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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011

Wild Card/Monday -- 6.20.11 

As I said in the comments section ... Christa Hazel earned a monster Hat Tip for her superb job of subbing for me while I was on vacation last week at Huckleberries Central. I'm extremely fortunate to have two sharp women who understand this blog…

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Parting Shot -- 6.20.11 

Attorney Scott McKay, foreground, speaks as his client Idaho State Senator John McGee is arraigned via video monitor on charges of misdemeanor drunken driving and taking a vehicle without the owner's consent, causing more than $1,000 damage, a felony, today at Ada County Court, in…

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Liz: Fathers & Other Strangers 

On Father's Day, Liz penned a poignant piece, titled "Fathers & other strangers." It begins: "I should be writing some big tribute to my dad. However, I did not have a father, not really in the sense that people who write odes to someone who…

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Obama To Make Afghan Troop Speech

Item: US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday/Associated Press More Info: President Barack Obama will announce the critical next steps in America's decade-long war in Afghanistan on Wednesday, outlining both a plan to start bringing thousands of U.S. troops home next month and…

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PM Headlines -- 6.20.11

In this photo by Bryan Correll, published on As The Lake Churns, the expression on the face of a young swimmer named Zack indicates how cold Priest Lake still is. Idaho Sen. McGee looking for 'promised land' before arrest/AP & SR reports Urban renewal: A…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.20.11

5:59 p.m. Resident @ Quinalt & Elder/Worley is concerned that a neighbor is sitting on his 4-wheeler w/a rifle in his hands. He's not pointing rifle at anything. She doesn't know if he's drunk. 5:52 p.m. ISP asks for an agency assist in a traffic…

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NIdaho Blogs -- 6.20.11 

Stickman & Walkabout provide this photo of a couple of osprey in a nest above Tubbs Hill earlier this spring. 10 Things I didn't need on Thursday/A Butterfly Moment The menagerie/Accidental Rabbit Trails Summer Home-School/A Family Runs Through It Charles Krauthammer vs. American worker/Arch Druid…

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Enviros Object To Aquifer Draft Plan 

Led by Kootenai Environmental Alliance, regional conservation groups filed comments June 10th with the Idaho Water Resources Board on the draft Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan for our local Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. According to the comments, the plan is “not specific enough, not enforceable enough, and…

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Legislation Riles Raw-Milk Advocates 

Jared Howerton drives down a winding, single-lane dirt road on a 300-acre farm in North Idaho surrounded by tall pine trees and open highway. He stops into a musty-smelling basement filled with mismatched refrigerators, where he retrieves three barely labeled half-gallon jars of raw, unpasteurized…

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OTV Review: Dangerous Dog

As I sit here typing, I am currently in a haze of hot dog bliss after consuming a divine Dangerous Dog lunch consisting of the #7, the All Cheese Dog. Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Cotija cheese, and whole grain mustard all layered nice and thick…

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Major Ben's Weekly Warrant Report

Five North Idaho men are wanted on felony warrants by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, according to Major Ben Wolfinger's weekly warrant report, including Joel Robert Jacobs, 41, of Rathdrum (upper left). Jacobs is wanted for failure to appear in court in a felony DUI…

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I Saw It On Harrison Avenue 

I saw something during the lunch hour that brought a smile to my face, as I turned from s/b 15th Street (near the ongoing road construction) west onto Harrison Avenue -- a man and a woman riding horses on the sidewalk. Adding to the rare…

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Vehicle-Vs-Bike Crashes Jump 24.5% 

Item: Number of bicyclists hit by vehicles in Idaho jumps 24.5 percent in four years/Brad Guire, Twin Falls Times-News More Info: According to the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety’s 2010 report, the number of crashes with serious injuries has risen in a five-year…

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Hayes Personally Conducts Recount 

In an attempt to ensure accuracy, Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes personally recounted one highway district race on the May 17 ballot with an election worker. Hayes said “the close tallies in some races made me want to confirm the accuracy of the ballot counting…

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Wildlife Abounds On Trail Of CdAs

On his Outdoors blog, Rich Landers publishes the experiences of a group of bicyclists who recently enjoyed the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes: “We did a key exchange on Trail of Cd'A Sunday late afternoon/evening. It was spectacularly beautiful with the dark threatening clouds. All…

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INW Headlines -- 6.20.11 

A woman twirls a Hula hoop while leading Seattle's SlutWalk march on Sunday. Demonstrators marched from Cal Anderson Park towards Westlake Center via Pine Street. The marches were organized in response to a Canadian police officer's remark that to avoid being raped "women should avoid…

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High Noon: Car d'Lane & Dad 

Eric Barro of Lake City Photography attends Car d'Lane each year to honor the memory of his father, a racing and auto enthusiast. On his Facebook page, Eric writes: "My dad loved cars. I remember him taking me to slot car racing tournaments where I…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.20.11 

11:19 a.m. A vehicle is parked in front of a hydrant @ 3026 Strawberry Lane/Hayden. 11:14 a.m. A dog is running loose on road @ Loch Haven & Rock Haven/Hayden. 11:11 a.m. A man who may have suffered stroke is lying face down in house…

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'Jackass' Star Ryan Dunn, 34, RIP 10 

"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, who along with his castmates made Americans cringe and snicker through vulgar stunts in their multimillion-dollar TV and movie franchise, was killed early Monday in a fiery car crash. He was 34. Dunn, a daredevil whose most famous skits included diving…

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Celebrating Local Punk Rock Culture 

What's more Coeur d'Alene than punk rock? An even better question would be: what's more punk rock than punk rock? Answer : D'Mouse Trap. Other than the Cove Bowl (R.I.P.), there isn't another venue within twenty miles that exudes the essence of punk as much…

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Poll: Good Riddance To Tourists

Last Week Poll: 107 of 259 respondents (41.31%) to a vacation poll last week said their favorite summer event in Coeur d'Alene is when the tourists leave. 74 of 259 respondents (28.57%) listed Art on the Green as their second favorite event, followed by 42…

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Moscow Activists Protest Megaloads 

Marchers carry a rope along US Highway 95 simulating the length of the megaloads the Idaho Transportation Department issued permits for last week, during an International Day of Action Against the Tar Sands protest Saturday in Moscow. Moscow-Pullman Daily News story here. (Daily News photo:…

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McGee Thought He Saw An Angel 

Tracey Carleton said her two teenage sons woke her up about 2 a.m. Sunday, saying a drunk man (identified as Idaho state Sen. John McGee) had jack-knifed the neighbor’s Ford Excursion and a 20-foot trailer in their large south Boise yard. The man had wandered…

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Huckleberries Online

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.