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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

Wild Card/Thursday -- 4.21.11 19 

Do you ever think of how people pass in and out of your life over the course of time, by and large enriching you before they move on? An old friend contacted me this week after seeing me in a building recently. We attended church…

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P.S. Dean Huggins' Old Wagon 

Dean Huggins, of Newman Lake, snapped this photo in the Hauser Lake area. Dean tells Huckleberries: "A local hobbyist rebuilds old wagons on his property in his spare time. He was generous with information about the names and dates of the wagons he had on…

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NYTimes Spotlights NI Enviro Fight 

The Environmental Protection Agency has become, for some of libertarian or Tea Party convictions, something of an embodiment of government run amok. Environmentalists see the agency, at its best, as the defender of people’s health and the environment’s welfare. It is instructive to see what…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.21.11

5:11 p.m. A man screamed at a woman before leaving in a Pontiac in 100 block of E. Mullan/PF. 4:48 p.m. Responders are able to get man out of Post Falls City Hall elevator w/o master key. 4:38 p.m. A man is stuck in the…

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PM: Gonzaga Releases Manny Arop 

"It feels really squishy and slimy," said 2nd grader Tori Yonkers, as she held an octopus during class at Dalton Elementary in Galton Gardens earlier today. The hands on study was a result from a $500 Excel grant the teachers received to purchase the octopi,…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.21.11 12 

Boys of the Paloc minority, dressed in their traditional clothing, pour buckets of water on a girl in the village of Holloko, 100 kilometers (62 miles) north-east of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, during a practice performance of this typical Hungarian Easter tradition. You write the cutline.…

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NIdaho Blogs: Tad Laughs Last 

"Longtime Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson is a legendary prankster so retiring Undersheriff Tad Leach planned a payback for his last day," posts Kerri Thoreson of More Main Street. "Tad (on right) arranged to have a forklift place Rocky's Durango on top of two ammo…

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Keough Questions Task Force Makeup 

Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint (re: Luna seeks a few good techies): I believe this is the task force that is set out in SB 1184 with a membership list in the bill which is now law. What is interesting, if I understand this post correctly,…

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Edgar Steele Defense Suffers Setback 

Edgar Steele’s defense won’t be able to call two expert witnesses it lined up to question the authenticity of FBI tapes of Steele talking with Larry Fairfax about an alleged murder-for-hire plot against Steele’s wife, Cyndi, a federal judge in Boise ruled Thursday. The testimony…

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Luna Foes Announce Petition Sites 

Organizers of the Luna recall/education 'reform' referendum have announced that they'll be gathering petition signatures in more than 35 places throughout Idaho this weekend, includin these 4 North Idaho venues: Sandpoint -- Earth Day Festival, Fri, April 22, 4pm – 8pm, Sandpoint Events Center, corner…

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SR Blogs: A Last Breaking Of Bread 

Today, Holy Thursday, we observe the Last Supper, the meal Jesus shared with his friends. He broke the bread and shared it. Scripture reminds us that we will “find Him in the breaking of the bread.” My most profound experience of the risen Christ in…

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 (Rocky Castaneda)

Illusive Sunset 

On his Facebook wall, Rocky Castaneda writes of this spectacular recent sunset: ""Its springtime, and its been raining and snowing. Luckily, we had a chance to stroll by Higgens Point, CDA, and on our way home stopped by Coeur D' Alene Lake Drive and took…

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Why Idaho Cows Are Contented? 

The Food and Drug Administration is worried about what it calls an “important potential public health issue.” It could be in your latte or your child’s bowl of breakfast cereal. It could be in your refrigerator or freezer. At the very least, the FDA wants…

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Why Go To Spokane Besides Meth? 32 

Spokane, Washington. Ah, yes. There are so many reasons not to go there – the considerable excess of Wal-Marts, the tweaked-out, drug-addled zombie people, and for every Smartcar modestly obeying traffic in Seattle, there are two over sized, gas-guzzling pick-up trucks in Spokane running over…

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Herb: When You're Tired Of Airports 

Herb Huseland: I just read on AOL news that two guys in New York City hailed a cab and said, “take us to Los Angeles.” The cabbie did just that. A $5000 fare compared to about $1000 by air didn’t deter these guys. They claimed…

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INW: New Prison Deputy Rebounds 

Idaho Deputy Chief of Prisons Josh Tewalt tours the medium security Idaho State Correctional Institution recently in his second week on the job in Kuna. Tewalt has bounced back from three DUI arrests of his own between 2002 and 2006, which forced him out of…

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Kootenai County 'Payables' Online 

KootenaiCounty’s payables are now posted on its website www.kcgov.us, under the Clerk’s division and the Auditor tab. “This project has been supported by all the County’s elected officials,” said County Clerk Cliff Hayes. “Getting specific descriptions for each expense entered in plain language has been…

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OTV: Bouncer Report Smells Fishy 

OrangeTV (re: incident claiming to involve downtown bouncer): I was actually at work at Mik’s at the time of this supposed bouncer making-out-and-getting-punched incident and I call BS. We have two bouncers and they’re both extremely hetero (not that there’s anything wrong with that), not…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.21.11

11:57 a.m. Idaho Liquor Store employee, 1201 Sherman/CdA, reports a burglary. 11:40 a.m. Brandon reports from 5600 block of Hayden Lake Road the someone stole extension cord. 11:15 a.m. Caller reports that her neighbor screamed to call the police before she was dragged back into…

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Big Sky Gay Partnerships Lose Ruling 

A District Court Judge in Helena has ruled in favor of the State in a motion to dismiss the same-sex marriage issue in Montana. The ACLU asked the First Judicial Court in January to recognize same-sex couples as domestic partnerships in Montana to guarantee protection…

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SOS From Hucks Facebook Friends 

Cars move through a furious snow shower during the morning commute today in Post Falls. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley) Shannon: Someone turn off the snow!! Enough already! If any of my Florida or California friends would like to share some of their heat, we would…

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Poll: Many Exclusive Cellphone Users 

Wednesday Poll: Almost a majority of Hucks Nation have no land lines at home and use cellphones exclusively. 110 of 215 respondents (51.16%) still have a landline. But 105 of 215 (48.84%) responded that they use cellphones exclusively. Idaho is among the nation's leaders in…

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Otter Cancels Mullan 'Capital For Day' 

Mike Perry/KHQ tweet: Otter hasn't contacted miner's family yet, and doesn't plan on visiting mine. Doesn't want his presence to impose on the rescue effort. Gov. Butch Otter has issued this statement: “In light of the recent accident and continuing rescue efforts under way at…

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Alice Rankin Turns 80 

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson posts a photo of her mother, Alice Rankin, on her recent 80th birthday. Alice formerly wrote a gardening column for Huckleberries Online. Her late husband, Ron, of course, was well known for his fight against property taxes and two-term…

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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.