TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

Cutline Contest -- 6.30.15

Erie Animal Enforcement Officer Rob Culbertson chases two young male turkeys through a public housing neighborhood after the birds wandered near traffic in Erie, Pa., Monday. You write the cutline. (Erie Times-News via AP photo: Andy Colwell) Monday Winner -- JMRusche, with 4 likes: Cowboy...

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Sheriff: Extremists Breeding Danger

The political rhetoric from the far right is breeding homegrown dangers, and local police agencies are no more militarized than they’ve ever been. Those were the two main points from a speech Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich gave Monday night, which was hosted by the...

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Cruz Hopes To Ride Backlash To Top 

Sen. Ted Cruz is hoping to ride the conservative backlash on gay marriage to the front of the Republican presidential pack. The Texas Republican has hit the Supreme Court with repeated rhetorical barbs in the wake of its ruling Friday that allowed for same-sex marriage...

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Obama Approval Rating Over 50% 

President Obama's approval rating has hit 50 percent for the first time in more than two years, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday morning. Approval for Obama has increased 5 points since last month. The last time Obama saw approval from at least half...

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Hall: Texting Among The Zombies 

Columnist Bill Hall of the Lewiston Tribune comments that texting drivers and zombies share that same dull-eyed look. But there is one vast difference. Zombies are alert for wary pedestrians and other people they happen upon because they're hungry. Texting motorists are more apt to run over you because they're lost in thought.

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Trib: Ruling Puts Idaho At Crossroads 

In a recent editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments that Idaho has been placed at a crossroads as a result of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, who welcomed the ruling represented one path. Gov Butch Otter, who opposed the decision, represents the other.

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Spokane NAACP Moves On Sans Dolezal

There was a sense of hope, tinged with wariness, at the first Spokane NAACP community meeting since the national furor over former chapter president Rachel Dolezal’s lies about her race. “We recognize that relationships have been disrupted. We recognize that there has been hurt and distrust,” said Naima Quarles-Burnley, the chapter’s new president.

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376 Ironman Dropouts 'Did Not Fry'

Triple-digit temperatures and a swarm of angry bees did not deter 1,335 athletes from completing Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2015. There were 1,711 hopefuls who started the triathlon Sunday morning, and by the 11 p.m. cutoff, 376 had dropped out. A total of 2,012 athletes registered...

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County Refuses To Ban Fireworks 

The Kootenai County commissioners on Monday decided against establishing a total ban on fireworks for the unincorporated areas of the county. The commissioners heard from some people in the public who requested the board ban fireworks completely for the Fourth of July holiday. Commissioner Dan...

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 6.29.15 16 

I haven't had air conditioning since moving to the Inland Northwest 38 years ago. During most summers, I haven't needed it, even the two years Mrs. O & I spent in hot, hot, hot Lewiston. But this weekend was different. We couldn't beat the heat....

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Parting Shot -- 6.29.15 

Micki Clugston holds a cinder chunk that landed in her and her husband Chuck's yard during the Sleepy Hollow fire on Monday in Wenatchee, Washington's Broadview neighborhood. Unlike many of their neighbors the Clugstons home emerged unscratched despite being peppered with hot cinders like this...

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Wine, Beer Garden Set For Concerts

The Panhandle Parks Foundation will be sponsoring a beer & wine garden during the free Sunday summer concerts at Coeur d'Alene's City Park this summer. Handshake Productions will launch its annual concert series with a performance by the Kelly Hughes Band this Sunday, July 5. What do you think of a beer, wine garden at City Park?

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CdA Semi Crash Kills 2M Bees 

About 2 million honeybees perished in Sunday’s semitruck wreck on Interstate 90 in Coeur d’Alene, the Idaho State Police said. The truck, from Belleville Honey and Beekeeping Supply in Burlington, Washington, was hauling about 400 hives to Montana when the rear trailer swayed and overturned...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.29.15

Scanner Traffic for Monday PM (22 items & counting + AM Scanner Traffic link) includes 2 instances of motorists blocking traffic b/c they ran out of gas & at least 2 drunks stumbling along Coeur d'Alene sidewalks ...

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Ready For 7 Cents More At Pumps? 

Ready or not, Idahoans will begin paying 7 cents more at the pumps on Wednesday, as part of new legislation designed to help pay for road and bridge fixes. Idaho will be one of 6 states to increase their gas taxes Wednesday. Now that you're about to pay more for gas, are you still in favor of this legislation? (Wayne Hoffman need not answer)

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Out Of Gas 

Despite assurances from her husband, Cindy learned that you can't make it from Leavenworth, Wash., back to Spokane on half of a tank of gas. She was in Leavenworth promoting her "War Bonds" book. Question: Have you ever run out of gas? Where? When?

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Ironman Nixes Boise Contract 

According to a statement on Ironman.com, the organization has opted not to renew its contract with the city of Boise. “We appreciate the efforts and support of the city, volunteers, sponsors and everyone else involved in putting on this triathlon over the past eight years,”...

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Court Emboldens GOP On Climate Regs 

The Supreme Court emboldened opponents of the Obama administration’s environmental agenda Monday with its ruling against a major air pollution rule. Republicans and others who have railed relentlessly against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recent years are touting the decision as a validation of...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 6.29.15 

Today's HucksOnline Blogs roundup inclues: Hinges of hell/Bay Views, Columbia rolls on back/On Tap, As USA turns, changes/Simple Mind, Here comes a gay wedding/Faithful Geek, Gay marriage & the court/Dogwalk Musings, Disagree, don't ignore (court ruling), Ridenbaugh Press + more ...

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New Idaho Laws Start Wednesday

Summer in Idaho brings not only plenty of outdoor cookouts and floats down the river, but also state laws ready to go into effect. July 1 marks the start of a new fiscal year in Idaho, meaning the state will begin implementing a new budget and plenty of new policies. Among the laws ... 7 more cents per gallon at gas station, to pay for roads ...

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Hudson's Makes 'Roadfood' Book List 

Hudson's Hamburgers has made another list of prominent eateries throughout the United States. This time, the venerable burger shop in downtown Coeur d'Alene is listed in the "Roadfood" book by Jane and Michael Stern of 900 best regional eateries in the nation. Hudson's makes the Top 100 list and is one of only 3 in the "Great Plains" states.

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Stickman Greets Iron(wo)men 

Don Sausser was busy taking photos during Ironman Coeur d'Alene Sunday. Here, he provides a photo of the annual Ironman Coeur d'Alene display constructed by Stickman & Walkabout from floating golf balls from the Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course. Walkabout retrieves thousands of such golf...

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