WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013

Hump Day Wild Card -- 7.31.13 11 

We're three months from the most interesting Coeur d'Alene mayoral and City Council elections during my 30 years in Coeur d'Alene. And a question remains: Will Mary Souza or Jim Brannon blink? Mary has already locked up the Reagan Republican endorsement. Huckleberries hears that Brannon...

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Parting Shot -- 7.31.13 

Flight crews line up to greet pilots as the Thunderbirds resume limited flight operations at Nellis Air Force Base Tuesday. The aerobatic display team was ordered to stand down April 1st because of sequestration. Enough money was found to enable the pilots to have two...

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Luna Coming To Lake City Thursday 

Days after signing a controversial, 15-year WiFi contract for Idaho high schools, Superintendent Tom Luna will be in Coeur d'Alene to talk to two groups Thursday -- Friends of Idaho, an anti-Common Core organization, and the local GOP women's club. Luna will speak to Friends...

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Avista Seeks To Raise Idaho Rates 

Rising prices for natural gas and increased demand for energy-efficiency rebates has Avista Utilities asking for higher rates in Idaho. The Spokane-based utility is seeking a 0.9 percent increase in residential electric rates and 7.5 percent hike in residential natural gas rates, beginning Oct. 1....

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PM Headlines -- 7.31.13

Pamela Smart poses in her kitchen with a facebook post image of a fully colored page from her coloring book done by one of her fans, Rochelle Puffe, Wednesday. Pamela Smart hit the jackpot with her coloring books, which she self-publishes through a local printer,...

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Cutline Contest -- 7.31.13 

Time 2 Vote ... Jesse Owings, 4, of Westminster, Md., rides a sheep in the Mutton Busting competition during Wild West Night at the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair in Westminster, Md., Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Carroll County Times, Dylan Slagle) Tuesday...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.31.13

5:43 p.m. Shopko security reports shoplifter in Ironwood store. 5:21 p.m. Custodial interference reported in 3000 block of Howard/CdA. 5:11 p.m. Female driver hit plastic furniture @ H95/H58 (CdA casino), now wedged under Subaru. 4:49 p.m. Fireman on scene (4:38 item) says grass blaze about...

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Still Shaking From Near Miss 

A Facebook friend posts: I have to commend the driver of the CDA Paving dumptruck, loaded, with an additional loaded trailer of gravel for his driving. I was in the Northbound left lane on Highway 95 at about 12:45pm today, at Neider Ave, and a...

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Movie Review? Meh 

Dan Webster of SR's Dually Noted blog responds to friend who criticized his negative review of "Lone Ranger" movie: Afraid I wasn’t as big a fan as you. My problem is that I see so many of these things that unless it is awesomely original...

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HBO Blogos -- 7.31.13 

At the new Dawn of the Donut in Spokane (soft opening today, grand opening Friday), Cindy snapped this photo and quoted her son who said: "Are these Christian doughnuts?" Actually, they were coffins. Cindy tells Huckleberries that the doughnuts at the Dawn shop have zombie...

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A firefighter sprays water on a fire on the downhill side of a road as the blaze roars behind him Tuesday during multiple agency efforts on a wildland fire near Mica Bay. (Shawn Gust/press)

IDOL: Homeowner Started Fire 

The Double Tree fire in Mica Bay was caused IDby a homeowner lighting a fire pit with paper, authorities said Wednesday. “We have confirmation from the homeowner that they started the fire,” said Shane O’Shea, assistant fire warden for Idaho Department of lands. “They admitted...

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Guard Dumps Sandpoint Armory Plans

The Idaho Army National Guard has abandoned plans to build an $8 million armory north of Sandpoint due to a lack of federal funding. The Guard also will close the temporary armory it placed on the 10-acre site in 2008, and about 40 soldiers who...

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Rep. Shea: Vito's Radical Buddy 

Reps. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, and Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, were featured speakers at a survivalist rally at Farragut State Park/Bayview last weekend. Rachel Maddow discussed Shea's presence in a blog post, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center's data about him: In a profile of...

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Writz May Run For CdA Council 

Huckleberries hears ... that Ray Writz, a Constitutionalist who has run twice unsuccessfully for the state Legislature, plans to run again for the Coeur d'Alene City Council position this fall. In 2012, Writz ran for the state House District 4 seat now held by Rep....

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3 For 3 In July 

Mack Turner, left, Boston Stokes, and Stryker Hoffman are shown Tuesday in Layton, Utah. Three sisters from Layton gave birth to three baby boys in the month of July, including two who were born about an hour apart. The cousins were all born in July....

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News Quiz -- 7.29/8.1.2013 

If you followed the news last week – or even if you didn’t – you could be a winner in our weekly interactive news quiz. All entrants this week have a chance to win two movie tickets, and our overall champ receives a $50 gift...

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K12: Luna Hiring Talk Is 'Not True'

Sen. Branden Durst’s claim that Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is scheming to get a job with the nation’s largest provider of online primary and secondary education prompted push back from the company Wednesday. “I read that a state senator recently claimed that...

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Blue Book Touts Bill, Tony & Norm 

For all the Idaho Political junkies, The Idaho Blue Book, published by the Idaho Secretary of State, is the starting place for any research on state government, with biographical information of all state and county office holders, stats and historical information for all state institutions,...

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Deanna: H12 Residents ♥ Megaloads 

Deanna Goodlander: (Re: Set rules of road for megaloads): I spent a weekend in July at Three Rivers Resort with family and friends. Three Rivers Is where the Selway, the Lochsa and the Clearwater meet on the road where the megaloads pass through. Got some...

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DTS: Don't Split Moderate CdA Vote

DTSinIdaho: (re: 2013 Coeur d'Alene election: Hate vs Hope): It is way too early in the election cycle to really make any comparisons. The very vocal minority that support the anti-progress and anit-growth platform have been able to to push their agenda through the School...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.31.13

From Post Falls police Facebook page: "Be on the lookout for a vehicle stolen from the Post Falls area (Tuesday) between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. (Monday). K519234, Red 1995 Ford Escort. If you see this vehicle, please contact your local law enforcement or the...

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Amber: I'm Not Same-O Candidate

From Amber Copeland's Facebook page: "It irritates me the way people want to complain about politicians and say that they are all the same, that they have personal agendas and are out for less than honorable reasons but then stand on the opposite side of...

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Iupati Has Kaepernick's Back

San Francisco has stressed the need of the line, including All-Pro guard and former Idaho Vandal Mike Iupati, left, to protect young QB Colin Kaepernick, right. Story here. (AP file photo) Question: Which NFL team is your favorite? Why?

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Pew: Whither Goeth GOP? 10 

Coming off of two consecutive presidential election defeats, most Republican voters believe that their party must address major problems to be more competitive in the future. And roughly six-in-ten say improved messaging alone will not be enough – the GOP also needs to reconsider some...

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Speeding Driver: Idaho Or Bust(ed) 

A Spokane County, Wash., sheriff's spokesman says a parked deputy was watching traffic in the Spokane Valley when a vehicle zoomed by at what the deputy estimated was nearly 90 mph in a 35 mph zone. Two deputies gave chase with emergency lights flashing but...

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