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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

Parting Shot -- 6.6.12 

Bagpipers play in the outfield as Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen throws before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston earlier today. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 6.6.12 

Coeur d'Alene Held Hostage, Day 62: Anyone seen an old fellow with a long beard building a ha-huge boat in the area? Starting to think this rain. Will. Never. End. Can't be good for the tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and other warm-weather plants that I've planted…

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Reagan Repub Leader Backs Recall 12 

In his weekly newsletter, Reagan Republican founder Jeff Ward compares the Wisconsin recall effort to the failed one in Wisconsin: "The next possible recall election is right here in Coeur d'Alene. Recall CDA is expected to submit recall petitions for the Mayor and three council…

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PM Headlines -- 6.6.12 

Another photo from Pecky Cox/As The Lake Churns re: snowfall in Priest Lake area today. Hecla fined $318K over fatal Lucky Friday cave-in/SR & AP Washingon gas prices 69 cents above national average/KXLY Campers kill mountain lion 30 miles north of Enaville/CdA Press Five Wives…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.6.12 

5:21 p.m. Hitchhiker creating hazard by being too close to fog line on e/b I-90 @ Pleasantview/PF. 5:16 p.m. CPD fields complaint of protective order violation via text message. 5:13 p.m. A dog is still alive @ i/s of H95 & Lancaster/Hayden after being hit…

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Hydroplane Announcement Soon? 

Huckleberries hears that ... there might be an announcement re: return of hydroplane racing to Lake Coeur d'Alene soon. Mebbe this week. On March 25, I opened my Huckleberries print column with this: Huckleberries hears that the Hagadone Corp. and allies are working behind the…

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Sandpoint Third-Graders Pen Book 

The third grade classes at Farmin Stidwell Elementary School have announced publication of their book "A Third Grade Guide to Sandpoint." According to a news release: "This fun, fact filled book offers a narrative of the history, activities, people, and places of the Sandpoint through…

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State Reverses On Five Wives Vodka 

The Idaho State Liquor Division has announced that it will make Five Wives Vodka available in Idaho by special order “to avoid unnecessary litigation.” In a news release, state Liquor Division Director Jeff Anderson said the division will immediately begin accepting special order request for…

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Why Media Should Witness Executions 

For the second time in seven months, Idaho is preparing to kill a convicted criminal in the name of all Idahoans. And for the second time in seven months, the first phase of this procedure could occur behind a shroud of secrecy — in direct…

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Fireworks Rules Concern McEvers 38 

From City Clerk Susan Weathers' minutes of last night's City Council meeting (rough draft): "Councilman McEvers commented that he has been bothered with allowing the fireworks stands and that it is not the safe and sane fireworks but the illegal fireworks that he objects to.…

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Wendy Gabriel Addresses Rumors 

At the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting last night, City Administrator Wendy Gabriel addressed a number of rumors swirling about City Hall (according to the rough draft of City Clerk Susan Weathers' minutes): "RUMOR -- Recall Cd’A put a flyer out stating that the design…

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10,000 Donated Books And Counting 

Doug Parker of Parker Toyota reads to first-grade kids at Sorensen Elementary today. Parker was accompanied by North Idaho College wrestlers who handed out their 10,000th book as part of the Shirley Parker Reading Program, which is named after Parker’s late wife. (Jesse Tinsley SR…

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Cindy: Sun Is Going To Shine Again 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy posts: "Never thought of myself as an optimist, but by golly I grabbed my sunglasses as I headed out the door this morning." Which reminds me of my mid-90s neighbor Rev. Earl Hunter planting a fruit tree last year. Question:…

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MikeK: Show Of Support Encouraging 17 

Mike Kennedy (CdA recall targets get standing ovation): That was an exceptionally encouraging thing these folks did. I agree with Deanna that it was very much appreciated. I looked out and saw the faces of people who build a community up, not tear it down.…

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Study: Vo-Ed Certificates Pay Well 

Good news for new high school graduates who don't think college-level algebra or freshman English is their thing. A study released Wednesday finds that certificates awarded through short-term vocational training programs can reap a bigger payoff than a bachelor's degree. The devil, of course, is…

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GOP Proxy Ballot Stands, No Charges 12 

A Latah County deputy prosecutor has determined there was nothing criminal about an allegedly forged proxy ballot cast during a vote held in February by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. The 31-30 vote of elected precinct committeemen favored rescinding an invitation to Richard Mack…

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Noon: Golfer Mickelson Goes Ballistic 11 

You can't make this stuff up. PGA pro Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Memorial Tournament in Ohio over the weekend, citing "mental fatigue". Really, what pushed him over the edge were cell phones. Mickelson said, and according to ESPN, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler backed…

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AM Headlines -- 6.6.12

In a steady drizzle, first-grader Jack Boecher, left, digs a hole for a his pumpkin seedling while Kara Carleton, right, gives instructions at the Community Roots farm in Dalton Gardens Tuesday. Dalton Elementary first-graders each planted a pumpkin at the farm, an outreach of the…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.6.12

12:01 p.m. R/P reports hearing several pops that may be gunshots off W. Cosgrove/CdA. 11:46 a.m. Green light @ e/b Appleway @ Govt Way has stayed on for last 10 minutes. 11:42 a.m. CPD officer calls for back-up in dealing w/several people on boat @…

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Huckleberries Hears ... 

... That anti-Recall group robo-called residents in Coeur d'Alene re: information on how to take their names of RecallCDA petitions if they'd signed them. The robo-calls claimed that the Recall group had used misinformation to collect signatures. Earlier this spring, City Clerk Susan Weathers reported…

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Souza: Press, Katie Brodie Unfair! 14 

Alas, Mary isn't feeling good vi-vi-vibrations from that Coeur d'Alene Press article this morning re: dismissal of complaint against fibbing Recall signature gatherer Rodney Bitterman. Quoth Mary in the comment section of OpenCDA.com: the article "could not have been more slanted." (You can judge for…

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Poll: Hayes Should Allow Observers 

Tuesday Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Hucks Nation disagrees with County Clerk Cliff Hayes' decision not to allow observers from each side of the Coeur d'Alene recall issue to watch signature verification. When asked whether independent observers should be allowed at verification process, 112 of 171…

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Bonner County Clerk Drops F-Bomb 

Bonner County Clerk Marie Scott dropped an F-bomb and abruptly walked out of a meeting Tuesday as commissioners grappled with a staggering $2.5 million cost overrun in renovating the century-old courthouse. Scott apparently muttered the expletive at Commissioner Mike Nielsen as he called for better…

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Nadal's Fond Of #6 At French Open 

The number six marking his six previous victories at the French Open is seen on the shoe of Rafael Nadal of Spain as he kicks off the clay in his quarter final match against compatriot Nicolas Almagro at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland…

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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.