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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 9.13.11 22 

Dogwalk Musings asks in an email, if the Fall Blogfest at the Fort Ground Tavern (5:30 p.m.) Wednesday, Sept. 21, is a serious undertaking. Quoth: "Is it something a straight blogger should attend? I do nothing with social media other than play a game and…

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P.S. Hiawatha Ride Setting Records 

A chipmunk with its mouth full of peanuts looks for another handout along the Route of the Hiawatha. Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area, operators of Route of the Hiawatha, reported 12,844 visits last month. August’s rider total was a 4.4 percent increase over 12,301…

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Movies That Make You Think 

I went to see the movie called THE HELP, with my gal pal. It was a pretty good movie. I tend to judge movies in 3 catagories … First one is to see it on the big screen. Like Aviatar, Dancing with Wolves, and Titanic.…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.13.11

5:51 p.m. Hitchhiker w/a dog isn't considered hazard @ I-90 near NW Blvd entrance. 5:41 p.m. Brad @ WalMart/Hayden security reports apprehending a cooperative shoplifter. 5:25 p.m. A runaway juvenile has been located @ 9th & Best/CdA. 5:16 p.m. Sheep are loose in s/b lanes…

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PM: 'Won't Happen Again' -- Kustra

Boise State President Bob Kustra talks with an Associated Press reporter about the NCAA violations imposed on them today at his office in Boise. The NCAA placed Boise State on probation for three years and imposed other sanctions Tuesday for major violations by the football…

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Unrequited Love w/A Mannequin

A Coeur d'Alene police incident report revealed that an employee of Wild Flower Boutique called law enforcement Saturday morning after finding the store had been burglarized. He found one of the store's mannequins lying in the hallway stripped of its clothing. During further investation, the…

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Utah Heroes Save Motorcyclist 

A group of people tilt a burning BMW up to free Brandon Wright, on his back on the ground, who was pinned underneath after he collided with the car while riding his motorcycle on U.S. 89 in Logan, Utah. Authorities said Wright was riding his…

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CdA Hopeful Has Deep BF Roots

Amber Copeland grew up here and graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1999. Growing up here, she says, her world consisted of people she knew and would come to know. She grew up with two parents in her home, who had a handful with…

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Idaho Insurance Complaints Lagging 

Considering the numbers of complaints people have had about health insurance, one might expect this to be a very busy area. But in Idaho, not so much. Eileen Mundorff, who works on the program, said that in the first calendar year of the program (2010),…

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Benoit Feared For Life For 2 Months 

More than two months before her death, Kathryn “Katy” Benoit told an official at the University of Idaho that she was frightened by her professor, who carried weapons “everywhere, including to campus,” and that she also worried about the safety of fellow students. Benoit, 22,…

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18YO In Jail, Bledsoe Bike Recovered 

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department has provided a photo of Drew Bledsoe's recovered bike. Update: Teen-agers recovered Drew Bledsoe's bike/Alison Boggs, SR An 18YO Coeur d'Alene man has been charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing ex-NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe's bike over the Labor Day…

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IDAHO Makes Int'l News ... Sorta 

This is what your computer picks up sometimes when you search the wire services for "Idaho." From the Associated Press comes this rewrite of a Deutsche Presse-Agentur article from Paris: "Two women were legally married over the weekend in France, despite gay marriage being banned…

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Benewah Inmate Escapes Thru Wall 

Benewah County Jail confirmed early Tuesday an inmate escaped from the jail overnight. Authorities say Jesse John Wilkenson, 20, a convicted burglar, is the inmate that escaped. He is the same inmate who escaped the same jail back in July. Wilkenson also goes by the…

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Stolen St. Francis Statue Made Over 

St. Francis may have been from Assisi, but according to Mary Jo Paul, he wasn't a sissy. In a letter to the editor published Aug. 13 in the Chronicle, she warned the thieves who stole her 2-foot, roughly 50-pound terra cotta statue of St. Francis…

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INW Headlines -- 9.13.11

Capt. Frank Beauvais of the Nampa Fire Dept., gives his son Charlie, 4, a kiss on the cheek in front of a salvaged piece of steel that was found in the ruins of the World Trade Center and unveiled at a First Responders Ceremony on…

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NCAA Hits Boise State w/Sanctions

Boise State 'surprised, disappointed' by NCAA sanctions/Statesman The NCAA found that Boise State lacked institutional control within its athletic department and added additional sanctions, including more football scholarship and practice reductions, to the school’s self-imposed penalties. In a 73-page report release Tuesday, the NCAA Committee…

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High Noon: Dealing With Dog Barf 

On his Facebook wall, Realtor Tom Torgerson writes of a near pratfall Monday night. Tom: "You may find it funny that I almost fell on my arse after sliding barefoot in the dark through a pile of dog barf on our hardwood floor. Question: Odor…

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Sheep Scrum 

Sheep painted in the colors of four nations playing in the Rugby World Cup, from left, England, Romania, Argentina, Italy and New Zealand on a farm in Dunedin, New Zealand earlier today. New Zealand is host to 20 nations competing for the Webb Ellis Cup…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.13.11 

12:25 p.m. County Parks worker reports man matching Benewah County escapee Jesse Wilkenson's description is at Murphy's Landing in Blackwell Mill Loop/CdA. Noonish: 2 dogs running loose, creating a traffic hazard, on I-90 @ M/P 26 (4th of July Pass). 11:36 a.m. Landlord reports evicted…

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Olerud, Owen, Yasen Into INW Hall 

A brilliant baseball season at Washington State University led John Olerud to a stellar Major League career. Ex-Cougar Olerud is one of five individuals to be inducted into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 25 during festivities that begin at 10:30 a.m.…

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Idahoan Lands Record Walleye 

It's official! The Idaho Fish and Game Department has confirmed a state record walleye was caught Saturday in Oakley Reservoir by Damon Rush of Pocatello. The fish weighted 17 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 34.5 inches long and 21.875 inches in girth. More from Rich…

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Labrador Targets Antiquity Act 36 

The House Natural Resources Committee today held a hearing to review H.R. 846, the Idaho Land Sovereignty Act. This bill would amend the existing Antiquities Act of 1906 to exclude Idaho from additional national monument or wild lands designations without congressional approval. If enacted, Idaho…

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Student Loan Defaults On Increase 

In this Saturday, Aug. 6 file picture, students attend graduation ceremonies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The number of borrowers defaulting on federal student loans has jumped sharply, the latest indication that rising college tuition costs, low graduation rates and poor job…

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UIdaho Tops WAC In Mag Rankings 

In latest U.S. News & World Report ranking "national universities," the University of Idaho shares No. 160 with three other colleges & universities (Illinois State, Texas Tech, and Rhode Island). Idaho is the top ranked school in the Western Athletic Conference. It is followed by…

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Duroc: Left Behind By Repub Party 21 

Duroc: The GOP left me behind when they became the party of ideological, quasi-religious zealots. They had me up through GWB in 2000. I’ll admit I voted for Bush in 2000, because I thought Al Gore would be a terrible president (and I still do)…

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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.