MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014

Wild Card/Monday -- 3.31.14 10 

Mrs. O had warned me several times not to leave my cell phone lying around because Pup Huckleberry might think it's a chew toy. Well, Sunday I left my cell phone lying around. And Huckleberry used it as a chew toy. I still can field...

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Top Story: Bjorn Calls For Unity 57 

It's no secret that there is turmoil in the local Republican Party, but this primary election season, many are hoping that will change. "There has been an organized effort to take the party over and it has been successful," said Duane Rasmussen, who is considered...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.31.14

5:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for March 30-31 here. 5:04 p.m. 2-vehicle crash reported @ 6th Street/Birch Avenue, unknown if injuries. 4:48 p.m. Caller reports: Male is on one side of guardrail & female on other, possibly to jump, on Spokane Street...

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Cutline Contest -- 3.31.14 

Time 2 vote ... Isla Roberts looks at photographers as a large blue Morpho butterfly lands on her face, as she and other children take part in a media call for a new exhibition on tropical butterflies in a temporary venue outside the Natural History...

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Youth Health Idaho Sails Smoothly 

The big deadline is here for Americans to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Those with reported an extreme number of questions coming into their call center with 1,096 people calling by 5 p.m. Monday. "We're breaking all records, the...

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PM Headlines -- 3.31.14

The "glass ceiling" in Herman Ronnenberg's home isn't like any ordinary skylight. His ceiling is on the ground level of a multi-story house and the glass is made up of hundreds of beer bottles hanging in lines from string. Story here. (Lewiston Tribune photo: Barry...

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Ex Oregon Coach To Head WSU Men

Bill Moos enjoyed hiring Ernie Kent so much that he decided to do it again. Kent has been hired by Washington State athletic director Moos as the school’s new men’s basketball coach. Kent was signed to a five-year rollover contract. ... Kent was previously hired...

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The Fickle Vicissitudes Of Spring

You wake up in the morning, drink your coffee, brush your teeth and get dressed. You put on your underwear, your shorts, your tank top, your jeans, your pullover, your fleece, your boots and your coat. Because, in the course of this one day, you're...

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Idaho Depends On Federal Gummint 20 

The study, released last week by the personal finance website WalletHub, ranked Idaho 29th in the nation for the percentage of federal dollars it gets versus the taxes it pays. Overall, the study ranked Idaho 31st among states for its dependence on the federal government...

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Spring Lambs On The Prairie

A heifer by the name of Daisy investigates the new arrivals. The lambs (about 1 hour old when this photo was taken) will probably escape any association with mint sauce since they will join a herd of sheep used to train sheep dogs. (Photo: Duane...

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FHB: Give Me Taste, Not Gluten Fee 

On her Facebook wall, Frum Helen Back writes: "Sometimes I feel like I've lived too long. Today was one of those days. There were no Lacey's at Costco. Lacey's are probably the most sinful cookie ever. They are so deliciously filled with calories. There were...

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McEuen Gets New Freedom Tree 

Workers plant the new Freedom Tree at McEuen Field. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson) It stands 16 feet tall now, but the Freedom Tree, which was planted this afternoon on the east end of McEuen Park near the Veterans Memorial, will reach a maximum...

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Waitress Attacks Unhappy Customer 

A Garden City waitress is accused of attacking a customer who complained of poor service, local authorities say. Boise Police says officers were called to a restaurant on the 7300 block of W. State Street on Saturday afternoon. The victim told police that they complained...

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'Mad Knitter' Warms Heads Worldwide 

Sarah Bade is developmentally delayed and has cerebral palsy, but has found a calling in the craft of loom knitting. She has knitted and donated hundreds of hats for babies and adults. She outfitted every youngster in her church and all the kids in her...

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Mary Invades Facebook, OTV Objects 

OrangeTV: "UGH! My facebook news feed has been invaded by a paid-for post from "Mary Souza for Idaho". Noooo! It starts out with the phrase "It’s time for positive change", which is heeeelarious for anyone who even remotely follows her constant pettiness and negativity. It...

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Task Force Seeks Fugitive Russell

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking information leading to the apprehension of Shane Andrew Russell. Russell is being sought based on a Kootenai County felony warrant charging Russell with Felony Failure to Appear on Stalking Charges. This is a $100,000 bond warrant...

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Simpson Uneasy For Good Reason 10 

A former Idaho state representative and former Speaker of the Idaho House of Reps, Mike Simpson has been involved in Idaho politics for decades. I first met him in 1991 as he was making his ascent towards Speaker of the House. The kindest way to...

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Dealing With Wasps 

Backyard barbecue season may be a few months away, but it's not too early to start thinking about ways to deter those inevitable, buzzing summertime party crashers: wasps. Entomology experts at the University of Idaho Extension in Moscow say it's too soon to tell if...

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Quotable Quote 

SO confused! People are still talking brackets and basketball. You mean, the season continues after the Zags are eliminated? -- Cindy. Question: How many of you have the same sentiments as Cindy? Do you keep watching the NCAA Tournament want the Zags are eliminated?

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Play Ball! 

Lilly Nowakowski, 2, slides down a big glove before the opening day baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves at Miller Park in Milwaukee today. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) Question: Does the opening day of Major League Baseball season excite you?

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.31.14

11:48 a.m. Someone injured in a fall @ 700 block of Compton Street/Post Falls. 11:47 a.m. Animal bite reported @ 1900 block of West Prairie Avenue/Hayden. 11:46 a.m. CPD officer checking out panhandler @ H95/Appleway, CdA. 11:25 a.m. A male has been injured in a...

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Slide Shuts I-90 Up To Lookout Pass 

Interstate 90 remains closed to all westbound travel from St. Regis to the Idaho border because of a landslide. The Montana Department of Transportation reports that traffic is being detoured at St. Regis, mile marker 33. The landslide is at mile marker 6.5. The detour...

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Carlson: Obama & Antiquities Act 

Anyone who has watched a Clint Eastwood western is familiar with the line he utters to a bad guy who is thinking of drawing his gun. Steel blue eyes, taut jaw, usually a toothpick in the corner of his mouth, a look of undeterred force...

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HBO Blogosphere -- 3.31.14 

I was tempted to use this Duane Rasmussen photo as my Cutline Contest one for today. But I've already done that for one photo involving newly minted "Republican" Dan of the Community, lower right. Dunno who the woman is to Dan's right. But, above left,...

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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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