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MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017



Open Meeting Law bill in danger

Last week, Idaho Gov Butch Otter voiced opposition to the only tax cut bill that made sense this year, a bill that would eliminate the sales tax on groceries. Now, he is asking a Senate committee to put the kibosh on a proposed expansion of the Open Meeting Law.

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Sam: Dunno where it came from

Assistant City Manager Sam Taylor says the city doesn't know where the large, metal, mystery dice came from, that floated to shore Saturday. After the fire department checked it out, it was scheduled to be moved this AM. It had been relocated by the time I took my noon walk today.

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Rolling the dice 16 

Huckleberry & I checked out a giant, metal dice that floated onto the beach between Independence Point and the Hagadone Corporation HQ Saturday evening. Mrs. O & I were out for a walk when we noticed firefighters checking out the wandering dice.

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Poll: 'Stand your Ground' unneeded

In the weekend poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said Idaho doesn't need a "Stand Your Ground" law because state laws are already adequate to handle self-defense situations. Today's Poll: President Trump wants to cut federal funding for the arts, humanities and public broadcasting. Do you agree with these proposed cuts?

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A name for spring dog poop pickup? 20 

I finally had a nice afternoon -- and the time -- to pick up the dog poop that had been hiding under the snow all winter. And it was an impressive amount at that. As I was cleaning up after Huckleberry, I thought to myself: Why isn't there a name for this annual duty performed by down owners: Poopocalypse? Mebbe. Do you have something better?

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AM Headlines -- 3.20.17

AM Headlines includes story of CityLink planning a transportation hub at Riverstone. Also: Public Records/Press, CdA to get more flashing crosswalk signs/SR, Hayden's booming but city income lags/Press, Gonzaga/WVirginia will tip @ 4:39 Thursday/SR, Still lots of snow in North Idaho mountains/Press + more ...

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Panel OKs faith-healing bill 

The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted 5-4 in favor of SB 1182, Sen. Dan Johnson’s controversial bill regarding faith-healing, after most of the nine people who testified this morning spoke against it. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise reports ...

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Chuck: Why do feds fund meals, art? 22 

In his latest "Just My 2 Cents" post on his Facebook page, Coeur d'Alene attorney Chuck Lempesis comments that he was miffed when he first heard of President Trump's decision to defund Meals on Wheels. Then, Chuck began wondering how the federal government got involved in funding Meals on Wheels and art in the first place.

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The Slice: Spring has sprung

In his Slice column, Paul Turner writes: "OK, it’s officially spring. What will you miss about winter? Complaining, of course. But you say you need help with your list of specifics to grouse about upon the new season’s arrival?" Paul goes on to provide a list of spring things worthy of complaint, including potholes & allergies.

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Robocalls: Bane of 21st Century 

In a weekend column, Kathy Hedberg/Lewiston Trib comments on one of the top annoyances of the 21st Century: Robocalls. "During the election season, robo-calls were like mosquitoes. They were everywhere -- sometimes every 15 minutes some politician would dial you up and give you this long, pre-recorded spiel about why you should vote for him."

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Cheryl Shaw, left, and Sophia Shaw, right, place candles on a table at the vigil held for Kelly Pease Saturday. (Bethany Blitz/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Friends, family recall Kelly Pease

Only the flicker of candles illuminated the faces of friends and family members of Kelly Pease Saturday night at the vigil held in her honor. Parents, children, siblings and friends embraced one another as they passed a microphone to share stories about their beloved Kelly. Bethany Blitz/Press reports on the vigil for the slain mother of 5.

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Another hotel planned for Riverstone

A new Staybridge Suites hotel is proposed for the vacant 1.73 acres between McDonald’s and Starbucks in Riverstone. The 82,380-square-foot building would have 96 suites on five floors, some with views of the Spokane River. Nils Rosdahl/Business Bits reports for the Coeur d'Alene Press ...

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A bicyclist rides along busy Seltice Way in 2014. A 3-mile reconstruction of the roadway will include dedicated bike lanes and two roundabouts. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Huckleberries: A dream come true

In my column this morning, Huckleberries Monday launches with a story about persistence. Thirty years ago, the supporters of the North Idaho Centennial Trail ran into stiff resistance when they tried to route the segment between Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene, Soon, they will realize a dream come true when the eastern end of Seltice Way is made over.

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In this Saturday, March 28, 2009 file photo, American guitarist, singer and songwriter Chuck Berry performs during the "Rose Ball" in Monaco. On Saturday, March 18, 2017, police in Missouri said Berry has died at age 90. (Lionel Cironneau / Associated Press)

Rock legend Chuck Berry, 90, RIP 

Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday at his home west of St. Louis. He was 90.

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Few & crew savor another Sweet 16 

Among the numerous mileposts in Gonzaga’s 2017 season was one Saturday that went largely unnoticed. Gonzaga sealed its third straight Sweet 16, which hasn’t happened since the 1999 squad launched the Zags onto the national stage and the ensuing two teams kept them there. Jim Meehan/SR reports.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie (33) defends the in-bounds pass from Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh, right, during their NCAA second round game, March 18, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Dan Pelle/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW  

Gonzaga 79, Northwestern 73 12 

SALT LAKE CITY – Gonzaga’s game against NCAA Tournament darling Northwestern went from sleeper to classic. But the top-seeded Bulldogs held off the Wildcats just long enough to escape Salt Lake City with an 79-73 victory.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

Weekend Wild Card -- 3.18.17 10 

I was surprised that the Coeur d'Alene School Board, once the focus of a fierce battle between ultra-conservatives and moderates in this community, will have only one contested race this spring. Incumbents Dave Eubanks and Tom Hearn will return to do their good work for another four years (even if an unexpected write-in candidate should arise).

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May opposed in CdA trustee race

There will be only one contested school trustee race in Kootenai County this spring -- between Lisa May and John Rubert for the Coeur d'Alene Zone 1 seat now held by Christa Hazel. The only races that received much interest were for the Consolidated Free Library and the hospital district. See complete list of spring candidates from clerk's office.

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St Paddy's Wild Card -- 3.17.17 12 

As someone who is 100% Portuguese Azorean, I don't get excited about St. Patrick's Day. I don't have a touch of green on me this AM. However, I like Irish people. I enjoy their music. I enjoy their dancing. I enjoy their fun-loving spirit. I...

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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.