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THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 2006

007: State Employee Bonuses Deserved

James Bond: I am less than impressed with the hoo-ha over these so-called "bonuses." Most state workers are not paid at market rates. Yes, they have good job security, and in many cases they might not have to work the long hours that private sector...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 2006

Parting Shot -- 12/13/06

Dr. Harry Amend, center, superintendent of the Coeur d'Alene School District, elaborates on a report showing declining enrollment at Sorensen Elementary and a possible $400,000 savings if the district closes the school in downtown Coeur d'Alene while speaking to the Coeur d'Alene School District's long...

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Leaning Straight Up: Transformed by a Song

Full post hereMy daughter had her Winter Concert tonight at her school, where she plays violin in the Symphony. I went expecting to enjoy myself with another night of the usual Christmas songs. Last year’s concert had some excellent music. I was in for a...

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Top Cutlines -- 12/13/06

Dennis Coyier of Cottage Grove, Wis., addresses a crowd in Madison, Wis., today at a rally in support of a local Air America radio station that Clear Channel will change to a sports format in January. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) Top Cutlines1....

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Eye On Boise -- Risch Office Explains Bonus, Sorta

Full post hereGov. Jim Risch’s office says the $2,000 year-end bonus he gave to one of his employees was actually just an attempt to make up for an earlier record-keeping mixup that meant the employee didn’t get state-paid health insurance for several months. “They goofed...

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Idaho Officials Open Nampa Interchange

Traffic using the new Karcher Interchange overpass moves through the intersection Tuesday evening in Nampa. Officials have opened the Karcher Interchange, a 16-month, $30 million project that's part of a plan to improve the Interstate 84 corridor through the more populated areas of southwest Idaho....

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It Might Be Lights Off @ Midnight for KAYU-28

Issue: Fox appears ready to trot: Station will go dark for cable subscribers if it is unable to reach a deal with Time Warner/Rick Thomas, Coeur d'Alene PressMore Info: Negotiations between the Spokane affiliate of Fox and Time Warner appear to have reached an impasse,...

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APhoto of the Day -- 12/13/06

Dennis Coyier of Cottage Grove, Wis., addresses a crowd in Madison, Wis., today at a rally in support of a local Air America radio station that Clear Channel will change to a sports format in January. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

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Mayor Bloem: CDA Deserves "A" For 2006 Success

Issue: Bloem upbeat on CdA's successes: Mayor cites Kroc center, Sanders Beach in annual address/Erica Curless, Spokesman-ReviewMore Info: Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem doesn't think the city could have had a better year: snagging the $60 million Kroc Community Center, a new library under construction...

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Tinsley Photo: Monster House @ Plaza Shoppes?

Colleague Jesse Tinsley sends this photo along with the note: "This is one of the more creative gingerbread houses currently on display at the Plaza Shoppes in Coeur d'Alene. It's a replica of the title character from the movie "Monster House" with the addition of...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 2006

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 12/12/06

I've been off stride all day as a result of the e-mail postings, the visit from good friend Dick Haugen, and the annual legislative briefing from Betsy Russell (Boise) and Rich Roesler (Olympia). Tomorrow, we're scheduled for our annual Christmas lunch in the office and...

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RSPA: Anti-DFO/HBO/SR Blogs Struggling

RSPA: Could we all please stop what we're doing. Right now! All of you. Wondering put down your tea, please. Thanks. OK, let's all bow our heads and say a little word for the sadly premature demise of the anti-HBO wingnut blogs on the Coeur...

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Top Cutlines -- 12/12/06

Basset hound Jethro's ears flap in the air as he leaps through deep snow after a heavy snowfall hit London, Ont., in Canada, that closed schools, and shut down much of the city, on Friday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/CP, Dave Chidley) Top Cutlines1....

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Question: Hillary Or Obama?

Issue: The Politics of Race: How will African-American voters respond to a Barack-Hillary showdown?/NewsweekMore Info: There are a lot of Democrats who have reservations about Hillary Clinton, not because they are necessarily hostile to her, but they're not sure she can be elected and they...

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Statesman: Montana State Coach Wants UI Job

Complete story hereThe last time Rob Spear hired a football coach, the Idaho athletic director struck quickly by landing Dennis Erickson. Ten months later, with Erickson off to Arizona State, Spear is hoping to replicate that speed — with better long-term results. Spear said Monday...

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No Best of the INorthwest Today

I apologize that I don't have time to compile Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest today. Been busy. Prompted by the Coeur d'Alene Press whitewash of the prosecutor's e-mail story this morning, I finally decided to check out the Baughman File. I'll shower soon. However, I...

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