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SUNDAY, SEPT. 27, 2015

Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers tax talks draw criticism

Watchers of the Idaho Legislature are reeling over the news that a panel of state lawmakers from both houses has been meeting all summer to discuss tax policy and tax relief in near secrecy. The group is not listed among the official legislative interim committees or task forces that have been holding open public meetings streamed live on the Internet. “It’s not an interim committee per se,” House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said Friday. “It’s more of an ad hoc working group.”

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Huckleberries: Urban farming comes with side of noise pollution

The tiny community of Bayview on the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille survived a terrifying wildfire during our summer of drought. But there’s at least one resident who doesn’t think she can handle the outbreak of “roostosterone.” That’s the name Jeanna Hofmeister (aka, “Baggy-eyed in Bayview”) gave the disquiet wrought by a neighbor’s rooster. In an email to Huckleberries Online ( www.spokesman.com/blogs/hbo), Jeanna describes how the neighbor decided to become an urban farmer recently, first introducing chickens and then ducks. Both of which were fine, as far as Jeanna was concerned. She found the clucking of the chickens “humorous.” And said: “The ducks sound like Lucille Ball mid-cackle, and after all, who doesn’t love Lucy?” Then, along came Foghorn Leghorn, a rooster with an over-abundance of “roostosterone.” Again, Jeanna: “It crows all day. It crows at 4 a.m. It crows at 11 p.m. Basically, all the time, anytime.” Jeanna tried contacting the owners of Foghorn Leghorn, to no avail. She’s contacted the county commissioners’ office, county planning and zoning, code enforcement and the sheriff. She thinks the rooster constitutes a “nuisance,” as defined by Idaho code. Last week, county commissioners showed an interest in her plight. But nothing has been done so far. Rooster and dumplings, anyone? Finger steaks?

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 26, 2015

Jonathon Nomee, center, walks into the courtroom at the Juvenile Justice Building in Coeur d’Alene on Friday. Nomee pleaded guilty to felony manslaughter in the death of Erin Walker, who was killed in a car crash on July 25, 2013. (Kathy Plonka)

Driver sentenced to jail time in fatal collision on U.S. 95 45 

Erin Noel Walker’s life was an unfinished symphony, loved ones said after she died on a bend in the highway south of Coeur d’Alene one warm evening two summers ago. She had a deep love of music and sang with the Seattle Symphony Chorale. The Worley teenager who took her life also has embraced song and dance. Jonathon Henry Nomee, a member of a large and well-known family from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, has donned traditional regalia since age 4 and was honored in 2014 as Lead Man in the Julyamsh Powwow in Post Falls.

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In this April 2008 photo, a male sage grouse performs his “strut” near Rawlins, Wyo. (Associated Press)

Idaho sues over Interior’s sage grouse ruling 

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state Legislature on Friday filed a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s sage grouse ruling, even though that ruling said endangered species protections for the sage grouse were not warranted. The lawsuit contends the process behind amendments to federal land-use plans aimed at protecting the birds imposed unprecedented and unnecessary restrictions on Idaho farmers and ranchers, sportsmen, recreationists, employers and others.

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In brief: Robber gets cash at Thor Street store

Spokane police are looking for the man who robbed a gas station in East Central Spokane early Tuesday morning. The robber entered the Tesoro station at 228 S. Thor St. about 12:15 a.m. He was armed with a knife and demanded cash from the clerk, police said in a news release. The clerk complied and the robber fled on foot.

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Paul Graves: Our egos can easily become logs of blindness 

I didn’t really want to write this column. Most of it is uncomfortable to write – if not for me, then for whomever will disagree with me. It will look like I’m focused on the horrific, disrespectful language that so many people seem to feel “entitled” to spew at or about other people. But what I hope you will come away with is the understanding that disrespectful language is only a symptom of deep-seated, often unrealized, fear. That fear breeds uncontrolled anger that comes out in outrageous, impulsive statements. Most of my own frustrations come from hearing or reading things from ordinary people.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2015


Idaho sues feds over sage grouse restrictions 

BOISE - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state Legislature on Friday filed a lawsuit over the Obama Administration’s sage grouse ruling, even though it found that endangered species protections for the sage grouse were “not warranted.” The lawsuit contends ...

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Rare ‘supermoon’ eclipse expected Sunday 

Sunday evening’s shadowing of the moon is getting all of the hype you would expect from an event that has been dubbed the “supermoon” eclipse. It turns out that the eclipse – which will be in progress when the moon rises in the east at dusk – is occurring at the same time the moon reaches its closest point to Earth in its near-monthly orbit.

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One of the cabin sites on Priest Lake that will be auctioned off on Saturday. In this auction, none of the nine sites currently is leased, so there’s no current cabin owner to bid against; state officials are hoping this leads to more competitive bidding.

Idaho to auction nine unleased lakefront lots

Previous auctions of state-owned lots on Priest Lake in North Idaho have drawn little competitive bidding, possibly because of a reluctance to bid against longtime cabin-owners who lease the land. But this Saturday, nine unleased lakefront lots will go on the auction block.

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In brief: Moscow suspect could face death

MOSCOW, Idaho – Attorneys have more time to decide whether to pursue the death penalty for a man suspected of fatally shooting three people and wounding another. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports Judge John Stegner gave both sides until Dec. 1 to review the case and come to a decision.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 24, 2015

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2015

UI reviews strategies amid drop in student alcohol use

The University of Idaho is teaming up with the National Institutes of Health and other universities to rate strategies for combating underage drinking and alcohol abuse among students. About 41 percent of UI students engage in binge drinking, which is similar to national trends, said Sharon Fritz, who oversees the drug and alcohol programs at the university’s Counseling and Testing Center. Binge drinking is five drinks for a male, or four drinks for a female, within a two-hour period.

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2015

In Brief: Assault charge dropped against Spokane treatment center director 

An assault charge against Jon D. Schlenske, the executive director of a substance abuse treatment center, was dropped Monday. Schlenske, the director of Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services, was arrested on suspicion of assault and unlawful imprisonment earlier this month following an incident at a Liberty Lake bar. The nonprofit contracts with local governments to provide drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

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