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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 8.24.11 

I've shaken most of the cobwebs off & am now planning to head to the North Idaho Fair this evening. Mebbe I'll see you out there. Please say hello. Meanwhile, I've shaken off some of my cobwebs from my recent two-week vacation. It's nice to…

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Gozzer Developer Wants Camp Easton 

The Spokane office of the Boy Scouts of America is awaiting a formal offer from a North Idaho developer before considering whether to sell Camp Easton, a 380-acre camp it has operated on Lake Coeur d’Alene since 1929. Tim McCandless, the CEO of the Inland…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.24.11

5:40 p.m. 13YO boy is bleeding from head after being hit by vehicle @ Honeysuckle & Chalet/Hayden. 5:27 p.m. Red pickup w/personalized plate almost caused several crashes before exiting I-90, n/b on Pleasantview (M/P 2)/Post Falls. 5:25 p.m. A dispute is arising out of unknown…

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PM Headlines -- 8.24.11

Kevin Hecket, right, holds the bridle of Dolly, one of three dromedary camels giving rides and chats with passersby at the North Idaho Fair Wednesday. The fair opened Wednesday and continues through Sunday. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley) Otter weighs in on grizzly bear shooting/Betsy Russell,…

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Photo Of The Day -- 8.24.11 

Neighbors contacted the SPCA when they noticed a cow with her head firmly stuck in a ladder in a farmer's field in South Ayrshire, Scotland. The farmer does not know how the cow worked herself into the ladder or why the ladder was in his…

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Huckleberries Hears ... 11 

... That Larry Spencer is manning the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee booth at the North Idaho Fair as I write this. The Reagan Republicans have a booth directly across from the union folks. The Reagan Republicans are selling the Corrupt d'Alene bumperstickers.

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Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

In this Jan. 10, 2010, AP file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the new iPad during an event in San Francisco. Jobs announced his resignation as Apple CEO today. Story here. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) Question: How has Steve Jobs impacted your life?

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Last Call For Free Fair Tickets 17 

I have 9 tickets, worth $8 each, for free entry into the North Idaho Fair today. 2 individuals who'd asked for 2 tickets apiece gave them up when they discovered that the tickets are good for only today. So anyone who wants at least 2…

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Pig Sale Supports Man Who Shot Griz 

Regina and the Hill family, surrounded by all the people who bid on and resold Regina before raising $19,588 and then giving Regina back to Jasmine Hill, who raised her. (News Bonners Ferry photo: Mike Weland) In E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web,” Charlotte the spider extolled…

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Medicaid Snafu Strands Herb, Yvonne 18 

I'm way behind the curve re: Herb Huseland's vigil with Bayview hammer-attack victim Yvonne Wallis at Harborview Hospital in Seattle. Herb has been reporting in his Bay Views blog that a bureaucratic snafu involving Medicaid reimbursement has prevented Yvonne's release after surgery to fix metal…

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INW Headlines -- 8.24.11

A law-enforcement sniper aims at the window of a room Ernesto Bustamante rented at the University Inn-Best Western in Moscow on Tuesday. Bustamante was found dead in his motel room from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Bustamante is suspected of shooting and killing a 22-year-old…

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Moammar's Having A Rough Day

Rebel fighters trample on a head of Moammar Gadhafi inside the main compound in Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, LIbya, today. Libyan rebels stormed Moammar Gadhafi's main military compound in Tripoli Tuesday after fierce fighting with forces loyal to his regime that rocked the capital as…

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KCSD Confirms More Human Bones

Investigators from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office along with volunteers from the Kootenai County Search and Rescue have spent the past couple of days scouring the area near the Coeur d’Alene River, south of Rose Lake where human bones were found over the weekend. Investigators…

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KCSD Seeks Tips In Hit-And-Run

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public in its current investigation of the hit and run accident that occurred on August 16 about 8:45 p.m. on Garwood Road, north of the city of Hayden, Idaho. The 20-year-old female victim was riding…

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Meghann To Count Mullets @ NI Fair 

On her Facebook wall, SR colleague Meghann Cuniff writes that she's going to the North Idaho Fair with a friend today -- to count mullets. And she invited her Facebook Friends to join her mullet-count party. Quoth Meghann: "This fair is the best." How about…

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Docs: UI Prof Had Threatened Victim 10 

A psychology professor who shot and killed a graduate student at the University of Idaho had threatened the young woman in the past, according to court documents filed in the case.Police say Ernesto Bustamante shot and killed Katherine Benoit Monday night on the front porch…

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MikeK Queries Clerk re: 'Volunteers' 

In a second e-mail to Pat Raffee at the office of County Clerk Cliff Hayes (right), Coeur d'Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy (left) writes: "In a press release that you sent out in June, you indicated that the Clerk’s office was using “volunteers” to review voters…

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GOP Redistricters Blame Dems 

Idaho's citizens' redistricting commission is on hiatus this week — but in politics, there are no vacations. Today, it was the Republicans' turn to lobby charges at their three Democratic counterparts, accusing them of derailing the remapping by injecting "raw partisanship" into the process. The…

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Bar Report: Busted While Saving $$$ 

Huckleberries wonders if the officers who cited three females for open container and/or a minor in possession of alcohol had ever heard the excuse they used to explain why they were drinking in their vehicle. Seems the officers spotted them drinking in the vehicle at…

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M's Dumps Cleveland 9-2

After retrieving a high pick off throw from Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana, Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan flips over Seattle Mariners baserunner Brendan Ryan as he steals third in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland today. The Mariners are leading Cleveland…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.24.11 

11:59 a.m. Possible structure fire 202 N17th/CdA. 11:44 a.m. A man in orange tank top left a brief case in bushes near Social Security office and is now w/b on Wallace/CdA. He's now visiting w/female on bike @ 6th & Wallace. (Update: Owner tells officer…

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HBO Poll: Tea Party Losing Steam 

Vacation Poll: 182 of 381 respondents to the vacation poll -- 47.77 percent -- believe that the Tea Party in North Idaho is losing steam. 154 of 381 (40.42%) said it isn't. 45 of 381 (11.81%) were undecided. Today's Poll: Did Jeremy M. Hill act…

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Clerk Action On Absentees Queried 

Seems County Clerk Cliff Hayes (pictured) has been a busy elected official while I was on vacation, withdrawing extension offices at local City Halls that made it easier for his constituents to vote absentee during election years. Hayes claims that he made the move because,…

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Dustin: Lost Wallet Returns Home

Dustin Hurst tweets: "I lost my wallet in another state recently. Someone from the town in which I lost it just mailed it to me. Wow. Amazed at the generosity." The Twitter message reminded me of the time decades ago when my wife left her…

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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.