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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Wild Card/Thursday -- 8.25.11 

I'm headed to Riverstone Pond for the final free concert of the season offered by Riverstone & the Coeur d'Alene Arts Council at the amphitheatre. I've missed the various evening & Sunday afternoon music venues around Kootenai County while on vacay. A big hat tip…

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Parting Shot -- 8.25.11

New York Yankees right fielder Anruw Jones looks at the scoreboard during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics this afternoon at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees set a Major League Baseball record by hitting three grand slams as…

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Scammer Misses Mark w/DFO 

I was in Redding, Calif., on vacay when I received a cellphone message that my Wells Fargo debit card had been blocked. The message urged me to Dial 1 and then answer some questions. I immediately dialed the 800 number on the back of my…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.25.11 

5:54 p.m. Hayden man wants to report possible lewd & lacivious activity. 5:33 p.m. Katrina reports she's lost her goat. 5:32 p.m. Bank of America employees report suspicious package at 501 Appleway bank. 5:17 p.m. Manager reports suspicious redhead man walking around trailer park @…

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PM Headlines -- 8.25.11 

Last week, Live, Love, Laugh, Hope wrote: "A couple nights ago, I loaded up my dog and my camera and set out in search of a sunset. I ended up at a wheat field, where I sat for a good half an hour. Except for…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 8.25.11 13 

A demonstrator moons police during protests as part of a national strike in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday. Chilean students, opposition politicians and union workers are leading a two-day nationwide strike to fight for fundamental changes in government. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) Top…

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Cindy: New Kitten Requires New 'Tude 

The conversation wasn’t going well. He averted his eyes, sighed, yawned and finally just tuned me out altogether. I could tell because he started snoring, softly. I jostled him and he opened one green eye. “Listen Milo,” I said. “Just because we have a new…

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Brock: Death w/Dignity For Dogs, Too 

"She's gone," said the vet, lifting her stethoscope and raising her eyes. My wife and I were a mess - sobbing, and unable to hold back the emotion. The vet was choked up as well. Our faithful dog, Abby, supplier of ten thousand smiles, lay…

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North Idaho Blogs -- 8.25.11

On Pecky Cox's As The Lake Churns blog, photographer Bryan Correll offers this shot of youngsters enjoying time on Priest Lake, titled "Oh Summer Days." My daughter believes she's a cat/A Butterfly Moment First day fizzles/A Family Runs Through It Bumping my way through life/Atmospheric…

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Tough Spot For A Marmot 

Here's another view of that marmot that summer intern Tim Kincaid helped out of that Spokane Valley Stormwater Utility drywell last week. Kincaid, a student in the Spokane Community College Water Resources Program, discovered the critter had fallen into the drywall. So he fished it…

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Gookin Announces For City Council 

DFO: I hear you are announcing your candidacy for City Council. Is that correct? Dan Gookin: Yes. I have the paperwork done. But it's not due until next week. I'll turn it in then. DFO: Didn't you say after your loss to Deanna Goodlander that…

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Stein Flubs North Idaho Lake Spelling 

In lecturing Texas Gov. Rick Perry about economics, conservative commentator Ben Stein of CBS News bragged that he was going to leave Perry alone “for this month and just spend it on my boat up at Lake Pendoreille (sic) in North Idaho, a mountain lake…

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Portland, Seattle Lead In 'Casual Sex' 

There are many theories forwarded that attempt to explain Spokane's youth diaspora. Kids leave town, people say, because of better job prospects in cities like Seattle and Portland, or for greater perceived culture. There is probably truth to these beliefs. There's more work in Seattle,…

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Walking On Water

Earlier this month, Berry Picker RhodeTrip was using the Centennial Trail near WSU River Point when he spotted these two boys seemingly walking on the water of the Spokane River. Actually, the boys were walking on top of a sand bar in the river.

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Nampa Expands Dress Code 

In past years, some students would show up for the first day at Syringa Middle School in Caldwell sporting new clothes: a Justin Bieber T-shirt, maybe, or a shiny skirt from Forever 21. Others might wear faded sweatpants or ratty shorts, while a few might…

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TFTN: Get A Mammogram 

That’s pathetic. More than a one-third of Idaho women over 40 didn’t receive a breast cancer screening in the past two years, making Idaho last out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in mammogram rates. The Cancer Data Registry of Idaho estimates that…

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Crump Retiring From Twin Falls Paper 

A writer who chronicled the Magic Valley’s triumphs, foibles and transformations for almost three decades will retire Aug. 31. Times-News Opinion Editor Steve Crump, 59, started at the newspaper as sports editor in 1983, later serving as city editor, features editor and features writer. He…

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INW Headlines -- 8.25.11

Huntington Beach, Calif.'s Trevor Windisch, left, doesn't get the tag down in time as Billings, Mont.'s Patrick Zimmer (19) slides safely into second base with a sixth-inning double during a baseball game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday. Montana won…

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FHB: Grandkid Pukes Way Thru Rides 

On her Facebook wall, Frum Helen Back writes: "Went to the Kootenai County fair yesterday with five grandkids. One got sick from the heat so Dave took her home. That left four but we finally decided we had to leave at 9 last night even…

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Posse Corners Its Man, Er, Toddler 

Entertainers Bob McMeans, center, and Jason Rariden stop to talk to 2-year-old Payton Wilk at the North Idaho Fair on Wednesday. The two are part of a troupe called Fables of the West, based in California, that was featured in commercials for the fair. (SR…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.25.11 

11:56 a.m. 16YO juvenile named Austin ran away from Anchor House in 1600 block of Govt Way/CdA 20 minutes ago. He's described as 5-foot-6, 160 pounds. 11:35 a.m. A Palomino horse is running loose @ Rimrock & Dodd/Garwood. 11:30 a.m. Caller reports juvenile turned into…

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Poll: Man Right To Shoot Grizzly 

Wednesday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation voted that Boundary County resident Jeremy Hill acted correctly when he shot a 2-year-old grizzly bear that wandered into his yard with two cubs, while his children were outside. 139 of 184 respondents (75.54%) said Hill, who faces federal charges…

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Grizzly Cub, Not Mama Shot 50 

The Idaho Fish & Game Department has contacted the media to say that the grizzly killed by property owner Jeremy Hill was one of the two 2-year-old bear cubs and not the mother bear. The misinformation may have been the result of this line in…

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Goedde Dismisses Online Ed Criticism 11 

Apparently, Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde is dismissing the overwhelming testimony against online education at 7 hearings around the state. Reports Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise: "He dismissed the negative testimony at the public hearings, saying, 'I don't know the makeup of the people that…

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Saving Critters Part Of Summer Job 

Otis G provides this feel-good photo & cutline information from the Spokane Valley: "Each year, the City of Spokane Valley Stormwater Utility hires some summer interns to do inventory on our storm drain systems. Last week, Tim Kincaid (who is a current student with the…

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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.