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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 2.3.15 

Here's hoping that Seahawk Nation is beginning to get over the stingy loss of their favorites in Super Bowl XLIX. Some may never get over it. But life does go on. At least you'll have a good team again next year. The incompetent owners of...

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Parting Shot -- 2.3.15 

A message from a fan is shown taped to a sign near Seattle Seahawks team headquarters Tuesday in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks' season ended Sunday with a 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, and fan reaction has ranged from grief…

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Senator: Beware NIdaho 'Whack Jobs' 10 

Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, during a hearing on an encounter with a constituent suggests why public officials might want their addresses off their required financial statements: “We live out in the boonies. . .I was alone and somebody drives up into the driveway. This guy…

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ISIS Burns Pilot Alive 25 

Jordan vowed a "strong, earthshaking and decisive" response to Islamic State's grisly murder of a Jordanian pilot captured when his jet crashed in Syria in December. An online video emerged Tuesday appearing to show Muath al-Kaseasbeh locked in a cage, doused with gasoline and burned...

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

Lauren Cachbaux grimaces as she poses with a rattlesnake at the Capitol, Monday in Austin, Texas. Members of the Sweetwater Jaycees brought rattlesnakes to promote their annual rattlesnake round-up and help educate visitors. You write the cutline.

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Single Boomers Back In The Swing 

A group of Baby Boomers are getting on with life and even the dating scene after they find themselves single by divorce or death of a partner. Erica Curless of Boomer U focuses on this group this week. If you found yourself single as a Baby Boomer, would you date again?

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Blogos: 1 More Day To Wallow 

HucksOnline Blog roundup: Vince Grippi/A Grip on Sports sez he'll give himself one more day to wallow in the near miss by the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLIX. And then he'll move on. Question (to Seahawk fans): How much longer are you going to allow yourself to wallow?

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Execution Secrecy Bill Stalls 

Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, says as acting chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he’s decided not to grant a hearing to SB 1005, the bill from the state Department of Correction to add additional secrecy around state execution procedures. “I talked to a number of…

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Crapo Renews Obamacare Fight 11 

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a long-time critic of the President’s health care law, has joined a coalition of senators led by Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to introduce legislation to fully repeal Obamacare, officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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FB Tips Help ID Burglary Suspect

Dylan Guthrie, 22, of Post Falls, has been arrested and charge with the burglary of the Frontier Grocery, on West Seltice Way/Post Falls. Post Falls police arrested Guthrie after receiving several citizen tips after posting a surveillance video on its Facebook page and a link...

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Wolf Board Cost: $4100 Per Kill

Idaho’s Wolf Depredation Control Board had its first budget hearing this morning, and reported that it didn’t spend the full $400,000 it was allocated for its first year, but it did contract with USDA Wildlife Services to kill 31 wolves, all of which were attacking…

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'Mockingbird' Sequel Coming 

“To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee’s only published book after all. Publisher Harper announced Tuesday that “Go Set a Watchman,” a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. Rediscovered last fall, “Go…

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Edit: Un-Vax Kids Are Time Bombs 

Opinion Editor Jon Alexander of the Twin Falls Times News writes: "A child should never be a biological weapon. But thanks to conspiracy theorists mingling in the Internet’s dark corners, that’s exactly what happened last month at Disneyland. As of Monday, 102 cases of measles — a highly contagious respiratory disease — had been confirmed in...

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Employees Wash Hands? O Bother 25 

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis doesn't believe employees at eateries should be forced to wash their hands after going to the bathroom. You'd expect he would represent Idaho. But he doesn't. He's a Republican senator from North Carolina.

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Rural Schools Brace For Deep Cuts 

In the heart of Idaho’s timber country, federal dollars have helped the Cottonwood School District renovate school buildings and move out of an aging grade school. “It’s money we used to keep our buildings functional, and keep them up,” Superintendent René Forsmann said. The district…

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What's Wrong With Idaho Politics? 11 

Have you ever wondered what's wrong with Idaho politics? Conservatism is one thing. But the type of uber-conservatives controlling state government takes distrust for government to a whole new level. Derek Farr of Better Idaho blog addresses the subject.

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Poll: Most Back Tree Thinning

Monday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation selected an option that supported the tree thinning project by the city of Coeur d'Alene along Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive). 51 of 161 respondents (31.68%) said the thinning project was a good compromise with the U.S. Army Corp…

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AM Headlines -- 2.3.2015

The Post Falls City Council will consider a new $40 dog adoption fee to help pay for sheltering animals and add a value on those that are picked up. The council will also consider increasing the cost of burial lots and niches, when it meets tonight.

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CSD Picks New Finance Chief

Brian Wallace, a board member of the Lakeland School District, has been selected as the new director of finance and operations of the Coeur d'Alene School District. The announcement was made this morning by CSD Superintendent of Schools Matt Hanelman. The appointment is subject to approval by the district board of trustees.

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Dike Road Tree Cut Concerns KEA 

Seems the Kootenai Environmental Alliance is concerned with the ongoing tree cut along the Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive) along Coeur d'Alene's waterfront. The KEA's Adrienne Cronebaugh has expressed that concern in an email exchange with City Engineer Gordon Dobler.

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GOP Reps Condemn Anti-Vaxxers 34 

Republicans on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday used a hearing on the flu season to debunk claims that vaccines are not safe for children as fear continues to grow over the measles outbreak. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.) asked four of the country's…

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Guns-On-Campus Price Tag: $3.7M 11 

Five of Idaho’s universities and community colleges have spent more than $1.5 million to beef up campus security because of the concealed-weapons-on-campus law approved last year, the Idaho Statesman reports, and the schools expect total costs to top $3.7 million for the year. They sought...

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'Maniacs' Want Specialty Plate, Too

Orofino could become the first school district in the state with its own specialty license plate, writes reporter Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune, after Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, introduced legislation Monday to create a special plate to benefit the “Friends of the Orofino Maniacs.”…

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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.