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FRIDAY, DEC. 27, 2013

Fulcher Wants $$$ To Appear Serious 

Idaho Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher is asking supporters to make his challenge to GOP Gov. Butch Otter look like a serious threat come late January. Fulcher, R-Meridian, wrote supporters Friday, saying his year-end Sunshine Report “will be an important indicator of the level...

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Hoffman: I Kept My 2013 Resolutions 14 

I guess New Year's resolutions aren't so bad after all. So here are two more, again, personal and professional: First, keep the weight off. Boring, but let's not argue with success. I feel better having lost the pounds, and I don't know, I think I...

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Searching For Love At Walmart 

You know the “missed connections” section of Craigslist where people write about fleeting glances, eyes meeting across the room, love-at-first-sight magic? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, most “missed connections” posts are along the lines of, “I saw you at such-and-such place, and...

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Winter 2013-14 One Of Driest Ever

Camp Chevrolet car salesman Slater Kuykendall brushes off a line of Chevy Cruze cars as snow falls in early November in Spokane. Despite that snowfall, this has been one of the driest winters for the Spokane area, according to weather experts. (SR file photo) The...

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Update: A&E Brings Back Robertson 26 

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E's Duck Dynasty clan who was suspended from his hit reality series on Dec. 18 following some incendiary comments about gay people, won't be put on hiatus after all. The network and the Robertson family announced Friday that Phil will...

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Local Political Year In Review 

On Facebook, Dave Chamberlain offers his musings over local politics for the past year: An interesting year in Politics. The quick rise, of the tea party tactics in the Congress and the major damage it did to the Republican party and will cause the American...

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Idaho In New State Of 'Salt Lake'? 

New York City artist Neil Freeman is selling for $35 his poster that equalizes the populations of the 50 states as a proposed Electoral College reform. Freeman puts Idaho in a new state of Salt Lake, along with eastern portions of Oregon and Washington, northern...

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Getting Ready For New Year 2014 

The New Year's Eve Ball is photographed on the roof of One Times Square in New New York during a media event where several of the Waterford Crystal triangles were installed on the ball on Friday. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg) DFO: Mrs. O & I and...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.27.13

12:14 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 15400 block of Pristine Circle/Rathdrum. 12:06 p.m. 82YO female suffered leg injury in fall @Kelso Lake Road/Athol area. 11:57 a.m. Patrol officer requests dog after traffic stop but sheriff's deputy using canine unit elsewhere. 11:30 a.m. Coeur...

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'Walter Mitty" Gets Thumbs Up 

I first read James Thurber in high school. Even at that age, I enjoyed the dry wit on display in his stories, especially in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” And I was prepared for the changes that Hollywood would make in adapting that story...

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Dogwalk: Xmas Over Too Soon 

It all begins sometime mid-summer. The decorations and lights begin to appear in the stores and you think, oh, please! The intensity builds for months. Once it had been merely weeks but no more. By the time Christmas day actually arrives it's almost anticlimactic. Yet...

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HBO Blog Rdp -- 12.27.13 

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson posts: "Frosty berries in our yard ... don't mind the cold as long as there are blue skies!" I second that emotion. A Bone to pick/Right Argument How many gifts to give?/End Notes Awesome Twitter accounts/Tech Deck Friday morning...

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Canadian Owl Hanging Out In Moscow 

A Northern Hawk Owl eats a rodent it caught on the banks of Paradise Creek in Moscow, Idaho. The owl, which is native to Canada, has been in Moscow for about three weeks. Because the owl is rarely seen so far south, birders from the...

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Poll: It Was A Very Good Year

Thursday Poll: A solid majority of Hucks Nation considered 2013 to be a good year for them. 75 of 128 respondents (58.59%) voted that 2013 was a good year. 30 of 128 respondents (23.44%) said 2013 was a "so-so" year. Only 18 of 128 respondents...

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Judge Mulls Fate Of Idaho Wolf Derby 

After a phone hearing Friday morning, a federal judge is considering the fate of a disputed coyote and wolf derby planned for this weekend in central Idaho. In Friday's 9:30 a.m. hearing, an attorney for WildEarth Guardians told U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale she...

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'Everyone Has A Story' Comes to End 

Longtime Lewiston Tribune reporter David Johnson is finishing a lengthy run of weekly columns, written about the lives of ordinary people who were chosen at random from a phone book. Many of his columns were written in the solitude of the woods while sitting on...

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AM Headlines -- 12.27.13 

Gonzaga's Sam Dower, left, hangs from the rim after dunking the ball above South Alabama's Dionte Ferguson (24) and Augustine Rubit, second from right, on Dec. 14 in Seattle. Dower is recovering from a back injury suffered in a fall against Kansas State last Saturday....

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It's The Thought That Counts? 

Watching local Portland news. They're talking about returning gifts for something else. I guess I'm just old fashioned - I've never exchanged a gift for something other than for the correct size -- Digger. Question: Have you returned a gift for something you wanted more?

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School District Recall Petition OK'd 

A recall drive against Lake Pend Oreille School Board Chairman Steve Youngdahl has been authorized by the county. According to Bonner County Clerk Ann Dutson-Sater, recall supporters successfully collected the requisite number of signatures to set the process in motion. County clerk employees confirmed Tuesday...

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Trib: Luna Gets Jeer, Too 

In his year-end Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase also gave a party jeer to State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna: The man responsible for 2012's biggest political debacle - the repeal of his heavy-handed, school overhaul bills aimed at steering tax dollars...

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Trib: Whatta Year Labrador Had 

In his year-end Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives his leading jeer to Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho: What a year this Idaho politician has had. He started by voting against a must-pass bill to back away from the...

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Kootenai Co Rehires Deputy Prosecutor 

A former Kootenai County deputy prosecutor who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after he was fired in March 2011 has reached a settlement and has been rehired. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports the county and Kenneth Stone reached a confidential monetary settlement, the lawsuit was...

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Malek Rules Out Statewide Race 

Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, who had been considering running for Idaho Secretary of State - in part because there's currently no one from North Idaho among the state's top elected officials - has decided against a run. Here's his statement: After careful consideration over...

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