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FRIDAY, DEC. 18, 2015

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Feds want more waterfront trees cut 

In the wake of the controversial removal of hundreds of trees along the Dike, the city of Coeur d'Alene is now facing federal requirements to remove more trees. This time, FEMA is the agency involved. FEMA regs will require the city to move about 10 trees on NW Blvd in front of the North Idaho Museum.

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St Vinnys revises warming center policy 

Jeff Conroy of St. Vincent de Paul's announced today that the organization is revising its 7-year-old warming center policy, to open the center when the temperature dips below 28 degrees. In the past, the center opened when the temperature his 25 degrees. But St. Vinnys considers anything under 32 degrees to be too cold to be outside.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.18.15 

The daily roundup of posts from bloggers on the Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Bayview storms/Bay Views, 'Go on,' or not/Ridenbaugh Press, 'Star Wars' vs 'Star Trek'?/The Slice, No Republicans need apply/Fort Boise, Isn't it about time for some good news?/Grip, This 'Look of Silence' speaks volumes/7 Blog + more ...

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Otter PAC logo looks nothing like rat 11 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said it was First Lady Lori Otter who brought him a graphic artist’s rendition of a cartoon otter logo for the couple’s new PAC, a symbol he’s never used before in any of his 25 campaigns, 24 of which he won. “It is so cute,” Otter said.

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Obama commutes sentences

President Barack Obama on Friday commuted the sentences of 95 prisoners and pardoned two more, part of an ongoing effort within the White House to rethink a criminal justice system that critics say has resulted in overly harsh and expensive sentences for thousands of drug offenders.

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Critics: Report lowballs oil train risk 

The chance of an oil train derailing and dumping its cargo between Spokane and a new terminal proposed for Vancouver, Washington, is extremely low, according to a risk assessment prepared for state officials. But critics say the risk assessment likely lowballs the risk of a fiery derailment in Spokane and other communities on the trains’ route...

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Canadians take the field 

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson writes: "The visiting team from Canada take their position in the outfield at Brett James ball field on N. Spokane Street." She snapped the photo Thursday morning when some 50 Canada geese where milling around. Later in the day, Kerri estimates, there must have been around 200 geese.

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.18.15

Scanner Traffic for Friday AM (19 items & counting) includes serious T-bone crash at Ramsey Road/Alps Street that sent unconscious female to hospital and, at noon, a semi that has jackknifed near Hauser that's blocking H53.

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Poll: No light show for us 

Attorney Jeremy Morris of Hayden won't have many readers of Hucks Nation attending his controversial, outdoors Christmas display this weekend. 212 of 248 respondents (85.48%) said they don't plan to see his display. Today's Poll: Today's Poll: Have you seen all six "Star Wars" movies prior to "The Force Awakens"?

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Otter forms PAC to fundraise 

Gov. Butch Otter has formed a new political action committee, Otterpac, that can accept unlimited contributions from corporations, and plans to donate to GOP campaigns from the state level down to party precinct committee posts. It’s a move that could make Otter, long a formidable campaign fund-raiser, stay relevant in Idaho electoral politics.

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AM Headlines -- 12.18.15

The daily roundup of headlines making the morning news includes: Winter storm warning in Cascades/KREM, Idaho tops USA in nonfarm job growth/, Coeur d'Alene Ballet to present 'Nutcracker'/Press, Desmet woman gets 100 days for fake checks/Press, Boise State player plea-bargains strangulation case/IS + more ...

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30% of GOP wants to bomb Agrabah 42 

Thirty percent of Republican primary voters say the national security threat posed by the nation of Agrabah demands U.S. military intervention, according to a new poll released on Thursday. Agrabah is the made-up Arabian nation from the 1992 animated film "Aladdin."

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In this SR file photo by Kathy Plonka, a duck makes its way across a thin layer of ice on the pond at Falls Park in Post Falls.

A Winter's Tale 

The Bard of Sherman Avenue offers rhyme to warn us that roads, driveways and sidewalks are slick out there. You need to proceed with caution when you're out on them.

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IFF wants up to $200M in tax cuts 

In his column today, executive director Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation lobbies for tax cuts of up to $200M in next year's budget. Hoffman argues for cutting the percentage levied against Idaho's top tax bracket and dropping the sales tax on groceries.

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'Downton Abbey' fans awaken, too 

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" isn't the only media production attracting fans this week. Local fans of "Downton Abbey" received a preview of the final season of the popular public TV series this week. They gave it a thumbs up.

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Labrador, Simpson split on $$$ bill 

The U.S. House has overwhelmingly passed an omnibus year-end spending bill on a vote of 316-113; Idaho 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson applauded it as including “many critical wins for Idaho and western states,” while Idaho 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador, who voted no, decried it as “an abject failure for Idaho.

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'Star Wars' fans awaken 

"Star Wars" fan Tara McVeigh, 30, of Blakely, Pa., displays her Princess Leia hair, as she waits in line with many other fans for the premier "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", Thursday, at the Great Escape IMAX theater in Dickson City, Pa. Question: When do you plan to seek "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"?

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Trib jeers hypocritical senator 

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives JEERS to ... to Idaho state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood. Nuxoll is dead set against taking federal dollars to expand Medicaid to poor people but she doesn't mind getting subsidies for her farm or taxpayer-paid insurance.

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Design panel questions tower look 

You read Scott Maben's story on Huckleberries Online Thursday re: the city Design Commissioner's problems with the proposed new Coeur d'Alene Resort tower. Today, I'm providing a link to Scott's story as well as the Coeur d'Alene Press report on the meeting. It'll be interesting to see if Hagadone Corp makes any revision to its proposal.

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