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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.21.11 

Today, I make the last payment on a loan that I took out five years ago. 'Tis sweet to pay something off. And free up money, especially in these hard economic times when pay cuts, furloughs, layoffs continue to be the norm. Dunno how I'm…

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Serephin: 'Captain America' Or Bust 

On his Facebook wall, Serephin, of 43rd State Blues fame (or infamy), writes: "Been a comic book reader since back when Jesus was hotrodding T-rexes. Mostly Marvel, and still have a box full of assorted comics from the House of Ideas (Howard the Duck #1,…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.21.11

6:05 p.m. A brown cow & a black one are loose in Habitat for Humanity lot @ H95 & Wyoming/Hayden. 5:50 p.m. Woman on N. Meyer/Rathdrum told boyfriend she'd overdose on pills if she found a bottle. 5:46 p.m. Possible camper trailer fire on Coopers…

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PM Headlines -- 7.21.11 

Jenifer Schneider, "The Cannon Lady" is blasted out of the 27-foot barrel of a truck mounted cannon into the air some 40 feet landing in a safety net down the street in front of the Finlen Hotel on East Broadway during the opening day of…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 7.21.11 10 

A bull by the name of Wandering Comet sits in a pen behind the Idaho Center arena after being painted pink for Tough Enough For Pink night on Wednesday at the Snake River Stampede Rodeo in Nampa. Idaho Press-Tribune story here. You write the cutline.…

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Chamber Dismisses CEO Christensen 

After a year and a half on the job, Todd Christensen is done as president and chief executive officer of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. Christensen, who replaced longtime CEO Jonathan Coe in January 2010, declined to discuss details of his departure when contacted…

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NFL HOF Game Going, Going ...

Mike Martz might think the Chicago Bears could be ready to play the Hall of Fame game on a day's notice, but linebacker Brian Urlacher doesn't believe the team will be able to play on the scheduled date of Aug. 7. "I think the Hall…

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Looking Back: 'Shoe Tree' Arson

Pecky Cox/As The Lake Churns reminds her Facebook Friends this afternoon that it was just over a year ago (July 16, 2010) that some cad burned the famous Shoe Tree of Priest Lake. The jerk has never been brought to justice. You can read the…

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Bears Encounters Close NI Area 

Graham Creek announced Thursday that it will be closed for the public due to frequent bear encounters in the area. Graham Creek is located approximately 14 miles northbound on Forest Highway 9, north of Pinehurst. Authorities stated that there is potential for danger if bears…

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On Lake Coeur d'Alene 

The North Idaho College Facebook page for mascot Cecil Cardinal offers an album of photos from a gathering on NIC Beach for Cecil's Facebook followers this week, including this one of summer students enjoying Lake Coeur d'Alene this week. Obviously, the photo wasn't snapped today…

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Carlson: Filling In The Forms 

Indulge me in a rant about interest group questionnaires and the absurd length contained therein to ensure a candidate is a purist before he or she can receive the group’s nod, its mailing list and a donation from its PAC. Were we not taught in…

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Toilet Paper, Court Clog Megaloads 

This has not been a good week for the Lochsa River but it isn’t the familiar megaloads controversy that has grabbed the limelight. Officials are in the Kooskia area today trying to decide the best way to remove tons of unprocessed toilet paper that was…

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Blogfest 2011 Coming To FG Grill 

There's three days remaining until the long delayed Blogfest 2011, officially called Summer Hucks Bentfest, which acknowledges its ties to Huckleberries Online and to renown BBQer Bent, who will be providing the beef for the event. You are all welcome to the party that runs…

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Love Stories: Washing Dishes For Love

Love can make a person do unexpected things. For Rusty Clemons, it motivated him to wash dishes at his brother’s Colville restaurant. A pretty waitress named Marie had caught his eye. One night when the dishwasher didn’t show up, Marie offered to pitch in, and…

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Streaker Stuns Sun Valley Ice Shows 15 

The Sun Valley Ice Shows are widely known as a showcase for the art, comedy and drama of ice-skating. The summer shows feature world-class figure skaters and Olympic medalists under the stars behind the Sun Valley Lodge. An unexpected participant took to the ice during…

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End Notes: In Praise Of Vigil Keepers 

When my husband was in surgery Tuesday, my sister and mom showed up in the surgery center waiting room, even though I'd insisted earlier in the day that I would be fine waiting alone. The surgery was not a major one, though Tony was put…

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INW Headlines -- 7.21.11

Addison Benson plays in the front room of her home in Laurel, Mont., watched by her mother Andea Benson. Nearly a year after she lost her legs below the knee in a lawnmower accident, not much sets Addison apart from other children on the verge…

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High Noon: Cricket, Anyone?

If you squint your eyes a little, the scene at the Ferris High School practice field on a fresh summer evening last week looked as American as breakfast cereal. Behind the baseball field, four young guys in T-shirts and running shoes do drills in the…

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Heat Wave Bedevils Much Of USA 

Franklin Mayor Fred Paris pours one of the 250 bags of ice into the Franklin Memorial Swimming Pool in Franklin, Ind., earlier today. Temperatures are expected to climb into the high 90's with heat index well over 100. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Question: Would you rather…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.21.11 

11:22 a.m. Someone has suffered shoulder & ankle injuries in a logging accident on USFS Road 261 @ Leeburg Saddle. 11:19 a.m. 2 males on 4-wheelers are speeding up & down Davis & Peggy Loop/CdA. 11:08 a.m. Samuel reports there's a dead dog lying @…

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Sandpoint Selected As 'Most Beautiful' 

Rand McNally's 2011 Best of Road Rally has named Sandpoint as the most beautiful town in the United States. Jeff DeKorte, Rand McNally’s SVP, Travel & Digital Media and John Peters, VP/GM Digital Strategy along with Victoria Borton, General Manager of USA TODAY Travel, announced…

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Hucks Poll: 'Cut, Cap, Balance'? Yes 

Wednesday Poll: By a slim majority, Hucks Nation supports U.S. House Republicans "cut, cap, & balance" approach to the debt ceiling controversy. 69 of 135 respondents (51.11%) voted for "cut, cap, & balance." 58 of 135 respondents (42.96%) opposed the House GOP approach. 8 (5.93%)…

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Ganera's On A Roll 

Watch out, Mr. Hare, this tortoise has a wheel. A 12-year-old African tortoise that recently had its front left leg amputated due to injury is now moving just fine, thanks to a swiveling wheel attached to his shell by doctors at Washington State University’s veterinary…

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Taryn: Unplugging In Idaho Woods 

On her Facebook wall, Taryn Hecker-Thompson writes: "Headed into the deep, deep woods of North Idaho, where there is no such thing as cell phone service or email. This is when I will truly put my survival skills to the test." Question: How often do…

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