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FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

TGIF Wild Card -- 9.2.11 

It'll be interesting to see if Ron McIntire steps down as mayor of Hayden, now that two sitting council members have announced their plans to run for his job. I'd guess Ron's said something to someone to encourage the incumbents to seek his spot. That's…

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Parting Shot -- 9.2.11 

Kerri Thoreson posted this photo of former two-term Coeur d'Alene mayor Ray Stone on my Facebook wall. She interviewed Stone this morning, on his 88th birthday. Said Kerri: "He's still outspoken and passionate about his community." I should look through my old Kootenai Grapevine columns…

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Chaz Bono: Too Trans To Dance? 16 

When Chaz Bono takes to the floor on American television's "Dancing with the Stars" later this month, he won't be lacking for fans -- or detractors. The 42-year-old LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activist formerly known as Chastity Bono is the first transgender contestant…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.2.11

5:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 1-2 here. 5:37 p.m. Latino man told homeowners in 1200 block of E. 3rd/PF he has to meet 200 people today. 5:24 p.m. 3-vehicle accident, unknown injuries, reported @ H95 & Brunner. 5:14 p.m. Homeowner…

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PM Headlines -- 9.2.11 

Daniel Ehrlick enters 4th District Court Friday in Boise. Erhlick was sentenced Friday to life in prison for torturing his girlfriend's 8-year-old son, then killing him and trying to cover up the murder by stuffing rocks in the boy's pockets and dumping the body in…

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County Cuts Senior Center Funding 

Commissioners have notified the four Kootenai County senior centers -- Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, & Rathdrum -- that they are cutting funding for them in the 2011-12 budget. Executive Allison McArthur said the cut will mean the loss of the $2500 from the county…

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Graves Announces Council Bid 

Adam Graves, age 37, today announces his candidacy for Coeur d’Alene City Council. “I am running for Coeur d'Alene City Council because I have lived here my whole life, and I love this city. I'm running because I want to be a part of continuing…

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Hanging Out w/Mobile Slaughter Truck 20 

One jab through the spinal cord and then a quick slash across the throat. Neon pink blood sprays fast and hard from the sheep’s throat, soaking the bottom of Jeff Wilke’s bright yellow rain slickers and rubber boots. The sheep kicks up a cloud of…

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Post Offices Dumping Mailboxes 

US Postal Service mailboxes are seen awaiting disposal Thursday in San Jose, Calif. Because of steeply declining use, the U.S. Postal Service has removed more than 60 percent of the blue boxes, the chief culprit is the Internet. More people are paying bills, sending invitations…

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Ingram & Souza & Spencer, Oh My! 

I was debating w/Jeff Ward re: how extreme the Reagan Republicans are. Ward, prez of said group, contends that some Repubicans are very conservative in Kootenai County. And his organization reflects that (although he doesn't consider the RR's to be extremist). He offers a good…

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Contrary Mary: Don't Believe George 

Here's further proof that it's nearly impossible to please Mary Souza of OpenCDA.com. In a response to another comment under a Coeur d'Alene Press thread about George Sayler's candidacy for City Council, Mary takes George to task for voting as a legislator in favor of…

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Jack Daniel's Sets Up Record Mosaic 

Artist Herb Williams, of Nashville, Tenn., poses with his Guinness World Record-breaking mosaic, a portrait of "Mr. Jack" made from over 2000 empty Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey bottles, during an event celebrating the brand's 161st birthday at South Street Seaport on Thursday in New York.…

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Bumpersnickers ... 

... @ 4th & Appleway moments ago, driven by redneck in red pickup w/a camper and Kootenai County plates: "Gun control is using two hands" and "(photo of wolf in cross-hairs) Smoke a pack a day."

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UI's Nellis Announces Safety Review 

Without mentioning the Ernesto Bustamante/Katy Benoit murder suicide, University of Idaho prez Duane Nellis issued this statement today: "I just wanted to let you know that we’re finalizing details for the independent review panel as I directed last week. This panel will review our safety…

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Man Hoards Own Pee To Make Meth

A man arrested after Spokane police found a suspected methamphetamine lab was said to be collecting his urine to use in the manufacturing of the drug. Washington Department of Corrections probation officer Scott Wright tipped police to the suspected lab Wednesday at a home Michael…

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Grand Canyon Walk Leads To Charges 

This undated photo shows a sign on the Grand Canyon's Bright Angel Trail warning people not to hike to the Colorado River and back in one day. Federal authorities charged Christopher Carlson, of Indianapolis, who remained in jail on Thursday on six counts of child…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.2.11

11:30 a.m. A trauma injury of some sort is reported in 700 block of Military/Fortgrounds. 11:22 a.m. A manager is searching for a shoplifter in a green shirt who ran from a Rathdrum biz. 11:21 a.m. Firefighters are asked to check for a possible fire…

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Single Mom Facebooks Council Bid 18 

I'm not sure who Amber Copeland is. But OrangeTV posted a link to her new Facebook page: "Amber Copeland for Coeur d'Alene City Council." I appreciate her introduction to us on her site: "I am not a business owner. I am not on any commitees…

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Ward: RRepubs Aren't Unstoppable 12 

The question posed on Huckleberries Blog was on whether the Reagan Republicans are unstoppable. This is, on its face, quite silly. Of course we are stoppable. Nothing is “unstoppable” in politics. Since we began in the summer of 2009 the majority of what has been…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 9.2.11 

A Hindu devotee offers milk to a snake as part of a ritual on Naag Panchami festival in Jammu, India, Friday. The Hindu festival of Naag Panchami is a day dedicated to snake worship. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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Piercings: In the ears, nose, lip 

Silver barbells, rhinestone studs and surgical steel hoops line the piercing case in Swan Family Ink tattoo parlor, defining the way Jesse Coahran spends his afternoons. When school is in session Swan does 10 to 15 piercings per week. He said piercings are popular and…

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PatrickH: Get Prescriptions At WalMart 

PatrickH: We shop at the WalMart by Cabela’s and I get my prescriptions there because they can get my scripts faster then any of the other pharmacies around (my prescriptions are not typically stocked) and they don’t give me a hard time about the fact…

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Mik's Hosts "Win A Pair" Contest 

On his Facebook wall, OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho is promoting an event at Mik's, dubbed "Dare To Win A Pair." That's right. The Fourth Street bar is sponsoring a contest in which the winner will be awarded a $6000 breast enhancement. Sez the announcement: "Ladies…

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A Floating Wetland On Hayden Lake 

Volunteers Todd Wallker, left, Christy Latta, Chris Hardy and Adrienne Cronebaugh dress a floating mat in grasses, sedges, reeds and other vegetation to produce a "floating wetland" Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 near Hayden Lake. The floating island of vegetation will soak up excess nutrients in…

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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.