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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

Gonzaga 77, Santa Clara 63

Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer, top, battles for a loose ball against Santa Clara's Brandon Clark during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game tonight in Santa Clara. Gonzaga won 77-63. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 2.5.15 

We're beginning the countdown to Blogfest 2015, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, this year -- at the Fort Ground Grill, per usual. I haven't heard what the fare will be yet. But it usually features Bent's delicious pulled pork, beans, cole slaw,...

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Parting Shot -- 2.5.15

Photos like (click link to read cutline) this bring back memories of my five years in Kalispell, Mont. I remember ice skating around ice fishermen on a frozen lake west of town, near Kila. Magnificent scenery. Bone-chilling cold. I had a good time in the Flathead Valley from 1977-82.

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NBC Anchor's Lie Riles Veterans 

Prominent veterans service organizations are blasting Brian Williams over the NBC anchor’s false claims that he was on a helicopter forced down by enemy fire in 2003. But the groups are stopping short of calling for the Nightly News anchor to resign. “As an organization…

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Ybarra: 3% Raises For All Teachers 

New Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra has changed her teacher pay proposal for next year again, telling the House and Senate Education committees today that she wants all teachers to get 3 percent raises next year. Idaho EdNews reporter Clark Corbin reports that as…

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 21 

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses as he answers questions from members of the media during his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Wednesday Winner: SLFisher, with 12 likes: "Idaho conservatives' fear of the...

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Dobler: Had Estimated Cut Near 50%

In a letter to City Council members Wednesday, City Engineer Gordon Dobler said that he consistently reminded listeners that the cut would be more than ones originally identified for removal. Final cut will be likely near 50% figure that he had previously estimated.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.5.15

The latest CityPoll question can now be accessed on the city of Coeur d'Alene website, cdaid.org. At the bottom of the homepage, click on the CityPoll box. This month’s question: "Have you used the free Wi-Fi service at McEuen Park?" Writes city spokesman Keith Erickson:...

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Just Wondering ... 

As a result of the tree thinning project along the Dike Road, the city has blocked off parking for North Idaho College students. Those cars are now in the dirt lots on the northern edge of campus. Would it be a good idea, at this point, to eliminate parking on the Dike Road altogether -- and force people to use those lots year round?

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Idaho 3rd Most Republican State 

In a post for Boise State Public Radio (KBSX 91.5 FM), Emilie Ritter Saunders reports: "Idaho is the third-most Republican state in the nation, according to a new Gallup survey. Gallup finds Idaho has a 25.2 percent Republican advantage, only Wyoming and Utah lean more…

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Solons Wary Of IEN Song & Dance 

Leery lawmakers grilled Otter Administration officials Thursday on how they plan to resolve the legal and financial mess surrounding the Idaho Education Network, the statewide broadband network linking Idaho high schools, and didn’t like the answers they got. Former Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, now…

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Hammond Responds Re: Tree Cut 

Jim Hammond (pictured), city administrator for Coeur d'Alene, responded to a letter sent to Mayor Steve Widmyer by Fort Ground Homeowners Association rep Terry Godbout: "In the discussion regarding the tree removal on the levy protecting NIC and the Fort Grounds homes, the most important...

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2 Deny Attack On Trans Woman 

The two men accused of assaulting a transgender woman Friday after she spat in one of their faces outside a downtown bakery and bar are denying they taunted her or hit and kicked her multiple times. Adam R. Flippen and Marc A. Fessler were released...

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Cancer Sidelines Vandal Recruit 

West Valley standout football player Jace Malek called University of Idaho football coach Paul Petrino after he learned he had bone cancer in his right hip. Malek had made an oral commitment to play for the Vandals. Coach Petrino told him to sign his letter of intent any way. Read Greg Lee's story.

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Halt To Dike Tree Cut Sought 

In a letter to Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer this morning, Fortgrounds neighborhood representative Terry Godbout requested that all tree cutting along the Dike Road be halted: "I urge you to IMMEDIATELY cease work on removing any more trees on the Dike. ... As I…

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A Baby For Richard Sherman 

In this file photo from last fall, Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, right, kisses his girlfriend, Ashley Moss, following an NFL football camp practice in Renton, Wash. Ashley Moss gave birth to the couple's first child this morning, four days after the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Elaine…

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Fight Over Stripper Leads To Jail 10 

A 25-year-old Spokane man was arrested Saturday night after a physical altercation between him and his girlfriend at a Stateline strip club. Curtis Olson's live-in girlfriend told Kootenai County Sheriff's Office investigators that on Saturday at 4 p.m., Olson said he was going to buy…

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AM Headlines -- 2.5.15

AM Headlines includes a Q-and-A interview with Lake City High AD/basketball coach Jim Winger + a Washington bill that would eliminate daylight saving time + possible arson suspected in fire at Harrison Elementary/Jr High.

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Did SB49 Loss Kill 'Hawks Fan?

Tongue firmly cheeked, the wife of a Seattle Seahawks fan who died shortly after his team's loss in Super Bowl XLIX, penned this last line in his obituary: "We blame the Seahawks lousy play call for Mike's untimely death." She thinks her late husband would have laughed at that.

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County Workers Can Be Fired At Will 

County commissioners gave back-to-the-future airport manager Greg Delavan something other county employees don't have -- job security for 2 years. All other county employees, except those in sheriff's office, can be fired without cause. Would you want to work for county under that condition?

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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.