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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 2.11.15 

More RSVP's are rolling in for Blogfest 2015 (2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Fort Ground Grill): Sgt. Christie Wood + 1 (Duane Rasmussen) will be there. As will Don Sausser + 1 (his camera). And Herb and his potato salad. Jennifer Locke will bake...

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Parting Shot -- 2.11.15 

On his Facebook wall, SR pal Colin Mulvany describes this photo: "Shooting a Mount Spokane vs. North Central girl's basketball game (Tuesday night). I spotted this interesting composition of the Mount Spokane team during the Star-Spangled Banner."

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Nutrition Panel: Eggs OK To Eat 

Something many of us have been trying to avoid is now okay to eat. The nation’s top nutrition panel is dropping its guidelines about avoiding foods that are high in cholesterol. The new finding by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee means that cholesterol is no…

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Dredging Helps Rivers? Seriously? 

Only in Idaho: The House Resources Committee OKs a bill aimed at eliminating fed Clean Water protections for dredging & opens Wild & Scenic Rivers to miners. Miners told the gullible panelists that dredging improves rivers. Rep. Ron Mendive, R-CdA, voted for this nonsense.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 12 

An auction house employee poses for the photographers in front of an artpiece by Indian artist Anish Kapoor inl London Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Tuesday Winner: CdAHumanist, with 10 likes: "There I was, up to my neck in the flood water."...

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Poll: Fed Lands Belong To All 12 

Poll: 2/3s of people living in Rocky Mountain states say that federal lands belong to all, not the individual states. We, of course, still have goofy lawmakers who put ideology ahead of the Constitution in this matter. But they aren't representing the supermajority on this issue.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.11.15

Today's roundup of regional blog posts includes: Eye on Shanghai (& Seattle) remembering trek to Far East a year ago + legislator to help kick off "War Bonds" book signing + Lake City P&Z has vacancy to fill + much more.

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Mistrial Declared In Ex-Teacher Case 

A judge declared a mistrial today after a jury could not reach a verdict in the trial of a former high school teacher in Coeur d’Alene accused of lewd conduct with a young child. Had the jury found him guilty, Daniel Abram Taylor would have…

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Tubbs Hill 'Paddler' 

Keith D. Boe of the Old School North Idaho Facebook page found this, ahem, proof that a prehistoric beast haunted the shores of Tubbs Hill as late as 1957. Dunno if anyone has seen "The Paddler" since. I suspect you weren't sober if you did.

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2 80somethings Almost Mix It Up 

The passions were riding so high after that Senate committee hearing to repeal "instant racing" in Idaho, reports Betsy Russell, that two 80-somethings on opposite sides of the issue almost came to blows in a hallway afterward. Question: How old is too old to fight?

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'Duck Dynasty': The Musical 

This photo provided by A&E Networks shows, from left, Jep Robertson, Si Robertson, Jase Robertson and Willie Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty." The Robertson family's rags-to-riches story has been made into a musical that will be performed in a small Las Vegas theater starting April…

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SR News Quiz -- 2.8-14.2015

Only one Huckleberries Online reader is among the 25 finalists for a chance at the $50 Davenport Hotel gift card or the two movie tickets offered each week. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Friday. You can follow link below to get a chance at the two prizes.

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A $245M Problem? Not Exactly 11 

Former state senator John Goedde exaggerated more than a little when he told a legislative committee that Idaho could lose $245 million in federal revenue, if it doesn't fix its Broadbent problem ASAP. Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports, provides the rest of the story ...

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BNI Endorses 4 School Levies 

The board of Balance North Idaho has taken unanimous stands in support of four supplemental and bond levies to be considered in the following Kootenai County school districts this spring: Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Plummer-Worley & Kootenai.

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Schweitzer A Go Despite Low Snow 

Schweitzer Mountain spokesmen say the ski resort is committed to staying open daily through April 5 despite a meager snow pack that's forced Mt. Spokane ski area to temporarily close. Question: Who has skied at Schweitzer Mountain this month?

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Sign Of The Times 

Hayward, Calif., is using quirky traffic signs to get motorists and pedestrians to pay better attention to them. For example, one reads "Cross the street, then update Facebook."

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12YO CdA Diabetic Lobbied Guv 

Carson Magee, 12, at podium, from Coeur d'Alene, had lobbied Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter last year to proclaim a Diabetes Awareness Day. They picked Feb. 9, when the Legislature was in session. Carson, who was diagnosed in 2010, says he hopes…

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Nonini: Casino Machines Illegal 11 

State Sen. Bob Nonini continued his unabashed support of the "instant racing" slot machines at the Greyhound Park by claiming that gaming machines at Coeur d'Alene Casino are illegal, too. Reps. Mendive, Barbieri & Dixon put their names on Nonini's dotted line, too

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Raul Wants To Block Monuments 

Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, today introduced The National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability Act, a bill designed to reform the Antiquities Act by restraining unilateral presidential restrictions on federal lands. The bill requires approval by Congress and the legislature of any state with a proposed…

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Poll: 'Instant Racing'? No 

Tuesday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation wants law repealed that allowed "instant racing" gambling, even if it means that the Greyhound Park in Post Falls will have to shut. 73 of 137 respondents (53.28%) want the law repealed. 59 of 137 respondents (43.07%) want…

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Brian Williams 

For those of you who were waiting for The Bard of Sherman Avenue to weigh in on the Brian Williams controversy ... your wait is over. The Bard needs only 4 lines of rhyme to put things into perspective. Take it away, Bard ...

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Watson: Leave Brian Williams Alone 13 

New commenter Dave Watson sez we should back off NBC News Anchor Brian Williams because, after all, he's human like the rest of us. Question: Why are we so down on Williams when other media, political, entertainment figures do worse than lie -- and survive?

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