TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 1.31.12 23 

We're less than 24 hours away from February, the transition month to spring. For some time, I've considered Feb. 2 (Groundhog's Day and my late father's birthday) to be the unofficial end of winter. Mrs. O always thought I was cuh-razy for doing so, especially...

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Parting Shot -- 1.31.12 

A Sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, takes a dip at Sangam, confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India, Monday. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus bathe at the confluence during the...

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Trish: My Turn To Get Picked 

Trish Gannon/River Journal and I had a conversation on Facebook, launched by Trish's comment: "Wow! After 25 years residency, I have finally been called for jury duty." Which prompted me to post: "Many are called, but few are chosen." Take it away, Trish: "I feel...

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Romney Winning By 17% In Florida 

Mitt Romney won a commanding victory in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding from defeat and taking a significant step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Despite the setback, Newt Gingrich vowed to press on. Returns from 38 percent of Florida's precincts showed Romney with 48...

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PM/Idaho -- 1.31.12 

Coeur d'Alene resident Ron Evanson took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and ran on Centennial Trail in Coeur d'Alene earlier today. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Idaho Falls woman dies after falling off ski lift/KTVB 1st lynx spotted on Idaho forest since 1991/Rich Landers, Outdoors...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 1.31.12

5:33 p.m. Caller is concerned that man in green coat walking toward vets memorial bridge @ I-90 & M/P 17 from white SUV may jump parked in pullout. (Update: ISP officer reports the man is simply having vehicle problems but help is on the way.)...

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Otter Enlists Ex-Dem Operative Foster 

Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has enlisted a former Democratic political operative to help develop his strategy for fighting to preserve new education laws that weaken teacher negotiating power and emphasize online learning. The governor has vowed publicly to do everything in his power to...

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Jury Finds Ellington Guilty Again 

A jury today convicted a North Idaho man of second-degree murder for fatally running over a woman during a 2006 road rage incident with her husband and two daughters. Jonathan Wade Ellington, 51, has already served six years in prison for the Jan. 1, 2006,...

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A Facebook Friend reports she saw Sheriff Rocky Watson & two of his troops jaywalking from Kootenai Coffee to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office earlier today. Tsk. Tsk.

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Riley: Hart Gold Standard For Lunacy 10 

Not only is Idaho State Rep. Phil Hart not in jail for tax evasion (yet), he’s still introducing legislation in Boise. Hart’s latest endeavor is House Bill 430, which “recognizes the liberty of Idahoans to conductbusiness in gold and silver coin uninhibited at their own...

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Downtown CdA Coffee Shops Ranked 

The North Idaho College Sentinel staff rated the three most popular coffee shops in downtown Coeur d'Alene (Java on Sherman, Bakery by the Lake, & Calypsos): "So much coffee, so little time! Coeur d’Alene’s downtown coffee shops have a lot to offer. We decided to...

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Komen Splits w/Planned Parenthood 15 

A prominent cancer-treatment foundation is ending its work with Planned Parenthood, a decision Planned Parenthood called "deeply disturbing and disappointing." The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has broken off a partnership through which it provided cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics, the Associated...

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Foodbeat NW: CdA Olive Oil Company 

It may be worth noting right away that there really aren’t a lot of olive trees hanging around up here in wintery North Idaho. So what’s up with the idea of Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Company? A look at their website reveals that the olives...

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USFS OKs Jesus Statue Permit 

Freshmen at the University of Montana, from left, Jake Coburn, Stephanie Ralls and Claire Dal Nogare, visit a statue of Jesus Christ at Whitefish Mountain Resort Whitefish, Mont. The U.S. Forest Service said today it will re-authorize a permit for this 57-year-old statue of Jesus...

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Cottage Cheese: Love It, Or Hate It? 24 

Many opinions and beliefs divide us. You know the list. No need to repeat it here. But overlooked in the heated wrangling over contentious public policy issues is an undeniable reality. The most polarized schism in our society might be over cottage cheese. Many love...

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Walkabout: Dogs Loose All Over 

RE: Owners ignore Tubbs Hill leash law/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press Walkabout: It isn't just Tubbs Hill that is the problem, it is all over town. I have seen loose dogs on Independence Point, in the Sanders Beach neighborhood, and City park. If fact, one...

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Do You Have Ideal Woman's Body? 15 

The ideal woman should be 5 feet 10 inches-6 feet tall, weigh 110-115 pounds and be size 0-2. That’s according to students in a "Multicultural Perspectives on the Body and Dress” class at Washington State University taught by Linda Bradley. "That’s pretty much what models...

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High Noon: February Least Favorite 10 

Duroc: February is my least favorite month. Thank God it’s the shortest February is too frustrating - some years it’s winter, some years its just grey and miserable. I like February when it’s cold, snowy, and sunny. I hate February when it’s rainy and dark....

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Vested Santorum Presses Flesh 

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum greets supporters during a campaign stop earlier today at the Lone Tree Golf Club in Lone Tree, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) Question: How often do you wear vests?

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.31.12

Noonish: Owner of barking dog on Majestic Rathdrum slams door in face of animal control officer, who plans to return to residence with police officer. 11:45 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Jan. 30-31 here. 11:25 a.m. Driver of Montana rig dumped animal...

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43rdSB: Foster Backing Luna Reform? 

The referendum on Students Comes First will take place on the date of the general election, the first Tuesday of November, 2012. Word on the street is that John Foster has been tapped to lead the political efforts for Republicans against the initiatives, and in...

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Denney Ap-Hollow-gizes To Caucus 

A subdued House Speaker Lawerence Denney said after a 45-minute closed GOP caucus today that he apologized to the caucus for his handling of the attempted ouster of GOP redistricting Commissioner Dolores Crow. “Most of the comments were very, very supportive,” Denney said. He said...

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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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