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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2, 2013

'Hobbit' Is 'Lord Of The Rings' Redux 

If you haven't yet seen “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jurney,” you might be interested in the review that I recorded for Spokane Public Radio: I was doubly prepared for my “Hobbit”-viewing experience. For one, my wife and I had just taken a 12-day cruise around...

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End Notes: 10 Items/Day Giveaway 

Rebecca Nappi/End notes are donating the books above to the library as she prepares to prune 10 items per day for 1,000 days. I have a New Year's resolution that I started in December and have had no trouble sticking to. I am throwing away...

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Pilgrim's Offers Old World Breads 

Baker Jim Hanson of Pilgrim’s Market has more than 23 years experience with artisan hearth breads. He specializes in European hearth breads and was trained in San Francisco and Paris. (SR photo) A world of hearth breads is now available at Pilgrim’s Market in Coeur...

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Women Bond At Lake City Mission

The Union Gospel Mission in Coeur d'Alene has been open for only a few months, but in just a short few months, the women staying there have already formed bonds, strengthened by the challenges in their life and the future they have to look forward...

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City Clerk Retires After 25 Years 

It’s mid-December and Susan Weathers sits in her office at Coeur d’Alene City Hall. The walls are bare. Her desk is spotless. Only a loose end or two need wrapping up before 2012 comes to a close. After more than two decades, Weathers is retiring...

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Reagan Repubs Resist Obamacare 19 

In a press release from last week, the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans Board of Directors voted unanimously against implementation of Obamacare in Idaho. The release states: "Opposition to Obamacare has been a major component of KCRR’s political initiatives since its founding in 2009 and in...

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Watching People Watching Eagles 

Photographer Duane Rasmussen snapped this photo last night of eagle watchers at the boat ramp operated by the Bureau of Land Management at Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene last week. One eagle watcher was wearing a gun. Which prompted Duane to quip: "I...

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Ready To Work It? 

KHQ's Mike Perry tweets: "Local gyms are busy today with new members looking to join. Anyone looking to start up a new workout this year? I'm going to give yoga a try with my wife starting tonight." Question: Have you ever joined a rec club...

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Washington Gas Costs $3.40 Average 12 

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.40. That’s down 6 cents in a month and it’s 2 cents lower than a year ago. It’s 11 cents higher than the national average. The average price in...

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Press: CdA Election '13 Starts Tonight 13 

The last Coeur d’Alene City Council election was, to many people, a referendum on McEuen Park. That will be the case again this November, when the four incumbents — Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy, Deanna Goodlander and Woody McEvers — will be...

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High Noon: Airlines Play Lost & Found 

From cellphones to prosthetic limbs, passengers have a habit of leaving everything imaginable behind on airplanes and at airports, forcing some airports and airlines to put systems in place to try to reunite lost items with their owners. Earlier this year the situation became so...

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CdA Woman Publishes Devotional 

Jeanne Helstrom, a former longtime colleague of mine at the SR's Coeur d'Alene office, was on KVNI-AM (1080) this morning to discuss her new book, "Morning Celebrations." On the KVNI Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson posts: "Our first guest of 2013 was Jeanne Helstrom making her...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.2.13

11:45 a.m. Caller is on scene in 4900 block of W. H53/Rathdrum to report undisclosed theft. 11:38 a.m. A disabled black sedan w/flashers on is parked on s/b H95/Lacey, Hayden. 11:11 a.m. Resident @ H53 & Prairie/Hauser reports burglary. 10:57 a.m. Possible fraud in progress...

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Idaho Neighbors Raise Minimum Wage 

Three of Idaho’s neighboring states increased their minimum wage this week, while Idaho’s rate remains at the federal minimum. Montana, Oregon and Washington increased their hourly minimums. Now, all but two western states have higher hourly wages than Idaho. Idaho’s minimum wage has been $7.25...

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Trib: A Final Jeer To Closed Primaries 

Top row, left to right: Mike Crapo, Norm Semanko, Jay Inslee. Fourth row: Rod Beck, Scott Broyles, Sheryl Nuxoll, Jim Risch. Third row: Mike Ferguson, Katy Benoit, Cecil Andrus. Second row: Phil Batt. First row: Thyra Stevenson, tom Luna, Raul Labrador. (Lewiston Tribune illustration) In...

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Arpie: Crapo Fails To Answer Queries 14 

Arpie comments: I want to start by saying I like Mike. I have always thought of my senator as one of the few honorable men in Washington. His work on the deficit commission and on the gang of 8 is still our countries best chance...

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AM Headlines -- 1.2.13

A freezing woman displays her tats in the waters of Sanders Beach on Lake Coeur d'Alene as she was among the many revelers who took part in the annual Polar Bear Plunge New Year's Day. Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press reports about 1000 people participated...

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Ready, Set ... 

Photographer Duane Rasmussen was on hand Tuesday when the region's Polar Bears gathered at Sanders Beach for their annual plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene.

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Newtown Reaction Hardly Surprising 

Americans have grown so accustomed to the Democrats' political strategy of cynically exploiting every tragedy that the Newtown, Conn., mass murder barely moved the needle in their direction when they trotted out their latest gun control proposals. A CBS News poll found that only 26...

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Hall: An Eye Exam At The Movies 

Going to a motion picture in 3D is like watching a movie and taking an eye exam at the same time. A 3D movie keeps slipping in and out of focus, especially in the area of peripheral vision. Oh, the noses of the actors are...

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Council: $4M More For McEuen Field? 31 

Around two dozen proposed additions, accounting for roughly $4 million, make up the difference between McEuen Field project plans the City Council could decide upon tonight. The park designers, Team McEuen, are proposing the city include the amenities in the plan before the project breaks...

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1st KMC Baby Born New Year's Day 

The due date for Matt and Jessica Barnhouse's baby was Dec. 26. Didn't happen. The Hayden couple went from hoping for a Christmas day birth to, well, any day. The sooner, the better. New Year's seemed just fine, too. "If we have to have any...

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Dealing With New Year's Hangovers

If you’re a little fuzzy on the details of last night’s celebration, imagine the poor caveman. Oooh, jackpot, he thought, following his nose to a pile of fermented fruit. Little did he understand why after eating it he’d get a shiner he couldn’t explain, totally...

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Ready Or Not 

On her Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson posts this photo of the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sanders Beach Tuesday, stating: "Derek Hutchison taking his fiance` Camille Carleton back into the freezing waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene after their initial dip during the Polar Bear Plunge...

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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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