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THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 2.12.15 

Thursday dons, and our Kootenai County representatives are busy thrashing about causing mischief, as is their habit. Especially those in District 3. Nonini and his Sancho Panza, Mendive, are trashing years of good between the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe and Post Falls by challenging the...

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Parting Shot -- 2.12.15 

On Abraham Lincoln's birthday today, school children stretch to rub the nose of a statue of him in Springfield, Ill. Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Question: Would the Idaho Republican Party accept Lincoln as a true conservative today? How about the Teapublicans?

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Taxes: Idaho Vs Washington 

Daniel Walters/Inlander compares Idaho taxes to Washington's. Idaho, of course, has one of lowest tax rates in nation. And low wages. But it has one of fairest tax systems in country. Washington's tax system is tough on poorer taxpayers.

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Bill Would Restore Rural Safety Net 

Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) today introduced a bipartisan bill to renew the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, which supports schools, law-enforcement and roads in more than 700 rural counties across the country. The legislation also addresses additional payments…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.12.15 

PM Scanner Traffic (22 items) includes 20YO male who tried to kill himself by hypothermia standing in Lake Coeur d'Alene up to his waist near McEuen Park Harbor House. Sgt. Christie Wood tells Huckleberries that the man is OK & is being evaluated for mental problems.

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Has Anyone Eaten At NIC's Emery's? 

Commenter Eddie Torreal had never heard of Emery's restaurant at North Idaho College until I mentioned it in my "On the Waterfront" post today. I've never eaten there. But NIC PRmeister Tom Green tells me the food, prepared and served by students, is superb.

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Mt. Spokane Suspends Skiing

Does The Bard of Sherman Avenue have a rhyme for the early closure of Mt. Spokane ski area due to inadequate snowfall this winter? Of course. SR file photo shows snowboarders taking a chair ride to the top of the mountain in better times.

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Wider H41 Not On ITD Agenda

While planners are taking another look at the future of the Highway 41 corridor between Post Falls and Rathdrum, widening part of the busy stretch doesn't appear likely for several years. It doesn't appear on ITD's long-range plan for the highway. Question: Should it?

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Bill Targets Abortion Doctors 10 

Idaho doctors performing abortions would have to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital under a newly introduced bill. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted to introduce the bill Thursday. Republican Sen. Lee Heider, who is sponsoring the bill, argues it's a common-sense measure…

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One Big Hamburger

Here's another blast from the past, courtesy of the new Old School North Idaho Facebook page -- one of the jumbo family burgers once offered at the Shady Lady in Wardner, Idaho, above Kellogg. This photo was taken in August 1985.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.12.15 

The wait is over. Cases of "War Bonds" books greeted Cindy when she returned home yesterday. You can pick up an autographed book for $20 cash or check at Blogfest 2015 on Saturday, Feb. 21. Be there or be square.

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Raul Rips GOP Colleague 16 

A leading House conservative on Thursday said Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has "no credibility," when it comes to the fight over funding the Department of Homeland Security and revoking President Obama's executive actions on immigration. Kirk, a centrist who is up for reelection in 2016,…

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Mary Wants Trustee Disclosure 16 

Sen. Mary Souza wants candidates for school boards to be subject to the same campaign finance disclosure requirements as other candidates for nonpartisan local offices are. It sounds like a good idea. But I wonder: What's Mary's angle here.

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Whipple: Make 'Em Take Test, Too 

IdahoWhipple, who teaches American government in Kootenai County, supports an online petition demanding the Idaho legislators be required to pass a civics test, if they mandate that high school seniors do so. Obviously, some legislators don't know you can't nullify federal law ...

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Mississippi Leaves Idaho In Dust 

Mississippi has the nation’s highest kindergarten vaccination rate. Idaho’s rate is among the nation’s lowest. What separates these two states — so often neighbors in national demographic rankings? The answer can be found in the states’ laws. Mississippi essentially requires all parents to immunize their…

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On The Waterfront 

During my walk Along the Waterfront today, I encountered new parking meters sprouting from the restraining wall where ponderosa once stood on the North Idaho College campus. What's up with that?

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Raul Introduces Sentencing Bill 

Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, and Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Va., introduced the Smarter Sentencing Act today to bring common sense and flexibility to federal criminal sentencing laws. The bill would allow courts to make individualized assessments in nonviolent drug cases, ensuring that limited resources…

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Sportsmen Oppose Fed Land Takeover 

About 150 sportsmen, many in hunter-orange baseball caps and some in camouflage, are rallying on the Capitol steps today against any sale or transfer of public lands. “We don’t want to risk losing the places where we fill our freezers as well as our hearts,” former state Rep. Elmer Martinez of Pocatello told the crowd.

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Cindy RSVPs, Bard Doesn't 14 

Huckleberries Online baby-sitter Cindy Hval has confirmed that she'll be at Blogfest 2015 (2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Fort Ground Grill) with a stack of her "War Bonds" books for sale ($20, cash or check) and autographing. Our budding Erma Bombeck will also make…

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Cindy: I'd Rather (Not) Be Shopping 

Wincing, I gingerly rested my sore arm on the table as I ate the Chinese takeout my thoughtful husband had brought home for dinner. He knew I’d be in no state to cook anything when I returned from the mall. “What happened?” he asked, as…

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Why Ask Why? 22 

I can't understand how the Kootenai County cities of Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls & Hayden can have decent mayors and councils. But the legislators who represent the three cities are such extreme ideologues who embarrass reasonable constituents regularly in comments and votes. Can anyone explain…

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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.