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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011

TGIF Wild Card -- 4.8.11 24 

Did you notice that the sun is shining this morning. The Legislature must have adjourned. We'll talk about recall petitions and referendum drives on other threads. But let's simply enjoy the coming of spring on this Wild Card. And, of course, anything else you might…

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Parting Shot -- 4.8.11 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. accompanied by Democratic senators, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, earlier today, after meeting with the Senate Democratic Caucus. From left are, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.,…

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JeanieS: PJs For Casual Wear? 

Recently I posted on Facebook that I was spending the afternoon in my PJs while I was doing the laundry (mainly because I needed to wash my favorite comfy jeans that I usually don’t relinquish very easily). A few people responded, and one noted that…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.8.11

5:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for April 7-8 here. 5:04 p.m. Possible animal abuse reported in parking lot of Costco, 4th & Neider/CdA. 4:56 p.m. Elderly woman is driving e/b in w/b lanes of I-90 @ Northwest Boulevard. 4:31 p.m. 3 boys…

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PM Headlines -- 4.8.11 

Christopher Mark Taylor listens during his preliminary hearing for the February 2011 shooting of Jerome Police Officer Dennis Clark, at a Jerome courtroom. Taylor faces four felony charges related to the vehicle chase and shooting. Officer Clark testified that the shooting left him blinded in…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.8.11 

A deer watches over a goose nesting in an urn in a cemetery in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday. For the past week or so, the deer has been standing near an urn where the goose has taken up residence, positioning itself between the urn and any…

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NIdaho Blogs -- 4.8.11

On her More Main Street blog, Kerri Thoreson offers a series of photos from the recent 2011 Leashes and Laces event, sponsored by the Post Falls Police Department. Here you see Sydne Spink Watson and her nephew dog. More photos here. Show & Tell (fill…

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Nickel's Worth At 40 

On his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook wall, OrangeTV writes: "In celebration on 40 years of the Nickel's Worth, the weekly paper has reprinted their first ever cover from February, 1972 and included is this gem of an ad. Anyone for some chislic?" Question: What…

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'Hot Teacher' Wins Award For Gonzaga 

Matthew Root: DFO recently featured a story about Meghan Ridley, an outstanding teacher who resigned because of the predicted deleterious effects of Tom Luna’s so called reform legislation. She has been accepted into a Ph.D. program at Gonzaga. I am pleased to let DFO know…

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Idaho Solon Holds Gun On Intruder 

GOP Rep. Marv Hagedorn confronted an intoxicated intruder outside his Meridian home shortly after 3 a.m. Friday and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. Hagedorn, a 20-year-veteran of the Navy, is among the legislators who pressed for a bill allowing guns on college campuses.…

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New Mexico Sports Top License Plate 

This undated photo provided by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division shows an example of the state's commemorative centennial license plate, which has been voted the top license plate by The Automobile License Plate Collectors Association. (AP Photo/New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division via The Santa…

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Luna Claims NYTimes Misquoted Him 

State schools Supt. Tom Luna now says it was a “misquote” when the New York Times quoted him this week saying that he'll ask the state Board of Education to require four online classes for graduation, though he then repeated that. “I was very comfortable…

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KEA Lauds Cougar Bay Reversal

Last summer, Idaho Department of Lands granted Kootenai County an encroachment permit to install mooring buoys inside Cougar Bay and no-wake zone buoys at the mouth of the bay. The installation of those mooring buoys had been of great concern to the residents of Cougar…

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Referendum Drive Greets Ed 'Reform' 

No sooner had Gov. Butch Otter signed SB 1184, the third major school-reform bill, into law, than a new group of parents and teachers calling itself “Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform” had delivered the preliminary paperwork to the Idaho Secretary of State's office for a…

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'Sonic The Hedgehog' Tries To Style 

Robin Tucker said her un-styled hair resembles that of a video game character. “You know ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ from the video game, that’s pretty much exactly what my hair looks like right now if I take my bandana off, like without it being blue, standing…

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Reporter Mistaken For Meth Dealer 

A not-so-funny thing happened to former Idaho Reporter staffer Jay Patrick, son of Coeur d'Alene Press editor Mike Patrick, on his way to adjudicate his case on fishing without a license in Cache County, Utah. He was mistaken for a notorious methamphetamine trafficker -- one…

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Noon: No Longer Banned At Gonzaga 

Fourteen Gonzaga University students let out orgasmic moans — literally, moans cataloging the varying female reactions to sexual pleasure. Each is followed by laughter. “I’m so moved by you,” student director Diana Mallon says, grinning at her cast. “I’m so excited that together we’re going…

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AM Scanner -- 4.8.11

Noonish: Sam @ Kootenai County Solid Waste has additional info on recent burglary. 11:58 a.m. Caller reports a trespasser on property @ Frost & Francis Faire/Worley. 11:50 a.m. Robert reports that his cat has been poisoned. 11:45 a.m. Melissa @ A-1 Smoke Shop, 7200 Seltice…

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INW: Otter Signs Luna's Ed 'Reform' 10 

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, left, smiles as state schools superintendent Tom Luna answers questions for the media during a news conference where the governor signed the third piece of the "Students Come First" legislation Friday in Boise. You can read Betsy Russell's Eye On…

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Jury Deliberates Barry Bonds Case 

Barry Bonds supporter Allen Jones waits outside of a federal courthouse for the verdict in the Bonds' perjury trial, Friday, in San Francisco. A jury is now deliberating the perjury case involving Bonds' suspected use of banned substances to enhance his baseball performance during his…

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To Otter: 'You Killed American Dream' 

Idaho lawmakers closed up the 2011 legislative session Thursday by sending a flurry of new bills to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. United Vision for Idaho had some some paperwork for Otter Thursday: a 140-page petition protesting much of the legislation. "We're gutting Medicare. We're gutting…

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Huckleberries Hears ... 

(File this one under "Daniel in the Lions" den) ... that City Councilman Mike Kennedy spoke at the North Idaho Pachyderm Club this morning re: McEuen Park. Mike tweets: "Talked park history, process, and future. Polite reception." I'm trying to contact the local GOP's favorite-Democrat-to-hate…

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You May Not Be An Idaho Republican ... 23 

... (despite almost always voting Republican) if you believe: The House Ethics Committee should have booted tax dodger Phil Hart. Computers can't replace teachers Tom Luna & Butch Otter pulled a fast one by not discussing ed reform during their campaigns. Guns don't belong on…

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Hucks Poll: 2011 Legislature Earns 'F' 

2011 Legislature Grade: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation awarded the radical 2011 Idaho Legislature either a D or an F (almost 85%). 120 of 176 respondents (68.18%) voted that this year's legislators deserve an F for their work. Another 27 (15.34%) gave them a D. Only 13%…

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Hoffman Applauds 2011 Legislature 10 

Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation is pooh-poohing all the individuals, including Your Huckleberry Hound and most of this blog's readers, who have written off the 2011 Legislature as the worst in memory. If this is our idea of bad, Hoffman sez, he hopes…

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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.