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THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015

Madison Quits Common Core Test 

Eastern Idaho’s Madison School District has publicly opted out of Idaho’s new Common Core-aligned tests — but that appears to be an isolated protest. And districts say they are having few technical problems administering the Idaho Standards Achievement Test by Smarter Balanced. For the first...

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Paul Fights With 2nd Reporter 14 

In the same week that he's announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has already had two arguments with female reporters interviewing him. Question: Is Paul's temper going to be a problem for his presidential aspirations?

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Door-To-Door Sales To Be Regulated 

City officials in Coeur d'Alene approved an ordinance that will regulate door-to-door sales people. The city council voted on the ordinance Tuesday night. The ordinance requires solicitors to register with the city and pass a criminal background check. The ordinance applies to people going door-to-door...

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Author Ivan Doig, 75, RIP 

Ivan Doig, an award-winning author whose books set in his native Montana made him one of the most respected writers of the American West, has died. He was 75. Geoff Kloske, the publisher of Riverhead Books, said in a statement that Doig died Thursday of...

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Is LaBeau Back On IACI Job? 

Jayson Ronk is still the acting president of Idaho Association of Business and Industry, and will be for the foreseeable future, reports Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public TV’s “Idaho Reports.” Widespread rumors in the Capitol had President Alex LaBeau back on the job; IACI’s board...

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Eye Of The Beholder 

Would you be upset if the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission approved of something like this art piece in Vancouver, British Columbia, for public art in the Lake City? They haven't. So don't worry. The "Trans Am Totem" features five cars stacked on an old-growth cedar. I suspect there's a message somewhere in this.

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House OKs Grocery Credit Hike 

With absolutely no debate, the House has voted 68-1 in favor of HB 330, Rep. Mike Moyle’s bill to raise the grocery tax credit by $10 per person next year. The sole dissenter was Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley; Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, missed the vote....

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Pastor Earl Hunter, 99, World War II Vet, RIP 

Earl Hunter, a World War II chaplain who was active in local veterans organizations, has died, according to his daughter-in-law Corinna Hunter (via Facebook). Earl was another of those salt-of-the-earth people who comprised the greatest generation. Earl helped start the Coeur d'Alene Church of the Nazarene, which his son, Ron, now pastors ...

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Poll: Gookin Attempt Wrong 

Hucks Nation overwhelmingly disagreed with the attempt by Councilmen Dan Gookin and Ron Edinger to get the city to forgive $845,100 owed by some of the town's richest property owners for the Front Avenue LID. Today's Poll: Do you trust the current Kootenai County commissioners to make over the county's comprehensive plan?

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County Rolls Out Temporary Code 

Kootenai County commissioners are seeking input on a draft document that will serve as a temporary code until a new comprehensive plan can be written. The draft, according to the news release below, "is based on current regulations and consolidates them for easier reading and comprehension. Additional, the revisions aim to streamline procedures."

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AM Headlines -- 4.9.15 

Today's AM Headlines includes breaking news that a cabin stolen off its foundatino near Springdale, Wash., has been found+Congressman Labrador will hold townhall meeting at NIC tonight+Bonner County woman who won Extreme Huntress contest in hot water+Idaho revenues $88M over projections+North Idaho Museum has storage problem ...

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Cindy: There's Richness In Ritual 

At 15 and 20, Sam and Zack Hval did their part to keep the Easter ritual of the Spokane Family Hval alive, writes CindyH in her Front Porch column. But it was obvious that coloring eggs didn't rate high on her sons' to-do lists. Still, she thinks that it's important to keep certain rituals alive. Do you have any regular rituals or traditions?

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RE: Those Who Speak To Cats 

Columnist Kathy Hedberg of the Lewiston Tribune defends people who speak to cats, like that guy with a machete who was loose in northwest Portland recently. Kathy maintains that the cat was trying to talk sense to the disturbed male. And that people who talk to cats aren't cuckoo for Coco Puffs as some may believe. Do you talk to pet(s)?

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Tribe Will Challenge Guv's Veto 10 

The Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe plans to challenge Gov. Butch Otter's veto of a bill that repeals "instant racing" legislation in Idaho. The tribe believes Otter failed to return his veto to the Idaho Senate during the time window provided by the Idaho Constitution and that the veto is void.

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Trib: Teachers Now Come First? 

In this morning's Lewiston Tribe, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase said the 2015 Idaho Legislature had no choice but to provide a pay raise to teachers to mitigate the toxic anti-teacher climate that is driving teachers from the state. Idaho still has a long ways to go to make up the teacher salary loss of the Great Recession, but it's a start ...

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CdA To Close Trail Gap 

The city of Coeur d'Alene has voted to install bike lanes on both sides of 8th Street near City Hall to close a gap in the Centennial Trail. The city has had complaints from trail users who have had trouble finding their way to the next part of the two-state trail. Question: How often do you use the Centennial Trail?

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Raising State Fuel Tax Not Easy 

In the Lewiston Tribune, political writer William L. Spence goes back in time to 1996 -- the last time that the Idaho Legislature raised the fuel tax. If anything, the struggle for the fuel tax hike then was more bitter than the one today. Reportedly, blood was actually spilled in the Senate majority caucus room. More below.

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Guv Gets Open Meeting Law Bill 

After bouncing back and forth between the House and Senate multiple times, legislation to raise fines for violations of the Idaho Open Meeting Law won final legislative approval tonight and went to Gov. Butch Otter. The latest version of the bill, HB 324, passed the...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.8.15 

The day begins with news that Councilmen Dan Gookin and Ron Edinger want to forgive $845,100 in LID improvements for the richest of property owners in Coeur d'Alene -- those along Front Avenue who have benefited greatly by the $20M upgrade to McEuen Park and...

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Coeur d'Alene Councilwoman Models Firefighter's Mask

You're forgiven if you don't recognize Coeur d'Alene City Councilwoman Kiki Miller behind the fire protection mask she's wearing in this photo that she pasted on her Facebook page. Kiki and Councilwoman Amy Evans have been invited to participate in a Boise FireOps 101 course that teaches elected officials what it's like to be a firefighter.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.8.15

Today's PM Scanner Traffic (26 items + AM Scanner Traffic link) includes possible boat fire at 3rd Street docks on Lake Coeur d'Alene and truck-power pole crash at 2:28 p.m. that's block H41 at Spirit Lake ...

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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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