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THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012

Wild Card/Thursday -- 4.5.12 17 

Coeur d'Alene has now officially stepped through the looking glass and is sipping tea at the Mad Hatter's party. Up is down. Black is white. Progress is bad. We wished we were back in the 1960s and hydroplanes were zipping across the surface of Lake...

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Parting Shot -- 4.5.12 

Actor Bill Murray slides into home after rounding the bases before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before a opening day baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals today in Chicago. The Nationals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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McEuen Upgrade Cost $14M Not $40M 32 

The effort to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem and three Coeur d'Alene City Council members -- Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mike Kennedy -- may be based on false information, as circulated in a flyer handed out to Republican Women today. The flyer (seen below on...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.5.12

5:18 p.m. Possible burglary in progress at an old Louisiana Pacific building on Spokane/PF. 5:07 p.m. 13YO boy is cussing out father @ River City Middle School/PF basketball courts after being kicked out of Boys & Girls Club earlier for being unruly. 5:03 p.m. Caller...

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PM: What's Worse -- Snow/Gas Cost?

Pecky Cox/As The Lake Churns offers this photo from the snow storm that hit North Idaho Wednesday -- and asks: "What's worse -- snow on April 4 or the gas prices in the background?" Trailer rolls on I-90, cows make break for it/SR Wyoming town...

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LCSC Collect Diapers For Needy 

Lewis-Clark State College Coeur d’Alene social work students delivered a diaper dandy. The 2nd Annual Student Organization of Social Work Diaper Drive collected 2,500 diapers from local residents and delivered them to St. Vincent de Paul in Coeur d’Alene and the Post Falls Food Bank...

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Reasonables Reject Green For Sheriff 

In the Kootenai County sheriff's race, the Reasonable Republicans said two men are qualified and would serve well: Keith Hutcheson and sheriff' Major Ben Wolfinger. Brad Corkill of the Reasonable Republicans had pointed words for a third candidate, John Green: "It was clear, though, that...

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Reasonable R's Air Endorsements 10 

The North Idaho Political Action Committee (AKA "Reasonable Republicans) made their endorsements moments ago, setting as its highest priority the defeat of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol. You can read the list & reasons for endorsements here.The endorsements: District #1: Shawn Keough (Senate); Eric Anderson (Seat...

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Thanks For Nothing, Butch 10 

On his Twitter page, Gov. Butch Otter brags: "I signed my bill reducing State income tax rates into law today, keeping $35 million more of taxpayers’ money in their pockets." DFO: Ah, Butch, did you forget that the $35M only goes into the pockets of...

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Rural Idaho Shrinking Populationwise 

New data shows Idaho's rural communities are continuing to shrink but at a more intense rate, with population declines recorded in 18 remote counties last year. The state Department of Labor reported Thursday that more rural counties lost population from July 2010 through July 2011...

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Larry Craig Play Opens In Boise

It’s a news story that, in Idaho, has become a legend. A conservative senator arrested for soliciting sex with another man in an airport bathroom. In video from C-SPAN from 2007 Idaho Senator Larry Craig apologizes just after the story broke. “While I was not...

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Recall Effort Reaches Repub Women 22 

A flyer circulated by Mary Souza of OpenCDA.com to local Republican Women's Club luncheon today. (My scanner cut off the bottom name on the Recallers' hit list: Woody McEvers.) DFO: BTW, I think that top gripe about a $40M McEuen Field overhaul is extremely inaccurate....

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City Clerk OKs Revised Recall Petition 

Frank Orzell & Co. finally filed proper paperwork that included their reason for attempting recall effort against Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem & council members Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mike Kennedy. The reasons: S/he denied a public advisory vote and approved a plan to...

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Blast From Past -- Sims' Attack Ad 

Here's proof that state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, has had it out for Mayor Sandi Bloem's administration for some time. Sims, a signer of the petition to launch a recall against Bloem and Councilmen Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mike Kennedy, circulated this attack...

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More Trashing CdA By Reagan Repubs 

In case you're wondering whether Reagan Republicans have gone off deep end in demonizing Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members targetted for recall, Jeff Ward calls for their ouster in his newsletter, concluding with "Now it seems the citizens of Coeur d'Alene must determine...

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Naming Aging Baby Boomers 

On her End Notes blog, SR colleague Rebecca Nappi writes: "Please help us come up with a name that best describes how baby boomers will age. They won't do it the same as parents and grandparents. My story today explained how most boomers will likely...

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JA: How Rep. Hart Got Away 

Spoof RE: Hart in wrong place at wrong time/Lewiston Tribune ISP (guns drawn): ‘OK, buddy, come out with your hands up’. Phil: ‘Wait, wait, it was just a little timber…’ ISP: ‘Come out, right now.’ Phil: ‘And, besides, the house in in a trust…’ ISP:...

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High Noon: Teacher Touched Lives 

When Pat Fiorillo, 48, died on March 9, he didn’t just leave behind a wife and two daughters. He also left an estimated 10,000 students – lives he’d touched during his 23-year career at Sacajawea Middle School. On Friday evening, scores of those students, along...

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Pope Washes Feet During Holy Week 

Pope Benedict XVI washes the foot of an unidentified layman, during the Holy Thursday rite of the washing of the feet, in St. John in Lateran Basilica in Rome Thursday. (AP Photo/Claudio Peri, Pool) Question: Is it important to you to commemorate Good Friday &...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.5.12

Noonish: Fully loaded fuel tanker is broken down on bad stretch of H95 @ M/P 375 (Sanders/Emida). 11:59 a.m. Caller asks road crew to fill potholes on Redman Hill along Lakeshore Drive. 11:48 a.m. Malicious injury to business property reported in 200 block of Sherman/CdA....

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DFO: Repubs Export Dysfunctionalism 

It appears as though the dysfunctional Kootenai County Republican Party is trying to reach its tentacles further into the government of progressive Coeur d'Alene. Last November, the Reagan Republicans, one of several splinter groups of the warring local Republicans, used their organizational clout and the...

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Poll: Just Say No To Recall

Wednesday Poll: Looks like there was a concerted effort this late last night or this morning by recallers to sway poll to their side. When I went to bed last night, those who opposed Coeur d'Alene recall effort outnumbered recallers 3-to-1 with about 220 votes....

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AM: Snow masks April Showers

Gene Rayman, of Manito Automotive Technicians, brushes of a layer of snow in a parking lot full of cars in Spokane. After 60 degree temperatures on Tuesday, snow blanketed many parts of the area on Wednesday. Says Rayman, " I have to clean them off...

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Stop The Recall Web Page Up 13 

There's a new Web site out there to counter the cuh-razy attempt by CAVErs and Reagan Republicans to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem and the do-something wing of the City Council. You can see the Stop the Recall Facebook here. There will be an organizational meeting...

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This Girly-Girl Likes To Shoot Guns 

I have a confession to make. I’m a girl. A girly-girl. I don’t like playing team sports, sweating, getting dirt on my hands or fishing. Well, I’ve never actually gone fishing, but it involves bait and bad smells, so I’m confident it’s not for me....

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