WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 3.4.15 

All appears quiet on the North Idaho front this Hump Day. But we haven't heard from the Legislative District 2 delegation yet. You never know when legislators Vick, Vito & Eric will light up the social media with an over-the-top comment or action. That's why...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.4.15

PM Scanner Traffic for Thursday (6 items + AM Scanner Traffic link) includes one-vehicle rollover with a significant injury that has shut down H95 north of Silverwood (MP 447). Also, male assaulted but didn't injury female inside downtown CdA store ...

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Flu Season Winds Down

As the miserable flu season winds down, the government is trying to pick a better recipe for flu shots for next fall and winter. Question: How did you fare during flu season 2014-15? Moi? I suffered one head cold that hung on for about 10 days. But not the bad crud.

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Edit: Anti-Corruption Czar Needed

Twin Falls Times-News editorial: Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s administration, at present, is ground zero for Idaho’s rampant cronyism and malfeasance. And placing a new corruption investigator within his regime would amount to asking the wolf to guard the flock. Otter’s administration, just in the past...

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Keystone Veto Survives Override 

The GOP-controlled Senate failed Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL pipeline legislation but vowed to continue to fight to complete the project. The vote was 62-37, five votes short of the 67-vote super-majority needed to override a presidential veto. The bill turned...

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'Borscht Whisperer' Dazzles 

Correspondent Timothy Grayson writes: "I like to call my wife, Iryna, the 'borscht whisperer.' Her Ukrainian borscht always turns out excellent – with a hearty mix of meat, beets and cabbage and that signature, deep reddish purple-hued broth that’s cherished by anyone who loves a good bowl of borscht.

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Hill, Bedke: Ed Top Priority Now 

House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill both say the Legislature can still wrap up its session by March 27, as long as it addresses education funding. Both also want to see movement on transportation funding. But Bedke told the Idaho Press Club today, “I think it is possible that we’ll do education and go home" ...

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Yesteryear: Central Motors 

In this Old School North Idaho post, Don Miller posts: "This picture was taken in the 1930's at Central Motors, downtown Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. My dad, Wheeler Miller is the 3rd man from the left, front row." Question: Do you have any more information about...

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Poll: Vick Didn't Represent Us 

More than 3/4ths of Hucks Nation didn't support decision by state Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, to boycott Hindu prayer that opened the Tuesday session of the Idaho Senate. Today's Poll: Should meetings of state and locally elected bodies in Idaho begin with prayer?

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Prosecutor's Wife Slams 'Muzlims' 

In Spokane County, Prosecutor Larry Haskell is trying to deflect racially charged remarks made by his wife, Lesley, who writes a conservative Facebook page, "Chicks on the Right." In one post, she said: "I don't trust Muzlims (sic) no matter what." Thoughts?

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Driverless Cars In Idaho? Seriously? 13 

Idaho citizens could soon be sharing the road with driverless cars. A Senate panel considered a bill Tuesday that would allow companies to test self-driving cars on Idaho highways. Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Sen. Bert Brackett says the plan's goal is to encourage businesses to...

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AM Headlines -- 3.4.15

AM Headlines @HucksOnline today includes daylight-saving time bill dead in Idaho Legislature+Hayden lots sold to Oregon company+Spokane County prosecutor explains wife's social media posts+ex-NIC employee could face more charges ...

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Why Ask Why? 29 

Why is it that everyone is expected to sit through a christian prayer; yet when another faith wishes to offer a prayer Christians do not feel they should offer the one praying the same level of respect they constantly demand from everyone else? -- Khaliela...

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Cutline Contest -- 3.4.15 

In this 2013 AP file photo, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddle during their joint news conference in Jerusalem, Israel. In wake of Netanyahu's controversial visit to the United States this week, I thought it would be interesting to offer this...

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March 

Does The Bard of Sherman Avenue have a rhyme for the approaching March Madness? Of course he does.

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Sandpoint: Best Spot To Retire 

Sandpoint is the best place to retire in Idaho, according to the financial question-and-answer website, SmartAsset, which ranked it number one with a rating of 92.73 out of 100. The site rated cities all over the U.S. based on three factors, including tax burden; availability...

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Edit: Butch & Inspector General 11 

If anybody ought to be leading the crusade for Rep. John Rusche's plan to install an independent inspector general to short-circuit waste, fraud and abuse in the state of Idaho, it ought to be the man at the top. After all, Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter...

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SR: Local Broadband Beats State's

Local school districts are benefiting from a scandal that disconnected the statewide network for broadband. This happenstance should be a giant signal to the Idaho Legislature that state control was a bad idea from the beginning. Lawmakers were forced to approve $3.64 million in emergency...

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Gilliam Takes Reins Of Jobs Plus 

She might be small, but she's a big name in Idaho economic development. Gynii Abracosa Gilliam was introduced Tuesday as the new president of Jobs Plus, Inc. Idaho's chief economic development officer in 2012 and 2013 and an economic development veteran in small and large communities for more than 20 years, Gilliam takes over for Steve Griffitts...

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Edit: Ed Rhetoric, Actions Don't Match  

For years, Idaho's education vehicle has been in neutral. The Great Recession and Questionable Priorities put that vehicle on an icy hill. It has not slid forward. A new era of ambitious talk that could be a prelude to actual action resounded through the Capitol...

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Female Inmates Can Work, Too 

Jailed women in Kootenai County now have the chance to work while behind bars, an opportunity long afforded only to male inmates. Richard Eppink, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, told The Press Monday that his organization received a complaint in...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 3.3.15 

It appears that Hindu chaplain Rajan Zed has split the North Idaho senators, with Sens. Vick and Nuxoll opting to boycott. And Sens. Keough and Souza deciding to pay their respects. Sen. Nonini missed the prayer because he was running late as the result of a business meeting ...

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Parting Shot -- 3.3.15 11 

Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, delivers a prayer from Sanskrit scriptures before the Idaho Senate today in Boise. The Idaho Senate convened Tuesday with a Hindu prayer for the first time since Idaho acquired statehood in 1890, drawing objections from seven lawmakers...

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