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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 2.17.15 

We're now in the final days of the countdown to Blogfest 2015. Some have RSVP'd. Others have date conflicts. Cindy's warming up her autograph hand to sign her "War Bonds" books for fans here at Huckleberries Online. Steve Widmyer will have the Fort Ground Grill...

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Parting Shot -- 2.17.15

Taylor Wilkinson, right, and Karissa Courtney, both Seattle Pacific University students with the afternoon off, share a hammock overlooking the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains beyond today in Seattle. Temperatures hit record highs a day earlier, including 59 at Sea-Tac Airport, in parts of…

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Kerri: 50 Shades Of Abuse 13 

At the Coeur d'Alene Press Online site, we get a sneak preview of Kerri Thoreson's Main Street column for tomorrow. In the column, Kerri tells of a conversation with an adult daughter brought home the reason why people should avoid the movie/book, "50 Shades of Grey."

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Lawmakers Scrap IENetwork 

The much-vaunted Idaho Education Network is officially defunct, state lawmakers declared Tuesday, as they approved new emergency funding for school districts to find their own vendors and buy broadband services for the rest of the school year. The network, which provided video conferencing and broadband…

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 11 

A mud covered reveler, dressed as a grim reaper, enjoys the traditional "Bloco da Lama" or "Mud Block" carnival party, in Paraty, Brazil, Saturday. Revelers in the seaside colonial town threw themselves into deposits of black, mineral-rich slime, emerging covered head-to-toe in the sludge. You...

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1 Year Ago: Java Is Moving 

So what were we discussing here at HucksOnline 1 year ago today (besides the annual Blogfest that had just occurred)? Java on Sherman was moving 4 blocks to the east, to the old Jonesy's. Summer was going to bring the unfortunate Arfee incident. Otherwise, do you think the move went well?

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HucksOnline Blogos --2.17.15

Here's the photo of Cindy that SR snapped for feature story this week on Cindy & her "War Bonds" book. She has a number of speaking engagements coming up, including Aunties in downtown Spokane on Sunday and the Coeur d'Alene Library next month. She'll also be autographing copies at Blogfest 2015 Saturday.

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2008 IEN Bill: 'No Impact' 11 

In 2008, a bill carried by good old Bob Nonini that launched the Idaho Education Network drama carried a fiscal note that said it would have "no impact on the General Fund." $32.9M later, Idaho is still trying to dig out of this mess. So much for fiscal conservatism in Idaho.

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Blast From Past: North Shore 

Here's Bob Templin's old North Shore resort (site of the current Coeur d'Alene Resort) from many decades ago. Dunno when this photo was taken. But it had to be before Templin constructed the 7-story tower that was topped by the old Cloud 9 restaurant.

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Dolan: What About Dike Road Wind? 

In a letter, Fortgrounds resident Mike Dolan says that the city created more than an aesthetic program when Street Department crews cut down two-thirds of the ponderosa pine along Dike Road. It also cause a wind problem for NIC and the Fortground neighborhood.

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Man Arrested For Hate Threats

A 28-year-old man who threatened to kill school children and Jews is in custody in Kalispell, Mont., after a weekend fusillade of tweets that were intercepted and monitored by the spokesman for the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence. David Joseph Lenio (pictured)…

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Engineer To Give Dike Road Update 

The Kootenai Environmental Alliance is encouraging members to attend the City Council meeting tonight, in which consultants Ruen Yeager will provide an update on certification of the Dike Road after a controversial tree cut.

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Panel Votes For Repeal Of Perk 

The House Commerce Committee has voted unanimously in favor of HB 100, to remove a special retirement perk that benefits longtime state lawmakers who end their careers with short stints in higher-paying, full-time state jobs. In those situations, the years of legislative services are counted…

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Japanese Firm Buys Quest Aircraft 

The KODIAK single-engine turboprop airplane built by Quest Aircraft of Sandpoint. (Photo: Quest Aircraft) Japanese firm Setouchi Holdings Inc. has acquired Sandpoint-based Quest Aircraft Company, which builds the KODIAK single-engine turboprop airplane. Quest, which has 184 employees, will remain in Sandpoint with its current leadership…

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'Instant Racing' Loses Senate Vote 

The Idaho Senate has voted 25-9 in favor of repealing so-called “instant racing” in Idaho, in the form of slot machine-like betting terminals that raise money in part for the state’s horse industry. Among North Idaho senators, Keough, Nonini & Vick opposed repeal, Souza supported.

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Spokane Sculptor Fowler, 88, RIP

Dorothy Fowler, a Spokane sculptor who is credited with helping establish the Schweitzer Mountain Resort ski area, has died at age 88. Among other art work, she sculpted the 8-foot-tall tribue to Spokane astronaut Michael P. Anderson, who was killed in a 2003 shuttle explosion.

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Spear: Why UI, Sun Belt Good Fit 

The University of Idaho is one of those rare athletic programs with one program (football) in one conference (the Sun Belt), and most of its others in another (the Big Sky). And while that's still confusing to some, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said it's…

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Mayor Offers Apology To KEA 14 

Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer sent the following letter to Adrienne Cronebaugh of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance, apologizing for poor communication by the city to the KEA before and during the cutting of trees along Dike Road

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Blast From Past: Fish Inn 

Do you remember the old Fish Inn, east of Coeur d'Alene? Old School North Idaho Facebook wall takes us on another walk down memory lane with photos and the story of the historical business, now gone, east of Coeur d'Alene.

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Nonini Fights For 'Instant Gaming' 

In testimony today, state Sen. Bob Nonini continues to carry water for the "instant racing" machines at the Greyhound Park & other Idaho racing venues: “We have to remember the courts are there to determine the constitutionality of laws that the Legislature makes. … If…

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Poll: 'Shades of Grey'? Nah 

Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation won't be lining up to see the controversial movie, "Shades of Grey." Today's Question: Are you willing to pay more in gas taxes & vehicle registration fees to help fix Idaho roads & bridges?

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 (David Braun)

AM Headlines -- 2.17.15

Spokane Rosauer's bagger David Tochinskiy will appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" tonight, after being named the best bagger in the country+links to stories re: a rumble in Dalton Gardens, extradition for a triple-murder suspect+deadly Idaho school bus crash.

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Sorry, Bob, Indian Machines OK 

After a legislative committee voted to repeal authority for "instant gaming" at the Greyhound Park, state Sen. Bob Nonini & 3 disciples penned a letter questioning the legality of Indian gaming machines. Now, the state lottery director says the Indian machines are legal.

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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.