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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.8.15 

The day begins with news that Councilmen Dan Gookin and Ron Edinger want to forgive $845,100 in LID improvements for the richest of property owners in Coeur d'Alene -- those along Front Avenue who have benefited greatly by the $20M upgrade to McEuen Park and...

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Coeur d'Alene Councilwoman Models Firefighter's Mask

You're forgiven if you don't recognize Coeur d'Alene City Councilwoman Kiki Miller behind the fire protection mask she's wearing in this photo that she pasted on her Facebook page. Kiki and Councilwoman Amy Evans have been invited to participate in a Boise FireOps 101 course that teaches elected officials what it's like to be a firefighter.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.8.15

Today's PM Scanner Traffic (26 items + AM Scanner Traffic link) includes possible boat fire at 3rd Street docks on Lake Coeur d'Alene and truck-power pole crash at 2:28 p.m. that's block H41 at Spirit Lake ...

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Wolfinger Wasn't Too Short

In her Main Street/Coeur d'Alene Press column today, Kerri Thoreson recalls that Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger started with his department 33 years ago this month. When he did, then Sheriff Merf Stalder told him that he was too short to go very far in his department. Stalder, who was drubbed by Pierce Clegg after two terms, was wrong ...

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Thieves Steal Entire Cabin

Bold thieves cut a lock and stole an entire cabin off its foundation, off Springdale, Wash. Owner Chris Hempel told the SR: "“We drove up to the cabin and the cabin was gone, it was just an empty hole where it used to sit.” Izzit just me -- or are thieves getting bolder and bolder?

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 12 

Today's Cutline Contest features former Texas Rep. Ron Paul and his wife, Carol, on stage before their son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announces launches his presidential campaign. Tuesday's Cutline Contest winner -- Khaliela Wright.

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SR News Quiz -- 4.5-10.2015

Did you know you could win movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel simply by taking the Weekly News Quiz of The Spokesman-Review? Answer 10 questions about current events and put yourself in the running for Friday's drawings. You can take...

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HBO Blogos: Circle Of Life 

In today's Huckleberries blogosphere roundup: Kerri Thoreson offers a "circle of life" photo+The Slice isn't impressed with "Jersey Boys"+A Grip on Sports is bummed by that shutout thrown at the M's last night+Clarksville says there's strange things you can learn in an interview+IDEDNews wonders where all kindergartners have gone+more ...

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Edit: Otter Should Sign This Bill

The Idaho Legislature has passed several key school funding bills for Gov. Butch Otter to sign. But one of the less heralded education bills may have the longest-lasting and biggest effect on Idaho's at-risk students. A Twin Falls Times News editorial urges Gov. Otter to sign the bill that would expand alternative schooling to sixth-graders ...

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Bombing Still Upsets Richert

On his Facebook wall, runner Kevin Richert of IDEDNews.org (and the former opinion editor of the Idaho Statesman) sums up his feelings re: today's guilty verdicts in the Boston Marathon bombing case with words he posted two years ago: "I'm sad and pissed off all over again."

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Raw Turmeric Elevates South Asian Flavors 

Fresh turmeric root, the botanical cousin of ginger root, offers bright bold flavors when added to South Asian savory dishes, cabbage salads, fruit smoothies and other recipes, writes SReporter Mike Prager. You can read all about turmeric and savory dishes from India below. Do you enjoy tastes from India?

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Taggart To Retire From Lakeland SD 

Tom Taggart has experienced a lot of change while serving in local public leadership positions in the past 25 years. Taggart, who has been the Lakeland Joint School District director of business and operations for the past 14 years and served as Kootenai County administrator...

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Spokane/CdA Mag Features Chief White

Chief Lee White of Coeur d'Alene, shown in this photo by Keith Curry, is the subject of a featured article in the April issue of the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Living magazine. During a walk along the shoreline last month, Greg Lee & I encountered Chief White...

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House Panel Disses Senate Bill 

The House Transportation Committee has voted unanimously – 17-0 – to NOT concur in the Senate amendments to HB 312, the transportation funding bill. Asked if the House might request a conference committee, House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane, R-Nampa, said, “That’s a very real...

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A Cop's View Of The City 16 

In view of the police shooting of Walter Lamer Scott in Charleston, S.C., HucksOnline commenter Khaliela Wright penned this political cartoon moments ago and emailed it to Huckleberries. Thoughts?

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Just Say No To Grape Nuts 12 

In a Facebook post, Cindy declares her distain for Grape Nuts, which I consider one of the more interesting breakfast cereals. It must have something to do with some people liking cats and others liking dogs. Do you like Grape Nuts? Or do you consider it eating dirt, as Cindy does? Which breakfast cereal is your fave?

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Boston Marathon Bomber Guilty 11 

A Boston jury has found Dzhkohar Tsarnaev guilty of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction in the Boston Marathon bombing case, which means Tsarnaev could face the death penalty. The jury is announcing the verdicts for the rest of the 30 counts against...

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S.C. Cop Faces Murder Charge 68 

In this video, Walter Lamer Scott runs away from North Charleston, S.C., patrolman Michael Thomas Slager. Slager was charged with murder Tuesday, hours after law enforcement officials viewed the dramatic video that appears to show him shooting fleeing Scott several times in the back. Is murder the appropriate charge?

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Carry-On Politics Of Local Solons 

Jessica Robinson of Northwest Public Radio examines the carry-on politics of North Idaho legislators. She reports on where they sit on airplanes, who's part of the in-crowd clique, and why state Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d'Alene is an outsider to the conservative hardliners who make up most of the North Idaho delegation ...

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Legislators Protect Pension Perk 11 

Legislation to end a special retirement perk for Idaho state lawmakers who take high-paying state jobs late in their careers had died without a hearing in a Senate committee. “It’s not scheduled for a hearing,” said Senate State Affairs Chairman Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa. “There’s nothing that I see on the horizon that’s going to change that.”

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AM Headlines -- 4.8.15 

"I learned beading from my grandmother," said Sami Mitchell of Post Falls during a beading demonstration at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday. April 6-11 is American Indian Heritage Week at NIC. Events include stick game on Wednesday from 2:30-3:30, a Native American...

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Poll: Butch Botched Veto 

Tuesday Poll: Almost 80% of Hucks Nation say Gov. Butch Otter botched his handling of the veto against "instant racing" repeal legislation. 140 of 179 respondents (78.21%) said the governor messed up with his veto. Only 28 of 179 (15.64%) said he handled the veto...

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