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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 12.17.15 

I appreciate the coverage of Idaho education issues by Kevin Richert, Clark Corbin and the rest of the Idaho Education News staff. No newspaper in Idaho is providing the type of education reporting as this independent outfit is. Without Idaho Education News, we would know...

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Parting Shot -- 12.17.15

"That is the Mandalorian flag," said Theresa Foster of Coeur d'Alene as she wrapped up in sleeping bags and blankets outside Regal Riverstone Stadium 14 in Coeur d'Alene to be the first one in line for the opening night of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

BFFs: Trump, Putin exchange compliments 

Donald Trump said on Thursday it was a “great honor” to be complimented by “highly respected” Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond,” the GOP presidential front-runner told supporters at a rally in Columbus, Ohio.

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Artist rendering of the west side of the proposed 12-story resort tower.

Design panel questions tower look 18 

A proposed new hotel wing at the Coeur d’Alene Resort would blend in better with the existing hotel and convention center if the flat roofline had more variation, members of the city’s design review commission said Thursday. “To me this is just a flat, flat box,” commission member Jef Lemmon said.

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Speakers call for minimum wage hike

Idaho's minimum wage was discussed by two speakers well versed in how the rate of $7.25 an hour and the tipped minimum wage of $3.35 an hour affects the state's residents and economy during Wednesday's meeting of the League of Women Voters of Moscow.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.17.15

The daily roundup of posts by bloggers on the Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Knit wits/On Tap, What would this look like?/Slice, Simple and heartfelt/Slight Detour, First Take: Oregonian/Randy Stapilus, Holiday DUI patrols/Coeur d'Alene Today, 'Star Wars': It's not a spoiler/Faithful Geek The more I watch the less I know/Simple Mind ...

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Don't be 'That Person' 

On his Facebook wall, Kevin Richert posts: ""Everybody knows a That Person. The one who A) rushes to see the new "it" movie, and, B) can't help but blab about the plot. The new Star Wars movie will help to expose the That Person in everyone's circle of friends." Do you know someone who is "That Person"?

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Love at the first sight of pizza 

Cindy offers another Love Story: "When Sally Olson bit into her first slice of pizza at Geno’s Restaurant on February 14, 1963, she was hooked – both on pizza and the guy who’d bought it for her. “I’d never had pizza before,” she recalled. “I loved it!” The Lewis and Clark High School senior had also never been on a blind date."

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Hagadone, designers meet today 

During the noon hour, officials from Hagadone Corp and the city's design team will meet to discuss the look of Hagadone's propose, 12-story second tower on the Coeur d'Alene Resort campus. You can read the plans for the second tower as well as the minutes of the November meeting by clicking on the link below.

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Poll: Tower poll compromised 

Some of you have noticed that the poll results re: 2nd resort tower design that I provided were different than the ones you saw last night and this morning. The poll this morning showed 70% approval with more than 900 voters. Hundreds of the votes were cast by someone who has figured a way to game this polling system.

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AM: Controversial Xmas display begins 28 

The daily roundup of AM Headlines making the news begins with KXLY's coverage of the controversial outdoor light production by attorney Jeremy Morris of Hayden. Morris moved forward with his display despite a threat by his homeowners association. The show began last night to mixed reviews.

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Scam Alert 

Scam Alert from Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger: "Individuals are calling the citizens of Kootenai County and stating they are from your telephone provider. The caller will advise you that your listed telephone number with them is incorrectly listed, and to correct the problem will cost $ 100 to $200."

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Idaho 'Go On' numbers still dropping 

As Idaho continues to emphasize college attendance, here’s an interesting set of numbers. College attendance declined this fall in 37 states, including Idaho. Nationwide, college attendance dropped by 1.7 percent this year, according to National Student Clearinghouse Research Center statistics released Wednesday.

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Andrus among conservation giants 

If there's a Mount Rushmore for conservationist, posts Rich Landers/SR Outdoors blog, then Cecil Andrus, the former governor of Idaho and Secretary of the Interior, deserves to be on it. Below, Rich writes about the book by Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles on Andrus work preserving a huge chunk of Alaska from development.

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Editor fired for taking on NRA 12 

Jan Larson McLaughlin, the editor-in-chief of the Sentinel-Tribune (circulation 9,000) in Bowling Green, Ohio, was fired recently for criticizing the NRA in an editorial following shootings in San Bernardino, Calif. She rejected $5,000 in hush money from the newspaper publisher. That's why Connie Schultz, is telling her story now.

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Obscure charge snags Bergdahl 13 

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009 — there isn’t much doubt about that. But the charge of desertion isn’t the reason he faces life imprisonment in his court-martial. ... The potential life sentence comes from a now-obscure charge with origins in the articles of war enacted by the Continental Congress in 1776.

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Michael Trautvetter, a service attendant at the Chevron service station on Honeysuckle Avenue in Hayden, finishes pumping gas for a customer Wednesday during his shift. The station is offering full service at no charge during the winter months for the third consecutive year. (Shawn Gust / Coeur d'Alene Press)

Full service with a smile in Hayden

With the onslaught of nasty weather on the horizon, Tom Paschane wants to remind folks that his gas station is going full service for the winter. This marks the third year that Paschane’s Honeysuckle Chevron in Hayden has hired Mike Trautvetter as an attendant to fill gas tanks for the season.

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