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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 9.28.11 18 

AH/T to colleague Betsy Russell whose blog Eye On Boise was picked as the Best Local Blog by Boise Weekly readers. The BW wrote: "There are journalists, there are bloggers and there are very few who are very good at both. And there is only…

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Parting Shot -- 9.28.11

In this courtroom sketch, from left, Attorney Judy Clark sits with her client, Jared Lee Loughner as U.S. District Judge Larry Burns listens from the bench to testimony from Dr. Christina PIetz, far right, in federal court Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz. Suspected shooter Jared Loughner,…

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Column: Viks Didn't Run Up Score 

The lopsided score on Friday night raised some eyebrows around the state, so much so that Sandpoint athletic director Tom Albertson was fielding calls on Saturday from colleagues who hadn’t seen the game accusing the Vikings of running up the score. One caller had heard…

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PM Headlines -- 9.28.11

Turkeys perch on a fence near a home in Rathdrum earlier this afternoon. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Boise Weekly picks Eye On Boise as Best Local Blog/Boise Weekly Greenacres woman wins gem in sewing machine contest/McClatchy Idaho to take comment on online education/Jessie L. Bonner,…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.28.11 

5:01 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 27-28 here. 4:36 p.m. Driver of Ford Ranger e/b on I-90 @ M/P 2 (Pleasantview) flipped off another driver. 4:30 p.m. Caller reports man w/several outstanding warrants in 8000 block of E. Miles/Hayden. 4:27 p.m.…

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North Idaho Blogs -- 9.28.11 

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook wall, Linda Lantzy offers this viewtiful shot of the recent Prosser, Wash., balloon rally. Linda counted 22 hot-air balloons at the rally. Clean/A Butterfly Moment Boileau's Marina reborn/Bay Views Officer-involved shooting on South Hill/Community Comment It's jobs, stupid/Dogwalk Musings…

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RRepub: Elections = Game Of Risk 

Reagan Repub: It’s like all the boards, foundations and public corporations in Coeur d’Alene think the city is a big game of Monopoly. One group buys some property then trades to another then leases it to another. I don’t know how they keep it all…

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Why Did Idaho Pols Go To Turkey? 

In an earlier blog post, I asked aloud what a nonprofit group hopes to accomplish by squiring Idaho legislators around Turkey for 10 days. Well, nothing, exactly. Or so says one of the legislators on the trip. “They certainly didn’t ask for anything,” Senate President…

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Major Ben's Weekly Felony Warrants

James Edward Porter III (upper left), 22, of Coeur d'Alene, is the star of Major Ben Wolfinger's outstanding felony warrants this week. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department wants Porter on a number of charges: probation violation for burglary, possession of controlled substance, and failure to…

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Cantaloupe Illnesses, Deaths On Rise 

Owner Eric Jensen examines cantaloupe on the Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo., earlier today. The Food and Drug Administration has recalled 300,000 cases of cantaloupe grown on the Jensen Farms after connecting it with a listeria outbreak. Officials said Wednesday more illnesses and possibly more…

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Gabriel Challenges City Pay Figures 

City Administrator Wendy Gabriel (pictured) offered this response to an earlier post today re: Coeur d'Alene city salaries: "Your blog has a link to a document titled “Some of Coeur d’Alene’s Highest Paid Employees*”. The City did not prepare this report although it appears to…

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Maine To Boost Freeway Speed To 75 

A new 75 mph sign is shown in Augusta, Maine, at Maine's Transportation Department on earlier today. Next week motorists will be permitted to drive faster when the speed limit becomes 75 mph, the fastest in New England. Maine's Transportation Department will post 75 mph…

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CdA Middle Schoolers To Wear Unies? 13 

The Coeur d'Alene School District is proposing a change in policy that is raising the ire of some parents. The district is considering requiring middle school students to wear uniforms. The district says it's a way to unify the school district and gives them one…

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A Steer With Opposable Hooves? 

Drivers along Highway 195, just north of Spangle, Washington were treated to an unusual sight Wednesday morning at about 7:15. An escapee was being led away while his gang protested and followed a few steps behind. Steakum the steer decided to make a midnight run…

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Hallmark Offers Job Loss Cards

Greeting card companies have taken a cue from the nation’s 9 percent unemployment rate. In a 6-by-4 inch envelope, someone can send a friend who lost his or her job a preprinted message of encouragement and sympathy. Though not available at every corner store, layoff…

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INW: Road Signs Tickle Funny Bone

LaNelle Simmons, a 20-year-old University of Idaho student majoring in graphic design and advertising, is responsible for posting humorous inquiries along the Moscow-Pullman road. David Johnson/Lewiston Tribune tells you more about LaNelle and her hobby here. Insurer: Crashes w/deer drop 4% nationwide, up 7% in…

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Rex Rammell Now 'De Jure' Citizen 18 

Claiming Magistrate Judge Jeff P. Payne has no jurisdiction over him, former gubernatorial candidate Rex F. Rammell pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge of battery Tuesday. Rammell told Payne that he is a "de jure" citizen and invoked his ninth constitutional amendment rights, which makes…

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Ex-PFHS Footballer Tofflemire Dies 

In this SR file football by Christopher Anderson from the mid-1990s, Joe Tofflemire grimaces as a Seahawk trainer checks his shoulder during a recent practice. Tofflemire was a football standout at Post Falls High. Joe Tofflemire, a first-team All-Pac-10 center at Arizona in 1986, 987…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.28.11

11:16 a.m. 2 men in older Buick have driven back & forth on Fisher Avenue/PF for two hours. 11:07 a.m. A red Chevy pickup is disabled @ w/b I-90 @ M/P 10 (west of NW Blvd/CdA exit). 11 a.m. Post Falls dispatcher puts out call…

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Gookin's 2009 Ed Corridor Question 10 

On his Facebook page, Coeur d'Alene council candidate Dan Gookin posted this video & comment: "I made this video for my last campaign. It was my testimony before the City Council on June 16, 2009. The topic was the annexation and re-zoning of the former…

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Poll: No To UN, Yes To Term Limits

Tuesday Poll: 105 of 198 respondents (53.03%) said they have a negative view of the United Nations. 55 of 198 respondents (27.78%) have a positive view. 34 (17.17%) are neutral. 4 (2.02%) undecided. Term Limits Poll: 94 of 127 respondents (74.02%) support term limits. 30…

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Coeur d'Alene City Pay For 2011-12 21 

Have you ever wondered who earns what among city of Coeur d'Alene employees, from the top to the bottom? Hucks Online has a list of salaries, with LCSC director Tony Berns and City Attorney Mike Gridley leading the pack at $120,000 plus. This list also…

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Don't Look Down 

At his perch above Sherman Avenue/NW Blvd, Don Sausser snapped this photo this morning of a worker repairing the roof on the Coeur d'Alene Resort. Don reports that there's been cranes at the resort all week. And that it looks like a major roofing project…

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Times-News Apologizes For Palin Jab 

Original Editorial: $82 million is real money/Twin Falls Times-News In yesterday’s editorial regarding the erroneous payment of unemployment benefits in Idaho, comparisons were made to the rate of errors in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. While Idaho’s percentage of errors was the lowest of the three…

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St. Maries Paper Wants Tribe Records 

The Idaho State Lottery refused to provide records sought by this newspaper under a public records request. The Gazette Record requested public records related to the lottery commission’s oversight of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s compliance with state law relating to its casino. The Gazette Record…

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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.