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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2011

Parting Shot -- 9.7.11 

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and former Sen. Rick Santorum enter the hall for a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library today in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 9.7.11 

Nice to see the Coeur d'Alene City Council decide to fight the goofy demand by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clear-cut trees along Rosenberry Drive (Dike Road), along the Lake Coeur d'Alene north shore. I don't think it's an accident that two council…

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Charges Dropped In Grizzly Shooting 13 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has dropped misdemeanor charges against a Porthill, Idaho, man who shot and killed a grizzly bear in his yard. Instead, Jeremy M. Hill was issued a citation for the May 8 shooting of the male grizzly, and paid a $1,000 fine.…

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Trader Joe's Sets Spokane Opening 12 

Popular chain-grocery Trader Joe’s will open its first Spokane store on Oct. 28, the company said today. The California-based retailer of specialty items, including organic foods, snack mixes and discount wines, is completing work on its 12,000-square-foot store at the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center on…

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PM Headlines -- 9.7.11

Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle (10) attempts a pass as tight end Taylor Elmo (81) blocks during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Nevada last Nov. 6 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow. The Chicago Bears have decided to keep Enderle on…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.7.11 

5:43 p.m. A vehicle is on fire @ Seltice Way & Catherine/PF. 5:42 p.m. A male driver is bleeding from head after crashing of H41 @ M/P21 (Spirit Lake Road). 5:25 p.m. A dog is running loose on road, causing hazard @ H95 & Wilbur/Hayden.…

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Quotable Quote -- Jill Kuraitis 

You have not been to hell on earth until you have sat through a redistricting meeting. If there is a word smaller and more precise than "nitpick" and then a word much smaller than that, it might describe it -- Jill Kuraitis, via Facebook wall.

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Cooling Off 

Garrett Fields, of Portland, cools off in a fountain Wednesday in downtown Portland, Ore. Expecting what could be the hottest days of 2011, the National Weather Service in Portland has issued a heat advisory for much of the Portland area and Oregon's Willamette Valley. (AP…

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Huckleberries Hears ... 12 

... That Coeur d'Alene Carousel Foundation is pressing the Coeur d'Alene City Council behind the scenes to construct a 12,000sf building for the historic city carousel -- at Independence Point. It might be an issue that's bubbling under the surface for this year's council race.…

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NIC Enrollment Up 6.4 Percent 

North Idaho College posted a 6.4 percent increase in enrollment for fall 2011, despite several changes to registration and enrollment processes that affected comparisons to soaring enrollment increases the past few years. Headcount is up from 6,347 in the fall of 2010 to a record…

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How Much Is Your Bike Worth 

I enjoy riding my Giant mountain bike that my wife bought for my birthday from Coeur d'Alene Cycling & Fitness 2 years ago. It cost about $400. Which is a fair price to pay for a bike that gets me to work and back --…

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Reagan Repubs Conduct Straw Poll 

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans are running a straw poll for the 2012 presidential race, offering 16 candidates for possible choice by readers. RR prez Jeff Ward sent Huckleberries HQ a message welcoming Hucks Online readers to participate in the poll. The straw poll winner…

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Muslims, Arabs Still View US Dimly 11 

Support for Islamic extremism has seen a very significant decline since the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. By the time Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy Seals in May, he and his al Qaeda network had been largely…

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Madonna Dislikes Hydrangeas 

Sorry, hydrangeas: Madonna’s just not that crazy for you. Just days after a video of the multi-hyphenate dismissing a bouquet of hydrangeas from a fan went viral, a rep has released a statement regarding the floral spurn, which occurred at the Venice Film Festival. (Madonna…

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INW Headlines -- 9.7.11 

Idaho's bipartisan citizen redistricting commission Republican members, from left, Lou Esposito, Lorna Finman and Evan Frasure confer in the Idaho Statehouse auditorium during the commission meeting on Tuesday, the final day to come to an agreement on redistricting. See story below. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman: Joe…

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Drew Bledsoe's Bike Stolen In CdA 11 

Drew Bledsoe, of Bend, Ore., the former Washington State QB who went on to become a Pro Bowler with the New England Patriots, experienced an unhappy visit to Coeur d'Alene over the Labor Day weekend. Bledsoe's $5000 (originally listed as $7000 in the police report)…

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High Noon: Identifying Bad Teachers 

Most people can remember a favorite teacher -– the one who got you love a certain book or made science class exciting. But you may also remember that bad teacher -– the one who made your life miserable. And according to the studies, those teachers…

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Derek Joins Robyn For KXLY's AMs 

Derek Deis & Robyn Nance debuted late this summer as the new KXLY morning anchor team. Derek had been the station's sports director. Of this photo, Derek's wife, Melissa Luck, wrote on the KXLY Facebook wall: "Derek's thinking: "Ooh! Being the news guy is cool!"…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.7.11

11:55 a.m. Resident of a CdA apartment reports someone tossed a black trash sack into complex Dumpster last night. Officer was puzzled re: the gravity of the offense. 11:24 a.m. A s/b van w/California plates passed on double yellow @ M/P 470 (near Sagle). 11:18…

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Today Marks Buddy Holly's 75th 

Today marks what would have been the 75th birthday of rock 'n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly. During his short time in the spotlight, the Texas singer and songwriter had 10 hits on the Billboard 100 chart. At the height of his fame, Holly was killed…

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UI Vandal Divers Hit The Pool

The Idaho women’s diving team hit the pool with first-year diving coach Chelsea Oates last week and started its early-season training. Idaho returns three divers this season, sophomores Kelsi Potterf and Mairin Jameson, and junior Paige Hunt (pictured diving with Coach Oates looking on). Hunt…

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Hucks Poll: Yes To Senior Meals $$$ 

Tuesday Poll: The Kootenai County commissioners were wise in reversing themselves re: funding cuts to the Meals on Wheels programs at the four county senior centers. 121 of 151 respondents (80.13%) said the county should continue to provide funding to the programs. Only 24 of…

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Foes: Build A Park, Not Just Parking 10 

The Team McEuen public presentations of their "McEuen MASTER" was shown with many wondrous amenities - things many of us would love to see. Just one problem ... we aren't getting the things most people are expecting to see. We are not getting an upgraded…

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Harpham Pleads Guilty To MLK Bomb 

Michael Ormsbvy, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, stands outside the Thomas Foley Federal Courthouse this morning and answers media question pertaining to the plea deal by accused MLK bomber Kevin Harpham. (SR photo: Christopher Anderson) Federal prosecutors have recommended a 32-year prison…

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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.