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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

PM: Melba Becomes Capitol For Day 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter talks about cowboy ethics and the ten principles to live by to Melba sophomore Kimberly Bangerter, right, and other members of the Melba High School Student Council during the Wednesday Capitol for a Day event at the Melba Valley Senior Center...

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Press Trolls Slime Lakeland Teacher 14 

A respected Lakeland School District teacher has gotten rough treatment at the hands of swamp lizards that hang out at the Coeur d'Alene Press online site. Meghan Ridley, a special education teacher at Betty Kiefer School, was compared to infamous pedophile Mary Kay Letourneau by...

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D.P. Bond: Open Letter To EPA 

"You behave less like a government agency concerned with the general welfare than an occupying army. Your conduct here was likened by your own Ombudsman, Hugh Kaufman, a decade ago as the behaviour of "jack-booted thugs." We miners are Parisians in Vichy France. For every...

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KXLY: Inmates Raising Kids In Prison 

Right now, at Washington's largest corrections center for women, 871 inmates are serving their sentences. Among them are 8 babies being raised right in the middle of it all. It's a trailblazing program pioneered by Washington and now being adopted in other states. But, is...

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Regarding Hucks 8th Blogiversary ... 18 

I was quite partisan when I started this blog 8 years ago today with the warning to the few readers then to "fasten your seatbelts." Originally, I began No Holds Barred/Hot Potatoes/Huckleberries as a means to support George Bush's re-election run. I was one of...

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Washington, North Cascades, Mt. Baker wilderness area. A fresh skiff of snow at artists point and partially obscurred Mt. Shuksan reflected in a calm mountaintop tarn. (

Best Of Idaho Scenic Images 2010 

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, photographer Linda Lantzy has posted her 12 favorite photographs of 2011, including this one taken at Mount Shuksan in the northern Cascades. She writes of this photo: "I had an October morning at Mt. Shuksan for a couple...

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Quotable Quote -- Mike Kennedy 

After reading on Hucks Online that the revolutionists in the Idaho Legislature had voted 49-20 to embrace Vito Barbieri's unconstitutional health-care nullification bill, Coeur d'Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy quipped: "I think I’ll make a motion at our next City Council meeting to nullify Idaho’s sales...

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No Cleavage At Alternative Prom 

Item: Hear ye, hear ye: No cleavage: Students host their own medieval-themed ‘clean prom’/Maureen Dolan, Press More Info: It was a junior prom with a modesty rule. That's how the teens who planned it wanted it. Barbara Larson, 16, said they planned their "clean prom"...

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Sis: Goedde Bullied Education Debate 

Last week the Idaho legislature scheduled three days of hearings to get feedback from the public about Superintendent Tom Luna's surprising proposal to completely overhaul Idaho's education system. Senator John Goedde (pictured in Betsy Russell photo) is a Republican from Coeur d'Alene and chairman of...

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High Noon: Tiger Spit Triggers Anger 

At Yahoo! Sports, reporter Jay Busbee writes: "You know Tiger Woods hasn't been playing well of late. He had a chance at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic over the weekend before posting a godawful 75, and that was pretty much that. Now, though, word that...

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House Passes Nullification 49-20 14 

The House has voted 49-20 in favor of HB 117, the health care nullification bill. In his closing debate, Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, said in his closing debate, “Now is the time. If Idaho is to stand for its sovereign rights, it must do...

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INW: Schwarzenegger Visits Lewiston

Arnold Schwarzenegger visited Lewiston this morning to meet with sculptor Ralph Crawford, who will sculpt an 8-foot statue of the California governor/movie star for Schwarzenegger's Austrian home town. More from Lewiston Tribune here. (Lewiston Tribune photo: Kyle Mills) Cartoon: Taking on the ayatollahs/David Horsey, Seattle...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 2.16.11

11:37 a.m. PFPD Blue reports simply from Post Falls Tidyman's: "I got that guy." 11:24 a.m. Someone possibly broke a hip in a fall in 2200 block of Yorkshire/CdA. 11 a.m. Woman now at Cataldo post office wants to see officer re: threats she's received....

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Kevin: Ethics Change = Whitewash

In an Idaho Statesman editorial this morning, Kevin Richert breaks down the unanimous move by the Idaho House of Representatives to change the way it handles ethics complaints. Among the most troubling aspects of the new rules that are now in effect is this one:...

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Trail: Should State Laws Be Nullified? 

Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, asked Rep. Vito Barbieri about unfunded mandates that the state passes down to cities and counties. “Would they not have the right also to pursue nullification?” he asked. Barbieri responded, “Contrary to what others expressed here, I do not believe the...

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Cougars Gather In Soap Lake 

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists confirm the authenticity of this remote camera photo made in the Moses Coulee area near Soap Lake, Wash. Biologists the rare shot of eight cougars in one spot -- on the carcass of a dead animal -- is the...

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Hucks Poll: HBO ♥ Lady Antebellum

Tuesday Poll: Lady Antebellum beat out Mick Jagger and Lady Gaga as the Grammy Award entertainer that Hucks Nation would most like to see in concert. Lady Antebellum received 33 of 89 votes (37%) to earn top honors here, followed by Jagger (21 votes), Lady...

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AG: 'Nullification" Price Tag: $1B? 17 

Lawmakers have received two Idaho attorney general's opinions on nullification; the first said any attempt by state lawmakers to nullify a federal law through legislation would violate both the U.S. and Idaho constitutions and lawmakers' oath of office. The bill was revised after that, but...

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NFL QB, Bucs Coach Met @ Capones 

In the current, pre-swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated, writer Chris Ballard tells of a 2007 meeting at Capones in Midtown between NFL QB Jake Plummer and then Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden. Gruden and his traveling partner, GM Bruce Allen, visited Coeur d'Alene to...

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GOP Targets Public Broadcasting 22 

Arthur the Aardvark and Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., center, listen as Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington this morning to discuss the future of Public Broadcasting. More here. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg) Question: Do you support federal funding...

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LeFavour: Give Us A Hearing 21 

It is a bit sad that it was on Valentines day that Senator McKenzie said he didn't plan to schedule a hearing on S1033 to finally make it so gay people in Idaho can no longer be legally fired from our jobs for no other...

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CdA Charter Chief Backs Luna Plan 

In his testimony to Idaho legislators, Principal Dan Nicklay of the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy said in part: "It is unfortunate that the majority of the plan's critics focus not on whether this plan is good for students, but on their feelings that they weren't...

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Panel Votes To Ban Assisted Suicide 11 

Legislation to outlaw physician-assisted suicide in Idaho has cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee, which just voted to send SB 1070 to the full Senate with a recommendation that it pass. The bill was sponsored by anti-abortion activists, but was negotiated with the Idaho Medical...

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AM: 'Pawn Stars' Feats Spokane Book 

Rick MacKinnon was removing junk from a property when he came across a musty pile of books and documents, including this edition of the laws passed by the first Congress. The producers of "Pawn Stars" were impressed. Shawn Vestal SR column here. (SR photo: Christopher...

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APhoto Of The Day -- 2.16.11 

Surachate Taokongta, right, kisses his wife Supatra during a World's Longest Continuous Kiss competition in Pattaya, southeastern Thailand, Sunday. Laksana Tiranarat and husband Ekkachai broke the record for longest continuous kiss by smooching for 46.24.09 hours, more than 12 hours longer than previous mark. You...

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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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