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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

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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Cindy: Ex-Foster Kids 'Rise Above'

Justin Vinge, Josephine Davis and Mariah Hottell have a lot in common. They’re bright, articulate and successful college students. They’ve also been called disposable, unwanted and told they’d never succeed. These Spokane Falls Community College students are former foster youth who are proving their detractors…

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Sis: Rather Be Andy Than Barney 

Sisyphus: This is usually where I pull out my Mayberry analogy. I still view most of Idaho as Mayberry. And I prefer to react as Andy Griffith, not Barney Fife. I grew up with guns. I know how to use them. Family members own guns.…

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Archbishop Praises William & Kate 

The archbishop who will marry Prince William and Kate Middleton has made a short film about his role in the royal wedding, and urged people to support the royal couple in the weeks, months and years to come. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who will…

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AM: Cops Can't Profile Motorcyclists 

Motorcylcle club members and other supporters gather on the steps of the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Wednesday, after they attended a bill signing with Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire as she signed a bill prohibiting law enforcement officials from profiling motorcyclists for sporting club colors or…

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Redux: Downtown Bar Report, Part 2 

Earlier this month, Coeur d'Alene police responded to the Icon bar, where an unwanted male was trying to kick in the back door after he'd been kicked out of the bar. Seems the bar fly thought that the Icon was his house. And who are…

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Luna Seeks A Few Good Techies 15 

The State Department of Education is now accepting applications and nominations for anyone interested in serving on the Students Come First Technology Task Force, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna announced today. Under Senate Bill 1184, the Superintendent of Public Instruction is required to convene…

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City, Sanders Beach Owners Settle 

No docks will be built on Sanders Beach. That’s part of the resolution of six lawsuits dating back to 1998 between the city of Coeur d’Alene and the owners of eight homes on a Lake Coeur d’Alene beach that also offers public access. “For the…

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LCDC Will Have $11.7M To Invest

Item: Lake City board should have $11.7 million pot: Many public projects seeking agency funding/Alison Boggs, SR More Info: The city of Coeur d’Alene’s urban renewal agency should have $11.7 million over the next 10 years to invest in public projects within its Lake District,…

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