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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2011

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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Mail Carriers Rally For Legislation 

For 41 years, Jim Mathey has been a carrier with the Postal Service. His route these days covers the east side of Coeur d'Alene. It is, he explains, good, solid work. "I love my job," he said. "That's why I'm still doing it after all…

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AM Headlines -- 9.28.11

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, Linda Lantzy offers this viewtiful scenic of "morning light on the Coeur d'Alene River." Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Tuesday Scanner Traffic/DFO, Hucks Online More warm days ahead for region/Mike Prager, SR New Idaho redistricters begin work/Betsy Russell, Eye…

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Crapo, Risch Rip Immigration Change 25 

Recent immigration policies enacted by the Administration undermine the rule of law, say Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and a group of Republican senators in a letter to the President urging to remand the proposals. The directives in question call for the Department…

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Amazon Introduces Kindle Fire 

Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com, introduces the Kindle Fire at a news conference today in New York. The e-reader and tablet has a 7-inch (17.78 cm) multicolor touchscreen. Behind him is a projected display of magazines that will be available on the Fire.…

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Sunrise Rotary Trying To Raise Profile 

Item: Cd'A's best kept secret: Sunrise Rotary has raised more than $200K in five years/Bill Buley, CdA Press More Info: The Coeur d'Alene Sunrise Rotary is a great organization, but lousy at publicity. Who knew it had raised and donated more than $200,000 in the…

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New Redistricters Sworn In 

Idaho's new citizen redistricting commission has been sworn in by Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, who greeted the six new commissioners, saying, “Good morning, all of you, welcome. I facetiously was telling some of you that I thought you were smarter than this, to be…

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Palin: 'Herb' Cain Is Flavor Of Month 

Sarah Palin dismissed Florida Straw Poll winner Herman Cain as "the flavor of the month" and mistook the candidate's first name in an appearance Tuesday night on Fox News. "Take Herman Cain. Look at why he's doing so well right now. I guess you could…

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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.





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