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FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

Weekend Wild Card -- 3.8-9.14 

The political dance cards didn't fill up rapidly last week, the first of two weeks in which the legislative and courthouse candidates can file for office. But that will change next week. I suspect there will be a lot of scrambling to file papers just...

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Parting Shot -- 3.7.14 

Oakland Athletics shortstop Addison Russell rolls a baseball on his hand in the dugout as the Athletics play the Arizona Diamondbacks in an exhibition spring training baseball game Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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R-Minus-7 Wild Card -- 3.7.2014 

8 Days & Counting (to affiliate with the Republican Party to vote in the closed GOPrimary in May): The flying pigs have taken to the air ways today as Dan of the County has come in from the cold. The last Democrat standing has affiliated...

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Belmont Joins Clerk's Race 

Former Panhandle Health District Director Larry Belmont filed candidacy papers for Kootenai County clerk today, as a Democrat. The only other announced clerk's candidate is Republican Don Pischner. Appointed Republican Clerk Jim Brannon is expected to seek election to the post also. You can see...

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Hearn Apologizes For Misstep 23 

Moments ago, Chairman Tom Hearn of the Coeur d'Alene School Board issued the following statement to Huckleberries Online. The statement is a second response to accusations made at the Coeur d'Alene School Board meeting Monday that he hadn't been transparent re: his dealing with a...

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Cutline Contest -- 3.7.14 

Time 2 Vote ... A young man spits fire for fun with friends, near to the Tagus riverbank in Lisbon on Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) Thursday Winner (tie with 6 votes apiece) -- JohnA: "Nice to meet ya, Purina. You know,...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.7.14

5:59 p.m. Driver of white Pontiac Grand Am speeding, reckless @ e/b I-90/MP 4 (McGuire Road). 5:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for March 6-7 here. 5:14 p.m. Female has called 911 dispatch 7 times screaming something about lost bird @ 1st/Sherman. 5:05...

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PM Headlines -- 3.7.14 15 

Former Idaho state Sen. Nicole LeFavour is arrested after blocking the entrance of the Senate chambers at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday, Feb. 3, in Boise. LeFavour was arrested again today, for the fifth time, during her ongoing protest against the Idaho Legislature's refusal to...

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Wanted: Fortgrounds Tales 

North Idaho College wants to help you tell your story. From now until April 15, NIC interviewers are seeking participants for the "Stories of the Gathering Place" project. Storytellers are asked to tell a two-minute story on camera about an experience they had that relates...

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Len Crosby Pulls Out Of Race 

Moments ago, Len Crosby, the announced candidate for state Rep. Frank Henderson's House District 3 seat, released a statement saying he's withdrawing: Earlier this week, my 90-year old mother who still lives in her own home in Kentucky, had a fall and was admitted to...

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House OKs Teacher Evaluations 34-32 

A narrowly divided House voted 34-32 in favor of HB 556, legislation from Rep. Steven Harris, R-Boise, to require parent and student input in teacher evaluations – a bill that was opposed by all three major education stakeholder groups in Idaho, and a departure from...

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A Seat At Fedora's Table 

Joker (RE: Mike Kennedy's voting Republican, too): "It sure seems that one of the big fears about Democrats defecting to redder pastures is that they'll be able to report back to the rest of us the inner workings of GOP. Going past the red door...

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HBO Blogosphere -- 3.7.14

A May re-opening is back on track for McEuen Field, according to city of Coeur d'Alene spokesman Keith Erickson. Winter weather and a shortage of subcontractors had threatened the regularly scheduled deadline date, earlier this year. You can read more about it here. The photo...

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All 6 Local Solons OK'd Campus Carry 

The six House members from Kootenai County voted unanimously in favor of the guns on campus bill. Generally, however, legislators from North Idaho were split Thursday on the vote on Senate Bill 1254, which gained final legislative approval on a 5049 tally in the Idaho...

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2014 Winter Paralympics Begin 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Secretary General of the Russian Paralympic Committee Mikhail Terentyev, right, attend the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics, in Sochi, Russia, today. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service) Question: Which former USSR country will President Putin...

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Disabilities Often Equals Dependence 

A thief stole the Moscow Special Olympics team’s sporting equipment last month, and with it their chance to compete at the State Winter Games on March 1. Fortunately, the Moscow community and others rallied around the team with donations and an outpouring of support that...

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Non-Pact Schools To Get WiFi Funds

Idaho school districts – like Coeur d’Alene – that opted not to join a controversial statewide contract for high school WiFi services should qualify for state funding for their own WiFi networks, state lawmakers decided Friday. On a 15-5 vote, the Legislature’s joint budget committee...

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Jimmy: Why I Don't Use Social Media 

Jimmy Farris, former congressional candidate and current Democratic candidate in House District 16 (Boise): I was asked recently why my campaign isn't super active on social media like some other campaigns. It's simple: No amount of "copy and paste" FB posts can make up for...

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What's Your Middle Name? 19 

Believe it or not, today is National Middle Name Pride Day. The day falls either on March 10 or on Friday of the 1st full week in March. So what's National Middle Name Pride Day do. As the title says it's design to produce pride...

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Spring Forward 

Dave LeMote uses an allen wrench to adjust hands on a stainless steel tower clock at Electric Time Company, Inc. in Medfield, Mass., earlier today. Most Americans will set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed Saturday night, but daylight saving time officially...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.7.14

12:09 p.m. Blue Ford Mustang w/2 kids in it has run several stop signs in Camp Horn Road/Bayview area. 11:52 a.m. Allied Bonds is trying to locate female on possible warrant. She's renting a 2013 black Dodge Dart and may be staying at a Coeur...

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Mike's Voting Republican, Too 67 

Not only is Dan of the Community voting in the closed GOPrimary election this spring, but former Coeur d'Alene councilman Mike Kennedy is, too. Mike told Huckleberries moments ago that he voted in the GOPrimary two years ago, unaffiliated afterward, and plans to affiliate with...

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Who Should Speak For Lincoln Day? 18 

Duane Rasmussen (responding to tongue-in-cheek comment by DFO re: the local GOP booking "Sheriff Mack" again as its Lincoln Dinner speaker): "I think he would show up for the opening of an envelope if he could find someone to pay his airlines fare to the...

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Poll: Butch Most Vulnerable 

Thursday Poll: Hucks Nation sez Gov. Butch Otter is the most vulnerable office holder of four elected officials listed in the poll. 80 of 152 respondents (52.63%) said Otter was most vulnerable of the four to an upset defeat in the primary or general elections....

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AM Headlines -- 3.7.14

“I was never allowed to play with power tools before I worked here,” said Heather Coop, of Sandpoint, as she worked on the right wing of a Kodiak turboprop plane at Quest Aircraft Co. in Sandpoint on Tuesday. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Idaho...

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Huckleberries Online

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.