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THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014

State Workers' Pay Continues To Fall 

Pay for Idaho state employees has now slipped to 19 percent below market rates, according to the latest state report, a gap that’s been growing for the past decade. Compared to private-sector wages, Idaho state workers are now 29 percent behind; compared to surrounding states,...

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2 Thumbs Up -- 'Saving Mr. Banks' 

This image released by Disney shows Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, left, and Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers in a scene from "Saving Mr. Banks." (AP Photo/Disney, François Duhamel) DFO: Earlier this week, Cindy asked which current movie would be a good one for...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.2.14

12:03 p.m. Someone is suffering stomach pain @ By the Lake Assisted Living/Honeysuckle. 11:58 a.m. Abandoned, suspicious vehicle reported @ Talon/Linneatus, CdA. 11:27 a.m. Someone suffering a cardiac problem @ Rite Aid pharmacy, 208 W. Ironwood, CdA. 11:24 a.m. Resident visiting CPD HQ to report...

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Idaho Lawsuit Tops 'Ridiculous' List

A lawsuit by a group of Idaho inmates blaming beer brewers for their lives of crime was the top vote-getter in a national survey of the top 10 most ridiculous lawsuits of 2013. The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, a projected created...

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Key Players In 2014 Idaho Ed Picture 

‘Tis the college football bowl season … so why not compare the strategies of football to the strategies of winning at education policymaking? The 2014 Legislature begins Monday, Jan. 6, with much at stake, including the overlap of an election year. A handful of education...

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Poll: 2013 Top Story: CdA Elections

New Year's holiday poll: Hucks Nation selected the Coeur d'Alene municipal and school elections as the top story of 2013. 114 of 285 respondents (40%) selected the two elections, in which moderates easily defeated partisan Republican candidates. 79 of 285 respondents (27.72%) selected the reconstruction...

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Warming Center Open Thru Monday

The St Vincent de Paul North Idaho Warming Center is going to be open tonight through Monday night. Future nights will be extended as extreme cold persists. As the sub-25 degree temperatures continue, St Vincent’s shelter will always be open from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. Transportation...

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AM Headlines -- 1.2.14 

Crowds gather at Sanders Beach before the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday, New Year's Day. Story & another photo here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins Gonzaga hosts St. Mary's tonight/SR Idaho human resources chief retires/Eye on Boise SR's most...

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Kerri: Separating Wheat From Chaff 

In response to a Facebook post re: friends by Cindy Hval, Kerri Thoreson writes: "If you really want to separate the wheat from the chafe I recommend running for a high profile local political office. I was able to cull my Christmas card list considerably...

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Brannon To Address Pachyderms 

Appointed Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon will be the featured speaker at the Panhandle Pachyderm Club luncheon at noon Friday at Templin's Red Lion Inn, 414 E. First Ave., Post Falls. Brannon was appointed by county commissioners to fill the vacancy created by the unexpected...

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Soaring Eagle Numbers Mysterious 

Just when it seemed the annual winter bald eagle count was going to stall at Lake Coeur d'Alene, the number soared to 217 eagles on Monday, Carrie Hugo, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, can't peg the exact reason the eagles came so...

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Seahawk Plates To Go On Sale 

Specialized license plates for Seattle Seahawks and Sounders fans go on sale Thursday. The plates feature the 12th Man flag for the Seahawks and a team scarf for Sounders FC. The News Tribune reports the first 25 were auctioned off last month. The coveted 00012...

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Rep. Hixon: Working To Fix Matter 

Rep. Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell (RE: Frosh Rep defaults on mortgage): On December 28, an article was published about the public notice that my personal home mortgage is not current. What was not in the article is that I am currently fully engaged in a home...

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1st Local Baby Arrives On New Year's 

While other people were sipping champagne, shaking noisemakers and dancing their way into 2014, Rachel and Mike Ohlenkamp were in the final stretch of the labor and delivery of their first child. Joshua Michael Ohlenkamp made his first appearance in the world at 12:28 a.m....

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Fulcher Jabs Otter Re: Common Core 

Launching into the election year, state Sen. Russ Fulcher criticized Gov. Butch Otter on several fronts. Including Common Core. “The governor views Common Core as a solution to our state’s education problems,” Fulcher, R-Meridian, said in a guest opinion, published in Thursday’s Idaho Falls Post...

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Polar Bears Greet New Year 

Folks dash out of the chilly waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene Wednesday, January 1, 2014, during the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sanders Beach. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) With the outdoor temperature hovering at 34 degrees, hundreds of people once again kicked off the new...

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Proud To Be A 'Clothespin Republican' 16 

Arpie: Until the Republicans pay for their own primaries, I don't view it as cheating to go and vote for the best person running in a primary election. I have given up on voting for the wacko in hopes a Democrat will later beat the...

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Resolved -- To Count My Blessings 

JeanieSpokane: My resolution this year is to count my blessings all day long. Also, to be joyful; to be kind; to have a spirit that dances; and to be thankful for every good and bad thing that happens to me. I hope your resolutions are...

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SpudBob: Possible Tweaks For HBO 

SpudBob (RE: DFO: Where do we go from here?): Huckleberries is fast paced, fun, informative and most of the angry commenters tend to eventually go away. I think it runs pretty well. However, since you asked: if I had three magic wishes I would use...

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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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