, the venerable Coeur d’Alene record store, is relocating later this month. After 16 years on Fourth Street just south of Appleway, the Long Ear will move about half a mile away, to 1620 N. Government Way. The building housed Phil’s Army and Navy Outdoor store until a couple months ago.

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FBI standoff strategy pays off 

The standoff lasted 41 days and resulted in one death last month, a departure from bloodshed at standoffs in Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in the 1990s. “This siege and the way it was handled will go down in law enforcement textbooks,” said Brian Levin, a criminal justice professor at California State University, San Bernardino.

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IFF: Give school choice a chance 31 

In his Idaho Freedom Foundation column today, executive director Wayne Hoffman supports the constitutional amendment proposed by Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg. The amendment, which would require 2/3s approval by both houses of the Legislature, would strike an Idaho ban on public funding of church schools.

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Ava Sharifi, a  17-year-old student at Lewis and Clark High School who gave an impassioned speech about dealing with Islamaphobia as a Muslim poses for a portrait on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at her home in Spokane, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / Spokesman Review)

AM: High schooler's speech inspiring

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes a report of an impassioned speech by Lewis & Clark High senior Ava Sharifi that has gone viral. Also: Judge tosses river dredging suit/AP, Bag of books shuts down I-90/KXLY, Green light for Ramsey Road extension/Press, Hayden to host corridor plan open house/Press + more ...

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Poll: Few observe Lent 13 

In a poll that accidentally ran Wednesday and Thursday, less than 10% of Hucks Nation said it gave up one of life's pleasures for Lent. Today's Poll: What did the Bundy brothers & other occupiers accomplish during Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff?

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Edit: No place for taunts in prep hoops 

In an editorial today, the Twin Falls Times-News targets the lack of sportsmanship of fans in a game between Burley and Minico high schools. Minico High will pay a $1,500 fine because its fans bullied an opposing player by yelling out his mother's name. The player's mom, a former school administrator, is in prison for sexually abusing 2 students.

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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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