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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

Wild Card/Monday -- 6.11.12 15 

Coeur d'Alene Held Hostage, Day 66: As Yogi Berra said: "It ain't over until it's over." Mary Souza & Co. may or may not have delivered the adequate number of signatures to City Hall to trigger a recall of arch political enemy Mayor Sandi Bloem…

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MikeK: Facebook Etiquette On Recalls? 14 

On his Facebook wall, Councilman Mike Kennedy posts: Facebook etiquette question I was asked by a friend today: If you know people that you've been friends with in the past, maybe you hired them, helped them out or helped their kids out, they are friendly…

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Huckleberries Has Learned That ... 70 

Originally posted at 3:13 p.m. today ... Anti-Recall organizers Sara Meyer and Jennifer Drake have found 4 petitions signed by Rodney Bitterman, the RecallCDA petition gatherer that was subject of an investigation after being recorded giving out false information to collect signatures on Tubbs Hill.…

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PM Headlines -- 6.11.12

Despite drizzling rain, winds and grey skies, dozens of Priest Lake youngsters (like the one above being helped with her line) showed up for the Free Fishing Derby for Kids at the "POND" at Priest Lake Golf Course, posts Pecky Cox/As the Lake Churns. "The…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.11.12

4:43 p.m. Father holding down son on Lunceford/CdA during dispute re: WalMart shoplifting Sunday. 5:34 p.m. R/P concerned for Fernan Lake fisherman who was shaking badly before driving off in vehicle toward Coeur d'Alene on Fernan Lake Road in vehicle registered in Rathdrum. 5:08 p.m.…

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Software Malfunction

A Berry Picker points out that Kootenai County Teasurer's Office has had a computer software malfunction. Question: Have you paid your second half property taxes yet? Or do you wait until the last minute? Or do you pay them for the full year before Dec.…

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Highway Commissioner Lekstrum, RIP 

Dinosaur Man comments: Here is the message I got: “It is with great regret and sadness that I must inform you that Marv Lekstrum (a Lakes Highway District commissioner & past member of the county GOP Central Committee) passed away at 7:45 PM (Sunday) evening.…

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Otter OK w/2 GOP Chairman Choices 

Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he can support either of two candidates he expects to run for the office next week. The prospects are Elmore County GOP Chairman Barry Peterson and Gayann DeMordaunt, the wife of freshman GOP Rep. Reed DeMourdaunt, R-Eagle. "I was…

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Cindy: Breaking Up Ain't Hard To Do

In the comments section, Cindy Hval writes that she hitchhiked once in her life: "Got mad at my then boyfriend. Stormed out. Walked a block. Got picked up. BF chased us down the street in his truck. Got out. Made BF take me home. Broke…

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2 Small Fries

A small fry looks like a smaller fry during the annual Free Fishing Derby for the kids at the POND on Priest Lake Golf Course over the weekend. And Pecky Cox/As The Lake Churns was there to capture the moment. The event is sponsored by…

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Rough Count 23 

City Clerk Susan Weathers cuts the tape on one of the boxes of petitions turned in this morning by Frank Orzell and Bill McCrory of the RecallCDA group, who were accompanied by Coeur d'Alene attorney Glen Walker. (Phantom Photographer photo) City Clerk Susan Weathers &…

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Idaho Joins Kramer HOF Effort 

Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio are among the most elite, recognizable and honored athletes of their time. They have been rewarded for their skill and dedication to the game, but the roster of Hall of Fame legends remains incomplete…

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Edit: A Sobering Public Access Ruling

For the First Amendment, and for those who believe in transparent government, it was a significant victory on a sobering front. Witnesses should have access to view an execution from start to finish, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ing ruled late Friday. So…

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Johnson: Obama Not Doing Fine 17 

Skillful politicians, it is often said, make their own luck. They have – or develop – the instincts to act, speak or hold their tongue at the right moment. The best of the best use language and symbols to connect over and over again with…

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What About Those Hydroplane Votes? 14 

I have a question that I just have to ask. By now, everyone knows that Mary Souza, arch political enemy of Mayor Sandi Bloem, supports the recall 100 percent purportedly because (drum roll, please) she believes Coeur d'Alene residents have the right to vote on…

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Don't Hold Your Breath 

Robin Loznak, a Facebook Friend who has worked for the Great Falls, Mont., and Roseburg, Ore., newspaper, provides this superb photo of underway life, entitled "Little Suckers." Robin posts: "I found these cute little critters in a cattle watering trough. Did you know mosquito larvae…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.11.12

11:59 a.m. R/P reports finding computer parts @ Corbin & Upriver/PF. 11:45 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 10-11 here. 11:27 a.m. Katherine has contaced KCSD re: property line dispute w/neighbor. 11:08 a.m. Fortgrounds owner in 300 block of Military/CdA reports losing…

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'Kindness' Author Shot Hitchhiking 

A West Virginia man who is hitchhiking across the country and writing a memoir called "The Kindness of America" was injured in a random, drive-by shooting in northeastern Montana, according to authorities. Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier said Raymond Dolin, 39, was sitting on the…

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AM Headlines -- 6.11.12 

Shirley Bierman, of Meridian stands with fellow protesters during a demonstration in opposition of the Obama administration's healthcare mandate for religious institutions outside the James A McClure Federal Building in Boise. The rally featured several speakers from local area Christian groups, denouncing the looming U.S.…

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Popkey: Denney May Face Opposition 

House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, is poised to do something Idaho hasn't seen in 30 years, reports Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey: Defeat the top leader of a house of Idaho's Legislature. Popkey reports that Bedke is in good position to challenge weakened…

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Susan Goes To Work

Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers was one of a handful of City Hall workers applying the official stamp to recall petitions indicating that they had been received. Weathers was watched through a glass by Recall organizer Frank Orzell and anti-Recall organizers Sara Meyer and…

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Poll: MikeK, Sandi Main Targets

Weekend Poll: Hucks Nation believes Mayor Sandi Bloem and Councilman Mike Kennedy are the main targets of the Coeur d'Alene recall effort. When asked who would get the most signatures on recall petitions, 88 of 180 respondents (48.89%) said Mike Kennedy and 82 of 180…

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Monica Styles In A Tutu 

Monica, a Chinese crested dog, sports a tutu on the runway at a fashion show during the outdoor dog festival Woofstock in Toronto on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu) Question: Have you ever dressed your dog up in clothes?

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Franz To Star In Special CST Show 

There’s big news for the Spotlight column, and then there is Big News. I think this falls into the latter category. Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre has announced a special show, for one night only, that will mark the return to the stage of Dennis Franz.…

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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.