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THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012

God & Countryfest Attracts Crowd 

The ability to choose a religion and worship freely is one of the reasons attendees of the God and Country Festival said they are proud to be American. The God and Country Festival, an annual event that promotes the Christian faith and pride in country,…

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Huckleberries Hears ... 25 

... City Council members Dan Gookin, Steve Adams and Ron Edinger dug in again this morning at a meeting with Lake City Development Corp & Team McEuen, refusing to compromise on moving the American Legion Baseball field. Edinger insisted that the baseball diamond not be…

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Angry Bird

A crow dive-bombs Melanie Lochert as she walks across the Morrison Bridge Thursday, in Portland, Ore. For the past two months people crossing the west end of the Morrison Street Bridge have been dodging a crow that's been protecting a nest. From morning to night…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.28.12 

12:19 p.m. Officer reports silver-painted graffiti on stop sign & road sign @ Pine Tree & Buckles/Hayden (at entrance to Emerald Estates subdivision). 12:18 p.m. Albertsons in Ironwood Square/CdA reports receiving $20 counterfeit bill. 12:14 p.m. Firefighter en route to check smoke sighting in 2200…

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Luna: Yeah, We're Next To Last -- Trib 

If you discovered the United States was spending less per capita on defense than 49 other nations, you wouldn't be doing cartwheels. If you watched your company earning less money than virtually all its competitors, you'd lose some sleep at night. What if you saw…

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Reward Offered For Fugitive Leiske 

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest has offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive Travis J. Leiske. Leiske is currently wanted for a felony probation violation stemming from a forgery conviction in July of 2011. Leiske altered a personal check…

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AM Headlines -- 6.28.12

"You meet a lot of friends," said Marty Golden of Wichita, Kansas as she showed off one of her dresses at the Spokane Fairgrounds on Wednesday. Marty is in town this weekend for the 61st National Square Dance Convention at the Spokane Convention Center &…

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Sandpoint Bypass Dedication Friday 

Idaho’s single largest highway project, and one that took 65 years from the time its was first discussed to completion, will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Sandpoint. The dedication ceremony will be held at 106 Bridge Street. Parking will be available in the…

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Poll: Still Support IronmanCdA

Wednesday Poll: The tragic death of triathlete Sean Murphy of Seattle in the 10th annual Ironman Coeur d'Alene hasn't dampened community enthusiasm for the event. 96 of 113 respondents (84.96%) say they're still strong supporters of the event. Only 14 of 113 respondents (12.39%) say…

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Mitt Pledges To Repeal Obamacare 35 

With the Capitol in the background, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling Thursday in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Question: Who will the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare help more in November -- President Barack Obama…

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Spencer: Free Perks Lure Transients 39 

Spencer: And the victim was from Reno? So… now we have one person in jail, and will need to pay for his housing and medical expenses for the remainder of his life, or at least a long time, and one person being treated at the…

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Court: Lying About Military Medals OK 

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a federal law that made it a crime to falsely claim being awarded a top military honor, saying the law infringed on the Constitution’s First Amendment protection of free speech. The court ruling concerned the Stolen Valor Act,…

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Barbieri: 'This Cannot Be Reality' 

Outspoken Idaho Representative Vito Barbieri has pledged to continue his fight against President Barack Obama's health care reform despite the Supreme Court's final ruling on Thursday. Barbieri -- who sponsored a 2011 bill to nullify health care reform in Idaho, told KTVB he wants to…

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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare 26 

The Supreme Court today upheld the vast majority of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul, including the hotly debated core requirement that virtually all Americans have health insurance. The 5-4 decision means the huge overhaul, still taking effect, will proceed and pick up momentum…

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JohnA: Ed Corridor Brings Healing

Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem addresses small crowd on hand for the dedication of Phase 1B (infrastructure) of future Education Corridor Wednesday afternoon at Military & River, north of North Idaho College. The project was a cooperative effort between NIC and the Lake City Development…

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Stabbing Suspect Had Long Rap Sheet 

Police today arrested a convicted killer accused of trying to kill another man in a stabbing Monday night north of Coeur d’Alene. James H. Kountz, 56, was arrested about 5:40 p.m. in the same wooded area near U.S. Highway 95 and Wilbur Avenue where he…

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Ironman Death Stuns Triathletes 

Before the start of Ironman Coeur d'Alene on Sunday, as he stood with more than 2,000 others waiting to plunge into Lake Coeur d'Alene, David Martin met Sean Murphy, pictured. They chatted for a minute and Martin helped the 44-year-old Seattle man zip up his…

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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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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.





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