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MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 2.9.15 20 

I spent the weekend watching my brother-in-law and brother replace a water heater for me. I often wonder why I didn't get the aptitude for working with my hands that my father had -- and my two brothers have. I'm the only one of the...

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Parting Shot -- 2.9.15

Laurel Casasanta shovels out her driveway in Manchester, Conn. New England and portions of New York state awoke Monday to a fresh blanket of snow as a storm threatening to bring up to 1 to 2 feet to some areas churned across the Northeast, making…

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A Wolf Roaming Spirit Lake? 

The Spirit Lake Barter & Sell Public Facebook page reports: "30 minutes ago (Sunday night) in Spirit Lake, I along with 3 other people, spotted a wolf. He was silver with some white and black mixed in, at the corner of 8th and Maine st.…

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Car Dealers Want New Rules 

Randy Stapilus of Ridenbaugh Press looks behind a headline to discover that car dealers -- although not state Rep. Kathy Sims -- supports new rules that would require a certain numbers of hours per week car dealerships must be open to public.

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PM Headlines -- 2.9.15

Seth Paetel, left, and Victoria Taylor, right, brought Lady Diana, a Shetland pony, to the Capitol on today as the Senate State Affairs Committee listened to testimony about SB1011, which would repeal instant racing in Idaho. Lawmakers approved the new type of betting in 2013....

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Op-Ed: Idaho Won't Add Words Soon

Thirty years ago, the Idaho Legislature was among the last holdouts in recognizing Martin Luther King's birthday as a holiday and the Gem State was looking pretty silly. Finally, in 1990, the Legislature enacted a Martin Luther King/Idaho Human Rights Day as a state holiday,...

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$10M+: Idaho Outside Counsel Cost 

Idaho state agencies are spending more than $10 million a year on outside legal counsel when they could be saving money by using the Idaho Attorney General’s office, according to a new performance evaluation released this afternoon by the Office of Performance Evaluations.

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Reluctant Panel OKs Perk Repeal 12 

After much debate, a House committee agreed this afternoon to repeal a special exemption for state lawmakers that allows their state-funded pensions to soar if they follow long service in the Legislature with a brief stint in a high-paid, full-time state position. The most recent…

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Edit: Lands Task Force Wastes $$$

In an editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase opines that the public lands council squandered tens of thousands of dollars for outside council to receive an answer it could have gotten for free from the AG: Idaho has no authority to take over management of federal lands.

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Explorin' We Will Go

Duane Rasmussen snapped these photos on a Rathdrum farm Sunday. Here, lambs less than a month old explore a large rock. The dark brown snake-like object is an old back scratch for the cattle laid across the rock to dry.

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Greatest Gen Loses Another One 10 

John A tells us that his father, a highly decorated pilot of three wars, as well as an educator at Kellogg High and North Idaho College, died last night in Dalton Gardens, surrounded by family. Please join me in offering John deep, heart-felt condolenses.

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Edit: NRA's Imperial Grip On Idaho 

Opinion Editor Jon Alexander of the Twin Falls Times News opines that the NRA's litmus test for "wing-nuts" this year has surfaced in form of the "Constitutional carry" legislation. The bill would allow Idahoans to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, background check or firearms instruction.

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ITD Rules Frustrate Semi Drivers

At KREM2, Taylor Viydo reports that spring break-up rules that limit trucks to 30 mph in some stretches of Kootenai County roads are frustrating drivers and the cars that are caught following them. Do these break-up rules make sense on roads like Highway 95, 53 & 41?

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Lawmen Oppose Constitutional Carry 61 

Two eastern Idaho law enforcement officials and a firearms instructor say allowing residents to carry concealed weapons without needing a permit is a bad idea. A supermajority of Hucks Nation agrees. But how do you think Kootenai County legislators will vote on the measure, given the chance?

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AM Headlines -- 2.9.15 

AM Headlines include top story breaking today, that EWU QB Vernon Adams, one of the best players in FCS, has decided to transfer to the University of Oregon, where he could replace Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota next year.

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Poll: Constitutional Carry? No

Weekend Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation opposes proposed legislation that would allow Idahoans to carry concealed weapons without a permit or training, a so-called "Constitutional carry" law. 198 of 271 respondents (73.06%) oppose the legislation. Only 72 of 271 respondents (26.57%) support it. 1...

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Last Chance For Hitching Post, City 18 

A U.S. District Court judge has given both parties in a lawsuit filed by The Hitching Post against the city of Coeur d'Alene one more chance to reach a resolution before trial. Attorneys for the city filed a motion on Jan. 28 asking for lawsuit...

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Thiel: 'Baldwin Should Grow Up 

Art Thiel of Sports Press Northwest, says Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin discredited his team by pretending to take a dump after scoring a touchdown on his only catch of Super Bowl XLIX and running his mouth too much. What do you think?

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Athol: Diary Of An Embezzlement 

This is my viewpoint as a part-time city employee. I started helping in the office and with Athol Daze several years ago with City Clerk Charlotte Hooper, and was hired to help Sally Hansen answer phones, post water bills and take messages when she was…

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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.