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FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010

KMPO: Idaho Gas Hits $3 Per Gallon 

I could have told you this one (Idaho gas hits $3 per gallon), but apparently it's not official unless it comes from AAA: the price of gas in Idaho has climbed to $3 per gallon for the first time in more than a year. That…

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In this image released by Grizzly Creek Films, a brown bear fishes for salmon at Brooks Falls, in Alaska's Katmai National Park, in the first episode of the new series, "Expedition Wild," re-airing on National Geographic Wild channel. (Grizzly Films / Grizzly Creek Films)

Parting Shot -- 4.9.10

In this image released by Grizzly Creek Films, A Kodiak bear fishes for salmon at Brooks Falls, in Alaska's Katmai Nationall Park, in the first episode of the new series, "Expedition Wild," re-airing on National Geographic Wild channel. (AP Photo/Grizzly Creek Films)

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TGIF Wild Card -- 4.9.10 13 

The police scanner is fairly quiet today, after the wind storm from Thursday that toppled trees, power lines, and even that awning/gazebo from Coeur d'Alene Honda. But anyone who has followed Scanner Traffic or Huckleberries Online knows that all hell can break loose in a…

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Sports Agate Clerk Hits, Runs Off 

Show of hands: How many people actually pore through the fine print of the daily paper's sports page? Do you scrutinize every box score? Do you analyze every minor-league trade? We didn't think so. And Cody Moore, a former part-time agate clerk at the Spokesman-Review…

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In this Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, photo, St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in St. Louis. The NFL has suspended Vobora without pay for the next four games for violating its policy on performance enhancing substances. The NFL made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 29, and said Vobora's suspension begins immediately. He can return to the active roster Oct. 26. (Tom Gannam / Fr45452 Ap)

PM Headlines -- 4.9.10

Ryan Collingwood/Lewiston Tribune, a former North Idaho sports blogger, caught up with former UI Vandal David Vobora, who is tasting his first bit of NFL security after a year that included a four-game suspension and after achieving infamy by being drafted last after graduating from…

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People use the car wash in Chesley, Ontario, Thursday, April 8, 2010. (Willy Waterton / The Canadian Press, Owen Sound S)

APhoto Of The Day -- 4.8.10 

People use the car wash in Chesley, Ontario, Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Owen Sound Sun-Times, Willy Waterton)Top Cutlines:1. A forlorn Canadian washes what's left of his Toyota once all the defective parts were removed! -- Formerly Sandpoint.2. Before Cap &…

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Scanner Traffic/PM -- 4.8.10 

5:29 p.m. Hidden Valley resident reports 2 juveniles who'd driven into the woods on his neighbor's property left in a hurry when he confronted them.5:13 p.m. Resident of Coeur d'Alene Place reports that a male entered his open garage, looked around as if casing the…

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HBO Blogosphere -- 4.9.10 

I must admit that I'm as green with envy as can be when I see all the photos of lush vegetable plants growing in Bent's green house. The one above is just the latest example. My had is off to Bent & Co. More here.Blogging:…

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North Dakota students and nickname supporters dressed in their Fighting Sioux apparel rally and group photo at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday, April 9, 2010,  in Grand Forks, N.D. The event was held one day after the ND State Board of Higher Education directed the university to begin retiring the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. (Sarah Kolberg / Grand Forks Herald)

Fighting Sioux Supporters Fight Back 

North Dakota students and nickname supporters dressed in their Fighting Sioux apparel rally and group photo at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday in Grand Forks, N.D. The event was held one day after the ND State Board of Higher Education directed the university to begin…

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S&G: Suspect Faces Hate Crime 

A man accused of trying to rob a Spokane taco truck owner may have targeted the victim because of his race, new court documents allege. Michael A. Brewer, 22, has been charged under Washington’s hate-crime law after police say he yelled racial slurs while trying…

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Ward: Minnick Wrong re: Prisoner Swap 

Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward via Twitter: Walt Minnick is wrong. We should not conduct a prisoner swap with terrorists. We do not negotiate with terrorists! (BTW, 57% of those who have voted in today's HBO Poll so far agree w/Ward.)

