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TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012

'Apprentice' Star Buys Pawn Shop

A famous face is back in Coeur d` Alene.Clint Robertson who was the runner up on last year on Donald Trump's The Apprentice tv show has returned to his home territory of North Idaho to buy the City Loan and Pawn store on N. 4th…

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NI Blogs: Top '11 Restaurant Stories 

On the restaurant scene, OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho ranks the cupcake wars in downtown Sherman as one of the top stories. You can see how OTV ranks the local top stories in the two links directly below. 2011 wasn't necessarily a year to shoot off…

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2012 Mantra: No Fear -- End Notes

I have picked two words for this year's mantra: no fear. When you read interviews with people nearing the end of their lives, they often regret not taking more risks — personally, professionally and especially, in creative endeavors. Over the weekend, I read Michael Crichton's…

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FlorineD: A Shoutout To Nonprofits? 12 

FlorineD: Something I’d like to see on HBO, briefly, is some informed comments on the workings of non-profit organizations in the area (and I’m talking about designated 501(c)(3) groups. I’m especially impressed with the thousands of hours and dollars contributed by our citizens on causes.…

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Huckleberries Hears ... 18 

... That prominent Kootenai County Republican Angela Cross wrote a terse letter to Reagan Republican leader Jeff Ward, chastizing him for urging a boycott his followers to boycott the county GOP Central Committee meeting last night. HucksOnline has obtained a copy of that letter. Cross,…

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DFO's Critters: Rescued Owl 

A barred owl is wrapped in a blanket at Hope for Wildlife rehabiliation and education centre in Seaforth, Nova Scotia, on Tuesday. The owl was caught in a rabbit snare and is being treated for a damaged leg. Hope for Wildlife has opened the province's…

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More Details Of Abduction, Suicide

Daniel Joe Zehm, 52, of Dalton Gardens, was reportedly pepper-sprayed his former wife, Sondra, and had driven around with her for two hours before killing himself on Sherman Avenue after a police chase Sunday night. According to Kootenai County sheriff's reports, Zehm had driven with…

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Taggart Opposes Precinct Proposal

Tom Taggart is the second former Kootenai County clerk urging the Kootenai County commissioners to reject a proposal by County Clerk Cliff Hayes to reduce the number of voting precincts from 71 to 44. Taggart served as county clerk before Dan English, who also opposes…

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Midtown To Get Workforce Housing 

Orginally proposed back in 2007 by LCDC and a company called The Housing Company,An affordable housing structure in Midtown Coeur d Alene is back on the table and could be begin construction as early as this fall.Some things have changed with the project as THC…

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High Noon: 'Tis Nice To Be Loved

On her Facebook wall, Cindy wrote Monday morning: "Two things: 1. The reason I never make resolutions about healthier eating habits is because I know I'll be eating cookies for breakfast on Jan. 2. 2. Even though (husband) has the day off, he got up…

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Alison Takes Her First Plunge 

Coeur d'Alene newsroom colleague Alison Boggs got caught up in the moment after the Hangover Handicap run earlier New Year's Day morning and decided to take her first plunge -- Polar Bear Plunge that is, off Sanders Beach into the chilly waters of Lake Coeur…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.3.12 

11:28 a.m. 3-vehicle crash is blocking e/b lane of Seltice Way in front of old Post Falls Arbys. 11:27 a.m. Caller tells KCSD that several dogs attacked but didn't bite bike riders. (No location given.) 10:56 a.m. Crystal Bay resident reports individuals w/flashlights checked out…

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DOTC: Put Voters Not Parties First 

Dan of the Community: Plain and simple, too few polling places in large turnout elections (and Presidential elections are the grand daddy of them all) with too few poll workers equals long lines and discouraged voters. This is especially true since so many of the…

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5 SR Sports Staffers Retire, But ... 10 

Yes, The Spokesman-Review sports staff lost five members due to early retirement on Saturday. But Sports Editor Joe Palmquist (pictured) points out that most of the five will continue on as part-time help: "(John) Blanchette will average two columns a week over the course of…

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AM: Jesus Statue Missing In Wallace 

Mike Feiler stands at the top of the steps of the former site of Providence Hospital in Wallace, Idaho. A century-old story of faith and miracles has captivated Feiler, sending him on a quest to find a lost statue of Jesus. When a massive wildfire…

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Poll: Sears, KMart Get Local Support 

Weekend Poll: Only 36% of Hucks Nation doesn't shop at either Sears or Kmart stores in the Coeur d'Alene area. As Sears prepares to announce a new round of closures for Sears & Kmart stores, only 87 of 240 respondents (36.25%) said they shop at…

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D's: Otter Late To Health Care Party 

Idaho Democrats say they are on Gov. Butch Otter's side in creating a state health insurance exchange — but that doesn't mean the Democrats aren't ripping Otter over health care. A recent Otter guest opinion on health care, published in Sunday's Statesman, indulges in "inventive…

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Hoffman B-Day Wish: Cut Gummint 

Wayne Hoffman offers a list of gifts he'd like to receive from the 2012 Idaho Legislature, as he prepares for his upcoming 40th birthday: Say no to Obamacare. Obamacare goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this summer. The law may yet be struck down. There…

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Local R's Fight Over Precinct Cut 11 

Local Republicans are battling behind the scenes over a proposal by Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes to reduce the number of county voting precincts from 71 to 44. The Reagan Republicans support the move. The county Republican Central Committee doesn't. Last night, the Central Committee…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 1.3.12 

Participants dressed in a shark costume take to the frigid waters of English Bay during the 92nd annual Polar Bear Swim in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) Top Cutlines: 1. Brent Andrews 2. After remembering his…

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Iowa Caucuses Launch Election Year 

A relaxed Mitt Romney quoted from “America the Beautiful” and projected confidence Tuesday in one of his final appearances before tonight’s Iowa caucuses. Leaving no stone unturned in his appeal to the patriotism of Iowan voters, Romney quoting from three verses of “America the Beautiful,”…

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Press: McEuen Field Top 2011 Story 

McEuen Field. McEuen Field. McEuen Field. The future of McEuen dominated the headlines in 2011 and was No. 1 in our stories of the year. The proposal to redesign the downtown field commanded a community's attention from start to finish. There were heart-breaking happenings, too,…

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Ganesha Gets Christmas Makeover

Ganesha, the controversial Hindu idol in downtown Coeur d’Alene, received an unscheduled makeover during the Christmas weekend. As you may recall, some Lake City residents were upset when the Ganesha statue by Spokane artist Rick Davis made an appearance on Sixth Street and Sherman Avenue…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2012

New Year's Wild Card -- 12.31-1.2.12 107 

HucksOnline finished 2011 with 2,302,421 page-views & 1,433,926 unique views. That's a drop of 11.5% from the record-setting 2.6 million page-views last year. But far better off than I expected in spring when page-views were down about 25 percent. Better still, HucksOnline reached a readership…

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