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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017

Hump Day Wild Card -- 1.4.17 

Well, Day 1 of the daily Huckleberries column is in the books -- and it looks like everyone survived, including this Huckleberry Hound. I didn't find it easy to shift gears from blogging to columnizing back to blogging while trying to listen to the scanner. Usually, I write my column during down time with no white noise.

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GOP launches repeal of Obamacare 11 

Congressional Republicans on Wednesday launched their long-promised effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, even as they acknowledged that they may need several months to develop a replacement along conservative lines.

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Just wondering 

"Haven't heard any negative comments about the use of studded tires this winter season. What's up with that?" -- Stitch. Q: Anyone out there running studs this winter. I'm not. (Queue up Wedeln and his anti-stud-tire denunciations.)

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Left behind 

Being the spouse of an Idaho legislator ain't easy, sez Huckleberry Friend Cathyanne Nonini. She provides a quick look at what it's like to send a spouse (Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene) off to Boise for 3 months and then deal with life during the session.

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Starbucks saves a customer 

FlorineD: "Yesterday I was there and ordered my many-year standard in town, requiring sugar-free hazelnut syrup. When I was advised that they no longer stocked sugar-free hazelnut, I got plain coffee and advised that in the future I'd be getting coffee elsewhere." FlorineD goes on to explain how a wise manager intervened in this situation.

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Surveillance photo from video, provided by Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.

Have you seen this woman?

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department is seeking information re: possible suspects in a mail fraud case. The department reports a woman and her companions, driving a red Toyota with Oregon plates, stole checks from Hauser mailboxes and then tried to cash them at various locations around the county.

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Amador, Malek set townhall meeting

District 4 State Representatives Paul Amador (R) and Luke Malek (R) will hold a Town Hall Forum from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Driftwood Bay Room of the North Idaho College student union. The event is free and open to the public. The...

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32nd MLK Jr kids' event set Jan. 12

On Thursday, Jan. 12, the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and the two local school districts will convene the 32nd Martin Luther King Jr. Children's Program at the Lake City Community Church, 6000 N Ramsey Road in Coeur d’Alene. Tony Stewart & Christie Wood provide info re: the event below

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Seen along the Pack River 

Here's one of the scenes Marianne Love/Slight Detour spotted Tuesday during a trip with hubby, Bill, and a friend to enjoy the home-cooked goodies from the Pack River General Store. Marianne comments on the photo: "I have a feeling there's a good story behind this." Feel free to suggest what the story is.

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Powerboating helps Kootenai County 

Kootenai County is Idaho’s powerboating king, according to a new economic impact study from the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation and Boise State University, with $89.8 million spent there on powerboating in 2015, more than Ada County’s $60.3 million, No. 3 Bonner County’s $39.2 million or No. 4 Valley County’s $17.8 million.

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Simpson, Labrador opposed move 

Both of Idaho’s U.S. House members – GOP Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador – opposed the secret vote to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, reports Rob Hotakainen of McClatchy News. The Idaho Statesman reports.

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Sandi Bloem served for 12 years in the longest tenure for a mayor in Coeur d’Alene’s history. She is photographed Tuesday, inside Johannes & Co. Jewelers on Sherman in downtown Coeur d’Alene. (Loren Benoit/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Spotlight: Former mayor Sandi Bloem 

In an article today, Ric Clarke/Coeur d'Alene Press provides a profile of Sandi Bloem, the downtown mover and shaker who became the longest serving mayor in Coeur d'Alene history. Bloem served 3 terms as mayor before stepping aside. Now, she may be planning to retire from business activities, too.

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Newby: Only 'suckers' drink Starbucks 18 

"Only suckers patronize "starbucks" and their overpriced products!" -- newby commenter josetoyou re: "Spokane Starbucks bans 37YO customer who hit on teen barista." Your Huckleberry Hound must be a sucker then. Ironwood Square Starbucks is my go-to place for private convos. Q: Are you a Starbucks sucker, too?

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Wedeln's alt-Snowpocalypse names

We've started calling this Winter of our Discontent "Snowpocalypse 2017." Basically, it means lot of snow. We've had other winters that could be described with the same title (although not recently). Is it a cliché? Wedelny offers alternative names for this heavy snow winter. Feel free to add in yours.

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Snowpocalypse 2017 20 

Another Huckleberry Friend offers a sad tale from New Year's Day night, one in which she had to try three times to get her vehicle into her icy driveway and then into her garage, including a drive around the block to pick up speed. All this to feed a "diabetic cat overpriced food." Do you have a tale of woe as a result of Snowpocalypse 2017?

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Career Trends graphic for Nov. 30, 2016, story by Alex Greer.

CdA HS teachers paid worst? Mebbe not 45 

A month ago, Alex Greer of Career Trends reported on "The Worst Paying Cities for High School Teachers." Several Idaho cities made the list, with Coeur d'Alene at the top (as worst-paying city of all). However, the CdA school district disputes this ranking (see note from spokeswoman Laura Rumpler below).

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D'oh! 17 

So a Huckleberry Friend is in the frozen food section at Hayden Walmart a few nights ago when a twenty-something woman approaches. The other female shopper asks: "Excuse me, can you tell me where the frozen food section is?" How would you have answered?

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Does Fido lick your face? 

Facebook Friend Liz Arakelian is conducting a small survey. Her question for dog owners: "Dog owners: do you kiss your canine friends on the face? Do you think it's germy because of where that face has likely been?" (DFO: I occasionally let Huckleberry the Beagle lick my face. She enjoys it. Mrs. O doesn't. It's a standoff so far.)

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U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, after getting her last wildfire update from managers who oversee the nation's firefighting resources Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Jewell says her 2015 secretarial order for a new wildfire-fighting plan to protect a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West that supports cattle ranching and is home to imperiled sage grouse will likely continue after the Obama administration ends. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

Jewell hopes new Congress will end 'fire borrowing'

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who made her final official visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Tuesday, said it’s “very frustrating” that Congress still hasn’t found a way to stabilize wildfire prevention programs despite years of pressure and bipartisan agreement. Betsy Russell/SR reports.

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Public urinator compounds problems 

Seems a belligerent 61YO Post Falls man didn't know when to quit after getting kicked out of a Sherman Avenue bar Monday night, peeing, that is. L. Terry Pudwell allegedly peed on several people trying to help him after he was taken into protective custody, including multiple nurses. Ryan Collingwood/Press reports.

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Idaho Electors Caleb Lakey, left, and Jennifer Locke vote for two replacement electors with Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, right, at the State capitol building in Boise, Idaho, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Melinda Smyser and Layne Bangerter had to be replaced as electors due to being federal employees. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Brannon hires Locke as chief deputy 26 

Huckleberries has learned that Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon has hired by favorite local conservative as his chief deputy: Jennifer Locke. Locke, he received news coverage for her role as one of four Idaho electors to cast Electoral College votes to President-elect Donald Trump, officially began work Tuesday.

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