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Hubbard Avenue To Be Open For 4th 

The treatment of Hubbard Avenue has been re-evaluated through the July 4 holiday. MDM Construction will postpone the excavation of Hubbard Avenue until after the holiday weekend. This will keep Hubbard in a passable condition for emergency vehicles to utilize at all times. In addition,…

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Mishap Underscores Life's 'Sakura' 

I had never given much thought to cherry blossoms until last month, when my first-grade daughter began researching a school project on the topic. After delving into the taxonomy, she learned of the high cultural esteem in which cherry blossoms are held in Japan. "Sakura,"…

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Trapping Will Be Used Vs. Wolves 

Trapping will be used to try to remove members of a wolf pack near Elk City and hunting outfitters working in Idaho's Lolo Elk Hunting zone will have another month to try to kill wolves there. Dave Cadwallader, supervisor of the Idaho Department of Fish…

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AM Headlines -- 6.30.11 

Shelby Kunas of Parkwood Business Properties weeds a flower bed at the Interlake Medical Building on Wednesday on Ironwood Drive in Coeur d'Alene. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Wednesday Scanner Traffic/DFO, Hucks Online Gusty winds continue through this evening/Mike Prager, SR Spokane…

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Senator Defends Staff Bonuses 

Reports of Idaho state workers receiving bonuses or salary increases may have raised eyebrows or outcry with some, but Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, who works closely with legislative staff and helps write the state budget, said he’s reviewed the bonuses for lawmakers’ staff and is…

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Weed Eater Inventor, 85, RIP 

Houston entrepreneur George Ballas poses with the original Weed Eater, in this October 1975 AP file photo. Ballas, best known for inventing the Weed Eater, died Saturday. He was 85. Story here. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle) Question: Do you own a weed eater?

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HMO: Duane Entertains Western Guvs 

HMOffsuite: Looks like Duane is having a little get together for the Western Governors at the lake house (on Casco Bay) tonight (Wednesday). My guess is about 350 people. 4 large cruise boats, 4 sheriff’s boats and the fire and rescue boat. The marine deputies…

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Labrador: Obama Should Be Like Bill 33 

Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raúl Labrador is urging President Barack Obama to emulate his fellow Democratic President Bill Clinton in striking a budget deal with Republicans. In a three-page letter Wednesday, Labrador hails Clinton's leadership and suggests Obama follow his example. "Today the political…

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Boise State Leaves WAC Today

(Today) marks Boise State’s final day as a member of the Western Athletic Conference — a welcome milestone for many around the Broncos, who have long chased the Mountain West membership that begins Friday. But before the balloons rise and the confetti falls, before the…

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 6.21.11 

I almost got picked off on my bike en route to work today, on Homestead Avenue along the north side of the Assembly of God church. A woman in a parked van attempted a U-turn just as I rode up behind her. She didn't know…

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Parting Shot -- 6.29.11 

Bristol Palin prepares to sign her new book, "Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far" as she and her mother, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signed their books at the Mall of America today in Bloomington, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Question: Can you think…

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Newspaperman Becomes An Ironman 

Following is a report by Jody Genessy of the Deseret News who became an Ironman in Coeur d'Alene last weekend: "I was anything but calm race morning. Amazingly, I actually slept for five hours after dealing with internal issues Saturday (mostly butterflies from the enormous…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.29.11

5:29 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Casino security reports catching a male & a female trying to pass fake $20. 5:21 p.m. Kathleen, from 7600 block of Baillie/Dalton Gardens reports possible trespassing. 5:14 p.m. A light pole is down on n/e corner of I-90 & Ramsey/CdA. 5:19…

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PM Headlines -- 6.29.11

Window washer Chris LaPrelle, works his way around the Wells Fargo Bank Building today in downtown Boise. (AP/Statesman photo: Darin Oswald) Western governors: States must help returning vets/Betsy Russell, SR Cookie jar fingerprints lead to arrest/Meghann Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels Lost climber found unhurt near…

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Idaho Biz Climate #31, Education #45 

Remember when Idaho business and economic development leaders bragged about the quality of education and educated workforce available for companies considering relocating? Well Idaho now ranks No. 31 among "America's Top State for Business," according to CNBC (which ranked states with the help of National…

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NI Blogs: Fried Kool-Aid Balls At Fair 

OrangeTV reports on his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook wall that fried Kool-Aid balls will be available for your guilty pleasure at the North Idaho Fair later this summer. Wonders OTV: "Does this sound delicious or atrocious? Above, "Chicken Charlie" holds one of his fried…

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Lake City Paintballer Faces Charges 

Coeur d'Alene police arrested a 21-year-old man for shooting a paintball gun at cars passing on I-90.Investigators say Samuel Whitehead was spotted on a roof in the 1900 block of North Ninth Street allegedly shooting a paintball gun.After getting a 911 call, police responded and…

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Council Ripped For Pledge Stand 26 

Hundreds of hostile calls and emails poured into Eugene City Hall after the city council's vote Tuesday to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at four meetings a year. City spokeswoman Jan Bohman told The Register Guard more than 90 percent were from out of state,…

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Ironman Gives Kroc Center $10,000 

Ironman Foundation Director Dave Deschenes, left, presents Executive Director Major John Chamness of the Kroc Community Center with a check for $10,000 during the 2011 Coeur d'Alene Ironman Welcome Banquet. The Ironman Foundation is the charitable arm of the World Ironman Corporation. The donation was…

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Possible Oldtown Chop Shop Raided

Investigators looking for fugitives uncovered what they suspect to be a large stolen vehicle operation near Oldtown last week. Most of the cars located at Mr. D's Auto Repair and Salvage Yard on Highway 41, just south of Oldtown in Bonner County, appear to have…

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Braves Sweep M's w/5-3 Finale Win

Seattle Mariners' Dustin Ackley (13) safely steals second base just ahead of the tag by Atlanta Braves shortstop Alex Gonzalez during the second inning of an interleague baseball game this afternoon in Seattle. The Braves beat the M's 5-3 today to sweep the three-game series.…

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Coach Tells Guvs About Success Model 

BSU head football coach Chris Petersen told the Western Governors Association that for the past decade, he's been studying successful teams -- not just athletic teams, but other groups, and what makes them successful. “It doesn't matter if it's sports, business, government, individual success, the…

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Rall: Puritanism Not Weiner To Blame 

In his Boise Weekly column, Ted Rall lambastes the Puritanism of our culture -- he considers it a curse second only to racism -- that resulted in the resignation of Congressman Anthony Weiner. Writes Rall: "It is well past time we Americans grew up. No…

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Director defends Public Staff Bonuses 

Item: Legislative services director defends staff bonuses/Ben Botkins, Twin Falls Times-News More Info: The state Legislative Services Office director is defending bonuses paid to all his agency's staffers, telling legislators email that rewarding and motivating employees, especially in tough times, is part of his duty.…

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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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