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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 6.12.12 

Coeur d'Alene Held Hostage, Day 67: We're all in a holding pattern now as County Clerk Cliff Hayes' election department verifies signatures on RecallCDA ballots. The magic number is 4311. All four petitions to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers…

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Parting Shot -- 6.12.12 

Oklahoma City Thunder fan Faith Farrell, 10, from Edmond, Okla has her face painted before Game 1 of the NBA finals basketball series against the Miami Heat tonight in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Question: Who wins the NBA championship -- Oklahoma City Thunder (erstwhile…

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Decline To Sign Perusing Petitions 82 

Jennifer Drake reports to HucksOnline that 7 anti-Recallers have gone through about 200 petitions, checking for signatures that should be disqualified -- almost halfway there. She tells HBO: "Things are all over the board. Lots of people not registered as voters, lots of wrong addresses.…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.12.12

4:37 p.m. R/P reports 2 suspicious males are in a vehicle @ Miller & Cougar Gulch/CdA. 4:24 p.m. Business owner wants to see a sheriff's deputy re: one of his employees. 4:21 p.m. Robert reports to KCSD that he has lost his wallet. 4:18 p.m.…

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PM Headlines -- 6.12.12 

Catholic Bishop Chuck Skoro holds a prayer book as a small group of protesters gather in opposition to the scheduled execution of Richard Leavitt outside the Idaho Maximum Security Institution on Tuesday in Kuna. Prison officials declared Leavitt, 53, dead at 10:25 a.m. today by…

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What Execution Witnesses Saw 

The six correctional officers, wearing surgical masks and stationed three to a side like pallbearers, lifted the inmate off the gurney and strapped him to the execution table inside the Idaho state prison on Tuesday. They attached intravenous lines to Richard Leavitt's arms and electrodes…

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Burger King Offers Bacon Sundae 

Burger King wants to lure customers this summer with a barbecue party — and a bacon sundae. The world's second biggest hamburger chain on Thursday is launching several pork, beef and chicken sandwiches as limited time offers. And for a sweet ending, the company is…

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NIdaho Blog Rdp -- 6.12.12 

Stebbijo posts: "I quit cooking. My deep fat fryer broke and I found out that after a year later and this with several months of exercise, I had gained weight. So, I quit -- that's it -- and I am not getting another deep fat…

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Out-Of-Work Idaho Teens Out Of Luck 

The Associated Press highlights the problem of teen unemployment in piece published today. StateImpact devoted significant time to the issue earlier this year, not long after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing Idaho has one of the highest teen unemployment rates in the…

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Genesee To Be Luna Guinea Pig 12 

It looks like a local school district will be a guinea pig this fall for the Students Come First initiative put forward by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. The Idaho Department of Education named Genesee School District among 32 others across the state to…

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Eva Getting On With Life 

A bald eagle known to locals as Eva delivers a just-caught fish to her eaglets in Seattle last week. Eva's mate Eddie was killed by a bus last year, but she now has a new mate and young to raise. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Steve…

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Redux: Petition Signer Names Here 

In case you didn't see yesterday's post with links to those who signed the RecallCDA petitions, you can read them by clicking on links below: Mayor Sandi Bloem's recall petitions here. Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander's recall petitions here. Councilman Woody McEvers' recall petitions here. Councilman Mike…

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CPD Report Of Proxygate Available 

Last week, you read about the decision by the Latah County prosecutor's decision not to file charges in the county GOP Central Committee Proxygate caper, which involved a challenged proxy ballot filed on behalf of Kelly Chadderdon. The ballot made the difference in a 31-30…

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Ex-Senator McGee Faces Charge 

The incident that cost Sen. John McGee his Senate seat, his role in legislative leadership and his future in Idaho politics resulted in a criminal charge Tuesday. Ada County Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant for former state Sen. John McGee of Caldwell on a…

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Erica: 2 Of My Favorite Things 

On her Facebook wall, former SR colleague Erica Curless (now an equine & canine massage therapist), posts: "Horses and words: two of my favorite things. Massaging horses and then going to the kick off for Jess Walter's new novel ("Beautiful Ruins") tonight at Aunties." Question:…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.12.12

12:21 p.m. R/P complains of loud music from red Dodge Stratus registered in Worley. 12:08 p.m. R/P reports traffic hazard @ s/b H95 @ Garwood, a piece of wood lying on road. 11:57 a.m. Vicious dog reported running loose in 11400 block of Nunn Road/Athol.…

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AM Headlines -- 6.12.12 

This undated photo by provided by the Roosevelt County Sheriff''s Department in Billing, Mt., shows 52-year-old Lloyd Christopher Danielson from Washington state who is charged with felony assault with a weapon in a seemingly-random weekend shooting that injured a man from West Virginia. The victim…

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Berry Picker: Property Value Tanks 12 

A Berry Picker writes: "After the crazy years when my property value went up about 20 percent each year, they're falling about 15 percent each year, according to the recent notice from Assessor's office. The value of the home is about the same, but the…

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17YO Post Falls Girl Found Drowned 

A 17-year-old Post Falls girl has been found drown in Lake Coeur d'Alene near the Higgens Point Recreational Area. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department hasn't released the name of the victim who may have committed suicide. At 9:45 p.m. Monday, sheriff's deputies were asked to…

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Making A List & Checking It Twice 

Sharon Culbreth, one of the main participants in the RecallCDA effort, is show checking her list of signatures during the petition gathering days of the recall attempt. Let's use this thread to discuss the recall while County Clerk Cliff Hayes' Election Department continues verification of…

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IFF: Ed Reform Draws Attention Here 

The failed multimillion dollar campaign to boot Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office is on its way to Idaho. We don’t know what form it will take, but you can imagine that some of the messages tried in Wisconsin will also be attempted here, all…

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Execution Carried Out As 'Prescribed' 

Convicted murderer Richard Leavitt was declared dead at 10:25 this morning, executed by lethal injection. State Corrections Director Brent Reinke siad, “The procedures were carried out as prescribed. … The Department of Corrections has fulfilled the obligation that the law requires and that justice demands.”…

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Idaho Executes Richard Leavitt 

About a dozen protesters had gathered outside Idaho's prison gates by 9 a.m., to protest the execution this morning of Richard Leavitt. “As citizens of this state, we are appalled that this killing is being done in our name,” Mia Crosthwaite of Idahoans Against the…

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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.