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Weekend Wild Card -- 4.29-30.17 24 

I enjoyed myself last night at the annual banquet of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, renewing long friendships with the leaders of that group who were instrumental in ridding this region of the Aryan Nations -- Tony Stewart, Norm Gissel, and Marshall...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

Parting Shot -- 4.28.17 

The Parting Shot of the week features Daniel "Dutch" Inwood from his hospital room after he lost his leg in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. Tyler Tjomsland/SR snapped the terrific photo. Huckleberries also includes part of the story and a link to the rest below.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 4.28.17 

The Coeur d'Alene School District made a great pick in selecting SR colleague Scott Maben as its new spokesman. I've worked with Scott for more than a decade. Solid professional. And he cares for this community. The Spokesman-Review's loss is definitely the school district's gain.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.28.17

Scanner Traffic for Friday PM (14 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 15 more items) includes report from 2 passersby who saw smoke coming from Tire-rama building on Appleway. But the smoke was a result of work going on inside.

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Christa: 'R' in KCRCC stands for Redoubt 

Christa Hazel, a county GOP precinct committeewoman and CdA school trustee presents another side to the Central Committee meeting Tuesday, one in which local R's took a position against construction of a Citylink transit center at Riverstone. She Facebooks that Redoubt activists hold clout with the local Central Committee ...

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Time Out for writing

OK, my Huckleberry Friends, I'm going to quit posting until closing time because I need to write my Monday column and get to work on my Tuesday column. I'll keep my eye out for breaking news and will continue to monitor the police scanner for...

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Post Falls police attend to Brandon Ross after a foot-chase that ended with police using a stun gun to subdue Ross. The chase lasted about 30 minutes after Ross was found wandering in neighborhoods around 12th Avenue. Ross was subdued in a field off 16th Avenue where a goat wandered over during the activity. (Lisa James/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

PFPD gets its man, goat 

A Post Falls man wanted on felony warrants allegedly held a knife to his throat before police used a stun gun to detain him after a foot pursuit in Post Falls on Thursday. Brian Walker/Press reports. And Lisa James/Press provides a swell photo of a goat who happened onto the scene.

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The importance of Harry Huskey

Harry Huskey died last week at 101. You may not have heard of this unheralded Idahoan. But Martin Peterson has. Peterson called Huskey the most influential person ever to graduate from the University of Idaho. You see, he was the father of personal computing ...

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Photo of Burlington Northern Santa Fe train for illustrative purposes. (AP file photo)

History Lesson

Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, didn't have much use for railroads, especially after, Burlington North Santa Fe pushed through the re-fueling depot at Hauser on a 2-1 vote of the Kootenai County commission. Today, Huckleberries offers another blast from the past from Tom ...

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Column: Risch should recuse himself 

Writing for the Ridenbaugh Press, columnist Betty Richardson comments that U.S. Sen. James Risch has shown himself to be the "most strident of partisans." Richardson goes on to say that Risch, a member of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and Intelligence, has embarrassed himself by fawning over President Trump's foreign escapades.

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Huckleberry Friends -- 4.28.17 16 

The roundup of social media links for HucksOnline includes a stable of quality column writers from the Ridebaugh Press (Randy Stapilus, Jim Jones, Betty Richardson, Martin Peterson and Chris Carlson) columnizing on Idaho topics ...

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Stapilus: Will Labrador run? 

Political question of the week in Boise seems to be: Will Raul Labrador run for governor? There’s been a lot of presumption, even as Labrador has held off declaring one way or the other, that he will. Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press offers friendly advice. Q: Do you expect to see Raul Labrador run for governor?

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AM Headlines -- 4.28.17 

AM Headlines begins w/story that 300 items from Forrest Bird estate will be auctioned. Also: Hail takes Hagadone Directory reins/Press, CdA sees 2X usual number of potholes/KREM, Man detained after foot pursuit in Post Falls/Press, Pullman-Moscow airport has gone to the birds/Tribune, Man faces 20 years in prison for hatchet bank robbery/SR...

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Poll: Build bus transit center

In the Thursday poll, Hucks Nation overwhelming supported Overwhelmingly, long-standing plans by the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe and Kootenai County to build a Citylink Transit Center at Riverstone. Today's Poll: Do you support the city of Coeur d'Alene's plans to purchase the old Atlas Mill site?

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Faith: Citylink 'hugely important' to me 

I asked Faith Tonna, a stay-at-home mom from Hayden, to explain how important Citylink and the proposed Riverstone Citylink Transit Center is to her. She responded in part that she uses the bus 4-5 times per week because she is medically unable to drive -- and she needs to get from Hayden to CdA regularly.

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Sam explains old mill purchase plan 14 

In a comment yesterday, Pmurg said: "I can't wait to hear how the City is going to be able to pay nearly $8 mill with no tax dollars involved in the purchase or improvements." Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor responded to the question. See below.

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Crapo-led panel explores sanctions 

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo wants to ramp up economic sanctions and "impose real costs" on Russian President Vladimir Putin for his country's ongoing military incursions and interference in democratic elections in the United States and Europe. Crapo is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. William L. Spence/Tribune reports ...

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Jim Valentine, who runs a landscaping and excavation business in Post Falls, stands near a sign he put up warning homosexuals that they're not welcome in Idaho Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. Valentine believes all homosexuals are pedophiles. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Racist sign honors shameful history 37 

Columnist Shawn Vestal/SR begins: "It’s not like the guy could be all that smart. But there’s no way Jim Valentine could be quite this dumb." Vestal is referring to a "gross caricature of a young African-American girl eating a big slice of watermelon" on the side of one of Valentine's business trucks. Valentine is surprised people are upset.

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Terry Fossum, life-long Boy Scout, poses in this “Kicking and Screaming” handout photo. Fosum won the television competition, televised Thursday night. (FOX Broadcasting Co. / FOX)

Spokane Scoutmaster wins $250K TV suvivalist event 

Spokane Scoutmaster Terry Fossum won top prize in the new Fox reality show “Kicking and Screaming” Thursday night, along with partner Natalie Casanova. The show paired survival experts with outdoor novices, pitting teams against each other in challenges of skill and adaptability. Nina Culver/SR reports ...

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Edit: When will Bedke draw line? 

In his editorial today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune takes to task Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke for claiming two legislators did nothing wrong when they took $6,400 of tax money under questionable circumstances.

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Citylink transit fight heats up 23 

The efforts by the Kootenai County Republican Party to stop a Citylink transit center at Riverstone will come to a head next week when the county commissioners will hold a meeting to discuss proposed route changes, hours of operation and new fares. Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press reports ...

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City of Coeur d'Alene map.

City wants to buy old Atlas Mill

The city of Coeur d’Alene wants to buy a 47-acre former sawmill site on the Spokane River for a public park and future business development. The $7.85 million property is the previous home of the Atlas Mill, which closed in late 2005. Becky Kramer/SR reports.

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Trial of accused child killer continues

The trial of accused child killer Joseph J. Davis, of Coeur d'Alene, continued for a third day Thursday. Davis is accused of killing his 17-month-old stepson, Maliki Wilburn, who suffered brain-damaging injuries. Ralph Bartholdt/Press reports ...

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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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