THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

Big Tub

Parting Shot: Big Tub 

I spent Monday and Tuesday at the Coeur d' Alene Casino & Resort with a bunch of food writers, spa writers and marketing peeps. This tub was in the Presidential Suite of the new Spa Tower. Guess how many writers and marketing peeps can fit...

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Thursday Wild Card 2.28.13 23 

Hard to believe that Dave hasn't taken any vacation time this year. I mean, it's been two whole MONTHS! I'm still figuring out this new comment system so will refrain from comment on having to register for Disqus just to moderate this blog. Grr... (Was...

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Senate panel passes heavy-truck expansion bill 

Betsy Russell reports, After an hours-long hearing, the Senate Transportation Committee has voted 5-4 in favor of SB 1117, despite much testimony against it, including from North Idaho elected officials. Those voting in favor were Sens. Brackett, Johnson, Rice, Nonini and Hagedorn. Those voting against...

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Coeur d'Alene resident Zach Taylor walks past the Freedom Tree, center, today. The Norway spruce will be removed during the reconstruction of McEuen Park in downtown Coeur d'Alene. The city is asking residents to share ideas on what to do with the wood. (Kathy Plonka)

Chop the tree, save the wood? 32 

Coeur d'Alene resident Zach Taylor walks past the Freedom Tree, center, today. The Norway spruce will be removed during the reconstruction of McEuen Park in downtown Coeur d'Alene. The city is asking residents to share ideas on what to do with the wood. Kathy Plonka,...

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NBA player's dad cuts his allowance

Golden State Warriors rookie Klay Thompson might not have thought about the repercussions after he got into a fight during Tuesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers, one of which was that his father would take away his allowance. In addition to the National Basketball...

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Gonzaga players celebrate Saturday’s 81-50 victory over San Diego. (Colin Mulvany)

Zags game at the Bing 

Gonzaga players celebrate Saturday’s 81-50 victory over San Diego. Zag fans can watch the Gonzaga University/Brigham Young University basketball game tonight on a really big screen. The Bing Crosby Theater will be showing the game live on its new 26-foot-by-18-foot HD screen, said theater manager...

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Scott Stouder, the regional field director for Trout Unlimited, packs his horses and mules through old-growth ponderosa pines as he heads into the Rapid River roadless area drainage near Idaho's Seven Devils Wilderness. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho is horse country 

In this 2006 photo, Scott Stouder, the regional field director for Trout Unlimited, packs his horses and mules through old-growth ponderosa pines as he heads into the Rapid River roadless area drainage near Idaho's Seven Devils Wilderness. Little-known fact: “Our state has the highest per-capita...

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Kootenai to float school levy 

The Kootenai School District will float a supplemental replacement levy of $1.2 million per year for two years to voters on March 12. "The levy supports student transportation, curriculum updates, staff retention, technology infrastructure, maintenance, groundskeeping and repair of our buildings and facilities," said Lynette...

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Spokanlandia in the spring 

Bashing your hometown seems to be a popular activity among some Spokanites. Not me. I’m an unabashed Spokane fan. In fact, one of the best gigs I get as a freelancer is writing about our city for Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine. The feedback I get...

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Senate passes cursive resolution 31 

When the Senate took up HCR 3, the cursive writing resolution, this morning, Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, warned, “I hope you’re not expecting for my debate … to be as eloquent as the good House sponsor from across the rotunda.” Nonini told the Senate...

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Milo in the car

Milo visits the vet 

Poor Milo is at the vet as I type getting his teeth cleaned. To say he doesn't travel well is an understatement. He's shredded cardboard carriers and puked and peed in plastic ones. This morning we forgo the carrier and he sat perched on my...

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Dems blame GOP policies for minimum wage ranking 13 

Betsy Russell, EOB, reports, Larry Kenck, the new chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party, has issued a statement blaming “years of failed GOP policies” for Idaho’s ranking as the state with the highest percentage of workers earning the minimum wage. “Idaho has suffered from decades...

