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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Otter Plans To Fight Ed Referendum 

Gov. Butch Otter reaffirmed his support today for the “Students Come First” school reforms, which shift funds from salaries to technology boosts and make other changes, including removing many of teachers' collective bargaining rights. “I know they're going to be on the ballot this year,...

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Richert: GOP Straw Poll Relevant 

Kevin Richert/Idaho Statesman sez the nonbinding straw poll being conducted by the Idaho GOP Friday has a purpose: "Sure, it’s (the straw poll) gimmicky; with voters paying $30 for the privilege of casting a ballot, this isn’t exactly representative politics. But the straw poll could...

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Humans Complicate Forest Planning 

This deer was found off the side of Fernan Lake Road near the Idaho Panhandle National Forest on Wednesday. Growth of rural residences on the perimeter of the national forest means more hazards for wildlife. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Heading to the Idaho Panhandle National...

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Lee: Viks Title Top INW Prep Story 

Greg Lee, the top prep scribe in the Inland Northwest, picks the undefeated run of the Coeur d'Alene Viks to a second consecutive state football title as the top 2011 high school story in the Inland Northwest. Writes Greg: "The Vikings were simply overpowering –...

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Spokane Area Couple Had 39 Cats 

Animal control officers wore white hazardous material suits as they worked to remove potentially dozens of cats from a Spokane home Wednesday. The couple who live at the residence, located on the 4000 block of North Addison Street, told SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. they have 39 cats....

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'Feds' Isn't A Four-Letter Word 

We're not happy with the federal government, either. But in the winter of their discontent, some citizens are going too far in condemning the very role of federalism in our daily lives. At their most extreme, some of these people consider themselves patriots and constitutional...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2012

Hump Day Wild Card -- 1.4.12 37 

I've decided that I've been doing this blog too long to continue to put up with individuals who want to pick fights or refuse to listen to my requests to change their behavior. Rhodetrip is gone. Idahogie's in the cooler. Others need to take heed....

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Parting Shot -- 1.4.12

Teacher's assistant Megan Williamson, left, helps pull her Discovery Preschool toddlers against the blowing snow as they cross a street downtown while returning from their morning walk in Juneau, Alaska, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Juneau Empire, Michael Penn)

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Spokane Elvis Impersonator Sings On 

I remember the first time I encountered Ben Klein. It was back in 2003, when I was the calendar editor here at The Inlander. He was a baby-faced 20-year-old who looked like he'd been forced into a funny Elvis costume and cajoled into doing a...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.4.12

5:53 p.m. Dead deer is lying in s/b lane of Ramsey Road @ Garwood. 5:27 p.m. Disabled vehicle w/flashers on reportedly off n/b H95 @ M/P 440 (Garwood Road). 5:05 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Jan. 3-4 here. 4:44 p.m. Near drowning...

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PM Headlines -- 1.4.12

Diane Sherman exercises her dogs Zara and Benji, rear, in Corbin Park on Tuesday in Spokane. The unseasonably mild weather may continue into spring, some forecasters say. Click here. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany) Gonzaga's Dower becoming complete basketballer/Jim Meehan, SR Washington's Gregoire to support gay...

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She's Not Heavy, She's My Wife 

Every time you carry your wife around, just remember - there's a competition for that. It started in Finland in a little town called Sonkajärvi where apparently they decided to start the sport called, "Wife Carrying." According to the internet, there may be deep roots...

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Wolf 'Emergency' Tops Society '11 List

Gov. Butch Otter cried wolf by declaring the predators a “disaster emergency” in Idaho last year, according to The Wildlife Society, the international organization of wildlife professionals. The group's newsletter editors ranked that story No. 1 in their list of Top 10 Wildlife News Stories...

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Church Pianist Gets Prison In Scheme

Dale Edward Lowell just needed a bit more money. A few dollars here and there - anything to help him make another investment in a stock market he was sure he could figure out. It never worked, but, in his mind, success was just another...

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LeFavour: Idaho's Reverse New Deal 11 

Does anyone think this year the Idaho legislature will suddenly re-consider our current strategy of telling every single state agency, "This year, no building anything, no hiring anyone, no replacing broken items or taking on new projects?" No. This three year austerity strategy has cost...

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Jamie Offers Social Media Classes 

Social media maven Jamie Lynn Morgan of NW Marketing 411 provided information to KVNI listeners on how to efficently and effectively use the internet for small business marketing. BTW, Jamie will be offering social media classes again this winter/spring beginning with Facebook 101, a one-night...

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Ed Board OKs Petersen $2M/Year Pay 10 

Idaho's state Board of Education has voted unanimously to grant Boise State University's request to boost the base pay for its head football coach, Chris Petersen, to $2 million. In a special meeting, the board voted to bump up Petersen's base pay to $2 million...

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Bloodied Glasses Return To Owner 

In the HucksOnline Lost And Found Dept: Canfield Middle School sixth-grade instructor Chris Pickens has been reunited with his glasses following a bike crash en route to work Tuesday morning in Hayden. HBO posted at item this morning re: someone finding a bloody pair of...

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Hart, Barbieri To Face Challengers 

Two longtime Hayden-area businessmen have announced their candidacies against Idaho Reps. Phil Hart and Vito Barbieri in the GOP primary. Ed Morse, who is challenging Hart, is a real estate appraiser and consultant and board member of the Reagan Republicans group; Mark Fisher (pictured), challenging...

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2012 Post Falls City Council 

Meet the 2012 Post Falls City Council (from left): Linda Wilhelm, Mayor Clay Larkin, Ron Jacobson l-r back Betty Ann Henderson, Skip Hissong, Joe Malloy, Kerri Thoreson. (Courtesy photo from Kerri Thoreson)

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Program Removes 16 Tons Of Litter 

City Administrator Wendy Gabriel: "We received a report from the Kootenai County Solid Waste Department that in 2011 the City of Coeur d’Alene’s Adopt-a-Street program delivered from Coeur d’Alene roadways a staggering total of 16.02 tons of trash to the County Transfer Station. This is...

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Johnson: Iowa Thins GOP Herd 

Iowa means nothing and everything. Four years ago, Barack Obama put himself on a rocky path to the Democratic nomination and eventually the White House with a win in Iowa. Mike Huckabee won on the GOP side four years ago and is now a Fox...

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Idaho Unhealthy For Washington Wolf 13 

Many of the wolves in northeastern Washington moved in naturally from Idaho. But the Gem State is a dangerous place for the wolves to return. A radio-collared wolf from the Diamond Pack in east-central Pend Oreille County was killed Dec. 20 by a trapper in...

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High Noon: Same Day Birthdays 

Julia Gonyer, left, poses with her father, Richard Stiff, and her daughter, Kourtney Gonyer, at their home in Sylvania Township, Ohio, on Monday. All three were born today (Jan. 4), as was Marshall Stiff, Richard's late father. Richard Stiff holds a photo of himself with...

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