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MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2015

'Instant Racing' Helped Otter Campaign 

As lawmakers await word from Gov. Butch Otter on a possible veto of SB 1011, the bill to repeal “instant racing” in Idaho – which led to slot machine-like terminals being installed at three locations in the state, surprising lawmakers who didn’t think they’d authorized...

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PFPD: Woman Got 'Cleansed' All Right

Here's another of the odd tales that Post Falls Police Department deals with on a daily basis. On Sunday, the day shift responded to a report that a female was acting strange as she tried to cleanse herself from life and tobacco. In the process, she lost track of her car. And then things got even more complicated for her.

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AM Headlines -- 4.6.15

Today's AM Headlines includes report that Domas Sabonis is returning to Gonzaga Bulldogs next year+Otter signs 10 bills including abortion restrictions one+Coeur d'Alene sewer rates on rise again+surprise snowfall this morning will turn to rain this afternoon+more ...

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Mandatory Church Attendance? Hmm 20 

In something you might expect in an Idaho legislative gathering, a Teapublican legislator from Arizona quipped that the state should make church attendance mandatory to battle the country's moral decay. Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, made the "flippant" remark during debate about a concealed-carry gun bill. Question: Do you attend church often?

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Poll: Malek = Best Local Legislator 

In the weekend poll, state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, was the easy choise of Hucks Nation as the best Kootenai County legislator. Malek received 55.91% of the vote to win those honors. Today's Question: If the issue makes the November valid, will you vote to raise Coeur d'Alene's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75?

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Petition Targets CdA Minimum Wage 28 

Anne Nesse & former NIC president Bob Bennett are launching a drive to collect enough signatures to ask Coeur d'Alene voters in November to raise the minimum wage within city limits. If supporters collect 1,681 valid signatures, Coeur d'Alene voters will be asked to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75.

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Costello: Obama Can't Make A Deal 

In his Saturday column for the Lewiston Tribune, conservative Michael Costello writes: "Should we trust Barack Obama to forge an acceptable uranium enrichment agreement with Iran? If past results are any indicator of future performance, Obama's past judgments should leave us skeptical."

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Business Bits: Chomper Opens 

Columnist Nils Rosdahl of the Coeur d'Alene Press opens his column with information about Chomper Cafe, which opened in an old farmhouse that is now part of Stoddard Park on Prairie Avenue in Hayden. You can read all about it and other business information bits in Nils column.

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Yes, Sprint Can Spare A Dime 

Columnist Doug Clark reports: A windfall showed up in Joanne Martin’s mail the other day. It came in an official-looking envelope, sent from a fancy Philadelphia accounting firm. Inside was Martin’s settlement from a big class-action lawsuit. Funny. The 71-year-old Medical Lake woman didn’t even know she had been part of a big class-action lawsuit.

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Not Your Grandma's Roller Derby 

The roller derby played in Coeur d'Alene and areas throughout the Northwest isn't the sport you might imagine, with colorfully dressed Amazons whizzing around banked tracks hip-checking one another over the railings. Today's growing sport attracts women who are mothers, business owners, teachers, medical pros, bartenders, photographers & more ...

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Otter Lists Road Bill Criteria 

In Sunday's Eye on Boise column, Betsy Russell spells out the requirements that Gov. Butch Otter has for any legislation involving revenue for road and bridge upgrade in the state. Requirement No. 1: Revenue for the badly needed renovation of Idaho roads can't come from the general fund. In other words, he won't have it competing with teacher pay.

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NIdaho Shootings Puzzle Brit 

Sunday print Huckleberries in The Spokesman-Review launches with a look at a British reporter who tried to decipher the killings of a pregnant Sandpoint woman and 2YO black Labrador Arfee within a 14-hour period in North Idaho last summer. Paul Lewis' 'Tale of two killings' raises uneasy questions re: how much we value human life.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015

Weekend Wild Card -- 4.4-5.15 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs got us through another winter -- and now it's time to turn our attention to the Seattle Mariners. Yes, those Seattle Mariners. They're going to be good this year. So you'd better jump on the bandwagon now to make sure there's room...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015

Parting Shot -- 4.3.15

Children dressed as angels lead a boy portraying Jesus Christ and his triumphant return to Jerusalem, in the Children's Holy Thursday Procession, in Tunja, Colombia. In this annual procession, now in its 55th year, children depict the key moments of the passion, death and resurrection...

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TGIF Wild Card -- 4.3.15 

After work Thursday, I practiced what I've been preaching. I visited the library to view the five finalists for that public art project to honor the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe. Up close and personal, they're more impressive, as you can imagine, than seen in photos....

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'Instant Racing' Decision Monday 

Gov. Butch Otter won't announce what action he's taking on SB 1011, the bill to repeal instant racing, until Monday, his press secretary, Jon Hanian, just announced. Otter must take action on the bill - either veto it, sign it into law, or allow it...

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Nothing New Under (Idaho's) Sun 

State Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, isn't the first North Idaho legislator, with California roots, to be confused by the female reproductive system, comments Martin Peterson for the Ridenbaugh Press. Peterson says three controversies that have given Idaho a black eye this year are repeats of other controversies ...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 4.3.15 

AM Headlines today includes fab photo by Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images of downtown Coeur d'Alene this morning+Slight Detour visits 'Popsickle Bridge'+Dogwalk Musings says gays & Evangelicals should both watch out+7 Blog says 'Downton Abbey' actress shines as latest Cinderella+more ...

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Idaho Bad Spot For Working Women 

Business Inside provides a national breakdown of best & worst states for women to work. The rankings were determined by an employment and earnings composite index. Unsurprisingly, Idaho finishes 50 out of 51 (Washington, D.C., is included). West Virginia is all that stands between Idaho and Mississippi status.

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County Treasurer Addresses Club

New Kootenai County Treasurer Steve Matheson speaks to the North Idaho Pachyderm Club breakfast this morning at IHOP. He explained how he is initiating changes in the treasurers office. Some of the changes involve the choice of banks and various controls. Matheson is also working...

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Huckleberries Online

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.





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