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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Parting Shot -- 6.22.12 

A young raccoon's head is shown stuck in a storm drain cover in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Dearborn Heights Department of Public Works employees, using some vegetable oil, liquid soap and some TLC, managed to free the critter unharmed. The crew took the raccoon to the…

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TGIF Wild Card -- 6.22.12 10 

Nicole Hensley of KXLY tweets this morning: "While getting my coffee this morning, somebody said to me: 'May the news be with you.'" Indeed. The news seems to have stopped now that the Coeur d'Alene recall drive has failed. We can always hope for the…

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Trish: Grandma's Garden 

Keira searched for flowers in a tall patch of unmown grass in my backyard. Most of the grasses were just over her two-and-a-half-year-old head, and some of the dandelions lurking within were nearly as tall. There were other flower surprises hidden in the grass for…

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RRepub2: Our Tent Bigger Than UCNI 

ReaganRepub2: DFO you pegged Dino man correct. The UNCI crowd drinks Pedersen’s cool aid of hatred for RR’s (instead of working with RR’s for the achievement of more elected republicans) and would NEVER vote for an RR no matter if more conservative than they. Would…

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PM Headlines -- 6.22.12

Robert Ruth, who's accused of helping cop shooter Charles Wallace, is seen on a closed-circuit courtroom television earlier today at Spokane County Superior Court in Spokane, Wash. Ruth is being held on $100,000 bond. Story below. (Tyler Tjomsland SR photo) Thunder in forecast today, Saturday/Mike…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.22.12

6:02 p.m. Grandfather on bike can't find 8YO boy who left in go-cart on H97 in Rose Lake area. 5:27 p.m. Possible DUI driver behind wheel of silver RAV4 @ e/b Prairie & Meyer/Rathdrum. 5:18 p.m. Male blew stop sign @ Bobby's Bar in Worley,…

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Quotable Quote -- Bubblehead 

Tongue firmly cheeked, Bubblehead wrote on his Facebook wall: "Noted a couple of historical errors in the movie about Abraham Lincoln killing vampires; for example, there was actually no applause at the end of the Gettysburg Address, as the crowd thought it was a prayer.…

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North Idaho Blog Rdp -- 6.22.12

On his Facebook wall, FF Robin Loznak of Kellogg, Ore., posts: "My pollen photo is gracing the electronic pages of National Geographic's website this morning. You can see more of Robin's terrific wildlife photos here Chasing butterflies/A Butterfly Moment Monsters University/A Family Runs Through It…

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Wolf-Whistle Billboard Comes Down 

A billboard is shown at the MarketFair Mall in West Windsor, N.J., that drew criticism and was taken down after a protest that its message about wolf whistles treated sex harassment as a joke.(AP Photo/Elizabeth Harman) Question: Have you ever had someone wolf-whistle at you?

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Idaho GOP Punts On Closed Primary 16 

Idaho State Republican Party convention delegates in Twin Falls likely skirted a renewed, potentially messy internal fight over their party's closed primary by recommending the issue be studied, not addressed head-on. According to a resolution that cleared a convention committee Friday, state leaders will be…

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Luna Claims IEA Is Lying Re: Reform 11 

Public schools chief Tom Luna whipped up partisans at the GOP convention in Twin Falls, accusing teachers unions of lying about the 2011 Legislature’s education reforms. Foes have gotten measures on November’s ballot to torpedo the reforms, which curtail teachers’ bargaining rights, promote merit pay…

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Send 'Em To The Sheriff

One Kootenai County department head sent around the following memo to his staff: "Apparently the hydro-plane races are coming to Kootenai County!! If you receive any calls or questions regarding this race, everyone needs to be aware of the following: The County had determined the…

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Calm Before Ironman CdA Race 

An Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlete visits with a vendor in the Ironman Village at City Park moments ago. Triathletes and their families are spending a leisurely day perusing products and samples provided by vendors this afternoon prior to the 10th annual IronmanCDA race Sunday. (Christa…

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DOTC Drops By Campaign Material 15 

Now that the Coeur d'Alene recall attempt is over, the fall campaign for the Idaho Legislature appears to be under way. Former county clerk Dan English, a Democrat, dropped off some campaign literature for his general election race against Republican Ed Morse for state Rep.…

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Shooting Suspect Jailed w/o Incident 

Pursuit of a suspected shooter had law enforcement hunkered down at a Coeur d'Alene apartment complex from early morning through early afternoon on Thursday. After Coeur d'Alene police and a multi-agency SWAT team had surrounded his residence for roughly seven hours, Zebulon R. Batke, 33,…

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Mary Hinting At Another Recall Try? 23 

In her latest newsletter, recall organizer Mary Souza sounds the same theme provided by Councilman Dan Gookin on Tuesday: "It's over." Although she and other recallers continue to scrutinize the signatures on recall petitions, Mary says, "Let's hope the four officials we tried to recall…

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AM Headlines -- 6.22.12 

Delegate Paul Workman from Legislative District 25 (left) listens during the GOP Platform Committee Meeting Thursday at the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls. Stories below. (AP Photo/Drew Nash, Times News) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Spokane auto theft rate 4th highest in US/SR…

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The Village That Makes CdA Great 

Hospice of North Idaho posted this photo of Barbara Mueller's "Portrait of a Town," which was unveiled Sunday in Fort Sherman Park, near 4th & Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Question: How many individuals do you know who have their portraits on the Fort…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.22.12

12:03 p.m. Logging truck rear-ends under vehicle in turn lane of H95 & Rockford Bay Road. 12:01 p.m. Rathdrum Super 1 rep reports suspicious male @ Smoke Shop next door. 11:53 p.m. 2-vehicle, noninjury crash is blocking s/b H95 south of Kathleen/CdA. 11:33 a.m. R/P…

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Look, Up In The Sky! 

Yves Rossy, known as the Jetman, flies with the Breitling DC-3 over Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, earlier today. It is the first time that Rossy has ever flown with a passenger plane as passengers watch him at eye level. The Swiss aviator dropped from a helicopter…

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Poll: Gang Problem In CdA? Nah 

Thursday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation doesn't think that the Coeur d'Alene area has a serious problem with criminal gangs. 72 of 135 respondents (53.33%) took that position. Meanwhile, 47 of 135 respondents (34.81%) do believe there is a serious gang problem here. 16…

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Stapilus: Partisans Didn't Get Way

In his weekly newspaper column, Randy Stapilus of the Ridenbaugh Press discusses recall, saving the failed Coeur d'Alene recall for last. After providing background information re: how the county's dysfunctional Republicans had inserted partisanship into nonpartisan city races, Stapilus writes: "That was the backdrop for…

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Hardliners Emit Agenda 21 Bat Signal 51 

They may have been beaten at the GOPrimary election but Kootenai County's uberconservatives are unbowed, still giving credence to their notion that Kootenai County is about to embrace socialist land-use planning. Imagine our conservative commissioners doing something like that. Case in point, this ad from…

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Otter Reveals Idaho's Budget Secret 

In delivering a warning to his department heads, Gov. Butch Otter is also giving a heads up to lawmakers. Don’t expect an unabated flow of federal dollars into state government. Otter is asking his agency directors to come up with a contingency plan for absorbing…

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How Abusers Skirt Court Orders

Even inside her Spokane Valley home, with a security camera turned on, Traci doesn’t feel safe. She avoids the windows at night, knowing that he might be outside again, standing in the shadows, watching. One day she counted the number of times he called and…

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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.