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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2015

Chuck Norlin, 74, a retiree from Yuba City, Calif., sits on a borrowed beach chair while recounting his tale of moving woe to the Coeur d'Alene Press. (Shawn Gust / Coeur d'Alene Press)

Ex-Californians lose all in move, trolls mock them 20 

In today's edition, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported on a harrowing move by a retired California couple, who lost all their positions in a crash in an Oregon snow storm. Adding insult to injury, some trolls at the Coeur d'Alene Press Online site are giving them heck for being Golden Staters who moved to our lovely neck of the woods.

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ISP: Steer clear of 4th of July Pass 

The Idaho State Police is advising that travel is very dangerous on Interstate 90 and State Hwy 3 in the 4th of July area. With the heavy amount of snow accumulations and more snow falling, trees are overloaded and falling onto road ways.

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Colin's favorite 2015 photos

SR photog Colin Mulvany has selected a number of his favorite 2015 photos for a year-end review, including this one showing a group of friends from Davenport, Wash., who were planning to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." You can see all of Colin's favorite photos from 2015 below.

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Christmas all about miracles 

In her SR Front Porch column this week, Cindy begins: "Christmas is all about miracles – about the unexpected showing up in the middle of the ordinary." The falling snow this Christmas reminds her of a December 16 years ago when she experience her own miracle.

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Miri Halliday of Post Falls, plays with her dog, Dozer at the SCRAPS Dog Park in Stateline on Monday. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

AM Headlines -- 12.23.15

The morning roundup of AM Headlines making the news includes: Local jobless rate drops slightly/Pres,Idaho suicide hotline gets $300K grant/EOB,Drones must be registered by Feb. 19/Press,Cataldo fire claims family's house, goods/Press,Good deed goes bad for Pinehurst brothers/KREM,Couple loses possessions in moving mishap/Press + more ...

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Windstorm 2015 disaster aid available 

News release from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Region X news desk: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Idaho to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in…

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Judge tosses elk poacher in slammer 11 

A north-central Idaho magistrate went beyond the sentencing recommendations of the prosecutor and defense when he tossed a 19YO Culdesac man in jail for poaching a 5-by-6 bull elk out of season. (DFO: Props for Magistrate Gregory K. Kalbfleisch for throwing the book at the low-life poacher. Thoughts?)

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Mosque kitchen fire rattles Pullman

The terrorists are a long way from winning their war on the West, editorializes Lee Rozen of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. But they have us spooked. As evidence, Rozen points to a small kitchen fire in the Pullman Islamic Center that resulted in a four-alarm response from the fire and police departments and even the newspaper.

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Trib: Otter's Jedi mind trick

In his editorial this morning in the Lewiston Tribune, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase comments: Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter just employed the best Jedi mind trick since Obi-wan Kenobi distracted a pair of stormtroopers in the 1977 film "Star Wars" by telling them "These are not the droids you're looking for." Marty's discussing Butch's new PAC.

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Shawn Offield carefully cleans steamed Dungeness crabs to fill special orders in the back room at Williams Seafood, which is owned by the Offield family, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. The price for crab products is up this year with a shortage of some types of crabs. Owner Mike Offield said they’ve kept their margins the same, but raised their prices according to their costs. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Xmas crab arrives, it won't be cheap

Fresh Dungeness crab is a Christmas feast tradition for many, but this year Northwest residents will pay a premium for the crustaceans – if they can find them at all. West Coast crab fisheries have been on hold because of a large algae bloom that increases levels of domoic acid in shellfish and can make them unsafe to eat.

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Storm KOs power, causes light show

The most productive snowstorm to hit North Idaho since 2009 wiped out power to thousands Monday night. And as the storm was dumping 12.8 inches of snow in Kootenai County, some residents observed spectacular yet eerie flashes of light. “It was so bizarre. I kind of just saw something out of the corner of my eye,” said Jimmy McAndrew.

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Coeur d'Alene police vehicle hit 

When two Coeur d’Alene police officers stopped Tuesday night to investigate a downed tree on Seltice Way, their patrol vehicle was hit from behind by a passenger truck. Both officers were evaluated at Kootenai Health and treated for minor injuries, a news release from the police department said.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 22, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 12.22.15 30 

After snow dumps like last night's, I ask myself whether or not it's time to get a snow blower. I've had this conversation with myself for decades here in Coeur d'Alene. Usually, the answer is no. I like the exercise involved in snow shoveling. And I don't like to store a snow blower for 9 or 10 months a year.

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Parting Shot -- 12.22.15 

Skiers and snowboarders ride a lift up a mountain on Tuesday at Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. A weather pattern that could be associated with El Nino has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel ... bringing so much snow in parts of the West that there are concerns about avalanches.

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Trump: 'Schlonged' not vulgar 33 

One day after saying Hillary Clinton got “schlonged” in the 2008 presidential election, Donald Trump took to Twitter to defend the term as not vulgar. Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, wrote Tuesday night that the word means “beaten badly.”

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Weather Update: Protect smaller trees 

A tree expert told SReporter Scott Maben that property owners should protect smaller trees & bushes by knocking the heavy snow off them: “It needs to be done soon, otherwise they’ll stay bent over and they get cellular damage from the cold temperatures. And that makes it basically just stay in that position,” said Dan Taylor.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 11 

The Cutline Contest for Tuesday features two college freshman at the University of Connecticut who regularly use a service which caters to college students needing a designated driver to and from parties and bars. Monday Winners -- Searcher & Charlie.

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Judge OKs PParenthood fund cutoff 13 

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has the authority to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, dealing a major legal blow to the organization as it tries to preserve its funding in multiple states this year.

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Wanted: Reporter who reads 12 

The St. Maries Gazette Record has placed a help wanted ad at, for a reporter who ... reads. Ad quote: " We can excuse you if you have not read a book or two in a while, but the person we hire will be a newspaper reader. We are convinced that in order to be a respectable reporter, you must be informed."

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.22.15

The daily roundup of posts from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Snow fun/Slight Detour, Did you sell Grit?/The Slice, Your holiday planner/On Tap, Day After: Pepperdine/SportsLink, The Christmas dead/Barrett Rainey, From a faraway galaxy to The Kennel/Grip, Bald Eagle Watch Week starts Dec 27/Outdoors + more ...

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