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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

Wild Card/Monday -- 6.18.12 16 

Coeur d'Alene Held Hostage, Day 74 (and probably the last day): Until mid-week last week, I suspected that we were moving toward a recall election -- and that we'd have under 4 1/2 months of intense nastiness in Coeur d'Alene. When disqualifications reached 20% on…

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Parting Shot -- 6.18.12 

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, center, is surrounded by media as leaves federal court with his wife Debbie Clemens, right, and others Monday in Washington after his acquittal on charges of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.…

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City Clerk: Recall Drive Has Failed 24 

Official story: Signatures fall short in Coeur d'Alene recall attempts/Becky Kramer, SR Just returned from City Hall, where City Clerk Susan Weathers declared all the petition drive to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members "null & void ab initio." In other words, the…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.18.12 

5:38 p.m. Joseph reports males in black pickup shined lazer at him when they passed on I-90. 5:34 p.m. Resident in 8900 block of 15th Street/CdA reports finding a discarded bike. 5:19 p.m. Male in vehicle driving slowly through unfinished CdA subdivision, creeping kids out.…

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Today's Headlines -- 6.18.12 

The Phantom Photographer said this vehicle was the one he liked most during the annual Friday night cruise of Car d'Lane. Anyone want to identify it and the drivers for us? Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Thunderstorms possible this afternoon/Mike Prager, SR St. Maries police investigate…

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Another Neck Tie For Father's Day 

It’s Father’s Day. I’m gonna get a necktie. I have for every Father’s Day since I became one, and so have you — even if the only place you have to wear a tie is on the tractor. Don’t blame your unimaginative loved ones. A…

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Trib: Craig Still Stonewalling 14 

Five years ago last Monday, then-U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, walked into the men's room at the Minneapolis airport and got into trouble. An undercover airport cop said Craig propositioned him for gay sex. Craig pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace. And we've been talking…

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Former Rathdrum Star Publisher Dies 

Tom Burnett, a veteran journalist, is shown with the small weekly he started to serve the northern communities of Kootenai County, Rathdrum Star. (Jesse Tinsley SR file photo) Tom Burnett, who founded the Rathdrum Star weekly newspaper before it closed in December due to his…

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Darth: Curses, Foiled Again 22 

Darth Maul, one of my all-time favorite HucksOnline trolls, apparently is unhappy with the Recall results: "The Princesses of Privilege spread lies and smeared good God fearing men and women. They held illegal rallies on private property and they encouraged people to sign our recall…

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My 2 Cents: It Ain't Over 30 

State Rep. Kathy Sims is shown at her station across from Sherman Hardware, trying to attract signatures for her recall petitions. Even if City Clerk Susan Weathers declares the Coeur d'Alene recall attempt a failure (void ab initio) at 4:30 p.m. today, the attempted takeover…

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12 Years Late, Justice's Poem Printed

A dozen years ago, Statesman editors told retired Idaho Supreme Court Justice Byron Johnson that he'd have to translate to prose a poem he's submitted as a letter to the editor if he wanted it published. Poems are generally not allowed on the editorial pages.…

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Poll: GOPers OK w/Partial Obamacare 

Republican voters are more open than Demorats to a Supreme Court ruling striking down only part of President Obama’s healthcare law, according to a new poll. The court is expected to issue a ruling within the next two weeks on the healthcare reform law. It…

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Sis: Lake City Lucky To Have MikeK 14 

Sisyphus: Looking forward to the scrutiny and derision the CAVERs are going to deliver to Cliff’s office like they did to Dan English. They have a choice to make on what they’re going to be eating, irony(criticizing their replacement) or hypocrisy(not criticizing him), and I…

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Car d'Lane Too Popular? 

The Phantom Photographer wonders what the boy in the back seat has in his mouth. Maybe a candy copy of whatever the man is smoking in the front seat? PP snapped this photo during the annual Car d'Lane cruise Friday night in downtown Coeur d'Alene.…

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Weekend Poll: No To Resignations 

Weekend Poll: The point of the Weekend Poll appears to be moot now. But HucksOnline asked whether Mayor Sandi Bloem & the three City Council members should resign if the recall petition drive had been successful. 175 of the 328 respondents said: "Hell no!" 85…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.18.12

12:20 p.m. R/P reports hit-and-run accident in the 8500 block of Cloverleaf/Hauser Lake. 11:55 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for June 17-18 here. 11:43 a.m. Driver of champagne Colorado SUV honking, passing on shoulder @ I-90 & stateline. 11:26 a.m. R/P in mobile…

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Extra! Final Rejecton Rate 23% 26 

From news release provided moments ago by Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes: "Today Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced the completion of signature verifications for the Coeur d’Alene Recall petitions. 'We’ve completed 100% of the petition verifications. The final reject rate is approximately 23% for…

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Extra! Recall Announcement Today 17 

City Clerk Susan Weathers, pictured, informed HucksOnline moments ago that she will announce the outcome of the Recall attempt against Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members (Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers & Mike Kennedy) at 4:30 p.m. today. Weathers said she will receive the petitions…

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Race For Sheriff Ain't Over 

Bob Foster, an Independent running for Kootenai County sheriff, participated in the annual lawnmower races at Spirit Lake this weekend. Here, Bob appears to be crossing a finish line. Unfortunately, the photo from Phantom Photographer, is cropped in such a way that we can't see…

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Arpie: What Do We All Do Next? 

Arpie: (Now that the Recall attempt has apparently failed) It’s time for Hucksters to do what we do best -- telling others what they should do. We need a thread for the next week or so dedicated to what the next steps should be for…

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Riots Figure Rodney King, 47, RIP 

Just a few months ago, Rodney King was once again the center of attention as the world checked back in on the man whose videotaped beating by police sparked one of the nation's worst race riots. King had left Los Angeles behind, moving an hour…

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Mary Defends Dan's Meltdown 12 

On the Coeur d'Alene Press Online thread Friday afternoon, Mary Souza was busy defending Councilman Dan Gookin's email outburst at City Administrator Wendy Gabriel that was originally printed at Huckleberries Online: "Dan is unveiling the culture of intimidation at city hall, and he's doing it…

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Gookin: But I Apologized 31 

Dan Gookin filed this comment in the SR.com online thread under my Huckleberries column (re: Huckleberries: Councilman mighty testy over early news report/DFO): If Oliveria honestly wanted to report about me, he would have discovered that I apologized to Ms. Gabriel less than an hour…

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Mudgy, Millie & The Girls 

Two little girls, with Dad keeping a watchful eye on them, join Millie aboard Mudgy in downtown Coeur d'Alene during the annual Car d'Lane cruise Friday night. (Phantom Photographer photo) Question: Do you consider Mudgy & Millie attractive or ugly pieces of public art?

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Boomers Change Work Demographics 

Connie and Scott Brunell were living the early-retirement dream shared by many baby boomers once upon a time. They left telephone company jobs in the Seattle area to work for an oil company in Saudi Arabia. They stayed 12 years, making and saving good money.…

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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.