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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

CdA Stabbing Suspect In Custody 

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force has located wanted subject James H. Kountz. Kountz was taken into custody at 5:40 p.m. today. He was located in the same wooded area where the stabbing occurred Monday evening Near US Hwy 95 at Wilbur Avenue. Kountz…

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 6.27.12 10 

The failed Coeur d'Alene recall attempt has given way to ULUC? Really? Dog days of summer appear to be upon us more than a month early. Oh well ... the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee shows signs of being as dysfunctional as its previous incarnation.…

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Idaho Ed Spending: We're No. 50! 15 

Idaho’s school spending per pupil ranks 50th in the nation for a second straight year, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census, while Washington’s is 32nd, one place worse than last year’s ranking of 31st. Washington education officials bemoaned the ranking as too…

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PM: Ed Corridor Phase 1B Now Open 

North Idaho College Trustee Mic Armon and Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem cut the ribbon for Phase 1B of the Education Corridor construction project Wednesday at the intersection of Military Drive and River Avenue. Also in attendance were representatives of various agencies that collaborated on…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.27.12 

5:25 p.m. ISP officers worry re: "median dodgers" & others trying to avoid I-90 blockage (5:16 item). 5:16 p.m. Vehicle rear-ends another while rubber-necking traffic stop @ w/b I-90 near NW Blvd. 5:11 p.m. Firefighters en route to extinguish barbecue on fire on Linwood Drive/Hayden.…

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Cindy: 'My Day Was Instantly Better' 11 

On her Facebook wall, Super Sub Cindy posts: "After a rather disappointing afternoon I engaged in some retail therapy at the Mall. I saw this couple as I was leaving. And my day was instantly better." Question: Does it uplift you to see an older…

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Linda: Let's Swap Reading Lists 28 

In an exchange with Duroc earlier today, Linda Cook commented: "I’ll tell you what, let’s trade lists of books. At the top of my list for you would be Storm Over Rangelands by Wayne Hage. It’s a history of land control, starting with the end…

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End Notes: Remembering Nora Ephron 

She Bewitched us and gave us Heartburn. She sent us (You’ve Got) Mail. We learned secrets deep within Silkwood and wondered if just maybe the best romance begins between best friends, like Harry Burns and Sally Albright. Every woman on the planet remembers Meg Ryan’s…

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Columnist: Time To Unfriend Death 

We recently had an old family friend die, and his relatives chose not to have a funeral. In lieu of a service, they created a fan page on Facebook where people could visit, view pictures of the deceased and leave comments. No more than a…

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Richert: Supreme Court Flexes Muscle 

Brianny Abreu, 6, has her vitals checked at the William F. Ryan Community Health Center in New York, earlier today. Presidential candidates, governors of virtually every state, insurers with billions at stake, companies large and small and countless millions of Americans concerned about their own…

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Bonners Ferry Sandbagging Casino

From Cynthia Taggart, Panhandle Health District spokeswoman: "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began supervising the project of sandbagging the city levee in front of the Kootenai River Inn early Wednesday morning. The community surrounding the City of Bonners Ferry has stepped up to assist in…

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Ironman Triathlete Died Tuesday 16 

Officials have announced that a man died early Tuesday afternoon following complications he suffered during the swimming portion of the Ironman triathlon in Coeur d’Alene this weekend. The man has been identified as 44-year-old Sean Murphy from Seattle. Ironman personnel spotted Murphy struggling in Lake…

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Dino: ULUC Crowd Wasn't Unruly 

Jennifer Locke, who opposes the Unified Land Use Code project, looks toward fellow protesters while Todd Messenger presents his ideas during a Kootenai County workshop at the Coeur d'Alene Library Tuesday. (Phantom Photographer photo) Dinosaur Man: Not all the crowd was unruly, but some were…

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News Quiz Offers Movie Tickets, More 

Who wants to go to the movies? Simply by taking this week's current-events quiz, you're eligible to win a random drawing for two tickets to area cinemas. And if you finish on top of the leaderboard, a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel could…

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Carlson: Definitions Of Political Party 

“You’re really a Republican, you just don’t want to admit it,” my publisher said to me the other day. “I’m a business Democrat,” I countered, “if you insist on trying to label me.” “No such thing,” he replied, adding “and just what the heck is…

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Square Dancers Visit Spokane

They come from 49 states and nine foreign countries, and they come here to dance. More than 5,200 dancers are expected to participate in the 61st National Square Dance Convention, which begins at the Convention Center today and runs through Saturday, sharing one day with…

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Today Is Helen Keller's Birthday 

Today is Helen Keller's birthday. Keller, pictured, (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through…

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How Do You Trim This Tree? 

Super Sub Cindy spotted this "beer Christmas tree" at a neighbor's garage sale, noting that the neighbor probably was from Idaho. Question: What is the strangest thing you've seen -- or bought -- at a garage sale?

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.27.12

12:17 p.m. Unknown medical emergency reported in 5900 block of Harbor Drive/CdA. 12:16 p.m. Male w/dog & sign may be hitchhiking along e/b I-90 b/n Spokane & Selticeway/PF 11:59 a.m. Richard has questions re: no-contact order & a possible violation. 11:41 a.m. CPD officer reports…

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Poll: Comp Plan Update? Not Worried

Tuesday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation isn't worried about the Unified Land Use Plan project to bring codes & ordinances into compliance with Kootenai County's revised comprehensive plan. 45 of 91 respondents (49.45%) said they aren't worried by the revisions considered by the county…

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Fired Breast-Feeding Advocate Sues 

A Spokane mom and breast-feeding advocate says her former employer wrongfully terminated her after a media frenzy surrounding photos of two military moms breast-feeding in Air Force uniforms. Crystal Scott, a civilian and the program director for Mom2Mom Breast Feeding Support Group at Fairchild Air…

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AM Headlines -- 6.27.12 

Aaron Cada left and Alicia Tatum had to use a rowboat to get to Tatum's cousin's mobile home in Bonners Ferry Tuesday. Becky Kramer SR story here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Record rainfall hits Coeur d'Alene/CdA Press Dog shot in home…

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Jai Offers Explanation At Workshop 

Commissioner Jai Nelson and Martha Cook of the Mica Flats area review papers during the presentation by Todd Messenger. Commissioner Todd Tondee introduced Messenger, who represented of consultant Kendig Keast Collaborative at a county workshop on the Unified Land Use Code project. (Phantom Photographer photo)

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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.