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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 2.2.15 

Even I, a 49er fan, was yelling at the television set when Seattle eschewed a near-certain-TD handoff to Marshawn Lynch for a high-risk pass call in the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX. I was watching the game with a Seahawks fan who also has...

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Parting Shot -- 2.2.2015 

Delta flight attendant Christi Turner, right, holds a team flag as Seattle Seahawks' players and coaches disembark on the teams' return from the Super Bowl today at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac. The Seahawks lost in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots on...

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Idaho Licenses Not Security Worthy 12 

Seems our ability to use our Idaho driver's license to go through airport security may be in jeopardy. In 2008, our paranoid Legislature passed a law preventing ITD from following federal guidelines for licenses. Beginning next year, Idahoans may not be able to use them for airport IDs. Seriously.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 11 

Rusty Mills stands on the corner of Castro and Market streets in the Castro District of San Francisco, Calif. during a protest against the city's no-nudity law held on the ban's second anniversary Sunday. Three naked protesters where arrested by San Francisco police for violating...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.2.2015

When Don Sausser saw a flock of birds swirling around a downtown Coeur d'Alene condominium before kickoff Sunday, he considered it to be a good omen for his Super Bowl XLIX team, the Seattle Seahawks. Alas. (Also, links to 14 INW blog posts)

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Mary Offers Senate Journal 

If you want to keep informed and engaged during the 2015 Legislature, you can follow state Sen. Mary Souza's Senate Journal on her web site: marysouzaforidaho.com. I received this handy dandy postcard in the mail over the weekend. It concludes with Mary's promise to "work…

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Panel OKs Con-Con Bill 

The House State Affairs Committee, which seems to be where the action is so far this legislative session, has OK a bill that would lay the ground work for Idaho to participated in a Constitutional Convention calling for a Balanced Budget amendment. Another party-line 12-3 vote.

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Phil: 6 More Weeks Of Winter 

Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha, left, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., today. Phil's handlers said that the groundhog has forecast six more weeks of winter weather. Story here. (AP Photo/Gene…

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Edit: It's Official, Ybarra Clueless 10 

Writing for the Twin Falls Editorial Board, Opinion Editor Jon Alexander notes that it takes longer to make a good hamburger than it did for new Superintendent of Schools Sherri Ybarra to present her $1.4B draft education budget. Bottom line for Alexander? Ybarra really is clueless.

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Treating Sewage CdA's Way 

In Treatment Plant Operator, Ted J. Rulseh reports on wastewater treatment director's 23-year career with the city of Coeur d'Alene and the giant steps Lake City has taken to meet increasingly tough restrictions. Now, Coeur d'Alene is gearing up to meet effluent phosophorus limit.

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State Eyes Studded Tire Ban 

The state of Washington is again discussing a possible ban on studded snow tires. A Washington State Transportation Commission official contends that such a ban would save $18M to $27M on state highway repair work. Question: When did you last run studs on a vehicle.

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Idaho Poll: Income Tax Cut? No 

This week's poll from Idaho Politics Weekly shows a majority of Idahoans opposed to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposed personal and corporate income tax cuts and in favor of raising education funding more before any tax cuts. It also found people to be closely divided…

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Idaho Schools Depend On State 

Idaho schools received more than 63 cents of every education dollar from the state Legislature — one of the highest percentages in the nation. Meanwhile, local dollars accounted for less than 23 cents on the Idaho education dollar — one of the lowest percentages in…

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Labrador Blasts Obama Budget 

Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s proposed budget: “President Obama has again ignored the message voters sent in November. His tone-deaf $4 trillion budget increases both spending and taxes. The president makes no attempt to live within our means.…

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Best & Worst Super Bowl Ads 13 

This image provided by Anheuser-Busch shows a portion of the company's Budweiser television ad that ran during Super Bowl XLIX Sunday. That ad, featuring a lost puppy found and defended by the Budweiser Clydesdales was judged by TV Entertainment to be the best one of…

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Worst Super Bowl Call Ever 

John Blanchette/SR doesn't mince words when he dubs the interception play in the New England end zone as the worst Super Bowl call of all time, past and in the future. Do you agree that nothing tops the brain cramp that cost the beloved Seahawks a second straight Super Bowl title?

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AM Headlines -- 2.2.2015 

The Lake Pend Oreille system has one of the West’s largest bull trout populations. Becky Kramer/SR reports that the healthy bull trout numbers offer recovery lessons. Also, in this AM's roundup: Zags move up to No. 2 in national polls.

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Poll: Seahawks Will Win? 

Weekend Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation thought the Seattle Seahawks would win Super Bowl XLIX (and they probably would have if they'd handed the ball to RB Marshawn Lynch at the goal line). 152 of 190 respondents (80%) predicted the Seahawks would win a 2nd straight…

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For Those Keeping Score At Home ...

... 148 trees remain to be cut along the Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive). Mrs.O and I counted the green dots on trees that remain upright along the north shore that is undergoing an intense tree/brush thinning project, conducted by the Coeur d'Alene Street Department. Most…

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Texting Dispute Turns Violent 

Here's a good reason why you shouldn't try to settle disputes via texts. A heated texting dispute between two co-workers led to one grabbing a collapsible baton and heading to the other's home, only to be met by bear spray. Now the party of the first part is facing a variety of felony charges.

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Hammes: Idaho D's Drop The Ball 

Dan Hammes, publisher of the St. Maries Gazette-Record, says Idaho Democrats dropped the ball when President Obama came to call. Rather than talk about a litany of important issues, he said, Democratic Boise Mayor Dave Bieter elected to push National Monument status for Boulder-White Clouds area.

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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.