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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017

Parting Shot -- 2.28.17 

The Parting Shot today features Rosie O'Donnell at a rally calling for resistance to President Donald Trump, in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. Trump will address a joint session of Congress tonight.

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 2.28.17 18 

The death of long-time resort owner Bob Templin this morning wasn't unexpected. I'd learned from his daughter, Blythe, that Bob had been placed in Hospice care weeks ago. But it still saddens me. Not only did Bob launch a regional hospitality empire with the opening of the old North Shore Hotel on Coeur d'Alene's waterfront ...

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Asset forfeiture bill survives

Yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing stretched for more than four hours, from 1:30 in the afternoon until well after 5. When it was done, the panel had approved bipartisan legislation to limit civil asset forfeiture in Idaho, and to charge heroin pushers with murder if their customers die.

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Cutline Contest -- time2vote 42 

The Cutline Contest today features a meeting between President Donald Trump and the leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Oval Office of the White House. Monday Winner: JohnA.

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Labrador lauds Trump executive order

Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, issued the following statement today after President Trump signed a new executive order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to formally begin a process to review the Obama Administration rule governing “navigable waters."

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Trump OK w/gun sales to mentally ill 

President Trump signed a measure into law Tuesday that rescinds an Obama-era rule aimed at blocking gun sales to certain mentally ill people. The GOP-majority Senate passed the bill by a 57-43 margin earlier this month, following a House vote to overturn the rule. NPR reports.

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President Donald Trump speaks to a meeting of the National Governors Association at the White House in Washington Monday. A presidential address to Congress is always part policy speech, part political theater. With Trump, a former reality TV star, there’s extra potential for drama as he makes his first address to Congress. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump to address Congress tonight 10 

President Trump will deliver an address to the nation before a joint session of Congress this evening. In particular, investors will be listening for clues as to whether the president supports the border adjustment tax (BAT), which is a key feature of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) tax reform plan. Q: Do you plan to watch Trump's speech?

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President Donald Trump calls on a reporter during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Gaggle

In a poem today, Remember The Bard, a rhymer who is dedicated to the memory of Tom Wobker, offers a short poem about gaggles -- of geese and of journalists.

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One of the magical moments caught by Marianne Love's camera Monday was this one of horses among cedars.

Mother Nature can't take hint 

At Slight Detour, blogger Marianne Love wonders: "Will Mother Nature get the hint that we are pushing away from the table and really would not like another helping of that white stuff, even if it does make things pretty? Probably not." February proved to be a nasty month. Good thing it's short.

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Trump gives himself an 'A' so far 

Mr. Trump gave himself a grade of A for his presidency so far in an interview broadcast Tuesday morning, but he added that he would only give himself a C for communicating how great he has been. The New York Times reports ...

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No jail in coat hanger assault 

In a fiery, emotional hearing Friday, the parents of a mentally disabled football player stormed out when a defense attorney accused them of fabricating the sexual assault of their son to pursue a $10M lawsuit. John R.K Howard was sentenced ... to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service. The Twin Falls Times-News report...

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Mike Schroeder is the man tasked to feed the Gonzaga Bulldogs and their faithful fans. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

AM Headlines -- 2.28.17

AM Headlines today begins with SR feature on the man who feeds the Gonzaga Bulldogs and their faithful fans. Also: Snow storm misses Spokane, CdA/SR, Dworshak Dam's safety rating climbs/SR, Seasonal snowfall hits century mark/Press, House kills FBI background check bill/EOBoise, Solon pulls $10M Medicaid gap coverage bill/EOB ...

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Ex-LCHS teacher got $30K settlement 

A high school teacher who resigned amid controversy in December received a check for $30,000 in January from the Coeur d’Alene School District. Jeff Kantola, who taught at Lake City High School, resigned Dec. 5 after being placed on administrative leave in October. Maureen Dolan/Press reports ...

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Poll: $58B more for defense? No 

In Monday's poll, 58.5% of Hucks Nation opposes President Trump's announced plan to shift $58B from existing federal programs to the U.S. military budget. Today's Poll: Trump gave himself an 'A' grade for his 1st weeks in office. What grade would you give him?

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In this SR file photo from April 17, 1996, Bob Templin celebrates fifty years of doing business in the Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls area. (Craig Buck/SR file photo)

Mr. Hospitality Bob Templin, 93, RIP 

Robert Templin, a Post Falls developer, U.S. Army veteran and pioneer of North Idaho’s resort and tourism economy, died Tuesday morning at age 93. The hotelier, economic development booster and vigorous promoter of Post Falls was known as a shrewd businessman, devout Christian and genuinely nice guy. Scott Maben/SR reports ...

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Science rules OK'd sans climate change 

Despite efforts by members and the chairman of the Senate Education Committee to convince their House counterparts to go along with approving new state science standards without deleting five sections referring to climate change, the senators reported today that the House wouldn’t sign on. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise reports ...

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Bedke non-scandal backfires on Far Right 

In an editorial, the Twin Falls Times-News comments that the Far Right further marginalized itself with the Idaho Legislature by targeted House Speaker Scott Bedke with a non-scandal. The Far Right was trying to get back at Bedke for punishing Far Right Rep. Heather Scott earlier this session.

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Builders win case against Hayden 

A district court judge ruled the city of Hayden must refund builders and homeowners nearly $750,000 due to an illegal tax from sewer capitalization fees on new homes during a six-year span. Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press reports.

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Troy Robertson, a 1979 Central Valley High School graduate, is ready to go back on CBS’ hit show “Survivor” after he was voted off the island in 2012. (COURTESY OF TROY ROBERTSON)

Local man back on 'Survivor' island

Being stranded on a deserted island with a bunch of lying and manipulating strangers doesn’t sound like fun to most people. But Troy Robertson, a 1979 Central Valley High School graduate, can’t wait to go back on the CBS hit show “Survivor” after he was voted off the island in 2012. Pia Hallenberg/SR reports ...

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A “gaggle” of reporters line up in hopes of attending a briefing in Press Secretary Sean Spicer's office at the White House in Washington, Friday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Huckleberries: Journos come in gaggles, too

Geese aren’t the only strange birds that come in “gaggles,” according to Merriam-Webster. Journalists come in gaggles, too, because they fit the dictionary definition of “a group, aggregation or cluster lacking organization.” That certainly describes some of the press conferences I’ve attended in my 47 years as a newsman. Huckleberries Tuesday ...

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Huckleberries Online

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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