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MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

Museum Lot No Longer Free ... At All 

I didn't intend to publish a coupla photos of myself today. But this one can be listed under the heading, "community service." I didn't realize that there's no longer free parking at the Independence Point parking lot until I pulled into the lot Saturday. I…

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Ima HotTeacher Starts FB Page 18 

Meghan Ridley, the Lakeland School District special education teacher who was roundly criticized by Coeur d'Alene Press online trolls, for her dress in a front-page stories a coupla Sundays ago, has set up a Facebook page in which she embraces her alter ego: "Ima Hot…

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Computer Meltdown Thwarts Start 

Cindy: So, my plan to get up at 6:30 to knock one deadline out of the way by 9, came to a screeching halt when I discovered that my 11-year-old had downloaded some godawful spyware, virusy something or another. I’ve got loads of protections etc.,…

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Costco Offering Wedding Dresses 

Costco, the popular Washington-based discount warehouse, is getting into the bridal business. The chain will soon start selling wedding dresses. The gowns are designed by Kirstie Kelly. Six styles will be available, ranging in price from $700 to $1,400, and the sizes will run from…

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Crump: Your Mama Don't Dance ... 

We’re not Mardi Gras people, we Idahoans, and that grieves me. On Tuesday, much of Christendom will go on a giant bender to steel its will against the 40 days of privation of Lent, which begins Wednesday. Not here. We’re too Nordic. And we can’t…

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INW Headlines -- 3.7.11

Henk Borst, a coral farmer who raises coral, clams and other sea creatures in his Green Bluff greenhouse, holds a piece of live coral Feb. 22. He grows corals and giant clams in large tanks and sells the mature animals to aquarium enthusiasts. Becky Kramer…

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High Noon: Coping w/An Empty Next 

Children grow to become adults. That's how it's suppose to be. So, with our youngest child away at West Point for college, our middle child, married and our oldest child now deceased, the kids' childhood home in Boise, ID is 3600 sq ft too big.…

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Lantzy: In Need Of TLC 

Linda Lantzy, Idaho Scenic Images, snapped this photo of an old pickup in the Rose Lake area. Linda rights on her Facebook page: "The owner said I can come back anytime for some more truck time. Unfortunately, I didn't have my cow pasture boots on.…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.7.11 

11:23 a.m. 57YO woman is driving van n/b in s/b lanes of old Highway 95 & H95 toward Silverwood. 11:12 a.m. ISP is looking for e/b semi on I-90 that hit a RR signal arm @ Pines in Spokane Valley. 10:53 a.m. Roger has questions…

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Idaho Solons Boost Prison Funding 

Idaho’s state prison system won’t take the same cuts other state agencies are facing next year - instead, under a budget approved by lawmakers this morning, it’d see a 5.3 percent increase in state funding and 4.1 percent in overall funds. “You really don’t have…

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Where Was This Photo Taken? 18 

A fellow named Jim Egan, right, attends a tea party rally to support legislative efforts to do away with teachers' collective bargainin rights on Saturday, in this Associated Press photo. Question: Where do you think this photo was taken: Idaho, Montana, Alabama, Tennessee, or Texas?…

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Hucks Poll: Unemployed Aren't Lazy

Weekend Poll: Hucks Nation doesn't think the majority of unemployed people are lazy, contrary to what some of the Republican representatives in House District 2-5 seem to believe. 214 of 305 respondents (70.2%) said jobless individuals aren't lazy. 76 of 305 (24.9%) said they are.…

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House OKs Narrow 'Conscience' Bill 

The House has voted 51-17 in favor of HB 187, the “narrow” amendment to Idaho's “conscience law” regarding living wills. Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, speaking against the bill, told the House, “Think about how your own parents would have approached this. Would they like to…

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Kelli: Torch Lounge Now Rendezvous 

Kelli Rooks (re: 'Bar Report: Fake ID leads to fight') The Torch Lounge in Coeur d’Alene was one of three gentlemen’s clubs owned by the same couple. The other two are in Boise. Because this one was so far away from the others, it was…

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Why I Love Where I Live 

In today's installment of "I love where I live," Kerri Thoreson offers this photo (on her Facebook page) of a herd of 60 elk that she making their way across a field near Beck Road in Post Falls just after noon Saturday. Question: Can you…

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Lake City Has Own 'Coffee Culture' 

Item: 'Homey ... but not home': Increase in local coffee shops keeping people connected, satisfying their caffeine fix/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: "Travel + Leisure" recently produced a list of the top towns teeming with soulful coffee shops. The winners included the obvious:…

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Idaho Dead Last In Women Judges 

Item: Why is Idaho dead last when it comes to women judges? It’s not necessarily what you think/Kathy Kreller, Idaho Statesman More Info: When Gov. Butch Otter selected Susan Wiebe to be a judge in Idaho’s 3rd District, he didn’t just fill an open position…

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Press: Split CdA Levy Vote 28 

The Coeur d'Alene School District has responded admirably to tremendous budget challenges. The district has confronted reduced revenue by cutting almost $9 million from general fund expenditures over the past two years. Gone are more than 25 full-time certified positions. Another $1.2 million was slashed…

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Kershner: Would I Be Ransomed? 

I recently read a fact about Somali pirates that I can’t seem to shake from my mind: Many of the captives have been held until their friends have raised $1 million in ransom. One million dollars? As we learned a few weeks ago, the Somali…

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AM Headlines -- 3.7.11

Eighteen-month-old Molly Kuhns, of Hayden, gets a little pedaling help from her father, Tom Kuhns, along the Centennial Trail in Coeur d'Alene on Friday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Fog slows morning commute/Mike Prager, SR Idaho spares prisons from cuts/Betsy Russell, SR…

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Mudgy & Millie & DFO 

I got up close and personal with Mudgy & Millie at Independence Point Saturday. In my column Sunday, I included a Huckleberry in which City Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander mentions that her brother, sculptor Terry Lee, reinforced Mudgy's innard because he knew that children would climb…

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Christie: Can't Wait To Be Snow Bird

Christie Wood: Flew in (Saturday) night at 11:00pm after a glorious week in Hawaii (Thank you my dear in-laws!). The weather here is quite the contrast to what we have enjoyed for the past 7 days. We were out the door at 7:00am every morning…

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Labrador Earning Tea Party Backing 

For the Boise Tea Party to endorse Raúl Labrador in 2010, the now-freshman congressman had to agree to a few specifics: no more earmarks, no more Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, and no more American involvement in the United Nations. Labrador also backed the flat…

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Luna Recall Effort Under Way 

The Recall Tom Luna Campaign is officially underway. Nancy Berto of Boise leads the 10-person committee, aiming to gather the more than 158,000 signatures required to recall superintendent Tom Luna. Members plan on launching a new website with a major petition drive scheduled for mid-April.…

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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.





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