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TUESDAY, DEC. 31, 2013

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 12.31.13 

Well, Merry Hucksters, that's it for this year. I plan to enjoy a fairly mellow evening with Mrs. O & the Coeur d'Alene Family Oliveria tonight -- and a New Year's Day with my bride's side of the local family. For personal reasons, I'm glad…

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Parting Shot -- 12.31.13

For the final parting shot of 2013, Huckleberries Online turns to the Facebook wall of Councilwoman KerriT, who offers frozen, colors water balloons and this thought: "I'm ready for the new year and thought the remnants of my made from water balloons frozen colored ice…

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Resolved: More People Friendly In '14 

On her Facebook wall, KXLY weathercaster Kris Crocker posts: "I'm pretty sure I'm not going to lose 10 pounds in 2014. I'll keep trying to eat healthy and exercise and get organized with some success, but those things are not my top priority this year.…

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ISP Badges To Have Vintage Look 

Idaho State Police Troopers will soon be adorning badges with a vintage look to mark its 75th year. The commemorative badge was specially designed to resemble the one worn by the earliest officers of the Bureau of Constabulary, the predecessor to the Idaho State Police.…

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Cutline Contest -- 12.31.13 

Time 2 Vote ... Pope Francis checks time after visiting the nativity scene set in St. Peter's square following a New Year's Eve vespers service he celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) Monday Winner…

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Warming Shelter Open Next 2 Nights

The St Vincent de Paul North Idaho Warming Center is going to be open tonight through New Year's Day night. Future nights will be extended as extreme cold persists. As the sub-25 degree temperatures continue, St Vincent’s shelter will always be open from 7 p.m.-7…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.31.13

Coeur d'Alene Police Dept reports this stolen vehicle: "1994 Ford Ranger, Idaho plates K406794 -- tan in color, chrome toolbox in bed of truck, stickers on the driver's side rear window and tailgate. This vehicle was last seen at 1 today near 1000 N. 3rd…

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North Idaho Blog Rdp -- 12.31.13 

At A Family Runs Through It, Idaho Dad posts this photo taken near Moscow, which he calls: "Winter Fog." Meet the Daisicals/Fort Boise Celebrating the years/End Notes Stuff happened: 2013/Slight Detour Things I learned this year include .../The Slice Looking back 1 more time/From A…

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Markets Close Year At Record Highs 19 

U.S. stocks closed out their best year in more than 15 on Tuesday, with major indexes advancing throughout 2013 on the back of the Federal Reserve's massive stimulus and expectations for accelerating growth going forward. Wall Street ended 2013 with its positive momentum intact, advancing…

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JohnA: 2-Party System Again, Locally 20 

JohnA : I look forward to the primary in May, because suddenly we have a two-party choice again, and no, Democrats aren't one of them. We have the two-party GOP on the local level, and it's time for moderate R's like me to seek out…

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Colorado Readies For Pot Sales 

Employee Lara Herzog trims away leaves from pot plants, harvesting the plant's buds to be packaged and sold at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary, which is to open as a recreational retail outlet at the start of 2014, in Denver. Colorado is making final preparations for…

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Cindy: Hobbit Or Mr. Banks? 

Trying to decide which movie to see tonight: "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" or "Saving Mr. Banks." Share your thoughts so I have someone to blame if the boys hate my movie choice -- Cindy, via Facebook. DFO: Hobbit, hands down. Anyone?

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2013 Gas Lower Than Past 2 Years 

Drivers paid less at the pump in 2013 than the previous two years, AAA reported on Tuesday. U.S. drivers paid on average $3.49 per gallon for gas in 2013, down from a peak in 2012 of $3.60. It's also down from 2011, when drivers paid…

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Lake CdA Eagle Count Climbs To 217 

The bald eagle count at Lake Coeur d’Alene had climbed to 217 eagles on Monday, according to Carrie Hugo, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist. Of the 217 eagles, 196 were adults and 21, juveniles, Hugo said in an email. The numbers are…

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Carlson: Idaho's Finest 

“We’ve done so much, with so little, for so long, that now we can do almost anything with next to nothing.” – ISP Colonel Rich Humpherys If ever a saying captured the essence of an organization the above expression is it. The quote is taken…

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Olynyk Rides Ups & Downs

Atlanta Hawks forward Gustavo Ayon, left, and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, center, and guard Phil Pressey chase a loose ball in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday in Boston. Olynyk is a former Gonzaga star who left school early, last spring,…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.31.13

11:28 a.m. CPD officer stops suspicious male (11:24 item) @ 10th Place/Best, CdA. 11:25 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 545 Garden Plaza Court/CdA. 11:24 a.m. Suspicious male siphoning gas from vehicles @ 9th/Homestead, CdA. 11:22 a.m. 36YO suicidal, armed male has left Appleway biz…

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North Idaho Flu Season Has Arrived 

Based on the numbers of people visiting their doctors with flu-like symptoms, flu season has arrived in the five northern counties. Lab tests show that H1N1, the flu virus in the 2009 pandemic, is the virus most identified in the positive flu tests so far.…

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IFF $3,800 Short Of Fund-raising Goal 49 

Fund-raising letter from Wayne Hoffman/Idaho Freedom Foundation to possible contributors: With just hours until the start of the new year, I want to take just a moment to thank you for making Idaho Freedom Foundation one of the state's most influential organizations. You're a part…

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DFO: Where To We Go From Here? 11 

I don't do blog gut checks as much as I used to. After almost 10 years of feeding this cyber beast, I have developed a system for posting and commentary that works for me -- and for most of you. Huckleberries Online has evolved into…

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iPhones Should Work For Comments 

Our SR master techs have heard your pleas & re-worked codes to allow access to comments at Huckleberries Online via your iPhones. Can those of you with iPhones check out the fix to see if you can access comments now? It's possible the problem was…

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AM Headlines -- 12.31.13

A volunteer firefighter in Priest Lake says a 74-year-old woman has been found dead after a fire broke out along Highway 57, near Priest Lake. The blaze broke out around 6pm on Monday. The building is part home and part office. Firefighters fought the blaze…

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Tea Party Faces 2014 Challenge 

The Tea Party is facing a huge test in 2014 as establishment Republicans and business groups try to wrestle back control of the GOP. Grassroots conservative groups have ruled the roost of the House GOP conference since Republicans won back their majority in 2010, but…

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Special 'Downton Abbey' Show To Air 

Idaho Public Television invites Downton Abbey fans to come to a special reception and preview party this Saturday at 3 p.m at the Hampton Inn at Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene. Coeur d’Alene is one of two sites in the state to be selected for a…

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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.

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