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A racegoer sits amongst the rubbish after Aintree Ladies Day at the Grand National horse race meeting at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, England, Friday April 9, 2010. (Tim Hales / Associated Press)

Ladies Day At The Race Track 12 

I wished I'd seen this one this morning when I was looking for an APhoto of the Day (although I like the one I published, too). Here, a racegoer sits amongst the rubbish after Aintree Ladies Day at the Grand National horse race meeting at…

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McCrorys Seek To Intervene In Suit 11 

Bill McCrory and his wife, Elizabeth, filed a motion to intervene in Jim Brannon's lawsuit against Mike Kennedy this week. In a long motion, filled with many of the original complaints from Brannon's suit, the McCrorys argue that there interest as registered voters in the…

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Strange Packages: Are We Too Panicky? 

First, a disclaimer. As you recall, CPD Blues once called the Spokane Bomb Squad to check out an unusual Christmas card that Marmitetoasty sent me -- what? 3 years ago -- from Jolly Old England. I was surprised re: all the commotion. But also relieved…

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Kalispell High Schoolers Slug It Out 

The crosstown rivalry between Flathead and Glacier reached the boxing ring on Thursday in the first-ever smoker between the two Kalispell schools. After 16 spirited bouts, the sold-out event at Gardner Auction south of town ended in an 8-8 tie, with the fight of the…

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HBO's Inland Northwest -- 4.9.10 

Johnathan Van Marter, 11, runs for cover after letting go of his kite into gusty winds along old U.S. Highway 95 outside of Genesee. Johnathan and his family were making the most of the windy weather Thursday while on spring break. Johnathan is the son…

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High Noon: Spokane Dumps Rodenator 

The City of Spokane is still considering ways to control the growing ground squirrel population in Finch Arboretum but they will not use a controversial device known as the "Rodenator" as they have in previous years. The "Rodenator" fills burrows and tunnels with a gas…

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Scanner Traffic/AM -- 4.9.10 

Noon: CPR is in progress on a 50YO female who is unconscious @ Lawrence & Riverside/Post Falls.11:59 a.m. A local mother reports her 21YO son is "losing it and breaking things."11:44 a.m. 2 "short dogs" are running loose in caller's yard on Hauser Lake Road…

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Adam's Senate Conservative Scorecard

At Adam's Blog, Adam Graham has released his 2010 Conservative Scorecard for the Idaho State Senate. None of the North Idaho senators received a perfect 100% conservative score from Adam. But 4 of the 5 scored 71% to 75% for their votes on 8 issues…

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Sis: Death Threats Are Out Of Bounds 31 

There have been two recent events flying just below the media radar but which should be sounding alarm bells. Officials in California arrested Gregory Giusti for threatening the life of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In Washington the FBI arrested a Yakima man, Charles Alan Wilson, for…

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HBO Poll: Bowe Bergdahl Swap?

Thursday Poll: 76 of 129 respondents (59%) said the city of Coeur d'Alene should ban the use of cell phones while driving within city limits. 51 of 129 (40%) said the city shouldn't do so.Today's Question: Should the U.S. consider a prisoner swap (w/terrorists) to…

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Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., arrives for a press conference to announce he will vote to pass the health care reform bill after President Obama agreed to sign an executive order reaffirming the ban on the use of federal funds to provide abortions as the house prepares to vote on health care reform in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sunday, March 21, 2010. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Political Sandbox: Stupak To Retire 15 

In this March 21 file photo, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., arrives for a press conference to announce he will vote to pass the health care reform bill after President Obama agreed to sign an executive order reaffirming the ban on the use of federal funds…

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Stout Represents New Tea Party Face 16 

Stout is a 66-year-old Sandpoint resident, retired grandmother, U.S. citizen and native of Great Britain whose political fires were stoked by the government’s massive spending in response to the financial collapse. She was featured prominently in a long New York Times piece in February about…

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Press: Double Standard On River 

For about five hours Monday, various parties participated in a "dispute resolution hearing" in Spokane. The purpose of the meeting was for interested groups to tell a five-member panel of Washington Department of Ecology staffers why they support or oppose the proposed water quality standards…

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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.