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TUESDAY, DEC. 22, 2015

ignite cda eyes building removal near Skate Park 

It appears as though ignite cda is preparing to order demolition of more buildings that it owns north of the Coeur d'Alene Skate Park, off Garden Avenue, between Park Drive and Northwest Boulevard. ignite cda has removed 5 or 6 houses along Park Drive so far. Others are still being used as rentals.

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On the Waterfront 

These are the winter days that I remember in the middle of summer when the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene is overrun by tourists and visitors from Spokane. I want to ask them: Where were you in late December when the snow was blowing side ways off the water -- and the footing was dicey? How do you get your exercise during winter?

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In this March 29, 1909, SR file photo, Shasta Groene speaks about her brother to KREM news.

Shasta Groene tells survivor's story

Shasta Groene, the girl that the Inland Northwest will never forget after surviving a harrowing kidnapping, is now 19, living in Boise and expecting a baby. Not only has she survived the kidnapping and murder of 3 members of her family, but she has overcome drug problems that led to incarceration. She tells her story to KTVB/KREM.

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CdA shoplifter loses burglary appeal 

The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the state’s burglary law, over a challenge from a CdA man that it’s unconstitutional because it was used to charge him with felony burglary instead of misdemeanor shoplifting for taking items from a Wal-Mart store. Idaho’s burglary law simply requires that a person enter a place with an intent to commit a crime.

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11.3 inches of snow, more on way 11 

According to Press meteorologist Randy Mann, Monday's storm dumped 11.3 inches of snow on Coeur d'Alene. And that's not all, folks. The National Weather Service is forecasting another 4 to 10 inches of snow Wednesday and Wednesday night. What, you thought a White Christmas would…

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Poll: Want to see new tower idea 

In Monday's poll, a majority of Hucks Nation -- 54.85% -- said it would like to see Coeur d'Alene Resort owner Duane Hagadone return to the city with a new design for a proposed 2nd resort tower. Today's Poll: Are you really dreaming of a white Christmas this year?

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Worth Repeating ... 

Are Seattle Seahawk stickers and a flag worth the risk of being arrested for shoplifting? A 19YO Montana man may have the answer to that question after he was arrested for shoplifting after a chase outside of the State Line Walmart. Click Bait: You're going to have to check below to see the alleged shoplifters response for taking the items.

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Spudbob sends in this photo of Allium Spring Chorus taken this morning, after Monday's 11.3-inch dump of snow in Coeur d'Alene. Artist David Tonnesen's fine public art display at McEuen Park seems to be holding up well this winter.

AM Headlines -- 12.22.15

The morning roundup of AM Headlines from the region includes: Zags rout Pepperdine/KREM, Off-duty ISP officer catches suspect/Press, AAA expects gas prices to bottom out/Press, Snow cancels flights at Spokane Airport/KHQ, UFC fighter arrested after Spokane bar fight/SR, NYTimes blog targets Labrador claims/EOB, Shasta Groene shares journey/KREM

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Virginia reins in concealed carry 

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) on Tuesday announced the commonwealth will no longer recognize concealed carry permits issued in dozens of other states. After a review, the state determined that dangerous people could legally obtain guns in 25 states with weaker gun laws and bring them into Virginia.

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Trump mocks Clinton debate potty break 25 

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump late Monday mocked Hillary Clinton for visiting the bathroom during last weekend’s Democratic presidential debate, saying it was “disgusting.” “What happened to her?” he asked during a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. “I’m watching the debate and she disappeared,” Trump continued.

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Free lunch could cost worker job 25 

Dalene Bowden admits that she broke the rules, but she’s not apologizing and says she would do exactly the same thing again. Bowden, a lunch worker at Irving Middle School, said she was placed on unpaid leave Dec. 15 after giving a free lunch to a 12-year-old student who didn’t have money to pay for her hot meal.

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> 5000 KECustomers w/o power

From Kootenai Electric Cooperative: "Following yesterday’s snowstorm, Kootenai Electric Cooperative currently has scattered outages affecting more than 5,000 members. Due to the nature of the storm and the type of damage we cannot provide estimates at this time."

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How I spent Monday evening 

First, a system problem KO'd Huckleberries Online shortly after 4:30 Monday evening. Then, I spent most of the evening enjoying home life by candlelight. I even wrote in my daily log by candlelight. I was confident when I hit sack in the dark around 11 o'clock that Avista crews would make everything right by morning. They did.

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Polls may low-ball Trump strength 

Donald Trump leads the Republican presidential field in polls of GOP voters nationally and in most early-voting states, but some surveys actually may be understating his strength. With Trump dominating political debates in both parties, gauging his true level of support has become a crucial puzzle.

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Spokane Muslims feel tension 19 

After the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., this month was attributed to a Muslim couple, Karen Strongren’s son was afraid to go to prayer services at the Spokane Islamic Center. “He was saying, ‘I really don’t want to go to the mosque. I don’t want to go because I am afraid somebody is going to come in and start shooting,’ ” Strongren said.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bergdahl leaves the courthouse Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, after his arraignment hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl, who disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, was scheduled to appear Tuesday before a military judge on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. (Andrew Craft /The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

Bergdahl doesn't enter plea 

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deferred entering a plea this morning against charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, after he allegedly deserted his unit in 2009 and was then held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years. Bergdahl was arraigned at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and made his first appearance before a judge.

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Report: Idaho misses health goals 

In a new report, Idaho scored three out of 10 on key indicators related to infectious disease prevention, detection and response. The state tied with six others for the lowest score. The report, "Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases," was produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health.

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Weather: White Xmas ahead

The National Weather Service in Spokane issued another winter storm warning Monday — up to 8 inches of snow are expected by this morning and another 2 to 4 inches tonight. When asked for details on the weather between now and Christmas, meteorologist Randy Mann said “Snow. In one word, snow. We have more storms coming.”

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MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 12.21.15 

My extended North Idaho family grew by two more members over the weekend -- to 16 -- as niece Hannah McFall and her husband, John, both military veterans who have served tours of duty in the Middle East, moved from Colorado to Sandpoint.

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Parting Shot -- 12.21.15 

Robert Ray, right, of Granite Falls, Wash., puts up a "Festivus Pole" supporting gay rights as his family looks on Monday at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The pole, based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s television sitcom "Seinfeld," displayed in Olympia near a biblical nativity scene and a winter solstice display.

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Avista raising Idaho rates 11 

Avista Utilities’ Idaho customers will pay more for natural gas and electricity, effective Jan. 1. Under the rate increase, a typical household will pay an extra $3.20 per month for natural gas, for a revised monthly bill of $54.48. The 6.2 percent rate hike includes...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.21.15

Scanner Traffic for Monday PM (18 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 18 more items) includes several slideoffs and crashes as afternoon turns into evening. A semi is jackknifed @ w/b I-90/MP 30, blocking all lanes of 4th of July Pass.

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Sandpoint quakes point to old fault

A swarm of earthquakes near Sandpoint last April indicates that an ancient fault is active again, a University of Idaho researcher says. The quakes, widely felt in Bonner County, struck April 23 and 24 with magnitudes in the 4.1 to 4.2 range. They were larger than other recent quakes, which allowed scientists to study them in greater detail.

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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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