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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

Queenie, Water Skiing Elephant, RIP 

Liz Dane is shown in this undated 1958 photo performing her act with Queenie the water skiing elephant. The Valdosta Daily Times reports that 59-year-old Queenie was euthanized Monday, after her health deteriorated. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Liz Dane)

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Pilot Survives Crash Into Clark Fork

Montana and Idaho authorities responded this afternoon to an airplane that apparently crash landed in the Clark Fork River just east of the Cabinet Gorge Dam. The pilot survived the crash and has been transported to Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint for hypothermia treatment, a…

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Jury Rules In Favor Of CdA Police 

From information provide in a city of Coeur d'Alene Heads Up memo: This morning a federal jury returned a verdict in favor of the city in this case after only 20 minutes of deliberation. On June 15, 2008, Coeur d'Alene police responded to a report…

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Special Occasion Sans Song & Dance 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy writes: "So when I called Wild Sage to make reservations they asked if it was a special occasion. I said, "Yes, it's my husband's birthday." "Wonderful," they said. "We'll have a little gift ready for him but we don't do…

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Body Found Near Bunco Trailhead

1st reported at 10:13 a.m. Thursday on Huckleberries Scanner Traffic A missing man sought by the Coeur d'Alene Police Department was found dead about a half mile west of the Bunco Trailhead, southeast of Athol, an apparent suicide victim. At about 10 a.m., Brent Vandemark,…

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And The Winner Is ...

Sukanya Roy, 14, of South Abington Township, Pa., holds the trophy after winning the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. on Thursday, June 2, 2011. She won by spelling the word cymotrichous, which means wavy hair. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Question: Would you like…

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Mary: Jump, Barry, Jump 

In her weakly newsletter, Mary Souza castigates Prosecutor Barry McHugh for not jumping when state Rep. Kathy Sims told him to as well as her favorite pincushion, Councilman Mike Kennedy. Mary's in a huff because McHugh hasn't deemed it important so far to waste is…

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Idaho Routinely Under-estimates $$$ 

A new analysis shows that over the past 31 years, Idaho's been more conservative than most states in estimating its state tax revenues - the key figure that determines how lawmakers set the state budget. In 11 of the last 31 years, over-estimates of revenues…

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Brooks Defends Appointment Process 

Item: Coeur d'Alene trustees-elect Hamilton, Seymour seek slowdown in appointment process/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: (Resigning CSB Chairwoman Edie) Brooks told The Press that the board won't wait to make a decision, and that she will help select the appointee. "It's my seat…

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Last Hokey Pokey Inventor Dies 

If you’ve lived in south-central Idaho for any length of time and don’t know that Wendell’s Larry LaPrise wrote the ubiquitous children’s song Hokey Pokey, I’m revoking your citizenship. LaPrise held a copyright on the song — and received royalty checks until he died on…

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INW Headlines -- 6.3.11

Emilee Rivers, 16, Brandi Wheeler, 16, and Kim Shanks, 23, pick out feather extensions for their hair at MiraBella Salon and Spa in Boise recently. From the coasts of Maine to landlocked Idaho, fly fishing shops are at the center of the latest hair trend:…

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A Mixed-Up Dog 

Huckleberries is still wondering about that Hayden man from Rude Street that reported his dog, a Pomeranian/blue heeler mix, was missing Thursday afternoon. Now there's nothing unusual about a dog being missing. It happens every day in Kootenai County. But I was amazed that you…

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Hi-Noon: Bobblehead For Schlereth 

Former University of Idaho/NFL football star (and current ESPN sportscaster) Mark Schlereth now has his own bobblehead. The University of Idaho is rolling out a bobblehead figure of three-time Super Bowl champ-turned ESPN analyst. "It's fitting that the school that gave a kid from Alaska…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.3.11

12:05 p.m. A boat is out of gas directly to Hagadone Marine gas pumps @ 3rd Street docks. 11:54 a.m. PFPD Blue is responding from Ross Point to report of 2 males passed out w/feet in road and liquor in bags alongside them in Post…

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Hucks Poll: Who Cares If Butch Quits?

Thursday Poll: A strong plurality of Hucks Nation sez it doesn't matter whether Gov. Butch Otter quits before his second term is over. Either his successor will continue his policies or they don't care. 44 of 120 respondents (36.67%) said it won't make a difference…

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Along The Waterfront 

On her Idaho Scenic Images wall, Linda Lantzy posts this photo taken in the evening along the Centennial Trail, east of Coeur d'Alene, of Lake Coeur d'Alene. You can see more of Linda's scenics here.

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Twin Falls Prosecutor Defends Charge 

In a Twin Falls News-Tribune story today, Prosecutor Grant Loebs defends his office's department not to assign criminal responsibility to Kade Laughlin (pictured in Twin Falls County Sheriff's Department mug shot) in the crash that killed former Coeur d'Alene High athletes Devon Austin and Ryan…

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Capitol Hearings Deemed Successful 

Reviewing this year's legislative session, Legislative Services Director Jeff Youtz told the Legislative Council this morning that this year's unprecedented large public hearings were a success. “By and large it went very well, I thought,” Youtz told the council, which is chaired by House Speaker…

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Hoffman: Open Fire, Cop Talks, Too 

I saw a news report out of Twin Falls last month that got me thinking a bit more about the current state of public employee union negotiations. Thanks to the education reforms passed by the Legislature last winter, labor negotiations between the teachers' union and…

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Clarkston 18YO Drops 145 Pounds 

Robbie Johnson's decision to get in better shape for his last year of high school football turned out to be a life changer. When the Clarkston student started working out, he weighed 365 pounds and rarely exercised. He didn't think twice about eating fast food…

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Trillhaase: Jeers To Lying Cop 16 

JEERS ... to Idaho State Police Cpl. Fred Rice. You can no longer rely on a cop to tell the truth when his testimony condemns someone to 25 years in prison. Rice walked into a 2006 trial of Jonathan Wade Ellington (pictured at 2006 trial)…

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'Family Man' Edwards Indicted 13 

A federal grand jury charged two-time presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday with soliciting and covering up the secret spending of more than $925,000 to hide his mistress and their baby during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House. The grand jury's…

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AM Headlines -- 6.3.11

From his perch above downtown Coeur d'Alene, Don Sausser snapped this photo of EMTs responding to a report of a man down at 1st & Lakeside. Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Thursday Scanner Traffic/DFO, Hucks Online Finally, a weekend forecast worth tweeting/Spokesman-Review Opinion: Al-Kidd wins small…

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Dr. Jack Kevorkian, 83, RIP 

In this Feb. 6, 1991 photo, retired Royal Oak, Mich. pathologist, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, left, listens as his attorney, Geoffrey N. Fieger, talks with reporters, after return of the Suicide Machine. A lawyer and friend of Kevorkian says the assisted suicide advocate has died at…

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Luna Defends May 13 Warning Salvo 15 

Item: Complaints of alleged politicking by Idaho educators released: Luna says 25 calls and emails prompted his May 13 warning that teachers could be fired for ethical misconduct/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman More Info: Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna fielded complaints about educators pressuring…

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