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TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2015

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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A BNSF freight train rolls through the Marshall area just south of Spokane Wash. (SR file photo)

BNSF fined for 239 report violations 10 

BNSF Railway Co. has been fined nearly $72,000 by Washington regulators for failing to report leaks from crude oil shipments and other spills in a timely matter. Railroads must report accidental releases of hazardous materials to the state Emergency Operation Center within 30 minutes after they learn of the spill. BNSF violated the rule 239 times.

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Wind advisory in effect already 

On Monday, the National Weather Service issued a high wind advisory for today and Wednesday for residents of North Idaho, including Coeur d’Alene. Gusty winds are forecasted for Wednesday with sustained winds of 35 mph and gusts up 55 mph. High winds combined with the wet ground create the potential of falling trees and other storm related hazards.

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Responsible CDA fails to file report 10 

A political action committee that supported two losing candidates in last month's Coeur d'Alene city elections has missed a deadline for filing a campaign finance disclosure report. That PAC, called Responsible CDA, could soon face fines of $50 per day until the 30-Day Post-General Election report is filed with the city. It was due Thursday, Dec. 3

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MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 12.7.15 

Pearl Harbor Day may be fading in the national consciousness. But it remains front and center to those who survived World War II, like my mom, 90, who was 16 when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. Pearl Harbor was her war. Vietnam was my war. And 9/11 was the millennials' war. There seems to be a common theme with each generation.

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Parting Shot -- 12.7.15 

Winton Elementary 5th graders from left Juliana Ragan, Chloe Windsor and Paisley Ganske waited backstage for their turn to perform as the Andrew Sisters during the Pearl Harbor/Veterans assembly at the school in Coeur d'Alene today.

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SR: UI records fees close-minded

In an editorial Saturday, The Spokesman-Review Editorial Board took the University of Idaho to task for the ha-huge fees it charges for public records requests: "The high prices and inflexible rules serve as deterrents to citizens who want to view records compiled with their tax dollars."

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Otter floats insurance gap plan 

The Otter Administration is proposing a state-funded partial alternative to Medicaid expansion that could deliver basic primary care for 78,000 Idahoans who now have little or no access to health care coverage, Idaho Statesman reporter Bill Dentzer reported over the weekend, at a cost to the state of $30 million a year.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 14 

The Cutline Contest today features seagulls flying around the art work "Where the Tides Ebb and Flow" by Pedro Marzorati during the climate change conference in Paris, France, recently. Weekend Winner -- Dennis.

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Bad to worse for shoplifting suspect 

Things went from bad to worse for shoplifting suspect for Robert H. Baker, 36, of Coeur d'Alene, who is suspected of stealing a $150 Bluetooth radio speaker at Hayden Walmart, crashing into the side of a pickup, and ultimately holding a female in his vehicle against her will. He no faces several counts including a kidnapping one.

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Abduction try reported in Post Falls

The Post Falls Police Department is investigating a possible child enticement incident that occurred at a school bus stop this morning. A caller reported that a heavy-set man with glasses in a newer, dark-grey Dodge Ram used a puppy in an attempt to coax 5 children standing at a bus stop to come over to his vehicle.

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Trump: Ban All Muslim travel to US 174 

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called Monday to block all Muslims from entering the United States. Trump, who has previously called for surveillance against mosques and said he was open to establishing a database for all Muslims living in the U.S., made his latest controversial call in a news release.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.7.15

The daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes a car seen in Idaho this morning sprouting antlers. Also: Pearl Harbor/Simple Mind Rome burns/Dogwalk MusingsA sales tax gamble/Randy Stapilus,Visiting USS Arizona memorial/Slice,Your weekly (brewpub) planner/On Tap, 74th year of remembrance/Slight Detour.

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Labrador rips Obama, EPA 

In a newsletter, Congressman Raul Labrador ripped President Obama and the EPA: "The Obama Administration behaves as if the U.S. Constitution doesn’t apply to this presidency. The President’s abuse of executive authority ranges from immigration and the environment to labor law and lending. I’ve joined fellow conservatives to fight back."

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Coalition opposes CdA book ouster 10 

The National Coalition Against Censorship has sent a letter to Chairwoman Christa Hazel & the Coeur d'Alene School Board urging them not to approve a recommendation by an ad hoc committee that Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake" be excluded from a high school reading list. The School Board will discuss the matter this evening.

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Idaho declares wind storm disaster 

Acting Idaho Gov. Brad Little this morning declared an emergency for Benewah, Bonner, Boundary and Kootenai counties in the wake of the disastrous Nov. 18 windstorm, paving the way for federal and state funds to help cover part of the cost of restoring damaged utilities.

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Another Wind Storm coming 

Just three weeks after 71-mph winds raked the Inland Northwest, an approaching Pacific storm is expected to send another blast of high winds across the region on Wednesday with gusts near 60 mph. A parade of storms will become potentially dangerous on Wednesday as a low-pressure area moves across the region bringing winds from the west-southwest.

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AM: Mental health center to open 

The daily roundup of AM Headlines begins with latest information on the region's new mental health center, which will open in Coeur d'Alene Wednesday. Also: County analyzes response to storm/CdA PressPanhandle forest names district ranger/Outdoors,Officials challenge way Hayden uses cap $$$/Press & Hayden man pushes campaign finance initiative/EOB.

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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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