TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016

Parting Shot -- 12.6.16

A man walks with a child on his shoulders, backdropped by lights decorating a park in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday. Christmas fairs have opened in several locations in the Romanian capital selling toys, traditional holiday foods, sweets and drinks.

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 12.6.16 

I woke up in the middle of the cold night today and couldn't get back to sleep. So I put another log on the fire and tinkered with my Fantasy Football teams until I got sleepy again. The Fantasy Football season is reaching the point of playoffs this week and the next two. I'll begin Fantasy Football withdrawals then.

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PM Scanner -- 12.6.16

Scanner Traffic for Tuesday PM (13 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 13 more items) includes a reminder how effective social media can be in helping solve crime. Yesterday, the Post Falls PD published surveillance of a man allegedly shoplifting from Post Falls Walmart East. A caller ID'd the male within 20 minutes ...

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Shea wants to secede, let him go 

Many have reacted to the loopy secession idea being pushed by state Reps Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin. The two legislators are hell-bent on seceding from Seattle area liberals and forming an Eastern Washington state of Liberty. Here's the top reactions to their not-worth-the-paper-it's-written on plan from HucksOnline commenters.

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Here's Pat Kuhns Chris Jericho angel in her home nativity scene. You can also see Chris Jericho angel displayed with some snowmen angels in another photo provided by Pat for this blog post by clicking on arrows on this photo.

There are times when only a male angel will do 

Pat Kuhns of Coeur d'Alene is a traditionalist and a careful Bible reader. The angels in the Bible -- Gabriel, Michael, et al -- revealed themselves as men. Therefore, she wanted a male angel for her home nativity scene. But she could only find angels that were depicted as beautiful women or babies. The link below will show you what Pat did next.

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Marianne Love/Slight Detour says colder temperatures make every day tasks harder to accomplish at her Lovestead. But the cold also offers beauty that you don't see at any other time of the year, including these "ice tunnels." See the link to her Slight Detour post today.

Blogos: Ice cold & snowy pretty 

The daily roundup of links from HucksOnline social media includes terrific winter photos from Marianne Love/Slight Detour. Also: Found cat/Bay Views, Your weekly planner/OnTap, Clutching at strawmen/Fort Boise, Getting ready for the 25th/Simple Mind, Ice cold and snowy pretty/Slight Detour, Friday's openings: The plot thickens/7 Blog ...

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GOP Chair Yates backs Trump call 

In an op-ed column in the Idaho Statesman, Idaho GOP Chairman Stephen Yates supports President-elect Donald Trump's decision to field a congratulatory call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. (Question: Do you think President-elect Donald Trump made the right decision, to talk to the Taiwanese president?)

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E Washington reps seek secession 29 

"Ready for a 51st state?" asks Melissa Luck/KXLY. Eastern Washington Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McClaslin has proposed a House Joint Memorial asking the president, Congress and the Washington Legislature to allow Eastern Washington to secede from Washington state. They would name their new state "Liberty." What do you think of this idea?

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Tedder breathes life into old Outlet Mall 

Tedder Industries, a holster manufacturer that started in Hayden, has breathed new life into the old Outlet Mall at Riverbend in Post Falls. Thomas Tedder's move to the nearly vacant mall a year ago has attracted other businesses as well, including an "escape room." Taylor Viydo/KREM2 reports.

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Idaho memorial may add K9 section 

The Idaho Officers Memorial Board is considering adding a tribute to police dogs at the memorial's Meridian site. The Idaho Statesman reports that memorial board members and K9 memorial committee members met last week to discuss where they could display a bronze canine bust and the names of slain police dogs. Would you support this move?

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US to build $1.65B Idaho N-waste facility 11 

The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy have announced that they’ll build a $1.65 billion facility at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho that will handle fuel waste from the nation’s fleet of nuclear-powered warships. Q: Anyone know what former governors Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus have to say about this?

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AM Headlines -- 12.6.16 

AM Headlines: Hangover Handicap set again Jan 1/Press, Baskin appointed as 4th district judge/EOB, Idaho police memorial considers K9 tribute/AP, Suicide Prevention Hotline expands service/EOB, Idaho jobless insurance tax rate to drop/EOBoise, Lake City cracking down on parking scofflaws/Press + more ...

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Supplemental levies hit record high 10 

Idaho’s supplemental levy bill has hit an all-time record this year. Property taxpayers will shell out $188.8 million in voter-approved supplemental levies in 2016-17 — up from $186.6 million in 2015-16. The previous high-water mark was $188.1 million in 2013-14, as Idaho schools were digging out from the after effects of the Great Recession.

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Hearn: Why CSD needs $32M levy 19 

On his Facebook wall, Coeur d'Alene school Trustee Tom Hearn explains why the district needs a $32M levy: ""With almost 23% of our budget dependent on supplemental levies it would be negligent to not ask for another levy." And: "Levies are required due to a chronic underfunding of our schools by the legislature."

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Audit: Teacher evals error laden 

An audit by an independent education research group found that 99 percent of Idaho teacher evaluations reviewed were completed incorrectly, reports Idaho Education News; the audit turned up hundreds of errors. The teacher evaluations are key to the state’s new career ladder. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise reports.

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Lake City teacher quits under fire 44 

A Lake City High teacher who'd had a chiropractic license revoked in Washington has resigned his position. Jeff Kantola had been placed on administrative leave after a parent raised questions about his past. Kantola lost his license in Washington after admitting sex relations with a patient and an employee. Maureen Dolan/Press reports.

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The last, local Pearl Harbor survivor 

Garland, 94, of Coeur d'Alene, is the last living military veteran on the membership roster of the Lilac City Chapter of Pearl Harbor Survivors. At one time the chapter had 125 active members from all over the Inland Empire. Cindy Hval talks to him about his experience at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago tomorrow.

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CSD to run $32M levy, floats bond idea

The Coeur d’Alene School Board unanimously decided to run a two-year, $32 million supplemental levy next March. The board also put out a proposal for a $35.5 million bond to get community feedback before it votes at the January board meeting. Bethany Blitz/Coeur d'Alene Press reports.

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Trump rejects $4B Air Force One tag 65 

The government should cancel its multibillion-dollar order for new Air Force One presidential planes, Donald Trump declared Tuesday, serving notice he’s ready to jump in and start making decisions six weeks before his inauguration. Costs for the two Boeing 747s are “totally out of control,” Trump told reporters.

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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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