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Idaho Tells Feds Back Off Wilds Rules 

The Idaho Legislature will send letters to Congress and federal officials saying that Idaho citizens should be involved in any efforts to designate more land in the state as wilderness. The action from lawmakers comes after an order from the Department of the Interior that…

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Lady Gaga re: Breast Milk Ice Cream 

The planet's most flamboyantly dressed pop star is threatening legal action against British manufacturers of the world's most bizarrely flavoured ice-cream. Lady Gaga has told a store in Covent Garden, central London, to stop selling its latest brand, Baby Gaga – ice-cream made from human…

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Solons Erode Pend Oreille Protection

File this under the "win some, lose some" category. We were pleased to learn that funding for water quality monitoring made it through the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, but dismayed to hear that the committee voted to cut funding for the Pend Oreille Basin…

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INW Headlines -- 3.4.11

It's great that the sun is shining outside my second-floor windown in the Spokesman-Review window as I type this. But Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images offers a reminder, on her Facebook page, about the way we were here in Coeur d'Alene last week in this portrait…

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High Noon: Wallet Snatchers Arrested 

Two suspected wallet snatchers led the victim on a 100 mph chase in Spokane Valley Thursday night, police said today. Valley resident Robert A. Hunter, 25, and Jenna L. Myers, 25, of Coeur d'Alene, were arrested on theft charges after allegedly fleeing the Tesoro gas…

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Signs Of Things To Come 

Higher gas prices are posted at a Chevron gas station in San Francisco today. Gasoline prices have shot up an average of 35 cents per gallon since an uprising in Libya began in mid-February. AAA is reporting that gas prices experienced last week experiencing the…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.4.11

11:42 a.m. Wayne @ Echo & Corbin/PF reports neighbor borrowed tools & won't return them. 11:40 a.m. Woman @ Grenada & Liberty reports her neighbor has a vicious dog. 11:11 a.m. Drivelines Inc & Muffler @ 5050 E. Seltice Way reports man in white Toyota…

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Quotable Quote 

"I'm so ticked off at him, I told him he needs to think about getting his degree and finishing up. 'You've got a lot of amends to make.' That's what I think. He's supposed to be the leader of this team, and they depend on…

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Spokane Residents Fight CdA Levy 14 

Huckleberries Online has confirmed with SReporters that Duane Alton, formerly of Alton Tires, of Spokane, is one of the individuals behind that half-page ad in the Coeur d'Alene Press, attacking the Coeur d'Alene School District levies. In January, SReporter Jody Lawrence-Turner reported that Alton, John…

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Poll: District 3 Has Worst Delegation

Thursday Poll: 97 of 151 respondents (64.2%) consider House District 3's delegation (Vick, Hart, & Barbieri) to be the worst one from North Idaho. House District 5 (Hammond, Nonini, & Henderson) won runnerup honors for worst delegation with 72 of 167 votes (43.1%). Far back…

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Volkswagen Rolls Out New Van 

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stands beside Volkswagen Bulli concept car during an event of the Volkswagen group on the eve of the 81st International Motor show in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday. (AP Photo/dapd, Sascha Schuermann) Question: Did you ever own a Volkswagen van or Beetle?

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Bill Targets Late-Term Abortions 11 

A bill that would prohibit women from getting an abortion 20 weeks after pregnancy has cleared its first hurdle in the Idaho Senate. The Senate State Affairs Committee advanced a bill Friday based on emerging, yet disputed medical evidence that fetuses 20 weeks post conception…

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Hagedorn 'Illogical And Insensitive' 20 

(Rep. Marv Hagedorn's, pictured) argument against an unemployment benefits bill Wednesday managed to be both illogical and insensitive. The House was debating a common-sense move to allow 17,800 Idahoans to receive extended federal unemployment benefits through the end of the year. And there is a…

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Semanko Dumped As RNC Counsel 

Idaho Republican Chairman Norm Semanko is paying the price for having supported former RNC Chairman Michael Steele. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced Thursday that he'd replaced Semanko as general counsel with Texas National Committeeman Bill Crocker. Semanko was a law school classmate of Steele's who…

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AM Headlines -- 3.4.11

Borah guard Jordan Wright, left, steals the ball mid-court from Post Falls' Connor Hill in the opening round of the boys' Class 5A state basketball tournament Thursday at the Idaho Center in Nampa. The defendiing champs fell to Borah in overtime 70-64 here. Meanwhile, Coeur…

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Richert: Otter's Wilderness Whopper 

In a current blog post, Kevin Richert/Idaho Statesman points to the misinformation that Gov. Butch Otter provided the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee this week re: the Frank Church-River of No Return (Wilderness). Otter said: "“There are more people in one day, probably, that play…

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JFAC Sets Bare-bones CC Budget 

JFAC has set a bare-bones budget for the state's community colleges, calling for a 3.9 percent cut in their state general funds and a 5.6 percent cut in total funds. None of the community colleges' requests for funding, including those to cover enrollment increases, are…

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Disney Debuts Leibovitz Portrait 

Alec Baldwin portrays the Spirit in the Magic Mirror, left, and Olivia Wilde portrays the Evil Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," as part of Disney Parks' "Let the Memories Begin," campaign created by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. This portrait is one of…

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Marc: Winmill Ruling Could Help D's 

But, if Democrats were to pick themselves up off the canvas and seize Winmill's ruling as the opportunity it could prove to be, it just might turn out to be the spark that lets the long-suffering party get back in the game. In politics you…

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McEuen Costs Coming In A Month 

Item: Council seeks McEuen costs: Some features will be removed; dollar figures could be ready next month/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: As far as the McEuen Field conceptual plan, here's what's being taken out: Urban water features around the grand plaza, a water…

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WSU Basketballer Thompson Arrested 

Update (from Vince Grippi Twitter): Thompson suspended by WSU for last night's marijuana bust, will miss UCLA game. Status to be evaluated later. More here. Washington State University’s star basketball player Klay Thompson, 21, was arrested late Thursday for marijuana possession. Thompson, a junior guard…

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Washington State forward DeAngelo Casto (23) grabs a rebound in front of Southern California forward Nikola Vucevic (5) as Faisal Aden, right to left, Garrett Jackson and Klay Thompson watch during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 3, 2011, in Pullman, Wash. Casto lead all scores with 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Washington State won 85-77. (Dean Hare / Fr158448 Ap)

WSU Cougs Stop USC 85-77 

Washington State forward DeAngelo Casto (23) grabs a rebound in front of Southern California forward Nikola Vucevic (5) as Faisal Aden, right to left, Garrett Jackson and Klay Thompson watch during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday in Pullman. Casto lead…

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 3.3.11 

I've been considering dumping the APhoto of the Day cutline contest because few Berry Pickers participate in it. I enjoy looking for odd photos and posting them. But it's a bit discouraging when only a handful try their wit on a good one. Mebbe the…

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P.S. Wall-e Survives Euthanasia Tries 

A puppy now named Wall-e, who managed to survive despite two attempts to euthanize it, has hundreds of people from the United States and Canada reaching out to try to adopt. Wall-e was one of five dogs put to sleep Friday after being found abandoned…

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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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