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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2017


Have you ever been ice fishing 

A comment made by Deputy City Administrator this afternoon has prompted the question in the headline above. Sam comment @ HucksOnline: "I have literally never been ice fishing." I haven't either. In fact, I haven't fished much in my life. At all. However, I have skated on a frozen northwest Montana lake around people who were ice fishing.

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New Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robyn Brody, left, is sworn in Thursday by retired Chief Justice Linda Copple Trout, right; behind are new Chief Justice Roger Burdick, left, and Justice Warren Jones. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Brody joins high court 

New Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robyn Brody was formerly invested in her new office today, in a ceremony that included heartfelt remarks both from Brody and from new Chief Justice Roger Burdick.

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Is sidewalk snow crackdown in offing? 

In a comment, Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor hints that education is the first step to enforcing city ordinances that require residents and businesses to keep sidewalks clear of snow. Sam was responding to a comment by Pmurg that a crackdown would be "yet another silly and unnecessary intrusion of government into places it doesn't belong."

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Officer Brenda Knight (Kerri Thoreson photo)

Skewp: PFPD cop won't lose job 

"PFPD Chief Scot Haug: Officer Brenda Knight is, and will remain, employed by the City. (Knight was charged with excessive DUI in November)" -- Twitter skewp posted by Ryan Collingwood/Coeur d'Alene Press (@RyanCDAPress)

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OK, we're not No. 1, but ...

Seems to me that Career Trends by Graphiq misfired when it listed Coeur d'Alene as Numero Uno for "The Worst-Paying Cities for High School Teachers." But the district’s stated average high school teacher’s salary of $47,668 wouldn’t get it off Career Trends Top 75 worst-paying list.

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Woman faces animal cruelty charge 

A Bonner County woman is facing a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine for allegedly slamming a 7-month-old puppy onto pavement for chewing her fishing pole. The incident occurred outside of a gas station in Priest River in October. But the woman, Megan Smith, 23, is facing the music now.

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It was worse 10 years ago

I'm glad I read the cutline information carefully before I posted this. I thought Marianne Love & hubby, Bill, would need the Red Cross to get them supplies after seeing their mailbox. But Marianne actually snapped this photo of her snow-slammed mailboxes in 2007.

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Poll: We don't drink much Starbucks 

In the Wednesday poll, almost 80% of Hucks Nation said it never -- or rarely -- frequents Starbucks. Less than 8% of the respondents said they drink Starbucks daily or several times per week. Today's Poll: Which North Idaho legislative delegation will perform best at the 2017 Legislature?

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No snow days for virtual academy

While schools in southern Idaho and maybe some up here may grant snow days, as a result of frigid temperatures and snow this week, the Idaho Virtual Academy soldiers on. The virtual academy sent students a note this week that says they're ahead of the game because they get more education and no snow days. Would that message make you happy?

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Members of the Idaho Legislature's joint economic outlook committee, including, from left, Sen. Steve Bair, Sen. Shawn Keough, Sen. Dan Johnson, Rep. Mark Gibbs and Rep. Joe Palmer, visit before the start of their day-long meeting on Thursday. (Betsy Z. Russell/Eye on Boise photo)

AM Headlines -- 1.5.17

AM Headlines: Public Records/Press, KCSO seeks mail fraud suspect/KXLY 4, Idaho makes Vogue's Top 10 list/KREM 2, Idaho population growth slowing/Eye on Boise, Big-game feeding reserved for emergencies/Press, Idaho woman faces animal cruelty charges/KREM 2 + more ...

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An eternal question 26 

"So if I leave my phone at home and now want to call my husband (from a land line) but can't for the life of me remember his phone number does that make me a bad wife?" -- Kerri Thoreson, via Facebook. Q: Do you have the cellphone numbers of your loved ones memorized?

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Topic: Snow loads on roofs 

According to Scanner Traffic this morning, someone at an office building at 1713 E Sherman Ave/CdA, has asked the snow load on the roof be inspected. Q: How do you know when to reduce the snow load on your roof?

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Sho-Con: Hardly Snowpocalypse 

Sho-Con sneers at the thought that we're enduring Snowpocalypse 2017. I agree. I recall my first winter in Montana (1977-78) when the average daily temperature for the month of January was a half degree above zero. And that wasn't the worst of it. Do you have any horror stories from winter endured in the Northwest or elsewhere?

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It's the law: Keep sidewalks clear 11 

Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor cautioned city residents and businesses to keep their sidewalks clear of snow to prevent safety hazards -- and comply with the law. Keith Cousins/Coeur d'Alene Press reports. Q: Do you keep your sidewalks clear of snow?

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Ice fishing 

Sarah Rasmussen, a graduate of the University of Arkansas who is now enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary, catches her first fish through a hole in the ice during the Christmas break with a little help from Hayden Councilman Matt Roetter. Proud papa Duane Rasmussen snapped a photo feature of the occasion.

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Locke begins chief deputy clerk job 25 

Jennifer Locke thought her life took an interesting turn when she was named one of Idaho's four electors in the recent presidential election. It's about to get more interesting. Locke, a Republican committeewoman in Precinct 13 and Hayden resident, began her new gig Tuesday as Kootenai County's chief deputy clerk. Ryan Collingwood/Press reports.

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Huckleberries: Rocky Mountain Oysters, anyone? 21 

Do you realize there's a Rocky Mountain Oyster Hall of Fame at the Snake Pit in Enaville, Idaho? Huckleberries didn't know that until it contacted new owner Tom Richards about that delicacy. Which turned many an angry bull into steers with sweet personalities. Here's today's column.

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CSD challenges teacher pay claim 

Coeur d'Alene School District spokeswoman Laura Rumpler has contacted Huckleberries Online challenging a Career Trends Graphiq claim high school teacher wages in the CSD are the worst in the country. The report and related story claimed that Coeur d'Alene teachers earn an average of $36,470/yr. Rumpler says the real figure is $45,668.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017

Parting Shot -- 1.4.17 

The Parting Shot today features President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden standing at attention during the playing of the National Anthem at the Armed Forces Full Honor Review for the president in Virginia.

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