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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 4.13.15 

Last year and again this year, state Rep. Kathy Sims voted against a much-needed mental health crisis center in North Idaho. So why should anyone be surprised that our (mis)representative voted against single-family mothers and their children (child support services bill) -- along with 8...

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Malloy: 'Boss' Denney Doing Well 

Chuck Malloy, a former editorial writer with the Idaho Statesman, reports that Lawerence "Boss" Denney has been a pleasant surprise to the Secretary of State staff that he inherited from Ben Ysursa. Only one staffer has left work in the office since Denney took over -- and that was the result of a retirement.

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Water Rec Season To Start Early

Mother Nature is telling us there will be an earlier-than-usual start to the water recreation season. Area stream flows are forecast to be near record lows, according to a report released this week by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. "Above-normal summer temperatures are expected, and...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.13.15 

PM Scanner Traffic today (22 items + AM Scanner Traffic link) includes police continuing to get reports re: whereabouts of wanted, suicidal male who caused school lockdowns in Coeur d'Alene today ...

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Child Support Vote Worries Otter 10 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued this statement about the Legislature’s killing of SB 1067, the child support enforcement bill, on the final day of this year’s legislative session: “I am concerned that some members of the House Judiciary and Rules Committee put Idaho’s child...

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Otter Inks $2M GOPrez Primary 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter didn't block the $2M GOPrez primary boondoggle foisted on Idaho taxpayers by Republican legislators this session. He signed the bill today. Which means that all Idahoans are going to pay for an early presidential primary so Idaho GOP leaders can pretend to be kingmakers next year. So much for fiscal conservatism.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 4.13.15 

As expected, the osprey have made their annual migration to the area and settled in atop the nesting pole on the south side of McEuen Park. And you can watch them live! To view the osprey cameras, visit cdaid.org and click on the small camera...

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Update: 3 Arrested In Home Robbery

Coeur d’Alene police detectives have arrested three adult males in connection with a home invasion type robbery that occurred this morning at 10 a.m. in the 2000 block of E. Greenleaf Ave. The three are named in the link below -- 2 18YOs & a 19YO.

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What Do You Say To A Naked Lady? 

From KREM 2's Facebook: "A naked woman was seen on 4th and Spokane St in Post Falls on Saturday, according to the Post Falls Police Department. Officers were able to locate the woman and determined she was high on LSD. They called EMS and cleared...

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Poll: Don't Trust Commissioners

Weekend Poll: Hucks Nation don't trust current county commissioners to handle the makeover of the county's comprehensive plan. 80% gave the commissioners, including newbies Marc Eberlein and David Stewart, a vote of no-confidence. Today's Poll: How do you pronounce Coeur d'Alene?

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Update: Shooting Suspect Caught

Update: KCSO tweeted at 12:30 p.m. today that shooting suspect Michael Couture, 49 of Post Falls, is in custody. Couture is a person of interest in a shooting that occurred Sunday night at a home near Dinki D's Bar at Hauser. Shooting victim Jeremy Stutheit, 40, of Rathdrum, is in stable condition at Kootenai Health.

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Suicidal Male Causes Lockdowns

Coeur d'Alene Police officers are in the area of Ramsey and Hanley Avenue searching for a male by the name of Charles Bartkowiak. Charles has 3 active warrants and is possibly suicidal. He was last seen on foot in that area. He is described as...

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Idaho Has 60 Days To Fix Mess 

So how bad is the mess created by the 9-8 vote by the House Judiciary & Rules Committee against the Child Support enforcement bill. H&W: “It will basically give us 60 days to bring our program back in compliance, or at the end of the 60 days, they will stop the federal funding and access to the federal tools, the databases and the programs we use”

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Is It 'Kur' Or 'Core' d'Alene? 

At Old School North Idaho (Facebook), Heather Heber Callahan has prompted discussion with a post re: proper pronunciation of Coeur d'Alene. The photo above was taken from a 1937 Special Edition of the Coeur d'Alene Press celebrating Coeur d'Alene's Golden Anniversary. In the comments section...

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What To Do About Kathy Sims? 10 

So how do you un-elect a legislator that votes against her community's interests on major issues, like state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, does? There would be poetic justice in a recall attempt, given the recall attempt she and others tried against city elected officials in 2012. The community needs a way to combat the Far Right at the polls.

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Rubio, Clinton To Seek Presidency 

It looks like the 2016 presidential campaign is going to be a barnburner, at least on the Republican side. Today, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, joined U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as candidates. On Sunday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with an email scandal biting at her heels, tossed her hat in the right, as expected ...

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H&W: What Happens Next? 20 

In a question-and-answer approach, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare provides an analysis re: how 9-8 vote to kill Child Support services bill will affect Idaho. Four North Idaho legislators were involved in the committee vote that threatens Child Support services: Reps. Kathy Sims, Don Cheatham, Heather Scott & Shannon McMillan.

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AM Headlines -- 4.13.15

In today's AM Headlines, both SR & Coeur d'Alene Press report on success of the mobile food court provided Sunday near McEuen Field+Deputies are looking for gunman who shot another Hauser bar patron+Conservationists say Idaho wolf count is over-estimated+Otter announces deal with feds that will keep Lake Pend Oreille full this summer...

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Otter Unveals Pend Oreille Deal 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he’s reached an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bonneville Power Administration to keep North Idaho’s scenic Lake Pend Oreille full through the late summer and longer into September. “Working with our state, federal and tribal...

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Child Support Vote Divides GOP 16 

Several House Republicans, including Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, pounced after Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, circulated an email defending the clueless vote by the House Judiciary & Rules Committee against a child-support bill Friday. Luker & 8 others, including 4 North Idaho Republicans, killed the bill on a 9-8 vote.

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Edit: Labrador Botched PILT Vote 

Hardly anyone is paying much attention to Congressman Raul Labrador's vote against a two-year extension of Secure Rural School funding -- and the so-called "doc fix" bill to which it was attached. With the possible exception of Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both R-Idaho. That would be a problem.

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