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TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 12.8.15 21 

I plan to be back here at 7 Wednesday morning to provide live-blogging of wind damage from Wind Storm II that's forecast to hit about 3 tomorrow morning. I'll be working the 2 office scanners to try to keep up with events as they unfold Wednesday. Frankly, I hope I'm not that busy. But I suspect I will be.

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Parting Shot -- 12.8.15 

A surfer falls as he rides a wave today in Solana Beach, Calif. The largest surf event of the season so far will continue to affect many Southwest California beaches this week, as a pair of swells make their way into the area.

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Update: School Board OKs 'Namesake' 16 

The Coeur d’Alene School Board has approved a teacher’s request to have high school seniors read “The Namesake,” a 2004 novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, despite a district book review committee’s concerns about explicit descriptions of sexual conduct. The district's Ad Hoc Committee for Literature declined to recommend adoption of the novel.

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Library eyes Lake City High expansion 

The Coeur d'Alene School Board approved an innovative concept proposed by Coeur d'Alene Librarian to expand service to the northwest part of town by moving into the Lake City High library. The approval came last night and is a first step to the idea becoming a reality. The city's Library Board and City Council still have to sign off on the proposal

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2 hunters cited in grizzly bear kill 

Two North Idaho hunters have been cited for illegally killing a grizzly bear, a federally protected species, earlier this fall near Wallace. Dan Tesky, of Silverton, and a 14-year-old boy each were cited by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for misdemeanor unlawful taking of the bear on Sept. 30.

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Non-emergency phone number offered 

Emergency Services will be preparing for the forecasted rain and high wind weather and will be opening the citizen inquiry telephone lines for non-emergency inquiries at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The citizen inquiry telephone number is (208) 446-2292.

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Regan funded Responsible CDA PAC 

According to a 48-hour, pre-election finance report and a tardy 30-day, post-election report, political activist Brent Regan appears to have provide almost all if not all of the funding -- in-kind funding at that -- for the Responsible CDA PAC. The controversial PAC targeted winning incumbent Ron Edinger and Dan English in attack fliers.

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Labrador backs House visa vote 

Congressman Raul Labrador approved of the 407-19 House vote today that restricts a program that allows people from some countries to come to the U.S. without a visa. The action is a response to growing fears about the threat of terrorism from overseas. You can see Congressman Labrador's statement below.

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Report lauds flawed teacher evals

Idaho has one of the nation’s strongest teacher evaluation policies, according to a national report issued Tuesday. Idaho requires annual teacher evaluations, a national “best practice,” says the National Council on Teacher Quality.

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Indian mascots: It's about respect 

When it comes to school mascots that refer to Indians or tribes, tribal leaders on the Idaho Indian Affairs Council said today that the key is respect. Nez Perce Tribal Chairman Bill Picard said Lewis Clark State College has the Warriors mascot, “and everything that they do is very respectful in their presentation of a warrior."

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Ex-Miss Kansas facing hunting charge 

The former Miss Kansas who became the host of an Outdoor Channel adventure show has been charged with illegally shooting an Alaska grizzly bear and attempting to cover it up, the Associated Press reports. Alaska State Troopers say 25-year-old Theresa Vail, star of “Limitless with Theresa Vail,” and two hunting guides are charged with misdemeanors.

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Wind Storm II may be doozy, too 

I'm planning to come into the office around 7 o'clock Wednesday morning because the forecast for Wind Storm II are getting more dire. It is expecting to start around 3 Wednesday morning and continue until about noon. The SReporting team of Scott Maben and Becky...

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Most Group Health members w/o vote 

Most Group Health members won’t be able to vote on the nonprofit cooperative’s proposed acquisition by Kaiser Permanente, officials confirmed Monday. Less than 5 percent of the 590,000 Group Health members are registered to vote, and the health cooperative’s bylaws require members to register at least 60 days before a special meeting is held.

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Stapilus: Racists getting bolder 15 

"Turn over a rock around certain places in the Northwest and you’ll see – white supremacists, usually scurrying away when the spotlight shines in their direction," says Randy Stapilus. "But Sunday night in Seattle, that changed. ... . In Seattle’s Capitol Hill area (generally a liberal redoubt), a crowd of (masked) supremacists took to the streets.

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.8.15

Scanner Traffic for Monday AM (15 items & counting) includes up date from Post Falls PD Facebook re: female pedestrian who was struck and knocked unconscious by vehicle in Post Falls Monday afternoon ...

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Poll: Weapons ban not supported

In a poll Monday, A slim majority of Hucks Nation opposed a ban on semi-automatic weapons that can hold more than 10 rounds. Today's Poll: Do you trust BNSF and other railroad companies to look out for the public good in handling their operations?

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Twin Lakes helps wind storm victim

While Jordan Simon, 22, of Twin Lakes, is recovering from a spinal injury suffered during Wind Storm 2015, dozes of friends and businesses are remodeling his home to make it wheelchair accessible. Taylor Viydo/KREM 2 provides the story ...

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Vandal(s) hits Twin Falls mosque 11 

A red poinsettia plant hung on a background of dark gray paint Monday afternoon on the front of the Islamic Center of Twin Falls. The words “Hunt Camp?” were written in gray spray paint across plywood boards covering windows Saturday night. The poinsettia and the...

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A good Time-Warner experience 13 

I know that customers complain all the time about Time-Warner's propensity to jack up rates, as well as its customer service. So I'm here today to report that I received top notch service from the local Time-Warner office. I drove there in the driving rain yesterday to replace a modem cord that Huckleberry had used as a chew toy.

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Burglary suspect killed, eaten by gator 11 

In the Stupid Criminal Tricks category, a Florida man suspected of burglarizing multiple homes in Barefoot Bay, Fla., apparently was killed an eaten by an 11-foot alligator while he was on the run. Usually, I don't post items like this, from the other side of the country. But I'm a Florida Gators fan. Go, Gators!

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Why isn't voting mandatory, like taxes? 

Columnizing for the Lewiston Tribune, Bill Hall writes that he enjoys doing his civic duty of paying taxes while he helps himself to a piece of hard candy at the Nez Perce County Courthouse. He wanders if the state should require people to vote, as it requires people to pay taxes.

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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.