THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2008

Parting Shot -- 7/31/08

J. Scott Applewhite/AP PhotoSen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, walks to a waiting car as he leaves federal court in Washington where he pleaded not guilty on charges that he lied about hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from an oil services contractor, Thursday, July 31,...

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OTV's Picks: Randy Owen @ Casino Tonight

OrangeTV sez he hates Randy Owen because he's the man responsible for writing the song "Mountain Music", which he popularized in 1982 along with his band Alabama. However, OTV sez, "this is Idaho and Country music reigns despite my point of view. Judging by Alabama's...

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Headlines @ Closin Time -- 7/31/08

Family Phil/A Family Runs Through It"When you're picking huckleberries in the wild woods of North Idaho," posts Family Phil, "your fingers will quickly become stained purple." He goes on to show why you have to be careful where you sit when picking huckleberries here.*Hells Angels...

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Road Survey: Idaho 14th, Washington 39th

Idaho ranked 14th in overall performance and cost-effectiveness. In last year’s rankings, Idaho ranked 10th overall. Idaho is 14th in urban interstate congestion, with 35.96 percent congested. The state ranks 24th in rural interstate condition and 41st in urban interstate condition. Idaho ranks 14th in...

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Oral Arguments Set In Craig Sting Case

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s Minnesota appeal attempting to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport men’s room sex sting has been set for oral arguments, which will take place in September. The Minnesota Court of Appeals has scheduled the arguments for Sept. 10 at 12:30...

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IVA: Cohabitation Dangerous For Women

RE: Boise man admits killing live-in girlfriend/KTVBWhile cohabitating instead of marrying has become a growing trend, many women are dangerously unaware of the risks of living together. Studies have consistently revealed that the incidence of domestic abuse is remarkably higher in cohabiting households than among...

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Breaking! Field Burning Could Resume This Fall

The Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on Idaho’s field burning plan, clearing the way for bluegrass farmers in North Idaho to resume the practice of torching fields as early as this fall. The EPA will publish its new rule governing Idaho field burning in...

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Poll: LaRocco Trails Risch By Only 10%

A new poll out today commissioned by Democratic blogger Markos Moulitsas’ Daily Kos shows Republican Jim Risch with a 10-point lead over Democrat Larry LaRocco in the Idaho Senate race, with independent Rex Rammell trailing at 5 percent. Moulitsas writes that he commissioned the poll...

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LaRocco's 'Working For The Senate' Strategy

Courtesy: LaRocco for Senate campaignI haven't paid much attention to U.S. Senate wannabe Larry LaRocco's "Working for the Senate" strategy in which he has worked a day each at 30 different jobs in 23 towns throughout the state since he launched his campaign. He did...

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Dogwalk Musings: Talk, Talk, Talk

I never listen to talk radio for just that reason - it's noise. Free speech aside, sometimes I think the whole concept should be banned. (Rush Limbaugh) claims, what, 20,000,000 listeners a week? For many its like Hub, in the car for a brief time...

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AM Headlines -- 7/31/08

Kathy Plonka/SRSwim instructor Le'tana Lickfold during classes at LeStar Aquatics Starfish Swim School in Post Falls on Tuesday. Story here You can read all of today's online Prairie Voice stories (scroll down to "Fuel costs drain police budgets") here.*Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR*Handle Extra columns: Huckleberries:...

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North Idaho Fair Spot No. 1

First of 4 YouTube spots that North Idaho Fair (Aug. 20-24) manager Chris Holloway and fair spokeswoman Laura Umthum sent to me this morning. Good stuff. Enjoy.Question: What do you think of the spot?

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Smith: No Plans To Cut Staff

A Little Birdie: I would like to know if it's true that the Spokesman is preparing for another round of layoffs. Dave, could you please address this or have Editor Steve Smith address this.Steve Smith: We have been asked to continue to control costs. we...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008

Hump Day Wild Card -- 7/30/08

Something nice has been happening around here this month. HBO has attracted more than 10,000 -- 10,000! -- page-views for six of the last 12 weekdays. When I started this blog in February 2004, I had hoped to hit 1,000 PVs. Editor Steve Smith said...

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Buells' Friends Dispute Police Account

Richard Schumaker and his wife, Lana, both St. Maries residents and friends of the Buells, were with the commissioner and his wife on a boat ride July 20 at 12:30 p.m. when tribal officers asked them to stop just north of the former swing bridge...

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Headlines @ Closin' Time -- 7/30/08

Kathy Plonka/SRFirefighters worked to secure a brush fire off of Red Neck Road North of Blanchard on Wednesday. Story here.A man who shot a horse near DeSmet won’t be fined for killing the stallion with a shotgun slug. Charges against Chad Chittenden were dropped after...

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KCSD Revokes River Rat Rage Permit

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department has revoked the marine event permit issued for the "River Rat Rage 2008" event scheduled on Saturday on the grounds that the event has been publicly advertised in a manner exceeding the scope of the permit application, and in violation...

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Letter: SR Wrong To Give Diploma Mill Names

I am absolutely appalled that the Spokesman-Review has made a list of the fake diploma mill recipients available. They have no right to abuse their privilege as a news reporting entity. They violated the privacy of many individuals who may have chosen to not use...

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Scanner Traffic -- 7/30/08

4:17 p.m. Teens in ATVs and golf carts running amok through neighborhood at Wilbur Avenue and Winterview.3:17 p.m. Fireworks reported on Prairie Trail underneath I-90.3:01 p.m. ISP: Clark Fork woman hurt in H200 rollover here.12:35 p.m. Homeowners are trying to put out a five-acre wildfire...

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SR Blogs: Avista Earnings, Rates

The story is still developing, of course. But I suspect many of you saw the online report that Avista's second quarter profits rose 69% year over year. (Link here) Utility financials are more complicated than those of the newspaper industry. So I'm the last person...

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Local Blogs: Garwood Saloon Shutting Doors

S&S Herb/Bay Views"The Garwood Saloon has been in existence for so long, nobody still alive remembers when it first opened," posts S&S Herb, Bay Views. "Recently bought by the Idaho State Department of Transportation for a new highway project, this icon will close permanently July...

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Gazette: Lake Incident Wasn't About Racism

But while racism is the stuff of racy reporting, last week’s dustup between the Coeur d’Alene Tribal police and a Benewah County Commissioner (Jack Buell, pictured) has a whole lot to do with jurisdiction and very little to do with race. There will come the...

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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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