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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

Wild Card/Monday -- 4.18.11 11 

Now that we're so close to another bad-weather record, I sorta want us to break it. A coupla more days of sub-60 weather will allow us to claim the Inland Northwest mark for longest stretch without a 60-degree day. (If the truth be known, of…

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Parting Shot -- 4.18.11 

New York City artist Scott LoBaido works on his painting of famed military funeral protesters Fred Phelps and daughter Shirley outside the Westboro Baptist Church compound in Topeka, Kan., Sunday. LoBaido took a break from his 50 state tour of painting American flags on rooftops…

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Outdoor Life: Lewiston Best Idaho City 12 

"Got the May issue of Outdoor Life in the mail today," comments KeithinCDA. "Top 200 towns listed for Sportsmen and of the top 200, Idaho has 10. ... All great places for jumping off into the outdoors": #7 Lewiston (was #1 last year) #23 Idaho…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.18.11 

5:42 p.m. Caller reports possible alcohol poisioning in 1900 block of 13th/CdA, where about 10 people are drinking and yelling. 5:21 p.m. Caller reports 3 young juveniles -- 2 males & a female -- are hitchhiking with a sign on e/b I-90 @ M/P 22.5…

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PM Headlines -- 4.18.11

Bob Chen, of Meridian helps hang paper cranes outside the Idaho Japan Aid fundraiser on Friday in Nampa. The event showcased the talents of several international performers and generated donations for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield) Rescuers still advancing in…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.18.11 

Florida Marlins third baseman Wes Helms, right, dives to tag Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins with an empty glove as Rollins steals second base in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday in Philadelphia. Florida's catcher John Buck was charged with an error for the…

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Major Ben's Weekly Warrant Roundup 

A 26-year-old Pullman man wanted for a probation violation in a case originally involving possession of a controlled substance heads Mayor Ben Wolfinger's felony warrants list of individuals wanted by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department. A $75,000 bond has been posted for Tracy Don Sines,…

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Corder Tells IEA: Fight Luna Reforms 

The top man in the Idaho Senate is not saying if Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, will face discipline for some anti-Republican remarks he made at a conference of the Idaho Education Association (IEA) Friday. Corder encouraged delegates of the group to work against the…

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McMillan Leads Conservative NI Ranks 

Believe it or not, only one North Idaho representative received 100 percent marks from conservative Adam Graham for votes during the wild 2011 Idaho Legislature -- Shannon McMillan, the freshman legislator from House District 2. Graham scored Idaho legislators on 16 different votes. Uberconservatives Phil…

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Vanity Plate 

Berry Picker Sam Crawford spotted a vanity plate in Missoula, Mont., that has him scratching his head: "IPD2MCH." The guy is either a disgruntled vehicle owner with buy'ers remorse or someone with a urinary problem. Question: Do you try to decipher vanity plates? And/or: Do…

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NIC Sentinel Wins SPJ Awards 12 

On the North Idaho College Sentinel page, Stacy Hudson of the Press Room writes: "Congratulations to The Sentinel! Three 1st, six 2nd, and a 3rd place award at the Society of Professional Journalists conference in Richland, Wash." Former, long-time NIC journalism instructor Nils Rosdahl is…

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OTV/Get Out! Review: Garnet Cafe 

The Garnet Café sits in a converted house directly behind midtown Coeur d’Alene’s sushi hotspot the Syringa Café, and was hatched earlier this month by that restaurant’s owners Viljo and Autumn Basso. I’ve always enjoyed Syringa for seeming like a little spot of Seattle in…

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Klay Thompson Announces For Draft 

Klay Thompson filed the paperwork today for the NBA draft, though he won't be signing with an agent. That gives him until May 8 to decide to return to Washington State if he wants. But after listening to him talk for about 15 minutes, it…

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Cabin Fever Is Setting In 

OK, I'm beginning to show signs of advanced cabin fever. The snow on the lavender this morning was a bit over-the top. On my Twitter account, I suggested a possible way to appease the weather gods and boost temperatures north of 60 degrees, so we…

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Bill Hall: Seersucker Vs. Power Tools 

You could cut divorce in half in this country simply by passing a law to require that all fabric stores be built next to hardware stores. And vice versa. Much of the problem with marriages today is the myth that men don't like to shop.…

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Wallace: The Center Of The Universe? 

Apparently when you drive 80 miles outside of Spokane, you arrive at the center of the universe. In some cultures, they call that Wallace, Idaho. It may be the coolest town on I-90 between Coeur d’Alene and Missoula. In fact, I’m pretty sure it is.…

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INW Headlines -- 4.18.11

After getting her hair, nails and makeup done and picking out a party dress, Miranda Merchant, 18, poses for some glamour photos Saturday at the Hutton Settlement in Spokane Valley. Girls at the settlement were treated to the Just Girls event. Chelsea Bannach SR story…

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High Noon: Mopeds, Anyone? 

On his Facebook wall and Twitter page, Dustin Hurst of Idaho Reporter tells of his flirtation with a moped he wanted as a means of saving money on gas: "So, I test-drove the moped and it runs great. Now, to buy or not to buy,…

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Scanner Traffic/AM -- 4.18.11 

11:59 a.m. Hit-and-run accident reported in parking lot of Petco on W. Wilbur/Hayden. 11:44 a.m. Someone is suffering intense migraine headache in 3000 block of Government Way/CdA. 11:15 a.m. ISP has chased off driver of white pickup who was picking up loose wood (10:54 item).…

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In Case You Were Wondering ... 

... as I have re: that chain hanging down from that relatively new house along Rosenberry Drive (the dike road around North Idaho College). It's a newfangled form of rain gutter. It hangs down from that impressive house with the waterfall built by Roy Garwood…

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DFO's Close Encounter w/Apple Tree 

I suffered a coupla low-level injuries to each eye and my dignity Sunday afternoon as I was pruning my apple trees. First, I got whapped in my right eye by a secondary shoot I was pruning at the base of one apple tree. Then, I…

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Hucks Poll: Tax Hike For McEuen? No

Weekend Poll: An almost supermajority opposes the possibility of a tax hike to pay for proposed upgrades to McEuen Field. 158 of 245 respondents (64.5%) oppose any tax increase to pay for the changes. 18 respondents (7.35%) are willing to pay up to $10 more…

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AM Headlines -- 4.18.11

Charles Moore, of Fred's Plumbing out of Hayden, on the construction site of Silver Creek apartments for senior citizens in Post Falls last week. The new development will offer 42 units covering a wide range of price levels. Tom Sowa SR story here. (SR photo:…

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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.