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THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 4.9.15 

Huckleberry and I are on our own this week as Mrs. O is visiting relatives in Portland. I took Huckleberry to puppy day care Wednesday -- and she'd played herself out by the time I returned to get her. Once back home, she plopped on...

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Parting Shot -- 4.9.15 

On his Facebook wall, SR photog Colin Mulvany posts: "Now that college basketball season is done, I can restart my "One for me" project where I shoot an unrelated photo while at a photo assignment for the newspaper. Today I was assigned to photograph a...

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Hillary To Announce Sunday 13 

Hillary Clinton will end years of speculation about her political ambitions and formally announce she is running for president as early as this weekend, people familiar with the matter said Thursday. In recent months, Mrs. Clinton has been quietly assembling a campaign staff. Her team...

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Zone 3 Trustee: Pickford Announces Candidacy 

Tambra Pickford, who is challenging incumbent Terri Seymour for the Coeur d'Alene School Board Zone 3 trustee position, issued a news release this afternoon about her candidacy: “I’m all in and ready to be more involved serving, being a voice for the people as well...

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Gunnerson Hurdles Toward Records

In his weekly Notebook column, SR prep sports scribe Greg Lee spotlights Coeur d'Alene High hurdler Kaitlyn Gunnerson, the reigning Idaho state champion who has received a scholarship to BYU. Question: Were you a track athlete in high school or college? Which event(s)?

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 12 

Today's Cutline Contest features tattooed Jens Dalsgaard of Denmark showing his muscles at a bodybuilding fair in Germany. The Cutline Contest Wednesday ended in a tie between EagleKeeper44 & Khaliela Wright.

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5 Years Ago: Brannon's Lawsuit 

What were we at Huckleberries Online discussing 5 years ago today? The latest development in Jim Brannon's lawsuit against then councilman Mike Kennedy and the 2009 City Council election process grabbed our attention. Do you think Brannon would be county clerk today if he had succeeded in overturning his 5-vote loss to Kennedy?

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1 Year Ago: Patrick's Manifesto

One year ago minus-1 today, we were having fun discussing the manifesto posted by our late friend, Patrick Jacobs (aka, OrangeTV). Among other things, Patrick wanted the apple fritter declared as the "official state doughnut." Paging Ilah Hickman. Patrick, of course, was taken from us later in the year. But it's nice to remember his whimsical whit.

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New Jobs Plus Leader Gilliam, Realtors Meet

Gynii Gilliam, the new president of Jobs Plus, met with local Realtors this morning to share her vision for the economic development program: "My role is not just about Jobs Plus, it’s about helping create jobs and doing whatever we can to get companies to locate here." Sounds like the Realtors were impressed with her.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 4.9.15

In today's Huckleberries blogosphere roundup, Rich Landers of the SR Outdoors blog reminds fans that the 39th annual Bloomsday is less than a month away+Simple Mind calls in a sick day+Slight Detour focuses on triplets+A Grip on Sports wonders how Jack Nicklaus is still the master+more

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Madison Quits Common Core Test 

Eastern Idaho’s Madison School District has publicly opted out of Idaho’s new Common Core-aligned tests — but that appears to be an isolated protest. And districts say they are having few technical problems administering the Idaho Standards Achievement Test by Smarter Balanced. For the first...

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Paul Fights With 2nd Reporter 14 

In the same week that he's announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has already had two arguments with female reporters interviewing him. Question: Is Paul's temper going to be a problem for his presidential aspirations?

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Door-To-Door Sales To Be Regulated 

City officials in Coeur d'Alene approved an ordinance that will regulate door-to-door sales people. The city council voted on the ordinance Tuesday night. The ordinance requires solicitors to register with the city and pass a criminal background check. The ordinance applies to people going door-to-door...

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Author Ivan Doig, 75, RIP 

Ivan Doig, an award-winning author whose books set in his native Montana made him one of the most respected writers of the American West, has died. He was 75. Geoff Kloske, the publisher of Riverhead Books, said in a statement that Doig died Thursday of...

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Is LaBeau Back On IACI Job? 

Jayson Ronk is still the acting president of Idaho Association of Business and Industry, and will be for the foreseeable future, reports Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public TV’s “Idaho Reports.” Widespread rumors in the Capitol had President Alex LaBeau back on the job; IACI’s board...

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Eye Of The Beholder 

Would you be upset if the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission approved of something like this art piece in Vancouver, British Columbia, for public art in the Lake City? They haven't. So don't worry. The "Trans Am Totem" features five cars stacked on an old-growth cedar. I suspect there's a message somewhere in this.

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House OKs Grocery Credit Hike 

With absolutely no debate, the House has voted 68-1 in favor of HB 330, Rep. Mike Moyle’s bill to raise the grocery tax credit by $10 per person next year. The sole dissenter was Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley; Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, missed the vote....

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Pastor Earl Hunter, 99, World War II Vet, RIP 

Earl Hunter, a World War II chaplain who was active in local veterans organizations, has died, according to his daughter-in-law Corinna Hunter (via Facebook). Earl was another of those salt-of-the-earth people who comprised the greatest generation. Earl helped start the Coeur d'Alene Church of the Nazarene, which his son, Ron, now pastors ...

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Poll: Gookin Attempt Wrong 

Hucks Nation overwhelmingly disagreed with the attempt by Councilmen Dan Gookin and Ron Edinger to get the city to forgive $845,100 owed by some of the town's richest property owners for the Front Avenue LID. Today's Poll: Do you trust the current Kootenai County commissioners to make over the county's comprehensive plan?

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County Rolls Out Temporary Code 

Kootenai County commissioners are seeking input on a draft document that will serve as a temporary code until a new comprehensive plan can be written. The draft, according to the news release below, "is based on current regulations and consolidates them for easier reading and comprehension. Additional, the revisions aim to streamline procedures."

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AM Headlines -- 4.9.15 

Today's AM Headlines includes breaking news that a cabin stolen off its foundatino near Springdale, Wash., has been found+Congressman Labrador will hold townhall meeting at NIC tonight+Bonner County woman who won Extreme Huntress contest in hot water+Idaho revenues $88M over projections+North Idaho Museum has storage problem ...

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Cindy: There's Richness In Ritual 

At 15 and 20, Sam and Zack Hval did their part to keep the Easter ritual of the Spokane Family Hval alive, writes CindyH in her Front Porch column. But it was obvious that coloring eggs didn't rate high on her sons' to-do lists. Still, she thinks that it's important to keep certain rituals alive. Do you have any regular rituals or traditions?

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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.