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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2015

Gonzaga 86, Pacific 74 

Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer, center, vies for the rebound between Pacific's Gabriel Aguirre, left, of Brazil, and T.J. Wallace during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stockton, Calif., tonight. Wiltjer hit 45 points to lead Gonzaga to a 86-74 West Coast…

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Homeowner Shoots Shoshone Escapee

Escaped inmate Roy Bieluch was shot in a confrontation with a homeowner near Wallace Thursday evening, according to Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander. A man who lives in the area of Placer Creek north of Wallace went outside shortly after 5:30 p.m. to check on…

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Blogfest Minus 2 WC -- 2.19.15 

We're two days from Blogfest 2015 (from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill). Steve has the menu (pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, cookies, pop) ready. Cindy will have a stack of her new "War Bonds" books with her. Jennifer will have GMO...

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Parting Shot -- 2.19.15 

A fire-eater performs at Manila's Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year today in Manila, Philippines. This year marks the "Year of the Sheep" in the Chinese Lunar calendar. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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Escapee May Have Aryan Ties 

As the manhunt for escaped prisoner Roy Bieluch widens, authorities in Shoshone County confirm he's had a violent history in prison with possible ties to the Aryan Nations. ... Meanwhile, Thursday afternoon Bieluch's fiancé, Rachel Johnson, made the walk across the street from the jail to the courthouse to face a judge on a charge she has been help

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KCSD: Anyone Lost A Saxophone? 

From KCSO Facebook: Recently, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office received as found property a saxophone. This saxophone appears to be in fair condition. We at the Sheriff’s Office would really like to find the owner and reunite the two. If you, or you know of…

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Cutline Contest -- 2.19.15 13 

Vice President Joe Biden stands with Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, during Carter's swearing in ceremony Tuesday at the White House. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Wednesday Winner -- JohnA, with 10 likes: "After his troubles passing the...

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Avista Sponsors McEuen Pavilion 

Avista donated $100,000 to the city of Coeur d'Alene to win naming rights to the McEuen Park Grand Park Pavilion in the center of the new greenspace on the waterfront. The Grand Pavilion—now officially named Avista Pavilion—has covered seating for large groups and is available for private events.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.19.15

Blog Roundup today includes stunning sunset Wednesday evening by Don Sausser+update on "War Bonds" book activity+Vince Grippi points out that college basketball fans always worry+Simple Mind discusses a case of tennis elbow+more.

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SR: Give $$$ Back To Idaho Schools 

The Idaho Legislature began slashing education funding in 2009, but it did set aside money to establish the Idaho Education Network, a plan to link all high schools to broadband Internet services. Now that the state has pulled the plug and the $60 million contract...

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1 Year Ago: Is Crosby In Or Out?

What were we discussing a year ago? On Feb. 19, 2014, we were trying to figure out whether Len Crosby was going to run for retiring state Rep. Frank Henderson's House District 3 seat. Len all but told me he was in. But, as we know now, he didn't run in the GOPrimary.

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Scott Blocks Popular Tax Credit 

Newby 1st House District Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, is making her presence known by blocking legislation to extend a popular tax credit for donations to schools. She wants to remove the credit for donations to the Panhandle Alliance for Education. Thoughts?

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Bra Gun Kills GOP Official In Michigan 25 

Law enforcement officials in Michigan said that they learned this week that an elected Republican official who had recently shot herself to death had been adjusting her bra holster when the accident occurred. Previously, the death had been considered a suicide.

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Bail Set At $100,000 For Ex-NIC Official 

Judge sets bail at $100,000 for former North Idaho College administrator in sex-for-aid case, denies public defender. Prosecutor's office sez more charges pending, conduct going on for years & years & Bekken was fired from previous job at Grand Canyon U in Arizona.

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Tribes' Impact On Idaho: $1.1B 

Collectively, the five tribes of Idaho have a $1.1 billion sales impact on Idaho’s economy, according to an independent study recently completed. The study was completed by Steven Peterson, a research economist at the University of Idaho who has previously completed economic impact studies for...

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Moose? Beware 

Moose may look docile and tame but they are dangerous and are best observed from a distance. This cow stood at least six feet at the shoulder and her calves were bigger than adult whitetail. In an Outdoors article and a blog post, Rich Landers...

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Burglary Call Leads To Drugs 

A paranoid man called Shoshone County deputies to report a possible burlgary. When the deputies arrived at the Kingston address, they found guns positioned at every widown and meth in plain view. The arrested the man on three counts involving drugs.

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CSD Ready For IEN Withdrawal 12 

Whether Idaho schools lose Broadband service or not, the Coeur d'Alene School District is ready with a backup plan. In an email to teachers and staff this morning, CSD technology director Seth Deniston outlined plans for a switch to a backup system that could occur this PM.

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Zags' Bell Will Keep Speech Short, Sweet

Gonzaga Bulldog Gary Bell Jr. plans a short and sweet speech when he takes the court at the McCarthey Athletic Center for the last time in nine days. Then, he plans to let his play on the court continue to speak for him. Here's Jim Meehan's profile of the Zag star.

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Poll: Trustees Should Disclose

Wednesday Poll: 117 of 165 respondents (70.91%) support state Sen. Mary Souza's bill that would require candidates for Coeur d'Alene School Board to file financial disclosure statements as those for other nonpartisan offices do. Only 44 of 165 respondents (26.67%) oppose the measure. 4 (2.42%)…

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Days Gone By: The Wilma 

How many of you remember seeing movies at The Wilma theater on Sherman Avenue. I saw one, with friends while visiting from out of town. It was a beautiful theater. I've often thought that it would have made a wonderful live theater venue had it been saved.

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PFPD Seeks Voyeurism Perv

Post Falls Police Department is looking for a male who tried to photograph or video record female in Walmart East changing room by slipping cell phone under the door. You can see a back view of the male by clicking on the link below.

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Stop-Gap Broadband Bill OK'd 

After suspending its rules to take the bill up immediately, the House has voted 68-1 in favor of HB 168, the stopgap funding bill for high school broadband service to replace the defunct Idaho Education Network. Rep. Luke Malek R-Coeur d’Alene, told the House, “As…

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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.