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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9, 2015

Liquor laws spook Bardenay owner 26 

When successful Idaho restaurateur Kevin Settles looked for a place to open a fourth Bardenay restaurant and distillery, he looked to Colorado, not Idaho, the Idaho Business Review reports, because of Idaho’s pricey and prohibitive liquor license laws. Settles owns Bardenay restaurants in Boise, Eagle & Coeur d'Alene.

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West Ada eyes ex-Lakeland super 

A former Idaho deputy superintendent of public instruction and district superintendent is in the running for the superintendent's job in West Ada School District. Trustees say they are inviting Mary Ann Ranells to spend a couple of days touring the district in the next couple of weeks. Ranells is a former Lakeland School District superintendent.

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Gov. Butch Otter jokingly begins a countdown at 99 during a ribbon-cutting for the Northern Idaho Crisis Center on Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene. (Shawn Gust / Coeur d'Alene Press)

Guv, 170 others open crisis center 

More than 170 people turned out Tuesday for the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Northern Idaho Crisis Center, which begins accepting patients today. "This is a very conservative project," Gov. Butch Otter said at the opening on the Kootenai Health campus. "A lot of people maybe don't believe that."

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Bonner, Boundary flood warning issued 

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood warning for small streams in Boundary and Bonner counties in North Idaho and Pend Oreille County in Washington. Reporting gauges indicate 2 to 3 inches of rain have fallen in the mountains of those areas....

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High winds to hit mid-morning 

Schools across the region were open Wednesday for normal operations as the region braced for high winds. Crews from Avista Utilities were responding to 22 outages that had left about 800 customers without power, primarily in Spokane and east of Coeur d’Alene.

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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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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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