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MONDAY, DEC. 30, 2013


Elections, McEuen Among Top Stories 

It's been a year of change in Kootenai County. We said goodbye to many longtime local officials, and are welcoming a fresh batch of newsmakers to government leadership positions. A major change in the physical landscape of downtown Coeur d'Alene took place throughout the year,...

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Bonner Co Eyes Anti-Tobacco Plan 11 

If you’re looking to be hired by Bonner County in 2014, you may want to consider kicking tobacco as a New Year’s resolution. The county is slated to reconsider a proposal to avoid hiring new employees who smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco, according to Commissioner...

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Frosh Rep Defaults On Mortgage 23 

Freshman Idaho Rep. Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell, has defaulted on his home mortgage and hasn’t paid a house payment since June of 2012, four months before he was elected to the Legislature. The news, first reported by the Caldwell Guardian and detailed in a Sunday article...

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AM Headlines -- 12.30.13

Megan Jeffs, 19, watches the controversial megaload move through Marsing on Saturday. A handful of protestors brought signs to demonstrate against the 450-ton, 380-foot refinery equipment on its way to Canada. It's bound for the oil sands that surround Fort McMurray, though a spokeswoman for...

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Poll: Most Don't Make Resolutions

Weekend Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation doesn't make New Year's resolutions. 103 of 143 respondents (72.03%) said they don't make New Year's resolutions. Only 10 of 143 respondents (6.99%) said they make resolutions every year. But no one said they keep New Year's resolutions....

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Hanging Around In Jaeger Suite 

JohnA: Today (Saturday), we're visiting my sister and her husband at the CDA Resort, as they enjoy a free night in the Jaeger Suite. They won the poker run this summer and this is their reward. Pretty cool, since it's been a while since I've...

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Letter: Too Many Taco Stands In CdA 23 

I cannot believe the city of Coeur d’Alene is allowing all these taco stands to be set up in nearly every business parking lot in town. Shame on the city! Our town is looking more like Tijuana every day. This would have never been allowed...

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Derby Kills 21 Coyotes, 0 Wolves 

Organizers of a predator derby in Idaho say 21 coyotes but no wolves were shot by about 60 hunters. Steve Alder of Idaho for Wildlife, the weekend event's promoter, said the low tally helps prove sport hunting isn't a very effective tool in managing Idaho's...

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Afghan Bomb Kills Sandpoint Airman 

An Air Force officer from Sandpoint died Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, after his vehicle was struck by an explosion triggered from another vehicle carrying a bomb that approached his convoy and detonated. Capt. David I. Lyon, 28, of Sandpoint, was serving with the 21st Logistics...

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Costello: The Big Lie Bit The Liar 15 

If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period. If by "period" you mean, "if it hasn't changed since the law passed." This is the time of year when this column dedicates space to reminding readers of the silliest, most ignorant and...

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Why We Shut Online Comments 

Most online readers of The Spokesman-Review probably have discovered by now that we closed comments on our website beginning Dec. 23 and lasting through Jan. 1. We informed online readers of our decision with a prominent note on our website last weekend, but it’s a...

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Leading The Seahawks To Victory

Master falconer David Knutson works with Taima, a Augur Hawk at his home on the West Plains (of Spokane), Dec. 18. Taima, a fixture of the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, leads the team out of the tunnel and onto the field before each home game....

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Blanchette: Who Are These Zags? 

The end-of-the-bench Olympics has been a McCarthey Athletic Center tradition since the doors opened. When the home team’s average margin of victory any given season can be 25 points, whether the scout teamers and walk-ons crack the scoring column when the bonfire is down to...

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Fisher: New Allies For 1st Amendment 

As a longtime proponent of the freedom of speech for which this nation is justly revered - one who even made a career of exercising that right in daily publications - I am absolutely tickled to welcome so many newfound friends of the First Amendment....

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FRIDAY, DEC. 27, 2013

Weekend Wild Card -- 12.28-29.13 16 

For those keeping score at home, a federal judge has allowed a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby to proceed in central Idaho this weekend. The Gonzaga Bulldogs will open another West Coast Conference season with a home game against Santa Clara tonight. And this posted Wild...

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Parting Shot -- 12.27.13 

After a wedding photo shoot in front of the Salt Lake Temple, groom Evan Call carries his bride Samantha to help keep her dress from getting muddy. "Her feet were freezing too," said Call as the newlyweds heading back the temple to join their wedding...

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TGIF Wild Card -- 12.27.13 

Huckleberries Online is closing in on 2.4 million page-views for the year, which isn't bad, after Disqus knocked the blog sideways in spring. At that time, I thought the blog would be lucky to post 2.2 million page-views for the year. The interesting fall elections...

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Review: Red Lobster Has Bad Food 10 

I've noticed that most media coverage of Red Lobster's woes as Darden Restaurants seeks to divest itself of the ailing chain avoids the elephant in the room: Red Lobster serves bad food. There's maybe an anti-snob thing going on where fancy-pants coastal journalists and activist...

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Cutline Contest -- 12.27.13 10 

Time 2 Vote ... Evan Straske, 11, of Huntington Woods, Mich., takes flight after hitting a mound while sledding down a hill at Martin Road Park in Ferndale, Mich., on Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Elizabeth Conley) Thursday Winner -- Photoguy, with...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.27.13

5:05 p.m. Allergic reaction reported @ 6500 block of Cornwall Street/CdA. 4:56 p.m. Responders en route to 5300 block of Hayden Court after fielding fire, panic & carbon monoxide alarms. 4:38 p.m. 4YO girl hurt back in a fall in play area @ McDonalds restaurant,...

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Judge Backs NSA Suveillance 

The National Security Agency's collection of data about most calls made in the U.S. is legal, a federal judge ruled, dismissing a significant court challenge and setting the stage for a bigger legal battle over secret surveillance programs. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III...

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How To Burn Calories During Winter 

No doubt about it, it can be harder to motivate yourself to work out when the weather outside turns frightful. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still make it happen (writes Jon Bell of Actively Northwest in an article titled, "4 easy ways to burn...

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Always On Call 

While you were settling down for a long winter's nap, Coeur d'Alene city workers were fixing a broken water line on Sherman Avenue. A broken one-inch water line on the 1300 block of Sherman Avenue kept city water staffers busy into Christmas Eve as they...

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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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