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Trustees to decide committee's future 

COEUR d'ALENE - When they meet Monday, school trustees in Coeur d'Alene will consider whether to put the district's Long Range Planning Committee's monthly meetings back on the calendar after the committee was placed on "hiatus" in January. The item was put on the school...

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Angie Phillips, center, and Michele Dirks, right, make their donations to a charity during a birthday club monthly gathering Feb. 19 at the Magic Lantern Theatre. Instead of buying gifts, the women donate to a cause. Women celebrating birthdays are given tiaras. (PHOTOS BY JESSE TINSLEY)

Birthday club for a cause 

Angie Phillips, center, and Michele Dirks, right, make their donations to a charity during a birthday club monthly gathering Feb. 19 at the Magic Lantern Theatre. Instead of buying gifts, the women donate to a cause. Women celebrating birthdays are given tiaras. Jesse Tinsley, photo....

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NIC considers sports arena 

COEUR d'ALENE - A combination event center and sports arena may be going up in Coeur d'Alene. North Idaho College trustees gave the go-ahead during their board meeting Wednesday for the college's administration to explore the feasibility of building an event center in the Riverstone...

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Christa's Campaign is official 27 

It's official. This just in from Christa Hazel: The petition for candidacy with 10 verified electors was submitted and approved today. I am appreciative for the early support I've received to get on the ballot for School Board Zone 1. The website, www.votechrista.com is up...

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Bob Woodward  arrives at U.S. Federal Court in Washington on Monday.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Woodward vs. Whitehouse 27 

Bob Woodward arrives at U.S. Federal Court in 2007. Veteran journalist Bob Woodward is embroiled in an extraordinary public clash with the White House over his reporting on the sequester. Woodward has been making the rounds to cable TV and print outlets accusing a "very...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013

Hump Day Wild Card -- 2.27.13 

Cindy will be running Huckleberries Online for the next two days, as I'm going to kick back for a four-day weekend. Yes ... thus begins the never-ending vacation that helps me cope here at Huckleberries Central. Feeding the insatiable maw of the blog isn't as...

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Parting Shot -- 2.27.13 

First Lady Michelle Obama and Food Network chef Rachel Ray discuss lunches with students from the Eastside and Northside Elementary Schools during a "Let's Move!" program at the Clinton, Miss., schools today. The pair visited with the children and conducted a cooking contest between the...

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JFAC OKs Higher Pay For Guv, Solons 10 

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee set budgets this morning for the governor’s office and the legislative branch, and due to statutory requirements, both of those include salary boosts for elected officials. Specifically, the governor’s salary was required by law to rise from $115,348 to $117,000 on...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.27.13

5;18 p.m. Silver Jeep & red Pontiac Grand Am involved in road rage incident @ I-90/4th St, CdA. 4:47 p.m. A Dumpster fire is reported in 3400 block of Lilac Court/Post Falls. 4:36 p.m. Honda SUV driving erratically, slowly on n/b Ramsey/Prairie, Hayden. 4:21 p.m....

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PM Headlines -- 2.27.13 

At Priest Lake, As the Lake Churns blogger Pecky Cox asks: "WHO IS going to tell them we're done serving for this winter at Casa Cox?" Teen charged in toy gun incident/Cameron Rasmusson, Bee Budget covers raises for governor, legislators/Betsy Russell, EOB Gonzaga students line...

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Donkey Basketball

Not quite the Zags 

Last week I (Cindy) attended a Donkey basketball game at my son's middle school. Those donkeys traveled all the time and never got called on it. The Zags may be more thrilling to watch and probably smell better, but their games are never as funny...

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Club For Growth Targets Simpson 

The anti-tax group that bankrolled one-term Congressman Bill Sali’s 2006 campaign says Idaho’s 8-term GOP Rep. Simpson is among nine “Republicans in Name Only” it aims to unseat in 2014 primaries. Club for Growth spent $1.1 million on behalf of former Idaho GOP Rep. Bill...

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