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Weekend Wild Card -- 6.30-7.1.12 

We moved Mom into a nice, assisted-living facility close to my home this week. She spent her first night there last night. At 87, she's still spry and sharp. But we were always worried that she had to go up and down three concrete steps…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Parting Shot -- 6.29.12 

David Oliver prepares to start in the men's 110 meter hurdles qualifying round at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials earlier today in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Question: Did you participate in track and field in high school?

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TGIF Wild Card -- 6.29.12 

Two days in a row of sunshine and decent weather in the Inland Northwest? What's going on? I might have to break out my bike again. Now that the speeding Ironman types have moved on, it should be safe biking on Coeur d'Alene streets again,…

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Man Arrested w/Bombs At Hooters 

A man was arrested with about 5,400 small explosive devices in his van during an undercover investigation at Hooters in Spokane Valley Thursday. Peter Ward Westhaver, 53, is in the Spokane County Jail on a no-bail federal hold. He met two men who turned out…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.29.12 

5:48 p.m. ISP told to watch for newer Camaro w/o front plates going 80 mph on I-90 east of CdA. 5:44 p.m. Alarm @ Mountain West Bank on Ironwood/CdA proves to be a false one. 5:15 p.m. 2 males in Montana pickup rode bumper of…

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PM Headlines -- 6.29.12 

David Keyes, publisher of the Bonner County Daily Bee, serves as master of ceremonies for the dedication of the Sandpoint Bypass, which was 65 years in the making. The bypass allows through traffic to escape the congested streets of Sandpoint. (Phantom Photographer photo) Justices nix…

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Sandpoint Dedicates Bypass 

The Phantom Photographer was at the dedication ceremonies of the Sandpoint Bypass earlier today, providing this photo of the color guard. A crowd of nearly 500 people assembled to dedicate the Sand Creek Byway in Sandpoint today. "The project will benefit all of Idaho, not…

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Idaho GOP Keeps Tea Party Planks 

Idaho’s super-dominant Republican Party was widely expected to swing back toward the middle this year, after tea party activists peppered the party platform two years ago with planks urging abolishment of the Federal Reserve, eliminating direct election of U.S. senators and pushing Idahoans to stockpile…

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Out Of Harm's Way

Helena, Mont., residents move their horses down the road Tuesday after evacuations were called for homes on both sides of Green Meadow Road. The nervous horses had to be pushed often to keep them going down the road out of harms way. (AP Photo/Independent Record,…

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Suspect In Mall Attack Bails Out 

A Spokane sex offender facing a potential life sentence for allegedly molesting a girl at the NorthTown Mall is out of jail. Richard Michael Payne, 55, posted $250,000 bond through a bonding company and was released from Spokane County Jail about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Payne…

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Alleged Mail Thieves Denied Bail 

A federal prosecutor said she's “appalled” by the number of people who had their mail stolen in in a suspected regional theft ring and may seek aggravating circumstances against four suspects. “This is an ongoing, every day thing,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Pam Byerly said. “This…

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Obamacare: Idaho In State Of Denial 13 

Idaho politicos have spent two years viewing President Barack Obama’s health care law with scornful suspicion. That is, when they haven’t covered their eyes and tried to wish the law away. State lawmakers spent the 2011 session indulging in constitutional conceit, convincing themselves that states…

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'Poop Art' Comes To Plant Near You 

Poop jokes come with the territory. As do snickers and giggles, says Allen Dodge, as he jokes about the possibility of including sculptures of dung beetles for a commissioned piece of art to be installed at Coeur d’Alene’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. Instead of beetles, Allen…

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CdA's Flying Mammals Hit The Road 

Flying Mammals International Send-Off Concert is scheduled with The Colour Flies, Sweet Rebel D, The Strangers, The Function, Angle of Incidence and Arcadia Is Burning. When, where: July 5 at 7 p.m. The A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave, Spokane. (Courtesy photo) Here’s the tally…

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Court Nixes Idaho Lake Cabin Law

The Idaho Supreme Court ruled that leases of state-owned cabin sites, like those on Payette and Priest lakes, are subject to competitive conflict auctions when the leases come up, striking down a state law that exempted the cottage sites. You can read the court's full…

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Boise Tea Party: 'Empeach' Obama 

Nearly 12 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling, upholding much of what they call "Obamacare," members of the Boise Tea Party broke out their tri-corner hats and Don't Tread on Me flags to protest the decision Thursday evening on the…

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Ex-'SNL' Star Slams Catholic Bishops 

Billy Hallowell at The Blaze reports that the Freedom From Religion Foundation – the Wisconsin-based atheists who’ve run newspaper ads on how “It’s Time to Quit the Catholic Church” – have drafted former Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney (formerly of Spokane) for a…

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O Canada! Here We Come 

lot of people are threatening to leave the country. The Twitterverse was alive with people proclaiming that they were so upset over the Supreme Court’s upholding of Obamacare that they were moving to Canada. Rush Limbaugh threatened to move to Costa Rica. This ruling had…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.29.12

11:57 a.m. EMTs are en route to Hayden WalMart, where someone is suffering a seizure. 11:43 a.m. 3rd party reports he broke up fight in which male was hitting female in face Hanley & Govt Way. Male left female on foot, driving off in black…

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AM Headlines -- 6.29.12

Nou Vang, and volunteers from Refugee's Harvest Project, picked pie cherries from Danny Pearson's back yard last year. Vang, a former refugee, started the project to say "Thank you, Spokane." (Dan Pelle SR photo) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Lakers pick Sacre in NBA draft/Jim Meehan,…

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Coeur d'Alene Pilot Killed In Crash

Mia Carlson via Big Country News Connection Twitter: A 48-year-old Coeur d'Alene man was killed yesterday in a small plane crash in a remote area of Idaho County. The Idaho County Sheriff's Office says the pilot, Jahan Ashtiani, was attempting to take off from the…

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Actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, in West Hollywood, Calif., in February. Cruise and Homes are calling it quits after five years of marriage. Holmes' attorney Jonathan Wolfe said today that the couple is divorcing, but called it…

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Poll: Obamacare Ruling Helps Obama

Thursday Poll: An almost supermajority of Hucks Nation say the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of Obamacare Thursday helps President Obama more than GOP challenger Mitt Romney. 99 of 151 respondents (65.56%) said that the president was helped more. 52 of 151 respondents…

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Council-McEuen Meeting 'Contentious' 

HucksOnline asked a Berry Picker in attendance whether the City Council-LCDC-Team McEuen meeting Thursday morning was contentious. Here's the reply: "Yes it was contentious. Dan and Ron pulled all the positive energy out of the room with their whine about Legion Ball. Dan said that…

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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.

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