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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

In a scene from Dante’s Peak, Jeff Ward, of Coeur d’Alene (back center with glasses sitting behind partition), portrays Jack Collins, the town pharmacist and a city council member. Actress Linda Hamilton (standing left) was the town’s mayor and Pierce Brosnan (seated with back to us) was a volcanologist. (Universal Studios photo)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 4:59 A.M.

For two weeks, Jeff Ward rubbed shoulders with Pierce Brosnan and other stars of “Dante’s Peak”

Many of you know Jeff Ward, of Coeur d’Alene, as the co-founder of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. Or as an aide to former Washington Congressman George Nethercutt. But 20 years ago this week, he and fellow actor Jhon Goodwin of Spokane were at Universal Studios attending the premiere of the only movie that Jeff appeared in, “Dante’s Peak.”

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

Owner Woody McEvers of the Rustler’s Roost serves coffee during a morning rush. The Roost also serves liver and onions, which, believe it or not, is a popular dish with some. (Liz Kishimoto/file photo, THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)

TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017, 5:45 A.M.

Huckleberries: You can be a good person and still eat liver and onions

Believe it or not, liver and onions is a popular dish at Rustler's Roost in Hayden. Restaurant owner Woody McEvers says he has customers drop in for the meal on a regular basis. Often, one half of the couple likes liver and onions. And the other doesn’t – and doesn’t want the cooking process to stink up the house. It’s a dish that's hard to beat for $7.50. But many would take a pass on liver and onions, if it was given away free.

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017

Terri Hendrickx of Tensed, Idaho, chats with customers on July 1, 2004,  at Iron Mountain Fireworks along U.S. 95 in Tensed. Her family runs the fireworks stand, one of several operated under license by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, allowing them to sell skyrockets, firecrackers and mortars which are illegal in most areas of the Inland Northwest. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 5:36 P.M.

Idaho lawmakers reject anti-fireworks bill

An Idaho House committee voted down legislation Monday to ban the sale of illegal aerial fireworks in Idaho – even though they’re illegal to use in the state, under current law, if people sign an affidavit saying they’ll be shooting them off elsewhere they can be sold in-state, and two southwestern Idaho sales outlets do big business under that clause.

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Idaho’s state Capitol dome under a clear, deep-blue sky on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 (Betsy Z. Russell)

UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 3:45 P.M.

Idaho lawmakers introduce $10 million health-gap bill

An Idaho House committee voted unanimously Monday to introduce legislation to launch a new state Health Care Assistance Program, which would tap the state’s Millennium Fund for $10 million next year to provide primary care and limited prescription coverage to some of the Idaho adults who fall into the state’s health coverage gap.

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In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Prosecutors argue that serious injuries to two soldiers who searched for Bergdahl in 2009 show that he endangered his comrades by leaving his post in Afghanistan. (Ted Richardson / AP)

MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 11:30 A.M.

Judge questions effect of Trump comments on Bergdahl case

A military judge called President Donald Trump’s scathing campaign-trail criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl “disturbing” on Monday and questioned whether it would make the public think the soldier can’t get a fair trial for walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017

SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017, 1 P.M.

Forest audit finds Idaho loggers following state rules

BOISE – Idaho’s logging rules intended to protect water quality in streams inhabited by fish are effective and loggers are following those rules, state officials say. The Idaho 2016 Interagency Forest Practices Water Quality Audit released late last week found ...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

In this photo taken April 6, 2016, a sign at the federal courthouse in Tacoma, Wash., is shown to inform visitors of the federal government's REAL ID act, which requires state driver's licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and be issued to people who can prove they're legally in the United States. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 2:06 P.M.

New bill would allow Idahoans choices on Real ID compliance

BOISE – An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation that would allow two options for driver’s licenses – one that complies with federal identification requirements and one that doesn’t. The Lewiston Tribune reports that Republican Sen. Steve Vick, of Dalton ...

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UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 9:32 P.M.

Rep. Heather Scott proposes bill to protect sled-dog racing

Idaho Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, persuaded a House committee on Friday to introduce her bill to clarify that sled dog racing is exempt from Idaho’s ban on dog racing, which was imposed in 1996 amid concerns over reported abuse of greyhounds raced at a North Idaho dog track. Scott said she wanted to ensure that state law doesn’t “make Idaho mushers felons.”

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Women attempt to take a selfie amid strong winds on Westminster Bridge, London, Thursday. Flights have been cancelled and commuters were warned they faced delays after Storm Doris reached nearly ...