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MONDAY, JAN. 6, 2014

If Utah Falls, Will Idaho Follow Suit? 

Nearly eight years ago, Idahoans deliberately chose to leap onto the wrong side of history. They chiseled into their bedrock charter a constitutional amendment relegating gays to second-class citizenship, denying them the right to marry. Even as the measure was debated, you could see the...

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CdA Mayor, Council To Be Sworn In 

Coeur d’Alene Mayor-elect Steve Widmyer, and soon-to-be council members Kiki Miller and Amy Evans will be sworn in Tuesday, January 7, during the regular Coeur d’Alene City Council meeting. The council meets at 6 p.m. in the community room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library....

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Tyler Calls His Followers To Action 

On his Facebook wall, Reagan Republican leader Jeff Tyler calls his followers to action with a post that reads in part: There are many important issues starting in the State Legislature tomorrow. Do we keep or fight Obamacare. Will we allow Common Core centralized government...

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AM: Demoted County Worker Quits 

Scott Clark, right, former Kootenai County community development director, has resigned a few months after being demoted. Above, he's shown during a planning meeting with County Commissioner Todd Tondee. Story here. (File photo: Duane Rasmussen) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR New Sandpoint council begins term/Cameron Rasmusson,...

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Idaho GOP Opposes Health Exchange 

Yes, there was political news this weekend, but I have to admit to spending my Saturday more focused on which runs were groomed up at Bogus Basin than which resolutions were passing at the GOP Central Committee meeting in Boise. I’ll have more on that...

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Experts: INW Job Market Promising

(Unemployed Keely) Barrett knows she’s in the hottest industry in both Spokane and Kootenai counties: health care. In North Idaho, 14 of the top 20 “hot” jobs for the next six years are in health care, said Alivia Metts, the state’s Labor Department regional economist....

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2014 Legislature Begins Today 

The Idaho Senate’s newest member, Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, pictured, was sworn in this morning, as the legislative session kicks off today; here, she’s shown leaving the Senate chamber after the ceremony with her mom, Eloise Ward, and other family members. Ward-Engelking, formerly a state...

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Brannon Praises County Workers 

Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon told the Panhandle Pachyderm Club on Friday that in nine days on the job, there have already been some refreshing surprises. "It's a lot easier to shoot from outside than from inside," Brannon said. He shared some glowing praise for...

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Waterkeepers To Protect Lake CdA 

Adrienne Cronebaugh of Kootenai Environmental Alliance has organized a Waterkeeper program for Lake Coeur d’Alene. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley) A new Lake Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper program aims to get residents involved in helping protect one of North Idaho’s most valuable assets: water quality in the...

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Graham: SR Lifts Commenting Ban 

The holiday season ban on commenting on The Spokesman-Review’s website ended peacefully on Thursday. Democracy as we know it remains unharmed by our 10-day experiment. We asked print readers and online commenters to share their thoughts on our temporary ban, and we heard from many...

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Eye On Boise: Starting With Subs 

When the Idaho Legislature convenes on Monday, it’ll have two unaccustomed faces in its midst: substitutes designated by North Idaho lawmakers to fill in for them short-term due to health concerns. Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, has designated his wife, Cathyanne Nonini, to substitute for...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 4, 2014

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The Christmas/New Year's holidays will be officially over on Monday as the Idaho Legislature gathers in Boise for 3 or 4 months of harrumphing, bloviating, strutting and shaking its fist at the federal government. On Tuesday, the cities of Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls will...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014

Singer Phil Everly, 74, RIP 

In this July 31, 1964, file photo, The Everly Brothers, Phil (left) and brother Don, perform on stage. The Everlys formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob...

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TGIF Wild Card -- 1.2.14 

The final blog numbers from 2013 are: 2,409,234 page-views & 1,347,332 unique views. That's slightly down from the record 2.6 million in 2012. But nothing to sneeze at. As always, I appreciate your support in making Huckleberries Online a success during the last 10 years....

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Parting Shot -- 1.3.14 

A Seattle Seahawks fan holds a sign that says "We Believe" that features quarterback Russell Wilson's No. 3, during the second half of an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 29, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Question:...

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Getting 2014 Dates Right 

I don't have any misfires so far re: writing 2013 on checks because I haven't written any checks yet. I think I've gotten all the yearly dates on Huckleberries posts correctly too. I wasn't a big fan of 2013. So it won't be too hard...

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Otter Pledges 5-Year Education Plan 

Setting the stage for the 2014 legislative session — and for several legislative sessions to follow — Gov. Butch Otter says he will lay out a five-year plan to overhaul Idaho education. The five-year plan will implement, gradually, the 20 recommendations from Otter’s 31-member education...

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Cutline Contest -- 1.3.14 

Time 2 Vote ... On his Facebook wall, Kim Knerl posts this photo of the crowd gathered to make the annual Polar Bear plunge at Sanders Beach at noon on New Year's Day. You write the cutline. Thursday Winner -- DFO, with 3 likes: "Baby,...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 1.3.14

4:39 p.m. Possibly drunk male in heavy camo jacket walking @ w/b I-90/MP 39 (east of Cataldo Mission). 4:16 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Jan. 2-3 here. 4:11 p.m. Possible illegal burn of tree limbs in back yard @ 700 block of...

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Medicaid Expansion Prospects Dim 

Republicans on Friday dampened expectations about broadening Medicaid health care eligibility this year for poor Idaho residents, on the same grounds they balked in 2013: Before taking extra federal money, the existing system should be overhauled to encourage beneficiaries to take personal responsibility for their...

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PM Headlines -- 1.3.14 

Walkabout snapped this fabulous sunset over the Coeur d'Alene Resort Boardwalk during a recent walk around Tubbs Hill. $10,000 raffle ticket sold in Kootenai County/KREM Trio rob Spokane Washington Trust at gunpoint/KXLY Idaho F&G looks back at 2013/Rich Landers, Outdoors 4th of July Pass ski-snowshoe...

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Otter Press Conference Roundup 

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2014 legislative session at the State Capitol building Friday in Boise. The new session begins Monday. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger) Eye on Boise offers following posts from Otter press conference today: Education will be top...

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KCres: What Current Music Stinks? 

KCres (RE: Kinks mull 50th anniversary reunion): I saw the Kinks play in my home town back in 1982, they were veterans then. The fact of the matter is the older you get the worse the current music gets. I must be old as there's...

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Prosecutor: Officer-Shooting Justified 

The Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney said Friday that a deadly officer-involved shooting that happened in Coeur d'Alene back in August was justified. The Prosecuting Attorney believes Eric Johnston, pictured, intended to commit suicide by cop after conducting interviews and watching footage from the officer’s body...

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