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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011

Prosecutor's Son Jailed For Car Spree 18 

The son of a North Idaho federal prosecutor is in the Bonner County Jail for a drunken vehicle prowling spree last December. Christopher Alan Cook, 22, was ordered this week to serve 30 days in jail for misdemeanor theft after a felony burglary charge was…

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Stretching For Final Four 

Butler players stretch during a practice for a men's NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball game Friday earlier today in Houston. Butler plays VCU on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Question: Which team do you want to win the NCAA tournament -- Kentucky, UConn, Butler,…

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Keel: Indian Country Faces Old Joke 

A misinformed member of the media is once again playing a joke on Indian country: ignore the federal trust responsibility and tribal people will be better off. Don’t be fooled, it’s not a new joke. Indian country heard this same argument during the termination era.…

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Mayor Cancels Meeting For NCAAs 

Monday's Bozeman City Commission meeting has been called on account of March Madness. Mayor Jeff Krauss says he can't attend because there's a chance that his favorite team, University of Kentucky, could be playing in the NCAA men's basketball championship game. "Everybody knows Kentucky basketball…

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Jumble Will Not Be Discontinued 

Apparently, the Idaho Press Tribune has been hammered by readers who deciphered a message on their daily puzzle that Jumble was being discontinued. An IPT staffer writes: "Attention Jumble puzzle fans. April Fool's Day. The puzzle will not be discontinued. The creator of the popular…

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INW: Montana Rep Backs DUI Driving 

Representative Alan Hale, R-Boulder Valley, listens to instructions during the meeting of the House Natural Resources Committee in Helena, Mont. Bar owner Hale said in a speech on the House floor this week that DUI laws are harmful to small businesses. The Republican from Basin…

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Bree: Hold The Diamond, Pass Menu 

Husbands and boyfriends are always looking for tutorials re: surprise gifts to get their wives and significant others. In the comments section, Bree offers some help with this comment about the photo of that humongous diamond that I posted this morning: "I’d rather spend the…

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Hayes Vs. Wolfinger For Sheriff? 

Digger (responding to Fishwife comment that County Clerk Cliff Hayes is eyeing run for sheriff, in making changes in his office): That wouldn’t surprise me either DFO and I don’t even live in CDA. What makes a former police chief qualified to be the county…

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Opinion: Juror Duty Isn't Social Invite 

A jury summons isn’t a social invitation. It’s a civic responsibility, and for those who dodge it there are legal consequences. So why does Cassia County have such a hard time getting jurors to show up in court? Cassia County Jury Commissioner Elizabeth Kenner says…

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High Noon: Send In The Clowns 

While one side is slowing it down The other just wants to leave town. So read all the bills 'Til we're blue in the gills And wait 'til they send in the clowns. Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise Question: Can you write a limerick or short…

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Quotable Quote -- IEA 

Idaho history will record that the final Tom Luna plan bill fittingly passed on April Fools Day. Unfortunately, the joke is on our kids -- Idaho Education Association tweet.

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.1.11

11:41 a.m. Older man in 2008 red Town & Country van w/Kootenai plates swerved at another motorist and flipped her off on I-90 @ M/P 7 (H41) in road rage incident. 11:35 p.m. Someone @ American Legion on Poleline/PF is letting propane out of tanks.…

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Cronin: 'We've Devalued Teachers' 

Update: The House has passed SB 1184 on a 44-26 vote. Now, it's adjourning until Monday. (George Eskridge, R-Dover, was only North Idaho legislator to oppose. How they voted.) Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, debating against SB 1184 in the House, said stakeholders' concerns weren't addressed,…

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Rebecca Black Enjoys April Fool's Day

In this screen image released by FunnyOrDie.com, the homepage for the popular comedy video website "Funny or Die," is shown with an April Fools' Day redesign featuring teenage viral video star Rebecca Black. Story here. (AP Photo/FunnyOrDie.com) Question: Do you enjoy April Fool's Day?

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Colvilles Join Stossel Protest 

The Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, joining Tribal leaders throughout Indian Country in protest of Fox News’ latest rant by commentator John Stossel, has some advice for Fox President Roger Ailes: don’t fire Stossel, re-educate him. Michael O. Finley today sent…

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Poll: Subsidy To Idaho GOP Wrong 

Thursday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation opposes the move by the legislative budget committee to provide $100,000 in reimbursement to pay for legal fees in the Idaho Republican Party's successful lawsuit against the closed-primary system. A whopping 116 of 140 respondents (82.86%) said the budget committee…

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CNN Poll: Tea Party Slipping 

Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement, putting it in the same company as the Democratic and Republican parties, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 32% of the public…

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No Diamond In The Rough 

A Christie's employee presents an unmounted heart-shaped diamond, D colour, internally flawless, type IIa diamond, weighing 56.15 carats, with excellent polish and symmetry during a press preview in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, April 1, 2011. The gemstone is estimated to fetch 9 to 12 million…

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Quotable Quote -- Bob Nonini 

"Just like a laptop cannot replace a legislator, this bill does not replace teachers with a laptop" -- House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini (according to tweet by Mitch Coffman/Idaho Reporter). Question: Which North Idaho legislators would be easiest to replace with a computer? How…

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County Clerk's Office Touts Changes 10 

Item: Adding accountability: All of county clerk office's 83 employees now punching clock to start, end shift/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: The Kootenai County Clerk's Office has made more strides in tweaking operations to boost accountability and protect every dollar handled, said Clerk…

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The R's & The D's

They won't ban drivers who text And health care reform makes them vexed. Their right is to farm Their students they arm Your budget is what they'll cut next. Objections don't stick in their throats Nor loss after loss get their goats Rather than cut…

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Spite Replaces Good Government 

Now let’s see if we understand this correctly: For 52 of the 57 Republican members of the Idaho House of Representatives, poking a finger in the eye of opposition Democrats is more important than helping disabled children with special needs get access to early intervention…

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Top Avista Officials Rake In Coins 

Item: Avista officers making more: SEC filing details greater compensation, stock awards received/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: Total compensation rose for Avista Corp.'s top executive officers in 2010 compared with the year earlier, according to the company's annual proxy statement filed on Thursday…

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AM: Inmates Cut Firewood For Poor

Joshua Arps, left, and Jaycen Ness works on a pile of wood, turning it into firewood for low-income people in Spokane Thursday at the Airway Heights Correctional Center. The program puts minimum security prisoners to work cleaning up downed trees and turning it into firewood…

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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.





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