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THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 4.2.15 

April 15 holds no fear for me. I filed my 2014 taxes via the H&R Block link provided on the Idaho Tax Commission Web site. The filing is relatively inexpensive (or free, if you earn less than $53,000). It's nice to have the annual headache out of the way. I even finished in the black. Which is another cause for celebration ...

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Parting Shot -- 4.2.15

Are you ready for some Mariners' baseball. The season begins at home against the Los Angeles Angels Monday afternoon. And for the first time in a long, long time, the Mariners are considered a contender not only for postseason play but also for the World Series. Yeah, they're good. So this may be the season to tune in to their games ...

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Teens Admit Saran Wrap Stunt 

KREM 2 reports: "Three teenagers admitted to a dangerous saran wrap prank on Interstate 90 according to the deputies. Authorities with the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office said the teens admitted to stretching the plastic wrap across Interstate 90 on March 21. The prank did damage...

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Idaho Joins Anti-Gay Marriage Brief 26 

Idaho has signed on to a brief with 14 other states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold bans on gay marriage and leave the matter to voters and lawmakers, the AP reports. The brief, filed today, argues that the court will do "incalculable damage...

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Is McMillan Mulling Resignation? 12 

In the latest Carlson Chronicles, Chris Carson examines a rumor that has state Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, resigning at the end of the 2015 session, with the intention of having her son, Jim, fill her vacancy. Carlson awards McMillan one of his newly minted "Dummy" awards for voting against the interests of her House District 7.

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HucksOnline Blogos: Art That Makes Skin Crawl 

At Clarksville blog today, Doug Clark takes on menacing public art outside our sewer plant: "The scenery outside Coeur d’Alene’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has the makings for a 1950s horror movie. 'Attack of the Giant Round Worms,' you might call it. Or – 'Killer Microbes...

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Scanner Traffic Takes A Hit 

I was wondering why I was hearing less Scanner Traffic recently. It was such a dropoff that I contacted Sgt. Christie Wood of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department today. She had the answer. Of course. Local police have changed the way they do things. And it will affect the daily Scanner Traffic report. Alas.

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Salamander Now State Amphibian 

The long journey for 14YO Ilah Hickman to win a state designation for the giant salamander came to an end today when Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed her bill into law. Afterward, Otter joked with the teen: "You didn't think I was going to veto it? No, no, you didn't." Aren't you amazed by the persistent teen ... and happy for the amphibian community?

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Update: Guy Calls 911 To Check Bar Tab 

Earlier this week, Huckleberries Online re-posted that Post Falls Police Department report re: Post Falls 911 handling a dozen calls from a man who wanted police to check on his bar tab. The story was picked up by CBS News, which dug into the store a little more ...

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Out, Out, Damn Selfie Stick 

I'd never heard of a "selfie stick" or knew they were an annoyance until I saw this AP photo and read colleague Shawn Vestal's tweet: "I'm planning to boycott every state where it's against the law to take someone's selfie stick and beat them with it." Have you ever encountered a "selfie stick"?

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Love Soars After Rocky Start 

The adage “you only get one chance to make a first impression” may be true, but luckily for George Peabody, a beautiful brunette named Mildred Baker gave him a second chance. The two met on a blind date in May 1941. A co-worker had pestered...

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On The Waterfront ...

... Greg Lee and I took what should be our last stroll on the "closed" Dike Road during the noon time. The Dike Road is scheduled to open Friday. Justin Kimberling was still busy with his backhoe. And there were some trucks, pickups and another...

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Otter: Stay Outta General Fund 10 

Gov. Butch Otter has a message for those attempting to find revenue to fix Idaho's decaying roads and bridges. Stay out of the general fund. In other words, he's not going to sign something like that giant tax shift tax bill passed by the House that would require money from the general fund to make the fixes.

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NFL RB Sankey Returns Home

Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey, who played football at Gonzaga Prep, returned to Spokane Wednesday for G-Prep's football fundraiser. SR colleague Greg Lee was on hand to interview the humble gridster. Question: Do you plan to draft Sankey for your 2015 Fantasy Football team?

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Crapo Defends Land Transfer Vote 20 

Defending a vote last week that could lead federal land to be transferred to state and local governments, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo said Tuesday that Westerners got a raw deal when they had to give up most of the property within their borders at statehood....

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Labrador Explains Anti-PILT Vote 12 

In a letter to "Dear Friends," Congressman Raul Labrador explained his vote on a "budget-busting" Medicare bill. Attached to that Medicare bill was federal funding that was crucial to rural Idaho counties, like Shoshone, Bonner & Boundary, that are located in areas of vast public lands. Did ideology & principle trump common sense here?

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Poll: Labrador Hurt Worse 

A plurality of Hucks Nation said Congressman Raul Labrador primarily and the state of Idaho secondarily are being hurt worse by the hostility between Labrador & 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson. Few think Simpson is being hurt by the recent exchange of barbs. Today's Poll: What will Gov. Butch Otter do with 'instant racing' repeal bill?

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Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral, RIP 

Robert Shuller, 88, founder of the southern California megachurch, Crystal Cathedral, died this morning. Televangelist Schuller brought his message of "possibility thinking" to millions of viewers. How many of you watch televangist or other religious programming?

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Otter Faces 'Instant Racing' Deadline 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter faces a deadline of 4:54 p.m. Saturday, as he decides whether to sign or veto a bill that calls for the repeal of "instant racing" in Idaho. While he deliberates, horse racing supporters who oppose the bill are threatening the business owned by the bill sponsor's son. Big boys have big feelings ...

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70s Pet Rock Superstar Gary Dahl, 78, RIP 

Many of you probably remember the Pet Rock sensation of the 1970s. Now, columnist Doug Clark reports that the Pet Rock originator has Spokane roots, graduating from Rogers High in 1954. Gary Dahl, "Spokane's biggest Rock Star," died in Oregon recently. Clark digs into the background of the founder of the cuh-razy fad ...

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From The Peanut Gallery ... 

Chef Gus comments that he and his wife was 'hitched' at Coeur d'Alene's Hitching Post. Both are deists. Gus goes on to say that his daughter is gay and that she married her love during a window of opportunity in California. He concludes that the Hitching Post shouldn't be forced to marry anyone ... "unless they are simply a Civil Service."

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GOP Newsletter Offends Idaho Muslims 21 

In the Idaho Falls Post Register, Bryan Clark reports that Muslim leaders in eastern Idaho were deeply offended by a news letter circulated by the Bonneville County GOP Central Committee. The letter, written by the Central Committee exec, sez Idaho Muslims are infiltrating the state and are ready to "rise up and kill" non-Muslims.

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