SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2007



My 2 Cents -- Taking Stock Again

Blogmeister Jeff Bunch and I had an hour-long discussion about the Spokesman-Review blogosphere Friday afternoon. Jeff traveled to Coeur d'Alene to pick my brain re: the things we've done to make HBO a success during its nearly 3 1/2 years in North Idaho. I gave...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007

Parting Shot -- 6/29/07

M. Spencer Green/AP PhotoPeople stand outside the Apple Store on Chicago's Michigan Avenue today, waiting to get in to purchase the company's new iPhone during the official launch day. After six months of hype people were finally going to get their hands on the gadget...

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TGIF PM Storm ...

... scanner traffic is reporting that trees are down all over town as a result of the hailstorm that we're experiencing. Stay tuned.6:06 p.m., two people involved in a non-injury accident on Highway 95 are fighting in the parking lot of Petco.5:56 p.m., traffic lights...

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Elk Rancher V. Risch for Craig Seat in '08?

Controversial eastern Idaho elk rancher Rex Rammell says he’ll announce on Tuesday that he’s going to run for the U.S. Senate – Larry Craig’s seat, to be exact. “Guess who is my likely opponent? Jim Risch,” he chortled over the phone. “We’re gonna go head-to-head...

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Ex-North Idaho Gal Swings Budget Ax in Alaska

Al Grillo/AP PhotoAlaska Gov. Sarah Palin signs one of the three budget bills into law in Anchorage today. Palin cut more than a quarter billion dollars from the $1.8 billion capital budget the Legislature sent to her. Palin was born in Sandpoint and later attended...

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Q: What Would You Say to A Naked Person?

Remember that old movie, "What Would You Say to a Naked Lady"? Well, intern Melissa Pamer (who has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California) will be traveling to the Worley area Monday to check out a new nudist camp, Sun...

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Eye On Boise: LaRocco Works Rehab Shift

Larry LaRocco, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, started a shift at Pocatello’s Beacon Hospital and Rehabilitation this morning at 6, as part of his “Working for Senate” campaign. It’s the second job he’s putting in a stint at as part of his unusual campaign...

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Federal Way Dog Registers to Vote

Thomas James Hurst/AP Photo, Seattle TimesJane Balogh is shown this week in Federal Way, Wash., with her dog Duncan. Balogh signed up the dog to vote in protest of a 2005 state voter-registration law she thinks makes it too easy for noncitizens to vote. She...

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Editor Smith: Murdock/WSJ Merger Concerns SR

Item: Wall Street Journal reporters skip work to protest possible sale to Murdoch/Seattle P-IThe Murdoch saga is hotter news in the East where his profile – and growing political influence – is greatest. But it’s also a good example of the integrated media landscape in...

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BrodH20: House-keeping for Slackers

But the very best thing about (Mary Ellen's Guide to Good Enough Housekeeping) is she has tips for slacker-ass housekeepers like me who are spent by the time they get home from work at night and have absolutely no energy or interest in cleaning anything...

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Thilo: UI Sandpoint Branch "Going to Happen"

Item: UI Sandpoint site is 'going to happen': State approval is final hurdle before construction begins/Meghann M. Cuniff, Spokesman-ReviewSue Thilo/Idaho Board of Education: "It's going to happen."DFO: I wish the board was as enthusiastic with an equally exciting North Idaho project, the education corridor.Question: What...

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Hat Tip -- Midge Smock

Jesse Tinsley/Spokesman-ReviewMidge Smock, shown above in her Windermere/CDA office, has led fund-raising efforts to build a house for murder/kidnap survivor Shasta Groene and her father, Steve. Work crews are putting the finishing touches on the house this week. The house is being built entirely by...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2007



APhoto of the Day w/Top Cutlines -- 6/28/07

Mary Altaffer/AP Cowboy Joel Holly, of Utica, N.Y. watches over 35 American cattle touring the Statue of Liberty during a promotional event today in New York. The barge of bovines helped kick off A&W Restaurants' Moove to American campaign with a tour of the New...

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Extra! Micron Expects to Downsize

Item: Micron posts quarterly loss of $225M; expect 'lower levels of employment'/Gregory Hahn, Idaho StatesmanJames Bond: Micron CEO Steve Appleton has reliquished the title "President" to Mark Durcan, another executive. He also announced "downsizing." Details forthcoming .../Stay tuned

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