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MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 4.6.15 10 

Well, well, well, that last winter's blast that we were waiting for in March has arrived. And drivers predictably are slipping and sliding all over the roads. I'm trying to keep up with the crashes. But it isn't easy. I'm always amazed re: the cluelessness...

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Parting Shot -- 4.6.15

Seattle Mariners' fans seated in the "King's Court" cheer starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) on his first strikeout, of Los Angeles Angels lead off hitter Kole Calhoun in the first inning of a baseball game Monday in Seattle. Hernandez pitched 7 strong innings, yielding only...

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Senate Fails To Override Veto, But ... 

The Idaho Senate failed to override Gov. Butch Otter's veto of the "instant racing" repeal. But Otter may not have returned the vetoed bill to the Idaho Senate within the constitutional window of time. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise reports on Otter's weird handling of this controverial matter -- and the Senate response below.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

TSA officers Andrea Green, left, and Edmund Gray stand beside a piece of dressed up old carpet from the terminal at Portland International Airport during a press conference in Portland, Ore, recently. After enduring three decades of luggage wheels and travel-worn passengers, the teal-color carpet...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.6.15

Scanner Traffic this afternoon (20 items + AM Scanner Traffic link) ... includes CPD responding to call shortly before 5 p.m. of male in his 20s who may be deceased in a residents along 1900 block of N15th St.

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City To Restore Park Playground 

Here's great news for the thousands of children -- and adults -- who enjoy Fort Sherman Playground in Coeur d'Alene City Park. the Panhandle Kiwanis Club plans to give the playground a good power washing, fresh paint, and a new coat of sealant to protect the wooden features. The playground was build in 1997 with input from 2,000 citizens.

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Final May 19 Candidate List

The Kootenai County Election Department has provided a final list of contested races for the May 19 nonpartisan elections, ranging from one race for Coeur d'Alene School District trustee to three contested races for various highway district positions. The Coeur d'Alene School Board Zone 3...

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NIC Stages American Indian Week 

North Idaho College is hosting a variety of events in honor of American Indian Heritage Week today through Saturday. All events are being held in the NIC Edminster Student Union and free to the public unless otherwise stated. For a complete schedule of the week’s...

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Charters Leave Minorities Behind 53 

Charter schools, including Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, are lagging way behind demographically in enrolling special education and minority children children, according to data provided by the Idaho Department of Education. Should Idaho's charter schools reflect the ethnic and special education demographic of the community?

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Coldwater Creek Returning To Roots 

Coldwater Creek may be the Idaho women’s retailer that got away, but its new owners vow to take the brand back to its roots. Just not in Idaho, the Idaho Statesman. Sycamore Partners said it would re-launch the brand as a different business. Today, Coldwater Creek appears to be revived as Coldwater Creek Direct ...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 4.6.15

Today's North Idaho blog roundup includes Fort Boise commenting on Gov. Otter's veto of "instant racing" bill+Barnes & Noble's reader reviews for War Bonds+Arch Druid looks at end-of-world scenario+Tech Deck offers this week's free video game+On Tap greets new MLBaseball season with "Play Beer!"+more ...

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Tribe: Otter Picks Buds Over Idaho 12 

The Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe issued a blistering response to news that Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed legislation repealing "instant gaming" in Idaho. Chairman Chief Allan said: "He turned his back on the Legislature and Idahoans in order to protect his friends and financiers." Full text below.

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Update: Mariners Win Opener 4-1 

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws the first pitch of the opening day baseball game in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels this afternoon in Seattle. Los Angeles leads 1-0 in the bottom of the 3rd behind a first-inning home run by...

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Otter Vetoes 'Instant Racing' Repeal 

Gov. Butch Otter has issued his veto message on SB 1011, the bill to repeal “instant racing” in Idaho. You can read it here. It includes a letter to the state Racing Commission asking for an indefinite moratorium on the addition of any new instant...

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On the Waterfront -- 4.6.15

My walk with SR sports scribe Greg Lee along the waterfront was uneventful today, except for one thing -- Dike Road was open. I didn't check that out Friday. But I noticed today that the students were parking their cars along the Dike Road again...

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Edit: Where's Promised Prosperity? 

At the Lewiston Tribune, Opinion Writer Marty Trillhaase questions the Republican mantra in Idaho that income tax rates are crippling the state economy. Trillhaase looks at the attempt by House Majority League Mike Moyle to cut rates for Idaho's wealthiest while raising taxes on the middle class.

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'Instant Racing' Helped Otter Campaign 

As lawmakers await word from Gov. Butch Otter on a possible veto of SB 1011, the bill to repeal “instant racing” in Idaho – which led to slot machine-like terminals being installed at three locations in the state, surprising lawmakers who didn’t think they’d authorized...

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PFPD: Woman Got 'Cleansed' All Right

Here's another of the odd tales that Post Falls Police Department deals with on a daily basis. On Sunday, the day shift responded to a report that a female was acting strange as she tried to cleanse herself from life and tobacco. In the process, she lost track of her car. And then things got even more complicated for her.

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AM Headlines -- 4.6.15

Today's AM Headlines includes report that Domas Sabonis is returning to Gonzaga Bulldogs next year+Otter signs 10 bills including abortion restrictions one+Coeur d'Alene sewer rates on rise again+surprise snowfall this morning will turn to rain this afternoon+more ...

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Mandatory Church Attendance? Hmm 20 

In something you might expect in an Idaho legislative gathering, a Teapublican legislator from Arizona quipped that the state should make church attendance mandatory to battle the country's moral decay. Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, made the "flippant" remark during debate about a concealed-carry gun bill. Question: Do you attend church often?

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Poll: Malek = Best Local Legislator 

In the weekend poll, state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, was the easy choise of Hucks Nation as the best Kootenai County legislator. Malek received 55.91% of the vote to win those honors. Today's Question: If the issue makes the November valid, will you vote to raise Coeur d'Alene's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75?

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Petition Targets CdA Minimum Wage 28 

Anne Nesse & former NIC president Bob Bennett are launching a drive to collect enough signatures to ask Coeur d'Alene voters in November to raise the minimum wage within city limits. If supporters collect 1,681 valid signatures, Coeur d'Alene voters will be asked to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75.

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Costello: Obama Can't Make A Deal 

In his Saturday column for the Lewiston Tribune, conservative Michael Costello writes: "Should we trust Barack Obama to forge an acceptable uranium enrichment agreement with Iran? If past results are any indicator of future performance, Obama's past judgments should leave us skeptical."

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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.