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FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2011

Wild Card/Friday 08.12.11 32 

TGIF, anyone? Will be distracted a bit this morning as I see a child off to summer camp for the first time. Please feel free to share any summer camp stories on this Wild Card. Or post comments or suggestions that don't fit elsewhere on…

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Athol Daze on Saturday 

A friendly reminder and invite issued from Bayview Herb to come and enjoy Athol Daze this weekend. According to his post here, the parade starts at 10:00 am with activities to follow in the park afterward. If you go, let us know how it went.…

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Gozzer Ranch marketing manager Erin Dixon checks out progress on new condos at Gozzer Ranch, a gated lakeside community. Developer Discovery Land Co. says sales are OK despite the economic downturn. (Photos by KATHY PLONKA / The Spokesman-Review)

Gozzer Bay Resort Ok'd w/ Conditions 

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Kootenai County commission on voted 2-1 on Thursday to approve a controversial condominium-hotel project along Lake Coeur d’Alene at Neachen Bay. Discovery Land Co., based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and known in Coeur d’Alene for its Gozzer Ranch golf…

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ORG XMIT: MAAB103 President Barack Obama, second from left,  pauses on his bike ride with his family and friends including Sasha Obama, 8, right, while on vacation on Martha's Vineyard on Lobsterville Beach in Aquinnah, Mass. Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon / The Spokesman-Review)

Do Presidents Really Vacation? 16 

Interesting debate has ignited once again regarding Presidents and family vacations. The White House confirmed Wednesday the Obamas will spend 10 days in Martha’s Vineyard starting next week. It’s their third vacation on the Massachusetts island famous as a summer playground for the rich and…

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Raw Sewage Spill

The Coeur d'Alene Press is reporting a 7,500 gallon raw sewage spill in a Hayden residential area near Honeysuckle and Ramsey. The Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board has contacted a hydro-geologist to evaluate and determine the impact of this release on groundwater and nearby water…

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Submissive Wife Question Appropriate? 11 

A moderator at last night's GOP presidential debate is coming under fire for questioning Michele Bachmann on what it means when she says she's a "submissive" wife and how it might affect her presidency. The moderator was following up on a quote from an earlier…

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Key Part of Obamacare Unconstitutional 

A 2-1 panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Friday found that the law's "individual mandate" section -- requiring nearly all Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face financial penalties -- was an improper exercise of federal authority.…

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Coeur d'Alene Tri Tomorrow

Time again for the Coeur d'Alene Triathlon set for 7:30 am tomorrow. The Coeur d'Alene Triathlon and Duathlon is one of the most scenic races in the Northwest. Known as the Scenic Challenge the courses showcase the spectacular Coeur d'Alene community and surrounding area. See…

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Benewah Whooping Cough Outbreak 

The Panhandle Health District warns that whooping cough has spread to 16 children in Benewah County in a slow-moving outbreak that has landed one child in the hospital. Children diagnosed with whooping cough—pertussis—range in age from 3 months to 17 years and in locations from…

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Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police Chief Keith Hutcheson testifies to lawmakers on Thursday. (Betsy Russell)

Hutcheson To Run For Sheriff

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe's police chief, Keith Hutcheson has announced his campaign to run for Kootenai County Sheriff according the Coeur d'Alene Press. His current contract with the tribe will end in early October. Hutcheson has been the tribe's chief for the past six years…

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. (Lisa Krantz / San Antonio Express-news)

Tancredo Questions Perry's Conservatism 

Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo is coming out early, questioning Rick Perry's conservatism. According to his op-ed piece at Politico. com, Tancredo believes that Rick Perry is not a "true conservative" based on Perry's stand on immigration and border control. Perry’s views here are at…

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Asphalt Permit Appeal Dropped 

According to the Cd'A Press, a group of Rathdrum residents has dropped its appeal of the permit allowing Coeur d'Alene Paving to run a batch plant off Highway 53. "It's good to finally be done with it," said Todd Kaufman, co-owner of Coeur d'Alene Paving.…

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Which Candidate 'Impresses' You? 

According to Politico, Vanilla Ice is impressed early on with Presidential candidate Herman Cain. The former rapper watched Thursday’s Republican presidential debate and shared his reactions on Twitter. His favorite GOP candidate so far? Herman Cain, Cain baby. He tweeted: “I was impressed with Cain…

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Newt: Super Committee A 'Dumb Idea' 

Former House speaker questioned the legitimacy of the 12-member panel that Democratic and Republican congressional leaders filled this week in last night's Iowa Republican debate. "I think this super committee is about as dumb an idea as Washington has come up with in my lifetime,"…

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Hart Argues. Again.  

Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart is arguing that a district judge abused his discretion by refusing to delay a court hearing when the state representative was in Boise, debating legislation to permit guns on state college campuses that he strongly supported. Hart, R-Athol, devoted…

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