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TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 8.9.11 

Well, Guys & Dolls, I'm outtahere for 2 weeks of vacay, enjoying our viewtiful sun and the weather that finally seems to be sticking around. Christa will be at the controls from Wednesday through Friday with Cindy taking over on Monday through the rest of…

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Parting Shot -- 8.9.11

Buddy, an American hairless terrier, rides in a crate on the back of a motorcycle driven by vacationing Dan O'Neil of Stoughton, Mass., Tuesday in Biddeford, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F.Bukaty)

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.9.11 

5:23 p.m. Old girlfriend is fighting w/new girlfriend @ Box Canyon & Huckleberry/PF. 5:18 p.m. Male who has been in a fight is walking along Govt Way throwing things at vehicles. 4:59 p.m. Someone has been hurt in a fall @ CdA Super 1/Kathleen Avenue.…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 8.9.11 

A Cascade red fox yawns on a snowbank near its den just off the Paradise Valley Road at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Dean J. Koepfler) Top Cutlines: 1. (and winner of 4 free tickets to North…

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PM News -- 8.9.11

Surrounded by inquisitive geese, a man who refused to be identified lounges in Tom McCall Waterfront Park reading a newspaper in downtown Portland, Ore., Tuesday. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) Star Mine renovations under way/Kelsey Saintz, Shoshone News-Press City to fix reduced water pressure in Armstrong Park/Coeur…

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County, BNSF Adjust Depot Conditions

BNSF and Kootenai County appear to have resolved differences over conditions of operation at the poorly located railroad refueling station over the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer near Hauser. Recall that BNSF objected to tougher new conditions the County proposed last year, and ran immediately to the…

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D's: Redistricters Eye Extreme Rule 

Democrats on the Idaho Redistricting Commission say their Republican counterparts are pursuing "covert partisan goals." Responding to a Sunday Statesman editorial on the stalled remapping process, Co-Chairman Allen Andersen of Pocatello, Julie Kane of Lapwai, and George Moses of Boise say the impasse is rooted…

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China Furor Lighting Rod Dietrich Quits 

Idaho Department of Commerce Director Don Dietrich (pictured) is resigning from his post effective Sept. 2. Dietrich, a former executive with Aspen Technology and Cargill Inc., said he plans to return to the private sector. He's also been a lightning rod as rumors have circulated…

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Poll: Debt Fight Hurt GOP, Tea Party 22 

The debt ceiling debate hurt Americans’ view of Republicans, bolstered their opinion of Democrats, and drove the tea party’s favorable ratings to a new low, a poll on Tuesday found. Just 33 percent of Americans approve of the Republican Party, while 59 percent disapprove in…

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Sgt. Chris Weichman hugs his twin 4-year-old girls Gracie, left, and Ruby on Monday at Avista Stadium. (Christopher Anderson)

Soldier Stuns Fam @ Indians' Game 10 

The fans at Avista Stadium rise for a standing ovation as Sgt. Chris Weichman embraces his twin 4-year-old girls Gracie, left, and Ruby during a surprise homecoming between innings Monday. His wife Abby stands at left. The homecoming was arranged as a "special prize "…

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Mike's Formula For Teen Daughters 

On his Facebook wall, Councilman Mike offers this formula for dealing with teen-age girls: "Teenage girls + normal adolescent growing pain drama + text messaging = Escalation of insidious self-esteem challenges and overboard emotional responses. (I'm beginning to loathe text messaging.)" I raised my daughter…

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IFF: Urban Renewal Hurts Dover 

A new study by the Idaho Freedom Foundation shows levy rates for the city of Dover would be half what they are if not for urban renewal projects in the rural panhandle town. Since 2005, the year the Dover Urban Renewal Agency formed, levy rates…

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Free Fair Tickets, Anyone? 23 

Everyone who won an AP cutline contest last week & this has shown up to get their tickets. But the individuals who were awarded 2 tickets apiece simply for entering Friday's contest haven't claimed them. So I'm going to give out 2 tickets apiece to…

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Panida To Host 'Sperm! The Musical' 

“Sperm! The Musical” is on the way to the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint. No, I don't think this is a joke. It's an original musical comedy set in that most romantic of settings, a sperm bank. It's about “sperm radiation therapy, and killer mutant sperm…

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NIdaho Tomaters: 'A Bite Of Heaven' 

On her Facebook wall, Trish Gannon/River Journal reports that a recently harvested tomato tasted like "a bite of heaven." After I responded that I've harvested 5 tomatoes so far and that there were 3 more waiting on the vine for me when I get home…

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INW: New Bank Enters Region

Rick Melanson crosses the Riverside Avenue skywalk as a new sign on the front of the former Bank of Whitman building in downtown Spokane announces the change to Columbia Bank on Monday. The Tacoma bank is seeking to be stabilizing influence after Whitman's seizure by…

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Noon: Can Date Night Ruin Romance?

In an op-ed piece, LZ Granderson announces that he is no longer making time for date night in his busy household schedule. "Why? It was ruining my sex life," writes Granderson. "Every Thursday night, I knew I was going to get some alone time, which…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.9.11

11:57 a.m. Someone has lost consciousness @ Gallatin & Riverbend/PF. 11:38 a.m. A dog has been locked in a vehicle for last hour at Stateline WalMart. 11:36 a.m. Caller reports burglary in storage unit in 2500 block of Sherman/CdA. 11:27 a.m. A male named Harold…

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Fired CEO Regains Top Casino Job 

The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council has filled the top position at its casino in Worley, Idaho, with a tribal member who was fired from the same job and sued by the tribe five years ago for alleged breach of fiduciary duties. On Monday, David Matheson…

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Sun Rise Over The North Fork 

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook wall, Linda Lantzy posts: "Sunrise over the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River Saturday. Not a fisherman in site. Slackers." Question: How early are you willing to arise to fish?

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Poll: All To Blame For Financial Mess

Monday Poll: By the narrowest of margins, Hucks Nation blames all involved parties (Obama administration, Congress, Republicans, Democrats, & Tea Party) for the current financial mess. 56 of 241 (23.24%) blame all involved parties for the mess. Runners-up in the blame game are: the Tea…

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Ed Board Sets Online Tech Hearings 

Idaho’s State Board of Education has set seven public hearings around the state on a proposed new online learning requirement for high school graduation, which would require two online credits to graduate. One of the two must be an “asynchronous” course, defined as one in…

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Halfway House Worries CdA 'Hood 

Some neighbors in Coeur d'Alene were surprised this week to learn that a house on their block is now home to men recently released from prison. The 17th Street residents were upset to find out Wednesday that Robert Obeid, the owner of the little yellow…

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Mary Unhappy Re: Tea Party Turnout 

Mary Souza, Huckleberries' favorite scold, found the dark lining behind that silver cloud that has been the roaring Tea Party express in Kootenai County. In her latest newsletter, she ballyhooed the Tea Party rally at Stateline Speedway this summer, noting breathlessly that NRA jumbo Wayne…

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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.