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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 6.26.12 22 

Someone in the office remarked this morning that the weather outside reminded her to Portland -- in February or March. That's not a good thing to be said for the weather in late June in the Inland Northwest. Ten months of winter and winter lite…

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Parting (Tee) Shot -- 6.26.12 

A golfer tees off as his partner watches a wildfire burning in the Scratchgravel Hills on Monday in Helena, Mont. Scorching heat and high winds caused wildfires to break out across southwestern Montana, forcing the evacuation of more than 200 homes. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)

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Cindy: Clean Up/Makeup On Aisle 7 16 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy writes: "True story: In the grocery store ,no makeup, wearing sweats and a guy asks me, "Where's the soup?" #DoILookLikeIWorkHere. Now, I have to make a confession. I wouldn't be caught dead in sweats going to a store. Yet, one…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.26.12

5:16 p.m. R/P reports broken window in old IFI building and wants building checked for interlopers. But patrol officer reports window has been broken for 6 months. 4:56 p.m. Suspicious vehicle reported in 2400 block of Old Mill Road/CdA. 4:55 p.m. Deputies are responding code…

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PM Headlines -- 6.26.12 

Aaron Cada was on hand to help a friend get to her flooded mobile home in Bonners Ferry earlier today. Bonners Ferry has endured over 4 inches in the month of June. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Half an inch or more of rain falls by…

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College Football OKs 4-Team Playoff

The Coaches' Trophy is displayed before the BCS National Championship game between the LSU and Alabama in New Orleans in this file photo in January. College football will finally have a playoff. Come 2014, the BCS is dead. A committee of university presidents on Tuesday,…

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CPD Seeks Suspect In Knifing 10 

Update: Sgt. Christie Wood tells Hucks Online that there's nothing new in search for suspect, other than fact that he faces attempted 2nd degree murder charges & a bail of $100,000 when caught. Coeur d’Alene Police officers, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department and Idaho State Police…

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Akey: UI May Go Independent 

Idaho football coach Robb Akey said the Vandals are considering independence as a way to keep their program's Football Bowl Subdivision options open. Idaho is one of two football-playing schools left in the decimated Western Athletic Conference. New Mexico State is the other. "We've been…

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Idaho Call For Laptop Bids Fizzles 

Citing insufficient competition, Idaho officials have abandoned their original bidding process meant to equip public school teachers with laptop computers starting this fall. Instead, the state will negotiate directly with providers of computers and services, in hopes of keeping this five-year estimated $60 million piece…

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Poll: We ♥ Ironman Coeur d'Alene

Monday Poll: Two-thirds of Hucks Nation sees Ironman Coeur d'Alene as a boon to the greater Coeur d'Alene area -- and were glad that the Lake City reached an agreement for 5 more years of the event. 109 of 163 respondents (66.87%) took that position.…

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Ladybug At Twilight 

Nature photographer extraordinaire Robin Loznak of Kellogg, Ore., posts this on his Facebook wall, with the note: "I found this little gem last night just as the last color was fading in the western sky." You can see more of Robin's nature photography here.

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Marc: Corporations ARE Really People 15 

While the nation holds its collective breath over the fate of Obamacare (hint, it’s going down) the conservative judicial activists on the U.S. Supreme Court have affirmed their original controversial decision that its just fine to have unlimited and often undisclosed corporate money flow into…

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Luna: Son Of Scott Walker -- McGurn 22 

It's on. On the Idaho ballot, that is. Come November, Idahoans will vote on three referenda aimed at repealing what may be the nation's most sweeping education reform, including new limits on collective bargaining for teachers. Think of it as the sequel to Wisconsin, where…

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Idaho Priest Prays For Obama Defeat 31 

The Roman Catholic Diocese had no official comment when Boise Weekly asked about Father Michael St. Marie's choice of words June 22. But St. Marie wasn't simply commenting on the presidential election; he was praying in a very public setting. "Dear Lord, I ask that…

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Another Fake $20 Surfaces In CdA

A Coeur d'Alene produce vendor lost some limes, honey sticks and cash to a "skinny white male" who used a fake $20 bill to make a purchase at her business on Monday. The suspect has brown hair and was wearing black pants and a red…

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Norther: Other Blogs Drew Me Here 14 

Norther: methinks Digger is the official chronologist of HBO. I think I have only been here for a couple of years, not honestly sure. I originally started reading here because of DFO’s blog roundup to read all of the blogs on the right rail. It…

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Gas Prices Are  

Gasoline prices are well below the $3 mark at the Kangaroo Station in Carolina Forest, S.C., today. The price of gasoline has dropped to the lowest level in five months, giving drivers some relief ahead of the July 4 holiday. (AP Photo/The Sun News, Steve…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.26.12

12:13 p.m. Jennifer from Post Falls reports theft of a trailer. 12:11 p.m. ISP officer reports traffic lights are malfunctioning @ Govt Way & Dalton/CdA. 11:55 a.m. Older green vehicle w/Kootenai plates abandoned on H95 @ M/P 423.5 (Kidd Island). 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police…

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Recall Verification Count Cost: $6750 48 

Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes released the costs of verifying the signatures on four recall petitions for the City of Coeur d’Alene. “We’ve had several requests for the cost information,” Hayes said. “The total is approximately $6,750, all of which is for wages. This does…

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Land-Use Code Workshop Set Today 22 

Brent Regan, who is seen leaving to applause at the first local Tea Party event (April 15, 2009) at Independence Point, will be one of those in attendance at a Unified Land Use Code Project workshop scheduled at 5:45 p.m. today in the community room…

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Idaho Solons Slated For 2% Raise 12 

Idaho state legislators should get a 2 percent raise next year, a citizens committee decided Monday, while also tightening up rules about compensation for a lawmaker's second residence near the capitol. “They've not had a raise since 2007,” said Eva Gay Yost, a member of…

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Luna Reform Foes Kick Off Drive 

More than 100 people gathered on the steps outside Boise High School today to kick off a statewide campaign against the “Students Come First” school reform laws, which are up for possible repeal in three referendum measures on the November ballot. “We urge Idahoans to…

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SR: Ed Reform Hurts Idaho Teachers 

Idaho Schools Superintendent Tom Luna could not resist an opportunity last week to beat up the Idaho Education Association for alleged lies about “Students Come First,” his controversial program to substitute online learning for live teaching, implement merit pay and put an end to collective…

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AM Headlines -- 6.26.12

Blake Jones, 22, an intern with the Spokane Hoopfest Association checks out nets and backboards stickers on Hoopfest hoops on Monday in Spokane. Jones wanted to make sure the advertising logos on the backboards looked right before they will be transported to courts for this…

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Shaping 'Em Up 

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Second Class Cadet Emily Marks yells instructions to a group of swabs Monday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. In all, 251 members of the incoming class of 2016, known as swabs, reported in during an event…

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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.