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THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012

Wild Card/Thursday -- 12.20.12 

I've been doing so much walking outside this winter that the snow and cold haven't bugged me much. There's something about the beauty of North Idaho on a cold winter's day along the waterfront that takes your breath away. Sometimes literally. I haven't minded shoveling...

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Parting Shot -- 12.20.12 

A clerk peers out from a gun shop Wednesday in Seattle. The reaction to the Connecticut school shooting can be seen in gun stores and self-defense retailers across the nation: Anxious parents are fueling sales of armored backpacks for children while firearms enthusiasts are stocking...

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CdA, PF, Lakeland Shut Schools Friday 18 

Update: Lakeland School District financial officer Tom Taggart just told Scott Maben that schools in the Rathdrum area district have been canceled Friday, too. All this week rumors of a planned school shooting swirled around schools in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls. No one has...

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Let 'Em Shovel, Let 'Em Shovel, Let ... 

Dave Chamberlain is one of many who agree with the Coeur d'Alene School District decision to close all schools Friday, in face of an unsubstantiated threat of violence. He comments: The weather is going to be nasty too, so it is a good day to...

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PM: Man Admits Killing With Ice Pick 

Investigators are shown outside a home where police say a North Idaho man stabbed to death his pregnant wife in Priest River. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Jeremy Keith Swanson, 27, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder Wednesday in magistrate court...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.20.12

5:43 p.m. Traffic lights not cycling @ H95/Prairie, Hayden. 5:35 p.m. Driver of Volvo directs ISP officer to possible DUI driver in gold Honda Accord w/Washington plates who was pulled over on e/b I-90 @ Huetter rest stop. 5:19 p.m. Collette from Spirit Lake post...

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Experiencing Winter In North Idaho 

Chris Harrison of Hayden describes the quintessential Hayden snow shoveling experience: "You just finish digging out the berm left by the snow plow, move on to clear off the sidewalk and then watch in amazement as the plow comes by for one more round and...

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NIdaho/Friends Blogs -- 12.20.12

On his Facebook wall, Robin Loznak posts: "A raindrop clings to the fruiting body of moss growing on an old wood fence along a ranch road near Elkton, Ore. on Monday." You can see more of Robin's terrific outdoor photography here. Cliffmanship/Fort Boise Politics of...

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CdA Mines Mulls Chicago Move 22 

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp., a North Idaho institution for more than eight decades, is considering moving its headquarters to Chicago, the company said today. Employees at the Coeur d’Alene office were informed of the possible move in a surprise announcement today. “Coeur d’Alene Mines continually...

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SR Blogs Rdp: A 'Beach Boy' Xmas

On his Slice blog, Paul Turner posts of the album above: "I owned it. Still might have it somewhere in a box that hasn't been opened in a long time. A case could be made that the group's soaring harmonies work on some of these...

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Labrador No. 4 On NRA Support List 14 

As the National Rifle Association prepares to come out of its unprecendented media blackout for a press conference tomorrow, news organizations are digging into which politicians benefit most from the NRA's political contributions. And who's high up on the list? Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador. Labrador,...

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Front Avenue Plan Angers Biz Owner 

During the public comments section of the City Council meeting Tuesday, John Montandon, 1010 Sherman Ave., introduced an unusual issue re: the Wiggett Marketplace building he owns @ 4th & Front, which will be affected by Front Avenue overhaul. Renata McLeod catches the debate in...

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Johnson: Guts & Guns 

President Barack Obama stands with Vice President Joe Biden as he makes a statement Wednesday at the White House in Washington, about policies he will pursue following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Obama is tasking Vice President Joe Biden, a...

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Idaho Grows By 12,000 More 

Nearly 12,000 people moved to Idaho between July 2011 and July 2012. That’s according to new data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Idaho’s addition of 11,984 people is less than a percentage, .8, of growth over the last year. That ranks Idaho 24th...

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Nampa SD To IEA: Get Lost 

A day after the Idaho Education Association alleged that the Nampa School District was "acting illegally" when it re-worded teachers' contracts to include a provision under which the district could request voluntary furloughs, Nampa's legal counsel responded that it was none of the IEA's business....

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Public Gun Attitude Changes Slightly

The public’s attitudes toward gun control have shown only modest change in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Currently, 49% say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 42% say it is more important to...

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Teen Mom Of Twins Preps For Life 

Senior year can be a hectic time for high school students. College applications must be mailed, senior project deadlines loom, plus there’s the daily grind of regular schoolwork. Imagine tackling all of that while raising 2-year-old twin boys. Megan Emery, 17, doesn’t have to imagine...

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American Named Miss Universe 

Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, center, smiles for the television camera as she is congratulated by other contestants after being crowned as Miss Universe during the Miss Universe competition, on Wednesday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Question: I can't recall the last time I watched...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.20.12

11:38 a.m. Semi w/smoke coming from side being backed down e/b I-90 ramp @ 15th Street/CdA. 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Dec. 19-20 here. 11:21 a.m. 53YO male suffering chest pains @ VA clinic, 2177 Ironwood Center/CdA. 11:09 a.m. Coeur d'Alene...

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Survivalists Eye Benewah Walled City 24 

The Benewah Valley has been selected as a potential site for a community, comprised of 3,000 to 5,000 families, based on gun manufacturing. Whether backers of the effort own anything more than a website is unclear. Efforts to contact organizers willing to discuss the proposed...

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A Bike Trail From CdA To Sandpoint? 

The word that gets thrown around as often as a bicycle tire rotates is 'connectivity.' So if the goal of cities and cyclists alike is to make it easier for pedestrians to walk, jog or bike from place to place - that's to say connecting...

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AM: Zags 11-1 At Xmas Break

Sam Dower (35) and Campbell's Reco McCarter (23) battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane Wednesday. Gonzaga won the game 74-52 and will go on its Christmas break with an 11-1 record. See Jim Meehan...

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CSD Extends Person Field Timeline 

From Acting City Clerk Renata McLeod's rough draft minutes of the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting Tuesday: "Mr. Gridley stated that the School District has extended the timeline for negotiations for the acquisition of Person Field to January 7, 2013. He will present additional information...

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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.