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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 6.19.12 15 

Coeur d'Alene Set Free, Day 1: I had thought that this day would be Coeur d'Alene Held Hostage, Day 75 -- that we would be headed for a recall election in August or November. But the failure of the Souza-Orzell-Sims Recallers to obtain the necessary…

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Parting Shot -- 6.19.12 

Mayor Sandi Bloem embraces departing Kroc Community Center Director John Chamness Monday at Bloem's store, Johannes and Co. in Coeur d'Alene. A recall campaign targeting the mayor and three city council members in Coeur d'Alene has failed. Kootenai County election officials ruled Monday that recall…

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Certified Petitions Ready For Viewing 

The final recall petitions showing the certified and rejected signatures have been scanned by the city of Coeur d'Alene. The city has provided the following link from which the documents (in a .zip file) can be downloaded, opened and saved directly to readers' computers for…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.19.12

5:43 p.m. Possible DUI driver behind wheel of gray Toyota Sequoia @ e/b I-90 & Huetter. 5:39 p.m. BNSF RR engineer reports 2 people on horses were too close to tracks when train passed by this afternoon @ Mallory & Trail's End/Rathdrum. 5:20 p.m. Coeur…

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PM Headlines -- 6.19.12

City of Coeur d'Alene staff count the number of certified signatures on recall petitions behind closed doors Monday at city hall in Coeur d'Aene. The ecall campaign targeting the mayor and three city council members in Coeur d'Alene has failed. Kootenai County election officials ruled…

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Officer Shot In North Spokane

Spokane police are searching for a suspect in the shooting of a police officer this afternoon in north Spokane. Eyewitnesses said they saw two injured people being taken away by ambulance. In a possibly related development, police received a report a short time later of…

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North Idaho Blog Rdp -- 6.19.12 

I'm not exactly sure where JeanC was fishing when she caught this first one that was worth keeping. But you can see photos of eagles, a sunset and waterway on JeanC's Cathouse & Shooting Gallery here. 10 things about my summer vacation/A Butterfly Moment Conservatism…

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Child Porn Brings 8-Year Sentence

A registered sex offender was sentenced to eight years in prison today for distributing child pornography. John Patrick McClaren, 46, of Hayden Lake, is to be on probation for 15 years after his release. The Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began investigating McClaren…

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Edit: 2-Headed Fish Funny, But ... 

Call it life imitating animation. The J.R. Simplot Co.’s infamous two-headed trout channels “Blinky,” the imaginary three-eyed fish that lived near the nuclear power plant on “The Simpsons.” Inevitably, the real wo-headed trout captured the attention of a not-exactly-real news program, Comedy Central’s “The Daily…

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Boat Trailer Compromise Graphic 

Do you remember that proposed compromise re: the boat-trailer parking that inadvertently upset Councilman Dan Gookin, who felt left out of the loop last week? Well, here's the graphic (area circled in black) that shows where Team McEuen is planning to put some 32 spots,…

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Final Signature Count Changes Slightly 

The petitions with the certified signatures have been scanned and can be accessed through the following link: ftp://ftp.cdaid.org/RecallPetition/Recall_Petitions-Verified.zip, according to City Clerk Susan Weathers. Through the scanning process it was discovered that 3 petitions for Mayor Bloem and Councilman Goodlander were incorrectly placed in the…

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Way We Were: Joker Called It Right 

After the Souza-Orzell-Sims Recallers announced their intention to try to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem & 3 City Council members, Joker wrote this later in the day, April 4: " It’s 4,000 signatures to rapture for Mary and the gang. They had better be organized and…

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D2Sign Moms Face Frank Orzell 24 

Jennifer Drake, center, and Sara Meyer, a supporter of Decline to Sign, and Frank Orzell, a supporter of Recall CDA, discuss events leading up to an announcement Monday, June 18, 2012, at city hall in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, that there will be no recall on…

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Surviving Flamin' Joe's Challenge 

In other kid-bragging news, Super Sub Cindy writes of 20YO son, Alex, who conquered the Flamin' Joe's Code Red challenge. Egged on by the swing-shift crew from GU, he consumed 12 of Flamin Joe's spiciest wings in under 4 minutes without water, other food or…

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Steroid Era: Not Guilty As Sin 

So what date would Coeur d’Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers have selected? If there had been enough certified signatures Monday to prompt a recall election against four Coeur d’Alene incumbents, when would it have been? Would it have been the first possible option, Aug. 28?…

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Total Recall: Anger Management 

Joker, tongue firmly cheeked, presents his latest (last?) episode of "Total Recall." This is pure fiction. Any resemblance to real people or actual events is a coincidence: “I want you all to close your eyes and find a happy place,” Bernie told the group. “Imagine…

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Noon: Baldwin, Paparazzi Mix It Up 

A photographer with New York tabloid newspaper Daily News accused actor Alec Baldwin of attacking him on Tuesday, but the actor's representative told a different story. Photographer Marc Santos said Baldwin, 54, approached and punched him in the face for taking photographs of Baldwin and…

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Hayden Lake Road Cracked 

Sunday evening, Lakes Highway District Commissioner Monty Montgomery examines the ever-widening asphalt crack on Hayden Lake Road. Highway District staff and workers are continuing to deal with the problem today. The crack has been expanding since early Sunday morning. (Phantom Photographer photo)

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.19.12

(I apologize for the skimpy Scanner Traffic of late. I haven't been able to follow Post Falls/Rathdrum for 2-3 weeks as a result of Post Falls police converting to digital. Kootenai County will convert to digital this fall. Not to worry, though. SR popped for…

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Tea Party Influence Faces Idaho Test 

The upcoming Idaho Republican Party convention, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Saturday, will show whether Idaho's tea-party tide will rise further or if it's on the ebb in this election year, writess AP reporter John Miller. Miller reports that at the party's 2008…

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AM: Graduating With Grace

Derek Mobley will graduate from homelessness Tuesday evening after two rigorous years in the Union Gospel Mission's Grace Program. He has gone from abusing drugs and alcohol to working as a chef at the Spokane Country Club. Chelsea Bannach SR story here. (Colin Mulvany SR…

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Poll: Recall Failure Blame Game 

Monday Poll: When asked who the Souza-Orzell-Sims Recallers will blame for the failure of the recall attempt, Hucks Nation said "saboteurs who fraudulently signed petitions, following by Huckleberries Online and Decline to Sign movement. 114 of 543 respondents (20.99%) said Recallers would blame saboteurs, followed…

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My 2 Cents: Which Message Sent? 54 

I agree with the Recallers licking their wounds this morning that they sent a message to Mayor Sandi Bloem and the three Coeur d'Alene City Council members targeted for recall. But it's not the message they think they sent. The Recallers don't represent a majority…

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Stickman Sticks And Tubbs Hill 

Two of Cindy's urchins with new Stickman sticks on the swinging bridge on the east side of Tubbs Hill (on Father's Day, I believe). I haven't hiked Tubbs Hill this year yet. Keep waiting for spring to arrive. Question: What is your favorite part of…

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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.