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TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 4.19.11 

Was that frost on the tulips again this morning when I awoke? On April 19. Oh well, we're thisclose to a record for sub-60-degree days this winter and spring, we might as well set it. But I doubt that I'll be getting up in the…

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City Settles w/Sanders Beach Owners 

The City of Coeur d'Alene and the owners of eight homes along East Lakeshore have reached an amicable conclusion to six lawsuits arising from disputes regarding Sanders Beach. Orders dismissing the lawsuits, some of which date back to 1998, have been signed and entered. In…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.19.11

5:52 p.m. Dirt biker may have suffered compound fracture in crash @ 3558 Nettleton Gulch & Shaw Loop/CdA. 5:44 p.m. Resident of Jordan Drive/Post Falls reports 2 youth ministers are being "aggressive." 5:19 p.m. A dog that had been running in I-90 median b/n M/P…

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PM Headlines -- 4.19.11

Kaela Graziano, 2, of Beaverton, runs through tulips at the Wooden Shoe Tulip farm during the Woodburn Tulip Festival today in Woodburn, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Otter signs wolf disaster bill into law/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise Sandpoint man found dead in submerged SUV/Associated Press…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.19.11 

Two of four White Tiger cubs play with a photographer's camera at the Safari-Park Stukenbrock in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, Germany, earlier today. The rare cubs were born on Valentine's day. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Top Cutlines: 1. “Hey, Tony, don’t get mad but…

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Vick Scores 100% Conservative Rate 

Steve Vick, the ultraconservative freshman state senator from District 3 was one of four Idaho senators statewide who scored a perfect 100% on Adam Graham's annual conservative scorecard. Vick voted as Adam deemed appropriate on 16 different issues during the Idaho Legislature. John Goedde of…

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The Donald As President? 20 

A supporter of Donald Trump wears buttons at the South Florida Tea Party's third annual tax day rally Saturday at Sanborn Square in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Gary Coronado) Question: Why is Donald Trump hanging around the Tea Party?

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School Email Used For Referendum? 19 

Based on documents obtained by IdahoReporter.com, it appears that two teachers at Rocky Mountain High School in the Meridian Joint School District have been using taxpayer-funded resources – school e-mail accounts – to organize efforts to repeal three controversial education reform laws passed by the…

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Did Geddes Violate Expense Rules? 

When new state Tax Commission Chairman Bob Geddes was appointed, he was in Boise serving as a ninth-term state senator; two years earlier, he'd sold his house in Soda Springs and bought a home in Meridian, but he was still renting a home in Soda…

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Tasteless Bumpersnicker ... 

... seen on 4th Street a half hour ago: "Save Idaho: Hunt a Californian." (Good thing brain trust behind that bumpersnicker didn't see "former Californian." Half the residents in North Idaho would be targets, including probably the driver.)

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Should You Call Us Coeur d'Loonians? 

On the DayInCda Twitter page, Kim Brown asks: "How many of you long-time Coeur d'Alene-ians (what ARE we called anyway?) have been to the Museum of N. Id.? Opens today!" Question: Occasionally, I call Coeur d'Alene residents "Coeur d'Loonians," depending on the community sanity at…

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A First Bike Ride 

Rebekah Morash,right, steadies her daughter Tatym, 3, as she goes on her first bike ride on the new track at Lions Park in East Bremerton, Wash. on Mondayh. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall) Question: Tell us about the first time you ever rode a bike?

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Only In Idaho ... Really? 

I've read the term "only in Idaho" twice today. My friend Kerri Thoreson/More Main Street used the term to describe the strange weather we've been having this spring in the Inland Northwest: "In the course of an hour on Monday, there was snow, hail, thunder,…

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Study: Swearing Reduces Pain 

Scientists from Keele University found that letting forth a volley of foul language can have a powerful painkilling effect, especially for people who do not normally use expletives. To test the theory, student volunteers placed their hands in a bucket of ice cold water while…

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Russell: Reason For Free Media Space

RE: Idaho media uses Capitol space rent free/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter Dustin, the space is not ours; it belongs to Legislative Services, which chooses to make it available to us during the session. The Legislature long has done this as a matter of public interest;…

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INW: Mine Rescue Try Alters Course

A Lucky Friday miner was positioned at the front entrance of the mine in Mullan on Monday. He was keeping out the general public while crews worked to free trapped miner Larry Marek. Hecla has altered its rescue attempt as a result of unstable ground.…

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Hi-Noon: Play Based On Craig Arrest 

A new Idaho play is based on former Sen. Larry Craig’s 2007 arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting. The Idaho Statesman reports the 90-minute drama was part of the Boise Contemporary Theater’s new works reading series Monday. The play, “Off the Record,” is about…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.19.11 

11:56 p.m. ISP is waiting @ I-90 & Exit 12 (4th Street) for w/b dark-silver Ford Bronco that has been weaving all over road, almost hitting vehicles, and driving center of highway for at least 5 miles. 11:52 p.m. James reports a theft on Woodlawn…

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Are You A Good Neighbor? 

Are you a good neighbor? I think I am. … I know the King is. Heck, he knows all the neighbors. Where a lot of them could pass me in the store and I wouldn’t recognize them. Like my neighbor who lives across the alley…

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North Idaho Blogs -- 4.19.11 

"In the course of an hour on Monday, there was snow, hail, thunder and lightning," posts Kerri Thoreson of More Main Street. "Then the sun came out and within minutes the accumulation on the roof melted, sending a stream of rainwater down from the gutters…

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Oklahoma City Observes Anniversary 

Regina Bonny, a retired Midwest City, Okla., police officer from Moore, Okla., kneels at the chair of DEA agent Kenneth Glenn McCullough in the field of chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum in Oklahoma City this morning, on the 16th anniversary of…

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Idaho Media Uses Capitol Rent Free 36 

Idaho taxpayers are landlords of the Capitol in Boise, but it looks like they are getting stiffed on rent. Some of the biggest names in Idaho media – the Associated Press, the Idaho Statesman, the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Spokesman-Review, the Twin Falls Times-News, and the…

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County Building, Planning Cuts 7 

Kootenai County commissioners have cut seven positions and reorganization the planning and zoning department into the renamed Kootenai County Department of Community Development. In a news release this morning, Commissioner Dan Green, pictured, announced that the staff reduction was a move "to respond to changing…

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Hucks Poll: 'Tourist' Isn't Dirty Word 

Monday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation has a positive view of tourists. 142 of 167 respondents (85.03%) said they didn't consider "tourist" to be a dirty word. 24 of 167 respondents (14.37%) did consider "tourist" to be a dirty word. One person was undecided. Today's Poll:…

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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.