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THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011


Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.7.11 

On my Facebook wall, David Townsend writes this of the petition drive launched by Ronald J. Vander Griend against the Ganesha statue in downtown Coeur d'Alene: "And may I assume that the petition also calls for the removal of the St. Francis of Assisi statue…

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Simple Mind: My Kids Are Old 

I know I am getting older.. well, we all are, and it sure beats the alterative. But as my children’s birthdays come and go, I realize … MY KIDS ARE GETTING OLD … lol … guess I always think of them in their 20’s and…

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PM: Zuckerberg Visits Sun Valley

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, walks with Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn at the Sun Valley Inn during the 2011 Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference earlier today in Sun Valley. Idaho Mountain Express story here. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Investigators: No evidence of foul play…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 7.7.11 

Soccer fans kiss with Germany and Brazil colored mohawks during the group D match between Equatorial Guinea and Brazil at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) Top Cutlines: 1. “Did you remember to bring protection…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.7.11 

KXLY Twitter provides this photo of marine deputies launching out to retrieve body of Post Falls snorkeler who drown this morning in Spokane River at Corbin Park. 5:50 p.m. Norman @ Plummer Quick Stop reports 4 men & a woman stole $60 of gas. 5:29…

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Dogwalk: Of Ganesha Symbolism

Dogwalk Musings offers this drawing of Ganesha symbolism in a blog post today that decries the silliness of the protest and petition drive against the public art in downtown Coeur d'Alene by the Kootenai County Constitution Party and a misguided religionist. You can read her…

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A Tauntin' We Will Go 10 

Seattle Sounders FC supporters cheer during the Sounders' MLS soccer match against the Portland Timbers, in Seattle this spring. The sign shown makes reference to an Oregon law that requires gas station attendants, rather than motorist, to pump gas. The two teams will meet again…

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Post Falls Man ID'd As Drowning Victim

Update: The victim has been identified as Wayne O. Pennington Jr, 43, of Post Falls. Initial investigation found he had been snorkeling in the river by himself, just upstream from the Corbin Park boat launch. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the drowning of…

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GOP 'China Beachhead' Fight In Offing 

The Elmore County Republican Central Committee has endorsed a resolution that calls on the Legislature to "cease further foreign-based corporate development of a 'Free-Trade-Zone'" and upon Gov. Butch Otter to disclose the details of China's role in Otter's economic development plans. The resolution will be…

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Food Porn: Rogers 

On his Get Out! North Idaho wall, OrangeTV posts this post-lunch Food Porn from Rogers, on E. Sherman Avenue/downtownCoeur d'Alene, and writes: "Lunch time food porn for your enjoyment and/or frustration. The fries alone are enough to make my taste buds grunt with want." I…

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Wealthy Risch Has Wealthy Top Aide 

Just as Sen. Jim Risch is the easily the wealthiest member of Idaho's congressional delegation, his chief of staff, John Sandy, far outdoes his colleagues. Risch is estimated to be worth $20 million, thanks principally to land holdings in Ada, Canyon, Twin Falls and Valley…

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Huckleberries Hears ... 13 

... that a lawsuit may be in the offing against the Coeur d'Alene School District re: the way the Coeur d'Alene School Board pushed through the appointment of Wanda Quinn to replace retiring Chairwoman Edie Brooks a month ago. According to a Berry Picker, new…

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Lake City Tops Yahoo! Summer List 

Yahoo! Travel lists Coeur d'Alene among its "8 Perfect Summer Towns" in an article by Aaron J. Barker. A perfect summer town, according to Aaron, is one that is: "Accessible, easy on the wallet, and just as refreshing as the ocean, our money’s on the…

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Dems: GOP Scofflaw Gets Away 

In a recent release, Ada County Prosecutor Greg Bower announced that Royce Chigbrow (pictured) couldn’t be prosecuted for his criminal behavior during his tenure as Chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission. Bower’s office concluded there was evidence that Chigbrow failed to properly deposit taxpayer…

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Edit: Solons Don't Know What's Legal 

The Idaho Legislature pays Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane about $100,000 a year, partly for his expertise in constitutional law. And then by ignoring Kane’s opinions, those same lawmakers obligate the state to pay even more. In an action that surprised no one,…

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Noon: Riverfront Offers Pony Magic 

The newest attraction at Riverfront Park provides modern city kids a taste of old-fashioned country fun. Now, in addition to riding the painted ponies on the Looff Carrousel, children have an opportunity to ride the real deal. On April 23, Story Book Farm Ponies began…

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The bridge to the southern rim of one of Yellowstone National Park's top attractions, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, is shown closed Wednesday. Park officials closed this area after a grizzly sow killed a man who was hiking with his wife a mile and a half up the trail the day before.  (Associated Press)

INW: No Search For Killer Grizzly 

The bridge to the southern rim of one of Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., top attraction, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, is shown closed today. Park officials closed this area after a grizzly sow killed a man who was hiking with his wife a…

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AM Scanner Traffic 7.7.11

12:16 a.m. Swimmer refuses medical attention & is back en route to Corbin Park to see his friend in possible drowning incident in Spokane River. 11:47 a.m. Deputies in boat have retrieved body & are looking for place to dock boat. CPR in progress. 11:43…

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Idaho Embraces Extreme Couponing 

The “extreme couponing” movement is catching on in Idaho, reports Associated Press reporter Jessie Bonner, with a TLC program about the phenomenon highlighting shoppers who cut their grocery bills by hundreds through rigorous coupon-clipping, classes on how to do it drawing interested adherents, and two…

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Casey Anthony To Go Free Next Week 

Michelle Caballero of Miami protests the Casey Anthony verdict outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., this morning. Anthony will be released next Wednesday after three years of incarceration. Story here. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Question: Do you blame the jury for the innocent…

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Quotable Quote -- Mike Kennedy 

"Tired of hearing 'I want to give back' as a PR-driven cliche. There must be a better way to express an insincere sentiment sincerely" -- Mike Kennedy, via Twitter. Question: Can you think of a better way to express an insincere sentiment sincerely?

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Sandpoint Bypass Section Opens 

Driving through Sandpoint could become easier starting this morning. That is when the first section of the Sand Creek Byway (was scheduled to open at 10 o'clock). The half mile stretch of road marks the first open phase of the 2.2 mile project. Engineer Ken…

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Jammmin: What Will Offend Us Next? 

Jammmin: I don’t think there’s a chance of the petition working. I have faith (is that illegal yet?) that the people of Coeur d’Alene will laugh in this man’s face and decide not to sign. I just moved back to Cd’A, my hometown, with my…

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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.