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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012

Hump Day Wild Card -- 6.13.12 73 

Coeur d'Alene Held Hostage, Day 68: If those disqualification numbers hold up -- 12-13% -- we're headed for a recall election. And this community will be held hostage that many more days. Great for blog numbers. Lousy for best mayor this town has had in…

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Parting Shot -- 6.13.12

Facebook Friend Robin Loznak calls this photo "Feathered Friends" It features a pair of wild waxwings share a small fruit in a bush at a park near Roseburg, Ore., last week. During courtship male and female cedar waxwings will sit together and pass small objects…

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Hart: IRS Garnished Legislative Pay 

When the state of Idaho made out its paychecks for tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart twice a month for the past seven years, the money didn’t go to Hart - it went straight to the IRS. That’s what Hart reported in documents filed this week…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.13.12 

5:16 p.m. Driver in dark-blue Toyota car driving w/b in e/b lanes of I-90 @ NW Blvd/CdA. 5:08 p.m. R/P reports tree fell on his rental car while it was parked @ 6th & Sherman/CdA. 4:54 p.m. A BOSS hit is reported on e/b I-90…

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PM Headlines -- 6.13.12

Two trumpeter swans and their six cygnets are shown on the Blackfoot River near Helmville, Mont. A program similar to the one that reintroduced the swans to the Blackfoot River Valley in 2005 is up for final approval for the Madison River Valley on Thursday…

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Montanan Clocked At 134mph Nabbed 10 

A Montana man faces a felony charge of driving under the influence after authorities say a state trooper clocked him driving 134 mph in a 50 mph zone. The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/KCdsRz ) 32-year-old Shaun Kachina Bell of Billings made an initial appearance in…

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'Portrait Of A Town' To Be Unveiled 10 

Above, picture boards for Barbara Mueller's "Portrait of a Town," which will be unveiled at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sherman Park Square. See here. In March, Alecia Warren of the Coeur d'Alene Press wrote about photographer Barbara Mueller's project, "Portrait of a Town": We don't…

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Rainy Days & Junk Food 

A Facebook Friend writes: "This weather makes me want to bake junk food that I shouldn't be eating. I could easily convince myself that I'll burn off the extra calories when the sun shines. Except that the sun never seems to shine anymore. Which makes…

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Minnick Sues Law Firm For $300K Loss 

Former Congressman Walt Minnick said Wednesday it now appears likely he will lose his appeal in U.S. Tax Court and blames one of Idaho’s most storied law firms for his predicament. Last week, Minnick and his wife, A.K., filed a lawsuit alleging negligence and professional…

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What Idaho House Fight Is/Isn't About

What is the battle between Idaho’s House GOP leaders all about? Let me answer that by telling you what it is not at all about. Policy. There isn’t much of a discernible difference on policy between current House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, and the man…

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Darth Vader Child Actor Faces Surgery

Max Page, the child actor feature a child actor who portrayed Darth Vader in a Super Bowl ad for the 2012 Volkswagen Passat has ties to Montana. (AP Photo/Volkswagen of America) Max Page, the 7-year-old who won acclaim playing a mini-Darth Vader last year in…

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Honeymooners Damage Area Hotel 

Three floors of a hotel were flooded Tuesday night after a fight between a couple celebrating their first wedding anniversary led to the man damaging the hotel room’s sprinklers. The Pheasant Hill Inn, 12415 E. Mission Ave., had just completed six months of renovations, the…

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Slice: Recalling A Close Call At Camp

SR buddy Paul Turner of The Slice blog posts: "When I was a kid in Burlington, Vermont, I spent a week one summer at a hockey camp in nearby Lake Placid, N.Y. Boys from all over New England attended this sports-focused session. We stayed at…

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Crapo: Father, Take Care Of Yourself 

In a column for Father's Day, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, urges men to take better care of their health: "Fathers take care of us, and one Father’s Day idea is to encourage them to also take care of themselves. Men often pay too little…

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AM Headlines -- 6.13.12

Washington Fish and Wildlife tell KHQ that a Yearling Buck deer trapped in the courtyard of the old EWU downtown campus at 1st & Wall will be euthanized. Witnesses say the deer was with another deer when it jumped over the balcony and fell two…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.13.12 

11:41 a.m. R/P reports dog loose in Silverwood RV Park/Athol 11:29 a.m. A local health agency is reporting possible rape that may have occurred in May. 11:36 a.m. Male at Flying J wants to see officer re: possible civil standby in dispute. 11:19 a.m. Resident…

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Edit: Craig Violated Donors' Trust 

On Monday — four years and 364 days after his arrest in a Minneapolis airport — Larry Craig became a defendant in a civil case. This time, the Federal Election Commission sued the former senator, his campaign committee and Kaye O’Riordan, his former campaign treasurer.…

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Poll: Hucks Nation Backs Hydros 

Tuesday Poll: In a squeaker, a plurality of Hucks Nation sez it would support the return of hydroplane races to Lake Coeur d'Alene, if the city of Coeur d'Alene held another advisory/initiative vote on the matter. That's a far cry from the 74% who opposed…

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Holding The Seat For Gabby 

In an election to fill former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., congressional seat, Democratic candidate Ron Barber, middle, pauses as he celebrates a victory with Giffords, right, and his wife Nancy Barber, left, as he addresses supporters at a post election event, Tuesday, in Tucson, Ariz.…

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Liberty Dollars Maker Fights Forfeiture 11 

A 68-year-old antigovernment activist who is facing prison for minting his own currency is now seeking a new trial while opposing the federal government’s attempt to seek forfeiture of $7 million in coins and silver bars. ... In his latest move, (Bernard) von NotHaus, pictured,…

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Post Falls To Shut 2nd URDistrict 

Item: Shut it down: Riverbend urban renewal district is 2nd in Post Falls to close/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: Amid the ongoing debates of urban renewal reform, here's something for the taxing districts and taxpayers of Post Falls to celebrate. In November the…

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1st Day Petition Rejections: 12-13% 36 

This morning Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced Tuesday’s progress on signature verifications for the Coeur d’Alene Recall petitions. “With the first day’s work completed, we’re finding most petition signatures are valid”, he said in a news release. “Or few of the petition signatures have…

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KKKers Want To Adopt-A-Highway 18 

From left, Knighthawk, April Hanson and her husband Harley Hanson, members of the International Keystone Knights Realm of Georgia, perform a traditional Klan salute along the portion of highway they want to adopt allowing them to put up a sign and do litter removal near…

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Recall Expert Checks Out Lake City 

In a Coeur d'Alene Press story today, national recall expert Jason Spivak says Mayor Sandi Bloem and other targeted city elected officials would have a better chance of surviving recall election if it was held on Nov. 6 rather than Aug. 28: "That's because an…

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